3 Ways to Clean Your Heating System

November 11, 2019

A heating system that breaks down is one that’s going to cost you money, comfort, and peace of mind. Thankfully, there are a number of ways to minimize the chances of your heater breaking down, including regular cleanings. Here are three simple ways to clean out your unit and save yourself some money. 1. Clean the Interior Your heater may seem pretty daunting, but it’s perfectly safe to open up and clean out as long as you follow the proper safety measures. Make sure it’s powered off, then open up the access panel. If you haven’t done this before, then...

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Indoor Air Quality for Homes with Pets

October 15, 2019

At Big Builders, we know that our customers in Bakersfield want comfortable homes for their families, pets included. While people know us best for our heating and cooling work, we know that air quality is an important part of your home comfort. Many families do not realize the effects that a pet can have on their indoor air quality. In addition to extra hair floating around the house, most pets produce flecks of dander that can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive people. Pet Dander and Allergies When someone says that they are allergic to dogs, they are really allergic to...

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How to Measure Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

September 10, 2019

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling costs comprise approximately 40% of the average American monthly utility bill. Cutting back on HVAC-related costs can not only save you money, but it’s also better for the planet. How can you tell if your home is losing energy? Big Builders in Bakersfield, CA, has some energy efficiency suggestions. The HERS Index Score The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is an energy assessment tool that enables trained inspectors to measure a structure’s energy efficiency. The HERS system is widely used throughout the U.S. HVAC industry and is recognized by federal...

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How to Care for Your AC System

August 5, 2019

Like any other component of your home, an AC system will need regular maintenance to remain in good working condition. If you don’t feel comfortable performing some or all air conditioning maintenance tasks, feel free to call a professional for help. Change the Air Filter Every 90 Days Most air filters have a useful life of about three months, and a filter’s actual useful life may depend on the environment it’s exposed to. If you live in an area such as Bakersfield or its neighboring communities, dust or pollen is prevalent. In this situation, you may want to consider changing...

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3 Cooling System Myths You Need to Avoid

July 9, 2019

Following bad advice on how to best cool your home is an expensive mistake. You’ll waste energy and increase your electric bills. Plus, your comfort level will suffer due to inefficient cooling. At Big Builders, we want to help Bakersfield residents and other homeowners in the surrounding areas avoid costly cooling system habits. The following three myths are bad practices for efficient home cooling. Learn why and take steps to avoid them. 1. Turning the Thermostat Really Low Cools the House Faster Outdoor temperatures are climbing. So, you hike up the AC to get cooler faster. The problem is that...

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The Advantages of Getting a Product Warranty

June 10, 2019

A product you buy often has an implied product warranty, and those implications are created through consumer protection laws. There are also explicit warranties. These go above and beyond what is required by law. Manufacturers often use such product warranties to distinguish their products in the marketplace. There are also consumer expectations when it comes to products that require significant investments. Those major purchases include such things as air conditioners and roofing shingles. Manufacturer Confidence As a leading HVAC company serving Bakersfield and the surrounding areas, Big Builders has learned that warranties are often a reflection of a manufacturer’s confidence...

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When Your Home Needs Repairs

May 21, 2019

Eventually, your furnace or air conditioner is going to need some repairs. This may mean enlisting the services of professional technicians. Pro HVAC repairs can save you time and money in the long run. However, you should know what to expect when you hire a reliable crew. Here are some of the things the team at Big Builders in Bakersfield, CA, will do to fix the issue with your heating or air conditioning system. Understanding the Source of the Problem HVAC technicians will need to figure out why your home’s heating and cooling system isn’t working. They’ll identify the source...

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The Importance of Changing AC Filters

April 10, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends changing your AC filters every three months. Some homes, such as those with multiple pets that produce a lot of dander, may have to change them more frequently. Why Is Changing Your AC Filter Important? The focus of the DOE is on saving you money and reducing energy consumption nationwide. At Big Builders in Bakersfield, we advise our customers that there are several core reasons why they should not allow their AC filters to become visibly dirty. This practice reduces both energy efficiency and indoor air quality. It also increases wear and tears on...

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Achieving Energy-Efficient and Healthy Indoor Air

February 2, 2019

Healthy indoor air depends on adequate ventilation. While most people assume that their home’s air is cleaner and healthier than the air outside, the opposite is more likely to be true. Homes with few air leaks need fresh air ventilation to dilute the pollutants that can build inside them, especially from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) whose side effects can cause minor to serious problems. In the Kitchen The fan over the range pulls out steam, smoke, and heat, which lowers the temperature of this room and keeps its air quality higher. People who use gas stoves also use the fan...

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How Do I Check My Home for Air Leaks

January 29, 2019

Keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter is very important. While you can have a quality HVAC system installed, you may still have a hard time achieving your desired temperature if you have air leaks in your home. Even small air leaks could greatly alter the temperature of your home, which could also lead to an increase in your energy bills. Fortunately, there are several ways to identify air leaks and to repair them. Check Windows and Doors One of the most common ways that air will leave your home is through cracks in your...

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