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Archive for Maintenance
Feb 2018 14

How to Avoid Dust Overload

Posted in Maintenance

Air quality and HVAC services go together like peanut butter and jelly. One thing that ruins that relationship in a hurry is dust. At Alps, we recommend a regular cleaning whenever a technician is called out to service your HVAC equipment. Regular maintenance will prevent dust and debris from being able to settle. This will keep your equipment in tip-top shape and avoid any health-related issues from arising.   If you are between maintenance appointments, there are ...

Jan 2018 24

Three S’s That Prevent Your Thermostat from Reading Accurately

Posted in Efficiency, Maintenance

It’s another beautiful day in Southern California. Outside the sun is shining and the birds are singing. But inside, it feels more like a cold night in December. If your thermostat displays a reading of 75 degrees, but it feels more like 65 degrees, it may be time for an inspection.   There are several factors that can affect the accuracy of your thermostat. As the temperature gatekeeper, it is the thermostat’s job to keep your home ...

Jan 2018 10

Pet Hair vs. Your HVAC System

Posted in Efficiency, Maintenance
hvac, pet hair

If you have pets, your air filters are constantly fighting against pet hair and pet dander. Air filters play a very important role in your HVAC system. They are the gate-keepers that prevent contaminants from invading your home and mucking up your indoor air quality. They regulate air distribution and protect equipment from dust and debris.   Dirty or clogged air filters can cause your system to misread the environment, forcing it to work harder, run longer, ...

Dec 2017 27

New Year’s Resolutions for Your HVAC System

Posted in Maintenance

The flurry of the holidays has passed and a new year is around the corner. It’s time to reflect and set those resolutions. Eat healthy. Lose weight. Join a gym. The list can go on and on.   Most of us will focus on personal growth going into 2018, and overlook ways that we can improve our everyday lives. Don’t worry, we took on the task and compiled a list of home maintenance resolutions to improve the ...

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 ...

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 18

It’s Not Too Late to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Posted in Fall, Maintenance

Most calendars mark October as the beginning of fall. The weather is cooler, sunlight fades faster, and you may wonder…is my home prepared for the change? Although we are halfway through the month, there are still things homeowners can do to ensure their home and HVAC system are ready for cooler weather. At ALPS, we want you to spend less time worrying and more time getting ready for the most wonderful time of the year!   Check for ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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