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Dr. E. Neil Schacter

According to Dr. E. Neil Schacter, medical director of respiratory care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York: “If you live in a home with chronically poor air quality, you can experience frequent headaches, long lasting colds, and bronchitis as well as chronic asthma.” This is especially true during winter months when we tend to keep our doors & windows shut. Combined with the cold and typically more rain during this season, you’re bringing in moisture, allergens, and bacteria then never allowing fresh air to circulate in an attempt to stay warm. This could make your home a perfect breeding ground for flu, colds and other allergens.

The introduction of outdoor air is one important factor in promoting good air quality. Air may enter a home in several different ways, including:

  • through natural ventilation, such as through windows and doors
  • through mechanical means, such as through outdoor air intakes associated with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system
  • through infiltration, a process by which outdoor air flows into the house through openings, joints and cracks in walls, floors and ceilings, and around windows and doors.
  • Outdoor air infiltration occurs in all homes to some extent.

Most residential forced air-heating systems and air-conditioning systems do not bring outdoor air into the house mechanically, and infiltration and natural ventilation are relied upon to bring outdoor air into the home. Advanced designs for new homes are starting to add a mechanical feature that brings outdoor air into the home through the HVAC system. Some of these designs include energy efficient heat recovery ventilators to mitigate the cost of cooling and heating this air during the summer and winter.

Here are some simple DIY remedies to make your home cleaner, and safer home for everyone.

  1. Air-out your home. When weather permits, open a window. Easy and free. This is one of the most effective ways to get the old air out and fresh air in. If you live in a heavy industrial or chemical area, be careful that you are not trading one concern for another.
  2. Air Purifiers. Good air purifiers will improve indoor air quality by removing allergens, harmful particles, and odors. Purified air is especially important to people suffering from asthma, allergies, or chemical and pollutant sensitivities. Ideally, according to the layout of your home, it is best to have air purifiers in all bedrooms as well as the main living areas.
  3. Essential Oils. Essential oils can be used to effectively clean and freshen indoor air. A good DIY essential oil room spritzer recipe is the following: Add 12-15 drops of pure essential oil to 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1 1/2 cups of purified water. Place in a dark glass spray bottle shake well before each use. This recipe is especially useful for bathrooms, closets and “sick rooms”. Make sure that the essential oils you use are free from chemical additives as this could cause other unwanted allergens. Other essential oils for air purification include: Lemongrass, Lime, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sage, Tangerine, Tea Tree, Thyme, Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, White Camphor, Marjoram, Myrrh, Cilantro, Citronella.
  4. Regular Cleaning. Regular dusting and frequent vacuuming will help tremendously in reducing airborne pollutants like mold, pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Use non-toxic cleaning products.
  5. Change HVAC filters. Change furnace and air-conditioning filters frequently. Spray rubbing alcohol on the vents inside your home. If there is mold on the vents use a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water to kill the mold.
  6. Remedy mold issues. If your house has ventilation concerns, your home has a basement or you live in a humid area, it’s a good idea to have your home checked yearly for mold.
  7. Dry Cleaning. Before bringing in clothes that have been dry cleaned, allow them to hang in the garage or on the patio before bringing them indoors. Dry cleaning products emit chemicals like formaldehyde.

By improving the air quality of your home, most likely you and your family will experience less respiratory concerns and feel better all year long.

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Do you have rooms in your home that are always warmer or always colder than other parts of your home? This can be problematic especially when temperatures here in Austin, Tx fluctuate so frequently or when trying to keep your baby’s room at a constant temperature.

Most homes only have a single thermostat, which means it heats/cools based on that location. When you have a multi-story home this is even more problematic. Fortunately this can be effectively resolved by installing a zoning system.

A HVAC Zoning system is your answer!

A zoning system for your HVAC system is a way to control the temperature for each area, or “zone” in your home, rather than have to heat or cool the whole house to the same temperature. With a zoning system, you can set temperatures differently for either individual rooms or sections of your home.

Typically, with forced air systems there is only one thermostat to control the heating and cooling for the entire home. Once that thermostat calls for heating or cooling there is virtually no way to control the temperature in each room of the house except by manually closing off the outlets in each room. This manual method is time-consuming and can cause harm to the HVAC unit, as closing off too many outlets can reduce the airflow. This could shorten the life of the furnace, air conditioner or heat pump.

Zoning solves this problem. It also allows you to save energy (and therefore money) by not heating or cooling rooms when they don’t need it. If, for example, you live in a two-story home and don’t use the upstairs very much, you can set the thermostat upstairs so that it doesn’t call for heat or cool air very often.

Precision has multiple zoning system options that can be custom fitted to your home and needs.
Give us a call today to find out more!

BPI Certified Professional

What is BPI?

Building Performance Institute (BPI) is a national standards development organization for residential energy efficiency and weatherization retrofit work. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, BPI bring together leading building science experts from across North America to develop standards using a consensus-based methodology.

BPI is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an approved developer of American National Standards. Through BPI’s Standards Technical Committee and its working groups and dozens of committed industry participants, the BPI Standards program maintains an unmatched reputation as the home performance industry’s leading standards body. BPI functions as a vital connection between contractors, technicians, training organizations and programs to ensure the entire home performance and weatherization workforce is following the same strict protocols.

BPI standards are cited by the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as several state Weatherization Assistance Programs.

What does it mean to be BPI Certified?

There are 130 million existing homes in America, and many were built before modern energy codes were established. These homes face problems that product rebate programs, non-certified contractors or even the best homeowner cannot solve. Sometimes, a non-certified company or individual will do more harm than good by inadvertently creating problems with mold, moisture, ice damming, poor indoor air quality and even combustion appliance back-drafting.

BPI certified professionals are companies and individuals who have been trained to meet these problems head-on. They have proven their skills, meeting BPI’s stringent, nationally recognized standards by passing both written and field examinations.

Why you should care that your HVAC Repair company is BPI Certified.

For many homeowners and tenants, energy bills account for far too much of the monthly budget. These homes often suffer from performance problems ranging from increased energy consumption to poor thermal comfort to indoor air quality issues. When a company is BPI Certified you can be sure that they will use the house-as-a-system approach to identify and solve common to complex household HVAC problems that have been proven to reduce the home owners annual utility bills by as much as 20 percent or more.

Many state, local and utility energy efficiency programs use the services of BPI certified professionals, because they know they will get quality work with a good return on investment. In fact, the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program from the Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cites BPI or equivalent for individual certification.

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Precision Heating & Air, LLC. Receives 2015 Presidents Award from Carrier, Earning Honors as Outstanding Dealer

Austin, Tx, Precision Heating & Air, LLC. Is the VERY FIRST recipient of the prestigious 2015 President’s Award from Carrier in the Austin area. The award is recognition of being an outstanding dealer in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry.

Dealerships were honored at a ceremony held in Dallas on March 13.
One of Carrier’s highest honors for its dealers, the President’s Award is given to Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealers who achieve excellence in product promotions and delivered superior customer satisfaction.

Recipients of this award represent the very best in operational excellence, business effectiveness and delivering cutting-edge technology to consumers.

Precision Heating & Air, LLC. demonstrates technical expertise, while also serving as a leader in promoting the Carrier brand and raising the standard for equipment sales. The dealership exemplifies service excellence and provides exceptional customer care.

Precision Heating & Air has had one goal: To provide Austinites with honest and reliable heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services. At Precision Heating & Air, we pride ourselves on meeting this goal, every time!

“This year’s award winners continue the long line of excellence in providing customers with outstanding service and living up to the high bar set by previous recipients,” said Chris Nelson, president, residential and commercial systems, Carrier. “The award further establishes these companies as best in class and serves as a stark reminder to all Carrier dealers of how HVAC businesses can thrive in any region.”

The President’s Award is designed to encourage Carrier dealers to objectively review their businesses and reward dealers who have excelled in customer satisfaction. This award presents the opportunity for recipients to serve as role models, share best practices and offer peer mentoring to help cultivate excellence across the dealer group.

To learn more about Precision Heating & Air, LLC. and its heating and cooling products and services, call 512-300-7422 or visit www.PrecisionHeatAC.com.

Over the course of the Summer most homeowners are caught in the back and forth struggle of the thermostat. On one side of the spectrum is the attempt to keep the thermostat set as high as possible in an effort to save on utility costs. Then again, it sure is nice to feel cool when the temperature outside continually rises into the dangerous levels.

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In many ways thermostat issues are a year-round affair because energy efficiency and comfort need to be addressed in colder weather as well. A great way to save on utility bills but also feel cool when needed in the Summer is with a programmable thermostat – an inexpensive and easy-to-implement appliance that brings with it a windfall of benefits such as:

Lower Utility Costs

One of the biggest wastes of energy is when the air-conditioner is cranked low at times when it’s not needed like when people are at work / outside or when they are sleeping. Most people are vigilant about turning the A/C off when they leave for extended periods of time but a programmable thermostat removes any risk of forgetfulness and sets itself to a sensible temperature at off-peak times.

More Comfortable

Of course one of the frustrating things about turning the air-conditioner off for the day when you leave is that you come home to a hot and stuffy house. A programmable thermostat can be set to lower the temperature in the house about 30 minutes before you get home so that you arrive to a cool, comfortable environment.

Convenience

Programmable thermostats really are a ‘set it and forget it’ appliance as most of them have options for either 7-day (different times for each day), 5 + 2 (weekday and weekend settings), and 5-1-1 (weekdays, Saturdays, and Sundays) schedules. Plus with the touchscreen technology thermostats are relatively easy to program and they can be installed quite easily by a certified HVAC technician. Modern programmable thermostats can even be synched up to your Smart phone and give you full control over your home comfort anywhere you are, day or night.

Affordable

The most basic programmable thermostats retail for around $20 and usually require less than an hour of labor to be installed. Plus whatever the initial investment is can be recouped rather quickly with the 10%-30% reduction in energy bills that the programmable thermostats can provide.

If anything the installation of a programmable thermostat is the first direction in optimizing the efficiency of a home. Projects that follow might include sealing up any gaps around doors, upgrading windows, and beefing up wall insulation. It’s not beyond the realm of possibilities to save 50% from what you’re paying in heating and cooling bills now and all that is lost profits the more time that’s wasted.

So in essence, if you don’t already have one buy a programmable thermostat today!

Some popular thermostats to choose from:

For many home and business owners choosing the right AC repair company isn’t a matter of luxury or choice, it’s a necessity. When an air-conditioner starts to fail it drives up energy bills and a unit that shuts down completely creates miserable living conditions. However, something that can be equally as miserable as a broken AC is a repair company that is unreliable, pricey, or just incompetent on the repairs.

Here are some helpful tips to avoid the headache of not only a broken AC but also of hiring a poor air-conditioner repair company:

Where to Look For Quality AC Repair

Although the best practice for finding quality residential or commercial services is usually to broaden your search. Sometimes it’s best to stay close to home with air-conditioner repair. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and read reviews. Likely someone you know or live close to has had to use an Air Conditioning Repair company at some time. While 24/7 repair services aren’t as critical with an air-conditioner as they are with a furnace that stalls in the dead of Winter. Hiring local usually gives a better opportunity for prompt service.

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Finding a Knowledgeable / Respectable Company

Look for awards & certifications a AC Repair Company has earned, such as:

  • Are they NATE Certified?
  • Are they an award winning, Factory Authorized Dealer?
  • Are they a BBB Accredited Business and if so whats their rating?
  • Are they a registered contractor with Austin Energy?
  • Are they AHRI Certified?
  • Are they an Energy Star Partner?
  • Are they a member of ACCA?

On top of awards & certifications, ask around. A lot of fellow home and business owners have gone through trial and error in finding a quality AC repair company they can trust. Some haven’t showed up to do the work, others made it to the job site but couldn’t adequately fix the problem, while still more have charged 3-4X the industry norm for simple repairs. Luckily their bad experiences are to your benefit as people usually aren’t hush-hush about these situations. Therefore check out online review sites such as Yelp or Angie’s List and seek word of mouth in your community about who you should hire and who you shouldn’t.

Make Sure the Company Is Licensed / Bonded / Insured

Even the best AC repair contractors will have an occasional accident or mishap so it’s important to make sure they’re covered ‘just in case’. Depending on state ordinances an AC Repair Company may need to have some sort of license and-or permits (Apprentice, Journeyman, Master HVAC Contractor) just to do work on your house or business.

Having the required licenses & permits will help you in knowing the contractors are educated, tested, and up to date on HVAC codes. You are protected as long as the contractor is bonded – which basically states there’s recourse if the company doesn’t show up to do the work or does work improperly. Insurance also covers the AC owner if the contractors work causes property damages. So making sure the company is licensed, bonded, and insured is critical.

AC Repair Company Intangibles

So what to do if all local companies are fully licensed and all have mostly positive reviews? There are some intangibles that could help make the decision easier. Some things to consider include:

  • Customer Service – does the business answer your calls promptly and do they have a generally good demeanor? Since these people will be in your home or business it doesn’t hurt having a contractor honed in on the importance of customer service.
  • Free Estimates – quality companies will generally always come to your home and give a free quote on what repairs are needed and estimated costs.
  • Options – with HVAC units there’s generally an A, B, and sometimes C route to take in getting your system back up and running. Beware of the company who only tries and sells you new equipment (although sometimes it may be the only remedy).
  • Timeline – generally the sooner the company can get in to fix your AC the better but unfortunately a quality company may simply be too busy. In some instances ‘first come first serve’ will have to be the approach to take for the hire.

Typical Air-Conditioner Repair Costs

In truth there isn’t really a “typical” AC Repair Costs. Repair costs will vary based on the specific needs/fixes for every HVAC System. This is a tough thing to consider when hiring an AC repair company. Identifying the specific problem your HVAC System is having could be a wide range of things from something as simple as a clogged filter or something severe such as a defunct condensing unit coil. That’s why we suggest to be sure to get at least two to three AC Repair companies to give you an estimate.

Making Sure You’re Not Overcharged

Since repair costs can vary so greatly the only way to ensure you’re not being ripped off is by getting multiple quotes on a job. It’s best to bring in at least 3 contractors for an estimate just to a) clarify which repairs are needed and b) know an average price tag for the fix. It’s important to not only beware of a price that is way too high, but one extremely low could cause a red flag that the company may be a fly-by-night, “salesy” operation.

Of course early preparation is the key to finding a quality AC repair company you can trust job after job. Waiting until a system goes down could leave you scrambling which will could result in higher costs and poorer service. Plus the air-conditioner should at least have maintenance service performed annually to make sure it’s running up to par and to catch problems early. Once you find a company that excels at the routine stuff, they’ll likely be reliable for the emergency fixes as well.

Summer is here, which means its AC Repair Season and it’s that time of year again when we have to deal with the extreme Texas heat and ever-changing weather. Your AC system goes through some tough times having your to effectively cool your house. But if its been serviced, and has the proper amount of refrigerant you should stay cool and comfy.

Precision offers many services to make sure you stay cool and comfortable this summer.

Precision’s annual Preventative Maintenance Program keeps your HVAC System running at optimal performance year-round.

We schedule and perform our unprecedented 15-Point Air Conditioning Tune-Up before peak energy usage in the summer, and our 26-Point Heating Tune-Up before peak energy usage in the winter, to help keep you cool all summer and warm all winter!

Getting a simple Air Conditioning Tune-Up can cut your monthly energy costs by up to 30%. To ensure peak air conditioning performance, Precision Heating & Air recommends performing an annual Air Conditioning Tune-Up. A Precision 15-Point Air Conditioning Tune-Up costs only $59 and, with your monthly energy savings, will pay for itself!

Precision’s 15-Point Air Conditioning Tune-Up Consists of:

  1. Verifying cooling performance, temperature drop, and make any necessary adjustments
  2. Cleaning the outdoor condenser coil and remove debris from the unit
  3. Inspecting and lubricate the condenser fan motor
  4. Checking compressor amperage for proper function
  5. Testing operation and condition of compressor contractor
  6. Inspecting and tighten electrical connections
  7. Inspecting start/run capacitors and relays
  8. Inspecting for refrigerant leaks
  9. Inspecting indoor evaporator coil, if accessible
  10. Flushing condensate drain to protect against overflow
  11. Inspecting blower assembly operation, and lubricate and adjust as necessary
  12. Evaluating condition of air filters and other indoor air quality accessories
  13. Safety testing all controls for proper operation
  14. Providing expert recommendations for keeping your system running at peak efficiency
  15. Providing the customer with complete Results of Check

Super Service Award 2014 - Angie's List

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Precision Heating & Air LLC. has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

“Only about 5 percent of the HVAC companies in Austin, TX have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie Hicks – Founder of Angie’s List

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.


Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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Precision is proud to announce we are NCI Certified!

NCI Certification means that Precision HVAC Techs are certified professionals with the ability to maximize a customers home comfort and provide the absolute perfect custom tailored ventilation and duct system for their needs.

What does this mean for you?

NCI certified professionals, using the methods and training that Performance-Based Contracting provides, help you solve a wide variety of comfort and safety issues in your home, with a focus upon measurable results and utmost professionalism.

What is NCI?

National Comfort Institute, Inc. (NCI) is an organization that provides heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical contractors with a focused offering of services and tools to help them improve their businesses, differentiate themselves, and grow. NCI is able to achieve this by providing unique business management, sales, marketing and technical tools, training, support and coaching – all designed with the goal of helping HVAC professionals to differentiate their companies through measured performance, quality and value.

What is Performance-Based Contracting™?

Performance-Based Contracting™ is a term created by NCI which describes NCI’s unique approach that originated with delivering measured performance in HVAC systems to consumers. Performance-Based Contracting™ is as much about changing a company’s culture as it is proving to a customer proof that Precision did what we said we were going to do.

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Precision Heating & Air LLC. recently received the 2015 President’s Award from Carrier Corporation for our level of quality, leadership and excellence in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry.

What is the Carrier President’s Award?

As Carrier’s highest honor for its dealers, the President’s Award recognizes Carrier dealers who exemplify leadership and management, customer satisfaction, expertise, business growth, operational excellence, and delivering the best in cutting-edge technology to consumers.

The President’s Award, started in 2007, is Carrier’s highest honor for its dealers. This annual award is designed to encourage self-analysis and reward individuals who have excelled in customer relations. President’s Award recipients are businesses that far exceed Carrier’s high expectations, not only as a Carrier dealer, but also as a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer—who are held to an even more exacting set of standards. Carrier presents this award to companies they recognize and hold up to other dealers as an example of true excellence.

What does this mean for you as a customer?

For President’s Award Dealers, it’s your satisfaction and not just a sale—that counts. That’s why Precision strives to provide personal follow-up and quick, knowledgeable solutions to your home comfort problems. Precision also keep ahead of the industry with specialized training.  All of this makes a big difference when you have to make big decisions about your home comfort.

Or to put it simply, when working with Precision you can expect the best level of customer service, the highest level of craftsmanship, and best HVAC products in the nation.