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Damaged Ductwork and Its Impact on Your AC

May 14th, 2018

A worker is sealing two sections of house attic vent duct insulation with aluminum foil tape. The foreground is a section of truss and the background is OSB sheathing for the roof.When you live somewhere like San Antonio, chances are that you do think a bit about your air conditioner. You want it to operate effectively and efficiently, after all. What most homeowners don’t think about those is the “V” in “HVAC”—the ventilation that connects your air conditioner to the outside, making the distribution of cooled air possible. This ventilation system, known as your air ducts, is typically out of sight—hidden behind walls, beneath floors, or in your attic and crawlspace.

Unfortunately, if you had your ductwork installed by an amateur, or if you have aging ductwork, there’s a good chance it’s accumulated damage over the years. And if your air ducts are impacted by leaks, poor connections, or improper construction, you might be experiencing problems that lead to poor HVAC efficiency and possibly San Antonio air conditioning repair needs, as well. One of the most common problems that leads to damage is ductwork that wasn’t properly sized for the home in which it’s installed.

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Don’t Forget to Schedule Your Air Conditioning Tune-Up!

April 30th, 2018

air conditionerYou don’t need to be able to predict the weather to know that San Antonio has a history of sweltering hot temperatures, that can become unbearable without efficient San Antonio air conditioning. Sufficient cooling is far more of a luxury in our parts—it’s a necessity. This is why you should make sure it gets professionally inspected and tuned-up each year.

Without routine AC maintenance, you have no hope of your home’s cooling system functioning at peak performance levels as reliably as you need it to. Air conditioners are mechanical systems, after all, and running them as hard as we do for as long as we do means it will accumulate some serious wear and tear over time. Let us maintain your cooling system so you can enjoy the comfort you deserve, this summer and beyond.

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How Does Skipping Repairs Impact Your AC?

April 16th, 2018

technician repairing air conditionerTo say that summers can be long an unbearable in our little corner of the world would of course be an understatement. With temperatures climbing to their highest in the next few months, the condition of your cooling system is vital to your comfort and health. We imagine that you’re already running your AC system on a regular basis. Hopefully, you already had spring maintenance done so you can rest assured that you won’t be in need of any huge AC repairs in San Antonio anytime soon.

But what if your system wasn’t recently tuned-up? Or what if it was and you were alerted to small repair needs, but you’ve decided to skip them “for now.” Unfortunately, given the time of year and the amount of stress your air conditioner is going to be going through throughout the summer, this can be a big mistake. Keep reading to learn more about what happens when you skip AC repairs.

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Why You Should Replace Your Aging Heater with a Ductless System

April 2nd, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.If you’re like most San Antonio residents, you likely aren’t using your heater anymore this season, albeit except maybe at night for an hour or two. But is that lack of use due to the fact that the weather is warming up, or your heater has aged to the point that it can no longer perform as efficiently as it should? Efficiency is a big deal, since it directly contributes to how much you’re paying to heat and cool your home every year. But if you’re really serious about boosting your San Antonio heating and cooling efficiency, then it’s time to upgrade your aging HVAC unit!

There are a number of economic benefits to switching from a standard furnace to a ductless system. Keep reading to learn more, and if you already have a ductless system in place, turn to our team for maintenance to ensure it lasts for as long as it should!

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No, It’s Never Too Early for an AC Tune-Up!

March 19th, 2018

technician's hands working on outdoor ac unitTemperatures are still on the cooler side for now, but we’re all very well aware of how when spring and summer hit, they hit hard. Is your air conditioner ready for the seasonal change? Now is the best time of year to arrange for your cooling system’s annual maintenance session (or biannual, if you have a heat pump) to make sure that it’s ready.

There’re a few San Antonio, TX air conditioning maintenance tasks you can, and should, handle on your own, such as swapping out your air filter every 1-3 months depending on the level of contaminants in your home. But full maintenance that actually helps your cooling system perform as best as it should needs to be left to professionally trained technician.

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When Repairs Aren’t Enough: Upgrading Your Heater

March 5th, 2018

furnace venting outdoorsHeating systems, especially modern furnaces, are designed to last a pretty long time, so long as you properly maintain and service them. But no matter what type of appliance we’re talking about, it won’t last forever—and your heater is no exception.

With spring right around the corner, you might be tempted to hold off Boerne, TX heating repair or replacement needs, but the end of the season is actually the perfect time to consider if replacement is indeed necessary. This gives you time to decide if you should stick with the same type of heater you already have, or perhaps upgrade to a two-in-one heating and cooling system, like a heat pump—we’ll get to your other options below. In the meantime, read on for some signs that it is indeed time to replace your heating system.

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Beware These Late Season Heating Repair Needs

February 19th, 2018

malfunctioning-furnace-troubleshootRecent weather may have been rainy, but temperatures are warming up, which means we’re almost ready to stop using our heating systems. With spring creeping up on us pretty quickly, it’s easy to ignore any San Antonio, TX heating repair needs you might have. But this could actually be very damaging to your heater, and your comfort the rest of this winter.

But how do you know when you need heating repairs? Are there any telltale signs, other than a complete heater breakdown, that let you know your heater is in disrepair? Some symptoms aren’t as apparent as others, but yes there are certainly indicators you can watch out for. Keep reading to learn what they are.

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Don’t Believe These HVAC Myths!

February 5th, 2018

white question mark on a blue backgroundThe internet can be a great place full of plenty of helpful information. This is a good thing, for the most part. However, sometimes too much information can cause serious problems, as not all of it is actually true. You can type in a question about any appliance within your home and receive pages and pages of helpful tips, “hacks,” and pointers from everyone and their brother. But unfortunately, this is how misconceptions are spread.

Fortunately, you have one San Antonio, TX HVAC company right here to bust up a few of the most common HVAC myths that exist. These myths can end up costing you money in the long run, as they cause your system to run inefficiently and thus ineffectively.

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Improve Your HVAC System Efficiency Year-Round

January 22nd, 2018

wooden ceiling fan on a grey ceilingWhen it comes to providing great Boerne, TX HVAC services, whether it be air conditioning maintenance, heating repair, or something else, we are certainly the team to call. But we aren’t just here to provide service. We want to be able to help you with tips and advice that can save you money throughout the year. One of these tips is—utilize your ceiling fans!

This comes as a surprise to many homeowners, who believe that running their ceiling fans is a waste of electricity and may refrain from doing so to save on their energy bills. But on the contrary, when used in conjunction with your HVAC systems, ceiling fans can save you considerably. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our team. In the meantime, keep reading to learn more about the hidden benefits of ceiling fans.

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Have You Scheduled Professional Heating Maintenance Yet?

January 8th, 2018

male technician servicing furnaceOur heating systems are not something we give a whole lot of thought too once summer and fall end and we finally start to cool off a bit. But with temperatures already reaching the high 30’s at night, it won’t be long before you’re using your heater on a routine basis, if you aren’t already. And without professional maintenance, you’re at a greater risk of needing heating repair in Boerne, TX.

While we do offer superior heating repairs, including emergency services, we’d like to help you avoid an emergency to begin with, by providing exceptional maintenance services. If you haven’t already scheduled a tune-up for your heating system, now is the ideal time to give us a call and get that on the schedule.

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