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How Heat Pumps Work

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A heat pump works like an air conditioner to transfer heat away from your New Deal, Texas, home in summer. In winter, it reverses directions and absorbs heat from the air outside your home instead. That way, a heat pump keeps you and your family comfortable all year. It may be more expensive than a conventional air conditioner, but it’s worth the investment since you can save money on your utility bills. Also, you won’t need to pay for a separate furnace. Here’s some useful information about how heat pumps work in summer and winter.

How Heat Pumps Work in Summer

A motorized fan pulls warm air from the inside of your home into your ductwork through one or more return vents. Then, the warm air indoor air travels to the indoor air handler. It passes over the interior evaporator coil while a special liquid called refrigerant travels through the coil. The refrigerant absorbs heat from your indoor air, and the cooled and dehumidified air goes back to your ductwork. The motorized fan pushes it through your air registers and into your home. When your air temperature rises, the cycle starts again, pulling warm air into your ductwork. 

How They Work in Winter

To heat your home, your heat pump reverses the direction that the refrigerant flows, turning the coil in your outdoor unit into the evaporator coil. Your outdoor unit absorbs heat from the outside air and then releases it through the coil in your indoor air handler. This heats your indoor air as it moves through your ductwork instead of cooling it. The coil that releases heat is a condenser coil. It’s indoors in winter and outdoors in summer.

BTAC or Bruce Thornton Air Conditioning has over 45 years of experience, and we’re an Amana Advantage Specialist. We can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC equipment, including heat pumps. Call us anytime at 806-589-1014 for great service from one of our expert technicians.


3 Reasons to Schedule HVAC Maintenance Today

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The hot, humid Ransom Canyon, Texas, weather can make you feel sluggish and miserable without air conditioning. It’s also dangerous for children, elderly people, and those with severe health problems. A hot house can cause an elevated body temperature, heat exhaustion, and even death. Regular HVAC maintenance keeps your home comfortable and safe for you and your family. Air conditioning maintenance also saves energy, improves your indoor air quality, and prevents expensive, inconvenient breakdowns.

Energy Savings

Problems with your HVAC system keep it from performing efficiently and waste energy. Leaks in your ductwork or rusty or worn parts in your unit keep it from working properly. If you don’t have it repaired promptly by a professional, a minor problem could even force you to pay for a new air conditioner eventually.

Better Indoor Air Quality

Poor indoor air quality can lead to unpleasant smells, increased asthma and allergy symptoms, skin rashes, eye irritation, and more. You should check your HVAC system’s air filter once per month and change it at least every three months to prevent these problems. Also, keep leaves, grass clippings, twigs, and other debris away from your outdoor unit. Rinse off your unit with a hose when needed, but don’t use a pressure washer or other equipment that could cause damage.

Fewer Breakdowns

Dirty coils or low refrigerant levels could cause ice or frost on your air conditioner, which keeps it from working well and can eventually lead to damage. Regular maintenance can catch this and other problems before they become severe. It also extends your HVAC system’s life. That way, you can save money on repairs and get the best possible performance from your air conditioner.

Bruce Thorton Air Conditioning or BTAC has more than 45 years of heating and air conditioning experience, and we’re an Amana Advantage Specialist. We can help you install, maintain, and repair a variety of HVAC equipment. Call us anytime at 806-589-1014 for excellent service.


3 Ways to Build an Energy-Efficient Home

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Making a home more energy-efficient has become very popular around the country. However, it’s not because of a fad or anything that’s going to fade rapidly in popularity. Instead, building an energy-efficient home helps reduce your carbon footprint, cut energy usage, and makes your home more attractive to potential buyers. If you’re looking for ways to build an energy-efficient home in Dickens, Texas, here are a few suggestions to help you along the way.

Install ENERGY STAR HVAC Units

If your HVAC system is 10 years old, it’s time to start thinking about purchasing a new one. If you want to increase efficiency, it’s only natural to consider a furnace or air conditioner with the ENERGY STAR logo. These units improve efficiency while providing the perfect temperatures for your home.

Switch to LED or CFL Lighting

One of the biggest sources of lost energy in your home is in the light sockets. If you’re still using incandescent bulbs, it’s time to make the change to LED or CFL lighting. While these bulbs are more expensive, they cut your monthly energy bills greatly and last far longer than traditional lights. This means you only have to purchase one bulb about every 10 years. You’ll reach a break-even point in just a few years.

Insulate

If you live in an older home, you may not have the proper insulation to keep your home energy-efficient. Most often, areas around your doors, windows, and in your attic allow air from the home to escape outside or cold outside air to flow in. To counteract this effect of lost air, you need to insulate. In your attic, you can choose between loose fill and fiberglass insulation, while installing fresh weatherstripping around your doors and windows is an effective way to combat the situation.

Building an energy-efficient home doesn’t necessarily take a ton of money. Instead, it takes a commitment from you. If you’ve decided it’s time to green your home, call BTAC, Inc. at 806-589-1014 for all your installation and energy needs.

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How to Get the Best Refrigeration For Your Business

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The look and usability of your refrigeration unit are crucial to the success of your business. From units that allow customers to see and purchase their food to kitchen units that help streamline prep and service, refrigeration is a vital aspect of your Amherst, Texas, business. However, few new business owners know the best way to pick the perfect refrigeration unit. If you’re trying to find the best refrigeration unit for your business, here are a few tips to get you started.

Select the Right Style

One of the first things you’ll want to consider when choosing a commercial refrigeration unit is the style. This typically refers to the color, handles, compartments, and lighting of the refrigerator. This is especially important for businesses that display their food to customers or let the customers choose the food themselves in places like delis, ice cream parlors, or grocery stores. By choosing the right style, it helps your food look more attractive to customers while blending seamlessly with the decor of your business.

Size Considerations

Another important aspect of choosing the right unit for your business is the size. Assessing size is one of the more difficult aspects of purchasing a refrigerator, as it has many variables that are dependent on your own calculations. Don’t overlook any of the aspects of size, which may include the size and scope of the business, how much food you intend to store and for how long, the actual square footage of the business, and if you need any special units.

Ease of Use

Regardless of whether you’re going to have employees or customers accessing your refrigeration units, you want something that’s easy to use. For employees, this might mean having several sections for each type of product or units that are easy to open, even with your hands full. Customers might like improved lighting and easy-to-open cases that allow them time to browse.

No matter what type of refrigeration unit you need, the pros at BTAC, Inc. can help. Give us a call at 806-589-1014 for all your commercial refrigeration needs.

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These 3 Invading Pests Can Wreck Your HVAC

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The HVAC system in your Whiteface, Texas, home is a source of comfort for your family throughout the year. However, it’s also a place many pests may choose to call home. If you think you may have some invading pests but aren’t quite sure what they are, here are a few that can severely damage your HVAC system.

Mice

Mice love the warmth of the furnace, especially during cold weather. Most often, mice set up shop in the air intake of your furnace, which you’ll find next to the air filter. If you have mice hiding there, you can usually smell these culprits when you turn on the furnace; it will smell of urine, feces, or decay. To alleviate the situation, you may want to put some glue traps or mousetraps in the area and check them frequently.

It’s also important to note that the frequency of infestation increases greatly with neglected or older HVAC systems. If you live in an older home, it becomes even more important to get a tuneup, as our technicians can find potentially problematic areas.

Roaches

There’s nothing more disgusting than having roaches invade your home. The problem is that roaches love to hide in hard-to-reach places, especially in your air ducts. Not only do the ducts provide undetectable passage from room to room, but they also offer the moisture necessary to keep colonies thriving. Pest traps are usually the best prevention here, as insecticides may be blown through your home when the unit kicks in.

Squirrels

Larger animals can also wreak havoc on your HVAC system, yet they’re easier to detect. It’s easy to hear a squirrel scamper through the vents, so detection of this one is easier. If you do find a squirrel in the vents, using a trap or a pest extermination company can eradicate the problem.

The best way to keep pests out of your home is by prevention. With some proper HVAC care from BTAC, Inc., you can keep these unwanted tenants from entering your home. Call us today at 806-589-1014.

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