How Scheduling Spring HVAC Maintenance Saves Money

March 19, 2020

Maintenance is a dreaded word for most people, kind of like chores. You know it is something you should do, but you question if it is really worth the time, effort, and money. This is common, and just like chores, sometimes that maintenance slips until you start really noticing it needs some attention. You may notice an odd noise coming from your system, or maybe you notice the air does not seem to be coming out of your vents as strongly. Perhaps you are running your furnace or air conditioner and realize the air does not feel that much different...

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How Long Should a Furnace Last?

February 20, 2020

A furnace’s lifespan depends on what fuel source it uses, how well it’s maintained and the quality of the appliance. You should only buy from trusted brands like Lennox, Carrier and Trane. Top brands are less likely to give you major problems during their lifespan. Yearly maintenance allows you to get the expected lifespan out of the appliance as well. Gas Furnaces A gas furnace lasts 10–20 years if it’s well-maintained. You need to schedule a furnace tune-up once a year to keep it in good condition. During maintenance, the furnace company cleans and inspects the appliance to ensure safe...

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What Is Acceptable Indoor Air Quality?

February 10, 2020

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a measure of the dust, noxious gases and other pollutants contaminating the air of your home or workplace. Common indoor air pollutants include: Secondhand tobacco smoke Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by carpets, furniture and even cooking utensils Combustion from furnaces and water heaters Mildew and mold Gases like radon The technicians who work at have been providing residential and commercial customers throughout Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, with indoor air quality solutions since 2003. Negative Health Effects of Indoor Air Pollutants Sometimes, the negative health effects associated with exposure to indoor air pollutants show up immediately,...

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How Often Should I Change My Furnace Filter?

February 5, 2020

Unfortunately, there’s no one rule for how often to change your furnace’s filter as a number of factors are at play. Some people need to change theirs monthly while other people can change it every six months. Here are some of the issues that determine how often you should change yours. Size of Your Filter Smaller filters need to be changed more often. A 1-inch or 2-inch filter needs to be changed every three months. A 4-inch filter should last six months, while a 5-inch filter can last for a year. A visibly dirty filter is a sign it needs...

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What Are the Different Types of Heating Systems?

January 23, 2020

When it comes to heating your home, there are a number of different options available. Here are the most common ways of heating a house during the cooler part of the year. Forced Air A forced-air heating system uses either an electric or gas furnace to heat your home. Heated air is blown through ductwork in either your crawlspace or attic. One of the reasons this system is so popular is that the ductwork can also be used by your air conditioner. Heat Pump A heat pump can heat and cool your house. It is a very efficient system, exchanging...

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Why Does My Thermostat Click When It Comes On?

January 15, 2020

You’ve noticed that your thermostat clicks when it turns on your HVAC system. Now you are wondering if the sound is cause for concern. What Causes the Clicking Sound in Your Thermostat? Inside your thermostat is an electrical system that relies on circuits to control the flow of current. The clicking noise that you hear is one of the relays. A relay is a type of switch that opens and closes to complete a circuit. In simple terms, relays turn electrical current on and off within the thermostat. The clicking sound is the movement of the relay. Does a Clicking...

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Why Is My Heater Leaking Water?

January 9, 2020

If drips and puddles are accumulating beneath your hot water heater, there’s a chance your heater may be leaking. Hot water heater leaks can be the result of defective valves or a corroded tank. When temperatures are chilly, though, condensation can collect on the outside of the tank and drip on to the floor. How do you know if it’s condensation or a leak? If something’s interfering with your supply of hot water, then it’s probably time to call your HVAC professional. 1. Faulty Valves Cause Leaks Your hot water heater contains two valves. The drain valve sits above the...

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3 Reasons To Use A Humidifier During Flu Season

December 16, 2019

Humidifiers play an important role in your home’s air quality. Not only do they add much-needed moisture to the air during the winter months, but they can even help to protect you from the flu virus. Here at , we’ve installed countless whole-house humidifiers, so we know all the perks of having your very own system. Here are just a few of the many reasons to use a humidifier during flu season. 1. You’ll Breathe Easier If you’ve ever had the flu before, you know it comes with symptoms like congestion, coughing, a runny nose, and a sore throat. These...

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Can Poor Indoor Air Quality Affect Your Health?

December 9, 2019

If you’re bothered with sneezing, coughing, and other respiratory issues, the air inside your home could be making your ailments worse. Indoor air pollutants are known to irritate the airways, causing sneezing, itchy throats, and other bothersome symptoms. For those with asthma or other respiratory disorders, indoor air pollutants like chemicals, dust, pet dander, and smoke are all triggers. Common Indoor Air Pollutants Not only do substances like chemicals, smoke, aerosols, and pet dander pollute indoor air. The steam from cooking and showers can promote mold growth. Mold spores can become airborne and settle anywhere in a home. Initially, mold...

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What Causes Heating Repairs?

December 1, 2019

Modern furnaces, heat pumps, and boilers are supposed to last 15 years and even longer. Why is it then that so many homeowners experience equipment breakdowns in winter that require a service call? Read on to learn about the leading causes of heating repairs. Wear and Tear has been performing heating installations, maintenance, and repairs in Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding areas since 2003. We emphasize to our customers that lifespan estimates for heating equipment are based on seasonal maintenance. Many homeowners take a break-fix approach to their heating, which means that they do not call us until something bad...

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