Should I Have a Heat Pump or Furnace in Houston?

December 29, 2017

The south, in general, is a milder climate than northern states, Texas even more than most states. While northern states are piling with snow for months, Houston is hot enough to take a swim. The confusion comes when it is time to bear the cold for a month or so, and you have to decide if you require a heat pump or furnace. Furnace or Heat Pump The choice of a different furnace or heat pump is ultimately up to you. However, it may also depend on what part of Texas you live. The state has a variety of climates. Houston is balmy, and even in the winter, it rarely stays more than a week or two. People that live in South Texas settle for a small heat pump rather than a furnace. But, even in South Texas, is a heat pump enough? Snow and ice storms are more frequent, and you never know when one will find you. Blankets are not always sufficient if the winter wind blows in your direction. How Heat Pumps Work Many people choose a heat pump because it is a year-around appliance. Furnaces require a separate air unit. A pump often is favored because of their energy...

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What is a Heat Pump Condenser?

December 26, 2017

A heat pump condenser works with a compressor and is an outside unit.  In the oppressively hot days of summer, no one considers the days the temperature may drop below fifty degrees, and you will need to kill the chill in the air. Heat Pump Condenser Condensed Heat pump condensers work as both a heater and air unit. The condenser uses a compressor to turn warm air cold and cold air warm.  The outer unit is also versatile because it acts as both a heater and an air conditioner.  The benefit of a heat pump condenser is the fact that if it happens to freeze over, it automatically defrosts the unit. The downside is your unit will still require maintenance because of debris, as well as the coils that make up your condenser.  However, most heating elements do need regular check-ups. You can maintain your unit by paying attention to optimize airflow and keep your unit healthy for the next cold day that may sneak up on you in Texas. Heat Pump Versus Furnace Heat pumps are the favorite choice of the muggy parts of Texas that only see a few days of winter temperatures. The energy efficiency is merely a bonus...

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Preventing Weather Damage to Your Brookshire AC

November 21, 2017

A home cooling system is an indispensable appliance to have in your home. Your outdoor AC unit is supposed to withstand harsh weather conditions. Nevertheless, AC protection is of vital importance during bad weather. It serves to ensure your AC unit is protected from damages in the case of severe weather such as a thunderstorm or blizzard and that functions more efficiently. Protecting your outdoor unit against damage from harsh weather is also a part of AC maintenance, which is crucial for the unit’s optimum functioning. Therefore, here are a few ways to prevent weather damage to your outdoor unit. Turn Off The Unit Lightning strikes and power surges are common aspects expected during a strong storm. Therefore, before a storm, remember to turn off your AC unit to prevent damage caused by the strikes and surges. Power surges and lightning can damage the electrical components of your AC unit and in some cases could even start a fire. Cover Your Unit Covering your AC unit is another way to avoid inconvenient damages as well as expensive repairs brought about by severe thunderstorms or hurricanes. Covering the unit will protect it from hail, winds, and flying debris. If debris ends...

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What Does MERV Mean? – Air Bourne Air

November 14, 2017

The dry heat and dust in Cypress, TX demand a well-maintained air conditioning system. When shopping for replacement air filters for your AC unit or furnace, you may have noticed a one or two-digit number labeled MERV. What is MERV, and how does it affect your forced air systems? What Is MERV? MERV is an acronym that stands for Minimum Efficiency Value Reporting. It is a measurement of how effectively the filter will block dust particles and pathogens. MERV ratings were developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to help consumers understand what to expect from their filters. Air filters are rated from 1 to 16. Higher ratings mean the air filter will be able to control the passing of smaller and more varied types of particles. An air filter with a MERV rating of 16 is able to keep many contaminants out of your indoor air system. Dust mites Pollen and mold spores Fibers from clothing, carpets, and furniture Pet hair and dander For home AC maintenance, a MERV rating between 7 and 12 is enough to keep your home clear of potential sources of contamination. AC and heater maintenance in hospitals and...

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Don’t Get Scammed by AC Contractors in Houston – Choose Air Bourne!

October 24, 2017

Running your air conditioning system is crucial in Houston homes, and failure of the unit during a heat wave can lead to rash decisions. Most homeowners aren’t familiar with the ins and outs of air conditioner units, so they trust the contractor’s expertise. Although you hope that the contractor is honest, it’s unfortunate that many aren’t. Some will try to scam you into believing you need extensive repairs or expensive part replacements which will result in you paying much more than necessary for repairs. However, you can avoid scams in the Houston area by following these tips: Do Your Research Before you call the first air conditioning service contractor that shows up in your Google search, read their reviews and ratings. Previous customers provide a wealth of information, and if they have been scammed or had an unfortunate experience, you will be able to read about it online. Many people write reviews when their experiences are either very good or very bad – no in between. So, make sure the good reviews outweigh the bad. Check multiple review sources before deciding on which contractor to call, such as the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List. Beware of Upfront Payment It is...

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Why is My AC Making Weird Noises?

October 16, 2017

One of the worst sounds you can hear on a hot day is a new sound from your AC unit. Whether it’s a rattle, whistle, screech or thud, it’s important to take the time to investigate the cause of the weird noises you are hearing. Before you panic, investigate. You may discover your air conditioner fix will be quick, or you might need to call a repair service. There are several reasons that your unit makes noises: loose or broken part in need of a compressor replacement The indoor blower is unbalanced debris in unit refrigerant leaks The fan motor is going bad electrical issues high internal pressure What Should I Do? First, you need to turn the AC unit off. If you have a loosening part or motor that is going bad, it will cause additional harm to continue to run. Next, if possible you should do a visual inspection of your system. If you see a dent on the outside of the unit or spot where the metal has become discolored from heat, tell your air conditioning repair company when you call to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget to check for liquid around the unit. You will also...

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R-410A vs. R-22 in Your Houston Home AC Unit

September 27, 2017

This year, the new standard refrigerant will officially be R-410A, instead of R-22, which is what it has been traditionally. What is the difference, and what does this mean for you as a Houston homeowner? Freon, or R22, is a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) which depletes the ozone. Puron, or R-410A, is a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC), which does not deplete the ozone. In 2010, Freon was discontinued for use in air conditioners, and systems have been gradually changing over to Puron ever since. Being environmentally cleaner is not the only benefit to using Puron. There are some differences in performance, as well. Puron absorbs and releases more heat than Freon, helping air conditioning compressor run cooler and reducing the risk of compressor burnout. Puron also functions at a higher pressure than Freon, so new compressors are built to withstand greater stresses, reducing the chance for cracking. We recommended switching to R-410A refrigerant since supplies of Freon will soon completely diminish. A new unit is not required to make the switch, so the cost wouldn’t be as high as you expect. Give us a call and we will discuss all the options available to you. If you are looking for the best Houston AC...

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The Many Benefits of a New Air Conditioner in Sugar Land

September 13, 2017

How old is your air conditioning system? If it was new 10-15 years ago, it’s time to start looking for a replacement. Don’t dread upgrading, it could be a very wise decision for you and your home. Instead, consider all of the benefits you stand to gain: · Boosted energy efficiency · Reduced cost of cooling your home · Cleaner indoor air · Better humidity control · More even cooling throughout your home · Greater air pressure · A more reliable system · Fewer repairs and maintenance needed · A properly sized system that will cool more effectively · You’ll know the service history of the system because you’ll be the original owner Our team is standing by, ready to help you find the perfect system for your needs. We will take a look at how well insulated your home is, as well as the square footage of your home, to determine what size system will be recommended for your needs and best fit you and your family. From helping you find the perfect system for your needs, to installation, maintenance, and repairs if needed, we’re with you every step of the way. Air Bourne Air is dedicated to customer...

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Managing the Humidity in Your Texas Home

September 7, 2017

Back in the early 1900s, the modern air conditioner was invented by a man named Willis Carrier. He invented the modern AC not for comfort, but for a publishing company in Brooklyn to remove the humidity from the air and keep the temperature steady so the paper and books wouldn’t expand and contract. As Texas residents, we are forever grateful to Mr. Carrier for his invention. The humidity during the summers in Texas can be unbearable. Even though air conditioners were designed to remove humidity from indoor air, sometimes they need a little bit of additional help. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the humidity here in Texas and it’s difficult to always manage it. If your AC unit is struggling to properly manage the humidity in your home, you may want to consider a whole-home humidity management system. With the addition of this type of system, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard, and energy efficiency will be increased. You will also experience a better quality of air, more comfortable indoor air, and benefits for your health when the humidity level in your home is at the proper level. If you’re interested in humidity control or air conditioning repair in...

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Are Expensive AC Filters Worth It?

August 24, 2017

When you’re dealing with the effectiveness of your AC unit, you want to make sure you’re being as smart and efficient as possible. One of the questions we get a lot at is whether it’s worth the extra money (up to seven times as much) to buy expensive filters for your air conditioner. It’s important to remember that a filter’s main job is keep unwanted items – dust particles, pet hair and the like – from getting into the coil and clogging things up. Filters are made to protect equipment, not people. The makers of expensive, high-end filters claim their products can “capture at least 90% of large airborne particles like dust, pollen and pet dander from the air passing through the filter.” Even if that’s true, that means they’re preventing those foreign objects from passing through the filter; not even the filter manufacturers claim they can improve indoor air quality for people in the house. While there is anecdotal evidence from people who say expensive filters lead to cleaner air, here at we haven’t seen reputable studies to back up the claims that pricy filters make a big difference in indoor air quality. Of course, if you really feel...

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