Dispelling Common HVAC Myths

Dispelling Common HVAC Myths

It’s easy to get advice on how to make your heating and air conditioning units more efficient. However, many of the tips you hear, especially regarding its maintenance and repair, may just be misconceptions. To maximize the potential of your HVAC system, it pays to learn the truth about how to take care of it properly.

Choosing the Best Air Conditioning System for Your Home

Choosing the best AC System for your home

While air conditioning systems come in various designs, all of them share similar working components to cool your home while eliminating heat and moisture. Choosing the perfect one for your needs, however, will depend on several factors, including cost, application, and installation.

Home Humidity and Indoor Air Quality FAQs

Home Humidity and Indoor Air Quality FAQs

From working in an office to staying at home, it’s undeniable that people spend a great deal of time indoors. The problem, though, is that many of them overlook the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pollutant levels inside homes or buildings are two to five times higher than those outdoors. This increases the risks of short and long-term health problems. Read more

Why Is Air Conditioning Essential in Schools?

Why is AC essential in schools?

While air conditioning is not something always related to the learning environment, it actually plays a crucial, albeit indirect role. You might still recall how classrooms used to feel stuffy during the warm months and how you felt sleepy as your teacher droned on. In some cases, you’ve experienced discomfort throughout the day. Turns out, HVAC contractors say that part of these instances are not only caused by poor indoor air quality but unstable temperatures as well.

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Air Conditioning: 5 Parts That Need Prompt Repair and Upkeep

Air Conditioning: 5 parts that need prompt repair and upkeep

As a responsible homeowner, it’s important to pay attention to all aspects of your living space, especially your air conditioning system. Just like your roof and gutters, it requires timely repair and maintenance to improve its efficiency, prolong its service life, and reduce the risks of breakdowns.

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Common HVAC Noises to Be Aware Of

common HVAC noises to aware of

Whether it is a soft hum from the equipment or a whooshing air from the vents, it is normal for your HVAC system to create some noise. After all, it is comprised of various components working together to serve its function. Certain unnatural and disruptive sounds, however, may signify deeper or worse problems. It is important not to ignore them, as they might help you determine if you need repair or even an upgrade.

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IAQ for the New Year: What You Need to Know

New Year IAQ

This coming new year, make it a priority to improve the air quality in your home. Not only will this be good for you and your loved ones, but it can also help improve the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system. Good indoor air quality is important for your health, so don’t neglect this essential characteristic of your indoor space.

Why IAQ Matters

Healthy indoor air quality, or IAQ, is critical to uphold in your home as restricted air flow indoors and/or airborne pollutants can create serious health concerns for you and your family. This is doubly important for those who suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory issues. Read on to learn more about IAQ.

New Year IAQ

If you need help establishing the quality of your home’s indoor air, give the experts at Brody Pennell a call today at 310-836-0606. We can help evaluate and offer solutions that will improve the comfort of your home.



Keep Your Home Clean in 2018 with This Helpful Cleaning Schedule

Home Cleaning Schedule

The new year is finally here, so it’s time to make a resolution to get your home clean and clutter free. We understand that cleaning doesn’t always come easy. But sometimes all you need is a simple to-do list of things to tackle to stay on track. That’s exactly what we’ve created below – a simple checklist to make your cleaning experience more enjoyable.

New Year, New Home Cleaning Schedule

Is a cleaner house on your list of New Year’s resolutions? If so, check out this super handy printable below so you can get 2018 off to a squeaky clean start! This schedule will make it easy and convenient to keep your home clean.

Home Cleaning Schedule

A Clean Home Also Means Clean Air

Clean air is also important for a healthy, happy home. At Brody-Pennell, we have been offering the best indoor air quality solutions for over 50 years. We’re also the only factory authorized Carrier dealer in West Los Angeles, and our NATE certified technicians are ready to help you improve IAQ.

Call us today to learn more: 310-836-0606


How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your HVAC System

When Replace HVAC System

Is your HVAC system on the fritz? Sometimes your system just needs a simple repair, and other times, it makes more sense to replace your home’s HVAC system entirely. So how do you know when it’s actually time to upgrade your system?

Below are just a few signs that it’s time to replace your HVAC system:

You’re experiencing frequent breakdowns.

Have you gotten on a first name basis with your HVAC repairman because your HVAC system seems to be constantly in need of repair? Repair costs can quickly add up, so don’t continue to pay to repair a unit that is going to keep causing you stress and unexpected expenses. If your system is breaking down often, it might be in your best interest to replace the system completely. If your system is constantly malfunctioning, it’s probably not all that energy efficient, which means a new system will help further save you money on energy costs.

Your air conditioner is not energy efficient.

Have you ever looked at the SEER rating of your home’s air conditioning unit? If it has a low SEER rating (anything under 13), then it is more likely than not costing you far more money just to operate than is necessary. Even if your system’s SEER rating is at 13-15, it may be smart to consider an upgrade. Today, federal regulations require that an A/C has a rating of at least 13, but anything over that number means that energy efficiency just increases as the SEER rating increases.

Your HVAC system is over ten years old.

A well maintained HVAC system should last between 10 to 13 years, so if your system is over 10 years old, it probably makes sense to replace it. With the numerous developments in HVAC technology over the past ten years, HVAC systems have only become increasingly more efficient. For that reason, there are a lot of benefits to installing a new HVAC system over hanging onto an older one. Even if your system is still running, you could achieve better energy efficiency, and therefore energy savings, by upgrading to a new model.

Home comfort is compromised.

Is it difficult for your HVAC system to keep your home warm during the winter and comfortably cool during the summer? If so, you could have an aging or incorrectly sized HVAC system on your hands. Whether it’s a sizing issue or simply old age, an ineffective HVAC system cannot appropriately provide you with adequate home comfort. If your system is running continuously, but your home is not comfortable, then it may be smart to consider an HVAC replacement.

You’re paying high repair costs.

If you’ve recently experienced a malfunction in your HVAC system that will require a very expensive fee to fix, then it may be smarter to just invest in a new HVAC system. Before making this call, weigh the cost of the repair against the cost of a new unit and consider the age of your system (how many more years until you’ll just have to replace it anyways). If the repair cost is super high, it may make far more sense financially to just replace it.

Need HVAC Replacement in West Hollywood?

If you live in the West Hollywood area and are considering an HVAC replacement, get in touch with the experts at Brody Pennell. Whether you have concerns about replacing your home’s HVAC system, or if you have questions about the replacement process and would like to speak to one of our expert technicians, we can help. Call us today at 310-836-0606.

How to Get Your HVAC System Ready for the Holidays

Holiday HVAC Maintenance

With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure everything is in your home ready to go—and this includes your HVAC system. All of the holiday hustle and bustle can create extra wear and tear on your system, as your heating and/or cooling units will most likely be working overtime. If you want to make sure that your heating and cooling system is ready to keep you comfortable this winter, you’ll need to show your system some TLC.

Get Your System Ready for the Holiday Season

Prevent any breakdowns during your festivities by following this advice on how to get your HVAC system ready for the holidays.

Holiday HVAC Maintenance

Let Us Help You This Holiday Season

We make it easy to handle HVAC upkeep! We offer maintenance agreements that will make it easy for you to make sure your system is getting the attention it deserves. Visit our maintenance agreements page to learn more.