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"Wait and See" Doesn't Really Work...

December 13, 2016
Cost of Your Home Heating

Many people get stuck in a limbo of sorts. They are not sure if their furnace just needs a tune-up, some minor repairs or needs to be replaced altogether. They are so worried about paying too much for something or being talked into buying something they don't really need that they do nothing at all and go with a "wait and see" approach.

This is the perfect time of year to take control of your heating system to ensure you will have nothing to be concerned about (at least, inside your home) when the really cold weather strikes. The "in-between" months are when great deals are offered because once the cold weather sets in, there is really no reason to discount something that can be easily sold at full price.

Don't Whine... Prevent!

Waiting until your furnace dies or is on the brink of death leaves you with nothing but problems. Not only does it leave you, your home and your family freezing until a new furnace can be installed, it also leaves you paying full price for a new furnace so there are no up-front savings. If you purchase a new furnace before the "busy season," there are all kinds of deals to be had.

The first thing you should do is have a heating comfort and energy analysis done on your system. Find out how old it is, what condition it is in, how much energy it consumes while producing heat and what likely repairs or problems will pop up this year. This analysis will give you the answers to questions you did not even know you had.

Once you have verified that it makes sense to replace your old system with a new energy efficient system, find out what warranties are available. Right now, you can get a complete 5-year parts and labor warranty on your new system, meaning you won't spend a penny to repair your new system for 5 years.

The additional bonus of having a new system is the money you save on energy costs each month. Saving money on utilities is never a bad thing. Get started today preventing any cold moments inside your house with a Free In-Home Energy Analysis on your heating system.


Predicting the Cost of Your Home Heating

November 15, 2016
Cost of Your Home Heating

Calculating the cost of energy to run our homes seems like such a mystery at times. But what would you expect from an industry that issues something called a "Market Prices and Uncertainty Report"? That's one of the publications the federal government creates about the outlook for energy prices (though it's hard to imagine other business sectors touting "uncertainty" as if it's a given).

So what's ahead for natural gas prices this winter and how will it affect the homes around here that depend on this source for their cold-weather heating comfort?

Trying for an uncomplicated explanation here... basically, the cost to heat your home is going to be affected by how much natural gas folks "think" will get used (that's called a usage prediction). Plus, how much natural gas they "think" will be needed. That's called a demand forecast. Plus, what's available now (that's the inventory).

There's also a little factor called "speculation," which is when investors bet on the price energy will reach in the future. And you add to that one more unpredictable factor called "the weather."

That very frigid winter we "enjoyed" last time hit the inventories pretty heavily. Plus, Mideast unrest always causes concerns about oil exports. So there's much about energy costs that we cannot control. But here's the other side of the equation:

There's a LOT we can do about the energy efficiency of the systems that run your home, thus providing you savings on energy all season long.

If you'd like to learn how to beat the high natural gas prices, you can start with an analysis of the current energy usage in your home. We can do that for you free; just let us know you'd like to get that survey.

Replacing an old energy guzzler with a new, highly efficient model can save 20% over last year's energy usage - and that's just one of the perks ahead when you're ready to make a change. In fact, you'll find that a very generous trade-in allowance, super-long guarantees and extra convenient financing will make your upgrade decision very easy. Want to learn more? Just click this link:

Get a free energy survey analysis and see if a new system is your best bet for continued comfort.


How to Avoid Lessons Learned the Hard Way

October 14, 2016
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The Cost of Neglecting Your Home Comfort System

Looking at cost is more than seeing a price tag. Take the annual tune-ups for your heating equipment. If you apply a small percentage of the value of the equipment in routine annual maintenance, your investment reduces your energy expenses, saves on repairs and takes care of you longer.

That’s a pretty sweet deal.

However, if you neglect to routinely take care of your furnace, you incur issues both seen and unseen that can cause breakdowns, waste energy and develop potentially dangerous problems for you and your family. Here are just a few areas where neglect can prove so costly. 

Energy use increases. When dirt clogs your system, it has to work harder to keep you warm. Less efficiency means higher operating costs. In fact, energy experts say that your energy costs can be reduced by 30 to 35 percent when heating equipment is serviced regularly and properly maintained.

Equipment life is shortened. With all that dirt and grime causing efficiency problems, your system is running longer and more often. Thus, the parts feel the pressure, and they’ll wear out sooner. Even a small problem that goes undetected for a long period of time can lead to an earlier than normal system failure – or cause breakdowns with big repair bills.

Preserving your manufacturer’s warranty. Heating and cooling systems are big-ticket home improvements that come with long-term warranties. But many of these warranties require routine maintenance to keep them in effect. Don’t risk losing your warranty due to neglect.

Protecting your family’s safety. This may be the last “cost” in this list, but certainly ranks highest in what matters most. An unmaintained system can put you at risk of a deadly carbon monoxide leak. Loose electrical connections in an unmaintained system can also create a fire hazard. Neither are worth the risk of neglecting routine maintenance.

If you’d like to schedule a tune-up, we’d be honored to have you trust your system to us. Let us hear from you.


How to Avoid Lessons Learned the Hard Way

September 14, 2016

If, as heating and air professionals, we could persuade homeowners to avoid one major outcome, it would be this: take care of your home comfort system equipment so that you don’t have to replace it earlier than necessary.

Heating and cooling systems are sizeable investments for any size home, and they have a direct impact on roughly half of your energy bills each year. The measures homeowners take to preserve the life of their equipment can enable it to last years longer – helping you to prevent a costly expenditure before the recommended time.

In addition, routine preventive maintenance also maintains your system’s energy efficiency, helping you to hold down monthly energy bills. Keeping your system running at peak efficiency is critical to conserving energy use. Routine maintenance also allows a professional technician to discover the occurrence of indoor air quality problems that can prove very harmful to your family – especially carbon monoxide leaks.

And there’s another valid reason homeowners are wise to schedule preventive maintenance. Some will say it’s “not needed” because their system is “under warranty.” However, if a manufacturer determines that neglect of maintenance was the cause of the problem and contributed to the equipment’s failure, the warranty may not cover the repair. This makes sense when you consider that auto manufacturers expect their vehicle owners to routinely change the oil in order to keep their warranties in force.

Given the benefits of preventive maintenance, some still learn the lesson the hard way, however. And here’s why many people choose to ignore free advice that can end up costing them a great deal more: human nature.

Most of us react to problems instead of proactively prevent them. At our shop, we see this evidence in untimely repair calls that reveal a simple truth: preventive maintenance could have kept the system running problem-free.

If you’d like to avoid the mistake of “wait and see,” we’ll be happy to take care of your preventive maintenance right away. Schedule your tune-up today.


How to Look at Your Energy Use from All Angles
Energy Audit

July 18, 2016

It's funny how the components of your home work together. The walls and roof provide protection. The doors and windows do the same, while also allowing entry and exit as desired. Your electrical system keeps things humming, your plumbing keeps things running and your heating and air conditioning make your living space comfortably livable.

To further illuminate this point: your home is not just one part. Not just one room that sees the most action (like your kitchen). Not even your favorite chair and electronic device. Your home is all parts working together. Or, sometimes, a few parts working against each other.

That's why science is highlighting more and more why energy efficiency should be viewed from a "whole house" approach.

Because your home comfort system accounts for about half of your energy bills, its performance and efficiency certainly go a long way toward keeping those bills lower and your home more comfortable. However, drafty windows and doors and poorly insulated attics will also affect its performance by creating more work for it to do. That's just the beginning in the long list of factors that siphon off energy. But now there's a way to get a more complete picture.

A "whole house energy analysis" takes a look at all the elements that affect your energy usage and shows you how and where improvements can give you better results. Whole house analyses are conducted by professionals who understand how your home operates, when problems can arise and where health and safety concerns can be identified.

These professionals have specialized training and are using technologically advanced infrared thermography. Through this process, the infrared thermography detects unseen air leaks and pinpoints trouble spots, many of which are easily resolved. You receive a list of recommendations that you can choose (or not) to implement ... it's completely up to you.

Together, the recommendations that come from a whole house energy analysis ultimately make your home cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, with lower energy bills all year long.

Let us take a look now to see how well your house is performing. Schedule your whole house energy analysis today.


How to Predict Your Next Air Conditioning Breakdown
AC Breakdown

June 21, 2016

Your air conditioning system is a complex piece of equipment that provides comfort through your entire house with the help of parts that include an evaporator, condenser, coils, expansion valve, compressor, drains, sensors, timers and valves, plus the all-important liquid refrigerant. And don't forget the thermostat.

In other words, there are a lot of components that work very well together - unless something within one of these components goes wrong, and your system breaks down.

No one knows with certainty when a breakdown of your air conditioning system will occur. But as professionals in this business, we know that the worst and most common times are on a very hot day.

We also know several factors to watch for that could help you better prepare, and more to the point, avoid interruption of your cooling comfort.

Lack of maintenance - Especially in hot summers like the one predicted for Contra Costa County, lack of maintenance can lead to inconvenient repairs. Dirt in the system is the number one cause of the repair issues that we see. So make sure you get your system cleaned, checked and serviced annually to prolong equipment life and keep it running efficiently.

Age of system - Depending on the equipment and your home's air conditioning usage, the lifespan of an air conditioning system can be around 15 years. Signs of age can begin to show earlier if you're experiencing frequent repairs, or later, if you've taken great care of your equipment through regular maintenance.

System problem - Your complex air conditioning systems create amazing cooling comfort, but they also contain components that could malfunction. Some of the problems you could experience include coolant leaks, broken motors, clogged air filters, bent fan blades and blown capacitors. Or you could have an issue with your thermostat.

Whatever the problem you may have in the future, let us take a look now to see how well your system is performing. Get a free energy survey analysis and see if a new system is your best bet for continued comfort.


Is There a Dust Storm in Your Home?
Allergies

May 11, 2016

It's not that anyone actually likes dust. But those with sensitive respiratory systems respond to it far more poorly than other people do. In fact, they might have a dust allergy. It kicks into gear after a round of vacuuming, sweeping and - yes - dusting. And the allergy signs of runny eyes, nose and sneezing pop up - or even move into asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says there are several things homeowners can do to reduce house dust allergens that are causing problems in your family. For example:

"Dust" is, by the way, a sort of all-encompassing term for a mixture of substances. Under the microscope, the composition could show dust mites, cockroaches and other pests, mold or pet dander. And any of these elements could cause an allergic response. But, of course, the dust in one house may be different from the dust in another.

If you're concerned about the air in your home, we can help. We can conduct a simple indoor air quality analysis to give you the information you need to make good decisions for your family's respiratory health.

Just let us hear from you and we'll tell you lots more.


Who Should You Trust to Check Your Home Systems?
Hybrid Heating

April 21, 2016

If you're like most folks, your home is your most valuable financial asset. The systems that run your home represent a sizeable part of your investment, of course. So you'll only want reputable, qualified and competent contractors to take care of them for you.

When you need service done, many of you ask family, friends and neighbors for names of companies, and that's a great way to check for a sound reputation. You can also take a close look at the testimonials from satisfied customers. Get a sense of how the company presents itself on the Web and in other advertising.

Your trust should grow the more you know. But when there's something in the back of your mind that says you're not sure about what you're hearing, stop and reassess. For example, the Federal Trade Commission says tip-offs to rip-offs from a less-than-reputable contractor could include any of the following: solicits door-to-door; only accepts cash payments; does not list a business number in the local telephone directory; pressures you for an immediate decision; and asks you to pay for the entire job up front.

If you're tired of people touting services that are too good to be true, you're not alone.

That's why for our customers we keep it plain and simple: 24 hour service; 10 year system warranties; hassle-free Maintenance Agreement Plans; "Fixed Right" guarantee; 20% energy savings guarantee; on-time service guarantee; up-front pricing; free energy survey.

If you want your air conditioning to stay reliable all summer long, doesn't it make sense to call a reliable company for your tune-up?

We'd be honored to have you trust your system to us. Let us hear from you.

Making the Connection Between Clean Air and Energy Efficiency

March 14, 2016

Saving on energy pays off - especially when you're talking about keeping your home comfortable. Cooling and heating, after all, accounts for about 56% of the energy used in a typical U.S. home. Therefore, savings in this area can have a significant impact on your household's monthly budget.

An energy efficient system is your starting point. For example, air conditioning and heating systems that have earned the ENERGY STAR® designation help you reduce high energy bills and improve your comfort while protecting the environment.

An airtight home helps too by keeping conditioned air inside your home - and, in warm months, keeping the hot air out.

But what about when saving on energy comes with a price? Airtight homes seal in the air, yes - but they can also seal in pet dander, toxins from household cleansers, cooking smoke, and on and on. An energy efficient home with poor indoor air quality is not a desirable result.

To improve your indoor air quality, you can control or eliminate the sources of your pollutants, as well as ventilate as weather conditions permit. You can also use an "air cleaning device." There are different types of air cleaners, including those that remove particles through mechanical air filters or electronic air filters.

Now - to connect the dots between energy efficiency and clean air - your best bet is an energy efficient home comfort system with a built-in air cleaner.

Want to learn more about how to cool your home and save between 14-22% on energy right away - with the added bonus of a built-in air cleaner that filters up to 99% of airborne contaminants?

Get a free energy survey analysis and find out how it works.


Have You Heard about Hybrid Heating?
Hybrid Heating

January 29, 2016

I am sure you are well aware that energy prices are increasing at an astonishing rate, even to the point where we are paying 64% more in energy costs now than we were just 5 years ago. That is just plain jaw-dropping.

As gas prices continue to fluctuate wildly (mostly up, but sometimes just a touch down, then up again), more and more people are trading in their gas-guzzling cars for hybrids. Thankfully, the same technology that allows the hybrid cars to get amazingly good gas mileage (and save their owners tons of money in the process) can now be applied to our home heating systems.

How It Works...

A Hybrid Heating system works much the same way as a hybrid vehicle; it uses two heat sources to warm your home. The first heat source is a heat pump that draws in heat from outside your home when the weather is mild. The upside to this, of course, is that heat outside your home is free. "Free" for now, I suppose. I guess someone could always come along and figure out a way to charge for that too.

Once a "break-even" point is reached, the furnace will automatically switch itself to gas heat to continue the process of warming your home. You will never even know this is happening. It is a silent and seamless transition. The only time you will notice a change is when you receive your first utility bill and it is significantly less while your home is still as warm and toasty as you like it to be.

If you are wondering if a Hybrid Heating system is right for you, call us today at 925-203-9141 or click here to schedule a FREE Energy Analysis for your heating system.


"Wait and See" doesn't really work...
Broken Furnace

December 21, 2015

Many people get stuck in a limbo of sorts; they are not sure if their furnace just needs a tune-up, some minor repairs or needs to be replaced all together. They are so worried about paying too much or being talked into buying something they don't really need, they do nothing at all and go with a "wait and see" approach.

This is the perfect time of year to take control of your heating system to ensure you will have nothing to be concerned about (at least, inside your home) when the really cold weather strikes. The "in between" months are when great deals are offered, because once the cold weather sets in, there is really no reason to discount something that can be easily sold at full price.

Don't Whine...Prevent!

Waiting until your furnace dies or is on the brink of death leaves you with nothing but problems. Not only does it leave you, your home and your family freezing until a new furnace can be installed, it also leaves you paying full price for a new furnace so there are no up-front savings. If you purchase a new furnace before the "busy season," there all kinds of deals to be had.

The first thing you should do is have a heating comfort and energy analysis done on your system. Find out how old it is, what condition it is in, how much energy it consumes while producing heat and what likely repairs or problems will pop up this year. This analysis will give you the answers to questions you did not even know you had.

Once you have verified that it makes sense to replace your old system with a new energy efficient system, find out what warranties are available. Right now, you can get a complete 5-year parts and labor warranty on your new system, meaning you won't spend a penny to repair your new system for 5 years.

The additional bonus of having a new system is the money you save on energy cost each month. Saving money on utilities is never a bad thing. Get started today preventing any cold moments inside your house with a Free In-Home Energy Analysis on your heating system.


What's Good for Me Is Good for You
High Efficiency systems

November 16, 2015

There is a lot of focus these days on being healthy and exercising. You would have to be living under a rock to miss the "Organic" signs popping up everywhere. So we get it; put good things in and good things will come out.

A "mild" season in my business means there is a lot of sitting around and not a whole lot of working (definitely not healthy). It can be hard for people to get into the mindset that the cold will come and you will have to turn on your furnace.

Your furnace has been sitting around unused for many months and really does need to be serviced before you turn it on. It's not fun to spend money on a "tune-up" for something you are not really using yet, but choosing not to have it serviced will cost you more money in the long run and may result in a complete system failure. Have you budgeted anywhere from $3,000-$7,000 for a new heating system?

As with our health, if we do not put good things into our furnace, we will not get good things out. It may keep us warm for another year, but not without costing us more on energy bills, potential repairs and blowing allergens that have gathered throughout the summer into our home.

To learn more about how to keep your furnace healthy or to schedule your tune-up, call STEWART at 925-203-9141 or email us at customercare@stewartair.net. You also have the opportunity to click here to schedule a tune-up.


The Dirty Secret...
High Efficiency systems

September 17, 2015

Everybody likes to feel "in the know," whether it is about sports, politics or neighborhood gossip, but do you know the No. 1 reason your home comfort system fails?

It is not age, or brand, or even storm damage... it is Dirt. That's right; your unit's biggest problem is dirt. This little secret is not widely known, because let's face it. Why encourage you to spend a little each year on regular maintenance to keep your unit running longer when you will spend thousands of dollars replacing it?

When your system is not in use, there is nothing to prevent dirt from building up. Then when you turn your unit on for the first time, all of that dirt is stirred up and some is blown through your vents.

How to get rid of it...

The best thing to do is to have a trained, licensed professional service your home comfort system before you turn it on.

Not only will a tune-up remove dirt from your system, but it will also help reduce other airborne allergens that circulate through your vents and into your home. A trained professional will ensure your unit will run safely and efficiently all winter long saving you money on energy costs.

Now that you know our industry's dirty little secret and how to correct it, click to schedule your tune-up. You can extend your system's life - and cut your energy costs. It's a win-win.


Just Living or Really Helping
High Efficiency systems

August 17, 2015

There are many times I hear people say "I'm just living here." What does that mean exactly? Does it mean that if you are "just living here," you are somehow not responsible for anything? I am not sure, but since we are all "just living" on this planet, we should all find ways to do our part to make it a healthy place to live. Let's face it... we are not going to be able to move to a new planet. At least, not in our lifetime.

There are lots of little, easy things you can do to save money and energy and help the planet. You can turn the water off while you brush your teeth, take shorter showers, don't leave lights on when you are not in the room and, of course, recycle. But did you know that having your home's cooling system serviced each year can also help you save on your energy bills while helping the planet?

Here's Why:
Your air conditioner emits carbon into the air... a lot of it, and by having your system serviced each year, you can cut that emission down by 250 lbs. That sounds incredible, doesn't it?

Also, by installing one of the new "High Efficiency" systems, you can bring your energy bills down by 21%.

You don't have to use solar panels and collect rainwater to make a difference (although it wouldn't be a bad thing if you did). A good place to start is to just schedule an Energy Analysis for your home and a trained, licensed professional can point out ways to help you save energy and money this summer. You can call or email us and we will be happy to help you set up a Free Energy Analysis so you can start saving and helping out the planet today.


The Definition of Insanity. . .

July 13, 2015

According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Ever wonder what you could do - or not do - in your home to save money on your energy bills? Saving money is just as important now as it always has been, but it is increasingly more difficult to do.

It seems like with every trip to the grocery store, the prices of even the basics: bread, milk, eggs, fruit and vegetables are rising. So are all of our utilities, but there is something that we can do about that.

What to do:
By having a trained, licensed professional conduct an Energy Analysis of your home, you will have the benefit of knowing what changes you can make, both big and small, to lower your increasing utility bills.

Your technician will also be able to tell you which "high efficiency" heating and cooling system will be the right fit for you, saving you even more money in the long run. The unusually cool temperatures this summer have some of these air conditioners selling at a reduced rate so that's an even bigger incentive to replace your old system and save on energy bills.

Without this valuable service, you will continue to make the same energy mistakes over and over again and nothing will ever change. Your bills will continue to rise and you will continue to wonder why. To schedule your Energy Analysis, call or email and we will be happy to assist you.


A Little TLC Goes a Long Way

June 15, 2015
A Little TLC Goes a Long Way

There is not a single thing in our lives that doesn't need a little TLC to continue working efficiently. When our computers are slow, we restart them, we change the oil in our cars and we clean out the dryer vent so it won't become a fire hazard.

But. . . sometimes we overlook maintenance on the very piece of equipment that keeps us the most comfortable in those oh-so-hot summer months. We use it year after year expecting it to work just fine without ever giving it a second thought, let alone the proper tune-up it needs.

The strange thing about that is by not having a yearly tune-up, it is actually costing us more money than the tune-up itself. Why? Because the system has to work harder to keep us cool, costing us more money in energy bills + when it does break down, it could turn into a major expense that a little bit of maintenance could have prevented.

In order to save yourself the hassle of a costly breakdown (and money on energy bills), have a trained, licensed professional service your home cooling system.

Just some of the maintenance that will be performed:

Did you know that dirt is the #1 cause of system failure for your unit? This is just another reason why it is so important to have your cooling system looked at by a professional every year. Not only will the technician clean out all the dirt, but he will make sure all components of your cooling system are working together the most efficient and effective way.

It is as important to take care of our air conditioners as it is to take care of our cars. Without a little TLC, neither will work as it should. To schedule your tune-up, call or email and we will be happy to assist you.


What Every Homeowner Should Know:
Government to Take A/C Refrigerant Off Market

May 1, 2015
What Every Homeowner Should Know

Have you heard about the government phase-out of certain HCFCs (Class II Ozone-Depleting Substances)?

Those very complex sounding initials and terms actually cover a lot of substances, but the one that's most pertinent to this report relates to a product that the majority of Americans find to be cooling comfort in the summer months: HCFC-22.

The a/c refrigerant that's been in use in most central air conditioners over the last 40 years has the chemical designation HCFC-22, is also referred to as R-22, and is also known widely by the brand name Freon.

Regardless of what you call it, here's what the EPA says: To protect the Earth's protective ozone layer, the United States is phasing out R-22, along with other chemicals.

As the United States phases out refrigerant R-22, you will need to make informed choices when servicing, repairing, or replacing an existing air-conditioning unit or when purchasing a new unit. EPA has banned the manufacture of new equipment that contains R-22. As a homeowner, you need to consider and balance several key factors in your decision to purchase a new unit, such as energy efficiency, performance, reliability, cost, and the refrigerant used.

The lengthy phaseout period allows you to replace your air-conditioning equipment that contains R-22 when you normally would, for instance if it becomes old, inefficient, or ineffective. Realizing that supplies of R-22 will become more limited and that the price may increase should also be factors. In the meantime, R-22 remains available for servicing equipment made before 2010.

The EPA goes on to say: In 2020, R-22 will no longer be produced or imported. After 2020, only recovered, recycled, or reclaimed supplies of R-22 will be available.

OK. So, while there's no requirement to stop using the equipment and refrigerant that you are currently using, as the phase-out continues, R-22 will be harder to find and costs will be higher. As a homeowner, that should get you thinking. As you consider the age and efficiency of your equipment, let us help you evaluate the energy use that's currently taking place in your home - and how the energy savings and efficiency of a new system could continue to provide cool, ozone-friendly comfort in the years to come.

Schedule your energy analysis today. Just call or email, and we'll take care of you.


The Nutty Way to Solve a Problem Before It Happens

April 3, 2015
The Nutty Way to Solve a Problem Before It Happens

Be prepared. It's not just a motto. It's a really good idea with a proven track record. That's why homeowners who want to save energy while staying comfortable through the height of summer temperatures — and avoid pesky, extremely inconvenient air conditioner breakdowns — take a critical step of preparation.

They get their air conditioning systems tuned up and ready before they send them into the high temperature trenches.

So, to be comfortable this summer, here's what to do this spring:

Have a trained, licensed professional perform key maintenance tasks on your system, including:

Save Money, Preserve Equipment — According to the EPA, heating and cooling costs the average homeowner about $1,000 a year — nearly half of your home's total energy bill. Yet regular maintenance of your air conditioner can reduce your energy costs by restoring your equipment to factory specs and peak efficiency; and regular maintenance also preserves your investment by lengthening the life of your equipment.

Ultimately, you want to make sure your air conditioner is working as safely and as efficiently as possible; that it's preserving a healthy indoor environment — with better quality air and preventing hazardous conditions — and that you won't face untimely breakdowns. Sound good? Act now. Remember, the best time to service an air conditioner is before it's needed. To schedule your preseason tune-up, just call or email, and we'll take care of you.


Is Your Home at the Center of an Energy-Loss Vortex?

March 4, 2015
Energy Audit

That's not quite as far-fetched as it seems. See, your home comfort system worked very hard to keep you cozy all Winter. Now with Summer around the corner, you sure don't want system wear and tear to create a black hole in your wallet. I think we all know how expensive space programs can be!

The good news?

The positive consequences of saving energy are undeniable: it reduces air pollution while reducing the cost of your energy bills.

But when some people hear the phrase "saving energy," they think drastic measures - turning back time, living ruggedly and abandoning modern conveniences. Without going that far, you can take many steps to keep energy bills from soaring while also doing your part to protect the environment. These include:

Install occupant sensors on lighting. Intended to detect activity within a certain area, they turn lights on automatically when someone enters a room, and reduce energy use by turning environment. These include:


Making the Case When Your Furnace Doesn't Make the Grade

January 2, 2015
Furnace Replacement

It's a common question for a common experience. When your home heating system is getting past its prime, when you find that your comfort isn't what it used to be, when energy bills appear higher than they should be and when you've had to call for repairs on multiple occasions... that's the time homeowners ask, "Should I replace my furnace? Or should I shell out more for repairs?"

Your home comfort system is a significant part of your home - not just representing a portion of your overall investment, but also claiming about half of your energy costs each month. So, the equipment itself as well as its operational efficiency are integral to your family finances.

When making the case for replacement rather than repair, what should you consider? Energy Star, a program of the federal government, suggests that you first take into consideration the age of your equipment.

If your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, or if your furnace or boiler is more than 15 years old, that's the time to consider replacing your system with home comfort equipment that has earned the Energy Star label. High efficiency heat pumps can save up to 20 percent on heating and cooling costs over the units they replace. Energy Star-qualified furnaces are 15% more efficient than conventional furnaces.

What else should you consider?

Let us help you get a complete picture of energy use in your home. Schedule your free energy analysis today. Just call or email, and we'll take care of you.

How to Avoid Lessons Learned the Hard Way

November 1, 2014

If, as heating and air professionals, we could persuade homeowners to avoid one major outcome, it would be this: take care of your home comfort system equipment so that you don't have to replace it earlier than necessary.

Heating and cooling systems are sizeable investments for any size home, and they have a direct impact on roughly half of your energy bills each year. The measures homeowners take to preserve the life of their equipment can enable it to last years longer - helping you to prevent a costly expenditure before the recommended time.

In addition, routine preventive maintenance also maintains your system's energy efficiency, helping you to hold down monthly energy bills. Keeping your system running at peak efficiency is critical to conserving energy use. Routine maintenance also allows a professional technician to discover the occurrence of indoor air quality problems that can prove very harmful to your family - especially carbon monoxide leaks.

And there's another valid reason homeowners are wise to schedule preventive maintenance. Some will say it's "not needed" because their system is "under warranty." However, if a manufacturer determines that neglect of maintenance was the cause of the problem and contributed to the equipment's failure, the warranty may not cover the repair. This makes sense when you consider that auto manufacturers expect their vehicle owners to routinely change the oil in order to keep their warranties in force.

Given the benefits of preventive maintenance, some still learn the lesson the hard way, however. And here's why many people choose to ignore free advice that can end up costing them a great deal more: human nature.

Most of us react to problems instead of proactively prevent them. At our shop, we see this evidence in untimely repair calls that reveal a simple truth: preventive maintenance could have kept the system running problem-free.

If you'd like to avoid the mistake of "wait and see," we'll be happy to take care of your preventive maintenance right away. Schedule your tune-up today.


The Cost of Neglecting Your Home Comfort System

October 1, 2014

Looking at cost is more than seeing a price tag. Take the annual tune-ups for your heating equipment. If you apply a small percentage of the value of the equipment in routine annual maintenance, your investment reduces your energy expenses, saves on repairs and takes care of you longer.

That's a pretty sweet deal.

However, if you neglect to routinely take care of your furnace, you incur issues both seen and unseen that can cause breakdowns, waste energy and develop potentially dangerous problems for you and your family. Here are just a few areas where neglect can prove so costly.

Energy use increases. When dirt clogs your system, it has to work harder to keep you warm. Less efficiency means higher operating costs. In fact, energy experts say that your energy costs can be reduced by 30 to 35 percent when heating equipment is serviced regularly and properly maintained.

Equipment life is shortened. With all that dirt and grime causing efficiency problems, your system is running longer and more often. Thus, the parts feel the pressure, and they'll wear out sooner. Even a small problem that goes undetected for a long period of time can lead to an earlier than normal system failure — or cause breakdowns with big repair bills.

Preserving your manufacturer's warranty. Heating and cooling systems are big-ticket home improvements that come with long-term warranties. But many of these warranties require routine maintenance to keep them in effect. Don't risk losing your warranty due to neglect.

Protecting your family's safety. This may be the last "cost" in this list, but certainly ranks highest in what matters most. An unmaintained system can put you at risk of a deadly carbon monoxide leak. Loose electrical connections in an unmaintained system can also create a fire hazard. Neither are worth the risk of neglecting routine maintenance.

If you'd like to schedule a tune-up, we'd be honored to have you trust your system to us. Let us hear from you.


Predicting the Cost of Your Home Heating

September 5, 2014

Calculating the cost of energy to run our homes seems like such a mystery at times. But what would you expect from an industry that issues something called a "Market Prices and Uncertainty Report"? That's one of the publications the federal government creates about the outlook for energy prices (though it's hard to imagine other business sectors touting "uncertainty" as if it's a given).

So what's ahead for natural gas prices this winter and how will it affect the homes around here that depend on this source for their cold-weather heating comfort?

Trying for an uncomplicated explanation here... basically, the cost to heat your home is going to be affected by how much natural gas folks "think" will get used (that's called a usage prediction). Plus, how much natural gas they "think" will be needed. That's called a demand forecast. Plus, what's available now (that's the inventory).

There's also a little factor called "speculation," which is when investors bet on the price energy will reach in the future. And you add to that one more unpredictable factor called "the weather."

That very frigid winter we "enjoyed" last time hit the inventories pretty heavily. Plus, Mideast unrest always causes concerns about oil exports. So there's much about energy costs that we cannot control. But here's the other side of the equation:

There's a LOT we can do about the energy efficiency of the systems that run your home, thus providing you savings on energy all season long.

If you'd like to learn how to beat the high natural gas prices, you can start with an analysis of the current energy usage in your home. We can do that for you free; just let us know you'd like to get that survey.

Replacing an old energy guzzler with a new, highly efficient model can save 20% over last year's energy usage — and that's just one of the perks ahead when you're ready to make a change. In fact, you'll find that a very generous trade-in allowance, super-long guarantees and extra convenient financing will make your upgrade decision very easy. Want to learn more? Just click this link:

Get a free energy survey analysis and see if a new system is your best bet for continued comfort.


How to Look at Your Energy Use from All Angles

August 4, 2014

It's funny how the components of your home work together. The walls and roof provide protection. The doors and windows do the same, while also allowing entry and exit as desired. Your electrical system keeps things humming, your plumbing keeps things running and your heating and air conditioning make your living space comfortably livable.

To further illuminate this point: your home is not just one part. Not just one room that sees the most action (like your kitchen). Not even your favorite chair and electronic device. Your home is all parts working together. Or, sometimes, a few parts working against each other.

That's why science is highlighting more and more why energy efficiency should be viewed from a "whole house" approach.

Because your home comfort system accounts for about half of your energy bills, its performance and efficiency certainly go a long way toward keeping those bills lower and your home more comfortable. However, drafty windows and doors and poorly insulated attics will also affect its performance by creating more work for it to do. That's just the beginning in the long list of factors that siphon off energy. But now there's a way to get a more complete picture.

A "whole house energy analysis" takes a look at all the elements that affect your energy usage and shows you how and where improvements can give you better results. Whole house analyses are conducted by professionals who understand how your home operates, when problems can arise and where health and safety concerns can be identified.

These professionals have specialized training and are using technologically advanced infrared thermography. Through this process, the infrared thermography detects unseen air leaks and pinpoints trouble spots, many of which are easily resolved. You receive a list of recommendations that you can choose (or not) to implement - it's completely up to you.

Together, the recommendations that come from a whole house energy analysis ultimately make your home cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, with lower energy bills all year long.

Let us take a look now to see how well your house is performing. Schedule your whole house energy analysis today.


Why Your Air Conditioning System Needs Prep Work for Summer's Long, Hot Run

July 1, 2014

If you've never jogged a mile in your life, how well do you think you'd do in a marathon? Could be a struggle, wouldn't you expect? Maybe some huffing and puffing and conking out before the finish line?

Well, your air conditioning system is about to launch into a serious marathon through the summer months. And unless you want it to huff and puff and conk out before the cool temperatures return, you'd be wise to get your system ready.

Great athletes know that they can't jump into their sport of choice and take home gold medals just when it's convenient. They've got to prepare for the long run. Similarly, your air conditioning system needs some prep work to make sure it's ready for the endurance test it's facing.

After a very cold winter across the country, we're heading into a really hot summer, and you can expect your air conditioning system to see heavy action during the scorching days ahead. Your best bet for preparation is preventive maintenance, which can help you detect potential problems before they occur - while also improving your system's energy efficiency.

Without preventive maintenance, the odds increase that your air conditioning system will lose its strength as it works harder and harder each day. With preventive maintenance, you can save money on energy bills while also helping avoid inconvenient repairs and shortened equipment life.

What does prep work involve? Your check-up checklist will include checking refrigerant levels; inspecting and cleaning coils; checking and tightening electrical connections; oiling parts and motors; checking blowers and grilles for clear air flow; testing and calibrating your thermostat; and changing or cleaning air filters.

Because your systems are sealed for their protection and your safety, only professional service personnel should conduct this thorough annual service. We'd be honored to have you trust your system to us. Let us hear from you.


How to Predict Your Next Air Conditioning Breakdown

June 2, 2014

Your air conditioning system is a complex piece of equipment that provides comfort through your entire house with the help of parts that include an evaporator, condenser, coils, expansion valve, compressor, drains, sensors, timers and valves, plus the all-important liquid refrigerant. And don't forget the thermostat.

In other words, there are a lot of components that work very well together - unless something within one of these components goes wrong, and your system breaks down.

No one knows with certainty when a breakdown of your air conditioning system will occur. But as professionals in this business, we know that the worst and most common times are on a very hot day.

We also know several factors to watch for that could help you better prepare, and more to the point, avoid interruption of your cooling comfort.

Lack of maintenance - Especially in hot summers like the one predicted for Contra Costa County, lack of maintenance can lead to inconvenient repairs. Dirt in the system is the number one cause of the repair issues that we see. So make sure you get your system cleaned, checked and serviced annually to prolong equipment life and keep it running efficiently.

Age of system - Depending on the equipment and your home's air conditioning usage, the lifespan of an air conditioning system can be around 15 years. Signs of age can begin to show earlier if you're experiencing frequent repairs, or later, if you've taken great care of your equipment through regular maintenance.

System problem - Your complex air conditioning systems create amazing cooling comfort, but they also contain components that could malfunction. Some of the problems you could experience include coolant leaks, broken motors, clogged air filters, bent fan blades and blown capacitors. Or you could have an issue with your thermostat.

Whatever the problem you may have in the future, let us take a look now to see how well your system is performing. Get a free energy survey analysis and see if a new system is your best bet for continued comfort.


Is There a Dust Storm in Your Home?

May 2, 2014

It's not that anyone actually likes dust. But those with sensitive respiratory systems respond to it far more poorly than other people do. In fact, they might have a dust allergy. It kicks into gear after a round of vacuuming, sweeping and - yes - dusting. And the allergy signs of runny eyes, nose and sneezing pop up - or even move into asthma symptoms, such as wheezing and shortness of breath.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says there are several things homeowners can do to reduce house dust allergens that are causing problems in your family. For example:

"Dust" is, by the way, a sort of all-encompassing term for a mixture of substances. Under the microscope, the composition could show dust mites, cockroaches and other pests, mold or pet dander. And any of these elements could cause an allergic response. But, of course, the dust in one house may be different from the dust in another.

If you're concerned about the air in your home, we can help. We can conduct a simple indoor air quality analysis to give you the information you need to make good decisions for your family's respiratory health.

Just let us hear from you and we'll tell you lots more.


Who Should You Trust to Check Your Home Systems?

April 7, 2014

If you're like most folks, your home is your most valuable financial asset. The systems that run your home represent a sizeable part of your investment, of course. So you'll only want reputable, qualified and competent contractors to take care of them for you.

When you need service done, many of you ask family, friends and neighbors for names of companies, and that's a great way to check for a sound reputation. You can also take a close look at the testimonials from satisfied customers. Get a sense of how the company presents itself on the Web and in other advertising.

Your trust should grow the more you know. But when there's something in the back of your mind that says you're not sure about what you're hearing, stop and reassess. For example, the Federal Trade Commission says tip-offs to rip-offs from a less-than-reputable contractor could include any of the following: solicits door-to-door; only accepts cash payments; does not list a business number in the local telephone directory; pressures you for an immediate decision; and asks you to pay for the entire job up front.

If you're tired of people touting services that are too good to be true, you're not alone.

That's why for our customers we keep it plain and simple: 24 hour service; 10 year system warranties; hassle-free Maintenance Agreement Plans; "Fixed Right" guarantee; 20% energy savings guarantee; on-time service guarantee; up-front pricing; free energy survey.

If you want your air conditioning to stay reliable all summer long, doesn't it make sense to call a reliable company for your tune-up?

We'd be honored to have you trust your system to us. Let us hear from you.


Making the Connection Between Clean Air and Energy Efficiency

February 25, 2014

Saving on energy pays off - especially when you're talking about keeping your home comfortable. Cooling and heating, after all, accounts for about 56% of the energy used in a typical U.S. home. Therefore, savings in this area can have a significant impact on your household's monthly budget.

An energy efficient system is your starting point. For example, air conditioning and heating systems that have earned the ENERGY STAR® designation help you reduce high energy bills and improve your comfort while protecting the environment.

An airtight home helps too by keeping conditioned air inside your home - and, in warm months, keeping the hot air out.

But what about when saving on energy comes with a price? Airtight homes seal in the air, yes - but they can also seal in pet dander, toxins from household cleansers, cooking smoke, and on and on. An energy efficient home with poor indoor air quality is not a desirable result.

To improve your indoor air quality, you can control or eliminate the sources of your pollutants, as well as ventilate as weather conditions permit. You can also use an "air cleaning device." There are different types of air cleaners, including those that remove particles through mechanical air filters or electronic air filters.

Now - to connect the dots between energy efficiency and clean air - your best bet is an energy efficient home comfort system with a built-in air cleaner.

Want to learn more about how to cool your home and save between 14-22% on energy right away - with the added bonus of a built-in air cleaner that filters up to 99% of airborne contaminants?

Get a free energy survey analysis and find out how it works.


"Who Keeps Messing Around With Your Home's Gas Bills?"

Here's an answer that may shock you. And it's about time you knew...
January 3, 2014

Some things make me mad. Right now, high fuel and energy prices top the list. But really, who likes paying 64% more than just 5 years ago? Oh, it's great that energy companies brag about "windfall profits" and all, but how does that help you and me? I have a home to heat.

Maybe the worst part is feeling like there's nothing you can do about it. But some people can... and did. In fact, a group of pretty smart scientists (who apparently do NOT work at energy companies!) began working on this problem long ago.

You see, the folks over at Bryant were thinking the same thing. They've now developed a Hybrid Home Heating System using the same technology found in today's hybrid cars, reducing your operational costs by 30%-50%. In my business, where a "few" percent savings can put hundreds of dollars in your pocket each year, this is absolutely staggering.

How do they do it? If you don't really care, you can skip this part. If you're the scientific type, you can read this; just don't get mad at me for over-simplifying! So let me say -

WARNING: Potentially Boring, Semi-Scientific Explanation. Just like a hybrid car, the Bryant Hybrid Home Heating System uses two heat sources. The first one, a heat pump, draws free heat from the air outside your home when temperatures are mild. (Whoa. You read right, "free heat.") When a "break even" point is reached, the furnace automatically switches itself to gas heat to warm your home to its fullest. It's seamless, silent and oh-so-comfortable. That's all it takes to create safe, continuous and economical comfort for your home and your family.

Now here's the part I like the best: You're taking control of your utility costs! Not Mideast turmoil or greed or weird weather. And with your new Bryant Hybrid, Stewart (that's me) is giving you 3 more powerful benefits you're going to like...

  • You Can Refuse to Pay for Repairs. That's right. No repair bills for an entire decade. That's because we trust our installation techniques and this Bryant system enough to blanket you with peace of mind for 10 solid years. This includes parts and labor.
  • You Can Refuse to Pay at All! No kidding. Don't pay us for at least 18 months! Not until 2015! And it's only available to you as a qualified customer of Stewart.
  • You Can Demand a Discount! (Man, don't let all this power go to your head!) Seriously though, if you schedule your appointment in the next 8 days, you can get $890 in rebates right off the top. Wow. I urge you not to let this opportunity pass.

Think about this. You can have "warm as toast" heat in your home all year. No matter how high gas prices go, it won't matter much to you! While your neighbors are squawking about "wasting money" on energy (and they will be), you can relax in comfort with utility bills that look like a mistake!

Here's All You Do -

  1. Just fill out this form online, email us at customercare@stewartair.net or give us a call at 925-203-9194. The contact is free. The Energy Survey is free. Finding out more is free. We'll schedule you in as quickly as we can, don't worry. But try to call within the next 8 days for a chance to grab the $890 rebate, okay?
  2. See how much you can pocket in energy savings with a new Bryant Hybrid. Basically, whatever your heating bills were in the past, put about 30% of that in your pocket and let it stay there! Why?
  3. If you want to get one of these Hybrid Systems, just sit back and enjoy with no repair bills for 10 years, and no payments until next year for qualified customers! (Now you know why we're expecting busy signals.)

That's it! Nothing else to do.

The best part? It's up to you! You can take control of your energy prices and home comfort. And you can do it now. Just fill out this form online, email us at customercare@stewartair.net or give us a call at 925-203-9141.


"Hey, I'm freezing in here. Is the furnace even working?"

December 2, 2013

Oh, wow. Here we go again. On the first cool day last winter, we received WAY too many calls from homeowners having problems just like this one. Interestingly,

This common scene is also totally avoidable. They could've just called BEFORE the cold weather set in. That's why I'm glad you're reading this now.

You see, we're off to a warmer than usual start to the season. Because of that, things are a little bit slower, so we're reaching out to our friends and neighbors with a very nice discount on a new heating system or services. Now, before you say, "My old furnace is fine!" check this out:

Remember, as the weather gets colder, it is so busy that there will be NO REASON to discount or extend this offer.

A Little Secret You Should Know:

We make more on repairs than on new systems. Most all service companies do. So, if I were only "out for the money," it'd be smarter to patch your old system a few times, THEN sell you a new one. Yet, I wanted to let you in on a real savings offer that can help you now, and help us stay busy during a brief slowdown.

Look, the call is free. The Analysis is free. The full disclosure of your savings and warranty is free. You get all that for calling a little early, being just a little wiser and faster than those who wait until it's too late.

Just fill out this form online, email us at customercare@stewartair.net or give us a call at 925-203-9141. Schedule an appointment now, so YOU'LL be ready (and toasty warm) when colder days start sneaking up on us.


"Wait and See" Doesn't Really Work"

December 1, 2013

Many people get stuck in a limbo of sorts. They are not sure if their furnace just needs a tune-up, some minor repairs or needs to be replaced altogether. They are so worried about paying too much for something or being talked into buying something they don't really need that they do nothing at all and go with a "wait and see" approach.

This is the perfect time of year to take control of your heating system to ensure you will have nothing to be concerned about (at least, inside your home) when the really cold weather strikes. The "in-between" months are when great deals are offered because once the cold weather sets in, there is really no reason to discount something that can be easily sold at full price.

Don't Whine... Prevent!

Waiting until your furnace dies or is on the brink of death leaves you with nothing but problems. Not only does it leave you, your home and your family freezing until a new furnace can be installed, it also leaves you paying full price for a new furnace so there are no up-front savings. If you purchase a new furnace before the "busy season," there are all kinds of deals to be had.

The first thing you should do is have a heating comfort and energy analysis done on your system. Find out how old it is, what condition it is in, how much energy it consumes while producing heat and what likely repairs or problems will pop up this year. This analysis will give you the answers to questions you did not even know you had.

Once you have verified that it makes sense to replace your old system with a new energy efficient system, find out what warranties are available. Right now, you can get a complete 5-year parts and labor warranty on your new system, meaning you won't spend a penny to repair your new system for 5 years.

The additional bonus of having a new system is the money you save on energy costs each month. Saving money on utilities is never a bad thing. Get started today preventing any cold moments inside your house with a Free In-Home Energy Analysis on your heating system.


Finding A Way to Beat the Energy Increase

November 4th, 2013

It seems each year, things are getting more and more expensive and energy prices are continuously on the rise. Last Winter was no exception. In fact, it was quite shocking just how much energy prices had increased.

With another Winter fast approaching, it's a good time to figure out how to beat the almost certain energy increase this year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical 10 year old furnace will cost you $746 more in energy this year than a new high efficiency heating and cooling system. Just consider how much of your money goes to Energy Companies or Mideast Oil Producers instead of staying in your pocket.

How to Save...

The simplest way to save money overall is to replace your old worn-out unit with a new high efficiency one.

The demand for high efficiency items is increasing and basic economics tells you when supply doesn't meet demand, prices go up. The best time to get a super-efficient heating and cooling system is before the winter price increase. After that, it's only a matter of time before the manufacturers raise prices.

By replacing your unit now, not only will you beat the near-certain price increase on new units later, but you will also save money on energy costs each month.

Another way to be sure you save this winter is to have a Free Energy Analysis done on your home. Your unit may not need replacing right now. You may simply need a trained professional to suggest some free ways to save energy

To schedule your Free Energy Analysis, just fill out this form online, or email us at customercare@stewartair.net or call today at 925-203-9141.


What's Good for Me Is Good for You

There is a lot of focus these days on being healthy and exercising. You would have to be living under a rock to miss the "Organic" signs popping up everywhere. So we get it; put good things in and good things will come out.

A "mild" season in my business means there is a lot of sitting around and not a whole lot of working (definitely not healthy). It can be hard for people to get into the mindset that the cold will come and you will have to turn on your furnace.

Your furnace has been sitting around unused for many months and really does need to be serviced before you turn it on. It's not fun to spend money on a "tune-up" for something you are not really using yet, but choosing not to have it serviced will cost you more money in the long run and may result in a complete system failure. Have you budgeted anywhere from $3,000-$7,000 for a new heating system?

As with our health, if we do not put good things into our furnace, we will not get good things out. It may keep us warm for another year, but not without costing us more on energy bills, potential repairs and blowing allergens that have gathered throughout the summer into our home.

To learn more about how to keep your furnace healthy click here to schedule a tune-up. You can also call Stewart Heating and Air at 925-203-9141 or email us at customercare@stewartair.net.


Finding a Way to Beat the Energy Increase

It seems each year, things are getting more and more expensive and energy prices are continuously on the rise. Last Winter was no exception. In fact, it was quite shocking just how much energy prices had increased.

With another Winter fast approaching, it's a good time to figure out how to beat the almost certain energy increase this year. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical 10 year old furnace will cost you $746 more in energy this year than a new high efficiency Bryant heating and cooling system. Just consider how much of your money goes to Energy Companies or Mideast Oil Producers instead of staying in your pocket.

How to Save. . .

The simplest way to save money overall is to replace your old worn-out unit with a new high efficiency one.

The demand for high efficiency items is increasing and basic economics tells you when supply doesn't meet demand, prices go up. The best time to get a super-efficient heating and cooling system is before the winter price increase. After that, it's only a matter of time before the manufacturers raise prices.

By replacing your unit now, not only will you beat the near-certain price increase on new units later, but you will also save money on energy costs each month.

Another way to be sure you save this winter is to have a Free Energy Analysis done on your home. Your unit may not need replacing right now. You may simply need a trained professional to suggest some free ways to save energy.

To schedule your Free Energy Analysis, just fill out this form online, email us at customercare@stewartair.net or call today at 925-203-9141.


Home Comfort System
Have You Heard the Dark and Dirty Secret. . .

About Your Home Comfort System?

September 9, 2013

A lot of folks in my industry don't really want to talk about the #1 Reason for system failure. But let me give you a hint: when I say it's a "dark and dirty" secret, I do mean dirty!

That's right. It's not age. Or brand. Or weather hazards. Or constant adjustments of the thermostat. Nope. The #1 Reason for system failure is dirt.

When you think about it, it should be no surprise why this reason isn't exactly well-known among homeowners. The fact is, a new system costs thousands of dollars. Yet regular maintenance to prevent system failure is just pennies on the dollar. Get the picture?

So that's why Stewart Heating and Air is making a strong effort to let this secret out of the bag.

At Stewart Heating and Air, we feel it is our ethical duty to show you how to: A) Save money, B) Save time and C) Save you hassle and headaches. And you can help us help you by clicking to schedule our 21-Point "Energy Saver" Tune-Up. Here's why. . .

  • Your system gets fully cleaned, adjusted and reset to factory spec. It's the same principle as servicing your car on a regular basis. It keeps it running in tip-top shape and helps you pinpoint any trouble spots. (A $125 value.)
  • You'll get a carbon monoxide test on your system. This is an odorless gas that puts families in real risk if not detected. (A $55 value, plus a priceless life-saving possibility.)
  • Repair-Free Guarantee. If you need any repairs over the next 90 days after your tune-up, we'll refund every single penny of the tune-up's cost!
  • 100% Return on Investment Guaranteed. Save your tune-up cost in energy usage over the next 90 days (compared to the same period last year), or we'll pay you the difference.
  • Plus, a Free Filter for cleaner, healthier air. ($17 Value)

With all the other extras we throw in, your full service tune-up is a $197 value - that we're offering right now for just $68.

Now that the secret's out, take the logical step in true home comfort. Keep your system maintained and keep it healthy.

Just fill out this form online, email us at customercare@stewartair.net or give us a call at 925-203-9141. It really is that simple!


Energy Audit
This Is One Analysis You'll Actually Like
August 23, 2013

Analysis. This is a term that doesn't sound like much fun. But "analysis" can also have positive connotations - the kind that can save you money and help you be more comfortable. Case in point: a Whole House Energy Analysis.

The Department of Energy says that an energy analysis (also known as a home energy assessment) will show you what parts of your house use the most energy and will suggest the best ways to cut energy costs. Among the areas of assessment: insulation checks, air leak evaluations, appliance and heating/cooling system maintenance and more.

When your analysis is complete, you'll know where your home is losing energy and can make a plan for correction. For your planning, the DOE suggests that you ask yourself a few questions, including:

  • How much money do you spend on energy?
  • Where are your greatest energy losses?
  • How long will it take for an investment in energy efficiency to pay for itself in energy cost savings?
  • Do the energy-saving measures provide additional benefits that are important to you - for example, increased comfort from installing double-paned, efficient windows?
  • How long do you plan to own your current home?
  • Can you do the job yourself or do you need a contractor?
  • What is your budget?
  • How much time do you have for maintenance and repairs?

The first step, of course, is the analysis itself. We can take care of that for you through scientific, professional evaluations that will arm you with the information you need for improving your energy efficiency. To schedule your Whole House Energy Analysis, just call or email, and we'll take care of you.


thermographic inspection
The Definition of Insanity...
August 6, 2013

According to Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

Ever wonder what you could do — or not do — in your home to save money on your energy bills? Saving money is just as important now as it always has been, but it is increasingly more difficult to do.

It seems like with every trip to the grocery store, the prices of even the basics: bread, milk, eggs, fruit and vegetables are rising. So are all of our utilities, but there is something that we can do about that.

What to do:
By having a trained, licensed professional conduct an Energy Analysis of your home, you will have the benefit of knowing what changes you can make, both big and small, to lower your increasing utility bills.

Your technician will also be able to tell you which "high efficiency" heating and cooling system will be the right fit for you, saving you even more money in the long run. The unusually cool temperatures this summer have some of these air conditioners selling at a reduced rate so that's an even bigger incentive to replace your old system and save on energy bills.

Without this valuable service, you will continue to make the same energy mistakes over and over again and nothing will ever change. Your bills will continue to rise and you will continue to wonder why. To schedule your Energy Analysis, call or email and we will be happy to assist you.

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