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Types of Ductwork

Ductwork is not visible but is highly significant when it comes to air distribution and utility costs.  Whether buying a home, or finding it’s time for ductwork upgrades, take the time to learn why it matters, so you make the right investment.  If you notice your energy costs keep rising, your indoor air quality continues to degrade, or you constantly have uneven temperatures in all the zones of your home, it may be time to replace your ductwork The Woodlands.

Contact the certified technicians at Expert Air today for a proper and reliable ductwork evaluation that will include a visual inspection, air flow measurements, and ductwork blower test.

When it comes to choosing the right type of duct work for you space, preferences, and budget, you do have choices. No matter your choice, evaluate the pros and cons of each type.

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What’s the Future for Your Air Conditioning Unit

 

The obvious comfort and relief that comes from your home or business air conditioning unit will forever be significant and a basic requirement for overall well-being.  That may sound a tad extreme but taking it back to psychology, physiological requirements must be met before the psyche can further develop, and from our youngest days to our last days, part of that need is a comfort that your ac unit is built for. 

AC Units are not new though, and the technological advancements for them only continue.  What then does the future hold for your residential or commercial air conditioning system? In some ways, the future is now. We are already experiencing the changes and benefits of home automation and smart technology. Depending on the brand and model.  Smart technology already seems to be integrated into our everyday lives, even for those who aren’t overly tech savvy.  From controlling lighting with a remote or phone application, setting alarms or turning of lights remotely from online, to newer television sets, smart technology has been integrated into these products.

Over the more recent years, the heating and cooling industry has already been integrated by smart technology. You can already control your temperature settings from smartphone applications, which gives you convenience, peace of mind, and improved utility usage. It’s not far fetched to say that in the future voice-activated technology can be used to change your ac unit settings, report the internal status of working components, schedule repairs, and more.

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Talk of Radiant Barriers

The importance and impact of radiant barriers can be seen by evaluating your utility bills before and after the installation. If you are considering installing radiant barriers so you too can experience the cost savings, contact Expert Air today to schedule your evaluation, professional installation, or to have any questions answered.

Simply put, the hotter the temperatures, the more effective the radiant barrier. You can save 5-17% on cooling bills by investing in radiant barriers. Over time, the effect the radiant barrier has, pays for itself in overall cost savings. You will basically be paying yourself to be more comfortable.

What is a Radiant Barrier

How the radiant barrier works is simple physics. It’s made of an aluminum surface that reflects heat back to where it originated. From the sun to beating down on your roof, the heat seeps through the surface into the attic, which works into the rest of the house, creating more need and overhaul on the air conditioning system. The radiant barrier reflects the heat from the roof back to the sun, thus not allowing the same intensity of heat to penetrate the roof

Another cost saving of the radiant barrier is the impact saved on the air conditioning unit. Again, no radiant barrier means more heat in your home or business, and the ac unit runs more to compensate, but with a radiant barrier, the ac unit doesn’t have to work as hard or as often.  Less wear and tear on the ac unit means more savings long-term for the consumer.

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Texas Heat and Common AC Problems

 

With summer temperatures shortly around the corner, now is the time to ensure you won’t run into ac problems.  We all know Texas heat gets brutal with high temperatures and high humidity, we take relief and comfort in relying heavily on proper functionality of our home AC and commercial HVAC systems. Proper maintenance is always important for functionality and longevity, but the ultimate test on your ac system occurs during summer time.  Be prepared and get inspected if you are uncertain. If you are already experiencing common AC problems, don’t prolong the issue and risk further damage.  You can contact Expert Air for inspections, AC repair, HVAC maintenance, and more.  We are your all-in-one company for all things A/C.

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o   Cause - Obstructed airflow. Leaking ducts.

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Is it Time to Replace the AC Condenser?

As February rolls on, Texas weather will continue to fluctuate but ease into warmer temperatures. As the warmer conditions hit, you will want to start cranking on the air conditioner for relief from the heat. If your ac unit appears to not be functioning correctly, you may need to replace the ac condenser. Contact Expert Air today for a professional evaluation and solution that is best fitting your needs.

Purpose of the AC Condenser

This vital part takes the gas created from the air conditioner and converts it to a liquid form by cooling it down. The liquid version creates the refrigerant that your ac system needs to function properly. If this crucial part malfunctions, the entire AC system will malfunction. Ignoring this issue can lead to very expensive replacement.

Causes of a Malfunctioning AC Condenser

  1. Blockage or leak
    1. Faulty tubes or seals will cause leaks
    2. Can occur over time or from a puncture or rupture
    3. Blockage from external debris but most likely from metal particles flaking off the condenser itself
    4. Blockage occurs usually from age or poor maintenance
  2. Dirty components and/or bad run capacitor
    1. Outside elements like grass can dirty your components. Clean the area surrounding your ac unit regularly to avoid this
  3. Faulty control board
    1. The control center of all component communication. When this is bad, the system won’t work correctly
  4. Motor has been burned
    1. Occurs gradually and is usually caused by stress on the unit and/or poor maintenance
  5. Blockage can mean multiple surrounding AC components will also need to be replace
  6. Have your AC system inspection by the professional technicians at Expert Air

Repair or Replace

  1. Repair if it’s a dirty condenser, bad run capacitor, bad switch, faulty control board, or burnt motor
  2. Replace when there are leaks, blockage, or the system age. Because ac systems have advances in technology every few years, sometimes it is more cost effective to replace with a newer model over repairing the current one.
  3. Have the professionals at Expert Air evaluate to determine the true extent of damage and the most advisable route

AC Capacitors Not Working & What It Means

For the ultimate comfort today, we rely heavily on electrical systems and electricity. Reliable electricity is required but your systems must be functioning correctly to be effective. When your capacitor goes out in your ac system, you aren’t feeling that beautiful breeze. Your air conditioning system is as complex as a car in that many components work in conjunction. From the smallest of issues to major haywire conditions, contact the professionals at Expert Air to repair or replace your ac units.

A major component of your air conditioning unit is the capacitor. They are so crucial, that without them, the motors connected to the fans and compressor wouldn’t work. Without getting thorough training on all the intricate details of the product, here’s an abbreviated lesson on Capacitors.

What Are Capacitors?

  1. They are small components that store energy.
  2. Attached to motors, they send a jolt of energy to kick start the motor
  3. They also send a series of jolts to the motor to keep it running
  4. The AC has 3 motors: Compressor, Blower, and Outside Fan
  5. Your capacitors energize them all

Why Failing Capacitors Matter…

  1. Regular wear and tear is inevitable in all parts, and over time the capacitors will lose their charge
  2. The beginning failure is notable by the “clicking sound”
  3. Call Expert Air for repair at this stage, before one of those 3 motors goes out completely
  4. “Humming Sound” indicates run/start capacitor(s) has gone out
  5. Repair before entire system goes out and requires replacement over repair
  6. “Hard Starting” means the compressor motor has gone out
  7. “Hard Starting” is when the AC struggles to start then shuts off shortly after. This is extreme strain on the system. Immediate professional assistance needed.

Replacing capacitors is not a do-it-yourself job, for the oil that can spill from the system is dangerous to handle. Contact Expert Air today to schedule your repair or replacement. Remember, regular maintenance will often help in avoiding majoring repairs and replacements. Expert Air has a great maintenance program that saves you money, time, and worries.

Winter Affects HVAC Operations

When you least expect it, HVAC issues can occur when you do not regularly maintain your equipment, or you opt to skip on an annual HVAC inspection by the professionals at Expert Air. HVAC repairs can be costly, and it only takes one or two repairs to see the benefit in regularly scheduled inspections by certified technicians. Consider the perks of maintenance programs, like ours, click here.

Some common HVAC issues include:

  1. Faulty Thermostat Readings
    1. Feel like the thermostat isn’t displaying the right temperature
    2. Thermostat placement may need to be changed
    3. Thermostat upgrade may be needed
    4. Thermostat repair may be an option
  2. Inconsistent Room Temperature Setting
    1. Causing discomfort and increased energy bills
    2. Culprit could be debris, rectified by a proper cleaning and filter replacement
    3. Potentially major HVAC issue
  3. Frozen Evaporator Coils
    1. Likely the airways are clogged or too low of temperature setting on unit
    2. We advise not setting the temperature below 60 degrees
    3. You need an inspection done immediately

 

HVAC Tips for Texas Winter

  1. Clean the Furnace Air Ducts
    1. Year-round contents in the air clog the air duct – dirt, pollen, smoke, pet dander
    2. Cleaning or replacing every 6-months is best in Texas
  2. Replace Parts on Unit that are Worn-Out
    1. Proper inspection is needed if unit is 5+ - years old
    2. Schedule inspection if you have the following issues
      1. AC not blowing cold air
      2. Heater not blowing hot hair
      3. Furnace is loud
      4. Power issues are observed
  3. HVAC System Upgrade
    1. Newer models are energy efficient
    2. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Rating) models are best
  4. Clear Debris Around HVAC System
    1. Leaves and yard debris should be kept clear of HVAC system
    2. Leaving unclear will lead to bacteria and mold build up that gets into your system and in the air you breath
  5. Schedule Routine Maintenance with Expert Air
    1. From routine maintenance to unplanned inspections, repairs, and installations, the certified technicians at Expert Air, are ready to help

3 SIGNS THAT IT’S TIME FOR COMMERCIAL AC REPAIRS

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While the residential sector makes up a large part of our business, Expert Air is also happy to handle any light commercial HVAC services that our clients in the Houston, TX area may require. Considering how intensely hot the summer weather is in this part of the country, as well as how long the summer tends to stick around, it should come as no surprise to learn that commercial air conditioning service calls are not at all uncommon. Commercial air conditioning systems are large and complex, even when compared to the large and complex systems that so many have installed in their homes.

While you are certainly not qualified to handle repairs on your own, there are some warning signs that you may notice which can indicate the need for repairs. Contact us as soon as you suspect that commercial AC repairs are necessary in your property.

SIGNS YOU SHOULD REPLACE YOUR COMMERCIAL HVAC UNIT

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In Texas, your company will depend on a powerful and properly operating HVAC system throughout the year to maintain comfort. If the current heating and cooling system conditioning your business is starting to show signs of failure due to age, you can’t hesitate when it comes to scheduling a replacement. Even a short period without air conditioning or heating can have an effect on your company’s prosperity. Contact Expert Air when you need to have a replacement done soon, and done right.

Our team brings 40 years of experience with commercial HVAC replacement in Spring, TX and the entire Houston area to every job we do. Call us today!

Because commercial HVAC systems are intricate, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if the system needs replacement or only repairs. Below are some of the signs to watch for that indicate the heating and cooling system have gone past the point where repairs are a cost-effective solution and you need to have a new unit put in:

Continually rising bills

As a business owner, you will keep close tabs on expenses for the company, and these will include the cost to heat and cool the building. If you detect that these costs are increasing for no detectable reason, it is likely that the age of the system is at fault. Check on the manufacturer’s estimated lifespan, and if the system has exceeded it, then you should give serious consideration to having it replaced. Call for commercial HVAC specialists for an informed opinion.

Numerous repairs

A commercial heater and air conditioner that receive routine maintenance visits should require few repairs during their service life. Most systems will need the majority of repairs during the last two years of their lives, so when you start making calls for technician more often, it usually means that the HVAC system is coming close to the end. Calculate the amount of repairs you’ve have done during the last year, and if the cost is around half the price of a replacement, then you should go for a replacement.

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COMMON COMMERCIAL HVAC CHALLENGES DURING THE WINTER

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A stress that commercial HVAC systems have that most residential ones do not is that commercial systems usually operate continually during business hours to meet the needs of many people. Homeowners will usually adjust their systems throughout the day, occasionally shutting them off, but business owners rarely have that luxury. This constant use increases the possibility of a system shutdown that will affect numerous people and have a negative impact on your business.

To protect your commercial heating in Kingwood, TX, you should familiarize yourself with some of the challenges you might face during the coming months. You won’t have to go it alone, however: when you need help, you can contact Expert Air, where we offer light commercial HVAC installation and repairs that will take care of your trouble.

One of the principle challenges for your HVAC system this winter is the unusual Texas winters, where temperatures hover around “hot but not too hot” and “cold but not too cold,” with occasional leaps into sweltering summer broilers and plunges to bone-freezing colds (the winter record low for Houston is 5°!). You need an HVAC system that’s literally prepared for anything. Those middle ranges can often be the most frustrating because you’ll have difficulty finding an ideal indoor temperature. Constantly adjusting the temperature will put extra strain on the system. You might benefit from a new thermostat that can automate many of the functions as well as more precisely registering the indoor temperature.

Another common problem you may experience this winter is loud noises coming from your system. Aside from annoying customers and distracting employees, these noises often indicate an HVAC system in need of a major repair. This is often a problem for heaters during the winter because they haven’t gotten much use during the previous months. A professional tune-up can remedy this.

You can make overcoming the challenges of winter easier if you sign up for a commercial maintenance program. A professional will inspect your entire HVAC system to locate potential repairs that can improve efficiency. This is a great way to avoid a work-stopping breakdown on one of those surprise hot or cold days. An efficiently operating system will also help your budget: no excess energy drain.

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