Air Balancing: What it Means and How It Will Help You

Air Balancing: What it Means and How It Will Help You

It’s one of the most common problems in HVAC. Parts of your home feel too hot even when the A/C is blasting, while others feel like a freezer. Then in the wintertime, those rooms that were too hot are now too cold, and vice versa for the rest of the house. If you’ve ever noticed that in your home, you have a problem with airflow. In this post, we’ll talk about air balancing, and how it can help you solve your airflow issues and balance temperature throughout your home.


Air balancing is simply the process of refining your entire HVAC system to ensure that the temperature is maintained throughout the home. It generally means increasing airflow while also improving overall efficiency.


There are many reasons you should want the air in your home to be balanced. For starters, the more you know about how your system works, the better you’ll be able to make small changes to improve the balance throughout your home. If airflow is the primary culprit throwing your temperatures out of balance, it’s likely starting with your air ducts. If left untreated, issues within your duct system can lead to bigger problems down the road.

We already mentioned efficiency – here’s how it works. Say it’s a hot summer day, and you’re having to blast the A/C to keep that one bedroom cool. Meanwhile, other living areas are freezing! A balanced system is more efficient because you won’t need to overwork it just to keep one room cool (or warm)!

Proper air balancing and airflow also mean less dust and other contaminants in the air you breathe! As air runs through the system, there’s a better chance of things like mold, pollen, or other bacteria being caught up in the filter.


There are a handful of simple steps you can make on your own to improve air balance.

  • Open all vents and registers: You may think it makes sense to close some of the registers in rooms you don’t use. This is actually a mistake! It causes air to be trapped in your ducts, which can be counterproductive and wear out the system.
  • Change your filters: Regular filter changes will ensure that air is moving freely throughout the home.
  • Add some shade: Curtains, blinds, or other obstacles that can block the heat of the day (or the bitter cold) from seeping in through your windows will help keep rooms temperate.


The Darville Company is the higher standard in home comfort. We can help with air balancing by completing some of the tasks that aren’t DIY friendly. This can include a full check of your HVAC system, as well as identifying and fixing problems in your ductwork. If you’re ready to eliminate those hot or cool spots in your home, make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 580-9675.

The Higher Standard in Plumbing & HVAC

The Higher Standard in Plumbing & HVAC

We here at The Darville Company pride ourselves on being the best in the business at everything we do. Regardless of whether we’re making emergency plumbing repairs or installing state-of-the-art heating and air units, our goal is to offer better service and products than anyone else in the Odessa and Midland area. We know that’s what it takes to earn the title of The Higher Standard in Home Comfort.

This post will be a little bit different, as we explain some of the ways that we aim to build our community of trust around our brand. Since opening our doors to the Permian Basin in 1947, our goal has been to keep our customers comfortable. That means not only delivering solid service and products but doing it the right way.

The Darville Difference

When you call The Darville Company, you may notice something different about our certified HVAC technicians and licensed plumbers: our professionalism extends beyond what’s expected. Everything we do reflects who we are and our values. 

Our goal is to ensure our appearance is professional so that you’re as comfortable with our presence as possible. We train our team to be the very best you can expect from a Home Comfort Specialist, so we’ll often leave you with cards, magnets, and other materials so that you always remember who to call when you need help.

We’re Ready To Work For You

Want to learn more about what we do? Feel free to explore our robust website, which includes details on all of our products and services. You may also choose to follow us on Facebook for more updates and tips!

Are you ready to experience comfort from the best in the business? We’d love to talk to you about making your home or business a more comfortable place to live or work! Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 580-9675. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard in Home Comfort.

compressor Is Going Out

How To Tell If An Air Conditioner’s Compressor Is Going Out

It’s A/C season in West Texas, and if you haven’t noticed, this is already one of the hottest summers in Odessa and Midland in recent memory. At The Darville Company, our certified technicians can explain exactly how your air conditioning works. But if you’re a novice homeowner (don’t worry – most of us are), it may be difficult to understand. In this post, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of one of the most important components of your A/C: the compressor.


The compressor is the primary engine that drives your A/C. It “compresses” the refrigerant, turning it into a gas, which then runs into the evaporator coil where heat is absorbed. Most people know that refrigerant is necessary to keep cool – but it doesn’t do you much good without a properly working compressor!


Here are a few common symptoms that indicate you have an issue with your compressor:

  • Loud noise coming from your A/C unit. Screeching or fluttering sounds are common with a failing compressor.
  • There’s often a delay when the A/C turns on.
  • The A/C seems to turn on, then shut off more often than needed (sometimes called short cycling).
  • Circuit breakers tripping.
  • Air does not feel cold, or the flow of air is weak.


If your air conditioner compressor is not working properly, you’ll definitely need to do something. Repairs on this critical part of your A/C can be expensive, and in many cases it makes more sense long term to replace your entire system. However, you always have options when it comes to the comfort in your own home!

When to REPAIR: If your system is still pretty new, there’s a good chance that the parts (including the compressor) are under warranty. It’s definitely worth checking out before springing for a new unit. Another reason to go with the repair would be if it’s possible to only replace the outdoor portion of your unit, which would include the compressor, instead of an entire new system.

When to REPLACE: If you have a major issue with your HVAC (such as a broken compressor) and your unit is more than 10 years old, it is strongly advised that you replace the entire system. This will be more expensive up front, but will be less expensive in the long run because you won’t be dealing with regular repairs as they become more frequent.


The certified HVAC technicians at The Darville Company have the knowledge and experience to tackle any of your A/C problems, from compressors to anything else. If you’re not as cool as you think you should be this summer, make an appointment online or call us today at 432-580-9675. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard.

Tips For Preventing Home Air Leakage & Drafts

Tips For Preventing Home Air Leakage & Drafts

It’s not even officially summer yet, and it’s already hot hot hot in the Odessa and Midland areas. We expect warm weather, but it’s rare to see triple-digit heat as early as we have this year! All indications are pointing to a very hot summer! With that said, it’s critical that you prepare your home as best as possible, not only to maximize comfort but to maximize HVAC efficiency as well. In this post, we’ll discuss a few tips on sealing your home to make sure the cool air stays inside and the hot air stays out!


Just like a leaky pipe is bad for your plumbing, leaky doors and windows can wreak havoc on your HVAC. If water, light, or dirt can get through the cracks around the edges of your doors and windows, air can get through too! And there are other areas to inspect for air leakage as well:

Outside your home, look for any gaps between concrete, brick, wood siding, roofing, etc. Air can get inside your walls making your home more accessible.

On the inside, look for any possible space for air to get in. This could be a slot for your mail, phone, or internet lines, vents, ducts, or other possible entrances.


Caulking works great for sealing small air leaks. This can include spaces around outlets, light fixtures, and even cracks in the walls. Just make sure to clean the area before applying the caulk to ensure a tight fit.

Weatherstrips are a good solution, especially for doors. They’ll help fill the space between the door and the frame, and keep unwanted air out. Just make sure you’re using the correct type of stripping for your door!

In some cases, both caulking and weatherstrips may be used on the same job to help fill a large space.


The goal at The Darville Company is to ensure your comfort in your own home. We can help you evaluate any potential problem areas and help you determine the best way to get them sealed. Right now is a great time to get a Clean and Test service on your entire system to make sure you’re ready for summer! Make an appointment online or call us at (432) 580-9675. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard of Home Comfort.

3 Little-Known Ceiling Fan Facts To Keep You Comfortable

3 Little-Known Ceiling Fan Facts To Keep You Comfortable

Even if you have modern central air conditioning, there are still advantages to utilizing a ceiling fan to help cool your home. However, it’s important to recognize that ceiling (or other) fans are not the same as air conditioners and do not promise the same results. In this post, we’ll explain how to use ceiling fans so they can efficiently complement your A/C to create cool air and comfort this summer.


Unlike air conditioning, ceiling fans don’t actually cool the air. Instead, they create movement in the air – which makes it feel cool when it hits your skin. When used in conjunction with your traditional A/C unit, it can create a one-two punch of efficiency that keeps you comfortable.

That said – it only makes sense to keep the fan on when you’re actually in the room. Circulating air will make it feel cooler, but it won’t actually be any cooler, so there’s no need to keep the fan on if no one’s there to feel the breeze it’s creating. In fact, the running motor of a fan could actually increase the air temperature in the room. Thankfully, ceiling fans don’t use a ton of energy, but every little bit counts when you’re trying to conserve and lower your power bills!


When you are at home, it still makes sense to run the fan in the room where you are. Because the air makes it feel cooler, you won’t need to crank the A/C in order to feel a comfortable temperature. Do you know how it feels when you’re outside on a hot day and a breeze comes along to bring you some relief? By using a fan, you could achieve that “feels-like” temperature with the thermostat in your home set at up to 10 degrees warmer than you would otherwise. That can result in some major savings.

Ceiling fans are a valuable asset and a desirable accessory in any room. They even have the same cooling effect outdoors on the patio!


A little-known fan secret is that they work in the wintertime, too! The small switch on the base of the fan will cause the blades to spin in the opposite direction. Now, instead of pushing cool air down into the middle of the room, it’s drawing warm air up to the ceiling, then distributing it around the room. This helps heat your home in the winter the same way it gives your A/C a boost in the summer!


At The Darville Company, your comfort is our priority! We are constantly looking for solutions that will help keep you and your family comfortable in your home – and fans can be a part of that equation! For a consultation on your HVAC and the comfort in your home, make an appointment online or call us today at (432) 580-9674. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard of Home Comfort.

4 Must-Do Spring Tasks To Help Your Home

4 Must-Do Spring Tasks To Help Your Home

Spring is here in Odessa and Midland, and that means we’re already seeing temperatures in the 90s. Before it gets too hot, it’s probably a good idea for you to tackle a few home improvement projects. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the advantages of a good spring cleaning and how it can benefit you and your household.


Allergies are notoriously bad in the springtime. All that new pollen in the air can wreak havoc on your nose! The good news is that there are a few things you can do around the house that can help. The key point is keeping those outdoor allergens away from the inside of your home and letting your HVAC system manage the air you’re breathing. This includes things like regularly washing your clothes and bedsheets. Take your shoes off when you’re inside to prevent allergens from sticking to your carpet. Mop and dust your home regularly, and make sure to keep screens in any open windows or doors.

A whole-home air purifier, such as the HALO-LED can help keep the air in your home as clean as possible!


Your air ducts carry treated air from your HVAC unit to the living spaces in your home. Over time, they can accumulate dust, pollon, mold, or other allergens. It’s a good idea to get them professionally cleaned every few years, but there is a simple step you can take on your own. Remove the register grates from each vent and reach in and wipe away any dust you can reach. While you’re at it, clean the register, too.


If sunlight or water can get through the cracks in your doors or windows, that means air can get through too! Make sure they’re good and sealed. During the summer this will keep the cool air inside, and the hot air outside!


Preparing your air conditioner for the busy summer season is perhaps the most important thing you can do to get ready for the heat. The Darville Company’s Clean and Test will professionally inspect and test your entire system, making sure it’s ready for the summer ahead. Regular tune-ups also ensure that your system will last longer and won’t need replacing as quickly. A couple of simple things you can do to help include regularly changing your air filters, and making sure your outdoor unit is clear of leaves or other debris.


If you’re ready for a cool, comfortable spring, The Darville Company can help. Make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 580-9678 to schedule your Clean and Test today. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard.

What To Do About a Loud Air Conditioner

What To Do About a Loud Air Conditioner

Summer may not have officially arrived in Odessa and Midland yet, but summer temperatures certainly have. It’s likely you’ve already had a few days where you’ve blasted the air conditioner just to keep cool. Even when the A/C is doing its job of keeping you comfortable, it may not be running as smoothly as possible. In this post, we’ll discuss some of the causes of a loud air conditioner and what you can do about it!


If your A/C is making a high-pitched screeching sound, you likely have a problem with the bearings on your fan motor. This can be especially evident right when your unit turns on. Depending on the severity, it may be a good idea to turn the system off until a trained HVAC technician can take a look at it. An expert from The Darville Company can replace the fan motor which should eliminate the noise and increase your unit’s efficiency.

A loud banging sound when you fire up your A/C may mean that debris of some kind has made its way into your system and is now trapped in your unit. It’s also possible that the fan is out of place and hitting the interior of the unit. Either way, if you’re consistently hearing loud banging, turn the system off and call a professional right away!

Maybe there’s no screeching or banging, but instead, you hear a loud buzzing noise. If the noise seems louder near the air handler, or even near the outside unit, it’s likely an electrical problem. It could involve the motor, wiring, capacitor, or compressor, so it’s best to call an HVAC pro and let them take a look. Finding the source yourself can be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

A clicking sound can be just as annoying as the sounds above and could be caused by a variety of issues. It may be something as simple as debris caught in the blower fan but could be an electrical issue as well. If the clicking is especially loud when the unit kicks on, it could be an electrical problem, possibly involving the thermostat.


Problems with your HVAC unit are not the best time to flex your DIY skills. It’s important that a professional evaluate your system and efficiently make the necessary repairs to keep you comfortable. The Darville Company has technicians that are certified in HVAC maintenance. We can fix all the issues above, as well as clean and lubricate the motor. If you’re experiencing any of these noises, make an appointment online, or call us today at (432) 580-9675. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard.

Hvac Accessories

HVAC Accessories

Everyone knows Texas is hot, but as we’ve seen all too recently, it can get cold here too! The Darville Company is your source for all things heating and air to make sure you stay warm into the spring. You may not realize that an HVAC unit can include many accessories to help enhance your comfort and convenience. They can even help you breathe easier and save you money. Let’s explore a few of the HVAC add-ons that can make life easier!


Air purifiers go beyond regular filters and scientifically clean the air. As air passes through the purifier, ions attach themselves to dust, mold, pollen, and other contaminants. This process is able to make your air much cleaner than a traditional filter. It’s a great option for those with allergies and has been shown to eliminate up to 90% of airborne viruses as well.


The opposite of humidifiers, dehumidifiers make the air drier. It doesn’t seem like this would be necessary for West Texas, but keeping bathrooms dry can still be important after a long, steamy shower. Dehumidifiers not only reduce the risk of mold or mildew but also make it easier to vacuum dust or other contaminants from the air.


A programmable thermostat has a lot of advantages. You can set it to get warm or cool when you aren’t even home. Set it to your desired temperature so it’s comfy when you arrive. You can also save money by making sure your HVAC isn’t running when you’re not home. Many models these days even allow you to control it from an app on your smartphone, like the recently launched American Standard Home app!


All homes should have fire alarms, but do you have a carbon monoxide alarm as well? Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can be deadly to breathe. CO alarms are especially important for homes that use gas, as a leak could turn fatal before you even know what’s happening. It’s also a good idea to have a CO alarm if you use your chimney or fireplace with any regularity.


UV lamps are another way to clean the air, along with filters and purifiers. A UV light works to sanitize the air by killing tiny organisms and eliminating up to 98% of germs. This can help keep your entire unit clean, from the inside of your home to your ducts and the HVAC system itself.


Ventilators are used if you want to allow some air to come into your house from outside. Many people try to keep their home sealed as tightly as possible, but there are advantages to letting fresh air from outside into your home. Ventilators help pull the fresh air in while pushing pollutants out.


Zoning systems help ensure the rooms in your home that are being used are the ones kept at the right temperature. If the third bedroom is hardly ever used, why pay to keep it warm or cool? When company is gathered in the living areas, make sure those rooms are the most comfortable. Zoning systems can work in conjunction with a programmable thermostat to promote comfort and efficiency.


Ductless air can serve a couple of purposes. It’s great if you want to hyper-zone your home, with heating or cooling units in every room. The other purpose is for specific rooms where the ducts might not reach. Like a garage, basement, or possibly a sunroom. These areas can stay comfortable thanks to a ductless system.


As you can see, there are LOTS of accessories when it comes to your HVAC! Darville can help you find the ones that work for you! Call us for an appointment today at 432-580-9675. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard!

Heat Pump Maintenance

Heat Pump Maintenance

The Permian Basin was having a relatively mild winter until our recent freeze. As we’ve seen firsthand, freezing temps overnight can easily cause some major problems if you’re not prepared. A frozen heat pump will render it useless, and unable to heat your home. In this post, we’ll examine a few steps you or a professional can take to prevent this from happening (or happening again if it did this month).


To prevent your heat pump from freezing, you have to know what causes it to freeze – it’s more than just cold weather.

  • Low refrigerant: If your refrigerant level is low, it’s likely because it’s leaking. Low refrigerant disrupts the coils in the heat pump, which can cause them to freeze.
  • Fan motor: If the fan motor is old or damaged, this could contribute to the unit freezing. An easy way to prevent damage is by keeping the area clear of leaves and other debris. It’s also possible that the motor is just old and needs to be replaced.
  • Low airflow: A clogged filter restricts airflow, which can result in ice building up on the coils. This can lead to a frozen pump and all the issues that come with it.
  • Frozen over: Combine prolonged freezing weather with the factors above and your entire unit could freeze. This typically isn’t something that happens in West Texas, especially Odessa and Midland, but this winter has been unlike any other. If your entire unit freezes, it’s definitely time to call a professional.


The Darville Company has certified professionals to guarantee you stay warm and cozy all winter long! We offer complete heating and air services and can give you an honest assessment of your entire system. Make an appointment today by calling 432-580-9675. The Darville Company is the Higher Standard.