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The Most Common Complaints About Southern California Home Comfort, And Why They’re Bunk

As a trusted provider of quality HVAC products and services in Riverside and other parts of Southern California, Sheldon’s Heating and Air Conditioning has gotten to know just what Southern California homeowners need when it comes to home comfort. We often hear complaints from homeowners who just can’t seem to get comfortable. That’s why we’ve decided to put together a list of common complaints about home comfort in Southern California and explain why these issues don’t have to be concerning to Riverside homeowners.

Most Common Home Comfort Complaints (with Solutions!)

Below are some of the most common complaints about home comfort that we hear from customers and how you can go about fixing these issues.

  1. It’s impossible to control humidity levels in Southern California.

The relative humidity levels in Riverside and the surrounding areas range from 24% to 90% over the course of the year. Sometimes these levels can reach as low as 10% and as high as 100%. With the shift in humidity levels from very dry to very humid over the course of the year, some Southern California homeowners have a hard time adjusting to the varying humidity and controlling humidity levels in their homes.

However, humidity doesn’t have to be a problem. Dehumidifiers and humidifiers help homeowners gain better control over their home comfort levels throughout the year. Though these IAQ upgrades are not necessary for every homeowner, some individuals who are adversely affected by the changes in humidity may benefit from these indoor air quality products.

  1. It costs too much to stay comfortable!

Many homeowners may feel that their energy bills are too high. However, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to stay comfortable in beautiful Southern California. Use the following tips to use your HVAC system for efficiently:

  • Adjust the thermostat when you leave home. There is no need to pay for heating or cooling your home if no one is there to enjoy it.
  • Invest in a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat allows you to monitor your energy usage so that you can find ways to improve your habits and save more each month on heating and cooling costs.
  • Consider a more energy-efficient air conditioner or heater. Older HVAC systems tend to be less energy efficient than newer models. If it’s time to replace the old AC or heater, consider purchasing a more energy-efficient model to save more year-round.
  1. My indoor air quality is terrible!

Though you may not realize it, the quality of the air outdoors can impact the air that you breathe inside your home. Due to this, many homeowners in Southern California find that their indoor air quality is less than ideal. In addition to outside influences, other factors such as cleaning products, pet dander, or indoor plants and flowers can impact the air that you and your family breathe on a regular basis.

Monitoring your indoor air quality is an important part of maintaining your family’s health and safety. The good news is that there are simple ways to improve your indoor air quality so that you and your family can breathe easier. Specialized air filters and air purifiers can help catch the contaminants and particles that your standard air filter is not able to filter out. However, due to the specialized nature of these products, you want to consult with an HVAC professional before purchasing IAQ upgrades as they can impact the health and efficiency of your HVAC system.

Get Comfortable in Riverside

If you find yourself struggling to get comfortable in your Riverside home, it may be time to call in the experts! The qualified team at Sheldon’s Heating & Air Conditioning knows just what it takes to keep your Southern California home comfortable year-round. We proudly serve families and individuals in Riverside, Mira Loma, Loma Linda, Eastvale, Corona and the surrounding areas. Whether you are looking for ways to improve your indoor air quality or you just want to get more information on energy-efficient HVAC systems from Carrier, we are ready to help you find the right products to maximize your home comfort. Contact us today.

The Holidays are here! Save Money with these HVAC Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are just around the corner. This time of the year brings fun and excitement, but it can also cause a bit of strain on your wallet. One way that you can save money this holiday season is by working to use your HVAC system more efficiently. Below are some HVAC tips for saving money this holiday season.

Money-Saving HVAC Tips for the Holidays

During the holidays, homeowners tend to use a lot more energy than any other time of the year. Whether you’re hosting guests or just taking part in the festivities, here are a few HVAC tips for saving energy (and money) this holiday season:

Turn down the thermostat when you are entertaining guests.

You want to keep your friends and family comfortable when you’re entertaining or hosting guests. However, more bodies in your home also means more warmth. Not to mention, if you are using the stove or oven, the heat from these appliances will warm up your home quickly. Make sure to turn the thermostat down once your guests arrive to save a little bit of energy and decrease your heating costs.

Don’t forget to change your air filter.

The holidays are a busy time, and it can be easy to forget simple maintenance tasks like changing your air filter. However, a clogged or dirty filter can decrease your HVAC system’s efficiency as it restricts airflow. Make sure that you stay on top of air filter changes so that you can keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently throughout the holidays.

Be sure to adjust your thermostat when you leave your home.

Many people find themselves running a lot of errands, taking more time to do some shopping, and even traveling near and far during the holiday season. Make sure to adjust your thermostat before you leave the house to conserve energy while you are away. You might also consider investing in a programmable thermostat, which automates the adjustment process, making it simple and convenient to adjust your home’s temperature even while you are away.

Get your annual HVAC tune-up.

Homeowners should get an HVAC tune-up, or routine maintenance visit, at least once a year. During this visit, an experienced HVAC technician will make sure that your HVAC equipment is clean, well-lubricated, and in working order. The tech will check for any repair needs, and fix your equipment before the issue becomes more costly. An annual HVAC tune-up will save you money by improving the efficiency of your HVAC system while also prolonging the life of your equipment.

Looking for more ways to save money on energy costs this holiday season? Check out this helpful guide from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for other ways to save energy during the holidays. If you need an HVAC tune-up or have any other questions about energy efficiency and your HVAC system, don’t hesitate to contact us.

What Pet Owners Need to Know About Home HVAC

Pets make great companions, and many homeowners enjoy the company of their fuzzy pals. Yet, pet owners have a lot to consider when thinking about home HVAC. A home’s Indoor Air Quality can be directly affected by the addition of one or more four-legged-friends to the home, but can be controlled by keeping these things in mind:

Cleaning the Home:

When it comes to owning pets, the most important thing to remember is to make cleanliness a top priority. Be sure that when you are vacuuming or sweeping your home, that you pay extra close attention to baseboards, corners, and underneath furniture. These areas can trap dirt, dust, pet hair, and possibly the most problematic of all, pet dander.

Dander is troublesome because of its tiny—oftentimes microscopic—size, which can find its way into small spaces that are hard to clean. Dander is the leading cause of pet allergies among people, much more so than pet hair. It’s important to keep on top of accumulating dander, not only for those who suffer from pet allergies, but for the general health of everyone in your household. Even though you may not see the dander, if it exists in excess in your home, it will cause a direct impact on the Indoor Air Quality of your home.

 Cleaning Your Ductwork:

Another thing to keep in mind is the dander that may get trapped in difficult to clean places, such as your home’s ductwork. Since the dander is so small, it, along with other dirt and debris, can get sucked up and trapped within your home’s ductwork. When this happens, your home’s ductwork acts as a collector of pet debris; and when your HVAC system runs, that trapped dirt and debris gets recirculated within the ductwork and ultimately distributed throughout your home.

One of the best things you can do to take care of existing dander within your ductwork is to have your ducts cleaned. This simple process can go a long way in ridding your home of dander buildup, leaving a clean slate for dander prevention in the future. Through duct cleaning, HVAC technicians are able to open up your home’s ductwork and loosen the dirt, debris, and dander that clings to the interior walls of your air ducts. From there, high–powered vacuuming is used to clear out the debris, making your air ducts once again able to distribute clean air throughout your home.

HVAC Maintenance:

Pet owners should also note the importance of regular HVAC maintenance. In general, homeowners should have their home’s HVAC system serviced at least one time per year, but if pets are also living in the home, twice a year is best—typically during Fall and Spring before heavy usage of your HVAC system begins. By performing regular maintenance, a technician can make sure that your HVAC system is running smoothly, and notify you of any potential concerns within your system—preventing long term damage down the road. Homeowners can also help their HVAC systems by changing the air filter regularly. Typically, air filters should be checked monthly and changed whenever they get dirty. Dirt can accumulate quickly in homes with one or more pets, so pet owners should be extra vigilant about changing air filters. This easy action can go very far in keeping the air quality of your home top notch.

If you share your home with pets, be sure to keep these things in mind to maintain excellent air quality throughout your home. If you need duct cleaning or maintenance on your HVAC system, give us a call today! We can help you get your pet-friendly home clean, and dander free, which will greatly improve the Indoor Air Quality within your home.  Call us: 877-411-9888