Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Canyon Lake’

When to Upgrade to a Hybrid Heating System

Monday, January 6th, 2020

young-woman-shiveringWe’ve just kicked off the new year here in Canyon Lake so it’s time to ask yourself—is your heater something you should have left in the past? There are a lot of homeowners here in our part of Texas that opt for a standard heat pump to warm their home. Heat pumps are a great option and they can keep you comfortable in your home for the majority of the year, but sometimes, when the temperatures start to wind down, you might realize that you need better HVAC service in Canyon Lake, TX.

If you’re slowly coming to this realization during this part of the year, this doesn’t have to be a big problem for your home. Instead, you can come to the professionals on our team to get the work you need. We specialize in upgrading Texas homeowners to new hybrid heating systems. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Considering a Heat Pump?

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

white-question-mark-blue-backgroundAre you considering a heat pump for your home’s heating needs? Heat pumps aren’t always the most common way to heat your home. Most homeowners choose to get the temperature control that they need with the combination of a furnace and a central air conditioner. Although this is the most common way to heat and cool your home, it isn’t the only way to do so. If you need an alternative like a heat pump, you can come to the professionals here.

We specialize in HVAC in Canyon Lake, TX. You can’t go to just anyone for your heat pump needs. You’re going to want a group of professionals with the right expertise. You can find that with us. Make sure you call us when you’re considering a heat pump for your home’s needs.

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It’s Never Too Late to Tackle AC Repairs

Monday, September 17th, 2018

While September is a little late to repair your AC system, there’s no such thing as too late when it comes to keeping your HVAC system intact. This is especially true here in Canyon Lake, our fall temperatures tend to be on the high side, so you’ll probably still use your air conditioning through for a little while longer. Don’t procrastinate! Any AC repairs you think can wait until next spring when you need to worry about cooling again need your attention now. It’ll save you a headache in the future. If you need great Canyon Lake, TX HVAC servicing don’t hesitate to call on our team here at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating. We’re thorough, astute, and we care about our customers.

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How does a SEER Rating Work?

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Here in Canyon Lake, TX, this is the season for buying new air conditioners, and if yours is on its last legs, you might be in the market for an upgrade before our Texas heat gets going in earnest. Among the factors you should be studying is the new unit’s SEER rating, which measures the air conditioner’s efficiency. The tern stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, and if at all possible, you want to find a system with a rating higher than the system it’s replacing. Most SEER ratings sit between 13 and 18 these days. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system. But what does that mean exactly? Let’s take a look.

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When Is Duct Replacement Necessary?

Friday, June 13th, 2014

The ducts in your walls and ceilings are vital for distributing conditioned air throughout your home. To do this efficiently without loss of air pressure or the intrusion of dirt and dust from closed-off spaces of your home, the ducts must remain airtight and in good condition. Occasional duct sealing will take care of leaks along the ventilation shafts. Sometimes, however, you will need to have aging or poorly installed ducts replaced with new ones.

Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating wants to make sure that you have the strongest ductwork possible to protect your HVAC system and your indoor air quality. When you need more than repairs and sealing for your ventilation system, call us for duct replacement in Canyon Lake, TX. We will bring our 25 years of experience to the job and get it done right the first time.

How you can tell you need duct replacement

It’s easy to detect when you need to replace most appliances in a home, because they sit in plain sight. But it is different with ductwork, most of which remains hidden behind the walls of your home. To tell when you need repairs or replacements for you ductwork, you have to watch for other warning signs.

The biggest tip you’ll receive that you have severely damaged ducts that require replacement is when your utility bills take a sudden upward leap. A small leak in the ducts will cause a small jump: extreme damage will make a noticeable difference. Although there are other possibilities for such spikes in HVAC costs, you will still need to call in experts to investigate and find a solution.

Uneven cooling/heating is another way to tell that you have ductwork damage. In this case, the way the cool or warm air is distributed will help inform you where the damaged ducts might be. If a particular room in your home is the wrong temperature when the HVAC system is on, check on the airflow coming from the room vent. If there is no airflow, or if it is extremely low, then you have a major duct issue that needs repair or replacement work done on it immediately.

The right professionals will be able to determine if repairs will do the job, or if you should consider replacement. Often, replacement is necessary to overcome poor installation work; if you moved into an older home, it may have received a bad amateur or DIY job on its ventilation. Replacement may also be necessary for older metal ducts that have developed corrosion.

For the necessary work for to protect your ventilation system’s integrity, whether duct repair or duct replacement in Canyon Lake, TX, call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today.

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What are the Benefits of Radiant Heating

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Radiant heating is an old and very efficient alternative to standard heating models such as forced-air furnaces. It installs a series of metal tubes and reflective tiles underneath the floorboards of your home. Hot water is then pumped through the tubes, which spreads heat directly through the floorboards and into the feet and furnishings present in the room. In Canyon Lake, TX, radiant heating installation can be performed by a number of qualified services, but considering the up-front costs, you should be aware of the advantages before pulling the trigger on a radiant heating system. What are the benefits of radiant heating? A few of the more obvious examples are outlined below.

  • Lower month-to-month costs
    Radiant heating is extremely efficient, since it doesn’t need blown air or high pressure to do its job. Beyond a little electricity to run the pump, it hardly requires any energy at all, and because there are few moving parts, repair calls are very infrequent. That translates to lower monthly energy costs than other forms of heating, and between that and the infrequency of repairs, you can often recoup the costs of installation over time.
  • No breezes
    Forced-air furnaces work fine, but they also create a lot of problems such as drafts and cold spots. Furthermore, they can spread dust and contaminants through your home, a big concern in places like San Antonio. Radiant heating offers none of those problems, creating a more comfortable environment in your home overall.
  • Improved resale value
    Once installed, the radiant heating system becomes an active selling point when it comes time to put your house on the market. Indeed, the improved resale value could offset the cost of installation, as well as heating your house much more quickly than similar units without radiant heating.

If you’re asking, “what are the benefits of radiant heating?” then call on Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating for the answers. Radiant heating installation is just one of our areas of expertise, and we can discuss all the options with you before performing a high quality heating installation in Canyon Lake, TX. Pick up the phone and call us today to make an appointment!

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Common Problems with Solar Air Conditioners

Friday, November 15th, 2013

When you think about it, solar air conditioning is a genius idea: You need air conditioning the most when the Texas sun is beating down on you—so why not harness that brutal sun energy and make it provide you with cooling power? Solar energy can give you superb air conditioning while saving you money, since the power of the sun is free: no energy to burn, and minimal electrical power to operate. You can see why more and more people have turned to solar AC to keep them cool.

But solar air conditioning can develop problems, the same as any system that uses advanced technology. Even with the best care, you will eventually need solar air conditioning repair in Canyon Lake, TX. When that time arrives, call up Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating. We install, maintain, and repair solar air conditioners, and we want to help you get the most from yours.

Here are some frequent problems we see with solar air conditioners:

  • Weather damage: Since the PV (photovoltaic) panels of the system must be outside and exposed to the sky, they can suffer damage from rain, hail, and high winds. Some of the panels may need replacement to restore the system to its proper power. Another major issue that weather can cause to the panel is oxidation that creates rust and corrosion. This can create electrical resistance in the panels and lead to overheated connections.
  • Poor placement and angling: This is something we see too often with amateur installations. Just putting the PV panels on the roof and facing them upwards doesn’t mean the system will extract the necessary power from the sun to work. If you don’t seem to get the heating efficiency you expect from your solar AC, poor installation might lie behind it.
  • Improper voltage leading to outages: You need to know the voltage consumption of your solar panels, and this is another reason that having professional installers do the work is so crucial. You don’t want your house to lose its electrical power because the panels draw too much power to perform their job.

Make sure that solar-powered air conditioning is right for your home before you settle on installation. Contact an experienced company like Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating to do the work so you can avoid repair needs in the future. But should you ever need air conditioning services in Canyon Lake, TX for your solar air conditioner, we are available 24 hours a day to help you.

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Common Heating Repairs Caused by a Clogged Air Filter

Friday, November 1st, 2013

A common way to heat and cool a home is through a central air conditioner and furnace that share the same set of ducts. Both of these systems use air filters to capture dust, dirt, and other debris in the air to prevent them from entering the cabinet and damaging the components.

During the heating season, you should change out your air filter at least once a month so it doesn’t become excessively clogged. A filter with too much debris contamination can lead to serious trouble that requires professional repair. We’ll list a few of the more common repairs that HVAC technicians have to perform on furnaces because of air filters that have gotten too choked with dust and other contaminants.

If you need heating repair in Canyon Lake, TX, for any problems due to a clogged air filter, trust Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating. We also offer a Preventive Maintenance Agreement that will help you avoid needing these repairs in the future.

Cleaning the burners

A clogged air filter will do a poor job of preventing dust from getting inside the furnace cabinet. If dirt begins to spread across the burners of a gas-powered furnace, it will cut off the oxygen required for the pilot light and the gas jets to ignite. This means you won’t get any heating at all.

Fixing fan blades

Whether you have a furnace or a heat pump, you’ll need fans to distribute your warmed air. If debris enters the cabinet because of an air filter clog, the damage could bend the blades of the fans. Because the fans are precision instruments, even small kinks in their blades will lead to them striking the housing—a problem that must be addressed right away.

Replacing burnt-out motors

The multiple motors inside a furnace will have to work harder if they become coated with dust and grime. This will lead to them wearing out faster and possibly burning out, requiring that they get replaced.

The simplest step you can take to make sure that you won’t have these sorts of problems from a clogged air filter is to change the filter regularly. However, it’s never too late to sign up for preventive maintenance if you’ve let the air filter go for too long without getting swapped out. Contact Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating to sign up for our maintenance program. And if you have need for heating repair in Canyon Lake, TX, we can handle that as well.

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Are There Any Benefits to Getting My Ducts Cleaned?

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

If you have ductwork in your home for forced-air heating or air conditioning, you won’t see it most of the time. You may not notice when your ducts become dirty, and so you won’t think about having them cleaned. But duct cleaning is an important step to take to get the most from your home comfort system and to keep you and the others who live in your home healthy.

Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating cares about more than just your comfort; we care about your safety as well, which is why we perform duct cleaning in Canyon Lake, TX.

Here are some of the benefits you’ll receive if you call us to clean your ductwork:

Better air quality

The reason ducts become dirty is that they are tightly sealed all the way to the vents to prevent the loss of air pressure. Dust has few places to escape, and after a couple of years it will start to build up inside the ducts. When your forced-air system comes on, the dust and dirt will be blown out the vents and into your home, reducing the quality of its air. Lower indoor air quality can lead to dry skin, eye irritation, respiratory trouble, nose bleeds, difficulty sleeping, and other health problems. This presents an especially serious issue for people with allergies. Cleaning your ducts will give you safer, cleaner air.

A tidier house

When we come to a customer’s house to perform duct cleaning, we usually notice dust gathering in many places around their home. Even homeowners with the most stringent cleaning regimen cannot avoid a dust contamination if dirty ducts continue to blow out more dust. Having clean ducts is a step to having a cleaner living space.

More efficient heating and cooling

Although it’s unlikely that dirt will completely close up a duct, enough of it coating the insides will cut back on your system’s airflow. Furthermore, when dirt and debris clog up the system’s air filter, it could lead to damage to internal components and costly repairs. You’ll have better temperatures and lower bills with clean ducts.

Ductwork can gather an immense amount of contamination, and you should use take advantage of the slower fall reapair season to hire professionals to provide your ducts with a thorough cleaning. For top-quality Canyon Lake, TX duct cleaning services, call the Lake Canyon HVAC professionals Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating. We can answer all your questions and get the job done quickly and properly

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