Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
If there’s one thing that a lot of people seem to neglect when it comes to the upkeep of their homes, it’s the heating and air conditioning system. This time of year, you really want to focus more on the heating system maintenance side of things, as it is the heater that is getting the brunt force of all the work. While it’s a good idea to have a professional come out and take a look at least once a year, there are a few things you can do yourself to help make sure your heating system, as well as your air conditioning, continue to run and function properly.
We’ve covered a few of them before, and they’re pretty simple. Things like making sure the air filters are changed and there aren’t any obstructions around any outside units. These are fairly strait forward, and you can see more in some of our earlier posts here.
Heating and air conditioning maintenance is something that doesn’t seem to cross the minds of many people these days, despite it being a key part of prolonging and maintaining the appliances’ lifecycle. That and it’s a really good way of keeping monthly utility bills down – that’s something we all want to do during the long, cold winter months.
Without proper heating repair services, heating systems begin to wear out and break down, causing the whole system to have to work harder and longer to achieve the same desired results. Home owners and residents who find they have to break the bank every time they want to head up their homes should consider having one of our highly trained and skilled technicians come out and take a look. We’re skilled and experienced in making older, under-maintenanced systems work like new.
Idealistically, we all want our heating and air conditioning systems to work without fail. We just want to be able to turn them on and have them work, without any issues or having to fix things. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. It will be right out of the box and after a fresh installation, but over the years, things start to wear out and need replacing. If you don’t keep up on the maintenance and tune ups, than you’ll soon find yourself deciding to deal with the cold rather than the increased utility bills – something many of us have found ourselves in over the years.
Heating and air conditioning maintenance is extremely important for maintaining the systems. It’s something that we should all be keeping up with throughout the years if we want our systems to continue running like they did when they were first installed. We all want the lower monthly bills while still being able to enjoy our indoors, whether it be cold or hot outside. The only way to do that, though, without incurring the high bills is to keep up on the maintenance. After all, you wouldn’t let your car run for a few years without a tune up or oil change, would you?
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Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Well, folks, looks like we’ve done it again. For the second year in a row we’ve been awarded the Excellence in Customer Satisfaction award from Talk of the Town!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Talk of the Town, let me provide a little background information. TalkoftheTownNews.com provides a rather unique service to consumers throughout both the U.S. and Canada by conducting extensive and comprehensive research into the level of customer satisfaction held by companies. They take information from thousands, if not millions, of customer reviews, social networks like Twitter and Facebook, blogs, and surveys to help judge the top customer-rated companies in both countries. It is a truly wonderful service for consumers looking to avoid unpleasant customer service experiences and only deal with the best companies in their area.
We work hard to ensure that every customer, no matter how large or small, receives the highest level of service we have to offer. We know that it’s our customers who are, at the heart of the matter, the reason for our success. It is our customers, both returning and new, that allow us to continue to thrive in these rough economic times. It’s because of this outlook on both life and business that we go the extra mile and go above and beyond what our competitors would offer, all so that we can provide a level of customer service and satisfaction that is extremely difficult to find anywhere else, regardless of the current economic state.
These awards may mean a lot to us, but they are merely a reflection of what truly matters – our customers. We strive to make every last one of them as happy and satisfied as they can be, so much so that it has rebounded and cumulated in the receipt of multiple rewards over the years. To be honored with Talk of the Town’s Excellence in Customer Service Award two years in a row is truly a wonderful privilege – one that we plan on doing everything in our power to win again this year, and every year to come.
We go the extra mile because we truly care about our customers. We know that the when the residents of Southern California are satisfied and happy with their home and businesses heating and cooling systems, our business grows. We know that in order to be successful, especially in these times, you have to continue to do the right thing and do right by your customers. It’s a philosophy that many do not apply, and it is that philosophy that has allowed us to grow to the state we are today.
To all of our customers, both new and old, we want to say thank you. Thank you for voicing your satisfaction with us on your social media accounts, your blogs, and your review directories. We know that you don’t have to talk about how great our service is or how satisfied and impressed you are with the level of quality and their associated prices, but you did anyway.
We will move forward, striving to not only provide the same high level of quality service you’ve come to expect, but to increase it and raise the bar even higher.
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Monday, January 16th, 2012
The most efficient heating and cooling system you can have today is a central one. While there are uses for window air conditioning units and space heaters, you really get the most bang for your buck when you go with a central heating and air conditioning system. Space heaters use up a good portion of electricity and window units are only really useful for the room in which they reside. Central air and heating systems, on the other hand, heat and cool the entire house, as well as singular portions of it.
Most new and recent homes will come with central heating and cooling standard, but this is not the case with a lot of older homes. Central heating is wonderful to have during the long, cold winter nights and a central cooling system is great for those hot summer days. Luckily for those who don’t have central heating and air conditioning installed in their homes, there are many options available in regards to financing and tax rebates and credits. With the social shift towards energy efficiency and green technologies, now is the best time to take advantage of the available options to get one’s heating and cooling systems upgraded.
Every central heating system has a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. These ratings are important when looking for new equipment or installations. The higher the rating, the better off one is when it comes to their monthly energy bills. These ratings aren’t necessarily constant, since the systems themselves begin to require maintenance as time goes on. For this, heating and air maintenance is required to get everything working back at factory standards, increasing the energy efficiency back up to par and restoring the SEER rating.
We all want to be warm during the cold winter nights, and we all want to stay cool during the scorching summer days. Central heating and air conditioning systems are the way to achieve just that without having to pay through the nose every month in utility bills. Older systems can also benefit greatly from heating and air maintenance, especially if they haven’t been maintenanced in the last year. Typically, one would want their heating and cooling systems maintenanced once a year in order to keep them running at par. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.
If you haven’t had your heating and air conditioning systems maintenanced this year, than it’s probably a good idea to give us a call and see how we can help you out. We’re pretty good at maintenancing older units and getting them back up and running at peak efficiency.
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Friday, January 13th, 2012
If you’ve read any of our blog posts, you know that we’re pretty big on keeping your heating and air conditioning systems up to par with the annual maintenance. One thing we haven’t really talked about that much, though, is how one goes about choosing the right heating and air conditioning system for their home. The weather outside can be downright frightful, and, as this winter has shown us, somewhat unpredictable, further emphasizing the need for the right HVAC system.
In today’s world, one of the first things one should look at when purchasing a new heating and air system is the overall energy efficiency. In the past years, the individual components of both heating and air conditioning weren’t as efficient with the energy they use as today’s models, so chances are any new model available at local heating and air conditioning companies will be more efficient than the model currently installed in one’s home. This does not mean, however, that any model will do. There are two major factors determining the type of heating and air system one needs – the size of the home in question and the weather of the region it resides in.
The size of the home is pretty important when choosing the heating and air services, especially when it comes to getting the right fit for one’s home. For a larger the home, the more powerful components are going to need to be installed to achieve the desired heating and cooling results, while a smaller home doesn’t need such heavy-duty equipment.
The average weather for the region also plays a big role in deciding which model type and power consumption level desired for the new heating and air systems. For instance, if the weather is relatively warm throughout the year with little variation, than it would make sense to have system who’s components are more on the small end, since they won’t have to be doing much heating or cooling throughout the year. If, however, the region experiences hot summers and cold, long winters, than a more powerful and beefier system may want to be purchased instead.
There are a few other factors involved that can help determine the overall power level of the desired systems, including how shaded the home is and how much sunlight it lets into the home. To get the best advice and the best results for your specific home, it’d be best to talk to the pros here at our shop. From central heating in Winchester to air conditioning in LA, we’ve got you covered.
There are many options available when it comes to energy efficient equipment and components for one’s heating and air conditioning systems – why not let the pros help you figure out which would be the best fit for your home? We’ll save you time, money, and the frustration that comes with trying to figure all of this stuff out on one’s own.
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Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Just like our vehicles and other appliances, our central air and heating systems need annual maintenance to keep them running and operating at efficiency. We service our cars and trucks every three months with oil changes and the like, and we would never think about running our cars for a year without getting them tuned up in some way, shape, or form, yet a good number of us go for years without servicing, and in some cases even looking at, our central heating and air conditioning systems.
Keeping up on your central heating and air conditioning systems is important, since we all want to be able to turn the dial this winter and have our heaters start pumping out clean, warm air to keep us warm and comfortable on these cold winter nights. It’s easy to tell if your heater is working, but it’s not as easy to tell if it’s working efficiently. To tell that, you’ll either need to watch your heater usage and compare it to your utility bills, or have a professional come out and take a look at it. Needless to say, the latter is easiest.
A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t had your system maintenanced or serviced in the past year, than it’s time for a tune up. This holds true for both heaters and air conditioners for a total of two inspections and maintenance visits a year. The benefit of which is that your central heating and air systems will be working at their highest level of energy efficiency for as long as possible.
Now is the best time for getting your central heating maintenance out of the way, since it’s only going to be getting colder as winter grabs hold of us and chills us to the bone during its long nights. With the holiday season over, and the new year right around the corner, getting up to date on your heating maintenance can make for one great new years’ resolution. Not only will it help keep you and yours warm this winter, but it will also help keep your utility bills down. Chances are, after all, that you were going to use the heater anyway – might as well make sure it’s working as good as it should be.
Maintenance is important. We make sure our cars and trucks are maintenanced. We make sure our computers are maintenanced. We make sure nearly everything we own – yet there’s a good number of us whom the thought of maintenancing our central heating and air conditioning systems never crosses our minds. The simple truth is that these systems run so much better, and at lower energy costs, if their maintenanced. It’s saved time, money, convenience, and peace of mind knowing that you and yours will be able to go this winter while staying warm. What could be better than that?
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Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Our central heating and air conditioning systems are an intrigue part of our lives. They determine whether or not our homes are inviting and comforting during the long, cold winter months. While it has a large impact on our daily lives and our homes, there’s a good portion of us out there who are unaware of their maintenance and upkeep requirements. Heating and cooling systems run without much intervention, but they still require a bit of upkeep and maintenance to keep them running at peak efficiency.
When it comes to central air and heating systems, the same air ducts are used to pump both cold and heated air throughout your home. During the cold winter nights, we tend to gravitate towards the heater. On hot summer days, we turn down the thermostat and crank up the air conditioning. These systems are fueled by mainly electricity or gas, some even being solar powered. Both systems are connected by the air ducts, which should have proper insulation. Inadequate insulation can allow upwards of 60% of heat to escape, so it’s important to ensure that your air ducts are properly wrapped and insulated.
The air ducts are just another reason why it’s important to keep up on the necessary heating and air conditioning services to keep your system working at peak efficiency. While the level of insulation on your heating ducts is important, it’s not the only or main thing that will help your heating system work at its peak this holiday season.
Making sure your furnace is properly maintenanced by a HVAC professional at least once a year will help keep the intricate parts and components in good working order, ensuring that any worn out parts or pieces are switched out and replaced before causing any problems. There are steps that you can take on your own to help keep your heating system up and running, one of which being changing and cleaning the air filter. Over time, it builds up dirt and clogs itself. Going in once a month or so to make sure the air filter properly cleaned and ready for to the task ahead.
There’s a large portion of our lives that are structured around our central heating and air systems. It governs the comfort level within our homes and can mean the difference between a warm and cozy winter and a chilly, uncomfortable one with increased chances of finding yourself sick throughout most of it.
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