Who Invented Air Conditioning?

April 12, 2021

When that hot California summer hits, it’s nice to kick back with a cold drink and crank up the air conditioning. As you’re enjoying your cool air, you might feel the urge to thank whoever it was who invented air conditioning in the first place. Hey, who was that, anyway? The History of Air Conditioning As long as there has been hot weather and people around to complain about it, humans have come up with ingenious ways to keep cool. Stone Age people often occupied caves because their natural insulation keeps them cool year-round.

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Is It Normal to Smell Gas Near a Furnace?

March 16, 2021

Your furnace plays an essential role in keeping your home comfortable and safe. Unfortunately, it can also malfunction when its components develop issues. One of your furnace behaviors that can cause concern is the smell of gas when you activate or turn it on. The smell of rotten eggs is a sign of gas leaks in your furnace, and it’s dangerous. If you notice gas smells around your furnace, evacuate the house, shut off the gas valve and call the local gas company. After the company repairs the gas leak, consider contacting a qualified technician to inspect and maintain your

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Signs Of Poor Indoor Air Quality

February 12, 2021

Poor indoor air quality in commercial buildings and homes can cause poor health. If you walk into your house and you smell a musty odor or your eyes or throat feel irritated, you could be dealing with compromised indoor air quality. You might not automatically know when you have poor indoor air quality in your home, but looking out for some signs can help you do so. Inconsistent Airflow Inconsistencies in the air as you move around your house indicate poor indoor air quality caused by issues with the ventilation unit. You can watch out for

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Is Annual Furnace Maintenance Necessary?

January 5, 2021

When you’re a homeowner, there are always things on your to-do list. There are several reasons one of them is to get your furnace tuned-up every year. Lower Utility Bills When an HVAC technician tunes-up your furnace, you save money on your utility bills. They make sure everything works properly and is clean. When dust and dirt collect in your furnace, it reduces how efficiently it operates. Fewer Repairs The technician will carefully inspect your furnace. They can catch issues before they become disastrous. You save money by having a technician correcting

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3 Tips for Safely Heating Your Home During the Holidays

December 11, 2020

Whether you’re staying at home in Galt, CA, and not inviting guests this holiday season or you’re planning to invite your extended family for a holiday feast, it’s important to make sure that your heating system is safe and fully functional. During the winter months of the year, malfunctioning heating systems can cause serious negative health impacts. With these three tips, you can safely heat your home this holiday season. 1. Update Your Thermostat Settings Make sure your thermostat is set to heat. If it’s on auto, and your home is filled with guests or

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Why Not Changing Your Air Filters Can Have Major Consequences

November 19, 2020

You may think it’s not a big deal to change the filters near your furnace. Not doing so can lead to major consequences, including the failure of your furnace or air conditioner. Increased Energy Bills Clogged air filters block the airflow through your heating and cooling system. Your equipment needs to work much harder than it otherwise would, which increases your monthly energy bills. You’ll be paying more while getting no benefit from doing so. Furnace Failure A dirty filter can cause your furnace to fail. It has to overwork to heat

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Questions First-Time HVAC Buyers Should Ask

October 20, 2020

Purchasing an HVAC system for your home or office for the first time is always an exciting venture. However, first-time buyers should exercise due caution and ask crucial questions that will ensure they choose the right unit for their house. Here is a list of some common but essential questions that every buyer should ask before settling for particular HVAC equipment. Does the Unit Have a Warranty? Every electronic equipment should have an accompanying warranty. Your HVAC system is no exception. You should consult with your vendor on the available warranty and how long

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4 Ways to Prevent HVAC Failure

September 20, 2020

Preventive measures go a long way in keeping your HVAC systems up and running. A simple breakdown of your AC on a hot summer day can quickly render your home uninhabitable. Just as taking care of yourself keeps you healthy, there are specific measures that, when taken, can help prevent your AC or furnace from breaking down. 1. Check for Leaking Refrigerant Have you ever noticed that your AC has been subsequently losing its cooling power? If so, then you probably have a refrigerant leak. Although other breakdowns are potentially expensive and

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Are Ductless Air Conditioners an Energy-Efficient Choice?

August 21, 2020

You might have seen a ductless air conditioner high on the wall in a friend’s home and wondered how energy efficient they are. As it turns out, they’re very energy efficient. Here are the ways ductless air conditioners save you money. No Ducts As the name implies, a ductless air conditioner doesn’t use ducts to deliver conditioned air into your home. They cool the room they’re in by delivering cool air directly from an outside unit. This saves you money because a lot of conditioned air is lost in vents. In the

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How to Connect your New Thermostat to your AC

July 16, 2020

If your current thermostat in Galt, CA, has stopped working or if you want to upgrade to a model that can help you to save energy, proper installation of your new thermostat is key. Unlike a basic electrical connection that only involves three wires, the connection between a thermostat and an HVAC system can be quite complex. To help you succeed with your project, we at Hawk Heating & Air Conditioning offer this basic guide to thermostat installation. Newer Thermostats Require Power Older mechanical thermostats required no outside power to function. With no screen to illuminate or settings

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