May 1st, 2017 Newsletter

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

Summers 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!

April 4th, 2017 Newsletter

Spring Energy Savings Tips

Spring isn’t coming all that willingly to Boise and the Treasure Valley, but once it does hit things will heat up fast. Keeping the energy bill from skyrocketing during the warmer months can be difficult, but with some adjustments it can be done.

1. Thermostats

One of the best ways to cool a home efficiently is with a programmable thermostat. It is estimated that this alone can save 10 percent per year on heating and cooling costs. Along with switching to a programmable thermostat, incorporate these ideas:

Keep the temperature as high as comfort allows. The smaller the difference compared to the outdoor temperature, the less the air conditioner must work.

Turn the thermostat even higher when away on vacation to save energy.

Program the thermostat to be warmer during the day while nobody is home, and cool down right before someone comes home from work or school

2. Windows

Windows have a lot to do with the temperature inside the home. From window treatments to air leaks, they can directly impact how hot or cool a room stays. Use window treatments that allow for the use of natural light while reducing heat loss and gain.

Check the seal around windows to prevent cool air from leaking out and warm air from coming in. Reseal any sections that have cracks or leaks present to help seal up the house.

3. Fans and Ventilation

Although fans do not actually cool the air down, they do make a room more comfortable for whoever is in it by reducing their body heat. This allows the thermostat to be set about 4 degrees higher than usual without affecting comfort. When not in a room, turn off ceiling fans to save on power. Also consider natural ventilation by opening windows during cooler nights. This creates a chimney effect that cools the home down.

Diamond Heating and Cooling wants everyone to stay comfortable this spring. Call the Diamond team when experiencing any furnace or air conditioner problems.

 

 

Common HVAC Problems

Different HVAC problems occur at various times of the year. Homeowners in Boise and the surrounding areas are getting closer to turning on their air conditioners, which could reveal a few issues.

1. Dirty Condenser Coils

After being neglected outside all winter, the condenser coil may be clogged with dirt or other debris. This keep the AC from cooling the home properly, using massive amounts of energy to try to keep up with demands, and other issues. During an annual AC maintenance check, Diamond Heating and Cooling will check on the condenser coil and clean it if necessary to keep the unit running efficiently.

2. Tripped Breakers

Turning the air conditioner on for the first time in the summer can be full of dread, wondering if it will turn on and work properly. If it doesn’t, don’t panic. First, check the breakers and fuses to see if anything has been tripped. This is a very common occurrence when the AC is first turned on. If that doesn’t seem to be the issue, call Diamond Heating and Cooling right away to get cool air moving through the house.

3. Contractor Failure

There’s a switch that operates all the components of the AC, both inside and out. It is located on the outside of the unit and consists of a control coil, a metal plunger, and one or more sets of electrical contacts. Although there are many reasons this could fail, one of the most commonly found issues is due to ants. Ants tend to clog contractors because they use them for warmth. This could prevent the switch from flipping, not allowing the outside unit to turn on.

Cleaning the ants out should do the trick.
Call Diamond Heating and Cooling with any air conditioner concerns or to schedule AC maintenance before the season heats up.

 

 

Kids Craft: Eggshell Flowerpots

Get children interested in gardening with eggshell flowerpots. This easy craft will teach them how to have a green thumb and maybe a thing or two about patience.

Supplies:

  • 12 eggshells
  • Egg carton
  • Dampened potting soil
  • Seeds
  • Scissors
  • Spoon

Directions

Crack all of the eggshells by carefully cracking the top (pointy side) of the egg off as far toward the top as possible.

Reserve the eggs for another use and carefully wash the inside of the shell out. Use scissors to cut a wider opening if needed.

Using a teaspoon, fill each shell with the soil leaving about an inch of room at the top

Scatter the seeds of your choosing on the soil and gently pat down.

Place the egg shells back in the carton and place in an area that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

Water carefully by misting the seeds starts two days after planting.

Watch them grow!

 

 

April Diamond Hugs

We are continuing our volunteer work with the Boise Rescue Mission for the month of April.