Solar Panel Installation: Ground Mounted or Roof Mounted?

April 19th, 2021
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Solar panels have been great for helping homeowners to live a more eco-friendly life, while enjoying comfort at the lowest possible price. However, when a homeowner goes to have solar panels installed, they oftentimes think that their only option is to have rooftop panels installed. While this does work in many cases, it can be harder for some home types to reap all the benefits that solar energy can bring from the roof—particularly if it’s a small roof space or not angled in an ideal way.

What many people don’t realize is that there is an alternative option! This option is ground-mounted solar panels. This isn’t the right choice for every home, but they’re the best choice for many. Read on to learn more.

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What Happens if Your Heat Pump is Stuck in Heating Mode?

April 5th, 2021
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With how hot we know the daily temperatures will get around here, the last thing you likely want to do is turn on your heater, right? Yet, if you’re unfortunate enough to have a malfunctioning heat pump, that’s exactly what can happen. If you tried to switch your heat pump to cooling mode only to discover warm air still coming through the vents, then this is very clearly a problem.

It appears as though your heat pump is stuck in heating mode, and you’ll need a trained professional to get it working again. But why does this happen? And what will we do about it? Read on to find out!

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What You Should Know About Solar Power

March 22nd, 2021

“Solar power” is the phrase on the tip of everyone’s tongue when it comes to smart energy solutions. If you’re thinking of ways to reduce your carbon footprint, decrease your energy bill, and help your home, then this is a great solution. We’re a team that fully backs solar energy in Windsor, CA. There are so many perks of living in California, and one is the amount of sunshine we get—even up here in NorCal. You can put this sun exposure to good use for your home with the help of our technicians.

Now, when we talk about solar, we’re met with a lot of questions. People know what solar entails on the surface, but they don’t know the technical backing that goes behind it. We’re here to make sure you have every detail you need.

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Heed These Signs of End-of-Season Heating Repair Needs

March 8th, 2021
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It can seem like winter is going to last forever this year, but in reality, spring is right around the corner. With that springtime weather comes warmer temperatures, and you might already be dreaming of the day you can use your air conditioner instead of your heater to keep comfortable throughout the year.

You’re probably already using your heater less and less these days, but you definitely shouldn’t just shut it off for the season and never give it another glance until you need it next fall. This is especially true if you didn’t have maintenance done in the past year. You could have repair needs you’re not even aware of, and ignoring them can leave you with a completely broken down heater, which you definitely don’t need and we don’t want for you!

So, how do you detect if you have heating repair needs? Read on for some common signs:

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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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