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Ways to Combat Fall Allergies with Your HVAC System

San Antonio in 2018 received the dubious honor of being a fall “allergy capital” for its high pollen and mold counts, its high frequency of allergy medication usage, and its ready availability of board-certified allergists. That year, the city came in fourth in the report, with above average scores in all these areas. Don’t expect…

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Energy Save Mode: Discover What Uses the Most Energy in Your Home

Technology has created new levels of comfort and convenience in our homes. Unfortunately, these modern technologies contribute significantly to the high electricity bills that many homeowners keep getting. Even worse, is the fact that these culprits, such as HVAC energy usage, also tend to be the most necessary, and are virtually impossible to leave without.…

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Homeowner’s Guide: Ventilation Terms

Here in San Antonio, having a tight home can be a double-edged sword. For example, during our long cooling season, your well-sealed house will keep conditioned air inside and minimize energy losses. At the same time, it will trap pollutants, allergens, and excess moisture, which can cause structural damage and mold growth. Ventilation allows your…

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Hurricane Safety and HVAC Prep

Occasionally the San Antonio area is vulnerable to the forces of hurricanes or tropical storms. Besides prioritizing hurricane safety tips that keep your family safe, it’s also a good idea to take steps to ensure your HVAC system stands up to the strong winds and rain. The most important advice to follow before the storm…

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Preventing Mold in Your HVAC During Mold Awareness Month

In keeping with Mold Awareness Month, we’re highlighting a few ways that mold contamination may affect your HVAC system. Certain types of mold growth in a house can be toxic to residents continuously exposed to it. Mold contamination generally spreads by releasing microscopic airborne spores into the indoor environment. Because the air inside your house…

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Exotic Pets: How to Achieve the Perfect Temperature

Exotic animals can make great pets — but only if you care for them properly. Owning them comes with extra responsibilities that you should take seriously. Let’s explore the correct temperatures for exotic pets. Reptiles Reptiles are cold-blooded, meaning their surroundings completely determine their body temperatures. Most pet lizards, snakes, tortoises, and turtles need to…

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Homeowner’s Guide: Radiant Heat vs. Furnace

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A radiant heating system can be a great way to keep your house warm in winter without using a lot of energy. But how does it stack up against a regular, forced air furnace? Let’s take a look at both options, and examine the pros and cons of radiant heat vs furnace. Radiant Heat To…

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Addressing Your IAQ Concerns When It Comes to New Flooring

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Though we seldom think of it, everything manufactured that we bring into our homes has some effect on the home’s environment. In most cases, that means IAQ concerns. IAQ, or indoor air quality, isn’t always on our radar, but it should be. One key area of concern is new flooring. Carpet and Rugs Carpet and…

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All You Need to Know About Manual J Load Calculation

Manual J load calculation

When it comes to installing a new heating system or air conditioner, size matters. For you to get consistent comfort in your home, you’ll need to invest in appropriately sized HVAC equipment. Having a contractor do a Manual J load calculation before purchasing a new HVAC system will help you determine the right size of…

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4 Tips to Building a Green Home

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There are many ways that a homeowner can lower energy usage as a way to help the environment, but building a green home is a bit more involved. There are four basic topics you must tackle – energy source, energy control, clean air, and water usage – and we’ve complied one tip for each to…

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