A Few Simple Tips to Help You Save Money and Conserve Water

You may not realize it, but at any given time, there are tons of techniques that you can utilize to help you conserve water, and save money in the process. We’d love to help you out, so we’ve put together some of our favorite tips that you can begin to implement right now. Just take a look: Check for Leaks A small leak may not seem like a big deal, but even a very slow drip will quickly add up…

The Key to Finding a Reputable HVAC Contractor

The search for a great HVAC contractor for your home can seem daunting, but it’s pretty simple once you know what to look for. We understand the need for proper heating, cooling, and other needs, which is why we’ve come up with a few simple questions for you to ask: Do the Contractors Keep Up with Industry Knowledge? We’re not talking about basic industry knowledge — they all have that. What you need to check on is how well the…

Find Out Why You Should Buy an HVAC System, Not Just a Replacement Unit

If your central HVAC system quits working, it’s most likely due to a failure of either the outdoor compressor or indoor evaporator, but not both. Before you decide to save money by replacing the failed component instead of buying a whole system, it’s important to consider the following factors. Energy Efficiency The efficiency ratings for new central HVAC systems are based on two matched components that work in tandem. Your HVAC system might function if you replace only one component,…

Heat and Humidity: Finding the Balance in Your House

Cooler temperatures during the winter months mean that the heating system in your San Diego home stays busy. While this helps you stay warm, it can lead to uncomfortable indoor humidity levels. Find out how to keep your home heated while also preventing it from becoming too dry due to low humidity. Problems with Low Levels When the air inside your home becomes too dry, it can cause a number of issues. You might experience more respiratory problems or end…

Furnace Odor: What it Could Mean

If you notice a strange odor from your furnace, don’t ignore it. While it could be something as simple as collected dust in the HVAC system or a dirty filter, an unusual furnace smell may also signal a more serious or even dangerous situation. Read on to learn the cause of common furnace odors and what to do about them. Musty or Earthy Odors Musty or earthy odors are often caused by a dirty and contaminated air filter or mold…

Avoid Costly Damage by Taking Steps to Prevent Winter Pipe Bursts

Although we live in sunny San Diego, the threat of pipe bursts is one that no resident should ignore. If you haven’t taken the proper precautions, you could end up with costly damage. We suggest that you avoid this by following our best tips: Insulate Your Home’s Exposed Pipes First, focus on is protecting your exposed pipes, which are vulnerable to freezing. This is done by adding insulation, whether you do the work yourself or hire an HVAC professional. Drain…

Unsealed Ducts? You’re Wasting Energy and Money

A home with forced air heating or cooling uses a system of ductwork to distribute the conditioned air. In general, the ductwork is located out of sight, in an attic, a crawl space, the garage or basement. That means when something goes wrong with the ducts you may be unaware of it. What can go wrong with ducts? Plenty. Over time, the segments may become disconnected, or the ducts, which expand and contract from the pressure of conditioned air traveling…

Winter Safety Precautions for Your San Marcos Home

The winter months come with the risk of certain safety hazards such as fires. As you think about how to cut down heating costs, you should also consider the additional measures necessary to stay safe at your San Diego home. Here are our best tips for ensuring winter home safety. Change the furnace filter. You should replace your filter every three months, or earlier if necessary, to maintain the efficiency of your heating system. Schedule preseason maintenance. A professional technician…

Everything You Need to Know About BTUs

Making sense of all the terminology used in reference to a home heating system isn’t easy. One term you’ve probably heard many times is “BTU.” If you’d like to know exactly what it means and the role it plays when you’re choosing a furnace or heat pump, here’s a brief primer that can help clarify the topic. BTUs Explained BTU is short for “British thermal unit,” but it’s not a term related to heating systems in the U.K. Here in…

Want Lower Utility Bills? Turn Down Your Water Heater Temperature

One of the best ways to give yourself a raise is to lower your energy use. Chances are, even if you’re already super thrifty about saving power, there are at least a dozen more things you can do around the home to trim utility bills. One of the most overlooked is to turn down the water heater temperature. How Hot Does the Water Heater Need to Be? Have you ever checked the temperature of your water heater? Manufacturers frequently set…