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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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The Benefits of Expansion Tanks

expansion tanks

In homes that utilize a boiler and radiators to produce hydronic heat, expansion tanks are a vital component to ensure system reliability and safety. Hydronic heating has kept homes comfortable in winter for more than 100 years now by circulating water heated by the boiler through radiators to maintain consistent temperatures throughout the house. Because…

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Industry Best Practices: HVAC Options for Old Houses

HVAC options for old houses

Gorgeous high ceilings, real plaster walls, and solid woodwork are just some of the embodiments of unique craftsmanship that old homes offer. Unfortunately, looking for HVAC options for old houses can be a daunting task due to their structural differences from newer homes and the need to uphold their existing aesthetic character. Heating and Cooling…

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Dehumidifier Benefits: Why You Should Have It in Your Home

dehumidifer benefits

A house that’s too humid isn’t just an uncomfortable living environment. It can also end up being an unhealthy one due to mold and other allergens. Having a dehumidifier that integrates with your HVAC unit can help you maintain comfortable and healthy levels of humidity in your home. Learn more about whole house dehumidifier benefits.…

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August HVAC Maintenance Tips

When the month of August starts to wane and summer is coming to an end, there are several things you can do to help guarantee the trouble-free operation of your HVAC system. Being diligent with maintenance will help you avoid HVAC system breakdowns or other issues that may arise. Here are some great August HVAC…

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Homeowner’s Guide to AC Dangers

AC dangers

An air conditioner is a safe, well-designed piece of equipment that, if properly installed, maintained and used, should give you years of comfort with few problems. There are some pitfalls involved with neglected maintenance, poor installation practices and improper use. Here’s a brief primer on certain AC dangers to watch out for. Electrical Fires Although…

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The Benefits of HVAC

HVAC benefits

HVAC benefits are something most of us take for granted. After all, nearly all homes in this country have some form of heating and more than 80% of American homes are air conditioned (that figure’s even higher here in San Antonio). Advancements in heating and cooling technology have given us control over our indoor environment…

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How to Climate Control Your Shed

shed climate control

Do you have a tool shed or other small outdoor structure where you work on DIY projects? Summer seems like a great time for it, but the San Antonio heat says otherwise. Spending all day in a shed without proper cooling can be a recipe for disaster. Here are some ideas for shed climate control.…

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Plumbing Don’t’s: Using Chemical Drain Cleaners

chemical drain cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners seem to offer the ideal solution to a clogged drain: open a bottle, pour it down the drain and wait a few moments for the clog to disappear. In reality, however, the chemical approach has significant drawbacks in both the short and long term. Here are some reasons to hesitate before using…

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