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Routine Maintenance on Your HVAC System

air conditionersThe cost of home repairs can quickly skyrocket, but repairs to your heating or air conditioning system can seldom be ignored. Routine maintenance is an excellent way to keep your systems from failing unexpectedly while also preserving the longevity of your system, ultimately saving you money and frustration in the long run. Here we walk through the benefits of our routine maintenance plan to help you stay in the know about caring for your HVAC system.

A system that is regularly tended to will last longer and perform more efficiently. While this seems simple enough, always remembering to schedule this routine maintenance can be tougher. With our regular maintenance program, our team remembers your HVAC service so you don’t have to. Twice yearly seasonal maintenance is included with the routine service plan at Air Squad for no additional charge.

Routine maintenance programs are designed with cost-efficiency in mind. By helping your system perform closer to its peak efficiency, it consumes less electricity and saves money on utility bills. Through professional, periodic servicing of your system, major issues are prevented from developing unnoticed so you aren’t suddenly saddled with massive repairs or a full system replacement.

Call our team today at (817) 431-4742 to start up your routine maintenance plan today!

Quick Solution: Ductless Heating and AC

ductless heaterThere are certain situations where air ducts are simply incompatible: quick home add-ons, enclosing a porch, detached garages, and other similar instances. Ductless units are a great solution to the issue of not having the space or the capability to install a full central air unit. To help highlight the benefits of using ductless heating and air conditioning systems, we walk through the basics here.

  • Cleaner air: By eliminating air ducts that are prone to circulate mold, pollen, and other pollutants, ductless systems are able to furnish cleaner air.
  • Cost efficient: Ductless heaters are among the most efficient systems in the HVAC industry. They consume less electricity and produce cleaner air – a combo that can’t be beat!
  • Easy installation: Once mounted and plugged in, ductless systems are ready for use in a room. This ease of installation can bail you out in a pinch if your system suddenly quits!
  • Space saver: Employing ductless systems instead of constructing air ducts saves time and money, and also allows you to put your new room to use quicker.

Ductless systems are best serviced and installed by professionals. To maximize the benefits of these top-quality systems, call our professionals at 817-431-4742 to explore ductless systems today!

Fall Heating Tune Up

frosty pineconeThe first cold snap has set in – if you fired up your heater, how did it perform? If it gave off a burning smell, didn’t heat your home evenly, or struggled to heat at all, it’s time for a heating tune up. This quick, simple measure will save you from spending nights in the cold and save on major repair costs down the road. Regular tune ups and maintenance will also help your system live out its full potential.

Helping Your Heating

A trained HVAC technician knows the precise areas to inspect to keep your heater running smoothly. Inspecting the ignition, the thermostat, and the power connections to your heater will counter any issues before they take root, or correct any existing issues. If you avoid using your heater because it often emits a burning smell, a technician will be able to troubleshoot the issue to keep the air inside your home fresh and safe to breathe.

Regular tune ups and maintenance will also help you save on utility costs. A heater that is plagued with issues will often draw excess electricity to continue performing at a normal level: but regular maintenance will identify these issues to keep you from paying for more electricity to run your heater.

Call our team today to explore quick, affordable heating tune ups at 817-431-4742!

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!