Thermacon Does It Again

This month we are highlighting our company’s outstanding performance and dedication to consistently providing the best HVAC service and products to the SETX area. As such, we are proud to announce that Thermacon is in the top 6% of Lennox dealers in the nation and has recently been awarded the Lennox Centurion Award!

Customer Service Does Matter

Dan Dotey, the President of Thermacon, said it best. “This award reflects our team’s hard work and commitment to customer service. To win the Centurion Award, a dealer must embody the Lennox brand promise in their market, and we are honored to be recognized with this prestigious award.” Earning this award further emphasizes Thermacon’s promise to be the best HVAC company in our area.

Lennox – A Worldwide Leader

A worldwide leader in home comfort, Lennox offers its award-wining air conditioning and heating products through a network of more than 7,000 dealers throughout North America. Providing some of the quietest and most efficient units on the market, including the first ultra-low emissions furnace and hospital-grade air filtration, Lennox has a history of designing innovative HVAC and indoor air quality products.

Thank You

We could not be more honored to have been presented with the Lennox Centurion Award, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our highly skilled hardworking employees and our amazing customers.

If you are interested in learning more about what sets Thermacon apart, please contact us! If you’d like to make an appointment, you can give us a call at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. You can also check out our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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Guide to Indoor Allergens

More than 50 million Americans are affected by allergies every year. It can be hard to narrow down what specific allergens are causing symptoms that mimic the common cold as far as indoor allergies are concerned. Problems such as a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes that last more than a week are likely a result of indoor allergens. Let’s take a look at all the different types of allergens that can reside in your home.

The Most Common Indoor Allergens

  • Mold: Mold produces tiny, allergy-inducing spores capable of causing severe reactions in sensitive individuals. It thrives in damp environments like basements, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
  • Pollen: Pollen can enter your home in a variety of ways. Pets and humans can bring pollen indoors as well as indoor plants that can produce pollen and trigger allergy symptoms.
  • Dust Mites: Dust mites are likely everywhere in your home, consuming human skin flakes. They thrive in warm, humid environments like upholstery, bedding, and carpeting. Their body remnants and droppings are what cause most issues for allergy sufferers and can trigger asthma symptoms.
  • Pets: Saliva, urine, and dander can become a huge issue for those with allergies. Not to mention, pets bring outdoor allergens indoor on their fur when going for walks or outside to do their business.

Way to Reduce Indoor Allergens

One of the best ways to combat indoor allergens is reducing exposure and regular cleaning. Here are a few ways to do that.

General Cleaning:

  • Opt for easily cleaned surfaces like hardwood floors and leather furniture
  • Keep an eye on and address water issues ASAP
  • Use a premium air filter to keep allergens at bay and also keep humidity under control
  • Change allergy filters often
  • Clean and disinfect bathrooms regularly
  • Dust and vacuum with a HEPA filter
  • Wear a protective mask when cleaning
  • Use allergen-proof fabric covers on mattresses, pillows, and box springs
  • Wash bedding regularly
  • Clean countertops regularly
  • Wash hands after petting pets

How Effective Are Air Purifiers?

Whole-home or portable air purifiers can be a viable option to take control of indoor allergies. For instance, air purifiers with a HEPA filtration with MERV ratings of 17-19 are capable of trapping and removing 99.97 to 99.99% of particles 0.3 microns or larger. UV light versions can further reduce air pollutants while killing bacteria and mold.

 

If you have more questions about how to control indoor allergens in your home or office, please give our experts a call! If you’d like to make an appointment, contact us at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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What is a SEER rating, and why is it important?

If you’re like most people, when you hear the word SEER, you may immediately think of searing a steak or piece of meat. However, a SEER rating means something a little different in our industry, and it’s an important factor when shopping for an HVAC system. Let us give you the rundown.

WHAT DOES SEER STAND FOR?

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficient Ratio. This is the ratio of the air conditioner’s output over a typical cooling season, divided by the energy it uses in watts-hours. The higher the rating, the more comfortable you’ll be per energy dollar. The efficiency rating of your system can vary depending on the size of your home, the current shape of your ductwork, as well as external elements. You may achieve a rating one day of 21, but it could dip below that number on other days.

The rating is calculated during the cooling season, taking in factors such as indoor temperature and various outdoor temperatures that range from 60 to 100 degrees.

Most air conditioners have a standard SEER rating that ranges from 13 to 21. SEER ratings can differ per your geographical region. The minimum in the southwest and southeast is 14, and in the north, it goes down to 13. If you’re system registers at a 13 or 14, it doesn’t often mean that your system is inefficient. Older systems can register as low as an 8 or 9.

WHY A HIGHER SEER RATING IS DESIRABLE

Think of a SEERs rating as a maximum efficiency rating. It’s very similar in the way you get certain miles to the gallon on your car. You’ll want the most efficient system possible.

Along with the savings of a more energy-efficient system, you’ll also enjoy greater air comfort from a system with a higher SEER rating. These units typically have a 2-stage or variable-speed compressor and a variable-speed blower. Units with a lower rating have a single-stage compressor and run at one speed. This means you’ll likely experience cold spots and higher humidity levels in your home. Your A/C will work overtime to reduce humidity levels, running up a pretty hefty energy bill.

IS THERE A MAGIC SEER RATING?

There’s no magical rating that will solve all your HVAC unit needs, but we’d say that anything over 13 is a good option. For instance, if you have an older unit with a rating of 9 and replace it with a unit that registers a 16, then you’ll significantly reduce the cost of cooling your home.

When purchasing a unit, inquire about any manufacturer’s rebates and tax credits that help make a great unit more affordable.

 

If you have more questions about a SEER rating, please give our experts a call! If you’d like to make an appointment, contact us at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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The Importance of an HVAC Maintenance Agreement

As HVAC professionals with years of experience, we know the value of a comprehensive maintenance agreement. For instance, keeping up with car maintenance is a common practice as the last thing anyone wants is to be stranded on the side of the road. Similar to car maintenance, HVAC maintenance is just as important. You may not be left stranded on the side of the road, but you could be left with a home that has no heating or air, which can make for an equally uncomfortable situation. One of the best ways to ensure your HVAC system is operating at its best is to invest in a Thermacon HVAC maintenance plan.

JOIN THE CLUB!

Our customers immediately become club members with every HVAC maintenance agreement sold. Here are some of the benefits of our energy savings club:

  • $100 loyalty credit each year for future equipment replacement
  • Up to 15% discount on parts
  • No overtime charges
  • Spring and Fall tune-ups
  • 1-year parts and labor warranty
  • Priority Service
  • Inspect and clean outdoor and evaporator coils and heat exchangers

Our maintenance plan helps us catch any issue before it becomes a big, costly one. Being proactive and keeping a close eye on your system allows us to keep it in working order longer, avoiding common issues as time goes by.

SAVE ON COSTLY REPAIRS

By purchasing a Thermacon maintenance plan, you’ll likely prevent a variety of issues, from parts wearing out to corroded electrical wires that, if gone untreated, can lead to more problems costing you hundreds of dollars to fix or even having to replace your unit. We keep a close eye to detect and prevent issues we know are common based on our years of experience in the HVAC industry. Rest assured, you’ll be in good hands with our trusted professionals.

ULTIMATE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

Our ultimate goal is to provide long-term customer satisfaction. We want to earn your service and keep you as a customer for years to come. We’ll never recommend a repair or replacement if it’s not needed. We pride ourselves on providing the best service possible to our customers throughout all seasons of life.

 

If you’d like to sign up for our maintenance agreement, please give our experts a call! If you’d like to make an appointment, contact us at 866-797-1535, or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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4 Ways to Efficiently Heat an Individual Room This Winter

When you live in a milder climate like Texas, the winters are not super harsh, but it can be cold enough to want to turn the heat on. Some want to save on energy bills by leaving the house colder but heating the rooms they use the most. Here are a few ways to efficiently heat an individual room this winter when the weather turns chilly.

1. Convection Heaters

Most know convection heaters as those used by bakers to warm the air in an oven to create beautiful pastries. Traditional convection heaters are built the same way. A fan pulls warm air across a heating source to warm it. It then kicks the warm air back into the room. The heat constantly circulates and warms the room. One element of convection heaters that tend to be unpleasant is that they can be loud. However, some tend to find the noise soothing and similar to white noise. They can also stir up dust as the heater circulates the air, aggravating those with allergies. In this case, a conduction convection heater would be a better choice as electricity flows through a resistor that converts the energy into heat.

2. Infrared Heaters

Everyone loves the warming sensation you get when outside on a warm sunny day. Infrared heaters use a similar method of warming but with infrared light. Think of it as having your own personal sun to use whenever you please. One benefit of this type of heater is that it instantly emits heat with the click of a switch to turn the light on. They are also energy efficient as they don’t heat the air or burn fossil fuels. They are quiet, but you must be in the line of sight of the light to be warmed.

3. Radiant Heaters

If your goal is to heat a person quickly, not a whole room, a radiant heater could be the ticket. Electricity heats stone, metal, ceramic, and then the reflector directs the heat where you want it. One popular method of using radiant heaters is to install them underneath flooring to heat a whole room. It makes a nice touch to bathrooms, bedrooms, and other cold areas of the home. They typically use less energy than a furnace or convection heater.

4. Wood Pellet Stoves

Wood pellet stoves can be used to heat small homes, but more commonly, they are used to heat small spaces. Dogs and cats also love to cozy up to them. Unlike some of the heaters previously mentioned, wood pellet stoves run off of renewable energy – wood. However, you may be surprised to know that modern stoves use a small amount of electricity. These stoves are energy efficient, even though you can lose some heat from the chimney, and they do create some air pollution, but much less than traditional burning wood-burning stoves.

For further information about efficient ways to heat your home and individual rooms this winter, please feel free to give our experts a call! Contact us at 866-797-1535 or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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4 Reasons To Invest In An HVAC Safety Inspection

Taking a step to invest in a HVAC safety inspection proactively can be something your future self will thank you for. In our line of work, most people tend to be reactive, only calling us when things go wrong, leaving the whole family in very uncomfortable situations. Our experience leads us to share with you the reasons you should invest in an HVAC safety inspection.

1. Extend the life of your unit

Without regular maintenance, your unit could come under a lot of stress leading to normal wear and tear. By catching the problem early, we can help replace parts before they impact other areas of your unit, causing further damage. One common issue we see is refrigerant leaks. If your refrigerant levels are low, your A/C will not operate as it should. This can be caused by corrosion of the coils, loose fittings, or holes in the refrigerant pipes. All of which, if caught early, can keep your unit from further damage.

2. Improve Air Quality

Improper air filter maintenance is one of the leading causes of HVAC issues. It’s imperative to replace your air filter is it’s a critical component of keeping the air quality in your home free of dust, dirt, and other contaminants. At Thermacon, our team will make sure to check your filter and replace it if necessary to ensure contaminants are kept at bay.

3. Keep Air Circulating Inside Your Home

Regular inspections, cleaning, and upkeep of your HVAC unit can prevent any type of obstruction from affecting clean air from circulating inside your home. A contaminated air duct system can leave you and your family in an uncomfortable situation.

4. Prevent Costly Repairs

You may not realize, but your HVAC unit may already be running on borrowed time trying to overcompensate for rusty, damaged, or dripping parts. It’s better to inspect these parts early on and replace them rather than be caught with the increased cost of unexpected repairs. For example, a dirty coil can lead to decreased efficiency issues by a significant amount, but with regular maintenance, an HVAC expert can make sure the coils are cleaned and operating efficiently.

 

Ready to schedule your HVAC safety inspection?

When you schedule an HVAC safety inspection with Thermacon, our qualified technicians will check the following:

  • Thermostat test
  • Check air filters
  • Evaluate proper airflow
  • Inspect HVAC unit
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Check heater/furnace, gas connections, and drip pans
  • Inspect blow motor, drain line, and coils
  • Check safety equipment and surge protectors
  • Look for any pest infestations
  • A thorough report of our findings

Learn more about our HVAC maintenance plans HERE.

For further information about our HVAC safety inspection, please feel free to give our experts a call! Contact us at 866-797-1535 or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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Make Fall Less Scary With An HVAC Check-Up

Everywhere we look, signs of autumn appear. As we start to see pumpkin patches pop up and fall festivals in full swing, families everywhere begin preparing for cooler weather. Because we know turning on your heater for the first time in months can be a little nerve-racking, we want to remind you to make fall less scary with an HVAC check-up.

Haunting HVAC Unit

You’re not the only one that has been on summer vacation. Your furnace has taken a break all season long as well. As the weather cools and you start up your furnace, you may experience a ghastly smell of burning dust. This is a common issue as dust and dirt have settled during the spring and summer months. During a fall service call, our technicians will inspect your furnace and clear away the dust and dirt inside your heater to eliminate that dreaded burning smell. We’ll also check to make sure no furry friends have nested in your HVAC unit. Talk about scary!

Ghastly Gas Furnaces

If you have a gas furnace, they are indeed very reliable. However, the igniters and gas burners add an extra layer of complexity, especially when sitting idle for long periods of time. Avoid the anxiety of a first-time startup by having our professionals check it in advance and safely turn it on.

Terrifying Thermostat

Traditional thermostats can run worry-free for years, but if you’d like a more efficient way of using your HVAC system, consider a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats can be more efficient, save you money, and make it easier to manage settings. Our techs can help you select the best option for you that fits your needs and budget.

Don’t Horrify Holiday Guests

Scheduling an HVAC check-up in October or early November can ensure a comfortable experience for you, your family, and any guests that stay in your home during the busy holiday months. You’ll want to spend time enjoying the festivities and less time worrying about your HVAC system underperforming.

 

To set up your fall HVAC check-up, please feel free to give our experts a call! Contact us at 866-797-1535 or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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Common Energy Saving Myths Busted

As we approach the last dog days of summer, you may be tempted to consider energy-saving techniques to reduce your A/C bill. After all, if you’re not careful, those bloated bills can make you break even more of a sweat. So, what energy-saving methods really work, and which ones are full of hot air? We’re here to bust some of the common myths about how to save money during peak seasons.

Turn Your A/C Off When You’re Not Home

You may think that turning off you’re A/C is the best course of action when you’re not at home, but that’s not entirely accurate. Turning off your A/C allows your house to get hot. Your system will have to work overtime to cool it once you arrive home, costing you more money than you think. The best solution for this problem is a smart thermostat so your system can gradually cool your home before you get there.

Close Your Vents To Unused Rooms

It may seem logical to close off vents to less frequently used rooms, but this can be a bad idea. The reason is that closing off vents to these rooms will increase the air pressure in your system, which makes it work harder and use more energy. This rule applies during hot summer months as well as cooler winter months.

Use Ceiling Fans To Cool Rooms

One common misunderstanding is that ceiling fans cool rooms. It may seem like a ceiling fan would cool down a hot room because it circulates the air, but fans cool you, not the space around you. To effectively cool a room, lower your thermostat so that cooler air is dispersed. Then, engage your ceiling fan to help circulate the cooler air throughout the room.

Setting Your Thermostat Lower Will Cool Your Home Faster

Most HVAC units use a single-speed air handler which means when your system engages in cooling your home, the air will move and cool at the same speed. Setting your temperature to a lower speed causes your system to work harder to reach that lower than normal temperature.

BONUS: Space Heaters Are More Efficient Than Whole-House Heating

Most people invest in space heaters, thinking it’ll help them save a little money during the winter months. The fact of the matter is, space heaters can use just as much energy to heat the one room you’re occupying at the moment as heating your whole home.

 

If you still have questions about energy-saving methods to practice all season, give our experts a call! Contact us at 866-797-1535 or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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The Ultimate Guide To HVAC Filters

Knowing what kind of HVAC filter you need can be a little overwhelming. After all, there are various different sizes, ratings, and capabilities. Because changing your air filter is the single best way to keep your HVAC system working properly, we’re sharing a guide to help you select the right filter for you so you can be confident it’s doing the best job it can all year round.

Different Types of HVAC Filters

Fiberglass: Fiberglass filters are disposable and more affordable than other options. However, they work better to protect your air conditioner than filter dust and pollutants in the air. This type of air filter might leave you and your family subject to respiratory problems.

Pleated: Made of polyester and cotton folds, which filter out dust and other pollutants. When shopping for a pleated filter, you’ll want to look for ones with the most pleats for the best performance.

Washable: Washable filters cost a little more than disposable ones, but you save in the long run. When investing in washable options, it’s important to plan washings ahead of time and allow plenty of time to dry to avoid mold growth and bacteria build-up.

Electrostatic: Looking for a different way to trap dust and particles? An electrostatic filter does so by creating a magnet charge. They come in washable and non-washable designs and can be very effective.

HEPA Filter: If you or someone in your family suffer from allergies or a respiratory illness, a HEPA filter would be the best option for your home. These filters are high efficiency and are effective at screening contaminants up to 99.97%.

UV Filter: A UV filter uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria and viruses in your home. However, it’s less efficient at screening dust and contaminants. All in all, they are great for combating viruses that can be harmful to your health.

How often should I change my air filter?

This answer depends on the type of air filter you have. If you use a pleated or high-efficiency air filter, the rule of thumb is to change it every three months for maximum air quality and efficiency. During peak allergy months, it’s recommended you check your air filter sooner to change it more often if it looks dirty.

 

We hope this guide has helped take the guesswork out of shopping for an air filter. If you still have questions about what option might be the best for your specific environment, give our experts a call! Contact us at 866-797-1535 or schedule an appointment online. Visit our website for more information on our vast number of services, including air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, indoor air quality, maintenance, commercial HVAC, industrial, and marine services.

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