Austin Star Services is a premier Heating and Air Conditioning company in the Austin area. We’re known for delivering high-quality results while consistently keeping up to date with changes of technology, and consider ourselves the energy professional company you can trust. We go out of our way to do what’s best for you, and will ensure you’re getting the most for your money when it comes to service for your AC. Give us a call to get a free quote on the services you need — whether it’s repairs, replacement, installation or maintenance. Austin Star Services proudly provides the following Residential and Commercial services.
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For most home owners and businesses the largest source of energy use – and thus the greatest area of potential for energy and cost savings – is the heating and cooling of the building. It is also one of the most neglected energy saving opportunities. Most heating and cooling systems are not properly maintained, serviced or tuned up and are not running at optimal levels. Others may not have been installed properly, were sized incorrectly or have outdated and inefficient equipment. Add to that, most have leaky and improperly sized air distribution or duct systems. Each of these problems represents significant energy waste.
You can tap into this enormous energy saving potential by bringing the HVAC equipment and air distribution system up to current standards. While many people immediately turn to system replacement as the answer, there are a number of more affordable solutions to consider first – such as service maintenance, tune ups or component updating. You should also have your ducts checked to see if they simply need to be sealed or properly sized.
The Department of Energy calculates that a regularly maintained system can save 10% of your AC bill. Preventive maintenance will detect small problems before they become big ones, keep your system working at maximum efficiency and minimize costly repairs.
Just like cars and other mechanical equipment needs maintenance and tune-ups, so does your heating and cooling system. It is recommended that they be serviced at least 2 times per year. Austin Star offers complete tune-ups based upon the type of unit.
Air Conditioning and Heating Service Options
Distributing Comfort Throughout Your Home
A central heating and cooling system in a home plays a similar role to that of the human heart. Just as the heart enables the circulation of blood throughout the human body, the central air conditioner and furnace are responsible for supplying air to each part of the home where conditioned air is needed. This is done by channeling the air through a series of connected ducts running through walls, crawlspaces and attics. Just like the human heart, it is important that the flow is evenly distributed to provide a healthy, comfortable system for your home. Many factors can have an impact on the distribution of air flow in your home and so it is important to consult with our energy specialists to make sure that you are getting the best results from your existing system.
Duct testing and sealing is an affordable solution that can help ensure that your heating and cooling systems are running at peak performance. Beware in just sealing duct work home owners can make the problem worse, as it will choke down the airflow causing equipment failure. Some contractors do not address your duct system because of the lack of knowledge or tools to measure the performance of your duct system. If they are not testing they are guessing, and have no idea how to fix problems or even where to begin.
When you think of energy efficiency, most likely weatherization is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, this is the first and most effective place to start. Many times there are areas in the home where a draft can be felt around windows, doors, and other areas. If this is the case, air is escaping in and out of the home and reducing the effectiveness of running your heater or air conditioner. This may seem like an insignificant flow of air, but the cumulative effect could be equivalent to having a large hole in your wall.
Obviously, having a large hole in your wall would be unacceptable, and you would want to do something about it immediately. That’s where weatherization comes in. Fortunately, this is one of the least expensive improvements that can be done to improve energy efficiency. But before undertaking this task, be sure to have a Home Energy Audit performed to detect the air leaks and assess your ventilation needs.
Caulk, Weather Stripping and Insulation
As we’ve learned, a “drafty” house is the result of air leakage or infiltration through cracks and openings. While many are easy to locate, such as around windows and doors, many are hidden in attics and crawlspaces, behind the stairs, around outlets and openings for appliances, and so on. Properly sealing these leaks with caulk, spray foam, and weather stripping can greatly impact both your comfort and your utility bills as the furnace and air conditioner have to work less hard to keep your home at the proper temperature. (Note: sealing leaks will not solve any problems related to lack of insulation which is needed to reduce heat loss.)
Most experts agree that caulking and weather stripping should pay for themselves in energy savings within a year. For particularly “leaky” homes, air infiltration may account for 30 percent or more of the home’s heating and cooling costs and contribute to moisture, dust, insects and other issues with the home. For specific information about caulking,
Indoor Air Quality Service
Most people spend over 90% of their time indoors, not knowing that the air they are breathing may be more polluted than the airoutside. The Environmental Protection Agency has reported that indoor air pollution levels can be 100 times higher than the air outdoors. Breathing contaminated air puts the health of you and your family at risk. In fact, the American College of Allergist says that 50% of illnesses are caused or aggravated by polluted indoor air. So take control of your indoor air quality by reducing pollutants that can contribute to headache, lung irritation and fatigue as well as more long-term conditions such as asthma, allergies and infectious diseases.
Beware of Sick Building Syndrome
Every day, active families generate a large quantity of indoor pollutants. This includes hair, dander, pollen, dust, dirt, smoke and other irritants. This toxic soup is cycled repeatedly through the HVAC system and deposited tShroughout the house. Continuous exposure to polluted air can worsen allergies and asthma and could lead to chronic lung disease. The problem of poor indoor air quality has reached epidemic proportions, and the EPA has classified IAQ as one of the top five most pressing environmental hazards.
Contaminated air also negatively impacts HVAC equipment efficiency. Dirt and dust mix with water to form a sticky paste that coats the components inside the evaporator coil. Once this happens, the thermal energy transfer process is degraded and your air conditioner must then work longer and harder. As a result, utility bills escalate and the unit may break down more often.
Smart Home Products
Home Performance Diagnostics
Water Damage Restoration
So what does water damage do? It goes beyond the obvious. The obvious would be that leather items would shrink, wood would warp, and otherwise carpets may begin to smell or have to be properly dried. But it goes beyond that, which is why many hire professionals to take care of all of the fine details.
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