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Alternate Types of HVAC System

March 12th, 2018

ductless-mini-split-ACMost people are accustomed to traditional centralized air conditioners and furnaces, which heat or cool the air inside the unit before blowing them into the home with a fan. It’s a simple and effective way to control the temperatures in your home, but it’s not the only way to do so, and depending upon the needs of your home, you may benefit from something a little different.

Spring makes an excellent time to replace an old or outdated HVAC system with a new one. The weather is growing warm, but it’s not yet hot enough to need an air conditioner. And if a centralized system isn’t quite what your home needs, or you flat-out can’t make a typical system work given your home’s specific dimensions, then one of these alternate forms of HVAC system may be just what the doctor ordered.

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What Kind of Company Can Perform Heater Repair?

February 12th, 2018

heating-repair-servicesHeating repair services can be as important to the quality of your life as your auto mechanic and even your doctor. Your heating system is just as important to your home, and a broken heater can mean far more than a loss of comfort. Without reliable service from your furnace, your home could resemble a deep freeze in a matter of hours. This is a problem for every home, but particularly homes with sensitive or vulnerable family members such as infants and the elderly. If your heater is experiencing problems, you need to get it repaired by a team that knows what it’s doing.

But how can you find the right company for your system? There are a number of heating repair services in the area, and most of them can do at least a competent job when it comes to fixing basic problems. But you likely want more than basic competence when it comes to something so important. How do you find the best possible service for your system? Ultimately, only you can decide which service works best for you. There are, however, certain qualities you can look for in your heating service that speak to a high level of professionalism and care. We’ve listed a few of the most prominent ones below.

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Signs of Needing Heater Repair Are Easy to Spot

January 29th, 2018

heating-repair-ventWinters are milder here in Texas than in most other parts of the country, but we still get plenty of freezing cold temperatures and snow in the winter months. You need your heating system to work as expected every day in such weather, and when the unexpected arises, you need your system to be fixed as quickly as possible by a team that knows what they’re doing.

The bad news is that heating systems rarely deliver overt signs when they’re experiencing trouble. (When they do, it’s usually because they simply fail to turn on, which is typically a safety feature designed to prevent dangers like leaking gas or further damage to the system.) The good news is that there are a number of common symptoms that recur across many issues, and while you should never attempt to diagnose a problem with your furnace,  you can usually spot the signs of a problem if you know what to look for. These sings can include the following:

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A New HVAC System Needs to Be Sized Properly

January 15th, 2018

air-conditioner-repairWe enjoy very mild winters in this part of the world, and that makes now a good time to replace older HVAC systems that just can’t do the job anymore. But that means more than just carting the used system away and putting a new one in place. A number of calculations need to be made in order to ensure that the new system works exactly as intended and provides the maximum efficiency for your home. That starts with proper sizing.

When we say “sizing,” we don’t mean the physical size of the new HVAC system, though obviously that comes into play when you need to fit the new unit in a particular corner. Far more important, however, is the power output of the new system. Power levels for heating and cooling can be far more delicate than you may think.

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3 Signs You Need Furnace Repair

January 1st, 2018

heating-repair-issuesWith winter here, the weather has turned cold, and you’ll likely be running your furnace on a daily basis for the next few months. The last thing you want to deal with is an unexpected breakdown on the coldest day of the year, forcing you to scramble for repairs while your home slowly turns into a deep freeze. The good news is that few furnace repair issues simply spring up out of the blue. If you can spot the signs that something is wrong, you can shut the system down and call for repairs before it becomes an emergency.

While you should never attempt to diagnose a problem formally, let alone try to repair the furnace (furnaces require formal training and licensing to perform), you can spot the signs of an issue fairly readily. Common symptoms can recur across multiple different problems, and in general, anything you don’t recognize as part of your furnace’s normal functioning is cause for concern. Three of the most common symptoms of a problem are listed below.

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Heating Repair Services Need to Be Available 24/7

December 18th, 2017

Winter is on the way and cold weather is already here. When the temperatures drop below freezing, a reliable heating system becomes far more a necessity than a luxury: keeping your family comfortable and safe no matter how far the mercury dips. We strongly recommend conducting regular maintenance every year at about this time to minimize the risk of a breakdown over the winter

Even with regular heating system maintenance, however, there’s always a chance that something will go wrong over the winter. And when it does, it doesn’t always choose normal business hours to take place. A heater might break down in the middle of the night, for instance, turning your home into an icebox in a matter of hours, or during the weekend when you can’t simply wait until Monday.

In those moments, you need a service that isn’t going to tell you to wait. Quality repair technicians are available anytime, day or night. They understand that people can’t always wait on a problem and that getting it fixed immediately is far more than a matter of convenience.

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Schedule Heating Repair before Winter

December 4th, 2017

heating-repair-servicesWinters 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.

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Air Conditioning Repair Service Shouldn’t Wait for Spring

November 20th, 2017

air-conditioning-repairCool 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.

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Prevent AC Repair Services with Timely Maintenance

November 6th, 2017

air-conditioning-maintenanceWith 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.

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Packaged HVAC Units Save You Money

October 23rd, 2017

modular-hvac-systemThe 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.

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