June 14, 2017

How to Avoid Common HVAC System Emergencies

Emergencies strike at the worst possible time. In fact, studies show that a quarter of American households lack the essential savings to come out of pocket for an unexpected HVAC repair or the installation of a new system. Of those saving cash in their rainy day fund, half of those customers cannot even afford to replace their furnace. Tired of trying to put two pennies together for expensive repairs? Here’s...

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June 7, 2017

Understanding What Common HVAC Noises Mean

Most of us turn on the A/C before summer officially arrives. There’s something about the sound of cool air flowing through the vents that is calming. But, it’s definitely not calming when you begin to hear strange noises coming from your HVAC system. When it comes to HVAC noises, some are normal and some may indicate larger system issues you need to address sooner than later. We’ve compiled a common...

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May 18, 2017

HVAC 101: Chronicling the History of Air Conditioning

Time has certainly changed since physician and inventor Dr. John Gorrie proposed the idea of temperature regulation to rid diseases from hospitals and keep patients cool. Gone are the days of the availability of air conditioning as a luxury item for only members of the upper class. With the evolution of modern air conditioning, people from all socioeconomic background can now cool their homes and businesses. In fact, air conditioning...

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May 10, 2017

Strategies for Troubleshooting your HVAC Unit Like a Pro

Is your home sweltering hot because your air conditioner isn’t keeping you cool? Summer is almost here, which means temperatures in and around Southern California are rising. But, the one thing on the minds of Alps customers is relying on their A/C to cool their home during the hottest months of the year. Don’t lose your cool when you notice warm air blowing through the vents or a frozen air...

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April 26, 2017

3 Ways to Discover the Age of your HVAC Unit

With summer’s blazing temperatures arriving soon, our air conditioning units will be running around the clock to cool our homes. For some customers, it seems like it takes an eternity for their unit to cool their home on hot days. An important factor to consider is that the age of your HVAC unit plays an essential role in how efficient and well a unit operates. For example, a customer may...

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April 19, 2017

3 Air Conditioning Myths Refuted in Time for Summer

As summer arrives with brutally hot temperatures, we begin to rely heavily on air conditioning. With 90-degree days looming on the horizon, we understand the importance of ensuring your home remains comfortable without breaking your budget. Here are some refuted air conditioning myths that will help keep cool air in your home and more money in your pocket: Your home will cool faster by lowering the thermostat Most central air...

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February 16, 2017

3 Tips for Pest-Proofing Your HVAC System

This time of year, pests may be looking to seek refuge from the cold, and what better place for them to find warmth than in your home. Ignoring pest problems may lead to damaging consequences – raccoons and squirrels that find their way into your attic, mice that enter your home through small gaps in your HVAC connections and termites that can subtly destroy the structure of your home. Often,...

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December 7, 2016

What Makes AC Compressors Fail In HVAC Systems?

If you’ve been told that your AC compressor is broken, it’s probably not your best day. AC compressors are one of the most expensive repairs and delicate pieces of your HVAC system.  Understanding what wears them down as well as how to avoid these issues before its too late is extremely important.  What Makes AC Compressors Fail: What is an AC compressor and how does it become damaged?  An AC...

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November 30, 2016

Why Use Humidifiers During Winter?

There is no doubt our HVAC systems work over time to keep us comfortable during the cold winter months. If you are highly sensitive to the cold weather, you may be wondering what other precautions can be taken to minimize the affect of the cold on your home and the health of your family. Luckily, there is an answer: humidifiers. Here are some things you need to know when it...

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October 26, 2016

Aging HVAC Systems: What You Need To Know

Although it’s hard to believe, winter is just around the corner! With cooler temperatures, it can mean more work for your HVAC system to heat and ventilate your home. For many people this winter, their HVAC system will stop working due to the use of an old system. Because of this, proper maintenance becomes imperative to ensure you are protecting your HVAC system. Here are the top issues you need...

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