Winter Energy Saving Tips in Houston

January 5, 2016

Here are a few things you can do to get ready for the winter. Install a programmable thermostat. This can be an effective way to control heating costs, allowing the thermostat to be set for a cooler temperature while you are away from home and at night while you are sleeping. Check the furnace filter frequently and replace or clean it as needed. A humidifier can help control heating costs because the moist air will feel warmer, allowing the thermostat to be set at a lower temperature. Adjust register openings in the home. Remember that heat rises, so registers should be partially closed upstairs. Avoid blocking registers with furniture, draperies or carpet. Purchase inexpensive, pre-cut insulation gaskets and seal out cold air entering the home through electrical switches and outlet plates. Closets and cabinets on outside walls can leak a great deal of cold air, so make sure the doors fit snugly and keep them tightly closed Get your furnace inspected. Avoid the last minute panic that occurs when you discover that your furnace is not going to turn on – by scheduling a furnace tune-up with Air Bourne Air Conditioning and Heating. We get very busy at the onset...

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When is it time to replace a furnace?

December 2, 2015

Deciding on whether or not you need to replace a furnace ranks low on most peoples to-do list. However, there are some warning signs that will let you know it’s time. Generally an increase in energy efficiency alone is not usually an economically valid reason to consider furnace replacement; as long as your furnace is still in relatively good working condition. You might want to think about replacing your older model furnace if any of the following situations apply: It’s more than 15 years old It has a pilot light rather than an electronic or hot-surface ignition It’s  burner flame yellow instead of blue It does not have vent dampers or a draft fan Variable-speed blowers will often improve the efficiency of your heating system. Variable-speed blowers enable the furnace to run at a high speed in colder weather or low speed under more mild conditions. This added feature not only saves energy but it also reduces the wear and tear on your furnace; preventing it from always cycling on and off. Furnaces with variable-speed blowers produce fewer drafts, and help to maintain a more constant temperature making less noise, since they’re not always running on high. Another thing to...

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Blown-In Insulation in Houston

November 24, 2015

The attic is one of the easiest places to add insulation to improve the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. Adding blown-in insulation in Houston to an existing home will regulate the temperature, making your living environment more enjoyable.  This winter don’t let an under-insulated attic drain your home of money and warmth. Owens Corning’s new AttiCat™ Expanding Blown-In PINK FIBERGLAS™ Insulation can save you up to 20% on your heating and cooling costs.* Fiber glass insulation is non-combustible and non-corrosive by nature, which means that it will never settle or lose its energy-saving abilities. In addition, AttiCat™ Insulation provides up to an amazing R-49 value rating – the recommended attic R-value rating for the Texas climate zone is R49 to R38. Airbourne Air will inspect your current attic insulation and measure its R-value. Loosefill insulation from Owens Corning, also called “blown-in” insulation, is made of PINK fiber glass insulation. It is used in new construction and in existing homes, typically applied in hard-to-reach areas. PINK fiber glass loosefill insulation offers significant advantages over other loosefill insulation products: It will not settle or lose its energy-saving abilities over time. It does not require the addition of fire-retardant chemicals that...

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Furnace Tune-up in Houston

November 17, 2015

Don’t wait until cold weather is here before making sure your heating system in Houston is working properly. Preparing your heating system before winter will help you stay warm, cozy and safe this heating season. Call Air Bourne for quality & affordable furnace tune-up in Houston. Furnace Tune-up in Houston Here are some tips to make sure your heating system is ready when winter comes: Call Airbourne Air to schedule a pre-winter furnace tune-up in Houston & surrounding areas. A clean, well-maintained furnace can ensure that your heating system is running at maximum efficiency and ready to keep you warm when the weather turns cold. Change your furnace filter monthly. A dirty filter restricts the flow of heated air from your furnace, causing it to work harder and deliver less heat. Make sure vents in the house are not obstructed. The air in your home needs to circulate easily through the vents and your furnace works less when heated air is not blocked and cooler air can  circulate back freely. No matter how energy-efficient your furnace or air conditioner was when it was installed, it can lose efficiency if not properly maintained. It’s a good idea to have Airbourne Air...

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Is there a benefit to replacing your system?

April 15, 2015

Airbourne Air techs are pro’s at accurately troubleshooting any heating and air conditioning problem. If your air conditioner quits on a blistering hot Houston summer day, we don’t march out and tell you to replace it. Sometimes it’s a small part, or a dirty indoor coil and the AC is just fine. However, there are times when new equipment is definitely worth consideration. 3 Things to Know About a New System: Efficiency. If you have an old 6 SEER air conditioner and a 60% AFUE furnace, moving to an 18 SEER AC and 80% AFUE furnace is going to save you around $800 a year. More in the summer obviously in our climate. In fact, while we’re on that topic: Houston homeowners do not need to sink money into a high efficiency furnace. But there is one thing you definitely want on a new furnace, and we’ll discuss that in a minute. So as you can see, a new system is going to pay for itself pretty quickly in just energy savings alone. That doesn’t factor in any ongoing repairs on the old system, which would obviously make the payback of the new system more rapid. Comfort. New systems feature comfort benefits such as...

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Better Cooling with a Furnace?

September 30, 2014

You’re either scratching your head, or you’re thinking that we’re the dumbest HVAC contractor in Houston right? Nobody stays cool with a furnace. Well, actually you do. Remember what an air conditioner does: it compresses refrigerant. Compressing refrigerant condenses it down to a chilled fluid. The chilled refrigerant is then pumped inside your home to the indoor coil. Once that happens, the fan motor in your furnace pulls air from the home, and forces it through the coil. If an air conditioner doesn’t have the furnace fan motor, your home would never be cool. And we offer furnaces specifically tailored for South Texas heating and air conditioning. Variable Speed ECM Fan Motors If you have to turn up the game or movie when the air conditioning and heating kicks on, it’s because you probably have an older, single speed furnace. If your furnace is tucked away in a nearby closet, this adds a lot of noise to a living environment. Variable speed ECM fan motors run at varying speeds for increased comfort, and they’re whisper quiet. You can actually have a furnace in a closet right in the living room, and barely notice when it turns on! Plus, variable speed motors are more energy efficient....

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Comparing the Nest & Lyric Thermostats

August 26, 2014

If you’re in the market for a new, convenient thermostat, then you have no doubt heard of the Nest Learning Thermostat, and possibly Honeywell’s new contender called the Lyric®. The Nest has rocked the HVAC world as homeowners have seen it in Apple stores, and heard raving reviews about its simple, convenient design and function. Honeywell, the long-standing leader in thermostats since 1945, claims their new Lyric is a better way to go. So what’s the verdict? Is this a Chevy and Ford debate that will go on for the next decade? Maybe, but there are some key differences in the two stats  that might help your decision making. We’re not going to dive into a granular review here, but simply point out heavy hitting points. 1. The Nest Basics The Nest appeal began with a sleek design from an ex-Apple person, and its ability to “learn” your schedule. Out of the box, the Nest will pay attention to the temperatures you manually set throughout the day, and it also watches activity in the home to learn when people are present, etc. You can always walk up to the Nest and adjust it like any thermostat, but the beauty of...

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Blown Insulation

July 3, 2014

A poorly insulated attic can cost you a lot in unnecessary heating and cooling costs. Fortunately, updating your attic insulation is something Air Bourne Air can help you with! We offer blown insulation services using AttiCat® Expanding Blown-In PINK Fiberglas™ Insulation. Do I really Need To Worry? So why mess with insulation? Money is tight, why spend it on something that has been “fine” since you owned your home? The reason is that an efficient heating and air conditioning system is at the mercy of your ducts and insulation. If your home is leaking energy, your air conditioning system is being over-worked. This not only increases monthly utility bills, but it shortens the life of your equipment. The Houston Contractor You Can Trust Air Bourne Air stands out from the competition with our technical knowledge, quality service and 100% dedication to our customers. Customer service isn’t a motto of slick slogan for our company. It’s a way of life that permeates every single thing we do. When you rely on us for blown insulation or any other air conditioning related service, you’re receiving the finest quality work in the industry. Read more about blown insulation, or call us today! Thank you for considering...

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Quality Matters

May 23, 2014

Air Bourne Air is a Certified Trane® Comfort Specialist As a trusted Houston air conditioning and heating company, we’ll be the first to tell you that the most important part of a reliable and efficient comfort system is not the quality of the equipment. Whoa! What are we saying? That equipment doesn’t matter? No, equipment does matter. But what matters more is the sizing, design and actual installation of the equipment. Did you know that you can take the most expensive air conditioner and air handler combination on the market, and they will not perform, in fact even break down if not sized and installed according to factory specifications? With Air Bourne Air, you receive the best of both worlds. A top-quality installation built on the foundation of Trane heating and air conditioning equipment. We sleep well at night because we know our customers have the finest solutions installed in their homes. And you guessed it, installed the right way. Call us today at (281) 564-3737 to schedule a free in-home estimate. You can also read more about a few* of the Trane air conditioner and heat pump models we offer here: Houston air conditioners *The above link doesn’t list all of the...

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The Indoor Coil

April 3, 2014

We think that part of customer service is educating our customers. The more you understand about your air conditioning and heating system, the better you will feel about decisions you make in regards to equipment and maintenance needs. This is the first of several blog posts to educate on basic heating and air conditioning facts. What is an indoor coil? To answer this, we need to make one point about air conditioning clear: A home cooling system does not pump cool air into your home. It removes heat energy from your home. This may sound elementary, but it affects everything you understand about equipment. When the air conditioner turns on outside, it compresses a gas called refrigerant. When compressed, this gas turns into a chilled liquid, and is pumped inside via small, copper tubing. If you go out and look at your unit, you’ll see the insulated tubing running inside your home. The chilled refrigerant is sent to the indoor coil, which is a series of metal tubing. How the cooling happens. Once the indoor coil is filled with ice-cold refrigerant, the fan motor in the air handler (or furnace) pulls warm air from the home. The air is forced...

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