December 4th, 2017
Winters are blissfully mild here in Texas, and tend to start late and leave early. That’s a big benefit to living here, though it can sometimes make homeowners slow to respond to problems with their heating systems. We rightfully focus on our air conditioning systems over our furnaces, and problems with our home heating systems can catch us by surprise.
November 20th, 2017
Cool weather is here, and most homeowners have turned off their air conditioners for good until next spring. You should never run your air conditioner when the weather is cold since it will cause significant problems with the system and can lead to a breakdown. Just because you’re not running it, however, doesn’t mean you should sit on any problems until next spring. If your air conditioner was showing signs of trouble before you turned it off for the season, now is an excellent time to schedule repairs: before you have need of it again after the winter is over.
November 6th, 2017
With fall officially here and winter now on the way, local residents are turning off their air conditioning systems and turning on their heating systems. Cool weather comes late here in Texas, but we’re still bracing for another round of winter, and with Thanksgiving approaching, you likely won’t have need of your air conditioner again until the spring.
That makes now the ideal time to schedule regular maintenance services for your air conditioner. It’s a kind of tune-up for your system: designed to check for potential problems and let you get an early handle on them. The HVAC technician looks the system over completely, looking not only for existing problems but issues that could develop into something serious in the future if you let them go unattended.
We recommend homeowners schedule routine maintenance for their air conditioners every fall: now when you have little need of the AC and can set up maintenance at your leisure. The benefits you can reap are significant.
October 23rd, 2017
The HVAC systems most people are accustomed to are usually split in two: an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. Packaged units, on the other hand, combine everything into a single casing, usually located on the rooftop or otherwise outdoors. Commercial buildings use packaged HVAC systems a great deal because they save on space (they’re often located on the roof), but any building can make use of them. The central drawback of packaged units is that they’re often placed outdoors, which exposes them to the elements and can make breakdowns more severe. Most of them are built to handle inclement weather quite well, however, and in exchange that can save you quite a bit of money without skimping on a comfortable temperature for your home or business.
October 9th, 2017
Most of us are accustomed to heating units and air conditioning units being two separate appliances: often linked by a shared duct system, but doing their jobs much differently and requiring entirely different types of systems to handle those jobs. Heat pumps offer a viable alternative to this model by performing both heating and air conditioning duties in a single unit. They work particularly well in our neck of the woods, where winters are milder than they might be further north. If you’re looking at replacing your HVAC system this fall, consider the benefits of a heat pump and whether one might make a good fit for your home. A heat pump performs the functions of both a heater and an air conditioner in one.
September 25th, 2017
Texas gets its share of warm days in the fall, and while your air conditioner will likely see reduced use in the next few weeks, you’ll likely need to run it at least a few more times before winter sets in for the remainder of the year. Ironically, this is the time of year we tend to see more breakdowns and repair calls in air conditioners. A system running on a daily basis for months on end is apt to pick up some serious wear and tear, and all of that can catch up to it when you try to turn it on after a few days or weeks of non-use.
If you’ve had trouble with your air conditioner over the summer but haven’t had a chance to get it looked at, or even if you just have an older air conditioner whose warranty has expired, it pays to schedule repairs–or at least check for them–now, before the winter sets in. That ensures not only that your AC can handle any remaining hot days this year, but that it will be ready to go next spring when you’re going to need it on a much more regular basis.
September 11th, 2017
As we all work to recover from the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey, your heating and air conditioning systems should rank among the top of your efforts. Once your home has been secured and is habitable, the next step is to deal with key systems in your home, including your air conditioner. Water damage on your system can be severe, and even if you think your system escaped the flood unscathed, it always pays for a trained technician to give it a look. And the sooner you can get those issues addressed, the better off you’ll be.
August 28th, 2017
New air conditioners can be a serious purchase this time of year. Ideally, you should install a new air conditioning system during the off-season, when you have time to prepare properly. But the summer is coming to an end, and if your current air conditioner isn’t doing the job the way you need it to, you might want to consider an installation right now. Furthermore, while central air conditioners are the go-to configuration for keeping your home cool, ductless mini-split systems offer an alternative you might want to consider. And while you may want to install a new system quickly, it pays to consider all of your options before making a decision.
August 14th, 2017
Most homes in our area rely on centralized air conditioning to stay cool in the heat of the summer. They use refrigerant to cool the air in a single unit, then blow that air through a network of ducts into the rooms of your home. It’s an efficient and inexpensive system, but like any system, it can run into problems from time to time. Summer is a particularly bad time for air conditioning breakdowns, since you need to run your system constantly in order to keep cool and the added strain can result in big trouble just when you need the system the most.
A good air conditioning service can be as important as your car mechanic this time of year: responding swiftly to any service calls and ensuring that the problem is corrected the right way the first time. You should never attempt to diagnose or repair an air conditioner on your own. ACs contain components like refrigerant that require formal training and licensing to handle safely. But you do still need to spot the signs that something is wrong in order to call in a repair service in the first place.
July 31st, 2017
Air conditioners work hard in the greater Houston area every summer, as high temperatures and higher humidity levels push them to the limit. Keeping your house comfortable in the face of a heat wave is more than just a luxury: it’s absolutely vital for comfort and even the health of individual family members.
Ideally, your system has been well-maintained and will function effectively throughout the entire summer, but it pays to watch for any signs that the system isn’t acting the way it should. Among the things to watch for is a condition known as short cycling: when the air conditioner turns on and runs for a short time, then turns off, only to turn on again a few minutes later. It might not sound like a pressing issue, but it can be devastating if you let it continue.