Debunking Heat Pump Myths

  • By lemaster
  • 15 Jan, 2016
If you are in the market for a new heating system, it is important to have the appropriate information prior to purchasing the right unit for you and your family. Many people are interested in heat pumps, but are unclear about what to expect from one. To make the best decision on heating in Pearland, TX, here are some of the common myths about heat pumps.

Common Heat Pump Myths

  • It is not true that using portable electric heaters in individual rooms is more efficient than using a gas-powered heat pump for your home. Typically, you will be using five times more electricity with separate small heaters for your rooms.
  • Turning the thermostat to the highest setting does not heat your home any faster. In fact, it can make the heat pump work harder and even run longer and erase the energy efficient intentions of the home heating unit.
  • Heat pumps are not just for heating. They are manufactured to heat and cool because the units have a reverse valve that switches the direction of the coolant. This will allow you to take care of your heating in Pearland, as well as the cooling needed during scorching Texas summers.
  • Older properties aren’t suitable for heat pumps. This is false. A qualified HVAC technician can install these types of heating units in most areas and properties. Consult a professional before ruling out a heat pump because you don’t think it will work in an older home.

Make sure you know the facts about your heating choices when you are in the market in Pearland for a new unit. This is not only necessary for your comfort, but it is also a benefit to you budget. These myths can lead you away from a good choice for you and your family. Consult a heating professional who installs heat pumps for further information. Think smart when it comes time to arrange for heating repair, installation, or maintenance in your Pearland home.

By lemaster 01 Nov, 2017

  Now that the floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey have receded, it’s time to focus on rebuilding. Many homeowners are just starting to return to their homes and assess the damage. We understand this can be a confusing and frightening time for many. That’s why we’ve assembled this list of essential safety tips that can help you and your family during this time.

  1. Don’t turn on anything electrical until you’ve had your system checked by a professional.

Floodwaters can cause extreme damage to electrical fuses and circuits, wires, and other components. This damage can lead to fires, explosions, and electrical shocks. Needless to say, all of these events can be deadly.

To make sure you and your family are safe, don’t flip a switch or turn on any electrical appliances until you’ve had your home checked over by a qualified electrician or appliance repair technician.

        2.  Don’t attempt to fix electrical or gas appliances yourself.

Even if you are a skilled do-it-yourselfer, these sorts of repairs can easily go wrong, and the results can be catastrophic. Floodwaters and silt can cause massive damage to the internal workings of appliances like air conditioners, heaters, ovens, and more. Always call a professional to look these appliances over before you attempt to use them, and follow whatever advice they give.

        3. Make sure your smoke detector is working.

 

If you are planning to move back into your home, one of the first things you should do is make sure your smoke detector is still working. This can save your life in a fire. Since sometimes damage from flooding doesn’t become apparent until later, having a working smoke detector is essential. You should also consider purchasing a carbon monoxide detector, just in case. It can’t hurt to be too careful.

         4.  Be aware that you will probably have to replace certain appliances.

When it comes to certain heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical appliances, continuing to use them after a flood is simply too risky. The floodwaters may have caused too much internal damage for repairs to take place. Again, check with a professional, and be sure to follow their advice, whatever it might be. (Also, keep in mind that this sort of damage will probably not be covered by your manufacturer’s warranty, so be prepared to budget for a replacement.)

        5. 
As you rebuild, focus on prevention.

While all of us fervently hope to never see anything like Harvey ever again, the truth is that you can’t be too careful. Ask the professionals working on your appliances if there are any steps you can take to keep them safe from another flood. For instance, it might be possible to place HVAC equipment at a higher elevation to keep it safe from floodwaters. If your entire home needs to be rebuilt, you may be able to use a taller foundation or put the entire home on piles. It certainly can’t hurt to ask.

As always, remember that the professionals here at RAS A/C & Heating Services are on your side in the good times and the bad. We would be happy to look over your HVAC system and handle any repairs or replacements that need to be made. Call us today to learn more and get started.

By lemaster 25 Sep, 2017

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has left many homes and businesses with significant damage and some without shelter at all. With catastrophic flooding and extensive devastation from the hurricane-force winds, some areas are left unrecognizable. Damaged properties have left many victims left without everything from power to a place to live altogether.

There is so much we can do as company can do to assist those in need, but one major way we can help our great neighbors of Houston is with affordable payment solutions to repair or replace your damaged air conditioning units immediately while you wait for insurance claims to come through. We know how frustrating it can be to wait on insurance companies to take care of damages and provide payouts. During such a devastating situation, we want to be there for our Houston, TX customers and want to make this overwhelming situation as easy as possible.

Give Us a Call Today If You Need Immediate Assistance!

At RAS A/C & Heating Services, our Houston, TX customers are our number one priority and we will always be there for them in any time of need. If you are someone who is experiencing issues with your air conditioning unit from Hurricane Harvey and need immediate replacement or repair, please give us a call and we will take care of you as soon as possible and have your unit up and running while you wait for your insurance claim. Are you having issues dealing with your insurance company? We can also assist you with filing your claim. Give us a call today!

By lemaster 18 Aug, 2017

When those colder fall and winter months come around, you want to be sure you are prepared to have your furnace fully functioning to keep your home or business at a comfortable temperature. There are few things you should do to prepare your furnace, but before you do anything, be sure to shut down your system!

Over time, your combustion chamber will begin to build up soot, which could cause corrosion to the walls. The walls should be scraped of any build-up and then be inspected for any holes or corrosion before replacing the cover.

It is very important to have your exhaust flue inspected for any holes. It not only compromises efficiency, but can also leak carbon monoxide.

One of the most important factors to your furnace is your air filter. It is the air in your home you and your family will be breathing throughout the entire fall and winter. This should never be unchanged for no longer than a year. If you have an oil powered heating system, be sure to replace your oil filter to avoid a misfire. This could lead to shutting down your system.

Efficiency is always important when it come to your furnace, especially when using it costs money. That is why before starting it up, you should measure gasses and adjust your burner for optimum efficiency.  One thing to look out for is that fuel is being burned before it goes up in to  your chimney.

Your furnace emits heat through the vents of your home, but they must be cleaned. Anything from dust and pet hair to food scraps and small objects can clog them up, costing your furnace efficiency and having to crank it up.

Once you have completed these important steps, you are ready to go! If you are not sure how to perform these, then give the professionals at RAS A/C & Heating Services a call!

By lemaster 26 Jul, 2017

Scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance is the best thing you can do to ensure you are staying cool all summer long. But there is one vital thing that you can do yourself between maintenance to ensure that your AC will run smoothly, changing the filter in the air system. Standard air filters typically need to be changed once every 1-3 months, depending on a variety of factors. It is a simple step to take, but one that can have huge benefits on the longevity of your machine.

A dirty filter is a huge problem for your air conditioning unit. While you may not see dust floating in the air of your home it may be getting inside of your HVAC system causing it to run less efficiently. A dirty air filter can create excessive airflow resistance in the system. This will cause the AC to work harder than it should have to in cooling your home. That, in turn, will drive up your energy bills — likely at the same time that your comfort is decreasing!

This leaves your system vulnerable to overheating and cycle shortening increasing the wear and tear on your system. The restricted airflow could cause condensation to freeze on the evaporator coil, as well. That insulation will impede the cooling process, and ice melting off of the coil as it warms could overwhelm the condensate drain assembly and cause water damage to the area surrounding the unit.

At the end of the day, filters are cheap, and they are very easy to swap out. Protect your equipment and your comfort so you can stay cool!

By lemaster 22 Jun, 2017

It’s very easy to tell that your air conditioning isn’t working sometimes. But other times, it requires a bit of a social look. Here are six things to watch out for when trying to determine whether you need a new A/C system.

 

1)  No Cool Air – this is, of course, one of the easier ways to tell. If the air coming from your vents isn’t cold, even when turned up high, give RAS a call.

2)  Poor Air Flow – if there is cold air, but very little of it, coming through your vents, the compressor may be shot. If certain rooms in your home feel cooler than others, the problem may be with your duct work. Give RAS a call.

3)  Thermostat Issues – sometimes, the trouble is with the thermostat itself, not the system. Give RAS a call to be sure.

4)  Moisture Where It Shouldn’t Be – if you notice the refrigerant leaking or water pooling next to your A/C system, give RAS a call.

5)  Strange Noises – if you hear squealing, grating, or grinding coming from your system, it may not be a major problem now, but it could lead to one. Call RAS for help.

6)  Strange Smells – if you notice foul odors coming from your vents, it may mean mold or a burned-out wire in your system. Call RAS today.

 

If anything should go wrong with your air conditioning this summer, call on RAS A/C & Heating Services. We provide A/C repair, service, and installation to residents of the Houston, Texas area!


By lemaster 07 Jun, 2017

  • Use a Programmable Thermostat: With a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the temperature of your home through pre-programmed temperature settings. The temperature can be raised when you are at work or sleeping and then when you come home and are awake the air conditioning can kick on.
  • Schedule Routine Maintenance Service: Prepare your air conditioner for the summer by enlisting the help of our professionals. Having routine maintenance service will ensure that your HVAC is top working condition.
  • Replace Your Cooling System: If you need to replace your cooling system invest in a higher-SEER unit in the right size. A higher SEER provides more efficiency and saves on energy for your home or business. Making sure you have the right size unit can increase the cost of cooling your home, cause frequent cycling or cause inefficient cooling.
  • Clean and Replace Your Air Filters:  Clogged and dirty air filters can reduce the efficiency of your cooling system. By routinely cleaning or replacing these filters you are allowing clean air to come through the system and produce less stress on the system.

By lemaster 18 Apr, 2017

Springtime is here, and that means it’s time to get your HVAC system ready for the season. Cross HVAC maintenance off your spring cleaning to-do list early this year, and you’ll thank us later.

Eliminate Hidden Allergens

Just because you can’t see dirt, dust, and mold doesn’t mean it’s not there. These allergens are known for hiding inside HVAC equipment and getting trapped. As they settle, mold and bacteria can breed and contaminate your air supply all summer long.

Minimize Energy Costs

In the warmest months, energy costs are high enough as it is. Keep in mind, blockage and leaks, and low refrigerant can drive up your monthly energy bills even more. Instead of ignoring this, take time for seasonal maintenance in priority areas and you’ll see the benefits in better system performance.

Think Ahead

Summers in Texas get hot, and many days this means that your AC system is working around the clock. This also means you’ll want to avoid breakdowns at all costs. Keeping up with maintenance and replacing your system before temperatures reach triple digits can help you avoid discomfort and save you money in the long run.

Spring is the right time to start thinking about the importance of maintenance for your HVAC system. For the best HVAC service in Texas, call us at RAS A/C & Heating Services. 

By lemaster 03 Apr, 2017

Spring is here, which means allergy season is in full bloom! When it comes to combating your allergies in Houston, TX, having clean indoor air can help alleviate the symptoms. Poor indoor air quality can result from the accumulation of indoor pollutants in your home or office from dust, chemicals, mold, bacteria, gases and vapors. Other factors include in poor outdoor air intake, problems with indoor temperature air circulation and ventilation systems.

By lemaster 13 Feb, 2017
There are many challenges that are faced when it comes to maintaining your commercial air conditioning system in Texas. Whether you are managing a small facility or a large building, making sure that your employees, customers and materials are properly managed at an ideal temperature is important. Maintain your commercial building with help from RAS A/C and Heating in Houston, TX. We provide our commercial air conditioning services all over Sugar Land, TX, Houston, TX, Spring, TX, Missouri City, TX, Cypress, TX, West University, TX, Bellaire, TX, Katy, TX and surrounding areas. 
By lemaster 11 Nov, 2016

1. Check Furnace Filters: Check your filters monthly and replacing them every 30-90 days will help ensure that your furnace filters are working properly. Having a dirty furnace filter will inhibit air flow to your heating system causing it to overheat. 

2. Inspect Your Furnace: Making sure that all of the components of your furnace are properly working will ensure that you are kept cool all winter.

3. Assess Room Temperature: When we leave our homes we tend to forget to down the thermostat. By regulating your thermostat with a programmable thermostat, smart thermostat or another temperature device you are saving money on your heating bills.

4. Check Your Air Ducts: If there are any leaks, loose joints or holes around your air duct this will cause the hot air to escape from your heating unit. Having that fixed can help keep your home warm without raising your energy bill.

5. Schedule Pre-Winter Maintenance: Schedule for maintenance on your HVAC system to ensure that everything is working properly. RAS A/C & Heating Services are one of the leading HVAC companies throughout greater Houston, TX. When you need winter maintenance for your heating system contact our team today!

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