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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

Posted in All Posts, Featured, Maintenance
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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 ...

Sep 2014 17

Fall is Almost Here, is your Heater Ready?

Posted in All Posts, Featured, Heating, Maintenance
is your heater read, orange county heater maintenance, oc hvac

We have been talking about air conditioning for a long time now.  It’s been a long, hot summer and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping.  Well, except for the calendar.  As we head into September and as Fall quickly approaches, the temperatures will drop, your AC will no longer be needed and your heater will become necessary. The great part about Fall is that the temperatures usually stay pretty temperate.  This is an ideal ...

Apr 2014 01

Air Conditioner Spring Cleaning

Posted in Air Conditioning, Maintenance

It is important to have an HVAC specialist perform routine maintenance and cleaning on your AC unit as you get ready to turn it on for the summer. Whether it is time for maintenance or not, be sure to keep your system dust and debris free. Doing so will make your unit more efficient and keep you breathing easier all year long. Here are a few things you can do to give your unit ...

Mar 2014 11

Keep Your Filters Clean

Posted in Efficiency, HVAC Education, Maintenance

One of the most important things you can do to keep your heating and ac system healthy and functioning is keep the filters clean. How often you need to clean or change your filter depends on what kind of filter it is and the environment of your home. The easiest rule to follow is clean it when it’s dirty. There are some advanced filtering systems that last for a long time. The instructions here apply ...

Feb 2014 25

Signs it is Time for a New Furnace

Posted in Heating, Maintenance

A good furnace will last a long time, but not forever. If you have a furnace that has been working hard for you and your home for quite a few years it might be in need of replacement. Here are a few simple signs that it is time for a new furnace in your home. Age First, find out how old your furnace is. In homes today most furnaces last 15 to 20 years. The date ...

Feb 2014 11

Airflow Tests: What can they Tell Us?

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Maintenance

Are you really getting what you are paying for from your air conditioning and heating system? Alps uses two Energy Star required tests to help you answer this question. The first is a duct test, which we previously wrote about on our blog: Duct Testing to Save Energy and Money. The second is an airflow test, which we will be discussing today. Both tests can tell you a lot about the energy ...

Jan 2014 31

Duct Testing to Save Energy and Money

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Maintenance
duct test, energy saving orange county, alps hvac

Duct tests aren’t actually required by the city or state, so why do we do them? A duct test is an important way to make sure that the air you are paying for is actually making it to the rooms you want to heat or cool. If there are any leaks in ductwork, the air is wasted because it goes into the attic instead of into your home. But, after a duct test, those leaks ...

Jan 2014 23

Keeping Your House Safe on Vacation

Posted in Maintenance

If it is time to leave your house for a business trip, a family visit, or a well-deserved vacation, there are a few things you should do to make sure your house stays safe without you.  Keeping your lights on timers and stopping the mail are important steps to keep your house safe from burglars but there are also dangers within a home that build up without the care and continued use of a homeowner. ...

Jan 2014 09

Stay Safe from Carbon Monoxide Buildup

Posted in HVAC Education, Maintenance

Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless and odorless gas that is a byproduct of using common fuel sources like gasoline, propane and kerosene. It can waft around like steam or perfume but is undetectable by humans. If CO builds up in enclosed spaces it is very dangerous. Low levels of CO can cause a person to experience flulike symptoms and high levels can be fatal. High levels of CO are dangerous any time of year. It ...

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