Symptoms of a Dirty Coil

January 15, 2020

Keeping your HVAC system clean goes a long way toward maintaining optimal efficiency and performance. While you may be aware of how to clean and replace your air filter, there is still the evaporator coil to think about. The evaporator coil should not go overlooked. Our technicians at [company name] take pride in educating our customers on how to keep their HVAC systems performing at maximum efficiency. Our team is available to assist you with: Air filter cleaning and replacement Evaporator coil cleaning Efficiency testing Routine maintenance The following signs may indicate a dirty coil. If you observe any of these symptoms, have your evaporator coil cleaned promptly. Your System No Longer Cools Your Home One of the most immediate signs you are likely to notice if you have a dirty coil is difficulty cooling your home. When dirt, dust, and debris cover evaporator coils, the coils are unable to draw heat from the air that passes through the HVAC system. As a result, you may notice that when you run your system, air is circulating through your home without being adequately cooled. Your System Is Working Harder A dirty coil causes your HVAC system to work harder to move...

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What Are the Different Types of Heating Systems for Southern California Residents?

January 9, 2020

Southern California is known for its mild winters and lasting sunshine. This doesn’t mean that nights and even daytime temperatures always contain warmth. When it comes to heating systems, Southern California has several reliable options. 1. Natural Gas Offers Energy Efficiency A natural gas furnace is a popular method for home heating. Installing a condensing gas furnace (versus a constant pilot light) lets your heater automatically adjust furnace and air blower output. Desired thermostat levels are met by its microprocessor, saving both electricity and natural gas consumption. 2. Heat Pumps Benefit Both Heating and Cooling Systems Heat pumps are dual purpose. More energy efficient than natural gas, heat pumps are typically recommended for climates without drastic highs and lows. A heat pump functions by drawing warm air from the outdoor environment, even when the air temperatures are cool. It then transfers this air indoors, heating it with the use of a heat transfer fluid, water tank and the use of compressor coils. With a flick of a switch, your heat pump performs in exactly the opposite manner. The pump now removes hot air from inside your house and transfers it back outdoors. This leaves indoor temperatures cooler without the need...

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What Thermostat Temperature is Best for the Winter?

December 14, 2019

has been helping homeowners in Burbank and throughout the neighboring communities stay warm since 2001. A common question we get from our customers are concerns regarding what the best thermostat temperature setting is for winter. Let’s have a closer look at the answer. EPA Recommendation The EPA focuses on energy conservation and so recommends 68 degrees Fahrenheit as a starting point. Research has shown that 68 degrees strikes a good balance between energy efficiency, safety and comfort. If you find 68 to be too cold, the EPA recommends increasing in one-degree increments. Wait a while, and then judge whether the new setting is comfortable enough. Optimal Humidity Helps Be mindful that the EPA makes this recommendation within the context of optimal relative humidity. Humidity is lower in winter, which is why static electricity is more common. The optimal relative humidity depends on a number of factors, but an RH of 40 percent is a good starting point and can make a difference of several degrees or more when it comes to being comfortable. Invest in a Smart Thermostat Your optimal temperature will vary throughout the day. The general recommendation is 62 to 66 degrees while everyone is out of the...

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How to Save Energy During the Holidays

December 7, 2019

The holidays bring so much joy, but they also are commonly associated with higher bills due to travel, shopping, dining out, and more. Implement some of our tips below to help you save some money on your energy bill to offset the other spending you’ll be doing over the holidays. Install a Programmable Thermostat Programmable thermostats are great at any time of the year, but you’ll definitely appreciate installing one a little more over the holidays. A programmable thermostat allows you to control and adjust your home’s temperatures to energy-saving levels when you are away. Whether you’ll be out shopping for a few hours or visiting family for a few weeks, you can program your thermostat to heat your home to a cooler temperature than you would if you were home. This can drastically reduce the amount of time your HVAC unit is running, which will result in noticeable energy and money savings on your next bill. Seal Any Leaks If warm air is escaping your home or cold air is getting into your home, your HVAC unit will need to work harder to keep your house heated. This is why it is important to locate and seal any leaks...

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your HVAC System

December 1, 2019

The new year is approaching so you’re probably already thinking of resolutions and goals. Saving money and reducing your carbon footprint are two impactful ways you can improve your lifestyle and maintain a more comfortable home. At , we specialize in providing efficient, affordable heating solutions to help you save money and conserve energy. Our experts recommend the following tips to boost your house’s energy efficiency in 2020. Stay on Top of Preventative Maintenance Preventative maintenance is important to keep your HVAC system efficient. We recommend having a licensed technician inspect your system annually to check for wear and tear and determine whether it is time to have components in your system cleaned to maintain air quality. This can help to avoid overworking your air conditioner and furnace. Change Air Filters Regularly The air filters in your HVAC system work hard to collect pollen, dust, and impurities all year. This keeps the air inside your house fresh. To work properly, these filters require regular cleaning and replacement. Depending on your system, you may need to swap them out every two to four months. Invest in a Smart Thermostat A smart thermostat is a worthy investment that will help you to...

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The Pros and Cons of Space Heaters

November 21, 2019

On the surface, space heaters seem like a quick and easy source of heat for your Burbank home or office. But did you know that space heaters can be hazardous? At , we think it’s important to learn about space heaters before you use them. The following are the pros and cons of using space heaters in your home or office. Pro: DIY Project The best part about purchasing a space heater is that you can set it up without assistance. You don’t have to install it. Remove it from the box, plug it into the wall, and you’re good to go. Con: Potential Fire Hazard Space heaters are responsible for approximately 25,000 fires and 300 deaths each year. When you use a space heater, you must be careful. Monitor your space heater at all times. If you leave the room, turn it off or unplug it. Keep children and pets away from the space heater. Pro: Cost-Effective For less than $100, you can purchase a space heater for a large room. The cost to run a 1500-watt space heater is about 16 cents per hour. If you reduce the running time of your heating system, you can decrease your...

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Why Does My Heating System Keep Turning Off?

November 11, 2019

Your furnace has several safety switches that are monitoring different conditions within the system. If they detect a problem, they will turn off your furnace to keep it from failing. If a safety switch turns off your furnace, the controller will wait a few minutes and restart the furnace. If a safety switch still detects a problem or is malfunctioning, it will turn off your furnace again. This cycle may continue until the problem is determined and fixed. A Diagnostic Test Will Find Your Furnace’s Problem Safety switches are monitoring airflow, heat buildup and the presence of a flame when fuel is being fed to your furnace. The skilled technicians at in Burbank, CA, can determine if a safety concern is present or if one of the sensors is beginning to fail. One of these sensors is monitoring the volume of air flowing through your furnace. Low airflow can cause the heat exchanger to overheat. An airflow problem might be caused by a dirty air filter, a dirty blower wheel, too many closed heat vents or an obstruction within the system. The flame sensor is ensuring that a flame is present when fuel is being fed to the ignition chamber....

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Why Is My Heating System’s Filter Black?

November 1, 2019

Strange things can happen with a heating system. Unexpected mishaps may require service calls, and routine maintenance is also necessary at times. You should, therefore, expect to replace a filter at some point. When the screen becomes black, something is seriously out of the ordinary. Putting in a new filter might not be enough. Depending on the cause, other work may be required. Dirt Accumulates in the Filter The filter catches dirt and, eventually, becomes so dirty that it turns black. Changing it before this point would be best. If you waited too long to change it, get the work done now. If you live near Burbank, CA, you can turn to . ​ Mold Finds a Home Mold might not be the first thing you suspect when you see a black filter, but the organic growth may very well be the culprit. Mold can grow in any environment that’s hospitable to it. This includes the interior of a heater. If there’s dampness inside the heating system, any mold spores present are going to grow and feed. Once mold affixes to the filter, the organic matter on the screen will give mold a food source. The filter has to go....

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Fall Indoor Air Quality Concerns & How to Prevent Them

October 30, 2019

Spring might be a harsh allergy season, but fall can be equally difficult for allergy sufferers. Even indoors, we can experience allergy symptoms, so you want to keep the indoor air quality at a healthy level during the fall season. Here are a few things to do to counter those fall air quality concerns. Improve Your Indoor Air Quality There are several things that you can do to improve indoor air quality during the fall. For starters, you can open the windows to let out that stale air and allow some fresh breezes into your home. However, this can open your home to outside pollen, and it might not be a suitable solution for those with allergies. If you need to test the air quality of your Burbank home, our technicians will make sure that you are breathing high-quality air. Use a HEPA Filter on Your Vacuum You can keep pollutants, pet dander, mold, and dust mites under control with the help of a HEPA filter. These filters will trap the harmful particles in the filters, helping you to breathe a little easier this fall. Change Your Heating Air Filter It is important to change your air filter throughout the...

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5 Ways to Save Energy this Fall

October 10, 2019

Whether you own a packaged unit or a heat pump, it will start to get a workout in the autumn. Below are five ways to mitigate the rise in energy bills that you’ll see during the fall season. 1. Replacing Air Filters Any ducted unit will have trouble heating if the ducts and filters are dirty. This means higher bills for increasingly mediocre performance. Pleated air filters, which are the highest in quality, should be replaced every three to six months. At , we can handle this and other minor heating repairs throughout Burbank, CA. You could even request regular maintenance. 2. Schedule Heating System Maintenance With a tune-up every autumn, you won’t have to worry about your system breaking down in the middle of winter. Tune-ups also help you save energy by eliminating any issues that were compromising the unit’s performance. 3. Checking for Adequate Insulation Your attic and walls may be lacking in the way of insulation, which means it will do little to slow down heat loss. Once you know the type, thickness, and R-value of your insulation, you can choose between adding more layers or upgrading to something with a higher R-value. 4. Preventing Drafts Drafts...

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