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AC Tips | Heating and Air Conditioning

Daniel Molina - Saturday, August 29, 2015

AC Tips | Heating and Air Conditioning

This summer appears to be gearing up as a hot one, and as the temperature rises, energy bills are climbing as well. The following AC tips can assist you in lowering your costs of cooling, while maintaining your comfort with your heating and air conditioning system. 

  • If your AC condenser, heat pump, or window unit is in the shade it will operate with approximately 10 % greater efficiency, saving you money on energy costs. However, if you construct a shelter over the outdoor component, it will require ample clearance to prevent damage due to restricted airflow. 
  • A general rule of thumb requires a minimum of 48 inches, or 4 feet of clearance above the unit. In addition, the outdoor unit requires a minimum of 2 feet between it, shrubs, walls, and other condensers to ensure adequate airflow. Failure to provide the minimal will result in a reduced compressor lifespan. Your Garland HVAC technician is the best source for information regarding adequate clearance for your air conditioning
  • When cutting grass, position the mower so the discharge chute does not discharge directly on the outdoor unit. In addition, seal the perimeter of window units thoroughly to prevent the cold air from escaping, and heat from entering. 
  • Changing/cleaning the filter once a month is a simple, and effective means of maintaining energy efficiency and reliability of the heating and air conditioning system. A dirty filter can increase the systems energy use by as much as 15 %, and can cause damage to the system as it struggles for ample airflow. Select a routine day each month to change or clean the filter (depending upon the type).
  • A programmable thermostat can reduce your energy bill by as much as 20 %. With a programmable thermostat, you can program it to suit your schedule, and never worry that you will forget to adjust it when you leave. When you are home, set the thermostat to 78 degrees. It will maintain your comfort, and save additional money.
  • A ceiling fan in occupied rooms will enable you to feel comfortable, though it does not change the actual room temperature. A ceiling fan cools you, not the room.
  • A dehumidifier installed in the heating and air conditioning system will remove excess humidity on days when the humidity levels are higher than the HVAC system can handle. Humidity causes you to feel hotter than the actual temperature indicates.
  • Purchase an Energy Star approved heating and air conditioning system to save on the cost of energy. An energy star system can save you as much as 20% on the cost of energy. Select a model with a variable speed fan and multi stage compressor.
  • Routine maintenance will ensure the air conditioning system performs optimally for the greatest efficiency, and performance possible.
  • Leaking ductwork can account for as much as 25 percent of your home’s cooling costs. Have a professional inspect your ducts and seal leaks.
  • Use a qualified HVAC contractor for installation. Improperly sized units and a poor installation can reduce the systems performance, efficiency, and lifespan. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s professionals will ensure the proper size, and the optimal performance with options available for your budget.

We hope you found our AC tips helpful. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule service for problems with your heating and air conditioning system. Our technicians can diagnose the problem, and provide the repair that you need to restore your air conditioning comfort. Our certified HVAC technicians are trained, and experienced in providing professional quality installations and AC repair in Plano. We guarantee your satisfaction, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

AC Maintenance | Air Conditioning Repair Plano, TX

Daniel Molina - Thursday, August 27, 2015

AC Maintenance | Air Conditioning Repair Plano, TX

For most households in the United States, life without air conditioning would be unbearable. Maintaining your home’s comfort relies upon annual AC maintenance. Early detection, and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX, prevents small problems from becoming larger, more costly problems down the road. 

The following are facts you should know, and services you should rely upon to ensure the comfort of your home.

Ensuring Air Quality and Cold Air

Clean air means routine changes of the air filter, and periodic cleaning of indoor and outdoor coils, and other AC components, including the ductwork. These actions will reduce air contaminates such as dust, and the incidence of mold.

When the AC is Blowing Warm Air

During annual maintenance, and tune-up, the detection of low refrigerant levels enable repair before additional problems can occur. Refrigerant does not get used up like oil, as long as there is not a leak, the refrigerant levels will stay the same. 

There are several potential causes of the AC blowing warm air, including a dirty filter, dirty coils, the incorrect setting of the thermostat, a tripped breaker, including in the system itself, and a low refrigerant level. You can change the filter, turn a breaker on, and check the thermostat settings, but components requiring cleaning, and/or air conditioning repair in Plano, TX, will require the services of a Garland Heating and Air Conditioning technician.

Dehumidification

The fact is summers in the southern U.S. are hot and humid, though the Plano/Dallas area typically experiences less humidity than say Houston. An essential component of effective air conditioning is reducing the humidity. Keep an eye on the condensation pan, to ensure the condensation drain is effectively removing the moisture it extracts from your indoor air. If the drain line clogs, the pan can overflow, damaging the flooring, humidity levels within the home will rise, and your comfort will decrease. If the condensate pan is not draining properly, contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.

The Benefits of Routine Maintenance

An efficiently operating air conditioner saves you money on the cost of energy. HVAC systems that receive annual maintenance will use 15 to 20 percent less energy. In addition, leaky ductwork can result in a 20% loss of conditioned air.

Routine maintenance also provides an HVAC system that is more reliable, and will experience fewer breakdowns. When you consider the long-term cost of neglect – increased frequency of repairs, the increased cost of energy, and a reduced lifespan - the cost of annual service is only a fraction of the cost of neglect.

Do not ignore AC maintenance or problems. A struggling system will wear out faster, use excessive energy, and is likely to provide reduced cooling and comfort. Contact our certified technicians today to schedule air conditioning repair in Plano, TX before you experience air conditioning failure in the heat. Our technicians are experienced in all brands of HVAC systems. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers emergency service 24/7 for your convenience, and is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. We guarantee your satisfaction.

HVAC Dallas Contractors | AC Repair Dallas

Daniel Molina - Saturday, August 15, 2015

HVAC Dallas Contractors | AC Repair Dallas

HVAC is the acronym for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. With summer well under way, most homeowners have had routine maintenance performed on their home's air conditioner. At this time of the year when people are in need of an HVAC technician, it is typically due to their air conditioning system being down. When this occurs, homeowners typically fail to ensure careful selection of an HVAC contractor known to provide reliable AC repair in Dallas

HVAC Dallas Contractors | AC Repair Dallas

The following is a checklist of questions for the contractors you contact, and for you to consider in your selection:  

  • Most likely, your home is hot, and you want service as fast as possible. Is the HVAC company available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or will you need to wait until the next business day for AC repair in Dallas
  • What forms of payment do they accept? 
  • Do they offer financing on new installations?
  • Are the HVAC technicians trained to work with your brand of HVAC system? 
  • If a new system is required, will they re-calculate the system size required to heat and cool your home? If they are replacing a 3-ton system with the same without calculating the factors involved (windows and type, doors, square footage, insulation, etc…), pass them by for a contractor who will use approved industry standards and guidelines for achieving accurate sizing. Having a 3-ton system does not ensure it is the size required for your home.
  • Are the technicians NATE certified, the North American Technical Excellence training program? NATE certification ensures thorough training, and superior knowledge, and a technician who is up-to-date on the latest technology.
  • Are they a member of the Better Business Bureau?

When you call Garland Heating and Air Conditioning, you are assured of receiving a superior quality of service you can rely upon for installation, maintenance or AC repair in Dallas

  • We are available for Emergency AC service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year for your convenience. 
  • We offer financing options. 
  • Our technicians are trained to work with all brands of HVAC systems. 
  • Our technicians will evaluate the factors required to ensure the proper size unit for your optimal comfort, and to save you money on your energy bills. 
  • Our technicians are NATE certified 
  • We are members of the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating.

The HVAC industry requires training and skills with advanced knowledge, and consistent continuing education of HVAC equipment and technological advances. We are dedicated to providing the best Residential and Commercial HVAC installations with the foremost technicians in their field of training, and offer competitive pricing to our customers.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning provides heating and air conditioning installation, AC repair in Dallas, maintenance, and other services for your residential or commercial HVAC system. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Give us a call, and let us show you why you will want Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to be your HVAC Dallas contractor.