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Time to buy a new system? It’s autumn, your air-conditioning system is getting little action, and you don’t expect to need it for a while. But this may be just the time to consider buying a new system if yours is aging and not as efficient as it once was. Are the repair bills [...]

Considerations

Questions to ask before deciding Whether to replace or repair When your home’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system acts up, be sure to ask lots of questions before deciding whether to repair the problem or replace it. Here are some questions that will give you information you want so you can make the best decision [...]

How Does the REME HALO Work?

Energy Technology The REME HALO is an in-duct air purifier that uses RGF's Reflective Electro Magnetic Energy technology. It is installed in the supply side plenum of the HVAC system. This technology produces hydro-peroxide plasma and uses ultra-violet light to purify surfaces and the air inside your dwelling. It is different from other indoor [...]

Heat Pumps

5 reasons to install a high-efficiency heat pump It cuts your utility bills by as much as 40 percent. That’s a lot of savings. It does double duty – cooling in the warm months, heating in the cool months. Warranties from manufacturers will last as many as 10 years, meaning you don’t have to worry [...]

By |November 28th, 2017|Blog, Heat|0 Comments

Central Air Conditioners

Central Air Conditioner Systems Central air conditioners are HVAC systems that circulate conditioned air through a system of registers and ducts. In the process of conditioning the air, the HVAC system will dehumidify it and the filters used will clean it. Central Air Conditioner Types Split-system central air conditioners have an outside metal encasement [...]

Misconceptions About Fluorescent Lighting

Shedding Light On A Common Issue Is it better to turn off a fluorescent light or let it burn while no one is in the room? This isn’t an HVAC issue, but here’s the answer to a question that sometimes divides people trying to save energy.   The answer: It depends. From the Lighting Design [...]

By |November 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Cheap isn’t always best

Forty percent of homes in the United States contain improper designs and equipment for heating, ventilation and air conditioning,according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That’s a scary figure. Look at your neighborhood and think what it means that four out of 10 homes aren’t getting all they need from their heating and air conditioning. [...]

By |October 18th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How to find compressor problems

Some of the most puzzling problems are centered in the compressor, the hub of the cooling function in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Here’s a great checklist of problems and potential sources of the trouble. It was put together for a catalog from ARRCO, a Cookeville, Tn. company that is in the business [...]

See the newest heat pumps

Watch the warranties Manufacturers are turning out a wide variety of new heat pumps with many features to improve the comfort of your home while lowering your utility bill. Here’s a look at some of the newest heat pumps, thanks to a list compiled by http://www.achrnews.com/articles/135661-new-residential-heating-products. One area we have singled out here is [...]

Nest pays for itself quickly

Because the Nest Thermostat learns how and when to keep you comfortable, it knows how and when to save energy. To prove it, Nest looked at the energy bills of real people in 41 states before and after they got Nest Thermostats. Then two independent studies looked at the issue, using real families and real [...]

Lennox Takes Top Prize in Contest

A new, Energy Star-certified model from Lennox Industries Inc. won the gold award in the residential equipment category. The award comes from AirConditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS, the main daily news site for HVAC developments. Lennox won for its LRP16GE, a residential packaged unit. It is designed to deliver consistent comfort and high efficiency [...]

By |October 3rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Free E-Book Heat Pumps

Basic Heat Pump Information While there are many different types of heat pumps, they all follow the same rule – transfer of heat. Instead of burning fuel to make heat, the heat pump sends heat from one place to another spot, one where the temperature is lower. The air-source heat pump, for example, takes in air [...]

By |September 22nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

What To Do If Your HVAC is Flooded

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey gave North Alabama a pass, but our homes are never 100 percent free from the threat of flooding.  If your heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems ever are flooded, your best choice may be replacement, not repair. Flooding wreaks havoc on an HVAC system’s internal workings.  That’s the finding of the [...]

By |September 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

A reminder from Hurricane Harvey

If possible, make sure your air conditioning and heating components are high and dry, protected from flooding. Video from Hurricane Harvey shows many HVAC units in the Houston area were submerged or damaged by water - even in areas not normally considered flood-prone. Alabama also has experienced flooding in some communities previously safe from heavy [...]

By |September 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

A reminder from Hurricane Harvey

If possible, make sure your air conditioning and heating components are high and dry, protected from flooding. Video from Hurricane Harvey shows many HVAC units in the Houston area were submerged or damaged by water – even in areas not normally considered flood-prone. Alabama also has experienced flooding in some communities previously safe from heavy [...]

By |September 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Energy Efficient Heat Pump

Bigger Heat Pumps Need Room A new, more energy-efficient heat pump sometimes can’t be installed in the exact same site as the unit it is replacing. Many of today’s units are physically bigger than the older models because they’re built to provide more SEER – Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio – that makes them more effective. [...]

By |September 4th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Solenoid Valve

What’s is a Solenoid Valve?  While many homeowners are familiar with the basics of compressors and coils, they may never have heard of the solenoid valve, a key piece of air conditioners. So here’s a primer, and links to detailed sources if you want to know more: A solenoid valve controls the flow of liquids [...]

By |August 24th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Your Air Conditioner & Lightning Strikes

How to minimize lightning strikes. In the South, there’s no escape from powerful lightning storms that can jeopardize your air conditioning system. But you can take steps to minimize the chances of being struck: In a lightning storm, turn off the air conditioner at the thermostat. This is not foolproof, but it does reduce [...]

By |August 17th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

The Vital Role of Coils in Your HVAC System

Coils are The Key Keep your coils clean. What coils, you say? The evaporator coil and the condenser coil play vital roles in your air conditioning system, and they need periodic cleaning to keep everything running smoothly. The evaporator coil, which usually is in the air-handling unit, turns the liquid refrigerant into a gaseous state. [...]

By |August 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Helping The Environment

How The AC Industry Helps Your Community The air conditioning industry is doing its part for the environment and improving quality of life for people. This involves much more than merely following the rules set down by the U.S. government and industry leaders to deal with environmental issues. Our industry is big on recycling  -- copper, [...]

Bigger Ducts Can Help

Replacing & Upgrading Your Duct System If you’re replacing your heating and air conditioning system, you might also consider upgrading your ducts as well. Improvements can help the duct system become more effective at circulating air. Bigger ducts will keep rooms more comfortable, just as widening a road allows traffic to move more smoothly. [...]

Reasons To Replace HVAC System Before Selling Home

Signs to Replace Your HVAC System Before Selling a Home Making home improvements before putting your house on the market can help you attract buyers and sell your home for a good price. Replacing your home's HVAC system is just one way to make your home more desirable for potential buyers. Signs It's Time to Replace Your [...]

Ducted Mini-Splits

How about a ducted mini-split heat pump? You say you don’t want wall-mounted air conditioning units in your home? Consider the ducted mini-split heat pump, possibly an ideal choice if your home already has a ducted system. Ducted mini-splits can be a good alternative if you’re replacing your central heating and cooling systems. They can [...]

Which HVAC is Right for You? Package Unit or Split System

A Tale of Two Systems Remember when cashiers at the grocery store asked customers, “Paper or plastic?” You will hear a similar question when you consider installing a new system for your air conditioning, heating and ventilation needs: “Package unit or split system?” Like paper and plastic, both HVAC options have strengths and shortcomings. The [...]

Angie’s List Ratings

Freedom scores very high on Angie’s List When you’re trying to select a contractor for your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning needs, you should look at Angie’s List to see how various firms stack up. Freedom Heating and Cooling has a very high rating on Angie’s List, which compiles consumers’ firsthand experiences with contractors. It’s a [...]

What Can Home Automation Do For You?

Home Automation is Growing  Homeowners, especially younger ones, are pushing the trend for programmable, connected thermostats that oversee heating and cooling like the Nest Thermostat. Achrnews.com says the movement is growing as people realize that technology and a cell phone will let them change and view home temperatures. This is an especially valuable asset to people [...]

Father’s Day – Think Nest Programmable Thermostat

A Father’s Day gift that’s on the wall For the dad who has it all, consider a Nest Thermostat. It will give him all the high-tech bells and whistles –- and money-saving comfort –- a modern man wants in his home. The Nest Thermostat saves homeowners an average of 15 percent on cooling costs and [...]

HVAC Trends & Intelligent Technology

What’s Hot in AC? Advanced monitoring systems and intelligent technologies are rapidly gaining a foothold in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry both nationally and worldwide. That’s according to a new report by Reportsn Reports that studied the outlook for the global HVAC services market from 2017-2021. Monitoring systems help to track a building’s energy [...]

HVAC Did You Know

Key facts about your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system: HVAC efficiency can be improved with rightsizing and updating of the system. A variable speed heat pump can slice as much as 40 percent off your utility bill. Good insulation can pay for itself because it makes HVAC systems up to 30 percent more [...]

Best HVAC Installer

How to Choose the Best Installer for Your HVAC System Your HVAC Unit There are many factors that must be decided upon when choosing a high volume air conditioning system for your home or business. This is not an inexpensive product you are deciding to add to the place where you will spend a great [...]

High Volume Air Conditioning & Humidity in Alabama

Humidity and HVAC High Volume Air Conditioning cools a space. This we all know. However, a secondary feature of HVAC is its ability to remove significant amounts of humidity from the air. Excessive humidity can change the sense of what you feel is a certain temperature. The atmosphere in your home or building [...]

New Air Conditioning System Features

Cool New AC Stuff If it’s baseball season it also must be AC season, when manufacturers roll out their newest models for air conditioning your home. Feel free to contact us at Freedom Heating and Cooling at (205) 444-4444 for information about which unit is the best choice for your budget and family. Here’s a [...]

High Volume Air Conditioning

Keeping It Cool and Keeping It Warm People who live where the temperature is above the normal body temperature of 98.6F have been creating ways to keep themselves cool for centuries. To the person living in hot climates back in previous times, the only way to keep cool was to jump in a lake [...]

Keep Your HVAC Unit Running Smoothly

Care For Your HVAC System Compressor  Reasons large and small can cause your air conditioner’s compressor to fail. The fix often can be inexpensive but occasionally it can be impractical and the only solution is a new system. Bottom line: Take care of your compressor and it will keep your AC humming. The compressor is [...]

R22 Phase Out

What the End of R-22 Refrigerant Means for Older Birmingham Air Conditioners UPDATE | July 2017 | Refrigerant Prices Are Rising Prices for air conditioning refrigerants such as R-410A have been rising sharply this year, largely due to issues involving China, a major producer of refrigerants. One reason: Chinese suppliers were closed last winter until [...]

New HVAC Unit Cost

What A New Heating and Cooling System Will Cost  You will find a wide range of prices when you shop for a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Some offer few frills while others have many added features. Homeadvisor.com recently compiled a list of some brands and prices: Amana -- $3,900 - $4,800 American [...]

Is your Birmingham AC ready for April?

Spring is here and April will bring warmer weather, meaning more of a workout for your air conditioning system. “The month of April is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 71 degrees to 77 degrees over the course of the month, exceeding 85 degrees or dropping below 59 degrees only [...]

My Heating & Cooling System Smells

What’s that smell? You already know there may be an unpleasant odor when you turn on your heater or air conditioner after a long break. But what about other smells that may emanate from your vents? Smoke An unexpected smell of smoke usually is a sign of trouble, probably in the mechanical or electrical area. [...]

Air Conditioner Ratings

AC Ratings from Energy Star If you’re in the market for a new air conditioning site, you may want to visit energystar.gov, a U.S. government agency that rates products for energy efficiency and other characteristics. The list covers a wide variety of manufacturers and systems. To find out how a heating and cooling product earns [...]

Heating & Cooling Duct Leaks

Dealing with Leaky Ducts near Birmingham, AL Leaky ducts in your heating and cooling system will cost you money. Significant money. “Leaky ducts and poorly sealed connections can waste 20 percent or more of the air that you pay to heat and cool,” says the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Star program. So it’s important [...]

No Worry Spring HVAC Tune Up

Get Your Air Conditioner Ready For The Warmer Weather Coming Soon In Birmingham, AL North Alabama’s unusually mild winter has been a blessing for heaters and heating bills, but warmer weather and air conditioning season will soon be here. Now is an excellent time to call us for a maintenance check and tune-up of your [...]

Heating & Cooling Technology Upgrades

Smile For High Tech Heating and Air System Solutions near Birmingham, AL Technology is constantly upgrading the ability of equipment to provide the best heating and air conditioning. The newest equipment not only increases efficiency, but it also adds new features that monitor the system’s operation. One example is the 2017 version of the York [...]

Heating & Cooling Smart Technology For A New Home

If You’re Moving… Here’s a helpful anecdote for folks moving to or from homes equipped with smart technology to operate air conditioning, heating and other systems: A home buyer was worried about the furnace in her new house. Every time she set the thermostat to 70º, it reset itself to 80º, according to USA Today. “Some [...]

By |February 28th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

HVAC Variable Speed Options

Are more speeds better? More and more homeowners are buying variable-speed options for their heating and air-conditioning units. Variable speeds give more control to the homeowner, allowing him or her to easily adjust the temperature to the need. As with everything, there are trade-offs. Variable speed equipment costs more than the traditional one-stage and two-stage systems. [...]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

HVAC Decisions for Your Home & Business

Home Service Heating and Cooling Decisions For Your Home or Business How many times in your life have you suddenly had something mechanical breakdown? Did you wonder exactly who you were going to call to get it repaired? Did you go to the search engines, talk with family, consult with friends, or call the guy [...]

By |February 17th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Do It Yourself HVAC Repair

Don’t Always Do It Yourself Homeowners can use common sense and basic knowledge to fix small problems with their heating, ventilation and air conditioning, but they’re wise to leave the big challenges to professionals. That’s because pros know the ins and outs of complicated systems that will baffle a well intentioned but over-eager amateur. At [...]

Why Nest Is Best

Why Nest Is Best You don’t have to take our word for it when we say Nest is the best adjustable thermostat for your home. The geeks at thewirecutter.com, an independent testing site, say it for us: “We spent more than a month trying five popular smart thermostats—testing the hardware, their accompanying mobile apps, [...]

Benefits of UV Light

Why Would I Need An Ultraviolet Light In My HVAC System?  Mold Development Mold likes an environment that is dark and damp and the inside of an HVAC system is dark and damp. Molds are micro-organisms that decompose dead, organic material that has made its way to the ducts or other landing sites within [...]

By |February 7th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Avoid Home Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Smart Ways To Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning  Some sensible precautions can protect you and your family from carbon monoxide poisoning. Because the gas is colorless and odorless, it can be hard to detect. And its symptoms often are similar to some symptoms for flu – headache, dizziness, fatigue and nausea. But it can be deadly. That’s [...]

By |February 3rd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Should I Buy Used AC Equipment?

Making a Deal Everybody loves a deal. In this fast paced, capitalistic economy we are happy when we can get a lower cost or somehow feel like we got the better advantage in a situation. It's normal. We buy low and sell high. And , when we can spend less money to get a better [...]

Is SEER More Important than Home Efficiency?

SEER The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a determiner of efficiency arrived at by the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute. It is a mathematical metric used to measure how much cooling a system puts out for each unit of energy it consumes. Precisely, the metric is the ratio of cooling in British [...]

By |January 20th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Variable Refrigerant Flow AC Systems

The Pros and Cons  Variable Refrigerant Flow-Pros In 1982, Daikin Industries, Ltd. Of Osaka, Japan invented variable refrigerant flow(VRF) systems and was the first air conditioning company to venture into the split system air conditioning market. It also developed R-410A refrigerant with the Carrier Corporation. A VRF system is an HVAC technology which can change [...]

Two Stage Compressors

Are They Worth the Extra Expense?  Air Conditioning Air conditioners cool a room, a whole house or a complete business. The AC uses chemicals that easily convert from a gas to a liquid and back again. This chemical is used to transfer heat from the air inside the home to the outside environment. An air [...]

By |January 11th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

North Alabama Cold Weather

Lots of cold weather yet to come to North Alabama. Maybe your heating system is cranky and you’re hoping that it makes it through winter. Remember that winter in North Alabama isn’t just the month of January with its average dozen or so freezing nights. On average, we will have about 16 more freezing nights before [...]

The Benefits of Variable Speed HVAC Fans

3 Votes for Variable Speed Blowers  For comfort and efficiency, consider variable speed blowers on indoor heating and air conditioning units. The Top 3 Reasons for Variable Speed Blowers are:  They improve dehumidification, often desired in Alabama’s long, hot summers. Variable speed blowers let the indoor coil get cooler quicker, which enhances dehumidification. They [...]

How to find compressor problems

Some of the most puzzling problems are centered in the compressor, the hub of the cooling function in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Here’s a great checklist of problems and potential sources of the trouble. It was put together for a catalog from ARRCO, a Cookeville, Tn. company that is in the business [...]

Nest Thermostat Will Save You Money

Nest Thermostat offers high-tech tools and great looks – and it will save you money Available Now at Freedom Heating and Cooling  The third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat is slimmer and sleeker and designed to look good in any home. But do you know what’s even better? It saves energy and it simplifies your life. And it’s now [...]

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

The New Year gives us an opportunity to start over, make things right and get off our couches and make something happen in our lives. The beginning of the new year is the time to start thinking about what you want to accomplish and taking care of your home can save your $100's throughout the [...]

By |December 29th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Duct Sealing

Why Should I Have Duct Mastic Applied to My AC System? Enclosed System HVAC systems are forced air processes that use ducts to distribute conditioned air throughout the dwelling. Air pressure and the degree to which this air is forced through the duct-work must remain as constant as possible to provide adequate air flow [...]

Furnace Trouble Signs

Furnace Signs You Won’t Like  If you have to keep turning your thermostat higher and higher to keep the temperature comfortable, you could be in for bad news. A dying furnace has to work harder to maintain heat. The constant turning up of the dial may mean the furnace’s days are numbered. That’s especially true if your [...]

AC Safety Disconnect

Why Should My AC Have a Safety Disconnect?  National Standards The first point to understand about any industry in America, and specifically the High Velocity Air Conditioning and Heating industry is there are departments and selected groups that set the standards for installation, sales, and maintenance. Each area of concern is addressed by these [...]

Taking The Extra Step

Extra Steps Pay Results If possible, take an extra step when buying or repairing a heating or air conditioning system. We can assess your home for related problems that can be fixed, thus upgrading the comfort of your home. We can test your home to see if it has leakage problems or filtration in the attic, basement and ductwork. We [...]

Keeping Your Air Filters Clean

The Importance of Keeping Your Filters Clean Go poke around inside your furnace and you’ll likely find a folded sheet (like an accordion) or a fibrous mesh. That’s the filter and it’s typically located just before the cooling coil and heat exchanger. It could also be very dirty. Why does your air system need [...]

Home Winter Maintenance

Prepare Your Home for Winter in 12 Steps As the days shorten and temperatures drop steadily, you need to make sure you’re ready for the winter season in the Birmingham, AL area. Here’s a checklist of items to take care of before the temperature plummets: Check your heating system. Have a professional inspect your [...]

Is Your Furnace Working Too Hard

Your Furnace is Working Too Hard Commercial and industrial businesses have preventative maintenance systems to maximize their equipment lifespan. There’s no reason your home should be any different. Scheduling preventative maintenance to help prevent a breakdown or something worse (like leaking carbon monoxide) with these tips: Change Filters This is the easiest and most basic [...]

Signs of an Aging Furnace

Your Furnace is Haunted! It’s the coldest night of the winter. You’re cozy in your warm living room watching your favorite TV show. Slowly you and your family begin to notice the temperature dropping as your heater kicks the bucket. You shake your fist and tell your significant other to get it fixed. Knowing the signs and [...]

Why Did My Coil Freeze Up?

Heating and Cooling Process An understanding of how heat is transferred and some of the principles of thermodynamics are necessary in order to understand why a HVAC system coil freezes. Further, it must be understood how heat is transferred from the outdoors, into your home, and then into your body. The process of keeping [...]

By |December 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Repair or Replace?

Is is Best to Repair or Replace Your Heating or Cooling System?  Boilers and furnaces are like cars: at some point you have to ask yourself if it’ll go another 10,000 miles or if you should park it for good. Here are some important considerations when making this decision: Safety First Most people don’t [...]

HVAC Systems Energy Star

Where’s the Star? Many smart consumers look for the Energy Star when they shop for new heating and cooling systems for their homes. That’s because the Energy Star indicates energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort. The system is operated through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. See [...]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

HVAC System Coil Light

What Is A Coil Light?  The Source of the Problem HVAC systems move air that travels distances through the home and carries moisture to those areas also. The air conditioner coil has cold gas pumped through it. This copper tubing has aluminum fins attached to it. The cold gas travels through the copper coil [...]

By |November 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Smart Thermostats Simply Save Money

Keep those new thermostats simple. That’s the message that manufacturers are receiving from customers who want smart thermostats that efficiently control home temperatures but don’t require a master’s degree in engineering. The earliest smart thermostats came with so many bells and whistles that homeowners were overwhelmed by the choices and requirements. As a result, they [...]

Electric space heaters not so hot

You have to weigh some pros and cons when you consider buying a portable (plug-in) electric heater. The portable electric heater is a good solution for warming a garage or a single room. But it’s not a long-term solution for heating an entire house. Although electric heaters are inexpensive to buy, you may see your [...]

The Zika Virus, Air Filtration & The Benefits of REME HALO Technology

The Zika virus is a flavivirus borne by mosquitoes that was discovered in Uganda in 1947. It was found in monkeys while the researchers were attempting to trace the growth of yellow fever. It was later found in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. The virus has been reported in [...]

REME HALO Air Purification System

REME HALO Review History Any REME HALO review has to begin with the advent of terrorism in America. Probably not the most pleasant subject, but this cultural phenomenon and reality of our country is uniquely attached to the creation and development of the REME Halo air purification system. The essential reason for the creation of [...]

Worried about your heater this winter?

Do you wonder if your current heating system will make it through another winter? Here’s some chilly news from firsthandweather.com: Temperaturesare expected to be below average for our area in January and February. Another factor to consider: Many manufacturers raise their prices around the first of the year. At Freedom, our staff will give you [...]

What To Expect From a A/C Warranty

What to expect from a warranty HVAC technician using a meter to check heat pump amperage If you buy a heating, ventilation or air conditioning system, be sure to fill out the warranty information and promptly send it to the manufacturer to document your purchase. This will help if you need a repair. [...]

By |November 4th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment

Winter Fire Safety Tips

9 Fire Safety Tips for Cold Weather Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported in December, January, and February. The National Fire Protection Agency recommends these simple steps to prevent heating-related fires: Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from [...]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

The best home heater is …

Going to depend on several factors. But don’t worry. At Freedom Heating and Cooling, our team has 200 years of experience, so we can give you all the information you need to decide on what heating and cooling systems are best for you. Your next heating system should be based on several factors: Your preferences [...]

Your Carbon Footprint Start With Your HVAC System

Want to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Start with Your HVAC System In recent years, the scientific community has come to a consensus that global warming is real and, if left unchecked, could have devastating consequences for the planet, such as rising sea levels, extreme weather patterns, severe crop failures and livestock shortages, reports Live Science. [...]

By |October 24th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

9 Fire Safety Tips for Cold Weather

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported in December, January, and February. The National Fire Protection Agency recommends these simple steps to prevent heating-related fires: Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood [...]

608 Refrigerant Management Requirements

NEWS ALERT: EPA’s Updated Section 608 Refrigerant Management Requirements ***N E W S     A L E R T***  The EPA’s Updated Section 608 Refrigerant Management Requirements: What Supermarkets and Property and Facility Managers Need to Know  What are the Section 608 regulations? Section 608 of the Clean Air Act prohibits the knowing release of [...]

Avoid these 3 heating mistakes

Thermostat Many people like to lower the heat at night while they sleep, but turning down the thermostat too far can be counterproductive. That’s because the heating system will have to work harder in the morning to warm the house. Space heater Don’t expect to save money or energy with a space heater unless [...]

Protect Your Home With This One Trick

If you own a home with an attic, temperatures can get as high as 150°F in the summer in your attic. That intense heat leaks into the home below and raises your cost to keep your home cooled efficiently. While your air conditioning thermostat may be set in the 70s for your comfort down [...]

The Importance of Keeping Your Filters Clean

Fall maintenance on your HVAC is like making sure your lawn is ready for the winter. You have to make sure it’s ready for the changes. Go poke around inside your furnace and you’ll likely find a folded sheet or a fibrous mesh. That’s the filter and it’s typically located just before the cooling coil [...]

Annual Maintenance Is Far from Simple

Fall is here and that means our technicians are starting to get busy doing routine maintenance to prepare furnaces and heat pumps for their transition to winter operation. Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold – Get a Heating Tune-Up and Safety Inspection now. Sometimes home owners look over their shoulders and think, “Hey, that’s [...]

By |September 1st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Freedom Fall Cleaning

Not too early to check your heating system In our part of Alabama, the arrival of football season is a good reminder to ensure your heater is running at peak efficiency and won’t encounter costly problems that can be avoided. You can have both your heating and air conditioning systems checked at the same [...]

7 steps to saving money

A homeowner can cut heating and cooling costs by taking some simple steps: Install weather stripping on windows, exterior doors and doors that lead to the garage and attic. The weather stripping will keep in the air you want and keep out the air you don’t want. Install plastic window covers to help prevent [...]

Beware of drain pains

Next time you’re outside, check the drain line to your air conditioning system. If clear water is trickling out or flowing, you’re OK. However, you need to take action if the water is discolored or if debris has accumulated, causing contaminant-filled water to back up inside your unit and overflow the drip pan. These conditions [...]

By |August 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Building a new home?

We can help. You definitely want to have an experienced HVAC contractor on your team when you decide what kind of system to install in your new house. We can answer your questions about size, insulation, ductwork and other issues that will make or break your comfort level. First, we can help you assess [...]

4 Energy Saving Tips That Will Put Money Back In Your Pocket

Tired of seeing a sharp increase in your energy bill? According to a study by The Demand Institute, American household spending on electricity has grown an average of 56% since 2000. According to the same report: 71% of American homeowners say a home’s energy efficiency is important. 67% of the study has taken some measure [...]

“The Other Guy Said He Could Do It Cheaper!”

Sometimes we hear “the other guy said he could do it cheaper.” We don’t hear that often, but it’s frustrating on the rare occasions when we do. Here is what’s unfair about those comparisons: First, how can someone who wasn’t there to solve the problem determine how much it should have cost [...]

By |July 26th, 2016|AC Repair, Blog, Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions, Repair Costs|Comments Off on “The Other Guy Said He Could Do It Cheaper!”

Ductless Technology Can Add Comfort

The ductless market continues to grow, offering new opportunities to homeowners who are building a new house or remodeling. Ductless technology works not just in single rooms and historic buildings but also in modern structures. It appeals to “early adopters,” folks who eager to try new and better techniques for ductless because [...]

By |July 25th, 2016|Blog, Comfort|Comments Off on Ductless Technology Can Add Comfort

US agency: China doesn’t play fair

A major federal agency has found that the People’s Republic of China has been “dumping” imports of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blends and components on the United States. “Dumping” occurs when a foreign company sells a product in the United States at less than its fair value, thus hurting American businesses. The antidumping duty law provides U.S. [...]

Homes Are Getting Smarter

The number of smart homes in North America and Europe reached 17.9 million in 2015, according to a new research report from Berg Insight. North America is the world’s most advanced smart home market, with an installed base of 12.7 million smart homes at the end of 2015. That’s a 56 percent jump in one [...]

By |July 20th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Homes Are Getting Smarter

High-end systems offer new benefits

When it comes to air-conditioners, manufacturers are adding new features that increase performance and comfort. The question, of course, is whether the price tag fits your budget. Here are snapshots of some of the new product offerings, thanks to Joanne Turpin, a contributing editor at www.achrnews.com. American Standard American Standard AccuComfort Platinum [...]

By |July 11th, 2016|Blog, Comfort, Heating and Air, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on High-end systems offer new benefits

AC numbers to remember

Plus savings tips 78 Degrees, that is. This is the temperature recommended by utility companies for energy conservation in the summer. Setting it at 78 or higher works for some people, but many prefer to dial down the thermostat. Just remember: 10 percent That’s the amount of added energy needed for an every degree below [...]

Control that thermostat

Modern thermostats can make your life easier and more energy-efficient. A programmable thermostat lets you set the temperature to rise and fall, depending on the time of day and when you want your home to be warmer or cooler. But shop around and think about what’s best for your situation. Programmable thermostats come with a [...]

Easy Steps to Automate Your Home

The phrase “smart home” has crept into our lingo to describe automatic electronic features that save money and add convenience to homeowners. To many people a smart home is something available only to the tech savvy or economic elite but that is not so. Home automation technology is affordable to most homeowners, especially if [...]

My technician, Ken, always does an outstanding job…

My technician, Ken, always does an outstanding job, he's thorough, very clean and always takes the time to explain everything to me, in addition to answering any questions that I have. This is the second time he's been out to my house, I wish all A/C companies had techs like Ken. I'm going to be [...]

Five easy pieces of AC advice

1. Clean or replace air filter regularly Dust, dirt and allergen particles will clog the filter and reduce the airflow, which makes your system work harder than necessary. It also adds dirt to the air that is flowing through the system. 2. Check wiring and components First, however, turn off the power to the unit. [...]

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