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  • What to Know About HVAC Systems and Rain - Service Champions

    What to Know About HVAC Systems and the Rain

    January 18th, 2019
    With all the precipitation in the forecast, now’s a good time to go over the effects of rain on your heating and air conditioning system. Luckily, your outdoor HVAC units are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, such as rain, snow, and even a little hail. Unfortunately, if there are bad weather conditions, you may have to wait for a
  • Where is my furnace? Where is my furnace filter?

    Where Is My Furnace? Where Is My Furnace Filter?

    January 15th, 2019
    If you live in Northern California, you most likely have a furnace or heat pump. Hybrid heating systems are comprised of a furnace (gas or electric) and a heat pump. Where is my furnace? Most Americans use a furnace to heat their home. It can use natural gas, propane, heating oil, or electricity. The unit is located inside the home
  • Smart HVAC Systems for Smart Homes

    Smart HVAC Systems for Smart Homes

    January 11th, 2019
    A smart home is one that has a thermostat, cameras, and other devices and appliances that are connected to a wireless network. They can be remotely operated and turn on and off based on your habits and location to your home. Smart homes—internet-connected sensors work seamlessly together—are supposed to make your life more convenient. Think of how your smart phone
  • Using Nature to Keep Your House Warm

    January 8th, 2019
    Way before furnaces and central heating, humans had to stay warm somehow. How did our ancestors in Russia, Europe, Canada, and other cold places around the globe survive temperature extremes? One thing they did was come up with smart ways to make use of nature and preserve heat inside their shelters. This method of heating and cooling is also known as passive
  • Mastic Sealant vs Aluminum Foil Tape (for Sealing Air Ducts)

    Mastic Sealant vs Aluminum Foil Tape (For Sealing Air Ducts)

    January 4th, 2019
    Are your ducts leaking? On average, your air ducts leak around 20-30% of your conditioned air (Energy Star). To reduce air loss and increase energy efficiency, it’s recommended that you seal all the joints and add insulation around ducts, especially in unconditioned spaces. While you can attempt to DIY seal your air ducts, for the most comprehensive duct sealing, contact a
  • One Easy Way to Lower Your Energy Bill for the New Year

    One Easy Way to Lower Your Energy Bill for the New Year

    January 1st, 2019
    It’s January 1, the first day of 2019. With low temperatures and high hopes in the air, we started thinking about cold weather, heating systems, and good homeowner habits. According the Energy Department, the most common home heating fuel is natural gas, accounting for around 57% of American homes. Space heating is already the largest energy expense in the average
  • How to Reduce Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

    How to Reduce Exposure to Indoor Air Pollutants

    December 28th, 2018
    In addition to professional source control, there are many things you can do as a homeowner to reduce the sources of air pollution in the home: Look at product ingredients before you buy them, especially cleaners, adhesives, air fresheners, varnish, paint, new carpet, flooring, solvents, and anything that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Look for products labeled low or no
  • 15 Winter Heating Safety Tips

    15 Winter Heating Safety Tips

    December 25th, 2018
    As the temperatures continue to drop around our service area (East Bay, Sacramento, San Jose, and nearby), more and more people will be relying on their favorite heat source to keep warm and comfortable in their Northern California home. Whether that means a gas furnace, space heater, fireplace, or some combination, we want you to be safe this winter so we put
  • Best Insulation Types for Your Home - Service Champions

    Best Insulation Types for Your Home

    December 21st, 2018
    If you are adding or replacing insulation in your home, it’s probably best to go with the same insulation type that is already being used. Replace fiberglass batts with fiberglass batts and so on. Still, it won’t do you any harm if you add loose fill insulation to fiberglass batts and vice versa. If you are adding insulation to your
  • What Are the Different Types of HVAC Systems?

    What Are the Different Types of HVAC Systems?

    December 18th, 2018
    To many people the systems that heat and cool our homes are complicated and mysterious. In fact, the basics of heating and air conditioning are fairly easy to understand. Time for an HVAC lesson. HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. It’s a whole system with the sole purpose of making the indoor environment comfortable. HVAC systems are currently


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