Common Condensate Drain Issues

Common Condensate Drain IssuesIf you have ever felt the unpleasant drip of water from your ceiling when it wasn’t even raining, there is a good chance you know what a clogged condensate drain is. If not, here’s a quick overview of how a condensate drain works and how you can avoid clogs and overflow.

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Your Guide to Air Conditioner Ratings

Your Guide to Air Conditioner RatingsOne benefit of buying a new HVAC system is increased energy efficiency. Older systems typically use energy at a much higher rate than modern ones do, adding to environmental pollution and your monthly energy bill. Newer systems are held to higher efficiency standards, but that does raise an important question: When you are considering different HVAC units, how can you compare their energy efficiency to get the best deal?

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Back-to-School HVAC System Tips

Back-to-School HVAC System TipsAs you prepare to pack your kids off to school, you can also enjoy the prospect of cooler weather on the horizon. But before you break out the hot cocoa, you should take the time to make sure your home HVAC system is ready for the winter weather. Here are a few tips to make sure you stay warm when the summer heat is gone:

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How Indoor Humidity Can Impact Your Body

Texans are well acquainted with muggy days, when the air feels thick and sticky. We can’t do much about the weather, but it is a smart idea to keep the environment inside the home easier to cope with. By reducing humidity in your home, you can reduce the following kinds of health concerns.

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Zone into the Benefits of Zoning Systems

Zone into the Benefits of Zoning SystemsHave you ever wondered why it’s so difficult to heat or cool your entire house comfortably? While one floor might be fine, another might be too cold or too warm. Or you might have an add-on bedroom suite that stays chilly all winter. If your home suffers from one of these issues, it’s a good candidate for a zoning system. With a zoning system, you divide the house into two or more separate areas, or zones, then heat or cool them independently.

A zoning system utilizes mechanized duct dampers connected to separate programmable thermostats (or one control panel that operates multiple thermostats). When one zone (for example, the upstairs bedrooms) requires more cooling, the damper opens for that zone and cool air flows into those rooms. Areas receive heated or cooled air depending on climate conditions and the preference of occupants.

Situations Where Zoning Systems Make Sense Include:

  • Multi-floor homes. Warm air rises and damp, chilly conditions are common in finished basements. So the climate situation on the main floor, where a lone whole-house thermostat is usually located, isn’t likely to reflect what’s happening in other levels of the home.
  • Rooms with vaulted ceilings or banks of windows facing the afternoon usually heat and cool differently from other areas.
  • Rooms or additions constructed with different building materials or insulation will have different climate situations.

Benefits of Zoning Systems Include:

  • Energy savings. With separate thermostats, you don’t have to heat or cool areas that are unoccupied.
  • Less stress on equipment. An HVAC system that’s not struggling to heat or cool an entire home will have fewer breakdowns.
  • Family harmony will be preserved when brother Jack isn’t arguing with sister Mary about the temperature setting on the thermostat. They can go to different parts of the house.
  • You can enjoy the use of your entire home, avoiding the common situation where a difficult to heat or cool room becomes a no man’s land.

To discuss how a zoning system can make your Corpus Christi area home more comfortable and energy efficient, please contact us at CCAC, Inc.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Corpus Christi, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about zoning systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 361-678-2495.

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Better Cooling Efficiency Using Ceiling Fans

Better Cooling Efficiency Using Ceiling FansCooling costs can get pretty steep during a hot, sticky summer in the Coastal Bend area, and that keeps homeowners on the lookout for ways to improve cooling efficiency. If you are one of them, you should know that ceiling fans can help, so long as they are chosen carefully for your home and used properly.

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Smart HVAC Systems: How Smart are They?

Smart HVAC Systems: How Smart are They?If your HVAC system is outdated or inefficient, like so many are, you may be paying by way of higher energy bills and inadequate home comfort. Fiddling with your thermostat only makes your inefficient system waste even more energy and increases wear on aging parts. Your best strategy is to upgrade your HVAC equipment to a smart HVAC system that works more efficiently for intelligent home comfort.

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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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