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If You Neglect Your HVAC Unit, You Can Expect These Losses

Your home is an investment and possibly your largest asset. Most homeowners protect their property because they want it to hold or appreciate in value. When considering appliance purchases, you probably look for quality, longevity, and cost-savings. Today we look for energy efficiency; another way to save money. HVAC Preventative Maintenance in The Woodlands TX [...]

March 28th, 2018|Blog, HVAC, HVAC System|

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 [...]

Common Problems with a Tankless Hot Water Heater

Tankless, on-demand water heaters’ maintenance requirements are based on the same differentials as conventional, storage tanks. Maintenance depends on your water heater’s age, water hardness, and use. We’ve reviewed the many benefits of electric tankless water heaters vs. gas, but what are some common problems of tankless units? Before you buy, you need to know. [...]

February 22nd, 2018|Blog, HVAC|

Things to Consider in a New A/C Installation

A central air A/C installation can last anywhere between 10-20 years. Whether you are a first-time homeowner or a retiree with plenty of property notches in your belt, at some point you’ll have to consider a new A/C installation. Here’s what Angie’s List says you should know: Use an accredited HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) [...]

February 20th, 2018|Blog, HVAC|

Top 3 Methods to Detect Leaking Refrigerant

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says: “An ideal refrigerant would be nontoxic, nonflammable, completely stable...environmentally benign...and abundantly available or easy to manufacture.” And goes on to say, “The likelihood of developing an ‘ideal’ refrigerant is low.” If You’re Losing Freon . . . “The first leak you find is usually not the only leak,” continues [...]

February 15th, 2018|Blog, HVAC|

What You Need to Know About a Heat Exchanger

There are differences between a furnace and a heat pump, but only a furnace uses some kind of heat exchanger. A heat pump offers an alternative source of heat to areas of the country that don’t really need the full power of a furnace; heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space [...]

January 29th, 2018|Blog, Furnace|

What is That Smell When My Furnace Comes On?

You’re probably familiar with that burning smell emitted through the vents the first time your furnace is turned on for cooler weather. It’s most likely burning dust. That’s not exactly what you want for your IAQ (indoor air quality), but it’s harmless enough if you don’t have severe allergies or sensitivities to dusty air. Especially [...]

January 25th, 2018|Blog, Furnace|

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 [...]

How Can You Be Sure About HVAC Load Calculations?

Load calculations are used by HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) professionals to determine what size heating/cooling unit will efficiently serve your home. If it’s too big, you’re wasting energy; if it’s too small, you’re uncomfortably hot or cold. So, your HVAC contractor crunches the numbers to calculate the right size heating and cooling equipment for [...]

November 30th, 2017|Blog, HVAC|

Common Problems from Faulty Air Conditioner Wiring

You should check out Energy.gov’s infographic, How an Air Conditioner Works for the best visual of components that make the A/C magic happen. And make no mistake; it’s like magic, turning humid, warm air into clean, cool air that is safe for your home and family. Common A/C Problems We can’t live without air conditioning. [...]

October 31st, 2017|Air Conditioner, Blog|

What Do Evaporator and Condenser Coils Actually Do?

You’ve seen our blogs mention “whole-house wellness” because we offer HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) service and we also offer plumbing services. Clean air, clean water . . . a wellness lifestyle for your home and family is our family’s goal! Evaporator coils are one of two major components of an A/C system. HVAC systems [...]

October 24th, 2017|Blog, HVAC System, HVAC Tips|

Understanding the HVAC Life Cycle

Furnace and central air conditioner life spans are reportedly about 15-20 years, but a lot depends on how often they're used and if the units are well maintained. “Air conditioning units, because they are outdoors and subject to the extremes of the weather, typically have a shorter life expectancy of 15 years. My definition of [...]

October 3rd, 2017|Blog, HVAC System|

Spring Maintenance Tips for Your HVAC

For us, winter-to-spring isn’t such a big leap, weather-wise, but there’s something about spring that inspires us to clean closets, cabinets, and “freshen up” our homesteads following the waiting period that is winter. Spring maintenance and cleaning are simply what we do. Filters are First Spring maintenance for your HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system [...]

April 19th, 2017|Blog, HVAC System|

How Do You Know You Should Charge the Refrigerant in Your A/C?

Winter will continue to make a few attempts at the cold weather here in Southeast Texas, but for the most part, we begin thinking of summer right after spring break. Which leads us to think about our HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) unit. Most home- and property-owners schedule an HVAC maintenance “tune-up” in spring and [...]

April 11th, 2017|Blog, HVAC|

Dos and Don’ts – Should You Spray and Clean Central Air Conditioner Unit Coils?

If you have an HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) maintenance plan in place, you’re already doing the best thing possible to minimize air conditioner repairs. Your central air conditioner professional inspects your coils every visit to ensure they are clean and functioning properly. AC Coils – Should You Clean Them? Your central air conditioner [...]

March 30th, 2017|Air Conditioner, Blog|

Home Renovation Tip – To Update or Not to Update Your HVAC Unit?

Perhaps 2017 is the year to do those property renovations you’ve been considering. You’ll want the best value possible for your project, and as you make your budget for your remodeling project, should you include a new HVAC unit to increase energy savings now or keep Old Faithful for a few more years? Review Your [...]

March 16th, 2017|Blog, HVAC System|

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|