How to Get Ready for Summer in Mira Loma

Summer is quickly approaching and with that comes increasing heat outdoors, which means that you’ll be faced with battling uncomfortable temperatures indoors. Before summer’s hottest days set in, make sure that your home is well prepared to take on the heat.

In this latest post, we’ve gathered up a few essential things you’ll want to do before the temps outside begin to soar. The quicker you get started on accomplishing this summertime prep, the faster you can rest assured that your home is totally ready to embrace hot weather outdoors.

Guide to Prepare for Summer in Mira Loma

Get Ready for Summer in Mira Loma

One last excellent way to prepare your home for summer is by servicing your home’s air ducts. Since air conditioners have to put in extra work during the summertime months, it’s wise to ensure that your ductwork is also in good working condition. If your ductwork hasn’t been inspected in quite some time, it’s a good idea to have a professional assess your ducts for rips, tears, holes, excess buildup, and any other issues. These problems can negatively impact the functioning of your HVAC system as well as the quality of your home’s indoor air. Call us today to discuss the exceptional ductwork services we offer throughout the Riverside, California area. 877-411-9888

Top 4 HVAC New Year’s Resolutions

Your HVAC system has worked hard this year to keep your Riverside home comfortable no matter what the weather. Don’t you think it’s time that you’ve put a little work into being good to your heating and cooling system? With the top 4 HVAC New Year’s resolutions below, you can make sure that your furnace and air conditioner are in peak condition throughout the year for optimal home comfort.

  1. Check your air filter at least once a month.

A clogged or dirty air filter can restrict air flow, which reduces your HVAC efficiency and can also have a significant impact on your indoor air quality. Most standard air filters need to be changed or cleaned once a month. Make a habit of checking your air filter at the same time each month. If the filter is dirty or clogged, then you need to replace or clean it. You may also want to set yourself a reminder, so that you don’t neglect this important monthly task.

  1. Schedule an annual HVAC maintenance visit.

There is more to adequate HVAC maintenance than just changing your air filter each month. Your heating and cooling equipment needs to be cleaned, lubricated, and inspected at least once a year by an experienced Riverside HVAC technician. During your annual maintenance visit, the tech will make sure that your HVAC system is running smoothly and that your equipment has no immediate repair needs. This annual maintenance visit will help you optimize energy efficiency and get the most out of your HVAC equipment.

  1. Seal any leaks in your ductwork.

Leaky air ducts can cause you to lose a significant amount of energy. The start of the new year is the perfect time to inspect your ductwork and search for leaks. Look for tiny leaks, larger holes, damage, and gaps between ductwork. If you find any leaks or gaps, quickly fix them with sealant or tape. This will help you avoid energy loss throughout the year, which can affect your energy bills.

  1. Purchase a more energy-efficient HVAC system.

If you are serious about saving energy this year, you may want to invest in a newer, more energy-efficient HVAC system, especially if your current air conditioner and heater are getting a bit old. Not all HVAC systems are created equal. That’s why it’s important to do your research, and consult with a trusted HVAC company before choosing a new system. An experienced HVAC technician can help you determine the best size and type of equipment to meet your indoor air quality and home comfort needs.

If buying and installing a new HVAC system is on your To-Do list for 2017, the HVAC experts at Sheldon’s are ready to help you find the best new system for your home and budget. Check out our line of quality Carrier heating and cooling systems and products, or give us a call for more information about our energy-efficient HVAC equipment: (877) 411-9888.

The Holidays are here! Save Money with these HVAC Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are just around the corner. This time of the year brings fun and excitement, but it can also cause a bit of strain on your wallet. One way that you can save money this holiday season is by working to use your HVAC system more efficiently. Below are some HVAC tips for saving money this holiday season.

Money-Saving HVAC Tips for the Holidays

During the holidays, homeowners tend to use a lot more energy than any other time of the year. Whether you’re hosting guests or just taking part in the festivities, here are a few HVAC tips for saving energy (and money) this holiday season:

Turn down the thermostat when you are entertaining guests.

You want to keep your friends and family comfortable when you’re entertaining or hosting guests. However, more bodies in your home also means more warmth. Not to mention, if you are using the stove or oven, the heat from these appliances will warm up your home quickly. Make sure to turn the thermostat down once your guests arrive to save a little bit of energy and decrease your heating costs.

Don’t forget to change your air filter.

The holidays are a busy time, and it can be easy to forget simple maintenance tasks like changing your air filter. However, a clogged or dirty filter can decrease your HVAC system’s efficiency as it restricts airflow. Make sure that you stay on top of air filter changes so that you can keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently throughout the holidays.

Be sure to adjust your thermostat when you leave your home.

Many people find themselves running a lot of errands, taking more time to do some shopping, and even traveling near and far during the holiday season. Make sure to adjust your thermostat before you leave the house to conserve energy while you are away. You might also consider investing in a programmable thermostat, which automates the adjustment process, making it simple and convenient to adjust your home’s temperature even while you are away.

Get your annual HVAC tune-up.

Homeowners should get an HVAC tune-up, or routine maintenance visit, at least once a year. During this visit, an experienced HVAC technician will make sure that your HVAC equipment is clean, well-lubricated, and in working order. The tech will check for any repair needs, and fix your equipment before the issue becomes more costly. An annual HVAC tune-up will save you money by improving the efficiency of your HVAC system while also prolonging the life of your equipment.

Looking for more ways to save money on energy costs this holiday season? Check out this helpful guide from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for other ways to save energy during the holidays. If you need an HVAC tune-up or have any other questions about energy efficiency and your HVAC system, don’t hesitate to contact us.

HVAC 101: The Best HVAC Resources Available Online

As a homeowner, you may feel that there are SO many things you don’t know about the way your house and its pieces operate. One of the most mysterious systems to most people is their heating & cooling system. Below, we’ve broken down the basics by providing you with some of the best, most comprehensive HVAC resources on the web. Check it out:

Thermostat Management 101

Managing Your Thermostat
How do I program my thermostat? What can my thermostat do to save on energy costs or provide better home comfort for my family? These are all valid questions. This infographic explains it well: a majority of your energy bill each month goes to your HVAC system and a 1 degree difference on the thermostat can make a HUGE difference in the energy usage for your home.

This graphic actually provides a LOT of great advice for saving money on your energy bill including the use of LED holiday lights and the purchase of a smart thermostat.

Winterproofing 101

Winterproofing Your Home on a Budget

Thanks to this infographic from The Mint, you can see how much your home and other homes in our area are spending on heating costs and we’ll agree – the energy usage can be astronomical. There are many steps you can take to winterize your home and reduce the expense of energy this year. For example, keep your curtains open on sunny days to disperse natural heat through your home or test for leaks around windows and doors and get your home as airtight as possible.

Indoor Air Quality 101

Indoor Air Quality and Your Health

Your indoor air quality, also referred to as IAQ, can really impact your health and quality of living. Since lung disease is the 3rd most common cause of death in the United States and asthma and allergies are TOO common, it’s pretty evident just how important clean air can be. We can’t completely control the air quality outside our homes, but we can help to eliminate contaminants inside. This infographic outlines the major factors that affect IAQ and what you can do to combat these issues right away.

HVAC Myths 101

8 HVAC Myths — Busted!

So many beliefs about HVAC are simply untrue. The writers at 2 Wired 2 Tired lay down some serious real talk in their infographic which dispels several HVAC myths. Beneath all of the misconceptions, there are some major takeaways for homeowners: You should definitely rely on a programmable thermostat, you need to change your filter quarterly at minimum, your HVAC system size matters, and shutting your vents isn’t such a great idea after all. So much more can be gleaned from this infographic and from 2 Wired 2 Tired.

Repair & Replacement 101

Your Central Air Unit: Is it Time to Repair or Replace?

It can be difficult to know, when your HVAC system starts to depreciate, whether you should invest in repairing it or go ahead and replace it. A lot of factors affect this decision including the severity of the needed repairs, the age of the system, the cost of the needed repairs, the warranty, the SEER rating, and whether or not your system is sized properly for your home, among other things. This infographic is a great start for this information, and we’re also happy to consult with you on this decision also!

Home Energy Savings 101

Home Energy Savings

No appliance or use of energy in your home requires more energy each month than your HVAC system. We take that very seriously and aim to do everything we can to help you reduce costs. Still, there are many things you, the homeowner, can do to help lower those costs also. This infographic offers ways to conserve in every room of your home.

Duct Cleaning 101

Duct Tales: What You Need to Know About Keeping Your Air Ducts Clean

We agree with Air-tek’s recommendation to having your ducts cleaned quarterly. By involving a professional, you can ensure that your ducts are inspected for debris of all kinds including buildup of pet hair or dust as well as signs of mold or pest infestation. Without this routine inspection, you run the risk of finding the problem WAY too late and having bigger problems to deal with.

Come back and visit our blog frequently for the latest HVAC resources for homeowners like yourself and when you’re ready to schedule an installation, repair, or routine maintenance call, choose Sheldon’s.

Why HVAC Hacks May Cost Your More than You Bargained For

If you’re like many homeowners, you have probably installed a number of things in your own home. From replacing lightbulbs and paint colors to installing new faucet hardware, a new appliance, or – worst yet – twinkling outdoor lights during the holidays, you consider yourself handy with tools and the eventual, begrudging use of the owner’s manual. Still, you probably realize some things are beyond your breadth. Perhaps you’ve unclogged a drain or two, but caved and called a plumber when you failed in your attempts to repair a more complex leak. Maybe you did a little DIY stain on your kitchen cabinets but decided to bring in a contractor for the custom tile. Everyone has their limits.

In this post, we’ve outlined 5 reasons you should NOT DIY the installation or major repair on your heating and cooling system. Just like with any other big facet of home ownership, there are DIY tasks – like changing filters – that you can handle at no cost and there are things you must invest in, that require a pro. HVAC is far more complex than most people know and more importantly, the dangers of performing an HVAC repair or installation wrong are WAY too costly.

5 Reasons to Trust an HVAC Professional Instead of DIY

Here are just 5 reasons why you hire an HVAC professional rather than take on a repair yourself:

The Safety of You and Your Family

HVAC is dangerous. Any technician will tell you that there are risks involved with the work we do and we’re trained on how to prevent and deal with those risks. Your heating and cooling system components include sharp edges, heavy equipment, electric elements, and refrigerant – which is cold enough to burn your skin. If you’re not trained on how to handle this, your safety is in harm’s way. If you are injured, you don’t have the protection of worker’s insurance and the costs will be yours to bear.

Further, a poorly installed system or ill-gotten replacement could cost the safety of your family as well. HVAC systems can cause fires, gas leaks, and a number of other shortages that could implicate your loved ones – a risk nobody should take.

Following the Law ­­

The Environmental Protection Agency, commonly referred to as the EPA, has sanctioned laws on the handling of HVAC related materials including refrigerant or any system which already contains refrigerant – you’re not legally able to, nor is it safe to do so. Failure to comply with regulations that govern refrigerant gas are punishable with fines and more punitive measures. Further, improper use of refrigerant gas can also harm the environment and be unsafe for you and your family.

Concerns in the Long Term

Your HVAC system impacts the air you, your family members, and your guests breathe while inside of your home. Improper installation, repair, or ventilation of your HVAC system can increase the humidity in your home, leading to mold, as well as causing filtration issues which will contaminate the air you breathe. Most especially, when a gas furnace is improperly installed, it can build up and emit carbon monoxide gas into your home, which can poison you or your family members. Carbon monoxide is referred to as the silent killer because symptoms can range from flu-like to fatal.

The Costs You Might Incur

By making major errors when installing or repairing an HVAC system, you can compromise the integrity of the system as well as cause damage to the areas of your home affected by the system components and ducts. You’ll run the risk of major costs of time and money if you have to redo steps in your installation or repair, or if you cause other problems in the process.

The Resale Implications

Your current home may be where you hang your hat for a lifetime – or it might not. The fact is, most people sell 2-3 of the homes they buy in a lifetime. Just in case your life takes a turn and you decide to upgrade your home, your family outgrows it, or you opt to relocate for a job or other circumstance, it’s best to ensure that your home is made resell-ready. By making investments that are smart and responsible – such as keeping your HVAC system updated – you can ensure top dollar resale value and ease of obtaining a buyer. Contrarily, if you have performed a DIY install-gone-bad on your HVAC system, or opted to repair it yourself (and maybe missed a few key steps) you could be selling a lemon. Since nearly all homebuyers obtain a professional inspection before purchase – especially if obtaining a loan, wherein an inspection would be mandated – your DIY project will be found and documented for sure.

When assessing the costs of a new HVAC system install or repairs to your existing heating & cooling system, be wise. The DIY option only looks more affordable.  In the long-run, hiring a professional to install, repair, and routinely maintain your system will keep you safe and save you money. Choose Sheldon’s for all of your system repair, new system purchase and install, or routine maintenance needs.

Product Roundup: Get to Know these 3 Carrier Product Series

Carrier has earned a reputation across the globe for developing innovative and efficient air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration solutions. At Sheldon’s, we want was is best for our customers, and that’s why we are proud to be a Factory Authorized dealer of Carrier home comfort systems and products.

Whether you are moving into a new home or just want to replace your older HVAC unit, Carrier has a variety of options that fit all budgets and home comfort needs. Below, we will explore a few of our favorite Carrier products and discuss how these products can help meet your home comfort needs.

Carrier HVAC Product Guide

Here are just a few of the home comfort options that Carrier provides for Riverside homeowners:

Infinity® Series

The Infinity Series from Carrier features air conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces, and residential ductless systems for homeowners who want the very best in efficiency and innovation. Products in this series were developed for ultimate home comfort and represent some of the quietest and most energy efficient HVAC product models that Carrier provides. In addition, this series also offers homeowners the greatest degree of home comfort and energy management with Infinity Series Controls, which provide remote access features that make maintaining home comfort simple and convenient no matter where you may be.

Performance™ Series

The Performance Series from Carrier features air conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces, and residential ductless systems for homeowners who are serious about home comfort. The indoor air quality products in this series includes air purifiers, germicidal UV lamps, energy recovery ventilators, and heat recovery ventilators as well as steam, fan-powered, and bypass humidifiers. Products in this series are designed to be more budget-conscious than the Infinity series, and they also conveniently fit into smaller installation spaces. The stylish Performance Series thermostats are available in programmable and non-programmable models with screens that are easy to read and interface with.

Comfort™ Series 

The Comfort Series from Carrier features air conditioners, heat pumps, gas furnaces, oil furnaces, and residential ductless systems for the budget-conscious homeowner. This economical series also offers cabinet air filters and energy recovery ventilators, which provide affordable options for improving indoor air quality. In addition, the Comfort Series thermostats offer flexibility and convenience with a variety of models. Some of these thermostat models provide remote access and programming while others are more simple and non-programmable.

If you have any questions about these or any other Carrier products, feel free to contact us at any time. As a Factory Authorized dealer of Carrier products, we are knowledgeable about these systems and can help you find the right products to fit your home comfort needs.

What Is a Zoning System and Do I Need One?

The temperature in many homes fluctuates from one room to the next. Electronics, sunlight, airflow, and more can affect the comfortability in a room. For a long time, people have simply lived with this as an unavoidable part of life with an HVAC system.

What are HVAC Zoning Systems?

Now, there is another option on the market: HVAC zoning systems. These new types of heating and cooling systems allow for precise room-by-room control over temperature. With a zoning system, only rooms that need to be warmed or cooled will be.

Zoning systems put a thermostat in every room or zone. These thermostats control not only the central air conditioner, but also a damper that is set to that zone. When the damper is closed, no hot or cold air is blown into the room.

Increasing Comfort with an HVAC Zoning System

A zoned HVAC system does away with home “thermostat wars,” where family members disagree about what a comfortable temperature for the house is. Zoning systems allow each person to cool or heat their room to the level that is most comfortable to them. Common areas may still be a point of contention, but with a zoning system, every member of a family has a place they can go to be most comfortable.

Zoning systems are also useful for maintaining the temperature in rooms that need to be warmer or cooler than the rest of the house. Keeping a baby’s nursery heated, a gym comfortably cool, or the master bedroom warm are all possible with a zoned heating and cooling system.

Decreasing Costs with an HVAC Zoning System

These new HVAC systems can do more for homeowners than just increasing the comfort of their home, however. A zoning system also can result in dramatically increased energy efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy predicts homeowners can save as much as 30 percent on heating and cooling costs with a zoning system over a conventional HVAC setup.

This is because of increased control over the temperature in specific rooms. With a traditional HVAC system, every room in the house is being cooled at once, even if some rooms don’t need it. A zoning system allows homeowners to customize airflow for each room, resulting in greater system efficiency.

Should a Homeowner Get an HVAC Zoning System?

If a homeowner is considering replacing the old air-conditioning system with a new one, a zoning system is going to be much more expensive than traditional systems. This is because of increased labor costs associated wiring thermostats, running ducts, installing dampers for each room, etc.

A zoning system in new construction or a home undergoing major renovations typically is not much more expensive than installing a conventional HVAC setup. The exact cost of a zoning system will vary by the number of separate zones on the system, the size of the house, the ease of wiring and running ductwork, and other factors.

Homeowners must decide whether to invest in a zoning HVAC system. In most cases, a zoning system provides numerous benefits over traditional systems and is the better choice unless the increased cost is too high. If you need help making the right decision, contact us, and speak with an experienced HVAC tech who can help explain your options.