Monday, March 10, 2014

What to Look For In an AC Contractor

There are lots of companies specializing in air conditioning repair in Houston, Texas. But how do you choose the best one? You need to have a set of criteria when looking for the right AC contractor to do any job. Whether you need to install a new air conditioning system, or you just need someone to look at a non-cooling AC system.


What will help boost your trust in a prospective contractor more than anything is if a friend or a family member has already acquired their services and was actually satisfied. Ask your family or friends so you can narrow down the list of contractor’s best fit for the job.

Licenses and Certifications

The next thing you need to ask is - does the contractor have a license and the proper certifications to run an air conditioning repair business?" If you are not aware of the specific certificates, you may search for information on the internet or call a government representative from your local area.


In the event that a contractor gets hurt, you should not be held liable for it. There are specific types of insurance that protect you from this. A good AC repair company will have liability insurance. In addition, insurance to protect property that could be damaged during the repair service should also be considered.

Dealing With an Inadequately Cooling AC

When your air conditioner breaks down or is not performing well during times of extreme heat, waiting for an AC repair shop to come to the rescue may leave you without it for several days. In a year, Houston, TX experiences about 99 days of severe heat - temperatures of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Heat like this can cause heat stroke and even death. Older folks are particularly at risk.

Before you call an AC repair technician, there are several things that you can check and fix yourself. You may be able to get your air conditioning back in operation and save on the repair bill by looking at a few common problems with AC units.

The first thing you should check is the filter to see if it is covered with dust or other debris. This is one of the main causes of underperforming air conditioners. A dirty air filter will not only slow down the unit, but also degrades the respiratory health of the people using the system. In this case, you can simply clean the filter or replace it.

Next, look at the condenser coils and check if they are dirty and dust them off. The condenser is located at the back of the unit. Many other things can cause an AC to cool inadequately. If you can’t see quickly what is causing your AC to underperform – then go ahead and call a qualified technician specializing in AC repair. You don’t want to have a family member or yourself having a heat stroke!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Eco-friendly Air Conditioning System

The mighty sun cooling your house? That sounds very illogical and impossible. Well, that was before. With today’s technology, the sun may be able to give you the cold and fresh air you need in your homes, especially in places like Houston, Texas.

One of the newest technology’s that has been invented by the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid is a solar powered air conditioning system. The solar air conditioning system harnesses the power of the sun and residual heat as an energy source to drive the cooling system.

Industries nowadays have been developing machines that are friendly to the planet such as this solar powered air conditioning system. Due to alarming climate changes around the world, governments and non-governmental organizations have intensified campaigns for environmental awareness. Utilization of a sustainable source of energy is becoming the new trend in the market.

Using this type of air conditioning system in your home will not only lessen your carbon footprint, but also lessen your pollution contribution while at the same time saving you a lot of money. The energy from the sun is still free, so far, so a big chunk of the electric bill can be redirected to your savings.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Why You Should Consider Tankless Water Heater Installation

Why you should switch from a conventional water heater that uses a tank to hold and heat water, to a tankless water heater, is really a no brainer. Why in the world would you want to try and keep forty gallons of water hot all day when you might not even be there to use it?
You are then paying for electricity or gas, if you have a gas water heater, unnecessarily. A tankless water heater provides water on demand. Which is another reason to have one. You will never run out of hot water and have to wait till it gets hot again, as those with large families have to do.
Another reason is that the tankless variety takes up a lot less space than one with a tank. Being 2 to 3 times smaller, they can be, and are usually just mounted on the wall.
Additionally, since there is no holding tank, there is very little surface for the accumulation of sediments. This means much lower maintenance and cleaner water.

However, the greatest benefit is that since a tankless heater does not need to be on all the time, you save a lot on your energy bill.