HVAC Equipment and Service

HVAC is short for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVAC is most often used to read more.

Locate the label on the outer surface of the equipment for a manufacture date. If the equipment is less than five years old it may have a warranty, but also may not read more.

Yes. Heating and cooling that make a lot of noiseincrease sound pollution. Although no monetary savings are tied to lower sound levels, the sound rating of a cooling system can have a significant effect on comfort and enjoyment of your Livermore home. The sound level of an air conditioner or heat pump depends on a variety of factors, such as the equipment, and read more

A Service Call fee is a bill for the expense associated with the time and travel to diagnose, inspect and provide expert recommendations for a home's heating or air conditioning system by a read more

A popping disturbance is a typically sign of an under-sized duct design. It may have to do with greater air flow than the duct work can handle. Have a qualified company analyze your home's ventilation system for proper design and provide a written recommendation. Improper duct work layout can cause a number of ventilation and air quality problems, including read more

The answer is, typically, yes. Here's why.

Matched System Design: All air conditioner and heat pump outdoor units are specifically intended to work with a matched indoor unit for optimal efficiency and performance. The result of this matched equipment is a harmonized, top-performance team that ensures dependability and efficiency. Air conditioner and heat pump outdoor units may ”run” with indoor units other than those for which they have been specifically fabricated; however, the consequence would be a definite compromise in system performance.

Design Advances: Through the years, indoor blower coil units have undergone a number of design advances — especially in the areas of air handling performance, filtering efficiency and operating sound levels. A new outdoor unit will also include the read more

Similar to a value menu at nearby restaurants, charging a flat rate cost in place of an hourly cost delivers more value for our customers because everything is included, the read more.

You probably wouldn't get a brand-new car and assume to never have to add air to the tires, change the oil and check out any strange noises. Your home comfort system is read more

There are an abundance of possibilities that can cause your HVAC system to freeze up; many of them usually need to be corrected by a professional technician. Making sure the air filter is clean or replaced and determining the airflow is not restricted are about the only read more

If you are modifying your Livermore area home air conditioner, furnace or heat pump, it is the right time to also install a new zoning system to address hot and cold spots or special temperature requirements in the read more

Saving Energy at Home

With energy costs climbing, there are a few steps you can take to help reduce the expenses of heating and cooling your home. HVAC equipment usually uses more energy than any other appliance in the home. This inevitably shows up every month on monthly bills, but it's important to remember that energy costs can be controlled in several ways.

Maintenance: One step to control energy costs is to schedule annual maintenance to ensure your furnace and air conditioner is running properly and efficiently. Operating dirty heating or cooling equipment can result in unnecessary loss of efficiency and may even damage the equipment.

High Efficiency: If you are in the market for a new home comfort system, consider investing in a high-efficiency system. They are designed to help reduce your energy costs as well as help conserve natural resources. When choosing a new home comfort system, pay close attention to the SEER rating of the air conditioner and the AFUE of the furnace. The higher the SEER or AFUE, the higher the efficiency and savings.

Zoning: Zoning can dramatically lower your heating costs. Zoning divides your home into separate comfort areas, which are heated or cooled based on the occupancy of the rooms. That means a zoning system allows each room in your home to potentially have its own temperature setting. With a zoning system, you no longer pay to heat or cool areas of your home that are rarely used, and you can achieve the exact temperature you want in highly occupied rooms.

Programmable Thermostats: Programmable thermostats can make a big difference in energy consumption. Since you can proactively set a schedule for the days and times that the home is occupied, these thermostats are able to deliver exact comfort, efficiency and energy savings. For example, if you're going to be away, you can set the whole house at an energy-saving temperature to avoid heating or cooling an empty house and conserving energy in the process.

Indoor Air Quality

No, HVAC air filters vary due to quality and size, and some have specs that others don't. In most cases we recommend purchasing the filter your HVAC manufacturer recommends pairing up with your installed unit, however you may be tempted to try some other filter type for convenience or to remove read more.

Absolutely. Exposure to air pollutants can be up to 100 times higher indoors than outdoors. The American Lung Association estimates that most people spend 90 percent of their time indoors, making indoor air quality (IAQ) important for homeowners to know about. Many common household items contribute to poor indoor air quality. Compounds found in read more

The best method of detection is to use a carbon monoxide detector in a central location. A carbon monoxide detector is a device very similar to a smoke alarm. It monitors the air for carbon monoxide and read more/p>

You may have tried to cover up indoor odors by spraying air fresheners or lighting candles. Unfortunately, these tactics only mask the odors, they don't get rid of them. These remedies may in fact negatively affect indoor air quality from read more

An excellent way to choose the correct humidifier is by having a home health report performed by Service Experts. Every house is different, and every family is different. So, every humidification need is also different. There are a couple factors read more

Every person and every home entails a different comfort need. The threshold of irritancy and triggers that affect people’s health and comfort combine to determine the proper solutions. High threshold levels may require simple read more

According to studies created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to air pollutants indoors can be 100 times higher than outdoors. Frequent dusting and vacuuming can help reduce the amount of dust and dust mites present in your home. However, not all read more

Depending on the product you choose and the size of your house, a humidifier may use from 1.5 to 12 gallons per day when the furnace is operating. The amount of water read more

How often to change your air filters can depend on the following:

  • the type of air filter you are using
  • the overall indoor air quality
  • how many pets are in the home
  • the number of people occupying the home, and
  • the level of air pollution and construction around the home

For basic 1"-3" air filters, manufacturers usually read more

Yes. Carbon monoxide may be an invisible threat to health and safety in the home. Though more commonly thought to be associated with fireplaces and vehicle emissions, carbon monoxide poisoning read more

When in heating mode, people are confined indoors with unusually dry air for many months each year. Humidifiers help [[to keep comfortable levels of moisture|create the ideal humidity level and comfort|the right comfort level of read more

When entering the body, carbon monoxide attaches to with the red blood cells in the blood and displaces the oxygen our bodies need to survive. Carbon monoxide combines with the red blood cells over 200 times more easily than oxygen and creates a read more

Allergies and asthma are two health concerns that could be helped with cleaner indoor air. When airborne irritants are removed, allergy and asthma sufferers often find relief from their symptoms. Even those in good health who may read more

Unfortunately, the symptoms that are a result of carboxyhemoglobin saturation are easily overlooked because they appear to be flu-like. With mild exposure, most people experience headaches, fatigue and read more

Prevention is the most important step. Taking proper safety precautions will reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Because automobiles are a major cause of carbon monoxide poisoning, always take your car out of the garage to let it warm up. Never leave it read more

Many everyday household items may contribute to poor indoor air quality. Compounds found in carpeting, furniture, upholstery and drapery fabric constantly emit gases or fumes. Other sources of pollutants include cleaning agents, paint and read more

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is created by the incomplete combustion of fuels such as wood, natural gas, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, coal and charcoal. It is caused by read more

Indoor Air Quality is a term used to denote the level or amount of air pollution that exists inside a house or building, particularly occupied areas or rooms. Exposure to air pollutants can be up to read more

Installing a humidifier is generally an easy job when, at the same time, you change out your furnace. But you can also have a humidifier fitted to your read more

Indoor Air Quality Experts recommend a home's humidity level be between 30 and 60 percent. However, during extremely cold weather, a home loses humidity to the outdoors and the level may drop to as low as 10 percent. When humidity levels drop, we suggest you have a whole-home humidifier to help ensure that the proper level of moisture is present throughout the house. Not having enough moisture in the air can cause dryness in the membranes of the read more

Dry air is what tends to make your throat feel dry or aggravate respiratory ailments. During cooler or cold weather, your home rapidly loses its humidity to the outdoors. Humidity levels could [[drop to as low as 10 percent|even go down as low as read more