HVAC Maintenance Tips For Pet Owners

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

HVAC Maintenance Tips For Pet Owners

Your pets bring you hours of comfort and their antics leave you in fits of laughter. That is until their mischief has caused an issue with your HVAC unit. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to protect your system and your beloved animals. Even something as minor as tucking wires away makes all the difference in the world. In the end, you, your pet and your checkbook will be happier.The Kink in Wires

Puppies and kittens are undeniably adorable even when their mischief lands them in a bind. Unfortunately, their innocent play can end in disaster if you don’t help protect them from unknown dangers. A prime example is exposed HVAC wires which may pose too much of a temptation for grown pets as well. As part of your home HVAC maintenance, make sure all wires are tucked away in conduits and out of your pet’s reach.

The Furry Filter

As a homeowner, you are aware it is important to clean or change the HVAC filter on a regular basis. As a pet owner, however, you may need to take a few more preventative maintenance steps or their fur will clog the filter and strain the system. The good news is all you need to do as part of your HVAC system maintenance by checking and replacing the system filter more often when pets are in the shedding season.  Regularly bathing and grooming your pets to decrease the amount of fur going into the ventilation system can also help reduce the amount of pet hair your filter has to deal with. A restricted filter will make your system work harder and can cause system freeze up which could require hours  to thaw. Which is hours of uncomfortable temperatures to contend with.

The Pet Door Draft

Perhaps one of your wisest investment was a pet door that provides your cat or dog access to the backyard whether you’re home or not. Unfortunately, your energy bill isn’t thanking you and neither is your HVAC unit. Of course, a part of HVAC system maintenance is finding and repairing drafts to prevent straining your system. This includes ensuring the pet door is properly caulked to prevent heat and cold from escaping your home.

Pet Guarding Your Condenser

At the top of the list of important AC maintenance tips for pet owners is to protect your system’s condenser. In most cases, the condenser is located at the back or side of your house and well within your pet’s reach. Unfortunately, they are just as likely to mark the unit which can cause some serious damage to your condenser. Rather than deal with the repair bills, fence the area off to ensure your pets simply can’t reach the unit.

Programmable Pet Temperatures

One of the best HVAC maintenance tips for pet owners is to invest in a programmable thermostat. This enables you to lower the temperature in the winter and raise the temperature in the summer while you are at work or away from the house. Don’t worry about your pets because nature has taken care of them. They are fortunate enough to come with natural fur coats and air conditioners.

Nix the Fan

A fan is a beautiful way to help circulate air on those hot summer days while aiding with your home HVAC maintenance. That said, don’t leave the fan on while you’re away. Turn it off, raise the temperature a bit and head off to work without any worries. After all, your pet doesn’t benefit from the fan but your energy company does.

As a pet owner, you want to do all you can to take care of your furry friend. You can do so by ensuring your HVAC unit isn’t a danger to your pet. Take the time to tuck wires away and fence off your condenser unit. Simple steps such as these will keep your pet and your HVAC system safe, happy and healthy for many years to come.

 

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AC Replacement with Cool Tech Gives Back Program!

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Fort Worth AC ReplacementCool Tech Mechanical is happy to announce the latest recipient of our “Cool Tech Gives Back” campaign.  Pat A. from Arlington has been a loyal long time service customer. She was first introduced to our company through a referral to our founder Joel in 2011. Joel, who lost his battle with cancer in 2014, took Pat on as his personal project and vowed to her in his words to “treat you like I would my own Mother”. And he did.

Pat is very
generous with her time in the service of helping those in need.  She is a Volunteer Coordinator for the St. Barnabas UMC Food Ministries. Where her duties include planning, purchasing, cooking, serving and cleaning with a staff of 50 volunteers.  Pat says, “Hard work? Sure, but with God’s helping hand we together achieve these great ministries. With a commitment, dedication, loyalty, love, faith and attitude to show our willingness and hospitality for the purpose of God’s love for one another. “

The Problem at Hand

Pats AC system was an old refrigerant 22 system that has been banned by government mandate. R-22 refrigerant is in the last stages of the mandated phase-out. This has caused a rapid and steep increase in the cost of the refrigerant. Pat’s coil, like so many others at that age, had a small leak and required recharging every year. This type of pinhole leak in the tubing is just not repairable. We nursed the unit along for a few years but the leak inevitably got larger and we started having to add refrigerant twice a year. Pat is on a fixed income and was trying to save up for a new system. And replacing the coil only would have locked her into an obsolete refrigerant. A complete system replacement was the only real solution.

Cool Tech’s Solution

We decided to honor Joel’s memory and show our appreciation to a loyal and deserving customer and member of the Cool Tech family by doing what we knew Joel would have wanted and gifted Pat a new Amana 14 SEER system with the new R-410a refrigerant.

Our “Cool Tech Gives Back” program is normally limited to minor repairs only but we felt this situation called for an exception.
Thank you, Pat, for your loyal patronaged and your selfless service to the community. We hope this gift and your volunteer work will be an inspiration to others to “Give Back” where they can for the greater good of our community.

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It’s Air Conditioning Maintenance Season: What You Can Do

Monday, March 28th, 2016

When you work for an air conditioning and heating company, you know that springtime is AC maintenance season. However, we also know that many of our customers aren’t aware of the importance of regular AC service before the start of the season. Spring maintenance can help to save you a lot of trouble in the summertime, so follow our steps to get your air conditioner into better condition to stay cooler and save money in the summer.

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Make a Professional AC Tune-Up Part of Your Spring Cleaning Routine

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Spring is here, which means it’s time to tidy up the home, declutter, and focus on parts of your home you’ve been neglecting for much of the year. And one part of your home you may not have thought about until very recently is your air conditioner. The air conditioner may have suffered quite a bit of wear and tear since the beginning of the last cooling season, which is why we recommend scheduling spring maintenance early on in the season.

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What You Should Know about Refrigerant

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Many people know that their air conditioning system has a chemical in it that helps with cooling. This chemical is known by a few different names. While many call it Freon—a trademarked name—it’s actually called refrigerant, and it is a vital component of your AC system. Here’s what we think you should know about refrigerant so that you can seek the proper services when something goes wrong with your home cooling.

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Replace Your Air Conditioner Before It Gets Hotter

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Are you preparing to replace your air conditioning system at some point in the year? If so, don’t wait any longer than you have to! We know that homeowners often want to delay the expense, but waiting until outside temperatures are unbearable is simply not a good alternative. Let’s go over some of the reasons we think it’s a good idea to replace your AC as early on as possible.

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Leaking Evaporator Coils: When Is It Time for an Upgrade?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Air conditioners and heat pumps work using a process you may have heard of: refrigeration. This process doesn’t actually “create” or produce cool air, as you might expect. Instead, it removes heat, with the help of fans, a compressor, coils, electrical components, and a chemical blend known as refrigerant.

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Choosing an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner for Your Home

Monday, February 15th, 2016

When it comes to purchasing a new air conditioner or even replacing an old system, the choices on the market today are much more energy efficient than those of the past. There are still considerations to be made about the type of air conditioner you purchase, however, in terms of optimal energy efficiency.

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A Home Warranty for AC and Heating Repair May Not Be What It Seems

Monday, February 8th, 2016

We got an interesting question in from a customer recently that we’d like to discuss. “Will a home warranty cover all my HVAC system issues without big deductibles and loop holes?” A home warranty that covers air conditioning and heating repairs may seem appealing to some. If something were to breakdown, a technician could come to your home and make the repair, and your warranty would cover most of the cost.

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A Guide to Finding an Efficient Replacement for Your Home Comfort System

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Replacing an older heating and/or air conditioning system means that you can save money on monthly energy bills, but only if you find an efficient replacement for your worn-down unit. We’ve got your guide to saving money on a new installation below!

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