Is Your Geothermal HVAC System Not Consistent Throughout The House? Check The Design And Placement Of Your Ductwork

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have retrofitted your home to use a geothermal heating and cooling system, you may be concerned that not every room in the house stays at an even temperature. The problem may not be with the system but with the ductwork. Before you call the technician to come and remove the new system to go back to the old, go through each room and area of the house, looking at the vents. Here are some of the issues that could be causing the problem. Return Air Vent in Each Room Many homes have one or two return air vents. If you are using a geothermal system, having one in every room will increase the consistency of the heating and cooling in the house. This is especially true if some doors are kept closed regularly. The return air vent allows for air to flow through the system. If you try to push air into a room but do not have air going from the room back into the system, you are starving the system. Airflow will be reduced, and the room will not be heated or cooled properly. Small Vents in Smaller Rooms The proper vent and duct size allows the air to flow properly. It is not dependent on the size of the room. When you have the system installed, it is important to make sure that enough air can flow through each duct and vent. The blower speed and length of the ducting determine how much air is pushed through the system. When you have a room that is further away from the system, you need to compensate for the distance. If the ducts are too small, there is not enough static pressure in the system itself to allow for optimum airflow. Leaks in Ductwork A lot of air and air pressure can be lost through leaks in the ductwork. A technician can perform a test that will measure the amount of static pressure and airflow for each room of the house. If one room does not have adequate airflow, the ductwork will be inspected for leaks that will cause a drop in pressure. The leaks will be sealed so there is better circulation into and out of the room. A geothermal HVAC system can save you money on your heating and cooling bills as long as the ducting is properly installed and maintained. If you do notice a problem or hot or cold spots in the house, make sure you check all the vent filters. Cleaning or replacing a dirty filter could save you from having to call a technician. If it doesn’t help, have a professional like A-C Contractors Heating & Cooling look over the ductwork....

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Are You Designing a Tuscan Home?

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have been lucky enough to travel in Italy, you probably fell in love with the architecture found in Tuscany. Whether it was a Tuscan villa, a simple home or a farmhouse, there was a charm that captured your heart. If you are trying to give that same look to your new home, here are some ideas for you to consider. The Facade – Choose brick, stone or  stucco for the facade of your Tuscan home. If you want to maintain a traditional look, keep with warm earth tones. Soft caramel is great for an understated look. If you want something a bit more bold, consider sienna for the color of your walls. Of course, if you want to step away from tradition, you can borrow from homes found in Burano, Italy and use a brighter color. Either way, keep the look rustic which is true to the old world charm you fell in love with. If you want to add a modern touch to the front of your home, select large, tall windows. If you want to keep the charm of traditional old Tuscan architecture, smaller windows would be a good choice. Consider arched windows for either style. The Roof – A great choice would be a gabled roof, whether your house is small or whether you are building your own Italian villa. Choose a tile roof! There are many different colors from which to make your selection, but earth tones for the roof would be fabulous. Choose earth tones that complement the color of the facade of your home and that will provide enough contrast. If you want more color, however, a deep green or blue would also be lovely. Tile roofs are usually more expensive than other types of roofing, but they will last for a very long time. Tile can withstand harsh weather. When repairs are needed, however, single tiles can be easily replaced. Tile is very safe, as it is fire-resistant Get recommendations from trusted friends and family members and get bids from several roof contractors. If there is work in your area you can look at, that would be a great thing to do. If not, be sure to look at a portfolio of past work. When you decide on which contractor to use, be sure you get everything in writing. Your contract should include all prices, including materials and labor, beginning and ending dates of the roofing project, and the contractor’s guarantees. Congratulations on planning your own Tuscan...

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