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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 air.   Because filters trap airborne bacteria, ...

Sep 2017 13

Fall Trips: How to Keep Your Home Safe

Posted in Air Conditioning, Fall, Heating

As we step into fall, many homeowners with families may want to fit in an outing before they are swept up in the homework and science projects of a new school year. But, before you rush out the door, there are a few things you should do to make sure your home is safe while you are away.   Thermostat One of the most important things to check before leaving for a trip is that your thermostat is set correctly. It has been ...

Sep 2017 06

How to Stay Cool Without Exhausting Your Air-Conditioner

Posted in Air Conditioning, Efficiency, Summer

The heat has been hitting us hard this year. Many homeowners are desperate to cool off, but want a solution that doesn’t involve running their air-conditioner 24/7. Luckily, there are many ways to stay cool, without running up your utility bills.   Hydrate One of the easiest ways to beat the heat quickly is by filling your body with cool fluids. Keeping your internal body temperature low can be much more effective than trying to apply cold things to your exterior. Keep bottled ...

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 run your washer and dryer ...

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 that can cause structural damage ...

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 a danger to children and ...

Aug 2017 02

4 Easy Ways to Enhance Your Energy Efficiency

Posted in Efficiency, HVAC Education

It’s summertime and we’re all looking for simple hacks and tricks to save on our energy bills. Surprisingly, simple home improvements can help reduce the amount of energy it takes to heat and cool your home. Tired of living in an oven this summer and in an igloo during the winter months? Check out these easy ways to improve the efficiency of your home and save big on your energy costs. Check Your Insulation Struggling to keep your home cool this summer? You ...

Jul 2017 19

How to Choose the Right Air Filter for Your HVAC Unit

Posted in Efficiency, HVAC Education

So, you’re walking down the heating and cooling aisle of your local home improvement store and all you want to do is purchase a new air filter. Overwhelmed by the myriad of options? Most of our customers are in the same boat. From flat to pleated to reusable, how are you supposed to know which option is the best one for your HVAC system? We’ve packaged together some helpful tips to assist you in making an informed decision the next ...

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 should avoid if you want ...

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 and try to repair their ...

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