Tips for Fixing Uneven Cooling in Your Home

April 20, 2019

Uneven cooling can be uncomfortable. Air conditioning is meant to keep your entire home cool and comfortable when it’s hot outside. Over time, factors like age, dirty filters, and ductwork issues can cause your cooling system to operate less than optimally. If you’re too hot in one room and too cold in another, then it’s time to act. Here are a few ways to fix uneven cooling in your home. Check Your Air Vents Look around your home to determine if there are any dirty or blocked vents. The vents and registers can cause uneven cooling when furniture or other items are blocking them. Excessive debris and dust can also cause your air conditioning to be distributed unevenly. To resolve this issue, vacuum your registers and vents with an attachment. Schedule an AC Maintenance Visit When air leaks are present in your home’s duct system, the air that’s being sent to one part of the system hemorrhages into other areas before it reaches its destination. Duct holes, leaks, and tears make your air conditioner work harder to compensate. This can result in more problems and may even decrease the appliance’s lifespan. If your home is experiencing intense temperature variations, then...

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How to Maintain Great Indoor Air Quality

April 9, 2019

When allergy season comes around, you may just want to stay inside and keep out of the polluted outdoor air. However, the indoors can cause just as much suffering from allergies and asthma if your air quality is poor. There can be a variety of reasons for poor air quality indoors. However, there are several things you can do to get and maintain great indoor air quality. What Causes Bad Indoor Air Quality? Many cleaning supplies and paints contain harmful chemicals that get into the air. Dust buildup, low AC unit efficiency, poor air circulation and more can cause a lot of problems and make it hard for you to breathe. Too much moisture in the air contributes to mold and mildew growth, which in turn will affect your allergies or asthma. Getting the Quality You Want Here are a few easy ways you can maintain good air quality: Get house plants that clean your air of pollutants Have your air conditioning system cleaned regularly Ventilate your home with a cross breeze There are plenty of houseplants, like rubber plants, that remove chemicals like formaldehyde from the air in addition to adding oxygen. When your AC unit is dirty and...

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3 Reasons to Get Professional Heating Help

March 20, 2019

Some homeowners here in the greater San Antonio area try to hire unlicensed contractors to work on their heating systems. The following provides the reasons why this is a bad idea that can be a dangerous practice. 1. Heating Professionals Are Knowledgeable Heating system contractors and technicians are highly trained and experienced in dealing with older and newer state-of-the-art heating systems. They know how to properly size your heating system to meet the needs of your home. They also understand how to make your heating system run at its peak efficiency when you invite them in for your annual heating maintenance appointment. Additionally, they know about a dizzying array of brands, parts, and specifications in order to keep your heating system running at its peak. 2. Heating Professionals Keep Your System Safe Hiring unlicensed people to work on heating systems is just asking for trouble. Many furnaces run on natural gas, which is explosive. Workers who are not highly trained and/or licensed can fail to read the warning signs of safety problems. When this happens, your family can be put in harm’s way due to the releases of carbon monoxide or gas or by frayed electrical wires. Your family’s safety...

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Expectations for Your HVAC Repair Appointment

March 8, 2019

Dealing with a heating or cooling system that needs major repairs or replacement can be stressful. Trying to find a reliable and professional company to handle the job can add stress to this situation. Fortunately, most HVAC companies are experienced and wholly committed to providing superb customer service and expert work. understands your concerns, and we always follow the same processes of superior service for every job we undertake. You can expect the same services every time. Certified and Licensed Technicians When you’re researching a professional heating and cooling company, you’ll want to know about certification and training. HVAC certification means that the technicians are qualified to install, repair, and maintain heating and cooling systems in their state and have passed exams. There are three main types of certifications: the North American Technical Excellence (NATE) certification, the HVAC Excellence certification, and the EPA federal certification to handle refrigerants. is fully certified and licensed as well as bonded and insured in the state of Texas, and we have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. On Time and Courteous Any heating and cooling company that’s reputable will be sincere about gaining and retaining satisfied customers. This means that HVAC professionals...

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Tips for Finding Air Leaks in Your Home

February 22, 2019

Cracks and other openings in the doors and windows can cause air leaks in your San Antonio home. When this situation happens, you have to find a way of sealing the openings to avoid losing heat and inflating your energy bills. Here are some of the ways you can detect air leaks. Use Your Hand This technique works best on cold days. All you need to do is to heat the interior so that the air inside is hotter than that flowing through the cracks. After heating, place your hand around the areas where you suspect the air is leaking through. Feel around the edges of the windows and doors. If there is a leak, you will feel the cold air blowing on your hands. Use a Candle The candle method is used for leaks that are small. These leaks may not be detected by your hand, but a candle will do the trick. Simply light a candle and pass it near the places that are likely to let air inside your house. Pay attention to the flame because when there is a leak, the flame will shake. Depressurize the House to Find Air Leaks Just like the hand test,...

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HVAC and AC Are Not the Same Systems

February 12, 2019

There are a few differences between an HVAC and air conditioning unit. Many homeowners are confused by these two systems and how they operate. While they are different, many people do not know what separates them. Many home builders and contractors will use “HVAC” and “AC” interchangeably. There is a difference in the way that both units operate and function in your home. The acronyms may confuse people, but they are two different systems for heating and cooling. A professional HVAC company will be happy to help you find the right kind of unit for your living space. What Is an HVAC System? The term HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. The HVAC is responsible for cooling and heating your home or business. Its ventilation ducts allow the moisture to drain from the system. An HVAC system has a few components. The furnace, air conditioner, and vents all work together in an HVAC unit. While most HVAC units do include air conditioning, it is not uncommon to find an HVAC system without this component. What Is an AC System? Air conditioning, or AC, is just used to cool down the air in your home. The term “AC” is...

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Can HVAC Air Filters Be Recycled?

January 26, 2019

Air filters play a big role in your home’s indoor air quality. They capture dust, hair, mold spores, bacteria, viruses and other particles that would otherwise go through your home’s air ducts and into your living spaces. Air filters come in disposable and reusable varieties. Therefore, it is important to know which types can be recycled and how to responsibly dispose of a spent air filter from your heating and cooling system. Disposable Air Filters Disposable air filters are made from a polyester fiber or fiberglass insert and a cardboard frame. Fiberglass cannot be recycled. In some places, polyester fibers can be recycled, but you may have to take it to a specialty recycling center that deals with plastics. The cardboard is recyclable in most communities. However, tearing off the cardboard frame from the insert could expose you to all of the dust and other particles captured by the filter. In most cases, you’ll be better off disposing of these filters into the trash. Disposable air filters are designed to last for about 30 to 90 days. Going through four to 12 of these in a year could generate a lot of waste. If this is concerning to you, consider...

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What Causes a Heating System to Continuously Run Without Turning Off?

January 6, 2019

We occasionally get service calls when someone’s heating system fails to turn off. Sometimes, the problem was an easy fix that didn’t really need expert help. And other times, our help is truly needed. In most instances, the problem is fixable by the homeowner. Here are a few reasons why your heating system may keep running. The Thermostat Is Set Too High Although it seems obvious, not everyone remembers to check the thermostat’s programmed temperature before calling in San Antonio to see why their heating system isn’t turning off. This is the first thing you should do when the heat isn’t turning off. Compare the programmed temperature to the current temperature. If it’s set too high, as in 90 degrees, then that may be the only problem. Lower the programmed temperature and wait a bit to see if that solves your problem. Also, ask members of your household if they often change the thermostat since this can make it appear as if the heat is continuously running without shutting off. If the current temperature is lower than the programmed temperature and the programmed temperature isn’t too high, then the heating system may be struggling to reach the desired temperature. The...

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A Closer Look at the Benefits of Heat Pumps

December 18, 2018

Choosing a heating solution for your home can seem like a daunting task with so many options. From typical furnaces to residential boiler units, there is one option that stands above the rest: heat pumps. Heat pumps utilize geothermal energy from outside to heat your home. Take a look at some of the most noteworthy advantages of a heat pump for your home in the San Antonio area. Heat pumps Have Long Lifespans When you are making such a substantial investment in your home as what an HVAC system is, it is critical that you know what you are getting is going to last for as long as possible. One of the biggest advantages of residential heat pumps is that they do have a fairly long lifespan compared to typical HVAC systems. You should expect your heat pump to last between 14 and 16 years. Energy Efficient Because of the fact heat pumps rely on geothermal energy, they rely less on electricity and other fuel sources to function. Therefore, a heat pump is actually one of the most energy-efficient heating solutions a homeowner can buy. Once the temperatures outside dip below a certain point, the heat pump will use its...

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How Often Should My Furnace Be Replaced?

November 29, 2018

Keeping your furnace in good working condition is the best way to ensure it has a long lifespan. Regular service and inspections keep it working efficiently and prevents the need for costly repairs. In some cases though, you will need to completely replace the unit if it is old or has significant damage as a result of neglect over time. So, how do you know when it’s time to replace the furnace? The Average Life Span In most cases, if the unit has had the proper installation and service over its lifetime, the average furnace can last anywhere from 18 to 20 years. This number is estimated and can vary depending on size, location, brand, and climate. The more you use the furnace, the less life the unit will have. People living in areas where the climate is very cold will need to replace their furnace more often than people living in a mild climate. If you want to get the most life out of your unit, schedule yearly inspections and maintenance services from a reputable company like Rosenberg HVAC in San Antonio, TX. Replacing Your Unit Some of the signs that it may be time to replace your furnace...

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