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  • Poor Indoor Air Quality Warning Signs

    Poor Indoor Air Quality Warning Signs

    February 16th, 2018
    Shifting weather, extended daylight—all signs point to spring! There are many ways to improve your home each season. Spring brings renewed attention to indoor air quality. Pollen from fresh blooms is just one of the things to keep at bay, especially if you have asthma or respiratory concerns. Below is a list of common indoor air pollutants and ways to
  • Electric Heating System Options

    Electric Heating Options | Electric Heaters for Your Home

    February 13th, 2018
    While most homes are heated by forced air or hot water, electric heating can make sense in certain circumstances. For instance, if you live in an area where electricity is cheaper than gas/oil (very rare) or extending central heating ductwork is impractical, electric heating may be a smart choice. Keep in mind that electricity is probably the most expensive and
  • Heat Pump Sizing Load Calculations

    Sizing a Heat Pump: Heat Pump Load Calculations

    February 9th, 2018
    Many homes in the San Francisco Bay Area use a heat pump to provide energy-efficient heating and air conditioning. A heat pump functions as typical central air conditioner in the summer; in the winter, the refrigeration cycle reverses itself to pump heat from the outdoors into your home. Instead of using combustion fuel, heat pumps use electricity and refrigerant to
  • Forced Air Furnace Benefits and Advantages

    7 Benefits of Forced Air Furnaces

    February 6th, 2018
    A forced air furnace is a heating system that burns either gas, fuel oil, or propane for heat. Using return ducts, it takes air from inside your home, heats it, then delivers the warm air back into your home via supply ducts. Forced air furnaces have many advantages over other home heating methods. Below are some of the main benefits
  • 7 Heating System Types

    7 Home Heating System Types 

    February 2nd, 2018
    It can be hard to let go of your old heating system and commit to a new one you hardly know. If you have an aging unit that needs replacement, however, it can be exciting to see the variety of heating technologies available as replacement options. All of these systems come in different models and sizes to accommodate your home.
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning considerations before remodeling

    HVAC & Ventilation Considerations Before Remodeling

    January 30th, 2018
    Remodeling your home, whether it is a basement, attic, or garage, is one of best home improvement decisions you could make. Well-planned additions and remodels consistently rank in the top 10 ROI home improvements when it comes to recouping costs at time of sale. Whether it’s playroom for the kids or a full in-law suite, there are a few things
  • Service Champions introduces GPS integration with ServiceTitan

    Service Champions Teams Up with ServiceTitan and GPS Insight

    January 26th, 2018
    Starting this week, Service Champions is teaming up with ServiceTitan to provide better service and convenience to our customers and our team. Now you can track your technician on a map like Uber. GPS Tracking and Fleet Management Benefits Live ETAs Have you ever waited around all day for a service technician? Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence in the industry.
  • Hot Water Boiler Hydronic System - Circulating Hot Water Systems

    Introduction to Hot Water Boilers and Hydronic Systems

    January 23rd, 2018
    Hydronic boilers, coming from the word “hydro” meaning water, comprise central boilers and water heaters. The hot water or steam that is produced runs through pipes into radiators, which releases heat energy into the room. Once the water or steam loses its heat, it gets sent back to the boiler to be reheated. An electric-powered circulator sends the hot water
  • What is off-gassing and how to prevent it at home

    What is Offgassing? How to Prevent Offgassing Sources

    January 19th, 2018
    The best way to avoid offgassing in the home is to avoid products that emit VOCs and dangerous gasses in the first place. Many building materials and household products are treated with chemicals that are slow to release dangerous gasses. In addition to avoiding certain products, it’s important to have the proper amount of ventilation in the home. HVAC stands
  • How to Dust Clean Electromechanical Thermostat

    How to Clean an Electromechanical Thermostat

    January 16th, 2018
    The thermostat is a device familiar to every homeowner. And when it stops working, everyone in the household notices. If the heating or cooling suddenly turns off, one of the first things you should check is the thermostat. First, make sure it is set to “heat” if you want warm air and “cool” if you want cold air. Then, check
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