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Are you Ready for Changes in the Heating and Air Conditioning Industry in 2015?

We live in a time of enormous technological change. When you think back to all the changes that have taken place over the past half-century, there have been some truly mind-boggling accomplishments. We live in a world where most of us have access to desktop computers, cell phones, and microwave ovens. We’re connected through the Internet and can communicate with people from all over the globe in an instant. Space travel is no longer the stuff of science fiction and we’ve made impressive advances in the fields of medicine and science.

Along with our many advances, we’ve also caused damage to our environment far more quickly than previous generations. Carbon dioxide levels are at the highest point since the late 1950s. It’s time to take steps to repair the damage.

Changes in the Heating and Air Conditioning Industry

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Reduces Freon Production

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reducing the amount of R22 refrigerant, commonly known as Freon. It is used in the cooling cycle of air conditioning. Scientists found that this chemical was having a negative effect on the ozone layer, and the EPA developed a plan to eliminate it over a number of years.

In 2015, production of R22 will be reduced to 90% below the US baseline. By 2020, the Agency will stop allowing all production and importing of R22. As production goes down, prices will increase dramatically.

Puron a Substitute for Freon

Puron R410a, can be used as a substitute for Freon, but it is on the list of substances that contribute to global warming. It operates at a higher pressure than Freon, which means that homeowners will need to buy new air conditioning equipment to use it.

Since Freon won’t be readily available and any supply will be very expensive, it makes sense to replace your air conditioning system that use R22. If your system needs repairs to its condenser coil or evaporator coil, you would be better off buying a new unit. At this point, continuing to invest in the air conditioning system doesn’t make sense.

Air Depot has been serving Cypress and the surrounding area since 1977. We are your air conditioning and service experts. Call us at 281-477-3700 to discuss your options in upgrading your system.

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Why You Should Hire an Experienced AC Contractor to Service your HVAC System

Cypress homeowners who are having difficulties with their AC system can receive a number of services from an experienced AC contractor, including installation, maintenance checks and repairs if their system is not working as it should. With so many people having to keep a close eye on household spending, it is easy to understand why a consumer may try to save a bit of money by trying to turn this important work over to a local handyman, especially for what appears to be some basic repair work.

While at first glance it may seem as though you are saving some money by hiring someone who will charge you lower rates up front, that “bargain” rate may not end up being such a good deal in the end. Your air conditioner is an important part of your HVAC system and when the warmer weather comes, you’ll want to make sure your family is cool and comfortable. Trusting it to an inexperienced person could end up leading to big problems later on.

Hire an Experienced AC Contractor

If your system is not kept in good repair by an experienced AC contractor, it may not perform properly. Having the work performed by someone who has been trained to perform the work correctly will ensure that your HVAC system maintenance and repair needs are taken care of quickly and efficiently.

When you hire an AC contractor who has been in business for a number of years, you know that the company will be able to dispatch certified technicians who are familiar with your particular brand of equipment. They will be able to diagnose the problem and explain your options to you.

It’s important to find someone who can look after your air conditioning system and make sure that you are satisfied with the service you have received before they leave. A well-established AC contracting business knows that it has a reputation to uphold and must have a track record of providing good customer service.

Air Depot is a family-owned and operated AC contractor business that has been serving Cypress and area since 1977. Our technicians are certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE) for their consistency and dependability. Call us at 281-477-3700 for all your HVAC repair, maintenance and installation needs.

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No Ducts, No Problem: Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners are an Option

If your part of your home or business does not have existing ductwork, it does not mean that you don’t have any options as far as having an air conditioning system installed. Ductless mini-split air conditioners can be used in a number of applications, including additions where extending or installing ductwork for a central air conditioner system is not feasible.

A mini split is made up of two main components. It has an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. The indoor and outdoor units are joined by a conduit, and it houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a condensate drain.

Advantages of Ductless Mini-Split Air Conditioners

 

Size and Flexibility

Ductless mini-split air conditioners are small and flexible. If you are looking at cooling a section or an addition to your home, some models have up to four indoor air handling units for four rooms or spaces connected to a single outdoor unit. The number depends on how much cooling is needed for each zone or the building. Each zone can be controlled with a separate thermostat, which means you only need to turn on the air conditioner for the space when it is occupied. This will save you time and money.

Ease of Installation

This type of air conditioner can be easier to install since the hook-up between the indoor and outdoor units generally only needs a three-inch hole through a wall for the conduit. Most manufacturers can provide connecting conduits of varying lengths. If necessary, you can place the outdoor unit at the back of the home or building while keeping rooms at the front cool.

Energy Efficient

Mini split air conditioners do not produce the types of energy losses associated with forced air central systems. Losses through ductwork can be responsible for up to 30 percent of energy consumption, especially if the ducts are in an unconditioned space like an attic.

Multiple Interior Design Options

The indoor air handlers can be mounted onto a wall, mounted flush into a dropped ceiling or suspended from a ceiling to work with any decor. They have a sleek and modern appearance, and many of them come with a remote control to turn the system on and off with the push of a button.

To find out more about ductless mini-split air conditioners, call Air Depot at 281-477-3700. We would be happy to discuss this option with you.

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Bryant Indoor Air Quality Products Make your Home Cleaner and Healthier

The indoor air quality of your home matters, and now that you will be spending more time inside your house you’ll want to make sure that it is as clean as possible. If you or someone in your household suffers from asthma or allergies to dust, pet dander or other irritants, you’ll want to be especially vigilant about keeping your home clean. Bryant indoor air quality products can help to protect your family from the effects of invisible irritants such as mold, bacteria, viruses and pollen, as well as the irritants mentioned previously.

The product line includes air cleaners to bring better air into your home and air purifiers to eliminate up to 99 percent of the pollutants in your indoor environment. Ultraviolet UV lights reduce mold and bacterial growth on your system’s internal coil and ventilators are used to bring fresh air into your interior space.

Bryant Indoor Air Quality Products

  • Air Cleaners

Bryant’s line of air cleaners patented Captures and Kills ™ technology work silently to protect you and your family from viruses such as the common cold, influenza and Streptococcus.

  • Air Purifiers

Air purifiers also has the patented Captures and Kills ™ technology and can clean up to 100 times more air than a portable unit. Indoor air is re-purified up to eight times per hour. These units kill or inactivate up to 99 percent of germs, mold and pollen captured, as well as protects your equipment.

  • Ultraviolet UV Lights

Bryant’s UV lamp attacks and eliminates bacteria and mold that can accumulate in moist heating and cooling systems. From there, particles can circulate throughout your home. Installing one makes your home more comfortable and improves the interior air quality to make the environment a healthier one for family and friends.

  • Ventilators

Would you like to be able to bring fresh air into your home without having to open the windows? A Bryant Upflow Energy Recovery Ventilator helps to transfer indoor heating or cooling energy to the incoming air so that you can get fresh air at any time. It’s a much better solution for your family than opening a window and watching your energy dollars fly right out!

To find out more about Bryant indoor air quality products or find out more about our air conditioning and heating service, contact Air Depot at 281-477-3700.

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3 Reasons Why Fall is the Perfect Time to Buy a Central Air Conditioning System

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Summer is over and the Holiday Season has not yet begun. If you know that your existing Cypress air conditioner had a hard time meeting the demands of your household through the summer and it’s time to buy a new system, fall is the perfect time to buy a central air conditioning system. Here are some reasons to consider:

Reasons to Buy a Central Air Conditioning System in the Fall

1. Pricing is Better at this Time of Year

Demand for air conditioners drop at the end of the summer, and the pricing does the same. If you wait until June or July to replace your unit, you’ll end up paying top dollar for the privilege.

2. Easier to Make an Appointment

Heating and air conditioning contractors get busy with appointments during the summer and winter months dealing with service calls for emergencies. If you schedule your air conditioner installation during the fall, you’ll have an easier time making an appointment at a convenient time.

3. Moderate Weather Makes for Easier Installation

If you are having work done on your home, having it done during when temperatures are relatively mild makes for a more pleasant process for you and the air conditioning contractor.

Make Sure New Air Conditioner System is Energy Efficient

When making plans for a new air conditioner system, make sure you choose an Energy Star Certified product. Your air conditioning contractor should follow these guidelines when installing your system:

Make Sure it is the Correct Size: If it’s too small, it will waste energy. A system that is too big will cycle on and off often and wear out prematurely. Before installing a new  system, the contractor should ensure you have the right size for your home’s square footage.
Seal the Duct work: Leaky duct work is a source of energy loss in the home. If the air is getting out in this way, it won’t reach your rooms to cool them. Your contractor should locate any leaks and repair them, then test the airflow to confirm that the leaks have been repaired.
Make Sure Refrigerant Charge is Correct: If refrigerant charge is not correct, it wastes energy and can damage unit over time. The contractor should make sure the charge is neither too low nor too high.

Contact Air Depot to discuss your new central air conditioning system. We are your local experts, and have been serving the Cypress area since 1977.

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