Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Brian Waskow is a 37-year veteran of the HVAC industry and owner of Hometown Heating & Air Conditioning, a Diamond Certified company since 2013. He can be reached at (925) 456-4967 or by email.

The Importance of HVAC System Filtration

Posted on May 14, 2019 by James Florence

CONCORD — A critical aspect of maintaining heating and air conditioning systems is proper filtration. Furnace and A/C units have air filters that help keep the systems clean by collecting dust, dirt, and airborne particulates. As a filter collects more and more particles over time, it will eventually become clogged. This can bring adverse effects by causing the system to work harder and decreasing its energy efficiency. That’s why air filters need to be changed at regular intervals.

If you’re unsure how often you should change your system’s air filter, consult a professional. In general, I recommend replacing air filters at least twice a year; however, depending on the type of filter you have and the specific environmental conditions in your home, Read more

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Video: HVAC Air Filter Warning

Posted on May 14, 2019 by James Florence

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: Do you remember the last time you changed your furnace’s air filter? If not, you may be in for some adverse effects. To learn more, we’re in Walnut Creek with Jessica Lobban of Hometown Heating & Air Conditioning, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Brian Waskow.

Jessica Lobban: I’m here to speak to you today about filtration in your heating and air conditioning system. Filters like these collect dust, dirt, and particulates. Over time these filters can get clogged. That clogged filter can have an adverse effect on your system causing it to work harder and causing it to have less efficiency. Read more

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Video: Measures to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Posted on April 09, 2019 by James Florence

BENICIA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re concerned about the air quality inside your home, you’ll want to know a few steps you can take to improve it. Today we’re in Benicia with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Morimoto of Bay Area Home Services to learn more.

Chris Morimoto: I would like to talk today about indoor air quality. This is a big thing in our industry and not many people know about it. Indoor air quality is basically the quality of your air in your home which you’re breathing. Newer homes are now tighter, double-paned windows that not a lot of air circulation gets to get into the home. Read more

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Video: Ductless Mini-Splits for HVAC

Posted on April 09, 2019 by James Florence

BENICIA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re looking for an alternative to central heating and air conditioning in your home, one option to consider is ductless mini-splits. Today we’re in Benicia with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Morimoto of Bay Area Home Services to learn more.

Chris Morimoto: So, my tip for today is what we call in our industry ductless mini-splits. Instead of a central system for your home, where each individual room has a vent, you actually have – each individual room will have a unit on the wall that can be controlled individually. So, what makes that nice is it actually separates your house, room by room, Read more

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Improving Indoor Air Quality

Posted on April 09, 2019 by James Florence

BENICIA — One often-overlooked aspect in the home is indoor air quality. Scientific studies consistently show that the air inside homes is of far poorer quality than the air outside. This may be partly due to the tightly insulated character of newer homes, a byproduct of which is reduced ventilation. With less fresh outside air entering and circulating through the home, indoor air can become stale—or worse, unhealthy, as particles like dust, allergens and airborne contaminants can become trapped inside.

To combat poor air quality in your home, you’ll need to improve air filtration. This starts with your air filter. Instead of buying a standard, one-inch furnace filter, purchase a high-grade filter that more effectively captures dust and airborne contaminants. Read more

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Ductless Mini-Splits for HVAC

Posted on April 09, 2019 by James Florence

BENICIA — Is your central HVAC system outdated or in poor condition? Are you looking at alternative options for heating and cooling your home? Are you planning for a home addition? Are you considering adding a solar energy system? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you’ll want to know about an innovative HVAC option: ductless mini-splits.

Ductless mini-splits differ from central heating and air conditioning in that they function as independent units that serve individual rooms or areas of the home. Whereas a centralized HVAC system heats/cools the entire house to a uniform temperature, ductless mini-splits offer a customized approach to climate control by allowing the homeowner to adjust the temperatures in individual rooms. Read more

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Video: Whole House Fan Benefits

Posted on April 09, 2019 by James Florence

SAN LEANDRO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re looking for an alternative option for cooling your home, consider the benefits of a whole house fan. Today we’re in San Leandro with Diamond Certified Expert Contributors Sean Madar and Paul Doane of Atticare to learn more.

Sean Madar: Cooling your home in the summer can be uncomfortable and pricey. Installing a whole house fan can help you save 50 to 90 percent on your energy bills, but there are also side benefit to it. Paul, can you tell us a little bit about what is a whole house fan and how it works?

Paul Doane: Sure. Read more

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