Still Using Freon in Your A/C? What You Should Know About the R-22 Phaseout

Still Using Freon in Your A/C? What You Should Know About the R-22 PhaseoutThe R-22 phaseout is well underway and if your cooling system uses it, also known as Freon, it may be time to think about your options. When the U.S. signed the Montreal Protocol, it agreed to gradually eliminate this environmentally toxic refrigerant from use, production, and importation. As a consequence, each year the amount of R-22 that’s available will decline, until 2020, when no new R-22 can be manufactured. Read More »

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Going Out of Town on Vacation? Ways to Give Your Energy Bills a Break While You’re Gone

Going  Out of Town on Vacation? Ways to Give Your Energy Bills a Break While You're GoneIt’s that time of year when many of us are looking forward to getting away for vacation.  If you’re like most people, you’ve spent the last year planning  and saving money for a great vacation. The last thing you want to do is come home to high energy bills at the end of your trip. Read More »

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Everyday Ways to Eliminate Dust From Your Home

Everyday Ways to Eliminate Dust From Your HomeIs the quality of the air inside your home worse than air quality outside? Dust comes from several sources and can trigger reactions such as asthma symptoms, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, a runny nose, coughing, eczema and hay fever. If you or your family members display such symptoms while inside, you may need to find new ways to eliminate dust in your home. Read More »

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Ways to Keep Children Cool in Your Home This Summer

Ways to Keep Children Cool in Your Home This SummerHot, muggy south Texas weather can make children tired and cranky and, in some cases, be a health hazard. You can keep children cool and the whole household happier this summer by following the tips below. As a bonus, you will also save energy. Read More »

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A Refrigerant Charge is a Part of A/C Maintenance That You Can’t Ignore

A Refrigerant Charge is a Part of A/C Maintenance That You Can't IgnoreThe air conditioner and refrigerator in your Corpus Christi home both require correct refrigerant charge for proper operation. Refrigerant charge refers to how much refrigerant gas is within a system. Refrigerant charging is the process of refilling these gases after they have become partially or completely depleted. Read More »

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Tips on Choosing the Best Air Filter This Summer

Tips on Choosing the Best Air Filter This SummerDuring the summer months, you will want plenty of cool air circulating through your home and a clogged air filter will restrict air flow. Installing the best air filter for your HVAC system is a good place to start.  Factors to consider when purchasing a new air filter are the type and size and the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV rating. The MERV is the industry standard for measuring how effectively an air filter removes particles from the air. The scale runs from 1-16 with filters having the higher numbers removing smaller (and more) airborne particulates. Read More »

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Whether Your Home Is Old or New, These HVAC System Installation Tips Can Help You

Whether Your Home Is Old or New, These HVAC System Installation Tips Can Help YouThe HVAC system in your Coastal Bend home is directly linked to the comfort of your home. No matter your home’s age, upgrading your HVAC system can give you peace of mind that your home comfort is protected. Here are a few tips to help you through the HVAC system installation process. Read More »

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Get Ready for Higher A/C Efficiency Standards in Our Region

Get Ready for Higher A/C Efficiency Standards in Our RegionManufacturers of residential central air conditioners and heat pumps have been required to comply with energy conservation standards determined by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) since 1992. These standards have been implemented to improve the efficiency of heating and cooling units nationwide and reduce their carbon monoxide emissions. The DOE periodically upgrades the standards, mandating increased efficiency each time. Read More »

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Brush Up on These Terms — SEER, EER and COP — Before You Go A/C Shopping

Brush Up on These Terms -- SEER, EER and COP -- Before You Go A/C ShoppingBuying a new air conditioner (A/C) is a big deal. Not only is it an expensive purchase, but its performance will have an effect on your comfort for many years to come. Before you go out and buy the first one recommended to you, it will help to understand the acronyms SEER, EER and COP. These three acronyms are often used when explaining A/C performance by technicians and salespeople. Read More »

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What’s That A/C Noise? Learn How to Discern, Before You Make the Service Call

What's That A/C Noise? Learn How to Discern, Before You Make the Service CallWhen you air conditioner starts to make a noise, it is telling you that something is wrong and needs attention. A/C noise can be due to various reasons and it is important to inspect your unit to try and determine what the problem is. Some of the issues you will be able to repair yourself, and some will need to be repaired by a qualified technician. Read More »

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