Texas Air Care's licensed and insured techs have been keeping things cool for more than 22 years. Beyond installing new systems by American Standard, Ruud, Carrier, and Gibson, they can readily tackle repairs on HVAC units of all makes and models or offer tips on how to boost efficiency and trim cooling costs. The stewards of indoor climate health also command a Rotobrush air-duct cleaning system, which they use to rout dust mites, bacteria, and mold from home circulatory systems and can install UV purifiers that help kill airborne pollutants and identify incriminating fingerprints on empty cupcake liners.
Garage doors rarely inspire passion, easily taken for granted as they dutifully trundle up and down to admit cars. People generally only notice them when they stop working, which is where David Miller and his father-in-law come in. They run EZ Lift Garage Doors, earning a living making sure that garage doors run smoothly and stay unnoticed. "I love running businesses, and my father-in-law has 20 years behind him in the garage-door-repair industry," David says. They continue to maintain, repair, and replace garage doors all across Houston while preserving the air of a family-run business.
Grime sluices off driveways as years of built-up oil, dirt, and tricycle skid marks are rinsed away. But this newly fresh surface doesn't come at the price of wasted water—L2 Environmental Services' pressure-washing system reclaims and recycles 98% of the water used. In addition to saving resources, L2 also saves customers' time, as its professional cleaning is faster than clients doing it themselves. L2 can power-wash a number of outdoor surfaces, ranging from sidewalks and parking lots to homes and storefronts, and its technicians guarantee a clean and safe site.
Sometimes you can?t tell how dirty the carpet is until you clean it and it changes color. Wizard Carpet Cleaning specializes in this eye-opening service, whisking away dirt that you couldn?t even tell existed from carpet, upholstery, and tile. Using spray jets and nylon brush bristles, Rotovacs remove grime, grit, and mischievous dust sprites from tile surfaces and erase deeply ingrained carpet stains. For smaller spills, the company maintains an online guide to getting rid of blood, candle-wax, and coffee spots.
Corey Brooks and David Miller, both owners of their own pest-control companies for more than 15 years, decided to team up to form Texpert Pest & Termite Control to better serve their customers with their combined efforts and knowledge. During appointments, the pest-fighting technicians carefully inspect homes for signs of infestation before treating any problem areas for termites and other pests. They also fend off mosquito swarms and tenacious paparazzi with exterior treatments that last for up to one month.
A charter member of the MLS, the San Jose Earthquakes played their first four seasons as the Clash before claiming the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. Though the team moved to Houston in '05, the franchise was reinstated in '08, bringing professional soccer back to the Bay Area. Buck Shaw Stadium serves as the team's current home, though a new stadium will shoot skyward in 2014, complete with luxury suites for fans and exhausted referees alike.