Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Video: Measuring Attic Insulation

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Host, Sarah Rutan: Due to the important role attic insulation plays in home energy efficiency, it’s important to make sure you have an adequate amount. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Kevin Comerford of Service Champions to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Kevin Comerford: Another tip that homeowners can do in order to make sure their heating and air-conditioning system is operating properly is ensure that they have the right levels of insulation in their home. Right here you could see that I have a stick. It’s called a “tubulizer” in fact. And this helps me determine how thick is this pink insulation in an attic, Read more

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Video: 5 Ways to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Sarah Rutan: As winter draws near, you’ll want to make sure your HVAC system is equipped for optimal performance. Today we’re in Pleasanton with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Kevin Comerford of Service Champions to learn five worthwhile steps.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Kevin Comerford: Hello. These are the five things a homeowner can do in order to get their heating and air conditioning system prepared for the cold of winter. The first item is changing your filter. Your system has probably been running all summer long and operating pretty intensely throughout the heat of summer. Now that you’re transitioning to wintertime it’s time to take a look and see if your filter needs to be changed. Read more

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5 Steps to Prepare Your HVAC System for Winter

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Following the heat of summer and the mildness of fall, the cold winter weather brings an entirely different set of heating and ventilation needs for the home. To ensure your HVAC system is equipped for optimal performance, consider these five preparatory steps:

  1. Change your air filter. Your HVAC unit has probably been running all summer and operating pretty intensely to combat the heat. So, prior to winter, it’s a good idea to check and see if your filter needs to be changed. A dirty filter not only makes an HVAC unit operate with less efficiency, it’s also a leading cause of premature system failure.
  1. Test your system early.
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How to Measure Attic Insulation

Posted on August 31, 2018 by James Florence

PLEASANTON — Attic insulation is a key component of an energy-efficient home. By keeping hot and cold outside air from entering the home, a well-insulated attic can go a long way toward minimizing your heating and air conditioning bills. However, simply having attic insulation isn’t enough—you also need an adequate amount of it. Otherwise, you won’t achieve the optimum level of energy-efficient performance.

Fortunately, it’s easy to determine whether you have enough attic insulation—all you really need is a tape measure. Simply stick your tape measure down into your insulation and measure its thickness. The minimum recommended level of attic insulation is R38, which is between 13 and 14 inches thick. So, if your attic insulation is at least 13 inches thick, Read more

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Video: Preventative HVAC Maintenance

Posted on May 29, 2018 by James Florence

ROHNERT PARK — Host, Sarah Rutan: To ensure efficient performance and maximum lifespan, your home’s heating and cooling systems need to be preventatively maintained. Today we’re in Rohnert Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Street of Enviro Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Chris Street: So, the biggest tip that I can give about taking care of an HVAC system in your home would be to have it maintained – preventative maintenance: Having somebody come out, take a look at all your duct work, make sure it’s not leaking; take a look at your gas valve, make sure it’s set for the right pressures; Read more

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Preventative HVAC Maintenance

Posted on May 29, 2018 by James Florence

A little preventative maintenance can go a long way toward keeping your home’s heating and cooling system performing optimally. The best way to ensure this is by having a professional HVAC technician perform an annual maintenance service on your system. Annual service allows a technician to identify any system issues and remedy them preventatively, which protects against unexpected system failure during the seasons when you need it most. Here are a few things your technician will do at your service appointment:

Make sure your gas valve is set for the right pressure. A gas valve acts like a carburetor by introducing gas to your system at a certain pressure. If the pressure is set incorrectly, Read more

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Tips to Improve HVAC Air Filtration

Posted on May 23, 2018 by James Florence

CONCORD — Air filtration is a crucial HVAC feature that affects everything from system performance to indoor air quality (IAQ). Consider the following tips for improving your HVAC system’s filtration:

Check the MERV rating. Air filters are rated on a scale of 1-20 by the MERV rating chart, with 1 representing lowest quality and 20 representing highest quality. Low-rated filters (MERV 1-5) allow high amounts of airborne particulates to pass through into the HVAC system, which diminishes both system efficiency and IAQ. Over time, this can lead to increased utility costs and reduced system performance—a real lose-lose situation. A better choice is to invest in a high-rated filter that effectively captures airborne particulates and keeps them out of your home’s air stream. Read more

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