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Mar 2018 07

A/C Compressor Fail: Causes & Solutions

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It seems ironic that your A/C compressor is one of the most delicate pieces of equipment in your HVAC system and also one of the most expensive to repair. That’s why it is so important to understand how to properly care for your compressor, before it makes a huge dent in your wallet.   What is an A/C Compressor? An A/C compressor is basically the “heart” of your HVAC system. If it is not working properly, your air ...

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 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, ...

Sep 2017 13

Fall Trips: How to Keep Your Home Safe

Posted in Air Conditioning, Fall, Heating

As we step into fall, many homeowners with families may want to fit in an outing before they are swept up in the homework and science projects of a new school year. But, before you rush out the door, there are a few things you should do to make sure your home is safe while you are away.   Thermostat One of the most important things to check before leaving for a trip is that your thermostat is ...

Sep 2017 06

How to Stay Cool Without Exhausting Your Air-Conditioner

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Summer

The heat has been hitting us hard this year. Many homeowners are desperate to cool off, but want a solution that doesn’t involve running their air-conditioner 24/7. Luckily, there are many ways to stay cool, without running up your utility bills.   Hydrate One of the easiest ways to beat the heat quickly is by filling your body with cool fluids. Keeping your internal body temperature low can be much more effective than trying to apply cold things ...

Jun 2017 28

3 Home Cooling Myths Every Alps Customer Should Avoid

Posted in Air Conditioning, HVAC Education, Maintenance

We know the answer to this question, but we’re asking it anyway. What is your least favorite part about summertime? The most popular answer from Alps customers is skyrocketing energy bills. While there are lots of tips and tricks out there to conserve energy and save money, sometimes things seem too good to be true. Stop getting suckered into believing popular HVAC myths and urban legends your read online. Here are three common HVAC myths you ...

Jun 2017 21

Top Questions You Should Ask Your HVAC Contractor

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Heating, HVAC Education

Replacing your air conditioner is one of the largest investments you will make as a homeowner. Repairs can also become costly – especially as your system ages. This doesn’t mean an aging HVAC unit requires a complete overhaul at the present moment. Here are some important questions you should ask your HVAC contractor before you decide to repair or replace your unit: Should I repair or replace my system? We find that customers go the DIY route ...

Jun 2017 14

How to Avoid Common HVAC System Emergencies

Posted in Air Conditioning, Heating, HVAC Education, Maintenance

Emergencies strike at the worst possible time. In fact, studies show that a quarter of American households lack the essential savings to come out of pocket for an unexpected HVAC repair or the installation of a new system. Of those saving cash in their rainy day fund, half of those customers cannot even afford to replace their furnace. Tired of trying to put two pennies together for expensive repairs? Here’s how you can reduce your chances ...

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