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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Heat Pump Repair: Why You Need to Hire a Professional HVAC Contractor

If you don’t take care of your heating and cooling equipment, it will cost you money. You may think it’s just something your HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) professionals tell you to get you on a maintenance service contract, but it’s true. You’ll pay more on your monthly energy bills, and an HVAC (heating, ventilation, [...]

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 Energy Making your heating [...]

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) [...]

Cutting Down on Winter Heating Bills

Low gas prices and a mild winter can keep your Woodlands-area heating bills down this season, but did you know you could lower winter heating costs even more by making your home more efficient? The tips below will reduce your utility bills not only in winter, but all year long. Winter Heating Tips Install a [...]

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 [...]

4 Hot Water Heater Warning Signs that Tell You to Call the Plumber

Texans in northeast Houston are proactive people by nature. We show “pride of ownership” in our property, and we tend to circumvent potential problems before they become expensive disasters. All homes and businesses have water heaters, and they are conveniently tucked away where you seldom think about them until there’s a clue that something’s amiss: [...]

Tankless Water Heater Maintenance Requirements

If you’ve examined the pros and cons of tankless water heaters and decided that tankless is the best option for you and your lifestyle, congratulations and thanks! You’ve made a green choice that will save up to 50% in energy costs, benefiting you and our ecology. This on-demand unit can also be wall-mounted for additional [...]

5 Ways To Save On Home Heating And Cooling

Winter or summer, homeowners can save energy in many ways. Oftentimes, these money-saving efforts are relatively inexpensive and easy to implement. Read on for some of the top tips for saving on home heating and cooling. 1. Install a programmable thermostat, if you don't already have one -- and use it right. A programmable thermostat [...]

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 [...]

Pros and Cons of Installing an HVAC Zoning System

Some like it hot and some like it cold, so it's sometimes a challenge to set the HVAC system to a temperature that's just right for everyone. The solution for some homeowners is a zoned HVAC system, where you can maintain different temperatures in various regions, or zones, of the home. But zoning systems have [...]

Knowing the Right Time to Repair or Replace Your HVAC Unit

An HVAC system is a long-lasting piece of equipment, and chances are the one you have will easily last you 8 to 12 years. But sometimes the issue of HVAC system repair or replacement comes up before the end of the equipment's lifespan, and you're faced with a dilemma. Answering these questions will help you [...]

5 Important Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips For Everyone

Summer will be here soon, and with it, the long cooling season in our Gulf Coast region. Ensure your air conditioner is in tiptop shape to keep you cool and comfortable by following these simple tips for air conditioner maintenance. 1. Change the air filter. Changing the air filter is the no. 1 thing you [...]

5 Things to Look For in Choosing a Trustworthy Air Conditioner Repair and Maintenance Company

There are a good many HVAC companies out there, so you may well wonder how to choose the best one for your furnace or air conditioner installation. Fortunately, there are some signs that will help you determine when a prospect is trustworthy. 1. Licensed, Bonded and Insured Texas law requires HVAC consultants and technicians to [...]