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How A Zoning System Can Give You More Comfort Control

How A Zoning System Can Give You More Comfort ControlDespite the fantastic weather that San Diego typically enjoys year-round, it’s still possible to experience uneven temperatures in your home. If comfort levels seem to be sporadic, a zoning system may be exactly what you need.

Why Traditional Heating and Cooling Isn’t Enough

Many of us don’t think about it when we switch on our heating or cooling system, but as the equipment runs, it is being forced to condition your entire home. It doesn’t matter if you’re alone in your living room or bedroom — if you want to improve your comfort level, you have no choice but to take a whole-house approach. This leads to an astounding waste of energy in most case, which can easily be avoided with the installation of a zoning system by a licensed contractor.

Zoning Systems Increase Comfort

A zoning system allows you to split your home into different areas, each with its own thermostat, plus individual heating and cooling capabilities. By utilizing a central control panel, you can set different temperatures for each area. This gives you more control over the comfort level of each room, especially for rooms on another floor or those with a somewhat unique design like large sun-facing windows or high ceilings.

Lower Energy Costs

You can also save a great deal of money with zoning systems. As mentioned above, when you run your equipment in order to condition a single occupied room, you waste energy as it’s forced to treat your entire home. This is especially true if you’re not in the same room where the thermostat is located. By focusing your heating or cooling efforts on a finite amount of space, your HVAC equipment will be able to shut off much more quickly. This leads to a more efficient use of equipment and can even improve its longevity.

If you’d like to learn more about the use of a zoning system, or for other questions related to home comfort, please contact the experts at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of San Diego and the surrounding area for more than 30 years.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Looking for An HVAC Contractor? 5 Tips To Find The Best

Looking for An HVAC Contractor? 5 Tips To Find The BestWhen your HVAC equipment fails, it’s natural to want to get it repaired right away. But before rushing into anything, take a few deep breaths and go through these important tips about hiring an HVAC contractor.

Check contractor has a valid license

The State of California requires that home contractors have a valid license, so before selecting a contractor check that the company is licensed. If the contractor is not licensed do not consider them, it’s illegal to be unlicensed.

Expect a proper home evaluation

Modern HVAC systems are complex and must be carefully designed, sized, and installed to work efficiently. When hiring an HVAC contractor you should expect them to spend time checking your existing equipment, ductwork, and measuring the rooms properly. If they don’t do this but recommend major alterations, it’s a sign that they may be taking you for a ride.

Provision of detailed written estimates

Your contractor should provide you with a detailed estimate of the work. When equipment is to be replaced, ask for specific details regarding the brand and model the contractor proposes installing. Always obtain three estimates and be suspicious of any particularly low or high estimates.

Check references

Once you have received your estimates, and before hiring an HVAC contractor, ask for names of recent customers and phone them to verify that they were happy with the quality of the work. This essential step will give you a good indication of the contractor’s reliability.

Sign on the dotted line

When you are replacing HVAC equipment it is wise to insist that both you and the contractor sign the proposal or a written contract specifying in detail the work the contractor will be doing. Ensure this includes specific model numbers, schedule of work, and warranty conditions. This important step in hiring an HVAC contractor will protect you in the event of any dispute.

If you live in the North County or San Diego area, contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc on (760) 295-5014. We will give you a free estimate and honor our pledge to serve our customers with integrity, objectivity, and competence.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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How Do You Know If A WiFi Thermostat Is Right For Your Home?

How Do You Know If A WiFi Thermostat Is Right For Your Home?Controlling the heating and cooling in your San Diego area home can sometimes be a little tricky. What we suggest is the installation of a WiFi thermostat by a trained HVAC professional. If used wisely, these devices can lower your energy costs each month.

The Death of the Traditional Thermostat

Let’s face it. No one wants to get of bed on a cold morning to turn up the heat on a manual thermostat. Even though programmable thermostats helped to curtail that need for the most part, we still often find ourselves away from home longer than expected, knowing that our HVAC heating or cooling equipment is about to switch on and there’s nothing we can do about it. For these reasons and more, the WiFi thermostat was developed, sending inferior models to an early grave.

The Birth of the WiFi Thermostat

Okay, so maybe declaring the death of the traditional thermostat is a bit farfetched, but trust us when we say that the idea only has a hint of hyperbole to it. WiFi thermostats offer a number of great benefits that could make traditional models obsolete. These include:

  • Programmability — Like previous models, you can still program your thermostat to switch your home’s HVAC equipment on and off on a set schedule.
  • Internet connectivity — If you’re away from home and need to make any changes to your thermostat settings, you can do so through an Internet connection.
  • Smart phone app — Is connecting through the Internet not quite convenient enough? Then download the smart phone app and connect to your thermostat that way.
  • Analysis of weather information — A WiFi thermostat is able to connect to local weather information and make changes for you automatically.
  • Downloadable charts — To get your energy costs under control, you can analyze your usage by viewing charts on the device or having them e-mailed to you.

If you’d like to know more about the installation and use of a WiFi thermostat, please contact the HVAC experts at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We’ve currently serve the heating and cooling needs of North San Diego and its surrounding areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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7 Geothermal Myths You Should Forget

7 Geothermal Myths You Should ForgetGeothermal energy is growing in popularity, but plenty of misconceptions still exist. Here are seven of the most commonly believed geothermal myths and the actual truth of the matter.

  • Myth: Geothermal systems require a large amount of land.
  • Fact: Depending on the soil makeup and other site characteristics, you could be eligible for a vertical underground loop, which requires relatively little above-ground surface area.
  • Myth: Geothermal systems only provide heating.
  • Fact: The same as air-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps provide heating in the winter and work in reverse to provide cooling in the summer. Plus, geothermal systems are more efficient than air-source heat pumps, meaning you probably don’t need a backup heat source, especially because San Diego’s climate is so mild.
  • Myth: Geothermal energy is not affordable.
  • Fact: Green energy solutions tend to earn this bad rap. It’s true that the initial costs is higher than a traditional system, but 50 to 75 percent lower utility bills make up for this very quickly. Plus, with tax credits that cover 30 percent of the purchase and installation costs through 2016, the initial investment is even more feasible.
  • Myth: Geothermal is only for new construction.
  • Fact: While installation temporarily disrupts the landscape, geothermal retrofits are certainly reasonable. In fact, older buildings with poor insulation can benefit tremendously by the 400 to 600 percent operational efficiency achieved by geothermal heat pumps.
  • Myth: Geothermal systems are noisy.
  • Fact: On the contrary, geothermal heat pumps are some of the quietest HVAC systems available. Plus, there’s not an outdoor compressor to bother the neighbors.
  • Myth: Geothermal systems don’t last.
  • Fact: The above-ground components last as long as other HVAC equipment (about 15 to 20 years) and the underground portion can last for generations. In fact, it typically includes a 50-year warranty.
  • Myth: Geothermal consumes a lot of water.
  • Fact: The underground loops reuse the same water over and over, so there is no waste at all.

With these geothermal myths debunked, you can move forward with potentially having a geothermal system installed. To learn more, please contact Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning in North San Diego today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about geothermal myths and other HVAC topics, visit our website.

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A UV Light System Can Make All The Difference In your Indoor Air

A UV Light System Can Make All The Difference In your Indoor AirAre you looking for a way to reduce the likelihood of illness and allergy symptoms in your Carlsbad home this season? While no foolproof methodology exists to eradicate bacteria, viruses and mold spores from your home, using a UV light system can decrease the presence of these types of contaminants. Continue reading “A UV Light System Can Make All The Difference In your Indoor Air” »

Benefits Of A Programmable Thermostat

 Benefits Of A Programmable ThermostatProgrammable thermostats make controlling your family’s indoor living environment simple and effortless, while saving energy and lowering utility bills. They do this by allowing you to preset changes in temperature. A programmable thermostat can be added to an existing heating and cooling system, and should be included in an upgrade package if you purchase a brand new A/C, heat pump, ductless mini-split or zoning system for your home. Continue reading “Benefits Of A Programmable Thermostat” »