• Factors to Consider When Hiring an AC Repair Contractor

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    One of the most important details of getting your air conditioner repaired is choosing the right individual or business for the job. Your AC unit is a complicated piece of equipment that you will use very often, so it is critical to perform some due diligence. There are many factors to take into account before making a decision.

    State Regulations & Unit Type
    Before hiring anyone, it is important to do a little bit of research beforehand . For example, consider looking up the various insurance and license requirements mandated by your state, so you know the qualifications to look for in a contractor. It is also recommended to know the make and model of your unit, as well as any prior maintenance performed on it.

    Financial Information
    Before choosing a contractor, consider getting multiple proposals. You can compare each one, and pick the one that fits your situation. If you are not sure where to start, you can ask friends, family, and neighbors for referrals. It is crucial to get a proposal written out in detail and signed before making a final decision. This will ensure that costs, amount of time needed, warranties, and other factors are specified.

    Customer References
    Consider asking the contractor you want to choose for references from past clients. You will be able to get honest feedback regarding the quality of work, whether or not it was done on time, and more. If the contractor has great reviews, this can infuse you with confidence that a good job will be done on your AC unit.

    Estes Services is a premier provider of HVAC services in the Atlanta area, including air conditioning repair and replacement in both residential and commercial spaces. We have over four stars on Google with more than 200 customer reviews, so you can be confident you are making the right choice. Call us at (404) 361-6560 for more information.

  • Quick Tips for Selecting a Furnace Filter

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    Choosing an air filter for your furnace can seem like a harmless decision, but there are differences between the existing options that are important to consider. Indoor air pollution can be a serious environmental hazard, so it is critical to pick a high-quality air filter that will protect you and your family from harmful pollutants. One of the first things to consider is an air filter’s MERV rating (minimum efficiency reporting value). The higher the rating, the better it is, and they typically last longer. If you want to buy a disposable one, you can choose between fiberglass, pleated, and electrostatic options. With a MERV rating of ten, electrostatic filters are the highest-rated, and the standard size options are very affordable. Electrostatic filters also have a permanent option that lasts up to eight years with a machine-washable, removable filter. Lastly, if you want to spend more money on an air filter with a MERV rating of 14-16, consider the high-efficiency pleated options. These are typically used in hospitals.

    At Estes Heating & Air Conditioning, we take pride in creating clean air for you and your family to breathe. We perform air conditioning repairs, replacements, and other services in Atlanta and the surrounding area. Call us at (404) 361-6560 for more information.

  • Knowing When to Replace Your Furnace

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    Temperatures continue to drop as winter rolls in, and keeping warm is a top priority. In order to heat your house efficiently, it is important to maintain your furnace. However, all furnaces eventually reach a point when they are beyond repair . Knowing the right time to buy a replacement can prevent you from spending a lot of money prematurely. Here are some tips. 

    Your Energy Bills Are Going Up
    One of the biggest incentives of replacing your furnace is that new technology has the benefit of better energy efficiency . Your current furnace might be running on old technology that increases the cost of your monthly bill. Upon replacement, your new furnace will be able to use less energy to create the same amount of heat.

    The Furnace is Old
    Most furnaces in homes today last anywhere between 15 and 20 years. If your furnace is approaching that age range or is already past it, it is recommended to start shopping around for a new one. In this case, it is better to buy a furnace before it breaks down and causes you to make an emergency purchase. 

    Strange Noises and Poisonous Gases
    As they get old, furnaces tend to produce strange sounds. If you hear any screeches, pops, bangs, or the sound of it turning off and on frequently, it could be time for a replacement. Additionally, as furnaces age, certain parts can crack and release carbon monoxide into your house. This can be harmful to your health, and it is recommended to have it looked at immediately.  Signs that this is happening include the presence of a yellow burner flame in place of a normal blue one, and lack of an upward draft in your chimney, among others.

    Since 1949, Estes Services has been proudly providing heating and air conditioning services to the community of Atlanta and the surrounding areas. We specialize in a wide range of HVAC services for both residential and commercial properties. Call us at (404) 361-6560, or visit our website for more information.

  • Taking a Look at Heat Pumps

    Heating and air conditioning is usually the source of over half the cost on your energy bills. However, using a heat pump can help to improve the energy efficiency in your home, which in turn lowers your monthly bill. Rather than using fossil fuels, a heat pump absorbs the untapped heat in the air and transports it into your house using electricity. In addition to being more energy efficient, using electricity is better for the environment. Watch this video for more information.

    Estes Heating & Air Conditioning has been helping the people of Atlanta and the surrounding communities heat their homes efficiently since 1949. We provide HVAC repair and replacement, and much more. Call us today at (404) 361-6560 for an annual tune-up.