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ABC’s Filter Fetch Service

How long has it been since you changed your HVAC filter? Like many people, you may often forget to swap it out in a timely manner. If you’d like to make your heating and cooling equipment last as long as possible and maintain its efficiency, you need to change your air filters early and often. Due to the hectic nature of everyday life, though, this may be easier said than done. Why risk forgetting all about your HVAC filter when you can sign up for ABC’s Filter Fetch Service?

Avoid the Hassles of Buying Replacement Air Filters

By the time you finally realize you need to replace the air filter in your heating and cooling system, you may be at a loss about how to proceed. You have to figure out which size you need, and then you have to go to a local big box retailer to find it. Even if … Read Full Post »

Lower Your Heating Costs with These Fail-Safe Tips

Winter expenses like home heating and holiday gifts tend to pile up quickly, and so there’s a chance that, like most people, you’re running a little low on cash this time of year. By following these tips, you can lower your heating costs immediately and with little effort.

Have Your Furnace Inspected

For safety reasons and to save money, it’s important to have your system carefully inspected before using it. A qualified technician will clean and inspect your motor, blower, fan and other components of your system to ensure that it works correctly and efficiently.

Hire Someone to Inspect and Clean Your Ducts

There’s a good chance that your ducts have leaks and holes in them, which result in wasted heat and higher bills. Ducts also get dirty and clogged, which can cause them to operate less efficiently. Arrange to have your ducts inspected and cleaned by an HVAC expert to lower your bills, … 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 »

Staying Warm and Cost-Efficient with Home Automation

When the cold weather sets in, homeowners can experience common and persistent problems with their heating system. For example, one part of the house feels excessively warm, while another is freezing. Or this one: You aren’t home very often, but turning your heat off is out of the question—no one enjoys the idea of coming back to a frigid home at the end of the day. Installing a state-of-the-art home automation system can be the perfect answer for all your heating woes, one that can save you a lot of aggravation, money and effort.

Control Your Indoor Climate

With the help of programmable thermostats, you will be able to set temperatures for various times of the day. For instance, you can choose to increase the temperature of your home just in time for when your family returns back from school and work. With multiple zoning systems, you can choose to heat up … Read Full Post »

Is Your Furnace Making Noises? 5 Sounds Your Furnace Should Never Make

furnace making noises

What’s that sound coming from your furnace? Some noises are completely normal, especially if your home has an older model. But other loud noises, such as banging or squealing, can signal that it’s time for a repair or replacement.

Like most southern states, Texas stays warm for most of the year. Regardless, during those few weeks of winter, you’ll want to make sure your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is in working order. If your family depends on a furnace to keep your home warm during winter, keeping it properly maintained throughout the year is important.

Is Your Furnace Making Noises?

When furnaces begin making certain noises, it often means that something isn’t working properly and you should take action to get it fixed right away. There are many reasons this could be happening, so you’ll need to pay close attention to the type of noise your furnace is making so that … Read Full Post »

5 Money-Saving Secrets to Lowering Energy Costs

In an economy that begs you to save money wherever you can, you should strongly consider ways to become more efficient with your use of energy. By making a few small tweaks, you can save a considerable amount of money going forward. Here are five money-saving secrets that will have you reaping the financial benefits all year long.

1. Use a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats will enable you to save money in a few crucial ways. Because these thermostats are designed to turn on or off automatically, you will not have to worry about running your heating and cooling systems for extended periods of time. To reduce your utility bills even more, try to set your thermostat a bit cooler during the winter. A difference of a few degrees can lead to extra cash each month.

2. Subscribe to a Maintenance Plan

To maximize the efficiency of your home heating system, you should subscribe … Read Full Post »

Winter Prep Tips for Your HVAC System

At ABC Houston, we understand that our friends and neighbors depend on their furnaces, boilers and heat pumps to get through the winter months. The more prepared your system is, the more comfortable you’ll be. Here are eight steps to get your HVAC system ready for the heating season.

1. Get Reversible Ceiling Fans

During the cooling season, fans help your air conditioners run efficiently by circulating the air that collects near the ceiling. During the heating season, a fan with a reverse setting can do the same for your furnace. For best results, invest in an Energy Star-rated fan.

2. Use a Humidifier

If your home has a forced-air heating system, you’ll find that your indoor air may become uncomfortably dry. A humidifier will help you breathe easier by replacing that lost moisture.

3. New Filters

A dirty filter reduces the efficiency of your furnace by blocking air flow and may lead to other maintenance … Read Full Post »

When To Replace An Air Conditioner: Signs Your AC Needs Work

When To Replace Air Conditioner

Some calls HVAC repair companies receive are emergencies: cases where a customer’s AC system has stopped working completely. With regular, correctly-performed AC maintenance, homeowners are generally able to ensure that a heating and cooling unit doesn’t experience any hiccups. Even with regular service, air conditioning repairs are sometimes needed.

To avoid an emergency that leaves you without air conditioning, there are a few warning signs you can look for to determine when to replace an air conditioner. We’ve put together a list of three common signs that your air conditioner is on the verge of a breakdown so that you better understand when the end is near.

Excessive Noise

Air conditioning units are specifically designed to run as quietly and as efficiently as possible. If your AC system has recently started making more noise than normal, it may be time to call in an expert to do a system check. There are several common … Read Full Post »

Air Conditioning History Timeline

air conditioning history timeline

It’s hard to imagine a hot Texas summer with sweltering temperatures consistently topping 100 degrees without air conditioning. As citizens of a modern world, perhaps we’ve become spoiled in our expectations of daily amenities, and this got us thinking: who was the genius that invented the modern air conditioning system?

That question turned out to be a little more difficult to answer than we thought. The “invention” of air conditioning was not so much one single “Aha!” moment, but rather several ideas over a few hundred years that got us to the modern HVAC system that we all know and love. Below is a brief air conditioning history timeline to explain how the air conditioner parts and functions have evolved.

Ancient Egypt: Where It All Got Started?

Ancient Egyptians are vaguely credited as being the first to use evaporative cooling by hanging wet cloth or reeds in windows and doorways. As the wind blew … Read Full Post »

Use the Sun to Cool Your Home This Summer

With another scorching San Antonio summer approaching, you’re probably not looking forward to seeing your electric bills escalate from using your air conditioner. We have a solution that can not only lower your power bills, but also use those sizzling rays to your advantage: a cooling system powered by solar panels.

How Solar Panels Work

Our cooling systems work with photovoltaic panels, also called PV panels, which consist of silicon and non-reflective glass. The PV panels harness and store photons from the sun’s rays and then convert these particles into electrical power. Similar to a battery, the PV panel first converts the photons into DC power, which is sent to an inverter that converts it to AC power that can be used to run an air conditioning unit, as well as other household devices.

How Solar-Powered Cooling Systems Work

Most of our residential customers choose a grid-tied PV system, which uses a combination of … Read Full Post »