Purl's Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning Installation’

Adding Central AC to a Home: What You Should Know

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

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Residential central air conditioning has a long history going back to the 1920s. But many decades would pass before central AC systems became common and affordable for homeowners. Today, 90% of new houses are constructed with central air conditioning systems, which is a significant change from only twenty years ago.

The central air conditioning system has replaced the old window units that were once the main way for homes to enjoy cooling. Window units have a limited use, conditioning only small areas. They’re also unattractive-looking, block light, and make a home less secure. All around, central air conditioning is the superior choice for a home, and it also allows for indoor air quality improvement additions.

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Spotting Heat Emergencies (And a Filter Reminder!)

Tuesday, 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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The Benefits of Zone Control

Monday, July 17th, 2017

vent-registerOne of the services we offer our customers is complete zone control installation and replacement. A zone control system allows a homeowner to manipulate which parts (“zones”) of a home receive conditioned air from the heating and air conditioning system.

The standard HVAC configuration in a home distributes conditioned air to every room connected to the ventilation system—regardless of whether the room requires climate control or not. This is convenient, but not exactly practical. Imagine having ­every light in a house come on when one switch is flipped. True, all the areas that need light would have it. But all the areas that don’t need light would also have it, and that’s a huge energy waste.

Zone control is an effective tool to restrict airflow to empty rooms without creating air pressure spikes inside the ventilation system. (This is what happens if people attempt “zone control” by simply blocking or closing room vents.) The system uses a series of dampers fit inside the ducts that connect to a network of local thermostats and a central thermostat. Local thermostats can make requests for heated or cooled air, and the system adjusts the thermostats and the operation of the heating/air conditioning system to meet those requests.

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Why We Recommend Whole-House Fans

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

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Imagine this—but powerful enough for the whole house!

Air conditioning costs get steep during the hot summers we experience here in the Central Valley. Temperatures in the high 90s are common throughout the season, and most people simply can’t make it through a hot day without an effective air conditioning system to cool down their homes.

However, there are ways to supplement an air conditioning system so it doesn’t have to put in as much work during summer, helping to chop down scary monthly electrical bills. One method we strongly recommend is putting in a whole-house fan. Continue below for more about how these systems work and their benefits.

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Take Advantage of Spring with a New AC System Installment

Monday, May 1st, 2017

air-conditioning-system-grill-top-downRight now we’re enjoying lovely weather here in the Central Valley. Not too hot, not too cold. It’s just what you expect from the middle of spring.

But spring also is a warning that things are going to heat up soon. Summer isn’t far off, and this is the right time to have preparations to see that your air conditioning system is in prime shape for the work to come. Change the filters, give the AC a test run, and most important of all, contact us to schedule your annual air conditioning maintenance tune-up and inspection.

But since no air conditioning system can last forever, this might be the season when the work you arrange with our HVAC technicians is an AC replacement. No problems! It’s a bigger job, but one we’ve been handling for decades. Our experts know how to find the best new air conditioner to meet your needs, size it accurately, and have it in place fast so you’re ready for whatever heat comes your way.

And it’s best not to delay the job if this is the Year of the Replacement. Spring is the right time.

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Consider a Two-Stage or Variable Speed System for Your HVAC Installation

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Fall is the time of year when homeowners often arrange to have new HVAC systems put in. The stretch between the heat of summer and the cold of winter is a convenient one for a new comfort system installation. This time of year can be easier for you to schedule the work.

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Ways to Enhance Your Air Conditioning System during a Hot Early Fall

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

It’s now September, and that means the start of cooler temperatures in many parts of the country. Here in the Central Valley, however, we’re still experiencing levels of intense heat and daytime temperatures that sometimes rise into the 90s. This isn’t a time to relax when it comes to proper air conditioning for a home. In fact, this is an ideal season to consider ways to enhance your air conditioning system if you’re not planning to have a complete new installation. Below is some of our advice for improving your residential AC at the end of the cooling season.

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It’s Not Too Late to Schedule a New Air Conditioning Installation!

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Have you taken a look at the forecast for the weather in Fresno and the Central Valley for the coming July? It’s going to be ­hot. Not just your everyday, “Hey, it’s hot today!” sort of weather. We’re talking about more than half the month averaging 100°F or above for midday. The cool days will have average highs of 95°F! This is hotter than we normally experience during the middle of the summer. The August forecast isn’t much better, with the 100°+ temperatures holding through much of the month, and going right on into September.

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Some Things to Consider for a New Air Conditioning Installation

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

This is one of the best times of the year to have a new air conditioning system installed in your home: not only is there a great promotion to help you save money (see below), but it’s also an ideal season to prepare your house for the coming heat of summer. Our technicians will have an easy time scheduling your installation so you can start enjoying superior comfort and energy savings as soon as possible.

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The Difference Quality Professional Installation and Replacement Makes for Air Conditioning Systems

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

We understand that many homeowners are looking for ways to save money when it comes to home improvements. But one area where you should never attempt to cut corners is the installation of an air conditioning system, either as the first unit of a new home or as a replacement for an older unit. There is an enormous difference in the quality of work you’ll receive when you rely on experienced HVAC professionals instead of going with amateurs who make big promises for suspiciously low prices.

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