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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

Things to do Before Turning on Your Heater this Winter

Posted by Empire Blog at 7:00 am on November 21, 2016

prepare your heater for winter

When winter hits and you start shivering from the cold, your first impulse is to turn up the thermostat to warm up your home. Before the cold weather sets in you should take some important steps including preventative maintenance, safety inspection and cleaning and debris that has built up. Neglecting these steps may cause your unit use more energy than necessary or bring about unexpected, costly breakdowns.

HVAC Maintenance

One important thing you can do before turning on your heater is to have preventative maintenance done by a licensed HVAC professional. Some of the maintenance tasks will include inspecting the components of the heating system, adjusting settings, testing for carbon monoxide and performing a complete standard operational test. This ensures that your unit is working at peak efficiency and won’t suffer from unexpected breakdowns. You will also save money on heating costs.

Seal Air Leaks

To make your heater more is effective in warming up your home, you need to reduce the amount of heat that could escape. This calls for checking all windows and doors for gaps and sealing them as well as inspecting the ductwork.

Replace Filters

When you turn the heater on after a long summer, you may encounter an unusual smell. If the odor lasts for more than a couple of hours, you may need to replace or clean the filters. Find the right filter size by checking the side of the unit or the owner’s manual. If you have a reusable filter, simply vacuum and clean it with water. Once dried, place the filter back in. Be sure to check the owner’s manual for more details on cleaning and replacement procedures. If odors persist you may need to call a professional to investigate.

Inspect the Area Around the Heater

Before turning on the heater, another important step is to take a look at the area around the heating unit itself. The unit in your home may located in the garage, basement, crawl space, closet or attic. Hazardous or flammable chemicals as well as dust and debris could present a potential fire hazard. Clear the area around the unit and ensure it has enough space before starting up the heater.

Check Vents

Before turning on the heater, go into each room of your home and check the vents. Clean the dust and dirt from the vents and ensure that they are opened. This will help keep the system clean, enhance your heating system’s efficiency, and save you money.

Detectors

Every home should be equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. We recommend low level CO detectors rather than the typical store brands. Common CO detectors are set to alarm at 70 parts per million (PPM) and while that may be the federal mandate we would not want our families or customers exposed to those levels of carbon monoxide. Low level CO detectors alarm at 10 PPM allowing the problems to be corrected long before symptoms become evident. Alwaysrun a simple test on the detectors and replace the batteries if needed.

Thermostat

Once you have inspected the unit and made necessary replacements, consider testing the thermostat. Turn it on and set it to heat mode. Once you have verified the system is heating throughout your home with no unusual noises or odors check for a low battery indicator on your thermostat. Some thermostats do require battery power to function properly!

Conclusion

Before winter arrives, there are many steps you should take to make sure your heater is working at peak performance and to help prevent unexpected breakdowns. Taking these steps will ensure cost savings and warmth throughout your home.

Need assistance with your HVAC system? Give us a call today: 404-596-6161

Ductless Air Conditioning Can Save Money

Posted by Empire Blog at 12:20 pm on June 9, 2016

Ductless Air ConditioningWhat’s more southern than sweet tea and Braves baseball in the summertime? Air conditioning! Living in the south means that air conditioning is not a luxury but a necessity.  Unfortunately, those dog days of summer can sometimes lead to expensive power bills and overused AC units.  At Empire HVAC, we would like to tell you about an alternative to traditional central air condition units: ductless air conditioning.

If you are looking at changing the way you cool (and heat) your home, here are some of the advantages of ductless air conditioning to consider:

Primarily, ductless air conditioning provides flexibility

 

Ductless AC units are small in size and allow flexibility for zoning or heating and cooling individual rooms. No more fighting over the thermostat.  Ductless units give you the control to set each room or zone at the precise temperature you want, all at the touch of a button.

Gone are the days of the window units that sound like freight trains coming through your home.  Ductless units are quiet, easy to install and take up very little space in your home.

Ductless systems can save you money

 

Who looks forward to paying that soaring power bill in July and August? When you replace the inefficient window air conditioners and the traditional central systems in your southern home with a ductless system, you can cut your home’s cooling and heating costs by 30 percent.  Additionally, as the name suggests, there is no need for ductwork installation.  This means you are eliminating the loss of energy in the ductwork resulting in cooling your home more efficiently.

Ductless air conditioning is not a new concept

 

A little known fact is that ductless air conditioning has been around for more than 30 years. These systems are used worldwide and have been proven to be an effective, efficient means of beating that unrelenting summer heat.

Ductless systems provide cooling AND heating

 

While the heat of southern summers can make you forget all about winter, those months are coming. The same energy efficiency and personal control afforded by the air conditioning also applies to warming your home.  The same ductless systems that work to cool you off in the summer can also heat your home in the winter.

In short, ductless air conditioning units are a comprehensive and cost-efficient method for controlling the temperatures in your home.  For more information about these systems and how they work, contact or call us at Empire: 404-596-6161  We look forward to working with you in finding the system that works for your home.

Spring HVAC Tips & Tricks

Posted by Empire Blog at 8:24 am on March 17, 2016

Preparing Your Home For Air Conditioning Season

Save Money This Season With These Energy-Saving Guidelines

 

Winter has passed and now it’s time to start cranking up the air conditioning. Usually, our Atlanta weather is fairly mild in the spring, but a few humid days remind us that warm weather is only a few weeks away. Your A/C system works harder than ever between the months of May and August, and those expensive energy bills are just around the corner.

 

Before you’re hit with your first big bill from your energy provider, follow these 12 steps to ensure that your home or business is getting the most out of our central air conditioning system.

  1. Make sure your outdoor air conditioning unit can breathe! Your unit should always have clear access to open air, so cut back any shrubs or branches or that might be in the way. We recommend at least 18” of clear space in all directions of the unit.
  2. Never let vines grow into your A/C unit. Not only can these pesky plants block airflow, but they can cause interior damage to the unit and cost you big money.
  3. Do not allow grass clipping to blow into the unit while it is running. We also suggest never dumping grass clippings in close proximity to the air conditioning unit. These clippings can increase energy costs, reduce the life cycle of your appliance, and even cause a system breakdown.
  4. Keep the filters clean. If you are unable to clean your A/C filters, always call a professional.
  5. Check for any indoor water leakage. For indoor air conditioning units, pooling water can be a sign of damage, so you should call a local HVAC company to check it out. On the other hand, it is normal for outdoor units to leak small amounts of water.
  6. Do not close indoor or outdoor vents unless you have specifically discussed doing so with a service professional. Proper airflow is critical to thermostat control and efficient HVAC use.
  7. Have you noticed a trail of ants moving into or around your air conditioning unit? If so, you need to call an exterminator or take care of the problem yourself. As ants begin to reappear in the springtime, they might begin to call your HVAC unit home, which can cause major damage to the air conditioner.
  8. Most air conditioning systems use drainage pipes or pumps to transport water outside. During your next tune-up, ask your service professional to locate that area and make sure it remains clear at all times.
  9. Should you cover the outdoor unit? No! Air conditioner covers from the winter trap moisture inside the unit – failing to remove the cover before use can cause serious A/C problems, which might include full unit failure.
  10. How cold should the air be coming out of the vents in my home? This answer varies depending on the type of HVAC system you’re using, but we generally recommend that blowing air should be about 20 degrees cooler than the interior space to meet your thermostat setting.
  11. Is it bad to open windows during cool evenings or nights? Everyone loves fresh air and a nice breeze, but from an energy-efficiency standpoint, open windows force moisture-rich air into your home. The following day, your HVAC unit will have to work exceptionally hard to balance temperatures and moisture levels.
  12. On a 95-degree afternoon, how cool should the interior of my house be? While most people will want a cool temperature in the low 70’s, it is usually best for your residential thermostat to be set somewhere around 78 degrees. For most residential HVAC units, your system will be able to hold this temperature reliably without breaking the bank or taking on too much humidity. For two-stage A/C units or larger commercial sizes, this same rule may not apply, but in any case, it’s always best to speak with an indoor air comfort specialist.

 

Follow these 12 tips and tricks to stay cool this summer and spring, ensure a long-lasting HVAC system, and save money on monthly energy bills. Have other questions about cost-saving features in your air conditioner? Contact Empire Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn how you can save big.

 

 

The Importance of Getting Your Furnace Inspected Before Winter Arrives

Posted by Empire Blog at 12:28 pm on November 11, 2015

Winter is almost here. Even in Atlanta, HVAC systems need to be tuned up before they are going to see some winter use. It is very important to have your system inspected before you start heavy winter usage. Getting an inspection done can reveal a lot of issues and even tune your system up to make sure it is working at peak efficiency through the winter.

Wasting Energy

Your HVAC system is a complex system. There are a lot of things that can go wrong that won’t necessarily cause the system to break. Instead, these issues cause the system to work harder than it is designed to. Two things can happen because of this.

First, the system is going to use more energy to get the same amount of work done. A clogged filter or dirty motor means that your system has to work harder to get the same amount of heat to the areas that need it. More energy means higher energy bills through the winter.

Second, a system that works harder is getting more wear and tear than it should. When you project the life of your HVAC system, that’s under the assumption that your system is working at its peak efficiency. If you have leaking or clogged ducts, dirty motors or clogged filters, the system works harder. That creates more wear and tear, which shortens the life of your system.

Gas Leaks

If you have an electric furnace, then you can just skip on down to the next topic, this one is for the heating fuel and natural gas owners.

A furnace that runs on any form of combustion based heat can form a leak. Kerosene, natural gas or heating oil furnaces all run on the same principal. Heat generated by the burning of that fuel. If there is a fuel line leak, it can be hard to detect. Unfortunately, a serious leak could lead to a fire, explosion or other damage to your home. At inspection  we will check for leaks at the unit so we can  have them taken care of before anything serious happens.

Fix It Before You Need It

Getting an inspection done now will help to reveal issues with your furnace. This allows you time to get them fixed before you actually need your furnace in the winter time. Nobody wants to wake up to a nice brisk 40 degree home. This can happen if your furnace stops working in the middle of winter. Any issues that you find now can be repaired so that your system will work throughout the entire winter, without causing you any issues.

Quick Service From Your Atlanta HVAC Specialists

As more people use their heating systems, more systems fail. Don’t take the chance of having to wait to have your HVAC system fixed when you need it most. Contact us today for an inspection.

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