Saturday, June 23, 2018

HVAC expert’s take on window-type air conditioning

Advantages of using window-type aircon

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What are the benefits of using a window-type air conditioner? (Photo Credits)

For families who may have been used to centralized air conditioning system, using a window-type air conditioners will be a foreign idea. It of course will never be needed in their home except if there are home extensions that may not be reached by the existing HVAC air ducts in the home.

So for families or business owners who are yet to build a home and are considering various types of air conditioning systems, will installing a window-type be worth it? What are the benefits of using a window type air conditioning system? Plumbing Association of San Diego

The website Home Air Guides explained this type of system in one of their posts.

"Window air conditioners, unlike central air systems, are cooling devices that service only a specific area of the home. A window unit is effortlessly installed into an existing window frame using its own weight and the window's pane to keep it secure. Depending on the BTUs, the age of the unit, and the insulation quality of the home it's installed in, a good window air conditioner can cool a fairly large room in a rather short amount of time. These types of temperature control machines are far more affordable than the average whole-house cooling system."

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Read the rest of their explanation here.

Benefits of using window-type aircon

The website Compact Appliance also mentioned the many reasons why homeowners should consider window mounted air conditioning units. One of the reasons they mentioned in their website is the unit type's low cost, as well as its energy efficient characteristics. A/C And HVAC  

"Extremely Energy Efficient — In my opinion, this is the most important benefit you will receive from a window air conditioner. If you want to stay cool without spending a lot of money, then a window AC unit may just be the perfect system for you. The vast majority of window air conditioners have a great energy efficiency ratio (EER), which gives you a better understanding of how much they cool compared to how much energy they require to run. to truly maximize your energy savings, you will want to look for a window unit with a high EER rating."

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Check out the rest of the advantages they cited in their original article here.

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Home improvement website The Spruce meantime shared some tips on installing an using window-type air conditioning systems. In their article they emphasized that the key to efficient cooling for window-mounted units is getting the right size ratio for the room vis-à-vis the unit.

"Always measure the window area before shopping for an air conditioner. Consider the impact of losing a portion of the viewing area, as well as how you'll fill the rest of the window panel after inserting the air conditioner. Some use wood to block the rest of the pane, but a plastic panel may suffice and look better. When installing a wall unit, the installation may include a certain amount of building supplies and care should be taken to reduce hazards and avoid cutting into electrical or other wires. Window or wall units also need sufficient bracing and you may need an off-season cover."

Take a look at the continuation of the original post here.  

Window-mounted air conditioning units are indeed beneficial especially for homes aiming to be more energy and cost efficient.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

HVAC expert’s take on window-type air conditioning

Advantages of using window-type aircon

Aircon

What are the benefits of using a window-type air conditioner? (Photo Credits)

For families who may have been used to centralized air conditioning system, using a window-type air conditioners will be a foreign idea. It of course will never be needed in their home except if there are home extensions that may not be reached by the existing HVAC air ducts in the home.

So for families or business owners who are yet to build a home and are considering various types of air conditioning systems, will installing a window-type be worth it? What are the benefits of using a window type air conditioning system? Plumbing Association of San Diego

The website Home Air Guides explained this type of system in one of their posts.

"Window air conditioners, unlike central air systems, are cooling devices that service only a specific area of the home. A window unit is effortlessly installed into an existing window frame using its own weight and the window's pane to keep it secure. Depending on the BTUs, the age of the unit, and the insulation quality of the home it's installed in, a good window air conditioner can cool a fairly large room in a rather short amount of time. These types of temperature control machines are far more affordable than the average whole-house cooling system."

(Related Post: How to become an HVAC Technician)

Read the rest of their explanation here.

Benefits of using window-type aircon

The website Compact Appliance also mentioned the many reasons why homeowners should consider window mounted air conditioning units. One of the reasons they mentioned in their website is the unit type's low cost, as well as its energy efficient characteristics. A/C And HVAC  

"Extremely Energy Efficient — In my opinion, this is the most important benefit you will receive from a window air conditioner. If you want to stay cool without spending a lot of money, then a window AC unit may just be the perfect system for you. The vast majority of window air conditioners have a great energy efficiency ratio (EER), which gives you a better understanding of how much they cool compared to how much energy they require to run. to truly maximize your energy savings, you will want to look for a window unit with a high EER rating."

(Related Post: What to do when water leaks from HVAC)

Check out the rest of the advantages they cited in their original article here.

Related HVAC Installation and Repair Services

Home improvement website The Spruce meantime shared some tips on installing an using window-type air conditioning systems. In their article they emphasized that the key to efficient cooling for window-mounted units is getting the right size ratio for the room vis-à-vis the unit.

"Always measure the window area before shopping for an air conditioner. Consider the impact of losing a portion of the viewing area, as well as how you'll fill the rest of the window panel after inserting the air conditioner. Some use wood to block the rest of the pane, but a plastic panel may suffice and look better. When installing a wall unit, the installation may include a certain amount of building supplies and care should be taken to reduce hazards and avoid cutting into electrical or other wires. Window or wall units also need sufficient bracing and you may need an off-season cover."

Take a look at the continuation of the original post here.  

Window-mounted air conditioning units are indeed beneficial especially for homes aiming to be more energy and cost efficient.

Diamond Ace Contractors

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

Diamond Ace Contractors Plumbing Heating and Air

Plumber's advice on improving garden drainage

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Plumber’s advice on improving garden drainage

Garden Plumbing

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Best drainage for a home garden. (Photo Credits)

Even the garden is not exempted in experiencing drainage difficulties. It may be outdoors, and most people think evaporation and air will take care of any excess water, but drainage problems can cause trouble in the long run.

The Chicago Tribune came up with an article on drainage problems in the garden and discussed possible solutions on the concern. Plumbing Association of San Diego

"There are different ways to improve drainage, and the best option will depend on each site's conditions, such as soil type and natural changes in grade. Solutions such as a dry well — a hole dug in the ground and filled with gravel — that do not move water out of the wet area are not worth implementing. That sort of solution is unlikely to improve the drainage in your lawn, as it will quickly fill with water while the surrounding soil remains too wet."

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Read the continuation here.

Types of drainage for the garden

UK-Based gardening blog Fantastic Gardens came up with a comprehensive write-up on garden drainage, how to avoid problems, and what is the best way to address these concerns. They also touched on the different types of garden drainage and mentioned where each type will work best. A/C And HVAC

"While there are myriad of reasons why your garden isn't draining water properly, here are 10 factors that most likely contributed to your garden's swamp-like appearance: (1) Underground springs changed their direction as a result of heavy and continuous rainfall. (2) Subsoil and topsoil were mixed together during property construction, creating compacted soil that water has a hard time draining through. (3) Your property and garden have been built on top of a water-retentive clay layer (a pretty common situation in the UK). (4) The garden is situated at the bottom of a hill or lower than those of your neighbours."

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The original article can be found here.

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The website This Old House meanwhile shared advice on improving garden drainage. In their advice, they mentioned that property owners have the option of installing something decorative that could complement their garden and at the same time improve its drainage: Swales.

"You can turn landscaping for water drainage solutions into features that enhance your yard—and protect natural waterways. Ditches can be landscaped as swales that look like creek beds or small meadows. Gutter water can flow into rain gardens that provide a habitat for butterflies and birds. And driveways, patios, and walkways can be constructed of pervious paving that never puddles because water seeps through. Since these measures allow storm water to sink into the soil gradually, they help reduce flooding."

More on the article here.

When unsure about garden drainage problems and how to resolve it, seek the assistance of a reputable plumbing contractor.

Diamond Ace Contractors

5052 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117

(888) 231-1086

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Plumber’s advice on improving garden drainage

Garden Plumbing

Garden_May2015_Panorama1

Best drainage for a home garden. (Photo Credits)

Even the garden is not exempted in experiencing drainage difficulties. It may be outdoors, and most people think evaporation and air will take care of any excess water, but drainage problems can cause trouble in the long run.

The Chicago Tribune came up with an article on drainage problems in the garden and discussed possible solutions on the concern. Plumbing Association of San Diego

"There are different ways to improve drainage, and the best option will depend on each site's conditions, such as soil type and natural changes in grade. Solutions such as a dry well — a hole dug in the ground and filled with gravel — that do not move water out of the wet area are not worth implementing. That sort of solution is unlikely to improve the drainage in your lawn, as it will quickly fill with water while the surrounding soil remains too wet."

(Related Post: Plumber's tips on drainage problems)

Read the continuation here.

Types of drainage for the garden

UK-Based gardening blog Fantastic Gardens came up with a comprehensive write-up on garden drainage, how to avoid problems, and what is the best way to address these concerns. They also touched on the different types of garden drainage and mentioned where each type will work best. A/C And HVAC

"While there are myriad of reasons why your garden isn't draining water properly, here are 10 factors that most likely contributed to your garden's swamp-like appearance: (1) Underground springs changed their direction as a result of heavy and continuous rainfall. (2) Subsoil and topsoil were mixed together during property construction, creating compacted soil that water has a hard time draining through. (3) Your property and garden have been built on top of a water-retentive clay layer (a pretty common situation in the UK). (4) The garden is situated at the bottom of a hill or lower than those of your neighbours."

(Related Post: Plumber's guide on foul-smelling tap water)

The original article can be found here.

Related Plumbing and HVAC Repair and Installation Services:

The website This Old House meanwhile shared advice on improving garden drainage. In their advice, they mentioned that property owners have the option of installing something decorative that could complement their garden and at the same time improve its drainage: Swales.

"You can turn landscaping for water drainage solutions into features that enhance your yard—and protect natural waterways. Ditches can be landscaped as swales that look like creek beds or small meadows. Gutter water can flow into rain gardens that provide a habitat for butterflies and birds. And driveways, patios, and walkways can be constructed of pervious paving that never puddles because water seeps through. Since these measures allow storm water to sink into the soil gradually, they help reduce flooding."

More on the article here.

When unsure about garden drainage problems and how to resolve it, seek the assistance of a reputable plumbing contractor.

Diamond Ace Contractors

5052 Genesee Ave, San Diego, CA 92117

(888) 231-1086

Residential Plumber San Diego
Diamond Ace Contractors

HVAC Experts thoughts on improving air quality

 

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

HVAC Experts thoughts on improving air quality

Air quality at home

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How important in air quality at home? (Photo Credits)

Indoor air quality is critical in promoting the over-all wellness of the occupants of a home or commercial structure. In fact, it can cause illnesses – short or long term – if it is not kept in check.

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has certain guidelines on maintaining indoor air quality inside workplaces. And in their official website, they answered as well, frequently asked questions pertaining to their guidelines. Plumbing Association of San Diego 

"Indoor air quality (also called "indoor environmental quality") describes how inside air can affect a person's health, comfort, and ability to work.  It can include temperature, humidity, lack of outside air (poor ventilation), mold from water damage, or exposure to other chemicals.  Currently, OSHA has no indoor air quality (IAQ) standards but it does provide guidelines about the most common IAQ workplace complaints. What is considered good IAQ? The qualities of good IAQ should include comfortable temperature and humidity, adequate supply of fresh outdoor air, and control of pollutants from inside and outside of the building."

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Read the whole guidelines and FAQs here.

HVAC's Role in Indoor Air Quality

A home's Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system has a lot to contribute in terms of indoor air quality. The United States Environmental Protection Agency discussed this in one of their articles on promoting indoor air quality. A/C And HVAC

"Most home heating and cooling systems, including forced air heating systems, do not mechanically bring fresh air into the house. Opening windows and doors, operating window or attic fans, when the weather permits, or running a window air conditioner with the vent control open increases the outdoor ventilation rate."

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Check the rest of the post here.

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Huffpost meanwhile published an article on how to ensure that the home's air conditioning unit is not affecting the wellness of the whole family. In that article they tackled how ACs can either be a bane or boon to the health.

"It's convenient to turn on the AC as soon as the temperature makes you uncomfortable but doing so could be harmful to more than just your wallet. Old and poorly-maintained AC units have been shown as factors in many health conditions, including respiratory conditions and the spread of some diseases. Fortunately, it's quite easy to minimize any such risks."

Check out the original article here.

Having a well-maintained HVAC unit helps a lot in ensuring a good indoor air quality at home.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Plumber’s thoughts on Drain Snakes

Are Drain Snakes useful?

Drain

Can drain snakes really help in unclogging drainage blockages? (Photo Credits)

Drain Snakes are one of those plumbing tools that even ordinary homeowners without a plumbing background would dare use. For one it is available in local home improvement stores, and secondly, most of the household versions do not look too complicated to use.

Home website Spruce.com explained the different types of drain snakes, and how they could be useful in a home setting.  Plumbing Association of San Diego     

"Drain snakes come in several different types, ranging from simple handheld models to powerful motorized augers. The reason for the variety is that there are different types of drains: sink drains, toilet drains, house drains, sewer drains… Here is a look at the most commonly used drain snakes for household clogs. While a plumber might have all of them, you'll likely need on only one or two, unless you want to rent a big auger for cleaning a sewer drain."

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Read the continuation here.

But are they really useful?

Apartment Therapy shared their experience in using drain snakes in a household setting. They included the procedures they undertook and then put out a photo guide in their web page. A/C And HVAC   

"Snaking the drain is one of those nasty jobs that we put off, and just deal with a clogged or slow draining sink or tub because we don't want to bother with calling the landlord, or figuring out how to do it ourselves. Like so many things, after we actually do it, we realize it's just not a big deal and wish we'd done it sooner. It's also satisfying —and gross."

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Check out what happened in their experiment here.

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DoItYourself.com also has a related article on drain snakes. In fact, they put up a guide on how to use them. In the same write-up, they shared more information on how an auger or a drain snake works.

"In most cases, drain snakes can be very useful and effective. They are a tool that anyone can use and they often get results. These tools can be pressed down into the pipe and can help break up clogs inside them. They have been known to be effective where other methods such as a plunger or chemicals have not. Therefore, these tools can be very useful in this area."

Check out their step by step guide here.

Drain snakes can indeed be very useful around the home.

Diamond Ace Contractors

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

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Plumber’s thoughts on Drain Snakes

Are Drain Snakes useful?

Drain

Can drain snakes really help in unclogging drainage blockages? (Photo Credits)

Drain Snakes are one of those plumbing tools that even ordinary homeowners without a plumbing background would dare use. For one it is available in local home improvement stores, and secondly, most of the household versions do not look too complicated to use.

Home website Spruce.com explained the different types of drain snakes, and how they could be useful in a home setting.  Plumbing Association of San Diego     

"Drain snakes come in several different types, ranging from simple handheld models to powerful motorized augers. The reason for the variety is that there are different types of drains: sink drains, toilet drains, house drains, sewer drains… Here is a look at the most commonly used drain snakes for household clogs. While a plumber might have all of them, you'll likely need on only one or two, unless you want to rent a big auger for cleaning a sewer drain."

(Related Post: Plumbing and HVAC Red Flags in a Home for Sale)

Read the continuation here.

But are they really useful?

Apartment Therapy shared their experience in using drain snakes in a household setting. They included the procedures they undertook and then put out a photo guide in their web page. A/C And HVAC   

"Snaking the drain is one of those nasty jobs that we put off, and just deal with a clogged or slow draining sink or tub because we don't want to bother with calling the landlord, or figuring out how to do it ourselves. Like so many things, after we actually do it, we realize it's just not a big deal and wish we'd done it sooner. It's also satisfying —and gross."

(Related Post: Plumber's advice on Smelly Drains)

Check out what happened in their experiment here.

Related Plumbing Repair and Installation Services:

DoItYourself.com also has a related article on drain snakes. In fact, they put up a guide on how to use them. In the same write-up, they shared more information on how an auger or a drain snake works.

"In most cases, drain snakes can be very useful and effective. They are a tool that anyone can use and they often get results. These tools can be pressed down into the pipe and can help break up clogs inside them. They have been known to be effective where other methods such as a plunger or chemicals have not. Therefore, these tools can be very useful in this area."

Check out their step by step guide here.

Drain snakes can indeed be very useful around the home.

Diamond Ace Contractors

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

Diamond Ace Contractors Plumber San Diego CA

How to be an HVAC Technician

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