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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Evaluating Your Heating Costs to Plan for Next Winter

Monday, April 1st, 2019

plannerWhen 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.

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Late Season Furnace Repair? Don’t Delay—Here’s Why

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Furnace-standardAs 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:

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A Few Common Heat Pump Repair Problems

Monday, March 4th, 2019

snowflake-and-sunshine-housesThe 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.

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Why Is There a Burning Odor From the Furnace?

Monday, February 18th, 2019

furnace-burners-smallA 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.

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Service for the Honeywell Generator We Installed

Monday, December 24th, 2018

home-generatorWe’re proud to call ourselves “The Doctor of Home Comfort” for the area. Part of maintaining comfort for local homeowners now involves installing excellent whole-house generators from Honeywell. (We also install them for commercial buildings.) With a Honeywell Generator in Shreveport, LA for your house, you’re protected against a sudden power loss that would otherwise drop your house into the dark—and could mean serious trouble during extreme weather conditions because it would shut down your HVAC system as well. Honeywell Generators come in a wide range of sizes and capabilities, and they turn on automatically in case of a power loss—so you’re protected even if you aren’t home.

However, a generator is only useful for a house if it turns on when it needs to. If you can’t trust your generator—then it’s not much good! The whole point is to remove your worries about what happens if there’s an extended power blackout.

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Duct Cleaning Is Good for Your AC (And Your Heater!)

Monday, July 9th, 2018

duct-cleaning-before-after“What, another thing I need to get cleaned regularly?” We know that keeping track of various maintenance tasks for a house can feel daunting, but duct cleaning is actually one that’s easy to have scheduled and completed. You don’t need it done every year, but it’s worth arranging for every 3 to 5 years. So if you’ve never had air duct cleaning done for your home before, you’re probably overdue for it.

Ah, but we haven’t got to the “why” part of duct cleaning. Why do you need to have this job done at all? There are many reasons, but since we’re settled into the heat of summer now, we’re going to look at how clean air ducts is good for your air conditioning system. (And we’ll throw in a mention of the heater as well in the parentheses, in case you reading this in the winter.)

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What Is Refrigerant—Really?

Monday, May 14th, 2018

air-conditioning-condensers-on-risersIf you looked up the word refrigerant in a dictionary, you’d probably come across a definition like this:

re·frig·er·ant: noun 1. A substance used for refrigeration.

Not terribly informative or helpful, is it? If you’re curious about what the refrigerant in your home’s air conditioning system is, how it actually provides cooling, and why it’s so important, we’re here to give the dictionary a bit of help.

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Replace Your Old AC with a High-Efficiency Unit!

Monday, April 30th, 2018

air-conditioner-money-saverYou’ve had your current air conditioner for more than ten years. Maybe more than fifteen or twenty. It’s just not working as well as it used to, or it’s started to run up astronomical bills each summer. Maybe it’s breaking down frequently and needs repair to keep it hobbling on. Or you might feel it’s time to retire it before all of those things start happening.

That’s great! Replacing your old air conditioner can significantly improve your life during summer, not to mention keep your electrical bills under control. You also have some excellent new options for air conditioners that are better than your old system was even when it was new. We recommend you look into a high-efficiency air conditioning unit.

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Duct Cleaning Makes Allergy Season Much Easier

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

allergy-season-plantsSpring cleaning covers more than just sweeping up dust in a house after the winter is over. One vital cleaning job you should consider scheduling this spring if you haven’t had it done for a number of years is air duct cleaning. A clean ventilation system improves the performance of your air conditioning system (and your heater as well when it gets back to work in fall), lowers the amount of dust inside the system that can cause repair needs, and prevents steep drops in energy efficiency.

But duct cleaning also helps with allergy season—which is already here! If sneezing, sniffling, dry eyes and nose, and other spring allergy reactions are making life in your house unpleasant, one way to improve the situation is duct cleaning.

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