Your HVAC system is crucial to your home’s comfort. So it does require maintenance and occasional upgrades to keep working efficiently. If you have an older system that’s seen some better days, here are some upgrades to your HVAC system to consider.
Whether you’re building a new home in the Bay Area or you’ve been in the same home for years, you may find it a chore to shop for HVAC systems. Buying a new furnace or air conditioner is more complex than a few decades ago. As a local HVAC dealer, we can help you find a system that will be the right size, efficiency and cost for your home. But you should know the basics before you set out to shop for a new heating and air conditioning system for your home.
What Should You Know to Shop for HVAC Systems?
When starting to shop for a new heating and cooling system, use these three key aspects of HVAC systems to guide your research. Continue reading
Winter in the Bay Area may be milder than in other parts of the country, but you still need a functioning heating system to keep your home comfortable when the temperature starts to drop. As with anything else in your home, you should understand HVAC basics as you turn up the heat this winter. You don’t need to know everything about home furnace maintenance, but you should at least understand the basics to get the most out of your system for the lowest cost.
Popular Residential Heating Systems in the Bay Area
There are a few different types of heating systems you can have for your home, but we will focus on two: Continue reading
Winters in the Bay Area tend to be mild, but you will still probably run your furnace constantly. That can get expensive, especially if you have an older furnace or have neglected to schedule a winter furnace inspection for a few years. Fortunately, you can lower your heating bills a bit if you know the best winter thermostat settings for Bay Area homes.
The Best Winter Thermostat Settings Keep You Warm and Save You Money
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the most efficient winter thermostat setting for homes in Oakland or the East Bay is 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re home and awake. When you’re asleep or there’s nobody home, you can lower your thermostat by 10 degrees or more. Continue reading
Heating and cooling systems are essential to anyone living in the Bay Area, but they don’t last forever. There will come a time when your old HVAC system starts to struggle. At that point you need to assess whether you need a new air conditioner or a furnace replacement. So let’s review the signs that will help you decide when that time has come.
You Have an Old HVAC System
The fall season is upon us, so schedule your furnace inspection. You likely haven’t turned on your furnace since last March. Even if you have a relatively new furnace installed in your Bay Area home, take the time to perform some basic furnace maintenance before you turn up your thermostat.
Fall Furnace Inspection for Bay Area Homes
The time has come to ensure that your furnace is in good working order. Continue reading
When you live in the Bay Area, protecting your home from wildfire smoke is now a top priority. You can shut your doors and windows when the smoke gets particularly heavy. But, can your air conditioner help keep indoor air clean? After all, an air conditioner is intended to cool the air and recirculate it throughout your home. It isn’t designed to improve indoor air quality challenged by soot and ash during fire season. And yet, your air conditioner can provide some protection against wildfire smoke if you have the right equipment.
Air Conditioners and Wildfire Smoke
Purifying the air in your home isn’t the main function of an air conditioner unit. But having one in your home can provide some protection against wildfire smoke and other pollutants. Continue reading
If you have a Bay Area home with air conditioning, you probably have it running constantly this summer. Take steps to keep cool more efficiently. Plus, you want to avoid constant use because that can contribute to breakdowns and other issues. This is especially true if you don’t keep up with your AC maintenance. Some of these issues are difficult to detect without an air conditioner unit inspection. But you clearly have a problem if your unit starts blowing hot air!
Air Conditioners Blowing Hot Air Need Immediate Maintenance!
As its name implies, a whole house humidifier increases the humidity of an entire home instead of just one room. They can be free-standing portable units that essentially act as much larger room humidifiers. But the best connect to your existing ductwork and act as part of your HVAC system along with your air conditioner and furnace.
A humidifier of some kind is a must when you live in a dry climate. But should a Bay Area home have a whole-home humidifier? As with just about anything else related to your home, it’s always best to look at the pros and cons of having one before you contact a Bay Area HVAC contractor to have one installed in your home. Continue reading
Heat pumps have grown as a viable alternative to conventional HVAC systems in the last several years. This is because Bay Area homeowners have seen friends and neighbors successfully use them to improve their home comfort. In addition, more people understands that “heat pump” means moving heat either into or out of a house. Said another way, heat pumps work by transferring heat from one area to somewhere else as needed.
- In the summer, they can cool your home by transferring heat from indoors to outside.
- In the winter, they can heat your home by reversing this process.