Water Conservation Tips In Your Home

Drought conditions won’t be going away anytime soon in northern California. Everyone is working on conserving water as much as possible and learning to stop old water-wasting habits. Using less water for your landscaping is an obvious fix, but don’t forget to conserve water inside, too.

Here are some basic tips on how you can make sure you’re conserving water within your home.

1. Sneaky Leaky: Little drips here and there add up to a lot of wasted water. Check all faucets, pipes, toilets, and water heaters for any possible leaks. Fix as needed and assign a family member to check those spots consistently.

2. Shower Power: Shortening up your shower time even 5 minutes can make a huge difference in the amount of water used. You can also install water-saving low flow shower heads to make an even bigger difference. Turn shorter showers into a family competition – see who can take the shortest (but still thorough) showers!

3. Will to Fill: Running the washing machine or dishwasher without being completely full uses unnecessary water. Make sure all loads are filled to optimum levels before running. If you have to wear a shirt a couple of extra times or use a paper plate in order to wait for that full load, you’ll be okay. Look online for tips on how to load the dishwasher the best way in order to get the most dishes in that still get cleaned well.

Do you have any extra water conservation tips? How do you involve the family in conservation efforts around the home?

While you’re in water-saving mode, make the same efforts around the house to save energy costs! This will help save money and keep your AC system running efficiently at the same time. Try some of the tips in our recent post: Keep Your Cool With These 4 Money-Saving Tips.

Let Peck help you save money by checking your Rocklin, Roseville, or Granite Bay air conditioner to make sure it’s working properly. Check our Specials page and give us a call at 916-409-0768!

Bust the Dust to Keep Your AC System Running Efficiently

FACT: Nine out of ten system failures are caused by dirt and dust. (Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service)Dust. It’s everywhere. Not only can it bother people’s allergies and cause damage to appliances when it builds up, but it can clog up the air filters for your air conditioning unit and build up in the ductwork. This causes your system to work harder, not cooling as efficiently as you need it to when you’re in the middle of a hot July in the Sacramento area.

You can reduce the amount of household dust in a few ways:

  • Use a vacuum with a good filter in it and vacuum at least twice a week.

  • Mop your floors weekly.

  • Dust your house with microfiber cloths (dusters with feathers and other materials tend to just release the dust back into the air).

  • Take your rugs, pillows, and furniture cushions outside every 3 months to beat out the dust.

  • Wash bedding, including bedspreads and comforters, on a regular basis.

  • Wash curtains, tablecloths, afghans (or at least shake outside) regularly.

  • Vacuum dust that builds up on ceiling fan blades, cooling fans on appliances, refrigerator coils, etc.

  • Brush and groom pets often and outside.

  • Declutter (the more items you have, the more places there are for dust to collect).

Are you a little more motivated to reduce the dust in your home?

Source: wikiHow: How to Reduce Dust in Your House

As your Rocklin, Roseville, and Sacramento area AC company, we’re here to help you with tips and money-saving ideas. You can stop by Peck’s Energy Tips page for more helpful ideas.

Don’t forget that regular tune-ups keep your air conditioning unit running efficiently. Check our Specials page and call us today at 916-409-0768!

Beat The Heat This Summer!

We all know you could just stay inside this Summer and run your air conditioning non stop in order to stay cool and comfortable. As your friendly neighborhood AC company, we’d like to give you a few ideas to stay cool outside of the house and give that AC a little break!

Water Play

  • Swim and play out in your pool, a friend’s pool, or a public pool.

  • With our current drought conditions, we don’t recommend running through the sprinkler, but instead save your shower/bath water that runs while heating up and use it to fill up spray bottles and squirt guns for some water play in the backyard!

Mall Walks

  • Go for a casual stroll in an air-conditioned environment; let the kids play on the indoor play structures, and stop for a cool drink at the food court.

  • Get your exercise for free in a nice cool building. Check your mall’s website to find out what time they open for walkers and what routes and mileage you can choose from.

Movie Time

  • Plan to go see your Summer blockbuster hit during the hottest part of the day and relax in the dark while you’re entertained.

  • Check the Summer programs at your local movie theaters. Many offer highly discounted or even free family movies on certain days and times.

Frozen Fun

  • If your town has an indoor ice rink, find out what times are available for recreational skating and skate rental information.

  • Make your own frozen treats by pouring your favorite drink into ice cube trays or molds and adding popsicle sticks as they freeze. Enjoy your tasty treat in a shady spot in the yard.

How are you planning to beat the heat this Summer?

When you are at home, make sure your AC is in good working order so it’s there for you when you need it. Whether you’re looking for a Roseville AC company, or you’re in Sacramento, Peck can help you with your air conditioning needs.

Check out our specials page first, and then give us a call at 916-409-0768 to schedule an appointment!

Why A/C Maintenance Is So Important

If your air conditioner isn’t that old, seems to be running properly and you remember to change the air filter fairly often, then what is the point of getting your A/C serviced? Why is yearly maintenance necessary?

A/C maintenance is about more than just checking everything to make sure it’s in working order. Think of it like automobile maintenance. By having your car serviced regularly, you make sure that everything is clean and operating properly. This keeps your vehicle running efficiently, costing you less in gas and repairs over time. Not only that, but your car and its parts last longer. Your A/C unit is no different!

The outside condenser unit of your A/C can get clogged up with dirt and debris. Those coils need to be checked, at least annually, and carefully cleaned when necessary. If the condenser isn’t regularly maintained, your condenser unit will have to work much harder to bring the air in and cool it. This results in higher costs and it’s harder on your equipment. The harder the equipment has to work, the more likely it is to break down sooner than it should. Cleaning the coils of the condenser, in addition to the other inspections that happen during a maintenance call, will keep your A/C unit running smoothly.

Since seeing is often believing, one of our Peck technicians recently took these photos of a customer’s clogged condenser, after removing the outer cover. This customer wondered why his air conditioner wasn’t working properly. Now you can see why!

Don’t let this happen to your condenser! Give your A/C unit the regular maintenance and longer life it deserves. Whether you’re in Rocklin, Granite Bay, or the surrounding areas – Peck technicians can help and are just a phone call away. Learn more about what our Customer Assurance Plan (C.A.P.) includes, and then give us a call at 916-409-0768.

Keep Your Cool With These 4 Money-Saving Tips

Save money on your Granite Bay AC bill!It doesn’t matter whether you live in Roseville, Rocklin, or Lincoln, CA – it’s hot! When your air conditioner is running nonstop on hot days, you start to dread seeing your monthly energy bill.

How can you manage to save a few dollars on those monthly bills while staying cool?

Here are a few tips to try that can add up to significant savings by the end of the Summer season:

1. Programmable Thermostat – If you already have one, you probably take it for granted. If you don’t have one, you can have  Peck install one for you. Just this step alone can save you up to $100 a year! But you need to take a few minutes and actually program it for your family’s needs, which brings us to our next tip.

2. Set Temps Higher – There are recommended temperature settings that keep you comfortable while not causing your air conditioner to run as much. Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re at home and 80 degrees when you’re away. According to the Department of Energy, you can save 5-15% on your air conditioning bills by raising the temperature setting  when you’re not home. Do those temps seem too high for your family? Then try setting them just 1-2 degrees higher than your usual setting until you adjust to the difference.

3. Regular Maintenance – It’s crucial that you keep your air conditioning system maintained to keep it clean and running most efficiently. Have your system checked in late Winter or early Spring before you need to run it regularly so there are no surprises. A maintained system has improved performance and less running time, saving you money on your bill. Check Peck’s specials page as there are often deals on pre-season tune-ups.

4. Change Air Filters Regularly – During peak months, air filters need to be changed monthly or every three months at least. Air filters become clogged with dust, dirt, pet hair, and more. The more the system is running, the faster the filters will get clogged. When your air filters are dirty, the system has to work much harder to get that air flow. Set yourself an email reminder to change the filter and save yourself a few dollars!

Have you been following these money-saving tips? If not, which one will you try first?

Whether you still need an air conditioning tune-up or just need to have your home checked to find out other ways to save on your energy costs, Peck can help you with that! Check our current specials page and give us a call at 916-409-0768 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

Peck Has HVAC Technicians You Can Trust

Oleg, Peck HVAC technicianPart of Peck’s vision statement is “We will conduct business with the highest level of integrity while being efficient, innovative & strive for customer satisfaction.” This is seen throughout our company, but most visible to our customers through our trusted technicians. We consistently hear good things from our customers and we’re happy to share these recent testimonials about our technician, Oleg!

“Far too often, people only speak up when there is a problem. I on the other hand will go out of my way to point out excellent customer service when I experience it. We did not have a major issue (whew!), just some plug up drain lines. Oleg just left my house this morning, and I felt compelled to email you. We have used Peck for a long time now and have always received good service and felt that your company has dealt with us fairly over the years. We recommend you to family and friends when the need arises.

When a service tech comes out to someones house, they are the face of the company. You should feel good in knowing that Oleg represents the Peck Heating & Air name with the utmost professionalism. He was timely, efficient, friendly and informative. I am not sure what kind of recognition program your company has in place, but please know that Oleg generated Google Local and Yelp five star ratings and positive reviews for your company today! In my industry, I know the value that positive reviews can have when people are searching the internet for various services. I hope that something extra can be done to acknowledge the superior customer service that Oleg delivered today! Thank you!” — Scott V.

And another!

“I don’t normally do this, but I just had to call and tell you what a great job Oleg did when he came out today.  He was very thorough, and took the time to answer my questions and explain it all to me.  He was just wonderful and pleasant and I will definitely ask for him in the fall for my furnace maintenance!” –R. P., Rocklin, CA

Thank you, Oleg for your excellent customer service and thank you to our wonderful customers who take the time to tell us about their experiences!

Do you need us to send a trusted technician out to you today? Give us a call at 916-409-0768.

Savings Made In The Shade

This is the time when many of us in the Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln and surrounding areas are doing our Spring planting. Did you know that planting shade trees can actually help you reduce the costs of running your air conditioner in the hot months?

Though not a short-term solution, carefully planning out the planting of your shade trees now can result in long-term energy cost savings. Just by planting three shade trees in the right spots around your home can save you over $100 annually in cooling and heating costs. Planting more trees can actually help out your neighborhood, too. Neighborhoods full of shade trees have daytime temperatures as much as six degrees cooler.

But what trees make the best shade trees? For a list of shade trees that grow well in our area, check out Sacramento Tree Foundation. The City of Roseville, California, has a page of great tips that can help you determine where and how you should plant those trees. Though it’s generally considered better to plant trees in the Fall, you can plant shade trees any time of year. It is best to avoid the hotter temperatures, so plant them before the Spring temperatures are gone.

Shade trees are not the only way to save some money on your cooling costs as the weather warms up. More ideas include:

  •  Installing a programmable thermostat
  •  Keeping window coverings closed during the day
  •  Using ceiling and oscillating fans

But the very best way to save on your air conditioning costs is to have a newer and efficient system. Have you had your A/C inspected or serviced yet?

We want to help you save dollars on your energy costs. Call us today at 916-409-0768 to have our heating and cooling professionals analyze your system. Don’t forget to take advantage of our current special offer!

Spring Into Action – Maintain Your HVAC System

Spring weather has arrived in the Roseville and Rocklin area. That means warmer days are on the way. As the temperatures begin to rise, we’re reminded that our air conditioning units are about to start working hard. Don’t get caught off guard on a hot day with an A/C unit that doesn’t work properly! Let a heating and air conditioning professional help you before that happens.

You can schedule a Spring inspection now for that air conditioning unit to make sure it’s ready to keep your family cool and comfortable. But rather than schedule just your Spring tune up, why not enjoy peace of mind year-round? You can do that with Peck’s very own Customer Assurance Plan (C.A.P.).

If you take advantage of our C.A.P. now, then you can expect the following during your Spring C.A.P.:

  • Remove dirt, leaves, and debris from inside cabinet
  • Inspect outdoor fan motor and blades; lubricate as necessary
  • Inspect control box, controls, and wiring connections
  • Inspect compressor and associated tubing for damage
  • Inspect compressor connector
  • Monitor for starting capabilities, check for correct voltage/amp draw
  • Check for abnormal odors and noises

In addition, you’ll receive a thorough Fall inspection of your furnace and you’ll be able to receive discounts off of necessary repairs and/or any new equipment you purchase. Keeping up with system maintenance all year long not only gives you peace of mind, but also reduces potential break down of equipment due to poor maintenance, improves your air quality, extends the life of your existing equipment, and reduces monthly energy costs.  All good REASONS TO CALL NOW!

To schedule a Spring inspection now (check out our Specials page for current offers) or to find out how our C.A.P. Maintenance Package can help you – call us today at  916-409-0768.

How to Choose a Reliable Heating Contractor

Granite Bay, CA gets more than its fair share of cold, wet weather. This means that you had better have a good, energy-efficient heating system to keep your home nice and cozy during times of cold rain. Heating systems are key components and as important as water and electricity in households throughout Granite Bay, CA. You have to make sure to do your homework when the time comes to install a new system. Carefully choose your contractor. He has to be qualified to install your system. If not, then you may get a faulty installation, leading you to additional costs in repairs as well as needless waste over the years and your system runs less efficiently.heater repair specialist in rocklin roseville

Here are some tips for choosing a reliable and qualified heating contractor in Granite Bay, CA:

  • Ask to see credentials. Heating contractors have to be licensed from the state. More importantly, they should be able to provide you with contacts (satisfied customers) you can call in order to verify their reliability. Check them out on the Better Business Bureau and ask if they have NATE (North American Technician Excellence) certification. These are similar to seals of approval.
  • Know their experience: Just because a heating company is new doesn’t mean that it lacks service experience. Every contractor starts somewhere, often times with other companies before starting out on their own. However, heating companies and contractors with long histories and proven track records show that they have both the experience and the qualification necessary to provide customers with excellent maintenance, repair and installation services.
  • Find out their availability: The best heating contractors and companies understand that sometimes it’s not ok to wait a day or two for service. They will gladly offer 24-hour emergency services for those problems that pop up in the middle of the night.
  • Make sure they’re transparent: The best heating companies and professionals will happily give you an upfront estimate, so you know exactly what the cost of your maintenance, repair or installation will be.

Peck Heating and Air Conditioning provides the best, most reliable heating services in the Granite Bay, CA area. We are NATE certified and endorsed by the BBB. We’ve been proudly offering our heating services since 1987. We understand that issues can arise at any time of the day and gladly offer 24-hour emergency repair services. We’ll provide you with a written estimate before starting any work so you don’t have any surprises. We’re here, we’re qualified and we’re ready to help so give us a call today 916-409-0768!

Energy Efficient Heating Tips from the Granite Bay, CA Heating Pros

Here at Peck Heating and Air Conditioning, we handle all types of Granite Bay, CA heating problems. We seek to give you the best possible heating service without charging you outrageous sums in the process. Part of that promise means that we’ll help you get the most out of your heating system while making sure that it works for you in an efficient and money-saving way. We’ll help reduce your monthly electric bill by making sure your heating system works efficiently so your home is comfortable and cozy.

  • Maintain your furnace: It works less efficiently when dirt and dust coat its components. Loose fittings can also create friction, increasing the wear on each component. Loose components make your furnace work harder while raising your monthly heating bills. Regular maintenance cleans your system, tightens any loose components and helps your furnace work with excellent efficiency. Ideally, maintenance should be scheduled for the fall before temperatures start to drop too much.
  • Plug leaks and cracks in doors and window frames: Your furnace has to work harder when warm air escapes through cracks around windows and doors. It has to work harder to keep your home nice and warm, reducing its efficiency. Stop problems from happening by sealing leaks and cracks.
  • Consider an upgrade to your system: It might be time to retire your old system and install a new, energy-efficient heating system. Look for a system with a high AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency rating). This is something you should consider especially if your current system is older than 10 years. A new system can bring your energy bills down.

No matter what type of heating system you own, Granite Bay, CA heating experts such as Peck Heating and Air Conditioning can help your system run better and more efficiently. These professionals provide heating and cooling tips, and provide important maintenance and repair services for your system. Set up a consultation today. You’ll be glad you called!