A Quick Guide to Space Heater Safety

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The National Fire Protection Association states that space heaters account for 40% of home heating fires… and 84% of home heating fire fatalities. If you use a space heater or are considering buying one, there are a few things Ace Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning would like you to know for your safety. Choosing the Right Space Heater Let’s start … Read More

A Quick Guide to Humidifiers

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Waking up parched? Suffering from dry mouth? Noticing you sound like Colleen Dewhurst first thing in the morning? Noticing you get sick easier than you used to? Before you call the doctor, make sure the culprit isn’t the dry air in your home. WebMD notes that dry air indoors, especially in the winter time, can lead to a host of … Read More

Tips to Prolong Your HVAC’s Life

New HVAC systems don’t come cheap. According to This Old House, the average furnace should last between 15 to 25 years and the average air conditioning unit between 10 and 15 years. The Ace Plumbing team has seen many units need expensive repairs — or replacements costing thousands of dollars — far before then due to neglect. How can you … Read More

Furnace Filter Replacement Schedule: 4 Ways to Remember When to Change Them

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According to the World Health Organization, 4.3 million people per year die because of indoor air pollution. The problem isn’t as acute in the developed world, but most people would be surprised at the sheer number of indoor pollutants in their homes: exhaust fumes, mold, mildew, pet dander, viruses, bacteria, pollen, and more are all floating in the air we … Read More

A Quick Guide to Furnace Filters

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We’ve all become more environmentally conscious over the years. We drive lower-emission cars, buy green, and monitor air quality alerts in the Sacramento area. But there’s another environment — the one in our homes — that we too often don’t give a second thought. According to the EPA, indoor air quality matters, especially if you or a loved one have … Read More

How to Winterize Your Basement

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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

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 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

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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

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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

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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