Intelligent Air Services Blog

Insulation in Your Home Can Do More than You Think

June 19th, 2017

attic-insulation-installWe tend to think of insulation in our homes as a winter feature, working to keep heat in our homes and prevent our furnaces from having to work as hard as they should. But insulation in your home can be far more than a winter feature, and because we have mild winters here in Texas, a number of homes possess far less insulation than they might. In most cases, this can end up costing you money not only in the winter, but in the summer too. Insulation in your home can do a great deal more than you think.

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What Does the SEER Rating Mean for Your Air Conditioner?

June 5th, 2017

air-conditioning-efficiencySummer is here in all but name, and that means you need an air conditioner to function every day in order to keep your home comfortable. If you need a new air conditioner, now is the right time to install it. An older air conditioner on its last legs won’t be able to handle the coming months of high temperatures, and installing a new one now means you won’t have to worry about whether your system is up for the job in the hot weather to come.

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Can Your Home Benefit from Ductless Air Conditioning?

May 22nd, 2017

ductless-air-conditioningSpring is the time when outdated air conditioners get replaced for new models. It makes all kinds of sense to do so now: summer has not yet arrived and you have an opportunity to start enjoying the improved efficiency and other benefits of a new system as soon as the weather becomes hot. Most of us are used to centralized air conditioners, which generate cool air in a single location and then blow it into our homes via a series of ducts. They’re safe and efficient systems, but they aren’t the only type of air conditioners for sale, and if your home needs something a little different, you would to well to consider them.

In cases where central air doesn’t make a good fit for you, we often recommend ductless air conditioning systems as a viable alternative. They can provide a number of benefits in the right circumstances.

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Is There Frost on Your AC Coils?

May 8th, 2017

frozen-AC-coilsWith higher temperatures arriving, you’re going to be using your air conditioner more and more often. That makes this time of year a perfect time to check for trouble with your system. Only a trained professional can diagnose trouble with your air conditioner the right way, but you can do yourself a favor by looking for the signs of a problem. When you spot them, shut the system down and call for a repair service.

One of the more common symptoms of trouble with your air conditioner—and one many homeowners overlook—is the formation of frost or ice on your evaporator coils. It might not sound like a big deal—after all, isn’t the air conditioner supposed to be cold?—but in point of fact it could be a huge problem with your system.

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3 Things to Look for with a New Air Conditioner

April 24th, 2017

new-air-conditioning-systemIf you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, now is the best time to make a purchase. Summer won’t be here for a few more weeks, which gives you the time to properly select a new unit and get it installed according to your timetable. It will thus be ready to go by the time the first heat wave hits, and you can rely on it throughout this summer and many summers to come.

When selecting a new air conditioner, you need to keep several important factors in mind. They will ensure that your system functions exactly the way you should. Your technician can help you with specifics, but in general, there are three things you should look for.

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How Can a Dehumidifier Help Your Home?

April 10th, 2017

dehumidifiersWith summer just around the corner, the time has come to get your air conditioner into fighting shape. Temperature control is vital when the hotter months hit, and without reliable air conditioning, your home can turn into an oven very quickly. But the heat isn’t the only thing you need to worry about. There’s also the humidity, which can become stiflingly high in our neck of the woods, and creates a number of significant problems in the process. Air conditioners can crudely treat the issue, but there’s a much better solution out there: a whole-house dehumidifier installed into your HVAC system.

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Watch for These Problems with Your Air Conditioner

March 27th, 2017

Spring has officially arrived, and soon enough summer will be here again. High temperatures seem to arrive sooner every year, and without a reliable air conditioning system in your home, you’re apt to feel the heat far more often than you’d like. If there are any problems with your air conditioner, now is the time to take notice of them and plan for repairs. Only a trained technician can properly diagnose any problems that arise, but you can help your cause out by looking for certain common signs of a problem with your air conditioner. We’ve provided a short list below.

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The Benefits of Air Conditioning Maintenance

March 13th, 2017

Air_Conditioning_Air_Conditioner_Repairing_Cold_Temperature_Work_Tool_Examining-meMarch is usually a reasonably cool month in our neck of the woods, but the summer weather will be here before you know it, and the temperatures seem to get hotter sooner than ever these days. While you’re still likely running your heating system on a regular basis, you’ll soon be using your air conditioner more and more often. Now is the time to dust it off and schedule maintenance to ensure that it is running the way it should. It can convey a number of benefits you’ll enjoy all summer long.

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Get Your Furnace Ready for Spring

February 27th, 2017

Inside a gas furnace. Focus = the top of the middle flange. 12MP camera.

Most homes in our neck of the woods rely on forced-air furnaces for heat during the winter. They heat the air inside their system, then blow it to the corners of your home through a system of ducts hidden in your attic and the crawlspaces of your walls. It’s inexpensive and works very well. We still have a few more weeks of winter left, but spring tends to come early in Austin, and before long you’ll be turning off your furnace and turning on your air conditioner for the summer. That makes this the perfect time of year to perform some checks and maintenance on your furnace in preparation for the coming spring.

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Get Your Older Thermostat Replaced

February 13th, 2017

Thermostats_Temperature_iStock_000044457922_Full-meEveryone wants their heating system and air conditioning system to function more effectively, and to do their jobs without costing more than they should. But replacing an entire system is expensive, and as long as it continues to run reliably, that’s not usually a step that homeowners wish to take. However, HVAC systems consist of more than just the heaters or air conditioners themselves, and while buying a whole new system is expensive, making sensible upgrades here and there isn’t.

Consider, for example, your thermostat, which acts as your control panel for the entire system. Most thermostats can do their jobs for many years without complaint, and if you’ve had yours for a long time, congratulations.

But there have been some exciting advances made in the past few years, and if you have an older thermostat, you might want to think about replacing it even if it continues to work effectively.

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