JC Mechanical Inc. Blog

Differences Between Gas Furnaces and Electric Furnaces

November 14th, 2016

Most of us here in Anaheim, CA use forced-air furnaces to heat our homes. They make an elegant solution in towns like ours, where the winters are mild and the heating system can easily act in conjunction with the ducts from your air conditioner to keep your house warm. But furnaces themselves are divided into two basic categories: gas furnaces fed by burners using fuel from gas lines and electric furnaces that used heated coils to warm the air. Both have their benefits and drawbacks, and if you’re looking for a new furnace this winter, it pays to consider them both very carefully. Continue Reading

Why Is Sizing So Important in a New Heating System?

November 7th, 2016

Last week, we discussed the specifics of selecting a new heating system, which is a fairly common procedure this time of year. With winter on its way here in Fullerton, CA, replacing an old heater now just makes a lot of sense. Among the factors we noted was the need to properly size your heating system: to make sure it fits with the unique parameters of your home. This week, we’d like to go into a little more detail about what exactly that means. Continue Reading

What to Look for in a New Heater

October 31st, 2016

Fall is the right time to replace an old or malfunctioning heater with a new one. Temperatures in the La Habra, CA area are finally falling after a long Indian summer, and soon you’ll have need of your heating system almost every day. If your existing heater has run its course, you still have a few weeks to schedule a replacement, which gives you the time to select the proper unit for your home. A trained technician can help you make that selection after performing a heating audit of your home to determine your needs. In particular, here are a few things you should look for: Continue Reading

Is a Heat Pump Right for Me?

October 24th, 2016

Towns like Yorba Linda, CA experience very mild winters: one of the benefits of living in Southern California. But we still need heating systems to keep our homes warm on those cold winter nights, and like most people, homeowners in the area want to be able to warm their homes without spending more than they need to on monthly bills. The solution may be a heat pump, which combines the effects of a heater and an air conditioner in one. Here’s a quick breakdown on how it works and why it’s well-suited to our climate. If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, it pays to give heat pumps a good, close look. Continue Reading

Check Your Heater for Early Problems

October 17th, 2016

After a long summer, cooler weather is finally here in Anaheim, CA. If you haven’t run your heater for any appreciable length of time, you could benefit from turning it on and checking for any signs of trouble. Ideally, you will schedule a servicing session from a trained technician, who is the only one who can accurately diagnose a problem. But by looking for general signs of trouble — non-specific symptoms that speak to a larger problem — you at least know enough to turn off the system and summon repairs. Here’s a look at some symptoms to check for. Continue Reading

Air Purifiers Provide Comprehensive Indoor Air Quality

October 10th, 2016

Every HVAC system here in Fullerton, CA comes equipped with a filter, designed to strain out dust and contaminants as your heater or air conditioner runs. It works quite well, but cheap filters don’t always do the job that they should, and regardless they need to be changed periodically. An electronic air purifier, on the other hand, provides comprehensive filtration power without needing to use a screen, and if you’re looking for a way to keep your indoor air as clean ass possible. it has a lot to recommend it. Continue Reading

Changing Filters: Is More Expensive Automatically Better?

October 3rd, 2016

Most heating and air conditioning systems come equipped with a filter, designed to strain out dust, hair and other contaminants as they pass through your system. It helps keep your heating and air conditioning system functional, as well as lowering the amount of dust in your household air. Here in Brea, CA, where air quality can often be a factor in your home comfort, we recommend changing filters once every 1-3 months, especially if you have vulnerable family members such as infants or the elderly. You can buy new ones at any hardware store or home improvement center, but that’s not the end of it. Like anything else, filters come in different types, some more expensive than others. How can you tell which is the right one for you? Start by looking at factors other than the price Continue Reading

Consider the Benefits of Ductless Heat and Air

September 26th, 2016

If you’re going to make large changes to your heating or air conditioning system here in La Habra, CA, now is the time to do it. Early fall usually means that temperatures are mild,  but cool evenings have’t set in: giving you the time to consider all of your options. If you’re struggling with a centralized system or haven’t been able to install a centralized system because of structural issues with your house, have we got a solution for you: ductless heating and cooling systems. Continue Reading

How Does the AFUE Rating Affect My New Heater?

September 19th, 2016

If you’re in the market for a new heating system, now is the time to consider it. September and October are still fairly warm months here in Brea, CA, giving you an excellent window to select a new system and have it installed before you have need of it. Among the factors you need to look for is overall efficiency, which is measured with a percentage known as AFUE. The term stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and after the overall power levels of the furnace, it’s the most important element in choosing a new furnace. Continue Reading

Preparing Your Home for Fire Season

September 12th, 2016

The dry season has arrived in Southern California, and we’ve already had out share of large brush fires. Here in Yorba Linda, CA, that can be a huge concern for homeowners, with nearby state parks dry as a bone and errant wildfires a constant issue. The more you can do to protect your home from fire dangers the better. We’ve included a basic list of steps you should take as a prudent homeowner. Continue Reading