Quick tips on staying cool this Summer

Quick tips on staying cool this Summer

May 4, 2021

It’s almost Summertime, and Texas is about to turn up the HEAT. Just within the last few years, the United States in total has experienced some of the hottest summers to ever be recorded. Aside from the ecological impact that summer brings, these smoldering days are often a disaster for our wallets. Many of our  East Texas homeowners will notice an increase in their electricity bills between the months of June through September due to our extensive climate. 

Not to worry, we aren’t going to let you melt away in the Summer heat, just to save a few dollars. With these helpful tips from JD’s AC, you can keep the temperature and your budget within your ideal comfort zone

1.Check your air conditioning unit 

Just like you, your air conditioner needs to have routine maintenance performed to ensure the functionality and efficiency for the lifetime of your system. If neglected, your system can experience poor performance, unnecessary energy usage, or complete system failure. Certified HVAC technicians can inspect your coils, fins, evaporator cooler, heat pump, and any other parts of your air conditioning unit. Making sure that all components are in good working order, and ready to keep you cool all summer long. 

2. Replace your AC filters

 Keep your air filter clean, and clear of debris is one of the easiest and most effective things many homeowners can do to ensure the efficiency of your HVAC system. Clogged, dirty, unclean filters will block natural airflow, thus reducing your air conditioner’s ability to remove and absorb the heat passing through. You should replace your air conditioner’s filter every month to two months depending on your lifestyle, pets, and several other factors. For most, your filter can be found in your walls, ceilings, furnaces, or inside the air conditioner itself. In single room air conditioners, the filter will be mounted in the grill that faces into the room. In central air conditioning systems, you can find your filters along the length of your return duct

3. Switch to LED light bulbs

Still using outdated, incandescent light bulbs? Then it’s time you switch to the next best thing, LED lights. LED lights are the most energy-efficient options on the market, using 75% less energy, last 25 times longer, and run much cooler than competing lightbulbs. While costing a little more upfront, soon they pay for themselves with energy savings.    

Did you know? Incandescent light bulbs are extremely inefficient, only absorbing 10 – 15% of the electricity that gets turned into light, and the rest? Becomes wasted heat that contributes to your high energy bill

4. Invest in a smart thermostat 

Smart thermostats are Wifi enabled devices that automatically adjust to the temperature settings in your home, to provide homeowners with peak efficiency. With smart thermostats, your temperature habits and preferences are learned and established in a schedule that will automate adjust to an energy-saving temperature when you are asleep or away from home. Ideally, you will want to set your internal temperature at 78°F and avoid lowering your thermostat while the air conditioner is running. This will not cause your home to cool any faster and actually may result in higher energy usage.  

Pro Tip! Avoid placing lamps, TVs, or other heat-expending equipment away from your home’s thermostat. These appliances can cause your thermostat to improperly register heat that these create, causing your AC system to run longer, and harder than what is necessary. 

5. Utilize fans in your home 

Running fans is more cost-effective than running your air conditioner. As a matter of fact, running your fan for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for an entire month, would only cost around $5 extra on your electricity bill. While they do not produce cold air, they will help to circulate air within that room. This airflow will create a ‘wind-chill effect, that helps with comfortability while making no changes to the internal temperature of your home. 

But they do work well together! By using a ceiling fan, you can set your thermostat 4°F higher with no reduction in comfort. Remember: To turn off your fans when you are no longer in the room, or not home. With nobody to feel the effects of the ceiling gan, you aren’t doing much outside of using unnecessary energy.   

6. Keep the blinds closed

Keeping your blinds closed or drapes pulled through the daytime will help reduce the greenhouse effect of the sun. In many homes, the southern, and western facing walls absorb the brunt of the sun’s heat. While north-facing windows will produce little glare, and a fair amount of natural light, without the summer heat beaming inside. Leave these windows open if natural light is desired, vs your southern or western facing windows. 

 

7. Look into an energy-efficient dehumidifier 

In hot, humid climates such as those here in East Texas, a dehumidifier is a perfect partner for your air conditioning system and a great way to reduce the overall humidity levels in your home (and your energy bill expenses too). This is because when the air in your home is too humid, the air conditioning unit will work twice as hard to not only cool the air but to remove the moisture as well. By installing a dehumidifier you can expect to reap the benefits of: 

  • A lower energy bill 
  • Less humidity inside your home 
  • A more comfortable experience

8. Avoid kitchen cooking as much as possible

Yes, you read that correctly! Cooking with a conventional oven will add unwanted heat to your home, thus causing your AC system to work twice as hard. Instead, you can utilize alternative kitchen appliances such as; microwaves, slow cookers, or even outdoor appliances such as grills, or smokers. What better time, than summertime for a backyard BBQ? Cook delicious lunches and dinners, while keeping the summer heat outside.   

9. Wash your clothes in cold water 

Did you know that your washing machine, dryers, and dishwasher all generate large amounts of heat. To reduce the amount of heat being used, JD’S AC recommends running these appliances with cold water, running full loads of dishes and clothing when in use. 

Pro Tip! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, water heating can account for 14-25% of your total energy usage. By turning your water heater down to a warm setting of 120°F can save you money every month!  

10. If you aren’t using it, lose it! 

Time to unplug, and save! While electronics are great and have made our lives easier in so many ways, they too generate not only heat but electricity as well. Even when turned off, the phantom energy is still being pulled, and small amounts of heat are being generated through the wiring. When you add it up, reducing this usage can make a few degree difference in the overall temperature of your home. 

11. Make sure that your home is properly sealed.

Insulation is a key factor for your home, that doesn’t just apply to you during the winter months. Preventing air leaks within your home is one of the best ways not only to keep the warm summer air out but also to keep the cool air from your HVAC system inside. By adding caulking, and weather stripping you can save an average of up to 30% on your heating and cooling costs. Insulating your home doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either! But it sure can save you a fair amount of cash.

Pro tip! Check your attic and basement for air leaks, as these are areas prone to large gapping in the insulation, or missing weather stipping all together. 

Are you ready to start saving on your energy bill all while keeping it cool?

No matter the season, summer or winter, many of these tips will help you save money all year long. And by creating smart energy habits, you will reduce overall energy efficiency while keeping cash in your pocket year-round

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How can I landscape around my Air Conditioner?

How can I landscape around my Air Conditioner?

May 4, 2021

Here in the heart of East Texas, the Summer heat is rarely a friend. And while HVAC units don’t do a lot for the aesthetics of our landscaping, they are 100% necessary for our comfort. Okay, we’ll just say it: they’re ugly! But who says you can’t have a functional AC unit and a beautiful yard? 

Here are 3 things to keep in mind at all times when landscaping around your HVAC unit: 

  • Provide sufficient airflow

It’s important that you provide sufficient airflow around your system. There should be an average of 2-3 feet of clearance around your outdoor HVAC unit. If there are any plants, or objects closer than this; airflow will be obstructed. This could potentially result in: 

    1. Reduction in energy efficiency 
    2. A shorter lifespan of your air conditioning system 
    3. Frequent repairs

And one thing that all 3 of these points have in common? They will all cost you MORE money! You should be excited for all the summer activities you’ve waited a year to enjoy. Plus, we will be thanking you too when our certified technician comes out to inspect and perform routine maintenance on your HVAC system (Look at all that space!). 

  • Protect your unit from debris

Protecting your unit from debris is vital. While we highly encourage and recommend for you to landscape around your unit, you will want to keep in mind to stay a fair distance away. Throughout the year, every dirt, lead, and twig that gets inside will slowly run your unit down. 

  • Provide plenty of shade

Just like us, our air conditioning unit would rather be in the shade too. While shading your condenser is relatively ineffective. By providing shade for your surrounding yard as a whole, you are able to create what is referred to as a ‘Micro-Climate”. So thanks to 1 or 2 trees, you could get savings year round! 

  • Need a break? How about a windbreak! 

A windbreak is one of the best ways that you can 

  1. Landscape your yard and 
  2. Provide protection and good airflow for your HVAC unit. 

When you begin to landscape around your AC unit, we recommend that you use evergreen plants to do so. These are great for many homeowners because they don’t require much maintenance, and will never lose their leaves. Types of evergreen trees include; 

  • Boxwood 
  • Cypress 
  • Cedar 
  • Spruce 

Remember! Keep at least 2-3 feet away from your unit at all times and ensure that your unit is accessible at all times at least on one side. This will allow our technicians to work on, and perform general HVAC maintenance

     5)  Not up for the upkeep? Landscape with Trellis, screen or lattice instead! 

You don’t have to go all plant based when laying out your landscaping plan.  

  • Trellis: A trellis is a beautiful way to hide your condenser. You can dress them with vines, or other forms of greenery. 
  • Screens: If you do choose to screen in your air conditioning unit, you will want to make sure that your unit remains easily accessible through either a door or an open side.
  • Lattice Box: This is one of the best options for many homeowners. Lattice offers a good neutral combination of trellis and screen, with a visual appeal and no plants to maintain.   

Keeping both your yard and your air conditioner in tip-top shape!

While our crew here at JD’s AC can’t help you cut the grass, trim your trees, or plant flowers in your garden bed; we can keep your air conditioning unit running efficiently. Before you begin your landscaping for the year, give us a call for annual maintenance and inspection! Our certified HVAC technicians will catch any issue before it becomes a larger problem.

Don’t wait for the stringent Longview, TX summer to hit its stride; make your next appointment today! JD’s AC proudly serves residential and commercial properties within Longview TX, Marshall TX, Gilmer TX, Gladewater TX, Tyler TX, Hallsville TX, Diana TX, Ore City TX, and surrounding areas within East Texas.

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Going Green With Energy Efficient Systems

Going Green With Energy Efficient Systems

April 6, 2021

Going green is all the rage in 2021.

And it’s understandable why that is! We are all responsible for the well-being of our planet, not only for ourselves but for future generations too. According to the U.S Department of Energy, heating and cooling homes across America account for 56% of energy use in the average American home. And while that number may shock you, commercial buildings make up 73% of energy use just to heat or cool their establishments.

 

The average American household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills! What if you could reduce that amount for your household?

What are the benefits of going green with my HVAC or heating system?

There are several benefits of going green at home! The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the resources available to help you make smart decisions about your home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. These resources can help many homeowners save on energy costs, improve your overall comfort level while at home, and help in the fight against global warming. 

  • Save energy 
  • Reduce utility costs
  • Reduce carbon emissions
  • Conserve water
  • Create a healthier environment for your community 
  • Easier to maintain 

The U.S. EPA has phased out the use of R22, which was once a common standard in air conditioning and heat pump systems. R22 is an ozone-depleting refrigerant, and it is now illegal to manufacture in the United States. 

Can I enhance my current HVAC system to be economically friendly

In short, yes! There are several green HVAC options available to homeowners or business owners who aren’t quite ready to replace their current HVAC system. So if you are looking to improve the energy efficiency of your current HVAC system, see below! 

  • Smart thermostats

Smart thermostats will allow homeowners to control your HVAC systems temperature and settings anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re using your smart app on your phone, tablet, or laptop, you have full control even from a remote location. This is a quick, easy, and affordable way to enhance your current HVAC system.

 

  • Zoned HVAC systems

Zoning HVAC systems will allow you to divide your space into multiple heating or cooling zones while controlling each zone according to your comfort preferences. Zoning works well with traditional ducted split HVAC systems, VRF systems, and ductless mini-split systems. Allowing you to keep occupied spaces comfortable, while shutting off or simply adjusting unused areas. Watch your energy bill drop! 

  • HVAC economizer 

An HVAC economizer will pull cooler air in your indoor space to provide what many would say is, “free cooling”. This green HVAC technology reduces the run time of your AC unit, reducing the amount of mechanical cooling needed by up to 75%! Be sure to ask your certified HVAC technician if your current unit has an economizer installed. If they find you do not, one can be installed without much structural or mechanical changes to your current setup.  

You can make a difference for future generations to come. 

By going green with an energy-efficient system, we can build a healthier environment for all living creatures, both for our current inhabitants and future generations yet to come. Did you know that the energy used in the average household is responsible for twice as many greenhouse gas emissions as the average car? By using less energy, you can help reduce emissions responsible for their contribution to global warming. Always be sure to ask your certified HVAC technician about the SEER rating of your system. 

Energy rebates are available through your local electricity provider! Give us a call to find out how!

Contact JD’s AC for your Green HVAC Solutions 

Our team would be happy to share with you all of our other available green HVAC options. We proudly serve those in East Texas and surrounding areas such as Longview, Marshall, Gilmer, Gladewater, Tyler, Hallsville, just to name a few.

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Talking Temperature, Sleep, and Savings!

Talking Temperature, Sleep, and Savings!

April 6, 2021

Are you ready to save as much as 10% on your annual heating and cooling costs, all while getting quality rest

If you answered yes, then this blog is for you. 

Many homeowners are making the switch from traditional thermostats, to the next best thing, programmable thermostats. This gives homeowners the ability to control their homes comfortability levels, and their energy bills simultaneously. By adding a programmable thermostat to your heating, ventilation, or air conditioning unit you can sleep better knowing you are saving money while keeping your family comfortable. 

 

Smart Thermostats – Saving You Money and Electricity.

You can save up to 10% a year on your heating and cooling bill just by turning your thermostat down an average of 7-10° for an average of 8 hours per day. Most households will do this while the family is away such as at work or school. To save energy during the Winter months, it is recommended by the Department of Energy that you set the thermostat to 68° while you are at home and awake, and even lower while you are sleeping or away from your residence. During the hot, East Texas Summer months, the Department of Energy recommends a setting of 78° and even higher when you are away from home. You will want to avoid adjusting your temperature abruptly once you do arrive home. Doing this will not cool your home any faster, and actually may in fact cause your unit to overwork to cool the same amount of space. With a programmable thermostat, your home can be controlled remotely, and can have temperatures returned to your liking before you even come home! 

Note from the pros: The smaller the difference between your indoor and outdoor air temperature the lower you can expect your utility bills to be! The lower the interior temperature, the less heat loss your home will experience, in turn saving you more energy and reducing your bill. The higher the temperature, the more energy your home creates, causing your bill to increase. 

Benefits of Programmable Thermostats

  • Saves money
  • A consistent temperature
  • Less time adjusting 
  • Increase the efficiency of your home 
  • Keep your HVAC unit optimized 
  • Take advantage of time 
  • Maximize your zoned heating and cooling

Note from the pros: It’s important to have your smart thermostat professionally installed by a licensed HVAC technician to avoid “ghost readings”. Ghost readings are often caused by exposure to heat, drafts, doors, skylights, windows and other sources of direct sunlight and can cause your system to overwork.   

Now, let’s talk sleep.

According to The National Sleep Foundation, it is recommended that you set your thermostat to 65° at night while sleeping. This temperature may vary based on your personal preferences, however most doctors will recommend keeping your thermostat set between 60-70° for the most comfortable sleep. Naturally, our bodies are programmed to reduce our core temperature in the evening time. And by turning your thermostat down, you help your body regulate its temperature and signal to your body that it’s time for sleep. 

Dancing to the circadian rhythm

The circadian rhythm is a system based on the light and dark cycles of the sun and moon. This cycle is controlled by a part of your brain called the ‘suprachiasmatic nucleus’ which is essentially your body’s clock. This clock will receive cues from numerous sources, such as environmental factors, personal factors, the amount of light exposure, exercise and temperature. 

Tips for keeping your bedroom cool during our Texas summers

Higher temperatures at night can cause not only discomfort, but a disruption in your REM sleep, as well as blood pressure! 

  • Keep your blinds closed. This will reduce heat build up within your home during the day. 
  • Turn down your thermostat at night to the recommended temperature.  
  • Use a fan or a portable air conditioning unit to help circulate air throughout the room.  
  • Keep your humidity under control.
  • Use breathable bedding materials, and light comforters. 
  • Take a warm bath an hour or two before bedtime to help encourage a natural “cool down”.  

If you are ready to optimize your home, and decrease your monthly electricity bill, it’s time to give the pros at JD’s a call! We have a highly trained team of certified HVAC technicians who are ready to help you achieve your maximum level of comfortability. Proudly serving those in Longview, Marshall, Gilmer, Tyler, Gladewater, Hallsville, Harleton, White Oak, Lakeport, and surrounding areas.

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Tips To Get Your HVAC System Ready For The Spring Season

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Tips To Get Your HVAC System Ready For The Spring Season

March 3, 2021
Dog Adjusting Thermostat

Spring cleaning doesn’t just end with the interior of your home! After a long winter, your Furnace has been working hard to keep you cozy and comfortable. As Spring approaches, your air conditioning system may need encouragement to come out of hiding. And take over the responsibility of keeping you and your family comfortable throughout the seasons. Below JD’s A/C will talk you through the steps you can take to help your HVAC system before the season starts! Ready, Set… GO! 

Pre-Spring Checkup 

The best way for any homeowner to tell if there is an issue with their air conditioning unit is to test it. JD’s recommends that you wait until you have a warmer day than usual. Switch your HVAC system from ‘heat’ to ‘cool’, adjusting your thermostat down by only a few degrees until it kicks on, and runs a full cycle. As you are doing this, it is important to listen for any signs that your HVAC system is in distress. 

  • Listen in for any banging, knocking, or squeaking noises
  • Take note of the length of your cycle from start to finish
  • Are there any unusual smells coming from your unit? 
  • Check to see if the interior of your home is getting cooler.
  • Make sure all of your vents are open, working, and clear from debris. 
  • Take a step outdoors to your exterior unit and listen as well for any unfamiliar noises. 

Get your HVAC cleaned and tuned 

For not only the safety of your loved ones, but the efficiency of your home as well, we highly recommend scheduling a routine HVAC maintenance inspection and cleaning (at least twice a year). JD’s recommends a tune-up right before Spring starts, and just before Winter. We would love to see the notes you took during your own inspection! This way our certified technicians can inspect anything you are directly concerned about regarding the functionality of your air conditioning system. When our technicians come out you can expect full, top of the line service and commitment to you and your home. 

Our technicians will: 

  • Inspect your HVAC unit thoroughly for any damages, or worn parts. 
  • Change out air unclean and polluted filters, replacing them.  
  • Lubricate any mechanisms needed inside your system. 
  • Clean in and around your unit. This prevents your HVAC unit from any disturbances in your cooling cycle during the hottest part of the year.
  • Check for any leaks, broken seals, or cracks within and around your unit.

Have your air ducts checked and cleaned 

Be sure to ask our certified technicians about conducting an ‘air duct test’ to determine if your ducts are in need of cleaning. More than likely, if you have just moved into a new residence, or have been living at your current location for more than a year, you will need to get your ducts cleaned and maintained. 

We remove: 

  • Dust 
  • Dirt
  • Debris 
  • Pollen 
  • Toxins 
  • Common Allergens 

Having an accumulation of these pollutants can cause a numerous number of issues. Such as: 

  • A noticeable decrease in your HVAC systems efficiency 
  • Higher energy bills and utility costs 
  • These pollutants create a fire hazard 
  • Respiratory issues and illnesses 

Having your ducts cleaned will actively help to prevent all of the above. Our goal at JD’s A/C is to provide our clients with comfortable, healthy, clean air. 

Take a look at your thermostat

Keep your energy costs low by checking the functionality of your thermostat. We recommend taking a look at your temperature display, and match it with that of your indoor temperature. If they don’t match up, you may be paying for it in the long run with either higher energy bills, or a complete system failure. 

Pro HVAC Tip: If you have an older thermostat, consider up to a new, programmable thermostat. These usually can save you money on your utility bills the next go around! 

Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector

While having a programmable thermostat is wonderful for your energy bill, having a Carbon Monoxide Detector will do even more for your family, and their safety. If your home isn’t equipped with one already, it’s important to have a carbon monoxide detector installed and in working order. This is mainly because Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. It is colorless, odorless, and lethal. With a working detector in place, you as well as everyone within the home will be notified if detected. Fixing your family time to move outdoors until the home is clear of Carbon Monoxide and the issue fixed.     

Our team of professionals here at JD’s A/C will walk you through every step of the way. From duct cleanings, installations, programmable thermostats, and other services, we strive to create a safe, healthy, cool home for you and your family this Spring! Give the pros at JD’s a call to start preparing your HVAC unit for while appointments are available!

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Benefits of Cleaning and Maintaining Your HVAC Ducts

Dust In HVAC Vents

Benefits of Cleaning and Maintaining Your HVAC Ducts

March 3, 2021
Dust In HVAC Vents

Hey there Longview, Texas resident! Have you ever stopped to wonder how many different pollutants such as, dust, allergens, mold spores, and pet dander find their way into your home? If it’s airborne, you can expect your ductwork to be a perfect spot of accumulation, and from there is dispersed into the rest of your home. Collecting dust, and creating unclean, unfiltered indoor air. Making it harder for those who suffer from respiratory issues to breathe comfortably and safely. 

How does having my air duct system cleaned help improve the efficiency of my home? 

 

  • Purified Indoor Air 

The air you breathe is as important as the lungs breathing in that air. Clean, purified air is vital to your overall health, and well-being. JD’s A/C’s comprehensive cleaning system will ensure that every square inch within your duct-work is thoroughly cleaned of any debris, dust, dander, or allergens. Helping our Longview, Texas residents breathe easier in their homes.

 

  • Reduction in Common Allergens 

While the changing seasons do have an effect on our everyday allergies, some issues can come from within the safety of your home. If your ventilation system is congested with dust, and other pollutants, those same contaminants accumulate inside of your air ducts. These dust, mold spores, pet dander, and dirt particles are then blown around various rooms of your home, keeping the allergy sufferers in your home from getting the relief they deserve. 

 

  • Less Dust Circulation

Having your ductwork cleaned means less dust not only within your ventilation system itself but also within your home. When your air ducts are clean and free of debris that also means less dust on your furniture, pictures, counters, and pretty much anywhere! Because let’s be honest, who actually likes to dust? 

 

  • Improved HVAC system efficiency

Removing any and all dust or debris directly from your HVAC system will streamline the health of your unit. Improving efficiency, and providing you with clean, purified, healthy air. And as many homeowners are aware, the cost of running your furnace can be expensive. And at JD’s A/C we want to ensure that our East Texas residents don’t work their furnaces any harder than they have to! 

JD’s A/C HVAC Pro Tip: Did you know that your home creates an average of 40 pounds of dust within 1 year? Pretty wild, right? 

 What Can I Expect From The Certified HVAC Technicians at JD’s A/C? 

At JD’s A/C heating, cooling, and providing a safe environment for our customers is a top priority! When you contact our team of professionals, we want you to know what you can expect from our dedicated team. Our certified HVAC technicians will provide a thorough cleaning to prevent these dangerous pollutants from spreading throughout your home, and keep the ones you love most safe, happy, and healthy. 

Each of these will receive a thorough inspect, and cleaning: 

  • Air Ducts 
  • All Registers 
  • Diffusers and Grills 
  • Heat Exchangers 
  • Coils (for heating and cooling your home) 
  • Drip Pans 
  • Fan and all parts (this includes the housing and motor) 
  • HVAC Unit Housing 

What’s Next? 

If you have recently moved into a new home, or haven’t had your HVAC ducts cleaned in the home you are currently living in, JD’s A/C recommends this service in order to reduce any breathing issues from unclean ducts. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment for an air duct cleaning session, give us a call!

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How to prepare your HVAC unit for Spring

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How to prepare your HVAC unit for Spring

February 1, 2021
Air Conditioner Outside Home

As spring approaches in Texas, it’s important that you prepare your HVAC unit for the season. Before the temperature warms up for the Summer months, get your unit in check with these HVAC pro tips from JD’s AC! 

Indoor Spring Cleaning HVAC Checklist

The inside of your home matters just as much as the outside does when it comes to the health, longevity, and efficiency of your HVAC unit. Follow our Spring cleaning checklist for the interior of your home! 

  • Change out dirty air filters and replace them to improve airflow and quality.  
  • Clean floor registers and ceiling air vents of dust and debris.  
  • Dust and clean ceiling fan blades in any room one are present.
  • Clean the exhaust hood and ducts over your oven to improve airflow and ventilation. 
  • Clean the interior of your windows, which can host mold and other allergens. 
  • Upgrade your thermostat to a “Smart Thermostat”. This can help you save money during peak seasons such as Summer, by automating your heating and cooling needs. 

JD TIP: Consider installing an air purification system in your home. Air purification systems remove common allergens such as germs, viruses, mold, and debris to deliver cleaner, more pure air throughout your entire home. 

Outdoor Spring Cleaning HVAC Checklist

Ensure the health and efficiency of your system by performing a quick outdoor HVAC Spring checklist! 

  • Remove any outdoor AC coverings 
  • Clean around your outdoor unit, making sure there are no sticks, branches, leaves, or other debris within 2 feet for optimal airflow. 
  • Check your condensate line and make sure that your air conditioner is draining properly. 
  • Schedule a tune-up appointment with a trusted HVAC provider such as JD’s AC to check your refrigerant levels, as well as a general inspection of your unit health. 

Spring Cleaning Tune-Ups

JD’s AC is your Longview-area home comfort experts. We specialize in HVAC installations, repairs, replacements, and service of any air conditioner or heating system. Be sure to check out our current promotions and offers! For general questions or to schedule an appointment today, give JD’s a call!

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3 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Commercial HVAC System

3 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Commercial HVAC System

February 1, 2021

Your business is vital to your livelihood, and here at JD’s AC, we want to provide you with the best service possible. We understand that your business is your largest investment, and with that, you want to keep it in top working order, including your HVAC system. Keeping your customers happy, healthy, and comfortable while at your establishment is not only your priority but ours as well. While many HVAC issues can be addressed during routine maintenance check-ups, others can be caused by extreme wear, and some can be a sign it’s time to replace an old unit. Whatever your situation may be, we are here to help! In this blog, your furnace and air conditioning repair experts in Longview, Texas share the signs to look for that mean your commercial building’s HVAC system is due for a replacement! 

Have you noticed this? 

Signs of system aging 

The Department of Energy recommends replacing your commercial HVAC unit an average of every 10 years. With routine maintenance, upkeep, and care extending the life of your unit to upwards of 15 years. Units with heavy usage can expect to be replaced sooner than later, and vise versa for units with minimal usage. Signs of an aging HVAC system typically include higher energy bills, uneven temperatures, and many repairs. Below, we expand on these topics. 

Inconsistent temperatures 

Have you noticed inconsistent temperatures? Has it been increasingly warm or too cold without any moderation? This issue could be caused by many different factors including; an older or faulty thermostat, unclear air filters, leaking air ducts, incorrect fluid levels, and damages to parts and equipment. These issues will be more clear in a unit that is older, due to outdated technology and age of parts. Keep your staff, and customers happy, healthy, and comfortable by installing a more modern HVAC system to accommodate your business needs. 

Poor indoor air quality

Usually, many homeowners will notice poor indoor air quality during the spring and summer months simply because of the rising humidity levels. In Longview, Texas we know how strenuous the humidity and heat can be here in our region. A properly working HVAC unit will produce clean, filtered air throughout your place of business, with ease. If you are noticing a lack of clean air, it’s likely that your unit is no longer functioning properly and that an accumulation of dust, dander, debris, mold, mildew, and viruses inside your unit is dispersed into your place of business. 

Increased running time 

What’s that sound? Likely, it’s your HVAC unit working overtime to provide heating and cooling to your place of business. When this happens, it’s usually caused by the coils inside your unit “going bad” with the combination of a failing motor. If both of those are fine, it could be a sign that it’s time for a replacement. If not, your unit will continue to run on a consistent cycle trying to reach the desired temperature you have established.

Loud noises 

The myth is true, it is normal for an older HVAC system to make a little racket with age. However, when you notice these noises it may be a sign that you are in need of a full replacement. Sometimes noises can come from parts that have become loose inside your system, or an issue with the fans, motors, blowers, or any other part that moves within that unit. Common noises many business owners report hearing are, humming, groaning, banding, and buzzing.  

Multiple “patch job” repairs 

Notice that you are doing more repair jobs than usual? At JD’s we understand that the cost of a new system can be frightful. However, while the upfront cost of a new system seems overwhelming, the total cost of repairs, in the long run, will be more shocking. It is better to invest in a new system once you begin to see issues with your current one, vs continuing to buy replacement parts only to temporarily fix an issue.  

Why it’s time to replace your system 

  • Lower energy costs 
  • New technology
  • Higher re-sell value for your business 
  • Getting it done right! The first time.  

Ready to replace your system, let the pros at JD’s AC help you!

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Ways To Lower Humidity In Your Home

Ways To Lower Humidity In Your Home

January 4, 2021

Having excess moisture in your home has been proven to cause unsavory issues within the four walls of your home, such as mold or other water-related damages. When you lower the humidity in your home, not only are you comfortable, you save money, and keep harmful contaminants from growing. 

Why is it important to keep the humidity in your home at a healthy level? 

When the humidity levels in your home are too low, you experience a lack of moisture. This will cause common issues such as dry nose, dry throat, dry skin, and an increase in catching colds or other respiratory illnesses. 

Too much humidity can cause an increase in pollutants such as mold, bacteria, viruses, fungi, dust mites, and more that will also cause respiratory problems. 

What is a normal range of humidity? 

Here at JD’s A/C we have the ability to check your home’s humidity levels, as well as temperature monitors. As you have read above, it’s extremely important to keep a comfortable level of humidity throughout your home. 


  • Low humidity levels 

Less than 25% 

  • Moderate humidity levels

Between 25% – 55% 

  • High humidity levels 

Over 55% 

What causes humidity levels to rise? 

Rising humidity levels are usually a cause of everyday living. Such as, cooking, showering, laundry, washing dishes, all contribute to high levels of humidity. 

What can happen from maintaining high humidity levels? 

There are several negative effects of maintaining higher than usual humidity levels. 

  1. You may notice the temperature in your home is warmer than usual. 
  2. Wood inside your home can begin to swell, causing deterioration. 
  3. Mold and mildew will not only grow, but multiply. 
  4. You may experience respiratory problems, or other respiratory illnesses. 

How can you lower and maintain humidity in your home? 

There are several ways you can decrease, and maintain the humidity in your home. 


  • Proper ventilation

Make sure your home is well ventilated, especially in areas where moisture seems to be most present, such as your kitchens and bathroom areas. You may either crack a window, or install exhaust fans to help lower the humidity levels in those areas of your home. Using a form of consistent airflow throughout your home will actively help in reducing humidity levels as well. 


  • Dehumidification systems 

Dehumidification systems can be installed in both new and existing homes. These types of systems are programmed to maintain a healthy level of humidity for the best level of comfortability possible. 


  • Shorten your showers

 By shortening the duration of your shower time, and/or decreasing the temperature will also help reduce high levels of humidity in your home. Taking a long hot shower sounds wonderful, but the moisture adds up. For those who don’t wish to decrease the temperature or duration of their showers, look into ‘low flow’ shower heads. These can help decrease the level of humidity as well. 


  • Limit indoor house plants 

Naturally plants will release moisture into the air, and if you have several of them within a small space, that moisture will accumulate quickly. To avoid this, limit the amount of indoor plants that you have, or alternate them outdoors as well. 


  • Maintain your gutters

It may sound strange, but making sure that you have clean gutters not only improves the effectiveness of your system when carrying water away from your home’s foundation. This plays an important role when lowering the humidity level of your home. 

  • Repair windows, and replace if necessary

Oftentimes, we see this as a common issue in many older homes. Drafty, older windows and doors will cause moisture to build up within the home and raise humidity levels. Adding plastic film to the window glass, or weatherstripping your windows and doors will help reduce draft and moisture significantly. 

 

If you are concerned about the humidity levels in your home, give our trusted technicians a call today! Don’t delay your health, and comfort another day.

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What Is The Best Unit For Your Home?

What Is The Best Unit For Your Home?

January 4, 2021

Here at JD’s A/C, we want to provide our customers with the best our industry has to offer, that is why we proudly offer our customers, Carrier the American made brand. 

Willis Carrier “The Father of Air Conditioning” was the original inventor of the modern air conditioning we are so thankful to have today. Dating back to 1902 when Mr. Willis Carrier made the realization that he had the ability to dry out air but allowing it to pass through water to create fog. And within a year from when he began his experiments, he was able to complete his invention. Although it wouldn’t be until 1915 before he founded the Carrier Engineering Corporation. 

What options are available for my home? 

A certified member of our team will be able to tell you exactly what unit fits your home’s needs best by doing an inspection of your home. First, our specialists will look at how much square footage of space your home has, then they will determine the base BTU (British Thermal Unit), notate the number of doors, and windows that are in the home. They will also take into account any indoor pets, as well as the occupancy level. 

What type of options are available? 

  • Standard efficiency 
  • Medium efficiency 
  • High efficiency  

System types 

There are several types of indoor air control that you can choose from. However depending on several factors. We want to educate you on the many different options, and the pros and cons of each. 

Air Conditioning System 

  • Pros 

Consistent temperature year-round 

Filtered air 

Heating and air conditioning combo 

Reduce the promotion of germs and other toxins 

Relief for those who suffer from allergies 

  • Cons 

Higher energy bill (depending on the model efficiency) 

Duct maintenance

The need for ductwork  

Ductless System

  • Pros 

Energy efficient 

Environmentally friendly 

Customizable 

  • Cons

Upfront cost

Regular maintenance 

Aesthetics 

Furnaces 

  • Pros 

Inexpensive to install 

Long life span 

Reliable heating (even in the coldest of weather conditions) 

Less maintenance 

  • Cons 

Electric furnaces can be costly to run 

Gas furnaces lifespan is shorter than electric furnaces

Gas furnaces can be risky; fires, explosions, and carbon monoxide poisoning 

Heat Pumps 

  • Pros

Energy efficient 

Less maintenance 

A safer option for heating 

Reduction of carbon emissions 

Provide cooling as well 

Long life span, usually 14-15 years 

RHI scheme eligible 

  • Cons

High upfront costs

Less efficient in extreme weather conditions

Frequent maintenance and routine care 

Larger than other systems 


Your HVAC system is an investment, not only for yourself, and your family, but your home as well. If you are in the market for a new HVAC system but don’t know where to start, give us a call here at JD’s A/C! We would be happy to help you every step of the way, the JD way.

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