Heating & Cooling Newsletter

May 1st, 2017 Newsletter

 

Germicidal Air Treatment

Germicidal Air Treatment

Ultraviolet lights have been adapted for many uses over the years, such as sterilizing hospitals, curing nail polish, and even for sterilizing HVAC units. Using UV lights in this manner is called germicidal air treatment. It kills millions of bacteria, viruses and allergens as they pass through the HVAC system.
By using a germicidal UV light, homeowners can experience the following benefits in their home:

1. Better Energy Savings

Studies show that a thin layer of biofilm buildup on the HVAC coil can increase energy consumption by at least 21.5%. The UV light eliminates the biofilm that can buildup, making the system work at a more efficient rate and saving homeowners money on their energy bill.

2. Controlling Airborne Microorganisms

Germicidal air treatment reduces airborne microorganisms like mold that can grow in the HVAC system. Mold and other bacteria are commonly found growing on the coils, but if the coils are lit up by UV light, mold and bacteria are prevented from growing on it.

3. Improved Indoor Air Quality

By preventing the spread of infectious diseases and reducing allergens, a home’s indoor air quality can be greatly improved. This also eliminates odors coming from the system like mildew and musty smells. It makes the home much more comfortable.

The greatest germicidal in the ultraviolet spectrum is the C wavelength. This wavelength targets the DNA of microorganisms and destroys cells so they cannot replicate and grow. When installed correctly at the cooling coil and drain pan, a germicidal UV light will deliver contaminant destruction rates of more than 99%. Talk to the team at Diamond Heating and Cooling about improving indoor air quality through germicidal UV light.

 

 

Adding Central AC to the Home

Adding Central AirSummers in Boise and the Treasure Valley can get pretty warm, but not all homes have air conditioning to battle that heat. Some homeowners might consider adding AC to the home to make the summer more bearable. First, they need to consider a few things:

1. Type of Heating System

The type of heating system in the home will determine the type of air conditioning that can be installed, how much it will cost, and how long it will take. Homes with forced air heating can have AC added fairly easily. There are other options for homes with no air ducts, but those are more costly and time-consuming.

2. Which AC is Best

When choosing an air conditioner, homeowners have to figure out which one is best for their home. They will need to take into consideration the size of the home, the type of system, and their climate. All three of these factors can have an impact on energy savings and home comfort. A system that is too large will waste energy, and a system that’s too small won’t keep the house comfortable. Having a higher energy efficient system in a climate where it will only get used a couple of months will take longer for homeowners to get their money back.

3. Electrical Load

Since air conditioners run on electricity, the home’s circuit breaker box needs to have room to support the AC. Older homes might not have the ability to support it, which could cause issues with installation. This may require an upgrade to the circuit breaker box.

With the help of Diamond Heating and Cooling you won’t have to suffer through the heat this summer. Talk to us about AC installation and assistance in finding the right system for any situation.

 

 

Rainy Day Activity

Boise and the entire Treasure Valley has been experiencing a good amount of rain so far this spring. That makes it a little harder to get outside for some fun. Cure the rainy day blues by making mini clay painted pots for plants.
Supplies:

  • Polymer clay
  • Craft paints

Directions:

1. Start with a ball of clay about the size of a kiwi. Using a rolling pin, roll it out into a circle, but make sure it isn’t too thin.

2. Pinch up the sides to turn it into a flower pot shape. Don’t worry about making it too smooth, the handmade quality is what makes these cute.

3. Let the clay dry as the directions instruct and let it cool.

4. Paint the mini pot with a fun design.

5. Plants some seeds or started plants. Bonus points if they clean or purify the air for improved IAQ!

 

 

Past Newsletters

April 4, 2017 Newsletter
Spring Energy Savings Tips
Common HVAC Problems
Kids Craft: Eggshell Flowerpots
April Diamond Hugs

March 5, 2017 Newsletter
3 Spring Maintenance Tips to Save Energy
Benefits of a Heat Pump
Spring Thermostat Settings
March Diamond Hugs

February 2, 2017 Newsletter
Furnace Purchasing Tips
New Homeowner’s Guide to HVAC
Valentine’s Day Recipe
February Diamond Hugs

January 7, 2017 Newsletter
3 Furnace Tips for Extreme Temperatures
How to Stay Warm if the Furnace Quits
Crafts for Kids: Snow Globe

December 8, 2016 Newsletter
Cleaning Allergens Out of Chimneys
Signs of a Dying Furnace
Fluffer-Nutter Hot Cocoa
December Diamond Hugs

November 13, 2016 Newsletter
5 Tips for Improving Indoor Air Quality
Fall Air Conditioner Replacement
Space Heater Safety

October 10th, 2016 Newsletter
Furnace Size Matters
5 Common Furnace Problems

September 8th, 2016 Newsletter
Saving Money with an HVAC Professional
Use Less Energy During Fall
After Labor Day Home Improvements
September Diamond Hugs

August 6th, 2016 Newsletter
Adjusting the AC at Night
What Every Homeowner Should Know About Their AC
Summer Ice Activities
August Diamond Hugs

July 12, 2016 Newsletter
Avoid Rising Energy Costs
Surprising HVAC Filter Facts
Surviving a Broken AC
Summer Grilling Recipe: Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Breast

June 14, 2016 Newsletter
AC Settings During Vacation
Remembering to Change the Filter
Identifying Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
Making a Box Fan Fort

May 20, 2016 Newsletter
Easing Spring Allergies
The Importance of AC Maintenance
Repair or Replace?
Optimal Office Temperature

April 28, 2016 Newsletter
Oversized Air Conditioners Inflate Bills
How Mold Affects Indoor Air Quality
Spring Recipe: Rhubarb Apple Pie
May & June Diamond Hugs

March 3, 2016 Newsletter
Cooling Maintenance and Plans
Decorating for Easter
Houseplants that Help Allergies
March and April Diamond Hugs

February 3, 2016 Newsletter
Troubleshooting the Thermostat
Choosing an HVAC System
Characteristics of a Great HVAC Technician
Valentines for Veterans

January 13, 2016 Newsletter
Covering the AC Unit
Keeping Drafts Out
Garage Heat Loss
Get Ready for February Diamond Hugs

December 18, 2015 Newsletter
Winter Preparation
Be Energy Efficient While on Vacation
What To Do When the Furnace Stops Working
Benefits of a Whole-Home Humidifier
Rake Up Boise

October 13, 2015 Newsletter
Loud Furnace Problems
Getting Rid of the Musty Furnace Smell
Installing a Heat Pump
Introducing Guardian Alliance

September 14, 2015 Newsletter
Dealing with Fluctuating Temperatures
Fall HVAC Maintenance
Winter Predictions
Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

August 21, 2015 Newsletter
Dealing with Smoky Air
Fixing Noisy AC units
Choosing an HVAC System
Leaky AC Units
August Diamond Hugs Program

June 5, 2015 Newsletter
Keep Cooling Simple
Cool Activities for the Summer Heat
Silver Club Membership
Avoid Allergy Issues

March 2015 Newsletter
5 Tips to Reduce Allergens in the Home
Meet the Experts
Preventing Furnace Break Downs
Energy Myths