Make Your Air HVAC System More Energy Efficient With These 3 Tips

It’s sweltering hot outside and you would like to crank up the AC, but are afraid it will cost too much. Here are three simple ways to make your air conditioning unit more energy efficient – and save you big bucks! 1. Install a Programmable Thermostat There is no need to keep your home chilly when no one is there, and according to the Department of Energy, if you raise the temperature by 10 degrees while you are at work, the savings could equal 15% of your total energy costs for the entire year! If there are long stretches of time when no one is in your home, program the thermostat to raise the temperature during this period. It can also be programmed to crank up the air an hour or so before you get home so you will be comfortably cool when you step through the door. One of the nice things about programmable thermostats is the ability to set it and forget it. That way the temperature inside of your home will always be exactly what you want when your family is home. 2. Clean Those Coils! Everyone knows the importance of changing the filters on your HVAC...

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Will Air Conditioning Remove Humidity?

The short answer is yes, AC will lower humidity. That’s a big element of why AC keeps you comfortable at home. Yet to get the right humidity control, there’s a little more to know. Cooled Air Holds Less Moisture Removing moisture from the cooled air is a key aspect of a well-functioning home air conditioning system. Cold refrigerants run through your air conditioner’s metal coils. As the system pulls air over the coils, it also pulls out the moisture, by condensing it from the air onto the coils. Your AC unit’s workload is impressive. Typically, it removes a few pints of water from the air per hour. Not All AC Units Dehumidify Air Equally Now, here’s a fact that might surprise you. The higher an AC unit’s energy efficiency (rated as a “SEER,” or seasonal energy efficiency rating), the lower its basic rate of condensing water. Thus, we stock advanced models engineered to help counter humidity as well as cool your home. Home comfort is a combination of both factors: temperature, and moisture removal. Some air conditioners fail to dehumidify the air efficiently because they’re bigger than necessary. Large units will go on and off a lot, compromising the moisture...

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4 Benefits of Having Your HVAC System Maintenance Done

One of the best things that Houston homeowners can do to make sure that their heating and cooling units stay healthy is to conduct regular HVAC maintenance. You need to keep in mind that your HVAC system is the heart and soul of your home’s comfort. You can be in a quite predicament if your system isn’t functioning properly. The best time to conduct this maintenance is in fall for your heating equipment and spring for your air conditioning unit. Proper maintenance of your HVAC system is a worthwhile investment that you shouldn’t ignore. Here are the top four benefits of having your HVAC system maintenance done. 1. Cut Your Energy Bills The US Department of Energy reports that heating and cooling accounts for more than 48 percent of your overall home’s energy bill. This is the primary reason why you need to make sure that your system is operating properly and optimally. Typically, your system will consume a lot of energy if it is overworking to achieve the desired results. Keeping your HVAC system in top-condition through proper maintenance will cut down your energy usage and make you save a lot of money on your monthly energy bills. 2....

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Why Do Air Conditioning Units Freeze Up?

We all understand how hot the summer can be in Houston. It can get really, really hot and this is the time most of us turn down the thermostat and send our air conditioning systems into an overwork mode to keep us fresh and our homes comfortable. This may seem like a great idea until the time your AC unit freezes up. Keep in mind that a frozen air conditioner can ruin a hot summer day very fast. But what can make your AC unit freeze up? Here are some of the common causes of this problem. Low Refrigerant Levels Your system might be low on refrigerant if it has frozen up. This means that you either have a refrigerant leak somewhere, or your refrigerant charge is turned off. When your unit is low on refrigerant, the pressure drops in the system and the temperature also drops along with it. This will lead to a scenario whereby the evaporator coil gets too cold and freezes up. If you notice that your system is low on refrigerant, be sure to have an expert diagnose it for any leaks before you refill your container with the refrigerant. Dirty Air Filters If your...

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The Importance of an AC Tune-Up

Maintaining your AC system is one of the most important things you can do to save yourself a great deal of money and aggravation over the years. A well-maintained system offers many benefits you may not even recognize until you find yourself dealing with a poorly maintained unit. These are just a few of the reasons it is so important to have yearly AC tune-ups. Prevent Unnecessary Breakdowns There are few things more frustrating than having your air conditioner flatline in the middle of a Houston heatwave. It can be brutal out there when the temperatures climb. It’s even worse when you’re trapped inside your home with no operating air conditioner to cool things off. Your yearly tune-up can not only help to prevent ordinary breakdowns that occur from lack of maintenance but can also warn you of potential problems on the horizon so you can take care of them before the heat of summer sets in. Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner It’s true, air conditioners are a sizable investment in the comfort of your home and the people who live there. Extending the life of your air conditioner by even one more Texas summer is a substantial...

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5 Benefits of Indoor Air Quality

According to the EPA, indoor air quality is a much greater concern than the average household realizes. It can be up to 100 times more harmful than outdoor air quality if you don’t take steps to protect the air inside your home. P & M Air Conditioning and Heating wants you to know the five benefits you can enjoy by improving indoor air quality in your home, such as these: 1. Better Health for You and Your Family Perhaps the biggest benefit of improving indoor air quality for the average household involves the health of the people living there. Improving indoor air quality can have a remarkable effect on health by reducing coughing, sneezing, eye irritations, headaches, and other respiratory concerns. 2. Fewer Allergies and Asthma Attacks While this could qualify as health, it deserved a category of its own. Indoor air quality specifically involves allergens known to cause allergies in many and trigger asthma attacks in those prone to suffer them. Common allergens associated with poor indoor air quality include: Pollen Mold Mildew Pet Dander Dust Mites Smoke The problem is that once they find their way into your home, they have a nasty habit of lingering unless you...

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What Does SEER Rating Mean?

Seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rates an air conditioner’s efficiency. The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute defined it in 2008. A machine’s SEER rating is its cooling output in a typical cooling-season divided by its total energy input in the same timeframe. It is directly proportional to the energy efficiency of equipment. In America, it is calculated by dividing the British thermal unit (BTU) with the energy consumption in watt-hours. This is important in ensuring your equipment runs efficiently and effectively. How Does SEER relate with EER and COP? A cooling machine’s energy efficiency ratio (EER) is calculated by dividing the output cooling power (BTU) with its input electrical power (Wh) at a particular operation point. To calculate the EER, you should use 95F external temperature, the internal 80F temperature and the 50% relative humidity. EER is associated with the coefficient of performance (COP).It’s common in thermodynamics whereby an air conditioners COP is a unit less than the EER. Also, EER uses several units as it is calculated by multiplying the BTU/h conversion factor by the COP. Maximum SEER Rating Some modern ductless air conditioners have SEER ratings 0f 33.also, other residential AC units have maximum SEER ratings of...

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What are the Benefits of a Ductless HVAC System?

Have you noticed that some rooms in your home have a different temperature than the rest of your home? Then you should consider installing a ductless HVAC system. The primary reason why you may be experiencing this problem is your AC unit isn’t providing a consistent level of comfort. The ductless systems are efficient and offer consistent comfort in every room. The ductless system usually consists of a wall-mounted indoor unit attached to an outdoor compressor via a small 3-inch hole for power and refrigerant lines. Now let’s get into the top benefits of going duct-free. Quiet Operation Typically, a ductless air system consists of both the indoor and the outdoor components. Therefore, contractors usually install the noisy elements of the system such as the motor and the compressor outside. In fact, you won’t believe how quiet these ductless systems are while in operation. The ductless system will operate at approximately 26 decibels which is quieter than even the average whispers in a library. Increased Comfort When you are installing the ductless system, you determine where you want to place it and how many units you prefer for your home. You can put it in any part of your home...

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What Are Different Types of Thermostats?

Do you know which type of thermostat to buy? A thermostat is a device which controls the temperature of cooling and heating devices. We sell quality thermostats in Houston, TX. Here is a highlight on the various types of thermostats you can purchase. Manual Mechanical Thermostats It is a traditional thermostat variety. Once a homeowner sets it at a particular temperature, it remains constant until they manually switch it off. Also, it remains turned off until one manually turns it on. Moreover, you should manually switch it from cooling to heating or heating to cooling mode. However, many people no longer use them as they have mercury. Manual Digital Thermostats They typically use a solid-state temperature monitoring tool, a thermistor, which senses a room’s temperature. It energizes the equipment through a circuit board or user settings. One can efficiently use them if they are knowledgeable in HVAC electrical control. When you intend it replace the thermostat, it recommended that you hire a certified HVAC technician. It avoids creating electrical problems such as faulty wiring. Programmable Digital Thermostats They offer essential and multiple functions for a variety of HVAC equipment. Some thermostats may be challenging to operate while others are quickly...

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Can A Heat Pump Replace A Furnace?

With cold weather comes the need for a heating solution. Homeowners will want either a heat pump or a furnace to meet this need. Hotter weather brings different challenges. Before choosing one over the other it’s important to understand the differences between the two. Heat Pump Vs. Furnace A heat pump is essentially the reverse of an air conditioning unit. Heat pumps bring warmer air from the outside to heat a home. They have one advantage over a furnace: cooling mode. If heat pumps have this feature they may double as an air condition unit in the summer. A furnace, on the other hand, heats a home mostly using oil or naturals gas. Heat pumps use electricity. There are electric furnaces available. However, they consume a high amount of energy and may not be cost-efficient based upon the overall usage. Weather and Usage Freezing winters, hot summers, mild climates — these are the types of weather which should be taken into consideration. Freezing winter and hot summer will require the most energy usage. Mild climates will require the least energy usage. A heat pump is generally considered a better choice for a mild climate. A furnace is generally considered a...

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