General Contractor Tips for Spring
Spring has sprung, and that means homeowners face the promise of renewal… as well as the challenge of cleaning out old equipment, old files, and old “junk” to make way for new adventures. If you don’t already have a process in place to check and clean your HVAC, air-conditioning, heating units, etc., talk to a general contractor with B.A. Morrison today for a free estimate and powerful insights into your maintenance strategy. Read the rest of this entry »
Importance of A/C and Heating Service
Whether 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
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 »
Which is Better: Gas or Electric Heating?
Most 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 »
Managing Your HVAC System
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
Dealing 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 »