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Weatherize Your Home For Better Heating & Air Conditioning

Daniel Molina - Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Weatherize Your Home | Heating and Air Conditioning

When you weatherize your home stops air leaks, and helps to increase your comfort by providing a more consistently stable temperature. Air infiltration and the escape of conditioned air is a significant source of the loss of energy. The infiltration of outside air increases the system’s need to run and consequently the wear on your homes heating and air conditioning system.

Weatherizing the home doesn’t cost a lot, though the savings realized can be significant. Use the following simple, inexpensive tips to reduce energy consumption and save on heating and air conditioning costs, and reduce wear and tear on your HVAC system, while increasing the home’s comfort level.

Insulate outlets and light switches

Installing electrical outlet foam sealers to outlets and switches will block the infiltration of outdoor air. Air leaks from basements and attics can travel through interior walls, creating drafts from plate covers. Remove the plate cover and check for unsealed spaces around the outlet box. Use expanding spray foam insulating product to fill open areas around the exterior perimeter of the outlet or a light switch box, do not use inside the box.

Weatherstrip Doors

Ill-fitting or unsealed doors can cause significant air infiltration and loss of conditioned air. Inspect your door from inside the home when the sun is shining on it, if you can see daylight it needs some attention.

First, ensure hinges, door knobs and strike plates are tight. These determine how tightly a door closes.

Inspect the door sweep at the bottom of the door; if it is worn, cracked or warped replace it. Use the same criteria to inspect the weatherstripping around the doors and replace if necessary.

Weatherstrip Windows

Inspect windows and replace worn weather stripping. One often overlooked area affecting windows is the gaps behind the window casings. Home builders often fail to insulate the space surrounding windows when they are installed. Inspection and insulation will require removing the casing and may result in damage to casings. If you are willing to risk it, use caution and go slowly to reduce damage. Be aware it may result in damage to wall paint. Expanding spray foam sealer is an easy and effective solution to gaps around windows.

One method of tightening windows and reducing drafts is to close and lock them which create a tighter seal.

Replace dryer vent

Dryer vents can be a source of cold air entering. If the vent is merely a grill replace it with a grill that will close such as the shutter style. You should be aware that lint can rapidly build up causing the shutters to remain open. Make it a habit to inspect it monthly and clean as necessary.

Roof vents

Some homes utilize open exhaust vents on the roof, which can result in air infiltration, especially when the HVAC system runs. These vents are found on the ventilation pipe for a stove hood range or bathroom exhaust fans. Consider having vents with flaps installed for these ventilation pipes. They open when the fan runs, and remain closed when they do not. This prevents incoming air infiltration or conditioned air losses, which can be a significant source of air leaks. Self-sealing vents will reduce your energy costs and the wear on the heating and air conditioning system.

Seal Holes

Inspect intrusions such as around plumbing under sinks, tubs, showers and the dryer vent. Seal gaps surrounding pipes with expanding spray foam insulation or caulking.

Remember, when the heating and air conditioning system runs, the system pulls air toward the return (where the filter is located), this can result in increased air filtration when the system runs. In the winter this allows cold air to enter which then must be heated by the furnace. On the other hand, during the summer it pulls hot, humid air in which must be cooled by the air conditioner and dehumidified.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is here to serve your heating and air conditioning needs. For further advice on how to weatherize your home give us a call. For professional repair, maintenance or heating and air conditioning installation, call to schedule service, our certified HVAC technicians are ready to take your call.

Repair or Replace Air Conditioning | Plano, TX

Daniel Molina - Monday, October 20, 2014
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Repair or Replace HVAC | Air Conditioning Repair Plano, TX

The majority of homeowners won’t replace aging heating and air conditioning equipment until it fails completely, or requires overly frequent repair. Manufacturers of heating and air conditioning equipment and the U. S. Department of Energy recommends automatic replacement at approximately 10 to 15 years for AC systems and 15 to 20 years for a furnace. When your homes HVAC is worn and requires frequent service, and you have to decide whether to repair or replace the HVAC , or if you are growing weary of providing frequent heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX, read on.

Automatic replacement provides the benefits of increased reliability and increased energy efficiency. Energy efficiency factors are periodically updated, requiring increased efficiency from manufacturers. Those that provide the greatest energy efficiency and reliability earn Energy Star approval, and provide potential tax, credit and rebate incentives for homeowners who purchase them.

For the majority of homeowners, being alert to signs of a failing HVAC system will provide the opportunity to schedule a new installation, rather than risk being at the mercy of the temperature when an unreliable and worn HVAC system requires replacement, or yet another heating or air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.

Signs that it’s Time to Replace a System

Furnace

The heat exchanger in a gas furnace transfers the heat from the gas burners to the air that circulates through the system. When a heat exchanger or the burner develops cracks or holes, replacement of the furnace is needed.

Signs potentially indicating a bad heat exchanger include an exhaust odor and soot around heat registers in the home or surrounding the furnace itself. If you see water and/or corrosion is noted in the unit, have a qualified HVAC technician to inspect the furnace. A breach in the heat exchanger allows exhaust gases to mix with the system’s circulated air and can result in the presence of deadly carbon monoxide in the home. All homes using any type of gas appliance should have carbon monoxide detectors. If your CO2 detector(s) are alarming during the winter, have the furnace inspected immediately.

Air Conditioners

Central AC systems generally don’t last as long as furnaces will. A common sign that it’s time to replace your AC is an increased frequency of air conditioning repair in Plano, TX. The requirement for repair more than once in during the cooling season may be an indication of wear or damage to the AC system. Damage to additional components may occur when heating, or air conditioning repair in Plano, TX is delayed, when maintenance is neglected or when the failure of one component results in damage to other parts.

Worn HVAC systems typically experience reduced efficiency and provide poor performance, one of the reasons behind the industry’s recommendation for automatic replacement near the end of its expected service life.

Unusual and excessive noise may be an indication of a loose component, or a sign that the system needs to be replaced. Reduced efficiency may be indicated by unexplained rising costs of operation, such as an elevated power or gas bill. Another sign is poor performance. For example, when the air conditioner isn’t cooling your home as well as it once did, this could be a sign of worn components no longer able to function as they once did. Failure to provide the recommended periodic maintenance will shorten the service life of any HVAC system.

Compare Costs

The heating and air conditioning system is the biggest user of energy in your home. Therefore, the cost of operating it’s an important factor in determining when to replace it. For example, if the costs of air conditioning repair in Plano, TX on a 7 year old system will be approximately half the price of a new unit, should you repair or replace?

If you repair, you’ll have a system that may or may not continue to operate for an additional 7 years, before requiring replacement. On the other hand, by replacing now, you can achieve a more energy-efficient unit that will save on energy bills over the next 7 years or longer with less risk of requiring further air conditioning repair in Plano, TX, meaning you stand to save more on the cost of energy and repair in the long run.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers experienced and certified HVAC technicians for professional heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX, maintenance and installation. Our technicians maintain current certification for the industry’s continually changing technology, providing proficient and accurate service. Maintaining industry standards isn’t our only goal, we strive to exceed in all categories, standards of the industry, customer service and satisfaction and your expectations. Call now to schedule service, or to repair or replace the HVAC system, we will be glad to assist you. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning serves Plano, Dallas and the surrounding areas.

Heat Pump Repair & Installation | AC Dallas

Daniel Molina - Friday, October 17, 2014
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Heat Pump | AC Repair Dallas

If your energy costs are rising with the speed of the national debt, and your aging HVAC is plaguing you with consistent furnace and AC repair in Dallas, the installation of a new heat pump may provide the solution you need.

Heat pumps don’t generate heat, they move it, and can generate up to four times the amount of energy they consume. This process makes them an energy efficient and environmentally friendly choice for your home for heating, cooling and for producing hot water in some models. Heat pumps operate cleanly, providing a solution for persons with allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues. The heat pump, when used with a high grade filter becomes even more effective for providing cleaner air inside the home.

Emerging new technologies continue to enhance the benefits of a heat pump, providing comfort, energy efficiency and improved performance and reliability. If your aging HVAC system is requiring more heating and AC repair in Dallas than it should, an Energy Star certified heat pump can pay for itself in energy savings, and may provide rebates or tax credits.

Older heat pumps once provided a constant output regardless of the need. Today’s technology provides two-speed or variable speed compressors that allow heat pumps to operate close to the required heating or cooling capacity. This adds up to significant savings on the amount of electricity used.

Variable speed fan motors are also available, providing further energy savings and reducing noise when the fan operates at lower speeds.

An additional energy saving feature available for select heat pumps is a desuperheater. A desuperheater is an accessory for a heat pump that allows excess heat generated during the heat pump cooling mode to heat hot water for the home during the summer by moving water over a heat exchanger. A heat pump equipped with a desuperheater heats water 2 to 3 times more efficiently than an ordinary electric water heater, providing up to 60 percent of a home’s hot water during the summer season.

Energy Star requirements continue to promote innovative products and new technologies that save energy and add increased reliability. Today’s Energy Star qualified equipment will be significantly more energy efficient and reliable than a system just 5 years old. When an aging system becomes unreliable, requiring frequent heating and AC repair in Dallas, it is worth considering applying the money for repair to a new energy efficient system.

If you are considering the installation of a new HVAC system vs. continued heating and AC repair in Dallas, Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers energy efficient Carrier products to enhance your home’s comfort and provide reliability for years to come.

Accurate sizing is an important consideration for heat pump installation. Factors such as the size of the home, number and type of windows, insulation, climate, even the number of people living in the household are considered. Incredibly, inaccurate sizing is one of the most common problems in the HVAC industry. When you use Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for your installation, you can rely upon our certified technicians providing an accurately sized system for your home.

We will be glad to assist you in the decision of replacing your homes HVAC system or whether to provide heating and AC repair in Dallas on your existing system.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning provides certified and experienced heating and air conditioning technicians dedicated to your family’s comfort.

Our reliable, professional’s offer new heating and air conditioning installation, and heating and AC repair in Dallas. We serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas. We are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.