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05/15/2017
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03/24/2017
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Every home, condominium and townhouse has one. It’s impossible to control. The only thing that is predictable about it is its unpredictability. It feels like it costs more than it’s worth. Most homeowners ban their family members from going near it six months out of the year. What is it? The single room that, no matter how hard you wish, hope and try, is always 10 degrees hotter or 10 degrees colder than the rest of the home.

Are You Able to Use Every Single Room in Your Home?

These “hot spots” and “cold spots” can be extremely frustrating for homeowners. Window air conditioners and space heaters can help, but they also cost a lot of money to operate. As a result, most homeowners shut up those rooms in the heat of summer and cold of winter. Closing off access to a den, rec room or even a bedroom is impractical. It reduces living space and can cause frustration among family members. Thankfully, homeowners need not suffer any longer. Ductless systems can be used to control the temperature of a single room, improving comfort and reducing energy costs. These ductless cooling and heating systems have two main components: an indoor unit that is mounted either on a wall or ceiling and an outdoor unit that houses the condenser. The two components are connected by a small conduit rather than ductwork, and offer cooling and heating in one system, which makes these units easier to install and far more efficient than window ACs or space heaters. Single-room solutions are effective for homes that have:
  • Livable attics or basements
  • Sun rooms that homeowners would like to use as livable space in winter
  • Garages that have been converted to livable space
  • Hot spots and cold spots – rooms that just never feel as comfortable as the rest of the house
  • Guest rooms, rec rooms or other rooms that are only rarely occupied

Turn Your Entire House Into Livable Space

Split-ductless systems are ideal for cooling or heating single rooms that get used, but not all the time. Rather than cranking the thermostat up or down to reach a single room, ductless systems can be used to achieve comfort in those spaces only when they are occupied. If no one is in the room, there is no need to pay to cool or heat that area. If you own a home, you should be able to use each room in that home whenever you want. Shutting off a single room in the winter and summer made sense several decades ago when there was simply no other option. Thanks to home zoning, there is no longer a need to board up livable rooms. Zoned systems provide families with almost unlimited, customizable options that allow them to keep their houses open year-round, without throwing money out the window.
03/24/2017
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What if an electrician came to your home and rewired your house so that all of the lights were turned off and on at the same time using a single switch? Most homeowners would show that electrician the door. However we still use that same impractical and inefficient concept for cooling and heating our homes. A single thermostat controls the temperature for the entire house, leaving some rooms cold, some rooms hot and some rooms in a constant state of flux.

For decades, homeowners have accepted this one-thermostat-for-all-rooms solution. They’ve begrudgingly used space heaters and window air conditioners to try to even out temperatures in attics, basements, rec rooms and bedrooms that never feel comfortable. However, there are plenty of options when it comes to controlling home comfort. Whether the problem is a single room or single area of the home, or you’re looking for a more cost-effective and energy conscious solution for the entire house, there are options.

Controlled Comfort With Home Zoning

A zoned home is divided into segments, based upon each segment’s need for conditioning. Each zone is controlled by a thermostat, but instead of those thermostats connecting to a single unit, each zone has its own, individual split-conditioning system that keeps that zone the perfect temperature, without affecting other zones. This can improve energy efficiency and reduces heating and cooling costs across the board.

Zoning is very popular in new builds, but it is also possible for existing homes. Zoning is appropriate for all homes that:

  • Have two or more levels
  • Have rooms with large windows and/or vaulted ceilings
  • Make use of basements or attics as living space
  • Are built over concrete slabs
  • Experience extreme temperature swings or differentials
  • Are over 60 years old and cannot be torn up for ductwork
  • Experience family fights over the thermostat

Stop Treating Symptoms

In the past, homeowners have been forced to either accept cold spots and hot spots, or they have had to resort to expensive short-term solutions like window AC units or space heaters to control the temperature in different areas of their home. These spot fixes can help control comfort, but they are expensive both to purchase and utilize and they don’t solve the larger problem. It’s like taking aspirin when you have the flu – it can help treat the symptoms, but it doesn’t cure the virus.

Home zoning is an energy efficient and cost-effective way to achieve the comfort that you and your family deserve. Each zone is controlled by its own, individual thermostat that eliminates the need for supplemental systems and reduces energy bills. Once installed, zoned units are extremely quiet, causing no disruption in the everyday activities of life.

Single-unit cooling and heating is impractical and unnecessary. Homeowners have options that are completely customizable based upon individual needs and preferences. With home-zoning, families not only achieve comfort, but harmony in the home.

12/21/2016
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08/24/2016
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Sept 2

APCO - DETOX THE AIR

What APCO Does

  • Odor Control

    Let's face it, no one wants visiting friends or family to smell the cat box or last night's garlic sauce. You could use a spray or a candle but those things just perfume the air. APCO actually removes odors by transforming odor-causing VOC molecules into harmless water vapor and CO2. So keep the cat, and fry that fish!

  • Clean Coils

    The UV-C light in APCO works just as well at keeping AC coils clean as our non-PCO products. Moldy coils shorten the life of the air system and waste energy by reducing efficiency. UV-C light kills the mold and reduces the need for system maintenance.

  • Indoor Air Quality

    According to the EPA indoor air pollution is often five times worse than outdoor and represents a significant health risk. An APCO whole-house air purifier improves indoor air quality by destroying odor-causing and potentially toxic VOCs, while sterilizing mold, bacteria, viruses, and allergens from the air stream.

How APCO Works

  • Advanced Photocatalytic Oxidation

    APCO detoxes the air with a process called photocatalytic oxidation (PCO), a technology similar to the catalytic converter on your car’s exhaust. UV-C light reacts with titanium dioxide infused into the carbon which effectively disintegrates the captured contaminants, leaving only harmless water vapor and CO₂ which are released back into the air. This process leaves the carbon cells clean so they never fill up or need to be replaced. The result is clean, odor-free air throughout the home.

  • Germ-Killing Power of UV-C Light

    For over a century scientists have known about the germ-killing properties of UV-C light. Because this frequency of light is filtered out by the Earth's atmosphere microorganisms have no defense against it. It works by scrambling their DNA which prevents them from reproducing.

Call W.Williams today at 409-722-3370 to learn more on how APCO Fresh-Aire UV can detox your home!
07/29/2016
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August 3
Armstrong Air dealers have years of expertise in heating and cooling. Their knowledge can help you save money in many ways, from proper insulation to optimizing the performance of heating and cooling equipment.

Insulation

  • Proper home insulation is the most important part in conserving energy and keeping your utility bills lower. For average homes, use the below as a guide. Houses located in cold temperatures may need additional insulation to promote desired energy conservation.
    • Ceilings: R-30 (10″) Thermal resistance
    • Exterior walls, floors (over unheated areas): R-11 (3-1/2″) Thermal resistance
  • When using your heating or cooling system, keep all windows and doors closed.
  • Windows allow heat to enter the home in summer and escape the home in winter, but heat transfer can be cut significantly—up to 40% to 50%—by switching to double-glazed windows. These windows have a sealed air space between the two panes of glass.
  • Get metal-frame or wood-frame storm windows for your home. That extra layer of glass and air cuts heat transfer tremendously, even if your single-glazed windows are high quality.
  • All entrance doors and windows should have weather-stripping and caulking. Also, if your home has small areas where outside air can filter in, plug them with plastic, caulking or weather-stripping.
  • Fireplaces should have tight-fitting dampers that can be shut when not in use.

Energy Efficiency

  • Humidifiers can help conserve heating costs in wintertime because moist air feels warmer and you can set your thermostat at a lower temperature setting.
  • Take advantage of a programmable thermostat which allows you to adjust indoor temperatures to your schedule. While away from the house, the system (heating or cooling) can be set to run less frequently, saving energy and money.
  • When going away on a trip, always adjust the temperature so the heating/cooling system will run less often. You may not want to turn the system completely off because heat often leads to odors or unwanted humidity that can be hard on furniture or other household items. Likewise, allowing your house to get too cold could lead to burst water pipes from freezing conditions.

Heating System

  • Have your thermostat mounted on an internal wall, away from windows and doors.
  • If you’re expecting a large group of people, lower the thermostat just a couple of degrees. You’ll save on heating bills and have a more comfortable environment.
  • Set the thermostat as low as comfort permits. Each degree over 68° can add 3% to the amount of energy needed for heating.
  • Have your ductwork cleaned regularly by a professional.

Cooling System

  • Make sure your attic is well ventilated. Heat rises, and having larger vents can help relieve heat buildup.
  • If renovating a roof or building a new home, consider lighter-colored shingles to reflect the sun’s light and heat.
  • Don’t place heat-producing home devices such as televisions, computers or lamps near or under your thermostat.
  • Set your temperature as high as comfort will permit.
  • Consider installing awnings, shades or shutters over windows that are exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Keep kitchen and bath exhaust fan use to a minimum during summer months.
  • Draw blinds or drapes during peak daytime temperatures.
  • In moderate weather, consider opening windows instead of turning on the A/C.