iAir Services Blog: Archive for August, 2016

Smart Thermostat Tips for Late Summer

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Summers are always beastly hot in the Austin, TX area, which translates to high bills as your air conditioner works overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable. By the time we get to the tail end of summer, you may have been laboring under high monthly costs for quite some time. We’re used to paying more in air conditioning costs in the summer, and to some extent, you’re going to have to pay more when you use the air conditioner every day, regardless. But you can still cut into those costs with some smart activity, especially regarding your thermostat, which is the control panel for the entire system. By making smarter use of it, you can cut those bills down considerably.

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Key Factors with AC Filters

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

August is a good time to discuss your air conditioning filters here in Georgetown, TX. They strain out dust, pet hair, and other contaminants, using the regular cycle your air conditioners to keep your home’s air as free of contaminants as possible. Your AC system should be maintained once or twice a year by trained professionals, and generally speaking, it’s not a good idea to attempt any maintenance yourself. Formal licensing is required to handle refrigerant (which can be very dangerous) and formal training is needed to understand the inner workings of every air conditioning system. That doesn’t mean you can’t contribute to your system’s upkeep, however: mostly by changing the filters every 2–3 months. You can purchase new filters at any local home improvement center, and replacement is usually as easy as loosening a few clasps, sliding the old unit out and sliding a new one in. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when changing air filters.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, August 15th, 2016

It can be tough to tell when an older air conditioner needs to be put out to pasture, especially if it’s been serviced regularly and can still do the job. But August is a great time to give yours a critical look and see if a new system may be in order. Our blazing hot Manor, TX summer has been going strong for months, forcing your air conditioner into daily use. The strain will show on older systems, and give you a good sense of whether it can last another few seasons, or if now is the time to act. Doing so in August gives you months of fall and winter to find the right new system for you and have it installed according to your schedule, instead of scrambling in the face of an unexpected breakdown. Only you can make the call to replace your AC system, but we like to cite three specific factors that can help.

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Upgrade Your AC with a Zone Control System

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Summers in Austin, TX are as hot as they come, and if you own a centralized air conditioning system, it’s likely working overtime to keep your house cool. That usually comes with heavy spike in your monthly bills, and most of us are used to paying more every summer for the privilege. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you have a centralized air conditioner and a large house, you might consider installing a zone control system in your ducts. It doesn’t involve changing or replacing any part of your existing system: merely upgrading it with new components that will increase its precision and versatility. Here’s how.

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What to Do in an Air Conditioning Emergency

Monday, August 1st, 2016

An air conditioning emergency is defined as any situation when your air conditioner either shuts down unexpectedly, or experiences such a serve operational problem that you can’t continue to run it safely. The issue isn’t so much with the air conditioner itself—which you can and should shut off the moment you experience any issues. No, the problem is how to keep your house cool in the middle of our scorching Round Rock, TX summers. A lack of air conditioning could be a serious threat to your health, especially if you have elderly family members in the house or those sensitive to the heat. Once you’ve checked for a simple solution to the problem (such as a triggered circuit breaker or a thermostat that’s been accidentally turned off) and have called for an air conditioning repair service, here are some simple steps to help keep cool.

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