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

Before Investing in a Programmable Thermostat, Choose the Options Best for You

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

With the right programmable thermostat in place, you can expect great savings on your monthly energy bills, without compromising the comfort potential of your home. To achieve this two-fold goal, however, you need to first select the right device. Here’s a guide to the types of programmable thermostats available, as well as features you’ll want to look for.

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MERV Ratings: Be Sure You’re Replacing Your Air Filters With the Right One

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Changing your HVAC system’s air filter is both the simplest and most effective action you can take to improve efficiency and extend your equipment’s life span. But how do you know if you’re installing the right kind of filter? Learn how MERV ratings work to help you choose the best air filter to increase efficiency and extend the life of the system.

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Attic Ventilation Deserves Year-Round Attention

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Without proper attic ventilation, your home would be susceptible to damaging, extreme temperatures in the summer and moisture problems in other seasons. The average home requires air circulation through the attic to sufficiently lower the temperature and remove condensation. Learn the benefits that proper ventilation in the attic offers.

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Insulation Basics: Fiberglass vs. Cellulose

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Insulation Basics: Fiberglass vs. CelluloseFiberglass and cellulose are popular among contractors and homeowners as inexpensive yet effective insulation material. Both offer excellent performance and relatively easy installation despite their differences in appearance and composition. Properly installed insulation not only helps reduce heat flow into the home during summer and out of the home during winter, but it also helps reduce high energy bills.

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Ensure Your Family’s Home Safety With this DIY Checklist

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Ensure Your Family's Home Safety With this DIY ChecklistAlong with promoting peak energy efficiency in the home and the safe operation of heating and cooling systems, it’s imperative that homeowners give home safety the attention it deserves. The risk of electrical, chemical and fire hazards exists in every home. Here’s a home safety inspection checklist you can use to eliminate possible safety hazards, so your family can rest assured home is as safe as possible.

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If You’re Looking for a Furnace Upgrade, Go With High Efficiency

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

If You're Looking for a Furnace Upgrade, Go With High EfficiencyIt may not be immediately apparent to homeowners living in mild climates why it’s important to consider a high-efficiency furnace upgrade. In our region, homeowners tend to place a priority on purchasing high-efficiency cooling systems, and rightly so. However, going with a high-efficiency furnace upgrade offers more than just improved efficiency and energy savings. Learn the value you’ll gain from choosing a furnace upgrade that performs.

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Condensing Furnaces: How They Differ From Conventional Units

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Condensing Furnaces: How They Differ From Conventional UnitsYou’ve probably heard of condensing furnaces, but aren’t entirely sure how they work. First, though, here’s a refresher on how a conventional old-style gas furnace works: airflow is drawn in through the cold air return and air filter, and then into the circulating fan. Heat from the gas burner flows into the heat exchanger, heating the surrounding air before it’s circulated throughout the house via the ductwork. Combustion gases generated by the burner are vented out of the home through the flue.

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Do You See Ice On Your Heat Pump’s Coils? Here’s What To Do

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

If you notice ice on your heat pump’s coils, it’s cause for concern. In most cases, homeowners require expert help when coils develop an unusual amount of frost or ice. However, there are a few steps you can take to troubleshoot the problem before you call in the pros.

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Planning On Retrofitting Your Home For Solar? Here’s How To Start

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

You’ve done the research. You know that solar energy is a smart energy alternative, especially in the semi-arid area of greater Fresno. It’s clean, green and highly effective when it comes to fighting high heating and cooling costs. If you’re considering retrofitting your home for solar, work with a professional to find answers to the following questions and more.

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