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When the Second Floor Keeps Getting Too Hot!

April 11th, 2019

thermometer-going-redTwo-story homes often encounter problems with their upper floors getting much warmer than the lower floors. Heat rises, so heat tends to gather in the upper levels of a house. Another cause is heat coming through the roof on sunny days. A hot upper floor can happen even in a home with a powerful heating and air conditioning system and well-designed ductwork, and it can occur at any time of the year. However, ineffectual ducts and malfunctioning comfort systems can contribute to the problem.

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Should You Replace the Heater and AC at the Same Time?

March 29th, 2019

furnace-oldWhen you move into a new home, usually the AC and the furnace were installed at the same time—and usually they’ll need to be replaced at the same time as well. In other cases, either the AC or furnace will run down before the other (air conditioning systems in general don’t last as long as either gas or electric furnaces), and you’ll arrange to have the older unit replaced.

However, there’s a third possibility. What if one of the two comfort systems needs a replacement, and you decide to replace both, even though the other system is still in good working order?

This isn’t an outlandish idea. Homeowners often make this choice on the advice of professional HVAC installers and enjoy benefits from it. It isn’t automatically the right choice, but it’s something to consider.

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Friday Blog 3/22/19

March 22nd, 2019

The Benefits of Zone Control

Zone Control Systems give you increased efficiency. Adding a zone control system to your home adds many benefits and cost savings. A zone control system allows you to control your family’s home comfort by maintaining different temperatures in different areas of your home. Each zone has its own thermostat and temperature setting. This can eliminate the “hot” and “cold” spots in your home, while saving energy and money.

How does zone control work?

Zone control systems give you the ability to adjust the temperature for different parts of your home. Traditional systems use a thermostat that sets one fixed temperature for the whole house. Zone controls gives the homeowner ability to adjust each area of the home individually by using a series of dampers installed in the ductwork. These dampers can close off areas of your home and allow you to only heat or cool the parts of the home your family is using.

Benefits

Zone control can reduce the amount of energy your HVAC system uses. The zone control application can work in any type of home. This system will save energy and
money. When you divide your home in distinct zones, you make it possible to heat and cool only the rooms you are currently using. For example, you can increase the cooling in just the kitchen when cooking a meal. Zone control is an upgrade to your system. The money saved in heating and cooling costs will pay for itself.

Energy Efficiency

Zone control will increase energy efficiency and energy savings when used properly in your home. You can set the ideal temperature in the bedrooms to sleep at night and use the dampers to close off the other rooms you are not using. This will save money on your monthly electrical bills.

Installation

It is important to hire a professional to install your zone control system. Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning offers complete zone control installation in Madera, CA.  Our technicians a trained and skilled in comprehensive zone control upgrades. If you are ready to learn more about upgrading to zone control, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, “Quality Is the Cornerstone of Our Success” since 1952. Leave all your heating and cooling needs to our experts.

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Friday Blog 3/15/19

March 15th, 2019

Importance of Air Conditioning Maintenance

Get peace of mind with regular air conditioner maintenance from Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning.

As spring approaches, it’s time to think about getting your HVAC system ready for the summer. It’s been months since most of us have used our air conditioner. Finding out the air conditioner in your home does not work during the first heat wave can be a big problem. Below are some of the important reasons why routine scheduled maintenance will help get your Air Conditioning system serviced and ready for summer.

Replacing the Air Filter

Forgetting to change the air filter can cause big problems for your HVAC system. When the air filter is clogged, it means that the air conditioner has to work harder to move air throughout your home. The harder your air conditioner has to work it could cause stress to your system and lead to costly breakdowns. There are many options to update your filters and improve your indoor air quality.

Unclogging the AC Drains

It’s easy to see the problems from clogged drains in the sinks and showers in your home. It is much harder to see the problems from a clogged AC drain.  Often by the time you see evidence of a clogged AC drain in your home it has led to damage. A professional HVAC technician will make sure the drain is clean and flowing smoothly.

Cleaning the Air Conditioning coils

Cleaning the condenser coils is an important part of maintenance. A qualified service technician will clean the dirt and debris from the coils and this will help your system operate more efficiently.

Checking the Thermostat

It’s a good idea to check the batteries, programming and operation of your thermostat each season. A thermostat problem can be a direct cause of a cooling issue.

Schedule a certified HVAC Professional

Be sure to schedule maintenance for your air conditioner with a professional and qualified service technician at Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning. Maintenance and tune up’s will increase the life of your equipment, find potential break downs and make sure your air conditioner runs efficiently so you are ready for the hot summer temperatures.

At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, “Quality Is the Cornerstone of Our Success” since 1952. Leave all your air conditioning maintenance to our experts.

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Replacing Your Furnace? Here Are Great Features of Modern Gas Furnaces

March 13th, 2019

home-basement-furnaceSpring is a great time of the year to make significant changes to a home’s HVAC system. Between the extreme cold of winter and the extreme heat of summer is a mild period when a house won’t need either its heating system or AC running, and HVAC technicians have more open schedules for convenient appointments.

So if you think your old furnace is ready to retire, right now is the ideal time to call us for furnace service in Fresno, CA or elsewhere in the Central Valley to replace it.

If the furnace you’re replacing is more than 15 years old, we want you to know about the excellent features available with different modern furnaces. Heating technology is always advancing, and many current furnaces offer superb energy-saving and performance-improving features:

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Safety Tips for an Electric Furnace

February 11th, 2019

stripped-electrical-wireWe’ve often talked about maintaining safety with gas furnaces, which is a topic that concerns many homeowners. But what about electric furnaces? Some homes must rely on this type of heater because they lack a connection to a gas main. Are electric furnaces much safer? Is there any reason to worry about them?

An electric furnace doesn’t pose any danger of toxic gas leaks the way a natural gas furnace might. However, electric furnaces are powerful electronic devices and can potentially start fires. Fortunately, this problem is easy to avoid if you take some basic steps.

Below are ways to make sure your electric furnace in Madera, CA keeps your family warm without putting them in danger.

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Friday Blog 1/25/19

January 25th, 2019

Coats for Kids Wrap Up 2018

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning wrapped up the 2018 Coats for Kids drive.

We enjoyed working with our customers, community and our local schools.   We give a big thank you our partners at Saint Joachim School.   The students and parents brought in numerous coats.   We are proud to announce we collected over 300 coats.    All of the coats collected will stay in Madera County and will be distributed by our local Salvation Army Office.

We want to thank our customers and friends who brought in both new and slightly used coats for this drive.  Thank you to the teachers, parents and students at St. Joachim Schools!  We were overwhelmed by the donations and generosity.   Huge thank you to our local Salvation Army for all the great work they do!    All of the coats collected will be given to children who need them most in the local San Joaquin Valley.

At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, “Quality Is the Cornerstone of Our Success” since 1952. Leave all your heating repairs to our experts.

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What to Consider Before Buying a New HVAC System

December 31st, 2018

woman-relaxingA new year is starting and you’re probably making some long-term plans. If you’re reading this, a new HVAC system is likely part of those plans. You’ve definitely come to the right people—we’ve worked on heating in Clovis, CA and throughout the Central Valley for more than sixty-five years.

Putting in a new HVAC system isn’t something you want to rush into, since you’ll want to have a system that will last for 15 years or more. Making sure you have the ideal system for your needs and also a system that won’t waste energy requires making some important decisions. Below are a few things you should consider before going through with the installation.

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Why Won’t the Furnace Evenly Heat My House?

December 21st, 2018

cold-man-with-thermostatA furnace system must have more than heating power to provide comfort to a house. It also needs to be able to evenly distribute heat around the different rooms connected to the ducts. After all, a furnace without a working air handler to move air from the furnace cabinet and into the ductwork isn’t much good!

One of the more frequent problems homeowners have with a furnace is when the heater creates hot or cold spots around the rooms. The family room may feel stuffy when the thermostat is set at a moderately warm temperature, while one of the upstairs rooms is as warm as an ice-skating rink.

We have many years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining furnaces in Madera, CA and throughout the Central Valley. We’ve handled numerous repair jobs to fix uneven heating issues. Below are some of the more common causes of this problem we’ve dealt with. You can trust us to have your uneven home heating remedied.

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Carrier Shines the Spotlight on Purl’s!

December 10th, 2018

Earlier this year, we were immensely honored to announce that Carrier awarded Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning with their prestigious President’s Award. This award is only given to an elite group of dealers who are Carrier Factory Authorized and have met the strict standards of the Carrier Corporation. Of these dealers, only the top 2% in the nation are qualified for the President’s Award. We were given the award thanks to our customer satisfaction and excellence in business and sales leadership and our many years as a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer. (We’ve been a dealer since 1973!)

Right now, Carrier’s website is spotlighting a few of the home service companies who have received the 2018 President’s Award—and we’re right there! According to the website, Carrier “award[s] this honor to our deserving dealers to support business improvements and show gratitude for their customer loyalty. Recipients serve as role models, sharing ‘best practices’ to help cultivate excellence across the dealer group.”

We’re once again proud to have earned this distinction, and we’ll continue forward with the same spirit that has made us a trusted Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer for 45 years!

At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, “Quality Is the Cornerstone of Our Success!” since 1952. Arrange for service today in the Central Valley.

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