HVAC Care for Pet Owners

A majority of American households host pets, the most common of which are dogs. While they might be man’s best friend, they certainly aren’t good for allergies, asthma or HVAC systems. Fortunately, however, with these expert tips, you can care for your home’s central heating and cooling system—and the people you live with—without kicking your furry friends to the curb. Keep Urine Away From Your HVAC System Even with proper training, pets are still liable to urinate on your house. Male dogs and cats, for example, mark their territory by spraying urine on objects. Your furry friends may very well urinate on your HVAC unit without you knowing it, causing parts to malfunction or even the entire system to fail. Erecting a fence or enclosure around the HVAC unit is recommended; be careful, however, not to block airflow to the unit, which can cause other problems. Protect Wiring and Other Components From Damage Many pet owners don’t like placing their pets in cages while they’re at work or otherwise away from home. Without supervision, pets are liable to damage your home’s HVAC unit, external wiring, air filters, thermostats and other important HVAC system components. While caging your pets is one option, a more humane avenue involves blocking pet access to areas of your home that contain heating, ventilation and air conditioning system components. You should also encase wiring in thick, sturdy conduit—strong rubber or plastic casing for wiring, in other words. Clean More Frequently Pet dander and hair are some of the most prevalent indoor air pollutants; of course, dander and hair also clog up filters, ducts and HVAC systems in general, causing poor performance, allergy flare-ups and lower system efficiency. Sweeping and mopping smooth floor surfaces, vacuuming carpets and dusting objects around the home reduces the likelihood of HVAC systems taking in these unwanted pollutants. Here at Beckham and Jones Heating & Air Conditioning of Huntsville, Texas, we’re experts at maintaining HVAC systems. Dealing with pet-related issues, believe it or not, is one of the most common issues we encounter in the field. Contact us today and let us get your home’s HVAC system in order. We offer heating, cooling and indoor air quality services....

Can you do Zoning with Smart Thermostats?

By now, you probably know most of the capabilities of your smart thermostat. However, there are always tips and tricks to learn. One thing that you may want to consider is whether you can do zoning with smart thermostats. A Single Thermostat The best part about zoning with a smart thermostat is that you only need a single thermostat. With traditional thermostats, you need multiple devices to cover the entirety of your home. This can take up a lot of space and make maintenance difficult. The upfront cost is likely much higher as well. On the other hand, a single smart thermostat should suffice for your whole house. Advanced Zoning Smart thermostats lead to advanced zoning. You’ll be able to hone in on smaller zones than ever before, and if you need to change a zone, you can program this on the interface. Traditional thermostats often force you to make commitments when you’re setting up your home. Smart thermostats allow for much more flexibility. Smart thermostats are also more accurate than their counterparts, which means that you don’t have to settle for temperatures that are a few degrees off. Modern Homes Finally, smart thermostats are a perfect fit for modern houses. Modern properties have been designed with this sort of technology in mind. These homes tend to be on the compact side, allowing a smart thermostat to spread air to every room at once. While it’s possible to zone in an older house, there might be open areas that are difficult to control. With the power of a smart thermostat, you can take complete control over the layout of a modern residence. Contact Zoning Professionals In conclusion, you can absolutely do zoning with smart thermostats. A company such as Beckham and Jones in Huntsville, TX, is a great way to get started with using these devices. We’re also proficient in other heating, cooling, and air quality services. If you’re interested in zoning, then give our team a call today....

5 Common Household Products That Pollute Your Home’s Air

If you’re like most people in Huntsville, TX, and the surrounding areas, you spend about 90% of your time indoors. Most of that time is in your home. Unfortunately, the indoor air quality in most houses is two to five times worse than the outdoor air. Read on to find out which five common household products are releasing pollution into your residence. 1. Dry-Cleaned Clothing If you’ve recently taken clothing to the dry cleaners and brought it back home, it could be releasing pollutants into your indoor air. Dry cleaning chemicals include perchloroethylene, a known human carcinogen. 2. Paint You probably have a few partial cans of paint sitting around in a closet, the basement, or your garage. The paint releases volatile organic compounds while in storage. These compounds can affect your respiratory health and may also cause headaches, nausea, and fatigue. 3. Glue and Adhesives Wood glue, super glue, and craft glues and adhesives contain many different chemicals. Depending on the type of glue, it may contain polyvinyl acetate, phenol-formaldehyde (PH), ethylene-vinyl acetate, or cyanoacrylate. These are known to be harmful to human health and are probable human carcinogens. 4. Sealed Upholstery If you purchased upholstered furniture with a stain protection sealant, there’s a good chance that it’s off-gassing and polluting your home’s air. Depending on the type of sealant used, it may contain acetone, which is the active ingredient in nail polish remover, or alkylate petroleum naphtha, which is closely related to mothballs. 5. Carpeting Carpets may contain formaldehyde, xylene, benzene, or toluene. Even carpets with a “green” rating may contain some of these chemicals. They’re known human carcinogens. At a low level of exposure, they cause a flu-like illness. Allow carpets to off-gas before installing them. At Beckham and Jones Heating & Air Conditioning, our NATE-certified technicians provide reliable heating and air conditioning repairs, replacement, installation, and maintenance services. Homeowners and business owners in Huntsville also turn to us for duct services. To learn more about our indoor air quality solutions, call us today....

Why Does My HVAC System Smell Like Smoke?

When you suddenly smell smoke coming out of your vents, it isn’t necessarily a sign something is seriously wrong. There are several reasons ranging from routine maintenance to a situation where you need to call a technician. Here are the common reasons you’re smelling smoke. Dust Is Burning Off If you haven’t used your furnace or heat pump in a while, your HVAC system will have collected dust. It’s normal to smell smoke when you first use your furnace or heat pump after months of them not being used. The smell should go away within a few minutes. Clogged Air Filter Your air filters may become clogged if you haven’t cleaned or replaced them recently. The filters collect dust and dirt. This causes your HVAC system to work harder, putting extra pressure on motors, fans and other moving parts. You should check the filters and clean or replace them if they’re dirty. Materials in Your Vents Things that have gotten into your vents may cause a smoke smell. If the smoke smells like plastic or rubber burning, figure out which vent has the strongest smell. Remove the vent and look to see if you can pinpoint the issue. Motor Is Overheating An overheating motor can cause a burning smell. The bearings in the motor need to be lubricated once a year. Furnaces and air conditioners need to each be tuned-up once a year by a technician to keep them in good operating condition. Beckham & Jones Heating & Air Conditioning of Huntsville, TX, provides annual maintenance services. Capacitor Is Broken AC units have a capacitor that powers the motor. If the capacitor breaks, the motor can overheat. This will cause a burning smell. Capacitors can break due to wear and tear, overheated circuitry or other issues. Beckham & Jones Heating & Air Conditioning installs, repairs and maintains furnaces, heat pumps and air conditioners. We also provide indoor air quality products, such as air purifiers and ventilators. Contact us today to find out more!...

What are Benefits of a Geothermal System?

Most HVAC systems have an indoor furnace and an outside air condition unit as components. The furnace is used in the winter while the air condition unit is used in the summer. The popularity of this type of heating or air conditioning system has made homeowners comfortable with it. However, that’s not the only type of heating and cooling system available. Have you heard of a Geothermal system? A Dependable Option A geothermal heating and cool system can be installed underground. This would replace the existing HVAC unit. There are many benefits to owning a geothermal system. Environmental protection, longevity, savings — these are some of the benefits of owning a geothermal system. Geothermal systems do not use harmful fossil fuels. Instead, the system relies upon on the sun and water. It’s a clean energy solution for those concerned with the environment. The secret is the nearly constant temperatures found a few feet below the Earth’s surface. These temperatures are put to use when a water-based solution is circulated underground. Geothermal systems have a long lifespan comparable to that of a traditional heating and cooling system. Given that part of the system is underground, it’s an added benefit that these systems are relatively low maintenance. Lower Utility Bills Arguably the most important benefit of a geothermal system is that it will lower a homeowner’s utility bills. It’s not uncommon for these bills to be 30-70% less expensive than those of traditional energy systems. This is reason enough for many homeowners to switch. The price of oil and gas fluctuates constantly. Owning a geothermal system will help to stabilize the fluctuating cost of the monthly utility bill. Contact Us Are you interested in owning a geothermal system? It might be a completely new energy source for your household. You may contact us today and we will answer any questions that you may have. Take the first step to lowering your monthly utility bill and improving the environment in your neighborhood. Contact Beckham & Jones today!...

Why Should I Take Care of My Indoor Air?

It is said that ninety percent of our time is spent indoors. As such, indoor pollution is more hazardous than outdoor pollution. Outdoor Symptoms New and older home have much in common other than the standard amenities. The home environment is similar than the outdoor environment. But there are times that you feel ill and them feel better as soon as you step out of the house. After ruling out possible sickness related to extreme heat or cold Hay fever, Asthma attacks, Sunburn or sun poisoning or sickness associated with Tick and mosquitos, indoor sources of sickness must be considered as the cause of illness. Indoor Symptoms After you are in your house for a few hours, you may have symptoms of irritation of the nose eyes, throat and nose. Further, you have headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and fatigue. The signs are treatable and for a short term. However, because of the majority of time indoors, research suggests that the causes of the rising incidence of autism, allergies and toxin load, may be the result of poor indoor air quality. Sources of Indoor Pollution 1. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a deadly odorless, tasteless gas. If the gas is not properly vented, it is extremely dangerous to the home occupants. Its familiar sources are attached garages with the car still running, gas stoves, fireplaces, gas dryers, and water heaters. CO detectors place in the home will give out an alarm of the presence of CO. 2. Inadequate ventilation brings outdoor pollution into the house and keeps cooking and heating gases out of the house. 3. Radon, like CO, is an orderless and tasteless gas. It arises from bedrock and soil beneath the home. It is said that radon is one of the causes of lung gas and must be vented from home. 4. Tobacco smoke will irritate the lungs and nose of non-smokers Products the Eliminate or Treat Indoor Air Pollution a. Air Purifier with Odor Absorbing Hepa Filter b. Humidifier c. Laser Particle Counter d. UV-C Sanitizer e. Portable evaporative air cooler f. Air Conditioner g. Vapor Systems For indoor air quality services in Huntsville and the surrounding areas, contact Beckham & Jones today! We can help you identify pollutants and get you breathing cleaner air, faster....

What Does It Mean to be NATE Certified?

Although the list of people that you can hire to keep your air conditioning and heating system(s) at home or work functioning properly can be rather long, especially if you include usually-less-qualified “handymen/women,” it would behoove you to choose very carefully whom you allow to work on your rather expensive HVAC equipment—not to mention your peace of mind. At the very least, insist that the technicians you hire are “NATE-Certified.” Why is Certification Important? Think about it. Most professionals these days are licensed or certified. Your doctor, dentist, nurse, accountant, lawyer, plumber, etc. They all underwent special training & education. After proving that they possessed adequate expertise by being formally tested, these people were given a license or certification. How else would you know that these people were qualified to safely, effectively and promptly solve your problem(s)? What is NATE Certification? NATE stands for “North American Technician Excellence”; it is a special knowledge/ expertize-based certification that service & installation HVAC technicians get only after passing a test (with a grade of 70 or more) provided by the independent organization that oversees NATE. A NATE-Certified technician offers you the following advantages: Peace of mind from knowing that the work won’t be botched by an amateur. Uniformity of expertise; all NATE-Certified technicians are equally knowledgeable/qualified. Training in specialties like heat pumps, air distribution, oil & gas heating differences, indoor air testing/monitoring, digital innovations & new technologies, etc. Less time needed to complete jobs (which saves you money) Better accountability; NATE technicians must abide by ethical & professional standards non-certified freelancers aren’t bound by If you ever need the services of an HVAC company, do yourself a favor and hire only reputable businesses that offer these indispensable amenities and consideration: Prompt, friendly & reasonably-priced service NATE-Certified Technicians Planned maintenance agreements In business since 1946 Emergency 24/7 services Family owned and operated personal service Carrier’s highly-sought “Factory Authorized Dealer” title Easy financing options New installation & repairs Serving nearby communities (Huntsville, Willis, Madisonville & beyond) Indoor air testing/monitoring   Are you concerned about Your heating/air conditioning system or the quality of your indoor air? Looking for quality AC or heating repair, installation, or maintenance? Call Beckham & Jones & Watch Your Troubles Literally “Evaporate”—for Good!...

How to Prevent Mold in Your AC System in Montgomery

When it’s hot outside, the AC units in Montgomery, TX work hard to help keep your home and family comfortable, unfortunately, one of the byproducts of an AC unit is moisture. Air conditioning systems also collect dust, which contains a wide variety of organic materials, such as dead skin cells and pollen; both of which are ideal food sources for bacteria. The combination of a damp environment and an excellent food source, your air conditioning system can become the perfect place for mold growth, so each time the air conditioner kicks on, it’s blowing harmful mold spores throughout the air in your home. Signs of Mold in Your Air Conditioning System The first and most obvious signs of mold in the AC unit are a strong mildew odor, especially when the air conditioner kicks on, and visibly seeing mold in and/or around the system and ducts. You should check for mold in the intake vents, air ducts, drip pans and the cooling coils. If you don’t see any signs of mold, but you smell a definite odor of mildew, you contact an AC service professional to inspect the system as soon as possible. What Causes Mold in The Air Conditioning System The two primary causes of mold growth in the air conditioning system are organic material and condensation. Condensation typically occurs when certain parts of the air conditioning system get excessively cold, especially when the surrounding air is warm and humid. For example, if the air conditioning unit is in the basement and the basement tends to be humid, air ducts will get cold while the air is on and the water vapor in the basement begins to condense in the air duct, causing small amounts of water (condensation). If the humidity in your home is low enough, it will allow the water to quickly evaporate once the AC unit turns off, but if there is high humidity, the water will persist; ultimately leading to a mold problem. Getting Rid of Mold in the Air Conditioning System Removing mold in the air conditioning system is extremely difficult because there are several areas that are difficult to access, including the inside of the air ducts. Although there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of mold in your air conditioner, such as routinely changing the AC filter and keeping debris and vegetation clear from the outside unit, it is important to note that the removal of mold in your air conditioning system isn’t generally a DIY project. If the mold isn’t removed correctly, there could be serious consequences, because it can easily spread throughout your entire home, putting your family’s health at risk. If you suspect mold in your air conditioning system, you should contact an AC repair and AC service company as soon as possible to have the system inspected. Scheduling routine AC maintenance is the best way to prevent the risk of mold developing or worsening. When you have routine AC maintenance, the technician will spot the growth of mold sooner as well as recommend ways that you can prevent or reduce the risk of mold in the system. It is extremely important to keep in mind that mold in the air ducts and/or other parts of the air conditioning system should be dealt with immediately. Failing to address the problem will encourage mold spores to spread throughout the house each time the system blows air out. If you suspect a problem with mold in the air ducts or other parts of the air conditioner, you should contact an AC repair company as soon as possible. Prevent the risk of mold growing in your air conditioning system-contact Beckham & Jones Heating and Air Conditioning today to schedule your AC maintenance and inspection in Montgomery....

AC Repair or Replacement? Which is Better for Your Huntsville Home

To repair or to replace your unit is one of the biggest questions homeowners face during the life of their air conditioning system. Purchasing a new air conditioner is a big decision and a large monetary commitment, and we understand customers need all of the facts to feel comfortable with such a huge decision. To determine which will be the best financial option for you, calculate the following: Cost of repairs – If you’ve been spending a lot on repairs, calculate how much you’ve spent and project how much you will spend in the next few years if you continue having the same issues. In addition, account for the possibility of different issues occurring. How quickly will the repairs total the cost of a new system? Savings from efficiency – It’s no surprise that new air conditioning systems are far more energy efficient than older systems. Take a look at what you’d spend every month on your cooling bill with a new, energy-efficient system compared to what you’re spending now every month. How quickly will the savings on monthly bills equate what you would spend on a new system? Whatever you decide, for new cooling system installation and air conditioner repair, Huntsville homeowners trust the team at Beckham & Jones. We can help you find the perfect high-efficiency, high-quality products and provide the best service in town to ensure your needs are met. Call us today to speak to one of our helpful representatives. We look forward to hearing from you!...

Upgrading Your Thermostat

These days, it’s not enough to simply keep your home in good working order. If you truly want to protect the overall value of your property investment, you will need to invest in regular upgrades. This is especially true when it comes to building appliances like your homes heating and cooling system. Below you’ll find several reasons why a smart thermostat is one of the best enhancements out there to increase the performance and efficiency of your AC unit. People love both convenience and efficiency. These attributes have gained in popularity over the last several years due to the introduction of innovative technologies that make life easier and a widespread commitment to protecting the natural environment. A smart thermostat meets both of these requirements given that it makes HVAC equipment far easier to control and use and it also helps consumers save a considerable amount of money. One of the greatest benefits gained by installing this device in lieu of your old one is the ability to instantly increase the overall marketability and value of your home. With features like this one, not only will you be able to attract a number of interested and qualified buyers within a fairly nominal amount of time, but you can also ask for more when setting the selling price of your home. This can be a particularly advantageous investment if your home is currently considered to be outdated according to local property standards. Smart technologies are incredibly malleable and adaptable. As such, you won’t need to carry any special equipment with you in order to adjust your system. Many units can be easily controlled by mobile phones, tablets and even laptop computers among other things. All in all, a new smart thermostat will go a long way for your indoor comfort. They provide greater efficiency, higher performance, and they will add years to the lifespan of your system. Beckham and Jones Heating & Air Conditioning can help you out every step of the way! If you’re looking for an air conditioning installation in Montgomery, Willis, or surrounding areas, don’t hesitate and call us today!...

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