How to Keep Your Air Conditioner Running Smoothly All Summer

You work hard all day. You come home after sitting in traffic and…your house is a hot, steaming mess! The air conditioner isn’t working. This is one of the worst things that can happen to Houston residents during the summer.

But it can be prevented.

All you need to do is give your air conditioning unit a little Texas love and hospitality.

 

Houston, We Have a Problem. Don’t Take Your Air Conditioner for Granted.

Texans love air-conditioning in summer, so it’s important to perform regular maintenance. Don’t forget that your AC system has working parts that need attention.

Many people forget about the AC filter. Your AC filter needs to be changed every three months for your unit to work optimally (which saves energy costs!).

It’s just like an oil change for your car. In fact, it’s wise to just do both at the same time. That’ll help you remember.

A lot of people also forget that … Read Full Post »

National Pest Management Association Partners With Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America on New Research

ABC Home & Commercial Services Supports New Survey Showing That Allergists Agree A Pest-Free Home is Important In Preventing Asthma and Allergy Symptoms

 

More than nine out of ten allergists surveyed (97 percent) believe a pest-free home is an important step in preventing asthma and allergy symptoms, according to a recent survey conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) supported by a grant from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). The survey was conducted among medical professionals at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) in March 2014 in San Diego, CA. The findings are being released today at the beginning of National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month to remind homeowners that many pest-related asthma and allergy triggers can be avoided by practicing simple prevention measures.
The study, which included nearly 500 allergists, was conducted to assess physicians’ views on pests and … Read Full Post »

Landscaping Tips To Help Lower Your AC Bills This Summer

It’s summertime in Houston, so the list of survival essentials looks something like this: 1.) water, 2.) food, 3.) air conditioning … and after that, not much else matters. So, how do you keep your AC running efficiently and minimize the chance that it breaks during the hottest day of the year?

Starting outside with the AC condenser
There are several things homeowners can do to maintain their central ac system, but one of the easiest is to start outside. The condenser unit is the big box (some are round) outside that is loud and can be obtrusive, so a lot of people like to landscape around it to hide it from view and cut down on the noise it produces.

The condenser’’s job is to cool down the refrigerant in the system and turn it from a hot vapor back into a cool liquid. The more quickly and completely your … Read Full Post »

5 Ways That You’re Attracting Pests (Even If You Don’t Know It)

Although you probably already know that leaving food lying around is a good way to attract pests, you might be surprised by all of the things that can encourage insects and rodents to establish residence in your home. Take a look at these five common things that attract pests; by following these tips, you can help eliminate critters from your home.

1. There’s Moisture in Your Home

Insects love moisture, so check all of your plumbing to make sure you don’t have any leaks. Any water in your home should be dealt with as soon as possible to discourage pests and prevent property damage.

2. You Have Damaged Screens

Small imperfections in your window and door screens might not seem like a big deal, but many insects can crawl their way through surprisingly tiny holes, so don’t give them that chance. If your screens have holes, you should replace them right away.

3. You Have … Read Full Post »

Protect Your Pets from These Pests

Everyone that owns a dog or a cat knows the importance of treating them for fleas and keeping a close watch for ticks in the area. These are the two prime pests to be vigilant about when you’re a responsible pet owner, but they aren’t the only ones. Pets are resilient, but they are at much greater risk of harm from insects and other critters than people. If you want to make sure your pets are protected, here are some other pests you should know about.

Mosquitoes

These blood suckers are also disease-carrying machines. Everyone is aware of the West Nile Virus dangers that mosquitoes can pose to humans, however, they also carry multiple disease that can harm your pets. The West Nile Virus can also impact your pets with the same flu-like symptoms and potential damage to the nervous systems that humans exhibit. Add to that potential threats such as heartworms … Read Full Post »

Winter Lawn Care Don’ts

As the warm weather begins to fade, your lawn’s need for seasonal maintenance doesn’t. Not quite. Although winter is a kind of dormancy for lawns, neglecting winter care means your lawn is much less likely to flourish in the spring. With that in mind, here are some winter lawn care don’ts:

Don’t Let Debris Accumulate

Winter yard work can be unpleasant, but debris can ruin your lawn. Leaves, toys, and other items can damage your lawn by smothering the grass. Additionally, some debris will provide cover for troubling pests, including burrowing insects and rodents. Once the pests find a home in your lawn, serious damage to your property can occur.

Don’t Damage Your Turf

During the active growing season, a healthy lawn is extremely resilient, but dormant grass is easily damaged. According to Louisiana State University’s College of Agriculture, processes like filling and aeration can disrupt your lawn during the winter.

Don’t Forget to Mow

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Why Commercially Available Pesticides Might Be a Bad Idea

If you’re like many people, your first reaction to a pest control situation might be to head to your favorite mass-market retail store in search of pesticides to help get rid of the infestation. Although these products can work in some cases, it’s generally a better idea to seek the help of a professional. These are just a few reasons why commercially available pesticides can be a bad idea.

They’re Costly

Even though it might seem like store-bought pesticides make pest control more affordable than hiring a professional, the costs of these products can really add up. Few people see real results the first time they purchase sprays and traps; most end up purchasing bottle after bottle in hopes of getting rid of their pest-related issues.

They Often Don’t Work

Unfortunately, commercially available pesticides generally don’t work as well as the products pest control companies have. Many of them don’t treat certain species of … Read Full Post »

Year-Round Efficiency with ABC’s Preferred Service Plan

It may surprise you to know that most people don’t have anyone inspect their HVAC system until something goes wrong. Maybe it doesn’t surprise you, because this is exactly how most homeowners treat their heating and cooling. Unfortunately, this maintenance-free approach to central heat and air often leads to inefficiency, costly repairs, and more expensive energy bills over time. If you’re ready to get the most out of your HVAC system, ABC’s Preferred System Plan can help.

Catch Problems Before They Occur

Can you imagine only performing car maintenance when the check engine light comes on? Most people understand the importance of regular inspections and oil changes, however, they fail to see that their home’s heating and cooling system needs the same kind of attention. Changing the filters regularly is important, but it isn’t the whole ball of wax. By getting regular inspections, you can catch problems before they occur, meaning you … Read Full Post »

Compost Piles: Do They Attract Insects?

One of the easiest ways to get rid of kitchen scraps and other organic waste from around our homes is to compost. It doesn’t take much space or attention to maintain a healthy compost pile. The benefit is nutrient-rich soil that develops in just a few months and can be used to improve soil in gardens and around the yard.

Composting reduces the amount of solid waste that would otherwise go to landfills. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that 20% to 30% of what we throw away is organic material that can be composted. By composting, we get good soil and cut down on what goes to landfills.

A compost pile doesn’t need fancy equipment, just a space in your yard or garden that isn’t too wet or too sunny so that the organic materials will get the right amount of air and water to decompose quickly. The climate in the … Read Full Post »

Businesses and Biometric Security

Houston businesses must be vigilant when it comes to their security protocols. At ABC Home & Commercial Services, we have developed a number of access control systems that can be used to keep a business protected from intrusion. One of the most important modern-day aspects of security lies in biometric systems. The use of biometrics for identification purposes has been around in one form or another since at least the late 19th century. We’ve used the technology behind biometrics to introduce effective, flexible, identity-based solutions that work. Here are some of the ways biometric security can benefit a business.

Increased Protection

If you employ only a lock-and-key system to keep your business protected, what happens when you run afoul of an expert lockpick? One of the most important advantages of biometric security systems is that it simply gives you another level of protection. The more you can do to keep your data, … Read Full Post »