The Importance of Changing Your HVAC Air Filter in Winter

January 19, 2023

Staying on top of routine air filter changes is always essential for protecting your home heating and cooling equipment. However, when winter comes rolling in, you’ll want to pay extra attention to this component. With a dirty HVAC air filter in your Richardson, TX, home, everyone can suffer. Read on to find out why. Your Home Is Sealed Tight One large part of getting your home winter-ready is creating an airtight living environment. Sealing gaps, cracks, and other air leaks, installing weatherstripping, and adding additional insulation will limit heat loss and lower your spending

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Figuring Out How to Change Your Furnace Filter

December 20, 2022

In winter, everyone knows how important a well-functioning furnace is. But like many homeowners, you may notice that your heating system is working harder than it usually should. When it’s time to change the filter, you have to know which steps to take in the correct order. Frequency of Changing the Filter An air filter collects dust and debris, but when it’s not changed regularly, the furnace produces less clean air and needs more energy to produce the same amount of work. A furnace filter is recommended to be replaced every one to three months. Larger

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2 Functions of Plenums in Forced-Air Furnace Systems

November 20, 2022

When your home has a forced-air furnace system, the boxes between the outgoing and intake ducts are called the supply and return plenums. Along with assisting the furnace with distributing and collecting air, the plenums also serve two additional and important functions. 1. Reduce the Noise Made by Air Flowing Through the Ducts One function served by both the supply and return plenums is noise reduction. In a forced-air system, the air coming from and returning to the furnace is usually pretty loud. Without the buffering effect of the supply and return plenums, you would hear

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Does My Heat Pump Use Refrigerant?

October 20, 2022

As heat pumps are becoming a more popular option for heating and cooling homes in mild climates throughout the country, many homeowners are interested in learning more about how these systems work. Many people are familiar with the fact that centralized air conditioning systems utilize refrigerant to cool their homes. However, do heat pumps use refrigerant too? What Is Refrigerant? Refrigerant is a liquid chemical that is used to transfer heat. It changes from a liquid to a gaseous state as it absorbs heat. As it disperses heat, it changes back into a liquid state,

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A Ductless AC Solution for Your Home in Richardson

September 14, 2022

Let’s say that your home doesn’t have ductwork. Maybe it’s old, and adding ductwork would compromise the structural integrity. Whatever the situation you’re in, there’s an air conditioning system that will fit your needs. It’s called the mini-split, otherwise known as a ductless heat pump. How Mini-Splits Work Mini-splits are like traditional heat pumps in that they cool a space by transferring heat from it. Refrigerant enters the air handler to absorb the heat, and it travels through piping to the compressor, where it releases the heat outside. It travels back to the air handler with

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Mini-Splits: Are They More Efficient Than Central ACs?

August 15, 2022

Mini-splits, also known as ductless heat pumps, can cool a small space like a garage, work shed, or room addition that your existing ductwork doesn’t reach. They can also be a viable option for whole-house cooling. The main question, though, is whether they’re more energy-efficient than ducted ACs. The answer is yes. No Ducts Means No Energy Waste Think about all the cool air that can trickle out of the cracks of a duct. If the ducts aren’t properly sealed, problems become even worse. Your AC may run forever and never reach your desired temperature. With

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What’s Behind Multi-Zone Heating/Cooling?

July 20, 2022

Chances are that you own a single-speed, single-zone HVAC system. In other words, your entire home is one “zone,” and when you turn on the HVAC system, it heats or cools your home to one set temperature. You do have the option, though, of switching to a multi-zone HVAC system. Ensure It Is a Variable-Speed System We must warn you, though, not to try and create multiple temperature zones with the same single-speed HVAC system. The installers recommended your current system to you based on your home’s square footage, and if you decrease that space through

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Working With Your Landlord to Get Your AC Fixed ASAP

June 16, 2022

A routine maintenance schedule is best for keeping your air conditioning system in top shape, but if your landlord hasn’t put one in place, it can sometimes be tricky to know when to have the system serviced. Having a conversation with your landlord can help you create a schedule that works for both of you. What’s In the Lease Agreement? How quickly a landlord must fix a faulty air conditioning system depends on your state laws and what is in your lease agreement. The lease agreement often states how soon repairs will be made for any

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How Portable ACs Work

May 17, 2022

A portable AC can be a good option if you only want to cool one room in your home. There are a few options to choose from, depending on your needs and how much you want to spend. Unlike central air conditioners or window units, you don’t permanently install a portable AC unit. What Is a Portable AC? A portable AC pulls hot air from the room it’s in and replaces it with cool air. It does so by using a refrigerant, a compressor and a fan. As heat is extracted from a room, it is

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Tips for Successfully Installing a Smart Thermostat

April 18, 2022

If you currently have an old dial thermostat, then it’s time to consider upgrading to a smart thermostat. These thermostats will automatically connect to your phone application via your home’s Wi-Fi. This makes controlling your HVAC system settings possible from anywhere that your phone has internet connectivity. Contrary to what you may believe, installing a smart thermostat is fairly simple to do with the right guidance. Turn Your Circuit Breaker Off Before you start the installation process, you’ll want to kill the power to your HVAC system. You want to do this at the circuit

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