Which Air Conditioning System Is Right for You?

June 1, 2019

Gone are the days of simple air conditioners that only blow out cool air. Air conditioning technology has come a long way to suit all sorts of specific needs. No matter what your dilemma is, there’s likely an air conditioning device to make things easier and more affordable for you. Allergy Sufferers One of the latest developments in the heating and air conditioning world is the UV air sanitizer service. This device works with the heating or air conditioner’s air filter to remove airborne bacteria. If you have allergies, then this system would be a good fit for you. Also, if you have pets in the home, the UV air sanitizer eliminates pet dander that can be floating around. Issues with Excess Moisture Depending on the area that your home is in, you may experience issues that come along with too much humidity. When there’s too much moisture in the air in your house, problems such as mold or pests can flourish. If this is your problem, then a dehumidifier would be a great option to look into for your heating and air conditioning needs. The technicians at in San Antonio, TX, specialize in the installation, repair, and maintenance of...

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3 Easy Ways to Controlling Static Electricity at Home

May 22, 2019

It can be a little shocking, literally, when static electricity starts to build up at your home. In addition to giving you small jolts when you touch certain items or other people, static can also cause clothes to stick together and hair to stick straight up. Fortunately, there are some ways in which this issue can be addressed. 1. Add Moisture Dry air and static electricity can sometimes go hand in hand. To improve things at home, consider putting in a whole-home humidifier. Many modern units are relatively efficient and quiet to run. They can be purchased to be an independent appliance or hooked up to your existing HVAC system. At , we work with many clients in the Greater San Antonio area who are interested in improving comfort conditions at home, and we always individualize our recommendations based on our assessments. 2. Add House Plants While a whole-home humidifier should be able to handle things, some people in smaller places may want to take a different approach. In this case, we’d recommend adding plants to your home. Plants release a lot of moisture, so they can do the same job as a humidifier but just on a smaller scale....

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Knowing When It Is Time for AC Tune-Ups

May 2, 2019

Air conditioning tune-ups come with a myriad of benefits, and everyone with an AC system, be it a central unit, heat pump, or mini-split, is encouraged to get a tune-up at least every spring. The following are just a few signs, which homeowners themselves can look out for, that the time has come for a tune-up. A Rise in Electricity Bills Unusually high utility bills are perhaps the main warning sign, and these can have a variety of causes. For example, dirty filters and clogged vents may be forcing the AC system to work harder. A leak in the vents could also be responsible. Short-Cycling and Less-Than-Stellar Performance Homeowners may want to ask themselves if it seems like their AC is taking longer than before to meet the temperature on the thermostat. This could be the result of a failing fan motor. If the AC is short-cycling (constantly turning on and off), it could signify low refrigerant levels or dirty evaporator coils. Uneven cooling is another issue that could spell the need for a tune-up. Strange Noises and Unpleasant Odors There are some noises the AC should not make. A banging noise suggests a loose or broken component, especially a...

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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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