Keeping Your Indoor Air Clean

clean indoorsIn a typical day, how many hours do you spend inside? The EPA considers indoor air pollution one of the top 5 threats to public health, so it is critical that the air you breathe indoors is clean and safe. This is especially important if you are sensitive to airborne allergens or respiratory issues. To help you maintain your indoor air systems and keep your air clean and healthy to breathe, we briefly overview the basics of several types of air cleaning options.

System Upkeep

The most effective method of air cleaning depends on the type of heating or cooling system in your home. Traditional systems are most often equipped with filters that require manual cleaning or replacement. To help you better remember to change your filter, you should set a regular, periodic date for changing it. More modern systems may be equipped with filters along with germicidal lamps or a supplemental purification system. While these systems require less manual maintenance, it is still vital to be sure these systems are operating their best to keep your air clean and safe to breathe.

A common culprit that contributes to polluted air are air ducts. These ducts are prime real estate for molds and dust to reside, so regular cleaning and inspection of your air ducts will help tremendously in keeping your air clean.

Call our team at 817-431-4742 for more options to purify the air in your home or business! 

Servicing Your Heat Pump

heat pumpFinally, the cool relief of fall is here. Shorter days, crisp weather, and more time with family and friends leads us to spend more time indoors. To prepare your heat pump to keep you warm all season long, be sure to have it serviced by a heating professional.

Heat pumps collect heat and transfer it from one area to another. In cold weather, heat is drawn from the outdoors and transferred to inside your home. In warm weather, heat is drawn from inside your home to the outdoors. By not having to generate its own heat, heat pumps help you save on utility bills by using a fraction of the electricity that a traditional system would consume. They are capable of generating 2 to 3 times the heat they absorb to further help you lower your utility bills.

While it is widely assumed that heat pumps are inefficient in cold climates, modern heat pumps are streamlined to collect as much heat as possible from the ambient air to thrive in cold areas. To supplement your system during times of frigid weather, many systems are equipped with heat generating systems to help ensure you are warm precisely when you need it.

Tuning Up Your Heat Pump

To maintain your heat pump and prepare for the upcoming cool season, or to explore installing a heat pump for your home, call our trained technicians at 817-431-4742! 

Home Comfort: Uneven Cooling and Heating

family homeEven the most advanced heating and air conditioning systems can unevenly heat and cool your home, thanks to the laws of thermodynamics and how your home is designed. We know exactly how frustrating it can be when one room is too warm while others are too cold – and here we walk through a few tips to troubleshoot this issue.

You have probably heard that hot air rises while cool air sinks. Homes that are multilevel often experience this phenomenon at a more noticeable level. Rooms with large windows and exterior walls can experience solar heat gain that increases temperatures year round.

So how is this issue resolved? Often by adjusting your current heat and AC system to work more efficiently, not harder. Close vents to rooms that aren’t occupied (or are used less) to channel additional air to other rooms. Be sure to move lamps and fans away from thermostats so your system isn’t receiving a false reading. The laws of nature and thermodynamics that make our homes uncomfortable can be used in our favor to redirect heat and air conditioning where we need it most!

Making Your Climate Comfortable

If your home is troubled by uneven heating and air conditioning, turn to Keller’s HVAC professionals. Call us today at 817-431-4742!

Thermostats and Energy Savings

saving moneyEverything counts when you’re trying to save energy and reduce your utility costs. Your thermostat is just a small part of your whole utility scheme, but it could likely be the key to cutting down at least 1/5 of your utility bill each month.

Ever heard the saying “big things come in small packages”? This is especially true with programmable thermostats, as these small amenities provide big savings. A programmable thermostat can be scheduled to adjust your heating and cooling to save energy when your house is empty. Do you work on the weekdays from 9 to 5, or have a varied work schedule? Your thermostat can cater to your programmed schedule and any other times you choose, or it can be manually adjusted if you’ll only be gone for a few minutes.

Other simple steps, such as turning the temperature up a few degrees in the summer (near 78) and down a few degrees in the winter (near 68) will help you save more without sacrificing comfort. These energy saving measures can be accomplished with programmable thermostats and non-programmable thermostats alike.

Ready to Save?

If you are ready to learn more about how you can save on utility bills, call our professionals at (817) 431-4742. We keep Keller cool! 

Using a Space Heater

space heaterDo you rely on space heaters to keep you warm during the frosty fall and winter months? Space heaters can be a great way to heat a room, but they should be used mindfully to avoid wasting energy and causing dangerous situations. Here are a few tips on space heater use to keep you safe and warm during the chilly upcoming months.

When compared to whole home heating systems, space heaters simply are not as efficient. Whole home heating systems are designed to distribute heat evenly throughout a room, while space heaters can only heat certain spots. However, this ability can be used to supplement your heating system: instead of cranking up the heat for the whole house, a space heater can warm up those rooms that the heater doesn’t seem to heat quite right.

Space heaters come with an increased risk of burns and fire. All objects, including people and pets, should be kept at least 3 feet away from the face of the space heater. The danger from space heaters is very real, and these appliances should be treated with the utmost caution.

Staying Warm This Winter

For those frosty fall and winter nights, you’ll want to be prepared with a reliable space heater that meets modern electricity and efficiency requirements to help keep your electric bills low and your family safe. If you are ready to service your heating system and retire your space heater brigade, call the professional team at Air Squad today! (817) 431-4742.

The 92% Rule: Where Does Your Furnace Stand?

heating valveThe U.S. Department of Energy has recently begun revising legislation on heating efficiency standards for furnaces. In 2011, the efficiency level for non-weatherized furnaces was set at 80% to 90% for different regions of the country, but a uniform increase to 92% efficiency has been proposed. What does this increase mean, and how will it affect your heating system? Here we hope to clear up some of those questions as we explain the new proposed efficiency standards.

Heating is the largest expense for American households, and it accounts for about 40% of their yearly utility bill. Considering the large impact of heating, the DOE is aiming to set a higher standard of energy efficiency to protect the environment from harmful gases that are emitted during fuel burning from furnaces. Their hopes are that a uniform standard of 92% efficiency in non-weatherized gas furnaces (which are the most common heaters in the US) will indeed reduce fuel emissions and avoid wasting fuel on inefficiency.

How Does This Affect Me?

If enacted, this efficiency increase will affect new furnace models, and would not require homeowners to remove their current systems. But many climate advocacy groups claim that the costs of this proposed efficiency increase outweigh the benefits. Heating is not simply a home luxury, it is nearly a necessity – and many Americans may struggle to afford such efficient systems due to their high price. This could leave many homes with poorly maintained, unsafe, and unreliable heating systems. Additionally, the energy savings from a 92% efficient system may never pay for the cost of the new system.

Final action on the proposed efficiency increase should come in December 2015. Until then, if your furnace or heating system needs a tune up for the upcoming fall, call our professionals at (817) 431-4742!

Air Conditioner 101

air conditionerAll Texans know that an air conditioner is nearly a necessity to survive a Texas summer. However, not all Texans know how their air conditioners work, and thus they do not know how they can be improved or repaired. Here we have detailed a few common areas of air conditioning to help you make informed, economical decisions about your air conditioning and comfort.

A/C Details

How does air conditioning work?

Air conditioners shift warm air from inside your home to the outdoors. Air conditioning first removes heat and excess moisture from the air in your home – excess moisture impairs your body’s ability to sweat, which in turn makes you feel hot. This excess heat and moisture is pumped outdoors, while the remaining air passes through cooling coils and dispersed throughout your home to cool you down.

Are there different types of air conditioners?

Yes! There are 4 types of air conditioners that are commonly used today. A central A/C spreads cool air in your home through ducts built into the ceilings. A ductless mini-split A/C is wall mounted without ducts and cools (or heats) a localized area, usually only the room they are located in. A room air conditioner provides spot cooling for a room, usually as a portable or window unit. An evaporative cooler cools outdoor air and circulates it through a home.


What goes wrong when my A/C unit stops working?

A number of issues can cause your A/C to stop working, depending on what type of unit you have. If your unit isn’t cooling as well as it should, check the thermostat and filter, and be sure your unit is draining correctly. If your unit isn’t turning on, check the thermostat or call a technician to repair electrical failure. If your unit has obstructed air flow, check the filter or call a technician to inspect and clean your air ducts.

For air conditioner repair, maintenance, or replacement, call our professional technicians today at (817) 431-4742. We are here to keep you cool without breaking the bank!

Importance Of Keeping Your Ducts Clean

If you’ve recently bought a home, you’ve probably come to realize how much time they require you to invest for maintenance. While you can perform many of these tasks yourself, sometimes you just need to leave it up to a professional. Much of your HVAC equipment requires professional maintenance. Here, we’ll go over the importance of keeping your ducts clean, a service we offer.

How this service helps you:

While you could clean your ducts yourselves, it makes for a dirty job. On top of that, our professional HVAC technicians know how to get the job done right. If you don’t have your ducts cleaned, air pollutants accumulate over time. This can prove detrimental to your and your family’s health. Our cleaning service removes pet dander, dust, bad odors, and anything else that can contaminate the quality of your air.


Want to take advantage of this service? Get in touch with one of our trusted HVAC technicians. To find out more, please give us a call at (817) 431-4742.

Indoor Air Pollution

air conditionersThe United States environmental Protection Agency recently ranked indoor air pollution as one of the top 5 environmental threats to public safety. While we assume outdoor air is what afflicts us with respiratory and allergy troubles, outdoor air is often cleaner than the recirculating air inside homes and businesses. Dirty air ducts, clogged filters, and inadequate air cleaning protection put your home or business at risk for polluted indoor air – and those around you at risk for potential health effects.

Allergens and Irritants

We are no strangers to common airborne irritants – dust, smoke, pet dander, pollen, molds, and so on. But did you know your own heating and air conditioning systems are breeding grounds for these irritants to blossom? For example, your air conditioner’s cooling coils are a prime location for mold to grow, which allows tainted air to circulate through your home or business. Gross!

A licensed, professional HVAC technician will be able to assist you in selecting appropriate air cleaning systems for your home. Humidifiers, germicidal lamps, and specialized filtration systems are all excellent avenues to explore for protecting your home or business from polluted indoor air. Call Air Squad today at (817) 431-4742 for reliable indoor air protection!

Air Squad’s Routine Maintenance Plan

photo of air conditionerWhen you make a big investment in a piece of equipment, like your HVAC system, you don’t want it breaking down on you. If you don’t want that to happen, a regular maintenance plan can greatly decrease the chances. A professional technician, like the ones you’ll find at Air Squad, can ensure that your HVAC system runs properly and stays in peak condition. We discuss how here.

What you’ll get:

When you buy into our maintenance plan, you can breathe easy when it comes to your HVAC system. It costs 180$ monthly for the first system, plus 120$ for each other system in your home. Also, all systems in the home must have coverage.

  • 10% off of any repairs necessary
  • A precision tune-up at no cost to you every Spring and Fall
  • Notifications about all of your services
  • Maximum equipment life-span, with maximum efficiency
  • Faster service over non-members
  • Yearly “Bonus Buck’s” (100$) that you can put towards a new unit

If you’d like to take advantage of these perks, give Air Squad a call today! Find out about any of our other services as well. You can reach us at (817) 431-4742.