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The Problem with Los Angeles A/Cs

Don't Buy an AC in Los Angeles

There’s no such thing as an A/C you can buy for life. A/C damages tend to overwhelm in that magic hour just after warranty, no repairs, just replacement. While A/Cs may function just fine for a small apartment, in a home - they’re a disaster.
Portable A/Cs
Portable A/Cs have climbed in popularity possibly because they look like the little robot maids the 21st century never got. Some have referred to these as ‘window mounted A/Cs with half the performance and double the cost.’
Their sleek appearances truly deceive, as the inner working of their engineering is a nightmare. The problem with portable A/Cs is that they’re built with only one hose that pushes air (hot air) OUT of the room, creating a depressurized room. That depressurization then soaks up all the hot air throughout the house, under doors, through windows, to stabilize the pressure.
As you can assume, this wastes a ton of energy.
Wall-Mounted A/Cs
Any A/C that’s set up, mounted, should be viewed a…

NEM 2.0 and Solar Storage

How Solar Storage Saves NEM 2.0
With the introduction of NEM 2.0, Solar Storage has finally made clean energy a viable financial option for Los Angeles households.
What’s going to change? NEM 2.0 finally benefits  -
Full-Time Employed Energy Conscious Expected Residents of Over Four Years
But in order to understand a NEM 2.0, a plan in which energy costs change organically based on supply and demand, it’s important to know how Time of Use (TOU) works.
Time of Use Plan (TOU)
On any solar plan, a homeowner integrates with ‘the grid,’ and their solar panels contribute to a big pool of energy that’s shared throughout Los Angeles. This plan is split into two time-zones, two definitions.
9am - 4pm are peak hours for solar GENERATION, when solar panels are making the most energy - which means the value of a kWH here is lower because everyone has enough energy.
4pm - 7pm are peak hours for solar USAGE, which mean the value of a kWH is higher here because the demand for energy is high while the sun isn…

What is NEM 2.0 Los Angeles?

Solar Finally Makes Financial Sense

NEM 1.0 Benefits
Home Businesses Stay at Home Parents Continuous Energy Use Throughout the Day
This is the plan that California currently has in action.
The reason it benefits families who need energy throughout the day is because unlike TOU (Time of Use) the value of a kWH is the same in the morning as it is at night. The price doesn’t change with the demand.
Time of Use Plan (NEM 2.0)
On any solar plan, a homeowner integrates with ‘the grid,’ and their solar panels contribute to a big pool of energy that’s shared throughout Los Angeles. This plan is split into two time-zones, two definitions.
9am - 4pm are peak hours for solar GENERATION, when solar panels are making the most energy - which means the value of a kWH here is lower because everyone has enough energy.
4pm - 7pm are peak hours for solar USAGE, which mean the value of a kWH is higher here because the demand is high with people willing to spend credits to get it.
Now, we can understand NEM 2.0 whi…

Best Donuts in LA 2017

Top Ten Donut Shops in LA


Looking for the the donuts. The quality. The cost? Done -
Blue Star Donuts Los Angeles
Portland born in 2012, Blue Donuts have become some of the best donuts in LA by infusing their treats with local, natural ingredients - whole hormone free milk, cage-free eggs, European style butter, in the name of unique flavors incited at first bite.
The Donuts: Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Passionfruit Cocoa, Chocolate Almond Ganache, Matcha Latte, Meye Lemon & Keylime Curd.
Cost: Expect to pay on average 3.25 per donut.
SK Donuts
Cereal crackle then pillowy finish, these donuts layer on heavy tasty sweets with names like -
The Donuts: Fruity Pebbles, Smores, PB & Oreo, Apple Pie, ( The Perfect Glazed ).
Cost: $2 - $3.50
Donut Friend
Sugars, spices, toppings, creams go DIY in this choose your own adventure of a vegan donut shop.
The Donuts: Lemon Weapon, Poppygandhi, Cinamineral, (one more) Stiff Little Butter Fingers.
Cost: $2 - $4
Cofax
The best not-a-donut-shop donut-stop that l…

Five FAQs About Home Insulation in Los Angeles

Heat rises and escapes through attics that aren’t properly insulated. 25% to be clear.
35% leaves through the walls. 25% through windows and doors. 15% leaves through the floor.
Altogether it sounds like a balanced escape, but take into consideration that a massive 60% of all heat leaving has to do with poor insulation.
It’s no mystery why so many homeowners know that good insulation is worth it. Although, there are a few frequently asked insulation questions to cover here.
1. What is an R-value?
R Value = Temperature difference x Area x Time / Heat Loss
What any good insulation material does is minimize the amount of heat flowing in or out of the home, leaving the homeowner with the ability to decide how hot, how cold their space is. However, R value (while important) is only one of four factors that decide the quality of an insulating material, and should not be the end all be all for any decision.
In Los Angeles, the recommended R-value sits at a petty 2, which allows for a wide variety o…

Wooden Patio Cover Damages Common in LA

Most Common Patio Cover Damages in Los Angeles The patio cover was a nice addition to the yard, really brought the place together - but trouble starts when the patio cover wilts on its damages, in need of repair.
In order to keep the structure healthy, keep an eye out for these signs.
Cracked and Rotten

Wood rots if it’s too damp and cracks if it's too dry, common in Los Angeles. If beams, posts, or trellises aren’t rotting in their middles, check the joints. Where wood contacts wood that’s where friction happens, the damage starts. These points of contacts get tired when regular patio cover maintenance goes ignored.
Termite Damages

As with any wooden structure under the sun, it’s susceptible to termites. When in search of signs of termite invasion, homeowners are told to check the yard - that’s the trouble when you’ve got a patio cover - as it could be the number one target.
Termite invasion looks like thin trails in the paint. It can be the appearance of pellets called ‘frass,’ that t…

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