Posts Tagged ‘heat’

Save Money and Energy with These Bay Area HVAC Tips

east-bay-hvacIt’s getting hot here in the Bay Area. If you’ve been cranking your AC, you might be concerned about your monthly energy bill. Even if you are not normally “energy conscious” most of the year, the brutal days of summer can highlight your HVAC problems. Here are some smart (but not necessarily intuitive) strategies for reducing air conditioning costs. Read the rest of this entry »

Which is Better: Gas or Electric Heating?

bay area hvacMost homes in the Bay Area use gas heating. Why? Gas is simply cheaper (in general). However, electric heating can confer unique advantages – particularly efficiency.

If you’re exploring heating and HVAC technologies to help your Bay Area home or business conserve energy and cut costs, here’s a quick primer on the fundamentals of the debate. Read the rest of this entry »

Bay Area HVAC Preparation Tips

Winter is right around the corner. You don’t need an HVAC expert to remind you that you need to take steps, ASAP, to get your heating costs under control. Whether you run a small Bay Area business or own a home by the water, here are several ideas on how to conserve energy and save on costs. Read the rest of this entry »

Perhaps you just purchased a new Bay Area home or condominium. Or maybe you are remodeling or “reinventing” your space. In the back of the mind, you know you need to do something about your old HVAC system. But is it really necessary? What happens if you just let this project linger on your To Do list for a little longer? Read the rest of this entry »

 Everyone knows windows are “energy sucks.”

In other words, if you want to control your building’s heating and cooling costs, you should worry a lot about the inefficiencies created by your windows. Read the rest of this entry »

The air we breathe plays a vital a role in shaping our health, well-being, attitude and capacity to function effectively. When air quality in a home degrades, enormous health problems can arise, including emphysema, asthma, bronchial conditions, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

Burrr. It was feeling pretty chilly this morning in Castro Valley, CA. We all want to keep our homes warm, cozy and safe this winter. Read the rest of this entry »

The #1 reason to have your furnace inspected annually is to verify the heat exchanger is not cracked.

A cracked heat exchanger will omit Carbon Monoxide, a odorless and colorless gas that is deadly and only found by a Carbon Monoxide Detector if installed in the correct areas. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Calibrate Central Heat/Air So That All Rooms Are at a Desired Temperature

 

It’s the holy grail of homeowners – particularly during chilly winter days and sultry summer afternoons: getting all of the rooms in your home (or condo or office) to be the same temperature.

 

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It’s a nightmare scenario. It’s 31 degrees outside in the middle of February. You are shaking with chills. You go to the bathroom to take that morning shower and melt your muscles in the warm, soothing flow of the piping hot water. But you turn the knobs and, instead of the luxurious heat, you are bombarded with an icy rain that feels like it has fallen from the clouds of the planet Neptune to turn you into a block of ice. Read the rest of this entry »