March 8, 2021

How to Drain a Hot Water Heater

Most of the time, it’s easy to take your water heater for granted. It’s important, though, that you don’t entirely overlook your water heater so that you can give it the maintenance it needs to last a long time. One of the most important steps in water heater maintenance is draining the tank. Taking care of your tank in this way doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult and is a great way to take care of your Modesto home. To ensure you’re successful when draining your water heater, here is a tried-and-true method that the pros at use to drain water heaters. Why Drain a Water Heater? If your water heater is full of hot water, you may wonder why you’d want to drain all that perfectly good hot water without using it to take showers or wash dishes. The answer is that draining a water heater helps to stir and remove sediment that collects at the bottom of the water heater. This sediment is naturally occurring and is produced by the minerals that are found in most water supplies. When you remove the sediment from your water heater’s tank, it uncovers the heating element at the bottom of...

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February 4, 2021

How Can I Make My Windows More Energy Efficient

Utility costs are among the highest expense in Modesto households, and homeowners are always looking for ways to save money on energy use. At , we help people recognize areas of their homes that are contributing to high utility costs month after month. One of the most overlooked problems is the impact of windows on energy loss. How Do Windows Contribute to Energy Loss? During the winter, the heat from inside your home escapes through the windows to the outdoors. In the summer, the heat from the outdoor air comes into your home. In a typical Modesto home, heat exchange through windows contributes to approximately 25% to 30% of energy use because you have to use your HVAC system longer to stay comfortable. Heat exchange through windows may happen because of poor seals, damaged window frames, and old designs that are not energy efficient. What Makes Windows Energy-Efficient? Modern window designs include features that reduce energy consumption, such as multiple panes of glass. Some windows have a slightly tinted color to reflect sunlight and reduce heat exchange. Proper installation is also important to maximize energy savings. The windows should fit snugly in the opening, and the window should be sealed...

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January 21, 2021

What is a Whole House Quiet Cool Fan?

When you’re tired of paying sky-high cooling bills during the summertime or suffering in the heat just to keep your bills at a reasonable level, there’s another option. A whole-house Quiet Cool fan removes hot air from your home, and it uses less energy than your central air conditioning system. Here’s what you need to know about Quiet Cool fans and how they can enhance the comfort of your Modesto, CA, home. What a Whole-House Quiet Cool Fan Is A whole-house Quiet Cool fan is a product made by Quiet Cool Systems. This manufacturer offers several product lines for use in homes. The fans are professionally installed by our skilled technicians. We install them in the attic, where they use your attic’s existing fans to increase the airflow rate and ventilation in your home. Types of Whole-House Quiet Cool Fans The types of Quiet Cool fans include the Energy Saver, Classic, Trident Pro X and Stealth Pro X. The Stealth Pro X is for larger homes and features an electrically commutated motor, which is powerful and durable. The Trident Pro X offers a permanent split capacitor motor for longevity. The Energy Saver model has an ultra-energy-efficient commutated motor marketed as...

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December 19, 2020

The Basics of How Solar Panels Work

Everyone knows that solar panels turn sunlight into energy. But how exactly do they turn energy from sunlight into usable electricity? The High-level Explanation As sunlight hits a solar panel, it creates an electric field, which is otherwise known as electricity. This electricity, which is in DC (direct current) form, flows to the edge of the panel into a conductive wire. The conductive wire then brings this electricity to an inverter that transforms it from DC to the AC (alternating current) electricity needed to power buildings. After the electricity is converted to AC power, another wire transports it from the inverter to a breaker box. The breaker box then distributes the electricity throughout the building as needed. Any energy not needed in the building flows through the utility meter, causing it to run backward. This credits your property for excess energy generation, and in some places, you can be credited by the utility company for this excess energy that is flowing into the electric grid. The Molecular-level Explanation Solar panels are made from many small photovoltaic cells. These cells can convert sunlight into electricity and are made up of semi-conductive materials, usually silicon. This semi-conductive material is able to conduct...

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November 19, 2020

5 Problems You May Face When Your Air Ducts Are Loose

Air ducts are an important component of a properly functioning HVAC system. A problem with these ducts will likely affect the lives of everyone in your home. Age and other factors can be responsible for ducts becoming loose or separated altogether. Several possible consequences await homeowners whose air ducts are not properly attached. 1. Discomfort Loose air ducts can cause a heating or air system that’s otherwise running at full blast to feel as if it’s barely working. Air ducts that aren’t tightly attached may explain the problem. Place your hand next to one or more vents in your home to check if you feel a faint breeze. Common areas in your house can quickly become uncomfortable when conditioned air escapes the HVAC system through loose ducts. Poor airflow in and out of your unit will cause uneven heating or cooling within your residence. It’s much more difficult for your family members to stay comfortable when they have to contend with hot and cold spots throughout the house. 2. More Noise You’re more likely to hear the presence of loose ductwork in your HVAC system than you are to see evidence of the problem. The strange noises that can come...

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October 20, 2020

Why is fall the best season to replace your old HVAC system

If you’ve noticed that your current HVAC system just isn’t performing like it used to, it may be time to have it replaced by the heating and cooling professionals at . The big question when it comes to HVAC replacement is what time of year in Modesto, CA, is best to have it done. Of course, if your HVAC system is totally dead, then the answer is “right now.” However, if you’re acting preemptively by replacing your HVAC system, then you can be a bit more choosy about when to have it replaced. Fortunately, the fall makes an ideal time to have your HVAC system replaced for multiple reasons. Less Need for System Operation Fall, more than any other season, tends to provide reliably beautiful weather that you can enjoy with open windows. This temperate weather means that you won’t be running your HVAC system as often, meaning there’s less chance that your system will die completely. This creates less urgency when it comes to your HVAC system replacement, meaning that you can plan your work schedule in advance so that you don’t have to miss work to have your system replaced. In addition, temperate weather means that your home...

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September 23, 2020

How Does an HVAC System Affect a Home’s Resale Value?

While you own your Modesto, CA, home, every change that you make can influence your home’s resale value. Some changes, such as remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, can have a significant impact. Other changes, such as changing the carpet, may only have a minor effect on the value of your home. Those examples have obvious impacts on the appearance of your home. What happens, then, when you make changes to your HVAC system? If you’re getting ready to sell, here are a few things that we at want you to know about what to do and what not to do to your home’s HVAC system. Think of Aesthetics Assuming you have a central HVAC system, one of the most visible parts of that system is the outdoor unit for your air conditioner. If your system is older, this outdoor unit may be rusty and appear to be in disrepair. Depending on how efficiently your system operates, you have two options to deal with this unsightly unit. First, you can build a small partition to hide the unit from view. If you choose to go this route, make sure to leave at least 18 inches of clearance on all sides of...

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August 7, 2020

The Dangers of Reusing AC Filters

The air filter inside an HVAC system performs an essential duty. No matter how clean the home may be, there will be impurities in the air. Therefore, putting a new filter inside the system becomes critical once the old screen is incapable of doing its job. Yes, there are expenses associated with installing a new filter. While it is understandable that a homeowner may want to keep a budget under control, shortcuts should not be taken. Reusing an old filter ranks high on the list of actions best avoided. Here’s a look why that’s the case. Reusable and Disposable Filters There are two types of filters available: reusable and disposable ones. The reusable filters may be cleaned and re-inserted. That said, some critics aren’t entirely fond of using them. A brand-new screen might do the job a lot better. Disposable filters must be thrown away upon reaching their expiration point. However, some homeowners might choose to attempt to clean disposable filters. Doing so could be a horrible idea. Besides being incredibly inefficient, attempts to clean a disposable filter could prove dangerous. Mold Infestations One concern with cleaning a disposable filter involves issues related to mold. Once a filter gets wet,...

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July 14, 2020

Should I Leave the AC on During the Day When I’m Out?

More air conditioning is generally a good thing here in sunny California. There’s nothing quite like having a comfy living room powered by a strong AC unit. However, there are often questions of whether your AC should be on at all times. Let’s take a very close look at the pros and cons of leaving the AC on during the day when you’re out. The Pros There are a couple of advantages of leaving the AC on. When you return home, you won’t have to do a single thing. The AC will already be configured just how you like it. You can simply drop your bags and plop down on the couch. In addition, the house will already be cooled to the delight of you and your family. Depending on the model of the unit, it can take anywhere from five to 30 minutes to fully cool down your home. When the AC has been running on your drive home, you won’t have to wait a second for things to cool down. The Cons Next, we need to examine the cons of this habit. Leaving the AC on all day incurs a huge cost to your electricity bill. Your AC...

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June 6, 2020

Benefits of Dehumidifiers in the Summer

If there’s one thing you can count on when summer arrives, it’s that high levels of humidity aren’t far behind. More than the heat we experience in Modesto, it’s the humidity that can really make it uncomfortable. Fortunately, there’s a solution to this sticky and uncomfortable problem: a dehumidifier. Using a dehumidifier in your house has many benefits that we at think you’ll want to take advantage of. Here’s a basic explanation of just a few of these benefits. Lower Cooling Bills You know that the main way you keep your home cool in the summer is by running your air conditioner. What you may not know is just how your air conditioner works to cool the air in your house. Essentially, your air conditioner serves two functions: to remove humidity from the air and to draw heat out of your residence. Your air conditioner works to remove humidity because air with a lower moisture content feels cooler on the skin. Therefore, if you have a dehumidifier installed by in your home, there will always be a device working to remove humidity from the air, meaning the air will feel cooler. Since the air feels cooler, you won’t have to...

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