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Archive for HVAC Education
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 ...

Apr 2017 19

3 Air Conditioning Myths Refuted in Time for Summer

Posted in Air Conditioning, HVAC Education, Summer

As summer arrives with brutally hot temperatures, we begin to rely heavily on air conditioning. With 90-degree days looming on the horizon, we understand the importance of ensuring your home remains comfortable without breaking your budget. Here are some refuted air conditioning myths that will help keep cool air in your home and more money in your pocket: Your home will cool faster by lowering the thermostat Most central air conditioning units are designed to keep your ...

Feb 2017 16

3 Tips for Pest-Proofing Your HVAC System

Posted in Air Conditioning, All Posts, Heating, HVAC Education

This time of year, pests may be looking to seek refuge from the cold, and what better place for them to find warmth than in your home. Ignoring pest problems may lead to damaging consequences – raccoons and squirrels that find their way into your attic, mice that enter your home through small gaps in your HVAC connections and termites that can subtly destroy the structure of your home. Often, homeowners may overlook one path pests ...

Dec 2016 07

What Makes AC Compressors Fail In HVAC Systems?

Posted in Air Conditioning, HVAC Education
What Makes AC Compressors Fail

If you’ve been told that your AC compressor is broken, it’s probably not your best day. AC compressors are one of the most expensive repairs and delicate pieces of your HVAC system.  Understanding what wears them down as well as how to avoid these issues before its too late is extremely important.  What Makes AC Compressors Fail: What is an AC compressor and how does it become damaged?  An AC compressor is the “heart” of your HVAC unit. ...

Nov 2016 30

Why Use Humidifiers During Winter?

Posted in Featured, HVAC Education
Why Use Humidifiers During Winter

There is no doubt our HVAC systems work over time to keep us comfortable during the cold winter months. If you are highly sensitive to the cold weather, you may be wondering what other precautions can be taken to minimize the affect of the cold on your home and the health of your family.  Luckily, there is an answer: humidifiers. Here are some things you need to know when it comes to using humidifiers inside your home to ...

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