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

Tips To Help Reduce Air Conditioner Noise

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

air conditioner noise fresno californiaSometimes you can tune it out, but it always creeps up at the most inopportune times – like the moment you settle onto the sofa with a good book or just as you begin to drift off to sleep. Suddenly it starts, and no matter how hard you try to ignore its churning, clanking, humming and buzzing, your air conditioner’s irritating jumble of sounds is as close to pure torture as you can imagine. Luckily, there are a few ways to quiet air conditioner noise.

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How To Let Your Landscaping Provide Energy Savings

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

energy savings with landscaping fresno californiaWhen it comes to keeping their homes energy efficient, people generally consider installing better insulation, replacing old doors or windows, laying down weatherstripping, buying an attic fan or investing in an Energy Star certified heating and cooling system. While all of these options are effective in both lowering utility bills and reducing energy consumption, there’s another option very few people consider – landscaping.

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When Your Air Conditioner Won’t Cool, Try These Tips

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

When Your Air Conditioner Won’t Cool, Try These TipsIt’s another sizzling San Joaquin Valley summer, and just when you need it most, your air conditioner is failing to keep your home at a reasonable temperature. Even the simplest tasks, such as eating and sleeping, have become difficult and uncomfortable. Although recent utility bills read as if your unit has been on full blast for months, the cold breeze you desire is simply nonexistent. Sound familiar?

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Insulation Basics To Help Keep Your Home Cool

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Insulation Basics To Help Keep Your Home CoolIf you’re like most San Joaquin Valley homeowners, you’re looking for the best way to block the blistering heat from entering your home. Luckily, by getting to know insulation basics, you can learn how to keep your home cool without spending a fortune on air conditioning. Knowing insulation basics will also help you save energy in the winter.

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Duct Certification And Sheet Metal Fabrication — Two Services We Provide To The Fresno Area

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Duct Certification And Sheet Metal Fabrication -- Two Services We Provide To The Fresno AreaDuct leakage can account for as much as 20 percent of the energy consumed by an average residence. It’s a major source of high utility costs for Fresno homeowners. California’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) requires duct certification after a new central air conditioner or furnace is installed. The requirement has been extended to apply to change-out of individual components, as well, such as an air-handler, coil, or installation of more than 40 feet of ductwork. After the installation, an inspection must be carried out by a professional HVAC contractor using industry-standard equipment and practices. If leakage greater than 15 percent of system airflow is determined, duct sealing is required.

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Have You Cleaned Your Dryer Vent Lately? 4 Reasons Why You Should

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Have You Cleaned Your Dryer Vent Lately? 4 Reasons Why You ShouldWhen was the last time you cleaned your clothes dryer’s vent? Like most people, you probably clean the lint screen regularly, but beyond the lint screen your dryer has a vent hose that carries hot air, humidity and more lint to the outside. Over time, that vent hose can become clogged with lint.

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Ductless Mini Splits — Installation, Maintenance And Operation Tips

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

ductless mini splits fresno californiaA ductless mini split is an ideal choice for heating and cooling areas in your home that do not have ducts. This can be a room add-on or expansion, or a previously unheated area such as a garage that’s being converted into usable living space. A ductless mini split system with multiple air handlers allows you to incorporate a zoned cooling and heating system in your home, saving energy and increasing climate-control flexibility. Because ductless mini splits don’t have ductwork, they also don’t have a problem with leaky ducts, a major source of inefficiency in many modern homes.

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Scheduling HVAC Maintenance? You Can’t Go Wrong With Our Super Saver Program

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

hvac maintenance fresno californiaIf you came across this post because you’re looking to schedule HVAC maintenance, we commend you for being proactive. Because of the moderate weather in Fresno, many homeowners don’t worry about their HVAC system until there’s a problem. Most of the time it’s something that could have been avoided with the proper maintenance. It’s unfortunate but most people don’t realize the benefits of regular service.

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Zoned Temperature Control — When You Can’t Keep The Entire Home Consistently Cool

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

zoned temperature control fresno californiaNow that the California sun is really warming things up, you’ll want to turn your air conditioning on to cool your house down. But take a moment to think about last summer. Was your entire home consistently cool or were some rooms too warm while others were too cool? What about the second floor? Was it too hot to sleep up there on some of the warmer nights?

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