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Ways to keep your home warm

Ways To Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

Ways to keep your home warm
The colder temperatures are here and soon, we may have the possibility of snow on the ground. While this may be a welcome sign to some, to others it means staying inside with a cup of hot tea while wrapped in a blanket. Don’t forget about your heating system, though! It’s working hard to keep your home 30-40 degrees warmer than it is outside. That’s a tall order considering how hard it is to keep hot air inside of a home! Here are a few tips on how to keep your home warm without depending solely on your HVAC system.
 
Seal Any Air Leaks
Doors, windows, fireplace flues and electrical outlets are a few examples of areas of your home that need to be looked at to insure that it is sealed properly. If the rubber seal around the door frame is missing or has worn areas, you’re sending hot air outside. The same goes for windows. After many years of use, window frames can lose their seal.
 
Close Your Curtains
At night, when the temperatures drop even further, it’s necessary to block any type of radiant cooling. Glass pane windows are notoriously bad at keeping the cold out. Even if you have sealed them properly, single and double pane windows will still radiate cold. The easiest way to minimize that is to close your curtains and keep it between the window and the curtain.
 
Insulate the Attic
Hot air rises, so anything above you in your home is responsible for keeping the heat in. This includes air vents and light fixtures. By insulating the attic, you will eliminate the ability for hot air to seep through the tiny cracks and spaces.
 
Reverse your fan
Your ceiling fan has 2 settings, one for forcing air downward and the other upward. By forcing air upwards, you are dispersing the hot air that has collected at the top of the room. This will keep the room at an even temperature throughout.
 
Schedule a heating tune-up
By maintaining your HVAC equipment and keeping it running efficiently with an annual heating tune-up, you will reduce the energy consumption necessary to keep your family warm.

Contact Gentry Air Conditioning today via our online contact form or call us at 817-488-6733.

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Should You Get A Heating Tune Up?

Should You Get A Heating Tune-Up?

Should You Get A Heating Tune-Up?

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.

Increased Lifespan

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.

Cheaper Electric Bills

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.

Maintain Your Warranty

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.

Safer Household

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.

Contact Gentry Air Conditioning today via our online contact form or call us at 817-488-6733 to schedule your Fall heating tune-up!

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The History of Air Conditioning

The History of Air Conditioning

The History of Air Conditioning

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.

Beginnings

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.

Humidity

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!

Commercial Uses

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!

Home Uses

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!

Contact Gentry Air Conditioning today via our online contact form or call us at 817-488-6733.

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