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Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Benefits of Solar ACs

Due to Houston’s soaring hot and humid climate, electric bills soar high as well. One way to reduce the cost of electricity is to lessen the use of ACs around the house. The problem is that would be too much of a sacrifice. The real solution is to switch to a more efficient energy supply such as solar energy. This type of system can save up to 40% or more on electricity consumption.

When your AC gets solar energy from the sun with the use of solar panels, which converts sunlight into actual, usable electricity, you are stepping into the future of energy. Solar reduces human’s dependency on fossil fuels as a source of energy. A solar powered AC does not only reduce the cost of electricity, it also helps to improve the state of the environment.

Solar energy is free, unless you subscribe to a utility company that offers such services. Energy coming from the sun is infinite. As long as there is sun, there will be available electricity for your home. Solar systems on you roof to power your AC may also improve the value of your home. This is due to the fact that for every $1 reduction of annual utility bills, an average of $20 is added to the value of a home. Companies such as Lenox in Houston and others provide solar roof panel systems.

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Managing Indoor Air Pollution

Houston is one of the most polluted cities in the United States, right up there with Los Angeles. Dark clouds of smog can be seen hanging over the city at different times. Particles or aerosols, composed of carbon or sulfate compounds that come from autos and chemical plants and many other sources, are a big part of pollution problem.

You may think that you are safe in your home, but these pollutants are also entering your home. If you have a good air conditioning system, some of these particles may be filtered out. One way to improve your air quality is to call an air conditioning repair shop and have them install a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) to help keep pollutants out the home.

However, there are also many sources of indoor air pollution. These pollutants will adversely affect the respiratory health of the homes occupants, and may even contribute to the development of lung diseases.

One of the major pollutants found in homes is mold and pollen. A home that is improperly air-conditioned and has a high humidity, can contribute to the formation of molds, which can cause asthma, especially in young children. An AC that is functioning properly will remove moisture from the air.

Other pollutants can come from the materials in the home such as lead and asbestos, which is often found in older homes. There are also many household products such as cleaners and pesticides that provide their share in indoor air pollution.

Sometimes indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality. Try to look carefully at what you have in your home and remove them if they can possibly be a source of pollution. 

AC Repair Tips

Most of the time, when an appliance in your home is malfunctioning or seemingly so, you always think of seeking a technician right away. Yet most of these troubles can be mended by common sense. Technicians are like doctors, you should only call them if the situation requires their expertise.

The two most common troubles of air conditioning that people encounter are that the unit doesn’t cool the house and that the unit has little or no airflow at all. Well, like the physicians, before they prescribe medicines or do procedures they establish first the cause of the problem.

To detect the trouble you must hold your hand in front of any cooling vents in the house. By doing so you will know if the air is warm or cold, yet not blowing enough to circulate the cold air in the house. Warm air coming out from the vent means there is a cooling problem, while poor blow corresponds to an airflow problem.

Cooling problems requires you to check the thermostat and make sure that it is set to cool option. If it doesn’t work, most probably you are low on coolant so you need to ring your AC dealer. If the trouble is airflow, you need to make sure that the vent is fully open. If it still doesn’t work, check to see if the filter is dirty and clean it. However, it is advisable to replace it with a new one.

Signs of Air Conditioning Trouble

Many Houstonians know the importance of an efficient air conditioning unit. Houston is a city that easily hits 90 degrees Fahrenheit in summer, so an efficient AC unit can help them be more comfortable.

However, the AC unit is susceptible to damage and problems. The AC unit must be taken care of like any other machine in order to prevent more costly problems from happening. Here are some AC problems that should make you think when you encounter them.

Excessive Noise

Current AC units are designed to run as efficiently and quietly as possible. If your air conditioner makes too much noise, then it is a sign that tells you to contact an expert as soon as possible. It probably means that a component inside the machine is getting loose, or it already has.

Strange Odors

You would usually smell nothing when you turn the AC on. However, you should be alarmed if you smell something strange when the AC is on. It is important to check whether the filter needs cleaning or there is a decaying carcass of an animal inside the unit. If the scent is a burnt one, then there’s something wrong with the wiring.

Warm Air

A definite sign of a problem is if the air conditioning unit is putting out warm air. This will have a negative effect on your energy bills, and you need an expert to check it out right away.