Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning Blog: Archive for March, 2015

Make Sure Your HVAC System is in Prime Condition This Spring

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Make Sure Your HVAC System is in Prime Condition This SpringA neglected HVAC system can cost as much as 25 percent more in energy costs, and this doesn’t include energy wasted by ductwork problems and potential repairs. By preparing your heat pump or A/C for the cooling months, you can enjoy many benefits, such as greater comfort and lower energy bills. Here are a few tips you can follow to keep your HVAC system in prime condition this spring:

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Understanding the Ins and Outs of Cleaning Dryer Vents

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Understanding the Ins and Outs of Cleaning Dryer VentsDryer maintenance seems fairly easy — just clear the lint from the lint trap after every use. But what about your dryer vent? Over time, lint can accumulate here too. And if your vent isn’t properly cleaned, this accumulation can ignite and cause a fire.

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3 Reasons Homeowners Choose Heat Pumps

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Modern homeowners enjoy more perks than homeowners at any other point in history. Just think of all the appliances and devices that you use each and every day in order to make your life more convenient, comfortable, and productive. One of the best perks that we enjoy is the wide variety of HVAC systems from which to choose. Different homeowners like to heat and cool their homes in different ways, and Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning is here to ensure that you have the right system in place for your needs and personal preferences. A lot of people have decided recently that heat pumps in Fresno are the way to go. Here are a few reasons to consider the installation of a heat pump on your property.

First and foremost, heat pumps allow homeowners to keep their homes comfortable throughout the entire year while using just one convenient system in order to do so. This is due to the fact that heat pumps rely upon the heat transfer principle in their operation. During the summer season, heat is removed from the air in one’s home and vented outside. A reversing valve allows for the reversal of the refrigerant flow, though, which means that heat can be removed from the air outside during the winter season and put to use in warming your home as well. Our relatively mild winter climate is ideal for this method of heating.

By transferring existing heat, heat pumps are able to heat homes with truly outstanding efficiency, as well. This is another reason why homeowners are so drawn to heat pumps. The ability to heat and cool one’s home conveniently and consistently, as well as more affordably, is a deal which is just too good for many homeowners to pass up.

Finally, heat pumps can help you to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home in a more environmentally friendly manner. Rather than burning oil, gas, or other fossil fuels, heat pumps use ambient heat in the air outside, along with a small amount of electricity, to heat a home. During the summer, electricity is used in the cooling process. For these reasons, you are wise to consider a heat pump in Fresno. Just give Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning a call today to learn more.

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Breathe Easy: Simple Ways to Achieve a Healthy Home

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Breathe Easy: Simple Ways to Achieve a Healthy HomeDid you know that the average person spends approximately 90 percent of their time indoors? This is a surprising statistic that has plenty of ramifications for your home, especially if your indoor air quality isn’t up to snuff. Good indoor air quality is the hallmark of a healthy home.

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The Difference Between Active & Passive Solar Heating

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

The Difference Between Active & Passive Solar HeatingHomeowners in sunny regions can take advantage of both active and passive solar heating to keep their homes comfortable. Active heating captures sunlight, either as heat or electricity, to augment heating systems, while passive heating captures heat from the sun as it comes into your home through windows, roofs and walls to heat objects in your home. 

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What Does a SEER Rating Actually Mean?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

What Does a SEER Rating Actually Mean?If you’re planning on replacing the cooling system in your home, you may have run into some unfamiliar technical terms. One of the most common and most important term related to air conditioning is SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.

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How to Prevent Ductwork Contamination in Your Home

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

How to Prevent Ductwork Contamination in Your Fresno HomeThe HVAC ductwork hidden behind your home’s walls and ceilings is essential for distributing the air your family breathes, so keeping it free of contaminants is very important. Here’s how to prevent ductwork contamination and to keep your air supply free of pollen, mold, dust mites, bacteria, chemical residues and other undesirable pollutants:

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Avoid The Health Effects of High Humidity with a Dehumidifier

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Avoid The Health Effects of High Humidity with a DehumidifierOur Fresno area’s humid summer months can either be a relief from arid conditions, or it can cause certain health problems in sensitive individuals. Since high-humidity environments can often cause allergy and respiratory issues, many homeowners have discovered that whole-home dehumidifiers can keep them healthier and happier throughout the humid months.

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5 Surprising Indoor Allergy Triggers in Your Home

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

5 Surprising Indoor Allergy Triggers in Your Fresno HomeIf you have allergies, you know how important – and how difficult – it can be to find relief in your own home. Unfortunately, indoor environments can concentrate air pollution, especially if they don’t have a working ventilation system.

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The Relationship Between Energy Efficiency and Your Home’s Building Envelope

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The Relationship Between Energy Efficiency and Your Home's Building EnvelopeThe level of comfort, efficiency and protection your home’s building envelope provides depends on your home’s construction and maintenance. The relationship between your home’s building envelope and efficiency is determined by your home’s structural integrity, the load placed on your HVAC system and your monthly energy bills.

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