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Coughing, Wheezing, and Sneezing? Get an Air Duct Cleaning

Monday, November 26th, 2018

You should pay close attention to your home’s indoor air quality. We often see indoor air quality get disregarded (especially during this fall season) because lots of indoor air quality troubles double as other common problems like fall allergy flare-ups. You shouldn’t ignore these problems, though. Your air ducts accumulate a lost of dust and grime over time because they’re responsible for distributing all the conditioned air throughout your home.

Something as simple as a duct cleaning can improve your HVAC efficiency, home comfort, and personal health. If you need duct cleaning in Boerne, TX then you should contact our team today.

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How Your Home Benefits from a Humidifier

Monday, October 1st, 2018

ice-air-conditioners-dont-mixWhen you think of the word “humidity” in relation to our weather here in San Antonio, your mind probably jumps to our unbearably muggy summers. The thought of purposefully adding humidity to your home is probably enough to make you recoil. But homes here in San Antonio really can benefit from a humidifier during our colder months. You might not notice the effects of a dry climate during this time of year but they’re drastic. If you’re considering installing a whole-home humidifier in San Antonio, TX, our team at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating will help you find, purchase, and install the right unit.

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How Humidity Impacts Your Comfort and Your Wallet

Monday, May 29th, 2017

humidity-impacts-comfort-walletTo say that summer is almost here is kind of silly in our area. With our temperatures always pretty high, we get regular use out of our cooling systems. But there is one summer threat we have that can make the higher temps even more unbearable—and that’s humidity.

Humidity levels tend to rise as temperatures do, adding extra moisture—water vapor—to the air and making it much harder for us to get comfortable as we can’t just sweat the heat out. And even though humidity doesn’t actually increase the temperature, it does make us feel warmer—when this is going on in your house, you need a sufficient solution. That solution is a San Antonio, TX dehumidifier installation.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Dehumidifier

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Whole-home dehumidifiers come with a host of benefits. They dry out the air in your home which significantly reduces your mold risk, as well as health issues and property damage that could result from too much moisture. Still, though, many homeowners are reluctant to have a system like this installed or don’t want to run one more appliance as they fear the cost.

The first thing to keep in mind in this regard is that a dehumidifier can actually help you lower your air conditioning costs. This is because when you run your dehumidifier, your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to cool the home. Therefore you can set the temperature up a few degrees so your AC won’t have to run so long during the day. There are additional steps you can take, as well, to ensure you’re getting the most out of your dehumidifier and not wasting money.

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How Exactly Do UV Lights Work?

Monday, October 31st, 2016

UV lights are those systems you see in many amusement parks, and may even see while trick-or-treating this Halloween, that make your white clothes glow in the dark. That’s not their only function though—the UV lights that we install and service in your HVAC system serve a purpose of eliminating scary and harmful biological contaminants from your home. Also referred to as UV air purifiers or UV germicidal lights, these systems function as air purifiers and rid your system—and thus your air—of mold, mildew, and other microorganisms.

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Does Your Ductwork Need Sealing?

Monday, October 10th, 2016

The air ducts attached to your central HVAC system provide an integral path from your heating or cooling unit to the various rooms of your home. Unfortunately, air ducts are also one of the most commonly neglected parts of any heating and cooling system since they are mostly hidden from view.

Additionally, air ducts have no mechanical components. This might lead you to believe that they don’t run into many issues then. But the fact of the matter is that most ductwork leaks. These leaks might only be coming from small tears here and there, but they add up.

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Can You Get By without a Dehumidifier?

Monday, September 26th, 2016

As we transition from summer to fall, our temperatures don’t really change much, like they do in many other parts of the country. What does fluctuate though is the humidity, and it usually stays towards the higher levels. However, it’s typically pretty rare that the average homeowner takes the appropriate steps to combat excess humidity in their homes, assuming that their AC system takes care of this problem sufficiently.

This is a common myth about air conditioning systems—that they can adequately eliminate the humidity in your home. It does naturally remove some humidity. However, when you live in a climate like ours—where humidity levels regularly go above the “comfortable” level of 50%–you need much more than just an efficient air conditioner. You need a whole-house dehumidifier.

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Can a UV Air Purifier Help Your Air Conditioning System?

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Also referred to as UV air sanitizers or germicidal lights, UV air purifiers are an exceptionally useful system for killing biological contaminants before they have the chance to enter your home. These pollutants thrive in dark, cool environments—such as that of your air ducts—and can include germs and bacteria, which trigger allergies, asthma, and other illnesses.

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What Are the Benefits of an Electronic Air Cleaner?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

During this time of year especially, your indoor air quality can actually be worse than that of the outdoors. You may think that the air filter which came standard with your HVAC system is the solution to this, but that is not the case. The purpose of that air filter is to protect the inside components of your HVAC unit.

Your HVAC’s standard air filter can and does contribute to your indoor air quality, and works best when changed at least every 3 months. However, that is not its main purpose. For truly purified air, you’ll want to consider an electronic air cleaner, which is installed directly into your home’s heating and cooling system.

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Is an Investment in UV Germicidal Lights Worth It?

Monday, April 25th, 2016

When it comes to preserving and improving your indoor air quality, you have many options. Each type of air filtration system has its own way of removing pollutants, contaminants, and allergens from your air. However, improving indoor air quality is about more than just increasing your comfort. Your air’s quality makes an impact on your health and the health of your family. Passing biological pollutants through a filtering material may be beneficial, but it’s not completely effective in purifying yoru air. This is where UV germicidal lights come in.

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