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Winter Saving Tips

Winter Saving Tips

Texas is freezing this time of year and Blackbelt A/C & Electric Company wants to provide you some strategies to help you save money and energy while keeping your comfort. Just by using some of these easy tips during the winter months, you can end up with incredible savings with ease.

  • Allow natural sunlight in your home – take advantage of the sun while it is out and open your curtains to draw heat in. Do not forget to close your curtains back up when the sun goes down.
  • Adjust your thermostat accordingly – make sure to set your temperature as low as you can handle to maximize savings. While you are asleep, set the thermostat even lower for those eight hours. Doing so can save you 10% on your heating and cooling a year. Remember to layer up with clothing and blankets for a nice, warm slumber.
  • Seal air leaks – detect leaky areas in your home and find the method to seal them accordingly. Minimizing your drafts will help retain the heat within your home.
  • Add moisture – add moisture to your home by utilizing a humidifier. The moist air will help your home remain warm and toasty.

Use some of our simple easy tips to begin your winter savings journey. One of the greatest investments you can do for maximum energy savings is to conduct a home energy audit or home energy assessment. This will help you determine what areas in your home could be more energy efficient. If you have any added questions or need any San Antonio HVAC help, call Blackbelt A/C & Electrical company today (210) 749-3242.

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Federal Pacific Breakers and Zinsco Panels – Beware of Fire!

Federal Pacific Breakers and Zinsco Panels – Beware of Fire!

If your business or home is 30 to 65 years old and equipped with a Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) circuit breaker panel with Stab-Lok breakers, you may be at risk of breaker malfunctions and possibly a home fire! These breakers have a fire potential and it is critical that home owners change these if they have them in their home.

The FPE was one of the most popular electric panels from the 50s that were eventually installed in millions of buildings across the country. However, testing in the 80s showed that one of every four Stab-Lok breakers are defective. In 2005, a ruling in New Jersey determined the Federal Pacific to have committed fraud due to failure to meet testing standards.

An estimated 2,800 fires each year result directly from the Federal Pacific panel breaker failures.

HOW ARE THE FPE BREAKERS AND ZINSCO PANELS UNSAFE?

The general purpose of a circuit breaker is to cut the flow of electricity when electric wires have too much current flowing. This is something that these breakers fail to do properly. During testing, both these models failed 25% of the time. Yikes!

It’s important to note if your buildings have an FPE breaker or a Zinsco panel, both being extremely prone to malfunctions. If so, it is extremely recommended to replace your breaker considering the hazard. Contact Blackbelt AC and Electrical today at (210) 749-3242! We’re a fully licensed and insured AC and electric company serving San Antonio and surrounding areas. We can replace your outdated electrical panel and eliminate those risks for you.

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How is the Air Quality in Your Home?

How is the Air Quality in Your Home?

Testing done by US Environmental Agency has stated that indoor air pollution could be up to 5 times worse than outdoor pollution. It’s important that you be aware of the pollutants in your home’s air and where they’re coming from. Detecting the sources of contributing pollutants is essential in eliminating them and creating a more breathable environment for you and your family. Read more to find out what steps you can take to start improving your indoor air quality now!

If you’ve recently made some major changes to your home, you may be in risk of deteriorating your indoor air quality. Typically new paint, furniture, or flooring can release chemicals into the air. If you’re interested in painting your home, check the labels of the paint canisters for low or zero VOC alternatives.

You may also be prone to VOCs if you live in an older home. These homes may have not had the advanced materials or technology to prevent VOCs. Consider implementing an air purifier and dehumidifier to combat these problem.

Most store-bought cleaning products are also known to contain gas and chemicals that release when you use them AND even when they’re being stored un-opened. Consider keeping the cleaning products at home to a minimum instead of purchasing in bulk or buying eco-friendly cleaning products instead. Alternative to these options, you can also create your own cleaning products with natural ingredients.

These are just a few factors to think about when it comes to your indoor air quality. If you need additional help or our professional services on how to significantly reduce or eliminate pollutants, call Blackbelt A/C & Electrical today based in San Antonio (210) 749-3242!

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Do You Need a Dehumidifier?

Do You Need a Dehumidifier?

Summer is here, meaning that Texas heat will be at its all-time high along with its friend, humidity. Luckily, there’s a simple fix to most of your indoor humidity problem – acquiring either a whole-home dehumidifier or portable unit made for specific areas. But… how do you know you REALLY need a dehumidifier? Check out for these major signs at home:

  • Moldy spots

One evident way of figuring out if you need to invest in a dehumidifier is when you begin noticing mold growth around your home. Mold tends to form on walls and ceilings when there is excess moisture in the air although mold can grow in any poorly ventilated areas of the home including bathrooms, closets, or basements.

  • Condensation

If you begin noticing condensation forming on your windows or glass doors, it may mean that it is too humid indoors. Be sure to check for condensation, fog, streaks of water, or droplets forming.

  • Bad odors

Don’t know what that musty smell is? There’s a huge chance that the smell is a result of the mold and mildew present in your home.

  • Water stains

Another result of excess moisture are water stains on your walls, ceilings, and floors. Along with mold, humidity may accumulate and create damp stains as well.

If you’re experiencing one or more of the signs listed above, you may need to consider investing in a humidifier! If including a dehumidifier into your strategy does not eliminate your humidity issues, you may have an issue with your home’s ventilation. If this is the case, please contact your local HVAC professional to discover how to increase your home’s ventilation. If you’re in the San Antonio, Boerne, Canyon Lake, and New Braunfels area, call Blackbelt A/C & Electrical today (210) 749-3242!

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