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Why Is My AC Short-Cycling? Causes and Solutions 

Posted on: May 30, 2024

With temperatures on the rise, the last thing any homeowner wants to experience is a short-cycling AC unit. This issue stops your air conditioner short of effectively cooling your home and can threaten your comfort. Not to mention how it negatively impacts your system’s lifespan, effectiveness, and energy efficiency. When AC short-cycling occurs, you need …

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Signs of a Freon Leak

Posted on: May 4, 2024

Freon is the commercial name for the refrigerant used in air conditioners. It’s a key component in ensuring that your cooling system is working and running smoothly. A leak in Freon can cause your system to stop working, and if you encounter it or inhale it, negatively affect the health of you and your family. …

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Should My HVAC Fan Be Running All the Time?

Posted on: April 4, 2024

Maintaining a comfortable home environment is crucial during San Marcos’ temperature extremes. While you most likely know that an efficient HVAC system, proper insulation, and a smart thermostat can help you stay comfortable inside, you might not be aware of a simple technique that can make a big difference: allowing your HVAC system’s fan to …

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What Is the Lifespan of a Residential Heat Pump?

Posted on: March 25, 2024

Heat pumps are gaining in popularity, leaving many homeowners with questions about these innovative HVAC systems. As both a heat source and an air conditioner, a heat pump offers an efficient alternative to traditional separate HVAC systems. Given their higher initial investment, you may be curious about their lifespan and long-term value. Understanding how long …

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Signs You Need HVAC Maintenance

Posted on: March 20, 2024

When Was the Last Time You Had HVAC Maintenance?  Did you know that you could be saving on your energy bill, while also extending the lifespan of your HVAC system, all with some minor maintenance? At SM Air, we recommend having your HVAC checked twice a year. In the early spring, you should ensure that …

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What Are Common Signs of a Malfunctioning Furnace?

Posted on: December 14, 2023

Winter’s chill demands a reliable heating system to keep your home cozy and comfortable. But what happens when your furnace, the core of your home’s heating, starts to show signs of wear or even malfunction? Being vigilant about your furnace’s condition is essential for safety and comfort. Having been a trusted HVAC authority in the …

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Prep Your HVAC for Winter: Essential Tips To Ensure Warmth & Efficiency

Posted on: December 11, 2023

While Texas winters might not bring a snow-blanketed landscape, the drop in temperature is a clear sign to transition from cooling to heating. Before you cozy up with hot cocoa and start your holiday countdown, remember the cornerstone of your home’s warmth — your HVAC system. Beyond routine checkups, specific winter adjustments are key to …

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The Energy-Efficient Home Improvement Tax Credit Explained

Posted on: November 20, 2023

Most homeowners realize that investing in sustainable energy is a worthwhile choice, not only to reduce energy expenses but to secure a brighter, greener future. Still, high-efficiency HVAC systems can be expensive, making it difficult for many homeowners to cover installation costs. That’s where the Energy-Efficient Home Improvement tax credit comes to the rescue. Through …

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What Is Ductwork in an HVAC System?

Posted on: August 18, 2023

When we think about maintaining a pleasant temperature within our homes, our minds typically wander to the more visible aspects – the air conditioning unit, the thermostats, and the vents. However, there’s an equally essential, albeit less noticeable, component that’s integral to your comfort – the ductwork. So, what exactly is ductwork, and why does …

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What Is an AC Condenser?

Posted on: August 16, 2023

As the summer months blaze, our homes become an oasis of cool and comfort. But what creates this refuge from the scorching temperatures outdoors? It’s none other than a critical player in your home’s air conditioning system: the AC condenser. The AC Condenser: Heart of Your Home’s Cooling System Often perceived as the powerhouse of …

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