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Archive for HVAC Education
Aug 2017 16

Three Natural Cleaning Supplies That Can Improve Indoor Air Quality

Posted in HVAC Education, Summer

When was the last time you read the label on the back of your cleaning supplies? You might be surprised to learn that the even the most common cleansers are full of phosphates, chlorine, ammonia and even a few types of acid. If you clean your home regularly, you may be ingesting or inhaling toxic chemicals can lead to lung complications, irritation, and corrosion of delicate tissues in the body. Many of these supplies are ...

Aug 2017 02

4 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Energy Efficiency

Posted in Efficiency, HVAC Education

It’s summertime and we’re all looking for simple hacks and tricks to save on our energy bills. Surprisingly, simple home improvements can help reduce the amount of energy it takes to heat and cool your home. Tired of living in an oven this summer and in an igloo during the winter months? Check out these easy ways to improve the efficiency of your home and save big on your energy costs. Check Your Insulation Struggling to keep your ...

Jul 2017 19

How to Choose the Right Air Filter for Your HVAC Unit

Posted in Efficiency, HVAC Education

So, you’re walking down the heating and cooling aisle of your local home improvement store and all you want to do is purchase a new air filter. Overwhelmed by the myriad of options? Most of our customers are in the same boat. From flat to pleated to reusable, how are you supposed to know which option is the best one for your HVAC system? We’ve packaged together some helpful tips to assist you in making ...

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 ...

Jun 2017 07

Understanding What Common HVAC Noises Mean

Posted in HVAC Education

Most of us turn on the A/C before summer officially arrives. There’s something about the sound of cool air flowing through the vents that is calming. But, it’s definitely not calming when you begin to hear strange noises coming from your HVAC system. When it comes to HVAC noises, some are normal and some may indicate larger system issues you need to address sooner than later. We’ve compiled a common list of noises to help ...

May 2017 18

HVAC 101: Chronicling the History of Air Conditioning

Posted in Air Conditioning, HVAC Education

Time has certainly changed since physician and inventor Dr. John Gorrie proposed the idea of temperature regulation to rid diseases from hospitals and keep patients cool. Gone are the days of the availability of air conditioning as a luxury item for only members of the upper class. With the evolution of modern air conditioning, people from all socioeconomic background can now cool their homes and businesses. In fact, air conditioning has become such a convenience that ...

May 2017 10

Strategies for Troubleshooting your HVAC Unit Like a Pro

Posted in HVAC Education

Is your home sweltering hot because your air conditioner isn’t keeping you cool? Summer is almost here, which means temperatures in and around Southern California are rising. But, the one thing on the minds of Alps customers is relying on their A/C to cool their home during the hottest months of the year. Don’t lose your cool when you notice warm air blowing through the vents or a frozen air conditioner that resembles an igloo. Put ...

Apr 2017 26

3 Ways to Discover the Age of your HVAC Unit

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, HVAC Education

With summer’s blazing temperatures arriving soon, our air conditioning units will be running around the clock to cool our homes. For some customers, it seems like it takes an eternity for their unit to cool their home on hot days. An important factor to consider is that the age of your HVAC unit plays an essential role in how efficient and well a unit operates. For example, a customer may notice their unit is aging when ...

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