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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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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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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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