Thursday, November 23, 2017

Winterizing the HVAC System

Preparing for the Winter

Garden in Cosmos

The winter months can be damaging to the HVAC System. (Photo Credits)

The HVAC System, like any home fixture, will need to be prepped and protected from harsh weather conditions like the winter. A good way to prevent any damage is to winterize the HVAC System particularly the part of the system that is installed outdoors.

SF Gate shared a step-by-step instructional on winterizing the outdoor unit of an air-conditioning system. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

“Find the air conditioning circuit near your unit. Usually, it has a plastic or metal lid that covers the electrical circuit. Open the lid and flip the switch to turn the unit off. This prevents the unit from turning on during an unusually warm winter day, keeping water out of the unit that could potentially freeze.”

Read the continuation here.

More tips on winterizing the HVAC System

Homes.com also came up with its share of homeowner advice on gearing up HVAC units for winter time. Apart from ensuring that the HVAC Unit will run smoothly during the snow season, winterizing it, they say will help cut down on power costs. A/C And HVAC    

“Now let’s move outside. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can forget all about your AC. In fact, after a long, dusty summer of perpetual use, your air conditioning unit is probably feeling its age. In particular, check for vines, weeds, and brush that may have grown up around your outdoor unit. Look for twigs or leaves that may have fallen into the interior, and clear these out. It may not seem like it now, but winter is only a few short months long—so the more preparation you do now, the less work you’ll have in front of you come summertime.”

Take a look at the whole guide here.

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Popular Mechanics also came up with advice on winterizing a home HVAC System.

“This one’s really easy, and it will even save you a few pennies next summer, too: Simply drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes, and make sure you don’t have excess water pooled in equipment. If your A/C has a water shutoff valve, go ahead and turn that off. Similarly, make sure any hoses are drained and stowed away neatly. Turn off exterior water spigots. It’s also a good idea to seal any water leaks around the place—and don’t forget to remove any window A/C units and store them so you don’t invite cold drafts all winter.”

Read the rest of the post here.

Winterizing an HVAC System may require time and effort, but the savings that a household may garner from doing so will be immense given that it will protect the whole system from getting damaged by the winter.

Diamond Ace Contractors

5052 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117

(888) 231-1086

Diamond Ace Contractors Plumbing Repair San Diego CA

Plumber’s tips on conserving water in the garden

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Winterizing the HVAC System

Preparing for the Winter

Garden in Cosmos

The winter months can be damaging to the HVAC System. (Photo Credits)

The HVAC System, like any home fixture, will need to be prepped and protected from harsh weather conditions like the winter. A good way to prevent any damage is to winterize the HVAC System particularly the part of the system that is installed outdoors.

SF Gate shared a step-by-step instructional on winterizing the outdoor unit of an air-conditioning system. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

“Find the air conditioning circuit near your unit. Usually, it has a plastic or metal lid that covers the electrical circuit. Open the lid and flip the switch to turn the unit off. This prevents the unit from turning on during an unusually warm winter day, keeping water out of the unit that could potentially freeze.”

Read the continuation here.

More tips on winterizing the HVAC System

Homes.com also came up with its share of homeowner advice on gearing up HVAC units for winter time. Apart from ensuring that the HVAC Unit will run smoothly during the snow season, winterizing it, they say will help cut down on power costs. A/C And HVAC    

“Now let’s move outside. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can forget all about your AC. In fact, after a long, dusty summer of perpetual use, your air conditioning unit is probably feeling its age. In particular, check for vines, weeds, and brush that may have grown up around your outdoor unit. Look for twigs or leaves that may have fallen into the interior, and clear these out. It may not seem like it now, but winter is only a few short months long—so the more preparation you do now, the less work you’ll have in front of you come summertime.”

Take a look at the whole guide here.

Related HVAC Installation and Repair Services

Popular Mechanics also came up with advice on winterizing a home HVAC System.

“This one’s really easy, and it will even save you a few pennies next summer, too: Simply drain any hoses and air conditioner pipes, and make sure you don’t have excess water pooled in equipment. If your A/C has a water shutoff valve, go ahead and turn that off. Similarly, make sure any hoses are drained and stowed away neatly. Turn off exterior water spigots. It’s also a good idea to seal any water leaks around the place—and don’t forget to remove any window A/C units and store them so you don’t invite cold drafts all winter.”

Read the rest of the post here.

Winterizing an HVAC System may require time and effort, but the savings that a household may garner from doing so will be immense given that it will protect the whole system from getting damaged by the winter.

Diamond Ace Contractors

5052 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117

(888) 231-1086

Diamond Ace Contractors Plumbing Repair San Diego CA

Plumber’s tips on conserving water in the garden

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Plumber’s tips on conserving water in the garden

Saving water while gardening

Garden

Making a home garden more energy efficient. (Photo Credits)

Tending to a home garden can mean consuming more water. After all gardens demand a regular watering schedule for plants and trees, and require water as a cleaning tool as well. So how can households make their garden and landscaping more efficient in terms of water consumption?

Common Injuries Sustained by Plumbers

House Logic says, the choice of plants can influence the water requirements of a home garden. A/C And HVAC         

“The bigger the plant, the more water it might require. So don’t plant shrubs genetically programmed to grow bigger than you need. Before you buy, research at the library or online how tall and wide mature shrubs will grow. A Leyland Cypress, for instance, could grow to 20 feet in a few years, overkill if you only need a 5-foot hedge. Also, don’t overcrowd plants: Follow label planting instructions. Fewer plants require less water. And flora that looks sparse at first will fill the area in a few seasons.”

Read the other tips here on garden water conservation.

Water conservation

The Micro Gardener also came up with tips on efficient water usage in the garden. Plumbing Association of San Diego                

“Install a water tank rather than wasting rainwater, to maximise roof runoff and redirect it for use on your garden.  Slimline tank and water harvesting systems are available for even the tiniest of spaces.”

Plumber’s Guide on installing a Garden Fountain

Take a look at the other tips here.

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The Guardian also has its own list of ways to keep water consumption at bay while gardening. Their list included watering plants at the appropriate time.

“Many of us over-water our gardens. This is not only wasteful, it means we’re doing more work than we need to. To check if you need to water or not, look at the soil about a spade-deep down. If it’s damp, it’s fine; if it’s dry, it’s time to water. If you have clay soil, it might feel damp whether it’s irrigated or not and sandy soil can feel dry, even if it has water in it. If this is the case, watch your plants and when they start to show signs of water stress – when leaves change position or get darker – note how the soil looks and feels. This way you can get more of an idea of what your soil is like when it has too little water. Watering the garden before a drought sets in keeps the soil’s moisture levels up and helps prevent a water deficit. You should also water plants in the evening when it’s cooler, to reduce evaporation.”

Check the rest of the tips here.

Efficient use of water does not only translate to lower utility bills, it also translates to a greener environment.

Diamond Ace Contractors

5052 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117

(888) 231-1086

Diamond Ace Contractors Plumbing Repair San Diego

Asthma and the HVAC System

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Plumber’s tips on conserving water in the garden

Saving water while gardening

Garden

Making a home garden more energy efficient. (Photo Credits)

Tending to a home garden can mean consuming more water. After all gardens demand a regular watering schedule for plants and trees, and require water as a cleaning tool as well. So how can households make their garden and landscaping more efficient in terms of water consumption?

Common Injuries Sustained by Plumbers

House Logic says, the choice of plants can influence the water requirements of a home garden. A/C And HVAC         

“The bigger the plant, the more water it might require. So don’t plant shrubs genetically programmed to grow bigger than you need. Before you buy, research at the library or online how tall and wide mature shrubs will grow. A Leyland Cypress, for instance, could grow to 20 feet in a few years, overkill if you only need a 5-foot hedge. Also, don’t overcrowd plants: Follow label planting instructions. Fewer plants require less water. And flora that looks sparse at first will fill the area in a few seasons.”

Read the other tips here on garden water conservation.

Water conservation

The Micro Gardener also came up with tips on efficient water usage in the garden. Plumbing Association of San Diego                

“Install a water tank rather than wasting rainwater, to maximise roof runoff and redirect it for use on your garden.  Slimline tank and water harvesting systems are available for even the tiniest of spaces.”

Plumber’s Guide on installing a Garden Fountain

Take a look at the other tips here.

Related Plumbing and HVAC Installation and Repair Services:

The Guardian also has its own list of ways to keep water consumption at bay while gardening. Their list included watering plants at the appropriate time.

“Many of us over-water our gardens. This is not only wasteful, it means we’re doing more work than we need to. To check if you need to water or not, look at the soil about a spade-deep down. If it’s damp, it’s fine; if it’s dry, it’s time to water. If you have clay soil, it might feel damp whether it’s irrigated or not and sandy soil can feel dry, even if it has water in it. If this is the case, watch your plants and when they start to show signs of water stress – when leaves change position or get darker – note how the soil looks and feels. This way you can get more of an idea of what your soil is like when it has too little water. Watering the garden before a drought sets in keeps the soil’s moisture levels up and helps prevent a water deficit. You should also water plants in the evening when it’s cooler, to reduce evaporation.”

Check the rest of the tips here.

Efficient use of water does not only translate to lower utility bills, it also translates to a greener environment.

Diamond Ace Contractors

5052 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117

(888) 231-1086

Diamond Ace Contractors Plumbing Repair San Diego

Asthma and the HVAC System

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Asthma and the HVAC System

Can an HVAC System Trigger Asthma Symptoms?

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Asthmatic individuals suffer a lot due to indoor air quality. (Photo Credits)

HVAC systems is a huge influence in indoor air quality, and for those with Asthma it could mean asthma triggers.

The website Allergy Clean shared the findings of a study linking indoor air, the HVAC system and asthma. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

“The results of the analysis supported 5 trends: 1) housing age (quality) and amenities trend with lead poisoning over time; 2) changes in heating and air conditioning systems and prevalence of broken windows and bars on windows trend with the prevalence of asthma.”

Plumber’s advice on upgrading bath tubs

Read the whole article here.

Preventing triggers

Preventing asthma symptoms from getting triggered in relation to HVAC could involve regular maintenance of the HVAC equipment and controlling the humidity level indoors.

The Asthma Initiative of Michigan came up with a comprehensive write-up on asthma triggers that can be encountered indoors. A/C And HVAC

“Use high quality furnace filters in the HVAC system (HEPA or microfiltration systems). Check to be sure that the furnace fan motor has enough horsepower capacity to handle their use (check the owner’s manual or ask a furnace service contractor). HEPA furnace filters trap smaller size particles than conventional filters, and may help to reduce the concentration of particles suspended in air. In addition, air filters should be regularly replaced as suggested by the filter manufacturer, which may vary based on specific activities in the home (wood working, pets, etc).”

Plumber’s Guide in Installing a Faucet Filter

Check out the rest of the write-up here.

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Science Daily also shared ways to ensure a healthier indoor air through HVAC Systems.

“To improve indoor air quality, Garrett lists several construction practices that, when done right, can make a significant difference. These include installing tight ductwork, achieving airtight construction, using a correctly sized HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system and making sure there is fresh air ventilation. Proper ventilation involves introducing air from a known source and then filtering, dehumidifying and pre-cooling or heating it.”

The original article can be found here.

To help in ensuring healthy indoor air, a home’s HVAC system should be professionally maintained on a regular basis.

Diamond Ace Contractors

5052 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117
(888) 231-1086

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Plumber’s Guide in Installing Water Softeners

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Asthma and the HVAC System

Can an HVAC System Trigger Asthma Symptoms?

new upstairs HVAC 002

Asthmatic individuals suffer a lot due to indoor air quality. (Photo Credits)

HVAC systems is a huge influence in indoor air quality, and for those with Asthma it could mean asthma triggers.

The website Allergy Clean shared the findings of a study linking indoor air, the HVAC system and asthma. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

“The results of the analysis supported 5 trends: 1) housing age (quality) and amenities trend with lead poisoning over time; 2) changes in heating and air conditioning systems and prevalence of broken windows and bars on windows trend with the prevalence of asthma.”

Plumber’s advice on upgrading bath tubs

Read the whole article here.

Preventing triggers

Preventing asthma symptoms from getting triggered in relation to HVAC could involve regular maintenance of the HVAC equipment and controlling the humidity level indoors.

The Asthma Initiative of Michigan came up with a comprehensive write-up on asthma triggers that can be encountered indoors. A/C And HVAC

“Use high quality furnace filters in the HVAC system (HEPA or microfiltration systems). Check to be sure that the furnace fan motor has enough horsepower capacity to handle their use (check the owner’s manual or ask a furnace service contractor). HEPA furnace filters trap smaller size particles than conventional filters, and may help to reduce the concentration of particles suspended in air. In addition, air filters should be regularly replaced as suggested by the filter manufacturer, which may vary based on specific activities in the home (wood working, pets, etc).”

Plumber’s Guide in Installing a Faucet Filter

Check out the rest of the write-up here.

Related Plumbing and HVAC Repair and Installation Services:

Science Daily also shared ways to ensure a healthier indoor air through HVAC Systems.

“To improve indoor air quality, Garrett lists several construction practices that, when done right, can make a significant difference. These include installing tight ductwork, achieving airtight construction, using a correctly sized HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system and making sure there is fresh air ventilation. Proper ventilation involves introducing air from a known source and then filtering, dehumidifying and pre-cooling or heating it.”

The original article can be found here.

To help in ensuring healthy indoor air, a home’s HVAC system should be professionally maintained on a regular basis.

Diamond Ace Contractors

5052 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117
(888) 231-1086

Diamond Ace Contractors Air Conditioning Repair Service

Plumber’s Guide in Installing Water Softeners

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Plumber’s Guide in Installing Water Softeners

Step-by-Step Procedure

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Water softeners are a must for some locations. (Photo Credits)

For property owners in hard-water areas, having a water softener is a must.  But how easy is it to own one, lest install and maintain?

Hometips.com came up with an advice on where to install the softener, for households who will  be installing one for the first time. Plumbing Association of San Diego

“For starters, a new water softener should be located out of the way but where it is easy to tie it into the plumbing system—in most cases, this is in a basement, garage, or utility room, often near the water heater.  Allow enough space around the equipment for easy servicing.”

Read the rest of the tips here.

Home Project

Family Handyman says that it is not really difficult to install a water softener at home. In one of its posts, it detailed step-by-step instructions that will lead to a successful self-installation of a water softening equipment at home. A/C And HVAC             

“The plumbing hookups on a water softener can be confusing, but we’ll show you how the connections should be made. You don’t have to be a plumber to connect a water softener. We make it easy to understand even for a beginning DIYer.”

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Huffington Post meanwhile published an article that is meant to inform its readers on how to correctly install a water softener in their home.

“Water should be shut when installing: Safety should come first when installing a softener system. This means that all sources of water should be shut. In addition, switch off power sources especially those that are linked to the hot water system. You do not want to cause any accidents especially if they are avoidable.”

Plumber’s Advice on Installing Bidets

Take a look at the whole article here.

When unsure as to how to go about installing a water softener, get in touch with a licensed plumbing contractor.

Diamond Ace Contractors

5052 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117
(888) 231-1086

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Plumber’s Guide in Installing a Faucet Filter

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