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Ask Dirk: Are Mini Split Systems Right for My Home?

In our last column, we talked about zoned systems and how they can improve energy efficiency and maximize home comfort. If you are interested in zoned systems, mini split systems are another option in zoning your home. Option for zoning: mini split systems Mini split systems are made up of two types of components: an outdoor condenser or heat pump and one or more indoor air-handling units. The indoor air-handling units may be self-contained or may utilize ducts to circulate [...]

January 25th, 2022|Categories: HVAC System, Energy Savings|

Ask Dirk: What are Zoned HVAC Systems, and Do I Need One?

What are Zoned Systems? If you are unfamiliar with this term, you might be wondering, what are zoned HVAC systems? What do they do, and why should I know about them? Zoned systems group areas of your home with similar heating and cooling needs and independently control those areas according to their individual needs. We have touched on this topic before in a previous blog, but this time we are going more in-depth. You most likely do not occupy all [...]

January 13th, 2022|Categories: Air Quality, HVAC System|

Ask Dirk: Does my ductwork need replacing? Part 2

In our last column, we discussed the health and comfort aspects of your HVAC system’s ductwork. In this column, we’re going to examine increasing the efficiency of your system through replacing your ductwork. Efficiency How well a system works and how the various mechanisms and equipment in your HVAC system interact influences how well the ducts perform and makes a significant difference in the cost and the effectiveness of heating and cooling a home. Typical systems with ducts in attics [...]

January 6th, 2022|Categories: Energy Savings, Air Quality|

Ask Dirk: Does my ductwork need replacing? Part 1

The ductwork in your home acts like its circulatory system – sending air throughout the various rooms and returning it to your furnace or air handler. Properly designed and installed ductwork can make a significant difference in the efficiency of your system, improve comfort in your home and improve the health and safety of indoor air. Chances are that your ductwork needs some attention. The typical life cycle of your ductwork is approximately 15 years. According to the Nevada Rural [...]

December 22nd, 2021|Categories: Energy Savings, Air Quality|

Ask Dirk: Which air cleaner should I use for optimum indoor air quality?

Air cleaner vs. filter There are three main categories of air cleaners for central forced-air heating and cooling systems. Media (or mechanical) air cleaners. This is what most people think of when the term “air filter” is mentioned. Electronic (or electrostatic) air cleaners Hybrid air cleaners combining elements of the first two categories The air cleaner is the system, the filter is a component of that system. Media air cleaners have a rack or holder into which the filter is [...]

October 20th, 2021|Categories: Air Quality|

Ask Dirk: What does the V stand for in HVAC? V is for Ventilation

V is for Ventilation We talk about your HVAC system all the time, and it’s easy for us to speak in jargon like saying HVAC instead of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. And while the V-for-ventilation is very important to us when we are checking your system, you may not know what it means, or why you should pay attention to it, especially during our recent unprecedented air quality events. Here’s why ventilation is so important. Simply put, ventilation is [...]

August 30th, 2021|Categories: Air Quality|

Ask Dirk: Am I getting the most from my air conditioner?

It has been a hot summer. Air conditioners and the technicians that service, repair, and install them are all working overtime. You may hear your air conditioner running for extended periods that are longer than what you’ve come to expect. It may even have trouble keeping your home cool on the hottest part of those sweltering days. Is your air conditioner doing all it can do? First things first: it's been really hot. An air conditioner that's appropriately sized for [...]

August 5th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

KOLOCares Fan Drive provides relief from summer heat

As we enter the scorching heat of northern Nevada summer, Carson City seniors are particularly vulnerable to heat related injury. Roper’s Heating and Air Conditioning is seeking donations of brand new, in-the-box fans for Carson City seniors during the annual KOLOCares Fan Drive to help provide relief. According to KOLO, over 600 fans were donated last year in total. With your help, that number can increase substantially to support our Carson City seniors in need. This is our third year [...]

July 12th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|
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