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Welcome to our Learning Center. This is where we will post relevant information about all things heating and air conditioning.

3 Reasons to Consider a Thermostat Upgrade

Heating and air conditioning systems can last for many years, and many people keep all of the same components for as long as possible. One upgrade that you might want to consider making, however, is a thermostat upgrade. Thermostats are relatively affordable -- even if you choose a higher-end model -- and can be installed quickly and easily by a heating and air conditioning professional. These are a few reasons why you might find it worth it to make this replacement.

1. Enjoy a More Modern Look

An old, outdated thermostat can be a real eyesore. Since these thermostats are often in highly visual areas of the home, this can have more of an effect on your home's aesthetic than you even realize. Replacing your old thermostat with a brand new, modern-looking thermostat can make the wall look better instantly.

2. Stay More Comfortable

Over time, thermostats can become less accurate. By installing a new thermostat, you can help ensure that you can properly control the temperature in your home. This can help you keep yourself and your family comfortable on exceptionally hot or incredibly cold days.

3. Save on Your Heating and Cooling Bills

Did you know that replacing your thermostat can actually help you save money on your heating and cooling bills? Consider looking for a programmable thermostat, which you can adjust to you and your family's schedule. Then, you don't have to worry about heating or cooling your home when no one is around, which can save you a lot of money on your heating and cooling bills throughout the year.

As you can see, a thermostat upgrade can be a great addition to your home. If you contact us, we can talk to you a little more about this type of upgrade.

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How to Control Asthma at Night with Air Conditioning

Asthma attacks at night are enough to frighten any person, let alone a young child. Not only can these attacks thoroughly scare a child, but they can also leave a child sleep deprived. If you suspect asthma attacks are preventing your child from sleeping soundly, here are a few tips that will help you achieve indoor air quality improvement with air conditioning.

Remove Allergens from Indoor Air

The air in most homes is tainted with allergens, especially during the summertime. Most allergens can trigger both allergies and asthma attacks. These asthma attack triggers include pollen from plants, dust mites, mold, and mildew.

Air conditioner units have filters that can improve indoor air quality by removing these allergens. Just ensure you replace the air filter of the unit regularly so that it remains functional and efficient.

Control Indoor Humidity

Another way you can use your air conditioning unit to control asthma attacks is by controlling the humidity in your home. High humidity environments are a major trigger for asthma attacks for most children. This is because humidity can trigger the inflammation of the bronchioles. This inflammation partially closes these air pathways, limiting both the inhalation and exhalation of air.

An hour or two before your child's bedtime, you should open your air conditioner to start reducing the humidity in your home. Keep the unit on throughout the night to keep the humidity low. You can also use a dehumidifier to keep indoor air humidity between 30% to 50%.

If you would like to learn more tips relating to the use of air conditioning to control asthma at night, contact us.

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Air Conditioner Maintenance Agreement Checklist

Knowing how to read an air conditioner maintenance agreement is just as important as the service itself.

Before you sign any old air conditioner maintenance agreement, make sure you're getting the perks you deserve. You want to make sure that the company you sign with is going to service 24/7 emergency work at night and on weekends (when a technician is available).

Here's a quick list of things to keep in mind:

  • Scope of the service: This is one aspect of your service agreement that you don't want to skimp on. This is where your HVAC company is going to tell you in writing that they're going to be able to do if your air conditioner breaks down. 
  • Terms and Conditions: In this section, the company will inform you as to how long they will be providing maintenance to any of your heating or cooling equipment.  You're going to want to think long term here.  It's great if a company tells you that they'll provide service for 20 years, but what happens if they go out of business in 2 years.  Did you know that Green leaf A/C and heating has been around since 1997?
  • Fees and Payment arrangements: Although this seems straight forward, keep a look out for any hidden fees that companies might try to install in a maintenance agreement. Also, see what money saving discounts they've added to the maintenance agreement.  The last thing you want to see is a bunch of added number on your bill.

Warranties and Guarantees: It's really important that the HVAC company makes you aware of what they will replace or service and for how long they're going to provide that benefit to you. One situation that a lot of people come across is contractors who say a job will take 3 days and then in the end it takes 5 days.  You end up getting charged for those unexpected days.  Green leaf A/C and heating gives you pricing before they start any job and they stick to that price. If a job requires that they work longer than they had estimated, you're not charged for the extra work.  Those are they types of guarantees you should look for when signing a maintenance agreement.

For more information on the type of maintenance we can provide for your A/C and Heating needs, contact us.

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Preventative Maintenance Is the Key to Eliminating the Need for Frequent Air Conditioning Repair

When you're air conditioner is not working properly, the last thing you want to do is drop everything to wait for the repairman, but you have no choice thanks to this summer's relentless heat. However, utilizing in preventive maintenance services may help eliminate the need for air conditioning repair services at the last minute.

After you've utilized preventative maintenance services, you may notice the following:

  • A cooler home and better-performing unit.
  • More accurate temperatures.
  • Less energy usage and lower energy bills.

So what does a preventative maintenance service entail? We'll explain.

Inspecting the Unit

The first thing that happens during preventative maintenance is the technician inspects your entire system. If anything needs attention the technician lets you know now so you can have that issue fixed before the summer heat kicks in. 

Adjusting the Unit

Once the technician has fully inspected your unit, he'll make some adjustments. For example, the motor may need lubrication or electrical connections may need to be tightened. If the filter needs changing, that's done at a preventative maintenance visit as well.

Cleaning the Unit

A system that is clean runs smoother, so your preventative maintenance check will include a cleaning to rid your system of dirt and debris. If you have an outside unit, the unit may be hosed down and dirt and debris that has gathered around the unit are cleared away.

A preventative maintenance call is certainly one that you can't afford to make. Please reach out to our helpful team today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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How to Save Money and Energy with Attic Insulation

Most people don't realize that a whopping 50-70% of their monthly power bill is regularly spent on heating and cooling costs. What they also might not know is that there are ways to reduce this spending and save energy as well. One of the easiest and often overlooked remedies is to add insulation to your attic. This article touches briefly on some of the benefits of doing just that.

Even a small amount of insulation in your attic will go a long way to reducing energy waste. Unless your house is one of the newer energy-efficient types built after the 1980s, adding properly installed extra insulation is a quick and simple way to bring some of those costs down. 

Our technicians advise that an easy way to determine if your attic is in need of more insulation is to just look at your ceiling joists. If they are clearly visible, you most likely should have more insulation installed. This method is not foolproof though so a trained professional is always a good idea. They have other things they will look for up there such as wind baffles around the entire attic, sealed ducts, and properly insulated pipework. These seemingly small items can all cause higher heating/cooling bills than necessary. 

There are four types of attic insulation that we recommend, each based on your individual needs. These include foam, fiberglass, fiberglass batts aka rolled insulation blankets or cellulose insulation. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type. The price, quality, ease of installation and your ultimate intention of how you're using the product and the attic itself will all come into play. 

To learn more about saving money and energy, our professional technicians can answer any questions you may have.

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Customer Reviews & Comments

Average rating for Green Leaf A/C and Heating is 4.99 stars of 5 stars - based on 92 reviews
It never fails that if I'm going to have problems with my A/C, it will happen in August on a Saturday. I called the owner, Eddie Hinojosa, this morning after reading Yelp reviews of his company. I wanted a 5 star company with more than just a few reviews. I can see how he has earned a 5 star ...
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