Your Home’s Fall Checklist

Fall is the perfect time to take care of the little things that can make a big difference for you and your home. Most of the tasks listed
below are well with-in the average person’s ability. But even if you choose to have a professional handle them, it’s worth the expense. You’ll save money — and maybe even your life.

Here’s the checklist at a glance. See the following pages for more detailed guidance.

  • Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
  • Get on top of roof problems. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
  • Walks the walks (and drives). Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
  • Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
  • Freshen your filter. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.
  • Give your furnace a physical. Have a professional inspect your heating system.
  • Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.
  • Keep the humidifier humming. Clean the plates or pads to ensure efficient operation.
  • Head-off gas problems. If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.
  • Keep the wood fires burning brightly. Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
  • Keep your family safe at home. A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.

Read more at http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/maintenance/weatherizing/your-homes-fall-checklist/

Content Credit: Better Homes and Gardens

HVAC Energy Saving Tips

Here are some HVAC Energy Saving Tips from PG&E. For even more tips, check out this Energy Saving Tips page on their website.Energy Saving Lightbulb

  • Turn off equipment when not in use
  • Set thermostats at 78 degrees Fahrenheit for cooling in the summer and 68 degrees Fahrenheit for heating in the winter.
  • Close curtains, shades and blinds at night, during unoccupied periods of the day and on weekends to maintain comfortable room temperatures and lower heating and cooling costs.
  • Regularly clean and perform maintenance on AC and HVAC unites, cleaning condenser coils, replacing air filters and checking ducts and pipe insulation for damage.
  • Install motion detectors to control lighting in frequently unoccupied areas, such as restrooms.
  • Add weather stripping, caulking or foam around windows and doors to reduce drafts.
  • Adjust foor latches, replace worn door gaskets, install auto-closers and add strip curtains to walk-in refrigerator and freezor doors.
  • When purchasing desktop computers, monitors, printers fax machines and copiers, consider ENERGY STAR models that hibernate after periods of inactivity.

Here’s a chart showing peak times during summer and winter times.

HVAC Tips from PG&EAt Peck Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been serving the Greater Sacramento area since 1977 and look forward to helping you with your air conditioning and heating needs.  We’re pleased to serve both residential and commercial customers; each of our experts is prepared to help you with sales, service and installation of the comfort system that is ideal for your home or business.

Call us at (916) 409-0768 for a quote!

Things to Consider When Choosing a Heating and Air Contractor

Picking the right contractor is very important when looking for a new air conditioning or heating system in the greater Sacramento area.  Below, you will find a few questions to ask yourself before choosing which contractor to hire.

      1. How long has the heating and air Oleg, Peck HVAC technicianconditioning contractor been serving the Greater Sacramento area?
      2. Does the AC and Heating contractor offer name brand products like Rheem, American Standard or Mitsubishi?
      3. Did the Sacramento area AC technician actually do any diagnostic testing on your system before providing you with a quote?
      4. Did you research the local Sacramento AC company you are getting a quote from?  Look them up on Yelp, Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau to find out more about their reputation.
      5. Are you rushing the decision because you are being pressured by the AC technician or AC sales representative that came to your house?
      6. Are you considering a Sacramento area AC Company based on a low cost air conditioning quote you received?
      7. Is the initial cost deterring you from going with the proper heating and cooling system for your Sacramento area home?  If needed, does the HVAC contractor offer good financing programs?

At Peck Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been serving the Greater Sacramento area since 1977 and look forward to helping you with your air conditioning and heating needs.  We’re pleased to serve both residential and commercial customers; each of our experts is prepared to help you with sales, service and installation of the comfort system that is ideal for your home or business.

Call us at (916) 409-0768 for a quote!

HVAC Customer Assurance Plan

Our HVAC Customer Assurance Plan (C.A.P.) can help decrease your utility bill, extend the life of your system, and improve the air quality of your home. With summer right around the corner, now’s the time to plan and prepare!. Keep your home comfy and cool during the hot days of summer, with a great maintenance plan from Peck Heating & Air Conditioning!

 Peck’s HVAC Customer Assurance Plan (C.A.P.) Offers:

  • Inspect compressor connector
  • Check for abnormal odors and noises
  • Remove dirt, leaves, and debris from inside cabinet
  • Inspect outdoor fan motor and blades; lubricate as necessary
  • Inspect control box, controls, and wiring connections
  • Inspect compressor and associated tubing for damage
  • Monitor for starting capabilities, check for correct voltage/amp draw
  • A thorough Fall inspection of your Furnace
  • Discounts off necessary repairs and/or new equipment
  • And More!

Don’t get caught off guard, keep your family comfortable all year-round! Schedule a Spring inspection now (check out our Specials page for current offers), or to find out how our C.A.P. Maintenance Package can give you peace of mind…

Call Today 916-409-0768! 

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Roseville Electric HVAC Rebate

Roseville Electric HVAC Rebate

  • Premium Level HVAC Rebate increased to $850
  •  From March 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015

The latest Roseville Electric HVAC Rebate offers our readers and residential customers in the Roseville area, a great way to save! As we’re approaching the spring and summer months, it’s a good time to think about replacing your old HVAC unit with a more energy efficient one.  Like most of us, you’ll most likely want to replace your system with the most affordable model available.

Roseville Electric’s increased rebate is designed to help close the gap between a minimum efficiency unit and a “Premium Level” 16 SEER / 13 EER unit. You will be required to comply with all existing program requirements and qualifications, which have been established for the “Premium Level” rebate.

Roseville Electric HVAC Rebate Premium Level Requirements:

  • Split System AC or Heat Pump 16 SEER / 13 EER / 9HSPF
  • Package System AC or Heat Pump 16 SEER / 12.5 EER / 8.4 HSPF
  • Programmable Thermostat

Qualifications for the increased rebate offer will be determined by the purchase date identified on your invoice.

Please Remember:

  • “Saver and Elite Level” rebates will remain unchanged.
  • If you’ve already received a rebate for a purchase and installation prior to March 1, 2015 you won’t qualify for this spring special rebate.

Visit the city’s website for more details: Roseville Electric

REMEMBER THIS FANTASTIC OFFER EXPIRES JUNE 30TH, 2015

GIVE US A CALL NOW FOR YOUR FREE REPLACEMENT ESTIMATE!

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HVAC Maintenance…

Our HVAC Maintenance Plan…

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Peck Heating & Air Conditioning can help keep your system running smoothly!

Ben Franklin had it right when he said ” An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”! To keep your home or business warm in the winter and cool in the summer, there’s no better way than to have your system maintained by a reputable company like Peck Heating and Air Conditioning.

Chances are, that you are paying too much in utilities!

Did you know?

  • Your air conditioning and heating costs are 40%-70% of your monthly utility bill.
  • Dirty coils, filters and equipment are responsible for over 50% of most breakdowns!
  • Only 1/16th inch of dirt on a coil can raise your utility bill 20%!
  • Dirty equipment = dirty air that you are breathing!

Our Customer Assurance Plan

Outdoors, We Will:

  • Clean dirt, leaves and debris from inside cabinet
  • Inspect coil and cabinet, clean as necessary
  • Inspect fan motor and blades; lubricate as necessary
  • Inspect control box, controls, and wiring connectors
  • Inspect compressor and associated tubing for damage
  • Inspect compressor connector

Indoors, We Will:

  • Inspect blower assembly, fan belt and motor, lubricate and clean as necessary
  • Inspect evaporator coil, drain pan and condensate lines, clean as necessary
  • Inspect for gas leaks
  • Inspect burner assembly, clean & adjust as necessary
  • Inspect ignition & safety control-clean and adjust as required
  • Inspect ignition & safety controls – clean & adjust as necessary
  • Inspect heat exchanger & heating elements
  • Inspect flue systems- (carbon monoxide kills)
  • Inspect control box, controls, wiring and connections
  • Inspect air flow – check for leaks at unit
  • Clean washable type filters

With Your HVAC Maintenance Plan, We Will:

  • Monitor for starting capabilities
  • Listen for abnormal noises
  • Monitor HVAC system for correct refrigerant charge
  • Investigate abnormal odors or smells
  • Monitor your HVAC system for correct voltage/amp draw
  • Monitor operating system – making certain that system operates as intended by the manufacturer
  • Cover correct system operation with owner

Sign up for your HVAC maintenance plan today and start saving on your utility bills! Let PECK help you save money by cleaning and maintaining your equipment! We’re proud to say that our family business has been here for over 30 years!

Saving energy in 2015

Saving energy in 2015 probably hasn’t crossed your mind for a New Year’s resolution, but  ways to save money may have. What better way to save money than by saving energy, plus you’ll be helping the environment too!

Happy New Year 2015, Mulit-Color with Trees

Simple Tips for Saving:

1) Get a Heating & Air conditioning system tune-up with a reputable company like Peck Heating & Air Conditioning. This can reduce your cost by 5% per year.

2) Replace your heating and air filters monthly. This will help your unit run more efficiently, keep the air in your home clean, and save you money! Mark it on your calendar to help you remember.

3) Take a look at the energy efficiency of your appliances and equipment. Replace older ones with ENERGY STAR rated products. They are much more efficient and can save you money. Assess the efficiency of your home by visiting energystar.gov.

4) Switch to lighting that is energy efficient. Switch to CFL or LED Light Bulbs which can be 75% to 85% more efficient than incandescent bulbs. They also last longer.

5) Unplug electronics when not in use! Keeping computers, chargers, and small appliances plugged in can really run up your bill!

6) Laundry Savings; Wash your clothes in cold water, and keep your dryer vent and lint filter clean. Not only will it save you money, but will also keep your dryer from being a fire hazard. And to cut down on the use of your dryer, air dry if possible!

7) Turn It Down; Reduce your hot water usage by turning down your hot water heater to 120ºF. Also, turn down your thermostat…and if you can’t remember to turn it down, install a programmable thermostat. Great way for saving energy in 2015!

8) Conserve Water; Instead of baths, take quick showers. And, install aerated faucets and low-flow shower heads. Also, if you have a dishwasher, only run when it’s full.

9) Check for Leaks; According to the U.S. Department of Energy, small leaks can affect your home efficiency by 5% to 30% every year. Pay attention to where different building materials meet… around the edges of windows, corners, around your chimney and even where pipes and wires lead outside. Here’s a simple test; Turn off any air moving appliances (fans etc), light a stick of incense and move it along walls, near windows and doors; wherever you see the smoke from the incense waver, you have air getting in and heating and cooling leaking out.

10) Turn out the lights! Remind everyone in the family to do so when leaving a room!

Your New Year’s resolution of saving energy in 2015 can done just by following these simple tips!

From All of Us at Peck Heating & Air Conditioning…

We Wish You All a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

 

10 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

winter_home1) Avoid the Draft 

The U.S. Department of Energy says that 5% to 30% of your energy use is wasted on drafts. You can start off really basic by rolling up a towel and nudging in to where the crack is located…this should stop most of the air from coming in to the house in that area. You can also use something called a draft snake, which you can make your self or buy online for very little money. There are other products on the market that do the same thing as well. They are called draft guards or door draft stoppers and can be found anywhere online or even in your local hardware store.

2) Replace Your Air or Furnace Filters

It’s so easy to forget, but it’s very important and simple to replace your filters on a regular basis. It’s recommended to do this every month, so put a check on your calendar or make it a habit to change it every time you pay your electric bill. We have a hard time keeping on top of it ourselves and it’s our business to keep homes efficient when it comes to heating and air.

3) Reverse Your Ceiling Fans

Most people think of ceiling fans as a way to cool a room, but most ceiling fans come with a switch to run them in reverse. Warm air stays near the ceiling and this will bring it back down into the living space making it warmer – saving you money on heating your home.

4) Turn Down Water Heaters

Most conventional water heaters are set at 140 degrees fahrenheit, yet most households don’t need it to be that high and end up paying for it. Lowering the temperature to 120 degrees fahrenheit (or lower) will reduce water heating by up to 10%.

5) Give Your Heating System a Tune Up

Most people don’t think of a heating or air conditioning system when they hear the word tune up. Well, just like a car or truck your heating and air conditioning system need to be regularly maintained to run as efficiently as possible. Keeping your system maintained will reduce energy costs by up to 5%, which is a lot when you look at it on a yearly basis.

6) Pay Attention to Your Thermostat

It’s way too easy to run out the door and forget that you have the heat or air conditioning running at a certain temperature. Most people don’t realize that for every degree you lower your thermostat during the winter you are saving between 1% and 3%. Another great option is a programmable thermostat.

7) Use Caulking & Weatherstriping

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, small leaks can affect your home efficiency by 5% to 30% every year. Pay attention to where different building materials meet in your home. Like around the edges of windows, corners, around your chimney and even where pipes and wires leave your home to go outside. To find out where you are losing air in your home you can do a simple test with a stick of incense. Turn off any air moving appliances (fans etc), light a stick of incense and move it along walls, near windows and doors; wherever you see the smoke from the incense waver, you have air getting in and heating and cooling getting out.

8) Put on More Clothes

Most people want to lounge around the house in their most comfortable clothes, which is totally understandable, but wearing a sweater can actually add 2 to 4 degrees in warmth to your body. Remember what we said about each degree on your thermostat costing you money.

9) Insulate Your Pipes

Not only can this lower the chances of your pipes freezing (if it gets that cold this winter), but it can save you money on your hot water. If you want to do-it-yourself, you can find pre slit pipe foam at almost any hardware store. All you need to do is cut it to size and fasten in place with good old duct tape.

10) Seal Those Ducts

Many studies have shown that up to 30% of heated or cooled air can escape through the ducts. Have a professional technician come out and check your duct system and fix any issues you might have with your system. According to the American Solar Energy Society, properly sealing ducts can save the average household up to $140 every year.

How Homeowners Can Prevent House Fires

smoke alarmWith the severe drought in California and all around the Sacramento area, it’s not unusual to hear about wildfires. But we may forget about the fire dangers that are often present in our own houses. Help keep your home and family safe by following these tips to prevent house fires.

Do not leave the stove unattended when cooking. Make sure you are close by so you can stop a grease fire in a pan or pull away something that is too close to a burner that might catch fire. Also make sure that you keep a working fire extinguisher in an easily accessible spot in your kitchen and teach the family how to use it.

Make sure portable heaters work properly and have plenty of clear space around them. Keep heaters at least 36 inches away from anything that might be flammable. Check to make sure your heater has a control that will automatically switch off if the unit falls over.

If you smoke, make it a habit to do it outside. The easiest way to prevent a fire started from a cigarette or cigar is to keep it out of the house. Dispose of used cigarettes properly and NEVER smoke in bed or anywhere that you might fall asleep.

Check electrical cords regularly for deterioration. Check all electrical cords in the house. Set up a regular schedule to inspect them and replace as soon as they appear worn out.

Change and check the batteries in your smoke detector on a regular basis. Even if a fire does start in your house, you want to have enough warning to get your family and pets to safety. Set up automatic reminders in an online calendar to help you remember.

Prevention is always the best plan! Even your HVAC system needs to be regularly checked and maintained in order to prevent serious problems.

For your HVAC servicing needs in the Rocklin, Roseville and surrounding areas, check our specials page and call Peck today at  916-409-0768!

Get a Second Opinion So You Can Make The Best Choice

august blog post- best choiceWhen you decide to call a Sacramento-area HVAC company to come out and diagnose your problems, you want to know that they are trustworthy and won’t recommend that you spend more money than is absolutely necessary. What you want is simple: diagnose the problem and recommend the best but most affordable way to fix it. We wish there was a guarantee that you could accomplish these things with every HVAC company, but we hear many stories in California of people experiencing quite the opposite.

Here are 3 questions to consider when hiring an HVAC company:

  • Do they offer a tune-up/service call rate that’s far lower than any competitor in the area? They are most likely losing money on that service call and may be motivated to get you to spend extra money on repairs and purchases.
  • Do the technicians work on commission only? They aren’t getting paid for time they spend helping you and diagnosing problems, but rather for purchases that they convince you to make.
  • Do they have a good reputation online? Check ratings with the Better Business Bureau and Angie’s List as well as checking Yelp and other reviews to get a feel for how the company does business overall. Look for trends in complaints.

Peck offers a free second opinion for these very reasons! If you don’t feel confident about an estimate that you have received from another company, let Peck come out and help you.

One of our recent customers posted a review online about the second opinion they received from Peck. The customers called a top-rated company first and were told they would need thousands of dollars in repairs. The Peck technician cleaned and serviced the system, came up with different readings and indicated the system was fine, saving the customers from making an unnecessary repair or purchase. Their system has been working excellently since then and they appreciate Peck’s honesty and efficiency!

Peck has been proud to have three generations who have served the greater Sacramento area since 1977. Let us help you today with your HVAC needs, whether you live in Rocklin, Lincoln, Roseville, Granite Bay, Sacramento, or the surrounding areas. Check our specials page first and call us at  916-409-0768.