Winter Affects HVAC Operations

When you least expect it, HVAC issues can occur when you do not regularly maintain your equipment, or you opt to skip on an annual HVAC inspection by the professionals at Expert Air. HVAC repairs can be costly, and it only takes one or two repairs to see the benefit in regularly scheduled inspections by certified technicians. Consider the perks of maintenance programs, like ours, click here.

Some common HVAC issues include:

  1. Faulty Thermostat Readings
    1. Feel like the thermostat isn’t displaying the right temperature
    2. Thermostat placement may need to be changed
    3. Thermostat upgrade may be needed
    4. Thermostat repair may be an option
  2. Inconsistent Room Temperature Setting
    1. Causing discomfort and increased energy bills
    2. Culprit could be debris, rectified by a proper cleaning and filter replacement
    3. Potentially major HVAC issue
  3. Frozen Evaporator Coils
    1. Likely the airways are clogged or too low of temperature setting on unit
    2. We advise not setting the temperature below 60 degrees
    3. You need an inspection done immediately

 

HVAC Tips for Texas Winter

  1. Clean the Furnace Air Ducts
    1. Year-round contents in the air clog the air duct – dirt, pollen, smoke, pet dander
    2. Cleaning or replacing every 6-months is best in Texas
  2. Replace Parts on Unit that are Worn-Out
    1. Proper inspection is needed if unit is 5+ - years old
    2. Schedule inspection if you have the following issues
      1. AC not blowing cold air
      2. Heater not blowing hot hair
      3. Furnace is loud
      4. Power issues are observed
  3. HVAC System Upgrade
    1. Newer models are energy efficient
    2. SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficient Rating) models are best
  4. Clear Debris Around HVAC System
    1. Leaves and yard debris should be kept clear of HVAC system
    2. Leaving unclear will lead to bacteria and mold build up that gets into your system and in the air you breath
  5. Schedule Routine Maintenance with Expert Air
    1. From routine maintenance to unplanned inspections, repairs, and installations, the certified technicians at Expert Air, are ready to help
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HEAT PUMP PSA: 2X THE WORK, 2X THE MAINTENANCE

Using a heat pump in order to heat and cool your home can benefit you in a number of ways, not the least of which is the fact that you can use the very same system to both heat and cool your residence. It is important to keep in mind the fact, though, that your heat pump is essentially doing twice the work of a traditional heating or cooling system. It runs during the long, hot summer season, as well as throughout the admittedly more mild winter. All of this work can lead to some serious wear and tear, which is why it is wise to schedule heat pump maintenance in Houston, TX bi-annually, rather than annually.

What Does a Heat Pump Do?

During the summer, a heat pump works in much the same manner as a regular central air conditioner. The refrigerant cycle allows it to remove heat from the air in a home, and that heat is vented to the air outside. During the winter season, the heat pump is able to reverse its operation in order to use existing heat from the air outside to warm the living space. A component called the reversing valve is integral to this process, as it allows for the reversal of the refrigerant cycle to begin with.

Why Is Maintenance Necessary?

Certain issues with a heat pump, such as a damaged fan or worn belts, can lead it to function with less efficiency, and to do so less effectively, than it otherwise would. This means that you could actually wind up paying more money for a weaker performance from your system if it is not well-maintained. We think that you deserve better than that, which is why you should have your heat pump maintained going into both the summer and the winter seasons. Furthermore, there are certain problems, such as those with the reversing valve itself, that may render your system inoperable. Don’t get caught out in the cold, or left to sweat in the summer.

Schedule your heat pump maintenance with the pros here at Expert Air Cooling And Heating.

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WHY IS INSULATION SO IMPORTANT?

Certain systems in your home are only used for part of the year. Your air conditioner, for instance, runs throughout the summer, while your heater keeps you warm during the winter season. What you may fail to realize, though, is the extent to which your insulation plays a role in your comfort throughout the entire year. Whether heating or cooling your home, you really need to know that your insulation is going to be there for you. Subpar or damaged insulation in Houston, TX will lead to a number of different issues as you attempt to maintain a comfortable environment in your home.

What Does Insulation Do?

As we said above, your insulation works throughout the year in order to help keep you comfortable in an efficient manner. Insulation slows the unwanted transfer of heat into or out of a home. During the winter, this means preventing the heated air in your home from transferring outdoors. During the summer, it means preventing heat from outside from making its way into your living space. Heat will naturally try to move from a warmer climate to a cooler one, and insulation stands in its way.

Signs of Subpar Insulation

Many homes don’t have enough insulation, especially in common areas of heat loss and/or gain, such as attic space. Additionally, insulation comes in different levels of efficiency, denoted by an R-value. If the R-value is not right for the particular job at hand, your insulation may not operate as intended. Keep an eye on your heating and cooling bills, as unexpected fluctuations could be the result of weak insulation. If your indoor air quality is on the decline, your insulation could play a role in this as well. Thin insulation can allow for pollutants to make their way into your home through gaps in the thermal envelope. Contact us today if you have any questions about the insulation in your home.

Contact Expert Air Cooling And Heating if you suspect any problems with the insulation in your residence.

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WHAT IS A ZONE CONTROL SYSTEM?

We use our air conditioning systems more than our heaters in this part of the country. Even so, it is vitally important to ensure that both systems, your heater included, are capable of functioning not only effectively and reliably, but efficiently as well. You shouldn’t have to hesitate in reaching for the thermostat just because you want to keep your cooling—or heating—costs manageable. With that said, there is one great option for homeowners to consider which can help them to achieve this goal with their forced air heaters and air conditioners. It’s called a zone control system, and the use of such a system can benefit you in a number of ways. Just remember to schedule your zone control system services in Houston, TX with a member of our team. When Expert Air Cooling And Heating does the job, it will be done right.

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WHAT MAKES US THE HVAC COMPANY FOR YOU?

When you live in the Houston, TX area, you must have an HVAC company that you can count on to help you make it through the brutally hot summer season comfortably. Not only that, but you must also have technicians on your side who can help you to heat your home effectively and efficiently when the temperature drops, as well as to provide you with the products and services necessary to maintain great indoor air quality in your residence. Finding all of this and more in one convenient location may sound too good to be true. When you dial our number and schedule your HVAC and indoor air quality services with the professional technicians at Expert Air, though, you’ll find that these goals are well within reach. Contact us today for more details about why we are the HVAC company for you.

One fact that we pride ourselves on is that we never rest on our laurels. That is why we still go out every day with the determination to impress every single customer we serve with outstanding workmanship and professionalism. That being said, though, it is worth noting that our company has been pursuing and providing excellence in HVAC and indoor air quality services throughout the entire Houston area for over four decades now. You don’t succeed and expand your business over the course of forty plus years due to luck. Instead, you build an ever growing customer base by giving your customers the exceptional services that they deserve.

Not only do we understand that our customers and clients deserve the best in quality, but we also know that you deserve true convenience in procuring the HVAC and IAQ services that you need to live and work comfortably. That is why we offer such an impressive array of such services throughout the area. Not only will you find the air conditioning, heating, and indoor air quality services that you need to protect the comfort levels in your home when you dial our number, but we are happy to handle any light commercial HVAC services that you may need as well. We can even install any type of insulation that you require to improve upon efficiency in your properties.

While you’re here, we also recommend that you check out our many affiliations, which you can view right here. As you can see, we surround ourselves with excellence. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Between our NATE certified technicians and the quality products that we use, such as those from Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems, it should be clear to see why Expert Air is the HVAC company in Houston, TX for you.

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