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.

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.

Mother’s Day

“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.

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.


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

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Air Conditioning & 300

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.

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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.