Invest in Preventive Maintenance For Your House

Your need to count on your HVAC in San Diego’s unpredictable weather. It can help to think of preventive maintenance like well baby checkups. Not only do pediatricians handle illness, but they look at children and anticipate problems. That combination of experience and knowledge is what makes our technicians topnotch to keep your home comfortable all year long. Preventive maintenance involves different things depending on the specifics of the system involved, but here are a few of the things that…

How to Make a Whole-House Plan for Energy Savings

Taking a whole-house approach to saving energy in your home requires much more than just investing in a high-efficiency heating and cooling system. While that’s important, it must go hand in hand with other steps in pursuit of consistent and significant energy savings. Those steps include proper installation and maintenance of your heating and cooling equipment, weatherization in the form or effective air sealing, insulation and ventilation, and good energy-saving habits. Let’s take apart an effective whole-house energy-saving strategy: High-efficiency…

A Timeline of HVAC Replacement and Maintenance

When you buy a new HVAC system, you want it to run as efficiently as possible for as long as possible. But the only way to do that is to keep it properly maintained throughout its lifetime. If you don’t take care of it, it will run down and begin using more energy. To prevent that and keep your system in top shape, here’s a basic HVAC maintenance timeline to follow over the system’s lifetime. Every month                            Check your air…

Learn Important Terms for HVAC Cooling Season

If you experience cooling system troubles this season, you’ll have an easier time describing the problem and understanding the diagnosis and remedy your technician recommends if you know some relevant HVAC terminology. We’ve put together a list of frequently-used cooling-specific HVAC terms that can help. SEER — This is an acronym for the efficiency rating given to cooling equipment, and it stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio. It gives you the ratio of the equipment’s cooling output divided by its…

Storm Season Preparation: Tips to Use

San Diego is known for its relatively mild weather, but sometimes in the spring, heavy wind and rain and the occasional ocean storm can produce flooding and thunderstorms that put area homes at risk. Spring storm preparation can help ensure that your home is ready for whatever weather comes your way. While you may already be prepared with a stash of nonperishable food, first aid supplies and a safe place to meet, you probably have not given much thought to…

Make Attic Safety a Priority in Your Home

Your attic can be a hazardous place to work. Heat rises, so spending any amount of time in this unconditioned space poses a risk of overheating. Working in the attic presents a host of other dangers, too, such as tripping, falling, electrical shocks, impact head injuries and exposure to insulation fibers. You can increase attic safety by wearing a respirator mask, safety glasses and head protection, and taking the following precautions in advance. Create a Walking Path If you have…

Don’t Forget About Your HVAC System in Your Spring Cleaning Chores

Now that winter is over, it’s the ideal time to give the house a thorough cleaning before hot summer weather settles in. When you’re making a list of chores to tackle, be sure to add the following HVAC spring cleaning tasks to boost the system’s performance and energy efficiency, and preserve your indoor air quality. Clean the Return Air Registers With every HVAC system cycle, airborne dust and debris is drawn to the return registers. As they clog up, vital…

Remember to Change Your Air Filter with These Tips

If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you have good intentions when it comes to taking care of your home’s heating and cooling system. Yet, you’re living a busy life, and it’s not easy to remember simple but essential maintenance tasks. One of the easiest to forget is checking the air filter in your furnace, A/C or heat pump system. Yet, allowing the filter to clogged with dust can reap negative consequences in wasted energy, eroded comfort, and reduced indoor…

Have You Completed This Home Safety Checklist?

No matter how good your insurance is, staying on top of home safety gives you peace of mind knowing you’ve done all you can to keep your family secure. The preventive measures included in this checklist reduce the risk of hazardous situations from developing indoors and out. Indoor Safety If you use power strips or surge protectors to supply power several devices, check it periodically to make sure it’s not overloaded. If it feels warm to the touch, it could…

Help Your HVAC System Spring Forward

If you tend to forget spring home maintenance chores like putting new batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, why not put together a to-do list to tackle when you’re changing your clocks for Daylight Saving Time? You can get the HVAC system ready to spring forward, too, by adding these tasks: Improve Air Distribution Through the Duct System Have an HVAC professional inspect the ductwork and correct deficiencies like damaged or disconnected sections. Then, get the accessible runs…