Why You Need a Home Duct Inspection
When your HVAC system is functioning properly, you likely will not even notice it. However, when your system is not working as it should, it can quickly become apparent. One component of your home’s HVAC system that is usually hidden out of sight can often be culprit for poor indoor air quality. Due to the fact that this component goes unnoticed, other systems are typically blamed first when energy bills escalate or it suddenly becomes unseasonably warm or cool in your home. If your home has not undergone an inspection recently, it might be time to schedule one.
The ductwork system in your home is susceptible to accumulating debris over time. When this happens, it can result in seals loosening and tape falling away. Eventually, the ducts can even become damaged. If you have noticed any of the following in your home, it may be a good idea to schedule an inspection of your ducts:
- Uneven airflow – could indicate fallen ducts and air leaks
- Loose ducts that make noise
- Accumulation of debris around the diffusers
- Uneven temperatures – could indicate insufficient insulation in the ducts
- Musty odors
- High energy bills
Duct and A/C Inspection
Not only can poorly insulated ducts result in poor indoor air quality, but they can also cause wasted energy and higher utility bills. A comprehensive inspection performed by an experienced HVAC professional can help mitigate this problem. If you are uncertain whether your home may be in need of an inspection, you may perform a preliminary inspection on your own. You will need a flashlight and proper safety gear before getting starting. Keep the following in mind while performing an inspection of the ducts in your crawl space or attic:
- Be sure to inspect all ductwork that is visible, looking for signs of inadequate or damaged insulation. Any insulation that is damp or wet should be considered damaged due to the fact that it will no longer be able to maintain the all-important R-value.
- Use a smoke pencil to identify air leaks that may be present along the duct seams. This inspection should be performed while the heating or cooling system is actually running.
- Look for any fallen or disconnected ducts.
- Once you are back in the living space, remove some of the diffusers, the air filter, and the return grille. Look for mold accumulation or debris in the walls. A flashlight may be necessary for this task.
- Perform an inspection of the evaporator coil for mold, debris and mildew. If you notice any signs of this, you can typically expect the same to be present in your home’s ducts.
To learn more about a professional inspection or to schedule an inspection, contact us.
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.
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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.
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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.
Tips to Avoid a Sump Pump Failure
If it’s been a while since you checked your sump pump, then it’s probably been too long. It’s easy to take your sump pump for granted, but doing so puts you and your property at risk. It stands to reason: A sump pump can only do its job if it works.
A sump pump’s sole purpose is to keep your foundation dry. Whether your basement is used for living space or serves as an extra room for storage, your valuables can be ruined without a functioning sump pump system in place. This is particularly important if you live in a low-lying area that’s a flood risk. Flooding can also be a result of poor drainage surrounding your property or can happen unexpectedly, such as when pipes burst.
Routine maintenance can prevent unnecessary damage to your home. We recommend you troubleshoot and test your sump pump system regularly, say, once a quarter at least. Periodically clean, examine and maintain it when the weather is dry. Check the valves to be sure they’re working. We also suggest inspecting it prior to a rainy season or when heavy storms are in the forecast. Make sure the pipes to the outside are clear, and when temperatures drop below 32 degrees, make sure no lines connected to the pump are frozen.
The float switch is one of the most common causes for sump pump failure. This device detects when the sump pump’s water level has risen too high and will trigger a signal to activate the pump. This one part alone has saved millions of homes from extensive flood damage. While the sump pump itself is built to last approximately 7 years, the float switch is not. Also, be sure to invest in a sump pump with a float switch that can be replaced, as not all of them do. There are different kinds of switches, including one that doesn’t actually float, so be sure to consult your plumber for the one that’s right for your system.
Electrical failure is another potential cause for concern, and for that reason, many homeowners install a back-up sump pump, just in case. Another issue can be debris, such as leaves, mud and pebbles, which can clog up the system. Make sure the check valve functions correctly so water cannot flow back inside the basement or crawl space, and inspect the pipe that leads from the pump to the outside to make sure it’s clear.
Water near your foundation can seep through the walls. Make sure that the land surrounding your home is graded away so water won’t drain downhill back in its direction. If need be, install gutters with downspouts that lead the water away from your house.
A good time to clean your sump pump and pit thoroughly is when the filter needs to be changed. Start by unplugging the system, then, take the unit outside to hose it down. Disconnect its hose and flush it out with water, as well as the entire unit. Same Day Plumbing Service is happy to help you with this.
One of the simplest ways to minimize foreign objects getting into the system is to invest in a cover. It can also protect you and your family by preventing hazardous radon gas from escaping into the air. The cover may not be able to take care of the gas leakage totally, but it will help minimize the exposure until you can get it fixed. A cover is inexpensive ($20-$35), improves the look for your unit, and is an investment that’s worth every penny.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to find out your equipment malfunctioned as a result of overdue maintenance. Instead, make sure your sump pump is in proper working order before a catastrophe rains down.
Save $100 on your new sump pump installation by mentioning this article. Call Same Day Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today at 888-937-3350 to schedule your appointment.
Attic Fans as Alternatives to A/C
Many people look for ways to keep cool without resorting to air conditioning when the temperatures rise. While A/C is great, it can also be costly if you have to run it constantly. For those looking to stay cool on a budget, a whole house attic fan is a great option that will likely suffice on all but the hottest days. These fans are able to pull air from every part of the home via suction and replace warm air with cooler air.
1. Getting the Most Out of a House Fan
It’s a good rule of thumb to open some window screens and turn on the house fan whenever outdoor temperatures fall below indoor temps. In these scenarios, your fan will pull the cooler air through the house and force the warm air out through the roof vents.
If you like the way air-conditioning can cool down the house before the day gets started but want to save energy, there’s a way to simulate this feature with your fan. You can run the fan prior to sunrise and trap the colder air inside. This should last you for quite some time in a moderate climate and in the evening you can open the windows again when the temperatures drop.
Whole-house fans are typically ideal for multi-story homes, although they can still work in single-story homes. There are some regions—mostly those with mild climates—that utilize the full potential of these fans more effectively.
2. Choosing a Whole-House Fan Design
Consumers seem to like the ceiling-mounted models best. They’re unobtrusive as they are installed between the living area and the ceiling, as the name suggests.
Another option is to go for a ducted whole house attic fan, a quieter model as they’re placed in the attic proper, further from the living space. You can position the ducts to vent air out of the house directly via flexible ductwork.
A variable speed model works just like it sounds by letting you circulate air at a gentle speed or flush air out of the house quickly at higher speeds.
Fans with programmable thermostats give you added control and convenience but make sure before you use them that your heating and cooling are switched off, windows are open, and there is no fire going if you have a fireplace. There are a few models with insulated doors for an air seal. If your model of choice doesn’t have these doors, remember to cover it up in winter, otherwise, it will be as though a window is open. Just take the covering off in the spring and remember to open at least one window.
3. Choosing a Size
Experts say that a good whole-house fan should be able to exchange all the warm air in your home within three or so minutes maximum.
You can calculate the flow rate by doubling the total square footage of the whole house. Find this number and then find a fan with the same or better cubic feet per minute capacity.
We recommend consulting an expert in ventilation to get a professional opinion on the ideal size of a whole-house fan for your needs.
4. A Cost-Benefit Analysis
On the budget end, whole-house fans are about one hundred and fifty dollars, and five hundred and fifty on the premium end. You should also factor in the cost of installation, which could be as much as one thousand dollars.
There are certain places and companies that will give out rebates for whole-house fans. For example, in Sacramento reports indicate that these fans use only ten percent of the energy that air conditioning uses. Thus, in only a few seasons the fans pay for themselves many times over
What are some reasons to choose a tankless water heater?
If you are currently in need of replacing your water heater, it is a good time to upgrade to a new type. One good type is a tankless water heater. Here are some reasons to consider choosing this among the other options available.
They Last a Long Time
One great reason to get a tankless water heater installed in your home is that they are known to last a long time. When replacing your hot water heater, you want one that is going to last for a while so you don’t have to make this decision again for quite some time. Consider the water heater an investment, so even if the tankless appliance is a little higher than other water heaters, you make up for it by not having to pay for another one for many years. As long as you keep it in good condition, it can last over a decade in many cases.
The Tankless Water Heater is Smaller
A benefit you might not have considered is that a water heater without a large water tank is also going to take up a lot less space. If you already have limited space for placing the appliance in the first place, this can be an excellent benefit for you. Many water heaters are placed in the basement or garage. You might be in need of more storage in these spaces, so being able to save even a little space without a bulky water heater can make all the difference.
You Can Reduce Your Energy Costs
While the tankless water heater might cost a little more in the beginning, you will save money by having a water heater that uses less energy overall. Traditional water heaters require filling up a large tank with water, and keeping it warm so that the water is ready when you turn on the faucet. However, this is uses much more energy than is really necessary. With the tankless water heater, only the water you use after turning on a faucet is going to use up energy. You will notice that within the first few bills after having it installed, your energy and water bills have started to decrease. Not only are you saving money on your investment, but you are helping the environment and lowering your own carbon footprint.
As you can see, there are a wide range of benefits to go with a tankless water heater. Speak to a plumber if you have more questions about tankless water heaters and wonder if it is a good option or your home.
Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Your Home?
A typical water heater has a useful life of approximately 15 to 20 years. Most homeowners will have to replace a hot water heater at least once or twice over the course of their time as homeowners, and some will choose to make an optional upgrade. For example, you may upgrade to a more energy-efficient model in order to save money on utilities each month. Whether your upcoming water heater replacement project is mandatory or optional on your part, you may be wondering if a tankless water heater is a great option for you.
Never Run Out of Hot Water (…Maybe)
You may have heard that you never will run out of hot water with a tankless water heater, and this is true to an extent. A tank-style hot water heater may heat a certain number of gallons of hot water, and when this water is used, cold water will flow through the tap. With a tankless hot water heater, the unit will heat water on demand, but it can only heat so much water. This means that you may be able to take a shower using hot water for hours if you like, but you may have trouble taking a shower, running the dishwasher and washing clothes all at the same time. A solution to this problem in busy homes is to use two tankless hot water heaters piggy-backed on top of each other.
Save on Energy Costs
You may have also heard that you can save money on energy costs, and there is some truth to this. Consider that with a tank-style hot water heater, you are keeping the water in the tank heated at a specific level regardless of whether you use the water or not. For example, even when you are on vacation and do not use hot water for several weeks, the hot water is still being heated in the tank. With a tankless hot water heater, the water is heated only when you need it, and there are energy savings in this.
When you wonder if this is the right model of hot water heater for your home, think about how frequently you need to feed water into multiple different appliances or features at the same time. This will help you to determine if a tank-style or tankless model is better for your needs.