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Dec 2017 06

Benefits of Using a Humidifier in the Winter Months

Posted in Heating, HVAC Education

Our air-conditioners worked overtime this summer to keep us cool, and now the torch will be passed to our heating systems. But, you may be thinking, what else can I do to minimize the affect of the cold on my home and the health of my family? We have an easy to use and cost-effective answer: humidifiers. Below, we have listed a few of the benefits to using humidifiers inside your home.   Better Moisture As the temperature outside cools ...

Nov 2017 29

What To Do When Your Heater Doesn’t Turn On

Posted in Heating

So, you have finally convinced yourself to get out of your warm bed and begin your online holiday shopping. The only way to make it happen is by recreating that cozy feeling throughout the rest of your home. You tiptoe over to the heater, flip the switch, and wait…But, what should you do if it doesn’t turn on? Before you convince an HVAC technician to make an emergency stop, there are a few things to check ...

Nov 2017 20

3 Reasons to Be Thankful For Your HVAC System

Posted in HVAC Education

Thanksgiving is a time to gather and reminisce about all that we have to be thankful for during the holiday season. As we spend time with family and friends, we may forget that there is someone working diligently to keep our homes comfortable. No, it’s not St. Nick, it’s your HVAC system! Here are a few reasons to be thankful for the member of your household who is always working through the holidays: Heating & Cooling We ...

Nov 2017 15

HVAC Maintenance Check-up Checklist

Posted in Fall, HVAC Education, Maintenance

A seasonal maintenance check-up is the best way to keep systems at peak performance. Having an HVAC professional perform an annual check can prevent underlying problems and unwanted costs. Summer and winter are notoriously busy for HVAC companies. So it’s a good idea to get on the books during spring for your cooling system and fall for the heating system. At ALPS, our technicians are always happy to share insight about the right way maintain your HVAC ...

Nov 2017 08

Is Your HVAC System Healthy? Your Nose Knows…

Posted in Fall, HVAC Education

When you turn on your HVAC system, do your nostrils notice? If your system gives off one of the odors below, it may be an indication of an unhealthy unit.   Your HVAC system is one of the largest pieces of equipment running through your home. If something is not working properly, it is imperative to take action. A defective system can have negative effects on your wallet, but more importantly, it can impact your health.

Nov 2017 01

The Benefits of Purchasing a Portable Air-Conditioner

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency

The heat just won’t quit! As October comes to an end, we have been experiencing a few of the hottest days of the year. If this pattern continues, Southern California residents may not be able to survive with just ceiling fans or standing fans to cool us down. Portable Air-Conditioner Many homes in CA, especially those near the beach, do not have in-home air conditioning systems. If your home is not equipped, a portable air-conditioner may be ...

Oct 2017 25

Keeping Your Ducts in a Row: Condensation

Posted in Air Conditioning, HVAC Education, Maintenance

Ductwork is often overlooked because it is hidden in the walls and ceilings of most homes. Homeowners tend to forget that the quality of your ducts can greatly impact the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system. Even if you purchase the most energy efficient system on the market, and you seal all of your home’s thresholds, that energy could quickly go to waste if you haven’t taken the time to properly maintain your ducts. One of the ...

Oct 2017 18

It’s Not Too Late to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Posted in Fall, Maintenance

Most calendars mark October as the beginning of fall. The weather is cooler, sunlight fades faster, and you may wonder…is my home prepared for the change? Although we are halfway through the month, there are still things homeowners can do to ensure their home and HVAC system are ready for cooler weather. At ALPS, we want you to spend less time worrying and more time getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year!   Check for ...

Oct 2017 11

Is It Time to Replace Your Thermostat?

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Heating
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A thermostat is the temperature gatekeeper of the home. It detects interior temperature and adjusts accordingly to meet a homeowner’s desired preferences. However, they are not invincible, and are susceptible to normal wear and tear, like other home appliances. The difference is that a defective thermostat can disrupt your level of comfort, as well as incur hefty costs to your wallet over time. Here are a few things you can do to test that your home thermostat ...

Oct 2017 04

Shake It Up: Preparing Your HVAC for an Earthquake

Posted in Air Conditioning, Heating, HVAC Education

Earthquakes are a part of life in California. While we have not recently experienced dangerous seismic activity, many other places have, which is why it is important to be prepared before a quake happens.   Major earthquakes can damage a home’s foundation, walls, and roof. If there is damage to the HVAC or electrical system, homeowners without proper insurance could spend as much as $30,000 in home repairs.   Although we cannot reinforce your HVAC with a steel frame, ...

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