Get Maintenance on Your Heater Before Winter!

September 18, 2015

5 Common Home Disasters to Look Out for This Fall Changing seasons bring with them trouble, and as summer fades away and cools into the autumn months, there are a few potential home disasters you should keep an eye out for. Falling limbs and trees. Fall is the perfect time of year to take preventative measures before the cold months of winter strike. Just take a walk around your home and look for any dead trees or tree limbs that may be in danger of falling. When winter comes, with heavy snows and high winds, you’ll want to make sure those are out of the way. Call a professional to remove them, however; don’t take the risk yourself. Mold growth. Summer often brings with it heavy rains, and these rains lead to damp conditions and mold growth. Ensure your home isn’t an incubator for potential respiratory distress. Look out for discoloration on the exterior walls, particularly around areas where there may be damage that water could have gotten trapped in. If any mold is found, call a professional immediately. If the water has seeped into the home, you may be facing more severe problems such as insulation damage and energy...

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Upgrade Your Thermostat Today!

September 12, 2015

3 Ways a Smart Thermostat Could Change Your Life Smart thermostats are something that are relatively new on most people’s radars and there is a lot of speculation as to how much easier they can make people’s lives. The reality is that smart thermostats are incredibly innovative and there is no question that they are going to be the norm in a number of years. Here are just a few of the ways that smart thermostats can change your life and give you some extra free time each and every day, as well as putting some money back in your pocket. Time Saving Most people have to adjust their thermostats each and every day, unless they have their settings programmed to come on and go off at certain times. However, the weather can affect how hot or cool you want your home, as well as how effective your system is at getting your house to your desired temp. Smart thermostats take this out of the equation, because they literally learn the temperature that you would like your house to be at during certain hours of the way and they will make the changes accordingly. This means that you no longer...

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Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter!

September 4, 2015

Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter Season Prepare Early It is a really good idea to get your furnace ready before the cold weather hits. You will want to get ready early. Early preparation will be to the key to comfort for the cold season. The proper maintaining of your furnace will not be a time consuming process. It is an excellent idea to check over your furnace prior to the cold season. If you are not comfortable maintaining your furnace, it will be a good idea to have a professional maintain it for you. Tips for Furnace Preparation The following are some helpful furnace tips that will ensure that your furnace will run efficiently for the entire cold season. These tips will be beneficial to have your furnace running in the peak condition and provide you with the maximum efficiency. 1. open all of the air vents on your furnace. You will want to ensure that the entire area is free from clutter. There should not be any items getting in the way of the air flowing from the vents. 2. it is a good idea to replace the air filter in your furnace. 3. make sure that the...

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What Does ‘Energy Star’ Really Mean?

August 28, 2015

  4 Benefits of Choosing an Energy Star Cooling System The Energy Star, an Environmental Protection Agency program, promotes energy efficiency. For a product to bear the Energy Star symbol, it must be among the best 25 percent of all makes and models on the market in terms of energy efficiency. Consumers, therefore, can be assured that products that bear the label have been tested, and they meet strict government product specifications. When replacing your cooling system, you can’t do better than choosing one that has the Energy Star symbol. Here are four benefits of choosing an Energy Star-rated cooling system. 1. Lower Utility Bills Cooling systems made in the last decade have higher levels of energy efficiency. This is made possible through the higher seasonal energy efficiency ratings (SEER) and the availability of features such as variable speed air handlers and scroll compressors. These air conditioners may bear higher initial costs than the less efficient types, but they use limited energy, lowering energy bills by approximately 20 percent annually. 2. Exceptional Energy Efficiency Energy Star cooling systems exceed the minimum energy efficiency standards that the federal government mandates by far. These appliances are tested in an EPA-recognized lab and...

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Make Sure Your Furnace Ready for Winter

August 28, 2015

Preparing Your Furnace for the Winter Season Remember to Prepare Early It is a really good idea to get your furnace ready before the cold weather hits. You will want to get ready early. Early preparation will be to the key to comfort for the cold season. The proper maintaining of your furnace will not be a time consuming process. It is an excellent idea to check over your furnace prior to the cold season. If you are not comfortable maintaining your furnace, it will be a good idea to have a professional maintain it for you. Tips for Furnace Preparation The following are some helpful furnace tips that will ensure that your furnace will run efficiently for the entire cold season. These tips will be beneficial to have your furnace running in the peak condition and provide you with the maximum efficiency. 1. open all of the air vents on your furnace. You will want to ensure that the entire area is free from clutter. There should not be any items getting in the way of the air flowing from the vents. 2. it is a good idea to replace the air filter in your furnace. 3. make sure...

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Your San Antonio Home Could Benefit From Energy Star

August 14, 2015

4 Benefits of Choosing an Energy Star Cooling System The Energy Star, an Environmental Protection Agency program, promotes energy efficiency. For a product to bear the Energy Star symbol, it must be among the best 25 percent of all makes and models on the market in terms of energy efficiency. Consumers, therefore, can be assured that products that bear the label have been tested, and they meet strict government product specifications. When replacing your cooling system, you can’t do better than choosing one that has the Energy Star symbol. Here are four benefits of choosing an Energy Star-rated cooling system. 1. Lower Utility Bills Cooling systems made in the last decade have higher levels of energy efficiency. This is made possible through the higher seasonal energy efficiency ratings (SEER) and the availability of features such as variable speed air handlers and scroll compressors. These air conditioners may bear higher initial costs than the less efficient types, but they use limited energy, lowering energy bills by approximately 20 percent annually. 2. Exceptional Energy Efficiency Energy Star cooling systems exceed the minimum energy efficiency standards that the federal government mandates by far. These appliances are tested in an EPA-recognized lab and later...

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Is The Air in Your San Antonio Home as Clean as You Think?

August 7, 2015

Probably Not. Here’s How to Increase the Quality of Your Indoor Air. Sanitizing the Air in Your Home Having a clean home goes beyond simply keeping you surfaces clean. Few people consider the quality of the air inside their home beyond how nice it smells. Today we will be addressing several ways in which you can not only have a clean smelling home, but one with clean crisp air as well. Using Beeswax Candles to Neutralize Toxins Beeswax candles are a simple way to help purify the air in your home and are one of the cheapest forms of sanitation. They clean the air in your San Antonio home by releasing negatively charged ions into the air. These ions clean the air by mixing with germs and toxins in the air helping to remove them. Consider Bamboo Charcoal Bamboo Charcoal is another way of naturally clearing the air in your home. In addition to removing toxins from the air which can include the flu as well as the common cold, Bamboo Charcoal can also be used as a form of humidity control when placed in a confined space in your home. If left in the refrigerator it will behave in a...

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A/C Essentials: 3 Facts For Air Conditioned Homes

July 31, 2015

3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Air Conditioning Unit It’s likely that you don’t think about your air conditioning unit much until it stops working. But once temperatures inside your home start to match or exceed temperatures outside your home while your A/C wheezes, you might not have any recourse besides calling in the professionals. With a little knowledge and forethought, however, you can help maintain your unit yourself to ensure it keeps running through those hot summer nights. Here are three things you probably didn’t know about your air conditioning unit. IT WORKS WELL WITHOUT OTHERS You can increase your air conditioner’s efficiency by lowering your carbon footprint. Turning off the lights and shutting off electrical equipment that’s not being used boosts your unit’s oomph, as does waiting until cooler times of day to do laundry or run the dishwasher. But do use your home’s built-in exhaust fans: They help carry away heat and humidity, giving your A/C unit a little less to do. DON’T CLOSE YOURSELF OFF A common myth about air conditioning units is that closing or even sealing off rooms in your home will reduce your bill. Shutting doors and vents, though, backfires because...

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Stop Overpaying for a Comfortable Home

July 24, 2015

5 Unexpected Ways to Save On Cooling Costs As the cost of energy is constantly rising, it’s necessary to strategize on the best way possible to ensure that you save on your cooling bills. Highlighted below are some of the ways in which you’ll save on cooling costs in your home. Buy a High Efficiency AC System If your HVAC is over 10 years, you should think of getting a new one and replace it. Your old system may be spitting out cool air, hence requiring a lot of energy to cool the room. In this case, it’s not efficient enough to offer the required services. You should consider installing “green” energy unit that has a combination of geothermal cooling system. Use a Programmable Thermostat To achieve greater results in your house, it’s necessary to install a programmable thermostat. This system has capacity to save on cooling bills without sacrificing your comfort. The units have settings which you can program depending on the time. You can set them to go higher while you’re at work or sleeping or lower them while at home. As such, the unit will consume energy depending on the settings. Keep your Thermostat Set Higher This...

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Keep Moisture Under Control!

July 17, 2015

Top 3 Tips for Normalizing Humidity Levels in Your Home Controlling the humidity levels in your home can be an extremely important thing, although many people often over look how much moisture is floating around in their homes. The reason why it is so important is the fact that moisture in the air can lead to a ton of nasty things, such as mildew and mold, which can form in and around the insides of your walls, at the base of your floorboards, on your ceilings and many other places. If not removed quickly, mold can cause all sorts of damage to your home, which can ultimately cost a massive amount of money to have removed. The worst part is, if mold does end up developing in your home, you do not really have a choice to remove it or not, due to the fact that mold can cause huge health problems to people in the house, who are probably inhaling the mold without knowing it each and every day. Here are three of the top things you can do to normalize the humidity in your home. Pay Attention to Developing Mold Mold and mildew is not going to develop...

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