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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 conditioned [...]

2022-01-25T16:31:40-08:00January 25th, 2022|

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: Should I Buy a Smart Thermostat?

Smart thermostats have been around a little more than a decade and you may be wondering if it is time to buy one. A smart thermostat takes outside information to help run your HVAC system more efficiently, and even provide additional protections to keep you and your home safe. Putting the Smart in Smart Thermostat to Help Save You Money Smart thermostats like Google’s Nest and Honeywell’s Home Thermostat learn and adapt to your schedule automatically to help save on heating [...]

2021-02-22T10:46:50-08:00February 22nd, 2021|

How to Stay Comfortable Staying at Home

I hardly need to mention that 2020 has been and continues to be a strange year for many reasons. It is now September and here in northern Nevada, many people seem to be staying inside more often. For some of us, work and school are now happening in living rooms and home offices. For all of us, we have been facing unhealthy levels of air quality for the better part of the month courtesy of wildfire smoke. If you are staying [...]

2020-09-28T12:27:00-07:00September 28th, 2020|

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|