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

A Zoning System Upgrade Can Offer Your Family the Ultimate in Comfort

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Improving the comfort of your Fresno area home could be as easy as installing a zoning system upgrade. In many cases, homeowners dissatisfied with home comfort are resigned to the idea that upgrading the HVAC equipment – whether furnace, A/C, boiler or heat pump – is the only solution to the problem. Before investing a large sum of money in a new system, talk to your HVAC contractor about a zoning system upgrade. A zoning system employs multiple thermostats for targeted indoor climate control, allowing home occupants to set temperatures in individual zones and saving energy by not providing heating or cooling to unoccupied areas.

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Before You Commit to an HVAC Company, Ask If They’re NATE Certified

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Before You Commit to an HVAC Company, Ask If They're NATE CertifiedA new air conditioning system or furnace is a major expense, but it’s often difficult to pick a heating and cooling company that you know will offer you good advice and quality service. Hiring an HVAC contractor doesn’t have to be a crap shoot, however, especially not if you choose a NATE certified company or technicians.

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Mold and Mildew Do Damage and It’s All Because of High Humidity

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Mold and Mildew Do Damage and It's All Because of High HumidityMold and mildew thrive when the relative humidity remains high in your home for even a short period. Their growth rate is quite rapid; the fungi starts to form on damp surfaces in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Soon after, the fungi begins to produce spores that are released into the the air. The spores can cause moderate to severe health problems in individuals. Mold may also damage the wood, drywall and other surfaces of the home. 

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Confused About Heat Pump Maintenance? What’s DIY and What’s Left to the Pros

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Confused About Heat Pump Maintenance? What's DIY and What's Left to the ProsOther than the simplest tasks, heat pump maintenance should generally be left to the pros. Lack of expertise and training on the part of homeowners means it can be dangerous to attempt to maintain the system, not to mention that improperly done maintenance may lead to future malfunctions and increased energy costs, too. Attempting to perform anything but the simplest heat pump maintenance yourself also may void any warranties the system has, or agreements with your HVAC contractor. Qualified HVAC technicians, on the other hand, undergo extensive training to care for heat pumps. Here are the straight facts about what homeowners can do to maintain their heat pumps, and what tasks should be leave to the professionals.

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Does Your Home Need Ventilation? You’ve Got 4 Options

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Your home’s ventilation can make a big difference in the air quality indoors, as well as health issues affected by air quality. According to the federal EPA, indoor air can be much more polluted than outside air, and considering how much time we spend at home, it’s no wonder that improving indoor air quality can help with asthma, allergies and overall health

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Electronic Air Cleaners: Maintenance for Maximum Efficiency

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Electronic Air Cleaners: Maintenance for Maximum EfficiencyElectronic air cleaners are a popular item here in the Fresno area. These devices provide whole-house air cleaning or purification to greatly improve indoor air quality. The air cleaning equipment is integrated into your home comfort system to work alongside your air conditioner or furnace. The air cleaner electronically sanitizes the air in your home by removing a variety of harmful airborne irritants. With most pollutants out of circulation, your home environment becomes more comfortable and healthier.

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Don’t Let Spring Allergies Get You Down: 9 Indoor Air Quality Tips

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Don't Let Spring Allergies Get You Down: 9 Indoor Air Quality TipsSpring is the time of year when allergies and asthma can really make life miserable, which is why it’s so important for you to improve the indoor air quality of your Fresno area home. To protect yourself, try following any or all of these nine tips:

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Before You Replace the A/C, Know What to Look For and How to Decide

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Before You Replace the A/C, Know What to Look For and How to DecideIn order to make a good decision when you have to replace the A/C in your Fresno area home, it’s important to know two key issues regarding these systems, size and efficiency. Choosing one that’s ideal for your home will make a difference in your comfort and budget for years to come.

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10 A/C Terms Homeowners Should Know

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The importance of learning certain A/C terms may not be immediately apparent, especially in light of all the other responsibilities that come with home ownership. However, taking a little time to understand how your air conditioning system works and learning its basic components and related terms will give you an advantage when it comes time to service or upgrade your A/C or heat pump.

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