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AC Mold: Should You Be Concerned?

Posted by Empire Blog at 12:44 pm on July 2, 2017

AC Mold

In a word…yes!

Although most air conditioner mold isn’t anything to panic about, it’s not something you want to ignore. Mold growth can occur almost anywhere in your system, from the blower to the vents to the unit itself. Here at Empire HVAC, we get calls all the time from customers concerned about mold.

Why is Mold a Problem?

Your AC system is designed to blow air all throughout your house; if it’s moldy, you could be inadvertently blowing mold throughout your home! Green mold spores have been shown to cause respiratory issues, particularly in children, seniors, and people with allergies. Black mold can be extremely toxic and should be dealt with right away. Health concerns aside, mold is an eyesore!

Where to Look for Mold

Where does mold most often appear within air conditioning systems? Anywhere moisture can condense. Customers usually see mold on intake vents, built-up on filters, or growing on the outdoor AC unit itself. A professional HVAC inspection could reveal hidden mold in ductwork or on the underside of vents. Unfortunately, the humid environment here in the southeast makes AC mold in Atlanta all the more common.

What to do About Mold

First and foremost, if you suspect you might have mold, contact a professional HVAC technician. They’ll use special tools and techniques to test for mold and then remediate it. Different parts of your AC system call for different mold-removal techniques. Mold in the ducts might call for a rotating cleaning brush; mold on the filter calls for total replacement. Wherever mold was growing, an anti-mold spray or mold-killing UV light should be applied to prevent future growth.

Do you have mold in your air conditioner?
If you’ve noticed recent breathing problems or suddenly have allergies, there might be mold in your AC. Contact your friends at Empire HVAC today for a complete AC inspection or to find out more.

Coil Cleaning Conundrum

Posted by Empire Blog at 12:48 pm on June 26, 2017

AC coil cleaningDuring the hottest part of the year, it is easy to forget just how much strain is put on your air conditioning unit while it works as hard as it can to keep up with the demand requested from it. While most of the time your system is working well, things like dust, grime, dirt, leaves, and even animals can get into the outdoor coil and inhibit its ability to transfer heat. While some companies might simply spray the system down with water and call it clean, we here at Empire Heating and Air Conditioning follow the best practices model simply to do it right every time.

If you have a dirty outdoor coil it reduces the capacity and efficiency of the whole air conditioning system. One example is that the higher operating pressures will put additional strain on your compressor. Without the proper airflow, the head pressure inside the unit skyrockets, causing high readings for the technician checking the system and increasing the risk of your unit having problems in the future. This simple problem can cause many kinds of emergency repairs, from blown capacitors all the way up to a failing compressor.

We first clean out any sizable amount of debris that has collected inside the bottom of the unit, ensuring better airflow in the future. We then spray the unit down with water, to knock the most sizeable pieces of debris off. Then we add our coil cleaning chemical agent, which foams like hydrogen peroxide and emits heat and steam as it eats away at all the dirt and grime caught up between the metal fins on your coil. After thoroughly spraying down the inside and outside of the coil, and allowing the chemical reaction to fully clean every crack and crevice, we thoroughly rinse it off again and ensure no harsh chemicals are left behind. Finally, we add a Teflon spray to the inlet side of the coil to help reduce any more grime from accumulating for the foreseeable future!

All these steps, performed by Empire’s NATE certified technicians, help to ensure the efficiency of your unit, as well as potentially extending your systems dependable life cycle. With all these benefits, and little to no downside, it is easy to see why Empire recommends coil cleanings when needed during all times of the year. By eliminating a potential problem before it becomes one, everyone wins, and you get to rest easy knowing that your dirty coil is no longer a concern thanks to Empire.

The Supply and Demand of the HVAC Service Industry

Posted by Empire Blog at 9:31 am on June 7, 2017

Air conditioner | summer heatIn the heating and air conditioning service industry, it is oftentimes difficult to predict the level of demand from day to day. This, coupled with the seasonal nature of the industry, makes for an interesting scheduling department to say the least. On-demand service is another term for this type of ‘not next week, not tomorrow, not this afternoon, get here NOW. While some of the calls that come in aren’t as urgent as others, no one wants to wait in a hot house in the meantime. After arriving at the house, the technicians then need to diagnose whatever the cause of your problems are, and then offer the solutions to get your air conditioning system cooling to its optimal performance again.

Empire does everything it can to ensure we can get to your home as quickly as possible to fix any issue you may be having. Empire employs NATE technicians to ensure quality service and expert knowledge of your home’s comfort unit. On top of that, we typically offer same day services to our Maintenance Agreement Customers, as well as some work-ins and emergency calls. This helps to promote an active and flexible workforce, allowing us to respond faster than most other companies in the area while still maintaining our excellent ratings and very few call-backs.

When it’s time to consider a replacement or upgrade to your equipment Empire also offers free estimates for new units if your old unit has already outlived its effective life, or if you just want a newer, more efficient unit to run your household. These new units can save you money, energy, and most importantly, time. By reducing the chances of system problems that occur as your unit ages, you won’t have to come home to an extremely hot house in the heat of the summer only to realize you are stuck with it until a professional can come look in the morning. It is not only a hassle, but can cut into your work schedule to meet with a technician and discuss your possible options and solutions.

Whether you are looking for a new unit, are having an emergency no-cool, or just want to check how your unit is holding up, you can always call us. Our comfort specialist is available at most times to discuss questions you have over the phone or in person at your home, whichever is most convenient for you. No matter your reason for needing a quality HVAC Technician to check your home during this busy demand season, Empire Heating and Air Conditioning is more than capable of fixing your unit or checking to ensure its peak performance during the most demanding season of the year. Our office phone number is (404) 596-6161, and we look forward to hearing from you!

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.




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.




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.


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.


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.


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!

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