Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for October, 2014
Being exposed to carbon monoxide (CO) in your home, even for just a short amount of time, can be very hazardous to you and your family, even potentially lethal. It’s important to take precautions against CO buildup, and know what to do in case this happens in your Fresno area home.
Autumn is in the air in Fresno, Ca, and the cold season will not be long behind it. Prepare your heating system now to be sure that it keeps your family nice and warm during the winter months. Performing a few simple checks on your boiler will help you know if you need to call in the professionals.
Mercury is commonly known as a toxic element, but many people don’t realize that the mercury in their thermometers can be a major hazard when not disposed of properly. Each year, thousands of pounds of mercury are haphazardly dumped into landfills, demolition dumps and incinerators, creating a significant threat for the environment and human health. The federal EPA estimates that 21 tons of mercury had been used in the production of thermostats as of 2004. Mercury poisoning in humans can cause:
With Fresno being California’s largest inland city, it’s little surprise that residents generate a substantial amount of air pollution every day. While individual contributions to improving the outdoor environment may seem minimal, contracting a professional to clean your ducts at home can noticeably improve indoor air quality.
The colder weather is fast approaching with winter not far behind. As you begin running your heating system this year, you should consider calling an HVAC expert to conduct an energy audit of your home. An energy audit, or energy assessment, can tell you where your home is potentially costing you in energy costs due to inefficiencies, air leaks and other issues.
Carbon monoxide detectors can be your Fresno area home’s greatest material asset. This is because carbon monoxide (CO), produced as a by-product of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, is an insidious killer. Recognize carbon monoxide’s risks and consider the benefits of installing carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
With the arrival of cooler weather just around the corner, it’s time to make sure your heat pump is ready for the coming season. Checking its operation before cold weather starts is much more advisable than waiting until you see the frost on the grass. If you do have any problems with your heat pump this winter, it probably will be difficult to secure the services of a good HVAC technician to troubleshoot it, since that is a traditionally busy time for them.
If you’ve had your water heater so long that you can’t remember when you got it, it’s probably not long before you’ll have to get a new one. It’s best to be prepared for that eventuality by briefly looking at the costs of water heater installation. You don’t want to be stuck with cold showers in January without any idea what it’s going to cost to get the hot water flowing again.