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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 In October 2014, the EPA announced its final phasedown schedule regarding the production and importation of HCFC-22. The order called for an immediate drop. 51 million pounds allowed in 2014 22 million pounds in 2015 18 million pounds in 2016 13 million [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

The Benefits of Scheduling a Spring A/C Tune-Up

Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal. Winter weather takes its toll on your home HVAC equipment. Your heating system is coming off a vigorous workout, while your air conditioning needs a tune-up to start working during the first heat wave! It makes sense to schedule a springtime checkup before your A/C has to [...]

Looking for the latest in air-cooling equipment?

New Season, New AC equipment All sorts of selections   Achrnews.com has assembled a rundown on the newest products available now. It also created a product grid that gives plenty of technical details. Click here to view and download the product grid, which includes technical facts, such as unit tonnage, refrigerant type, efficiency rating, and [...]

Do leak-stop agents work?

Pros and cons Leaks aren’t as common as they once were, but professionals still debate the value of using leak-stop agents in refrigeration and air conditioning systems. “Some contractors have used them successfully for years and consider them practical and cost-effective ways to seal small, hard-to-find leaks in systems. Other contractors feel strongly that only [...]

Bad Compressor: Replace or Repair?

Compressors for air-conditioning units are a little like modern television sets. Sometimes it makes more sense to replace the whole unit rather than repair the broken part. At Freedom Heating and Cooling, we always give customers a rundown of the pros and cons on the question of replace/repair. Either way, your decision won’t be as [...]

Be a Ceiling Fan-atic

Don’t make your air-conditioner do all the work cooling your house this summer. Ceiling fans do a great job of moving cool air and giving you more benefit for your AC dollar. However, be sure to first remove any dust that may have accumulated on the blades over the winter. Dust is doubly bad because [...]

June 2016 Forecast

Getting warm? April showers bring May flowers, but June brings heat – lots of it. Here’s a look at what happens in the Birmingham area in a typical June, thanks to this report from weatherspark.com. Daily highs will increase from 84°F to 89°F over the course of the month, exceeding 95°F or dropping below 77°F [...]

Modern ductwork, insulation improve energy efficiency

Innovation and stronger government regulation are resulting in more energy efficiency for heating, ventilation and air conditioning in both new and remodeled homes. The changes mean stronger insulation, better ductwork, smoother air distribution and better tools. “Tighter building codes and the desire to become more energy efficient is driving innovation in the HVAC ductwork and [...]

How AC Works

Most homeowners just want the air conditioner to work and they don’t want to be bothered with the details. But if you’ve ever wondered how air conditioning works, diynetwork.com has a very clear explanation and a graphic to illustrate the basics: The electric air-conditioner (or cooling cycle of the heat pump) does the cooling, thanks [...]

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3 things we want in our HVAC system

Reliability. Energy efficiency. Comfort. Those are the top three things people want when they buy air conditioning and heating systems, according to a comprehensive survey of 1,500 U.S. homeowners. The survey was conducted for Emerson Climate Technologies Inc. and the results were reported by achrnews.com. Reliability is Job 1 When it comes to the [...]

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Spring weather forecast

What’s ahead for your heating and air conditioning this spring? Look for relatively cool weather before May brings warmer than average temperatures to much of the Southeast. That’s the March-May 2016 temperature outlook released by The Weather Company's Professional Division. “However, it should be noted that spring is usually marked by large changes in temperature [...]

Don’t ignore these HVAC problems

The compressor, which pressurizes the refrigerant in your system, operates under high pressure. It won’t work well if there is a problem with the compressor motor, run and start capacitors or refrigerant level. Rather than keeping it operating in a weakened state, call a trained technician because the compressor is complicated. A quick repair now [...]

Home energy: Size matters

U.S. homes are more energy efficient than they were 40 years ago, but they’ve also much larger. The result: The size of new homes offsets nearly all the efficiency gains of the past four decades. Technology and other advances enable us to use much less energy per square foot, but we build much bigger [...]

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Tax credits for new AC

Program to expire this year You can receive tax credits this year if you install new windows, insulation and air conditioning and heating equipment. The credits are worth between $50 and $500 and apply only to high-efficiency residential heating and cooling products. The categories and credits are part of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance [...]

Beware of propane-based refrigerant

Alternative 22a not approved Don’t be fooled if someone tries to sell you 22a as an alternative to HCFC-22 (R-22) for recharging your home air-conditioning system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that using a propane-based refrigerant in an air conditioner that is not designed to use propane or flammable refrigerants poses a threat [...]

Improve your home’s market value

Being smart about energy usage doesn’t just make your life simpler and more pleasant. It also boosts your home’s resale value if you decide to move. That’s the word from Consumer Reports, which includes several energy tips in its March issue: Buyers want energy efficiency     “Indeed, ‘energy efficient’ was second only to [...]

New minisplits offer nice benefits

Panasonic’s new EXTERIOS XE Series has models ranging from 9,000 Btu to 15,000 Btu, all offering many years of energy efficient indoor climate control. The built-in and improved ECONAVI not only detects room occupancy and motion but also incorporates an area search function to direct airflow where it is required for optimum comfort. This [...]

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Spring now for AC maintenance

The arrival of spring means you will be using your air conditioning system more often, and you want to make sure it’s ready for the muggy Alabama summer heat. Better to fix a small problem now than encounter a big problem in the midst of the July 4 holiday. As energystar.gov reminds us, it’s [...]

Pros and cons of AC warranties

Manufacturer warranties. Good or bad? Every contractor has an opinion, so be sure to talk with us about the pros and cons of warranties whenever you make major changes to your heating and cooling systems. Advantage: Long-term coverage brings peace of mind. Disadvantage: The details regarding registration and maintenance are too confusing to understand. Warranties [...]

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Garage great. Fumes not

Shed? Ventilation system? Both?   A garage attached to your home makes life more convenient, but it also can hurt the quality of your indoor air. Think about the fumes from the car, the lawnmower, the water heater and other items in your garage – Fertilizer? Pesticide? Items you don’t want to breathe. Yet [...]

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Tips for buying a generator

  There’s nothing like a winter storm or a summer hurricane to make you wish for a backup generator to keep your home comfortable and your family happy. But what’s the best system for you? FamilyHandyman.com offers an in-depth look at portable and standby generators – prices, advantages, potential problem areas and solutions. You [...]

By |April 25th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Tips for buying a generator

New way to seal leaks in ducts

  Pesky, expensive duct leaks now are much easier to find and seal, thanks to technology and smart science. Aeroseal, a computerized duct-sealing system, seals air ducts and ventilation shafts from the inside. This unique inside-out approach makes it possible to quickly and easily seal the entire duct system — even sections that are [...]

By |April 18th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on New way to seal leaks in ducts

Why customers like us

Customers like us because we’re prompt, fair, knowledgeable and informed, but not pushy or aggressive. And customers like our prices. But don’t take our word for it. Read what customers have to say about our work: We’re on time. “My daughter needed her Heating/AC unit tuned up and the Groupon was a great way [...]

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How’s your IAQ?

  While individuals can do little about outdoor air quality, many can do something about the indoor air quality of their homes and businesses. And IAQ – indoor air quality – is a growing concern for owners of new homes and older homes alike. “Consumers have IAQ problems and are trying to find solutions. [...]

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Fireplaces are Great, But…

Beware of fixed glass panels for gas fireplaces. They can become as hot as 1,328 degrees Fahrenheit and stay very hot for up to an hour after the gas is turned off. This situation causes an estimated 17,000 medical visits per year, with many people suffering third-degree burns. Children are especially vulnerable That’s according to [...]

By |March 28th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Fireplaces are Great, But…

Humidifiers can be handy year-round

  Nothing beats an Alabama day so mild that neither the heat nor the air conditioning is working, giving your electricity bill a respite from the weather. However, those days also may build up the humidity in your home if the air isn’t moving. “Proper humidity levels in a home or office can be [...]

By |March 21st, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Humidifiers can be handy year-round

6 Ways to Judge a Service Business

Like almost anyone, when I buy goods or services I can get annoyed when something goes wrong with a transaction. When it happens, I may even complain. What really gets me to take notice is how the company handles my complaint. No matter how well a company might run its business, mistakes will occur. [...]

By |March 14th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 6 Ways to Judge a Service Business

Do Your Pipes Bang?

Do Your Pipes Bang? One of the strangest and most annoying plumbing problems our technicians get called on to fix is “banging pipes.” You may often hear people joke about poltergeist in the walls! If it’s any consolation, rest assured that banging pipes stem from natural phenomena that keep within the laws of physics. [...]

By |March 7th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Do Your Pipes Bang?

Stay Safe This Winter

The New Year is upon us and I hope with all my heart that everyone reading this has a happy and fruitful year. The New Year arrives in the dead of winter, and cold weather brings with it too many deaths, injuries and property damage. Many home fires and carbon monoxide poisonings stem from [...]

By |February 29th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Stay Safe This Winter

How to help your filter

Air filters can do only so much to control the particles in the air in your home. You can do more. That’s because your activities can stir dust, especially if you have an indoor pet or smoke. “It turns out that most of the dust, of all particle sizes, in the air in our [...]

By |February 22nd, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on How to help your filter

AC Solutions for salt air

If you’re fortunate enough to own a second home on the Gulf Coast, you know that corrosion can be a problem for air-conditioning and heating units. Now Carrier is introducing a new line of 14 SEER air conditioning and heat pump units designed to provide advanced corrosion prevention and protection in coastal climates. “We [...]

By |February 15th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on AC Solutions for salt air

3 ways to get cleaner air indoors

In the winter, you naturally want to keep cold air outside. But many people complain of dry, stuffy and unpleasant conditions. Others worry about their health because many household products and furnishings release impurities that can linger in the air. However, there are three smart steps that you can consider, according to David Kenyon, [...]

By |February 12th, 2016|Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 3 ways to get cleaner air indoors
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