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Heating and Cooling Features: Tips for First Time Homebuyers

Buying a home for the first time? If so, you know the numerous decision making challenges you are facing. Buying a home is not something you do every day. You want to buy a home that meets all your expectations and reflects the true value of your investment. The HVAC system is one vital component that merits your attention. You don’t want to make a down payment for a house without this vital facility. But what are you going to consider as far as this system is concerned? Look for these heating and cooling features before you buy.

Heating and Cooling Features for First Time Homebuyers

Here are just a few things that you can check for when looking at HVAC systems in potential homes:

Type of HVAC System

Broadly speaking, these systems come in two categories: room air conditioners and central air conditioners. The first are room-specific while the later are meant for the entire house. Central air conditioners are more efficient than room conditioners. This implies that it makes more economic sense to buy a house fitted with a central air conditioner. This type of system will lower your energy costs by using less energy than room air conditioners.

Design and Type of Ductwork

Ensure the ducts are sized and properly balanced for comfortable and even air conditioning. It is better if the ducts are round and externally insulated; these are the most efficient. Say no to long runs of flexible duct as these will waste a lot of energy.

The Refrigerant

Check the type of refrigerant that the system uses. Some refrigerants are not environment-friendly. Avoid such systems and if possible ask for a replacement.

Adjustment of Heating and Cooling Temperatures

The system should have well calibrated and effective temperature controls. These controls should give you a reasonable range to manipulate the preferred temperatures in the house. A programmable thermostat comes in handy here. It will give you flexibility to program your system to deliver preferred temperatures without you having to keep making adjustment at different times of the day. For more convenience and remote operations you can check if the HVAC comes with a smart thermostat. This will enable you to control and adjust temperature settings from the comfort of your smartphone. For the thermostat to function correctly it should be located away from heat sources such as supply registers and windows.

Air Filter Location

These filters should be situated where it is easy for you to access them. This will make it easy and convenient for you to replace these filters about every three or so months.

Return-Air

Bear in mind that for conditioned air to enter the room, a similar amount of air must leave the room to create space for the conditioned get into. Ideally each room should have a return-air diffuser and an entering air diffuser.

Location and Installation of the Air Conditioner

Make sure the HVAC system is installed and located correctly. This way, it will serve you efficiently for many years without it raising any major issues.

Noise

The system’s condensing unit should be conveniently located where its noise will not irritate you or your neighbors.

As you contemplate on buying your first house, seek the inputs of heating and cooling experts. For more information on the heating and cooling features to consider as first time homebuyer, contact us for a consultation. We are always happy to serve our clients promptly & affordably.

 

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.

The Most Frequently Asked Home Comfort Questions for Californians

The truth of the matter is that many California homeowners are not as familiar with their HVAC system as they would like to be. Knowing how to properly maintain and use your HVAC unit is important to achieving home comfort. Below, we will cover some of the most commonly asked home comfort questions from our customers.

Most Common HVAC Home Comfort Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that we get from California homeowners about their HVAC system:

  1. How does my HVAC system help improve indoor air quality?

Indoor air-quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality inside of home and buildings, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of the occupants. Your HVAC filters help to reduce a number of the pollutants, allergens, and other particles that enter your home by filtering out these contaminants in the air before distributing the air throughout your home. Those with severe allergies or asthma may also consider an air purifier, which can help reduce more of these pollutants, making it easier to breathe.

  1. How durable is my HVAC system?

Most modern HVAC systems are durable and reliable. However, proper maintenance is required to extend the life of your HVAC system. In addition to regularly cleaning or replacing the air filter, homeowners should also have their system serviced at least once per year. During this tune-up, a qualified HVAC technician will make sure that your system is clean and well-oiled, as well as identify any potential problems or maintenance issues. As a general rule, the better and more consistently you care for your HVAC system, the longer it will last.

  1. Which size HVAC unit is right for my home?

When it comes to HVAC, bigger is not always better. If you install a unit that is too big for your home, the system will turn on and off more frequently as it takes less time to get the home to the desired temperature. This can cause premature wear and tear on the system’s parts. Similarly, if you get a unit that is too small for your home, it will have to work twice as hard to adjust the temperature, causing the system to wear out too soon. Contact an experienced HVAC technician to help you determine which size HVAC unit is right for your home.

  1. Do I need a humidifier?

In drier climates, some homeowners will use a humidifier to counteract with the dry air, which can cause breathing issues, cracked skin, and other health problems. However, using a humidifier when you don’t need one can lead to a buildup of moisture, which invites mold and mildew into your home. Again, the best course of action here is to speak with an experienced HVAC technician who can help you determine whether or not you need a humidifier.

Have more questions about your HVAC system? We would be happy to answer them, and help you find the right HVAC system to meet your home comfort needs. Give us a call today.

Indoor Air Quality Statistics!

Indoor air is dangerous and can be deadly if you don’t monitor it at all time. Your indoors for 70% of the day, so why not make sure the air your breathing is 100% healthy? Call us today and we will come to your home or office to make sure your system is producing healthy air.

HVAC Energy Facts & Statistics

HVAC Energy Facts & Statistics

Here is some fun and cool facts about HVAC Energy Facts and Statistics, if you have any other question or concerns…or possibly your system needs repairs. Please give us a call, here at Solano Heating & Air Conditioning we strive to provide excellent and perfect service. We serve Contra Costa, Fairfield, Solano and surrounding area’s.

 

Reasons To Replace Your Attic Insulation

For a house to be properly heated and cooled, it has to be properly insulated. While insulation in custom built and contemporary houses is usually of high quality, it could be an issue in older homes. If old, worn insulation fails to be replaced, it could lead to a significant rise in energy bills. Faulty attic insulation could also lead to a cold house during winter or sauna in the summer, among other issues. There are some signs that could be indicative of degraded insulation.

 

Home Insulation Replacement

 

Increased Energy Bills

A home’s HVAC unit normally accounts for a significant amount of the energy consumed. A spike would thus point towards a system that’s constantly being used to maintain a constant temperature in the house. Having the insulation replaced would go towards regulating the temperature, hence realizing energy savings.

 

Erratic Indoor Temperatures

Insufficient insulation could result in temperatures that are constantly changing. Some rooms within the house could feel too hot or cold in comparison with others. This is a symptom of poor insulation.

 

Ageing Symptoms

In older houses, the best way to test the quality of insulation is to feel the attic insulation using a glove. If any crumbles are present, then it’s time to have it replaced. Contrary to popular belief, there are many options available for such houses.

 

Presence of Pests

Pests like to live in insulation, especially in the basement and attic. If one has an infestation in their house, then they need to have their insulation checked. If any symptoms of infestation are present, then one needs to have their insulation replaced.

 

Water Damage

During the wet season, water can find its way through the walls or roof and into the insulation. If one fails to rectify this issue, mold will start to appear. Houses in flood-prone areas need to have the insulation checked constantly.

Homeowners need to get their attic insulation checked and replaced before the summer and winter seasons. While this can be done as a DIY project, some tasks could prove cumbersome. Hiring a professional would be advisable as they can keep everything consistent till the end of the job. Follow us for more articles that keep your HVAC system running efficiently and saving you money.

What Does It Mean To Be A Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer?

The Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer is certification given to HVAC companies that meet service standards stipulated by the Carrier Corporation. Any company with this prestigious designation has met high level standards in terms of installation and servicing of HVAC equipment. Here are some major advantages of hiring a Carrier certified contractor:

 

Advantages of Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer

  1. Expert ServiceAny contractor with Carrier certification has undergone rigorous training in the factory setting. They are required to strictly follow national standards that are set by the Carrier Corporation itself. When a client is looking for HVAC equipment or accessories in the market, these experts’ input always work the first time.
  2. Efficient on the JobHigh level of efficiency means the Carrier authorized dealer is able to connect consumers to top notch heating and cooling solutions. They are adept in how several Carrier equipment work and the various features incorporated on such equipment. Carrier certified contractors skilfully apply all the knowledge they have amassed to ensure the client achieves highest level of comfort with HVAC appliances.
  3. They are ProfessionalsContractors from a Carrier authorized factory are officially licensed and adequately insured for the job. They understand the importance of warranties and ensure clients have fully utilized the advantages of the same. When a Carrier certified dealer visits any home, the client is assured of fast and honest services as well as professional courtesy on the contractor’s part.

With a Carrier authorized dealer, the client is assured of a wide array of HVAC services at affordable prices. The contractor is able to help customers install, repair, or maintain any of their air conditioning, heating or ventilation appliances at home. They are able to handle special solvents like refrigerants.  On top of that, they provide convenient maintenance and service contracts to customers to manage their HVAC system.

A Carrier Factory Authorized contractor is efficient, professional and has the needed expertise to handle all kinds of HVAC systems. They are also economical in the special maintenance and service agreements they offer customers to manage their HVAC systems. Follow our blog today for more insight on Carrier certification and how you can benefit from a certified contractor.