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Sep 2016 07

How to Prepare Your Home for Fall

Posted in All Posts, Fall, Featured, HVAC Education, Maintenance
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The end of Labor Day usually marks the end of summer. As the seasons begin to change and the weather becomes cooler and the nights longer, the transition from summer to fall is the perfect time to make sure your house is in tip top shape for the cooler months ahead. Thankfully, there are a number of simple things you can do around the house to ensure you are ready for fall so you can ...

Aug 2016 31

Are Cheaper Coolants Better for HVAC Units?

Posted in Air Conditioning, All Posts, Featured, HVAC Education, Maintenance
Are Cheaper Coolants Better for HVAC Units

As the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) continues to phase out what was once a staple HVAC fluid known was R-22, pricing for the aging coolant has skyrocketed.  Higher pricing for R-22 has left many wondering if turning to a cheaper alternative to help keep their aging HVAC units running is the best idea to cut corners and save money- but is this really the best answer? Cutting Costs With Cheaper Coolants One of the biggest rules when it ...

Aug 2016 01

Top HVAC FAQ’s- What You Should Know

Posted in All Posts, Featured, HVAC Education, Maintenance, Uncategorized
Top HVAC FAQ's

During the hottest months of the year, our HVAC units are working overtime to keep us cool and comfortable. If you are new to owning a unit of your own, you may find yourself scratching your head in regards to proper maintenance of your unit to help keep your home cool. On the contrary, if you are a seasoned owner of a HVAC unit, have you given thought about when the right time will be to ...

May 2016 13

Don’t Let Your HVAC System Break this Summer!

Posted in Air Conditioning, All Posts, Featured, Maintenance
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We all know that April showers bring May flowers. But it’s the lack of May-ntenance on your HVAC system that will leave you sweating in the summer sizzle. Ok, that might be a little cheesy, but the truth is that many of you will not have your HVAC system maintained this spring. The result of this is that many of you will turn on your HVAC when the temperatures start getting warm and all you will ...

Apr 2016 28

How To Reduce Dust In Your Home

Posted in Efficiency, Featured, HVAC Education, Maintenance
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At ALPS, air quality and HVAC services go hand-in-hand. When we come to your home to repair any of your HVAC components we always recommend continued maintenance of your units by regular cleaning and replacements when needed to avoid build-up, excess dust and wear and tear on your units. In the meantime, to preserve your HVAC unit in your home there are easy ways to avoid the dust layering that not only ruins your air conditioners ...

Apr 2016 12

Why Is this Not Working? Homeowner HVAC Edition

Posted in HVAC Education, Maintenance

Our natural first reaction to something not operating correctly is usually: why is this not working? Our second reaction is to promptly Google the issue, trying to find an easy solution. But when it comes to our air conditioning and heating systems, technical difficulties are trickier than replacing an old light bulb in your refrigerator. Here are general answers to the top 3 most common questions homeowners have in regards to their HVAC systems. For specific ...

Mar 2016 08

Signs Your Air Conditioning May Be Making You Sick

Posted in Air Conditioning, HVAC Education, Maintenance
Air conditioner sensitivity, feeling sick after work, air conditioner cleaning

Feeling sick after work? You may be sensitive to the air conditioner. Air conditioners are blissful during those hot, Southern California summers that are becoming longer and longer every year. They cool us down, re-energize us and leave us feeling refreshed and ready to take on the heat. But have you ever felt congested, like you may have a head cold, despite it being 90 degrees out? Because most air conditioners circulate old ...

Nov 2015 12

The Best Time for HVAC Repairs

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best time for hvac repair

In our business, we get a lot of calls for HVAC repairs when it’s either really hot or it’s really cold. Because we live in Orange County, an area where the temperature is temperate most of the year, most people don’t use their AC as much as someone who lives in Arizona, or heater as much as someone in Alaska. We might have it set to heat our homes, or to cool them, but it ...

Apr 2015 21

Dirty Sock Syndrome

Posted in Air Conditioning, All Posts, Featured, HVAC Education, Maintenance

Problem Every once and a while, we get a call from a concerned customer who asks: “Why does it smell like a dirty locker room when I run my A/C?” If that sounds familiar, then believe it or not, your A/C system may have Dirty Sock Syndrome. How would you know if you have Dirty Sock Syndrome and not some other issue causing a foul odor? Well, with Dirty Sock Syndrome, the smell only occurs when the ...

Nov 2014 13

Non-Toxic House Cleaners

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natural cleaner, non-toxic cleaners

Have you ever read the label on your household cleaning supplies? You might be surprised by what you find. Phosphates, chlorine, ammonia and some types of acid are all common ingredients in our favorite cleaners. Ingesting or inhaling too much of these toxic chemicals can lead to lung complications, irritation, and corrosion of delicate tissues in the body. Leaving bottles of these cleaners can endanger children and pets alike, and washing surfaces with them ...

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