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Signs You’re Having Air Conditioning Problems

Posted by Empire Blog at 5:27 pm on June 20, 2018

When it’s Time for an AC Repair

Once May and June roll around in Atlanta, GA or surrounding areas, it’s important to make sure your unit is geared up and ready to keep you cool. Dealing with air conditioning problems can be annoying, frustrating, and costly. However, by recognizing air conditioning problems early, you can help prevent costly repairs down the road. If you ever come home to a warm environment, or if you notice something strange with your AC unit, getting the problem fixed quickly is best practice for staying cool and comfortable. I know when I have problems with my air conditioner, I make it a priority to find a solution.

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Not sure if you need an AC repair? Below you’ll find common air conditioning problems that might lead to an air conditioning repair:

  • Uncomfortable home
  • Humidity issues
  • Frequent repairs
  • Warm air coming from your vents
  • Uneven cooling
  • Unit constantly running (with exception of middle of afternoon, It’s normal to not shut off from noon till 8 pm on a 95 degree day)
  • Excess moisture
  • Thermostat issues
  • Weak airflow
  • Strange smells
  • Increased energy bills
  • Water around the indoor unit (it’s normal to have some around the outdoor unit)

If you notice any of these signs with your air conditioner, we highly recommend getting the problem fixed right away. If you don’t take care of these issues quickly, you could be dealing with extremely high energy bills and air conditioning problems that can last for years.

Reach Max-Efficiency and A More Comfortable Home

There are tons of benefits of an Atlanta air conditioning service and maintenance. For one, you’ll experience a cooler home and savings on your energy bills. When your system isn’t working correctly, or it’s nearing the end of its life, more stress on your unit is evident. While these cooling systems struggle to keep you and your family cool, you’ll experience more wear and tear on your unit, in addition to high energy bills. This is why it’s extremely important to call the experts immediately if you notice any of the problems listed above. With hot, muggy temperatures in the forecast, fixing these problems before the heat arrives will ensure you’re geared for whatever the weather has in store. Here is a list of the benefits of a well-functioning air conditioner:

  • A more comfortable home
  • Energy savings
  • Increased energy-efficiency
  • Your system will last longer
  • A better peace of mind
  • Less stress from repairs
  • Might prevent a system breakdown
  • Increased indoor air quality
  • And much more!

We’re the Atlanta Air Conditioning Professionals!

Whether you need a quick AC repair or a completely new air conditioning installation, Empire Heating & Air Conditioning is the number one company for the job. Whenever I have problems with my air conditioner, I give them a call immediately. They have very skilled, NATE Certified technicians who are well-versed on common air conditioner problems, and fast service and quality customer care is how they run their business. Call Empire Heating & Air Conditioning today for all of your cooling needs!

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!

What to Expect from Your HVAC When it’s Freezing Outside

Posted by Empire Blog at 4:48 pm on January 24, 2018

If it’s 20 degrees outside, you shouldn’t expect your HVAC to get your house to a balmy 82. Silver 80 Gas Furnace

Most people assume that their heating system can pretty much reach any temperature they desire. And for the most part, that’s correct! But when temperatures dip to unusually chilly lows, you shouldn’t expect more than “comfortable” out of your HVAC.

The type of heating system your house has will affect its ability to reach the internal temperature you desire. Heat pumps operate by pumping hot air from outside inside your home. If it’s really, really cold outside, most heat pumps can only do so much! Most heat pumps have an auxiliary coil that kicks in if temperatures get really low, so you can expect to stay warm during winter, but not hot. These coils use an external thermostat to monitor the outside air, kicking on when temps get low, then back off once you’re back over the predetermined “safe” temperature indoors.

Gas heaters operate differently. If you have a boiler or a central furnace, gas actually heats up water within your system which then turns into steam; that steam is converted into heat and your house gets nice and toasty. Gas heating systems can reach higher internal temperatures when it’s very cold outside, but remember this:

NO heating system can keep your house “hot” in the winter. There’s too much air leakage from windows, doors, and your walls to fully insulate the indoor air from the outside.

So, should you panic if it’s dipping below freezing and you can’t get your heat as high as you want? Probably not. Falling a few degrees short of your desired internal temperature is normal when it’s super cold. If the temperature you’re able to achieve and the temperature you can reach are really far apart, you may need to call a trusted HVAC technician to have a look. Things like dirty filters, low refrigerant, or blocked ducts can have a big impact on how well your system is working.

Ready to schedule your appointment? Reach out to Empire Heating and Air Conditioning to have your heating system serviced right away.

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.

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