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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Energy Efficient Heating Systems & Tips for Texas Winters

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Energy Saving Heat Options in Texas - Cool Tech MechanicalWhile trying to stay cool and comfortable during the long Texas summer often accounts for the bulk of annual electric and utility usage, there are plenty of benefits to be had for home and property owners who also elect to address winter-related energy efficiency issues.

From installing a new furnace that can provide superior performance and efficiency to replacing insulation and ensuring that thermostats and climate control systems are able to function properly, there are plenty of ways to reduce home heating costs. Choosing an experienced heating contractor like Cool Tech Mechanical will help homeowners find and implement the most energy efficient solutions with greater ease and convenience.

Preventative Maintenance and Heater Repair

Older-model appliances and equipment that’s beginning to show its age may be responsible for higher utility costs than you realize. HVAC components and appliances that are not functioning properly can decrease the output and performance of the entire system. Ignoring minor mechanical issues can also cause larger and more expensive issues to develop within a system. Annual and seasonal heating system inspection, testing and assessment can ensure that operational and repair costs are able to be kept as low as possible.

High Efficiency Heating Systems

Investing in a new furnace is just one of the ways that home heating can be done in a more efficient and affordable manner. Newer-model systems utilize a wide range of energy-saving features, such as remote operation, smart-temperature control and more efficient gas conversion or electric consumption. While upgrading an older-model furnace can seem like a costly undertaking, the reduced operational costs can often offset a good portion of the installation and purchase costs needed to provide homes with a new energy-efficient heating system. While repairs and maintenance can greatly prolong the operational lifespan of an older furnace, installing new equipment may often provide the greatest long-term value.

Heat Pumps Provide Superior Energy Savings

Unlike a conventional furnace that produces heat by burning fuel or using electricity to power a heating element, heat pumps function by moving heat into or out of the home in order to control interior temperatures. Heat pumps can be used to provide both home heating as well as cooling, and may be used with either electric or gas (Dual Fuel) back up heat. A Heat Pump is basically an Air Conditioner that reverses in the winter time. So instead of removing heat from the inside air and transferring it through the refrigerant to be removed at the outside unit into the outside air. It reverses and extracts heat from the outside air and releases it into the indoor air stream. There is useable heat in the outside air even at very cold temperatures. On average a heat pump is more than 3 to 1 more energy efficient compared to electric heat alone. The addition of a heat pump can greatly reduce heating bills, meaning that households will no longer be forced to choose between their comfort and their bottom line.

Zone Control Heating

Zone control systems function by opening and closing dampers in the duct system in order to increase the comfort level separately in different areas of the house (zones) Heating or cooling the entire house can become a very expensive undertaking, especially for larger homes and multi-story properties. Zone-control provides a more focused and area-specific way to adjust and regulate interior temperatures. Being able to establish different temperatures throughout various rooms from thermostats located in those zone can help to improve both comfort and energy efficiency.

Professional Installation and Service Solutions

Dealing with an experienced heating contractor provides a much simpler way to install new equipment, upgrade an existing climate-control system or address any future mechanical issues that may develop. Problems caused due to improper installation may result in damaged appliances, voided warranties and systems that are unable to provide the level of performance and dependability homeowners may have been expecting. When it comes to finding the best ways to create and maintain an energy-efficient home this winter, it pays to do business with Cool Tech Mechanical!

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How often should I have my furnace serviced?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

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While there are several opinions about how often a furnace needs professional attention, just about everyone would agree that one complete system inspection per the calendar year is essential. And virtually all manufacturers require regular maintenance as a condition of their warranty. During that inspection, the heating contractor has the opportunity to examine and test each of the components, check for parts that show signs of excessive wear, and in general just make sure the furnace is capable of providing an efficient source of heat and is safe to operate.

What Time of Year is Best?

There is no doubt that choosing to schedule a complete furnace inspection should take place in the autumn. With cold weather just around the corner, it makes sense to have a professional confirm that your unit is up to the task of keeping your home comfortable. Even if you anticipate a light winter, knowing the furnace is in top condition and safe to operate provides peace of mind.

What are Some of the Other Benefits of an Autumn Furnace Inspection?

Making sure your family is warm on the coldest winter day is important, but it’s not the only reason to have your furnace serviced in the autumn. Another important factor to consider is how much that visit by the professional will save you in the months to come in energy savings and repair costs.

As the nights get colder and the days see little in the way of an increase in temperature, your furnace will run quite a bit. That translates into more energy consumption and higher utility costs each month. If your system is in peak condition, there will be little to no energy waste. In other words, every penny you pay for utilities will be providing real benefits instead of just emptying your wallet.

There’s also the matter of not having to go without heat due to a furnace breakdown. By choosing to have the unit checked thoroughly in the autumn and taking care of any furnace repairs at that time, you can possibly avoid breakdowns in more extreme weather or after hours, weekends and holidays when it will be harder to obtain service and is normally at a higher overtime rate.

Remember that you won’t be opening the doors and windows a lot during the winter months. That means whatever is floating around in the air will remain inside. That’s fine in most cases, but what if some malfunction of the furnace leads to a carbon monoxide leak? That can happen if the heat exchanger is cracked or venting is. A carbon monoxide leak check is one of the things that the professional will do during the service call, it’s possible to spot the problem and take care of it before the furnace is pressed into service for the winter.

Don’t forget that having an annual service call will extend the life of the furnace as well. Thanks to prompt replacement of worn components and making sure all the parts and functioning properly, you can help extend the life expectancy of the equipment.

Call us today and arrange for a complete furnace checkup. With the right care and attention to detail, you can greatly improve your chances that the furnace will get you all the way to spring without any problems!

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Could Your Furnace Use a Tune Up?

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Think of the last time you had a technician in your home to look at your furnace. Chances are high that something was wrong with the system or with your thermostat, though you may have been installing a brand new system. Think of the hassle involved with making repairs when a heater breaks down suddenly during the winter. Do you want to spend a cold evening waiting for a technician to show up and fix your furnace?

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Is It a Good Time to Replace Your HVAC System?

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Whole-home heating and air conditioning equipment is designed to be long-lasting, but someday you’ll need to replace any older system. And usually, it’s better to do this sooner rather than later. Waiting too long to replace an older air conditioning or heating system (even if it is still running) may allow even more wear and tear to develop. This can result in further issues the next time you run the system, higher monthly bills, and a potential system breakdown at any moment.

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How Often Should I Replace the Air Filter?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

The simple answer to this question: every month! However, we know that new air filters are not free, and some homeowners are hesitant to go through the work of changing the filter each month if it’s not actually necessary. Learn why monthly filter changes are so important in today’s guide, and consider a reusable filter if you’re concerned about the monthly costs.

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Some Important Furnace Safety Tips

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Today’s furnaces are generally quite safe as long as they are professionally installed and well-maintained. But there are some things you should know in order to decrease the likelihood of fires, gas leaks, electrical issues, and carbon monoxide leaks. Check out our quick guide to learn how to stay safe when running your home furnace this heating season.

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Which Is the Right Furnace for Your Home?

Monday, October 19th, 2015

When it’s time to replace your heating system, we think it’s important to spend some time really thinking about the unit you want in your home. When you shop for a new car, you spend a long time comparing options and efficiency ratings, considering the performance of each one that is within your price range. Your furnace will be in your home for many years, so make sure you find one that doesn’t cost you an extravagant amount of money to operate and that is the right fit for you and your family.

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Save Money on Your Heating Bills with a New Furnace Installation

Monday, October 12th, 2015

When you need a new heating system for your home, you may first compare prices, calling around from company to company in an attempt to find the best price. Many companies have seasonal specials and deals that can help you to save upfront on a new furnace for the fall. However, if your new system does not have a high efficiency rating, you may find that the total cost of operation exceeds your expectations.

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Have You Scheduled Professional Heating Maintenance Yet?

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Professional heating maintenance service is offered by most local heating and air conditioning technicians, and it can do you a world of good once winter comes around. And yet, there’s a strong possibility that you’ve never even thought to schedule this service.

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