April 9th, 2018
Spring is officially here. But of course, for our part of the country, warmer weather is already gracing us with its presence. As such, it’s important that if you have an aging air conditioner, you give it a close look to see if it has any pressing repair needs, let alone if it can make it through another sweltering summer. If it can, great! If not, however, then now is the best time to have it upgraded.
Upgrading your air conditioner to a newer, more efficient system allows you to take advantage of improved AC efficiency and other benefits. But how do you know if you’re even in need of an AC upgrade? There are some signs you can watch out for that indicate it may be time. Age, for instance. Although it’s dependent on the manufacturer and how diligently you stayed on top of AC maintenance, most air conditioners can last one to two decades. Keep reading for some additional signs.
March 26th, 2018
If only we lived in a time when all Austin, TX heating and air conditioning systems worked 100% reliably all the time. Unfortunately, even though technology is allowing for many new and exciting innovations all the time, a 100% reliable HVAC system doesn’t exist yet. At some point in the life of your system, you’ll need to schedule repairs.
When you do run into issues with your HVAC system (and this is a matter of “when,” not “if”) you want to have any problems with it fixed ASAP. The longer you let your system struggle, the more likely those repair needs will grow into a much bigger emergency—maybe even a complete system shut down. Do yourself a favor and contact our professionals at the first sign of trouble. Sometimes, this sign might be a loud and/or unfamiliar noise.
March 12th, 2018
Your next heating bill is probably going to be higher than your last, considering the cold spell we went through just last month. This fluctuation is natural—but what you shouldn’t see is a sudden and dramatic increase in your bills this year despite comparable use to last year.
If you do notice this, it’s a sign that your Austin, TX heating system isn’t running as efficiently as it should be and you are literally paying for it. First, this could be a sign of an aging system or a system that is experiencing some issues that need repair. So if you haven’t had your heater checked in the last year, it’s a good idea to have it inspected, even if we are heading for warmer temperatures very soon.
The efficiency tips we’re about to share below apply to both heating and cooling systems, since we definitely get a lot of use out of the latter around our area!
February 26th, 2018
We might still have a few weeks of winter left, but as anyone around our parts knows, when spring and summer hit, they hit hard. The seasonal change will bring soaring temperatures and imbalanced humidity, meaning you will want to ensure you have a fully effective and efficient Austin, TX air conditioning system in your home.
One way to ensure this is the case is by scheduling maintenance on a regular basis. For a standard air conditioning system, this means once a year, preferably before you need your system on a daily basis (making now the perfect time to schedule this service). For heat pump systems, which are used year-round, you’ll have to have maintenance scheduled every six months. That’s the only way to ensure that the following potential AC problems don’t creep up on you and leave you with a broken down cooling system on one of the hottest days of the year.
February 12th, 2018
Ductless heating and cooling has become very popular in recent years. Rather than functioning through a network of air ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless heating and cooling systems break up the indoor unit and blower fans to distribute conditioned air into the various rooms of your a through mini air handlers mounted high up on the walls.
If you’ve been in a home and have seen something up on a wall that looks like a window AC but it doesn’t go back through the wall, then you’re looking at a ductless air handler. These wall-hanging units are hooked up to a single outdoor cabinet, creating a central heat pump system without ductwork.
January 29th, 2018
Temperatures have been on the cooler side in recent weeks, but we are all well aware of how quickly spring and summer bring with them stifling hot weather. Is your air conditioner ready? This is the perfect time of the year to arrange for your AC system’s annual maintenance to ensure that it is, in fact, ready.
There are a few Austin, TX AC maintenance tasks you can do on your own. This includes changing the air filter every 1 to 3 months. But full maintenance that makes an actual difference in the performance or your air conditioner needs to be left to the pros.
Only an experienced and trained HVAC technician will know how to manage the numerous tasks associated with an AC tune-up, such as inspecting motors and electrical components, and cleaning moving parts as well as coils. You can rely on our team to provide you with comprehensive maintenance. But what are the benefits?
January 15th, 2018
Given the time of year, it makes sense that you’d be concerned with the temperature in your home. A lack of heat can lead to a number of problems in your household, especially for anyone prone to illness. Naturally, you want your Round Rock, TX HVAC system to run efficiently and effectively all winter long.
But a high-quality furnace or heat pump is only part of the equation when it comes to your indoor comfort in the winter!
Dry air can be a terrible inconvenience in the colder months, and heaters don’t do anything to improve matters. It would do you well to consider the installation of a whole house humidifier to combat this problem and avoid living through a miserable winter. Are humidifiers really all they’re cracked up to be though?
January 1st, 2018
Would you believe that your heating and cooling efforts account for about half of your entire energy costs over the course of a year? Naturally, this means that you want to be able to use your Georgetown, TX HVAC systems as efficiently as possible, to save as much money as possible. But what is the easiest way to cut energy use?
No, it’s not by ceasing to use your heating and cooling systems altogether. Rather, it is by using your thermostat the way it is meant to be used, and not making mistakes that waste energy, such as we’ve outlined below.
December 18th, 2017
When you live somewhere known for its heat, as we do, then your heating system isn’t often given a whole lot of thought—particularly your commercial heating system! But preparing for winter, no matter how brief or mild our winters may seem, with a commercial Austin, TX HVAC inspection and tune-up is essential in preventing repair troubles, energy waste, and shortened equipment life.
No matter the size or function of your business or commercial space, maintenance is even more important for a heating system of this kind as it is for a residential heating system. Proper heating not only manages comfort for employees, customers, clients, tenants or whoever your space serves, but it’s vital in protecting your heating equipment from overheating and from malfunctioning. Homeowners only need to worry about the comfort of a few people, while businesses have to worry about the comfort of many—so investing in maintenance to care for your commercial heating system is key to ensuring the comfort of your space.
December 4th, 2017
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way for you to completely avoid the need for Round Rock, TX HVAC services, such as repairs? Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Of course, you can reduce your risk by scheduling routine heating system maintenance, but even then it’s still a good idea to learn to recognize the signs that a heater needs repair. This way, you can get them scheduled promptly, before the problems get any worse.
It goes without saying that any heating system will eventually break down to the point that you need replacement. But if it’s well cared for, you can usually get by with repairs. Just be sure that no matter what your heating service needs are, you only trust in professionals, such as the members of our staff. Keep reading to learn some of the signs that your heater is in need of professional repairs.