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XV20i TruComfort

Trane XV20i TruComfort System

We are excited to introduce you, our customers, to an excellent new product that we can now offer you for your home or business: the Trane XV20i from their TruComfort™ system.XV20i TruComfort

Traditional air conditioners are reactive to your comfort; the thermostat gets hot and then it turns your system on. This means that the room has to get too hot (which means you may feel too hot) before getting cooler and comfortable. The XV20i doesn’t work that way. This system is proactive, and constantly works to maintain your thermostat’s temperature and humidity level.

With 700 speeds of cooling, the Trane TruComfort™ systems give you precise comfort by running at the exact speed needed to keep your home comfortable. This allows the compressor, outdoor fan, and indoor fan to vary its operating speed and BTU as the temperature outside changes, slowing down or speeding up gradually in increments of as little as 1/10 of one percent to keep your level of comfort within one to two degrees of the thermostat setting.

It is one of the industry’s most efficient systems, with ratings up to 22 SEER. With Trane TruComfort™ technology, the 22-SEER air conditioner automatically adjusts itself while maintaining constant and consistent speeds to avoid temperature swings. This saves you money and energy, which is kinder to your bank account as well as to the planet.

Even better, their ComfortLink™ II communicating technology (available to you when matched with communicating indoor units) connects all of your key components so your system automatically configures and calibrates for optimal performance and efficiency through the lifetime of your products. Remote diagnostics and major system faults can be sent to the installing HVAC company for customers who opt in for that feature.

The system is rigorously tortured and tested for long-lasting durability, so you can be sure this system will hold up to anything, without holding up your bank account. And with the quiet running fan, 4 dB below our competitor’s minimum, you can be sure you are getting a quiet air conditioner and the best all-around system for your home. You can also add a Trane CleanEffects™ to your system to filter the incoming air to eliminate dust, pollen, and other irritants for a cleaner, healthier, and more comfortable home.

Give Gentry Air Conditioning a call for more information today!

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Turn On Your AC

It’s Not Hot Yet, So Turn Your AC On Now

Turn On Your AC

It may be chilly now, but very soon, temperatures will be back in the 80s and your air conditioner will be running. That means it’s time to make sure your HVAC unit is ready for the summer months with a springtime tune-up.

The best prescription is prevention, so now is the perfect time to get ahead of any potential issues by turning your air conditioning unit on during some of these warmer days where you may not normally run it.

It doesn’t get much easier than simply turning on your air conditioner, and having the ability to catch issues early has so many benefits down the line. Checking in on your air conditioning unit in the late winter or very early spring gives you the benefit of plenty of time to schedule a repair at your convenience. What’s even better, you may be able to take advantage of preseason or offseason specials that businesses offer during their less scheduled weeks.

Once you’ve decided to do a test run in your home, what is it that you should make sure to look for? Obviously the first step is to be sure the air conditioner comes on as expected, but also pay attention to some of the other signs that everything is running smoothly. Look for all your rooms cooling evenly, pay close attention and listen for unusual noises especially loud ones that you don’t remember hearing from your unit before.

Take a walk outside your home and check to make sure that the outdoor unit is running. Once you’ve made sure the air conditioning unit is operating smoothly, check to make sure the thermostat cools your home down to the set temperature that you programmed. Sometimes an air conditioner will cool, but may not be able to get things as cool as you’ll need once the summer heat hits. This early-season test run is also a great time to install fresh air filters in your home.

Of course, another excellent option is to simply give us a call at Gentry Air Conditioning! Our friendly professionals will be happy to come out to your home for a tune-up. Together, we can make sure that your family is ready for whatever temperatures the upcoming Texas summer has in store!

 

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How to Prepare for a Power Outage in the Winter

Nearly everything we do at home requires electricity, from cooking to communicating to keeping ourselves entertained. It’s easy to forget how much we depend on electricity—until there’s an outage. Power outages can be difficult to weather any time of year, but frigid temperatures without a working heater can be hard on both you and your home. So, when a winter storm gets on your radar, there’s no time to lose. Start preparing for inclement weather today, and you’ll be in the best shape for whenever winter snowfall suddenly takes a turn for the worst.

1) If you have a wood burning fireplace, keep firewood and fire-starting materials on hand and in a dry area. This is a wonderful source of heat (it worked for hundreds of years before we all had electricity to our homes, of course) but also an underrated source of warm food and drink. With some camping cookware, or old-fashioned cast iron, you can enjoy a cup of hot coffee and a nice warm meal even if your kitchen is all-electric.

2) Keep flashlights and headlamps ready and accessible. Don’t plan on using candles; flashlights are a much safer source of light during chilly winter nights.

3) Locate warm blankets and jackets. During a cold-weather power outage, layers are your best friend. Put on the tank tops, t-shirts, flannels, and jackets, then don’t be shy about wrapping up in a blanket on top of everything. Layers trap warm air close to your skin, keeping you comfortable in low temperatures.

4) Never use appliances, like a gas stove, to heat your home. Not only were stoves not designed to heat your space, but they can also be more than ineffective. A gas oven may go out or burn inefficiently, leading to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.

5) Do not risk your health waiting on power. If you feel that you are in danger, call a friend that has electricity or go to a hotel. The bottom line is that it isn’t worth it. If you need to wait overnight in the winter for power to be restored, and you have enough layers and light sources to comfortably make it through, that’s great. If your home has infants, small children, vulnerable pets, or elderly family members, look for somewhere safe to wait for your electricity to return.

 

 

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