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How a Thermostat Upgrade Can Boost Your AC Efficiency

Monday, October 15th, 2018

smart-thermostatYou might not realize how important your thermostat is to your HVAC system—many homeowners don’t. But something as small as a thermostat upgrade greatly boosts the efficiency of your HVAC system. The vast majority of homeowners have a digital, programmable thermostat. While this technology is adequate, we now have even better systems available that work with you rather than forcing you to work around them. If you’re looking to increase your HVAC efficiency by upgrading your thermostat in New Braunfels, TX, now is the perfect time to do so.

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Get Zoned Cooling with a Ductless Air Conditioner

Monday, August 6th, 2018

ductless air handler on wall over bedAs summer carries on and we keep using our air conditioners on a daily basis, we hope that yours is serving you well. AC maintenance is the best way to ensure this is the case. But of course, there are some instances in which maintenance cannot prevent a cooling system from breaking down, particularly if that system is aging. Most air conditioners, when well cared for, can last about a decade with peak efficiency.

If your system is older than this, and you’re considering a new method of air conditioning in New Braunfels, TX, you’d do well to consider the ductless air conditioner. There are a variety of benefits to doing so, which we’ll get to below. The biggest advantage, though, may be your ability to zone-control your cooling.

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One HVAC Maintenance Task You Can Do On Your Own

Monday, December 25th, 2017

air filterIn our previous post, we discussed how a clogged air filter can impact your heating system. But it’s not just your heater you should worry about, especially in our part of the country. Your air filter impacts both of your  New Braunfels, TX HVAC systems–your heater and your forced air cooling system. But changing your air filter is a maintenance task you can, and should, do on your own.

You’ve likely noticed that we encourage you to leave the overall maintenance to the professionals. Our staff is highly trained and experienced in thoroughly inspecting, cleaning, and adjusting your air conditioning and heat systems to ensure they work as efficiently and effectively as possible—for the years to come. But if you want to keep your heater and cooling system in the best working condition possible, then you can’t go 6 months to a year without changing your air filter!

With a dirty or clogged air filter, you will:

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What Do Technicians Do During HVAC Maintenance?

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Repairman in uniform and clipboard greeting a housewife at the front door.If there’s anything we tout the benefits of, a lot, it’s going to be New Braunfels, TX HVAC maintenance. Just as you get your car tuned-up on a regular basis, you should also have your climate control systems checked out and serviced as well. You wouldn’t want to be stranded in the middle of nowhere with a broken down car, nor would you want to be in the dead of winter without a working heating system.

Temperatures don’t get as bitterly cold as other parts of the country experience, but it’s never a bad idea to have your heater maintained, no matter how briefly it may get used. And scheduling maintenance before you actually need to use your heater the most is the best way to ensure that you run into as little problems as possible. But what do HVAC technicians actually do during maintenance?

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How Ductless Air Conditioners Can Save You Money

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Ductless air conditioners have been around for quite some time, particularly in commercial properties, but their benefits have carried them into the residential market, making a ductless air conditioning system a great option for many people. Have you been thinking about installing ductless air conditioning in your New Braunfels property? Let us tell you some of the ways a ductless system can potentially save you some money. Our technicians have been offering AC services in New Braunfels for many years, and we’d be happy to stop by for an in-home consultation. This will help us evaluate how much money you could save by updating to a ductless AC system.

Saving Money with Ductless Air Conditioners

Ductless air conditioners have some benefits you won’t find with a traditional split-system AC, which may make a ductless air conditioning system in your New Braunfels property a good choice for your summer cooling:

  1. No need for ductwork – as you can tell from the name, there is no need to install ductwork for a ductless air conditioner. This is because the system uses individual air blowers to distribute the air room by room. Even if you have a ducted air conditioning system, a ductless air conditioner is an option to consider if you expand your property and don’t want the added cost of installing new ductwork.
  2. Zone control – the distribution of cool air through a ductless system automatically gives you zone control. Why? Each indoor blower operates independently and is also programmable. This allows you to cool only the spaces you want cooled at the temperature you want.
  3. Better efficiency – there are 2 ways a ductless air conditioner can be more energy efficient than a ducted one: first, as mentioned above, the system is automatically zoned. By controlling how much air conditioning you use, and when, you can cut down on your overall energy use. Second, there are no ducts through which to lose cool air. Ductwork that has holes, cracks or broken seals can lose up to 30% of its air; having no ducts eliminates ever experiencing this problem.
  4. Flexibility – the indoor air blowers are quite small in size – about a ½ foot – and about 2 inches deep. They fit easily into small spaces, most commonly above doorways; they can also hang from ceilings or be free-standing. This type of flexibility allows for cooling in rooms that may be difficult to cool with ducted or window air conditioners. It also is a great option for houses that have challenging architecture, such as vaulted ceilings.
  5. They are quiet – the indoor unit of a ductless air conditioner is very quiet, much quieter than a window unit; the most noise a ductless system makes is a low hum.

Talk to a Professional About Ductless Air Conditioning

The best way to determine if ductless air conditioning for your New Braunfels property is a good fit is to speak with your Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating specialist.

 

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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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3 Advantages of a Hybrid Heating System

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Heat pumps are wonderful devices that offer homeowners the power of an excellent air conditioner and a forced-air heater in a single, energy-efficient package. However, there is one drawback that often comes up when people consider installing a heat pump in their home: the difficulty these systems encounter with sub-freezing temperatures. Heat pumps must draw heat from the outside air to provide warmth in heating mode; as the temperature dips lower, this becomes more difficult and the heat pump can lose efficiency.

But there’s a solution: hybrid heating systems, which combine a heat pump with a second heater that uses a different fuel source. This second heater, which is usually a gas-powered furnace (although propane furnaces are available for homes without a natural gas line), serves as a back-up system that automatically activates to assist the heat pump during cold weather.

If you think a hybrid heat pump will do the best job keeping your home comfortable, call Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating today and speak to one of our expert installers. Here are three advantages you’ll receive from installing a hybrid heating system in New Braunfels, TX:

1. You’ll always have sufficient heat

The worry about a heat pump failing to keep you warm in heavy colds…that’s history with a hybrid. The heat pump half of the hybrid system detects when it will struggle with low temperatures (the “economic balance point”) and automatically turn on the back-up heater to make up the difference. You won’t have to take any extra steps: you’ll start receiving sufficient heating for as long as the harsh cold lasts.

2. You’ll still have cost-effective heating

Heat pumps use less power to provide heating than furnaces and boilers, and that makes them attractive to homeowners who wish to reduce their heating bills. The addition of a second heater makes hybrid systems costlier to operate—but not by much, since the back-up system will only run during the short periods when it’s necessary. You can still expect to save money with a hybrid heater compared to installing a furnace or boiler.

3. You’ll still have all the benefits of a heat pump

A hybrid system is at heart a standard heat pump. Most of the time, you won’t have to worry about the back-up heater (although it should receive maintenance along with the heat pump each year) and instead enjoy the benefits of a system that provides you both heating and cooling. A heat pump is more than enough to handle the Texas heat during summer.

Find out if a hybrid heating system will work for your home: give us a call today to set up an appointment with a trusted and professional heating service in New Braunfels, TX.

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These Are Your Insulation Options

Friday, January 10th, 2014

For the best heating and cooling around the year, you need more than an effective HVAC system. You also need a home with the appropriate insulation in place to keep the warmth outside during the summer and trapped inside during the winter weather. The main tool to create a heat seal in your home is insulation.

Insulation forms a thermal barrier that stops the movement of heat. Most insulation prevents convection (movement through air) and conduction (movement through material), so the heat stays where you want it to stay. If you have insufficient insulation in your home, it will be a problem no matter the time of the year.

Contact Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating for installation of insulation and other indoor air quality service needs in New Braunfels, TX.

We have a number of different options for insulating your home:

Spray foam insulation

This is an alternative to the common fiberglass insulation. It is a mixture of isocyanate and polyol resin. A special gun sprays out the compound, which expands into a foam. The foam then hardens to create the thermal barrier. Spray foam is excellent for insulating areas with difficult to reach nooks and corners that other types of insulation do not fit. According to the US Department of Energy, spray foam insulates as much as 50% better than traditional fiberglass insulation.

Blown in insulation

This is a popular method for insulation because it uses recycled material and is therefore environmentally friendly. Hoses blow out the insulation over wall cavities, attics, and floors, and the material settles fast. Like spray foam, blown in insulation works well for unusually sized or tight spaces.

Radiant barriers

This insulation is specifically designed to keep out heat during sunny weather. They are made of highly reflective material that doesn’t absorb heat like other insulation, but instead redirects it. Radiant barriers fit into your roof to reflect back the heat of the sun to prevent it from entering your home. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates radiant barriers will reduce cooling costs by 5%-10% in warm, sunny climates—like Texas.

You need professionals to place insulation in your home. It’s not only an issue of the right type of insulation to install, but also the R-value of the insulation, i.e. its level of effectiveness. For your insulation in New Braunfels, TX, put your trust in the experience of the technicians at Cowboys Air Conditioning & Heating. We will pick the insulation type that will give your home the best seal against heat.

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