• Watch: How Your Air Conditioner Impacts Allergies

    Are your seasonal allergies driving you crazy? A little HVAC maintenance on your own or with the help of an HVAC maintenance expert can actually be the key to better comfort and reduced allergy symptoms. 

    This video clip describes some of the ways that a properly functioning air conditioning system can reduce the symptoms of both indoor and outdoor allergies in the home. You’ll also learn about the best kinds of filters to use to ensure that you get maximum protection from dust mites, pollen, mold, and other airborne allergens.

    To keep your allergies at bay, you’ll need the help of an HVAC maintenance professional to help stabilize humidity, improve energy efficiency, and enhance air filtration. Contact Estes Services today for prompt air conditioning and HVAC maintenance in the Atlanta area . Call (678) 733-9791 or contact us online to learn more about our residential heating and cooling services. 

  • A Brief History of Estes Services

    Estes Services has an over 60 year history of serving Atlanta area homes and businesses with the very best in HVAC maintenance and repair services. It all started in 1949 when N.B. “Nap” Estes founded the company. Nap put his mechanical acumen to work when he started the company shortly after leaving the Army. 

    In the 1950s, Estes Services primarily focused on new construction HVAC installation. Later, Nap redirected the company to focus on repair and replacement in existing homes. The company also took advantage of the multi-family housing boom, when it specialized in whole-building central A/C installation and maintenance. Since the 1960s, the company has experienced tremendous growth, but has not strayed from its original mission of providing high quality HVAC services to Atlanta’s businesses and families.

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    To learn more about the history of Estes Services, visit us online. Call (678) 733-9791 to see what six decades of experience in HVAC repair and maintenance can do for you.

  • Your HVAC FAQs Answered

    Your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is arguably one of its most important tools. Thus, as a homeowner, it is important to understand this essential component. Read on for a few frequently asked HVAC system questions.

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    How do I choose an HVAC contractor?

    If something goes wrong with your air conditioning, your furnace, or another element of your HVAC system, you will want to work with a qualified and professional contractor. To do this, make sure that whomever you hire is a licensed, insured, and certified technician. Feel free to ask for references to ensure that their previous work and reputation are top-notch.

    What is the life expectancy of my HVAC system?

    According to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency , the average lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. However, as your equipment ages, it will become increasingly less efficient. If you notice that you need repairs more frequently or that your system is running louder than usual, have it evaluated by an HVAC professional. Maintenance is also increasingly important as your HVAC system ages.  

    Does my system require maintenance work?

    You should have the ducts of your HVAC system cleaned every three to five years. Because mold, mildew, pet dandruff, smoke, dander, dust mites, dirt, and pollen can all take up residence in your ducts, regular cleanings can help to ensure a healthy air environment for you and your family. In addition, clean vents can also lower your utility bills and ensure that your system is working at its most efficient.

    Should I purchase an HVAC service agreement?

    The care and upkeep of your HVAC equipment can help to reduce energy bills and ensure proper system operation. As such, regular HVAC maintenance should be an important component of your home ownership. A service agreement is one way to ensure that this happens in the most efficient way possible. With that in mind, we recommend service agreements for all HVAC systems.

    If you are in need of a residential or commercial HVAC specialist, contact Estes Heating and Air Conditioning . Our experienced and professional staff is committed to providing the best in HVAC repair and installation services. Call (678) 733-9791 to learn more about our family owned heating and cooling business.

  • 3 Signs You May Have a Water Leak

    Few things are as frustrating as dripping water or a persistent plumbing leak. And, unfortunately, because of water’s damaging nature in the home, a simple water leak can quickly turn into a destructive and expensive home nuisance. However, before you can remedy a plumbing problem , you must identify it. Here a few home symptoms that may suggest you have a water leak.

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    Continuous Sound

    If you hear the continuous sound of water, like a toilet constantly running, when nothing is turned on, it may signify a water leak. For example, a running toilet may cause rippling water noise, dripping sounds, or a sound similar to a cycling water pump. If you hear continuous sound within your plumbing system, ask a plumbing professional to inspect your toilets and faucets. The repair or replacement of a faucet or toilet may solve your issue before you have to deal with standing water.

    Standing Water

    Water leaks can come from more than just kitchen or bathroom plumbing. Sometimes leaks can occur in association with your water heater as well. If you spot even a small amount of water around your water heater, have a plumber inspect it for replacement or repair. While they are checking your water heater, ask them about installing an energy efficient model. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, an energy-efficient water heater can save over $350 per year over the cost of a traditional water heater.

    Water Meter Discrepancies

    If your water meter seems to be running higher than usual, try checking for discrepancies. To do this, mark the indicator on your meter and don’t use any water for an hour. Check the meter at the end of the set period. If the meter has moved, you may have a leak. Begin tracing these inconsistencies back by checking your water supply connectors. If you suspect an issue, have a plumber check them for replacement.

    If you are in need of a plumbing professional, contact Estes Heating and Air Conditioning at (678) 733-9791. The newest division of Estes, Estes Plumbing , offers a full line of superior plumbing services in the Atlanta, Marietta, Alpharetta, Duluth, and Peachtree City communities.

  • Watch: How to Change Your HVAC Filter

    An important component of HVAC maintenance is regularly changing your air filter. On average, a home air filter should be checked monthly and changed, at a minimum, every three months. A dirty filter will decrease your furnace’s efficiency and can result in the need for more frequent system maintenance. As such, it is important to know how to change your filter correctly. For example, did you know your filter can reside in one of two places? It will either be in your return grills, located in the hallways on the wall or in your ceiling, or it will be in the furnace’s air handle. Watch this short video for more tips on changing your HVAC filter.

    For more information on HVAC maintenance tips, contact Estes Heating and Air Conditioning. Our family owned and operated business offers a full range of heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical services. Call (678) 733-9791 to schedule a service appointment today.