Planning for Your HVAC Service Visit



A Great HVAC Visit Is Easy With Our Helpful Tips

The seasons are ready to change, and it’s that time of year for maintenance and tune-ups for our HVAC equipment. Turning down the thermostat is a nice side effect of cooler weather and of taking care of your HVAC system will keep it running great for years to come. Our tune-ups offer comprehensive checks, tests, and replenishment of the elements needed for it to run properly. You’ll also want to consider having your heating system checked at the same time to ensure that it’s ready for the winter.

Steps You Can Take to Prepare for Your Tune-Up and Maintenance Visits

If you have anything such as shrubs, trees, or bushes to conceal your outdoor HVAC components, trimming them back a couple of feet helps our technician to work on the system promptly. It also helps to ensure that overgrowth doesn’t interfere during the change of climate. Any debris, excess dirt, or anything else that can be cleaned easily also helps. Changing your filter is easy to forget, but every 30 days saves your HVAC system on wear and tear and can help reduce your energy costs. Health benefits are also possible with HEPA and filters that remove other pollutants. Checking that all vents are open and clear of obstruction also helps to reduce energy costs and improve airflow in the home. These simple steps alone will help us to serve you better and can help keep your family more comfortable this upcoming season.

Gilmore Heating, Air, and Solar for All Your HVAC Needs and Beyond

For over 40 years, we’ve been keeping residents of Southern California comfortable. We keep up with the trends in HVAC and offer you services such as heating and air conditioning repair, installation, plumbing services, and more. If it has to do with keeping your home comfortable, we’ll most likely be able to provide you with our comprehensive services. Check out our seasonal tune-up special, and get in touch with Gilmore Heating, Air, and Solar to schedule your appointment today.

Tips for Healthy Indoor Air



At Gilmore Heating Air and Solar, we dedicate much of our efforts in helping maintain the right temperature in the homes of the Sacramento area. While heating and cooling the air is important, it is also necessary to be concerned about the overall air quality in your home. Especially if there is not enough ventilation, pollutants can linger in the air, affecting your health and quality of life. Here are some thoughts about keeping pollutants to a minimum in your home.

Common Household Pollutants

Every time you enter your home, you may be tracking in a small amount of dust, dirt, and pollen from the outside. Over time, this amount grows, and irritants are stirred up as people walk around the house. VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are even more serious pollutants. Many of the products we use indoors release such compounds into the air supply. The process of making a healthy stir-fry will release small amounts of cooking oil. Beauty and cleaning products also add unwanted chemicals to the air. In addition, household paints and plastics also release small amounts of VOCs as they slowly break down.

Simple Air Quality Solutions

The key to air quality is ventilation. For healthy air, you want an exchange of fresh air from the outside to replace stale air on the inside. This is especially important when you are using products that release VOCs. Make sure to use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms. When possible, open a window when you are using cleaning products or other chemicals in your home.

Professional Solutions

Today, there are excellent professional options to improve the ventilation in your home. Some models can even exchange the heat between outgoing and incoming air to maximize energy efficiency. An air purifier is another option for removing VOCs that are floating in your air, eliminating them as they travel through your ductwork.

If you have questions about the air quality of your home, Gilmore Heating Air and Solar in Placerville has the knowledgeable technicians to help you. We specialize in all aspects of home comfort and maintenance, heating, cooling, solar, plumbing, insulation, and electrical work. We also offer home energy audits. Contact us today for more information.

Are You Using the Terms HVAC and AC Correctly?



You have probably heard the acronym HVAC many times in your life. It’s likely that you have used it yourself, but do you know what it means? Some people confuse HVAC and AC. Let’s discuss what the differences are.

What Does HVAC Stand For?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. When someone says they are an HVAC technician, this means they are skilled in all of these areas, not just one. HVAC techs from Gilmore Heating, Air, & Solar in Placerville, CA can fix your furnace, clean out your vents and install an air conditioner.

What Does AC Stand For?

AC stands for air conditioning. When technicians say they are repairing your AC, they are not going to clean out your vents or change the filter on your furnace. They are simply going to fix your air conditioning unit, whether that is a window unit or a central air system.

Are the Terms Interchangeable?

If you are talking about AC, you are referring to your air conditioning system only. If you use the term HVAC, you could be talking about any part of your heating, ventilation or air conditioning system. When you are talking to technicians about your problem, it is important that you use the correct terminology so that they know what type of problem they are looking for.

What About Heat Pumps?

A heat pump can occasionally cause some confusion because it both heats and cools. In this instance, it seems like you could use either the term HVAC or the term AC depending on the type of unit you are referring to. However, most HVAC technicians consider the term AC to mean systems that are made only for air conditioning rather than both heating and cooling.

We have skilled technicians ready to answer your questions and field techs who can visit your home or business to determine what is causing the problem. If you are experiencing difficulty with any part of your HVAC system, give Gilmore Heating, Air, & Solar a call today.