How to Make Your Home Ready for Winter

A little maintenance now can lead to big energy savings all winter long!

Winter may come to Katy, TX and Cinco Ranch, TX a little later than it comes to our northern neighbors, but winter still does arrive. With blustery days and chilly temperatures right around the corner, now is the time to make sure your home is weather-tight and ready for the colder months ahead.   We can help. We’ve assembled a list of 5 simple things you can do to make sure your home is ready for winter. By following these tips, you can make your home more energy efficient, allowing you to stay warm and cozy without having to crank up the heat (and your energy bills).  
  1. Have your furnace cleaned and inspected.
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Natural Allergy Remedies

Do you experience allergies every spring? Suffering from allergies can be extremely uncomfortable and can affect your qualify of life! While severe allergies require the care of a Medical Doctor, people who suffer from seasonal allergies can take some steps in order to make their life more comfortable!

1. Use a Neti pot

It may seem unusual at first, but Neti pots are a reliable way to cure that stuffed-up feeling. Pick one up at your local drug store & try it out!

2. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV is a standby remedy for a variety of health issues. Try mixing unfiltered ACV with water & drink three times a day until your symptoms clear up.

3. Duct Cleaning

Did you know there is a lot of dust &...


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How to Control Home Humidity in the Winter

It is important to monitor the humidity level of your home in the winter. If there is not enough humidity it causes dry skin; too much moisture leads to mold and mildew growth. In the winter, humidity levels drop because colder air holds less moisture than warm air, but since most people leave their windows closed all winter the humidity can become too much.

Mold

How can you tell if it is too humid? If you do not have a whole house humidification system that monitors and controls the humidity levels, the best way to tell is if there is condensation on the inside of your home's windows. What to do if there is too little moisture:
  • leave a vessel of water on or near the radiator
  • use a portable humidifier
  • invest in a whole ...


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Why Dehumidification is Important

Do you suffer from allergies? If you do, you know how hard it is to escape from allergens! Allergens can make their way into your home, causing you to suffer from allergy symptoms everywhere you go. A great way to control the air in your home is with a dehumidifier, which will filter the allergens out of the air and prevent them from forming and multiplying.

Mold

In humid climates, it is extremely easy for mold to accumulate. Make sure you place a dehumidifier in any room that is humid, especially the basement.

Dust Mites

Dust Mites tend to thrive in humid environments. Using a dehumidifier will help keep Dust Mite populations at bay.


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Improve Air Quality with Green Household Cleaners

Did you know that you may be breathing toxic chemicals because of the cleaners you're currently using? This is important to note, especially if young children, people with asthma, pets, or other vulnerable members of your household are at home while you clean.

Do you actually know what’s in your household cleaners? Most people don’t. Check out this article from the American Lung Association to learn more about which household cleaners can be ...


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Allergies & Air Conditioning

If you suffer from allergies, you know that it is important to allergy-proof your environment. Of course, you can take allergy medication to reduce your symptoms as they occur but there are some simple measures you can take at home to keep your allergies under control.

Pollen allergy? Close your windows & turn on your A/C.

If you’re allergic to pollen, make sure to keep your windows closed and turn on the A/C. Air conditioning is preferred over fans, because fans can stir up dust and cause irritation.

Use a clean air filter.

Many contaminants can be found in indoor air, and air conditioning units re-circulate these contaminants throughout your home. Ensure t...


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Common Home Heating Problems

Summer is ending. The nights are getting cooler. It's almost time to turn the heat on again.

The last thing you want on that first chilly night is to turn on the heat and discover that it's not working. Don't end up in that situation. Call a certified HVAC professional from Cool Air Sam to tune up your heating system now.

These are a few common problems that can cause a loss of functionality in your home heating system:

Dirty filters

When dirt accumulates on your heating system's air filter, it blocks the flow of air and does not allow it to properly circulate.

Pilot light issues

If your pil...


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Tips for an Energy-Efficient Home

Thinking about going green? It’s a great feeling to know you’re lessening your impact on the environment. It feels even better when you save money living sustainably. No matter what your motivation is, living a green lifestyle is a great choice. Check out our favorite tips for keeping an energy-efficient home.

Energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances

Choose light bulbs and appliances that are labeled as energy efficient, such as the Energy Star certification. This certification means that the product meets the standards of the US Environmental Protection Agency. These light bulbs and appliances can lead to significant energy savings, and keep your home energy bills low!

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Saving Money and Energy During Heating Season

Winter isn’t too far off, and it’s during this time of year that people really begin thinking about their heating bills. They also often spend time trying to find ways to save money on those energy bills throughout the Winter season. Fortunately, there are hundreds of little things you can do to shave dollars off your energy bills during the heating season without sacrificing comfort or warmth. Cool Air Sam suggests the following to save energy and money this Winter:

  1. Homes usually lose most of their heat because of air leaks and drafts. Take simple, affordable steps to save up to 20% on costs such as sealing leaks around chimneys and recessed lighting, using draft guards under your do...


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What You Need to Know about Carbon Monoxide that can Save Lives

You may have heard of the dangers of carbon monoxide, but there is some important information on the subject that you might not know. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a largely preventable situation, and being armed with the right information can save you and your loved ones from this deadly gas and its tragic effects.

Carbon monoxide has no color, no odor, and no taste. Lethal amounts of carbon monoxide (CO) can accumulate when fuel is not burned properly, resulting in incomplete combustion of fossil fuels such as gas, oil, coal and wood that are used in boilers, engines, gas fires, water heaters, solid fuel appliances and more. You will not be able to detect CO in your home by smelling or seeing.


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Easy Things You Can Do to Maximize Your HVAC Efficiency

With energy costs seemingly always on the rise, whether it be during the hot summer months or the cold winter season, homeowners are constantly searching for things they can do to keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets and less of it going towards their energy bills. While many people have already made adjustments with energy-saving light bulbs, energy-efficient appliances and reducing their water usage, more can be done by way of maintaining their HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems. Being diligent about your system means it will function at top efficiency for many years, and the more efficient a system is, the less money running it will cost you.

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Keep Halloween Tricks with Your Furnace at Bay with Regular Maintenance

This Halloween, the only haunted houses in your neighborhood should be those with ghosts, ghouls and tricksters in them – don’t let your home become a scary place when your furnace breaks down this Halloween! You don’t want to be left in the cold, so now is a perfect time to schedule an appointment with your Cinco Ranch furnace repair company to make sure everything is in good condition before the cooler weather arrives. Experts recommend to homeowners time and time again that they should have their systems checked out and tuned up by a professional once per year. The technician will check several aspects of your unit and alert you to anything that is noticed that needs attention. A small issue may...


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