12 consecutive years!
Click to read more.

Excellent Ratings on Angie's List HVAC Repair
Empire HVAC Decatur Georgia

Call Now
For a free consultation
404-596-6161

All posts by Empire Blog

Ways to Save Money on Energy Bills This Summer

Posted by Empire Blog at 1:09 pm on March 27, 2017

Save Energy | Turn Up Thermostat

Summer is the season of fun and festivity along with family picnics and tons of outdoor activities. Despite summer being a great time, it is also a time of high temperatures and unfortunately, high energy bills. Let’s look at some simple tips to save you money during the scorching heat of summer.

 

Adjust Thermostat Settings

 

A major portion of your energy bills this summer are related to how often your air conditioner works. The lower you set it, the harder your AC unit must work to cool down your home. So, to save money on energy bills, try setting it has high as possible and still be comfortable. If you and your family are out of the house for work or school, set the thermostat even higher for even more savings.

 

Alternatively, consider a “smart” thermostat which can be programmed through WIFI even if you are away from home. This type of thermostat will also allow you set predetermined temperature set points based on time of day or date.

 

Use Fans

 

Instead of setting your AC unit’s temperature so low, consider using ceiling fans. This will allow you set the temperature a bit higher and still be comfortable. Also, your ceiling fan uses much less energy resulting in more savings. You can also consider various portable fans to use while working in different areas of your home.

 

Doors and Windows

 

Another way to save on energy bills this summer is to ensure your doors and windows are closed while the AC is running during the summer. Having the windows and doors open while its warm outside will make your unit harder than necessary. Alternatively, in cooler climates, some may want to open their windows at night before you going to bed.  Please note you would only want to do this outside of the really hot weather.  Opening windows at night can bring in excessive moisture that can make the unit work that much harder on high demand days.

 

Maintenance

 

Another important aspect of lowering your energy bills this summer involves maintaining your AC unit so that it operates efficiently. Make sure your AC unit, vents, and registers are free from dust and other debris. Clean your air filters or install new ones. In addition, call one of our service techs to perform internal maintenance on your AC unit so that it operates as efficiently as possible this summer.

 

Conclusion

 

Enjoying the summer while saving money on energy bills has never been easier with these tips. Remember to contact the experts on our team if you ever need help following these tips or if your AC unit needs maintenance work done. We are here to help you get more out of your AC unit.

Ways to Keep Air Cooler In Your Home This Summer

Posted by Empire Blog at 12:25 pm on March 14, 2017

keep air cool in home this summerRecently, warmer than usual temperatures have been reported on the news. Though this gives much needed relief from ice cold temperatures, it could also mean higher temperatures during the summer and much higher cooling costs if you are not prepared. So, let’s get ahead of the curve by following these tips to keep more cool air in your home and thus more money in your pocketbook.

Blinds and Shades

When sunlight passes through your windows, it acts to heat up your floors and your home if the blinds are open. During the summer months keeping blinds and shades open is a bad idea. Whenever possible, keep them closed to help keep more the hot sun from heating your home from the outside in and thus preventing your AC unit from working needlessly. Besides keeping blinds closed, take a look at installing drapes and curtains to as well.

Trees

Consider planting some trees, especially in areas near windows. When fully grown and bloomed during the summers, the tree will act to block sunlight. As a result, your AC unit won’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool in certain parts which also helps lower your energy bills.

Indoor Plants

Besides planting trees outside, try putting plants inside your home as well. Plants are well-known to produce oxygen and absorb sunlight thus creating more humidity and reducing overall temperatures inside your home.

Attic Fans

When sunlight hits your roof, the air inside your attic tends to get warmer. Eventually, your home will get warmer as more warm air gets trapped inside your attic. Installing attic fans help to remove the warm air thus helping to cool down your home without extra help from your AC unit. Consult with professionals and experienced installers before attempting to install attic fans.

Leaks

As your home gets older, it tends to have more leaks thus creating more opportunities for cool air to escape. Before the summer hits, check all your doors and windows and see if they are properly sealed. Next, check your ducts and vents and make sure they are sealed as well. Have one of our professionals come out to help you inspect and properly seal ducts.

Also, have your AC unit inspected by one of our team members to ensure it is operating at peak efficiency.

Conclusion

Keeping your home cool is easier than you think with these tips. To inspect for leaks and the unit itself, our team of licensed professionals can help. These suggestions will not only help you save your hard-earned money, they will also help you enjoy the upcoming fun of summer!

When to Have Your AC System Checked This Year

Posted by Empire Blog at 12:14 pm on March 8, 2017

air conditioning check early springAfter a week of beautiful days, balmy evenings, and cool nights, it can be easy to fall into a lull before the pollen-covered cars and the eventual blistering heat of summer. Many households are opting to leave their windows open during the evenings, and only running their air conditioners at night. Due to the recent heat, however, our typical spring flowers are beginning to bloom much earlier than normal. While the weather has been enjoyable this ‘winter’, your air conditioning system may have lost a step with the strange demand changes from its usual usage, and that may be leaving your family at risk.

Microscopic particles are constantly flying around, and every time you sit on the couch, fluff a pillow, wipe off a counter or even scratch your head, more and more of them get into the air. Add the new pollen outburst, and you’ve got a perfect storm for allergies to affect your home. Regardless of the age of your air conditioner, it is important to have a technician come out and check on the unit twice a year to ensure optimal output and energy consumption. Now is the perfect time for you to have your air conditioner checked by an experienced, NATE certified professional for two reasons:

  1. You will have the peace of mind and a certified technician’s approval of your units’ current output and efficiency.
  2. If the worst happens and there is a problem, the certified technicians from Empire will give you a diagnosis and possible solutions quickly and accurately.

All of this, while being backed by Empire’s stellar customer service staff and optional Planned Maintenance Agreement, which can save you 20% on labor costs on any future problems, as well as having our certified technicians come out twice a year to ensure your system is running at optimal efficiency. If you are on the other end of the spectrum, however, and know your air conditioning system is on its last leg already, now is the best time to call and have our Comfort Specialist come out and give you a free estimate on a new system that is perfect for you and your home.

While allowing a stranger to come into your home may make some people uneasy, Empire has consistently been praised as ‘compassionate’, ‘professional’, and ‘friendly’. At Empire, we don’t view our patrons as customers, but rather as an extension of our family. Because of this, every one of our customers gets the best quality service every time. We look forward to making your family part of our own!

5 Tips to Keeping Your Home Warm During Freezing Temperatures

Posted by Empire Blog at 10:56 pm on January 26, 2017


heat your home during freezing weatherWinter time is full of holidays and festivities as well as beautiful white snow. Even though the winter season brings along freezing temperatures and rough weather, your home should serve as a warm refuge. Heating your home while it’s freezing outside should not be difficult or expensive. Follow these 5 simple and cost-effective tips to help keep your home warm.

 

Install Curtains

Most homes today come with blinds that keep the sunlight out and help protect privacy. Because the blinds are made of plastic, heat will tend to escape from your house. In addition to using blinds, it is a good idea install curtains around windows. The cloth material will prevent much of the heat from escaping so you won’t have to keep turning up the thermostat saving you a bundle of money.

Welcome the Sun

Even though temperatures could be near freezing, the sun could still be shining. Take advantage of the sunlight and open your blinds to let in the warmth of the sun into your home. However, remember to close your blinds or curtains once the sunlight is gone. Not only will this help heat your home, it will also lessen the need to increase your thermostat level during the day.

Insulation Kits

Much of the heat in our homes escape through windows and doors. Consider installing clear, plastic insulation available in hardware stores or online on your windows to keep the heat in your home. Alternatively, you could also consider covering your windows with bubble wrap but the former is a much more attractive solution.

Besides plastic insulation, you could install draft snakes under your doors or windows. Draft snakes are fabric shaped into tubes as wide as your windows or doors.

Space Heaters

If you are trying to save money on energy bills this year, space heaters may be a good option especially if you only use a small part of your house. In this case, consider setting the thermostat low and using a space heater.

However, you should take caution when using one. Never leave the house or the area for a long period of time with the space heater running. Also, make sure to select a space heater with an automatic shutoff feature. Using space heaters can keep part of your home warm without having to make your heater work overtime.

Heating System Inspection

Part of the solution to keeping your home warm during the winter season is to inspect your heating system. This will ensure that your unit is operating at peak efficiency. Make sure to clean vents and change out filters.

Alternatively, our team of licensed professionals can do these services in addition to inspecting heating system components. If necessary, they can replace old and worn out components to ensure that your home will be kept warm cost-effectively.

Conclusion
This winter don’t let the freezing temperatures keep your home cold or make your heater work extra when it doesn’t need to. Implement these cost-effective steps and have our professionals take a look at your heater. Your home and your pocketbook will thank you for it!


White Sale 2017

Posted by Empire Blog at 11:37 pm on January 18, 2017

NOTE: The 2017 White Sale has ended. Please be sure to check out our other specials here.

This year with the Empire Heating and Air Conditioning Annual White Sale we bring you great deals on many of our best products to keep your home comfortable, clean and efficient. Take advantage of these deals now because this sale ends February 15th

 

Save Up to $1350 in Instant Rebates or 0% for 36 Months on Daikin Ductless or Daikin Ductless or Central Heating and Cooling Systems | Empire HVACCentral Heating and Cooling Systems

Daikin has set the standard worldwide in Ductless heating and air conditioning for many years and is rapidly bec   oming one of America’s favorite brands for central systems as well!

 

SAVE $400Aprilaire Whole House Steam Humidifier | Empire HVAC

On the New Aprilaire Whole House Steam Humidifier. Don’t put up with window condensation and static electricity caused by air as dry as the desert. Winter heating can cause indoor humidity to plummet. Adding an efficient on demand central humidifier is just what you need to be comfortable and enjoy the indoors on those cold winter days.

 

SAVE $250Water Heaters by Bradford White | Empire HVAC

On Water Heaters by Bradford White.  Made in America for over 100 years Bradford white is a brand and a company that takes great pride in delivering excellent products and support. Our most popular Defender series include the enhanced safety control and the Hydrojet total performance system. Our installation and every part (not just the tank) is warrantied for six full years.

 

Save $200

Whole House Air Purification System | HVACOn the Healthy Home Duo Whole House Air Purification System. The Healthy Home Duo combines two state-of-the-art technologies to purify the air in your home. In the first stage of the Duo, the air is exposed to a powerful, ultraviolet C (UVC) germicidal light that neutralizes and destroys airborne invaders such as bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungi.

The second stage of the Duo uses patented PRO-Cell™ Technology, our exclusive Photo-Reactive Oxidation process. When the patented aluminum honeycomb cells are exposed to the UVC germicidal light, the PRO-Cell’s extensive surface area transforms the odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into harmless, odorless water vapor and carbon dioxide.

 

FREE Indoor Air Quality Testair quality testing | Empire HVAC

Ever wonder what’s lurking in your air? We have teamed up with Honeywell and Air Advice to provide real time testing of the six leading indicators of poor air quality. For a very limited time we are offering FREE air quality testing to the first 25 customers in our service territory that are interested in learning what’s in their air!

Don’t wait – these deals end February 15th, 2017

Call us today for details and to schedule your free in home estimate 404-294-0900

Should I Use Space Heaters or Turn up the Thermostat this Winter?

Posted by Empire Blog at 7:00 am on November 28, 2016

space heaterGetting through the winter can be tough! Every time you get cold you throw on an extra layer of clothes or adjust the thermostat a bit higher. But before you adjust your heater this winter consider using a space heater to save some money.

Why Space Heaters?

Space heaters are a very convenient option to help you warm up your house during the cold winters. Since space heaters are small, they are quite portable and can be moved anywhere. They are also inexpensive and range in price from $20 to $200.

Deciding whether or not to use a space heater boils down to the size of the room you are heating. If the room is large like an entire living room, you may need to operate it for much longer or turn on additional heaters. On the other hand, if you just need a little extra heat while working at your desk, using a space heater will be more cost effective than increasing the thermostat temperature.

Potential Drawbacks of Space Heaters

Although space heaters are convenient, there are some drawbacks to using them. If you need to warm up a large area of your home, you will end up needing multiple units. Since the units require a great deal of electricity, you may end up spending more using space heaters.

Another factor that determines whether or not to use a space heater involves electricity prices. If rates for electric power are high compared to rates for gas, you may end up spending more using a space heater.

Besides comparing rates and seeing how many units you will need, consider safety. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a majority of deaths caused by fires during the winter season were a result of space heaters. When operating a space heater, it is important that you leave no flammable chemicals or materials nearby.

Other Money Saving Ideas

Concerns about your heating bill this winter should not just revolve around adjusting the thermostat or using a space heater. There are many other ways to save money.

First, consider bringing in an HVAC professional to inspect your unit. He or she will perform the necessary adjustments and fix worn out parts to ensure that your system is operating at peak efficiency.

Next, take a look at the gaps in doors and windows. Fill in these spots to prevent heat from escaping.

Finally, consider setting the temperature considerably lower when no one is home. For example, manually adjust or use the programmable feature on your thermostat to set the temperature 3, 4 or even 10 degrees below normal during the time everyone at home is either at school or work. The heating system can recover temperatures very quickly unlike the cooling system

Conclusion

Rather than adjusting the thermostat, space heaters present a convenient way to warm up your home. Before using one, consider several factors including the size of the room you are trying to heat as well as electricity rates. Also consider other money saving ideas. This winter, consider other options including space heaters to keep your family warm and your wallet full!

Next Page »