April 17th, 2017
One of the benefits to living on the shore here in Southern California is the pleasant temperatures we enjoy all year. That helps save a great deal on heating and cooling expenses, especially when you consider how hot it can get just a few miles inland. As lovely as that sea air is, however, it comes with a price: the high salt content can increase corrosion on parts of your air conditioner. If left unchecked, it can cause a great deal of damage to your system. The good news is that trained technicians can repair and replace components damaged by corrosion and even help prevent it from forming in the first place. That will help your system last longer and do its job for less.
April 3rd, 2017
The weather stays fairly mild near the coast, but in Escondido and other cities further inland, our hilly landscape can make for some warm days during the summer. You’ll likely use your air conditioner a great deal in the coming months, which invariably means higher energy bills. But just because you have to pay more to run your air conditioner during the hot summer months doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary. By improving your air conditioner’s efficiency this spring, you can pay dividends with lower energy bills once the temperature starts to rise.
March 20th, 2017
Every prudent homeowner is interested in saving money, and we’re always looking for ways to accomplish what we need for our homes without spending more than we have to. It’s an admirable policy, but be careful that it doesn’t turn around and bite you.
In the interest of saving money, many people invest in products or services that don’t give good value, which ends up costing you more in the long run than spending a little extra to make sure the job is done right in the first place.
March 6th, 2017
Summers in Carlsbad, CA are much milder than they are further inland. The California coast gives us mild breezes and dampers the triple-digit temperatures that afflict much of the state during the hot summer months. And yet we still need to be ready for it. We’re very early in the season – it’s still officially winter, after all – but the mercury has already begun to rise, and before long we’ll be heading off to our sparkling beaches and opening our homes up to catch those warm summer breezes.
February 20th, 2017
We have unique geography here in northern San Diego County, which can have a huge impact on your home’s comfort levels. For example, temperatures tend to be warm in inland cities like Escondido than in cities along the coast like Oceanside and Carlsbad. The hills and valleys in our local landscape help perpetrate that, which helps explain why Escondido residents rely on air conditioning far more than Oceanside residents do. For those living on the coast, air conditioners often serve as dehumidifiers by default — working to get moisture out of the air more than controlling the temperature. That works, but if you’re looking to take moisture out of the air, there a more effective way to do it:
For those living on the coast, air conditioners often serve as dehumidifiers by default — working to get moisture out of the air more than controlling the temperature. That works, but if you’re looking to take moisture out of the air, there a more effective way to do it: a whole-house dehumidifier.
February 6th, 2017
All heating and air conditioning systems come with a filter designed to screen out dust and dirt. Filters are important for our HVAC systems here in Escondido, CA because we get very little rain in the summer and the dust can build up quickly. One of the keys to keeping your HVAC system running smoothly is changing that filter on a regular basis. It’s not difficult to do. Replacement filters are available at most hardware stores and home improvement centers, and replacing them is simply a matter of removing the seals on the old filter and putting in a new one. But believe it or not, there are some good strategies for doing this, which can help save you money while also allowing you the maximum effectiveness that comes from a quality filter.
January 23rd, 2017
If you’re in the market for a new heater or air conditioner, there’s an alternative model to the traditional type of heaters you might want to consider. Heat pumps use the principles of air conditioning to provide heating and cooling power in a single unit, which provides a number of benefits and advantages. As you make your deliberations, you might want to think about what a system can offer you.
January 16th, 2017
Here in Carlsbad, CA, most homes use gas-fed furnaces to keep warm during the winter. We enjoy mild weather here on the coast, and gas-fed furnaces to the job with a minimum of fuss. But depending upon the circumstances, you may wish to trade in an older gas furnace for a similar model powered by electricity.
Gas furnaces use burners to heat the air, while electric models rely on heated coils powered by your home’s electrical grid. Every home is different of course and not every household can benefit from an electric furnace over a gas-fed one. If you’re in the market, however, it pays to at least give the advantages of electric heating a consideration.
January 9th, 2017
If your heating system is on its last legs, you might want to start thinking about a replacement system now. Normally, one shouldn’t consider such an operation until the spring, when your Oceanside, CA home won’t have need of a new heating system and you can schedule the operation at leisure. But now is an excellent time to start considering your options, and in the event your aging heater can’t last those final few months, you may need to move quickly to install a new one.
January 2nd, 2017
The mild weather in Escondido, CA means that our winters are quite pleasant by and large, but that doesn’t mean much when your furnace overheats and shuts down. Most homes in the area use forced-air furnaces fed by gas, which is inexpensive and effective, but still runs the risk of overheating components. Modern furnaces will shut down automatically when that happens – sparing your system any damage – and if your furnace suddenly switches off for no reason, or continues to cycle on and off, you may be facing an overheated furnace.