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Although much of the focus of going Green is on solar panels, electric cars, and bicycling, there’s actually a lot you can do at home to reduce your carbon footprint while saving hundreds on energy bills.
A part of maintenance packages is the replacement of filters. The price of new filters compared to the amount of money saved on energy bills, alone, is infinitesimal. The replacement of a $10 filter could result in hundreds of dollars saved on energy bills. Talk about return on investment. Most industry experts and engineers recommend that filters are replaced at least twice a year. With a bit of research online, you can find out the right replacement frequency for your unit. With a bit of self-educating and elbow grease, you might even be able to replace a filter yourself.
Last but not least, here are some out-of-the-box ideas on how to reduce energy consumption, save money on energy bills, and help the planet all at once:
- Make sure your air conditioning condenser is located in a shady spot and has room to dispose of the heated air it removes from your house. Don’t crowd it with shrubs or anything else.
- Plant shade trees and shrubs around your house to help reduce the heat of the sun, especially on the west and south sides. This can reduce your cooling costs by up to 30%.
- Close drapes on the sunny side of your house.
- Install energy efficient ceiling fans and run them on hot days. If it’s just a little too warm for comfort, use the ceiling fan without air conditioning. If it’s hot enough to require air conditioning, using the ceiling fans at the same time allows you to raise the temperature setting by five degrees, which will reduce your costs. Use the ceiling fan only when you’re in the room, because running the fan doesn’t actually lower the temperature. The moving air increases the amount of evaporation from your skin and helps cool you off.
- Make sure the cooled air coming from your air conditioning vents is not obstructed by furniture or draperies.
If you are looking for sub zero service in Glendale (or anywhere else), there are some things you should consider before committing to one company and/or option. An expensive and quality refrigerator like the sub zero requires (and deserves) the best care. But just because you spent good money on the refrigerator, doesn’t mean you have to break the bank on its repair. Assess the symptoms carefully. Do a bit of research online: search for what the symptoms might mean specifically with your brand AND model of the unit. Try to get some ball-park figures for repair, replacement, maintenance, of your sub zero, based on the symptoms. To help get you started, here are some potential solutions to minor issues (if these don’t work, calling a professional is your BEST option!):
- If the refrigerator isn’t working at all, and the light isn’t on, first check for any electrical problems– that power is flowing adequately to the unit
- If the refrigerator does not run but the light works, unplug the refrigerator, wait two hours and plug it back in. If you hear it running, a problem is causing the compressor to overheat
- If the refrigerator or freezer is not cold enough, check for air flow restrictions in the vents, temperature setting and control, and that there is enough room in the refrigerator and freezer for air to flow
- If the Refrigerator is running constantly, defrost the freezer
In choosing the company itself, consider:
- How long has the company been in business?
- Is their work guaranteed?
- Are the technicians kept current with regard to training? Technology changes with time. New features show up on the market, and current features become outdated, and in some cases, obsolete. Keeping up with the ever-changing world of appliance technology is extremely important, and the company you choose should be keeping their technicians up-to-date on the latest technological features of today’s appliances.
- Are the technicians required to pass drug checks and background checks?
- Does the company have a solid reputation online? In the age of the internet, information is more accessible than ever. Use this to your advantage. Do the research online and look for companies that have plenty of reviews but still maintain a 4+ star average rating. There are multiple sides to a story. There will always be that one disgruntled customer that gives any company a bad review, simply because of a minor infraction. But if a company provides consistent good service, over time, reviews will reflect that.
D.I.Y is becoming more popular, as people are more hard-pressed for solutions on a budget. If you believe the problem requires a minor tweak, and you can do it yourself, that’s great! But definitely at least call an expert, just to be on the safe side. A bit of research on your side, and some professional advice could mean the difference between a few more years for your refrigerator, or replacement.
If you live in Glendale (or anywhere really) and you suspect you need air condition service, here are some things to consider:
- What kind of air conditioner is it? If it’s blowing air to all parts of your home, it’s a central air conditioner
- What are the symptoms? Is it not cooling? Making noises?
- What is the brand name?
- How old is the unit?
When you call a professional, it’s always best to have this information at hand. This will allow a company to send a repair person that is familiar and experienced with that particular brand, as well as any combination of problems it might have. It will also help them prepare any necessary parts that might be required for a project, based on the particular problems the unit is having. This is true whether you have a window air conditioner, wall air conditioner, or a central air conditioner.
When your appliances go on strike, and you’re in a pinch, if you live in Glendale, appliance repair and service are just a call away. There’s not much worse than coming home to find a puddle of water underneath your refrigerator. Not only is your dinner probably ruined, but now you have no place to put all those groceries you picked up on the way home. When your appliances need repair or servicing, call West Coast Chief Repair for quick, courteous, and efficient service every time.
In business for more than twenty years, West Coast has serviced many appliances over the years. They currently service, and or repair, over eighty different brands. They are based out of Los Angeles and provide coverage to the San Fernando Valley area as well. Staffing only the best of the best in certified, factory-trained technicians, West Coast has a loyal following.
One thing that makes West Coast so appealing, besides their outstanding service, is their odd hours of operation that fit in with even the most busiest of people. In addition to providing emergency service they also offer evening, weekend and holiday hours. They also specialize in air conditioning and heating units.
The time has come to get your home ready for winter with proper heating. Glendale residents rely on West Coast Chief Repair for all of their home heating needs. The importance of furnace maintenance cannot be stressed enough. There are several problems that can arise with even the best brand names.New furnaces do not depend on a pilot light to ignite the burners like the older models, which were not as energy efficient as the furnaces of today. With a pilot light, there is a little gas flame that is burning all of the time.
The biggest problem with this type of furnace is that the ignition wastes a lot of energy by continuously burning fuel. In addition, pilot lights often go out, putting the furnace out of order.
An intermittent pilot system has high voltage electrical spark that is electronically controlled to ignite the gas pilot and the main burners only when the thermostat indicates a need for more heat to warm your home.
A hot surface ignition system uses a resistance-heating element similar to a light bulb filament, which is electronically controlled to ignite the gas burner.
The friendly and skilled staff at West Coast Chief Repair is available to answer any questions that you may have about home heating. Call them today to have a technician evaluate your existing system.
Nestled in the eastern San Fernando Valley and bisected by the Verdugo Mountains, is the cozy little suburb of Glendale, California. According to the most recent census, over 200,000 people were living in Glendale.
The cool winter temperatures in Glendale tend to stay somewhere near the 50s all season long. The coldest month of the year is in December when the average low in just over 40 degrees.
The time is near when everyone is getting ready to fire up the old heating system. However, be sure to take care of in advance any necessary furnace repair. Glendale residents rely on skilled technicians like the ones you will find at West Coast Chief Repair to take care of all of their heating need throughout the entire season.
An experienced heating system repair person will be able to evaluate the condition of your current system and advise you on any repairs that he or she thinks is needed. If you current system is too far gone to make it through another Glendale winter, you may be in the market to purchase a new furnace. A technician can also help you select a unit that is ideal for your particular home.
Are you looking to save money? Then how about installing an Energy Star rated furnace? Living in the Los Angeles, you are in the service area of West Coast Chief Repair; which offers top-rated furnace brands.
Living in Glendale, you are able to take advantage of West Coast’s experienced technicians and installers. They have hours that will fit your busy schedules that include evenings, weekends, and holidays; plus they do not charge extra for driving to your area.
The money you may spend, up front, for an Energy Star rated furnace will certainly save you money in the future. Having one of West Coast’s experienced installers come to your house to properly install your new furnace system will ensure:
• That comfort levels are met
• Reduce your ongoing service costs
• Extend the life of the unit
• Creates less noise when running
• Another much more
Contact them and they will be able to explain the systems they offer that include top-rated names like American Standard, Bryant, Carrier, Trane, Rheem, and more.
Whether you have a new construction project going on or looking to replace that old system, then be sure to contact the folks at West Coast Chief Repair and see how they can help you save money.