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9 01, 2017

North Alabama Cold Weather

By |January 9th, 2017|Blog, Heating|0 Comments

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 [...]

27 12, 2016

Duct Sealing

By |December 27th, 2016|Blog, Heating|0 Comments

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 [...]

7 12, 2016

Is Your Furnace Working Too Hard

By |December 7th, 2016|Blog, General HVAC Maintenance, Heating|0 Comments

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 [...]

6 12, 2016

Signs of an Aging Furnace

By |December 6th, 2016|Blog, Heating|1 Comment

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 [...]

13 11, 2016

Electric space heaters not so hot

By |November 13th, 2016|Blog, Heating|0 Comments

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 [...]

6 11, 2016

Worried about your heater this winter?

By |November 6th, 2016|Blog, Heating|0 Comments

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 [...]

29 10, 2016

The best home heater is …

By |October 29th, 2016|Blog, Heating|0 Comments

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 [...]

13 10, 2016

9 Fire Safety Tips for Cold Weather

By |October 13th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, heat, Heating, heating safety|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

15 11, 2013

Package Unit vs Split System

By |November 15th, 2013|Ask the Expert, Heating|Comments Off on Package Unit vs Split System

Heating and air is not purchased as a system like a car. Heating and air conditioning is an on site assembled system. If car manufacturers simply made all the parts, put them in a box, and ship them to the local dealer to install, the quality control of workmanship would not be available.  This is the problem [...]

15 11, 2013

The Importance of Proper Design of a Heating and Cooling System

By |November 15th, 2013|Heating, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on The Importance of Proper Design of a Heating and Cooling System

Many clients often ask us tell them what they need for their heating and cooling system. That is a very involved question.  It can depend on your family, the property arrangement, and how a home owner will use a property.  Getting a proper design of a heating and cooling system before you start buying and installing HVAC equipment [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

4 11, 2013

I Have a Friend in the HVAC Business

By |November 4th, 2013|AC Repair, Ask the Expert, Heating, Myths and Misconceptions, Repair Costs|Comments Off on I Have a Friend in the HVAC Business

Using a friend may not be a good idea.  We just received a call from a home owner who had his friend, who previously worked for us, put in a system.  We let the guy go because of ethical and honesty problems and I can tell he has not changed.  The new equipment is having trouble after only 2 months.  [...]

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 [...]

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

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

How Much Insulation Do I Need in My Home?

By |October 25th, 2013|Heating, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on How Much Insulation Do I Need in My Home?

For this question you must understand the region you live in.  In Birmingham, Alabama, we experience more cooling months than we do heating months.  The state of Alabama HVACR board recommends at least R-30 of insulation.  Alabama Power (our local utility company) would like for home owners to upgrade to R-60 of insulation in their [...]

24 10, 2013

Wallets to Take a Hit as Winter Fuel Bills Rise

By |October 24th, 2013|Ask the Expert, Heating, Save Money|Comments Off on Wallets to Take a Hit as Winter Fuel Bills Rise

AccuWeather reports bank accounts will take another small hit this winter season as residents across the nation will see an increase in their heating bills.   As AccuWeather's winter forecast predicts blankets of snow for the Rockies but an ease into winter for the East, expenditures for winter fuels are anticipated to rise, with the exception [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

22 10, 2013

My Heat is Not Working, Can You Light my Furnace Pilot?

By |October 22nd, 2013|Ask the Expert, heat, Heating, Myths and Misconceptions|Comments Off on My Heat is Not Working, Can You Light my Furnace Pilot?

My heat is not working, can you light my furnace pilot ? This question often arises once the seasons change to cooler weather. Many clients still think that their furnace operates with a pilot light and it needs to be lit for heat. First, most modern furnaces within the last decade or so, do not use a [...]

21 10, 2013

One Dead, One Hospitalized after Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Talladega

By |October 21st, 2013|Ask the Expert, General HVAC Maintenance, Heating|Comments Off on One Dead, One Hospitalized after Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Talladega

Read this article about Carbon Monoxide poisoning.  It's from NBC News about an Alabama family.  The article is short but talks about a malfunction on the exhaust system.  This article came out this weekend but didn't get a lot of attention. The exhaust system of a furnace makes sure the burnt gases (including Carbon Monoxide) [...]

17 10, 2013

Heating Safety Inspection: Save Money and Lives

By |October 17th, 2013|AC Repair, Ask the Expert, Heating, heating safety|Comments Off on Heating Safety Inspection: Save Money and Lives

When should you get a Furnace checked for safety? Before it starts a fire! Will this year be the year of another death due to lack of maintenance? Probably so, it seems to be in the news headline every year. An annual heating system “tune-up” is a great home maintenance investments you can make. Homeowners [...]

16 10, 2013

HVAC Performance Depends on Good Ductwork

By |October 16th, 2013|AC Repair, Ask the Expert, Heating|Comments Off on HVAC Performance Depends on Good Ductwork

    The heart  of your home’s HVAC system is the equipment selected to deliver conditioned air – your furnace, air conditioner, heat pump or boiler. However, as with the human body, a healthy heart cannot overcome problems associated with dysfunctional arteries. Ductwork is the artery component of your HVAC system, channeling warm or [...]

15 10, 2013

Clean Indoor Air; A Simple Guide to Indoor Air Quality

By |October 15th, 2013|AC Repair, Allergy Solutions, Heating|Comments Off on Clean Indoor Air; A Simple Guide to Indoor Air Quality

  Filter The first level of indoor air quality (IAQ) is the filter. This is the step that removes particles from the air by pulling the air through an element, usually paper, to grab the impurities. The rating of a filter shows how it performs. The Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV) scale starts at 0 [...]

11 09, 2013

Get Your Tax Credit Before It’s Gone!

By |September 11th, 2013|AC Repair, Ask the Expert, Heating, Save Money|Comments Off on Get Your Tax Credit Before It’s Gone!

Get Your Tax Credit Before It’s Gone! I’m sure you’re accustomed to seeing those “Limited Time Offers” that never seem to end. I think the local auto dealership has been sending me the same one for 3 years now! But in this case, the limited time offer is definitely going away—and it’s going away soon. [...]

11 09, 2013

Heating Season Tune Ups Save Money, And Maybe Your Life

By |September 11th, 2013|AC Repair, Ask the Expert, Heating|Comments Off on Heating Season Tune Ups Save Money, And Maybe Your Life

Heating Season Tune Ups Save Money, And Maybe Your Life If it’s sweltering outside, the last thing you have in mind is cranking up the furnace. But cooler temperatures are not far away. It’s time to schedule a heating season combustion adjustment, professional cleaning and safety check. Gas Furnace that is clean and safe [...]

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 [...]

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