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

5 Unexpected Sources Of Indoor Air Pollution

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

sources of indoor air pollution fresno californiaA tight home may be easier to cool or heat, but it’s possible that you’re breathing unhealthy air because less air is getting exchanged between inside and outside. In addition, the products you bring home may throw off gases that aren’t healthy, in either the short or long term. Many people don’t know that these five common products can contribute to poor air quality indoors:

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If You’re Going To Seal Your Home, You Want To Do It Right

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

If You're Going To Seal Your Home, You Want To Do It RightSealing air leaks in your home is one of the most effective ways to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, but only if you do it right. Poor sealing techniques won’t seal your home and will cost you money. Take the time to use the proper materials and technique to seal your home. Your HVAC system will thank you with lower monthly bills.

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Sealed Ductwork Is Energy-Efficient Ductwork

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Sealed Ductwork Is Energy-Efficient DuctworkAn energy-efficient cooling and heating system can give you numerous benefits. If you’re not ready to upgrade to a new system, you can do a number of things to increase your home’s energy efficiency, including sealing your ductwork.

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Solar 101 — Let’s Talk About The Micro-Inverter

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Solar 101 -- Let's Talk About The Micro-InverterOn a typical day in the sunny San Joaquin valley, rooftop solar panels quietly generate clean electricity to lower homeowners’ utility bills and reduce our demand on fossil fuels.

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Paying For A New A/C Installation? Make Sure It’s Been Properly Sized

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Paying For A New A/C Installation? Make Sure It's Been Properly SizedBefore you install that new A/C, verify with the installation team that the company’s representative has sized it properly for your home. Going by your existing air conditioner can be misleading, and chances are the system you’re using is already too large. This is because most homes are more energy efficient than they used to be, as a result of weatherization improvements, including better air sealing and insulation.

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Choosing A New HVAC Contractor? 7 Tips That Can Help

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Choosing A New HVAC Contractor? 7 Tips That Can HelpYour HVAC system is a vital component of your home, and as such the cooling and heating equipment will require repair, maintenance and even replacement from time to time. While some minor tasks, such as filter changes can be done yourself, the bigger jobs will require a professional. If you’re looking for an HVAC contractor in the San Joaquin Valley, here are some tips to help you with your search:

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Everyone talks about SEER, but it really isn’t the relevant measure of an air conditioner’s efficiency in a hot climate

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Everyone talks about SEER, but it really isn't the relevant measure of an air conditioner's efficiency in a hot climateWith the San Joaquin Valley’s blazing summer nearly upon us, if you’re looking for an air conditioning upgrade, you’ll need to know how to compare the energy efficiency of different models. Most people think the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) is the best way to make a comparison. But increasingly, in climates with hot summers, EER is becoming the better standard for comparison. So when it comes to SEER versus EER, go with the latter number.

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A Radiant Barrier Can Reduce Your Cooling Costs

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

A Radiant Barrier Can Reduce Your Cooling CostsCool air is passive, but heat is always on the move in your home. Installation of a radiant barrier can slow it down. Heat rises, transfers through ceilings and walls, or radiates from a hot surface to a cooler one. Plugging air leaks can prevent heat loss from living spaces due to convection in winter. Adding insulation reduces downward conduction from a hot attic in summer. But heat from the sun’s energy radiating through the roof and into the attic can only be reduced by radiant barrier material.    

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Save Energy Dollars While On Vacation This Summer

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Save Energy Dollars While On Vacation This SummerMost people look forward to their summer vacation all year. However, if you don’t prepare your home for the vacation, you may end up with high energy costs and other problems while you’re away. To give yourself maximum peace of mind and to reduce your home’s expenses while you’re gone this summer, take some of the following steps:

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