What Are the Most Important Rooms to Have an Air Purifier in?

January 20, 2020

Having fresh and clean air to breathe while you’re in your home is important. Whether you’re living in a city where air pollution is a problem or near a busy street that has a lot of traffic, you could benefit from an air purifier. Air pollution tends to build up in indoor spaces and can be exceptionally bad in the winter when you can’t open windows to let fresh air in. Strategically placed air filters can remove harmful particulates and volatile organic compounds from the air you’re breathing inside. Locating Air Purifiers Putting air purifiers in specific locations can maximize the effect they have on the air quality throughout your home. Since bedrooms are used nightly for extended periods of time, they are a great option for a purifier. Other areas that receive high levels of use, such as kitchens or living rooms, are also good candidates for their own air purifiers. Homes that have an open floor plan can often be cleaned with a single air purifier. Multiple units can help ensure clean air throughout a house. Installing Whole-House Air Purifiers For some situations, a whole-house air purifier can be an energy- and cost-efficient choice. These systems use the...

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Is It Bad to Run My Heating System 24/7?

January 12, 2020

When it comes to keeping your home warm, there are two different approaches you can take with your heating system. You can program your system to turn on and off throughout the day to maintain the specified temperature, or, you can simply let your system run continuously throughout the entire season. The following is a quick overview of which approach might be best for your situation. Regardless of how often you run your system, a reliable furnace and heating system is a must. If you encounter problems with your furnace, in San Antonio, Texas employs licensed HVAC technicians that can address your repair or maintenance needs. How Do I Run My System Continuously? You can decide how to run your system with your home’s thermostat. By putting your fan setting on “Auto,” that means your system will run until it reaches the desired temperature and then it will power down. Once the temperature falls, it will repeat the process. When you choose the “On” setting for your fan, that means your furnace will turn on and off as needed but your fan will run all the time, circulating air throughout your home continuously. Which Causes More Wear and Tear? Many...

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The Major Consequences of Not Changing Your Air Filter

December 19, 2019

Sometimes, a homeowner may overlook the most straightforward maintenance duties. Changing the air filter isn’t complicated, but that doesn’t mean the task isn’t necessary. A dirty filter won’t clean itself, and leaving the screen in place sets the stage for tons of problems. A few of those issues could be disastrous. Low Efficiency and High Bills The purpose of an air filter involves capturing dirt, dust, and similar debris. A dirty filter eventually becomes clogged. Clogs restrict airflow, which then causes the furnace or AC to work harder. Working harder does not mean performing more efficiently. The now-strained heater is likely to drive up your energy bills while not operating with maximum efficiency. [Company_name] can provide a valuable tune-up to San Antonio-area residents. Besides furnace and AC maintenance, our technicians also handle ductwork, heat pump installation, and more. Heating Distribution Is Poor A side effect of improper efficiency is weak temperature distribution. Once again, clogs in the filter undermine airflow. The air may not run through the ducts the proper way. So, you end up with uneven temperatures in the household. A Decrease in Air Quality If clogged, the filter won’t be doing its job the right way. As a...

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HVAC Tips for the Holidays

December 10, 2019

As the weather gets colder, you will rely on your HVAC system to keep your home comfortable and warm. This is especially true during the holiday season. If you are like most people, it is your busiest time of the year. From going shopping to attending holiday parties, it is easy to neglect basic tasks such as HVAC maintenance. Here are 5 HVAC tips for the holidays. 1. Schedule HVAC Maintenance Your heating system must be properly maintained if you want to prevent unexpected breakdowns. Schedule a maintenance service with at least once a year. A routine maintenance service can extend the life of your system. It can boost your system’s efficiency and decrease your energy bills. 2. Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector A carbon monoxide leak can be hazardous to your health, so be sure to install a carbon monoxide detector in your home. Be sure to replace the batteries as needed. 3. Prevent HVAC System Fires Did you know that many HVAC system fires occur during the holiday season? The primary cause of these fires is a dirty HVAC system. Debris can build up in your system. It’s a good idea to have it cleaned by a skilled...

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3 Ways to Clean Your Heating System

November 18, 2019

If your heating system works by circulating heated air, you could be circulating dust particles around your home. Some housekeeping will help your heating system to operate cleanly and efficiently throughout the heating season. 1. Cleaning Air Registers and Air Ducts A heated air system works by circulating heated air throughout your home. The air is brought into the furnace from inside the home, heated and then returned through the duct system. Before cleaning, be sure to turn off the power to the furnace. Each room should have a heat vent or register. Remove each one and wash it with soap and warm water. Use your vacuum cleaner with extension and vacuum the ductwork below each vent. Make sure the vacuum brush is securely attached so that you do not lose it down the ductwork. If the ductwork feels a little greasy, clean that off with a rag. Each floor of your house should have a return vent. They are usually on a wall. Remove and clean them the same way you did the floor vents. Every five years or so, you may want to have your duct system professionally cleaned. 2. Cleaning of Blower Wheel A dirty blower wheel...

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How to Cut Heating Costs This Winter

November 8, 2019

As winter approaches and you start to use your packaged unit, heat pump, furnace, or mini-split more often, you might be wondering how you can save on your energy bills. The following are some elementary tips you can consider. Program the Thermostat Using a programmable thermostat will lower energy usage while you’re sleeping or at work. However, the energy savings may not amount to much if you overuse the heater during the rest of the day, so you might consider lowering the temperature. You can still remain comfortable while letting the heater run for a shorter time. If you don’t own a programmable thermostat, have an expert come over to explain its benefits. Smart thermostats, in particular, give you remote access so that you can turn your heater on, say, just before getting back home. Have the Heating Unit Maintained Heating systems need regular maintenance to deliver efficient performance. A yearly tune-up from a professional company is recommended. offers maintenance services for you here in San Antonio, TX. With Comfort Club Membership, you’ll receive a number of benefits with your tune-up, including discounts and a one-year warranty for parts and labor. A tune-up can cover filter replacement and duct cleaning,...

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The Basics of Residential Airflow

October 12, 2019

Airflow plays a pivotal role in our homes. It helps normalizes temperatures throughout a residence or the various zones within it. Proper airflow can also make a house energy efficient. It removes moisture from a home, which is good for our houses and our health, and it eliminates pollutants and contaminants. Read on to learn more about airflow. Natural Ventilation and Air Pressure All homes have some degree of natural ventilation, such as cracks and gaps. Older homes tend to have more, and newer homes tend to be more well-sealed. Natural ventilation occurs because air naturally moves from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure. Passive Ventilation Many HVAC systems in San Antonio utilize passive ventilation, which takes advantage of the natural movement of air. A vent in the attic that allows attic air to normalize with the outside air is an example of this. Mechanical Ventilation There is also mechanical ventilation in many homes. An example would be an exhaust fan that draws old air out and thus forces more fresh air into the home. Many homes use supply-only ventilation, but exhaust-only ventilation has become a prevalent alternative over the years. Air Distribution There is also the...

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Understanding Balanced Ventilation

October 2, 2019

is proud to serve San Antonio and the neighboring communities. Evaluating and optimizing home ventilation is an important part of what we do. After all, the EPA warns that poor indoor air quality is among the most serious health risks Americans face. Balanced ventilation is an approach to ensure that the air inside a house is never more polluted than the air outside it. Airflow Within a Home You have two primary types of ventilation within a home: natural and mechanical. When you open a window to let in fresh air, that is an example of natural ventilation. Modern houses are well-sealed, so they tend to get little natural ventilation when the heating or cooling systems are running. Mechanical ventilation is achieved through intakes, ductwork, and exhausts. Traditional Ventilation The traditional ventilation used in homes is supply ventilation. Air enters the house through a passive duct, which means the intake occurs as it is needed. In a central system, conditioned air is moved through the home using ductwork. A passive duct replenishes the air as the pressure drops. Balanced Ventilation Balanced ventilation is a newer approach, and the traditional ventilation discussed above is sometimes called unbalanced ventilation. In a balanced...

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Steps to Dog Proof Your HVAC System

September 25, 2019

How to Dog-Proof Your HVAC System Dog-proofing your HVAC system is as much about your dog’s safety as it is about your home’s heating and cooling. Taking a few preventative measures can achieve both goals. At , we advise all our dog-owning customers in San Antonio, Texas, to take the following easy steps to dog-proof their home’s HVAC system. 1. Protect Wiring Dogs are notorious for gnawing on anything that looks like it could be fun to chew. Unfortunately, wires can fall under this category. That’s why it is important to take your HVAC system’s wires off the menu by encasing them in some sort of protective material. An effective way of doing this is to use metal conduit tubing for wrapping wires. You’ll be keeping your HVAC system operational while making sure your dog stays away from the dangerous electrical current. 2. Install an Indoor Fence Depending on how well you’ve trained your dog, it may or may not feel the need to mark its territory inside your home by urinating on its surroundings. Grates and other HVAC system parts can be corroded by your dog’s territory-marking habit. The best way to avoid this is to keep your HVAC...

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3 Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality

September 12, 2019

How to Know Your Home Has Poor Indoor Air Quality in San Antonio is aware that it’s difficult to properly ventilate your home, especially in the winter. Different types of pollutants can build up in the air in your house, causing a variety of health issues. Keeping indoor air as clean as possible is important. There are a few signs that you can look for that indicate you have an air quality issue in your home. 1. Health Changes Poor air quality could cause your health to deteriorate. If you’ve been sneezing or coughing more often than normal, the air in your home might be the cause. Particulates, including bacteria, viruses, dust mites, and pollen, can impact your lungs, spread disease, and affect your health. Chemical vapors from paints or cleaning products can also circulate around a house if it’s not properly filtered and ventilated. 2. Moisture Buildup Having high humidity in your home can lead to a variety of air quality issues. Excess humidity can allow mold to grow, and the spores can become airborne and create problems. If you see condensation on the inside of your windows, you might need to consider getting a dehumidifier for your house....

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