• Common Misconceptions About Home Heating Efficiency

    Do you try to save energy by closing off vents in your unused rooms or relying on a fireplace for heat? As you will learn in this video, these practices are not as cost-efficient as you may think.

    Closing off your vents actually changes the air pressure in your entire system, causing your furnace to run less efficiently. While it’s okay to close a few, you shouldn’t shut more than 10% of your total vents. Lighting a fire for “free heat” is another common heating mistake—the fire actually pulls air and heat up the chimney and out of your home.

    If you live in the greater Atlanta area and want to learn more about your options for efficient and energy-saving heating, call Estes Heating & Cooling at (678) 733-9791. Our team of experts can meet all of your residential HVAC needs. 

  • A Guide to Furnace and Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings

    Gas Bill

    AFUE, or Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, is the measurement of how efficiently your heating system uses electricity or fossil fuels like oil or gas over the course of a typical year. The more efficient your HVAC system, the more you save on your heating bills . If you are considering purchasing a new furnace but don’t know where to start, weigh the pros and cons of the two most popular kinds of heating systems with this side-by-side comparison:

    Electric Furnace

    Today’s heating systems can achieve efficiencies as high as 98.5%, which means that 98.5% of the fuel’s energy is converted into heat for your home while only 1.5% escapes.

    All-electric furnaces lead the pack in efficiency because they have no flue loss through a chimney. However, these units can be pricey. A more economic option may be a dual-fuel system that combines a high-efficiency heat pump with the heating capacity of a gas furnace. During periods of cold weather, a control box automatically switches the heat pump off and activates the furnace. When the temperature rises, the heat pump serves as the primary energy source, maximizing efficiency. 

    Fossil-Fueled Furnace

    Homeowners may also opt for a furnace that relies on oil or propane gas to meet their heating needs. Although both oil and gas are generally cheaper than electricity, the most cost-efficient source for your home depends on where you live. A fossil-fueled furnace is classified as either condensing or non-condensing based on its efficiency in heat extraction. A condensing boiler is able to extract more heat from exhaust gases, making the exhaust’s water vapor condense. Although the condensing unit is more expensive, its significantly higher AFUE rating will save you money in fuel costs over your system’s 15-20 year lifespan.

    If you live in Atlanta and are considering purchasing a new heating system, the HVAC professionals at Estes Heating & Cooling can provide quality products and superior customer service . Call us today at (678) 733-9791 for a free consultation.

  • Breaking Down the Causes of Common Home Heating Problems

    If you invest in an air conditioning or heating system for your residence or business, you should choose equipment you can count on. Unfortunately, your HVAC system may become inefficient or malfunction due to age, improper installation, or simply wear and tear.  Before you decide whether to repair or replace your furnace, pinpoint the cause of your heating problem with this informative guide.

    Heater regulation

    Insufficient Heat
    If your heating system isn’t keeping you warm, you may have a clogged filter. Be sure to check your furnace filters regularly and change them every one to three months to ensure efficient operation. Another possibility is that your furnace was not sized properly when it was installed, making it unable to effectively heat your home.  

    No Heat
    When your furnace produces no heat at all, your thermostat may not be properly adjusted, the furnace’s power source or gas supply may have been shut off, or the pilot light could be out. Everyone’s thermostat is different, but most use a red light to indicate that the heat is on. If your set temperature is higher than the room temperature and your HVAC system is still producing no warm air, call a repair professional.

    Noisy Operation
    Is your furnace squeaking, rattling, or rumbling? Listen closely—this irritating noise can help you diagnose your heating problem. Squeaks may be caused by a failing motor, an air leak, or even just a furnace door that has fallen out of alignment. If there is a leak in your ductwork, check the joints where the sheet metal is connected and seal any gaps with a piece of putty or tape. Rumbling and rattling may be caused by a power wheel that is out of balance and blocked by debris.  

    Whether you require HVAC replacement, repair, or installation, Estes Heating & Air Conditioning of Atlanta is here to help. We provide top-quality customer service and HVAC products. To learn more, visit our website or call us at (678) 733-9791 today.

  • Congrats to Estes Employees for Receiving Kudzu’s Best of 2012

    Kudzu Best of 2012

    Please help us congratulate our employees for receiving Kudzu’s Best of 2012! 

  • For More Home Weatherization and Duct Cleaning Information, Take a Look at These Great Resources

    Professional duct cleaning can improve the indoor air quality in your home and add comfort during the dry winter season. Proper weatherization can eliminate many common comfort problems and energy concerns. Learn more when you visit the links below.

    Air Vents

    Call Estes Heating & Air Conditioning of Atlanta at (678) 733-9791 for more information.

  • Estes Services Received Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2012!

    Angie's List Super Service Award 2012

    To schedule services with Estes Heating and Air, call us today at (678) 733-9791. 

  • Read This Great Christmas Card From One of Our Adopted Families

    Christmas Card

    Estes Heating and Air adopts a few families every Christmas and provide them gifts for the family. We try to give them a wonderful Christmas that they might not have had otherwise. 

    Here is a recent Christmas card from a family we adopted a few years ago. They are doing wonderful and we love to hear from them!

  • Help Your Family Breathe Easy with Professional Duct Cleaning

    Respiratory problems experienced inside the home are often more noticeable during the winter due to dry indoor air. However, these problems might be related to more than just wintertime dryness. Accumulated dust and other particles inside your ductwork can be giving you allergy symptoms and causing discomfort for your whole family. Having a residential A/C service perform a duct inspection and cleaning can greatly improve your home’s indoor air quality so your family can enjoy healthier air.

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    Dirty Ductwork Contributes to Allergy Problems
    Your home’s indoor air quality is a measure of the level of pollutants in the air. Air pollutants can include mold spores, pet dander, dust, and more. At any point, a multitude of these pollutants can reside inside your ductwork, accumulating over time. The problem with dirty ductwork is that it exacerbates poor indoor air quality by accumulating and redistributing these pollutants. Constant respiratory irritation and a feeling of stuffiness could be indicative of poor indoor air quality that may be worsened by dirty air ducts.

    Professional Ductwork Cleaning Improves Indoor Air Quality
    When a professional A/C repair technician performs a duct cleaning in your home, the results can be astounding. You can notice an immediate difference in the quality of the air you breathe and enjoy increased freedom from irritation-causing pollutants. In combination with regular filter changes and the addition of a humidifier to further improve your indoor environment, professional air duct cleaning services can be the answer to your indoor air problems. By eliminating accumulated pollutants in your ducts, a duct cleaning service can help you take control of your indoor air quality and provide a greater level of comfort to you and your family.

    To learn more about duct cleaning or to schedule a service, contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning at (678) 733-9791. We perform thorough inspections of your ductwork and use comprehensive techniques to clean every square inch so you can enjoy a healthier, more comfortable environment at home. Visit our website to find out more.