May 6, 2016

Three Ways to Optimize Your Thermostat Settings

When was the last time you thought about the best way to optimize your thermostat settings? Our guess is that you may have never thought about that, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, if you are looking to save some money on your energy bills, you should try to optimize it as best you can. Even a few minutes adjusting your thermostat settings could save you hundreds of dollars...

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April 28, 2016

How To Reduce Dust In Your Home

At ALPS, air quality and HVAC services go hand-in-hand. When we come to your home to repair any of your HVAC components we always recommend continued maintenance of your units by regular cleaning and replacements when needed to avoid build-up, excess dust and wear and tear on your units. In the meantime, to preserve your HVAC unit in your home there are easy ways to avoid the dust layering that...

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March 23, 2016

Preparing Your Home For Vacation

As spring break nears and summer being just a few months away, many families and friends are starting to plan vacations. It is important to take precautions before leaving town for a week or two to ensure appliances in your home are not still running and thereby adding to your energy bill while you are away. Unplug Phantom Wasters When we are at home, we use our appliances every day....

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February 23, 2016

Should You Invest In A Portable Air Conditioner?

With rising heat waves that are becoming more and more common even in the “winter”, most of us living in Southern California cannot get away with just using ceiling fans or portable fans to cool us down anymore. Temperatures are likely to rise before cooling off in the near future and an uncomfortably warm house or apartment is sure to make anyone a bit cranky. If you do not have...

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February 13, 2016

Taking One Step Further To Go Green: Solar Panels

Taking the steps to completely overhaul your home or business to go solar is a huge decision. There are factors to consider, such as construction, cost and if going solar is best for everyone in your home. As society moves more towards green energy and being as efficient as possible while creating a small carbon footprint, going solar might just be the next great generational shift. More than half a...

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February 4, 2016

Quick And Easy Tips To Go Green At Home On A Budget

As energy efficiency becomes more popular and phrases like “going green” are the new norm, many of us may start to consider how to slowly make our homes more green. But will that cost us more money? Here are a few simple tips to go green and make your home more energy efficient while on a budget: Never Let Your Electronics Sleep When your computer screen goes black it is...

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January 29, 2016

Family Friendly Ways To Promote Energy Efficiency In Your Home

Explaining energy efficiency to children can be difficult and somewhat bland if not described in an exciting way. But there are fun and educational ways to involve your children in helping you save energy in your home by making games out of it. Simple things like timing your children to see who can turn off the most lights in the house (safely) can inspire your kids from a young age...

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January 22, 2016

Money Saving Strategies In Your Home For The Winter

Our team at Alps understands that many families are focused on saving money in the months following the holiday season. We want everyone to stay warm during the winter while also being energy efficient. There are a handful of simple strategies to slim your energy bill without compromising your level of comfort in your home. Search For Drafts And Air Seal Them Running your heater with tons of small gaps...

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December 4, 2015

Preparing Your Home for Winter

While temperatures have been cooling off recently, we still aren’t to the coldest part of the year. However, it will be upon us sooner than you might expect. And while temperatures in Southern California don’t get extremely cold, they do warrant turning on the heater to help keep your home comfortable. Any time you turn on your HVAC system, you have the opportunity to be more energy efficient. That’s why...

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November 24, 2015

Benefits of a Blower Door Test

One of the ways that we determine the efficiency of a home is through a blower door test.  This allows us to see where air is leaking out of a home.  Think about it, if you have 50 little leaks in your home that all let out a little bit of air, that can really add up.  In most homes, we find enough leaks that it would be like permanently...

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