Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Sacramento’

Starting Up Your AC Again? Watch for These Signs

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

air-filter-changeYou can’t let a car sit in the garage for six months, start it back up again, and expect it to run without an issue.

It’s the same with your air conditioner. Every year we shut them off as fall rolls in, and we don’t even think about them again until we start getting into spring.

When you do start running that AC again, we highly suggest getting a maintenance tune up before summer starts. The last thing you want is for your AC to break down during the hottest part of the year.

Before summer comes, however, you’ll have some time to monitor the performance of your AC and to see if it needs any urgent service. Here are some of the things you can watch out for:

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Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. Celebrates 35 years!

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

This month, we at Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort Inc. celebrate our 35th anniversary serving Northern California homeowners.

We’ve come a long way from our origins as a solar water heating and solar pool heating company. Since then, we’ve grown and provided an array of home upgrades and services to help our clients live in safer, more comfortable, more energy efficient homes.

We Thank You!

We’re proud that you, our clients, have selected us repeatedly for your home services throughout that time. Not only that, but you’ve thoughtfully referred us to your friends, family, and colleagues. On behalf of the Sierra Pacific team—some of whom are also celebrating 35 years of employment at Sierra Pacific—we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you.

Celebrating 35 Years With Special Offers

As thanks, we’ll be posting special offers throughout the year on our social media. Follow our Facebook page and Instagram to see new offers as they become available.

You can also visit our promotions page to see our current offers.

Our complete offering now includes full expertise and craftsmanship in:

  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Insulation
  • Windows and doors
  • Solar electricity and battery back-up
  • Whole house fans and solar attic fans
  • Whole home generators.

With great respect, we look forward to serving you again.

To learn more about our offers, contact Sierra Pacific Home & Comfort, Inc. today.

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SMUD Plans to Increase Utility Costs in 2020, 2021

Friday, March 29th, 2019

ac-on-moneyIt looks like the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will be raising their prices in the next two years. Unfortunately, this is no small increase. They’re planning to raise rates as much as 4.75 percent in 2020, and 4.5 percent in 2021. The last time we received an increase this large was in 2010, when rates when up by 5.5 percent.

According to SMUD’s website, the increase comes from the need to make improvements for wildfire mitigation, increasing capacity to serve more customers, making upgrades to their existing systems, and investing in renewable energy systems.

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9 Ways to Make the Most From Your Solar Energy System

Monday, March 11th, 2019

solar-panelAfter a homeowner is set up with their own heating and cooling system, what’s left? Ask them, and what most of them might say is: efficiency. It’s all about keeping those monthly HVAC costs as low as possible, and that means using the system purposefully and without waste.

When it comes to a solar energy system, efficiency is even more important. After all, that energy is coming from your own supply. Once you run out, you have to start paying the electrical company again.

So, how do you get your system to be even more efficient? Aside from keeping up with maintenance and repairs, you can try investing in some various products and services to get the edge. Here are several examples:

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Keep This in Mind While Installing Solar Energy

Monday, February 25th, 2019

solar-installationAre you considering solar energy for your home? Or maybe you’re already convinced but are trying to understand how a solar energy installation would work from a practical standpoint.

There are a lot of reasons to be apprehensive about a solar energy installation. The necessary legal and tax incentive documentation, the process of finding a quality contractor, and the actual installation itself can all sound like daunting tasks. But, if you go with a professional from the beginning, there’s little to worry about.

It does help to know what you’re getting into. Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind before and during your solar energy installation:

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Got an Old Furnace? Here’s When It Might Need Replacement

Monday, February 11th, 2019

furnace-replacementHow can you tell when you need a new furnace in Sacramento? There are many answers to that question, but we want to begin by saying that age is one of the best determining factors … But only in conjunction with other symptoms!

The average lifespan for a modern furnace is anywhere between 16 and 20 years. You may have even heard other furnace owners tell you that they’ve had theirs longer than 20 years. Just because your furnace is over 16 years old doesn’t mean it needs to be immediately replaced. Likewise, some furnaces may even need replacement before that 16-year mark.

If your aim is to be proactive about replacement, the best approach is to start paying attention to your furnace after it turns 12 years old. That’s when you should keep a closer watch on symptoms like:

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What to Do If Your Heater Has Become Inefficient

Monday, January 28th, 2019

money-see-sawWe encourage all owners of heating systems to keep a close eye on their heating bill. By monitoring your monthly spending, you’ll be able to prevent costly repair issues and monitor your usage habits. Most of all, you’ll be able to spot an upward trend that indicates the system is becoming gradually less efficient.

If you’re noticing that your system is becoming inefficient, here’s what you can do to get to the root of the issue.

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How to Stay Cool During SMUD Peak-Hours

Friday, January 18th, 2019

money-saving-homeAs a resident of Sacramento, you’re most likely aware of Time-of-Day rates. These are the different rates you pay for electricity during certain times of the day. You can make significant savings to your energy bill by running your appliances in times of less demand.

With the start of 2019, new rates are going into effect, so we’ll refresh you on how these rules work.

We’ll also include some advice on how to save on electricity during these times without sacrificing too much of your comfort.

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Why Solar Energy Installation Is Not a DIY Task

Monday, January 14th, 2019

solar-panelsSolar energy is an attractive offer. After all, who wouldn’t want to effortlessly make their own electricity? There’s even a chance you can sell that energy back to the electrical company.

Of course, not everyone is convinced that solar energy is worth the cost. They’re willing to go through the back-channels in order to get solar energy at a price they believe is right. Often, that means going the DIY route. But don’t be fooled by videos and articles online—solar energy installation is by no means a DIY task.

Not only is it dangerous to work with electricity, but the world of solar energy is complicated right now. It’s better to trust in a professional. Here’s why:

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Common Heating Questions for HVAC Contractors

Monday, December 31st, 2018

question-markWhen you’re in the HVAC business for as long as we have been, you hear plenty of the same questions. We’re always happy to answer any of your questions, so in this post, we’re going to go over some of the most common questions we get about heating systems.

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