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2018

Blog Posts in 2018

  • What is a UV Air Scrubber?

    How healthy is the air in your home? If you’re like most Americans, you probably think the air in your home is perfectly fine, but statistics suggest that you’re probably mistaken. In fact, the air in your home can be as much as ten times worse than the air outside, and a large chunk of that has to do with elevated levels of microscopic biological contaminants. Things like mold spores, airborne ...
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  • Why Is My Thermostat Screen Blank?

    Heading over to your thermostat to find the screen is completely blank can be frustrating. When no amount of button pushing or switch-adjusting will get a response, you may be thinking your air conditioner or heater has given up the ghost and you’ll need to replace it completely. However, before you make any drastic moves, a blank thermostat screen isn’t usually indicative of a problem with your ...
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  • Don't Forget Your HVAC System When Selling Your Home!

    When the time comes to sell your home, you’ll likely do everything in your power to prep it to show well and attract potential buyers to make an offer. However, we see far too many people forget about an extremely important part of their home that almost any buyer is going to be concerned about: their heating and cooling system. When it comes to deal-breakers for potential buyers, few factors can ...
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  • How to Set Your Thermostat for Optimal Energy Efficiency

    Homeowners everywhere constantly struggle with the ongoing battle of in-home comfort and saving money on their electric bill. When you consider that more than half of all energy consumed by the average American household every year is dedicated to heating and cooling, you can see how quickly even a small change can add up on your electric bill, pulling more money out of your pocket. However, what ...
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  • Five Air Conditioning Enemies You Need to Be Aware Of

    You depend on your air conditioner to keep you cool when summer cranks up the temperature, and that means you likely want to take care to protect and preserve it. However, your air conditioner could also face any one of a number of different “enemies” every single day. What do these enemies have in common? Simple: you might not expect them or realize just how damaging they could be to your system. ...
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  • Why Is Duct Size So Important?

    When selecting a new air conditioner, your HVAC sales consultant will likely emphasize just how important it is that you choose a unit that’s the right size for your home. Select a system that’s too small and it’ll run for hours on end while struggling to keep your home at the ideal temperature. Select one that’s too big and it’ll create air pressure issues in your home, short cycle, and waste a ...
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  • Why Spring is the Best Time for A/C Maintenance

    Springtime is upon us! Soon the weather will be warming up, plants will be coming back to life, and you’ll be trading out your winter coats for shorts and t-shirts as summer approaches. What that also means is it’s only a matter of time before rising temperatures will have you rushing to your thermostat and firing up your air conditioner to stay cool comfortable in your home. Is your air ...
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  • What Are Air Conditioning Coils?

    Do you know how your air conditioner works? If the answer is no, don’t worry, you’re actually not that much different from the majority of homeowners. Most people simply know that air goes in to the system, gets cooled, and comes back out, but the process that actually cools the air is somewhat of a mystery to many people. The answer lies in two extremely important pieces of equipment: your coils. ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Swamp Coolers

    If you’ve been looking for an inexpensive and efficient way to cool your home or business, odds are you have probably come across information regarding swamp coolers, or evaporative coolers as they are also known. These systems often catch people’s attention due to their lower costs, easy maintenance, and effective ability to keep a space comfortable. However, what many people don’t realize is ...
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  • How Much Does a New Air Conditioner Cost?

    As a homeowner, you’ll have to replace your air conditioner at some point. Some people notice their air conditioner is wearing out and want to get ahead of its inevitable eventual failure, while others need a new one because theirs has broken down completely, or perhaps you’re one of those who is just sick of paying too much in energy costs due to an old, inefficient system. Whatever your reason, ...
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  • Why Switch to a Smart Thermostat?

    Your heating and air conditioning systems are controlled by a remarkably simple device known as a thermostat. For many years, the technology behind these devices remained relatively stagnant as the need for changes never really developed. However, this is no longer the case today; thermostats are now equipped with advanced computing technology and refined programming that allow them to perform ...
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  • Save Money on Utilities by Not Running Your Heater!

    Nearly half of the energy the average American household consumes is dedicated to heating and cooling, which means if you’re looking for ways to save money, reducing those costs is a good place to start. When winter’s frigid temperatures cause thermometer readings to drop, many people all around the Fredericksburg and Kerrville area fire up their furnaces to try and stay warm. However, if you’re ...
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  • What? My Heater Can Freeze?

    If your heater stops producing warm air and automatically shuts off, you might be wondering what’s wrong with it. Believe it or not, your coils may have frozen over. What? A frozen heater? It’s true; while it sounds like a ridiculous oxymoron, it’s possible for the coils in your heat pump to freeze over, causing your precious heater to stop functioning when you need it most. Let’s take a closer ...
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  • Why is Freon So Expensive?

    If you’ve ever found yourself in need of a minor repair for an older air conditioning and heating system, you may have been shocked and baffled when your technician handed you their price quote. How in the world could something as simple as a recharge be so expensive? The answer to this is fairly simple: if you have an older system, it might run on R-22 Freon refrigerant, which now runs anywhere ...
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