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Air Quality

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 the [...]

2022-01-13T16:31:32-08:00January 13th, 2022|

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 or [...]

2022-01-06T12:06:58-08:00January 6th, 2022|

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 Housing [...]

2021-12-22T16:40:14-08:00December 22nd, 2021|

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 placed. [...]

2021-10-20T14:09:32-07:00October 20th, 2021|

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 the [...]

2021-08-30T16:56:07-07:00August 30th, 2021|