Importance of A/C and Heating Service

east-bay-general-contractorWhether you need emergency Bay Area HVAC repair, or you’re just trying to get your heating and air conditioning costs down to reduce your monthly budget, you probably haven’t given that much thought to your maintenance process. But it’s crucial that you start. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Check Your Hot Water Heating System

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As the bone cold days of winter come and go – or at least as “bone cold” as it gets here in Northern California – you’ve got warmth on your mind. As Bay Area heating, general contractor and property maintenance experts, the BA Morrison team has an ethical duty to teach our clients (and anyone else who will listen) how to get the most mileage from their heating systems during winter. To that end, here are time-proven tips for hot water heaters that you may not have heard before. Read the rest of this entry »

How Central HVAC Systems Work

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An HVAC system is a set of technologies designed to maintain your home or facility’s heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning, so that you and other inhabitants feel comfortable. Read the rest of this entry »

Which is Better: Gas or Electric Heating?

bay area hvacMost homes in the Bay Area use gas heating. Why? Gas is simply cheaper (in general). However, electric heating can confer unique advantages – particularly efficiency.

If you’re exploring heating and HVAC technologies to help your Bay Area home or business conserve energy and cut costs, here’s a quick primer on the fundamentals of the debate. Read the rest of this entry »

Heating Your Home the Energy-Efficient Way

It sounds like a simple problem, but even experienced HVAC consultants and general contractors struggle with it: how do you keep your home or business “just warm enough” to maximize comfort and minimize energy use?

The Second Law of Thermodynamics (which concerns entropy) states that energy will naturally flow from an ordered to a disordered state. If your home is hot, and the outside is cold, the force of entropy will try to disburse energy from your home, until the outside and inside environments are in balance. When it’s 38 degrees outside and raining/ sleeting, that’s not ideal! Read the rest of this entry »

How to Keep Winter Heating Costs Down

Whether you need an HVAC “makeover,” or you’re simply trying to get your heating costs down to make your budget slightly leaner, you might be missing a great, simple tactic to help you save: Install a programmable thermostat. Read the rest of this entry »

Managing Your HVAC System

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If you Googled phrases like “lower my heating bill,” you would come up with enough online literature on property maintenance, heating and HVAC systems to keep you busy for the entire winter.

So how do you know what information is truly worth acting on? Start with the simple things. These include:

  • Turning down the thermostat when you’re not using it;
  • Using your fans strategically (i.e. putting them in reverse);
  • Keeping heating vents free of debris;
  • Locating and fixing leaks in your system. Read the rest of this entry »

Bay Area Winter Heating Tips

bay area hvac checklistDealing with heating and furnace maintenance can be a challenge, even for diligent Bay Area homeowners. Unfortunately, most people only become aware of their HVAC systems during dire situations. For instance, you might suddenly care about your HVAC if…

  • The A/C fails during a heat wave;
  • The furnace goes out during the dead of winter;
  • The filtration system gets so bad that your home becomes saturated with bad, unbreathable air; Read the rest of this entry »

Bay Area HVAC Preparation Tips

Winter is right around the corner. You don’t need an HVAC expert to remind you that you need to take steps, ASAP, to get your heating costs under control. Whether you run a small Bay Area business or own a home by the water, here are several ideas on how to conserve energy and save on costs. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Let Your Heating System Fail This Winter

Winter in the Bay Area isn’t exactly like winter in Vancouver or Detroit. But it can get quite windy, chilly and rainy up here, so it makes sense to tune your HVAC system to prevent your heating from failing in the dead of winter. Read the rest of this entry »