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How to Save Energy

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A lot of people look for ways to stay cool during the summer, which usually involves cranking up the air conditioner all day and night. While that does help to keep you cool, it also tends to be pretty expensive. Saving energy is just as important as staying cool during the summer, at least if you’re trying to keep operating costs down. That doesn’t mean you have to just deal with the heat, though.

Have a look at a few of our tips on how to save energy during the upcoming summer season.

Use Windows Wisely

Opening windows during the day is not likely to keep you cool unless there’s a strong breeze. In fact, because heat always moves from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration, it is very likely to make your home even hotter. However, at night it is very likely that the outside environment will be cooler than it is inside. If you want to save some energy and money, try opening the windows at night.

Use Fans Instead of Air Conditioning

Air conditioners are powerful systems, but they also tend to get pretty expensive if used continuously for a few hours. Instead of relying solely on your air conditioner to keep you cool, why not use a ceiling fan instead? Fans can keep you cool, without consuming the large amount of energy that air conditioners require. Sure, they can’t follow you around the house, but when you’re in a room that includes one you might as well use it.

Get Your Air Conditioner Checked

Before summer starts, you really should have your air conditioner checked by a professional. This gives him or her the opportunity to make sure that your system is ready for the increased usage that summer will bring. It will also reveal any potential problems that can be addressed before they have a chance to affect the system. Preventive maintenance is a great way to make sure that your air conditioner is operating as efficiently as possible, right when you need it the most.

If you’d like to know more, call Total Comfort Inc. We provide HVAC services throughout the Corona area.

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Why Choose a Licensed Contractor?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

There are thousands, perhaps even tens of thousands, of contractor companies available in this country for every service you can think of. Some options may be limited by location, or specialization, but for the most part you’re spoiled for choice, especially when it comes to HVAC contractors.

So, what kind of criteria should you use to determine which contractor will meet your needs the best?

That depends on many different factors, but one of the most important ones is also one of the simplest. You’re going to want a contractor that is licensed. Read on to find out why hiring a licensed contractor is so vital to your satisfaction.

Protection

Anyone can drum up a van and a bunch of equipment and call themselves an HVAC contractor. They may even have some experience in the field. Is that really someone you want handling delicate procedures like repairing your heating system, though? When you hire a licensed contractor, you can count on them meeting an objective set of requirements set by the state in which they operate. They are often tested on whether their business is managed according to state guidelines. A minimum amount of experience is also a requirement, so you can be sure that whoever you hire isn’t just searching the internet for the answer to the problem.

This is all to make sure that you don’t get hoodwinked by one of the many dishonest contractors that operate across the country. By hiring a licensed contractor, you are investing in piece of mind for yourself.

Professional Standards

Aside from making sure that your money isn’t going to waste, hiring a licensed contractor goes a long way towards ensuring that your job gets done correctly and on time. A licensed contractor has earned his or her stripes in the field. If that contractor says that he or she can do the job, their word is backed by the state that evaluated them. If you want to make sure that your job is done to the highest professional standard, you’re going to want to hire a licensed contractor.

If you’re looking for a licensed contractor, call Total Comfort Inc. Our technicians cover the entire Corona area.

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Reasons to Install a Humidifier

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Dry heat can be a lot more comfortable than humid heat, but that doesn’t mean that humidity isn’t a problem in arid climates – it is. It’s just a different problem in that we sometimes don’t have enough humidity. While it seems that humidity is a problem mostly when it’s excessive, the truth is that too little humidity can cause some serious problems as well.

A great way to help balance your indoor air in arid climates like ours is to add a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system. A whole-home humidifier integrates with your current HVAC system, so it’s important to hire an expert for installation. The indoor air quality specialists can help you with all of your IAQ needs, so call us today and schedule an appointment.

Why Install a Humidifier?

According to the EPA, comfortable humidity percentages range from 30%-60%; a humidity level lower than 30% creates a very dry environment. Problems that can develop from too little humidity are:

  • Dry eyes, nose and throat
  • Excessively dry skin
  • Drying of mucous membranes
  • Problems with health, including being more prone to sickness
  • Increased agitation for those with chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma
  • Drying of wood, including flooring, furniture and molding
  • Splitting and splintering of wood and wood products

Lastly, dry conditions allow biological contaminants like viruses and bacteria to thrive, which can put your health at more risk.

Increase Your Comfort and Your Energy Efficiency

Humidity holds heat; this is important because when your home is heating or cooling without enough moisture, the air won’t feel like the temperature you’ve set on the thermostat. Why not? Because the air won’t hold the heat due to the lack of humidity. As such, you may wind up pushing your thermostat even higher during winter and lower during the summer, using extra energy while you do so. When your humidity is balanced, you can actually save energy because the air will feel more comfortable.

Think your home in Pasadena can benefit from a whole-home humidifier? Then call us today!

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Why Does My Water Heater Crack and Pop or Make Unusual Noises?

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The most common type of water heater found in homes today is the storage tank water heater. Storage tank water heaters contain a large tank filled with water and are usually heated by a gas burner, although an electric heating element is a common alternative.

The way these units work is fairly simple: water naturally rises to the top of the tank via the heat rising principle after it heats up, and it returns to your plumbing system through a tube at the top of the tank. So what would cause such a simple system to make a cracking, banging, or popping noise?

In general, it’s best to ask a technician what’s wrong with your water heater instead of attempting to diagnose the issue on your own. At Total Comfort Inc, we service water heaters in Riverside, but to give you an idea of what may be the issue, we’ve detailed one of the most common problems below.

Signs of Water Heater Problems

Most likely, a crackling or popping noise indicates that sediment has built up in the tank. Minerals like calcium and magnesium are common to the water in our area. As water moves through the water heater tank, it can leave behind deposits, which rumble around at the bottom of the tank. This also decreases the volume of the tank, which can raise pressure levels, affecting performance and potentially leading to a total system failure. If you wait too long to schedule service, it may be too late to flush sediment from the tank, and replacement could be necessary.

Ideally, a technician should flush out your water heater once a year at least in order to avoid premature failure. The technician may recommend flushing the tank more often, if the hardness of your water is at a serious level. You should not attempt this task without the help of a trained technician as it could be difficult or even dangerous, and you may inflict more damage upon the system.

Call the friendly people at Total Comfort Inc for more information about this issue. We have experience with both storage tank and tankless water heaters in Riverside, so we can repair a viable unit or help you to find a suitable and highly-efficient replacement. Count on our technicians for quality service from a name you can trust.

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