Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for February, 2013

Learn About 25C Energy Tax Credits

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The recent “fiscal cliff” budget agreement in Washington had one big positive side effect for American homeowners – reinstatement of the 25C federal energy tax credits that expired at the end of 2011. The credits act as an incentive for homeowners to purchase energy-efficient heating and cooling appliances, as well as energy-saving insulation, windows, etc.  

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Going With Tankless Water Heating? Installation Factors To Keep In Mind

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

If you’ve made the decision to switch to tankless water heating in your home, you may be wondering what’s next. Tankless water heaters come in a variety of styles, each with its own suite of benefits. Here are a few installation types, their benefits, and some things to consider:

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Heat Pump Troubleshooting: Simple Fixes You Can Try Yourself

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

While heat pumps are usually very reliable heating and cooling systems, like any other mechanical device, they do have the potential to break down, and often at the most inconvenient times. While most of the things that can go wrong with a heat pump require the assistance of a reliable HVAC technician, it’s usually a good idea to first kick the tires yourself, with some basic heat pump troubleshooting.

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Adding On To Your Home? Plan For Your Heating And Cooling Sooner, Rather Than Later

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

If you’re planning on adding on to your home, one of the first things you should investigate is how to heat and cool the new space. It might make a difference in how you design it or lay out its wiring and other mechanical systems. An HVAC contractor can advise you whether you can extend your current system, upgrade to a new one, or choose an independent HVAC system.

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Getting Zapped By Too Much Static Electricity? Easy Ways To Take Charge

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Controlling static electricity during winter often requires creativity and forethought. There are a number of low-cost strategies homeowners in the San Joaquin Valley can use to counteract the effects of winter dryness.

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Boosting Your Indoor Air Quality With A Kitchen Remodel

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Remodeling your kitchen can get you new counters and cupboards, kitchen islands, top-of-the-line ovens and ranges… and a boost to your indoor air quality. If you’re planning kitchen renovations, don’t neglect to take ventilation and air sealing into account.

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Buying A Furnace? Consider The Benefits Of A Variable-Speed Blower Motor

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Buying A Furnace? Consider The Benefits Of A Variable-Speed Blower MotorBuying a furnace can seem like an overwhelming task with so many options on the market. Before you decide which to install in your home, consider all the benefits of a furnace featuring a variable-speed blower motor. Unlike a standard blower that operates at just one high speed, a variable-speed blower adjusts its speed to meet the heating and cooling needs of your home. Most of the time, it operates at a low but continuous speed, which has the following benefits:

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Choosing A Solar Contractor: 4 Questions You Should Be Ready To Ask

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Choosing A Solar Contractor: 4 Questions You Should Be Ready To AskLike a lot of people in the Fresno area, you may be thinking about making your home more eco-friendly, possibly starting with solar energy. There’s a lot to consider when choosing a solar contractor for your home and the process is no easy task. The most important part of making this decision is being informed and involved in the process from start to finish. A job like this can take many weeks, so you want to be certain you have the right firm for the job.

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