What’s a good way to help keep your energy costs down? Look up, down and all around! Adding blown-in insulation to your attic, walls and between floors may reduce your utility bills as much as 50 percent. Also called blow-in or sprayed insulation, this home improvement has many benefits, including helping to reduce outside noise, pollen, dust particles and insects in your home; controlling humidity levels; and regulating the temperature throughout your home.
Blown-in (also known as blow-in) insulation products vary as does their installation methods. Regardless of the product, their goal is the same: To achieve the highest performance per square inch with a minimal amount of settling over time.
Loose-fill fiberglass is one option that’s made from glass that has been blown or spun into fibers. An advantage to this solution is that it will not rot or absorb moisture, and it resists mildew and fungi. Some caution that loose-fill fiberglass can leave particles floating in the air that can enter your living or work space; however, one solution is to use the high-density, non-flammable Blow-In Blanket System (BIBS), in which the manufactured fiberglass blowing wools are directed into areas that have been prepared with a patented netting system.
Spray-on or spray-in polyurethane foam is a popular option that requires a highly skilled professional to install. It expands to fill voids and forms a firmly sealed barrier that practically eliminates any air infiltration. It can expand up to 100 times its volume and maintains its flexibility as the property ages and shifts. While a more expensive option, the foam insulation method pays for itself over time.
Blown-in cellulose insulation has been around for nearly 100 years. There are four types: dry cellulose (loose fill), spray-applied (wet-spray) cellulose, stabilized cellulose, and low-dust cellulose; their application depends on how and where the insulation is to be used. Cellulose is largely made up of recovered or recycled newsprint and corrugated cardboard that’s been treated with a fire retardant. There are three main types: loose fill, stabilized and wall-cavity spray. This method was nearly obsolete when fiberglass became popular, but it has recently experienced a resurgence in the U.S. with the increase of “green” building methods.
A natural alternative to chemical foam insulation that’s worth considering is made from soybeans or castor beans and polyurethane foam. It, too, fills cracks and voids, is known to be durable, and resists moisture and mold. Proponents point to its ability to support a sustainable eco-industry while also saving energy.
An important factor in determining how much insulation you will need is to know and understand its R-value, which measures how well building insulation materials will resist heat. The higher the insulation’s R-value, the greater its performance will be; thus adding energy efficiency to your home. While there is no set standard for any given area, energystar.gov makes R-value recommendations that vary depending on your geographic location, type of heating system and locations within your property, be it attic, wall, floor, crawl space wall or basement wall. But no worries! Your professional installer from Same Day Service Plumbing will consider those factors when deciding how much insulation to use.
Same Day Service Plumbing has added blown-in insulation to its cache of services that will add to the value of your home over time and will improve your comfort and quality of life for as long as you live there. We feel this addition to our offerings gives us a competitive edge in the industry by providing a one-stop-shop that you can count on for all of your building improvement needs. Call us now at 1-855-658-4708 to request a quote and schedule your free consultation today!
Same Day Service Plumbing Offering Increased AC Efficiency and Lowered Prices with New Blow-In Insulation Service
Same Day Service Plumbing Offering Increased AC Efficiency and Lowered Prices with New Blow-In Insulation Service
Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating, and Air, Inc. of Northern California is offering local residents an opportunity to save big while increasing their home’s energy efficiency with their new blow-in insulation services.
Blow-in insulation is a type of insulation which differs from fiberglass insulation and functions largely like its name implies. With an electric blower, Same Day professionals blow loose cellulose inspiration into attic spaces above the ceiling and into walls. The resulting insulation reduces the heat entering an air-conditioned building on a hot day.
With Spring in full force and Summer on its way, Same Day’s new blow-in insulation surface can provide Northern California homes with the exact kind of energy-saving solution they are looking for. During the times of year when air conditioners often run at full force, many homes lose an unfortunate amount of cooling due to a lack of insulation.
As local experts in plumbing, heating, and air, Same Day is excited to introduce this additional opportunity for Northern Californians to reduce wear on their air conditioning units, increase efficiency, and reduce monthly utility costs.
While it is possible for homeowners to make the installation of blow-in installation a DIY project, experts at Same Day will ensure the promptest service and the best results at a reasonable price. Blow-in insulation installation requires some technique to ensure the correct density of cellulose insulation, therefore maximizing efficiency with the least amount of material.
Same Day has also released a handy guide to encourage a Spring tune-up for any HVAC system. “When HVAC units have been ignored or allowed to run without oversight over time, they are more likely to break down when put to the test. The largest strain on your equipment will be when temperatures are relentlessly high over a period of several days or even weeks,” Same Day says in its blog article.
To further incentivize Northern California home and business owners to take notice of their air conditioning efficiency this Spring, Same Day is promoting a special offer for HVAC inspections and tune-ups. As a company, Same Day hopes that its clients will utilize these coupons along with their latest services to create maximum efficiency.
For more information about Same Day’s blow-in insulation service, coupons, savings offers, prompt service, and expert results, contact them at 1-855-607-5619 or visit their website today.
4 Reasons For A HVAC Spring Tune Up
The Early Bird Beats the Heat with a Spring HVAC Tune Up!
Right now is the best time to schedule a tune-up for your central heat and air-conditioning unit before the hot weather hits. Don’t wait until it’s the height of summer! Stress to your HVAC unit can cause it to fail and you’ll be left sweltering in your home until you can get it repaired. Instead, schedule an appointment with Same Day Service Plumbing today to ensure your a/c will do its job well and will run like a champ when you need it the most.
Aside from the obvious discomfort that comes from a nonfunctioning HVAC during hot and humid months, there are other good reasons to take preventative measures.
When HVAC units have been ignored or allowed to run without oversight over time, they are more likely to break down when put the test. The largest strain on your equipment will be when temperatures are relentlessly high over a period of several days or even weeks. It stands to reason that these peak times will also put a strain on your HVAC repair contractor who will be handling the frantic calls of other customers having the same issues as you. Chances are the wait time to service your equipment will be longer during that peak period, and your expense will be greater, especially if you require attention after business hours or on weekends and holidays.
Routine HVAC maintenance performed annually can translate into lower energy bills. An air-conditioning unit that doesn’t run efficiently takes more energy to keep your home or business cool. Just because you can’t see or hear an obvious problem doesn’t mean you don’t have one. Your HVAC may be compromised without your even knowing.
Lack of routine maintenance is the main reason HVACs fail. The large problems start small. What may seem insignificant, such as dirt or rust, can cause your a/c unit to run inefficiently, which takes a toll on the unit itself over time. Its lifespan will likely be shortened, and those small factors can turn into big issues, requiring major repairs or even replacement when small equipment failures that haven’t been attended to properly cause major malfunctions.
During a HVAC tune up, your contractor will likely inspect the entire system. First on his or her to-do list should be to clean the unit’s coils, as even a tiny bit of dirt on the coils can cut your a/c unit’s efficiency and shorten its life. In addition, your contractor will clean and drain your HVAC unit’s condensate line, lubricate any moving mechanical parts, clean the blower parts, check the fuel connections, replace the air filter, check the thermostat controls and the system’s wiring, inspect the surrounding ductwork, remove any debris around the outside unit, check the pressure levels and replace fluids, if need be.
Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air, Inc. is the preferred choice for air conditioning repairs, installations and maintenance. We service all major brands of air conditioners, and our a/c services are 100 percent guaranteed. You can depend on us for fast and professional service, from new air conditioner installation and a/c repairs to other cooling system options for residential and commercial properties.
Being proactive is the best way to avoid putting your comfort and your equipment at risk. Make a commitment, and plan at the start of spring to have a professional from Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating and Air, Inc. to perform routine maintenance on your HVAC. Call us now at 1-888-937-3350 to schedule your appointment today.
Annual HVAC Inspections – Have to have or have to heave
Annual HVAC Inspections: Have to Have or Have to Heave
You wouldn’t drive your car every day for years on end without performing routine maintenance such as changing the oil and checking your tires and fluid levels. Many people, however, use their HVAC system daily for years without performing routine maintenance. Proper maintenance of your HVAC system can save you money, protect your home and your family, and prevent inopportune breakdowns.
Can I Maintain My HVAC Unit Myself?
Just as you can change your car’s oil and check the inflation level in your tires, there are routine maintenance tasks that you can perform on your HVAC unit. Items such as:
∙ Trimming weeds and shrubbery around the unit
∙ Ensuring that there’s about 18 inches of clear space around the HVAC unit
∙ Changing the filters monthly
∙ Keeping the unit clean, hose it down if necessary
∙ Making sure the supply and return vents are free of blockage
These simple maintenance tasks will help your unit function better between professional maintenance visits and reduce the cost of your service visits.
Why Do I Need A Professional?
A professional HVAC technician will perform services other than just check out your HVAC unit. The technician will:
∙ Check out your thermostat
∙ Tighten any loose electrical connections
∙ Clean the blower and adjust it if needed
∙ Clean the condenser and evaporator coils
∙ Clean the condensate coils if necessary
∙ Lubricate moving parts as necessary
∙ Check the controls for the system
∙ Inspect gas pressure or fuel line connections as necessary
∙ Check refrigerant levels and charge if needed
∙ Advise you of any repairs that are needed
Many of these maintenance functions require electrical expertise and/or licensing by the state in order to protect the consumers. Unless you’re a licensed electrician who also specializes in HVAC, you shouldn’t perform these functions; only licensed HVAC techs can service HVAC units
HVAC Service Calls Are Expensive
In order to properly service and maintain your HVAC unit, the technicians have had to undergo extensive and expensive training, and many have decades of experience. This is the type of expertise you need for your HVAC service and all of our technicians are trained and certified in the latest techniques. We value our customers and want to provide them the best service possible.
When your heat fails in the dead of winter or your air conditioning fails in the heat of the summer, you’ll wish that you had placed that service call. No price can be placed on the safety and comfort of your family. Loose wires, leaking connections, and damaged components can be a fire hazard and jeopardize your home and your family.
What Can I Do About It?
Call our office today at 1-888-937-3350 and schedule a service visit. Our rates are competitive, and we’ve been in business for more than 30 years, so you know we’re reliable. We’re family owned and operated, and we treat our customers like they’re members of the family. Our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau assures you of our integrity and dedication to our customers as does the numerous testimonials we receive.
Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment online by clicking here and we’ll get right back to you.
We know that home maintenance can be expensive, so we offer special financing options and other deals. Click here for our summer special tune up offer on your HVAC unit.
Call Us Today
Winter isn’t over, and summer is fast approaching. Call us today at 1-888-937-3350 and make sure your family stays warm for the rest of the winter and cool for the coming summer. Call us!
Get the most out of your HVAC system
Get the most out of your HVAC system
Keep Your HVAC System Running with Frequent Maintenance Checks
The central-air system in your home is a major appliance. It acts as both a heater and air conditioner whenever you activate the proper switch or button. That’s why it’s referred to as an HVAC or heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. It’s a fact that many of the system’s parts are hidden within walls and closets, however.
Don’t overlook this system because it’s “out of sight, out of mind.” Prioritize its care by observing its operations yourself. Supplement these observations with regular visits from Same Day Service Plumbing Heating and Air. You’ll prolong the system’s lifespan as a result of your efforts.
Be aware of these HVAC details: Perform the following tasks only if you feel comfortable doing so. Remember that warranties become null and void if the unit is opened or accessed in any invasive manner. We’re happy to answer your questions about these steps.
1. Indoor Components
∙ Activate the system and stand near the interior unit. Listen for any unusual sounds as the system ramps up.
∙ Be aware of any scents that arise during a system startup. Report the description to your HVAC contractors. Mold and mildew have distinct odors.
∙ Verify if any leaks are present in the ductwork. Listen for whistling or feel a draft nearby where there shouldn’t be one.
∙ Shut off the system. Examine the control-box wiring for any broken or damaged connections.
∙ Inspect your filter. Replace it as necessary. HVAC repair services often focus on these parts.
2. Outdoor Components
∙ Examine the surrounding cabinet and coils for any damages, including penetrations and active leaks.
∙ Lean over and carefully evaluate the fan in its stationary position. Note any rust or wear on the blades or motor box.
∙ Repeat the fan inspection when it’s functioning normally. Document any sounds or vibrations coming from the unit.
∙ Be sure the system is turned off now. Locate the base pan. Examine it for any clogs at the drain openings.
∙ Verify that the exterior control box is clean and free from damage.
∙ Sweep any debris, such as dust and leaves, away from the unit’s exterior surroundings.
Energy Efficiency Tips
Don’t overwork your system because this scenario shortens its lifespan. Try these energy-saving tips as summer and winter challenge your components with extreme temperatures.
1. Heating Strategies
∙ Close and lock each window to trap the warm air within the home.
∙ Invite loved ones over and turn down the thermostat. The body heat makes the home more comfortable in the winter.
∙ Move any obstructions from the heating vents. They operate with optimum efficiency when air passes freely.
∙ Update your insulation to trap the warm air. An HVAC repair professional can suggest an installation that works for your region.
2. Cooling Tactics
∙ Take your cooking skills outside. Hot days call for barbecues so that any generated heat remains outside instead of locking it inside with your air conditioner.
∙ Cut off incoming light by closing your window treatments. A darkened room is much cooler, which reduces air-conditioning costs over time.
∙ Ventilate the attic with vents and proper insulation. You want the hot air to escape.
∙ Create a wind chill in your home with ceiling fans set to a counter-clockwise direction. Your HVAC contractors can show you how to alter the setting.
Contact Same Day Service Plumbing Heating and Air today to schedule your annual checkup. Our team is thrilled to answer any questions that you might have, including replacement and repair queries. Take advantage of our complementary, 40-point inspection on HVAC units ages 12 years and older too. Our team partners with the neighborhood to keep everyone comfortable year in and year out.