Habitat for Humanity March 2015

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Great time working with a lot of kind and generous volunteers in San Antonio on a crisp March morning. The see the album below you need to be logged into Facebook.

 

What do farming and energy efficiency have in common?

A lot of my summers as a kid were spent on my Aunt Nancy and Uncle Johnny s farm. Uncle Johnny was born on a farm, lived his life on his farm, and died on his farm. I guess you could call him a farmer.

The labor force on my Uncles farm was himself and his sister Aunt Nancy. The work was never done. There was always more to do. Sun up to sundown every day the same, get up, work till it’s time to go to bed, then get up the next morning and start all over again.

Years later when I came back from the Army, my mother and I visited the farm and I had a long visit with my uncle. He talked about his latest crops, beef prices, a couple of crops he thought might be a good idea next year, and the price of mohair… but giving a goat a haircut is a whole other story.

Thinking about how hard it was to work like he did, I had to ask him why he did it.  He seemed surprised that I would ask such a question. His reply was, “It is what I do.”

I was amazed, I explained to him. “You work so hard and for such long days. Frankly, I don’t know how you keep going sun up to sundown doing such difficult work.”

He laid it out to me real nice and slow. “Well, you have to pace yourself. Work steady, exert yourself when you have to, but never get in a hurry. Keep steady pace chore in and chore out… and always take a nap after dinner.” See back in those times in Texas, dinner was lunch and supper was what we currently refer to as dinner.

He continued on for a bit. ”It’s a good life boy. You get to watch things grow up and become something. Something like you. I had a little bit to do with you, and you have turned out ok.“

Well, I guess I have, and I hope people might see some of Uncle Johnny in me. I think he was a great example for me and a fine example of what America used to be. Small farmers working the land getting by on what they produced with their own hands.

I chose Air Conditioning as my career. I started TASCO Air a long time ago and through the ups and down of business it’s been very rewarding. Like a farmer, any business needs good seed to work with. My seed is the Trane line of comfort equipment. The years have shown me it has been a good choice.

With Ince Distributing my product is always available, as well as the support I need to take care of my customers. The quality and reliability of Trane lets me give my customers the best service I can offer… which I feel they deserve.

The idea of the TruComfort system made me think of my Uncle Johnny. The idea of an Air Conditioning System only working as hard as it has too, reacting to the current conditions, and exerting only the energy that the current need calls for is just like the way he explained how he maintained such a rigorous and demanding work schedule. Running longer but slower to deal better with the humidity, allowing us to set the t-stat three or four degrees higher, because it feels the same with the lower humidity, saving money by working smarter. Doing what it should at a pace that matches the need.

It’s a good idea Trane but Uncle Johnny had it first.

Take joy in the little things with Trane TruComfort Systems

How many times in life do we actually stop and take joy in the little things? For most of us not as often as we would like, and I admit to passing by the little things on occasion myself. However, I do remember one time on my niece’s second birthday noticing this joy in its true and glorious form. As this little child started opening her gifts, I remember never having hearing so many “ooos” and “aaahs” in all my life.  Her reaction was pure, and the joy she felt came from the pretty gift wrapped packages and the beautiful ribbons tied up into decorative bows. Then when she finally saw the contents her reaction of pure joy became infectious, and every person in attendance began to share in the happiness.

For me I can remember this feeling, although I was not a child and it came in different gift wrapped package. Mine was the first night after we had our Trane TruComfort system installed, that I reached this level of excitement and joy. For years my thermostat on the old system had been programmed at 10:00 pm to reach 74 degrees and at 3:00 am to change to 73 degrees. All this was to make it more comfortable upstairs when I went to bed, and then change later to get rid of the sticky feeling that comes with humidity gain inside the house when there is no heat load, or outdoor temperature difference to make the cooling unit cycle. Which was costing me money in energy bills. Once the technicians who installed y system started it up they left it set at 77 degrees. I didn’t think about checking the T-stat setting and went to sleep that night. I woke the next day around 2:00 am, and realized that I was cold and went to see what the control setting was, and to my amazement it was at 77 degrees! I was groggy and couldn’t believe me eyes, how could this be? I was cold upstairs with the new system at 77 degrees and that was never the case with the old system at a much lower setting. So I started to try and make sense of it all.

When I decided to change my system I wanted the duct work replaced as well. The system we removed was well over 18 years old, and I have had vast renovations made in this period of time, so I ran an ACCA Manuel-J heat load calculation to ensure we were installing the right size system and duct work. This was a very important step because we found that the old system was an entire ton too large for the actual load on the house, meaning I could purchase a smaller unit and provide better comfort at a lower operating cost. The air circulation balance was greatly improved with these two updates. The temperature upstairs was nearly 4 degrees different than downstairs before, now it was no more than 1 degree. This began to make me feel like my young child surrounded by beautiful gifts. I knew the upgrade would be great but I didn’t plan on that large and noticeable difference right away.

When we updated my father-in-laws system a few years earlier with the top of the line Trane XL19i, I noticed at that time he could set his t-stat a couple of degrees warmer than mine, but 4 degrees this was unbelievable.

The Variable speed indoor and outdoor units are much more rewarding than I had hoped for. All of my customers rave about the improvement in comfort and lower energy bills after they have replaced their systems; it just took a while for me to get around to having my system updated. The temperatures throughout the house are so even and balanced, and this new system is so quiet I have to open the closet door to make sure it’s still there. The increase in comfort level and efficiency comes from the humidity removal the unit provides. Making it feel very comfortable at a warmer t-stat setting, meaning that I you can maintain a higher level of comfort at a higher temperature set point. WOW!!!!! Isn’t technology something?

Recently I updated the system control for a WIFI T-stat that I can control with my phone, tablet, or laptop, which is cool all on its own. I now have a remote control for my cooling system and it is right here in my hand all day, and I can see the temp settings without going downstairs, or adjust the settings when I’m not home. All of this is to minimize the system run time and lower my energy consumption saving me money every month. After all four degrees when associated in Tstat settings is a big chunk off of my electric bill.

Taking joy in the little things may not always be easy. My niece was definitely better than me at showing the joy she felt, but Tranes TruComfort system has me feeling that way. I want to sing from the roof tops about the benefits of having the highest level of comfort, and the energy saving that come with it. I will continue to tell anyone willing to listen because my wife would really like for me to shut up about it. !!!!!!!!!!!!WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! TRANE TRUCOMFORT you really got it right this time!

 

Is Poor Air Flow Design Attacking Your CPS Energy Bill & Savings?

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In the movie ‘Three Hundred’, the Spartans held back the Persian Army, the most powerful army in the world at the time, from entering their country because of a pass too small for a lot of men to enter. This restriction created the opportunity for a small force to compete with an army that was much larger. The same basic concept is true in the home air conditioning system. Installing a new high efficiency system in your home is like the Persian Army trying to invade, with the efforts being thwarted by too small of a pass to fit through. The army, now being air flow, cannot get to the battlefield; the rooms in your house, no matter how great the system can’t win the fight against heat and humidity.

Home Comfort System: Each Component Matters

The home comfort system is only as good as the corridors that carry the air. The system must be designed so that it gets the air to where it needs to be, with the proper force and velocity to overtake the enemy. Under-sized returns, improperly sized supply trunks can hold back the cool dry air from doing its job removing heat and humidity. The design phase is extremely important. If your system is not designed properly, meaning system sizing as well as duct work, you are going to be left with hot and cold spots, uncomfortable rooms, utility and repair bills that are higher than they needed to be. This means that you could be replacing the system before its time to do so.

Existing Home Update Example: Correcting Poor Design

ac repair air returnOriginal return air design for this 1967 San Antonio home were too small for the system. The home owner was frustrated with the AC company who installed the system due to the lack of performance and mold starting to form on the outside area of the evaporator coils. After testing and calculating we determined air velocity was insufficient for the unit which was allowing mold to grow and not cooling the home efficiently.

 

 

 

after ac repair

The new air returns we installed were larger and contain a slow for the air filter. We added an additional air return as seen in the featured image. The larger returns allow the correct amount of return air to enter the system. With the filters in the grills the air is sucked in from the rooms into the cavity under the closet and up through the system with enough velocity to treat the mold issue.

We Don’t Guess, We TEST!

TASCO runs a heat load on our replacement systems to ensure it is properly sized. We also perform a flow hood test, to see how efficiently your duct work is supplying air to each area of the home. These measurements and calculations are paramount in the efficiency and comfort the new system will provide. If we don’t calculate how the supply and return ducts affect the efficiency and just replace an old aging system for a new hi efficiency system, you are only going to enjoy a fraction of the comfort and cost effectiveness that the system is designed to provide.

So when you are thinking about replacing your system, or you begin noticing that you have uncomfortable rooms in your home, make sure any HVAC contractor that comes to give an estimate looks at all the variables that are involved with efficiency and comfort, now you know what those factors are. And everyone remember; ‘If it has to be right it has to be TASCO’.

AC Repair Prior to 4th of July Parties

With the Fourth of July coming up, most homeowners are gearing up to have company over and entertain. They will go out to the stores in droves and buy things like ground beef to put on the grill, sodas to put in the fridge, and chairs to put on the patio, but, often, homeowners neglect one of the most important parts of entertaining: the comfort of the guests. Of course, you can’t just run to your grocery store and pick up just anything to make your guests comfortable, but we’re willing to bet that you have all the necessary equipment to make sure your home makes your guests feel comfortable.

That equipment would be your air conditioning unit and, while many homeowners don’t even think about it, it’s one of the most crucial considerations when keeping company. This is why, as the dog days of summer are upon us and our thoughts are turning to the fourth of July, homeowners should be thinking about their air conditioners and any possible ac repair they may need. Nothing ruins a party faster than an overheated home, and nothing can cause a home to overheat faster than an ac unit needing ac repair. Perhaps you haven’t noticed, but your guests will notice an ac unit needing ac repair right away. They will notice the sluggish operation that ac repair can fix, and they will notice the inefficient air flow that ac repair can address. This is why you don’t want to wait until your doorbell rings to think about an important thing like ac repair. There are many things that can cut a party short, and overheated guests are at the top of the list.

So ensure that your home is comfortable and ready to receive company by scheduling any ac repair you might need. Unsure if your unit needs ac repair? Schedule a service call today so a licensed professional can evaluate your unit and advise you on your next steps. Ac repair can forestall many traditional ac repair problems and keep you from having to splurge on last minute ac repair costs. So if you are preparing to entertain guests but are worried about your ac unit needing ac repair, schedule an appointment with a ac repair technician today and ensure that your next party is a hit. Keep your air conditioner up to date with ac repair and concentrate on the fireworks.

Schedule Regular AC Checks To Avoid AC Repair Emergencies

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What a hot summer it’s been so far and its only getting started! All around San Antonio the thermostats are climbing and, as anyone who has lived here for a long time can tell you, it will only get hotter from here. As a consequence, homeowners all around the city are pumping air conditioning into their homes nonstop, and a few of them are coming home to find warm houses or waking up to find malfunctioning units. Why is this? Well, it doesn’t take a storied company that’s been around for decades in San Antonio to tell you why: subjecting your unit to demanding use will sooner or later tire it or may even cause the need for ac repair.

Nothing can stop a homeowners dead in their tracks faster than needing ac repair. This often expensive operation can cause great discomfort in your home, especially during these grueling summer months. Luckily, ac repair experts can help you with all your ac repair needs. Most problems leading to ac repair stem from a lack of maintenance. These problems can be greatly exacerbated by over-reliance on ac units during the summer. You’ve often heard the advice to turn your thermostat up in the summer; this is good advice, because it can reduce the burden on ac units, and overburdened ac units can lead to ac repair quickly.

Homeowners can combat needing ac repair by not only reducing the burden on their ac units, but also by scheduling regular maintenance with their ac repair specialists. Regular maintenance can stave off emergency ac repair, but it’s also essential for keeping your ac unit working as it should. While ac repair can be costly, getting your ac repair from a trusted, professional ac repair company can help mitigate your future need for ac repair. With most cut-rate ac repair companies, your upfront costs will appear low, but continued ac repair due to shoddy workmanship can cost you more in the long hall. This is why ac repair is so important and should be trusted to only the experts: chasing a few dollars now can cost you big bucks down the line.

So make an appointment with your specialist today and make sure you aren’t among the homeowners desperately trying to arrange emergency repairs. That way, you can sleep easy knowing that your ac unit will be working through the night—but not too hard.

TRANE AC System Repair San Antonio

TRANE System AC Repair San Antonio

There are many kinds and types of air conditioning systems to choose from when your old unit needs AC repair or bites the dust. Many of these units are satisfactory, but, then again, you probably don’t want to entrust the comfort of your home to just a satisfactory unit. Most homeowners understand that there are precious few items worth their price tags, and almost all of them—especially the ones who have undergone AC repair before—will tell you that a new AC unit is one of those items. Yes, an AC unit is one of those items where satisfactory just won’t cut it. When dealing with a new unit after emergency AC repair or buying a new unit for your home, you want an elite unit that is up to the dynamic challenges of your family and will stand the test of time. Going with just a satisfactory unit or, worse yet, the cut-rate units that discount based contractors will push on you. This is why more and more homeowners, when faced with a faulty unit after AC repair or buying the first unit for their home, are turning to the elite AC unit: the TRANE system.

TRANE ACAC Repair Savings With a TRANE System

With AC repair one of the most important parts of any homeowner’s experience, purchasing and installing a quality AC system like the TRANE system is essential to staving off costly AC repair. TRANE has been building elite equipment since before the start of the 20th longevity you can expect from their products. When AC repair does come calling, because even TRANE units can run into problems, you can be assured that your AC repair specialist will be providing you with licensed TRANE parts that will keep your unit running at its best for years to come. Though don’t expect that too often; TRANE systems are some of the best on the market, and their superior performance means that your AC repairs will be less frequent that with regular units. AC repair can cut into the life of units, as it often signifies a lack of maintenance. But TRANE systems come with long lasting warranties that ensure your AC repair needs will be few. TRANE has been manufacturing systems for over a century, and their knowledge is built into a product that almost never needs AC repair. When purchasing a TRANE, you’ll know the difference immediately. century, and that is the kind of

AC Repair & Service Plans

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One of the most important parts of a home is that home’s heating and cooling. No matter what season or what the weather brings, the heating and cooling of a family home remains one of the most
important aspects of that home’s comfort. Ask anyone and they’re sure to tell you: a family home starts and ends with its heating and cooling. This isn’t lost on any homeowners, many of whom pay more in energy bills than anything else. This is why, when it comes to heating and cooling, you want to trust the most professional, experienced, and expert professionals with the care and service with your home’s heating and cooling needs. The best way to do this is with a quality heating and cooling service plan, which ensures that your chosen trusted professionals will be at your home, servicing your equipment when it might be the last thing on your mind. It also means your units will be less likely to need emergency AC repair, which can be expensive and lead to large heating and cooling problems.

Service plans help forestall needing AC repair because neglected maintenance is one of the foremost causes of emergency AC repair. With a service plan, you don’t have to worry about providing your units with the maintenance they need to stave off AC repair. Your trusted AC repair specialists schedule and perform the maintenance, leaving you to not worry about the maintenance itself or emergency AC repair. Additionally, service plans make you eligible for special discounts on maintenance and free checkups. AC repair can be devastating. Not only can it be expensive, but AC repair can also drastically reduce the comfort of your home. As it normally takes time, AC repair can lead to large gaps in your home’s comfort if not handled.

AC Repair Service Plans TASCO Air Conditioning

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Value Service Plans Over Emergency AC Repairs

When we speak to customers about regular maintenance, one of the things we’re most frequently asked about are our service plans. Many homeowners have AC repair service plans, and they pay dividends almost immediately. With an AC repair service plan, you can be confident that cleaning and checkups will be covered by trusted, expert AC repair specialists. This is why, when it comes to AC repair, nothing can keep your home comfortable and your energy bills under control like the assurance and stability that an air conditioner service plan can provide you. Additionally, because a service plan can provide continuous and trusted maintenance, it can save you on costly AC repair in the future. Most emergency AC repair can be avoided, and regular maintenance is key to avoiding such costly repairs. This is why, for the discerning homeowner, an air conditioner service plan is an essential.

But what other benefits can a service plan bring? There are many. Select service plans can offer your priority access to parts and maintenance, which will allow you to get the care your air conditioner needs as quickly as possible. This can be very helpful to a homeowner, as fast maintenance can help a unit keep over 95% of its original efficiency over a lifetime of timely, expert maintenance. This not only helps keep your home more comfortable, but also keeps your energy bills to the level you want. Nothing can cause skyrocketing energy bills like a malfunctioning air conditioner, and nothing stops malfunctioning air conditioners like the regular maintenance that comes with a service plan.

With TASCO’s platinum service, we offer the pinnacle of AC repair service, and help to ensure your unit never needs emergency AC repair. We stave off these emergency AC repairs with award winning service and the kind of attention to detail that can only come from AC repair specialists like TASCO. With the platinum plan, you’ll have AC repair technicians in your home to check on your unit twice annually. The plan also comes with a complimentary additional check, so that our experienced and expert AC repair technicians can help with any additional issues and AC repair problems. Also in the platinum plan, you’ll receive discounts on repairs and priority scheduling. And, as always with TASCO, you’ll know that your AC repair specialists are second to none in knowledge of your system. So call for platinum service today.

Home HVAC Tips: Clean Air Condenser Coils Help Avoid Costly Repairs

TASCO AC Van

As the blistering San Antonio summer begins to rear its ugly head again, phones are ringing off the hook for AC repair and our spring service calls. Those units that were humming along last year during the blazing heat have been neglected for the duration of an especially cold winter. As a result, our AC repair technicians are as busy as ever servicing the many Air conditioner repair problems all over the city. But, with so many homeowners needing repairs, some are forgetting to ask the right question: what are some ways to care and maintain my air conditioning unit so it doesn’t need any major AC repairs?

Should your outside AC condenser coils be clean?

We recently wrote about the role that cleaning and maintaining your units’ filters in staving off costly AC repairs, and this month we’re helping even more homeowners out by writing about the importance of your air conditioner’s coils. There are different types of coils in most AC units; these are the evaporator coils and the condenser coils. Condenser coils are located outside of your home in your condenser unit and are chiefly responsible for expelling the heat from your home and flushing heated refrigerant from your home. Over time, these coils can be covered with dirt, which makes it harder to transfer the heat from inside your home to the outside. This can inevitably lead to a more inefficient unit and, of course, emergency AC repairs. Just as condenser coils release captured heat outside, evaporator coils are responsible for capturing the heat and thus require immediate repairs when they become dirty or non-functioning.

Ask your AC technician if your condenser coils need to be cleaned?

To ensure these parts don’t get too dirty and demand AC repair, homeowners must contact their professional, licensed HVAC company. The technician will come to your home, inspect your unit, and perform the maintenance needed should any be required. It is essential that you trust this task to only licensed professionals whose work you trust. So-called “discount” AC repair technicians will often cut corners and leave homeowners in a bind when it comes time to use their units heavily. Don’t be fooled by a cheap price; that price is often concealing shoddy work or below standard parts. Sure, you may save a few dollars by handing work to the discount AC repair workers, but your costs will far outweigh any small amount you saved once your air conditioner is malfunctioning and you need repairs.