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The Warning Signs That Indicate You Are About To Need An AC Repair

Posted by Martin Hoover at 5:54 pm on April 11, 2014

AC Repair Decatur GA

air conditioning decaturMost people never give their HVAC system any thought until it starts to give them problems.  However, there are several warning signs that will, if you know what to look for, indicate you are about to need an ac repair.

The Most Common Warning Signs That Indicate Your AC Is In Need Of A Repair

1.  If you start to hear new noises, you’re probably going to need a repair soon.  When an AC system begins to make noises that you’ve never heard before, you should call an AC repair company immediately.  If you put off scheduling a repair, the problem could get worse and ultimately cost you more money or may even need to be replaced.  So this is one area you don’t want to procrastinate.

2.  Have you begun to notice temperature changes throughout your house.  Perhaps you AC system is blowing warm air in one room and cold air in another.  This could indicate that you have some problems with your duct work.  Not repairing this issue right away will cause your utility bill to rise because you’re paying to cool the attic.

3.  If your HVAC system doesn’t have any power or any air flow, this could be caused by several things.  You may have a blown fuse, a tripped breaker or a broken or loose wire somewhere.  It could also be a failed thermostat.

4.  If your thermostat is set to the lowest setting possible and it doesn’t turn on, then you may have a bad thermostat.

The most common warning sign most homeowners experience before their air conditioner goes out is strange noises.  Therefore, should you hear a new noise in your air conditioning system, you should turn it off in order to keep it from doing more damage.  Then you should call an AC repair company immediately.

A strange noise coming from your AC system doesn’t necessarily mean it will need to be replaced.  It could be something as simple as a fan motor that needs replaced or a bearing going out.  Or it may just be some leaves or debris that have gotten into your unit.

AC Repair Experts Decatur GA

If you’re in need of an AC repair company, please contact us.  Empire Heating and Air Conditioning – Atlanta Air Conditioning and Heating Experts has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

In addition, our technicians and installers are all fully licensed and insured, and combined, our team combined has more than 200 years of experience in this field.  Call us today.  We’d love to assist you with all of your AC repair needs.

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Get Ready for Warmer Temps with a Ductless Air Conditioning System

Posted by Martin Hoover at 8:00 am on April 7, 2014

Ductless Air Conditioning Systems – Atlanta, GA

ductless air conditioningIt’s always nice to enjoy the spring weather, but here in the Atlanta area, that means heat is on the way. If you’re looking for an air conditioning solution that doesn’t involve ductwork, a ductless split system may be perfect for your situation.

How does a Ductless Split System Work?

With a ductless system, simple copper tubing and electrical wiring to indoor units connects a separately installed outdoor unit. Refrigerant is pumped from the outdoor condenser coil and compressor through the tubing to the indoor unit or units. A fan then quietly distributes cool air drawn across the unit’s evaporator coil. The amount of cold air entering the room is regulated by a remote control thermostat.

You can have several indoor units placed where you need them, automatically creating different zones because each one has its own thermostat. So whether you’re installing a split system in your home or business, everybody can be comfortable at different temperatures.

These systems can also provide heat, so it’s a double duty system that can help you year round. They are also more efficient than traditional heating and cooling systems, saving you money in the long run.

Ductless Air Conditioning System Experts – Empire Heating and Air Conditioning

It’s wise to think ahead and plan for the upcoming warm weather. Many people are choosing to go with one of these split systems for their air conditioning and heating needs. Or you may just need service to your existing system. We would be happy to come out and look at what you currently have so you can make the best decision for your situation. To make an appointment and find out more about air conditioning options, contact us.

Improve Indoor Air Quality to Alleviate Spring Allergy Symptoms

Posted by Martin Hoover at 6:53 pm on April 4, 2014

Improving Indoor Air Quality in Decatur, GA

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Spring has sprung, and while the nicer weather is welcome, it brings with it all sorts of allergens that can make people miserable. If you’ve got seasonal allergies, take steps to improve your indoor air quality so that your home is a place you can be healthy and happy.

On those first few warm days, it can be tempting to throw open the windows to get some “fresh” air. But for someone who suffers from allergies, those open windows let in pollen. Moisture also enters the house which often results in mold spores. It’s best to let your HVAC system control the temperature and humidity in your home and keep doors and windows closed to keep allergens out.

AC System Checklist

Not sure if your system is up to the job? It’s a good idea to get it evaluated because there are always new innovations that help improve indoor air quality. Some things to check into include:

  • Household ductwork and whether it has any mold spores or dust mites that are continually being blown into the air. A professional duct cleaning can eliminate this problem.
  • New HEPA filters for your existing air conditioning system. These filters work well for reducing the amount of allergens in the air.
  • Air purifiers can be a second line of defense in helping people who have seasonal allergies. An air purifier is more intensive in air filtration than an air filter alone. Multiple cycles each hour provide more thorough air cleaning, allowing more particulates to be removed from the indoor air stream. Additionally, germicidal units trap and kill germs and mold spores.
  • Small gaps around windows doors and outlets should be sealed with foam or caulk. When air escapes through these leaky spots, it’s sometimes replaced with air sucked in from the basement, crawlspace, garage or outside — places full of mold and pollen.

Decatur Indoor Air Quality Experts – Empire Heating and Air Conditioning

If you’re determined to feel well this spring despite allergy issues, contact us. We can evaluate your current HVAC system and make other recommendations to improve your indoor air quality and reduce the amount of allergens in your home.

Spring is Here. Remember to have you Air Conditioning System Checked

Posted by Martin Hoover at 3:30 pm on March 27, 2014

Air Conditioning Maintenance Decatur GA

air conditioning maintenance decatur gaThough most residents of Decatur aren’t yet concerned with their air conditioning, but spring is the perfect time to schedule an annual maintenance check with your trusted HVAC professional. Having your air conditioning unit properly maintained will ensure whole home comfort and hassle-free operation this summer.

A/C Unit Spring Maintenance

  • Filter Change: Your central air system uses the same air circulation pathways to cool your home as your furnace. If you have 1″ filters they should be changed every three months or so, if you have a 4″ extended surface filter once a year is most likely adequate.
  • Condenser Cleaning: Dirt and debris can build up on the outdoor condensing coils and cause your unit to run harder and be less efficient. Coils should be carefully inspected and if needed cleaned with an alkaline solution.
  • Evaporator Cleaning: The evaporator is enclosed in the ductwork. An air conditioning professional can test the static pressure drop across the coil or determine by the operating pressures if the coil needs to be cleaned without removing it from the ductwork. Cleaning can be as simple as brushing to remove surface debris or chemically treating with a self rinsing solution.
  • Clean The Outdoor Unit: Cleaning debris from the outdoor unit is extremely important. This unit has to breathe! If bushes have grown in a way to block the air flow they need to be cut back. Any build up on the outside of the condenser should be cleared away and removed.
  • Check Operation: An HVAC professional will test the operating pressures to determine if your unit is properly charged with refrigerant, check the electrical connections, amperage, capacitors and safeties as part of a full operational test.

Decatur Air Conditioning Maintenance Experts – Empire Heating & Air Conditioning

If your home is equipped with a central A/C unit, it is highly recommended you hire an HVAC professional to perform annual maintenance. At Empire Heating & Air Conditioning we can inspect, clean, and test your unit annually to make sure your HVAC systems are running as efficiently as possible. We also offer service plans to help reduce repair costs if trouble does arise. Please contact us for more information.

Creative Ways to Enhance Home Energy Efficiency

Posted by Martin Hoover at 6:48 pm on March 13, 2014

Atlanta Home Energy Efficiency Tips

atlanta home energy efficiency tipsBy now, you probably know many of big ticket things you can do to enjoy improved home energy efficiency. Upgrading to Energy Star appliances, adding insulation and installing a programmable thermostat are not where energy efficiency should end, but only where they should begin. The number of little things you can do everyday to save energy translates into big savings over the course of a year.

Tips for Conserving Energy

  • Close Windows Near Thermostats

The home energy efficiency of your central heat/air supply is actually impacted more by the temperature immediately around the thermostat than the temperature of the rest of the house. A draft blowing across the thermostat from an open window can cause the heater as well as the air conditioner to cycle on and off unnecessarily.

  • Leave Oven Open After Baking During Winter

Every time you bake something during the winter and then close the door when you turn off the oven, you are wasting precious energy. Why allow all that wonderful warming heat to dissipate behind closed doors when it could be spilling out into the kitchen?

  • Refrigerating Food

Ever put hot food into the refrigerator? Don’t. If at all possible, allow food to cool down to room temperature before you put it away inside the refrigerator. The hotter the food, the more work your refrigerator has to do to cool down. Not just cool down that hot food, but cool down the entire space inside that has now been unnecessarily heated.  Home energy efficiency at its simplest.

  • Ceramic Food Warmers

Do you ever use your oven to keep food warm? You can save energy by using just a fraction of your heating supply to accomplish the same effect. Look for ceramic bread warming tiles that can be heated in either the oven or microwave. These tiles are fantastically efficient conductors of heat that can keep food warm for surprisingly long periods of time without wasting energy. Just make sure you get the right kind of ceramic tile.

  • Match the Pots and Pans to the Burner

Did you realize that every time you put a big pot on the small burners on your range or a small pan on the largest burner that you are wasting energy? Sure, the energy waste is not up there among the worst offenders, but every little bit counts and since you may very well be engaging in this type of energy wasting behavior dozens or hundreds of time a year, it will add up.

  • Clean Your Windows

Cleanliness is next to godliness, they say. Maybe so, maybe not so much, but cleanliness is certainly next to energy savings in the home. The more dirt, dust, grime and grease you allow to collect on your windows, the less heat from the sun penetrates. Perhaps not such a bad thing during the summer, but definitely not conducive to energy savings during the winter.

Atlanta Home Energy Efficiency Experts – Empire Heating and Air Conditioning

To talk more about home energy efficiency or heating and air conditioning, or anything else, please Contact Us. Empire HVAC has been serving the metro Atlanta area since 1985.

Improving Home Energy Efficiency by Avoiding Common Mistakes

Posted by Martin Hoover at 9:04 pm on March 6, 2014

Home Energy Efficiency Tips Atlanta GA

home energy efficiencyYou will read a lot of tips about home energy efficiency and you will come across a number of gadgets that promise more efficiency and lower bills. What gets lost amid all the clutter of information out there are the ways that all these wonderful tips can fail to translate into actual savings. Avoiding these mistakes is key to putting home energy efficiency advice and technology to effective use.

Programmable Thermostats

Of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make when looking to upgrade their technology to increase home energy efficiency is replacing an old thermostat with a new programmable thermostat. How can investing in a programmable thermostat be a mistake? By assuming that this technology automatically change the temperature setting to achieve maximum efficiency. That programmable thermostat is going to save you any money or be any more efficient that the old one if you program it yourself. You have a variety of options available for programming temperature settings for maximum efficiency depending on the model you buy. But you have to take an active role for it to do any good.

Hot Water

It’s winter. It’s cold. It’s understandable that you want to hop into a hot shower to get warm. But you may be making a home energy efficiency mistake by assuming that the temperature at which your water heater is set is necessary for getting clothes and dishes clean. A hot water heater thermostat set at 140 degrees could be reset back to 120 degrees without losing its ability to sterilize during cleaning. The water will also still be hot enough to enjoy a shower during the coldest days of winter. Here’s the reason to avoid this home energy efficiency mistake: dialing back the temperature also dials back the percentage of energy and the amount of your power bill that goes to heating up water. That percentage with a water heater temperature set at 140 degrees could easily top 20%.

Insulation

Insulation is great. No doubt about it. When it comes to home energy efficiency mistakes, however, insulation is quite possibly at the top of the list. That’s because homeowners are faced with so many choices. Do you lay down a blanket of fiberglass yourself or spend a little more by hiring a professional to blow in cellulose? Which kind of rigid board insulation works best for your needs? Any insulation is better than no insulation, but you know what’s even better than any insulation? The right insulation. If the cost of heating your home is higher than people you know with a similar house, your biggest mistake could be assuming that you also have similar insulating materials.

Contact Decatur’s Home Energy Efficiency Experts – Empire Heating and Air Conditioning

To learn more about improving energy efficiency in your home during winter, or anything else, please contact us.

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