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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.

  1. Shut the power and the cold-water supply valve off.
  2. Put a bucket under the pipe connected to the TPR valve, which is located on the top or side of the tank.
  3. Lift the TPR valveā€™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.

  1. Drain the water in the tank and stir the sediment by opening the cold-water supply valve for a few seconds.
  2. Drain and repeat this process until only clear water comes out of the hose.
  3. 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 .

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:

Ceiling Fans

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.

Porches

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.

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.

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.

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.

Plan Ahead

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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Although Corpus Christi, Texas, doesn’t experienced long periods of freezing temperatures, it seems residents still tend to get sick more in winter. Although people attribute being cold to getting a cold, the real reason is more complicated.

Staying Warm

People are more prone to getting sick in the winter, but it’s not necessarily in the way that you think. When it’s cold outside, it’s natural for people to want to stay indoors. Unfortunately, our homes, offices, and schools all increase our chances of getting sick. Staying indoors means you have an increased opportunity to contact germs. You also tend to breathe more recycled air. If the air filters aren’t replaced, or the ducts aren’t cleaned in your home or other buildings, that recycled air can increase sickness during the winter as well.

Low Humidity in Winter

During the winter, even in Texas, the change in humidity affects your body. Low humidity can lead to sleep problems, dry skin, and affect your sinuses. Consider using a humidifier in the winter if you notice any of these conditions developing in your home. You may want to invest in a humidity tester in your home. This affordable option helps to make sure your home isn’t too humid in the summer or too dry in the winter, and helps to support a healthy environment in the home.

Lack of Ventilation

Fortunately, in Corpus Christi, Texas, it’s possible to open the windows at times during the winter. When your home isn’t ventilated, germs and bacteria can grow and spread increasing your chances of getting sick. Use your kitchen and bathroom ventilation systems, and open up the windows when the winter weather is milder. The more fresh air you have cycling through your home, the more you increase your chances of fighting off illness.

If you are worried about your family getting sick this winter, Bodine-Scott can help to make sure that your HVAC system isn’t a culprit. Call 888-481-8511 to speak with an experienced professional today.

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Solar energy

Guaranteeing indoor comfort often comes with high energy bills, but you can save money in your Corpus Christi, Texas, home and also helping the environment by using solar energy. Purchase and installation costs make solar power more expensive at first, but the energy savings you’ll get in the long run make it a great investment. You won’t have to worry about power outages, and maintenance is easy. You can take advantage of solar energy for lighting, powering equipment, and solar water heating.

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If you’re like most homeowners in Kingsville, Texas, you’re constantly seeking new ways to cut household costs while decreasing your energy consumption. A DIY assessment can help you to pinpoint several ways to save energy, but you might be surprised at how much more you can learn from a professional audit of your home’s energy usage. From increased comfort to cost savings, take a closer look at three ways you can benefit from a professional home energy audit.

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Old houses in Alice, Texas, are charming, but they come with unique sets of problems that new constructions don’t have. One of those issues is plumbing. Old houses often have certain types of plumbing constructed from metals like galvanized steel, that we no longer use when installing a plumbing system.

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