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How Weatherization Affects Indoor Air Quality

Weatherization makes it easier for your home to resist changes in temperature and weather, so your space will stay comfortable regardless of what’s going on outside. This makes things easier on your heating and AC systems, but it presents certain challenges for your indoor air quality. Understanding the problems and solutions early on can help you preserve your indoor air. Keep reading to see how weatherization affects indoor air quality.

Recognizing Problems with Pollution

If you want to keep your indoor and outdoor air separated so you can enjoy your comfort and keep your energy bills low, weatherization is a great way to go. However, some people run into problems with indoor air pollution. If you like to light candles and incense or smoke cigarettes indoors, you’re going to have problems with your indoor air quality. This applies in any case, but the risk may be elevated if you weatherize improperly.

Considering Challenges at the Beginning

Before you decide to weatherize your home or building, you need to think about the challenges you might face. The point of weatherization is to close off your home from the outside. There are different degrees of weatherization, so think about the indoor pollutants in your home before you make your renovations and work with the right people.

Improving Ventilation

Weatherization helps separate indoor and outdoor air. This means your heated air won’t escape during the winter and your cooled air won’t escape during the summer. Likewise, you won’t have air coming in from outside during either season to hinder the effects of your heating and cooling appliances. However, you still need ventilation so your house—and your family—can breathe clean air. When you weatherize your home, you should pay even more attention to your ventilation so you can maintain your air quality.

Preserving your indoor air quality is easier when you work with a team that specializes in heating and AC in Berkeley. Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating does exactly that. You can contact us at (510) 843-6904 to discover how we can help with your indoor air quality.

Understanding Your Home's HERS Index

In today’s day and age, people are increasingly concerned with energy efficiency. Solar panels, electric cars, and alternative fuels are cutting down on our use of nonrenewable resources and improving our plumbing, AC, and heating appliances. Let’s take a look at what your home’s HERS Index means.

The HERS Index stands for home energy rating system, and it’s a way of describing just how well your home uses its energy. Today’s homes are being constructed more efficiently, and the HERS Index helps measure that progress. The baseline home score is 100, compared to older homes that typically score closer to 130. Newer, more efficient homes score around 60 or 70. Lower—and improve—your score by making your home more efficient through HVAC and plumbing maintenance. It may be easier to sell your home if you know you have an impressive HERS Index rating, and knowing what to look for will help you find the right home to move into.

Keeping your plumbing, air conditioning, and heating in Berkeley maintained improves your HERS index. Call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 and let us handle your water leaks, air quality issues, and furnace installation.

Questions to Ask Your Contractor Before Buying a New Furnace

You should only spend so much money on heating repair before you think about getting a new unit. The new heating appliance should fit in your space and offer the heat you need, so look for an efficient furnace. Read on to gain some insight about the questions to ask your contractor before replacing your furnace.

What size should it be?

It’s easy to narrow down your options for heating appliances when you start by thinking about the size you need. If you don’t live in a mansion, you’re probably not going to need the biggest furnace on the market. Pick a furnace that makes sense for the size of the space you need to heat. Anything bigger will be wasteful and more expensive, and undersized heating units might not be strong enough to keep the space warm. If you don’t know what size is ideal for your space, your HVAC contractor can lend a hand.

How do I find an efficient furnace?

The AFUE rating is used to describe the efficiency of a furnace. Since you can find a sticker with this information on each unit, you can compare appliances and make an informed decision. Remember that more expensive appliances might return your money in the long run.

Are you qualified?

If you work with your heating contractor to both find the right furnace and have it installed, you should double-check your contractor’s credentials. Unlicensed and unqualified heating “professionals” may not have the unit installed properly, which could result in a number of problems. Poor installation will start you off on the wrong foot and can take away from your furnace’s efficiency. It might also fail sooner and more frequently than it should. Only work with licensed and insured plumbing and HVAC companies to protect yourself and your investment.

Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can answer any questions you have about heating in Berkeley. Our residential and commercial plumbing professionals will help you find the right heater and help with the furnace installation process. Reach out to us today by calling (510) 843-6904.

Hard vs. Soft Water

How efficient is the water that runs through your plumbing pipes? Hard water isn’t quite as easy to work with as soft water, which has implications for your expenses. Watch this video and learn about the difference between hard and soft water.

Hard and soft water look the same, because you can’t see the mineral content. High levels of calcium and magnesium contribute to hard water. These minerals are absorbed into water that flows through rocks, increasing the concentration in the water. Soft water may have flowed over rocks that didn’t have soluble minerals to bear, keeping a low concentration. Remember, hardness is a spectrum, so water isn’t just completely hard or completely soft.

Hard water can be a pain, but it’s not too much for your Berkeley plumber to handle. Let Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating make your residential plumbing more efficient. Call us at (510) 843-6904 if you need us.

Is It Time to Remodel Your Bathroom?

If you’re getting tired of the design or you’re losing efficiency in your bathroom, talk to your plumbing pros about remodeling. Renovating your bathroom can make it more efficient, especially if it was old to begin with. New appliances will only help, and the renovation as a whole can help you sell your house. Read on to see if it’s time to remodel your bathroom.

Your Home Is Old

Many of the materials we use to build homes and commercial buildings are different than they were just a couple of decades ago. The good news is that today’s materials should last longer and be safer and healthier than the materials we used in the past, but the bad news is that your house might still have those inefficient products inside. Older houses may contain lead, asbestos, and rot. Rusted pipes also present leaks, water damage, and other plumbing disasters. Remodeling your bathroom is a good idea if you want to replace your old plumbing elements.

Appliances Drain Your Efficiency

If your home is old, chances are the appliances inside are on the old side as well. Regular maintenance can stretch out your plumbing appliances’ lifespans, but it will never make them last forever. Think about upgrading to a new hot water heater or shower head if your efficiency keeps dropping. Your plumber would be happy to help you find new appliances that meet your energy needs, and you can walk away with a great return on your investment over time.

You’re Selling Your House

More often than not, the people who show up to your open house will be looking for a space that doesn’t need too much work. A renovation can update your bathroom’s aesthetics, fix problems, and make the room and household more efficient, so you can raise your asking price.

Sometimes remodeling your bathroom is the best thing for your space, so call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904 if you’re looking to get yours started. We’ll make sure your Berkeley plumbing remains as efficient as possible while you make your changes, so you can avoid burst pipes and water leaks.

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