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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Leading Benefits of a Whole-Home Dehumidifier Installation

Monday, 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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AC Maintenance: That’s Right, It’s Time!

Monday, February 27th, 2017

ac-maintenance-timeOur weather patterns certainly don’t follow the same path as other parts of the country—particularly the Midwest and Upper East Coast. Therefore, we probably didn’t get a lot of use out of our heating systems this season—but a lot of use of our Alamo Heights, TX air conditioning systems!

Since we do use our AC units on a pretty regular basis, and temperatures are finally mellowing out for a bit, now is the perfect time to schedule your next AC maintenance appointment, particularly if you haven’t had one in the last year (or 6 months, if you have a heat pump).

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What Could Be Causing Your AC Compressor Problems?

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Temperatures are finally cooling down, which makes now the perfect time to review how well or poorly your air conditioner system kept your home cool this past cooling season. If you do suspect that you have repair needs, now is the time to take care of them. One of the most common service calls we get is in regards to a faulty compressor—a situation that must be remedied right away to avoid further damage.

When an air conditioner starts experiencing trouble, the compressor is one of the first things our professionals check out. It is, after all, the heart of your entire cooling system. Many common AC problems stem from the compressor or its motor. But what could be wrong with the compressor to begin with?

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Does Your Ductless System Need Service?

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Ductless systems, which operate with heat pump technology, are a great way to both heat and cool your home. Just like any other large home appliance, however, it may eventually develop an issue that requires professional repairs.

Repair needs turn out for the best when they are managed right away, but how do you know if your system is in trouble to begin with? We’ve shared some signs below that your ductless system likely needs repair.

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How to Prevent These 3 Furnace Problems

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Since temperatures haven’t dropped too dramatically as of yet, you likely are not thinking about your heating system very much. But soon enough our nighttime weather and even some days will certainly warrant the need for your heater. And if you don’t want it to experience some of the common problems that plague poorly cared-for furnaces, then you want to make sure you are taking one of the most important preventive steps: scheduling maintenance.

Scheduling your furnace maintenance now, before you need to use the system on a daily basis, means you won’t have to worry about it when winter does come in earnest. Read on to learn about the 3 main furnace problems that maintenance can effectively help prevent.

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Heat Your Home More Efficiently This Winter

Monday, November 7th, 2016

When you think of Texas, chances are you think of heat. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have some chilly nights when winter does hit. Therefore, it’s imperative that you’re well-equipped with an effective heater. It’s also important to have routine maintenance on that heater—which you’ve hopefully already scheduled or had completed (it’s never too late if you haven’t!).

Maintenance is not the only way to make sure your heater is used efficiently during the winter. Keep reading for some pro tips on how to heat your home as efficiently as possible, and save money as a subsequent benefit.

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Why Is Your Air Conditioner’s Compressor So Important?

Monday, September 26th, 2016

If your thermostat serves as the “brain” of your air conditioning system, then the compressor serves as its “heart.” The compressor and condenser are housed in the outside component of your cooling system—this is called the condenser unit. Your compressors job is to add pressure to the refrigerant that it receives from inside your home to increase its energy as well as its temperature.

At that point, refrigerant leaves the compressor as a hot, high pressure gas that flows into the condenser, which has metal fins that help the heat dissipate. From here, the temperature of the fluid has considerably cooled and changed from a gas back to a liquid. The liquid goes into the evaporator and the pressure drops. The refrigerant then begins to evaporate back into a gas, extracting heat from the air around it, and cooling your home.

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How Does a UV Air Purifier Eliminate Pollutants?

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Do you have concerns about biological pollutants in your indoor air? Your ductwork, a cool and dark environment, serves as the perfect breeding ground for many microorganisms such as mold and mildew, among other contaminants. The best way to rid your system of these pollutants is with a UV air purifier.

This indoor air quality product is also known as a UV germicidal light, and literally destroys biological contaminants. UV air purifiers are over 99.9% effective, and are safe for home use. Some people worry about the exposure to ultraviolet rays; however, they are not strong enough to negatively affect a human or even a pet’s life.

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