• Should You Switch to a Tankless Water Heater?

    The last time you replaced your air conditioner, you probably took the opportunity to upgrade to a smarter and more efficient unit than the one you previously had—so why not do the same when the time comes to replace your water heater? Like the very best air conditioners and HVAC systems, a tankless water heater can make your life more comfortable and convenient while also saving you lots of money on energy costs in the long run. Below we will discuss the pros and cons of tankless water heaters and the ideal candidate for a tankless upgrade to help you decide whether it is a good idea (and even feasible) for you to make the switch.

    Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters
    When making any significant purchase, it’s important that you weigh the pros and cons to make the most informed decision possible. While tankless water heaters are not without drawbacks, the pros certainly outweigh and outnumber the cons. Tankless water heaters provide virtually unlimited and instantaneous hot water. And because tankless heaters run only when needed, they are much more energy efficient than traditional tank models. The biggest drawback of tankless heaters is that they require higher up-front costs and can suffer freeze damage if not properly installed.

    Is Your Home a Candidate for a Tankless System?
    If you want to enjoy endless hot water and cut down on your energy bills at the same time, a tankless system is for you. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you home is a good candidate for a tankless water heater. For homes not hooked up to gas, electric tankless water heaters are available. Check the voltage and amperage requirements and make sure your home’s electricity system is up for the task. If your home can handle a tankless water heater, talk with your plumber to determine which model is right given the size of your home and your family’s hot water needs.

    If you would like additional information about tankless water heaters, contact Estes Services. We provide Atlanta residents with heating, cooling, and plumbing services . Visit our website to learn more or call us at (404) 418-6076 to speak with one of our experts about your HVAC or plumbing needs.

  • Changing an Air Conditioner Filter

    The air conditioner filter is a small and relatively cheap part of the overall cooling system, and yet it can have a major impact on the performance, efficiency, and longevity of your air conditioning unit. You should inspect your AC filter at least once every three months and clean or replace as necessary during the off season and as much as once a month during the summer months. Watch this video to learn how to change your air conditioner filter and the importance of this easy maintenance step.

    To keep your air conditioner in tip-top shape, turn to the professionals at Estes Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer a Preventive Maintenance Agreement that includes two maintenance calls each year, priority emergency HVAC service, and a discount on labor and parts for heater and air conditioner repair. Call us at (404) 418-6076 to schedule service or learn more about our Preventive Maintenance Agreements.

  • The Homeowner’s Guide to Air Conditioner Refrigerants

    Refrigerants are necessary for the use of Atlanta HVAC units like air conditioners, but it turns out that some of the popular refrigerants that have been widely used are harmful to the environment. Two types of refrigerants called CFCs and HCFCs began to be phased out of use in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and the popular R-22 is scheduled to be phased out by 2020. Here is the homeowner’s guide to air conditioner refrigerants.

    R-22 Ban
    The HCFC refrigerant called R-22 has been widely used for air conditioning systems and heat pumps for almost half a century. Unfortunately, it has been found to deplete ozone as well as contribute to global warming. The beginning of HCFC banning occurred in January of 2003, and by January of 2010 R-22 could only be imported or produced for use in existing HVAC equipment. By January of 2020, only recycled and recovered R-22 will be acceptable for use.

    Refrigerants like CFCs and HCFCs are much less dangerous when they are handled appropriately; it is when they are not recycled or recovered properly or they leak into the air when they become much more harmful. This is why HVAC units that use these refrigerants are allowed to continue to do so for the time being. Your air conditioner repair specialist can safely service your R-22 unit; although retrofits such as R-407C may be used, they are not necessary.

    With the phasing out of R-22, new heat pumps and air conditioning units have been redesigned to accommodate new refrigerants. A new air conditioning installation may make use of the R-410A refrigerant as well as a new condenser and evaporator. The efficiency of these newer units may not only benefit the environment but also your bank account.

    For more information about air conditioner refrigerants, contact Estes Heating and Air Conditioning or visit our website. We are a residential AC service that specializes in air conditioner installation, maintenance, and repair in the Atlanta area. You can find out more about our air conditioning services by calling us at (404) 361-6560 or stopping in and meeting with us.

  • Get the Most from Your Programmable Thermostat

    A programmable thermostat can be an Atlanta HVAC hero when it comes to saving money. As long as you do not have any heating or air conditioning problems in your home, you can set your thermostat once and never have to touch it again. Here is a quick look at how to get the most from your programmable thermostat.

    Programmable thermostats allow you to use your air conditioning service in the most optimal manner. A seven-day programmable thermostat allows you to program your home’s use of HVAC appliances for each day of the week individually. If you tend to have a typical weekday routine, consider a thermostat that allows you to change your preferences between the week and the weekend. Be sure to do some thinking before setting your thermostat because changing the settings requires your HVAC units to power on or off, which uses additional energy.

    Estes Heating and Air Conditioning is an Atlanta based residential AC service that provides air conditioning installation, maintenance, and repairs in the Atlanta area. Would you like to learn more about our business? Call us at (404) 361-6560 or visit our website for more information about our HVAC services.