Has Your Heating & Cooling System Kept Up with the Times?

Over the past couple of decades, advancements in technology have radically changed, well, most everything. We no longer communicate the same, work the same, socialize the same, study the same, or even drive the same.

So, why are we trying to heat and cool our homes the same?

What are the Limitations of Most HVAC Systems?

Most traditional heating and cooling units installed in homes across America are designed to heat homes only when temperatures remain at or above freezing. Many also have limitations when it comes to cooling homes in temperatures that regularly soar above 100 degrees F, especially in very dry climates.

Traditional HVAC units are also considered “disposable” items. In other words, they aren’t made to last. They’re designed and manufactured to give the homeowner a couple of decades of service — at most — undergoing a critical failure somewhere around the 15 to 20 year mark, at which time repairs are more costly than replacing the unit. Replacement HVAC units typically cost between $6,000 and $12,000 (or more), a hefty investment for something with such a limited lifespan.

Both of these issues are significant for those living in Northern California, where temperatures regularly dip into the teens and consistently soar well above 100 degrees. Property values and labor costs are also high, meaning more expense when it comes to repairing and replacing those aging heating and air conditioning units.

What Heating and Cooling Solutions are Available for the Modern Homeowner?

You don’t carry your flip phone from 2009. You don’t use Windows Vista anymore, and you’ve likely swapped that massive desktop tower for a sleeker, more portable laptop or notebook. So, why are you stuck with that outdated HVAC system?

Performance Based Heating & Air (PBHA) recognizes that technologies have changed, and they’re offering homeowners the chance to get away from outdated HVAC systems and into the next wave of heating and cooling technology.

Why Mitsubishi?

There are only a scant few heating and air conditioning systems on the market that offer the latest advancements in HVAC. Only one provides top-notch back-end support by self-manufacturing their own parts and unmatched quality control measures and customer service. That’s why PBHA chooses to specialize in Mitsubishi Electric ductless solutions. Mitsubishi tracks every part they make and sell on their heating and cooling units. This allows them to quickly and positively identify any design or manufacturing issues, so that parts, and hence their HVAC units, are continually improving. This attention to quality keeps Mitsubishi ductless systems at a staggeringly low 8% failure rate.

Why Ductless Heating & Air?

But quality isn’t the only thing PBHA loves about Mitsubishi ductless heating and cooling solutions. Perhaps an even better selling point is the ability to heat and cool via zones, instead of a one-size-may-or-may-not-fit-all heating and cooling system.

Have you ever been miserably cold in one room, while your family members complain that they’re roasting in another area of the house? Is your home constructed in a way that makes ductwork difficult or impossible? Perhaps you’ve added rooms to your home and your current unit isn’t up to the added stress.

Did you know that most homes are equipped with HVAC systems that are too large? This means the unit kicks on and off too frequently, never quite getting the building comfortable, while driving up energy bills significantly.

Ductless, zoned heating and cooling means several things:

  • All your rooms are perfectly comfortable, all the time.
  • You can adjust for areas of the home or building that aren’t used frequently, keeping energy costs down.
  • Family members can enjoy different temperature settings when there are both cold-natured and hot-natured inhabitants.
  • If your home construction inhibits or prevents ductwork, you can still have an amazingly cozy home.
  • You don’t have to have separate heating and cooling units. Mitsubishi Electric ductless solutions both heat and cool in one unit.
  • These units are quiet! If the constant chugging and churning of your heating and air system drives you mad, a ductless unit by Mitsubishi operates quietly, efficiently, and effectively, never bothering your TV watching and phone conversations or interrupting your peace of mind.
  • Ductless systems are ideal for those with chronic allergy conditions.
  • Heating and cooling room additions is literally a breeze!

Performance Based Heating and Air is a family-owned-and-operated company in Angels Camp. Don’t pay too much. Don’t trust a shady, fly-by-night HVAC tech who only wants your hard-earned money. Don’t believe that all units are created equally, or that a good unit will serve you well if installed by a hack!

Call PBHA in Angels Camp today to see how ductless is the way of the future for you, your home, and your family! 209-591-5168

19 Essential Tips for Surviving Severe Allergies in Angels Camp

Allergies. Ugh. Just the word alone sends some people into a sneezing frenzy. There are numerous allergy medications to help people who suffer from seasonal allergies, but that’s not your only line of defense. Here are 19 tips to not only survive, but also thrive, during allergy season.

Self Care Tips

  1. Keep your sinuses clean using a nasal irrigation system. Severe allergies don’t stand much of a chance when you regularly clean your nasal cavity and your nostrils with a saline solution. Doing this daily – or even twice a day during allergy season – makes a big difference.
  1. Leave your shoes at the door. Wearing shoes inside your house tracks allergens everywhere you walk. Instead, create a space near your front entrance where you can leave your shoes.
  1. Wear a mask anytime you’re cleaning your house or working in the lawn.
  1. Take a break from your house after you finish chores. It’s normal for dust and other particles to remain in the air for a while once you’re done cleaning. Run an errand, go out to eat, or visit with a friend for a few hours to help prevent your allergies from flaring up.  
  1. Make your bedroom a pet-free zone. This is the best way to protect yourself from pet dander, a source of severe allergy problems. If you can’t bear the thought of Fido and Fluffy slumming it in the hallway, wash your bed linens more often.

Cleaning Tips

  1. Get rid of the clutter. Piles of boxes, unworn clothing, and undusted trinkets are a haven for dust mites (and even cockroaches), which produce allergic reactions in many people.
  1. Use household rags only once, especially if you use them to dust. When you use cleaning rags, use hot water when you wash them to clear out any allergens that may linger in the fabric.
  1. Get rid of mold immediately. If you see mold on any hard surface, use detergent and warm water to wipe it away. Allow the surface to air dry completely. If you have mold on your shower curtain, toss it in the washer (or toss it in the trash if you can’t wash it). You can enjoy a nice fabric shower curtain with a cheap liner, and just replace the liners as needed.
  1. Wash your sheets, blankets, and pillowcases weekly in hot water, and dry on the highest temperature setting available on your clothes dryer. If you have a kid with severe allergies, also wash any stuffed animals she sleeps with.  
  1. Use a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter to clean your carpets and furniture at least once a week. The HEPA filter helps reduce the number of allergens in the air. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and replacing your HEPA filters regularly.
  1. Skip shampooing your carpets. It may seem counter-intuitive, but moisture left in your carpet after it’s cleaned can cause an increase in mold and dust mites.
  1. Don’t forget your patio. Often, dust from your front porch or back deck is tracked inside as people come in and out of your home. Regularly cleaning those areas means fewer allergens in your house.

Household Tips

  1. Avoid scented soaps, cleaners, and detergents. Fragrance-free products are better if you have severe allergies.
  1. Use dust-proof covers on your pillows and on your mattress to keep dust mites out.
  1. Take down curtains or horizontal blinds used as window coverings. Roll shades are best because they don’t trap dust or allergens.
  1. Reduce moisture in damp basements by regularly using a dehumidifier. Make sure to keep the unit clean and keep the water bucket empty.
  1. Filter the air inside your home. Mitsubishi Electric cooling and heating systems use a sophisticated multi-part filter system to reduce allergens from the air as it circulates within a room.
  1. Keep your windows closed. If temperatures start to rise, turn on your air conditioner to keep your severe allergies under control.
  1. Evaluate the types of flooring in your home. Carpet traps allergens; you’ll have fewer reactions if you switch to vinyl, tile, or hardwood floors. When choosing rugs, opt for small rugs that are easy to throw in the washing machine.

Performance Based Heating & Air works with allergy sufferers every day to find the HVAC system that’s best for you. In addition to the filter system, you can add an anti-allergen filter to your HVAC unit. This filter, available on select Mitsubishi Electric cooling and heating systems, helps trap dust, pollens, mites and other particles that plague allergy sufferers. With regular cleaning, these filters can last up to 10 years! Download a Product Guide to learn more.

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