How To Prevent Carbon Monoxide Leaks in Your Furnace

January 12, 2022

A furnace plays a key role in keeping your house warm throughout the winter months. While using a furnace is convenient, it also poses a few safety risks. Learning how to prevent carbon monoxide leaks from your furnace is essential to keeping you and your family safe. Keeping a few safety tips in mind will help you to remain safe while using a furnace to keep your home warm. Here are three things to remember to prevent carbon monoxide leaks from your furnace. 1. Schedule Annual Inspection One way to stay proactive is

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What Does Being “Up to Code” Mean?

December 20, 2021

When a new structure is built, there is work that needs to be done by various contractors. Whenever electrical, plumbing or HVAC work is done, this must be inspected by town officials before proceeding. In order to keep all work consistent in a given area, codes are written that must be adhered to. If the building or structure does not adhere to the codes, then changes need to be made in order to pass inspections. If your home is going through renovations or you are in need of a new furnace or air conditioner, the work

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What’s the Best Temperature to Set Your Furnace’s Thermostat During Winter?

November 20, 2021

As the weather cools off, the focus changes from running your air conditioning to keeping your home warm over the cooler evenings. It may not turn as bitterly cold here in Southern California as it does elsewhere in the country, but heating can still take its toll on your finances and HVAC system. Here are a few tips for how to set your home’s temperature this winter. The Standard Recommendation The commonly recommended setting over the winter is 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which comes from the Department of Energy. While this is a good starting point, it

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Quick Guide to the Thermostatic Expansion Valve

October 20, 2021

Understanding how your air conditioning system works can help you make better maintenance decisions. The following explanation will show you how a thermostatic expansion valve, or TXV, works. The TXV controls how refrigerant moves inside of your air conditioning unit. Pressure Principles Before you learn about the TXV, you must know a little about the forces that drive it. Pressure changes power the TXV. When the temperature rises within the system’s evaporator, it causes the pressure to increase. Conversely, pressure decreases as the temperature decreases. The Thermostatic Expansion Valve in Action The

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How to Clean Your Filter

September 20, 2021

When unwanted particles enter your home, your filter’s job is to trap them and let clean air through. However, over time those particles will build up, causing less air to come through and disrupting the energy efficiency of your air conditioning system. There are four steps to clean your filter and avoid loss of efficiency. 1. Removing the Filter Before removing your filter, you’ll want to make sure your system is off to avoid letting particles into your home unfiltered. Then, with a screwdriver, remove the filter and inspect it for any damage or unusual spotting.

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How Efficient Is Your AC?

August 16, 2021

During the intense heat in Lakeside, CA, this summer is the perfect time to check if your air conditioner is energy-efficient. There are several ways to tell if your AC wastes energy, and luckily, the signs that indicate decent efficiency are easy to recognize. To help you avoid seeing your money go down the drain, here are four signs of great efficiency. Indoor Air Quality Part of your air conditioner’s function is to circulate air through your home as cleanly as possible. Therefore, dirty filters and clogs will reduce your air quality and introduce problems with

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Thermostat Settings You Should Know

July 28, 2021

Modern thermostats are guaranteed to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient, but that means mastering the settings. Using the wrong setting can lead to your system running 24 hours a day, which will drive up your bills and cause wear and tear on your equipment. Before you change your thermostat settings, it’s important to know what each one does and its impact on your overall comfort and efficiency. Keep reading to learn more about the most important thermostat settings. 1. Heat vs. Cool These are probably the main settings that come to mind when

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How To Reset Air Conditioning Unit

June 28, 2021

A home air conditioning system can be a great way to keep your family nice and cool during the hot summer months. While your home air conditioning system may work great throughout many days of the summer, there may be a day where it malfunctions. This malfunction could be brought on by something as simple as a power outage. Knowing how to properly reset your air conditioning system can help save you from paying a professional to do it for you. Start by Turning Your Thermostat Off For you to properly reset your home air conditioning

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Does Humidity Affect My Air Conditioner?

May 5, 2021

Homeowners want their air conditioner to work for them during the peak season. This requires some vigilance because there are threats to your system in your own home. One of these is the humidity level in the air. Humidity Increases the Strain on Your Air Conditioner Humidity is practically an unseen enemy for your air conditioner. It is the thing that your system always fights against in the summer. The way that your air conditioner works is by removing humidity from the air and exchanging it with cool and dry air. Excess humidity keeps raising the

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Should I Upgrade My Thermostat?

April 5, 2021

Most homeowners in Lakeside know the importance of a functional HVAC system to their quality of life. The system maintains comfortable temperatures indoors all year round. However, few people understand that their thermostats could actually be the cause of uncomfortable temperatures in their homes. That’s all the more reason you should upgrade your thermostat. A programmable and modern thermostat has several perks. If you are considering upgrading your old thermostat, here are several reasons to help you make a decision. Movement Sensors One of the main reasons why you should upgrade your thermostat is to enjoy

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