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May 31, 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Lowering Your Air Conditioning Bills: Part 2

The Ultimate Guide to Lowering Your Air Conditioning Bills: Part 2 In our last blog post, we talked about how you have tons of control over your air conditioning bill during the summer. This time, it’s all about getting your ducts in a row–your air ducts, that is. Your air ducts […]
May 31, 2015

The Ultimate Guide to Lowering Your Air Conditioning Bills: Part 1

The Ultimate Guide to Lowering Your Air Conditioning Bills: Part 1 Summer is finally here in Southern California. And with it comes high energy bills as you strive to stay cool.  Oh joy. But, hey, you don’t have to sit back and take it. You have more control over your […]
May 31, 2015

What is the Difference Between EER and SEER?

What is the Difference Between EER and SEER? If you are looking for a new air conditioner for your Southern California home, you have probably seen both EER and SEER numbers for different air conditioning makes and models. These two measurements are the same in that they both measure air conditioner’s energy efficiency. Yet […]
May 31, 2015

Does My Central Air Conditioner Need More Refrigerant?

Does My Central Air Conditioner Need More Refrigerant? Summer is here! So you’ll be using your A/C more and more to keep you and your family nice and cold. One of the concerns we hear from people is, “Does my central air conditioner need more refrigerant?” Well, to answer that question let’s […]
May 31, 2015

Why Duct Tape Should Never be Used to Seal Air Ducts

Why Duct Tape Should Never be Used to Seal Air Ducts “Of all the things we tested, only duct tape failed. It failed reliably and often quite catastrophically,” That was the result of a test from Berkeley Lab to see which sealants properly sealed air ducts. “Surely that can’t be!” you’re thinking, […]
May 31, 2015

3 Easy Tasks You Can Do Now That Will Lower Your Air Conditioning Bills This Summer

3 Easy Tasks You Can Do Now That Will Lower Your Air Conditioning Bills This Summer It’s springtime in Southern California, which means the cold weather is behind us and warmer weather is quickly approaching. While you enjoy the beautiful spring weather, here are three easy home maintenance tasks you […]
May 31, 2015

3 Surprising Tools You Can Use to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

3 Surprising Tools You Can Use to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient When you think of tools, you most likely think of items like a hammer and screwdriver. But a tool is anything you can use to accomplish a particular task. We’ve already covered some online tools you can use […]
May 31, 2015

How Your HVAC System Can Get Your Home Sold Faster and For More Money

How Your HVAC System Can Get Your Home Sold Faster and For More Money It’s a seller’s market in the Southern California area – prices are rising and demand is surging. But even in a seller’s market, you can help your home stand out, get sold faster and for more money. Here are […]
May 31, 2015

Are You Poisoning Your Family’s Air With These Common Household Products?

Are You Poisoning Your Family’s Air With These Common Household Products? Spring is here, and with it comes everyone’s (not so) favorite activity: spring cleaning! But as you’re eliminating all that dust and those funky odors, be careful that you’re not making your air worse with man-made chemicals. Here’s a […]
May 31, 2015

Maintaining your Home AC Unit

Maintaining your Home AC Unit   If you haven’t noticed already, the season of spring is upon us, and it’s a good time to start thinking about preparing your home’s air conditioning unit for steady use. Southern California summers have proven how unforgiving they can be, so if comfort, cost, […]
May 31, 2015

How Your Energy Efficient Home Could be Making Your Allergy Symptoms Worse

How Your Energy Efficient Home Could be Making Your Allergy Symptoms Worse It’s springtime in Southern California and that means your allergy symptoms have likely already begun. And while it may seem your house should be a shelter from the many allergens outside, your energy efficient home could actually be […]
May 31, 2015

5 Sources of Major Pollutants That Ruin Your Home’s Air Quality

5 Sources of Major Pollutants That Ruin Your Home’s Air Quality Did you know that the air inside your home is more dangerous than the air outside? In fact, indoor air can be two to five times – and sometimes up to 100 times – more polluted than outdoor air. […]
May 31, 2015

How a Well-Landscaped Yard Can Cut Your Home’s Heating and Cooling Costs

How a Well-Landscaped Yard Can Cut Your Home’s Heating and Cooling Costs We spend a lot of time on this blog talking about how you can improve your Southern California home’s energy efficiency. But one topic we haven’t yet covered is how properly landscaping your yard can actually cut your heating and […]
May 31, 2015

Is Your Air Conditioner Spreading the Flu and Mold in Your Home?

Is Your Air Conditioner Spreading the Flu and Mold in Your Home? Your air conditioner keeps you cool at a cost (and we don’t mean your cooling bill). After cooling your home for awhile, mold and other bacteria can grow on the cooling coils. That means every time you turn on your […]
May 31, 2015

Air Duct Sealing: Are Your Ducts Wasting Your Money?

Air Duct Sealing: Are Your Ducts Wasting Your Money? According to the EPA, in the average home about 20% of the air that moves through your ducts is lost due to leaks, holes and poor connections. This results in decreased system efficiency and costs you money on your monthly energy […]
May 31, 2015

3 Questions You Absolutely Need to Ask When Replacing Your Furnace

3 Questions You Absolutely Need to Ask When Replacing Your Furnace You’re feeling pretty confident. You’ve got your eyes on a new energy efficient furnace that you’re expecting to give you a ton of savings. However, if the furnace isn’t properly installed, it doesn’t matter how energy efficient it is. That’s why, […]
May 31, 2015

How to Choose an Energy Efficiency Furnace to Get Savings That Actually Matter

How to Choose an Energy Efficiency Furnace to Get Savings That Actually Matter We all wish we had more money. So we cut back on certain niceties here or there. We go without our morning coffee for the greater good of saving money. But then we become frustrated when cutting […]
May 31, 2015

How to Tell if Your Air Ducts are Leaking Money

How to Tell if Your Air Ducts are Leaking Money According to research done by Pacific, Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), “faulty duct work accounts for more than 25 percent of the heating loss in an average California home. That means dollars out of your pocket.” It doesn’t matter how energy efficient […]
May 31, 2015

Repair vs. Replace: How to Know When It’s Time for a New Furnace

Repair vs. Replace: How to Know When It’s Time for a New Furnace Your furnace needs to be repaired once again, and you wonder if it’s finally time to get it replaced. Every time before, you have just paid to repair it, hoping it would be the last time. But […]
May 31, 2015

Service Champions Employees Give Back to the Community During the Holidays

Service Champions Employees Give Back to the Community During the Holidays Service Champions was founded on the premise of providing outstanding service to our community (it’s in our name.) But that goes beyond just heating and air conditioning and extends to everything we do. This year, our employees helped our […]
May 31, 2015

5 Things You Can Do Now to Reduce Your Holiday Energy Bills

5 Things You Can Do Now to Reduce Your Holiday Energy Bills Regardless of religion, culture or customs, the holiday season brings higher utility costs for most Southern California homeowners. Family gatherings (and all the cooking and cleaning that come with them), holiday lights and colder weather can all contribute […]