Shaw's Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

The Benefits of Solar AC

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

For a long time, solar energy was derided as being too expensive, impractical, and unwieldy to make much of a dent in residential energy costs. Over the past decade, though, solar technology has made progress in leaps and bounds. If you want to run your home entirely on solar energy, it is now easier to do that than ever before. If you’re just looking for a few improvements to your home infrastructure, though, that can be done as well. Let’s take a look at the benefits of solar air conditioning.

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Why You Should Consider Installing a Zone Control System

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Central heating and air conditioning systems are great for a number of reasons. They condition the entire house, which is convenient. They’re effective at reaching the target temperature in short order, and there are many different options available.

While they do have benefits, however, they also have a number of disadvantages. Central systems often rely on a single thermostat to control them, which isn’t ideal if you want to condition an entire house. They also can’t really compensate for the differences in insulation that can make some rooms cool or heat up faster than others. If you want to have the benefits of a central air system, but none of the disadvantages, you should consider installing a zone control system.

What Is a Zone Control System?

A zone control system is a series of dampers, essentially large valves, which are installed in the ductwork of a home. One damper is installed in the ducts leading to each room, and a thermostat controlling the damper is installed in the room itself. The system divides your house into different zones, with each room having a self-contained climate. When the temperature for a room requires action from the heater or air conditioner, the thermostat will activate the relevant system and open the damper. If the other rooms do not require heating or cooling, their dampers remain closed. This makes it possible to heat or cool only the rooms in your house that need it, rather than conditioning the entire house at once.

Advantages of Zone Control

Zone control offers a level of control and convenience that is not available in standard central heating and air conditioning systems. A normal central system can either serve the entire house or none of it, which wastes a lot of energy on rooms that are either empty or already at a comfortable temperature. By installing a zone control system, you are giving yourself and your family the ability to set your own comfortable climate.

If you would like to know more about zone control systems, call Shaw’s Air Conditioning & Heating. We install and service zone control systems throughout Lemoore, CA.  

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3 Benefits to Adding More Insulation

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Whether it’s wadded-up newspaper or sophisticated fiberglass rolls, insulation is an important part of every home. Here in Visalia, insulation serves a vital purpose in keeping your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It’s usually found in the crawlspaces or attic (especially the attic, since heat rises and it can do the most good at the highest point in the house). Most households have at least some insulation, but most have room for at least a little more. If you’re looking into a little home improvement this spring, you might think about adding another layer or two to your home. Here are 3 benefits to adding more insulation.

  • Lowered heating and cooling costs. Insulation helps you home retain conditioned air more readily, which means you don’t have to run your HVAC system as much to gain the benefits of a comfortable home. That translates to lower heating and cooling costs from month to month without having to lower your HVAC usage.
  • Reduced risk of repairs. Because insulation helps your heating and cooling system function more efficiently, you won’t have to run it as long to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Reduced use translates to reduced wear and tear, which can extend the life of your unit by months or even years depending on how well it is maintained. Considering the costs of replacing a heater or an air conditioner, the additional insulation can often pay for itself.
  • Reduced environmental impact. With less energy being used to condition the air in your home, your carbon footprint is reduced as well. In addition, you’re not releasing as many harmful components into the air (such as carbon monoxide, which is a byproduct of many forced-air furnaces). That translates into a healthier environment overall, again without impacting your ability to keep your home comfortable.

To discuss the benefits to adding more insulation, or to schedule an installation session, talk to the experts at Shaw’s Air Conditioning. Here in Visalia, insulation can be a benefit no matter what the temperature is outside. Call us today and let us help you make the most of it!

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