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Austin Energy AC Check-up Program Returns

May 1, 2014

As temperatures continue to rise during the long, hot summer, residents need their air conditioners to work efficiently to maintain comfort while minimizing energy use and cost.

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I Want a BIG System… Bigger is not Better

Apr 21, 2014

Why is “just right” Important to AC sizing? An “oversized” air conditioner will cool your house quicker, but it will use more electricity and will not remove humidity adequately.

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Ductless Mr. Slim Air Conditioners by Mitsubishi

Mar 6, 2014

The Mr. Slim Series of small- to medium-sized split-type room air conditioners offers the convenience of being compact yet powerful; a combination ensuring excellent performance and easy installation.

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Won’t my carbon monoxide detector tell me when I need a new furnace?

Feb 28, 2014

Every home should have a carbon monoxide detector, but the fact that it is not going off doesn’t mean everything is safe.

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Should I have a new programmable thermostat installed with my new system?

Feb 5, 2014

Programmable thermostats allow you to have the temperature raise and lower automatically at specific times each day.

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How long should my old furnace and air conditioner last?

Jan 4, 2014

The answer to this question often depends on the equipment you have, how well it was installed, and how well it has been maintained.

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I have a floor furnace now and want to add central air & heat. What will this cost?

Dec 5, 2013

This will depend on how involved it is to run ductwork, install the equipment, connect the flue (or install a new flue), connect the gas & electric, etc.

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Should I replace my furnace and air conditioner at the same time?

Dec 5, 2013

It depends. If you plan to replace them within a few years of one another, special warranties, rebates, and financing (available with approved credit) that are often available with a complete system may make changing the complete system the best option.

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What is a heat pump? Is it better than an air conditioner?

Nov 10, 2013

In the summer, a heat pump works in exactly the same way as an air conditioner, i.e., cooling your home or office by moving heat from the inside to the outside.

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The Cost of Freon (R-22) Continues to Skyrocket

Oct 8, 2013

Repair or replace… that is the question. R-22 refrigerant (aka “Freon”), used as a refrigerant in the AC systems of most homes, businesses, restaurants and stores built before 2010, is being gradually phased out by the EPA under the Montreal Protocol.

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Routine Maintenance

Sep 2, 2013

Al: Do you realize that your heating and cooling system runs many more hours than your car? Well just like your car it requires routine maintenance to keep it working efficiently and reliably.

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What is SEER?

Aug 23, 2013

This stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The “size” of an air conditioner is rated in BTUs (British Thermal Units) or tons; however the “efficiency” of a system is rated in SEER.

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Air Conditioning without air ducts?

Jul 3, 2013

Many people looking to install air conditioning in an older home or a specialized space like a sunroom or garage run into a big issue – there is no place to put the ductwork.

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Best Ways to Beat the Heat of Summer

Jun 26, 2013

Austin is going through a bout of extremely high temperatures, and you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to make cooling your house as efficient as possible.

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Adding Insulation Pays Off

Mar 27, 2013

Insulation: Long-Term Savings Tips. One of the most cost-effective ways to make your home more comfortable year-round is to add insulation to your attic, including the attic trap or access door, which is relatively easy.

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