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  1. Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for Warm Weather

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    Good news. The cold weather is just about done with. It won’t be much longer until Spring Break is here and we’re breaking out the sunscreen and cranking on the air conditioner. That means it’s also time to get your AC system ready for warmer weather. Here are a couple of simple steps to get ready for spring – and keep your house cool. Get a Tune-Up Air conditioner manufacturers and every air conditioning company will recommend getting two tune-ups each year – one in the fall before winter and another in spring before summer. This is the perfect time to...
  2. Beautiful Weather in January

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    It’s times like these that we remember why we live in south Texas, right? While the northeastern part of our country deals with a huge snowstorm, it’s perfectly beautiful here in San Antonio. We reached the low-80s on Tuesday, which was flirting with an all-time high for this time of year. But it’s not completely unusual to hit the 80-degree mark in January. We usually reach 80 deg 1-2 times in January. We did last Tues and will be near 80 again tmrw and Wed! #atxwx #satwx pic.twitter.com/8TXjOBI6PJ— NWS San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) January 26, 2015 So how long will this...
  3. How to Use Your Ceiling Fan During Winter

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    Did you know your ceiling fan could play a big role in keeping you warm during the winter months? Seems kind of weird, but it’s true! All it takes is a very quick flip of a switch. Look on your fan’s motor – there’s a switch that makes the blades either turn clockwise or counterclockwise. In summer, you want the blades going counterclockwise. But in winter, flip the switch and have them turn clockwise. How does this help? Remember, heat rises. And this forces your ceiling fan to push that warmer air down to where you’re sitting. Simple, huh? Don’t...
  4. What is SEER?

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    Is that old heating and air conditioning system getting ready to break down? Are you facing the prospect of an air conditioner repair? Have you had it for a long time and looking to make an energy-efficient upgrade? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions and you’ve done any type of online homeowner on the issue, you’ve probably come across the term “SEER.” But do you know what SEER stands for? You should because it’s very important to the long-term efficiency of your new system. SEER = Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. That’s a fancy way of saying SEER...
  5. Remember to Get a Fall Tune-Up

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    When the temperatures dip and summer is long in the rear-view mirror, we tend to lose track of some good habits when it comes to our air conditioning and heating equipment – especially when the weather is mild and we don’t have to run it very often. That’s understandable. Out of sight, out of mind…right? Here at Elmer’s One Hour Air, we’d like to challenge you to be different, though! Maintaining those healthy HVAC habits year-round ensures your equipment will continue to run effectively and efficiently all 12 months – and not just in summer when we need it most....
  6. The Benefits of a Programmable Thermostat

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    Is your thermostat an old, clunky box? Is it an eyesore on your living room wall? Have you seen all the new, stylish, programmable thermostats? In other words: Do you have thermostat envy? That’s a lot of questions to answer, but thankfully there’s a simple solution. Elmer’s One Hour Air can help you select, install and program any of the new, energy-efficient thermostats on the market. Whether you want something from Nest, Honeywell or any other thermostat company, we can walk you through the steps of making the thermostat in your home work for you and save you money. The...
  7. Test Your Heater Before You Need It

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    Now that cold weather has made its way down to San Antonio, homeowners are finally turning on their heaters for the first time this fall. If you’ve yet to flip the switch from Cool to Heat on your thermostat – don’t worry. You should, however, make sure your heating system is in working order before you need it. So here’s some advice from Elmer’s One Hour Air. First, go ahead and turn the heater on for a few minutes. You want to check that warm air is blowing through the vents. It’s usually best to do this before the first...
  8. What to Look for in a New HVAC System

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    How do you know when it’s time to invest in a new air conditioning system? It’s a big decision for a homeowner. We understand. But here’s the good news – a new, energy-efficient air conditioning system will actually pay for itself over time through energy savings! There are a few factors you have to keep in mind for that promise of energy savings to come true: SEER and sizing. SEER What is SEER? It stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. In simple English, the higher your AC system’s SEER rating, the more efficient it will be. In fact, CPS Energy...
  9. Get Your AC and Heating System Ready for Fall!

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    Kids are back in school. There’s more traffic on the roads. And, believe it or not, temperatures will begin to drop here before too long. Yes, fall is here. It might sound strange to talk about heating right now, but this is the perfect time to get your heating system ready for the cooler weather that will eventually arrive in south Texas. Here at Elmer’s One Hour Air, we’re running a special on our heater tune-ups. These are just a few of the steps we’ll go through to make sure your heating system is going to run at top efficiency and...
  10. How Ants Can Damage Your Air Conditioner

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    When you think of problems that could occur with your air conditioning system, a couple of things probably come to mind. We’re talking about issues like a coil freezing up, leaks or hot and cold spots. But one of the more unusual problems involves some of the smaller creatures on the planet – ants. Ants getting into an AC unit and wreaking havoc happens here in San Antonio and all over the United States. These tiny creates can cause big problems. So what happens when ants get into your air conditioner? First things first, they start chewing on things. This...