Is HVAC Different Than Air Conditioning?

March 19, 2019

When it comes to keeping the interior temperatures of your home comfortable, there are different ways to do it. HVAC is an acronym for heating, ventilation and air conditioning while AC simply means air conditioning. Often, the two terms are used interchangeably, but there are slight differences. HVAC systems are complete home-comfort units that keep the interior temperatures of your home or business comfortable year-round. An AC system, on the other hand, only provides cooling. Different systems are available. Here at in College Station, we wanted to share a few details about HVAC and AC systems. The Benefits of Central HVAC Systems Central HVAC units cover everything. If you get one of these systems, then it will heat and cool your home using a series of vents and ducts. Since the unit uses your home’s venting system, every room will receive its own heat, ventilation and air conditioning. This type of system is best for standard homes, commercial areas and large buildings. When you have a central air conditioning system, the unit will operate silently and efficiently, keeping your home comfortable throughout the year. While a central HVAC system is the biggest investment, it is also the one that will...

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A Short Guide to Home Ventilation

March 1, 2019

If fresh air can’t get into your home, your indoor air quality will suffer. Over time, irritants like dust and dander can build up in the air. There are many sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in modern homes like paint fumes, cleaning products, and cooking oil residue. In areas where VOCs are common, you may want to think about extra ventilation. The Kitchen While you may enjoy the smell of cooking, that smell means fumes and particulate matter are getting into the air of your home. These can be the products from the chemical process of cooking as well as very small drops of splattered oil. For this reason, it is important that the exhaust fan of your stove is properly vented to the outside. Always run the fan when you are cooking with oil. For even better ventilation, open a window to allow some fresh air in, and let the stale air out. The Bathroom The bathroom is another area where VOCs are common. Many of the cleaning products that give your fixtures a sparkling surface release fumes into the air. The same goes for hair spray and other personal care products, especially in aerosol form. The other...

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The 3 Biggest Heating System Myths

February 21, 2019

Saving money by reducing energy costs in the home is an important goal. Heating system usage is a big component of these costs, and finding ways to lessen the actual running of your heating system is the best way to accomplish savings. However, there are many misconceptions on just what methods really work. At in College Station, TX, we want you to know the truth about some of these heating myths. 1. You Should Keep a Constant Temperature Lowering the thermostat in your home during times you are away will lower your heat costs. The Environmental Protection Agency states that you can save as much as 10 percent a year on energy costs by turning down the thermostat 10 degrees for any eight-hour or longer time period. 2. Maintenance Is Unnecessary Regularly conducted maintenance performed annually will save you money in the long run. Most maintenance plans include system checks, tune-ups, certain parts replacements and sometimes energy audits. For a low annual fee, you can save money avoiding expensive repairs. And many times maintenance is required to fulfill a manufacturer’s warranty. 3. Setting a Higher Temperature Will Heat Your Home Faster Your heating system will work at the same rate...

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How Do You Pick the Right HVAC Contractor?

February 2, 2019

With our hot summers and cool winters in Texas, your HVAC system is your source of comfort and one of the most important parts of your home. It is important to find a reliable and knowledgeable HVAC professional so that you can keep your system running dependably throughout its life span. What follows are tips that will help you in finding that reliable service provider. Narrow Your Potential List Online Find contractors who are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and have a rating of A or better. Look for online reviews of their work and customer service. Remember that Yelp reviews are filtered until you scroll to the bottom of the page and find the unsanctioned postings. Google does not filter reviews. Ask for References Ask promising contractors from your web search for customer testimonials and references. Don’t hesitate to call those customers to find out if they still like that particular HVAC contractor. You can learn a great deal about business from taking the time to do this sort of research. Reputable businesses encourage you to do so. Only Accept Itemized, Written Quotes Never accept an estimate over the phone. Only an incompetent or unscrupulous contractor will fail...

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How Do I Check My Home For Air Leaks?

January 25, 2019

Don’t Let Air Leaks Affect Your Energy Bills When outside air gets into your house or climate-controlled indoor air escapes, your heating or cooling system has to work extra hard to maintain the proper temperature. To avoid this problem, it’s smart to find and fix any leaks. Check These Spots for Leaks You’re most likely to find air leaks in spots where two building materials meet. Air often escapes through cracks or gaps between the materials. Spots to check include: Around doors and windows Along outside corners At the top of the foundation Where utility lines enter the house Along the base of the chimney You can use an incense stick to test for leaks. First, close up your house by shutting and locking all exterior windows and doors. Turn on all your exhaust fans and the dryer. Shut every vent or damper. After that, light an incense stick. Hold it near all suspect spots. If you notice the smoke moving, that’s a sign that you have a leak there. Don’t Forget Your Ductwork You can also have air leaks in your home’s ductwork. These typically occur at spots where two pieces of ductwork meet. Extra dust inside your home...

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5 HVAC System Sounds You Don’t Want to Hear

January 5, 2019

Most of the time, your heating and cooling system operates quietly. You might hear one click when it turns on or off. The motor and fan of the air blower make humming sounds during a heating or cooling cycle. A malfunction or problem with a part in your heating or cooling system could cause it to make unusual sounds. Be aware of these five sounds that signal problems with your heating and cooling system. 1. Squealing Squealing sounds from your heating or cooling system are often related to a loose or worn belt. Squealing could also come from a loss of lubrication of the fan. A belt replacement is an affordable repair. During a maintenance visit, our technicians at will lubricate all of the system’s moving parts. If it’s been a while since your system had a tuneup, schedule one. 2. Rattling Rattling sounds could either be from something that came loose inside of the unit or some debris that is caught in the system’s housing. If the rattling sound is coming from your air vents, they could be loose or have a piece of debris in them. Any rattling sounds need to be checked out by one of our...

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How Often Should My Furnace be Replaced?

December 19, 2018

In College Station, it’s easy to put off replacing your furnace. Most of the time, you can get away with only running it a few months out of the year. Yet, when it does not come on, and it is a cold night, you’ll regret putting this task off. Just how often should your furnace be replaced then? There are a few key things to keep in mind here. Remember, our team at Barker’s Heating & Cooling is here to help you. If It Isn’t Broken One of the questions many people have is whether they should replace their current system with a new one even if their current model is still working. The answer here depends on several things. When you run your furnace, does it work reliably? And, does it operate efficiently? If these two factors are not in place, then it may be time to replace it. New models of furnaces are far more efficient than those from just a year or two ago. It’s important to consider how much it costs to run your furnace on a consistent basis. If it is very expensive because the system is very old, replacement makes sense. What Is the...

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How Do Furnaces Work?

December 13, 2018

If there is an older heating system in your home than it is probably a furnace. Furnaces are one of the oldest residential heating systems. During ancient times, a furnace was fueled using coal and wood. Modern furnaces use gas, propane, or electricity and can operate at high-efficiency levels. What Fuels Your Furnace? Regardless of what fuels your furnace, it will work using a forced air heating system to warm your home by use of a heating cycle. Gas or propane fuel is kindle in the burner. The flares warm up a metal heat transfer and exhaust out of the pipe. The heat exchanger transmits its warmth to the entering air. The heating system blower forces the warm air into the ductwork and disburses it around the home. As the heated air fills every room, the frigid, denser air is exhausted back into the heating system through the return ducts, rerunning the operation. Thermostat It is a temperature mobilize switch that operates heat using a control board within the furnace to initiate the warming cycle by rotating on an ignition switch. Furnace Burners They are a pair of tubes where gas is conducted and burned. Flame sensor, kindler, and gas...

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What is Geothermal Heating?

November 29, 2018

Geothermal heating refers to the use of geothermal energy for heating. Ground-source or geothermal heat pumps are able to heat or cool homes by transferring heat between the ground and the home. It’s even possible for geothermal heat pumps to supply hot water. Consumers have been using geothermal heating for more than 50 years. If you’re interested in enjoying the energy saving advantages associated with geothermal heating, here is some information about geothermal heating. Geothermal Heat Pumps Can Be Used in All Climates A common misconception that many people harbor is that geothermal heat pumps can only be used in certain climates. The truth is that geothermal heat pumps can be used in both hot and cold climates. The reason for this is that the earth maintains a constant temperature underground. This temperature ranges between 45° to 75° F. Across the world, millions of GHP systems have already been installed for the purpose of cooling and heating. GHP systems are more common in areas with high population densities and colder climates. Open and Closed-Loop Systems If you decide to get a GHP system, you will have a number of options to choose from. GHP systems usually have either a closed...

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What is Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

November 9, 2018

According to the CDC, carbon monoxide poisoning causes 20,000 visits to the emergency room per year. Four thousand of those result in hospitalization and about 400 cases result in death. How do so many people get exposed to this undetectable gas? What can you do to protect yourself? Here are the information and tips you need to keep yourself safe. The good news is that they aren’t that hard to do, and you can always get help. CO Poisoning Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that is a natural by-product of combustion. Any device or system that burns can put out CO. The poisoning happens when a person (or animal) inhales the CO. It replaces the oxygen they usually need in their bloodstream, and they experience symptoms like the flu: weakness, dizziness, headaches, confusion, chest aches, vomiting, etc. Without essential oxygen to nourish their body and brain, they eventually die. Where It Comes From Furnaces, generators, fireplaces and chimneys, and many other sources of combustion can expose you to CO. The key here is to keep units in good working order. Not only will this keep you safe from CO poisoning, but you’ll save money in the long...

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