Why is My AC Rattling?

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When your air conditioner starts to make loud and funny noises, it can be a sign that it needs some attention. As a homeowner, hearing your AC rattling can be troubling and stressful. But a loud air conditioner is not uncommon. There are a number of different sources that can cause a noisy AC. Here are some of the most common reasons for these bothersome sounds. If you hear a rattling sound coming from the exterior AC unit, it is likely that something has simply fallen inside. Leaves, rocks, sticks or other parts of nature that get inside of the vents … Continued

Get to know your AC: What is a Condenser?

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The piece you probably think of as your “air conditioner” is actually known as the condenser. It’s the machine outside of your home that turns on and off and makes the noise that might scare your dog occasionally. But what does the condenser actually do? Here’s the answer. What is it? A condenser, along with the compressor, turns certain chemicals from a gas to a liquid by cooling it. This process happens over and over again in order to cool the home. How does it work? The condenser (in conjunction with the compressor) primarily works with a substance called refrigerant. … Continued

Keep Your Home Cool During a Holiday Party/Meal

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At first thought, it sounds like a nice concept. You get bundled up to leave the house, the walk to the car is cold, you’re not in your car long enough for it to be warm and then you’re even colder when you leave your car when you reach your destination. All you want is a little heat to defrost you. But when that destination is a holiday party – there is nothing worse than being too hot. If you’re looking for some tips to keep yourself and your guests comfortable when they come inside from the chilly weather, you’ve … Continued

Holiday Donation Ideas

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Even during this busy season, there’s always ways to give back to the community. When thinking about what gifts to buy your loved ones, always remember there are so many less fortunate people in the world that would benefit from your donations tenfold. Here are a few of Champion AC’s favorite nonprofits and charities to give to during this holiday season! Special Operation Warrior Foundation This organization holds a special place in our hearts at Champion AC, since we are veteran owned and operated. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides college scholarships to children whose parents died while serving in … Continued

Top 3 Things You Can Do to Extend the Life of Your AC

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Ah… retirement. It’s the one thing we all cannot wait for – unless we’re talking about an air conditioning unit calling it quits. The money spent purchasing an AC unit is a huge investment, so you’d probably like it to last as long as possible. The last thing you want to do is retire it and start over again. Most AC units have a lifespan of about 12-15 years. But there are plenty of AC tips and tricks that can extend the life of your unit and avoid costly AC repairs. Let’s take a look at the top three things … Continued

What is the Best Temperature for Saving Energy?

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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

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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

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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