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Posts by Pat Beyer

Steps to Take When Turning on Your Air Conditioner

Your air conditioner becomes a critical part of your indoor comfort once the incredible San Antonio summer heat sets in. But remember, the system will need some help to run smoothly all summer long. Make sure you follow the tips below before turning on your air conditioner. Inspect the outdoor unit — Vines, leaves, and…

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Ways Weather Affects Your Energy Bill

Weather has a direct relationship with your energy bill, especially if you live in an inefficient home. Humans have limited tolerances for temperature ranges and it’s not healthy to be too cold or hot. Fortunately, HVAC systems keep homes at comfortable temperatures, but they do so by consuming nearly half the energy you use at…

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HVAC Parts Every Homeowner Should Know

Your HVAC system works hard to keep you comfortable all year round. But do you know the components that make it tick? Familiarizing yourself with them can help you take care of your system better. Here are the HVAC parts that all homeowners should know: Thermostat — This is the HVAC part that you interact…

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Pros and Cons of a Portable A/C 

Maintaining consistent household comfort always involves some compromises and use of a portable A/C is no exception. A portable air conditioner can be moved about and utilized for spot cooling, filling gaps in comfort control wherever and whenever it’s needed. To help evaluate the utility of portable cooling, consider the following pros and cons: Pro:…

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Ways to Keep Guests Cool at Summer Parties

Summer’s here — time for barbecues and pool parties! But how do you keep your guests from getting scorched in the San Antonio heat? Here are a few tips for keeping everyone cool during summer parties. Get Your HVAC System Ready If the party is going to be indoors, the best way to keep them…

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Can Water Heater Maintenance Affect Your HVAC?

If your home has a gas water heater and central, forced-air HVAC, you might not realize there’s a correlation between the two. However, these two are crucial household appliances, and they’re a home’s two largest sources of energy use too. This means that regular HVAC and water heater maintenance are both essential for you and…

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HVAC and A/C Differences

HVAC terms and acronyms abound in the heating and cooling industry. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a blanket term for the comfort systems in the typical home. Without these comfort systems and ventilation, homes wouldn’t provide healthy indoor environments. Types of HVAC Systems in San Antonio You’d be hard pressed to…

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Have You Changed the Direction of Your Ceiling Fan Yet?

In the South Texas summer heat, improving indoor comfort can be a real challenge. Fortunately, you can maximize your comfort by using ceiling fans in conjunction with your A/C system. However, you’ll only get the most out of the cooling power of the fans if the blades are set to rotate correctly. Here’s more on…

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What is Short Cycling for an A/C Unit?

Does your air conditioner seem to be turning itself on and off too quickly? This issue is known as short cycling, and it’s one of the most common air conditioner problems that homeowners encounter. Let’s take a look at why this problem occurs along with what you can do to fix it. What Causes A/C…

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Homes With Pets: HVAC Tips

Homes with pets have a few challenges when it comes to the HVAC system. But if you’re aware of them, you can actually enlist your HVAC to help you manage living with indoor pets better. Here’s how. Pets and Your Air Filter It’s probably no surprise to homeowners with shedding pets that they have to…

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