6 HVAC Tips for the Holidays

December 20, 2022

Decorating for the holidays is easily rated as one of the top joys for a homeowner. However, you’ll want to begin now if you’ve never considered your HVAC unit around the holidays. Consider the following six HVAC tips for the holidays. 1. Avoid Abrupt and Consistent Temperature Changes The thermostat adjusts to the temperature in the room. Constantly opening windows or changing the thermostat will result in a higher energy bill the following month. If you want to maintain a consistent airflow, don’t change the thermostat regularly. 2. Seal All Openings If you have an older home, it’s not uncommon to experience small cracks in the windows, doors and other openings. These seemingly small details can make a major difference in keeping the heat in your home. If the heat escapes, your HVAC system has to work harder to maintain a warm environment. When you simply open your window a few centimeters, those centimeters of fresh air can make a difference in the room’s temperature. Eventually, you’ll want to invest in energy-efficient windows. In the meantime, seal all of those openings that release air. Find the cracks and caulk them. Replace the old window trim that air escapes through. Use...

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What Texas Winter Weather Means for Your HVAC System

November 16, 2022

What to Expect for Your HVAC System as Winter Comes Rolling In Winter in San Antonio, Texas is generally pretty mild. With highs ranging in the mid-60s and lows rarely falling below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, local temperatures are moderate enough for heat pumps, reasonable thermostat settings, and other efficient, cost-effective heating strategies. However, as Texans have repeatedly experienced in recent years, the unexpected can and does happen. Thus, it’s important to make sure that the HVAC system in your home is ready for just about anything. Priming Your HVAC System for the Challenges of a San Antonio Winter One of the best ways to prime your HVAC system for any challenges that it will face this winter is by limiting its load. Make sure that your home has adequate insulation and that you’ve installed insulation with sufficiently high R-values. Add weatherstripping to your windows and doors, and seal up all cracks, gaps, and other air leaks. When your home has a “tight envelope,” your heating equipment won’t have to work so hard. Your furnace, boiler, or heat pump will have shorter heating cycles on even the coldest days of the year. It will also have less of them. The next...

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5 Reasons to Invest in an HVAC Maintenance Plan

August 17, 2022

Your HVAC equipment keeps your living space comfortable all year round. It keeps your residential property warm in the wet winter months and cool in the summer. Therefore, it’s important to keep the unit in good condition by having all the components inspected and cleaned by a certified HVAC technician every year. An HVAC technician can easily detect minor problems within the unit before they grow into major issues that need costly repairs or emergency replacements. Besides, with high replacement costs and the shortage of HVAC parts and components, keeping your HVAC equipment operating well should be one of the top items on your priority list. A maintenance plan will keep the unit running optimally and more efficiently for many years. Here are more reasons to invest in a good maintenance plan for your HVAC. 1. Reliable Equipment Having your HVAC serviced in fall and spring plays a major role in your residential property’s comfort because it makes your HVAC reliable throughout the year. The last thing you want is a heater, furnace, or air conditioner at risk of breaking down when you need it the most. A maintenance plan allows HVAC experts to inspect, service, and clean the entire...

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Steps to Dog Proof Your HVAC System

September 25, 2019

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 system off-limits to your furry friend....

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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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