February 19th, 2018
When a drain becomes clogged in the plumbing of your home, the first instinct is to apply a chemical drain cleaner to it: purchased at the local supermarket. Stubborn clogs may elicit the purchase of a plumbing snake as well: a long flexible length of wire with a head on the end designed to break up blockages in your pipes.
In both cases, these are usually wastes of money. Properly trained plumbing services have access to a wide array of tools that make dealing with clogs much easier.
February 5th, 2018
Clogs in your drain are a common occurrence and sooner or later every homeowner needs to deal with them. The usual reaction is to purchase a solution at the store, such as a chemical cleanser or perhaps a plumbing snake at the local home improvement center.
In most instances, however, that can be a big mistake. Store-bought solutions can’t compete with the more thorough and comprehensive drain-cleaning services that a professional can provide, and if you can’t clear a drain with a plunger and some elbow grease, your best bet is to contact a plumbing service right away.
January 22nd, 2018
We live in the Inland Empire, where winters are about as mild as they come. That means the summers are hot, and seem to start earlier every year. You’ll need your air conditioning system to run exactly as needed as soon as the first warm day gets here, and that could be as quickly as a few weeks. Repair calls can arrive almost as soon as you turn your system on, especially if you have an older system or one that’s prone to trouble.
January 8th, 2018
Here in the Inland Empire, most of our heating systems are forced-air furnaces, which run on natural gas. The burners use a heat exchanger to warm the air in the furnace, then that air is blown through the ducts into your home with a powerful fan. The system is effective and inexpensive to operate, and considering how mild our winters are in this part of the world, they provide more than enough heat to keep our homes warm.
December 25th, 2017
Most of us in the Inland Empire rely on forced-air furnaces to stay warm during the winter: generating heat in a single location and distributing it through the home with a series of ducts. They work well and don’t cost much to run, which makes them excellent ways of keeping our homes warm in a desert environment.
But they’re not the only types of heating system out there. Ductless systems, in particular, make an excellent choice for homes that can’t support the ducts necessary for more centralized systems, or which otherwise stand to benefit from a more customizable approach.
December 11th, 2017
Gas furnaces tend to be more common in the Riverside area than electrical ones: largely because gas costs less than electrical power and then allows you to heat your home without costing you as much in monthly bills. But electrical furnaces are common in the area too, particularly in rural areas further east where homeowners don’t have access to gas lines.
Electrical furnaces draw upon your home’s electrical grid for power, which costs more but gets around the need for gas lines. They run into trouble less frequently too, but no system is entirely problem free. If you own an electric furnace and it’s having trouble, now is the time to address it.
November 27th, 2017
Hot weather can linger well past Thanksgiving, as our recent heat wave has shown. That means you need your air conditioner to perform throughout the year. But heating shouldn’t be neglected either, and while our winters are extremely mild here in the Inland Empire, they still can get quite chilly, especially at night. That means you need both your heating and your air conditioner to perform at their peak, regardless of whether it’s summer or winter.
November 13th, 2017
We’re finally heading into fall here in the Inland Empire after many long months of hot weather. You’ve likely only begun running your heater for a few weeks at the most, and cold days (as cold as they can get in Southern California) are still to come. That makes now the ideal time to check your heating system for signs of trouble. Problems from last winter may have been compounded by months of lack of use, and running your system for any length of time could turn into a big problem if you don’t spot the signs.
October 30th, 2017
Indoor air quality is as important as heating and air conditioning here in the Inland Empire. Your HVAC system may keep your home perfectly comfortable, but germs and other contagions can enter at a moment’s notice, and use the air blown through your furnace and air conditioner to spread through throughout your home. With winter comes winter rains, and that means more bacteria, allergens, and similar unwanted houseguests slipping into your air.
October 16th, 2017
Winter comes late and leaves early in Southern California, and local residents are only now turning off their air conditioners in favor of running their heaters. While we don’t have such a dire need for heating as communities back east do, we still get plenty of cold nights, and more than our share of days whether the temperatures take a dip. The last thing you need is to turn on your heater in the middle of January and run into a sudden problem.