HVAC Terms Glossary

Want to know what an HVAC term means?  Use our handy HVAC Terms Glossary. AC (Alternating Current):  A type of current where the directional flow in a circuit reverses at regular intervals. ACCA:  Air Conditioning Contractors of America.  ACCA is a non-profit association whose membership includes more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the [...]

April 26th, 2017|HVAC|

Air Conditioning Season Again — Reducing Cooling Costs

Reduce Your Cooling Costs Without Changing Your HVAC System Or Lifestyle As DFW begins to enter a new Cooling Season, cooling costs will enter our minds once again.  This article describes how to determine the best Electricity Retailer and Electricity Plan for your needs.  Also, we have a separate article that describes 55 Ways To Lower [...]

April 4th, 2017|HVAC|

Lower Cooling Bills and much more with Shade Trees

Lower Your Cooling Bills (And Much More) With Shade Trees Lower Cooling Bills By Providing Shade Trees To Block The Sun From Your Attic According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) "Shade Trees & Vegetation lower Surfaces & Air Temps by providing shade. Shaded surfaces are up to 25--45° cooler than unshaded surfaces. 1 [...]

April 4th, 2017|HVAC|

Central Air Conditioner: Most Common Problems

Most Common Central Air Conditioner Problems And Repairs Needed Central Air Conditioner Problems:  In previous Blog Posts, we have discussed proper maintenance of your HVAC system.  If you are doing that, breakdowns will be notably reduced. However, Central Air Conditioners will stop working, due to problems or components that wear out and fail, that are not [...]

March 10th, 2017|HVAC|

Lower Cooling Costs: 55 Ways — Without Upgrading Your A/C

Al's Plano, TX Plumbing    55 Ways To Lower Cooling Costs (W/O Upgrading Your A/C) Here Are Many Great Ways To Lower Cooling Costs Without Upgrading Your A/C Lower cooling costs without replacing and upgrading your A/C?  Yes!  There are many ways which provide year-round energy savings while increasing your comfort and reduce cooling costs by [...]

March 8th, 2017|HVAC|

Lowering Cooling Costs With Attic Insulation

Al’s Plano, TX Plumbing   Increase Attic Insulation To Lower A/C Costs Should I Add Attic Insulation To Lower Air Conditioning Costs? Which Is Better?  Adding Insulation To The Attic Floor -- Or To The Attic Ceiling. This Thermo-Image shows the attic temperature at 170 degrees. In DFW, we are aware attics get very hot [...]

March 8th, 2017|HVAC|

Air Conditioners: One, Two and Variable Speed – Part 3

One, Two and Variable Speed Air Conditioners - Part 3 of 3 Knowing that different air conditioner compressor speeds affect energy efficiency & humidity removal ability, which A/C To Choose Depends On Your Budget, Lifestyle And Home's Size. For those in large homes, the Platinum Series presents the best value -- due to highest energy [...]

March 7th, 2017|HVAC|

Air Conditioners: One, Two and Variable Speed – Part 2

One, Two and Variable Speed Air Conditioners - Part 2 of 3 Different a/c models have different air conditioner compressor speeds. Increased energy efficiency, comfort, & humidity removal ability come with additional air conditioner compressor speeds. Al's Plumbing, Heating and A/C sells & installs American Standard (our premium brand) + Coleman  &  Ameristar HVAC brands.  We [...]

March 7th, 2017|HVAC|

Air Conditioners: One, Two and Variable Speed – Part 1 of 3

One, Two and Variable Speed Air Conditioners - Part 1 of 3 Premium brands of Central A/C have various models.  Different models have different air conditioner compressor speed.  The speed a/c compressors operate at affects energy-efficiency, comfort and humidity-removal ability. These are the 3 price-points for air conditioners, each with different air conditioner compressor speed: expensive models have [...]

March 7th, 2017|HVAC|

Covering Ductwork With Insulation — A/C Running Non-Stop When It’s Quite Hot? (Part 4 of 4)

Covering Ductwork With Insulation.  Can You Do It? This flexible ductwork was not covered with Closed-Cell Spray Foam before insulated was added.  This Presents A Potential Mold Hazard. HVAC Ductwork is typically visible in your attic (especially flexible ductwork).  Today's flexible ductwork is covered with a shiny metallic cover -- this is its vapor-barrier.  The [...]

March 3rd, 2017|HVAC|