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Tank vs Tankless: See If It’s Time To Switch Water Heaters

Is It Time To Make The Switch To A Tankless Water Heater?

If you are currently using a traditional tank water heater, you’re probably having to balance between your appliances, and your family’s busy schedule, both demanding more hot water.

tankless water heater from DeHart Plumbing, Heating & Air

How will Switching Benefit You?

By switching to a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater from DeHart Plumbing, Heating & Air, you will enjoy an endless supply of hot water and eliminate the worry of a cold shower forever.

Tankless Water Heaters Use Advanced Technology

Watch his video from DIY Network showcasing the advanced technology of tankless water heaters. See how Rinnai can save you money, help you conserve energy, and deliver an endless supply of hot water  – whenever you need it.

Water Heaters from DeHart Plumbing, Heating & Air

Why DeHart?

We’ve been the name to know for reliable heating repair service in Modesto and the surrounding areas for nearly 72 years! If you’re looking for furnace services like heating repair and dependable HVAC replacements, call DeHart first!

At DeHart, we are eternally grateful to our dedicated, friendly, hardworking employees. We feel sincere pride in how our team puts our customers first, every time.

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Give our team a call 209-566-1946 or send us your best contact information below for us to call you!

The Truth About Recessed Lights & Fire-Ratings

The Truth About Recessed Lights & Fire-Ratings

Knowledge about the regulations regarding recessed lights in fire-rated ceilings can help you avoid costly mistakes as a homeowner.

There is to be a great deal of confusion about what exactly fire-ratings means, where it is enforced and the solutions available to meet the buildnig code. The widespread adpotion of fire-rating codes throughout the United States has made this subject more relevant to contractors, builders, architects, and homeowners. 

But instead of decreasing confusion over the issue, continuous changes in State legislations and increased demand for fire-rating code compliant products have far outpaced the availability of education on the topic.

Fire Rated Light Cover

Fire-Rated Light Cover

This Fire Rated Light Cover is manufactured to the highest standards and can be used with a wide range of recessed lights, from a variety of manufacturers.

What does Fire-Rating actually mean?

A fire-rating typically states the duration for which a passive fire protection system can withstand a standard fire resistance test. A fire rating is usually given to an assembly consisting of various building materials that can resist the exprosure of a standardized fire exposure for a set amount of time, or may contain a variety of ther criteria, involving other evidence of functionality other evidence of functionality or fitness for purpose. 

It was developed to evaluate the performance  of building elements during an intense fire exposure and can be apploed to a wall, floor, or roof system.

Municipalities across the United States require fire-rated ceilings, floors, walls for certain commercial or residential buildings. Most of the mandatory fire-ratings occur in multi-story residential structres such as apartment buildings, hosiptals or hotels. 

The rating effects ceilings separating the levels directly above and below a residence or office space. The 2015 version of the International Building Codes address this issue explicitly in section 7.14.4.1.2.

In order to meet this fire code, the ceiling must serve as an unbroken fire barrier for a certain period of time (the usual standard performance rating for 5/8-inch drywall material is 60 minutes); however this time requirement can be graeter than one hour, depending on the municipality and application. For example, fire-rated assemblies in assisted living facilities, hospitals and hotels usually require a 2-hour fire barrier or even higher. This is very imoirtant to remember when selecting appropriate fire-rated solutions. 

Installing recessed fixtures in a room or hallway of these high-occupancy buildings and maintianing the proper fire-rating of the system can be a challenge, as cutting an opening in the ceiling to install the light fixture compromises the fire rating of the drywall ceiling. If the fire-rating of the ceiling membrane is not being restored, these openings in the ceiling would allow flames and smoke to spread in the unfortunate even to a fire.

To maintain the fire code requirement for the building, the barrier must somehow be restored after holes have been cut for the fixtures. Expensive mistakes are often made when an airtight or “IC” fixture is assumed to be fire-rated.

 

Solving the Problem

There are serveral different solutions for fire-rated applications iwth a diverse range of prices, approvals and complexity. 

A common solution is prefabricated Fire-Rated Light Fixtures, which have a variety of fire testing but are also the most costly chioce.

To avoid these expensive lights, many installers construct boxes from drywall or sheetrock to surround the lighting fixture, but this is very labor-intensive and may incraese the cost of installation beyond budget limits.

Metal enclousures are also becoming an increating popular chioce to the fire-rating dilemma. However, these are not UL-classified and not suitable for every application.

A UL-classified and very popular solution are Fire-Rated Covers. These covers are suitable for various recessed light fixture sizes and luminaries and widely accepted by inspectors and code officials throughout the entire United States.

One and two hour Fire-Rated Light Covers are available from a variety of manufacturers at several different price points, and proven to act as a suitable fire barrier when called upon by fire and smoke.

To conclude, choosing the right recessed housing to accomplish the correct fire-rating is not as easy as many contractors or builders may believe. An “IC” label on a recessed light fixture does not imply that the light is also fire-rated. 

Lighting professionals and consultants with experience in fire-rated environments are the best source for suitable solutions and can help building professionals to avoid costly mistakes.

With an Inspection…

our technician will make any necessary recommendations to bring your home’s air conditioning system equipment up to manufacturer specifications and ensure maximum efficiency.

Why Choose DeHart Plumbing, Heating & Air

Why DeHart?

We’ve been the name to know for reliable heating service in Modesto and the surrounding areas for nearly 72 years! If you’re looking for furnace services like top-class repair and dependable replacements, we’re the experts for you.

At DeHart, we are eternally greateful to our dedicated friendly & hardworking employees. We feel sencere pride as we put people first, every time.

Connect with Us! 

Give our team a call 209-566-1946 or send us your best contact information below for us to call you!

Benefits of Installing Blow In Insulation in your Attic

Benefits Of Installing Blow-In Insulation In Your Attic

Improving the insulation in your attic is a great way to reduce energy costs and inprove the comfort of your entire home! 

Ensure that your home’s insulation is thick enough to keep heat, or air-conditioned air, inside your home.  According to the US Department of energy, 43% of all the energy consumed in a home is due to heating and air conditioning.  The better insulated your home is, the more money you save on your utility bill.

Start with the attic first, as it will give you the best return in energy savings for your effort.  If you live in a climate with cold winters, adding wall insulation should come next.  Spray foam insulation in spaces between insulation panels, or any cracks you see in your walls and attic space.

There are many different types of insulation, each with its own properties.

What is in your Attic?

You can be confident that your trusted DeHart Plumbing, Heating & Air Team Member has been trained to give you the best recomendations to improve you and your family’s home comfort!

How Will Better Insulation Help You?

  • Energy Efficient

This is one of the most energy efficient types of insulation available. As it is blown into the barrier, it expands to fill up even the tiniest cracks. If properly installed, it can make your attic 100% airtight.

  • Reduced Allergies

Fiberglass and other insulating materials can be very dangerous for people with allergies. However, all insulating products have compounds that can lead to allergic reactions, so it is important to put the product inside a sealed blanket to prevent leakage.

  • Noise Reduction

Since this insulation is a tighter fit, it prevents noise from traveling out of the room. This especially beneficial if you are using your attic for work or playing music

  • Saves Money

Since this insulation is a tighter fit, it prevents noise from traveling out of the room. This especially beneficial if you are using your attic for work or playing music

  • Environmentally Friendly

Fiberglass is toxic and harmful to the environment. In contrast, blown in insulation can be made from recycled products. This allows you to both save energy in your home and put recycled materials to good use. You can’t get much greener than that.

  • Mosture Prevention

Moisture is extremely bad for attics. Over time, moisture can cause cracks in concrete, breed dangerous mold, or create a foul smell. Moisture can also make insulation useless, but that isn’t the case with this material. As long as there are no cracks in the barrier, your attic will be effectively moisture-proof.

  • Costs

Blown in installation is a fair deal more expensive than normal insulation. However, housing experts will tell you that the extra cost will be recovered with 2-4 year just by the amount of energy saved. Since this product is fairly simple to install, you can also save hundreds of dollars by installing it yourself. All you need are some 2×4 planks of wood and basic tools.

 

With an Inspection…

our team member will make any necessary recommendations to ensure maximum efficiency in your entire home.

Heating and Cooling Experts

Why DeHart?

We’ve been the name to know for reliable heating service in Modesto and the surrounding areas for nearly 72 years! If you’re looking for furnace services like top-class repair and dependable replacements, we’re the experts for you.

At DeHart, we are eternally greateful to our dedicated friendly & hardworking employees. We feel sencere pride as we put people first, every time.

Connect with Us! 

Give our team a call 209-566-1946 or send us your best contact information below for us to call you!

Modesto Bee Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Heating and Air Company 2017

DeHart Awarded Modesto’s Favorite Heating & Air Company

We couldn’t be more excited to announce that DeHart will receive the 2017 Modesto Bee Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Heating and Air Company.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us!

2017 Readers Choice Winner

What is the ‘Readers’ Choice’ contest?

The Modesto Bee launched its annual “Readers’ Choice” competition in 2001, enabling people to vote for their favorite shops, restaurants and service providers.

The ballot was available at

www.modbee.com/readerschoice

What surrounding areas are a part of this award?

Businesses entered in the contest are from Modesto, Turlock, Oakdale and many other communities in Stanislaus County and neighboring areas of the Northern San Joaquin Valley and Sierra foothills.

Attribution:

The Modesto Bee

DeHart Guarantees Your Satisfaction

Why DeHart?

We’ve been the name to know for reliable heating repair service in Modesto and the surrounding areas for nearly 72 years! If you’re looking for furnace services like heating repair and dependable HVAC replacements, call DeHart first!

At DeHart, we are eternally grateful to our dedicated, friendly, hardworking employees. We feel sincere pride in how our team puts our customers first, every time.

Connect with Us! 

Give our team a call 209-566-1946 or send us your best contact information below for us to call you!

How is the Health of your Home’s Air Affected during Winter?

How is the Health of your Home’s Air affected during Winter?

Spring is the season that often gets the most attention when it comes to contaminants in the air. That’s because allergies tend to be the worst during spring when common allergens like pollen show up in high concentrations in the air outside. But as it turns out, the air in our homes can be just as bad during winter as it is during spring, and often times even worse. Today we’re going to talk about how the health of your home’s air quality is affected during winter and what you can do to ensure your home’s air is clean!

home air as fresh as an ocean breeze

During Winter…

We keep our homes as tightly sealed as possible in order to prevent cold outside air from getting indoors.

Not only are our doors and windows shut more often during winter than any other time of the year, but many people also seal up air leaks with caulk and weatherstripping and cover entire windows with plastic insulation to prevent drafts.

Sealing up your home…

Sealing your home is great for saving energy, and keeping out “cold drafts”, but it can also adversely affect the health of your home’s air. That’s because contaminants can build up in your home without any way to escape. Unlike spring and summer, when there are many more opportunities for indoor contaminants to escape outside, contaminants tend to get trapped indoors during winter and repeatedly cycled by your furnace.

What kinds of contaminants show up in the air duing Winter?

Some airborne contaminants can be found in your home’s air during any time of the year. Those include dust mites, pet dander, dirt, outdoor allergens and chemicals from cleaning products, personal hygiene products, paints and stains. During winter, certain contaminants show up more often than they do during other times of the year. Those include:

  • Carbon monoxide from malfunctioning fuel-burning appliances or from idle cars warming up in the garage.
  • Smoke from wood-burning fireplaces.
  • Outdoor allergens caught in Christmas trees and wreaths.
  • Viruses and bacteria brought in by family members with colds and flus.
  • Low humidity levels due to less moisture in the air.

 

How to improve the health of your home’s air during Winter?

  • Change your furnace filter. A standard furnace filter will remove a portion of the dust and allergens from your home’s air whenever your furnace is in a heating cycle. A clogged filter cannot effectively remove those contaminants, so changing your filter every month will help keep your air clean.
  • Consider upgrading your filtration system. A whole house air cleaner like the RejuvenAir is designed specifically to remove contaminants of any size from your home’s air, and it is many times more effective than a standard filter. In fact, an air cleaner can remove up to 99 percent of the contaminants from your home’s air. If you’re serious about improving the health of your home’s air, a whole house air cleaner is your best option.
  • Keep your house clean. By performing household cleaning tasks like dusting, vacuuming and washing your bedding every week, you can help remove dirt, dust mites and insect residue from their sources before they get caught up in your home’s airflow. If possible, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter so that the particles it sucks up don’t get tossed back into the air.
  • Install low-level carbon monoxide detectors. Standard carbon monoxide detectors will warn you when there are dangerous levels of CO in your home’s air, but they won’t warn you while the gas is building up at smaller levels. Jerry Kelly offers low-level carbon monoxide detectors that will sound an alarm at much lower levels of CO in your air, which will help you identify a malfunctioning gas-burning appliance earlier.
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Why DeHart?

We’ve been the name to know for reliable heating service in Modesto and the surrounding areas for nearly 72 years! If you’re looking for furnace services like top-class repair and dependable replacements, we’re the experts for you.

At DeHart, we are eternally greateful to our dedicated friendly & hardworking employees. We feel sencere pride as we put people first, every time.

Connect with Us! 

Give our team a call 209-566-1946 or send us your best contact information below for us to call you!