The Consequences of Not Changing an Air Filter

July 26, 2021

Your air conditioner relies on the system air filter to keep debris out of the compressor unit and out of other critical parts, as well. However, over time, the filter can become clogged with pollen, dirt and other contaminants. Therefore, it is important that homeowners regularly check and replace this critical part. How Often Should an Air Filter Be Changed? Different air filter brands and models are rated for different lengths of time and may perform differently from one home to another. If you have multiple pets in your home, for instance, or live with a smoker, the air filter will probably accumulate particles more quickly and need changing more often. If your home is in an area with high pollen counts or lots of dust, your filter might also need to be replaced more often. On average, most home homeowners need to replace the filter every 30 to 90 days, but GVEC recommends visually inspecting your air filter every month to check if it needs to be changed and is properly protecting critical system parts. What Happens If the Air Filter Is Not Changed? Eventually, the filter will not be able to prevent fine debris from coating blades, motors...

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3 Reasons Why Your Home Is Too Humid

July 12, 2021

The sweltering heat during the summertime in South Central Texas, may mean you’ll spend a lot of time indoors. If your home is too humid, you might be wondering why. Read on to learn about three common causes of excessive humidity in your home and to get some tips on what you can do about the situation. 1. Inadequate Ventilation When you’re washing laundry, cooking, showering or cleaning, you create a lot of humidity. If this humidity isn’t ventilated to the outdoors, it will persist in your home. Older homes often lack exhaust fans in their kitchens and bathrooms. In these instances, you can have one retrofit. Be sure to run the fans for at least 10 minutes after you finish any activities that create steam. 2. Oversized Air Conditioning System While it might seem like a good idea to get an air conditioner with extra capacity, it won’t make your home more comfortable. The high cooling capacity will cause the unit to run short cycles. These short cycles aren’t long enough to remove excess moisture from your home’s air. It’s better to get a right-sized air conditioner for your home. 3. Inadequate AC Maintenance If you’ve skipped the past...

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What is Indoor Air Quality, and Should I Worry About It?

April 19, 2021

Many people in this day and age spend quite a bit of their time indoors. In a typical home, air can be two to five times more polluted than the outdoor air. Breathing polluted air all day can have serious impacts on your health, comfort, and quality of life. Here’s what you need to know about indoor air quality and why you might be concerned about your home’s air quality. What Air Quality Means Air quality refers to the cleanliness of the indoor air and how it impacts your health. When a building or home is tightly sealed, pollutants stick around. Circulating the same air all day means you keep breathing those pollutants. The elderly, babies, and people with chronic breathing disorders are especially susceptible to the effects of poor indoor air quality. Pollutants That May Be in Your Home’s Air Every home has indoor air pollutants. Some of the most common pollutants that could be in your home include formaldehyde, benzene, and other volatile organic compounds. They may come from pressed wood products, dry-cleaned clothing, sealants, adhesives, paints, and pesticides. Your home may also have carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. These come from the combustion process. Tobacco smoke, radon,...

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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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Five Benefits of Adding Air Purification to Your Heating System

November 20, 2019

The average American spends a large amount of time indoors. It’s the reason it’s so important to make sure that the home environment stays as clean and comfortable as possible. One of the ways to achieve this is by adding an air purifier to your AC/heating system. In this article, we let you know five specific benefits of installing an air purifier in your house. 1. You Get to Breathe Healthier Air The primary benefit of adding an air purifier to your AC/heating system is that your family gets to enjoy cleaner, healthier air all year round. Home air purifiers like the Reme Halo™, supplied by GVEC Home® in South Central Texas, use an ionization process to neutralize allergens, mold, viruses and bacteria, reducing germs in your living space. 2. Air Purifiers Eliminate Odors Because an air purifier can trap many airborne particles, they can help to avert bad odors coming from those particles. Consequently, your home smells fresh, even after you’ve cooked smelly food or smoked tobacco. 3. There’s Less Dust Buildup Dust accumulation on surfaces, books, electronics, and other items can be quite frustrating. A whole-home air purifier leads to less dust accumulation since most of the dust...

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Six Reasons to Sign Up for Rush Hour Rewards

May 29, 2019

GVEC and Rush Hour Rewards: Peak Time Payback As GVEC’s latest peak time rewards program, Rush Hour Rewards is designed to reduce the overall load on the Cooperative’s electric grid when usage tends to be at its highest. You’re eligible for this program if you have a Nest® thermostat connected to your HVAC system. If you don’t have a Nest installed, but would like to participate, GVEC sells two Nest models, both of which are compatible with Rush Hour Rewards. Plus, when you purchase a Nest through GVEC and sign up for this program, you’ll get special savings on both the thermostat and on installation! Undecided about Rush Hour Rewards? Wondering if Rush Hour Rewards is worth it? If you’re still on the fence about participating or whether it’s worth investing in a new Nest, here are six benefits Rush Hour Rewards provides. 1. Rush Hour Rewards Saves You on Utility Costs One of Rush Hour Reward’s most appealing incentives is the chance to save on your electricity bills. Who doesn’t like saving money? Program participants receive a one-time $85 bill credit just by signing up for Rush Hour Rewards and another $30 bill credit each year they’re enrolled between...

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How Candles Affect Indoor Air Quality

July 10, 2018

We love our home fragrance. Candles are especially loved for their decorative look, wonderful smell and romantic glow. According to The National Candle Association, more than 80 percent of Americans use fragrance in their homes. Many consumers don’t realize that along with the wonderful fragrance, candles release chemicals into the air, causing a major impact on your indoor air quality. Candles are created using paraffin wax and petroleum products. In addition, the fragrances candle manufacturers use additional chemicals to create the fragrance. What this all adds up to is burning candles, although smell wonderful release hidden pollutants into the indoor air. You may ask, “candles are polluting the air? But they smell so, so good.” The answer is “yes,” they are affecting the air you breathe and could be harming your health! Have Your Candles and Burn Them Too With Healthier Air Quality For most people fragrance is not going to cause any health issues. For others who have asthma, allergies, heart issues or are sensitive to smells may find it uncomfortable to be inside while a candle is burning. They might not even realize it but that constant cough or runny nose or even an irritable mood might be...

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