Cool Care Heating and Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Houston’

6 Things to Know About Smart Thermostats Before Making the Switch

Monday, November 21st, 2022
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Your thermostat is the part of your heating and cooling system that keeps track of the ambient temperature in your home and tells those systems when it’s time to turn on and off. No matter how new or efficient those systems are, they won’t do you any good if your thermostat is broken. Many customers think they need repairs to their furnace or air conditioner only to find that the thermostat was the real culprit. 

In recent years, many homeowners are making the switch to smart thermostats, which offer a variety of benefits that the older models simply can’t compete with. Could a smart thermostat be right for you? We’ve got some information that can help you decide if you’re ready for smart thermostat installation in Houston.

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Why Professional AC Installation Matters

Monday, August 1st, 2022
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When you live somewhere as hot as Houston, and you’ve searched for information about AC installation at the beginning of August, that tells a story. You are probably in very big need of a new air conditioner, now.

We completely understand the sense of urgency; however, rushing into an AC purchase is never a good idea, as it can leave you with a system that’s improperly matched for your specific home and needs. It might not even be sized correctly for your space.

And then, when it comes to the actual installation job, there are a number of steps that make the installation flawless. If any steps are missed or done incorrectly, it can lead to problems like short-cycling, refrigerant leaks, ductwork damage, and other efficiency problems. It could even lead to a premature system breakdown.

Ultimately, air conditioning systems are very complex and they require a trained and experienced professional to install them.

Read on as we uncover the steps our pros go through, and why it’s so important to leave this job to the trained and experienced techs on our team.

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How to Improve the Efficiency of Your Central Air Conditioner

Monday, May 23rd, 2022
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Staying cool through a long, hot Houston summer is no easy task, but with a reliable and effective air conditioner, it shouldn’t be too difficult to keep your home comfortable. And did you know there’s even more you can do to ensure this is the case? You can have a functional air conditioner, and take steps to see that it works even more efficiently.

Read on as we uncover some tips on just how to boost energy efficiency for your air conditioner.

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Should You Go Ductless This Summer?

Monday, May 9th, 2022
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Before you know it, the dog days of summer will be here. You will need to run your HVAC unit more to ensure a comfortable indoor temperature is maintained during this time of year. If you are currently using a traditional HVAC system and feel like a change is needed, then a ductless unit might be a good option. 

In 1959, the team at Mitsubishi developed the first ductless mini-split heating and cooling system. Ductless mini-split units allow homeowners to cool and heat their residences without the need for ductwork. Here are some reasons why going ductless this summer is a wise move. 

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How to Breathe Easier At Home

Monday, April 25th, 2022
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Being a homeowner is one of the most demanding jobs on the planet. As a homeowner, you need to make sure every part of your home is in pristine shape. Indoor air quality is something that the average homeowner tends to overlook. 

Considering the fact that you will spend over 90% of your time indoors, removing pollutants and allergens from the air supply in your home should be a top priority. One of the best ways to boost the quality of your indoor air supply is by investing in a whole-house air purifier. Read on to find out more about the benefits associated with buying a whole-house air purifier. 

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Heed These 6 Signs Your Furnace Needs Repair

Monday, February 28th, 2022
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Few things are more inconvenient than having your furnace give out on an especially cold winter day. Fortunately, if you know the signs to watch out for, you can catch and fix small problems with your furnace before they turn into major problems requiring a costly repair, or worse, a full replacement. When it comes to your furnace, maintenance is the best prevention. 

Here are 6 signs your furnace is in need of repair:

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Does the Size of Your Heater Matter?

Monday, February 14th, 2022

You know what everyone says–everything’s bigger in Texas! However, this doesn’t necessarily mean, that if you’re in the market for a new heater, you should rush out and buy the biggest one in your budget.

Although it seems logical that a bigger furnace would be more powerful, and therefore betting, the size of your furnace relative to your unique heating needs can actually be a detriment to the performance of your heating system, negatively impacting its overall performance.

A furnace installation is no small job, which is why it’s particularly important that you work with a professional before you make any final decisions. A trained and experienced heating professional will assess the size of your home so they can determine exactly which furnace will be the right choice for you. Trust us, you don’t want to have an oversized or undersized furnace in your home–read on as we explain why.

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Caring for Your Gas Furnace

Monday, January 17th, 2022
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Winter is progressing right along. Although it doesn’t usually get as cold as it does for our family and friends up north, if you didn’t schedule maintenance for your gas furnace yet, this is still an important service!

It’s never too late to care for your gas furnace. In fact, it’s essential to not only the operation but also the efficiency of your gas furnace that you have professional maintenance done each year. Consistency matters more than timing here–so even though it may be more convenient to schedule a maintenance appointment quickly in the fall, this service will be beneficial no matter what!

Read on to learn why we tout heating maintenance so much.

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“Help! Why Is My Heater Making These Strange Noises?”

Monday, December 20th, 2021
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While we hope this will never happen to you, your heater could break down with little to no warning at all. It can go from seemingly functioning just fine all day long to coming to a halt or it could just not cycle on when you need it.

Of course, this is rare. It’s even rarer if you’re staying on top of your heating maintenance appointments. Maintenance helps your heater work as efficiently and effectively as possible, for as long as possible.

Even with routine maintenance though, it’s still a good idea to be aware of the signs of a heater in disrepair, and one of those signs is strange or unusual noises coming from the system. So, you’re right to be alarmed and to be searching for a solution online. Of course, the solution is always going to be to call a professional. But in the meantime, we can let you know what certain sounds might mean for your furnace or heat pump system.

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Problems You Might Face with an Aging Central AC

Monday, November 8th, 2021
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While other parts of the country get ready to turn on their heaters for the season (some probably already have), we’re still using our air conditioners for a bit.

Your central air conditioner gets a lot of use throughout the years. Hopefully, you keep up on your maintenance appointments! Annual maintenance allows our professionals to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust components that need it. We’ll also check for small repair needs during this service before they have a chance to grow into big repair needs.

Even with maintenance though, every central air conditioner has its limits. 10-15 years of useful service life is the average limit for a central air conditioner that’s well-maintained. After this point, or even nearing this age, it’s going to experience problems. Here are some of the most common we get called for:

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