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Tips for Improving Heating Efficiency

December 17th, 2018

vent on wallYou may be wondering why we’re talking about heating systems. After all, we may have had a few cold mornings recently, but overall our heaters don’t get that much use in comparison to other parts of the country. But actually, that’s exactly why we want to talk about heating efficiency. Even if you do use your heater sparingly, don’t you want to do so as affordably as possible? This starts by doing everything you can to boost that system’s efficiency. Keep reading for some tips on how to do so!

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“Why Won’t My Heat Pump Switch Modes?”

December 3rd, 2018

white question mark on blue circle with white backgroundFurnaces have been the traditional mode of heating for homes throughout the country for years now, and for good reason. However, heat pumps are becoming more and more common, due to the benefits that they offer the right homes. They provide two-in-one comfort for year-round use that manages your cooling needs in the summer and your heating needs in the winter.

Of course, if you’re reading this particular post, you probably already have a heat pump in place—one that won’t switch from cooling mode to heating mode. It should, ideally, automatically switch the direction it moves refrigerant so it brings heat into the home, rather than removing it, as soon as you switch modes. But, what if it doesn’t?

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As the Heating Season Begins, Heed Any Furnace Repair Signs

November 19th, 2018

man looking cold by thermostatTraditionally, it doesn’t get as cold in our little corner of the state as it does in other communities around us, let alone the rest of the U.S. But temperatures do drop this time of year and when they do, you’ll be pretty grateful for a fully functional furnace system.

If there was a way for you to completely avoid furnace repair in Katy, TX, we’d like to know about it! But the fact of the matter is that eventually, you’ll encounter problems of some kind with your furnace. The best thing you can do to prevent the worst of them is schedule routine maintenance for your furnace—typically best scheduled in the fall before you’ll need it the most.

In addition to professional maintenance, the other way to fend off the worst of heating repairs is to know the signs of smaller repair needs so you can call the pros right away for service. But, what are these signs?

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Help! One of the Units of My Ductless System Isn’t Working

November 5th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.There are a number of great benefits to using a ductless mini split to both heat and cool your home—high efficiency, zone control heating and cooling, less dust and dirt blown out due to the lack of air ducts, and versatility in installation.

One benefit that doesn’t get brought up that much is the fact that ductless systems use multiple air handlers, with individualized temperature control. These are small wall units placed in different rooms and areas of the home, rather than you using a single air handler for the whole-home. So when one unit, or rather one air handler, stops working, you don’t have to lose ALL your heating or cooling—just that one area.

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Is It Too Early to Schedule Heating Maintenance?

October 22nd, 2018

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.Temperatures have only just begun to give us some reprieve, and we’re already talking about heaters?

Okay, so it’s true that we don’t suffer from chilly temperatures in the fall and winter like other parts of the country do, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a need for sufficient heating in Houston, TX. But the only way to ensure that your heater works as efficiently, effectively, and safely as it should throughout the years is by scheduling regular maintenance for the system. And no, it’s not too early to do so.

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Professional Duct Cleaning: Help Your Family Breathe Easier

October 8th, 2018

ductwork being cleanedIf you’re anything like the average homeowners, chances are you don’t think very much about the ductwork snaking its way through your home. After all, these air ducts are hidden from sight, traveling through spaces between walls or through your attic space. Exposed ducts may be common in some types of commercial spaces, but it’s definitely not the norm in residential spaces.

This is something you should think about though. This is partly because ductwork that’s suffered damage will lead to poor heating and cooling performance, and a rise in your energy bills. For this, you will want to look into professional duct repair or sealing. Yet another factor to consider is the cleanliness of your air ducts. When is the last time you scheduled air duct cleaning in Sugar Land, TX?

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Installing a New Air Conditioner? Bigger Isn’t Always Better

September 24th, 2018

top view of an air conditionerWas this the summer you discovered your home’s current air conditioner is no longer up to the job of keeping you and your family comfortable through the long months of hot weather? Sometimes, you have a lot of time before you need a new system, if you’ve caught this issue as the weather was cooling down. Other times, it’s an emergency situation and you’re tempted to buy the very first air conditioner you can get within your budget and install it as fast as possible.

First off, we have to mention that it takes a trained and skilled HVAC technician to install a new air conditioner of any kind. It’s essential that you get the right type of air conditioner for your specific living space, as well as the right size.

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Beware These Late Season AC Needs

September 10th, 2018

An air conditioning technician welds a connection prior to installing AC unit.We get it. We’re slowly but surely nearing the end of summer, so if you need a seemingly minor air conditioning repair in Katy, TX now, can’t it just wait? Well, contrary to what you might believe, it’s never too late in the summer to get your air conditioner repaired. In fact, it’s quite the opposite—if you wait too long you could find yourself with a completely broken down system next spring when you need it again.

Besides, the end of summer is actually a great time to have a professional HVAC technician inspect your system and make any tune-ups necessary to ensure it’s in good shape. Sure, we typically recommend this service prior to summer, but let’s face it—it’s almost always summer in Texas! Simply put, if you need a repair, it’s best to take care of it ASAP.

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The Unique Repair Needs of Ductless Systems

August 27th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.When our customers come to us to either replace their existing air conditioning system, or install one after living without any type of cooling—goodness we hope that’s not the case—we very often recommend one particular system that is growing in popularity.

That is the ductless air conditioning in Houston, TX. Ductless systems work on heat pump technology. What this means is that not only do they provide effective and efficient cooling, but they also include a reversing valve that allows you to switch directions that the refrigerant flows. This means that during our, albeit brief, winters, we can get heat from the same system we achieve cooling from.

Ductless systems aren’t right for every home, and there are many considerations to make when choosing your next HVAC investment. But should you choose to go this route, we do want to let you in on a few care tips that are unique to ductless systems.

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Why You Shouldn’t Tackle AC Projects Yourself

August 13th, 2018

technician working on air conditionerAs the heat gets progressively worse over the course of summer, the last thing you want is to deal with an air conditioner that can’t keep up. It can certainly be alarming when a cooling system isn’t able to cool in order for you to feel comfortable, or if the airflow doesn’t seem powerful enough. When these things occur, we understand how tempting it can be for you to try to save money by looking up how to fix the problem yourself. Or, you may choose to call “that guy down the street” who has some handyman skills.

We urge you to not go with either of these options. Rather than attempting a repair on your own—and potentially damaging your Katy, TX air conditioning system further in doing so, it’s a better idea to call trained and experienced HVAC technicians. There are a number of reasons for this, which we’ve highlighted below:

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Owner Sonny Roncancio Inducted into Carrier® Hall of Fame!

April 22, 2019

Sonny built Fresh Air, L.P. from a two-man operation to the 21 employees and 11 service trucks we have today. We’ve become the leading full-service residential and commercial HVAC company, with 24-hour emergency service, giving our customers a peace of mind that they’re in good hands with our technicians.

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AC Installation: Why Size Matters

April 22, 2019

Step one in purchasing a new air conditioner is finding the one that’s the best fit for your home, and we mean that literally.

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