What is the Best Temperature for Saving Energy?


Sleeping in the cold during summer or waking up warm in the winter, along with doing things around the house in a comfortable temperature, sounds appealing to most anyone, but it could be coming at a cost unbeknownst to you. So here are some energy saving tips to help guide you along. Many people don’t realize how much money they lose every year by keeping their thermostats too high or too low. According to the Department of Energy, turning your thermostat to a higher temperature for eight hours a day (perhaps while you’re out of the house) will help you … Continued

Geothermal HVAC Pros and Cons

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Geothermal HVAC systems are increasing in popularity. You may be considering one because you have heard that they are efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective. While this is true, there is more to know about geothermal HVAC systems. Here are some geothermal HVAC pros and cons. How they work Geothermal HVAC systems work very differently than a conventional system. In a conventional system, the exterior unit has a series of coils that are cooled by a fan that draws outside air through the coils. The air that cools the coils is only as cool as the outside temperature. So, on … Continued

Zombie Apocalypse: How to Survive Without AC


It’s late in October, and most of us here in San Antonio still have the AC going. Texans sometimes wonder how northerners survive without air conditioning. We can’t believe people have to suffer through summers without some sort of regulating air temperature! Is it actually possible to survive without AC? We’re here to bring you some survival techniques, but we’re still hoping nothing bad – say, a zombie apocalypse – happens. (Hey it’s almost Halloween. Zombies are top of mind.) If your AC is simply out for the night, try dampening a sheet with cold water, spreading it out and … Continued

Life Before AC

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How on Earth did anyone ever survive before residential air conditioning was invented? I’m sure you’ve thought of this at least once during a hot, Texas summer while you were sweating off those pesky last 10 pounds. The ideas our ancestors came up with for surviving life before AC are interesting – but not as unusual as you think. Many of these climate-control ideas are still in use today. High ceilings and specifically placed windows Take a look at an old building downtown. Most of the buildings still standing today were built with high ceilings. This allows heat to rise … Continued

5 Dogs That Need AC


Some say that dogs are man’s best friends, but we all know that a dog can be anyone’s best friend. Here in Texas, outdoor temperatures are often upwards of 100 degrees, often bringing the issue of heat safety for pets (and children, by the way) into the forefront during the hotter months here. It’s so important for dogs to have easy access to anything that helps them cool down, like water or air conditioning. There are certain types of dogs that won’t thrive in hot environments, and heat safety for dogs is so important. Here are 5 dogs that need … Continued

3 Signs You Need A New AC

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It’s hot? There are likely a couple of culprits. One, you live in Texas and it’s summer (or still feels like summer). Or two, your AC is out. Both can be pretty hot. The latter is probably your biggest issue. Here are the top three signs it’s time for a new air conditioner. Age: Older models are not energy efficient. If it’s possible, find out how long your AC unit has been in service. If it is between 10-12 years old, start looking for a new system. Chances are it will likely begin (or it already does) show signs of failure. … Continued

5 Ways to Add Value to Your Home


Are you looking to put your home on the market? Or maybe you just want to make sure your home improvement money is going to be spent wisely. No matter how comfortable you’ve become in your humble abode, there’s always room for improvement. Here are five ways to add value to your home. Focus on curb appeal As they often say, first impressions always stick. When potential buyers, family or friends pull up to your home, you don’t want them to be unimpressed with the outside of the house. Aside from landscaping, consider the house’s potential for a front door … Continued

Life Without Air Conditioning

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It’s hard to imagine life here in San Antonio without air conditioning, right? Just stop and think about that for a minute. Triple-digit heat. No AC. Sweat. Constantly being uncomfortable. Ugh. Fact is, life without AC is a pretty common occurrence in other parts of the country. In fact, I just got back from a trip where I stayed in two hotels that didn’t have AC. It wasn’t that I was trying to be cheap by any means – but when you book a room in upstate Washington and Vancouver, you’re not exactly worried about the heat being a factor! … Continued

Air Conditioning and the Summer Heat

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To borrow a cliché, the heat is definitely on here in south Texas. We finally hit 100 over the weekend, but don’t let that milestone confuse you. Even though we were a bit late to hit triple digits, this summer has been brutal. Hot and humid. San Antonio has felt more like Houston, in terms of the weather. It’s one thing to sit inside in the air conditioning during days like these. Not everyone in San Antonio has that luxury, though – especially the elderly. There are many seniors whose homes either don’t have AC or they can’t afford it. … Continued

What is MERV Rating?

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You hear over and over (especially here on the Champion AC website) about the importance of regularly changing your air filter. But there’s another factor when it comes to your home’s air filter – the MERV rating. So what does MERV mean, and why is it so important? Here’s the answer from David Dilling from Filtration Products of San Antonio.