When I’m In Charge …

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It may happen. I’ll be selected for this new government position – The Heating and Air Conditioning Czar of California. Okay, maybe just the Valley. I’m a realist. What will be different when I’m in charge? Well, for starters, I will proclaim that all contractors be required to apply for a building permit before they…

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Why Pay More?

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We should be well into the throes of winter by now. Is your gas bill higher than you would like? One sure way to reduce your gas bill is by installing a new high-efficiency furnace. Unless you own stock in The Gas Company reducing your gas bill would be a good idea. Check their stock…

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That Same Question Again

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“Can you give me a ‘ballpark’ price for a new heating and air conditioning system? Oh, and I won’t hold you to it”. I am asked that question more than a few times each week. I often wonder if the person on the other end of the phone really expects to get a response that…

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Happy Holidays

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2006 proved to be a very exciting year in the heating and air conditioning business. We suffered through one of the hottest summer seasons on record. I think I have successfully blocked out the memory of how busy it was during this past July and August. One thing that has really set this year apart…

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Dirty Little Secrets

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I am surprised and saddened by the number of homeowners who are fooled by contractors that present a proposal, bid, or estimate, for a heating and/or air conditioning system, that is intentionally designed to hide information. These clever deceivers use a variety of means to write a proposal lacking important information that could help homeowners…

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All About Ducts

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I thought it was high time to write an article about residential heating and air conditioning ducts, so here goes. Ducts are simply a vessel to deliver air into your home from the heating and/or air conditioning system. The ducts are a crucial component of all conventional heating and air conditioning systems. If the ducts…

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What is Condensation?

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Willis Carrier originally developed what we now know as air conditioning, back in 1902. His objective was to help a friend who owned a printing business. Excessive humidity was causing problems with the printing paper. A system was installed that removed humidity from the air. Another result of this new machine was that it also…

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What is 'Manual J?'

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Residential air conditioning systems are available in a variety of capacities, commonly referred to as ‘tons.’ You’ve probably heard of an air conditioning system referred to as a three-, four- or five-ton system. This term has nothing to do with the actual weight of the equipment, but rather, a measurement that determines the amount of…

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Making Better Decision

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How long would you like your air conditioning condenser to last? As long as possible, right? Modern air conditioning condensers will typically last about 20 years. If your condensing unit did not last quite that long, it’s possible the cause of the failure was preventable. So, unless you enjoy buying a new condenser sooner than…

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Being a Smart Shopper

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Your income tax refund is burning a hole in your pocket so you’ve decided to start shopping for a new television set – probably one of those new high definition models. Like many of us today, you may have begun your research online. Then, you might visit some of the local merchants before deciding on…

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