Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Is a Tankless Water Heater a Good Idea for My House?

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

tankless-water-heaterYou may have heard about the tankless water heater as a replacement option for the standard storage tank water heater. A tankless water heater applies heat to the water that passes through its heat exchanger, so it heats up water whenever there’s a demand for it. When a hot water tap comes on, water starts to flow through the heat exchanger, which activates it and turns on the gas jets. The heat only remains on when the water is moving, and shuts off when the demand stops. There’s no need to store the water at any point.

The tankless water heater offers several excellent benefits compared to the traditional tank water heater. Just listing those may make it sound like a tankless water heater is automatically the better option:

  • Higher energy efficiency
  • Longer system life
  • Won’t run out of hot water
  • Small size

But we recommend you look before you leap! If you are getting ready to replace your old water heater, it is best to call on our professionals for the job. They’ll help you select the ideal system to meet your needs and your budget.

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

Friday, 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

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

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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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What to Consider Before Buying a New HVAC System

Monday, 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?

Friday, 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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How Long Will My Furnace Filter Last?

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

air-fliter-cuCalifornia has recently experienced a series of major fires. Thankfully for us in the Central Valley, these fires were in the north and south of the state. But we’re not strangers to these disasters: last summer wildfires scorched more than 1700 acres in Fresno and Mariposa counties. This caused a plunge in air quality for surrounding areas. When this happens, we recommend making an immediate change to the furnace filter on your HVAC cabinet. Otherwise, extra pollutants trapped in the filter will further drop indoor air quality.

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Important Gas Furnace Safety Tips

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

inside-a-gas-furnaceYour gas furnace is going to turn on soon and settle in for another winter of warming your home. You want to make sure the furnace not only runs reliably, but also runs safely. Below we’ve listed a few tips that will help your family relax and enjoy a safe winter with a natural gas furnace in Fresno, CA.

Know the smell of gas leaks and how to react

You’ve probably heard that carbon monoxide is colorless, tasteless, and odorless, making it difficult to detect. However, natural gas manufacturers place a chemical called mercaptan into the gas to give it a distinct—and unpleasant—smell. Mercaptan is harmless, but it smells like rotten eggs—a smell most people associate with sulfur. If you notice this smell in your home, you may have a dangerous gas leak. Don’t wait to find out if it’s from the furnace or not! Leave your house right away, and don’t attempt to call for help while still inside.

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5 Mistakes With Your Gas Furnace to Avoid This Year

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Furnace-standardGas furnaces are the #1 way to heat homes in the Central Valley. In fact, they’re the #1 way to heat homes across the country thanks to their powerful heating ability and the lower cost of natural gas compared to electricity. Furnaces are dependable and energy-saving.

If your household is one of the numerous ones that uses a furnace for heating in Fresno, CA, we have some advice for what not to do this coming winter. These are common mistakes people make with gas furnaces that can lead to them working poorly or even becoming hazardous. We want you to stay safe all winter and enjoy the best performance from your gas furnace, so watch out for these 5 furnace mistakes.

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