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Thinking About a New Air Conditioner? 4 Key Considerations

Air conditioners are sturdy, reliable pieces of HVAC equipment designed to provide years of service. There comes a time, however, when replacement is necessary, and a new air conditioner is your best or only choice. After deciding whether or not to replace your cooling system, there are four key considerations to keep in mind for your new air conditioner. Here's a summary of those considerations, along with some information to help you decide if replacing your air conditioner is the best choice.

Landscaping Strategies to Keep Your Home Cooler

It's no secret that heating and cooling costs add up to half of your home's total energy use. Indoor comfort and climate controls are a top concern, but not much thought is given to modifying the outdoor climate with energy-saving landscaping. If you're interested in reducing electric bills and increasing the energy efficiency of your home, landscaping is a great way to achieve your goals. In concert with smart thermostat settings, air conditioning repairs and preventive maintenance, landscaping can generate significant savings.

What Kind of AC Thermostat Do You Need?

If you've heard about the potential improvement in energy efficiency that can be obtained with the installation of advanced AC thermostats, then you may be wondering what your best options are. There are many choices in programmable thermostat configurations, and your selection may depend on your budget, your existing equipment and your comfort with issues such as programming. Following are some of the choices you will want to consider as you endeavor to improve management of your thermostat settings.

Stinky AC Odors? How to Fix Them

Unusual smells coming from an AC usually signal the time has arrived for a little TLC. Read on to find out how to get rid of these odors and make your home smell fresh and clean once more.

Fixes for Uneven Cooling in a Home

Uneven cooling can leave you feeling miserable at home. Find out what it takes to fix this issue and gain greater air conditioning efficiency in the process.

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Air Quality

Indoor Air Pollution Is More of a Threat Than You Realize — How to Prevent It

You may have heard of indoor air quality and the dangers it can pose to your family and West Texas home, but do you really know what poor indoor air quality is doing to you? While the answer to that question depends on what types of toxins are in your home, the fact is that indoor air pollution is toxic to your health. Because of these risks, take measures to prevent indoor air pollution whenever possible as you strive to protect the health and well-being of your family.

A Whole-House Humidifier Can Improve the Air Quality Inside Your West Texas Home

Healthy indoor air quality, optimum comfort and proper indoor humidity; they’re all related. Even the energy expenses to keep your home heated during the winter are impacted by the amount of water vapor in the air, as is the amount of wear and tear on wooden structural components.

Affordable Ways to Improve the Air You Breathe

Correcting some indoor air quality concerns doesn't have to call for a huge investment.

Handling Allergens in Your West Texas Home Can Lead to Improved Indoor Air Quality

There are measures you can take to improve your indoor air quality and reduce the amount of allergens in your home.

Strategies to Eliminate Allergens and Improve Indoor Air Quality

There are measures anyone can take to improve the quality of their indoor air.

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Heating

Take Time This Spring to Ensure Your Home’s HVAC System Is Maintained and Operating Properly

As West Texas prepares itself for spring and the scorching summer to come, many homeowners will benefit from taking the time to get their HVAC systems in top shape. Making sure your HVAC system is at peak efficiency will save you money during the cooling season, as well as head off any costly and time-consuming repairs. Here's what to focus on as springtime nears.

What Are the Advantages of a Ductless Heating and Cooling System?

Whether you have a traditional central furnace or a ductless heating system such as hydronic heat or radiators, upgrading to a ductless heating and cooling system can offer a lot of benefits. In the West Texas climate, that might translate to better-managed home comfort, energy savings, and even better home security compared to window-mounted air conditioners through the summer. Here are the advantages and details to consider if you want a ductless heating and cooling system in your home:

Confused by a Home Heat Pump Issue? Try These Troubleshooting Tips

Resolving heat pump issues may or may not be doable yourself. In many cases, an essential malfunction serious enough to affect operation of the unit will require professional repair. However, some basic troubleshooting may help you separate simple matters that are DIY-friendly from those that call for the services of a qualified HVAC field technician.

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Adequate Attic Insulation in West Texas

If your home doesn't have adequate attic insulation, there's no question that your heating and cooling bills are higher than they need to be. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommends that homes in western Texas have from 10 to 20 inches in them to slow heat transfer year-round. Heat is always seeking cooler temperatures regardless of season. In the winter, warm air seeps from the ceilings into the attic. In the summer, the heat from the sun creates stifling temperatures in the attic that make your air conditioner work much harder.

Furnace Replacement Can Be a Headache if You’re Not Prepared — Here’s Help

There’s a lot to picking out a new furnace. Find out what you need to know before you buy.

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Maintenance

NATE Certification: Why It’s Worth the Effort to Find an HVAC Tech With This Designation

In every industry, there are those professionals who stand out among all others—and they are the people you want on your team. In the legal profession, you want to have attorneys representing you who are called Super Lawyers. In the National Football League, you want players on your team who are called All Pros. In the heating and cooling industry, the best of the best are NATE certified.

Why Replacing Air Filters Is So Important

Looking at an air filter for a furnace or air conditioner, it doesn't seem like it's something to be too concerned about. Usually square or rectangular and an inch or so thick with a cardboard frame containing a fiberglass material or some sort of pleated cloth, there's nothing interesting or exciting about an HVAC system air filter. Despite their modest appearance, however, air filters are actually extremely important components of forced-air home heating and cooling systems. Here's a brief overview of the function and features of air filters and why replacing or cleaning them regularly is so important to HVAC system operation.

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Money Saving and Energy

Saving Energy in Your West Texas Home: Tips for Everything From the HVAC System to Lighting

A home is comprised of many integrated systems that provide comfort services, including conditioned air, lighting and hot water. While these all consume energy, there are some products that work to prevent energy losses, such as attic insulation and air sealing materials. If you're concerned about saving energy in your West Texas home, use these helpful tips to minimize unnecessary energy consumption and improve your whole-home performance.

Weatherization Tips That Can Protect Your West Texas Home From Wasted Energy

If you haven't weatherized your home, you're wasting money. Weatherization is a big topic that requires careful attention, indoors and out. Some weatherization efforts are to keep out drafts, while others will pay off by preventing solar gain in the summer. Others will help keep conditioned air inside the home no matter the season, where it can do the most good.

Conservation and Efficiency: 2 Important Aspects of Saving Energy in Your Home

Everyone likes to save energy through the heating months, but some of the sacrifices necessary to save energy can be uncomfortable. With many of the advances in home efficiency technologies today, however, you can have the best of both savings and comfort in your West Texas home through a strategy of energy conservation and energy efficiency.

Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your West Texas Home With These Projects

Your hard-working furnace, heat pump and A/C systems heat and cool airflow for the home. They do not, however, have any say-so whether the conditioned airflow is efficiently utilized or wasted through the home's envelope. If you would like to reduce your heating and cooling bills, consider these home improvement projects for energy efficiency and greater home comfort.

Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency With the Right Improvement Projects

Improving the energy efficiency of your home can pay off in multiple ways for a West Texas homeowner. Here's a brief guide to residential energy efficiency and how it can be increased, along with suggestions for several home improvement projects for energy efficiency. By following these guidelines and implementing the home improvement projects for energy efficiency, you'll boost home comfort levels, save money and reduce the stress on your local energy grid.

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