Holidays Los Angeles

One of the biggest advantages of living in the Los Angeles area is the ability to experience many different events from cultures all over the world. This is especially true during the holiday season when Los Angeles events celebrate everything from Christmas and Hanukah to the Chinese New Year.

Best Winter Events Los Angeles

Whether you’re looking to take your out of town guests to do something they can’t do at home, or just get into the holiday mood, you’ll find something nearby to enjoy. Here are our recommendations for Los Angeles events you should check out this winter:

Partywith, Westfield Santa Anita Mall, Arcadia

A unique experience designed for social media enthusiasts and art lovers alike, Partywith is a collection of 15 different themed areas made to visually dazzle you. If you have friends and family in from other parts of the country, this is a chance for them to see something they aren’t likely to see at home, and document it all over Instagram.

Partywith features what are known as dreamscape installations, featuring neon signs, an infinity rainbow, a giant eggplant, and more unique spaces are the perfect places to take photos for social media sharing. If you prefer to disconnect for a while, the exhibit offers Polaroid cameras to all guests on a first come, first served basis so you can snap photos the old fashioned way as you walk through. The exhibit is open nightly from November 22 to the 26th.

Chinese Lantern Festival, The Fairplex, Pomona

Over 1,000 light installations come together in a more traditional atmosphere at the Chinese Lantern Festival in Pomona. Handcrafted to look like birds of nature, some of the lanterns measure over twenty feet tall. Following a theme that celebrates the distinct areas of the world, the lanterns reflect significant parts of culture from each continent.

Suitable for family members of all ages, The lantern festival lasts until January.  It’s also open on all major holidays, in case you need to get out of the house and walk off the calories from a holiday meal or get some personal space after a stressful Christmas.

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge

One of the best known Los Angeles holiday events, Descanso Garden’s light installation is perfect for those who want to avoid over the top holiday displays set to Christmas Carols. The forest is lit with beautiful colors and neon highlights that make it relaxing and exciting at the same time.

The one-mile walking path passes by multiple large-scale light displays, many of them built with interactive components to dazzle children and adults alike. The exhibit is open nightly until early January, and visitors are welcome rain or shine.

When you come home from activities in the Los Angeles area, you want your home to be comfortable and welcoming. If you’re having issues with your HVAC unit, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning at (310) 896-4911. Our team is on standby 24 hours a day to provide rapid, expert help.

Furnace Repair Issues

Any time your furnace stops working, you may worry that an expensive repair or even a furnace replacement is required. Some homeowners will wait to call a heating and cooling service because they do not want to pay a large repair bill. But there are times that a small issue may be causing the problem, and the corresponding fix can be affordable and quick.

If you’re wondering whether you should call for furnace repair or just wait to see if the problem persists, consider the signs and symptoms you’ve observed and how severe they are. Here are some of the top signs your furnace may need a professional repair:

1. Slow Heating Of The Home

Even if your furnace is working in top condition, it can take time from when you first switch it on to feel the room warming up. If you stand in front of one of the vents and find that little to no heated air is coming through, there may be an issue with the ductwork instead of the furnace. Ducts can become clogged over time, and block the air from coming through.  Older homes may have ductwork that has worn down or was not installed properly that allows air to escape the system.

There are also furnace based issues that can make the home heat slowly. Issues with the furnace wiring can cause the unit to stop working, even after you’ve switched it on several times. If you notice that the unit is constantly restarting throughout the day, or that it stops working after just a few minutes, this can be a sign of a problem that an HVAC professional will need to handle. Replacing the wiring is a quick fix that a qualified HVAC technician can often resolve in just one visit.

2. Bad Smells

A furnace that is working optimally shouldn’t produce any smell along with the air. If you smell burning, gas or another kind of fuel, or smoke, chances are there is an issue with the furnace.  There can be many causes for the smell, from a serious gas leak to dust caught in the unit. The only way to get to the bottom of the issue is to have a professional check the pilot light, burners and gas line to see if there is an issue with one of these key components.

3.  No Heat At All

If your HVAC unit is producing cool air, even when you set the thermostat to a high temperature, there is definitely an issue. It can be compressor, which heats the air, or the blower motor, which pumps the warm air into the ductwork. If you haven’t had seasonal HVAC maintenance done, chances are you may have missed one or more of the signs of this issue along the way.

If you suspect your furnace needs repair, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning at (310) 896-4911. Our team can help you get your furnace back to working condition as fast as possible.

Fall Los Angeles Events

The cool winds are starting to blow and leaves are taking on new tones, signaling that fall is upon us in California. If you’re looking for ways to get into the seasonal spirit, there are plenty of things to see and do near Los Angeles that will help you get in the mood to celebrate. Here are four of the best fall events that you don’t want to miss checking out this Fall:

Annual Fall Harvest Festival

Get into the seasonal mood with a trip to the pumpkin patch, where you can pick your own gourds to take home and carve or just have an extended photo shoot to share on social media. Going into its 21st year of celebrating the season, Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is a popular choice with locals, thanks to the extensive schedule of activities throughout the month.

In addition to tractor rides and a corn maze, there’s often live music and a selection of food vendors serving up old-fashioned favorites like kettle corn and shaved ice. Open from 9 to 6 every day of the week through October, the festival is also budget-friendly, with prices ranging from $5-20 depending on the date.

Dark Harbor At The Queen Mary

If you prefer to celebrate fall with a healthy scare to get you in the seasonal mood, the Queen Mary provides an authentically scary experience. The iconic ship, that is now a floating hotel, has long been rumored to be teeming with ghosts of souls who perished there. In fact, it was named as one of the most haunted places in America.

With mazes with plenty of scary characters inside, live music, and haunted bars, it’s more intense (and fun!) than any horror movie you’ve ever seen. The Queen Mary is located at the port at Long Beach, and Dark Harbor runs until the start of November.

Learn All About Insects At The Natural History Museum

Always an interesting place to visit with tons of interesting information, the Natural History Museum is a must-see for insect lovers this fall, as two of the most complex insects take center stage. Visit the spider pavilion to learn more about our eight-legged friends and see species from all around the world, running now until Nov. 25. While you’re there, you can also visit the newly revamped Dinosaur Exhibit, a world leader in information about the Prehistoric age.

To learn more about the museum’s exhibits, plan your visit, or buy tickets, visit: https://nhm.org/site/.

Oktoberfest

If you want to celebrate in the classic German style, you’re in luck. There are multiple Oktoberfest celebrations in the LA area this year. With some running until the first weekend of November, there’s plenty of time to get your Lederhosen out. In addition to the Downtown LA Oktoberfest, you can travel up to Big Bear to celebrate along the lake, jet over to Burbank, or hit the longest running Oktoberfest in Alpine Village.

Keep Your Los Angeles Home Comfortable this Fall

When you’re done seeing the best Los Angeles and the surrounding areas have to offer in the fall months, you’ll want to return home to a place that feels comfortable and welcoming. If your HVAC unit no longer works to keep your home at the temperature you would like, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning at (310) 896-4911 for fast, affordable repairs.

Fall HVAC Maintenance

Fall can bring unexpected temperatures, with some days rivaling the heat of summer and cool nights that sneak up on you. To stay comfortable during this changing season, it’s important to have a HVAC unit that responds to your commands and works quickly to get your space to the desired temperature.

Maintaining your unit and being sure that all of the inside components work properly is vital during this season, as increased use over the summer is likely to have worn certain parts of the unit down. Below, we will provide some tips to help you keep your unit well-maintained all season long.

1. Monitor energy usage.

If you’ve been using your HVAC system a lot in the summer months, you may have seen your utility bills increase. As the average outdoor temperature drops and you start to use the system less, you should see a decrease in the amount of power your unit is using.

If your utility bills remain high even though you haven’t been using the unit very much, this can be a sign that there is something wrong with the unit, causing it to work more than it should. When this happens, it can point to an issue with the unit itself or a possible tear in the ductwork that carries the cooled air around the home. Keeping an eye on your energy usage will help you better understand when maintenance and repairs are needed.

2. Check for animal visitors.

As the temperature drops, small animals may try to find a warm place to pass the time. They might make their way into the compressor, the outer portion that powers the HVAC system or into the vents and ducts that work with the HVAC system. With sharp teeth and claws, squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, mice, and rats can cause damage to wiring and other vital parts of the HVAC system.

If you hear sounds coming from your attic, check to see if an animal visitor has made themselves a nest. If you find any signs of animals there, access the damage and take the necessary steps to make any necessary repairs. Keep an eye on these areas periodically to avoid any future damage.

3. Change filters to reduce allergens in the indoor air.

Your HVAC system’s filters work to remove dust, dirt, pollutants, and other particles out of the air supply before it is funneled through the home. Increased pollen and dust in the outdoor air as the seasons change can clog the filters. Without a clean filter, the unit won’t be able to stop any allergens in the air from re-circulating, which can cause allergies and asthma to flare up.

Check your filters at least once a month and change when you notice that they have become clogged or dirty. If you live in an area that’s experiencing lots of dust or high winds, you may need to check and change your filter more often to maintain a healthy indoor air quality.

4. Invest in a seasonal HVAC tune-up.

Having an expert inspect your system at the beginning of the season can save you a lot of headaches and expenses down the line. During a fall HVAC checkup, a technician will check all the major components for signs of rust, wear, or damage and alert you to any signs of possible issues with the system.

In addition to checking for repair needs, your technician will also replenish any fluids, make sure the parts are well lubricated, and check the condition of the wiring to avoid short circuits that can shut down the entire unit. This pre-emptive maintenance visit can save you time and money later by alerting you to issues before they become major breakdowns.

Ready to schedule your fall tune-up? We provide service all around the Los Angeles area. Call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning for expert help and affordable repairs: (310) 896-4911

 

Furnace Maintenance

As one of the most important appliances in your home, your furnace plays a vital role in helping you stay comfortable. Replacing your furnace unexpectedly can cost thousands of dollars that you may not have available to spend at a moment’s notice. One of the biggest reasons to stay on top of your furnace’s condition is so you can be prepared for the eventual replacement of the unit and work it into your budget. Here are some of the ways to ensure that your furnace doesn’t break down at an inopportune time.

Have Regular Seasonal Checks Done

If your furnace works every time you turn the heat on, it may never have occurred to you to have scheduled a furnace maintenance visit. But waiting until the furnace breaks down to have an expert look is more expensive and inconvenient than keeping up with routine seasonal maintenance visits. If the furnace breaks down on the coldest day of the year, in the middle of the night, or when you have holiday guests over, you can end up scrambling to call someone for help.

Scheduling a regular fall HVAC tune-up can prevent this from happening, and also provide you with valuable information about the condition of your HVAC unit. During the visit, our HVAC technicians will not only clean and lubricate your system, but they will alert you to any repair needs or let you know if a certain part is worn or on its way out, helping you anticipate your future HVAC needs.

Keep An Eye Out For Symptoms

Even if you don’t have experience with HVAC units, there are obvious signs that a furnace is on its way to breaking down, including:

  • Loud sounds when the unit is running, like banging or whining sounds.
  • Burning or rotten smells when you run the HVAC system.
  • Lack of effective heating or cooling or the system taking a long time to get your home comfortable.

These can be early warning signs of a serious HVAC problem, so it’s vital to call for furnace repair as soon as you hear or see these symptoms. One of our experienced HVAC technicians can assess the severity of the problem and inform you about whether repair is possible or if you’ll need to replace the furnace in the near future.

Rely On An Expert For Help 

Trying to troubleshoot the HVAC unit yourself can be a recipe for disaster. If you aren’t familiar with how to maintain an HVAC unit, you can end up creating issues with the components and causing the unit to shut down while trying to perform furnace maintenance.

With years of training, a qualified technician can easily spot elements that need replacing and major components that are likely to wear out soon. Replacing these elements before a problem occurs is one of the best ways to prevent larger issues from occurring with your furnace.

Quality Los Angeles Furnace Repair

If you need help keeping your furnace in top shape, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning at (310) 896-4911. We provide regular furnace maintenance and seasonal HVAC tune-ups to help keep your home comfortable.

HVAC Rebates

If you’ve been putting off buying a new HVAC unit or maintaining your current unit because you just can’t afford it, fall is the right time to finally buy a new heating and cooling systems. Many companies offer cash back rebates and incentives to encourage you to purchase a new system or keep your current unit as efficient as possible.

If you want to get the best deal on a brand new HVAC system, you’ve come to the right place. Brody Pennell is currently offering a variety of current specials and rebates that are perfect for smart shoppers who want to purchase a new heating and cooling system while taking the opportunity to save big. Below are some details on our latest and greatest HVAC rebates and deals.

How Do HVAC Rebates Work?

You may be wondering how exactly HVAC rebates work. A rebate is a cashback offer that you are entitled to after purchasing a certain HVAC unit. Rebates might be offered by a manufacturer as an incentive to buy their brand, or they may be offered by the government or a utility company to incentivize you to buy a more energy efficient unit. Rebates are subject to certain terms and conditions, so it’s important to get more information about certain HVAC rebates to understand which rebates you are eligible for.

Los Angeles HVAC Rebates

Right now, Brody Pennell is helping our customers save big with two special rebates that are currently available for Los Angeles homeowners who purchase a new HVAC unit:

  • The Carrier Cool Cash rebate is available until November with the eligible purchase of a Carrier unit. These rebates can save you up to $1,650 depending on the unit you buy. Carrier HVAC rebates are easy to submit online, so you can get the cash back as fast as possible.
  • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is also offering rebates for LADWP customers that help offset some of the costs of keeping their AC units in top shape. This includes up to $1,200 instant rebate with the purchase of an ENERGY STAR high-efficiency HVAC system. LADWP’s AC Optimization Program also provides a free central air conditioner tune-up through Brody Pennell and a free, smart learning thermostat. Restrictions apply. Visit https://www.ladwpactuneup.com/ for more details.

What are my HVAC financing options?

Even with these rebates and incentives, it can be hard to come up with thousands of dollars to buy a new unit. Instead, HVAC financing options can help you buy a new unit while prices are low, allowing you to pay a low monthly payment over time instead of trying to come up with the funds all at once.

At Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning, we have financing options to help you secure the unit you want at the best possible price. We have interest free options to allow you enough time to pay for the unit without paying a ton of interest or fees, only the purchase price of the unit. Our flexible financing is designed to help customers who may not qualify to get financed in another way.

If you’re ready to get a high-quality HVAC unit at a low price, contact us today. We can inform you about all of the current HVAC system rebates and specials to help you save as much as possible.

 

HVAC FInancing

Most finance gurus recommend having at least six months worth of household expenses saved for a rainy day, but this goal seems a little lofty for most people. The unexpected news that a home needs a new HVAC unit can be devastating for homeowners who don’t have a lot of money saved up for a rainy day. A new HVAC unit can cost thousands of dollars, which can impact the average person’s finances.

The good news for homeowners who do not have a large amount in savings is that many HVAC companies offer financing to help you pay for a new HVAC system in affordable monthly installments. However, before signing up for one of these financing agreements, there are a few things you should consider.

1. Interest Rate and Terms

Just like any other loan you might take out, such as a car loan or a line of credit, financing your AC unit can result in you paying much more than the purchase price over the life of the loan. Though you may need a new unit, you don’t want to get into a finance agreement that will end up with you losing money on the transaction.

Before signing on to finance the unit, make sure the company is offering a competitive interest rate and a reasonable amount of time for you to pay the loan back. You also want to be sure that there are no severe fines for making late payments or increases in the interest rate as time goes on.

2. Monthly Payment Options

Working with a small finance company that only takes payment via check or in person in their office is an inconvenience that is likely to get on your nerves over the months. If you’ve got a busy life, taking time out to make payments is not high up on your list of things to do. Look for a company that makes it easy to pay your HVAC financing each month without going out of your way. An online portal is by far the easiest way for you to make your monthly payment without having to leave the home or mail anything.

3. Incentives for Buying Energy Efficient Unit

Buying an energy efficient air conditioner helps you reduce your impact on the environment while also decreasing your monthly utility bills. But these systems can also come with some special incentives at the time of purchase. Some companies will give better financing terms for customers who are buying green friendly units or allow the customer a longer time to pay the unit off. These incentives can make it much easier to purchase an energy efficient unit

If you need HVAC financing to get a new unit into your home, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning at (310) 896-4911. We offer 18-month financing at a zero percent interest rate to make it easy for every customer to afford the unit they need.

energy efficient HVAC

If you’re shopping for a new AC unit, one of the big questions you’ll have to answer is whether or not you want to purchase a high-efficiency unit. An energy efficient HVAC unit can be more expensive than a conventional unit, and you may wonder if the extra expense is worth it.

While you will get the satisfaction of knowing you are reducing your carbon footprint, going green can mean putting out more money up front in order to save in the long run. Energy efficiency can save you money, but it can take some time to see these returns in reduced utility costs. Below, we’ll cover the different considerations you’ll need to make when deciding if an energy efficient HVAC system is right for you.

How Do Energy Efficient HVAC Units Work?

High-efficiency units use the same general setup as traditional air conditioners, but they usually operate on a high-efficiency motor. This kind of motor takes less power to cool the air and release it into the home. An energy efficient unit like the Carrier Infinity system has a higher SEER rating, which means that it uses less energy than a conventional system to cool the same amount of air.

The average Carrier Infinity has a SEER rating between 16 and 21, making them ultra-efficient. This results in a lower utility bill because you pay the power company for the amount of wattage you use. In fact, switching to an energy efficient unit can save you up to fifty percent on your home heating and cooling costs because of the reduced power consumption.

Smart Controls Make It Easier to Stay Energy Efficient

One way to make sure you reduce your energy consumption as much as possible is to use a smart or programmable thermostat with your high-efficiency HVAC system. Smart controls for your HVAC system can help you stay on top of your utility usage at all times.

On a typical day, you may notice that it is too cold inside your home and make a mental note to turn it down, but get distracted or busy. Before you know it, hours have passed with the cold air blowing for no good reason. Smart controls allow you to change the temperature, even if you aren’t at home. So if you leave the house and forget to turn the thermostat up, and you’re going to be gone all day, you don’t have to worry about the HVAC running for no reason. You can simply adjust it through the website or app.  Or you can program the thermostat ahead of time to raise the temperature at home when you know no one will be home, like when you are at work and the kids are at school.

Energy-Efficient HVAC in Los Angeles

With smart controls in place and an efficient unit inside the home, you’ll start to see lower energy usage and costs on your bill.  Remember, even high-efficiency units require regular maintenance and care to keep working. But these systems are definitely worth it if you’re looking for ultimate home comfort and energy efficiency.

If you need expert help with your unit, call Brody Pennell Heating and Air Conditioning today at (310) 896-4911 to schedule an appointment.

Commercial HVAC Financing

Though your HVAC system may be the last thing on your mind as a business owner, your heating and cooling units play an important role in keeping your employees productive and customers happy. If your heating and cooling equipment starts to fail, you’ll need to replace the system fast. With all of the expenses that come along with owning a business, it may be hard to find the cash-on-hand to purchase a new HVAC unit, especially if you weren’t prepared for the breakdown.

That’s where commercial HVAC financing comes in. Whether you experience a sudden breakdown or want to replace an HVAC unit that doesn’t work well, as a commercial property or business owner, you need to have an affordable option for purchasing a new heating and cooling unit for their building or office in your moment of need. Below, we’ll discuss the benefits of using commercial HVAC financing and how you can take advantage of it.

Benefits of Commercial HVAC Financing

If you own a business, then you know how each and every dollar makes a difference. One way to save money and keep costs low involves taking advantage of the incredible financing options for a new HVAC unit. Here are just a few of the benefits of commercial HVAC financing:

Ability to Pay Over Time

Given the high cost of purchasing a new AC unit or heating system, it can be a very difficult decision to make. If you don’t have the money up-front, you may be tempted to purchase a cheaper unit, which may not give you the heating or cooling power you need. If you decide to finance your system, you could reap the benefit of low monthly payments while still getting the best system for your office or commercial building.

Afford the System You Need

When shopping around for a new heating or cooling system, you might not be able to afford the system you really need. Depending on the size of your commercial space and the number of employees you have, you might need a very large system with multiple capabilities. If the system you need is just too expensive, financing can help. With low monthly payments and cost-effective interest rates, you can get the right HVAC system for your space that will last for years.

Possible Promotional Offers

When it comes to financing an HVAC system, many companies offer special promotional offers. From 0% APR to thousands off the price of a new unit, many companies offer exceptional deals when purchasing a new system with financing. Not only can you rest easy with low monthly payments, you can also benefit from incredible promotional offers!

Financing With GreenSky Financing

GreenSky Financing offers affordable financing options for business owners in need of a new HVAC system. No matter what financing situation your business is in, GreenSky Financing has a wide variety of plans to best suit your needs. Furthermore, customers are frequently given high credit lines so they can afford the system they really need. In addition, the application process is simple, fast, and stress-free.

Learn More About Commercial HVAC Financing

Are you ready to purchase a new HVAC system for your commercial building or office? At Brody Pennell, we offer commercial HVAC financing options for businesses in the Los Angeles area and beyond. With the ability to pay over time with affordable interest rates, you can now afford the system you’ve always wanted. Call us today to learn more about your commercial financing options for a new HVAC system: (310) 896-4911.

HVAC Maintenance Plan

Have you heard the old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”? This is especially true when it comes to items around your household, like your  HVAC system. A single broken component in your air conditioner or heating unit can end up costing you hundreds of dollars to replace. If this occurs around a holiday or after you have taken on extra expenses, the cost of this repair can be a burden on you and your family.

Instead of letting a broken down unit or replacement need take you by surprise, you can prepare yourself by knowing the condition of your HVAC system and its parts. One good way to do this is with an HVAC maintenance plan. Not only does a maintenance plan help you keep your system well-cleaned and lubricated, but it will also give you the chance to have your equipment inspected by an HVAC professional.

How Does an HVAC Maintenance Plan Help Save You Time and Money?

Regular inspections as part of an HVAC maintenance plan can help you be aware of the condition of the inside of the unit and anticipate the need to replace key components that may be close to wearing out. Having a technician take a regular look at your unit allows them to monitor the condition of these components and spot potential breakdowns that may threaten the life of the unit. With a trained eye, an expert can see the wear and tear that can contribute to key parts breaking down over time. Fixing or replacing these parts before they have a chance to fully wear out can save you the hassle of having to make an emergency repair call in the middle of the night.

An HVAC maintenance plan also helps ensure that your system gets the TLC it needs to continue running optimally. As part of your maintenance visit, a trained HVAC technician will not only inspect your unit for issues but also clean and lubricate your system’s parts to keep it running smoothly. The more smoothly and efficiently your system operates over time, the more money you can save on operational costs over time. Not to mention, this routine maintenance care can even extend the life of your unit, meaning you won’t need a new AC or heater right away.

What Does an HVAC Maintenance Plan Include and How Does It Work?

As part of a regular HVAC maintenance plan, a qualified HVAC technician will visit your home or business on a regular schedule to check on the condition and function of the unit. He or she will inspect the quality of vital parts and take note of any issues with key components. During this check, the technician can change the filter in your AC system and perform any small repairs that will improve the overall function of the unit.

As we mentioned before, this helps to prolong the lifespan of the unit. But it also helps keep you in compliance with any manufacturers warranty you may have on the unit in case the need arises to make a claim. Keeping the unit in optimal shape also helps to ensure you get the most effective operation out of the heating and cooling system, which keeps your utility costs down.

If you’re interested in getting an HVAC maintenance plan for your home or business, contact Brody Pennell Heating & Air Conditioning today. We offer maintenance plans for every budget and schedule. Our HVAC technicians have the experience and knowledge to keep your unit in good condition for many years to come. Call us now to learn more: (310) 896-4911.