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

Is Your Furnace Making Any of These Noises?

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

white-question-mark-on-blue-backgroundWe’ve got some news—it’s not necessarily bad news, but depending on how you look at it, it can be disappointing—there’s no such thing as a silent furnace. We wish this were the case, and there are definitely some advancements being made in recent years to make them quieter, but overall, you can expect to hear it when your system is starting up, shutting down, and running in general.

What you should be concerned about, are noises that are unfamiliar and loud coming from your furnace. Anything outside of the normal operation sounds are cause for concern. What, specifically, do we mean? Read on to learn more!

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Is Going Solar Worth the Hype?

Monday, November 18th, 2019

female-construction-worker-standing-by-rows-of-solar-panelsBefore we answer that … were you aware that your HVAC system use accounts for half of all your energy usage? That’s why your electricity and gas bills are so much higher in the middle of summer—or winter for that matter. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s not a lot we can do to change the weather or how often you need these systems, but there is absolutely something we can do to help you drastically cut these costs—install solar panels.

If you haven’t guessed yet, our answer to the question of whether going solar is worth the hype is a resounding yes!

While installing solar panels has a relatively high price tag initially, it saves you money in the long run. If you’re wondering if installing solar will help you save money, we’re here to tell you it will. Here are a few of the top cost benefits of going solar:

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Solve Your Heating and Cooling Needs in One System

Monday, November 4th, 2019

vent-in-wall-near-floorWhile we may not experience the bitterly cold temperatures that other parts of the state do, there’s no denying that our weather does get quite cold as we venture into fall and winter. And with that, you’ll want to make sure your home heating system is in great shape and ready to take on the cooler temps. Professional preventive maintenance and timely repairs will help accomplish this.

However, if you have an aging heater, it may be time for you to consider replacing your heater altogether. But wait, before you go out and buy a simple upgrade from your existing system, we have a question for you. Is your air conditioner also approaching the end of its lifespan? If so, you’d do well to consider the installation of a heat pump system—a system that both heats and cools the space where they’re installed.

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Have You Scheduled Heating Maintenance Yet?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

technician-working-on-furnaceWe may not experience the bitterly cold winters that other parts of the country do, but that doesn’t mean our heating systems don’t get quite the workout when winter rolls around. And with fall officially here, now is the time to start thinking about how you want your heater to perform.

If you want it to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible, then you’d do well to pick up the phone today and schedule your next heating maintenance appointment. Keep reading as we go through why now is the best time for this service and the benefits of scheduling heating tune-ups in the fall.

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End-of-Season AC Repairs to Be Aware Of

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

top-view-of-air-conditionerFall is officially here! Soon the weather will cool, and we can focus on fall activities and using our heaters to keep warm. Chances are, you used your air conditioner consistently over the last several weeks, and we bet you’re looking forward to shutting it off for the season. But before you do, is it showing any signs of disrepair?

Don’t brush potential repair needs off. Waiting on them can lead to more severe problems and potentially even a premature system replacement.

The good news is, when your system does need repair, it’s adept at showing you signs and symptoms. While you shouldn’t ever try to formally diagnose or repair a malfunctioning air conditioner on your own (they contain dangerous components like refrigerant, which requires formal training and licensing to handle safely), you can still spot the signs you need AC repair, and take the appropriate steps from there.

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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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