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Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds with a Heat Pump System

October 7th, 2019

We’d definitely call our winters down here in Texas mild if anything. We’re not like the other climates around the country where winters provide consistent temperatures below zero and blizzards every other day. That’s not to say it doesn’t get chilly down here but it’s mild, to say the least. That’s why we want to talk about heat pump systems that can often be the best choice for homes in our neck of the woods.

Heat pumps cover a wide variety of heating and air conditioning systems, but we’ll be focusing on the most common heat pump—the ductless mini-split. If you’re in the market for HVAC in Denison, TX you’ll probably be shocked to know that there are systems like ductless mini-splits that can provide both heating and cooling all year round. They function via electricity, so they’re incredibly efficient and can reduce your heating bill by almost 50% compared to furnaces and baseboard heaters. Sounds simple, right?

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best, as we’ll show you why below.

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Spending Too Much on Your Water Heater?

September 23rd, 2019

There is nothing quite as enjoyable as a warm bath to end a long day or a hot shower to kick one off. Knowing that you are the proud owner of one of the many well-maintained water heaters in Plano, TX comes with the enjoyment of never being afraid to step into that water stream in the morning.

What can cause your breath to catch, however, is seeing your water bill at the end of the month. While a water heater provides you with benefits that our ancestors likely would have loved, using it comes at a cost. But what if we told you there were ways to keep the price tag for running your water heater reasonable year-round?

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How Long Will My AC Last?

September 9th, 2019

That’s a good question, but hopefully, one we can shed a little light on. Air conditioners don’t last forever, but like any good mattress or home appliance, you’ll want it to last as many years as possible. So how long exactly does the typical air conditioner last?

Well, it’s more complicated than that. In the best cases, air conditioners generally last anywhere from 10-15 years before they become ineffective. However, this number can vary on the type of air conditioner you have as well as with the maintenance that’s been performed over the years. A system that has not been checked on or maintained is obviously going to live a shorter life than a system that has been cared for. Not only that, but an AC system will get more energy inefficient as time goes on, which will only cost you more money and push you to replace it.

Let’s get into the specifics of how long your AC will last.

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Why You Should Go Ductless

August 26th, 2019

Air conditioning is a necessity in Plano. You don’t want to bother with a different type of AC system if it’s not going to work as well as your central air system. However, what if we told you that these new ductless mini-split systems worked better than your central air conditioner, in most cases? Does that pique your interest?

Ductless air conditioners are just that, air conditioners that function without a duct system. They’re much different than a central air conditioner. Ductless mini-splits are functional heat pumps that use refrigerant to pump the heat from inside your home and disperse it outside. The system is composed of small air handlers that connect to one large cabinet outside, allowing you to have several handlers scattered through rooms in your home.

If you’re hard-set on your central AC ways, we understand. But if you’re tired of your faulty central air conditioning in Plano, TX– read on!

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What Is Refrigerant, and What Does It Do?

August 12th, 2019

close-up-view-of-refrigerant-lineRefrigerant is a necessary component of your air conditioner. Your unit has an evaporator coil that evaporates the excess moisture in the atmosphere, along with the heat, using the refrigerant. The heat energy transfers to the refrigerant which cycles through the system to the condenser coil which will deposit the moisture and heat. This is the gist of the cooling process.

Sounds simple, right?

Well, when it comes to AC repair in Frisco, TX, the type of refrigerant can make a huge difference in both cost and environmental impact. If you encounter a refrigerant leak in your system, these differences can become monumentally important when it comes to the lifespan of your air conditioner.

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Keep a Fresh Filter in Your Air Conditioner!

July 29th, 2019

man-with-filterIf there is one single step that you can take to keep your air conditioner in Plano, TX, in the best working condition possible, then it is definitely scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance. If there is one single task that you can handle on your own to help your AC succeed, then it is definitely changing your air filter.

Yes, really. It’s that important.

While your air filter will be changed during your annual AC tune-up, it is important to remember that once a year just is not going to cut it. Your air filter will typically need to be replaced every 1-3 months, depending upon a number of different environmental factors. Failure to keep a fresh filter in place can have much more serious consequences than other homeowners realize.

In today’s post, we’ll clarify precisely what this standard air filter in your AC does, and the risks of failing to keep a fresh filter in your home cooling system.

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Tips for Avoiding Clogged Drains

July 15th, 2019

pipe-flowIf there is a single plumbing problem that we can pretty much guarantee that every homeowner will encounter at some point,  then it is definitely the clogged drain. Just because clogged drains are inevitable doesn’t mean that you have to actively help them to form, though. If you think you’re not contributing to the drain clogs in your house, you’re probably being overly confident.

In today’s post, we are going to look at some of the basic precautions that you can take to avoid clogged drains in Plano, TX. We’ll also let you know why you should contact a professional plumber on our team if and when you do run into drain clogs. It is not a problem with as simple a solution as you may believe. Whatever it is that you need to get the most out of your plumbing system, you can count on our team to do it right. 

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Why You Should Never Skip Your AC Tune-Up

July 1st, 2019

AC-technicianWe get it. You know that technically your air conditioning system is ready for a tune-up. However, you also know for a fact that your air conditioner is functioning just fine as is. So—why bother with a tune-up? Sure you can wait until—

We’re going to jump in and stop you right there. The fact of the matter is that, regardless of whether or not your air conditioner is functioning at the moment, it needs annual maintenance. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Once a year. Every year. That’s the schedule that you need to stick to. And with good reason.

Air conditioning maintenance in Frisco, TX, is all about preventing problems from developing. Not addressing existing problems. That’s repair, not preventative maintenance. If you want to keep problems with your air conditioner to a minimum—and no amount of prevention is going to eliminate the risk of problems developing entirely—then routine maintenance is the answer.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Short Cycling?

June 17th, 2019

AC-toolsIf you’re asking yourself “what is short cycling?”, then this is the blog post for you!  Short cycling is a problem that affects many air conditioning systems. The good news is that short cycling does not always mean that there is a serious problem with the system.

The bad news is that sometimes, it does.

This highlights the importance of scheduling your air conditioning repairs in Sherman, TX, with skilled, trained professionals. It’s not just about resolving the problem the right way, the first time. It’s about accurately diagnosing the problem to begin with. If you want to know for certain that your technicians will get to the bottom of the situation in order to get your AC  back on track fast, then our number is the one to call.

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3 Signs of Main Water Line Problems

June 3rd, 2019

underground-pipeIf your main water line stops supplying water, your quality of life is going to suffer. Just think: your home’s access to clean drinking water is reduced or cut off entirely. Your ability to shower, wash the dishes or the clothes, clean, and cook are all going to be heavily hindered.

While it’s difficult to prevent these kinds of problems from happening, the next best thing you can do is have them fixed as soon as possible. That will ensure that no more money is needlessly spent on leaking water or on water damage.

If any of the following signs apply to your home plumbing system, you might want to call up a plumber in Plano, TX for a professional opinion.

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