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    Evaluating the Most Common Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Did you know that indoor air pollution can be a direct cause of infections, asthma attacks, and even lung cancer? Indoor air pollution can also cause ailments such as headaches, nausea, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, and fatigue. Stay healthy and keep your family safe by reading this article about the causes of indoor air pollution.

    Biological Irritants
    Mold and pollen are some of the most common biological indoor pollutants. Other common pollutants include animal dander, and debris from cockroaches and dust mites. Infections, allergy symptoms, and even asthma attacks can result from indoor biological pollutants. Regular cleaning of the floors, bed sheets, furniture upholstery, pets, and furnace filters will help keep biological irritants at bay.

    Combustion Pollutants
    These pollutants come from appliances, heaters, and furnaces that use gas, wood, coal, and other types of fuel. Exposure to carbon dioxide (CO) can cause headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and even confusion. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exposure can cause infections and symptoms such as shortness of breath. To ensure your furnace does not emit these combustion pollutants into your home, have your furnace inspected and maintained routinely.

    Radon Gas
    Exposure to indoor radon is believed to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.  This naturally occurring gas can seep into the home through various cracks and openings, so be sure to have your home tested for radon gas to guarantee your safety.

    Asbestos and Formaldehyde
    Inhaling microfibers produced by asbestos can cause a variety of diseases, including lung cancer. Formaldehyde particles in the air can cause a range of health problems, including rashes, coughing, and dizziness. Have your home tested for asbestos, and make sure that there is adequate ventilation when you use chemical products, solvents, and paints indoors.

    At Texas Air Conditioning Specialist of Austin, we are licensed to repair and install both air filters and cleaners. We can even repair or maintain your furnace, heater, and air conditioner to ensure you are breathing clean air indoors. Call us at (512) 236-5789 or visit our website to learn more about how we can reduce indoor air pollution in your home.

    Common Reasons for Furnace Repair

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Is your furnace acting strangely or failing to heat your home? Furnaces will sometimes stop functioning for a wide variety of reasons. To find out about the most common furnace problems and how they can be fixed, read this article.

    Little or No Heat Coming From Furnace
    A dirty filter or clogged blower can prevent a furnace from supplying enough heat. Other common problems that a heating repair expert can fix include a dirty burner, an unbalanced system, a broken or loose blower belt, and registers that are either closed or blocked.

    Furnace Not Running
    A blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker, or a power switch turned off on or near the furnace is usually the reason behind a non-function furnace. Other possible problems include a motor overload, a snuffed pilot light, or no gas for the furnace.

    Pilot Light Won’t Light
    There are two main problems that prevent the pilot light from lighting: no gas, or a blocked pilot opening. To fix this, a heating repair mechanic will clean the pilot opening, ensure that the pilot light button is pressed, and check to see that the gas valve connected to the furnace is open.

    Furnace Is Making Noises
    An improperly lubricated motor or blower, dirty burner, improperly secured blower belt, or loose access panel can cause the furnace to make loud, strange noises. Worn, damaged, or sticking drive belts can also cause a furnace to produce noise.

    Blower Won’t Stop Running
    If the furnace blower won’t stop running, it’s likely because the blower control on the thermostat is set to ON when it should be set to AUTO. A wrongly set limit switch or limit control can also cause a blower to stop running.

    Is your furnace breaking down frequently? If so, you can cut your costs in the long run and enjoy a warmer home by replacing your furnace with a more efficient one. To speak with a heating expert about your furnace questions, call Texas Air Conditioning Specialist of Austin at (512) 236-5789. To learn more about the furnace repair and installation services we offer, visit our website.

    How Is Indoor Air Quality Defined?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Indoor air quality is a hot topic these days, in part because research has shown that poor indoor air quality can result in allergy symptoms and even diseases such as lung cancer. But how exactly do we measure indoor air quality? Watch this video to find out more about how indoor air quality is defined.

    Lots of characteristics are taken into account when determining indoor air quality. The humidity level, air temperature, airborne particles, and chemical contaminants are just a few of the traits that are used to measure indoor air quality. In all, indoor air quality measures how the aforementioned particles and characteristics affect the health and comfort of people indoors.

    Texas Air Conditioning Specialist can improve the air quality of your Austin home in a number of ways. We are licensed to install and repair air cleaners and filters, and can even maintain or repair your heating or air conditioning system to ensure that it circulates only clean air. Click on the link to browse our website, or call us at (512) 236-5789 for more information. 

    Retracing the History of Air Conditioning

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Air conditioning has revolutionized the way that we live. With air conditioning technology, homeowners are able to remain cool and comfortable even during the hottest days of the year. The origins of air conditioning date back to the 1700s, when the science behind air conditioning was first discovered. To highlight the importance of air conditioning in our daily lives, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of the history and invention of modern air conditioning.

    1758: Discovery of Liquid Evaporation
    In 1758, Benjamin Franklin discovered that as liquid substances evaporate, they create a cooling effect. This theory was tested on volatile liquids, such as alcohol, which were able to cool at a much faster rate than water. The science behind liquid evaporation is the same theory that is used in air conditioning to this day.

    1830: Invention of the Ice Compressor
    In the 1830s, a doctor named John Gorrie invented an early version of an air conditioner, called an ice compressor. This device created a solid block of ice, and then blew air over the ice to create a cooling effect in a building. While this invention never gained popularity, it served as an early version of today’s air conditioning units.

    1931: Individual Room Air Conditioners
    In the early 1900s, air conditioners were very large, and designed to cool an entire building. In 1931, H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman created the first individual room air conditioner. This device was mounted in a window, and cooled one room at a time. Individual room air conditioners remain popular with many of today’s homeowners.

    If you are looking for the latest in air conditioning technology for your home, come to Texas Air Conditioning Specialists. We provide homeowners in the Austin area with top quality air conditioning and heating repairs and installations. To schedule a consultation for your home, give us a call at (512) 236-5789. 

    Top Reasons to Choose Texas Air Conditioning Specialists for Your Cooling Needs

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Since 2005, Texas Air Conditioning Specialists has provided our customers in the Austin area with a full range of high-quality heating and cooling services. We are committed to providing the best level of customer service, and we will work closely with you to provide you with the right services and equipment for your home.

    When you choose us, our fully licensed and certified technicians will repair your system with the highest quality tools and services available. We also back up all of our work with a comprehensive satisfaction and guarantee program.

    To learn more about the benefits of working with Texas Air Conditioning Specialists, contact us today by calling (512) 236-5789 or by visiting us on the Web. We can repair your existing heating or cooling system, or we can also provide you with a whole new system. Our heating and cooling experts look forward to assisting you with all of your home climate control needs.  

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