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Check the HVAC System Before Purchasing a Home

Posted by Empire Blog at 11:08 am on March 7, 2018

When you’re looking to buy a new home, there are many things to consider. Home size, location, price; the list goes on and on. But one of the things people tend to forget is the home’s HVAC system. Being that these units cost thousands and thousands of dollars, they shouldn’t be overlooked. The last thing you’ll want to happen is to have the AC unit breakdown on you right after purchasing the home. This is why it’s vital that you have the system looked at when you’re considering purchasing a new residence. Whether you’re inspecting it yourself or having it examined by a trained professional, this is a very important step in the home buying process. Below you’ll find the proper steps to ensure the HVAC system is ready to keep you comfortable:

  • Air Conditioning LeaksAsk the real estate agent for information about the system
  • Check for dirt or debris around the unit
  • Look for the brand and model number
  • Research the type of system it is
  • Ask for a maintenance record
  • Ask to have the system turned on
  • Listen for strange sounds
  • Examine the system for any weird smells
  • Confirm that the air moves through the vents
  • Have it examined by a professional

All of these steps should be taken to ensure the system is working properly and is geared to stay effective for many years to come. Frequently, past homeowners won’t care for their system and that can leave you with many problems to deal with. HVAC installations can be very expensive, so it’s best to have the system looked at to prevent any repair or replacement costs.

Relieve the Stress with an HVAC Inspection Today

If you’re not sure what to look for when examining the HVAC system, we highly recommend seeking out a professional. They can give you a detailed diagnostic report of the performance of the unit, how old it is, and if the past homeowners took care of the system.

If you’re looking for an Atlanta area heating and air conditioning professional, give Empire Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. a call today! From HVAC installations to AC unit checkups, we’re here for all of your heating and cooling needs. We have over 30 years of experience providing exceptional HVAC services to local residents. We fully understand that you want your new home to be exactly what you wanted, so we’re here to ensure that the HVAC system is working properly. If something doesn’t work right, or a repair is needed, you can trust us to provide an honest, reliable diagnostic report. We’ll conduct the proper tests to ensure your HVAC system is ready to keep you and your family comfortable. We’re the Atlanta area heating and air conditioning experts! If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule service, don’t hesitate to give us a call today!

The Importance of the Uniform

Posted by Empire Blog at 2:43 pm on February 9, 2018

At Empire Heating and Air Conditioning, our technicians take a lot of pride in their uniforms. They’re proud to be identified as employees of one of the best-reviewed HVAC companies in Atlanta, but they’re also proud of what those uniforms represent.

Why is an HVAC professional’s uniform so important? Here are a few things to consider.

The Uniform Means Vetting

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At Empire Heating and Air Conditioning, no one puts on our uniform until they’ve been really and truly vetted first. Our staff is background checked and undergoes regular drug screenings, and we go so far as to create personality profiles for them, too. Our clients know that when they see an Empire uniform, they can trust the person wearing it inside their home.

The Uniform Means Training
Empire works hard to ensure our staff is always at the forefront of temperature control training. All technicians undergo a mandatory 40-hours of continuing education a year, and they’ve all earned their NATE certification, the leading certification for HVAC industry professionals.

The Uniform Means Reliability
When your Empire service technician tells you something, they mean it. From the moment you call to schedule your appointment to the time your technician leaves your driveway, you can feel sure you’re never getting “the runaround.” We think having your HVAC serviced should be simple.

The Uniform Means Identification
You should always be able to easily identify the service professionals at your house. In the most straightforward way possible, having a professional uniform ensures who you called is who showed up. And not only are Empire’s uniforms easy to identify, our trucks are, too!

Working with a professional heating and air conditioning provider like Empire is always better than the alternative. Your HVAC professional should be licensed, they should be professional, and they should be on time!

Ready to schedule your appointment? Reach out to us today!

Should I Close My Unused Vents?

Posted by Empire Blog at 2:26 pm on December 30, 2017

air ductEveryone’s always looking for tips and tricks to save money on heating and cooling their home. At Empire, we hear this question all the time:

“Does it save money to close the air vents in rooms I don’t use?”

It makes sense, in theory. Closing vents should just lessen the amount of heated air your furnace has to pump into your home, right? It’s like cutting square footage off your house! Well, not exactly.

How Your HVAC System Works

Professional HVAC installers put in new systems so that they’re balanced. Your ductwork should be sized so that the air in equals the air out. When you shut vents in your home, you’re throwing off that balance.

Why You Shouldn’t Close Your Vents

Why is it a bad idea to close your vents? Closed vents can cause pressure to build in your ducts. This pressure can cause small leaks to build, leaking heated air into parts of your home you don’t want to pay to heat (like your attic!) This pressure buildup means you have to work harder to distribute heated air throughout your home. Your furnace has to work harder to heat the same amount of space.

What’s the Lesson?

Leave your vents open! Ultimately, your whole system will work more efficiently (and save you more money) if all your vents are free and flowing. And if you still think your energy bills are too high? Contact Empire Heating & Air Conditioning! We’re happy to perform a comprehensive evaluation of your entire heating system…it might be time for a tune-up.

An efficient HVAC saves you money, saves you energy, and gives you peace of mind.
Call now for a free consultation with a friendly Empire technician.



5 Ways to Winterize Your Home

Posted by Empire Blog at 2:13 pm on November 15, 2017

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Winter’s in full-swing! Do you really need to “winterize” your home here in the South? You do! Before the cold really sets in, do these five things to ensure your house is fully prepared for the elements.

1. Find Your Drafts

Take a spin around your home to look for drafts coming in through windows, doors, or even corners. Do what you can to properly seal your home, from installing weather stripping to using a thin bead of indoor/outdoor caulk.

2. Check Your Insulation

Insulation in your crawlspace and attic are bound to degrade or come loose over time. Check to make sure all the spaces around your home are insulated….replace or repair the insulation and don’t forget your pipes!

3. Service Your Heating System

You should have your heating system evaluated once a year to ensure it’s functioning properly. A professional heating technician can check for loose parts, test its components, and even change your filters for you! Contact Empire HVAC today to schedule your appointment in Atlanta.

4. Clean Your Gutters

It’s important to clean your gutters after fall’s mass leaf exodus; winter rains (and even snow!) need full egress through your gutter system to ensure your roof stays leak-tight. Have a professional do the cleaning to get the job done quickly and safely.

5. Reverse Your Fans

Don’t forget that you can use your fans in winter, too! Reversing your fans in wintertime actually pushes hot air back down, allowing you to feel warmer in rooms with the fan on while using a little less heat. Just remember to turn the fan off when you leave the room.

Empire HVAC is ready to help you winterize your Atlanta home. Give our team a call today to schedule a comprehensive HVAC checkup or to ask about our special offers.

Ready to Turn on the Heat? A Few Tips.

Posted by Empire Blog at 2:04 pm on October 16, 2017

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Fall weather in Georgia is notoriously unpredictable. For most people, it’s also the time of year when the heat gets switched back on. It’s one of our busiest seasons at Empire Heating & Air Conditioning!

Are you getting ready to turn on the heat? Here are a few things to know.

Fall is Inspection Season

When did you last have your furnace or heating system inspected? If it’s been over a year, give Empire Heating & Air Conditioning a call to schedule your appointment before it gets too cold. Fall is an ideal season for an HVAC professional to inspect, service, and generally maintain your heating system so it can work efficiently throughout the winter.

Change Your Filter

During Fall, you probably want to change your HVAC filters around once a month. Particularly if you suffer from Fall allergies, changing your filter more often can help you keep fine particulates out of the air. A cleaner filter will also mean your heat works smarter, not harder.

There May be a Smell

You may notice a slight “burning” smell when you turn on your heater for the first time. This is usually caused by dust burning off within the system and is nothing to worry about! If the smell doesn’t dissipate and eventually stop completely after a few hours, turn off the heat and call a professional.

Listen for Noises

One of the easiest ways to tell whether your furnace needs servicing is to listen for unexplained noises. Clanging, creaking, squeaking, and other loud sounds could indicate some of the components of your unit are out of alignment or need to be replaced.

You Need a CO Monitor

If you haven’t already, be sure to install at least one carbon monoxide monitor on every floor of your home! As CO builds up in the bloodstream that can be significant to the health and safety of your loved ones.  Empire Heating & Air Conditioning offers low level co detectors. CO is lighter than air except below freezing and CO detectors are typically mounted at typical thermostat height at or around five feet.

Ready for a full heating system tune-up?
Contact your friends at Empire Heating & Air Conditioning today for a comprehensive evaluation of your entire heating system. Our technicians will talk you through your options and give you more tips for maintaining your system for years to come.

Why You Need a Preseason Heating Tune-Up

Posted by Empire Blog at 1:20 pm on September 18, 2017

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It’s almost heating season! We know because this is when our phones start ringing off the hook. People turn on their heat for the first time in months and find it’s not working the way they remembered!

At Empire Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer preseason heating tune-ups in metro Atlanta. Here’s why you need one.

Perform Routine Maintenance

There’s a lot of value in performing preventative maintenance! Empire Heating & Air Conditioning specializes in thorough, comprehensive evaluations of your entire heating system, from the coils to the ductwork to your vents. Heating systems are appliances and they’re bound to need servicing over time. A preseason heating tune up can help identify issues (leaky pipes, slipped ducts) and remedy them before you spend half the winter wasting heat.

Check for Problems

A fall preseason tune up is when we often identify issues that can take homeowners by surprise. In many cases, it’s only when inspected by a professional that homeowners realize their heating systems need replacement, or that they’ve been working less efficiently than they should have been for ages. If your heating system is ageing (especially if it’s over 10 years old), prone to breakage, or you know you’ll be using it constantly in the winter, now is the time to have it inspected.

Save on Heating Costs

The better your heating system works, the less money you’ll waste. Energy efficiency is critical in summer and winter: prime time for HVAC usage. In fact, nearly half of all the energy usage in the average American home goes into heating and/or cooling it! Any inefficiencies in the system can cause your heater to run constantly or to cycle on-and-off repeatedly. They can also make it difficult for the internal temperature inside your house to reach the desired level.

Call Empire Heating & Air Conditioning or book an appoint online today to schedule your preseason tune-up. Our technicians are standing by to help you have the warmest, most energy-efficient winter on record!

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