Humidity in Your San Antonio Home

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When the mercury starts rising, energy bills tend to rise right along with them. In the San Antonio area, the humidity can quickly overwhelm your AC system and leave you fanning yourself or sticking your head in the freezer. Before you go to those lengths, though, read up on the many ways the moisture in the air could be making your heat problem worse.

With the right cooling system in place, you’ll soon be able to sit back with an ice-cold drink and enjoy the chill in comfort.

It’s Not the Heat: It’s the Humidity!

Humidity is the measurement of moisture in the air. When water vapor saturates the air, it becomes more humid, which can make it feel warmer. We’re most comfortable when these levels are around 45 to 55 percent. Air conditioning systems work by removing hot, muggy air from the home and returning only refreshing cool air.

When the heat becomes humid during the spring, summer or even autumn, the temperature can feel hotter than it really is, and the air might feel thick or swampy. This is why meteorologists often provide two temperatures: the actual temperature and the heat index. The heat index measures how hot the air feels once the relative moisture levels are calculated into the temperature.

Moisture-filled air doesn’t just make the outside feel hotter. It can make your home feel warmer than it really is, too, which causes your AC system to run less efficiently. Without the right cooling capacity, high moisture can overwhelm your AC unit’s ability to cool your home. You’ll feel hotter, and your AC will need to run more often. Your energy bills will be higher, and your home will be uncomfortably warm even at temperatures that should be comfortable. It becomes a never-ending cycle of heat, discomfort, energy inefficiency and high costs.

Symptoms of excess dampness in your home include:

  • Foggy windows
  • Musty odors
  • Moist-feeling air, which can cause your skin to feel clammy

If your home feels damp or uncomfortably warm and your AC just isn’t keeping up with the heat, it might be time for a checkup.

Taking Control of Moisture Levels in Your Home

Air conditioners work by removing some of the dampness in the home and by cooling the air. Using a dehumidifier or pairing your air conditioner unit with a dehumidifier will make it easy for you to have better control over both the temperature and the dampness of your home. Your air conditioner will work more effectively, and because it won’t be working so hard, your energy bills should decrease. Those foggy windows, damp smells and clammy-feeling skin will also vanish.

A simple AC system checkup can help you identify common trouble spots. Moisture tends to be hard on your AC unit’s condenser coils, which makes it harder for them to release heat properly. Clean them thoroughly so that your unit can run more efficiently and remove the moisture from the air as it should.

Cleaning the coils is the first step, but it might not be enough to get and keep your AC system operating at peak efficiency. Preventive maintenance that includes regular inspections and cleaning of your system’s components is essential. Our AC repair technician can thoroughly check out each part of your system and do a tune-up, spotting and fixing potential problems before they lead to complete system failure. You definitely do not want your AC dying in the middle of a heat wave!

Two-Stage Air Conditioners and Damp Air

You can also upgrade your AC system. That doesn’t mean you need a bigger, more powerful unit. In fact, that can be counterproductive. When an AC system is too big, it will cool your house to the desired temperatures without having enough time to remove moisture from the air. Your house might be the right temp, but it won’t feel comfortable.

Instead, switching to a two-stage air conditioner can lower your energy bills and the amounts of moisture in your air. Single stage ACs are either on or off. They turn on and run until they reach the right temperature, and then they turn off again. The inconsistency means that they often aren’t on long enough to remove moisture, much like the too-large systems. You’ll be uncomfortable, and your home will feel damp. They’re also energy hogs. Every time the unit powers up, it consumes a massive amount of energy, much like a car. As the day progresses, it will turn off and on numerous times, devouring both energy and your paycheck.

Two-stage AC systems work differently. They have two operation levels. On hot, muggy summer days, they’ll run at the high level needed to keep your home cool, dry and comfortable. On mild days, such as in the spring or autumn, they run on a lower setting unless needed to kick on higher. You’ll stay cool and comfortable, and the air in your home will be dryer. It won’t be turning on and off constantly, which means it will be more energy-efficient and cost-efficient.

Whether you need an AC checkup or a whole new system, we’re here to help. Our experienced AC repair technician in San Antonio and our whole team has the experience necessary to help you find the right cooling solution for your home or office. Call us today to learn more or to get a service quote.

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San Antonio Seasonal AC Service – Heating System Check

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HVAC Seasonal Service – Heat Checks

For many homeowners in San Antonio, a change of seasons means switching HVAC settings from cooling to heating. Of course, anybody who lives within the San Antonio is also well-aware that there can be days when some AC is needed even during the fall and winter months. This is exactly why we firmly recommend that HVAC season service include AC repair, furnace inspections, and an overall evaluation of your heating and cooling system and its various components and parts. Fortunately, we’re your trusted source for this type of service.

Why Have Your Heater Checked Before Cooler Weather Arrives?

Being proactive about HVAC maintenance before you are regularly using your heater can reduce the odds that you’ll suddenly be without heat when days get cooler. When you contact us for seasonal maintenance, one of our trusted local heating technicians will arrive promptly to check your furnace. A typical furnace-related inspection includes:

  • Checking each heating element
  • Inspecting system controls
  • Removing and cleaning burners, when necessary
  • Inspecting the heat exchanger for signs of cracks and deterioration
  • Cleaning and adjusting the pilot and pilot assembly on gas units
  • Inspecting the electric ignition on electric units
  • Checking the thermostat to make sure it’s giving accurate readings
  • Inspecting the motor, air filter, belts and pulleys, and flue pipe

You may be surprised to learn that lack of maintenance is commonly ranked as one of the top furnace-related problems. This is because dirt and debris can accumulate over time and accelerate wear and tear. A poorly maintained system also tends to work harder, which can contribute to even more issues with motors, belts, and other essential parts.

The good news is that if you do need a new heating element, a replacement filter, or various repairs performed we can easily provide what you need or get the necessary work done quickly and affordably. If there are any serious issues detected during a routine check, we’ll tell you what’s going on, give you an honest estimate, and let you decide what’s right for your needs and budget.

What Does Air Conditioning System Maintenance Involve?

It’s just as important to consider seasonal preventive maintenance for your cooling system. You’re welcome to schedule HVAC seasonal service for the purpose of assessing your AC before you get ready to start using your air conditioning on a regular basis of just prior to the arrival of cooler weather.

A licensed and trained AC repair technician from our team will evaluate all components of your air conditioning system to identify possible sources of inefficiency. AC repair can also be performed on the spot if a problem that should be taken care of sooner rather than later is discovered. A routine cooling system inspection involves:

  • Cleaning dirty condenser coils
  • Lubricating moving parts
  • Checking refrigerant levels and making necessary adjustments
  • Looking for and correcting worn contacts and loose wire connections
  • Evaluating the condensate drain
  • Filter checks and replacements
  • Thermostat checks and calibrations
  • Cleaning and inspecting the motor

Proactive AC repair can also be performed if a clogged or dirty filter. Plus, we can give you advice on how often to change your air filter and how to tell if it’s time to clean or change it. An easy way to do this is to see if any light passes through your filter. If it doesn’t, it’s time to change or clean it. If your unit’s motor or compressor isn’t operating as expected, breakers and fuses can be checked, as can wiring. Our seasonal HVAC checks include both inside and outside units.

Why Call On an HVAC Service or AC Repair Technician?

An El Niño winter can mean warmer than usual temperatures throughout Texas. When this particular weather phenomenon occurs, you may find yourself switching back and forth between heat and cool settings on your HVAC system. For this reason, it’s best to err on the side of caution and have a full HVAC check performed that includes both furnace repair and AC repair if issues are detected. We also pay attention to ductwork when performing seasonal checks and routine maintenance inspections since damaged or dirty ducts can be just as problematic.

Seasonal preventative maintenance is meant to improve your peace of mind and guard against unexpected issues. A seasonal check could also extend the life-cycle of your HVAC unit, furnace, or heat pump. Our technicians are trained to look for leaks, damaged wires, and signs of inefficient operations when performing this type of work. Seasonal HVAC checks and regular preventative maintenance steps may reduce HVAC-related energy costs by anywhere from 5 to 40 percent, depending on what type of system or set-up is being used. Another perk associated with our seasonal checkups is the ability to maintain your indoor air quality, which can be especially beneficial if you have people in your household with allergies or respiratory issues.

Another reason to contact us for seasonal HVAC service is to reduce your odds of needing AC repair right in the middle of a hot Texas summer when we’re getting a lot of requests for service. While we always make an effort to arrive promptly regardless of when we’re contacted, calling on us when we’re not as busy can be even more convenient for you. There is no industry standard for what HVAC seasonal maintenance should involve or include. However, we make a point of being as thorough and meticulous as possible with the services we provide for this purpose.

Be proactive about furnace and AC repair in San Antonio and give your peace of mind a much-appreciated boost at the same time. Give us a call today to take advantage of our HVAC seasonal service.

TASCO Air Turns 35 Years Old!

​This coming April marks the 35th anniversary for TASCO Air Conditioning , one of the largest and oldest air conditioning service and installation companies in San Antonio. TASCO (Terry & Susan’s Company) grew from a small, home and garage-based company to a large operation with highly trained, certified and experienced technicians, staff and a fleet of service vehicles.

Company President and founder, Terry Wolf remarked: “We have achieved this milestone through the hard work and dedication of our employees, and the trust given to us by the neighbors we serve. Our culture of customer service that exists throughout the entire organization is one of many reasons for our success. We have dedicated ourselves to 35 years of dependable and expert service, and provide our customers with the highest quality HVAC systems ensuring the highest home comfort and energy savings. Throughout 2017, we will be taking a look at where we started, what we have achieved, and what our plans are for the future.”

We have achieved this milestone through the hard work and dedication of our employees, and the trust given to us by the neighbors we serve. Our culture of customer service that exists throughout the entire organization is one of many attributable to our success.

Terry Wolf, President & Founder

It’s a tall order to bring a company past the two year mark, even more so to survive ten years in business.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 50% of all new businesses survive 5 years or more, and nearly one-third survive 10-years or more. Terry’s success is one to be celebrated when considering the challenges facing any company with over three decades in operation, especially when we consider what Terry led his company through over the years.

With Terry at the helm, TASCO charged through the early 1980’s recession, dotcom bubble, rising labor costs, increased federal and municipal regulation, the Great Recession, and competes in a city with hundreds of licensed HVAC competitors. Today he is a successful entrepreneur, small business owner, employer, active in his community and a proud family man.

Company Vice President, Laine Houston commented on the daily grind: “I’ve been a tradesman all my working life and seen many HVAC companies fail. I’ve seen a few succeed. I’m thankful to be part of team that is succeeding. We’ve always treated our customers like next-door neighbors, our employees like family and made sure every job is completed to very high standards. A lot of things have to go right to succeed, and that means working hard every day as a team to take care of our customers.”

St Matthew’s Knights of Columbus 2016 Golf Tournament

Council 8065 St. Matthew’s Knights of Columbus
19th Annual Golf Tournament

COME OUT AND ENJOY THE DAY PLAYING GOLF!

WHEN: Sat, APRIL 9TH 2016

LOCATION: Scott Schreiner golf course, Kerrville TX. 78028

CHECK IN: 7:00AM SHOTGUN START 8:00AM

SINGLE PLAYER: $79.95 Foursome: $300

CONTACT: TERRY WOLF @ 210.696.0541 or email service@tascoair.com to register with payment

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PRIZES FOR:
FIRST, SECOND, THIRD PLACE & GIFT BAGS
CLOSEST TO THE PIN
LONGEST DRIVE
DRINKS WILL BE SERVED ON THE COURSE
LUNCH WILL BE Served WHEN ROUND IS COMPLETE

Business Sponsorship

 

Reserve your very own T-Box sign on the green for $300.00! Three lines is a great way to show your company’s support.

Don’t wait sign up now before it’s too late!

For More Info Contact Terry Wolf @ 210.696.0541

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November 2015 Employee of the Month

TASCO Air Conditioning & Heating Employee of the Month

November 2015

tasco air conditioning employee of the month november 2015 web optimizedCongratulations to Virginia Toudouze for her outstanding performance. Virginia was instrumental in organizing the accounts payable and receivables, updating our accounting software, and helping TASCO transition into streamlined billing for our customers.

Virginia’s hard work and dedication fix several office management gaps, and ensured TASCO had the software and processes in place to continue servicing our customers more efficiently.

Virginia is a very important member of the TASCO team. We are lucky to have her!

-Terry Wolf, Owner

 

Icy Hill

Sometime back in the eighties, can’t recall the year or the date, on my way to work I got stuck on Lockhill Selma just before you get to Dreamland. There is a little rise on the approach to the traffic light and it was icy. It was no trouble getting up the little hill but I had to stop for the light. When the light changed the truck couldn’t get traction to go forward. The wheels would spine but not go forward. I decided to turn and see if I could go back down the hill and try another route.

As I passed going down the hill there were two other cars in the same position I just left. One did the same as I did turned and followed me. The other backed down the hill. When the car got to the bottom of the hill, he stopped and took off back up the hill and had no problem. The light was green so he kept on going. I was getting ready to do the same when the car that came down after me turned and made it up and trough the light. Another car went by me as I tried to turn around and go back up. That car had to stop for the light and of course got stuck.

That gave me the bright idea to park the truck and direct traffic. I started stopping cars on the flat part of the road and let them go when they could make the light. I got pretty good at it too. Timing the light by counting at first. I could send the traffic up just before the light changed to green then stopping them before it change and get them stuck again. Kind of fun trying to get the timing just right. Get the most cars through without any one getting stuck.

It kind of amazed me the way people took my stopping them, then going when I signaled. No questions they just took the direction and went on their way.

I was cold but I kept on doing it. Someone gave me a cup of coffee almost everybody waved. A policeman stopped by and I thought I was being relieved but he just called in that the situation was being handled and left. I guess they were very busy and was happy for the help. So I just kept on doing.

I was probably doing my traffic control. When a lady said she was too scared to drive up the hill, would I please do it for her. She was going to the HEB it wasn’t too far could I please help her. So I got in drove her to the store and walked back. Walking past the light the cars stopped and waiting for the light to change. As it did the cars had no trouble going. My job was done.

I walked back to my truck and turned up the hill and finished my drive to the shop.

What I had done that morning made me feel good all day long and when I think back on it I still feel good. What I did maybe helped a few people on their way. And the only one who knows I did it was me. The feeling you get when you do something like that is its own reward.

In business it’s the same thing. Doing a little extra just because it needs to be done is its own reward. Service industry calls for the guy doing the work to add a little extra every now and then. Redo a wire connection here tighten a screw there. Sees something that needs doing and do it. An Air Conditioning system has many parts that need to work together to preform properly. Taking the time to make sure everything is doing what it’s supposed to saves money for the customer and adds life to the system. Wanting to do the job well is a credit to the technician and the company he represents. Recommending modifications and improvements that add value and benefit to the customer is also a responsibility of the teck. Value and benefit to the customer will always guide Tasco in its recommendation to improve the comfort of our customers.

Service to the customer by Tasco, availability of parts and supplies by Ince Distributing and the quality and reliability of Trane. Value and benefit to the customer is what all three strive for.

 

“Mama” How can four little letters mean so much? A simple word that brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. Mother’s Day just passed last weekend my Mama has been with me all week. Looking back over the short time I was able to spend with her, I was forty when she died, it would still have been nice to have kept her longer. I never told her how much I loved her often enough, or how much I appreciated what she had to do provide for me growing up.

My Daddy got lost in life somehow and turned to the bottle to find his way. So Mama was left to get by on her own.

We did not have much but there was always food on the table and a roof over our heads. I don’t know how she did it but we managed. I didn’t even know we were poor because everyone around us lived the same including all of Mom’s side of the family. Now Mom was not one to sit and boohoo over her predicament, she just got up put on her big girl dress and started doing what had to be done.

That’s what brought me to San Antonio. Killeen where I was born was a small town with limited opportunity, so she packed up and moved us to the big city. I think someone told her that she could get a job as a seamstress at a place called Finesilver. That did not pan out but it did not take long for Mom to find a job. Handy Andy was the answer. Working in the butcher department and she was there till she retired twenty years later

She was always concerned about her customers, she seemed to know they had a question before they did, not pushy but informative, but anyone who paused long enough for her to get a word always seemed to enjoy what she had to say. In a checkout counter, if there was a line, she would know everybody in that line, most of their children’s names, where they lived and what they wanted for Christmas. Not only would she talk to people but they talked to her. She had that way about her. She could have sold ice to the Eskimos but she was not that way. She was there to be helpful and friendly not to influence. “Hello honey, how are you today. Yes that cut looks pretty, nice but this one is a better deal, besides this will be on sale later this week and you can save by buying it then.” So maybe the store lost a few cents because of her but she sure bought them a lot of loyal customers. “Well Irene what do you think of this one” the customer would say. They always knew they could trust the answer when they asked Irene.

It was a beans and cornbread, sometime cornbread and sweet milk, fried cabbage was always good, or boiled collie flower, for supper with bacon and biscuits for breakfast kind of childhood. But with the mother I had you know I think it was great. Thanks Mama.

None of my Mothers siblings went past the 8th grade in school but they had PHDs in life. How to earn your way and be there to help the other guy when someone was in need. All my cousins were brought into this world by their Aunts, they never saw a Doctor till a few days after they were born. When you needed help all you had to do was ask. Relatives and friends would show up to get you through it, all for a good meal and a hug. It just what you did. It showed a lot of love for your fellow man. No payment required I’ll need some day and you can be there for me.

In business, one of the most important things you can do is be responsible and available. When a customer calls be ready to help and have a solution for their problem. Yes mam we can take care if that, we are on our way. Yes this too will pass and with Tasco it’s taken care of immediately if not sooner.

TASCO as the HVAC service company, Ince the distributor and the industry standard product Trane, is like Mamas family were here to help. All we need is your call and someone to make the cornbread.

 

 

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My Aunt Nancy & Trust

My Aunt Nancy was a real farmer and she loved it. Taking care of the animals. Planting the garden. Working in the fields, giving the crops the best chance to produce in the dry Texas climate. Feeding, milking, keeping the light going that provided warmth for a new brood of chicks so they could produce eggs and drum sticks in the summer. Getting up in the middle of the night when she heard a ruckus to see if there was a fox or maybe a snake after her chickens. Whatever came along she was there to help. Hand feeding the young ones when the mother rejected them or nursing them back to health if they were injured or sick. It was all part of her day.

Putting the food in the top to receive what came out the bottom. That’s the production process for milk and eggs. Plant and water and watch the seeds spring to life to generate there contribution to the farmers table.

Everything we would eat at her house, she would have a hand in the life it took to make it. My Aunt Nance was always knee deep in life. Connected with everything as she brought about a partnership. It’s like you take care of me and Ill take care of you. That extended not only to the things she nurtured, but to the neighbors as well. You need help just call and she would come running.  Connected to life in so many ways. When I asked her later in life how she kept up with all she had to do? Her answer was simply that was her life , she did not know anything else

Connected? Today we have do business with so many people that we don’t know. Advertising, a referral, Angies List and people on Google. When we need help, sometimes we just have to hope we are making a good choice. Its all ways nice to have someone you have used before and have a rapport with. Earning trust and keeping it is the key to any business. That is why I sell Trane, use Ince as my distributor and work every day to make TASCO your Air Conditioning provider. Trust must be earned and you have to work hard to keep it As Aunt Nancy would say if I can help just call and Ill come running. We will be there for you.

A Good Life – Terry Wolf

It does not seem like I started this business that long ago, but I guess it’s been a while. The reason I say that is I just got a life time membership in an organization I belong to. I think it takes twenty years of service and after reaching the age of sixty five to get to that point. Many stories come to mind as I think back over the years, but what I’m thinking about today is my years of business.

The great thing about being in a home service like air conditioning is you get invited into people’s homes to do your job. You have time to visit and become friends as well as customers. People will have coffee ready maybe a piece of cake or cookies. Sometimes a bag of tomatoes or jalapenos could be a bunch of cookies for the road. People are just really nice and naturally good when given the opportunity. They show their appreciation of the service you provide and the time you take for some conversation. It is something I really miss. When I first started out, Mel, my co-worker and I were making the calls as I was starting the business. Building a customer base one cup of coffee at a time. Knowing each customer’s name and a lot of their family history. More of a social call than doing business. Some great things happened to us that showed me just how great people are when given the chance. Let me tell you about one such stories.

It was about 6:00 PM one work day when the phone rang. It was a customer that we had been servicing for sometime. He said he would appreciate it very much if I could come over. His air conditioner was not working properly but he would understand if I couldn’t. I said not to worry and that I was on my way.

When I got to his house it didn’t take long to find the problem and get the cooling going again. I walked into the house to find him and just inside the front door was a sign that said, “PLEASE JUST COME ON IN AND HELP CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF MY WIFE.” As I walked pass the sign, he came towards me, put out his hand, and thanked me for coming. I had a hard time talking. His wife was a great woman and I enjoyed visiting with her when we did their work. He said she enjoyed us too. I asked what had happened, and he told me about her illness and that the passing had been coming for quite a while and she was now in a better place.

I thought how he had been almost apologetic for calling me so late in the day and expressed it to him. Such an evening with what he was going through of course I would be there for him. He looked at me with such sad eyes and said he knew I would be there if I could but he didn’t want to feel bad if I couldn’t. I shook his hand and left saying I was sorry about his loss or something to that effect. I did not want him to see the tears forming in my eyes at how touched I was by this moment. His words, “I did not want you to feel bad if you couldn’t come.” What compassion he showed me when he himself was hurting so bad.

When you have people like that come into your life, it is so giving. “The coffee’s ready, have some cake, here’s some veggies I picked fresh this morning so you could take them home to your wife.” You really get motivated to do the best you can for them.

You want to learn how to do a better job for them. Ed Fleming’s words, “Learn how to do the job the right way, then do it the right way.” have become my philosophy. Going to technical schools and seminars, trade fairs and manufacturer’s presentations keeps us on the far front of our industry. Knowing why the variable speed application in Trane’s new Tru Comfort series lets me know the value in presenting this product to my clients. Knowing the support I will receive from Ince my distributor, the constant training of our techs and installers gives me confidence in TASCO’s ability to do our best to serve our customers today and going forward. They deserve our best, to constantly improve the knowledge and application of our product that is what we will provide.

Trane , Ince, and TASCO provide the level of comfort and value you deserve.