10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for The Summer Heat

Is your home ready to take on summer? This year, make sure that all you need to tackle at home is accomplished before the summer heat sets in. This includes everything from weatherproofing your home to making sure your A/C is in tip top shape.

We’ve created a helpful list for Vacaville residents on how to prepare for the impending summertime heat. From simple maintenance tasks to smart tips to reduce your cooling bill, this list covers it all. And if you’re looking for expert help with your summer cooling needs, be sure to check the professional services we offer.

Summer Home Improvements to Beat the Heat

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Another great way to prepare your home for the summer heat is to make sure that all your “ducts” are in a row. That’s right—your air ducts! We offer expert duct cleaning services that will ensure that the air you breathe is of the utmost quality. Not to mention, dirty vents could cause your energy bills to spike–or worse, your system to fail–both of which cause you to spend more than the cost of having your ducts professionally cleaned. Give us a call today to find out more about our duct cleaning services 707-400-6875.

“People Love us on Yelp” Award 2017

We are excited to announce that All Weather Heating, Air & Solar is a winner of Yelp’s 2017 “People Love Us On Yelp” award. Currently, our Yelp page has 49 5-Star reviews, photos of our services, our location and contact information are easily accessible so you can always get in touch with us, and we reply to all messages promptly. Yelp awards business two times a year with the “People Love Us on Yelp” accolade. This award is based on high quality reviews, photos, and easily accessible information to the consumer.

Yelp is an online tool, founded in 2004, to help people find great local businesses like restaurants, doctors, home services, and so much more! In addition to reviews, you can also use Yelp to find events, lists, and to talk to other Yelp users. Yelpers had written 100’s of millions of reviews. However, Yelp isn’t just for customers – business owners can use Yelp, too! Every business can set up a free account and post photos, reply to reviews, and message users. You can access Yelp either online or from your mobile phone. A Yelp app is available for both iPhone and Android. To check out our Yelp page, Click Here.

Once again we are so excited to be receiving this award. Thank you so much to our customers who have made this reward possible. (Oh, and please remember to “Like” us on Facebook too: Click Here.)

The Ultimate End-of-Spring Home Improvement Checklist

As Spring comes to an end, it’s time to start getting ready for summer. Your house and home comfort systems have worked their hardest during the winter, and they are about to get another workout once summer arrives. That’s why it’s important to perform seasonal maintenance and repairs around your home to make sure that it is ready to keep you safe and comfortable as the seasons change.

The best way to avoid damage to your home and keep everything running smoothly and efficiently is by preparing for the seasons ahead.In this post, we will cover some of the important spring maintenance tasks that homeowners should complete before summer arrives.

Spring Home Improvement Checklist

It’s time to get your home ready for the summer. Here is a simple checklist of things that you need to take care of this spring before the season starts to change:

  • Check your roof shingles. Your roof can take a beating during the winter. Before the summer weather arrives, you’ll want to check for any loose, damaged, or missing roof shingles. Replace any shingles that are cracked or loose in spring to avoid more serious damage in the coming months.
  • Examine your gutters. Check your gutters in spring to make sure that they are not damaged or loose. It’s vital that your gutters drain properly to avoid water buildup in your basement. While examining your gutters, make sure that downspouts are free of debris and draining away from your home’s foundation.
  • Inspect your concrete. Homeowners also need to check their concrete slabs for cracks or signs of movement. Damage to your concrete can present safety issues for you and your family. If you find cracks, be sure to fill them with caulk or concrete filler. You should also power-wash and seal the concrete to protect it long-term.
  • Get an HVAC tune-up. Your HVAC system works hard to keep you warm in winter and cool in the summer. That makes spring the perfect time to get a seasonal HVAC tune-up. Schedule a service visit with a qualified HVAC technician who will clean and lubricate your system while also checking for any repair needs.
  • Look for leaks around windows and doors. Insulation is important to keeping your home comfortable no matter what the temperature is outside. One way to improve your insulation is by checking for and repairing any cracks or leaks around your doors and windows.
  • Prepare your outdoor area. Don’t forget to prepare your lawn and other outdoor areas for summer. Get rid of any weeds, trim your plants and bushes, and make sure all debris is removed from your outdoor HVAC system. Clean off your patio furniture and make sure that you store any grills, lawnmowers, or other equipment in a shed or other location to protect it from the summer sun.

If a pre-summer HVAC tune-up is on your list of spring to-do’s, All Weather Heating, Air, & Solar is here to help. Our team of experienced HVAC technicians provides preventative maintenance and seasonal tune-ups to homeowners in Vacaville, Fairfield, and the surrounding Solano county and Napa County areas. Call us today to schedule a service visit: (707) 400-6875. And remember to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

What Homeowners Need to Know About HVAC and Home Automation

As technology evolves, it’s important to stay on top of ways in which you can utilize smart tech and home automation to your advantage as a homeowner. This is especially the case for your HVAC unit in terms of performance, maintenance and energy efficiency. The ability to get real time data on how your HVAC system is performing and control your unit remotely from your smartphone, gives homeowners the power to maximize their home’s energy efficiency, but only if they understand how. Here is what you need to know about how home automation can benefit your HVAC system.

It allows for the most efficient energy use

A smart thermostat can be programmed in a number of ways to save you money and help your system perform better, longer. From timely starts and stops at hours in which you are and aren’t home, to only running in certain zones of your house while you are home, a smart system can take away the burden of constantly monitoring your HVAC system to cut costs.

Home automation makes remote HVAC control possible

Wondering if you forgot to turn down your thermostat before you left for the office, or for a long vacation? Having a surprise visit to your unoccupied home? From your mobile device, you can check on your system and, if necessary, adjust your thermostat from anywhere in the world. This is not only great for the frequent flyer, but it gives homeowners the versatility to live whatever lifestyle they want, while being a responsible homeowner.

If you forgot to program your system, you can change your system’s settings as you enter your vehicle and by the time your commute is over, your home will be set to your desired comfort level.

Homeowners are given real time reports

The Côr™ Home Automation System is the heart of a smarter, more secure home. This easy-to-use, professionally installed system teams three industry leaders, providing comfort, safety and security that you can take with you. If cutting costs means more to you than home comfort, your system will be able to tell you ways in which it could operate more efficiently. Humidity is a major contributor to home comfort and home entegrity. A smart thermostat can read your home’s humidity levels to ensure that your home is as comfortable as possible and that humidity is not slowly damaging the wood inside of your home.  The Bryant® Housewise Wi-Fi thermostat is our recommendation.

At All Weather Heating, Air & Solar, we’re dedicated to staying on top of industry trends and informing our customers on how the latest technology can improve their home’s comfort, air quality and energy efficiency. If you want more information on how home automation and HVAC come together to make your life easier and more comfortable, call our office to speak with one of our expert HVAC technicians at (707) 400-6875. We would be more than happy to send one of our Vacaville HVAC experts out for a FREE estimate to install an automated HVAC system in your home. 

 

 

 

 

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tips

Did you know that the air inside your home can be dirtier than the air outside? Well, the Environmental Protection Agency says it can be. Dog or Cat hair, other pets, various cleaning products, building materials, tobacco smoke, radon, and even cooking residue are normal inside of homes, and can be the cause of air inside your home being dirtier than the air outside. All Weather Heating, Air & Solar can help.

Ironically, new houses and buildings can be at risk for dirty indoor air because of better, more air-tight construction techniques and materials that can trap pollutants inside.

All Weather Heating, Air & Solar offers a number of Bryant IAQ products (click here). Call us at (707) 400-6875 or (877) 447-9855 for a free estimate.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is rated according to particle allergens, volatile organic compounds, temperature, carbon dioxide, relative humidity and carbon monoxide. Bad IAQ can irritate health conditions such as allergies and asthma, and adversely affect children, the elderly, pregnant women or anyone with chronic respiratory issues. Also, improving the quality of the air in your home can help keep dry skin and cracked wood furniture at bay, lessen the viruses and bacteria that can circulate throughout your home and enjoy more customized home comfort.

Call All Weather Heating, Air & Solar for you indoor air quality needs: (707) 400-6875 or (877) 447-9855.  And remember to “Like” us on Facebook: Click Here.

Archives of Past E-Letters from All Weather Heating, Air & Solar

All Weather Heating, Air & Solar sends out monthly E-Letters to our customers and other interested folks. They contains helpful tips and information, interesting articles, and current specials we are running. If you missed our past emails, below is a list of our recent E-letters. When you click on one to read you can also sign up to receive future E-Letters.  Just look for the link at the very top. (NOTE: Discount specials in older E-Letters may no longer be valid.)
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Looking Back At 2016 – A Pretty Good Year

2016 was another great year for All Weather Heating, Air & Solar.  Thanks to our great customers we had another consecutive year of growth, and thanks to them we are one of the top rated HVAC & Solar companies on Yelp, Home Advisor, and we are one of only two Diamond Certified HVAC companies in the entire Solano County.

In 2016 we started our Monthly Newsletter* campaign, bringing helpful tips and information to your inbox for free every month.

And of course, 2016 was the year that we went Solar! We are now a SolarWorld dealer. (Click Here to see our previous blog post.)

In 2016 started our Youtube page – it’s still small, but slowly growing, and we are happy to have offered a variety of great deals to make sure all of your home comfort needs are met.

We look forward to serving you throughout this new year of 2017 and finding new and innovative ways to take care of your home comfort needs.

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Who Let the Dogs Out? Home Comfort Tips for Pet Owners

If you live with pets, there are a few things to be aware of regarding how to maintain great air quality within your home. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help keep your home happy, healthy, and pet friendly! These tips will not only keep your air quality up to snuff, but will also keep your HVAC system running great all year long!

Keep Clean!

One essential thing to do when you own pets is also one of the most basic: keep clean! Be sure to bathe your cat or dog regularly depending on recommendations from your groomer and/or veterinarian. Keep your pet’s fur brushed daily to prevent any buildup of undercoat and to reduce the effects of pet shedding.

Be aware of pet dander. Dander is oftentimes microscopic, but can cause serious issues with air quality. In fact, dander, not pet hair, is the leading cause of allergies in people to both dogs and cats. This is why bathing and brushing your pet is crucial in keeping a clean home with great air quality. Another easy way to minimize excess dander and shedding is to provide them with the best quality food you can afford as well as unlimited fresh water.

Keeping clean also refers to your living quarters. Be sure to vacuum regularly, and dust often to keep debris, dirt, and pet hair to a minimum in your home.

Get Your HVAC System Checked Out

Another easy way to make sure you and your pets have a healthy home is to get regular maintenance checks on your HVAC system. With regular maintenance, an HVAC professional can give your HVAC system a thorough evaluation to make sure everything is running as should be—and if it’s not, they’ll be able to help you fix it. This is also a great idea for the long term investment of your system, as a yearly maintenance check on your system can catch small problems before they turn into very big problems.

Change your HVAC System’s Air Filter

Living with a pet means that you should change your HVAC system’s air filter more often than you would in a pet-free home. Be sure to check your home’s air filter once per month; make sure your filter is not dirty and change as often as needed. You can also purchase an air filter specially made for pet-loving homes which will help trap and control dander more effectively than a traditional HVAC air filter.

If you live with cats or dogs, give us a call today to see how we can help you improve the quality of air in your home for both you and your pets! Call: (707) 400-6875.

How to Choose the Best HVAC Company for Your Home Comfort Needs

When it comes to home comfort, it is vital that homeowners have an experienced HVAC team that they can call to handle any heating and cooling maintenance or repair services. Since many homeowners do not start looking for an HVAC company until their system breaks down, they may be tempted to go with the first company that picks up the phone. However, it is important to give yourself enough time to do your homework and fine an HVAC company with the knowledge, skills, and experience to meet your unique comfort needs.

How to Find the Right Vacaville HVAC Company

If you are in the market for an HVAC company to help service your heating and cooling needs, here are a few things to look for when searching for the right Vacaville HVAC company:

  • Licensing and Insurance – Licensing and insurance are two important things to look for when searching for an HVAC company. This paperwork shows that the HVAC company means business and they hold themselves to the industry standards.
  • Credentials – Though it is important for a company to be licensed and insured, this does not necessarily mean that the HVAC technicians working there are trained to do the job you need them to do. Look for credentials such as NATE certification and other training that shows the company’s HVAC technicians are prepared to handle your HVAC needs.
  • Better Business Bureau – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) allows you to check your HVAC contractor’s consumer ratings. Homeowners can check to see if any customer complaints have been made against the company, allowing them to make a more informed decision about whether or not to hire an HVAC company.
  • Customer Reviews – Since most homeowners are not able to see previous work completed by an HVAC company, customer reviews and referrals are the next best thing. Look on the company’s website, Google, and other online review sites to see what other customers are saying about the HVAC company. You may also want to ask your friends, family, and colleagues for recommendations or referrals.
  • Services Offered – Yet another thing that you should check for before hiring an HVAC contractor is the services they provide. Some companies like All Weather are full-service HVAC companies, meaning that they can handle most HVAC needs including new system installation, major and minor repairs, routine maintenance, and indoor air quality services.
  • Products Offered – It is also important to look at the HVAC systems and products that the company provides before choosing a contractor. For instance, All Weather is an authorized Bryant dealer, which means we not only provide a variety of quality Bryant products, but we also have excellent product knowledge and installation experience for these products.

If you want to see the difference that an experienced HVAC company can make for your Vacaville home comfort needs, give us a call today at (707) 400-6875. Our team is ready to help you get comfortable and stay that way year-round.

Selling Your House? 5 Things to Spruce Up to Appeal to Buyers

Buying a new home is a very exciting thing. What may not be so exciting is the work you have to put into selling your current home. However, there are some key facets of your current home that you can spruce up that will most easily influence the way other home buyers view your home.

Home Inspection Checklist for Sellers

By focusing on these key components of a home, you can quickly prepare your house for the market:

HVAC System

One of the critical aspects that any prospective buyer will consider is the air conditioning system of your property. Before you invite the first buyer to your property, why not first call on the services of an HVAC inspector? This professional will inspect all of the aspects of the system and give you a report indicating any areas of the system that require repairs or upgrading. The expert will check on all of the vital components of the system including the thermostat and the furnace filter as well as guide you through sourcing any parts that need to be replaced to get your system running like new.

You should also get an estimate from this expert that can help in the pricing and sale of your home. When selling or buying a home, the HVAC system is certainly a make or break component that can drastically impact the price of a property.

Painting

The quality of both interior and exterior paint is another critical consideration that any serious buyer will make. This sets the tone for the aesthetic appeal of your house. Give homebuyers a great first impression by giving the interior and exterior of your home a new coat of paint.

Garage Door

The garage door is a major entry point into the house. In this it serves as a main security check against any unwanted intruders. Remember the garage isn’t just a place to keep your car, but it provides crucial storage space for your valuables. Make sure that your garage is well insulated to keep your home and valuables safe from whatever life may throw at you. For an added bonus, give the garage door a fresh coat of paint to enhance the overall curb appeal of your house.

Roof and Gutters

Water damage can destroy a home, so few buyers will pay much for a leaking roof and faulty gutters. If your roof has shown signs of wear and tear, get a professional to inspect it and perform any necessary repairs before your home hits the market. The gutters also perform the critical function of collecting water and ensuring the water does not find its way into your home. Replace or repair any defective gutters as well.

Plumbing

Your home’s plumbing system is of the utmost importance to any prospective buyer. Ensure the system has no leaks and that there are no back-flows in the entire plumbing system. In case you notice any shortcomings request the services of a professional plumber to remediate the situation.

Selling a home can get overwhelming, however, taking the right steps in the selling process can ensure a good return on your investment. For more information and professional help with your HVAC system, water heater and insulation, contact All Weather Heating, Air & Solar. Remember to “Like” us on Facebook too: Click Here.