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House on the grass outside of sacramento

The heat of summer is in full swing here in Davis, Dixon and Woodland, CA. Many homeowners are running their AC units at full blast, yet it still seems next to impossible to keep their homes cool. For those who find themselves in this boat, the problem may have less to do with the actual AC unit than with two of the most important factors of home performance—insulation and air sealing.

modern air conditioner in the sacramento area

For many homeowners outside the Sacramento area, the quest to stay cool and comfortable this summer has already begun. While everyone wants to get the most out of their AC’s lifespan, it’s important to realize that even the best air conditioners need maintenance regularly and eventual replacement in order to be effective. If your AC isn’t operating up to par any longer, now may be the perfect time to consider a new, high-efficiency AC unit.

ductwork in a southern california home

Many homes in the Southern California area rely heavily on central air conditioning during the summer. If you compare the duct system in your home to a living, breathing creature, duct work would be your home’s veins, transporting conditioned air evenly throughout the home. When an artery is blocked, torn, or suffering from infection, the air condition and efficiency of transportation are affected.

family with dog in living room near Sacramento California

According to a study published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans tend to spend approximately 87% of their time indoors. For this reason alone, it’s important to think about the quality of the air we breathe. It’s something that most people only think about when dealing with smog and pollution outside, but given the amount of time we spend inside, indoor air can actually have more of a profound effect on our health than the air outside.

Central air conditioning unit outside of home in Dixon, California.

No matter how high quality your air conditioning system is, it’s important to realize that it will require repairs at one point or another. All appliances can suffer from wear and tear over time, regardless of how much they’re actually used. In some cases, issues with your AC will make themselves known loud and clear. Other times, however, it can be difficult to tell whether or not your AC is in need of repair, or even if it needs replacing.

Ventilation in the home

Author: Blake Shurtz

Much like the recommendation to install dampers, I almost always emphasize adding a second return when replacing ductwork. During a major energy upgrade that we recently completed, we had two return ducts- a 14" in the main house and a 12" return duct in the master bedroom. That was for a 1.5 ton system and the static was 0.33 inches of water column (IWC). We went with smaller sized ducts for better insulation burial and higher velocity. The less time the cool air is in the hot attic the less heat gain.  

HVAC technician in attic crawlspace

Fairfield, California- June 3rd, 2016- It’s that time of year again, when exceedingly high temperatures can lead to exceedingly low patience. During these hot summer months, many home owners begin to look for ways to keep cool without spending a fortune. PG&E is doing their part to help, by partnering with HVAC companies like Greiner Heating, Air and Solar in the Energy Upgrade California (EUC) Program.

tankless water heater

Homeowners in Davis, Woodland, Vacaville and Dixon who are interested in boosting home performance can get a lot of value out of taking a closer look at their water heaters. Hot water is something that we often take for granted, especially when you consider that it’s an essential part of our days. While tank-based water heaters have historically been embraced throughout the country and the rest of the world, more and more forward-thinking homeowners are beginning to put stock in the idea of going tankless with each passing year.

transparent building breaking home into rooms

At Greiner Heating and Air, we get a lot of complaints from homeowners in the Davis, Woodland and Winters areas about uncomfortable spots within the home. Often, these come in the form of major temperature differences between rooms, which is a common problem that affects homes of all shapes and sizes. If this issue sounds familiar, it may be worth your while to take a look at home zoning.

Solar panels and a sunflower in California

Solar is becoming one of the most popular choices for California homeowners living in the Davis, Dixon, Winters, Fairfield and Vacaville areas. While once thought to be a technology reserved for the wealthy, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are more affordable than ever before and are now being embraced by homeowners throughout the state. It’s not just a passing trend; solar provides a great number of benefits to those who make the switch.

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