• 4 Signs You Are in Need of Air Conditioner Repair

    If you want to get the most out of your air conditioner, then you need to keep it well maintained and recognize the signs that you need professional air conditioner repair.  In order to know when your AC needs repair, you’ll want to be on the lookout for the following four common signs.                                     

    1. High Energy Cost: Running your air conditioner isn’t cheap if your HVAC isn’t properly maintained.  If you’ve noticed a steady rise in energy costs from month to month with no dramatic changes in appliance use, then you may be due for air conditioner repair.  If the thermostat hasn’t changed, but the costs have, then it’s time to find some HVAC specialists.
    2. Running Loudly: If your HVAC has been getting louder or making odd noises, then it could have something with a frayed or misplaced belt.   When your belt is worn or malfunctioning, you’re more likely to hear a squealing noise from your air conditioner.  Luckily this is an easy repair and can prevent more serious damage to your unit.
    3. Leaking: Your AC may be leaking for several reasons.  It may have to do with your condenser coils, which have a direct relationship to your refrigerant pressure, or, it may have to do with the draining and piping of your HVAC.  The best way to diagnose the leaking is to contact your air conditioning service center to set up an appointment.
    4. Tis the Season: If you’ll be running your AC a lot this summer, then it’s a good idea to have routine air conditioning service sometime in the spring .  This will ensure your HVAC is running properly and efficiently.

    If you need air conditioner repair, then call Estes Heating and Air Conditioning or visit our website to learn more about our air conditioning service.

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  • Are You Ready For A Hot Atlanta Summer from Our Recent Blog Topics? Here Are More Great Resources for You to Check Out

    Would you like to learn more about HVAC and how it works? Whether you are researching heating and cooling solutions or simply want to improve your home’s air quality, these links provide helpful information.

    If you are wondering whether to replace your heating system, then this page from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy will walk you through the decision process.

    TIME provides an interesting and insightful look back through time at the history of the air conditioner .

    Need help choosing an HVAC system specific to your home? This quick and easy quiz from Mitsubishi Electric helps determine the best option for your needs and budget.

    This literature review from the SAPIENS organization explains current research on indoor air pollution.

    The North American Technician Excellence website contains some great tips on installing an HVAC system.

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  • Why It’s Important to Change Your Air Filter Regularly

    Although it can be hard remembering to change your home’s heating and air conditioning filter, research has shown that poor indoor air quality adversely affects health.

     Fungi and bacteria can build up in your home’s air ducts if not properly removed by the filter. In fact, an estimated one in six allergy sufferers can thank dusty air vents for the majority of their problems. Those at highest risk for air quality-related breathing problems are the elderly, asthmatics, and children, whose short stature and faster breathing puts them in contact with more contaminants. Ensure the health of your family members by remembering to change air filters regularly.

    In addition to keeping your household healthy, air filters also help your system run more efficiently. Waiting too long to change your filter can impede air flow, which may cause dirt to enter your system through other openings. Dust allowed in contact with your air conditioning coils provides a food source for mold, reducing output. In fact, less than 1/20th of an inch of grime on coils causes efficiency to decline more than 20%. In addition, 9 out of 10 HVAC units break down due to dust buildup. Although buying filters regularly carries a price, in the long run it more than evens out because of reduced monthly electric costs and maintenance bills.

    It’s easy to forget to change your air filters regularly, as months often pass before the need arises. If it’s been more than seven years since your air ducts have been cleaned or your filter maintenance has been less than perfect, then consider having your ducts professionally cleaned. At Estes Heating and Air Condition, we can help you solve problems with your system .  

    Changing or cleaning your air filter periodically as specified by its directions will help maintain good air quality in your home, as well as prolong the life of your air conditioner.Contact us and find out just how clean and inexpensive your temperature-control system can be.

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  • How to Choose a New HVAC System for Your Home

    During home renovation, the focus is often on decorative remodels, yet revamping the core of your house is just as important.  By replacing or upgrading your heating and cooling apparatus, you can make your home a more comfortable place while saving money on energy costs. Here are explanations of the different types of HVAC systems, as well as the advantages of each.

    Gas Furnace

    An extremely energy-efficient option, gas furnaces are ideal for cold climates. Look for a condensing model or one with high electrical efficiency, as these waste very little energy. We recommend the PAYNE Variable-Speed Gas Furnace, as it provides a blower to keep temperatures constant throughout the entire house, as well as an exceptional warranty policy.

    Heat Pump

    Heat pumps are a great option for saving energy, since rather than producing air at a different temperature, they simply transfer heat to a separate area. You can shave up to 40% off of your electric bill with one. In addition, in hot weather high-efficiency heat pumps lower the humidity more effectively than regular air conditioners, an important aspect of keeping cool in the South. However, heat pumps require ductwork, so your current system may need to be converted or expanded. These work best in moderate climates, so for long periods of below-freezing weather you may need a more rugged solution.

    Dual-Fuel System

    These systems combine a high-efficiency heat pump with a gas furnace. For cooling and regular heating, the heat pump activates, but during extremely cold temperatures the furnace automatically switches on. This allows for maximum comfort without the expense of constant furnace use. We recommend the Carrier Hybrid Heat system.

    Ductless System

    A ductless split zoning system, such as this one from Mitsubishi , provides an appealing temperature-control solution. Each room is heated or cooled separately, so if you have one side of the house receiving constant sun but a bedroom that is too cold in the morning, then this is a smart solution. Installation is extremely non-invasive, as units require only a three-inch opening in an outer wall.

    No matter which HVAC system you choose for your home, here at Estes Heating and Air Conditioning , we can help guide you through each step of the process. If you live in the Metro Atlanta area, then give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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