Blog Posts

Understanding Different Components of Your HVAC System

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system is responsible for keeping your home cool during the summer and warm in the winter. As a homeowner, it is important to understand the roles that your HVAC system plays in keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. Understanding how your HVAC system works will allow you to better operate your system.

Questions to Ask When Replacing Your A/C

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

With the Southern California heat showing no signs of waning, a failing A/C unit could really put a damper on the rest of the year. Because these appliances can be expensive to replace, we want to make sure you know whether or not your system requires a complete overhaul. Asking the right questions when replacing your A/C unit will help to ensure that you receive the exact service and products you need without overspending. 

Simple Improvements to Boost Your Home’s Efficiency

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Which would you prefer? Saving money for a rainy day or using any extra funds to pay a high utility bill? At Gladd, we want you and your family to feel secure about finances. We have compiled a list of simple and cost effective home improvements to heat and cool your home.

A Beginner’s Guide to Attic Insulation

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Homeowners spend countless hours making their homes as energy efficient as possible. But many tend to forget about the space above their bedrooms. That’s right, we are talking about the attic. 

How it Works: Your Home HVAC System

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

An HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system keeps your family comfortable in the summer and toasty in the winter.  For homeowners, it is especially important to understand the inner workings of your HVAC system, in order for your system to operate at its highest efficiency. 

A Little Lesson About Air Filters

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Do you change your air filters often? Most homeowners do not. If you don’t remember the last time your air filter was replaced, your HVAC unit is not running at full efficiency, which can affect the air quality in your home.

Does the Air in Your Home Smell like Feet?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The term used by the HVAC industry to describe the foul, moldy odor that may seep from your air conditioner is Dirty Sock Syndrome. This smell may remind homeowners of the musky smell of dirty socks or a high school locker room. Unfortunately, the unpleasant smell may be indicative of a more serious mold problem...

How Much Can One Degree Cost?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

During the summer, homeowners ask themselves: what would cool my home faster? With temperatures reaching outrageous levels, many surrender to the heat by turning their thermostats down. But, how will our wallets be affected when we adjust the temperature, even by just one degree?

Home Cooling Myths: Homeowners Beware

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Higher utility bills are everyone’s least favorite part of the summer. Homeowners are searching for energy-saving tips to help lower utility bills. Many may be fooled into believing Internet myths and urban legends related to easy ways of saving money in the summer. Gladd is happy to shine some light on popular HVAC myths.

Summer Maintenance for Your Furnace

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

During the summer months in California, as the temperatures begin to rise, our focus turns to fun in the sun. Very rarely do we worry about furnace maintenance. We forget that our furnace will not be in use for several months while it is warm. It is important to find time for furnace maintenance in order to be ready for the coming winter months. We have compiled some helpful tips to make sure your furnace is ready for winter, when it’s still summer.

How to Determine the Age of Your HVAC Unit

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

As the heat of summer continues to rise, air conditioners are becoming our best friends.  Many units will be working overtime to keep our homes cool and comfortable. Learn ways to plan for potential problems by checking the age of your HVAC unit: 

How to Save Your HVAC System from Mold and Mildew

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Even in sunny Southern California, homeowners need to be aware of how to spot issues of mold and mildew in their HVAC systems. Microscopic spores can grow to be a maximum issue in just a few short weeks. In order to save your system from a complete meltdown, learn to identify the warning signs and how to eliminate them.

How to Reduce Indoor Allergens Using Your HVAC System

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Are you sniffling inside when it starts sizzling outside? Allergy sufferers can be sensitive to the changing seasons. Luckily, routine HVAC maintenance can decrease allergens in the air of your home and help you breathe easier.

Tips to Surviving the Summer (Without A/C)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

With summer officially upon us, visions of picnics on the beach and tasty iced drinks begin clouding our minds. But what happens if you’re A/C unit succumbs to the intense heat of the sunny season? Read on for ways to stay cool while you await the arrival of a friendly HVAC technician.

How to Decipher Common HVAC Noises

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

When you first click on your air conditioner, it can signify the beginning of summer. The gentle sounds of cool air flowing into your home can be calming. But what if you hear a disconcerting sound coming from your system? Some could be normal, while others could indicate a serious problem.  Learn how to decipher common sounds and what they could mean for your HVAC system.

How to Troubleshoot Common A/C Problems

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

As summer quickly approaches, so does our dependence on air conditioning. It’s not a good time for your system to break down.  Although annual maintenance is the best way to avoid costly repairs, knowing how to troubleshoot common A/C problems could save your summer.

Traditional Water Heaters vs. Tankless Water Heaters

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Searching for a new water heater can be confusing and time-consuming. To take some of the stress out of the buying process, we have compiled a comparison of the two main types of water heaters: traditional and tankless.

A Brief History of Air Conditioning

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Once seen as a luxury item for the incredibly wealthy, the air conditioner has become an essential piece of our infrastructure. Air conditioning has become so ingrained in our lives that 48 percent of energy consumption in American homes is from cooling and heating. But how did we reach this milestone of cooling comfort? 

Household Appliances Use Power, Even When They Are Not Plugged In

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

When you turn off electronics and appliances, they no longer use power, right? Wrong. Many appliances do not turn off completely and are sucking up energy while on stand-by. Others continue to consume power based on the way they are built. Lucky for homeowners, there are ways to save power - and money - with a few simple tips:

How To Fix the Air Flow Problem in Your Home

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Regardless of the size or location of your home, you want maximum efficiency from your HVAC system.  As we’ve stressed time and time again, regular maintenance and replacement of your air filters are essential steps.  If you are still experiencing inconsistencies, air balancing may be the next step.