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Feb 2018 14

How to Avoid Dust Overload

Posted in Maintenance

Air quality and HVAC services go together like peanut butter and jelly. One thing that ruins that relationship in a hurry is dust. At Alps, we recommend a regular cleaning whenever a technician is called out to service your HVAC equipment. Regular maintenance will prevent dust and debris from being able to settle. This will keep your equipment in tip-top shape and avoid any health-related issues from arising.   If you are between maintenance appointments, there are ...

Feb 2018 07

Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Window Treatments

Posted in Efficiency

Window treatments can add color and style to your home, while preserving energy efficiency. Many homeowners have found that strategically using window treatments can boost their household energy efficiency savings. Use these tips to save money, while being a friend to the environment.   Functional Fabric No matter what season you are in, comfort is always important. Choosing the right fabric for drapes can help reduce the heat of summer days and the cold of harsh winter nights. One of ...

Jan 2018 31

Proper Insulation Can Save You Money

Posted in Insulation

Homeowners will go to great lengths to save money. Adding extra layers, investing in electric blankets, there are countless options. But, one solution that is often forgotten is improving your home’s insulation. Your HVAC system is an energy hog, especially when temperatures are extreme.   If you are looking for a cost-effective way to save money on your monthly utility bills, improving your home’s insulation is one of your best options.   How Can Insulation Work for You? Insulation works ...

Jan 2018 24

Three S’s That Prevent Your Thermostat from Reading Accurately

Posted in Efficiency, Maintenance

It’s another beautiful day in Southern California. Outside the sun is shining and the birds are singing. But inside, it feels more like a cold night in December. If your thermostat displays a reading of 75 degrees, but it feels more like 65 degrees, it may be time for an inspection.   There are several factors that can affect the accuracy of your thermostat. As the temperature gatekeeper, it is the thermostat’s job to keep your home ...

Jan 2018 17

5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Heating Bill in Check

Posted in Efficiency, Heating

We still haven’t been able to escape the cold, winter weather. Which means, many homeowners will be turning up the heat on their thermostats before thinking about how much money they are burning on heating costs. We don’t want you to lose sleep with frozen toes, but we also don’t want your furnace to work through the night heating your home. To combat high utility bills and avoid being left in the cold, we have six ...

Jan 2018 10

Pet Hair vs. Your HVAC System

Posted in Efficiency, Maintenance
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If you have pets, your air filters are constantly fighting against pet hair and pet dander. Air filters play a very important role in your HVAC system. They are the gate-keepers that prevent contaminants from invading your home and mucking up your indoor air quality. They regulate air distribution and protect equipment from dust and debris.   Dirty or clogged air filters can cause your system to misread the environment, forcing it to work harder, run longer, ...

Jan 2018 03

How to Go Green in 2018

Posted in Efficiency, HVAC Education

Let’s start the New Year off right by saving money! There is no reason to spend hundreds of dollars every month on expensive utility bills. Even better, let’s make a plan to be more green, saving energy and helping the environment along the way. The following tips can help you create a cleaner and more energy efficient home for you, your family, and the environment.   Reduce, Reuse, Recycle It’s an old adage that still rings true today. Recycling ...

Dec 2017 27

New Year’s Resolutions for Your HVAC System

Posted in Maintenance

The flurry of the holidays has passed and a new year is around the corner. It’s time to reflect and set those resolutions. Eat healthy. Lose weight. Join a gym. The list can go on and on.   Most of us will focus on personal growth going into 2018, and overlook ways that we can improve our everyday lives. Don’t worry, we took on the task and compiled a list of home maintenance resolutions to improve the ...

Dec 2017 20

Avoid These Holiday HVAC Decorating Mistakes

Posted in HVAC Education

We are days away from inviting Santa and all of his reindeer into our homes for the holiday. But many homeowners are busy and may have to rush through the decorating process in these last few days. Before you start decking your halls and jingling your bells, make sure that your decorations aren’t imposing on your comfort, your HVAC equipment or your energy bill. Read on to learn how to avoid making these common holiday HVAC ...

Dec 2017 13

Five HVAC Tips to Heat Your Home More Efficiently

Posted in Heating

Winter has arrived, and that means your home heating system will be working hard to keep your family cozy. Unfortunately, we all know that means higher utility bills. Luckily, there are simple, low cost measures that you can use to heat your home more efficiently.   Fasten Your Flue Fireplaces pull warm air up and out of the chimney. This means that you are losing heat if the fireplace is open, but not in use. Keep warm inside ...

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