Tips for Boosting Heating Efficiency

checklist-with-red-markerIf there is anything that Snellville residents have in common, it’s their need for fully efficient air conditioning. So to talk about heating services may seem a little out of place for us. Still though, there’s no denying that when it does dip into chillier temperatures, we need efficient heaters too. Sure, you can buy a high-efficiency furnace or heat pump, but you’re still at the mercy of everyday efficiency drains. What are those? Well, things like a lack of insulation, drafty windows and doors, and lack of proper maintenance.

If there’s anything else Snellville residents have in common, it’s their desire to save money. Read on as we explore what can impact heating efficiency how you can do just that.

How to Tell if Your Heater Needs Repair

vent-low-on-wallIt’s the time of year where you’re starting to use your heating system more and more. This should be causing an increase in your comfort, but what if all you discover is that you’re not as comfortable as you think you should be? Let’s say you’re running your heater a reasonable amount of time, but it doesn’t seem to be improving your home’s temperature? This definitely means that something is amiss.

If this sounds familiar to you, you’re right to be concerned. There’s a good chance that something is wrong, internally, with your heater. When problems like this crop up, it means it’s time to give our professional a call. Our trained technicians can accurately identify the source of your heating system problem, and address it in a timely manner. Read on to learn what you should be on the lookout for.

Do Georgia Heaters Need Maintenance?

georgia-homeWhen you tell people you live in the south, they probably very quickly have an idea of the weather you deal with. Let’s face it, we’re known for our heat and humidity in the summer! And so, you probably don’t give a whole lot of consideration to your heating system.

However, while you might not think this is the case, if you have lived here for even just a year then you know our winters can get pretty darn chilly. When they do, you’ll be grateful for a fully functional and efficiently operating heater! So, yes, that heater needs maintenance, every year! Read on to learn more.

Should a New Furnace Be Your Next Home Comfort Purchase?

The short answer to this question? It’s complicated. We know that’s not what you want to hear but it’s the truth. And as a local team of HVAC experts that’s dedicated to serving our community, we believe you deserve the truth, not an easy answer that will sell more systems. The bottom line is that a furnace is a great option for many homes, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.

There are different types of furnaces. Some homes might do better with a gas furnace since they have access to a natural gas line. Other homes might fair better with an electric furnace, or even a heat pump system. We’re going to use this blog post to break down the different types of heating systems when it comes to your home comfort requirements and budget.

Let’s try to figure out which system is right for your home.

Is it Ever Too Early for Heating Maintenance?

technician-working-on-furnaceThe official end of summer is upon us, and soon enough you will be using your heating system to keep you warm. True, our winters aren’t nearly as dramatic or even as long as winter is for our neighbors up north. However, cooler temperatures can certainly leave you and your household uncomfortable without a properly cared for heater.

One of the best things you can do for that heating system is to schedule routine maintenance. And no, it’s not too early for this service! Keep reading as we uncover just why heating maintenance is so vital for the health of your heater, and why it’s also important to have it done this season to get the most out of it. 

Signs That It’s Time to Go Ductless!

woman-sitting-on-couch-turning-on-ductless-air-handler-with-remoteAs we come to the official end of summer, it can be really easy to dismiss your cooling system needs. While it stays warmer longer in our part of the country than in others, it’s still only natural to look forward to when you can start using your air conditioner less and less. But what if you need AC repair in Dacula, GAOr what if AC repair isn’t going to cut it and it’s actually time to replace the system altogether?

A trained and experienced HVAC professional, such as a member of our team, can help you make an educated decision about this. But if you are considering replacing your air conditioner this year, and/or your heater, then you’ve come across the right blog post. It may very well be time for you to think about going ductless. There are many reasons to do so. Read on to learn what they are!

Are You Using Your Air Conditioner Efficiently?

two-technicians-working-on-outside-ac-unitMaybe you think something like this is out of your control. HVAC systems account for half of all energy use in a home, so how could you possibly use yours efficiently? Is this an oxymoron?

No, not at all! The truth is, many homeowners in our area are not using their air conditioners as efficiently as they could be, and as a result, they’re paying a lot more than they should have to on their utility bills.

Now, one of the ways to boost efficiency is going to cost a little money–but it’s less costly than having surprise breakdowns or inefficient system operation. And that’s maintenance. Every year, you should have air conditioner maintenance professionally done. It allows us to fully inspect, clean, and adjust the components that need it to help boost system efficiency.

But there are other steps that don’t cost you anything at all or at least only cost you pennies, to implement. Read on as we uncover what they are!

Don’t Believe This AC Refrigerant Misconception!

insulated-refrigerant-lineDo you know how air conditioning refrigerant works? You probably know that it helps the cooling process, but what you might not know is that it is 100% responsible for the cooling process. The air that comes through your room vents and brings the temperature down cannot happen without refrigerant.

Unfortunately, though, there’s a pretty common misconception about refrigerant that leads homeowners to use their air conditioners pretty inefficiently, leading to potential emergency repair needs and maybe even premature replacement. What is that misconception? Long story short, people believe that refrigerant is a fuel, and that it depletes like gasoline does from a car.

Read on as we uncover why this is a dangerous assumption, and what you should know about refrigerant leaks.

Pay Attention to These Signs of an AC in Disrepair

animated-checklist-on-clipboardHave you ever noticed that your air conditioner doesn’t seem to be working quite right? Maybe you’re tempted to put off calling for repairs. If your air conditioner is still running, just not as well as it could be, this is understandable. You want to save your summer vacation money, after all! But unfortunately, delaying repairs could leave you with an even costlier problem, and potentially even the need for premature system replacement.

We encourage our customers to take care of their air conditioning systems as soon as they realize they need repairs. But how do you know when this might be the case? We ask this knowing that you are probably not an air conditioning expert–that’s our job! However, it’s a good idea to know the basics, and to know the signs that you just may have an air conditioner in disrepair. Read on to learn what they are!

Is a Heat Pump the Answer to Your Cooling Needs?

vent-low-on-wallIf you’ve come across this blog post, we’re going to take a guess and say that you’re in the market for a new cooling system. Whether you’re considering having a different type of air conditioner installed, or replacing your old one for the same type, we believe it’s worth your time to consider the benefits of a heat pump system.

Heat pumps offer comfort and budget solutions for homeowners all throughout Lawrenceville and beyond. They’re great systems, that can keep your indoor climate at an ideal temperature all year long. Want to learn more about the benefits and see if a heat pump is the answer to your cooling needs? Well then read on!