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Maintaining Indoor Air Quality with Pets

indoor air quality with pets

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 tips and tricks for better indoor air quality- Until next blog!

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HVAC questions

Top 5 HVAC Questions Answered

HVAC questions

Want to know more about how your HVAC systems works? Why does your AC unit likes to act up sometimes? You’re in the right place for explanations! Keep reading about our top 5 HVAC questions and answers.

Why is my AC not turning on?

There could be a number reasons as to why your AC system is not turning on, but here are the answers we think are the most prevalent:

  • Double check to make sure the thermostat is set to the “Cool” setting. I know this seems obvious, and self-explanatory, but it happens!
  • A power surge is another reason why your AC may not be turning on. The AC system has blown a fuse or circuit breaker.
  • The condensate drain needs to be blown clear. Call your air conditioning company to do this for you.

Why is my AC blowing warm air?

  • The system may be low on refrigerant. This also means that your system has a leak, in which case it’s time to look into replacing the unit.
  • The filters haven’t been changed regularly. A dirty air filter will prevent your system from performing at optimum efficiency.
  • Lack of AC preventative maintenance. HVAC maintenance is an essential part in maintaining your systems efficiency.

Why is my AC unit so loud?

  • Leaves, sticks, or other debris in the vents of the condensing unit.
  • There’s an issue with the fan motor and needs replacing.
  • Is the unit itself hissing? This is an indicator of a refrigerant leak and should only be handled by HVAC professionals, like us!

Why is water dripping from my AC?

  • A dirty air filter restricts airflow to the evaporator’s coils, causing the coils to freeze, and water to spill out of the condensate drain pan.

Why is my AC freezing up?

  • Blocked air flow. When your home’s airflow is restricted, there’s no air moving through the AC system to keep the condensate on the coil from freezing. The culprit? A dirty air filter. Regular air filter changes will minimize the chances of this happening.
  • Refrigerant leaks. You can temporarily solve this by having your HVAC company top off your refrigerant levels, however, it may just be time to upgrade your system.

We hope that you find these questions and answers beneficial when it comes to your HVAC system! We’d love to answer any other questions you may have. Give us a call at (817)-313-4985 if you’d like to schedule an appointment with us. Please post any comments or questions below!

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Single-Stage VS. Variable Speed AC Unit

Single Speed vs Variable Speed AC Unit

Are you looking to purchase a new AC system for your home? Trying to decide between a Single-Stage and a Variable Speed AC unit? If you can’t decide, or just want to know more about the options, please keep reading! We’ll tell you about these three main differences; how they work, the benefits, and the prices.

How They Work

  • A single-stage compressor operates at one speed. It’s either 100% on, or 100% off – there is no in between.
  • A variable speed compressor operates at different speeds. This allows the AC to cool your home at lower speeds for longer periods of time, while still maintaining higher speeds when the outdoor temperature gets hot.

Benefits

The variable speed air conditioner definitely beats out the single-stage air conditioners when it comes to these two benefits: Energy efficiency and home comfort.

  • A single-stage air conditioner has shorter, more frequent on and off cycles
  • A variable speed air conditioner runs at a lower setting, which uses less energy, for longer periods of time. It also has fewer on and off cycles. This system costs less to operate.

Moreover, longer run times (Variable Speed) increases your home comfort in two ways:

  • Reduced humidity – Longer running times means your system has more time to remove the humidity from the air.
  • Even temperatures throughout your entire home – As the fan blows for longer periods of time, your home benefits from better air circulation and fewer hot/cold spots.

Price

It’s pretty clear that the variable speed option is going to be the most expensive upfront. However, as a consumer you’d get more bang for your buck! A single-stage system is a great option, but the variable speed system is the best option. In the long run, the variable speed AC unit will actually cost less! Less energy = lower utility bills.

In conclusion, if you’re on a tight budget and need a cheaper upfront cost, then a single-stage can get the job done. If you want the lowest energy cost and reduced humidity, then a variable speed system is probably what you are looking for. Maybe you’re looking for something in the middle, like the two-stage system – this system offers some of the benefits of a variable speed at a lower cost.

If you’re looking to replace your system, give us a call! We can answer all questions you may have. We’d be happy to schedule your free consultation TODAY!

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

 

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, 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 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

equipment warranty


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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AC Repair

What No One Tells You About Humidity Inside Your Home…

The Magic of Air Conditioning

Did you know that one of the most important aspects of air conditioning in the North Texas area, is the removal of humidity from your home? A properly sized air conditioner keeps you comfortable not only with cooling. But, also keeps you comfortable by drying the air. This is done through a simple process of condensing the moisture that is in your home. This means that the proper Air Conditioning system keeps your home cooler. But with more efficiency, and using less electricity. Living in an area where the humidity is higher than normal, it’s important to have an Air Conditioning system that is right for the job.

Most modern day Air Systems do have the ability of removing the humidity inside your home. If you come home, and the temperature on the thermostat is where you set it, but you still uncomfortable then the likely culprit is too much humidity.

Getting Rid of Humidity

In your home, you want to get rid of humidity. A common mistake that is made is that people believe that the bigger the air conditioning system, the better. A system that is oversized will leave you uncomfortable and likely to face a mildew problem in your home. The air conditioning system in your home needs to have enough power to allow great airflow.

A great indication that the humidity in your home is high is how long it takes for dish and bath towels to dry. When you leave a towel overnight, it’s dry by morning. But, when you leave them out over night and they are still not dry. It’s very likely that the humidity in your home is too high.

Being comfortable in your home is important, especially in Texas. “Summer” stays for longer than just three months. JAK Services in Keller, Texas can help you properly size and install the right Air Conditioning system for you. Giving you years of comfortable, and consistent cooling and heating.

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