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June 2016 Forecast

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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 you bought something.  We are not high-pressure salesmen.  We believe that you have control over your home's HVAC system decisions. Our responsibility [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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