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

Size Matters: What to Know about New AC Installation

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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So, you’re looking to have an air conditioner installed. At least, that’s probably why you’ve stumbled across this blog post. If you have the budget for it, you’re probably prepared to buy the biggest and best AC you can find. That’s great! As long as it’s not too big.

Yes, that’s right, an air conditioning system can actually be too large for the space it’s installed in. Homeowners often don’t consider this–they understand that an air conditioner can be too small, but don’t really think about it the other way around. An air conditioner that’s too big–referred to as overpowered–can be just as detrimental to efficiency and your home comfort as one that’s too small–called underpowered. Read on to learn more.

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Do Air Conditioners Have Cooling Limits?

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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The short answer to this question is “yes,” but don’t worry, we’re about to elaborate!

At some point or another, perhaps you’ve wondered just how cold a central air conditioner can actually get. You likely already know what the lowest setting is on the thermostat. For most models, it’s about 60–62°F, which is too cold for most people.

In the case of an extremely hot day, how much power can you actually get from your air conditioner? How cold can you get the air to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible when indoors?

We’re happy to answer these questions, regardless of whether if you’re reading this in the middle of a sweltering hot day and wondering if your air conditioner has something wrong with it, or even if you’re simply just curious. Helping you understand the limits of an air conditioner will also help you learn how to operate it more efficiently, give it a longer service life, and even potentially reduce the number of repairs it might need throughout that service life.

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Solar Panel Installation: Ground-Mounted vs. Roof Mounted

Monday, April 5th, 2021
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More and more homeowners are discovering the eco-friendly power of solar panels that help them enjoy comfort at as low of a cost as possible. When a new homeowner decides to have solar panels installed, however, they might think their only option is to have them installed on the roof. This is a good choice in many cases, but it can be more difficult for some households to truly enjoy all the solar benefits if those rooftop-mounted solar panels aren’t angled correctly.

What if we told you there is another option? That’s right—you could opt for ground-mounted solar panels. These aren’t the right choice for all homes, but they’re the best choice for many homes. Keep reading to learn more.

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Time for a Tune-Up! Prepping Your AC for Summer

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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We’ve been seeing some cooler temperatures for now, but you know as well as we do that when summer decides to grace us with its presence, it will arrive fast and hard. Therefore, it’s a good idea to make sure that your air conditioner is ready. That’s right, it’s time for a tune-up!

Scheduling your cooling system maintenance now, before the weather starts taking a turn, is the best way to make sure that your system remains as effective and efficient as possible for as long as possible, saving you money on your utility bills and in repair costs.

Wondering how maintenance can do all this? Read on to learn more!

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End-of-Season Furnace Needs Not to Ignore

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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We may have just talked about air conditioners in our last post, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore your heater in these final weeks of winter. Sure, we are definitely not experiencing the severe winter conditions that other parts of the country have in recent days. But no matter how long or how frequently you need your heater, you need it to be in good shape when it operates! So, what kind of shape is yours in?

If you don’t know the answer to this question, then this blog post is definitely for you. Hopefully, you had professional maintenance done this past fall. That will ensure that your system works as efficiently and effectively as it’s meant to. Even if you did not, however, it’s not too late! Scheduling maintenance now will allow our technicians to check for the repair needs we’re about to mention.

If you aren’t sure of how to tell if your heater needs repair as we near the end of the season, read on! We’ve uncovered some of the top indicators.

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3 Reasons to Schedule a Home Energy Audit

Monday, January 25th, 2021
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If you’re like many homeowners in our area, you may not even know what a home energy audit is, let alone why one might benefit you. Fortunately for you, you’ve found your way to the right blog post!

Energy audits consist of a series of tests, performed by our technicians in order to determine if and where your energy opportunities—or in other words, inefficiencies—exist. You might be losing energy from any number of places within your living space without ever knowing it. Damaged HVAC ductwork can be to blame, as can improper HVAC installation form the start. Drafty windows and doors are also common culprits, and poor insulation is another possibility.

Once we perform your energy audit, we can start helping you improve your efficiency, and in turn save considerable money on utility bills. Unsure if it will really be that much of a benefit? Read on as we uncover not 1, but 3 benefits to such a service, or 3 reasons you should schedule your home energy audit today.

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“Should I Invest in a Maintenance Program?”

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

Monday, 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?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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