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6 01, 2017

The Benefits of Variable Speed HVAC Fans

By |January 6th, 2017|Blog, Save Money|0 Comments

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 [...]

15 12, 2016

Taking The Extra Step

By |December 15th, 2016|Blog, Save Money|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

15 08, 2016

7 steps to saving money

By |August 15th, 2016|Ask the Expert, Blog, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

24 06, 2016

Five easy pieces of AC advice

By |June 24th, 2016|AC Repair, Blog, Save Money|0 Comments

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. [...]

21 06, 2016

Do leak-stop agents work?

By |June 21st, 2016|AC Repair, Blog, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|0 Comments

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 [...]

16 06, 2016

Bad Compressor: Replace or Repair?

By |June 16th, 2016|General HVAC Maintenance, Repair Costs, Save Money, Savings Tips|2 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

16 05, 2016

Tax credits for new AC

By |May 16th, 2016|AC Repair, Blog, General HVAC Maintenance, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

12 05, 2016

Spring now for AC maintenance

By |May 12th, 2016|Blog, General HVAC Maintenance, Save Money, Savings Tips|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

21 12, 2015

An easy way to cut your holiday light bill

By |December 21st, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on An easy way to cut your holiday light bill

Use LED  bulbs   Save money and energy on Christmas lights by purchasing LED bulbs, which cost a little more up front but far less to operate. Monthly operating costs on LED minis cost $1.08 per month (0.04 watts), compared to $31.50 for traditional lights, which use 7 watts, and $7.20 for miniature lights, which [...]

20 12, 2015

Smart ways to keep your holidays safe

By |December 20th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Smart ways to keep your holidays safe

‘Tis the season to decorate, but be careful with lighting lest the Grinch steal your Christmas. Alabama Power Co. offers these safety tips: Inspect all lights, decorations and extension cords for damage before using them. Take care when decorating near power lines. Keep yourself and all equipment at least 10 feet from power lines. [...]

10 12, 2015

More companies making 20 SEER units

By |December 10th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on More companies making 20 SEER units

Maytag the latest Maytag has joined the growing list of manufacturers selling 20 SEER air conditioners as the push for more energy efficiency continues. Maytag recently began selling an all-new iQ Drive air conditioner – the PSA4BG. This inverter-driven product reaches 20 SEER cooling efficiency in all matches and is available in 2, 3, 4 [...]

24 11, 2015

Tame those ‘energy hogs’ at home

By |November 24th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Tame those ‘energy hogs’ at home

Treat yourself to a new TV, too   Under-insulated homes and outdated appliances are just two examples of “energy hogs” fattening up on your utility bills, according to Consumer Reports magazine.   The October 2015 issue says there are smart ways to corral your costs:   Make sure your attic is adequately insulated. A typical [...]

23 11, 2015

Calculate your possible energy-savings

By |November 23rd, 2015|Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Calculate your possible energy-savings

Here’s a handy tool to use when you consider making energy-saving upgrades for your home. The Home Energy Saver™ calculator, developed for the U.S. Department of Energy, recommends upgrades for better comfort, fewer drafts, lower maintenance costs and improved security and fire safety. It even estimates the home's carbon footprint and shows how much [...]

13 11, 2015

AC Sealant saves money, work well on some leaks

By |November 13th, 2015|AC Repair, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on AC Sealant saves money, work well on some leaks

Refrigerant AC sealant can offer a great alternative solution when a leak is too expensive or too inaccessible to fix.   Modern sealants worked on a variety of equipment, including rooftop packaged air conditioning units, air conditioning split systems, small refrigerators, commercial refrigerators, walk-in coolers and freezers, reach-in coolers, and ice makers, according to an [...]

2 11, 2015

8 tips to cool down your heating bill

By |November 2nd, 2015|Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on 8 tips to cool down your heating bill

Use common sense, smart technology Common sense and new technology can help you hold down your heating costs this winter.   Here are some tips from ASHRAE, an organization that focuses on building systems, energy efficiency, in-door air quality, refrigeration and sustainability.   Set the thermostat at 68 F (20 C) when the house is [...]

30 10, 2015

Who rules the thermostat?

By |October 30th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Who rules the thermostat?

Size matters Who rules the thermostat?   Most married couples have fought the battle of the thermostat.   He wants the temperature higher and she wants the temperature lower, or vice versa.   But this debate extends far from the home. Maybe you work in an office where someone else rules the thermostat with [...]

22 10, 2015

3 tips to Cut that energy bill

By |October 22nd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on 3 tips to Cut that energy bill

  Looking for ways to trim your energy bill?   Here are some relatively easy fixes that will cost some money upfront but will improve your home or office and repay your investment in fairly short order. They come from cheatsheet.com, a website that offers tips and news on a wide range of topics. [...]

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 [...]

13 10, 2015

Better basements mean lower energy bills

By |October 13th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Better basements mean lower energy bills

A badly insulated basement can cost you money every time you get an energy bill. That’s because poor or nonexistent seals are letting in mildew and moisture that tax your air conditioning system, which must do more dehumidification. Quality sealing and insulation downstairs will make your home more weather tight, improve air quality and reduce [...]

12 10, 2015

Duct repairs pay great results when modernizing an older building

By |October 12th, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Repair Costs, Save Money|Comments Off on Duct repairs pay great results when modernizing an older building

Looking to retrofit a heating and cooling system in an older home or office? You will want to read an article in the August Green Builder detailing the benefits and relatively quick payback of two systems for sealing ducts, which are vital to efficient cooling and heating. It looks at 40 houses in North Carolina [...]

11 10, 2015

Save money on AC units by shopping now

By |October 11th, 2015|Financing, Save Money|Comments Off on Save money on AC units by shopping now

Get cool savings   When the temperature drops, so does the demand for air conditioning units.   That’s why it makes sense to shop this fall and winter for a new unit if you think you will need one next year.   Manufacturers drop prices in cold weather and you will have more time to [...]

2 10, 2015

New Amana 20 SEER unit promises great efficiency

By |October 2nd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on New Amana 20 SEER unit promises great efficiency

One of the newest and most interesting air conditioners is Amana’s AVXC20, which offers an unusually high 20 SEER rating. The new unit offers a SEER rating of up to 24, one of the highest available. SEER is seasonal energy efficiency ratio; the higher the number, the more efficient the unit. By comparison, residential systems [...]

20 04, 2015

2015 Guide to High Efficiency Air Conditioning

By |April 20th, 2015|AC Repair, heating and air, Save Money|Comments Off on 2015 Guide to High Efficiency Air Conditioning

I recently came across a great reference for 2015 High Efficiency Air Conditioning.  This was published by Contracting Business.com and distributed to the HVAC industry.  It lists most all ac manufacturers and enables you to compare the industry's top units side-by-side. Click here to download the pdf file, 2015 AC GUIDE You may also want to [...]

2 04, 2015

NEST – A thermostat so thoughtful, it pays for itself.

By |April 2nd, 2015|Save Money|Comments Off on NEST – A thermostat so thoughtful, it pays for itself.

A thermostat so thoughtful, it pays for itself. We’ve always known the Nest Learning Thermostat saves energy. Now, we have the proof. In independent studies, it saved an average of 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling. That means it can pay for itself in under two years. What else in your home would do that [...]

5 03, 2015

Have you ever considered a tankless water heater?

By |March 5th, 2015|Save Money|Comments Off on Have you ever considered a tankless water heater?

I ran across this info on a tankless water heater as I was researching the replacement of my water heater.  It had been 14 years since the water heater in my house had been installed.  Although we still had hot water, the unit just didn't do as well lately as it did years ago.  I started [...]

2 03, 2015

2 Important Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills

By |March 2nd, 2015|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on 2 Important Ways to Lower Your Energy Bills

A recent survey, How to Lower Your Energy Bills, caught my eye detailing what Americans want most in their homes. They surveyed 10,000 households and found the number one thing most Americans desire for their homes but don’t necessarily have is energy efficiency. Average household spending on home electricity has grown 56% since 2000, according [...]

21 11, 2014

10 Tips to saving money on your electricity bill.

By |November 21st, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on 10 Tips to saving money on your electricity bill.

10 Tips to saving money on your electricity bill. There are so many modern ways to reduce your energy bill. Rich or poor, we could all use a little frugality in our lives. After all, who wants to waste money on electricity bills when there are far more fun ways to spend it? Remember your [...]

17 11, 2014

Go Green With Your Plumbing

By |November 17th, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Go Green With Your Plumbing

Go Green With Your Plumbing Going “green” with sustainable plumbing products and techniques is not very hard or expensive. Government regulations now require the installation of water and energy saving plumbing products in newly built homes. Many adults who visit parents find themselves using the same toilets, faucets, showerheads, etc., that they grew up with [...]

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 [...]

30 10, 2014

Will Alagasco Finance a Heating and Cooling System?

By |October 30th, 2014|Financing, Save Money|Comments Off on Will Alagasco Finance a Heating and Cooling System?

 Will Alagasco Finance a Heating and Cooling System? Alagasco will finance a heating and cooling system or a gas water heater for your home.  There are some conditions that must be met.  They require that you are installing a primary heating device that uses natural gas.  This is self service for them but is easy [...]

15 10, 2014

The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About HVAC Duct Sealing

By |October 15th, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About HVAC Duct Sealing

The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About HVAC Duct Sealing  The duct system in a home is a network of branching tubes in the walls, ceilings, floors, basement, and attic. An air duct's purpose is to carry heated or cooled air from the central air conditioner or heater to each room of the home. Air [...]

7 10, 2014

DIY – Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and energy efficiency

By |October 7th, 2014|Allergy Solutions, Save Money|Comments Off on DIY – Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and energy efficiency

DIY - Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and energy efficiency Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors. Ironically, that's where allergens, mold and other irritants are most at home. In fact, the EPA finds that pollutant levels can be two to five times higher inside our homes than outside. In addition to making [...]

2 10, 2014

Freedom HVAC’s Complete In-Home Energy Check Up

By |October 2nd, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Freedom HVAC’s Complete In-Home Energy Check Up

Freedom HVAC's Complete In-Home Energy Check Up Freedom HVAC wants your home to be as energy efficient as possible. It's good for the environment, and it helps save you money. We go the extra mile for you with our complete In-Home Energy Check Up. If you have the Alabama Power supplied form in front of you, [...]

1 10, 2014

Energy Audit eBook Now Available

By |October 1st, 2014|Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Energy Audit eBook Now Available

Energy Audit eBook Now Available Natural Resources Nature has an amazing way of recreating and rejuvenating itself. The earth on which we live is a self-contained ecosystem that is in constant change, but remaining the same. It gives us food, air and a solid, clean surface upon which to dwell. The products we harvest from [...]

30 09, 2014

Energy Audit Article Series 13: Exterior Doors

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Exterior Doors Doors and Homes Doors are certainly very practical openings in the shell of the home. They provide ways to enter and exit the home. They can be functional in design, ornamental, or outright pieces of art. We think of doors as being able to protect us from the dangers of the outside world. [...]

29 09, 2014

Energy Audit Article Series 12: Appliances

By |September 29th, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Energy Audit Article Series 12: Appliances

Appliances Home Energy Use When thinking about the energy expenditure associated with appliances, they account for about 20% of the overall household cost of energy consumption. It is a smart move to not only think about the initial cost of an appliance, but also the operating cost over the entire year. Think about purchasing energy [...]

27 09, 2014

Energy Audit Article Series 11: Floor Insulation

By |September 27th, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Energy Audit Article Series 11: Floor Insulation

Floor Insulation How does it work, really? A common mistake folks make with the insulating of a floor is they think this is going to make their home warmer. It is interesting. The overall effect of insulating the floor will add to the warmth of your home. But, not in the way you may presently [...]

26 09, 2014

Energy Audit Article Series 10: Wall Insulation

By |September 26th, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Energy Audit Article Series 10: Wall Insulation

Wall Insulation The Method Think of your dwelling as an envelope or shell. It has a roof, flooring, doors, windows, and walls. The goal of energy conservation is to use less energy to do the same things every day. If you are able to reduce the expenditure of energy in the “shell” of your home, [...]

25 09, 2014

Energy Audit Series Article 9: Attic Insulation

By |September 25th, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Energy Audit Series Article 9: Attic Insulation

Attic Insulation Attics Attics are obviously that space located between the roof and the ceiling of the top floor of the house. This is often thought of as an awkward space that has exposed rafters, wires, junction boxes, and other mechanical things in it. Most attics are hard to get to spaces that are often [...]

24 09, 2014

Energy Audit Series Article 8: Attic Ventilation

By |September 24th, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Energy Audit Series Article 8: Attic Ventilation

Energy Audit Series Article 8: Attic Ventilation Structure and Function The word “ventilate” is a Latin word meaning “to fan.” So, the goal of ventilating a home is to keep the air moving in places where wind currents do not prevail. However, we don’t just want the air to move in order to cool something [...]

23 09, 2014

Energy Audit Series Article 7: Pools

By |September 23rd, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Energy Audit Series Article 7: Pools

Energy Audit Series 7: Pools Pools and Property Value The pool market fluctuates based on economic trending, neighborhood culture, and personal taste. One position in regard to pools states that a pool increases the desirability of a property, but does not necessarily increase its property value. Pools fit into a trend since the 1960s to [...]

22 09, 2014

Energy Audit Series Article 6: Water Heating

By |September 22nd, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Energy Audit Series Article 6: Water Heating

Water Heating Thermodynamics The water needed in a home must reach certain temperatures to be effective. These temperatures are reached through the use of several different types of heating devices. People who dwell in 21st century homes need hot water for cooking, bathing, atmospheric heating, and cleaning items. The only place water naturally occurs at [...]

21 09, 2014

Energy Audit Series Article 5: Windows

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Windows History The word “window” comes to us from the Norse language and is a combination of two words and therefore, two meanings. The original word for window was vindauga. The “vinder” meant the wind. Auga meant eye. So, the word window means wind eye or eye into the wind. The word was first rendered [...]

20 09, 2014

Energy Audit Series Article 4: Infiltration Control

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Infiltration Control Reduced Air Infiltration The atmosphere in which we live is a free flowing, constantly moving and regenerating component of our existence. We must all breathe in air and exhale it. The atmosphere is also subject to relative lows and highs in atmospheric pressure. These differences in air pressure can also be found inside [...]

18 09, 2014

Energy Audit Series Article 3: Lighting

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Lighting History of the Light Bulb Thomas Edison is often credited with the first patent of a light bulb in the year 1879. However, history reports that British inventors were working with the combination of electricity and an arc lamp before 1879. It was the filament in the bulb and the atmosphere surrounding the filament [...]

17 09, 2014

Energy Audit Series Article 2: Typical Home Energy Usage

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Typical Home Energy Usage   Heating and Cooling Heating and cooling of your dwelling accounts for as much as 50% of your total energy consumption cost. Because this system uses most of the electricity coming into your home, perhaps a better understanding of exactly how it works and its various components will assist you to [...]

16 09, 2014

Energy Audit Series Article 1: What is the In-Home Energy Checkup?

By |September 16th, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Energy Audit Series Article 1: What is the In-Home Energy Checkup?

What is the In-Home Energy Checkup? The overall goal of energy conservation is to decrease a homeowner’s expenditure out of pocket, limit the depletion of the earth’s natural resources, and maintain a harmonious balance between energy consumption and energy waste. When we make efforts to conserve the use of natural resources, which in turn produce [...]

8 09, 2014

Solar Procrastinators May Lose Out

By |September 8th, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Solar Procrastinators May Lose Out

Solar Procrastinators May Lose Out The federal government offers an attractive 30% tax credit for solar electrical and water heating systems, thanks to The Energy Policy Act of 2005. Formerly limited to $2,000, the credit limit was lifted by The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008. This goes a long way towards making these [...]

31 07, 2014

Birmingham HVAC Coupons

By |July 31st, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Birmingham HVAC Coupons

Birmingham HVAC Coupons Are consumers in Birmingham, Alabama more bargain conscious than ever?  It seems that way, which makes couponing an effective and simple way to meet new customers.  Here's how we do it. Why Coupon? You might wonder why I need to issue coupons in the first place.  It's simple.  I issue coupons to get the value [...]

21 07, 2014

10 Ways to a Lower Power Bill

By |July 21st, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on 10 Ways to a Lower Power Bill

10 Ways to a Lower Power Bill The Consumption of Energy The United States is a well-developed and industrialized culture. We use a great deal of energy in our homes, industries, personal travel, and businesses. This consumption of energy takes place in the industrial, transportation, residential, and commercial sectors. Economic growth has been unsteady and [...]

15 02, 2014

Dryer Vent Cleaning and Lint Alert

By |February 15th, 2014|Save Money, Savings Tips|Comments Off on Dryer Vent Cleaning and Lint Alert

Dryer Vent Cleaning and Lint Alert We are proud to announce a new service, Dryer Vent Cleaning and  Lint Alert (fill out form to the right to receive a brochure by email) for your Dryer Vent.  This protects you home from fires caused by a clogged dryer vent.  A Dryer Vent Cleaning should be done annually for safety [...]

5 02, 2014

Get a $3,096 Furnace for only $1399

By |February 5th, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Get a $3,096 Furnace for only $1399

Close ~ Out Sale!  Get a $3,096 Furnace for only $1399 with an off season Air Conditioning or Hybrid Package*... We have grown through the hard work of my employees and the trust of customers like you.  However, every year my business slows in December, January and February as the winter arrives. I employ great [...]

20 01, 2014

Online HVAC Estimate Birmingham Alabama

By |January 20th, 2014|Save Money|Comments Off on Online HVAC Estimate Birmingham Alabama

HVAC Estimate Birmingham and Surrounding Cities This HVAC Estimate Birmingham webpage is designed as a simple tool to get a FREE SECOND OPINION.  Use this to get a better deal or to simple trade up to a better installation. Please provide the information below and a proposal will be sent to your email. If you are not sure [...]

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

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

Gifting – Thinking Outside of the Box

By |November 26th, 2013|Allergy Solutions, Save Money|Comments Off on Gifting – Thinking Outside of the Box

As December is here, many of us are busy determining what holiday gifts can be easily purchased and conveniently wrapped up and decorated with some ribbon. This season, try to avoid making hasty purchasing decisions and buying a large quantity of merchandise that has been mass produced overseas. Instead, take the time to look at [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

22 11, 2013

Costco Cash Card: How to Calculate for a Lennox HVAC Purchase?

By |November 22nd, 2013|Financing, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Costco Cash Card: How to Calculate for a Lennox HVAC Purchase?

Costco is a great retailer and has put more resources into the HVAC category.  Lennox and Costco have partnered so Lennox is the exclusive HVAC Brand offered by Costco.  This is a very impressive endorsement as Costco has always been known for the quality merchandise it selects for its members. Members earn a CASH card rebate through [...]

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

Tankless vs Tank Water Heater

By |November 15th, 2013|Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Tankless vs Tank Water Heater

We hear the questions about tankless vs tank water heater from time to time. The latest question is "which is better in Birmingham, Alabama?"  The following are the advantages and disadvantage of each. Tankless Water Heater Advantages: A tankless water heater never runs out of hot water.  You do not have to wait for the tank to [...]

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 [...]

1 11, 2013

Furnace Heat Chambers: Aluminized Steel vs Stainless Steel

By |November 1st, 2013|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Furnace Heat Chambers: Aluminized Steel vs Stainless Steel

Steel comes in several variations and each of them have unique qualities. Let us look at aluminized steel vs stainless steel. First, what is aluminized steel?  Aluminized steel is steel that has been hot dip coated on both sides with aluminum-silicon alloy. This process assures a tight metallurgical bond between the steel sheet and its aluminium coating, producing a [...]

31 10, 2013

Do You Repair Ductwork with Seasonal HVAC Tune Ups?

By |October 31st, 2013|General HVAC Maintenance, Save Money|Comments Off on Do You Repair Ductwork with Seasonal HVAC Tune Ups?

As part of the 34 point inspection for our seasonal HVAC tune up, we do an inspection of the ductwork. This inspection is to see if there are any holes or places where your duct has come apart.  We also look to see if there is any sort of bacterial growth on the outside and inside of [...]

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

Protect Yourself and Your Electronics From Lightning Strikes

By |October 26th, 2013|Ask the Expert, Save Money|Comments Off on Protect Yourself and Your Electronics From Lightning Strikes

Humans and animals have an ingrained fear of lightning – and with good reason. Lightning kills hundreds of Americans each year. A single lightning strike can carry enough electricity to power 10 million homes for a month! Being inside your home during a lightning storm is safer than being outside. Yet you are not completely [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

25 10, 2013

The solar revolution is being fought by the middle class

By |October 25th, 2013|Save Money|Comments Off on The solar revolution is being fought by the middle class

I found this article interesting and wanted to share it with you.  We offer a solar power HVAC system if you ever have any interest. By Todd Woody @greenwombat October 21, 2013 Photovoltaic democracy. AP/Mel Evans American utility executives worry that the solar boom will cost them revenue as homeowners generate their own electricity. Some [...]

25 10, 2013

Does It Matter How You Achieve Efficiency? Or that you get a lower power bill!

By |October 25th, 2013|Ask the Expert, Myths and Misconceptions, Save Money|Comments Off on Does It Matter How You Achieve Efficiency? Or that you get a lower power bill!

The HVAC industry throws the term efficiency around often and it can be confusing which meaning someone is referring. ef·fi·cien·cy (From dictionary.com) /ɪˈfɪʃənsi/ Show Spelled [ih-fish-uhn-see] noun, plural ef·fi·cien·cies. 1.  the state or quality of being efficient; competency in performance. 2.  accomplishment of or ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time and [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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

Costco members earn CASH on HVAC Installation

By |August 8th, 2013|AC Repair, Financing, Save Money|Comments Off on Costco members earn CASH on HVAC Installation

Costco members earn CASH on HVAC Installation Costco members earn CASH on HVAC Installation : Costco is a great retailer and has put more resources into the HVAC category.  Lennox and Costco have partnered to be the exclusive HVAC Brand offered through Costco.  This is a very impressive arrangement as Costco has always been [...]

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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