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How to Prepare your HVAC System for Spring Storms

Here in Texas we have expansive land area with very diverse climates throughout the state. The Houston area is a part of what is known as the Piney Woods region of the United States. Some areas of this region receive more than 60 inches of rain annually, and with spring right around the corner, we’re expecting frequent thunderstorms and rain showers.

If you live in this area, you may be wondering “what’s the best way to protect my HVAC system from exposure to these elements?” Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with some easy steps to help you and your HVAC system weather the storms to come.

Protect your outside HVAC unit

When it comes to your HVAC system, your external unit is vulnerable to the strong winds, rain and debris that accompany thunderstorms. Make sure all furniture, tools, and other items have been secured to keep them from blowing away or into your home and outdoor unit. If you’re expecting torrential rain or hail, it’s a good idea to cover your unit to protect it.

Install a surge protector

Lightning can cause severe damage to property outside your home and destroy electrical devices and appliances in your home. To keep this from happening having a surge protector installed will ground the lightning in case it hits your house.

Turn it off (when in doubt)

A surge protector is an excellent device that can save you thousands of dollars if your home is struck by lightning; however, it’s not 100% guaranteed. Turn off your HVAC system and unplug all other appliances if you want to be even safer.

Prevent with regular HVAC maintenance

A regular HVAC inspection can save you time, money and headaches in more ways than one. If your system is experiencing problems prior to even a minor storm, it could sustain damage that makes it worse. Preventative maintenance will catch the problem before it happens and ensures your system runs as efficiently as possible.

For more help and to schedule professional spring HVAC maintenance and storm preparation, Air Specialist is the heating and air conditioning company to call in Houston. Call us today call at (713) 481-1305 or schedule service online

Show Your HVAC System Some Love

February is a month dedicated to things people love: their spouses, their kids, their pets and even their homes. With that in mind, showing some love to the inner intricacies that make your home function on a regular basis isn’t a half bad idea, actually it’s a great one!

HVAC system maintenance is often overlooked on a daily basis. Instead people opt to sweep the floors, dust the windows and tend to the yard without even thinking of the HVAC systems that keep us comfortable each and every day.

To ensure your HVAC system is getting all the love and attention it deserves, here are a few easy ways to keep it running smoothly the rest of the year.

Check/change air filters

A great place to start is with the air filters. Even though in Texas it doesn’t get bitter cold it does get chilly during the nights, so you may be cranking up the heat. During these cooler months, it’s always a good idea to check the filters once a month for contaminants. If you notice your filter picking up a lot of contaminants, it may have to be changed sooner than the standard recommendation of every three months.

Check vents

Checking your vents is the second easiest thing to do after checking your air filter. Go around your home and simply make sure that the vents and air grilles aren’t blocked or obstructed. If they are, this can cause performance issues and system overheating. Your HVAC system is designed to move air, and if it can’t do its job, that’s bad for your system and your wallet!I

Install carbon monoxide detectors

Most heating and cooling systems use fossil fuels to power them; yours is more than likely one of these systems. A byproduct of this energy use is carbon monoxide, but you would never know this because your home vents it outside where it’s safe to release. However, HVAC systems can create what is called a “carbon monoxide build-up” which typically occurs when the vents that lead outside are blocked or obstructed in some way. It’s always a good idea to check these vents if you can access them. It is also highly recommended to have carbon monoxide detectors placed around your home.

Need an HVAC pro in the Houston area?

If you have any questions about your HVAC system, vents, air filter etc., Air Specialist would be more than happy to help. Give us a call at (713) 481-1305.

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7 Tips to Keep Your Cool Without Air Conditioning


The heat of long summer days may have a significant impact on your attitude and your bank account. Here are 7 ideas that can help you beat the heat without spending a fortune on air conditioning.


  1. The sunlight coming through the windows can have a dramatic impact on the temperature of your house. It’s estimated that 25% of the heat inside a home is because of open windows. Keep as much heat out as possible by lowering the blinds during the day.


  1. Many houses have an alternative to running the air conditioner in order to stay cool. Try turning on a fan instead of the air conditioning. Doesn’t matter if it’s a ceiling fan or one that is on the floor, the breeze created by a fan will help to keep you cooler. Sometimes the heat is just too much for the fan alone to lower the temperature. Save money by running your air conditioning at 5 degrees higher than normal to supplement the efforts of a fan. Running both of these together is still cheaper than air conditioning at a lower temperature alone.


  1. Insulation is just as important in the summer as it is in the winter. Insulation can lower your energy bills by keeping cool air inside your house in the summer, just as it keeps the warm air inside during the colder winter months. This can be an inexpensive option and over the long run could actually save you money.


  1. Weather stripping is not glamorous but using it to prevent cool air from leaving your house when it’s hot outside can lower your energy bill. If you want a solution that is inexpensive and doesn’t cost you a lot of time to install then give weather stripping a try.


  1. The sun may not be the only culprit in keeping you overheated while you are in your house. Ovens, dishwashers, and washers and dryers can also add unwanted heat to the inside of your home. Try to use these household appliances while the sun is down and your house is naturally cooler.


  1. Have you ever gone outside and complained that it wasn’t just hot but humid? Humidity adds another level to an already uncomfortable amount of heat. To combat the humidity and make the temperature in your house cooler consider buying a dehumidifier. The ideal level of humidity for indoors is about 60%. Use that as a target level and purchase a humidifier that automatically turns off when a target level of humidity is reached. Make sure to recycle the water collected by the humidifier and feed it to your plants.


  1. They say the world is a small place but you wouldn’t want to air condition it. Same thing goes for your house regardless of your square footage. Close doors of rooms that aren’t being used to keep the cool air where it is needed most.


Air conditioning is perhaps the best invention of over the last 125 years but it can also be expensive to continuously run your system in the summer months. Incorporate some of these ideas to start saving money while remaining cool. You just might extend the life of your air conditioning system too!