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Identifying What Can Reduce Your Home's Indoor Air Quality

Your home should be a place of comfort, and that means the air in it should be clean and fresh. It’s wise to take active steps to make sure the air running through your AC and heating systems is clean. Keep reading for help in identifying what can reduce your home’s indoor air quality.

Mold Problems

One of the home’s most common hidden dangers is mold. A mold problem can be unpleasant to behold, but the effects it can have on your indoor air quality are much more disgusting. People typically suffer from the effects of mold by inhaling its spores; this can be hazardous for anyone, but it’s particularly dangerous for people who already have problems with their respiratory systems. In other cases, you may experience serious health symptoms from coming into physical contact with mold. Call your plumber to get to the bottom of the mold problem and have it eliminated.

Dirty Ducts

Mold spores spread around the house by traveling through the air, meaning that a significant amount can end up in your air ducts. This isn’t the only type of contaminant that can find a route through your air ducts, so it’s a good idea to have your AC and heating professional clean your ducts on a regular basis. This can improve your home’s indoor air quality as well as the health of everyone who lives in your house.

Indoor Pollutants

Some factors that reduce indoor air quality are beyond our control, but there are other elements that we bring in ourselves. Smoking cigarettes, cigars, hookah, or other tobacco products indoors can have a substantial impact on your indoor air quality, and it creates unnecessary problems. Simply step outside to enjoy a cigarette or kick the habit entirely; either way, your indoor air quality will improve greatly.

When it’s time to start thinking about air quality and air filtration, don’t wait to call your plumber in Berkeley. Albert Nahman Plumbing and Heating can also offer water heater installation, furnace maintenance, and many other plumbing services. Give us a call at (510) 843-6904 or visit our website for more information.

What Are Gas Log Fireplaces?

A fireplace makes a great addition to any home—in addition to heating your home, a fireplace can make a room feel comfortable and cozy. Traditional fireplaces require you to keep a supply of firewood handy and build a fire by hand each time you want one. Gas fireplaces, on the other hand, offer convenience in addition to comfort and beauty.

A gas fireplace can be installed without a chimney, making it easy to add one to your home. These fireplaces often contain artificial logs to provide the appearance of a traditional fireplace, but use gas as fuel rather than wood. You can start a fire with a simple flip of a switch, with no worries about messy logs.

Are you interested in installing a gas fireplace in your home? Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating has the products and services you need. Our heating technicians can help you choose the right gas log fireplace for your home, and install it in a timely manner. We also offer furnace repair, burst pipe repair, and many other services. To find out more about our heating services in Berkeley, call us today at (510) 843-6904.

Tips for Reducing Your Heating Costs This Season

Winter is here, which means it’s time to turn your thermostat up to keep your home cozy. For many homeowners, than can mean an increase in utility costs. The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your heating costs throughout the cold season. Here are a few tips to help you keep your furnace running smoothly and efficiently this winter.

Seal Leaks in Your Home

Gaps in the exterior-facing walls of your home let heated air escape and cold, outside air in. This means that your furnace will have to work harder to keep your home at the right temperature, so in addition to drafty rooms, you’ll have to deal with high utility bills. Check for leaks around your chimney, pipes that exit your home, windows, and doors. These are all areas where gaps are common. Sealing these leaks will help you avoid spending more than you should to heat your home this winter.

Use Windows Wisely

The windows in your home can both provide additional heat and allow for heat loss, so it’s up to you to use them wisely. South-facing windows will receive the greatest amount of sunlight, so keep the curtains open on these windows to let sunlight in during the day—just don’t forget to close the curtains at night. Keep other curtains closed, especially in rooms you don’t use often, and cover any drafty windows with plastic film to keep cold air out.

Schedule a Heating Tune-Up

Heating systems tend to lose efficiency and experience performance issues with time, especially if they aren’t maintained on a regular basis. Scheduling a furnace tune-up is a great way to ensure that there are no issues with your heating unit. If a problem is found, it can be addressed before it becomes worse or even leads to furnace failure.

Do you need to schedule a heating tune-up or furnace repair? Call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating today at (510) 843-6904 to get started. We provide a range of HVAC and plumbing services in Berkeley, and can help you keep your home comfortable throughout the year.

How to Spot Toilet Plumbing Leaks

Water leaks not only mean plumbing repairs—they can also lead to the need for structural and aesthetic repairs in your home, especially if the leaks are not addressed right away. Watch this video clip to learn about toilet plumbing leaks and how to spot them.

One way to check for a toilet leak is to set toilet paper on the floor around your toilet—if you later notice that the toilet paper is damp, then your toilet is leaking. Other signs of a plumbing leak are a musty smell, buckling floors, and damaged wallpaper.

If you are concerned about a plumbing leak, call Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating at (510) 843-6904. We provide plumbing service in Berkeley, in addition to furnace repairs and HVAC maintenance.

Answering Common Questions about New Furnace Installation

If you’re worried about the quality or condition of your furnace, it may be time to schedule new furnace installation. With a new furnace, your family will be able to enjoy improved heating and efficiency throughout the coldest time of the year. Continue reading to learn the answers to a few common questions about furnace installation.

When Should I Get a New Furnace?

You may be wondering if it is actually time to get a new furnace. One of the best indicators that it’s time to schedule furnace installation is if your furnace is more than 12 years old. Past this age, your furnace will be more likely to break down and may begin to provide reduced performance and efficiency. Other signs that indicate it’s time to consider getting a new furnace are high energy use, noisy performance, and inconsistent or uneven heating.

How Do I Choose a New Furnace?

There are a variety of furnaces available today, so it’s important to take the time to review your needs and the options that will meet them. First, determine what size furnace you need. Choosing one that is too small can result in uneven heating and a furnace that has to run continuously to heat your home, while getting a unit that is too large can waste energy. Next, evaluate the energy efficiency ratings of different units. Choosing an ENERGY STAR-certified furnace is a great way to ensure that you are getting an efficient unit that will reduce your carbon footprint and save you money on your utility bills.

How Long Does Furnace Installation Take?

Furnace installation is generally a short process. As long as the existing ductwork is still in good condition and no changes need to be made to it, furnace installation should take a single day. If an old unit needs to be removed, that may increase the installation time. If you choose a unit that requires changes to your ductwork, the installation process may take several days to complete.

Are you ready to replace your furnace? At Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating, we provide services for AC and heating in Berkeley and are ready to help. To get the answers to your questions about furnace installation, furnace repair, or other HVAC services, give us a call at (510) 843-6904.

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