Is it Possible to Combine Heating and Cooling Systems?

March 17, 2020

Traditional HVAC systems usually have a separate furnace and a separate air conditioning system that share a blower motor, air handler, and ductwork. But now, many homeowners can choose to replace their two separate systems with a single system that combines both heating and cooling. This single system is called a heat pump. How Does a Heat Pump Work? A heat pump works using the science of heat transfer, like how an air conditioner works using refrigerant within a loop of metal tubing. There are two types: 1. Split system: This is where the main unit of the pump is located outdoors and the air handler is indoors. 2. Packaged heat pump system: This is where both the heat pump and air handler are packaged in an outdoor cabinet. When the heat pump is switched to its heat mode, heat energy is absorbed from the outside air and transported indoors where the air handler and blower distribute it throughout your ductwork. The process is reversed when the pump is switched to its cooling mode. The heat is absorbed from the indoor air and then transported to the outside unit where it is dispersed. Depending on the heat pump and your...

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How To Change a Furnace Filter

February 16, 2020

Replacing your furnace filter on a regular basis is one of the most basic and important home maintenance tasks you can do. Putting in a new filter ranks up there with replacing smoke detector batteries and cleaning out your dryer vent in terms of importance. If you don’t know how to do it, though, this basic procedure could end up being overlooked. To help you take the best care of your San Mateo home, here’s a basic description of how to replace your furnace filter. Types of Furnace Filters Before you replace your furnace filter, it’s important to understand the different types available. One major difference is the size of the filter. Filters can be as small as 12-by-12 inches and as large as 25-by-25 inches or more. The correct size is crucial to ensure a tight fit in the filter housing so that no dust makes its way into your furnace. Another difference to be aware of is the MERV rating. This rating describes the efficiency of the filter to capture small particles of dust and debris. The highest MERV rating, 16, is rated to capture microscopic particles for those needing hospital-quality air. It’s important to know, however, that...

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Are Heating Tune-Ups Necessary?

January 8, 2020

Here at , we’re often asked by our San Mateo customers if heating maintenance is really necessary. If you’ve never had a furnace tune-up before, you’re not alone. Many homeowners don’t realize why furnace maintenance is so essential to the health of a heater and the safety of a home. For the best results, our expert technicians recommend scheduling a furnace tune-up at least once per year. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why heating tune-ups are necessary. Improved Energy Efficiency Furnace tune-ups are essential if you want your system to operate at peak energy efficiency. Without regular maintenance, your furnace’s performance starts to deteriorate. This is caused by everything from worn-out parts to dirt and debris building up inside the furnace. During a maintenance appointment, the technician will carefully vacuum out all the dust buildup. This prevents the furnace from over-working and overheating, which cuts down on energy consumption. Less Frequent Repairs While some heating problems are inevitable, many can be avoided with proper maintenance. Your tune-up technician will inspect your furnace and thermostat to make sure it’s running properly. If they notice anything is amiss, they’ll bring it to your attention so they can find a...

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Common Reasons Your Heating Bill is Too High

December 18, 2019

The shock of opening your mail to find a staggeringly high electricity bill can be devastating. Unfortunately, this is the reality that many people today go through. Luckily, there are a series of recommendable steps that you can implement in your home to keep your electricity bills within reasonable amounts. These steps start with understanding the following common reasons as to why your current heating bill is too high. Outdated Equipment The heating furnaces that you use to keep your house warm in winter may sometimes get outdated and old. When this happens, the furnace tends to consume more than the manufacturer’s power rating. The energy efficiency of the furnace, therefore, can no longer protect you from the unexpectedly high electrical bill. Leaks Within the System If your home heating system is not maintained as regularly as recommended, the chances are that the ductwork will undergo repetitive damage. The efficiency of the furnace in delivering the desired level of temperature within your house will drastically drop. You may resort to cranking up the heat only to consume more power than before. Problems With the Thermostat A thermostat internally regulates the amount of energy that your heating furnace consumes. When the...

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Tips for Maintaining Your Winter Indoor Air Quality

November 18, 2019

There is more to home comfort than the right temperature. More and more, we at find our San Mateo customers are concerned with the indoor air quality in their homes. Unclean air can be a real problem during the heating season when many homeowners shut their homes tight to keep out the cold weather. Let the Fresh Air Flow Weatherproofing your home increases the efficiency of your heating system, but it will slow down the exchange of indoor and outdoor air. This can lead to a buildup of irritants in your air supply, including pet hair, dust, and dander. The volatile organic compounds that are byproducts of cleaning and beauty products will also float in your air supply. An environmental assessment from can help you understand the impurities you are dealing with at your home. In order to encourage the exchange of indoor and outdoor air, we suggest cracking open some windows on milder days. If you do this in rooms where the sun hits, you will minimize the extra work for your heating system. If you want a more professional solution, we can help you install a ventilator as part of your climate control system. Ventilation technology gives you...

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