Warning Signs You Need Furnace Repair

December 19, 2018

If you’ve put off your routine maintenance or missed an annual inspection, furnace problems can be dangerous if not fatal. Serving south central Texas, our goals at GVEC Air & Heating are to identify the potential hazards and keep your family and home safe. It’s not easy to spot furnace issues, but if you notice changes in its performance, it may be a warning sign. Two common problems that even a novice can detect are higher energy bills and noise. If your monthly bills are running higher now than it did in past seasons, your furnace may have internal malfunctions or need some maintenance. Dirty ducts can block the airflow and cause unusual sounds like banging or knocking. In either case, you need a professional for this job. Hazardous Warnings Odors from the furnace are severe warning signs. Dusty smells mean dust or other particles have gotten into the furnace’s combustion chamber. If the furnace is relatively new, it may be easy to repair. If you smell rotten eggs, shut off the furnace immediately and call a qualified technician. You have a gas leak. Overheating Most furnaces have automatic default settings that turn it off to prevent overheating. The industry...

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How to Save Money on Heating Bills this Winter

December 10, 2018

You need to stay warm during the cold winter months but doing so can be a strain on any budget. By taking action and making a few minor adjustments, you can stay comfortable and save money on your heating bills this year. Insulate One of the best ways to prevent the cold air from entering is to make sure your insulation, especially in the attic and basement, is working well. Replace any old insulation for a greater seal. Fill Cracks Window frames, around doors, and around light fixtures are areas where the cold air can find its way into your home without being easily noticed. Make sure to go through your home and seal all these areas to keep the warm air in and the cold air outside where it belongs. Adjust Thermostat Your home doesn’t have to be livable warm at all times. Close off heating vents in rooms that don’t get regular use, such as guest bedrooms and turn the thermostat down to 60 or 65 degrees at times when nobody is at home or at night when blankets keep you warmer. If you invest in a programmable thermostat, you can time it so that the house warms...

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What to Look for in a Heating Repair Company

October 12, 2018

When something goes wrong with the heating and cooling unit in the home, many people are wondering what to do next. Most people take their home HVAC units for granted and do not think about where they can go for help when something breaks. There are many different HVAC companies to choose from and people could have trouble figuring out where to turn to for help. What are some of the characteristics that people should look for in their heating repair company? There are a few different factors that everyone should keep in mind. Timeliness of Customer Service When something goes wrong in the home, it is an emergency. People depend on their HVAC units to keep them comfortable during the blistering summer months and the freezing winter months. Therefore, they should look for a company that will respond quickly to customer concerns and repairs any issues with the machines as quickly as possible. How quickly does the company respond to concerns? The Latest Units Available Next, everyone needs to find a furnace repair company that takes the time and energy to invest in the latest technology available on the open market. There are new units coming out all the...

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3 Energy Efficiency Tips

October 2, 2018

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but there’s no getting around the fact that it costs money to heat and cool your home. The good news that you have more control over that equation than you might realize. Here are three tips that can help you enjoy greater levels of energy efficiency — and therefore lower energy bills — courtesy of our team at GVEC Air Conditioning & Heating in Southern Texas. 1. Assess Your HVAC System HVAC systems lose efficiency over time, especially if they’re not properly maintained. This forces you to run the system hotter or cooler than you normally would just to get the desired effects. The best way to make sure your HVAC system can do its job efficiently is by scheduling regular assessments from our team. We can check the condenser coil, burners, heat exchanger, valves, thermostat, refrigerant, and other variables that affect your system’s overall power and energy efficiency. 2. Look for the Energy Star Today’s generation of air conditioners can produce all the cool air you need while drawing less energy than an older system probably would. The gold standard for energy-efficient heating and cooling components is the Energy Star label. This “seal of...

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