Tips for Getting the Best From Your New AC/Heating System

November 18, 2021

An AC/heating system is a major investment you want to last as long as possible. You also want to keep it operating efficiently so you can save money on energy bills and help reduce your carbon footprint. There are several things you can do to achieve these goals. Change the Air Filters Many people don’t change the air filters in their HVAC systems frequently enough, which is a big mistake. A dirty air filter reduces the performance of your system and can contribute to reduced efficiency, greater wear-and-tear over time, reduced system lifespan and system breakdowns. GVEC recommends checking the filter every month and changing it if it looks dirty. Generally, you don’t want to use one filter longer than three months. Get Annual Tune-Ups To help assure optimum performance, your AC/heating system should be regularly serviced. We recommend two tune-ups a year—once during spring when you switch to AC and then again in fall with the switch to heating. GVEC’s HVAC Spec Check professional AC/heating service plan is designed to help keep your system running smoothly year-round. With Spec Check, you’ll get two full-service system tune-ups a year—one in spring and one in fall. Our team of professional HVAC...

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3 Reasons Why Regular Maintenance Is Good for Your AC/Heating System

June 9, 2021

Lack of maintenance can cause major issues for AC/Heating systems. You may have to deal with a variety of problems if you neglect your regular tune-up. Always reaching out to a local HVAC company to service your system twice a year is an excellent way for you to stay proactive and avoid many of these issues. Here are a few of the most likely things that can happen if you fail to keep your system well maintained. 1. Costly Breakdowns Over time, a heating and cooling system may eventually break down due to a lack of maintenance. These repairs can often be expensive and create a lot of stress. The easiest way to reduce the need for repair work is to schedule routine maintenance services. An HVAC technician will inspect your entire system and make any adjustments to ensure everything is working at an optimal level. 2. Reduced Lifespan Another disadvantage of poor maintenance is that it can reduce the useful life of your system. The average lifespan of most HVAC systems is around 15 years, but this expectation can be cut much shorter if you fail to keep the equipment professionally maintained. The investment in maintenance services is well...

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Why Seasonal Maintenance Programs Are Beneficial for Your HVAC System

September 11, 2020

Central AC/heating systems are hardy, powerful home appliances, lasting two decades or longer when maintained properly. Without maintenance, however, they may not last as long or work as efficiently. Check out these benefits of necessary seasonal maintenance programs for HVAC systems. Stay True to Manufacturer Warranty Guidelines When purchased new, heating and cooling systems are almost always protected by a manufacturer’s warranty. Many modern HVAC warranties are quite expansive, covering a plethora of damages or failures. A central reason for these generous warranties is the fact that many homeowners inevitably — and often unknowingly — void them in some way. One of the most common ways they’re voided is by failing to maintain the HVAC system properly and keep records of seasonal maintenance. Prevent Untimely System Failures AC/heating systems have many working parts, most of which the average homeowner is entirely oblivious to. Being unable to tell the difference between a perfectly fine HVAC unit and one that’s about to blow up is critical. However, homeowners shouldn’t be left solely responsible with system maintenance. HVAC professionals can prevent untimely, costly system failures as part of affordable seasonal maintenance programs. Improve Allergy and Asthma Symptoms Seasonal allergies and chronic asthma symptoms...

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Why a Change of Season is the Best Time to Get Your HVAC System Serviced

January 20, 2020

Maintenance of your AC/heating system is essential for your home. In some cases, it can be easy to forget about scheduling an appointment. Luckily, with programs like the HVAC Spec Check, GVEC Home® makes keeping up with system maintenance simple! When the seasons change, it is a perfect time to schedule an inspection of your home’s HVAC system. Schedule a Yearly Maintenance Call For most systems, it is important to schedule a maintenance call at least once a year. These service calls can detect issues before they become major repair bills. However, if you have a system that is used throughout the year, you want to schedule a visit twice a year. If you need a yearly or bi-yearly visit, GVEC Home is ready to help with your heating and cooling needs in South Central Texas, whether you live in Schertz, New Braunfels, Gonzales or surrounding areas. Our HVAC Spec Check program offers maintenance plan options, you can choose what’s right for you. All plans include two comprehensive visits each year, along with automatic reminders to make remembering when it’s time for your system’s checkup easy. Schedule Maintenance as the Seasons Change If committing to an HVAC Spec Check service...

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Warning Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning that You Must Not Ignore

December 10, 2019

Carbon monoxide is an invisible, tasteless, odorless gas with grave potential to cause injury and even death. It’s produced in and around the home by any fuel-burning device, including gas appliances, fireplaces and any apparatus with an internal combustion engine: Clothes dryers Water heaters Motor vehicles Lawn mowers Grills Power tools Space Heaters Generators Lawn Equipment When you breathe carbon monoxide, it replaces oxygen in your blood. It essentially crowds oxygen out of the body, making it difficult or impossible for tissues and vital organs to get enough. There are several warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning you must not ignore. Warning Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Dizziness Nausea Confusion Blurred vision Headache Shortness of breath Losing consciousness People who’ve been drinking or are asleep are especially vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning. Those exposed to this gas have suffered irreversible brain damage or have died before recognizing a problem in their environment. People Especially Vulnerable to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning An unborn baby’s blood cells more readily absorb carbon monoxide than adult cells do. Children are also more susceptible, given that they take more breaths than adults. Senior citizens are more likely to experience brain damage. Those with chronic heart disease...

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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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