Too Much Humidity in Your Texas Home? A Whole-House Dehumidifier Could Be the Answer

Too Much Humidity in Your Texas Home? A Whole-House Dehumidifier Could Be the AnswerCentral Texans understand how stifling our weather can become during peak summer months. Although we regularly see triple-digit temperatures, the high humidity makes it all so much worse. Air conditioners function as dehumidifiers, but when the humidity in your Texas home can no longer be sufficiently reduced by your A/C alone, it’s time to consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier. Read More »

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If You’re Serious About Geothermal Cooling, Check Out These Federal Tax Credits

If You're Serious About Geothermal Cooling, Check Out These Federal Tax CreditsIn today’s world, finding ways to stay cool during the summer and stay warm in the winter without spending tons of money on power bills can be a real challenge. Fortunately, there is a solution to both your heating and cooling needs as well as a way to become greener in the process. If you’ve taken a look at a geothermal heat pumps, then you’re already ahead of the game. Making this option even more attractive is the availability of generous geothermal tax credits for qualifying systems. Read More »

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Energy-Saving Myths That Can Cost

Energy-Saving Myths That Can CostToday’s high energy costs have everyone sharing tips on how to lower consumption and reduce waste, but some ideas are only energy-saving myths. Let’s look at a few misconceptions that can end up costing you money: Read More »

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When Air Filter Shopping, You Should Know What’s on the Market

When Air Filter Shopping, You Should Know What's on the MarketRegularly changing the air filter in your heating and cooling system is a simple and effective way to improve your system’s efficiency and the air quality in your home. The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, is the industry standard for measuring  how effectively an air filter removes particles from the air. The MERV scale runs from 1-16 with filters having the higher numbers removing smaller (and more) airborne particulates. When air filter shopping, you need to be aware of the types of filters on the market today. Knowing the differences will help you make an informed decision. Here are some common filter types that are available for forced-air home HVAC systems. Read More »

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Three Types of Indoor Air Pollution, and 3 Solutions to Handle Them

Three Types of Indoor Air Pollution, and 3 Solutions to Handle ThemWhen we think of air pollution, we tend to think of dirty air outdoors. It may be surprising to know that dirty air also can be found indoors, often in much greater concentrations than just outside the door. Luckily, there are ways to combat this problem and clean the air in your home.  Read More »

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Getting Away From the Heat This Summer? Set the Thermostat to Save Energy and Money

Getting Away From the Heat This Summer? Set the Thermostat to Save Energy and MoneyGetting away from the heat is a common goal among people who live in the hotter parts of the country when summer rolls around. However, going out of town isn’t as simple as packing your swim trunks and beach towel and making for the airport. If you want to reduce energy use and save yourself money while you’re gone, there are a few things you’ll need to do first. Read More »

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Don’t Replace That Programmable Thermostat Until You Try These Tips

Don't Replace That Programmable Thermostat Until You Try These TipsProgrammable thermostats are fantastic devices, and it’s little wonder that they have gained in popularity in recent years. Utilizing a programmable thermostat saves a nice chunk of change, allowing your cooling or heating system to only operate at full capacity when you and your family are home. Being able to pre-set temperatures in your home while you’re gone cuts costs, and also reduces strain on the heating and cooling equipment in your home. Still, things break. Here are a few tips that may help if your programmable thermostat doesn’t seem to be setting your home to the correct temperature or otherwise is malfunctioning. Read More »

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Outdoor A/C Unit Unsightly in the Landscape? Some Tips on How to Make It Blend In

Outdoor A/C Unit Unsightly in the Landscape? Some Tips on How to Make It Blend InThe outdoor parts of your air conditioner like your compressor and condenser units aren’t exactly architectural features or decorative items. However, they are necessary if you want to keep your home cool in the spring and summer. Luckily there are some ways you can make your outdoor A/C unit blend in with the rest of your home. In fact, most of these tips are easy to employ, and there’s surely one that will work for your home and outdoor A/C unit. Read More »

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A Noisy A/C Is Worrisome: Track Down the Causes

A Noisy A/C Is Worrisome: Track Down the CausesA noisy A/C may still operate, but it could be an indication of a bigger problem that is just beginning. It is best to find and fix the problem as soon as possible before you face large emergency repair bills. Here are some of the most common causes of a noisy A/C, but be warned that most of these fixes should only be made by professionals. Read More »

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A/C Check: Refrigerant Charge May be Necessary

A/C Check: Refrigerant Charge May be NecessaryIf your central air conditioner is not cooling your home properly, there may be a couple of reasons why. One of the most common explanations for a struggling A/C is an incorrect refrigerant charge. Both too much and too little refrigerant can cause efficiency and performance problems in an air conditioner, though an inadequate refrigerant charge is the most common issue. Read More »

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