• Your Guide to Green HVAC Terminology

    Today’s HVAC technology has become more energy efficient than ever, offering savings on your monthly bills and a reduced dependence on limited natural resources. Understanding the terminology you will encounter when looking to replace or upgrade your HVAC system can help you make the right choice for your needs. If you have questions about how green technology can benefit your home or business, contact Estes Heating and Cooling Services for fast, friendly assistance.

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    AFUE
    AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency. This measure of the efficiency of gas-burning heating systems is determined by the amount of heating provided by each dollar’s worth of fuel. A higher AFUE rating indicates a greater heating efficiency.

    COP
    The Coefficient of Performance (COP) rates a heat pump’s efficiency in translating energy input into heating output. COP is measured without any supplementary heating input by a separate furnace and considers only consistent operating conditions.

    EER
    Air conditioning systems  are rated using EER, or Energy Efficiency Ratio. EER is a ratio of cooling capacity in BTUs per hour to energy input in watts.

    HSPF
    The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) is a measure of a heat pump’s total output in BTUs divided by the electrical input in watt-hours required to produce that heat. A more efficient heat pump will provide greater heating output while requiring lower energy input.

    SEER
    SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, which is a rating given to air conditioning units. The SEER rating is calculated by dividing the system’s cooling ability in BTUs by the cost of electricity to run the air conditioner in watt-hours. More efficient air conditioners thus earn a higher SEER value, reflecting their lower operating costs.  

    At Estes Heating and Cooling Services, we offer a variety of green HVAC products for improved performance and a reduced carbon footprint. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of going green, contact a heating and cooling expert by calling (404) 361-6560. We invite you to check out additional information about environmentally-friendly heating and cooling solutions  on our website .

  • How Poor Indoor Air Quality Could Be Impacting Your Child’s Health

    Did you know that the air inside your home could be many times more polluted than the air outside? Today, homes are so well-sealed against the outdoor environment that it can be easy for pollutants and allergens to accumulate inside ductwork and HVAC appliances. Children breathe at a higher rate than adults, meaning they inhale more of these harmful substances when they are present in your home’s air. Duct cleaning services will remove all of this buildup to improve indoor air quality and create a healthier environment for your child.

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    Asthma Triggers
    Asthma in children  of all ages is on the rise, and may in part be due to poor air quality inside the home. As efforts to seal homes against outdoor temperature changes and drafts have improved, indoor air has become more polluted because there is less air exchange to infuse the home with fresh, clean air. This increases the prevalence of asthma triggers inside your home, causing more frequent asthma attacks and other symptoms.

    Allergens
    Poor-quality indoor air shows large concentrations of many common allergens, including dust mites, animal dander, and pollen. These allergens continually circulate through your home whenever you use your heating or cooling system and can cause reactions such as a runny, nose, itchy eyes, and scratchy throat. Accumulated moisture, dust, and debris may also attract pests, such as cockroaches and mold, which are themselves common allergy triggers.

    VOCs
    Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are gases given off by many household cleaning products. VOCs are also emitted by certain types of furniture, carpeting, flooring, and wall coverings. These compounds can have both short- and long-term health effects, causing allergy-like symptoms, fatigue, dizziness, and even cancer.

    Estes Heating and Cooling Services is proud to provide duct cleaning in addition to heating and cooling  maintenance and repair in Atlanta , Marietta, Alpharetta, Duluth, and Peachtree City. Call us today at (404) 361-6560 to schedule service for your home or business. You can learn more about indoor air quality and how you can improve your home’s air on our blog.

  • How Do Surge Protectors Work?

    Power strips have become extremely common in recent years due to the increase in household technology. Many of these power strips incorporate surge protection technology to guard against power fluctuations that could damage computers and other expensive electronics.

    This video explains how surge protectors work. Surge protectors, also called metal oxide varistors, were developed in 1973. These devices are integrated into a circuit board and only become active when the voltage rises above a set limit. When this happens, the surge protector clamps down on the voltage to protect anything further down on the circuit.

    Estes Heating and Cooling Services is pleased to introduce our newest division: Estes Electrical. Our technicians specialize in electrical panels, wiring, outlets, lighting, ceiling fans, and more in the Atlanta area. Please call (404) 361-6560 or click on our web contact form to schedule heating, cooling, or  electrical work

  • Signs Your Furnace Isn’t Working Properly

    Your home’s furnace provides essential heat for your home during the cold weather of the winter season. Understanding how your furnace works can help you spot the signs that your heating system may not be functioning properly. Estes Heating and Cooling Services can provide repairs or replacement of your HVAC system at any time of the year to ensure your home remains comfortable at any time of the year.

    Paying The Bills

    High Utility Bills
    An HVAC system that is not functioning efficiently uses excess energy without producing adequate results, which often causes a spike in your utility costs. Compare your current bill with your bill from the same month last year. If nothing else has changed, the increase could be due to your furnace.

    Strange Sounds
    While your HVAC system should make some noise while it operates, certain sounds indicate trouble. Popping, sizzling, hissing, or squealing sounds should not occur during normal furnace function. Additionally, constant humming or clicking sounds are indications that mechanical parts are failing. If you notice any sound that seems out of the ordinary, consult an HVAC expert to find the cause.

    Foul Odors
    You may notice a burning odor the first few times you use your heat this winter—while this is normal, a persistent odor or a particularly foul smell are cause for concern. If your furnace is dirty or clogged, you may notice strong odors while it functions. If you smell smoke or burned plastic, turn your furnace off and schedule repairs before you use it again. Natural gas is treated to smell like rotten eggs to aid in detection— if you smell gas , turn off your furnace and leave your home. Contact a heating service for repairs immediately.

    If you’re experiencing heating concerns or problems, don’t wait—contact Estes Heating and Cooling Services by calling (404) 361-6560 in the Atlanta area. Our HVAC technicians are up-to-date on the latest heating and cooling technologies to provide you with knowledgeable and effective service. Visit us on the web to find out what makes us the “ Best of Atlanta !”

  • Estes Adopt a Family – Thank You!

    Throughout the year, many families and children go without food, clothing, toiletries, house wares and toys. All the things that most of us take for granted. Thankfully, Estes Services has a wonderful staff of caring employees that donate a portion of their income, food and time to help families in need. This year, Estes employees raised over $6,000 which was used to purchase bathroom necessities, clothing, shoes and toys. Here is a thank you note from one of the three families that we sponsored this year:

    Estes Thank you Note

    Estes is thrilled to be able to help these families and children in need. Thank you to all of the employees who donated time, food and money to this great cause!

  • Understanding How Heat Pumps Can Warm Your Home

    If it’s time to upgrade or replace your HVAC system , consider installing a heat pump for all your indoor comfort needs. Heat pumps lower the cost of heating your home by using the ambient heat of the air or even the Earth to maintain a comfortable temperature inside. Additionally, a heat pump provides heating in the winter and cooling in the summer to eliminate the need for a separate furnace and air conditioner in your home.

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    How Air-Source Heat Pumps Work
    An air-source heat pump works like an air conditioner in reverse to provide more efficient heating in the winter than an electrical furnace system. Air-source heat pumps work by drawing outdoor air over copper coils filled with a refrigerant solution. The refrigerant absorbs heat from the air and transfers it to another copper coil inside your home, which releases the heat for distribution through your home via your ducts. However, if the temperature outside falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, air-source heat pumps lose efficiency and a secondary heating solution may be required.

    How Ground-Source Heat Pumps Work
    Rather than drawing heat from the outside air, a heat pump can instead draw heat from the Earth. Although the surface temperature of the Earth may change, the temperature at a depth of ten feet below ground is a consistent 57 degrees Fahrenheit. A ground-source or geothermal heat pump utilizes a loop of buried pipe called a heat exchanger. Water or a refrigerant liquid is circulated through the heat exchanger to draw heat from the Earth and transfer it indoors, where it is sent through your ducts by an air blower to heat your home. Currently, the installation of a geothermal heat pump qualifies for a  personal tax credit  with a rebate amount of 30%.

    Are you interested in learning more about heat pumps for heating and cooling your Atlanta home? Estes Heating and Cooling Services has the answers you need—just call (678) 733-9791 to speak with a heating professional. You can learn more about your  heating and cooling options  on our blog.