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3 Reasons to Buy a Backup Generator for your Home

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 10:41 am on September 19, 2015

Backup Generator

Long-term power outages aren’t just inconvenient, they can cause life as you know it to grind to a standstill. Rotten food, the inability to work or to talk to your out-of-town family, and panicked children can cause more problems than the storm that triggered the power outage in the first place! This is why many people don’t realize the need for a standby generator until after the power’s already out.

3 Reasons to Protect your Home with a Backup Generator

Your food stays fresh and can be prepared.

One of the most common and most uncomfortable effects of a power outage is the fact that your fridge and freezer will no longer have power. Most people don’t think about this until after the power is out, when they panic and restrict access to the fridge. “Don’t leave the fridge open more than you need it. We need to keep it shut so we don’t lose the cold air that’s in there!” they say.

Sadly, these steps don’t really help. Your fridge will lose the cold air and your milk and other perishables will spoil unless you have a backup source of power. The ability to cook and serve food is a big plus too; your family can enjoy all of the normal comforts of home while they wait for power to be restored.

You can stay connected.

How many times do your far-away family members call, text and email you when a storm is forecast for your area? The ability to stay in touch is a must and will not only ease the fears of your family, it will allow you to track post-storm repair and recovery efforts, too.

In this day and age, the internet is a required part of everyday life. We use it to talk to distant relatives, to work, get medical advice, and more. Having the internet go out during a power outage can be extremely detrimental to your ability to work, connect with others and even entertain the family. If we don’t have the internet for a few days or weeks, emails will go unchecked, family will be out of touch, and work missed. If you can’t live without the internet, you can’t live without a backup generator.

You can ease family fears.

Storms and power outages can be terrifying for both children and pets. A thunderstorm could lead to the family dog hiding under a table shaking in fear, and of young kids terrified when the lights don’t turn on. Pets can and do freak out when the power goes out, possibly because the power and appliances in the house produce a humming sound that pets pick up on — and when that hum stops it feels like their world is ending.

If you have small kids at home, a backup generator ensures that their daily routines are not interrupted any more than necessary. Simply having the lights on and food on the table when it is expected can go a long way towards making your kids and family feel secure.

A backup generator can also power medical equipment or an electric vehicle, make it easier for you to repair any damage to your home and allow you to work from home if you need to. If you need help finding the right backup generators for sale in Atlanta, our experts are here for you and ready to help keep your family safe. Contact us today at Empire HVAC to get started.

How Often Should You Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 12:32 pm on September 15, 2015

atlanta air duct cleaning

Are you having unexplained health symptoms? Irritated eyes or a persistent cough can be indicators of an air quality issue within your home. The existence of irritating particles, animal droppings and mold may cause allergies to long-term health issues for susceptible individuals. Responsible home owners and renters can use this as a guide to determine when their air ducts require cleaning.

Clean the HVAC Air Ducts When Necessary

There are times when the air ducts require cleaning as part of their maintenance. An air duct cleaning in Atlanta does not need to occur on a regularly-scheduled basis. Homeowners do need to be vigilant for signs that it is time, though. It’s not recommended that you try to clean your ducts on your own; improper or partial cleaning can exacerbate health conditions by spreading contamination through the entire home, so let an expert handle it. Our experienced technicians recommend cleaning air ducts when certain conditions exist that create a possible health hazard.

When to get your air ducts cleaned:

  • Can you see mold growing within hard surface ducts or on other heating and cooling system pieces? Call a service provider that can properly clean, remove and replace components of the air ducts, including insulation that has become moldy and wet. You can have your mold analyzed by a microbial laboratory to determine the type of substance and if there are any negative impacts to health from it.
  • Have you recently had or are moving into a home that had a pest or vermin infestation? Duct cleaning is highly recommended, as some animal and pest droppings can be toxic when airborne and ingested.
  • Do you see substantial particles being released from supply registers? This can occur from clogs within ducts because of an excess of dust and debris.
  • Has someone in your home been feeling unusually ill without a specific cause? This could be related to the air quality within the home.
  • Do you have a fuel-burning stove, fireplace or furnace? Have them inspected and serviced prior to each heating season in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

How Empire HVAC Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

If you’re realizing that it’s time to have your air ducts cleaned, make sure you call professionals you can trust. Our duct cleaning process consists of sending a “comfort consultant” to your home to do a pre-cleaning inspection and to determine the best equipment to use for your cleaning.

In addition to cleaning your ducts, we also clean the blower compartment and treat your entire duct system with an antimicrobial treatment.

We have recently acquired a new air quality testing unit that measures six components of air quality: temperature, humidity, VOCs, particulates, CO and CO2.

Are You Overdue for a Duct Cleaning?

Since 1985, Empire Heating and Air Conditioning has been servicing Atlanta homeowners’ heating and air conditioning units. We offer duct cleaning in Atlanta and the surrounding Georgia communities. All technicians and installers are fully licensed and insured at this award-winning HVAC company. Call our friendly and professional associates at 404.596.6161 to schedule an appointment to service your air ducts today. Breathe easier with Empire Heating and Air Conditioning.

Check Us Out at the 2015 Atlanta Home Show

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 12:30 pm on August 31, 2015

2015 atlanta home show

Empire HVAC has reserved a booth at this year’s Atlanta Home Show. Our helpful representatives will be available to answer all of your HVAC questions from Home Show booth #742. Whether you are looking to install or repair a furnace, air conditioner or other HVAC equipment, we can supply the guidance and assistance that you need.

Attend the 32nd Annual Atlanta Home Show

The 32nd annual Atlanta Home Show & Outdoor Living Expo will take place between September 11th and 13th. This is the ideal event for area homeowners who would like to learn more about home improvement and home maintenance. The event spans three days at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

All in all, there will be over 200 exhibiting businesses, making it the season’s most popular Home Show. Whether you are looking for something to go inside or outside of your home, you will find it at the Expo. You’ll be able to pick the brains of Empire HVAC representatives, listen to local and national home design experts and check out event headliner John Gidding from HGTV’s show Curb Appeal and Fox’s Home Free.

Each booth and activity is meant to be informative, interactive and fun. There’s a Backyard Beer Garden available for those who’d like to sample local brews and brush up on landscaping. There’s even going to be a Tiny House at the Home Show. You’ll be able to check out these uber-popular homes to see what they’re all about and ponder whether you could really live in one.

Visit Our Booth at the 2015 Atlanta Home Show

We’re especially proud to host a booth at this year’s Home Show. Empire HVAC has been in business for over 30 years, and we perform HVAC repairs, replacements and custom installations. We’ll have a team of representatives on hand to explain why we’re better than the rest. Feel free to drop by to learn about our services and find out how we are unique compared to all the chain services out there. We’ll explain the intricacies of HVAC systems, the importance of regular maintenance and why you should lean on the expertise of one of our HVAC-trained professionals.

Empire HVAC strives to treat customers in a highly-personalized manner. We understand that an HVAC issue can put a serious crimp on your lifestyle. Our team of HVAC technicians services, repairs and installs all different types of heating and air conditioning makes and models. Whether you have a traditional furnace, central air conditioning, a heat pump, hydronic heating or a boiler, our staff understands the mechanics and can get your equipment back up and running in a timely manner.

Choose Empire HVAC for all of Your Atlanta HVAC Needs

We invite all Atlanta Home Show attendees to stop by our booth, learn about our services and products and interact with one of our team members. We can guarantee that you’ll walk away feeling as though Empire HVAC really does care about your quality of life and the operability of your heating and cooling equipment.

Empire HVAC Explains: Benefits and Downsides to HVAC Equipment Warranties

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 1:18 pm on August 27, 2015

HVAC equipment warranties

On the surface, warranties usually seem like a deal that can’t be beat. When it comes to something as important as your home’s HVAC unit, isn’t it worth having the peace of mind that you won’t be left in the lurch in the event that something goes wrong? In reality, however, equipment warranties are a much more complicated matter. Standards vary from manufacturer to manufacturer concerning what costs will be covered and what must be done in order to remain qualified for the warranty coverage. In addition, HVAC contractors will often give conflicting advice on the subject of whether or not a warranty is a worthy investment. Recently, we spoke on the matter in an Archnews story that investigated the potential benefits and downsides to HVAC equipment warranties.

Beware the Fine Print

When it comes to any warranty, thoroughly reading and understanding the terms and conditions is the most important step of the process. This is crucial for both the contractor and the homeowners, as it’s important for the two parties to be on the same page during the sale of the equipment.

The first hurdle that generally needs to be addressed is product registration. Most manufacturers will require the product to be registered within a specific timeframe in order for the warranty to be valid. This can present problems when the unit is bound for new construction, where properties frequently don’t have an owner at the time the HVAC unit is installed.

Also, most warranties will stipulate that regular maintenance on the unit is required in order for the manufacturer to honor the claim. What is considered “regular” can vary depending on the company, so once again the responsibility is on the homeowner to keep track of the warranty requirements and remain proactive when it comes to fulfilling their obligations.

The Verdict?

What it comes down to in the end, is that most warranty terms are quite limited in what they cover, and diligence is required on the part of the homeowner and contractors to ensure that the unit remains qualified for the warranty. A quality contractor, such our HVAC repair team in Atlanta, will ideally take the time to educate the owner on the particulars of the warranty prior to purchasing. This puts the owner in a position to take maximum advantage of their OEM warranty in the event that a claim is necessary.

If you need a HVAC repair specialist in Atlanta, contact us today at Empire Heating & Air. Whether you need AC repair and replacement, HVAC maintenance or ductwork renovations, our team is ready to take your call and help.

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Tips for Detecting a Freon Leak

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 12:27 pm on August 21, 2015

Detecting Freon Leaks

In the hot summer months, your air conditioner might be your most valuable appliance. When your HVAC stops working, we know it can feel like the world has stopped turning. Freon leaks are one of the most common fixes for your air conditioner. Looking for telltale signs of a Freon leak and staying up to date on routine maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs and keep you cool all summer long. (more…)

Empire HVAC Explains: Why is My Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air?

Posted by Empire HVAC Blog at 12:03 pm on August 11, 2015

Broken AC Unit

Air conditioners are one of the things many people cannot live without during the hot summers. This is especially true for homeowners here in Atlanta. An air conditioner blowing out warm air may seem the same as a dysfunctional unit on a slow summer’s day. For a quick fix, you can contact us at Empire Heating & Air to get your perfect summer days back on track. However, even with help of on the way, it is important to know what causes an air conditioner to blow warm air. (more…)

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