It seems to be getting even colder as we march into the New Year, so it’s time to make sure that your home is nice and warm! In years past it was possible to warm your house with just the help of your wood burning stove or fireplace, but it has become increasingly difficult as we need to cut back during the San Francisco Bay Area Spare the Air season which runs from November 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015.

Each day by early afternoon, the Air District will issue an air quality forecast for the next day. If air quality is forecast to be unhealthy then a Winter Spare the Air Alert will be called and will be in effect the entire next day, for a full 24 hours. When a Winter Spare the Air Alert is in effect, it is illegal to burn wood, manufactured fire logs, pellets, or any other solid fuels in your fireplace, wood stove or outdoor fire pit.

This current season has seen more Spare the Air Alert days that normal years with the tenth alert issued just yesterday. See this article on SFgate.com. When you can’t start a fire to keep warm, let’s hope you’ve got a properly working furnace or radiant heating system. Is your heater blowing cold air? Is your heater turning on and then shutting itself off? Is your thermostat broken? Will your pilot light not stay lit?

If you’re experiencing any of these issues with your heating system please call Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air today. We’d be happy to help your get the work done during the Spare the Air Season. Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air is the San Francisco Bay Area plumbing, heating, and air conditioning contractor you can count on!


Knowing how to quickly and properly resolve various heating and furnace issues is what separates Bellows from other plumbing and heating companies. In Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Marin Counties, Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air is the leader when it comes to speed of service, quality of install, and the ability to take on all your furnace repairs.

Our team is here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you’d like to schedule a Winter tune up for your heating or plumbing systems please consider calling Bellows at 877-477-7151. Bellows Plumbing, Heating, & Air services, repairs, and installs plumbing, heating, and air conditioner equipment in: Santa Cruz, Aptos, Capitola, Scotts Valley, Felton, Watsonville, Ben Lomond, Boulder Creek, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Campbell, Saratoga, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Tiburon, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, San Anselmo, Ross, Fairfax, San Rafael, Marinwood, Terra Linda, and Novato.