With the temperatures taking a nose dive over the past couple of weeks, we’ve started firing up our furnaces and heaters. Give it another couple of weeks and we will be depending on them to stay warm 24/7! Here in Texas, our Winter’s aren’t as harsh as they are in the North, but we still rely on our heaters and furnaces. While they aren’t put under extreme conditions, they are put under a different kind of stress! Stopping and starting multiple times can show wear and tear on any HVAC unit. With that being said, here are a few reasons you should let an HVAC professional conduct a heating tune-up.
By having your heating unit serviced by a professional, you will extend its life. During a heating tune-up, we will inspect all parts and replace any of them that are showing signs of wear and tear. This eliminates the need for your unit to struggle and lessens the chances of a worn part creating other problems.
Electricity costs are one of the biggest expenses you have as a homeowner. We will test and observe your heating unit to make sure it is as efficient as possible. By keeping your heating unit running efficiently, you will lessen the load on your wallet.
Most HVAC manufacturer warranties require you to have their equipment serviced on a regular basis by an accredited professional. In the event that your unit fails, the manufacturer may not honor the warranty if it’s been determined that it has not been properly maintained.
If you are using a gas heater, it’s imperative that you find and replace any worn parts, as they may cause a leak and cause an unsafe environment for you and your family.
Air conditioning is a luxury, especially down here in the South. 8-9 months out of the year, it is unbearable to be outside for longer than 5 minutes. We don’t even think about what life would be like without our trusty thermostat and cold air blowing from the vents. One thing is definite: Air conditioning didn’t happen overnight. Let’s take a look at how air conditioning got to where it is today.
In the 1840’s a physician and inventor named Dr. John Gorrie believed that cooler temperatures would lead people to live healthier lives. He believed that the heat was a reason that people suffered from malaria. Gorrie’s plan to cool rooms required ice to be shipped in from frozen lakes and rivers. While it’s not a bad idea, it’s not an economical one. Trucking and manpower costs were through the roof. In response to that, he devised a way to create ice by using a compressor driven by a horse, wind or steam. This invention laid the groundwork for air conditioning.
A man with a name you may recognize, William Carrier, took Gorrie’s invention to the next level. He created a way to remove humidity out of the air and ‘condition’ it to a cooler temperature. He patented a system for regulating humidity and temperature of air in textile mills. This is the beginning of the air conditioning boom!
After Carrier patented the air conditioner, it was used to cool industrial warehouses, theaters and government buildings. In 1904, the St. Louis World’s Fair, which had a 1,000-seat auditorium, was air conditioned!
in 1929, Frigidaire patented a split-system that was small enough to put inside of a house. The drawback of this unit was that it had to have a separate condensing unit.
H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman patented an air conditioning unit that could be installed on a window ledge. In 1932, it was put on the market, but did not sell well, due to the high costs.
By 1947, 43,000 systems, created by Henry Galson, were sold. Homeowners could enjoy air conditioning without having to make expensive upgrades!
In the 1970s, with air conditioning widespread across the nation, energy consumption reached its peak. This crisis forced AC manufacturers to make advancements in efficiency to use less energy and provide the same amount of cold air.
In 1992, the US Government passed regulations that will see a $29 billion dollar savings in electric usage. In fact, AC units nowadays are upwards of 50% more efficient than units manufactured in 1980!