Oaks Heat & Air Blog

Watch Out for These Common Thermostat Problems

June 6th, 2016

Most people don’t give their thermostats much thought. However, as the “brain” of you entire heating and air conditioning system, it’s one of the most important components in your home. The good news is that it’s rare for your thermostat to run into any problems, and when it does repairs are generally easy.

Unfortunately though, if you let a thermostat problem go and don’t take care of it, it can negatively impact your heating and air conditioning system. Considering how hot it gets around here, you’ll want to address any common problems with your thermostat very quickly.

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Understanding the Role of Refrigerant in Your Heat Pump

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?

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

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

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?

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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Energy Recovery Ventilators: Use and Benefits

April 25th, 2016

When you live in a hot, sticky climate such as ours, you use your air conditioner a lot. Naturally, you’ll want to find ways to save energy, and thus save money. An ERV, or an energy recovery ventilator, helps you do this by providing a method to ventilate your home without wasting precious energy.

ERVs are designed to circulate fresh air into your home without compromising climate control. In layman’s terms, you will not need to open a window or door just to let fresh air in, while running your HVAC system.

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Should I Invest in a UV Air Purifier?

April 18th, 2016

When it comes to purifying your indoor air, you have many options. It is vital that you do everything in your power to maintain good indoor air quality, as avoiding this can result in ill effects on your health and the health of your family. Standard air filters can only do so much, as they are designed to protect the inside components of your HVAC system, and not your indoor air quality. Air filtration devices are great for removing pollutants and contaminants from the air, but they are not always 100% effective in completely purifying your air. However, a UV air purifier will help.

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Should I Repair or Replace My Air Conditioning System?

April 11th, 2016

Spring is upon us, though we’ve already begun experiencing warmer temperatures since before winter ended. If you’ve already found yourself using your air conditioning system, then hopefully you didn’t run into any problems. However, over the years your AC experiences natural wear and tear, and even a well maintained cooling system will eventually need to be replaced. But how do you determine when that time has come? How do you know if you should replace your AC, or if a simple repair will do?

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What Are My Air Purifier Options?

April 4th, 2016

When it comes to improving the quality of your indoor air, you have many options as far as products and services. There are a number of air filtration systems on the market, and each of them has a different method to remove contaminants from the air in your home.

Your indoor air quality is important to your health and the health of your family. The most important thing to realize is that the air filter which comes standard with your HVAC unit is designed to protect the inside components of your unit, not your indoor air. This is where an air purifier comes in: but what type is best for your home?

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