HVAC System Replacement: 6 Reasons Remodeling is the Best Time

HVAC System Replacement: 6 Reasons Remodeling is the Best Time

6 Reasons an HVAC System Replacement Should Be Done When You Remodel

Major building renovations are both exhilarating and terrifying! Change and innovation should improve and enhance business, but the planning and implementation can be so challenging. While you are expanding spaces, moving walls, and researching technologies, you might forget to consider a new HVAC system for your remodel.

That might especially be the case if the renovation does not change your basic footprint. The current system should serve the same space. Right? There is more than just square footage to consider for an HVAC system load calculation. Here are several reasons you might need a HVAC System Replacement as a part of your commercial building renovation:

The Age of the Current System.

Commercial HVAC systems work long and hard. Like any mechanical system, they will reach an end of serviceability. The average commercial HVAC system functioning for about 20 years. If your system is approaching or has surpassed that average, replacement should be seriously considered. Making another capital investment two years after your remodel reflects poor planning.

Ensure the Size is Correct.

HVAC systems are “sized” using a load calculation; square footage, door and window openings, ceiling heights, and system technologies are parts of the equation. Heating is sized in British Thermal Units or BTUs and air conditioning is sized in tons. This calculation can be done using your proposed changes and existing components to give you an idea of whether the new units will serve the new construction well. HVAC systems that are either too large or too small will waste energy and lead to premature wear on component parts.

Renovation should seal leaking windows and doors—perhaps with new products that reduce infrared rays. It may involve new lighting technology, reducing the heat gained from incandescent bulbs. It may include new spaces with special heating or cooling needs, such as an expanded kitchen in a restaurant or a server room. Make sure the new space is comfortable and healthy for staff and guests.

Duct Placement.

The “V” in HVAC stands for ventilation, the movement of safe, fresh air throughout the building. A new floor plan and changing the building layout affects how the air moves and could isolate certain spaces. Both the ducts and the supply vents will need to be changed to meet the requirements in the new spaces. Return air chases will also be strategically located for optimum airflow. These changes are also a part of the load calculation mentioned above.

Building Usage.

If your renovation accommodates a new client with a different usage for the same space, it may require installing a new HVAC system. The heating and cooling need changes when converting a fitness center to accommodate a new banquet center. A pizzeria morphing into a bookstore will naturally change the level of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. The hours of operation or additional equipment might also require a new system.

Occupancy Level.

The human body is very much like a small furnace, putting off heat at a temperature of about 98.60 Fahrenheit. If your remodel has a goal of increasing the number of occupants—rather staff, guests, or both—this will affect the requirements for both heating and cooling. Since you are adding human furnaces, it should lead to lower heating and greater air conditioning needs, even if you are conditioning the same amount of space.

Odor Control.

We already mentioned that changing the layout can alter ventilation. That will become abundantly clear when considering exhausting odors. Whether needing to move odors from restrooms, roasting coffee, or exercise sweat, the movement of air will significantly impact the final results. Preparing for proper ventilation might require the replacement of the current HVAC system.

Have Questions About HVAC System Replacement?

With our four decades of experience as an HVAC installation contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to assist with HVAC System Replacement and HVAC Maintenance and answer questions about your AC system.

We have several financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your Air Conditioner Tune Up maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

HVAC System Replacement: 6 Reasons Remodeling is the Best Time

Whole Home Generators, Are They Worth The Money

Whole Home Generator

Emergency Whole Home Generator: Is it worth it?

The last decade has left South Texans with a wary eye toward the sky; even with improved storm modeling, severe storms are difficult to predict. When heavy winds rise, the result can be massive power outages that last for days or weeks. Severe storms bring heavy winds that down trees and limbs over a wide swath of ground. Utility repair crews work hard to bring the grid back online, but it takes time.

The cost of portable emergency home generators has come down and many homeowners are opting to prepare for power outages before they come. If you have been rolling this matter around, here are some things to consider.

What is Essential Power Needs When Selecting a Home Generator?

Examine your home electrical use and determine what is essential to keep your home healthy and safe. If a family member depends upon electrical medical equipment, a generator may be a requirement. Create a priority list of circuits that need to function in an emergency. This will help you decide the size Home Generator needed and determine which circuits need to be energized.

Know Your Appliances

Homes with appliances that use natural gas will weather severe storms differently than all-electric homes. Ovens, ranges, water heaters, and heaters may still need electricity to ignite a flame, but the amount of electricity needed is very low. This will make a difference during wintertime outages. It also helps you determine circuit priorities for sizing.

Preparing for a Home Generators

Your investigations will help you determine the size of your generator. The “size” refers to the capacity to generate electricity; generally, large output generators take up more space. You will need a secure space to store the generator, cables, and a canopy tent to protect your investment. Prepare for at least a 4’ cube to allow space for needed equipment. For most single-family homes, this presents no problem; in multi-family buildings, a generator might not be practical.

You will also need space to operate the generator, at least 15’ away from the home to ensure carbon monoxide does not make its way inside. NEVER OPERATE A GENERATOR INDOORS!

You will also need to prepare a space for fuel storage. Prepare for several gallons of fuel in approved plastic containers. Use a fuel additive to stabilize the fuel when storing it for more than a few days.

Seriously Consider a Transfer Switch

A generator alone has a limited impact during major power outages. Multiple extension cords must run from the generator to various appliances and power strips; getting power to the air conditioner is problematic. But, there is a better way! A transfer switch receives the power from the generator and sends it to the service panel.

The transfer switch makes sure electricity from your generator does not journey outside the house to the utility power grid. This protects unsuspecting repair crew members. As soon as power is restored from the grid, the power from the generator is switched “off.”

An electrician will use your priority list to determine which circuits receive power at the service panel. The number of circuits receiving power is determined by the size of the generator. The transfer switch can give you power where you need it most. If your priority list includes the AC and/or the furnace, you can make it happen.

Plan for Alternatives

If you don’t have a backup generator set up, preparing for a potential multiple-day power outage should include some alternative sources of power and comfort. Make sure that portable chargers are charged and ready, and consider solar-powered chargers for small handheld devices. Explore public spaces that might provide a few hours of relief and possibly some internet connectivity. Tune into emergency broadcasts frequently to stay prepared. If you don’t want to go through all the hassle of finding power, you should seriously consider a standby generator.

Need Help Selecting and Installing a Home Generator?

With our four decades of experience as a Commercial Electrical Services contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to help determine which Home Generator is right for your home.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call our teams of Electricians at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair, Home Generator installation, and electrical installation needs.

Whole Home Generator

 

Commercial Electrical Services, Repairs, and Maintenance 

Commercial Electrical Services

Commercial Electrical Services for Business Owners

Retail, Commercial, and Industrial facilities employ a wide array of lighting fixtures and AirPro Commercial Electrical Services has years of experience helping companies just like yours. We help install, maintain, and repair any type of lighting you might be using.

We have experience with indoor lighting used for normal business operations in a small, boutique retail space and security/safety lighting for large parking lots, and about everything in between. We have Commercial Electrical Services experience with:

Incandescent Lighting

This is the original electrical lighting technology, invented by Thomas Edison in 1879. Little has changed about how these lights work since Edison’s day. Incandescent bulbs use more energy producing heat than light and more businesses stopped using these low-tech fixtures long ago.

Your facility might still use Halogen bulbs for directional spotlights. They produce a tremendous amount of heat; there are more energy-efficient options available.

Fluorescent Lighting

In 1926, fluorescent bulbs became the next step in commercial lighting. The 2’ to 4’ long tubes are quite common and do a good job dispersing light over large areas. Electric current releases electrons into a mixture of gases and the whole tube emit a bright light. Fluorescent tube lighting uses ¼ the amount of energy and produces more light than incandescent bulbs. When the tube ages, the filaments often hum and the light might begin to flicker.

Fluorescent fixtures use:

  • T12 bulbs. While they are common, they are an older technology and less energy efficient-light.
  • Another obsolete technology uses magnetic ballast rather than electronic ballast. This type of ballast is quickly being replaced.
  • T5 & T8 bulbs. These are the newer, energy-efficient lights.

Another form of fluorescent bulb was designed to replace screw-in incandescent bulbs, called compact fluorescent lamps or CFLs. Their first iterations were a weird “Curly-Q” design, while later examples cover the tube and are indistinguishable from incandescent bulbs. These lights use 25 to 30% of the energy and last about 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

The gas mixture inside fluorescent bulbs includes mercury and mercury is a neurotoxin. The gas is harmless inside the bulb, but great care should be taken if the bulb breaks.

LED Lighting

The next step towards energy-efficient lighting uses light-emitting diodes. The diode is made of a semi-conductive material; when electricity passes through the diode it . . . as the name states, emits light. This technology is the most direct conversion of electricity into light; LEDs use 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last between 20 and 50 times longer.

When first introduced, the bulbs were expensive. The price has dropped significantly, and the variety of bulb shapes and sizes has grown exponentially.

Interior Security Lighting

Fire Safety systems, of necessity, utilize emergency lighting and illuminated exit signs; the lights have backup batteries to ensure they function without electrical service. This lighting is tightly regulated by building fire codes. AirPro Commercial Electrical Services is familiar with the codes and can help you properly maintain your safety lighting.

Outdoor Lighting

Metal halide lights push an electric arch through a mixture of mercury and metal halide vapor. This creates an intensely bright, white light, and they are typically installed in outdoor settings: sports fields, parking lots, and heavy industrial facilities. High-pressure Sodium lamps use the same technology, but with a different gas mixture.

While the light is intense, the color is yellow. These lights are typically used as streetlights, for industrial, and parking lot applications. Both metal halide and sodium light fixtures are often elevated to high standards.

Exterior Wall Pack Lighting

Wall pack lighting uses similar lighting technology, but with a different application. Wall pack lights are mounted on exterior walls, as the name implies, providing security and visibility around commercial and retail facilities. The light is intense and generally directed downward.

Lighting Upgrades

Often, utility companies offer incentives for businesses, large and small, to complete energy-saving upgrades. This includes replacing appliances and equipment with energy-efficient models. It often includes replacing less-efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs with improved technology with major energy upgrades. Give us a call and let us help you determine whether these incentives can help you.

Need Help from a Commercial Electrical Services Expert?

With our four decades of experience as a Commercial Electrical Services contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to help determine if you need to replace your Federal Pacific Electrical Panels.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call our teams of Commercial Electricians at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Commercial Electrical Services

6 Commercial HVAC Maintenance Tips

6 Commercial HVAC Maintenance Tips

6 Commercial HVAC Maintenance Tips for Business Owners

If you manage multiple residential facilities, we tip our hats to you. Every family considers their home to be a very personal sanctuary, yet in multi-family housing, each apartment is interconnected with the personal space of other families. Your job is to both maintain the space, maintain the peace, and maintain the budget—never an easy job.

Automating any process will help you save time, money, and frustration. Monthly bills might have been hand-delivered in the past, but you would never consider that effective today. With so many furnaces and air conditioners to maintain, you either have the expertise and time to take care of them all yourself, or you find someone to handle that for you.

AirPro HVAC offers preventative Commercial HVAC Maintenance plans to help property managers keep multiple HVAC systems in good working order, saving you a lot of time and money. Here is what we can help you avoid:

1 Unnecessary Property Damage

One of the results of malfunctioning HVAC systems is water damage. In your position, is there anything worse? With a small leak, repair crews must coordinate with you and the tenant, so a mild headache. With a large leak, you are moving the tenant out while repairs are made; a long headache. Malfunctions that result in water leaks develop over time; with regular inspection and maintenance, these leaks are less likely to develop.

2 Poor Indoor Air Quality

As the air conditioner cools the air, it also removes humidity through the process of condensation. Removing moisture from the air enhances personal comfort, but it also helps keep the indoor air cleaner. Indoor relative humidity above 50% is the perfect environment for the growth of mold, mildew, bacteria, and viruses. Surfaces become tacky to the touch and collect dust and pollen. Poor indoor air quality can trigger asthma and allergies. Bottom line; poor indoor air quality is not good for anyone. Preventative Commercial HVAC Maintenance will increase AC efficiency and improve indoor air quality.

3 Comfort Issues

Tenants are often uneducated concerning HVAC functions. They often expect temperature changes to happen instantly and are oblivious to how their actions might impact HVAC performance. If they experience a hot or cold spot and use auxiliary appliances, such as space heaters or window units. This might lead to a fire hazard that can affect multiple units. Having a technician available to evaluate comfort problems might just avoid a 911 call.

4 Emergency Contacts

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to plan breakdowns to match a tenant’s schedule? Like the day he leaves for a week-long business trip so that he never knew the issue happened. Instead, it goes out the day after his family arrives from Gnome, Alaska during a heat wave.

A maintenance schedule with Air Pro HVAC can help in two ways:

Maintained HVAC systems are less likely to have emergency calls.

A technician familiar with your equipment is better equipped to handle emergencies.

5 Ready Repairs

Repairs will be necessary. Having no one available to make repairs or lacking necessary parts for weeks at a time will ruin the day for both tenant and manager. A Commercial HVAC Maintenance agreement guarantees parts will be available and experienced technicians ready to make ready repairs.

6 Available Replacements

HVAC systems are mechanical systems with a limited lifespan; 20 to 25 years of usefulness is average. An established relationship with a service, repair, AND installation company gives you a distinct advantage. After a maintenance schedule keeps your systems running longer, we can also prepare you for upcoming replacement needs, and, of course, replace equipment as needed.

Have Questions About Commercial HVAC Maintenance?

With our four decades of experience as a Commercial HVAC Maintenance contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to assist with Commercial AC Repair and Commercial HVAC Maintenance and answer questions about your AC system.

We have several financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your Air Conditioner Tune Up maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

6 Commercial HVAC Maintenance Tips

Commercial AC Repair: A Tale of Two Commercial Air Conditioners

Commercial AC Repair: A Tale of Two Commercial Air Conditioners

Commercial AC Repair: The Importance of HVAC Maintenance

Many commercial facility managers tend to have one of two informal approaches to air conditioner maintenance:

  • Approach one is to only complete minimal maintenance tasks, knowing well that repair bills will be higher down the road. Since those repairs will be several years later, the manager is counting on the cash flow for the building to be better later.
  • Approach two is to keep systems well-maintained, understanding this will lengthen the useful life of the system and reduce repair bills. Any accrued cost for preventative maintenance will be more than offset by pushing system replacement years away.

If you consider air conditioner maintenance to be expensive, consider these observations.

Commercial AC Repair & Maintenance is Not Difficult

Scheduling commercial air conditioner maintenance is as easy as a phone call. Our dispatcher will gather information about your system, building operations, and building layout. We can schedule our visit to ensure we do not interfere with normal business operations. If we need to shut the system down, we can schedule this at an optimum time during the year.

Commercial AC Repair & Maintenance Improves Efficiency

The air conditioning system in each building was designed using the latest technology available to serve the needs of the occupants at the lowest price possible. Over time, your system meets very small particles, such as dust and pollen, which accumulates just about everywhere inside the system. Air filters remove the majority of these particles, but enough bypass the filters to cause problems with mechanical and electrical parts.

Scheduled maintenance begins with an inspection of components and cleaning the dust that settles over everything. Removing dust increases the efficiency of the components and requires less energy to complete the cooling task. Less energy means fewer operating costs on a monthly basis.

Commercial AC Repair & Maintenance Avoids Major Repairs

A second part of the maintenance visit includes testing various mechanical and electrical components for stress or failure. The pressure of the refrigerant gas will be tested; a gradual reduction in gas pressure indicates a leak since the gas is put under intense pressure. Low pressure can result in system stress and eventually premature component failure.

A failed sensor is quite a minor problem, but false readings can increase the length or frequency of cooling cycles. A thorough examination of your entire system will catch small problems, like a failed sensory, before they become large, expensive problems.

Commercial AC Repair & Maintenance Lengthens Usefulness

Since regular maintenance catches small problems, the entire air conditioner system will see less stress. Over many years of serviceability, the result is a system that functions longer than poorly maintained systems. While exploring this type of information, consider this about what you read:

  • Most information is offered by people who have “skin in the game.” They either want you to replace your current AC system or are demonstrating an above-average functional life.
  • No one can guarantee the results of any system, whether it is well-maintained or poorly maintained.
  • Most will agree that the average system will last 15 to 20 years and that well-maintained systems often last 25 to 30 years.

Commercial AC Repair & Maintenance Improves Indoor Air Quality

Every time your system is cleaned, it removes dust, pollen, and mold spores from your building. This leaves a cleaner, healthier environment for staff and customers. If left in the system, they are transported throughout the building to settle onto floors and surfaces for someone else to clean. They can also adversely affect occupants with allergic reactions and breathing difficulties. Plus, a well-maintained system feels and smells better.

Have Questions About Commercial AC Repair?

With our four decades of experience as a Commercial AC Repair contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to assist with Commercial AC Repair and Commercial HVAC Maintenance and answer questions about your AC system.

We have several financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your Air Conditioner Tune Up maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

Commercial AC Repair: A Tale of Two Commercial Air Conditioners

Residential Electrician: Replacing Federal Pacific Electrical Panels

Residential Electrician: What You Need to Know About Federal Pacific Electrical Panels

Residential Electrician: What You Need to Know About Federal Pacific Electrical Panels

Our homes are a safe haven, a place where we can retreat to comfort and security with those closest to our hearts and affections. While our lives are busy, occasionally we will find information that threatens our comfort and security, and this article about residential electricians falls into that category.

During the 1950s through the early 1980s, a manufacturer produced residential electrical service panels and circuit breakers, a company called Federal Pacific Electric. They made a lot of panels, an estimated 25 million panels with circuit breakers to match under the label Stab-Lok. Federal Pacific (FPE) discovered their products to be substandard and said nothing.

Normally this is not a problem, since the Underwriter’s Laboratory tests all electrical products for safety before they are released. However, FPE found a way to trick the tests and get their products approved. For more than thirty years, they produced inferior products that were installed in homes far and wide.

In 1980, Reliant Electric purchased and discovered the fraud. They reported their findings to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The products were thoroughly tested and found to be inferior and a hazard. The UL pulled their listing (as a safe product) and pulled all of the available products, but the product had already been installed in millions of homes.

What is the problem?

The first problem was the use of inferior materials; both wire and plastic materials experience a catastrophic failure. The second problem is the design; the joints are crowded, and sockets are overcrowded. There were a lot of things wrong with these products. The end result is that the breakers do not function as designed.

  • A circuit breaker is designed to measure the flow of electricity moving through a circuit. If the breaker registers a surge of electricity that exceeds the designated amount, the breaker flips to break the circuit before harm comes to the person or property.
  • Since the FPE breakers were made from inferior material, the breakers do not flip properly when the power surge comes. If the extra power continues to surge, it often results in a fire.
  • How often does it result in a fire? Some estimates report that FPE panels result in 2,800 fires annually and as many as twelve deaths.1

Are you at risk?

It is impossible to say when the last FPE service panel and Stab-Lok breaker were installed; perhaps they were used into the late ‘80s. If your home was built between 1950 and 1990, check your service panel. Look for Federal Pacific or FPE printed or embossed on the service panel door. Look for a red strip on the circuit breaker handle.

It might or might not have FPE printed on the strip. If your home was built during this time frame and you suspect an FPE service panel was installed in your home, but are uncertain, give APH residential electricians a call. Our residential electricians can help you verify the manufacturer of your electric service panel.

You might wonder, “if this is 2022, aren’t my FPE products okay?” The answer is no. The circuit breakers are known to work properly for years before suddenly and without warning fail. It is impossible to know how many times these circuit breakers have registered power surges.

If you discover an FPE service panel installed in your home, it needs to be replaced. Replacing the service panel is expensive and you might question whether this is necessary. But consider this:

  • The risk of a fire or shock is real. While the circuit breakers have worked well for years, at any time the part can fail.
  • Chances are that your insurance will drop coverage if an FPE service panel is discovered in your home.
  • If the FPE panel results in a mishap, the insurance company might not cover the damage.

If you have an FPE electrical service panel in your home, give the Airpro residential electricians a call and let us discuss options for replacement.

Need Help from a Residential Electrician to help replace Federal Pacific Electrical Panels?

With our four decades of experience as a Houston Residential Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to help determine if you need to replace your Federal Pacific Electrical Panels.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call our teams of Commercial Electricians at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

 

1 https://safeandsoundelectric.com/the-hazards-of-federal-pacific-electrical-panels/#:~:text=Investigations%20indicate%20that%20Federal%20Pacific,one%20dozen%20deaths%20each%20year

 

7 Benefits to Never Neglect Residential AC Repair

7 Residential AC Repair Tips for Homeowners

7 Residential AC Repair Tips for Homeowners

Whether your air conditioner system is brand new or twenty years old, the key to keeping it running well is regular maintenance and Residential AC Repair as needed. HVAC systems are a large investment in your home and you depend upon them for the health and comfort of your family.

Dirt is the enemy of any mechanical system. Regular maintenance plans remove dust, dander, pollen, and pet hair that threaten your system. Some maintenance chores can be done by homeowners and some require the technical training of professional Residential AC Repair technicians. AirPro is ready to partner with you to take care of this vital building system.

The benefits of keeping your HVAC system clean and in good working order include these Residential AC Repair tips:

  1. Lengthen the System Life. New HVAC systems are hardy, use new refrigerant gases, and improved technology. Regular maintenance is the #1 method of extending useful system life. The average HVAC system normally lasts 20 years; regular maintenance usually adds 5 or 10 useful years to the system. Regular maintenance will even add years to older systems.
  2. Performance Improves. Removing dust and debris from the component parts ensures that each part functions efficiently and the system functions maintain peak performance. Maintenance focuses on cleaning—air filters, ductwork, drain lines, and the condenser unit.
  3. Maintenance Saves Money. A clean, well-maintained system functions efficiently and uses less energy, which saves money each month. Regular maintenance often catches minor problems before they become major emergency repairs. Older systems will need repairs less frequently and every system will last longer, delaying replacement costs by a matter of years.
  4. Improved Indoor Air Quality. All of the dirt and debris that is removed during cleaning and maintenance was once airborne. Passing large volumes of air through an air filter every few minutes removes a significant portion of airborne pollutants. Once they are removed, they will no longer recirculate. Since regular maintenance is cleaning the air, less dust will be deposited on surfaces that need to be wiped away or vacuumed up.
  5. Improved Indoor Comfort. With a central HVAC system, indoor air is heated or cooled to rather precise settings, providing a great deal of human comfort. During the cooling season, the air conditioner removes a significant amount of moisture from the indoor air. How much moisture? If the relative humidity outdoors is 85% and your AC is keeping the volume of air contained within your home at 40 or 50% relative humidity.
  6. Increase in Resale Value. A well-maintained home with a well-maintained HVAC system is a very attractive feature for potential homebuyers. Regular maintenance yields a tremendous return on investment and demonstrates to buyers you care about their potential new home.
  7. Less Worrying. When you plan a long road trip, you service the car and make sure the tires are safe. Sticking to a maintenance schedule for your HVAC system provides complete peace of mind that your system will work when you arrive at home—whether you are leaving to run errands or coming home from a lengthy vacation.

Have Questions about Residential AC Repair?

With our four decades of experience as a Residential AC Repair contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to assist with HVAC Maintenance and answer questions about your AC system.

We have several financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your Air Conditioner Tune Up maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

7 Residential AC Repair Tips for Homeowners

Benefits of a Whole Home Surge Protector

Whole Home Surge Protector

Why You Need a Whole Home Surge Protector

Did you lose power during a recent thunderstorm? It might have lasted only a few seconds, just long enough to change the clock on the microwave in the kitchen. If so, your home experienced a power surge and it happens more often than you know.

Defining Power Surges

Homes in the U.S. are supplied with 120-volt service and most appliances and devices function on this level: a few devices, such as cooking ranges and HVAC systems use twice as much with two circuits. A power surge happens when more than 120 volts enter the residential service.

Leading Causes of Power Surges

Lightning. The most obvious culprit is lightning strikes. In 2019, lightning struck the ground 47 million times in Texas, a massive number.1 The annual average in Texas is closer to 3.3 million cloud-to-ground strikes. Each strike has the potential of producing power surges along the power grid.

Power Generation Surges. A blown transformer (a common enough occurrence) can cause a power surge in the grid. When the power grid is disrupted and then suddenly restored it will cause a power surge.

Large Appliances. When an appliance that uses significant power, such as the clothes dryer or oven, is turned ON, a power surge commonly occurs.

Short Circuits. Electricity finding an unintended route because of a loose wire, called a short circuit, will lead to a power surge.

The circuit breakers in your service panel are safety devices, designed to interrupt service to prevent damage to wiring. However, since electricity moves at about 186 miles/second through wiring2, circuit breakers do not work fast enough to prevent damage from power surges. The circuit breakers protect your home’s wiring but do little to protect appliances and devices in use throughout the home.

Small Surge Protectors vs Whole Home Surge Protectors

To some degree, you have been aware of the danger of power surges, since you probably use small surge protectors for sensitive electronic devices, such as computers and televisions. However, most people do not understand the limitations of these small surge protectors. After a certain number of power surges (which are more common than we realize) the protection diminishes and leaves false security for valuable equipment.

Whole home surge protectors are hard-wired into your home’s electrical system between the meter and the service panel. When a power surge spikes at your home’s power supply, a ground wire disrupts the surge and prevents it from entering the circuits. They offer protection for the most dangerous surges from lightning, power generation interruption, and transformer shorts. A whole-house surge protector provides additional protection for heavy appliances that use hard-wired circuits, such as the HVAC system, dishwashers, and garage door openers.

While a whole home surge protector offers comprehensive protection from external sources, they do not protect individual circuits within the home. Remember that a large number of power surges result when an appliance starts within the home. These small surges happen several times per day but are minor surges. Small circuit surge protectors still offer protection from these internal sources of power surges for sensitive devices. The two power surge devices work in tandem to avoid damage throughout the home.

To prevent power surges from damaging your home and electrical devices, we recommend installing a hard-wired whole home surge protector and purchasing fresh small surge protectors for delicate or sophisticated electronic devices.

Interested in a Whole Home Surge Protector?

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Commercial Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to help determine which whole home surge protector is right for your home or business.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call our teams of Commercial Electricians at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Whole Home Surge Protector

1 https://www.dallasnews.com/news/weather/2020/01/15/texas-recorded-more-lightning-strikes-in-2019-than-any-other-state/

2 http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=2910 

 

 

5 Reasons Your Home May Need Electrical Rewire

5 Reasons Your Home May Need Electrical Rewire

5 Reasons Your Home May Need Electrical Rewire

There is not a time in the day that we are not relying upon the electrical system that runs throughout your home. There is not a season of the year that we rely upon it less than other seasons. We rely upon electricity for comfort, cooking, communication, entertainment, work, and keeping schedules.

Honestly, we do not understand electricity well—we only interact with the controls and enjoy what electricity does for us. As a responsible homeowner, you need to understand enough about your system to be aware of indications of trouble, since nearly 55,000 home fires are caused by electrical problems that develop over time. Here are six of the most common indicators of electrical problems developing.

Old Wiring In Your Home May Mean it it Time for an Electrical Rewire

Electrical wiring is pretty stable and generally, the materials that carry electricity do not “wear out” or weaken. However, an older home with an older electrical system may need to be inspected and you may receive a recommendation to rewire your home. Here are a few reasons rewiring might be necessary.

  • From 1960 to the mid-1970s, aluminum wiring was commonly used in residential construction as a cost-saving measure. While aluminum conducts electricity, it is about 40% less conductive than copper, the preferred wiring material. Multiple problems develop with aluminum wiring; if your home still has aluminum wiring, consider replacing it as a safety measure.

Homes built between 1880 and 1940 commonly used “knob and tube” wiring with cloth insulation and exposed wire connections. Knob and tube wiring should be replaced as a safety measure.

  • Older homes with outdated electrical systems might be inadequate for the technology and electrical demands of modern living. You most likely use more appliances with a heavier current than your 50-year-old home was designed for like: HVAC, hot water heater, clothes dryer, and perhaps an EV charging station. Your home may have an inadequate number of outlets, forcing the use of extension cords and power strips.

Electrical Rewire: Frequent Circuit Breaker Trips

Your home is divided into electrical zones, with a group of outlets or lights grouped together on a circuit. If something unusual happens to the circuit, it trips a circuit breaker to keep people and appliances safe from shock or damage. If a circuit breaker trips frequently, it indicates something unusual and potentially hazardous is happening. It may indicate a faulty appliance that needs to be replaced or it may indicate a developing electrical problem.

Electrical Rewire: Unusual Odors

There are two odors associated with electrical problems:

  • Right before a thunderstorm, you might smell ozone, a form of oxygen that happens during the tremendous electrical charge we know as lightning. While oxygen is odorless, ozone has a sharp, fresh smell. You might also smell ozone indoors when a spark is generated during a short circuit. If you are unaware of a short circuit, ozone might alert you that it happened without your knowledge.
  • When electricity is restricted, it creates significant heat, enough heat to melt vinyl insulation and cause combustion with building materials, furniture, or appliances. Normally, the circuit will trip before a serious problem develops, but about 55,000 times annually, it does not.

Electrical Rewire: Discolored Outlets or Extension Cords

Often a short circuit or spark happens immediately after you plug in a device, but sometimes it happens when you are not present. If you become aware of scorch marks or discoloration on wall outlets or extension cords, the device needs to be an outlet or the cord needs to be replaced. Investigate the problem further to keep your family safe and your home from receiving damage.

Electrical Rewire: Flickering Light Bulbs

For various reasons, a light bulb may loosen and create a flicker—even bulbs that were tightened properly. If a light flickers frequently, even after you have tightened it, or if a light bulb burns out prematurely, it is a problem that needs to be investigated and addressed. It might be a problem in the circuit or a larger problem with current surges.

Electrical Rewire: Loud Buzzing Noises

Electricity hums as it moves; we are accustomed to hearing the familiar hum. However, when current is restricted, either in an appliance or an outlet, the hum increases in volume to an unusual buzzing noise. The harsher buzz is an indication of a small electrical problem that will usually develop into a large problem.

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Electrical Safety 101

14 Electrical Safety Tips You Need to Know

14 Electrical Safety Tips You Need to Know

Always ready to pass on safety tips to friends, consider this an Electrical Safety 101 article.

Each year, about 400 people die from electrocution and another 400 from fires caused by electrical hazards. Electricity injures another 4,000 and electrical fires cause about $1.6 billion each year. A few basic understandings can help you develop ways to make sure to keep your home and family safer.

  • Water is an excellent conductor of electricity. Since our bodies are 70% water, we are GREAT conductors of electricity, so best not to come into contact with it.
  • Electricity is seeking ground-in most cases the ground, the earth. It will follow any conductor that leads to the earth; ANYTHING.

Here are 14 Electrical Safety tips to help you put these choice nuggets of information into practical use.

  1. Avoid mixing water and electricity. In 1971, when ground fault circuit interceptor (GFCI) outlets were required within 6’ of plumbing receptacles, the number of electrocution deaths in homes dropped by fifty percent. If electrical cords or hand-held appliances come into contact with water, go to the service panel and shut off the breaker—do not try to retrieve the cord or appliance while the current is still connected.
  2. Make sure to ground appliances and equipment properly. Change receptacles to three-prong outlets rather than using a two-prong adapter.
  3. Listen to your appliances. If an appliance repeatedly trips a circuit breaker, it is a cry for help, because something is wrong. Ignoring your appliances can lead to damage to the appliance or to your home. An electrician can help you determine the cause.
  4. Install GFCI outlets if needed. These life-saving devices interrupt the flow of electricity when it encounters water about 10 times faster than waiting for the circuit breaker to trip—almost instantaneously. If you own an older home, make sure to install these upgrades.
  5. Evaluate your service panel. Your service panel regulates the flow of electricity coming into your home and if you own an older home, the amount of electricity might be inadequate for your current need. That happens when you remodel or add major appliances; it certainly can happen when you add an electric vehicle charging station.
  6. Limit the use of extension cords and power strips. The goal should be to plug each appliance into a lone outlet and not overload any circuit. If you use power strips and surge protectors, understand their proper use.
  7. Be kind to your cords. Grasp the plug at the outlet, don’t pull the cord. Do not nail or staple cords down or let them be pinched under doors or furniture. Extension cords are inexpensive—replace damaged cords.
  8. Replace two-prong outlets. Most major appliances use three-prong plugs and the third prong provides an emergency “ground” in case of an emergency. If you own an older home with only two-prong outlets, an electrician can help you change your outlets to three-prong outlets.
  9. Avoid cube taps. The little boxes that convert a two-plug outlet into a four-plug outlet—called a cube tap—seem convenient but are not a good long-term solution for overloading an outlet. Truth is, the outlet is not equipped to handle that much current, and cube taps can lead to overheating a circuit.
  10. Replace missing or broken outlet covers. They protect fingers from coming in contact with wiring and are especially helpful in the dark.
  11. Protect children with outlet covers. Filling outlets with plastic, non-conductive plugs prevent children from inserting anything into the hole, resulting in shock or electrocution. Another option is child safety plates, with built-in, retractable covers that snap in place over the outlet when not in use.
  12. Use care with electrical power tools outdoors. Whether using construction tools, such as drills or saws, or outdoor lawn equipment, such as hedge trimmers or weed eaters, make sure to keep them dry. Do not use them during rain and use caution if the sprinkler comes on. Make sure that cords do not land in puddles—if they do, shut off the power at the circuit breaker before touching the cord or tool.
  13. Respect overhead power lines. Do not touch them or let tools that come in contact with power lines. Be careful to stay away from them with ladders and tool extensions.
  14. Know where water and electricity are in close proximity. That is kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and pools. Some of the appliances in these areas carry significant amounts of electricity, so use every safety feature available to make sure proximity does not lead to contact.

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5 Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

5 Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Air Conditioner Maintenance That Must Be Done on a Regular Basis

With proper Air Conditioner Maintenance, the average lifespan of an air conditioner is 15 to 20 years, but you try never to be average at anything. Normally, if an air conditioner is below average in useful life, it is because of poor Air Conditioner Maintenance.

If you want to extend the life of your air conditioner, here are five simple Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips to help you maintain your air conditioner.

Indoor Air Conditioner Maintenance

1 Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Dirt is enemy #1; this is the common theme concerning maintaining any mechanic system. The air filter removes dust, pollen, and dander with every blower cycle. However, the dust accumulates on the folds of the filter and after a few months, the dust reduces the airflow through the filter.

For most homes, the air filter should be changed every three months, but you know your home—it might need to be changed more often. Set a calendar reminder and stay on top of it.

2 Clean Your Ductwork Regularly

When the blower cycle stops, gravity takes over and airborne particles begin to settle. The dust accumulates inside of your ducts and contributes to poor indoor air quality. The dust will also make its way to other key components and cause stress, leading to premature failure. Schedule ductwork cleaning every three to five years to take the dust out of your home.

Outdoor Air Conditioner Maintenance

The condenser unit is the powerhouse of your air conditioner and needs a little Air Conditioner Maintenance TLC.

3 Let Your Condenser Breathe

The refrigerant gas is used to transfer heat—during the cooling season, it transfers heat from inside the house to the outside. The gas is extremely hot when it reaches the condenser unit and needs to cool quickly. The condenser is designed to do just that; the cabinet consists of a network of copper or aluminum tubes with thin fins to dissipate the heat.

A fan in the center moves air quickly through the network. That is unless air cannot move freely around the condenser. Visually check the vicinity of the condenser unit to make sure shrubs or tall grass have not grown within three feet of the cabinet. Watch for limbs and leaves that might blow up against the base. Remember to keep the air moving.

4 Clean The Coils Thoroughly

Keeping the space surrounding the cabinet clean is the first step. The second step is to clean the spaces between the coils of tubing to cool the gas properly. Dust and debris can blow into the tiny gaps and reduce the airflow.

Failure to cool the refrigerant gas will cause the compressor to overheat. Avoid this catastrophic failure by cleaning the coils with a common garden hose. Gently spray the coils with water to flush the spaces clean. This is a simple task to complete and should be completed annually at your convenience.

5 Straighten Fins as Needed

Occasionally something comes in contact with the fins of the condenser cabinet and bends the fins over. When this happens, it reduces the airflow and prolongs the cooling process. Not good! Not good at all. But you can solve this with a wire brush and some gentle hand.

Remember that the tubes are made of copper or aluminum and the metal is pretty soft, so gently brush the fins back into place. Too much pressure and the fins will be bent in the opposite direction.

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HVAC Duct Cleaning 101: How Duct Cleaning Can Impact Your Health

HVAC Duct Cleaning 101: How Duct Cleaning Can Impact Your Health

How HVAC Duct Cleaning Can Impact Your Health

Maintaining excellent indoor air quality is a growing concern for homeowners. We have been cleaning every surface and using filters for many purposes to get us through a global crisis and improving indoor air quality is a vital part of protecting our families moving forward. You are now diligent about vacuuming, cleaning, and changing your HVAC air filter. How long has it been since your HVAC ducts were cleaned? If you can’t remember, it has probably been too long.

When a heating or cooling cycle ends, the airborne particles carried in the air that remains in the ductwork are pulled down and out by gravity and a static electricity charge. Unless they are removed, the dust, pollen, and dander can be picked up by later heating or cooling cycles and contribute to poor air quality.

The HVAC Duct Cleaning Process

Contractors installed two types of ducts in your home; supply ducts and return ducts.

  • Supply ducts transport the conditioned air (either heated or cooled) from the central HVAC system to every room in your home. This is the most extensive set of ducts in the system. The terminus of supply ducts are generally called registers and they can be found on the floor or the wall close to the floor.
  • Return ducts pull air back to the HVAC. There are fewer return ducts, a few per floor, depending on the size of your home. Find return vents on the wall, closer to the ceiling.

The process of cleaning ductwork includes using a strong vacuum system to pull the dust and debris from both supplies and return ducts. Small holes may be made at strategic locations to access hard-to-reach areas; the contractor will restore the seal to the ductwork to ensure energy efficiency. After the heating or cooling cycle has been completed, the air filter will be replaced. (Check the air filter frequently for the first few days following cleaning.)

What are the benefits of HVAC Duct Cleaning?

While the dust remains inside the ductwork, it can still cause problems throughout the home. Once it is removed, the dust is gone forever. Removing this layer of pollutants helps maintain your home in several ways.

  • Removing dust, pollen, dander, and mold spores will remove a source of airborne pollution from your home.
  • Organic material, such as dust, can be a food source for mites, mold, and other living sources of pollution.
  • Removing the dust from your HVAC system will keep the system cleaner, which improves efficiency, and performance, and extends the useful life of system components.

Cleaning ductwork properly requires specialized equipment and training to perform properly. Like any professional service, it will cost. The cost is based on the size of your home and the number of ducts (both supply and return) that will need to be cleaned. It will take some time, so an appointment is required when technicians will access every room in your home for a brief time.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Commercial Electrician

5 Reasons to Hire a Commercial Electrician

How to Hire a Commercial Electrician

The electrical work installed in new commercial construction was completed by licensed professional electricians; who better to call on for new wiring or repairs in your commercial building. Consistently hiring professional electricians maintains the standards and quality workmanship that you appreciate and rely upon. Here are a few more reasons to hire a professional commercial electrician to make changes to your building:

  • The Commercial Electrician’s training and experience will ensure a safe result.
    • Electricians complete one to two years of an electrical trade school.
    • Trade school is followed by apprenticeships,
      • 2 to 4 years for a journeyman electrician
      • An additional 2 to 4 years for a master electrician

When you hire a professional electrician, you are paying for the careful training over many years.

  • Knowledge of the local building code.

After more than 100 years of experience installing electricity in commercial buildings, city governments are keenly aware that electricity can be dangerous, even deadly. In commercial settings, with multi-storied structures spaced closely together, the danger is exponential.

Building codes ensure electricity is installed in a consistent, safe manner to reduce liability. Professional Commercial Electricians are dedicated to installing wiring according to the building code. This is your safest choice.

  • Well connected with local authorities.

Commercial electrical work often requires building permits from municipal or county building agencies. Professional electricians pull these permits frequently and are familiar with the location and personnel involved. This can save considerable time.

  • Insurance. Reputation.

A professional electrician has completed significant training and developed a reputation that he/she is banking on. The reputation is backed by professional licenses and insurance to protect clients should something go wrong.

  • A professional commercial electrician partnership.
    • While you might have ideas, a professional electrician might bring better ideas to your project. After all, electricians have a massive amount of experience and have seen different solutions.
    • Electricians are proficient at solving problems. Experience comes through again. A problem with your electrical service panel may stump you, but a professional electrician will do a complete inspection and find the problem.
    • Electricians will have the tools and supplies at hand so that with training, they can work efficiently to complete repairs, new installations, or adjustments to existing wiring.
    • Professional electricians can provide a variety of services:
      • changing the wiring scheme for a room or an entire facility
      • new wiring or remodeling
      • data and audio/visual wiring
      • security wiring
    • Often, there are multiple methods of completing a project. A professional electrician can offer advice to enhance your project vision and help you avoid mistakes at the planning stages of a project. They will be familiar with a variety of electrical supply options that can make projects run smoother, both during installation and after completion.

Your commercial property was constructed using professional electricians. We recommend that you maintain the safest of standards for new construction and repairs. If you have an electrical project, whether large or small, give AirPro Electric a call.

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4 Signs You Need to Hire a Commercial Electrician

Commercial Electrician

4 Signs You Need to Hire a Commercial Electrician

We are surrounded by electricity all day long, almost every day. Even while we sleep, the ceiling fan and alarm clock are still functioning close by, so we hear the familiar hum of electricity even in our sleep.

Lights and noise coming at us from different directions, bombard our senses so much that it is hard to tell when things are not okay. When there is a power outage, even for a short period of time, we are keenly aware of the eerie silence.

Electricity is vitally important to your business, and you know the importance of making speedy repairs when electrical problems arise. You also know that professional commercial electricians should make the needed repairs when an electrical problem arises.

What you might not recognize are warning signs, telling you to seek help from a commercial electrician. Here are five indications of wiring problems distinguishable from the normal sensory overload.

Extended Flickering of Lights

Incandescent bulbs are designed to last about 1,000; they might flicker once before burning out.

Fluorescent bulbs flicker for a short period as they cycle on; after a few minutes, the flickering should stop. They are designed to last more than 6 years for ten hours per day under normal circumstances and as they age, they will flicker and dim.

LED bulbs do not flicker when you turn them on. They are designed to burn faithfully for about 100,000 hours—approximately 27 years at 10 hours per day.

Both fluorescent and LED bulbs use a ballast—a current reducer and regulator—since these bulbs require less energy. As a ballast begins to fail it can also cause these bulbs to flicker. Replacing the ballast should return the lights to normal brightness and steady light.

If you see a light or a bank of lights flickering, it is an indication of a wiring problem that needs to be addressed by a commercial electrician.

A Breaker Tripping or a Fuse Blowing

Circuit breakers are safety devices that recognize when 1) excess current pours into a circuit—a power surge, or 2) current is interrupted—a short circuit. Fuses are an older version of the same device; for the same reasons, a small wire connector melts and stops the current from flowing.

Circuit breakers trip for many reasons and often you are aware of the reason. However, when a circuit trips unexpectedly and frequently, this is also an indication of needed repairs. It may indicate an overloaded circuit and therefore the need for an additional circuit to handle the load.

Switches and Outlets that Stop Working

Electrical components are designed to function continuously but will wear out over time. If the circuit breaker is ON and a switch or outlet is not working, this is a problem. If plugs do not fit properly into an outlet it needs to be replaced. If an outlet has a scorch mark or is discolored, it needs to be replaced by a Commercial Electrician.

Electricity Should Not Be Experienced

You should never feel electricity—even mild electrical shock is extremely dangerous and indicates a grounding problem. Switches should not give off a shock. Plugging a device into an outlet should not produce a shock.

You should never see electricity—sparks always indicate trouble. Sparks will lead to electrical shock. Sparks can lead to a fire. Electrical sparks produce extreme heat which leaves a telltale scorch mark. If you did not see the spark but see the scorch it is an indication.

You should never smell electricity—the smell of something burning is a major indication. The old adage “where there is smoke there is fire” is true concerning electricity.

An electrical problem might produce one, two, or three of these indicators, but they are all three a problem. Do not ignore these indicators but call a professional electrician to investigate the problem and find a solution.

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5 Energy Saving Commercial HVAC Maintenance Tips

5 Energy Saving Commercial HVAC Maintenance Tips

5 Energy Saving Commercial HVAC Maintenance Tips

Your air conditioning system is essential to keeping your commercial venture comfortable for staff and guests, but with rising energy prices, the cost to heat and cool is rising every day.

HVAC represents 40% of your energy utility bills and each year the cost of energy seems to be rising. With some professional help, here are a few steps to lower your commercial heating and cooling costs.

Partner with your Commercial HVAC Maintenance professional to care for and upgrade your HVAC system. This will ensure you have the latest technology to keep your system functioning very efficiently.

  • Be vigilant about maintaining your equipment. Regular maintenance drives away the enemy of your HVAC system—dust and dirt that accumulates as the air moves.

    Maintenance visits will also inspect component parts and refrigerant gas pressures. Aging parts, nearing failure, lose efficiency; these visits catch small problems before they become big problems.

  • Change the air filters on a regular basis; your system manual should give you filter change guidelines. Air filters trap airborne particles and remove them permanently from your facility. Trapped particles also do not make their way into component parts of your system.

    A clean filter allows air to move freely and efficiently, not to mention the benefit the work environment. A dirty filter slows air movement and places stress on the system. This will decrease efficiency and increase wear and tear on the equipment.

  • Replace component parts in a timely manner. If you learn that a part is failing, remember it is losing efficiency as well. When a complete system needs to be replaced, delaying will not save energy or money. A good HVAC professional can keep you apprised of component function and help you prepare for replacement costs.
  • Communicate frequently with your HVAC professional concerning new, energy-saving equipment. Upgraded thermostats with scheduling capabilities allow you to program temperature changes that save money and meet your facility use schedule.

    Buildings can be zoned for separate controls. Temperature change buffers can be scheduled for the return of occupants. A little preparation can make a significant difference—often about a 10% decrease in energy use.

  • Train your staff for efficient HVAC use. Unprotected thermostats should not be subject to individual adjustments. Small, desk-top fans are acceptable, individual space heaters are counterproductive to energy savings. A light sweater can bridge the gap instead.

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3 Common Air Conditioning Repair Issues Resolved

3 Common Air Conditioning Repair Issues Resolved

Air Conditioning Repair Issues Homeowners Need to Know

Summertime heat has arrived and air conditioning has become a part of your daily routine; AC at home, in the car, at work, and in most places you shop. Waking up to or stepping into a hot house is such a surprise, and it leads to a little bit of panic.

Unless you have a background in HVAC repair, AC failure can carry the imagination to expensive repairs or AC replacement when minor repairs might fix the problem. Here are troubleshooting tips for the top three AC failures to help you determine how serious the problem is.

1 Nothing is Working

If the house is hot and no part of the AC is working, power has been shut off to the system. This can be caused by several possibilities, including:

A Tripped Circuit Breaker. The circuit breaker that sends power to the air conditioner might have tripped. A number of things might have caused the circuit to flip away from the ON position, preventing electricity from powering the equipment. Check this out:

  • Find your electric service panel. Closed circuits carry electricity throughout the house and when a problem arises the circuit will open, shutting off power to the problem area.
  • Since water and electricity mix with disastrous results, make sure your hands and feet are dry before opening the service panel.
  • Find the breaker map on the panel door and locate the breaker market “AC.” If the breaker is not firmly in the ON position, turn the breaker completely OFF and then completely ON.
  • If the AC returns to normal function, enjoy the cool air. If the breaker trips again, an electrical problem is preventing the AC from normal function. AirPro HVAC for needed repairs.

The Thermostat Is On the Wrong Setting. The AC might not receive power because the thermostat is switched to the OFF or HEAT position. A thermostat is an interior switch that calls for AC when the temperature rises above a set threshold.

They come in several shapes and styles but can be found on an interior wall away from sunlight. If the thermostat is not calling for cool air, the AC will not come on. Check these things:

  • Check the setting and make sure the thermostat is set to cool and the threshold is set lower than the current temperature.
  • If the thermostat screen is blank, with no readout, the battery(ies) may need to be replaced. To replace the battery,
    • turn the thermostat to the OFF position
    • open the thermostat face plate
    • remove the old battery and properly dispose of it
    • replace with a fresh battery
    • turn the thermostat to the COOL position and lower the temperature setting by 50 below the current temperature to call for cool

With a fresh battery, your AC might return to normal function. If the thermostat readout is still blank, replacing the thermostat might be the next step.

2 Check Some Switches

  • If your AC system has been serviced by a professional recently, the problem might be a switch that was left in the OFF position. Check
    • The outdoor condenser unit. Locate the metal box hanging on the wall near the condenser unit. With dry hands, open the box and make sure the switch is set to ON
    • The indoor blower unit. A switch that resembles a circuit breaker might have been left in the OFF position. With dry hands, switch the breaker to the ON position.
  • Some AC systems have a shut-off switch that prevents a condensation drain pan from overflowing.
    • Inside the indoor unit, an evaporator coil removes humidity from the air to make your home comfortable and less sticky.Normally, the water drains away in a tube, either outdoors or into a drain. If the drain tube clogs or the drain pan overflows, several gallons of water per day will leak into your home, causing damage to floors, walls, and furniture.
    • Open the indoor cabinet and check the drain pan. Look for some initial leaking.
    • If the pan is full and overflowing, locate the drain tube. Often debris or algae growth clogs the tube.
    • With a wet/dry shop vac, vacuum the clog from the drain. Anticipate an immediate flow of water, so be ready to return the tube to the drain.
    • Thoroughly clean the drain pan and add a cup of white vinegar to discourage algae growth.
    • With a dry drain pan, the shut-off switch should allow the system to run.

The System is Working, But The Air is Warm

If the blower is pushing air, but the air is warm, there is a problem with the cooling cycle. Check these areas first.

3 Restricted Airflow Indoors

  • First, check your air filter. This is the leading cause of low airflow. The air filter faithfully removes dust, dander, pollen, and other air-borne pollutants during every cooling cycle.

    The filter needs to be changed at least every three months. A dirty filter can restrict airflow, reducing the efficiency of the cooling cycle.

  • Open the indoor cabinet and check for a layer of dust on the system components. This can also slow the cooling cycle.

Restricted Airflow Outdoors.

  • Next, check your outdoor condenser unit to make sure it has adequate airflow. The cabinet is constructed with a long network of coils, designed to cool the refrigerant gas.Rapid cooling is essential, so a large fan pulls air through the coil network. Dirt and grass clippings will need to be cleaned out of the network to let air flow freely.
  • Use a garden hose (not a power washer) to flush out the dirt that might accumulate in the coil network.
  • Also, check for shrubs and tall grass that might grow too close. The unit needs at least 2’ of open space in every direction. Make sure fall leaves and limbs have not lodged
    themselves around the base.
  • Air restrictions, both indoors and outdoors, can lead to overheating and system failure.

Refrigerant Gas Pressure. The refrigerant gas that makes the AC system work is contained in a closed-loop network under great pressure.

  • The gas will find very small gaps to escape and when enough gas escapes, it causes ice to form on the coiled network. Since the network extends both indoors and outdoors, the ice may form anywhere along the loop.
  • Insufficient refrigerant gas will result in warm air. If the AC system is pushing warm air and you have cleaned the recommended areas, watch for ice forming on copper tubing.
  • Licensed professionals are required to handle this gas. If you find your AC has “frozen up,” give AirPro HVAC a call.
  • Ice forming is a symptom of a problem with the cooling cycle. It might or might not be an indicator of a bigger problem.
  1. Insufficient Cold Air

If the whole system is running, the air is cold, but the space is still hot, here are a few things to inspect.

Air Flow Restriction.

  • A dirty air filter might restrict airflow
  • Check supply registers (on the floor) and return vents (on the wall) to make sure they are uncovered to allow good air movement. Occasionally furniture or drapes will cover them and prevent good airflow.

Air Flow Deflection. Perhaps the entire system is working correctly, producing plenty of cool air, but gaps might have formed in the ductwork, releasing all of the cool air into the walls or attic.

Since most of the ductwork system is in hard-to-reach or inaccessible places, you will need some help plugging the leaks. Give AirPro HVAC a call.

Contact the Air Conditioning Repair Experts

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Air Conditioner Tune Up & Total Summer Prep Tips

Air Conditioner Tune Up Preparing Your Home For Summer

Air Conditioner Tune Up Preparing Your Home For Summer

School is out and summer is in full swing! Sports are winding down a bit and a frantic-paced schedule is in the rearview mirror. This is a time to plan vacations, grill out with friends, and lounge around the pool for a while. In anticipation of entertaining, you might want to complete a few last-minute tasks around the house to make sure it is ready for guests. Conducting an Air Conditioner Tune Up will ensure that your HVAC system is ready to take on the wear and tear of summertime heat.

Late Spring Cleaning

If your schedule prevented a good cleaning at the beginning of spring, do it now. Vacuum, dust, change bedding, and clean drapes. This will remove dust and pollen, allergens that no guests need to breathe in. You will be surprised at the amount of dust you remove.

Air Conditioner Tune up 

How long has it been since an HVAC technician cleaned and serviced your AC unit? Hands down, this is the most cost-effective measure you can take to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently. It extends the useful years of your entire HVAC system. A tune-up often catches small problems before they become large problems.

Change Your Air Filter

Schedule a filter change every three months. Every season is exactly three months long. Use the change of seasons as a reminder to change your HVAC air filter. All of the dust captured by the filter will no longer circulate throughout your home.

Inspect the Various Alarms

Your home should have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors installed. Push the red button to ensure each one functions properly. Replace batteries annually. If a detector does not function upon testing, it will need to be replaced and the old detector should be disposed of properly.

Upgrade Lighting

Technological advances have been good for the lighting industry. Incandescent and halogen bulbs produce as much or more heat than they produced light. LED light bulbs produce more light and less heat. Systematically replace old lighting technology with new.

Check the Fire Extinguishers

Various areas of your home should have a fire extinguisher nearby; often this is required by building code. If you only think about them when needed. Make sure you know their location, check their charge, and replace them when necessary.

Take a Look at Your Water Heater

How old is your water heater? Read an available manual concerning maintenance. Chemicals in public water systems can corrode the tank; inspect for small leaks that might develop. When water heaters fail, it is as shocking as a cold shower. Don’t get caught unaware.

Make sure the Grill is Ready

Don’t wait until the “day of” to clean the grill. Scour off the leavings of meals fondly remember before you cook the next backyard feast.

Give the Yard Some TLC

  • The leaves and limbs from last winter should be long gone, but spring has covered everything with pollen and seeds. Power wash, scrub, and hose down as needed. Make sure that lawn furniture and decorations are clean and fresh.
  • Freshen up landscaping, adding pops of color and fresh mulch. Prune and trim landscaping flora.
  • If you have a pool and plan to open it for the summer, take the time to make it sparkle.

Your yard should give your home good curb appeal and welcome family and guests.

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4 Benefits of a Whole-house Backup Generator

4 Benefits of a Whole-house Backup Generator

Reasons You Need a Whole-house Backup Generator

If you are considering a Whole-house Backup Generator, but need a little more information to aid your decision-making, here are four very good considerations to help you make a decision.

  1. A confident solution when the power grid is unreliable. Homeowners are experiencing increases in utility costs but very little of that money is used to replace an aging electrical power grid. Weather patterns are changing. Both extreme cold and extreme heat lead to power outages. Storms, both localized thunderstorms and massive hurricanes can cause power outages that last for days and weeks.

Whole-house Backup Generators provide emergency power for these situations and more. It is an affordable solution to help protect your family from a number of threats and keep the lights on when the lights go out.

  1. They come in various sizes and can be customized to meet your need.
  • Smaller, less expensive generators can power priority circuits that keep major appliances and devices powered. This avoids the loss of food in refrigerators and freezers. This also keeps the AC and essential lighting circuits powered.
  • Larger generators can service the entire house, powering phones, computer systems, and even the washer/dryer.

Lighting candles can be reserved for ambiance situations and should not be necessitated by the loss of power.

  1. Whole-house Backup Generator activates automatically when the power goes out. The fuel supply is already delivered. The sensors acknowledge the loss of power and within seconds the generator springs to action, shutting off the connection with the power grid and sending electricity to priority circuits. A backup generator is ready 24-7, in all types of weather.

Portable generators take time to bring out of storage, set up outside—potentially in a bad storm, running extension cords over potentially wet ground to various appliances and devices. Preparing a portable generator is generally done in the cold or heat, often while it’s raining, and often in the pitch dark. Of course, a portable generator will require adding fuel frequently, usually in very bad conditions.

A backup generator is a much better choice.

  1. Backup generators are inexpensive to operate. The price of generators has come down and is more energy-efficient than earlier models. The generator is connected to a natural gas or propane gas utility supply system. The power goes out and the backup generator comes on almost simultaneously.

In comparison, portable generators require a supply of fuel to be kept on hand and to replenish the generator repeatedly. Portable generators are also less fuel-efficient and will burn through the fuel in the tank quickly. When that supply is exhausted, the fuel will need to be replenished and it might not be readily available.

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Hurricane Electrical Safety – Storm Preparedness Checklist

Hurricane Electrical Safety - Storm Preparedness Checklist

Hurricane Electrical Safety: Preparing for Hurricane Season 2022

Major storms, including tropical storms and hurricanes, move from the south Atlantic to the North American coast and the Gulf of Mexico every year on a regular basis; most of these storms will come between early June and late November. On average, 2 major tropical storms (tropical storms, depressions, and hurricanes) make landfall each year in Texas. These storms are serious weather events that have included 63 major storms since 1851. Hurricanes pose three major dangers:

  • High winds ranging between 75 mph and 150 mph
  • Heavy rain: +60” of rain fell during Hurricane Harvey
  • Dangerous storm surge along the coastline.

Because of these dangers, government agencies at every level encourage south Texans to prepare for the next big storm. Your plan should include preparation before the storm arrives, plans to weather the storm, and a recovery plan for the aftermath. We offer a beginning Hurricane Electrical Safety guideline for pre-storm preparation; please adapt this for your home, family, and setting.

Hurricane Electrical Safety: Plans to Go

Hurricanes are classified into five categories, with Category 1 being the least intense and Category 5 being the most intense storm. Your pre-storm guideline should take all 5 categories into consideration.

  • Recognize the difference between a Storm Watch and a Storm Warning. Since a hurricane does not announce ahead of time where it will make landfall, a broad area receives a Watch—calling on residents to be ready should they be in the path of the storm. A Warning is issued immediately before the storm breaks to the coastal area that will receive the storm.
  • Make specific plans to communicate a plan for gathering quickly—from work, school, or daycare—leave no doubts about when or where.
  • Become familiar with the designated Evacuation Routes. Should you need to leave your home for the safety of an inland location, these routes will be the safest roads for evacuating. Understand that you will not be alone in evacuating the area.

Hurricane Electrical Safety: Plans to Stay

Hurricanes are serious storms and power outages are to be expected. Damage to power poles and lines will be widespread and no one can predict how long the outage will last. For this reason, you must gather supplies.

  • Purchase and store bottled water for your family for an extended time—at least one week.
  • Purchase and store a food supply for your family, food that requires little or no preparation—as the power outage may limit your means of preparation.
  • Purchase an adequate supply of medicine and other essential needs to make sure your family can be sustained.

Hurricane Electrical Safety: Prepare Your Home

Such storms are predictable—expect high winds and heavy rains; but the amount of damage from such storms is unpredictable. Prepare your home to minimize damage.

  • If you are expecting high winds and heavy rain, make sure that:
    • Tree limbs are properly trimmed to avoid damaging your home
    • Clean leaves and debris from storm gutters
    • Secure lawn furnishing to keep them from causing damage
  • Make sure that key technologies are fully charged, including cell phones, portable chargers, and laptop computers.
  • Secure important documents in waterproof storage, including insurance policies.
  • If you are content to stay and weather the storm, consider installing a generator to power the essential appliances and lighting to make your family as comfortable as possible during a trying time.

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Hurricane Electrical Safety - Storm Preparedness Checklist

HVAC Hurricane Preparedness: Prepare Your AC Unit for Hurricane Season

HVAC Hurricane Preparedness: Prepare Your AC Unit for Hurricane Season

HVAC Hurricane Preparedness: Tips for Homeowners

Weather events lead to about 100 major power outages annually across the US; thirty-seven states commonly experience major outages due to major storm events, extreme temperatures (both cold and hot snaps), and flash flooding.

During the Gulf Coast hurricane season, from early June to late November, the potential for widespread power outages is the greatest. Extreme storms can down utility poles, while trees and limbs can take out power lines.

Your own experience with such storms should inspire you to make significant plans for how your family can weather power outage events. Government agencies offer suggestions for extensive storm planning steps to help families prepare. This article will focus on plans for the 24-hour period before a hurricane event.

If you determine to ride the storm out at home and expect to be without power for from two days to one week, you can take the following steps to prepare.

  • Do not depend upon store shelves to be fully stocked with emergency supplies. If you have not prepared an emergency stock of water and ready-to-eat meals, expect the race to gather last-minute supplies to be long, frustrating, and perhaps, counterproductive.
  • Hurricanes produce three devastating conditions:
    • Strong storm surge along the coast
    • High winds, between 75 to 150 mph
    • Heavy rainfall

Minimize damage from these conditions by:

  • Prepare for rising waters with sandbags as needed
  • Make sure trees and shrubs are well-trimmed
  • Secure lawn furniture, furnishings, tools, and toys
  • Protect your outdoor AC unit from falling or flying objects. Hurricane straps are available from the local home improvement stores. If you cover the unit, make sure the AC is completely off first.
  • Make sure available communication devices are charged, including all cell phones, available portable chargers, and laptop computers. You cannot control whether cell towers or internet service remain in service, but be as prepared as possible. They are a vital link, both to emergency responders and to family members checking on your status.
  • Turn the thermostat down in the hours leading to the arrival of the storm. The AC will not only cool the air, but will cool the walls, floors, and furniture. A hurricane will bring warm temperatures and while the power is off, the house will begin to heat up. Keep windows and door closed until the storm is over and the heat/humidity have made the house muggy.

The same is true of refrigerators and freezers: keep the doors closed unless opening it is absolutely necessary. This will keep cold and frozen food at the proper temperature for as long as possible. After the storm, prepare to grill food outdoors while waiting for the power to be restored.

  • If your HVAC system does not have a surge protector make sure to turn off your HVAC system during the storm. Expect frequent lightning strikes and intermittent power surges as the storm arrives. Neither are good for your HVAC system. If you have a cover for the outdoor AC unit, the time to install it is after shutting the system off.

Once the power is restored make sure to remove the cover for your outdoor unit; without adequate airflow it will overheat and cause a catastrophic failure.

Prepare for the hurricane season by having your HVAC system inspected and cleaned. Let us avoid certain maintenance problems and detect others. For months after a major hurricane, we anticipate a full schedule of repair and replacement for several months. The time to schedule preventative maintenance is now before the season begins.

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Commercial HVAC Maintenance: 5 Steps to an Efficient System

Commercial HVAC Maintenance

Commercial HVAC Maintenance for Commercial HVAC Systems

Since the appearance of a commercial property takes the lion-share of maintenance attention (cleaning, repairing surfaces, etc.), caring for the building systems that keep the space comfortable and healthy might take the back seat.

However, a clean, pristine space that is uncomfortable to visit is quite uninviting. Additionally, poorly maintained HVAC systems cost more to operate (more than 30% more), require repairs more often, and have a shortened system life.

Unlike residential HVAC systems, Commercial HVAC Maintenance tasks can rarely be completed as DIY projects, but require a professional technician. Each system has been customized for the building, but here is a shortlist of maintenance tasks required for commercial HVAC systems.

  1. Change Air Filters Regularly.
    1. This is the most important Commercial HVAC Maintenance task for any HVAC system since the filter impacts indoor air quality and system function. Clogged air filters stress the entire system and potentially lead to pollutants bypassing the filter.
    2. Since commercial spaces are typically much larger than residences, filters should be checked regularly every 3 to 4 weeks for a significant interval of time. The goal is to determine an effective schedule for cleaning or repairing air filters. After investigation, the technician may call for filter changes every 1 to 6 months, depending upon the number of airborne particles trapped by filters.
  2. Test System Function.

The technician will have the manufacturer’s specifications that will help determine how well (or not) the system heats or cools the space it was designed to serve. Deviation from the specifications will point the technician to system components with poor performance. Replacing faulty components before they become a problem is ideal.

  1. Visual Inspection and Commercial HVAC Maintenance.

With training and experience, the technician will

  1. Test and tighten electrical connections as needed
  2. Check current and voltage on motors
  3. Inspect belts and replace them as needed
  4. Lubricate the system as required by the manufacturer’s specifications
  1. Test Coolant Levels.

Each system is different: some will use refrigerant gas under pressure for air conditioning, while other systems will heat or cool water. Testing these levels will ensure the pressure is correct.

  1. Clean Evaporator and Condenser Coils.
    1. Evaporator coils are inside the AC cabinet and remove humidity from the indoor air. Since they are moist, cool, and perpetually in the dark, the technician will carefully clean the coils to remove potential mold or mildew that might develop.
    2. The technician will also clean the drain pan and clear any clogs in the drain. Clearing the drain prevents the water from backing up into your commercial space.
    3. Condenser coils are located in the outdoor AC unit. While the case looks solid, it is “honeycombed” with very small openings to allow air to flow through and cool refrigerant gas. Dust, mold, and pollen are a few of the potential contaminants that can clog these openings. A little solvent and low-pressure water will clean the openings for effective airflow.
  2. Test Thermostats and Calibrate as Needed.

After cleaning the system and checking for system function, the technician will test the thermostats to ensure they are calibrated to heat and cool the required space. This prevents hot or cold spots and improves sensor response times. If you have a programmable or smart thermostat, you can request instructions on how to schedule temperature changes to keep people comfortable AND save money.

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Whole Home Generators Buyer’s Guide

Whole Home Generators Buyer's Guide

Buyer’s Guide for Whole Home Generators

Several years ago, a standby generator was considered an expensive luxury. After our region experienced a number of widespread, severe weather events with power outages that lasted for weeks, generators are now considered a necessary emergency planning tool. A whole home generator can make your home a safe and comfortable refuge, even in scenes of chaos and disaster.

Generators are available in two major types: small, portable standby generators and larger, Whole Home Generators.

  • Portable generators can be stored safely away until needed. During a power outage, the generator is set up (outdoors) and started. It can either be wired directly into the electrical panel or used with several extension cords. Portable generators will not generate sufficient electricity to power all of the circuits in your home; if wired direct, a limited number of circuits can be powered. Make sure that you are prepared with the fuel necessary to power the generator for a few days.
  • Whole Home Generators have a wide range of capacity, from 22kW to 48kW, enough to power the entire house and make you forget the power outage. They are designed to engage within seconds after losing power and are installed permanently outdoors with a ready fuel supply. The liquid-cooled engine runs much quieter than portable generators.

If you have determined that a Whole Home Generator best meets your family’s needs, here are three steps to help you decide which model best fits your situation.

First Step: Determine Which Fuel is Available. Many portable generators are fueled by propane bottles or gasoline and the small fuel tanks needed to be refilled often. Whole house generators offer a few different fuels—fuel choices are propane, natural gas, and diesel fuel. You will need to make sure the fuel of your choice is available locally and can be used on your property.

  • Both liquid propane and diesel fuel will require a large tank on-site to fuel the generator properly
  • If natural gas is available at your home, it will require a properly sized supply line and meter to accommodate the generator.
  • Your installation contractor can help you explore this option.

Second Step: Determine the Right Size Whole Home Generator. If your goal is to power your home as if the power grid was still delivering power, how much power will be needed? This question might prove difficult; consider consulting your electrician. Whole Home Generator are sized by kW (1000 watts). To determine the need, you might:

  • Gather manufacturer’s data plate information on major appliances—both the starting amps and the voltage required for the appliances. Multiply the amps by the volts to determine watts—amps x volts = watts.
  • Gather the same information from your electrical service panel. If your home service panel receives 100 amps, with 240 volts available for large appliances, such as the dryer, a quick calculation shows 100 amps x 240 volts = 24,000 watts. Divide this number by 1,000 to determine kW—your home receives 24kW. This is a method to determine a guideline for a conversation with your electrician.
  • In order to handle peak loads under difficult situations, your electrician will recommend adding 25% to the calculated load. In the above example, 24 kW x 25% = 30 kW. This is a reasonable discussion point, but the decision is yours.
  • Selecting the correct whole-house generator by kW:
    • An entry-level whole-house generator might be the minimum size—a 22 kW generator.
    • A mid-range whole-house generator is sized between 27 kW and 36 kW and accounts for the lion-share of generator sales. Expect some advanced features with these sizes, such as load-managing hardware that mitigate the load surge when the air conditioner cycle begins.
    • Whole-house generators for large homes are between 38 kW and 48 kW, capable of handling the power needs of the largest of homes.

Third Step: Determine the Appropriate Transfer Switch. Being prepared for a power outage emergency is great planning. Generating electricity on your property is a tremendous step toward keeping your family safe. What your generator CAN NOT do is send power to the utility grid that can endanger other homes or repairmen working on downed lines.

A transfer switch “unplugs” your home from the utility grid to ensure power generated for your home does not migrate off of your property.

  • An automatic transfer switch continuously monitors the utility power grid and detects a power outage that lasts more than a few seconds. The switch simultaneously disconnects the home from the utility grid and starts the generator engine to send power to your home. It will also sense the moment electricity begins to flow through the power lines and reverses the process—stops the engine and plugs the house back onto the power grid.
  • The transfer switch will need to be matched to the amp service—a 200-amp electrical service will need a 200 amp transfer switch.

The purchase and installation of a Whole Home Generator is an exciting enhancement, fully appreciated the first time it is utilized. Choose a local contractor, familiar with municipal installation codes, available fuel sources, and a working relationship with the local utility service provider.

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Best Springtime HVAC Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Best Springtime HVAC Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Springtime HVAC Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know

If you are a new homeowner, or if you need a quick reminder, spring is a preferred period of time to complete a preventative maintenance plan for your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. There is a short lull between the heating season and the cooling season that is perfect for such a project since it will not be uncomfortable with the system completely shut down. Some Springtime HVAC Maintenance tasks you may choose to do yourself, but some tasks must be completed by a trained and licensed professional technician. Here is a shortlist of required Springtime HVAC Maintenance tasks that will keep your system running efficiently for many years.

Indoor Springtime HVAC Maintenance Items

  • The most important task is also the easiest task—change your air filter every three months, once per quarter, or at the beginning of each season—your pick. Keeping your filter in good shape will contribute to clean indoor air, efficient function of your system, and longevity of usefulness.

Find the space where return air enters the HVAC system, probably at the base of the cabinet. Locate the filter, usually a light cardboard frame with a paper mess center. Do you notice the dirty side? That is airborne particles, such as dust and pollen, that your filter is trapping. Too much dust will restrict airflow. The size of the filter will be written on each side. Find a replacement filter of the proper size in hardware or home improvement stores; a filter rated MERV 11 is a good high-efficiency pleated filter. Replacement is as simple as sliding the old filter out, sliding the new filter in, and disposing of the old filter.

  • If your system uses a humidifier during the winter months make sure you turn the water supply off before turning the air conditioner on. The humidifier releases water vapor into the air since heat tends to dry furniture (and people) below the ideal humidity level. The air conditioner removes water vapor from the air to keep furniture, surfaces (and people) from feeling sticky because of high humidity. Some systems are equipped with controls that automatically turn off the water supply when the air conditioner is activated, but if not, turn off the water to your humidifier.
  • Dust might have accumulated and will need to be cleaned from the evaporator coils. Open the central cabinet and locate a network of copper pipes. With a soft cloth or brush wipe any dust from the pipes. If left unchecked, the water vapor that forms on this network of tubing during the cooling season, will wash the dust down to the drip pan and eventually to the drain line. Locate the drain pan underneath and vacuum up the accumulated debris.
  • Clean the 1-inch drain line that carries that moisture removed from the air by the evaporator coils to the outside of your home. With a shop vac, suction any debris or buildup that has accumulated inside the drain line. Replace the drain to its proper location and pour a cup of vinegar into the drain pan. This will help prevent mold or algae build-up.

Outdoor Springtime HVAC Maintenance Items

Inspect the general condition of the outdoor condenser unit.

  • Make sure the condenser unit is level. Erosion might cause a section of the concrete pad to sink. Not only does it look bad, but it may also cause the lubricating oil in the compressor to separate and interrupt the flow of the refrigerant gases. Use a level and raise the sunken portion of the slab to correct this situation.
  • The condenser will need about 2’ on each side to ensure adequate airflow to cool the refrigerant gases. Trim shrubs and weeds well away from the walls of the condenser unit. Remove leaves and sticks from around the base of the unit and clean away any grass clippings stuck to the side. Turn the mower away from the condenser unit as you mow to prevent blowing grass deep into the small spaces on each side. Your furnace may use the outdoor unit for heating, so keep the space clean all year round.
  • Use a garden hose and gently clean the exterior of the condenser unit. Notice the small spaces on all sides with a network of aluminum tubes. The tubes will contain a hot refrigerant gas during the air conditioning process. It is vitally important that this gas cools quickly to prevent overheating. Dirt that blows into these spaces can reduce airflow and cause overheating. Clean away the dirt, but do not use a power washer.
  • Straighten any fins that have been bent over. The fins are extensions of the aluminum tubes, designed to disperse the heat over a broader surface. When the fins are bent, they cannot disperse the heat properly and tend to block the spaces designed for airflow. Use a stiff wire brush, pulled parallel to the direction of the fins. Make sure to pull gently to avoid damaging the aluminum tubing—a costly mistake.

There are some Springtime HVAC Maintenance tasks that must be completed by a professional. If are unable or nervous about completing any of these tasks, a professional will complete them as a part of a preventative maintenance visit. Further tasks include:

  • Complete a system inspection to ensure efficient function
  • Check refrigerant level and inspect for leaks. Replace refrigerant if necessary.
  • Check the compressor and blower motor
  • Replace worn belts, parts, and connections
  • Test the thermostat and replace the batteries if necessary

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Best Springtime HVAC Maintenance Tips for Homeowners
Best Springtime HVAC Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Generator Transfer Switch Installation

Generator Transfer Switch Installation

What are Portable Generator Transfer Switches

Eighty percent of power outages are weather-related—ice, high wind, and lightning account for most outage events that affect 50,000 people or more. That means that Texas is always moving from one season of power outage threat to the next.

Losing power due to hurricanes winds is the largest power outage threat on the calendar. While an hour-long power outage might be inconvenient, losing power for days or weeks adds a whole other degree of difficulty to urban living.

Power outages can lead to more than the inconvenience of spoiled food. For this reason, many Texans are planning ahead by installing portable generators; since the winter of 2021, generator sales are up significantly. Homeowners have many choices of brands, fuel types, and sizes of generators readily available.

A generator can power key appliances with a series of long extension cords, or it can be connected directly to the electric service panel to power the HVAC system and necessary lights. However, if you plan to connect your fuel-powered generator to the service panel, you will need to also install a safety feature—a generator transfer switch.

Why Do You Need a Generator Transfer Switch?

  • Normally, electric power is supplied to the neighborhood through the power grid, and when an outage occurs repair crews begin immediately to restore power to the grid. Often the weather is still changing. Quite often it is nighttime, and the system of streetlights will also be down. Downed limbs and trees are generally the culprits. Power can be cut off at strategic points so that linesmen can remove obstacles and reconnect the massive circuit that makes up the power grid. They are not expecting to encounter the electricity from portable generators on power lines that should be dead.
  • Another danger point is other homes in your neighborhood. If nothing stops the electricity produced by one home generator from entering another home, it can create short circuits, damage appliances, and even start a fire. For these reasons and more, the National Electric Code mandates generator transfer switches in every state.
  • A portable generator may not produce a steady, uninterrupted flow of electricity and this can lead to power surges. A transfer switch functions to adapt the current from a generator, protecting appliances and systems in your home.

How Does It Work?

  • A generator transfer switch is sized to fit the output of your generator. Priority circuits are selected, and the transfer switch is installed adjacent to your electric service panel. The selected circuits–say the HVAC system, kitchen appliances, and key lighting/outlet circuits — are wired into the transfer switch. A power outlet box connects the generator on the outside of your home to the transfer switch.
  • In the event of a power outage, this system requires two toggle switches to be manually flipped to
    • close the circuit connecting the power grid and
    • create the circuit from the generator to the house
  • The switch must toggle either to the power grid or the generator—the two power sources do not mix. This double switch makes certain electricity produced by the generator cannot enter the power grid and cause issues.

If you are looking for an alternate power solution for your home or office when the grid goes down, consider a standby generator. Unlike portable generators that require manual steps to supply power to your home or office, a standby generator can handle the switch in power supplies for you automatically.

Air Pro’s Master Electrician can set up a standby generator that is properly sized to power your home or office. Standby whole home generators will automatically activate and safely provide seamless power to your home or office, ensuring the appliances and devices that you depend on can continue to function and make life a little more comfortable.

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Generator Transfer Switch Installation

What is the Cost of Attic Insulation Installation?

Cost of Attic Insulation Installation

The Cost of Attic Insulation Installation

There are several indications that a home needs an insulation upgrade:

  • Some rooms are warmer or colder than others
  • Drafts around windows and doors
  • Utility bills that seem higher than normal

Among other information, the Department of Energy gathers extensive information about methods to reduce energy loss in homes like yours. In this article, we will explore only one method—improving attic insulation.

The Importance of Insulation

This is an oversimplification, but an easy way to understand insulation is to consider that heat is always moving, and it always moves toward cold. Insulation is a barrier that slows this movement. Some building materials slow the movement better than others. Glass, for instance, is a poor insulator and heat travels easily both ways; heat goes out on a cold day and comes in on a hot day.

New window designs improve their insulating properties, but glass still allows heat to travel readily. We apply insulation anywhere we wish to limit the movement of heat energy. This is true of the entire building envelope, as well as around appliances, and pipes.

The State of Your Attic Insulation and How it Affect the Attic Insulation Installation

When your home was built, the contractor followed, at least, the minimum standard of attic insulation; It was required to pass the building inspections. However, several factors may lead to your attic having inadequate insulation:

  • Insulation excites neither contractors nor homebuyers exploring square footage and surface finishes.
  • Attention to detail makes a big difference—was your contractor careful with details.
  • Building codes have changed
  • There are conditions that will cause the insulation to settle or compact, including storing items on top of the insulation.

The Department of Energy has a good guide for determining whether you have adequate insulation.

Take a look at the chart and visit your attic with a ruler or measuring tape. Measure the depth of the insulation and observe whether the attic is evenly covered.

What if I need an upgrade in Attic Insulation Installation

If you determine that your attic has inadequate insulation, consider adding insulation to improve the energy efficiency of your home. As much as 30% of the heat loss from your home is moving through the attic.  During the summer, the extreme heat of your attic is moving down into your house as well. An upgrade can increase the comfort of your home and save you money. It is time to get a second opinion.

Professional Installation

Installing new insulation carries risks and, without proper technique, can create a significant mess. A call to Air Pro for consultation will result in:

  • A close inspection to determine the condition of attic insulation
    • The type of insulation will be observed to determine the insulation value and determine the Attic Insulation Installation process
    • Depth measurements will be taken to determine how much insulation might be needed
    • Attention will be paid to openings between the attic and the house, such as wire, and pipe entries, exhaust fan openings, and the attic door.
  • A plan and cost estimate will be prepared to complete the upgrade. The plan will ensure the project is completed on time, at cost, and the entry site is as clean as we found it.

Questions About Attic Insulation Installation?

Our four decades of experience as an Air Conditioning contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to answer your Attic Insulation Installation questions.

We have several financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your Attic Insulation Installation needs.

Cost of Attic Insulation Installation
Cost of Attic Insulation

1 https://hes.lbl.gov/consumer/

2  https://www.energystar.gov/campaign/seal_insulate/identify_problems_you_want_fix/diy_checks_inspections

 

 

 

Major Benefits of Using 3 Prong Outlets

Major Benefits of Using 3 Prong Outlets

For Your Safety, Change 2-Prong Outlets with 3 Prong Outlets

In 1962, building codes were modified across the country to require new construction contractors to install 3 prong outlets as a safety feature. If your home was built before 1962, you might still have 2-prong outlets; they are a safety hazard and should be replaced. How can you tell whether you have 2 or 3 prong outlets? Consider the emojis: a 3 prong outlet has a face of surprise, while a 2-prong outlet has a blank stare.

Why do I need an upgrade?

The 3 prong outlet has an extra wire that serves to ground the outlet, while 2-prong outlets do not. Why do you need the extra ground wire?

  • Safety features are put in place “just in case” something goes wrong. A proactive approach is the only way to prevent damage or harm when something does go wrong.
  • During normal operations, two wires connect with a tool or appliance, creating a circuit. In simplified terms, one wire brings electricity from the main service panel—we call that the hot wire. Another wire takes the electricity back to the main service panel—we call that the neutral wire. Under normal operational use, 120 volts of electricity are available at each outlet plug.
  • All is good in the world unless something goes wrong. What can go wrong? Here are three examples:
    • A power surge can flow through the main service panel and to the outlet. This happens too quickly for anyone to respond.
    • An appliance or light might short circuit, sending extra electricity back to the outlet.
    • Without thinking, you may plug in more tools than the outlet can handle, overloading the outlet.

When these, or a myriad of other things happen, the extra energy will need to go somewhere. An overloaded outlet can get too hot and scorch the outlet or melt wiring. The extra electricity may exit the outlet and start a fire or worse, shock/electrocute someone.

The Safety Feature

The extra prong is a safety feature–a third wire that can channel any extra electricity back to the service panel and out into the power grid. The process may or may not trip the circuit breaker at the main service panel. It will prevent harm or damage that might result from escaping the electrical system.

If you have 2-prong outlets, you are probably relying on many 2-prong adapters, that allow you to plug 3 prong appliances into 2-prong outlets. This should be a short-term solution. The new appliances are designed to be safe, but the 2-prong adapter takes the safety feature away.

What can be done?

In most applications, a home with 2-prong outlets will have wiring with only 2 wires. An electrician can inspect to make sure. If your older home, built before 1962, has older wiring, an electrician will need to replace it with the safer, 3 wire type. The extra wire connects to the ground portion at each outlet to keep your home safe.

Another option is the installation of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) at each outlet. However, this is a short-term fix and will also need to be completed by an electrician.

Call Air Pro Electric for an inspection and consultation today.

Need Help Converting to 3 Prong Outlets

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to help with 3 Prong Outlets installations in your home and business.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Major Benefits of Using 3 Prong Outlets

4 Tips to Stop Smoke Alarms from Chirping

4 Tips to Stop Smoke Alarms from Chirping

Stop Smoke Alarms from Chirping in 4 Easy Steps


Have you noticed that when your smoke alarm begins making a short chirping noise every 30 seconds, it generally happens at 2 AM? It is no less annoying at 2 PM, but it is less likely to awaken you from your sleep. Knowing why your smoke alarm is chirping and how to fix it, may keep you from a sleepless night.

Check first. Before you ignore a smoke alarm, always check to ensure the noise is a FALSE ALARM. A normal alarm will give off long and regular alerts, while false alarms are short and regular. Either way, check your property for fire, smoke, or any other evidence of a fire.

There are several reasons a smoke alarm will send out a false alarm with a short chirping noise. We will explore each one and the solution for each. Two types of fire/smoke alarms are commonly installed in residential properties—electric-powered units with battery backup and battery-powered units only.

Stop Smoke Alarms from Chirping by Checking the Batteries


Both types of smoke alarms use 9-volt batteries; alarms connected to the household electrical grid use batteries as a backup to continue monitoring the air during power outages. Weak or failing batteries are the leading cause of these types of chirping alerts.

  • Manufacturers and insurance companies recommend checking smoke alarms once per month. Locate a small red button and push it briefly; expect a short, loud tone to indicate the alarm is functioning properly.
  • A blinking light on the alarm may also indicate a weak battery.
  • Fire safety personnel and insurance companies recommend replacing the 9-volt batteries in alarms every six months; expect to replace them at least annually. If you forget to replace the batteries, the alarm will remind you with a short, chirping alert every 30 to 60 seconds, often at inopportune times.
  • Locate the battery tray, open it and slide the old battery out. Install the new battery in the same direction you removed the old. Close the battery tray and push the test button to make sure it is installed correctly.
  • Dispose of 9-volt batteries properly to avoid contamination in the environment.


Stop Smoke Alarms from Chirping by Checking the Sensors


If the chirping sound continues, the next step is to clean the smoke alarm. Smoke detectors have a very small sensor that is constantly scanning the air inside the detector, searching for airborne particles in sufficient quantity to indicate a problem. The smoke alarm near your kitchen might sound when you burn toast in the toaster. The sensor cannot distinguish between smoke particles and dust particles; if the smoke alarm has dust buildup, it can trigger intermittent alarms. To check for this problem:

  • Find the circuit that controls your smoke alarms at the service panel and flip the circuit that powers your smoke alarms.
  • The smoke alarm face cover will usually twist or easily pop off. Remove the face cover.
  • The sensor is delicate, so clean it carefully. Use a vacuum cleaner hose or a small, soft brush to clean the sensors.
  • Smoke alarms located near the kitchen or bathrooms might need a damp cloth with a mild detergent to remove stubborn dust. Use extreme care and make sure everything is dry before restoring power to the alarm.
  • Replace the face cover and restore power by flipping the circuit on. Push the test button to make sure the smoke alarm is working.


Stop Smoke Alarms from Chirping by checking with Air Pro Houston’s Electrical Team

 

If the batteries are fresh and the sensor is clean, further solutions will require professional inspection and service.

  • Smoke alarms may experience electrical problems, such as loose wiring. An electrician has the testers and tools to quickly locate electrical problems and provide a solution.
  • If your smoke alarms are new, an electrician can complete an inspection without voiding the manufacturer’s warranties.
  • Smoke alarms will generally last 10 years or more. If your smoke alarms are old, an electrician can recommend replacement alarms and install new units.


We Can Help to Stop Smoke Alarms from Chirping


Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to help with Stop Smoke Alarms from Chirping in your home and business.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

4 Tips to Stop Smoke Alarms from Chirping

3 Top Reasons for HVAC Ductwork Cleaning

3 Top Reasons for HVAC Ductwork Cleaning

Benefits of HVAC Ductwork Cleaning

One of the challenges of the pandemic has been improving and maintaining indoor air quality. When families entered the house and stayed for a while, removing airborne particles quickly became very important. Homeowners who never considered cleaning their HVAC ducts made sure their family was as safe as possible by cleaning the ducts. In this article, we explore several benefits for the average homeowner to consider cleaning your ducts.

1 Protect Your Family

Many of the airborne particles that float around and recirculate are harmful, so the obvious benefit is to remove as much dust, mold, dander, and pollen from the air as possible. The accumulation of these particles can promote the growth of even more contaminants. Removing airborne particles will especially help family members with asthmas, allergies, or breathing illnesses.

2 Indoor Air Quality

Beyond the health benefits, cleaning the ducts will produce a noticeable difference in the freshness of the air in your home. Not only can it remove stale, musty odors, but HVAC ductwork cleaning will remove the dust and debris that ends up on the surfaces of your home. Watch for less dust on furniture and less dust collected in your vacuum cleaner.

3 Improved HVAC Function with HVAC Ductwork Cleaning

Airborne particles are very small and find their way into every nook and cranny they can find. You will find an accumulation of dust in building insulation that made its way through an extremely small opening. That gives you an idea of the pervasiveness of dust.

The primary air filter removes +90% of airborne particles. By removing the accumulation of debris in the ducts, it is gone for good and no longer circulates. Not only will it not end up on the coffee table, but it will also not coat the electrical components of your HVAC system.

A clean HVAC system will function more efficiently than a system clogged with dust and dirt. Not only will this save on your utility bill, but it will help give your HVAC system a longer life. A clean system will also require fewer repairs over the years.

Questions About HVAC Ductwork Cleaning?

Our four decades of experience as an Air Conditioning contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to answer your HVAC Ductwork Cleaning questions.

We have several financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your AC maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

3 Top Reasons for HVAC Ductwork Cleaning

5 Reasons to Schedule Your Spring AC Maintenance Today

5 Reasons to Schedule Your Spring AC Maintenance Today

Spring AC Maintenance

Your air conditioner system is an important element of your home. Not only does it cool your house, but it also cleans the air and removes humidity. To understand how important it is, consider doing without it for the summer. Since your air conditioner is important, treat it as an important piece of equipment by scheduling an annual cleaning and tune-up.

The spring of the year is an excellent time to schedule a Spring AC Maintenance since the peak cooling period is still a few months away. Letting an HVAC technician clean and inspect your air conditioner will ensure it can handle the high temps and humidity all summer long. Consider these five reasons that commend an annual AC tune-up to every homeowner.

Maintain The Warranty

New HVAC systems usually come with a warranty that will pay some of the expenses of needed repairs, should something go awry. Most manufacturers require an annual preventative maintenance visit from a certified technician to keep the warranty intact. Two things that will usually void the warranty are neglecting maintenance visits and trying to perform repairs yourself. Qualified technicians understand how to maintain your air conditioner and how to maintain your warranty.

Spring AC Maintenance Equates to Longevity

Dirt and dust will find a way to enter every area of your air conditioner, both indoor and outdoor components. You might think “it’s just dust, no big deal!” However, these small particles create big problems, making each section of the AC system work harder to achieve its objective. Over a long period of time, the stress produced by dust and debris causes premature wear on key components and that will shorten the functional lifespan of your system.

The range of useful years for a well-built HVAC system is between 15 and 30 years. The #1 key factor influencing how long an HVAC system will last is keeping up yearly maintenance. Since this system is a major investment in your home, it does not make sense to skip annual Spring AC Maintenance.

Conduct Regular Spring AC Maintenance to Avoid Breakdowns

If preventative maintenance helps prolong the life of your AC system, it also makes sense they will prevent unexpected breakdowns. While cleaning and inspecting the system parts, the technician will examine switches and electrical parts, test refrigerant pressure, and measure the temperature change. A technician finding a small problem before it leads to a big problem is much preferred to having that small problem shutting your AC off for a day or longer. Most technicians have dealt with multiple breakdowns that could have been prevented with annual Spring AC Maintenance. If you want to keep your AC going strong all summer long, don’t omit your annual tune-up.

Better Spring AC Maintenance Means Better Energy Efficiency

Remember reading that dust and dirt cause your AC to work harder? Since the AC must work harder, it uses more energy.

  • The outdoor AC unit is composed of a network of tubes, carrying hot refrigerant gas. The gas has collected the heat from inside your house and transports it to the outdoors. Small fins, connected to the tubing, release the heat and it is imperative that the heat gets released to avoid overheating. Dirt and debris will fill the gaps between the cooling fins and prevent the release of heat.
  • The air filter, located on the inside cabinet, collects airborne particles and keeps them from recirculating. When enough particles get trapped, the filter clogs and reduces the airflow. The blower motor must work harder to move the air which produces stress.
  • Some dust gets past the air filter and will coat other components. This dust causes problems with movement and connectivity.

A thorough inspection and cleaning will remove the dirt that reduces your system’s energy efficiency.

Spring AC Maintenance Will Lower Your Bill

An annual Spring AC Maintenance appointment will reduce energy use, so it reduces your energy bill. It prevents unexpected repairs, so it reduces your repair bills. It prolongs the functional years for your HVAC system, so it delays the cost of replacing your system.

Questions About Spring AC Maintenance?

Our four decades of experience as an Air Conditioning contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to answer your Spring AC Maintenance questions.

We have several financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your AC maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

5 Reasons to Schedule Your Spring AC Maintenance Today

Electrical Outlet Safety: 4 Reasons Outlets are Not Working

Electrical Outlet Safety

Electrical Outlet Safety: 4 Reasons Your Electrical Outlet is Not Working

Electricity is our constant companion. We wake to an alarm clock and turn on the light to start our day, use electricity to clean, work, and entertain ourselves. The last thing we do at night is turn off the lights. Although we are surrounded by electricity all day, we know surprisingly little about it.

While we use electricity all the time, when something goes wrong, most homeowners would have difficulty troubleshooting a problem. What can be done if an outlet stops working? Here is a troubleshooting guide for homeowners for just such occasions.

It is important for homeowners to understand that electricity flows in a circle or circuit. It will flow out of the outlet, through the toaster, and back into the same outlet. When the circuit is broken, electricity no longer flows. This information will allow you to define the scope of the problem and work towards a solution. So, if you plug the toaster into a wall outlet and it does not work, here are a few Electrical Outlet Safety steps to follow.

Electrical Outlet Safety: Check the Toaster

First, plug the toaster into another outlet to determine whether the toaster might be the problem. Try an outlet in another room, since outlets in close proximity might be a part of the same circuit. If the toaster works, take the next step.

Electrical Outlet Safety: Check the Circuit

Outlets are connected like Christmas lights, so if one outlet fails all of the outlets in the circuit would fail. This could be very inconvenient, so the house was wired for many smaller circuits. Each small circuit has a switch on a central panel to protect the home and occupants should something go wrong. Those switches come in two basic forms:

  • First, locate the central panel. The electrical panel will be found in the garage, the basement, storage or mechanical closet, or a hallway. It will be a metal box, approximately 1’ x 2’ and high enough on the wall to be out of the reach of children and away from water sources.
  • Older homes might use a fuse-type switch for each circuit. Fuses are generally round and metallic, with a glass plate on the front. A thin metal strip will be visible as you look through the glass. When something goes wrong in the circuit, this metal strip melts very quickly to break the circuit and prevent the problem or “fault” from creating further damage. Examine each fuse to ensure the strip is intact in each fuse.

Fuses are disposable; once the metal strip is gone, they are no longer useful. To replace the fuse, simply unscrew the fuse from the panel and replace it with a new fuse. Replacement fuses are available at hardware and home improvement stores.

  • Newer homes use a reusable switch, called a circuit breaker. The electrical panel will contain many breakers stacked on top of each other. Under normal circumstances, all of the breakers will be in an “on” position. If a switch has been “tripped,” it will be in the “off” position and will be easy to spot. Resetting the circuit only requires flipping the switch to the “on” position.

Flip the breaker or replace the fuse and try the toaster again. Often this is the solution you need.

Electrical Outlet Safety: Check the GFCI

Outlets that are located close to water sources, such as kitchens and bathrooms, will look a little different than other outlets. These types of outlets are called Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets or GFCI. The damage that water and electricity can do together is very severe; the time it takes for the circuit breaker to recognize the fault is too long. GFCI outlets recognize the slightest fault and respond within 1/10th of a second.

Should the switch trip on a GFCI, a button on the outlet face should reset the circuit.

Electrical Outlet Safety: Repairing the Outlet

If your troubleshooting has not been successful so far, the problem is probably in the wiring or the outlet.

  • The outlet might have been improperly installed and need to be replaced.
  • The outlet might be old and need to be replaced.
  • The outlet might be damaged and need to be replaced.

Replacing an outlet requires the training and experience of a licensed electrician; a mistake can jeopardize the safety of your family and home. Air Pro Electric can investigate the problem and make the necessary repairs.

We Can Help With Electrical Outlet Safety:

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to help with Electrical Outlet Safety for your home and business.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

 

 

AC Maintenance: Does Closing HVAC Registers Reduce Utility Bills

AC Maintenance

AC Maintenance: Does Closing Your HVAC Registers Really Save Energy

Homeowners commonly try to save money on their utility bills by closing vents and shutting doors to unused or little-used rooms. If this space accounts for 10% of the total square footage, the misconception is that denying heat or air conditioning into the space will require less than 10% less energy. Whole-house mechanics work against this for several reasons. We will show you why and a way that you might accomplish these 10% energy savings.

  • Closing the door and the supply vents is only half of the ventilation process. Return vents are also pulling air from the house back through the HVAC system. The return air vent is creating negative pressure in the closed-off room. The negative pressure will pull air from the outside, air infiltration, and make the room hotter or colder than the rest of the house. This will not help you save energy.
  • Closing the vents increases the air pressure in the ductwork that services the closed-off space. Air is pushed into the duct with no outlet. Since the ducts are fabricated from pieces of sheet metal, connected, and sealed with tape or mastic, any gap or opening will be amplified by the increased pressure. Normal air pressure commonly bypasses these imperfections and leak very little air, since the air is pushed into an open room.
  • Closing the vents also creates positive pressure, pushing back against the blower motor, since it was sized to push air into the entire house. This causes the blower motor to work harder than it should and this wastes energy.
  • Your HVAC system was customized to fit your house—not too big, not too small, but just right. Reducing the square footage it serves can result in “short cycles.” This reduces the energy efficiency of the system and can increase indoor humidity in the summer months.

Closing a space of your HVAC system will not give you the energy savings you seek. So what will make a difference in your utility bill? Try these two solutions.

Learn to use a programmable thermostat. The thermostat is the control switch for the HVAC system. Schedule temperature changes of 70 to 100 during both heating and cooling season for at least eight hours. These temperature changes can be scheduled overnight, during sleeping hours, and/or during the day, while the family is away at work or school. According to the Department of Energy, this measure can save 10% on your utility bill each month.1

Regularly scheduled AC maintenance is one of the most commonly overlooked steps in managing your utility consumption. Our technicians thoroughly inspect your AC system components to ensure they are in proper working order. In addition, a key component to AC Maintenance is changing your filter regularly.

Questions About AC Maintenance?

Our four decades of experience as an Air Conditioning contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to answer your AC Maintenance questions.

We have several financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your AC maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

AC Maintenance

1 https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/thermostats#:~:text=Thermostat%20Operation&text=You%20can%20easily%20save%20energy,asleep%20or%20away%20from%20home.&text=In%20fact%2C%20as%20soon%20as,the%20surrounding%20environment%20more%20slowly

 

Food and Appliance Safety During a Power Outage

Safety During a Power Outage

Food Safety During a Power Outage

Most American homes have a distinct advantage over the homes of a few generations back; we can store and preserve fresh foods inside our homes in freezers and refrigerators. These appliances have become a vital part of our normal schedules, and doing without them creates significant disruptions. When the occasional power outage happens, it is very important to know the safety limitations for frozen and refrigerated foods. Here are some tips to prepare for outages and set boundaries for food safety.

Prepare Ahead of Time for Safety During a Power Outage

Common causes of lengthy power outages include:

  • A power transmission problem, such as a blown transformer
  • A localized storm, with high winds that takes down power lines
  • A regional storm, like a hurricane

Buy some battery-powered thermometers that transmit a reading to a Smart device—a phone or a tablet. Purchase one for each refrigerator or freezer compartment.

  • Determining food safety is based on the temperature of the food products.
  • Every time you open the door, the temperature will rise dramatically; these thermometers will let you document food temperatures even with the door closed

Your emergency preparedness plan should include storing several days of drinking water for your family. Placing water inside both the refrigerator and freezer will help maintain a constant temperature.

  • Liquids and solids retain a temperature longer than gas, like air. If you have time before the power outage, store some of the water in both compartments to keep the temperature colder longer. Only add the water if you allow adequate time for it to completely freeze or chill.
  • Adding liquid will help, but make sure that the cold air can circulate around every item; over-filling the compartments will reduce efficiency, so allow enough room for cooling to take place.
  • Do not cover or block the vents inside the freezer or refrigerator.

Safety During a Power Outage: Know the Danger Zone

Heath departments and food handlers use the term “danger zone” for food that remains between 400 and 1400 F since bacteria can (and will) grow quickly between those temperatures.1

  • Once a power outage has begun, keep compartment doors closed as much as possible. It will not take long for compartments to reach room temperature if the door opens.
  • If the temperature inside either compartment remains above 400 F for longer than two hours, the food should be discarded, since it is unsafe to eat.
  • If you have not yet purchased the Smart thermometers, know that it will not take long for the refrigerator compartment to raise about 400 An outage that lasts three to four hours may result in an unsafe storage temperature. A full, unopened freezer might keep food safe for two days, while a half-full freezer might be safe for one day.
  • While you are waiting for the power to come back on, plan to eat meals prepared from shelf-stable foods from the pantry instead. Set a chair in front of the fridge to help everyone remember to keep the doors closed—it can be a habit when family members get hungry.

The Long-Range Plan for Safety During a Power Outage

A long-term solution for power outages might be to have a permanent standby generator installed for your home. The switch setting will sense the loss of power, disconnect your home from the power grid, and start-up immediately to provide uninterrupted electric service to your home. Generators come in a variety of sizes to fit the needs of homes large and small.

We Can Help With Safety During a Power Outage

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to help with Food and Appliance Safety During a Power Outage for your home and business.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Safety During a Power Outage

1 https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/keep-food-safe.html#:~:text=Bacteria%20can%20multiply%20rapidly%20if,when%20to%20throw%20food%20out%20

 

Ductless AC For Homeowners

Ductless AC For Homeowners

Ductless AC System Basics

Since the late ‘60s, most homes in the U.S. have been fitted with central heating and air conditioning systems. They retain their popularity, with more than 80% of homes using central heat and/or air conditioning. However, the HVAC market has been changing a little in the last few years.

Almost 40 years ago, Japanese engineers used heat pump technology and developed compact air conditioning systems that do not require ductwork. The applications became very popular across Europe and Asia and are growing in popularity now in the U.S. Ductless AC systems rely upon heat pump technology but do not require a network of ducts to circulate conditioned air.

Heat pump systems are very efficient at heating and cooling–efficient until the temperature becomes extremely cold. However, heat pump technology is advancing, and low ambient mini-split systems can function at 100% efficiency to 00 F. This makes mini-split systems a viable option for homes throughout the U.S.1

How Do Ductless AC Systems Work?

Heat pumps use basic gas chemistry: compressing gas will raise the temperature of the gas and suddenly releasing the pressure results in rapid, dramatic cooling. While the gas is in a closed system of copper, air moving across the tubes collects the cold and releases its heat into the gas.

Central air conditioners and hybrid furnace systems use the same technology, but the cold/heat transfer takes place inside. A blower motor pushes the conditioned air throughout the house via ducts. Strategically placed return ducts bring the air back to the central unit to completely circulate the air.

Mini-split systems complete the cold/heat transfer in small, wall air handler units, one installed in each room. A small blower motor moves the air across the tubes and circulates the conditioned air within the room. One outdoor condenser unit services as many as six-room units; they are connected by copper tubes that move the refrigerant gas as needed.

Advantages of Ductless AC Systems

  • Energy Efficiency Ductless AC. Both mini-split and central systems employ a heat pump system; they are recognized as a very energy-efficient method of heating and cooling. However, instead of a large blower motor pushing air throughout the entire house, mini-split systems use smaller, room-sized units. According to ENERGY STAR, this arrangement saves as much as 30% of cooling costs.
  • No Ducts Needed.
    • Mini-split systems are ideal for older homes without existing ductwork. The demolition/construction required to retrofit ducts is expensive and very disruptive.
    • Mini-split systems are good options for room additions. The added space might overwhelm an existing central HVAC system.
    • Mini-split systems also add assistance for hard-to-reach or problem areas; a sunroom or an upstairs space might need some extra help with heating or cooling.
    • With no floor vents, mini splits offer greater freedom for furniture and accessory placement.
  • Individual Room Control. Since each room has a dedicated air handler, it is possible to customize comfort for each room. The air handler is controlled with a remote-control style thermostat, allowing each room to be set to a different temperature according to preference.

Zoned temperature control distributes conditioned air to the desired spaces so evenly, it conserves energy compared to central HVAC systems.

  • Improved Indoor Air Quality. With central HVAC systems, a single air filter removes airborne dust and allergens from the whole house. With mini-split systems, each room has an air filter for the air circulating within the room.

Questions About Ductless AC Systems?

Our four decades of experience as an Air Conditioning contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to you with Ductless AC questions.

We have several financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and installation needs.

Ductless AC For Homeowners

1 https://www.ecomfort.com/stories/1341-Keeping-Your-Mini-Split-Working-Through-the-Winter.html

 

Electrical Safety Checklist

Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety Checklist: 5 Maintenance Tips

As homeowners, we are constantly trying to find ways to make our home safe and comfortable—our “castle.” Yet the risk of home fires and electrical injuries are real; every year we hear of thousands of house fires and hundreds of deaths that result from electrical malfunctions. Knowing the source of everyday dangers, the National Fire Prevention Association has produced an electrical safety checklist to help homeowners protect their families.

Do Not Let Things Slide!

If you notice something that is wrong, do not ignore it. This could save a life. If you experience any of the following, call an electrician and correct the source of the problem immediately.

  • Do your circuit breakers trip or fuses blow frequently?
  • Do you feel a mild shock when you touch an appliance?
  • Do you notice discoloration on outlet faceplates? Are outlets warm to the touch?
  • Do you smell rubber or a burning odor?
  • Do lights flicker or dim?
  • Do sparks fly from outlets?

All of these are indications of serious issues that can lead to tragedy; a licensed electrician will be able to diagnose the problem and make repairs.

Take A Look Around

You are always the first line of defense, protecting your family from harm. No one is better prepared to notice anomalies and you will certainly notice things that need to be repaired.

  • Electrical Cord Electrical Safety
    • Make sure that electrical cords are intact, not damaged, not cracked, and not loose. Damaged cords can lead to both fire and/or shock.
    • Do not run electrical cords across well-traveled paths, including doorways. Do not position cords under carpets or rugs.
    • Be watchful when young children are in the vicinity of electrical cords. Little ones explore by putting things in their mouth.
  • Outlets and Switches Electrical Safety
    • Faceplates are very inexpensive, so make sure outlets and switches are covered and undamaged.
    • Do not overload outlets by plugging multiple cords into one receptacle. Plugging multiple power bars into one outlet can lead to an overloaded circuit.
    • Reduce the risk of shock in kitchens and bathrooms by installing ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) outlets at locations near a water source. A GFCI is a circuit breaker at the outlet that detects the amount of current going from the outlet to the amount of current returning to the outlet. It should be the same. A GFCI can interrupt the current within 1/40th of a second to prevent serious shock.1
  • Light Bulb Electrical Safety
    • Always use the appropriate lightbulb for the lamp or light. Using a bulb that exceeds the maximum can overheat the lamp.
    • Light bulbs placed in proximity to flammable objects should have a shade or globe to prevent overheating objects. The filament in incandescent light bulbs can reach 4,5000 F, hot enough to ignite nearby objects.
  • Appliance Electrical Safety
    • Buy appliances with approval listing from a testing laboratory, such as UL.
    • Only plug one heat-producing appliance—toaster, coffee maker, iron, etc.—into each outlet to prevent overheating.
  • Keep Ladders Away from Overhead Power Lines

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DIY or Call an Electrician

Houston Electrician

When to Know it is Time to Call an Electrician

Modern homeowners have everything they need to tackle do-it-yourself (DIY) projects around the house. Large box stores have every tool and supply imaginable. The “know-how” is amply provided by 24-7 television programming and if anything is lacking.

YouTube has video instruction for just about everything. The real incentives for homeowners are the cost savings and the sense of satisfaction that comes from completing a project on your own.

However, not every home improvement project is a DIY project; even though you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should do them. Because of the potential of electrical shock, most electrical projects should be completed by professional electricians.

Changing an overhead light or installing a ceiling fan might be simple enough, but the dangers involved in most electrical projects are not worth the risk.

Why it matters

  1. The Danger of Electric Shock. An exposed hot wire at an outlet carries 20 amps of power and prolonged exposure can lead to severe injury or death. If you open the cover to the breaker box, you are exposing yourself to 5 to 10 times that power. This amount of electricity should be handled by a professional electrician.
  2. New Technology. If your project requires connecting electricity generated differently—for instance, adding an emergency generator to your home on a utility grid—a mistake during installation can create dangerous situations beyond your home.
  3. Fire is a Real Threat. Wiring mistakes can lead to a short or to overloading a circuit; a fire can result from either mistake. Often this danger smolders inside the walls, hidden from view, and remains undetected until a major fire breaks out.
  4. Building Code Compliance. In the past, other DIYers have worked on electrical projects with disastrous consequences. For this reason, government entities developed building codes that require certain projects to be completed by licensed, professional contractors.

Projects That Require Professionals

  • Projects that require you to uncover the circuit breaker service panel
  • Projects that combine electricity from different sources
  • Projects that require new wiring or rewiring
  • Any project that will be covered by walls, floors, or ceilings

Why a Professional Electrician?

  • Electricians receive training on the safe installation and use of residential electricity. Educational requirements include up to 2 years of classroom study to properly prepare for working in your home.
  • In addition to the classroom study, electricians take continuing education courses and complete 4 years of training under more experienced electricians.
  • Safe installation is an everyday job, compared to a once-in-a-lifetime project. Electricians come prepared to complete projects safely the first time as if their reputation depended on it—because it does.
  • A professional electrician will give you, the homeowner, peace of mind, knowing the project was completed properly and safely.

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10 Myths About Air Conditioning

10 Myths About Air Conditioning

Dispelling Myths About Air Conditioning

While the cost of heating is substantially higher than the cost of air conditioning (AC), the period of time that we use our Air Conditioning in Southeast Texas is significantly longer than the time that we use our heating. Often, events totally unrelated to AC function happen that are associated with AC function. When these “myths” are propagated, they can cost you money, so let’s consider whether these events are truth or myth. To celebrate National Cut Your Energy Cost Day on January 10th, we wanted to provide facts about how to save energy and money, without losing the goal of making comfort affordable.

Myth #1 I can cool my house quicker by changing the temperature setting quickly.

The Fact: your AC functions at a set rate and lowering the thermostat setting will take time—approximately 30 minutes—to lower the temperature significantly. A better option is to install a programmable thermostat and schedule temperature changes to match your timetable.

Myth #2 I can cool my home more efficiently with a bigger Air Conditioning unit.

The Fact: the HVAC system in your home was customized for your home, taking many factors into consideration, including the number of doors and windows, and the type of insulation. An oversized AC unit will cool very quickly, but that may also cause it to cycle on and off very quickly. This shortens the life of the unit and uses more, not less, energy.

Myth #3 I can cool my home more efficiently with a smaller Air Conditioning unit.

The Fact: the HVAC system in your home was customized for your home, taking many factors into consideration, including square footage and ceiling height. An undersized AC unit will work harder trying to keep you comfortable, cycling longer than necessary. This shortens the life of the unit and uses more, not less, energy.

Myth #4 I can save energy by turning the Air Conditioning off when no one is home.

The Fact: when you cool the air, you also cool the contents of the house. If you stop cooling during the heat of the day, the contents heat up along with the air. The AC must work very hard to make the home comfortable again. Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare—slow and steady wins the race.

Myth #5 Air conditioning can lead to summer colds.

The Fact: the last two years have made this myth most obvious: colds and flu are the results of exposure to germs—viruses and bacteria, not air temperature. Frequent summer respiratory inflammation might be symptoms of allergies or asthmatic conditions.

Myth #6 If my air filter only needs to be replaced once or twice per year.  

The Fact: your air filter is collecting airborne particles with every cycle. The dust, allergens, and dirt accumulate and will restrict airflow. A dirty air filter will make your AC less efficient and cost you money. In addition, the added stress on the blower motor will shorten the lifespan.

Myth #7 I can save money by keeping my old AC system until it quits.

The Fact: while a new AC system can be expensive, it will be necessary eventually. An aging system, beyond 15 to 20 years, might be inefficient and waste energy, costing money. Replacing your AC unit will save enough cash to pay for itself eventually.

Myth #8 Ceiling fans will help keep rooms cooler.

The Fact: ceiling fans do not make a room cooler, but they do make people feel cooler. Fans will not reduce the temperature, but they might allow you to notch the thermostat up a few degrees with the same comfort level. The ceiling fans require less energy than the AC, so they can save money. However, it is important to understand the benefit they do and do not provide.

Myth #9 I can save on AC by closing off the spare bedroom or unused office space.

The Fact: remember myths 3 and 4. The AC unit has been sized to include those rooms, so restricting the airflow by blocking vents will put pressure on the blower motor. In addition, the heat and humidity in this room will be higher and this can promote the deterioration of finishes and growth of mold and mildew.

Myth #10 It is a waste of money to pay for preventative maintenance on my AC.

The Fact: according to Building Efficiency1, a well-maintained HVAC system, cleaned and tested, will last longer and save more energy than a system that is neglected.

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1 https://buildingefficiencyinitiative.org/articles/studies-show-hvac-system-maintenance-saves-energy

 

 

 

 

Electric Vehicles Charging Options

Electric Vehicles Charging Options

Electric Vehicles Charging Options to Keep in Mind

Purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) is certainly not an impulse buy. After driving vehicles with gasoline-powered internal combustion engines, switching to an EV comes with a lot of research and a lot of preparation. Although TV commercials depict charging to be equivalent to filling a gas tank, that is not the case. As a savvy, informed consumer, you are doing your homework to know and understand your Electric Vehicles Charging Options and we are here to help.

Know Your Limits and Your Electric Vehicles Charging Options

Few people know how far their car can travel on a full tank of gasoline; once the gauge shows ¼ of a tank, it is time to fill it again, with dozens of options within a mile radius of most urban settings. EV owners must be much more cognizant of the range achieved on a full battery charge and aware of every charging option along familiar routes.

Most EVs can travel between 200 and 300 highway miles on a full battery charge. That figure is rather fluid and the range is improving with each generation of EVs. Most people can handle that range since few people are required to drive that far every day and if you are driving more than 200 miles/day, you are less likely to consider an EV.

Know Your Electric Vehicles Charging Options

Currently, there are three charging options for electric vehicles. Undoubtedly EV owners will use all three options.

  1. A Level One charger uses an ordinary 110-volt outlet and offers the greatest flexibility of charging locations. Each EV is sold with a Level One charger at no additional cost. While a Level One charger offers tremendous freedom it is also a very slow charge; a depleted battery to a full charge might take as long as 24 hours. A Level One charger is excellent for charging in remote locations with plenty of time to recharge. It is also a very good backup plan should other options fail.
  2. A Level Three charger is a public, for-pay charging station. This charging option is very fast in comparison—from 3 to 20 miles of range per minute. Even at the lowest setting, that is a complete charge in less than 1 ½ hours; you could probably get a full charge while shopping. The cost to charge will vary, depending on the cost of a Kilowatt/hour of electricity. Entrepreneurs are rushing to fill the present and future needs for Level Three charging stations.
  3. A Level Two charger operates within the middle ground between the first two options. It will be the focus of our investigation. Level Two chargers use a 220-volt outlet—like those used for an electric dryer—and will charge a depleted battery bank in about 4 hours. They are an affordable, at-home charging option, so let’s explore this value option.

Before making a purchase, make sure to select a charger that is compatible with your EV. Currently, there are two types of Level Two chargers available: a plug-in portable charger and a permanent, wall-mounted charger.

  • A portable charger will need a 220-volt outlet but will require the security of an enclosed garage. This may require an electrician to install the proper outlet in your garage.
  • A wall-mounted charger will require an electrician for installation.
  • An electrician will also assess whether your current electrical service panel has adequate power to handle the Level Two charger along with the normal household electrical current load.
  • A good quality Level Two charging station can cost between $300 and $1,200, depending upon several optional features. An additional fee will be required for professional installation for wall-mounted.
    • Newer Level Two chargers can produce at least 30 amps of power, adding both speed of charge and miles of operation to the charge. The extra capacity will help build capacity for future charging needs.
    • Like many cutting-edge purchases, some charging stations may have Wi-Fi features that allow you to schedule the charge (when the rate drops) and monitor the progress.

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Heat Pump 101

Heat Pump 101

Choosing a Heat Pump for Your Home

Making a decision about the central heating and cooling system for your home will require working with a trusted HVAC professional since these systems are customized for each home. However, modern consumers have informed consumers and a little knowledge helps make determinations that affect the cost, comfort, and carbon footprint. The industry uses a lot of acronyms—starting with HVAC, which stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. First, let’s consider heat pumps.

Heat Pump Technology

Heat pump technology came into its own in the 1960s, just in time for the fuel oil shortages in the early to mid-1970s.

Heat pumps use a very effective method of moving heat with refrigerant gases, so the same process will move heat out of the house during the summer (for cooling) and move heat into the house during winter (for heating). Most heat pumps move and transfer heat to and from the outside air; water and geothermal variations are rare. Residences use three main types of heat pumps:

  • A single package is one component, located outside, with ductwork bringing the conditioned air into the house.
  • A split package has one component inside and one unit outside, the most typical application in U.S. residences.
  • A hybrid system—a split system with an electric heat back-up for homes that experience temperatures that frequently drop below 250

Acronyms of Importance Regarding Heat Pumps

When you research heat pumps, expect to see these acronyms:

  • BTU stands for British thermal unit. It is a measure of the heat energy needed to raise one pound of water 10 F at a given density. It helps determine the heat output of fuels or, in this case, heat pumps.
  • KWh stands for kilowatt/hour. It is a measure of electricity—1,000 Watts of electricity per hour. It helps determine how much electric energy is being used. Your utility company measures your electricity usage with this measure and charges you by the KWh.
  • SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. This measures the energy efficiency of the air conditioning function of a heat pump. It measures the amount of BTUs removed from a home during the entire cooling season and compares it to the KWh of energy needed to make it happen. It is the same principle as miles/gallon.
  • HSPF stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. This measures the energy efficiency of the heating function of a heat pump. It measures the amount of BTUs moved into a home during the entire heating season and compares it to the KWh of energy needed to make it happen.

While doing heat pump research, you will see both a SEER rating and an HSPF rating. The Department of Energy (DOE) determines quality control tests, requires each heat pump design to be tested and assigns ratings accordingly.

What Type of Ratings Should You Expect?

SEER Ratings. The DOE set the minimum SEER rating for new heat pump units at 10 in 1992. Because engineering technology has advanced the design of air conditioning systems, currently the minimum SEER rating allowed is 13 or 14, depending on your region. It is expected to rise to 14 to 15 by 2023. Heat pumps have achieved a SEER rating of 22 so far.

HSPF Ratings. The DOE set the minimum HSPF rating for new heat pump units at 6.8 in 1992. Because engineering technology has advanced the design of heating systems, currently the minimum HSPF rating allowed is 8.2, but it is expected to rise to 8.8 by 2023. Heat pumps have achieved an HSPF rating of 13 so far.

All new units should have at least the current minimum rating for both SEER and HSPF; a decision based on forward-thinking should at least consider the proposed 2023 ratings. Energy-efficient heat pumps will have both a high SEER rating and a high HSPF rating. As you might expect, high-efficiency heat pumps will come with a high initial cost.

Converting Energy Efficiency Heat Pumps to Cost Savings

One last thing. Some are excited to participate in reducing the carbon footprint by buying energy-efficient products, but we also know that it comes with a price tag. Here are three considerations to keep everything in the proper perspective.

  1. Use the ratings to decide which HVAC system will save you the most. If you live in a hot climate, the SEER rating should be more important than the HSPF rating. If you live in a colder area, the HSPF should take the center of attention.
  2. Use the ratings to determine cost savings. This will require the help of your HVAC professional with system size analytics, local utility rates, and unit ratings. In short, you compare a unit that can change 9 BTU of heat with 1 KWh to a unit that can change 10 BTU of heat with 1 KWh. Figure in the cost/KWh to calculate cost savings.
  3. Determine the difference in price between the standard rated unit and the more energy-efficient unit.
  4. Explore incentives by Federal and State agencies as well as local utility companies and reduce this from the increase in cost.

After you crunch the numbers, you will find that the complete payback period for the energy-efficient unit(s) will be between two and three years. Every year of use that follows will result in direct savings to your heating and cooling budget.

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Heat Pump 101

5 Habits that Hamper Furnace Efficiency

Furnace Efficiency

Furnace Efficiency Tips for Homeowners

For the next few months, the winter’s coldest weather will be upon us, and we will be trying to find ways to stay warm. According to the Department of Energy’s Energy Star program, 55% of the average utility bill pays for heating and cooling American homes; with energy prices on the rise, it is important to look for energy-saving steps to save you money.

It is not unusual for homeowners to develop habits, based on what seems to be “common sense,” that may cost money during the heating season. In this article, we will attempt to expose a few habits that you might have developed and reveal the science behind better measures to keep warm and comfortable.

Furnace Efficiency Habit 1: Using Inefficient Heating Sources

If your home was built with a central HVAC system, it is the most efficient way to heat your home. A fireplace can add ambiance to holiday settings, and it is an emergency source of heat should you lose power. An energy fireplace can be used in tandem with the HVAC system during extreme cold snaps. However, most fireplaces are not an energy-efficient way to heat your home comfortably for the entire winter.

The same is true with area space heaters: they might add a temporary measure of comfort, but they are not an efficient way to keep your home toasty and warm.

Furnace Efficiency Habit 2: Delaying Weatherproofing

Gaps around windows and doors allow the warm (expensive) air to leak outside. You will know this happens when you feel the cool draft coming in to replace the warm air that is escaping. Gather the supplies and spend a day weatherproofing your doors and windows. Each year that you procrastinate you lose energy through those gaps.

Furnace Efficiency Habit 3: Restricting Ventilation

It may seem sensible to restrict airflow to vacant spaces, but this is counterproductive for heating your home in an efficient manner. If you close vents in vacant rooms, it restricts the airflow being pushed out by the blower motor. The HVAC system will compensate by using more energy to turn the blower motor. Any savings that you might hope to gain by closing vents will be lost by the stress you place on the furnace.

Furnace Efficiency Habit 4: Frequently Adjusting the Temperature

Your furnace is, of course, heating the air in your home, but it is also heating the surfaces, furniture, and flooring. Because of this fact, an actual temperature change will take time—at least 30 minutes. It might feel good to “bump the thermostat,” but it is a terrible way to heat your home with energy efficiency. A better approach is to set the thermostat at a comfortable temperature and leave it alone—except when …

Furnace Efficiency Habit 5: Keeping the Temperature the Same All the Time

Your heating needs are not the same at all times. Invest in a programmable or smart thermostat and determine a heating schedule that works with your family. Lowering the temperature setting while everyone is sleeping or while the family is gone to work or school, are proven methods of saving money.

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5 Strategies for More Efficient Heating

Efficient Heating

Efficient Heating Solutions for Homeowners

Winter is here! The long-term forecast is for a cold winter nationwide with above-average precipitation. The cost of energy is up this year, so perhaps last winter’s strategy will be more expensive this year. It may be time to consider new strategies to both keep you warm and keep the utility bill within reason.

Here are some Efficient Heating strategies to consider:

  1. Program Your Furnace for Efficient Heating

Many homes already have programmable thermostats, but many homeowners have never taken the time to program their heating schedule. The Department of Energy has determined that reducing the temperature in a home for at least 8 hours will reduce the heating bill by 10 to 15%. Consider your family’s daily schedule and drop the temperature:

  • When the family is asleep. Lowering the temperature from 730 to 680 from 9:30 pm to 5:30 am will lower energy use; the cooler air also makes for a comfortable night’s sleep. It will give the furnace 30 minutes to return the temperature to normal before everyone wakes up.
  • When the family is away. Lowering the temperature in the same manner while the family is away at school or work. Remember to give a 30-minute warming buffer before the family returns. Know the difference between Heat Pump and Emergency Heat. If you have a hybrid system, it will include a heat pump and a furnace coil.

    When outdoor temperatures are above 350 F, the heat pump is the most efficient heat source. The heat pump will draw heat from the outside air. When the temperature drops below freezing, the furnace coil is more efficient. Take heat from the most efficient source possible.

  1. Check Your Water Heater
    The factory default temperature for water heaters is typically 1400 F. This temperature is too hot for showers. If you do not add cold water, it will scold you at that setting. Lowering the temperature to 1200 F results in water that is plenty warm for bathing and cleaning and a measurable saving each month.
  2. Check The Attic
    If you have never poked your head into the attic, it might be time to take a look around, since the majority of heat loss moves through the attic. Ideally, you should see a smooth blanket of insulation, with no ridges and valleys. The insulation should completely cover the ceiling joists to the depth of about 4 inches. If all is well, you are properly insulated. If not, you will need to add insulation to reduce heat loss.
  3. Seal Windows and Doors for More Efficient Heating
    Often you can detect drafts around window and door frames with your hand. A source of smoke or mist will also detect air movement. Use caulk to seal gaps on the outside and weather stripping from the inside. Approximately 15% of heat loss moves around windows and doors.
  4. Replace Your Air Filter
    A good air filter removes +90% of airborne particles, preventing them from recirculating throughout the house. Trapped dust, pollen, and dander will eventually clog the filter and reduce the airflow of your furnace. Change the filter at least every three months—more often if necessary.
  5. Schedule Professional Maintenance to Improve Efficient Heating
    The furnace manufacturer recommends that an HVAC professional service your furnace annually. During this preventative maintenance visit, a technician will clean any dust that passed through the filter, run diagnostic tests on the electrical components, and measure the system’s efficiency. Proper care for your furnace will ensure it performs efficiently, saving money both now and for years to come.

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9 Space Heater Safety Tips

9 Space Heater Safety Tips

Space Heater Safety Tips

After you have exhausted every other measure to keep the space in your home or office comfortable during the winter months, you have now come to the conclusion that a space heater is a proper resolution.

Tragically, space heaters are involved in thousands of house fires each year, and you need to ensure your safe using a space heater. What precautions should you take?

Before you buy. While considering your purchase, look for these key features for the safest heater possible.

  • Check for Safety Certifications. Whether making a purchase online or in person, insist on buying a safe product. Look for safety certifications from governing agencies on websites or on labeling. We are used to seeing the UL rating (Underwriters Laboratories) in the U.S., but also look for ETL or CSA safety certifications, depending on the country of origin. Safety certifications will ensure that your purchase has been independently tested for safety and give you confidence in using it in your home.
  • Size Matters. Buy a space heater designed to heat the size room that needs the help. It will disappoint if it is underpowered for the space.
  • Automatic Shut-off. Look for a space heater with automatic shut-off capabilities. Sensors in newer models can detect moisture and shut off to prevent electric shock. They will also shut off should the heater tip over or overheat. These conditions are the leading cause of injury and death and are worth the search.

Before you use. After you have made your purchase, but before you turn it on, here are some Space Heater Safety Tips:

  • Appropriate Detectors. Your home should be equipped with carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Before using your new space heater, remember their locations, check their functionality and replace batteries regularly. Test your detectors on a monthly basis—just push the red tester button and listen for the loud beep.
  • Read Safety Precautions. Safety guides and instruction manuals should be kept handy, but chances are you will forget their location shortly after your purchase. Reading the guide before plugging it in will help you operate the heater properly and avoid mistakes that can lead to dangerous situations.

Putting it To Good Use. The Instruction Manual should cover these Space Heater Safety Tip precautions:

  • Proper Placement. Key things to remember about space heater placement:
    • Place it on a level, hard surface, such as a floor. Do not set it up high on a table or countertop.
    • Keep away from moisture or wet surfaces.
    • Do not use in the presence of flammable gases, including a garage or workshop.
    • Do not use in the presence of wet paint.
    • Make sure to place the heater at least 3 feet away from any wall, furniture, drapes, etc., that can catch on fire.
    • Do not place the heater in a high-traffic area.
    • Make sure that pets and small children are kept well away from the space heater. Space heaters should not be used in children’s bedrooms overnight.
  • Pull the Plug. Never leave a space heater in operation while away from home. Do not use a space heater overnight. In an abundance of caution, the Instruction Manual will state “Turn the device off and unplug the heater when not in use.” Make sure to grasp the plug at the outlet to unplug it. If the connection at the plug is loose or the wire frayed, make repairs before using the heater.
  • Power Down. Electric space heaters use tremendous amounts of energy. Be wise and avoid problems. If the controls are set at the highest power setting, it may trip the breaker and it definitely will cost more to heat the space than you wish to pay. Instead, set the control at half power and be patient.

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Insulation Installation 101

Insulation Installation

Heating and Insulation Installation 101

Early Structures

Most homes built in the early days of North American settlement were simple log structures, made of the thickest logs one could find or afford. Doors and windows were rudimentary and ill-fitting. Logs would expand and contract according to the temperature, so the material between the logs, chinking, moved, and needed to be repaired constantly.

The insulation value of the building material was essentially the thickness of the log and the attention paid to repairing the chinking. A blazing fire was the best shield against the bitter cold.

When sufficient power was available, the logs were milled into boards and stick framing became popular. Doors and windows improved but were still letting in a lot of breezes. Wood frame houses made housing more affordable, not necessarily more comfortable.

The gap between the outer shell and the finished inside walls was still empty; the air is a poor insulator and vapor barrier. Upper stories in most buildings were uncomfortably hot in the summer months and lower stories could only be warmed during the winter with multiple fireplaces.

Energy Attention

As the population increased and technology developed, buildings—especially residences—were designed with features that kept conditioned air inside longer.

Homes with multiple fireplaces, burning lots of wood each winter, were no longer practical. The price of fuel oil, coal, and natural gas drove the development of insulation.

Insulation is the term for a barrier to the transfer of energy. Sometimes the barrier is solid and sometimes the barrier is a material that traps air and uses the trapped air to resist the transfer of energy in the form of heat. A common term used in rating insulation value is R-Value; the “R” stands for resistance.

The higher the number, the better the product is in resisting the transfer of heat energy. Every material used in the construction of your home has an R-Value, but it is most commonly observed on wall and attic insulation.

Common Insulators

Below are the three most common insulation materials used in new residential construction, listed in ascending R-Value ratings:

  • The most common residential insulator in both walls and attic is glass, blown into long fiber strains, commonly referred to as fiberglass. Fiberglass entangle and form pockets of trapped air. It can be blown under pressure or manufactured into strips, called batts.

    (Rock wool is a similar technology, but the inhalation of the material has been demonstrated to be harmful. Use extreme precautions and use personal protective equipment when handling.)

  • This product is made from recycled paper that has been treated to be insect, rodent, and fire-resistant. It is typically blown into walls and attics slightly moist; the moisture activates an adhesive that binds the piece.

    Very little air is trapped between fibers: instead, the insulation factor is determined by the density of the product. The dense material prevents both drafts and the transfer of energy.

  • Dense foam is used in various applications as wall and ceiling insulation. Applications include solid sheet, solid block concrete forms, and liquid expanding foam installations. The R-Value depends upon the density of the material. Foam insulation is generally very resistant to air movement.

What Can I Do?

There are four surfaces that you can commonly address and the most convenient time to address them. Installing more insulation or better insulation at opportune times will save on your energy bill.

  • Attic insulation installation. Approximately 80% of energy lost in the typical home is lost through the attic. Building regulations require more insulation in the attic than any other portion of the home. Most homes will have access to the attic space through stairs, a ladder, or an opening in the ceiling. Take a flashlight and have a look around.

    Depending upon the type of insulation, you should see 10” to 12” of insulation over ALL the attic. You should see a complete blanket, with no exposed ceiling joists. If you need more insulation, it can be installed at your convenience. However, the worst times to be in the attic are during times of extreme temperature—extreme heat or extreme cold.

  • Wall insulation installation. Addressing walls becomes problematic since walls are generally covered with a hard, permanent material. The time to insulate/better insulate walls is when they are exposed for any reason. That includes remodeling, restoration, or room additions. Also, consider insulation on foundation walls and unfinished basements.
  • Windows and Doors insulation installation. Glass is a poor insulator, but windows are needed and desirable. The key to improving insulation around windows and doors is preventing air penetration through gaps around the edges.

    The proper materials to clog these opens include:

    • Glazing around older windows
    • Caulk or foam applied at the trim and edges around the opening
    • Weatherstripping

Wondering if heating or cooling your home is energy efficient? Call Air Pro Houston for your energy audit today and to schedule Insulation Installation!

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Electrical Upgrades to Consider During Your Remodel

Electrical Upgrades to Consider During Your Remodel

Electrical Upgrades to Add to Your Remodel Project

Americans are spending significant money on remodels in 2021. A Harvard study following housing trends projects Americans will spend a whopping $352 billion in 2021 on remodeling, compared to $290 billion in 2017. Decisions to remodel are generally driven by economic indicators and in this case, home values are appreciating, home sales are on the rise and the available stock of homes is aging. In addition, the pandemic caused people to spend more time at home, considering renovations that might bring greater comfort and pleasure from existing homes.1

The most popular home improvement projects are:

  • Yard/Landscaping
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Bedroom
  • Deck/patio
  • Office

When you plan a remodel project, you may consider whether the project should include an Electrical Upgrade to your electrical service. Is it necessary?

  • If your home is 25 years or older, chances are you are already in need of an electrical upgrade.
    • A contractor followed the building code at the time your house was built (with inspections to ensure safety requirements were met). However, over the years building codes change to address the power increases in the average home.
    • Your family uses more appliances, communication devices, and gadgets now than the average family twenty-five years ago. Walk around and notice home many power bars and extension cords are in use in your home.
  • Unless your electrical service was oversized, certain remodel projects will require an upgrade.
    • If your remodel adds square footage–say a new workshop or home office–the project should require a service upgrade. The panel that was installed served the needs of the original space. By adding a room or more, the necessary lighting and outlets may overload the panel.
    • Remodeling kitchens and bathrooms are the most desirable upgrades. We use more appliances, both large and small, and desire better lighting and communication than when your home was built. New stoves and refrigerators are larger and draw more power than older versions. We also use more gadgets in our bathrooms than ever before.
    • Depending on how old your house is and whether it has been previously upgraded, your outlets may be as far as 12’ apart. The current building code requires a maximum space of 6’ and some homeowners prefer them as close as 4’ apart.

      Remodeling a room often requires that you ensure it complies with the current building code. Adding outlets may max out or overload your current panel.

Plan well, so your electrical upgrade can be completed as part of the remodeling project.

  • Adding switches and outlets before the project begins, leaving them uncovered, can expose the family to potential shock hazards.
  • Reopening walls for switches, outlets or a larger electrical panel as a follow-up to the remodel would be costly and annoying. The second round of construction dust will not be a welcomed sight.
  • Completing the wiring and electrical upgrade simultaneously with the remodel is the preferred option. It will save time and money; the results will be a far superior process. Your new electrical system will accommodate all of the conveniences you desire as part of your remodel.
  • Completing the electrical upgrade at the same time as the remodel is also the safest option, avoiding both exposed wires for an extended period or risking overloading an aging electrical service.

Each project and circumstance is different, but chances are there is room in the budget for this safety measure. All it takes is planning at the beginning.

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1https://www.millionacres.com/real-estate-market/articles/new-data-forecasts-strong-activity-in-remodeling-for-2021/

 

Zoned HVAC Systems

Zoned HVAC Systems

Summer and Winter in the Same House

In multi-story homes, the temperature difference between the lower and upper levels can easily vary by 10 degrees. If the thermostat is downstairs and set for a reasonable warm comfort level, the upper level can be uncomfortably hot. If you adjust the thermostat to bring a comfort level to the upstairs spaces, the lower level is too cool for comfort. It can be like two seasons in one home. Here are a few solutions you might consider:

Zoned HVAC Systems

This solution calls for a separation of the upper and lower levels into two spaces, creating two heating/cooling zones.  The comfort setting can be set at the same temperature (with successful results) or set at a different setting for each level. Many people prefer to sleep in cool rooms; a one-zoned system makes that difficult. Zoned HVAC systems can be accomplished using one of several methods.

  1. Mini-split ductless HVAC systems. This technique adds an additional heat pump that connects to as many as 4 wall-mounted units that can heat and cool a normal-sized room. Each room can be individually controlled with an in-room Zoned HVAC System thermostat. The majority of the construction remains on the outside of the house, with a sleek indoor blower unit to evenly distribute conditioned air.
  2. Electronically adjusted dampers. Dampers work like valves inside your existing ducts; they open and close, controlling air movement during both heating and cooling season. This solution uses the existing Zoned HVAC System and existing ducts. It achieves better control of comfort for each level.
  3. Multiple systems. The next time you replace your HVAC system, you might consider purchasing two smaller units, with unique Zoned HVAC System thermostats for each level. This solution will require some ductwork adjustments; expect some minor construction to rearrange ductwork. This is probably the most expensive solution, but you will be pleased with the results.

Maximizing the Potential of Zoned HVAC Systems

If your HVAC system was sized and installed correctly, the contractor should have taken the added story into consideration while designing the system. If you are ready for a little detective work, look around for underlying issues that overload the system, resulting in uneven temperatures.

  1. Attic insulation. If you can see exposed ceiling joists in your attic, you have insufficient insulation. This might be caused by settling or by air currents from attic vents. As much as 85% of your home energy loss goes through the attic. Whether you do it yourself or call in a profession, this is the place to start.
  2. Blocked soffit vents. While you are in the attic, investigate whether soffit vents are closed off by loose insulation. This will reduce the ventilation in your attic and can keep the second story warmer than expected.
  3. Covered registers and vents. Conditioned air is circulated by the HVAC system through supply registers, generally found on the floor and return air vents, usually found on central hallways, a little overhead height. It is not uncommon for homeowners to ignore these essential tools for circulation.

    They might be covered by furniture, drapes, or rugs; the reduced airflow might be causing the temperature imbalance. Closing the vents, say in an unused room, impedes circulation and is not recommended.

  4. Use the “On” setting. On your thermostat, you will find two fan settings: “Auto” and “On”. The “Auto” setting only activates the blower motor while the system is heating or cooling air for circulation. The “On” setting keeps the fan running continuously, resulting in increased circulation and ventilation.

    The “On” setting can balance the air temperatures and increase the comfort level throughout the home. As a bonus, the cost to run the fan continuously is lower than the cost of increased furnace or AC activation.

  5. Leaking air ducts. The ductwork throughout your house might have moved and that movement might have caused gaps and openings within the walls. Even a few duct leaks can seriously alter the amount of properly conditioned air circulating through the house by 20-30%. While you can learn to test your ductwork for leaks, it will require a professional to seal them.

The real solution to the imbalance problem might include both methods.

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5 Tips to Choose the Right Home Generator

Guidelines for Choosing a Home Generator

Guidelines for Choosing a Home Generator

Have recent weather events left you considering a generator for your home? Power outages have become a very real possibility, and in our experience being without power for long periods of time is uncomfortable and potentially unsafe. If you are considering a generator for your home, you know there are many options. Where do you start? Here are some guidelines to help you begin to make a decision.

Home Generator Basics

Generators are temporary replacement power sources, a standby electrical supply. While they can provide electricity to your home while the power grid is down, it is doubtful you will generate enough electricity to power the entire house. You will need to prioritize circuits, separating between essential and non-essential; perhaps the refrigerator, computer, HVAC, and lighting go on the essential list, while the washing machine, dryer, and outlets might be on the non-essential list.

Generators convert mechanical energy into electrical energy. The process is the same as large electric generation plants, only on a smaller scale. A fuel powers an engine that spins a shaft. The spinning shaft produces a magnetic field that produces electricity.

Types of Home Generator

Stationary and Portable Home Generator

The principal difference in generators is their position. Some generators are portable, can be stored and brought out as needed. Since they are mobile, they can be moved from one location to another, refueled as needed, or connected to a fuel line. However, these smaller units have limited power generation and must be frequently refueled. With a widespread power outage, finding fuel might be a problem.

Stationary generators, on the other hand, are larger, more powerful, and are therefore installed permanently. It can be set to start immediately upon loss of power. Generally, it will be wired directly to the electric service panel and connected to the natural gas line, a fuel source that is more reliable in a power outage. The unit will be installed outside the house on a pad (keeping the exhaust outside of your home), and local regulations may require it to be elevated.

Fuel Source

Generators run on a variety of fuel sources because not all fuels are available locally. Portable generators often use gasoline, but with a smaller tank, they will need to be filled several times per day. Since stationary units may be connected to a steady supply of fuel, you will find generators that use a wider list of fuels: diesel, natural gas, propane, or fuel oil. Your choice of generators will need to take into consideration the availability of fuel in your location.

Home Generator Size

Generators come in sizes that range in output from 1 kilowatt/hour (kWH) to 100 kilowatts per hour. Of course, the cost will be determined, in part, by the power output. The output of your generator will determine the load it can supply to power your home’s electrical needs. You will need to compare the total kWh needed for emergency use in your home to the kWh output of the generator you choose.

VERY IMPORTANT

When a generator is in use, it must be connected through a transfer switch, not directly to the service panel. This switch prevents the electricity your generator is producing from flowing backward (feedback) onto the power grid. Feedback can be deadly for utility repair crews and attaching a generator to your home without a transfer switch is both dangerous and illegal. The transfer switch will also protect your generator from damage that might be caused by the return of electricity from the power grid. Talk with your electrical professional about the size and function of a transfer switch.

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Guidelines for Choosing a Home Generator

HVAC System Office Temperature and Productivity

HVAC System Goldilocks zone

HVAC System Office Settings for Best Productivity

NASA Science describes “the Goldilocks zone” as a very small area around a star that will permit the natural accuracy of H20 in liquid form, with the chemical resources to support life. In our solar system, this area does not include Mercury, where water would boil away, or Mars, where it would freeze solid. Microbial life can be found in extreme environments, but more complex life functions require a narrower environmental window.

As the Texas economy continues to grow and people return to office spaces, the focus of employers is now on attracting new employees and retaining great ones. Every possible advantage for employee retention becomes important and that extends to the benefit of a comfortable workspace.

It is in no one’s best interest to ignore employee complaints about room temperature since comfort leads to productivity. Today we are looking at finding the “Goldilocks zone” in your office space to satisfy all your employees and increase productivity in the work environment. Is there a perfect office temperature? Here are some strategies to consider:

Why is temperature important to the workplace?

  • One-fourth of employees admit that their productivity falls during the summer months. Some of this might be attributed to daydreaming or planning a vacation. However, a study at Cornell University demonstrates that uncomfortable people are easily distracted.
  • The study found that typing errors decreased by almost half when the office temperature setting was changed from “too cold” to “just right.” Productivity increased by more than 100% when people were comfortable.
  • The indications of lower productivity include:
    • Employees arriving late and leaving early
    • Smoke breaks, coffee runs, and long lunches
    • Daydreaming
  • An office outside of the Goldilocks zone can also lead to distractions when employees argue and become hostile about the office temperature.

When the temperature setting affects the bottom line, it is worth considering. First, consider whether recent changes made by employees might have contributed to temperature extremes.

  • Has furniture been rearranged? Look for vents or returns that might be blocked by furniture or accessories.
  • Does the office layout contribute to good ventilation?
  • Are employees bringing personal, portable heaters for their area? They can be fire hazards and will counteract the HVAC system.

What is the Goldilocks zone in office temperature? The ideal temperature will not work for everyone, but let’s look at some research:

  • The ideal temperature should differ slightly between the cooling and heating seasons.
  • There are no OSHA guidelines for indoor air temperature, but they do set standards for humidity (20-60%) and require plenty of fresh air.
  • The Cornell study demonstrated a temperature setting between 720and 790 F improved comfort and productivity. That is still a broad range.
  • Other experts suggest a setting between 710and 730 F is ideal. That is a pretty narrow range.

Other factors also affect comfort besides air temperature. They include ventilation, air quality, season, and body type.

  • Moving air feels cooler and is comforting. Try turning the HVAC System blower fan to “on” instead of “auto” to keep the air moving.
  • For employee and customer safety and comfort, use premium air filters and change them on schedule. Indoor air quality contributes to creating the ideal environment.
  • Maintain your HVAC system to make sure the air conditioner is removing moisture from the air during the steamy summer months. Humidity contributes to a sticky feel to office furniture and adjusting sweaty clothes if terribly uncomfortable.
  • Our perception of comfort changes from season to season. The ideal temp in the summer is too cold in the winter. Expect the Goldilocks zone to change between cooling and heating season.
  • The number of people occupying a given space contributes to your considerations. Think of every person as a 980space heater. You will need cooling for a longer season than you will need heating.
  • It is no secret that men and women have different temperature preferences. Other factors include body type, age, and past experiences in different climates.

Working towards finding a “just right” workspace temperature can contribute to a preferred and productive work environment. Your efforts will be rewarded.

Need help finding your HVAC System Goldilocks zone?

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Safe Lighting Options for Halloween

Safe Lighting Options for Halloween

Safe Lighting Options for Halloween

Halloween has become a popular celebration and everything about it has become more elaborate. Better costumes, better decoration, and definitely better candy. USA Today estimates Americans will spend $10 billion this year on candy, decorations, and costumes, more than ever before.1

If you “go all out” to prepare for trick-or-treaters, you know that yard décor is essential for this once per year fright night. Carved pumpkins with candles inside will not do; the fire risk is too real, and it can be done so much better. Do-it-yourself fun is the way to go, and entertaining, affordable lighting options are available to help your haunt stand out.

Light-emitting diodes or LED lights are versatile, safe, and generally inexpensive. LED lights use little energy, and many can be powered by batteries. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, and shapes.

Combine your imagination with LED lights and try a few of these safe lighting tricks:

  • LED flameless candles create an atmosphere with a convincing flicker without the potential harm of a real flame. They come in a variety of sizes and options, like flicker flame or steady light. Use the larger-sized candle in your layered carved pumpkin as a highlight.
  • LED flashlights can be used as spotlights to highlight a static display.
  • LED light sticks have replaced old-style light, crack-and-go disposable light sticks. LED light sticks come with replaceable batteries, in many colors and can be purchased at about a dollar per stick. Get creative and make a statement.
  • Non-blinking LED lights in balloons or lanterns made from paper can create a spooky effect. You can find them in a variety of colors and waterproof for about a dollar each.
  • LED rope lights will cost a little more but can produce a great effect with a little creativity.
  • Color-changing LED lights to come in several shapes and sizes. Some styles offer color change programming.

Combine LED lights with a few accessories for some very fun effects and safe lighting options.

  • LED-lit mist makers can create a color-changing fog for a truly frightful setting.
  • Mini LED Strobe lights connected to inexpensive motion detectors create a startling effect as ghosts and princesses approach your porch. Make your pumpkin laugh or talk as children from the neighborhood arrive. Yes, you can buy them, but designing your own scary treat is a lot of fun.
  • If you want a more hands-on approach, use a remote control or timer for some cool interaction. Remote will cost a little more, but you can have serious fun.
  • Turn porch lights into lit pumpkins with little effort. Find cheap pumpkin-shaped buckets and trim them to fit over porch lights or landscaping walkway lights.

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Safe Lighting Options for Halloween

1 https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/shopping/2021/09/22/halloween-costumes-2021-candy-decorations-spending-record/5816767001/

HVAC Maintenance Guide

HVAC Maintenance Guide For Homeowners

HVAC Maintenance Guide For Homeowners

Most homes in the U.S. are heated and cooled with a variation of a forced-air system. Forced air HVAC systems are very energy-efficient and adaptable enough to handle the various climates found in North America. Besides keeping your home comfortable with heated or cooled air on demand, your system will clean and circulate the air, filter the air supply and remove humidity as needed.

Like any mechanical system, your HVAC will need regular maintenance to run smoothly; a well-cared-for system will provide quality service over a long period of time. Neglecting maintenance results in:

  • Reduced energy efficiency—dust deposited on electrical wiring will restrict the flow of electricity.
  • Dust and debris that accumulate in spaces can restrict airflow, reducing efficiency.
  • All of that accumulated dust affects indoor air quality, so it needs to be removed.

If you haven’t noticed, the primary task in maintaining your HVAC system is cleaning. You have two choices for preventative maintenance: hire an HVAC professional or do-it-yourself. If you decide to try this yourself, here is a task list:

HVAC Maintenance Preparation:

  • Gather the tools needed to complete the task: a shop vacuum, a toothbrush, screwdrivers, and a garden hose.
  • Trip the breaker to the furnace/air conditioner. This is an extremely important safety requirement.
  • If your furnace is natural gas or propane, make sure to close the valve for your safety.

Cleaning the Indoor Unit

  • Remove the cover(s) with your screwdriver, but only after you have tripped the breaker.
  • Items that need to be clean include the blower cylinder, the condenser coil, and surfaces of control switches. Take your time with the blower fins and coil; you may need the toothbrush to clean close spaces. During the cooling season, the air conditioner will remove moisture from the air and deposit it in a pan below. If the pan is dry, vacuum any debris and wipe it out.
  • Check the fan belt for the blower motor. If worn or cracked, replace the fan belt.
  • Vacuum around the filter slot and replace the air filter.
  • Vacuum around the base of the furnace as far as you can reach.
  • Inspect the electrical controls to make sure nothing has been dislodged.
  • Replace the covers, making sure the cover seals properly.

HVAC Maintenance: Clean the Outdoor Unit

  • Remove the top cover of the outdoor compressor unit and vacuum the bottom of the basin. Replace the top cover.
  • With the garden hose clean the compressor fins, washing dirt and debris that has blown between. It is essential that air flows freely through these fins; hot compressed gas moves through the outdoor coils and the fan pulls air through the fins to cool the gas.

Use a garden hose instead of a pressure washer. A pressure washer will put too much force on the fins and close the openings.

Restarting the system

  • Once your work is complete, flip the breaker to restore electricity to the system.
  • If your furnace is natural gas or propane, open the gas valve and light the pilot light.

If this is too much for you, give AirPro HVAC a call and let our technician complete the maintenance. We have electrical equipment to make further inspections and a gauge to check the refrigerant gas.

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HVAC Maintenance Guide For Homeowners

5 Advantages of HVAC Replacement

5 Advantages of HVAC Replacement

Tips on HVAC Replacement

As a homeowner, you will eventually need to replace your heating/air conditioning system (HVAC). You might begin hearing noises that make it sound old and cause you to wonder whether it will run or not.

Your house might not be as comfortable as it was a few years ago; maybe the bedroom farthest from the furnace is cooler than it used to be (or hot in the summer). Your energy bills might be telling you “It’s time!” Statistically, your HVAC system will become less efficient after 10 years. How old is your system?

Replacing the HVAC system is quite a hit, so it is best that you financially prepare for replacement. There are some advantages you will experience when you replace your system. Here are a few of those advantages.

HVAC Replacement Lowers Energy Costs

Approximately 55% of your total energy bills go toward heating and cooling your home. Each year energy cost goes up, so a reduction in the efficiency of your HVAC system should catch your attention. A new HVAC will be (statistically) 20-40% more efficient than an old system.

How does that happen?

Older HVAC components wear out. They might last 10 years, 15, 20, or 25 years, but moving mechanical parts will reach an end of usefulness.

A new system will bring new technology:

  • New refrigerants function better and are safer for the environment.
  • Motors and compressor technology have improved.
  • New thermostats allow you to customize the comfort and schedule savings into your system.
  • A new system, based on a current analysis will pick up remodeling or additions you have made over the years. A new, properly sized system will improve efficiency.

Efficiency Based Incentives

Prior to making your purchase, connect with your HVAC professional concerning tax credits, energy companies or manufacturers’ rebates, and special financing offers. Incentives might help you determine when you purchase equipment since most of these incentives do not apply to repairing old systems.

HVAC Replacement Increases Comfort

While not a financial benefit, too much cannot be said about the improved comfort of a new HVAC system. If you must constantly adjust your thermostat to keep you comfortable, if the air smells musty or feels excessively humid in the summer, then the comfort of a new system will be very evident.

Modern HVAC units come with great comfort features, such as variable speed fans, 2-stage compressors, and humidity controls built into the thermostat. The satisfaction of coming home to a cozy setting will make everyone happy, including “momma.”

Longevity Means Reliability

HVAC technology is hardy and resilient. It is made to last for a decade or two. When properly maintained, it cools all summer long and heats throughout the winter nights. It happens every time you need it. If something does go wrong, a warrantee covers parts and HVAC Replacement costs for a specified time.

The long lifespan of HVAC systems will give you the peace of mind of knowing it will keep you comfortable for years to come. It is hard to put a price tag on peace of mind, but it is a benefit, nonetheless.

Interested in HVAC Replacement?

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5 Advantages of HVAC Replacement

Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Tips

Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Tips

Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Best Practices

In late 2020, Ford was excited to release the new Mustang Mach-e, its latest electric vehicle (EV), with a travel range of 305 miles on fully charged lithium-ion batteries. This “muscle car” was added to the long line of available electric vehicles on the market. Research and regulations are working together to demonstrate e-cars are a viable transportation mode for many urban consumers when Residential Electric Vehicle Charging is available.

The greatest concern with electric cars is convenient charging; people still fear trying to get to a destination and the battery running low. More charging stations are being installed every day, but not fast enough to keep up with the popularity of EVs. It is essential for you to learn the location of local charging stations and become acquainted with their use. Some charging stations are free, while others charge by the hour.

Most electrical vehicle manufacturers provide a mobile charger. Keep this charger with you at all times; it will allow you to charge from a standard 120 V outlet when your battery is low. However, expect it to be a slow charge.

The most convenient charging solution is a residential charging station installed at your home.

Residential Electric Vehicle Charging is Fast

The mobile charger is slow because it only connects to 120 V outlets. A home charging station will connect directly into the 240 V service, which will supply enough juice to add 32 miles of range per hour of charging. When returning from daily activities and parking in your garage, you plug in the EV to the charging station overnight and enjoy the evening. In the morning you will awake to a car with fully charged batteries. Home charging stations are very convenient for drivers with a long commute and no desire to charge mid-way home.

Residential Electric Vehicle Charging is Cheaper

Generally speaking, public charging stations are either free and slow or fast and relatively expensive. Chances are, you will need to travel off of your most direct route to charge. Relying on public charging stations might be painful in the long term. A more cost-effective solution is a home charging station; charging your car will be included in your electric bill each month.

According to MarketWatch1, if you drive 1,000 miles/month with an EV and pay 10 cents/KW hour of electricity (the national average), recharging will add $25 to $33/month to your residential electricity bill. Third-party charging stations may also charge taxes and user fees every time you charge your EV. Not only does your EV reduce carbon emissions, but it saves money at the gas station—now you only need coffee and a snack.

Professional Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Installation is easy

Unless you regularly work with residential electricity, you will need to call a professional electrician to install a Level 2 home charging station; it is not a suggested DIY project. Fortunately, help is close by. AirPro Electric has a team of EV-certified electricians who can install a home charger for you.

They will:

  • Check the electric service and wiring at your home to make sure you have adequate current available.
  • Install the charger and train you to use the technology safely.
  • Leave you with the peace of mind your home and EV are working together efficiently.

Your charging solution will be on schedule and easy, cost-effective, and convenient.

Two things about public charging stations

  • Their number is increasing rapidly—there are more than 12,000 places to charge EVs so far.
  • Public charging stations, even with taxes and fees, are cheaper than gas stations!!!!

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1 https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-much-does-it-cost-to-charge-an-electric-car-we-do-the-math-11615580227

 

5 Reasons to Hire a Houston Electrician

Houston Electrician

Tips in Hiring A Houston Electrician

In the U.S., we have a very independent attitude and “do-it-yourself” (DIY) was often a necessity rather than a preference. When cars and trucks were rather simple devices, being a “shade tree mechanic” meant that you had a can-do spirit and were willing to put in some time to repair your own vehicle and occasionally were called upon to repair a neighbor’s car.

People often “got ahead” by purchasing a house that needed repairs and putting in the time and effort to renovate and repair homes. In the ‘50s and ‘60s, the workweek was shortened to 5 days and DIY projects became more popular. Tools and materials were made readily available; hardware stores and lumber yards were replaced with “home improvement centers.”

Today, few people are ready to take on the complexity of modern vehicles, so few “shade tree mechanics” work on late model cars. There are some building areas that do not work well as DIY projects—residential electricity is one such area. Here are five reasons hiring a Houston Electrician is preferable to doing it yourself:

  1. Avoiding Dangerous Situations

Taking on any project comes with some risk; changing a lightbulb could result in a fall. However, with electrical projects, the risks are more subtle and can be very dangerous.

  • When you take off the service panel you are facing 200 amps, and that is more than enough to kill you. Touching the wrong place can be deadly.
  • Completed projects are covered for everyone’s protection. Any mistake made during a DIY project is now hidden, presenting a latent fire or shock hazard.
  • Safety measures for preventing electric shock should be a part of every project, but “know-how” includes calling an electrician when you need one.
  1. It is Harder Than It Seems

Few home improvement projects are “fun,” but some projects fit into your comfort level better than others. Digging up a sewer line is not fun, but you know how to use a shovel and a tape measure. Projects become less attractive when they take you out of your comfort level when you do not have the required tools or know-how to complete the project properly.

If your electrical experience amounts to the repair of an extension cord, wiring a room addition on your own becomes problematic. Save your DIY energy for projects you are prepared to complete.

  1. Building Code Requirements

Some projects can be completed without permits, projects such as painting or laying tile. The basic building practices are left up to you as the homeowner. However, some projects affect your home AND future buyers, AND the whole community.

Since electricity connects homes and since homes are built rather close together, most electrical projects will need a permit and periodic inspections completed by municipal or county inspectors. Inspectors are ensuring electrical projects are completed according to acceptable product and installation standards.

Expect the professional Houston Electrician to “pull” the correct permit from the proper authority, to follow the proper standards during installation, to be present and tour the project with the inspector, and correct anything that fails the inspection. Your project will receive an “approval” stamp, ensuring the project is completed properly.

  1. You Pay for Tools and Expertise

Admittedly, you can do many things and your independent spirit has opened your potential. You have attempted many things and have been pleasantly surprised at the results. However, you have also realized that you cannot do many things; you should not attempt to complete heart surgery on yourself. When you open the hood of your new electrical car, you realized this is not the realm of the shade tree mechanic. You would not assume the responsibility of flying a commercial jet on your next business trip, you will hire professionals when a professional is needed.

Also, nothing is more frustrating than trying to accomplish a task without the proper tools. Removing a 2-ton stone from the backyard can be accomplished with a hammer, chisel, and wheelbarrow. It can also be removed with a series of straps and a frontend loader. The former will take a lot of time, blood, sweat, and tears compared to the latter.

When you hire an electrician, you are hiring a lot of training, experience, and the tools necessary to complete a project correctly.

  1. Electricians Can Save Money

As you might expect, electricians are paid according to the training, experience, and tools they bring to the project. One of the major goals you have by completing a project on your own is the money you will save. This might create a conflict in your mind about whether hiring a professional electrician is a wise financial decision.

By communicating these concerns with your electrician before you’re the project begins, you can request that he allow you to complete non-profession “busy work” associated with the project, such as mapping the circuits throughout the house. The electrician is interested in completing the project quickly and correctly and should welcome assistance with routine tasks.

So, keep your independent, “can-do” attitude; save money and time while improving the value and comfort of your home. But let part of this independent attitude be recognition when you sincerely need help and hire professionals when you need the work of a professional.

5 Reasons to Hire a Houston Electrician

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise for electrical work in Houston.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

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Commercial Ductwork Cleaning in the Office

Commercial Ductwork Cleaning in the Office

Benefits to Commercial Ductwork Cleaning 

Whether you own a commercial building or manage commercial space, maintaining its various systems is an important cost-control measure. Your HVAC manufacturer recommends scheduling a preventative maintenance visit annually to ensure all of the components function properly. A preventative maintenance visit will include:

  • An electrical and mechanical check of heating, ventilation, and cooling components.
  • A thorough cleaning of areas that you do not normally access
  • Coolant pressure checks
  • Function tests that determine whether the system is operating within normal expectations
  • An inspection of both supply and return Commercial Ductwork Cleaning as needed

The end of the cooling season is a good time to give your HVAC professional access to your HVAC system for the following reasons:

  • Cooling stress will be down compared to the hot part of the summer.
  • Testing cooling temperatures and making adjustments can be completed without discomfort.
  • If you need to turn the blowers off for duct cleaning, this is the time to do it.

Commercial Ductwork Cleaning as part of your scheduled preventative maintenance will benefit staff and guests in the following ways:

Commercial Ductwork Cleaning: Remove Bad Odors . . . and Worse!

Airborne particles circulating through your building will ideally be trapped in air filters during both heating and cooling cycles. Whenever the blower motor stops, any dust, pollen, or other fine particles inside the ducts are deposited by gravity inside ducts. Dust attracts dust and other particles and eventually leads to musty smells.

Mold and mildew spores enter buildings whenever doors or windows are opened and are also carried in on shoes and clothing. Most spores are captured and trapped by the air filter.

However, it only takes a slight amount of moisture, says from condensation, to activate spores and promote growth inside the ducts. Often mold and mildew give off a distinct odor, but worse yet, the growth produces more spores, and spore growth creates health risks to humans.

Even clean buildings will occasionally experience various species of pests and these pests can find a home inside ducts. Building occupants are aware of this possibility and might not be surprised. What they will find inexcusable is when waste and debris from pests are not removed quickly.

These materials create odors, but the greater risk is the danger from microbes that are feeding on this waste. Every time the blower engages, the foul odor and dangerous germs are circulating through your place of business.

It might surprise you what ends up in ducts, sometimes totally by accident, but occasionally people will drop things inside a duct on purpose. As the item decays, it can smell. Or worse, the item might be large enough to create a blockage.

Regularly Commercial Ductwork Cleaning will improve the indoor air quality for your staff and guests. Your staff is your most important asset, and generally, they spend long hours in your building. They are counting on you to keep them safe and comfortable, especially people with allergies or breathing issues.

A professional Commercial Ductwork Cleaning will remove smelly and dangerous items from the ducts. You will have the peace of mind that comes from making your space the safest it can possibly be.

Commercial Ductwork Cleaning in the Office

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New AC Installation: What to Expect on Installation Day

New AC Installation

New AC Installation – What to Expect the Day Your New HVAC System is Installed

Comfortable temperatures and improved air quality are just a few hours away. Your new AC installation day is here and there should not be a source of anxiousness. We have put together a list of items to expect the day your new HVAC system is installed.

Be at home during your New AC Installation: If the homeowner cannot be present during the install, an adult over the age of 18 must be on the premises while our installation team completes the work. Throughout the installation process, there may be questions about the equipment, its placement, or its functionality that may need to be addressed.

Make sure your pets are out of harm’s way, for their safety and ours. A new AC Installation can be noisy and will require strangers into your home. Pets do not always agree with the noise and the presence of strangers in their homes. In addition, doors may be open for extended periods of time while bringing equipment into your home.

This may present an easy escape for pets and could be a tripping hazard to our installation team and your family pet. We highly suggest limiting your pet’s access to the work area or planning for your pets to be outside of the home to keep everyone safe.

Make childcare provisions. Getting a new ac system is exciting for everyone, even the smallest of family members. The excitement of new people in the home and the curiosity of the equipment attracts children. We highly recommend that children are kept at a distance from working areas for their safety.

Make Outdoor Units Accessible. Our installation team will need direct access to your outside air conditioning unit. Any landscaping, outdoor furniture, or overgrown bushes will need to be removed prior to the installation.

Keep a clear path to the indoor installation location. Your new AC installation will require some room to work. The footpath between the entry to your home and the installation location will need to have a clear path for our install team. Removing furniture, home décor, or any wall hangings will make the installation process quicker and easier for everyone.

Keep the attic area clear. Your attic accumulates holiday decorations, memorabilia, and boxes of items to donate. Your new AC installation will require extensive attic access. You will need to allow adequate room for our installation team to work. Our team will need six feet of clearance at a minimum to install your new AC system.

After the New AC Installation is Complete

After your new air conditioning system installation is complete, our technicians will ensure that it is working properly by testing each system and component. After this testing is complete, we will answer any questions about the thermostat settings or functionality of your new system.

We will also follow up a few days later to ensure that your new AC installation is as you expected, and you are back to enjoying comfortable temperatures in your home.

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Houston Electrician: Electrical Safety During a Power Outage

Houston Electrician

Preparing for the Next Power Outage

East Texas is no stranger to power outages. In the last 5 years, we have experienced two storm-related events that caused massive, widespread power outages that lasted for days. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused massive flooding and left hundreds of thousands without power as they were trying to recover. In 2021, Winter Storm Uri left between 2 and 3 million people without power during an incredibly cold period; water froze in many homes during this time.

Around the country, we deal with power outages and they can be very inconvenient, even dangerous. Most outages are temporary, generally caused by weather events, such as high winds and lightning. However, some regions experience outages and rolling blackouts due to excessive electrical demands and insufficient available power. Whatever the cause of power outages, here are some tips that can help you avoid the distress of lengthy power outages.

Around the House

  1. Keep your trees trim. Fallen limbs are one of the most common preventable causes of power outages.

Choose to Save with your HVAC system

  1. Strategic adjustments. During extreme temperature swings, you can adjust your thermostat by about 50 while everyone is out of the house, or overnight. Daytime hours are high peak usage times, so if enough homeowners follow this schedule it can take the pressure off and avoid brown/blackouts.
  2. Keep your HVAC system maintained. This will ensure it functions efficiently and saves energy.
  3. Keep blinds and drapes closed during extremely hot days to reduce solar gain.

Choose Energy Saving Devices

  1. If you still use incandescent light bulbs, switching to LED bulbs uses 6 times less energy.
  2. Look for the ENERGY STAR rating when you buy appliances.

Make energy savings a habit.

  1. Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  2. Tools, appliances, and chargers continue to use electricity, even when not in use. A good test for this is—turn off all the lights in the house and notice all of the indicator lights shining.
  3. Run high-energy appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers, late at night. This is well past the peak energy portion of the day.

Consult your Houston Electrician/professional

  1. Call a Houston electrician and get an in-house “electrical checkup.” The technician will check the wiring, panels and check the circuits, catching small problems before they become big problems.
  2. Now is the time to consider a backup generator. A generator is a smart move to protect your home and family during long power outages. It takes planning, so prepare ahead of the next outage coming your way.

Houston Electrician Providing Electrical Safety Tips During a Power Outage

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Maintaining Commercial HVAC Systems in 2021

Maintaining Commercial HVAC Systems in 2021

Commercial HVAC System Maintenance in 2021

Well-informed facility managers already understood indoor air quality (IAQ) was important to occupants and guests, but the pandemic has highlighted the need for the safety, health, and comfort of all as our society slowly re-opens. According to a report released by Honeywell, 75% of surveyed U.S. facility managers say COVID-19 has caused them to permanently rethink how their facility operates.

Nearly six in 10 respondents are more likely to invest in indoor air quality optimization and other healthy building solutions.1

Further, the economic advantage of keeping a clean, well-maintained HVAC system includes:

  • Energy efficiency/energy savings. Components free of dust and contaminants are cheaper to operate
  • Minimal repairs. Preventative Commercial HVAC System maintenance will catch small problems before they become major problems.
  • Extended life. Well-maintained systems will last longer and put off costly replacements.

Here are four Commercial HVAC System maintenance steps that will impact IAQ and save your business money.

Commercial HVAC System Maintenance Tip: Clean Ducts Regularly

Indoor air contains dust, pollen, mold spores, and, yes, bacteria and viruses. The HVAC blowers circulate the air well, but when the blower stops, gravity takes over. Airborne particles begin to fall, and particles inside the ductwork are deposited in the ducts. Some particles will remain where they land, creating an ideal source of food for microorganisms. Other particles continue to recirculate until trapped in an air filter.

A professional duct cleaning crew will begin with an inspection, looking for large items trapped inside the duct. Specialized equipment, including an industrial-strength vacuum system with a HEPA filter, loosens dust buildup and removes it from the building. A chemical disinfectant solution will ensure a clean surface, free of microbial growth.

How often should you clean ductwork? Each building has different criteria—a hospital and a small retail building will need different care. Consult a trusted HVAC professional for further assistance.

Commercial HVAC System Maintenance Tip: Replace Filters Often

Air filters are the essential barrier that stops contaminants and keeps them from re-entering indoor space. Filters will continue to catch particles and will eventually become clogged and restrict airflow. Changing filters ensures clean air and helps the entire system function efficiently.

The size of your facility(s) will determine whether this is a simple matter of replacing one filter or several hours of work. In most settings, filters need to be changed at least every three months; check with your HVAC professional for further assistance.

Commercial HVAC System Maintenance Tip: Clean Air Conditioning Coils

Air conditioners remove humidity from the air and that work is completed by the evaporator coils. These coils remain dark and wet during the cooling season, attracting any particles that come through the system. This is an ideal environment for mold and mildew to grow. Biological growth will contribute to a musty odor. Mold spores are a dangerous and harmful contaminate.

Since evaporator coils can be located in hard-to-reach spaces and are best cleaned with specialized equipment and solutions, most facility managers will call an HVAC professional to clean evaporator coils.

Commercial HVAC System Maintenance Tip: Cooling Tower Cleaning

Large facility cooling systems may use water as a refrigerant in chillers and cooling towers. Municipal water supplies quite often contain dissolved chemicals, such as lime. These minerals can build up and the resulting scales can clog water lines.

Just like the evaporator coils, cooling towers can also be an ideal spot for the growth of mold or infectious bacteria, such as Legionella.

Cooling towers should be inspected for scale and slimy biological growth on a monthly basis. There are several descaling and disinfecting solutions available. At the completion of the cooling season, the whole system should be drained and thoroughly cleaned, descaled, and disinfected.

A Professional Custom Commercial HVAC System Cleaning Plan

Since commercial facilities include buildings large and small, with a diverse spectrum of uses—hospitals and laboratories, multi-story office complexes or hotels, malls, government buildings, and restaurants, HVAC professionals will customize a PM program for your facility.

Technicians will make themselves familiar with “your” building, its components, and cleaning requirements. A schedule may include monthly, quarterly, or annual visits as needed. The proper equipment and supplies will be available for each HVAC component.

Interested in Commercial HVAC System Maintenance?

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We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

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1 Source: https://www.achrnews.com/articles/145099-honeywell-survey-reveals-healthier-buildings-top-the-list-of-back-to-work-priorities

Electrical Safety in Your Bathroom

Electrical Safety in Your Bathroom

3 Tips to Promote Electrical Safety in Your Bathroom

Water is called “the Universal Solvent” because it dissolves more substances than any other liquid; water dissolves gases in the atmosphere, so even rainwater is not “pure water.” The water from the sink, shower, and toilet is a solution and therefore conducts water VERY well. When you understand that your body is also approximately 70% a solution of water and other chemicals, you understand the danger your family faces with electricity in your bathrooms.

Clean water is essential to human health and hygiene. While keeping clean we add chemicals like soap and shampoo, making water a very good conductor. Electricity makes the bathroom very convenient—illuminating hygiene regimens and keeping you warm. Some common bathroom appliances, such as space heaters and hair dryers, carry a lot of currents, the dangerous part of electricity. Wow!

Electric shock is serious, causing burns, interruption of nerve and heart signals, and sometimes leads to death. Since water and electricity are in close proximity to your bathroom, here are some tips to help protect your family and guests.

Electrical Safety in Your Bathroom: Wiring

  • Exposed wiring in your bathroom is extremely dangerous. This should be addressed immediately for the safety of all.
  • If your home requires an electric heater in the bathroom, it should be installed on the wall or ceiling, away from standing water, and hardwired into a protected circuit.
  • Take the effort to recess or enclose light sockets. Fixtures that are hanging free from the wall or ceiling are very dangerous.

Electrical Safety in Your Bathroom: Switches

  • Install light switches at a safe distance from showers and sinks. Water from a wet hand should not come in contact with switches, since it can find electricity inside the electrical box. The next person to use the switch may come in contact with electricity. Yes, this is common sense, but don’t forget or get careless.
  • Pull strings are safe options in bathrooms.
  • Make sure your body is dry and there is no standing water before switching on an appliance such as a hairdryer or flat iron.

Electrical Safety in Your Bathroom: Outlets

  • All outlets in bathrooms should be ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI). These outlets sense an improper grounding of electric current and shut off the power immediately, potentially saving the life of a person who is being shocked. GFCI outlets are recognizable, with “test” and “reset” buttons in the center.
  • Make sure GFCI outlets are installed a safe distance away from the water in a shower or sink. Use plastic outlet covers when the outlet is not in use.

Hire a licensed electrical professional for electrical installations or renovations in your bathrooms. This gives you the assurance the end results will be a safe setting when water and electricity are in close contact.

Have questions about Electrical Safety in Your Bathroom

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HVAC Duct Cleaning: Reducing Dust Buildup

HVAC Duct Cleaning

HVAC Duct Cleaning Tips to Keep Dust out of Ductwork

The air conditioner and heating components of your HVAC system garner most of the attention, but the air ducts also play an important part in the process. A fairly typical AC blower moves 1,000 cubic feet/minute in order to provide fresh cool air to every room in the house. Circulation provides the “comfort factor” you appreciate so much.

As the air moves, it picks up small, sometimes microscopic, particles and moves them throughout the house as well. Once the air stops moving, gravity pulls the particles down to surfaces below—we commonly call these particles dust.

That is the dust you can see, but there is dust you cannot see. As the air conditioning cycle ends, particles fall onto surfaces below, including the surfaces inside the ductwork. Since they are hard to reach, dust accumulates until it is cleaned. Here are some HVAC Duct Cleaning methods you can use to minimize dust in your ductwork.

  1. Clean the dust you can see. To keep dust out of the ducts, dust and vacuum the house regularly. How often? At least weekly, but if a family member suffers from severe allergies or asthma, more frequent cleaning is advisable. Commonly available cleaning products and dry mops use static electricity to attract and trap dust for disposal. Vacuum cleaners remove dust from carpets and furniture; look for a vacuum cleaner with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter or HEPA filter for best results.
  2. Change the air filter often. Keeping dust out of the ducts by changing the AC air filter often, at least quarterly. The air filter removes most particles before they enter the ducts.
    1. The filter traps particles on the return side, as air is drawn into the air conditioner to be cooled. Removing the dust here prevents it from dropping into the supply side ducts leading to the various rooms of the house.
    2. If you have pets, check your air filter frequently. Pet hair and dander may require a more frequent filter change.
    3. A dirty filter restricts airflow, consuming 5 to 15% more energy to cool the house. The blower may pull air through gaps around the filter, bypassing filtration.

Look for the MERV rating on your filter—the higher the MERV rating, the more particles removed. A HEPA filter will remove 99.9% of air bourn particles when installed properly.

  1. Keep ducts dry. If moisture accumulates inside the ducts, it will attract and trap dust, providing the ideal conditions for the rapid growth of mold and other contaminants. If your home has humidity problems, monitor, and repair the problems to keep a mold infestation from taking hold in the ducts.
  2. Make sure water drains well in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements/crawlspaces.
    1. Make sure condensation from the AC drains properly.
    2. Use exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen to remove moisture from the air.
    3. If your HVAC system has an in-duct humidifier, make sure it operates and is well maintained.
  3. Use your senses to determine whether cleaning ducts are needed.
    1. Do you notice a musty smell coming from the registers? Check more than one, including those in bathrooms and kitchen.
    2. Can you see accumulated dust at the registers? It is safe to say, the entire network will look very much like the area you can see.
    3. Remodeling or home additions may result in a significant accumulation of construction dust, both in the house and in the ductwork.

If you have determined you need HVAC Duct Cleaning, call the professionals at AirPro Houston for an inspection and HVAC Duct Cleaning.

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5 Most Common Commercial HVAC Problems

Commercial HVAC Problems

Commercial HVAC Problems and the Solution

Commercial HVAC systems are well made and should perform well for 20+ years of service. While every mechanic system will eventually wear out and any component can develop problems, some problems that lead to failure are avoidable. From years of experience, these are the five most common preventable Commercial HVAC Problems that lead to component or system failures.

Putting Off Preventative Maintenance (PM)

Switch gears for a minute: you searched for your dream car or truck, saved for the down payment, bought it, and brought it home. You plan to drive this thing for years and get all of the driving satisfaction you possibly can. It is your pride, your baby! Yeah! However, you refuse to change the oil regularly, rotate the tires, and ignore the brake pads rubbing metal-to-metal. What a waste that would be!

You probably do not feel the same about the HVAC system and you have never taken anyone on a tour of the mechanical closet. But neglecting preventative maintenance on a commercial HVAC system is as unwise as neglect maintenance on your car.

For most commercial structures the HVAC is essential equipment to keep staff and customers comfortable while doing business with you. Regular maintenance is the TLC that keeps your heating and cooling system at peak performance and ensures the maximum number of years of service. Skipping PM schedules to save costs in the short term will cost you money in the long run.

During a PM visit, HVAC professionals inspect the components of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. They will do some general cleaning, complete minor repairs, and check/adjust control settings. Minor repairs made on a timely basis are less likely to become major repairs.

PM visits should be completed once per year, preferably in the Spring to prepare for cooler temps or in the Fall to prepare for the heating season. Your HVAC professional can track your PM visits and let you know when maintenance is needed.

Forgetting To Change The Air Filter

A preventative maintenance call is scheduled annually, but air filters need to be changed at least every three months. An old folk proverb says, “A horse that belongs to everyone starves.” Unless you assign someone the task of changing the air filters, chances are the task will be neglected.

Air filters trap dust, pollen, dander, and other mostly organic particles; they keep them from clogging and damaging electrical parts. More importantly, they remove them from the air to provide clean, fresh air and reduce the number of particles staff and customers breathe in. A dirty filter reduces airflow, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality.

Not Understanding How To Use The Thermostat

The control mechanism for the HVAC system is called a thermostat. If the thermostat is not functioning properly, neither will your HVAC system. We see several issues with thermostats that have easy fixes.

If the screen on the thermostat is blank, replace the old batteries with fresh batteries. If the screen remains blank, the thermostat may need to be replaced. If so, give us a call; it is not a big issue.

Thermostats in a commercial setting are probably programmable. Find the instruction manual and input your customized settings to meet your building needs.

The placement of the thermostat also affects performance. Do not install thermostats in a location that receives direct sunlight, as the sunlight will skew the temperature and cause the system to work harder. It should be mounted close to the center of the space, away from exterior doors or windows that are frequently opened.

Loss of refrigerant

HVAC systems typically use a gas, called a refrigerant, that acts to cool the air. The gas is put under extreme pressure and is contained in a sealed circuit. If the refrigerant circuit loses its seal or is stolen, try as it may, the system cannot work hard enough to keep your building comfortable.

This is a problem because the AC compressor will continue to work at cooling the space and work too hard. Additional wear and tear will lead to early failure.

Your HVAC professional can try to locate the loss of seal and add refrigerant to the circuit, restoring the function. This process is called recharging and is an easy fix. The cooling function will return to capacity within a few minutes.

Restricted Airflow

The HVAC system moves air throughout your structure through return and supply air ducts. Typically return air registers are located on the wall, sometimes high on the wall. These registers pull air into the heating/cooling mechanics. The heated or cooled air is pushed into the many spaces through supply registers, typically located low on the wall or on the floor.

Placing furniture, appliances, or accessories over the registers will prevent the free flow of air, reducing comfort and making a room feel stuffy. It also makes the whole system work extremely hard to compensate for the restriction.

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Electrical Tips for Commercial HVAC Systems During a Hurricane

Commercial HVAC System

Commercial HVAC System Hurricane Preparedness

Protecting The Electrical Components of Your Commercial HVAC System During a Hurricane

Every year, hurricane seasons bring violent storms that damage and destroy millions of dollars of residential and commercial properties. The good news is current construction methods take into consideration the power of wind and waves. New buildings are built to withstand strong sustained winds with less destruction and damage from extreme weather.

Property owners and managers should plan ahead of time for the inevitable, planning to mitigate damage and transition into recovery mode as soon as storms pass.

This article offers simple suggestions and procedures to reduce possible damage from a hurricane to your commercial HVAC system. Remember, each commercial HVAC system is customized to the building, so make the necessary preparation steps to protect your specific HVAC System.

Be Aware of the Risks. You must understand the potential for damage before you can plan to avoid damage and delays.

Water Damage. Hurricanes pull a lot of moisture from the oceans and deposit it on land in the form of heavy rain. While outdoor commercial HVAC system components are designed to withstand rain, you may need to prepare for storm surges, river or creek flooding, or localized area flooding. It could be prudent to research new standards for elevating outdoor AC units and the cost for the new construction.

Wind Damage. Hurricanes can produce sustained winds between 75 mph to 157mph. Prepare for high winds by trimming trees on your property that could damage your AC unit(s) or fall on power lines. Make sure that outdoor compressor units are strapped down to hinder them from blowing away.

Electrical Damage. Hurricanes do not have the reputation for producing much lightning but prepare for electrical surges and lightning as a precaution.

Commercial HVAC System Long-term Prep

The first goal of hurricane preparation is the protection of lives. By planning ahead, when the evacuation order comes, you will be prepared to follow it without worrying about a commercial business or an HVAC system during the storm.

Trim trees and vegetation. Prepare ahead of time by removing dead trees or broken limbs. Trim vegetation that might fall on property, including outdoor AC units. Collect leaves and limbs that might become airborne in high winds and damage the compressor units.

Purchase Covers Ahead of Time. Covering the outdoor units with a tarp or custom-made cover to protect them from wind damage. In some circumstances, you may need to board up the unit, so buy the material and cut to size beforehand.

Preventative Maintenance. Prior to the hurricane season, call your HVAC professional for a system Preventative Maintenance visit. Our technicians will inspect the equipment thoroughly and complete a hurricane prep checklist. This will include ensuring components are lashed down properly, wall openings are sealed against water damage and electronics are protected against power surges. By planning ahead, you have the best chance to recover quickly after the storm has passed.

Commercial HVAC System Short-term prep

Keep Current. National and local weather forecasters work hard to give people in the path of hurricanes adequate storm information. Each year thousands of lives are saved because hurricanes no longer sneak up on unsuspecting coastal inhabitants. Information includes storm surge estimates, landfall predictions, wind speed, and rainfall amounts. You will see your long-term prep in action. This information will also give you advance notice to follow some short-term action items.

Disconnect Power. During the final stages of the storm, preparation turns the switch from the HVAC system to the OFF setting. Trip the breakers, shutting off power to components. This will reduce the chance of damage from electrical surges that can damage or destroy circuits. It will also reduce damage to the building and other people in the case of water damage.

Time to Cover. Once the power has been disconnected, it is time to apply the tarp or board up the unit. This keeps mud, sticks, and flying debris from being lodged in the compressor unit. Complete this task before dangerous winds make it impossible.

AirPro Houston is Your Electrical System Hurricane Preparedness Experts

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to prepare your commercial HVAC system for a hurricane.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Commercial Building Electricity Usage Saving Tips

Commercial Building Electricity Usage

Commercial Building Electricity Usage Measures for Your Commercial Property

As a commercial property owner or manager, cost-savings measures that affect the bottom line should catch your attention. An important way to save money is to save energy; whether your property is large or small, there are steps you can take to save significant energy.

Not only will you save money, but you can reduce your carbon footprint and help the environment. Utility companies also take note of measures businesses to take to save energy and provide financial incentives. Participating in the incentive programs will add to your cost-saving.

Commercial Building Electricity Usage Savings: Educate Building Tenants

If you take cost-saving measures without involving tenants, it will lead to misunderstandings and difficulties. In contrast, a partnership with tenants can lead to a successful program.

If tenants understand the goal, they can disclose problems that you may be unaware of.

When tenants participate willingly, they will forgo practices that are costing you money. For example, portable heaters under the desk or behind the counter can skew the thermostat reading in heating/cooling zones and will increase energy use.

Tenants and employees may also appreciate their company showing interest in the environment.

Commercial Building Electricity Usage Savings: Physical Improvement

The most effective cost savings measures involve construction; the most expensive cost savings measures involve construction. One approach is to determine to use energy-saving construction material and practices as the need arises. When the capital is available or sufficient incentives make it cost-effective, make the appropriate changes.

Replace Old Windows. Twenty-six percent of heat loss in commercial buildings occurs through windows. Determine ahead of time to use Low-E windows, dual pane windows, or other energy-efficient materials when replacement becomes necessary. Check the seal on windows annually and replace them when the seal is broken.

Increase Roof/Attic Insulation. Commercial buildings lose as much as 20% of the energy dedicated to heating and air conditioning through the roof. In South Texas, the recommended attic R-value is 30. That is the minimum requirement, and it is probably what was installed in your building is relatively new… if it’s older, the R-value maybe even less.

In addition, insulation compacts over time, losing its effectiveness. Adding insulation to your attic is a very effective energy saver and if the space is easily accessible, it is relatively inexpensive to install.

Commercial Building Electricity Usage Savings: Lighting Upgrades

Lighting upgrades can be a tremendous energy saver. The reason is obvious: the commercial property is generally well lit, so there are many lights in total using electricity. Consider these energy-saving suggestions:

Switch bulbs to the most energy-efficient lights available. For many commercial applications, that would be LED bulbs that replace fluorescent and/or incandescent bulbs. Each LED bulb will produce more light, use up to 80% less energy and last up to 25 times longer.

Investigate whether your exterior lighting can benefit from LED lights as well.

Parking lots will be brighter and safer for customers and staff. Check with your electric utility—incentives may help pay for bulb replacement. Remember auxiliary lighting too—display lights, vending machines, vanities, etc.

Switching to LED lights will also save on maintenance. Incandescent bulbs generally last one year before failure and replacement. Fluorescent bulbs generally last 5 years or more. But LED bulbs may last as long as 25 years under normal lighting conditions.

Install motion-sensitive switches in areas that are not constantly in use, such as conference rooms, restrooms, and breakrooms. Often people forget “last one out, turns off the light.” After a pre-programmed time, the lights will go off immediately and save significant energy/money.

Commercial Building Electricity Usage Savings: Maintain and Upgrade HVAC Systems

Your HVAC system consumes at least 20% of the energy in a typical commercial building. Since commercial HVAC systems vary considerably according to the size of the building, it is not necessary to get specific.

  • Change filters regularly, at least every three months.
  • Have your system serviced and cleaned annually for maximum benefit.

Consult with your HVAC professional concerning the age of the product and lifespan of the equipment. Be proactive to avoid an HVAC failure that may affect business for lengthy repairs.

Commercial Building Electricity Usage Savings: Manage Thermostat Settings

A major hit to the electric bill is improperly managed thermostats. Someone is too cold or too hot and instead of layering clothes for comfort, they inch the thermostat for individual comfort. To save energy, install programmable thermostats for each heating/cooling zone.

You will not keep every employee happy, so determine temperature standards throughout the property, for both heating and cooling seasons. Determine ahead of time whether individual fans are permitted. Small space heaters are energy hogs and interfere with the control of temperature in the larger zones. They should not be allowed.

Program a reduction in heating and AC use after hours; real savings are achieved over periods 8 hours or longer.

Make sure you condition space in vacant buildings to keep pipes from freezing in the winter and to prevent mold and mildew growth in the summer months.

Commercial Building Electricity Usage Savings: Equipment Power Settings

Make sure that computers, printers, and internet hardware are set to energy savings mode; equipment settings can be programmed to go to “sleep” a few minutes after activity rather than running a screen saver all night.

Some computers and printers will power down completely after a set time, rather than silently draw electricity all night.

Update your server room often, as needed. Server rooms usually function as vast data storage centers and require significant cooling to keep them from overheating. Recent technology advancements allow companies to store data securely on the internet “cloud.” Consider whether your data could be better stored by a second party on the cloud and saving you space and money.

Commercial Building Electricity Usage Savings: Complete An Energy Audit

An energy audit develops a customized plan to save energy and therefore save money.  Air Pro Houston Electric has trained technicians that can inspect your commercial buildings and help you discover even more energy/money-saving measures.

AirPro Houston is Commercial Building Electricity Usage Saving Experts

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to increase the energy efficiency of your commercial properties.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

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Hurricane Preparedness For Your Electrical System

Hurricane Preparedness For Your Electrical System

Keep your Electrical System Prepared For Hurricane System

Hurricane Preparedness is part of living near the Gulf Coast. Living in the Houston Metro area means living with a high probability of experiencing a hurricane or tropical storm. Severe storms have accounted for lengthy power outages over the last few years; Houstonians are giving serious consideration to making plans and preparations for the next weather event.

Since past severe storms and hurricanes have similar characteristics, your preparation can be based on predictable conditions.

A major problem during severe weather events is losing power for days or weeks at a time. Loss of power complicates life and makes recovery significantly more difficult. A severe weather event may lead to:

  • Food spoilage and water contamination
  • Lost connectivity to news and phones
  • Power surges that damage electrical components
  • Failure of needed medical devices
  • Cooking, heating, and air conditioning systems to lose function

Not only will your neighbors experience these same problems, but expect local businesses, grocery stores, banks, and gas stations to also be closed for an extended period of time.

Hurricane Preparedness: Planning Essentials Before the Storm

  • Gather emergency supplies, including water, food that can be prepared without cooking, and vital medicines
  • Materials for storm-proofing your doors and windows
  • An evacuation plan
  • Determine ahead of time whether you should invest in a backup generator

Backup power can make the difference between a speedy recovery and a difficult hardship for your family. Whether you consider a portable unit or install a home standby generator, call Air Pro Houston Electric, your local Generac Generator dealer.

A backup generator will give you peace of mind when the power goes down for an extended period of time. Generac has been a leading manufacturer of backup power solutions for more than 60 years. Millions of customers have turned to Generac, for residential, commercial, and industrial generators. Our solutions include mobile generators and both fuel and solar units.

We are the most trusted brand for backup power solutions; our products are designed and engineered in US-based facilities. Air Pro Houston Electric technicians are locally-based and are available 24/7; dedicated to serving our customers, we are the support your family needs.

Hurricane Preparedness: Planning During the Storm

  • Charge cell phone batteries beforehand and save battery life as much as possible. Monitor weather via radio and television as long as possible.
  • If you are evacuating, turn off the electricity at the breaker box and, if possible, turn the water off at the main valve. Evacuate if your home is damaged or if an emergency official orders it.
  • If you plan to ride out the storm, stay away from windows and doors—take shelter in the safest space available
  • Unplug as many appliances and lights as possible to avoid damage caused by power surges
  • If your home is experience flooding, be sure to turn off electricity at the breaker box

Hurricane Preparedness: Planning After the Storm

  • Never use a generator inside! The exhaust includes carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can kill in minutes. The Portable Generator Manufacturers’ Association highly recommends stationing a generator away from windows and doors and at least five feet away from livable spaces.
  • A Generac home standby generator will engage to restore power within seconds of power loss, whether you are at home or away. The automatic transfer switch will signal the generator to start and power will be supplied to the home until utility power is restored. Make sure that you have fuel reserves for the first few days.
  • You will work with your electrician to determine which circuits are essential for emergencies. For extended power outages
    • Open refrigerators and freezers as seldom as possible
    • Keep electronics and appliances disconnected to avoid damage from power surges until power is restored
    • Have backup plans for medical needs, including storing refrigerated medicines and electrical medical devices
    • Never use a gas stove to heat your home!
  • If you experience flooding, a professional electrician should inspect your electrical system before turning the power back on

Hurricane Preparedness: Planning in Advance

Once the power goes out, difficulties will arise. While you can neither predict the timing nor the intensity of the next severe weather event, you can plan to make your home safe and your recovery as short as possible.

AirPro Houston is Your Electrical System Hurricane Preparedness Experts

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to avoid the dangers of electrical shock.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Hurricane Preparedness For Your Electrical System

 

Advantages of Mini-Split HVAC Units

Advantages of Mini-Split HVAC Units

Mini-Split HVAC Units: Pros and Cons

The concept of cooling indoor air during summer heat and humidity has been around as far back as ancient Egypt and Rome, but with primitive technology, cooling could only be accomplished at a great expense.

Soon after producing electricity on demand was possible, inventors began experimenting with how to cool a room. Central air conditioning became common in the 1970s and today 99% of homes in the south are built with AC.

If your home was built prior to 1970, air conditioning was not standard equipment; if you have central air, it was installed as a retrofit, probably at a great expense. In addition to HVAC components, walls were likely opened to install ductwork, both supply and return air vents.

If your home does not have central air conditioning, installing it may seem like a daunting, expensive proposition. If so, you might consider a mini-split ductless heat pump as a solution. This relatively new option might be ideal for an older home with no or limited ductwork.

Mini-split HVAC units are also attractive options for home offices or remote rooms that need additional heating and cooling. They work in a way similar to central air systems, but on a smaller scale and without installing ductwork throughout the home. Since they do not require ductwork or large components, they are easy and fast to install—most of the time installation takes one day.

Key advantages of the Mini Split Ductless Heating & Cooling System

  1. Small profile. Mini-split heat pump systems heat and cool small spaces, so they don’t take up a lot of room. They are installed in an out-of-the-way space, usually high on a wall. A low profile interior, the attractive interior unit is attached to an outdoor heat pump through a 3” opening, just enough to connect electricity and a drain for condensation. The sleek unit will blend with the design of any décor.
  2. Whisper soft. Not only are mini-split systems small and attractive, but they are also incredibly quiet, unlike a typical window air conditioning unit. If you have lost sleep listening to a loud window air conditioner or had to choose between AC and a phone call, you will be delighted with the quiet operation of the mini-split system.
  3. Clean air. The air filtration for the mini-split system is a multi-stage filter; each stage filtering smaller particles and the activated charcoal layer trapping odors. Since the air is filtered directly, cleaning ducts is never necessary; this is a great advantage over central air conditioning. As an added bonus, the various filters can be cleaned and reused.
  4. Since each room is served by a different unit, room temperatures can be controlled independently, customizing comfort to the occupant’s preference. For instance, you can heat a home office on a cool morning and keep a bedroom cool for a good night’s sleep.

    Changing from heating to cooling instantly is very helpful. Hospitals, offices, hotels, and schools find this versatility useful. In addition, a mini-split provides both air conditioning and heating. A mini-split ductless system gives year-round temperature control room-by-room; no more freezing winter mornings or humid summer nights.

  5. Energy efficiency. Ductless systems are more energy-efficient than using window AC units and more efficient than central AC. Installing mini-split heat pumps in your older home or remote space is not only a cheaper installation option but also saves money monthly on the utility bill. You will realize incredible cost savings by heating or cooling only what you need, with surprising comfort.

Interested in a Mini-Split HVAC Unit for Your Home?

Our four decades of experience as a Mini-Split HVAC Unit contractor, AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to install, repair, or maintain a Mini-Split HVAC Unit.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

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HVAC Tune Ups: Getting Rid of Hot and Cold Spots

HVAC Tune Ups: Getting Rid of Hot and Cold Spots

HVAC Tune Ups: Why Are There Hot and Cold Spots in My House?

You love your house! The neighborhood, the curb appeal, and the layout are perfect. The one thing you don’t love about your house is the tendency for hot and cold spots. The expectation is to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the house year-round.

Perhaps the rooms on the south side of the house are too warm in the summer and the north side is too cold in the winter. Walking from one room to another is like switching seasons! An HVAC Tune Ups can help.

Hot and cold spots in a home are a common problem that is both annoying and possibly costly. Whether summer or winter, you should investigate temperature variations to prevent problems from developing. This article tells you why you experience uneven temperature and what you can do to fix it.

HVAC Tune Ups: Common Causes of Hot and Cold Spots

  • HVAC Tune Ups: Start with obvious and easy fixes. Find your vents and make sure they are not covered. If the TV stand is covering a vent or a bookcase blocks the air return vent on the wall, it will definitely cause temperature variations. Fixing your problem may be as simple as rearranging the furniture.

Inspect windows and doors for ill-fitting installation, gaps that have developed, or joints that need weather-stripping. Gaps not only allow drafts that result in energy loss but may also be exposing your home to water damage and pest infestations. This is also a relatively easy fix.

  • HVAC Tune Ups: Inspect your ductwork. Your system has two types of ducts; return ducts pull air from the rooms of your house and supply ducts return the “conditioned” air back to the rooms. As you inspect the ducts, make sure that:
    • Ducts are well connected and sealed. The blower motor creates air pressure in both return and supply ducts, so you will lose air from any hole or crack.Most ducts are made of sheet metal, which heats and cool as the HVAC system circulates air, expanding and contracting with each cycle. Repair any gaps that develop.
    • Since most ducts are made of sheet metal, they should be installed in
      • Conditioned space, such as inside an insulated wall or a conditioned basement or
      • Be insulated when installed in unconditioned space, such as a crawl space or attic. Insulate ducts that you can access when they run through unconditioned space.
    • Having your ducts cleaned will make sure there are no obstructions, blocking air from certain rooms.
  • HVAC Tune Ups: Adjust the heating/cooling zones. Hot and cold spots may be caused by improper zoning. What does that mean? If you have one thermostat and it is on the opposite side from the temperature variant room, perhaps the thermostat is not registering that far room. If so, it may be difficult for your HVAC system to heat or cool every room evenly.
    • Adjusting the heating and cooling zones includes adding a thermostat(s) closer to the affected area and putting a damper(s) in the ducts to push air to the areas that need it.  More conditioned air might solve the problem.
    • Another solution might be to add a ductless mini-split AC unit to the affected area. The ductless unit works independently to serve a small area underserved by the central air system. Think of this method as cost-effective support for your home’s existing HVAC system.

Correcting the temperature variation can save money on your heating and cooling, and bringing comfort to your family with a HVAC Tune Ups.

  • Properly size your HVAC system. Originally, a technician inspected your home, gathered information on many variables, and recognized the properly sized HVAC unit, probably described in “tons.”If your HVAC system is zoned properly, but still has issues cooling or heating your entire home, it might be improperly sized. If your unit is too small, it will work harder than necessary and not keep up with the heating/cooling needs.

    If your unit is too large, it will cycle too quickly to work properly, leaving hot and cold spots, without time to properly dehumidify the air. A properly sized HVAC unit efficiently conditions the space as needed.

Need an HVAC Tune Up to Get Rid of Hot and Cold Spots in Your Home?

Our four decades of experience as a Houston HVAC Tune Ups contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to get rid of hot and cold spots in your home.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

HVAC Tune Ups: Getting Rid of Hot and Cold Spots

Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation

With the introduction of electric vehicles (EV), the auto industry is making strides toward environmental-friendly cars. The pros and cons can be debated, but electric vehicles (EVs) are here and expected to get better with improving technology.

While electric vehicle owners smile as they pass gas stations, finding charging stations becomes a priority.

EV owners have three levels of charging options:

  • Level 1 chargers are simple and inexpensive, but the downside is they are slow—agonizingly slow. Expect a Level 1 charger to recharge an EV only four miles of battery range per hour. If your EV has 200 miles of range on a full battery, it will take up to 50 hours to fully charge.That is not a practical solution for most people. A Level 1 charger will, however, fully charge a hybrid vehicle battery overnight.
  • A Level 2 charger is a much better choice for EV owners, charging a 200-mile battery in about 12 hours, a hybrid vehicle in a couple of hours.
  • A Level 3 charger can complete a 200-mile battery to full charge in a few hours. However, it will set you back approximately $50K.

To meet the demand, public charging stations are on the increase and growing exponentially. According to the Department of Energy, there are at least 22,000 charging stations across the U.S., with more than 68,800 connectors between them.

About 1/3 are in CA; FL, TX, and NY are states with the next highest number of public stations. However, only 16% of public stations are Level 3 charging stations.

In response to requests to install wall connectors for EV charging stations, Air Pro Houston Electric is providing this information to help electric vehicle owners understand the process. We will explore installation considerations for a Level 2 charger.

We are reviewing the installation of a residential electric vehicle charging station. These chargers can service most brands of EVs; some car models use a proprietary adapter provided by the manufacturer.

Purchasing and normal installation of a residential electric vehicle charging station is very affordable, especially considering the savings of not buying gas or diesel. However, there are some obstacles to consider that affect installation cost.

  • If your home is 50 years old or greater, your electric service supplied to your home ranges from 60 Amps to 150 Amps, while newer homes have a minimum of 200 Amps. Over time, we rely on electricity in greater quantities, with gadgets that not only illuminate, refrigerate, cook and clean, but also provide communication, education, and entertainment.Since the ’70s, more homes have become all-electric, relying less on natural gas and fuel oil, and 30 to 40% of residential electricity usage is consumed by the HVAC system. With upgrades and accessories, household demand for power might be pushing your electric service to its max, leaving little room for a charging station.
  • An electrician will need to calculate the existing load and the additional load of the charger to determine how much room is available on your electric service for a residential electric vehicle charging station.
    • If your home has a 200 Amp service, most likely you are in the clear. But if you have a 50 Amp service, your current power load has probably maxed out your electric service and it may not support a load of an EV charger without a service upgrade.
    • An EV power connector set at 50 Amps and your kitchen range pull about the same electrical load. As the electrician calculates your service load, some power usages can be calculated at less than capacity.Since normal use is of your range is the cooktop or the oven for short periods of time, your 50 Amp range may be calculated at 50% load. However, the power connector for an EV must be calculated at 125% of its load to allow for the extended time of high-current draw.
    • If your older home has a maxed-out power service, upgrading your service is highly recommended for the long-term safety and value of your home. That might come as a surprise if you were expecting a relatively inexpensive installation for your charging needs. But wait! Keep reading.

You took a chance purchasing an EV, relying on a home-based charging station. Now you have learned that your residential power service cannot handle the full 50 Amp load. With a residential electric vehicle charging station, you have some options for a workable solution.

  • Residential electric vehicle charging stations are designed to be versatile, letting the user select the amount of current drawn to charge the vehicle.
    • You have optional settings of 16 Amps, 24 Amps, 32 Amps, and 50 Amps. The basic requirement will be a load capacity for the lowest setting, and it gives you time to plan a future electric service upgrade if you choose. Even with a full load available, you can still choose to use the lower settings.
    • The lower settings will charge your EV but take longer to fully charge the battery, but it gives you a charging option at home.

A residential electric vehicle charging station is an excellent choice that gives the homeowner a smart option in both older homes with small load service capacity and newer homes with plenty of load.

Interested in Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation?

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise in Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Station installation.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Electrical Cords: Do Not Make Good Chew Toys for Pets

Electrical Cords Are Not Pet Chew Toys | 281-880-8805

If you have invited a dog or cat into your home, you have probably experienced them chewing on things you wish they had not—your favorite shoes, furniture, or the door frame. Most take such behavior in stride as a normal part of pet ownership, but when a pet chews on electrical cords it is a safety hazard and the results can be disastrous.

Why Do Pets Chew on Things?

Animals chew on objects for several reasons.

  • It is thought that puppies and kittens chew on things to relieve the pain associated with teething. Chewing is particularly intense during the early stages of life.
  • Relief from nervousness. Dogs and cats have behaviors similar to human personalities. Vets even diagnosis pets with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Pent-up nervousness often leads pets to chew on whatever is close by.
  • Mistaken identity. Sometimes pets will chew on things because they look edible or smell like their favorite people.

Electrical Cords Are Dangerous Chew Toys!

If a pet chews on electrical cords, the consequences can be disastrous.

  • Electricity causes the same sort of damage in animals as it does in humans. It will give the pet a jolt and can result in burns, internal damage, seizures, and death.
  • Exposed, frayed wires can lead to the same harm to humans who might step on it.
  • Frayed wires might lead to damaged equipment or in extreme cases, a house fire.

Pets chewing on electrical cords can be an accident in the making, but how can you stop this behavior?

Physical Deterrents to Chewing

An obvious way to keep pets from chewing on electrical cords is to separate the cords and the pet as much as possible.

  • Hide the cords as much as possible, making sure they are out of sight; reroute cords behind furniture and over doors if necessary. Remove unnecessary cords and unplug appliances that are not in use. It might not prevent them from chewing, but at least they will come to no harm.
  • Anything that dangles will be irresistible for pets, especially cats. Yeah, cats can’t resist dangling cords. Please do your part by removing the temptation and securing wires to the wall or furniture. Cord clips will help you secure them.
  • Crate your pet, close doors, or use pet gates to limit access to areas with significant cords while you are away from home.

Other Deterrents to Chewing

Okay, you minimized your pet’s exposure to electrical cords, but you still have electrical cords within reach of your pets. What else can you do?

  • Train your pet. Dogs respond well to a sharp “leave” command. Cats, well give it a try.
  • If your pet just cannot resist chewing, spray the cord with a harmless but unpleasant substance with a smell or taste that your pet will avoid. Cats do not like menthol. Neither cats nor dogs like vinegar. Chili paste will also give them pause before they try again. If none of these work, your pet store will have a commercial deterrent spray with a harmless but potent smell.
  • Play with the pet. Some pets chew because they are nervous. Some pets chew because they are bored. Provide an alternative chew toy, something squishy, or something containing a treat. Make sure your pet gets the exercise they need to use pent-up energy.

If the problem persists, install GFCI outlets in areas where pets chew electrical cords. It will not save the cord, but it will protect your pet and others from harm.

Have Your Pets Made Chew Toys of Your Electrical Cords?

Damaged electrical cords are a big fire hazard that can lead to costly damage from a house fire.

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to avoid the dangers of electrical cord damage.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

 

 

 

 

Commercial Electrical Maintenance Plan

Commercial Electrical Maintenance Plan

Why Your Business Need a Commercial Electrical Maintenance Plan

Commercial businesses rely heavily on electricity and taking the necessary steps to keep the electrical system safe, completely functional, and well maintained. Proper maintenance creates optimal efficiency which will reduce wear and tear over time. A breakdown in your electrical systems, no matter how temporary, cost your business time and money. That is why AirPro Houston has put together these top reasons to create a Commercial Electrical Maintenance Plan for your business to ensure your business stays up and running.

Creates a Safe Work Environment with a Commercial Electrical Maintenance Plan

Electrical issues can create a hazardous work environment for your employees and customers. Fire, electric shock, electrocution, and explosions are potential problems that can damage equipment, property, and seriously injure employees or customers. A proper Commercial Electrical Maintenance Plan will thoroughly inspect wiring, outlets, power supplies, and electrical lines to make sure that they are not a potential hazard.

Avoid Major Electrical Repairs with a Commercial Electrical Maintenance Plan

Many times, electrical problems are not visible. Internal electrical malfunctions can go unseen causing damage that can be very costly. Regularly scheduled maintenance and inspections will assist in identifying electrical problems to resolve them before they become more complicated and lead to more extensive electrical repairs.

Keep Equipment Running At Its Best

Smooth running equipment equals a smooth-running operation. Regularly scheduled commercial electrical maintenance will ensure that machinery, appliances, equipment, and electrical outlets are performing at their optimal capacity.

Promote Energy-Efficiency

Proper electrical maintenance assists in identifying wasted energy, old light bulbs, HVAC filters that need to be replaced, faulty appliances, or malfunctioning outlets. Replacing less efficient appliances with more modern energy-efficient models can greatly decrease energy consumption. Reducing energy costs will help increase your profit margin.

Increased Productivity

Regularly scheduled maintenance promotes higher productivity since downtime will decrease. It improves the efficiency of the businesses’ electrical infrastructure, minimizes power outages, reduces downtime, prevents data loss, and protects from costly interruptions. Fewer interruptions in your workday lead to an increase in productivity, which leads to increased profits.

Longer Life Span for Equipment

Regularly maintained equipment operates more efficiently, which will prolong its life span. Repairing any electrical issues quickly before they damage equipment further.

How Can We Help with Your Commercial Electrical Maintenance Plan

Neglecting electrical repairs and maintenance in a commercial setting creates many risks. If you do not have a Commercial Electrical Maintenance Plan in place, it is something that you need to implement as soon as possible. Your business productivity, customers’ and employees’ safety, all depend on this simple step.

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to avoid the dangers of electrical shock.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Commercial Electrical Maintenance Plan

Alter HVAC Thermostat Settings for Summer

Alter HVAC Thermostat Settings for Summer

Summer HVAC Thermostat Settings

As summer approaches and we gain hours of sunlight you should prepare for the Summer months ahead. It is time to test and change the batteries as needed in your fire alarms/carbon monoxide detectors. It is also time to prepare your thermostat settings for optimal efficiency and comfort. Programmable and smart thermostats will allow you to customize the air temperature for your family’s comfort. Here are some suggested changes:

Change the time on your HVAC Thermostat

New smart HVAC Thermostats may connect with the internet and automatically adjust to time changes. If not, the thermostat requires a manual time change twice per year to ensure the programmed settings stay on schedule. Standard programmable thermostats typically have a “Set” or “Program” button. Pushing it once brings up the menu to set the clock. Use the arrow buttons to adjust the time backward one hour in the Fall. Press the “Set” button to save the change.

Adjust your programming on your HVAC Thermostat

If you did not program your programmable thermostat it is running on an automatic setting. This is a perfect time for you to customize your settings. If you programmed your thermostat when it was installed, it is a great time to reevaluate your program.

Your thermostat came with programming instructions; if you no longer possess the instructions, you will be able to find them online by brand.

Program for your schedule on your HVAC Thermostat

Adjusting the temperature throughout the day will save energy and money while keeping your home warm and comfy.

    • Determine with family members a comfortable temperature during summer months—typically between 72 and 780 During waking hours, refrain from turning the temp up or down.
    • Program temperature setbacks of 100 at night while everyone is asleep for comfort and energy savings. Program a return to a normal temperature approximately 30 minutes before the family begins to wake up.
    • If no one is home on weekdays, program the same 100 setbacks during the day while the house is vacant and a return to normal temperature 30 minutes before family arrives. Program weekends according to your family’s schedule.
    • Setting daily eight-hour temperature setback periods generate the greatest energy savings, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
    • Changes in your normal routine are no problem: simply use the thermostat’s override feature instead of making manual adjustments. The thermostat will automatically revert to your established schedule.

Once you’ve made all your needed scheduling and temperature adjustments, it’s the ideal time to put fresh batteries in your thermostat.

D0 HVAC Thermostat Settings Have You Sweating?

With our four decades of experience as a seasoned Air Conditioning Repair contractor, AirPro Houston provides HVAC System repair, installation, and maintenance. We specialize in smart home technology including smart thermostats.

Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC System repair and HVAC System Efficiency needs. We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit.

Alter HVAC Thermostat Settings for Summer

 

High Ceilings: HVAC System Pros And Cons

HVAC System Pros And Cons

HVAC System Pros And Cons Related to High Ceilings

So you bought a house with high ceilings, maybe a tray or vaulted ceiling, and some of the rooms have ceilings taller than nine feet. You still love it; it was just the house you wanted. It meets your style and aesthetic, but . . . you weren’t prepared for the higher energy bills that come with high ceilings or the way it affects the comfort of the rest of the house.

No worries. People typically buy houses for the looks and know little about the systems “behind the walls.” You really admire the faucet, but you didn’t check to see whether the pipes were copper or PVC. Believe me, this is very typical. But now, as a responsible homeowner, you need to step up and figure out ways to make it all work together.

The first question is—why should I care what the temperature is twelve feet up? Consider these two reasons:

  • Most homes have central heat and air, which will circulate all the air throughout the house. If the heat is allowed to build up in the upper reaches, it will be brought back down to affect temps in living spaces. The temperature should be relatively similar all the way to the peak of the vault.
  • Wall finishes are damaged by extremes; extreme cold, extreme heat, and extreme changes in temperatures. Allowing heat to build-up can cause paint to peel or drywall joints to crack.

The second question is—what can I do? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Ensure your HVAC system is properly sized. How did you end up with the heating and AC system you have? A qualified technician completed a “load calculation” to determine the proper size system your home required.

    Typically, the calculation factors in the square footage of the house, since most ceilings are below nine feet tall. With high ceilings, the calculation must also factor in the volume of the air in the vault or tray ceiling to ensure the proper size HVAC system.

If your high ceiling is the result of a remodel plan, the load calculation must be completed again. The additional space may require an upgrade to provide the comfort your family needs. In summer, the increased air volume will require your AC to run longer cycles to keep the air cool.

  • Many vaulted ceilings do not have attic space above. Often, the attic is a buffer with significant amounts of insulation with air movement to keep it from getting too hot. Make sure the space in the vault is adequately insulated.
  • Look for proper ductwork design. The contractor that built the vaulted ceiling knew that hot air rises and the HVAC system would need to circulate that air. Your inspection may uncover a high and a low air return. In the summer, hot air rises and will get “stuck” up high without some help. A return air vent draws that hot air into the ducts to be cooled and recirculated.

    During summer, the lower return can be covered with a magnetic cover, leaving the cool air to make the living space comfortable. During winter, open both returns to assist with keeping living spaces warm and comfy.

  • Install a ceiling fan. If your vaulted ceiling does not have a ceiling fan, consider installing sufficient fans to circulate the air. Install rod extensions to bring the fans closer to the living space. Ceiling fans designed for spaces with high ceilings typically move more air than normal fans.

Ceiling fans turn in both directions to move air up or down as needed. In both summer and winter, the ceiling fan should turn counterclockwise, pushing air down. In the summer, hot air is pushed down to ensure it recirculates; in the winter, warm air is pushed down to help make the house warm and cozy.

Have a question about your HVAC System?

With our four decades of experience as a seasoned Air Conditioning Repair contractor, AirPro Houston provides HVAC System repair, installation, and maintenance.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC System repair and HVAC System Efficiency needs.

HVAC System Pros And Cons

Improving Indoor Air Quality for Commercial Spaces

Improving Indoor Air Quality for Commercial Spaces

Managing a commercial property is complicated and ever-changing; all the more so in our present environment. As businesses bring employees back to the office, property managers are working hard to ensure indoor spaces have improved indoor air quality (IAQ) for the safety and health of everyone.

AirPro Houston is focused on helping you maintain a safe work environment by providing information about cutting-edge HVAC purification technologies. Let’s get to it!

Improving Indoor Air Quality with Ultra-Violet Germicidal Irradiation

Many hospitals and research facilities already use Ultra-Violet Germicidal Irradiation as a safeguard against organic airborne particulates, such as pollen, mold, and bacteria. This technology, once a luxury, is now quite common and readily available. Ultraviolet light is the part of the light spectrum that causes both suntans and sunburns.

Certain wave links, invisible to the human eye but lethal to living cells, act as a germicide that kills living particles. That includes both bacteria and viruses. For spaces with high humidity, UVGI will also kill airborne mold spores. Once the organic matter has been neutralized it is trapped in the filter and removed from the air.

This technology can make a difference in Improving Indoor Air Quality for residential and commercial buildings. This technology has two applications:

  • Improving Indoor Air Quality with Coil sterilization. The least expensive application installs one or two stick-shaped UV lights inside the air handler coils and shines 24/7. Organic particles that usually stick to the moist surfaces of the coils are irradiated and neutralized.
  • Improving Indoor Air Quality with Air sterilization. The same style lights are installed inside the HVAC ductwork on the return side of the system to neutralize pathogens and irritants before they are circulated back into workspaces. Some UV applications are programmed to shine 24/7, others to sync with the HVAC blower motor for maximum efficiency.

Both applications work very well, so much so that the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AirConditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) updated design guidelines recommend UVGI equipment for any high-density space. The goal is not to produce a pristine “clean room” environment, but to eliminate pathogens before they recirculate throughout indoor spaces.

Organic air-borne particles are constantly introduced into indoor space every time the door opens or humans cough, sneeze, or even breath. However, this equipment should be an option for you to provide a healthier work environment.

Ventilation

In recent years, architectural designs included fewer operable windows in commercial buildings. A healthy indoor environment must include a steady supply of fresh air, and the ready source is outdoor air. Air handlers, by design, have dampers that draw in outdoor air for ventilation.

The same ASHRAE paper recommends opening dampers as much as weather permits for the best in IAQ. And if your building has operable windows, open them as often as possible!

If your building does not have operable windows the performance of the HVAC system becomes crucial. The V in HVAC stands for ventilation. If the ventilation system is supplying all of the fresh air, give special attention to ductwork.

  • Have the ductwork system inspected and repaired as needed. Not only will this increase airflow through indoor spaces, but it will also prevent moisture buildup and mold or mildew growth inside the ducts. This service will prolong the life of your entire system. You will see an increase in performance and efficiency.
  • Has the ductwork system been cleaned regularly? When the blower motor stops and air flows slow, gravity will cause all air-borne particles to deposit inside the duct. Occasional cleaning will remove this buildup and prevent it from recirculating.
  • Change air filters regularly. Not only do dirty air filters restrict airflow, but they also fail to remove dust and pollutants as effectively as clean filters. Consult with your technician to determine whether your HVAC system would benefit from upgrading your filters to HEPA filters.

    Request a recommendation for how often to change filters and stick with it. Air filters are inexpensive barriers to air-borne particles.

Your HVAC technician can help with cleaning, repairs, filters, and making sure your dampers are set correctly for proper ventilation.

Air Filtration

Dusty or obstructed air filters don’t do as good a job at blocking pollutants or pathogens as clean, new ones. In fact, your service technician may have recommendations on even more effective air filters that can be used with your existing system.

These should be changed regularly, and if possible, consider using a HEPA filter or one with a higher MERV rating than you may have used previously. These aren’t expensive and are readily available.

Blower Fan Run Times

Many commercial HVAC systems are set for the blower fan to operate only when active heating and cooling are happening. However, in a commercial space, you should consider setting the HVAC blower fan to run 24/7.

A programmable thermostat will keep a baseline temperature at optimal levels day and night. Operational costs for constantly moving the air are only slightly higher than the standard setting, but the real benefit is increased airflow and filtration. As a result, IAQ is cleaner and safer all day long.

Spacing Work Places

Before 2020, open office floor plans were popular and resulted in too much germ swapping. People who worked in individual workspaces had fewer sick days than employees in crowded cubicles. Providing a safe work environment might mean moving desks/cubicles away from one another.

A few more feet between workers is not only healthier but also stimulates productivity and contributes to higher job satisfaction.

People who work in the space you provide are staying current with workplace changes. By staying current, you contribute to a sense of wellbeing and safety. While some changes are trendy but not significant, these recommendations are relevant in every setting.

Your building will smell nice, feel better and be healthier. Occupants might not know what you have done, but they will appreciate the results.

Have a question about Indoor Air Quality?

With our four decades of experience as a seasoned Air Conditioning Repair contractor, AirPro Houston provides Indoor Air Quality Inspections with the skill and expertise to assist you with your Indoor Air Quality.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and HVAC Efficiency needs.

Improving Indoor Air Quality for Commercial Spaces
Space in office building with cubicles

Avoiding Electric Shock

Electric Shock

Avoiding Electric Shock

Electricity has become so common in American homes; it fuels the things that make our homes fun, comfortable, and safe. It is easy to forget it can be dangerous. Since AirPro Houston cares about your safety, we want to provide some basic information to help you avoid electric shock.

The qualified electrical technicians at AirPro Houston receive extensive training, pass through rigorous testing and have years of experience. We are dedicated to completing repairs and maintenance safely and getting it right the first time. Our goal is to avoid exposing your family members to dangerous electrical shocks and burns. Here are some things to help you avoid these same dangers.

What is electric shock?

An electric shock is the effect of an electric current flowing through the human body. Its effects can range from pain, muscular contractions, and difficulty in breathing, to burns, cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, or death. The severity of the shock generally depends on the amount and duration of the current, and the path the current takes through the body.

Sometimes victims of electric shock may appear to be unhurt, but they should still be treated as a victim of electric shock. Some injuries and further complications may not yet be obvious. An examination in a hospital is important after any electric shock.

The damaging aspect of electricity is amps, not voltage. Unless you understand what that means, it doesn’t help much, so to be clear—common household current has the potential to be harmful and/or deadly.

Mistakes That Lead to Electrical Shock

  • Frayed or damaged extension cords or appliance cords
  • Missing cover plates on light switches and wall outlets
  • Failing to unplug a device before exposing the electronic parts
  • Failing to disconnect electricity to a circuit before working on it
  • Situations involving water and electricity in close proximity

10 Tips That Might Just Save Your Life

  1. Don’t plug or unplug anything electrical when there is water present. Typical shoe soles are too thin and not of the right material to provide adequate insulation. Also, moisture, dirt, or body sweat in the soles will compromise the little insulating value the shoe may have had.
  2. Have a qualified electrician replace incorrect or deteriorated household wiring.
  3. Be aware of the power lines around your home and the power main bringing electricity into your home. Children should not play in areas close to power mains (i.e., tree houses) and adults should use great caution with ladders near power mains.
  4. Stay away from downed power lines. And remember caution #1 above. Call the power company and keep others away until repairs are made.
  5. Replace any two-pronged outlets in your home with three-pronged grounded outlets. Outdoor, bathroom, kitchen, and garage outlets should be GFCI protected.
  6. When small children are in the home, insert Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRR) or plastic outlet covers to prevent injury to loved ones.
  7. Keep electrical cords and extension cords out of the reach of small children and pets. Both tend to put everything they find in their mouth.
  8. Replace frayed electrical cords or extension cords; be proactive and replace cords when you see the insulation cracked.
  9. Don’t overload an outlet or power cord. Plugging too many cords into an outlet will overload the circuit, resulting in sparks or even a fire.
  10. Make sure power tools and appliances that draw heavy current are grounded, adding an extra barrier between you and electricity.

We offer these common-sense tips with your safety in mind. If you need help implementing some of these tasks, AirPro Houston can provide electrical repair and maintenance to keep your family and home safe, giving you the peace of mind you deserve.

Avoid Electric Shock

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to avoid the dangers of electrical shock.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

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Air Conditioning Repair Tips

Air Conditioning Repair Tips

Air Conditioning Repair: When To Know When To Call For Repair

Okay, the cooling season has begun in earnest. Before the extreme heat arrives, perhaps you are wondering whether your air conditioning system is ready for peak operating conditions. What are signs that you need repairs to maintain comfort in your home?

Was the AC making that sound last year?

Your AC system has two blower motors; one indoors, moving air throughout the house and one outdoors at the condenser unit. The motors should run without unusual noises. You also might hear clicks at the thermostat as the unit cycles on and off.

It is not unusual to hear metallic pings, as ducts contract and expand during a cooling cycle. If this noise becomes too much, insulation around the ducts should reduce it. However, unusual hums, squeaks, rhythmic knocks or loud noises of any kind should be investigated by an Air Conditioning Repair professional.

Shouldn’t it be cooler in here?

While the indoor blower unit is circulating the air inside your house, the air conditioner is cooling the air. You set the temperature, within reason, at the thermostat. If the air is not as cool as expected, first check the setting. Make sure it is in cool mode and lower the temperature slightly.

If the AC unit is functioning properly, you can expect the temperature to drop at least one degree per hour. If the unit does not perform as expected, it is time to call a professional.

Why is it so humid in here?

As a result of cooling the air in your home, the air conditioner also removes moisture from the air, reducing the humidity. If the temperature feels fine, but it seems humid over a long period of time, it might indicate the AC unit is failing and a service call is in order.

Do you remember this much water?

Since the AC unit is removing moisture from the air, the moisture needs to escape, usually at a relatively constant drip. However, if the drip appears more like a water leak, it needs to be addressed. Excess water can leak out and damage floors or nearby furniture, so if you see excess water, it is time to call an Air Conditioning Repair professional.

What is that smell?

What if the air is cool and dry, but has an unusual odor? Odd smells might have several sources, and any of them will need to be addressed.

Dust and moisture in the ductworks can allow mold to reproduce and produce an unpleasant odor. Chemical smells or any other unusual smell indicate problems that need to be addressed immediately.

Have a question about Air Conditioning Repair?

With our four decades of experience as a seasoned Air Conditioning Repair contractor, AirPro Houston provides HVAC Inspections with the skill and expertise to assist you with your air duct cleaning.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and HVAC Efficiency needs.

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Home Backup Generator: Worth the Expense

Home Backup Generator: Are They Worth the Expense

Home Backup Generator: Are They Worth the Expense

After experiencing weather-related disasters as Southeast Texas did in the Winter of 2021, are you asking, “Should I invest in a generator?”

The purchase of a home backup generator will bring peace of mind for years to come, but it is a big investment. At Air Pro Houston, we know you have questions and hope to provide guidance so that you can make an informed decision for your home and family. If a home backup generator is a right purchase, we can help you with the details to make sure to meet your needs and your budget.

Does your home experience frequent power outages for extended periods? If so, a large generator to handle the essential needs might be a wise investment. The large front-end expense would provide needed security and safety when you need it most.

If your concern is the potential emergency blackout, a smaller, portable generator might handle the essential appliances and equipment for a short event. Generac.com provides a calculator to help you determine what is essential for your family: Generator Size Calculator

Obvious needs include the HVAC system, freezer, refrigerator, lights, and kitchen appliances. Don’t forget phones, computers and a TV to provide emergency information.

Air Pro Houston is your home for the #1 selling brand of home backup generators. Generac developed home backup generator technology and is preferred by 7 out of 10 homeowners who purchase home backup systems.

The system will be permanently installed outside your home just like your AC condenser unit. It runs on natural gas or liquid propane fuel and protects your home by automatically starting when a power outage occurs. An automatic power switch interfaces the generator with your home’s electrical system to ensure safe power transfer.

The switch provides either a backup plan for the whole house or is limited to your most essential appliances, the choice is yours. A Generac home backup generator will give you peace of mind in troubling situations.

Have Questions About Home Backup Generators?

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to install a Home Backup Generator.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Home Backup Generator: Are They Worth the Expense

 

7 Tips for Cutting Utility Rates for Homeowners

7 Tips for Cutting Utility Rates for Homeowners

Cutting Utility Rates: Why Is My Electric Bill So High?

We all hate the surprise of an excessively high utility bill. Utility rates increase each year. Since 1950, utility rates have increased over 14 times. Cutting utility rates is a high priority to many homeowners, and here are some ways that you can cut your energy consumption.

7 Tips for Cutting Utility Rates for Homeowners

Cutting Utility Rates 1: Identify Phantom Energy Consumption

There are some devices that continue to use energy, even when they are not being used. Phone chargers, computer and electronics chargers are most likely to draw phantom energy.

Cable boxes, DVRs, gaming consoles are also high on the list of phantom energy use. The easiest way to reduce your energy consumption is to unplug these devices when not in use.

Cutting Utility Rates 2: Turn off Lights/Ceiling Fans in Empty Rooms

When you leave a room, turn off the lights. To further reduce energy consumption, lamps can provide directed light in spots where needed most instead of using a large overhead light which can consume a considerable amount of energy.

Using ceiling fans to cool rooms can prevent using your HVAC system and can reduce your energy consumption. However, turning off ceiling fans in rooms that are not being used is a wise choice and must be weighed against the use of your air conditioning system.

Cutting Utility Rates 3: Change to More Efficient LED Light Bulbs

This switch can save you a considerable amount of money. LED light bulbs can use up to 80 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs, and they last up to 25 times longer.

Cutting Utility Rates 4: Insulate Your Home Properly

A large percentage of your home’s heating and cooling efficiency is lost through poorly insulated attics. In addition to your home losing heating or cooling through your attic, your HVAC system will work harder than necessary and will decrease the lifespan of the equipment. Adding additional insulation can drastically reduce your energy usage.

Cutting Utility Rates 5: Take Advantage of Energy Star Appliance

The older your appliances, the less energy efficient they are. Appliances are large energy consumers, and the more efficient the appliance, the lower your utility bill will end up.

Upgrading to a more efficient appliance is a great option to reduce your utility bill. You may even be eligible for a rebate on new Energy Star-certified products!

Cutting Utility Rates 6: Use Appliances at Their Fullest Capacity

Appliances like washing machines and dishwashers use the same amount of energy whether they are half full or at capacity. Waiting until these appliances are at capacity is the best use of energy.

Cutting Utility Rates 7: Keep Your Thermostat Consistent

Adjusting your thermostat based on weather changes consumes more energy. Keeping your thermostat consistent at a comfortable temperature will reduce energy consumption.

Adjusting your thermostat when you are away from your home will also reduce your energy usage. Smart thermostats can also adjust automatically based on your family’s activities and lower utility bills.

Have Questions on How to Cutting Utility Rates

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to cut your energy consumption.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

10 Reasons to Hire a Professional HVAC Contractor

10 Reasons to Hire a Professional HVAC Contractor

Top Ten Reasons to Hire an Experienced HVAC Contractor

There is an advantage to having a relationship with certain HVAC Contractors prior to the need; a doctor and an auto mechanic are two examples. While most home and business owners can complete some minor PM tasks, making sure one of the most important systems is running efficiently, fixed correctly, and heats or cools at the desired time is beyond the reach of most people.

Having a relationship with an HVAC Contractor has some distinct advantages for commercial and residential building owners. Take a look at this Top Ten list:

Reason #1: Emergencies

Yes, that is the Ghost Busters theme song running in the background. When you are extremely hot or extremely cold because your HVAC system stopped working, you need help quickly. Being prepared in advance will reduce the time needed to get you back up and running. A technician who has experience with your system is on the fast track to having you functioning quickly.

Reason #2: A Quick and Proper Diagnosis

Misdiagnoses can be dangerous and can lead to component or system failure. An HVAC technician, familiar with your system, can troubleshoot and diagnose a problem quickly, safely, and correctly to ensure your heating and air conditioning runs properly.

Reason #3: Safety

Unless you fully understand your HVAC system, it is recommended that you not stick your hands in where they don’t belong. Save it for the professional and stay safe.

Systems that heat with natural gas or other fuels require a precise connection for fuel lines and emission ventilation. All systems have enough electricity to give DIY owners pause. Call a professional HVAC Contractor.

Reason #4: Better Preventative Maintenance

Good preventative maintenance will lengthen the life of your HVAC system. If you do not have the tools to clean ducts and blower fins, you probably need an HVAC Contractor to help you with that. A certified professional works efficiently and does a thorough PM. Your furnace and air conditioner will thank you.

Reason #5: Fix it Right the First Time

If you don’t know the difference between a capacitor and control, a technician needs to repair your system. The HVAC Contractor comes in with the right tools, the right training for your system, and the necessary experience to repair it correctly. Technicians receive a variety of training on heating, AC, and electronics, and out of necessity, keep up with technology.

Reason #6: Improved Air Quality

Your HVAC system takes moisture, dust, pollen, and other pollutants out of the air. These particles would continually circulate throughout the house unless removed. If you let your HVAC technician effectively removing pollutants, the improved air quality can improve your family’s respiratory health.

Reason #7: Risk-Free Service

Accidents do happen and if you hire an amateur, it could cost more than you save. But when you hire a professional contractor, liability insurance helps protect everyone involved. Whether technicians are installing, repairing, or servicing your equipment, they are covered if injured on the job. This should bring peace of mind while working with your preferred professional HVAC Contractor.

Reason #8: Excellent Customer Service

Not only will your professional bring the right tools and training, have the right experience and know-how, but will also give excellent customer service.  Their goal will be to arrive on time, under-promise, and over-deliver.

HVAC Contractors are in business for the long term, so your call back is anticipated. Your referral to friends and family will build business for the future. So why wouldn’t they provide excellent service?

Reason #9: Keeping you updated

As vendors make technological changes to improve efficiency and save energy, the first to hear are HVAC professionals. Training for implementing advances is provided to the technicians, so as soon as updated equipment is available, the professional team is prepared for installation and service.

This ensures that, when you use an HVAC professional contractor, you have access to the latest in heating and air conditioning technology.

Reason #10: No one knows your home better

Eventually, your HVAC system will need to be replaced. If you have developed a relationship with an HVAC contractor, no one will be better prepared to help you make decisions concerning a new system.

Most of the information needed to design a new system will be in their files to simplify the process. You will be surprised at how comfortable your home feels and be delighted at energy cost savings.

Have a question about hiring an HVAC Contractor?

With our four decades of experience as a seasoned HVAC contractor, AirPro Houston provides HVAC Inspections with the skill and expertise to assist you with your air duct cleaning.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and HVAC Efficiency needs.

10 Reasons to Hire a Professional HVAC Contractor

How To Prevent Electrical Fires

Prevent Electrical Fires

Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home

Each year our lives revolve around more and more devices that use electricity and the use of electricity is up nationwide. Tragically, in 2019 almost 50,000 US homes experienced electrical fires resulting in 500 deaths and over $1B in property damage.

More tragic still, with some common-sense precautions, most of these electrical fires were preventable.

The average home has 50 devices plugged into wall outlets—take a walk through your home to see if that describes your situation. After becoming familiar with your home’s electrical use, consider these 7 things that can prevent the most common mistakes that lead to residential electrical fires.

  1. Use Power Strips and Extension Cords Properly

Appliances and devices that draw a lot of power should be plugged into an outlet, not an extension cord of any kind.

Appliances that should not use extension cords include microwaves, refrigerators, freezers, and coffee makers in the kitchen, hairdryers, and irons (either curling or flattening) in bathrooms, space heaters, and portable AC units in any room.

Power strips are extension cords and so are multi-device charging stations. Do not overload power strips—two devices are recommended. To prevent electrical fires never “daisy chain” power strips.

  1. Use Outlets Properly to Prevent Electrical Fires

Outlets are designed to carry a certain amount of power, usually 15 or 20 amps in residential settings. Overloading an outlet is just as dangerous as loading an extension cord. The outlet that handles major appliances that draw a large energy load (such as a freezer) should have only one appliance plugged into the outlet.

It should stand alone, without extension cords or other appliances using the same outlet. This is one of the most common mistakes leading to electrical fires. Now that you know, wisely remove such devices from those outlets. If you have no other available outlet, it may be time to add outlets to accommodate the needed devices.

  1. Unplug Unused Devices to Prevent Electrical Fires

Many appliances are designed to remain under power constantly, such as refrigerators, freezers, and clocks. Other devices are using power—you see the indicator light—even when not in use and there is no benefit to keeping them connected.

These gadgets can be disconnected, either by unplugging them or turning off the power strip. Device chargers are an example. Why keep them under power when not in use? Always unplug devices in the bathroom when not in use.

Small appliances in the kitchen, such as toasters and blenders can be unplugged. Often computers and printers can be disconnected while not in use. Getting into the habit of disconnecting can reduce the potential for damaging house fires.

  1. Cautions Concerning Space Heaters

Space heaters and electric blankets draw a lot of power and are leading causes of residential electrical fires, deserving special attention. First, unplug space heaters and electric blankets when not in us. Second, do not leave them operating without anyone at home.

Third, use a space heater at full power until the room is the desired temperature, then reduce to ½ power. You will stay warm without risking damage to the outlet or tripping the breaker.

  1. Cautions Concerning Older Appliances

The cost of replacing appliances can be a major financial decision, so it is prudent to make them last as long as possible. However, keeping appliances longer than you should is not wise.

Worn appliances may cost more to run, and worn appliances that malfunction becomes a safety hazard that should be replaced. Things to look for include:

  1. Frayed electrical cords or loose connections
  2. Excessive heat from electrical components
  • Sparks at any stage of operation
  1. Lights flicker when it engages

Appliances that exhibit these symptoms increase the chances of an electrical house fire.

  1. Create Space Around Electrical Outlets to Prevent Electrical Fires

For various reasons, electrical outlets can generate sparks or heat that can lead to a fire, especially outlets that are overloaded or faulty. Because we try to maximize space, it is common to place furniture, drapes, or other items directly in front of outlets.

Take care not to pinch or bend power cords connected to outlets and give outlets room as much as possible. Regularly put a hand close to outlets to check for heat. If an outlet is warm to the touch, repairs are in order.

  1. Inspect Your Electrical System Regularly

Homeowners are encouraged to conduct preventative functions regularly—change air filters and fire alarm batteries, for example. Regularly take a walk through your house and consider these safety precautions and make adjustments.

Include family members, so that everyone is involved, including unplugging or disconnecting unused devices and keeping furniture away from outlets.

If you have any questions or concerns an electrical safety inspection by your professional electrical contractor would give you peace of mind.

A contractor has diagnostic tools and a wealth of experience; his or her inspection will thoroughly examine the electrical panel, wiring, and circuit capacity to determine potential problems.

Have Questions on How to Prevent Electrical Fires

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to prevent electrical fires.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

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HVAC Efficiency in Your New Home

HVAC Efficiency

3 Things to Consider About the HVAC Efficiency in Your New Home

Wow! Your first house! After the saving, the search, and the negotiation, your dream of finding the perfect home is becoming a reality. Whether you are buying your first house or building a new house, being a homeowner brings different responsibilities.

Homeowners are tempted to focus on the visible things like the perfect room layout, beautiful surface treatments, or the big yard. Prepared homeowners recognize a home is more than good looks.

The air conditioning and heating system is not the most visible part of the home but has it has a tremendous impact on utility costs, comfort, and safety. If you are new to homeownership, here are three things to consider about your new heating, ventilation, and HVAC Efficiency.

  1. The Heating and AC Units. Consider participating with the Inspector; you will learn a tremendous amount about your new castle. Take note of the mechanical components, looking for signs of wear or trouble, rust, or decay.

    The AC condenser on the outside should be well maintained and the indoor component should be clean and well maintained.

    If your HVAC components are more than ten years old, consider beginning a relationship with an HVAC professional and requesting a system assessment.

    An aging system might be increasing energy & utility bills; an assessment can help you determine how soon the cost of a new system might be recouped with lower utility costs. An assessment might also help you plan for an eventual system replacement

  1. The Duct system. Chances are you will see very little of the system of ducts that move the air throughout your house. Being aware of vent placement will help you determine furniture placement—keep them all uncovered.

    An inspection of ducts in the basement or the attic should reveal well-maintained ducts, with no loose connections or gaps. If your ducts are in need of repair, call your HVAC professional.

    Be confident that duct repairs are a relatively simple and cost-effective process. Don’t let your units work harder than necessary and sacrifice HVAC Efficiency because of leaky ductwork.

  2. The Insulation. Unless you are building a new home or remodeling, the attic may be the only insulation visible, but it will be a good indication of HVAC Efficiency by the state of the insulation barrier throughout your home.

    Insulation creates a thermal barrier, keeping the comfortable air inside and the unconditioned air outside. Proper insulation will make your home comfortable and maintain HVAC Efficiency.

Have a question about HVAC Efficiency?

With our four decades of experience as a seasoned HVAC Efficiency contractor, AirPro Houston provides HVAC Efficiency Inspections with the skill and expertise to assist you with your air duct cleaning.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and HVAC Efficiency needs.

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Houston Electrician: Stop Flickering Lights

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Houston Electrician: Are flickering lights in your home trying to tell you something?

Light will flicker for a variety of reasons and the implications can be trifling or significant. But how can you tell the difference? What do you need to know to gauge a safe response to your experience? Here are some clues.

First, determine whether the problem is with light or lights throughout your home or business. The likely causes for an individual light are different than a whole house flicker. Let’s look at problems with a particular light in your home.

  1. Inspect the light bulb(s). It might simply need to be screwed in tightly. A loose bulb makes a loose connection.
    1. Fluorescent bulbs may flicker when first switched on or in a cold room, but the flickering should not persist. They also begin to flicker prior to failure, so be prepared.
    2. Some LED bulbs do not function well on a dimmer switch. Consider using LEDs only on full power.
  2. Inspect the light plug for lamps. The plugin the outlet may be misshaped. If so, unplug and gently bend the plug to fit the outlet, usually bend outward a little. Inspect for damage to the wiring and replace, even if you only suspect damage. This can be a serious fire or electrocution hazard.
  3. Inspect the switch or dimmer on the wall. Gently wiggle the switch sideways. If it gives at all, replaces it. Don’t delay.

If the flickering is noticed throughout the house, this indicates different issues. If it is an isolated event, it might be weather-related, but you should be aware of wind or lightning in the area. Let’s explore some reasons flickering lights might occur frequently.

  1. Your lights may flicker, indicating an increase in load on your electrical system. You might notice the lights flicker briefly when the HVAC system engages or the washing machine is turned on. This is not usually a problem, but how are you to know? If flickering occurs consistently, severely or persistently, the appliance pulling large amounts of power may need to be on a separate circuit. Call your electrical contractor for help.
  2. If flickering lights are not related to power use inside your home, it might be related to power use nearby. Your home shares a transformer with other homes in the area. The decrease in power at your home might be related to your neighbor’s sudden increase in power use across the street. Check with neighbors to see if they experience the same flickering issue. If so, call your electric utility provider to check on the issue.
  3. Inspect the meter box and power main attached to the outside of your house. DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING—JUST LOOK. Call your electrical contractor if anything looks amiss.
  4. If flickering lights are not related to sudden power use but are unexpected and unpredictable, you may be experiencing voltage fluctuations. The electric power coming into your home has a narrow voltage range and this keeps bulbs and appliances from getting burned out. If your power dims, lights flicker without explanation and bulbs frequently burn out, call your electrical contractor.
  5. Flickering lights might also be an indication of loose or outdated wiring throughout the home. This is a serious issue. About 67% of house fires with electricity as a power source result from a faulty electrical distribution system—yep, the big one. If you suspect faulty wiring, don’t delay. Call your electrical contractor now.

Have Questions for a Houston Electrician

Our four decades of experience as a Houston Electrician and contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to inspect flickering lights and inspect your electric circuits.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

 

 

Residential Electrician: 7 Ways to Lower Your Electricity Bill

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Residential Electrician: 7 Tips to a Lower Electricity Bill

Electric utility costs have increased 67% over the last twenty years and are expected to increase 3% per year in the future. While gains in technology have resulted in more efficient homes, HVAC systems and appliances, the bill still creeps higher. There are some steps you can explore so you don’t avoid the mailbox when you anticipate the electric bill.

First, understand what you are paying for. Heating and air conditioning costs account for 51% of the annual energy cost nationwide, heating hot water costs another 19%, and other uses account for the 30% remaining. Let’s consider what you can do to lower costs.

  1. Upgrade your thermostat. Controls for HVAC systems have advanced over the years from a mechanical dial to advanced electronic control and they come in two types.
    1. Programmable thermostats are a major upgrade and can significantly impact your energy bill. With this thermostat, you can program a change in the temperature setting during the day while the house is vacant or overnight. The EPA estimates a decrease of 2% in cost per degree change over an 8-hour period.
    2. Smart thermostats have all of the benefits of a programmable thermostat, with the added option of making changes from a smartphone app.
    3. If installing a programmable or smart thermostat, it is best to have a Residential Electrician complete the install. They can properly configure your home’s HVAC system to operate at its most efficient setting.
  2. Check your insulation. Increased insulation can reduce heating and cooling costs by as much as 15%, but this must be balanced with installation costs. The attic is the first and easiest place to check. Building code calls for at least 9 or 10 inches of insulation, depending on the material. Other insulation improvements are normally made during renovation or remodeling.
  3. Use ceiling fans efficiently. Ceiling fans can enhance the comfort level in your home and improve the efficiency of the HVAC system. Set the fan rotation to run counterclockwise in the winter and clockwise in the summer. However, there is no benefit to keeping fans and lights on in unoccupied rooms.
  4. Change light bulbs to LEDs. Bulb technology has improved over the years. Incandescent bulbs produce significant light, but produce significant heat, wasting energy. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CPL) and light-emitting diode (LED) technology produce more light without heat, saving 75% of the energy needed for lighting. Change your light bulbs throughout your home as the old bulbs burn out. The new bulbs also have a lifetime 25 times longer than your old bulbs.
  5. Run appliances at full capacity. Using appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers at half capacity wastes both water and energy. Wait until you have full loads before using.
  6. Use Energy Star Appliances. Energy savings with new appliances are not sufficient reasons to purchase new appliances. However, purchasing Energy Star when you buy appliances can save 10% to 50% on energy costs. Remember to recycle your old appliances.
  7. Avoid phantom energy draws. Many electrical components use energy, even when not activated, such as phone and computer chargers, gaming consoles, and DVRs. Some devices should be unplugged when not being used; consider using a power cord that will disconnect several devices at once. Use the energy-saving mode when possible.

Have Questions For a Residential Electrician

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and residential electrician contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the Residential Electrician skill and expertise to replace circuit breakers and inspect your electric circuits.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

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Indoor Air Quality: Dangers of HVAC Overuse

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Indoor Air Quality: Air Conditioning Overuse and How They Affect Your Health

Escaping from the heat and humidity of the Texas summer leads to a lengthy cooling cycle in homes and offices. Couple that with driving in an air-conditioned vehicle and it is easy to spend 85 to 90% of the time indoors, enjoying cooler air made possible by an air conditioner.

Since you are planning to be indoors for significant amounts of time during the summer months, perhaps you might wonder whether air conditioning poses any health considerations. While air conditioning is not linked to illnesses, air conditioning can contribute to a few health concerns.

  1. You might exhibit heat intolerance. This is most likely a common experience–that discomfort you feel, walking from a cool space to the heat of the day. When you experience a temperature change as wide as 30 degrees, the discomfort can lead to significant stress on your body, resulting in dizziness, headaches, fatigue, or exhaustion. Age and underlying health conditions might enhance the ill effects. Be careful.
  2. Removing humidity can lead to dryness. Air conditioning removes humidity from the air in the process of cooling the air–you see the results under your car after an air-conditioned journey. Drier air can lead to dry skin. Sometimes the dry skin finds relief as you walk outside, but consider moisturizer or sunscreen with moisturizer.

    If you experience dry eyes, you may require artificial tears. Dry ears are susceptible to irritants that can cause cracking and bleeding. Dryness will almost always be felt in your nose and upper respiratory system. Remember, body dehydration can lead to headaches and fatigue, so always hydrate with lots of water.

  3. Be concerned about indoor air quality. Studies show indoor air maybe 5 to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. That makes sense because there is more air outside than inside. Once dust, pollen, and contaminants enter the space, the system circulates them until the filtration system removes them.

    If your home experiences poor indoor air quality, allergens may increase the occurrence of nasal issues, itchy eyes, headaches, dizziness, or difficulty breathing. If you suffer from summertime allergies, trapped allergens might make symptoms worse. Since a vehicle is a much smaller space, this circulation is much quicker.

  4. Dry mucous membranes are more susceptible to respiratory illnesses. Moist mucous membranes in your respiratory system are part of the body’s immune system; this leaves you more vulnerable to contracting colds, flu’s, and other illnesses.

    It also may leave you unexplainable headaches or fatigue. Central air conditioning can also have an impact on chronic illnesses or conditions, including high blood pressure, arthritis, and pain management.

What can you do to protect your family while staying comfortable? A few adjustments will help mitigate some of the concerns of extended air conditioner use.

  • Be prepared, should dry skin leads to irritated skin; use moisturizer as needed. Over-the-counter artificial tears or nasal moisturizer solutions will also provide relief and boost the immune properties of mucous membranes. Of course, increase your intake of fluids during the summer months to keep hydrated.
  • Use air conditioning to be comfortable, but don’t create an extreme temperature in your home. Not only does this increase energy bills, but it creates stress on your body when you step into the heat.
  • On comfortable days, consider turning off the AC and opening the house up to fresh air. Comfortable days might be few, but make use of them and enjoy.
  • Clean your filters regularly, every 60 days at least or according to your AC manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Protect your family and your HVAC system by scheduling an annual preventative maintenance service, keeping your system at peak efficiency, and providing indoor air quality to avoid health concerns.

Have a question about Indoor Air Quality?

With our four decades of experience as a seasoned Indoor Air Quality HVAC System contractor, AirPro Houston provides Indoor air quality with the skill and expertise to assist you with your air duct cleaning.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and Indoor Air Quality needs.

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HVAC Efficiency – Cooling a Two Story Home

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HVAC Efficiency – Cooling Multiple Story Home Tips

Have you forgotten how hot the second story of your house got last summer? Ideally, the HVAC system in a two-story home will balance heating and cooling during the summer months.

However, what you experience may prove otherwise. The time to do something about HVAC Efficiency is now, before the heat of summer, so let’s look at some solutions.

First, remember that hot air rises. We could tell you why and get all “science teachers” upset with you, but hot air is lighter than cold air and rises. Cold air is heavier and sinks. Makes sense, right? With that in mind, look at some possible HVAC Efficiency solutions.

  1. Make sure the HVAC system is the right size for your house. An HVAC professional can help you with this. The formula to determine this takes into consideration how many rooms, windows, doors, and of course, how many stories. Since cool air is heavier, the fan must be strong enough to push it upstairs.
  2. Make sure your house is properly insulated and sealed. The attic will be the hottest area under the roof, so make sure you have adequate ventilation; trapping air in the attic creates an oven. Make sure you have proper insulation or it will make your air conditioner work harder.Do you have ductwork in the attic? Make sure they are insulated properly. Make sure windows and doors are properly weatherized.
  3. Make sure your HVAC system is working properly with preventative maintenance by changing filters and cleaning ducts. If you have ducts that are not sealed, your system is blowing cold air into the wrong areas.
  4. If you have a basement, close the basement damper(s) halfway. This will push more cold air upstairs. It will find its way back downstairs—remember, it’s heavy. Consider closing vents on the main level by half to push cold air upstairs—remember . . . cold air is heavy.
  5. Did you know your ceiling fan turns in both directions? This design assists with the change between heating and cooling. How does it work? When the fan turns counterclockwise it pulls cool air up for comfort. When the fan turns clockwise it is pushing warm air down for comfort. And now you know!
  6. Consider changing the AC fan setting to “on” instead of “auto.” The on-setting keeps the fan blowing constantly, mixing the air evenly throughout the house. The energy required to keep the fan running is lower because the AC is required to cycle on less frequently.
  7. Does your HVAC system need to be replaced? Systems have a lifecycle; they wear out, become inefficient, or just stop working. With good maintenance, an HVAC system will last about 20 years. Sometimes, replacing a system after 10 years is a good return on investment, because the new system is much more efficient.

Have a question about HVAC Efficiency?

With our four decades of experience as a seasoned HVAC Efficiency expert, AirPro Houston provides Indoor air quality with the skill and expertise to assist you with your air duct cleaning.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and HVAC Efficiency needs.

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Commercial HVAC System: Make Sure Your Office Is Safe

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Commercial HVAC System: Office Reopening Tips

Making Sure Your Office Space is Safe for Your Restart

First, we are grateful for the safety and health of your family and your staff. We offer our best wishes for safety and prosperity for your restart plans! We would like to share some tips as you take this important step for your business and your staff.

Should I service my HVAC system as part of my restart?

After months of office shutdown and working from home, are you preparing to bring your staff back to the office? Encouraging workers to reenter the workspace will require demonstrating extreme caution and a willingness to exceed health guidelines.

One consideration for your restart plan should be scheduling a preventative maintenance visit for your HVAC system to ensure the safest environment for your valued team.

At AirPro Houston we can help ensure your HVAC system is providing the indoor air quality your team needs to comfortably return to an office workspace. Remember:

  • Your system has been used minimally for several months
  • Warm weather will arrive soon, calling for greater demand on your AC system
  • There is scientific uncertainty concerning the spread of Covid-19 through ventilation systems, but we are familiar with how other illnesses are spread through building systems

These are the reasons we recommend you prepare your HVAC system for your restart.

How should I schedule my preventative maintenance call?

Call AirPro Houston for a preventative maintenance service soon to provide the confidence your team needs to be comfortable with your restart. HVAC system service is considered an essential service, so we are available.

At AirPro Houston we follow health and safety protocols, including social distancing and masks as required.

To help us proceed without delay, we ask you to please ensure:

  • AirPro Houston can access your building during the time scheduled for your PM visit
  • Water is available for condenser coil cleaning
  • Notify us of restrictions or a change in the building schedule

Have a question about Commercial HVAC Systems?

With our four decades of experience as a seasoned Commercial HVAC System maintenance contractor, AirPro Houston provides Indoor air quality with the skill and expertise to assist you with your air duct cleaning.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and installation needs.

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Is Indoor air quality putting your business at risk?

Is Indoor air quality putting your business at risk?

Is Indoor air quality putting your business at risk?

Businesses go to great lengths to keep public spaces free from hazards and as safe as possible. But, since mold and poor indoor air quality are not visible, it may pose a hidden threat needing to be addressed.

To keep your business as safe as possible, we will address the source of mold events, why they are dangerous, and how to address the hazard.

Where does mold come from?

Molds are a fungus, a very necessary part of the ecosystem, responsible for decomposing organic material. There are more than 100,000 types of fungus; many are useful and are used to create bread, cheese, and even medicine. The fungus becomes a problem when they find a space to grow in enclosed spaces.

Mold will grow anywhere two things are present: organic matter (even small amounts like dust) and moisture (it doesn’t take much). Mold reproduces rapidly and spreads by sending out microscopic spores—the equivalent of seeds in plants.

These spores can be inhaled and when inhaled they can be harmful to the respiratory system.

What leads to a mold growth event in enclosed spaces?

Since organic matter is readily available indoors, a source of moisture is all that is needed for mold to grow rapidly. Water sources may include:

  • Flooding of basements or other enclosed spaces
  • A roof leak
  • A burst pipe
  • Excessive condensation around pipes or ducts
  • High humidity with limited air exchange

What harmful effects result from a mold growth event?

Unchecked mold growth can have an adverse effect on carpet, furniture, and walls, including odor, discoloration, and, of course, decomposition. Mold spores can be harmful to skin on contact, however, the most dangerous effect to human health is on the respiratory system. Mold can cause:

  • Acute chest and nasal congestion, sore throat, or headache
  • Watery and irritated eyes
  • Development of asthma or trigger asthma attacks
  • Chronic respiratory problems, including wheezing, coughing, or breathing difficulties.
  • Lung infections

The people most at risk already have breathing issues, such as emphysema, COPD, or lung cancer.

What can be done to prevent a mold growth event?

The first step is to eliminate sources of moisture such as leaks or water from flooding. Promote evaporation with abundant airflow on large areas and dry up small areas. Quickly remove wet carpet, rugs, furniture, and other items that will hold moisture for long periods of time.

Weatherizing for energy efficiency should also provide for adequate ventilation to reduce high humidity, especially in seldom-used spaces. As a further preventative measure, many mold remediation products are available commercially.

How can I remediate after a mold growth event?

Commercially available mold testing kits are available to determine whether you have a problem and the extent of the problem. If you determine mold is present, removing dust and undiscovered moisture is the next step.

Have your HVAC system cleaned and checked for condensation and isolated areas that might be developing high humidity spots.

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Have a question about Indoor Air Quality?

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and residential HVAC maintenance contractor AirPro Houston provides Indoor air quality with the skill and expertise to assist you with your air duct cleaning.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and installation needs.

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Smart Electric Meters: 4 Benefits of Installation

Smart Electric Meters: Benefits and Features

Smart Electric Meters: Benefits and Features

The cost of electric utilities is based on peak load. The electric utility must prepare for THE highest anticipated usage. Usually, this cost is tethered to weather factors, such as the cold in the North and the heat in the South. Peak power plants are built but seldom used. They make sure the supply always meets the demand. However, the cost of starting up and running an idle plant is THE highest cost of electric generation.

Smart Electric Meters are an application developed so that electric utility companies, commercial and residential customers can partner together to maximize the efficient use of electricity and minimize generation costs. Smart Meters replace the mesmerizing analog meters of years gone by, with the three turning wheels.

Smart Meters send a radio signal at designated intervals to the electric utility and to the customer, if prepared. Customers can use the information to do their part in maximizing efficiency and reducing electricity costs.

Here are some ways informed customers are reducing their costs with Smart Electric Meters.

Smart Electric Meter Benefit 1: Electric utilities often post hourly cost for electricity, based on peak and off-peak usage. Informed customers with high-end appliances or programming devices can program HVAC and appliance used to maintain comfort and reduce cost.

A sudden spike in electricity usage can detect a problem in a system or appliance and warn a customer of potential failure. With more information and greater control of costs, there are fewer surprises for customers.

Smart Electric Meter Benefit 2: When a large number of Smart Meters cease giving radio signals in a particular area, it triggers an alarm with the utility provider much faster than call-ins from businesses and homeowners. Repair crews can pinpoint the outage area and locate the most likely problem first. Outages are shorter and power is restored more quickly.

Smart Electric Meter Benefit 3: Smart Meters are designed to be upgradeable. As technology advances, other utilities (water, natural gas) can be measured from one meter. Real-time measurements of these utilities can not only give customers the ability to reduce cost, but also detect leaks quickly and avoid damage.

Smart Electric Meter Benefit 4: Smart Meters also helps the environment, which reduces costs. Analog meters required an employee from the utility company to physically “read” the meter. That employee now monitors the radio signal from thousands of customers from a single location.

The financial and environmental costs are sharply reduced. In addition, peak plants tend to be less efficient and more fossil fuel dependent. Reducing the need for peak plants saves both costs and improves air quality.

Have Questions About Smart Electric Meters

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and electrical contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise in the installation of smart electric meters.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

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How To Determine If a Circuit Breaker Needs to be Replaced

Do I Need a Houston Electrician to Replace a Circuit Breaker in My Home?

Houston Electrician: Why and When to Replace a Circuit Breaker

Circuit breakers may need to be replaced for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is an overloaded circuit, a short circuit, or a breaker was not properly reset.

Circuit breakers are in place to protect you and your home from electrical fires and damage to electrical appliances. With so much riding on a circuit breaker working properly, it is important to be able to tell when a circuit breaker is beginning to fail.

Houston Electrician: What If I Know My Circuit Breaker is Bad?

If you know that you have a circuit breaker that needs to be replaced, it is best to call AirPro Electrical Services in Houston and have it replaced by a professional. There is no reason to take any chances with electrical repairs, they are best left to a professional electrician.

If you are unsure if your breaker needs to be replaced, here are a few tips to determine if you need to call a professional electrician.

Houston Electrician: Identify Which Circuit Breaker is Causing the Issue

If you suspect a circuit breaker is becoming faulty, it is best if you can determine which circuit is being affected. This can be done through the following steps:

  • Look at your breaker box to see if your circuits are diagrammed or labeled
  • Manually diagram and label the circuits in your home*

Having a diagram of the circuits or label to which areas of your home the circuit protects will be helpful in finding the faulty breaker.

*PLEASE NOTE: Manually diagramming your circuits should be done by a professional electrician. A Houston Electrician can wire trace each outlet and switch to accurately determine those controlled by a specific breaker.

  • Unplug All Electrical Devices in that Circuit

By removing any appliances or electric devices from the circuit where the breaker is faulty will prevent any power surges when electricity is restored.

  • Replace the Circuit Breaker

Our experienced team of Houston Electrician Contractors can replace faulty or aging circuit breakers. By calling in the professional, you are protected from the dangers of working with live electricity.

Do I Need a Houston Electrician to Replace a Circuit Breaker in My Home?

If you have a circuit breaker that is continually tripping or you have flashing or flickering light, it is best that you call in an AirPro Houston Electrician to thoroughly inspect the electrical configuration of the circuit. Our electricians investigate and provide the necessary electrical repair or circuit breaker replacement giving you the peace of mind that your home is safe. As power is restored to that area of your home, our trained electricians will make sure that there is not a power surge to appliances or electrical devices.

Have Questions About Replacing a Circuit Breaker

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and electrical contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to replace circuit breakers and inspect your electric circuits.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

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Commercial HVAC: Prevent Airborne Illnesses in the Workplace

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Commercial HVAC: Prevent Airborne Illnesses from Spreading in the Office

The loss of productivity due to an outbreak of the flu or colds in the workplace can be devastating. The costs add up in lost productivity with sick days and health expenses for a business.

Airborne viruses can spread rapidly in a commercial building with poor ventilation and poorly maintained commercial HVAC systems.

Here is a list of strategies to prevent airborne illnesses in the workplace.

Poor Ventilation Increase Illness and Reduces Indoor Air Quality

Modern construction creates tightly sealed buildings to conserve energy. This new construction norm has greatly increased the potential for stagnant air that breeds contaminants such as viruses, bacteria, and mold.

These pollutants become trapped inside of poorly maintained commercial HVAC systems and are recirculated through the indoor air. This can be a leading cause of office illness outbreaks.

“According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), some of the most common causes of poor indoor air quality include high humidity caused by poor upkeep of ventilation, heating and air conditioning systems.

Bacteria and viruses that cause respiratory infections can more easily multiply and spread in uncontrolled humidity conditions.”

These Five Steps Can Reduce Airborne Illness in Commercial HVAC Systems

  1. Replace air filters regularly. This is a simple and easy task that can go a long way in reducing and removing airborne contaminants from circulation while improving indoor air quality.Reducing the number of pollutants circulating by filtering them out of the system is the single most effective measure to reduce airborne illnesses in the workplace.
  2. Keep Regularly Scheduled Commercial HVAC Maintenance. Your HVAC system needs routine servicing to keep system components in proper working order and to maintain system efficiency.Filters and belts need to be cleaned or replaced, condenser and evaporator coils need to be cleaned, parts need to be lubricated, and electrical connections tested.

    Maintaining your HVAC system parts will improve indoor air quality and prolong the life of your commercial HVAC system.

  3. Annual Duct Cleaning. Keeping your commercial HVAC system’s ductwork clean will remove any dust and debris built-up within. This process will need to be conducted by one of our technicians but will remove dust, mold, and microorganisms that can be flourishing inside your ductwork.

    During the cleaning process, we will also inspect for any damaged ductwork that can prevent proper airflow.

  4. Research Commercial Air Purification Systems. Preventing the spread of viruses and improving indoor air quality within your workplace is becoming a common concern.

    We highly recommend speaking with one of our commercial HVAC technicians to discuss the effectiveness of a commercial air purification system.Modern technological advances use UV light, bi-polar ionization, and oxidation which can greatly reduce the transmission of airborne contaminants in the workplace.

  5. Remove Standing Water from Your Commercial HVAC System. Standing water is a natural breeding ground for pollutants such as bacteria, mold, and mildew.

    Keeping standing water off of and away from rooftop units and boiler pans can reduce the potential of spreading airborne particles.

Partnering with a commercial HVAC professional to improve your air quality and prevent airborne illness is very important in maintaining workplace productivity…

Have a question about Commercial HVAC Systems?

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and residential HVAC maintenance contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to assist you with your air duct cleaning.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and installation needs.

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Prevent Electrical Fires with These 7 Tips

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7 Critical Things to Test to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home

There are over 25,000 residential electrical fires in the United States each year. Many of these fires could have easily been prevented if safety precautions were being followed. Many of the tips we have assembled are easy and can be done quickly without calling for an electrician.

  1. Do Not Overload Outlets to Prevent Electrical Fires
    Extension cords are great for “extending” the reach of an outlet. However, by design, electrical circuits provide electricity to an outlet. This design can be overloaded by using too many extension cords or surge protectors. These overloads are preventable in almost all cases and it is one of the most common causes of electrical fires.
  2. Use GFCI Outlets Near Water
    A “Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter” outlet should be installed in areas where there is the potential of water coming in contact with the outlets or electrical appliances plugged into an outlet. These specially designed outlets instantly cut power if moisture is detected.
  3. Flammable Objects and Electrical Outlets Do Not Mix
    Overloaded circuits create heat. When an overloaded circuit heats up and furniture, window treatments, or décor are placed too close to an outlet, they can ignite quite easily. We recommend doing a touch test of your outlets on a regular basis to see if there is heat being generated. If so, you will need to call one of our experienced electricians right away.
  4. Unplug Devices When Not In Use to Prevent Electrical Fires
    The average home has 50 electrical appliances or devices plugged into an outlet at any given time. Although we do not recommend turning off major appliances, we do encourage you to unplug items like toasters, hairdryers, fans, and other smaller items when they are not in use. Items like space heaters, heated blankets, and portable air conditioners are notorious for starting electrical fires. This will not only reduce the chance of an electrical fire, it will also reduce your energy consumption which will lower your utility bill.
  5. Replace Older Appliances
    As electric appliances age, so do their electronic components. The more those parts age, the more chance they could fail, causing a potential electrical fire. Frayed cords, faulty plugs, and excessive heat coming from the appliance is an indicator that the appliance is in need of replacement.
  6. Limit the Use of Space Heaters to Prevent Electrical Fires
    Using a space heater is one of the leading causes of electrical fires. We strongly recommend only using a space heater when you are in the room… never leave it unsupervised. Reducing the power level is also highly recommended so the heater does not overheat the circuit that it is plugged into.
  7. Schedule a Regular Electrical Safety Inspection
    House fires caused over 2,800 deaths in 2020. Why put you and your family at risk? Scheduling a regular inspection of your home’s electrical system could save a life. Electrical safety inspections provide great peace of mind for you and your family, and they add a little extra incentive to buyers if you’re trying to sell your home as well.

Have questions about Prevent Electrical Fires Tips

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and electrical contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to Prevent Electrical Fires.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

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HVAC Emergency: Keep Your Furnace Running Smoothly

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HVAC Emergency: Identifying the Severity of a Furnace Issue

Furnace emergencies are never enjoyable and can be dangerous if they are in the dead of winter. Some HVAC emergency repairs are more threatening than others and require emergency appointments. However, there are minor fixes that you can do yourself.

Furnace systems operate without problems when properly installed and properly maintained by an HVAC certified technician. When a breakdown does occur, it is important to know the difference between an HVAC emergency and a regular heater repair. You can determine the complexity of the HVAC emergency by some simple investigation techniques.

Heating System Emergencies: Know When To Call The Professionals

1) Signs of Electrical Problems

Your home’s electrical system is critical in keeping your home operating at a comfortable level. If you notice that your lights flicker when your heating HVAC system cycles on, you may have an electrical problem with your HVAC unit. Attempting to identify the problem or fixing it yourself can lead to serious injury or death. It is best to leave electrical problems with your HVAC system to a trained technician.

  • According to the Electrical Safety Foundation, in 2020:
  • Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in an estimated 43,700 home fires
  • These fires caused 430 deaths and 1,620 injuries
  • Causing approximately $1.5 billion in property damage

That is why it is important to have a trusted professional to call when you have an HVAC emergency.

2) Loud or Unusual Noises

Loud and unusual noises identify problems. Finding the location of the noises can identify the problem with your system.

What are the different noises coming from your HVAC system?

  • Popping or ping sounds are a sign of thermal expansion. This means that your ductwork is expanding and contracting as it heats and cools.
  • Rattling sounds indicates that there may be loose panels on your system.
  • Screeching and squealing sounds indicate a fan motor that is wearing, damaged, or slipping.
  • Grinding sounds are a sign of an HVAC emergency and warrant an immediate call or repair.

Some of these noises do not seem like an emergency. However, if you hear unusual noises coming from your HVAC system components it is best to schedule an appointment to prevent additional damage to your unit.

3) Rapid Cycling of Your HVAC System

If your furnace turns on and off again in a rapid cycle it is a sign of the need for system maintenance. Many times replacing your HVAC system filter will fix this issue. If a new filter doesn’t solve the problem, you may have a more serious situation. There may be an issue with the blower motor and belts and both require the service of a professional.

4) Sulfur or Rotten Egg Smell

If you smell gas, leave your home immediately. Here are some additional safety measures to follow if you suspect a gas leak:

  • Get your family out of and away from your home immediately
  • Do not turn on or off any light or any electrical appliance that can create a spark that can ignite the gas
  • Do not turn on your stove or oven
  • If you are able to open a few windows on your way out of your home, you may, but do not stick around to open windows
  • Do not use your cell phone or landline phone
  • If your car is garaged, leave it. Do not start your car or open the garage door. Either one can cause a spark that can cause the gas to ignite
  • Call your local natural gas or propane provider
  • Do not reenter your home until you have received an ok from your utility company and or the fire department
  • Contact your local fire department to alert them of the gas leak. They may not be needed but if any fires erupt, you will want them close by to assist

Have a question about HVAC Emergency Repair?

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We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and installation needs.

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Electrical Safety: Holiday Decorating Tips

Electrical Safety: Holiday Decorating Tips

Electrical Safety: Show Your Holiday Spirit, Safely

The Holiday Season is upon us and indoor and outdoor decorations are on full display. It is important to stay safe when installing those fabulous decorations to ensure that the season stays jolly. Here are some tips to keep your holiday decorations functioning properly while keeping you and your family safe.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) monitors house fires that originate with Christmas trees. According to their studies, “fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires with Christmas trees per year between 2013 and 2017, which is the NFPA’s latest data.

These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of these home Christmas tree fires.” (source: https://www.nfpa.org/)

Electrical Safety Indoor Holiday Season Lighting Tips

  • Purchase your lights and electrical decorations from reputable retailers
  • Look for the UL (Electrical Safety Foundation International) approval on all lights
  • Never connect more than three strings of lights together
  • Consider LED lights that use less energy and do not get as hot as incandescent lights
  • Plan your decorating to efficiently use outlets and not overload any outlet
  • Before installing, thoroughly inspect each set of lights for any frayed wiring, damaged plugs, loose connections, or broken bulbs to reduce the potential of shock or arching to start a fire
  • Do not overload outlets or electrical devices that can overheat and start a fire
  • Avoid letting cords get crimped or smashed and bent by doors or heavy furniture to prevent damaging the cord’s insulation
  • If your Christmas tree is real, keep it well-watered so that it won’t dry out
  • When leaving your home or going to bed at night, make sure that your lights and electrical decorations are turned off

Electrical Safety Outdoor Holiday Season Lighting Tips

  • Use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupting outlet so that any shorts or overloaded circuits will trip the GFCI breaker before causing damage
  • Keep cords and decorations out of walking areas and driveways. Do not drive over an electrical cord to prevent damage to the wire and insulation
  • Notify your lawn care of any cords that could be cut or damaged during yardwork
  • Use ladder safety precautions when hanging light to prevent falls and serious injury
  • If you use staples or metal fasteners to secure your lights, make sure they don’t damage the cord’s insulation
  • 10% of fireworks fires occur during the period from December and January. So if you are using fireworks aim projectiles away from homes, cars, and trees

Have questions about electrical safety

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and electrical contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to assist you with your light bulb selection process.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Electrical Safety: Holiday Decorating Tips

HVAC Maintenance: 4 Things to Do This Fall

HVAC Maintenance: 4 Things to Do This Fall

4 Things to Do This Fall For Better HVAC Maintenance

Your HVAC system works hard throughout the entire year to provide comfortable temperatures for you and your family. HVAC maintenance is crucial to keep your system operating smoothly.

We are a trusted HVAC contractor with the knowledge in HVAC maintenance to provide a to-do list to keep your heating and air condition system in top working order.

Replace Your HVAC Air Filters

Your air conditioning system works hard during the heat of a Texas Gulf Coast summer. That heavy use makes the fall a great time to replace your air filters to prepare for the winter. Keeping your air filter replaced regularly will keep your HVAC system performing at its highest level.

Most air filters are designed to be replaced every 60-90 days, but you may choose to replace them more frequently if you are a pet owner or use tobacco products.

Keep Your Grilles and Registers Open

Blocked or closed vents put unnecessary strain on your HVAC system. This constant system strain can cause a variety of different problems that can range from poor performance to system overheating. By keeping your register louvers open and clear of blockages, you can avoid costly repairs.

Keep Drain Lines and Drip Pans Clean

Drain lines can become clogged with algae and mold growth. A clogged drain line can cause condensation to back up into the drip pan. Eventually, drip pans can overflow and cause extensive water damage.

Inspect Outdoor HVAC Components

Dirt, debris, and pests can create havoc for your outside HVAC system equipment. Keeping the outdoor unit clear of any potential problems is very important. Keeping hazards away from your air conditioning system will protect your unit from potential damage.

Have a question about HVAC Maintenance?

HVAC Maintenance: 4 Things to Do This Fall

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We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and installation needs.

 

 

How to Choose Light Bulbs for Each Area of Your Home

How to Choose Light Bulbs for Each Area of Your Home

How to Choose Light Bulbs for Each Area of Your Home

Most homeowners don’t really put much thought into the lightbulbs that they choose for their homes. The truth is the best light bulbs can improve the atmosphere of your home, save you money on your utility bills, and can even be linked to improved productivity. Knowing which light bulb to choose in a specific living space can be difficult if you are not educated about the many options available.

Features of Modern Light Bulbs

Performance

The brightness and color of your light bulb choice can alter the appearance of the living space, even to the point of affecting one’s mood while in the space. We highly recommend purchasing light bulbs for each area of your home instead of a “one-bulb-fits-all” approach to lighting your home.

Brightness

Light bulbs brightness is measured in lumens. The energy that is required to produce a specific lumen level is measured in watts. Standard home use, incandescent bulbs range from 40 watts – producing 450 lumens to 100 watts – producing 1,600 lumens. Choosing how you use the room, will determine the bulb watt or number of lumens produced. In areas like kitchens or home offices, you will want higher watt bulbs, while in areas like hallways or closes you will want to choose a lower watt bulb.

Temperature

This is not the temperature that you are thinking about. Modern light bulbs are categorized by “color temperature,” which is measured in Kelvins. Lower temperatures refer to warmer tones. A light color temperature of 2500K to 3000K is considered warm yellow, while bulbs in the 4000K range emit pure, white light. Natural light color temperatures are in the range of 5000K and will simulate daylight.

Color Rendering Index

Color rendering index or CRI refers to how color objects appear under the bulb’s light versus how the same object appears under natural lighting. The higher the value, the truer the color representation. Normal incandescent bulbs used in most homes have a CRI value of 100, the highest possible value. Florescent bulbs range between 50-98 CRI and LED lighting is 80-98. The ideal CRI value is 80 or greater. Bulb selection and the CRI become important where the color and pattern matter most, like bathroom vanity mirrors or art/craft studios.

The Three Main Types of Light Bulbs

There are three types of modern light bulbs: halogen incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED. Light quality is relatively standard across each type, but they can vary greatly in cost and energy efficiency.

Incandescent Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs have been on the market for more than a hundred years and are the most common type of bulb in your home. The latest advancement is the halogen incandescent bulb comes in a variety of different wattages, shapes, and color temperatures. Their cost offsets their lack of energy efficiency with less than 10% of the energy they require is converted to visible light. Most of the energy is converted to heat which makes them very hot to the touch.

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are the newly improved version of the long fluorescent tubes you see in stores, commercial buildings, classrooms, etc. The new CFLs are coiled and can fit into a traditional light socket. CFLs use about one-third of the energy than incandescent bulbs while providing the same light levels, and they last up to ten times longer. Their lifespan can be cut short if turned off and on more frequently, or if placed in fixtures where they have limited ventilation.

LED bulbs (light-emitting diode) or LEDs

LEDs are the newest addition to the light bulb market. Being the most energy-efficient option comes with a higher price tag. When compared to an incandescent bulb, LEDs require 6-8 watts of energy compared to the 60 watts of an incandescent bulb. An LED has a lifespan of about 30 times that of an incandescent bulb, and about six times longer than CFLs. AirPro strongly encourages you to use LED light bulbs throughout your home to cut down on your utility bills.

What Light Bulb is Right for Each Room of Your Home

As mentioned above, it is best to use specific light bulb types in the different areas of your home. Each room requires different lighting needs and here is a guide to follow.

Kitchens:

Brighter light is best in your kitchen. We recommend 5,000 to 10,000 lumens due to the required lighting during food preparation, cooking, and cleaning. Recessed fixtures or overhead with LED bulbs are an excellent option. Installing under-cabinet lighting can also improve the lighting in many important food preparation areas.

Bathrooms

Moderate lighting is a great option for restrooms, with added lighting in vanity areas is a great choice. Bathrooms require a light bulb with a high CRI to make sure that colors are true. Avoid CFLs in your restroom since the light is turned off and on quite often which will cause CFLs to burn our quicker than normal.

How to Choose Light Bulbs for Each Area of Your Home

Low to moderate lighting levels are typical for these spaces. A ceiling fan with a light kit may work well. Choose bulbs with color temperatures of around 2,000K to 3,000K for warm, soft lighting. Add desk lamps for additional reading light, if needed. For an elegant look, install pendant lights or a chandelier above the dining room table.

Bedrooms

Low to moderate lighting is a great option in bedrooms. Avoid cool tones. Bluish light before bedtime can cause some people to have difficulty falling asleep.

Home Offices

Install bright general lighting, with targeted task lighting for workspaces. Cool tones with a color temperature of 4000K or higher can help keep you alert and focused.

How to Choose Light Bulbs for Each Area of Your Home

Have a question about light bulb selection?

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and electrical contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to assist you with your light bulb selection process.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

 

 

Air Duct Cleaning: 5 Potential Health Effects

Air Duct Cleaning: 5 Potential Health Effects

Air Duct Cleaning Leading to a Healthier Home

One of the most important components of your HVAC systems is your ductwork. Many times, your air ducts are overlooked since they are out of sight and out of mind. However, cleaning your ductwork is one of the most crucial steps to HVAC maintenance and keeping your air conditioning system operating efficiently.

Neglected ductwork can lead to health hazards due to contaminant build-up that is circulated throughout your home. Keeping your air ducts clean is not only beneficial to your health, but it will also save you money by helping you avoid premature maintenance or replacement of your HVAC unit.

For these reasons, duct cleaning needs to be a top priority in your HVAC maintenance objectives.

Here are 5 Potential Health Effects of Improper Air Duct Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning Tip 1: Poor indoor air quality can be a result of dirty ductwork. Dust and debris accumulate over time reducing the airflow and that same polluted air is circulated throughout your home.

Air Duct Cleaning Tip 2: Unclean ductwork can increase the chance of those family members with chronic pulmonary issues to be affected by the poor air quality and allergen presence in your home. Dirty ductwork can irritate allergy sufferers, those with asthma, especially the elderly and small children.

Air Duct Cleaning Tip 3: Insects and rodents love dirty and dark places to hide. Regularly HVAC maintenance and ductwork cleaning will remove vermin like mice, cockroaches, spiders, and other pests.

Air Duct Cleaning Tip 4: Mildew and mold love dirty ductwork. Mold and mildew can lead to serious health risks that can be life-threatening in the most extreme cases. Mildew and mold can also produce very unpleasant odors. These odors can be eliminated with regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance that includes ductwork cleaning.

Air Duct Cleaning Tip 5: Proper maintenance includes many cleaning and repair protocols. These steps will include the replacement of air filters and identifying potential breakdowns before they happen.

Properly maintained air conditioning systems will prolong the lifespan of your system and reduce your utility bills.

Air Duct Cleaning: 5 Potential Health Effects

Have a question about Air Duct Cleaning?

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and residential air duct cleaning and HVAC maintenance contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to assist you with your air duct cleaning.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your HVAC repair and installation needs.

 

Solar Panel Installation: Is it Worth the Cost?

Solar Panel Installation

Is Solar Panel Installation Right For Your Home?

Many homeowners have contemplated if the investment into solar panels for their homes is worth the money and effort. AirPro Houston attempts to help you weigh the positives and negatives of Solar Panel Installation and if they are right for your home.

Before we look at the pros and cons, let’s answer the question:

What Are Solar Panels?

Solar panels are a network of solar cells designed to convert light into energy, and in this case electricity for your home. The more light that comes in contact with each solar cell, the more electricity your solar panel produces. Solar panels have several residential applications, such as:

  • Ventilation fans
  • Swimming pool
  • Water heater
  • Home heating
  • Cooking
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Whole-home power
  • On-grid and off-grid options

 

The factor to determine if the investment into solar panels is right for your home will depend on your electricity rates, usage, tax incentive, rebate and grant opportunities, and installation costs.

Top Benefits of Solar Panel Installation

Homeowners can reap huge rewards for installing solar panels that range from lower utility bills to complete energy independence. Here are the top advantages of residential solar panels installation.

Renewable Energy: The sun provides the source of power, which is renewable each morning.

Reducing Utility Bills: As your solar panels produce energy, your utility bill and energy consumption from local providers will decrease. You can even build credits or be paid for surplus energy that you put back into the local energy grid.

Numerous applications: Whether you decide to use solar panels to supplement power to your entire home or want to use them to produce electricity in areas without access, there are many opportunities to utilize solar energy.

Easy Maintenance: Solar panels are very easy to maintain and require minimal effort. Twice a year they need to be cleaned and that is about all that needs to be done.

Cons of Solar Panel Installation

Although the benefits seem promising for residential solar panel installation, you have to consider the drawbacks of solar panels:

Upfront Investment: Solar Panel Installation includes a power inverter, batteries, wiring, and installation fees are considerable. As a homeowner, you will need to weigh these costs against the return and decide if solar panel installation is right for your home.

Weather: Weather will determine the amount of energy that is produced. Cloudy and rainy days will reduce the efficiency of your solar system.

Physical Space: The amount of energy that you need to produce will determine the amount of space your solar panels will take up. Roof installations are most common, but depending on your home’s design and structure, that may or may not be an option.

Solar Panel Installation

Solar Panel Installation Tax Credits and Rebates

Texas homeowners have comprehensive rebate programs available and special grant programs that provide substantial savings for homeowners who qualify. In addition, many utility providers have attractive incentives for Solar Panel Installation for homeowners.

Have a question about Solar Panel Installation?

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and electrical contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to assist you with your Solar Panel Installation.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Furnace Maintenance: Efficiently Heating an Older Home

Furnace Maintenance: Efficiently Heating an Older Home

Furnace Maintenance: How-to Tips to Heat Older Homes

As your home ages, or if you purchase a home that is a few decades old, it is important to understand how to heat and cool your home efficiently. Established neighborhoods provide a lot of character and unique design but can also present heating and cooling challenges.

This is especially true if your home was built before central air and heating were common installations for new home construction.

At AirPro, we love tackling heating challenges and view them as opportunities to showcase our heating system configuration experience. Our team can work on all types of heating systems, electric furnaces, gas furnaces, boiler heaters, mini-split ductless systems, propane gas furnaces, and heat pumps.

There is not a home furnace maintenance issue that we cannot handle.

Furnace Maintenance: Retrofitting Central Air

If your home was built before central air became the standard installation for HVAC, you might want to install a modern furnace and air conditioning system. This option will be dependent on the construction of the home and if it has adequate space to install the system’s components and ductwork.

Installing a central air system in an existing home can be expensive, so discuss this further with one of our technicians to see if this is an option for your home.

Furnace Maintenance: Ductless Wall Mounted Heating Systems

Ductless mini-split systems are a great solution for adding heating and cooling to an older home. Ductless mini-split systems are able to be installed in homes where there is not adequate room for ductwork in attic spaces or beneath the floor.

These systems are energy-efficient, quiet, and affordable. A ductless mini-split heating/cooling system provides zone heating and cooling as well as improved indoor air quality.

Ductless units can be connected in tandem to eliminate hot/cool spots. These systems are also remote controlled which provides the freedom to adjust the settings and temperature from a distance. Many of the newer models are WI-FI enabled and can be controlled remotely.

Furnace Maintenance: Radiators and Boilers

Some older homes use boilers and heat pumps for heating. Boilers or radiators use water or oil that is heated, circulated into the radiators, and the heat radiates throughout the room for heat. This system creates hot spots and cold spots throughout your home. Each room has its own radiator and they can be individually adjusted.

Boilers can also circulate heated water through a system of pipes located under the floor. These sub-floor pipes do not require wall space for radiators, vents, or ductless systems. This system is great especially if you are installing new flooring.

If you have radiators or boilers, a simple solution may be a thorough maintenance visit from one of our technicians. Another option is replacing the existing components with newer equipment that will outperform older equipment.

Trust Your Furnace Maintenance to the Experts at AirPro

AirPro provides furnace maintenance, HVAC repairs, and installations of all types. Our NATE™ certified HVAC technicians provide comprehensive inspections of your home’s furnace and air conditioning equipment to determine if maintenance, repair, or replacement is your home’s best option.

Furnace Maintenance: Efficiently Heating an Older Home

Have an Older Home You Need to Heat

AirPro Houston is known for our experience in designing heating systems for homes. Our four decades of experience as a seasoned HVAC contractor provide you with the skill and expertise to assist you in selecting the right equipment for your home.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you to repair, install, or maintain an Energy Efficient Furnace system for your home.

Why Should an Electrician Repair a Loose Electrical Outlet Box?

Why Should an Electrician Repair a Loose Electrical Outlet Box

Call an Electrician: Dangers of Repairing a Loose Outlet Yourself

Your home’s electrical outlets are attached to your wall studs. Overtime use, vibration, and the jarring that occurs when plugs are inserted & removed can loosen the outlet boxes from the stud that they are anchored to. If you have ever unplugged a cord from an outlet and it moved or felt like it was coming out of the wall, your plug needs to be repaired.

Tightening an electrical outlet involves more than tightening a few screws. The outlet box could have become unattached from the stud, wires may be damaged, debris may be inside the outlet box. Because the potential hazard of electrical shock is increased for this repair, we strongly suggest that you do not make this a DIY project.  Call an AirPro Electrician to assist with this repair.

Warning Signs of a Loose Electrical Outlet Box

The signs that your electrical box is coming loose are:

  • The faceplate moves side to side
  • The complete outlet moves when plugging in or unplugging a cord
  • The faceplate is not flush with the wall

The longer the outlet has been loose, the more likely the wires attached to the outlet are loose as well. Prolonged rubbing of the wires against any part of the electrical box can damage the wires. When dealing with damaged wiring, it is always best to leave the repair to the professional electricians.

Other Damage Caused by Loose Electrical Outlet Boxes

A neglected and damaged outlet box can lead to several possible problems. Most are minor and non-threatening, while others can be deadly.

Broken/Cracked Faceplate: The faceplate can break if the outlet is pulled too hard. A cracked faceplate can allow LIVE electrical wires to be exposed. Stop using the outlet if the faceplate is cracked or damaged. Call one of our electricians to assist with the repair.

Electrical Cord Damage: If your outlet moves when you plug a cord in you have to use more force to plug in the electrical cord. The same is true when you unplug the cord… you use more force. Over time this push and pull battle can expose live wires or fray the electrical cord to the point where it becomes a dangerous hazard.

It is best to have an AirPro electrician inspect the outlet before continuing to use the cord or corded appliance.

Electrical Shock: This is the most dangerous issue when it comes to a loose electrical box. Plugging in or unplugging a cord are the most vulnerable times. If you are shocked during these times, you need to immediately call an AirPro electrician.

Repair Your Loose Electrical Outlet Boxes

Electricity is a powerful force. When dealing with electrical issues in your home it is always best to call in a licensed professional electrician to take care of the problem. This is not only to ensure the job is done correctly but also for your own safety.

Why Should an Electrician Repair a Loose Electrical Outlet Box

Let AirPro an Electrician Help With Your Electrical Repairs

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and electrical contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to assist you in selecting the right program for your company.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

5 Whole Home Generator Maintenance Tips

5 Whole Home Generator Maintenance Tips

When you lose power, you want to have the confidence that your whole home generator is ready to step up to the job. Nobody wants to sit in the dark or be without heat or air conditioning. This year proved to be an active year for tropical weather and following a disaster, your whole home generator could be a lifesaver.

We put together a list of maintenance tips for your whole home generator to keep it in its best condition to be ready when needed.

First, what do we mean when we say whole home generator? A whole home generator also known as a standby or backup generator provides an alternative source for electricity when your electrical service is interrupted.

Most whole home generators are powered by propane or natural gas. The whole home generator is integrated into your home’s electrical system (or the essential circuits) and provides power.

As you can see, your whole home generator is a key component in keeping your family safe during power outages. Making sure that it is properly maintained is crucial to making sure that it is ready to go when you need it most.

5 Home Generator Maintenance Tips

Keep that peace of mind with a well-maintained whole home generator to provide electricity when weather events or power outages happen. Here are AirPro’s top five generator maintenance tips.

Keep your Whole Home Generator free from Outdoor Hazards: leave, branches, and other debris can hinder proper function and cause unnecessary wear and tear on your generator.

Check Oil Levels Regularly: Top off your generator’s oil once a month to make sure it is always full.

Keep Extra Oil Filters, Air Filters, and Oil on Hand: In a time of crisis, it may be difficult to find some of these items, so it is a great idea to have them on hand so that sourcing the items doesn’t become an issue.

Test Your System Regularly: If your generator does not have a self-test function, manually run your generator for 15 minutes each month. Many newer models are equipped with regularly scheduled test modes that cycle your generator on at your scheduled times.

This process will make sure all parts are properly lubricated and keep fuel lines clear.

Schedule Whole Home Generator Maintenance: We recommend that you schedule a yearly maintenance appointment with an AirPro backup generator technician.

5 Whole Home Generator Maintenance Tips

Let AirPro Keep Your Whole Home Generator Properly Maintained

Do not be caught in the dark during a power outage. AirPro Air Conditioning, Heating & Electrical will help you keep your standby generator in premium shape, so it is ready to provide power when you need it.

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial and electrical contractor AirPro Houston provides you with the skill and expertise to assist you in selecting the right program for your company.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you for all of your electrical repair and installation needs.

Are Commercial HVAC Maintenance Programs Worth It?

Commercial HVAC Maintenance Program

Commercial HVAC Maintenance Program 101

We are asked on a regular basis whether commercial HVAC maintenance programs are beneficial. This equates to asking your mechanic if having your oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles is important in maintaining your vehicle and prolonging its lifespan. The analogies may seem quite different, but they are closer than one might think.

The answer is yes to both questions. Regular maintenance on your vehicle is important, as is regular maintenance on your commercial HVAC system. As we take a closer look at both examples you will see why commercial HVAC maintenance and routine car maintenance are important.

Balding tires are easy to spot for car owners. Driving on tires that need replacing can be dangerous to yourself and others. It is best to replace tires with excessively worn tread before a blow-out or flat tire causes a more serious accident.

Commercial HVAC systems are quite different. Looking at the outside of your unit may not alert you to any issues. That is why a commercial HVAC maintenance program is crucial in allowing an expert to routinely inspect your HVAC system and prevent system failure or excessive wear and tear. The longer the potential repairs are neglected, the more costly the repair may be.

We change our oil every 3,000 – 5,000 miles because we know that engine oil breaks down during use over time. The break down of that oil leads to reduced lubrication of moving parts within the engine.

Inside of your commercial HVAC system, the motors and mechanical parts required proper lubrication to keep these moving parts from overheating. Inefficient lubrication of these parts will result in premature wear and breakage. Having a professional commercial HVAC technician thoroughly inspect your commercial HVAC system includes checking lubricants.

Your vehicle’s fuel and air filter maintain the gas mileage of your vehicle. When your fuel filter is clogged, your gas mileage drops. If your air filters are clogged, the air entering your vehicle’s engine is unclean and causes avoidable wear and tear.

Your HVAC system operates under the same principle. If your air filter is clogged, it will put unnecessary stress on the system and will cause the components to not function at their peak efficiency.

When an air filter is replaced routinely during a commercial HVAC maintenance program, your system continues to operate at its full potential.

Commercial HVAC Maintenance Program

Why Invest in a Commercial HVAC Maintenance Program?

Keeping your commercial system properly maintained will:

  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Minimize the wear and tear on your system components
  • Prolong the lifespan of your HVAC system

To learn more about how we can design a commercial HVAC maintenance program customized for your system and your business, call us at 281-880-8805.

Interested in a Commercial HVAC Maintenance Program

AirPro Houston is known for our experience in designing commercial HVAC maintenance programs. Our four decades of experience as a seasoned commercial HVAC contractor provide you with the skill and expertise to assist you in selecting the right program for your company.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you to repair, install, or maintain an Energy Efficient Furnace system for your home.

Best Practices to Alter Thermostat Settings When Daylight Saving Ends

Best Practices to Alter Thermostat Settings When Daylight Saving Ends

How Daylight Saving Affects Your Thermostat Setting

Every November marks the end of daylight saving time. We set our clocks back one hour as we enter the winter months and notice that sunset comes earlier and earlier. You should not only adjust your clocks during this time, but you should also adjust your thermostat. The following adjustments will keep your thermostat at your desired comfort level, and it will also provide a more efficient HVAC system.

Change the Clock on Your Thermostat

Most modern thermostats have a time setting that will need to be adjusted twice a year to accommodate daylight saving. If your thermostat does not change with the time change automatically, manually adjust the time. This will ensure that any programmable settings will be accurate to the time of year.

This is a Great Time to Schedule HVAC System Maintenance

Season changes are an ideal time to take your HVAC system offline for maintenance. Having an HVAC professional thoroughly inspect your HVAC system will make sure that your system is operating in the most efficient manner possible. This will ensure that ductwork is free from obstruction or damage. HVAC maintenance will detect any wear and tear that might have occurred during the intense workout of the summer heat. Most importantly an HVAC system appointment will identify any problems that, if left neglected, can lead to even higher costly repairs.

Evaluate Your Thermostat Programming

As you move from cooling to heating modes, you will want to revisit your thermostat programming to make any adjustments based on your home’s usage. Your family’s routine and on-the-go schedule is in a constant state of change. We suggest that you adjust your programmed thermostat settings at least twice a year to accommodate your family’s schedule and comfort levels.

Specific adjustment recommendations are that you turn your thermostat setting down by 10-15 degrees late at night to reduce energy consumption. Set daytime adjustments during the week too. If no one is home on weekdays, set the thermostat to lower the temperature by 10 degrees.

Best Practices to Alter Thermostat Settings When Daylight Saving Ends

Take Advantage of Nature’s Heater

Remember that you can take advantage of the sun’s natural heating capacity. During the day, open your curtains and blinds to allow the sun’s natural heat to warm your home. The sun can drastically warm your home even on the coldest of days. Ultraviolet rays passing through your window’s glass can significantly warm your home and reduce your energy consumption.

Put In New Batteries

Replace the batteries, so you can rest easy knowing it will work reliably all winter long.

Contact the Heating and Furnace Experts

AirPro Houston is known for our experience in designing heating and furnace systems. Our four decades of experience as a seasoned heating system contractor provide you with the skill and expertise to assist you in selecting the right system to deliver comfort to your family.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you to repair, install, or maintain an Energy Efficient Furnace system for your home.

Guide to an Energy Efficient Furnace

Guide to an Energy Efficient Furnace

Reasons your Energy Efficient Furnace is not operating at its highest efficiency

Is your furnace operating to its fullest potential? Your furnace comes from the manufacturer with an official efficiency rating called an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). The AFUE expresses the percentage of energy consumed that contributes to the usable heat, versus the amount of heat lost in the heating process.

Modern Energy Efficient Furnaces operate with an AFUE rating of around 80%. Some furnaces labeled “high-efficiency” possess a secondary heat exchanger and can be rated as high as 95% AFUE.

Top reasons why your furnace is not operating at its highest efficiency standards…

It is too old.

Gas Energy Efficient Furnaces have a life expectancy of about 15-20 years. At the time of manufacturing, the AFUE standards were much lower than present-day standards. You can provide the manufacture with the make, model, and serial number, and they can provide the date of manufacturing. If the furnace is older than 15 years old, it is best to upgrade to a new furnace with a more efficient modern heating system.

Poor Furnace Maintenance

Regular Energy Efficient Furnace maintenance by a qualified HVAC technician can prolong the life of your furnace. Our technicians follow the manufacture provided procedures to support optimum efficiency, maximize performance, lower heating costs, and safely operate.

Many furnace and HVAC system warranties require routine maintenance to keep the warranty valid. If professional preventive maintenance has been neglected, schedule a furnace tune-up now to improve efficiency.

Improper Furnace Size

Every home should have a furnace installed based on the heating load required. The size of the home will require a specific BTU capacity that will be sufficient to heat the home adequately. There are problems with over-sizing and undersized furnaces.

A furnace that is too large can cause the furnace to cycle on and off too rapidly to heat adequately. If the furnace is too small, the unit will run for longer periods of time since it cannot heat to the desired setting.

HVAC and Furnace Issues

There are times that furnace-related issues can affect the system efficiency that is outside the HVAC system. These issues can result in poor ductwork or ductwork that is compromised. Damaged ductwork will cause your furnace to run for extended periods of time to reach the desired thermostat setting.

A poorly insulated home can cause a furnace to run for extended periods of time and it will struggle to reach the temperature setting.

Contact the Energy Efficient Furnace Professionals

AirPro Houston is known for our experience in designing Energy Efficient Furnace systems to meet the tough demands of a South Texas summer.

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned heating system contractor provide you with the skill and expertise to assist you in selecting the right system to deliver comfort to your family.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you to repair, install, or maintain an Energy Efficient Furnace system for your home.

Duct Cleaning & Sealing Saves You Energy, Money, and Improves Indoor Air Quality

Quality Duct Cleaning & Sealing Reduce Energy Consumption and Reduces Airborne Contaminants

Quality Duct Cleaning & Sealing Reduce Energy Consumption and Reduces Airborne Contaminants

According to the U.S. Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute, up to 40% of cooling and heating did by air conditioning systems is lost due to improperly sealed ductwork.

Nationwide, this wasted energy equates to the same energy burned by 13 million automobiles per year.

Duct cleaning which also known as ductwork cleaning, vent cleaning, air duct cleaning, HVAC system cleaning, heating duct cleaning, and even the proverbial “duck” work cleaning refers to the removal of contaminants and other pollutants that build up over the course of time inside your HVAC system.

Ductwork Cleaning – Why is it important?

Ducts are the indoor air quality system for your home. They protect your family’s air quality as well. Annually, your home produces up to 40 pounds of dust and debris.

Pollutants like dirt, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, chemical smells, bacteria, and viruses are among the contaminants that linger in your home’s HVAC system.

Having your ductwork cleaned regularly will greatly reduce the number of pollutants that are circulating within your HVAC system. These contaminants can cause severe chronic respiratory.

How Do We Clean Your Ductwork?

Step 1 Home Inspection

The first step in cleaning your ductwork is to conduct a thorough HVAC system inspection. Our highly trained, NATE certified technicians will inspect all supply and return vents to ensure they are sealed.

Step 2 HEPA Vacuum

Our truck-mounted HEPA filtrated vacuum is used to put your HVAC system under negative pressure.

Step 3 Bruch Cleaning

We have a rotary brush and air whip system that we insert into your ductwork to loosen any debris and build-up. The debris is then removed and placed in the truck’s containment unit.

Step 4 Final Cleaning

We do a final cleaning of all main ductwork lines for both supply and returns.

Step 5 Furnace Cleaning

The HVAC system interior is thoroughly cleaned using compressed air, air whip systems and vacuum unit.

Step 6 Closing Access Points

All access points are patched and your HVAC system goes through final quality inspection to ensure proper function.

Quality Duct Cleaning & Sealing Reduce Energy Consumption and Reduces Airborne Contaminants

We are here to clean your HVAC ductwork!

AirPro Houston has been servicing the Houston Metro Area for over four decades. Our growing company is a group of highly experienced technicians who care about excellence. We use the most high-end equipment on the market to make sure you’re satisfied.

Duct Cleaning by Air Pro Houston

Duct Cleaning by Air Pro Houston

Schedule your ductwork inspection and cleaning today by calling 281-880-8805, or fill out the information below and one of our technicians will contact you as soon as possible.

Contact Air Pro Houston To See About Making Your Energy-Efficient Home

AirPro Houston is known for our experience in designing Energy-Efficient Home HVAC systems to meet the tough demands of a South Texas summer.

Our four decades of experience as a seasoned AC contractor provide you with the skill and expertise to assist you in selecting the right system to deliver comfort to your family.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you as you determine if a new Smart Thermostats is right for your home.

5 Tips for a More Energy-Efficient Home

Energy-Efficient Home Tips

Energy-Efficient Home Tips

We all want to pay less in utility bills. Unfortunately, we do not always practice the best energy-efficient routines in our home.

We would like to help you change that behavior. Here are tips that you can implement to make your home more energy-efficient and start reducing your utility bills.

Here are 5 Tips to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

  1. Upgrade Your Thermostat
  2. Close blinds during summer, and open them in the winter
  3. Seal Your Ductwork
  4. Set Your Water Heater to the Right Temperature
  5. Keep up Your Routine HVAC System Maintenance

#1 Upgrade Your Thermostat to A Programmable Model

According to Energystar, it is estimated that you can save up to $180 per year on your utility bills by upgrading to a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats can automatically adjust your home’s temperature to your comfort settings to save you money on your energy bills.

Examples of how a programmable thermostat works: You can set your thermostat to raise the temperature 8-10 degrees while you are away from your home during the date. Before you arrive home, your programmable thermostat can adjust to your desired setting, so your home is comfortable when you arrive.

#2 Close Your Blinds During Summer and Open them During Winter

This seems to be a no-brainer… by keeping the sun out, or letting it in, to cool and heat your home you help reduce the amount of work your home’s systems have to accomplish to keep you comfortable. The natural heat gain prevented by closing your blinds can be reduced by up to 45% during the summer. The same is true for the winter… so let the sun heat your home during the winter by leaving your blinds open to reduce the load on your furnace.

#3: Seal Your Ductwork

Energystar estimates that up to 20-30% of the air moving through your home’s ductwork is lost to leaks and poor connections in your ductwork. That means to reach the same level of comfort, your HVAC system must work 20-30% harder. The harder your system works, the more energy you consume, and the more stress your system will undergo.

Our technicians can inspect your ductwork to make sure that there are not any leaks. If any are found, they can repair them.

#4: Set Your Water Heater to the Right Temperature

Your water heater should not be set higher than 120 degrees. Unfortunately, most water heater thermostats do not show what temperature they’re set to—they only say “hot” or “warm.”

#5: Keep Your HVAC System Maintained Routinely

It is estimated that half of your home’s energy consumption is used for cooling and heating. Keeping your HVAC system regularly maintained can not only reduce your energy consumption, but it can also reduce repairs and wear and tear.

Energy-Efficient Home Tips

Contact Air Pro Houston To See About Making Your Energy-Efficient Home

AirPro Houston is known for our experience in designing Energy-Efficient Home HVAC systems to meet the tough demands of a South Texas summer. Our four decades of experience as a seasoned AC contractor provide you with the skill and expertise to assist you in selecting the right system to deliver comfort to your family.

We have financing options available with great options with up to 72-month terms with approved credit. Call us today at  281-880-8805 and let us partner with you as you determine if a new Smart Thermostats is right for your home.