Understanding Your Best Options for Electric Heating

November 18, 2020

When choosing a heating system for your Modesto home, one decision you’ll have to make is whether to power that heating system with electricity or natural gas. Given the popularity of natural gas heating systems, their electric counterparts have developed a bit of a bad rap. However, chosen wisely, an electric heating system from can actually be quite efficient while providing plenty of warm air to keep your house comfortable. Electric Baseboard Heating It’s hard to beat an electric baseboard heater to heat smaller spaces. These units are small, quiet, and surprisingly efficient. Plus, they have a low upfront cost when compared to other heating options. These elements combine to make electric baseboard heating an economical option. Radiant Floor Heating Since heat rises, it makes sense to have a heat source at or near the floor to help warm your entire room. One of the best options for this is radiant floor heating. Using electricity to circulate warm water underneath hard surface floors, a radiant heating system provides a comfortable, warm surface to walk on. It also offers enough radiant heat to reduce or eliminate the need to operate your central furnace. Heat Pump If you need a heating solution...

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Why Are Humidifiers for Heating and Not Cooling?

October 20, 2020

If you’ve ever noticed, your heating system never generates and removes water, but your air conditioning system has a condensation drain expel the generated moisture. Why is this? Humidity is the answer, and we’ll briefly explain humidity’s role in heating versus cooling and why humidifiers are subsequently only used in heating and not cooling. Humidity: Friend to Heat When it comes to capturing and holding heat in a space, humidity is an absolute friend. This is because humid air is full of water particles that create a sort of insulated web of material through which heat can’t so quickly travel through and escape. Instead of directly escaping unimpeded, such as in the case of dry air, the heat is then trapped and held in by all of the airborne water molecules. As such, you’re likely to see humidifiers and other means of humidification being used in homes during the heating season. Why Isn’t Humidity Helpful to Cooling? On the other hand, the above-mentioned concept also applies in the summer when you want to maintain a cool indoor space. Rather than utilizing its heat-holding properties, the humidifier is used to get rid of the moisture in the air. This allows for...

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How Does a Furnace Work?

February 13, 2020

Your furnace may seem magical in its ability to produce and maintain heat. However, it is quite simple science at work. Peek behind the curtain and understand how it works. The Simple Process of Heating With a Furnace Most modern furnaces use a process called “forced air” heating. This name comes from it forcing air through the system and space. These furnaces use the following process to heat your home. First, it has to produce the heat. The thermostat sends a signal to the furnace to start the burner when heat is needed. That burner is much like what you find on a gas grill. That heat then travels up to the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger warms the air that is forced through it by the circulating fan. The circulating fan continues to force that warmed air through the ducts and out into your home. The circulating fan also draws cool air through the return duct. Most furnaces have the air filter located somewhere in the return duct system. This is usually at either the return register or just before the combustion chamber. The biggest key is the circulating fan. It keeps cool air moving into the furnace and...

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How to Make Sure Your House Is Not Leaking Air

January 13, 2020

Tiny cracks around doors, windows and walls let cold and warm air escape from your home, making your HVAC system work harder and adding extra costs to your utility bills. Here are a few ways you can check to determine whether you have an air leak in your house. Identify Key Trouble Spots There are a few spots where air is most likely to leak, so pay extra attention to these regions: Attics Ducts Recessed lights Porch roofs Chimney shafts Foundation edges Door frames Window frames Look for Any Cracks Go through the house and look for any cracks or gaps in the materials of your walls, floor, ceiling, windows, and doors. Pay extra attention to trouble spots, but remember that air leaks can be anywhere. Look at Your Utility Bills If you notice that your utility bills seem abnormally high even after getting your system repaired and serviced by , it may be a sign that something is interfering with your efficiency. Use the Paper Test Hold a thin piece of paper against areas that might be leaking. If there is air coming through, you will notice the paper moving. You can also try passing the paper around the...

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Interested in Solar? Afraid to Ask?

August 29, 2018

If you have been thinking you would like to learn more about solar. But you don’t want to have someone in your home yet. Call – And talk to one of our knowledgeable Sales Associates about what solar means for you. Now Offering PPA Plans (Power Purchase Agreement), Lease Programs and Purchase Programs. Don’t Be Afraid Call Today! Or Contact us through our website messaging tool.

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