Here’s How to Read and Understand the EnergyGuide Label

Here's How to Read and Understand the EnergyGuide LabelThe federal government, to encourage energy efficiency, has set up an easy-to-understand system that helps consumers tell which appliances and other energy-consuming products use less energy than others. The distinctive yellow EnergyGuide label, affixed to a wide range of products, provides hard information on each product, comparing its energy use and cost of operation to other, similar products. Read More »

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Troubleshooting: Air Conditioners

Troubleshooting: Air ConditionersNobody expects a typical homeowner to be an air conditioning expert, but it does help to have enough basic knowledge to make an educated guess about the problem when your A/C isn’t working properly or breaks down. Read More »

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Using Solar Shades to Reduce A/C Costs

Using Solar Shades to Reduce A/C CostsYou might be surprised at how much solar heat comes through sun-facing windows in your home. While this can help heat your home and save on energy during the winter months, it wreaks havoc on home cooling and energy use during the cooling season. Even traditional curtains and drapes can’t keep all of that solar heat from warming up the inside air.

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Preparing for Extreme Weather During Hurricane Season

Preparing for Extreme Weather During Hurricane SeasonWith hurricane season well underway on the Coastal Bend, it’s always helpful to review basic severe-storm preparations. Harsh weather, whether it’s a hurricane or a strong storm coming from inland, can leave your home and HVAC system vulnerable to destructive winds and torrential rains, as well as extended power outages. Read More »

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Use This Timeline for HVAC Maintenance and Replacements

Use This Timeline for HVAC Maintenance and ReplacementsA lot of homeowners take their HVAC system for granted, not really thinking about it till the equipment malfunction or stops working altogether. But regular maintenance is essential for proper operation of your cooling and heating equipment. A basic idea of when you should start considering a system upgrade is also important. Otherwise, you’re liable to be left with no A/C in the middle of a Coastal Bend summer.

A basic HVAC maintenance timeline calls for preventative maintenance (aka maintenance tuneup) once a year for your cooling system and once a year for your heating system. In our South Texas climate, where cooling is used so much more than heating, you should even consider twice-yearly maintenance for your A/C or heat pump.

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How to Get a Dust Problem Under Control

How to Get a Dust Problem Under ControlEver wonder why the air quality inside your home seems worse than the air quality outside? It could be due to a severe accumulation of dust. Heavy dust buildup can trigger a number of asthma and allergy symptoms, including itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and coughing. It can also build up within your HVAC system, making it harder to circulate clean air and heat or cool your home effectively.

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Landscaping Tips to Keep Your A/C Unit From Being an Eyesore

Landscaping Tips to Keep Your A/C Unit From Being an EyesoreA split-system A/C unit consists of an indoor air handler that conveniently installs out of sight. If only the outdoor unit of your A/C system weren’t such a landscaping eyesore, then your yard, garden, or outdoor living space would be more fun, serene, and inviting. So, if you want to hide the albatross of your backyard, read on to learn clever and creative ways to disguise and hide it. Read More »

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How to Determine That an HVAC Company is Reputable

How to Determine That an HVAC Company is ReputableYour HVAC system, aside from the house itself, is the most valuable component of your home. It’s worth significant money, and provides a crucial service, keeping you comfortable. You expect it to accomplish this goal safely and cost-effectively. This is why it’s essential, when it comes to servicing, maintaining, or upgrading your heating or cooling system, that you hire a reputable HVAC company. But how can you be sure you can trust the company that sends a technician to you home? Read More »

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Condition Your Home Addition With a Ductless System

Condition Your Home Addition With a Ductless SystemIf you’ve recently added on to your Corpus Christi home, you know that it presents challenges to your existing HVAC system. Duct systems for central air conditioners may not be easy to expand and balance, and the sizing of your central system also has to be taken into account. But there is a way to easily expand your air conditioning and heating, and add flexibility: installing a ductless system. Read More »

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Start Your Repair or Replace Conversation with These Questions

Start Your Repair or Replace Conversation with These QuestionsEven when they’re properly maintained, air conditioners — like all equipment — will age and occasionally break down. when that happens, you get to ask yourself a question: is a repair all the A/C needs, or is it time to replace your unit with a new system? If you find yourself facing the repair or replace quandary this year, start by asking these questions: Read More »

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