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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Benefits of Our Comfort Club Membership

November 9, 2018

Heating and cooling your home or business is one of your biggest expenses, but being comfortable is a necessary expense. Fortunately, there are ways you can improve the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system and save money at the same time. Join the Comfort Club Rosenberg Indoor Comfort offers a Comfort Club Membership which can help you with any parts and services you need throughout the year. As part of the membership, you will receive many benefits that will make sure your equipment to keep is in top shape. How the Comfort Club Works During the spring and the fall, you will receive a precision tune-up of your entire heating and air conditioning system. A handy postcard will remind you, so you can stay on schedule. Our trained technicians will spend time going over all the parts, including: Replacing filters Cleaning the Condenser Tightening belts Repairing or replacing as needed Your technician will also check the temperature and pressure, and make sure your thermostat is calibrated properly. Your system’s carbon monoxide levels will be checked, as will your drains and electrical connections. Extra Benefits We stand behind our work, and any parts and labor you receive will have...

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How to Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

October 15, 2018

With weather conditions pushing the extremes in the summer and winter in recent years, a lot of folks are worried that their heating and cooling bills could become unmanageable. Fortunately, there are straightforward ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Here are some of the best ways to keep conformable all year long without breaking the bank. Upgrade your Heater and Air Conditioner Chances are your HVAC system is as old as your home is. In houses over twenty years old, with the original heating and air conditioning systems, energy efficiency will tend to hover around 70% at best. That means, in the best case scenario, you can improve your heating and cooling bills by more than 25% simply by installing a new system. Insulate the Attic In most locations, winter is the more expensive time of year for utilities. As you know, heat travels upward. This means if your attic or loft isn’t well insulated, you’re going to lose most of your heat treated air through the roof. By adding insulation to your attic, you’ll seal in that valuable heat and reduce your heating bills dramatically. Get an Energy Consultation Your local Seattle heating and cooling experts at Brennan...

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Do I Need an Air Cleaner in My Home?

October 5, 2018

We spend most of our hours of the day at home, and most of that time is spent inside the home, not in our yards. So indoor air quality matters in the home. You breathe it while awake and sleeping. Good air quality can make all the difference in your health and quality of life. So, do you need an air cleaner? That depends on what’s in the air your breathe and how your home is presently removing — if at all — those air pollutants. Indoor air quality Can Contain: Bacteria Viruses, like the cold and flu viruses Allergens, like mold spores, pet dander, dust, ragweed Chemical, like smoke, gases, benzene, formaldehyde Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are known to cause cancer All of these pollutants make you sick, some more so than others. Making it worse are newer homes that are energy efficient. Energy efficiency is great on the pocket but bad on health because not only does it seal in energy, it seals in all these pollutants. What Home design or Upgrades can Remove Pollutants? Removing pollutants is hard to do, but you may already be doing it without knowing it. Your home’s design can act as...

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How Long Should My Air Conditioner Last?

September 30, 2018

Your air conditioner is one of your most trusted and needed appliances, and it is also a fairly substantial investment. When your air conditioner was new, it was doubtless top of the line. Air conditioners are getting better every year, as technology improves. The good news here is that, even if you are due for a new air conditioner, this may be an opportunity for you to find a much better product than your last one. Different Variables Play a Role in Air Conditioner Longevity When you last air conditioner was installed, the technician probably had a talk with you about how to take care of it. One of the most important things you can do to keep your air conditioner running well and for a long time, I’d to schedule regular maintenance. Routine Maintenance is Important It is best to have a certain time of year when you have a technician come to your home or business to service your air conditioning unit. This regularly scheduled maintenance should be at least once a year for best results. At that time, the technician cleans and checks all the parts. Depending on what type of unit you have, you may need...

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Air Purifiers vs Plants

September 20, 2018

If you are looking for a way to make sure that you have cleaner and fresher air to breathe while you are inside your home, there are several ways to do it. Some of the most common options are actually having plants or putting an air purifier in your home. There are lots of benefits to having a way to purify your air and if you are trying to choose between the two, we can help you do exactly that. Plants Pros Plants are a great option to have in your home. Not only do they naturally help with air purification but they are also great additions to your decor. This is one of the best ways to help ensure you have cleaner air in your home. If you can take care of a plant and keep it alive. It is a great option for your home air purification. Cons However, this does not come without some potential problems. Plants require care and not just once every month or so. You need to make sure you are properly taking care of your plants based on the needs fo the plant. Another negative aspect is that they sometimes attract bugs into...

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How Can Energy Efficiency Systems Save You Money?

August 30, 2018

Energy-efficient systems are not just good for the environment, they also save you money. You can save a lot of money on your energy bills by making a few changes. The energy market is not very friendly to consumers so you can save yourself some headache by investing in energy-efficient systems. You get to enjoy the comforts of heating, cooling and lighting your home while saving money. Energy-efficient systems do not make you use your appliances less, they just make them smarter. The slight extra cost of energy efficiency systems may scare away some people but I the end, it helps to save money. Reduced Energy Bills Your energy bills reflect the amount of energy that your household or property consumers. If the property or household consumes a lot of energy, the energy bills increase. Energy-efficiency is the use of less energy to perform the same tasks. If you have energy efficient systems, your household or property utilizes less energy and your energy bills are reduced. They Last Longer If you choose to install efficient systems, you may notice that they have longer lifespans and they maintain their efficiency even as they age. They may have better performance than the...

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