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What’s Better for a New Heating System: A Furnace or a Heat Pump?

October 5th, 2015

If you’re in the market for new heating system this fall, either as a replacement for an aging and inefficient heater, or as part of a new home, you have a number of options available to you. In fact, it may seem like you have too many options, to the point that it’s all a touch overwhelming.

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Ideas for Replacing Your Heating System This Fall

September 28th, 2015

It’s almost October, and if you haven’t given much thought to your home’s heating system yet, now is definitely the time to. You need to schedule a maintenance visit as soon as possible. However, you should also consider if your heating system is too old and should probably be retired and replaced with a new one. If you have a furnace that is 15 to 20 years old—or older—then you should start making plans for replacing it. Fall is one of the best times to do it, and our technicians will be glad to help schedule the work. Continue Reading

Time to Consider a Humidifier to Plan for the Cold Weather

September 21st, 2015

When September arrives, you should start making plans for how your home will deal with the cold of winter… which is not as far away as you might think! The last two weeks on our blog we’ve addressed the importance of scheduling heating maintenance for your system. This week, we would like to bring attention to an addition you can make to your HVAC system that will make the winter cold easier to deal with, and which can reduce some of strain off your heater: a whole-house humidifier. Continue Reading

But Why Schedule Heating Maintenance at All? Here are Some Reasons

September 14th, 2015

The hot summer temperatures are already starting to fade away, rain is more common, and before you know it you will need to have the heating system in your home working to keep your family comfortable. Right now, before the actual cold weather arrives, is when you should start thinking about readying the heater to handle its wintertime job.

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Guess What Time It Is? Get Your Heating System Ready for the Rest of the Year!

September 7th, 2015

The weather is still in the 80s here in the Atlanta area, so the idea of taking care of your heating system will probably not cross your mind. But it should, because when the calendar flips over to September and children head back to school, it means that the cooler weather will arrive before we know it. During these last weeks of the hot weather it the best time to schedule your annual maintenance visit for your home’s heating system, whether you use a gas furnace, a geothermal heat pump, radiant floor heating, or some other method of keeping your home comfortable when the outdoor temperature drops. Continue Reading

Late Summer Air Conditioning Warning: Watch Out for Failing Capacitors!

August 31st, 2015

There are two times during the year when you need to take special care of your home’s air conditioning system. The first time is in spring, when it’s vital that you schedule a maintenance inspection and tune-up from an HVAC professional. This prepares the air conditioner for the rigors of summer. The second time is during the close of the summer season, because at that point the air conditioner has gone through high levels of stress for almost four months. This is the period when an AC is most likely to encounter mechanical failures that will require repairs. Continue Reading

Is an Energy Recovery Ventilator Useful in Cold Weather as Well as Warm?

August 24th, 2015

Life in Georgia presents a significant challenge to maintaining indoor comfort in a house, since we have to deal with a large range of temperatures during the year. To keep homes comfortable requires effective insulation and heat sealing to keep out hot temperatures out during the summer and trapping heat indoors during winter. This has the unfortunate side effect of preventing fresh air from circulating through a house, creating unpleasantly stale and humid air.

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How Ductless Mini Split Systems Can Save You Money

August 17th, 2015

Ductless air conditioning and heating systems continue to grow in popularity each year in the U.S. There are many reasons for this expansion. Ductless mini splits offer greater flexibility for home construction and remodeling because they do not requiring space-consuming ductwork, and they can help with improving indoor air quality. But perhaps the best reason to consider the installation of a ductless mini split system for your home is that it will help you save money every season of the year.

Below are three of the ways that ductless mini splits achieve superior efficiency compared to conventional forced-air heaters and air conditioners. Continue Reading

Installing a New Air Conditioner: There Is No “One-Size-Fits-All” Choice!

August 10th, 2015

You’ve decided to install a new central air conditioning system. Maybe it’s a replacement for an ancient unit in the house that has long passed its “sell-by” date. Or perhaps it’s the first AC for your new home. Whatever the reason, you now are facing the choice of what air conditioner to buy and install.

It’s important to understand that there is no such thing as a “universal” air conditioning system where one size will work with all homes. Choosing and sizing a new AC is a difficult process, and to make sure that you end up with the right unit, you must have HVAC professional working with you. Continue Reading

Why Your Air Conditioner May Start to Leak Refrigerant

August 3rd, 2015

One of the most common problems that residential air conditioning systems encounter is a loss of refrigerant (a.k.a “Freon”) due to leaks. During normal operation, an AC does not use up its refrigerant supply, and the system should have the same amount of refrigerant (known as its charge) for its entire service life. But leaks can allow refrigerant to escape… with immense consequences for the AC’s performance. Unless the leaks are fixed and the refrigerant is recharged, an air conditioner will eventually suffer from a full breakdown. Continue Reading