How to Avoid Costly AC Mistakes

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioners use about 6 percent of all the electricity produced in the U.S. Today, in fact, more than 90 percent of US households rely on some sort of air conditioning to help them beat the heat. Can that level of energy consumption be reduced without depriving anyone…

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How Your AC Evaporator Coils Can Freeze, and What Happens When They Do

Time for a little AC 101 – at least until we get to the meat of this blog. Your home air conditioning system consists of three main parts: the outside condensing unit, indoor air handler, and the air ducts that deliver cool, fresh air through your vents or registers. While companies like ours perform countless…

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How Improved Air Circulation Can Reduce Your Energy Costs

The older your AC system, the more it costs to run it – just a simple fact of life in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. But that doesn’t mean you should be content with those ever-climbing utility bills. In fact, go ahead and get mad at them if it helps. Even better, resolve to do something…

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What You Need to Know About Automatic Zoning

If this is not your first Optimum Air blog, you may recall us talking about signs that your air conditioning system might need some professional attention – one of those being hot and cold spots throughout your house. Well, that same phenomenon can be caused by having only one thermostat, especially if yours is a…

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Is Your AC System Making You Sick?

Every AC season, people from all over the country rush to their primary care physician or nearest walk-in medical clinic complaining that their AC system is making them sick.  Even if they’re right, they’re wrong. Say what? By itself, your AC system literally does nothing more than remove hot air from your home, thus providing…

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Average Life Expectancy of an Air Conditioning System

If you can barely remember purchasing your current central AC system, you know it’s getting up there in years. Or perhaps you purchased your home with the system already installed, and you just don’t recall how old it was at the time. Since central AC systems don’t last forever, it’s always a good idea to…

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Is Spring the Best Time for an AC Tune-up?

If you subscribe to the belief that there’s a season and reason for everything, then here’s another perfect example:  while there’s almost no bad time for air conditioning preventative maintenance, spring is the best time.  By far! What makes that so?  Several good and practical reasons: Heating and cooling companies have their busy and slow…

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The History of Air Conditioning and How It Changed America

We admit it – we’ve already got a touch of spring fever and it’s not even February yet.  Oh well, what’s the harm, right? Well, in our line of work, once thoughts of spring come to mind, so do thoughts of air conditioning.  And then it hit us:  wouldn’t it be a refreshing change of…

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Why You Shouldn’t Cover Your Air Conditioner During the Winter

As you drive through the suburbs of the Dallas/Fort Worth area during the heating season, here’s something you’re bound to see over and over again:  neatly wrapped and tied outdoor AC condensing units. After all, since covers are sold in the first place, buying them to cover your AC unit must be the smart move,…

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What Causes an AC System to Freeze Up

If you have ever experienced a frozen air conditioning system, you know the symptoms. The house is too warm. Water may be dripping from the ceiling. Sometimes you can hear the system running, but there is no cool air coming out of the vents. Ice and frost have built up in your air conditioning system,…

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