Residential Kitchen Hoods – Improving your Home AC Efficiency

Restaurant owners are very familiar with the comfort issues associated with unbalanced kitchen hoods, but how does this relate to residential kitchens? New codes and potential changes to accommodate these changes are leading residential constructors to consider adding make-up air systems to homes. These make up most of the air lost to the kitchen hood. As kitchen hoods get bigger and more powerful, using a high end kitchen hood at maximum settings for long periods

Importance of Air Filters

Dirty air filters are a leading cause of air conditioner performance problems, but are one of the easiest to fix. These problems include higher humidity, poor airflow, condensation in the wrong areas, higher energy consumption and lower equipment service life. Every space has its own unique needs, so the frequency of filter changes is not equal for all, nor is the task of replacing or cleaning filters. Basic 1” thick filters in an active environment

Hot and Cold Spots

There are many things that can make a home feel uncomfortable; hot and cold spots are the most common. Answer these few questions; if the answer is “yes” then you have a problem! Is there a room that you need to adjust the thermostat for (lower or higher) for the room to be comfortable? Is there a room where, when you close the door at night, you feel uncomfortable even though the thermostat is at

Austin Energy Rate Increase: Compare your Costs

A 7 percent average rate increase came into effect in Oct. 2012 for Austin Energy utility bills. It is the first base rate increase by Austin Energy in 18 years. The following is a sample rate comparison to help you compare the old and new pricing structure:  

Wireless Web Enabled Thermostats

Wireless devices are everywhere; in our vehicles, computers, phones, offices, homes and the list goes on! But a wireless thermostat; isn’t that a little too much? I mean really, is this new technology for the sake of new technology or are there real benefits to wireless thermostats? That is the question, and here is the answer; YES! Now call your HVAC Company and have them change all your thermostats! What? Oh, you want to know

Concerning Thermostats

I am often asked questions concerning thermostats; and with the dizzying array of thermostats available today it’s no wonder. The Basics: First we need to understand exactly what a thermostat is and does. A thermostat IS a user interface; like a mouse for your computer. What a thermostat DOES is translate your input into commands for your heating, cooling and ventilating equipment. Of course it can’t be just that simple! Digital or Analog?: Old school