3 Ways to Lower Heating and Cooling Costs Through Energy Efficiency

May 2, 2019

You don’t have to take the drastic step of keeping your house in College Station, TX, so cold in the winter that you need a jacket inside, or so hot in the summer that you have to wear swimwear indoors in order to lower your energy costs. Increasing the efficiency of your home and heating or cooling equipment will naturally reduce the amount of energy used. It directly translates to lower operational costs. 1. Add More Insulation Insulation in the walls and attic area of your home help the interior maintain the warm or cool air that your heating and cooling system generates. Your bills are driven higher without having good R-factor insulation, as this doesn’t allow your air conditioning and heating system to provide an efficient, comfortable temperature. You can have your insulation R-factor tested if you suspect that you’re losing heating or cooling through the roof or walls. 2. Replace Leaky Windows and Doors Ill-fitting, damaged, and leaking doors or windows allow the free-flow of outside air into the interior of your house. It dilutes the temperature your air conditioner or heater has worked hard to attain. Serious leaks also let the cooled or heated air escape the...

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What You Should Do If Your AC Won’t Turn Off

April 20, 2019

The heat in College Station, Texas, can become intense during the summer months. An air conditioner is the only thing that keeps your home from becoming a sweltering oven. The hard work your air conditioner performs during warm weather causes wear and tear, which can lead to it not working correctly. One big red flag that your AC needs maintenance or repair is that it won’t turn off. If you notice your AC is running continuously without pause, then there are a few steps you should take to try to fix the situation. Is Your Thermostat Set Correctly? Your first step should be to check the thermostat. If the thermostat is set too low, set incorrectly, or reset without your knowledge, it may cause the AC to run nonstop. If this is the issue, then you’ll probably also notice that your home is much colder than you prefer. To fix this, set your thermostat to room temperature; this should essentially cause the AC to stop running. If your AC continues to run after you’ve changed the thermostat, then the issue is probably not the thermostat. Is the Fan Switch Set to Manual? Most AC units have a fan switch located...

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Do You Need to Change Your AC Filter?

April 9, 2019

AC units have filters that need to be changed on a regular basis, generally once a month. However, that may sound like a lot of unnecessary work. Surely you can get away with doing a little less than that, right? Incorrect! There are reasons that filters need such frequent changes. It can make a big difference in your life. There Are Consequences There really are consequences to not putting in the work necessary to keep your AC filters clean. Just a few of these consequences are: Poor air quality Low-efficiency AC Higher energy costs The risk for equipment damage The Effect on Your Health Poor air quality happens because your filters can no longer keep out dust and pollen. More of these pollutants get distributed throughout your home, affecting asthma and allergies. The Effect on Your Comfort Dirty filters also mean that your AC has to work a lot harder to bring temperatures to the level you desire. In many cases, it just can’t keep up. The Effect on Your Finances When your AC has to work harder, chances are that it will break down sooner too. That means that you will end up losing a lot of money on...

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5 Common AC Issues

July 16, 2018

Air conditioning is an essential component for your home’s comfort all year round. While proper maintenance will help keep your AC at optimal performance, it is also essential to be aware of the most common AC issues that you might face. 1. Unexpected Shutdowns You air AC may shutdown unpredictably when the thermostat’s batteries die off. However, it is easy to remedy the issue by simply replacing the batteries. If the batteries are still in good condition, ensure that the thermostat is set to “cooling” mode. Also, you can adjust the temperature range depending on the ambient weather conditions. Unexpected AC shutdowns also come about due to problems with the circuit breaker. If the thermostat and temperature settings are in order, turn on the circuit breaker. 2. Poor Cooling Your living space temperature may be high even with the AC running, and the culprit, in this case, is an inefficient air filter. The filter is susceptible to dirt buildup and fails to cool the air properly. If your thermostat is properly configured but results in uneven air-cooling, bring in air conditioning experts from Barker’s Heating and Cooling to replace the air filter. 3. Uneven Air Cooling Temperature fluctuations are common,...

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