Recessed lights are excellent additions to any room in your house — they blend magnificently into rooms and provide unobtrusive and exceptionally functional illumination. Unfortunately, the clean, uncluttered aesthetic usually comes at a price for your HVAC system. The Effect of Recessed Lighting on Efficiency Recessed light fixtures that protrude into your attic space punch a hole through the room’s envelope. If you haven’t insulated your attic with spray foam, a considerable amount of your home’s conditioned air can escape… read more →
Did you know that the air inside your home is likely far more polluted than the air outside? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that indoor air quality is far worse than the quality of the air outdoors. In fact, the EPA says that the quality of the air inside of our homes is one of the top five health risks that we face today.
Managing indoor humidity can be a real challenge in the San Antonio area. That’s why many homeowners employ the help of a humidifier, whether a portable small appliance or a whole-home humidifier. As you know, mineral deposits, scale and other contaminants are attracted to your humidifier and tend to hang around a while. You certainly don’t want contaminants in your indoor air, nor do you want mineral buildup to reduce humidifier efficiency. So, consider the following tips to help prevent… read more →
If you have an old-school, single-stage furnace in your San Antonio area home, you likely get tired listening to it cycling on and off all the time. In areas with mild winters like ours, this is common, since it doesn’t take long for a furnace to achieve the thermostat setting. The frequent cycling is not only noisy and annoying; it wastes energy and provides uneven heating as well. With your next furnace upgrade, consider one of the high-efficiency modulating furnaces… read more →
Over time, your air conditioner can develop common problems, such as a malfunctioning fan, uneven cooling of rooms and failure to blow cold air. The last thing you want on a sweltering summer afternoon is to find out your cooling system isn’t working, making you endure uncomfortable conditions without refuge. So, what’s making the unit not to turn on, and what can you do about it? Here are a few troubleshooting options: Why Your A/C Unit Won’t Turn On Clogged… read more →
There are many projects a homeowner can do to save energy; however, because leaks in ductwork can contribute up to a 20 percent loss of air, sealing ducts is one of the most significant and inexpensive ways to save energy.
Buying a house is probably the biggest investment you’ll ever make, and a home’s HVAC system is among the most valuable components of that investment. It’s imperative that you ask the right questions about a home’s cooling and heating system before pulling the trigger on buying a house. Among those questions are the following: How old is the HVAC system that provides cooling and heating in the home you’re thinking about buying? If the house has a central HVAC system… read more →
What if we told you that making a few small changes to your everyday routine could save you big bucks each year? Here are a few quick tips that we’ve compiled to help you drop your energy usage: Schedule Annual HVAC Maintenance When your HVAC system isn’t operating efficiently, it can be a huge drain on energy every time you switch it on. You can prevent this by scheduling maintenance by a qualified professional once per year. As a bonus,… read more →
Electricity is an essential part of life, powering televisions, heating and cooling systems, and many other modern-day conveniences. Understanding the basics of your home’s electrical system helps you keep it well maintained and ensure the safety of your family. What components make up your home’s electrical system? Electrical systems consist of several components, which include the following: The electric meter – Electricity comes into your home through the meter mounted outdoors. It records the amount of electricity you use in… read more →
Preventive maintenance for an air conditioning system is critical to its health and life expectancy. When you schedule preventive maintenance with an experienced contractor, expect him or her to clean or adjust: