Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for November, 2015

The Importance of Having Your Furnace’s Heat Exchanger Checked

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

We emphasize scheduling fall heating maintenance for a number of excellent reasons: not only does this help your heater achieve the longest lifespan possible while working at its highest energy efficiency, but it also keeps it running safely. This is especially crucial if you use a gas-powered furnace, as many homes do. Although gas furnaces are not immediately “dangerous” appliances, they can pose hazards from carbon monoxide if they don’t receive regular inspections and tune-ups.

The key component of a gas furnace that requires a professional inspection each fall is the heat exchanger.

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The Advantage of a Two-Stage Furnace

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Are you considering installing a new furnace during fall in time for winter? If you are, there are a number of options available that can improve your home heating and energy efficiency. One of these is the two-stage furnace. We’ll take a look at this type of furnace and what advantages it offers.

What Is a Two-Stage Furnace?

A two-stage furnace goes go through two stages at providing heat. The two stages in the name refer to the furnace’s fan motor, which is why these heaters are also referred to as variable speed furnaces. In these two-space furnaces, the fan motor can work at different speeds to control the dispersal of the heated air into the ventilation system. Where a single-stage furnace runs at the same level constantly (“high”) a two-stage furnace can also run at 65% of full capacity. The furnace changes between the two stages automatically to react to heating requirements.

Why This Is an Advantage

The main benefit of using this type of furnace is that it consumes less energy when the unit doesn’t need to run at maximum power all the time. Because the fan can still operate to circulate air through a house even when the furnace isn’t on, a two-stage furnace will help with better airflow. This will improve indoor air quality, help control humidity, and also create more comfortable conditions in general. So not only does the furnace work at higher energy efficiency, it will probably need to run less than other furnaces.

Two-stage furnaces are also quieter than single-stage models. If a loud furnace is something that bothers your household, switching to a variable-speed model can be a helpful change.

Make sure that you talk to professionals before you make a decision regarding a new furnace. Expert installers will help you make the best choice for your home’s future heating.

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning has been serving Fresno, CA since 1952. Call us 7 days a week for service.

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Some Important Gas Furnace Safety Tips for Winter

Monday, November 9th, 2015

The majority of homes in the U.S. use natural gas furnaces to supply them with warmth through the winter. Not only is natural gas a less expensive fuel source than electricity, oil, or propane, but a gas furnace can achieve extremely high levels of heat output. A well-maintained furnace can keep back the chill of even the coldest days.

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Coats for Kids 2015

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

IMG_6196_reduced Start saving those winter coats from last year! Winter months are on the horizon and will be here soon.   Don’t throw away any coats that are too small for your kids! Donate your coats to help keep another child warm in the winter!   All donations stay in our own community and help children in our area.

Coats for Kids 2015 kicks off their local campaign November 5th  – December 4th. Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning is proud to join Kiss Country and the Salvation Army as a collection location for the 2015 Coats for Kids drive. Each year the community and local businesses work with the Salvation Army to collect gently used or new winter coats to keep kids warm in the cold winter months.IMG_6334_1_reduced

For more than 30 years this campaign has brought together organizations, schools, businesses and members of the community with the single goal to donate to children in need. Kiss Country has been part of Coats for Kids in the Central Valley for more than 20 years. Their efforts to bring this issue and coat drive to the forefront, has made a real difference in the lives of so many young children


We are open to the public as drop off location for coats Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. We encourage our customers and members of the community to get involved and help keep the kids in our Valley warm. Our goal is to collect hundreds of coats in the hope that no child will have to be cold

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Now Is the Time for a Complete Residential HVAC System Replacement!

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Temperatures are cooling down as we enter November and head toward winter. If you are considering replacing your old heating system, the fall is one of the ideal times to arrange to have the job done. It’s much better to have a new furnace ready to go to work when the chilly weather hits than to scramble to arrange it in the middle of winter.

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