• Promoting Healthy Indoor Air

    Indoor air quality is the focus of many homeowners’ concerns. Fortunately, there are more ways than ever before to protect your family from indoor air pollution, many of which involve your HVAC system and, increasingly, new methods of construction.

    Watch this video to learn more how indoor air quality is being addressed by construction companies through new components, such as moisture control systems. Your heating and AC maintenance and repair company can also assist in strategies for improving indoor air quality.

    If you’re concerned about your indoor air quality, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating in Berkeley. In addition to plumbing, AC, and heating services, we offer air filtration to reduce indoor pollutants. Contact us today at (510) 843-6904 for more information.

  • FAQs and Answers About Gas Log Fireplaces

    If you want the cozy and comforting glow of a fireplace but don’t want to deal with logs, soot, and fire starters, then a gas log fireplace could be right for you. If you are considering adding a gas log fireplace to heat your home, you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect from the process and how it will work. Here is the info you need to know.

    What exactly is a gas log fireplace?

    A gas log fireplace is a fireplace that uses gas rather than wood for the heating source. It creates the appearance of a fire without the need for storing and lighting firewood. Gas log fireplaces are good options in homes that don’t have a chimney to allow for a traditional fireplace or people who want a fireplace without the inconvenience of a major construction project. Gas fireplaces can be constructed in a number of different sizes and styles, making them easy to fit into any space.

    What are the advantages of having a gas log fireplace?

    There are several advantages to having a gas log fireplace over a traditional one. For many people, it is a question of convenience. Gas log fireplaces don’t require any of the time-consuming work that accompanies traditional fireplaces, such as buying or chopping wood, storing wood, having chimney cleaning performed regularly, and of course, actually getting the fire to start. With a gas log fireplace, you simply flick a switch and enjoy your fire. Gas log fireplaces are also more efficient than traditional fireplaces and are much safer.

    Can I install my own gas log fireplace?

    Gas log fireplaces are not a DIY job. Only an expert heating contractor should handle the gas lines and other intricate parts of the installation process. Attempting to install your own gas fireplace could not only leave you facing the need for repairs but can also be dangerous for your family.

    If you’re considering a gas log fireplace, contact Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating to find out how we can help with the installation and maintenance process. Get answers to all of your questions about gas log fireplaces, heating , and AC in Berkeley by calling (510) 843-6904.

  • What Parents Should Know About Garbage Disposal Safety

    When you have young children in the house, you need to childproof every room. The kitchen and its plumbing appliances can be dangerous for children to use, but there are steps you can take to avoid accidents and injuries. Here’s what parents should know about garbage disposal safety.

    Garbage disposals grind up leftover scraps so your garbage can doesn’t fill up too quickly, but they can be dangerous if you don’t know how to use them. Children are curious, but it’s the parents’ job to teach them not to play around the sink. Consider adding a cover plate to your garbage disposal switch so your kids can’t turn it on. You can even use a key switch so the disposal can’t be turned on by accident. Teach your children from a young age that it’s dangerous to use the garbage disposal, and keep an eye on them while they’re in the kitchen to make sure they listen.

    A malfunctioning garbage disposal is extra-dangerous, so contact your Berkeley plumbing professionals if you need to have yours fixed. You can reach the team at Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating by calling (510) 843-6904 today.

  • Questions and Answers About High-Efficiency Furnaces

    Heating and cooling makes up a lot of the energy that your household uses, but efficient appliances will help you reduce both your energy use and the cost of your bills. If you’re looking for an efficient furnace, it’s important to know the difference between single and multi-stage units. Set up your furnace with the right type of filter and check its efficiency from time to time so you can make changes as necessary.

    What are single and multi-stage furnaces?

    Older furnaces tend to be single-stage, so they only have off and on modes. Multi-stage furnaces can offer heat at different rates, so the system will not be limited to these two basic settings. Variable-speed furnaces are even more efficient because they link to an automatic thermostat, so they can keep the temperature at the perfect level without wasting energy.

    Which filters should I use?

    Heating and cooling appliances need quality filters in order to protect your indoor air quality as well as your HVAC units. The best types of filters are the ones that can catch the most amount of dust and debris with the least amount of effort. There are two factors that can make a huge difference in this case: surface area and electrostatic charge. Pleated furnace filters have more surface area, so they can collect more of the particles that would end up in your indoor air. An electrostatic charge actually attracts contaminants to the filter, so it does an even better job of cleaning your air and boosting the efficiency of your furnace.

    How can I tell how efficient my system is?

    You need to be able to measure how efficient your heating system is if you want to save money and make your furnace last longer. If your energy bills keep climbing during the winter, your system is probably losing efficiency. Have your heating and AC contractor come over and inspect your system to see what could be improved.

    For efficient plumbing, cooling, and heating in Berkeley, you can always depend on the Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating crew. Call us at (510) 843-6904 if you have any HVAC questions, or check out our services on our website.