Tips to Have a Mold Free HVAC System in Your Home

How to Have a Mold-Free HVAC System

How to Have a Mold Free HVAC System

If the problem of mold keeps reoccurring, please consult with a mold remediation professional.

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) are designed to heat and cool, freshen, clean, and dehumidify the air in your home for your protection and comfort. When the system ceases to provide one or more of these functions it can lead to a mold infestation.

A serious mold infestation is hard to eradicate and can be very harmful to your family; do not wait—call a professional.

Since it is so serious, let’s consider some ways to make sure mold does not become a problem inside your home. Let’s start with your HVAC system.

Humidity Regulation is the Key to a Mold Free HVAC System

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission determines the ideal humidity for indoor air is between 30 and 50% humidity; expect between 30-40% in the winter and between 40 and 50% in the summer months.

Mold needs three things to grow: moisture, organic matter (it’s not picky), and a dark place, with little to no sunlight. Keeping the humidity low throughout the house restricts the places mold can grow. The indoor air should not feel “sticky,” even on summer days with high humidity outdoors. Use bathroom exhaust fans when showering. If it does feel “sticky,” call your HVAC professional.

Preventative Maintenance Promotes a Mold Free HVAC System

The second thing mold needs are organic material. Mold can bloom on wall paint, chalk, or wooden doors, but it can also feast on collected dust and dander. Matter of fact, the mold pollen will most likely travel together with dust, just waiting for moisture to activate it.

Make sure that you change air filters regularly, every three months at a minimum. Have an HVAC professional service your unit regularly, annually is recommended. Make sure your ductwork is cleaned as needed.

A preventative maintenance inspection can remove dust and repair components that contribute to water leaks. Prevention is much more effective—and safer than remediation.

Mold Removal

Even with these measures, it is not uncommon to find small quantities of mold. So how can you safely remove it?

  • If the affected area is larger than 9 square feet, the problem is large enough to call a mold remediation professional. Smaller areas can be cleaned with proper preparation and technique.
  • Mold spores can be harmful to your respiratory system; be very aware of the danger. Take the precaution of wearing a mask and gloves before cleaning or scrapping mold away.

Find the right cleaning supplies to keep a Mold Free HVAC System

Mold elimination products are readily available. They generally consist of harsh chemicals, so make sure you wear a mask and have good ventilation for the fumes.

If you are looking for an environmentally friendly cleaning solution, start with soap and water; sometimes that is all that is needed. Another easy remedy is baking soda and water; it kills even black mold and acts as a bleaching agent. Since you are near the mold, always wear a mask.

If you have asthma, allergies, or other breathing issues, it is best for you to stay away and let someone else take care of the problem.

Throw Out Food Items

As mold grows on food, it is reproducing well beyond what you see. Some molds produce a toxin, known as mycotoxins, which will make you very ill. If you see mold on a food item, consider it lost and dispose of it; it is not worth the risk.

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HVAC Hurricane Preparedness

HVAC Hurricane Preparedness

HVAC Hurricane Preparedness for Your Home

Hurricane season (June 1 – November 30) has begun for the Texas Gulf Coast, a time of heightened awareness of tropical storms and hurricanes. Municipalities, businesses, and prudent homeowners are planning for the next storm event. Since each hurricane is unique and the damage caused is unpredictable, planning must be based on universal characteristics of severe weather events.

Homeowners must prepare for widespread high winds (gusts over 100 mph) and heavy rainfall over a relatively short period of time. The combination of these weather events leads to power outages, communication delays, travel restrictions, and temporary business closures.

The more people prepare, the quicker the recovery time for entire communities, so do your part and determine your response ahead of time. Here are several quick tips to include on your hurricane guideline list:

HVAC Hurricane Preparedness: Securing Your Home

Whether your plan is to evacuate or shelter in place, here are some suggestions to make sure your home is as secure as you can make it. Understand these are only suggestions. Please follow local emergency guidelines concerning evacuations, since they have the latest in weather updates and community situations.

  1. Purchase and store supplies that will help you protect the most vulnerable exterior surfaces present in your home.
    1. A two-car garage has at least 20 feet of a relatively thin surface with very little support structure; wind gusts can easily blow through your garage door. An open garage door will usually lead to further damage when the wind catches the roof and deposits it in the neighbor’s pool. Prepare to brace your garage door.
    2. Windows and doors are particularly vulnerable to high winds and flying debris. Purchase supplies and cut them to size ahead of time to protect windows and doors from high winds and flying debris.
  2. Inspect your property often, trimming dead limbs and limbs that overhang your home. Significant damage happens with limbs and trees fall in high winds.
  3. Unplug appliances and electronics to prevent damage from power surges due to frequent lightning strikes. A better plan is to turn the power off at the service panel right before the storm hits.
  4. If you need to protect your home from high water, be prepared to move valuables off the floor and park cars on higher ground.

HVAC Hurricane Preparedness: Protecting your Air Conditioner During a Hurricane

To minimize damage to your air conditioner and speed recovery time, follow these suggestions:

  1. Strap the outdoor compressor unit down with hurricane straps. The compressor unit is the only component of your HVAC system outside and exposed to the elements. Hurricane straps secure the lightweight unit to the concrete pad and prevent it from becoming a projectile.

    If your home is prone to flooding, you can further protect the compressor by contacting an HVAC professional to elevate it.

  2. Cover the compressor unit. After preventing the compressor from being blown away, protect it from flying or falling debris. A tarp or compressor cover will keep debris from being blown into the hollow center.

    Keep the cover on until winds subside, but remember to remove it before turning the AC on during recovery. For the compressor to function properly it needs a lot of air to move across the fins to cool the gases inside; without air movement, the high temperature will lead to overheating and failure.

  3. Prior to the storm, pre-cool your home. Set the thermostat a few degrees cooler than normal if you anticipate losing power for an extended period. It will not last forever but wait for the storm out in relative comfort. Keep curtains and blinds closed and doors closed to keep the cool air inside where it belongs.
  4. Once the high winds and heavy rain begins, turn off the air conditioner. Better yet, turn the power off at the electrical service panel. The electrical controls of your HVAC system are susceptible to power surges that can happen during frequent lightning strikes during a hurricane.
  5. After the storm has passed, begin with an inspection of your home inside and out. Remember to inspect for wind and rain damage, flooding, and damage resulting from power surges. If you have lost limbs or trees, proceed with caution and beware of downed power lines. Remember, if the ground is wet and a live power line is in contact with it, you are in danger. Contact your utility company and do not approach.Inspect your roof, windows, and walls. Make your way to the compressor unit and make a careful inspection. Remove the cover and examine the hollow interior. Make sure that leaves or branches have not blown inside to obstruct the fan of full air movement. Examine the electrical and coolant lines entering the home for damage. If any part of the unit is damaged, do not turn on the AC.

    As a part of HVAC Hurricane Preparedness procedures, inspect the electrical service panel and the condenser/blower unit for water damage. If you have experienced flooding or water damage to the HVAC components, do not turn it on until an HVAC technician has inspected it.

  6. If you have any problems or need repairs, contact AllCool AC and Heating for HVAC Hurricane Preparedness assistance right away. The call volume will be high, so anticipate a wait. A professional service call will give you peace of mind. Finding a minor problem now can avoid a major problem later.

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Residential AC Maintenance and Repairs

Residential AC Maintenance

Residential AC Maintenance: 4 Signs You Need To Call All Cool AC

Should I Call My Residential AC Maintenance AC Tech?

In Texas, hot weather is an equalizer. Whether you own a large house or rent a small apartment, AC provides needed relief from scorching heat and high humidity. That is until it stops working properly.

The HVAC system has a limited life span, but most often they show their age or completely fail when you need it the most. Waiting for catastrophic failure leads to dealing with the heat while you wait for repairs or replacement, so here are some signs that it is time to call your Residential AC Maintenance technician:

Icy buildup

Frozen compressors, icy coils, and frosty refrigerant lines are all a product of evaporator coils that are too cold. Nearby moisture in warm air condenses on the cooling coils and freezes. That can make the compressor run hot and burn out. The compressor could also freeze up. If it does, indoor air will feel warmer than it should. The compressor is the most expensive component of your air conditioner. For all of these possible problems, there are no DIY solutions. Call an AC tech promptly!

No/Low Airflow

If you feel cool air coming from the vent, but the flow is weak, it is time to call your AC technician. Little or no airflow could arise from breaks/blockage in your ductwork, blower motor failure, or an electrical switch malfunction. Without the proper tools and training, diagnosing and repairing the problem should be left to the professionals. If repairs are too expensive, replacing the unit might be the most cost-effective choice. A professional can help you make that determination.

Warm Air

If the blower is running and you feel warm air when it should be cool, something is definitely wrong with the AC. The problems range from a coolant leak, electrical switch issue, or a component failure, such as a compressor. Technicians will be able to diagnosis the problem(s) and make appropriate repairs. Again, if repairs are extensive, replacement may be in order. Do not delay to call your technician!

Excess Moisture

Your AC system is designed to remove moisture from the humid summer air, so finding water draining from the condenser is normal. However, if you find an excessive amount of water or anything else (including gases) leaking from the components, it is time to call your technician.

Large pools of water indicate a serious problem that needs to be fixed quickly; the excess water can damage furniture and flooring or lead to mold growth. A coolant leak poses a health risk to your family and will lead to system failure.

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11 HVAC Maintenance Tips for Summer

11 HVAC Maintenance Tips for Summer

11 HVAC Maintenance Tips To Complete Before Your Turn on Your Air Conditioner

The air conditioning season in Texas is much longer than the heater season. Finding refuge from high temps and high humidity is what we come to expect from our homes and office.

Sometimes the transition from heating to cooling is short, so here are some steps to take to make sure your system is ready for what lies ahead before turning on the AC.

11 Steps to Follow Before You Turn on the Air Conditioner This Summer

Indoor Equipment Vital to Your Overall Well Being

Begin with your thermostat in the “off” position with the temperature turned to a high setting (around 80 degrees), then check the following:

  1. Look at the thermostat. Is it outdated? There are three types of thermostats:
    1. Manuel or mechanical thermostats—you physically move the dial
    2. Programmable thermostats—you set a timer that makes changes to the system, based on whether anyone is home
    3. Smart thermostats—linked to smartphones, programmable, but you can change settings from a smartphone should plans change

A new thermostat should achieve HVAC Maintenance payback very quickly.

  1. Inspect any exposed ductwork for wear or gaps. This will lead to energy efficiencies and potential hot and cold spots.
  2. Check air vents and returns. Make sure drapes, furniture or accessories are not covering openings. This adds stress to the HVAC system and can lead to component failure.
  3. Check the drain line. Cooling coils that come in contact with humid air will collect the humidity in a drain pan. Clean the drain pan prior to turning on the system to ensure collected dirt does not clog the drain line.

    Pour one cup of chlorine bleach down the drain line, then flush with a gallon of water to keep the drain line unobstructed.

  4. Change your air filter quarterly. The filter should be changed every three months or as recommended by the manufacturer. Changing the filter at the beginning of the cooling season is a good reminder.
  5. Check the electrical circuit to make sure the unit is on. Check the circuit breaker or fuse box.
  6. Be sure the power is powered “on.”The furnace and air conditioner are usually one unit.
  7. Inspect the outdoor condenser unit. The outdoor condenser unit needs significant ventilation. Air is drawn in and up through the unit. Leaves, tall grass, and vines can block the floor of air, making the system work harder or fail.

    Make sure the unit is intact and nothing has blown inside the condenser.

  8. Inspect the outdoor refrigerant lines. These lines should be enclosed with insulation to ensure system efficiency. If you see damage or wear, call a professional for service before using your system.
  9. Inspect the outdoor wiring for wear or damage. Repairs to wiring should be done by a professional.
  10. Air conditioner units have a life span. Proper maintenance will extend the life of most components, but eventually, you will need to retire the system.

    The bright side is, new AC units are considerably more energy-efficient and can save 20 to 40% on your cooling energy cost.

Conclusion

Prior to the transition between heating and cooling is a proactive step to ensure your AC system functions properly and efficiently.

“Hoping and wishing” is not an HVAC Maintenance plan of action. Inspect your system and get simple repairs or call for service before hot weather arrives.

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8 Affordable Air Conditioning Efficiency Tips

8 Affordable Air Conditioning Efficiency Tips

Air Conditioning Efficiency Tips to Reduce Utility Bills

According to the Department of Energy, conditioning the air in your home, both heating and cooling takes the largest single percentage of your energy bill—between 48 and 52% of the total bill. With the long cooling months right around the corner, here are 8 no-cost methods of reducing your AC costs.

  1. Clean around the AC condenser unit outside. Since the fan is pulling air through the aluminum fins, it is suctioning leaves, grass clippings, and debris between the fins. Use a hose and clean the fins thoroughly to keep the unit from overheating.
  2. Vacuum clean the indoor vents and move anything that might cover the vents. Open vents allow the free flow of that “oh so nice” air right where you need it. Covered vents restrict airflow and create hot spots.
  3. Program your thermostat if possible. It might take a little time for you to program, but it can make a big difference. Here’s how:
    1. Department of Energy estimates a 1% savings per degree for an 8-hour span. If you turn the AC temp UP 5 degrees for eight hours, you will save 5% of the cooling cost for the day.
    2. If you program your thermostat to increase the temperature in your home while it is vacant during work hours, you can achieve these cost savings without feeling it at all. Schedule the AC to cool it off on your drive home. (The same savings holds true during heating months as well.)
  4. Keep lamps, TVs, and other heat-producing appliances 3’ away from your thermostat. The heat of the device will give the thermostat a false reading, keeping the AC unit on longer.
  5. Close your blinds and curtains during the heat of each summer day. The summer sun warms the house and drives the AC cost way up. When you arrive home from work, open the curtains and enjoy the less harsh evening rays.
  6. Clear the drain lines coming from the evaporator coil and pan. This is on the inside, at the AC/furnace unit, a hose or PVC line running to a drain. Pour a cup of bleach in the line and chase it with a gallon of water to remove debris and organic matter. This avoids the water overflowing from the pan and leaking from the unit.
  7. Avoid using heating-producing appliances, such as the dryer, oven, and dishwasher during the heat of the day. Wait until the evening hours, when the AC unit has less of a load and can handle the rise in temperature.
  8. If your home has uninsulated ductwork in unconditioned spaces, such as attics or crawlspaces, insulating the ducts will be a very low-cost/very effective cost-saving measure.

Money-saving tips don’t always require spending a lot of money when it comes to your HVAC system.

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6 HVAC Efficiency Tips for this Fall

6 HVAC Efficiency Tips for this Fall

HVAC Efficiency Tips

Inefficient HVAC systems not only compromise your comfort level, they hurt you financially. Keeping your HVAC system operating at its highest level will improve your home’s indoor temperatures, and it will also save you money.

Here are a few HVAC efficiency tips to keep your home’s comfort level at its best.

HVAC Efficiency: Keep Evaporator and Condenser Coils Clean

Dirt and debris accumulate around your condenser and evaporator coils. This build-up will decrease your systems’ ability to transfer heat and its cooling ability. Cleaning these components on a regular basis will keep your system running efficiently.

HVAC Efficiency: Replace Your Air Filters

Clogged or dirty AC filters will restrict the airflow of your unit. Fixing a disruption to airflow can create a great increase in energy efficiency. We strongly recommend changing your air filter every 30-90 days depending on the filter rating.

HVAC Efficiency: Poor HVAC Maintenance

Most homeowners neglect proper HVAC maintenance. Since your system components are stowed away and hidden, they have a tendency to become, “out of sight and out of mind.” Your AC and heating system efficiency can decrease by five percent per year.

To prevent further wear and tear, and to prolong the life of your HVAC system, we recommend you schedule regular maintenance.

HVAC Efficiency: Compromised Ductwork

Damaged or worn ductwork can certainly cause inefficient heating and cooling. Air leaking out of your ductwork into your attic will definitely cause poor performance and higher utility bills. A thorough inspection of your ductwork by an experienced technician can save you a great deal of money.

HVAC Efficiency: Aging HVAC Systems

If you notice decreased efficiency in your A/C even with proper maintenance, it may be the case that your unit is simply nearing the end of its lifespan. Most air conditioners can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, so a replacement may be in order if your unit is older than that.

How Do You Test Your HVAC Efficiency and Performance

On a day that is above 80 degrees, allow your AC unit to run for at least 15 minutes consistently. Place a thermometer on a supply register closest to the unit and let it sit for 5 minutes. Repeat the process at a return vent.

An efficient HVAC system cools air 14 to 20 degrees from the temperature that it entered your system. If your HVAC system is not able to do this, its performance and efficiency are at best problematic. If this is the case, you should contact us immediately to schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment.

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All Cool A/C’s Vice President Honored as Top Forty Under 40!

Cody Bellamy, Vice President

Cody Bellamy’s career HVAC goals can be summed up into three items: happy employees, superior customer service, and community outreach. The vice president of All Cool A/C & Heating takes those items very seriously. “I am a firm believer that happy employees are productive employees, which is why I strive to create and maintain a culture in our company that makes our employees excited to come to work each day,” Bellamy said.

“I also want to change the negative preconceived stigma customers have with HVAC contractors by providing exceptional customer service. This means timely service by well-trained technicians at an affordable price as well as being sympathetic to their needs and providing honest evaluations of a customer’s options to see what makes the most sense for them and their family.”

“It is also very important to me to give back to the community, not only monetarily but also with our time as a company,” he continued.

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Bellamy received his Texas Class A State contractor’s license on his very first attempt at the young age of As the company’s vice president, he oversees sales, accounting, customer service, equipment purchasing, software implementation, and advertising. He has helped grow the company from five employees to 17 while doubling the annual revenue.

“As a father of three, I hope to inspire my children with my hard work, honesty, and dedication to my craft, just as my father did for me,” he said.

3 Reasons Why Winter HVAC Repairs Should Be Addressed Immediately

3 Reasons Why Winter HVAC Repair Should Be Addressed Immediately

Repairs to your HVAC system are not something that you want to delay. The longer you delay these repairs, the more costly they can become. Scheduling your HVAC repair early in the fall can provide you with the best appointment times. As we get further into winter, there will be fewer available appointment times.

Avoid Costly HVAC Repairs

If your HVAC system has shown any signs of wear and tear, you will want to address that repair as soon as possible. Minor problems with your HVAC system can lead to major repairs if left unaddressed. Neglected repairs can even lead to the replacement of an entire HVAC system if the component damage becomes too extensive. Waiting for your HVAC system to fail can cause your repair to be delayed if the repair technician’s appointments are already booked, or multiple components become impacted.

Reduce Your Exposure and Risk to Emergency Repairs

Emergency repairs can be very costly. Many HVAC repair companies increase appointment fees for after-hours or weekend appointments. You will want to avoid these unnecessary charges by scheduling your repair at the first sign of a problem. Don’t put your self at the mercy of a total system failure, when the timing is beyond your control.

Increase Your HVAC System’s Lifespan

3 Reasons Why Winter HVAC Repair Should Be Addressed Immediately

Neglecting regular maintenance or timely HVAC repairs can shorten the lifespan of your HVAC equipment. Regular maintenance will keep components operating at their highest level and will identify potential problems before they become more serious. Without these services, your air conditioning equipment might need to be replaced sooner than you expected.

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Smart Thermostat 101

Smart Thermostat 101

What is a smart thermostat?

Your HVAC system thermostat regulates the temperature setting for your air conditioning, furnace, or heat pump. Thermostats are connected directly to your HVAC system. A smart thermostat allows you to control your home’s HVAC system remotely and will “learn” your habits to efficiently keep your home regulated.

Certain apps also allow you to remotely control your wireless thermostat even when you’re not home.

Why choose an interactive thermostat?

One of the biggest benefits of an interactive thermostat is energy savings. Your smart thermostat allows you to program your home’s temperature to match your schedule. You will consume less energy by efficiently setting your thermostat and allowing your HVAC system to work smarter, not harder.

Your smart thermostat can also adjust indoor temperatures based on the outside temperature to help you regulate energy usage. Interactive temperature setting by your thermostat will take away the worry of having to remember if you adjusted temperature settings while you are away.

Smart thermostats allow you to adjust temperatures from anywhere, anytime. If you want to turn down your AC before you arrive, you can do that. If you notice a warm/cold front while you are on vacation, you can make the adjustment as necessary.

Advanced Benefits of a Smart Thermostat

Wireless smart thermostats go above and beyond the features of a programmable model to deliver an effortless indoor comfort experience. With a wireless thermostat, you’ll get:

Easy Programming: A smart thermostat learns your habits and behaviors, schedule, and preferences to keep you comfortable without the need to adjust the temperature setting.

Wi-Fi Connectivity: You can control your thermostat and your home’s temperature settings from your mobile device or desktop computer.

Energy Consumption Reporting: Your smart thermostat compiles data regarding your energy consumption so you can fine-tune your HVAC system to maximize your energy savings.

Repair and Maintenance Alerts: Smart thermostats will alert you to upcoming system maintenance and can also alert you to any improperly functioning systems.

What Savings Should I Expect

While actual savings will vary from home to home based on factors such as temperature preferences and energy costs, installing a smart thermostat offers the potential for significant savings.

According to ENERGY STAR, the correct use of a programmable thermostat will save you approximately $180 per year. The determining factor is if the programmable thermostat is used correctly or not.

Many interactive thermostat manufacturers offer online savings calculators which can help you determine your potential savings based on the area in which you live. Smart thermostats will cost more and can cost more to install than a manual thermostat.

The energy savings achieved by smart thermostat usage will allow the equipment to pay for itself over time.

If you currently have a manual thermostat, upgrading to a “smart stat” is certainly going to be worth it because of the energy savings it helps you achieve by taking system adjustments out of your hands.

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Top  Energy Efficient HVAC Four Reasons Your Energy Bill is too High

Top  Energy Efficient HVAC Four Reasons Your Energy Bill is too High

Summer is here! Temperatures outside are in triple digits some days, and homeowners are beginning to see their energy bills increase. It is important to learn what factors will cause your bill to go up, and what can lower your utility bill while keeping your home cool.

What Non Energy Efficient HVAC habits increase your cooling bill?

There are several factors that can increase your summer cooling bill, and here is how to combat them.

Energy Efficient HVAC Thermostat Control

As the summer heats up, we want it cool inside our home. Many homeowners set their thermostats lower than normal to make up for the high temperature. Depending on the difference between the outside temperature and indoor temperature, your air conditioning system might work overtime to keep up with the demands of the summertime heat.

Increased Laundry

Summertime tends to mean an increase in the number of clothes that we wear. This will result in having to do more laundry, and constantly running the dryer will also increase your energy or cooling bill.

Poorly Insulated Homes

Many older homes are not properly insulated. Losing your cool air through poorly sealed doors and windows and improperly insulated walls or attic spaces will increase your electricity usage. Your HVAC system will end up running longer and under more pressure with poor insulation. A significantly increased utility bill can be an easy way to identify poor insulation in your home.

Inefficient Air Conditioning System

Another large increase to your utility bill can be a poorly functioning or improperly installed system. Modern air conditioning systems are more efficient by design, but it is crucial to maintain an HVAC system to ensure its proper function.

Energy Efficient HVAC Ways to Lower Your Cooling Bill

There are a few steps that you can take to lower your utility bill and reduce your energy consumption.

Set Your Thermostat to a Higher Temperature

While this may not be the most comfortable decision, increasing your thermostat setting a few degrees may not be a noticeable change to your comfort level. These few degrees can add up to a 5-10% decrease in your utility bills.

Install a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

Manual thermostats allow your system to cycle at all hours of the day and night to keep your home at the desired temperature. A smart thermostat “learns” your habits to keep your home at the desirable setting which will lower your utility consumption. A smart thermostat will adjust the temperature setting when you are away to help reduce the cost of your cooling bill since you are only using the air conditioning when you need it instead of heating or cooling an empty house.

Increase Your Home’s Insulation to Increase Energy Efficient HVAC

Increasing the amount of attic insulation and replacing damaged weather stripping can drastically reduce your home’s energy usage. Attic insulation is relatively affordable and can be a DIY weekend project.

Proper Energy Efficient HVAC / Air Conditioning System Maintenance

Proper maintenance prevents your air conditioning system from overworking. It is recommended that your air conditioning system serviced twice a year, once before summer and again in the fall before winter. During your maintenance appointment, one of our HVAC technicians will inspect all HVAC components to ensure proper function and indicate any potential replacement required.

Need Energy Efficient HVAC Maintenance or Repair?

If you are experiencing a noticeable decrease in the functioning and efficiency of your HVAC system, you need to call us at 281-238-9292 or contact us via email. The longer you ignore or put off making the call, the most costly the repair can be.

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