Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

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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Video: Energy-Efficient HVAC Innovations

Posted on April 02, 2018 by James Florence

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before purchasing a new heating and cooling system, make sure you’re getting the latest and greatest industry technology. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bryan Arlaud of Certified Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Bryan Arlaud: One of the big things that is changing in the industry today is that many people are used to a gas-fired furnace that uses not only electricity, but also fuel to heat the home. You get those in two different versions. You can get it at 80% efficient or 90 and above percent efficient.

The big change is coming in where we are starting to heat and cool homes with electricity, Read more

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How to Save Big on Heating and Cooling Costs

Posted on March 30, 2018 by James Florence

CONCORD — If your HVAC system is more than eight years old, it likely constitutes the lion’s share of your home’s energy consumption. In fact, it’s common for heating and cooling to represent more than half of a home’s total energy costs. As a result, you may be overpaying for comfort—or, worse still, be unable to afford it. In either case, you’ll be glad to know there are options for improving your situation.

One option is to replace your old HVAC system with a newer, more energy-efficient model. During the last decade, California’s ever-tightening energy efficiency regulations have spurred HVAC manufacturers to improve their technology, which has resulted in systems that operate up to and above 90 percent efficiency. Read more

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The Importance of HVAC Unit Maintenance

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Mari Patrick

CONCORD — If you can’t remember the last time your heating and air conditioning system was professionally serviced, chances are it’s overdue for maintenance. Much like your car, your home’s HVAC system needs regular tune-ups to maintain optimal performance. You’d never dream of driving your car for years without a tune-up or at least an oil change, so why would you neglect the system responsible for heating and cooling your home?

Even the newest furnace and air conditioning units need to be regularly serviced by a professional. Professional service maintains system efficiency, avoids unnecessary problems and prevents costly breakdowns, all of which can save a lot of money over the long term. So, Read more

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Video: The Air Scrubber Plus® Advantage

Posted on January 30, 2018 by James Florence

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re looking to maximize your home’s indoor air quality, look no further than Air Scrubber Plus. To learn more, we’re in Concord with Daniel Mendoza of Perfect Star Heating and Air Conditioning, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Donzelli.

Daniel Mendoza: The Air Scrubber Plus product is great for every home. It turns your whole central heating and air system into a purifier for up to 3,000 square feet. It takes your $3.00 filters and makes them work 50 times better with its ActivePure technology. So, what you’re essentially doing is bringing the outdoor fresh air, which is great for you, Read more

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