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  • Heat Pump Benefits for Homes in California - Service Champions

    Heat Pump Benefits for Homes in California

    February 12th, 2019
    Heat pumps are a cost-effective heating and cooling option in all areas of the American West and Southwest, including Northern California. Unlike an air conditioner, which uses heat pump technology to provide cooling only, a heat pump can provide efficient cooling and heating. While heat pump technology is constantly improving, current models are much more efficient than they were just
  • Furnace Not Working? Try This Before Calling the Pros - Service Champions

    Furnace Not Working? Try This Before Calling the Pros

    February 8th, 2019
    It's cold out, which is when many homeowners realize just how important regular furnace maintenance is. Fortunately, there are ways to get your furnace back up and running again before calling the pros. If you suspect a problem, however, don't attempt a DIY furnace repair. You could harm yourself or others and void any warranties you may have on the unit. Rely on
  • Where Is My Ductless Mini-Split? Finding and Cleaning Mini-Split Filters - Service Champions

    Where Is My Ductless Mini-Split? Finding and Cleaning Mini-Split Filters

    February 5th, 2019
    We’ve answered the question, “Where is my furnace?”, but what about people with ductless mini-split systems? What is a ductless mini-split heat pump? Ductless mini-split systems use heat pump technology, but do not rely on a ducted forced air distribution system. You may have seen one in a hotel or motel room—conditioned air gets sent directly into the room by
  • Can You Write Off a New HVAC System on Your Taxes?

    February 1st, 2019
    The 2019 tax season (2018 tax year) is upon us, which means people are trying to find ways to deduct expenses. Curious if you can write off a new HVAC system on your taxes? Are there any other energy-efficiency improvements that qualify for a tax credit? In addition to tax credits for efficiency improvements, you may also qualify for rebates
  • Blanket Insulation (Batts and Rolls) vs Foam Board Insulation - Service Champions

    Blanket Insulation (Batts and Rolls) vs Foam Board Insulation

    January 29th, 2019
    If you want to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient, you’re going to need the proper insulation. There are lots of choices when it comes to different types of insulation, but today we’re focusing on just two: blanket insulation and board insulation. If you are adding insulation to your attic, it’s generally a good idea to go with the same
  • How the PG&E Bankruptcy Can Affect Northern California Homeowners - Service Champions

    How the PG&E Bankruptcy Affects Northern California Homeowners

    January 25th, 2019
    On Jan. 14, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the primary gas and electric provider for Northern California, said that it would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to an estimated $30 billion of liability for wildfires in the state during 2017 and 2018. This news affects our company, our community, and our customers. Here’s what we know so far. PG&E
  • 4 New Year’s Resolutions for the Home

    4 New Year’s Resolutions for the Home

    January 22nd, 2019
    The beginning of February is the time when you begin to reevaluate your new year’s resolutions. What were they again? While you may have made promises to yourself that this year will be different, you’re probably beginning to feel guilty that your life hasn’t changed much and you have the same old habits as last year. Well, don’t feel bad! According to U.S.
  • What to Know About HVAC Systems and Rain - Service Champions

    What to Know About HVAC Systems and the Rain

    January 18th, 2019
    With all the precipitation in the forecast, now’s a good time to go over the effects of rain on your heating and air conditioning system. Luckily, your outdoor HVAC units are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, such as rain, snow, and even a little hail. Unfortunately, if there are bad weather conditions, you may have to wait for a
  • Where is my furnace? Where is my furnace filter?

    Where Is My Furnace? Where Is My Furnace Filter?

    January 15th, 2019
    If you live in Northern California, you most likely have a furnace or heat pump. Hybrid heating systems are comprised of a furnace (gas or electric) and a heat pump. Where is my furnace? Most Americans use a furnace to heat their home. It can use natural gas, propane, heating oil, or electricity. The unit is located inside the home
  • Smart HVAC Systems for Smart Homes

    Smart HVAC Systems for Smart Homes

    January 11th, 2019
    A smart home is one that has a thermostat, cameras, and other devices and appliances that are connected to a wireless network. They can be remotely operated and turn on and off based on your habits and location to your home. Smart homes—internet-connected sensors work seamlessly together—are supposed to make your life more convenient. Think of how your smart phone

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