How To Check Air Quality At Home

May 24, 2021

If you’ve noticed more coughing or sneezing symptoms or if the surfaces in your Richmond, TX, home have dust on them, it might not be due to your housekeeping. You might be dealing with an indoor air quality problem. You’ve probably heard of ozone alert days, but you might not know how to monitor the air quality inside your residence. Read on to learn how you can check your home’s indoor air quality. Track Your Health If you think you and other household members are experiencing more allergy or asthma symptoms, keep track. Make note of when you have headaches,...

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What are the Major Parts of an Air Conditioner

April 5, 2021

There are five main components of an air conditioner. It’s important to understand how an air conditioner works, so you can take care of small issues while leaving the bigger ones to professionals. The Compressor Air flows through your home and the air conditioning system. The refrigerant is pressurized by the compressor, which raises its temperature. It goes from a liquid to a vapor. Refrigerant has to be hotter than outdoor air, so it can release heat and cool your home. The Condenser Coil The condenser coil is the part of your air conditioning system that is located outside. The...

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How Do I Conserve Heat During the Winter?

March 9, 2021

It’s expensive to heat your home, so conserving as much heat as possible is important. Conserving heat also reduces your carbon footprint, so it’s a climate-friendly thing to do. There are several opportunities to conserve heat in the winter. Bundle Up You can keep your house at a lower temperature in the winter if you bundle up. Put on a sweatshirt and socks, or cover up with a blanket while watching TV. Keeping your home a few degrees cooler can save you big money on your utility bills. Caulk Cracks and Seal Holes A lot of heat can be lost...

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Why Is My Furnace Blowing Cold Air?

February 5, 2021

Winter nights get downright cold in Katy, TX, and you’ll need a reliable furnace to keep your home warm and safe. A furnace problem isn’t just a comfort issue. It can also put your family’s safety at risk. Here are three reasons why your furnace is blowing cold air and what you should do about it. 1. Pilot Went Out Older furnaces have pilot lights. The pilot has to be on all the time. If the pilot goes out, the furnace can’t burn fuel. Check the pilot, and relight it if it’s out. If it goes out again, there could...

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Do You Need Attic Ventilation With Spray From Insulation?

January 10, 2021

If you’ve decided to have spray foam insulation added to the attic in your Richmond, TX, home, you might be wondering whether or not you also need to add active or passive ventilation to the attic. It’s important to consider attic ventilation because a buildup of moisture or heat could result in significant structural damage or a shorter roof lifespan. Here’s what you need to know about spray foam insulation and the airflow in your attic. How Spray Foam Insulation Works Spray foam insulation is highly effective because it expands to fill tiny gaps and hard-to-reach spaces where air can...

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What Exactly Is Duct Sealing?

December 3, 2020

The loss of conditioned air through the ductwork is one of the most common forms of wasted energy in residences. Many houses have ductwork that isn’t sealed properly, so conditioned air escapes before ever entering the living areas of the home. Duct sealing is the answer to this problem. What Is Duct Sealing? The ductwork in many homes has holes and gaps in it. It’s not uncommon for new homes to have improperly installed ductwork, and further problems can develop over time. Connections become loose, and holes are created when something punctures the ductwork. Engaging professionals to seal your ducts...

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Can You Save Money by Closing Air Vents in Unused Rooms?

November 16, 2020

Many people believe they can save money by closing air vents in unused rooms. Unfortunately, this practice can end up costing you a lot of money, as it does more harm than good. Your Energy Bill Won’t Be Lower When you close air vents, you disrupt the internal air pressure of your HVAC system. This causes your system to work harder as it tries to force air through the closed vents. This increases your energy bills instead of decreasing them. Duct Leaks Your heating and cooling system doesn’t know there are closed vents. Air will back up in your vents,...

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When to Schedule an Air Quality Inspection

October 20, 2020

Assessing the quality of your indoor air is an essential step toward keeping your family safe and healthy. Whereas air conditioning equipment performs the vital task of maintaining top quality air, inspections are necessary to ensure that the equipment performs just right. Many homeowners often ask the question of how regularly you should perform these inspections. Here are the various circumstances that should prompt you to conduct an air quality inspection in your house or office. As Regularly as Possible Inspection of indoor air quality should be conducted regularly, preferably at least twice a year. Conducting the assessment on such...

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4 Ways to Prevent HVAC Failure

September 22, 2020

Katy, TX, has hot summers and chilly winters, so you’ll rely on your heating and air conditioning system all year long. The last thing you want to deal with on a cold winter night or sweltering summer day is an HVAC failure. Follow these tips on four ways to prevent heating and air conditioning system failures. 1. Replace the Filter Air filters keep heating and cooling systems clean. A dirty filter allows dust and other particles to infiltrate the system and cause extra wear and tear. Dirty filters also reduce HVAC efficiency by 15% or more. Replacing the filter only...

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AC Won’t Cool? Here’s Why

August 17, 2020

During a long, hot summer, there’s nothing more refreshing than walking into your Richmond, TX, home and enjoying the blast of cool, comfortable air. If your air conditioner is malfunctioning, though, this much-anticipated moment could turn out to be quite disappointing. Here are a few causes of a malfunctioning air conditioner that we at see fairly frequently. Low Refrigerant The refrigerant in your air conditioner from works hard. Traveling between the compressor outside and the evaporator coil inside, the refrigerant changes back and forth between a gas and a liquid. This change in form accompanies a change in temperature that...

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