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Helpful Tips for Decorating With Holiday Lights

The holidays are coming up, and homeowners may begin putting up lights and decorations early before shopping and baking take over their holiday to-do list. When putting up Christmas lights and decor, residents must take precautions to avoid major injuries and risks to their house. In this post, local electricians provide tips about holiday lights, including how to choose between incandescent and LED lights and how to stay safe decorating this holiday season. 

Should You Choose Incandescent or LED Holiday Lights?

christmas lightsWhen selecting lights for their holiday displays, homeowners must choose between traditional incandescent Christmas lights and LED lights. While incandescent holiday lights are cheaper to purchase upfront, they have several drawbacks. They use more energy than LED lighting, resulting in higher electric bills, and have a shorter lifespan. They are also more dangerous than LED lights, as they generate heat. 

The newer holiday light option, LED Christmas lights, cost more upfront but offer many advantages over incandescent lighting. These lights are more energy efficient and have a much longer lifespan, resulting in long-term savings. While they are more expensive initially, homeowners can save money on reduced energy costs and by not having to replace them as often. LED lights are also safer than incandescent lights, as they produce less heat. 

Options When Creating a Holiday Display

holiday decorationsWhen decorating their homes for the holidays, homeowners have many options. They can get creative, combining different kinds of outdoor Christmas lights and decor to make their houses festive and stand out. Some common options are:

  • String lights: These lights are strands that are commonly used on Christmas trees and the ones meant for outdoor use placed along roof lines and balconies.
  • Net lighting: Net lighting can quickly and easily add holiday lights to bushes and shrubs. 
  • Tree wrap lights: These are similar to net lights and are used to add holiday lights to tree trunks and branches easily. 
  • Holiday inflatables: These large inflatable characters can decorate yards, decks, and other outdoor areas.
  • Icicle lights: These hang from eaves and roof lines to look like icicles. 
  • Projector lights: These lights project festive images onto the side of a house or a garage door.

Make Electrical Safety a Priority

While households might focus more on the holiday decorations they use and the designs they create, it’s essential to also focus on electrical safety when hanging holiday lights and other electric decorations. If property owners are not careful, they could put themselves and their families at risk. 

Electrical threats households could experience during the holidays include fire or shock from faulty wiring, damaged lighting and decor, or overloaded circuits. To avoid electrical hazards during the holiday season, here are some tips from professionals: 

  • Check lights and decor for damage before putting them up or turning them on. 
  • Avoid overloading circuits and electrical outlets.
  • Keep decorations away from heat sources.
  • Use the right types of lights for outdoor use, and never use lights or electrical decorations without a certification label, which means it’s been tested.
  • Turn off the lights and decor when going to sleep at night and when leaving the house. 

About Hunter Service Group

Hunter Service Group is a local family-owned and operated heating, air conditioning, and electrical company serving San Antonio and the surrounding areas. They offer excellent communication, customer education, and a satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for electrical services in San Antonio, TX.

Tips to Avoid a Scary Overheating Furnace This Halloween


What Homeowners Need to Know About Overheating Furnaces

Watching terrifying scenes in horror movies this Halloween might be expected for many homeowners, but having a scary scene unfold in their house due to an overheating furnace is not expected. An overheating furnace can have many terrifying consequences for a household, including fires and even carbon monoxide leaks. To avoid this frightening ordeal, HVAC contractors offer tips on spotting signs of an overheating furnace in need of repair and tips to help prevent it from occurring. 

Threats of a Furnace Overheating

A house – and the family inside of it – can face serious threats if a furnace overheats. A malfunctioning and overheated unit can cause many risks, including furnace fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Some other threats they may pose are:

  • Broken components in the furnace that need to be repaired or replaced
  • Higher utility bills than usual
  • Extra wear and tear on the furnace, resulting in a shorter lifespan

To protect their home and family, homeowners should schedule furnace repair at the first signs of an issue. 

Symptoms of an Overheating Furnace Homeowners Should Watch For 

bad smellTo schedule repairs quickly and prevent dangerous threats to their household, homeowners need to recognize the signs of an overheating furnace. 

Some symptoms property owners should watch for that indicate a furnace is overheating are:

  • Burning odors
  • Odd sounds, including humming, popping, or banging
  • Rapid cycling or short cycling, where the furnace turns on and off frequently
  • Air that is hotter than usual coming through the vents
  • Melted wires or burn marks on the furnace or its components
  • The furnace shuts off unexpectedly

Homeowners should immediately schedule professional repairs with an HVAC technician if they notice these signs.

Ways to Help Prevent a Furnace From Overheating

air filter Fortunately, furnace technicians have tips for homeowners to help prevent their furnaces from overheating. One of the most crucial steps they recommend is to schedule routine furnace maintenance and have it inspected by a professional. During these annual services, technicians will perform a tune-up, look for defects, and repair any issues that are identified.

Other ways to prevent overheating and its dangers are cleaning the furnace to remove dust and debris, replacing the air filters, and ensuring the vents are open. Homeowners should replace the furnace filters around every 1 to 3 months. Air filter replacement and making sure that too many vents aren’t closed are essential to keep the furnace working correctly by allowing for proper airflow. 

About Hunter Service Group

Hunter Service Group is a family-owned and operated generator, electrical, air conditioning, and heating company serving San Antonio and the surrounding areas. They provide customer education, trustworthy staff, and a satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for furnace repair or maintenance in San Antonio, TX.

Signs of Electrical Wiring Issues

Symptoms of Faulty Electrical Wiring at Your Home

Electrical wiring issues can cause significant problems in a home. While these can cause inconveniences like the inability to use electronics or turn on lights or appliances, they can also lead to safety hazards. Faulty wiring can cause dangerous situations for homes and families, like shocks and electrical fires.

Fortunately, these dangerous situations can be avoided if homeowners get routine electrical inspections and spot the signs of wiring problems early to schedule repairs immediately. Some symptoms of faulty wiring electrical contractors recommend watching for include frequently blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers, hot or scorched outlets, and burning smells or buzzing sounds.

Multiple Blown Fuses or Tripped Circuit Breakers

A tripped circuit breaker or blown fuse is one of the most noticeable – and disruptive – signs of wiring issues. If households frequently lose power and need to reset their circuit breakers or replace a blown fuse, it can indicate an electrical wiring problem that needs to be addressed.

If there’s a faulty wire, circuit breakers will trip, or a fuse will blow to protect the home, but it can also alert property owners to the problem so they know they need to take action and schedule services. While this can be annoying, it protects the house from significant risks, including fires.

Outlets Feel Hot or Look Burned

hot or scorched outletsWhen plugging devices into an electrical outlet, the outlet should not be hot to the touch, and there should not be visible burn or scorch marks. If an outlet looks burned or if the outlet or a plug feels hot when unplugging a device, it can indicate a wiring problem that needs to be repaired.

These outlet symptoms that can indicate faulty wiring may include:

  • Overheating outlets
  • Plugs feel hot after being in an outlet
  • Discoloration around the outlet or on the cover
  • Sparks coming from the outlet
  • Flickering lights when plugging in an electronic device

If any of these symptoms are noticed, property owners must call an electrician. A professional will inspect the electrical outlet and wiring to identify the issue as soon as possible so it can be repaired.

Buzzing Sounds or a Burning Smell

burning smellIf homeowners notice buzzing sounds or burning smells coming from electrical outlets or near any parts of the electrical system, it can also indicate a problem with the electrical wiring. Burning odors can be caused by issues like an overloaded outlet or circuit or damaged or exposed wiring. A smell like burning plastic could mean that the wire insulation is melting, which could cause a fire.

If households notice buzzing sounds coming from outlets or lights, it can indicate wiring issues, loose connections, fluctuations in the voltage, and other problems. When property owners notice buzzing sounds or burning odors, they should schedule an appointment with an electrician as soon as possible to keep their homes and families safe.

About Hunter Service Group

Hunter Service Group is a family-owned and operated heating, air conditioning, generator, and electrical company serving San Antonio and the surrounding areas. They offer customer education, financing, and a satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for electrical wiring repair and replacement in San Antonio, TX.

How to Protect Your Home From Power Surges

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Power Surges and how you can protect your home

A power surge is a sudden and temporary increase in voltage that can occur in your home’s electrical system, usually caused by lightning strikes, power outages, or power grid malfunctions. This sudden surge in voltage can damage or destroy electrical equipment and appliances that are plugged into outlets. 

Let Hunter Service Group, the expert in electrical services in San Antonio, TX, discuss how to protect your home and appliances from power surges. Here are some tips:

  1. Install surge protectors: Surge protectors are devices that protect your electrical equipment and appliances by diverting excess voltage away from them. You can install surge protectors at the electrical panel or use individual surge protectors for specific devices.
  1. Unplug electronics during storms: If you know there’s a storm coming, it’s best to unplug electronic devices and appliances from the wall to avoid the risk of damage from power surges.
  1. Invest in a whole-house surge protector: A whole-house surge protector is installed at your home’s electrical panel and protects your entire home from power surges. This is an excellent option if you live in an area that’s prone to lightning strikes or power outages.
  1. Regularly maintain your electrical system: Regular maintenance of your electrical system can help prevent power surges. This includes checking for faulty wiring, loose connections, and outdated equipment.
  1. Don’t overload outlets: Overloading outlets can cause them to overheat and can increase the risk of power surges. Make sure to distribute the load of your appliances and electronics among different outlets and circuits.

Following these tips can help protect your home and appliances from power surges. Reach out to us if you would like your free estimate on surge protection. We provide repairs and installations. You may also call us or fill out the form to schedule an appointment.

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Allergies will brighten your day….NOT!!!

No more sneezing, coughing, or bad allergies

Three Tips to Breathe Easier

It’s that time of year again. The trees are bombarding us with pollen and mold. With everyone spending so much more time indoors, it’s important to make sure that the air we breathe is safe and healthy. Unfortunately, even in the most comfortable of homes, indoor air quality can suffer from a variety of sources. From allergens to dust lingering around our living spaces, these irritants can have negative impacts on both our health and our day-to-day lives. In this blog post, I’ll share with you some tips for improving your indoor air quality so you can rest easy knowing that your family’s health won’t be compromised!

Regular Vacuuming – A vacuum with a HEPA filter is a must-have because it’s super effective at trapping dust mites and other allergens.

Vacuums with HEPA filters are effective at trapping dust mites, pollen, and other microscopic allergens lurking in carpets, rugs, and upholstery – three of the most common sources of allergens in your home. And not only does vacuuming get rid of bothersome allergens; it also helps reduce the number of germs and bacteria that may be airborne. More than just improving your health, you have the added benefit of a sparkling home!

Keep It Green – Add houseplants throughout your home. This adds a splash of color and helps filter some the air.

Keeping your home beautiful and your family healthy is easy with a few green additions. Adding houseplants throughout your living spaces helps to create a colorful environment and also improves the air quality in your home. Through their natural processes, houseplants are capable of filtering out harmful dust, emissions, mold spores and other pollutants that can wreak havoc on our health. Not only do they benefit our overall health and well being, but they add a gorgeous visual element that brightens up any room! Plants also make good friends! Right?

Clean Air Is Key- Invest in air quality accessories to help filter out harmful particles.

Investing in air quality accessories is an important way to ensure clean air in your home. High quality filters, air purifiers, and even ultra violet light systems can help to reduce the amount of harmful particles that are present in the air. This can prevent potential illnesses caused by breathing all that gunk like, mold, chemicals and other unwanted particles. Quality does come at a cost, but investing in these items will be beneficial for both you and your family’s health for years to come.


Having clean, healthy indoor air is important for your health and wellbeing. Implementing these tips; regular vacuuming, adding houseplants and investing in air quality accessories can help keep your home healthier and cleaner year round. Whether you decide to implement one or all of these ideas, it’s important to remember that clean air is key.


So if you’re ready to take the next step in home health, reach out to us. The smiles and education are free.

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Spring Is Here! Check Out These Springtime Cleaning Tips…

Spring Is Here! Check Out These Springtime Cleaning Tips…

Fun Fact: 70% of major repairs are the result of a minor problem that went unchecked.


Spring is here and that means spring cleaning for many people. You open the windows, air out the stale winter air, and do some vacuuming and dusting. But don’t forget about your HVAC system. When you’re spring cleaning the rest of your house, make sure you clean out your HVAC system, which has been working hard all winter long to keep you warm.

Your home’s HVAC system is essential to the comfort AND SAFETY of your family, and it can only do that if it is clean. Check out these tips to help you enjoy a safe and comfortable home this spring (and the rest of the year).


#1. Before you do any cleaning, make sure the power to your HVAC system is turned off.

That is most important for your safety. The last thing you want is to injure yourself. Even if you think you’ll be careful, it’s better to be safe; turn off your power as the first step any time you plan to work in or near your HVAC system.


#2. Remove the filter in your HVAC system and replace it.

Air is forced through the filter but that gets harder for your HVAC system to do if the filter is clogged with dirt and debris. Replace your filter at least once every 3 months. Only use filters high quality pleated filters.  Stay away from disposable fiberglass filters.  They tend to allow dirt to pass through. That dirt will stick to your evaporator coil, causing Inefficiencies and future breakdowns. Need more filters? Order them here!


#3. Look at your outdoor air conditioning unit.

Make sure that the unit is free from the debris that often accumulates around it during the fall and winter. Often, leaves and clippings will start to build inside the unit and at the vents.


#4. While you’re looking at you’re air conditioning unit, clean the fan blades and the coils (which can also pick up debris).


#5. Walk around the inside of your home and look at all the vents.

The ones that blow warm/cool air FROM your HVAC system and the ones that pull air into your HVAC system. Make sure both types of vents are not blocked so that air can freely get in. (This will not only ensure that you get clean fresh air throughout your house, it also helps you save money by keeping your HVAC system from doing too much work to draw in air.)


#6. Think about the last time you had your ducts cleaned.

If you can’t remember when it was done last (or at all) consider having a company to come out and clean them. All that dust and debris that accumulated over the years can be removed so it’s not recirculating into your home.



Springtime is here and that means spring cleaning and enjoying the freshness of a new season. When you clean your home this spring, don’t forget about the HVAC system. It has been working hard all winter and deserves a good cleaning and tune up… your HVAC system will run more efficiently and your family will be safer and more comfortable this spring!

This February…Give Your HVAC Some LOVIN’

Turning up the heat. Show your HVAC some love

This February…Give Your HVAC Some LOVIN’

Chances are, you don’t give much thought to the system that warms your home in the winter and cools your home in the summer.

And why should you? You leave it to the experts to take care of it for you; meanwhile, you focus on more important things in your life—like family, work, etc. As long as everything runs normally, you shouldn’t have to give it a second thought; just sit back and enjoy the temperature and air flow as everything works as it should in the background.

But what happens if it doesn’t work as it should?

With winter here, you don’t want to get cold or uncomfortable as you discover it doesn’t work. And if there’s an emergency, you want to be able to act fast to deal with it.

So, here are some tips to help you be “HVAC aware” this month… to give your HVAC system a little bit of love so it will continue to keep you and your family comfortable.

Tip #1. Let’s start with the word HVAC itself: It stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, and it’s the name given to the entire system that heats and cools your home. It often includes your furnace, your air conditioning unit, as well as the ductwork that runs through your walls.

Tip #2. Find out what kind of heating system you have. Is it electric? Oil? Natural gas? (Note: even systems that run on oil and natural gas may also be plugged in to your home’s electrical system.) You should also know the brand, the year it was installed, and the company that installed it. Keep this information on the HVAC system but also keep it handy in a drawer somewhere else so that you can make a quick call to that company if you ever need more information in a hurry.

Tip #3. Find out how to turn your furnace and air conditioner off and on, including any switches ON the system itself as well as how to turn it on and off at your circuit panel. If there’s ever a fire, you’ll want to be able to turn off your HVAC system at the circuit panel if you can’t get to the system itself.

Tip #4. If your system is fed from a municipal supply (such as natural gas), learn where those pipes are and if there is a place to turn off the supply. If there’s ever a leak, know how to turn it off fast.

Tip #5. Look for exhaust pipes. Depending on your system, your HVAC system might use a chimney or an exhaust pipe. Keep these free from blockages. For example, make sure that leaves or snow don’t block up the exhaust pipe, and make sure that small animals don’t get into your chimney.

Tip #6. Even though you can’t see most of the ductwork, you can see the vents! Know where they are and see which vents blow OUT warm (or cool) air, and which vents take in air to circulate it back to the system. Keep an eye on these vents and keep them free from being blocked by furniture.

Tip #7. Know where the filters are. Different systems use filters in different ways. Those filters help to remove particles from the air that you would otherwise breathe. Clean those filters regularly and replace them regularly too.

Tip #8. Use all your senses to monitor your HVAC system. If it starts to sound unusual or smell unusual, take action right away. Turn it off and call an expert HVAC company and get their help.


Your HVAC system is an important system in your home and it works 24/7 to keep your family safe and comfortable. But if it suddenly stops working the way you want, your February can very quickly go from warm and cozy to cold! Use these tips to be HVAC Aware this month and throughout the year.

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3 Reasons Your Breaker is Tripping

3 Reasons Your Breaker is Tripping

3 Reasons Your Breaker is Tripping

Your circuit breaker, those switches in your electric panel, protect your house from dangerous levels of flowing electricity. When too much power begins pouring through the circuit, the breaker will trip and cut off the dangerous current of energy. Here are 3 reasons why you will trip your circuit breaker.

1. Overloaded Circuit

Not all circuits are created equal. Older homes will likely have electrical panels which won’t be as prepared to handle the amount of power our modern appliances and devices use. Adding outlets to an already crowded board won’t solve the problem either. Often the cause of a breaker trip is that the circuit is overloaded with too much power from too many devices. Either we have multiple high-powered devices plugged into the same circuit, or we have too many smaller devices plugged in through various outlets or extension cords or outlet adapters with four to six new outlets attaching to two. Either way, there is too much power flowing through the circuit, and that is why your breaker is tripping.


2. Short Circuit

 A short circuit is another common, yet more worrisome, cause of a tripped breaker. When a sudden surge of electricity comes through a circuit, your breaker will quickly shut off to stop the flow. A short could come from a particular appliance which is malfunctioning. You can discover this by testing a device of which you’re suspicious on multiple outlets. If you trip your breaker frequently when using your coffee grinder, unplug it and try it on another outlet elsewhere in your house. If the breaker keeps tripping when you use that particular device on multiple plugs, you have a faulty appliance.

If, however, your short is not device specific but is consistent with a particular outlet or light fixture yet is not because of an overloaded circuit, you will need to bring a professional in to inspect your outlet or wiring. It’s likely that there is faulty wiring going on, that wires which aren’t supposed to be in contact with one another are, or that there is damage in your system that needs repair or replacing. Have someone look at this as soon as possible.


3. Faults

Another kind of short circuit is called a fault. There are two types of faults, a ground and arc fault. A ground fault occurs when a hot wire touches a ground wire, or a surge of electricity comes into contact with the ground wire because of dripping water, metal or wood connection, and more which causes a high amount of power to flow and the breaker to trip. An arc fault is when sparks are happening at points in your wiring, and the electricity begins to cross over. There are systems designed to detect this, as well, and shut down the circuit. Both of these require someone to come and inspect.


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7 Tips for a More Comfortable Winter Season

7 ways to keep your heating up and running

Oh the weather outside is frightful…

… but inside, your HVAC system keeps things warm and comfortable!

At this time of year, your HVAC system works double-time to make sure you and your family (and all your festive visitors) are warm and comfortable. To keep your HVAC system functioning in peak condition, make sure you read these tips…

Tip #1. Always make sure your HVAC unit is well maintained. Instead of waiting for something to break and then dealing with the repairs (and how cold it can get in the meantime), invest in regular seasonal maintenance check-ups. This will alert you to any potential problems before they happen.

Tip #2. Clean your HVAC filter. Your HVAC filter traps dirt and debris to keep it from blowing into your home. But, the more that builds up in the filter, the harder your HVAC system has to work! Keep your furnace running efficiently by cleaning and replacing your filter regularly.

Tip #3. Have your fan and coils cleaned regularly, ideally before it gets too cold outside. When the furnace turns on, the dust on these components could burn off and you may smell a bit of smoke. If it happens briefly, it’s usually fine; however, if the smell persists, contact a licensed HVAC professional.

Tip #4. If your HVAC fresh air and exhaust pipes are near ground level, make sure they are clear and not blocked by leaves or ice.

Tip #5. Regularly check all your vents to make sure they aren’t blocked. Vents that are blocked could make your furnace work even harder to heat your home, they could leave cold spots in your home, or they could cause damage to whatever is blocking the vent.

Tip #6. At this time of year, when windows are closed and furnaces start to run, you may notice an increase in allergies as the warm air in the ducts starts to move dust that has been settled for a while. Consider having your ducts cleaned to keep allergies to a minimum.

Tip #7. Running your HVAC system can be costly! Installing a thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature based on a pre-determined schedule will allow you to lower the temperature slightly when everyone is asleep or nobody is home, and raise the temperature when everyone is at home. (Note: avoid shutting off your HVAC system for very long during the winter, especially if your temperatures drop below freezing—this could lead to frozen pipes that burst and cause a mess!)


This holiday season, the last thing you want to do is worry about whether you are warm and comfortable. Wouldn’t you rather sip hot chocolate in the comfort of a warm home? Of course you would! These 7 tips will help ensure that this festive season remains a comfortable one for you and your family.


Hunter Service Group is here for ALL your heating needs, just give us a call at 210.701.0192.

What are the Dangers of Aluminum Wiring?


Are You Aware Of What Lurks Within Your Walls?


You upgrade your TV from time to time.

You upgrade your phone from time to time. 

You upgrade your car from time to time.

But when was the last time you even looked at the wires inside your walls and considered whether they needed to be upgraded? Technology changes and yes, it has even changed with the wires in your home!

If your home was built in the 1970s or earlier, you should have the wiring in your house examined. Even if there have been extensive upgrades to your home, it is not uncommon for people to overlook the electrical system for something that is much more visible like hardwood floors or that really nice bathroom. Good modern wiring is a great benefit in our technological age. Also, it’s much safer. How do you know if your wiring needs replacing?


Let’s look at different types of wiring…


Knob and Tube:

In the oldest homes, knob and tube wiring are present. Identify this type of wiring by the large knobs that large black insulation tubes connect to. There is no ground wire in this system which is a standard safety feature in modern wiring. If no damage has occurred to the insulting tubes, this wiring can still function but is not ideal.



An older house may also have aluminum wiring in it. If this is in your home and if there have been any renovations, specifically wall outlets and light switches, that have been replaced or worked on, there may be damage to the wires that can lead to a build-up of heat


Old or Cloth Romex:

There may be old or cloth Romex wiring in your home. Newer Romex wire, or NM cable, uses plastic coating to protect the outside whereas the older stuff uses a cloth or cotton substance on the outside and rubber on the inside.



Its spiral patterned metal casing can identify BX wiring. While this is more durable than others and it can be resistant to some types of weather, this wiring can have rubber on the inside of the metal which wears out and can cause shorts and sparks.


The Big Question: Should it be Rewired?

With any of these older wiring systems, the recommended power limit will not always be able to handle some of the newer, larger, and more powerful appliances in our modern homes. It may only be a matter of time before your old wiring must be replaced. If you are finding problems with surges and shorts or if you want someone experienced to take a closer look at your wiring, contact us. We will be happy to use our expertise to work with you on what will be best for your house and home.