Welcome to our blog where we share ongoing HVAC news and tips for homeowners. We also share articles pertaining to everyday home improvement. Check back often to stay up to date with the latest home improvement and HVAC advice!


Feb 21 2018

How Dirty Ductwork Could Be Compromising Your Health

It is pretty easy to overlook the ductwork of your air conditioning system. It’s important, however, to include it in your home maintenance plan. Although keeping your ducts clean has not actually been proven to prevent health problems, leaving it dirty can become a possible source of pollutants in your living space, which do facilitate illnesses. (more…)

Jan 30 2018

What Makes Up a Heating and Air Conditioning System?

Your HVAC system not only keeps your home comfortable, but it also helps keep your indoor air clean. Given its crucial job, it pays to know the basics. This way, you can detect problems faster, letting your technician repair it in record time. Doing so will prevent premature wear and tear and even costly breakdowns later on. Below, we’ll break down each of your HVAC system’s crucial parts so that you better understand how your furnace and air conditioner work.

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Jan 25 2018

Causes of Heating and Air Conditioning Breakdowns During Winter

Keeping your HVAC system in the best condition is important, especially during winter. After all, it is working around the clock to keep you and your family comfortable. With that said, it is important to take proactive steps to keep your HVAC system from breaking down. Otherwise, it might leave you in an inconvenient and even risky situation once it sustains damage.

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Jan 18 2018

Heating and Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

Proper care is vital in every part of your home, especially your residential HVAC system. Doing regular tune-ups, for one, helps your HVAC system last longer, perform more efficiently, and consume less energy over time. Routine inspections also let you keep track of the system’s overall health. Not only will routine maintenance spare you from emergency breakdowns that require new installation, but it will also save you money in the long run.

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Dec 20 2017

Want a Cleaner House in the New Year? Use this 2018 Cleaning Schedule

The new year is upon us and with the start of a new year, it’s a great time to think about making the most of your living space—and that starts with keeping it clean! Fortunately, we’ve got a helpful guide that will make your life a little easier while doing so.

Your 2018 Home Cleaning Guide

Want to keep a cleaner house in 2018? Keep your home effortlessly clean with this handy printable sheet that will help direct you through the cleaning process all year long.

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Don’t Forget Your Ductwork!

Cleaning doesn’t stop at just the places you can see. There’s likely dirt lurking in your home’s ductwork as well. Dust, pollen, animal dander and other pollutants are drawn into your ducts each time your HVAC system runs and can build up over time, causing a big problem for the cleanliness of your home’s indoor air. Call us today to learn more about how duct cleaning can help you! 775-800-5500

Dec 29 2017

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home Comfort

With 2018 just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you can do things differently in the new year. While losing weight, quitting smoking, or exercising more often may be on your list of resolutions, it’s important to also consider how you can make your home more comfortable in the new year. Below, we’ve put together a helpful list of home comfort resolutions that you can adopt for a happier, healthier home in 2018.

Home Comfort New Year’s Resolutions

Not sure how to improve your home comfort in the new year? Use the resolutions below as a starting point for creating a healthier and more comfortable home environment in 2018:

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Get Help with Home Comfort

Do you need help determining which indoor air quality services or HVAC systems are right for your home environment? The home comfort experts at Sierra Air are standing by to help you find the right products and services for your home comfort needs. We also offer our customers the opportunity to join the Sierra Air Home Comfort Club, which makes home comfort easy and affordable with a convenient HVAC maintenance service agreement and exclusive member discounts.

For more information about which products or services might be right for you or to join our Home Comfort Club, call us today: (775) 800-5500.

Oct 25 2017

4 Reasons to Consider Adding an Air Purifier to Your Home

If you’re concerned about the quality of your home’s indoor air, then you may want to consider adding an air purifier to your home. There are a variety of different air purifiers on the market today, but essentially they all accomplish one very similar task: to clean and purify your air. Depending on which model you buy, your mileage may vary, but all air purifiers can add some benefit to your home’s indoor air.

Why You Should Buy an Air Purifier

Are you on the fence about buying an air purifier? Below we have listed 4 common reasons why homeowners may consider adding an air purifier to their home.

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Need an Air Purifier in South Lake Tahoe?

If you meet any of the criteria above, or are interested in improving your home’s indoor air quality, then an air purifier might be right for you. To find out what types of air purifiers Sierra Air offers for your home in the South Lake Tahoe Area, give us a call or check out our Air Cleaner product page for more information. We’re here to help you achieve the cleanest air possible at home! Call us today: (888) 686-4809

Oct 25 2017

3 Home Storage Tips to Reduce Clutter and Keep Your Space Cleaner

Do you wish that you had more storage space in your home? Unfortunately, the longer that you live in a house, the more stuff you acquire over time. Though you can certainly go through these items and toss or donate what you don’t use, sometimes you’re still left with a lot of stuff that has no place to go.

That’s when it’s time to get creative. Whether you are living in a small space and need to make more room or you just want to keep your home more organized, you can benefit from implementing a few easy storage solutions to reduce clutter in your home and keep your space cleaner.

Below are 3 fun and creative home storage tips that will help you find a place for everything:

  1. Use rolling storage under your bed.

If you have empty space under your bed, this is a perfect place to store items such as blankets, linens, children’s toys, craft supplies, etc. If you want to go the simple route, you can purchase affordable plastic organizers with wheels that will easily slide underneath your bed. If you are looking for a more stylish option, try making your own DIY under bed storage with some of these tutorials from Pinterest.

  1. Got empty wall space? Store items in hanging bins.

If you don’t seem to have any more closet or storage space but need to organize some items, hanging bins make a great addition to your kitchen, bathroom, or office. You can use these containers to store craft or office supplies, kitchen tools, or toiletries like cotton balls and cotton swabs. If you are feeling crafty, you can make your own storage bins out of any small containers that are sturdy and the right size. If you don’t feel like making your own, you can purchase hanging storage bins like these from Amazon.

  1. Build a sliding pantry.

When it comes to storage, you need to use all your space wisely. The small space between your fridge and the wall is a prime area for placing a sliding pantry where you can organize and store all your canned goods and slide back into place when you’re done. You can make your own sliding pantry out of wood. Put your own creative twist by painting the sliding pantry or including a fun wall paper print on the inside. Don’t forget to include a handle for easy use!

You can use the tips above for smarter storage and a cleaner home space. Remember, keeping your home clean and uncluttered is important for your family’s health and happiness. For more tips on how to keep your home clean and safe for your family, including indoor air quality tips, be sure to read our blog each month and follow us on Facebook.

 

Oct 15 2017

4 Surprising Ways that Paint Can Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

If you’re thinking about selling your home, you may be looking for ways to improve its curb appeal to attract new buyers. Even if you aren’t looking to sell soon, you may still be looking for ways to create a more welcoming environment for friends, family, and other guests. There are many easy ways that you can improve the curb appeal of your home and make it look fresh and up-to-date. In fact, you may be surprised at just how many ways paint can be used to improve your home’s curb appeal.

Here are 4 of the top ways that you can use paint to improve the look of your home:

  1. Freshen up the paint on your front porch.

The porch is often one of the first things that people see when they enter your home. However, as the paint on your porch peels or flakes, it may start to give the wrong first impression, especially to potential homebuyers. Giving your porch a fresh coat of paint can help you update your entrance and create a more welcoming environment.

  1. Rethink the paint on your garage doors.

If your garage doors are the standard white, it can make your home look a bit dull. Why not try putting on a fresh coat of paint in a new color or even a nice stain? If you want to get more creative, you may even consider adding accent pieces. By changing the paint on your garage doors, you can add a pop of color that’s not only refreshing but stylish.

  1. Paint your siding.

Many homeowners forget all about their siding. However, this can really start to make your home look outdated or dirty. You can add a fresh coat of paint to your siding to help give your home a quick makeover. Or, if you want a new look, consider painting your siding a different color. You can coordinate with the color of your door or shutters to help add a nice accent.

  1. Change the color of your front door.

If you want to make a change to your home that’s quick and affordable, why not try changing the color of your front door? This is one of the most dramatic, yet simple changes you can make to the exterior of your home to give your house an updated and stylish look.

Curb appeal isn’t the only thing that will help increase your home’s worth. Many new homebuyers are looking for a home that is as close to move-in ready as possible, which includes a working HVAC system. Whether you plan on selling this year or five years from now, it’s important to consider the condition of your HVAC system and keep it regularly maintained to ensure that it works smoothly for years to come.

If you furnace or AC repair in Nevada or California, you can trust the experts at Sierra Air to help ensure that your HVAC system is running smoothly year-round. Give us a call today to schedule a maintenance visit or repair service: (775) 800-5500.

Sep 15 2017

5 Autumn Home Maintenance Tips

Fall is a great time to get started with some very important maintenance tips in and around your home. Here we’ve listed 5 smart fall home maintenance tips that you’ll want to check off your list this season.

Autumn Maintenance Tips for Home

1) Schedule a maintenance appointment with an HVAC specialist, such as Sierra Air, to have your system inspected and tuned up for the upcoming heating season. Maintenance visits are an inexpensive way to ensure that your HVAC system is functioning effectively and efficiently all year long. It’s also important to change your air filter in your HVAC system–so, if you haven’t done that in a while, do so now. It’s smart to change filters every other month; and, if you have pets, consider changing them even more frequently, checking monthly for buildup. If your HVAC system includes an in-built humidifier, have the HVAC contractor replace that filter as well.

2) Inspect your attic for adequate and properly installed insulation. To add attic insulation, unroll the insulation so that the paper side is facing out and place small pieces of insulation between the joists on the attic floor, making sure you don’t step in between the joists. Be sure when installing insulation, that the vapor barrier is facing down toward the house, rather than up towards the roof. Incorrectly installed insulation could trap moisture in the home, which creates water problems and potential damage to your home. To be extra sure this doesn’t occur, cut small slits in the vapor barrier so that any accumulated moisture can escape.

3)  Take care of any leaves in your yard immediately by raking up the thick layers of leaves that settle on lawn surfaces. Leaves that become wet and left on your lawn can suffocate all living grass below and cause your grass to die, as well as invite pests to infest your lawn. Make it a habit to rake or blow leaves off of your lawn as soon as they fall. Place raked leaves in a compost pile or use as a mulch or a winter cover for flower beds, as they are an excellent source of nutrients.

4)   Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure that they have working batteries. This is a simple, but very important task to do, as both of these detectors can save lives and shouldn’t be overlooked. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, it’s wise to consider adding one to your home, especially if you have gas or oil burning appliances in your house. Carbon monoxide is an odorless invisible byproduct of burning oil or natural gas, and can be deadly if allowed to accumulate in the home. Install detectors near potential sources of carbon monoxide, and also so that you can hear the alarm sound while sleeping.

5) Check your home for air leaks and drafts and seal up any cracks with caulk. Check specifically around window and door frames, trim and siding, and any place that wires or pipes enter the home from the outside. This will help not only prevent cold drafts from entering into the home, which will cut down on winter heating costs, but it will also prevent moisture from invading your home.

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