Rainy Days in Austin

As HVAC professionals, most of our days revolve around the weather. Cold days mean repairs to heating systems. Hot days mean routine air conditioning maintenance. Our Covenant Club members keep us busy throughout the year, with the added benefits of system maintenance and discounted repairs. One thing we truly love about Austin, Texas is the multitude of available outdoor activities and events. While paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake or going to the secret beach on the Colorado River can make for an almost perfect day, these things are difficult to do on rainy days. We’ve put together the short list of places to go on those truly dreary Austin area days.

 

 

  1. Inner Space Cavern: Located about 35 minutes outside of Austin, the Inner Space Cavern is an outdoor attraction you can visit even when it rains. The Inner Space Cavern is one of the best preserved caves in all of Texas. It has been around for over 10,000 years. Regular tours are offered every day of the week and are appropriate for all ages. Attractions include a play area, mining area, and gift shop.

  2. Museums in Downtown Austin: Austin is Texas’ state capitol. It combines history, culture, and art into one diverse city. When the rain strikes, take the time to visit some of the best museums in all of Texas. One of the most well known museums in downtown Austin is the Bullock Texas State History Museum. They have an IMAX theater that plays Texas based movies throughout the day. It’s a can’t miss if you’re just touring Texas, or were born and raised here. The Austin Children’s Museum is also a great place for rainy days. They offer tons of fun activities for kids of all ages and is a sure bet for beating rainy day cabin fever.

  3. Austin Aquarium: The Austin Aquarium is home to over 2,000 species of water and land creatures. There are multiple touch tanks and tanks for feeding the animals. They have several exhibitions a day of Aquarium employees feeding and tending to the animals. Don’t miss this Austin attraction that is sure to offer entertainment for the whole family, even on the rainiest days.

 

The Austin area is one of the greatest cities on earth, rain or shine. We are lucky to live in a place where there is fun and entertainment to be found in any weather. Covenant Heating and Air has been serving the greater Austin Area for more than 20 years. Integrity is not just our policy, it is the standard by which we conduct all of our business. Call or click with any questions related to your HVAC unit today!

 

Allergy Season in Austin

If there is one thing that we can say about Austin, Texas, it is the certainty of allergy season. Here at Covenant Heat and AC in Liberty Hill, Texas, we believe that your HVAC unit is like the heart of your home: it circulates anything and everything around your home. Allergy season may be a tricky time of year. It may seem like there is not much you can do about runny noses and itchy eyes. Before you run to the doctor for expensive check-ups and medications, try these simple in-home allergy relief precautions.

 

  1. Change your filters: We cannot stress enough the importance of checking and changing your air filters. These simple household items are the barrier between the dust in your home and your entire HVAC system. Changing your air filters will help your family stay healthy, and also keep your ducts clean and clear.

  2. Forget Spring Cleaning, Autumn Cleaning: Removing dust from your home helps with allergies and common colds. The less dust there is to get pulled into your HVAC system, the fewer filters you will have to buy. Do the extra step while cleaning your house this September and wash curtains, pull out and clean behind appliances, and wipe down your baseboards.

  3. Buy allergy covers or air purifiers: Another way to control dust mites and allergens is to buy dust covers for your pillows and mattresses. These covers may seem expensive as a one-time purchase, but they can go a long way in mitigating allergens while you sleep. We offer a cuple of different options and both come with either 5 or 10 year warranties. 

  4. Check your Ducts: Duct-Sealing, Replacement or Redesign

    Duct sealing is not only good for conserving energy and keeping costs down, it’s also good for reducing allergens in the air. When improperly sealed, your duct system will lose air in various places (attics mainly) and that air will need to be replaced, which it does by pulling outside air in through cracks, windows, doors, etc. Consqeuently, in doing this, outside allergens are introduced into your home, possibly along with humid air, etc.

  5. Sign up for the Covenant Club: Because the Covenant Club offers added benefits like routine maintenance, it is an easy and affordable way to guarantee that your HVAC system stays in top working condition during the worst allergy months. Allowing us to routinely service and guarantee the health of your unit may lead to a guarantee of your health in the future.

Allergy season is undeniable. Don’t spend the next few months in and out of the doctor’s office, call Covenant Heating and Air today to see how you can make sure your HVAC unit is in top working order for allergy season.

 

Covenant Heating and Air has been serving the greater Austin area for over twenty years. We are a family owned business that prides itself on taking care of you and your family. Integrity is not just our motto, it’s our policy. Call today.

Do You Know BTUS?

The national average cost of powering an American home is $2,024, according to United States Energy Information Administration. This is an average, of course, as homes in places like New Jersey average closer to $3,000 a year, as opposed to homes in California, which average about $1,500. Texas meets the national average when it comes to powering a single family home. These numbers have to do with many different variables. Cost of powering a home in New Jersey (and other Northeastern states) may be especially high because of heating needs in winter, and also air conditioning in the summer.

While measuring the cost of electricity is easy to understand, the way that it is measured is a little more complicated. BTUs, kilowatts hours, energy efficiency- what do all these words mean? And what do they have to do with you?

 

  1. British Thermal Units, or BTU: A British Thermal Unit, or BTU, is a non metric unit of measurement used to denote how much heat it takes to raise one pound (16 ounces) of water one degree fahrenheit. If that sounds confusing, a simpler way to put it is that BTUs are basically a system for quantifying how much heat is in the air. If you see a BTU rating on your HVAC unit, it is a simple way for you to judge how much and how fast your unit will remove BTUs from the air (cool) and how fast it will put BTUs in the air (heat).

  2. Why are they important?: If you think of your home as what it actually is, a big box, then you can also think about how much energy it will take to pull heat out of that box, or put heat into that box. Some boxes are bigger than others and some are smaller. The smaller your box, or home, is, the less BTUs will be needed in order to keep it hot or cold. If you are in the market for a new HVAC system, it may be in your best interest to have your home evaluated for how many BTUs it will take to heat and cool it so that you get a unit of the appropriate size.

  3. BTUs and Kilowatts hours: Energy companies measure energy consumption in Kilowatt hours (kWh). When it comes to how efficient your unit is, you may have to convert the BTU rating on your machine to kWh. This will let you know roughly how much to expect to pay in your monthly bills.  

Understanding energy efficiency, energy, and power is a tricky business. Next week, we will be featuring a post about the use of BTUs and KiloWatt Hours by stadiums in our great state of Texas. Here at Covenant Heating and Air Conditioning, our team is committed to helping you find the best HVAC unit for your home. We also offer the Covenant Club, which can help maintain the life of your existing unit through routine maintenance and repairs.

 


Call or click today to learn about how your future can be even more energy efficient.