Is Your Home’s Heating System Ready for Cold Weather?

The cold weather fronts of the new year are approaching quickly, so it's time to make sure that your heating and cooling system is prepared to keep your home comfortable for you and your family. At Service First Air Conditioning and Heating, we help our customers keep their furnaces running properly over the holidays and throughout the winter. Below are some of the best tips we have for keeping your heating and cooling system functional at this chilly time of year. Replace Your Air Filter The air filter in your HVAC system needs to be … [Read more...]

Save Money with Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance

If just spending a little time, and maybe getting your hands a little dirty, were the key to saving money, would it be worth it to you?  You can make your air conditioner last longer and work better by taking a few regular steps of maintenance.  You may have to spend a little money on filters for your appliance, but your home should be more comfortable with these maintenance steps, and it will save you larger sums of money down the road.Easy things to maintain on an air conditioner include the filters, coils, and fins.  Evaluating and … [Read more...]

Summer Heat Stifles Texas: Which AC Units Can Lower Your Electricity Costs?

Cities across Texas have seen above-average temps over recent weeks due to a heat dome sitting over the state, leading many to crank up their air conditions. Many people in Texas, especially in Austin and San Antonio, are facing much higher electric bills because of this,  explains Nicole Rosales of KVUE in Austin. Fortunately, there is something that can be done about these increased costs. Consider a Newer, More Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner. The Energy Star program was created to reduce carbon footprints and increase the energy … [Read more...]

Efficient Use of Your Heating and Cooling System Will Save Money

Saving money on utility bills is a matter of learning to efficiently use your appliances, including your HVAC system. By cultivating habits of conservation such as setting your thermostat to a milder temperature, particularly when your home is empty, you're likely to be impressed by how much you could lower your energy consumption. Wise use of a programmable thermostat can be one of your most powerful tools to keep you comfortable while you are home, and save you money when you're not. For larger homes, closing vents to rooms that are … [Read more...]

Top 3 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

If you think that improving air quality is limited to the outdoors, you could be overlooking an important source of contamination. Did you know that the quality of the indoor air where you spend a great deal of time, such as your home, could be poor enough to affect your health? In fact, according to research by reliable sources like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the levels of pollution indoors could be as much as 100 times greater than the pollution outside. Following are some helpful hints in keeping your indoor air as clean as … [Read more...]

Deciding Whether to Repair or Replace Your HVAC System

If you're not staying warm in winter or cool in summer, you may be wondering if it is time to repair or replace your heating or air conditioning unit. There are many good reasons for either repairing or replacing your furnace or air conditioning if you're having trouble.  Here is what ENERGY STAR and the government have to say about replacing your HVAC or whether you need to have it repaired. Is Your HVAC System Too Old? One of the things to keep in mind is that after a certain amount of time, you're throwing away money on inefficient … [Read more...]

Programmable Smart Thermostats Can Save Money Without Compromising Comfort

A programmable thermostat is a must-have device for the savvy and modern homeowner. Few other accessories give you the control and convenience you need -- and want -- when it comes to making your home as comfortable as possible. Below are just a few ways that installing a programmable thermostat can save you money without compromising the comfort of you and your family.Precise Control With the typical programmable thermostat, you can manually set the temperature for the whole house. Most sophisticated models have additional features that … [Read more...]

What Energy Saving Rebates Apply to Texas?

It’s no secret that Texas can get quite hot. It takes a significant amount of electricity to keep your home and office cool during the summer. That’s why regular maintenance of HVAC systems is always recommended – it keeps the equipment you depend on working efficiently. Not only does this keep you cool when needed, but you’ll also save money. A clean HVAC system only uses the electricity that it needs, while a dirty system will have to work harder to push air through clogged filters.Keeping your HVAC system clean is a great way to save … [Read more...]

How PACE Can Help You Save Money on Your HVAC System

As winter approaches, property owners will be busy performing annual maintenance on their HVAC systems to increase efficiency and life expectancy. However, nothing compares to the installation of a high-quality, energy-efficient HVAC system, and the Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) statutes can be a critical factor in improving these qualities. Take a look at how PACE statutes may be the solution to today’s energy concerns.A Bit About PACE In 2009, Texas legislation created a bill to enable local municipalities to assess and make … [Read more...]

Cutting Energy Costs this Winter

It’s official: winter is here. With the cold comes the need for a heating system that works efficiently, providing you and your family with warmth throughout the chilly months. For homeowners though, the costs of heating your home can be expensive. To reduce your utility bills this year, here are some tips for cutting energy costs in the winter: Perform Regular Maintenance If you haven’t recently performed maintenance on the heating systems in your home, don’t procrastinate any longer – regular maintenance is crucial to ensuring that your … [Read more...]