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How Efficient Are Ductless Mini Split Systems?

Monday, August 12th, 2019

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As older home specialists, our Kilowatt team often works with ductless mini split systems. Going ductless is an excellent choice for these homes because they allow for cooling and heating around the house, much like a central HVAC system, but without needing to add an inch of ductwork.

But ductless mini splits offer other benefits for homeowners, such as improved energy efficiency. How much of a difference can a ductless mini split make in home comfort? We can’t give you specific dollar savings amounts because every home is different, but we can show you how ductless systems improve efficiency.

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Unhealthy Air Quality Concerns in Southern California

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

We’ve written about indoor air quality for homes before, since making IAQ (indoor air quality) improvements is part of what we do. But it’s urgent to talk with customers and potential customers in Southern California because of the recent destructive fires that blazed through the region during November. By the time the fires ended, more than 20 cities in California had unhealthy air. The Woolsey fire in Malibu was the most destructive for us in Southern California, and it released into the air many harmful particles that can lead to respiratory issues and worsening of previous medical conditions.

Even though the fires are vanquished and we’ve had rain, air quality doesn’t automatically switch back to “healthy.” The short-term concerns about being outside may be gone, but your home may be suffering from poor air quality for the near future. Sadly when homes burn the smoke is much more toxic than the smoke from a wood campfire. But you can do something about the air quality inside your home!

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The Thermostat Setback Is Still a Way to Save on Cooling

Monday, August 27th, 2018

You’ve heard the advice before: to save energy cooling your home, setback the temperature on the thermostat (i.e. set the temperature higher) during times when you’re not home or during the evening when people are asleep. The standard recommended setback temperature is 8°F. For example, if you keep the thermostat set to 78°F during the day when people are in the house and awake (this is a setting the US Department of Energy advocates for the best combination of energy savings and comfort), then the setback temperature would raise it to 86°F. If you own a programmable thermostat, you can have the setback as the standard evening/away setting and then not have to think about adjusting the temperatures after that.

Thermostat technology has advanced rapidly over the last decade, and you may have heard contrary advice: thermostat setback isn’t useful and won’t save money. But this is wrong for a number of reasons. Let’s look at why the thermostat setback is still a basic way to save money on cooling costs.

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Problems With an Air Conditioner’s Condensate Pan and Drain

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

ac-unit-insidesAn air conditioning system doesn’t use water to cool off the inside of a house—but water condensation is a part of the AC’s heat exchange process. If you listen to the air conditioner’s indoor cabinet when the system is running, you’ll occasionally hear the drip of water. This is the vapor from the air that gathers along the evaporator coil. As the coil evaporates the cold refrigerant moving through it to draw heat out of the air, it also draws out moisture in the air, where it condenses on the coil.

What happens to this water? It drips off the coil and falls down into a shallow condensate pan. A pump then removes the water through a drain and removes it from the house. For the most part, you won’t have to think about it. Unless…

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Never Let Those AC Repairs Linger at the End of the Year

Monday, November 6th, 2017

air-conditioner-unit-being-repairedWow, it’s finally cooled down here in Southern California. There was a week there in October when the temperatures were rising above 100°F. We hope your air conditioner was able to keep your home cooled down during this rough pre-Halloween heat wave—and if you did have troubles, we hoped you contacted us to have them fixed.

If you’ve noticed that your AC was having some problems during the recent heat, but it continued to run, you still need to have the system looked at to see what needs to be fixed. Don’t hesitate to schedule air conditioning repair in Van Nuys, CA or elsewhere in our service area at the end of the year. There are some good reasons why you never want these problems to linger over to the next calendar year, even though you don’t think there will be another heat wave coming up in November and December.

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Installing Air Conditioning and Figuring Out Tonnage

Monday, July 10th, 2017

outdoor-condenser-units-fenceWe always recommend our customers arrange for a new air conditioning installation in Van Nuys, CA or elsewhere in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley during early spring. That way they can get a head start on the heat of summer and have the work done in a period when they can stand to be without cooling for a few hours.

However, we understand that sometimes planning doesn’t work out the way it should, or that an air conditioner that seemed to be in good shape in spring might break down abruptly during the intense summer heat. If you need an air conditioning replacement right now, you can count on our trained team to do the job right. We stand behind all our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

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Customer Question: “What’s the Difference between SEER and EER?”

Monday, May 1st, 2017

question-markWhen you start the quest to have a new air conditioning system installed in your home (and right now is a good time to have it done; we’re coming up on the hot days of summer) you’ll encounter numerous numbers and stats. It can all be a bit confusing. You probably already know that BTUs has something to do with how much cooling an air conditioner can put out. The higher the BTUs, the more cooling power the AC has. Technically, BTUs are a measure of how much heat the AC can remove from the air—but the effect is the same as far your comfort is concerned.

But what about the two efficiency ratings you find on the list of an air conditioner’s stats, SEER and EER? You might know that the higher these numbers, the more energy efficient the air conditioner is. But what’s the difference between the two numbers? Why the extra “S” on SEER? What does it mean, and is it important?

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‘Tis the Season… to Shut Down Your Furnace (Southern California, After All!)

Monday, February 20th, 2017

large-furnaceWe experienced a colder beginning of the year than is usual for Southern California—although many other parts of the country would laugh at what we consider “cold”! If your household is one of the many that uses a natural gas furnace for warmth during the winter, you probably got some serious use from it during January and early February.

But Southern California warms up fast and warms up early. We’re almost to that point of the year when the air conditioning system kicks in and then stays on, while the furnace naps until November.

But you shouldn’t simply stop using the furnace and call it a day. (Or a summer.) A natural gas furnace requires a few steps to properly shut down at the end of cold weather. This will help it stay in good shape and keep your house safe.

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Join Our Maintenance Club and Prepare for the Change of Seasons!

Monday, September 5th, 2016

We’re now moving into the fall. That may not sound like it’s a major event in Southern California because of our mild winters. However, we recommend that you never ignore regular bi-annual maintenance appointments for your HVAC system, and the fall is one of the best times to arrange for the second annual appointment. When you sign up for our Maintenance Club, you’ll receive the regular service your heating and cooling system need each year to run at their best.iStock_000007963165Small

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Troubleshooting a Broken Air Conditioning System

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

P1010608We understand that one of the biggest household emergencies you might face during a hot Southern California summer is a cooling system that just won’t cool. Whether your air conditioner is only sending out room temperature air or it won’t turn on at all, you’ll want to have the problem remedied as soon as possible. Often this means making a call to AC repair professionals like the ones on our team.

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