Save Your Appliances With a Proper Surge Protector

As homes become more populated with electronic devices and large appliances, it’s more important than ever to consider either a whole-house surge protector or individual units. Across the country, stormy weather is the primary cause of power surges. While the San Diego doesn’t see as much fierce weather as places to the east, it still experiences plenty of surges. They occur whenever PG&E is switching the grid or doing line maintenance. The most common cause is the surge your home…

HVAC Covers: Should You Invest?

Are HVAC covers really necessary for an air conditioner? Once the cooling season is over, your central air conditioner is generally inactive until the weather heats up again. Some homeowners wonder if leaving the outdoor half of the unit exposed to the elements during the off-season is detrimental to components and the overall service life of the system. Here are some pros and cons of HVAC covers to help you make your own decision: The outdoor A/C unit is designed…

What’s the Ideal HVAC Design for Tiny Homes?

Tiny homes are increasingly popular across the country and particularly here in California. These small residences are typically less than 700 square feet and built to be portable. While tiny homes support a compact, efficient lifestyle, indoor comfort is as important as it is for those living in a traditional, full-size house. Staying cool during a typical San Diego summer — or warm in chilly weather — presents particular challenges to owners of tiny homes who need options appropriate to…

Energy Efficiency: Ceiling Fans and Your Home

Without a doubt, a ceiling fan is one of the most effective ways to increase your comfort during the summer. They let you decrease the indoor temperature, which cuts your electric bill, without experiencing uncomfortable heat inside. While they help you save your energy dollars, you might be able to increase your savings even more by looking at the efficiency and effectiveness of the fans themselves. Make it Simple Although it’s a voluntary program for manufacturers of equipment and devices…

You Need to Know These Common Energy Myths

Saving energy in your North San Diego home helps you lower your energy bills while also helping the environment. In order to make sure you’re doing what you can to reduce energy usage, watch out for these common energy myths: Energy Myth: Electronics and Appliances Don’t Use Energy When They’re Off Even if you have your computer or other electronic devices and appliances turned off, they still keep drawing energy as long as they’re plugged in. To save energy, unplug…

Clearing Out Creepy Crawlers: Bug Proof Your Home’s HVAC Unit

If you’re like most homeowners, you have problems with bugs getting into your home on occasion. These pesky creatures are not only “gross”, but can carry germs and disease. Some will even get into your HVAC unit and clog up the air filter. So, how do you bug proof your home? We suggest that you follow these simple tips. Tip #1: Seal Gaps Around Your HVAC Unit If your home has a window unit, there’s a good chance that gaps…

How Wi-Fi Detectors Can Prevent Water Leaks and Freezes

Water damage is one of the most frequently filed home insurance claims. In many cases, the damage starts with a simple leak. Early detection is key to protecting your home from water damage, and that’s where Wi-Fi water leak and freeze detectors come in. They help you know if there’s a leak in your home before it becomes costly. Let’s take a closer look at what these Wi-Fi detectors have to offer. Quick Leak Alerts Wi-Fi leak detectors are small…

Warning Signs That Your A/C System is Dying

If your air conditioning system seems to be acting up or if it’s not cooling your home off like it used to, it might be time to get a new one. How do you know if your A/C system is dying? Watch for the following signs, especially as the temperatures heat up outside. Running Constantly Your A/C system should run often enough to keep your home cool, but it shouldn’t be running all the time. If your system seems to…

Why You Should Use an Air Humidifier in the Summer

If you’re like many other San Diego homeowners, you probably use an air humidifier in the wintertime when a combination of low outdoor humidity and running the furnace makes your indoor air uncomfortably dry. You may not know that using a humidifier can also help combat dry air in the summer too, when your air conditioner is operating all the time. How Low Humidity Occurs During Cooling Season Your heat pump or air conditioner cools down your interior spaces by…

Washable Air Filters FAQs

Some homeowners find the idea of washable air filters appealing. For one thing, they free you from the cycle of buying, changing and discarding air filters. Not only do you save money, but those disposable air filters you didn’t buy don’t end up in the landfill. Washable filters — also known as electrostatic or permanent filters — cost more, but can also pay for themselves over time and bear looking into. How a Washable Air Filter Does Its Job Disposable…