When it’s cold outside (even in LA), you need the right furnace to heat your home evenly and efficiently. A furnace can only do its job properly if it’s the right size for the space it’s heating. Too big and it will switch on and off frequently, too small and it will run constantly. Neither is ideal. A small furnace … [Read more...]
How Air Conditioning Works
Before 1902, humans adopted creative ways of staying cool during hot summers. The ancient Egyptians hung wet reed mats in their windows that created a cooling effect when the wind blew through. Ancient Romans went so far as to pump cold water from aqueducts through the walls of elite homes. These days you need only … [Read more...]
What To Do When Your AC Unit Won’t Turn On
To troubleshoot the reason your AC unit won’t turn on, start by making sure its circuit hasn’t tripped. Next, make sure your thermostat is functioning properly. If it is, then go outside to check the condensate pump and the electrical connections. Finally, try testing the unit’s dual run capacitor. Once you’ve … [Read more...]
Which HVAC Projects Should I Never Try Myself?
Your home's HVAC system is a complicated, interconnected mechanism. Its heating, cooling, and ventilating components all rely on one another to treat your home's air properly. When something goes wrong with one aspect of the system, it affects the whole system... and you. Obviously, we understand why you'd want to try … [Read more...]
How to Prepare Your Home’s HVAC for Spring
Spring is the season of change and growth. Flowers are blooming, the school year is ending, and cold is giving way to new life. With the changing weather comes an innate human desire to clean, refresh, and clear out our living spaces. This should include your home’s heating and air conditioning systems. Don’t spend … [Read more...]
How Can I Tell if My Furnace Issue is an Emergency?
Just because California doesn't get as cold as states further north doesn't mean that no one living here needs a furnace. In fact, 2019 brought record-breaking cold temperatures and snowy weather to the sunshine state. While we hope that trend doesn’t continue into 2020, we still want to make sure you’re prepared if it … [Read more...]
How to Maintain Indoor Air Quality During Winter
Winter. The holliest, jolliest time of the year. Everyone spends more time indoors and less time in nature. A time where holidays lead to large family gatherings. Where life gets busy and yet no one gets out much. Where... your air quality declines? Any time you stay inside in the same space, for a long time, it … [Read more...]
How Often Should I Clean My Air Ducts?
How quickly your air ducts get dirty depends on several factors, including how frequently you use your HVAC, the size and age of your home, how often you replace your air filters, and more. On average, experts recommend cleaning your air ducts at least once every 3 to 5 years. In all likelihood, you don’t clean out … [Read more...]
Why Should I Invest in a Smart Thermostat?
Smart thermostats aren’t just a fancier way to control your home's temperature. Contemporary smart thermostats allow you far greater control over indoor temperature and humidity than any conventional thermostat could. That increased control will help you save money on power, use your HVAC more efficiently, and live … [Read more...]
How to Prepare Your Home’s HVAC for Fall
Pumpkin spice lattes are back in stores. People are swapping t-shirts for… long sleeve t-shirts. The days are getting ever-so-slightly shorter and leaves are getting ever-so-slightly crispier. There’s no denying it: fall is coming. And even here in California, it gets cooler in fall. Well, a little cooler anyway. Is … [Read more...]