Don’t Forget to “Deck” your Decks

Decks and patios can create an additional exterior room in your home. It is a great place for a little fresh air during the warm spring months. Proper deck maintenance is key to ensure a long deck life. Basic Maintenance  Don’t stub your toe – tap down all loose boards and nails.       […]

Home Selling Season is Almost Upon Us

Spring is in the air here in lovely Austin, Texas, and warmer weather brings home buying season. It’s an exciting time for realtors or for anyone looking to sell a home or condo in Austin.   In 1981 A-Plus helped pioneered the Austin Energy Conservation Program.  With expertise in energy management and conversation, our auditors […]

Cut the Grime, Have Your Gutters Cleaned

With Spring right around the corner, it is a good time to start thinking about your gutters.  This is the most commonly overlooked home maintenance item that can wreak havoc and can cause major damage to your home.  Many times, homeowners have no idea they have a clogged gutter until a problem occurs Gutters are […]

Tips For Hiring An A+ Home Repair Contractor

As homeowners ourselves, we all know how stressful finding the best, “A-Plus” contractor can be. Here are some tips when looking for your next A+ contractor.   Find a Reputable Business. Start your search on websites like Google+, BBB, Yelp or Angie’s List. Read some of the good reviews and some of the bad. When […]

Avoid Common Home Renovation Pitfalls

Home renovations can be very time consuming, costly and daunting.  Whether you are hiring a professional or taking a more DIY route, familiarize yourself with a few common pitfalls to help make your home renovation go as smoothly as possible.     Avoid Poor Planning   Before you start swinging the sledge hammer, pick up a […]

Poor Air Quality Within the Home

Air quality is something that many people take notice of.  After all, air quality can affect our health and that of our families.  If smog is visible in the distance of any given city, chances are that the air quality in your home is equally unacceptable.  However, there are entities indoors that can also contribute […]

How the Energy Conservation Audit affects your home purchase (Austin ECAD)

A-Plus Energy Management, Air Conditioning, & Home Solutions is qualified to perform many types of audits and independent testing for Austin, Texas residents, including the often confusing ECAD Audit. A Plus will make the process easy for you with the extensive experience their crew brings to the field. According to this Austin Relocation Guide article: […]

14 Consecutive Months of Record Heat

Average sea surface temperature was also record high Persistent heat on land and in the sea this June shattered records, yet again as reported in ac-today.com June 2016 was 1.62 degrees F above the 20th century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest June on record by 0.04 degrees F, according to scientists from […]

Poor Air Quality Within The Home

Air quality is something that many people take notice of.  After all, air quality can affect our health and that of our families.  If smog is visible in the distance of any given city, chances are that the air quality in your home is equally unacceptable.  However, there are entities indoors that can also contribute […]

The Problem With Oversized AC Units

There is a common misconception about sizing your air conditioner when it comes to heating and cooling your home or business. Most people believe the larger the air conditioning unit, the faster it will cool or heat the room- thus lowering your electric bill. There is only slight truth in such a notion. Yes, the […]

The Importance Of Professional AC Maintenance

Air conditioning and heating are probably one of mankind’s biggest overlooked luxuries. When we have it, we don’t notice very much. In fact, we pretty much take it for granted. However, it is not until we do not have it that we can figuratively and literally feel the heat of going without it. It is […]

Make Your Home a Healthier Place with a Home Energy Audit

Your duct system plays an instrumental role in terms of the air quality in your home, as it directs conditioned air where you want it to go. Especially in older homes, duct systems may be inefficient, damaged, over- or undersized, poorly designed and/or installed improperly, or of low quality, thus compromising the air that you […]

What does the blue Energy Star mean?

Have you ever noticed the blue Energy Star logo on your computer, appliances, or other electronic products and wondered exactly what it represents? Energy Star was created by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy under the leadership of John Hoffman, a worldwide recognized innovator in energy efficiency and researcher or climate change, […]

It Pays to Have Energy Efficient Homes

Just last week we dug out our umbrellas, waterproof jackets, and rubber boots to combat the rainy, chilly weather; this week we are basking in temperatures in the mid to high 80s and sunshine—that’s South Texas for you!   When the weather changes the way we regulate the temperature in our homes changes too. Since […]

When you wait ’til it breaks, it costs more to replace

How many times have you asked your AC technician, “How much longer will my AC last?” How many times have you ignored your technician when he recommended replacing the cooling and heating system? Have you even disregarded his urge to get a new unit when there was a spring or fall sale going on? Have the words, “Do I […]

Rising Energy Bill? A-Plus can help!

How to keep your energy bill from going up Make sure your home has had an energy audit & has been weatherized. Homes over 15 years old may need improvements to meet today’s standards.  Even though a home may have been energy efficient when it was built, new codes may recommend new standards and the […]

Austin Energy rebates reward energy efficient homes

Recently, Austin Energy announced its new energy rebate program for residential homes.  Rebates are given for work that may include duct sealing or duct replacement, adding additional insulation, adding solar screens on windows that get direct sun, replacing old, inefficient AC systems with more energy efficient new ones, weatherization of the building exterior, and installing […]

Selling your home? Let’s talk about ECAD Audits & you

Did you know the City of Austin requires an ECAD energy audit before you sell your home (with only a few exceptions)?  If you have not replaced your AC or had energy work done on your home in the last 10 years, your house would be more “sellable” if you upgraded your insulation and ductwork […]

Winter’s upon us – Let’s talk about home insulation

We’re down to the last two months of the year and although Texas isn’t exactly known for brutal winters, we can expect temperatures to drop in the next few weeks. November and December are precarious times for heating and cooling your home as cold fronts tend to come in suddenly and without much warning. You’re […]

Fall Energy Conservation Tips

Seasons are a little more ambiguous in Texas than they are in most parts of the country, but it’s October, so for all intents and purposes, it’s fall. Though temperatures have still been in the 80s and 90s, true Texans have indeed been feeling cooler breezes and colder nights in the last week or so. […]

A-Plus Energy Audits and Weatherization

  Weatherization is the practice of protecting a building and its interior from the elements, particularly from sunlight, precipitation, and wind, and of modifying a building to reduce energy consumption and optimize energy efficiency. A-Plus Energy Management, Air Conditioning, & Home Solutions is qualified to perform many types of audits and independent testing for Austin, Texas residents, […]

A -Plus: Austin AC Repair and Installation

Is your air conditioner malfunctioning? We can help! Whether it’s leaking water, not blowing cold air, costing you high energy bills, or simply not turning on, A-Plus Energy Management, Air Conditioning, & Home Solutions is here to handle all of your Austin AC repair needs. We have been repairing air conditioning systems for commercial, residential and […]

AC Basics: Condenser and Evaporator

Air conditioning maintenance is a task that should get done on an annual basis. Keeping your air-conditioner maintained will not only save you money on your energy bill, but will also expand its lifespan, saving you money on a costly early replacement. AC units have two key components that require specific inspection: the condenser (outside) […]

How Long Do AC Units Last?

A frequent question we get at A-Plus Energy Management, Air Conditioning & Home Solutions is “How long do AC units last?” Home air conditioning units can last between 10-15 years with proper maintenance. That may seem like a long time, but if you purchased a home with an AC already installed, you might want to […]

Does Your AC Contain Freon?

Chlorodifluoromethane is better known as CFC22 or R22, or much more commonly, Freon. Freon is a common refrigerant being phased out because of it’s high potential to deplete the ozone. R22 is considered to be a global warming gas that is toxic to the air. All systems containing this refrigerant are now becoming obsolete, making […]