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Your indoor environment is clean, your HVAC system is routinely maintained, and you use a good air filter. So, why are your allergies still acting up when you’re inside? Your Mathis, Texas, home may still have allergens floating around thanks to your houseplants. If you have a pollen allergy, take a hard look at the greenery you choose to keep indoors.

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Did you know that proper landscaping around your Rockport, Texas, home could save you hundreds in energy costs? It’s true! The following tips will help you learn how.

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When the HVAC system in your Alice, Texas, home runs, it pulls air from the rooms and moves it into the heating or cooling chamberr. Then it pushes the air back through the vents. As the air moves through the system, it often contains dirt, dust, and other contaminants that get trapped in the ducts. A buildup of debris within the ducts can decrease efficiency, leading to energy waste and higher bills, along with poor indoor air quality.

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In Gregory, Texas, the weather is hot during much of the year. Without a working air conditioner, it’s hard to stay cool when the temperature rises into the 90s and above. A central air conditioner can also help maintain a comfortable moisture level on humid days. If you notice any signs of HVAC trouble, call an expert to take a closer look before you’re stuck without a working AC.

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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.

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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 Often

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.

Bodine-Scott can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC equipment to prevent allergies. Call us anytime at 888-481-8511 for great service.

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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.

Reducing Pollution

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.

User-Friendly Displays

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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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.

Cleaning Regularly

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. 

Adding Ventilation

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.

Avoiding VOCs

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.

  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 .

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