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Make Radiant Floor Heat a Part of Your Capitola or California Bay Area Remodeling Plans

Many homeowners and contractors find that spring in Capitola and the California Bay area is the perfect time to begin remodeling projects or construction on a new home.  Because radiant floor heating cannot be added to a home at just any time (it must be added while flooring is being installed), our Capitola heating technicians  encourage springtime remodeling contractors and homeowners to consider the many benefits of a floor heating system before their opportunity for easy radiant heat installation has passed.

Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating in Capitola & the California Bay Area

  • Cold floors become a thing of your past.  Imagine if all of the floors in your home were the perfect temperature.  This means no stepping out of the shower onto icy tiles, no dashing across a chilly kitchen floor, and no need to wear slippers around the house all the time.
  • Radiant heating will add value to your home.  If you choose to sell your home in the future, prospective buyers will be impressed by the added luxury.  The added feature of radiant floor heating simply makes your home worth more because it can be enjoyed for years to come.
  • Radiant floor heat is energy efficient.  You can enjoy the comfort of a warm, comfortable home while enjoying energy savings as well.  You’ll save money on your heat bills while also helping the environment through energy conservation.
  • California Radiant offers a variety of radiant floor heating options and can help you choose the option that is the best fit for your      home.  Choose from:

Baseboard Heating

Hydronic Floor Heating

The heating contractors at California Radiant  are excited to work with both homeowners and contractors this spring on radiant floor heating projects!  If you want to learn more, or think that radiant floor heating is an excellent idea for your remodeling project or new build home in Capitola, contact California Radiant today!

For testimonials and information about our company, products, and services, click here to visit us on the web. We serve Aptos, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Capitola, Carmel, Felton, La Selva Beach, Los Gatos, Monterey, Rio del Mar, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and Watsonville in Western California.

Save Energy in the California Bay area with a Programmable Thermostat

For this Valentine’s Day, our heating technicians didn’t want to tell you about the sappy romance movies that they secretly enjoy, nor the glitter glue they’ve secretly applied to construction-paper valentines.  So, for their privacies’ sake, we’ve decided to talk about the heating product that they love the most—the energy-saving thermostat!  Here’s why our Bonny Doon heating contractors’  hearts beat a little faster when they get to install a programmable thermostat.

Benefits of Energy-Saving Thermostats in Bonny Doon & the California Bay Area

-You can control the temperature of your home without constantly having to physically change the setting.  You can easily program your thermostat to meet your heating or cooling needs throughout the varying hours of the day and days of the week.  At work from 9 to 5?  Asleep from 10 to 7?  Allow your HVAC system to work less during the times when you don’t need the temperature to be just right.

-When you save energy, you save money!  Because your heating unit or AC unit isn’t working overtime when you’re not even home, you use less energy, and therefore decrease your utility bills.

-Many programmable thermostats can be adjusted remotely.  This means you can alter the temperature of your home when you’re not even there via your phone or a computer!

-New energy-saving thermostats can actually determine and implement the best plan for energy savings!

At California Radiant, we install Nest and Ecobee thermostats because they utilize the latest technologies and provide the greatest convenience to our Bonny Doon customers.  We can help you to choose the right energy-saving thermostat for your home, and our heating technicians are confident you’ll love them just as much as we do!  Also, if you have radiant floor heat and are worried a malfunctioning thermostat could be costing you money, give California Radiant a call for a thermostat repair!

For testimonials and information about our company, products, and services, click here to visit us on the web. We serve Aptos, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Capitola, Carmel, Felton, La Selva Beach, Los Gatos, Monterey, Rio del Mar, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and Watsonville in Western California.

 

Hiring a Licensed and Insured Heating Company in Carmel, CA

Imagine if you paid in full up-front for a heating project, but before the heating contractor was done, he skipped out and you couldn’t get a hold of him.  Imagine if you paid a small fortune to have a heating repair done, only to have your heating system break down a couple of weeks later.  These are the unpleasant situations that can be avoided by taking the time to choose a qualified heating technician to work at your Carmel, CA home The question is, how do you choose a heating technician that won’t leave you in a bind?  How do you make sure your money spent on a heating repair or heating installation is money well spent?  Well, at California Radiant, we think there are three important things to consider when choosing a California Bay area heating company.

1.      Are the heating technicians licensed and insured?  A heating contractor should have a license.  If he doesn’t have a license there is no way for you to know if he has the experience and knowledge needed to perform a heating service properly.  A heating contractor should also be insured.  If he isn’t insured that means that you could end up being liable if he becomes injured while on the job at your home.

2.      How long has the heating company been around?  Preferably, you want to find a heating technician at a reputable, established company.  This way if you have any issues going forward, you will be able to easily contact the heating company.  If you hire a heating technician who simply works out of a van, you may never be able to reach him again after he leaves your home.

 3.      Is the heating technician insistent on receiving a full payment before he begins the work?  While you do want to know the cost of a heating repair or heating installation up-front, you should never have to pay in full before the heating contractor begins work.  Always be wary when a heating technician insists that you pay in advance because he may bail out on the project before completion or do a dissatisfactory job.

At California Radiant we don’t want you to ever have an unpleasant experience with a heating company because we believe people deserve the quality workmanship that they pay for.  At California Radiant our licensed and insured heating technicians are among the best in the California Bay area, performing a variety of heating services including radiant floor heat installation and repair, boiler repair, and radiator repair.  If you need heating service in the California Bay area, we hope you’ll give us a call!

For testimonials and information about our company, products, and services, click here to visit us on the web. We serve Aptos, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Capitola, Carmel, Felton, La Selva Beach, Los Gatos, Monterey, Rio del Mar, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and Watsonville in Western California.

Boilers vs. Forced Air Heating Systems: Finding Efficiency in California Bay area

When choosing a heating system for your California Bay area home, California Radiant recommends that you consider more than just the upfront cost of the heating unit.  Because you’ll be using your heating system for years to come, you must consider the heating maintenance costs and the energy usage costs as well.  When deciding between a boiler  and a forced air heating system, there is no right choice for everyone.  You should consider the particulars of each heating method to determine which will provide the heat you require at the most reasonable price.

The Facts about Boilers for California Bay Area Residents:

  1. Boilers can be used in combination with a radiant heating system.
  2. Most of the heat generated reaches the rooms of your home, allowing boilers to be very efficient.
  3. With some additional investment, you may be able to use your boiler as a water heater as well.
  4. Boiler systems operate best using natural gas as their fuel.  If natural gas isn’t available in your area, you may have to use propane or electricity, and both of these options will end up costing you more.

The Facts about Forced Air Heating Systems for California Bay Area Residents:

  1. Having a heating technician install the ductwork and diffusers needed for a forced air heating system can be expensive, but many homes already have everything in place.
  2. Heating maintenance on a forced air heating system is fairly simple.  For example, swapping out the air filter from time to time will be pretty easy.
  3. Duct cleaning may be necessary because a buildup of dust, dirt, and allergens within your ductwork could end up causing unwanted materials to enter your home in the heated air.
  4. Heat is oftentimes lost as it travels through cold ducts.  It also can escape through leaks in the ductwork.  Duct sealing is an option to help rectify this problem.

At California Radiant our goal is to help you to find the best heating options for your particular home.  The facts listed above about boilers and forced air heating systems are just to help get you started; our heating technicians are happy to answer your questions and provide you with details on all of the latest heating products that might be the right fit for your home.

            California Radiant  is committed to excellent customer service. Our technicians are standing by to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have with our products and systems, and we stand behind each job that we perform. We guarantee that you will be happy with your service or we’ll make things right.

For testimonials  and information about our company, products, and services, click here  to visit us on the web. We serve Aptos, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Capitola, Carmel, Felton, La Selva Beach, Los Gatos, Monterey, Rio del Mar, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and Watsonville in Western California.

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Radiant Floor Heating in the California Bay Area

We do a lot to make our California Bay area homes cozy and comfortable year round.  We spend hours, days, or even weeks trying to decide which curtains to buy, which sofas will be the best fit for the living room, and which pillows and blankets will keep us the most snug at night.  And yet, some of us still dash across cold kitchen floors, dread the moment our feet must step from the bathtub to the chilly tile, and rely on slippers to keep our piggies warm in the evening.

At California Radiant we can take your home’s comfort to the next level.  With radiant floor heating you can have warm floors throughout your home no matter how chilly the weather gets outside.  We offer both electric floor heating and hydronic (water-powered) floor heating, and can help you choose the option that will work best in your home.  The advantages of radiant floor heating are numerous, but a lot of times our heating contractors find that homeowners aren’t even familiar with the option, so we wanted to share some of the benefits with you.

Benefits of Radiant Floor Heating in California Bay Area Homes

  • Your floors will be kept at a comfortable, warm temperature.  This means that you won’t need to wear shoes, socks, or slippers in the house.  Go barefoot if you like!
  • Radiant floor heat will support your home’s warmth, lowering your heating bill.
  • Our radiant floor heating systems are environmentally friendly and energy efficient!
  • Radiant floor heating can be installed in any home, and our expert heating technicians use minimally invasive installation techniques.
  • Your home will have an added luxury that you, your family, and all your guests can enjoy for years to come!

If you’re ready to make cold tiles and cold feet a thing of your past, California Radiant is here to help.  Our heating experts will help you to choose the radiant floor heating system that will turn your California Bay area home into a place of luxury and warmth!

California Radiant  is committed to excellent customer service. Our technicians are standing by to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have with our products and systems, and we stand behind each job that we perform. We guarantee that you will be happy with your service or we’ll make things right.

For testimonials and information about our company, products, and services, click here to visit us on the web. We serve Aptos, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Capitola, Carmel, Felton, La Selva Beach, Los Gatos, Monterey, Rio del Mar, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and Watsonville in Western California.

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Boiler Retrofits in the California Bay Area

In the California Bay area, boiler retrofits  are becoming more common and popular. Sometimes it isn’t necessary to replace your boiler. It may make more sense to repair and customize your boiler so it becomes more efficient and modernized. When you modify your boiler by changing its fuel type, adding newer electronics, or change its output abilities you are retrofitting your boiler.

Some commercial businesses in the California Bay Area may need to look into boiler retrofits so that they can comply with state and federal air quality codes. Homeowners may be interested in retrofitting their boilers  when they now have access to less expensive fuel sources. Others may be ready to modernize their working boiler instead of disposing of it for a new boiler. Whatever the reason, California Radiant  has the right tools, knowledge, and technicians to tackle your boiler retrofit.

It may not always be clear whether you should retrofit your boiler or replace it. Some of the evaluation criteria we consider are:

  • The age and condition of the boiler
  • Removal and installation costs
  • Modification costs
  • Energy efficiency and savings
  • Fuel type
  • Heating capacity and demand

If you are trying to decide between having your commercial or residential boiler retrofitted or replaced, you should called the trained and knowledgeable technicians at California Radiant. They can answer all your questions and offer the best solutions for your boiler needs and repairs.

California Radiant  is committed to excellent customer service. Our technicians are standing by to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have with our products and systems, and we stand behind each job that we perform. We guarantee that you will be happy with your service or we’ll make things right.

For testimonials and information about our company, products, and services, click here to visit us on the web. We serve Aptos, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Capitola, Carmel, Felton, La Selva Beach, Los Gatos, Monterey, Rio del Mar, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and Watsonville in Western California.

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Remote Thermostats in Felton, CA and the California Bay Area

For many of us residents and business owners here in the California Bay Area, our daily lives don’t follow a strict schedule. Sometimes we get home early, sometimes we get home late. Maybe we get caught late at work, go out with friends unexpectedly, or one of our kids has a soccer game. By the time we get home it is dark and cold outside, and consequently, cold inside our home. If we own a business, we know that getting stuck in traffic means that customers will be walking into a cold office or store because we didn’t get there early enough to turn on the heat. Because life is spontaneous and unpredictable we need equipment and technology that can keep up. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just use our phone or computer to tell our home heating system  to turn on while we drove home from work? Instead of walking into a cold home or business, wouldn’t it be nice to be greeted by warm and cozy heat? Well, at California Radiant, we have your heating solution! With a remote thermostat you can easily control the comfort level of your home anywhere from inside or outside your home.

Remote thermostats like ecobee and bayweb are easy to use touch screen thermostats that also allow you to access them from your phone or computer. If you are a business owner with multiple sites you can monitor and control the heating usage of each site. Both business owners and homeowners can also access reports that help you understand your HVAC system usage, which is important because heating and cooling represents over 50 percent of your home energy use! And if you’re on vacation, and decide to stay a couple more days, you don’t have to worry about the programmable thermostat wasting money by turning the heat on in your Felton, CA home. Instead you can save money by telling your remote thermostat to turn on the heat during the car ride home from the airport. Remote thermostats can save you a lot of money on energy bills, are good for the environment, and they can alert you to problems that may be occurring with your heating system. Plus, if you know someone in your family who loves technology, this would make a great holiday gift! And the experts at California Radiant know just the right remote thermostat for your home or business.

  California Radiant is committed to excellent customer service. Our technicians are standing by to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have with our products and systems, and we stand behind each job that we perform. We guarantee that you will be happy with your service or we’ll make things right.

For testimonials and information about our company, products, and services, click here  to visit us on the web. We serve Aptos, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Capitola, Carmel, Felton, La Selva Beach, Los Gatos, Monterey, Rio del Mar, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and Watsonville in Western California.

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Top 3 reasons you should only settle for the best Santa Cruz, CA and Bay Area boiler expert

The weather is changing outside which means it is time to start getting your boiler ready in your Santa Cruz, CA and Bay Area home and business . You want to make sure the person performing the boiler maintenance is a boiler expert that can be trusted. Great references, a record of superior service, and great heating products are all things you will find with California Radiant. And here are three reasons you want the best Santa Cruz, CA and Bay Area boiler expert to service your boiler:

1) Carbon Monoxide Poisoning & Fire Danger

Carbon monoxide can’t be seen, smelled, tasted, or heard. For this reason it is often referred to as the silent killer. 170 people die each year in the US from carbon monoxide poisoning. And faulty central heating systems and gas appliances contribute the most to carbon monoxide poisoning in the home. You want to make sure that the person servicing your boiler knows what to look for to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning or fire in your home.

2) Warranties from Manufacturers & Insurance

Not many people realize this but in order to keep the warranties and insurance valid for your boiler and home many companies require that you have annual maintenance done by a boiler expert. Having a handy man take a look at your boiler isn’t going to be good enough to meet the requirements of your manufacturer warranty. The technicians at California Radiant are trained and qualified to maintain your equipment so you can keep your warranty valid.

2) Energy Efficiency & Utility B ills

Having your boiler serviced by a boiler expert also guarantees that the entire system will be running as efficiently as possible. Not only is that good for the planet, but it is also good for your wallet. It can help to lower your utility bills and make your home more comfortable with a well running machine.

California Radiant is committed to excellent customer service. Our technicians are standing by to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have with our products and systems, and we stand behind each job that we perform. We guarantee that you will be happy with your service or we’ll make things right.

For testimonials and information about our company, products, and services, click here to visit us on the web. We serve Aptos, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Capitola, Carmel, Felton, La Selva Beach, Los Gatos, Monterey, Rio del Mar, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and Watsonville in Western California.

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Boiler maintenance, Capitola and Western California

When residents of Capitola and Western California switch to Radiant Heat and experience the even heating that a boiler produces they never go back. But just like all the different plumbing, heating, and air equipment in your home the boiler needs annual maintenanceHaving a technician come out once a year to service your boiler not only prevents expensive repairs, but you also need it to keep the warranty on your equipment valid.

Maintenance on your boiler should include cleaning, inspection, and repair. The technician will check to make sure that all the different parts are working properly, and repair or replace any parts that are in need. They will also make sure the boiler is clean so that it will run most efficiently and save you money. Boiler maintenance also prevents carbon monoxide poisoning. And lastly, as already mentioned, many warranties require that you document that your boiler is being serviced once a year. The technicians at California Radiant are trained and qualified to maintain your equipment so you can keep your warranty valid.

            California Radiantis committed to excellent customer service. Our technicians are standing by to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have with our products and systems, and we stand behind each job that we perform. We guarantee that you will be happy with your service or we’ll make things right.

For testimonials and information about our company, products, and services, click here to visit us on the web. We serve Aptos, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Capitola, Carmel, Felton, La Selva Beach, Los Gatos, Monterey, Rio del Mar, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and Watsonville in Western California.

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Green Boilers, Bonny Doon and Western California

Are you interested in going green? Here in Bonny Doon and Western California we take the move to green technologies very seriously. Most of us are interested in using less gas and electricity which not only helps save resources but also helps to save money. Did you know that you can buy an environmentally friendly boiler? A green boiler will ensure maximum energy efficiency and will emit minimum carbon dioxide. If you need to replace an old or broken boiler, here are some things to consider if you want to purchase an environmentally friendly boiler.

Look for an “A” efficiency rating. There are databases online where you can search the efficiency of each brand and model of boiler, or you can just ask one of the knowledgeable technicians as California Radiant. You should also discuss with your technician the different types of boilers. Some are highly energy efficient but may be costly and complicated to maintain or repair. Maintaining your boiler is important so this may not be your families best option. Others are efficient but not good for larger households. There are also different fuels to consider like oil and wood. Lastly, your technician should be able to help you determine if there are any government program or tax incentives for choosing an environmentally friendly boiler.

The decision to go green is a great one. When you have the right advisors it isn’t hard at all. If you are looking to replace your old or broken boiler consider giving the experts at California Radiant a call. California Radiant is committed to excellent customer service. Our technicians are standing by to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have with our products and systems, and we stand behind each job that we perform. We guarantee that you will be happy with your service or we’ll make things right.

For testimonials and information about our company, products, and services, click here to visit us on the web. We serve Aptos, Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Capitola, Carmel, Felton, La Selva Beach, Los Gatos, Monterey, Rio del Mar, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and Watsonville in Western California.

 

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