Around 85% of the repairs that air conditioners may need during the summer season are for their electrical systems… and the parts that need to be replaced most frequently are the capacitors. We’ll take a closer look at air conditioner capacitors and why you may need to have one replaced.
Kilowatt Heating, Air Conditioning and Electrical Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Studio City’
Last week we wrote about the importance of scheduling air conditioning maintenance during the spring. When you have professionals inspect and tune-up your AC before the hottest weather of the year arrives, you’ll be fully prepared for the worst heat that our Southern California weather can dish out. (And we all know that can be pretty hot!)
However, our maintenance program is about more than just a one-time tune-up for your air conditioning system. Depending on the level of the program you sign up for, the program takes care of your air conditioner and your heater—and does so year after year.
As a homeowner, you have a larger selection of furnace types for household heating than ever before. You might even say that the selection is a bit, well, bewildering. That is why it is very important that you have a professional HVAC installer to assist you whenever it’s time to put in a new heater for a home, either as a first installation or as a replacement for an inefficient older unit.
In Southern California, people have different concerns when it comes to heating a home during the winter than elsewhere in the country where the temperature takes much steeper drops. Although homeowners will need to have a heating system to manage to cooler days and occasionally cold nights, the main concern in Southern California is energy efficiency: the heater in your home only runs periodically, so you want to make sure that it doesn’t cost you a fortune whenever it does come on.
El Niño: That period when above-average rainfall strikes Southern California and everyone learns how to make the “ñ” symbol using their keyboard. Meteorologists have predicted that this winter Southern California may experience an enormous El Niño—one large enough to have earned it the nickname of the “Godzilla El Niño,” conjuring up an image of a behemoth lumbering from the ocean to inflict devastation on shore.
If you have a home that uses a ventilation system to distribute cooled and heated air through the rooms, then you’re familiar with air vents and the grills that cover them. You probably think that there isn’t much else you really need to know about grills. How much of an effect can something like a grill have on home comfort?
Two things that have been on our mind a lot the last few months are babies and air purifiers. We’ve recently had two babies added to the Kilowatt family, and that’s made us think a lot more about the importance of air purifiers in homes. When you consider that EPA studies have shown that the air inside home’s is often 4 to 5 times worse than that outdoors, you can see why so many people recommend using air purifiers in babies’ rooms, even if the baby shows no symptoms of allergy or asthma problems.
During a hot California summer season, one of the worst troubles you might encounter in your home is a failed air conditioner. Perhaps the system is running, but only room temperature air is coming from the vents. Or maybe the AC won’t turn on at all. Either way, it’s a serious comfort emergency and one you need to have solved as soon as possible.
When people think about the power of the Sun, heat is usually the first thing that comes to mind. So when you hear the term “solar air conditioning,” does it at first sound a bit… funny?
We understand, but solar air conditioning is a remarkably simple concept in operating, just like many solar power systems. Essentially, you use solar collectors on the roof to create electrical energy, and then use that energy to run the electric components of the AC. Presto! Air conditioning using the free power of the Sun.
Of course, there’s a bit more to explain than that. If you are curious about installing solar air conditioning in Studio City, CA, call the solar professionals at Kilowatt. We would love to help you put the hot California Sun on your side when it comes to cooling down your home.
The Basics of Solar Air Conditioning
There are a number of different types of solar ACs, but the most common in homes is the hybrid, which combines an array of photovoltaic (PV) cells installed on the roof and a standard air conditioner indoors.
As radiant energy from the sun strikes the PV cells on the roof (and you can expect ample amounts of sunlight in Southern California!), it creates a photovoltaic effect along the semi-conductors, which results in useable direct current (DC) electricity. The electricity doesn’t go straight to the air conditioner however: in a hybrid system, the power moves to a battery and charges it. Whenever the air conditioner requires power to run its compressor, fans, and other components, it draws power from this battery. This way, the air conditioner can continue to run at night when there is no sunlight to create current in the cells. With the number of sunny days that Southern California experiences every year, you should never experience any efficiency problems from a solar AC, and the savings you will rack up can be immense.
Solar air conditioners cost more than standard central ACs to install, but the PV cells on the roof should last you for many years with minimum maintenance needs, and the energy savings from using the Sun’s energy will help the system pay off its installation costs after only a few years.
You can’t undertake solar air conditioning installation as a “do-it-yourself” project: this job requires specialists with years of training in both cooling and solar power. Look to Kilowatt: we’ve supplied homes with solar air conditioning since 1990, and we also handle repairs and maintenance. Contact us to find out what we can do to hook up your home for the renewable power of solar air conditioning in Studio City, CA.