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What is an HVAC filter? | Heating and AC Repair in Dallas, TX

Matt Parker - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

An HVAC filter is an indispensable component of your HVAC system that secures the system from dust and / or airborne particles that can be pulled in.  It also increases the indoor air quality in your Dallas home by counteracting the buildup of these particulates from circulating throughout your home.  In order for HVAC filters to do as intended they need to be changed out regularly in order to avoid the buildup of airborne particulates and breaking down the system. A clogged filter will produce poor indoor air quality, higher electrical bills and can possibly bring about a breakdown in the heating and cooling system.

Air filters have a rating system that is based upon their minimum efficiency reporting value, otherwise known as MERV.  These ratings can vary between 1 and 16.  The higher the number, the smaller the particles that particular filter can catch and prevent from entering your system or being dispersed throughout your home.  The smaller the number then the less likely the filter will be at filtering certain airborne pollutants.  This rating system was created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, otherwise known as ASHRAE.  It is a universal system in place that can be used to compare all brands and types of filters. 

The higher the rating for an air filter does not always mean the better it will be for your HVAC system.  Highly rated air filters can also restrict airflow which will in turn force your system to work harder than it should at conditioning your indoor air.  In order to find the best air filter for your particular HVAC system you should consult the manufacturer to see what the maximum MERV rating for your system should be and what it can handle.

Different Types of Air Filters

DISPOSABLE FIBERGLASS – Disposable fiberglass air filters are inexpensive and disposable solutions that will help in the prevention of only large particulates, such as dust and debris from getting into your HVAC system. This type of filter will not do much in reference to actually cleaning the air and enhancing your indoor air quality.

DISPOSABLE PLEATED – Disposable pleated air filters are one of the most popular choices for air filters in HVAC systems. They do a pretty good job at filtering out most of the common dust and debris that can be found in your heating and cooling system. They are a bit more expensive than their disposable fiberglass counterparts but they do a much better job at ensuring your system and home is free of most air pollutants and irritants.

WASHABLE AIR FILTERS – Washable air filters are much more costly to purchase than the disposable counterparts but that is due to the fact that they can be cleaned off regularly and can be reused for up to five years or more.

HIGH EFFICIENCY PARTICULATE ARRESTANCE FILTERSHigh efficiency particulate arrestance filters, more commonly referred to as HEPA filters have the highest MERV ratings and are beneficial for homeowners with special air quality needs. They are some of the most efficient air filters that you can purchase but are also one of the most costly on the market.

Whenever you have your next service call from your local HVAC company, ask your technician what type of filter they would recommend for your system. They will be able to give you a recommendation for your particular heating and air system that will help ensure that your system stays healthy while allowing it to run as efficiently as possible.  Once your technician has given you a couple of recommendations to check out it does not hurt to look these products up online and see what other users have said about them. While it is a good rule of thumb that you do not trust everything that you read online, you should be able to get a good feel by visiting numerous sites such as Amazon for example to help gauge which of the filter options best suit you.

When you decide on what filter to use, first and foremost ensure that you get the correct size for your system. There’s nothing worse than finding out that the air filter is either too big or too small.  If you are unsure, check your existing system’s air filter and measure the length, height and thickness when shopping for a replacement.  Always ensure that you buy an air filter that fits properly in your system.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years.  We are one of the top heating and air companies in the area.  Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs.  If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience.  Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

What are NATE Certified Technicians? | HVAC Repair in Dallas, TX

Matt Parker - Friday, May 12, 2017
Garland Heating and Air Conditioning’s technicians are all NATE certified. In fact, we are one of the only companies in the area with the largest number of HVAC certified technicians in and around Dallas, Texas.  Certification is important to us, but you are probably wondering what exactly does it mean for you as a customer.



North American Technician Excellence (NATE)

North American Technician Excellence, otherwise known as NATE is an independent, non-profit organization that tests and certifies installation and service technicians in the United States.  It was founded in 1997 and is located in Arlington, Virginia. It is the only technician certification organization that is owned, operated and governed completely by the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, otherwise known as HVACR. 


How are your technicians NATE certified?


Garland Heating and Air Conditioning technicians must pass a core exam and a specialty exam that is created by the NATE Technical Committee. This is a team comprised of nationwide experts.   Most NATE certifications last for 2 years before they expire.  In order to renew NATE certification, technicians must take specialty continuing educational courses, earning 16 hours or more in these classes in the two year period or by retaking the certification exam every 2 years. 


Why you should expect your technician to be NATE certified.

NATE certified technicians are the cream of the crop and considered to be the best of the best in the HVAC industry.  Not only are these technicians extremely skillful and knowledgeable in their field of expertise in order to pass the NATE certification exams, but they are also committed to excellence.  Heating and cooling technicians are not required to go through this certification process but we do so in order to provide the highest level of service possible for both residential and commercial customers in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas.  When you use Garland Heating and Air Conditioning for your HVAC needs you can rest assure knowing that you will receive expert installation, repair and HVAC service each and every time. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years.  We are one of the top heating and air companies in the area.  Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs.  If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience.  Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Uneven Heating & Cooling | Air Conditioner Repair in Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Thursday, May 04, 2017
Have you ever walked into one room in your Dallas, Texas home only to realize that it is around 10 or 15 degrees warmer in that room than the other one? What about reducing the thermostat to make it comfortable in one room but when you do so it makes it freezing in other? This is what we call uneven heating and cooling


 
There are multiple reasons why you may have a problem with your heating and cooling system conditioning the air unevenly in your home. It could be a problem with your vents, improperly sized unit, excessive shading on one part of the house in comparison to another, or even improper or inadequate insulation in other parts of the home compared to others. 

To help alleviate the problem with uneven heating and cooling in your Dallas, Texas home there are multiple checks you can do and options you can consider. Below is a list and outline of each check and consideration that could help you. 

Zoned System – A zoned system takes advantage of multiple thermostats in different zones or rooms in a home. For example, the first and second floor of a home could be established as two different zones. Initial cost with the installation of a zoned system can be high, but it could help you recoup your costs in savings from your high energy bills further down the road. 

Air Ducts – Ductwork that has been improperly installed, old or other factors can lead to it leaking conditioned air. This will limit the pressurized airflow throughout the home and will lead to uneven temperatures. Your air ducts may be in hard to reach areas and you may require professional service in order to have this examined. Air ducts that are kinked, obstructed could also potentially be areas where conditioned air is leaking. If you suspect that your air ducts are leaking contact a professional to have them inspected. 

Vents Blocked – Is there a rug, curtains or other object blocking the air vent in an area in the home? If so, this could be the reasoning behind the uneven heating and cooling in a room or area in your house. In order to prevent uneven heating and cooling make sure that there are no objects blocking the vents or obstructing them. 

Doors & Windows – When air escapes your home, your heating and cooling system needs to work harder in order to condition the air around you. One area to look at is the doors and windows in your home. Check the weather stripping, replace caulking if needed, install draft guards under doors to help in minimizing the amount of conditioned air that is escaping. 

Regular Maintenance – Having your HVAC system professionally maintained is one way to prevent uneven heating and cooling in your Dallas home. Also make sure that you are changing out the filters as suggested by the manufacturer. Scheduling regular routine maintenance once or twice a year with your local HVAC company will also help catch problems with your system before they become critical issues. 

Sizing – If the HVAC unit in your home was not properly sized, or if renovations and additions have been done since then, you may have an improperly sized system in your home. Contact your HVAC company to come assess your home and look at the unit to determine if the system meets the requirements for the size of your home. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years. We are one of the top heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance. When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs. If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Smart Thermostats | Heating & AC Repair in Garland, TX

Daniel Reichert - Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Smart thermostats allow you to monitor and control your home’s temperature, indoor air quality and more through your smartphone, PC or tablet. With the versatility of how you can control your smart thermostat comes additional savings. Since these devices can be controlled from outside of the home, you can customize your heating and cooling according to when you need it. 



There are many different types of smart thermostats available on the consumer market today to choose from. Some of these thermostats offer options that others will not. Take for example, the Ecobee4, one of the most popular smart thermostats in the United States. The Ecobee4 allows you to deliver the right temperatures on a zoned or room by room basis. It also knows which rooms in the home are currently occupied and it comes with an intuitive app that works with Apple’s Home kit as well as other smart home system software. The Ecobee4 also has Alexa programmed into it, so you can use it with Amazon’s voice assistant. 

How to Install a Smart Thermostat 
Depending on your current heating and cooling system in your home will determine the simplicity or lack thereof installing a smart thermostat. If you are not sure what you are doing then it is best to contact a local heating and cooling company to assist you in the installation of the smart thermostat. Working with electricity can be quite dangerous and if you do not know your way around electricity then it is best to hire a heating and cooling technician. Garland Heating & Air can assist you with smart thermostat installation and any of your heating & air repair or installation needs. 

Why You Should Upgrade 
Smart thermostats have positioned themselves as one of the top must-have devices available on the consumer market today among homeowners looking to be more energy efficient. Although smart thermostats can be quite pricey and range upwards to $300 or more depending on what smart thermostat you decide to go with – these thermostats are the next generation of temperature control for your home. They offer long-term savings that will far exceed the initial costs to purchase them. 

Is there a difference between programmable and smart thermostats? 
Absolutely, smart thermostats are very much so different from programmable thermostats. A programmable thermostat basically only allows homeowners to pre-program temperature settings. Thus, allowing heating and cooling to be lowered during pre-scheduled times of the day or night. Programmable thermostats are a decent tool at reducing the consumption of electricity when conditioned air is not needed and they do offer a quick return on initial costs. 

Smart thermostats however take programmable thermostats to an entirely different level. Smart thermostats learning capabilities allow the device to actually pick up on your habits and preferences automatically. Once the thermostat and its sensors understand the routines of the occupants of the home, it will automatically adjust temperatures in the home based upon triggered actions. Actions, such as when you get out of bed, the number of persons in the home and at what times, and more. Capabilities of smart thermostats vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but most of these devices are WiFi-enabled and have an application that can be downloaded and managed remotely through a smart phone, tablet, or other smart enabled device. 

Smart Thermostats: Savings 
Manufacturers of smart thermostats, claim that their products can help homeowners reduce their heating and cooling bills from anywhere between 10 to 15 percent on average. The ecobee4 stouts that homeowners average energy reduction is as much as 23%. The potential in savings is honestly depicted upon how much the homeowner is willing to leverage the said smart device to saving. Homeowners that work from home for example may not see a large reduction in their costs in comparison to homeowners who have 8 to 5 jobs away from home. 

Heating and cooling accounts for a very large amount of the typical monthly electrical bill, ranging from anywhere between 40 to 60 percent. Any changes that can be made to lower the monthly electrical bill can be cost effective over the long run and have a pretty decent impact on lowering your monthly energy usage. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs. If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Save on Cooling Costs This Summer in Dallas, Texas | AC Repair in Garland, TX

Daniel Reichert - Friday, April 28, 2017
During the summer months in Dallas, Texas the first thing that comes to mind is cool drinks and ocean waves. The last thing on our mind is our electrical bill. The scorching heat in Dallas can drive up electrical costs the more we need to use our air conditioning. Thankfully, there are ways we can cut back on cooling costs. It is surprisingly possible to save quite a bit on energy costs without having to invest that much in making it possible. Below we go over some tips to help put some money back in your wallet during this summer. 

 
 
Seal up Leaks and Drafts – Instead of letting money literally seep through the cracks and under your doors in your home, you can seal up your home. Inspect around your windows and under the doors of your home. If you can see daylight then you can bet that your conditioned air is escaping out of your home. For less than ten bucks you can get some caulk to seal up your windows and get some draft guards to install under your doors. 

Sun Block – No, not the kind you put on your skin. During the summer, sunlight coming through your windows or directly heating the walls or roof of your home can quickly increase the temperatures in your home. If you haven’t done so already you should consider purchasing a little on landscaping around your home. Consider planting leafy trees and / or shrubs around the exterior of your home to help block the sun from shining on it. If you are not ready then consider getting heavy curtains and blinds and closing up the windows during the particular hot and sunny days this summer. 

Oven & Stove Top – Whenever possible, skip using the oven and stove top entirely to help reduce indoor heat this summer. Summer is a great time to eat cold dinners or even fire up the grill. 
  
Maintenance – If you currently do not have your HVAC system routinely maintained then you should seriously consider contacting your local HVAC company and establishing a routine maintenance and cleaning for your system. With little or no maintenance, your system will not run as efficiently as it could and the less efficient your system is the more it’s going to cost you. Keep your filters replaced as necessary and keep your outside unit clean of debris. The more efficient your system, the less your power bill. 

Don’t set the bar to low – Consider adjusting your thermostat to a few degrees higher than you typically do. If you have it set at a 67, bring it up to 70 degrees. Adjusting the dial can do wonders to your energy bill; if only for just a couple of days a week. 

Frugality – Only use your AC when you need it. If you’re going to be gone during the day, don’t let it run all day long while you are gone, cut it off. If you have a smart or programmable thermostat, adjust it for the time you will be gone, and cut it on just before you get back home so you do not enter a sweltering home. If you are headed on a vacation, cut it off. 
 
Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years. We are one of the top heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance. When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs. If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Improve Indoor Home Air Quality in Dallas, Texas | Air Conditioner Repair in Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Typically when we think about air quality, we think of the outdoors. When it comes to our Dallas, Texas homes, we should really be thinking about indoor air quality. Usually indoor air quality will be worse off than the air quality outdoors. Low indoor air quality can lead to many health problems such as allergies, illness and more. In this article we will discuss tips for assisting in keeping the indoor air in your home fresh, crisp and free from harmful air pollutants. 



Keep your home clean – Cleaning your home on a regular basis will avoid dust, allergen and particle build up. You should make sure to dust and vacuum your home at least once a week. When cleaning, make sure you clean fans and the dust off the ceiling near fans as they will circulate the air around your home. 

Filter Replacement – You can help maintain your HVAC system and keep it working efficiently by changing out the filters based upon the manufacturer’s instructions. By replacing filters you will help ensure the indoor air quality of your home as well as avoid potentially costly repairs or replacements further down the road. 

Make sure your home is dry – Excessive moisture in your home will increase the likelihood of mold and mildew growth. If there is too much moisture in your home you can rectify this by installing a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers work with existing HVAC systems and do not require extensive work in installing one. If you have any water damage in your home make sure that you get that repaired as soon as possible and if you do not have any exhaust fans in your bathrooms or kitchens you can benefit by having those installed. 

Humidity levels – If you frequently experience static shock from the carpet in your home, your humidity levels might be too low. If there is condensation on your windows then your indoor humidity levels might be too high. When humidity is too high or too low it can lead to various health problems and potential issues to your home itself. Adequate humidity levels range between 30 – 50% and if your humidity levels are off, you will need to look into either installing a humidifier or dehumidifier to fix the issue. 

Smoking – Cigarette smoke contains multiple harmful chemicals and toxins that can cause serious illnesses and diseases. These dangerous toxins can get trapped inside your home by attaching themselves to the carpet, furniture, curtains and more. This upon itself will further increase your health risks and if you are not able to quit smoking altogether then definitely avoid smoking inside the home. 

Shoes – Shoes track in all kinds of harmful pollutants. You should never wear shoes within the home ever. Consider taking your shoes off before you enter the home and slipping on slippers or just using socks when walking around the house. 

Air Ductwork – Dust, mold, bacterial and other airborne particles will build up quickly in the air ductwork and ventilation of your HVAC system. If you notice dust buildups then clean it. You can also vacuum the inside of your ductwork but for a more thorough job, consider contacting your local heating and cooling company to have a professional do this for you. 

Air Circulation – No matter what time of the year it is, try to allow fresh outside air into your home every day by opening the windows even just for a few minutes. If it is during the winter then make sure to turn your heat off as to not waste energy when you do so. Circulating fresh air throughout the home will increase the indoor air quality. You could also look into a whole house fan to automate the process for you. 

Frequent Service – By allowing a professional technician from a local heating and air company frequently maintain your system on a bi-yearly or annual basis not only will ensure that the components inside your HVAC system are working at peak performance but it will also keep the system clean from mold, toxins and other airborne pollutants. You should schedule a regular maintenance program with your local HVAC company if you haven’t done so already. 

Indoor Plants – Some indoor plants will help purify the indoor air around you by helping with the removal of harmful chemicals and other airborne toxins. If you are unfamiliar with what type of plants to get a quick Google search for indoor air quality plants will help you out. You could also get in touch with your local heating and cooling company and ask their advice as well. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years. We are one of the top heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance. When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs. If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Safety Tips for Home Heating in Dallas, Texas

Daniel Reichert - Monday, April 24, 2017
Fires, related to home heating is the second leading cause of fires in homes in the United States. When a home has been devastated by a fire it can result with massive losses, injuries and unfortunately even death. Below we will discuss multiple helpful tips related to safely using heating in your Dallas home. These tips could help prevent catastrophe in your home and help keep your loved ones, home and even yourself safe. 


 
Furnace Maintenance – Regular maintenance of your heating and air system is one of the best ways at reducing your chances from costly and dangerous accidents from ever happening. When you have your system professionally checked out and maintained your equipment will be thoroughly inspected to ensure that it is working efficiently and safely. The technician will thoroughly clean the system to help with the prevention of buildup that can potentially lead to fires. 
 
Detectors – If you do not have so already, you should have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors installed on every floor of your Dallas home at a minimum. But, these detectors will do you no good if they are not working as intended. In order to make sure your detectors are operating as they should, be sure to inspect them to ensure that they are functioning correctly. You should also change out the batteries periodically. These detectors are designed to save your life by alerting you of fires in your home, carbon monoxide leaks, and smoke, before you or your loved ones are harmed by these dangers. 
 
Filters – You should inspect the manual from the manufacturer of your system for how often you should change out and replace the filters for the system. An air filter that has collected too much debris and / or dust can cause your system to work much harder than it should, overheating and potentially start a fire. 
 
Keep it Clean – Keep anything that could potentially catch on fire, flammable materials or objects that could melt a good distance from your heating system. 

Space Heaters – Space heaters pose a wide variety of potential dangers. These dangers include overheating, tipping and more. In the event that you have to use a space heater, make sure you follow these guidelines. 

  • Keep it on a flat surface so it will not tip over. 
  • Do not place it near curtains, bedding, furniture, or any other objects in your home that are flammable.  
  • Plug it directly in the wall, do not use extension cords. 
  • Whenever you leave the room, cut it off. 
 
Safety in Mind – If you use a fireplace to add extra heat in your home, make sure that it has a sturdy screen in front of it to help in the prevention of sparks flying out of the fire and catching something on fire in your home. Before you ignite your fireplace, make sure that the chimney is clean and free of buildup. Before you remove ashes from your fireplaces let them cool down. Use a metal container, never a plastic or paper one. Do not leave a fire unattended in your home and always ensure that you have a fully functioning fire extinguisher nearby. 

Education – Discuss home heating safety with your family, especially to your children. Warn your family of the dangers of fire and the dangers of getting too close to the fireplace or furnace. Most importantly, discuss with your family what to do in the event of a fire. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years. We are one of the top heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance. When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs. If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Common Air Conditioning Noises | Air Conditioning Repair Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Thursday, April 20, 2017
Your Dallas home’s air conditioning system can make all kinds of different noises while it is in operation. When you hear odd sounds that you are not familiar with, it is hard not to get worried whether there is something potentially seriously wrong with your system. Learning what these noises mean for your A/C can help you determine whether it is necessary to call in the help of a professional or not. 

Below we will go over the most common noises air conditioning systems make and what they can mean. If your air conditioning system is making odd noises and you require the help of a qualified technician do not hesitate to give Garland Heating and Air Conditioning a call today and one of our NATE certified technicians will be more than happy to help you out. 
 


Buzzing Noises – A buzzing sound coming from your system is typically a warning that there is an electrical problem that could pose as a potential fire hazard. When you contact a professional to handle this they will inspect the air conditioner’s electrical components such as the thermostat, contacts, compressor relays and circuit breakers to assist in the location of the problem and get it repaired. 

Squeaking Noises – Lack of lubrication on the indoor or outdoor fan motor can cause squeaking noises to emanate from your system. An imbalance of the fan blades can also be another reason you may hear squeaking noises coming from your AC. An HVAC technician will isolate the problem and clean the fan or oil the motor as needed. 

Clanking and Thumping – If you are hearing clanking or thumping sounds from the indoor unit, this can be due to a loose or misaligned blower assembly. However, if these noises are coming from your outdoor unit, then the fan blade or motor mount has most likely worked itself loose. Before the blade or mount comes completely loose and falls off, potentially harming nearby components, you should contact your local HVAC company to come service the unit before it possibly ends up causing more damage and costing more to fix. 

Hissing or Bubbling Noises – Whenever you hear noises such as this, it usually originates from the evaporator coil, coolant lines or the compressor unit itself. Noises such as this can indicate that you have a refrigerant leak and this will cause a severe loss of cooling capability for your HVAC system and / or serious component damage. In order to fix this you will need to have a professional technician isolate the problem, locate the leak, repair it and then recharge the refrigerant in your system. 

Loud Screeching – In the event that you hear this type of sound coming from the outdoor unit for your HVAC system, you should shut it off from the breaker at the main electric panel and contact your local heating and cooling company right away. A screeching noise can point towards a potentially dangerous rise of the compressor’s internal pressure and this will need to be attended to immediately. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years. We are one of the top heating and air companies in the area. Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance. When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs. If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience. Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.

Commercial HVAC Maintenance in Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Unlike residential customers our commercial customers demand consistency.  If there is a major breakdown at home then life can go on in most cases. But in the commercial environment a breakdown with heating or cooling can shut a business down entirely until the issue is resolved.  Consistency is a dominant factor in day-to-day operations with a business. Consistency goes to every aspect of a business, including its ability to move forward for daily operations, continued success and growth.


A business should seriously consider signing a commercial HVAC maintenance agreement with a local heating and cooling company.  Consistent maintenance with your existing heating and cooling system ensures that it operates effectively, efficiently and problems can be caught before they become critical issues that can halt your business until the problem is resolved.

Why is Maintenance Important?

The heating and air system composes of parts, components and processes that your business needs on a daily basis. Your heating and cooling system is working around the clock to ensure that your employees and customers have the comfort they want and need.

Without having your system routinely and professionally maintained, you can expect to have breakdowns that could potentially hurt your business.  Businesses tend to pay more in electrical costs as well and reducing the cost all the while improving efficiency is critical in keeping costs down. Not only this, but without routine maintenance you may find yourself purchasing a new system earlier than you would expect. It all boils down to prevention and protection for your heating and cooling investments for your business.

Without routine, professionally handled maintenance, you can be looking at breakdowns, reduced effectiveness, and you might even find yourself replacing your system a lot sooner than you’d wanted! It all comes down to prevention and protection for your heating and cooling investment.

The Benefits of Professional Maintenance

Reducing Costs– Dirt, dust, debris and the general wear and tear that comes with day to day use all services to reduce the efficiency of your heating and cooling system over time.  A professionally maintained system is one that will expect to operate at greater levels of energy-efficiency, last longer, and reduce the costs associated with operating the system.

Increased Comfort – Proper and adequate air flow and operation of the system are increasingly dependent on how well your system remains clean and in peak operational condition. When you have your system professionally maintained, your heating and cooling with both be much more effective, giving better control of comfort for your employees and customers alike all year long.

Reduce Breakdowns – Most repairs done with heating and cooling systems could have been prevented if proper attention, care and maintenance had of been done in the first place. More than half of repairs are due to improper care and maintenance of said systems. 

Reduced Costs – When the time comes that you may need a repair, they will be far less likely to be extensive or costly if you have been maintaining the system. The most expensive repairs tend to be due to component failures, which is something that is less likely to happen when the system is professionally and routinely maintained.

Longer Life Cycle – All heating and cooling units are a considerable investment and even more so when it comes to a commercial business. The HVAC system in your business was customized by size and installed perfectly to meet the needs of your business. This is good but it is also rather expensive.  Due to this, you will want to ensure that your system lasts as long as it possibly can. Professional routine maintenance can ensure that the lifespan of your heating and cooling system is much longer than if you choose to ignore proper maintenance.

For the absolutely best results, professionally handled maintenance on a routine basis should be sought after. It should never be treated as an as-needed situation when something goes wrong.  Contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning to learn how we can help you and your business with a scheduled commercial maintenance agreement today.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners and businesses alike in Dallas, Texas and surrounding areas for many years.  We are one of the top heating and air companies in the area.  Dedication, determination and professional services that you can rely on have helped made us the go to source for customers in the area who are in need of heating and cooling repairs, installations and maintenance.  When you contact Garland Heating and Air Conditioning you can rest assured knowing that you are receiving high quality professional heating and cooling services that are both reliable and affordable.

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs.  If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience.  Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.    

Different Types of HVAC Systems | Air Conditioner Repair in Dallas, TX

Daniel Reichert - Friday, April 14, 2017

If you are looking to upgrade your existing HVAC system in your home and you are looking to hire a heating and cooling professional to do the job. This guide will help you in deciding what heating and air system is best for you. Today’s systems provide many options, such as variable fan speeds and multiple stages for heating and cooling.


Single or Multi-Stage?

Single-stage heating & cooling is fairly popular in areas that experience colder winters and hot & humid summers. These types of systems provide comfort for the coldest or hottest days of the year. But this also means that a majority of the time, these systems are operating at a full capacity when they do not need to be. This is where multi-stage heating and cooling systems can help you save energy and money.

Zoned Systems

Zoned heating and air systems condition the air in areas of your home by controlling valves or dampers that are inside the vents or ductwork.  These valves or dampers assist in blocking the flow of conditioned air.  A zoned HVAC system can help you save a lot of energy and money but only conditioning the air in certain areas of your home when you need it.

Humidity Control

Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can be added to your existing heating and air systems. If you reside in an area that has extremely dry or humid air then these upgrades can be extremely beneficial.  These systems will automatically reduce or increase the humidity in the air within your home to levels that are more comfortable.

Heating Systems

Heating systems also referred to as furnaces distribute heated air through ductwork.  A popular type of a furnace in the United States is a boiler. Boilers distribute heated water via radiators or forced-war systems. Furnaces typically use natural gas or propane to fuel them, while boilers usually use gas or oil.

Cooling Systems

Air conditioning systems come in many different sizes and types. When deciding what to install or upgrade in your home; it will depend on what you already have installed, as well as the climate.   Some of the best air conditioners today are between 30 to 50 percent more energy efficient than systems from around the mid-1970s.   The most generally known term for grading air conditioning systems is referred to as the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER).

SEER 13 is the minimum efficiency you should consider when looking for a system. But the higher the number the most cost effective the system will be.  When considering a new system for your home you should also consider energy star-rated systems when looking for the best energy efficient system.

Ductless mini-split systems are becoming more popular systems in today’s homes. These systems can be installed fairly easily by homeowners, though it can be a moderately difficult job.   Properly sizing the air conditioning system is extremely important in order to provide efficient air into the home. If the system is too large it will not cool an area uniformly. A system that is too small will operate at much longer periods and will not be nearly as efficient or effective at conditioning the environment in your living space.

Retrofit Options

If you are not looking to replace your existing heating and air system, and are just looking at retrofitting the existing system and exploring your options then there are several possibilities to explore.

With gas and oil boilers or furnaces, you can add a vent damper. This will prevent air loss up a chimney when the furnace or boiler is not in operation. You can also look into installing an intermittent ignition device to turn off pilot lights in older systems when it is not needed.

Radiators that are not needed can be removed as well. Modulating aquastats for hot water boilers will modify the temperatures of the hot water to the outside temperatures and this can save as much as ten percent in fuel costs.  By adding a time-delay relay to a hot water boiler, these will circular hot water through system without the need of firing the boiler.  Oil burning systems can also benefit from a barometric flue damper that will prevent excessive heat from escaping through the chimney.

If you have an old, burner on your oil boiler that is extremely inefficient then you may want to consider replacing the entire burner.  If so, a flame retention burner will be able to block airflow from traveling up a chimney when the boiler is not use. This will save as much as twenty percent in fuel costs.

If your home is using an older central air conditioning system, you may consider replacing the outdoor compressor unit with a modern, high-efficiency unit. You will need to consult with a professional heating and air contractor to make sure that the new compressor will properly match your indoor unit. 

Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a leader in the HVAC field servicing Dallas, Plano, and surrounding areas. Our NATE certified technicians provide professional HVAC related services, installation and repairs.  If you are looking for help with your home or business’ HVAC system do not hesitate to give us a call today. One of our professional technicians will be more than happy to assist you and schedule a service call at your earliest convenience.  Garland Heating and Air Conditioning is a proud member of the BBB and maintains a rock solid A+ rating.