The Nest Learning Thermostat is some of the latest and greatest technology the HVAC industry has seen in years. It automatically sets your home temperature to your preference by remembering your day to night, week to week and seasonal patterns. This self-learning thermostat system is energy saving, efficient and easy to use.
If you’re considering installing one in your home, the first question you need to ask is if your HVAC system is compatible. The Nest Thermostat is compatible with the majority of low-voltage, 24-volt systems but has a few exceptions, including incompatibility with line voltage, millivolt systems and a few others that might lead to problems with your Nest.
Remote Sensor Thermostats
Not to be confused with remote control systems, wired remote sensor systems receive indoor temperature and outdoor weather information from sensors throughout your home. Although some remote sensor thermostats are compatible with Nest Thermostats, their sensor wires are not. The Nest Thermostat receives its necessary information using Wi-Fi and your home’s location.
Microcontroller Based Systems
A microcontroller unit serves as a mini-computer that governs an integrated circuit or system such as an HVAC. Systems like these that don’t use relays can lead to power sharing issues. Some microcontroller systems could be compatible, but those that aren’t will need to use a common wire.
High Impedance Systems
Hi-Z, or high impedance systems, produce a low current with the possibility of high voltage. Due to the low currents in their wires, these HVAC systems are unable to provide a Nest Learning Thermostat with enough power. These systems can also sometimes be corrected with the use of a common wire.
Proprietary systems communicate with HVAC systems through a serial communications protocol, which The Nest Learning Thermostat is unable to communicate with. However, compatibility is sometimes possible if these systems are wired with standard HVAC wiring.
Other types of wiring and certain types of hardware are also incompatible with the Nest Thermostat. Here at Champion AC, we are Nest Pros! Contact us to see if your system is compatible. We are licensed dealers of various Nest Pro technology products and have experienced technicians trained by Nest for guaranteed successful installation. If you’re ready to save energy and be smart with Nest Pro technology, contact Champion AC to get your Nest Learning Thermostat installed today!
In today’s society, we are all looking for ways to decrease our carbon footprint and help save the environment. Whether it is no longer buying plastic water bottles, carpooling to work or just putting forth more of an effort to recycle, it is the small changes in our everyday life that benefit our planet in the long run. However, the effort to “go green” can feel overwhelming at times – especially when it comes to purchasing the necessities and not always knowing if those products will be recyclable at the end of their lives. For example, air filters are needed to keep your home filled with clean indoor air quality. However, are those air filters recyclable? The answer is yes, and here are some ways you can go about recycling your old HVAC filters.
We wish we could say it is as easy as throwing them in that green recycling bin to set on the curb every week. However, your local recycling system is equipped to sort through paper, plastic, glass, you know… the usual. Air filters, on the other hand, are comprised of either fiberglass, plastic, wire mesh or a mix of them all. Here are some ways you can recycle your old air filters.
Purchase Reusable Filters
Look into purchasing reusable filters rather than disposable ones. Reusable filters are machine washable and available for purchase through major retailers like Amazon. They cost a little more upfront but are worth the investment in the long run.
Use a mail-in Recycling Company
Mail-in recycling companies are another fantastic way to dispose of your old filters while still remaining environmentally conscious. These companies will send you pre-paid mailers to then send off your old filters for recycling.
Contact a Professional
One of the best ways to recycle an air filter is to contact an HVAC company or supplier. These companies work with these filters every day and have the means of recycling your used filter in the best way possible.
Here in south Texas, humidity is a household name and doesn’t always have the best reputation. Most wish we could get rid of the unwanted humid air altogether. However, did you know that a specific level of humidity is actually necessary for your home to prevent the spread of mold, germs, and other particles in the air?
At the end of the day, your home’s humidity level is up to your discretion. However, experts suggest that a humidity level anywhere between 30 to 50 percent is perfect for preventing the spread of unwanted microorganisms – as well as maintaining your comfort. The standard rule of thumb for determining what the proper humidity percentage is for your home is based on the outside temperature. As the outside temperature decreases, so should the humidity level and vice versa.
Cons of High Humidity Levels
A high humidity level means a large amount of moisture in the air. There are multiple reasons why high moisture levels aren’t good for the livelihood of your home. For example:
Furthers the spread of mold, bacteria, mildew, fungi and other viruses
Can worsen symptoms for those who suffer from asthma
Leaves your home feeling uncomfortable and muggy
Cons of Low Humidity Levels
Surprisingly enough, the problems that come along with having little to no humidity in your home are just as detrimental to your home as high levels of humid air. Here are some examples:
Dry air equals colder air, causing you to spend more money on heating costs
Causes cracks in wood from the dry air
Can worsen symptoms of asthma sufferers and promotes the spread of viruses such as the cold and flu
Maintaining Humidity Levels
The good news is your home’s air conditioner helps control the humidity level in your home. If your air conditioner and thermostat are working together in harmony, your humidity level inside should always be in that 30-50% range. In addition, most smart thermostats will show you the humidity level inside your home so you can keep an eye on things.
For any question on your home’s humidity level, contact Champion AC today.
The air ducts in your home work directly with your heating and cooling systems, delivering the cool or heated air to the rooms in your house. So keeping up with them and their maintenance should be a priority. But do you know what to look out for with air duct repair and maintenance? Here are some common reasons why air ducts need repair and replacing.
Reasons you’ll need air duct repair:
Odd noises: If you start hearing strange noises coming from your ducts, it’s time to call a professional to look at them. Noises like shaking or rattling can be linked to loose or dirty ducts, so don’t ignore those signs.
Dents or damage to your vents: Putting weight onto your air ducts or hanging objects from them may cause problems over time. Dents and punctures to your vents should be looked at my professional before problems occur.
Reasons you’ll need air duct replacement:
Air ducts are 15 (or more) years old: If you live in an older home and it’s been 10-15 years since the air ducts have been replaced, it’s probably time for an air duct replacement. Doing this will prevent damage that is likely to occur once your ducts reach that age.
The air quality in your home is bad: Dirt, debris and pollen can all easily bypass your air filters if your air ducts aren’t working properly. All of these stubborn particles can end up causing damage to both your health and your HVAC system.
Increase in utility bills: Once you start to notice that your utility bills are higher than normal, that’s a pretty clear indication that something in your home is not as energy efficient as it should be. Your air ducts may have leaks in them that are causing a loss of air, and the need for your units to work harder. Get it looked at before your bills start to break the bank.
Whether you think your air ducts need a repair or a full replacement, Champion AC is here to help. We offer free air performance inspections to get to help you with what you need – give us a call today to schedule your inspection!
It’s the new year – and that means resolutions. Most typically involve getting in better shape or saving more money. We can’t help with the scale, but we can help with the latter resolution. Your AC and heating system takes up more than half of your home’s energy bill. So check out these four tips we have to increase the efficiency and life of your heating and cooling systems.
Change your air filters regularly Be sure that you’re changing your air filters on a regular basis to help increase the flow of air within your home and through your HVAC system. When it’s time to change your filter, make sure that you’re using high quality air filters to get the most out of it. Change your filter every month or two in the winter months and at least once a month in the summer months.
Save energy where you can When it comes to those hot summer days, you might realize an increase in your AC usage and your energy bill. Rather than breaking the bank and pushing your AC unit to the limit, try to find ways to reduce the energy usage around your home. Here are a few things to do in your house when the summer heat is just too much:
Close all the windows so the cool air stays inside.
Close window curtains during the heat of the day to limit the amount of heat coming from outside.
Turn on your ceiling fans.
Annual HVAC maintenance Keeping up with your HVAC maintenance is important if you want it to live a full life and stay as efficient as possible. So, be sure to have your HVAC system checked and maintained annually.
Join Champion AC’s maintenance club If you’re looking for a way to be sure that your air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible, an AC maintenance plan is the way to go. Champion AC offers two packages to keep up with your HVAC system – the C.H.A.M.P Club and the C.H.A.M.P. Club Pro. No matter which plan you choose, you can rest easy knowing you have worry-free maintenance from San Antonio’s leading AC company.
Call Champion AC today to get the most out of your heating and cooling system.
We’ve all been there – something in the house breaks, and you aren’t sure if you should put the money out to get it checked out and serviced or just spend a little more to get an entirely new appliance. It’s one thing if this is a TV or a coffee maker – but it’s an entirely different decision when it comes to your home’s air conditioner. If you’re still stuck on what to do, check out these common indicators that it’s time for an AC replacement.
When your AC is 10+ years old
If you can’t remember when your AC unit was replaced, it’s probably time to replace it. A decade is a long time for a unit to cool off your home, especially with our hot Texas summers. So if it’s been over 10 years, it’s time for an AC replacement.
It keeps breaking down
If you notice that you have to keep fixing little (or even big) things here and there on your AC unit, it may be time to call a professional for a replacement. The amount you spend to fix all of the ‘little’ issues may end up being able to cover a large portion of a new unit. Having a professional AC company inspect your AC unit and offer advice can help with your peace of mind.
Your costs are going up
When you start to notice that your utility bill is increasing but you aren’t changing any habits at home, you may need to look into why the bill is increasing. If your AC isn’t working properly or efficiently anymore, it can end up costing you a lot of money without you even noticing. Calling a company like Champion AC to talk about AC replacement and AC installation services should be your next step.
So if you’re still stuck on what to do, call Champion AC to get hands-on service and advice from a professional. We can help you make the right AC repair vs. replace decision for your family’s needs.
As the seasons come and go, your home battles a series of hot and cold demands. Whether you need to cool off or warm-up, we always find ourselves searching for comfort and finding the right setting for your thermostat. Unfortunately, as the years continue to pass, thermostats tend to become less reliable. Be sure to look for these pivotal signs that your thermostat might be on its last legs.
Unresponsive to settings Your thermostat should instantly respond to the temperature setting of your choice. If you don’t hear a ticking sound or immediately feel a difference in your home’s environment, this could be a warning sign that your thermostat has become unresponsive to temperature settings.
Short-cycling When an HVAC system fails to complete a full heating and cooling cycle, it’s known as short-cycling. This type of malfunction will make your home feel especially intolerable.
Lack of power One of the most obvious signs of failure is your thermostat not turning on. When a thermostat loses connection to its HVAC system, it usually means there is an issue with wiring.
Differing temperatures If there are significantly varied temperatures throughout your home, your thermostat is definitely confused. This means that your HVAC system is distributing air unevenly and ineffectively.
With these four signs in mind, it’s important to check the status of your thermostat. As winter approaches, maintenance can’t be stressed enough. At Champion AC, we recommend a Nest Pro thermostat to prepare for the upcoming holidays. Our professional installation service can help save you time, money and unwanted HVAC headaches.
Texas weather can be unpredictable and often frustrating. With the help of Champion AC, you can have peace of mind and a home with professional results. Upgrade your thermostat to a smart thermostat, like the Nest Pro, today!
Homeowners are reminded frequently about the importance of getting an annual HVAC tune-up. However, especially in warmer climates like Texas, we tend to neglect the importance of annual furnace or heater tune-up. Similar to how you schedule an AC tune-up in the spring just prior to the arrival of hot temperatures, a heater tune-up is done in the fall right before the temperatures drop. If you didn’t get yours done in time for this recent cold blast, treat this as a reminder to get it done soon. Here are a few reasons why you can save money by getting a heater tune-up before the winter months arrive.
Avoid the Emergency
Picture this: you’re in your warm, cozy home, keeping away from the dead of winter when all of a sudden your heater goes out. Sounds like your worst nightmare, right? Good news is that this nightmare can easily be avoided by having your heater serviced. A tune-up will ensure everything is working properly before the sudden drop in temperature.
Leak Testing One of the most important parts of a heater tune-up is testing for carbon monoxide leakage within your system. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless toxic gas that is incredibly difficult to detect. Having professionals come out and detect the presence of this silent killer will not only save your pocketbook but your life as well.
We all know we aren’t ourselves when we’re sick. Think of your heater or furnace in the same way. A heater is only efficient when it’s at its best. Furthermore, an efficient unit is a money-saving unit. An annual heater tune-up is the best way to ensure your heater is running as efficient as possible, saving you the most money.
Make sure your heater is ready for the cold weather! Schedule a heater tune-up with Champion AC so your system is running efficiently and safely.
It’s officially time to break out the sweaters and long sleeves for fall. We haven’t yet reached consistently cold weather for the season, but it should be here before we know it. It’s probably been a while since you’ve turned on your home’s heater, so check out some ways to prepare your HVAC system for the cooler temperatures.
Check on your Outdoor Unit First things first, check up on your outdoor unit for any physical damage and wipe away all of the summer debris that’s been layered on there for the past few months. Over the summer, outside elements such as pollen, dirt and leaves can clog your outdoor unit. Cleaning these things up now will help prevent your unit from getting clogged on the inside, which can hurt the unit in the long run. And if you notice any physical damage or problems along the way, give a professional a call.
Change the Filters Once your outdoor unit is good to go, start checking on your air filters. If you can’t remember the last time you replaced them, it’s definitely time to change them out. After you replace them, be sure to keep checking on them regularly. If you’re using your furnace often to heat your house, you may need to replace them once a month. If you aren’t using your furnace as frequently, filters can be used for 2-3 months at a time.
Heater Tune-Up And finally, call Champion AC for a heater tune-up. Calling a professional for preventative maintenance can lead to a more energy-efficient heating system, and can save you money on your utility bills. HVAC maintenance is essential to make sure your home will be warm, cozy and energy efficient during the cooler months.
You may not need to turn that heater on quite yet, but with fall in full swing and winter slowly approaching, it’s good to get prepared ahead of time. Call Champion AC with all of your heating and cooling needs this season.
Texas weather can be all kinds of tricky. For instance, we skipped fall this year and went straight to winter! But don’t worry – we’ll eventually get our typical fall weather. You know the kind – you leave the house bundled up in the morning but by the early afternoon you’re sweating and ready to come home to a cool house. With that kind of weather, how do we know where to set our thermostats?
Set thermostat between 70-78 degrees
According to Energy Star, the best temperature to set your thermostat at during the fall season is somewhere between 70 and 78 degrees, depending on the temperature outside, of course.
While it’s best to keep your home temperature between 70 and 78 degrees, it’s also good to keep in mind that we are in Texas. The weather can cool down fast and heat up even faster. So to save money and be more energy efficient, Champion AC recommends you invest in a Nest Pro thermostat, which learns your tendencies and patterns and adjusts the thermostat accordingly.
Invest in a Nest Pro
If you’re always on the go, the Nest Pro learning thermostat is perfect for you. This way, you won’t have to worry about changing the temperature constantly on your own – and you can leave it up to your Nest Pro. This is the easiest way to remain stress free about constantly changing the temperature in your home. Plus, you save energy and money at the same time!
Even though fall can be tricky in Texas, knowing what to set your thermostat at can be the key to remaining comfortable during the changing temperatures. If you want more information on your home’s energy efficiency during colder weather, give Champion AC a call and we can help.