Archive for June, 2015

How Does Air Conditioning Refrigerant Work?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Refrigerant is the substance that makes you air conditioner work: shifting from a liquid to a gaseous state and back, and pulling heat out of the air in the process. A lot of people think that air conditioners consume refrigerant like fuel, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, when refrigerant levels go down, it can create a big problem, and with our hot weather in Huntsville, TX, big problems are not something we need. Knowing how refrigerant works, and what happens when it runs low, can help explain a lot about the inner workings of your system and why you sometimes need repairs. (more…)

How Are Duct Breaches Repaired?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

When your ductwork gets damaged, repairing it can be challenging and usually requires the services of a trained technician. But it’s often quite necessary. A breach in your ducts can cost you a great deal in lost cooling power: raising the price of your monthly utilities and increasing the strain on the core system. Hot air is pulled in or cool air pulled out of the breach, resulting in more effort needed to keep your home cool, as well as spreading dust and contaminants throughout your home.  In cities like Huntsville, TX, with high heat and stifling humidity, a duct breach can lead to further problems with your air conditioner as it struggles to keep up. Duct breaches can be repaired by qualified personnel, but what’s involved in the process? Here’s a quick look. (more…)

How Does a Whole-House Dehumidifier Help Me?

Monday, June 15th, 2015

We live in Huntsville, TX, where the only thing worse than the heat of the summer is the high humidity. People tend to ignore humidity levels in favor of simply lowering the temperature, but in truth, the two are very closely related. In addition to a reliable air conditioner, you might want to consider a whole-house dehumidifier to help maintain your indoor comfort levels. How does a whole-house dehumidifier help you? We’ve provided a few answers below. (more…)

What Kind of Households Benefit from UV Germicidal Lights?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

UV germicidal lights are used to cleanse the air in your home of harmful germs and bacteria. They’re relatively easy for professional technicians to install in your existing HVAC systems and because they have no moving parts, they will last a good long time. (You usually need only replace the UV lightbulbs periodically when they burn out.) They can be particularly beneficial in towns like Huntsville, TX, which have a lot of dust and pollen in the air as well as high summertime humidity. What kinds of households benefit from UV germicidal lights? As always, it depends on your needs. (more…)

How Do You Size an Air Conditioning System?

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Professional air conditioning technicians may refer to “sizing” an air conditioner before installing a new unit. This refers to the power levels or the new system rather than the physical size of the air conditioner. Sizing is extremely important in Huntsville, TX, with our summer heat waves and regular need for a reliable AC system. If the system is too powerful, it will short cycle – turning on and off rapidly throughout the day and wasting a considerable amount of energy (as well as creating wear and tear on the unit). If it isn’t powerful enough, it’s not going to cool your home adequately, and will similarly create wear and tear and higher energy bills as it runs all day and night. (more…)