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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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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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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What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need?

May 13, 2020

It’s important to get the right size of air conditioner for your home for a number of reasons. Replacing your central air conditioner isn’t an inexpensive proposition, so getting the decision right is very important. Here are the major factors to keep in mind. Why You Need the Right Size of Air Conditioner You don’t want an air conditioner too large or too small for your home. You have some leeway, but the important thing is to have the air conditioner size that is right for your home. The most important factor in this is the

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How to Ensure an HVAC Company is Reliable

April 16, 2020

The HVAC system in your home is extremely important since it ensures that you can keep your house safe and comfortable during all seasons of the year. To ensure that your HVAC system stays in good condition, you will need to hire an HVAC company from time to time to handle your maintenance and service needs. There are several tips that should be followed that will help you to know if an HVAC company in your area is reliable. 1. Word of Mouth One of the best ways to see if an HVAC service provider

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