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Caring for Your Air Conditioning During the Winter Season

Air Conditioning Repair Atlanta

Even though you won’t need to use your air conditioning unit during the winter, you should still take care of it so that it’s ready to go once the spring and summer roll around again. Your residential A/C needs to be maintained throughout the year to prevent any potential future problems. Here are some steps you can take to avoid the need for air conditioning repair in Atlanta.

Shut Off the Power to Your Air Conditioning Unit
If you have a thermostat, it might be programmed to go on once your home reaches a certain temperature inside. Your home likely won’t get warm enough to activate your residential A/C in the winter, but it very well could happen on an unseasonably warm day. To prevent air conditioner problems later, shut off the circuit breaker that powers your AC unit. This will stop your unit from turning on during a warm winter day.

Hose Down Your Air Conditioning Unit
Prior to the end of the summer season, you should use a hose to clean off your AC unit completely. Bird droppings, dirt, and other debris can cover your unit over the course of a season. This isn’t a big deal as long as you do what you can to keep it clean. Take a hose and rinse your unit off and then allow for it to air dry once you are done.

Cover Your Air Conditioning Unit and Check the Cover Periodically
Once your air conditioning unit has been cleaned at the end of the season, it’s time for you to place a cover on top of it to protect it. Snow, sleet, and rain can affect your AC unit during the winter if you’re not careful. A cover will prevent air conditioner problems due to the elements and keep your AC unit safe. You should go outside and check to see that the cover is on tight once every week.

Estes Heating & Air Conditioning can help you with your air conditioner maintenance. Call us at (404) 361-6560 to schedule a visit from one of our technicians.

Tips for Using Your Thermostat

HVAC Atlanta

One of the best ways to save energy and keep your home comfortable is to install a programmable thermostat to control your entire HVAC system. A thermostat will allow you to use your heating and cooling whenever you need it most. It will also cut down on the amount of time your Atlanta HVAC system is on everyday, which will reduce the amount of heating and air conditioning service you need throughout the years. Check out these tips that will help you use your thermostat effectively.

Learn how to program your thermostat.
You would be surprised by how many homeowners have programmable thermostats but never get around to actually programming them. You can control your temperature manually if you want, but it will take a lot of effort on your part. Instead, learn how to program your thermostat so that your home will always be set at the temperature that you want based on the time and day.

Schedule your thermostat to shut off your HVAC system at night and when you’re at work.
You don’t need your HVAC system on all day and night. In fact, you probably only need it to pump out hot or cold air when you are home and awake. You can easily set your thermostat to shut off at night when you are sleeping and during the weekdays when you are at work. By doing this, you will cut down on the amount of energy you are using to heat and cool your home when you don’t need it.

Turn your thermostat up or down a few degrees to save money on energy bills.
Have your energy bills been too high lately? The easiest way to bring them down is to set your thermostat a few degrees higher or lower. It won’t make much of a difference when it comes to the comfort level of your home, but it will reduce your energy bills immediately.

Estes Heating & Air Conditioning provides homeowners with heating and air conditioning service. For help with your thermostat or other HVAC needs, call us at (404) 361-6560 today.

Estes Services Opens Estes Services Learning Center at Eagles Landing Christian Academy

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Estes Services Atlanta

Estes Services was proud to be a part of the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the newly renovated Estes Services Learning Center. This new center is located at Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, GA. In attendance were Tommy and Brian Estes along with Howard Moore, the manager of the Estes building performance team who headed up the renovation process. The learning center is used to help over 100 students that learn differently using interactive teaching along with computers and smart boards. Also pictured are Chuck Gilliam, head of school and Dr. Tim Dowdy, senior pastor ‚Äčand members of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

Comparing SEER and AFUE Ratings

How energy efficient is your HVAC system? You should take a look at it to see if it might make sense for you to upgrade to a system that will save you a significant amount of money every month on your energy bills. By examining the SEER and AFUE ratings of your system, you can determine whether or not you should have heating or air conditioning replacement.

Watch this video to see the differences between SEER and AFUE ratings. In general, SEER refers to your air conditioning system, while AFUE refers to your heating, but the way each of them is calculated is something you need to consider when you are thinking about your HVAC system as a whole.

Are you interested in upgrading your HVAC in Atlanta today? Call Estes Heating & Air Conditioning at (404) 361-6560 for reliable heating and air service.

What to Know About Switching to a Tankless Water Heater

Atlanta HVAC

Many homeowners are switching to tankless water heaters because they are long lasting, efficient, and cost-effective. If you currently have a tank water heater and you are considering switching, read this article to learn more. And if you want to switch to a tankless water heater, contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning, the Atlanta HVAC experts.

Energy Savings

Tankless water heaters are more efficient than conventional water heaters. This is because they heat water on demand, instantly, whenever you need it. By contrast, conventional water heaters keep a large tank of water heated around the clock, which uses up significantly more energy. Hot water that sits in a conventional water tank, even though it is insulated, will lose heat and require constant reheating.

Conventional water heaters are built to last 10 to 13 years. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, typically last up to 20 years. Tankless water heaters are especially ideal for homeowners that plan to stay in their homes for a while.

Space Savings
In addition to offering energy and cost savings, tankless water heaters save space. Conventional water heaters have a 40 to 60 gallon capacity, and are typically five feet tall and two feet wide. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, are usually 20 inches wide, 28 inches tall, and less than a foot deep. If space is a premium in your home, a tankless water heater will be an excellent investment.

Conventional water heaters, especially the larger ones, will give you plenty of hot water when you are running multiple appliances—washing machines, dishwashers, showers, and so on. But once the hot water runs out, it may take a while to heat more. Tankless water heaters, on the other hand, supply several gallons of hot water at any time.

For more information about the benefits of switching to a tankless water heater, call Estes Heating & Air Conditioning at (404) 361-6560. In addition to plumbing services, we also offer air conditioner repairs, air conditioner replacements, and heating and air conditioning service.

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