Here’s 4 Tips To Reduce Furnace Repair Costs In Your Home

A NATE Certified Technicians Repairs a Heating SystemHeating bills tend to bite a large chunk out of most people’s income. But, when furnace repair costs are added to the equation, it can result in great financial problems. In this blog post, we’ll review some tips to reduce furnace repair costs.

What are furnace repair costs such a problem?

On average, the cost of repairs range between $135 and $422. The repair costs can be above $1000 if there is a major fault with the furnace.

Fortunately, there are certain steps that you can take to reduce furnace repair costs this winter. Here are few simple steps that can help in ensuring optimum furnace problems resulting in fewer problems.

Be sure to call Southern Air to schedule your furnace tune-up!

1. Find the optimum stable temperature

While you can set any temperature, your furnace will operate best when the thermostat is set to a stable temperature. Although the furnace is a mechanical device and it’s inevitable that your furnace will break down requiring repairs, you can greatly extend the duration between repairs by ensuring that it is set at a stable temperature.

Keeping the furnace at a stable temperature ensures that the heating device continues to operate without developing major fault. You should consult the owner’s manual or contact your Southern Air service technician to find out the optimum temperature for the furnace.

2. Have Southern Air clean or replace the air filters

Air filters is one of the most important element of the heating device. It’s imperative that you have the filter kept free of dust, dirt, and other debris. The filter becomes clogged with the airborne pollutants overtime and must be either cleaned or repaired.

Remember to install the proper filter for the furnace to ensure uninterrupted and smooth air flow. Installing the right type of filter will ensure optimum furnace performance, thereby reducing the chances of costly repairs.

While spun fiberglass filters are generally the least expensive option, they do not filter finer particles. Pleated disposable filters are costly but will provide about four times the filtering capability of the spun fiberglass filters.

Also, electric filters offer superior filter performance. But they require modification of the existing ductwork.

3. Southern Air can keep the furnace blower clean

The furnace blower area should also be kept clean of dirt, dust, and other debris. These airborne pollutants when clog the blower makes the furnace work hard to circulate warm air inside the house.

Keeping the blower clean will lessen the chances of major furnace repair work, which in turn will reduce your furnace repair costs.

4. Schedule a routine furnace inspection

Routine furnace inspection is essential for optimum furnace performance. The technician will check the system and perform necessary repairs that if left unchecked could result in major problem with the furnace.

Regular maintenance of the furnace will ensure that all the essential components and parts are in good working order thereby reducing the chance of costly repairs.

Reduce furnace repair costs by calling Southern Air

If you want to get help of certified and experienced furnace repair technicians in Shreveport, Alexandria & Monroe LA, you can contact Southern Air Heating and Cooling.

What Are Some Of The Latest Advancements In Furnace Technology?

Advancements in Furnace TechnologyFurnace technology has come a long way in the past decade. Today, you can buy different types of furnaces that offer a lot of benefits as compared to the traditional ones.

In this blog post, we’ll review some of the most recent advances in furnace technology. Southern Air offers furnace installation service. Contact us for a free in-home estimate.

Hybrid Furnace Systems

Hybrid furnace systems contain not one but two heating devices: a gas furnace and a heat pump. The hybrid systems are ideal for people that are seeking a two-in-one solution that can both heat and cool the home.

When the temperature is low outside, the system absorbs heat using the exterior unit and distributes warm air inside the house. On the other hand, during the summers, the heat pump transfers warm air from inside the house to the outside thereby cooling the rooms.

Variable-Speed Furnaces

Furnaces with variable speed feature operate the blower at different speeds. This results in a more efficient distribution of hot air generated by the furnace throughout the house. The blower pushes the air into the ductwork after which it is distributed to the individual rooms.

As compared to standard blowers, variable speed blowers are much more energy efficient that results in reduced energy bills during the winter season. The blower can circulate air throughout the room without consuming much energy. This will also result in less need to clean the air filter.

In short, the variable speed features help slash the utility bills, ensures improved indoor air quality, and increases the life span of the furnace.

Electric in-slab heaters

Eclectic in-slab heaters are best for allergy sufferers as there is no ductwork. The system allows the room temperatures to be set individually for each room. However, a con of electric in-slab heater is that they are more expensive to run as compared to central heating systems.

Gas-fired hydronic systems

Gas-fired hydronic systems represent another advancement in furnace technology. The heater circulates heated water to convection radiator panels that are installed on the floor. The heater allows even distribution of heat throughout the room without any cold spots.

However, the heater is more costly to repair. The reason is that the heating element is located in difficult-to-access places, such as in the walls and under the floors.

Reverse cycle systems

Reverse cycle systems are highly efficient in generating heat compared to electric heaters. The systems can save thousands of dollars in utility bills due to efficient heating. Heat is produced through a reversing valve that reverses the flow of refrigerant.

This effectively makes the condenser an evaporator and the evaporator a condenser. The end result is effective generation and distribution of heat throughout the rooms.

Learn more about furnace technology and get a free in-home quote on a new system

If you want more information about the latest heating systems, you can contact Southern Air Heating & Cooling. We have been serving Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria and surrounding areas since 1993.

4 Small Changes In Your Home That Can Drastically Cut Heating Bills

An HVAC Technician greeting a CustomerNo one likes paying high heating bills during the winters. However, when given the choice between paying the bill and shivering all winter, you have no other option but to pay the bill. The good news is that you can significantly cut heating bills by taking a few simple steps.

From setting the thermostat to lower temperature to annual furnace maintenance, the following energy saving advice will allow you to cut heating bills significantly every winter.

1. Cover the Windows

You can save a lot in heating bills by simply covering the windows with heavy drapes. This will allow you to set a lower temperature and still be warm and comfortable. Apart from using heavy drapes, you should also consider covering inside window frames with clear plastic sheet. Covering the window will prevent cold drafts from entering inside thereby ensuring increased energy efficiency.

2. Seal the air leaks

Another simple tip to reduce the need for increasing the furnace temperature is by sealing all the leaks inside the house. Sealing the leaks will result in less need of setting a high temperature thereby saving you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

Consider getting your house energy audit by a professional energy auditor, which will cost you anywhere from $250 to $800. The auditor will run a blower test to find the leaks. Also, you can perform your own low tech test for the draft using an incense stick. Turn on the home’s exhaust fans and hold the stick near doors, electrical outlets, and windows. In case the smoke blows sideways, it indicates a leak that should be plugged using caulk, weather stripping, or insulating with expandable foam.

3. Wear warm clothes inside the house

A simple way to reduce the home heating bill is by wearing warm clothes. As a result, you can set the thermostat below 65° F. Every degree that you set lower will result in increased savings for you. The inconvenience in wearing warm clothes will be worth it in the end as it will help in greatly reducing the energy bills.

4. Regular furnace maintenance

Regular maintenance of the furnace will allow the heater to work efficiently throughout the winter. It’s recommended that you have the system maintained by a North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certified technician.

Call Southern Air for advice to cut heating bills

Do you want to get in touch with experienced and certified furnace technicians in Shreveport, Alexandria & Monroe LA? If so, you can contact Southern Air Heating and Cooling with confidence.

Cold Spots In Your Home: Here’s How To Fix Them

Tips to Address Cold Spots Inside the HouseCold spots are areas inside the house that are not warm when the heating system is on. The condition can occur due to various reasons, including your furnace needing a heating tune-up. They are not just an inconvenience but also ultimately inflate the heating bills as well.

Various steps can be taken to address cold spots inside the home. Here are five tips that can help you in resolving the heating problem in your house.

Be sure to call Southern Air for any furnace or heating repair needs!

1. Check that you have proper insulation

Most homes in the United States don’t have proper insulation. As a result, warm air leaks from inside the room that is replaced by cool air from the outside. Insulating the house can effectively address the cold spots that are caused by the leakage of air. You should seek a professional to insulate the entire house.

Remember that most of the air loss occurs due to heat loss through the exterior walls. The problem with traditional fiberglass insulation is that they can wear away leaving gaps around light fixtures or electrical boxes that results in drafts. So, it’s recommended that you ask the professional to apply Icynene to the insulation.

Icynene is a type of foam insulation that is much denser than fiber glass. Once injected in the wall cavities, it will reduce air infiltration and thereby the cold spots inside the house. The insulation material is sprayed in directly to the wall that expands and fills the cavity.

2. Take a look at your home’s air ducts

Ducts in some homes can leak around 20 percent of the cool air from the room. This usually happens due to improperly connected ducts. Sometimes holes in the ductworks also contribute to the problem.

You should get the ductwork checked by a professional technician. The technician will inspect the ducts and use metal tape to cover the holes or gaps in the duct work if required.

3. What is the positioning of your thermostat?

Cold spots can also be caused by poorly positioned thermostat. The furnace will not properly heat the house when the thermostat is located in a room that is generally warmer than other rooms such as the kitchen or a room that gets a lot of sun.

A solution to the problem is installing a wireless thermostat. The wireless thermostat can be placed anywhere in the house and can transmit signals up to 500 feet through ceilings, walls, and floors.

Address cold spots with the help of Southern Air

Apart from the above, there may be many other reasons for a cold spot inside the house. If you want more information about addressing cold spot, you can contact Southern Air Heating & Cooling.

We have been serving Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria and surrounding areas since 1993.

Choose Southern Air for your Monroe, Alexandria & Shreveport furnace repair

It’s a cold night, and your furnace just stopped working. You need furnace repair, and you need it fast. Otherwise, your home is going to start to get pretty cold. You need to give Southern Air a call. We offer 24/7 emergency Monroe, Alexandria, and Shreveport furnace repair.

In this blog post, we’ll outline just some of the reasons you should choose Southern Air for your furnace repair. Need to schedule service? Give us a call at (318) 640-3151 or contact us online.

Great service

Southern Air provides HVAC and plumbing services to Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria, Louisiana, including many surrounding communities. This means that we are available throughout most of northern and central Louisiana. Professional heating service is only a call away.

Learn more about some of the places we offer furnace repair service:

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Shreveport Furnace Repair

We’re proud to offer furnace repair in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Southern Air has been serving the people of Louisiana since 1994, and we’re proud to be your source for Monroe, Alexandria, and Shreveport furnace repair and a wide range of other HVAC and plumbing services. Here’s what has made us successful throughout the years: we put our customers first. We do this by not only offering great services and products, but by backing our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Simply put: we want you to love your service from Southern Air.

Another thing that sets us apart? Our flexibility. When it comes to furnace repair, our team is available 24/7. We also repair all makes & models and offer upfront, honest estimates on our work. When you work with us, you can expect Southern Air to treat you right.

Great people

At Southern Air, we’re proud to employ some of the best HVAC technicians in the state of Louisiana. We have teams throughout the northern and central part of the state that are ready to help with any heating system needs, including Monroe, Alexandria, and Shreveport furnace repair. Our technicians go through regular training programs to keep their skills sharp, and many have years of experience. When it comes to your furnace repair, they know what to do because they’ve seen it before.

Plus, our technicians are NATE-certified. This means they’ve been trained by experts and tested by North American Technician Excellence—the primary HVAC technician testing organization in the United States.

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Our NATE-Certified techs can walk you through the furnace repair process.

With a NATE-certified technician, you can rest assured that your furnace repair will be completed correctly and quickly by a friendly professional. When you need emergency 24/7 furnace repair, you don’t want to risk having the wrong person work on your furnace. By calling Southern Air for Monroe, Alexandria, and Shreveport furnace repair, you’ll be getting the right people who can help.

Call us for Monroe, Alexandria, and Shreveport furnace repair

Need fast, emergency furnace repair? Southern Air can help. Give our team a call at (318) 640-3151 to schedule service, and we’ll send a technician to your home to inspect your furnace and determine what the problem is. You can also contact us online.

This fall is the perfect time for a new furnace

It’s a cold evening in winter, and you’ve just heard a terrible sound coming from the attic as the heating shuts off. Yes, your very old furnace just died, and probably for good. You’ll need to call Southern to have our team install a new furnace.

But, waiting for your old system to die before replacing it can actually cost you a lot of money. In this blog post, we’ll review why it’s sometimes better to make the decision to purchase a new furnace after your old one gets to a certain age.

New Furnace InstallationThe older the furnace, the less efficient it is

It’s unfortunate, but the saying is true: nothing lasts forever. Even if you had Southern maintaining your furnace every year, used it sparingly, and were lucky to have it live into its 20s without major problems, you’re still going to want to replace it. Here’s why.

For good reason, we have a mentality that it’s better to wait for something to die before replacing it. In most cases, this is a good way to look at things: upkeep and repair can save you money compared to replacing an item. However, furnaces are not one-time costs like most other items. Instead, through your heating bills, you continually pay to operate a furnace. This makes a furnace a lot more like a car—which requires gasoline and maintenance—than a clock or a door handle.

Furnaces manufactured 10, 15, or even 20 years ago are far less efficient than those made today. Not only is the technology they’re using older, but they also have had decades of wear-and-tear on system parts, and just aren’t performing like they did right after install. An aging furnace will continue to become less and less efficient as it ages.

This means that every month you delay upgrading to a new furnace, your old one is essentially costing you more and more on your energy bills. A broken door handle won’t charge you every month. Through your gas or electric bills, an aging furnace will.

The greater the mileage, the more frequent the breakdowns

Your older furnace can cost you in other ways. First, an aging heating system is more likely to break down or need repairs, especially while in use during the winter. Not only will that leave you temporarily without heat until Southern Air can help you with furnace repair, but it will also start to add up in costs. Also consider that most manufacturer’s warranties expire after the 10 year mark (as is the case for Carrier systems), and you could be facing a situation where you have to keep throwing money at your old furnace just to keep it running.

A new furnace can save you money

At some point, a new furnace just makes economic sense. The cost of the system and professional installation is a one-time cost, and you’ll start to recoup that investment through your savings on energy (which could be major) and not having to pay for repairs (mostly by not needing repair, but also because you’ll have a new warranty that covers some repair costs).

Also worth considering: many state, federal, and private utility tax credits are available to homeowners who upgrade from an older system to a new furnace. This credits can help you defray the cost of purchasing a new system. Plus, we regularly offer coupons and specials on many of our services, including new furnace installation. If you don’t see an offer, check back regularly, especially in the fall.

Why upgrade to a new furnace now?

Fall is a great time to swap out your old system for a new furnace from Southern Air. First, your furnace isn’t in heavy use (or, any use) yet, which means that you won’t have a period of time between removal and replacement where your home will be cold. Second, since you haven’t turned on the furnace for the season, you’ll be maximizing your energy savings with a new system, since your new energy-efficient furnace will be doing 100% of your heating this winter.

If you’ve been delaying the move to change out your old furnace, let Southern help you out this autumn. To get started on a free estimate from Southern, contact us today.

Furnace tune-up season has arrived

We’ve previously written about how beneficial it is to get an air conditioning tune-up prior to the start of the summer. The same idea applies to our furnace tune-up service, and that’s why the early fall is the perfect time to schedule a checkup with the professional team here at Southern Air. It’s furnace tune-up season.

Like your air conditioner (and other complicated machines, such as your car or bike), your furnace requires regular maintenance to keep it running right. “Right”, in this case, may just mean keeping your furnace from burning extra energy, but it also could mean just keeping it running. Without a tune-up, your furnace could break down (again, just like your car or bike!). To avoid this, we recommend having our team look at your furnace at least annually.

Here’s what a furnace inspection will do for your heating system, and why you should schedule one before the end of furnace tune-up season.

Furnace Tune-Up Season Has Arrived

The technicians at Southern Air are NATE-certified, and are furnace tune-up experts.

Better energy efficiency

We all want to save money on our monthly energy bills, and your home’s HVAC systems can be one of the largest users of power in your home. With some variation depending on climate (here in Louisiana, we obviously use our furnaces less than folks in Maine!), the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that your furnace use accounts for 42% of your energy bill in the winter. That’s a lot of money going to heating your home!

The good news is that a furnace tune-up can help reduce the amount of energy your furnace uses. Whether your system is fueled by gas or electricity, a tune-up can help your heater bring warmth to your home more effectively, reducing the strain and constant running of the furnace. Over the course of a season, those energy savings can really add up. That’s why we recommend having Southern Air inspect your heating system prior to the start of winter.

Reduced breakdown risk

Having better energy efficiency is a nice plus, but the main goal of a tune-up is to avoid a furnace breakdown. A major problem with your furnace means you’d either need repair or a new furnace. And while our team can help with both, we understand that you’d probably like to avoid purchasing a new furnace if you can avoid it. That’s why we recommend scheduling a furnace tune-up.

Long story short, your furnace is a complicated piece of HVAC equipment that runs almost nightly during the winter. As a result, parts and components easily get worn down, and moving pieces require new lubrication. As part of our furnace tune-up, the Southern Air team will make sure everything is working right.

Extended system lifespan

Finally, a furnace tune-up could help your heating system last longer. Most heating systems last between 15-20 years. An annual maintenance schedule from a professional company could help you reach into the back half of that range and beyond.

Again, the car analogy works here: cars can last for 15-20 years if you don’t take care of them, or they can last far longer with a regular checkup and care. If you’re interested in getting more out of your furnace investment, consider scheduling your furnace tune-up.

Choose Southern this furnace tune-up season

Now that we’ve reviewed the reasons that you should get a furnace tune-up, here’s why you should choose Southern Air. First, our technicians have been maintaining heating systems for years, and they’re all NATE-certified to meet the highest standards in the industry. Second, we’re a trusted, local company serving most of north and central Louisiana. Finally, we back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Still not sure? Or, ready to get started? Give our team a call at 318-640-3151 for more information, to learn about our current specials, or to schedule your maintenance before the end of furnace tune-up season. You can also contact us online.

It’s been a long winter for your furnace

There have been some cold winter nights here in Lousiana, and your home’s furnace has probably been working overtime to keep you and your family comfortable. It might be a good time to think about scheduling your annual heating system maintenance with Southern Air.

After all, with spring in sight but nights still chilled, a furnace breakdown is the last thing you want.

What could go wrong without maintenance?

Take your heating system’s filter, for instance. A relatively easy thing for the factory-certified technicians at Southern Air to check up and replace, if needed. However, not replacing your furnace’s filter could result in:

  • Leaks and broken seals: Filters don’t just block dust from getting into your family’s air. They also prevent airborne particles from impacting the fan and heating coil. A bad filter could lead to permanent damage to your furnace.
  • Corrosion and metal fatigue: A poor air filter means that air flow will be compromised, with creates pressure on your furnace to keep up as it tries to generate more and more air, to no effect.
  • Increased pollutants and dust: After all, a filter is designed, in part, to siphon out contaminants and dust. A failure to change one could result in a less effective barrier—meaning more junk in your home’s air.

What do I get out of maintenance?NATE-Certified-Technicians-Alaxandria-LA

Let Southern Air look at your heating system and we’ll provide you with an honest assessment of any potential issues that could cause a potential breakdown. Some of the other benefits of scheduled maintenance with Southern Air include:

  • Clean filters
  • Long-term energy savings
  • Longer system lifespan
  • Less pollutants in your home’s air
  • Proper calibration of parts
  • Leak detection and sealing

If you’ve been convinced that it’s time for maintenance, let Southern Air take care of the work. You can schedule service with us online, or reach us by phone at (318) 524-7430.

When do I know if I need a new furnace?

Regular maintenance and repair work from Southern may extend the lifespan of your heating system by years, but even the best-maintained furnaces can’t last forever. At some point, you will have to replace your home’s furnace. If you’re debating purchasing a new heating system, consider asking yourself these four questions.

  1. How old is your system? Most HVAC systems live 15-20 years, and anything beyond that is pushing it. If your furnace has been serving your home for that long, you may want to consider a new furnace installation.
  2. How do the costs add up? If your furnace has officially entered old age, it may need more repairs and maintenance than a younger system. Once you’ve added it all up, you may find that a new installation would save you money compared to making multiple, regular repairs on an older system.
  3. How efficient is your system? An older furnace has two strikes against it. First, units manufactured decades ago are less energy efficient than those created now. Second, furnaces generally lose efficiency as they age. If you’re sick of sky-high energy bills, consider a new install.
  4. What does the future hold? A new system benefits you no matter what future you have in your home. If you plan on living in your home for the next twenty years, you’ll be able to enjoy an efficient and effective furnace for years to come. Or, if you plan on selling your home before that, consider that a new or newer furnace adds resale value to your home.

If you’re in the market for a new furnace, Southern Air can help! We’re north-central Lousiana’s heating and cooling experts, and we’ll work to match you and your home with the best possible furnace fit.