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Why Is There Ice on My Air Conditioner?

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On a hot summer day, ice seems like a refreshing way to cool down. That is unless it's on the air conditioner of your Bridge City, Texas, home. When ice forms on your air conditioner, it indicates a problem that could result in costly repairs or possibly replacement of the unit. That's why it's important to know why ice forms on your air conditioner and what you can do to fix it. Why Is Ice Forming on My Air Conditioner? There are many reasons why an air conditioner forms ice, and many of the sources involve blockage. If filters and evaporator coils become clogged with dirt or debris, air can't circulate through the home, yet it still pushes refrigerated air through […]

How to Change Your Air Filter in 3 Quick Steps

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You should change the filter in your HVAC system at least once every three months to keep air clean and healthy in your Orange, Texas, home. Changing your filter is simple when you know how to locate, measure, and insert it properly. Locate the Air Filter Your HVAC filter is probably located on your unit where the return air duct meets the air handler. Depending on your unit, you may find the filter on the top, bottom, or side. If you don’t see a filter in the HVAC unit, check your air-return grilles. You may find it behind a vent in your home. Check the Measurements and Choose a Replacement Remove the existing air filter and check the measurements. These […]

Is Your Home Dangerous For Your Pet?

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We love our pets very much; we take them to the vet, we play with them, we cuddle them, and we keep them safe within our homes. But, dangers to your pets, from toxic plants to dirty air, lurk within your Beaumont, Texas, home in places you never thought of. Insecticides Many insect-killing sprays and gels are toxic to animals. This can include some OTC flea and tick medication, according to the Humane Society, especially if you don't use a species-appropriate medication. Your best bet? Hire a professional insect company that uses pet-friendly products, and always get your pet medications from a veterinarian. Toxic Plants Lots of ornamental plants are toxic to animals if the leaves or flowers are ingested. […]

How to Live an Energy Efficient Life

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Reducing your impact on the environment in both your lifestyle and your Lumberton, Texas, home is a worthwhile endeavor that can help you save money and feel more fulfilled. If you’re looking for ways to live a more efficient lifestyle, check out these simple tips that don’t require too much commitment. Swap Out a Few Light Bulbs Remembering to turn the lights off is challenging for kids and adults, but leaving them on wastes a lot of energy. Instead of becoming a light switch monitor, simply swap out the bulbs in your most commonly used lights with LED bulbs. While the cost of an LED bulb is higher than a compact fluorescent or incandescent bulb, the amount of energy you’ll […]

Is Your Garage Causing Heating Problems?

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Having an attached garage at your Sour Lake, Texas, home certainly adds convenience but may come with some risk factors. Contaminated air can seep from the garage into your home, leading to poor indoor air quality, and the lower temperature can make heating your home more difficult. Vehicle Exhaust The most common reason that you have poor air quality in your garage is the exhaust that comes from your vehicle. Even if the overhead garage door is open, starting and running your car emits carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas that can cause serious health problems and even death if inhaled for too long. Many homeowners also store chemicals like paint, gasoline, fertilizers, and pesticides in their garages. Cold Temperatures An […]

Don’t DIY Your Ductwork Cleaning

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Cleaning the ductwork in your Vidor, Texas, home may seem like the perfect project for a seasoned DIYer. After all, ductwork cleaning is an important part of HVAC maintenance, and ductwork doesn’t look as complicated or dangerous as, say, electrical wiring. However, when you DIY your ductwork cleaning, you can easily do more harm than good. In fact, DIY duct cleaning can actually be a self-defeating effort. Think about why you would undertake this project yourself: to improve indoor air quality, increase HVAC efficiency, and save money (versus the cost of professional services). Each of these goals could be thwarted by a DIY effort. You Probably Don’t Have the Right Tools First of all, the average DIYer doesn’t have the […]

What Type of Furnace Is Best for Me?

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Whether you're installing a replacement furnace in your Port Arthur, Texas, home or trying to figure out which type to put in a new home construction project, do your research before making a decision. The two main furnace types are oil-powered and gas-powered, and each comes with its own set of pros and cons. Oil Costs More If you are on a tight monthly budget, you might want to opt for a natural gas-powered heating system because oil costs more than gas. In fact, the cost difference is so substantial that you could end up spending over three times more for oil. Oil's benefit is that it provides more heat per BTU than natural gas. So while it might cost you […]

3 Things Your HVAC Technician Checks During a Tuneup

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Scheduling regular tuneups is important to keep your furnace, air conditioner, and heat pump working properly. While visiting your Port Arthur, Texas, home, an HVAC technician will complete tasks like checking your thermostat and tightening electrical connections. Check Thermostat Settings You use your thermostat to control the temperature in your home and keep your family comfortable. If you have skewed thermostat settings, however, you won't be able to find the right temperature for the inside of your home. During a regular tuneup visit, an HVAC technician checks your thermostat settings to make sure that when you choose your preferred temperature, the equipment responds properly. Ask your technician about using a programmable thermostat to save money on energy bills. By setting a […]

3 Reasons You Need an iComfort Thermostat for Your Texas Home

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If you've noticed much higher energy bills, drafty spaces in your home, or a lack of comfortable temperatures in your home, don't immediately point the finger at your furnace or air conditioner. The true problem is quite possibly your old thermostat. However, that doesn't mean you can't make a change and improve your home comfort. If you're looking to bring your Beaumont, Texas, home into 21st century comfort, consider upgrading to the iComfort Wi-Fi Thermostat. Here are just a few reasons why: Wi-Fi Compatible One of the biggest downfalls of outdated systems is that you can't change the temperature when you're not there. You're at the mercy of whatever temperature you set when you leave, costing you money along the […]

What Is the Link Between UV Treatment of HVAC Systems and Asthma?

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UV treatment for HVAC systems is still relatively new to the HVAC industry. Accordingly, there are many questions that still need to be addressed about UV treatment and its effectiveness. Many homeowners in Nederland, Texas, have questions about the link between UV treatment of air conditioners and heaters and asthma. While not much is known, studies have shown that UV treatment does address issues with air quality by killing surface mold and airborne bacteria. What Is UV Treatment? Ultraviolet, which is a high-energy light, is invisible to the human eye. UV waves are usually measured using nanometers. UV treatment relies on the UV-C band, which is 200 to 280 nanometers. This band of UV light is germicidal and can damage […]

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