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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 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.

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 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 20

How Dirty Filters Can Negatively Impact Your Home & Your Health

Posted in HVAC Education, Maintenance

The negative impact of not properly maintaining your HVAC system can affect your family and your home. Filters are responsible for air quality, if they are not clean, then neither is the air in your home. By changing filters regularly, homeowners can avoid illness and expensive energy bills.   Why is it Important to Change My Filters? First of all, air filters are your HVAC system’s best line of defense against harmful germs, viruses, and allergens in the ...

Aug 2017 30

Small Ways to Save Big on Your Energy Bills

Posted in Efficiency, HVAC Education, Summer

Sometimes, change can seem overwhelming, especially when it comes to your home life. But, don’t fret; there are lots of little things you can do to get started on the road to bigger changes. If you make more green decisions early on (i.e. when purchasing new appliances), it can save money for years to come. Here are a few ways to save energy around your home.   Load Up Your Washer and Dryer The most efficient way to ...

Aug 2017 23

How to Keep Your HVAC System from “Bugging Out”

Posted in HVAC Education, Maintenance, Summer

Summer in Southern California brings sun, fun, and…bugs. When it heats up outside, pests look for refuge inside. Although it may be tempting to just cross your fingers and hope that they don’t choose your home as their summer hideout, ignoring pest problems can have major consequences.   Many homeowners may not realize that an easy path into the heart of their home lies in the HVAC system. It is important to protect your home from pests ...

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 ...

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