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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 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: What is the best thermostat for my home?

Ask Dirk: What is the best thermostat for my home? Heating can account for nearly half of the average family’s winter energy bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Having a good thermostat may help homeowners reduce those costs. The market is full of choices when it comes to home thermostats, so let’s break it down so that you as the homeowner can make an informed decision before winter hits here in northern Nevada. High-end thermostat options: Smart thermostats Operates [...]

2020-11-16T16:44:04-08:00September 18th, 2018|

Ask Dirk: How can I lower my cooling costs?

It’s hot. Darn hot. It can be expensive to be cool, but you can lower your cooling costs with these simple tips. Keep your filters clean Dirty filters are one of the biggest causes of AC poor performance or system failure. Imagine breathing with a filthy cloth over your mouth and nose. It’s much harder, and you’re bound to start coughing. Your AC needs regular filter changes to keep your system running smoothly. At the very least, change them twice a [...]

2018-09-01T13:23:58-07:00September 1st, 2018|