RKM Heating and Air Conditioning Blog

Keep This in Mind While Operating a Heat Pump

March 25th, 2019

heat-pump-operationHaving a heating system is nothing new, even for residents of Southern California. However, if we look at the statistics, the odds are high that you’ve been using a furnace up to this point. While furnaces have certainly earned their reputation and are great choices for heating, we’d argue that heat pumps are better in our climate. It’s not difficult for heat pumps to achieve the same level of comfort with greater efficiency.

With all that being said, if you’re considering switching from a furnace to a heat pump, there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind:

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Why Should I Make My Home a Smart Home?

March 11th, 2019

home-automation-illustrationNowadays, we are surrounded by “smart” technology. It’s rare to find someone without a smartphone; our televisions have their own app stores; there’s even a smart kettle, which is admittedly much more trouble than it’s worth. But the bottom line on all the smart stuff is this: you only need it if it makes sense for your needs.

Of all the smart applications out there, we think making your home a smart home with home automation services is something that most people can get on board with. It may sound excessive at first, but after you understand some of the benefits, you might start wishing you had one.

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Ways to Start Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

February 25th, 2019

duct-cleaningFor many homeowners, the idea of “indoor air quality” might be new to them. It’s surprising to find out that your home’s indoor quality can be several times worse than the outdoors. But after learning that, what are you supposed to do now?

There are various approaches to improving indoor air quality. You don’t want to just try all of them without the help of a professional, however, as they might not all be necessary—it depends on your home’s needs. That being said, here are some methods that might work for you:

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Put Off HVAC Services

February 11th, 2019

service-timeIn Southern California, there’s really no wrong time to have your heater serviced. If you lived in Vermont, sure, we would suggest having that done before the worst of winter takes hold. But with our weather, we can get away with having to service our furnace in the middle of the cold season.

That being said, we’re not suggesting that you wait until the last minute to have your heater serviced. In fact, we don’t recommend having any HVAC services in Mission Viejo, CA done at the very last minute. As soon as you notice a problem, it’s always a good idea to call it in. Almost nothing good comes out of putting it off! For example:

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The Best Times to Upgrade Your Heating System

January 28th, 2019

heating-system-repairsDepending on what kind of system we’re looking at, a heating system can last between ten and twenty years. Partway through that time, your eye might catch some new systems with better features, higher efficiency, or newer technology.

That begs the question: Is it bad to upgrade your system just because you want a new one? After all, you wouldn’t want to upgrade purely for the sake of upgrading.

There are some right times to upgrade to a new system, and we’ll explain them to you in today’s post.

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Why You Shouldn’t Try DIY Furnace Repair

January 14th, 2019

service-technician-tests-furnace-safelyYour furnace isn’t acting quite the way it should. Luckily, you’ve found a video online that seems to describe the problem perfectly (the furnace in the video isn’t the same model as yours, but it’s close enough, right?). All you need now is a pair of gloves, some goggles, a welding torch…

Let’s stop you right there. While we have plenty of faith in your ability to pull off a challenging DIY job, we also know that furnaces and HVAC equipment are not for the average DIYer. There’s a reason why only certified and licensed professionals are allowed to repair and maintain these systems. Actually, there are several reasons, and we’ll list them below.

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How To Keep Your Furnace Running Safely

December 31st, 2018

furnace-inspectionGas furnaces utilize the burning of gas, and that can bring a slew of problems: carbon monoxide leaks, gas leaks, house fires…

Yet, gas furnaces are one of the most popular heaters used in our country. Does everyone just pretend none of these dangers exist?

Not quite. In reality, the chance of a gas furnace incident is very slim. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to take a few precautions to ensure things keep running smoothly. The right combination of maintenance and furnace repair in Murrieta, CA will give you peace of mind all season long.

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It’s Not Too Late to Schedule Your Annual Furnace Maintenance

December 17th, 2018

technician-overlooking-gas-furnaceIf you’ve been using your furnace since the beginning of fall and still haven’t had a maintenance check, you might be thinking that you’re off the hook. We don’t blame you—if you’ve already made it to winter, why not just take your chances and see if you can make it through to spring?

Of course, we’re only asking that rhetorically. Neglecting your heating maintenance is never something that we would condone for homeowners! Not only is it terribly inefficient for your system, but it will also introduce the risk of some serious danger to your home and your family. We’ll explain in more depth down below.

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When Should I Replace My Furnace?

December 3rd, 2018

blue-question-markKnowing when to replace your furnace can be a major benefit for you and your wallet. Our qualified team at RKM Heating & Air Conditioning can help you upgrade to a more efficient system! Winter can get pretty chilly, even here in California, so you won’t want to have a fussy furnace. A qualified HVAC technician can help you decide if your furnace is ready to be replaced.

Just remember that even a great furnace is going to underperform if it is not properly sized for your home and installed by trained professionals. Leave nothing to chance when it comes to your new heating system. Let our team help you find the perfect new furnace for your living space.

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How to Find a Good HVAC Contractor

November 19th, 2018

three-techniciansThe internet was supposed to make our lives easier, but it certainly doesn’t make it any easier to find a good HVAC contractor. Reviews, websites, social media, and other online resources just give you too many options.

Despite all of that, we think you can easily spot a good HVAC contractor by looking at some of their services. If they’re able to fulfill any of the following, then you should give them a try:

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