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

Why You Should Only Hire a Pro for AC Installation

Monday, August 26th, 2019

two-professionals-looking-over-air-conditionerWe won’t deny it, the end of the year is a lousy time to require an air conditioner replacement. In an ideal world, you’d have a well-maintained and highly efficient air conditioner ready to get you through the last of the summer weather. If that’s not the case, however, and you’re shopping for an air conditioner right now, we urge you to only trust a pro.

But why is this so important?

To start off, you want to ensure that you get the right type of air conditioner and the right size AC—too large of an AC can be just as detrimental as too small of one, and will go through a process called short-cycling, which is hard on the system and will cause it to accumulate wear and tear faster than normal.

So you know sizing is important, but what are some other reasons you should only hire a pro?

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AC Noises to Never Ignore

Monday, July 29th, 2019

woman-covering-ears-on-white-backgroundIt would be nice if we had air conditioners that could self-diagnose malfunctions and report them back to the homeowners in detail, right? Honestly, that’s probably not too far-fetched of an idea when you really think about it.

In the meantime, though? This isn’t a reality and we need to rely on other methods for our air conditioner to send warning signs that something is amiss. This may be a drop in cooling power, or an unexpected and unexplained spike in energy bills. Or, it may be that your circuit breakers for the indoor and outdoor units keep tripping.

Or, it could be noise. “Wait,” you might be thinking, “my air conditioner always makes noise!” We aren’t talking about the hum of the fans or the faint clicking you might here when the system starts up and shuts down, though. Rather, we’re talking about sounds that are abnormal to what you normally hear, or seem louder than they should be. What could this include? Read on!

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Have You Considered These AC Upgrades This Year?

Monday, July 1st, 2019

wi-fi-thermostat-in-foreground-with-house-backgroundTypically as we get to this part of the year, you’ve had maintenance done for your air conditioner—hopefully—and we’re ready to start enjoying the season, even if it means running our air conditioners on almost a daily basis.

What if we told you that you could save money on your cooling needs this summer? There are many efficiency-boosting actions you can take, like using your ceiling fans to evenly distribute the cooled air from your air conditioner. But there are also some upgrades you may want to consider if you haven’t already. These upgrades can help your air conditioner perform better, last longer, and can help you feel more comfortable. Read on to learn more!

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5 Great Ways to Boost Your AC Efficiency This Summer

Monday, June 17th, 2019

man-changing-out-air-filter-to-boost-ac-efficiencyFact #1: Summer is hot.

Fact #2: Running your air conditioner costs a lot. The truth is, your HVAC system can account for as much as 50% of all the electrical energy use in your home. You want to find ways to use it less expensively and more efficiently. The good news is, there’s a few ways you can do this!

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4 Steps to Saving More on Cooling Costs

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

air-conditionerEveryone should be able to run an air conditioner without it costing them a fortune. And sometimes that means installing a few upgrades or paying for some services that can significantly boost the air conditioner’s efficiency.

In this post, you won’t find any gimmicky or “quick” methods for improving efficiency—those rarely work. Instead, we’ll tell you which AC services in Sacramento, CA can make a serious difference in your monthly cooling costs:

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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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