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Upgrades to Consider with Air Conditioning Replacement

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Air conditioning replacement in San Antonio gives you a great opportunity to install upgrades that can help with energy efficiency, indoor air quality and humidity. Why add upgrades? Upgrades can enhance the features of your new air conditioning system while also adding longevity to it. And your technician can easily complete any upgrade installation as your new AC is being installed. Here are a few upgrades to consider adding to your new AC:

  • Dehumidifier – heat and humidity are the two main ingredients of San Antonio summers. Excess humidity and long periods of humidity make your air conditioner work harder to achieve the cooling you want; this is because humidity holds heat. Adding a whole-home dehumidifier to your system helps remove the excess moisture in your indoor air before it can get into your system, reducing the work load on your AC while improving the comfort of you air.
  • Zone control system – have you wished that you could set different temperatures for different parts of your home? Or that you could turn off the air conditioning to areas that aren’t occupied? With a zone control system, you can. A zone control system allows you to control the temperature in your home by zones that you create. Zones can be individual rooms, a floor – the zoning is up to you. Once you determine the zones, motorized dampers are installed into the supply ducts of your system and connected to the main control panel. The dampers open and close as needed to maintain the set temperature of a given zone.
  • Air purifier – if you’ve had concerns over the indoor air quality in your home, you may want to consider the installation of a whole-home air purifier. There are several types from which to choose, so it’s important to work with a trained professional to ensure installing one that fits your needs. Air purifiers can help tremendously with the removal of allergens from your indoor air, and, depending on the type of purifier, can also remove biological contaminants.

A new air conditioning replacement in San Antonio can offer you the chance to upgrade certain aspects of your AC system.

Interested in what an upgrade can do for you? Call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today and schedule a consultation with one of our trained experts.

 

 

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How Zone Systems Will Benefit Your Air Conditioning

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Air conditioning is a necessity in a place like San Antonio. With temperatures that stay in triple digits during the summer months, it is necessary for both comfort and health reasons to stay cool. However, things like specialized architecture and having a multiple-storied home can make it challenging to cool evenly. A zone control system, which controls cooling by designated zones rather than with a single-set thermostat, can alleviate these kinds of problems and offer your air conditioner some benefits, too. Zoned air conditioning in San Antonio can be highly effective, but only when installed by experts, like the ones at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating.

How Does a Zone Control System Work?
A zone control system uses motorized dampers to control the air moving through supply air ducts. These dampers are installed into the ducts, and are wired into a main control panel or thermostat that manages a particular zone. Zones are anything you want them to be – separate rooms, a group of rooms, an entire floor, etc. When the temperature changes, the dampers are sent a signal from its thermostat to either open or close to achieve the temperature set for the zone.

How Does a Zone Control System Help Your AC?
There are a couple of key ways a zone control system benefits your air conditioner:

  • Less wear and tear – a zone control system allows you to cool only what you need; this usually results in less operation of your system, which can reduce overall wear and tear.
  • Better energy efficiency – needing less cooling means using less energy.

It Also Helps You

A zone control system offers you the ability to truly customize your comfort. It also helps you keep even cooling throughout your home even with architectural features like wall-to-ceiling windows or vaulted ceilings.

A zone control system gives you a level of control over your cooling that you simply won’t get with a single-set thermostat.

To find out more about zone air conditioning in San Antonio, call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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Your Options for Air Cleaners in San Antonio

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Having a comfortable temperature isn’t the only important aspect of your comfort; indoor air quality is also a big part of it. Indoor pollutants can make you uncomfortable and at their worst, unhealthy. Allergens, biological contaminants, dust and dirt can all contribute to declining indoor air quality. Independent room air cleaners can help, but to be truly effective, you may want to consider whole-home air cleaners in your San Antonio property. Professional installation is important when adding any upgrade to your air conditioning system, so be sure to call the professionals you know will do the job correctly: Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating.

Types of Air Cleaners

There are two main types of air cleaners, and within these types are choices. The two main types are:

  • Mechanical filters
  • Electronic air cleaners

Mechanical Filters

Mechanical filters are square-framed filters that can be inserted directly into your system. Your air conditioner comes with a standard mechanical filter, but the purpose of this filter is to protect your system from large amounts of dust, dirt and debris, not improve indoor air quality. Most mechanical filters fit into the slot of the standard filter and, depending on the filter’s MERV rating, can help reduce allergens, dust mites and some mold spores. There are 3 main types of air filters available:

  • Pleated
  • Extended surface
  • HEPA

Each of these filters captures particles in its filter fabric and should be changed about every 3 months. One item to note about HEPA filters: some can be too restrictive, and as such, restrict air flow in your system. If you want to use a HEPA filter in your air conditioner, consult with an expert first.

Electronic Air cleaners

There are two types of electronic air cleaners:

  • Electronic precipitators
  • Ion generators

Electronic Precipitators

Electronic precipitators use a small amount of electricity to create a charged area known as an ion section. Particles are directed into this section and electronically charged; oppositely-charged metal plates then collect these charged particles, which stay on the plates until they are cleaned. The plates should be cleaned every 3 months to ensure continued proper operation.

Ion Generators

Ion generators operate in a similar way as an electronic precipitator, but with two main differences: they have no ion section and do not collect particles. Instead, an ion generator disperses ions into the air around it, which charges the particles in the surrounding air. These charged particles then attach to surfaces throughout your home and are cleaned during normal housecleaning.

Which Air Cleaner Is Best for You?

Choosing the best air cleaner for you, your home and your family depends on your needs. Working with trained professionals can help you make the right decision when it comes to air cleaners in San Antonio, so call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Is It too Late in the Season for New Air Conditioning Installation?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Spring and fall are usually the best times of year to replace an air conditioner, but if yours is in constant need of repair, not cooling adequately, or is very inefficient, you may need to consider installation now. Summer may not be the ideal time for air conditioning installation in San Antonio, but it’s worse to be without any air conditioning at all. Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating has been installing air conditioners for over 25 years, so we know how to do it correctly, quickly and efficiently.

Not Sure If It’s Time? Consider These Factors

The decision of whether or not to replace your current air conditioner is a big one, but there are some factors to consider that can help you decide:

Age

How old is your current air conditioner? Is it more than 12 years old? If so, you may be losing out on the benefits of a new AC, such as better energy efficiency.

Repairs

Have you spent a lot on repairs over the last 2 years? Is there a continued need for repairs, or are they getting more costly? At some point, if there are enough repairs or very costly ones, you may have already spent an amount close or equal to the cost of a new system.

Comfort Level

Is your current air conditioner cooling adequately, or is it struggling? Are there many hot and cold spots throughout your home? Uneven and inadequate cooling is a common sign of an aging air conditioner.

Energy Efficiency

How high are your monthly energy bills? Do they seem high? Today’s air conditioners are up to 60% more energy efficient than models from just 10 years ago. Are you missing out on big savings by holding on to your old air conditioner?

While there are better times of year than others to replace your existing air conditioning, the bottom line is that any time is a good time if you are losing money and compromising your comfort level.

Call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today and schedule an appointment to discuss your air conditioning installation in San Antonio.

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