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.

Why you shouldn’t make AC repair a DIY project

As a homeowner, you’re always ready to tackle that next DIY project over the weekend. While you may be an avid DIY enthusiast, when your air conditioner stops working like it should, this isn’t a project that you should handle on your own. In fact, there are some very good reasons to avoid DIY AC repair and call Southern Air instead.

We’ve compiled a few reasons why DIY AC repair isn’t your best option and listed them below. This way, the next time you’re tempted to try fixing your AC unit on your own, you give us a call instead.

Pictured: If you want to know about Southern Air, talk to our techs. They're true, NATE-certified professionals.The top reasons to avoid DIY AC repair and call a professional instead

The top reason why you should avoid fixing your AC system yourself is because of the DIY dangers associated with this type of project. Like other electrical systems, you run the risk of shock if you’re unsure of what you’re doing.

On top of this, here are just a few other reasons why AC repair should be left up to us:

Your warranty

On top of avoiding DIY problems, one of the best reasons not to fix your air conditioner yourself is because you could harm your warranty. Depending on your system, your warranty could become void if it isn’t serviced by a technician who’s certified.

Refrigerant handling

If your system’s refrigerant is low, you may be tempted to go ahead and add some more to your system. Before you do this, know that refrigerant requires specialized handling to manage this material safely and effectively.

Complex diagnostics

Your air conditioner is a complex system that contains hundreds of different parts. If you aren’t confident you can figure out which one isn’t working, leave the job up to a qualified professional.

While you may still want to fix your AC unit yourself because it will ultimately save time and money, keep in mind that this isn’t necessarily true. At Southern Air, we correctly diagnose and fix air conditioners for a competitive price in a highly efficient manner.

Contact the pros at Southern Air for AC repair this summer

At Southern Air Heating & Cooling, we’re always here to help you keep your air conditioner up and running. To schedule an appointment or to find out more about our AC repair services, get in touch with us today. We look forward to hearing from you!

Get your summer running right with a more efficient AC system

The hot Louisiana summer can exact a heavy toll on your AC system. The extreme heat and humidity can cause your unit to run continuously day and night, increasing the chances of a breakdown. Plus, summertime electric bills can put a damper on your vacation fun, and an air conditioner that goes out during the heat of summer can ruin your plans altogether.

Pictured: This summer, don't neglect your AC maintenance in order to avoid a system breakdown.

You can keep your summer enjoyment and comfort intact by paying attention to your home’s cooling system early and taking action to prevent a meltdown. Regular AC maintenance is the key to keeping an aging unit going strong. If you are past that point, do not despair! Upgrading to a new AC can actually help you save money!

Get the most from your existing system

It’s estimated that 20% of AC failures are unavoidable. However, that means that regularly scheduled maintenance might have prevented the rest. With an AC tune-up, a qualified technician from Southern Air can prolong the life of your unit and help it to run more efficiently by knowing what areas to inspect:

  • Power use adjustment
  • Dust-blocked vents
  • Worn parts
  • Incorrect calibration
  • Looming mechanical or electrical problems

Upgrade—you’ll be glad you did

Now is a great time to purchase a new system because recent advances in technology have resulted in access to the most energy-efficient new AC units ever produced. On average, you can expect 20% savings on your cooling costs and other benefits from your new AC that may delight and surprise you:

  • New systems are extremely dependable
  • Smart technology makes today’s AC systems run more efficiently
  • Regulated power use saves energy
  • You will see lower utility bills
  • Your home will stay more comfortable in the summer months

Contact Southern Air

When you want to schedule some maintenance work on your AC system to get it ready for summer, or if you feel ready to start enjoying the benefits of a new system, we here at Southern Heating & Cooling would be honored to hear from you. We proudly serve north and central Louisiana.

There is no reason to be uncomfortable or worried about your air conditioning this summer when our qualified technicians are ready to hear from you. Contact us today and let us start helping you enjoy a less expensive and stress-free summer in total comfort.

Here’s why you should spend your tax refund on a new air conditioner

It’s April. It’s the time of year where baseball starts, the weather warms up, and taxes are due. Okay, that last item is less exciting than the others. However, if you’re like most Americans, you’re probably anticipating a tax refund; the average in Louisiana is $3,073. Exciting!

Many people use their refund to pay off debt, go on vacation, or buy boats / cars. However, in this blog post, we’ll argue the reasons why you should re-invest your refund in your home’s value by upgrading an old air conditioner.

If you’re ready to make the switch from your old system to a new one, contact Southern Air for a free in-home estimate.

#1. Replacing your old air conditioner can benefit your home’s value

If you’re thinking at all about selling your home in the next decade, replacing that old air conditioner with a new one using your tax refund makes sense. A new air conditioner will increase your home’s value, improve your curb appeal, and even be a deciding factor for many homebuyers.

Why is an air conditioner so impactful? When you’re buying a home, there are a lot of upfront costs to consider, from closing costs to the downpayment itself. An older air conditioner on the verge of dying is a big turnoff for buyers, because they know they run the risk of having to replace the system themselves at a time when they’re lowest on cash.

As the seller, you can just have Southern Air install a new air conditioner for the home and then up your home’s value.

#2. You can feel the better comfort

There are a lot of luxury items you can spend your tax refund on. However, will any of them make you feel as comfortable as a new air conditioner will on the hottest, most humid nights of the summer?

Whether you’re planning on selling your home or not, you and your family should still feel comfortable in your home. Consider using your refund to upgrade to a new Carrier air conditioner, installed by the Southern Air team.

#3. Cut down on miscellaneous costs

An older air conditioner is more likely to cost you miscellaneous money on two fronts:

  • Higher energy bills: Even with seasonal maintenance, an older air conditioner just isn’t as energy-efficient as a new system. This means you’re paying more for summers to come.
  • More frequent repairs: Older air conditioners are more likely to break down than new systems, which means you’ll need AC repair more often. Over successive summers, these costs can really add up.

Call Southern Air for a free in-home estimate

Southern Air offers free in-home estimates on new air conditioners. If you’re considering using this year’s tax refund on a new air conditioner, give us a call at (318) 798-1801.

What makes Carrier heating and cooling systems better?

At Southern Air, we’re proud to be a Carrier dealer. Carrier heating and cooling systems are among the best available on the market today, and our techs are expert installers.

We offer free in-home estimates on new Carrier systems. Contact us to schedule yours, or keep reading to learn more about what makes Carrier systems great!

Southern Air is your Carrier heating and cooling dealer.What makes Carrier different?

#1. Carrier builds energy-efficient systems

Among HVAC system manufacturers, Carrier has long been a leader when it comes to pioneering advances in technology and efficiency. That’s fitting: after all, Willis Carrier pretty much invented what we consider “the air conditioner” in 1902.

Many Carrier air conditioners, furnace, and heat pumps in their Infinity® lineup boast high SEER ratings (READ: What is a SEER rating?), which means they’re highly energy-efficient and designed to balance saving you money while also keeping you comfortable.

Of course, heat pumps are even more efficient than air conditioners and furnaces. That’s just one of the benefits of having Southern Air install a heat pump in your home.

#2. Carrier heating and cooling units make your home comfortable

Above all else, your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump needs to keep your home comfortable. There’s no sense in having an HVAC system if it’s not going to contribute to your summer or winter comfort!

Carrier heating and cooling systems are known for their great comfort. The Carrier systems in their Infinity® series also feature variable-speed drives. Not only is this functionality a big energy-saver, but it also allows your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump to make small adjustments to temperature, keeping your thermostat reading in that perfect range.

Carrier systems give you greater control over your comfort, without needing to pay more when the energy bill arrives. That’s a win-win.

#3. For superior reliability and dependability, choose Carrier

Having an efficient air conditioner is great. Having that system keep your home comfortable is even better. Best is when you pair both of those things with trusted reliability. Carrier builds HVAC units right, so that they break down less often and are easy for professionals to keep maintained.

“Reliability” isn’t just about today, tomorrow, or the day after that. It’s about the future. Carrier manufactures their cooling and heating systems to live a longer life, and keep working efficiently as they age.

For a free in-home estimate on a new Carrier heating and cooling system, call us!

Since 1994, Southern Air has been the trusted Carrier dealer of Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria—and all points in-between. If you’re interested in seeing if a new Carrier system is right for your home, contact our team.

We offer free in-home estimates on new installs, and our friendly, expert techs would be happy to walk you through your HVAC options.