Thinking About Insulation as Wintertime Draws Near

October 16, 2020

Colder weather is on the way here in South Central Texas, so now’s the time to get your home ready. During colder months, a lack of insulation can allow warm air from your heating system to leak out and colder air from outdoors to get into your home. (In summer, insufficient insulation can lead to a reversal of this problem, with cold air leaking from the home and warm air seeping in.) With this blog, we aim to help homeowners better understand the types of insulation available for their homes in anticipation of coming winter weather. Blanket Insulation Blanket insulation—which is also called batt insulation or roll insulation—is usually made of fiberglass, plastic, mineral wool or natural fibers. This kind of insulation is used in unfinished spaces, such as attics. Blanket insulation is also a good choice for walls and foundations. Loose Fill or Blown-In Insulation Loose-fill insulation, also known as blown-in insulation, may be made of fiberglass, natural fibers or mineral wool. This insulation type is a good choice for hard-to-reach areas and for adding extra insulation to a space that needs additional protection against leaks of inside air and intrusion of outside air. Loose-fill insulation can be blown...

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Will I Save Money If I Close the AC/Heating Vent to a Room I Don’t Use Much?

September 18, 2020

While it seems logical that closing vents in unused rooms will save you money, it’s a bad idea. Doing this can cause serious problems and cost you money instead of saving it. Blocked Airflow The blower in your heating and cooling system is designed to push against a maximum pressure difference. If you close vents, the blower motor will work harder to maintain proper airflow. This causes a loss in efficiency in your system, which could increase your energy bills. Leaks in Ductwork Since closing vents increases air pressure in your heating and cooling system, duct leaks can result. If there are already holes in the ductwork, they may get wider. This results in conditioned air blowing into your attic or crawlspace. GVEC Home® is a heating and cooling company with offices in the Texas communities of Gonzales, Seguin, Schertz, Cuero, and La Vernia. We can make your heating and cooling system operate more efficiently by performing maintenance checks and tune-ups of your AC/heating system. Cracked Heat Exchanger Your HVAC system needs to work harder when vents are closed. This can result in your furnace’s heat exchanger cracking. This is expensive to fix and may even require you to buy...

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Why You Should Inspect the HVAC Unit Before Purchasing a New Home

May 29, 2020

There are many things to have inspected before you purchase a new home. One of these is the heating and cooling system. You want to make sure you’re eliminating as many surprises as possible when you buy a new home, after all. Why Have a Separate HVAC Inspection? The average home inspection doesn’t include a detailed inspection of the HVAC system. The inspector will make sure it’s functioning but not much beyond that. If there’s an underlying issue, such as a cracked heat exchange in a gas furnace, the inspection won’t uncover it. Home inspectors are not HVAC professionals. They don’t have the skills or experience to make sure a home’s heat pump air conditioner is really in good working order. It takes a specialist to make sure these systems are really working as they should. GVEC Home® is a professional HVAC firm that serves Gonzales, Seguin, New Braunfels, La Vernia, Schertz and surrounding areas in South Central Texas. Our technicians are highly skilled in inspecting heating and cooling systems and making sure they are performing well. It’s an Investment to Replace an HVAC System Heat pump air conditioners and other heating and cooling equipment are usually one of the...

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Why It’s a Bad Idea to Turn Your AC/Heating Completely Off When You’re Away from Home

March 18, 2020

Everyone wants to try to save on their home’s utility bills. So, whenever there’s an opportunity to cut down on using your heat or air conditioning significantly, you might be tempted to take it. One such opportunity is when you’re away from home for an extended length of time. However, this isn’t as great of an idea as it sounds. Here are three reasons why you shouldn’t completely turn off your AC/heating system while you’re away. 1. Running the Risk of Frozen or Bursting Pipes Completely turning off your heat during freezing temperatures increases the risk of your pipes freezing. Because water expands when it freezes, stress is put on your pipes that can cause them to burst and flood your home. 2. Excess Wear and Tear on Your Appliances Appliances like your refrigerator are designed to respond to their ambient environments. If the inside of your house becomes too hot, your refrigerator will go into overdrive to keep its contents cool. When the temperature is too cold indoors, the freezer compartment of your refrigerator may shut off, thinking it has done its job. The problem is that your frozen food will defrost. 3. Elevated Humidity Levels Your air conditioner...

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What is a Zoned AC/Heating System and How to Decide if Your Home Needs Zoning

February 29, 2020

Keeping your home comfortable can be a big task—the bigger home home, the bigger the job. Maintaining a comfortable indoor environment without draining your bank account can seem like a never-ending pursuit in any size home, without the right equipment, but in larger houses, the challenge is amplified. If it seems as though your current HVAC system can’t keep your home consistently comfortable across all its rooms and spaces, a zoned system may be the answer. Here is some information on zoned systems to help determine if one of these systems is the right solution for your home. What Is AC/Heating Zoning? Unlike a typical AC/heating setup that uses a single HVAC system to heat and cool the entire home, a zoned system uses two or more separate sets of AC/heating equipment, each responsible for cooling/heating a specific area or “zone.” Although these zones are often split by floor, they can be divided in many ways and customized to meet the needs of each individual home. The different sets of equipment in a zoned AC/heating system feed separate ducts and have separate return vents. A zoned system typically uses a central or “master” control system to manage all the zones...

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3 Reasons to Get Professional Heating Help

March 19, 2019

When there’s a problem with your heating system, you don’t want to risk your family’s safety by trying to fix the issue by yourself. A professional heating service company can help keep your system working efficiently throughout the year. Here are a few reasons you need to contact a dependable heating company for all your heating needs. 1. Help You Save Money Yes, it does cost money for a professional service to come into your home for an inspection. However, in the long run, you will be saving money with your heating system. If you choose to ignore problems, you may be setting yourself up for more serious issues with your unit. Small problems can turn into major issues that end up costing you more money. That’s why you need to contact a professional company if you are experiencing any type of issue. 2. Keep Your Home Warm and Comfortable You don’t want to spend a cold winter without a properly working system. If your heating system is damaged, you run the risk of shivering all season long. A professional heating company can help you with other issues besides repair services. Heat can be lost through improperly sealed windows and...

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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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