Home Improvement: Clean, Efficient, Sexy...... Attics

Attic HVAC improvement Houston Heights, TX

Attic HVAC improvement Houston Heights, TX

You've heard the phrase "Don't sweat the small stuff".  I'm sure you've also heard the phrase "the devil is in the details".  So which is it?  Focus on details or not?  Before you put your mind in a pretzel I would suggest that there is wisdom in both of these phrases.  Which brings up another phrase. Trust but verify 

Don't sweat the small details but focus and ask a lot of questions. 

When it comes to home repair most people want a contractor (in our case ac repair technician) to focus on all of the details for them.  But how do you figure out the devil in the details?  To 'not sweat' you need focus and have clarity to ask the right questions.  You need to be little fearless for this.  When it comes to subjects we know very little about people tend to crawl up into a little ball and say and ask very little.  "I'll just leave it to the professional, right?" OK maybe you won't be in a little ball but don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions and get a full explanation.  Some of the most gifted tradesman are those that can perform honestly, create solid technical solutions AND who can communicate and be good teachers.   This is the triple threat of home improvement.

Think of your own job.  Same goes for management.  Micromanagement works to an extent but a manager with high standards that allows freedom for their employees to perform tends to produce a better product in the end.  You might be wondering where I am going with this and how it relates to houston air conditioning repair.  Take a look at these two photos side by side.    

This is an HVAC system in an attic we found in Houston's Heights area.  

This is an HVAC system in an attic we found in Houston's Heights area.  

This is an ac installation performed in Houston Memorial, TX - Clean and High Efficiency.

This is an ac installation performed in Houston Memorial, TX - Clean and High Efficiency.

Sadly most attics look more like the photo on the left.  This is a picture of the evaporator coil and heater with low slung and even ripped ducts in Houston's Heights.  Low and dirty(black) insulation, junk everywhere.  Just plain gross.   We even found a beer can under the insulation.  Seriously.  Yes, it was empty. Don't ask why I checked but that would be the last place to go drink a cold beverage.  

So how do you get you're home to look and perform better? More like the one on the right.  Well if you choose to hire this work out you need a professional.  Maybe several.  

Chip away one step at a time.  

Among many things the house on the left needs to be cleaned and clear out entirely, reinsulated, change and raise ducts, perhaps rewire electrical, replace filters, add radiant barrier, lighting, and decking for safety.    This is not just a mater or aesthetics but of long term care, efficiency, and utility.  The benefits go beyond not feeling like you need to take a shower after each time you open the attic.

So what should you ask?  Tell your contractor your expectations and keep the end goal in mind.  Ask about their steps and process.  Their advice, order of work, and of course the price.   Often times we find customers who are a bit afraid to ask about the details.  Asking will educate you and challenge the contractor to provide you with the best possible solution to fit your needs.  The more clearly you can communicate the more likely we will know exactly what you want and suit your needs appropriately.