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Archive for August, 2015

Why There’s Ice on Your Heat Pump

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Finding ice on your heat pump may seem like an indication that the system is working properly. Unfortunately, this is not the case. If ice is forming on your heat pump, you actually have a pretty big problem. If the source of the ice is not dealt with, it can actually cause the entire system to breakdown. Let’s take a look at why ice actually forms on your heat pump and the problems it can cause.

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What Happens During an Air Conditioner Maintenance Appointment

Monday, August 24th, 2015

We have written about the importance of air conditioning maintenance before, and how it can substantially increase the service life of your system. What we haven’t done yet, though, is outline some of the more important air conditioning maintenance appointment procedures. If you want to truly understand how important air conditioning maintenance is, it helps to know what exactly goes on during a maintenance appointment. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a couple of the more common procedures.

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Why You Shouldn’t Attempt Duct Sealing Yourself

Monday, August 17th, 2015

We’ve written before on the importance of duct sealing. Though duct leaks may not seem like much, they can result in massive loss of output for forced air systems. In fact, up to 30% of a heater or air conditioner’s output can be lost to duct leaks, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program. So, duct sealing is a big part of keeping your ducts healthy and your forced air systems efficient. Since it seems like such a simple job, you may be tempted to try and seal your ducts on your own. That is not advisable at all. Read on to find out more about why you shouldn’t try to seal your own ducts.

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The Benefits of Upgrading Your Thermostat

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Most homeowners are pretty timely with replacing their HVAC systems before they break down completely. They have them checked on a fairly regular basis, and when they start to show signs of wearing out, they replace them. What many people never do, however, is replace their thermostats often enough. The thermostat is just as important to your climate control as your HVAC system. It is the control center of your heater and air conditioner, without which those systems would be unable to operate. And yet, far too many people continue to use outdated thermostats with their more modern systems. Let’s take a look at the benefits of upgrading your thermostat to a newer model.

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Dehumidifiers and Indoor Air Quality

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Texas is well known for its heat, so it’s no surprise when the temperature climbs into triple digits around here. What might surprise new arrivals to the area, though, is how incredibly humid parts of the state can get. Humidity makes hot days that much worse, and can make your home seriously uncomfortable. Comfort isn’t the only thing affected by humid weather, though. Read on to find out more about the effects that high humidity can have on your health, and why a dehumidifier is a good idea.

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