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Does Wood-Burning Affect Indoor Air Quality

Does Wood-Burning Affect Indoor Air Quality

If your home is older, it may have a wood burning fireplace or stove that you use for supplemental heat or ambience. While wood is a natural and renewable fuel, it can lower your indoor air quality (IAQ). Nearly everything that burns has byproducts, and wood is no different. It releases carbon monoxide (CO), particulates,…

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Staying Warm During Winter Storms

Staying Warm During Winter Storms

The San Antonio area is in a warmer climate, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe from winter storms. When ice storms or other severe weather hits during winter, it can leave your home without power for days at a time. Find out how you can use emergency heat to stay warm if you lose electricity…

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Adjusting Your Thermostat for the End of Daylight Saving Time

Adjusting Your Thermostat for the End of Daylight Saving Time

What does falling back at the end of Daylight Saving Time mean for you, other than losing an hour of sleep and trying to remember how to adjust the clock in your car? For one thing, it means you need to reset your thermostat. Falling Back from DST It’s easy to forget about your thermostat…

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HVAC-Inspired Costumes

HVAC-Inspired Costumes

Regular readers of our blog have surely noticed our tendency to tackle serious topics that are designed to make your lives easier and more comfortable. Today, however, we’re going to shift gears and have a bit of fun while we discuss HVAC-inspired Halloween costumes using tools and components that you and your children can enjoy…

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Outdoor Unit Safety During Yard Maintenance

Outdoor Unit Safety During Yard Maintenance

Because some of your air conditioner’s most critical components aren’t installed inside the house, outdoor unit safety is important when working around the outside half of the system. While the A/C evaporator coil and blower are safely sealed inside the indoor air handler, the condenser unit including the system compressor, the coil and condenser fan,…

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Steps for an Allergy-Free Fall

Steps for an Allergy-Free Fall

If you suffer from allergies, chances are you will never totally eliminate your exposure to the substances that may be making you sneeze, sniffle, cough and wheeze. And as fall looms, you can expect to react to a new round of pollen from fall-blooming trees, flowers and grasses. Fortunately, there are several things you can…

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Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Affecting the U.S. HVAC Industry

Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Affecting the U.S. HVAC Industry

The reality of steel and aluminum tariffs will force HVAC industry changes that industry experts predict will raise HVAC equipment prices. In an industry that’s already seeing aluminum shortages, the tariffs won’t do anything to help HVAC prices. Based on past performance, HVAC industry analysts expect prices to rise for new equipment and as they…

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Fixing Uneven Cooling in Two-Story Homes

Fixing Uneven Cooling in Two-Story Homes

Is your two-story home suffering from uneven cooling? You’re not alone. It’s not uncommon in the summer to have a ground floor that’s cool and comfortable while your upstairs is sweltering. Read on to learn more about these noticeable temperature differences. Why Is Your Second Floor Too Hot? Your air conditioning system should cool your…

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Beginning to End: HVAC Component Lifespans

Beginning to End: HVAC Component Lifespans

Can HVAC lifespan be accurately predicted? Almost any mechanical device today has an expected service life. This figure is useful to know before you buy in order to get maximum return from your investment. It’s also helpful to start planning in advance for the eventual expense of replacement. HVAC lifespan is a rough average and…

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How to Protect Your Home from Dust Mites

How to Protect Your Home from Dust Mites

Dust mites are the most common cause of indoor airborne allergies and they’re prevalent in almost all homes. Instead of using chemical controls, the best dust mite protection comes from indoor climate and environmental controls along with cleaning. When you need to lower the dust mite population, consider: Using your HVAC system. Filtration and humidity…

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