Oaks Heat & Air Blog : Archive for May, 2016

Understanding the Role of Refrigerant in Your Heat Pump

Monday, May 30th, 2016

It’s easy to assume that heat pumps are used primarily for heating homes in the winter time. However, heat pumps are increasingly being used as a heating and cooling solution, and are actually constructed more like a traditional air conditioner than they are like combustion based heating systems.

This construction is what enables a heat pump to be so energy efficient. However, it also opens up these systems to a couple possible problems. To ensure that your heat pump remains in the best shape possible, you should be aware of how exactly it works. We’ve discussed one of the most vital components to a heat pump below: refrigerant.

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Would a UV Air Purifier Help Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Something that most homeowners don’t realize is that the air filter that comes standard with their HVAC system is not actually designed to protect their indoor air quality. It’s there to protect the inside components of the system, to help it run efficiently and effectively.

Air filtration devices and air cleaners do a great job at eliminating allergens such as dust mites, pollen and pet dander—all of which can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms. But what about smaller particles—microorganisms such as mold and bacteria?

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Top Reasons Your AC Compressor May Fail

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Once of the most common reasons that air conditioning systems fail prematurely is due to a lack of maintenance. Routine check-ups allow your HVAC professional to do a thorough cleaning and inspection of your system, and make recommendations for repairs. Staying on top of these repairs could prevent costlier emergency issues down the road.

Even if you keep up on maintenance, however, AC issues do occur. The heart of your air conditioner—the compressor—is typically to blame. So what causes the compressor to fail? Read below to learn about a few preventable reasons that your air conditioner’s compressor may give up.

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Why Size Really Does Matter When Installing Air Conditioning

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Are you looking to replace your air conditioner this spring? Or perhaps you are installing an AC system for the first time. You may have heard that the bigger the air conditioner is, the better it will perform. This is, unfortunately, a very common myth among Texas homeowners. We can see why you might assume that a state such as ours would need huge AC systems, as they have a very big job to do. But the fact of the matter is that if a system is too big, it has to work too hard and ends up cycling on and off quickly—a process called short-cycling—to compensate for its large size.

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Why Should I Upgrade My Thermostat?

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Homeowners today rely heavily on their HVAC systems to keep them both warm in the winter and cool in the summertime. One factor that many of these individuals take for granted, however, is their thermostat. Your thermostat is the brain of your system, and if something is wrong with it or if it’s outdated, then it could be limiting the effect your HVAC system has on your home. Upgrading your thermostat can have a significantly positive impact on your indoor air comfort.

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