What to Do When Your Air Conditioner Goes Out

For most residents of Conroe and Cypress, the thought of your air conditioner going out in the middle of the summer months is a terrifying thought. For most, this terrifying thought won’t become a reality this summer, but for some it will. If your worst nightmare comes to life this summer and your air conditioner does in fact stop working, follow these helpful tips to stay cool.

 

Use Fans

Does this one seem pretty obvious? Well, we’ve got news for you, it is extremely obvious. This is an obvious, yet effective, first step to take when your air conditioner goes out. In fact, this one is so obvious that we don’t even need to talk any more about it.

 

Eat Cold Foods

Once you have been sitting in the warm and sticky air of your house for a while, you’re eventually going to get hungry. Now, when it comes time to fix something to eat, DO NOT make anything that requires the stove, oven or microwave. For one, using the stove or the oven will make your house even warmer. Secondly, eating warm food isn’t going to help your body to cool down. Who cares if it’s the middle of the day and you haven’t had any substantial or wholesome food to eat in the past few hours… scoop up some ice cream (really? Ice cream? Yes. Healthy eating goes out the window and all bets are off when the a/c goes out).

 

Stay Out of the Sun

If you were stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean would you purposely leave the (less than ideal but significantly more safe than the shark infested waters) raft and dive into the shark-infested waters? For all of you that said ‘No’… Good job! For all of you that said ‘Yes’… hopefully you never find yourself stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Okay, you get the point. Just like leaving the safety of your raft to jump into shark-infested waters would be counterintuitive to your goal of survival, going outside and exposing yourself to the sun is counterintuitive to your goal of staying cool when your air conditioner goes out. If you have outdoor chores that you need to do, either wake up early and do them in the cool of the morning or wait until later in the evening when the sun is setting.

 

Use a Damp Towel

Okay, are you ready for this one? If you don’t already know this trick, you’re going to thank us big time when you see just how much of a lifesaver it really is. When you’re trying to cool off because your air conditioner went out, run a towel under cool water and place it around your neck. Now, obviously you need to ring out the towel before you place it around your neck. Well, unless you decide that soaking your entire shirt is the best way to cool off. Anyways, back to the point. Like we were saying, cooling off your neck is the best way to cool off the rest of your body.

 

All of these are great tips to help you stay cool when your air conditioner is busted during the summer months of Conroe and Cypress. However, none of these tips are going to bring your air conditioner back to life. For any Cypress or Conroe air conditioner repair needs, Cypress Creek AC is your absolute best option. Our highly dedicated professionals will bring back the cool comfort to your home as soon as possible.

 

Contact us today to repair your broken air conditioner.

 

The Big Thermostat Mistake: How To Avoid A Huge Electric Bill

Our main goal at Cypress Creek AC is to be the best Houston AC repair company due to our

integrity and expertise. One of the ways we exhibit that is by educating our customers on how to make

their HVAC systems last longer, work more efficiently, and have a comfortable home without a

burdening energy bill. Having a cool home during the summer doesn’t mean you have to waste energy!

In fact, if you haven’t scheduled your summer maintenance with us, that is one excellent way to save

money right when the summer heat kicks in. A properly tuned HVAC system won’t lose its efficiency due

to wear and tear until near the end of its duty life.

 

How One Simple Life Hack Can Make All The Difference

You don’t have to wait until you schedule an appointment with a Houston AC repair company to begin

saving money. There is one simple life hack that can save you money and add years of life to your unit.

This one simple thing doesn’t require much more than understanding the basics of how a thermostat

works to keep your home cool. In fact, most people completely misunderstand how their thermostat

works and that’s where the trouble starts.

 

The Big Thermostat Mistake

We know Houston can get unbearable during the Summer, and so many people are tempted to drop the

thermostat down to it’s coldest setting in order to obtain a comfortable temperature. Most thermostats

go as low as 59°F – but do not make this mistake! This can severely impact your energy bill and shorten

the life of your unit.

 

There are two reasons why this method of cooling your home is actually counter-productive and

expensive. The first reason is, lowering it to such a cold temperature does not make the AC system cool

the home faster. It just makes the compressor run for a longer period of time until it reaches the

temperature you set. This wastes energy like you wouldn’t believe, wears out the compressor faster and

ends up making the house too cold to even be comfortable. Think of it like cooling off after mowing the

lawn by sitting in a tub of ice. Sure it will cool you down, but it’s too much, too quick and then it’s

uncomfortable.

 

The second reason this is a huge mistake is that it is counter-productive. This is because the greater the

difference in temperature between the interior of your home and the temperature outside, the faster

the house actually absorbs heat. In contrast the higher the thermostat is set, the temperature gap is

closer and heat will not be absorbed as quickly. When you do this, it actually makes the house maintain

a cool temperature easier and makes your compressor run less. This is going to save you money in both

utilities and the cost of a Houston AC repair tech to replace a prematurely failing compressor.

 

Ideal Thermostat Settings For Your Home

Most Houston AC repair companies will give you the guidelines you need to keep your homes climate

comfortable while maximizing the life of your unit. The U.S. Department of Energy also has some great

information for conserving energy with smart thermostat setting suggestions. For our region, with our

humid climate, set the thermostat between 76°Fand 78°F when you are home and want it to be cool.

When you are not at home or when you are asleep (as your body temperature drops when sleeping) the

higher you set the thermostat the better. We recommend a setting of 6°F to 8°F warmer or more. By

using some form of these settings according to your comfort level, you could easily save up to 10% on

your energy bill during the summer season.

 

Smart Thermostats, Smart Savings

Another good idea to go hand in hand with this method is to invest in a programmable or “smart”

thermostat such as the Nest or any of the models available from many carriers. If you aren’t familiar

with the technology, it is a thermostat that actually learns your setting patterns and auto programs

itself to optimize for both comfort and energy savings. Many models even are wi-fi connected and can

adjust according to the forecast for your region.

 

Need The Best In Houston AC Repair?

Let our HVAC pros get you on the road to lower bills and better cooling with one of our smart

thermostats and energy efficient HVAC systems. Contact us today for your free estimate.

Spring Break For Your HVAC System

Spring Break For Your HVAC System

Are you making the most of the mild spring we are having in Houston? Taking a break from our normal HVAC shop talk we want to discuss a valuable home life hack. While it’s cool out, it is the perfect time to give your HVAC system a spring break of its own. Turn it off and air out your house and give your windows a good cleaning. Soon the Texas heat wave will be upon us and take it from a Houston AC repair veteran, it will be hot as ever. Cleaning your windows and screens not only keeps your windows functioning properly but it beautifies your home and the fresh air cleanses your home. With a few simple life hacks from some of our friends in the replacement window industry, you can have your windows and screens looking brand new.

Size Up The Job

Granted, cleaning windows isn’t neuroscience, however, it can still be a daunting task depending on the size and floorplan of your home. If you have a lot of windows or live in a two-story home, it might be something you want to hire out professionals for. Much like Houston AC repair pros recommend you not try a DIY on your HVAC system, we don’t recommend scaling two stories to clean your windows. But if you are feeling empowered and want to tackle it, we’ll show you how.

Keep It Simple To Keep It Crystal

When it comes to getting that coveted crystal clear shine on your windows, you can skip the expensive spray bottles of blue liquid. Most brand name solutions are overpriced hype and you can get the same results for pennies on the dollar. In Houston AC repair, when we need to clean coils, sure, we use a specially formulated spray to cut through oil and debris, but we are talking windows here, not a 10k AC unit. Keep it simple and take a bucket of warm water with a few drops of Dawn dish soap or your favorite brand. The trick to crystal clear windows is the method, not the solution.

Using your inexpensive miracle cleaner, grab a sponge, dunk it in the solution and scrub every window pane from inside and out. Here is the key step, quickly remove the solution from the window using a rubber squeegee. It should just take one swoop on small panes, but on large panes wipe the squeegee with a towel after each pass.

Once your windows are sparkling and crystal clear wipe them down with a soft microfiber cloth. One other note, make sure you take this task on when it is overcast outside, this way you aren’t fighting the quick drying power  of the sun. Once all is done, you can tackle the screens

Good Screens Are Clean Screens

If you have never cleaned your window screens you might be surprised to see how much dirt and grime as accumulated on them. In our Houston AC repair company, we have seen similar stories with air filters in residential units. A screen is similar, it filters the breeze from bugs and small debris from dirtying up your house. Just like an AC unit though, if the screens are clogged, you will get less air flow. To clean a screen you need to remove it from the window and give it a good soak with a hose. Then take your window cleaning solution and a nylon brush and gently scrub away all the grime, once you feel it is clean hose it down thoroughly and let it dry before putting it back on.

Rain, Rain Go Away

The best life hack for keeping your windows clean is to keep the dirt from building up on them in the first place. The easiest way to do this is with a product usually thought of for car windshields only. RainX rain repellent is a great coating to apply to your home’s windows. Rain will bead up on the glass and roll right off, making it harder for dirt to stick. Simply re-apply the solution every spring cleaning to keep your windows water resistant and cleaning even easier.

Is Your HVAC Ready For Summer?

If you aren’t sure if your HVAC unit is ready for summer, contact us today to schedule a pre-summer tune up and avoid costly Houston AC repair bills. We are the experts serving this area for decades and we are committed to making your home comfortable and cool.

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3 Telltale Signs Your HVAC Unit Is About To Die

The smell of flowers and spring is in the Conroe air, the sun is shining and the weather is mild. What else is there to think about other than enjoying this beautiful weather. The answer—Summer. Yes, those sweltering hot days of summer will be here before you know it. The question is not whether you are ready, the real question is your HVAC ready? If you haven’t thought about that yet, you should be Conroe air conditioning companies all over are swamped with HVAC tune-up calls. While it is important to keep your AC tuned up and in good working order; how do you know when your AC is about to be beyond repair? You need to keep a good eye on that because it is a major investment and you can’t let it sneak up on you. Here are three signs you can look for that tells you, it’s time to start saving for a unit.

Your Unit Has Reached Its Service Life Cycle

This is the most obvious and easy sign to diagnose. All appliances have an expected life cycle. When an appliance is close to this cycle it may very well run just as well but the risk that it will fail goes up exponentially. Similar to a car, the older your HVAC system is, the less efficient it runs and breaks down more often. A decent HCAV system has an average life cycle of 15 years, but even at 10 yrs, a unit can exhibit signs of extreme inefficiency or complete failure. The money you can save with a newer more efficient model from your local Conroe air conditioning company can make a worthy case for the investment. Once your unit approaches the 10-year mark it is wise to begin putting money away for a new unit.

Frequent Major Repairs

Keeping with the comparison to a car when your car starts needing frequent major repairs you begin to question whether the investment into the repairs is worth it. What if the car ends up breaking down beyond repair after you just spent a thousand to fix it? An HVAC system is no different, so if you keep needing major repairs on your unit, it is likely to move beyond repair very soon. The next time you call a Conroe air conditioning tech out, have them assess the health of the major components that haven’t failed yet before getting a repair done. A fuse here and there and a capacitor is usual, even a compressor once during the life cycle, but repeated major repairs spell trouble.

Runs Inefficiently

As your HVAC unit ages, it degrades in efficiency when it gets past the halfway mark of its life cycle. The degradation is gradual so sometimes it’s hard to notice. Most Conroe air conditioning companies will come out once a year and measure the energy efficiency of your unit. These inexpensive check-ups will provide you with a timeline of how long your unit has been running at less than optimal. When you start seeing steady significant degradation it is time to budget for a new unit. After all, the amount of money you are wasting in lost energy will offset the cost of a new unit once you gain that efficiency back. Some examples of this condition are:

• Running for longer periods of time to cool your home
• Higher utility bills without a change in your routine
• Not cooling as well or needing coolant more often

Contact The Conroe Air Experts

If you’re feeling it’s time to get a new unit or if you are unsure if yours is nearing its end, call Cypress Creek AC and have one of our technicians evaluate your unit and provide you with cost effective options. Remember the best course of action is preemptive action.

Is AC Repair Spring TX Worth [$] To You?

Welcome to Texas, where everything is bigger including the air conditioning units. Everyone in South Texas knows that summers here can really beat you down with temperatures hovering well over 90 degrees most of the season. We all know that hell hath no fury like a broke down AC unit during a Texas summer. Most AC Repair Spring TX pros will tell you that too many AC units give out during this hot season and they don’t have to. That’s right, they don’t have to. The problem is too many people forego regular maintenance on their units and end up spending thousands more to replace them because they break beyond repair. So you have to ask yourself, is it worth paying an AC Repair Spring TX professional to maintain your unit? The answer is a resounding YES!

DO THE MATH

Most AC Repair Spring TX companies report the average repair cost on a unit to be between$175 and $510.  When you compare that to the cost of a new unit being around $8,000 for a decent system, that really isn’t a bad deal. Taking care of the minor repairs and preventative maintenance early will prolong the life of your unit and give you the maximum return on such a large investment. When you let symptoms go on untreated they can cause other components to have a shortened life and possibly render your unit irreparable. So the old saying rings true, pay a little now, or pay a lot later.

DUE DILIGENCE

It is not enough to just have a technician come out once every couple of years to check on your AC unit. When AC Repair Spring TX professionals visit a home at least twice a year for seasonal tune-ups, they report that those homes see a much longer life from their units than homeowners that only call once every couple of years. Your AC unit is much like a car, it needs regular preventative maintenance not so much to fix a problem , but to detect problems in the making and prevent it from causing more damage. Services like replacing fuses, lubricating moving parts, cleaning the coils, checking thermostat accuracy; All of these services help reveal any early signs of component failure and at the very least keep the unit running healthy and not working harder to account for poor performance. Most seasonal tune-ups cost only about  $120.00 and also give you a clue to how much longer your system will last, so you can save for a new unit when that time comes.

THE REAL QUESTION IS…

The real question is How Much Is AC Repair worth to you? It’s been well established that it is worth every dollar to properly maintain your unit vs. limiting its life and spending thousands on a new unit. When you deal with the professionals at Cypress Creek AC Repair Spring TX residents like yourself are getting the best in HVAC service. We provide an honest diagnostic of your system and give you realistic, practical options to correcting any problems with your unit. All you have to do is contact us to schedule a consultation.

The Insider’s Guide To AC Repair Cypress TX

The Insider’s Guide To AC Repair Cypress TX

If you are like most Houston area residents you are enjoying the mild winter weather, but SUMMER IS COMING. What does that mean for Cypress AC repair companies? It means running literally 24/7 because too many people wait until the last minute to service their units for summer. They let minor problems progress into major ones and they forget maintenance is key year round. That being said come March, the rush will be on for homeowners to discover problems, call for a tune-up or sadly, need a complete unit replacement. The demand for Cypress AC repair professionals will be huge, but which company should you choose? If you want to make sure you get quality service done right the first time there’s a quick guide you should follow to ensure complete satisfaction:

EXPERIENCE IS KEY

We aren’t discrediting new technicians by any means, and you don’t need to find a 20-year veteran; however you do want a technician that has had a fair share of experience with different units. While every apprentice eventually will become a master tech, it’s usually shadowing a master technician, you don’t want their first solo gig to be on your 10,000 HVAC unit. Whichever Cypress AC repair company you choose, make sure they send out at least one master tech on the call.

CREDENTIALS MATTER

Texas law requires all Cypress AC repair companies to have a license and certified technicians. Always ask for these credentials before hiring a company to work on your HVAC unit. Licensing exhibits proof that the tech has been properly trained and certified by state tests to properly repair and install HVAC systems according to code. Also, check and make sure they are insured. Insurance protects you and your property should they cause inadvertent damage to your property or you, directly or indirectly.

VERSATILE SKILLS

If you can make sure you hire a company that has experience with multiple types of HVAC systems even some that are uncommon. The more varied experience they have, the more likely they are to be able to solve any problem if you happen to have an old or rare unit. If you happen to have a highly specialized HVAC system, then you want to hire a specialist that specifically works with your type of setup. Most Cypress AC repair companies will list the different systems they are skilled in.

CHECK REFERENCES

The old adage goes that good news travels fast but bad news travels faster. Word of mouth advertising will tell you the most about a company. If someone has a bad experience with a company you will know about it, in the age of the internet, EVERYONE will know about it. If you can’t find any references for an HVAC company then be cautious in hiring. If you have close friends or family that your trust that know a good company, that is even better. The other option is to ask the company for personal references, if they refuse, walk away and do not do business with them. A good HVAC company will be proud to give references and their customers are happy to talk about them.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Lastly, and for good reason, consider the estimate you are given. We say lastly because you should not put too much weight into this, as an inexperienced company may give you a bargain to get your business. Good isn’t cheap and cheap isn’t good, always remember that. Find someone experienced and credentialed first, then worry about the price after you check references. You can’t put a price tag on good work but you can let the free market and competition work in your favor; so get multiple estimates and choose the right one for you.

If you need the best in Cypress AC repair companies you can save yourself the trouble and contact us for a free consultation today. Cypress Creek AC Repair has over 30 years of experience. Right now, there is still time to take advantage of our $50 off February special!