Furnace Tips for the Holidays

December 10, 2019

During the holiday season, and especially in the wintertime, it is expected that you should see a slight increase in the use of your furnace. With the temperatures decreasing outside, you will have to rely on the heater to keep your house warm enough. Like any other home appliance, it is important to consider the following tips when using your furnace this holiday season. Install Ceiling Fans Your furnace does an incredible job of supplying hot air within your house. This hot air rises to the top of your house near the ceiling, thereby displacing the cold air downward. Installing ceiling fans to circulate this air evenly within your residence helps to ensure a uniform temperature distribution. Insulating the Ductwork The ability of your furnace to deliver hot air evenly and efficiently within your house is dependent on whether your ductwork is appropriately insulated or not. It may help to inspect all the ductwork within your home to ensure proper insulation. This may prove helpful in your bid for energy conservation and, therefore, keeping down the electric bills. Sealing the Windows and Other Openings Windows, doors, and any other vents within your house will always tend to leak out the…...

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Why Is My Heating System Blowing Cold Air?

November 20, 2019

You turned on the furnace to heat your chilly home. Now, the house feels even chillier because the heater is blowing cold air. This situation isn’t the most desirable, but let’s not assume something disastrous happened. The problem could require a small fix. There might not even be a problem. Be prepared, however, to discover a part needs replacing. The Fan Blows But the Furnace Is Off A furnace can circulate unheated air. All you have to do is switch the setting from “AUTO” to “ON.” Sometimes, this happens by accident. Turning the thermostat to “ON” by mistake means the fans will spin, and the furnace will sound like it is working. Actually, the heater is working as requested. Change the setting to AUTO, and you change the heating system’s “orders.” It should start blowing hot air again. The Furnace Started to Overheat If a furnace overheats, the system’s heat exchanger could suffer cracks. Modern heaters come with a safety switch designed to shut off the burners when the unit starts to overheat. The burners go off, but the fan still runs. Now, the system is blowing hot air. Why did the furnace overheat? Only an inspection will reveal an…...

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Why Are Some Rooms Colder Than Others?

November 12, 2019

You set the temperature of your thermostat and expect every room to be heated to that same temperature, but this may not happen in some cases. The following are just a few of the factors that would explain the uneven quality of your home’s central heating. Blocked Airflow Warm air could be blocked from this room or that room by something as simple as a piece of furniture on top of the air vent. You could also have dirt buildup in the air filter or ductwork, which can minimize the airflow. Poor Insulation A lack of insulation in the attic and wall cavities, or insulation with a low R-value (resistance to heat penetration), may cause some rooms to be colder than others. Air Duct Leaks Ductwork can develop cracks and holes, especially around the joints and fittings. When this occurs, warm air will escape and never reach the room that the affected duct leads into. If you live in Monrovia, CA, you can leave it to the professionals at to inspect and seal your ducts. We can also add insulation or replace it with something that has a higher R-value. An Undersized System Perhaps you purchased a small unit because…...

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10 Steps to a Green Home

October 10, 2019

By using the environment to your advantage in combination with advances in HVAC technology, you can create an eco-friendly home that keeps your energy expenditures to a bare minimum. Let’s look at a blueprint consisting of 10 steps to a green home. 1. Start With Functional Design Think of all the rooms in your home and the uses they will have. Try and visualize a compact design without wasteful spaces that will require extra energy to heat and cool. 2. Build an Efficient Foundation Using materials like stone and concrete for your foundation will keep heat from escaping during the winter while retaining cooler temperatures naturally in the hot months of summer. 3. Plan Your Window Placement You don’t have to sacrifice form for function when it comes to windows. If you like a lot of natural light in your home, try placing windows strategically on the sides of your house where they will best utilize the sun for its heat and lighting. Be sure to install curtains that reflect sunlight so that you can keep your house from heating up. 4. Use the Best Insulation Possible The energy savings from using the best quality of insulation that your budget…...

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Signs You’re Overworking Your AC System

October 1, 2019

Wear and tear gradually erodes an air conditioner’s ability to function efficiently. Warning signs will emerge to alert you that all is not well with your system. Addressing problems as soon as you notice them could save your AC system from total breakdown. Red Flags for AC Failure: The red flags that you should watch out for, that could indicate your AC is failing, include: An abnormally rising power bill Strange noises Odd odors Weak airflow Insufficient cooling Visible leaks What Causes Spiking Utility Costs? An AC system with declining performance struggles to cool a home to satisfy the thermostat setting. As a result, it consumes more electricity and drives up your power bill. Don’t Ignore Noises, Odors, and Leaks Moving parts that need lubrication and broken motor bearings produce squealing and grinding noises. These symptoms indicate an imminent mechanical breakdown. Furthermore, odors could arise from a burning insulation wire or an outbreak of mold growth. Liquid coming out of the unit might be refrigerant, which is hazardous to handle. The NATE-certified AC technicians at can diagnose and correct serious problems like these. Our company in Monrovia, CA, repairs all types of air conditioners. If you need a new unit,…...

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Do You Need Climate Control in Your Garage?

September 24, 2019

A garage is generally much warmer in the summer and much cooler in the winter than the rest of the house. However, whether you choose to add climate control features depends largely on what you use the garage for. Do You Spend Time in the Garage? It is not uncommon for homeowners to convert a garage into a gym, home office or additional living space. If you use your garage for these or other purposes, it may be worth ensuring that it stays at a consistent temperature throughout the year. Calling in Monrovia can make it possible to have a heating or cooling system installed in your garage. A professional can also maintain or repair an existing system if necessary. Don’t Risk Losing Important Documents or Family Heirlooms If you use your garage to store family photos, important documents or anything else that could be damaged by high levels of heat and humidity, a climate control system may be necessary. In addition to keeping the temperature in the room constant throughout the year, it can also remove moisture from the air. This can prevent mold or mildew from growing on cardboard boxes, paper, and other organic materials. Lower humidity levels…...

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Understanding Air Conditioning Systems

September 4, 2019

If you own an air conditioning system, you’re likely familiar with the wonders it can do for your comfort, health, and home. There are several types of air conditioning systems available for residential use today. Room air conditioners cool small areas, central air conditioning systems work for the entire home, and ductless systems combine the best of both types of systems into a compact unit. The following items are components of air conditioning systems: Blower Condenser Compressor Evaporator Fan Other components of an air conditioning system include the thermostat, which allows you to control the temperature of your home. The air filter removes allergens and other pollutants from being circulated throughout your indoor space. A Basic Overview of How the System Cools Your Home Without getting into significant detail regarding the individual roles of each component of your air conditioning system, the overall concept is simple to understand. The hot air is replaced by treated air that has been cooled with a chemical known as refrigerant. The refrigerant moves over the air in the AC to cast the heat out. Through a series of condenser coils within the AC unit, it continues the process over and over until the desired…...

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3 Reasons to Get Professional HVAC Help

August 20, 2019

You most likely don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your HVAC unit. It’s most likely because it does its job so well. If, however, it was to stop working efficiently, you definitely will be spending a lot of time thinking about your unit and fixing it. Trusting a professional HVAC company with your unit can help ensure that it continues to perform well for many years to come. There are a few other reasons you’ll want to call a professional company in the San Gabriel Valley area to take care of your unit. 1. Avoid Major Repairs Down the Road Hiring a professional HVAC company to perform routine maintenance on your unit at least once a year can help prevent major repairs from being necessary. When an experienced technician works on your unit, they help ensure that it is operating properly. Routine maintenance can help prevent your unit from breaking down because an experienced technician will also be able to identify any potential issues with your equipment and alert you to them. You can then discuss the best course of action to prevent those smaller issues from turning into huge repairs down the road. 2. Save Money You…...

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Tips to Conserve Energy at Home

August 6, 2019

We use a lot of electricity in our daily lives, and that’s not always a good thing. By making a few small changes, you can lower your monthly utility bills while also reducing your impact on our planet. Here are a few tips on how to conserve energy at home. Make Sure Windows and Doors Are Sealed If your windows and doors are not properly sealed, much of the cool or warm air produced by your HVAC system will escape outside. Likewise, the air from outside will get into your home. This will cause your system to work harder to maintain your desired interior temperature. Check your windows and doors for leaks and reseal them as necessary. This will keep the warm or cool air in your house and let your system operate while using less energy. Air-Dry Your Laundry Running the dryer each time you wash a load of laundry consumes a lot of energy. Consider hang-drying some of your items. On a warm and sunny day, your items will dry in no time. If the weather or other circumstances prevent you from being able to hang your laundry outside, you can also purchase drying racks to use inside…...

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How to Know When Your Air Conditioner Should Be Replaced

July 10, 2019

Determining whether to replace your air conditioner will depend on several factors. However, it usually comes down to the age of your unit. The following signs can help you tell if your cooling system needs to be replaced. Constant Mechanical Problems and Repairs If you notice that you are getting your AC unit repaired more and more frequently, this could be because the system is getting older and is in need of replacement. Air conditioning equipment has a life expectancy. Once you have had a cooling system for 10 years or more, parts will begin to fail. They’ll also cost more to replace because the unit is older. It is relatively unusual for an AC unit to last longer than 15 years. Expensive Summer Cooling Bills Your AC unit might be growing gradually less efficient and costing you more money to cool down your home in the summer heat. Due to normal wear and tear, equipment will have to work harder to move cool air around, and this is especially true if that equipment is older. You should pay attention to the SEER rating of your unit. SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. A more modern AC will require…...

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