January 12, 2017

Is it OK to Switch Back and Forth Between Heat and Air?

This time of the year, the weather in Houston feels very much like a rollercoaster rapidly plunging deep into the frigid chill and then quickly rising back to t-shirts and shorts. Houstonians are experts at the practice of dressing in layers. I leave the house in a t-shirt, long sleeved shirt, and a jacket. By mid-morning, I have shed my jacket, and after lunch, I leave my long sleeved shirt in the car. During the afternoon, the process is reversed such that I am back in my jacket by the time I take the dog for her evening walk. But […]
December 27, 2016

Checking Your Air Ducts

Today is the 26th of December, the day after Christmas. Most of my family is lying around in a post Christmas food coma, but I think that it is the perfect day to climb into my attic and check out the condition of my air ducts. Why today? Well, it is a balmy 78 degrees, and it has been several days (almost a month) since we were solidly in the 80s. My attic is finally cool enough without being too cold. Today is also a great day as everyone is home. Yes, they are in a food coma, but just […]
December 15, 2016

History of Heat

Unlike cool air produced by air conditioners, warmth is essential to human survival. For this reason, man originally gathered near the equator and areas that were warm most of the year. However, man is a curious creature and moved outward both north and south to areas that simply were not warm enough for survival without some form of heat. To begin with, this was simply fire. It is thought that man learned to control fire for cooking and heating nearly 2 million years ago; however, evidence of controlled fire only dates back 100,000 year. These include central fires in enclosed […]
November 29, 2016

Before Turning On Your Heater:

To turn on the heater or not to turn on the heater? That is the question of the evening in Houston during the winter. At this time of year, the days are warm, but the nights might get a little chilly. This makes it twice as important that you do a good check of your furnace before you turn it on for the first night. No one wants to be woken in the middle of the night with a furnace malfunction. With that in mind, here are a few areas to be sure and check before your first heated night: […]