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Humidity

How To Control The Humidity In Your Home

 

Today let’s talk about humidity and your air conditioning system.

Why humidity is difficult to control

 

 

Here in North Texas, we know about humidity, don’t we? But do you know how it affects your home? It affects our comfort. We want to cool and heat our houses, but it’s the humidity that dictates the comfort of the house. It seems like the humidity is always too high or too low. Either we feel like the air is too dry, or we’re sticky, clammy and sweaty, even if the house is cool. 

If you maintain your system properly, one normal side effect of running your air conditioner is that it dehumidifies the air. It pulls the water out of the air. 

Proactive Ways To Control Your Home’s Humidity

 

 

Keeping the coils clean, keeping the filter clean and having the proper size of ducting will help keep your house at a comfortable level of humidity. Humidity wants to equalize. The system will dehumidify the air while it’s operating, but if you have a leaky house humidity will infiltrate from outside the house. One way you can prevent this is to seal your ceiling grills—this will prevent humidity from coming in from the attic because attics are vented to the outside. 

 

Another factor in controlling the humidity of your home is the size of your air conditioning system. Systems that are oversized will cool too fast. But if it cools your house too fast it won’t remove moisture from the air and you won’t be as comfortable.

 

 

How Installing a Dehumidifier Can Help

 

If your house still needs help getting rid of excess humidity you can get a dehumidifier. Aprilaire makes a great one, and we do install those! 

There are also some systems that have variable speed motors with dehumidification programs. Modern systems that have variable speed blowers and enhanced dehumidification programs will run slower at times to keep the equipment colder and wick out a lot more water.

So when we think of comfort, it’s not just heating and cooling. Comfort is also the control of humidity!

 

 

Give us a call here at All Systems! We can do the maintenance on your unit and get it all cleaned out for you to get and keep your home comfortable. And if you’re looking at a new system or a dehumidifier, we can help you with that too!

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How To Keep Your AC System Cooling Consistently

 

 

We’d like to talk to you about your AC system. We’re getting into the summer heat. We find that many homeowners become concerned because their system cools well overnight or in the morning, but it doesn’t cool as well in the heat of the afternoon. 

 

 

Make Sure Your Filter Is Placed In Correct Direction

 

 

When your AC system isn’t cooling properly, it’s often due to maintenance issues, like dirty filters or coils. At the beginning of summer is a great time to put a clean filter in place. The most common filter, the 1” filter, is very easy to replace. They usually go up to the ceiling or slide into the bottom of your inside air conditioning unit. The filters have an arrow on them that shows you the direction you should slide them into your unit. If you look at the filters you’ll see that they have a pleated side, and then the other side has a wire backing. The wire supports the filter so that the suction of your blower doesn’t pull the filter into the system. Be careful to make sure you put your filters in the right way!

 

Rinse Your AC Unit

 

 

Your outside unit doesn’t have a filter, but it does need rinsing off. Right now we’re getting a lot of service calls that are due to cottonwood pollen getting pulled in to the outdoor unit. You probably know cottonwood trees—they’re very common here in North Texas and they put out a lot of pollen! All that pollen can get into your coils and block them up. This outside coil is what rejects the heat from your house. If it’s clogged up and can’t reject that heat, your unit will struggle in the afternoons! You can unblock them yourself by taking a hose and spraying water not on the hail guards in front, but actually into your unit to get the dust and pollen off the coils. If it’s been several years since you’ve done any maintenance on your unit the panels may have to be taken off to get the coils clean. In that case, a chemical wash can be used to really clean off any sticky things or caked-on dirt. 

 

Once your filter is clean and your coils are clean, that will get your system cooling in the afternoons again. Simple maintenance like this you can do yourself, and you can prevent a service call. If you’re ever not sure, or not happy with the way your system is working, we’re happy to come out and take a look at it for you, check your freon, see what we can do to get your house cool again!

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How to get your AC system ready for summer

Things You Should Do To Prepare Your AC System For Summer

 

Here we are! It’s Spring 2018! We are doing our Spring inspections now, and we wanted to talk to you about what you as a homeowner can do to help keep your system operating in top condition.

 

 

1. Change your filters.

 

 

This is one of the easiest things you can do, and it’s so important! If you have one of the big 4-inch filters, you want to change it out every six months. Most people have 1-inch filters, which should be changed every 60-90 days. If you have trouble getting into your attic, making it difficult to get up there to change your filters, give us a call! We’ll be more than happy to come help you out with that. Anything that we can do to help you out with your A/C to keep you cool this summer would be good for us and good for you!

 

2. Clean your condenser.

 

 

This is also really easy. Just get your garden hose and wash all that dirt, dust and pollen off of your outside unit. This is sort of the same idea as changing the filters on your inside unit—get that dust off! Cottonwood pollen is dropping like crazy here in the DFW area, and it will continue to drop until mid-June. Don’t let it clog up your system!

Those are the most important things you can do yourself. 

 

3. Get regular maintenance.

 

 

We offer a comprehensive maintenance plan. If you have our maintenance plan, we’ll change your filter and clean your condenser when we come out to check your system. We will also clean out the drain lines and put pan pills in the pan to keep your drain lines clean. 

We’ll check your whole system, including freon levels, electrical components, motor amps, electrical voltages, etc. We check for capacitance on our capacitors. We’ll check to see if we can see signs of any potential breakdowns you may have this summer. How do we do that? Capacitors and other electrical components like contactors are wearable parts. Over time, they will deteriorate—typically they last about 5-7 years, and when they fail they cause the motor to fail. That’s why we check these on our maintenance plan—we want to help keep your motor running well! 

We’ll also check your available warranties so that if you need a new part we can either warranty out the part or get an appropriate part for you. For instance, we carry replacement capacitors that are heavy duty and have a 5-year warranty. These help your motors run smoothly.

If you have any problems at all, give us a call! We’ll come check out your system and get you cool again!

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AC maintenance

 

Spring is here! The days are longer, the birds are singing, and the pollen is everywhere. The temperatures have been nice and cool, but you know that this is Texas and a hot summer is just around the corner. That’s why spring is an important time to get your air conditioning system serviced. We want to make sure your unit is working well so it can handle that summer heat and keep you cool!

When we come out to give your unit a spring tune-up we give everything a thorough check, hitting everything on our maintenance checklist:

1. Outside Unit.

 

We give your outside unit a visual inspection. Then we check the freon, the capacitors, and all the electrical components. We test your compressor and fan motor to make sure that the amp draws on those are good and that the starting amps are not too high.

We also take a hose and wash the outside unit, to make sure it’s free of dust and debris.

 

2. Inside Unit.

 

We will go up into your attic where again we will visually inspect the unit. We check your air filter to make sure it’s clean. Remember, your air filter is important! Your system will not work efficiently if your air filter is dirty.

3. Drain Lines.

 

We also check your drain lines. If they’re clogged or dirty we can clean the line by using a cartridge of carbon dioxide to blow out the line. After that, we use a condensate drain cleaner. These are treatment tablets that we add to your condensate drain pain. They dissolve slowly and clean the drain as they dissolve. This keeps your lines running free and clean all year!

When all that is done your air conditioner is in good shape and ready to handle another Texas summer! We’d love to come out and make sure you will be staying comfortable this summer. Now is the perfect time to book a spring air conditioning tune-up.

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How To Regulate Temperatures In Different Rooms

How You Can Customize The Airflow In Your Home

 

We’ve talked before about how some homeowners get frustrated because although their home is comfortable overall, there’s one room that is always too hot or too cold. This can be a big problem with bathrooms and closets too—they just can’t hold on to the house temperature and end up too cold or too hot. In fact, that’s the number one request we get, is to fix how hot/cold the master bathroom is!

Many people just deal with it. Maybe they’ll put on a robe in the bathroom in the winter, or put in box fans in the summer. We want you to know you don’t have to live like that! We have solutions to customize the airflow in your home! Here are three ways we can adjust and customize your home for the temperatures you want.

1. We can add or increase supply and intake vents.

 

This helps with the airflow to the area. If your gigantic walk-in closet is always too hot or too cold that could be because you have no/improper airflow in there. We can fix that for you!

2. We can adjust the manual dampers or add them.

 

This is another way to adjust airflow. Lots of times people will try to adjust their system by closing air vents in different parts of the house. But you need to be careful because your whole system depends on airflow.  Shutting too many can cause other, sometimes, unseen and detrimental conditions.

 

3. We can add motorized dampers and zone control.

 

Many of you have a multiple-zone system. We can use motorized dampers to open and close at certain intervals, depending on your needs.

It’s important to understand that if any part of your house is not comfortable, you don’t have to live with it! You don’t have to go for the box fans or the Snuggies! If you have rooms in your home that you want hotter or cooler based on your specific wants and needs, we can make that happen! Give us a call and we’ll be happy to go over your options with you.

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home energy audit

Home Energy Audit

 

This time of year people are trying to stay comfortable. But they also want to save money on their home energy bills! We want to let you know about four things you can do to do your own home energy audit, to make sure your house is as energy efficient as possible.

1. Watch out for drafts.

 

Check around to see if there are any areas of your home where air may be leaking. Maybe some of your doors and windows have spots where they’re letting air in, or perhaps your fireplace. Check your baseboards and electrical outlets. Do you have a doggie door? See how much air that may be letting in. To make it easier to find leaks try wetting your hand, or using a lit incense stick and watching for the trail of smoke to show you where you have a draft.

 

2. Check out your attic.

 

You want to make sure you have plenty of insulation in your attic. If you live in an older home, you might not have thought about your insulation for a while. Take a look to see if you have a good depth of insulation and that it covers your attic evenly.

3. Maintain your equipment.

 

Check your heating and cooling units to make sure they’re working properly. If your equipment is more than 15 years old you will probably save money in the long run by upgrading your system. A newer system will run more smoothly, and will typically be quieter. And you may even be able to qualify for some tax credits as well! If you need help deciding whether to upgrade your system or if you need your system checked out and tuned up, we can help you with any of that.

 

4. Look at your lights.

 

Many people don’t think about their lights when it comes to making their homes energy efficient. We recommend replacing standard light bulbs with LED lights. This will reduce the amount of energy you use in your home, and it actually creates less work for your air conditioning system. Avoid halogen lamps—those produce a great deal of heat. Also, consider installing dimmer switches to lower the lights and also lower your energy use.

We can help you out with any of these and do a professional energy audit on your heating and air system. If you’d like to talk to us about that, just click the button below. We’d love to help you!

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why is one room in my house so cold

Why is One Room in my House so Cold?

 

You know that one room in your house that will just not stay warm? No matter what you do, no matter what you try, that room is always cold! A lot of homeowners just don’t do anything about it—maybe it’s a guest room, or it’s in an area of the home that’s not used very often. But this time of year we get a lot of calls from people who want to fix that room because they have family coming into town for the holidays who are going to stay with them, and they want their guest room to be comfortable.

 

Here are three things we check for to see what’s going on in that cold room:

 

1. What’s the real problem?

 

First, we ask how long you’ve been there, and if this is an issue that has been going on for awhile, or if it’s something you’ve just noticed, that’s new. This allows us to get to the root of the problem, and not just treat the symptom. Many older homes have some issues that most newer homes do not. We want to make sure we fix the problem long term, and not just give you a short-term band-aid.

 

2. Are the ducts obstructed?

 

Then we’re going to check for obstructions in the duct. Maybe a damper is closed, or a duct is crushed, or the duct is broken. These are things that we can fix or repair for you. If you have a duct problem, that’s typically what is causing the lack of heat to the room (or in the summer, this will cause the room to not get cool).

 

3. How much air are you getting?

 

Then we’ll check the amount of air you have flowing into the room. The larger the duct, the more air that can flow. Sometimes the problem is that you don’t have enough air getting into the room. We can increase the supply air to the room by increasing the size of the duct.

 

So if there’s that one guest bedroom that just won’t get warm, and you’ve been putting off thinking about it for awhile, we can definitely help you out with that before your holiday guests arrive! Click the link below and we’ll be glad to come out and give you a free estimate to get you started on that!

 

Fix My Cold Room

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Indoor Air Quality McKinney TX

 

Breathe Cleaner Air & Promote Healthy Indoor Air Quality at Home

 

It’s cold and flu season, but we can help promote healthy indoor air quality in your home! We offer a system called REME HALO® In-duct Air Purifier that we can install in our HVAC systems. This will kill 99% of the viruses, mold, and mildew in your air system. This includes bacteria and cold and flu viruses! When you’re sick and you sneeze, you send the virus into the air all around you, which is how other people get sick. This system will kill those airborne germs.

 

 

Helps With Allergies

 

 

If you use the REME-HALO with an extra filtration system it will help with your allergies. We actually had one customer whose son had severe asthma—he had bad flare-ups every week. We put an electric air cleaner and a REME-HALO in his unit, and after that, his son had bad flare-ups only every few months.

 

How We Install The REME-HALO Unit

 

 

To install these UV-light systems we cut a hole into your air conditioning plenum, the box attached to the supply outlet of your system. We screw the UV system into that, and then it wires right into the electric panel on your air handler. That way you don’t ever have to mess with it. When we come to do your service we’ll check it and make sure it’s working well. And then every time air flows through your system, the REME-HALO cleans it!

 

Give us a call if you’d like to talk about what one of these systems can do for your home! Our expert HVAC contractors are able to install a wide variety of air filtration systems, air decontaminating UV lamps, dehumidifiers and humidifiers for homes in Frisco, McKinney TX and surrounding areas.

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steam humidifier

Do you have a humidifier in your home? Have you ever thought about getting one?

 

During the winter time, the air in Texas is a lot drier than it is in the summer. In the summer we have to deal with a lot of humidity, but in the winter it’s the opposite.

 

Protect Your Floors, Furniture, and Skin

 

The benefit of having moist air is that it feels more comfortable at lower temperatures. Plus, if there’s moisture in the air, your skin won’t feel as dry. If you have wood furniture or floors in your home, having some moisture in the air also helps keep them in better shape, so that the wood doesn’t dry out, and go through cycles where it swells and then shrinks, which causes cracking.

 

Get Comfortable!

 

A steam humidifier, or really any kind of humidifier, can make your house a lot more comfortable and keep your furniture and floors in better condition. Give us a call and we’ll give you all the information on how a steam humidifier can help you have a comfortable winter!

 

 

 

Click here for a free estimate: Steam Humidifier Estimate

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HVAC Maintenance Agreement in Frisco TX

Fall Maintenance Inspections

 

This is the time of year when we’re checking furnaces, to make sure you’re ready for cooler weather!

In Your Attic:

In your attic, you either have an electric air handler or a gas furnace. When we check your gas furnace we’re going to make sure it’s burning safely. You have several safety features in your furnace, and we’ll make sure they’re all good, and that everything is operating as it should be.

We’ll check your blower motor, which is the thing that moves the air through the ductwork. We’ll check the capacitor, the bearings, everything.

The First Time You Turn On The Furnace:

When you fire the furnace up it burns the gas and comes out as a burnt flue gas out of the top of your unit. We will then check your carbon monoxide levels to make sure that the furnace is burning properly, and that the gas and air mixture is proper.

Once we make sure everything is safe, you can turn your heat on for the winter!

 

To join hundreds of Collin County residents on our maintenance agreement, click here: Maintenance Quote