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

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Receives the 2016 Carrier President’s Award

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016


We are so proud to announce that Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning was awarded one of Carrier’s highest awards “The President’s Award”. This award is only presented to Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers. Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers are an elite group of dealers that are required to meet a strict set of standards set forth by The Carrier Corporation. Of that group, only the top 2 percent in the nation qualify to receive the President’s Award.

The award is based on a dealer’s representation of the Carrier product line, customer satisfaction, and excellence in business and sales leadership. The number of years as a loyal Carrier Dealer also contributes to the award criteria. President’s award winners are invited to serve as part of a national sounding board to the Carrier brand leadership team.CFAD_Dealer_Meeting_2016

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning has been a Carrier Dealer since 1973 and a Factory Authorized Dealer since the program began in 2003. The Presidents Awards were presented during the Annual Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer National Dealer Meeting held March 17-19 in Huntington Beach, CA.

Purl’s Sheet Metal maintains and services HVAC equipment and our team is available to handle all of your maintenance and emergency needs. To learn more about Purl’s Sheet Metal and the complete range of cooling and heating products and services we offer contact us today.



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Why You Need a Licensed Contractor for Air Conditioning and Heating Services

Monday, September 28th, 2015

If you’re looking for services for your home’s air conditioning, heating, or ventilation system—no matter if it’s for a small repair or a complete new installation job—one of the most important steps you need to take is to hire licensed contractors to handle the work. In fact, this should be your first step. Once you’ve found the right contractor, most of your concerns will be taken care of.

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Angie’s List Super Service Award

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning
Earns Esteemed 2014
Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service 

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.13ANG0007_SuperServiceLogo_Final_LessGradient_GrayScale-2200px

“We are proud to have earned the Super Service Award from Angie’s List and to have earned an “A” rating based on customer reviews.” said Brian Driggs of Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning.

“Only about 5 percent of the HVAC, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning companies in Fresno, CA and Madera, CA have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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How Does a Ductless System Heat?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

When people think of keeping a home warm with a central heating system, they often think first of a furnace. A furnace is a type of “forced-air” heater that spreads warmth throughout a building by first raising the temperature of the air, then using a blower fan to send the air out into rooms. In order for a furnace to distribute its heated air, it must have ductwork leading from the cabinet and to the vents into the room.

However, not all forced-air heating systems require ducts like a furnace does. A popular option for home comfort today—ductless mini split systems—allows for central heating without needing any lengths of space-consuming ductwork. Ductless mini splits are an excellent idea for new home construction, home expansion, remodeling, and older houses that lack room for duct installation.

Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning offers installation of ductless mini split systems, as well as other systems for central heating in Fresno, CA. Call our technicians today to find out more about how we can keep your home warm no matter how cold it gets outside.

The Basics of Ductless Mini Split Systems

A ductless mini split system is a type of heat pump, which means that instead of creating heat by burning fuel or through electrical resistance the way a furnace does, it moves heat from one place to another. In operation, ductless mini splits are similar to air conditioners, except they can shift heat in both directions: from inside a home to the outside (cooling) and from outside a home to the inside (heating).

How does a ductless mini split send heat around a home without ducts? Instead of using a single indoor cabinet where heat is released and then sent into a duct network via a blower, a ductless mini split has multiple air handlers mounted in rooms around the home. The outdoor cabinet connects to the individual air handlers through power and refrigerant lines. Each air handler contains a blower and a coil; the coil releases heat, and the blower sends it directly into the room.

Aside from the advantage of not needing any ductwork, ductless mini split systems offer zone heating for a home: each air handler can be controlled separately from the others, so a home only needs to receive heating in rooms that require it. This makes ductless mini splits great energy savers.

A ductless mini split heat pump is not ideal for every house, so make sure you call Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning and speak to our Fresno, CA heating professionals before making a choice for home comfort. We install, repair, and maintain a variety of heating systems, and we will help you find the best way to keep your house warm.

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Replacing Air Filters on a Regular Basis

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

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Replacing the air filters regularly in your home or business is a must.   A clogged air filter can cause trouble with your HVAC system.  It can cause additional stress to your heating and cooling equipment that can lead to costly breakdowns or even equipment failure.  This can lower the indoor air quality of the air you breathe.  The air filters need to be changed on a regular basis or it can block and restrict air flow through your ductwork and HVAC system.


Your AC system is designed to remove heat from your home or business.   The fan pulls the warm air and passes it over evaporative coils.  The fan pushes the newly generated cool air through the ductwork system to cool your home or business.   When the filter is clogged it reduces the airflow into the system and can cause many problems.   It can reduce the cooling capacity and in turn reduce the comfort level.   It can even cause the coils to ice up and the system to struggle and make noises.  During the hot summers in Fresno CA, you want to make sure your equipment is working to capacity.  Poor operation can reduce the efficiency and lifespan of your equipment not to mention your comfort level.


Operating your heater with a clogged filter can be very dangerous.   A clogged filter does not allow enough cold air to pass over the heat exchanger and can cause the heat exchanger to crack.   When a heat exchanger cracks it can be dangerous.   It can leak carbon monoxide into your home or business.

Just like your car, your home’s heating and air conditioning system needs regular maintenance and service to keep it running properly.   Check your operation manual for the suggested filter changing requirements.  The best way to extend the life of your equipment is to have your HVAC system serviced, cleaned and inspected on a regular basis by a licensed professional.  During routine service your technician will replace the air filters and clean the components of your HVAC Air Filter.   At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning our service technicians can service your HVAC system, change your filters and help you maintain efficient operations.

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How Can I Find an Efficient Heating System?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

“How can I find an efficient heating system in Fresno?” The answer is easy; ask someone who knows. In Fresno, heating questions can be answered with knowledge and courtesy by the experts at Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning. The specifics depend on your circumstances. Someone living alone, for instance, has much different heating needs than a family of seven, and older homes require different things than newer ones. We can answer all of that for you with a thorough inspection of your home. In general, you should pay attention to the following general guidelines:

  • Home size. A heater needs to be sized correctly to match the size of your home. If it’s too powerful, it will cycle on and off rapidly, wasting energy in the process. If it’s not powerful enough, it won’t be able to do the job effectively. A careful measurement of your home’s space will help determine the right size heater.
  • Home heat retention. Similarly, the way your home retains heat will have an impact on the most efficient system to buy. If you have more insulation, double-paned windows and the like, your home will hold in the heat better and your heater needn’t be as powerful as it might others.
  • Home layout. Some heating systems work better in certain homes. For instance, if you have an older home that lacks a system of ducts, you may want to eschew gas furnaces for a ductless mini spit system (which means you won’t need to bother with installing ducts). Or if your home has a lot of rooms that don’t see much use, you may want to include a zone control system as part of your package, allowing you to heat the areas of the home you occupy without heating the other portions.

Regardless of the specifics, Purl’s is here to help. We can answer the question “How can I find an efficient heating system in Fresno?” then install the system that’s right for you. In Fresno, heating is no laughing matter. Let our Fresno heating specialists make sure you have the perfect system to compliment your home.

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How to Keep Your Energy Bills Low this Upcoming Heating Season

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

In Fresno, CA, heating becomes less of an issue than it might be in colder parts of the country. Our California sunshine keeps the winters very mild, and while temperatures may dip below freezing on the coldest nights of the year, our heating bills are fairly tame when considering other communities further east. Even so, no one likes to pay more than they need to for reliable heating. Here’s a few tips on how to keep your energy bills low this upcoming heating season.

  • Common sense steps. Saving money in the winter starts with a few simple options. Turn your thermostat down a few degrees during the winter months. You won’t feel much difference in January if the temperature is 68 degrees instead of 72. Open curtains to any windows facing the sun, which will warm the nearby area. Seal doors and windows to prevent air from leaking out and dress warmly while inside as an alternative to running the heater.
  • Check your ducts and let a professional take a look at your furnace. You lose a great deal of warm air when your ducts aren’t properly fitted or have sprung a leak. A professional can spot any points of trouble and seal the leak, allowing the warm air to pass through your home more efficiently. Similarly, a regular maintenance call from a qualified professional can keep your furnace running at its best and eliminate any small problems before they grow into large ones.
  • Consider upgrades. While installing a new furnace may be beyond your current financial status, you can still take steps to improve the efficiency of your heating system and cut down on costs. For instance, consider adding insulation to uncovered ductwork in your house. Or, if you sometimes forget to turn your thermostat off when you go to work, think about adding a “smart” thermostat that lowers the temperature automatically.

Whatever your situation, you’d probably be very happy with a lower heating bill. The professionals at Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning work throughout Fresno; heating systems are a part of our repertoire and our skilled heating professionals can handle both repair issues and installation of new components. Call us today to see how to keep your energy bills low this upcoming heating season.

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Heating Installation FAQ: Signs You Need Furnace Installation

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Even though the Central Valley is known for its hot weather in the summer months, there are a few months in the year when you need to flip on your furnace. Our heaters might not get that much use, but eventually they still need to be replaced. Knowing when that time has come can be difficult. At Purl’s Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning we provide complete heating installation in Fresno CA. We wanted to help out our customers by putting together a short list of some of the signs that can indicate you need to have a new furnace installed.

Signs You Need Heating Installation in Fresno CA

Here are some of the signs that you should keep an eye out for that could indicate that you need heating installation in Fresno, CA for your new furnace.

  • Rattling noise – If you start to hear a rattling sound from your furnace you should turn it off immediately. This can be a sign that you have a carbon monoxide leak in your home from a cracked heat exchanger. If this has happened it likely means that you need to have a new furnace installed at your home.
  • Furnace age – Most furnaces are designed to last about 25 years. If your furnace is around that age and has started to require more repairs, it might make more financial sense to have a new furnace installed at your home in Fresno.
  • Blue or wiggling flame – If you see that the flame on your furnace’s burners are blue or if they are wiggling it could mean that your heat exchanger is cracked. Again, this is a big problem and normally leads to new furnace installation.

Benefits of New Heating Installation in Fresno CA

Getting heating installation in Fresno, CA isn’t something that many homeowners enjoy. It can be intrusive and inconvenient. However, there are a few attractive benefits to getting a new furnace installed at your home.

  • Efficiency – When you get a new furnace installed you will likely enjoy more efficient heating. This is especially true if your old furnace was over 10 years old. New furnaces typically have much higher efficiency ratings than older models. You should notice a reduction in the amount of energy that you use to heat your home.
  • Fewer repairs – If your old furnace required a lot of repairs or maintenance, you’ll likely be able to avoid those things by installing a new furnace.

For all your heating installations in Fresno, CA call the friendly professionals at Purl’s Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning.

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Heating Repair FAQ

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Many homeowners, especially new homeowners, have a lot of questions about caring for their homes and their home comfort systems. It can be a lot to keep track of, and it is understandable that all of this responsibility may be a bit overwhelming. At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning we want to help take some of the stress and guesswork out of home ownership. If you have any questions about proper heating repair protocol or services, just call the Madera heating experts at Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning. We can help you make the right decisions about repairs for your Madera heating system.

One of the most common heating repair questions that homeowners have is just when they should contact a professional Madera heating service provider for heating repair service. At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, we know that the right time to call for a heating repair in Madera is as soon as you have reason to believe that there is a problem with your heater. The longer a heating repair is postponed the more time that problem has to develop and worsen. You may be hesitant to schedule professional heating repair, but you will only wind up paying more a bit further down the road. Schedule heating repair service today.

Another question that homeowners grapple with is just when a heating repair service call is really necessary. Again, as soon as you even suspect a problem with your home heating system you should schedule maintenance repair service. Do not trick yourself into thinking that a problem with your heater is too minor to justify heating repair services. Even minor issues such as strange noises during the operation of your heater may be indicative of a more serious problem with your heater. Only a qualified professional can decide for sure. Contact your heating repair service provider whenever you have a heating problem, no matter how “minor.”

Don’t let minor problems or damages to your home heating system develop into more serious headaches. Call Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning to schedule heating repair in Madera right away. We can help get your heater back on track.

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Heating Tip: How Winter Heating Maintenance Can Be Beneficial

Monday, January 7th, 2013

While California’s Central Valley isn’t known for its cold temperatures, if you live here you know that it can get pretty chilly during the winter. When that happens, you need a heating system that you can rely on. At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, we’re proud to offer comprehensive heating services in Fresno. One of the best ways to make sure that your heating system works when you need it is get regular, professional heating maintenance. There are a number of benefits to regular maintenance which we are going to explore here. If you have any questions about heating maintenance or if you’d like to schedule heating maintenance, then contact Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning today.

Benefits of Regular Heating Maintenance in Fresno

There are a number of very attractive benefits to regular heating maintenance in Fresno. Here are just a few of them.

  • Reduced repairs – Perhaps one of the most attractive benefits to regular maintenance is the potential to reduce the need for costly heating repairs. At Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, we’ve responded to countless calls for heating repair in Fresno. Many of them were the result of a small problem that could have been fixed if the heating system had been given regular maintenance. When you have a professional heating technician inspecting your equipment, they can detect those small things and fix them before they become larger, more expensive repairs.
  • Increased efficiency – Another benefit of regular heating maintenance is that it might also be able to increase the efficiency of your system. Over time, your heater will develop small problems that can slow it down or cause it to have to work harder to heat your home. With regular maintenance from Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, our technician will remove and repair those issues which will allow your system to perform better.
  • Extended life – Often, the life of a heating system is cut short because a small problem turned into a major one that caused a permanent failure of the system. During regular maintenance visits, your heating technician will repair those problems before they do catastrophic damage to your system.

Heating Maintenance in Fresno for All Heating Systems

No matter what kind of heating system you have, getting regular maintenance for it is probably a good idea. Just like regular oil changes and tune-ups are good for your car, the same is true for your heater. Call Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning today to talk with one of our friendly heating technicians and to schedule a service visit!

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