Posts by Kristen Montgomery

Maintaining Indoor Air Quality with Pets

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Maintaining good indoor air quality with pets can be a struggle.

We all love our pets!  We love them so much that they become one of the family, and sometimes we even treat them like our own children (guilty). The one down side to our furry friends? Their fur! I know just how much a dog can shed. My home can be dusted and spotless one day, and the very next, my home will be covered with pet hair again! Which brings me to my first tip to maintaining indoor air quality with pets in the home:

Groom and bathe pets regularly.

Although it can be a tedious job to groom and bathe your furry friends on the regular, your filters will thank you! With frequent grooming, and a few de-shedding sessions per week, your home should feel a little less hairy. Not to mention, your filters won’t clog as quickly as they have in the past. You may be thinking, “I have a dog who doesn’t shed, so this whole bathing regularly thing doesn’t apply to me.” That would be incorrect. Shedding and non-shedding pets still have the same capability of bringing in allergens like pollen, mold spores, and dust inside of the home. Bathing your pets on a regular basis will significantly reduce allergens and germs inside of your home.

Change your air filters often.

I know that this tip may seem obvious, but I also know that this simple tip gets forgotten about. Personally, if I don’t set a reminder on my phone, I will forget to change the filters. Implementing this tip will greatly improve your home’s air quality, and will tremendously decrease the amount of pesky allergens floating around in the home as well! Just set that little reminder on your phone anywhere from every 20 to 60 days, and simply change it out. (Rule of thumb: If you have ONE pet, change your filter every 2 months. If you have MORE than one pet, change it anywhere between 20 and 45 days.) We can also make changing out your filters even easier! Check out FilterFetch! FilterFetch will deliver professional grade filters directly to your doorstep!

Detox the air with an air purifier.

Did you know that according to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), indoor air pollution is often five times worse than outdoor air pollution? Yikes! Unfortunately, our pets bring in various harmful particles on their fur, making it difficult to keep your clean and purified. An indoor air purifier can dramatically decrease the amount of harmful particles that enter into your home. Not only does it control odors that come from your pets, but it also reduces harmful contaminants brought in! It’s the best of both worlds – cleaner air and no more smelly odors! When you spend so much time at home with your family and pets, shouldn’t your indoor air quality be at its best?

Just because we own pets doesn’t mean that we have to give up on indoor air quality, or have to endure those smelly odors! I hope I’ve given you a new perspective on indoor air quality, and explained why cleaner air in the home is extremely important. Clean indoor air = better health, better home comfort, and a better living environment overall! Thank you for reading our HVAC tips and tricks for better indoor air quality… Until next blog!

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How HVAC Maintenance Fights Spring Allergies

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Regular HVAC maintenance can help with your seasonal allergies!

 

Spring allergies bogging you down? Here are 3 ways you can combat those pesky allergens in your home this season with JAK Services’ HVAC Preventative Maintenance!

Change your filters!

You change your air filters on a monthly basis, right? Well, okay maybe you’ve forgotten once or twice. However, when you change your filters on a regular basis you will drastically improve the indoor air quality and remove those unwanted allergens! In addition, it will increase the efficiency and help you to save money! Scheduling your spring AC maintenance will help you remember the importance of this. If not, rest assured that your AC service tech will. You can even order them through our website and have your air filters delivered to your door!

Receive expert recommendations!

An AC service technician can help catch inefficiencies in your system before they become a major issue. Service techs are also trained to look for other potential air quality issues. Having a professional conduct HVAC maintenance on your system will assist you in combating the discomfort of seasonal allergies.

Learn about new air purifying products!

Your service technician will make beneficial suggestions to you, and will go over the latest HVAC indoor air quality products. Products, such as the APCO Air Purifier, make a huge difference in your home’s indoor air quality. This means taking away the allergens, mold, and bacteria from your home!

If your home’s HVAC system is in need of a little checkup, give us a call! We are fully equipped to help you with those pesky allergens, and to make your home as comfortable as possible in preparation for the hot summer to come! You can reach us at 817-313-4985, by leaving a comment, or submitting a repair request! We are always here to help with your HVAC maintenance!

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Top 5 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioning Unit

 

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Is it time for an air conditioning unit replacement?

Here’s our list of the top 5 signs it may be time for
an air conditioning unit replacement!

 

Your System Is Over Ten Years Old

A well-maintained air conditioner lasts about 15 years. However, if you’re constantly having a service tech come out to make repairs, it may be time to upgrade your system. Moreover, this is true when you consider the advancements in efficiency being made in AC units; especially in the last decade.

High Utility Bills

If your energy bills have been through the roof lately, it could have something to do with your cooling system that is simply working too hard to get the job done. This is a sign that it’s probably time to upgrade your unit. In the long run, you will save more money with an efficiently running system rather than an outdated unit trying to keep up.

Frequent Breakdowns

If it seems as though your system is constantly breaking down, maybe it’s time to invest in a new system. HVAC repair costs can really add up. Save yourself some money by making the changer to a brand new system.

Your System Uses R-22 Freon

Freon is being phased out by the federal government in order to conserve energy nationwide. As a result, the costs of freon are rising exponentially. If your system uses R-22 freon, you’ll have to replace it eventually in order to switch over to the new refrigerant R-410.

Your AC Unit Is Noisy

Is your AC unit louder than it used to be? The presence of loud noises such as grinding, squeaking, or chattering is never normal. Most AC units are supposed to operate at a noise level that is barely detectable, so if your cooling system is drawing attention to itself, it’s probably time to upgrade.

Are you debating an air conditioning unit replacement, or just have questions? Let JAK Services help! We offer free AC unit replacement quotes, as well as quality equipment and service! Give us a call at (817)-313-4985 today! OR leave us a comment below, and we will answer any questions you may have!

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Helpful, Money-Saving HVAC Tips

Money Saving HVAC Tips

Below you will find a list of things you can check before calling your HVAC Company. We hope you find these money saving tips to be helpful!

 

  1. Entire System is Not Running

A lack of electric power is a common cause of system failure for a heat pump, AC unit, or even a gas furnace. Before calling the experts, reset all circuit breakers and check all fuses in the main electrical panel to be sure the unit has power running to it.

  1. Temperature Varies Greatly From Room to Room

This problem is an air distribution problem, not a problem with the AC, Heat Pump, or Furnace. The issue is caused by uneven airflow. To adjust the airflow, many houses are equipped with adjustable dampers inside the air supply ducts. Additionally, each register or vent is usually equipped with a damper to restrict the air entering that room. Try fully opening the dampers in rooms with deficient airflow while partially closing the dampers in other rooms.

  1. Airflow Leaving Room Vents Seems Weak

A dirty filter may be the cause of this problem. The inside blowers of AC, heat pumps, and gas furnaces use filters to remove airborne particles and dust from the air circulating throughout the house. The filter, which is located in the blower unit, naturally clogs; checking your air filter once per month is ideal. You can replace dirty, disposable filters and clean dirty, washable filters. Moreover, the washable filters should be cleaned with water and allowed to dry before re-installation. Without changing or cleaning your air filters, the entire system consumes more energy in order to maintain the desired temperature throughout the home.

  1. Water Leaks onto the Floor Around an Inside Unit

When AC units and heat pumps operate in the AC mode, moisture from the air condenses onto the inside coil. The system is designed to collect the water in a pan and transfer it out of the house through a drainage tube. Moreover, a dirty pan or a blacked drainage tube can cause water to overflow onto the floor. Removing the dirt or clog may fix the problem.

  1. Unit Freezes Up

Insufficient airflow or not enough refrigerant can cause AC units to freeze, and then stop working. If air is not coming out of the vents, first check to see if the fan is working. If the fan is running, check inside the unit for signs of ice around the coils. This problem is often caused by an extremely dirty filter or low refrigerant. When the filter is dirty, air cannot pass over the coils, and condensation freezes. To fix this, try replacing the filter. If replacing the filter does not work, there may be a refrigerant leak. Before calling an expert, turn the unit off and let the ice melt. The technician will be unable to diagnose or fix the problem unit the ice melts.

Do you have any money saving HVAC tips?

JAK Services® LLC was started in June of 2003 by David and Piper Horton. David and Piper have worked tirelessly to build a company that has a widely known reputation for integrity, fair pricing, and excellent service. JAK Services® LLC provides heating, air conditioning, electrical services, and appliance repair in Keller, Texas and the surrounding areas.

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HVAC Equipment Warranty – Why It’s Important

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Not Registered = No 10 Year Equipment Warranty

Why is it important to register HVAC equipment? It’s simple. As a result of not registering, customers will not qualify for the 10 year equipment warranty for their HVAC system. If a part should need replacing, the customer will pay out of pocket for the repair. On the other hand, if the equipment is under warranty, parts will not cost anything for 10 years! At JAK Services, if we install the system, we will automatically register the customer’s equipment and, therefore, send a confirmation with a proof of warranty! Unsure if your equipment is under warranty? Please visit the brand’s (American Standard, Carrier, Lennox) website to double check. By entering the model and serial numbers, the equipment should pull up. If the numbers aren’t recognizable, more than likely the system is not under warranty.

 

New Home Owners & Warranty

New home owners are often told that the HVAC system is under warranty. However, if the HVAC equipment isn’t listed under the new home owner’s name, the warranty becomes void. After purchasing a new home home, there are only 90 days to transfer an equipment warranty into the new home owner’s name. Moreover, if the transfer doesn’t happen the warranty is no longer valid. It is very beneficial for the new home owner to make sure the system is under warranty. Consequently, it will save so much money long term if something should go wrong with the equipment.

 

Preventative Maintenance & Warranty

Lastly, preventive maintenance can aide in prolonging the life of HVAC system and greatly improve its efficiency. HVAC systems are not small investments, so protecting the investment with an annual maintenance agreement is crucial. Furthermore, some warranties require annual preventive maintenance. This prevents warranties from becoming void in the long run. Therefore, make sure proof of annual maintenance is provided for records. If you’d like to learn more about our annual preventative maintenance plan, fill out the form below!


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10 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Furnace Checked

Is furnace maintenance really necessary? Absolutely! But, why? Here are 10 reasons as to why heating tune ups are absolutely critical for your furnace and the safety of your home:

Your Safety:

To begin with, an annual furnace tune up helps you and your family remain safe. The furnace produces the heat in your home. Moreover, heating units are ran by fossil fuels such as propane, oil, or natural gases. If a small crack or defect in the design occurs, there will be a higher chance of harmful emissions.

Saves Money and Energy:

Clean systems are able to use the energy they consume more efficiently. Consequently, less energy is wasted with each cycle, and your energy bill will begin to shrink!

Increases Your Comfort:

Dust and dirt make it more difficult for your air conditioner to remove excess moisture and heat from the air and your comfort suffers. Don’t let this be a barrier to your total home comfort!

Prevent Breakdowns:

During the winter months, your furnace works hard to keep up with the demand of warming your home. As the furnace runs continually, there are more chances for a system failure. One of the leading causes for system failure is the buildup of dirt and dust. Hence, if you schedule a yearly furnace tune up, the chance of buildup decreases.

Increase the Lifespan of Your System:

When your furnace can run in an efficient manner, the system will last longer. You want your heating unit to run in efficient capacity for as long as possible. Replacing an entire heating and cooling unit due to improper furnace maintenance is a very costly expense.

Keeps Your Warranty Valid:

With some heating and cooling systems, the only way for the warranty or extended warranty to remain valid is by having an annually furnace tune up. You do not want to lose your warranty coverage from lack of furnace maintenance. Therefore, Maintenance Agreements can help you save on higher expenses in the future.

Allows for Proper Airflow:

A furnace tune up can ensure you are getting proper airflow throughout the unit. The venting system is critical for efficiently distributing heat throughout your household. If you are experiencing minimal airflow, you system will have to run harder to maintain the desired temperature.

Filter Checks:

Checking filters more than once a year is ideal. During a furnace tune up, air filters can be checked and replaced. Clean filters keep your system free of dirt, dust, and allergens. As a result, the process helps keep your furnace running in an efficient manner while keeping possible harmful particles from entering into your household.

Blower Maintenance:

The furnace tune up should include blower maintenance. Checking the seal will ensure the blower access door is properly sealed. The blower helps keep the heat flowing properly. If any type of debris has gotten into the blower wheel, the unit will need to be cleaned to ensure proper efficiency. The smallest amount of debris can cause the blower to break down leading to higher furnace maintenance costs.

Peace of Mind:

Lastly, PEACE OF MIND. A furnace tune up may seem like an unnecessary expense. Truthfully, annual furnace maintenance can keep your HVAC system running in an efficient manner saving you from costly repairs and system failure. In addition, annual furnace tune ups will save you in other ways, from lower utility bills to a healthier living environment.

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