AC Comfort Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Houston’

Do I Need Air Filters When There’s One on My HVAC System?

Monday, April 19th, 2021

furnace-checked-by-technicianIf you’re asking this question, you probably have some sense that you need indoor air quality improvements, but you aren’t sure if air filters are the answer. After all, there already is an air filter in your house—the one that’s on the HVAC cabinet. This is the filter that we recommend you change every one to three months to ensure the heater and AC continue to work at high energy efficiency. Paying attention to this filter is important for indoor comfort. 

However, this filter is not there to improve indoor air quality, so if you’re looking for better indoor air quality, yes, you may need an air filter or an air purifier in Houston, TX.

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Do I Have Heating Reliable Enough for Serious Cold?

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

cold-sweater-manWe’ve been fortunate here in Katy not to have gotten the worst of the cold that struck much of the state last week, although we still had chillier days than we often get. But this deep freeze in February has probably put your mind on your heating system. You may be wondering: “Can my heating system tolerate another major cold snap?”

We’re glad you’re asking this question, because preparation is the key to making it through weather extremes. You’re accustomed to worrying about your AC getting through the intense summers, so let’s now turn this attention toward your heating system.

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Did You Know Your Ceiling Fans Can Help Keep You Warm?

Monday, December 14th, 2020

ceiling-fan-woodenHigh on our list of ways to help lower the cost of staying cool in a Texas summer is ceiling fans. A ceiling fan doesn’t lower a room’s temperature, but it does make it easier for people in the room to stay cool. It’s the power of “wind chill”: when a breeze moves over your body, it takes away the heat envelope around you from heat escaping through your skin. When this envelope is removed, it allows for more heat to leave your body so you feel cooler than the air around you.

How much a difference can a ceiling fan make in hot weather? It can make a space feel up to 10°F cooler. So a 90°F day can already feel like a more bearable 80°F day, and that means having to run the AC less often.

Now here’s the fun news we put in the title: ceiling fans can help in winter, too. For a place with mild winter temperatures, it doesn’t take much help to get you comfortable—and that means heating in Houston, TX that costs less. 

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Why Annual Furnace Service Is Essential!

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Service-technician-testing-furnaceWhen the winter temperatures start to drop into the 40s during the evenings in Texas, you’ll be glad you have a powerful furnace to warm your family. The reassurance of a furnace that you can depend on makes it easy to glide through the winter season, and our team is glad to help you with the finest available furnace service in Houston, TX

One of those services, perhaps the most important one, is annual pre-season maintenance. Before the cold weather arrives, we’ll give your furnace a thorough inspection and tune-up. Once we’re done, the furnace will be set for whatever the season can throw at it.

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Heating Maintenance? Yes, You Need It Each Year!

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

furnace-isolated-whiteAir conditioning is the top Houston, TX, HVAC service we handle. That makes sense because the intense heat of the middle of the year is the most daunting comfort challenge local homes face. But that doesn’t mean we can ignore heating. Air conditioners work almost every month of the year, but heaters will see their share of “action” in winter months. 

We understand it’s easy to overlook regular heating maintenance service during the year. It can be hard to even think about the word heating when you still have the AC running on a regular basis. But we aim to keep our customers informed, and so we need to remind them that heating maintenance must be done annually for it to provide the best benefits. 

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October Is Not the Time to Ignore AC Malfunctions!

Monday, October 5th, 2020

air-conditioning-with-flowersWe all have in our heads an ideal version of what “October” looks like. It’s filled with autumn colors and crisp leaves and pumpkins and a slight chill to the dry air. People have this idealized October in their minds wherever they live, even if the world outside their windows never looks like it. And here in Texas, we don’t necessarily get a cool, crisp October. In fact, plenty of October days can feel close to summer days, with regular temperatures in the 80s.

This is one of the reasons that now isn’t the time to let any air conditioning repair in Houston, TX slip away. Your AC has just done a hard summer of work as it fought against extreme temperatures to keep the inside of your house comfortable. All that stress can lead to malfunctions, and if you ignore them because it’s fall and you’re hoping you won’t need the AC as much—you’re headed for trouble.

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Ductless AC Can Work With a Central AC—It’s Not All-or-Nothing!

Monday, August 24th, 2020

ductless-system-with-technicianWe offer services for a wide range of types of air conditioning in Houston, TX. For example, we install and service ductless mini split systems, which offer houses both cooling and heating without the need for an inch of ductwork.

One of the best reasons to have a ductless AC installed is because you live in an older house that wasn’t originally constructed for central cooling and has no ductwork to hook a split system air conditioner to. If you’re planning to build a house and don’t want to deal with pesky ducts, you can design with a ductless system in mind.

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Thinking About an Evaporative Cooler? Here’s What You Need to Know

Monday, July 27th, 2020

waterYou may have heard about evaporative coolers as an alternative to using a conventional central air conditioning system. Evaporative coolers are popular now as small, portable units people purchase to sit on a desk and give a bit of extra cooling. But evaporative cooling is available as a way of air conditioning an entire house through a ductwork system. Using an evaporative cooler (also called a swamp cooler) offers a number of potential benefits to a home.

However, before you decide you’re going to replace your old AC with a swamp cooler, there are some basics you’ll need to know. Evaporative coolers are not ideal for all homes!

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Why Doesn’t the AC Respond to the Thermostat?

Monday, June 29th, 2020

setting-thermostatThis is frustrating. The heat is rising outside, and you need your house cooled down. You go to the thermostat, make whatever adjustments are needed to get the air conditioner running—and then nothing happens. Or whatever happens doesn’t result in the comfortable house you expected.

The unresponsive thermostat often requires calling for AC repair in Houston, TX. Even the most basic manual slider thermostats cannot be repaired with DIY techniques or amateur tinkering. It’s not only that thermostats are too complicated to fix; it’s that the problem may not actually be the thermostat but located elsewhere in the HVAC system. A huge part of professional air conditioning repair is diagnosing what’s wrong—and you can’t get that from amateurs or a “do-it-yourself” YouTube video.

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Uneven Temperatures in Your Home? Let’s Find Out Why

Monday, December 16th, 2019

airflow-diagramWhen you turn on your heating system during the winter, you expect to have an even distribution of warmth. Professionally installed HVAC systems are designed to avoid hot and cold spots around the house. There will always be some differences, such as rooms upstairs that are harder to ventilate.

But if you’re experiencing more serious temperature differences, it’s a good idea to look into it. The problem may be one that requires a Houston, TX, HVAC contractor to correct.

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