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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What is a Variable Refrigerant System.

I Found this video from Alabama Power and thought I would share. Variable Refrigerant System The latest technology, Variable Capacity Non-ducted Heat Pumps, offer the most economical means of cooling and heating your home.

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When DIY Projects Go Wrong, We’re Here To Help

Many of you are pretty handy with tools and like to save money doing your own repair work around the house. We all like to save money and if you are capable of repairing or installing your own AC devices, go ahead and tackle the job. But be forewarned. Hardly a week goes by when [...]

By |December 16th, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on When DIY Projects Go Wrong, We’re Here To Help

How Often Should Furnace Filters Be Changed

Please don’t hate me for this answer, but the correct one is that annoying catch-all “it depends.”  The rule of thumb is to change them at least once a quarter. In the majority of cases that will be sufficient. But there are exceptions to every rule. First, it’s probably better to change them more frequently [...]

By |December 15th, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on How Often Should Furnace Filters Be Changed

How Does A Furnace Safety Inspection Protect You From CO poisoning?

in Birmingham, Alabama, we use furnaces to warm our homes.  On every safety inspection and furnace tune up, a professional HVAC service tech should inspection the heat transfer chambers for deterioration or holes.  These are caused by the expansion and contractions of the metals due to the warming and cooling of the chambers.   Anytime the [...]

By |December 2nd, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on How Does A Furnace Safety Inspection Protect You From CO poisoning?

Facts About Your Thermostat

Facts About Your Thermostat The first thermostats were human hands and arms. People used them to throw another log on the fire when too cold and fan their faces when too hot. Heating and cooling without wood-burning stoves and fireplaces came little more than a century ago and it took more time for automatic temperature controls [...]

By |October 17th, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on Facts About Your Thermostat

What should I do if my AC unit was under water because of the recent flood in Alabama? (AC flood damage)

(AC Flood Damage Article): What should I do if my AC unit was under water because of the recent flood in Alabama? We have receive many calls due to the large amount of rain with AC flood damage.  Here is a quick list of items to know about your air conditioner or heater. First and foremost, [...]

By |April 7th, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on What should I do if my AC unit was under water because of the recent flood in Alabama? (AC flood damage)

Dust Mites live in ducting and can cause wheezing, coughing, or tightness of the chest.

Dust Mites live in ducting and can cause wheezing, coughing, or tightness of the chest.  Mites are the major source of allergens in house.       Here are a few solutions to consider.   BBJ Fresh Duct Spray Problem: System has odors, getting rid of them has been impossible. Solution: Apply into the return duct [...]

By |January 30th, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on Dust Mites live in ducting and can cause wheezing, coughing, or tightness of the chest.

Do Electric Motors Need Cleaning?

Do Electric Motors Need Cleaning? Dirty AC Blower Wheel and Motor Before An eighth of an inch of dust on an Electric Motors can increase a homeowner’s power bill by as much as 20-25% or to look at it another way your system will operate 20-25% longer to keep you comfortable. Imagine wearing a fur [...]

By |January 21st, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on Do Electric Motors Need Cleaning?

How Much Does a Furnace Cost?

  In Birmingham, Alabama, prices for a residential furnace can range from $1700 to $3500 depending on several factors. The furnace cost will vary with items such as: BTU Output from 40,000 BTUs to 135,000 BTUs (residential) Horizontal, Up Flow or Down Flow configuration Efficiency Venting Blower size and speed Blower motor type Variable speed capability Single [...]

By |December 4th, 2013|FAQ's, Save Money|Comments Off on How Much Does a Furnace Cost?

What’s the Price of a Heating and Cooling System?

  One of the first questions we get is "what's the price of a heating and cooling system?"  This is usually the first concern a home owners have as soon as the need comes to their mind.  The problem with answering this question is the complexity that a complete comfort system can have with all [...]

By |November 27th, 2013|FAQ's, Save Money|Comments Off on What’s the Price of a Heating and Cooling System?

Which is the Best Air Conditioner Brand?

  One of the most common questions asked is: "Which is the best air conditioner brand?" While others have their personal favorites or would simply try to sell the most expensive units, my answer is probably one of the most honest: "depends on what you need it for and who you ask." For every brand [...]

By |November 27th, 2013|FAQ's, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Which is the Best Air Conditioner Brand?

What is the Freedom Comfort Club?

The Freedom Comfort Club (FCC) Membership is different from a tune up.  The tune-up consists of a one time appointment.  It does not come with the amenities of the FCC membership. Manufacturers recommend you have your unit serviced every six months to prevent your system from breaking down at the most inconvenient time.  This is why we offer our services to [...]

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How Much Does an Air Conditioner Cost?

One of the first questions homeowners want to know when they call our company is: How much does an air conditioner cost? Although this is a very difficult question to answer, I will try to do my best here to explain some general pricing guidelines. The purchase of an air conditioner is much like the purchase [...]

By |November 26th, 2013|FAQ's, Save Money|Comments Off on How Much Does an Air Conditioner Cost?

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 [...]

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

You Have an Interesting Phone Number 205-444-4444, How Did You Get It?

We didn't just luck into that number.  We had a plan to make your yellow pages (back when they mattered) obsolete.  Get an easy to remember phone number! My father started this project by looking around how other companies had achieved those name phone numbers.  All the ones we found like 123-cool or 234-heat didn't seem [...]

By |November 5th, 2013|FAQ's, Heating|Comments Off on You Have an Interesting Phone Number 205-444-4444, How Did You Get It?

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 [...]

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

Are You Going to Try to Sell Me Something I Don’t Need?

Is that question running through your mind?  It's because an unethical salesman came to your home and pressured you to buy either steak knives or a vacuum cleaner.  He would not leave until your bought something.  We are not  high pressure salesmen.  We believe that you have control over your home's HVAC system decisions. Our [...]

By |November 4th, 2013|FAQ's, Myths and Misconceptions, AC Repair, Heating, Repair Costs|Comments Off on Are You Going to Try to Sell Me Something I Don’t Need?

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 [...]

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

Why do we charge what we charge?

Our technicians use standard pricing, from a pre-printed price book.  Our technicians do not have the latitude to change the pricing.  You pay the same as your neighbors would pay for the same repair. Our charges are more than some companies in the area, though not as much as others.  I make no apologies.  I [...]

By |November 2nd, 2013|FAQ's, AC Repair|Comments Off on Why do we charge what we charge?

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