• Resources to Help You Learn More About Plumbing & HVAC Maintenance

    If you’d like to learn more about plumbing and HVAC maintenance, then take a look at these great websites and articles.

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    • Do you need help choosing a new furnace or boiler? This article from Energy Savers has tips on how to spot an energy-efficient furnace for your home.
    • If you’re experiencing water pressure issues, then check out this article from Ask the Builder to learn about potential causes of low water pressure.

    Call Estes Heating & Air Conditioning to ensure your home is as comfortable and efficient as it can be. Get in touch with us today, and have your home system optimized for comfort and savings. Call (678) 733-9791 for more information about our air conditioning and heating services.

     

  • Fox 5 Interviews Estes Heating & Air Technicians – How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

    Winter is right around the corner and we want to make sure that you are prepared. Now is the time to make sure that your heating system is properly working and ready for the weather that might be ahead. 

    Atlanta’s Fox 5 News interviewed Estes Heating & Air’s own Darren Pace & David Reaves about the steps homeowners can take to make sure they are staying ahead of things and are ready for winter.

    The homeowner that Fox 5 interviewed has a scheduled maintenance twice a year and highly recommends that others do the same. It might cost a little bit of money upfront to have the maintenance check performed but in the long run it will save you quite a bit of money not having to replace your whole unit in the middle of the cold season. 

    You can see the interview and read the entire article by Fox 5 by visiting them online. 

    To schedule your service with Atlanta’s Estes Heating & Air, visit us online or call 678-733-9791. 

     

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  • Outside Air Calculator – Great Android App

    Although sealing a building to make its HVAC system more efficient is a great idea, it is possible for a building to be too airtight. Preventing fresh air from circulating through your home allows carbon monoxide and other potentially harmful gases to collect indoors, which can severely decrease your indoor air quality.

     

    Android App - Outside Air Calculator

    To find out how much fresh air is coming into your home or office, download the Outside Air Calculator for your Android phone. This app provides an outside air percentage for your building by simply inputting information from your thermometer. It’s a simple, straightforward way to keep your building feeling fresh and clean.

    Another way to improve your indoor air quality is by scheduling regular maintenance for your HVAC system. Contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning for expert HVAC services in the Atlanta area. Call (678) 733-9791 today to schedule an appointment.

     

  • Understanding the Various Causes for Water Pressure Loss

    Water pressure loss can be a very annoying problem to contend with. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may lose access to hot and cold water throughout the entire home! There are a number of factors that can contribute to low water pressure.

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    Here are some of the most common causes of low water pressure :

    1.      Installation Problems

    Problems with the way your plumbing is installed can severely impact your home’s water pressure. If the type of pipes installed in your home are either too small, or decrease in size too quickly, then you’re bound to notice poor water flow throughout your home’s water fixtures. If this is the cause of the problem, then certain parts of your home may be more drastically affected than others. This could indicate the problem requires plumbing repair or replacement.

    2.      Galvanized Piping

    Galvanized steel pipes were once the industry standard in water and sewer mains, as well internal plumbing. While this was an adequate solution in the 1950s and 1960s, the coatings that protect galvanized pipes from corrosion have not withstood the test of time. Internal corrosion causes scale buildup along the inside walls of galvanized plumbing fixtures, which can substantially reduce water pressure, especially in hot water lines.

    3.      Friction Loss

    Related to installation issues is the problem of friction loss. Depending on where your home is located relative to the water main, certain installation techniques and plumbing types need to be used to achieve adequate pressure. Restrictions to water flow will cause too much friction to build up in your plumbing, which can dramatically decrease water pressure.

    To find what’s causing your water pressure issues, contact the expert plumbers at Estes Heating & Air Conditioning . We specialize in commercial and residential air conditioning, heating, HVAC, and plumbing services. Call (678) 733-9791 today to schedule service.

     

  • How Efficient is Your Furnace?

    Your home’s HVAC system can be very energy intensive, because heating and cooling your home is a constant process. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your HVAC system, make sure your air conditioner and heater run as efficiently as possible. 

     

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     To optimize energy use, take a closer look at how the energy efficiency of furnaces is calculated:

    • Furnace efficiency is described using the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. AFUE ratings are calculated by taking into account different factors that affect HVAC performance, including how often the furnace turns on and off and the energy losses associated with producing heat. The resulting number is represented in a percentage value. The higher the percentage, the more heat is produced for any given amount of energy.

     

    • Over the last few decades, AFUE averages have increased dramatically, resulting in more efficient furnaces and HVAC systems. Older furnaces typically had an AFUE rating of around 70%, which meant that homeowners only enjoyed the benefit of 70% of their heating costs. Today, high-efficiency furnaces operate with up to 97% AFUE. This means that only about 3% of total energy used to heat your home is wasted.

     

    • If you’re considering replacing your home’s or office’s furnace, then choosing a high-efficiency model will save you hundreds of dollars a year in energy costs. Additionally, you’ll experience much greater comfort at home or in the work place for every dollar you spend. Regular HVAC maintenance will increase the efficiency your furnace, and you may even qualify for tax incentives by upgrading your appliances.

     

    For the very best heating and air conditioning services, contact the HVAC professionals at Estes Heating & Air Conditioning . We specialize in all types of air conditioning, heating, and HVAC maintenance, repair, and replacement services. To save money and live more comfortably, call (678) 733-9791 today to schedule service.