Questions to Ask HVAC Technicians Before Hiring

Questions to Ask HVAC Technicians Before Hiring

We live in a remarkable age in which much of the information we’re looking for is readily available with a simple browser search. Unfortunately, when it comes to HVAC services, you need to know more than just who’s out there in the business. You need far more detailed information because the company you select is going to come into your home, and they’re assuming responsibility for your safety and comfort. For something that important, you want the assurance of getting the best there is.

With that in mind, here are some questions you should ask your HVAC service technician BEFORE work is done on you system.

What Kind of Experience Do You Have?

You need to ask your technicians about their experience in the art and science of repairing HVAC systems. Experience and training allows technicians to specialize in different tasks. Your technician should be able to focus on every component of the HVAC system, and that includes the main system, the vents, the ductwork, electrical wiring, clogs, and much more.

Are the Technicians Licensed?

Always choose a company that only employs licensed and qualified technicians to provide customers the best HVAC maintenance and repair services available at the most affordable prices. They will give your needs, requirements, and budget the appropriate consideration when they recommend a course of action. They’ll also be able to implement the solution effectively.

Does The Company Offer Emergency Services?

Problems with HVAC systems aren’t limited to regular business hours. The company you choose must have high-quality emergency HVAC installation, repair, and replacement services. It should be available whenever you need help no matter when that may be. A company that has been in business in the same community for many years has managed to do so by providing help on your schedule, not theirs. Companies like that believe in building strong relationships with their customers, and they will continue to take care of you far into the future.

What Kind of Services are Offered?

The company you select should offer all the services you might possibly need. That way you don’t end up calling for help it can’t provide. It should provide repair services, but it should also provide preventive services and share advice and tips for keeping your system in good working order between visits. Ask about the services the company provides. Do they check shut-off valves? Do they check hot water radiators? Do they clean heating registers, vents, and ducts? Your HVAC system is a complex system, and it requires a company capable of meeting the challenges of keeping it working for you. You also deserve a company concerned with your best interests.

Do You Run Background Checks on Technicians?

When you invite someone into your home, you have to know that person is a trustworthy individual. Before you schedule any sort of appointment with a company, ask if background checks are completed on their technicians and other representatives. Do they perform regular and unscheduled drug tests? Do they pay attention to the reviews customers give on the people they send to your home. Check its references and the comments of former customers. You need to be comfortable in the knowledge that the company you call cares about you enough to go the extra mile in ensuring your family’s safety.

How to Save Money on Home Cooling

How to Save Money on Home Cooling

Saving on Cooling Costs

It can be alarming getting that first energy bill after using your AC each year. Although advancements in technology have allowed newer systems to be much more energy-efficient, air conditioners are still major energy consumers.

There are many strategies, some more effective than others, that can help save money over the summer while still keeping you comfortable.

Preventative Maintenance

One of the most effective ways to cut down on energy is to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system.

Have you changed or cleaned your air filters recently? Dirty filters are a common culprit of reduced efficiency. When dust and debris collect in the filter, it gets clogged and hinders airflow. This makes your air conditioner work harder, costing you more money in energy costs.

While you’re cleaning your air filters, wipe down your outside unit as well (after you’ve turned it off) and clear out any debris that may be blocking airflow. This will also help improve efficiency for your system!

Getting your AC tuned up every season is also crucial for achieving peak performance and efficiency. Not only does a tune-up help your system start the season out at an optimal level, but you’ll prevent sudden issues that could cost you more money to fix down the road.

Behavioral Changes

Some of the techniques for reducing cooling costs have nothing to do with your air conditioning! Reducing heat-related activities will keep your home temperature down, and therefore reduce the need for the AC to constantly run.

If you love cooking, try using the grill as much as you can. Or, use smaller appliances like a slow cooker, toaster oven, or air fryer instead of an oven. Keep your blinds and curtains closed as much as you can, too, since the sun will warm your home very quickly.

In terms of your thermostat, it can be difficult to know what the best temperature is. Whatever you have on now, try turning it up a few degrees. If it gets a bit stuffy, use some fans to make it feel cooler. Fans won’t change the temperature, but the movement of air will certainly make you feel better.

Structural Changes

If you’re looking to improve your air conditioning efficiency, you can’t go wrong with upgrading to a new unit. Every year, the latest models improve on years past in all aspects — efficiency, performance, noise, and lifespan.

If your AC is over 10 years old, you are probably wasting money on an inefficient system. Plus, around this time is when units start to fail, and you don’t want to be stuck without an AC if something goes wrong.

Another way to reduce your air conditioning costs is by switching over to a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats take the guesswork and manual labor out of managing your thermostat. If you’re still working with an analog thermostat, it can be hard to get an exact and accurate temperature reading. Therefore, you’re likely to program the temperature to be lower than needed, which will cost you more.

A smart thermostat is a digital thermostat that you can control from your smartphone or internet-connected device. The gadget will learn your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly. You can also program the device to raise or lower the temperature when you leave for work every day. These automatic settings help your home remain at a precise temperature and reduce your cooling costs.

Industry-Leading Air Conditioning Repair & Replacement

Hobson AC is a family-run business that is here to help keep you cool all summer. Whether you want to upgrade your AC or switch to a smart thermostat, our team is on your side. Contact us today at (817) 341-5142 to learn more and make an appointment.

What’s the Odor Coming from My AC?

What’s the Odor Coming from My AC?

Deciphering AC Odors

When you start to smell a foul odor in your home, your mind may start racing to try to figure out the source of the smell.

Odors coming from your vents and especially your AC need to be dealt with immediately. It’s not always obvious what is causing the smell, which is why consulting a professional is always recommended. Here are some of the most common smells associated with your AC.

Mold Growth

Because of the cool and warm air mixing inside your AC system, condensation is created in the process. This condensation often leads to mold or mildew growth inside your system. Over time, the smell of mold will travel throughout your home.

Mold can also grow on your air filter, so make sure to change it once it is full.

Burning

A burning smell is never something to ignore. If the odor is coming from your air vents or ductwork, it could indicate an electrical or mechanical problem with your AC unit. It’s important to have this looked at as soon as possible by an HVAC professional. Not only could this mean damage to your system, but it could potentially be dangerous. Also, be aware if this smell comes directly from your outdoor AC unit. If it does, turn off the unit and contact your local HVAC professional.

Something Rotten

There are a variety of rotten smells that could come from your vents. It may be something decomposing, rotten eggs, or what is known as “stinky feet.”

If it smells like something is decomposing, an animal may have entered your vents at some point, likely during the winter, and got stuck. Rotten egg smell is usually associated with a gas leak or sewage. It’s possible that a line broke near your air ducts and the odor is seeping into your ductwork. Don’t ignore this – have an HVAC professional get to the bottom of whatever is causing the gross smell.

Fixing Any Problem at the Source

No matter what problem may arise with your air conditioner, the Hobson AC team is here to help. We’ve been serving the community as a family-owned business for decades, and we’re just a phone call away at (817) 341-5142!

Common Myths About Home Cooling

Common Myths About Home Cooling

Drop These Myths About AC

There’s a lot that goes into running a home central air conditioning system. You need to set the right temperature, deal with any breakdowns, change out the filters, and more. All this effort, though, goes toward making your home comfortable.

In an effort to run an efficient and comfortable home, a lot of myths get thrown around that may sound good, but just aren’t true. We’re breaking down some of these myths so you can learn the best ways to manage your home AC.

Close Vents to Save Energy

When there are areas of your home that aren’t used much, you may try closing the vents so you don’t waste cool air in rooms with no people. While this sounds like a logical idea, it actually won’t save you energy.

Instead, to save energy, try raising your thermostat temperature. Or, if you want closer control over different areas of your home, you may benefit from a zoning system.

You Should “Crank” the AC When it’s Hot

One of the most common misconceptions is that you can raise and lower the power of your air conditioner. When you get home from work and your home is stuffy and hot, resist the urge to lower the thermostat below your desired temperature.

Most air conditioners only operate at one “speed.” Likewise, the temperature you set is not the temperature of the cool air, but rather the desired ambient temperature of your home. So setting your thermostat to, say 68 degrees, won’t speed up how cool your home gets and will only make your system run longer and cost you more money.

If you want to better tune your temperature to fit your schedule without wasting energy, consider installing a smart thermostat. You can set a schedule so the temperature adjusts when you get home automatically, and you won’t walk into a hot home.

Any Filter Will Do

Hopefully, you’re aware of the importance of changing your air filters. These simple, yet crucial devices insert into your HVAC system and remove dust and debris from the air. Once they get full, you need to replace them in order for your system to function at maximum efficiency.

A lot of people will just grab any filter to insert into their system, as long as it fits. But there are good and bad filters, and it can take some trial and error. There are media filters, which are considered the most comprehensive, but there are also standard and HEPA filters. Each differs in its ability to filter particles while still remaining efficient.

Consult with your HVAC professional to figure out which filter is right for your home, as they are not all created equal.

You Don’t Need an Annual Tune-Up

A lot of homeowners push off their annual tune-ups and maintenance appointments if their AC is running smoothly. This makes sense – why do you need a service if there’s nothing wrong?

Well, this is a myth because with an appliance as complicated and important as an air conditioner, it needs preventative maintenance. An annual tune-up, ideally before the peak summer season, will ensure your system is ready to endure the hot weather.

During a tune-up, a professional HVAC technician will review every aspect of your system, including electrical connections, unit components, the thermostat, refrigerant levels, and more. They can also change and recommend the right filter.

Don’t skip out on this crucial and affordable service, as it will make your system run more efficiently, reduce your energy bills, and prevent costly repairs.

This Ain’t Our First Rodeo

During our decades in the HVAC business, we’ve seen it all. Trust the Hobson AC team to keep your home comfortable all year round. Contact us today at (817) 341-5142 to consult with our experts.

Why HEPA Filters Are Worth It

Why HEPA Filters Are Worth It

Why HEPA Filters Are Worth It

When it comes to air quality, filters are one of the most important aspects of your home HVAC system. These simple yet effective devices help reduce the particles that would otherwise float around your home.

There are different qualities of air filters, and one of the best is high-efficiency particulate air, or HEPA, filters. These filters can remove up to 99.97 percent of particles measuring 0.3 microns, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And HEPA filters can be used in both your HVAC unit and in standalone air purification systems.

Here’s why your home will benefit from using a highly-rated HEPA filter.

Allergen Removal

HEPA filters are highly effective at reducing the presence of particulate matter that causes allergies in people. This includes bacteria, mold, pollen, dust, pet dander, and more. For those with allergy symptoms, a highly efficient air filter (that is changed often) could bring some relief.

HEPA filters won’t remove viruses or airborne pollutants like fumes or smoke. Even if you don’t have allergies, a HEPA filter will help keep your indoor air clean and comfortable.

Better Efficiency

The better your filter is at catching particles in the air, the more efficient your HVAC system will be. When particles get through the filter, they not only circulate in the air but can get stuck on ductwork and vents, resulting in reduced airflow and poor air quality.

Keeping a clean filter is also crucial for efficiency, no matter what type you use.

Here to Help You

If you’re wondering how to improve your indoor air quality, trust in the team at Hobson AC. With the amount of time you spend at home, you should ensure it’s as comfortable and healthy as possible. Contact our experts today at (817) 341-5142 for more information on our air quality solutions.