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VRF/VRV Systems: Pros & Cons

These terms relate to the variable refrigerant flow (VRF) or variable refrigerant volume (VRV) of systems. These systems offer alternatives to conventional residential and light commercial systems and have advantages and disadvantages over conventional systems (also known as 5 ton and under and often made by Carrier and other brands). These makers are now offering […]

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How Air Conditioning is Used as a Marketing Tool

The smell of freshly baked cookies as you walk by Mrs. Fields. The deliciously doughy scent coming from Auntie Anne’s. The irresistible aroma of Cinnabon. One minute, you’re walking through one of Austin’s many malls – not hungry – the next, you’re holding a giant cinnamon roll. Sound familiar? These are examples of scent marketing […]

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Want to save money? Don’t rely on a home inspector to catch HVAC issues

Heating and cooling (mostly cooling, in Texas) make up 40-60% of the average homeowner’s energy bills. With money and comfort on the line, why are major HVAC issues often overlooked when a home is inspected? Consider this: Most city and third-party home inspectors know very little about a home’s comfort system. They have been trained […]

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Two Stage Air Conditioners

Two stage air conditioners have gained significant popularity in recent years, and rightfully so. Once a property owner experiences the benefits of two stages, it’s hard to go back. In many cases, our customers tell us that they feel comfortable during summers at higher indoor temperatures, and that they feel the benefits of reduced humidity […]

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Residential Kitchen Hoods: Improving your Home AC Efficiency

Restaurant owners are very familiar with the comfort issues associated with unbalanced kitchen hoods, but how does this relate to residential kitchens? New codes and potential changes to accommodate these changes are leading residential constructors to consider adding make-up air systems to homes. These make up most of the air lost to the kitchen hood. […]

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Austin Energy Rate Increase: Compare your Costs

A 7 percent average rate increase came into effect in Oct. 2012 for Austin Energy utility bills. It is the first base rate increase by Austin Energy in 18 years. The following is a sample rate comparison to help you compare the old and new pricing structure:

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