Your air conditioner has been cooling your house for years and years. It hasn’t given out on you yet, so is there any reason to replace it? Once you learn the improvements that have been introduced in the last decade, you might be ready to replace your air conditioning unit. Changes to Refrigerant Old air conditioners rely on Freon, a refrigerant also known as R-22. However, because Freon isn’t great for the environment, it’s being phased out. Only air conditioners built before 2010 use this chemical. Newer air conditioners rely on a replacement refrigerant called R-410A. In fact, after 2020, new Freon won’t be produced in the United States. Homeowners with old air conditioners will have to rely on the existing supply or use reclaimed refrigerant. The cost of recharging a Freon-based unit will continue to rise as the supply dwindles. People with newer R-410A units won’t have to deal with that problem, however. Improvements in Energy Efficiency An air conditioner’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) is a figure that gives you an indication of how efficient you can expect a new unit to be. A decade or two ago, most air conditioners had a SEER of 10 or less....View Article
During the winter season, most people keep their windows and doors closed to keep the chill away. Although the interior setting can stay warm, the indoor air quality may suffer due to a lack of fresh air. If you want to maintain excellent indoor air quality until the spring season arrives, there are a few important tips to follow. Keep the Carpet and Floors Clean The dirt and debris that settles onto the floors and in the carpet can easily circulate into the air. You’ll need to keep the carpet and floors clean by vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping weekly. Cleaning the floors and dusting on a routine basis will remove pet dander, dust, pollutants, dead skin cells, and pollutants. Inspect the Heating and Cooling System Hire one of the technicians from in Trinity, TX, to inspect the heating and cooling system to determine if the filter needs to be replaced or if additional air purifiers need to be used in the building. Dust, pollen, and hair can collect over time, which can circulate in the building and lead to asthma or respiratory issues over time. Our technicians can even offer freshness-inducing air purifiers and ventilators to improve the air quality...View Article
As colder temperatures arrive here in Texas, many residents are seeing their utility bills skyrocket. Here are some tips to help you reduce energy costs this winter. Insulate Your Home Homes that are not adequately insulated allow warm air to escape and cold drafts to enter, causing your furnace to work overtime. You can begin recouping your losses by weather-stripping doors and windows. Take Advantage of the Sun The solar orb is a free heat source, so keep curtains on south-facing windows open on sunny days to help warm your home. Be sure to cover the windows again at sunset to keep heat inside. Humidify Your Home If your home becomes especially dry during the winter, invest in a humidifier. Adding moisture to the air holds heat better and helps you feel warmer. Another way to raise indoor humidity: purchase a set of houseplants. Unplug Your Appliances Be sure to unplug your holiday lights before leaving the house or retiring for the night. Unplug your appliances when you’re not using them, too. Even when they’re turned off, they still draw power as long as they’re connected to an outlet, adding to your energy bill. Use exhaust fans sparingly, also, as...View Article
The filter in your furnace serves a number of essential functions. Many do not understand what these functions are and thus, run their furnace without a filter or do not change the filter as suggested. If you are one of those people – or you simply want to know more about your furnace and how it works – then read on. What Does a Filter Do? One important function of the filter in your furnace is to clean the air before it is sent back into your home. As air is sucked into the furnace it goes through the filter to trap and prevent the circulation of germs, contaminants, and allergens like dust, pollen, and pet dander. Basically, it improves the quality of the air that you breathe in your home. This function is a secondary benefit provided unintentionally through the original design of furnace filters. The original purpose of filters is to prevent debris from pummeling the system, lodging in the fan, and/or jamming up the motor. Thus, it is there to help prevent permanent damage and extend the life of your furnace. Why Filters are Essential Over time, the damage caused by debris in your furnace can create...View Article
It would be nice if we had a forewarning that our furnace is about to fail. There actually are some telltale signs that can give you a clue that your furnace is either getting ready to fail or is close to a time when that will be a real possibility. Age Furnaces normally last between fifteen and twenty years. The date your furnace was installed should be somewhere on the outside. If it is getting close to the fifteen-year mark, have your furnace checked now. Cold Air If your furnace seems to turn on but the air it is blowing doesn’t get warm, there is something going wrong. There could be a few different reasons for this but all are a reason for repair. Strange Noises Furnaces that have started making pops, rattles and other strange noises are in need of repair. These noises can indicate such problems as internal parts coming loose. No Flame If you turn on the furnace and smell gas and the coil seems to heat up but the flame doesn’t appear, turn off the furnace and call for a repair immediately. This normally indicates the igniter needs to be replaced. Yellow Pilot Light This is...View Article
Home energy involves both the consumption of energy (typically your heating, air conditioning, electricity, and ventilation) as well as the prevention of consuming more than is necessary. Both cost a consumer money, which folks realize the most when they get their monthly utility bill as well as when environment changes are extreme (i.e. dead summer and the coldest part of winter). Here are three ways the folks at WA Air Conditioning have see repeatedly produce big results: 1. Weatherstripping The fact is, homes shift over time. Little gaps appear in doorways, window frames, patio doors and similar. And all of these small holes allow cool and warm air to move back and forth, almost always to the detriment of your home utility bills. This transfer is due to the air trying to balance out differences in temperature naturally. But with improved weatherstripping done every two years or so, your home can have its sealing improved, which in turn starts saving your utility real, hard-earned cash. 2. Poor Duct Channeling Your home HVAC system relies on clean, open ducts to move to improve air (cool or heated) to various parts of your house. Over time dust builds up in the ducts...View Article
Heating and cooling costs often make up almost 50% of your total energy costs, so there’s no doubt that it makes sense to reduce those costs in any way possible. Smart thermostats are the newest and most high-tech option in the world of climate control. This type of thermostat is designed to give you complete control over the home’s temperature while still saving a lot of money. Here are the major advantages of a smart thermostat. You’ll Use Less Energy With a smart thermostat, you’ll use less energy — and this translates into lower energy bills. Smart thermostat users save at least $130 to $140 per year on average — and with some smart energy usage, you could save even more money. You Can Control the Thermostat From Anywhere Today’s smart thermostats can be controlled from anywhere thanks to their Wi-Fi connection ability. You can connect your iPhone or Android device to the smart thermostat to move the thermostat up or down — no matter where you are. This can be especially convenient if you suddenly realize you’ve forgotten to lower or raise the temperature before you leave the house. You Can Talk to the Thermostat Devices like Amazon’s Alexa...View Article
The arrival of winter has introduced extreme conditions all across the state that appears to change from one year to the next. The most recent conditions have included snowstorms, strong winds and ice covered roads in San Antonio resulting in numerous delays and closures. Having maintenance for an HVAC Trinity TX residents can plan ahead and adequately prepare for the below freezing temperatures.