What Are Some Basics of Good Ductwork Design?

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

What Are Some Basics of Good Ductwork Design?Good ductwork design can be the difference between consistency and inconsistency, efficiency and inefficiency in your forced-air cooling or heating system. Poor design can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system by as much as 40 percent. Proper design requires four basic criteria.

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What Electrostatic Filters Do That Other Air Filters Don’t Do

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

What Electrostatic Filters Do That Other Air Filters Don't DoAccording to Time Magazine, Fresno is one of the top 10 cities in the U.S. with a poor AQI (Air Quality Index). The AQI is a national reporting standard on the quality of the air we breathe. Bad air is a fact of life for us in the Fresno area, and a sub-par AQI can translate into poor indoor air quality as well, which is why using electrostatic air filters in your home is recommended. 

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How Do You Determine What Size Your Tankless Water Heater Should Be?

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

How Do You Determine What Size Your Tankless Water Heater Should Be?Sizing a tankless water heater may look tricky at first, but there are a few steps to finding the right one for your home and situation. The correct water heater, whether conventional storage tank or tankless, will ensure that you have hot water when and where you need it. Tankless water heaters are rated by temperature rise and flow rate, in other words, how hot the water gets and how much is used at once. You need a water heater that heats enough water hot enough for each device that’s expected to be used concurrently. Consider the following:

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Your HVAC System Installation: Tips for Success, Whether It’s in a New or Old Home

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Your HVAC System Installation: Tips for Success, Whether It's in a New or Old HomeWhen you’re replacing a heating or cooling system or building a new home, the HVAC system installation makes a significant difference in the performance of the new equipment. The State of California recognizes this, and under the provisions of Title 24, requires specific steps and testing to assure that your installation meets a specific set of guidelines that include:

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What’s Your Insulation R-Value?

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

What's Your Insulation R-Value?Whether you are heating or cooling your home in the Fresno area, the quantity and quality of the insulation in the walls, floors and ceilings will heavily influence the amount you pay for conditioning your home. To keep your utility bills reasonable, you should make sure that the insulation in your home meets the minimum insulation R-value for the local climate.

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An Air Filter Primer: How and When to Change It and More

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

An Air Filter Primer: How and When to Change It and MoreChanging or cleaning the air filter on your A/C, heat pump or furnace on a regular basis is HVAC maintenance 101. It’s a simple job that will improve your cooling and heating system’s energy efficiency and performance in many ways.

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These Green Energy Tips Will Help You Save on Your Summertime Energy Expenses

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

These Green Energy Tips Will Help You Save on Your Summertime Energy ExpensesGoing green is all the rage these days because more and more people are finding out that it not only helps the environment, but it also can save a lot of money. Some green strategies in the home are more effective than others, but all of them are good investments. The following green energy tips are just a few of the options for making your home more energy efficient.

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Reversing Your Ceiling Fan Blade Rotation Will Make Your Home Feel Cooler

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Reversing Your Ceiling Fan Blade Rotation Will Make Your Home Feel CoolerA lot of homeowners take their ceiling fans for granted.  Fans add decorative style to a room and circulate the air but otherwise just quietly do their job without anyone paying much attention. Learn, though, how your ceiling fan can help you feel cooler this summer and cut down your energy bill. This will only happen if you remember that reversing your ceiling fan blade rotation is necessary if you adjusted the blade rotation for winter operation last fall. 

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