Heat Pump Cooling Not Cool? Troubleshoot With These Tips

Heat Pump Cooling Not Cool? Troubleshoot With These TipsSummer is well under way, and cooling systems all across Central Texas are working overtime. So what do you do if your heat pump cooling system isn’t keeping up? First try these troubleshooting tips: Read More »

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Bad Ductwork Design Can Have Long-Term Repercussions

Bad Ductwork Design Can Have Long-Term RepercussionsA home’s ductwork system is responsible for carrying conditioned airflow in an efficient channel from the HVAC system to the living spaces, with much the same principles as the plumbing system and water supply. Faulty ductwork design with air leaks, blockages and other deficiencies may not flood your home like a leaky plumbing system, but a poorly designed ductwork system will drain your wallet all the same. Read More »

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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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