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Adding Central Air Conditioning to an Older Home

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Montecito-landscape-design-spanish-mediterranean-styleCentral air conditioning has become the standard for current homes, or at least homes in places that get as warm as Southern California. If you live in an older home that doesn’t have central air conditioning and instead relies on window units to provide cooling, you may believe that it’s either impossible or too expensive to have a central air conditioning system put in.

However, this type of installation isn’t as difficult, or as costly, as it may seem at first. Much of it depends on your home and the options you choose for air conditioning it.

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Important: Don’t Buy HVAC Equipment Online!

Monday, March 7th, 2016

It’s March, and people are starting to prepare their homes for the hot Southern Californian spring and summer weather. That means air conditioner maintenance as well as new system installations.

Because we live in a world where most shopping needs can be taken care of online, homeowners often look to see if they can purchase their new HVAC equipment in the same way, and if it can save them money. If you can buy car online, or a house, why not buy an air conditioner?

Do not do this! As we’ll explain below, there are a number of reasons this is a bad idea all around.Air-Conditioner-Funny

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What Can I Do to Make Sure My House Has Electricity in Case of Power Outages?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

IMG_0195On the East Coast of the U.S., power outages often occur because of stormy conditions and during periods of the coldest weather. But here in Southern California we aren’t immune to extended power losses, which often strike during the hottest weather, when immense strain is placed on the electrical grid. This can be inconvenient (food spoiling in the refrigerator), incredibly uncomfortable (no AC when the outdoor temperature rises above 90°F), or actually dangerous (loss of powered medical equipment). People want to know what they can do to protect their homes and families from the issues of extended power loss.

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Replace an OId Floor Furnace with a Safer, High Efficiency Model

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Old Floor FurnaceRecently, we replaced an aging floor furnace for a customer and installed an energy-efficient heating and air conditioning system for the house. The floor furnace was not only old, it was in danger of becoming a safety hazard. This is a good reminder for people out there that extremely old furnaces can turn into dangerous systems. It’s much better to replace the system than to try to keep repairing it. Not only are there more effective, energy saving systems out there, but they’re also much safer for you and your family.

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The Problem with Coil Leaks in ACs and Heat Pumps

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

One of the most common repair issues that an air conditioner or heat pump might encounter during its lifetime is a leak in the refrigerant coils. The indoor coil of your AC/heat pump is one of the most important components of the system: it’s the location where an air conditioner removes heat from the air by evaporating the refrigerant within the coil. The coil does the same function in heat pumps when in cooling mode, and when in heating mode the coil releases heat by condensing the refrigerant inside it.

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How Much Can I Save with Energy Efficient Lighting?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

IMG_7552We recently provided installation of energy-efficient lighting for a North Hollywood elementary school. These types of services are a great reminder of how valuable switching to energy-saving lighting can be. It doesn’t just apply to schools and businesses, of course: on the smaller scale of the interior and exterior lighting for your home, energy-efficient lighting can mean some tremendous savings on your utility bills.

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The Basics of How Ductless Air Conditioning Works

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Ductless air conditioning systems (also called ­ductless mini splits for reasons we’ll explain in a moment) offer many advantages for home comfort compared to standard ACs that use ductwork. As we’ve explained in a previous post, a ductless AC can help improve indoor air quality, save money on energy bills, and allows for more flexible home construction and renovation projects.

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How Does Solar Air Conditioning Work?

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Many homeowners are switching to solar energy to help save money and protect the environment. We get plenty of sun here, and the best way to benefit from the abundant sunlight is by installing a solar air conditioner. Solar air conditioning works by converting the power of the sun into a source of energy, using either a hybrid system or a solar-powered absorption chiller. Solar air conditioning can be installed in almost any home to alleviate the high cost of running a conventional air conditioning system.sprint phone 072

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What is Coil Cleaning, and Why Does My AC Need It?

Friday, September 19th, 2014

If you own an air conditioning unit in Sherman Oaks, it’s important to keep it maintained in any way possible in order to increase efficiency and avoid urgent repairs. And one of the most important steps of annual professional maintenance is coil cleaning. While there are a few steps of maintenance you can do on your own, such as changing the filter and keeping the outside unit away from large debris, this particular maintenance task is best left to an experienced professional. In this guide, we’ve detailed why coil cleaning is such an important step of owning an AC.IMG_7543

How the Coil Gets Dirty Over Time

Your condenser unit is very susceptible to the buildup of dirt and debris because of its location outdoors and because of the large fan. The powerful condenser fan helps your unit to condense refrigerant by pulling in the outside air and blowing it over the condenser coil. As this happens, refrigerant condenses, and the heat from inside of your home dissipates from the refrigerant. However, the fan is bound to suck up a lot of dirt in the process, which then gathers on the coil.

Problems that Result from a Dirty Condenser Coil

It’s important that your outside unit is in top shape because heat must dissipate before refrigerant can absorb more heat out of the air in your home. But a dirty coil cannot effectively give off heat, which means your unit will have to work harder to compensate. And because your unit will have to run for a longer period of time, you may spend more in utilities every month. Professional coil cleaning can prevent repairs, increase efficiency, and extend the lifespan of your air conditioning system.

How Professionals Clean Your Coils

Often, professionals will rinse the coils with water during maintenance. However, if your unit has not been cleaned in several years, a technician may recommend chemical coil cleaning. In this case, water would just push the dirt further into the coil, and chemical coil cleaning is the best way to remove dirt and residue for good.

During any standard maintenance visit, a technician will clean and adjust components of your unit and alert you of any further services you may need. To schedule professional air conditioning maintenance in Sherman Oaks, and to determine whether your unit could benefit from chemical coil cleaning, call the dependable technicians at Kilowatt today!

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How Spiders Can Burn Out Your Air Conditioning System

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Arachnophobia, the fear of spiders, affects millions of people in the United States. Although most of these uninvited guests to our homes and workplaces do not harm humans, arachnophobia continues to be one of the most common fears in the U.S. However, you may be surprised by the damage that spiders can do to an important component of your home.

Today, Erik from Kilowatt discusses a hidden danger outside of your home—spiders damaging the outdoor condenser unit of your air conditioner. If you haven’t scheduled air conditioning maintenance yet this year, there’s a possibility that dirty components, low refrigerant, or even spiders are keeping your unit from running at peak performance and lowering its efficiency.

For one, any kind of dirt and dust in your outside unit can cause problems for your system. If all of the parts in your air conditioner are not working as well as they could, the AC has to run for longer periods of time, which means you’re actually paying more for air conditioning. If there is dirt and debris inside of your indoor condenser unit, it simply cannot perform at its best, and spider webs are a common way this may happen. During professional air conditioning maintenance, a technician will clean out any part of your unit that may be afflicted with webs and other blockages.

Another surprising problem that stems from spiders on your outside unit is electrical issues. A panel on your outdoor unit holds the contactors and wires that send an electrical charge to the motor and compressor of your unit. This is a common area for spiders to make a home and lay their eggs. But as webs buildup inside of this unit, they may interfere with the electrical connections. In fact, a buildup of spider webs can act as conduits, allowing power to move through the webs. This can cause problems with electrical components, tripping the breaker or affecting the circuit board.

Spiders in the condenser unit are just one of the many reasons to schedule air conditioning maintenance in Sherman Oaks. Call the maintenance experts at Kilowatt today!

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