Heating Tune Up

In a world full of mechanically operated parts in various industries, something to consider when it comes to maintenance and tune ups – “The Law of Moving Parts” that states, that moving parts will wear out…and like Murphy’s law, will wear out at the worst possible moment, leaving you in the cold without heat. No one wants to be without heat in the dead of winter or even in the milder cooler temperatures. Heat is a basic need for survival and heating units are a great luxury we often oversee and down play on importance. It’s important to have your heating unit maintained on a regular basis.

The obvious benefits to heating tune-ups include safety, saving money on utilities, and sleeping comfortably.

Expert Air believes in going above and beyond with all services. We want you to trust us with your home equipment for a/c, heating, and HVAC services, so we check your equipment like it was in our own homes.

See a snippet of our tune up/check-up for the level of thoroughness and just how you can benefit from this regularly practiced maintenance proactiveness.

1. Inspect, test and calibrate controls and safety mechanisms

Safety controls are designed to shut down equipment when unsafe conditions are detected to prevent fires, gas leaks and other dangerous situations as well as to protect the equipment from catastrophic failure. Testing and calibrating these controls ensure safe operation of your equipment.

2. Lubricate motors and bearings

Lubrication prevents friction in motors which can increase electricity usage and cause equipment damage.

3. Measure amperage and voltage of blower

Improper voltage and amp draw increase operating costs and can shorten the life of the system components.

4. Measure and record temperatures and system performance factors

An accurate record of vital data can indicate potential problems and help prevent equipment breakdown.

5. Check and adjust fan switch, pilot and pilot assembly

An improperly adjusted fan switch and/or pilot assembly can result in excess energy usage and equipment malfunction.

6. Inspect and clean burners as needed

Dirty burners can cause improper combustion reducing equipment life and increasing energy usage.

7. Inspect heat exchanger for deterioration and cracks

Heat exchangers can deteriorate and develop cracks with age. These cracks can result in dangerous carbon monoxide leakage.

8. Measure and record carbon monoxide levels

High levels of carbon monoxide can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Testing ensures proper emission levels and can help to identify heat exchanger cracks not detectable through inspection alone.

9. Inspect gas line and flue pipe for possible leaks

This ensures proper exhaustion of toxic gases and fumes.

10. Test and calibrate thermostat

Ensures that the system starts, operates, and shuts off properly.

11. Check & clean air filter/replace at customer's option* 

A clogged filter reduces airflow, which can cause a breakdown. It can also result in dirt and other filtered residue cycling back into your home.

12. Conduct overall system assessment

This includes items such as general system configuration and ductwork/heating pipes to check for wear, damage, improper installation and other potential issues.

13. Review findings, make recommendations and discuss any concerns 

It's important that you understand the condition of your heating and cooling equipment including items that may pose either immediate or future risks. You should also understand your options regarding home comfort, energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

Boiler Only:

1. Inspect expansion tank

2. Inspect water feed valve

3. Measure and record boiler pressure and temperature

4. Check aquastat

5. Inspect low water cut-off

6. Check for backflow device

7. Inspect & oil pumps

Tune up may not be the correct avenue for your heating needs. If your heating unit is over 20-years old, it is recommended to replace with a newer product. At our evaluation, our NATE-certified technicians will give you the best recommendation based on current industry standards, overall pricing, and overall time of benefit. If the repair today will only be good for one to two years, but a new unit that will last substantially longer, we want you to have the clearest idea of available options. For additional information regarding tune-up, repair, or replacement for furnace, boiler, or any heating component, contact Expert Air today.

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Consolidated Furnaces

Furnace Recall

Heating components are required for the overall heating products that you find in your home. Being in the know on issues, concerns, and overall safety issues is what Expert Air is here for. Your furnace is a crucial part to the overall heating experience.Occasionally equipment has unknown kinks at the time of manufacturing that can be dangerous to consumers. Over the last decade, certain furnaces have been recalled due to faulty parts including issues in design, error in modification, or improper installation. Industry changes occur constantly, from tweaks, recalls, and new product manufacturing. Research shows that consolidated furnaces that were produced between 1983 and 1994 (11-year span) by Consolidated Industries (now bankrupt) should no longer be used. Consolidated Industries manufactured the machine under numerous name brands such as Amana, Coleman, Kenmore, Premier, Sears, and Trane.

Well known and trusted name brands can too have defects. With over 30-years since the manufacture date, are you wondering why no one told you about this? The official issue with the consolidated furnace is a faulty steel control rod. The information should have been disclosed to the public much sooner than now. Whether this delay is from manufacturer having their hands tied legally or if the law needs to be changed in general, is unknown but issue stands that for decades you may have been at risk. If you still have the product in your home, we strongly advise an immediate call to Expert Air today for a replacement of a different type of product. 

Defective Furnace Could Lead to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 

It’s important to have your equipment notated or to review it at this time, because the risk of defective furnaces is a risk of health, life, and property. Risk includes fire and/or carbon monoxide poisoning. 
Carbon Monoxide poisoning is a silent killer for it is a colorless, tasteless gas with no smell or obvious sign to alert you to its presence. A faulty furnace doesn’t properly vent the carbon monoxide to the outside of the home. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include: 

  • Headache 
  • Nausea 
  • Fatigue 
  • Dizziness 
  • Difficulty 
  • Breathing 

For our customers in the Houston and surrounding area, the models involved in the recall are below 

Goodman Manufacturing Company, (Franklin Electric) of Houston, Texas 

  • HBA 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC)
  • HBA 060 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HBA 080 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HBA 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HBA 120 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 060 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 120 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCA 140 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 040 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 050 ND 3(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 060 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 075 ND 4(X, RX, XC or RXC)
  • HCC 080 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 
  • HCC 100 ND 5(X, RX, XC or RXC) 

For more details on specific models involved in this recall, please visit the CPSC’s Web site at http://cpsc.gov 

Call Expert Air today for an inspection, or for assistance in handling a recall. We are here if you have any general questions regarding your heating or air conditioning equipment. Our certified technicians are available 24/7. Annual inspections are advised for the safety of your home and your family.

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Blog 2 - October

When you are experiencing issues with your heat pump, the temperature rising is not just your frustration, but your discomfort. Heat pumps are crucial to your level of comfortability in your home or office. Does your heat pump cycle too frequently or stall and freeze up? It's okay if you don't know what it's doing wrong but just know that it is not working correctly. Heat pumps get regular use regardless of the season, so repairs and maintenance are going to be required at some point or another. Like any mechanical mechanism, heat pumps have some standard issues that arise. Not all issues are dire, but anytime you are experiencing issues with your heat pump, call the professional technicians at Expert Air

Signs Heat Pump Needs Repair:

  1. Power Loss
  2. Circuit breaker constantly trips
  3. Strange noises from the pump
  4. Heat pump freezes
  5. Constantly turning on and off
  6. Blower not working correctly
  7. Unit doesn't turn on when it should

Why should you fix your heat pump? Wondering why it matters anyway?

The heat pump dehumidifies the indoor air as it cools, a double plus. Heat pumps can be used every day of the year, so you really get your money's worth. Also, heat pumps have the benefit of producing less temperature waves which ultimately adds to your overall comfort.

What is a Heat Pump?

The heat pump takes advantage of the difference between the heat in the home and the outside air. The heat pump requires minimal electrical energy to move air in both directions, in and out, hot and cold. It's the device that transfers the heat from the source to a heat sink. Your heat pump absorbs heat from a cool place and moves it to a warm location.

How does a heat pump work

If you think your heat pump needs to be replaced, contact Expert Air today to set an appointment.

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Furnace repairs always seem to occur when you need your furnace to be working. Don't let the inconvenience of repair get you down, Expert Air has certified NATE-technicians ready to repair your furnace, no matter the time of day. We provide service for all types of furnaces, electric, duel fuel, gas, boiler, oil, or heat pump.

Don't ignore malfunctioning heating. Beyond uncomfortable, your home can become unsafe in colder temperatures. A properly functioning heating system is a must. Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  1. Furnace does not turn on
  2. Furnace turns on but does not blow air
  3. Furnace is working but the air is not as hot as it used to be
  4. You can feel uneven temperatures in different areas
  5. The energy bill is still rising, even though you decreased the furnace usage
  6. Furnace keeps turning on and off
  7. Furnace is making odd noises
  8. You smell gassy smell emitting from the furnace

If you experience any of the red flag warnings above, contact us today. Expert Air NATE-certified technicians repair all major brands and types of furnaces. We will get you back to warm and toasty as soon as possible.

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Expert Air offers certified maintenance and repair services on all major brands, residential and HVAC.

For all business owners, ensuring that your operations equipment is functional and serviced on time can be the difference between success and failure. Did you also know that routine HVAC maintenance can save you money each month on your electricity bills – thus reducing your monthly overhead; this is why we also offer HVAC maintenance programs to keep your system running for years to come.

Save on system maintenance with our annual service agreements! When you enter a service agreement, Expert Air comes on-site twice per year with 2-year parts warranty on all repairs we make! Our maintenance program has many perks, a few are:

  • Reduced System Breakdowns
  • Extended appointment times to fit YOUR schedule & 24/7 emergency service availability
  • 100% discount on service fees
  • Plus many more great deals included

Regular maintenance appointments are just as vital and done just as comprehensively as our repairs and installations. The plus of the maintenance program is that besides the perks of the program itself, there are long-term benefits with consistent check-ups.

Fewer Breakdowns

over 40% of air conditioning breakdowns are caused because of lack of maintenance. Once dirt gets into the system, parts are more likely to rust and get ruined. By staying on top of HVAC maintenance, you can find problems before they arise.

Lower Utility Bills

simple procedures such as changing an air filter or cleaning a coil allows the unit to run much more smoothly. When your air conditioner runs smoothly, it uses less energy. Using less energy saves you a tremendous amount on your utility bill.

with a 16-point inspection that includes:

  1. Condenser Coil - Cleaned as Needed
  2. Refrigerant Charge (Thermocharging)
  3. Test & Inspect Safeties and Controls
  4. Inspect & Clean Relays & Contactors
  5. Operational Testing of Crankcase Heater
  6. Unit Wiring Inspected & Tightened (as needed)
  7. Record Temperature & Pressure Rating
  8. Test Capcitors
  9. Test Unit Disconnect
  10. Apply Lubrication to Motors and Bearings
  11. Inspect Pulleys & Belts and Adjust (as needed)
  12. Check Condensate Drain
  13. Replace Air Filter (if requested)
  14. Voltage & Amp Checked and Recorded
  15. Check & Calibrate Thermostat
  16. Inspected & Cleaned Motors

Check out our full maintenance package benefits and inspection details here http://www.expertairco.com/about-us/maintenance-program

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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.

Count on Expert Air Cooling And Heating for outstanding heating services.

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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.

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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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