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Best Temperature For Heater In Winter

Best Temperature for Heater in Winter

You may be wondering what’s the best temperature for a heater in winter? You might be surprised to hear that an experienced air conditioning technician may tell you that most homeowners keep their thermostat set too high in the winter. Some families realize on their own that turning the thermostat down a few degrees not only feels more comfortable but also saves a lot on heating costs.

When you are just lying around, you may find that it feels a little cool in your home. If you are active in any way, you will probably warm up in no time. Besides, you can always put on a sweatshirt or a pair of socks, or you can get cozy under a blanket during the winter months.

Experts say that the best temperature at which to set your thermostat during the winter is 68 degrees. This setting is warm enough for most people, no matter … Read Full Post »

How To Calibrate A Thermostat Properly: Expert Tips

calibrate thermostat

You can set the thermostat in your home or office at the perfect temperature—whatever that means to you personally—but how do you guarantee that the thermostat is reading the room’s temperature correctly?

If the thermostat isn’t calibrated correctly, you could find yourself looking for a better night’s rest because you’re uncomfortable with the indoor temperature. Even more alarming, you could be leaving your air conditioner running constantly and driving your cooling costs way up trying to find the perfect temperature to set the thermostat.

Your thermostat can lose its calibration if dirt gets inside it or if it gets bumped. The result is that you may set it on 75 degrees, but it will only cool the room to 78 degrees. Constantly readjusting the thermostat can raise your utility bill by up to 10 percent. The same is true for an incorrectly calibrated thermostat that “thinks” it’s running at a lower temperature … Read Full Post »

CPS Energy Rebates For San Antonio Residents

CPS Energy Rebates

City Public Service (CPS), based in San Antonio, is the largest municipally-owned energy company in the United States. CPS offers a wide variety of options to heat and cool a San Antonio home or business, and their programs reward residents who are environmentally conscious. The company offers clean energy and serves as a regional leader in solar power, LED lighting, clean coal and smart grid design.

City Public Service actively seeks ways to improve their services and the value of those services. One way the company accomplishes this goal is through the SaveNow energy savings programs and rebates.

Many San Antonio residents are looking for more efficient energy sources that balance a concern for the environment with a desire to save money. Buying a new AC unit that has a high energy rating is a good place to start if you are looking for ways to save on heating costs and how to … Read Full Post »

How To Keep A Room Cool That Faces The Sun: Summer Tips

How To Keep A Room Cool That Faces The Sun

Ah, summer. The season of cookouts, BBQ, fireworks, splashing in the pool, days at the beach, long nights and family vacations.

It’s also the time of year when you begin to crank up the air conditioning in your home, battling the scorching sun and blistering summer days. We all know the feeling: walking in the front door in the middle of July, only to find the refreshing feeling of cool air spilling out of your AC unit. While we all love that blast of chilled air, we all also love saving money—and in this case, saving money means saving energy. In addition to using your air conditioner this summer, there’s plenty of other ways to help keep your home cool. As you prepare for the hot days ahead, take a look at our summer tips and learn how to keep a room cool that faces the sun.

Utilize Ceiling And Exhaust Fans

Many … Read Full Post »

How To Make An Air Conditioner Colder

how to make an air conditioner colder

If your air conditioner is older or overdue for regular servicing, cleaning and other maintenance, it won’t run at peak efficiency—which means it won’t be able to blow air that is as cold as you want it to be during the warmer times of year.

How To Make An Air Conditioner Colder

If you’ve been wondering how to make an air conditioner colder, look no further. Whether you’re dealing with central air conditioning system or a window unit, we have several tips homeowners can use to make your air conditioner work more effectively. Some are basic maintenance tips and some are tricks of the trade that could make all the difference in cooling your home efficiently.

How Air Conditioning Units Work

Whether your home is cooled by a central air system or window units, your air conditioner works by pulling outside air into your home and cooling it while transferring warmer indoor air … Read Full Post »

Corpus Christi Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Corpus Christi Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Although Corpus is a great place to live year-round, springtime is an especially nice time of year. Flowers are blooming, the beaches are quiet, before peak tourist season hits and the weather is temperate. Spring is a perfect time to take a closer look at your biggest investment—your home—to make sure you are taking the right steps to maintain your property and make any improvements that will allow you to better enjoy it.

Corpus Christi Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

ABC Home & Commercial Services is a family-run company which prides itself on making homeowners’ lives easier with reliable, high-quality services. As a trusted resource in the community, ABC employees go above and beyond to treat your home as we would our own. As a part of this commitment to superior home services, we created a Corpus Christi Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017.

This 9-page Guide includes:

Houston Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Houston Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Houston is a great place to be during the spring months. Everything is green, the weather is pleasant and there are lots of excuses to get out and enjoy local festivals, art exhibits and other happenings. Spring is already associated with renewal, making it the perfect excuse to take a hard look at your home to make sure you are doing all you can to maintain and improve upon your biggest investment.

Houston Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

ABC Home & Commercial Services has been making life easier for Texas homeowners for over 60 years. Our background-checked employees provide reliable, top-notch home services and treat your home as we would our own. As an extension of this philosophy, we put together a Houston Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017.

The 9-page Guide includes:

  • Ten things to do in Houston this Spring
  • Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
  • Spring Cleaning List of Where to Donate or Dispose of Common Household … Read Full Post »

San Antonio Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

San Antonio Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

 

Spring is a great time of year to turn your focus as a homeowner to how to improve your living and outdoor spaces. The return of nicer weather is also a great excuse to get out, enjoying all San Antonio has to offer.

San Antonio Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

ABC Home & Commercial Services has been making life easier for homeowners for over 60 years. Our San Antonio Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017 is full of resources and helpful information to continue on that tradition.

The 9-page Guide includes:

  • Ten Things to Do in San Antonio This Spring
  • Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
  • Spring Cleaning List of Where to Donate or Dispose of Common Household Items Locally
  • Advice on How to Mosquito-Proof Your Yard
  • Spring Gardening Tips
  • 6 Signs You May Need to Repair Your AC
  • What You Need to Know About Oak Wilt
  • Easy Home Improvement Projects

Download the guide here. Read on for a taste of the information you’ll find … Read Full Post »

Austin Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Austin Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

Austin is the place to be during the spring months. Flowers are blooming, the sun is out and temperatures are still usually mild. Take advantage of this time of year to make some subtle improvements and to conduct home maintenance so that you can enjoy your home for the rest of the year.

Austin Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017

For over 60 years, ABC Home & Commercial Services has been making life easier on Texans. Our Austin Homeowners Guide for Spring 2017 provides you with tips and other information to help you take care of your biggest investment.

The 9-page Guide includes:

  • Ten things to do in Austin this Spring
  • Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
  • Spring Cleaning List of Where to Donate or Dispose of Common Household Items Locally
  • Advice on How to Mosquito-Proof Your Yard
  • Spring Gardening Tips
  • 6 Signs You May Need to Repair Your AC
  • Pool Opening Checklist
  • Easy Home Improvement Projects

Download the guide here. Get a preview of … Read Full Post »

How to Get Rid of Moisture in Your Home

How to get rid of moisture in your home

One surprising thing for homeowners can be the presence of humidity or moisture in a home and what that moisture brings along with it. Humidity is simply the amount of moisture in the air, and most people are comfortable with a relative humidity level of about 45% at home. When humidity is high, the air seems hotter and heavier. Excessive humidity may encourage mold growth, which can lead to bad smells, structural damage and health problems. House mold cannot exist without a source of moisture.

How to Get Rid of Moisture in Your Home

Wondering why it’s feeling humid in your home, and what you can do about it? Learn both how to make your indoor spaces more pleasant and how to prevent humidity in your home in the future below.

Telltale Signs of Moisture and Humidity

Inside your home, you might feel a change in humidity in a few ways: as dampness on … Read Full Post »