How Can I Install Air Conditioning Without Ductwork?

How Can I Install Air Conditioning Without Ductwork?

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The ductless mini-split is the perfect solution for Dublin homeowners with no ductwork. The cost of putting ductwork into a home not originally designed for it is prohibitive—it just doesn’t make sense. Still, a cool, air conditioned home is essential here in the California summer climate. Luckily, a properly installed ductless mini-split system will keep your house just as cool as it would be with a traditional ducted AC system, and you’ll save energy and money.

Ductless Mini-Split Advantages

  • Energy efficiency: Forced-air (ducted) cooling systems can experience significant energy loss through the ducts running throughout the home. Dublin homeowners can expect lower energy bills with ductless mini-split units.
  • Ideal for zoned cooling: Zoning allows you to cool only the rooms you’re using at any given time, which means you save energy and money without compromising comfort.
  • Increased air quality: Ductless systems are filtered, which decreases dust and airborne allergens in your Dublin area home.
  • Enhanced home safety: Window AC units can provide entry points for burglary. The only wall opening needed for a mini-split is roughly 3″ wide, for the connecting conduit to pass through.
  • Quiet and compact: The AC component that makes noise is located outside your home. The small, compact indoor unit can be located out of sight inside the rooms of your house, located high on the wall, for example.
  • Easy installation: Professional mini-split installation is simple and quick.

How Your Mini-Split is Installed

A variety of easy installation and set-up options are another set of advantages you’ll enjoy with a mini-split system. Professional installers will ensure that you have the right number of indoor AC units connected to a single outdoor unit.

Each indoor unit cools one room or zone of the house. Choose from location options like ceiling mounted (flush or suspended), wall mounted or floor-standing indoor units that run quietly and take up little-to-no room space.

Indoor and outdoor mini-split components are connected by a conduit that passes through a tiny opening in your wall. Running through the conduit are power wiring, refrigerant lines and a condensate drain tube.

Get Expert Mini-Split Installation in Dublin, CA

Contact Moore Mechanical for ductless mini-split installation. We also serve the communities of Concord, Alameda, Fremont, Berkeley, Hayward, Livermore, Brentwood, Pleasanton, Walnut Creek and surrounding areas. Call us at 925-307-6479 today!

Should I Install an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner?

You’ve surely heard a lot in recent years about making your home more energy-efficient, but did you know you can save significant amounts of money by switching out your air conditioner? Cooling season is upon us in the East Bay, so now is a great time to consider replacing your current central air conditioner with a more energy-efficient model.

Keep reading below to learn why you might want to install a high-efficiency air conditioner in your East Bay area home this spring!

Benefits of Installing a High-Efficiency Air Conditioner

  • Lower energy bills: If you have an older air conditioner, it likely isn’t very energy-efficient. Upgrading to a newer model will help lower your energy bills because your unit will use less energy to cool your home!
  • Fewer greenhouse gas emissions: Since high-efficiency air conditioners use less energy to do the same job as less efficient models, your AC unit will emit fewer greenhouse gases. This is, of course, better for the environment.
  • Less noise: High-efficiency models, like those in the Carrier Infinity Series, are much quieter than older, bulkier models.

These are just some of the benefits of installing a more energy-efficient air conditioner in your home. Contact an HVAC professional for more details!

A Note on SEER Ratings

Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios, or SEER Ratings, measure an HVAC unit’s cooling output in a typical cooling season divided by the total energy output. In other words, it measures how much energy it takes to cool a home—the higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient it is. In the State of California, packaged air conditioners must have a minimum rating of 14. Older models often have ratings of 6 or less, meaning that upgrading to a standard, modern air conditioner will improve your energy efficiency greatly. It typically costs more up front to purchase an air conditioner with a very high SEER rating (above 16), so it depends on your family’s needs and your budget whether it makes sense to by a high-efficiency model.

Still Have Questions about Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners?

There’s no doubt that upgrading from an older AC unit to a modern one will lower your energy bills and improve your home comfort, but deciding exactly what model to purchase can seem like a daunting task. Call the experts at Moore Mechanical and we’ll help you sort through all the information out there about energy-efficient air conditioners and decide what’s best for your family. We’ve been proud to serve our friends and neighbors since 1985, and we’ll continue to serve the East Bay’s heating and cooling needs for years to come. Contact us today!

Why Do I Need a Home Energy Audit?

Why Do I Need a Home Energy Audit?

A home energy audit might seem like an unnecessary expense, but how can you know how to make your home more energy efficient if you don’t know where it’s losing energy in the first place? You could guess, but why spend money on “fixing” things that might not necessarily be broken?

Below are some reasons you should consider a home energy audit.

  • Money savings in the long term. The U. S. Department of Energy estimates you can save 5—30% on your energy bill by making efficiency upgrades recommended by a home energy audit! When an energy expert analyzes your home and solves energy loss problems, your HVAC system will run more efficiently. The more efficiently your system runs, the more money you should save on energy bills over time.
  • Optimized home comfort. Have you ever felt cold (or hot) spots in your home where your heating or cooling system can’t seem to reach? Or maybe drafts under doors or windows? A home energy audit will point out these problems and find ways to solve them.
  • Opportunity to improve the rest of your home. Home energy audits often uncover structural issues or problems with ventilation that, when solved, will improve energy efficiency and the overall functioning of your home.
  • Increased home resale value. Letting homebuyers know that you’ve completed a home energy audit (and solved any problems uncovered by the assessment) can be a great marketing tool if you’re trying to sell your home.

Why Should a Professional Perform My Home Energy Audit?

Though you can try to perform a home energy audit yourself, the reality is that professionals have better tools and more experience to get it right and give you the best insights about your home’s energy use. In additional to a room-by-room examination and an analysis of your energy bills, professionals often use technical equipment like thermal imaging cameras, blower door systems, static pressure gauges, duct blasters, and flow hoods. Unless you have these types of devices on hand for some reason, you’re unlikely to get results as precise or accurate as a professional would. Plus, a professional can then make a detailed plan for how to fix the problems in your home. It’s harder to do that when a technician isn’t sure of the accuracy of a DIY home energy audit.

What’s Included in a Home Energy Audit?

Methods at different companies may vary, but the Carrier 360⁰ Home Energy Audit performed by Moore Mechanical has six steps:

  1. Inspection: Our energy experts will look over your past energy bills, ask about any concerns you might have, and find out more about your family’s needs and lifestyle. We’ll also look at every room in your home, your HVAC system, water heater, ductwork, and insulation to see if any issues are present. Finally, we’ll check for carbon monoxide and gas to make sure your family is safe.
  2. Testing: Testing can involve some or all of the tools mentioned above—thermal imaging cameras, blower door systems, static pressure gauges, duct blasters, and flow hoods. Your technician will explain what each of these does and why they might use them.
  3. Analysis: Our team uses special software to analyze the results of our tests and inspection. This analysis will help us determine where your home is losing energy and how we can best solve the problem.
  4. Recommendations: We’ll go over a list of recommendations with you and make sure you understand what they mean and which ones are the most important.
  5. Resolution: We will not pressure you into performing any work you don’t want, but if you’re ready to solve the energy loss issues in your home, we’re ready to help!
  6. Results: Once your home energy audit is completed, you can watch the benefits (and money savings) accumulate! And if you have any issues in the future, you can always count on Moore Mechanical to follow up promptly.

Home Energy Audits in Dublin, CA and East Bay

Ready to see what a Carrier 360⁰ Home Energy Audit can do for you? Call Moore Mechanical at (925) 307-6479 today to schedule an inspection!

How to Save When Heating Your Home for the Holidays

How to Save When Heating Your Home for the Holidays

Whether you are enjoying a quiet holiday or you are planning on hosting the whole family, staying warm and comfortable during the holidays is important. The question is, how do you stay comfortable and save money at the same time?

Heating your home can seem like a huge expense; these tips from the experts at Moore Mechanical can help you to save this holiday season.

How to Stay Comfortable and Save Money this Holiday Season

Here are some simple things you can do to help you save money when heating your home.

  • Change the Filter – If you have a dirty or worn out filter inside your furnace this will impact how efficiently and effectively your furnace heats your home. Change your furnace out now and then again in 2-3 months.
  • Maintenance Is Key – Having your furnace maintained is a good way to make sure your system is at its best. If you haven’t already had your furnace maintained since last winter now is the time.
  • Program It – If you don’t have a programmable furnace, it may be time to get one. A programmable furnace can help you save money by allowing you to turn your furnace down at certain times of the day. When no one is home, turn it down a few degrees or maybe you like to sleep in a cooler house. In this case, have the temperature change at bedtime so you are not heating the home while you are cozy in your bed.
  • Reverse the Fans – Reversing your fans can help push that heated air that tends to escape out the roof back into your home.
  • Open and Close the Curtains – To assist in warming up your home, open up any curtains and blinds on windows where the sun shines in. Let the sun naturally warm your home during the day then keep the blinds and curtains closed once the sun sets to keep the warmth in.
  • Humidity Levels – The humidity levels in your home can make a big difference. When the humidity levels are right your home will feel more comfortable allowing you to turn the furnace down a few degrees. If the air in your home is too dry or it feels like a rainforest, installing a humidifier/dehumidifier system in your home can help.
  • Upgrade It – If your furnace is older than 15 years it may be time for an upgrade. If you have noticed that your current system just can’t keep your home comfortable or your energy costs have skyrocketed it may be time for a new system.

Helping You Stay Warm this Holiday Season

If you would like help staying warm this holiday season while saving some money the team at Moore Mechanical can help. We offer a range of services from maintaining your current system to helping you upgrade to an energy efficient system.

Contact us today at Moore Mechanical and enjoy your holiday season without breaking the bank.

Why Is My Furnace Leaking Water?

Why Is My Furnace Leaking Water?

As the temperature begins to drop outside, many homeowners will be turning to their furnace to maintain optimal home comfort. Your furnace is a central piece to your home’s HVAC system, so when it begins leaking, this is surely a cause for concern. Even though your furnace does not use water to operate, it is not too unusual to find a puddle of water beneath it.

Bellow, you will find some of the most common reasons for leaking furnaces; however, it is best practice to contact a professional HVAC company to access the situation for you.

4 Reasons Why Your Furnace Is Leaking Water

Let’s take a look at the most common reasons behind leaking furnaces:

  1. Leaky condensation tubing or drain
  2. Leaky furnace humidifier
  3. Broken heat exchanger
  4. Broken condensate pump

While some of these issues can result in a more costly repair than others, it’s important to get professional service from your local HVAC company right away. If your furnace is on its way out, then it may be more economical for you to invest in a furnace replacement rather than a repair.

What to Do When Your Furnace Leaks

So what is the best action to take when you have found yourself with an oversized puddle beneath your furnace? Because your furnace is such an expensive piece of equipment, it’s a good idea to call in your local HVAC experts for some help. Trying to service your furnace yourself can result in more costly repairs and could possibly put you and your family in danger. If you ever notice an unusual noise, smell or liquid coming from your home’s furnace, this is a sure sign that you need to schedule service. Don’t go on using your furnace in hopes that the water leak will go away on its own. By waiting to repair your system, you could ultimately end up with more extensive repairs.  

Furnace Repair in East Bay, California

At Moore Mechanical, our licensed team of HVAC specialist receive ongoing training to be sure they have the experience needed to handle all furnace issues. We have been providing quality heating and air conditioning services throughout East Bay and Dublin, California since 1985.

When you become our customer, we treat you like family. Make Moore Mechanical your go to HVAC company for all of your furnace repair needs. We offer both commercial and residential HVAC service throughout your area.  

Emergency Furnace Repair in East Bay and Dublin, CA

Has your furnace started leaking at an inconvenient time? Moore Mechanical conveniently offers 24/7 emergency repair service for your furnace. Give us a call at 925-307-6479 to schedule your repair service in the East Bay area.

Learn more about our emergency furnace repair service.

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