Advice From the Pros

Looking for a New Thermostat? Here’s What You Need to Know

Time for a new thermostat?

With all this extra time we have all been spending at home lately, you may have realized that it is time to upgrade your thermostat. Gentry is here to help! Here are our expert tips for making the upgrade:

Assess your needs

The first step is to assess what your needs are in a thermostat, with your specific home and family in mind. Are you looking to add wifi connectivity, smart home integration, and/or scheduling capabilities? Does your system currently have multi-speed AC and heat? These are the questions you should answer before looking for the perfect product to match your system and desires.

Don’t go overboard

Once you assess your family’s needs, use that as a guide to select your thermostat. If wifi is not important to you, then there is no need to spend your money on a wifi enabled thermostat. Some people find that all they want is a basic programmable thermostat. Bigger or more expensive isn’t necessarily better here. Focus on fit.

Read reviews 

Every brand has its pros and cons. Reading reviews online can help you narrow down which thermostat is the best fit, and can help answer some of the questions that you may have about the product. This can be especially helpful currently when you might be shopping for a thermostat exclusively online.

Narrow down your choices and read the requirements for that thermostat to make sure it will work in your home. Some require an extra “common” wire that you may not have. You also need to consider whether the wifi router is close enough to the thermostat location and whether your it will require professional installation to maintain the warranty. Even aesthetic considerations have to be addressed, such as whether it will cover the paint behind the existing thermostat, and whether they have covers available for this purpose if not.

Know your product

Some thermostats like Nexia and Honeywell are programmed by the homeowner or installer and then settings can be manually adjusted as you go. Other thermostats, like the Nest, ask you some basic information and then “learn” your heating and cooling habits over time. You need to be prepared to actively adjust the Nest type thermostats for a period to ensure consistency in the operation.

There are so many excellent thermostat types and products out there right now. Please don’t hesitate to give our friendly professionals at Gentry Air Conditioning a call if you have questions or need any help making your decision.

 

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Common A/C Problems and What to Address

Common A/C Problems

Before you know it, the temperatures will be soaring, and we will all be cranking up our air conditioning systems here in Texas. It goes without saying that you’ll want to start off the warmer weather months prepared, which means keeping you and your whole family comfortable all day and night. A preemptive air conditioning troubleshooting mission and appropriate air conditioning maintenance can aid you in your goal of smoothly operating air conditioning systems and happy family members (and pets).

It’s crucial to learn about the most common A/C problems so that you can take preventive measures to avoid bigger, costlier repairs down the line. Let’s take a look at some of the most common air conditioning problems, and what to check to get them fixed quickly:

Issue: Water is leaking out of the overflow drain

What to check: There are a few possible causes for this issue. Your condensate line may be backed up, you might have low refrigerant levels, your unit could be out of level, or you could have a dirty air filter.

Issue: Your thermostat is blank

What to check: Make sure you have good batteries in the thermostat (if present), make sure the furnace is plugged in or the switch is in the ON position. Other causes: The thermostat could be bad and need replacing. Additionally, some units have an overflow water switch that shuts the unit down when the main drain is clogged. If this is the issue, the main drain needs to be cleared to correct this.

Issue: Copper lines freezing up or icing up

What to check: Check your air filter to see if it is dirty. Other causes: This could be caused by low refrigerant, a blower motor out or running below normal speeds, or dirty coils on the unit.

Issue: Little or no air flow coming from vents

What to check: First thing, check your air filter to ensure that it isn’t too dirty. Other causes: Reduced or absent air flow can be a result of blower motor failure, or by low refrigerant levels.

When in doubt, give Gentry Air Conditioning a call for help with all of your common A/C problems! Our experienced professional HVAC technicians are here for you anytime, to help you keep your system running smoothly and your home a comfortable haven no matter what the weather brings.

 

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Give Your Home a Clean Air Boost

Give Your Home a Clean Air Boost

 

It’s Springtime again, and the change in season brings the usual seasonal allergens along with it. If you or a loved one in your home battles seasonal allergies or has asthma, keeping your indoor air quality at its highest is important right now. This year, more than any other, it has become important to focus on the health and safety of your family’s surroundings due to coronavirus. Even more, we are all spending a lot more time in our homes than usual, sheltering in place to slow the spread of coronavirus. Luckily, there are some truly outstanding products out there that can give you an edge in the fight against indoor air contaminants. We are happy to highlight a couple of them here, which we at Gentry can add to your home’s HVAC system.

 

The HALO-LED™ Whole Home In-Duct Air Purifier

 

Did you know that air purifiers can be placed directly inside the ductwork of your HVAC system? The HALO-LED™ is the industry’s first LED in-duct, whole home air purification system that is both mercury-free and zero ozone compliant. The HALO-LED™ proactively treats every cubic inch of air conditioned space, reducing airborne and surface contaminants and pollutants through bi-polar ionization and new patent pending, REME-LED™ technology. It’s made to last, with an LED light module that lasts up to 2.5 times longer than the current mercury vapor UV lamps. It’s the industry’s first washable catalyst for high load environments (ie. cigar bars, smoking rooms), but available for your residential use. The HALO-LED™ reduces airborne and surface microbes, bacteria, viruses, and mold, smoke, odors, VOCs, allergens, dust, and particulate matter, without releasing ozone. With a seven-year limited warranty, you can relax knowing that your air is clean throughout the whole home.

 

The Bi-Polar® 2400 Whole House Air Purifier

 

Bi-Polar Technology has proven itself in tens of thousands of installations across the US. The Bi-Polar’s compact size, multiple voltage, and mounting options ensure a retrofit is possible in almost any HVAC system whether ducted or not. Bi-Polar technology has been successfully incorporated into fan coils, heat pumps, ductless split units, and more. Bi-Polar® 2400 Quickly Reduces mold, bacteria, viruses, VOCs, household and chemical odors, articulates, allergens like smoke and pollen, airborne dust, and static electricity. In fact, Bi-Polar® Ionization has undergone over a decade of rigorous university and certified laboratory testing around the world with documented kill rates of Polio (98.9%) and SARS (73.4%) in less than 4 seconds. In times like these, just think of the peace of mind a product like this could lend to your home.

 

If a serious clean air boost is something that might be right for your family this Spring, give Gentry Air Conditioning a call today! We would be happy to consult with you and help find the perfect solution.

 

 

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