Some Early Warning Signs Your Furnace Needs Repairs

As the weather starts to turn cooler, furnaces in homes will turn on to begin the work of keeping households warmed up. If you have a furnace, make sure that it receives professional maintenance before it has to perform the bulk of its work so you can avoid repair troubles during the winter.

But even the best maintenance cannot stop all possible furnace issues. During the first few weeks that your furnace runs on a regular basis, pay attention to possible signs that it is malfunctioning. Call for repair technicians as soon as you can if you notice any of the following:

  • Booming noises: This is one of the more common warning sounds a gas furnace might make. It usually indicates that there’s carbon on the burner that is blocking some of the gas vents. When the vents are delayed from igniting, they will create a sudden booming noise as they come on and ignite the gas build-up. You will need to have technicians clean off the burner so the furnace works properly.
  • Furnace turns on and off rapidly: This is a phenomenon called short-cycling, and it means the furnace isn’t completing a full heating cycle. There are a number of reasons this might occur. Check on the air filter first to make sure it isn’t clogged. The problem might also be from a miscalibrated thermostat. Have a repair expert take examine the furnace to see what’s wrong.
  • Cold spots in rooms: Uneven distribution of heat is one of the earliest indications that something is going wrong with a furnace. The trouble could lie in the ventilation system, or the furnace might be losing heating power for one of a number of reasons. Call for repairs to get to the source of the issue before it can become larger.

It is critical that you have these smaller furnace problems fixed at the start of the season, since any of them could lead to a complete breakdown later on—usually during extremely cold weather.

Contact Lovotti Air to schedule furnace repair service in Lodi, CA. Your family’s comfort is our #1 priority.

3 Steps to Take to Prepare Your Heating System for Cold Weather

Now that it’s October, it’s time to take stock of your home’s heating system and get it ready for when the colder weather arrives in winter. Fall gives you an opportunity, when the weather is still warm, to assess if there’s anything wrong with the furnace, heat pump, radiant heating system, etc. that will keep your household warm through the winter. Below are 3 steps you should take to see that you have a heater prepared for the first cold day of the coming season: Read Moreā€¦

3 Reasons That You Should Look into Installing a Tankless Water Heater

The tankless water heater has a long history that stretches back to the late 19th century. But it wasn’t until relatively recently that they started to have an actual effect on how people in homes and businesses received their hot water. Tankless water heaters started to become popular in Europe, and now they are making a big impact in the U.S.—and for some very good reasons.

Below we have listed 3 of the main benefits of a tankless water heater that should put one high on your shopping list for the next time you have a water heater installed.

1. Unlimited hot water

Sounds too good to be true? Well it isn’t. Hot water heaters only heat up water”on demand,” which means only when a tap or appliance comes on requesting hot water. The system is always ready to heat up more water when necessary, rather than depleting a standing hot water supply. With a tankless water heater, you no longer need to worry about people going with a hot shower in the morning.

2. Big energy savings

When you consider that a hot water heater only uses energy to heat water as it’s needed, you’ll understand why it consumes far less energy than a storage tank water heater doe. The tank water heater has to keep the water heated to the same level whether anyone is using it or not. The tankless water heater only uses a fraction of the energy and will help you save money on your utility bills.

3. Long lifespan

Thanks to their reduce energy use, tankless water heaters last longer on average than standard tank systems. You’ll have plenty of years to enjoy the convenience and savings of your water heater.

At Lovotti Air, your comfort is our #1 priority! If you would like to find out more about having a tankless water heater installed in Modesto, CA, give us a call!

Why You Shouldn’t Block Room Vents to “Save Money”

Here’s a problem we’ve come across frequently with air conditioning (as well as heating) in homes: blocked air vents into rooms. Sometimes this happens by accident because of moving furniture. But often homeowners do it on purpose as a way to attempt to save money. On the surface, this makes some sense: it’s a waste of resources to send conditioned air from the heater or AC into rooms that are not currently in use, such as guestrooms.

However, don’t block air vents! Not only will this not serve its intended purpose, it can damage your HVAC system and end up costing you money.

Extra pressure on the HVAC system

A blocked vent isn’t helping to prevent air from reaching the vent itself: it may not escape into the room, but it still travels all the way to the vent and therefore isn’t going to help save money. Worse, it will put more strain on the heater and air conditioner. The comfort system must work harder to create the same amount of air flow, and this will end up wasting energy. This additional stress heightens the potential for repair issues and even an early retirement of the system.

Zone control installation is a better option

If you want to restrict air flow to specific rooms in your home as a way to save money, you should instead look into having a zone control system installed into your ducts. Zone control uses a series of dampers to effectively change the air flow to the different rooms in the house (the “zones”) without putting pressure on the HVAC system. Zone control will not only help you save money, but it permit the people in the house to control the temperatures wherever they are through the local thermostats.

Call Lovotti Air in Tracy, CA if you are interested in having zone control installed in your HVAC system.

Why You Should Consider a Quiet Cool Whole House Fan

There’s no question that the costs to keep a home cool in California can become quite steep. Air conditioners draw on large amounts of electrical power to operate, and they will often account for a large chunk of households’ monthly electricity bills. However, there are many ways to reduce your air conditioning use and save money. One of them is to have a Quiet Cool whole house fan installed.

What is a whole house fan?

Whole house fans have been around for years. They pull warm, stale air up from the house and exhaust it through the roof. In the process, the fans pull cool air from the outside into the house, a replacement that results in an overall cooler indoors.

Whole house fans work especially well in the morning and evening, when the air outside is likely to be cooler than the stuffy air inside. If used properly, a whole house fan will significantly reduce the amount that an air conditioner needs to run in order to maintain comfort, lowering electrical bills. Plus, the house will enjoy better overall ventilation.

Why choose the Quiet Cool whole house fan

We recommend installing a Quiet Cool whole house fan, which is one of the best models on the market. The Quiet Cool model moves large volumes of air (measured in cubic feet of air per minute, or CFM) using a multi-fan and multi-location system. Best of all, it does this without the large amount of noise that other whole house fans create. The Quiet Cool system runs seven times quieter than the next quietest model.

Quiet Cool whole house fans are easy for professional installers to put into a home, and they do not require disruptive carpentry work. The fans are located on the ceiling of the attic and create no clutter in your living areas.

At Lovotti Air, your comfort is our number one priority! Call us for more information about whole-house fans, or to schedule any air conditioning services you may need in Manteca, CA and the surrounding areas.

What Paper Products Can Go into the Sewer System?

Taking care of the plumbing in your home on a day-to-day basis is much easier than you may think it is. You only need to take a few steps to make sure that you aren’t placing objects down the drains and toilets that shouldn’t go there. For example, you should avoid putting fats, oils, and grease from cooking into the kitchen sink, since these products can lead to build-up in the drains that will clog them. These products will also damage your sewer line and even the municipal sewer system.

But what about paper products? Are there any paper products that are safe for the sewer? This is a good question and we’d like to provide you with a solid answer.

Paper products that can go in the sewer system

  • Toilet paper: And that’s it. This is a short answer, because there are no other paper products that are acceptable for the sewer system.

The paper products that shouldn’t go into the sewer system

The following paper products not only shouldn’t be put down the toilet, they shouldn’t go down any drain in your home:

  • Tissue paper and paper towels: This may sound odd, because how much difference is there between toilet paper and tissue paper when it comes thickness? Actually, a great deal. Both tissue paper and paper towels are designed to absorb moisture and remain together when wet. They take much longer to break apart in pipes and the sewage system, so they can easily create blockages. Toilet paper, on the other hand, breaks apart rapidly.
  • Sanitary napkins: These are simply too large for the plumbing systems to handle, and they take too long to breakdown.
  • Wet wipes: Another paper product that seems harmless for the sewage system, but is actually a major problem. Wet wipes clump together and can form into thick clogs that can severely damage the sewage system.
  • Any kind of paper you normally throw in the trash: This is a good rule of thumb: if it’s paper that you usually place in a garbage can, that’s where it should go! Your drains and the sewer system are not designed to handle it.

If you need plumbing assistance or sewer cleaning in Lodi, CA, call on Lovotti Air.