• A Quick Look at the History of Air Conditioning

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    In 1758, Benjamin Franklin discovered that liquid evaporation always has a cooling effect. This discovery served as a catalyst for John Gorrie’s patented compression-based cooling machine in 1852. Then, in 1914, a wealthy Minnesotan named Charles Gilbert Gates decided he would have an air conditioning unit installed in his home. In doing so, he was the first consumer in history who owned a personal air conditioning system. The window air conditioner was invented by J.H. Shultz and J.Q. Sherman in 1931. By the end of the 1950’s, more than ten times as many homes were equipped with air conditioners as were in 1949.

    It’s hard to imagine life without air conditioners—and thanks to Estes Heating & Air Conditioning, you don’t have to. Our air conditioner repair experts will keep you cool all summer long. We can even help you find the right air conditioner replacement if your old unit is on its last leg. Contact us online or call us at (404) 361-6560 to learn more about our air conditioner repair and installation services.

  • Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

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    Air conditioners are sizeable investments, so it makes sense why most homeowners are hesitant to have their ACs replaced until the last possible moment. Unfortunately, waiting to replace your air conditioner until it takes its final breath can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars more than replacing it when it starts to nosedive. An old air conditioner is also risky during the summer months, when triple-digit heat waves can be deadly without cold air. To save you money and keep your family comfortable, here are some signs that it’s time to replace your air conditioner.

    Your Home is Uncomfortable
    If your home is too hot or too cold, or if some rooms in your home are more uncomfortable than others, your air conditioner could be to blame. With warm temperatures on the horizon, now is the time to upgrade your air conditioner to ensure that your family is comfortable.

    Your Equipment Needs Frequent Repairs
    If you are constantly calling your air conditioner repair company to fix your heating and cooling equipment, it may be in your best interest to upgrade your entire air conditioning unit. New air conditioners can be expensive, but the cost of repairs add up, and you’ll eventually have to replace your air conditioner anyways.

    Your Energy Bills Are Going Up
    If you notice your energy bills going up, particularly during the summer months, your air conditioner may be on its last leg. Old, inefficient air conditioners can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars extra in energy costs over their life.

    If it’s time to replace your air conditioner, contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning. Our air conditioner replacement experts can help you find the best unit for your home, and we’ll even install it for optimal performance. Visit our website to learn more about our heating and cooling services, or call us at (404) 361-6560 to schedule an in-home estimate .

  • Tips for Purchasing an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner

    Monthly savings, tax credits, and rebates all make buying an energy-efficient air conditioner a good deal in the long run. But how do you know which unit is right for your home? In this video, you will learn some tips for purchasing the best energy-efficient air conditioner for your home. Some of the tips covered in this video include getting the size of the area to be cooled, looking for the Energy Star logo, and comparing SEER and EER ratings among energy-efficient air conditioners.

    For professional help selecting a new air conditioner, contact Estes Heating & Air Conditioning. Our air conditioning replacement experts can measure your home and recommend a new unit. We can even install it for you. To get started, contact us online or call us at (404) 361-6560 to set up an in-home consultation with one of our air conditioner replacement experts.

  • 7 Ways to Help Your Air Conditioner Live Longer [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Did you know that the average lifespan of most air conditioners is between 10 and 15 years? However, if you take good care of your A/C unit, you might be able to extend its lifespan. Regular maintenance performed by a qualified HVAC repair specialist will help catch any small problems that need to be fixed before they get worse. You can also have your HVAC company clean your ducts, which will allow cool air to flow into your home more freely. If you are just having an air conditioner installed, find out if it can be placed on the shady side of your home so it’s not subject to glaring sunlight more than necessary. Check out this infographic from Estes Heating & Air Conditioning in Atlanta to learn more about prolonging the life of your air conditioner. Please share with your family and friends, and stay cool this summer!


  • Tommy Estes Inducted into the Prestigious Carrier® Dealer Hall of Fame

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    Carrier inducted Atlanta resident and business owner Tommy Estes into its prestigious Dealer Hall of Fame at the 2014 Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer conference held in Nashville, Tennessee. Estes owns and operates Estes Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer (FAD) in Atlanta. Carrier, the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

    This lifetime achievement recognition is presented annually to select industry-leading contractors nominated by distributors and chosen by Carrier management. Nominees must be FADs and have a minimum of 20 years associated with Carrier as their primary brand.

    “The Carrier Dealer Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor dealers who demonstrate enthusiasm, loyalty and courage in their work and who embody the same leadership philosophy as Willis Carrier, the founder of our company and the inventor of modern air conditioning,” said Chris Nelson, president, residential and commercial systems, Carrier. “Tommy Estes exemplifies compassion and commitment to his employees, his community, his customers and to Carrier. It is our honor to present him with this recognition.”

    Other noted qualities among recipients are vision to seize opportunity, a focus on continuous improvement, and personal and professional integrity. Although thousands of dealers across the country represent Carrier brand products, fewer than 1,500 surpass the high standards defined by the company to qualify as a FAD. Among those, Estes is one of only three dealers to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. The other two inductees are Mario Taylor of Taylor Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc. in St. Augustine, Fla.; and the late James Lane of James Lane Air Conditioning & Plumbing Co. in Wichita Falls, Texas.

    Estes’ father, N.B. “Nap” Estes, founded the company in 1949, and it has been affiliated with Carrier ever since. When Tommy Estes joined the company full time in 1971, Estes Heating & Air Conditioning was already one of Atlanta’s leading heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) companies and Carrier dealerships. However, Estes had the foresight to recognize the changing competitive market, and he persuaded his father to allow him to manage a small residential department within the company. He introduced maintenance agreements to Atlanta long before they were popular, thus positioning the company for solid growth even through challenging economic times. He has since expanded the business into home-performance contracting, plumbing, electrical, commercial retrofit, service and replacement, and continues to be one of Carrier’s top FADs.

    Over the years, Estes has donated to many charities, including United Way Worldwide, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Hudson Foundation, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Estes and his family also provide Christmas gifts for the children at the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home.

    Estes Heating & Air Conditioning received the Carrier President’s Award in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Estes shared his innovative perspective and marketing savvy on the panel for the creation of Carrier Energy Experts. He has been committed to the Carrier brand since joining the company in 1971, continuing in his father’s footsteps. Estes has also received numerous awards, including National Contractor of the Year from the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and 2010 Residential Contractor of the Year from Contracting Business magazine. In addition, ACHR News named him a Residential All-Star in 2005 and 2006 and Best Contractor to Work For in 2002.

    Estes is proud to be transitioning the business ownership to the third generation; his son Brian will take over the helm of Estes Heating & Air Conditioning in the near future.