SIGNS THAT YOU NEED IMPROVED INSULATION

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There are a lot of ways in which homeowners today may choose to both heat and cool their homes. For all of the innovation in the industry, though, certain things will never change. Having the right amount of insulation installed in your home, for instant, is always going to be necessary if you hope to live in the level of comfort that you deserve. You cannot see most of your insulation in Houston, TX, of course, as most of it is hidden away behind your walls, between floors, and in other non-visible areas. This doesn’t mean that there is no way for you to recognize problems with your insulation, though. Read on for some tips on spotting trouble with your insulation, and remember to schedule all of your insulation services with Expert Air Cooling And Heating.

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WHY ROUTINE AC MAINTENANCE IS A MUST

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When you live in Texas, you really need to know that your whole-house air conditioning system is in fine working condition. Just as having a whole-house AC is really more of a necessity than an option in this part of the country, so too is routine air conditioning maintenance. Your air conditioner can really take a pounding over the course of our extremely hot summers. Preventing that wear and tear from causing serious issues with your air conditioner should be a top priority. Routine air conditioning maintenance in Houston, TX can help you to get out ahead of any such problems. Contact a member of the Expert Air Cooling And Heating staff today to schedule service.

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HOW EXACTLY DOES A HEAT PUMP WORK?

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If you’ve found yourself considering residential HVAC options lately, then you have most likely come across the term “heat pump” by now. What you may not realize, though, if you’ve only done some perfunctory research, is that the heat pump is not actually a designated, heating-only system. In fact, heat pumps are able to both heat and cool homes, offering the owners of those homes the ability to heat and cool their living spaces with just one system. This means that you can live in great comfort all year long without having to switch over from your AC to your heater. This is why so many homeowners have decided to install heat pumps in Houston, TX. To learn more or to schedule service, just give Expert Air Cooling And Heating a call today.

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3 REASONS TO COOL YOUR HOME WITHOUT AIR DUCTS

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Window unit air conditioners are not really of much help unless you are trying to cool a small apartment or dorm room. As far as whole-house cooling goes, they are quite inefficient, and they can leave your home feeling unsecured. Even so, some homeowners choose to use window units simply because they have no air ducts in place. The good news is that ductless air conditioning in Houston, TX is a great option to consider if you’d like to utilize a whole-house cooling system, but lack the space or desire for air ducts. Consider the following information, and schedule professional ductless air conditioning services with a member of the Expert Air Cooling And Heating team.

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3 REASONS TO CONSIDER THE USE OF A ZONE CONTROL SYSTEM

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There are a lot of great air conditioners on the market in this day and age. However, there is often room for improvement with air conditioning systems, even those that work very well. One upgrade that many homeowners in the Houston, TX area opt for is the integration of a zone control system into their HVAC systems. If you are interested in learning more about zone control systems, consider the information below. If the benefits of zone control sound like the sort of thing that you’d like to pursue, then just give us a call. Expert Air is the company that you can count on to install and service your zone control system properly.

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR AIR FILTRATION SYSTEM

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As important as it is that homeowners are able to both heat and cool their homes effectively, it is every bit as important that they are able to breathe clean, pure air within the confines of their homes. You may find that you need some help in doing so, though. There are a lot of different problems which may develop with the quality of the air surrounding you in your living space, with airborne pollutants ranking among the most common of offenders.

The good news is that many homeowners are able to overcome the challenges that such pollutants set forth with the use of a good air filtration system in Houston, TX. Just remember that your air filters must be expertly chosen and installed in order to best benefit you. Schedule your air filtration services with the pros at Expert Air to guarantee that your air filters are working optimally.

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HOW CAN I TELL IF MY AIR CONDITIONER IS MALFUNCTIONING?

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Summers in Houston, TX, mean two things: high heat and stifling humidity. If you want to survive it in comfort and style, your air conditioning system needs to be ready to do the job. If it’s experiencing problems or needs to be repaired, now is the time to do something about it: before the thermometer starts to rise and you can’t afford to put your system on the sidelines for even a few hours. “But how can I tell if my air conditioner is malfunctioning?” You ask. If you’re not an expert, it could be a cause of concern. Luckily, there are a few telltale signs to help you out.

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HOW CAN I TELL IF MY AIR CONDITIONER IS MALFUNCTIONING?

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Summers in Houston, TX, mean two things: high heat and stifling humidity. If you want to survive it in comfort and style, your air conditioning system needs to be ready to do the job. If it’s experiencing problems or needs to be repaired, now is the time to do something about it: before the thermometer starts to rise and you can’t afford to put your system on the sidelines for even a few hours. “But how can I tell if my air conditioner is malfunctioning?” You ask. If you’re not an expert, it could be a cause of concern. Luckily, there are a few telltale signs to help you out.

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CAN I BENEFIT FROM THE USE OF A WHOLE-HOUSE DEHUMIDIFIER?

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There are a lot of challenges that one must overcome in order to live comfortably throughout the year in the Houston, TX area. Our summers are long and intensely hot, and temperatures can drop to shockingly low levels during the heating season. However, it is important to remember that temperature is not the only consideration to keep in mind when it comes to your overall comfort.

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WHEN IS A GOOD TIME FOR AN AIR CONDITIONING INSTALLATION?

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Are you considering a new air conditioning installation in Houston, TX? When it comes to keeping your comfort protected and your AC installation service as non-disruptive as possible, timing is everything. Investing in a great air conditioning system is a wise decision, and a professional air conditioning installation is an absolute necessity. However, you want to make sure that you time the installation of your air conditioning system accordingly, so that you do not find yourself in an uncomfortable situation this summer. Call the AC installation professionals at Expert Air today to discuss your air conditioning options and when you should ideally schedule service.

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SIGNS THAT YOU REQUIRE ZONE AC REPAIR SERVICES

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Striking a successful balance between energy and efficiency and comfort can be tricky terrain to navigate. One of the best ways in which to ensure that you are able to successfully cool your home without paying too much in order to do so is to use a zone control system. By installing electronic dampers into your air ducts, and using individual thermostats in different temperature zones throughout your home in order to regulate their operation via a central control panel, you can actually cool different areas of your home independently of one another. Of course, given the fact that such mechanized systems are always susceptible to operational problems, you may find your self in need of zone AC repair in Houston at some point. When you do, make sure that you schedule your zone AC repair services with the pros at Expert Air. We will make sure that your zone controlled AC system is back in optimal working condition as soon as possible.

There are a few different problems that you may encounter with your zone control AC system. Each may have multiple potential causes, which is why it is so important that a professional assesses your system. One sign that your system is in need of repair, of course, is the development of hot spots throughout your home. Assuming that your system was installed properly and designed well, you should not have trouble maintaining comfortably cool temperatures in any zone of your home under the service of your AC system. It could be that a damper in the system is not functioning properly, or that the thermostat in the affected area is malfunctioning. Whatever the root of the problem may be, the only way to ensure that it is resolved completely is to schedule professional repairs.

Higher than normal cooling costs are another sign that you may need to have your zoned AC system repaired. While you can expect to pay more to cool your home when the heat of summer is at its zenith, you use your AC enough to have a general notion of how much it costs to keep yourself and your family comfortable. If you have made no changes to your AC usage habits, it could be that your zone control system is diverting cool air to areas where it is not needed, or that another problem has developed.

Whatever the issue, you can count on Expert Air to diagnose it precisely and to correct it completely. Call today for quality zone AC repair in Houston.

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BENEFITS OF DUCTLESS HEATING AND COOLING

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Should you find yourself in the market for a new heating or cooling system, we advise you to take your time and to really get to know your options. There has been a lot of innovation in home comfort systems over time, and you may not be completely up to date with all that is available in the residential HVAC sector today. One option that more and more homeowners find themselves drawn to is ductless heating and cooling. This method of heating and cooling may not be for everyone – no method is, in fact – but it is a great fit for many. Here are a few tips from the HVAC experts at Expert Air regarding the ways in which using ductless mini splits in Houston can benefit you.

First of all, in order to understand the benefits of ductless heating and cooling, it is beneficial to understand how such systems work. Rather than utilizing ductwork in order to distribute conditioned air throughout a residence, such systems instead use individual, wall mounted blowers. These blowers connect to an outdoor unit, which is much the same as in a traditional split central system. However, ductless mini splits can offer much more than these more basic systems.

For instance, ductless split systems can utilize heat pump technology, which allows them to both heat and cool properties for year round comfort, all while using just one system. This is of great convenience, and our relatively mild winter weather really lends itself to such a heating method. Additionally, the fact that there is no ductwork to suffer air leaks means that you can reduce the risk of an inefficient heating and cooling performance.

Furthermore, ductless heating and cooling systems can also help homeowners to maintain great indoor air quality in their homes. Air ducts can be infiltrated by airborne pollutants, and those very same ducts can then distribute those pollutants throughout a living space. You’ll have no such issues when you go ductless. Plus, because each blower is controlled independently of the others, you can maintain different temperatures in different areas of your home. This allows residents therein to live in an environment suited to their personal temperature preferences.

We are more than happy to provide you with the information you need to determine if going ductless is right for you. We look forward to hearing from you.

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IT’S NOT TOO SOON FOR AC MAINTENANCE

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Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted another 6 weeks of winter for this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ahead of the coming hot weather by scheduling a winter AC maintenance appointment in Houston. Why schedule now? Here are a few reasons:

Protection from Winter Damage

Storms, wind and debris can damage your outdoor unit at any time, and scheduling a winter maintenance appointment allows your technician to assess and address any damage that may have been done since you last used your system (repair may require a separate appointment). Additionally, the appointment provides the technician the opportunity to clear any debris around the outside of the unit and clean the inside components.

Removal of Animal Nests

They may be cute, but animal nests can wreak havoc on your outdoor unit and even your ductwork, should they get that far. The metal cabinet that houses your outdoor unit makes the perfect winter residence for lots of critters, and it’s a lot better to find them prior to turning on your air conditioning system in the spring.

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HOW DO UV GERMICIDAL LIGHTS HELP IMPROVE AIR QUALITY?

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The air in the average home is absolutely infested with millions of microscopic particulates. These particulates are not all harmful. You don’t even notice the vast majority of them. However, there are plenty of airborne particulates that can irritate your lungs and even cause sickness. Various strains of viruses and bacteria are common, as well as mold spores that often circulate from a source colony in the ducts of your home. All of these pollutants can have adverse effects on your health. So, what are you supposed to do about it? Let’s take a look at UV germicidal lights, and how they can help improve the air quality in your home.

WHAT IS A UV GERMICIDAL LIGHT?

A UV germicidal light is a type of air purifier that works by bathing the area around itself in ultraviolet radiation. This radiation is of a shorter wavelength than sunlight, and not harmful to humans. These lights can be used as portable systems, or installed in the ducts as a whole-house system. A whole-house germicidal light will treat all air being circulated through the ducts of the house, vastly increasing its reach compared to its portable variants.

HOW DOES IT IMPROVE AIR QUALITY?

Many microscopic organisms, including many viruses, bacteria, and mold, are extremely susceptible to certain kinds of radiation. When exposed to that radiation, like the kind that the UV light gives off, these organisms are either sterilized or killed outright. This is because the radiation interferes with their cellular processes, rendering them unable to reproduce or operate effectively.

A UV germicidal light improves the air quality in your home by killing many of the microscopic germs and other organisms that can make you sick. This makes it especially popular in the homes of people with compromised immune systems or other conditions that increase their likelihood of infection. You don’t have to have any of those conditions to benefit from a UV germicidal light, however. Anyone who uses one will benefit from its protection.

If you’d like to know more about UV germicidal lights, contact Expert Air. We provide UV germicidal light installation throughout the Houston area.

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REPLACING YOUR HEATER? WHICH TYPE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

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People outside of the state may think that the idea of heating in Houston, TX sounds faintly absurd. But if you’ve lived here through at least one winter, you know we can encounter some chilly days, and chillier nights. You need a heater in your home that will perform effectively and efficiently whenever you need it.

But if you need to replace your current heating system, you might find yourself up against a dilemma: too many choices! Chances are good that your previous heater lasted for many years, and during that time the HVAC industry made tremendous advances in heating technology. “Which type of heater out of the many options should you pick for a replacement?“, you ask?

HERE’S A BRIEF RUNDOWN ON SOME OF YOUR HEATING CHOICES.

We can’t tell you which one is right for you on a blog post, because your home has unique needs. For the help you need to make the correct choice, get the professionals at Expert Air involved from the start.

Furnaces

One of the oldest of all heating systems, furnaces remain competitive in the modern HVAC market because of their flexibility (they can use a variety of fuel sources) and increasing energy-efficiency. If you already have ducts in your home, furnaces make very attractive choices because they will install easily.

Heat pumps

Heat pumps work as both heaters and air conditioners, offering a best-of-both-worlds solution for your comfort needs. They can also offer savings on heating bills because they don’t generate heat through burning fuel, but instead use electricity to move heat from outdoors into your home.

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HOW YOU CAN AVOID HEATING PROBLEMS THIS WINTER

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Although Houston, TX usually experiences mild winters, temperatures averaging in the low 50s and mid-40s through February can still feel extremely uncomfortable without a properly functioning heater working to keep your home warm. As you get ready for the thermometer to start dropping, take as many steps as you can to make sure you won’t encounter serious heating problems in your home.

At Expert Air, we have decades of experience heating Houston, TX and its neighborhoods; we’ve seen every type of problem that can crop up. We want to pass on some of our knowledge to you so you can keep cozy this winter season with minimal repairs and hopefully zero emergencies. But we’re here if you need repairs or late emergency calls— contact us whenever you need help.

The first step you should take before winter arrives is to get your heating system a professional check and tune-up. From furnaces to geothermal heat pumps, any heating system that expects to get heavy use in the coming months needs an inspection to make sure it’s ready for the task. Getting a professional to perform preventive maintenance will significantly reduce the chances of later repair needs or a full system breakdown. We recommend scheduling maintenance once a year for your heater, and fall is the best time to get it done.

Take precautions with your home’s insulation and places where heat can possibly leak out. The finest heating system ever manufactured won’t mean much if its heat keeps bleeding to the outside. Check on the insulation in the attic, and then caulk windows and put weather stripping around the outside doors.

Once the heating season starts, don’t keep the heater on high temperature settings for long periods. Find a comfortable lower temperature and stay with it, as the EPA recommends: 68° will suit most people, especially with an extra layer of clothing. During the night, lower the thermostat to 58° or 56° and keep a heavy blanket on. A heater that works less will experience fewer problems from rapid aging.

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MY AIR CONDITIONER DOESN’T COOL MY HOME ANYMORE: DO I NEED TO REPAIR OR REPLACE IT?

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You don’t have to have anybody remind you of the importance of an efficient air conditioner to keep back the Texas heat. You can feel its importance most days of the year. But if there comes a time when you don’t feel the cool temperature in your home that you need, then something has probably gone wrong with your air conditioner. Before conditions turn miserable, call in a professional HVAC company to find out what’s amiss and what can be done about it. For expert air conditioning repair in Houston, TX, look to Expert Air and our staff of NATE-certified technicians.

We’ll try to answer a common question people have when their AC is no longer doing its job: “Do I need to repair or replace it?”

You will almost certainly need to repair it at some point in time, or at least should consider it, unless you’re dealing with a severe problem that simply cannot be repaired. However, make a few simple checks first to make sure that the air conditioner hasn’t gotten disconnected from its power source, or tripped a circuit breaker. You may have set the thermostat wrong or blocked the vents. But if these basic remedies don’t solve the problem, then you will need repairs from trained technicians. They can locate the source of the problem and then perform repairs to get you cooled down again.

What about getting a full replacement? Is that a better solution? Not necessarily, since there are many smaller problems that can cause your AC to lose its cooling power. One of the reasons for calling in professionals is to get their advice on whether you need a new system or not.

Consider the age of your current air conditioner. If you inherited the AC when you moved in, it might already have many years of wear and tear on it. If your old AC has needed multiple repairs during the past year, or if your energy bills have climbed and stayed that way, then the system might be ready for replacement when it can’t keep you cool.

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MY AC SYSTEM SMELLS FUNNY: DO I NEED TO CONSIDER AIR CONDITIONING REPAIR?

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Your air conditioner is a vital part of your home during the long, hot cooling season. Any problems with its operation can have a seriously negative impact on the comfort in your home. Do not convince yourself that any issue you encounter with your air conditioning system is too “minor” to justify the evaluation and service of a professional Houston air conditioning repair technician. Even seemingly inconsequential problems, such as strange odors emanating from your AC during operation, can signify a more serious problem in the works. Don’t take any unnecessary chances with the condition of your air conditioning system. Prompt repair service is the most effective kind.

If your air conditioning smells strange during operation, pollutants and microorganisms in your ductwork may be to blame. There are a number of reasons that your air ducts may be polluted, including the promotion of biological pollutants and vermin infestations. Having your air ducts professionally sealed can help to keep such pollutants and vermin out of your ductwork, minimizing odors emanating from them. Not only can duct sealing and UV germicidal lights help to deal with AC odors, but they can also help to boost indoor air quality by resolving airborne and biological pollutant issues. Call today to learn more about these products and services.

You can also often trace air conditioning odors back to the air filter in your air conditioning system. When your air filter becomes wet for any reason, that dampness can cause it to give the air traveling through an unpleasant, must odor. There are a few reasons why your air filter may be wet. It could be that condensation within the unit is dripping onto it. It is also possible that ice has developed somewhere in the system, which is a sign that there is a bigger problem somewhere. Whatever the cause of your air filter issues, we can find the necessary solution.

For more information about why your air conditioner is producing strange odors, call the professional air conditioning repair technicians at Expert Air. We are happy to answer whatever questions you may have.

For quality air conditioning repair in Houston, call the professional technicians on our team.

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