NEW COVID Fighting HVAC Solutions

In a world where micro threats like COVID19 are the norm, we are constantly on the lookout to provide healthy solutions to our customers to keep them safe. That being said, we are happy to add ActivePure® and Reme Halo products to our HVAC arsenal to help fight unwanted particles in your residential or commercial space, including the COVID19 virus. Here’s a look at the two different technologies.

ACTIVE PURE TECHNOLOGY

When learning about a contaminant fighting technology, it helps to have a size comparison guide for common particles found in a typical home or office setting.

What is ActivePure Technology?

  • Eliminates over 99.9% of highly concentrated “live” airborne SARS-CoV-2 virus in just 3 minutes.
  • Tested by the world's top bio testing facility, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), which tests for the U.S. Military and Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Testing was done according to FDA guidelines and protocols. Live SARS-CoV-2 virus was sprayed into a test chamber at extremely high concentrations (over 10 million particles per milliliter).
  • Within 3 minutes, ActivePure Technology reduced the concentration of the virus to 99.96%.

Other Microbial Reductions  

  • Staph – 98.5%
  • MRSA – 99.8%
  • E-Coli – 98.1%
  • Anthrax – 99.38%
  • Strep – 96.4%
  • Pseudomonas aureuginosa – 99.0%
  • Listeria monocytogens – 99.75%
  • Candida albicans – 99.92%
  • Black mold – 99.93%

 How Does ActivePure Technology Work?

  • Uses oxygen and humidity to purify the air
  • Converts into powerful oxidizers
  • Destroys microorganisms in the air and on surfaces
  • Kills pathogens on contact
  • Safe for astronauts – safe for everyone

Customizable Solutions

We have a number of solutions that incorporate AirPure technology that’s perfect for residential, commercial, government, institutional, or educational facilities.

The AirScrubber

A home or whole building air purification system solution, the AirScrubber reduces odors, mitigates airborne particles, kills germs and viruses on surfaces, and protects HVAC equipment by improving filtration efficiency and killing biological growth. It’s one of the most diverse products offering the benefits of ActivePure technology. Fits up to 70 different HVAC systems and has great retro-fitting options.

The AirScrubber External Mount

This mini AirScrubber delivers all the same ActivePure technology benefits, but it’s installed externally, over the indoor intake.

The AirScrubber Mobile Unit

This mobile unit creates healthy and pure indoor spaces up to 500 square feet. Eliminates smoke, odors, and contaminants on surface areas where you spend the majority of your time. Choose from multiple settings to customize your environment, whether it’s a small automobile, office, large R.V., hotel room, boat, or camper.

Pure & Clean

This portable ActivePure option covers about 250 sq. feet. It’s a great solution for small spaces with little maintenance. It’s best to replace the cell every year if used continuously. Comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

The AirScrubber Portable Plugin

A small but powerful solution for indoor spaces up to 500 sq. feet. It utilizes ion generation and AcitvePure technology which can reduce odors, smoke, and microbial populations on surfaces. It comes with an anti-theft option that makes it a great option for offices, restrooms, and other moderate-sized areas. Includes a washable filter.  

REME HALO

For those looking for an LED light solution, the Reme Halo Air Purifier is 99.9% effective at neutralizing COVID19. It also eliminates many other viruses such as:

  • MRSA
  • Strep
  • Listeria
  • Norwalk
  • Bird Flu
  • Tuberculosis

How it works:

  1. LED Purification
    The Reme Halo is installed directly into a home's ductwork and activates once the blower fan turns on. Once activated, the device fills the ductwork with LED light which kills viruses and particles that travel through your HVAC system.
  2. Hydro-Peroxide Molecules
    Hydro-peroxide molecules are dispersed to aid in neutralizing harmful contaminants in your home and on surfaces.
  3. Ionized Particles
    And lastly, the system releases positively and negatively charged ionized particles that bond with contaminants in the air. When these particles bond with contaminants, it’s more likely the filter will stop them as air passes through the system.

Proactive Prevention

The difference between Reme and other UV lamps is that Reme catches micro threats before they can get into your home and cause problems. This, combined with other methods of prevention, can effectively help significantly reduce airborne threats.

 

If you’re ready to get started with one of these COVID19 fighting air purifying options, our team can help! Simply give us a call at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast amount of services including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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Combat Spring Allergies With These Simple HVAC Tips

April showers surely bring May flowers, but they can also bring mold and other allergens into your home. If mold isn’t bad enough, there’s also an influx of pollen – you know, that yellow stuff that covers your home and cars almost like snow, but without the benefits? For most allergy sufferers, decongestants can be a viable option to endure, but there are also ways your HVAC system can help you feel better during the dreaded pollen season!

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

If you suffer from spring or even fall allergies, investing in an indoor air quality system can help you breathe easier during peak months. An indoor air quality system can range from air filtration to air purification to whole-house dehumidifiers and air leak sealing. This type of system, along with UV lights installed at your evaporator coil, can combat mold and mildew growth in your home. Not only can these things help you live more comfortably in your home, but they can also save you money by being more energy-efficient.

And to keep all these pesky particles out of your home, our team offers another option called the G.R.E.E.N program – Greater Residential Energy Efficiency through New technologies. This process involves our skilled technicians inspecting ductwork, air sealing, insulation, radiant barriers, water heating, and the water heating and cooling system. Once the inspection is complete, you’ll receive a report with our recommendations for a healthier home environment.

HVAC MAINTENANCE TIPS

HVAC maintenance is important to keep your unit and home operating safely and efficiently. Here are three ways you can improve allergens inside your home:

Clean Your HVAC:

Hose off your outdoor HVAC unit to rid it of any dirt, debris, and pollen.

Clean Your Home:

Spring clean your home on the inside and clean up debris on the outside. Believe it or not, these small efforts can really help improve allergy symptoms.

Clean Your Ducts:

If you’ve found dust and dirt on your HVAC system and inside your home, it’s very likely it’s also in your duct system as well. Contact our team here at Thermacon, and we’ll take care of this task to ensure better indoor air quality.

Check Your HVAC Filters:

Make sure to check your HVAC filters and make sure you’re replacing them regularly for the best results.

NEED HELP IMPROVING YOUR HOME’S AIR QUALITY?

If you’re tired of suffering through allergy season, our team is here to help! Simply give us a call at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast amount of services including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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How Much Does Air Conditioning Cost

AC Costs: How Much Does Air Conditioning Cost a Month?

You're sweating profusely . . . in your own home nonetheless. It can't go on this way. You have to install a new air conditioner

But you're wondering: how much does air conditioning cost per month? That's a great question and, fortunately, one that we can answer in detail. So, without further ado, here is everything you need to know about air conditioning costs in Beaumont, TX, and otherwise. 

How Much Does Air Conditioning Cost a Month? 

In truth, air conditioning costs can vary greatly. They are dependent on a number of factors, including but not limited to the cost of electricity, the size of the home being cooled, and the efficiency of the air conditioning unit itself. 

That said, there is data available, and currently, it shows that air conditioning costs somewhere between 6 cents and 88 cents an hour. Run constantly over the span of a month, this would cost between $43.20 and $633.6. 

If you were to average these two figures out, you would get $338.40. Note, though, that air conditioners rarely run 24 hours a day. In fact, most run around 8 hours a day, so divide the aforementioned figure by 3 and you've got $112.80, a much more accurate figure overall. 

Factors That Affect Monthly Air Conditioning Costs 

There are all sorts of factors that could affect monthly air conditioning costs. The primary factors to consider include:

Your Local Cost of Electricity

Electricity costs vary based on the area in which you live and on the grid that you're getting electricity from. Whereas electricity costs in, say, New England, can be exceedingly expensive, electricity costs in, for example, the southeast, tend to be quite low. 

Texas has below-average electricity costs. In fact, in 2018, the state was ranked 7th lowest in the cost of electricity per kWh. This means that it's quite an inexpensive place in which to run an air conditioner. 

The Amount That You Run Your Air Conditioner

Obviously, the more you run your air conditioner, the more electricity it's going to use, and the more expensive your bill is going to be. As such, strategically adjusting the temperatures on your thermostat can actually save you quite a bit of money. 

The Efficiency of Your Air Conditioning Unit

Not all air conditioning units are created equal. In fact, some are much more efficient than others. Not only do different types of air conditioning units differ in efficiency but different brands and different manufacture years as well. 

Generally speaking, the newer brands waste less energy than the older ones. And, in most cases, well-known brands run more efficiently than the others. 

The Size of Your Home

The size of your home will have a large effect on your air conditioning costs as well. This stands to reason, as the larger your home is, the more air the system has to produce, and the harder it has to work overall. 

As such, if you're living in, say, a 2,500-square-foot home, you'll have to pay much more on air conditioning costs than would someone living in, say, a 1,500-square-foot home. 

You can get around this by using ductless mini-split air conditioners in only a few different rooms but then much of your home will be left hot. If you want to cool every room in your home, you're going to have to pony up more money. 

Air Conditioner Maintenance 

The last factor you should consider is air conditioner maintenance. The better you take care of your air conditioner, the easier it will run, and the less energy it will need in order to perform its function. As such, you should be performing maintenance on your AC on a regular basis.

AC maintenance runs the gamut from changing air filters to keeping the condenser area cleared to cleaning the ducts to scrubbing the coils within the air conditioner and more. Doing these things on a regular basis will not only allow the unit to run more efficiently but will also prolong the unit's lifespan. 

It's also recommended that twice a year, you have a professional HVAC specialist come in and take a look at your AC unit. He or she will inspect its internal components to ensure that everything is operating as it should be. Then, if need be, he or she will make repairs and replacements. 

The Costs of Running Different Types of Air Conditioners 

There are several different types of air conditioning units out there. These include central AC, ductless mini-split ACs, and heat pumps. Each offers a different level of efficiency and, therefore, costs a different amount of money to run. 

Generally speaking, the most efficient option is the heat pump. If you live in a relatively mild climate, a heat pump can provide you with both heat and cooling at a fraction of the cost of what you would pay with central AC or ductless mini-splits. 

If you're only looking to cool a single room, a ductless mini-split system would be much cheaper to run than would a central AC. Note, though, that if you require more than a unit or two (as a means of cooling several different rooms throughout the house), your monthly costs will end up being more expensive than they would with a single central AC unit. 

Interested in Installing an Air Conditioner in Beaumont, TX? 

Now that you have an answer to "how much does air conditioning cost?", you might be interested in installing an air conditioner yourself. If so, and if you need an air conditioner in Beaumont, TX, we here at Thermacon Service Company have you covered. 

Our team is staffed with skilled and experienced HVAC specialists and knows everything there is to know about installing air conditioners. We'll set your system up in a safe and proper manner. 

Contact us now to schedule an appointment! 


types of heat pumps

These Are the Types of Heat Pumps for Your Home

Studies show that between 2013 to 2019 there was a roughly 15 million figure increase in the installation of heat pumps. People are looking for more energy-efficient ways to heat or cool their homes.

There are many kinds of heat pumps available in the market. In this guide, we will explore the different types of heat pumps and compare the options available.

Heat Pumps for Home

Heat pumps are efficient machines and you can choose between an air, ground, or water source heat pump. These pumps have various efficiency ratings through systems such as:

  • Coefficient of Performance (COP)
  • Seasonal Coefficient of Performance (SCOP)
  • Energy Efficient Ratio (EER)
  • Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio (SEER)
  • Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF)

These heat pumps work similarly to refrigerator units. Using a refrigerant and electricity, these machines pump air inside or out of the home. It utilizes the surrounding environment to balance the air condition in your home.

Heat Pump Efficiency

A gas boiler or furnace is a traditional method of heating. Giving ten thousand kilowatt-hours of heating through a season requires about twelve thousand kilowatt-hours of energy from gas.

The furnace or boiler combusts fuel and captures the heat it produces, which is released. Inevitably, a certain amount of heat will be wasted.

A heat pump is far more efficient, with a COP 4 rating. So, the amount of electricity input is less than other heating methods, in smaller spurts of power.

Which Heat Pump?

First, you should decide if you want to provide hot air or hot water to the property. If you choose air, then you should ask yourself if you want to provide cooling in the summer as well. If there are no local water sources nearby you will not be able to use a water source heat pump.

You must also ask if the pump will be installed in a new or existing property. If it's an existing property, then you will most likely need to install larger radiators or underfloor heating to maximize heat.

Purchasers must also consider the range of their budget. The cost can vary by the type of pump. Then, we can decide if a water source, air source, or ground source is best.

Air Sources

Air Sources are the easiest to install, they appear to look like normal air conditioning units. These units can be used to generate hot water or hot air. These units are the least efficient because air has lower density and heat capacity compared to ground or water sources.

Some of these units include a reversing valve which can switch to a cooling mode as well. These units range from seven thousand to eleven thousand dollars for installation.

These units are installed outside and will generate a fair amount of noise from the fans and compressors. These pumps need access to ambient air, so they cannot be boxed in an enclosed space. If not, they will try to recirculate the air which was already used causing higher electricity usage.

These units are the cheapest to install but at the cost of being the least energy efficient. Typically the cost to install an air source heat pump system can vary like the other sources depending on the size and location of the unit.

Ground Source

The Ground Source is the second most popular option. It is more commonly used for hot water production - but some units can reverse this function to provide cooling as well. These units use thermal energy embedded in the ground, this heat being derived from the sun.

This type of pump is more efficient than the air source. This is because the ground has a higher density and heat capacity compared to air. These units range from thirteen thousand to twenty-four thousand dollars.

But, this option requires deep digging into the ground. With that said, new properties will benefit from these types of pumps as they can be applied to the construction costs.

The horizontal types use pipes that are buried in the ground about three to six feet deep. Those with less access to land would install a vertical unit, which uses a loop of pipe placed deep in vertical holes.

These units can extract ten to thirty watts per meter of pipe depending on the ground type. The installation costs can range from about eighteen to thirty-two thousand dollars.

Water Source

This is the least most common type of pump. This is usually because not many properties have direct access to the required water source. The cost of installation costs around ten to fifteen thousand dollars.

For this type, there are usually two options which is an open or closed loop. Closed-loop uses a water plus antifreeze mixture to cycle around and capture heat. The open type pulls in water from the source, extracts the energy, and then releases this water back into the source a certain distance away.

These units can provide around twenty to sixty watts of power per square meter of water surface. This can heat pulls in and generates heat in a cost-efficient way if the water source is strong enough.

This installation obviously has stricter permissions required from the local authority. Any damage or leakage from the system could cause major damage to the water source. This could lead to a major fine and damage to the local ecosystems, but these leaks are very rare.

But, this is the most efficient pump compared to the Ground or Air sources. The pipes have a constant connection to the water source which transfers consistent energy. It is also fairly cheaper and easier to install than ground or air sources.

Types of Heat Pumps

The return on investments from different types of heat pumps will be great for any homeowner. Regardless of your choice, all types of heat pumps will reduce the energy cost to circulate heat or cool air into your home.

The future of heating and cooling is becoming more dependent on home heat pumps, especially for new developments in Beaumont, Texas, or surrounding areas. If you are searching for more energy-efficient ways to heat or cool your home, contact us today!


heater blowing cool air

Is Your Heater Blowing Cool Air? Here's What You Should Do

It's true that Beaumont, TX and the surrounding areas can get stifling hot in the summer. This makes you think that you have nothing to worry about when winter comes.

But the reality is, the winters can be quite tough as well. Temperatures can drop below 44 degrees, meaning you'll need a good heater to stay toasty during this season.

Perhaps yours has been doing a good job this winter so far. But all of a sudden, you feel like it's not heating up your house as efficiently. 

If you find that your heater is blowing cool air, then there are some things you can try before calling an expert. Read on to find out what to do if you're thinking, "oh no, my heater won't work!" We'll go over some reasons why your heater might be blowing out cold air.

Your Thermostat's Not Set Correctly

This might sound like a silly suggestion, but you'd be surprised at just how many people don't check their thermostats before calling a Beaumont HVAC professional to come perform heater repair. So the first thing you want to do is take a look at your thermostat.

Once the season changes from hot to cold, many homeowners forget to set their thermostat on "heat" instead of "cool." So when you're sitting there shivering and your HVAC system starts to blow cool air out, then think about whether or not you've actually switched the settings on your thermostat.

If you check it and you have indeed set your thermostat to "heat," yet your heater is still blowing out cool air, then you'll want to consider the other points in this article.

You Have Electric Panel Issues

Let's assume that your HVAC system is in perfect working condition. Then it might be a problem with your electric panel that's causing your heater to blow cool air.

For example, if the breaker's being tripped, the furnace won't be able to turn on. It may even cause the pilot light to be off.

As a result of either (or both) things, your heater won't get the heat it needs. So you end up with a heater that just blows cold air out.

As you may have already guessed, this is an issue that you shouldn't try and fix yourself. A professional HVAC company can take care of this problem for you, quickly and safely.

There's an Issue With Your Gas Valve and Pilot Light

When you realize that your heater is blowing out cold air, you'll want to check the pilot light. After all, if the pilot light isn't lit, then the furnace can't function correctly.

You'll be able to see immediately if the pilot light is on or not. If it's not lit, then you most likely have a problem with the gas valve.

A malfunctioning gas valve can be due to something as simple as years of it accumulating dirt and debris. If you haven't cleaned your HVAC system for quite some time, then this is a likely possibility. So give it a good clean and see if the pilot light will turn on.

If it doesn't, then call an HVAC specialist in Beaumont to help you out.

Your Furnace Is Overheated

If your heater does blow out hot air for a little bit and then switches to cold air, then it's very likely that your furnace is overheated. This can actually be a good thing, as it means your furnace's limit switch is in working order.

The limit switch is there to turn off the burners so that if the furnace is working dangerously hard, nothing dangerous can happen further. Instead, it basically shuts off the burners and blower so the furnace can cool down to more normal levels.

Obviously, your furnace shouldn't be overheating, nor should it be doing this often. If you keep feeling cycles of hot and cold air, you'll have to check out your furnace's air filter. A dirty filter can cause airflow to be blocked, which will cause overheating.

If cleaning or replacing the air filter doesn't fix the cold air blowing out, you'll want to call an HVAC company.

There Are Problems With Your Ductwork

Most people think that once you turn on your heater, it just magically turns all the cold air in your house into warm air. But the truth is, it's much more complicated than that.

First, your heater will collect all the air in your home. It'll them simultaneously heat the air and then also force cold air outside. This happens through heat exchange, and it must be done quite a few times before it actually starts warming up your house.

If there are issues with your ductwork, such as bad insulation, this can make the heat exchange process inefficient and much slower. As a result, you feel cool air coming out of your heater.

If it takes more than a few minutes for your heater to warm up your home, then it might be a sign that you need your ductwork looked at and repaired by an HVAC professional.

Is Your Heater Blowing Cool Air? Call an Expert

Now you know a few things you can try if your heater is blowing cool air. However, if the tips from this article don't fix your heater, you need to call an expert such as Thermacon Service Company!

We've been in business for over 40 years and are located in Beaumont, TX. This means that we serve not only this city, but also surrounding ones such as Nederland, Lumberton, Port Arthur, Orange, Bridge City, Vidor, Winnie, Port Neches, Pinehurst, China, and Silsbee. We also serve the Golden Triangle area of SW Louisiana.

So if you suspect that your heater is broken and you need heating repair, then schedule an appointment with us now.


thermostat broken

Is Your Thermostat Broken?

Some heating and air conditioning thermostats have an impressive lifespan of 35 years. However, many homeowners replace them sooner, as new models are more energy-efficient.

In many other instances, thermostats get replaced earlier due to premature failure. In such cases, their early demise is due to improper installation or a lack of maintenance.

With that said, a thermostat broken beyond repair needs immediate replacement. Otherwise, you won't be able to run your heater or air conditioner at all.

The question now is, how exactly do you tell if you have a completely broken thermostat?

This post will give you all the answers you're looking for, so be sure to read on.

Rule Out Other Potential Culprits

If you find yourself asking, "is my thermostat broken?" the first thing to do is isolate the issue. Your Beaumont or Nederland home's HVAC unit may be acting up due to a filter clogged with pet dander. It's also possible that your heater or AC isn't turning on due to a tripped circuit breaker.

Keep in mind that residue on your HVAC system can hinder airflow. So, you may feel that your furnace/boiler or AC may not be heating/cooling your home enough.

A dirty filter, after all, can cause a significant reduction in HVAC efficiency. By contrast, a clean filter can boost its efficiency by 5% to 15%.

On the other hand, a tripped circuit breaker will not supply any power to your HVAC system. So, even if you keep fiddling with your thermostat, it won't do anything as the HVAC itself doesn't have power. Check your electrical panel to see if the switch for the HVAC is set to "ON."

If neither your filter nor circuit breaker is to blame, it's time to take a closer look at your thermostat.

A Word of Warning on Mercury Thermostats

Did you know that in Beaumont, TX, almost three in five homes have been around since 1979? Of the city's residential properties, 5% are at least eight decades old!

The thing is, many of these old homes still rely on mercury thermostats. In fact, they're not only in Beaumont but throughout Jefferson County, TX, and the entire US, too. Moreover, A 2013 report cited that only 8% of mercury thermostats in the US get collected each year.

With that said, most mercury-containing thermostats are the manual dial- or knob-types. If this is the kind you have, and the control feels like it has a loose thread, it likely is defective.

Even if your mercury thermostat still works, consider getting it replaced ASAP. Mercury is a toxic element, and it can leak out of the thermostat if the glass bulb or vial breaks. Modern programmable thermostats don't have mercury, and they're also more efficient.

How to Tell if You've Got a Broken Digital Thermostat

Suppose that you've changed your HVAC filter, and your circuit breaker is set to "ON." Let's also say that you have a digital thermostat, and you have fresh batteries in it. If you experience any of the "symptoms" below, chances are you have a broken thermostat.

Absolutely Nothing on the Display

Is your digital programmable thermostat still blank after feeding it fresh batteries? If so, dust and debris accumulation may be hindering its proper operation. It's also possible that something went wrong with its wiring or internal connections.

Conflicting Thermostat Reading and Actual Temperature

Texas is home to over a dozen of the 50 hottest cities in the entire United States. The good news is that most of Jefferson County's cities aren't part of the list. Only Port Arthur is, averaging 87 days in which temperatures are at least 90 degrees.

Still, most of Jefferson County, TX, including Beaumont and Nederland, get days as hot as 92 degrees. Things can get pretty chilly in the winter, with temperatures dropping to about 5 to 6 degrees.

With that said, if the inside of your home is hotter or colder than the temp outside, you may have a broken thermostat. In this case, it's not reading the indoor temperature properly. The incorrect reading, in turn, makes your HVAC unit inefficient in cooling or heating.

No Communication at All

Studies say that each degree of reduction in thermostat settings can lead to a 3% reduction in energy use.

Now, let's say that you tried giving this technique a shot by adjusting your thermostat.

However, your thermostat didn't respond to any change you made. Maybe it did, but there was no change in the air coming out of the vents. Either way, both indicate that you may have a broken thermostat.

How to Fix a Broken Thermostat: Give It a Deep, Gentle Clean

A thermostat can appear broken from the outside, but its interiors may only need a good clean-up. If you're comfortable with your DIY skills, try cleaning the interior components. 

However, make sure you set the thermostat to its lowest setting first. You can use a soft brush or a manual compressed air pump to blow away dust and debris on the coil. Give the entire interior panel a gentle but thorough wipe.

After this, set the thermostat to the highest setting and then repeat the steps.

Once it's clean, replace the panel and set the thermostat back to your preferred setting. If the thermostat issue was only due to filthy parts, the room should get comfy cool or cozy warm after 10 to 15 minutes.

If there’s no change at all, you may have a broken thermostat that already warrants a replacement.  

Is Your Thermostat Broken Beyond Repair?

Cleaning a thermostat broken beyond repair won't be enough to fix it. Giving it a fresh set of batteries won't help, either. If none of the troubleshooting and DIY solutions work, you very likely need a new thermostat.

Don't worry, though, as our team here at Thermacon Service Company is always ready to help. Ring us up now, and we can have your thermostat replaced as early as today since we operate 24 hours, seven days a week. Whether you're from Jefferson or Orange County, we'll be happy to help you with all your HVAC concerns.


air conditioner problems and solutions

7 Common Air Conditioner Problems and Solutions

Nearly 87% of homes in the United States have air conditioning units.

Air conditioners make the indoor environment quite comfy and bearable. They have other benefits, too, which make them valuable assets in many homes.

Like the other good assets, air conditioners are prone to issues that affect their efficiency. Some of the problems are simple, while others require the intervention of an expert.

This guide will inform you of the common air conditioner problems and solutions that you should know. The knowledge will help you have a smoother experience with your AC, as you will always know how to solve the issues that arise. Check them out below.

1. Poor Air Flow

The primary role of the unit is to cool the room during summer. It's therefore easy to recognize a reduced cooling effect in the room.

Poor or no airflow happens because of many reasons. First, the filters could be blocked. The blockage comes from trapped dust, debris, and other particles that prevent the standard passage of air from the unit to the room.

Blocked vents could also cause reduced cooling. The blockage issue is not technical, and you can solve it on your own. You only need to remove the filters and the vents carefully and clean them.

Alternatively, you may replace them if they are too old, and the cleaning does not cause a notable change. If the problem persists, seek an experienced technician's help to advise you on the way forward.

2. Strange Noises

Air conditioners do not operate silently. But, the sound should not be too much to disrupt you from your everyday lifestyle. Something must be wrong with the AC if you have started to experience strange sounds from the AC.

The strange sounds may range from hissing to rattling, and you shouldn't ignore them.

The sound signifies that some components of the conditioner are loose. If you ignore the sounds and continue to use the device, you might cause further issues and affect the overall efficiency of the air you get.

The ideal solution to strange sounds would be to call an expert. The technician should disassemble the entire air conditioning unit's parts to identify the issue and solve it. Don't attempt to repair it on your own to avoid causing further damages.

3. Bad Smell

Sometimes, you may experience foul odors coming from your HVAC system. When it's cold, the excess moisture gets trapped on the air conditioner's filters and other parts.

Too much moisture attracts bacteria which causes the odor. Mostly, the lousy odor occurs when the filters are filthy, meaning that you rarely clean or replace them. You may also experience the issue when there is a leakage in the unit.

The best solution to the foul odor is to call an expert. It's not advisable to handle the issue on your own because the smelly parts could have mold. Mold is harmful to your health and can cause other adverse effects to you and your family.

The expert should inspect the entire parts to know if an animal is trapped inside or the filters need cleaning.

4. Air Conditioner Fails to Turn On

Many things can cause this AC issue. The most apparent reason is power failure. Before you switch the AC on, you should confirm that the AC is connected to power.

The issue could also be a result of a faulty thermostat. Some parts of the thermostat may be damaged, or the battery may not be working. Thermostat issues are quite sensitive, and you shouldn't try handling them on your own.

Your conditioner may also fail to turn because of a problematic fuse. If your fuse box is overloaded, it will not transmit power well, which translates to a non-functional air conditioner. An experienced air conditioning unit expert can help you solve the issue.

5. The Air Conditioner Blows Hot Air

It can be a frustrating experience to receive warm air in your house, yet it's summer. When this AC problem happens, you should first check the settings on the thermostat. Maybe, you have set warm air, instead of the regular cold air.

If the settings are okay, then it will be evident that there's a significant issue. A great air conditioning technician can help you. The expert should inspect the fan and the thermostat to confirm that everything is okay.

If the problem is persistent, then the entire unit may be old, and replacement might be the last possible solution.

6. Short Cycling

Short cycling refers to short air conditioning intervals. For instance, you may notice that the air conditioner switches off ten minutes after switching it on. Or, it turns off shortly after switching it on.

At times, the unit may start and stop on its own. The problem is hazardous, and you should not tolerate it. So, how do you solve it?

The first step is to check the filters and confirm that they are clean and operational. After that, you should inspect the air conditioner for any leaks. If you don't see a physical problem, you can call an expert to identify the issue.

7. Water Leaks

Do you often find a pool of water in the area surrounding your air conditioner unit? Are the external parts of the conditioner becoming too wet? If yes, then it's apparent that the refrigerator is leaking.

The refrigerator's primary role is to cool the conditioner, but it should not leak or cause excessive water accumulation. Therefore, the leak is an apparent sign that some parts of the cooling system are not working well.

The problem is not significant, and you can inspect the refrigerator on your own before calling a technician. But if you can't see any issue, then an experienced technician can help you solve the problem.

Learn More Air Conditioner Problems and Solutions

There are many types of air conditioner problems, although the above are the main ones. If you own a cooling unit or intend to buy one, familiarize yourself with the common air conditioner problems and solutions.

An experienced technician can educate you on the issues to keep you informed. Your work is only to ascertain that the technician is well trained and reputable.

Thermacon is an AC installation and repair firm in Texas. We offer excellent heating and cooling services to both residential and commercial units. For more than 30 years, we have helped homeowners like you maintain their air conditioners, replace them, and clean them.

If you have any concerns regarding common AC problems, contact us for handy advice. We will listen to your AC needs and provide an immediate solution.


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Is Your Air Clean? Here's How to Test Your Home's Indoor Air Quality

When nearly a quarter of American office workers report air quality problems in their place of work, you have to wonder what their home air quality is like. Homes tend not to be checked for health risks as much as work environments. Isn't it time you checked your home air quality? When was the last time you checked your home's air quality? Perhaps you've never tested it. Read on to learn how to check your indoor air quality.

You're Testing Your Indoor Air Quality Everyday

Every day that you're in your home you are testing the air quality on your body. Whenever you breathe the air and live in your home environment your body is responding to the air and whatever impurities are in it. For many people, it's this experience that prompts them to have air quality testing done.

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) or other more minor air quality problems can be very difficult to identify. The occupants of a building experience a range of symptoms without necessarily being aware that they arise from their exposure to pollutants in the building they live in.

Treating the symptoms will not resolve the problem. The answer lies in making changes in the building itself.

If you experience any of the following symptoms you may have a problem with air quality in your home. They could equally arise from some other source but you may want to check that your home is safe.

Air quality problems can result in allergic reactions and asthmatic symptoms. Cold and flu-like symptoms are also common. There could be irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.

Feeling tired, dizzy, or nauseous might be an indication of an air quality problem. Headaches are also an indication of a potential problem too.

Serious Harm

The mild symptoms experienced by most people are annoying and uncomfortable. Air quality is worth improving even if it is only to remove these irritations. It's as well to know that there are some much more serious consequences of poor air quality to consider.

Poor air quality can lead to heart problems, cancers, and pneumonia in a few cases. It can be dangerous to pregnant women and their infants. Legionnaires disease is a potentially life-threatening illness and it can be contracted by breathing in the mist from air conditioning units and water supplies that contain the bacteria.

Air Quality

Good air quality exists when both the humidity and temperature are comfortable for you and your family. Ventilation is effective and clean air is coming into your home and moving around your home. At the same time, any contaminants are kept to a minimum or safe level.

Too high a temperature or humidity isn't just uncomfortable for you. It also encourages the growth of mold which has other negative effects. Heat can also promote the release of harmful chemicals from materials in and around your home, including building materials.

Ventilation isn't just about opening a window. It's about letting air into your home from outside and letting air from inside your home, out. This exchange of air allows fresh oxygenated air into your home but it also brings other things into your home too. It can bring heat, moisture, and pollutants in with the air.

Ventilation can be assisted by using an air conditioning unit. As well as mechanically moving the air and air conditioning unit can treat the air to improve air quality.

Air Quality Issues

The pollutants that can enter your home include volatile organic compounds. These compounds are emitted from cleaning products, air fresheners, disinfectants, and countless other household products.

Carbon monoxide is another contaminant that can have serious health effects. Furnaces, generators, and motor vehicles can all be sources of carbon monoxide.

Microscopic particles can also be present in the air in your home. When inhaled, these contaminants can be damaging to your lungs and heart. Examples of sources of harmful particles in the air are smoke from cigarettes and fires.

Another pollutant to be aware of is radon. Radon is a major cause of cancer.

Air Quality Testing

Air quality sensors are available and are usually designed to test for a specific pollutant. They are placed around your home and indicate whether the pollutant is at a dangerously high level. Each type of sensor has its specific location requirement so follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Professional air quality assessment will test for a variety of air quality issues. This includes any problems within the heating, cooling, and air conditioning system. The report can identify the causes of potential problems.

No air quality test kit could identify that your ductwork is faulty or that the water heating system is producing unwanted humidity and encouraging mold growth. A professional air quality inspection may be the best way to resolve your worries about air quality especially if you have health issues.

Improving Air Quality

Once the source of an air quality problem has been identified, it can be resolved. Air quality improvements could be achieved by fitting an air purifier to your home's ventilation system or a cabinet air cleaner.

Components can be installed in your system to treat the air for mold. A dehumidifier could reduce condensation and damp which encourages the growth of mold. It can also make your home atmosphere more pleasant to live in.

Air Quality Professionals

Thermacon Services Company, Inc, are heating and cooling experts operating in Texas. Their indoor air quality testing service will provide you with a written report with their professional recommendations to improve air quality in your home.

To talk about your air quality, contact us now.


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How To Choose the Best Hvac Air Filter To Deal With Pet Dander

Did you know that more than 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy each year? Did you know that there is a link between improperly filtered air in your home and poorer health outcomes?

This includes allergies related to pet dander. Do you experience allergies and wonder if your pet is to blame?

Like most people, getting rid of the pet you consider a “member of the family” is not an option. Fortunately, you have options for cleaning the air in your home. You can be free from allergens and keep your furry companion.

What Is Pet Dander?

Pet dander is made up of tiny particles of skin shed by animals with fur or feathers. Pets that might have dander include cats, dogs, birds, and rodents. These flakes of skin float into the air and can remain suspended there for a long time.

Dander can cause allergies for people who breathe them in. This can include triggering asthma, bronchitis, or other respiratory problems. These particles also can cause rashes or irritations on the skin. More often than not, it is pet dander--not hair--that causes allergic reactions in people.

Why this happens is specific to the person and to the pet. It is a common misconception that certain breeds of dogs cause allergies and others do not. But people with allergies can have different reactions to dogs of the same breed.

Another false belief is that the length of the pet's hair has something to do with allergies. Since dander is from the skin, the length of the animal's hair only has to do with how easily it disperses into the air.

HVAC Filters Can Eliminate Pet Allergens

There are a few simple things you can do to further reduce the amount of pet dander in the air. These include keeping your carpets cleaned and making sure your pet is well-groomed and regularly bathed. However, these steps will only reduce the amount of dander in the air.

Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) may be both the cause, and the solution, to allergies from pet dander. Even if you keep your pets isolated to a single room or area of the house, the HVAC system is dispersing pet dander throughout your home.

The good news is that a proper HVAC filter can filter any particles in the air, including pet dander and even bacteria. But the key is to have the right filter installed.

Not all filters are created equal. The main thing to look at when comparing air filters is the “minimum efficiency reporting value,” or MERV rating. This measures how effectively the filter traps dust and other small particles. In general, the higher the MERV rating the smaller the particles it can trap and keep out of the air stream.

  • MERV 1-4 will remove large particles, like carpet fibers, and most pollen and dust
  • MERV 5-8 filters will capture spores from mold
  • MERV 9-12 will filter most fumes and certain bacteria
  • MERV 13-16 will remove all of the above, as well as tobacco smoke and almost all types of bacteria

Even the lowest-rated MERV filter can be a move in the right direction. But to reduce pet dander you will want to look for a filter with a rating of at least 11.

If you want to cut out pet odors as well, look for a filter with a carbon layer. Most filters that have this feature advertise it on the packaging, so they are easy to identify.

Keep in mind that you should not install a filter that has a higher MERV rating than your system can handle. There are filters available that are designed to clean the air stream into surgical operating rooms. This is not necessary for your home. Too hearty a filter could slow down and even cause damage to your system.

There are a few companies that produce filters specifically designed to catch allergens and reduce odors. You may pay a higher price than your typical one, but these high-end filters often last longer and need to be changed less often.

One big advantage of a more robust air filter is that it is a cheaper alternative to expensive air purifying machines. And it will do a better job of purifying the air in your entire home.

Other Considerations

It is a good idea to change your air filter about once a month, regardless of whether you have pets. It will reduce strain on your system and help it run more efficiently.

Another thing you should consider is having your system cleaned. HVAC ductwork can accumulate dust and debris that can slow your system down. This includes allergens and mold. These particles are gradually be re-released into the air stream of your home.

Having ductwork cleaned is a good idea for new homes. If you suspect damage from rodents or other causes, that is another reason to have them looked at. This will ensure that your system is sending clean, filtered air into your home.

Once you have the ducts cleaned, you will almost immediately notice a cleaner smell in the air of your home. You also can expect a reduction in your next utility bill.

No Need To Wait

Upgrading your air filter will help create a healthier indoor air quality for your home. If you are unsure of what type filter would be best for your system, contact a professional. An experienced technician can identify any problems and help you decide what alterations are right for your home.

Most reputable professionals will provide a free quote for any work to be done on your home, including ductwork cleaning. They will be able to tell you what measures to take to make your air cleaner and to help you breathe easier.

For more information on how to make and keep your home free of pet dander, contact us or visit our site.


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5 Things Homeowners Need to Know About Preparing for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is on the way (and has technically already started), and if you're a new homeowner, or just new to a hurricane-prone area, you might not be prepared.

This is projected to be a particularly active season for hurricanes, so preparation is key. Preparing for hurricane season isn't hard, and eventually, it will become second nature. If this is your first time, we can help you out.

Keep reading for 5 things that you need to know as a homeowner preparing for hurricane season.

1. Hurricane Season Timing

When is hurricane season anyway?

You can't adequately prepare if you're not aware of when you should be doing all of this prep work.

Hurricane season officially lasts from the beginning of June through the end of November.

That said, that's a very broad time and it's not 100% accurate. The season can start in May and often ends by the beginning of autumn. In many areas, the unofficial hurricane season (or when you can expect more hurricane activity hitting land) is from July through August.

When hurricane season is approaching, you should do certain things to prepare your home. Hurricanes typically have some warning, but being prepared early on is best.

2. You Need to Bring Things Inside

Summer is the time of backyard barbeques, lounging on the hammock, and letting the kids swim in a kiddie pool.

Summer is also the time when these things can all be swept away by a rogue storm.

While you can have these things outside when they're in use, consider bringing them indoors nightly when there's news of a storm nearby. They can cause serious damage to your property or your neighbors' properties.

3. Windows Can Break: Board Them

Even mild hurricanes can cause windows to shatter either from the wind or the flying debris.

Prevent this by boarding up your windows before the storm.

This can be done with traditional boards or you can invest in hurricane shutters that can add an extra layer of protection.

4. Your Roof Isn't Safe

Many people never get a roof inspection or carry out one themselves. Why should they?

Well, a hurricane can peel the tiles right from your roof if they aren't properly affixed. This becomes dangerous debris and it removes a layer of protection from your home.

Before the hurricane comes, make sure that there are no loose or missing tiles. If there are, it might be time to contact someone.

5. Everything Should Be Turned Off

While you don't have to go completely without electricity during the hurricane (unless the power goes out), you might want to protect some of your floor-level or outdoor appliances by disconnecting them.

If you have an outdoor unit or anything else that sits in a flood-prone area, disconnect them from electricity. It's better to be a little warm than to risk some serious damage.

Preparing for Hurricane Season Doesn't Have to Be Difficult

It's hard to prepare completely for hurricane season. Knowing when you can expect hurricanes and how you should weatherproof your home in the event of one is a strong start.

Preparing for hurricane season is essential. It's better to prepare and have nothing happen than to not prepare when a hurricane is on the way.

For more information, or to contact us about a repair for your HVAC systems, visit our site!