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Stay Comfortable During the Holidays with this HVAC Checklist

At Solano Heating and Air Conditioning, we recognize that home comfort matters. It’s even more important when you’re spending additional time at home cooking and entertaining during the holiday season. Make your holidays extra cheerful and bright this season by checking off some important tasks on your home HVAC to-do list. Below, we’ve put together a helpful holiday HVAC checklist to help you stay comfortable this holiday season.

Keep Your HVAC System Running Great This Holiday Season

Don’t let your holidays be burdened with an uncomfortable home! Take a look at this checklist to make sure your HVAC system is primed and prepped for all the seasonal merriment.

Holiday Home Comfort Checklist

Need a Maintenance Check? We Can Help!

Need an HVAC system maintenance check before the new year? We offer preventative maintenance that will help keep your system running smoothly and prevent any emergency breakdowns. If you need a maintenance check on your HVAC system, give us a call today to set up an appointment: (415) 689-7849.

Spring Cleaning Made Easy

Many homeowners find the idea of spring cleaning too daunting to even get started. But the truth is that spring cleaning doesn’t have to be difficult. There are simple ways that you can work toward making your home a cleaner, healthier space for you and your family. Check out our easy guide to spring cleaning below to help you get started.

Easy Guide to Spring Cleaning

If the thought of spring cleaning makes you uncomfortable, then the guide below is just for you. In this graphic, we’ve broken down some simple steps that you can take to start your spring cleaning:

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3 Reasons You Should Invest in Weatherproofing

Most homeowners want to create a comfortable, relaxing, and safe environment for themselves and their loved ones. That can only happen if you ensure that no matter what condition it is outside, it will not affect your comfort or safety inside. The best way to make sure you stay safe and comfortable year-round is by weatherproofing your home.

Why You Should Invest in Weatherproofing

Don’t take our word for it. Below are 3 of the top reasons why you need to invest in weatherproofing for your home:

  1. Weatherproofing can save you money.

Doors and windows with cracks and poorly insulated ductwork can lead to air leaks. Any time the cool or warm air from your house escapes, you are wasting energy, which can add up in heating and cooling costs over time. Not to mention, these leaks make your HVAC system work harder to keep you comfortable. This can cause breakdowns and malfunctions that require costly repairs. Weatherproofing helps you seal up these leaks and stop wasting energy (and money) when you use your heater or AC.

  1. It can help you improve home comfort.

Have you ever felt a draft in your home? How about overpowering humidity? When the outdoor elements start to creep into your home, it can be difficult for you to get comfortable and stay that way. Weatherproofing helps you keep air and moisture from outside from getting into your comfortable home environment and wreaking havoc. By sealing up your doors and windows, insulating your ductwork, and investing in window treatments, you can help keep your family comfortable no matter what the weather is outside.

  1. Weatherproofing helps protect your home from damage.

Let’s face it, the weather isn’t always kind to your home. Between seasonal changes in temperature, inclement weather, and humidity (or lack thereof), the weather can start to take a toll on the outside of your home. The best way to protect your home from weather damage is by weatherproofing your home and keeping up with routine maintenance. The better you take care of your home, the better it will be able to take care of you.

DIY Weatherproofing Tips

Now that you know why it’s so important to invest in weatherproofing, you can use the simple tips below to get started:

  • Use a caulk gun to seal up any holes or cracks that you find around windows and doors.
  • For small insulation areas, use expanding foam insulation, which can be purchased at your local home improvement store.
  • Weather stripping is easy to install and works to effectively stop drafts.
  • You can install rubber or metal door sweeps to block outdoor air from entering your home.
  • If you have an attic, use an attic stair cover to seal your attic space.
  • Use screens, drapes, curtains, and storm windows to help protect air and moisture from entering your windows and regulate temperature.

Want to find other ways to boost your home energy efficiency? The HVAC experts at Solano would be happy to help you find the right energy-efficient HVAC system and products to meet your specific home comfort needs. Call us today to learn more about our quality HVAC products and services: (707) 416-0845.

Get Ready for 2017: Tips for Saving on HVAC Costs in the New Year

Want to save money this coming year? When it comes to saving on HVAC costs, we’ve got you covered. These helpful tips and tricks will help you spend less in 2017.

Check for air leaks.

Make sure your home’s weather stripping is in good shape. If it’s worn out or not blocking outside air from coming into your home, then you should replace it. Be sure to also check around electrical outlet boxes on exterior walls, and if there are any air leaks there, use caulking to fill the gaps.

Only heat or cool occupied rooms.

When heating or cooling your home, close off any vents in rooms that are unused so that you are not heating or cooling spaces that are unoccupied, such as guest rooms or storage rooms. It also helps to keep the doors to these rooms closed off from the rest of the house, so that your heating or cooling system can focus on the areas where people spend the most time.

Use natural light as heat.

South facing windows have the ability to warm your home at no extra cost to you. During the daytime, when the sun shines the brightest, open the drapes or blinds on your windows and allow the sun to shine in and warm the room. By doing this, your heating system won’t have to work as hard to sustain a comfortable temperature.

Change your filter!

Check your HVAC system’s air filter for excess dirt, dust and debris at least once per month and change the filter whenever it gets dirty. This will help ensure that your HVAC system can run efficiently, and you will have cleaner air quality as well. If you have pets, consider purchasing a special air filter that will help trap dander and other pet debris effectively.

Turn down (or up) your thermostat.

During the colder months, reduce the costs of your heating bills by setting your thermostat to a lower temperature during the nighttime while you are sleeping. The best temperature for sleeping is said to be between 60 and 67ºF, so if you normally run your thermostat at 72ºF during the night, dial it down several notches. In the summer, turn the thermostat up a few degrees and sleep with lightweight blankets. During those 8 or so hours of rest, you’ll barely notice the change in temperature, but you could save 3% for each degree your thermostat doesn’t have to maintain. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can save on your energy bills by simply making this switch.

Make time for maintenance.

Finally, have Air Conditioning and Heating maintenance performed on your HVAC system regularly, at least twice per year. A trained HVAC technician can help ensure that your HVAC system is in proper working order. And, if your system isn’t working at its best, a professional HVAC technician can help take care of any small repairs before they become large problems for your system. If your HVAC system is in need of a service call, or you’re considering upgrading your current system, contact us today at: 707-416-0845.

3 Alternative Heating Options to Try this Winter

Forced air heating units are familiar to most homeowners and are probably the most common way to heat a home during the wintertime; however, there are several other options you may want to consider as well. Below, you’ll find some alternative heating choices that can help keep your home warm and cozy during the cold Winter months.

Wood Burning Stoves

Wood burning stoves have been used for hundreds of years to provide warmth and comfort to spaces during the colder months. The first wood burning stove was patented way back in the year 1557! And, even though we’re in the 21st century, there’s no reason you can’t also reap the benefits of this type of heating system in your home.

Wood burning stoves can be a sensible choice for heating medium sized homes and high efficiency models are now available which improve the overall air quality of your home while keeping it warm and toasty. Wood burning stoves are a great choice as they do not rely on electricity, but simply wood, for fuel. Be sure to contact your local environmental office to learn any restrictions for wood burning stoves in your area, and keep in mind the size of your home when purchasing a wood burning stove. You’ll want to choose a stove that is adequately sized, not too big or too small, so that you get maximum efficiency from the unit.

Pellet Stoves

Pellet stoves are efficient, electric powered, stoves that burn compressed wood or biomass particles (grains, corn, seeds) which are shaped into pellets. The hopper, or container, of the stove is fed with pellets, which allows the unit to maintain a constant flame that needs very little adjustment on the homeowner’s part. Pellet stoves can generally be plugged into a standard electrical outlet and will work in conjunction with a forced exhaust system. Pellet stoves burn very cleanly since the pellet produces minimal ash, although daily cleaning of the ash is recommended for maximum efficiency. Pellet stoves can be used in small or mobile homes where a wood burning stove would not be suitable.

Geothermal Heat

Have you heard of geothermal heating? This type of heating is best implemented in new construction because it requires an underground system of coils, which can be easier to add to a home pre-construction. Yet, these heat pumps can also be retrofitted to an existing home.  Since the main tubing of the system is located underground, heat from the earth is used to heat your home. Generally, the Earth’s temperature where the coils are buried holds steady between 50 degrees and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Since this is much warmer than the air outside of your home on a brisk Winter day, it requires less energy to heat your home’s indoor air to a comfortable level.

Geothermal units can run several thousand dollars to purchase and install, but the savings in both cost and energy in the long run is well worth it. Not to mention, since the unit utilizes heat from the earth, it is an environmentally friendly choice as well.

We offer geothermal heat pumps as well as other heating options for your home. Call us today to learn more: 707-416-0845

Enjoy the In-between: Improve your Home Comfort without Running your HVAC system.

Oh, the joys of great weather. You can open the windows for the fresh air without worry of overtaxing your air conditioning system. And now is a great time to allow your air conditioner and your heater a deserved rest while the weather is nice!

However – temperature fluctuations are still in-season and the nights and mornings can be chilly, and the afternoons? Sweaty. How do you keep up with the flux of fall without running your HVAC system ragged switching from air to heat? We’ve got a few ideas.

How to Maintain Home Comfort without AC

Here are a few ways that you can enjoy a comfortable home environment without turning on your AC:

  1. The Great Outdoors
    Embrace the great outdoors. If it’s too chilly in your home and the sun is shining, take a walk. If you find your bedroom a little stuffy at night, pop open a window and enjoy the breeze.
  2. Light a Fire
    In the colder nights when you know the warm weather is returning in the morning, you may not want to kick on your furnace. Instead, kick on your fireplace! If your home doesn’t have one, a little electric unit might do the trick.
  3. Bundle Up
    If things get a little Netflix and chilly, you could also wrap up in a sweater or under a blanket with some popcorn. Pretty soon, you’ll be glad you didn’t kick on the heat because you’ll be feeling just-right.
  4. #1 Fan
    Hot afternoons that don’t quite call for AC can always be improved with a nice oscillating fan and a homemade popsicle.
  5. Humidify
    Humidifiers come in warm-mist or cool-mist varieties, which can add just enough comfort and temperature regulation that heat and air conditioning just aren’t needed.
  6. Get Ready
    The best way to spend the “in-between” season is by inviting an HVAC expert to your home. In what we call the “shoulder season” of fall, we can inspect your air conditioner and rectify any issues that have come up over the summer and also check into your heating system, making sure that it is winter-ready before it becomes an emergency.

Contact Solano to get your in-between inspection & maintenance call taken care of before winter comes and leaves you unready.