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    Learn How to Get Your Furnace Ready for Winter

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Is your furnace ready for winter? There are a number of things that people commonly overlook, which can lead to decreased energy efficiency and sometimes even serious safety problems. Watch this video for tips on preparing your furnace for winter. 

    The first maintenance item that people commonly overlook is forgetting to replace the furnace filter. If you have a nicer filter, it can be replaced once per season; but a less expensive filter will need to replaced each month. Many homeowners also forget to replace the humidifier pad. This needs to be done at least once per year. Have a professional company come to your home and clean your ducts every 10 years, or every five years if you have pets. You should also have a duct cleaning service if your home was recently renovated.

    For more information about ensuring that your furnace is efficient and safe this winter, call Texas AC Specialist at (512) 236-5789. We install, repair, and maintain heating systems in the Austin area. You can also visit us at our website to learn more about the furnace maintenance services we offer.

    Getting to Know the Features of the Carrier Infinity Series

    Last updated 10 months ago

    The Infinity System from Carrier is regarded as the ultimate heating and cooling system for frugal shoppers and those with high standards for interior air quality. Not only does the Carrier Infinity Series kill airborne germs and allergens, but it is also one of the most energy-efficient heating and cooling systems on the market. The Carrier Infinity Series combines IdealHumidity, ComfortHeat, Hybrid Heat, and Puron Refrigerant—technologies that work to provide your home with fresh air that keeps you comfortable and healthy. The system automatically adjusts itself to improve performance and efficiency, and will even notify you when the air filter needs to be replaced.

    To learn more about the benefits of the Carrier Infinity Series, contact Texas AC Specialist. We have years of experience installing cooling and heating systems in the Austin area, and would be happy to help you find the best system for your residential or commercial needs. Call us at (512) 236-5789 or visit our website for more information. 

    Signs It's Time to Replace Your Furnace

    Last updated 10 months ago

    A failing furnace is expensive both to operate and to repair. But even more importantly, a worn down furnace is unsafe, because with age it is more likely that a furnace will emit poisonous carbon monoxide fumes. If you aren’t sure whether it’s time for a furnace replacement, this article will help you find the answer.

    Your Furnace Is Approaching 15 Years Old
    Furnaces were designed to last around 16 to 20 years. Some furnaces can last up to 25 years if they are well maintained. But once a furnace reaches about 15 years of age, it becomes less reliable and less efficient. For many homeowners, it’s more economical to make payments towards a new furnace rather than pay for the high heating and repair bills that come with an old furnace.

    Your Furnace Is Loud
    A furnace making popping, banging, or any other sort of strange noises is probably on its last legs. In some cases an undersized duct system can cause these noises; call a heating repair expert to help you decide whether to replace or repair the unit.

    Your Home Is Too Hot, Cold, or Dry
    If you aren’t comfortable in your home because the air is too hot, cold, or dry, call a heating company to have your furnace inspected. Duct or insulation problems can be at the root of these problems, but in many cases this is a sign of a failing furnace.

    Your Family Is Suffering From Allergy-Like Symptoms
    Leaky ducts and dirty filters are often at the root of this problem, as they will circulate dust, pollen, and other small particles in your home. If your family experiences headaches, nausea, and fatigue, call a heating company immediately, because there is a possibility that the furnace is emitting carbon monoxide.

    Texas AC Specialist offers its customers in the Austin area free service calls. Give us a call at (512) 236-5789 for more information. We have years of experience working on heating systems and air conditioners. Visit our website to learn more about the residential and commercial services we offer. 

    Exploring How Heat Pumps Help to Warm Your Home

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Heat pumps, at bottom, deliver hot or cool air from one location to another. Heat pumps are able to work both as heaters and air conditioners, which makes them easier to install than a conventional residential or commercial heating system. So how exactly does a heat pump work, and is it the best option for your home? You can find out by reading this article.

    Always-On Design
    Unlike traditional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units, heat pumps do not turn on and off repeatedly. The parts of a heat pump are designed to work continuously, year round. This is part of the reason why heat pumps use less energy than HVAC systems.

    Drawing In and Warming Air
    Heat pumps draw outside air in and send it over the outdoor coil, which sucks the heat out. The captured heat is sent to the refrigerant. Eventually the heat warms the refrigerant so much that it turns into vapor. Once in vaporous form, it travels to the indoor coil inside the home. When the indoor air makes contact with the heat in the indoor coil, it warms up. This warm air travels through the vents, where it is circulated throughout the home.

    The Advantages of the Heat Pump Design
    Many Austin homeowners are able to save a great deal of money on their energy bills by using a heat pump. But heat pumps are less effective when the air temperature is close to or below freezing. And, for better or for worse, heat pumps produce a milder heat than gas-powered HVAC systems. Heat pumps also distribute heat quite evenly throughout the house, which means you won’t have pockets of cool or warm air.

    Before installing a heat pump, consult a heating specialist to learn more about the best types of heat pumps for the climate in your area. In some cases, an HVAC system will be more efficient or more comfortable for your home. For expert advice on the best heating and cooling solution for your Austin home, call Texas AC Specialist at (512) 236-5789. Visit our website to learn about the commercial and residential heating and AC services we offer.

    Exploring Your Trane Heating Options

    Last updated 11 months ago

    Many of today’s modern homes equipped with central air-conditioning and heating are equipped with Trane gas furnaces. If you want the most durable, long-lasting, and efficient gas furnace for your home, you won’t be disappointed with what Trane has to offer.

    One of the most cutting-edge Trane furnaces is the XC95m with ComfortLink II, a feature that allows the unit to self-calibrate to maintain optimal efficiency and heating performance over time. The XC95m also offers an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of up to 97.3 percent, which means it is able to produce heat from more than 97 percent of its fuel. The XL95 has a 96 percent AFUE, two-stage heating, and even a four-speed blower motor. The XB80, one of Trane’s most affordable furnaces, offers an 80 percent AFUE, a four-speed blower motor, and single-stage heating.

    To discuss your Trane furnace heating options with a heating installation expert, call Texas Air Conditioning Specialist at (512) 236-5789. Since 2005 we have been repairing, maintaining, and installing furnaces and air conditioners in the Austin area. Visit us online to find out how we can keep your home warmer this winter.

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