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Inspecting a Broken Furnace

Inspecting a Broken Furnace

With summer behind us here in Central Texas, it won’t be long until cold weather starts moving in. Now is the perfect time to ensure your furnace is in proper working order… you don’t want to wait until the day you need it to find out something’s amiss. We’ve put some tips together for steps…
Conserving Energy In Your Home

Conserving Energy In Your Home

As winter draws closer, electric bills tend to spike to keep homes in Central Texas cozy and warm. There are several ways you can conserve energy without sacrificing warmth in your home, so we’re taking a look at several easy ways to help save money on your electric bill this winter. Utilize a Humidifier It’s…
5 Kinds of Programmable Thermostats

5 Kinds of Programmable Thermostats

One of the single most effective things you can do to cut down on your energy bill is to adjust your thermostat so that your AC and furnace don’t run as often or at all while you’re out of the house. Before leaving or going to bed, it’s common practice to set the thermostat to…
Air conditioner is broken after cutting my yard

Air conditioner is broken after cutting my yard

Cutting the lawn can affect your air conditioner! I receive many calls around this time with customer’s saying…. I was weed-eating near my air conditioning unit outside now my a/c doesn’t work. What happened? It’s happened to a lot of us. Somehow you have managed to set aside some time to get the yard work done. So you…
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Is Daylight Savings Making a Difference in My Utility Bill?

Springing forward means dark mornings and bright evenings. How will this have an effect on your utility bill this month? Some might feel like they are conserving electricity by not having to use lights inside the home but, recent studies have cast doubt on the energy argument. Air Conditioning and other household electronics have had…
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Fun Ways to Teach Kids About the Importance of Saving Energy

It is both cost effective and environmentally sound to teach your kids about the importance of saving energy, and discussing the differences between non-renewable and renewable energy sources. In addition, it’s a great idea to demonstrate possible ways of cutting back on domestic energy usage and the entire family benefits. The majority of children love…
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4 Ideas to Save on Home Heating Costs in Winter

Did you know that heating and cooling costs account for over half of a typical American home’s energy bill? Additionally, houses and buildings that need a heater continually running put extra stress on said heater. Here are 5 easy tips to help you reduce the size of your bill and keep your heating unit running…
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Why did it Cost More to Repair My A/C This Year?

Short answer….prices for R-22 have risen steeply. You may not need R-22 refrigerant when your system is serviced, but if you do, you will see a sharp increase. Prices are likely going to continue to rise as the product becomes harder to obtain within the industry. Wondering how much R-22 is in your system? Call…
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The Nest

Did you know that a thermostat controls half of your home’s energy? Yes that’s more than lighting, appliances, computers, and TVs combined! What does that mean for you? If your thermostat is not programmable you could be wasting money. Nest is a programmable thermostat that will learn your schedule and your preferences in comfort. Most…
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Air Conditioning / Two Speed Systems with ECM Blower

Two speed air conditioning systems work well in warmer climates that experience wide temperature swings; precisely the kind of weather we experience here in the San Marcos, Buda, Kyle, and New Braunfels area of Central Texas. Two speed air conditioning systems automatically shift from high to low speed operation based on the indoor cooling requirements.…
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Air Conditioning / Single Speed Systems with ECM Blower

In response to mandates to produce more energy efficient air conditioning systems, manufacturers turned to electronically commutated motors (ECM).  As it turned out, the ECM motor could do more than just allow manufacturers to comply with government mandates. ECM motors are brushless DC motors with speed and torque controls built in. I just knew you…
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Air Conditioning / Single Speed Systems

Single speed air conditioning systems have limited flexibility when it comes to providing maximum indoor comfort over a wide range of ever changing load conditions. As outdoor weather conditions change and indoor cooling loads increase and decrease, single speed air condition systems always do the same thing, they operate at full capacity or not at…
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Air Conditioning / Allergies and Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air pollution has been a growing concern across the United States.  Especially at risk are areas of the country like San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and the New Braunfels area of Central Texas.  Areas that have experienced rapid population growth and with it the construction of a newer style of American home are more prone…
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Air Conditioning / Comfort vs Cold

Here in the San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and New Braunfels area of Central Texas, whether an air conditioning system keeps occupants comfortable, or just cold is normally dependent on two separate factors … indoor humidity and air flow velocity. Studies show that people are most comfortable when the relative humidity is kept between 30% and…
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Air Conditioning / Energy Efficiency vs Equipment Cost

Air conditioning energy efficiency isn’t just about the equipment (see Why How a System is Installed Matters).  That being said, it is true that more efficient air conditioning equipment does cost more than less efficient equipment.  However, there is little or no difference in the materials and installation costs associated with having the different equipment…
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Gas Furnace / Cost vs. Energy Savings

Furnace Efficiency  vs.  Furnace Price Gas furnace efficiency is important, but not as important a consideration when looking for a gas furnace in the San Marcos, Buda, Kyle, and New Braunfels areas of Central Texas where winters tend to be mild and short.  The energy efficiency of a gas furnace is much more important in very cold…
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Air Conditioning / Thermostats

Thermostats … The control center of your HVAC system. The thermostat is a remarkable device—it’s truly the remote control for your home’s heating and cooling systems. From the ease and comfort of your hallway, bedroom or den, you can stoke the fires of your furnace (or crank up your A/C) with the turn of a…
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AC Service Energy Saving Tips

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. So making smart decisions about your home’s air conditioning service and heating service can have a big effect on your utility bills—and your comfort. Take these steps to increase the efficiency of your heating and cooling system. Replace Your Air Filter Regularly…
Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings

Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings

The SEER Rating Scale The efficiency of central air conditioning systems is  rated by a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). SEER ratings typically range from 13 to 23, with the highest numbers indicating the more efficient units  offering the most energy savings. Manufacturers have made great strides in the last 10 years to increase the efficiency…
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AC Emergency Repairs

Air Conditioning Systems / Emergency Repairs When you have air conditioning system problems, you may not always know if it’s an emergency that requires immediate attention.  Since air conditioners always seem to break down at the most inconvenient times, what may constitute an emergency can depend on your specific situation and how hot the outside temperature is.  In…
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