Yes, Even More Rules

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Currently the State of California is requiring that certain duct systems of a heating and air conditioning system be tested to determine the amount of air leakage, when any part of the system is replaced. This is all done in an effort to reduce energy usage. There are of course many factors which will determine…

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Let’s All Say Goodbye To An Old Friend (Freon)

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Refrigerant R-22, commonly known as Freon, has had a pretty good run. It’s been used for many years in residential air conditioning systems, worldwide. So what’s the problem? Well Freon R-22 contains chlorine, which when released into the air, is thought by some to be hurting the Earth’s Ozone Layer. Whether or not you believe…

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How Much Efficiency Can I Afford?

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When buying a heating or air conditioning system, homeowners need to consider many factors before making their purchase. One of these factors is the ‘total efficiency’ of the new system. Energy costs are surely going to rise. The D.W.P. and The Gas Co. already have approval for future rate increases. How much will I be…

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How do I Choose a Quality Contractor?

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Check out everyone that provides you with a proposal with your local Better Business Bureau. They will have a rating for most contractors. You can’t rely solely on this information, but include it in your evaluation. Check every contractor out with the California State Contractors License Board. www.cslb.ca.gov. Do this online, as it is difficult…

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Homeowners Corner

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So, you need of a new furnace or air conditioner. You may not have had to purchase this type of product before, or at least not for some time. So, how will you possibly learn enough about it before you write the check? How will you know which equipment is the “right” choice for your…

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“A Fool And His Money Are Soon Parted”

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After a brief search on the internet, I cannot confirm with certainty that actually came up with this saying, but it cannot be more appropriate given today’s economic woes. I continue to be baffled as to how some consumers allow themselves to be fooled into purchasing a new heating and air conditioning systems based solely…

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Do You Trust Your HVAC Contractor?

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This is the first question that you should ask yourself when it comes time to replace or install a new heating and/or air conditioning system. If you have a good relationship with an HVAC contractor, and your heating/air conditioning system needs to be replaced, why would you think about getting ‘bids’ from other contractors? If…

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My Furnace Won’t Work – What Now?

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The Scenario: You turn on the thermostat up to get some heat, and nothing happens. So like all homeowners, you turn it up even higher – still nothing. You give the thermostat a couple of ‘love taps’ in an attempt to convince it to work, but even that doesn’t help. You’re thinking about opening up…

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Some basic HVAC terms

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Many of the technical jargon that we use in the heating and air conditioning business, aren’t commonly known by homeowners. So, let’s define some of these terms. HVAC This acronym stands for Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Air Conditioning or Heating “System” A system refers to a group of matched components. These components usually consist…

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