Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog

Duct Sealing Is a Good Way to Prep for Winter

October 5th, 2018

duct-sealing-with-caulkingWhen we offer advice to people about how to prepare their HVAC systems during the fall so they’re ready for winter, we start with a reminder about regular heating maintenance. This is the number one priority to ensure a heating system works at peak efficiency and safety and encounters few (if any) malfunctions.

But we have another piece of advice for homes with central heating, which is to have the ductwork tested to check for leaks. Sealing leaky ductwork makes an enormous difference for both comfort and energy savings in winter.

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Friday Blog 10/05

October 5th, 2018

Friday Blog 10/05/18: Whole House Fans

The summer heat had us all running our AC systems to stay cool. Another great affordable
option to cool and refresh your home is a Quiet Cool Whole House Fan. These systems are
true to their name and truly quiet. They use innovative technology to create a quiet and
peaceful environment. This provide another way to cool your home while refreshing the inside
air and cutting cooling costs. This is a very efficient system so it only takes a little time before
the house is cool and will stay this way for hours. It is best to run in the evening or early
morning when the air outside is cooler. Contact us for more information on the benefits of
whole house fans. Ask us how to save $100 on the installation of a new whole house fan.

Call Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning and we can help you install a QuietCool Whole House Fan in your Madera, CA home!

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Friday Blog 9/28/18

September 28th, 2018

Friday Blog 9/28/18

 

Supporting Youth in the Community: Hot Dog Dinner @ Madera Fair 2018

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning along with Randy and Sheryl Berry hosted the Annual Hot Dog
dinner Sept 4th from 5-7pm.    We were excited to host a complimentary a dinner for all the 4H and FFA
Exhibitors and their families for the Madera District Fair.  The 4H and FFA kids arrive a few days before
the Fair open to work and prepare to show their livestock animals.  The hot dog dinner is an annual
tradition in Madera that everyone at Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning looks forward to attending.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We cook over 500 hotdog dinners complete with drinks and all the fixin’s.   It is a great way for us to get out in the Madera community and support our local hardworking kids and the agricultural community!

 

 

 

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What’s a “Sealed Combustion” Furnace?

September 26th, 2018

natural-gas-burnerFall is the time for you to arrange to have your home’s furnace inspected and tuned-up. But it’s also the time to consider whether you need to have a new furnace put in before the cold weather arrives. Our service technicians can help you make the choice when they come to your home for regular heating system maintenance.

If you do decide on new furnace installation in Fresno, CA, we recommend considering a sealed combustion furnace. This furnace type is an important development in heating technology that has allowed newer heating systems to score higher efficiency ratings than before. And high efficiency isn’t the only benefit.

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Your AC in a Heat Wave: A Few Things to Know

September 17th, 2018

sunshine-imageThe heat here in the Central Valley these last few weeks has been … well, there’s been a lot of it. Recording breaking heat. In July, Fresno broke the record of consecutive days with triple digit heat—22 days, starting on July 6, according to the Fresno Bee. The newspaper also predicted the heat might subside in late August. But the heat waves sweeps on and on. We’re still experiencing days peaking in the triple-digits, with other days hovering in the 90s.

We hope you haven’t had to deal with any serious heat-related emergencies (we did a post on recognizing these emergencies) and that your air conditioner is still managing to keep your home cool. In fact, let’s talk about your AC and the heat. There are a few important things to know about running your air conditioner during these extremes.

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What Does the ENERGY STAR Label Mean?

August 27th, 2018

energy-start-labelWhen you’re looking for a new appliance, whether an air conditioner or toaster, you’ll notice many items have a blue sticker on them that says ENERGY STAR. You’ll probably guess this means the device uses less energy than one that doesn’t have the label—but if you’re curious about what the it actually means, and how it can help you when it comes to new installation of an air conditioning system or heating system, we can shed some more light on this common label.

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Friday Blog 8/27/18

August 27th, 2018

Wild Fires & HVAC systems

The air quality in the Central Valley has been greatly affected by the many wild fires burning in our area.  We can look out our window and see the smoke in our Valley.   Smoke mixed in the air from wild fires often includes a lot of small particles.   When you run your HVAC system in these conditions some of these partials can enter your home and affect your indoor air quality.   It is important to service and clean your system and to change your filters more often in these conditions.  You may consider upgrading your filters to a higher MERV rating for finer filtration.

 

If you are in a heavy smoke filled area you may consider cleaning the ductwork in your home or office to refresh your entire system.   This is something you can seek advice from one of our indoor air quality specialists.

Enjoy all the perks of summer in the Central Valley

Homegrown by Purl’s Sheet Metal employees!  Nothing beats home grown vegetables, especially tomatoes!  Lucky for us, Sheryl Berry and Pat Reese both have amazing gardens full of delicious vine ripened tomatoes.  They are kind enough to share with everyone!   Here are a couple of our Purl’s Sheet Metal favorite recipes!

 

BLT Bites

Slice Tomatoes cross wise- Stuff with shredded lettuce, top with bacon and drizzle some homemade buttermilk ranch across the top!   Salad in a tomato…Amazing!   For an added bonus top with Feta or Blue cheese!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget your pets on these hot days.  Have a cool place for your pets with plenty of shade and fresh water.    Hot surfaces can burn their paws and many pets can overheat easily.  A little water in a kiddie pool is also a good choice for many pets.

Our best summer tip for your indoor home comfort is to make sure you air conditioning system is serviced by a professional HVAC technician so you are prepared for the long summer.  It is a good idea to call for preventative maintenance to avoid any major breakdowns during the peak season.    Our service technicians are trained professionals and will get your air conditioning system ready for the triple digits temperatures in Fresno, CA and the surrounding area.

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Spotting Heat Emergencies (And a Filter Reminder!)

August 14th, 2018

thermometer-going-redWe’re currently experiencing triple-digit weather here in the Central Valley—and this can make a faulty air conditioner a critical emergency! Weather this hot can lead to major health problems, such as heat stroke and dehydration, that can be life-threatening if emergency steps aren’t taken. We have a few tips for spotting heating emergencies during this time to help keep you safe.

Watch for heat stroke: Heat stroke (aka sunstroke) is when the body overheats beyond 104°F. It’s a medical emergency that can cause damage to the nervous system if not treated, so if you suspect you or someone near you has it, call 9-1-1 immediately. It’s most dangerous for people over age 50. Fortunately, heat stroke doesn’t hit all at once: there’s a progression of symptoms you may notice that can give you advanced warning. Watch for people who seemed confused, disoriented, feel nauseous or are experiencing vomiting and trouble breathing. Watch out for these signs in yourself: throbbing headache, dizziness, weakness, and muscle cramps.

Dehydration: You’re always losing water from your body, but you usually replace it by drinking and eating. But extreme heat can lead to losing water faster than it’s replaced. Mild dehydration is common and not a serious problem—just drink some water! But major dehydration during brutally hot days will cause dizziness, fast heartbeat, rapid breathing, fainting, rough skin and chapped lips. As with heat stroke, this is a medical emergency that needs treatment, not just water!

Please Remember to Change Your Air Filter!

The Yosemite fire has brought a steep drop in the air quality in our area. Because of the amount of smoke in the air, the air filter in your home’s HVAC system is going to get dirty extremely quickly. If you usually change your filter every few months, we strongly urge you to change it now, no matter what your regular schedule is. This isn’t just our recommendation, either! The CDC urges regular changing of the air filter to prevent the circulation of outside smoke through your home during times of major fires.

If you need AC help to get through this intense summer weather, or you’re looking for indoor air quality assistance, call on Purl’s!

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning: Quality Is the Cornerstone of Our Success Since 1952!

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Friday Blog 8/10/18

August 10th, 2018

The hot weather has arrived in the Central Valley.  One of the ways our team stays cool at Purl’s Sheet Metal is with cool snacks and treats.   This week it was homemade popsicles.   We made strawberry watermelon popsicles from fresh fruit. This is a healthy and refreshing summer treat that everyone loved.   It’s easy and so good for you.   Make your own variation for some extra fun.

2 cups of watermelon

            2 cups of strawberries

            Juice of 1 lemon

Blend ingredients together until liquefied.   Once liquefied pour into your favorite molds.

Freeze for 4-6 hours and then ENJOY!

   

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget your pets on these hot days.  Have a cool place for your pets with plenty of shade and fresh water.    Hot surfaces can burn their paws and many pets can overheat easily.  A little water in a kiddie pool is also a good choice for many pets.

Our best summer tip for your indoor home comfort is to make sure you air conditioning system is serviced by a professional HVAC technician so you are prepared for the long summer.  It is a good idea to call for preventative maintenance to avoid any major breakdowns during the peak season.    Our service technicians are trained professionals and will get your air conditioning system ready for the triple digits temperatures in Madera, CA and the surrounding area.

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The Wrong High-Efficiency Air Filter Might Spell Disaster for Your HVAC System!

July 17th, 2018

pleated-air-filterAlmost any modern home can benefit from air cleaners of some type. Indoor air quality is often poor because homes are built today to seal out the heat in summer and seal it in during winter—and that means not much fresh air circulation.

What type of air cleaner is best for a home? There are plenty of options, and our IAQ experts at Purls Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning are happy to help you find the best. In most cases, improving air quality starts with putting in filters and then finding what other devices might help. Filters are almost always a good idea…

…except when the wrong type of filter goes in. When it comes to high-efficiency filters, such as the HEPA filter, you can have too much of a good thing. Too strong a filter can damage your HVAC system.

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