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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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When You Might Need Compressor Repair or Replacement

July 17th, 2017

compressor-repair-replacement-might-needThe compressor of your air conditioner is essentially the heart of your cooling system—applying energy to the refrigerant and propelling it through the coils to carry out the necessary heat exchange. Without an operational compressor, your air conditioner won’t produce any cooling effect whatsoever. That being said, if you find your air conditioner blowing warm air, it could be the compressor, or it may be that the thermostat wasn’t set correctly, or simply that you have a clogged air filter needing to be changed.

But when AC systems start to show serious signs of problems, the compressor is usually one of the main suspects, and the first thing our repair technicians take a look at. Many common AC issues arise from problems with either this component or its motor, necessitating professional AC repairs in Bulverde, TX. And since fixing a cooling system’s compressor is not something you can simply watch an online video for and figure out how to fix, you’ll need the assistance of trained and experienced HVAC professionals—which is what we’re here for.

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5 Reasons You Should Leave AC Repairs to the Pros

July 3rd, 2017

shouldnt-attempt-ac-repairsThere isn’t a home improvement out there that you can’t do a quick internet search for and find a long list of do-it-yourself articles and videos. From gardening to car repairs, you can almost always find a few handy lists of “surefire” tips for how to take care of any problem without needing to pay a professional to do it.

For some jobs, a little bit of knowledge and some hard work is all it takes to be a do-it-yourselfer (like the above-mentioned gardening!). But this DIY culture can often lead homeowners astray, and too many people try to handle tasks that should only be completed by a professional in order to be done properly. One of these tasks is Boerne, TX air conditioner repairs.

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Is It Ever Too Late for AC Maintenance?

June 19th, 2017

ac-maintenance-ever-too-lateIn short, in the absence of a full system breakdown, no. True, we typically recommend scheduling this service before the weather starts heating up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still reap the benefits of this service as summer officially begins. Arranging for this service ASAP will benefit you in many ways.

And remember, although there are a few basic jobs you can do on your own when it comes to New Braunfels, TX air conditioning services (like changing the air filter), full system maintenance that makes a difference must be left to the professionals! Only a trained HVAC technician can handle the various tasks, such as inspecting motors and electrical connections, and cleaning coils and moving parts, that all go into a complete maintenance check-up.

No matter the time of year, you can count on our technicians for quality maintenance each and every time.

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4 Reasons for You to Consider Going Ductless

June 5th, 2017

consider-going-ductless-4-reasonsNow is the time of year that we usually see an increase in calls for air conditioning installations and replacements, as older systems wear out and new systems need to be put in before temperatures are at their highest. Most homes in our area use traditional central air conditioners, which work by generating cool air in a single location and blowing it through a house through a system of ductwork. However, not every home can support such a system.

Fortunately, there are options available that still allow you to gain effective and efficient whole-house cooling without this system. In fact, a New Braunfels, TX ductless system installation can actually solve a number of problems that centralized systems cannot. For example, unlike a centralized system, a ductless system is comprised of multiple smaller units, installed at different areas throughout the home, and each charged with cooling a single section.

Keep reading to learn about 4 great reasons for you to invest in ductless cooling this summer.

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How Can I Improve My Home’s Efficiency?

May 22nd, 2017

improve-homes-efficiencyThis is a question we get often, especially considering how hot it gets in our area for the majority of the year. When you use your air conditioner as much as we do, it’s only natural that you’d want to improve your home’s efficiency in order to save as much money as you can.

The good news is there is a number of San Antonio, TX HVAC and indoor air quality services that can help you do just that. Something as simple as setting your thermostat a few degrees higher than normal during the cooling season is enough to improve your efficiency a bit, or opening up your home when evenings are cool to let a breeze in. But if you want to take full advantage of high efficiency and energy savings, we recommend you invest in the following:

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Leading Benefits of a Whole-Home Dehumidifier Installation

May 8th, 2017

dehumidifier-benefitsIt’s no secret that Texas suffers from high temperatures just about year round, but especially in the summer, in addition to uncomfortably high levels of humidity. Most homes use centralized AC systems to regulate their home temperature, but that doesn’t do much to reduce the level of moisture present in the home.

An Alamo Heights, TX dehumidifier installation will help with this by removing excess humidity from your indoor air, benefiting both your level of comfort as well as your air conditioning system. Keep reading to learn more about how these systems work and the specific advantages they offer.

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Let Your Thermostat Help Save You Money!

April 24th, 2017

thermostat-save-moneyWhether it’s the dead of winter or the height of summer, there is one device in your home that you use all year round: your thermostat. And many homeowners don’t realize how much their thermostat practices can cost them—or save them! After all, the thermostat is the “brain” of your HVAC system.

This device has the power to improve or limit the success in which you heat and cool your home, often in ways you are probably not even aware of. Something as simple as a Bulverde, TX thermostat upgrade can affect your heating and cooling experience and bills in a significantly positive way. Also, how you use your thermostat can affect your energy use and subsequent monthly costs.

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Why Should You Have a Whole House Dehumidifier Installed?

April 10th, 2017

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Winter has officially ended! Okay, that doesn’t mean much for Texas residents—we’re typically grateful for any colder weather at all. But even though we’re used to warmer weather, spring and summer kicks it up a notch, while also adding uncomfortable humidity.

You likely—hopefully—have an efficient air conditioning system to keep you cool during the warmer months ahead. But what are you doing about excess moisture? Your cooling system isn’t enough to battle poor Boerne, TX indoor air quality. What you need in place is a whole-house dehumidifier. This will make a huge difference in your home comfort levels as well as the operation of your air conditioning system as well.

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