Atlanta, Georgia – The temperatures are heating up in Atlanta, but before the summer is here, homeowners should be sure their air condition units are functioning properly to keep them cool in the hot weather.
“The best time to service an AC unit is before you actually need it,” says Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning, which provides repair, installation and maintenance services for all types of cooling devices. “Regular maintenance and cleaning are essential to avoid having to make what would otherwise be unnecessary calls to repair your cooling unit.”
Is it time to invest in a new air conditioner for your home? In your research, you may have come across the terms single-stage and two-stage. Do you know what that means, or how to choose the right one for you? Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning, explains what you need to know.
“The biggest difference between these units is the type of compressor the unit uses,” says Montgomery. “A single-stage air conditioner uses a compressor that only has one level of operation. That means it will only cool your home at maximum blast.”
A two-stage unit, however, operates on two levels. That means that on the hottest days, it will work at the highest level, and on milder days it will operate at a lower level. A two-stage unit has increased energy efficiency because it isn’t running on full blast every time you use it. That means lower energy bills for you.
When it comes to your home’s HVAC system, there are probably some common myths you may believe to be true. As the weather is cooling down and homeowners are turning to their thermostats to warm their homes, Phil Montgomery of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning dispels some myths and offers homeowners some tips.
“For many homeowners, they may make decisions about their homes heating and cooling system simply with maintaining a budget in mind,” says Montgomery. “While we know everyone looks at the bottom line, sometimes when that is all we look at, it can lead to problems. There are a few things I see and hear that I’d like homeowners to know are not in their best interest.”
Do you know that it is important to winterize your HVAC unit? If you ensure your unit is ready for the winter, you can reduce wintery drafts and ensure the life of your unit.
“Start by sealing off your air conditioning vents,” says owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning Phil Montgomery. “This can eliminate drafts from entering your home. If you can keep the cold air out, the can ensure your furnace works as efficiently as possible.” (more…)
Do you know the importance of duct cleaning? Has it been a while since you’ve had your home’s air ducts cleaned out? If so, it’s a good idea to schedule a professional service appointment before running your heater this winter.
“Your air ducts are a great place for dirt and other debris to accumulate,” says Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning. “When you run your heater for the first time, all that dirt and debris will get mixed in with your air, spreading the particles throughout your home.”
Do you know how to select the right thermostat for your needs? It may seem like a trivial thing to consider, but the type of thermostat you choose can have a major impact on the comfort of your home, and your wallet.
“Today, there are so many choices when it comes to thermostats,” says Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning. “It can be overwhelming to determine which is right for your home. There are three main types of thermostats, but then a host of options in each of those categories.”
- Mechanical thermostats – These can be used for heat only, or for heating and cooling, however, they cannot switch from heat to cool automatically. The thermostat operates by triggering a metal bar that heats up or cools down. These are the easiest and cheapest thermostats available, but are often the most unreliable. They tend to have a slow response that can cause significant temperature variations in your home.
Atlanta, GA – It’s November, which means cooler weather will soon be upon us. And before the cold really sets in, you want to be sure your gas furnace will be able to function properly to keep your family comfortable. Follow these tips from the experts at Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning to troubleshoot potential problems with your furnace.
- Check your thermostat. One of the most common problems isn’t the furnace itself, but rather the thermostat. Be sure you regularly check the battery life on your digital thermostat to be sure there is still plenty of power for the thermostat to run properly. Most will have a battery display directly on the display panel, which will indicate when a new battery is needed. (more…)
Installing a new furnace is a big decision for any home owner, and if may be one you try to put off for as long as you can. But if you’ve spent the last few winters making continuous repairs to your heating unit, it’s probably time for an upgrade. A new furnace will operate more efficiently, lowering your energy costs and making your home more comfortable in the process.
The first step is researching the type of furnace to have installed. The life of a typical furnace is 15 to 20 years, and there are so many choices in just about every price range. According to Angie’s List, the average cost of a new furnace, powered by natural gas, is between $2,500 and $14,000. The average cost for installation is between $2,000 and $8,000.
The dog days of summer are here, and you’re probably running your AC around the clock. But that doesn’t mean you need to shell out a fortune to keep your home cool. In addition to servicing your unit, as we discussed earlier this month, here are some other tips from Phil Montgomery, owner of Atlanta Heating and Air Conditioning.
Atlanta, GA – The dog days of summer are upon us, and we know that when your air conditioning unit isn’t functioning properly, it can be miserable for your family. If you’re wondering if you need to schedule an AC repair visit, here is a checklist of common AC problems to check first.
The first place you should always look is the filter. An old, dirty or inefficient air filter can make your air conditioner stop working well. It’s important that homeowners know how often to change their filters, and during the summer, months, check them regularly for visible dirt and dust. Since your AC will be running more frequently, that means your filter is working overtime, too, so you may need to replace it more often than you normally would.