Beware of a Cracked Heat Exchanger

November 28th, 2016

With another cool winter on its way, you’re going to be using your heating system more and more often in the coming weeks. Most homes in the Poway, CA area use forced-air furnaces, which usually run on gas. They depend on heat exchangers to function and while heat exchangers are built to last, they can cause serious problems when they start to age and crack. The faster you can identify such an issue, the better. Continue Reading

Do Your Ducts Need Sealing?

November 21st, 2016

With winter on the way, we’re going to be using our heating systems much more often, and here in Escondido, CA, that often means a centralized furnace with a system of ducts. The ducts are usually protected from damage by being hidden in the walls and the attic, but damage can still occur. Sometimes, it takes place because of work being done on your home, or it could be caused by animals like raccoons in your ducts. In some cases, it’s simply age causing the bolts and seals to fail. Whatever the reason, however, a breach in your ducts requires professional attention to repair, and it needs to be done sooner rather than later.  Continue Reading

How to Deal with Cold Spots in Your Home

November 14th, 2016

Winters in the San Diego, CA, area aren’t exactly Arctic wastelands, with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine predominating. But that doesn’t mean your heater won’t encounter problems, especially ancillary problems such as cold spots. The good news is that a trained technician can correct cold spots in your home, though you might be surprised at the methods used. Air balancing is the key: here’s a quick breakdown on how it all works. Continue Reading

How to Make Your Heater More Energy Efficient

November 7th, 2016

We don’t have the same dire need for our heating systems in Poway, CA as communities on the East Coast or the Midwest do. California’s mild winters eliminate some of the heaviest incidents of wear and tear on your system. But that doesn’t mean you don’t still need your heating system to function as expected during the coldest winter nights, and you shouldn’t have to pay an arm and a leg in heating costs to do so. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can make your heater more energy efficient: saving you money and extending the life of your system overall. We’ve included a short list of some suggestions below. Continue Reading

The Benefits of Air Balancing

October 31st, 2016

Air balancing is the process of adjusting your HVAC system in order to ensure that all the parts of your home get the heating and cooling power they need. It consists of a number of tests performed by a professional technician, spaced throughout the system and designed to provide a comprehensive look at every corner. It gauges air pressure, temperature and humidity levels, providing a look at which sections of the system are performing at peak efficiency and which sections could use help.

It also provides a list of recommendations to change or correct the places where there’s trouble: anything from repairing a breach in the ducts to adding an indoor air quality product like a humidifier. The benefits of this process are numerous. Continue Reading

Check for Heating Trouble Now

October 24th, 2016

Winters here in Escondido, CA are quite mild, and we’re only now shaking the last of Indian summer from the calendar. This is the time of year when many homeowners start using their heaters in earnest, which also makes it a great time to check for any lingering issues that may cause trouble later on this winter. Spotting them now is the best way to deal with them, because you still have time to schedule repairs before you need your heater on a daily basis. Continue Reading

Heat Pumps Make a Great HVAC Option

October 17th, 2016

Here in San Diego, CA, winter is a matter of degrees rather than a specific change in seasons. We sit by the balmy Pacific Ocean and temperatures rarely (if ever) dip below freezing. That said, we still get cool nights and while a heating system isn’t always a necessity, it’s certainly nice to have around. Continue Reading

UV Air Purifiers Cut Down on Colds

October 10th, 2016

We don’t really get winters here in Poway, CA the way they do back east. Nights can get chilly, but by and large, we stay pretty warm, which means that heating bills are much lower than they might otherwise be.

But keeping warm isn’t the only concern during the winter months. Colds can still spread throughout your family with alarming speed, and a new bug or virus is as close as your place or work or your kids’ school. Continue Reading

How to Pick a Service for Your Commercial HVAC System

October 3rd, 2016

A commercial HVAC system isn’t the same as a residential system. Not only are they expected to heat and cool a larger area, but they must meet very specific needs. Restaurants and food preparation services need refrigeration, for example, while computers and similar sensitive equipment require very specific temperatures to be maintained. And while our San Marcos, CA summers are mild compared to the rest of California, a business without a functional air conditioning system will slow productivity and drive customers away. (The same holds true if your heating system breaks down in the winter). Continue Reading

Upgrade Your Thermostat to Help Cut Costs This Winter

September 26th, 2016

Winters in Escondido, CA aren’t the Arctic ordeals that they might be further east, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get our share of cool evenings or that you shouldn’t be able to warm your home without paying any more than is necessary. A reliable heating system is necessary, even though much of our attention focuses on air conditioning to deal with our longer, hotter summers. But you can take additional steps to help improve your energy efficiency, and if your heater is doing fine, you can still improve it in small, affordable ways with timely upgrades this fall.  Continue Reading