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    Why Your California HVAC Contractor Should Pull a Permit for Your Installation

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    by Mario

    There is a growing trend that licensed HVAC contractors are violating state laws by insisting that a building permit is not needed to install a new HVAC system. At a recent government sting operation a HVAC contractor was invited to bid on a job and asked if a building permit was needed, surprisingly as much as 40% of invited contractors told undercover investigators that a permit is not needed, despite this being both wrong and illegal.

    Why you should only opt for contractors who take out permits

    It is highly recommended that you only use contractors who answer truthfully when asked if a building permit is required for the following reasons:

    • It is the law - You are required by law to have a permit for the HVAC work done in your home. Penalties for not having a permit vary by city but taking out a permit is cheaper than paying the penalty.
    • It helps ensure your HVAC system stays in good working order - Among other things a permit ensures that your new HVAC system will have regular inspections to keep it working well. These checks will also ensure it was installed properly and that it meets all current legislation including the State Building Energy Efficiency Standards and the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) requirements.
    • You shouldn't use dishonest tradesman - Typically if a HVAC contractor tells you you don't need a building permit they either don't know (which is unlikely) or they are lying to you on purpose. Even if the contractor is simply misinformed if they do not know the law regarding HVAC installations they should not be trusted to correctly do work on your HVAC system.

    If you have any further questions about hiring a HVAC contractor or about any other issue relating to heating, ventilation or cooling please contact Pacific Aire, Inc. Pacific Aire have been serving the Ventura County community since 1990 and have now expanded to offer services in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.

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    UV Lights Will Boost Your Home's Air Quality -- If You Keep Them Burning Brightly

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    by Greg

    The Pacific coast of southern California is known for its beautiful temperate weather. While great for surfing, this warmth and humidity isn't always good for your home's air quality. UV Lights can help to improve your air quality weather you are affected by organic particles or damp. Here's an overview of how these lights work to clean your air.

    Why Indoor Air Quality is Important

    Indoor air quality is important for more than just comfort. Poor air quality often creates an unpleasant smell - and no one wants their home or business to stink. More importantly, air quality is important for your health. Serious conditions such as Legionnaires disease, asthma, pneumonitis, and fevers can be caused by air contaminants. Proper system maintenance and filtration is necessary to kill contaminants and clean your air.

    Basics of UV Light

    UV lights, or Ultraviolet lights, work by breaking down organic bonds that hold microbes together. An easy way to think of this is like a bug zapper for viruses. The properties of this light help to destroy indoor contaminants such as mold, germs, and other micro-organisms. The effectiveness is proven, as UV light has been used in sterilization since the 1930's in hospital rooms. The effectiveness of a UV system depends on three main factors:

    • Level of UV irradiation - the higher the level, the more effective the light is.
    • Design and installation of your system - call a professional. It's not a good DIY investment.
    • Homeowner knowledge - the better educated you are on your system, the more efficient it will run.

    Biocide Chambers

    Evaporator coils are often the breeding ground for mold and other contaminants. Biocide Chambers use UV lights within these coils to irradiate this organic matter - killing the organisms that contaminate your air. The benefits of a Biocide Chamber include purifying air from the whole house, eliminating contamination of drip pans, and unclogging your evaporator. An efficient evaporator is the key to energy savings, in turn saving you money. 

    For more about UV lights and how they can work most efficiently for your Southern California climate, check with a local expert

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    What Can a Service Plan Do for You? Join Our Club and Find Out

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    by Brice

    Typically, the air comfort system in a home uses more energy than all other systems combined. This means your heating/cooling setup, commonly referred to as your HVAC system, besides being expensive to purchase is also costly to operate. Any steps that can be taken to minimize these expenditures are valuable and one of the most important has been proven to be signing up for a reliable HVAC service plan.

    An HVAC service plan is an inexpensive way to ensure your indoor air comfort equipment is properly maintained and regularly checked for optimal performance. Just like tuning up your car will help prolong its mechanical well being, leading to good economy and driving performance, tuning up your heating and A/C equipment will ensure its longevity and maximum operating performance.

    If your home's currently covered through a home warranty company you may feel secure that this will protect your furnace or A/C in the event of a breakdown. Unlike an HVAC service plan however, a typical home warranty doesn't include any regular maintenance services and, in the event of a system breakdown, may even deny your claim if you can't prove that your equipment has received regular maintenance prior to the problem occurring. If they do allow the claim, you'll probably be faced with having to pay a deductible as well as additional costs for a repair job that will often take longer and not be up to the standards you expect.

    With a service plan such as those offered here at Pacific Aire, Inc., you receive annual maintenance on your equipment, priority service if you require repairs, plus discounts (20% or 30%) and a lifetime warranty on all repairs. Best of all, you get the peace of mind of knowing that regular maintenance will not only lower energy use but also prevent the need for most repairs.

    For more than 20 years, Pacific Aire, Inc. has been the number one choice for residents needing HVAC service in Ventura and Santa Barbara. Contact us to learn more about our top-notch service plan options or for info/advice on any indoor air comfort/quality topics.

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