Winding Down Your Central AC: 3 Tips to Remember

Monday, October 14th, 2019

We hate to break the news, but it’s only going to get colder this year! We know, air conditioners are still going to be useful for the last few hot days this year in Shreveport, but that heat won’t last forever! So, if you’re getting tired of using your air conditioning in Shreveport, LA and you’d rather get your heater ready for the cold days that will inevitably be here, then this blog post is for you!

You’re probably thinking to yourself, What, you don’t just leave your AC system outside for the winter?”

The answer to that question is a resounding no! There are plenty of things that a responsible homeowner can do to make sure an air conditioner is safely stored until next summer. From a quick inspection to cleaning around the unit, we’ve got a whole checklist that can keep you from panicking when the summer approaches next year.

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No, These AC Noises Are Not Normal

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Grinding, buzzing, screeching, no these noises are not normal and you should stop thinking they are! There’s nothing more frustrating, from our point of view, than a homeowner who has gone years listening to their air conditioner grinding loudly while they believed it was ordinary. We’re writing this blog post with the hope that you’re one of the more vigilant of homeowners since we just hate seeing a perfectly good AC unit slowly breakdown due to neglect and ignorance.

Though, we definitely understand the other side of the equation. How is anyone supposed to know that a grinding air conditioner isn’t normal? There isn’t a class in high school that teaches you about AC noises, so where are you supposed to be introduced to that information? Well, before you call for air conditioning repair in Shreveport, perhaps reading a couple of our blogs can give you some background into your air conditioner.

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Good Questions to Ask About an AC Installation

Monday, September 16th, 2019

It can be easy to freeze up when a service professional finally comes to your home to install an air conditioner. We all know that feeling when all the questions you had previously thought up are gone and you just say that it “looks good.” Then the frustration kicks in when there’s a problem later on and you remember that it has to do exactly with the question you forgot to ask!

So, here’s a list of some really good questions to ask a technician when they come to provide installation services. No need to scratch your head and memorize them, you can write them down or just bring up this blog post when they get here. Any good technician providing air conditioning installation in Shreveport, LA would know the answers to these questions, and would probably be grateful for you asking them.

No need to thank us, just read on for a great set of questions.

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What a Technician Looks for During an AC Inspection

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

If you’re on the prowl for a new HVAC technician to inspect your AC, it might be beneficial to know exactly what the technician does! Specialists who work on air conditioners usually use a narrowed-down checklist that can help them identify if there are any problems with the function of your AC. While we might not be able to give you that exact checklist, we can tell you about a few items that are usually on those lists, which end up being some of the more common problems for AC systems.

AC inspections are paramount to the health and lifespan of your air conditioner. We’re not saying that you should perform your own AC inspections after reading this blog post, but maybe this information could help you be more aware of what technicians are looking for when they open up your machine. Regardless of whether or not you think there’s a problem with your AC, it’s never a bad idea to schedule HVAC maintenance in Shreveport, LA with one of our technicians.

So let’s get into it. What does a technician look for when they perform an AC inspection?

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Benefits of Great Air Conditioning You May Not Have Known

Monday, August 5th, 2019

retro-womanCan you survive the summer without air conditioning? No, we’re not joking, there are serious health benefits for those who invest in an AC installation in Shreveport, LA. Everyone likes to consider summertime air conditioning a luxury, but when you have a business or family, comfort can be a priority. We always like to tell ourselves that being a little uncomfortable in the summertime really isn’t that bad if it saves us money … right?

On the contrary, being uncomfortable due to heat means an increased heart rate, higher blood pressure, and a plethora of other potential health-related issues. Do you talk about your food or your car the same way that you talk about air conditioning? Just like ingesting rotten food could lead to illness, or driving a broken-down car could lead an accident, having no air conditioning could be detrimental to your quality of life.

So, let’s get into the specifics.

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Does Air Conditioning Cause Headaches?

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

i-have-a-headache-this-bigAir conditioning systems don’t have a long history in homes. Not as long as electricity and indoor plumbing, for example. Central air conditioning installations only became common in the 1970s. Since ACs started spreading, homeowners have wondered if these cooling devices might cause indoor health complications.

For the most part, they don’t. Air conditioning systems pose no major health concerns to a household unless a major refrigerant leak sends chemical refrigerant into the living spaces—a rare occurrence. But the way ACs operate can have a negative effect on some individuals, such as headaches.

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Mold and Your AC—Not a Good Combo!

Monday, July 8th, 2019

moldWe don’t really have a nice, dry heat here in Lousiana. Our summer season isn’t just hot. It’s sticky and it’s muggy. That level of humidity can cause some problems on top of discomfort. Remember, your air conditioner has a dehumidifying effect in your home. As refrigerant evaporates to cool the air in your house, it draws moisture out of the air. That moisture collects on the coil before dripping off into the condensate drain.

You probably know that damp conditions can lead to the growth of biological pollutants like bacteria and mold. That latter one is a real concern when it comes to your air conditioning system. Avoid this highly undesirable combination with these tips from the Shreveport, LA, HVAC professionals on our team. Should mold start in your AC, remember, that system can potentially spread the spores throughout your entire home. That is definitely not a situation that you want to allow for.

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5 Facts About Your Thermostat We Think You Should Know

Monday, June 24th, 2019

digital-thermostatThe thermostat is a small but essential appliance in your home. It’s easy to overlook, but think about the job it does: it controls the comfort levels in your house and the fans circulating the air. (If you have a humidistat as part of the thermostat, it also controls humidity levels.) Unfortunately, people often have misunderstandings about thermostats, and this can end up raising their comfort costs.

We don’t want you to have lesser comfort and higher utility bills because of thermostat myths. We’ll lay out some important truths about your household thermostat to help.

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The Full Cooling and Dehumidifying Solution

Monday, June 10th, 2019

standard-fan-white-backgroundSummers in Louisiana bring both heat and humidity—and everyone knows this is an unpleasant combo! No matter how hot it is, a high level of humidity will make the heat feel worse. This is because the moisture in the air makes it harder for the human body to release heat through perspiration. With more heat trapped in the body, people feel even hotter than the air around them.

Since we frequently experience relative humidity above 80% during the summer (which is already 20% above what’s considered comfortable), we have an uphill battle cooling down our homes. Air conditioners must run more often to overcome the effects of both the heat and humidity, and this creates higher energy bills. The extra humidity is also harmful to furnishings in a home and allows mold, mildew, and fungus to start to grow.

But you can trust us to help you out with a whole-house dehumidifying solution.

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Why Ductless Cooling Is a Great Option for Homes With No Ductwork

Monday, May 27th, 2019

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Not every home in our area was built with central cooling in mind, and that means plenty of homes lack the ductwork necessary for a standard air conditioning system.

If you live in one of these homes, you do have choices for providing cooling during the summers. You can even arrange to have a central AC put in, although it will require adding ductwork. This isn’t convenient (or even possible) for all homes, however. What are the other choices?

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