Call Us:281-477-3700

Blog

Why You Should Have your Ductwork Inspected

Part of your maintenance routine for your HVAC system in your Cypress home should include having your ductwork inspected. When you schedule your annual furnace check-up, ask to have a technician look at your ductwork as well. The air ducts are a very important part of your system, since they are the route by which the heated or cooled air reaches your rooms (depending on the time of year). They also look after returning stale air to the central unit to be either heated or cooled.

Why Have Your Ductwork Inspected

A professional ductwork inspection will reveal the following important information:

Whether your ductwork segments which are leaking conditioned air. This will have an impact on your home’s energy efficiency and end up costing you more on your energy bill.
If your ductwork has a buildup of dirt or dust that needs to be removed with a professional cleaning
Whether the ductwork has significant structural or other issues and must be replaced

If the debris in the air ducts is allowed to collect for an extended time, one or more segments of ductwork may need to be replaced.

Determining Whether to Clean or Replace Ductwork

A significant factor in deciding whether to clean or replace ductwork is the type of air ducts that are installed in your home. If you happen to have metal air ducts without an interior lining, they can usually be cleaned relatively easily.

Homes that have flexible air ducts, which are made with a plastic material, can be susceptible to mold growth. Depending on the extent of the contamination, the safer choice is to simply replace them rather than attempting to clean up the mold.

An experienced HVAC contractor will be able to give you the best advice about whether your ducts can be cleaned or you should have one or more sections replaced. Have this inspection done annually as part of your regular home maintenance. If you ignore your ductwork, you are leaving them open to a buildup of contaminants that can pose a threat to your family’s health, such as dust, molds, and more. They can potentially trigger or exacerbate allergy and asthma problems for you or a family member.

Now is the perfect time to schedule your ductwork inspection. Air Depot has been serving the Cypress area since 1977, and we provide cleaning and replacement services, as required. You can reach us at 281-477-3700.

Duct

Questions You Should Ask When Replacing your HVAC System

If you are considering replacing your HVAC system, you will no doubt have questions. Knowing the right questions to ask so that you can make an informed decision. Here are some questions to ask before you buy your new system. By asking the right ones from the outset, you will be able to find the right HVAC system to meet your needs.

What to Ask When Replacing your HVAC System

Q. Should I be looking at getting all of my HVAC equipment replaced at the same time?

A. Yes, all the parts of your HVAC system should be replaced at the same time to ensure that they work together properly. Replacing only part of your system may seem like the more economical way to go, but it could lead to service problems later on.

If the system is mismatched, it may not give you the level of energy efficiency or performance you are looking for. If you are replacing an older part of the system (piping, ductwork, furnace, or the outdoor unit of a heat pump) you’ll want to match the new part as closely as possible to the existing system.

When installing a new, high efficiency heat pump or air conditioner, the old ductwork could affect performance. It could have leaks, be inadequate for the new system, or not be the right size. Have the contractor perform a thorough inspection. All ductwork must be properly sealed and insulated, and the right size for your home.

Q. What size system should I buy?

If the system is too small, it will not heat or cool your home efficiently. Choosing a system that is too large will cost more and will not give you accurate temperature and humidity control.

Ask your contractor to prepare a detailed load calculation for you. It will determine the capacity of the equipment you will need and the correct distribution of air to each room in your home.

Q. What type of system is best?

When you are looking for an HVAC system, you have several choices available. When looking for a cooling system, you’ll notice that their efficiency is rated as a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) number. Highe numbers indicate that a unit is more energy efficient. Cooling systems must have a minimum SEER rating of at least 13.

When you are replacing your HVAC system, you need an experienced contractor to do the work. Call Air Depot at 281-477-3700 to talk about your air conditioning and heating needs today.

AirConditionerRepair

What is the Difference Between an Energy Savings Plan (ESP) Maintenance Agreement and a Warranty?

As a homeowner, you’ll want to be proactive about taking steps to protect your heating and cooling equipment before any problems occur. Before you can make a decision about whether you should choose between an Energy Savings Plan (ESP) Maintenance Agreement and a warranty, you’ll want to make sure you understand the difference between these two items.

Difference Between an Energy Savings Plan (ESP) Maintenance Agreement and a Warranty

 

When you buy an ESP from Air Depot, you get a discount on parts and labor for any needed repairs on your heating and air conditioning equipment. A warranty usually has a specific list of repairs it will cover and you may have to pay a deductible for covered services.

Air Depot gives its ESP customers preferred day service when they call before noon for repair service on their heating or cooling equipment. Home warranty companies usually don’t offer this service, and customers may end up waiting several days for a technician to come to their home.

Buying an ESP means you will keep up with your scheduled maintenance on your heating and cooling equipment in your home. Air Depot’s ESP includes three inspections per year (with a written report):

  • The Cooling Maintenance Tune-up (May)
  • The Heating Maintenance Check (October)
  • The Annual Major Maintenance (February)

These checks are essential to keep your system running at peak efficiency and will extend its service life. If you don’t keep up with your regular maintenance and have the records to prove it, a warranty may not cover the cost of repairs if a failure happens or your equipment breaks down. Having the ESP in place can help to support the warranty.

Signing an Energy Savings Plan Maintenance Agreement with Air Depot means you get a heating and air conditioning contractor you can trust who will respond every time your system needs servicing, repairs or maintenance. When you choose a warranty, you have no control over which company will be dispatched to come to your home to provide services.

To find out more about how you can buy an Energy Savings Plan (ESP) Maintenance Agreement for your home, contact Air Depot at 281-477-3700.

Contract

Which Programmable Thermostat is Right for Me?

Buying a programmable thermostat makes good sense if you want to keep your energy costs down. If no one is home during the day, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend money running your air conditioner at the same temperature as in the evening when you and the rest of your family are at home. During colder months, the thermostat can regulate the heat in your home in the same manner. How do you decide which programmable thermostat is right for you? Here are some factors to consider:

Choosing a Programmable Thermostat

Programibility – Level of Control

How much control do you want to have over your heating and cooling system”

You can get a seven-day controllable system that will let you set different programs for different days. This is a good choice if your schedule tends to change on different days of the week. This type of thermostat usually has four temperature periods per day.

A 5+2 model uses an identical schedule on weekdays and another one on weekends.

If you choose a 5-1-1 model, you will have the same schedule on weekdays and separate ones for Saturdays and Sundays.

User Interface

Programmable thermostats are available in digital formats with buttons, and newer models feature touch-screen technology. As the technology becomes more advanced, they tend to get more complicated in operation and functionality. You may find a touch screen thermostat to be more convenient than pressing several buttons to enter your programming instructions, but you will need to choose a model that you will feel comfortable operating.

Features

Each thermostat will have features that are specific to that model. You can find ones that offer remote-control operation, which is handy if you want to change your program without being close to the unit. Humidity control is another feature that you can get with a programmable thermostat. Too much humidity in your home can lead to issues with mould and mildew. You can even protect your setting with a password if you wish.

If you have questions about programmable thermostats or want to confirm that the one you are considering is compatible with your air conditioning system, call Air Depot at
281-477-3700.

Thermostat

Does it Make Sense to Replace your Air Conditioner in late Summer?

Money

If you have been noticing that your air conditioner has not been working as efficiently as it should be, you may be wondering whether it makes sense to replace it in late summer or if you should hang in until next spring. It can be tempting to want to hang onto an older model unit so that you can get every ounce of usage out of it before you get a replacement, but this is probably not the best choice. In a situation where you have real concerns that your system needs to be replaced, now is not too late to replace your air conditioner.

Why You Should Replace Your Air Conditioner in Late Summer

  1. Your older model air conditioner can break down at any time.
  2. There is still plenty of hot weather ahead and unless you are prepared to take the chance of being suddenly without air conditioning, you may want to choose to have the unit replaced at a time that is convenient for you.
  3. A newer unit is less likely to need extensive (and expensive) repairs.
  4. Rather than spending money on several repairs for an older air conditioner, you will likely be better off investing in a new system that will probably cost less in the long run.
  5. Newer air conditioner systems are more energy efficient.
  6. An older air conditioner will likely have worn-down parts that will need to work harder to keep your home cool. You may even notice that your home has some spots that are warmer or cooler than others. Upgrading to a more energy-efficient model will help you save money on your energy bill.
  7. A new air conditioner system will probably cost more next spring.

The longer you wait to make a decision to upgrade your air conditioner system, the more it will likely cost you to buy it. If you need an air conditioner, the best time to buy one is now!

Contact Air Depot at 281-477-3700 to discuss your new air conditioner needs today. We can help you find the right size and type for your home so that you can keep your cool for the rest of the summer.

Money

 

A/C & Heating Articles

Houston’s Air Conditioning and Heating Units Need Scheduled Maintenance
Choosing a Quality Air Conditioning Installation Contractor in Houston, TX