When it comes to Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Scott Heating & Cooling provides you with the best products, guaranteed workmanship, and dependable service in the southwest region. We have been providing expert service since 1994 for El Paso and its neighbors. We are a full service heating and air conditioned business which specializes in service, installation.
Every year, Apple announces a handful of new iPhones; every few years, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo announce new gaming systems; car manufacturers continuously upgrade their vehicles in order to provide the best of the best to prospective shoppers. Change and upgrades are a necessity in our day and age, especially when there are so many new things coming up on the horizon. Everyone waits with bated breath to see the new batch of iPhones yet no one seems to pay too much attention to HVAC units.
Many people have gotten used to the ritual of evaporative coolers. Open a few windows, turn on the “pump,” wait a few minutes, then turn the unit to pump cool air throughout your home. This may be the most archaic form of maintaining a comfortable temperature within any home. Having a swamp cooler in 2019 is almost the same as having an old-fashioned ice box in your kitchen. There have been so many advancements in technology, making converting from an unreliable swamp cooler to an efficient refrigerated air system as easy and effortless as possible. Scott Heating and Cooling is ready to bring your home into the 21st century!
What Goes Into Swamp Cooler Conversion
When converting from a swamp cooler to a refrigerated air unit, most of the hard work has already been taken care of. Refrigerated units will use the same air vents that already travel throughout your home. You won’t have to worry about your home getting entirely demolished for the simple comfort of cool (or warm) indoor temperatures. Instead of using a knob to dictate the indoor temperature, your refrigerated air unit will come with an intuitive control panel/thermostat which will give you the freedom to set your desired temperature. The refrigerated air unit will get to work to set the home temperature as you desire. Once it reaches that temperature, the unit will turn off automatically so you won’t have to worry about waking up in the middle of the night to turn the knob to the “Off” setting.
Refrigerated air units, unlike swamp coolers, don’t require homes to have any airflow so you won’t have to worry about opening windows in order for your unit to work efficiently. Not only is this method tedious, it’s also unsafe! How often have you noticed you forgot to close the window? Once you upgrade to refrigerated air, you won’t have to worry about this ever again. Instead, you’ll be able to enjoy reliable interior temperatures all year long. If you’d like to learn more about our swamp cooler conversion services, then give us a call! We’ll help you beat the heat.
There are many things we’d like to keep out of our homes; wild animals, flood damage, bugs. But one of the trickiest and sometimes hardest to find issues we’d like our homes to be free of is mold. Mold can grow in your home for many reasons, including poor insulation, poor air flow, flood damage and other reasons for excess moisture, and even just something as simple as taking extra long showers. At Scott Heating & Cooling, we offer a wide variety of services to help keep your home comfortable, insulated, and with good air quality. We can also help you prevent mold from growing in your home.
Here are three ways our various services work to prevent mold buildup in your home.
#1: Bathroom Exhaust Fans
Do you have a bathroom exhaust fan installed in your bathroom? Most newer homes do, but older homes on the other hand? Well, it’s give or take. If you do have a bathroom exhaust fan installed in your bathroom, do you use it while showering? You should! A bathroom exhaust fan helps to improve airflow in your bathroom, which can come in handy if you take steamy showers (and don’t we all?). It can help keep steam at bay and reduce moisture in your bathroom, which can prevent mold from building up in one of the biggest rooms it tends to grow in.
#2: Ductwork Services
Poor airflow in a home can lead to a bunch of issues, including mold. We offer ductwork services that can help improve the airflow in your home, reducing your chances of having mold grow in your home.
#3: Upgrading to Refrigerated Air
Swamp coolers tend to lead to leaks and excess moisture in your home, which can lead to mold growth. By upgrading to refrigerated air, you can reduce excess moisture in your home.
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Mold is a serious issue. Not only is it bad for your home’s structure but it can be harmful to your health as well, especially if you have allergies or respiratory issues. Plus, once you have mold growing somewhere, it can be rather difficult to get rid of. If you want to be proactive and attempt to prevent mold from growing in the first place, we’re the place to call. Our various services can help you to prevent mold from growing in your home. Give us a call today so we can get started!
When we think of our HVAC system, we usually think about it in two ways: is it keeping me cool in the summer and is it keeping me warm in the winter? If it is, then we probably don’t give it much thought at all until it’s in need of repair or replacement. But there’s much more to it than that. The quality of the air that comes out—whether it’s warm or cool—is also incredibly important to our health and the comfort of our home.
At Scott Heating & Cooling, not only can we help you with all of your heating and cooling needs, but we can also help you improve the overall air quality of your home or business. We believe everyone deserves to stay comfortable all year long while also breathing air of the highest quality.
Here are four reasons why good air quality in your home or business is incredibly important.
Reason #1: Poor Air Quality Can Aggravate Asthma and Allergies
If you or your family have issues with asthma and allergies, poor air quality can only make it worse. Allergies are a nuisance to deal with and asthma can lead to more serious complications. If your home’s air quality is poor, you’re not doing yourself any favors. Improving the air quality of your home or business can help alleviate some of the intensity of these issues.
Reason #2: Poor Air Quality is One of the Causes of Cancer
Poor air quality can actually lead to cancer, specifically lung cancer. As we breathe dirty, contaminated air, we inhale things that are detrimental to our health. The poorer the air quality we breathe, the more of a risk we are at.
Reason #3: Poor Air Quality Can Lead to an Early Death
Poor air quality has been found to cause issues like stroke, heart attack, cancer, cardiac arrest, and other issues that can lead to an early death.
Reason #4: Poor Air Quality Isn’t Good for Anyone
Bad air quality is terrible for everyone: adults, kids, pets, everyone. To keep your family or employees safe and healthy, be sure to do what you can to improve the air quality in your home or business.
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If you think there could be more your HVAC can be doing to maintain good air quality in your home or business, give us a call. We can help you with all of your HVAC needs and more! Call us today so we can get started. We look forward to helping you!
When shopping for a new home or looking for things to improve upon in the home you currently live in, you probably check out things like the refrigerator, the size of the closets, the paint, countertops and cabinets, but do you ever give a second thought to your carbon monoxide detector? Most people say “probably not.” In fact, it’s rarely even an “amenity” listed on home rental sites and it’s not usually something you think of when planning home improvement projects. But carbon monoxide detectors are one of the most important things you can have installed in your home.
Scott Heating & Cooling can install a carbon monoxide detector in your home, so you’re protected. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not they’re worth the investment, here are why they are super important to have in your home.
First: What is Carbon Monoxide?
Many people think that if carbon monoxide is leaking into their home, they would notice. You may be thinking: well, wouldn’t I see or smell it? Maybe even hear a hiss as it escapes from wherever it’s coming from? Not exactly. Carbon monoxide is an invisible and odorless gas that can exist in your home without you even realizing it. Carbon monoxide is incredibly dangerous to humans and animals, meaning that you, your family, and even your pets are at risk when a leak occurs. It can become deadly even just within minutes. When a leak happens, you want to know right away so you can vacate the premises. If not, there could be serious, and even deadly, consequences.
Second: Carbon Monoxide Detectors Alert You Right Away
Imagine this: you’re sleeping in your bed at night without a care in the world when a carbon monoxide leak happens. Because you’re asleep (and even if you were awake), you’d have no way of knowing this was happening. A carbon monoxide detector alerts you right away so you can get out of your home and notify the necessary authorities to repair the leak for you.
Third: It’s Never a Bad Investment
At Scott Heating & Cooling, we can install a high-quality carbon monoxide detector so you can be prepared just in case the unthinkable happens. If you don’t have a detector installed in your home or you’re not sure the one you do have now is working, give us a call! We’re happy to ensure you have a good, working detector in your home to protect you.
There are many things that go into making your home’s HVAC system work as efficiently as possible. In this blog, we go as in-depth as possible into the workings of HVAC systems. If you require any maintenance, Scott Heating and Cooling will happily help!
Small Maintenance for a Healthier Indoor Environment
If you want to lessen the probability of your HVAC system breaking frequently, getting it repaired and maintained on a regular basis will be your best bet. Maintaining your system on a regular basis will essentially prevent small, unneeded repairs from happening again.
Part of preventing your AC from needing repairs is making sure that the air filter in your system replaced regularly. It’s a simple task, which if left unattended, can again lead to major costly repair bills. Clean air filters will help your system run better and the air your breathe will be cleaned and more fresh. Dust and allergens often get caught in the filters and can clog the system. All in all, caring for filters on a regular basis will ensure that your system runs smoothly.
The Biggest Issues Start with the Smallest Debris
A major cause of HVAC issues is that they are dirty and do not get cleaned enough. Debris and dirt can build up in your heating and cooling systems easily due to air circulating outside of the home. When your filters are dirty, it takes more energy to pull in air. This causes your system to use more energy and cost more money each month. This can also cause your system to burn out and completely stop working. You can avoid all these costly repairs by simple actions that pay off in the long run.
We will make sure all your parts are working properly and let you know if anything seems off. We care about our customers and offer advice on how to better maintain your system throughout the year.
Bad air quality can be damaging to your family’s health both in the short term and the long term. Short term effects include the irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, as well as dizziness and nausea. Some reaction symptoms also include asthmatic attacks, humidifier fever, and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Long term and more severe effects include the development of cancer, respiratory issues, and heart diseases.
An inefficient or old HVAC system is typically the cause of bad indoor air quality. In order to improve air quality, begin here by cleaning out your air duct system and calling a professional to check your system. Refrigerated air improves the comfort in the house as an added benefit to improving the air quality. These systems distribute clean, filtered and temperature controlled air throughout your home while sucking out stale and polluted air.
How the Seasons Affect Your HVAC System and You Should Do About It
Every season comes with its own issues that can crop up and become a problem if not taken care of. In order to keep your HVAC system functioning at peak efficiency, regular maintenance is absolutely essential. Maintenance is meant to be precautionary and predictive. It should not be delayed until the system fails, because then you are going to have to spend much more money. Preventative maintenance can save you money in the long run. Since El Paso can be extremely windy, the accumulated debris can do permanent damage to your system.
When it comes to HVAC systems, it is important to be extra vigilant as they are usually not the most visible elements in a home. At least once a month, stop to hear if your HVAC is making more noise than usual. Since HVACs are typically quiet, a loud hammering and humming indicate a problem in the system. If your vents and registers aren’t giving out the kind of air you expect, you should probably call a professional.
The National Weather Service defines the time period between June 15th and September 30th “Monsoon Season” for residents of Arizona, New Mexico, and southwest Texas. Monsoon Season is characterized by dangerous storms, intense heat, and humidity. While Texas does not experience storms to the severity of Arizona and New Mexico, it gets brunt of the heat and humidity. From June until September, the high temperature in El Paso averages at about 94 degrees, but this is coupled with rain and thick, humid air. In fact, roughly 5.14 inches of precipitation fall in El Paso during the Monsoon months.
Interestingly, humidity increases in El Paso during the winter months, with January exceeding 60% humidity nearly every day. Accordingly, if HVAC systems aren’t managed in the winter, homeowners are in for some incredibly uncomfortable living environments.
It is important that HVAC systems are working properly so that homes are protected from intense heat and humidity, especially during monsoon season. Good HVAC systems will also ensure that homeowners are breathing in fresh, clean air. While monsoon season is still a few months away, now is the time to begin getting your home ready.
During the winter, rodents and other small animals like to take shelter in AC systems. Throughout their stay, they can chew on the electrical wires and other components. If condensation begins to occur, you risk a build up a mold that will deteriorate the parts. Basically, the nature of the fault will determine the urgency of the repair. So, you don’t want to risk waiting until winter is over before you do something about it! Air conditioners rarely break down during winter so if you have any pending repairs, this is probably the best time to get it done. If you wait till it gets warm, you will likely be on a waiting list for air conditioner repairs. Your best bet is being on the safe side.
Helping the Aged
Older people often need air conditioning repair in El Paso ahead of the rest of us for health reasons. They might have respiratory issues or even high blood pressure that can be made worse in extreme heat, so it is always a good idea to have the number of a reliable heating and cooling company plugged into your phone.
If you have an older relative who might be suffering in the heat temporarily, here are a few warning signs they might be in some trouble.
Hot Skin: When your relative complains they feel like their skin is on fire, they might be suffering from heat stroke and it might be best to take them to the hospital. Likewise, if they complain of feeling dizzy and that they might faint, they could be suffering from the same issue.
Extreme Fatigue: When your relation has been sitting in the heat for some time and complains of this and some of the other issues listed here, they might be suffering from heat stroke.
Scott Heating and Cooling is Here for You
If you enjoyed this deep dive into HVAC systems and you’d like to learn more (or if you require any kind of maintenance), Scott Heating and Cooling can help! Give us a call today to learn more about what we have to offer.
Bathroom exhaust fans serve a mighty purpose when it comes to keeping the quality of our indoor air up, but as it turns out, not many people know what their purpose is, even if they use them all the time. At Scott Heating & Cooling, we specialize in installing, repairing, and maintaining bathroom exhaust fans. Now, if you’re not too sure what the purpose of an exhaust fan is, this ability of ours probably doesn’t sound too impressive. So, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of how this cog in the ventilation machine can help.
#1: It Improves Air Circulation
The last thing we want is for stale, smelly air to stay in our bathrooms. A bathroom exhaust fan helps to remove stale, old air from the bathroom so that purer air can come through. That way, no matter what’s done in there, you don’t have to worry about odors sticking around.
#2: Paint Protection & Rust Reduction
Our bathrooms are definitely the most humid rooms in our homes because of the fact that we take hot showers on a daily basis. Humidity, though, can be detrimental to the integrity of our bathrooms because it can lead to peeling paint and rust formation on fixtures, the shower curtain rod, and beyond. When we turn on the exhaust fan while showering, the amount of humidity produced from when we shower is reduced, saving our bathrooms from a meltdown.
#3: Reduces the Chances of Mold, Mildew, and Bacteria Forming
Another negative factor about humidity is that it makes our bathrooms the perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew, and bacteria, causing black, green, and blue streaks to form on our walls, tiles, and the grout holding it all together. Mold, in particular, is especially bad because it can actually be harmful to humans and animals. From respiratory issues to nausea and headaches, a large amount of toxic mold can really do a number on us. Again, since a bathroom exhaust fan can reduce how much humidity is produced when we shower, it can help to prevent the formation of mold, mildew, and bacteria in our bathrooms.
What if My Home’s Not Well-Ventilated?
A bathroom exhaust fan is just one cog in the machine. There are many other factors, such as high-quality ductwork, insulation, and more that goes into proper ventilation. With proper ventilation, you can stay comfortable no matter the weather outside, rest assured knowing you’re breathing in cleaner air, and reduce the damage caused to your home from poor ventilation. At Scott Heating & Cooling, we’re ventilation experts and can help you if you believe your home is not properly ventilated. Call us today to learn more!
Like every industry, the HVAC industry is constantly changing due to the advent of new technologies, shifting construction practices, and the growing concern for energy efficiency. For us, it is important to consider the direction that these new technologies are taking our industry so that we can be better prepared to deal with the problems and issues that accompany all of these new methods and applications. The future of HVAC looks promising, so many new things happening; at the same time, that’s why Scott Heating and Cooling employs only the best trained and certified NATE technicians.
What is NATE?
NATE is an acronym that stands for North American Technician Excellence. NATE is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians. The organization’s vision is to support and lead the industry in developing and recognizing professional HVACR technicians. They strive for excellence and have been representing the heating and cooling industry for over twenty years.
NATE was born out of a growing concern that people servicing, installing, and contracting heating and cooling systems and equipment were not properly trained or knowledgeable in what they were doing. This was causing all kinds of problems with unhappy customers, bad contracting, negligent installations, and equipment being returned due to lack of knowledge on how to install.
What a NATE Technician Means For You
Whether it is heater replacement or repair, refrigerated air conversion, or regular air conditioning repair, having a NATE technician perform the job for you guarantees a high degree of competency, knowledge, skill, and professionalism. At the same time, NATE develops their test to keep up with the growing demand and the changes in the industry. A NATE technician will then have added understanding of the new changes and equipment that are hitting the market.
The Future of HVAC
Anybody working in the HVAC industry will tell you that smart technology is affecting the way we do business and the way that heating and cooling will be thought of in the future. Consumers are already environmentally conscious and are constantly looking to conserve energy, reduce carbon footprints, and increase convenience.
Smart technologies: Home automation and smart technologies are becoming all the rage. More and more, people are looking for the convenience that smart technologies offer. Wi-fi thermostats, for example, are growing in popularity and slowly becoming far more mainstream and affordable.
Refrigeration: The truth is that this day and age, refrigerated air is much less expensive than it was in the past. In fact, the difference in maintenance and installation for both has been reduced in recent years. Central air conditioners are more efficient and save people money and energy in the short and long term.
Energy efficiency: As more and more people think about how they can maximize their energy spending, HVAC systems will be forced to become more energy efficient. An air conditioner with a high SEER rating will indicate the amount of energy savings. Energy Star and Energy Guide labels provide some good guides in knowing how much energy you might be saving.
Go With Quality HVAC Service
We ensure that our technicians are knowledgeable of the present and prepped for the future. Their training and skill work is extensive so that they can provide the right work for you. The future of HVAC looks promising, so many new technologies and possibilities to explore. When it comes to keeping your home or business a comfortable temperature, trust only in the experts of Scott Heating and Cooling.
In our October blog post, we spoke about the need to keep your heating and cooling system prepared for whatever temperature we may see during the winter. Even in mid-December, El Paso can feel like spring one day and dead winter the next. So while we may have difficulty deciding what to wear before leaving the home, it shouldn’t be that way when you are home. In today’s post, we’re going to focus on three of the common heating system issues that occur when you do have your heater running. An uncomfortably cold home can be just as problematic as a scorching hot one.
If you experience any of the following common wintertime heating troubles, be sure to give us a call:
1. Inconsistent Heating
Just because El Paso’s weather is inconsistent doesn’t mean your heating system should be. Your entire home suffers when your heater goes from blowing warm air to cold air, even within minutes. Imagine waking up in the middle of the night shivering even under a heavy blanket? If you have small children, this can disrupt their sleep, resulting in a rough day at school. There are several things can cause your heating system to be inconsistent. For one, your filter could be dirty. If that is the case, once it’s cleaned you shouldn’t have any more issues. Another potential issue could be your air handler. When air handlers aren’t working properly, the air can’t circulate properly throughout the rest of the home. Give us a call! We’ll inspect your system and fix issues accordingly.
2. No Heat
If your heating system isn’t producing warm air, there are a number of things that can be wrong. First, take a look at your thermostat. Check to see that it’s working properly. In many cases, a system that isn’t producing heat is due to a broken thermostat. Another potential reason for a lack of heat could be your heat pump. When El Paso does see cold temperature, there is a possibility that the pump will freeze or struggle to combat the cold air. It may need to be defrosted. There are many other potential reasons your system isn’t producing heat. By giving us a call, our HVAC specialists will asses your system and offer a solution.
3. Carbon Monoxide Leak
A carbon monoxide leak can occur with old and new systems. It’s important that you have a carbon monoxide detector in the event that you do experience a leak since it can be odorless, tasteless, and colorless and potentially result in death. If your carbon monoxide alarm goes off, call a professional! In many cases, you will want to evacuate your home and call the fire department or a technician. Make sure you turn off your system and if possible, open windows and doors. This will certainly disrupt your heating system but it’s critical that it gets fixed right away.
Don’t Spend Another Minute Suffering, Call Scott Heating & Cooling
While these are a few of the common problems that can potentially go wrong with your heating system, unfortunately, there are many others. If the suggestions we recommended didn’t do the trick, give us a call! As HVAC specialists we work quickly to solve your heating system issues so you don’t have to bear another minute of cold air. We’re open 24 hours so give us a call!
As a desert city, El Paso’s weather is incredibly changeable. This is most apparent during the fall and winter months when one morning may be chilly but by the evening, you’re peeling off your layers in order to save yourself from melting. Due to the constant changes in temperature, it may be necessary for homeowners to keep their air conditioner units running in case we face a hot front as the year winds down. If you’re in the El Paso area and you require air conditioning service, Scott Heating & Cooling can help!
Facing Varying Temperatures in the Sun City
It seems as if the cold months arrive late every year. Instead of subjecting your home to the heat, you can make sure your A/C unit is up and running. Even though El Paso’s temperature doesn’t tend to remain cold for too long, homes often require heating in order to have a comfortable wintertime. But that dreaded day will come when you can’t sleep under the weighter covers and you’ll have to put away your flannel pajamas because it will simply be too hot for comfort. As odd as it may seem, air conditioning is still necessary during El Paso winters.
Don’t Overwork Your Air Conditioning Unit, Especially in the Winter Time
Although most air conditioning units are advanced and can easily switch from hot to cool, it’s still necessary for homeowners to take appropriate precautions prior to switching. Here’s what you should keep in mind: whether you’re switching from cold to hot or vice versa, it’s still necessary to let your A/C unit reach the end of its cycle. Once complete, wait about five minutes prior to switching the temperature. This is done in order to allow the refrigerant to return to its initial pressure. Switching before the refrigerant is ready can cause the compressor to lock up. Switch to a temperature that doesn’t vary too much from the previous one. Don’t go from 80 degrees to 68 degrees as it will overwork your air conditioner which may lead to damage and necessitate repairs.
Choose Scott Heating & Cooling For a Comfortable Winter Season
If you’re in El Paso or the surrounding Southwest area and you require air conditioner repair service or you’d just like some tips and tricks on how to face the upcoming winter season, give us a call! The Scott Heating and Cooling team is always ready to help.
Thanks to our seemingly endless summer, El Pasoans really work to get the most out of their HVAC system. Both commercial and residential HVACs get a workout making sure your home and business stay nice and comfortable all season long. That is why it is essential that you keep up with your system’s maintenance in order to keep it running efficiently at optimal levels. The last thing you need as summer comes to a close is a unit that is sputtering or letting out death rattles. You need to ensure the system is ready to keep your warm this winter, or, if you are dealing with a swamp cooler, that you don’t need to replace the whole system next year. That is where the experts from Scott Heating and Cooling can come to the rescue!
Why Does My HVAC Unit Need Maintenance?
We often don’t really think about the temperature systems that keep us comfortable all year long unless there is something wrong or the season calls for a change. Sure, as a homeowner you remember to change the filters (usually not as often as we should), but other than that, your HVAC is usually taken for granted. That is not a good way to go through life because that is how silent damages turn into expensive repairs. Maintenance for your HVAC comes with many benefits, including catching problems before they get big. Here are a few examples:
Old Fan Belts
Fan belts do not last the lifespan of an HVAC unit. They wear down and tear, which can lead to your HVAC unit literally just…stopping. Imagine your temperature control system just stopping in these last hot summer days? El Paso weather doesn’t really follow the rest of the country, which means our summers last longer, get hotter, and are all around uncomfortable until mid October. Regular maintenance checks can catch problems before they arise, such as old fan belts that are ready to pop.
Weird Noises are Never Normal
Sometimes, we hear things from our vents. At first we think it’s nothing. Then we start wondering if we’re going to need that little lady from Poltergeist to visit our home or business. More often than not, it is usually a sign that something is starting to break in our HVAC system and not ghostly hijinks. When you start hearing things pop and whir, don’t blame Casper. Call for a maintenance HVAC check right away to avoid an expensive problem. If they don’t find anything, you may want to revisit that Casper scenario.
If you have a swamp cooler, there is something else that can be wrong. Swamp coolers depend on water drenching absorbent pads as air blows through them to be cooled. That cold air is what keeps your home bearable all summer. As the summer goes on, you may start to notice the air coming from the vents is not as cool as it was at the beginning of the summer. This is because calcium builds up on those pads from the water that is constantly drenching them. Calcium buildup prevents your swamp cooler from functioning efficiently, which means your energy bills will get higher as you get more and more uncomfortable. A simple maintenance check can make sure this is addressed and that your air stays cool.
Better Call Scott for the Most Reliable HVAC Maintenance in El Paso
At Scott Heating and Cooling, we know our HVAC systems inside and out. Whether you are in need of a repair or you just want to make sure all systems are in optimal shape, you better call Scott today!