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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It’s Time for This Important Heating Service!

October 5th, 2020
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Summer is officially over! Of course, that doesn’t mean much for us, given the heat waves we experience periodically, no matter what time of the year it may be. But still, cooler temperatures are on the horizon, and this means it’s time to make sure that your heater is prepared to handle them.

What we mean to ask is, have you schedule your heating maintenance yet for this year? Maintenance is essential to keeping your heater working as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible. Read on as we uncover just why heater tune-ups are so important.

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What Happens If Your Heat Pump Gets Stuck in Cooling Mode?

September 21st, 2020
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While it doesn’t seem like it quite yet, we all know how cold our winters get and how cold our falls can get. Therefore, it’s important to have a fully functional and efficiently operating heater in place, right?

So let’s say you have a heat pump system in place. You had spring maintenance done before you used it for AC purposes, so it’s in great shape, right? Well… maybe, but heat pumps go through twice the work that a standard AC or heater does, therefore it needs twice the maintenance. Otherwise, you could find yourself with a very annoying problem. What problem is that? A heat pump that is stuck in cooling mode when the weather chills.

Read on to learn more about this problem and what may cause it–and then give us a call when you need quality, reliable repairs!

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Is It Too Early for a Heater Tune-Up?

September 7th, 2020
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With temperatures soaring well past the 90’s recently, it’s hard to imagine needing your heater. But you know as well as we do that when fall and winter roll around you’ll be very thankful for a fully functional and efficiently operating furnace or heating system. Of course, that heating system can only work as well as you expect if you properly care for it.

This means staying on top of repair needs, but most importantly in means scheduling maintenance for the system once a year (twice a year if you have a heat pump system). There’s no bad time to schedule this service, but now is the perfect time–before you actually need your system on a daily or even nightly basis.

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6 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC Making

August 24th, 2020
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If we were to travel to the future, we’d probably find air conditioners with the ability to text our smartphones when they had a problem. Unfortunately, time-travel isn’t a reality, and our air conditioners aren’t sentient, so it’s up to us to know when something is wrong.

Maybe you’ve noticed a drop in cooling power in your AC, or you have had an unexpected increase in your energy bills. Perhaps even the circuit breakers for the air conditioner keep tripping.

These are all common signs that something is amiss with your air conditioner, but perhaps the most popular sign is unfamiliar noises like the ones we’ve listed here

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Beware These Signs You Need AC Repair

August 10th, 2020
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Imagine this scenario: you’re sitting in your living room relaxing. It’s about 85°F outside, but that’s okay. Your air conditioner is blasting away, providing you with cool air that makes you feel perfectly comfortable. Until suddenly, it stops.

You run over to your thermostat–the settings are correct and it still seems to be working fine. You check the circuit breaker–did it trip? Nope, the circuit breaker is fine. So what’s going on? You call for emergency repairs, but you have to wait a little bit because everyone else is doing the same thing.

Suddenly your relaxing afternoon turned into a frustrating and uncomfortable one. But what if you could prevent this? Read on to learn how you can.

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AC Efficiency Tips for a Carefree Summer!

July 27th, 2020
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While we can’t promise you a 100% carefree summer, we can get you a lot closer to it than you would be without the following tips.

The thing is, too many homeowners don’t realize just how important efficiency is when it comes to running their air conditioners. They assume that if their energy bills are too high, they should just stop using their air conditioners for awhile to cut down on those bills. But the fact of the matter is, you don’t have to stop using your air conditioner at all!

Read on as we go through some tips to help you use your cooling system more efficiently, and subsequently save some dough.

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