AC Comfort Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

2023 Changes to AC Efficiency Standards

Monday, November 7th, 2022
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The US government is implementing changes to the minimum standards for energy efficiency of HVAC systems. The goal of these standards is to ensure that homeowners are investing in systems that maximize our current technological advancements to save on energy. It’s a great way for homeowners in our area to save on monthly energy bills and these new systems also reduce the negative impact on the environment. 

The minimum efficiency standard has a rating called Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating, and the changes mean that it will be called SEER-2. The expectations will be much higher than they are now or have ever been in the past. Of course, more efficient systems are often more expensive to build. That’s why a tax credit is in place for homeowners. You can recoup some of the cost of the more efficient geothermal unit. If you’re interested in air conditioning replacement in Katy, TX, we can help. 

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What is Your Air Conditioner’s Grade This Year?

Monday, October 24th, 2022

checkmark-greenAutumn rolls around and usually offers us a small break from the sweltering heat. But let’s face it, we live in Texas and it’s definitely still warm in the fall. Your AC isn’t getting a break yet, so you’re still depending on the unit to keep your home cool and comfortable. 

Have you ever thought about grading your AC unit on how well it cooled your home this year? Below we’ve outlined a general grading system that you can use to determine what condition your AC is in. If you give it a low grade, it may be time for AC repair in Richmond, TXKeep reading to learn more about evaluating your air conditioner’s grade this year.

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Signs That You Need AC Repair

Monday, September 26th, 2022

AC-maintenance-toolsYour air conditioner works great – that is until it doesn’t. There’s no countdown to AC repairs so that you can plan ahead for them. But, if you pay close attention to your air conditioner you can identify when something is going wrong. When you address problems early you can prevent them from becoming bigger and spreading throughout your unit.

When it does come down to needing AC repair in Cypress, TX, our team can help. But first, you need to learn the signs of impending AC problems so that you can give us a call before they worsen. Addressing AC repairs early is one of the best ways to take care of your unit, extend its lifespan, and improve the overall efficiency. 

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What Can Happen to Your AC at the End of Summer

Monday, September 12th, 2022

family-before-electric-fansSummer is coming to a close very soon, and your AC unit has been working hard since the Springtime. Don’t you think it’s time to give your HVAC system a little TLC? The heat of summer places a lot of strain on your AC as it tries to cool your indoors to a comfortable temperature despite the outside heat and humidity.

Addressing repair needs now is a great way to keep your unit in peak condition and avoid surprise breakdowns over winter or even next summer. If you’re ready to schedule an air conditioning service in Sugar Land, TX, our team can help. In the meantime, learn why it’s important to invest in end-of-season AC repair services. 

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What to Do When Your AC Fails in a Heat Wave

Monday, August 15th, 2022

desk-fanIt’s blazing hot August and home air conditioning systems are more vital than ever—making a failed AC into a major emergency. This is a situation we hope you don’t have to face this summer. You can trust us for air conditioning repair in Katy, TX when your AC gives out on you, but we can’t arrive instantly and solve the problem in seconds. We’ll do our best, as we always do for customers, but we want to arm you with the knowledge necessary to make it through this problem in the best comfort and safety possible.

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Wow, It’s Hot—And Your AC Can Use Some Help

Monday, August 1st, 2022

thermometer-going-redTexas summers can get extraordinarily hot—and this summer we’re seeing some extreme 100°F+ days. You’ll rely on your air conditioning system for many hours a day to maintain comfortable and safe conditions for your family. 

As your local HVAC Contractor in Houston, TX, we want you to enjoy a worry-free summer in your house, even through intense heat waves. We have our regular services to see that your AC receives the repair work it needs if it starts to encounter trouble. But we’d like to help you avoid trouble in the first place. Below, we’ll share some of our best tips for keeping extra strain off your AC. This will help prevent your air conditioning system from overheating and breaking down at the worst possible times. 

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Is There Ice on Your AC? Here’s What Is Wrong

Monday, July 18th, 2022

ice-on-an-acWe’re glad that you recognize something isn’t right with your home’s air conditioning system if you’ve noticed ice forming on it. A common misconception people have about ice on an AC is that it means the cooling system is working really well—so well that it’s creating ice. Or they may think the air conditioner uses ice to cool the air.

An air conditioning system doesn’t use ice to operate. It takes a large amount of energy to create ice (such as in your freezer), much more than would make it worthwhile as a home cooling option. An AC that’s working well will also not generate ice. An AC isn’t “creating” cold but removing heat, and when the air conditioner is working as it should, it won’t cause ice to form.

So what’s actually going on? There are several reasons to see ice developing on the AC.

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The Sounds You SHOULD Hear From Your AC

Monday, July 4th, 2022

woman-relaxingA common topic about air conditioners is the odd noises that warn of something wrong that may require repairs or basic troubleshooting. We’ve mentioned AC warning noises in several of our blogs.

What’s not talked about as often are the sounds an AC normally makes. These are the sounds you should expect to hear from your air conditioner as it operates. We’ve decided to make this post to tell you what you want to hear from your AC. This will make it easier to put strange noises in context—you’ll have a better idea what constitutes a warning sound.

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Can a Ductless Mini Split Cool My Whole House?

Monday, June 20th, 2022

ductless-system-sending-out-snowflakesPeople are so used to central air conditioning systems that they imagine they’re the only effective way to provide cooling to an entire house. Window air conditioners have obvious limits: in order to cool a house, they need to be placed in every room, and not every room has an available window that works with them. Window ACs also struggle to cool larger rooms. For example, a single window air conditioner won’t do much for a living room.

There’s another option for whole-house cooling, the ductless mini split heat pump. These systems use wall-mounted air handlers to send cooled (or heated) air directly into spaces. They connect through a small hole behind them in the wall to the outdoor cabinet that exhausts heat in the summer. 

Is installing a ductless system in Katy, TX for a house an effective method to keep cool during our hot summers? Or is it always inferior to a central HVAC system?

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My AC Won’t Shut Off! What’s Wrong?

Monday, June 6th, 2022

Spinning-fan-closeupPeople worry about their air conditioning systems in their homes not turning on when they need them. The opposite problem can also occur—an air conditioner that comes on and then won’t shut off. Not only does this mean a house that’s too cold, it wastes massive amounts of energy!

What can cause this? As with most AC malfunctions, there are several possible suspects. We’ll go through the main ones to help you know when it’s time to call AC comfort for air conditioning repair in Sugar Land, TX that will stop your runaway cooling system.

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