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Test Run Your AC—Then Schedule Maintenance

March 13th, 2018

flushed-man-in-front-of-fanThe official first day of spring isn’t something we watch out for carefully in the deserts of Southern California—because the hot weather here never truly goes away for long. The first part of March might as well be spring, and as far as your air conditioning in Palm Desert, CA is concerned, it’s the right time to begin planning for the major work it does during the middle of the year.

The essential part of prepping an AC is to arrange for regular maintenance. However, before your annual appointment with our HVAC professionals, you can find out some vital information about the status of your cooling system by giving it a test run.

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Last Minute “Touch-Ups” for Your Heating System

March 12th, 2018

strioping-electric-furnace-wiresWe can now expect hot weather for much of the rest of the year. However, this doesn’t mean you can forget about your heating system in the last days before you shut it down for the spring and summer. There are a number of last-minute repairs and touch-ups you can arrange for the heater that will make sure it’s in the best condition when it finally shuts off to hibernate for summer.

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4 Things You May Not Know About Your Indoor Air Quality

February 26th, 2018

pleated-air-filterPoor indoor air quality is a common problem for both homes and residential buildings. But it’s also poorly understood. People often don’t realize they have air quality issues until they develop serious symptoms related to whatever is floating around in their air.

Below we’ve put together a list of four things you may not have realized about your home’s indoor air quality. The purpose isn’t to alarm you—although a few of these facts may be unsettling—but to get you to take action to solve the problems before they worsen. Issues with indoor air quality in Palm Springs, CA can be solved with the assistance of IAQ professionals who work with air filters, air purifiers, duct sealing, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, duct cleaning, and more.

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February Is Already AC Maintenance Time Around Here

February 13th, 2018

service-reminderIf you told people in most other parts of the U.S. that they should start thinking about taking care of their air conditioning systems during February, they might laugh at you. They might even think you’d gone a bit nuts. But here in the deserts of Southern California, the temperatures are in the 80s during February, and allergy season is already getting underway. That means it’s time to plan for the big heat of the coming spring and summer with AC maintenance.

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Aeroseal Is the Best Way to Make Your Ducts Airtight Again

February 12th, 2018

inside-an-air-ductWhat is the best way to seal up leaky air ducts? There are a few options available:

  • Do it yourself by using duct tape. (This actually won’t work! Please forget we even mentioned it.)
  • Using a special resin-based mastic sealant. The mastic is applied along the leaks and breaks to create a flexible seal.
  • Apply metallic tape (the true “duct tape”) to the leaks to create a mechanical seal.

The second two methods, the ones that actually work, require HVAC professionals. They’ll first test the ducts to determine how serious the leakage is, then target the holes and gaps and close them and make the network of ducts airtight.

Oh, there’s one more method for duct sealing, and it’s not one you’ll find at every HVAC contractor. It’s the special Aeroseal process—and it’s the best way to have ductwork restored to its top condition. If you want to schedule Aeroseal in Redlands, CA or elsewhere in the Inland Empire and Desert Communities, we’re the local professionals to call.

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Why Are Gas Furnaces So Common for Home Heating?

January 29th, 2018

inside-a-gas-furnaceToday’s homes can have many different types of heating systems warming them: heat pumps, boilers, ductless mini splits, electric furnaces, and radiant in-floor heating. But the gas furnace is still the heating king, found in millions of home from the midnight sun regions of Alaska to the palm-dotted beaches of Florida—as well as here in the dry deserts of Southern California. What makes this type of residential heater so common?

There are benefits to all of the systems we listed above. Finding the one to meet a home’s comfort needs can be thorny, and this is why it’s necessary to have the assistance of HVAC professionals when it come to a new heating installation. The gas furnace, however, has a long list of benefits that often give it a leading edge. Here are some of them:

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Why Won’t My Electric Furnace Work?

January 16th, 2018

testing-thermostatElectric furnaces are common in Southern California because they can provide sufficient heat for the mild winters and don’t require a house to have a full gas hook-up. Electric furnaces are also less prone to break downs than gas furnaces, and it’s nice not to deal with those types of hassles when the heating system doesn’t need to run often.

An electric furnace can still create headaches for a home. No heating system can ever work entirely free from malfunctions! You may turn on your electric furnace to warm up your home during one of our occasional cold spells and discover you’re not getting heat. What’s wrong?

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Start to Prepare for Allergy Season Early

January 15th, 2018

dandelion-fieldWe may not experience major seasonal swings here in the warmth of Southern California, but that doesn’t mean we miss out on seasons all together. One season that we experience like the rest of the country is “allergy season.” Because of our climate, our allergy season can start as early as February!

There are ways you can get yourself ready for allergy season, aside from taking medication. One of the best ways is to improve your home’s air quality systems to get rid of the pollen and other pollutants that create runny noses, wheezing, sneezing, and the other general ickiness that comes along with this time of the year. With the help of indoor air quality professionals, you can enjoy a much healthier first half of the year.

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Are Gas Furnaces Dangerous?

January 1st, 2018

three-natural-gas-burnersNatural gas is a common energy source used in homes and businesses around the country. If your home has a connection to a natural gas line, you probably use gas to power your oven, stove, water heater, and furnace.

Natural gas systems have a tendency to make people nervous. They’re concerned about toxic gas leaks, such as carbon monoxide, and combustion hazards. Most of these fears are exaggerated, but we do recommend people take caution when it comes to any natural gas appliance. We’re trained professionals in handling heating repair in La Quinta, CA and the surrounding areas, so we know a great deal about the safety level of gas furnaces—and how to keep them safe.

Let’s take a closer look at the safety of your home’s gas furnace.

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Why Is My Ductless AC Wall Unit Sagging?

December 19th, 2017

ductless-unit-on-wallYou may live in one of the many homes in Southern California that uses a ductless system for its air conditioning as well as its heating. These ductless mini splits are an excellent way to provide comfort without the need for space-eating ducts that collect dust and often lose air through leaks.

But ductless air conditioning systems can run into problems as well. If you notice that one of the indoor units—the air handlers—is sagging on the wall or looks like its crooked, you might imagine something’s wrong. And you’re probably correct.

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