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Ask Dirk: What is a zoned HVAC system?

Updated: September 2, 2020 Zoned air systems divide sections of your home into different areas or zones, which are then each controlled by separate thermostats. In contrast, a standard heating system treats your home with all of its rooms as a single area and is controlled by a single thermostat. Based on your home’s size, floor plan and level of comfort desired, either option could be a good fit for your family. Here are some benefits of zoning: MORE CONTROL Assuming [...]

2020-09-02T15:19:16-07:00February 7th, 2020|

Ask Dirk Q&A: Common Questions Homeowners Ask

Over the past 30 plus years, we’ve been asked countless questions from customers throughout western Nevada. Many of them have been asked enough times that I felt it important to share. Does a bigger HVAC system provide better performance? In short, the answer is no. The size of your HVAC system depends entirely on the total square footage of your home. A system that is too small will run nonstop trying to reach and maintain your desired temperature, whereas a system [...]

2020-08-21T13:54:11-07:00July 15th, 2019|

Ask Dirk: What happens during my HVAC maintenance service?

Ask Dirk: What happens during my HVAC maintenance service? Your HVAC system is a mechanical system with lots of moving parts. Without regular maintenance and care, its performance will start to decline and eventually the entire system will just plain fail. A heating and cooling system replacement costs thousands of dollars, so regular maintenance can extend its lifespan and protect your wallet. What does the technician do? Inspect and Change Your Filters We’ve talked about how important clean filters are regularly [...]

2019-07-23T10:55:44-07:00June 16th, 2019|

Ask Dirk: Is my thermostat costing me money?

According to EnergyStar.gov, nearly half of your home’s energy usage is for heating and cooling. How can you be both comfortable and energy efficient? Aside from changing your filters regularly to keep dirt and dust from building up in your system, which can cause early failure or expensive repairs. here are easy some things you can do right now to improve your energy use:   Stop trying to heat or cool your home quickly Most homes in our area have single-stage [...]

2019-03-26T11:52:23-07:00March 21st, 2019|

Ask Dirk: Will running my ceiling fan in the winter save money?

You may use ceiling fans to help cool your house during the summer, but did you know you can use them in the winter to help boost your home heating system as well? Heat rises A ceiling fan normally cools the home by pushing air down directly under the fan. When the blades push air down, they create a wind-chill effect and can facilitate evaporation, further aiding in cooling. This does not actually lower the temperature of your home. It just [...]

2019-02-08T17:19:21-08:00February 8th, 2019|