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Programmable Thermostat | Dallas, TX Air Conditioning Service

Daniel Reichert - Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Saving Energy With a Programmable Thermostat

While spring is a few months away, if you are planning upgrades to reduce the cost of cooling this summer, consider a programmable thermostat. If you have ever forgotten to reset the thermostat while you are away, or before bedtime, you can recognize the value to a thermostat that will provide the changes automatically for you. These changes can make a difference in the energy bill, and when consistently applied with a programmable thermostat, you can maximize your savings while maintaining a comfortable home. Saving money on energy costs is as simple as scheduling routine heating and air conditioning service provided by your Garland Heating and Air Conditioning HVAC technician, changing the filter and installing a programmable thermostat.  

By programming the thermostat to reduce how often the the HVAC system runs, you can save significant energy when your family is away. In addition, use the following tips to save even more energy:

  • Scheduling a tune up provides the highest performance possible, optimal energy efficiency, maximum comfort, increased reliability and enables the technician to identify problems and provide the necessary adjustments or air conditioning repair in Dallas. In addition, a well maintained system will last longer, saving you even more money while reducing the frequency of repairs. So don't forget to schedule our comprehensive air conditioning service this spring, before summer arrives.
  • Provide air filter changes as the manufacturer recommends, using the recommended type of filter. In general, depending on the type of filter, change the filter each month. Even if your filter type is the pleated three month filters, check them each month and change if excessively soiled. Filter changes help to maintain a clean system and ducts, and reduced the need for increased maintenance and air conditioning service.

Additional tips to help save energy include:

  • When replacing inefficient appliances, including your HVAC unit, select Energy Star for the highest reliability and efficiency.
  • Turn the lights off in rooms not in use. Sensors are available that detect an unoccupied room, and turn the lights off.
  • Unplug electrical devices not in use when possible.
  • During the summer, avoid the use of the oven. Using an outdoor grill, microwave, or crock pot will prevent heating up the home causing the air conditioner to work harder. If the oven must be used, bake in the early morning when outside temperatures are cooler.

Preventative maintenance is the best insurance against problem,s so don't wait until your system has an issue to call for air conditioning service, contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning today to ensure your system's best performance.

Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature according to the settings of time and temperature that you have programmed. This thermostat prevents forgotten temperature adjustments, and can save you as much as 20% on the cost of air conditioning your home. As a consequence of running less, the system will also experience less wear and tear, resulting in fewer repairs with air conditioning service. Different types are available, including:

7-Day Programmable Thermostat

This thermostat provides up to four temperature settings for each day. It is a popular selection for families with busy schedules.

5-1-1 Day 

This thermostat offers up to four temperature settings during the weekdays, and allows different settings for Saturday and Sunday. This setup is popular for those with a routine Monday through Friday schedule, and provides flexibility for each day of the  weekend.

5-2 Day

The 5-2 thermostat provides four temperature settings for weekdays and allows a different setting for both days of the weekend.

Learning Thermostats

A learning thermostat gradually “learns” your preference over time based on your manual selections. Some models include the ability to sense an unoccupied home and to automatically adjust the temperature for energy efficiency. Notifying you when its time to change the filter is a popular feature, and some models even alert when the system needs air conditioning service. Other features are available and will vary between brands and models. In addition, WI-Fi models are available enabling you to connect to the home’s network, allowing you to monitor and remotely control it from a computer, smartphone, or tablet. Some models allow integration with the home's security system and other 'smart' systems.

Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to for additional information, or to schedule installation of a programmable thermostat or other air conditioning service. A Garland NATE certified technician will ensure you receive a thermostat that is compatible with your home’s system. NATE certification ensures you receive a technician with the highest level of training for installation, repair, maintenance and air conditioning service. Our technicians have the expertise to ensure quality that meets and/or exceeds the industry standards. We guarantee your satisfaction, and offer emergency service 24/7.  We serve Dallas, Plano, and the surrounding areas. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.

Heat Pump | Air Conditioning Repair Plano, TX

Daniel Reichert - Thursday, December 29, 2016

A heat pump is one of the best choices for your home's heating and air conditioning needs in Texas. Heat pump's provide both heating and air conditioning, and are capable of maintaining your comfort year round. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning installs highly rated Carrier HVAC systems. While they are rated the best in the industry, as with any other mechanical device, they require routine maintenance for top performance, efficiency and to receive the maximum lifespan. With normal wear and tear, they will eventually need heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX. 

In the following are some of the common problems in heat pumps and the heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX  that may be required. 

Refrigerant Leaks

While the compressor is the heart of the heat pump system, refrigerant is its life's blood. Refrigerant isn't used up, and when the refrigerant level is low, it's due to a leak in the system.  Low refrigerant prevents the heat pump from performing normally. You may see ice on the coil or the system shutting down to protect components. If the system were to continue to operate damage could occur, especially to the most costly component, the compressor. A refrigerant leak will require your HVAC technician to repair the leak and recharge the refrigerant. Our NATE certified technicians can provide the reliable heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX that you need.

  • Reversing Valve Failure
  • A reversing valve changes the direction refrigerant flows, enabling the heat pump to change between the function of heating and air conditioning. When the reversing valve fails the system will be stuck in a single mode, either heating or cooling. A broken reversing valve will require replacement with heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.
  • Failed Compressor  
  • The compressor is responsible for pumping the refrigerant and the process of heat exchange. Compressors will eventually experience weakening and wear out. The potential signs of a failing compressor include unusual noises during operation, such as whining, grinding, or humming sounds. When the compressor fails, you will need to decide between replacement with heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX or a new system.

Tripping Circuit Breakers

Circuit breakers will trip and fuses will blow when a ground fault occurs, when the circuit is overloaded and when a short circuit occurs. While power surges, for example, may cause the occasional tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse, an ongoing problem indicates a serious problem.  Contact your HVAC technician for diagnosis and heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.

Inefficient Temperature Control

Once the heating and air conditioning system has some age on it, you may notice it's no longer able to maintain a comfortable temperature. It may run longer than it once did to obtain the set temperature, driving the energy bill up and contributing to your discomfort. This may be especially noticeable during the summer when the unit struggles to maintain a cool temperature indoors. Humidity may also be a problem as in its weakening condition, the unit is unable to extract the humidity from the air as it once did. When this occurs heating and air conditioning installation is preferable over heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX.

Repair Vs. Replacement

When the compressor is worn or completely failed, you will face the decision to replace the compressor or replace the heat pump. If the heat pump is under warranty the manufacturer will make this decision. However, if the unit is out of warranty you will need to choose between replacement or  heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX of the existing unit.  The following guidelines can assist you in the decision:

  • Consider the age and care given the heat pump system first. If the system is fairly new, for example just out of warranty, under normal circumstances compressor replacment is a logical choice. In this situation, there shouldn't be excessive wear on the unit, and replacing the compressor should take care of the problem. However, if the system has experienced poor or questionable maintenance, and especially if it's nearing ten years old, replacing the unit may be the best choice.
  • Next, consider the cost. If the unit is getting on up in age and the cost is 33% or more of the cost of a new system, choose a new installation. You will gain dependability, increased energy efficiency and improved comfort. Heat pumps have gained a superior performance in the past decade with the introduction of new technologies. A system installed today will have greater performance and benefits than a system even a mere three years old. 
  • Age has an additional impact on an older system. While you may opt to install a new compressor, aging coils may be weakened and unable to tolerate the higher pressure of a new compressor. The result can be disastrous for the coils, for example. 

System Maintenance is the Best Insurance

As previously stated, a heat pump provides both heating and air conditioning. Realistically, this means the heat pump works twice as hard as a separate furnace and air conditioner. This is the reason the recommended schedule for professional service is biannually for a heat pump. Maintenance will extend the lifespan, and maintain efficiency. A neglected system can lose significant energy efficiency, and perform poorly. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning offers professional heat pump services in Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas. If you require heating and air conditioning repair in Plano, TX, or other HVAC services, call today to schedule an appointment. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating. Emergency services are available 24/7 for your convenience.

Geothermal Heat Pump | Air Conditioning Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Tuesday, December 27, 2016

For those with the budget and a desire for the highest efficiency heating and air conditioning system possible, a geothermal heat pump is the way to go. By saving on energy costs from 30% to as much as 70%, your new geothermal system will soon pay for itself. However, it can't be stressed enough that you should ensure you hire a qualified HVAC contractor for the installation of geothermal heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX.


Where Experience Matters

Geothermal utilizes a different concept than your standard air sourced heat pump. Geothermal takes advantage of the ground temperature which is fairly consistent. If you're wondering whether a geothermal system is possible for your home, it depends on the factors concerning the size of your lot and the subsoil present. Customer satisfaction with the system is extremely high when properly installed, and the reliable geothermal tolerates temperature extremes that air sourced heat pumps won't, whether it is providing heating or air conditioning in Dallas, TX.

The pipes that comprise a geothermal field loop are buried beneath the ground either horizontally or vertically, depending on the land available and the characteristics of the site. If a water source is available, an “open loop” system may be an option. Without a qualified installer, mistakes can be made that will affect your home's comfort and the longevity of the system. The geothermal system requires an accurately sized unit, and also an accurately sized and properly designed field loop. Not all contractors are properly trained or experienced in providing the expertise required for installing  geothermal heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to ensure a proper installation and or repair.

Maintenance

Geothermal systems require minimal maintenance. With proper installation the loop field can last for as much as 50 years. The unit’s itself, with its fan, compressor, and pump are housed indoors, protected from changing and often strenuous weather conditions, and average lasting for 25 years or longer with proper maintenance. Generally, routine tuneups, filter changes and coil cleaning are the only required maintenance. 

Facts about Geothermal Heat Pumps

If you're researching energy efficient heating and air conditioning for your home, consider the following facts:

  • For each unit of electricity a geothermal system consumes, it produces up to five units of cooling or heating from the earth to your home.
  • Geothermal systems can be used to heat water, saving you money on the home's second largest consumer of energy.

If going green, and saving money on energy costs is appealing to you, join the growing number of homeowners with a geothermal heat pump system. Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule a consultation with our NATE certified technicians for the installation of geothermal heating and air conditioning in Dallas, TX. Our highly trained and experienced professionals provide the expertise you can rely on for geothermal installation and repair. And ensures you receive the expected performance, benefits and life span. Our expert HVAC technicians serve Dallas, Plano and the surrounding areas. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.