December 4th, 2018
California 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.
November 20th, 2018
Your 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.
November 7th, 2018
Gas 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.
October 22nd, 2018
As the cold weather approaches, so does the dreaded flu season. There are good medical methods you can use to prepare for flu season, as well as simple precautions like getting into the habit of regularly washing your hands. But you may not be aware of the ways you can improve your home’s indoor air quality to make it easier to get through flu season without getting sick.
Yes, indoor air quality can play a big part in whether you and other people in your household catch the flu, the cold, or other illnesses during the fall and winter. Once germs and viruses get into your house, they’ll start to circulate through the ventilation system, making is easier for them to spread from person to person. Fresh air can help—but you often don’t want to open your home to outdoor air when it’s cold.
Fortunately, we offer indoor air quality solutions that can help you enjoy a much healthier home this coming flu season.
October 5th, 2018
When 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.
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!
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!
September 26th, 2018
Fall 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.
September 17th, 2018
The 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.
August 27th, 2018
When 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.