PRK Services, Inc. Blog : Archive for April, 2013

Corinth, TX Insulation: What Does R-Value Mean?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

The insulation in your home is one of the most important parts of your home’s energy efficiency. In particular, the insulation in your attic is critical to making sure that you aren’t wasting energy. For all your Corinth, TX insulation call the experts at PRK Services. We’ve helped countless customers improve the efficiency in their home by upgrading their insulation and wanted to answer one of the questions that we get asked often: what does the R-value on insulation mean?

How Insulation Works

When you turn on your heater or air conditioning system it will start to change the temperature inside your home and make it different from the temperature outside. In the summer, your home is normally much cooler than the outside air and in the winter the opposite is true. In order to keep it that way a barrier of insulation in your walls, floors and ceilings is installed to keep heat from moving into or out of our homes. Simply put: insulation is designed to resist heat transfer.

What Is R-Value?

The R-value of insulation describes how well a particular type of insulation resists heat transfer. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulation’s thermal resistance. The US Department of Energy has created a guide that lets homeowners and builders know which R-value should be used in each region of the country based on climate and local energy costs. Living in moderate climates like Texas requires a different R-value than if you lived in the Northeast. The Corinth, TX insulation experts at PRK Services can help you figure out if you should upgrade your insulation or if yours is damaged and needs replacing.

Why Upgrade Insulation?

There are tremendous benefits to having your insulation inspected and potentially upgraded. The Corinth, TX insulation pros at PRK Services offer complete services for all different types of insulation materials if your insulation is worn out, thin, or if it has holes it might be allowing much of your heated or cooled air to escape outside.

For any Corinth, TX insulation needs that you have just call PRK Services. We’ll be able to help you make sure that your home is operating at peak efficiency with outstanding service and new insulation.

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Flower Mound, TX AC: Why is My Heat Pump Making Strange Noises?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

When you purchase a high-quality heat pump from a trusted manufacturer and schedule a professional installation, you can enjoy an efficient, effective performance from that system. No matter how great your heat pump is, though, you are going to encounter some problems with its operation at some point. Scheduling routine Flower Mound, TX heat pump maintenance is a great way to keep your heat pump in good working condition. Should you notice any problems or irregularities with its performance, though, contact a professional right away. Even minor issues, such as strange sounds, may indicate a need for professional heating pump repair from PRK Services, Inc.

Any strange noises from your heat pump should be evaluated by a professional, as there are usually many different possible causes of such sounds. An unfamiliar rushing sound may be the result of the refrigerant reversing vale reversing. A loud metal on metal sound may be quite alarming, but often the cause of the problem can be fixed quite easily. It is possible that a fan blade is bent, or hitting ice that has built up within the system. It is important to replace damaged fan blades as soon as possible, as they can go on to damage the motor, so schedule professional service right away.

An odd vibrating noise from your heat pump may be the result of an unbalanced unit that needs leveling. Your refrigerant tubes may also be strapped to tightly to the unit. If your unit is indeed off balance, of if any component is over tightened, you need to schedule service with a qualified heat pump repair technician immediately. All problems start off minor. When they are given the time necessary to worsen, though, serious issues can result. Do not let strange heat pump noises go unaddressed.

For more information about potential causes of Flower Mound, TX heat pump noises, call PRK Services, Inc. today. A heat pump specialist on our team will be able to answer any questions that you may have. It is always better to have a minor problem with your heat pump assessed by a professional than to wind up with a serious problem that could have easily been avoided.

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Denton TX Air Conditioning: Benefits of Ductless Mini Split Systems

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Ductless mini split air conditioning systems are a great option for many homeowners. They have been around for a long time and have become very popular in the United States as well. They offer homeowners tremendous advantages and the Denton, TX ductless mini split experts at PRK Services can help you install a new system or repair your current one. We wanted to let our customers know about some of the benefits of ductless mini split AC and heating systems.

Zone Control

Perhaps one of the main benefits of ductless mini split air conditioning systems is that they naturally offer homeowners a form of zone control. Zone control is the ability to individually adjust temperatures throughout the home. If you want to only cool certain parts of your home you have the option to do that. This allows you to potentially reduce the amount of energy that you use because you don’t have to cool your entire home to be comfortable.

High Efficiency

Another terrific benefit of ductless mini split systems is their high efficiency. Because they focus on cooling smaller spaces they can potentially reduce the amount of energy that they use. The fans inside their individual units are small and could use less electricity than a larger, central AC heat pump. If you’re interested in getting quality Denton, TX ductless mini split services give us a call.

Humidity Control

Inside each room’s unit is an evaporator coil. As the unit’s van moves air over the evaporator coil moisture in the air will gather on the coils and drip down onto a collector pan and drain away. This can help control the humidity in each zone.

For all your Denton, TX ductless mini split installation, repair and maintenance services call the experts at PRK Services.  We have years of experience working with all different types and brands of systems.

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Huge summer savings for the Denton County area!

Friday, April 12th, 2013

PRK Services has huge summer savings on complete system upgrades for Denton County area residents and Oncor Utility customers. Now is a great time to upgrade your system before the summer heat is in full swing. We offer all the air conditioning products and services you need to keep your home comfortable throughout the summer. Call today to schedule service!

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Flower Mound, TX Air Conditioning: What’s The Difference Between Heat Pumps and Ductless Systems?

Monday, April 8th, 2013

If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning system, then you have an unprecedented amount of options. Never before have there been so many different types and brands of cooling systems. While you demand energy efficiency, performance, and reliability, you also need to consider the size of your home, whether you already have ductwork, and if you’d like a year-round heating and cooling solution. Two of the most popular options on the market today are heat pumps and ductless mini split systems. Both are highly efficient air conditioning systems. Make sure you receive certified professional installation so that your AC works well for the years to come. For exceptional Flower Mound, TX air conditioning, call PRK Services, Inc. today!

  • Heat pump. This type of AC uses an indoor unit containing the evaporator coil and air handler, and an outdoor unit housing the compressor pump and condenser coil. Like all AC systems, it uses a refrigerant cycle to transfer heat from your home to the outdoors. The compressor pressurizes the refrigerant and sends it through the expansion valve where it drops its temperature and turns into a very cold gas. This cools the indoor air extracted by your air handler, and also absorbs the heat. The warm refrigerant is then sent to the condenser coils and the heat dissipates by the use of an exhaust fan. The major distinction of the heat pump is that it has a reversing valve, which allows it to heat your home during the heating season as well.
  • Ductless mini split. As its name suggests, the ductless mini split air conditioning system does not use ducts to extract hot air from your home and send cool air throughout your home. Instead, the air handler sits inside the home, often high on a wall, or recessed in a ceiling. This sleek and compact unit is attached by a small bundle of refrigerant and electrical lines to a conventional outdoor unit. You can typically use up to 4 air handler per outdoor unit. They give you zone control, each with its own thermostat.

Whatever system you choose, make sure it’s professionally installed. For exceptional Flower Mound, TX air conditioning, call PRK Services, Inc. today!

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Beat the Heat in Denton, TX

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Don’t be fooled by spring’s late arrival, that summer heat we know and love will be here in no time! Having an effective (and efficient) air conditioning unit in Denton, TX is a must. Now is a great time to beat the heat and have PRK Services help you find the right air conditioner option for your home.

With more than 40 years of business experience, our highly trained technicians can help you protect your home from the heat with air conditioning replacement, installation, repair, and maintenance services. Call us or schedule service online today!

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Top 3 Air Conditioning Repairs in Argyle, TX

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Spring is the best time to ensure that your air conditioning system performs well for the cooling season. If there are any repairs that you forgot to take care of at the end of last summer, or those that may have developed over the years of wear and tear, now is the time to take care of them, so that your AC can take care of you. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of the top 3 air conditioning repairs. We hope you find it useful. For comprehensive air conditioner repair in Argyle, TX, call PRK Services today!

If your AC is professionally installed and maintained, then it should be in good shape for years to come, but repairs occur in even the most well maintained systems—they are a part of taking care of any mechanical system. Here are 3 of the most common:

  1. Thermostat fault. More often than not, the cause of your AC not turning on or off, or not cooling enough, is due to the faulty operation of your thermostat. You need your thermostat to communicate accurately with your AC unit, and you need it to adjust the temperature accordingly. There may be an electrical wiring problem or it may need to be properly calibrated. If it cannot be repaired, consider upgrading to a programmable thermostat for worry-free and energy-efficient climate control.
  2. 2.       Frozen coil. Your cooling system depends upon the continuous movement of the refrigerant in its cycle, as well as the continuous movement of air in your supply and return ductwork. If there is a blockage in the system, the cold air can build up on your evaporator coil and cause it freeze. Frost on the coils may activate the system’s defrost process, which can shut down your AC when you need it most; but it can also create problems in other parts of the system.
  3. 3.       Blower motor doesn’t work. The indoor unit of your AC contains the air handler, in which your blower motor sits. The blower motor controls the fan that distributes cool air throughout your ductwork and into your living space. If it has become damaged or caked with dirt and debris, then it may need to be repaired or possibly replaced.

We hope you found this list useful. Call PRK Services for exceptional air conditioning repair in Argyle, TX.

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