Why You Should Care about Cracked Heat Exchangers in a Gas Furnace

February 22nd, 2021
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We should start off by saying, gas furnaces are not inherently dangerous appliances. You should never panic just because you use a gas-powered appliance in your home. However, just like any other appliance or home comfort system, your gas furnace needs to be well cared for so you can avoid it becoming potentially dangerous.

The fact of the matter is, it produces combustion gasses when it operates and those combustion gases have the potential to lead to harmful consequences, such as carbon monoxide exposure. Treat your gas furnace well, and you should have few worries about its operation.

But an ill-maintained furnace could potentially suffer from expedited wear and tear, leading to a cracked heat exchanger, which is where problems happen. This is a more common problem in aging systems (10-15 years old) but is still something you should be aware of if you have a gas-powered system, no matter the age. So, what’s a heat exchanger and why is a cracked one bad news?

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How to Boost Your Heater’s Efficiency

February 8th, 2021
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Even though temperatures are starting to warm up, and we never experience the bitter cold temperatures as our friends in the North or Midwest do, we still have some time before we shut off our heaters for the season, right? So don’t you want to make sure that you are using yours as affordably as possible?

Using your HVAC system can be relatively expensive. After all, HVAC system use accounts for half of all the energy used in your home. It can be easy to assume that to save energy, you simply shouldn’t use these systems unless you really need them. We are here to tell you that you deserve comfort, period. So keep using that heater, but do so a little more wisely. Read on to learn how!

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The #1 Way to Prevent Heater Trouble

January 25th, 2021
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The January and February months are often interesting here in the Lake County area. We can go from a summertime-feeling day straight to a downright chilly one in a matter of hours. So we always need to be prepared, right? Being prepared means having a great heating system in place so that when winter does feel like… well… winter, we can stay warm and keep our families healthy. Can you rely on your heater this winter?

Not without maintenance, you can’t! Maintenance is typically a service we recommend in the fall before you need the system the most. But consistency is far more important than timing, in this case. We really encourage our customers to invest in furnace maintenance every year, and heat pump system maintenance twice a year since it’s also used for cooling.

Maintenance tune-ups are truly the #1 way to prevent heater trouble. Don’t believe us? Read on as we provide some more details.

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Is Your Furnace in Need of Repair?

January 11th, 2021
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Nobody wants to deal with unexpected heater repairs. But with a complex piece of machinery like your furnace, you also don’t want to ignore any signs that your furnace might be in disrepair. If it is, you’ll need a trusted and reputable heating contractor on your side. Fortunately, you have that with us!

We want to start by saying—the best way to fend off the worst of furnace repair needs is with routine maintenance. In fact, professional maintenance can help you avoid up to 85% of the repair needs a heater may ever need in its lifespan! This is because maintenance gives our technicians the opportunity to thoroughly inspect your system, clean it inside and out, and make adjustments as needed. It’s still important to know when your system might be having trouble, especially if you’re in between maintenance appointments.

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Tips for Gas Furnace Safety

December 28th, 2020
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Safety has definitely been a popular topic of conversation lately, especially here in California. With COVID-19 cases rising in our area, it’s only natural that homeowners and their families are concerned with keeping their households as healthy and safe as possible. Even with a vaccine being available to the healthcare industry, we’re not quite at the end of the tunnel quite yet. So, what can we do to ensure the safety of our families while safe at home this winter?

It starts with proper furnace care, actually, particularly if you have a gas powered system. That’s not to say that gas furnaces are automatically dangerous systems to have. However if yours is not properly cared for, then it certainly can become dangerous.

Read on as we go over some of our top tips to keep your gas furnace and home as safe as possible.

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Tips for a Successful Solar Panel Installation

December 14th, 2020
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In our previous blog post, we talked about ways that solar panel users could save even more money while using solar energy.

What’s important to remember though, is that solar panels and solar panel installations can only be successful if they’re professionally done and well cared for. We’ve collected some tips to share with you that guide homeowners on how to care for their solar panels in a way that ensures successful implementation. Read on!

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How Solar Panel Users Can Save Even More Energy

November 30th, 2020
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Are you one of the many homeowners in Lake County who have discovered the benefits of going solar? If so, then you’re already saving considerable energy, and therefore saving money. But there is much more you can do to achieve high electrical energy efficiency in addition to going solar. A lot of it has to do with how efficiently you use your HVAC systems!

The thing is, even with solar power, your HVAC systems make up half of all your home’s energy use. That’s a lot! Much of this energy is used when your HVAC systems cycle on and off. Considering how hot and humid our summers get and how chilly our winters can become, you’re going to be using both your heater and your air conditioner a lot. Boosting efficiency is done in some simple steps we are going to cover below, and boosting that efficiency will help you save even more energy and money.

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Solar Panel Installation: Is Roof-Mounted or Ground-Mounted Better?

November 16th, 2020
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The short answer to this is, “It depends”!

Just by exploring the idea of going solar, you’re already taking an important step toward living more eco-friendly while reducing your expenses. But, we get it. When you see all the options out there for solar panel installation, it can get overwhelming. Perhaps you thought roof-mounted solar panels were the only option, and that ground-mounted wasn’t a choice at all. Or maybe you’re not sure if your community or HOA allows solar panels to be installed.

Whenever you need help making a decision about solar or you’re exploring your options, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team. In the meantime, read on to learn about the difference between solar-mounted and roof-mounted solar panels, to decide which is right for your specific needs and home.

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The Heating Emergency: We’re Here to Help!

November 2nd, 2020
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Fall weather is cooling down Lake County, but we’re still not into the true winter conditions where we’ll rely on home heating systems. But that time is approaching, and it can arrive before you know it. This is why we stress fall heating maintenance; there’s no better way to get a heating system in top shape so it will sail through the season with minimal problems and no heating emergencies. 

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Benefits of Investing in Solar Energy

October 19th, 2020
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The first thing we’re going to say about investing in solar energy is that it’s totally worth it! Of course, we guess you’d expect us to say that, right?

Seriously though, with the numerous advancements in solar energy technology throughout the past decade or so, it really is a great investment to go solar, especially for those of us on the sunny west coast. Homeowners will find that they qualify for a host of incentives by going solar, and there are other cost-saving benefits, as well.

If you are considering getting solar panels professionally installed in order to save money on electricity, now is a great time to do so! Read on as we uncover the benefits of this choice.

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