Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. Blog

Should You Invest in a Tankless Water Heater?

September 21st, 2020

tankless-water-heaterHow often do you think about your water heater? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is probably, “not very much.” While you’re not alone, it’s not a good idea to wait until something goes wrong with this system to start thinking about it. And when something does go wrong with it, you’ll be left to decide if it’s worth repairing or if you should invest in a replacement.

A general rule of thumb on that matter is that a water heater in disrepair should be upgraded when it’s reached about 15–20 years, or if it’s showing signs of corrosion.

That leads you to an important question: what should you replace that water heater with? Sure, it’s easy to just buy another standard storage tank water heater, but that’s not your only option. Have you ever considered going tankless? Read on as we talk about the pros and cons of both.

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How This Installation Can Help AC Efficiency

September 8th, 2020

attic-roof-ventWith the official start of fall just around the corner, homeowners like yourself are probably looking forward to shutting off air conditioners for the season. After all, with all the use our cooling systems get, our utility bills can get quite high. So it makes sense that you want to stop using your system soon.

Still though, we have plenty of warmer temperatures ahead–warm enough to warrant continued use of your air conditioner. So how can you use yours most efficiently, to keep from paying exorbitant energy bills? Well, one way is with the installation of a solar attic fan! This is a large fan installed in the attic that is efficiently powered by the sun. And that’s just the beginning! Read on to learn more.

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How You Can Help, Or Hurt, Your AC Performance

August 24th, 2020

vent-low-on-wallIf you’ve lived in our area for even just a year, then you know how rough our summers can be. Our air conditioners have been working hard so far. Fortunately, today’s cooling systems are durable and designed to handle the hottest of temperatures. Still, you may be tired by now of paying high utility costs just to keep comfortable in your home.

The good news is there are steps you can take to help your air conditioner’s efficiency and performance to bring those bills down. Alternatively, there are things you can do that will hurt your AC performance. Read on as we uncover more about this.

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Does Your Water Heater Need Maintenance?

August 10th, 2020

water-heater-with-rustIf there is any home comfort appliance in your home that goes underappreciated, it’s probably the water heater.

Think about it, you use your water heater every day, but do you ever consider your gratitude for this system? Not to worry—most homeowners don’t. But let’s face it, they’re pretty important. And they really cannot continue to effectively and safely do their job without the proper care. Yes, this includes scheduling annual maintenance. But why?

Two reasons: scaling, and the anode rod! Read on to learn more.

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A Professional’s Guide to AC Installation

July 27th, 2020

two-technicians-working-on-ac-outdoor-unitOkay, don’t get too excited! We aren’t providing a guide on how to install your air conditioner. The reason? Only a trained and experienced professional should ever do this kind of work. After all, AC systems are highly complex pieces of machinery, requiring specific knowledge and skills to service correctly.

Of course, we get your sense of urgency. If you’re reading a blog post about AC installation near the end of July, then you’re probably dealing with a broken-down system and a desperate situation. But no matter the severity of your air conditioning troubles, we really have to urge you to not do anything in haste. Doing so can lead to sacrifices in comfort and in energy savings—meaning you’ll be paying more for less comfort.

Read on as we uncover a guide as to how our pros install an air conditioner, and why professional installation is so vital.

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Beware These Sounds Coming from Your AC

July 13th, 2020

woman-covering-her-earsThere is no such thing as a completely silent air conditioner. AC systems make noise as they cycle on and off and as they run. You’ll even hear ductwork fluctuating with temperature changes throughout the day or night. And let’s face it, even though we may not get as scorching of temperatures as other parts of the state, our summers can be brutal and our air conditioners go through a lot, potentially requiring a number of repairs throughout their lifespan.

Fortunately, you can avoid the biggest and most sudden of repair needs by remembering to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance. During your system tune-ups, we’ll fully inspect, clean, and adjust your air conditioner and its components to ensure its effective and efficient functionality. With or without tune-ups, though, if your cooling system is making noise that you don’t recognize, it’s time to call in the pros! Read on to learn about some sounds you should beware of when it comes to your cooling system.

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Are Ground-Mounted Solar Panels the Best Option?

June 29th, 2020

pole-mounted-ground-solar-panelsSolar panels have done wonders in helping homeowners live a more eco-friendly life while enjoying comfort at as low a cost as possible. But when a new homeowner goes to have solar panels installed, they often think that their only option is to have rooftop-panels. While this works in many cases, it can be harder for some homes to truly reap all the benefits that solar energy brings if the roof isn’t angled to use the panels as effectively as possible.

What many homeowners don’t realize is that there’s another option! That option is ground-mounted solar panels. They’re not the right choice for all homes, but they are the best choice for many. Read on to learn why!

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Considering an AC Upgrade? Consider These Factors

June 15th, 2020

male-and-female-technicians-standing-over-air-conditioner-with-tool-bagSummer is just around the corner, and you know what that means!

It means you want to make sure your air conditioner is fully equipped to handle the heat. This might not have been the answer you expected. Nevertheless, it’s important to think about.

It may be time for you to invest in a new air conditioning system, and if this is the case, you want to ensure that your new system is the right match for your home. Of course, since we’re so close to the official start of summer, it’s likely tempting for you to go out and get the biggest, most powerful AC system for your budget, but rushing into this purchase isn’t a great idea.

When it comes to your air conditioner, there are some factors to consider that are important to the system’s performance, efficiency, and longevity in your home. One of these factors is the size of your air conditioner. Did you know that an overpowered, or oversized, unit can be just as detrimental to your home’s comfort as an undersized one? Read on as we explain.

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“Best of the Best 2020” Voting Has Begun!

June 11th, 2020

best-of-best-contest-imageAs a 2019 recipient of the Best of the Best Awards in Folsom for Solar companies, Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort Inc. is proud to share that The Folsom Telegraph has announced that voting has started for 2020! 

Telegraph Staff

Jun 04, 2020 9:30 AM

After being delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions and closures, The Folsom Telegraph is excited to share that voting for the 2020 Best of the Best awards is now underway.
Readers can vote for their favorite businesses and more in our print editions and online for both Folsom and El Dorado Hills.

Click here to vote for your favorite businesses in Folsom.

Click here to vote for your favorite businesses and more in El Dorado Hills.

The Best of the Best competition is where area residents and businesses join with this community newspaper to cast their votes to pick their favorite people, places, businesses and more. The campaign encompasses community pride with outstanding marketing opportunities for local business owners as they vie to be voted the best in their category or league.

This year, voting time is being extended from the usual one-month term to two full months. Readers can vote for their favorites throughout both June and July, offering our businesses expanded exposure as they work to recover from weeks of challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis.

During August, category winners will be notified to be featured in the official Best of the Best winner’s publication that will come out this September.

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The Cost-Saving Benefits of Going Solar

June 1st, 2020

solar-panels-with-yellow-flowers-in-foreground“Solar Energy” has become quite a buzzworthy term in recent years, and for a very good reason. There has been a lot of advances in solar energy, and this type of technology is especially beneficial here in sunny California. Homeowners have various incentives available to install solar panels on their property, and the benefits of doing so can not be understated.

If you are thinking about having solar panels installed to operate your electrical system, now is the time! Read on as we uncover the top, cost-saving benefits of installing solar panels.

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