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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 [...]

7 06, 2016

June 2016 Forecast

By |June 7th, 2016|Blog, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance, Savings Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

7 06, 2016

Modern ductwork, insulation improve energy efficiency

By |June 7th, 2016|Blog, FAQ's|0 Comments

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 [...]

24 05, 2016

Don’t ignore these HVAC problems

By |May 24th, 2016|Blog, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance|2 Comments

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 [...]

5 01, 2015

What is a Variable Refrigerant System.

By |January 5th, 2015|FAQ's|Comments Off on 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.

16 12, 2014

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

By |December 16th, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on 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 [...]

15 12, 2014

How Often Should Furnace Filters Be Changed

By |December 15th, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on 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 [...]

2 12, 2014

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

By |December 2nd, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on 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 [...]

17 10, 2014

Facts About Your Thermostat

By |October 17th, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on 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 [...]

7 04, 2014

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

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)

(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, [...]

30 01, 2014

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

By |January 30th, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on 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 [...]

21 01, 2014

Do Electric Motors Need Cleaning?

By |January 21st, 2014|FAQ's|Comments Off on 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 [...]

4 12, 2013

How Much Does a Furnace Cost?

By |December 4th, 2013|FAQ's, Save Money|Comments Off on 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 [...]

27 11, 2013

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

By |November 27th, 2013|FAQ's, Save Money|Comments Off on 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 [...]

27 11, 2013

Which is the Best Air Conditioner Brand?

By |November 27th, 2013|FAQ's, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 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 [...]

27 11, 2013

How Can I Know If I Have Mold and Mildew in My Ventilation System?

By |November 27th, 2013|Allergy Solutions, FAQ's|Comments Off on How Can I Know If I Have Mold and Mildew in My Ventilation System?

  How can I know if I have mold and mildew if I can't see it on the HVAC register? Mold and mildew is not easily detected if it is not in a visible area in your home.  One sign of mold and mildew problems in your HVAC ductwork are changes of indoor allergies.  You [...]

27 11, 2013

What is the Freedom Comfort Club?

By |November 27th, 2013|FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance|Comments Off on 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 [...]

26 11, 2013

How Much Does an Air Conditioner Cost?

By |November 26th, 2013|FAQ's, Save Money|Comments Off on 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 [...]

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

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

By |November 5th, 2013|FAQ's, Heating|Comments Off on 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 [...]

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 [...]

4 11, 2013

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

By |November 4th, 2013|AC Repair, FAQ's, Heating, Myths and Misconceptions, Repair Costs|Comments Off on 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 [...]

4 11, 2013

What is Your Diagnostic Service Fee?

By |November 4th, 2013|AC Repair, Ask the Expert, FAQ's, Heating, Save Money|Comments Off on What is Your Diagnostic Service Fee?

We charge a diagnostic service fee for calls that the HVAC system is not operating and needs to determine the issues.  We have a flat fee for this service no matter how long it takes us diagnosis the problem.  45 minutes or 2 days, it's the same price.  Our diagnostic service fee is $39.95 for all [...]

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 [...]

2 11, 2013

Why do we charge what we charge?

By |November 2nd, 2013|AC Repair, FAQ's|Comments Off on 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 [...]

31 10, 2013

How to Prevent Evaporator Coil Leaks?

By |October 31st, 2013|Allergy Solutions, FAQ's, General HVAC Maintenance, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on How to Prevent Evaporator Coil Leaks?

Ninety-five percent (95%) of evaporator coil leaks are preventable. We see about 5% that are legitimate manufacturers defects. The major manufacturers state the failure rate is only 2%-3%.  We believe that the humidity levels in the south cause the difference with longer AC runtimes than in other areas. So, can you really prevent evaporator coil leaks? YES [...]

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

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

Can I Just Replace my Furnace or AC Without Doing Both?

By |October 25th, 2013|Ask the Expert, FAQ's, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Can I Just Replace my Furnace or AC Without Doing Both?

Yes, you can.  Many so called sales people will say you have to replace both at the same time.  That's usually not true.  What is true is there are time you should consider replacing both. 1. Hybrid Heat.  Hybrid heating system is the most efficient way to heat a home.  It uses electricity to heat when [...]

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

5 Ways To Deal With Crawl Space Air

By |October 23rd, 2013|Allergy Solutions, Ask the Expert, FAQ's, Heating, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on 5 Ways To Deal With Crawl Space Air

5 Ways To Deal With Crawl Space Air The air in a crawl space can have a huge impact on a home’s durability and indoor environmental quality. A building science expert, Allison Bailes says that contractors have several options to deal with air in crawl spaces. In this article he details the five options and how [...]

23 10, 2013

Do I Need a Duct Cleaning?

By |October 23rd, 2013|Allergy Solutions, Ask the Expert, FAQ's, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on Do I Need a Duct Cleaning?

Do I Need a Duct Cleaning? Another question heard often is, do I need a duct cleaning?  The answer to that could be different for many people.  There have been studies conducted for and even a few against duct cleaning.  How can this be?  This seems like a pretty easy question yet it has many [...]

22 10, 2013

Will a Nest Thermostat Work with my AC System?

By |October 22nd, 2013|Ask the Expert, FAQ's, Heating, Save Money|Comments Off on Will a Nest Thermostat Work with my AC System?

Will a Nest Thermostat Work with my AC System? We  receive this call several times a week due to we install more Nest Thermostats than any other heating and air conditioning company in Birmingham, Alabama.  The second generation Nest will work on 95% of hvac systems out there.  We find that in our area that [...]

22 10, 2013

Can I Get a Lower Price?

By |October 22nd, 2013|AC Repair, Ask the Expert, FAQ's, Heating, Repair Costs, Save Money|Comments Off on Can I Get a Lower Price?

Can I Get A Lower Price? We get this question occasionally and it is human nature that people want to make sure they are getting the best deal.  Many companies and technicians usually try to avoid any questions about price and money. But here is the reality of price, you can get a lower price [...]

21 10, 2013

What is Your Diagnostic Fee and Will You Waive It If I Do a Repair?

By |October 21st, 2013|AC Repair, FAQ's|Comments Off on What is Your Diagnostic Fee and Will You Waive It If I Do a Repair?

What is Your Diagnostic Fee and Will You Waive It If I Do a Repair? There was a lady who called recently and stated "my heat doesn't work, what will it cost to get it working again?"  The first step in this process is to get a technician to 'diagnose' the problem so many companies call [...]

12 08, 2013

HVAC: What Does it Stand For?

By |August 12th, 2013|FAQ's, Heating|Comments Off on HVAC: What Does it Stand For?

HVAC: What Does it Stand For? HVAC is seen in the air conditioning industry for both residential and commercial contractors.  It stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Heating: This is all forms of heating such as furnaces and heat pumps. Ventilation:  This means more than it seems.  It is the duct work, the filters, the [...]

8 08, 2013

The Insiders Secrets to HVAC Credits and Rebates Available in Birmingham, AL – Tax credits and Rebates Save Upgraders Thousands!

By |August 8th, 2013|FAQ's, Heating, Save Money|Comments Off on The Insiders Secrets to HVAC Credits and Rebates Available in Birmingham, AL – Tax credits and Rebates Save Upgraders Thousands!

As I start this article, I thought about a line from a classic song by Roger Miller, 'King of the Road'. The song mentions that he knows, "Every lock that ain't locked when no ones around." The meaning of that line is he knows where all the freebies and give-aways are. I wanted to take [...]

8 08, 2013

MERV, Not another funny texting word.

By |August 8th, 2013|Allergy Solutions, FAQ's|Comments Off on MERV, Not another funny texting word.

MERV, Not Another Funny Texting Letters MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value.  It is a scale to show the performance of an air filter.  The scale runs from 0 to 21.  Most 'cheap' filters you find in the grocery store are rated approximately 2-3.  'Good' filters that are pleated are about a MERV 7-8. [...]

25 07, 2013

How To Find A GREAT Local HVAC Company?

By |July 25th, 2013|AC Repair, FAQ's|Comments Off on How To Find A GREAT Local HVAC Company?

How To Find A GREAT Local HVAC Company? If you have already tried all the items on the "9 Things to Check Before Calling for Service on Your HVAC System!" then you now need to call a contractor.  How do you find a GREAT Local HVAC Company? google and all the other search engines (Bing, Yahoo) Angies List [...]

22 07, 2013

What is a Ton of Air Conditioning?

By |July 22nd, 2013|FAQ's, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on What is a Ton of Air Conditioning?

What is a Ton of Air Conditioning? "That house needs a ton of air conditioning!" You might hear that sometimes in Birmingham, Alabama, but does it need a 'ton'?  Well it could. The term 'ton of AC' came from the early years when ice houses would literally take a 2000 pound piece of ice and [...]

18 07, 2013

An Expert Interview About SEER

By |July 18th, 2013|FAQ's|Comments Off on An Expert Interview About SEER

An Expert Interview About SEER What is SEER for Air Conditioning? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. That really didn't help you understand what it means though. It is the ratio of Air Conditioner performance to the amount of electricity it consumes. Easiest way to explain SEER is to equate it to miles per gallon [...]

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