How Often Should You Replace Your HVAC Air Filter?

November 1, 2022

The air filter is an essential part of your HVAC system. Although many people refer to it as a furnace filter, it actually plays an important role for both your heating and air conditioning. Its main function is to trap dust and debris to ensure it cannot get inside the HVAC system and gunk up or damage the furnace and blower fan. It also helps to improve indoor air quality by filtering out allergens and contaminants. If you don’t replace the air filter regularly, it can cause numerous issues for both your heating and cooling systems.

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Understanding What Dry Mode on Your AC Does and Why It’s Important

October 12, 2022

Although air conditioners are largely valued for the constant cooling they provide on the hottest days of the year, their ability to regulate indoor humidity is just as impressive. If you’re struggling with heavy, oppressive air in your Sacramento, CA home, you may need to try your AC unit’s dry mode setting. This function extracts excess humidity from the indoor air, but it doesn’t lower indoor temperatures. What Air Conditioners Do While in Dry Mode Contrary to what many people think, air conditioners don’t actually produce cold air. Instead, they draw warm air from the building’s

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Why Heat Pumps Are a Perfect Choice for the California Winter

October 1, 2022

Heat pumps are becoming more and more popular due to the many benefits they provide. These units are a good option in really any part of the country as they can save you money by both cooling and heating your home. Nonetheless, the benefits of using a heat pump are greatest in areas like California where the winter is usually fairly mild. With that in mind, here is everything you need to know about how a heat pump can heat your home and why they are such a great option. Understanding the Parts of a Heat

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How Your Ceiling Height Impacts Your HVAC System’s Efficiency

September 18, 2022

High ceilings are known for adding an aesthetic appeal to your home, opening up your indoor space, and creating the illusion of a larger living area. Although high ceilings can upgrade your home’s appearance and increase its resale value, they have a negative effect on your HVAC system’s performance and efficiency. Read on to learn everything you need to know about how ceiling height affects your HVAC system and your overall energy use. Ceiling Height and HVAC Systems A room with a high ceiling has more air volume compared to a room with

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Will a Home Warranty Plan Cover My HVAC System?

September 5, 2022

Home warranty plans can be a smart financial investment and one that has the potential to save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. While you will have to pay a monthly or yearly fee for the warranty, just like any other insurance coverage, it can be well worth it by ensuring you are covered if any issues arise. Most of these plans are designed to cover things that your homeowner’s insurance policy does not, such as your major appliances or your home’s plumbing and electrical systems. Depending on your specific policy, a home warranty may also cover some or

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What Is the Lifespan of an HVAC?

June 20, 2022

It’s only logical to get the most out of your HVAC system, given that it’s a substantial investment. An often-asked question by homeowners is, “What is the expected lifespan of an HVAC system?” There is no specific response to this question since the longevity of your system is determined mostly by how you maintain it. Typically, you will find that some brands last longer than others. Your HVAC System’s Lifespan A typical HVAC system can last for 15–25 years, depending on several factors. It’s also important to keep in mind that the longevity of

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Everything You Need to Know About Static Pressure in Your HVAC System

June 12, 2022

There are many factors that affect the overall health and efficiency of the HVAC system in your Sacramento, California home. However, static pressure easily ranks among the most important. This is the measurement of resistance to airflow within your heating and cooling system’s ducting. When static pressure is at the perfect level, you’ll enjoy lower home energy bills and increased home comfort. Your HVAC equipment will also last longer and have fewer problems. Following is everything you need to know about static pressure, including how it’s measured, what happens when it’s off-balance, and how to avoid common issues in this

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Should You Get a Multi-Zone or Single-Zone AC?

June 3, 2022

Getting a new air conditioning system in your home is exciting. Instead of having to deal with an old unit or with stifling hot temperatures, you can look forward to cooler days soon. Before you achieve this more comfortable environment, you’ll need to decide between a multi-zone and a single-zone system. Understanding the Systems The first step is to understand the difference between multi-zone and single-zone air conditioning. A single-zone system means that every room in your house will be the same temperature. With a multi-zone system, you can customize the temperature from room

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Is Closing Vents Upstairs Cost-Effective?

May 18, 2022

The ever-rising energy cost keeps pushing residents of Sacramento, CA, to conduct energy audits and find avenues to reduce wastage. Heating and cooling systems contribute the largest part to energy bills. Some rooms, such as the guest room, are hardly in use every day, and it doesn’t make sense to warm or cool those rooms. Conventional wisdom dictates that shutting vents in unused spaces will only redirect the air to the used living spaces and improve energy efficiency and save cost. But how true is the statement? In this post, Gallagher's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning will demystify the statement and

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Tips to Unclog Your AC’s Drain Line

May 11, 2022

Keeping your air conditioner in good working order is important for maintaining a comfortable home. One part of the air conditioner that often needs attention is the drain line. Over time, drain lines can become clogged with dirt, debris, and even mold. If left unchecked, a clogged drain line can cause water to leak from the air conditioner, causing damage to your home. Here are a few steps to unclog your drain line. 1. Turn Off the AC’s Power When you turn off your AC unit, the fan inside stops spinning. This gives you a chance

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