The Coronavirus and Our Promise to You

April 16th, 2020

We know that readers usually come to our blog for informative and educational posts about the systems and services that we offer. However, as is the case across the country and the globe right now, there is one topic at the forefront of our minds. That is COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. 

We understand that homeowners everywhere are exercising extreme caution when it comes to mitigating the chance of exposure to this virus in their homes. Trust us, we are doing the same in ours. And we promise you that every member of our team will take these same precautions when working in your home and on your property. 

If you have an appointment scheduled with Greenhart, rest assured that we’ll continue to provide you with the exceptional service that you deserve in this uncertain and trying time, and that we’ll do so while making your health and safety our top priority. 

Our entire staff is well aware that prevention starts at their homes, that it continues in the workplace, and that it extends into the residences of our valued clients. They have the information and supplies that they need to do their jobs while protecting both themselves and the clients that they serve.

If you have any questions or concerns about your upcoming appointment, or if you are thinking about booking an appointment but want to know more about our specific preventative measures, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.

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How We Can Improve Ventilation in Your Home

July 12th, 2021
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Proper home ventilation is on people’s minds more. Too many houses today have limited ventilation to allow for the proper movement of air and to allow fresh air to circulate. This poor ventilation is one of the main causes of bad indoor air quality, which has been on the rise over the past few decades. 

At Greenhart, our goal is to help our customers enjoy the best quality of living in their homes thanks to better indoor air quality—and helping their homes achieve energy efficiency at the same time. There are steps you can take to help with better fresh air ventilation, such as opening multiple doors and windows and remembering to use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms. But we have several ways to better your ventilation and improve your home’s indoor air quality in Modesto, CA.

Energy and Heat Recovery Ventilators

These devices allow for fresh air circulation through a home without also causing heat loss or heat gain that will affect energy efficiency. Opening up windows and doors brings the outside temperatures with it, but energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) and heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) solve this problem. They draw fresh air into the HVAC system and use the air from indoors to either pre-heat or pre-cool it. This can recover 80% of the energy that would otherwise be lost to opening up windows and doors. There are differences between the two types, and we’ll help determine which one is best for your home.

Duct Sealing

Your house may have problems with leaky air ducts without you even knowing it. Duct leaks are common issues, and they can throw off air circulation for the whole house as well as cause the AC and heater to waste power. We recommend you schedule duct testing with our team if you aren’t certain about the condition of your ducts. We’ll discover if you have duct leaks and how extensive the problem is, then use advanced techniques to make the ventilation system airtight once more. 

Duct Cleaning

After three to five years, the ducts in your home will have picked up enough dust, lint, and other debris on the walls that it will interfere with proper airflow and ventilation. Professional duct cleaning can restore the ducts—just make sure you have actual professionals like our team to do the job. There are many low-cost “duct cleaning” services that do next to nothing at all. You can expect the best from us. 

Air Filters

You already have an air filter on your HVAC system, but it isn’t there to help with the indoor air quality; it protects the interior of the cabinet. If you want to have healthier air circulating through the house, you’ll need to have professionals install powerful pleated or media filters into the ductwork. These filters will remove dust, lint, dander, dust mites, and more. You will need to change the filters every few months or else they will start to block proper airflow. 

Talk to our experts today for great IAQ solutions. At Greenhart, we help you “Live Green, Save Green!”

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Why Your Cooling Costs Have Spiked and How We Can Help

June 28th, 2021
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At Greenhart, our motto is “Live Green, Save Green!” We’re more than a company offering standard service for air conditioners, heaters, insulation, and water heaters. We specialize in finding ways to help customers save money with equipment that also helps the environment thanks to high energy efficiency. We can help you solve problems you may have with inefficient home equipment performance.

And since it’s now officially summer, the time is right to address troubles with rising home cooling costs. You may not realize it, but the air conditioner in your house consumes more electricity than any other appliance (unless you have an electric water heater). The average AC uses 3,500 watts per hour to run. A clothes dryer uses 3,000 watts per hour and a ceiling fan a mere 100 watts. When you see your electricity bills start to go through the roof in summer, the likely culprit is the air conditioner. 

Let’s take a look at why those costs may be skyrocketing and what we can do to help.

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The Heat Pump Water Heater: Is It Worth It?

June 1st, 2021
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For decades, the standard water heater in homes has been the storage water heater, also called a “tank” water heater for obvious reasons: it stores water in a large tank, where it’s kept heated either by natural gas jets or in-tank electrical heating elements.

There is nothing disastrously wrong with these standard water heaters, but homeowners looking for something different to cut down on energy consumption might wish to look into a heat pump water heater. These models of water heaters still use tanks, but take a different approach to how they heat the water in them.

We’ll explain how a heat pump water heater works and then see if it’s a worthwhile investment for your home.

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Your AC, Refrigerant, and Protecting the Environment

May 17th, 2021
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At Greenhart, we have a special focus that sets us apart from many other heating, air conditioning, ventilation, indoor air quality, and water heater contractors: we are committed to energy-saving solutions that not only help customers’ finances but also benefit the environment. We are BPI, Green, and EPA-certified, and we’re passionate about our dedication to both the environment and helping our customers “Live Green, Save Green!”

This is why the subject of the change in refrigerants in air conditioning systems is an important one. You may not be aware of it, but a major shift over the last twenty years altered the design of air conditioners to reduce their negative effects on the environment. You may have an older air conditioning system from before this change, and if so, we strongly recommend working with us to install a new, high-efficiency air conditioning system in Modesto, CA.

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How High-Efficiency Air Conditioners Are Different

May 3rd, 2021
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There are many ways we can make homes into energy savers using the latest in green technology. Since right now many people are preparing for the hot weather of summer, it’s a good time to adopt one of the most effective types of green appliances: the high-efficiency air conditioning system.

You may be curious about the differences between a standard air conditioning system and a high-efficiency system. It’s more complicated than “one is built better.” High-efficiency ACs can have several different features built into them to help lower the amount of energy they consume, as well as make them more effective at managing temperatures, eliminating hot and cold spots, and controlling humidity.

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Should You Upgrade to a New AC This Spring?

April 19th, 2021
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As the weather warms up during the spring and you can start to imagine the hot temperatures of summer, you may begin to consider your home’s air conditioning system and wonder if you should keep it around. The AC may already be old (over 15 years) and ready to be replaced, or it might be already struggling to do its job and repairs are simply too expensive to justify.

Or … maybe you want an air conditioning system with higher energy efficiency because you know you’re paying too much to run your current one. 

If you’re on the fence about making an AC upgrade this spring, we can help you with the air conditioning service in Escalon, CA to find a great solution.

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Why Your House May Need an Air Purifier

April 5th, 2021
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You want air in your home that’s not only pleasant to breathe, but healthy for you and your family. Good ventilation is a starting place, followed by having our professionals install an air filtration system. Sometimes, these steps will do the job necessary for the best indoor air quality.

But you may need to go a step further and have an air purification system installed; i.e. an electronic air purifier that uses ionization, UV lights, or another process to remove pollutants from the air. We think air purifiers are a good idea in general, but we want to address why your house specifically may need air purification along with air filtration and improved ventilation.

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An Aging Heater Becomes an Inefficient Heater

March 22nd, 2021
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We encourage our customers to think about their home heating systems as the winter comes to a close. Although the climate doesn’t immediately turn warmer as soon as the calendar switches to spring—as much as we’d like it to—this is the season to assess how well your heater has operated over the year and if it’s time to get a new one.

On that subject, we’d like to talk about age and heating systems to help you understand why an older heater, even one that is still “getting the job done,” is a good candidate for a replacement.

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Your Home vs. Allergy Season—We Can Help You Win!

March 8th, 2021
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This is a big title fight—one held in many homes each spring. It’s allergy season taking on the air quality in a house, and the losers can be anyone in the house who suffers from even mild allergies and asthma. This can be a miserable time of the year for these people, and with many trapped indoors this year, there isn’t much chance to get away from the concentration of allergens and asthma triggers that build up indoors.

But if your home has to duel it out with allergy season each year, you don’t have to fight the battle alone. We can help you! 

The allergy season dilemma

Let’s get to know the enemy. Why does “allergy season” happen at all? 

When the weather starts to warm up, it causes a spring bloom. The warmer weather is pleasant—who doesn’t like it when the cold starts to ebb?—and the flora sure looks pretty. But the bloom of plants and the warmer temperatures causes a release of pollen into the air, where it thrives. This pollen isn’t just from flowers. Ragweed, trees, and grass are major sources of allergens in the air. Mold spores are common as well during spring, and these are big allergy triggers. If your house has pets, they also start to shed fur at this time and that puts more dander into the air. 

As the pollen count rises in the air, it leads to many seasonal allergy problems, such as runny noses, sneezing, congestion, raspy breathing, itchy eyes and skin, and a general feeling of “ickiness.” Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is the most common allergic reaction during the season. 

Staying inside isn’t much protection

“Wait, I’m staying indoors most of the time because of COVID-19. Why should I have problems with spring allergies?” 

It sounds sensible, right? But your home isn’t the fortress against outside air you may think it is. Pollen travels—that’s the point of pollen as a plant reproductive strategy. You only have to go for a short walk outside or open up the windows for fresh air and you’ll let the allergens inside, where they’ll circulate through your HVAC system. 

How we can help

Now, don’t despair. You don’t have to find a way to seal up your house entirely and give up those healthy walks that are necessary during the pandemic so you don’t go stir crazy. We can help you enjoy better air quality with IAQ solutions that trap or zap the most common allergens of the season. Air filtration systems can remove the larger particles, and to handle smaller ones we can find an air purifier in Ceres, CA that targets the specific seasonal allergens that bother your house. For example, a UV air purifier targets mold spores and bacteria, which are huge troubles for people with asthma and allergies. 

Spring hasn’t officially started, but it’s almost here—as is the warmer weather that will cause the pollen count to skyrocket. Now is the time to prepare your home and family with indoor air quality services. Speak to our experts today and we’ll see what you need to make allergy season as sniffle and sneeze-free as possible. 

Greenhart serves Modesto, CA with great indoor air quality services. Let us help you “Live Green, Save Green!”

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How You Can Benefit From a Tankless Water Heater

February 22nd, 2021
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The standard water heater found in most homes is known as a storage water heater or a tank water heater. You’re familiar with this kind of system since one of them is probably handling your hot water needs at this moment: it uses a large tank to store water, which is kept heated for whenever a tap comes on in the house to request hot water.

There is another option to heat water for your house, however, and you might be considering one for your next water heater install. It’s a tankless water heater. The technology of tankless water heaters has been around for more than a century, but not until the last few decades have they reached the point where they’re immensely beneficial for homes. More and more people are choosing to go tankless for the hot water supply in their homes. 

Why? Tankless water heaters offer several great advantages:

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