Blog Posts

5 HVAC Pitfalls to Avoid Before Summer Begins

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

With summer quickly approaching, it is vital to keep your air conditioning unit in prime condition. With units working overtime to cool homes across the country, regular maintenance may not be enough to ward off costly issues. Here are a few problems to watch out for in the coming months:

What to Look For in Great HVAC Customer Service

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

One of the characteristics that we pride ourselves on (and that our customers choose us for) is our ability to provide fantastic service on every call, every time. As a family-owned company for over thirty years, we uphold our reputation by offering a guarantee on our services, but that’s just the beginning!

How To Go Green At Home

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Living in Southern California, many of our customers try to instill a dedication to going green in their homes by limiting their water use during a drought or installing solar panels. While these are excellent ways to conserve energy, they can be difficult and expensive.

Cold & Flu Season: How Your HVAC’s Air Filter Can Keep Your Home Healthy

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

If your home is as busy as our average client’s, we know you’ve got a lot going on. This time if year is hectic for everyone, and coupled with the annual colds and flu viruses that tend to spread, it can be a recipe for disaster.

Spring Cleaning for Your HVAC

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Spring is right around the corner, especially here in Southern California where it seems that the warm weather always creeps in much sooner than expected! Cleaning out closets and organizing your garage are both great spring cleaning ideas, but the most beneficial (and cost-effective) spring cleaning tasks are to address home maintenance needs

DIY Valentine’s Day Air Duct Wreath

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate your love for some simple recycling fun by organizing an adorable craft with materials you likely already have at home! If you’ve got extra duct material from a recent repair, try turning it into a fun and eco-friendly project you can create with those you love. We’ve got all the steps to creating a sweet Valentine’s Day wreath using duct material and an old blanket.

Four Tips to Prevent HVAC Damage in a Rain Storm

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Even in Southern California, the occasional storm has the capacity to do a significant amount of damage on your home. Unfortunately, one of the most common inclement weather concerns lies in your HVAC unit, which takes the brunt of wind and rain, particularly if left uncovered. Investing in materials to prevent damage during a storm

What is a Blower Door Test?

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

At Gladd, we’ve always been committed to finding you new and innovative ways to keep your utility costs down. The latest tool to come across our radar is called a blower door test. It involves using a fan to determine the air tightness of your home, in order to eliminate lost air...

Stay Warm and Save Money with Time Zone Heating

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

When it comes to your utility bills, there are always new and interesting ways to keep costs down. With all the recent advancements in smart home technologies, it is becoming easier to control how your home is heated. Now, we’ve finally come to the intersection of where and when you heat your home

When To Replace Your Air Ducts

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The ductwork component of your HVAC can be likened to its circulatory system; your series of ducts are responsible for effectively circulating your treated air throughout your home. This is how your home manages to stay climate-controlled, even in extreme weather conditions.

The Danger of Using a Space Heater

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

In many homes, and older homes in particular, cold weather can expose the nooks and crannies where treated air doesn’t seem to flow. These “cold spots” often lead homeowners to purchase space heaters, a seemingly simple and inexpensive solution to this problem.

What is Two-Stage Heating

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

Over the last fifteen years, HVAC technology has come a long way. Between changes in both the heating and cooling sectors, it can be difficult to decide which changes to adopt first; it can be particularly challenging to decipher which innovations are wish-list items and which will actually see a return on your investment...

The Cost of One Degree of Home Heating

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

This time every year, our customers ask themselves the same question: should we throw on an extra layer or turn the thermostat up?  With the temperature dropping, we inevitably give up and stay warm by succumbing to a sky high energy bill.

Why You Should Replace Your Air Filters

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Clean filters may seem low on the list of maintenance items for your HVAC system, but rest assured, they can mean the difference between higher energy bills and the long-term health of your equipment. However, what few people know are the effects of inefficient filters, and the hidden costs associated with operating at a deficit.

Hybrid Heating: What and Why

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Managing the climate of your home is similar to nearly everything else in life: finding balance is key. With that concept in mind, many homeowners have begun searching for a middle ground option when it comes to heating and cooling systems, and the newest all-star in that category is hybrid heating.

Why You Should Winterize Your HVAC

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Seasonal maintenance projects can seem a lot like storm clouds looming overhead: ominous and intimidating. However, when it comes to winterizing your HVAC system, the process is fairly quick and simple, with benefits that are well worth giving up your Sunday for...

Fireplace Upgrades for Energy Efficiency

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Let’s face it: there is nothing more satisfying than curling up to a warm fire on a cold winter night! However, if your goal is to also save money on your energy bill in the process, you may be surprised to learn that many fireplaces are actually less energy efficient than traditional furnaces.

HVAC Halloween: DIY Dryer Vent Decoration and Costume

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Last minute Halloween costumes and decorations don’t have to be stressful or expensive. Chances are you already have most of the materials you need from your last home renovation project! This Halloween, we’re planning on putting our extra dryer vent tubing to good use.

How to Eliminate Mold and Mildew from Your HVAC System

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

With the first signs of moisture in the air and a projected El Niño season that’s wetter than any on record, mold and mildew are real concerns, even in Southern California. When it comes to your HVAC system, spores can evolve from microscopic issues to full-scale system shutdown in a matter of weeks...

How to Navigate Home Renovations With Pets

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

At Gladd, we’re very fond of animals, especially our clients’! We understand that by moderating the climate of your home, we are contributing to the welfare of all occupants; canine, feline, or otherwise. Therefore, we strive to make our visits as noninvasive as possible, so as not to disrupt the true rulers of your roost...