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AC Tips | Air Conditioning Repair in Dallas

Daniel Molina - Monday, August 18, 2014

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Tips for Homeowners | Air Conditioning Repair Dallas

It’s difficult for the majority of people to imagine life without air conditioning. Air conditioning cools and dehumidifies the air in the home maintaining your comfort, despite the high temperatures outside. The majority of scientists now agree that global warming is a fact, rather than theory. Whether global warming is behind climate change or not, there’s no doubt that the summers are getting hotter and the winters colder in numerous regions of the nation. Another fact of American life today, is that both spouses typically work. Having a busy schedule means it’s often difficult to find time to schedule air conditioning repair in Dallas when the air conditioner acts up.

Maintaining the air conditioner at its peak efficiency not only helps to maintain a comfortable home, it ensures a greater likelihood that it will continue to do so for years to come. There’s numerous reasons why air conditioning repair in Dallas should not be delayed, let’s examine a few of those.

Saving Energy

Providing timely air conditioning repair in Dallas when there’s a problem will restore the HVAC system to the greatest peak performance possible, ensuring the efficient operation of the system.

Consequently, reducing the added stress on a poorly functioning system with repair will prevent further unnecessary wear and tear on the system. The failure to provide timely repairs may result in costly repairs, or even the need for system replacement.

Air Conditioner Maintenance

Routine maintenance on the air conditioning system can save up to 15% or more on the system’s energy consumption. An annual professional tune-up is the best means of providing the maintenance that will ensure the HVAC system operates at peak performance, while extending its service life.

While there’s little that the homeowner can provide in terms of actual maintenance on the HVAC system, there are steps the homeowner can provide to maximize the system’s performance, and help to maintain its operation for years to come.

The following tips will assist homeowners’ to ensure optimal operation and prevention of unnecessary stress on the system, stressors that may result in the need for air conditioning repair in Dallas.

Tips for Homeowners

  • Ensure the areas surrounding an outdoor condenser are clear of objects and vegetation. When mowing the lawn position the grass discharge of the mower away from the condenser to prevent throwing grass clippings and dirt on the unit, which can adversely affect its performance.
  • For indoor condensers such as those located in a garage, ensure all objects such as furniture, boxes or other objects are a safe distance away from the condenser. These items can not only block the air flow, they could fall onto the unit causing damage.
  • It’s up to the homeowner to provide the filter changes or filter cleanings that your system requires. A dirty filter can affect the air flow through the system, and result in premature wear and tear. In addition, a dirty filter can affect the performance of the coil. The issues caused by a dirty filter are likely to result in the need for air conditioning repair in Dallas. An example of a problem that a dirty filter can cause is the need for coil cleaning.
  • For proper air circulation, ensure vent registers are free of blockage or impediments. For example, a register located under a coffee table will affect air flow. Closing registers off will affect the pressure balance of the system, for the best performance and system longevity do not close registers. Ensure registers are free of drapes, furniture or objects that can block air flow.
  • Do not block the air return (the component in which you replace the air filter). Keep furniture, boxes or other objects away from the air return. Not only will performance be affected, costly damage and premature wear on the system can occur.
  • During the summer, setting the thermostat to 78 degrees while family members’ are home and raising it to 80 degrees when all occupants are away will reduce energy costs and assist in extending the service life of your system. During the winter, set the thermostat on 68 degrees during the hours when family members are home and active. While family members’ sleep or are away from home, you can save from ½ to 1% for each degree the temperature is lowered according to the EPA.
  • Installing a programmable thermostat will enable you to preset a schedule that can be manually overridden without affecting the programmed schedule.

Garland Heating & Air Conditioning can provide the professional service you need to maintain your homes comfort with air conditioning repair in Dallas. Browse our website for further information regarding our full range of heating and air conditioning services, including air conditioning installation, air conditioning repair in Dallas, and maintenance.

Geothermal Heating & Air Conditioning

Daniel Molina - Friday, August 15, 2014

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Geothermal Heat Pumps | Heating and Air Conditioning

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of the consistent temperature of the soil several feet down, rather than relying on outside air temperature for its heat exchange. In the winter, ground temperature is warmer than air temperature, while in the summer it is cooler than the air temperature. By using the more consistent subsurface temperature, the geothermal heat pump has to work less than a conventional heat pump, the latter of which must work against the outdoor air temperature. Geothermal heating and air conditioning systems operate quieter, require very little maintenance, and are not dependent upon air temperature when compared to conventional heat pumps.

In addition, geothermal heat pumps outlast a conventional heat pump. The inside components have a service life of approximately 25 years, while the ground loop averages 50 years or more. This means the geothermal heat pump by far outlasts any conventional heating and air conditioning system. This enables the geothermal system to return your investment in a reasonable amount of time, while providing pure energy savings from that point on for years to come.

Conventional heat pumps are not practical for all parts of the country. Regions where winter temperatures are frigid may not provide the heat required. For these regions with very cold winters, the geothermal heat pump eliminates this problem, and keeps your home comfortable year round. Geothermal Heat Pump Efficiency

Geothermal heating and air conditioning systems are currently the most energy efficient systems available according to the EPA. A geothermal system will produce four times the amount of energy that they consume. Compared to conventional heating and air conditioning systems, the geothermal heat pump provides heating at a cost that is 40 to 70 percent less than conventional systems. The cost of cooling is as much as 50 percent less than conventional Dallas air conditioning systems.

While the initial installation cost of a Geothermal Heat Pump is higher than conventional heating and air conditioning systems, tax credits can provide significant savings on the initial investment costs. Therefore, with the significantly reduced energy costs, the geothermal heat pump will pay for itself in a reasonable amount of time, typically, within five to ten years.

The key factors in receiving the highest potential from your geothermal heat pump is the proper installation and maintenance, as well as selecting the proper geothermal heating and air conditioning system for your home or business. Poor maintenance will reduce the energy efficiency of the heat pump by 25 percent according to the EPA.

For additional energy efficiency, some geothermal heat pumps will provide hot water. During the summer they provide hot water with no cost attached, and in the winter hot water is provided at approximately half the cost. They are available with two-speed compressors and variable speed fans saving energy while providing greater comfort. Geothermal Heat Pump Installation

There are numerous factors that must be considered before installing a geothermal heat pump. Climate, soil type and depth, the amount of land available, and rocky soil are examples of the factors that will affect the type of loop a geothermal heat pump will require on your location. The presence of ground or surface water may enable you to consider a different type of geothermal system, and can reduce the cost of installation. Local codes are an additional factor to be considered. The insulation of your home may affect the performance of the system if it is an older, under insulated home.

However, if your land availability is very small it doesn’t necessarily exclude you from a geothermal heat pump. Vertical loops and “slinky” loops are examples of solutions for limited land availability.

The installation of a geothermal heat pump is not a project a homeowner should undertake themselves due to the specialized knowledge that is required, as well as the numerous factors and considerations that must be observed for a properly installed system. Humidity Control

Geothermal heat pumps have the additional benefit of providing humidity control, by maintaining a relative indoor humidity level of 50%. This means the geothermal system is especially suited for humid environments, providing superior comfort for heating and air conditioning.

Carrier’s geothermal heating and air conditioning solutions are highly valued for their efficiency. These systems can provide comfort to your home more efficiently than any conventional system. Carrier’s geothermal systems are available with optional supplemental hot water production for even greater savings. Currently available on our Energy Star geothermal systems is a 30% tax incentive from the federal government. Further incentives may available in your area.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is your local Carrier dealer in the Dallas region. For geothermal heat pump service or installation give our certified technicians a call. Our certified and experienced technicians will be glad to take care of all of your heating and air conditioning needs.

Clean Heating & Air Conditioning Solutions

Daniel Molina - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Clean Air Solutions | Heating and Air Conditioning

Although we can’t see the pollutants, studies have shown that the air inside of our homes can be even more polluted than the outdoors. Persons who spend a great deal of time indoors are at greater risk of developing health problems. The persons at the greatest risk are infants, young children, elderly persons and those with chronic illness. While it is true that typical heating and air conditioning systems clean the air to a certain degree, it will not provide the clean air solutions that an air filtration system is capable of. Some common indoor air pollutants are:

  • Animal dander from hair, skin and feathers
  • Dust Mite and cockroach parts
  • Pollen
  • Bacteria and viruses

Dirty ductwork can contribute to poor air quality. Change the filter monthly or as directed by the manufacturer for your specific model of heating and air conditioning system.

Indoor air pollution can contribute to upper respiratory infections like pneumonia and bronchitis, allergic reactions, headaches and nausea. Long term-health effects of indoor pollutants can cause cancer, heart disease, chronic respiratory illnesses and more. Carrier provides for more than just your home’s comfort with heating and air conditioning systems, we provide solutions for maintaining healthy air quality in your home. Let’s take a look at some of Carrier’s air solutions.

Infinity Air Purifier

The Infinity air cleaner is one of the top air purifiers available. The Infinity is a whole-house air cleaner that captures and kills airborne pollutants such as viruses, bacteria and mold spores. The Infinity Air Purifier ensures the air you’re breathing is purified and free of pollutants.

Performance EZ Flex Cabinet Air Filter

The Performance EZ Flex Cabinet air filter is just as effective as the Infinity model by capturing the same pollutants and allergens, and killing the pathogens. This model provides clean air for those with a budget, and its compact size provides a solution for those with limited space.

Comfort Series EZ Flex Cabinet Air Filter

Indoor air pollution can not only irritate health issues such as asthma, allergies and chronic lung disease but can also cause lung disease. The Comfort Series EZ Flex Cabinet air filter offers an affordable and effective alternative to the standard filtration of air through your heating and air conditioning system.

Carrier offers some of the foremost air quality products available. Garland provides highly-knowledgeable HVAC technicians for all of your heating and air conditioning needs.

What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

There are numerous pollutants that may be found in homes. VOCs are one example. VOCs are dangerous compounds that are emitted as gases and quickly evaporate into the air. VOCs can be removed with quality air cleaning solutions by Carrier. The following are common products that emit VOCs.

  • Paints and varnishes
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Carpeting
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Upholstery and fabrics
  • Pressed wood furniture
  • Air fresheners
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Hairspray

The EPA classifies phenol, benzene and formaldehyde as hazardous pollutants and is among the most dangerous VOCs, and over 50 percent of homes have more than twice the recommended level.

Allergies are a common health problem related to homes with air quality problems. Allergic reactions can range from mild to life threatening. Some common symptoms are as follows:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Runny nose and sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itching
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing and difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Controlling Moisture

Excessive moisture in your home can come from a variety of sources. There are numerous means to control moisture in your home and include the following:

  • Repair plumbing leaks, this includes water seeping around tubs and showers due to failed grouting. Stop water from entering basements by ensuring the proper slope away from the home’s foundation, or the installation of a sump pump in certain cases
  • Install plastic cover over the soil in crawlspaces to block ground moisture and provide adequate ventilation.
  • Use exhaust fans which vent to the outside of the home in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Vent the clothes dryer to the outside of the home.
  • Properly installed whole house Dehumidifiers can assist with controlling excessive moisture.
  • Increase circulation in the home by opening closed off rooms, and using fans when appropriate.

If your air conditioner only runs a short time, even though the home is cold, you may have an oversized AC in your home. When the system brings the temperature down quickly and shuts off, moisture is not being removed from the air, leading to excessive humidity and its issues of mildew, mold, wood damage and discomfort to occupants. If this sounds like your heating and air conditioning system, having your home assessed for the correct size of system needed, can identify if your system is sized correctly for your home.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is your local Carrier dealer Our certified technicians can provide you with the installation of the air quality products your home requires for healthier air, and a more comfortable home. Give us a call for all of your heating and air conditioning needs.