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Rebates and Promotions from HBCS

Now is the time to invest in a new home comfort system with our fall rebates and promotions at Home & Business Comfort Specialists. Our air specialist in Houston is offering a variety of deals that you simply cannot pass up! All of the following rebates and promotions are valid until November 23, 2018.

Lennox home comfort system

Save up to $1,600 on a new Lennox® system. The Lennox air quality systems are a fantastic choice for every home. Keep your home comfortable this fall with the help of this high-quality brand.

Lennox home comfort system

Get up to $1,600 OR up to 60 months of interest-free financing on a Lennox comfort system. This great deal allows you to experience ultimate comfort in your home in a way that best fits your budget. Contact our air specialist in Houston to inquire about this offer.

There are countless reasons as to why you should perform routine maintenance on your HVAC system in the fall. When you have a system that can withstand any temperature extreme, your utility bills and comfort will not suffer. Call Home & Business Comfort Specialists today at (713) 234-1275. We are proud to offer the leading provider of innovative heating and cooling systems for your home. Be sure to ask us about our fall rebates to save money on this fantastic brand.

Central Air vs. Window AC Units

Man controlling a central air systemIf you are considering installing air conditioning in your home, you may be debating between installing central air or purchasing a window unit. Two of the most important things you want to consider when making this decision is the size of the area you wish to cool and your budget.

Window AC Units

Window AC units will fit in most standard windows and plugs into a standard electrical outlet. Window AC units are great options if you are looking to cool a small space, or if you are renting a home and do not have the means to install central air. However, they will often not correctly cool areas larger than the room they are in, so it would not be wise to rely on one window unit to cool an entire two-story house.

Central Air Conditioning

Central air conditioning can cool your entire house instead of just one room. You can set the overall temperature through a thermostat, and many central AC systems come with heating functionality as well. Though a central air system is much more expensive than a window unit, if you live in a hot climate or want to cool the whole house effectively, central air is worth the investment.

If you are interested in installing central air conditioning in your home, our air specialist in Houston will be happy to help. Contact Home & Business Comfort Specialists today at (713) 234-1275 to schedule a consultation.

How to Troubleshoot a Faulty Thermostat

Your home’s HVAC system is controlled by a low-voltage thermostat, which controls the system’s functionality and the temperature the house should be at. Better thermostats can also help with high or low humidity when controlling the right equipment. If you are noticing issues with your HVAC system, call us at (713) 234-1275. We will come out to all first-time customers to diagnose the problem and recommend the proper solution at no charge. This service is an $85 value. The following is a list of problems you may experience:

  1. No Cooled Air is Produced

If no air is being pushed out of your vents, there are a variety of possible causes. First, check your circuit breaker to ensure that it has not been tripped. You should check the battery for some digital thermostats. Make sure the filter is clean. It is possible that you have a problem with the system controls or components. It could be something minor, like a blower compartment door switch or float switch being open.  More serious problems are a bad compressor, blower motor, condenser motor, weak or open capacitors, bad start components, contactors, or loss of refrigerant.

  1. The Temperature is not what the thermostat is set to.

You may notice that the system is running, but the temperature is not set to the level you have designated. This could mean that your filter is stopped up, you have an air leak or distribution problem, or a refrigerant leak. Contact your local HVAC company in Houston, TX, to ensure your thermostat and comfort system is correctly set up in your home.

  1. The System is Cycling too Frequently

If your system turns off and on too frequently, often called short-cycling, it is commonly due to a system being oversized. Many systems have low-pressure safety switches that will cycle the system when a refrigerant leak has occurred. Take the outside temperature into consideration as well. On unusually hot or cold days, it is common for the system to cycle more frequently to keep up with the extreme temperatures.

How to Maintain Your Central Air Conditioning System

Lennox’s SL18XC1 AC SystemSince the condensing unit of your central AC system stays outside all year long, it requires yearly attention to ensure it is functioning correctly. You should hire an air specialist in Houston for the job, keeping your central AC system well maintained is essential to your home’s comfort.  The only things

Annual maintenance for any central air conditioning system should include the following:

  • Cleaning dirt and debris from the condensing coils
  • Check the condensing coil fins for signs of damage
  • Check all capacitor outputs
  • Check superheat and subcooling to make sure the system is operating properly
  • Make sure all high voltage electrical connections are tight
  • Inspect the fan for signs of damage
  • Service all drain lines
  • Treat primary drain pan with algaecide
  • Inspect supply and return air ductwork for leaks or restrictions

You also want to make sure the condenser unit is level to ensure proper operation and water drainage. Take a level and place it on top of the AC in north/south and east/west orientations. The condenser unit should be level in both directions and will need to be adjusted if not.

Why is My Air Conditioner Leaking?

AC InstallIf you notice that your air conditioner is leaking water inside of your home, your first thought may be that it is broken. Though often a leak could mean something serious, the problem may not be as severe as you think. Below are three reasons why an air conditioning unit may be leaking and in need of AC repair in Houston, TX.

  1. The condensate drain line is clogged

One of the most common causes of a leaky air conditioner is a clogged condensate drain line. Over time, the drain line can get clogged with dirt, dust, sludge, and even mold. This results in the water backing up into your home. This can be unclogged by a wet/dry vacuum on the line, or by an AC specialist.

  1. The drain pan is rusted or damaged

If your AC unit is older, the drain pipe may be damaged or rusted to the point where the water falls through and into your home. If this is the case, you will need to get the pan replaced. This is also an excellent opportunity to evaluate the unit itself to determine if other parts need to be repaired.

  1. The condensate pump is broken

If your air conditioner is installed in the basement, you most likely have a condensate pump leading water outside of the home. If you are finding a pool of water in the basement around the unit, it is likely that this pump is broken and will need to be repaired or replaced.

Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

With warmer weather on the horizon, it is essential to ensure your air conditioner unit is properly maintained. To avoid costly repairs and maintenance visits, there are some necessary things you can do to ensure your air conditioner is functioning correctly, even after it has been stagnant all winter.

Change and Clean the Air Filters

One of the most important things you can do to maintain your AC is to clean and change the air filters. If your unit is not cooling quite as well as it used to, doing this could drastically alter its performance for the better. Many homeowners need to clean and change the air filters once a month. Home & Business Comfort Specialists will inspect your system and your situation. We will then advise you on the type of filters you should use and how often they should be cleaned or replaced. If your AC is constantly in use or you have pets in your home, you may need to clean them more frequently as fur, dust, and dirt build up.

Clean the Coils

Over time, the AC’s condenser coils will collect dirt. This buildup can reduce airflow and reduce the ability of the coil to absorb heat. The indoor evaporator coils, blower assemblies, and duct system will also collect dirt and possibly mold over time if they are not protected by a quality media air cleaner or purifier. To avoid these performance and indoor quality issues, have your local air specialist in Houston clean your condenser coils with every maintenance visit. They will also check that the indoor coil and other indoor components of your air conditioning and heating system and properly protected, need cleaning, or other remedies.

Remove Debris

Leaves, dirt, and other debris will build up both outside and inside of your air conditioner over time. Be sure to remove this debris as often as possible, as they can impact the performance of your machine. Be sure to trim shrubs and other plants away from the air conditioner to ensure maximum airflow to and from the unit.

Understanding Air Quality and Your HVAC

When it comes to your health, many factors come into play. Diet and lifestyle are some of the biggest influencers–but did you know where you work and live can also affect you? Indoor air quality, sometimes shortened to IAQ, refers to the air quality within and around homes and buildings as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. That includes you and your family, and possibly you and the people you work with. Believe it or not, your HVAC system plays a direct role in your health. Here’s how.

Indoor air quality in Houston, TX, has become a serious component to building construction and HVAC systems design. Especially in the Texas weather, how the air feels and circulates in a property can affect how people live, work, and feel. For example, when was the last time anyone has ever felt optimistic during a heat wave and the AC just stopped working? Temperature is just one factor in this equation.

Your HVAC system does more than make the air feel warmer or cooler. It promotes circulation and can also supplement the air with proper humidity levels and the expulsion of harmful allergens and pollutants. HVAC contractors can design, install, and even revise systems to improve indoor air quality in Houston, TX, through the following factors:

  • Temperature Control
  • Air Filtration
  • Humidity Control
  • Air Purification
  • Ventilation

Getting Smart with IAQ

Don’t let where you live or work become a hazard to your health. By getting in touch with an experienced HVAC contractor, you can evaluate your property’s IAQ and make the proper adjustments.

Grand Opening October 17th

Home & Business Comfort Specialists will officially open October 17th, 2016. Call us at (713) 234-1275 if you need anything or have any questions. Find out all the special things we offer that other AC and heating companies do not. We are excited to be here to help you!

Dwayne Ehlert

President