Four Important Benefits of HVAC UV Light Systems

August 20, 2020

Many homeowners in Gonzalez, TX, and other others throughout South Central Texas are shocked to discover the air in their homes could be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Furniture, plastics, dry-cleaned clothing, adhesives, paints, cooking and household chemicals all contribute to indoor air quality issues. You may also be concerned about airborne germs in your house. Here are four important benefits of AC/heating air filtration systems that use UV light in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. 1. AC/Heating UV Lights Help Inactivate Allergens Many people suffer from allergies. UV light air filtration systems installed in your heating and cooling system help inactivate a range of allergens, including dust mites, pollen, mold spores and more. You’ll breathe easier and have fewer allergy symptoms. 2. HVAC UV Lights Help Remove Odors Cooking and cleaning generate a lot of odors. Those smells may make you uncomfortable or even nauseous. HVAC UV lights help break down and destroy odor-causing chemicals. If your residence includes a pet, these lights also help eliminate stinky pet odors. Your visitors may not even realize you have a dog or cat after you have a system incorporating UV light installed in your heating...

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Choosing the Right Insulation for Your Home

May 10, 2020

You don’t want to waste energy keeping your home comfortable. Once air has been heated or cooled, it’s important to try to keep that air in your home for as long as possible for energy efficiency. One of the best ways to keep conditioned air in your home is to add insulation. With so many types of insulation available, though, it can be difficult to know which type is right for your home. To help you keep your home energy efficient, here are some tips from GVEC Home® regarding choosing and installing insulation. Main Variables: Location and Cost Ultimately, there are two main factors that determine what type of insulation is right for your home: location and budget. The location is important because different types of insulation are appropriate for different areas in your home. For example, if you are planning on installing insulation in your attic, you can choose between cellulose, fiberglass and spray foam insulation. On the other hand, if you want to install insulation in a completed wall, you can choose between spray foam and blown-in cellulose. Cost is the other main factor in determining which type of insulation you choose. To return to the attic insulation...

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Why It’s More Economical to Replace an Old AC/Heating System Than to Keep Repairing It

April 20, 2020

A dilemma that homeowners sometimes face is whether to continue repairing old air conditioning and heating equipment or to take the leap and replace the system. A common reason why people postpone replacing old heating and cooling equipment is concern over the cost of a new system. However, if you’ve been putting off replacement of old equipment, you might be surprised to realize it’s often more economical to replace an old system than to continue paying for one repair after another. HVAC Equipment Has a Limited Lifespan Heating and cooling equipment like furnaces and air conditioners cannot be expected to last forever. If your system is properly maintained, you should reasonably expect it to last somewhere between 10 and 15 years. While an occasional repair here and there over the course of the equipment’s lifetime is normal, as it nears the end of its lifespan, that money is better spent on a new system. Fewer Repair Calls Newer AC/heating equipment is far less likely to break down, meaning you won’t be paying the price in money and convenience for a steady stream of fixes. While the cost of any single repair may not seem terribly expensive, over time, paying for...

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Why Your AC Unit Should Be Sized Exactly for Your Home

May 2, 2019

Proper HVAC Sizing is a Must No matter the season or time of year, it’s important to have a correctly sized HVAC system. Because these systems work overtime in the Texas heat, summer is an especially critical time for proper sizing. An improperly sized AC/heating system can lead to a number of problems. The Perils of Improper HVAC Sizing One of the problems that can be caused by an improperly sized HVAC system is higher-than-normal humidity levels in the home. Other potential problems include higher-than-average electricity bills and increased system wear-and-tear. Improper HVAC Sizing and High Humidity Oversized AC/heating systems tend to run shorter heating/cooling cycles. Reduced run cycles leave the system with insufficient time to remove excess water vapor from the air, leading to humidity issues. Higher-than-normal humidity in the home can make it feel hotter inside than the temperature indicated on the thermostat. More significantly, high inside humidity can cause mold growth on walls, ceilings, and floors, creating an unhealthy environment. And once your home develops mold, it can be difficult and costly to correct. A correctly sized AC/heating system allows water vapor to be adequately removed, maintaining a dry and cool environment in the home. Improper HVAC...

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How to Fix an AC That Won’t Turn Off

April 20, 2019

Usually, having an AC that runs is a good thing. However, when it never turns off, you can end up with a freezing cold home and excessive utility bills. If your AC unit will not stop running, then follow these tips to address the issue. Look at Your Thermostat The very first thing you should do is take a look at the thermostat. The problem might be as simple as a button that was accidentally pressed. To see if this is the issue, put your thermostat at a temperature above the current room temperature. Wait a moment to see if the system switches off. Check Your Fan Limit Switch This is another thing to consider before you assume your AC unit is broken. Most AC units will have a fan limit switch by the blower that is meant to let you run the fan without having to mess with the thermostat. Switch the fan limit to “auto” so it is not manually overriding the thermostat and continuing to blow all the time. Clean Your Condenser Sometimes, the problem is that your condenser is too dirty to disperse heat. Therefore, the AC runs without accomplishing anything. Cleaning the coils can be...

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Explaining the Differences Between HVAC and AC

April 9, 2019

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. AC is a general term used to refer to any air conditioner, including the air conditioner in an HVAC system. Do you know what kind of AC equipment is installed in your home? What Does an HVAC System Look Like? Many companies such as in Gonzales refer to complete HVAC systems as packaged products. You’ll also hear these products referred to as central heating and cooling units. A single, or central, the thermostat is used to manage the operation of both a heater and an AC compressor. In addition, all air, whether hot or cold, is pushed through a duct system that runs throughout the home. The air exits through a series of vents placed in each room. Each vent can be adjusted to direct air up, down, or out into the environment. Do You Have a Standalone AC Unit? Most people are familiar with window units that contain a cooler, blower, and compressor in one product. Ductless cooling units, which are different than window units, are installed to cool single rooms without a ventilation system. Unlike the large AC compressors you see outside many homes, each ductless product requires a separate...

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What Does it Mean to be NATE Certified?

September 30, 2018

When you’re looking for a quality HVAC company to help you choose, install, or service your heating and cooling equipment, you are going to bump into the phrase “NATE certified”. If you’re in the midst of your search, you’re probably wondering what this phrase means and if you should hire technicians with this certification. Here’s what you need to know. What Is NATE? Short for North American Technician Excellence, NATE is the nation’s largest non-profit certification organization that works with HVAC and refrigeration professionals. The group is industry supported, but participation is optional. The organization was formed about 20 years ago in response to concerns that standards throughout the industry needed to be higher. Now, in that same spirit, the best most reliable companies require their technicians to be NATE Certified. How Do You Get NATE Certified? To become NATE certified, technicians have to pass a written test. The test goes beyond the information presented on the HVAC certification test, and it’s developed by top HVAC professionals and industry leaders. To pass the test, technicians need a solid understanding of HVAC systems. Many of the questions give the technicians scenarios that they’re likely to encounter in the field, ensuring that...

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Will Air Conditioning Remove Humidity?

July 14, 2018

Anyone who has spent time in a hot and muggy climate knows that being exposed to the hot weather is one thing, but having to endure hot and humid air is altogether worse. Hot and humid air can make it seem difficult to breathe. It also has the awful effect of intensifying the heat we feel. This is because the warm moisture in the air sticks to our skin and enters our lungs, making our sweat evaporate less readily. When hot air is dry, it can just pass over us with less effect on our body temperature. But humidity delivers a “sticky” kind of heat that’s so much more unpleasant. Will Air Conditioning Remove Humidity from the Air? The simple answer to this question is, yes, an air conditioner will remove moisture from the air. This is why we call your AC unit an “air conditioner” and not just an air blower. If your AC did not remove moisture from the air then it would just be a big fan that’s channeled through your home. How It Works Your AC unit removes moisture and heat from the air using a condenser coil or condensate array. This device exploits the tendency...

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