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Your Guide to AC Maintenance

With summer just around the corner, air conditioner maintenance is on the minds of many homeowners. If you want to help avoid the need for repairs and keep your HVAC unit running efficiently through the coming season, then continue reading for a guided tour of air conditioning maintenance.

Maintaining the Filter

The most valuable step that homeowners can take to maintain their air conditioner is to clean or replace the filter regularly. Some air filters are designed to be cleaned and reused, while others should be replaced each time. You should clean or replace your AC filter every one to three months to help improve your HVAC unit’s efficiency and promote good indoor air quality. If you have a central air conditioner, then you will probably find the filter along the return duct. For room AC units, the filter is typically mounted on the grill facing the room.

Cleaning the Coils

Over time, your air conditioning unit’s condenser and evaporator coils collect dirt and dust. On the evaporator coil, this buildup can decrease airflow and hinder the coil’s ability to function optimally. For this reason, you should check and clean the coil at least once per year or hire a professional to do so. It’s also common for outdoor condenser coils to collect dirt, especially if you live in a dusty area or if there is foliage around the unit. To help prevent this, trim back foliage and minimize the amount of debris around the condenser unit.

Hiring a Professional

Having your AC unit regularly serviced by an HVAC technician can help avoid the need for air conditioner repair. Also, anything more than simple AC maintenance should be handled by a professional service technician. Because summer is the busy season when it comes to AC maintenance and repair, experts recommend that homeowners schedule a maintenance visit every spring to prepare the unit for hot weather.

If you need professional and experienced air conditioner maintenance in Atlanta, then look no further than Estes Services. Please call (404) 361-6560 to schedule your AC service appointment.

Toilet Clogged? Give This a Try

Clogged toilets are among the most common plumbing problems that homeowners face. Maintaining your pipes and only flushing toilet paper and human waste are essential for preventing clogs, but some blockages are inevitable.

Watch this video to learn a handy trick for unclogging a toilet. First, gather baking soda and white distilled vinegar. Measure out a half-cup of baking soda and a half-cup of vinegar. Then, pour both into the bowl, followed by hot water. Finally, flush the toilet to find that the problem may be solved.

At Estes Services, we know how to do the job right when it comes to plumbing repairs and maintenance. If you’re dealing with a clogged toilet or other plumbing problem near Atlanta, then please give us a call at (404) 361-6560.

Get to Know Your Choices for Lighting

Today, many people are taking advantage of energy-efficient lighting options. Traditional incandescent bulbs are no longer manufactured due to their relatively high energy demands. These bulbs give off 90% of the energy that they use as heat, rather than light, and that wasted energy is reflected in your energy bills. Continue reading to learn about what energy-efficient lighting options are available for replacing your incandescent bulbs.

Halogen Incandescents

Halogen incandescent bulbs enjoy better energy efficiency because they contain a capsule of gas that surrounds the filament. These bulbs can be used with dimmers and come in a range of colors and shapes. Finally, while these bulbs do meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard, you have more energy-efficient options to consider.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps

You’re probably familiar with the long, cylindrical, fluorescent lights that are common in garages and kitchens, and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are bulb-shaped versions of these lights. CFLs use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they often pay themselves off in energy savings within nine months. CFLs are now available in a wide selection of light tones and colors, and some are covered in an encasement that provides more diffuse light. Because these bulbs contain a tiny amount of mercury, it’s important that they be properly recycled.

Light Emitting Diodes

More commonly known as LEDs, light emitting diodes are among today’s most quickly-developing and energy-efficient options for lighting. LEDs are semiconductors that create light using electricity and are a type of solid-state lighting. These bulbs last between 8 and 25 times longer than halogen incandescents and require just 25%-30% of the energy. LEDs are available in dimmable varieties and plenty of colors, and they work well for both indoor and outdoor applications. Finally, while LEDs cost more than other bulbs, their energy-efficiency and long lifespan easily make up for this difference in price.

Are you looking for lighting installation in Atlanta? If so, then give the team of experienced electricians at Estes Services a call at (404) 361-6560.

Understanding the Basics of Heating and Cooling

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Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve recently taken more of an interest in residential HVAC, it can’t hurt to understand how heating and cooling your home works. Understanding the principles, the way your HVAC units work, and how to maintain your heater and air conditioner can all be quite helpful. Read on for a better understanding of the basics of heating and cooling.

Basic Principles
The HVAC equipment that keeps your home or building comfortable relies on a few basic principles of heating and cooling. Heat makes its way into your home through conduction and radiation. When it moves through your walls or roof, it’s doing so via conduction. Radiation occurs when sunlight beams through your windows and heats up the inside of your home. The heat that’s already inside your house continues to warm you through the process of convection, which makes it circulate through your space.

HVAC Units
Different kinds of HVAC appliances use different methods to heat and cool your home. Your furnace burns fuel to send hot air throughout your ductwork and heat up your living space. Your residential AC, on the other hand, uses a refrigerant in different states of matter to cool down warm air. Like a furnace, your air conditioner then pushes that conditioned air through the vents so you can cool down on a hot day.

Maintenance
Your residential AC and heater will need some help in order to continue functioning for as long as possible. Make sure you change the air filters on your air conditioner, furnace, and other HVAC units to keep their efficiency up and maintain your indoor air quality. This will help your home stay comfortable, and you can always talk to your HVAC professionals to set up a maintenance plan.

If you’d like to keep your Atlanta residential AC and heater working to the best of their abilities, feel free to call Estes Services at (404) 361-6560. We are a reliable heating and air service, so stop by and meet with us or check out our website to see what we can do for you.

How to Use the Infinity® Touch Control App

Modern HVAC technology makes it easy to save money, increase your efficiency, and keep your home comfortable. The best part is that you don’t even have to get out of your seat. Check out this video clip on how to use the Infinity® Touch Control app.

Once you have downloaded and installed the app, sign into your account and view your activity screen. Then touch that screen to access your user screen, which will offer various menus and customization options. You can view and change different zones if you have a multi-zone system, and you can modify comfort profiles as you see fit.

If you’d like more help with the Infinity® Touch Control app, please feel free to call Estes Services at (404) 361-6560. Atlanta HVAC is our specialty, and we’re happy to help with air conditioner maintenance and repairs. Check out our website for more information.

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