April 23, 2014
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For your air conditioner to work efficiently, it needs a quality fan and compressor system, and the equipment responsible for assisting these components during startup is called the capacitor. Capacitors store energy, and different ACs will have capacitors of varying electrical storage capacity depending on the need. There are times though, that your capacitor might act up, during which you should call for efficient HVAC repair immediately. Read more of this post
April 5, 2014
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The dangers of an incomplete combustion is all too clear to the typical furnace owner. However, a perfect combustion, according to scientists, is next to impossible.
To start with, there are simply too many major and minor factors going on for a combustion unit to achieve a perfect burn. If it does, the process should yield water vapor and a limited amount of other byproducts. By nature, anything that runs on fuel will most likely leave residues such as soot, and emit gases like carbon monoxide in larger amounts.
If you want to make the most out of a furnace’s efficiency, you’ll need to get more of one vital ingredient, namely air. If perfect combustion is nearly impossible to achieve, you’ll just have to settle with the next best thing: a stable combustion. This can be achieved by allowing more air into the chamber, the surplus amount known as “excess of air.”
For natural gas furnaces, ideal combustion can be achieved with 10 percent excess of air or 10 percent more air than normal. The more air that mixes with the combustion process, the less of the gaseous end products can be produced. Doubling the amount of air cuts a natural gas unit’s carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent.
It may not be a perfect burn, but it’s better than leaving a sooty mess in the furnace. On top of that, you also reduce the amount of harmful emissions.
February 20, 2014
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The thermostat is the “genie” that does your will when you’re operating your house’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. It is even better when the system is governed by a digital thermostat, which may or may not be part of a bigger home utility network interface. However, even the digital thermostat can be a bit off in determining the proper temperature settings, and you do not want the utility bill to rise because of bad readings.
Your contractor can teach you about how to take a more active stance in the care of your HVAC system, starting with recalibrating the thermostat.
Unscrew the thermostat’s main housing and look for either a mercury switch, or calibration screw. The mercury switch is a glass vial filled with mercury while the calibration screw is in the middle of a metal assembly. Adjusting both requires different methods.
For a calibration screw, twist it counterclockwise until you see the metal contacts, then you set the system to room temperature. A mercury switch will need adjusting so that its heating element sticks to a metal contact, then close the housing. However, be gentle in doing so to prevent breaking the vial and spilling the toxic liquid on your body.
Digital thermostats are the modern way to control the HVAC system. Learning how to properly calibrate it helps keep the furnace operating at maximum efficiency.
February 13, 2014
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In Houston, one thing you ought to know by heart is to keep your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVACs) in good condition whenever possible. According to the Consortium of Energy Efficiency, the proper maintenance of commercial central air conditioning and heat pumps alone can save up to 50% more energy. This is more or less the same with residential properties.
That in mind, some contractors offer preventive maintenance services that help you save money on functional HVAC systems. Opting for these services can also help you to keep your systems working in the short and long term. More importantly, it prepares your air conditioners and heaters for the changing seasons.
Otherwise, your HVACs might not run as efficiently as they should and cause your energy bills to spike. That is especially true for air conditioners because, say, a broken thermostat forces the former to generate cold air even when that is not necessary. A broken thermostat in your other HVACs can also indicate serious electrical problems, which can result in total breakdown and complete replacement in the future.
All of the above might seem a lot to take in, but they all depend on your initiative. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to contact a Houston HVAC repair service before issues occur.
December 7, 2013
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Responsible for delivering comfort to indoor spaces, HVAC systems work hard to produce precious cooled or warmed air. Although heavily relied upon during extreme summer or winter periods, the appliances can be costly liabilities due to their steep power demands. Homeowners will need to optimize their HVAC systems if they find that they’re spending more than usual for their energy bills.
Poor HVAC performance leads to the system’s increased power consumption, and it’s usually due to a number of hiccups and flaws in the assembly. It goes without saying that householders should get to the bottom of these problems if they wish to restore their HVAC’s efficiency. While regular maintenance can prevent these issues, some of these problems can just emerge from out of the blue, prompting householders to immediately resolve them.
Dirty air filters, leaky ducts, clogged blowers, poor insulation, and compromised parts can lower HVAC efficiency, forcing the system to output less air and expend more energy. While it’s possible for homeowners to replace or clean these components on their own, they might not have the right equipment and experience to do a proper job. It’s probably better to call an expert contractor or technician who can professionally restore the HVAC system back to tiptop shape.
November 8, 2013
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Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are some of the most used home devices due to their role in controlling indoor temperatures. Valuable in both summer and winter weather, HVACs see plenty of use throughout their service lifespans, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s all smooth sailing for these appliances. Like all large home appliances, HVACs will inevitably suffer from wear and tear, and will require maintenance every once in a while to remain in good condition.
Among other things, HVAC systems are susceptible to leaks. These devices work by pumping air throughout a building via ducts, and it only takes a small leak to compromise the whole system. HVAC leaks must be sealed properly in order to restore the efficiency of the whole system. In any case, it can be a challenge to detect where the leakage is coming from.
Sometimes, it’s the HVAC itself that has a problem. If the device fails to turn on properly, makes funny noises, or displays a noticeably weaker performance despite the absence of leaks, then a mechanical problem could be the culprit. Given that HVACs are delicate devices, it wouldn’t be wise to go about tinkering with their mechanisms. It’s better to simply call for a trained technician who can identify the root cause of the problem and fix it.