May 27th, 2019
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?
May 13th, 2019
Air conditioning maintenance can be done at any time of the year—but it makes the most sense and does the most good to have it done in the spring. That way, the air conditioning is tuned-up and repaired (if it needs repairs) right before the hot weather arrives. The timing couldn’t be better!
If you haven’t arranged for an AC maintenance appointment with an HVAC technician yet, please do it as soon as you can. Summer and the hot, humid weather is coming up fast.
April 29th, 2019
When the last cold days of winter and early spring are in your rear-view mirror you probably won’t need to turn your furnace back on until fall comes again. In fact, we recommend you do either a partial or full shutdown of your furnace system once the weather forecast shows nothing but warm days for a long stretch to come. This is an easy way to lower your energy bills.
April 15th, 2019
Spring is often a time of weird weather shifts, but the trend is toward warmer weather until the true summer heat settles in. You’ll use your home heating system less and less through April and May until it shuts off for a few months.
If you’ve been thinking about improving your home heating, spring is a good time to call professionals who know all about heating in Shreveport, LA.
April 1st, 2019
When the cold weather winds down as spring advances, you’ll want to put the winter far behind you and consider your summer plans. The air conditioner in your house will soon switch to regular operation, so this is the ideal time to schedule its annual maintenance appointment.
There are still good reasons to give some thought to your home heating system during the spring, however, and maybe even arrange for heater service in Shreveport, LA from our experts. Spring is a time when you won’t need either your heating or air conditioning system running steadily, so it’s the right period to evaluate what you may need in the future—and then have it done during a time when there’s no scheduling crunch for technicians.
March 18th, 2019
As the winter winds down and the official start of spring arrives (i.e. this week), you’ll probably not give much thought to your furnace. The weather is going to warm up gradually on the climb toward the summer heat.
But the climb isn’t always steady! There are dips and valleys during the spring, and suddenly you can find yourself needing your furnace again to keep warm. Furnace repair isn’t something you can ignore during the early days of spring, for a number of reasons:
March 4th, 2019
The heat pump is a hard-working comfort appliance. It puts in more work than a standard air conditioner or a furnace because a heat pump runs in both winter and summer. When it’s cold, a heat pump draws heat from the outside to warm the house. When it’s hot, a heat pump draws heat from out of the house to cool it. It uses the same components no matter if it’s in heating or cooling mode, so these parts can wear down rapidly over the years—twice as fast as an AC or a furnace.
The best way to keep a heat pump from succumbing to all this strain is to schedule maintenance twice a year, in spring and fall. Nothing can prevent every potential problem with a heat pump, however. We’re going to look at some of the more common troubles a heat pump may run into that will require calling experts to repair it.
February 18th, 2019
A furnace generates heat, either using gas burners or electrical heating elements, to warm up the air, then uses a blower to send the heated air into the ductwork of a home. As with any heat-generating appliance, there’s some potential for a fire hazard, although this is rare for modern furnaces. However, if you ever notice an acrid burning odor coming from the vents when your home’s furnace is running, it can be alarming.
Is there reason to be concerned? On some occasions, yes. If you don’t know why it’s happening, please shut off the furnace and call an HVAC professional for furnace repair in Shreveport, LA. Trying to investigate furnace troubles or doing repairs yourself may lead to safety hazards.
Below, we list some of the reasons why you may notice burning odors from your furnace and what to do about it.
February 4th, 2019
Indoor air quality is a big concern during two specific seasons of the year: winter and summer. Those are the times when outdoor temperatures are at extremes and homes need to be sealed up to help keep them energy efficient. The less heat a home gains in summer and loses in winter, the less energy the HVAC system needs to consume.
Those two seasons also bring specific problems. In summer, we experience high humidity in the Shreveport area, and this is where whole-house dehumidifiers are excellent. In winter, the big problem is flu and cold season, and a shut-up house can make it far easier for illnesses to spread around.
How can you alleviate this problem? We recommend using a UV air purifier in Haughton, LA.
January 21st, 2019
We’ve talked about this topic before, but it was a few years ago—and it’s one of the most important subjects to know about when it comes to home heating. Gas furnaces are the most common type of home heating systems, and cracked heat exchangers in gas furnaces are a major problem and serious potential safety hazard. Understanding the cracked heat exchanger can be a real lifesaver!