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.

Benefits Of Owning A Natural Gas Fireplace

photo of fireplaceBack in the old days, nobody could rely on the amazing modern heating systems that we have today. They had to make due with burning wood inside their fireplace. While fireplaces have lost their place as an absolute necessity, having one can still provide many benefits. Here, we go over some of those advantages of owning a natural gas fireplace.

Overview Of Benefits:

Natural gas fireplaces differ from wood fireplaces in a few different ways. While you won’t keep the ability to use them when the power goes out, natural gas still beats out wood in a few different ways.

  • You don’t have to constantly haul firewood into your home when you want to sit by the fireplace.
  • Natural gas can actually save you energy; you can even get blower fans to circulate the warm air throughout your home.
  • Natural gas provides a safer fuel for burning; you won’t have to worry so much about the kids or pets getting hurt.
  • Many states have implemented bans against wood fireplaces, but none against natural gas.

This list doesn’t even completely encompass all of the benefits. Talk with your installer to learn more. If your natural gas fireplace ever stops working properly, call Air Squad for prompt repairs. You can reach us at (817) 431-4742.

Tri-County Electric Rebates

Tri-County Electric Rebates

Attention Tri-County Electric Customers!

Photo of a/c repairmanIn the October 2009 newsletter, Tri-County Electric announced launch of the “Energy Efficiency Rebate Program” (EERP).  The purpose of this rebate is to encourage Tri-County customers to  take more energy efficient efforts in the way that they use energy.  Rebates will be offered for installation of efficient electric heating/cooling equipment, a/c tune-ups and attic insulation.

High Efficiency Electric Heat Pump

Tri-Co will issue rebates for equipment that exceeds the current minimum performance ratings of 13 Seer for cooling & exceeds 7.7 HSPF for heating.

  •  14 Seer Heat Pump (Qualified Rebate:  $100)
  • 15 Seer & higher Heat Pump (Qualified Rebate:  $200)

For more information on an Air Squad Air Conditioning Equipment click here.

Heating and Air Conditioning Tune-Up

Tri-County defines the Heating and AC tune-up as:  An annual tune up that  includes checking and correcting the unit’s refrigerant charge, repairing leaks if required, cleaning and lubricating the blower unit, inspecting and cleaning of refrigerant coils, replacing filters, thermostat inspection, wiring inspection and duct work inspection.

  • One inspection per 12 months (Qualified Rebate:  $100)

For more information on an Air Squad Heating Tune Up click here.

Attic Insulation

This rebate is available for residences using electric air conditioning and resistant heat.  Homes with R-8 insulation or less must increase insulation to a minimum of R-38.

  • (Qualified Rebate:  $275) – Per Residence

Economic Stimulus Act of 2009

Take Advantage of the Economic Stimulus Act of 2009

Don’t Give ALL Your Money to the IRS. Go Green This Year! Save Money on Your Taxes

Photo of IRS comicOn February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the stimulus bill American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

If you have looked into the stimulus incentives, then you know how complicated they are.  We are here to help you sort through the details to benefit you most.

Homeowners who install qualified air conditioning units or attic insulation between January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010 may qualify for this credit.  This credit may qualify for 30% off the installation cost (up to $1500 per household).

Below is a list of eligible home heating/cooling equipment, as well as, insulation that Air Squad can provide for you.

Insulation and Sealing – Added insulation to walls, ceiling, or other parts of the building envelope and sealing ducts and cracks in the building shell to reduce infiltration and heat loss, as specified in the 2009 IECC model energy code.

Furnaces –  High-efficiency gas, natural gas, and propane furnaces that meet an Annual Fuel Use Efficiency (AFUE) of 95 or higher and gas, oil, or propane boilers and oil furnaces that meet an AFUE of 90 or higher.

Air Conditioners & Heat Pumps – Central air conditioning units must meet the highest tier standards set by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) as of January 1, 2009, which for most systems in a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 16.

Geothermal Heat Pumps (or ground source) – These are similar to ordinary heat pumps, but instead of outside air as the source of heat, they rely on the stable, even heat of the earth to provide heating and air conditioning. Starting in 2009, geothermal heat pumps are eligible for the tax credit, for 30% of the cost with no maximum.  This tax credit is valid until December 2016.

Fans – High-efficiency fans for heating and cooling systems that use no more than 2% of total heating system energy use, as defined by DOE test procedure.

A tax credit means that you offset your tax liability. For example, if you were eligible to take the maximum $1,500 energy tax credit on a new comfort system installation, it would reduce your tax liability (the amount you owe in taxes) by $1,500. That’s a lot better than it being used as a deduction where you’d simply reduce your taxable income by $1,500 and then calculate the tax liability on the taxable income.

There is no upper or lower limit on income for the energy efficient tax credits…but if you do not pay any taxes, then you cannot get the credit.

Every taxpayer’s situation is different.  Therefore, it’s recommended that homeowners consult with a tax professional to review the provisions of the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” (ARRA).  Taxpayers should also keep copies of invoices and receipts for documenting their actual expenditures.

The official Energy Star site contains  very useful information regarding the Federal Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency.

We know there is a ton of information to sort through.  We are here to walk you through this process.  Shoot us an email or give us a call to schedule an air conditioning upgrade or if you simply have questions for us.