Here at Country Air, we are getting into the spirit of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. What better way to celebrate than at these family fun community holiday events? Here is your 2022 Holiday Event guide featuring events in Magnolia, Tomball and The Woodlands!
57th Annual Tomball Holiday Parade "A Cowboy Christmas" – Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, November 19th from 10:00am-12:00pm
Line Main Street from Elm St. to Buvinghausen in Tomball, TX
Enjoy this beloved parade to kick off the holiday season in Tomball with 40,000 of your closest friends! Line Main Street from Elm St. to Buvinghausen and celebrate the season! Attendance and parking is free for the event. Stay afterwards and enjoy local restaurants and shops!
Magnolia High School’s Holiday Road Show Dinner Theatre
Friday, November 18th at 6:00pm
Saturday, November 19th at 6:00pm
Magnolia Event Center
11659 Farm to Market Rd 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354
Magnolia High School Choir Department invites you to their annual Holiday Dinner Theatre! This year MHS Choir students will perform fun and festive Holiday favorites. Come and enjoy a wonderful dinner surrounded by songs of the season. It’s a great family event for the community and a fundraiser for MHS Choir.
2022 Holiday Market - Junior League of the Woodlands
Holiday Market: Friday & Saturday, November 18th & 19th from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, November 20th from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Preview Party: Thursday, November 17th from 7:30pm to 10:30pm
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
1601 Lake Robbins Drive The Woodlands, TX 77380
Get ready for a holiday shopping extravaganza with your friends and family. Come explore and shop dozens of vendors while benefiting the Junior League of the Woodlands.
Families Feeding Families Tomball
Wednesday, November 23rd from 11:00am-2:00pm
Salem Community Center
22601 Lutheran Church Rd, Tomball, TX
Enjoy a complimentary HOT Thanksgiving meal with all of the trimmings. There will also be FREE: haircuts, kids activities, flu shots, vision screenings for children under 6, and goodie bags for the first 500 people! Bring the whole family!
Magic of Christmas Parade of Lights – Greater Magnolia Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, December 3rd at 5:30pm
Unity Park & Nichol Sawmill in Magnolia, TX
Enjoy community area businesses and organizations as they come together to dazzle you with a nighttime Christmas light show on board each of their parade entries. This exciting event is family friendly and sure to get you into the holiday spirit!
Fun fact: Country Air won “Most Creativity” in the 2019 parade and 1st place for “Best Theme” in the 2018 parade. We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for this year’s parade!
Tomball German Festival Christmas Market
Friday, December 9th: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday, December 10th: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday, December 11th: 10:00am - 6:00pm
The Depot in Tomball
201 S Elm, Tomball, TX
Bring your friends and family to enjoy a Christmas market filled with fun including over 150 street vendors, ethnic and festival food, and drinks, four stages of live music and performances, carnival rides, German dancing, plus more! Admission and parking are free!
Gullo House of Holiday Lights in Magnolia
Open Throughout the Holiday Season
30723 Old Hockley Road in Magnolia, TX
Mr. Tony Gullo, Owner of the Gullo auto dealerships, transforms his five-acre home into a HUGE holiday lights wonderland every winter. Visitors are welcome all season to come enjoy the show for free. Visitors can drive by or park and walk through the lights at starting at dark throughout the season.
Thanks for reading! Remember to contact Country Air for all of your seasonal HVAC needs. Schedule 24/7 with us by calling 281-356-8564. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
After the intense heat waves and drought that we suffered this summer, fall gives us cozy feelings of hope that cooler days are ahead. Now that we can finally escape our beloved AC filled homes and enjoy the outdoors a bit, we figured you would want to know about these 8 fall family fun festivities (say that 5 times fast) going on around the area!
P-6 Farms Fall Festival | Weekends October 1 – November 6, 2022
How to read the humidity level in your home.
How to fix the humidity level in your home.
- Use a room-sized dehumidifier. If you have a specific room in your home that is more humid than others, a room-sized dehumidifier can do the trick.
- Use a whole-home humidifier. This can be incorporated into your existing HVAC system, and will automatically adjust the moisture in your house based on preset controls so you don’t have to play any guessing games.
- Make sure your home is properly sealed and insulated. Broken seals on windows and doors can lead to outside air leaking in which causes an imbalance in indoor humidity. Having a properly insulated attic can also help reduce wacky humidity levels and improve your home’s energy efficiency.
- Improve your home’s ventilation. Ventilation fans installed in your home’s kitchen and bathrooms where typically higher moister levels reside can help control humidity levels.
- Call the experts. If you are having trouble balancing the humidity in your home or identifying the source of your humidity problems, give your local HVAC professional a call. Country Air is here to help solve your home comfort needs. Let us know how we can help at 281-356-8564.
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1. Your Home!
One of the most common reasons we get called out in the summer months comes down to a small piece of faulty equipment: the AC capacitor.
What is an AC capacitor and how do you tell if that’s what’s causing Aunt Myrtle to sweat bullets during the baby shower you are hosting on the day your AC goes out?
What is an AC Capacitor?
An AC capacitor can be found on anything that is a motor. It is the equipment that starts and charges the motor. It basically looks like a large, cylindrical battery. Your AC's capacitor is located outside in your condenser unit. It can be accessed by using a screwdriver to remove the side panel.
To power on your AC, the capacitor will send a surge of power to your AC’s motor, which kicks it on and sends cool air rushing to dear Aunt Myrtle who at this point has sweat so much she regrets wearing a white blouse.
The 4 Signs of a Bad AC Capacitor
2. You hear a humming noise. Turn your AC system on and have a good listen, is it humming or hesitant to start? This could be a sign of your capacitor failing.
3. Problems turning on. Any of the following can be signs of a capacitor issue:
- Your ac turns off on its own.
- Your ac won’t turn on immediately.
- Your AC won’t turn on at all.
4. Aging HVAC system. Unfortunately, capacitors in general are not made with high quality, so they are often one of the first things to go if your AC unit is several years old. Here in Houston, we see capacitors fail even on relatively new units due to how much we use our AC.
How to Test Your AC Capacitor
Thankfully, there is a way to test the power charge coming from your capacitor, but it does require a tool called a multimeter that can be purchased at your local hardware store. We highly recommend having an HVAC professional come run the test unless you know how to properly remove the capacitor from the circuit and discharge the capacitor before testing. Not doing this properly could result in electrocution. Once you run your test and determine that the capacitor is not producing any charge, you’ll need to replace it with a new one which can be purchased at your local hardware store or an HVAC accessory retailer.
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While having lower stress levels is great – endless sneezing fits from pet dander flying around is not. One out of every 10 people are actually allergic to their pets! And even if you don’t have a specific allergy towards your pet, breathing in high amounts of pet dander every day is not good for your overall health.
In this article we will share tips on how homeowners can improve their indoor air quality and fight allergies, bacteria particles, and smelly pet odors while living with their pets.
What is pet dander and how can it affect me?
Pet dander can cause a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, and shortness of breath. Coming into physical contact with pet dander can cause contact dermatitis, hives or triggers a person’s asthma.
How can I reduce the amount of dust and dander in my home?
Air filters come with a MERV rating system which stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This rates the filter’s ability to collect and remove larger particles before they get circulated back into your home. 1 is the lowest MERV rating an 14-16 is the highest. Look for a filter that has a MERV rating of 13-16 for the best allergen particle removal.
The thickness of a filter is also something to pay attention to. A media filter is 4 inches thick and will perform better than a standard one-inch filter. If you aren’t sure what air filter is best for your HVAC system, call us at 281-356-8564 for help.
Around every 90 days you should replace your air filter to help maintain good air flow and keep particles and allergens out of the air you breathe. If you have multiple pets in the home or your air conditioning unit is working harder, like in the summer, you may want to replace your filter sooner than 90 days.
Trane CleanEffects™ Filter
Honeywell Whole-House Media Air Cleaner
- ActivePure® Technology uses light waves and a catalytic process to produce scrubber ions that remove dust particles from the air.
- Certified Space Technology continuously protects and purifies the air, and attacks contaminants on all surfaces.
- Proven effective in University studies on various contaminants in the air and on surfaces.
- Installed by a professional directly to the existing HVAC system ductwork.
- ActivePure® Technology destroys up to 99% of surface and airborne contaminants.
- Significantly reduces dust, pet dander and odors in the home
- Purifies the air and reduces particles that can irritate allergies and asthma.
- Protects people from dangerous contaminants and pollutants, and protects heating and cooling system from dust buildup
- Creates healthy, pure indoor spaces.
- Available in ozone and ozone-free models.
- Coverage up to 3,000 sq. ft.
What's the next step?
You’re all cleaned up and in your favorite soft jammies just about to hop into freshly washed sheets that are calling your name. You jump into bed, sigh as your body melts into a restful bliss and you drift off…
Just to wake up a few hours later in a puddle of sweat… great! Maybe it’s your hormones causing the rage of sweat or maybe you just don’t have the right temperature set on your thermostat to promote peaceful sleep?
Why does temperature matter when we are sleeping?
When you finally hit the hay your body temperature can be 1 to 2 degrees lower than in the daytime. Losing heat actually helps you stay asleep. As the dreaded alarm clock approaches, your body temperature naturally starts to rise to prepare for waking up.
How does temperature affect sleep?
Being overheated will also cause less time spent in REM sleep, which is the deepest and most restorative sleep. Less time in REM sleep will cause grogginess the next day and can negatively impact bodily recovery and the immune system, as well as learning, memory, and other processes. (1)
What is the ideal temperature for sleeping?
Tips to keep your room cool.
- Take a hot bath an hour or two before bedtime to encourage a natural cool down effect
- Turn your fan on and keep your bedroom doors open to increase circulation
- Make sure all your HVAC vents are fully open to keep airflow moving and your HVAC system running efficiently
- Consider installing a programmable thermostat to automatically cool to your desired temperature at night so you don’t have to think about setting it
- Move downstairs to sleep during the hotter months
If you need help keeping your home comfortable at night, that is what we are here for. Call us at 281-356-8564 and you’ll be on your way to more peaceful sleep in no time… and we ALL need that!
Many homes, especially those 10-15 years or older, have attics that are under-insulated, or have never been insulated at all, compromising the comfort, safety, and energy-efficiency that a properly insulated attic can provide.
Blown-in or loose-fill insulation, comes in tiny pieces compressed together into one large rectangular block. A special machine is used to break up the large block of insulation and the little pieces are then vacuumed through a long tube that is fed into the attic where the insulation blows out to fill in the necessary spaces in the attic.
Fiberglass, cotton, and mineral wool can all work as loose-fill material, but the far and away top choice for blown-in insulation is fiberglass. Blown-in fiberglass insulation is perfect for filling in tight voids around wiring, pipes, or any area with awkward framing.
- A more energy efficient home. The smaller particles of blown-in insulation fit tightly in all the nooks and crannies of your attic which provides a superior seal, preventing hot or cold air from entering your home.
- A prolonged life for your HVAC system. Blown-in insulation keeps temperatures in your home more stable, which means your HVAC system won't have to work as hard to; resulting in a longer life and savings on energy bills.
- A reduction in noise. Blown-in insulation will reduce outside noises like rain, thunder, or the next-door neighbor's pool party. It will also help dampen the noises heard from room to room within the home.
- An improvement on indoor air quality. Blown-in insulation creates a barrier than helps to prevent pollens, pollutants, and airborne toxins from entering your home due to air leaks caused by poor insulation.
R-value measures how well building insulation can prevent the flow of heat into and out of the home. Higher R-value means better climate control and better energy efficiency for your home, and thus more savings on your next heating and cooling bill.
Here in the Houston area, it is recommended that your attic have a total R-value between R30 to R60. These R-values are a sum, meaning this should be the total R-value once you add up the entire depth of insulation. For example, if you have a type of insulation that has an R-value of R-5 per inch of thickness, you will need a depth of 6-inches of this insulation installed in your attic to reach R-30, or a depth of 12 inches to reach R-60.
How do I know if my attic has enough insulation?
Using R-3 value per inch as an example, if the insulation is level with or below the attic floor joists, you probably need to add more insulation. If you look across your attic and see the insulation rising well above the floor joists, this means you probably have enough and adding more insulation may not be cost-effective.
Insulating your attic properly could save you up to 15% on your home’s heating and cooling energy costs. Country Air professionally installs blown-in insulation and is happy to provide a free estimate customized to your attic space and your home’s needs.
Call us at 281-356-8564 for a free estimate today!
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