Energy Saver and Effcient Programmable Thermostats

  Do you remember when you were a kid and you went on vacation for a week with your family and when you came home the house was really hot, because your Dad turned the air off totally while you were gone.  Those days are long gone of course because technology is all around us.  We have had programmable thermostats for the home for many years now, but our techs still go to a house on a service call and see older, out of date stats that should be replaced.  

Your thermostat is the brain of your heating and cooling system, your HVAC.  The thermostat has an effect on the energy you use and the efficiency of your system, and if used properly will save your household money, using less electricity and gas with your HVAC.

 Adam’s Air recommends a programmable stat in your home so you can control the temperature in the best way possible to save money on your monthly bill, and for the system to run the way it should and in an efficient way.  

 Examples of in home programmable thermostat:

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 We use the Honeywell Thermostats with most of the installations we do.  Both of these work very well and can meet the expectations of what you need in heating and cooling your home.Programmable stats can be programmed to use less energy while no one is at home, and be able to start your heat or air before you get home so your house is comfortable when you arrive. There are also thermostats that you can purchase that you can control at home or by your smartphone, via an app you download.

Examples of smart phone thermostats:

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These thermostats can be synced to your smartphone and you can control your HVAC from your phone practically anywhere in the world!   The latest generation of these types of thermostats can learn your temperature habits and will build a schedule around yours and program your HVAC to work harder or less when needed.  These marvels of the new age also changes programs with each season!  And independent survey shows installing and using these sort of programmable thermostats can save families 10-12% of their heating bill and 15% of their cooling bill.

Interested?   Give Adam’s Air a call for a quote on one of these fabulous thermostats today.  Call us, 806-316-1103

Dirty and Moldy AC Coils

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 We do live in a dry climate but inside your air conditioning system it’s totally different.   Here is what happens.   Cold gas is pumped through an air conditioner coil. A coil is made up of copper tubing with aluminum fins. The cold gas travels through the copper coil transmitting its low temperature to the aluminum fins, which are now chilled.

 Return air from the house is filtered and blown through the air conditioner coil fins, which are chilled. The filtered return air is chilled by passing over, under, and around the chilled aluminum fins and copper tubing. The chilled fins condense the moisture out of the return air, much the same as a chilled glass of water. The moisture drips off the fins down to a collector or drip pan, where it is drained away as condensate wastewater.

  If you don’t keep a good maintenance record on your HVAC it can and will get dirty, with dust, pet dander and more than likely mold. When your coil gets blocked up and covered with the above mentioned items, the system has to work harder and in time the coil will sometimes start collecting ice and stop doing its job, and usually it’s too late to repair, now you have to replace.Clean coil

 We have to get to the source of the problem, and it is usually a few things,.  Dirty equipment, a source where mold can live which is moisture, usually from the drain pan under your system,  The excess moisture collected off the coil ends up in the drain pain.  This will grow and develop mold, but calling Adam’s Air out to your home at least twice a year for a maintenance check can prevent this.

There are also products that will cut down on dirt and mold collecting and those are electronic air cleaners and a Bi-Polor system made by the local company, Air Oasis.  These two products alone, along with HVAC maintenance twice a year from Adam’s Air will keep your HVAC system running easier, smoother and keep your energy bills lower in the long run.  Call us today to let us take a look at  your air conditioning and heater system today.  It’s never too early to make sure your heater is ready to go.

Air Quality in Your Home-IT’S IMPORTANT!!!

 Air Quality in the high plains of Texas is not perfect as you all know.  And inside your house right now the quality of air could be worse than it is outside.  I know what you’re saying, I keep a clean house, I use cleaners and products that help take pollutants out of the air.  Well, maybe, do you know that cleaning products and detergents with fragrances can release chemicals in the air of your home to cause your house to be worse than you think it is.  Look for products that have a green seal on it, this means these are safe to use in your home. 

   What about everyday items in your home?  Bedding on your bed, pillows, sheets and comforters should be washed weekly .  This will reduce allergens, including dust mites in your home.  Consider removing your shoes at the entrance you come in from.  Think where you walk, do you want to track all that over your floors and carpet?  Leave floor mats at all entrances to your home.  Use high efficiency particulate air vacuum cleaners, (HEPA), with disposable bags, and use microfiber cloths for surface dust removal.

  Moisture inside the home in the home is not good thing to have as you know,  if there are any leaks in your home promptly fix them.  If you see mold on any porous materials, such as drywall, ceiling tiles or wood, discard them and replace.  Run the exhaust fans while showering.  House plants can improve indoor air quality by filtering carbon dioxide, however over watering can encourage mold growth.

If the weather is nice and its cool outside we open a lot of windows for fresh air, but this cause outdoor allergens to come into your home.  Please make sure that anything having to do with your air conditioning and your furnace systems are kept in check by checking your filters and media.  Filters should be changed every three months.  When you forget the filter has to work harder to keep the place not only running your equipment efficiently but it keeps cleaning the air inside your home.   And if your home has an EAC, or an electronic air cleaner be sure your media gets changed out every four months.  Unplug your EAC, take it outside and with a soft paint brush clean the metal grating for efficient cleaning.  If you are using the Air Oasis, Bi-Polar machine, be sure you clean the posts with a soft cloth.

   And finally call Adam’s Air and book time for us to come out and check out your furnace so it will be ready to work in the best way when it gets cold, and believe me it will get cold.  

 

 

Call us today, 806-316-1106

 

Hot Summer Bill Pay with KZRK Rock 108 FM

Here’s a fun one:

Guess the hottest day in August and we’ll take care of your Electric Bill for that month.

You read that right. We’re all about fun contests and this is a good opportunity for you to lessen the burden of your electric bill. All you need to do is listen to KZRK Rock 108 FM and call in when you get a chance. Catch some good tunes. Call in when they give the opportunity. Stay cool in between chances to call. As always, stay hydrated. This is the hottest summer we’ve had in a while. If you win, you don’t just get bragging rights, you get to have us pay your electric bill for August.

Weather Planning With Your Air Conditioner

It’s been quite warm the last few days, and Adam’s Air have been getting quite a few phone calls, and the number one item on the list has something to do with the air conditioner.  Not cooling right, not shutting off, not working at all.  Well, we have some tips that we can do with a check up to help your HVAC work in the most proper way.

There are a couple of items you can do to make your system ready to go for the hot weather.  Make sure you change your filters every three to four months.  The more debris that’s in the filter the harder your system works, the higher your bill gets!  If you think your air conditioner is not working the way it should, don’t wait on it, call us, we will get out to your home and make everything better and cooler.

A couple of items to think about if your system isn’t cooling.

-Detecting Duct Leaks

Leaky duct works is a problem.  Leaky ductwork in a forced air heating and cooling system creates  problems.  The duct flows cool air from the unit to each room in your house where ever there is a vent.  If your works are leaking the system is pushing that cool air through the leaks into the attic and outside along with the money in each months electric bill!  An attic in the summer time can be 120-150 degrees, and that cool pricey air is going through the leaking duct works and that’s when you can wave your money goodbye.  The return and supply ducts are also pressure balanced, and if there are leaks, that nice cool air is shooting through your attic and at the same time that 150 degress hot air is coming into the duct works and then into your home.

-Blower Door Test

Adam’s Air and Duct Works can come out to your house and check your house and ducts for leaks with a blower door test.  Basically what happens with this test is a large fan, pulls the air out of the house through the blower door and with our equipment we can pinpoint outside air leaking through holes and cracks.  We locate the gaps and provide the tools to seal them.

 

At Adam’s Air and Ductworks, we are all certified to perform this test.  We are willing and able to help fix your HVAC for the hot summers and cold winters ahead. We are not a sales company, we are a repair company!  Call us today!