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Air Conditioning

The Basics of Window Air Conditioning Units

Where central air conditioning is not a feasible option, a window A/C is a popular choice to add cool comfort to one room or limited area inside a house. Though central units are efficient, these whole-house systems require ductwork. If ducts are not already built in to the structure, installing them is labor-intensive and costly.…

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New Home AC System: Your Checklist

When it comes to purchasing a new home, it’s important to perform a thorough inspection of all of the features on the property. As a buyer, you’ll need to check the features that are present to ensure that nothing needs to be repaired or replaced after you move into the building. With your AC system,…

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Symptoms of a Broken AC Motor

Your air conditioner’s motor plays a big role in your home’s comfort. Over time, the motor can begin to suffer from issues and break down. Here are a few symptoms to look for if you think you may have a malfunctioning AC motor. 1. Rattling Noises Broken motors often cause rattling noises to develop. This…

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What Are Swamp Coolers?

Swamp coolers use evaporative cooling to keep rooms in your home comfortable. They are an ideal solution for buildings that don’t have a central air conditioning system. Because they are affordable, swamp coolers are accessible for many people. They’re ideal for climates that are hot but dry. Because of the way they work, they don’t…

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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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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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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‚Äôs even higher here in San Antonio). Advancements in heating and cooling technology have given us control over our indoor environment…

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