Are Expensive AC Filters Worth It?

June 12, 2017

Your wallet is important to you. It’s what holds your future in it— your money. And that money should be spent as wisely as possible. You worked hard to get that cash, worked hard to be financially stable. So when you decide to buy something, you want to know that you’re getting the most bang for your buck and there’s no time where that’s more important than when buying AC filters. Your AC unit is a huge part of your life, after all. It keeps you cool in the summer and makes sure your home is as comfortable as possible. At , we know that the decision about what to spend on filters is a tough one. You might feel that there’s no need to pay for more expensive filters but in reality, there’s every reason to spend that little bit extra for great quality. All air filters have a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating and the higher the rating, the more efficient your filters are. There’s bound to be dust, pollens and other irritants swirling around in your air conditioning unit so it’s highly important that you get a filter that catches them all. It might be tempting...

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What to Look for in an Air Conditioning Company

May 14, 2017

For most of us, a house represents the largest financial investment we’ll ever make. That means finding a company to handle your AC needs is of utmost importance, as well. The company you pick will be your partner in choosing and maintaining our home’s HVAC unit, which has consequences you might not have thought about. Since cooling and heating can account for almost half of a typical homeowner’s energy costs, making the right decision can have an impact on our bottom line, and it can affect the comfort of your family, as well. For years, people in and around have trusted for their HVAC needs. We’ve assembled a list of things to consider when you’re looking for a company to trust with your HVAC unit. It pays to seek out a company that gets consistently good reviews. Do your homework and see what the Better Business Bureau has to say, and check for consumer reviews on Yelp and other sites that post real-life feedback on local companies. An HVAC company should hire technicians who are certified by North American Technician Excellence. A NATE certification signifies a firm believes in hiring employees who are knowledgeable and know their stuff. Ask friends,...

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Summer Prep Tips for AC

April 13, 2017

It seems like we just got done with spring cleaning, but our scorching summer and fall months are descending upon us! How do you prepare? For most homes and business in , air conditioning uses more electricity than anything else. There are ways to reduce this load before sweltering months kick into full gear. Here are some easy some summer preparation practices to help reduce your usage and electric bills: Should You Close Unused Vents? Experts offer different opinions on the efficiency of closing vents and doors to unused rooms. In quite a few cases, this will decrease your air conditioning unit’s efficiency. Please double-check for any rooms with thermostats in them. You might not want to close them off. You can contact a technician at and they can advise you about closing off any parts of the house for the summer. Keep the Heat Off Your Thermostat Check to see that computers, televisions, lamps and other household devices that generate heat are not too close to your thermostat. If so, this can inadvertently drive up your temperature reading, causing the AC unit to kick off and on repeatedly all day and night to keep the temperature low. This can...

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3 Things to Understand About Your HVAC System

January 20, 2016

The HVAC system is really the heart of your Conroe, Texas, home. Without it, you wouldn’t have the comfort that we all often take for granted. Since HVAC systems are so important, it’s vital to understand how they work, and what you can do to take good care of your system. Here are three things to understand about your HVAC system. How They Work HVAC systems often consist of a combination of an air conditioning unit and a heater or furnace (although they can be separated. Those are called split-systems). In a nutshell, using fans, the system produces air that is then blown over either a refrigerant filled coil that cools the air (in the case of an air conditioner) or through a heat exchanger that heats the air (in the case of a furnace). This air is then passed through a duct system and distributed throughout your home. Maintenance HVAC systems aren’t invincible. Over time, these systems begin to deteriorate just like anything else. It’s possible for leaks to form in duct systems, cracks and other damage to appear on components, and filters to get clogged. Because of this inevitability, it is vital to conduct routine preventive maintenance on...

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How to Program Your Thermostat for Winter

January 15, 2016

Maximize your Conroe, Texas, home’s energy-savings this winter by taking advantage of your programmable thermostat. Instead of leaving the house at the same temperature for months on end, use all those hours you spend at work to your advantage by setting your thermostat lower during the day. While You’re Home The temperature that best combines energy-efficiency and comfort in winter is 68 degrees Farenheit. If you’re used to a warmer house, this temperature may feel cold at first. Instead of turning up the heat when you get chilly, try adding another layer of clothing, snuggling into a blanket, or drinking a hot beverage to warm you up. Program your thermostat to start heating the house to 68 degrees between half an hour to an hour before you get home from work, so the house is warm when you arrive. When You’re Away Reducing the thermostat by 8 or 10 degrees while you’re out of the house is a big energy-saver. That means your thermostat should be set between 58 and 60 degrees Farenheit while you’re gone. Set the thermostat to start cooling down the house about half an hour before you leave; the temperature won’t drop fast enough for you...

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Eight Ways to Keep Your Heater Running Efficiently

December 15, 2015

You probably know all the tips and tricks to stay cool in a Texas summer and keep your air conditioning running efficiently. No one likes a high electricity bill in the hottest part of the year. Did you know you can keep your heating running efficiently and lower your bills in the winter, too? With a few tips and a little professional help, you can stay warm this winter without running your heater non-stop or paying astronomical heating bills. Easy Things You Can Do Around Your Home Clean or change your filters monthly. The dirtier the filter, the harder your heater has to work. Use your fireplace sparingly. It may be great on romantic winter nights to set the mood, but the reality is that all the warm air in the room leaves through the chimney. Use your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans are great year-round to keep air moving, and in the winter, the clockwise motion will keep the heat inside your rooms. Move furniture, plants, and any clutter that blocks the air vents. Spend a Little to Save a Lot on Heating Costs Purchase a humidifier. It will add moisture to the air, making you feel warmer and allowing...

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Three Myths About Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

December 10, 2015

The summers are hot here in our little part of Texas, and the winters can get downright cold. A working, efficient heating and cooling system is an absolute must, year-round. One of the latest innovations is the ductless air conditioning system. Smaller and more efficient, these units don’t work with traditional ductwork. They’re also much quieter than the central units or the window systems. Unfortunately, there’s plenty of misinformation out there. Let’s clear up a few myths about ductless air conditioning systems, so you can make the most informed choice. Ductless Systems Provide Uneven Heating and Cooling Ductless units are sometimes incorrectly compared to window units and space heaters, which create unequal air distributions. The ductless systems work differently. They don’t create cool or warm air the way a typical system does. They move air throughout your home, distributing it evenly. Ductless Units are Bad for Your Indoor Air Quality In reality, the units may make your air cleaner in your home. The filters are designed to purify the air. Dust, dirt, spores, and anything carrying bacteria are trapped in the filter better than other types of units. When you need to clean your filter, all you need is soap...

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Are Your Ducts Beyond Saving?

November 25, 2015

Problems with your ductwork don’t automatically indicate that an expensive repair is needed or that large sections would need to be replaced. In many instances, professional maintenance and repair can solve duct issues and get your Magnolia, Texas, home’s HVAC system running at top efficiency again. Some problems, however, go too deep within the ductwork to be reliably fixed, and issues like age and improper installation can signal the end of your current ducts. Find out how to tell the difference between a repairable problem and an indication you need new ducts. Air Leaks Seam leaks are not an automatic sign that your ducts need to be replaced. If the rest of your system is working correctly and your ducts develop a leak over time, a professional can repair that section of duct with the proper materials. (Pro tip: duct tape is not a proper material.) Air leaks become a problem if they’re a consistent ductwork complaint. A number of factors, including age, cheap materials, or bad installation can cause many air leaks in your ducts. Cracks and Corrosion Air leaks happen when ducts become cracked and corroded, but unlike leaking seams, which happen due to regular wear and tear,...

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Premium Ductless Products from Carrier

November 17, 2015

Home comfort is essential, even if you don’t spend much time at home. Returning from a busy day working in Conroe, Texas to a home that’s too hot or too cold is not the way anyone wants to end their day. With Carrier’s line of great ductless products, however, you can solve your home’s heating and cooling issues with quiet, energy-efficient products. Multi-Zone Systems Carrier offers ductless systems with a single indoor heating and cooling unit, or a multi-zone system, which powers up to nine different zones inside your home. If you’ve been living with window air conditioners, a multi-zone ductless system will be a serious quality of life upgrade. Add a programmable thermostat to save energy while you’re at work and to ensure the house is the right temperature when you get home after a long day. Use the different zones to only heat or cool the rooms you’re using instead of wasting money on the entire house. Infinity The Infinity line offers extra comfort and extreme efficiency. With SEER ratings as high as 30 and extremely low decibel levels (about the loudness of a whisper) an Infinity ductless system won’t disturb you when it kicks on, whether you’re...

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Why Your AC Drips

November 11, 2015

After running all summer to keep your Conroe, Texas home cool, your AC may start to drip. Many things can cause condensation to build up on the air handler causing the AC to start dripping, and all of them mean you need professional maintenance. Condensation in the Crawl Space Your ducts cool down when they pump air conditioned air through your house, and if they encounter especially hot temperatures in the attic, basement, or crawl space that will cause condensation on the outsides of your ducts. Enough condensation may form that it drips from the ductwork. If you notice condensation forming on your ducts, you should call a professional for maintenance. Condensation like this can lead to mold and other IAQ issues. Clogged Air Filters Clean air filters aren’t just essential to your IAQ. They actually help keep the rest of your HVAC system running as it should. If the air filters are clogged, the evaporator coil will not work properly and can cause it to ice up. When this happens, you’ll end up with too much water in your drain pan which can then overflow. You don’t need a professional to change your air filters, but you should have...

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