Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. Blog

“Should I Invest in a Maintenance Program?”

January 11th, 2021
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Would you think twice about taking your car in for maintenance or an oil change when it’s needed? True, 2020 was a time for a lot less driving for many folks—but just because it was sitting in wait doesn’t mean your car doesn’t need work. The same concept applies to your HVAC systems! Yet, many homeowners forget about scheduling this important service.

Routine annual heating (or cooling) maintenance is the leading way to keep your system running well—efficiently and effectively. It also reduces the need for costly repairs and helps the system last longer.

We often say that the best time to schedule maintenance is before you need the system the most. So your heater should be tuned-up in the fall and your air conditioner in the spring. But consistency is what matters the most here. You should be having maintenance done once a year for each of your comfort control systems (and twice a year if it’s a heat pump). The best way to stay on top of these maintenance appointments is by investing in a maintenance agreement. Read on to learn what this will afford you!

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Signs You Need a Heater Upgrade

December 28th, 2020
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Temperatures can be pretty unpredictable in our area, and some years we may not even need our heaters for more than a few weeks. So, it makes sense that you don’t want to spend a lot on that heater. The best way to ensure you’re not spending too much month-to-month is to invest in annual maintenance. If you haven’t done so already this year, now is the perfect time.

But even with maintenance, there will come a day when your system will need to be replaced. Even the most well-cared-for heater can only last about 10–15 years before it stops working as efficiently and effectively as it used to. But how do you know for sure when your system is in need of an upgrade? Read on to find out!

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“Why Is My Heat Pump Stuck in Cooling Mode?”

December 14th, 2020
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It may not get as bone-chillingly cold here as it does in other parts of the country, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t need our heaters to work effectively and efficiently when it does get cold. Without a reliable heater, it can get pretty dang uncomfortable. So, if you have a heat pump and all it’s doing is blowing out cold air, you will probably be pretty concerned!

The first thing to check if this occurs is the thermostat. Is it actually set in heating mode? This may seem obvious, but there is always at least a small chance that a family member switched it back over because they preferred a different temperature than you did. Assuming that you’ve checked this though, and the heat pump is still blowing cold air even though the thermostat indicates you switched it to heating mode, then it probably means your heat pump is stuck. But how does this occur? Read on!

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Are You Heating Your Home Efficiently?

November 30th, 2020

What if you had the ability to increase the comfort of your home and lower your heating bill all at once? Would you jump at the opportunity? Well, you are in luck, because you do have that ability! There are actually some easy steps you can take to not only boost your heater’s efficiency throughout the remainder of fall and through winter but increase comfort too.

While it may not get as bitterly cold here as it does in other parts of the country, we understand the unique needs of Sacramento area residents, and we know that you want a powerful furnace that works when you need it. But you should be able to do that affordably! Read on to learn how you can accomplish this.

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Sounds You Never Want to Hear from Your Furnace

November 16th, 2020

woman-holding-hand-to-ear-to-listenIt can sometimes be easy to tune-out certain sounds. Cars on the street outside of your home, birds chirping outdoors—things we can take for granted. But what you should definitely never take for granted is any unfamiliar noise that comes from your furnace. The reason you shouldn’t ignore this is because it’s a clear sign that something is wrong with your furnace and requires your immediate attention. By calling our pros as soon as you notice something is amiss, you can help ensure your furnace gets back in shape and is able to provide you with effective and efficient heat for the years to come.

Not only that, but attending to furnace problems quickly protects your safety. That’s not to say that furnaces are inherently dangerous. But when not properly cared for, they can become unsafe. Read on as we uncover some of the sounds you should always pay attention to.

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Go Solar With the Pros

November 2nd, 2020

With our dramatic shifts in weather over the past few weeks in California, it’s only fair that we’d like to talk about a more environmentally friendly energy system. Between the raging fires, record-setting temperatures, and climate systems that seem to be completely out of whack, we’re learning to adapt our energy and comfort systems to help keep us happy without the use of old fuel sources.

We’re going to be blatantly honest—solar energy in Sacramento, CA is one of the best ways to head into the middle of the 21st century prepared for whatever energy crises might occur.

Luckily, our team has been around for more than three decades here. We’ve become the local “solar experts” and we’re going to go into detail about why a solar energy system could be the perfect system for you, and why our team should be the one to set it up.

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3 Signs Your Heater Is Struggling

October 19th, 2020

furnace-burnersThe weather in Sacramento this time of the year can be all over the place, with “unseasonably” warm weeks and chillier temperatures at night. That said, it’s important that we be prepared for whatever Mother Nature has to bring our way. The best way to do that is by staying on top of our HVAC service needs—namely maintenance and repairs.

Of course, scheduling your heating maintenance now (if you haven’t already) will reduce the likelihood that you’ll need repairs this fall or winter. During maintenance, our technicians thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your heating system all while checking for small repair needs before they become much bigger. Of course, even with diligent care, there’s always a chance that something can go wrong. So, it’s important that you know the signs that something is amiss. Read on as we uncover three of those signs!

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Is a Solar Energy System Worth the Investment?

October 5th, 2020

roof-with-solar-panels-on-itOur short answer to this is going to be, “yes of course!” But then again, you’d expect us to say that, right?

Seriously though, with all the advancements in solar technology over recent years, it really is a good investment to go solar, particularly here in sunny CA! Homeowners will find that there are a number of incentives available to them for going solar, and there are many other cost-saving benefits, too.

If you’re considering having solar panels professionally installed in order to save money on electricity, now is a perfect time! Keep reading as we go over some of the biggest advantages of doing so.

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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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