iAir Services Blog: Archive for July, 2014

What Can a Dehumidifier Do For My Air Conditioning?

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Humidity is part of our summers in Austin, TX.  While your air conditioner removes humidity along with the heat, it may have trouble removing all of it, particularly during long stretches of very humid weather. Humidity holds heat, which is why the temperature feels so much more uncomfortable when the humidity is high. The more humid it is outside, the harder your air conditioning system in Austin has to work to make it feel cool and dry inside. Room dehumidifiers may be able to help somewhat with excess humidity, but for truly effective help, you may want to consider the installation of a whole-home dehumidifier, like the ones we have at Intelligent Air Services.

How Does Humidity Adversely Affect an Air Conditioner?

As we state above, humidity forces your air conditioner to work harder in order to achieve the set temperature. This is because it has to remove more heat and humidity during very humid days. Other problems that can occur are:

  • Sticking debris
  • Higher energy bills
  • More wear-and-tear on your system

Signs of Too Much Humidity

  • Condensation on windows
  • Damp/musty odor in your home
  • Inside feels cool but clammy 

What Are the Benefits of a Whole-Home Dehumidifier?

  • Better health – humidity promotes the growth of mold, mildew and dust mites, and pollen clings easily to the moisture in the air, which can cause problems for the allergy sufferers in your home. Removing this excess humidity curbs these air pollutants.
  • Better energy efficiency – as we touched on above, more humidity means more work for your air conditioner. A whole-home dehumidifier removes the excess moisture that can cause your AC to use more power.
  • Better comfort – a whole-home humidifier helps to ensure that the air in your home is cool and dry, maximizing the comfort level throughout.

Maximize Your Comfort and Help Your AC with a Dehumidifier

While you can’t control the humidity outside, you can control it inside your home with the help of a dehumidifier. Call Intelligent Air Services today and schedule AC service in Austin, TX with one of our experts to see how a whole-home dehumidifier can help with your air conditioning.

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3 Things to Look for in a New Air Conditioner

Friday, July 18th, 2014

You’ve decided to replace your aging air conditioner in your home with a new model. Or you are planning to move to a house that doesn’t have an air conditioner installed yet. Either way, you are in the market for a new AC… and you might feel a bit lost.

Don’t worry, we’re here to help. You should always have professional assistance when it comes to new air conditioning; heating and cooling experts will help you navigate the various models and sizes of AC to pick the right model for your home, and then they will take on the important and technical responsibility of installing it. For quality air conditioning installation in Austin, TX, call Intelligent Air Services, where we strive to keep current with advances in cooling technology so that we can offer our customers the top-of-the-line equipment available in the field.

Here are 3 specific things you should look for in your new AC:

  1. High SEER: SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency rating,” and it informs you how well a particular model of air conditioning converts electrical energy into cool power. The higher the SEER number, the more efficiently the system turns electrical power into BTUs, of cooling, and consequently the less it will cost to run. For an AC to earn the U.S. government’s ENERGY STAR label, it must have a minimum SEER of 14.5. Some high-efficiency air conditioners will score in the low 20s. Look for a unit with high SEER that fits within your budget.
  2. Variable speed air handler: An air conditioner equipped with a variable speed air handler doesn’t need to have its fan blowing at the same speed all the time, wasting energy when it’s not necessary. (The majority of the time, the air handler will run at the lower speed.) A variable speed fan will also help with more even distribution of temperature through your home and achieve quieter operation.
  3. ENERGY STAR compliant: We already mentioned this regarding SEER. However, an air conditioner can have a high SEER rating and still no qualify for the ENERGY STAR label for other reasons, such as lack of basic features, environmentally damaging performance, and proprietary technology. Make sure that the air conditioner you install is ENERGY STAR certified so you know that you are both saving money, helping the environment, and contributing to the free development of better air conditioning technology.

There are other important decisions regarding your new air conditioner with which your installers will need to help you, particularly the size and power of the AC. The system cannot be too large or too small, or else it will overwork and waste energy (making its high SEER rating meaningless). Once you have the ideal system picked out, the technicians will make sure that the installation goes smoothly and the new AC works as you expect it to.

Call Intelligent Air Services for the help you need with air conditioning installation in Austin, TX. Our technological knowledge makes us one of your best choices for home comfort.

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Leading the Way with Independence Days!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

The term “Fourth of July” is the popular name for the U.S. federal holiday officially known as Independence Day. It isn’t surprising that we would come up with a different name from the official one, since “Independence Day” is one of the most common holiday names across the globe. Most of the nations in existence today won their independence from another power, whether through wars, treaties, or long transitions.

What might surprise many people is how old U.S. Independence Day actually is compared to the similar holidays of other nations. Although the U.S. is still considered a young nation, it was one of the first to make a full break for its colonial master with a new constitution. Most countries that celebrate a national Independence Day are commemorating events that occurred in the second half of the 20th century, when many older empires at last relinquished control over their colonies.

How substantial is the difference in time for the U.S.A. and the rest of the world? U.S. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, making our country unusual in that almost no existing nations celebrate an independence event from the eighteenth century.

In terms of age, there is only a tiny handful current countries that celebrate an independence day that occurred earlier than the United States. Switzerland celebrates its independence from the Holy Roman Empire of the Germans in 1291 with “Swiss National Day,” held every August 1—although this only gained status as a national holiday in 1994. Sweden Celebrates “National Day of Sweden” to commemorate events in 1523 and the election of King Gustav I during the War of Liberation against Christian II of Denmark and Norway. Romania comes almost a hundred years after U.S. Independence, with its 1877 freedom from Turkish rule.

The most recent Independence Days to come into existence are for Montenegro, which gained independence from Serbia in 2006 and celebrates the day on May 21, and South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and celebrates the day only a day after the U.S., on July 5.

Does anyone else celebrate a literal “Fourth of July,” an Independence Day that also falls on the fourth day of the seventh month? Yes: Abkhazia, a small Central Asian country that declared its independence from the Republic of Georgia in 1999 (although not all countries recognize it). Coming a day (like South Sudan) on July 5 is the independence of the small Atlantic island nation of Cape Verde, which became free from Portugal through signed agreement in 1975.

Everyone at Intelligent Air Services hopes you and your family enjoy a vibrant Independence Day/Fourth of July this year!

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