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What Happens During a Professional A/C Tune-Up?

Routine maintenance can keep your air conditioner running efficiently and extend its useful life by several years. As a homeowner, the two most important things you can do related to A/C upkeep are to change your air filter regularly and to sign an ongoing maintenance contract with a qualified HVAC professional. The minimal cost involved in an annual professional A/C tune-up will pay for itself in lower energy bills, reduced repair costs and delayed investments in new equipment.

By |2018-05-04T18:23:55+00:00December 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Happens During a Professional A/C Tune-Up?

What Causes Leaky A/C Evaporator Coils?

Of all the things that affect air conditioner performance, rain is a natural phenomenon that actually improves it. Except in extreme conditions, rain falling on the outdoor condenser helps clean it and cool off the hot refrigerant the system sends through the condenser's coil. Manufacturers design central air conditioners to withstand all but the most extreme weather events.

By |2018-05-04T18:23:55+00:00November 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Causes Leaky A/C Evaporator Coils?

Seal, Insulate and Improve Home Comfort and Efficiency

Some of the most effective ways to improve home comfort and efficiency have nothing to do with your heating and cooling systems themselves. When you seal and insulate your home properly, you'll have an easier time keeping it at your preferred temperature. That means greater comfort and lower energy bills in Montgomery County's hot summers and during our cool winters, too.

By |2018-05-04T18:23:55+00:00October 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Seal, Insulate and Improve Home Comfort and Efficiency

Is My Air Conditioner Performance Affected By Rain?

Of all the things that affect air conditioner performance, rain is a natural phenomenon that actually improves it. Except in extreme conditions, rain falling on the outdoor condenser helps clean it and cool off the hot refrigerant the system sends through the condenser's coil. Manufacturers design central air conditioners to withstand all but the most extreme weather events.

By |2018-05-04T18:23:55+00:00October 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is My Air Conditioner Performance Affected By Rain?

Assessing the Negative Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality

No one enjoys dusty air or mysterious odors hanging around the house, but the effects of poor indoor air quality go well beyond a little annoyance. In fact, even if your home smells fresh and clean, your air may still carry contaminants that can, with long-term exposure, contribute to serious health problems.

By |2018-06-05T20:51:34+00:00June 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Assessing the Negative Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality

How A/C Maintenance Reduces Spring Allergens Indoors

Spring is upon us, and with it the dreaded seasonal allergens. Unfortunately, allergens have no trouble infiltrating your home through open doors and windows or even through the A/C. In fact, indoor allergen levels are often even higher than those outdoors! Fear not, however, because HVAC maintenance reduces spring allergens and makes the air in your home safe to breathe again.

By |2018-05-04T18:24:20+00:00May 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How A/C Maintenance Reduces Spring Allergens Indoors

How MERV Ratings and Air Filters Go Hand in Hand for Improved Indoor Air Quality

When you're looking for ways to improve your home's indoor air quality, MERV ratings may not be the first thing that come to mind. Although the term may sound a little obscure, the MERV scale exists to help you find the right type of air filter for your furnace.

By |2018-06-05T20:43:48+00:00April 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How MERV Ratings and Air Filters Go Hand in Hand for Improved Indoor Air Quality

Add-ons for Your Furnace Installation: Equipment You Might Need

Before you commit to that furnace installation, you might want to consider a system that offers variable operating speeds. In a (usually) mild winter climate like ours, these kinds of furnaces improve comfort and can drive down the cost of heating homes. A variable-speed furnace adjusts the amount of fuel it uses based on your home's heating requirements, along with the running speed of the fan motor.

By |2018-06-05T20:50:33+00:00March 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Add-ons for Your Furnace Installation: Equipment You Might Need

Furnace Replacement? 3 Things to Think of First

Are you shopping for a new furnace replacement and confused about efficiency ratings, or concerned with how to select the furnace that most meets your needs – nothing more, nothing less? Use this how-to guide for choosing the right furnace, and rest assured your investment is indeed a wise one.

By |2018-05-04T18:24:20+00:00February 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Furnace Replacement? 3 Things to Think of First

Heat Pump Pros and Cons to Consider

A heat pump is an energy-efficient option for heating and cooling your Conroe area home. Heat pumps perform well in climates with hot summers and relatively mild winters, so they're well suited for our area. Before you finalize plans for your new construction or renovation project, consider the pros and cons of heat pumps, as well as conventional furnaces and central air conditioning systems.

By |2018-05-04T18:24:21+00:00January 4th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Heat Pump Pros and Cons to Consider

Houston Area Humidity Can Lead to Mold Issues in Your Montgomery County Home

Humidity is a part of life in the Houston area. As the warm air comes in off the Gulf, the humidity builds to an uncomfortable level outside. It can become a problem inside if you don't have adequate humidity control. Not only are high humidity levels uncomfortable for people, it can lead to mold issues in your home.

By |2018-05-04T18:24:36+00:00December 16th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Houston Area Humidity Can Lead to Mold Issues in Your Montgomery County Home

The Role of Ductwork Design in Heating and Cooling Efficiency

Professional ductwork design is a major factor in optimum heating and cooling efficiency. HVAC efficiency is a whole-house concept that extends beyond merely the components of a furnace or A/C that generate conditioned air. Distributing that air in proper volume and at the required temperature to all rooms in the house impacts overall system performance. Losses due to substandard, deteriorating ductwork can easily offset the anticipated efficiency gains from even the most advanced, energy-saving air conditioner or furnace. Competent ductwork design and manufacture integrates scientific principles of air distribution and thermal gain and loss with quality materials and skilled installation to build in long-term heating and cooling efficiency.

By |2018-05-04T18:24:36+00:00November 20th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Role of Ductwork Design in Heating and Cooling Efficiency

Preventive Maintenance: 6 Reasons an Agreement is Beneficial

You rely on your home's HVAC system throughout the year, and regular maintenance is essential to keep it running smoothly and guarantee your comfort. If you're debating whether a preventive maintenance agreement is worth the investment, consider the following benefits:

By |2018-05-04T18:24:36+00:00November 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Preventive Maintenance: 6 Reasons an Agreement is Beneficial

Is Aging Ductwork Draining the Efficiency of Your HVAC System?

If your HVAC equipment is fairly new, but your utility bills haven't decreased at the rate you were hoping for, your ductwork might be the problem. Ductwork is often neglected because it isn't visible on a daily basis. However, aging ductwork, or a duct system that has been poorly designed or maintained, can drain a noticeable amount of energy.

By |2018-05-04T18:24:36+00:00November 15th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Is Aging Ductwork Draining the Efficiency of Your HVAC System?

Maximizing the Life Span of Your Furnace

Whether the furnace in your Conroe area home is brand new or relatively ancient, maximizing the life span of your furnace will save you a considerable amount of money on replacement costs, as well as maintain the efficiency of your current system to lower your utility bills and extend its life.

By |2018-05-04T18:24:37+00:00November 13th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Maximizing the Life Span of Your Furnace

What Homeowners Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide

As you prepare your home for the upcoming winter, it's critical that you take some time to address any carbon monoxide (CO) issues you may have. CO is the by-product of incomplete combustion that occurs when you burn any sort of fuel. It's a problem year-round, but especially so when your home's closed up tightly.

By |2018-05-04T18:24:54+00:00October 9th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Homeowners Need to Know About Carbon Monoxide

Consider a Thermal Expansion Valve for Your Next A/C Replacement

A thermal expansion valve on your air conditioner is a no-brainer today. That wasn’t always the case. Better known in the industry as a TXV, this improvement on standard A/C design had been successfully used in large commercial refrigerant systems for years when it was first included in residential units in the 1970s. Despite the proven advantages of TXV technology, manufacturers stopped offering the option on home A/C systems in a short period of time. The reason was simple. In an era of dirt-cheap energy prices, even the nominal expense of a thermal expansion valve was not considered cost-efficient, despite the documented benefits to system performance and efficiency.

By |2018-05-04T18:24:55+00:00August 26th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Consider a Thermal Expansion Valve for Your Next A/C Replacement

Air Conditioner Capacity: Do You Know Why It’s Measured in Tons?

Air conditioner capacity is measured in tons, but that term doesn’t refer to how much heavy lifting the crew installing your unit will have to do. Tons in the HVAC profession relates to the amount of heat energy in British thermal units (BTUs) an air conditioner's capable of extracting from the air. One ton equals 12,000 BTUs per hour.

By |2018-05-04T18:24:55+00:00July 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Air Conditioner Capacity: Do You Know Why It’s Measured in Tons?

Changing the A/C Filter: The Most Important Task Homeowners Can Do

Changing the A/C filter in your home isn't just an easy maintenance task; it’s one of the few DIY procedures a homeowner can perform that substantially and immediately impacts performance and efficiency. If you’ve ever scheduled a service call for an A/C problem, you may have noticed that one of the very first things a trained technician does is check the condition of the air filter since proper system airflow is a critical element.

By |2018-05-04T18:25:14+00:00April 10th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Changing the A/C Filter: The Most Important Task Homeowners Can Do

8 Benefits Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps Offer Conroe Homeowners

Ductless mini-split heat pumps are capable of both heating and cooling your home, just like a conventional heat pump. The main difference is that, instead of requiring an indoor evaporator coil and notoriously inefficient ductwork, ductless mini-split heat pumps send refrigerant through copper tubing directly to a wall-mounted air handler in your home. This air handler is discrete and attractive, unlike window air conditioners. Plus, window A/Cs can’t deliver heat in the winter the way ductless mini splits can. If you’re in need of an HVAC upgrade, consider what these systems have to offer.

By |2018-05-04T18:25:15+00:00February 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 8 Benefits Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps Offer Conroe Homeowners

With Air Purification Working Behind the Scenes, Indoor Air Quality Rises

The winter season is in full swing in southeast Texas, and many Montgomery County residents may be faced with indoor air quality issues. Colds and allergies can get worse in the winter months, and it's crucial to keep your home's air as clean as possible. Investing in a home air purification system will help to improve your home's air quality and promote a healthier winter for your family.

By |2018-05-04T18:25:31+00:00January 29th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on With Air Purification Working Behind the Scenes, Indoor Air Quality Rises

Installing A New Water Heater? Use This Sizing Guide

Maintaining an adequate and easily accessible supply of hot water is a necessity for proper household sanitation and health. When installing a new water heater, it's important to purchase a unit that is correctly sized. Here is a brief guide to sizing a water heater that will help you find a system that will provide enough hot water, without wasting energy or money.

By |2018-05-04T18:25:31+00:00January 10th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Installing A New Water Heater? Use This Sizing Guide

The Whys of Changing The Air Filter In Your Heat Pump

If you want the most efficiency and longest life from your heat pump, put changing the air filter at the top of the list for maintenance tasks. The air filter can have a considerable impact on how well the system runs and how long it may last. Dirt is not the friend of any of the components inside the heat pump, and it's the one thing that you can manage yourself to help ensure the system's long life.

By |2018-05-04T18:25:31+00:00December 29th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Whys of Changing The Air Filter In Your Heat Pump

Duct Sealing Benefits You Can’t Afford To Ignore

The basic function of ductwork is to transfer air from an air conditioning or heating unit to the rooms in your home. Leaks in the duct system do not allow it to perform as designed and have a negative impact on the comfort level of your home, the environment and your wallet. Duct sealing benefits include eliminating leaks, vastly improving efficiency and more. By sealing ducts, you'll notice:

By |2018-05-04T18:25:31+00:00December 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Duct Sealing Benefits You Can’t Afford To Ignore

The Telltale Signs Of Problems In Your Air Ducts

Air ducts are typically located out of sight in a home’s attic, basement and/or crawl space. Perhaps the only time that ducts get your attention is when the telltale signs of problems occur such as rattling and clamoring noises, uncomfortable air distribution, and/or higher-than-normal utility bills.

By |2018-05-04T18:25:31+00:00December 14th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Telltale Signs Of Problems In Your Air Ducts

Telltale Signs That Your Duct System Isn’t Up To The Job

Your duct system was probably the state of the art when your home was new. And that’s bad news. Back in the day, home builders often viewed ductwork as a convenient opportunity to reduce construction expenses. Ducts included in a new home at original construction were typically not manufactured to remain functional for the life of the home.

By |2018-05-04T18:25:48+00:00November 23rd, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Telltale Signs That Your Duct System Isn’t Up To The Job

The Filter In Your Furnace: Neglect It And Risk The Consequences

The filter in your furnace is critical to system airflow. Proper airflow, in turn, affects energy efficiency and the comfort level in your home. It also protects the moving parts of your furnace, such as the blower motor, from excessive wear and tear caused by dust intake. Finally, a quality furnace filter removes airborne particulates from the breathing air in your home. These include allergens like dust and pollen as well as microorganisms such as mold spores.

By |2018-05-04T18:25:48+00:00November 10th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Filter In Your Furnace: Neglect It And Risk The Consequences

CO Detectors And Smoke Alarms: Are You Choosing And Using These Crucial Safety Systems The Right Way

Your home most likely has CO detectors and smoke alarms, but have you chosen the right ones, and are you using them the right way? Most of these devices provide a measure of protection but fail to respond in some scenarios, depending on their sensors and the levels of carbon monoxide and/or smoke in your home, so choosing the right devices is paramount.

By |2018-05-04T18:25:48+00:00November 9th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on CO Detectors And Smoke Alarms: Are You Choosing And Using These Crucial Safety Systems The Right Way

Maintaining Your Heat Pump: Why Regular Service Is So Important

Like any type of heating and cooling equipment, maintaining your heat pump is essential to keep it in top working order. Spring and fall are the best times to schedule preventive maintenance because the weather in the Conroe area is at its mildest, and the service prepares your heat pump for the upcoming heating and cooling seasons.

By |2018-05-04T18:25:48+00:00November 9th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Maintaining Your Heat Pump: Why Regular Service Is So Important

Selecting A New HVAC Air Filter? 5 Tips For Increasing Efficiency Potential

With the average home's indoor air quality substantially below healthy levels, selecting a new HVAC air filter that can efficiently capture pollutants is a significant decision that can impact the health and comfort of you and your loved ones.

By |2018-05-04T18:26:04+00:00October 3rd, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Selecting A New HVAC Air Filter? 5 Tips For Increasing Efficiency Potential

Energy Vampires Could They Be Overpowering Your Home

Energy vampires like to suck energy from the electronic devices around your Conroe or Montgomery County home, even when you think they're powered off. Did you know that many of your electronic appliances and gadgets don't really have an off button? Most will have a button or switch labeled “off” or “power” and when you're finished using them, you click it, press it or flip it.

By |2018-05-04T18:26:04+00:00August 31st, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Energy Vampires Could They Be Overpowering Your Home

Air Conditioning Performance Hindered By Two Common Problems: Refrigerant Charge And Airflow

Maintaining proper refrigerant charge and adequate airflow within a central air conditioning system are key to enjoying top air conditioning performance. The highest level of performance means your A/C runs like new or as close as possible for its age. It also means you and your family will enjoy the most comfort possible in your Montgomery County home, along with the lowest energy bills.

By |2018-05-31T18:52:03+00:00August 17th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Air Conditioning Performance Hindered By Two Common Problems: Refrigerant Charge And Airflow

Your Air Conditioner: Preventing And Dealing With Mold Growth In The Drip Pan

As the name implies, an air conditioner does more than cool air, it conditions air. Part of that conditioning function is removing humidity. Particularly on a humid southeast Texas summer day, your air conditioner extracts gallons and gallons of water vapor. This condensate flows into the drip pan under the air handler, then down a drain line. But that wet drip pan, located in the dark, hot surroundings of an attic or air handler closet, is a perfect environment for mold and algae.

By |2018-05-04T18:26:04+00:00August 10th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Your Air Conditioner: Preventing And Dealing With Mold Growth In The Drip Pan

Two-Stage Cooling: Count The Ways You’ll Benefit From It

Homeowners in the Conroe and Montgomery County area are wise to consider two-stage cooling systems, as their high-tech compressors offer countless benefits. With a compressor that can operate at two stages, instead of just one — full-speed — a two-stage cooling system produces a more comfortable home and helps you save energy.

By |2018-05-04T18:26:05+00:00July 27th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Two-Stage Cooling: Count The Ways You’ll Benefit From It

Heat Pumps 101: Everything Homeowners Need To Know To Upgrade To A New System

If your old heating and cooling systems need to be replaced this year, heat pumps are an efficient option that offer homeowners a high return on investment. With the ability to move heat instead of using a combustible fuel, a heat pump will provide you with a two-in-one cooling and heating system, ensuring high energy savings and the ultimate in home comfort, too.

By |2018-05-04T18:26:22+00:00July 13th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Heat Pumps 101: Everything Homeowners Need To Know To Upgrade To A New System

Sizing Ducts: Why Your Contractor Should Use This Leading Method

Sizing ducts properly is not a matter of guesswork or rule-of-thumb engineering. It’s a science. And, a critical element of an HVAC installation that delivers optimum comfort and efficiency to Conroe homeowners. With today’s utility rates, who can afford the operating costs of an inefficient heating/cooling system caused by outdated methods for sizing ducts? Manufacturer’s specifications and energy efficiency estimates of new HVAC equipment assume the system will be connected to ductwork sized and designed professionally, utilizing a method such as Manual D, published by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA.) Now the accepted industry standard, the Manual D worksheet is commonly incorporated into a larger software package that also facilitates duct layout design and selection of ductwork elements.

By |2018-05-04T18:26:22+00:00July 6th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sizing Ducts: Why Your Contractor Should Use This Leading Method

Heat Pump Maintenance Tips For Hot Weather

Heat pumps that are well-maintained provide homeowners excellent energy efficiency and comfortable indoor conditions, even through the long cooling months in Texas. Heat-pump maintenance and care include both professional service and simple do-it-yourself tasks you can do between professional service checks

By |2018-05-04T18:26:22+00:00July 6th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Heat Pump Maintenance Tips For Hot Weather

Upgrading Home Insulation? Check R-Values And Location First

One of the best projects you can do for your home is improving your insulation. Dollar for dollar, upgrading home insulation has one of the biggest paybacks because it works all year long to keep your home more comfortable, without your HVAC equipment having to expend any more energy. Insulation has a long life and, in some cases, is a project that homeowners can do on their own.

By |2018-05-04T18:26:23+00:00June 8th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Upgrading Home Insulation? Check R-Values And Location First

Supplementing Your Air Conditioning With Fans And Ventilation

When temperatures rise here in Conroe and Montgomery County, turning on the air conditioning is the natural reaction. But homeowners in the know also do something more that saves them a significant amount of energy -- and money. They turn on the fans and make sure their rooms are well-ventilated, in addition to the A/C. On milder days, fans can actually allow you to skip the air conditioner altogether.

By |2018-05-04T18:26:23+00:00May 18th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Supplementing Your Air Conditioning With Fans And Ventilation

Five Telltale Signs That Your Ductwork Is Leaking Air

If your forced-air system has problematic ducts, your Conroe or Montgomery County home is likely costing you extra money. When ductwork is leaking air, there can be other problems as well. Higher energy costs are just the beginning. There are at least five (and potentially more) problems caused by leaky ducts.

By |2018-05-04T18:26:23+00:00May 11th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Five Telltale Signs That Your Ductwork Is Leaking Air

New Technology Developments for Air Conditioning and Heating

As a home or business owner in Conroe, TX utilizing the latest in air conditioning and heating can save your home or business a bundle of money. Today's developments in air conditioning and heating technology include both time and money savers that work for you no matter what the size or type of business or home you have. Our air conditioning and heating repair and installation technicians offer these hints about the latest developments for air conditioning and heating businesses in Conroe, TX.

By |2018-05-04T18:26:43+00:00March 23rd, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Technology Developments for Air Conditioning and Heating
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