Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. Blog

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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AC Installation: A Brief Buying Guide

March 9th, 2020

technician-working-on-air-conditionerLet’s face it, a new HVAC system will be one of the most expensive investments you make into your home. In fact, too many homeowners sacrifice comfort for cheaper options or inefficient systems because they don’t understand the costs. In our brief buying guide below, we’ve outlined some of the logic behind the costs to help you feel better about your purchase.

When you purchase a new air conditioner, costs will include factors like installation, equipment, and any add-ons you want to get.

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Is Your Heat Pump Stuck in the Wrong Mode?

February 24th, 2020

heat-pump-systemHere’s the thing about Sacramento weather—and you know it if you’ve lived here for even just a year—it is extremely variable. Sure, we get cold in the winter and hot in the summer, but we also have unexpected heat waves and surprise cold snaps.

As such, we often find ourselves switching modes on our heat pumps. These systems are designed for such a task, and work best in climates like ours. In warmer weather, they remove heat from the home via a refrigerant process and expel the heat outdoors, where the process is revered in cooler weather.

But what happens when the heat pump won’t switch modes? Simply put, it indicates a problem with the reversing valve, which we’ll describe more below.

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Tips for Boosting HVAC Efficiency

February 10th, 2020

vent-low-on-wallWith the extreme variables we have in our weather throughout the year, it’s no secret that you’d like to do everything you can to lower your energy bills. The good news is, you don’t have to decrease your energy usage in order to do that. In fact, there are some simple steps you can take to boost HVAC efficiency, whether we’re talking about your heater or your air conditioner.

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Signs You Need a New Furnace Soon

January 27th, 2020

vent-low-on-wallWouldn’t it be nice if our heating systems lasted forever? Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case.

But furnaces can last a long time—if they’re well maintained. Maintaining your furnace means being diligent about scheduling maintenance and repairs and having a basic knowledge of what to look for as signs something is amiss.

This is where we come in. We’ve provided below a guideline you can follow when considering if your furnace can get by with another repair, or if it’s better for system efficiency and your budget to go ahead and make a system upgrade.

Some of the problems listed below are more serious than others, and some alone don’t necessarily mean you have to replace your furnace right away. But when two or more of these problems are combined, it may be wise to consider a new heating system.

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What Are the Benefits of an HVAC Maintenance Program?

January 13th, 2020

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If you’ve been following our blog, then you’ve probably seen us mention the importance of scheduling maintenance for your heater in the fall, and your air conditioner in the spring. These are the ideal times since they’re right before you need your respective home comfort system the most.

However, what’s most important is how consistently you have maintenance done—it should be once a year for central AC and heating systems, and twice a year for 2-in-1 heat pump and dual fuel systems. You can make sure you stay on top of these tune-ups by enrolling in a maintenance program. Curious? Read on to learn more!

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Please Join Sierra Pacific at the Northern California Home & Landscape Expo!

January 10th, 2020

Please join Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. at the Northern California Home & Landscape expo. We will be at booth P151 inside the Pavilion building. Come say hello!

Location: Cal Expo Fairgrounds: 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815

Dates: January 24th-26th, 2020

Gary Brown Enterprises has been producing the Northern California Home & Landscape Expo for 26 years. In 2019, 31, 194 homeowners attended this annual event and enjoyed over 1,000 exhibits, free workshops and the popular Landscape Showcase along with great DIY ideas, interior design and special features. 

Please visit the expo website for more information about admission, hours, parking, and additional services.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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How to Choose the Right HVAC Contractor for Your Heating Services

December 30th, 2019

animated-checklistIt’s that time of year again—if it’s not already happening, then in the next few weeks HVAC companies are going to start getting bombarded with calls about heating services. Chillier temperatures will lead to inevitable heating equipment breakdowns, some of which could have been prevented with routine maintenance. (Have you scheduled your appointment yet?)

This is why we recommend that if you don’t already have a regular HVAC contractor you trust in your area, you find one now, before you need one on short notice. Early repair or replacement, paired with routine maintenance in early fall, will help you keep heating costs down and prevent you from dealing with a heating system breakdown when you can’t afford to wait for some general handyman or enthusiastic do-it-yourselfer to show up at your door.

So if you’re choosing an HVAC contractor, how do you do so? What qualities do you look for? We’ve shared these answers below.

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Consider a Solar Attic Fan for HVAC Efficiency

December 16th, 2019

solar-panel-on-roofWe may be heading into our cooler months now, but as we well enough know, heat waves can surprise us. When they do, we don’t want to pay an arm and a leg to cool down our homes. The good news is, there are steps you can take to ensure this isn’t the case, and that you’re always getting the best in efficiency from your HVAC system, whether it’s your cooling or heating unit.

One home addition that can help with this is a solar attic fan—a large fan installed in your attic that is efficiently powered by the sun.

Think about what this means—in our hotter months the sun beats down on your roof for hours at a time. Your air conditioner has to work even harder than normal to keep you home cool, meaning that it will struggle at times, and cause your system to wear down faster than it should. Fortunately, there’s a solution!

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