Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

How to Make the Best Use of Your Thermostat

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Trinity, TX gets its share of hot summers, and that means your air conditioner should be the focus of your attention in the next few months. But you shouldn’t overlook the role that a good thermostat plays in the process. Thermostats act as the control panel for your system: the point at which you exercise complete control over when the air conditioner is used and, as a consequence, how much its use will cost you. Everyone wants a cool, comfortable home in the summer months, but no one wants to pay any more than is necessary for it. The thermostat is one of the best ways to do that. Here’s a few tips that demonstrate how. (more…)

Efficiency and Savings with Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Spring is here, and with it comes the prospect of trading your old air conditioner up for a new one. Or perhaps you’re just looking for ways to improve your existing system’s efficiency and save some money when summer hits Madison County, TX like a brick. The key determining factor in an air conditioner’s efficiency is the SEER rating, which stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. The higher the rating, the more cooling output your air conditioner produces for the fuel it consumes. High SEER ratings are definitely preferred to low ones, but that’s not the same as automatically saving you money. Cutting down on that bill means understanding how efficiency works. (more…)

Should I Consider a Geothermal System?

Monday, September 21st, 2015

With summer coming to an end, homeowners in Huntsville, TX have an opportunity to assess their heating and air conditioning system and determine if the time has come to replace them. If it has, you might want to consider an alternative form of heating and air conditioning such as a geothermal system. Though they cost a more to install than other systems, they provide a number of long-term benefits and can help you make high monthly energy bills a thing of the past. Here’s why you should consider a geothermal system for your home. (more…)

What Is Short Cycling?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

If you own an air conditioner in Huntsville, TX, keep an eye out for your system to turn off and on in rapid succession numerous times throughout the day. The term for this is short cycling, and it’s actually a fairly large problem which can cost you a great deal if you don’t address it quickly. A trained technician can deal with your short cycling issue, but before you call, it’s important to understand what it is and what kinds of problems it can cause. The better your understanding of the condition, the more readily you can respond in the event it crops up. (more…)

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 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…)

3 Ways Your Thermostat can Malfunction

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Huntsville, TX, brings the heat every summer, along with sweltering humidity that can turn your home into a sweatbox. A good air conditioning system forms your first, best line of defense against those high temperatures, but your AC is only as good as the thermostat you use to control it. A trained repair technician can fix a malfunctioning thermostat or replace it with an updated model, but you need to spot a problem with it before you can call someone in. Here are 3 ways your thermostat can malfunction that you should look out for this summer. (more…)

3 Advantages to Ductless Mini Split Systems

Monday, May 18th, 2015

When most people think of air conditioning, they envision a standard centralized system, where cool air is generated in a single locale and distributed through the home via a system of ducts. There’s certainly nothing wrong with such a system and in the heat or our Huntsville, TX summers, centralized AC units work as well as can be expected. But it’s not the only system out there. A ductless mini split system, for instance, foregoes the notion of ducts in favor of a series of individual units placed throughout your home. Each unit comes with its own controls, and can be turned on and off independently of the rest of the system. If you’re considering a change to your air conditioning, here are 3 advantages to ductless mini split systems that you should keep in mind. (more…)

How Can You Spot Signs of Air Conditioning Trouble?

Monday, May 11th, 2015

We don’t do anything small in Huntsville, TX, and unfortunately that applies to the weather as well as more interesting aspects of life. Heat and humidity are as outsized here as everything else, and when they hit, you want to make sure your air conditioner is working at its peak. The sooner a repair technician is alerted to the problem, the faster he or she can restore your system to full working condition. When heat waves hit, that can’t possibly come fast enough. How can you spot signs of air conditioning trouble? We’ve provided a quick breakdown of common symptoms below. (more…)

How Can I Lower My Cooling Bills This Summer?

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Huntsville, TX, gets as hot and humid as any city in the country ever summer, and residents rely on their air conditioners to keep their homes cool and comfortable. Most of us are used to paying higher electric bills when the temperatures rise, and since you’re using your air conditioner more often, your pocketbook is going to take a hit. But just because you’re paying more doesn’t mean you’re not paying too much. There are ways to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency that can lower those bills and keep the pinch from hurting as much. “How can I lower my cooling bills this summer?” you ask. We’ve provided some handy tips. (more…)