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Improve Your Efficiency with the Right Thermostat

The Stone-Age did not end because we ran out of stones; we transitioned to better solutions. The same opportunity lies before us with energy efficiency . . . -Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Energy efficiency is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. Most of us care about the planet and our legacy, but [...]

Steps on How to Choose a Water Filtration System

At the Olympics in China, every color was represented… and that was just the drinking water. -Evan Sayet There’s no argument about the benefits of a water filtration system. It’s worth the investment! And you have many types of water filtration systems from which to choose, based on your budget and lifestyle. But with all [...]

3 Ways to Be Energy Efficient, Even When You Go on Vacation

Okay, the pets are boarded, the plants will be watered, the mail and newspaper are on hold . What are you forgetting? The house! You should prepare your home for safety and energy efficiency while you’re away. 1. Electronics/Appliances These are your true energy efficiency hogs. Even when turned off, your electronics continue to drain [...]

February 28th, 2017|Blog, Energy Efficiency|

HVAC Fall/Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

December 2016 saw Houston temperatures dipping into the thirties only to get colder in 2017. That means it’s winter in Texas! Most of us enjoy winter because it brings the kind of weather we don’t see much of here in Southeast Texas. Our friends at HouseLogic.com have a checklist for homeowners to complete every fall/winter, [...]

Save on Heating Costs This Winter!

When you learn more about your own cooling and heating costs, you can make informed decisions concerning ways to control energy expenditures. For example, have you followed the process to calculate your annual heating costs? You can use that information to better manage this year’s heating costs.‘Sneaky-Smart’ Ways to Save EnergyMaking your heating system work [...]

How Does a Gas Furnace Actually Work?

Texans appreciate the arrival of crisp, winter air more than most, though our winter weather is warmer than the northern states. Many people here in North Houston prefer the clean reliability of a gas furnace for those days when the northers bring winter weather. In addition to a reliable HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) [...]

How to Calculate Home Heating Costs and Save This Winter

It’s difficult to predict the weather in Southeast Texas, and that makes it even more difficult to estimate home or office energy costs. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, if you want to see snow – or even wintry temperatures – you’ll need to schedule a trip to Colorado in December 2016. In fact, temperatures [...]

6 Tips for Cooling Down Your AC Costs

Chief Meteorologist Dr. Todd Crawford says, “The past six summers have been the hottest six-year stretch in the last 120 years.” And then there’s Texas. We set the bar for summer heat; the high temperatures here can be life-threatening. How can you save on cooling costs when you’re running your AC 24/7? Lower Your Energy [...]

Schedule An Air Conditioner Tune Up – Your Wallet May Thank You!

Cooling season arrives earlier in our neck of the woods than the rest of Texas, and those warm, humid days are already in evidence as spring advances. But before you turn on your air conditioner this season, schedule an air conditioner tune-up. Maintenance on your A/C not only helps ensure your equipment stays in good [...]

Heating and Cooling Homes With High Ceilings

One of the most challenging heating and cooling conditions homeowners face is that of maintaining comfort when a home has high ceilings. As you're probably aware, heat rises, and with high ceilings that means in winter most of your heated air drifts to the ceiling, well away from where the home's occupants are. But high [...]

January 14th, 2016|Blog, Energy Efficiency|

3 Simple Ways to Reduce Energy Costs

Finding easy ways to cut your energy bills could be as simple as door and window sealing and evaluating the condition of your home's ductwork. Air leaks in any of these three lower your comfort and increase the time it takes to heat and cool your home. The materials for stopping air infiltration are simple [...]

November 19th, 2015|Blog, Energy Efficiency|

4 Fall Home Maintenance Tasks to Prepare for the Season

Montgomery County winters don't usually deliver much in the way of ice and snow, but in the rare case it comes, you want to be ready. Cooler weather makes autumn an ideal time to tackle fall home maintenance, indoors and out, and to make sure your HVAC system is running right before the first cold [...]

November 5th, 2015|Blog, Energy Efficiency|

Avoid Future HVAC Issues with Clean Condenser Coils

For your home's central air conditioner to achieve peak efficiency and performance, clean condenser coils are essential. Though, over time, a condenser coil will become coated with dust, grime and even mold. This erodes A/C efficiency and effectiveness, and it can threaten your health. External air-cooled condenser used in water cooler or refrigeratorSource: istockphoto Condenser [...]

Fall Maintenance Advice for Your HVAC System

Most experts recommend scheduling HVAC maintenance twice a year, once for your cooling system and once for your heating system. HVAC technician working on a residential heat pumpSource: istockphoto These two HVAC maintenance visits include the same processes to some extent, though they also will vary according to what sort of equipment is being [...]

What You Need to Know about Surge Protectors before Hurricane Season

With hurricane season bearing down on the Gulf Coast, it's easy to forget about the hazards big storms create with regard to power outages and electrical surges. Home maintenance steps before or during hurricane season should include installing surge protectors for sensitive electronics, home entertainment centers and HVAC equipment, including central air conditioners and heat [...]