Tips for Preventing Air Leakage in Your Home

In order to maximize comfort and minimize your heating and cooling bills, you need to make sure there aren’t any holes in your home. Though your home may seem air tight, there are likely several spots where indoor air can escape or outdoor air can infiltrate your home.

Your first step should be to have a professional perform an energy audit . An auditor will likely use a blower door and infrared camera to identify areas where air is leaking into your home. These may be the areas around old windows and doors, recessed lighting, or the entrance to your attic. By installing replacement windows, adjusting recessed lighting, and installing more insulation in your attic, you should greatly reduce air leakage and energy costs. 

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Estes Service Atlanta can help improve your home comfort with a number of heating and air conditioning services . We also provide Atlanta residents with comprehensive energy audits and insulation services. Call us at (678) 733-9791 to speak with one of our friendly representatives.    

Home Energy Analysis: Maximize Your Energy Savings [INFOGRPAHIC]

Have you noticed that your energy bills are higher than normal recently? Are you looking for ways to prepare your home and HVAC system for the cooler months ahead? If so, have a home energy analysis performed by Atlanta’s heating and air conditioning experts at Estes Services. A home energy analysis examines every system in your home to ensure that your equipment is running at peak efficiency. Your analyst will use sophisticated tests to determine if there are areas in your home that are inefficient (such as drafty windows and doors) and to inspect the condition of your heating, air conditioning, and plumbing equipment. Check out this infographic to understand more about how a home energy analysis can save you money on your monthly energy bills. Please share with your friends and family to help Atlanta go green.

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The Benefits of Home Insulation

Every home needs insulation. Though your insulation may be hidden behind your walls, it’s still an essential aspect of your home comfort. Believe it or not, hot and cold air can go straight through walls, which is why you need insulation to keep your home at a livable temperature. If you’re still unconvinced that insulation is important, consider the following benefits: 

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Noise Reduction

Do you live in a noisy neighborhood? If so, you could benefit from more substantial home insulation. The air pockets in insulation serve to absorb the sound waves from exterior noise, allowing you to enjoy peace and quiet whenever the neighbors throw loud outdoor parties. Insulation is also great for reducing the transmission of sound within your own home. If you have kids who go to bed early, you’ll find that good insulation can help them sleep soundly as you entertain guests.

Lower Energy Bills

The main purpose of insulation is to keep your indoor air separated from the outdoor air. If you have poor insulation, the air produced from your air conditioner or furnace can escape while outdoor air rushes in. This causes your HVAC system to work harder to maintain the same temperature, and thus drives up your energy bill. Proper insulation in the walls, ceiling, and floors can greatly reduce air leakage and can make your home more energy efficient

Increased Comfort

People don’t install insulation just for the savings, but for the comfort as well. With the proper insulation, your home will be less affected by the outdoor temperature. You won’t have to endure chilly drafts or frigid bathroom floors when you wake up in the morning. When insulating your home, don’t forget to address the area between your attic and living space, as the attic is a common avenue for air leakage.

If you have any additional questions about home insulation, call Estes Services Atlanta at (678) 733-9791. In addition to comprehensive insulation services, we proudly provide air conditioner replacement and repair. Please visit our website to learn more about how we can address your HVAC issues and make your home more comfortable. 

40 Years of Service: A Dedication to Mike Harris

After 40 years of dedicated service as a tenured technician, today marks our very own Mike Harris’ retirement from Estes Heating and Air. One of our senior residential service technicians, Mike is a highly valued and appreciated member of the Estes team. Our customers are always pleased and satisfied with Mike’s knowledge, expertise, and friendly personality.

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I couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable and affable person for the job. I’m sure Estes is going to miss him tremendously.  I look forward to the fall when I will meet the person that will be taking over his job.  They will have some impressive shoes to fill.

Thanks for the great service, Mike!

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Mike Harris began his work with Estes in 1973 and was recently presented with a Crystal Award for his 40 years of service. Mike’s daughter Sarah Hensley has worked alongside her father as our Administrative Office Coordinator for 10 years. His son Andrew Harris is an Iraq War Veteran and has also been a member of the Estes team as our Warehouse Manager for a total of 8 years, both before and after his military service. Along with his dedication and contribution to Estes, Mike also served his country during the Vietnam War in which he was a member of the 1968 and 1969 18th Engineer Barricade. For his service as a Combat Engineer Mike earned a Service Medal and two Bronze Stars.

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To show our immeasurable appreciation for all he has done for us and our customers over the years, Mike will be receiving a Mitsubishi Mini Split AC system to be installed in his home by Estes. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues and valued customers. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to have Mike Harris working with Estes over the years, and wish him all the very best!

Watch: Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

Since you spend most of your time at home, it makes sense to make your living spaces as safe as possible. Unfortunately, perhaps the most harmful elements in your home float in the air unseen.

In this video, home design expert Sherry Tyra discusses how you can improve your indoor air quality . During the dry winter, she recommends using a portable humidifier to protect your lips, throat, and skin. She also recommends staying away from paints or adhesives with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and purchasing “green” natural cleaning products. 

For more help improving your indoor air quality, call Estes Services Atlanta at (678) 733-9791. We’ve been providing the people of Atlanta with top-quality heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical services for over 63 years. Visit our website to learn more.  

Is Your Indoor Air Quality Affecting Your Health?

Many people believe that the air they are breathing inside their homes is clean and safe. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Countless homes across the United States have indoor air quality issues caused by pollutants that can cause serious health ailments. Here is some information about indoor air quality and your health :

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Common Pollutants

There are a variety of pollutants that can affect indoor air quality in the home. Biological pollutants, such as pollen and dust mites, are the most common sources of indoor air pollution. Tobacco smoke, which contains a number of substances that are poisonous to humans, is also a frequent contributor to air quality problems. Other contaminants that can pollute the air are radon, a radioactive gas, and asbestos, a mineral found in some construction building materials.

Air Quality and Health

Indoor air pollution can cause mild to severe health problems. When exposed to irritants like dust mites or mold spores, people often develop allergy symptoms such as sneezing and coughing. While typically not serious, these symptoms may require medical treatment if they persist or worsen. Other contaminants, such as radon and asbestos, can cause more serious health ailments, like lung cancer . If you suspect that the air in your home is contaminated and have any of these health ailments, you should see a doctor immediately.

Improving Indoor Air Quality

If the air quality in your home is poor, it’s vital to make improvements as fast as possible. The first step that you need to take is identify and remove the pollutant from your home. Afterwards, you should talk to an air conditioning company and have them clean your air ducts and inspect your HVAC system for any problems. Following these steps will improve the air quality in your home, allowing you to breathe healthily again.

To learn more about indoor air quality and your health, call Estes Services Atlanta at (678) 733-9791. We are a family-owned business that repairs and replaces residential air conditioning systems. For more information about our company, stop by our website or call us today. 

Summer Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips

During the hot summer months, there is nothing worse than an air conditioner breaking down. While this scenario is sometimes unavoidable, it can usually be prevented by practicing regular HVAC system maintenance . In light of this fact, here are some of the ways you can take care of your air conditioner this summer:

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Change Filter

The air filter in your HVAC system traps particles that can enter the air in your home and cause health problems. In order to keep your filter working as it should, though, you need to change it out regularly. To perform this basic procedure, all you have to do is remove the old filter, put a new filter in, and close up the filter compartment. As a general rule, you should try to replace the filter about every month in the summer or whenever the filter looks dirty.

Clean Ducts

Over time, dust and debris can become trapped in the air ducts located throughout your house. Along with affecting the quality of the air that you breathe, clogged air ducts can make your HVAC system work harder than it should. To avoid these issues, you should have your air ducts cleaned out by a certified professional. By doing so, you will keep your air conditioner working effectively throughout the warm weather season.

Trim Plants around Outside Unit

In the summertime, plants can grow too close to the outside air conditioning unit, causing it to perform less effectively. Since this can make your energy bills increase, you need to make sure that all plants are trimmed back to at least three feet from the unit. Additionally, if leaves or other debris have collected around the unit, these should be cleaned up as well.

These are only a few of the ways to maintain your air conditioning system this summer. To learn more helpful tips or to have your HVAC system inspected by a professional, call Estes Services Atlanta. We have been in business for over six decades and know what it takes to make air conditioners run at peak performance. Give us a call today at (678) 733-9791.