Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for February, 2012

Will One Tankless Water Heater Be Enough?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Tankless water heaters are sized according to how much hot water will be demanded, in gallons per minute, and how hot the temperature needs to be at the point of use. While tankless water heaters are an energy-efficient and convenient alternative to conventional storage water heaters, having them sized properly, or getting the right number of units for your home, is crucial to their good performance.

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Ventilating Your Attic — Five Reasons You Should

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Ventilating Your Attic -- Five Reasons You ShouldAttic insulation is important, but so is proper attic ventilation. Combined with a good air-sealing strategy, the right kind of ventilation in your attic can prevent moisture from building up and causing trouble. Here are five reasons for ventilating your attic that you shouldn’t ignore:

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Dealing With Static Electricity? Try A Whole-House Humidifier

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

If you find yourself dealing with static electricity buildup in the winter, dry indoor air is likely the problem. The air is naturally drier this time of year, bringing many discomforts including static electricity buildup. Here’s why installing a whole-house humidifier in your home is an ideal strategy for eliminating static electricity.

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Red Tagged Furnace — Your Next Move

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Red Tagged Furnace -- Your Next MoveIf you’ve been given a dreaded red tagged furnace rating, you will need to keep your furnace turned off until you execute whatever repairs may be necessary to ensure its safe operation. There are numerous circumstances that can lead to a red tagged furnace, with cracked heat exchangers, high levels of carbon dioxide emission and/or faulty gas or electrical connections ranking as the most common.

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The Three Parts Of A Heat Pump

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Home heat pumps are designed to provide two types of thermal energy, heating and cooling. Your refrigerator and automobile air-conditioning are types of heat pumps.  There are three basic parts of a heat pump – the condenser, compressor and evaporator. This type of system is referred to as an air-to-air transfer system or closed-circuit heat pump.

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Furnace Performance — Three Noises That Require Professional Attention

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Furnace Performance -- Three Noises That Require Professional AttentionMany homeowners aren’t familiar with the telltale signs that their furnace needs to be professionally maintained or repaired. Simply recognizing the indicators early can prevent many of these technical problems from getting worse, and ensure that you return to solid furnace performance as quickly as possible. With certain issues, these signs come in the form of specific sounds. If you notice any of the following three noises coming from your furnace or HVAC system, the time has come to contact a local HVAC professional:

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Purchasing HVAC Online — Three Reasons You Shouldn’t

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment is a costly investment that some homeowners want a way around. One way they hope to cut costs is buying HVAC appliances and components online. However, is this really a solution that pays off in the end? Here are three reasons to reconsider your decision to purchase HVAC equipment online:

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Avoid Carbon Monoxide-Related Risks With CO Detectors

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Avoid Carbon Monoxide-Related Risks With CO DetectorsCarbon monoxide detectors are an essential safety instrument that should be installed in every home. You also need to make sure you position yours properly so that they are working optimally and constantly providing protection.

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