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

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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How to Choose the Best HVAC Contractor

Monday, January 4th, 2021
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When you live in a climate like ours, it goes without saying that you need quality HVAC systems in place. You need those systems to operate flawlessly each and every day, season after season, and you need them to protect you from the elements our weather brings.

For the most reliable HVAC systems, it’s essential that you invest in professional HVAC services from a contractor you can trust. This isn’t an investment you want to rush into–doing so could leave you with a furnace or air conditioner that’s not properly sized for your home, improperly installed, or just not the best choice for your particular living space.

Whether we’re handling your installation, maintenance, or HVAC repairs, you can rely on our team—but how can you be sure? Do you know how to choose the best HVAC contractor? We’ve provided some guidelines below on how to do just that.

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Are You Using Your Furnace Efficiently Enough?

Monday, December 21st, 2020
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It may not be as cold here as it gets in other parts of the country, but our winters are definitely nothing to scoff at. Once those nighttime temperatures hit around 40°F, you’re going to be thankful that you have a fully effective and efficient heating system in place.

What’s that? Your heater doesn’t work that efficiently? If you find yourself paying more than you think you should each winter for your heating needs, then something may be preventing your heater from working as well as it could.

Maintenance is key to preventing problems and keeping efficiency high, but there are other steps you can take to boost efficiency too. Read on to learn what they are!

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Furnace Out of Service? How to Stay Warm ‘Til You Get It Fixed

Monday, December 7th, 2020
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A broken down furnace is a problem that no homeowner or family wants to face, right? Unfortunately, it happens! It’s a lot less likely to happen if you keep on top of your annual maintenance appointments. Furnace maintenance tune-ups enable our professionals to thoroughly inspect your system inside and out, comprehensively clean it, and make adjustments as needed.

These steps help your furnace operate as effectively and efficiently as possible, for as long as possible. Additionally, it prevents small repair needs from turning into major breakdowns. We’re going to make the assumption though, that if you came across this blog post that your furnace is out of service, and you need some tips to stay warm! Give our team a call, and while you wait for our techs to show up to conduct reliable repairs, follow these clever and fun tips to stay warm:

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Don’t Let This Component Harm Your Home!

Monday, November 23rd, 2020
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What component are we talking about? Well, one that is essential to your furnace or gas-powered heater: the heat exchanger.

Gas-powered furnaces are the most popular types of heating systems used throughout the country, and for good reason. Natural gas is a very cost-efficient fuel source when compared to its electric counterpart. Since most homes also have ductwork running through them for central air conditioning, furnaces are also more popular than boilers.

That said, if you’re one of the many furnace users, there are some things you should know! First off, today’s furnaces are built to the highest safety standards. They’ll operate even more safely if you stay on top of your annual maintenance sessions. But it’s important to keep in mind that even the most efficient and well-cared-for gas heater has the potential for danger, such as gas leaks or combustion problems, particularly as they age. The biggest and most important repair need we see in older furnaces is the aforementioned cracked heat exchanger.

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