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How Do Commercial and Residential HVAC Systems Differ?

December 4th, 2017

multiple ac units atop a commercial buildingAlthough there are a wide variety of types of HVAC systems, they all fall into two basic categories—residential, or commercial systems. Despite the fact that these systems both do the same job, there are a number of differences between the two.

Not only is it important that you know the difference between the two, but if you are a commercial building owner or business owner in the area, that you only trust in a company with extensive commercial experience to handle your San Antonio, TX HVAC services. Fortunately, you needn’t look any further than our team to fulfill this need. But what are the differences between the two types of HVAC systems?

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Now Is the Time to Schedule Heating Maintenance

November 20th, 2017

Technician working on furnaceNow is the time for our temperatures to begin cooling down. And while we may not have as bitterly cold winters as other parts of the country, the dip in temperature is still enough to warrant the use of a fully functional and highly efficient heating system. The only way to ensure this is the case for you this year is to invest in one of the most important San Antonio, TX HVAC services there is—heating maintenance.

Maintenance is essential for ensuring your comfort, as well as the best way to ensure the integrity of your heating system. There are a number of benefits to scheduling annual tune-ups—or biannual, if you’re using a heat pump. Enrolling in a maintenance program is even better, as it takes the worry of remembering to schedule appointments out of your hands.

But is maintenance really worth it? To put it simply, yes. Keep reading to learn why.

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How Do Ductless Systems Work?

November 6th, 2017

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.One of our common recommendations for homeowners who are looking for a way to both heat and cool their homes more efficiently, and/or without the use of ductwork, is the ductless mini-split. This San Antonio, TX AC installation is ideal for certain types of homes and applications. For instance, if you’re putting in a room addition or adding air conditioning to a small home that doesn’t have room for ductwork, this system might be ideal.

But, how does ductless heating and cooling actually work? When people think of an HVAC system that doesn’t use ductwork, their minds typically go to boilers. However, ductless systems are forced-air systems that blow conditioned air throughout your living space. How is this possible without ducts?

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Troubleshooting Your Heat Pump

October 23rd, 2017

white question mark on a blue backgroundHeat pump systems are highly versatile in that they offer your home both heating and cooling for year-round comfort. This means that they run more than separate heating and cooling systems—such as a furnace or a standard central air conditioner. Because they do operate more, the incidence of repairs can be higher.

Heat pumps are quiet systems, and because they don’t generate heating or cooling, it can sometimes be hard to detect when something is off. While we’re still dealing with warmer temps for now, if you feel something is off with your heat pump, don’t hesitate to contact our team for quality San Antonio, TX air conditioning services. In the meantime, we’re happy to share some common signs that a heat pump needs repair.

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Looking for a New AC System for Next Year?

October 9th, 2017

two outside units of an air conditioning systemAs the cooling season slowly but surely comes to a close, you may be turning your thoughts to your heater. Is it well maintained? Are you ready to turn it on and rely on it for our cold—albeit relatively short—winter? Before you get that far, however, it’s important to look back at the previous few months and assess how well or how poorly your air conditioner performed.

Is your AC system aging? Depending on the manufacturer and model, most cooling systems are designed to last 10–15 years on average. And this is a well-maintained air conditioner. One that hasn’t been taken care of properly will last even less time. So if yours has gotten to the point that you’re questioning whether it will still function next year, now is the perfect time to consider a aAC installation in San Antonio, TX. But, what are your options, and how do you choose the best system for your specific needs?

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AC Care: More Important Now than Ever

September 25th, 2017

top view of the outside unit of an air conditionerSummer is officially over, which may not mean much for those of us in the San Antonio area. But even so, we will soon have a break from running our air conditioners day in and day out. With how much you’ve surely been using yours in recent months, it’s likely accumulated a lot of wear and tear. So even though we are about to have a reprieve from hot weather, now is not the time to ignore your cooling system. Late season repairs are likely, even if you had maintenance done before summer began.

We get how tempting it is to put off this San Antonio, TX air conditioning service. After all, you aren’t going to need your cooling system. But if you want to ensure that it is able to do its job next year, you need to take care of any problems that exist, now. What repair needs should you watch for?

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Don’t Ignore Ice on Your AC Coil

September 11th, 2017

Beautiful frost pattern on a window in blue tones. Can be used as a winter / holiday background.Our customers trust our professionally trained HVAC technicians to give them quality advice when it comes to their cooling systems, and rightfully so. One of the questions our technicians often receive is whether or not they should ever see ice forming on the indoor coil of an AC system while it is running during the summer.

We understand why you may think this is a common occurrence. After all, chilled air is coming from the vents, so ice should be a natural part of the coolin process, right? One of the ways to rig up a simple cooling system is to place a bowl of ice in front of a fan, so shouldn’t an AC work similarly?

The short answer is no, this isn’t normal. Allow us to explain why.

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The Many Benefits of a Whole Home Dehumidifier

August 28th, 2017

happy family and dog sitting on couch in living roomWith our cooling season winding down, now is the time to take care of any late season air conditioning repairs and turn your attention to heating system maintenance—our chilly nights certainly warrant the use of an efficient and effective heater! But another item to keep at top of mind in between seasons is the quality of your indoor air, which can actually be worse than the quality of the air outdoors.

Humidity is a big problem in our area. For optimal comfort, the relative humidity levels in your home should rest between 30%–50%. When levels reach any higher than this, it can cause a number of problems—problems that can be relieved with a professional San Antonio, TX dehumidifier installation. But what makes this such a great investment?

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Are UV Air Purifiers All They’re Cracked Up to Be?

August 14th, 2017

uv light on blue backgroundNo matter the time of year, the air outdoors is filled with allergens of various forms, in addition to mold and bacteria spores which, over time, can make your life pretty miserable. Allergens and germs cause problems for even the healthiest people, but particularly infants and the elderly, to can be more susceptible to colds and other illnesses. Unfortunately, you can’t keep your home completely safe from germs and bacteria simply by closing your doors and windows. There are, however, other methods you can use to stop these microscopic intruders from invading.

We’re talking about the installation of the right kind of Alamo Heights, TX indoor air quality product: the UV air purifier. This product is perfect for any household worried about biological contaminants such as germs and mold spores, and will help cut down on allergens too.

But how do they work? Are they safe? What benefits do they provide? Keep reading to learn more.

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Signs That It’s Time for a New Heat Pump

July 31st, 2017

new-heat-pump-time-signsThe summer season is chugging right along, with no real reprieve from the heat. With that being said, homes with older heat pump systems should take into consideration whether their system is prepared to last through the remainder of summer. If it can, fantastic! If not, however, there’s no time like the present to install a replacement heat pump system in Alamo Heights, TX. True, the middle of summer isn’t the most fun time to schedule AC work, but it’s better to have it on your calendar than to have your cooling system suddenly die right when you need it the most.

But how do you know if your heat pump has reached the point that it even needs replacement? Well, there are three general symptoms you should watch out for. On their own, each of these symptoms may not warrant a replacement. However if two or more of them are occurring in a single heat pump system, it’s definitely time to consider a heat pump upgrade. Keep reading to learn the signs.

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