Do you like to sneeze every time the air conditioning cycle starts, or smell a musty odor? How about developing a consistent headache every time you are indoors? These are just some of the symptoms you can suffer from due to poor indoor air quality in Houston. According to the EPA, indoor air pollution can be 2 to 5 times higher than that of outsid
When the time arrives to replace an aging, ailing air conditioner, the basic option you have is to install another central AC similar to the first, although it will probably have higher efficiency and better options. This is a fine route for most homes, and there are numerous excellent central air conditioning systems available today. However, the
Your air conditioning and forced-air heating systems come equipped with air filters. These filters catch particles that enter the return air vents and prevent them from infiltrating the cabinet where they can damage important mechanical components. These filters will stop some of these particles from getting blown out the vents along with the condi
Ductless cooling has become a popular alternative cooling solution for homeowners in Houston. Instead of using ductwork, a technician installs an outdoor condenser unit and multiple indoor air handlers in different zones throughout the home, each controlled with separate thermostats. This can improve both your comfort and your energy bills, but duc
If you have a heat pump in Spring, TX, you will get plenty of use out of it this summer. Heat pumps are the perfect cooling and heating solution here in Texas, but summertime also means increased energy bills, and the last thing you want is a costly repair. Any time a component of your heat pump does not function properly, however, you should call
Maybe an elementary school teacher tried to trip you up with this test question: “Do other countries have a Fourth of July?” If the teacher had phrased the question as, “Do other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?” you would be less likely to slip up and answer “no.” Except… and your teacher probably
Using geothermal isn’t only about pulling heat up from the ground. Thanks to the power of modern geothermal technology, heat pumps that use refrigerant loops buried in your property can also remove heat from a home and deposit it in the earth. Thanks to the constant temperature of the ground below the frost line, you have a constant reservoir
Insulation isn’t only a tool for the winter and staying warm: it’s also an important part of maintaining energy efficiency and comfort during the summer. In a state that can get as hot as Texas during the summer months, a strong insulation barrier against the intrusion of heat into your home is necessary to keep your living spaces from
You are sitting at home on a warm summer day, reading a book. The familiar hum of your air conditioner comes on, signaling that the temperature has reached a high enough level that the thermostat recognizes it’s time to cool down. However, only a few minutes later, the compressor’s pleasant white noise hum stops. You make a note of it,
Because air conditioners blow out chilled air, people often show no surprise at seeing ice crystals forming along the coils. Perhaps, they think, it’s normal, and once the AC turns off, the ice will simply melt away and fall down into the drip pan below. However, ­ice should never appear on an air conditioner! When this happens, it’
The attic of a home is a major heat trap. During summer, the temperature can climb to blistering highs above 120°F. Unfortunately, it isn’t a completely effective trap: the heat from the attic will clamber down into the lower levels of a house, where it can easily cause uncomfortable shifts of 10°F, more than enough to put a heavy str
This isn’t a situation you ever want to happen: you go to turn on your furnace during a cold day and discover that no matter what you do, it won’t activate and start providing you with heat. Although sometimes the solution to this is simple (the furnace tripped a circuit breaker and it need to be reset; you mis-programmed the thermostat
If you have an older gas furnace in your home that has dutifully kept you warm for many years, one of the mechanisms that helps it do its job safely is the thermocouple. The thermocouple is a simple component that consists of two strips of separate types of metal joined at one end. If you have regular maintenance done on your furnace once a year, y
Replacing a central heating system in a home is a large undertaking, and one that many homeowners try to put off as long as possible. They let an aging heater limp along until it expires—and this isn’t the optimal time for a replacement. You should instead schedule heating replacement earlier and take advantage of the ways a new heater
For more than a hundred years, people in countries around the world have marked the 14th day of February as a time for lovers to give each other gifts and for children to write cards to each other and eat heart-shaped candy. But Valentine’s Day isn’t the only important event to occur on February 14th. There are many other anniversaries
We are fortunate in Texas that we aren’t experiencing the same harsh winter as much of the rest of the U.S. However, it still may seem odd to start planning for summer…until you look at a calendar and realize how soon the warm weather will arrive. Now is an excellent time to start preparing for the relentless Texas sun. One of the best
Insulation is an essential part of home comfort: as a barrier against the convection and conduction of heat, insulation traps vital heat inside your house during cold weather, and it prevents excess heat from infiltrating during warm weather. This not only benefits you, it also benefits your air conditioner and heater, since they will need to do le
We don’t experience bad winters like they have on the East Coast, but our January nights can still get very chilly, and you need your heating system to perform. That’s why it makes sense to install a hybrid heating system, which combines a heat pump with a gas or electric furnace to handle your heating and air conditioning as one. If yo
What are the heating solutions for Spring, TX? It’s a fair question to ask, especially in the winter when things get cold enough to need a heater on a regular basis. When it comes to heating systems and services in Spring , residents have a fair amount of options to choose from. The right one depends on your individual circumstances, as well
The word “insulation” is customarily associated with keeping warm. We think of insulation in our home as a barricade against the cold, and when buying a coat or jacket for winter weather, we want it to have sufficient insulation in the lining to make sure the cold weather outside doesn’t get through to our bodies. However…