May 2, 2019

3 Reasons Why Changing Your AC Filter Is So Important

Your air conditioner is one of the most valuable components in your home, and you’ll want to make sure it keeps functioning at its best. To ensure that it continues to run optimally and promote a healthy living environment, you should keep it clean at all times. This requires changing your AC filter on a regular basis. There are many reasons why this is vital. The cleanliness of the surrounding...

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May 30, 2018

5 Ways to Save Money This Summer

Summer is coming – and while we all love spending lazy days on the beach, there are small to large expenses specific to this time of year that can really pile up if we aren’t careful! At ALPS, we believe in managing your home like a business. So here are 5 ways to save money over the summer season, straight from our expert technicians: Turn off the A/C! It’s a...

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March 7, 2018

A/C Compressor Fail: Causes & Solutions

It seems ironic that your A/C compressor is one of the most delicate pieces of equipment in your HVAC system and also one of the most expensive to repair. That’s why it is so important to understand how to properly care for your compressor, before it makes a huge dent in your wallet. What is an A/C Compressor? An A/C compressor is basically the “heart” of your HVAC system. If...

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November 1, 2017

The Benefits of Purchasing a Portable Air-Conditioner

The heat just won’t quit! As October comes to an end, we have been experiencing a few of the hottest days of the year. If this pattern continues, Southern California residents may not be able to survive with just ceiling fans or standing fans to cool us down. Portable Air-Conditioner Many homes in CA, especially those near the beach, do not have in-home air conditioning systems. If your home is...

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October 25, 2017

Keeping Your Ducts in a Row: Condensation

Ductwork is often overlooked because it is hidden in the walls and ceilings of most homes. Homeowners tend to forget that the quality of your ducts can greatly impact the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system. Even if you purchase the most energy efficient system on the market, and you seal all of your home’s thresholds, that energy could quickly go to waste if you haven’t taken the time to...

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October 11, 2017

Is It Time to Replace Your Thermostat?

A thermostat is the temperature gatekeeper of the home. It detects interior temperature and adjusts accordingly to meet a homeowner’s desired preferences. However, they are not invincible, and are susceptible to normal wear and tear, like other home appliances. The difference is that a defective thermostat can disrupt your level of comfort, as well as incur hefty costs to your wallet over time. Here are a few things you can...

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October 4, 2017

Shake It Up: Preparing Your HVAC for an Earthquake

Earthquakes are a part of life in California. While we have not recently experienced dangerous seismic activity, many other places have, which is why it is important to be prepared before a quake happens. Major earthquakes can damage a home’s foundation, walls, and roof. If there is damage to the HVAC or electrical system, homeowners without proper insurance could spend as much as $30,000 in home repairs. Although we cannot...

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September 13, 2017

Fall Trips: How to Keep Your Home Safe

As we step into fall, many homeowners with families may want to fit in an outing before they are swept up in the homework and science projects of a new school year. But, before you rush out the door, there are a few things you should do to make sure your home is safe while you are away. Thermostat One of the most important things to check before leaving for...

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September 6, 2017

How to Stay Cool Without Exhausting Your Air-Conditioner

The heat has been hitting us hard this year. Many homeowners are desperate to cool off, but want a solution that doesn’t involve running their air-conditioner 24/7. Luckily, there are many ways to stay cool, without running up your utility bills. Hydrate One of the easiest ways to beat the heat quickly is by filling your body with cool fluids. Keeping your internal body temperature low can be much more...

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June 28, 2017

3 Home Cooling Myths Every Alps Customer Should Avoid

We know the answer to this question, but we’re asking it anyway. What is your least favorite part about summertime? The most popular answer from Alps customers is skyrocketing energy bills. While there are lots of tips and tricks out there to conserve energy and save money, sometimes things seem too good to be true. Stop getting suckered into believing popular HVAC myths and urban legends your read online. Here...

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