Thursday, October 11, 2018

Top 3 Things to Consider When Purchasing A New Stove or Fireplace

1.)  Which stove is best for my needs gas, pellet or wood?

What you choose depends on your preference and fuel you have access to.

Gas Fireplace Insert- The majority of our customers prefer a gas unit for many reasons including convenience, stove turns on with flick of a button or by remote control, burns gas or liquid propane, don’t have to store fuel, it is easy to heat your home.

Pellet Fireplace Insert- Many of our customers prefer the strong heating efficiency of our pellet stove. Pellet stoves have come a long way. What we offer operates on electronic ignition; turns on and off, with a click of a button and operates on a five level speed control.

Wood Fireplace Insert- Others have grown up with a wood fireplace in their home and want to keep it that way. Our wood units burn more efficiently with a re-burn system, so you can use them without polluting the air and get more heat into your home.

No matter which fireplace you decide, all of our fireplaces are efficient heaters and offer top quality design.

    2.)  What are the measurements of my existing fireplace?

Measure inside the existing firebox to get an idea of how large or small of an insert will fit into the existing cavity. At the minimum it is best to come in knowing the size of A and B, as shown in the diagram below. Bringing in a picture of what you currently have also helps in selecting the right fireplace for you.

3           3.)  Once you decide on which stove to purchase, what are next steps?

      You want to make sure that when you make your purchase there is an installer and service department to back up your stove purchase. Energy House has a top quality service department available for repairs, maintenance and annual stove cleanings. Along with excellent service, the installer we refer to has over 30 years of experience installing stoves along with an electrician and contractors license. Installs vary on a case-by-case basis depending on many factors including; pitch of roof, type of fireplace, single story or two stories, location of fireplace in the home and many more. That is why your salesperson will ask many questions before finding your perfect fireplace insert or freestanding stove.  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Home and Garden Show Recap

The Home and Garden Show's last day was on Sunday. The rain and wind tested the tent and signage of our massive booth set up, however everything worked out when it came down to opening day. The kind people of Fresno and Clovis came out to enjoy the greasy tacos, sugary cinnamon rolls and of course all of the home items for sale. Many walked by our booth and some walked away with their very own high quality Hot Spring Spas or one of our American made stoves from Innovative Hearth products carrying the Country stoves line and Kozy Heat stoves.

Overall the Home and Garden Show was a success. We got lucky that is did not rain non-stop and that there were beautiful breaks of sunshine. Though we had to laugh at how it did not rain all year until the show rolled around. It would seem that it takes a Home show to bring on the rain that we have been needing in California. Until we see you all again next year at the Home and Garden Show, but wait you don't have to wait to get show deals, we have promotions year round so keep an eye out for those.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Spooky Facts

In the spirit of Halloween spooky things have been on our mind at Energy House. One of them being not taking the proper precautions when getting into your hot tub. Taking care of your hot tub can be a simple thing to do as long as you keep in mind a few key pointers that I found online and from our own service department. If your spa is not properly maintained, it may not be safe to go in it. One can receive what is known as hot tub rash. I know my Uncle has had one and it went away about after a week. This can be avoided if you follow this advice.
1.)  Before you hop into your hot tub, first rinse off and get clean. Do this first and then get inside the spa. The reason for this is “personal care products such as lotion, makeup and sunscreen use up the disinfectant in the water, meaning it’s less able to kill off other bugs,” (Huffington Post). Let your water care treatment system work for you, not against you. I learned this the hard way as many hot tub owners often do.
2.)  Yet again before stepping in, test your spa with chemical test strips. This takes about a minute or so and lets you know if it is ready to go or you need to add water care treatment to your spa.
Four Questions Hot Tub Owners Need to Know. Also Know That Our Service Depatment Is There For You.
• What was the most recent health inspection score for the hot tub?
• Are disinfectant and pH levels checked more often when the hot
tub is being used by a lot of people?
• Are the following maintenance activities performed regularly:
» Removal of the slime or biofilm layer by scrubbing and cleaning?
» Replacement of the hot tub water filter according to
manufacturer’s recommendations?
» Replacement of hot tub water?
Make sure to have a clean and sanitary hot tub. Call service for any maintenance inquiries on your Hot Spring Spa (559-432-1500).

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Shopping for an Insert: Here's What to Bring

When shopping for an insert to fit into your fireplace it is best to bring a picture with you of your fireplace. It is even more helpful if you bring along a photo and fireplace measurements. Here is a guideline for taking your fireplace measurements.    
Also, let us know if you have a masonry fireplace or zero clearance fireplace. Masonry fireplaces are brick or stone inside and outside where the chimney is. Zero clearance are prefabricated fireplaces that tend to have stucco or an exterior that matches the home. Zero clearance fireplaces tend to have metal framing and glass doors, whereas masonry fireplace are typically a firebox without doors or metal framing. 
Masonry Fireplace
Zero Clearance Fireplace

Once you have all the measurements and know which type of fireplace you currently have, come into the store to select the perfect gas/pellet/wood insert for your home. Our team is here to help you find which type of insert works best for you and your family. Energy House also makes it easy in providing you with an installer you can trust. Larry McCollum has been in the stove industry for over 20 years. Larry is a certified electrician and certified in the valley air district program as well. He has done hundreds of installs including custom install jobs that only an experienced professional can handle. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

HotSpring® Spas Instant Rebate Event

during the Hot Spring® Spas Instant Rebate Event
Life is better with a Hot Spring hot tub.
The world's leading brand of hot tubs delivers The Absolute Best Hot Tub Ownership Experience® with exclusive features like the Moto-Massage® DX Jet, ACE® Salt Water System and unparalleled energy efficiency.
Don't miss this chance to save $1,000 on a new Highlife® Collection NXT spa or Highlife Collection spa, or save $500 on a new Limelight® Collection spa.
Hurry, event ends September 25.
Come see us today and discover the difference a Hot Spring spa can make in your life!

*Terms and conditions apply. Offer available on select spa models only. See store for details.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cleaning Your HotSpring Spa

Cleaning Your SpaSoak in your spa’s sparkling clean water by following these simple cleaning tips.
For the whole spa: Use a mild non-abrasive, non-sudsing cleaner and a soft rag or nylon scrubber to remove dirt build-up
For minor surface cleaning: Use common baking soda to clean small surface areas
For spa pillows: Follow the instructions in your Owner’s Manual to remove and clean your spa pillows
For vinyl cover: First remove the cover and spray it lightly with a garden hose to loosen any dirt or debris that might have built up. Then, using a mild soap solution (1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid with 2 gallons water) or baking soda, scrub the vinyl in a circular motion with a large sponge and rinse with a garden hose. Rinse the bottom of the cover without using soap, and wipe it clean with a dry rag. To condition the cover after cleaning, apply a thin film of Hot Spring Cover Shield™ product.
Helpful Hint: To keep detergent and soap residue out of your spa water, shower without soap before soaking in your spa, and instead of washing your bathing suit use the rinse cycle.
Clean Your Spa Filter Cartridges
Because mineral particles or calcification from hard water can clog any water filtration system, we recommend following these light cleaning tips each month to keep your spa’s water flowing properly. 
Spray cartridges: Spray each cartridge with a garden hose, rotating while spraying to thoroughly remove any debris between filter pleats
Use filter cleaner: Use either FreshWater® Instant Filter Cleaner or FreshWater® Filter Cleaner to keep your filters clean and in good operating condition
Replace filters: While cleaning your filters will help keep water running smoothly, you should replace your filters every three years with genuine Watkins replacement filters
Replacing Your Spa Water
While following spa water cleaning tips will keep your water fresh longer, soaps and detergents can build over time in your spa to cause residue.  Know how to replace your water with these steps
Drain and refill tub: Following the instructions in your Owner’s Manual, drain and refill the water in your spa to clear detergent and soap residue that may have accumulated over time
Get pre-filter: For sparkling clean water right from the start, use the CleanScreenTM; Pre-Filter when filling your spa
Attach pre-filter: When using the CleanScreenTM: Pre-Filter, attach it to an ordinary garden hose to remove organic contaminants, metals like copper and iron, and tannins from your new water.
Water is the essence of your spa, so it should be fresh, clean and ready to enjoy.  Hot Springs offers two accessories to keep your water clean and your care routine easy. 
Hot Spring MPS Chlorine-Free Oxidizer
To eliminate unwanted impurities accumulated in you spa water, this chlorine-free oxidizer increases sanitizer efficiency and enhances water clarity.  The Hot Spring MPS Chlorine-Free Oxidizer is compatible with bromine, chlorine and most alternative sanitizers.  It is also recommended for use with the EverFresh® water care system for the best quality water possible...fresh, safe, and free of odors and irritation.  
Hot Spring Spa Vac
The Hot Spring Spa Vac cleans dirt, gravel, leaves and other debris without draining your spa. This self-contained, simple-to-use water vacuum requires no pumping, batteries or water hook-ups, while the telescopic aluminum pole makes it easy to remove debris from hard-to-reach areas. You can also it on your swimming pool steps and in fountains.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Water Care Made Easier with Ozone

What is ozone?

Ozone is your hot tubs best friend. What I mean by this is that ozone works with your hot tubs current system whether it be salt water system, bromine water system or chlorine water system. Ozonators split oxygen atoms that collide and create ozone. Adding ozone to your existing water care process has many benefits including:

  1. Reduce the amount of chemicals you use to keep your spa sanitized
  2. Only by product of ozone is oxygen
  3. Easy on spa equipment
  4. Eliminates chloramines which is a toxic by product of chlorine
  5. Ozone oxidizes or burns off hydrogen sulfides and iron managases.
It is good to note that ozone in your spa is a great addition to your water care process, however it is not meant to be a stand alone product, though it will reduce your use of spa chemicals. 

Is there more than one type of ozonator?

There are two types of ozonators for a hot tub, UV (ultraviolet) ozonator and CD (corona discharge) ozonator. UV ozonators use ultraviolet lamps to split the oxygen atoms to produce ozone. Ultraviolet light waves are broadcast at a higher frequency than natural sunlight or other forms of artificial light and acts to split oxygen atoms apart.  Corona discharge ozonators work when air passes through an electrical field that acts to break oxygen molecules apart. 

Which ozonator is better to use for a hot tub?

CD ozonators is a newer technology whereas UV ozonators have been around for decades. The new type of ozonator has the following benefits over the UV ozonators:
  • Less electricity
  • Manufacturers claim they last longer than UV units
  • Manufacturers claim they are better made and more effective at reducing contaminants than most UV units
  • Hot tub users report that CD units help them with better water quality
  • CD ozonators tend to produce a greater amount of heat than UV ozonators