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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What Can Greenspeed Intelligence Do for You and Your Home?

October 29, 2015

Today’s homeowners that need to upgrade their heating systems are on the lookout for the most efficient technology. Heating and cooling products currently on the market are designed to provide cleaner, more breathable air than ever before, but technological advancements don’t stop there. Greenspeed Intelligence is an innovative, forward-thinking solution designed to boost a heat pump’s ability to adjust comfort levels with efficiency and precision – but what is it? And how can this technology benefit you and your family? What is Greenspeed Intelligence? Revolutionized by Carrier, Greenspeed Intelligence has been paired with the company’s latest Infinity series products, taking them to a higher level than ever before. The technology was designed to be highly adaptable, allowing a heat pump or furnace to run at the exact capacity a home needs for maximum comfort. This includes cooling levels. It’s a highly adaptive system that can pinpoint whether a heat pump should run at 40-percent or 100-percent capacity. But if you’re thinking all heat pumps automatically adjust when a home’s temperature reaches a certain range, it’s important to note that Greenspeed Intelligence has a dynamic advantage. This newer technology is capable of choosing the optimal operating capacity, ensuring that it always...

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5 Ways You’re Accidentally Wasting Energy This Summer

August 6, 2015

Energy efficiency is important to all homeowners, whether they know it by this name or not. An energy-efficient home enjoys lower utility bills and higher comfort levels. You can minimize your impact on the environment while padding your wallet with extra money by making some smart changes to your Texas lifestyle. Be wary of these mistakes that can cost you big in the efficiency department. It’s easy to fall into a routine, but these habits will cost you money if you don’t change them this summer. Leaving Power Strips On Plugging your appliances into power strips is an excellent way to save energy, but if you’re not actively turning your power strips on and off, you’re doing only half the job. To reap the energy savings of using a power strip, you must turn off the entire strip any time you’re not using the associated appliances. Get into the habit of turning off power strips before you leave a room, and make regular rounds of the house before you go to bed in the evening to make sure every power strip is turned off. Cooking on the Stove If you’re trying to save money, eating at home is a good...

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Keep Your Older Home Cool With a Central Air Conditioning System

June 18, 2015

There’s a lot to be said for buying an older home. Besides their charming exteriors, they’re often well built with durable materials and sturdy construction. But one thing older homes aren’t usually known for is a good air conditioner. Even in our steamy region, some homes may never have had a central A/C installed or, if the home has some type of A/C, it may be time to upgrade it to a system that’s more efficient. Read on to learn what’s involved in adding central A/C to older homes. Determining the Scope of the Project Adding central A/C to older homes can be expensive, involving the addition or renovation of ductwork, upgrading the electrical system with a dedicated 230-volt circuit, increasing the size of the blower, changing out old registers for those sufficient to handle greater air flow and sealing the home envelope and the ductwork. That said, the advantages are many. If you’ve been using window units, you may be fed up with how unsightly and how noisy they are. Plus, running several window units isn’t particularly efficient, nor will they do the best job of cooling the home. To Add or Not to Add Ductwork Adding central air...

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Evaporator and Condenser Coils Are Essential to A/C Operation

April 15, 2015

Your air conditioning system’s evaporator and condenser coils play important roles when it comes to keeping your Texas home cool and comfortable. This mass of aluminum and copper piping is what your air conditioning system’s refrigerant travels through in order to provide effective and efficient cooling. A basic understanding of how evaporator and condenser coils work to provide your home with the utmost comfort is handy to have when it comes to taking care of common coil-related issues. It may even encourage you to care for your air conditioner and give it the proper maintenance it needs to live a long life. How Evaporator and Condenser Coils Work In spite of their similar appearances and functions, evaporator and condenser coils are located in two different areas of your central A/C system. The evaporator coil is located within the plenum of the indoor portion of the cooling system, while the condenser coil is located within the outdoor portion. The evaporator coil doesn’t produce cold; instead, it takes away heat by absorbing the latent heat within the air using the refrigerant within the coils. Before the refrigerant enters the coils, it goes through an expansion valve that allows the pressurized gas to...

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