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The Benefits of a Variable-Speed Air Conditioner

Posted on July 18, 2017 by James Florence

Imagine if your car only drove at one speed, regardless of whether you were in town or on the freeway, or if your stereo only had a single volume setting that couldn’t be adjusted. Sounds awful, right? Well, when it comes to your air conditioner, you may be dealing with an equivalent situation. In fact, the air conditioners found in many Bay Area homes only have one setting: full blast. Not surprisingly, these relics of cooling technology aren’t exactly the epitome of energy efficiency.

Fortunately, there’s a better option available: the variable-speed air conditioner. Unlike its single-speed predecessors, a variable-speed unit is able to incrementally adjust its power output in conjunction with changing climate conditions—and that’s just the beginning. Read more

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Industry Spotlight: Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association

Posted on March 30, 2017 by Suzanne Carroll

PHCC logoThe Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) promotes the advancement and education of plumbing and HVAC professionals and advocates for improvements in public health and environmental safety. Since its founding in 1883, the PHCC has assisted in establishing an apprenticeship system, worked with lawmakers to enact sanitation regulations, helped develop improvements in plumbing fixtures and created educational programs to keep its members up-to-date on industry advancements. The association’s goal is to “become so relevant that PHCC contractors are the best choice for professionalism, reliable products and knowledgeable service.” Read more

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Moving Targets: Exposing the World of HVAC Scammers

Posted on January 05, 2017 by James Florence

With the many heating and air conditioning companies operating in the Bay Area, it’s natural to assume that some are better than others, with each possessing varying degrees of experience, organization, customer service and technological proficiency. However, when it comes to choosing an HVAC company, there’s more at stake than its level of skill or service: if you’re not careful, you could pick a fraudulent one. Like many service industries, the HVAC industry is rife with dishonest businesses out to take advantage of unsuspecting consumers.

Too outrageous to be true? Not according to Bryant Kearney, service manager at Moore Solar/Heating/Cooling, who is very familiar with the handiwork of these conniving companies. “Scams are a major problem in the HVAC industry,” he affirms. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Keeping in the Heat

Posted on November 08, 2016 by James Florence

One of the biggest concerns during winter is maintaining a comfortable climate inside the home. However, if your home lacks sufficient insulation, this can get expensive. Heat is an expert escape artist, which means the more escape routes your home contains, the more money you’re going to spend replenishing what you lose. To address this, we’ve asked seven Diamond Certified Experts to give their advice on keeping in the heat during the winter months. Read more

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A Shade Lighter: The Latest Innovation in Window Tint Technology

Posted on September 29, 2016 by James Florence

With Jeremy Creager, owner of Perfect Darkness Tint

Window tint can make a car look cooler, but did you know it can also make a car literally cooler? Fortified with light- and heat-rejecting properties, tint (aka film) blocks incoming solar energy from entering car windows, keeping the interior environment more comfortable and protecting drivers from harmful UV rays.

Unfortunately, California’s legal limits on tint darkness can make it challenging to get these benefits where you need them most—namely, your windshield and front side windows. Read more

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Video: Financing Your Solar Installation with PACE

Posted on September 15, 2016 by James Florence

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips about residential solar. One tip mentioned a recent financing program available to California homeowners called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE. To learn more about PACE and its benefits, watch this informative video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Randy Zechman of Clean Solar, Inc.

To learn more about solar power and other topics, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Residential Solar Energy Basics

Posted on September 13, 2016 by James Florence

Not long ago, solar power was a fringe technology whose viability as a widespread energy source remained in question. Flash forward a couple of decades to today, where solar panels can be seen mounted on rooftops and hillsides throughout the Bay Area and beyond. However, while Bay Area residents have become well-acquainted with the concept of solar power, many still don’t know how to incorporate this revolutionary technology into their own lives. To learn more, we’ve asked seven Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to shed some light on the basics of residential solar energy.


Determining whether solar energy is worthwhile for you

Everyone knows solar power works, but the question on most homeowners’ minds is whether it will work for them. Read more

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