HAVE YOU HAD YOUR AIR CONDITIONER TUNED UP YET?

technician-with-condenserWhile our winter season is decidedly mild when compared to that of other areas in the country, that doesn’t mean that Texans don’t get excited for the chillier weather of the year to end. That being said, it’s a lot more difficult to enjoy summer’s heat if you don’t have a great air conditioner that is in great working order waiting for you. This is exactly why it is so important to ensure that your AC is properly tuned up prior to the arrival of the cooling season.

Because we’re not quite out of winter’s chilly grasp just yet, you may not be thinking about your air conditioner in Houston, TX too much. Trust us when we tell you that it is better to get out ahead of your service needs, though. Waiting too long to schedule maintenance may lead to the temptation of skipping right over it when the summer heat hits sooner than expected.

How Does Maintenance Benefit Me?

If you have read this blog or any other home services blog/publication in the past, then you have certainly been told that routine AC maintenance is a must previously. Simply put, there is just no better way in which to guarantee that you get the best performance that your air conditioner has to offer. We’re happy to provide a few more details, of course.

  • Reliability – we obviously run our air conditioners pretty hard in this part of the country. If you are hoping for your AC to be there for you when you need it most, then you need to schedule annual air conditioning maintenance. Otherwise, you run the risk of repair needs during the hottest time of the season.
  • Efficiency – we use our air conditioners way too much over the course of our long, hot cooling season to risk inefficiency. The longer that you force your air conditioner to run without a tune-up, the more likely you are to see a noticeable decline in energy efficiency.
  • Longevity – routine maintenance gives your technician the chance to deal with the past season’s wear and tear, as well as to discover, diagnose, and preemptively address any developing problems. Failure to schedule routine maintenance can result in shortened system lifespan.

Take Advantage of Our Maintenance Program

If you are concerned about forgetting to schedule maintenance, or if you’re hesitant to schedule maintenance because you want to save some money, then you should definitely look into our maintenance program.

Maintenance club membership advantages include two maintenance visits per year, two-year parts warranty on any repairs that we make, validated manufacturer warranties, and multiple discounts. This is an incredibly thorough service. Some handy homeowners think that they can handle their maintenance on their own, but it’s just not true. When we complete your maintenance, we:

  • Clean condenser coils.
  • Test unit disconnect.
  • Test capacitors.
  • Inspect and test relays and contactors.
  • Inspect and adjust belts and pulleys.
  • Test voltage and amperage.
  • Check and calibrate thermostats.
  • and so much more!

Contact Expert Air Cooling And Heating to have your AC tuned up properly.

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HVAC REPLACEMENT TIP: CONSIDER A HEAT PUMP

We’re at a tough time of the year, comfort-wise. You may be tempted to call it a season for your heating system when daytime temperatures are sneaking up into the 70’s and, occasionally, even into the 80’s. Then night falls, though, and all of a sudden we’re back down into the 40’s. The balancing act will ease up a little over the course of the next few weeks, when warmer temperatures really settle in. That should have you thinking about any necessary HVAC replacements on the horizon.

If you are thinking about replacing your heater at the end of this season, or your AC prior to the onset of the summer season — or especially both — then you should really consider the installation of a heat pump in Houston, TX. They really do make a lot of sense for homeowners in our area. We’ve discussed them before, but let us give you a quick reminder of what a heat pump brings to the table.

Year Round Comfort, and Just One System

The reason that we say to consider a heat pump especially if both your heating and air conditioning systems are ready for replacement is due to the fact that the installation of a heat pump covers all of your bases. Heat pumps are widely renowned for their unique ability to both heat and cool homes. The key to this ability lies not just in its exploitation of heat transfer via the refrigerant cycle, but also its ability to reverse that cycle.

Evaporating and Condensing Refrigerant

An air conditioner, as well as a heat pump, has an evaporator coil and a condenser unit using coils to disperse heat. The difference between the two is that an air conditioner uses those coils in the same way at all times. Refrigerant evaporates in the evaporator coil, which is located indoors. That draws heat out of the air. The refrigerant then travels outdoors to the condenser, and its heat is released outside. The heat pump functions this way, as well, but only in the summer. In the winter, a component called the reversing valve allows for this process to be reversed.

Not only is the directional flow of the refrigerant reversed, but the operation of the coils is reversed as well. By evaporating refrigerant in the outdoor unit, and condensing it indoors, the heat pump is able to use existing heat in the air outside in order heat a home with incredible efficiency. It’s not the same as opening up a window on a winter’s night to let “heat” in, of course. After evaporating outdoors, the refrigerant is also compressed in order to boost its thermal energy. This process requires just a fraction of the energy that creating new heat would, though.

Double the Work, Double the Maintenance

A heat pump can save you a lot of money when it’s properly installed and serviced. Don’t think that you’ll save even more money by having just one system to tune up each year, though. Because the heat pump is doubling the workload of a single, designated heater or AC, it requires double the maintenance. You’ll still need heating maintenance and AC maintenance. The difference is it’s the same system being maintained both times.

Contact Expert Air Cooling And Heating with any questions that you may have, or to schedule your heat pump installation.

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INSTALL A DEHUMIDIFIER BEFORE SUMMER COMES BACK AROUND

Winter comes and goes pretty quickly in this part of the country. While temperatures are going to be hovering around in the 70’s and 60’s for the most part in the coming weeks, there are a few 80+ degree days mixed in there. It is not going to be long before the hottest time of the year is upon us once more. That means that the humidity is not far behind.

Some homeowners may not have too much trouble with humidity in their homes. After all, we run our ACs very regularly in the summer, and doing so has a dehumidifying effect. For others, though, the humidity in their homes can cause a number of problems. Here are a few reasons to consider the installation of a whole-house dehumidifier in Houston, TX.

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WHY USE A DUCTLESS SYSTEM?

A few weeks back, we talked a bit about how ductless heating works. Today, we want to take a closer look at the ductless mini split in order to help you to decide if this is the right HVAC system for your home. The ductless mini split may not be ideal for every homeowner, but there are plenty of reasons to account for their increasing pop
ularity.

As is the case with any HVAC system, a ductless mini split is only as good as the services it receives. Should you decide that you’d like to use a ductless mini split in Houston, TX, it is important that you have that system installed and serviced by qualified professionals. The technicians on our staff are available to ensure that you get the most from your ductless mini split.

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IS A FURNACE THE RIGHT HEATER FOR ME?

We live in an area where winter is far less severe than the summer season. Do not let that convince you that your heater is not as important as your AC, though. You may need your heater less, but you will be very thankful that you have a great one in place when the temperature drops.

The question, then, is not whether or not you need a heater. It is which heater you should use. We recommend that you consider the use of a furnace in Houston, TX. There are many reasons why the furnace is so popular, after all.

Affordability

In addition to being very efficient, furnaces are also quite affordable in terms of upfront costs. Chances are that, living in Texas, you are already using a forced air cooling system. If so, you can utilize a furnace to heat your home while using the same ductwork that you rely upon in order to distribute cooled air throughout your home in the summer. This convenience, along with the fact that furnaces are just simpler to install than something like a hydronic heating system, can add up to quick savings right off the bat.

Performance Quality

There are those that will criticize forced air heating, at least in relation to radiant heating, for the way in which it can result in cold spots, energy loss via air leaks, etc. The truth of the matter, however, is that a properly sized and professionally installed furnace can heat a home with exceptional quality. It is true that forced air has its drawbacks. For instance, hot air can rise toward the ceiling of a home. All heaters have their drawbacks, though, and it is necessary to weigh the pros and cons of any heater. If you want to heat your swiftly and effectively, a furnace really is tough to top.

Schedule your furnace services with the professionals at Expert Air Cooling And Heating.

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HEATING FAQ: WHY DOES THE SIZE OF A HEATER MATTER?

Some people think that bigger is inherently better when it comes to a home comfort system. This really could not be further from the truth, though. While it is true that an undersized heating system is going to struggle to heat your home effectively and consistently, the fact of the matter is that an oversized heater will really not serve you any better.

Choosing an appropriately sized heating system is more complicated than you may think. Many factors must be considered, not simply the square footage of your home. When you schedule your heating installation in Houston, TX with our team, you can count on not only getting a great heater, but one that fits your home perfectly.

A Small Heater Is a Big Problem…

If you’ve got a heavy car with a small engine, that car isn’t going to be able to make it up a steep hill very well, is it? Well, your heater is going to have much the same trouble in heating your home if it is too small. Simply put, an undersized heater just is not up to the challenge of heating a home successfully.

Cold spots may develop in your home, as the heater struggles to generate enough heat for distribution throughout. Your heater is also going to run much more than it should have to in its efforts to heat your home. That can leave you paying more for too little performance from your heater. The added strain also increases the risk of operational problems.

…and an Oversized Heater Is, Too.

Okay, you may be thinking, so I’ll spring for the biggest heater I can find! Well, that doesn’t really work, either. If you never have to tow or transport anything very heavy, you wouldn’t buy a truck designed for commercial use, right? You’d just be wasting your money on potential that you’ll never need. This is similar to buying an oversized heater for your home.

Yes, it can get the job done. However, you run the risk of dealing with equipment that is just too powerful. This can actually lead to a lot of wear and tear on the system, too, as it short cycles when bringing temperatures up too quickly. Not only that, but the short cycling and frequent restarting will drive up energy costs, as well.

Have your heating installation handled properly. Work with Expert Air Cooling And Heating.

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SHOULD I USE A GAS OR ELECTRIC FURNACE?

Winter can really take its time in coming to Texas, but come it shall. You want to be able to live comfortably during the chilliest time of the year, which is why it is important that you have a great heating system in place. To ensure that this is the case, you should really do a bit of research.

The furnace is probably the most common of all home heating systems. Even if you know that you want to use a furnace, though, there are decisions to make. For instance, will you use a gas or an electric furnace in Houston, TX?

GAS VS. ELECTRICITY

For the most part, homeowners tend to favor natural gas over electricity when it comes to the furnace. Don’t get us wrong, there are a whole lot of electric furnaces in use today. Natural gas does have a couple of benefits, though.

Unlike propane or oil, natural gas is piped directly into the home. That means that there is no need for on-site storage. Of course, you don’t have to store electricity, either.

What it tends to come down to be the affordability of natural gas. While electric furnaces are actually extremely efficient, being as that they don’t lose any heat to flue gases, they can still cost more to run than natural gas. This is due to the fact that electricity is just more expensive to purchase.

There is also the fact that not every home is set up to use natural gas, though, and while commonly used in this area, natural gas is not available everywhere. Electricity generally is.

Ultimately, the decision between a gas or electric furnace is up to you. We are happy to help you make that decision in any way we can, though. Contact our team to learn more about your furnace options.

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WHY HEAT MY HOME WITH A BOILER?

Unlike the Northeast or the Midwest, we tend to ease into the heating season in this part of the country. Winters are relatively mild, and we are not immediately plunged into frigid temperatures once fall blinks past. Because of this, you may still be thinking about having a new heating system installed in your home.

If this is the case, then you should definitely take your time and get to know your options. While the furnace is probably the most popular of all home heating systems used today, there are plenty of homeowners that still prefer using a boiler to heat their homes. There are many reasons for this. Read on, and let us know if you are ready for a boiler installation in Houston, TX.

Efficiency, Reliability, and Longevity

Forced air systems are great at delivering prompt warmth when functioning properly, but even the best forced air system is susceptible to a few issues that boilers are not. First of all, there is always the risk of energy loss via duct leaks. When you use a boiler system, be it a hydronic heating system or one using baseboards or radiators, you don’t have to worry about that. There is no ductwork, so you don’t have to worry about leaky ducts!

Secondly, there is the fact that boilers have fewer moving parts than furnaces or heat pumps do. Sometimes, simpler is just better. When there are fewer moving parts in a system of any kind, it means that there is less likelihood of operational problems developing.

That leads into the next point of consideration. Boilers just last longer than forced air heating systems do. They are simpler, and their heat distribution systems are more durable than ductwork. When you invest in a boiler, you really are making a long term investment.

Schedule your boiler services with Expert Air Cooling And Heating.

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IMPROVE EFFICIENCY AND COMFORT WITH A ZONE CONTROL SYSTEM

Cold winter weather has not really struck quite yet here in Texas. Sure, it’s chillier than it’s been, but it’s still fairly mild for the most part. It will only get colder from here on out, though, and you may want to start thinking about ways in which you can heat your home more successfully this year.

If you use a forced air heating system, such as a furnace, heat pump, or hybrid heating system, we strongly urge you to consider the use of a zone control system in Houston, TX. A zone control system helps you to use your forced air heating — and cooling — system with greater convenience and efficiency. Let us zone your home for you.

How Does Zone Control Work?

A zone control system comprises a few standard components. There are electronic dampers, which are installed in the air ducts and which are wired into a central control panel. Then there is the panel itself, as well as multiple thermostats that are also wired into it.

These thermostats are installed in different areas, or zones, of the home. When you adjust one of them, the dampers respond, allowing you to maintain different temperatures in different areas of your home. This offers a few unique benefits.

Benefits of Zone Control

The greatest benefit of zone controlled heating and cooling is the fact that you can cut down on energy costs while actually improving comfort in your home. You don’t have to worry about heating or cooling unoccupied areas in your home to the same extent that you would occupied ones. By taking greater control over temperature maintenance, you can reduced energy costs, as well as wear and tear on your system. Just remember that your zone control system must be expertly installed and serviced.

Contact Expert Air Cooling And Heating today to schedule service.

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GET YOUR PRE-WINTER HEATING SYSTEM CLEANING OUT OF THE WAY

It is not quite winter here in Texas just yet. Despite what the calendar may say, the chilliest time of the year is yet to come. That doesn’t mean that you should not be giving your heating system some thought, though.

You may have already run your heater here and there in order to take the chill out of the air. Before you really put it into regular rotation, though, you need to have that system cleaned up for the coming season. Schedule your heating maintenance in Houston, TX with a member of our staff today.

  • Better Efficiency.Should you ever wonder whether or not a pre-winter heating system cleaning is worth it, remember that it can help your heater to operate more efficiently all winter long. This is one investment that is sure to give you the return that you’re looking for. If your heater is full of dust, dirt, soot, etc., there is just no way in which you can really hope for that heater to function at peak efficiency levels. Let us help you to heat your home more affordably with a thorough cleaning.
  • Improved Reliability.Not only will a good cleaning help your system to work more efficiently, but it can also help your heater to function more reliably as well. We may not have the extreme winter weather that they get in the northeast, but that doesn’t mean that you should take any chances with the overall performance of your home heating system. Routine maintenance and cleaning is a must if you want your heater to be there for you when you need it most.
  • Greater Comfort. A clean heater simply works better than one that does not receive the necessary attention on an annual basis. The buildup of dust, dirt, and soot that can drive up energy costs can also drive down the overall performance quality of your home heating system. You deserve great comfort, and our team can ensure that you get it.

Schedule your heater cleaning with Expert Air Cooling And Heating for a job well done.

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ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT A GEOTHERMAL SYSTEM INSTALLATION?

If so, now is definitely the time to act. There is a federal tax credit set to expire on 12.31.2016, and once it does, so does a chance for major savings. This tax credit entitles homeowners to a 30% savings on a new geothermal installation.

Geothermal systems in Houston, TX have become more common in recent years. More and more homeowners have come to realize just how beneficial the use of these systems can be. We’d like to share a few points of consideration with you to help you decide if geothermal is the right fit for your home.

  • Versatility. As you may know, geothermal systems offer both heating and cooling to homeowners. This is thanks to the utilization of heat pump technology. Whereas air source heat pumps draw heat out of the air in order to heat homes, geothermal systems draw heat out of the ground. This heat is then exchanged with the refrigerant in the system, which is compressed and used to warm the house. In the summer, heat is drawn out of the air indoors, and then dispersed into the ground.
  • Efficiency. Because geothermal systems don’t really generate heat, they don’t use much energy when heating a home. When you combine geothermal technology with our mild winter weather, the cost of heating your home is really affordable. Plus, during our very hot summers, sinking heat into the relatively cool earth is easier than dispersing it into the very hot air.
  • Durability. Geothermal systems have finite lifespans, like any other HVAC system. The expected lifespan is quite long, though. The geothermal heat pump is generally expected to last about 20 years, with the underground loop lasting anywhere from 25-50 years. If you’re looking for a great heating and cooling system to count on for years to come, geothermal may be just what you’re after.

Schedule your geothermal services with the professional technicians here at Expert Air Cooling And Heating.

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3 PROBLEMS THAT LEAKY DUCTWORK CAN CAUSE

If you hear your heater come on when your house gets chilly, and if that heater seems to only cycle back down once your home is warm and comfortable, you may assume that your your heater is working just fine. In truth, though, this may not be the case at all. Not every problem with your heating system will leave it entirely inoperable.

Leaky ductwork is one of those problems that may not cause your system to break down entirely, but which can still cause very real problems when you try to heat your home. Fortunately for you, we can resolve these problems successfully. You just have to learn to spot the signs of trouble in the first place, so that you can schedule service with our team.

Are Your Heating Bills on the Rise?

If so, leaky ductwork may be causing your heater to work harder than it should have to in an effort to heat your home effectively. Now, the air that leaks out of your ductwork isn’t going to result in a 100% energy loss. It will most likely wind up in areas where it is not really needed. That means that your system is going to have to work overtime as it attempts to heat those areas affected by the duct leak.

Is Your Home Heating Unevenly?

Again, this could mean that your air ducts are leaking. Cold spots will likely develop in those areas that are serviced by damaged ductwork. If you have a thermostat in any of these areas, they will also report temperatures that are lower than in the majority of the house. Uneven heating doesn’t only negatively affect your comfort. It negatively affects your system, putting added strain on it even as it provides a subpar heating experience.

Has Your Indoor Air Quality Dropped?

Not only should you be concerned about heated air leaking out of your air ducts, but you should also be concerned with what is entering your ducts through those tears. It is possible for the system to pull any number of pollutants into the ductwork through such weak spots. When that happens, it can then distribute pollutants throughout the whole house!

If you think your ducts are leaking, schedule professional duct sealing in Houston, TX with Expert Air Cooling And Heating right away.

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DON’T LET YOUR THERMOSTAT CAUSE HEATING PROBLEMS THIS WINTER

Before long, temperatures in the 60’s during the days and the 50’s, 40’s, and even the 30’s at night are going to be the norm. While our winter season is definitely mild compared to many other areas in the country, you are still going to need a great performance from your heater if you want to get through the season comfortably. An important part of securing that performance is using a good thermostat.

While the thermostat may not be the most major component of your heating system, the fact is that it plays a huge role in the overall performance of the system. It is the means by which you regulate the operation of your heater in Houston, TX, after all. Here are a few tips to help you use your thermostat and your heater successfully.

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ELIMINATE COOL SPOTS IN YOUR HOME

Do you have trouble maintaining even, comfortable temperatures throughout your home? If so, you need to have the problem resolved before the chilliest weather of the year hits. Not only is your comfort at risk, but the efficiency with which your HVAC system operates, as well.

The good news is that our heating professionals can figure out precisely what is causing your uneven heating in Houston, TX. Once we have, we can go about resolving the issue in most cases. Call today, and get the great heating performance that you deserve.

Zoning Problems

If your boiler system is zoned, or if you have a zoned forced air heating system, the problem may be with the zoning equipment itself. The solutions to the problem will vary. With a forced air heating system or a boiler system, faulty thermostats could be to blame. If you use a forced air system, you could also have an issue with unresponsive damper in your ductwork. If you use a hydronic heating system, though, you could potentially have a leak in your heat distribution system. If this is the case, you really need to have the problem resolved immediately. Typically, forced air systems are more likely to encounter problems with cold spots.

Subpar Insulation

The insulation in your walls and in your attic is there to prevent unwanted heat transfer. If you experience hot spots during the summer season along with cold spots in the winter — especially if these problems develop in the same spots — it is very likely that you are dealing with subpar insulation. We can replace insulation that is not of the right R-value or that has been compromised by pests.

Poor Maintenance

If your heater is not well-maintained, it is not going to function at peak performance levels. This is just a fact. Problems resulting from subpar maintenance can manifest in a few different ways, including with uneven heating. That is just one of many reasons why scheduling professional heating maintenance is so important.

Let Expert Air Cooling And Heating help you to make your heating experience a success!

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HOW DOES DUCTLESS HEATING WORK?

A lot of homeowners use forced air heating systems, like heat pumps or furnaces, in order to heat their homes. This means that they also use air ducts in order to distribute heated air throughout those homes. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing so, using ductwork can create the opportunity for certain heating problems to strike.

Properly designed and installed air ducts can limit this risk, but will not eliminate it entirely. Eliminating the need for ductwork entirely will, though. That is why you may want to consider ductless heating in Houston, TX.

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN REPLACING YOUR HEATER

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the new month, and with November’s arrival comes decidedly chillier temperatures. Mild winters may be the norm in this part of the country, but colder nights are well within the forecast. If you are planning to replace your heating system this year, you shouldn’t wait much longer before doing so.

There are a lot of different reasons to consider replacing a heating system in Houston, TX. Read on to learn about some considerations you should make. If you are ready to invest in a new heater, we’ll make sure that your system is a good fit and that it is expertly installed.

Plan Your Budget

Being realistic about what you can comfortably afford in terms of a new heater is important. You don’t want to invest in a cheap, inefficient system just to save a few dollars. That will come back to haunt you in the future, with energy bills so high they’re scary. However, you also don’t want to overextend your finances. We’ll keep your budget in mind, and help you to get the most for your money.

Choose Your System Carefully

There was a time when homeowners though of furnaces and boilers as their only heating options. Explore our site a bit, and you’ll see that this really is not the case. Don’t be afraid to branch out. Hybrid heaters, geothermal systems, ductless mini splits, heat pumps — all of these systems have unique benefits to offer.

Enroll in a Maintenance Plan

Now that you’ve decided to replace your heater, you want to do everything possible to ensure that your new system works properly for as long as possible. Enrolling in our maintenance program right away is the best way to do so. The benefits of routine heating maintenance really cannot be overstated. Contact us with any questions that you may have.

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HAVE YOU CONSIDERED HYBRID HEATING?

When you live in as warm a climate as we do, your attention is obviously going to gravitate toward keeping your home cool for much of the year. However, you learn pretty quickly that winter temperatures can still get pretty cold, even in Texas. That is why it is just as important to have a great heating system in place as it is to have a dependable AC.

Just because you use your air conditioner more than your heater doesn’t mean that you should overlook your heating system. If you are thinking about investing in a new heater, give the use of a hybrid heating system in Houston, TX some serious consideration. It’s a great way to enjoy reliable heating along with outstanding energy efficiency and a versatile performance.

What Is a Hybrid Heating System?

A hybrid heating system is a system that uses 2 different fuels in order to guarantee that your home is kept warm when necessary, but designed for peak efficiency. For the most part, a hybrid heating system will use a heat pump in order to heat your home. However, a gas furnace will also be present in order to pick up the slack when the heat pump is not the right system for the job.

Heat pumps absorb heat from the air outside, and use that heat in order to heat one’s living space. Because we have generally mild winter weather in this part of the country, using a heat pump can more or less get you through the entire season comfortably. Even when a heat pump is capable of heating your home, though, there is a point when using natural gas to do so may actually be more efficient.

As temperatures drop, the heat pump will have to use more electricity in order to heat your home. Because of the cost of electricity, even a relatively small increase in consumption can wind up being more expensive than using natural gas. A hybrid heating system will automatically switch over to the gas furnace when that is the best option, switching back when the heat pump is able to improve upon efficiency once more. Plus, the heat pump doubles as an AC in the summer!

If you are interested in hybrid heating, give the heating pros at Expert Air Cooling And Heating a call today.

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FORCED AIR HEATING: PROS AND CONS TO CONSIDER

There is no denying just how popular forced air heating systems are, from both gas and electric furnaces to very efficient air and ground-source heat pumps. Make no mistake about it. A forced air heating system can keep you comfortable in an affordable and effective manner. That doesn’t mean that forced air heating is perfect, though.

Like anything else, forced air heating systems have both their pros and cons. Determining if forced air heating is right for you demands that you consider them all, and choose your system carefully. Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding the use of forced air heating in Houston, TX.

The Good

When it comes to prompt heating, forced air heating systems really are at the top of the list. There are plenty of reasons to consider radiant heating, of course, and many homeowners prefer the even, comfortable heat that they generate. However, they simply take longer to bring temperatures up than forced air heating systems do. Heating air directly and circulating that warm air throughout the house allows homeowners to heat their homes swiftly.

Additionally, forced air heaters tend to be more affordable than radiant systems, and they also feature an easier installation process. This is especially true if you, like most other homeowners in our area, already use a central air conditioning system. If so, a furnace can share those very same air ducts. Not to mention, a heat pump can handle both your heating and cooling needs, in one convenient system!

Potential Drawbacks

When you use air ducts in order to distribute heat throughout your home, there are a few potential drawbacks to consider. First of all, keep in mind that leaky ductwork is one of the leading causes of energy inefficiency. The good news is that a well-designed system and professional duct repair/sealing services can resolve the problem. However, it often takes homeowners a while to realize that there is a problem to begin with, and they wind up wasting energy in the meantime.

Plus, leaky ductwork can introduce pollutants to the air ducts, which can then spread those pollutants throughout the house. The air blowing out of the vents can also stir up pollutants that have settled in your home. These problems can negatively affect indoor air quality.

Contact Expert Air Cooling And Heating with any questions that you may have, or to schedule exceptional heating services.

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3 HEATING PROBLEMS TO LOOK OUT FOR

Chances are that you are still running your air conditioning system pretty regularly at the moment. While our days are still pretty hot, though, it won’t be too long before nighttime temperatures are dipping into the 50’s, and that means that you’ll have need for your heater pretty soon. Even if you are not using your heater very regularly, instead just taking the chill out of the night air, it is important that you know it is functioning properly.

There are a number of warning signs that may alert you that all is not well with your home heating system. Ignoring these warning signs will only give problems with your heater in Houston, TX the time that they need to worsen. Make the smart decision, and contact us the moment that you suspect there is a problem of any kind with your home heating system.

  • Blowing Cool Air.If your heater is blowing cool air, there is obviously something very wrong. Shy of not turning on at all, this may bet the most obvious sign that there is a problem with your system. You may have leaky ductwork drawing in cool air from different points in your home, or there may be an issue with your burner. Electrical problems could also be to blame if you use an electric furnace in your home.
  • Making Strange Sounds. If your heater is making strange sounds, but is otherwise functioning normally, you may be tempted to ignore the problem. We strongly urge you not to do so. Grinding, screeching, and rattling noises may not seem like a big deal if the system is still pumping out heat, but it likely won’t be much longer if you do not have the cause of the strange sounds resolved professionally.
  • Emitting Odd Odors.As is the case with strange sounds, odd odors may not strike you as being that big of a deal, so long as your heating system is still warming your home effectively. Just keep in mind that you may have wiring posing a fire risk, or even an issue with gas leak in the house. Any irregularities with the operation of your home heating system should be evaluated and handled by qualified, trained professionals.

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USE A HEAT PUMP TO KEEP COMFORTABLE EFFICIENTLY THIS WINTER

Here in Texas, we don’t have the weather extremes of winter that they get in the Northeast or the Midwest. That being said, temperatures still fall well below what anyone would consider comfortable during the winter months, particularly at night. That is why it is important that you have a dependable heating system in your home, even if it is not put through the wringer quite as much as your air conditioner is throughout our long cooling season.

If you are interested in heating your home with truly outstanding efficiency, as well as enjoying a few other benefits that we’ll get into a bit more below, be sure to consider the use of a heat pump in Houston, TX. Heat pumps have a lot to offer homeowners, particularly in warmer geographic regions like ours. Read on, and contact a member of our team with any questions that you may have.

What Sets the Heat Pump Apart?

When you use a furnace or a boiler to heat your home, you are going to be actively generating heat by either combusting fuel or using electric resistance. When you use a heat pump, though, you are actually making use of existing heat from the air outside when heating your home. The heat pump does not generate heat, but instead operates on the principle of heat transfer.

Essentially, a heat pump works like an AC in reverse when heating your home. Refrigerant is evaporated in the outdoor coil, drawing heat out of the air surrounding it. The warmed refrigerant is compressed to boost its thermal energy, and that heat is then used to heat air for distribution throughout the house. Only a bit of electricity is used in the process, and no fossil fuels, so heating comes affordably!

Plus, heat pumps are able to reverse their operation by reversing their refrigerant cycle, thanks to appropriately named component called the reversing valve. This allows you to keep your home comfortable all year long while using just one system to do so. For an efficient and versatile performance, a heat pump is a great option.

Contact Expert Air Cooling And Heating for outstanding heat pump services.

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