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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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How to Use Your Cooling System Efficiently

May 18th, 2020

outside-unit-of-air-conditionerSummertime is just around the corner, making right now a great time to start thinking about the ways in which you can boost energy efficiency. During the season when you need your air conditioner the most, it’s important that you get the most out of it, right?

When your cooling system is working as efficiently as possible, you won’t need to worry about costly energy bills—sure, HVAC system use accounts for about half of all energy use, but what we mean is that you won’t have to worry about your energy bills being astronomically higher than they should be.

And the best part is that there are some simple steps you can take to start using your AC system more efficiently.

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An Air Filter’s Purpose: It’s Not What You Think

May 4th, 2020

man-holding-air-filterMany homeowners think that the only reason they should care about their air conditioner or furnace air filter is due to the allergens and particles in the air. But they’re only partially correct.

You may assume that a dirty air filter is an issue because it keeps your air dirty, and this is why we tell our customers to change theirs every 1–3 months. If you’re not suffering from allergies, it means your air filter is fine, right? Well, not quite.

Sure, helping your indoor air quality is a small part of what the HVAC air filter does, but this isn’t even close to its true purpose. It is designed to block your heating and cooling systems from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and negatively impact the interior components.

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What Can You Do to Live Greener?

April 20th, 2020

illustration-of-green-homeHomeowners today are constantly looking for ways to live greener. Whether their motivation is to save money or to help the environment, or both, they seek home comfort systems that perform more efficiently, leave less of a carbon footprint, and help them feel good about their purchase.

As leaders in the solar energy space, we understand and cater to this. Our solar technology allows homeowners to effectively and efficiently power everything in their home from lighting to their air conditioner and all their other appliances.

Investing in solar isn’t the only thing you can do in your home or around your community to live greener, though! Read on for some tips we’ve gathered.

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Why You Need a Pro for Your AC Installation

April 6th, 2020

two-professionals-looking-over-air-conditionerIf you are reading this blog post right now because you need an air conditioning installation, then there’s a good chance that you have a sense of urgency about it—given that warmer temperatures are well on their way. The problem with this is, many homeowners rush to find a new system for their home, and opt for whatever they can afford—then try to install it themselves!

We want to urge you to reconsider this approach. There is a lot more work that goes into an air conditioner installation than you may realize, and there are plenty of reasons you should only trust a professional for the job. Read on as we uncover a few reasons why you need a professional for your air conditioner installation.

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It’s Time for AC Maintenance

March 23rd, 2020

outdoor-ac-unit-with-tools-on-topIt may be a while before we see the California sunshine we know and love, but if you’ve lived in the Sacramento area for even just a year, you know that when summer does come, it’s not very forgiving—and you need to ensure that your cooling system is prepared.

One of the most important things you can do to make sure this is the case is to schedule preventive maintenance for the system. Routine professional AC maintenance ensures that your equipment is ready for the added stress of summer.

Skipping or even delaying maintenance will make it much more likely you’ll be facing problems by the end of the cooling season, or even before! Read on as we uncover the importance of this service.

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When your city is being quarantined…

March 16th, 2020

Dear Sierra Pacific Client,

It’s in conversations every day, on the news, and in meme’s on social media – there’s no escaping it.

Coronavirus.

It’s got the whole world in a frenzy. Local school events and trade shows are cancelling, people are raiding Costcos to stock up on supplies, and way more people are washing their hands than usual (to name a very small number of things that are happening).

I’m not a medical expert and have no place giving any medical advice whatsoever. Instead, I just want to share how I and the Sierra Pacific team personally choose to respond to threats, and share some things that might be helpful to you.

| We don’t let fear control us. 

It’s very likely that if you’re reading this, we’ve done work for you at your home or you’ve seen us at a Home Show. Maybe you’ve seen our Big Red Trucks and called us out to give you an estimate in the past.

We earn our living by serving as craftsmen and service professionals to Sacramento area homeowners who make improvements to their energy and comfort systems. 

So the sudden wave of local school and event cancellations threaten us. And a threat might strike fear. But we choose not to be afraid. Instead, we choose to serve. 

We know that water heaters will break – and we will be there. We know utility power outages will occur and our clients will want whole-home standby generators or solar batteries – we will be there. We know that air conditioners need regular maintenance and the filters replaced – we will be there. *P.S. If you’d like an Ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light installed on your central hvac system to help purify your home’s air, call us!

Our friendly craftsmen will still do all these things to continue serving you, our clients.

The message: we don’t let fear drive our decisions.

| This too shall pass.

Nothing is ever as bad or as good as it seems. All things in life are temporary. Consider the recent plunges in the stock market (I am NOT a financial adviser. This info comes from a skilled firm called Wealth Navigation):

  • Since 1980, there have been 31 corrections of 10% or more in the market. 90% of the time the market has been higher 1 year later by an average of 23%.
  • Since 1962, every single time we’ve seen intense selling pressure like we saw last week (more than 90% of all stocks trading down at the same time), the market has been higher a year later by an average of 24%!

The Sacramento area is strong and a good local economy. The trials and challenges will pass. They always do. Things always get better.

| Let us know if you need help.

The Coronavirus may not be effecting your home, but I bet something is. Something is causing your utility bill to be too high right now, or for your home not to be healthy and comfortable.

Whatever it is, let us know if you’d like some help addressing it.

If not now, no worries.

We have a team of experts that can help you address your important upgrades for your home…when you’re ready. All you have to do is just click here www.SierraPacificHome.com.

Respectfully yours,

Jason Hanson
President

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