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Landscaping Ideas for Outdoor AC Units

Landscaping Ideas for Air Conditioning Units

Central air conditioning is great to have when you live in the Bay Area. But there is still the matter of what to do about the A/C unit that sits outside of your home. While AC units are very practical, they are not very attractive. There are ways, however, to use landscaping around your outdoor air conditioning unit or heat pump to minimize the visual impact while allowing the unit to operate efficiently.

Element Home Solutions does not provide landscaping services. But, we recommend following some of the steps shared here to protect your HVAC investment!

Use Landscaping to Hide your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit

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Is Fall Furnace Maintenance Really That Important?

Give Your Furnace Some Love Before the Weather Gets Cold!

Local HVAC firms emphasize getting all of your heating and cooling equipment serviced at least twice a year, preferably summer for the HVAC and summer for the AC.
But what about fall? Is there value in getting someone trained and certified to check out your furnace a few months after summertime? Pretty much everyone in the industry will say “Of course there is!” It’s better to focus on maintenance than have to call for a furnace repair in the Bay Area.

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Bay Area dryer vent cleaning

Signs That You Need Your Dryer Vents Cleaned

Wondering What’s Wrong With Your Dryer?

When a dryer stops working like it should, many people think they need to replace it. While that is sometimes the case if you have an older dryer, sometimes the problem is due to dryer vents that need to be cleaned. If you’ve been having a problem with your dryer that should be working just fine, here are some signs that you will need to find a bay area dryer vent cleaning company.

Your Clothes Take Too Long to Dry

The average load of laundry should be almost completely dry after spending 45 minutes in the dryer. If it takes longer than that, you either have too many clothes in the dryer or there is something wrong that needs to be fixed.

The Exhaust Termination is Closed

The exhaust termination is where the dryer exhaust escapes to the outside of your home. You might also know this part as the flapper, wall cap termination, or roof termination, and you will know that it’s open when you actually see some exhaust on the outside of your home when the dryer is on. If your dryer vents are dirty to the point of being clogged, the exhaust termination won’t open, and this exhaust won’t escape to where it needs to go.

Your Dryer is Running Hot

A dryer uses heat to dry clothes, so it obviously should be slightly warm when it’s on. However, it shouldn’t be overly hot to the touch, and it shouldn’t make your laundry room feel like a sauna. Both scenarios are signs that your dryer vents need to be cleaned.

You Notice More Lint than Usual Around Your Dryer

There will always be some lint around your dryer when you use it, but there shouldn’t be an excessive amount. If there is, it could mean that the vents are clogged and the lint has nowhere to go.

You Notice a Burning Smell

Perhaps the most important reason to take care of clogged dryer vents is because they can start a fire. In fact, an estimated 16,800 house fires in the United States were caused by problems associated with washers and dryers in 2010. If you notice a burning smell coming from your dryer when it’s on, it means the excessive lint in the dryer vents has caught on fire. Your house won’t immediately burst into flames, but it does mean that you should have your vents cleaned as soon as possible.

All of these are signs that your dryer vents need to be cleaned out. Most companies that provide appliance repair services won’t clean your dryer vents, so you will have to find a company that handles dryer vent cleaning in the bay area. There are plenty out there if you’re willing to look, so make sure you keep one in mind in case your clogged dryer vents need to be cleaned out.

Do You Need Bay Area Dryer Vent Cleaning?

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Reduce the Risk of Rodents in your Attic by Taking These Steps

Bay Area Rodent Proofing Steps

Does it sound like there is a another party in your attic? Do you hear scampering noises at night or during the day when you pay close attention? These are clear signs that there are rodents living in your attic. You may also notice some droppings or urine while cleaning your house. These rodents can nest in and even destroy your insulation, making you incur an extra cost of replacing it. It is therefore essential to take the necessary measures in order to completely get rid of these rodents in your house. The following are some of the steps you can follow for Bay Area rodent proofing.

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Bay Area air conditioning repair

How to Know When Your A/C Unit Needs Service

When it comes to proper air conditioning system maintenance practices, certain signs of wear and tear are a bit more obvious than others. You should make yourself aware of some of the warning signs that your HVAC system emits, and take care of the problem before it seriously reduces your AC unit’s efficiency. Continue reading

Bay Area air duct cleaners

The Importance of Air Ducts to your HVAC System

Your home or building’s air ducts play a crucial role in its greater HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. They facilitate ventilation and create a path for conditioned air to move throughout the premises, thereby creating a comfortable indoor environment for all occupants. Considering all these benefits, it is essential that you take proper care of your air ducts. Failure to do so will most likely lead to them becoming contaminated. Such a situation will in turn cause them to operate inefficiently resulting in poor indoor air quality. Continue reading

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Four Signs that Tell You It’s Time to Replace Your Furnace

Your HVAC system has probably offered you years of trouble-free service, but as your system ages, it loses efficiency and effectiveness. This raises your utility bills a certain percentage each month, and lowers your indoor air quality. It also may start getting noisier as it ages, which can impact your quality of life. Continue reading