When HOA Affects Your HVAC Requirements

For all the good they do, HOA associations can complicate the HVAC requirements for property owners. Homeowner associations exist to protect the property interests of all their owners. Central to their efforts are strict rules and regulations that govern the appearance and upkeep of the public and many of the private areas. Although federal law requires a heating system in every dwelling unit, they don’t stipulate that homes have air conditioning. Cooling Solutions If your community has restrictions covering the…

4 Ways Smart Homes Save You Money

Smart technology seems to be everywhere these days from our cellphones to most of the systems in our homes and cars. Smart technology allows us to streamline procedures and adds to convenience, but it can also boost efficiency and help save energy. Here are four capabilities that lead to smart home savings: Wi-Fi thermostat A Wi-Fi thermostat is a vast improvement over a programmable thermostat. For one thing, it’s a lot easier to operate. You just load an app and…

Top Mobile Apps All Homeowners Need

Mobile apps have come home. Many smartphone and tablet apps now help you manage your household and the home’s physical infrastructure to keep you on a maintenance schedule, guide you through how-to projects and help plan home improvements. Managing house and home is easier when you can utilize mobile apps to organize short-term and long-term priorities as well as access professional expertise. Here are some of the leading mobile apps on the home front: HomeSavvy helps you schedule home maintenance…

Best HVAC Tools for Any Job

When you call an expert to fix your heating or cooling system, it’s important that they come prepared. Some issues can be fixed with basic tools such as a wrench, screwdriver, pliers, etc. But many problems require specialized HVAC tools. Let’s take a look at some of the latest and most important tools an HVAC technician should have on hand. Refrigerant leak detector If the coolant is leaking from your A/C, not only will it force your system to work…

Your Pets Should Treat HVAC Technicians Well

If you have pets, especially dogs that are easily excitable, aggressive, territorial or protective of you and your home, inviting an HVAC technician or other type of tradesman into your residence can be a special challenge. Not only do you not want a visitor to be attacked or bitten for his or her own sake, you certainly don’t want to face a lawsuit. You, and other pet owners, should follow these tips for times when an HVAC technician or other…

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…