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What Type of Maintenance Does My Heating and Cooling System Need?

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and its affiliated programs, the average American household pays approximately $2,200 per year on energy. Nearly half of this amount, they report, is put toward the cost of heating and cooling homes. That unbelievable number, however, can be significantly lowered with proper HVAC maintenance and service throughout the year.

Higher energy bills aren’t the only consequence of infrequent maintenance work. The primary cause of equipment failure and diminished performance in heating and cooling systems is neglect. The buildup of dust and fine particles of debris that gather within ducts and equipment can cause irreparable damage to the entire system. Changing your unit’s filter regularly, particularly during the winter and summer, can help to prevent this type of damage, but filter replacement is never intended to stand in the place of professional checkups and maintenance.

Hiring an experienced San Antonio HVAC specialist is the first … Read Full Post »

Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance

Air Conditioning Preventive Maintenance

There are few things sweeter than coming out of the heat into your comfortably air-conditioned home. Unfortunately, air conditioning isn’t something we often think about—that is, until it breaks down on a sweltering day.

You may not realize it, but your AC unit loses around 5% of its efficiency each year that it operates. Over time, components weaken and break down, and without routine maintenance, you could end up paying some major repair bills or having to replace the unit altogether.

Fortunately, you can keep your AC running at full capacity by simply scheduling a regular tune-up and by following an air conditioner maintenance checklist to make sure everything is working properly. Understanding air conditioner parts and functions can help with the upkeep as well. Giving your heating and cooling system a little TLC once or twice a year is important and can save you a lot of money and headaches in the long … Read Full Post »

Easy Ways to Avoid San Antonio HVAC Maintenance

As energy bills rise, it’s tempting to look for the single solution that will shave off a large part of your heating bill, but there are numerous ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. With these simple and inexpensive San Antonio HVAC maintenance solutions, you can keep those heating bills from rising – even in the cold holiday season!

 

ADJUST THE THERMOSTAT

The most obvious way to reduce your fuel use is to turn down the thermostat. Think of it as a valve between your fuel supplier and your wallet. For every degree you turn it down, you will use up to 3 percent less heating energy. A 10-degree setback overnight or while you’re at work will cut your heating bill by up to 10 percent. Keep in mind that it doesn’t take long to heat your home to a comfortable level – only about 15 minutes. Never adjust the … Read Full Post »

What are HEPA Air Filters & Purifiers?

Shopping for a home air purifier, a whole house air filter for the furnace room, or a new vacuum cleaner just wouldn’t be the same without the dozens of products that pride themselves on their top quality HEPA filters. But what is a HEPA filter? Read on for the facts and the history of HEPA air filters.

What Is HEPA?

HEPA stands for “High Efficiency Particulate Air.” HEPA is not a brand; it is a type of air filtration system that is said to remove at least 99.97% of the most difficult size of airborne particles to filter, particles of 0.3 microns or micrometres in diameter (0.3 millionths of a metre).

Particles of this size are considered the most difficult to filter, and the HEPA filter is even more effective at filtering larger and smaller particles. This makes the HEPA filter ideal for capturing things like dust, dust mites, mold spores, cigarette smoke, … Read Full Post »

Explanation of SEER

When one is in the market for energy efficiency, finding effective and efficient appliances for cooling homes has the potential to save a lot of money. SEER ratings help to figure out which cooling systems are the most efficient.

What does SEER stand for?

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio rating system was developed as a performance standard by the combined efforts between the U.S. government and equipment manufacturers with the intent to create a rating system that is easily understood by the public.

What Do The Numbers Mean?

The number that is associated with a SEER rating measures the British thermal units per hour of cooling or heating, per watt of electricity. The higher the number, the more efficiently a product will produce cool air compared to a product with a lower number.

How Does It Work?

The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient an appliance is. In early 1990s, many cooling units carried … Read Full Post »

EPA Duct Sealing Tips

WORKING WITH A CONTRACTOR

Many homeowners choose to hire a professional contractor for duct improvement projects. Most heating and cooling equipment contractors also repair ductwork.

Look for a contractor that will:

  • Inspect the whole duct system, including the attic, crawlspace, garage and basement as needed.
  • Evaluate the system’s supply and return air balance. Many systems have air return ducts that are too small.
  • Repair damaged and disconnected ducts and straighten out flexible ducts that are tangled or crushed.
  • Seal all leaks and connections with mastic, metal tape, or an aerosol-based sealant.
  • Seal all registers and grills tightly to the ducts.
  • Insulate ducts in unconditioned areas with duct insulation that carries an R-value of 6 or higher.
  • Include a new filter as part of any duct system improvement.
  • Evaluate air flow after repairs are completed.
  • Ensure there is no backdrafting of gas or oil-burning appliances, and conduct a combustion safety test after ducts are sealed.

KNOW YOUR DUCTS

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