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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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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3 Reasons Dirty Evaporator Coils are a Major Source of Late Summer Headaches

October 22, 2015

Dirty evaporator coils can cause numerous problems and cost you money, especially in the late summer of Conroe, Texas, after the A/C has been running all season. Because of this, you will need to keep an eye out for the following problems typically associated with dirty coils and either attempt to clean them yourself or—even better—contact a professional. 1. High Indoor Humidity Thanks to the evaporator, air conditioners pull humidity out of the air and recirculate purified air that’s pleasant to breathe and makes your home feel comfortable. Whenever you have an issue with dirty evaporator coils, indoor humidity can’t be addressed as efficiently. Try purchasing a foaming coil cleaner from a home improvement store to spray directly on the coils when the A/C is running. If that doesn’t work, avoid brushing or using high-pressure air on the coils, since those techniques can damage them. Your best bet at that point is to call a technician. 2. Low Airflow If your A/C doesn’t seem to be providing the same level of cooling it did at the start of the summer, there’s a good chance that dirty evaporator coils are to blame. In extreme cases, dirty coils can lead to ice...

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Why You Should Get a Fall Tune-Up for Your HVAC System

October 15, 2015

If you live in Montgomery County, Texas, autumn is the best time of year for an air conditioner tune-up. You’ve used your AC all summer long and are finally getting ready to switch over to heat. Experts recommend that you invest in regular HVAC maintenance, and there’s simply no better time of year to call a technician and schedule a service. Increase Your Heater’s Efficiency Keeping your HVAC well maintained is crucial for saving money on energy. As you use your AC all summer long, dirt and debris build up in the ductwork and filters. It’s a good idea to address these issues before switching over to heat. Not only will your heater work more efficiently, but the quality of airflow throughout your home will be much more pleasant, resulting in a cozier home this winter. Catch Problems Before They Result in Bigger Issues Preventative maintenance is important because it gives technicians the chance to spot underlying issues that may not be obvious to the homeowner. If the homeowner continually opts out of regular tune-ups, some issues could fester for several seasons before being found, which could result in the entire HVAC system having to be replaced. Scheduling regular maintenance...

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What Does the SEER Rating Say About Your Air Conditioner’s Energy Efficiency?

September 18, 2015

When you want to know how energy-efficient your air conditioner is, take a close look at the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating. Here’s what you should know about the SEER rating and what it says about your Conroe-area home’s energy efficiency. What a SEER Rating Means Seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or SEER, ratings reveal how much energy an air conditioning system needs in order to produce a certain amount of cooling. Essentially, the SEER rating tells you how energy-efficient an air conditioner is. Including this rating on air conditioning systems has been mandatory for about 10 years, and newer systems are required to have a SEER rating of 13 or above. Older air conditioners might have SEER ratings of 10 or even as low as six, since minimum efficiency standards have evolved over time. The most efficient systems top out at 25, the maximum SEER rating. What You Can Do About Your SEER Rating As air conditioners adopt improved technology and become more efficient, national energy standards continue to develop. That means older air conditioners with lower SEER ratings slowly become obsolete as they fail to meet minimum standards. Though you don’t have to replace an outdated HVAC system...

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How Preventative Maintenance Can Help You Save on HVAC Costs This Summer

September 11, 2015

Malfunctioning air conditioners mean bad news in late summer, when Texas temperatures are still high. While some air conditioner problems come as unwelcome surprises, you can prevent most of them and save your hard-earned money at the same time. Here’s how preventative maintenance can help Conroe homeowners save on HVAC costs this summer. Confirm Thermostat Settings During a scheduled preventative maintenance visit, one of the first things a technician will do is check your programmable thermostat settings and confirm that they meet your home’s energy needs. Your thermostat should be set to cool only when your family is home, since running at any other time just wastes energy. The technician can walk you through the optimal settings to help you save energy and money. Clean Condenser Coils When dirt and debris build up on your air conditioner’s condenser coils, the entire system has to work harder to cool your home. This can lead to unnecessary wear and tear, which means you may face an expensive air conditioner replacement. As part of your air conditioner preventative maintenance package, the technician will clean the condenser coils to ensure your system works more effectively. Check Refrigerant Levels Over the course of several months...

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