Written by Super User
How and air conditioners work together
The weather can be unbearably hot during the Texas summer and when you factor in the humidity, it can get even hotter. The combination of the two makes having an AC unit imperative for anyone living in the Metroplex. Without the ac unit, you will be uncomfortable in your home and it can even be a health hazard. In order to keep your cool, a combination of a whole house dehumidifier and the ac unit can do the trick. Select Air can provide you with what you need in this regard.
There is no doubt that the heat in the Texas summer can be unbearable but when you add moisture to it, that is when it truly gets uncomfortable. Because humidity is moisture, it holds on to the heat for a longer amount of time and the air around us feels warmer as a result.
Considering the Benefits of a Dehumidifier
Although the air-conditioning unit in your home may be able to keep up with the heat and humidity, you will find it much more convenient if you use a dehumidifier. It helps to remove the moisture from the air before it circulates through your AC system. In turn, this protects the air-conditioning system and it does so in multiple ways.
Longer Life - Since less effort is needed by the air-conditioning unit to keep the air at a comfortable temperature, it is going to last for a longer amount of time. If you try to handle both the humidity and heat with your AC unit, it can cause excessive stress.
Efficiency - Obviously, if your AC unit is working more to keep up with both the humidity and the heat, it is going to make it less efficient. This is going to make a difference in your monthly energy bill, so adding a whole home dehumidifier can make a difference in how much you are spending every month.
Allergens - Do you have a problem with allergies? If you do, a dehumidifier in the home can help to reduce the problems which include mildew, mold, fungus and dust mites.
Odor - A problem with mold and mildew is not only going to be a health hazard, it can also cause a difficulty with strong odors. A musty smell in the home will be a thing of the past when you have an entire home dehumidifier installed.
Protect Your Stuff - And additional problem that can occur with mold and mildew is for it to accumulate on your household belongings and to ruin them. This may include anything from photographs and books to furniture.
Cleaner System - Since humidity can cause debris to accumulate on the components of your AC system, it will be less of a difficulty when a dehumidifier is installed.
Of course, if you do decide to use your air conditioner, it will remove some of the humidity from the air but it does have limitations. When the humidity is high in the home, it is going to make you uncomfortable, regardless of how cool the air is. In addition, running the AC for long amounts of time can lead to the fast breakdown of the unit and expensive repair bills.
If you would like to discuss a dehumidifier for your home and how it can benefit you, you can contact Select AC. We would be happy to assist you with this or any other issue associated with keeping your home comfortable. We are responsible and reputable family-owned business and we are interested in helping you to be happy and healthy as a family as well.
Written by Super User
The Benefits of Using Humidifiers
We understand that you are interested in being comfortable in your home. We are not only a Corinth air conditioning service; we provide other services that can look after the indoor air quality and your comfort in a variety of ways. One of the options that you may want to consider is the use of humidifiers in the home. This can either be done from room to room, or it is possible to install a larger unit that will help to keep the moisture at a proper level inside of your home. This is of particular benefit to individuals who have a house that tends to be dry; a problem that may exist both in the winter months as well is in the summer months.
You might be surprised to learn that humidifiers not only help you to be more comfortable, they provide many other benefits to those who use them. For example, having additional humidity inside of the home can help you to maintain an overall better health level. After all, if you are breathing dry air constantly, it can breed viruses and bacteria that can lead to you getting sick. It is also beneficial for dry skin and if you suffer from any skin issues, it may help to relieve some of the symptoms that you are experiencing.
The Additional Benefits of Humidifiers
Static Electricity - Have you ever gotten shocked when you reached for a doorknob or when you touch somebody else inside of the home? This is an issue with static electricity and is often associated with dry air inside of the home. Raising the humidity level helps to reduce static electricity.
Save Money - During the winter months, dry air inside of the home can make it feel as if it is colder than what it really is. When you raise the humidity level inside of the home, it helps you to save money because you will be running the heat less frequently.
Home Decor - Low levels of humidity can cause issues in the home, such as wood flooring drying out, wallpaper peeling and even wood furniture splitting or cracking. Adding humidity to the air, particularly during the winter months can help to reduce this possibility.
Less Snoring - Did you realize that humidifiers can actually help with snoring? That is because the moisture that is added to the air also affects the respiratory system. It may not completely remove storing as an issue, but it can help to reduce its intensity.
These and other benefits of using humidifiers can be discussed when you contact Select Air. We want you to be comfortable in your home and we can provide the services that are necessary to make sure that it is a reality for you and your family.
The benefits of installing a whole house humidifier
There are numerous things that you can do to increase your comfort within the home. Some of those items are often overlooked by many homeowners but once they are installed, they end up wondering how they could have ever lived without it in the first place. That is the case when you install all house humidifiers, an option that you should consider when you live in areas where you may experience dry conditions within the home for a few months or longer throughout the year. What are the benefits of installing whole house humidifiers and how can you choose one that is going to be right for you?
First of all, it's important for you to understand that the newer humidifiers that work throughout the whole house are going to work similarly to the old-fashioned humidifiers that were often used in times past. To simplify things, they help to moisturize the air in the home, which allows you to breathe easier because dry air is difficult to breathe. The main benefit that you get from installing the whole house humidifier is the fact that it can increase the humidity throughout the home in every room, rather than you having to carry the humidifier from one room to another while you are living in the home.
The health benefits of whole house humidifiers
You will normally find it to be easier to breathe and you will actually find that your respiratory health is improving with a humidifier is used. As was stated earlier, dry air can be very difficult to breathe, especially when your respiratory system is already compromised. Having adequate moisture within the air can help to keep your nasal passages and lungs moist, reducing the breathing problems that you have and even limiting the possibility of getting sick.
Of course, there are many different products available which can add moisture to the home and you should look at those products carefully before making your choice. Honeywell makes some excellent products, including a whole house bypass humidifier and evaporative humidifier systems which will help you to be more comfortable in your home as you breathe easily.
by Bill Grote
Is landscaping killing your HVAC unit?
Most of us want to be comfortable in our home and we want it to look beautiful on the outside as well. One way for us to be able to maintain this is through proper landscaping. This typically requires the grass to be cut regularly, as well as the bushes or trees in the yard. It may also require us to mulch around areas that contain the bushes and shrubs that surround our yard as well. Although this can look beautiful in some instances, it may also be causing problems that are quite serious. For example, mulch may be blocking the condenser of your HVAC system. Why is this an issue?
The HVAC system is going to need to have a flow of air available to it when it is running. If that airflow is not available, it is going to result in poor efficiency of the unit and in a worst-case scenario, unit failure. Not only is this going to cause the problem of you being uncomfortable when the unit is no longer working, it may end up costing you thousands of dollars to replace the unit that is no longer going to be able to function for you and your family. Unfortunately, many of us have discovered this too late but if you are reading this article, you can do something about it.
How to avoid landscaping mistakes that kill your HVAC unit
First of all, make a visual inspection of your HVAC unit on a monthly basis. This is especially important when you have a landscaping company that is taking care of the outside of your home. You should also have a serious discussion with the landscaping company so that they know not to put mulch around the HVAC unit. If you discover that they are still doing at, it's time to either talk to them again or get rid of them. Although it may seem extreme, it is less extreme than having a difficulty with your air conditioning or heating system because of some mulch that was put in the wrong place.
by Bill Grote
The damage that hailstorms can cause to outdoor condensing units
There are many different types of storms that can cause damage to the home. These include windstorms and thunderstorms. One of the more damaging types of storms that can wreak havoc on the home, however, is a hailstorm. In some cases, this is not only going to cause visible damage to the home, including the outdoor condensing unit, it can also cause problems that are not immediately recognizable. Here are some of the issues that can occur with your outdoor condensing unit when a hailstorm has occurred.
It is true that much of the damage that occurs to the condensing unit is going to be visible. By doing a visible inspection, you will see that the damage is obvious and any repairs are going to be obvious as well. This is especially true with the coils that are on many outdoor condensing units. They may become damaged and when that occurs, your unit is not going to be operating efficiently and may even lose some of its lifespan. It is true that the coils, in some cases, are going to be able to be combed out but that is not always the case. In certain hailstorms and with certain HVAC units, you may end up having to replace the entire unit because the damage is extensive. It is interesting to note, that may be covered under storm damages with your insurance company if it is files properly.
When a hailstorm occurs -call an HVAC technician
If you have a hailstorm in your area, do not wait to call a technician to inspect your HVAC system. You could be running the system and although it may be heating or cooling your home at this time, damage inside of the unit may end up taking its toll. This can be quite expensive but on the other hand, having some minor repairs done that occurred as a result of the hailstorm is going to end up being less expensive. It is always a good idea for you to have the system checked immediately after the hailstorm occurs. Not only can it help to rule out any extensive problems that may exist, it can help to keep your AC up and running when the temperature gets hot.
by Bill Grote
Is it good to control a thermostat from your smartphone?
We live in a day where electronics are the norm and there are many different things that can benefit you in this electronic age. One of the things that you may want to consider is the possibility of controlling your home thermostat by using your smartphone. There are many benefits when you do so that should be considered. It is not only as a convenience, it can actually help you to save money and it makes your home more environmentally friendly. Here are some of the ways that you can use your smartphone to control a thermostat to your benefit.
When you buy a wireless thermostat that is programmable and has access from your smartphone, you can access it from anywhere in the world. Of course, you are going to have to have an Internet connection at your home but most of us have an Internet line that is dedicated. When you have access to your thermostat from your smart phone, it gives you the ability to change the temperature in the home when you're not there. In that way, you can keep the home at a warmer temperature when you are not home but as you are thinking about returning, you can login and change the temperature to a more comfortable setting. In that way, the house is going to be more comfortable when you return.
Additional benefits of smartphone thermostats
There may be other benefits that are available when you choose the right thermostat that has smartphone controls. Not only are you going to be able to control it from anywhere, it also gives you detailed information about the history of your energy usage. In many cases, you can schedule a time that the temperature will change automatically while you are going to be away from home, such as when you are working. These are some of the benefits that are available.
You will also likely appreciate the fact that many of the newer thermostats are sleek and designed well. Instead of just having a regular box on the wall that is rather nondescript, you have something that is actually going to add to the room where it resides.
by Bill Grote
You want to ensure that you can trust individuals who are doing work on your home. This is also true of those who are going to be working on your HVAC system. After all, a corrupt HVAC contractor can end up costing you a lot of money in a variety of ways, from unnecessary equipment replacement to difficulties that would cause your system to break down prematurely. Here are some ways for you to recognize that you are dealing with a corrupt HVAC company so that you can avoid their services. One of the most important things for you to consider is the insurance that is carried by the HVAC company. This is something that you should not only ask when deciding which contractor to use, you should also verify the insurance. Along with checking the insurance, you should also check the license status of the contractor himself. There are agencies available which can assist you in doing so and if you should happen to discover that your HVAC contractor is lying to you, make sure that you report them to the proper authorities.
Additional ways to determine if you are dealing with a corrupt HVAC contractor.
Something else that you should consider is the service call that is being done by the HVAC contractor. If they are giving you a cheap service call, it may actually end up costing you in the long run. Experienced HVAC contractors can be expensive and that expense is going to be paid by you, the consumer. If you pay less now, you may end up paying more later. Along the same lines, watch out for contractors that offer to give you free service and then end up charging you for expensive repairs. In addition, be leery of contractors that guarantee that they will be able to do the work within a certain amount time or it is free. Remember, you are dealing with an HVAC unit, not with pizza delivery. There is nothing wrong with you checking the credentials of your HVAC company to determine if they are trustworthy. When you avoid corrupt HVAC companies, you will avoid all of the headaches that can go along with them.
by Bill Grote
You spent a lot for your HVAC system and there's no doubt that you want to keep it running as long as possible. You also want to ensure that it is going to effectively cool and heat your home throughout the year. That is why it is important for you to consider the HVAC maintenance that takes place on your unit and should consistently take place throughout the year as well. In most cases, a preseason checkup that is going to be done will be taken care of by contractor annually. It is important for you to have contractor on call, as they tend to be rather busy when the spring and fall time rolls around. Here are some of the things that will be considered with the HVAC maintenance checkup. One thing that is going to be done is that all of the electrical connections are going to be tightened properly. Voltage is going to be measured on motors within the HVAC system to determine if there is any problem. Any faulty electrical connections are going to be corrected. The condensate drain is going to be inspected to determine if it is clogged. A plugged condensate drain can cause water to flow into the house and also can affect the comfort levels of the air inside of the home. Something else that is going to be done is the filter is going to be changed and the system is going to be cleaned. This is something that should be done on a routine basis to ensure that the entire HVAC system is operating properly. This would include cleaning the condensate or air-conditioning coils and the evaporator. The filter should be inspected and changed if necessary on a monthly basis, as a dirty filter can cause damage to the equipment and increases your energy expenses.
Additional ways that the HVAC will be maintained.
During the HVAC maintenance process, the thermostat settings are going to be checked and any moving parts in the system are going to be lubricated. The contractor is going to have a look at the controls that ensure the system is operating safely and effectively. There also going to be checks performed to determine if oil or gas connections are functioning properly and if the refrigerant level is at acceptable levels in the air-conditioning system.
by Bill Grote