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Jul 2018 18

How to Check the Age of Your HVAC Unit

Posted in Efficiency, HVAC Education, Maintenance

We are already a few weeks into summer and the heat is on! In order to keep your home and family comfortable, you may be running your air conditioner non-stop. But will it last the whole summer? In older homes, it may seem like it takes hours for air from the A/C to feel cool, especially when the weather is hot. Unfortunately, if your unit’s efficiency has slowed, it may be due to age. Unlike a fine ...

Jul 2018 12

Create Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaning Products at Home

Posted in HVAC Education, Summer

The smell of a clean home can be intoxicating. But, have you ever wondered if what you’re breathing in is actually toxic? Although it may seem like common practice for your home to smell like fresh cotton or an ocean breeze, many of the most popular household cleaning products can be full of harmful chemicals.   Without checking the label on your favorite cleanser, you may be allowing strong chemicals like ammonia, chlorine, phosphates and various types ...

Jul 2018 05

Teach Your Kids the Three R’s of Going Green

Posted in HVAC Education, Summer

At ALPS, we believe it’s never too early to learn the importance of energy conservation. This belief extends beyond heating and air-conditioning systems. We understand that HVAC systems use the majority of energy in the home, but there are important lessons you can teach young family members about the perks of going green. We’ve assembled the three R’s of what every parent should instill in their child to form sustainable habits:   Reduce California is almost always in a ...

Jun 2018 27

Choosing the Right Air Filter for Your Home

Posted in HVAC Education

At ALPS, we always remind our customers about the importance of regularly changing their air filters. But, we have heard that many customers feel overwhelmed when they are actually walking down the aisle of their local hardware store. Flat, pleated, reusable? How are homeowners supposed to know which option to purchase for their specific HVAC system? We’ve come up with a few notes about the most common types of air filters and their features to assist homeowners ...

Jun 2018 21

At-Home HVAC Projects to Avoid at All Costs

Posted in HVAC Education, Maintenance

After escaping the confines of apartment life, many new homeowners will search the Internet for home improvement ideas. But owning a home means it’s more important than ever to stay on budget. Some may try their hand at DIY projects to keep the cost of home improvement low. But, many new homeowners don’t realize that some projects could do more harm than good.   Air Balancing at Home Air balancing is simple, right? To adjust the amount of treated ...

May 2018 23

5 Things to Note About Indoor Air Quality

Posted in HVAC Education, Spring

When you work in the heating and air conditioning industry, your main focus is always on the temperature aspect of the business, right? Wrong! The quality of your indoor air is just as important. Poor indoor air quality can lead to numerous detriments to your home, including discomfort, stagnant air, poor temperature control…the list goes on and on! Keep the allergens of blooming flowers and grass at bay by making indoor air quality a top priority. Here are ...

May 2018 09

DIY: How to Change Your Furnace Filter

Posted in Heating, HVAC Education

Do you remember when you first started driving, and your parents asked you to check the car for oil? You probably didn’t know where to start. Just like young drivers, most first-time homeowners don’t know where to begin when dealing with their home’s furnace.   You may not know this, but there is a filter inside of your home’s furnace that needs to be changed on a regular basis. You also may not be aware of how ...

May 2018 02

5 Common HVAC Sounds & What They Mean for Your System

Posted in HVAC Education

Sometimes, with older HVAC units, you may be able to hear when the system starts up. But if the sound is loud enough to stop you from your latest TV show binge-watch, the problem may be more serious. When an HVAC unit is working properly, it is relatively quiet. If yours is communicating with you through a series of clangs and whistles, it may be asking for help. Listen closely to what sounds the unit is making ...

Apr 2018 25

The Most Common HVAC Terms & Acronyms Decoded

Posted in HVAC Education
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When you call your local HVAC company, do you try to use proper terminology to explain the issue that you’re experiencing? Or do you use words like “thing-a-ma-jig” or “what-cha-ma-call-it?” Our technicians know from experience that the components and functions of HVAC systems are not common knowledge, especially for first-time homeowners. Well, customer satisfaction is our top priority. So to help out, we have compiled a list of the most common HVAC terms, acronyms, and their meanings.  ...

Apr 2018 11

3 Air Conditioning Myths Disproven Before Summer Begins

Posted in HVAC Education, Summer
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Summer in Southern California brings about thoughts of swimming pools, trips to theme parks, and days at the beach. Unfortunately, summer also means the arrival of extremely hot temperatures and the beginning of our reliance on air-conditioning. At Alps, we understand the importance of keeping your home comfortable without breaking your monthly budget. But we also know there may be things that you think will influence it, that actually have no effect. Here are some of ...

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