AZ Air Conditioning and Heating Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles’

Don’t Use Your Air Conditioner to Lower Humidity Levels

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Weather_Seasons_Outdoors_iStock_000013156211_XXXLarge-meMost of the country experiences low humidity levels in the winter, when falling temperatures dry out the air. For our service area, it’s the exact opposite problem. Winters are mild in Southern California, but also very wet, and with the high levels of rain we’ve experienced this year, you may be dealing with too much humidity, not too little.

People have a tendency to run their air conditioners as a way of lowering humidity levels. This works to an extent, but it’s also very inefficient, and can cause a number of serious problems for your system. A whole-house dehumidifier can do the job a lot better. Here’s how it works. 

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Have You Thought About a Water Filtration System?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Worker hands fixing heating systemWe have terrific civic water systems in Los Angeles, CA, and we can safely depend on clean water for drinking and cooking in most cases. However, our civic sewer systems aren’t set up to take a lot of water, and this winter, the rains have returned in earnest. That puts the entire system under strain, and the chances of contaminated water getting through into your home goes up.

That’s a big concern when the rains fall as heavily as they are right now, but luckily you have some options in dealing with them. Water filtration systems installed in your home by trained professionals can provide an extra level of protection for you and your family alike. Here’s a brief list of a few options for you to consider.

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Check your Heater Before Calling for Repairs

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Heating breakdowns always seem to happen when you least expect them, and with winter officially here in Los Angeles, CA, you can’t afford to wait around for a repair service. But just because your heating system won’t turn on, that doesn’t mean that the problem requires a professional technician. While laymen should never attempt to repair a faulty furnace themselves, you can always check your system for basic fixes that require no training to resolve. They could help you avoid a service charge from bringing a technician to your home for no reason.

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Improve the Efficiency of Your Heater

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

We don’t think about our heaters nearly as often as we do our air conditioning systems here in the Los Angeles, CA area. Winters are so mild here that our heaters rarely get a serious workout, and heating bills tend to be very low when compared with other parts of the country. That doesn’t mean we should pay more than necessary for reliable heating, however.  You can take steps to improve the efficiency of your heater, which will not only lower those monthly bills, but can help prevent wear and tear on your system too. Here are a few suggestions on the best ways to do that.

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Is Your Heater Suffering from Reduced Air Flow?

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Most homes in the greater Los Angeles, CA area rely on forced-air furnaces to generate heat in the winter. These systems use gas burners or electric coils to heat the air in their chamber, then blow the air through the ducts into your home. It’s a safe and reliable system, but it can encounter trouble from time to time, like any system. And that can include a reduced air flow from the vents.

The furnace could be functioning exactly as needed, but if the air doesn’t get where it needs to go, it’s going to cause some serious problems. The causes are usually fairly simple — a problem with the fan motor, bent fan blades or some manner of blockage in the vents themselves — but unless those problems are identified by a trained technician and corrected, it could add up to a very expensive repair.

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3 Signs of Trouble With Your Water Heater

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Water heaters benefit a great deal from our dry and mild climate here in Los Angeles, CA, which means that yours can likely go for many years before needing replacement. Sooner or later, that day will come, however, and because water heaters usually do their jobs quietly in out-of-the-way locations like your basement, it can be hard to spot the problem until it’s a raging crisis.

This is doubly unfortunately because many issues with water heaters can be addressed without replacement if they’re caught quickly. Ideally, you can schedule a maintenance session from a trained plumber once a year to spot any potential issues and plan to correct them. But you can augment that by checking for signs of trouble from your water heater throughout the year. Here are three specific ways to do that.

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UV Air Purifiers Mean Healthier Housholds

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Clean air benefits every household in the Los Angeles, CA area, but it especially helps households with sensitive family members. That can include homes with a newborn infant, homes with elderly residents, and homes with people suffering from asthma or similar conditions. The more you can protect such family members from germs, colds, and viruses, the better off they will be. And if you’re looking for a secret weapon in that fight, we have something that will fit perfectly: a UV air purifier.

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Time to Prepare Your Heater for the Fall

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Summer has a way of lasting well into October here in Los Angeles, CA, but we just had our first noticeable rainfall of the year, and while you may not need your heating system on a regular basis just yet, now is the time to start preparing your system for the winter.

This makes an excellent time because temperatures are still reasonably warm and you’ll have plenty of time to address any problems that arise without having to scramble or rearrange your schedule. That way, your heater will be ready to go when you need it. This is especially important if you have an older heater, or one that you’d like to see perform a little more efficiently this fall. Here’s a quick list of some steps you can take.

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Get an Air Purifier Installed in Your Home

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

The latest round of wildfires here in Southern California serves as a grim reminder of the importance of clean air in your home, and while the blazes have at last been contained, the ash and pollutants in the air may have affected you our your family down here in Los Angeles, CA. The best solution during future wildfires, or anytime the air outside isn’t as clear as we’d like, is an electronic air purifier installed in your home. 

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How to Flush a Water Heater

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Our water heaters run into trouble most often when we take them for granted, and unfortunately, taking them for granted is very easy to do. They usually sit in seldom-visited corners of our Los Angeles homes, such as the basement, and since they work so quietly, we can’t always know when trouble is brewing until it’s too late. Unfortunately, that can turn many repair calls into replacement sessions, as the damage (if left unaddressed for weeks or months) has become so extensive that a new water heater is necessary.

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