Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Archive for April, 2014

Why Clean Air Ducts Are Good for Your Health

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

It’s common for people to worry about the quality of the outdoor air because of pollution. But not as many people consider the quality of the air inside their own homes—and unfortunately, the news there often isn’t much better. Sometimes, it’s worse.

You can combat issues with your indoor air in a number of ways, but the most effective is to open up windows and doors to allow in the flow of fresh air. However, you will probably immediately see the drawback of this, especially in Texas: it’s not often feasible in hot weather. The same heat sealing that traps low quality air inside your home is responsible for keeping the often heavy heat locked outside.

However, you can improve your indoor air quality in other ways. Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating offers one of them: duct cleaning. We’ll show you how scheduling duct cleaning in Boerne, TX can improve your health.

Duct cleaning and healthier living

Any particle or debris inside your home can become drawn inside the ductwork and turned into an airborne contaminant. Dust and dirt are the most common culprits, along with lint and fibers from carpet and furniture. Hair and hair dander, which are especially troublesome for people with allergies, are another major pollutant inside ventilation. All of these will contribute to a group of ailments the U.S. EPA links to poor indoor air quality: asthma, wheezing, other breathing troubles, skin and eye irritation, congestion, coughing, difficulty sleeping, headaches, and other symptoms similar to colds and flus.

Although people who suffer from allergies will have the worst reaction to low-quality indoor air, these symptoms can appear in anyone. Of particular concern is the development of molds and bacteria inside ducts, which will cause a rapid decrease in air quality.

Duct cleaning can address all these problems: essentially, a professional cleaning job wipes away a major gathering spot in your home for airborne contamination. You can keep the inside of your house clean, but only duct cleaning can target this hidden space that you can’t otherwise reach. When your AC or heater comes on, it will blow air through clean vents and fresh air will circulate throughout your house—almost as good as opening up the windows and doors.

Call for professionals

We need to stress how important it is that you hire professionals for duct cleaning. The job requires special high-power vacuums that can put your ventilation system under negative pressure in order to agitate all the pollutants from the walls of the ductwork. This is the only way to reach through the whole system to clean it. Although cleaning ductwork is a large job, it’s easy for you to take care of it.

Simply call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating, and our indoor air quality professionals will handle the duct cleaning in Boerne, TX you need for healthier living.

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How to Prepare Your Air Conditioning System for Texas Summers

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

If you’ve lived through a summer before in Texas, you know that the temperatures can soar to brutal levels. An air conditioner is a necessity for making it through the season. Not only an air conditioner, but one in excellent operating condition, free from malfunctions and impending malfunctions.

How can you prepare your AC to handle the Texas heat waves? We have some tips to get you started with armoring up your cooling system for the days when the thermometer goes above 100°F. A well-cared for air conditioner should be capable of handling that, and all the other hot days you may encounter as well.

Start off your AC care with air conditioning maintenance in New Braunfels, TX from Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating. Call us today to sign up.

Readying your air conditioner for the summer, Texas style

  • Schedule a maintenance session: We just mentioned this, but it’s important to stress that annual maintenance for an air conditioner is essential for it to operate well and reach its manufacturer’s estimated lifespan. A maintenance session takes care of many issues: it cleans the unit, checks for damage and repair needs, adjusts and calibrates the parts necessary to keep the system from draining extra power, and runs tests to make sure the AC operates at its best. If the maintenance technician finds malfunctions, he or she will help you schedule repairs. Speaking of which…
  • Have any necessary repairs done as soon as possible: It’s unwise to begin the summer season with an air conditioner that has a malfunction, even if the malfunction doesn’t seem to affect the system’s cooling performance. Repair needs will make the AC strain, which will make it more expensive to run and trigger further malfunctions. Repair now so you won’t have worse problems later—like an abrupt breakdown.
  • Clear the area around the outside cabinet: The outdoor condenser of your air conditioner needs to have a clear region around it for the proper release of heat. If shrubs, gravel, stones, fallen branches, and other debris are too near it, they can get pulled into the cabinet and cause damage to the components. Clear away all the “driftwood” that might have gathered there in winter.
  • Change the air filter—and keep changing it: The air filter in your air conditioner prevents dust and dirt from coming through the return vent and entering the indoor cabinet. If the filter becomes clogged, it will choke off the airflow to the furnace and make it work harder. Change out the filter for a clean one at the start of the season, and change it every month for the rest of the summer.

Our skilled technicians at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating are ready 24-hours a day with emergency service when you need AC help. But if you sign our Preventive Maintenance Agreement for your air conditioning services in New Braunfels, TX, you probably won’t need to make any emergency calls this summer.New

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Signs That You Need Duct Repair

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Your heating and air conditioning system only works as long as the ducts that distribute the air are in good shape. When breaches occur – either through age or more direct damage – they can cause considerable problems. Here in San Antonio, duct repair services can usually correct the problem promptly, but you still need to be able to recognize trouble and call for help when it arrives.

In San Antonio, duct repair services can be performed by the experts at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating. We have years of experience, and we’re completely dedicated to your satisfaction.

Signs That You Need Duct Repair

  • Lower air flow. The biggest issues surrounding a breached duct is the way that it can pull condition ed air out of your system. That will result in lowered air flow, forcing your heater or air conditioning unit to work harder in order to do the same job. If your unit doesn’t seem to blow air quite as hard as it should, there may be a breach in your ducts.
  • Reduced cooling capacity. Sometimes, the breach won’t pull air out, but rather suck air in. In that case, the air will mix with the conditioned air already travelling through it, and either heat it up (in the case of air conditioning) or cool it off (in the case of heating). Again, this impacts your system’s ability to do its job, costing you money in the process.
  • Strange noises. In some cases air pulled through the breach will create odd sounds as the metal vibrates or stretches in response. This is actually quite helpful in determining the exact spot of the breach, as well as helping you spot the problem. Sadly it doesn’t happen in every case.
  • Dirt. A breached duct may pull in dirt and debris from the outside, which will spread throughout your home and can often be seen emerging from the ducts.

The signs that you need duct repair can actually be quite helpful because they alert you to the nature of a problem that might otherwise persist. If you spot any of these signs call the duct cleaning experts at Cowboys Air Conditioning and Heating. We will be happy to diagnose and repair any issues within your home’s duct work.

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