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

Cold 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.

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What are cold spots?

In the winter, cold spots are the areas and rooms of your home that are noticeably chillier than the rest of the house. When stepping from your living room into your bedroom, for instance, you might notice that the air in this room is much colder.

In a home with ductless mini-split system providing heating, this might make sense. With a ductless system, this type of temperature differential is a feature, not a bug: you can keep different rooms and areas of your home at different temperatures to save money. However, if you have a traditional heat pump or furnace that uses forced-air heating and ductwork, cold spots are an indicator that something is wrong.

Cold spots in your home can actually be caused by the placement of your thermostat.

Cold spots in your home can actually be caused by the placement of your thermostat.

Of course, this article refers to cold spots in the context of winter heating. However, homes can also have “hot spots” in the summer. The same general phenomenon is occurring: not enough cool or hot air is getting to the room or space in question.

What causes cold spots?

Some of the root causes behind the temperature differential between rooms may be related to the room itself. For example, a room that has more windows, or larger windows, will generally have a harder time retaining temperature than a room that does not. Single-pane windows, in particular, are a temperature sieve. In some cases, cold spots are caused by drafts coming in under doors or around windows. A bit of caulking and weatherstripping around trouble areas can help patch that issue up.

An obvious first area to check is the vents and registers. Many homes have registers that can be opened and closed. If the vent is closed, the room is not going to receive the heating that the rest of the home is. In general, you should avoid closing registers and vents: it not only makes your home more prone to hot and cold spots, but it also could make your home less energy-efficient. Make sure there’s no furniture over the register. You’d be surprised how many homeowners place a dresser or couch over a floor register and then wonder why there’s no heating in that room.

However, cold spots can also be caused by issues with HVAC performance. Air leaks in your ductwork could cause significant amounts of heated or cooled air to be lost through the attic and roof well before it ever reaches the room in question. It may indicate that the blower—the component responsible for pushing the air through the ducts—is either malfunctioning or doesn’t have sufficient air intake. Or, it could be that your furnace or heat pump is having issues and needs repairs.

How do you find cold spots?

In most cases, you’ll know a cold spot when you feel it. It’s that chill you get when you walk into a room, or you move into a certain section of the room. Many homeowners just chalk this up as a weird quirk of their home: “Yeah, that room is always cold.” However, there’s typically a root cause behind temperature differences between different spaces of your home.

A home temperature heat map can help you find hot and cold spots indoors.

A home temperature heat map can help you find hot and cold spots indoors.

If you’re looking for an official way to diagnose temperature differential issues in your home, bring in an HVAC expert. HVAC technicians carry air temperature detection equipment that allow them to pinpoint air leaks, drafts, and other issues. This can be used to map out where your home is hot, and where it’s not.

How can you address cold spots?

Well, as we’ve already alluded to, the first step is bringing in an HVAC professional. Once a major problem with your ductwork or heat pump has been ruled out, you should have them look into three core areas: your insulation, your air ducts, and your thermostat placement.

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 fiberglass. 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

As we’ve discussed, there could be a variety of reasons you have cold and hot spots in your home. The best way forward is talking to a professional. Here in Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria, Louisiana, you’ll want to call us. At Southern Air Heating & Cooling, we help homeowners with all their cooling, heating, and home service needs.

Here are our 4 effective tips for preventing allergies in your home

4 Effective Tips to Prevent AC AllergiesPeople usually suffer from allergies—such as sneezing and difficulty breathing—during the spring season when pollen permeates the air. However, it’s not uncommon for people to suffer from allergies in the home thanks to poor indoor air quality.

People that develop flu-like systems due to turning on the air conditioner or furnace are generally allergic to dust, mold, or mildew. The airborne debris circulates inside the room mainly through the air conditioning and heating ductwork.

If you are also troubled by allergies whenever the air conditioner or furnace is switched on, you should read the following four effective tips to resolve the issue.

Here are 4 ways to prevent allergies in your home

1. Clean your home’s air filters

Cleaning the air filters can help avoid allergic reactions. The air filter can get clogged with dirt and dust. This will not only strain the system and prevent proper cooling but also degrade the room air quality.

You should have the filter cleaned by a professional technician as part of our heating tune-up or AC tune-up. This will ensure that no dust permeates the air resulting in allergic reactions.

2. Keep your home at a proper temperature

You should keep the temperature of the air conditioner above 73o F, or 23o C. Keeping the temperature low irritates the sinus and mucus resulting in allergies and sores.

Also, when entering the house from the outside during blistering heat, you should allow your body to cool down for 10 minutes before entering the air conditioned room.

3. Ensure your home has proper humidity

While too much humidity inside the room is certainly uncomfortable, the same can be said for too low of humidity. Air conditioners can easily dry out the air. This can result in allergic reactions. The fact is that your respiratory system requires a certain level of humidity to function properly. Dry air will result in clogged sinus and sores.

Ideally, the humidity level in the room should be kept between 30 to 50 percent. You can buy a humidifier that can keep the humidity inside the room at proper level. Also, you can buy an air conditioner that comes with dehumidifier feature. Keeping the humidity levels at adequate levels will prevent allergic reactions.

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By cleaning your home’s air filter, scheduling seasonal tune-ups, and installing UV filters, you can reduce indoor allergies caused by pollen, pet dander, and more.

4. Let fresh air into the home

The fourth most important advice to avoid allergic reactions when turning on the AC is to get some fresh air. Being in the air conditioned room for too long can cause disruption in the immune system. It’s recommended that you avoid being in the air conditioned area for long hours.

Even 5 minutes of walking outside to get some fresh air can be beneficial for your body. Also, you can consider turning the AC off for some minutes during the evening and open the windows to let fresh air inside the room.

Prevent allergies with an AC tune-up from Southern Air

If you want to get in touch with professional technicians for air conditioning tune-up, you can contact Southern Air Heating & Cooling. We have been serving the areas of Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria for more than two decades.

Here are some of the latest advancements in furnace technology

When it comes to winter heating, a majority of Americans rely on a gas or electric furnace to keep their homes cozy. The fundamental technology behind furnaces has been around for ages, but today’s systems are far more sophisticated than those manufactured a decade ago. Some of the latest advancements in furnace technology are pushing toward the upper limits of energy-efficiency, saving homeowners thousands on their energy bills throughout the lifespan of the system.

In this article, we’ll review four major heating technology advancements:

  • High-efficiency furnaces
  • Variable-speed furnaces
  • Hybrid furnaces
  • Smart home integration

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High-Efficiency Furnaces

The gas, propane, and oil furnaces of yesteryear can’t hold a candle (or, perhaps more appropriately, a pilot light) to the efficiency and effectiveness of systems manufactured today.

What is AFUE?

The efficiency of heating systems is commonly measured using an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) score. Simply put, the heater’s AFUE percentage is the amount of heat energy that can be extracted from the fuel, versus how much of that fuel’s energy potential is wasted. A gas furnace with 70% AFUE converts 70% of the natural gas into heat, with the remaining 30% being lost through exhaust. In other words, the higher the AFUE, the more efficient the system is.

Starting in the 1990s, new regulations led to a new efficiency floor for furnaces: 78% AFUE. In the decades since, however, furnaces have continued to become more efficient, climbing the AFUE scale. Some of today’s furnaces scrape the very top of the scale, topping out at 97% or 98% AFUE. These high-efficiency systems waste very little energy. A great example is the Carrier Infinity® 98 Gas Furnace, which has a 98.5% AFUE score and is one of the most efficient gas furnaces on the planet.

Efficiency isn’t always what it seems

Many homeowners mistakenly think that electric furnaces are cheaper to operate than gas furnaces. After all, electric furnaces have 100% AFUE—there’s no wasted energy at all! However, just because electric systems are technically more efficient doesn’t mean you’ll see lower heating costs. Electricity is far more expensive than natural gas. Oil and propane are even pricier than electricity.

When looking at AFUE, make sure you take the cost of the fuel source into account: a less efficient gas furnace may be cheaper to run than a high-efficiency propane system. To make things even more complex, you also need to consider local energy costs.

When it comes to furnace technology and installation, Southern Air remain Louisiana’s top choice for service. Call us today to have one of our experienced technicians inspect your home’s furnace.

Variable-Speed Furnaces

In a typical furnace manufactured two decades ago, the system had one mode of operation: on. When you turned the thermostat, the furnace would come online and run at its full power to heat your home to the desired temperature. It would then turn off once the temperature was reached, repeating that cycle again and again.

There are a few problems with that approach. First, furnaces (as well as heat pumps and air conditioners) use energy to start and stop, making that stop-and-go approach less than ideal. The constant “cycling” also puts unnecessary strain on the system itself. Finally, with only one speed, the furnace couldn’t just maintain a consistent temperature: more often, the result was peaks and valleys of cold and heat in the home.

Shifting gears

Variable-speed furnaces are a major improvement. Basically, these systems have “gears” they can shift into. When they just need to maintain a temperature, they can shift into a lower speed to use less energy and keep the temperature stable. This avoids the energy waste of constantly starting and stopping.

Think of variable-speed systems like a 6-speed bike. If you had a one-speed bike, you’d have to expend the same amount of energy pedaling, no matter how steep you’re climbing or how fast you’re going. In the end, that’s going to result in a lot of wasted energy (and sore legs!). However, with a 6-speed, you can shift up or down to adjust resistance and conserve energy. A variable-speed furnace is like that: it can run at lower or higher speeds as needed, which helps it conserve energy.

A comfortable, quiet home

That precision control also means you’ll have a more comfortable home. Because the variable-speed system can slow or speed up, it can heat your home without making it too hot or leaving it too cold. That’s a big benefit of switching to variable speed, but here’s one more: variable-speed systems, when running at their lower gear, are much quieter than a normal furnace. That’s just one less annoyance in your life.

Hybrid Furnaces

Hybrid furnace systems contain not just one, but two heating devices: a gas furnace and a heat pump. Hybrid systems are ideal for people that are seeking a two-in-one solution that can both heat and cool the home. In addition, hybrid systems have versatility in the fall and spring seasons, where they can heat your home at a lower energy cost than running your furnace. Let’s dive in and discuss this new furnace technology.

A system for all seasons

In the fall, when night temperatures begin to drop but it’s not too cold out, the hybrid system can use the heat pump to warm your home. As with all heat pumps, this works by pulling heat energy out of the outside air, and then using refrigerant to move that energy inside the home. In our mild winter climate here in Louisiana, you’ll get a lot of use out of this mode. Plus, because moving heat energy is less intense than creating it, you’ll save on your energy costs versus running the furnace.

Versatility for the summer ahead

Of course, heat pumps can also reverse operation and function akin to standard air conditioners: drawing heat energy out of the inside of your home and transferring it outside, thereby cooling the air inside your home. This means that a hybrid furnace system is quite literally an HVAC system for all seasons.

The automation features of a smart thermostat can help you save energy, lowering your energy bills.

Smart home integration

The smart home is in vogue. From smart speakers that allow you to control your lights with your voice to smart appliances, more and more homeowners are making their homes more integrated and convenient. Given how important it is to life in your home, your heating and cooling systems aren’t left behind. With a programmable thermostat—also known as a “smart thermostat”—homeowners have full control over the comfort in their home.

While there are a variety of models and brands out there, most programmable thermostats have these three main features in common:

  • Automated Temperature Control: You can set up a temperature schedule for your home that accounts for when you’re regularly away or at home. This helps cut down on your heating and cooling costs throughout the year, saving you money.
  • Smartphone App Control: Smart thermostats are connected to the internet and allow you to control the thermostat from your phone, anywhere you are. Away on vacation, but need to turn on the heating for the house-sitter? With the smartphone app, it’s easy.
  • Voice Technology Integration: Most smart thermostats are compatible with smart speakers, allowing you to control the temperature settings with your voice from anywhere in your home.

Given their ability to save homeowners money and make their lives more convenient, it’s no wonder why programmable thermostats are so popular at the moment.

For furnace technology experts, call our team at Southern Air

If you want more information about the latest heating systems and furnace technology, call the team at Southern Air Heating & Cooling. We have been serving Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria and surrounding areas since 1993. Contact us today!

What are those spooky HVAC and plumbing sounds in your home?

It’s the time of year where homeowners are prepared for a scare. Chances are, however, that your home is not a hotbed of paranormal activity. That strange hissing noise keeping you up at night may just be a basic maintenance problem you need to attend to, not a ghost.

When you hear strange noises in your home, the most important step is knowing how to properly diagnose and handle them. If you’re experiencing some spooky vibes caused by noisy pipes or sudden temperature changes, we advise you to give our team a call for heating and plumbing services here in Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, and beyond!

If you’re hearing spooky sounds coming from your home this Halloween, it’s probably not a ghost, but a sign you need home maintenance or repairs. Call your friends at Southern Air for all your heating and plumbing service needs!

Experiencing sudden temperature changes?

When you feel that chill entering a room, it may cross your mind for a split-second that you just encountered a spooky spirit. Specters aside, it is much more likely that the sudden temperature change is due to pockets of cold and hot air in your home. It is normal to notice a change in temperature throughout your home as the weather cools down. When drafty doors and windows aren’t able to retain heat, a chill can inadvertently creep up. Here’s how you can quickly remedy these irregular chillings.

A good first step to retaining more warmth in your home is by adding weather-stripping or applying a bit of caulk around drafty problem areas. You’ll also want to ensure that the vents and registers in all rooms are open. This—along with keeping your interior doors open—helps warm air circulate throughout your home, getting rid of cold air pockets and making your heating that much more efficient! If taking these steps does not resolve the problem, consider talking to a professional about:

  • Adding window treatments
  • Sealing any floor gaps
  • Adding attic insulation
  • Checking your heater to make sure it’s working properly.

Tip: Your fans aren’t just for hot summer days! Try reversing the direction of your ceiling fans. By moving the fan blades clockwise instead of counter-clockwise, it will help push existing heat down into the room, heating you up.

Hearing strange noises coming from inside the house?

If you’re hearing strange noises, don’t freak out yet! Chances are you need a plumber or HVAC technician, not a ghost-busting team. Here are the most common sounds many homeowners hear during the winter:

Plumbing

  • Hissing or whistling: If you are noticing hissing or whistling sounds coming from your plumbing system, the problem may be easy to diagnose. There may be a leak somewhere in the water pipes, or that air is escaping from the pressure-relief valve of the water heater. This latter issue can often be resolved by lowering the water heater temperature.
  • Banging or clunking sounds: This is most often heard when water faucets are shut off or running. Typically, this can be traced back to the water heater tank, steam heating, or an effect known as “water hammer” that occurs when water is quickly shut off. Try closing a water supply valve just partly. If the sounds stop, that is a good indication that the source of the problem was just the water hammer phenomenon.
  • Buzzing or vibrating: If you are hearing an odd type of buzzing noise, then we recommend having one of our plumbers install sound-resilient supports to minimize any pipe noises. For example, you may try pipe mounting clamps, foam pipe wrap under clamps, or neoprene pipe clamps. This will also help isolate the water piping from the structure itself at each attachment point.

No matter what strange plumbing noises you’re hearing this fall and winter, you should always entrust an experienced plumber to work with your pipes, water heater, or faucets. Call Southern Air for plumbing service in Alexandria and Leesville.

Heater

  • Rattling or vibrating: This spooky noise might signal that your ductwork is loose—a potential cause for concern. Have an HVAC professional from Southern Air tighten the ducts by screwing in any visibly loose screws. If the sound is coming from the floor, lift the unit up enough to place a rubber pad underneath to minimize any rattling.
  • Whistling or hissing: This can signal that there are tiny holes/gaps in the ductwork, or that you have a clogged filter. You can find tiny holes by closely listening to spot the problem area. Or, you can take a different approach to check which of the two is the source of the problem is by pulling the filter out to see if the noise persists. If it does not, it is obvious that the problem is related to the filter. Try switching the filter out with a new one and seeing if that solves the issue.
  • Squealing: If you are experiencing this sound, it is a sign that there’s something wrong with the furnace’s motor, belt, or bearing. The good news is that this type of malfunction is not dangerous, just annoying. However, these furnace problems can persist and most likely worsen over time. Unfortunately, this problem can not be remedied without the help of a professional. You will need to call our team at Southern Air for heating repair.

Take the next steps to address spooky home sounds

If you are still experiencing ongoing problems with the heating or plumbing in your home, call us today. We are available 24/7 for your emergency and non-emergency needs.

Trust us: signs of paranormal activity are in your imagination, but HVAC and plumbing problems may not be.

What are dirty AC coils and why should you have them cleaned?

One of the best feelings in the world is stepping into a nice cool house on a hot summer day. In this modern world, it’s hard for most people to imagine a summer spent in the heat and humidity of Louisiana without air conditioning. However, if your air conditioner has dirty AC coils, you could start feeling the heat as your system becomes less effective and efficient. In this article, we’ll review what AC coils are, how they work, and what happens when they need to be cleaned.

A dirty AC coil can impact the comfort and efficiency of your air conditioner.

Dusty and grimy AC coils can have a negative impact on your home’s comfort and the energy efficiency of your air conditioner. Have a professional clean them on a regular basis.

Schedule AC maintenance to keep your system running right

Here in Louisiana, your air conditioner probably runs for the majority of the day during the summer, and especially during our hottest and most humid days. It’s important to remember that—just like any moving, mechanical device—your air conditioner needs regular maintenance and cleaning to continue operating at its peak performance.

Think of it this way: you wouldn’t let your car go years without getting an engine tune-up, oil changes, and its wheels rotated and balanced, right? You should treat your air conditioner the same way.

An important part of our AC maintenance service here at Southern Air is cleaning dirty AC coils. Cleaning this component will save you money, keep the unit operating efficiently, and even extend its life expectancy. Call us to schedule a tune-up or for AC repair this summer.

Why cleaning dirty AC coils is important:

There is a limited amount of space between the coils already, so surface moisture from your unit’s cooling process, and the amount of air that flows in and out of it, can start to build up with dirt, dust, debris, and other outside pollutants. Eventually, this buildup of debris will reduce your system’s ability to transfer heat in and out of your home, which will also reduce the system’s ability to provide cool air during the warm months.

If the coils become too dirty and blocked, they can block the airflow intake that is critical for the system to function overall, which could result in a system failure on the hottest night of the year. Another added downside to dirty coils is that they can actually cause your system to work harder than necessary and can shorten the life of the unit, possibly leaving you with some very expensive repair bills to deal with this summer. In contrast, the cleaner the air conditioning coils are, the more efficient your system will run.

Dirty coils can lead to:

  • Increased operating temperatures
  • Reduced comfort in your home
  • Less efficient cooling
  • Increased energy bills
  • Increased wear-and-tear on the system
  • Increased and more frequent repairs or replacements

How often should your AC coils be cleaned?

The easiest answer we can give is that they should be cleaned whenever they are dirty. But, how quickly they get dirty depends on a few factors, including:

  • how often your system is being used
  • how often you are changing the filter
  • the amount of people living in your home
  • the amount of dust, debris, and pet dander both inside and outside of your home

Again, the best way to keep your coils in good shape is by scheduling regular tune-ups with the local HVAC professionals at Southern Air. We recommend booking your next tune-up right before the start of summer, but if your system is operating less efficiently than it should, there’s no bad time to have one of our technicians out to inspect it. During a tune-up, our technician will properly conduct a coil cleaning, change your filters, and test your system to make sure everything is running perfectly.

Many homeowners might be tempted to perform the coil cleanings themselves, but the best solution is to hire a trusted HVAC professional who knows exactly what they are doing. Regular maintenance and upkeep can be far less expensive than dealing with a whole-system failure due to never getting it cleaned. Southern Air will make sure that your system not only works, but that it works at peak efficiency all year long.

Here’s when you should upgrade to a new AC unit

Just like your car, your AC unit needs constant upkeep and care. You may not be able to see anything wrong with your air conditioner, but hidden issues have the potential to lead to an AC breakdown on the hottest days of summer . If your unit has been on its last legs for a while, it’s time to consider upgrading to a smoother-running, energy-efficient system that will save you money and keep you cool all season long.

Southern Air technicians transport a new AC system in one of our vans to a customer's home.

If your older air conditioner isn’t working like it once did, that’s a sign that you should consider an upgrade to a new AC unit.

How to keep your AC costs low

An older air conditioner needs to work harder to keep your home cool. Newer models have better energy efficiency, meaning that the unit will use less energy to deliver more cooling, costing you less. Especially during the summer season, your energy bill may shock you. Try some of these tips to keep your air conditioning costs low:

  1. Schedule a tune-up or new installation: Before you buy 10 new floor fans to cool down your home, go straight to the source and have the techs at Southern Air check out your AC unit. Call us to have one of our friendly, certified technicians to come out and inspect your air conditioner to make sure it’s running at its best. When you do, you can rest easy the rest of summer knowing your AC unit is working right.
  2. Buy a house fan: OK, now you can pull out the floor fans. Set your thermostat temperature to a higher level in the mornings and nights to save money. Use floor fans and wear light clothing to stay cool in your home. You can also use a smart thermostat to pre-program your home’s temperature at different times of the day and night. By even raising the temperature of your home by one degree while you’re away, you can see noticeable savings on your electric bill.
  3. Plan ahead: When you go on vacation or head out of town, plan ahead and set your thermostat to a higher temperature. If you turn your thermostat completely off, your house may overheat and make it even harder to cool down when you return. Also, turn off your lights, ceiling fans, or appliances when you’re gone for long periods of time. You’ll be thankful you did when you see your next energy bill!

Preventative maintenance can save you money

Listen to this story of two neighbors, and think about which neighbor you’d rather be. This is a story about the Turners and the Smiths. They both have similar home layouts, with comparable AC units that have served their home for 20 years.

One day, Mr. Turner hears a clicking and rattling noise coming from the side of his house. He realizes it’s coming from the AC unit. He turns off his thermostat, waits an hour, then turns it back on. The clinking noise has stopped, and he’s satisfied.

Mrs. Smith next door feels like the bedrooms in her home aren’t receiving enough cool air. She usually sets her thermostat to a lower temperature during the day, but she doesn’t feel cool or comfortable. She decides to call her local HVAC company, Southern Air Heating and Cooling, to diagnose the issue.

Mr. Turner, meanwhile, has experienced more issues in the coming days with his AC unit. The rattling noises have started up again, and now his unit is having serious problems. He still doesn’t want to call a service company, so he brings out his toolbox and prepares to get to work.

Next door, Mrs. Smith is meeting with one of Southern Air’s certified, friendly technicians, who has already explained the issue to her and has given her tips to prevent this problem in the future. The Southern Air technician has also completed a tune-up of her AC unit and has suggested she upgrade to a new unit soon, since hers is 20 years old. She agrees and schedules a date for a brand-new AC unit to be installed.

Unfortunately, Mr. Turner has tried to solve his problem the hard way, and he’s left with more broken parts, more repair fees, and more headaches than before.

When it comes to taking care of your home, which neighbor would you rather be like? If you suspect your AC unit is old, outdated, or needing repairs, call the trusted team at Southern Air right away. Waiting or postponing your service will only lead to higher energy bills, more repair fees, and—just like Mr. Turner experienced—a lot of frustration. Be a better homeowner and put your comfort first!

Choose a reliable team you can trust

Above all, having a reliable HVAC service provider at your fingertips will save you time and money this year. Southern Air hires only the best of the best, making us an easy choice for your HVAC needs. Whether you need a simple tune-up or a full indoor air quality test, we’re here to help.

For Louisiana AC technicians you can trust, call Southern Air

The right AC technicians make all the difference. They make the difference between a fixed air conditioner and one that is still down on a hot summer day. They make the difference between a happy, satisfied customer and one that hasn’t received the service they should have. Employing the right techs makes all the difference, which is precisely why Southern Air is proud to have some of the best AC technicians in Louisiana working on our team.

In this article, we’ll review what sets our techs apart from those at other companies and review some of the ways our company backs the work done by our people. Let’s dive in. In the meantime, if you need AC services this summer, be sure to give us a call!

We have AC technicians throughout Louisiana ready to help you with your summer cooling needs.What should you look for in AC technicians here in Louisiana?

1. Trustworthy AC technicians

You can trust that the people we send to you will possess timeliness, friendliness, integrity, and the highest certification. We take your safety seriously, too, so not only do our technicians need to pass ability tests but also background and periodic drug tests.

2. Confidence in our work

Like most consumers, you probably take what companies say with a grain of salt. They all build themselves up to get your business, so you may doubt the validity of their claims. That’s why we back ours up with our Ironclad Guarantees.

3. Transparent pricing

No one likes receiving a service bill higher than expected. You won’t face hidden fees or extra costs with us. The quote you receive is what you’ll pay. If the AC technician discovers that more work is required, you’ll have to approve it first. There will never be any surprises when you get the bill.

4. Comprehensive services

Fixing your AC isn’t the only thing we can do. We can service all parts of your HVAC system, from something as simple as cleaning your home’s air ducts to installing a new system.

Call Southern Air for HVAC services here in Louisiana!

If your air conditioner stops working this summer, don’t entrust your system to just anyone. Instead, call Southern Air. Our experienced AC technicians are ready to help you get your AC unit back up-and-running again, fast.

Here’s why you should call us for air duct cleaning

When was the last time you had a professional clean your home’s air ducts? For many homeowners, the answer is often “Never.” If you haven’t had an HVAC professional clean out your home’s air ducts in the past 5 years, you’re overdue for a cleaning. Clean air ducts have a number of benefits, including improved energy-efficiency and indoor air quality. In short: air duct cleaning matters, and there’s no better time than the present to have your ductwork cleaned.

Call Southern Air for air duct cleaning in Shreveport and beyond!

Southern Air is your trusted team for air duct cleaning in Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, and beyond. Call us to schedule your duct cleaning today!

Southern Air is your trusted source for air duct cleaning services here in Louisiana. Our technicians combine their experience with their professional-grade equipment to expertly and cleanly remove dust, pollen, and other allergens from your air ducts. For service in Alexandria, Shreveport, Monroe, and other communities throughout the state, contact us online, or give us a call at (318) 322-6723.

Improve your indoor air quality

If you or anyone in your home has allergies, it’s essential that you keep your air ducts as dust-free as possible. Most homes need professional cleaning roughly every three to five years, but your allergies could be affected even sooner. Our team at Southern Air Heating & Cooling can professionally clean your air ducts, removing contaminants that are negative factors in your indoor air quality.

Pet hair is a major cause of buildup in your air ducts. You may be surprised with the amount of hair that can build up over time, so consider scheduling more frequent air cleaning services if you live with one pet or more.

Help out your air conditioner

There are a number of ways your air ducts can become clogged or dirty. First, ducts have dust, pet hair and pollen that settles in the open vents over time. In extreme cases, there may even be insects and rodents living in the ductwork. Rodents in particular can often bring debris into the vents.

This buildup can cause your system to become overworked. Your furnace and air conditioner will be on for longer periods of time in order to provide the same level of comfort. Your energy bills will climb and your HVAC systems will need repairs more often.

Call us today to schedule air duct cleaning

When you’re ready to choose an affordable and local service, contact our team at Southern Air. Our friendly and efficient services can completely clean your air ducts and restore the air quality in your home. We’ll inspect your air ducts and determine the best cleaning schedule for your home.

Start your spring home checklist with an AC tune-up

Now that the days are getting longer, you may be dreaming of the warmer weather ahead. We still have a little while to go until things warm up, but taking the time now to plan your annual spring home checklist can help prevent expensive surprises and make sure your equipment is fully functioning when it’s finally time to turn on the air conditioner.

In this article, we’ll review several steps that can help reduce your power consumption and prepare your home for the heat and humidity of the Louisiana summer. To schedule your AC tune-up as part of your spring cleaning, call our team here at Southern Air.

If you're putting together a spring home checklist, make sure you include an AC tune-up on your list!

If you’re putting together a spring home checklist, make sure you include an AC tune-up from Southern Air on your list!

Clean and change HVAC filters

Pollen, spores and other particulates can gather in your HVAC filter. These clogs make the filter less effective and efficient when cleaning the air, which can adversely affect allergy sufferers. Your unit will also need to work harder, making it more costly than necessary to run the air conditioning. A good rule of thumb is to have someone clean or replace your filter every 90 days.

Clean registers and refrigerator coils

Air can’t pass freely through registers when dust builds up. When the cold air is blocked, the interior stays warmer, and the unit has to work longer to bring the temperature down. Also, the presence of dust on refrigerator coils impedes airflow, causing the motor to work harder. Have our technicians clean the coils during our annual AC tune-up and you’ll be one step closer to completing your spring home checklist!

Clear the area around the HVAC unit

Wind and rain can cause dirt, leaves, and debris to accumulate around the base of your HVAC unit. It is recommended that there is a cleared area of approximately two feet area around the equipment to maximize airflow. Cut back bushes and plants to ensure branches cannot get tangled in any of the moving parts. Turn off the power, vacuum with the brush attachment, and clean the outside housing on a regular basis as part of your spring home checklist.

Get an AC tune-up

Help your AC function at peak efficiency by having our team tune up your air conditioner, heat pump, or ductless system prior to the start of summer. Our Southern Air Heating & Cooling technicians are factory-trained and industry-certified. Our inspection process includes looking for worn areas or corrosion on any parts, which could be a sign of potential issues within the system. All parts are cleaned and calibrated to ensure they work at peak efficiencies. The unit is adjusted, tuning it to your home and your unique needs.

We also offer air duct cleaning and indoor air quality testing services here in Louisiana.

Contact us today to learn more about our inspection process and schedule an AC tune-up as part of your spring home checklist.

Why we value our HVAC technicians and plumbers

When you’re calling someone about working on your home, you want to have peace of mind that the people sent to your home are the very best in their industry. At Southern Air, we treat our employees like family, and we believe that valuing our HVAC technicians and plumbers makes a huge, positive difference in the customer experience.

To schedule cooling, heating, and plumbing services here in Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, and beyond, call us today.

Our technicians are proud to work for us

A lot of people are in the HVAC business for the money. For us, it’s all about the people we employ and serve. Here’s why our technicians enjoy working for Southern Air:

  • Our jobs pay well.
  • We provide training and support to ensure our employees are set up for success.
  • We make sure they’re certified by North American Technician Excellence (NATE).
  • With more than 20 years in business, people can experience stability by working for us.

Put simply, our technicians love the company, their jobs, and the families they help along the way.

Why you should care about employee satisfaction

You shouldn’t just choose an HVAC company for the services it provides. The core of a business is the company culture. We strive to create an environment full of stability and support for your technicians. When businesses don’t treat their employees correctly, they don’t take pride in their work and end up doing subpar jobs.

We know that happy workers mean happy clients. Our technicians do the best work possible because they know they’re valued. If you hire us, you’ll see it for yourself. Our great local plumbers and HVAC professionals always go the extra mile to ensure their clients are satisfied, because we go the extra mile for them.

Experience the difference great HVAC technicians and plumbers make

Whatever occurs at the top of a company trickles down to the client experience. That’s why you should choose Southern Air. Our high-rated plumbers get treated with respect and dignity, which means you will be too.

You’ll be treated like family when our technicians serve you. All of them are courteous, polite, and friendly. You don’t have to worry about anyone being rude, intruding on your personal space, or leaving a mess.

At Southern Air, we’re here to provide you with the highest quality service you can get. Contact us to get started.