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28 09, 2016

Avoid these 3 heating mistakes

By |September 28th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Comfort, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

28 09, 2016

Protect Your Home With This One Trick

By |September 28th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Comfort, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

16 08, 2016

Freedom Fall Cleaning

By |August 16th, 2016|Blog, Comfort, heat, Heating, heating and air, heating safety, heating system, heating systems|0 Comments

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 [...]

3 08, 2016

Building a new home?

By |August 3rd, 2016|AC Repair, Blog, Comfort, General HVAC Maintenance, Heating, heating and air, Save Money|0 Comments

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 [...]

27 07, 2016

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

By |July 27th, 2016|AC Repair, Blog, Comfort, heat, Heating, heating and air, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

26 07, 2016

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

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!”

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 [...]

25 07, 2016

Ductless Technology Can Add Comfort

By |July 25th, 2016|Blog, Comfort|Comments Off on 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 [...]

11 07, 2016

High-end systems offer new benefits

By |July 11th, 2016|Blog, Comfort, heating and air, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on 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 [...]

5 07, 2016

AC numbers to remember

By |July 5th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Comfort, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

30 06, 2016

Control that thermostat

By |June 30th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Comfort|0 Comments

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 [...]

27 06, 2016

Easy Steps to Automate Your Home

By |June 27th, 2016|Blog, Comfort|0 Comments

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 [...]

14 06, 2016

Be a Ceiling Fan-atic

By |June 14th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Comfort, FAQ's, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

24 12, 2015

5 heating problems to avoid this winter

By |December 24th, 2015|Comfort, General HVAC Maintenance, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on 5 heating problems to avoid this winter

          Get a furnace tune-up and relax   Many problems with heating can be traced back to five areas, according to serviceexperts.com: 1) The thermostat breaks, which causes a loss of heat or other unpleasantness. Fan motor, belts or bearings malfunction, causing too much or too little heat. Dirty or clogged filters lead to airflow [...]

14 12, 2015

5 smart, simple steps to improve in-door air

By |December 14th, 2015|Allergy Solutions, Comfort|Comments Off on 5 smart, simple steps to improve in-door air

You can take five simple steps to improve the quality of air inside your home and help your heating and cooling system perform better.   Since most of us spend most of our time indoors, it’s critical to cut air pollutants than can irritate eyes and cause headaches and worse.   Greenbuildermedia.com has these five [...]

1 11, 2015

Look for lower heating bills this winter

By |November 1st, 2015|Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Look for lower heating bills this winter

If forecast is correct Look for lower heating bills this winter   Warmer weather this winter could mean lower heating bills.   Heating bills for homes using electricity should drop about 3 percent and natural gas about 10 percent, the U.S. Energy Department said.   Its prediction is based on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric [...]

31 10, 2015

Carbon Monoxide is a Colorless, Odorless Goblin

By |October 31st, 2015|Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Carbon Monoxide is a Colorless, Odorless Goblin

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning can cause flu-like symptoms, confusion, brain damage and even death.  All gas appliances produce carbon monoxide, like stoves, water heaters and furnaces.  Dirty, inefficiently burning appliances can produce an excess of carbon monoxide that can leak into your home. Help keep your home safe by installing a carbon monoxide detector on every [...]

20 10, 2015

7 Reasons to Schedule a Heating Season Tune-up

By |October 20th, 2015|Comfort, Save Money|Comments Off on 7 Reasons to Schedule a Heating Season Tune-up

1. Join the crowd. A survey by Honeywell, Inc. found that about 55% of American homeowners have their heating and cooling equipment professionally serviced at least once a year. They know that an annual “clean & check” tune-up is one of the best home maintenance investments you can make. 2. You save money. Studies [...]

20 10, 2015

Tips to make your winter warmer

By |October 20th, 2015|Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Tips to make your winter warmer

  Fall is still far off, but now is a good time to prepare your furnace for the inevitable cold weather ahead.   One tip: Test your furnace on a cool day way well before winter sets in. This way, you can determine if your furnace is working. If it’s not, you have plenty [...]

23 09, 2015

Amana’s ASXC lifetime warranty gives peace of mind

By |September 23rd, 2015|Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions, Repair Costs|Comments Off on Amana’s ASXC lifetime warranty gives peace of mind

With Amana’s ASXC18, you can rest easy because the compressor comes with a lifetime warranty. The compressor is a unit’s most expensive part, so you want to be sure you can count on it. “The lifetime warranty protects you longer than many other air conditioners' warranties,” says TopTenReviews.com. The service says some other units [...]

9 01, 2015

The Solution to a Comfortable Home this Season?

By |January 9th, 2015|Allergy Solutions, Comfort|Comments Off on The Solution to a Comfortable Home this Season?

A Whole-Home Humidifier System! Don’t let the air inside your house get too dry! Skin irritation, difficulty breathing, and static electricity are common problems. If your home is too dry, a humidifier may be the answer. Clues like awakening with a sore throat, dryness in your nose, or even a nosebleed can be signs of [...]

3 11, 2014

Common Types of Heating Systems Used in Alabama

By |November 3rd, 2014|Comfort, heat, heating system, heating systems, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Common Types of Heating Systems Used in Alabama

Common Types of Heating Systems Used in Alabama There are many different types of heating systems used throughout Alabama. Forced Air System:  One of the most common types of home heating solution is the forced air system. This is a system where an energy source heats a furnace, and air is passed through that furnace [...]

6 10, 2014

Homes Are Getting Smarter and Smarter

By |October 6th, 2014|Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Homes Are Getting Smarter and Smarter

Homes Are Getting Smarter and Smarter So-called “smart homes” are already with us. You can get your home set up so that lights automatically flicker on and off as people enter and leave rooms. Programmable thermostats can raise and lower the temperature at preset times; a security system can alert fire and police departments of [...]

27 11, 2013

Air Conditioner vs Heat Pump

By |November 27th, 2013|Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Air Conditioner vs Heat Pump

  There is often times that a furnace and air conditioner could be replaced with a heat pump. Would you want to?  What are the advantages of a heat pump over a furnace and air conditioner?  Let's examine the pros and cons of each. Furnace and Air Conditioner Pros Heat comes from natural gas, the good [...]

27 11, 2013

Spray Foam Insulated Attics

By |November 27th, 2013|Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Spray Foam Insulated Attics

  I recently read an article by Allison Bailes, III, PhD about the HVAC pitfalls of spray foam insulated attics. It was a very good article and I wanted to share this with you. Spray foam insulation can be a good option for homeowners to use in attics to help with a home’s air tightness. [...]

26 11, 2013

Single Stage vs Two Stage Compressors

By |November 26th, 2013|AC Repair, Ask the Expert, Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions, Repair Costs, Save Money|Comments Off on Single Stage vs Two Stage Compressors

The compressor is the heart of an air conditioning system. It pressurizes and moves the refrigerant back and forth from the condenser to the evaporator. It is probably the single most important and expensive item in your ac system.  This single item can make the most impact on the operation of your home comfort system.  Make sure to make the [...]

18 11, 2013

How a Variable Speed Fan is Making the World a Better Place

By |November 18th, 2013|Allergy Solutions, Ask the Expert, Comfort, Heating, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on How a Variable Speed Fan is Making the World a Better Place

A variable speed fan motor was originally, and still is, designed to eliminate the discomforts caused by ridiculous on/off part-time heating and air conditioning.  We use it for the comfort it provides.  The fact that it saves energy is a welcome bonus. I don't make big fuel savings claims for several reasons. Lets say you [...]

17 11, 2013

You’ll Feel Better With A Furnace Humidifier

By |November 17th, 2013|Allergy Solutions, Comfort|Comments Off on You’ll Feel Better With A Furnace Humidifier

You'll Feel Better With A Furnace Humidifier Winter's upon us and you may already be feeling itchy. That comes from dry skin thanks to low humidity in your home. You or other family members may also be suffering from dry eyes, sore throats and sinus pain for the same reason. People with asthma or allergies [...]

15 11, 2013

Why Heat Load Calculations Will Make You Question Everything You Have Heard From Your HVAC Guy?

By |November 15th, 2013|AC Repair, Comfort, FAQ's|Comments Off on Why Heat Load Calculations Will Make You Question Everything You Have Heard From Your HVAC Guy?

You may be asking "What is a Heat Load Calculation?"  A heat load calculation , also called the manual j calculation, is the starting point for providing the proper size unit for a house.  The calculation and factors are different for the different areas of the country. A home in Birmingham Alabama will need more AC [...]

5 11, 2013

The Misconception About Getting “3 Bids” in the HVAC industry!

By |November 5th, 2013|AC Repair, Comfort, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on The Misconception About Getting “3 Bids” in the HVAC industry!

Old wise tale or old wives' tale (from www.yahoo.com .... something that a lot of people once believed but has since been exposed as a myth.) says to "get three bids" before you buy anything!  In these busy times, people can't spend the time they used to waiting on a HVAC contractor to fit them in, or [...]

5 11, 2013

I Have Elderly Parents Who Have A Difficult to Operate Thermostat, Can You Recommend An Easy to Use Solution?

By |November 5th, 2013|Ask the Expert, Comfort, FAQ's|Comments Off on I Have Elderly Parents Who Have A Difficult to Operate Thermostat, Can You Recommend An Easy to Use Solution?

Their are a large number of people who have a difficult to operate thermostat. We always recommend either the Nest Thermostat or the Emerson Blue Easy Reader Thermostat.  Our clients who have these thermostats have been pleased with them. We have spoke of the Nest in other posts, Click here to read about Nest. There are many [...]

3 11, 2013

Do You Change the Filter with HVAC Tune Up?

By |November 3rd, 2013|Comfort, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on Do You Change the Filter with HVAC Tune Up?

Freedom Heating and Cooling does change the filter with HVAC tune up service.  However, we do not provide them.  Due to the increasing amount of  indoor air pollution we have upgraded our brand of filters to suit the environment inside your home.  Aprilaire and Practical Pleat filters are more efficient than the filters found in the hardware [...]

3 11, 2013

Space Heaters, Don’t Trade Safety and Comfort for Thrift.

By |November 3rd, 2013|Ask the Expert, Comfort, Heating, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Space Heaters, Don’t Trade Safety and Comfort for Thrift.

Space heaters are seen in many, many homes. They give consumers the start of comfort but at low price, or is it?  Space heaters can be electric or gas fired to produce heat. Electric heater are the most common. Let's examine the issues with space heaters. Cost: Electric Space Heaters use very high electric current to heat [...]

31 10, 2013

Cheap and Easy Suggestions to Reduce Heating Costs

By |October 31st, 2013|Comfort, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Cheap and Easy Suggestions to Reduce Heating Costs

I just read an article from CNBC entitled "$ave Me: How to save on your heating bills".  It's about heating prices expected this 2013-2014 winter.  It expects heating your home with natural gas to be more expensive than last year and electric heat costs are rising too.  It offers some cheap and easy suggestions to reduce heating [...]

28 10, 2013

Do You Provide Weekend HVAC Tune Ups?

By |October 28th, 2013|AC Repair, Comfort, General HVAC Maintenance, Heating, Save Money|Comments Off on Do You Provide Weekend HVAC Tune Ups?

 Yes!  Our weekend staff is one third the size of our normal staff during the week.  We work a 3 week rotation so our staff has 1 weekend on and two weekends off.  The weekend services are designed to be able to respond to emergency calls such as units not working (not heating and not cooling), noise coming from [...]

26 10, 2013

What Does a HVAC Tune Up Consist Of?

By |October 26th, 2013|Comfort, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on What Does a HVAC Tune Up Consist Of?

Unlike most companies, we service both the heat and the AC of your unit during each season. Why? It's the crazy Alabama weather!  It can be cold one morning and the next afternoon hot again.  You never know when you will need the heat or AC. Our comprehensive 34 point inspection incudes: Inspect and clean burners Check carbon [...]

26 10, 2013

Why Should I be a Freedom Comfort Club Member?

By |October 26th, 2013|Comfort, General HVAC Maintenance, Save Money|Comments Off on Why Should I be a Freedom Comfort Club Member?

The Freedom Comfort Club Membership is more inclusive from a Precision tune up. The tune-up consists of a one time schedule appointment, but it does not come with the benefits of a membership. Industry experts recommend that you have your HVAC unit serviced every six months to prevent system break downs at the most inconvenience time of the [...]

26 10, 2013

Will a AC Tune UP Fix my Unit?

By |October 26th, 2013|AC Repair, Comfort, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance, Heating, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Will a AC Tune UP Fix my Unit?

Many new clients call in to ask about our precision AC tune up and preventative maintenance programs.  We often here the question, "If my system is not running, not cooling or not heating, will the tune up get the HVAC system running again?" Usually, NO!  Our precision tune ups are designed for systems that are functioning.  Just think of your [...]

25 10, 2013

Do I Need a New Digital Thermostat?

By |October 25th, 2013|Ask the Expert, Comfort, FAQ's, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Do I Need a New Digital Thermostat?

The truth is NO.  Many systems will run off of an old analog thermostat.  SHOULD you replace your old thermostat with a digital thermostat? YES.  Many features that did not exist 10 - 20 years ago are being built in to new thermostats and are not even mentioned as a feature. 1. Equipment Protection.  Although [...]

23 10, 2013

Ductless AC in Every Home Means Comfort and Savings

By |October 23rd, 2013|Ask the Expert, Comfort, Save Money|Comments Off on Ductless AC in Every Home Means Comfort and Savings

Ductless AC in Every Home Means Comfort and Savings.  Ductless technology is the fastest growing segment in the U.S. HVAC industry. While some home owners might think of ductless systems as primarily single-zone installations, like for a sunroom or addition, ductless systems are increasingly being used as a solution for a variety of multi-zone installations. Ductless [...]

8 08, 2013

Who Has the Power in Sales?

By |August 8th, 2013|AC Repair, Ask the Expert, Comfort|Comments Off on Who Has the Power in Sales?

Who Has the Power in a Sales? Most people dread when faced with the situation that they must replace their AC system.  They start asking for bids, estimates and quotes.  I think the name Upgrade Choice Presentation is what most people really want. Who has the power to make decisions in a sales call? Of [...]

24 07, 2013

Several Insane (but true) Things About Humidity

By |July 24th, 2013|Allergy Solutions, Ask the Expert, Comfort, Save Money|Comments Off on Several Insane (but true) Things About Humidity

Several Insane (but true) Things About Humidity   Several Insane (but true) Things About Humidity Why is Humidity Important to My Comfort? Humidity; the amount of water in the air. OK, I heard that before but why should I care? Comfort is a feeling and not a number on your thermostat. Comfort is [...]

21 07, 2013

The Problem with Leaky Ducts

By |July 21st, 2013|Ask the Expert, Comfort, Save Money|Comments Off on The Problem with Leaky Ducts

The Problem with Leaky Ducts Mid-summer has arrived. That means your air conditioning is getting a vigorous workout, and so is your monthly utility bill. Does it seem like your air conditioner costs more to run than it should? Do you ever wonder why some rooms are very hard to cool? Or, why does your [...]

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