Beckham and Jones Heating & Air Conditioning https://beckhamandjones.com Thu, 18 Jun 2020 03:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 How To Save Energy Dollars in the Summer https://beckhamandjones.com/energy-efficiency/how-to-save-energy-dollars-in-the-summer Thu, 18 Jun 2020 03:45:00 +0000 https://beckhamandjones.com/?p=2252 Trying to keep your home cool and comfortable throughout the summer could end up costing you a lot of money. There are several steps that you can take that will minimize your summer cooling bills and save you a lot of money. Keep the Sun Out If the interior of your house is getting a lot of direct sun, it will heat up quickly. Whenever possible, close your blinds or shades in order to keep direct rays of the sun from entering your home through windows. Have Energy-Efficient Appliances Having an energy-efficient air conditioner in your home could be a great investment in your property. Modern units can drastically reduce the amount of energy that it takes to keep each room in your home at the right temperature. A properly sized air conditioning unit will have the power to cool your home evenly without wasting any extra energy. Keep Your AC System Properly Maintained The best way to keep your air conditioning system running efficiently is to get tune-ups every year. During a tune-up in Huntsville, technicians from Beckham & Jones will clean out your entire AC system in order to improve energy transfer. Annual tune-ups could improve the efficiency of your system by up to 30%. We’ll replace any dirty air filters so that your system can cool the maximum amount of air for your home. Your unit will also be checked for any issues that could be reducing its energy efficiency. Trusted HVAC Contractors Beckham & Jones has a team of NATE-certified technicians who are highly experienced and ready for any job in Huntsville. We’re a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer and fully licensed, bonded, and insured. 24/7 emergency availability is offered for situations that need to be addressed immediately. We can help with any HVAC repair, installation, or maintenance job. We’re also highly experienced with indoor air quality services. To find out more about how we could serve your needs in Huntsville, TX, give Beckham & Jones a call today.

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Why Does My HVAC System Smell Like Smoke? https://beckhamandjones.com/blog/why-does-my-hvac-system-smell-like-smoke Thu, 14 May 2020 20:46:38 +0000 https://beckhamandjones.com/?p=2223 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!

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Ways to Prevent Sickness With Indoor Air Quality Products https://beckhamandjones.com/indoor-air-quality/ways-to-prevent-sickness-with-indoor-air-quality-products Fri, 17 Apr 2020 22:30:14 +0000 https://beckhamandjones.com/?p=2213 With the COVID-19 pandemic striking during flu season and peak spring allergy season, many homeowners in Huntsville, TX, are wondering how they can prevent airborne germs from causing sicknesses in their homes. Indoor air quality products are a long-standing solution for sterilizing and filtering indoor air. Here are three ways that using reliable indoor air quality products, installed by our HVAC technicians at Beckham and Jones Heating & Air Conditioning, can help keep you and your family healthy. 1. Inactivation of Viruses and Bacteria Air purifiers that use UV-C irradiation inactivate viruses and bacteria. Their UV-C energy beams kill all types of viruses, bacteria, mold, and parasites within 10 seconds. They do not require or generate ozone, so there is no risk of off-gassing. These types of air purifiers are typically whole-house air purification units that work with your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. 2. Filtration Filtration is another way that indoor air quality products lower your risk of illnesses. Air purifiers offer high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) or activated carbon filters. These filters capture particles that are as small as 0.3 microns in size, which is about the size of a large virus. Your HVAC system’s air filter also captures pollen, dust, pet dander, mold spores, and some large bacteria. HVAC filters need to be changed every 30 to 90 days. 3. Sterilization Ozone air purification systems generate ozone, which binds onto the cell walls or protein envelopes of mold, bacteria, and viruses. As the ozone molecule breaks apart, it destroys the germ. The ozone then reforms into oxygen. These systems also do an excellent job of removing odors and smoke. They require professional installation and maintenance. At Beckham and Jones Heating & Air Conditioning, we help with indoor air quality and also offer residential and commercial heating and air conditioning maintenance, repairs and installation services. We’re ready to help you choose a new home comfort system or set you up with one of our maintenance agreements. Call us today for more information about indoor air quality products and how to use them for a healthier Huntsville, TX, home.

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Can a Smart Thermostat Lower your Heating Bill? https://beckhamandjones.com/hvac/can-a-smart-thermostat-lower-your-heating-bill Sun, 08 Mar 2020 02:33:18 +0000 https://beckhamandjones.com/?p=2190 One of the most exciting new innovations in the HVAC industry is the smart thermostat. These programmable devices let you fine-tune the heating and cooling in your home, and many people claim they can help you save money by more efficiently heating and cooling your property. How Much Does a Smart Thermostat Affect Heating Bills? Finding the exact amount that you save on heating depends on what sort of heating system you use. People tend to save less on overall heating costs if they live in a warm climate or have a particularly energy-efficient heater like a geothermal heat pump. Typically, you can expect to save about 10%–12% on your heating bill with the use of a smart thermostat. The Reason Smart Thermostats Save Money Smart thermostats save money by making your heating system work less. They carefully analyze your habits and learn how to adjust the heater to a lower temperature when you will not notice it. This means that a smart thermostat may turn off the heater while you’re sleeping, when it is hot outside or while you are away for work. The end result is that your heater runs less without impacting your comfort at all. How Quickly Will a Smart Thermostat Pay for Itself? When you are thinking about saving money with a thermostat, keep in mind that the thermostat itself costs about $300 to $500 and saves you about $180 a year. This means that it will typically take two to three years before your utility bill savings begin to pay off the cost of the thermostat itself. When you are ready to install a new thermostat or HVAC system, Beckham and Jones is here for you. For more than 60 years, our experienced technicians have been providing trustworthy service to Huntsville residents. We can assist with installing, repairing and servicing a variety of HVAC appliances. Give us a call now to discuss your heating and cooling needs.

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How To Light The Pilot Light on Your Hot Water Heater https://beckhamandjones.com/hvac/how-to-light-the-pilot-light-on-your-hot-water-heater Sun, 16 Feb 2020 07:15:25 +0000 https://beckhamandjones.com/?p=2187 Having your hot water heater operate correctly is very important, but sometimes you might find that your pilot light is out. Here’s how you can light it. Working With an Automatic Water Heater If your hot water heater is an automatic, you’re going to find a small “ignition” button just next to the pilot/on/off dial or button on the box that is sticking out on the side of your hot water heater. If you do see that button, turn your pilot button to the “off” position. Wait five minutes to let any gas dissipate so you don’t start a fire. Next, turn your temperature dial to “low.” Hold the pilot button down and press the ignition button. You should see the pilot light being lit. As it’s lit, keep holding down the pilot button for about 30 seconds. That’s it! You’ve done it! Adjust your temperate back to the correct setting. If you’re having any trouble, contact us at Beckham and Jones. We assist people just like yourself in Huntsville all the time. We have a lot of great experience with hot water heaters. Working With a Manual Hot Water Heater For a manual hot water heater, you’re going to remove the plate on the side that is just below the silver box with the pilot/on/off button. After you’ve done that, look for another plate on the interior that you may also have to remove. Do so if necessary. At this point, look for a pipe, or multiple pipes, that lead to a burner. This is what you will light. Get a long lighter that you might use for a barbecue. Turn the pilot dial to “off.” Wait five minutes to let any gas in the area dissipate. Set the temperate dial to “low.” Next, turn the pilot dial to “pilot,” press that button down and hold it while you use your long lighter to light the burner. Keep holding the pilot button down for about 30 seconds. Then, release. Set your temperature back to the correct settings, and you are done! Here at Beckham and Jones, we offer air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, and HVAC services. Since 1946, we’ve been serving the heating and cooling needs of residents in Huntsville and the surrounding area. Give us a call today.

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Are Heat Pumps Efficient? https://beckhamandjones.com/heating/are-heat-pumps-efficient Sat, 11 Jan 2020 06:05:33 +0000 https://beckhamandjones.com/?p=2175 Heat pumps will help your home system become more efficient compared to using more traditional options such as a furnace. Advances in heat pump technology now mean that you can use a heat pump practically anywhere and save money on your electric bills. Heat Pumps Can Save You Money The Department of Energy estimates that using a heat pump can save you up to 50% of your power usage. Heat pumps will still use electricity, but they save you by transferring air between your home and the outdoors. Of course, the climate where you live will help determine how much you can save with your heat pump. Ground Source Pumps Offer Additional Savings Ground source heat pumps such as geothermal systems will cost you even less money to operate each month, saving you even more on your power bills. These systems will cost more to install, but they will greatly reduce the check that you have to write to the electric company each month. Air Source Pumps Will Still Save You Money Air source pumps exchange air with the outside. As a result, you will not have the same costs that you would if you opt to install geothermal heating, but they will not save as much on your power bills. Still, taking the air from outside the home will mean that you need electricity to heat your home. How Heat Pumps Are More Efficient The source of a heat pump’s efficiency comes from the fact that all it needs to do is move air. A traditional heating pump will need to convert air using fuel. Recent engineering progress can make an air source heat pump even more efficient. These improvements include more advanced coils and copper tubing. If you are looking for the highest possible efficiency, pay attention to the SEER rating. Beckham & Jones offers heating and cooling maintenance and installation services in Huntsville, AL. Call us today to find out how we can help you select a more energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Your HVAC System https://beckhamandjones.com/hvac/new-years-resolutions-for-your-hvac-system Wed, 18 Dec 2019 22:45:54 +0000 https://beckhamandjones.com/?p=2170 While you often make New Year’s resolutions to take care of yourself, you should also be taking care of others. One of the things you need to care for is your HVAC system so it can continue to take care of you. Here are some things that you should resolve for the New Year. 1. Change Your Air Filter When your air filter is dirty and clogged, it will impact the efficiency of your system. Not only will your heating and electric bills be higher, but your system will not work as well as it should. Changing the air filter will help relieve some of the strain on your HVAC system and keep it working well. 2. Get a Routine Checkup Sometimes, big problems are little issues that are not diagnosed in time. Routine maintenance can keep your HVAC system working and can prevent small issues from getting worse over time. Make sure that you resolve to perform all recommended maintenance on your system and periodically have a professional check the health of your system. 3. Test Your Air Conditioner While you may not be thinking of needing your air conditioner right after the New Year’s, you also do not want to be stuck with a malfunctioning system when the seasons begin to change. Even in the winter months, you should resolve to periodically check to make sure that the air conditioner part of your HVAC system is still working properly. 4. Clean the Outdoor Unit Leaves and other debris on the outdoor unit of your HVAC system can cause damage to it. This is especially true right after the fall when the leaves are in abundance. A proper HVAC health resolution will involve periodically checking for outdoor debris and cleaning it. You can do this either by hand or by using a wet/dry vacuum. This debris will not only make your system have to work harder but can impact the quality of air in your home. Beckham and Jones in Huntsville, TX, is your go-to source when you want to take care of your HVAC system. Call us today. We offer heating, cooling and indoor air quality services.

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3 Ways to Clean Your Heating System https://beckhamandjones.com/heating/clean-your-heating-system Mon, 11 Nov 2019 21:20:18 +0000 https://beckhamandjones.com/?p=2166 If you want to have a furnace that lasts for many years, then it’s time to start cleaning your heating system. With a little bit of cleaning, you can dramatically decrease the chances of a breakdown and improve the lifespan of your furnace. To help you get started, here are three key ways to cleaning out your furnace. 1. Filter Keeping a clean filter is one of the easiest ways to ensure that your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Exactly how you clean it will depend on what type of filter you have. If it’s disposable, then all you need to do is check if it’s dirty (the dirt will generally be fairly visible). Simply throw it out and replace it if necessary. If you don’t have a disposable filter, then clean off the dirt by wiping it down and then clean it more thoroughly with water and soap if desired. 2. Blower Assembly and Heat Exchanger Block The blower assembly and heat exchanger block are important parts of the furnace, but they can also build up a lot of dirt over time. Your blower looks like a sizable fan. It should slide out so that you can clean it with a cloth or vacuum. The heat exchanger block looks a bit like a girthy intestine, and it can be cleaned in much the same way. 3. Vents and Air Ducts It’s very important that the air duct leading out of your furnace stays clean. If there are dirt and dust in there, then there’s dirt and dust being blown throughout your home and breathed in every time you turn on the heater. A thorough vacuuming might be enough to clean it out, but if the problem is particularly bad, you may need to call the professionals. If your furnace is still giving you trouble, then contact the Huntsville professionals at Beckham and Jones. We’re the name that people trust when it comes to heating, air conditioning and indoor air quality services.

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5 Ways to Save Energy this Fall https://beckhamandjones.com/energy-efficiency/5-ways-to-save-energy-this-fall Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:59:08 +0000 https://beckhamandjones.com/?p=2162 This fall and winter, you may want to think about the following ways that homeowners can save on their heating bills. A few of them are considered essential, and most are relatively affordable to carry out. Here are 5 ways to save energy this fall. 1. Programming the Thermostat Rather than keep the thermostat at a constant 70 degrees, you can turn it down to the mid-60s before you sleep or go out. If you turn off the thermostat, you’ll either wake up or return to a freezing home, in which case you should not turn the thermostat to an extremely high temperature. Some think this speeds up the heating process, but it’s a myth. 2. Weatherstripping This means sealing cracks and gaps that lead outside, and it will keep more of the warm air inside your home. You could use caulking or a foam sealant to cover these openings in your attic, windows, and doors. 3. Replacing the Air Filter Residents of Huntsville, TX, should know that air filter replacement is a basic part of heating maintenance. At Beckham and Jones Heating & Air Conditioning, we could handle it along with other jobs both large and small. A dirty filter will force the heater to work harder, impacting your wallet. 4. Insulate the Attic Your attic may have insulation already, but it may not be sufficient. In such cases, you’ll want to add more layers or upgrade to a type of insulation that can resist heat flow better. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance. 5. Use Space Heaters When Appropriate If you only need one or two rooms heated, space heaters can get the job done more efficiently than the central heating system. Don’t use them for any more than two rooms, though. Serving Homeowners Since 1946 The family-owned and -operated Beckham and Jones Heating & Air Conditioning will complete your next heating tune-up, repair, or replacement in Huntsville. We can handle anything related to cooling and indoor air quality as well, including the installation of ventilators and air purifiers. Call us today if you have any questions on how to save energy or to set up an appointment.

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How Your Roof Can Affect Your HVAC System https://beckhamandjones.com/hvac/how-your-roof-can-affect-your-hvac-system Sat, 14 Sep 2019 20:24:10 +0000 https://beckhamandjones.com/?p=2159 If you notice that your HVAC system isn’t working like it normally does, it could indicate that there is a problem with your roof. Here are a few ways that your roof could be making your home less comfortable or more expensive to heat and cool. Does Your Home Have Asphalt Shingles? Asphalt shingles are typically black or brown, which means that they do a good job of absorbing sunlight. This can result in higher temperatures throughout the home during the summer months. It may be a good idea to look into getting a metal roof or using other materials that do a better job of reflecting sunlight away from your home. Of course, you can always call the folks at Beckham and Jones in Huntsville, AL, to inspect and maintain your furnace or air conditioner. Inadequate Ventilation Can Be Problematic A lack of ventilation could result in humid air becoming trapped in the attic. The humid air could then be cycled around the rest of the home and make it warmer than it should be. Ideally, your home will have at least one vent every 300 feet or so. It may be a good idea to add additional vents if your home seems to be especially vulnerable to heat and humidity. Make Sure That the Roof Is Free of Holes or Other Gaps Warm air may be able to get through any gaps in your roof and settle in the attic. If there are ducts in the attic or anywhere near the roof, it could mix with the cold air produced by the compressor unit. Cooler air can enter an attic or a home’s ducts through gaps in the roof during the winter months and make it harder for a furnace to keep a home warm. If you’re having issues with your furnace or compressor unit, give the folks at Beckham and Jones a call today! In addition to service calls, we offer maintenance packages on heating and cooling systems as well as provide indoor air quality services.

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