Ring in the New Year with These Home Improvement Tips

The New Year is here, and with it comes promises of improvement and the setting of new goals. This year, make the resolution to tackle one or two home upgrades that have been on your list. We’ll help you get started by providing a list of helpful home improvement tips to guide you along the way.


Home Improvement Tips for 2018

Starting a major, or even small, home improvement project doesn’t ever come easy. It takes a lot of planning and foresight to pull it off correctly and to prevent further problems down the road. Read on for some helpful tips on beginning your new home improvement project this year; this list will help make any home improvement project easier.


Home Improvement Tips


HVAC Maintenance and Repair

Is HVAC on your home improvement list? If so, call the experts at ACS for exceptional service and products you can count on. We work with you to find the best possible home comfort solutions that fit within your budget. Call us today at 925-270-1613 to schedule a consultation.

3 Clever Ways to Camouflage Your Thermostat

Your thermostat is one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home as it allows
you to quickly and easily adjust the temperature to create a more comfortable home
environment. However, when it comes to aesthetics, your thermostat is not exactly the
prettiest part of your home.

Though you don’t want to obstruct the airflow or keep your thermostat from working properly,
there are ways that you can “camouflage” your thermostat to keep it from disrupting the flow
of your home décor. Here are just 3 simple DIY ideas you can try to hide your thermostat.

1. Frame it.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”? Well, this can apply to hiding
your thermostat as well. If your thermostat is sticking out like a sore thumb, why not class it up
a bit by placing an attractive frame around it? Whether you choose a colorful frame or go for
one that matches the color of the thermostat, you can create a whole new look for the wall just
by simply placing the frame around the device. Not only is this a fun and clever way to
camouflage your thermostat, but it can also turn the device into a work of modern art.

2. Place art around it.
Another fun way to camouflage your thermostat is to place art or other home décor around it.
If you carefully consider your placement, you can make it look like the thermostat is just
another piece of home décor there to beautify your living space. If you plan hang framed art on
the wall, you can even put a frame around the thermostat as we suggested in tip #1, so that it
flows with the other framed art. Your friends and family may do a double-take as they walk past
the thermostat.

3. Put it on a shelf.
This is a great way to make the space around your thermostat more useful. You can install a
floating shelf underneath or place stationary shelving around the thermostat. This will give the
appearance that the thermostat is “sitting” on the shelf, which helps hide the thermostat from
easy view. However, it also then provides you some space to place other décor and items that
you need to store. This allows you to camouflage your thermostat while also creating useful
storage space within your home. It’s a win-win situation!

**It is important to note that you should never cover the thermostat completely as this can
hinder its function. Make sure that any décor that you place around the thermostat is at least 2-
inches away from the device in all directions.

Need a New Thermostat?
If you find that it’s not the look of the thermostat that bothers you but how it functions, then it
may be time to replace it. Consider upgrading your thermostat to a programmable or smart
thermostat that can help you improve your home comfort while maximizing efficiency. For
more information, give us a call today: (925) 270-1613.

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Weatherproofing

It’s hard to stay comfortable when the temperature and other outdoor elements start to impact your home comfort levels. Weatherproofing helps you ensure that the weather outside does not affect the environment inside your home. Below, we’ve put together some quick and simple tips for weatherproofing your home.

Weatherproofing Cheat Sheet

Here is an easy to use cheat sheet to help you weatherproof your home to protect it from the elements year-round:


Need professional help preparing your HVAC system to withstand the elements? Contact us today to set up an appointment for a tune-up or maintenance services.

HVAC Problems That Homeowners Can Fix

When something goes wrong with an air conditioner or furnace, a homeowner’s first thought may be to call for an HVAC technician as soon as possible. Hiring a technician can be an expensive prospect, however. Before reaching for a phone, homeowners can check for some common problems they may be able to solve without hiring a technician.

Problems to Look for Before Calling an HVAC Technician

Not every problem that stops an air conditioning unit from working needs to be fixed by a technician. Issues homeowners can check for themselves include:

  • Does the home have electricity? If the power is out, then the A/C unit cannot work. Technicians have been called out to houses without power, only to collect a bill for showing up and telling the homeowners to call them when they have power again.
  • Is the gas meter turned on? Like with electrical systems, a gas furnace cannot function if a local utility company does not turn on a home’s gas meter.
  • Is the air filter badly clogged? Air filters in heating and air conditioning systems need to be changed or cleaned regularly. If they are not, and dirt is allowed to build up, they can restrict air flow enough to cause malfunction.
  • Is the thermostat functioning? Many thermostats run on batteries. If these are dead, the homeowner cannot control the heating and air conditioning system.
  • Has the circuit breaker been tripped? If the circuit breaker leading to the heating and air conditioning system has been tripped, flipping the switch will probably bring it online again. However, tripped circuit breakers are usually a sign of bigger problems. If it happens again, a call to an electrician may be necessary to find the issue.
  • Has the indoor switch to the unit been turned off? Some A/C units located indoors have on/off switches located near them for safety reasons.
  • What about the outdoor switch? Outdoor A/C units also often have disconnect switches near where they are plugged in.
  • Is the condensation pump or drain line clogged? Many A/C units will shut off automatically if there is a danger of leaking water. A clog in the unit’s drainpipe or condensation pump could cause this leak.
  • Has the water safety switch been tripped some other way? The same switch that shuts an air conditioner off in case of a water leak can be bumped into the off position by jostling the drain pan located under the unit. This switch is located on the underside of the unit.

Fixing a nonworking air conditioner or furnace may be as simple as throwing a switch or waiting for electricity to return after a blackout. A homeowner performing such an easy fix him or herself is far cheaper than calling a professional to do it.

However, if a homeowner checks for all of the issues listed above and cannot find anything wrong, then it may be time to call an HVAC technician. If you need professional HVAC help, contact us today.