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

How Not to Push Your AC Over Its Limits This Summer

Monday, June 7th, 2021
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We’re looking at another scorching summer this year, with July and August days in the 90s. You can expect your air conditioning system to earn its keep and then some as it works through the days cooling your household to comfortable levels.

But we want to caution you about your air conditioning system’s limits. If your AC was professionally installed, it will be the right size to provide even cooling to the house through most days—but that doesn’t mean it’s invincible! In this post we’ll help you understand how to ease up enough on your air conditioning system that it will make it through the summer without overheating and breaking down.

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Should You Choose a Heat Pump for Your AC Installation?

Monday, May 24th, 2021
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After our surprise frigid spell this past winter, are you considering buying a new heater for next year? Whether you’re thinking about buying just a heater or if you were already also considering a new air conditioner as well, you’d do well to consider a heat pump system!

“Wait,” you might be wondering, “Are we talking about heaters or air conditioners?”

Well, both! You see, the thing is a heat pump is a year-round, 2-in-1 system that both heats and cools, and it does so very efficiently. They’re truly great systems that can keep your indoor climate at an ideal temperature all year round. Interested in learning more? Read on!

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What Happens During AC Maintenance?

Monday, May 10th, 2021
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If you’ve been following our blog for a while, then you probably have seen us mention maintenance quite a few times. This is because of how important HVAC maintenance is. Still today, a number of homeowners see this service as a “luxury” and only invest in it if they feel they can afford it. However, professional AC maintenance actually helps you save money. You can’t afford not to have it done!

Professional maintenance tune-ups help our professionals locate small issues with your air conditioner before those issues grow into bigger emergencies. Tune-ups also help your system operate more efficiently, and last longer. This is all great news for your budget, right? However, what actually happens during air conditioner maintenance? What does this service actually provide? Read on to find out!

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These 3 Steps Will Prevent AC Repairs This Summer

Monday, April 26th, 2021
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If you’ve followed our blog for a while, then you may have noticed that we talk about professional maintenance a lot. This is for good reason—it’s an important service for the functionality and efficiency of your air conditioner! Too often though, homeowners see this as a “luxury” service—an optional thing that people only get if they have extra money in their budget. However, maintenance can help protect your system and save you money in the long run.

Professional maintenance gives our technicians the opportunity to locate small problems with your cooling system before they grow into much bigger emergency repair needs, helping your cooling system perform better and last longer. This is great news for your budget, but what actually happens during maintenance?

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Is Ductless Heating Right for Your Home?

Monday, March 29th, 2021
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With temperatures warming up now, you might be considering a heating system replacement. After the intense winter weather we experienced this year, it’s no surprise if your old heater bit the dust. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should rush into buying a new heating system right away. You have time to consider your options now, and for many homeowners, a ductless heating system is the right choice.

Ductless systems are versatile, allowing for both efficient heating and effective cooling as well, plus they save space and save money too. If you’ve never considered how a ductless system will benefit your home, now is the time to do so. Read on to learn more!

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How a Professional Furnace Installation Happens

Monday, March 15th, 2021
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The last thing any Houston homeowner wants to deal with right now is a broken-down furnace. Unfortunately, though, that’s the reality that many of us are facing right now! Never before have our furnaces had to go through that much work to keep us warm as they did just weeks ago.

So if you’ve come across this blog, there’s a very good chance that you’re one of many Houston residents whose furnace finally bit the dust, and you’re in the market for a new one. Chances are, you’re looking to save money in any way possible right now. You might be tempted to find and install a furnace on your own. This can be a mistake, though!

There is a significant amount of work that goes into each and every furnace installation. Attempting an installation on your own could result in an inefficient, ineffective, and potentially even dangerous furnace (at least, in the case of a gas-powered system). Read on as we uncover the steps that our professionals go through for your furnace installation.

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Why Should You Care About a Damaged Furnace Heat Exchanger?

Monday, March 1st, 2021
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The short answer to this is, “it could be dangerous.” Give us a moment to elaborate on this.

We’re not surprised so many homeowners in our area choose a furnace for their heating needs. Gas furnaces are powerful and quite capable of keeping homes warm all winter long—no matter how brief and mild those winters usually are—this year has proven powerful heating systems are even more important!

Gas-powered heating systems are very cost efficient and make a great heating option for many reasons. However, like we said above, they can be dangerous. No gas-powered heater is inherently harmful, but if not cared for properly it could become so, risking carbon monoxide (CO) leaks and subsequent exposure.

This is more of a risk in an aging furnace, but can also happen in one with poor ventilation—read on to learn more!

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Does It Matter How Big My HVAC System Is?

Monday, February 15th, 2021
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The short answer to this is, yes! Unfortunately, too many homeowners think they should just buy the biggest furnace or air conditioner they can get within their budget, but this simply isn’t the case. In fact, a system that’s too large can be just as ineffective as one that’s too small.

Since we’re nearing the official end of winter, we’re going to assume that it’s a new air conditioner installation that has you perusing this blog post. But it should be noted that the concepts we’re talking about below absolutely apply to furnaces as well.

We are here to guide you in the right direction—bigger doesn’t always mean better. When it comes to your air conditioning system, size and power both matter, but not necessarily in the way you think. Keep reading as we uncover the problems with not only an undersized HVAC system, but an oversized one as well.

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What’s the Deal with a Cracked Heat Exchanger?

Monday, February 1st, 2021
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When folks throughout the country hear mention of Houston, they think of our sweltering summers. But as you’re well aware if you’ve lived here for even just a year, our winters pack quite the punch and, as a result, you use your heater on a very regular basis during this time of the year.

Did you have your heating system tuned-up by a professional before winter started this year? The good news is, if you didn’t, it’s not too late! The only time it’s ever too late for maintenance is if your heater completely broke down, to the point that no repairs will help anymore. Skipping maintenance even just one fall/winter season could leave you with emergency repair needs.

One particular repair need that could be dangerous, especially if you have a gas-powered heater, is a damaged heat exchanger. This is not to say that gas-powered systems are inherently dangerous! But they can become so if they’re not properly cared for. Read on to learn why heat exchangers matter so much when caring for your gas-powered heating system.

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How to Breathe Healthier Air

Monday, January 18th, 2021
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Throughout the past year, homeowners have understandably become much more aware of and concerned about the health and safety of their families. With the continuing pandemic, it makes sense that you want to do everything in your power to ensure that the environment in your home doesn’t pose any more of a threat than it should when it comes to germ and virus transmission.

While no product is 100% effective at preventing the transmission of viruses such as COVID-19, there are steps you can take to significantly reduce the risk in your own home. Addressing your indoor air quality needs is something that will benefit you and the rest of your household. One way to do so is with the ActivePure® technology of the Air Scrubber by Aerus®.

Read on to learn more about this system and how it will help protect your environment and your family.

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