How to Winterize Your Basement


Pop quiz: if your living room windows were drafty, letting cold air in during the winter, would you just shrug your shoulders and grin and bear it? Of course not. You’d address the problem, because you know those drafts mean your furnace works overtime, driving your energy bills through the roof. So why would you overlook drafts and other issues … Read More

5 Warning Signs You May Need to Replace Your Furnace


 Is your furnace trying to tell you something? Sometimes your furnace chugs away for years, working perfectly ’til one day it doesn’t. Your first sign of a problem might be the furnace failing to start on a cold night, or — in a worst-case scenario — your carbon monoxide detector going off. But often as not, your furnace sends subtle … Read More

Fall HVAC Checklist from Ace Plumbing


Preparing for Fall As summer winds down and turns to fall, it’s time to make sure that your HVAC system is ready for the transition. That means making sure your air conditioning unit is ready to “hibernate” for the colder months, and ensuring that your heating system wakes from its long nap rested and ready for the lower temperatures. After … Read More

Tips for Winterizing Your Air Conditioner


As summer winds down and winter beckons, it’s time to do more than just digging your cold-weather clothes out of plastic tubs. You’ll want to take some time to winterize your home — especially your air conditioner. If the mere thought has you thinking about going into hiding until the cold weather blows over, relax. With a few simple tips … Read More

Sizing a New Heating System


Winter in Sacramento isn’t as harsh as it is in Denver, Chicago, or Syracuse. Of course, that’s cold comfort if it’s a freezing January night and your teeth are chattering because your old heating system isn’t up to the task. If you decide it’s time for a new heating system, you should know how to size the system correctly in … Read More

Do I Have Enough Insulation?

Do I have enough insulation?

You might be shocked to learn how much your insulation contributes to your home comfort, especially in the winter. The trouble is that not enough insulation could make it harder to heat or cool your home, and increase your energy bills. Here’s how to tell if you have enough insulation. How Does Insulation Work? You may think that the solid, … Read More

Furnaces for Manufactured Homes


If you want to get a new furnace for your manufactured home, you should enlist the help of a professional at the beginning of the process. Manufactured homes can often fit furnaces much like a stick-built home, but there are a few unique aspects that you should know before you buy. Sealed vs Atmospheric Combustion Furnaces The way that a … Read More

How Does Multi-Stage Heating Work?


If you have an old furnace, you might wonder what new furnaces have that could benefit your home’s energy efficiency. Multi-stage heating is an excellent example of an innovation that helps your HVAC system work more effectively. Single-Stage Heating When you have a single-stage furnace, you have two options: on and off. Like a light switch, a single-stage furnace either … Read More

Smart Home Upgrades for HVAC

Smart Home Control System

Everyone is talking about smart homes these days, and HVAC is a central part of it. From remote access to your air conditioning settings to data about energy usage in real-time, these smart upgrades could help you promote your home comfort and possibly save energy. Smart Thermostats One of the best smart home purchases you could make for your home … Read More

What Is an Air Conditioning Compressor?

close up of air compressor

The air conditioning compressor is a part of the exterior unit that alters the condition of the refrigerant, on its way to releasing heat out of your home. Here is how your compressor works, and what you must do to keep it in good working order. Four Steps to Air Conditioning If you start with your air conditioning compressor, you … Read More