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End-of-Season Heating Repairs to Be Aware Of

February 12th, 2018

technician working on the inside of a furnaceIt may still be unbearably cold in other parts of the country, but around here we’re just about ready to gear up for the cooling season again. As such, you may be tempted to put off any heating repair needs that may have cropped up over the winter.

Of all the New Braunfels, TX HVAC services you should never neglect, late-season heating repairs are at the top of the list. Neglecting your heater when it needs work done on it can be detrimental to the system, and potentially even to your safety.

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Upgrade Your Insulation for Optimal Year-Round Comfort

January 29th, 2018

rolled up insulation inside atticA pretty big chunk of your income goes toward your heating and cooling costs each year. In fact, it’s estimated by Energy.gov that over half of all your energy usage is spent on using your HVAC systems. Of course, this will vary on a few factors, but overall, you’re paying a lot to keep your home comfortable.

But shouldn’t you do everything in your power to ensure your heating and cooling systems are working as efficiently as they can? Yes, and this starts with scheduling Canyon Lake, TX HVAC service as needed, such as routine maintenance and any subsequent repairs. But it also means keeping your indoor air quality in check, and a huge part of this is having the right amount and type of insulation surrounding your living space.

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Are You in the Market for a New Heater?

January 15th, 2018

cold man wearing warm clothes and hugging radiatorWe are well into the throes of winter, and while it may not get as desperately frigid here as it does in other areas of the country, it’s still vital that you have an effective and efficient heating system installed in your home, and that it’s serving you well.

But what if during your last regular maintenance, the HVAC technicians suggested a replacement? Or what if you skipped maintenance and are experiencing problems with your heater?

Then it may be time to begin exploring your heating options. As tempting as it may be when you’re already shivering in your home, we do not recommend rushing out and purchasing the first heater you find within your budget. Rather, you should be strategic about your decision. For instance, if you need a new heating system and your air conditioner is on its last legs as well, then you’d do well to consider a New Braunfels, TX HVAC system that can both heat and cool your home: the ductless system.  

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Tips on Caring for Your Commercial Heater

January 1st, 2018

exhaust fan on top of commercial buildingWhen you live in a state like ours, an area known for its heat, then it’s likely rare that you give much thought to your heating system, especially if you’re a business owner and we’re talking commercial HVAC. However, preparing for winter—no matter how short or mild they may be—with one very important Canyon Lake, TX HVAC service, is vital to preventing repair problems, energy waste, and shortened equipment life. This service we’re referring to is commercial heating maintenance.

No matter how big or small your business or commercial space may be, maintenance is even more important for a commercial heater than it is a residential one. Effective and efficient heating manages comfort for employees, customers, clients, tenants, and whomever else your commercial space serves. Maintenance is essential to protecting your commercial heating equipment from overheating or malfunctioning.

While homeowners need only to worry about the comfort of a few people, business owners and commercial property managers need to worry about the comfort of many. Therefore, investing in a thorough commercial maintenance plan is vital to ensuring the comfort of your space.

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Yes, These Signs Indicate You Need Heater Repair

December 18th, 2017

technician fixing heaterWinter is right around the corner, and while that doesn’t mean as much for us as it does homeowners in other states—such as on the east coast—it does mean that chillier temperatures are on their way. You’ll want a fully functional and efficient heater on your side when those cold days hit! So now is the perfect time to check your San Antonio, TX heating system for any signs of trouble.

The best way to do this is to ensure that you have maintenance scheduled before winter hits. But there are also some common signs you can watch out for that indicate you need heater repairs, regardless of whether or not you already had maintenance done. Remember, diagnosing and fixing a heating system is something that should be left to the pros. But we’ve listed below the signs that you should give us a call. OR you can skip straight to scheduling a service or requesting an estimate!

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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?

If you know what kind of service your system needs, schedule it now or request an estimate!

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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. OR you can skip straight to scheduling a service or requesting an estimate!

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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?

If you know what kind of service your system needs, schedule it now or request an estimate!

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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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