Importance of a proper HVAC installation

Importance of a proper HVAC installation

Importance of a proper HVAC installation

When our AC or Heating is down we take good care in finding and choosing the right equipment for our house but many times we don’t pay too much attention to the importance of a proper HVAC installation.

This is critical because while we can save an important amount of money on installation, the consequences can make us spend more on a new installation or even worse in our electrical bill.

A proper HVAC installation is not a DIY project. It requires a certified technician who has to keep in mind at least 3 key factors:

  • The size of the HVAC system: we could think “the bigger the better” but is not right. If the system is too large it can cool down too fast causing a short cycling translating it in a very humid and cold home. On the other hand if it’s too small it will overwork trying to cool down a space too big for it. The consequence is a bigger effort and a high energy use.
  • Ductwork Issues: The professional must conduct an intensive duct inspection in order to detect leaks or damages. Must be fixed or replaced to avoid major damages in the future.
  • Right Refrigerant: each HVAC equipment has to be filled with a specific refrigerant and the right amount of it. A lack of refrigerant will lead to a failure in cooling and the compressor motor will overwork while an overcharged system will cool your home, but it will be extremely inefficient, and this will lead to elevated energy bills. If the refrigerant pressure is very high, it can even force the coolant into the compressor unit and cause damage to the motor. This damage cannot be repaired.

For those reasons a certified professional must be in charge of your HVAC equipment installation because they see the importance of a proper HVAC installation. You will save time, headaches and most important: money.

“The proper installation of an HVAC system is not a DIY project.”

To Conclude: The correct dimensioning, selection, and installation of HVAC equipment according to procedures recognized by the industry is essential to guarantee energy efficiency.

Be Cool. Be Green. Be Healthy.

SEER Rating

What is SEER Rating

What is SEER Rating and why should you care?

Maybe you saw the words SEER Rating in your AC Unit and wondered what’s the meaning of it.

SEER is the acronym of “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio” and is the way to measure the energy efficiency of central air conditioners.

SEER rating is the best way for you to save money and at the same time help the environment. The lower the rating is the harder your AC Unit has to work making you not just spend more but also making the lifecycle of the equipment shorter.

You may also have heard about “EER” and at this point you must be confused. The “EER” is the efficiency of an AC at perfect conditions (95°F) while SEER is the performance efficiency during the whole summer season with a range of temperatures from 65°F to 104°F.

SEER rating is the best way for you to save money…

What is a good SEER rating?

A SEER 16 is a good rating, anything above that is optimal and great (SEER 18 – SEER 20) There’s a regulation in place that guarantees that all new AC systems have a Rating of at least 13 or 14. Starting in 2023 all units will have a SEER rating of at least 14.

An AC System with the higher SEER translates in a more comfortable summer season, especially if you live in the Southeast or Southwest region of the Country. Newer and higher SEER units have two components to provide indoor comfort:

  • 2-stage or variable-speed compressor
  • Variable speed blower

The ones with the lower Rating are single-stage and run only at one speed. This means they’ll turn on and off more frequently. When that happens, contrary to what is commonly believed, electricity consumption increases because the start of each cycle consumes large amounts of energy.

Also you can experience higher humidity levels making it feel hotter than it really is and raising chances of allergies.

 

Be Cool. Be Green. Be Healthy.

 

 

Give the gift of comfort.

Give the gift of comfort.

Far away are those days where we used to give Mom a macaroni necklace or a handmade card but we still need to show her our true love, and what’s better than to give the gift of comfort?

This year be ready and creative to surprise her with something else than the traditional presents. We give you some ideas for this Mother’s Day to give the gift of comfort.

   * Install a new smart thermostat: Smart Thermostats are more accurate and can help lower her energy bills. A good idea is also to set it back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours a day to save up to 10% on energy. Here’s a good video from the Department of Energy.

* Change HVAC Filters: in order to keep your home cool and healthy you need to change air filters regularly. Use the highest quality filters you can and write down the date you changed. Lifespan of filters go from 30 to 90 days, but also depend on many factors. Check it regularly.

Give the gift of comfort

   * Examine Attic Insulation: Insulation works as a shield, making a barrier between the hot external air and the cooled indoor air. If insulation is poor or defective the indoor air will be of a very bad quality and also will make her system overwork. Check it often.

* Clean outdoor HVAC unit: Is not enough to give proper maintenance to the inside unit of your system. You have to take good care of the external one. The procedure is very simple: just remove all debris with your hands (please wear gloves) and run a water hose down the sides of each unit to give them a quick clean.

 

BE COOL, BE GREEN, BE HEALTHY

 

With the proximity of the extreme weather season in Texas you have to be proactive and check for possible problems to avoid malfunction of the HVAC system and be ready to give the gift of comfort to your Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Trilogy Family!

 

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How to improve your indoor air quality

How to improve your indoor air quality

Do you have any idea how good or bad your indoor air quality is? 

In this blog post the Trilogy Family shares with you some tips to breathe better air in your house. 

 But first it is very important to understand that indoor air pollution can be as bad or even worse than it is outdoors because there are many invisible factors affecting your air quality, to name a few: mold, mildew, dust, pet dander, contaminants brought in from yourself, even asbestos from old houses. 

To help prevent some respiratory problems we list some actions to take in a regular basis: 

  • Change your AC Filter regularly: in order to keep your home cool and healthy you need to change air filters regularly. Use the highest quality filters you can and write down the date you changed. Lifespan of filters go from 30 to 90 days, but also depend on many factors. Check it regularly. 
  • Check and Clean your Air Ducts: You should go with a deep clean every year. All particles not retained by filters will “travel” along the house, but also mold and mildew will accumulate in the internal walls of ducts. 
  • Control de humidity: Condensate and drain lines can become clogged, trapping moisture inside and leaving room for bacteria, mold and mildew to grow. Make sure your air conditioner is functioning properly so that it can remove excess humidity from your home’s atmosphere.

Be Cool, Be Green, Be Healthy

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector: many household appliances could produce carbon monoxide. Inhaling a high level of this gas could result in dizziness, nausea, unconsciousness and even death. A carbon monoxide detector can alert you when you have too much of it in your house. 
  • Keep floors and carpets clean: you can mop, sweep or vacuum your flooring at least once a week. You bring grime and debris in from the outside, and you kick it up and send it into the air as you walk. It could also help to use doormats. 
  • Install an UV (Ultraviolet) Light: Professional installation of an UV Light goes inside your HVAC system to get rid of germs inside the ductwork before they can go into your living space. Learn more here.

If you would like to improve your home’s indoor air quality we have many options to perform professional HVAC maintenance. Contact Us today and a specialist will be in contact shortly to schedule a Free Inspection of the complete system. 

 

 

Spring Allergies

Spring Allergies

You don’t need a calendar to know spring has arrived. Yes, because pollen and allergens in general are floating around outdoors and indoors. And it’s here where you have to take better care.  

There are big chances you are sneezing all day long and you didn’t leave the house. Well, you are not alone because according to the American College of Asthma, Allergies and Immunology one in five residents of America suffer from allergies. 

Tree pollen is the most common cause, followed by grass pollen in late spring but also indoor dust mites, animal dander and mold spores make our days very uncomfortable. 

During spring season people tend to open windows and allow fresh air to circulate in the house leaving the AC System off in order to reduce the energy bill and follow our slogan: “Be Cool, Be Green, Be Healthy” 

The fact is you can use your AC System to circulate healthy air in the house. Just remember to change the AC Filter every 90 days. It also allows to keep the right humidity to avoid mold. 

Beyond the filters in your HVAC system, installing a home air purification system can further eliminate allergens. These purifiers work 24/7 to sterilize your home’s indoor air, eliminating 99.9% of contaminants.

One more time is very important to remind you the benefits of a scheduled maintenance of your HVAC System: running efficiently and saving energy are key factors. 

Replace your Air Filters often, choose a higher MERV rating to breathe better air quality and check the surroundings of your external unit cleaning debris often.

Even if spring allergies season is kind of short, remember to keep a good maintenance of your AC System all year long. 

Don’t wait until you start sneezing to schedule a visit from our professionals. Request an appointment online or call today at: (832) 730-5047

 

Remember: Be Cool, Be Green, Be Healthy. 

 

Hello Spring

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated March 8th, and at Trilogy Services AC want to celebrate it all month long as a way to honor those women.

This movement started in 1908 in New York when a group of women who were garment workers went on strike, claiming for better working conditions. They used to have the worst jobs, underpaid and dealt with many kinds of harassment. 

In the industry of Heating and Air Conditioning there’s an outstanding woman we want to remember: Margaret Ingels. She was the first woman in the U.S. to earn a mechanical engineering degree. She spent six years researching HVAC and made significant contributions in developing the modern air conditioning system. She has also invented the sling psychrometer which measures the humidity in the air. 

Thanks to Margaret Ingels we also have the temperature scale for comfort. 

“Do ordinary things with extraordinary love,” (Mother Teresa)

Other influential women we can’t forget on this International Women’s Day are Marie Curie (first woman winning Nobel Prize), Coco Chanel (great fashion designer) Mother Teresa known for her humanitarian work and Rosa Parks who refused to give her seat in a bus to a white man. 

The role of women in the Heating and Air Conditioning industry has been growing consistently during the last few years. Their work as technicians Installing and Repairing equipment is more relevant and contributes to the development of this industry. 

Trilogy Services AC wants to say THANKS to all the women who are part of our lives for their strong role in our modern society. 

Happy International Women’s Day! 

 

International Women's Day

¿Cómo funciona mi AC?

Cómo funciona mi sistema de aire acondicionado


Todo el mundo sabe que un sistema de aire acondicionado mantiene su hogar o negocio fresco durante los veranos calurosos de Texas. Sin embargo, ¿alguna vez se ha preguntado cómo funciona realmente?
Proceso de enfriamiento
Su unidad de aire acondicionado utiliza productos químicos que transforman el líquido en gas y luego nuevamente en líquido. Extrae el aire caliente a través de la línea de retorno dentro de su hogar, que luego proporciona aire fresco.

La unidad de CA tiene tres partes principales: Compresor, condensador y evaporador. El compresor y el condensador generalmente están ubicados en la parte exterior del sistema de aire acondicionado. El evaporador se encuentra dentro de la casa.

Para un sistema dividido, el compresor condensa y hace circular el refrigerante (gas de refrigeración) a través de la unidad exterior, haciendo la conversión de un gas de alta presión a un líquido. Este líquido se mueve luego hacia la bobina del evaporador. La presión del líquido cae, transformándolo de nuevo en gas (con la ayuda de los ventiladores metálicos en el evaporador), eliminando el calor del aire circundante. A medida que se elimina el calor, el aire se enfría.

Desde allí, la unidad exterior (o condensador) convierte el refrigerante en líquido. Cuando el líquido sale del evaporador, es forzado a volver a un gas de baja presión y el proceso vuelve a comenzar. Esto continúa hasta que su hogar alcance la temperatura deseada que programó en su termostato.

¿POR QUÉ ES IMPORTANTE CAMBIAR EL FILTRO DE AIRE?


¿Cuándo fue la última vez que cambió su filtro de aire? Algunas personas probablemente se están preguntando: “¿qué es un filtro de aire?” Otras personas se sienten culpables porque ha pasado demasiado tiempo desde la última vez que lo cambiaron.

El filtro de aire es muy importante en un sistema de aire acondicionado y, sin embargo, es el que más se pasa por alto. Los filtros capturan el 96% de las partículas en el aire, así como los objetos más grandes, como pedazos de insulacion o pedazos de madera. A continuación encontrará los efectos de lo que sucede cuando se olvida de reemplazar su filtro de aire.

Los Efectos de Mantener un Filtro de Aire Sucio

1. Mala salud

Si no cambia sus filtros de AC, puede tener un impacto negativo en su salud. Las personas con problemas respiratorios son las más afectadas. Al no filtrar el aire correctamente, la humedad comenzará a acumularse, creando hogares para las bacterias y el moho. También permite que los virus permanezcan en su hogar.

2. Puede causar daños a su sistema de aire y calefacción

Cambiar su filtro puede evitar que gaste cientos o hasta miles de dólares en reparaciones y mantenimiento.

3. Factura de electricidad aumenta

Los filtros de aire más viejos y sucios utilizan más energía para empujar el aire en toda la casa debido a la acumulación de suciedad. Sin embargo, los filtros más nuevos permiten que el aire fluya libremente dentro de su hogar. Por lo tanto, su factura de electricidad comenzará a disminuir, ya que su sistema de aire acondicionado no requiere demasiada energía.

4. Aumento del monóxido de carbono

Si su sistema HVAC está trabajando más duro para pasar el aire, también libera monóxido de carbono y otros gases de efecto invernadero que afectan negativamente al medio ambiente.

¿Cuándo es un buen momento para cambiar su filtro de aire?


Se recomienda cambiar el filtro de aire cada uno o dos meses, especialmente si tiene mascotas o niños pequeños en el hogar. Cambiar tu filtro de aire es realmente fácil y no tan caro. Solo asegúrese de tener el tamaño correcto, revisando la documentación de su unidad, observando las medidas de su filtro anterior, o simplemente midiendo el espacio donde debe ir el filtro de aire (asegúrese de medir altura, ancho y espesor).

Aquí hay algunas tiendas que ofrecen filtros de aire para su hogar.:

Cambio de Capacitor

Eddy inspecciono un condensador de 3 años que dejo de funcionar.

En esta ocasión, nuestro técnico Edenilson encontró el problema de la falla del capacitor en el capacitor. Muchas veces los condensadores pueden ser sobrecargados por diferentes fenómenos. Por ejemplo, una explosión de transformador, un rayo o un cortocircuito simple.

Señales que Su Sistema de Aire Acondicionado Necesita Reemplazo

5 Señales que su Sistema de Aire Necesita Reemplazo

 

1.) Si Su Sistema Tiene Mas de 10 Años

Se recomienda cambiar su sistema cada 10-15 años. Los sistemas que tienen mas de 10 años, es muy probable que utilice un refrigerante conocido como R-22. Este tipo de freón no solo está desactualizado, sino que también es perjudicial para el medio ambiente. El cambio o mejora a una unidad nueva reducirá la contaminacion ambiental y reducirá sus facturas mensuales de energía.

2.) Sus Facturas de Energía Siguen Aumentando

Cuando los sistemas envejecen, su eficiencia tiende a disminuir. El mantenimiento regular aumentará la vida de su sistema de aire acondicionado y mantendrá su unidad funcionando eficientemente hasta que sea tiempo de cambiarlo. Actualizando su sistema a una de alta eficiencia puede reducir su factura de energia hasta el 20%.

3.) Su Sistema No Puede Mantener Su Hogar a una Temperatura Agradable

Un sistema viejo lucha por mantener su hogar a una temperatura ideal. Esto significa que su sistema no es lo suficientemente potente como para administrar aire en toda su casa, o que los ductos de aire no están instalados correctamente. No todos los aires acondicionados son creados iguales. Cada hogar tendrá necesidades únicas cuando se trata de opciones de calefacción y refrigeración.

4.) Sonidos Extraños

Normalmente los sistemas de aire acondicionados bien mantenidos deberían funcionar de manera relativamente silenciosa. A medida que pasa el tiempo y los componentes individuales envejecen, es posible que comience a notar ruidos como chillidos. Si el sistema hace este tipo de ruido, necesita inspeccionar su sistema inmediatamente.

5.) Tiene Mala Calidad de Aire

Si notas moho, polvo o niveles de humedad inusuales en su hogar, estamos hablando de un sistema dañado que debe ser reemplazado.