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Take Advantage of the Heat Pump’s Great Efficiency!

January 15th, 2018

temperature-just-rightLiving in Texas means more work for your air conditioner than it does your home heating system. As anyone that actually lives in our area will tell you, though, it does actually still get quite chilly in this area during the winter season. You need a heater,  and you need it to function effectively and reliably. It may not be used as heavily as your AC, but you really are going to want it to excel in its operation when you need it.

Now,  a dependable and effective heater is great, but those are not the only facets of its operation to consider.  You also want a heater that is going to function efficiently. It doesn’t matter how little you may use your heater. You don’t want to be paying more than you should have to just to keep your home comfortable in the winter. That is why you should consider the use of a heat pump in Cypress, TX.

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What Dirty Air Ducts Might Mean for You

January 9th, 2018

corrogated-air-ductWhen you think of keeping a home in Texas comfortable, you probably first and foremost think of your air conditioning system and the work that it does for you throughout our long, hot summer seasons. Of course, there is your heater to consider as well. After all, it can get surprisingly chilly around here during the winter season, too. What do certain heaters and air conditioners share in common? Many of them use air ducts in order to distribute conditioned air throughout the house.

If you use a heat pump, furnace, or central air conditioning system, then you are using air ducts in order to heat and/or cool your home. You may not give these air ducts all that much consideration. They are, after all, largely hidden from view and you don’t have any cause to access them on your own. Out of sight does not equal out of mind in this case, though, and issues with your ductwork can seriously affect you and you in a number of ways. If your air ducts are very dirty within, then you’ll want to schedule professional air duct cleaning in Cypress, TX.

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Keep a Fresh Filter in Your Forced-Air Heater

January 1st, 2018

cold-manForced air heating systems, such as furnaces and heat pumps, are certainly among the most popular of all home heating systems in use today. There are a lot of reasons for their popularity, including the fact that they can heat homes up so quickly thanks to their method of distributing heated air throughout homes via a system of air ducts. However, there are also certain issues that can really impede the overall operational quality of a forced air heating system.

One of the most frequent contributors to problems with forced air heating systems is the air filter. More specifically, an air filter that has been left to collect more dust and dirt than it or the system at large can handle. It’s a relatively easy issue to avoid. You simply need to change the air filter out with a fresh one as needed. However, it is something that many homeowners nonetheless overlook. Here’s why you need a fresh filter in your heater in Magnolia, TX.

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Is Ductless Heating Right for Me?

December 18th, 2017

ductless-blowerIt’s very possible—even if you don’t know it yet! In an area like ours, where winter weather is not as severe as in the Northeast or areas of the Midwest, heat pump technology is an ideal heating solution. More on that below. While air-source heat pumps have many great benefits to offer homeowners, the ductless mini split adds a few more to the equation. What that leaves you with is an incredibly convenient and efficient home comfort system.

Just remember that even the best HVAC systems on the market can fail to excel in their operation if you do not schedule your installation, repair, and maintenance services with skilled, trained professionals. Trust us when we tell you that our technicians have plenty of experience with ductless mini splits in Magnolia, TX, and that they will ensure that you get the best that your system has to offer. And now, let’s dive a little deeper into what a ductless heating system can do for you.

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When to Call an Emergency Plumber

December 12th, 2017

watery-houseDo you precisely when you are going to next need plumbing repairs? Of course you don’t. Otherwise, you’d just intervene before a problem could even get to that point, every time one should develop. The reality of the situation, though, is that you are going to be caught off-guard by a plumbing problem at some point. That’s bad enough. However, there is also the timing of such problems to consider. Trust us when we tell you that it may not be ideal.

You don’t know when the need for plumbing repairs is going to strike, and that is why we feel the need to offer 24/7 emergency plumbing services throughout the area. When the time comes that you need an emergency plumber in Conroe, TX, remember that you can always count on our team to be there for you, regardless of the time of day or the day of the week. But that does beg the following question: what exactly constitutes a plumbing emergency?

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Get Your AC Ready for the Heat!

December 4th, 2017

hot-and-cold-housesYes, it is early December. Yes, this the time of the year when the majority of homeowners in our area are shutting their air conditioners in Magnolia, TX down for a resting period, instead turning to their home heating systems to keep them comfortable. The fact of the matter, however, is that things will warm up pretty fast one the spring sets in again.

While many of us enjoy this cooler time of the year, it is important that you just don’t just throw your air conditioning system back into regular rotation when the cooling season arrives once more. Your air conditioner needs its annual tune-up before you can do that. Some homeowners think that this tune-up must happen in the spring, but that is not really true. Sticking to a yearly schedule, be it at the start or the end of the cooling season, is what counts.

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Common Kitchen Plumbing Problems

November 20th, 2017

mother-and-daughter-kitchen-sinkWhen you think of your plumbing system, your mind may immediately go to the bathroom. If this is the most obvious association that most homeowners make with their plumbing systems, then the kitchen is definitely not far behind. The kitchen plumbing system gets a lot of use, from the preparation of meals to cleaning up after a big dinner party. It is also one of the areas where plumbing problems are most likely to occur. While not all of them are the result of user error, many are.

Regardless of the challenges that you encounter with your kitchen plumbing in Cypress, you need to act fast to minimize any potential impact on your day to day routine. It is not as though you can really afford to shut the kitchen down for a few weeks before you get around to repairs! Even relatively “minor” kitchen plumbing issues can have a big effect on your convenience of living. Here are some of the more common kitchen plumbing problems that we encounter.

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What Constitutes a Plumbing Emergency?

November 14th, 2017

plumber-at-sinkYou don’t need us to tell you just how important your plumbing system is to your day to day life. What you may need a reminder about, however, is the fact that no problem with your plumbing system should really be considered “minor”. Any and all issues that you encounter with your plumbing should be dealt with in a swift and effective manner.

That being said, there are certain issues with your plumbing system that may take precedence over others. A small leak in at a connection point or even a dripping faucet may not warrant a call to a 24-hour plumbing service. They should be resolved as soon as possible, of course, since they will waste a lot of water over time, but they can typically wait until regular business hours. So when should you schedule emergency plumbing services in Magnolia, TX?

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Why Is My Heater Starting and Stopping Rapidly?

November 6th, 2017

chilly-manIt does not matter if you live in Massachusetts and get snow dumped on you each winter, or if you live here in Texas with our considerably milder winter season. You need to know that your comfort is in fact protected when the coldest weather of the year hits, mild as that “cold” weather may seem to some. This is precisely why you cannot afford to overlook any problems with your home heating system.At the first sign of trouble, you should already be reaching for the phone to have the heater put back on track.

Certain issues with your heater may be tougher to recognize than others, of course. If your heating system is short cycling, though, it will be pretty obvious that something is wrong.The question then is: why the heck is the system short cycling to begin with. As is usually the case, there are a few different potential causes of this particular problem. The good news? We are the HVAC company in Spring, TX that you can count on to accurately diagnose the problem and to resolve it entirely.

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How You Can Avoid Drain Clogs

October 23rd, 2017

drain-trapWhat do you consider to be the greatest luxury in your life? Personally, we would rank reliable, hygienic indoor plumbing right up there. Or at least we would if this could really still be called a luxury. Something tells us that modern homeowners tend to view their plumbing systems as much more a necessity than a luxury. It is certainly a point that is hard to argue. It is also proof that any problems with one’s plumbing system can be a serious setback.

Clogged drains are certainly among the most common of all plumbing problems that we encounter. Of course, they are also among the most avoidable. Look, chances are that you are going to encounter a clogged drain eventually. That does not change the fact that many drain clogs are the result of human error, though. Here are a few tips from our plumbing pros about how you can help to avoid clogged drains in Tomball, TX.

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