Carrier Heating & Cooling
19 Jun 2017
You can save water and lower your utility bills with newer, more efficient plumbing fixtures. Upgrades can also increase the value of your Kingsville, Texas, home and prevent inconvenient, expensive leaks and breakdowns. Some of the most popular, efficient plumbing fixtures are low-flow toilets, low-flow showerheads, and waterless urinals.
15 Jun 2017
Many people are allergic to pet dander; the bits of skin that cats, dogs, rodents, birds, and other animals lose. The most common symptoms are sneezing, watery eyes, skin rashes, and trouble breathing. Even if you don’t have pets, you could have symptoms from pet dander that clings to clothing, furniture, and carpeting, and pet owners’ clothes. You can reduce pet dander in your Corpus Christi, Texas, home by cleaning often, keeping allergens away, and maintaining your HVAC system.
Cleaning your home often will keep allergens from accumulating. Vacuum your floors every day, dust with a damp cloth twice per week, and steam clean your carpets every few months. Use a dust mask when you clean to protect yourself from pet dander and other allergens, and remember to clean your HVAC system’s air registers. You should also bathe your dog or cat every three weeks and take it outside for brushing. In between baths, you can use a pet wipe to remove any dander or allergens stuck to the fur. Use a professional groomer to save time and bathe your pet without making your allergies worse.
Keeping Allergens Away
Keep pets out of your bedroom, and wash your hands after you touch your pet. You should also wash pet blankets and toys often. When guests come over, ask them to remove their shoes before they come inside to reduce bringing in outdoor allergens. A whole-house ventilation system, also called a heat recovery or energy recovery ventilator, connects to your HVAC system and removes stale indoor air with lots of allergens. It brings filtered outside air into your home instead. It also transfers heat like a heat pump to conserve energy. You can also use an air purifier to remove allergens.
Maintaining Your HVAC System
You should change your HVAC system’s air filters at least once per month to remove as much pet dander as possible. A dirty air filter could spread allergens and other pollutants around your home. You should also have your system checked by a professional at least once per year.
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29 May 2017
Solar energy is becoming more and more popular, and there are lots of attractive options available for your Rockport, Texas, home. Solar panels or photovoltaic cells can absorb energy from the sun and generate electricity. Solar shingles and tiles come in a wide range of colors and styles, so they blend in well with your existing roof. You can also add a solar water heater or a skylight. Solar energy can help you lower your utility bills, reduce pollution, increase the value of your home, and keep you and your family comfortable.
Lowering Your Utility Bills
You can generate almost all the energy for your home with enough solar panels. Some power companies will even pay you or give you a credit on next month’s bill if you generate more power than you use. Even on cloudy days, solar power reduces your energy costs, and some solar panels can move automatically to catch more sun throughout the day.
You can save even more energy with a solar water heater that heats water directly through solar collectors, or you can choose a model that uses refrigerant to transfer heat from solar panels to water. Active solar water heaters use a pump to move water, while passive models use gravity. Skylights can also lower your utility bills by providing light and heat in winter. You can open your curtains during the day and close them at night for energy savings as well. Natural light can help lower stress and keep people alert.
Using renewable solar energy instead of harmful fossil fuels protects the environment and helps to reduce greenhouse gasses. It can also improve your indoor air quality by making it easier to avoid natural gas, wood, and other nonrenewable fuel sources for heating and cooking. That way, you and your family won’t have to worry about hazards like carbon monoxide poisoning. Since many solar heating methods don’t use fans to move air, they won’t spread pollutants around your home as much. These contaminants can include dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, mold, household chemicals, and more.
Increasing the Value of Your Home
Homes with solar panels are very appealing to buyers, and a good solar energy system, a solar water heater, or an attractive skylight can add more value to your home than you’ll need to spend for installation. Solar panels can also help you sell your home faster and encourage buyers to give better offers to sellers. Home value usually increases more when many homes in your area have solar energy too. You’ll get your money back through a higher home price or lower utility bills.
Keeping You and Your Family Comfortable
With a solar water heater, adding a radiant heating system is efficient and convenient. Radiators or pipes filled with hot water keep your home warm in winter. The pipes can also give your home comfortable heated floors and eliminate drafty areas and distracting noises from a conventional heater. Since solar power reduces utility costs drastically, you can make your home as warm in winter or cool in summer as you like without worrying about your power bill. You can also use your electrical appliances more and provide backup power to your home during outages.
Rain often cleans solar panels and tiles for you as long as they’re tilted. You can keep your solar system in good condition simply by trimming any trees that block the sun and having your solar and HVAC system inspected by a professional at least once per year. Since most solar panels and water heaters don’t have many moving parts, they don’t break down often.
Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. has more than 55 years of heating and air conditioning experience, and we can also help you install, maintain, and repair your solar power and plumbing systems. One of our renewable energy experts can help you integrate this new technology and make your existing home more welcoming. Call us anytime at 888-481-8511 for excellent service from staff members that are always up to date on the latest developments in solar, HVAC, and plumbing.
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A programmable thermostat can automatically change the temperature in your Corpus Christie-area home to fit your lifestyle. These useful high-tech devices can help you save energy while keeping you and your family comfortable. They’re an inexpensive investment, and you’ll recoup the cost through energy savings in just a year or two. Many programmable thermostats come with a variety of settings, user-friendly displays, and HVAC monitoring for even more comfort and savings.
Lots of Settings
Set your programmable thermostat to turn your heater or air conditioner down when you go to work or to sleep and then turn it back up about half an hour before you wake up or come home. Some programmable thermostats have convenient remotes, and you can control others with your smartphone or computer.
Homeowners can program a different schedule for each day of the week with some units, and others can switch between two schedules for weekdays and weekends. The least expensive models only work on one schedule, so you’ll have to make more last-minute changes to keep your home efficient and comfotable. However, all programmable thermostats offer options to help HVAC systems use less energy than with conventional thermostats.
Many programmable thermostats have colorful touchscreens with simple, interactive instructions to help you program them and make temporary changes. Some models include voice activation, and others have a keyboard lock to keep guests or kids from changing your settings.
Detailed HVAC Monitoring
If you choose the right programmable thermostat for your HVAC system and have it installed by an experienced professional, it can give you a lot of useful information about your system. Some models can monitor your home’s humidity and indoor air quality. Many also remind you when you should change your HVAC system’s air filter and let you know when electricity is more expensive.
Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 55 years of experience. We can help you install, maintain, and repair your programmable thermostat along with a variety of other heating and air conditioning equipment. Call us anytime at 888-481-8511 for excellent service.
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23 May 2017
Pollutants like dust, dirt, mold, and pollen can cause expensive problems. Fortunately, you can improve your indoor air quality by cleaning regularly, adding ventilation, and not using volatile organic chemicals.
You should dust and vacuum at least twice per week to keep contaminants like dust, dirt, pet dander, and pollen from building up in your home. Use a damp cloth to clean air registers and ceiling fans, and remember to clean your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans as well. Rinse your outdoor HVAC system with a garden hose to remove pollen, grass clippings, and twigs. However, don’t use a power washer, because it could damage your HVAC system.
Pollutants will always accumulate instead of escaping if your home doesn’t have enough ventilation. Keep furniture and carpeting away from your air registers, and use a mechanical ventilation system with a filter to bring fresh air into your home. Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) work like heat pumps to heat or cool air before it comes into your home. An ERV can help you remove stale air and keep the air in your home clean and comfortable without wasting energy.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can cause cancer and other health problems. Many products contain these chemicals, including paints, varnishes, air fresheners, pesticides, hair products, cleaners, and detergents. To avoid many VOCs, use natural products when possible. Essential oils make great air fresheners, and you can make furniture polish with only water and lemon juice. If you must use products that contain VOCs, be sure to ventilate the area well by opening windows while using them and afterwards.
Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. is a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer with more than 55 years of experience. We can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of heating and air conditioning equipment. Call us anytime at 888-481-8511 for expert service from one of our friendly technicians.
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The water heater is an important piece of equipment in your home. Whether by using gas or electricity, it provides you with hot water that you use throughout the day. Although a water heater is usually durable, you need to maintain it in order for it to last a long time. In addition to investing in professional maintenance, here’s what homeowners can do to ensure their water heater operates efficiently, doesn’t break down and lasts at least until its expected expiration date.
Lower the Temperature
To prevent your water heater from overheating and to reduce your energy bills, simply lower its temperature setting so it reads between 115 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Although a simple step, it’s an important one to remember.
Test the TPR Valve
Testing anything related to your water heater might sound difficult, but this is another easy step you can take to maintain it. Here are the steps for testing the temperature pressure release valve on your water heater.
- Shut the power and the cold-water supply valve off.
- Put a bucket under the pipe connected to the TPR valve, which is located on the top or side of the tank.
- Lift the TPR valve’s tab to let some water out before letting it go.
If the water keeps flowing, the TPR valve needs replacing. Otherwise, it should lock back into place.
Perform a Flush
To remove any sediments that have collected at the bottom of the tank, which can eventually result in rust and corrosion, perform a flush. Here’s how you can perform a flush on your water heating system.
- Drain the water in the tank and stir the sediment by opening the cold-water supply valve for a few seconds.
- Drain and repeat this process until only clear water comes out of the hose.
- Close the drain cock, refill the tank with water and turn the power back on afterward.
Clean the Passage Ways
Prior to draining the electric heater, make sure the power is off. If there are any frayed connections, you should consult a professional plumber or electrician before moving forward with cleaning the passage ways. Otherwise, it could pose a risk to your safety or result in an even costlier repair.
If you own a Carrier water heater and need it maintained, of if you’d like to purchase one, read on about our preventive maintenance plans or contact the plumbing professionals at Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. by calling (888) 481-8511 .
22 Apr 2017
It’s easy to take your HVAC for granted, but it wasn’t so long ago that air conditioners were a luxury to be enjoyed only in movie theaters and department stores. Southerners in Portland, TX, must have longed for the cool comfort that modern air conditioning provided, but they still managed to cool off without paying a fortune in energy costs. Here’s how they did it:
In the late 1860s, the first ceiling fans appeared. There were propelled by water, a turbine and a system of belts. In the 1880s, the first electric ceiling fans were introduced. By circulating the air and dispensing a steady breeze, they provided relief from the heat and humidity until the 1950s when the first air conditioners appeared in Texas homes.
Sitting on the porch was a popular way to cool off before AC became commonplace. Families would gather on their porches or stroll the neighborhood visiting other people’s porches. In big cities with dense populations, stoops outside of apartment buildings served the same purpose.
Parks and Beaches
Parks with trees were a popular refuge for overheated humans. People would nap under the trees or even sleep in neighborhood parks at night. Picnics in the park were more enjoyable than dining in hot restaurants. On weekends, the entire family would load up their beach gear, head for the seashore and make a day of it.
Although they sweated out the summers, previous generations were forced by the heat and humidity to seek out relief with friends and neighbors and to spend time with their families. Today, with indoor air control that automatically provides just the right degree of heating and cooling, we have to work a little harder to connect with others, and we definitely pay a lot more in energy costs.
Fortunately, modern heating and cooling contractors like Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. are breaking new ground installing solar energy and wind energy systems that can lower electric bills by a mind-boggling 90 percent. These eco-friendly energy solutions can raise the value of your property by thousands of dollars and qualify you for tax credits, government incentives and renewable energy credits. Visit Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. to learn more about green HVAC or call (888) 481-8511 to discuss how renewable energy systems can benefit you, the environment and your Portland, TX, home.
26 Mar 2017
Seasonal allergies in Corpus Christi can be brutal. Unlike in years past when allergens stayed outside where they belong, today’s homes are sewn up tight to prevent energy loss. The upshot is that the inside of your home probably contains allergens in higher concentrations than the great outdoors. Between the pollen outside and the contaminants inside, it can be tough to find relief. Fortunately, there are actions you can take to reduce symptoms.
Maintain Your HVAC
A common source of indoor allergens is a dirty HVAC system. As the system runs, contaminants flood your living space and affect air quality negatively. If your air conditioner has a dirty filter, so much the worse. The first line of defense against allergens is to schedule AC maintenance before allergy season starts and to change the filters frequently. Clean filters trap contaminants and help to improve indoor air quality. Use filters with a MERV rating between 8 and 12. The higher the rating, the more allergens the filter will catch. Filters with a MERV of 12 catch 95 percent of airborne allergens.
Keep Humidity Levels Optimal
An inexpensive device called a hygrometer can measure relative humidity in your home. Ideal relative humidity is 40-50 percent. Anything higher encourages the growth of mold and mildew which can aggravate allergies. UV lights, available from your HVAC contractor, can prevent the growth of mold and other fungi.
Schedule an Indoor Air Quality Inspection
An indoor air quality inspector is trained to assess indoor allergen levels and to determine which air quality products would most effectively clean your indoor air.
Have Your Air Ducts Inspected
In homes with forced-air cooling, ductwork can get excessively dusty. In some cases, allergens like pollen, dust mites, pet dander and mold accumulate there and circulate throughout your home whenever the AC is running. Duct cleaning will solve this problem.
A preventive maintenance plan will ensure that your heating and cooling equipment won’t be making allergy symptoms worse. To learn more, visit Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning or call (888) 481-8511.
18 Mar 2017
Studies show that most Corpus Christi office managers take care of their HVAC only when something goes wrong. If your equipment hasn’t been maintained in the last year, it’s time to schedule service. If you answer yes to the three questions listed below, equipment servicing in your office may be long overdue. However, by adopting a preventive approach, you can turn the tables and come out a winner.
Do You Have High Equipment Operating Costs?
Tuneups prepare heating and cooling systems for high performance and reduce operational costs like emergency repairs and equipment replacements. According to the Whole Building Design Guide, systems operating in high-performance mode can reduce energy usage by up to 40 percent and unexpected breakdowns by up to 95 percent.
Do Your Heating and Cooling Systems Have Short Lifespans?
Heating and cooling systems are like automobiles: Skimping on service drastically reduces life expectancy. The biggest enemy of heating and AC systems is the thick coating of grunge that collects after a typical year of operation. This muck can clog up your equipment so severely that it has to work twice as hard and twice as long to generate the desired comfort levels. Energy costs escalate, comfort is reduced, and repairs are so frequent that early equipment retirement becomes inevitable.
Does Your Office Have Poor Indoor Air Quality?
All that grit collecting on your equipment does more than just ruin your heating and cooling systems. It also contaminates the air in your office. That puts employees and customers at risk for sick building syndrome (SBS), a condition caused by high concentrations of contaminated indoor air. Annual equipment cleaning reduces the potential for SBS significantly.
Preventive maintenance makes good business sense. To keep your office healthy and your business profitable, check out the Smart 1 Agreement offered by Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning or call (888) 481-8511 for information about commercial equipment service plans.
21 Feb 2017
In Corpus Christi, Texas, how quickly the weather shifts on any given day, has become a long-standing joke. What’s not so funny are the spikes you’ll see in your energy bills from trying to adjust your HVAC system to compensate for the change in temperature. Implementing a few energy-saving tips can make a big difference on your energy bills.
If you plan ahead and watch the weather, you can program your HVAC system to adjust accordingly. For example, if you know it’s going to be uncharacteristically warm later in the week, make sure you set your system to accommodate the temperature change. If you want to increase the potential for energy savings in your home, consider investing in a smart thermostat that you can regulate with your smartphone. That way, you can adjust the temperature from anywhere as the weather changes.
Use Natural Heating
The more you maximize the potential of natural heating and cooling options, the more energy you can save as you try to heat or cool your home. To use less heat, open the window curtains during the day to let in natural sunlight. Invest in heavy curtains and close them at night to prevent cold air from seeping in. You may also want to consider weatherproofing your doors and windows to help keep the cold out.
Invest in Insulation
Insulation is an important energy-saving feature of your home. If you haven’t had your insulation replaced recently, bring in an expert to decide whether it’s time to add more. Insulation helps to keep the warm air in and cold air out in the winter. As a bonus, it also keeps the heat out during the summer months, saving you energy all year. A general rule of thumb is to have between 10 and 14 inches of insulation for optimal energy savings.
If you’re looking for other ways to keep your utility bills in check, we are the people to call. Contact Bodine-Scott at 888-481-8511 to speak with an experienced professional today.
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