Spring is here! We KNOW you are ready, but is your AC System?

Spring is here!  We KNOW you are ready, but is your AC System?

It’s Time to Schedule Your Spring Air Conditioning Tune Up.

Even though our weather hasn’t caught up with the calendar, we should start seeing some warmer temperatures sooner rather than later—we’ll keep our fingers crossed! Once the temperature starts to rise, you’ll need to make the switch to air conditioning, but is your system ready? At streetdance3.ru, we can help you with all your spring HVAC tune up ensure your home is in tip-top shape for the coming season! Call us to set up an appointment today!

Heavy rain can cause problems for your home:  Helpful Tips and Solutions to Keep You and Your Family Comfortable

The Capital Region commonly experiences heavy rain showers and thunderstorms. With this heavy rain, you may begin to experience a few problems. Basement flooding, mold growth, musty smells, and damage to possessions are common occurrences in weather like this.  So what can you do?  See some helpful tips to help you keep your basement dry and prevent moisture problems!

  • Ensure your sump-pump is in good working order – have it serviced by a licensed and reputable plumber annually.
  • Consider having a licensed plumber install a back-up sump pump in your basement if you a prone to flooding and you are in an area where power outages are frequent.
  • To reduce humidity levels in your home, have a professional add a dehumidifier to your HVAC system.
  • Keep your basement windows closed at all times.
  • Look for ways to divert rainwater away from your home—extend rain gutter down-spouts away from home and make sure the grade of your yard surfaces slope away from your home.
  • Make sure rain gutters are clean and unobstructed.

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The Dangers of Indoor Air Pollution

Take a deep breath – do you feel the toxins, pollutants, and dirt that exist in the indoor air of your home? Probably not, but they exist.

In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency released a statement that “indoor air pollution is one of our biggest environmental health threats … bigger than toxic wastes sites and the destruction of the ozone layer.”

Because people spend 90% of their time indoors, it’s important to maintain a clean air system throughout your entire home. You wouldn’t subject your family to toxins and pollutants that you can touch and feel – why should the air in your home be any different?

The Effects of Indoor Air Pollution to Your Health Read more »

Should You Repair or Replace Your Air Conditioner System?

Do you have plans to relax this Spring and Summer, but your concerned your central air conditioning system may take some time off too? You’re left with a decision to make; do I invest in a costly repair or do I consider a replacement?

Here are some ways to help you decide whether you should replace or repair your Air Conditioning system:

  • Age matters. The age of your unit is important. If your system is more than 10 years old, it’s time to replace it.
  • Help the environment and your wallet. If you’re looking to save money on energy costs, then it is probably time to replace rather than repair. Newer units have more energy-efficient features so you can save over time, realizing a return on your investment. Plus, with tax rebates provided by the government, choosing a more eco-friendly system is less costly than you think.
  • Audit your utility bill for answers. Take a look at your energy bills during a 3-month period. If you see that your energy costs are going up while your output remains the same, then it is time to bring in a professional. An experienced HVAC technician can perform an inspection, at which time you can decide if it’s more cost effective to repair or replace. When in doubt, bring in a professional.
  • Get an Estimate – It’s best to get two estimates; one to repair and one to replace. If the repair estimate is more than half the cost of a new unit, replace your system.
  • Check the Warranty – If your Air Conditioning system is still under warranty, have it repaired.  It’s almost always a good decision to take advantage of your warranty while it is in effect.

Since 1939, streetdance3.ru in Houston, TX has helped homeowners like you make important decisions for their home.  Our professional HVAC team will never recommend a costly Air conditioning repair or replacement unless it’s the right answer for you. Call today and let us provide the Red Carpet Treatment you deserve!

7 Tips for Protecting Your Air Conditioning System in Houston, TX

Increase Summer Budget, HVAC, AC Repair

Staying cool and comfortable during the summer can be both expensive and stressful on your Central Air Conditioning system. A taxed system performs less effectively, costs more to function, and can break down before its natural time. There are ways to stay cool and protect your air conditioning system from overwork

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The Importance of Routine AC Maintenance in Houston, TX

Did you know that without routine air conditioner maintenance your unit can lose up 5% of its efficiency annually over time? Your air conditioning system is much like an automobile; it is a tough piece of equipment prepared to withstand a good amount of use. However, much like an automobile, it requires a tune-up and scheduled maintenance.

Studies also indicate that regular AC tune-ups will maintain up to 95% of its original efficiency. In terms of finance, the cost of annual AC maintenance is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly utility bill and reduced repair costs.

Here are some more benefits of routine AC maintenance: Read more »

Programmable Thermostats – Save 10%-15% on your Heating & Air Conditioning Bills

In today’s economy, every dollar counts – especially when it comes to the rising cost of energy. Did you know that programmable thermostats are one of the most reliable energy savers available? With the high temperatures that are often synonymous with summer a small investment in this type of device makes perfect sense.

A programmable thermostat is designed to adjust your home’s temperature automatically to save energy when your family is sleeping or away from home. If used appropriately, a programmable thermostat can save you up to 10% – 15% on heating and cooling costs by simply adjusting your thermostat 10°–15° (plus or minus) for eight hours. Read more »

Summer Safety Tips and Heatwave Awareness

Whether you’re working or playing outside this summer, it’s important to keep summer safety in mind as we approach the hottest period of the summer.

When outside, keep the following in mind:

  • Wear appropriate clothing, including a wide-brimmed hat
  • Take frequent water breaks
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15
  • Never leave kids or pets unattended in a vehicle

Learn more at The National Safety Council.

In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average. During the summer months, you can prepare in many ways:

  • Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
  • Be aware of both the temperature and the heat index. The heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of heat and humidity are combined. Exposure to direct sunlight can increase the heat index by as much as 15° F.
  • Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for wherever you spend time— home, work and school—and prepare for the possibility of power outages.
  • Check the contents of your emergency disaster kit (bug out bag) in case a power outage occurs.
  • Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).
  • Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas.
  • Get trained in First Aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.
  • Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met.

During a heatwave you can respond with the following actions:

  • Listen to a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

Learn more at the Red Cross.

If you should ever need assistance with your Air Conditioning, we’re only a phone call away. Call streetdance3.ru 24 hours a day, seven days a week .

4 Tips for AC Maintenance

When you own a home, it’s important to understand how to maintain your most important investments, including your air-conditioning system. In fact, the best time to service your system is before it’s actually needed. During the spring, routine Air Conditioning maintenance is most important as your air-conditioning system will be working overtime to keep your home cool in the upcoming months. Keeping up routine maintenance, could be the difference between relaxing in cool comfort and sweating a costly breakdown. Read more »

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in your Home

Risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases during the winter and stormier seasons as use of gas furnaces and generators increases dramatically. Although you cannot see or smell carbon monoxide, it is responsible for more deaths than any other poison. This colorless, odorless poison is dangerous at any level including low levels which can get a person very sick, moderate levels can result in permanent neurological dysfunctions, or worse at high levels carbon monoxide may result in death.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can result whenever any fuel such as gas, kerosene, oil, wood, or charcoal is burned. The amount of carbon monoxide emitted from appliances that burn fuel yet are maintained and used properly is typically not hazardous. However, if appliances are either used incorrectly or not working properly, then dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can result. In fact, literally hundreds of accidental deaths are caused every year from carbon monoxide poisoning that results from malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning appliances.

Below are a few tips on how you can protect your family and yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning:
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