Waggoners' Solutions & Insights

How to tell if your carbon monoxide detector is working

Just because there are batteries in your carbon monoxide detector doesn't mean that it's operating like it should. Does that surprise you? Pressing the test button only reveals whether the batteries are fresh enough and if the appliance is getting power. You're really only testing the siren. It doesn't tell you whether the device will detect a dangerous concentration of carbon monoxide.

Topics: Home Comfort Health & Safety

What to Look for When Choosing an HVAC Company

Selecting the Right HVAC Service Provider

Making sure your HVAC system is functioning properly and efficiently is important to not only the comfort of your home but also to keeping those cooling and heating bills down. Because of this, you’ll want to have your HVAC system repaired as soon as anything troubles it - and even if nothing appears to be wrong, you should have it inspected by a professional HVAC company on a yearly basis. However, you need to make sure that you hire a reputable HVAC company to ensure that your HVAC system is properly repaired and inspected or else it could end up costing you. The following are eight tips for choosing a reputable HVAC company.

Topics: HVAC Service HVAC Maintenance

Air Conditioner Repair or Preventive Maintenance: One Will Trump the Other

Your technician is happy to help, but maintenance is
always better than repair for the both of you.

Are you a maintainer or a repairer? Homeowners tend to fall in one of those two categories. Some people keep up with air conditioning maintenance like clockwork. And some pay attention to the unit when it starts making a funny noise. Either way, a service call is in your future. The difference is whether it's for preventive maintenance or to repair something that might have been avoided.

Topics: HVAC Service Air Conditioning HVAC Maintenance

How to Prep Your Home for a New AC

If the summer heat is already affecting the comfort in your home, it might be time for a new AC system. There's a point where repairs add up and become more frequent, and energy costs usually add up too.

Topics: Home Comfort Air Conditioning HVAC Installation

How to Design and Create the Ultimate Man Cave

A basement isn't required.

Drink cooler? Check! Big-screen TV? Check! Unfortunately, there's a lot more to creating the ultimate man cave than refreshments and a giant screen to watch the game. But if you have an unclaimed space in your home and the time and inclination, you can transform it into your favorite place to relax, unwind and enjoy the company of friends.

Topics: Home Comfort Energy Efficiency Home Automation

How the Wrong HVAC Filter Affects Your Energy Bill

You want to save money on your energy bill, but one of the best and least expensive ways might be right under your nose. Your HVAC filter is a lot more than just something to swap out occasionally, once it's covered with pet hair and dust. But what about the wrong filter? Is one filter really as good as another, and is there any such thing as a bad one?

Topics: HVAC Service Home Comfort Home Automation Air Conditioning HVAC Maintenance Health & Safety

A Beginner's Guide to Upgrading Your Air Conditioner

Upgrading your air conditioning system can be hugely beneficial to your home for a number of reasons. An upgraded HVAC system can provide better comfort and a healthier environment, while also improving your home’s energy efficiency and reducing your energy bills over the long-term. 

Topics: HVAC Service Home Comfort Energy Efficiency Air Conditioning Health & Safety

Get to Know Your HVAC Installation

When the weather is cold, you turn up the heat. And when it's hot, you switch to air conditioning. You know how to operate your HVAC system, but do you know the components it's made of? That information can go a long way toward understanding efficiency and noticing problems if they happen.

Here are the basics about home heating and cooling systems and general HVAC installation.

Topics: HVAC Service Home Comfort HVAC Maintenance

How to Determine if Your AC Has Hail Damage

Hail of almost any size can damage parts of your air conditioning system.

Hail storms can happen anywhere, but Oklahoma sits at the midsection of the nation's hail belt. That's what the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center at Norman, OK says, but you probably had a sneaking suspicion already. Chances are, you've experienced hail storms, and chances are your air conditioning unit has been pelted more than a few times.

Topics: HVAC Service Air Conditioning HVAC Maintenance Health & Safety

Do I need HVAC Service for One Cold Room?

If you need a fur coat and a blanket, you've got a problem.

It seems like every home has a cold room, but does that mean you need HVAC service to solve the problem? Maybe, but then again, maybe not. It might be much simpler than an issue with your furnace, and something that you can correct yourself.

Topics: HVAC Service Home Comfort Energy Efficiency HVAC Maintenance