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Jan 08, 2016

Indoor Air Quality 101 Part 1

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is a term used to describe how the air inside your home affects the people that live in it. EPA studies have recently shone a light on the growing issue of indoor air pollution, ranking it as one of the top 5 health concerns in the United States. These studies show that the air in an average home has between 2 – 10 times more pollution than the air outside. Pollutants are broken up into 5 categories: Particles Bioaerosols Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) Gasses Humidity We are going to break these categories down to show what […]

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Nov 12, 2014

It's Time – Furnace Maintenance

Fall has finally rolled in to Houston and Winter is on its way.  Temperatures are forecasted to reach the 30s this week and its never been a better time to get your furnace or heater inspected and maintained. Before turning on your furnace each year (and after if you forgot) you should have a professional HVAC technician inspect the furnace for safety and performance. The most important reason for a furnace inspection is safety.  Furnaces that are damaged or malfunctioning can leak a dangerous, deadly, gas called carbon monoxide. But in addition to avoiding toxic gas, your furnace maintenance technician […]

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Aug 25, 2014

When Does Your Air Conditioner Need Replacing?

As summer heats up the Houston area, there are few things more important than maintaining an efficient and reliable air conditioning system. As temperatures begin to rise, your central air system is sure to get plenty of work, and having it break down during the dog days of summer will not be a pleasant experience. So how do you know when it’s time to replace that aging cooling system? Look for the telltale signs that indicate your current AC system has outlived its usefulness. Frequent Repairs Your air conditioning system is one of the most expensive appliances you have in […]

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May 23, 2014

American Standard AccuComfort AC

American Standard’s new Platinum ZV and Platinum XV variable speed air conditioning systems are taking home comfort to new levels.  An AccuComfort air conditioner can outperform both one and two stage systems by eliminating the peaks and valleys in the cooling cycle. Single stage systems only have 2 options, either the air conditioning system is running or the system is turned off.  Think of it like driving your car with only two options, you floor it and drive until you reach the top speed of your car and then immediately turn the car completely off, then repeat until you reach […]

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Mar 26, 2014

Cleaning Your AC Condenser Coil

What is an AC Condenser Coil? Condenser coils are located outside of your home in the condensing unit. The condenser coil and condensing fan serve the same purpose as the radiator in your car.  The condensing coil takes the heat from your home that is absorbed by your evaporator coil and releases it outside. Why does it need to be cleaned? Over time dirt, debris, and pollen get sucked into your outdoor condensing unit and coat your condensing coil.  This makes it more difficult for the condensing coil to release the heat being removed from your home and puts added an […]