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Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘home safety’
The top reasons to make HVAC maintenance a priority include maintaining uninterrupted comfort indoors, achieving lower energy bills and improving safety conditions. The investment in professional maintenance also prevents costly and avoidable repairs, along with extending the lifetime of this complex appliance.
A necessary step in any home safety plan is working carbon monoxide detectors, and the only way to ensure they’re working is through regular testing. A carbon monoxide detector with a dead battery is worse than no detector at all, since it might impart a false sense of security.
When choosing an HVAC contractor, it is important to consider more than just the quoted price. Heating and cooling systems are complicated and interconnected, so if installation or service is performed incorrectly, you may be facing headaches for months or even years to come.
In most contemporary homes, approximately 20 percent of the conditioned air flowing through ductwork is lost through holes, leaks and poor duct connections. Inefficient air delivery in your Fresno-area home can lead to uncomfortable indoor temperatures and higher energy bills. Ensure your home has tight ducts for increased comfort at home and in your wallet.
While the term “exhaust ventilation” may at first conjure up the idea of a garage fan installed to remove the carbon monoxide produced by your vehicles idling in that enclosed space, this is only a partially accurate description. Another type of exhaust ventilation system, for example, can remove heat and cooking odors from the kitchen stove area. In reality, however, exhaust fans can be utilized to freshen the air in several areas of your Fresno-area home, including:
Of course, efficiency matters when choosing a new furnace for your Fresno area home – but there are trade-offs to think about. Highly efficient heating systems (with 90-97 percent efficiency ratings) have a higher purchase price. Since you won’t be relying upon home heating like someone from the Northeast U.S. would, paying a premium for super-high efficiency may not be your biggest concern. As an educated consumer, you’ll want to weigh the following factors regarding a new furnace:
There’s a new trend in crime that homeowners should be aware of – heat pump and A/C theft. Thieves are targeting your air conditioner and heat pump condensing units for their scrap copper value. These thieves run up to the outside unit, tear out the copper, and leave the torn-up shell behind. Or else they load the entire condensing unit into the back of their truck and drive off. The copper coils and other metal inside the cabinet is worth around $80 on the scrap market.