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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What is weatherization?

Weatherization is a term used to describe any number of measures used to save energy costs and keep customers warm in the wintertime and cool in the summertime. Weatherization is more than weather–stripping--- it includes attic insulation, gaskets in the wall, outlets, low flow shower heads, and other measures to make a home more energy efficient, and save the household energy costs.

How can I tell if a member of my family has lead poisoning in their system?

The only way to be sure is with a quick and easy blood test. Every child should be tested at 6 months old and after that as recommended by your doctor. If you don't have a doctor, the Department of Health can help you. Just call 212-BAN-LEAD. See Information & Facts for Residents: The Dangers of Lead Poisoning

I already have an air conditioner. Why would I need an evaporative cooler?

Because it saves you money. It costs approximately five dollars a day to operate a window air conditioner or a central air conditioner. If you have an evaporative cooler, it only costs you only one dollar per day. More electricity is wasted with an air conditioner than with a cooler. It especially works well in low humidity areas, such as southern California. Six amps an hour versus 20–30 amps per hour: a big difference.

Why Southland?

Southland Energy Systems utilize state of the art technology and trained technicians with years of experience to assure that your work is completed right the first time, on time. As a result, Southland is responsive to both commercial and private real estate markets. As one of the first state certified agencies in California, we are committed to exhibiting the highest industry standards. The cornerstone of our success for over a decade has been, and will continue to be, customer satisfaction: we understand the needs of our clients and we offer service that is second to none to fulfill those needs, and at competitive prices. With Southland’s help, homeowners can achieve peace of mind with the knowledge that all potential lead dangers have been thoroughly and professionally removed. If you want it done right, and at a cost you can afford, call us.

What is the process?

The process is very simple at Southland—you make an appointment, a no–cost assessment is done, and a recommendation is made to either install energy efficient measures or to provide any other valuable service. If an inspection of a furnace is necessary to determine what service is needed, the inspection is also done at no cost.

Do I have to pay for a consultation?

No. All consultations by Southland personnel are free of charge.

Why would I need maintenance on my air conditioning unit? It seems to work fine.

Because if you have a leaky duct in your attic, then you’re wasting coolant in the attic and not getting value for your dollar. You wouldn’t know this unless you have your unit inspected. With most air conditioners, a simple change of air filters will reduce consumption and save you money. In fact, the measure often responsible for the biggest savings–inspection of the duct work on a central air conditioner and the proper changing of intervals on the filter – can produce up to 30 % reduction in cost.

How do I know if my furnace needs replacing?

Only a trained technician can detect cracks within your firebox that can result in carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s a safety issue. Just because your unit is working, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily safe if you haven’t inspected it properly. There are plenty of units installed in the 1940s or ’50s—they may still be working.

How often should I have my furnace inspected?

You should have your furnace inspected once a year, even if it’s a brand new unit.

How do I know if there is carbon monoxide in my home?

Carbon monoxide is the silent killer, no one can smell it, and you don’t know it’s there until it’s too late. The best remedy is to have a carbon monoxide detector installed in your house, which works the same way as a smoke detector. See Information & Facts for Residents: What is Carbon Monoxide

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