Keep Your Home Cool with a well-placed, energy-efficient fan

6 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home Cool

It’s that time of year. It’s getting hot, and your HVAC unit is working overtime to keep you cool! In this post, we’ll take a look at some practical tips that will ensure you won’t burn out your system before it cools you! These 6 tips will help maintain longevity and efficiency, and keep your home cool for years to come.


When you’re away from the house, turn the thermostat up. It seems obvious, but there’s no reason to keep your home cool when you’re not home. Not only will this save you money, but it will also give your HVAC a break from constantly running. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to start cooling before you get home so it’s comfortable when you arrive.


Clean or replace air filters regularly. If it’s clogged or dirty, air can’t get through and that makes your HVAC unit work harder.


Ceiling fans can provide a breeze, but have you considered an attic fan? This helps keep your attic cool, which in turn helps keep your home cool. It’s also good for your roof to keep the temperature in the attic under control and reduce the risk of mold.


There are other ways you can reduce heat in your home besides running the A/C. Obviously keep the windows closed when it’s hot out and the A/C is on, but close blinds and curtains too – especially when in direct sunlight. Things like cooking or showering should be reserved for the cooler times of the day, if possible.


Updated insulation in walls, ceilings, and attic will help keep cool air inside! You can also reinforce seals around windows and doors.


One of the most important ways to keep your home cool is regular A/C maintenance. We offer a spring clean & check and a fall clean & check. At City Plumbing, we do more than just plumbing. You can schedule an appointment with one of our HVAC experts today by calling 432-366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!

reverse osmosis treated water being poured into a glass

How Reverse Osmosis Works

Do you remember anything about your high school chemistry class? You might actually use some of the skills you learned more than you realize. Take water purification for example. It’s a must-have for homes in West Texas, particularly with the hard water that’s so common here. Did you realize that one of the common “cures” for hard water is straight out of your chemistry textbook? In this post, we’ll provide a simple explanation of how reverse osmosis works, and why it means cleaner water for you and your home.


To define reverse osmosis (commonly called R.O.), you must first be able to define osmosis. Let me give you an example: If you poured a glass of dirty water into a glass of clean water, the two would merge. You would still have a glass of water, but it would be cleaner than the dirty water and dirtier than the clean water. That’s because all of the particles would naturally merge together when they are put together. This process is called osmosis.


So if osmosis occurs naturally, reverse osmosis does not occur naturally. To make the water clean again, you have to apply a force. An easier way to explain reverse osmosis is to call it a filter. The filter acts as a selectively permeable membrane, meaning the smaller particles will get through, but the larger ones will be left behind. In the example with water, if you force the dirty water through the filter, it will leave the contaminants behind, only allowing pure water to pass through.

You are essentially doing the opposite of the merging process that occurs during osmosis. Hence, this process is called reverse osmosis. Simple, right?


If you’d like more information on how reverse osmosis works, the experts at City Plumbing can explain it and how it will help you provide clean water to your home. If you’re ready to make an appointment, you can reach us at 432-366-2401. Give us a call, and we’ll come running!