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.

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 a few reasons why you should call Southern for heating repair in Shreveport

You need to be aware when your home’s heating system is about to fail. You will find cold air coming out of the vents, strange noises coming from the system, and dust collecting near the vents. For efficient heating repair in Shreveport, there is only one company to call: Southern Air Heating & Cooling.

Furnace Repairs made in AlexandriaWe employ certified technicians

Every technician who works for us receives certification from the North American Technician Excellence program. To receive this, technicians need to complete plenty of training and pass several exams. Our technicians continue to receive training while working for us, so they stay up-to-date on the latest technologies.

We provide Ironclad Guarantees

Every project we offer comes with a warranty, and comes backed by our Ironclad Guarantees. Here’s one: if we do not complete your project by the date we set, then we will give you $500 for the trouble.

We provide numerous heating services

Some companies may only be able to provide a couple different services. With Southern Air Heating & Cooling, you can get virtually anything done to your furnace, including:

Additionally, our technicians can work on a wide range of heating systems. Whether your home utilizes a ductless, reverse, split air, or dual fuel heating system, our professionals can work on it.

We offer plenty of other services for the home

You should call us as soon as you notice problems with your furnace, and once you see the work we do there, you will want to contact us for any other issues that develop around your house. Our technicians are also trained to work on cooling and plumbing systems. You only have one company to keep in mind: Southern.

We are here for you

We also provide 24/7 emergency services, so any time of day your heater breaks down, you should contact us. Once you submit an online form, we will get in touch with you quickly to go over the repairs needed. With Southern Air, you can keep your home warm all winter long.

Now that it’s fall, it’s time to schedule your furnace tune-up

With the summer season winding down, fall is the perfect time to schedule a furnace tune-up with the team here at Southern Air. Even if your furnace was working perfectly during the last chilly days of this past winter, it’s still best to have one of our professionals take a look at it. In this blog, we’ll discuss why that is.

For professional heat pump and furnace maintenance here in Louisiana—including Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, and other locations—call the pros at Southern Air. Our techs are ready to help you with your heating needs this season. Contact us today!

A Quote for Furnace Repairs in Shreveport4 reasons to schedule your furnace tune-up this fall

#1. Get your furnace up to maximum operation

When the nights get cold, you and your family will want a furnace or heat pump that’s operating at peak effectiveness and efficiency. If it’s not, you’re going to either see compromised heating, or you’ll see higher energy bills. In a worst-case scenario, you may get both.

By having a certified, experienced technician inspect your system this fall, you can help make sure your furnace is ready for the winter ahead. We’ll inspect your furnace and let you know if there are any issues you should be aware of. Plus, we’ll perform the type of maintenance that helps prevent problems throughout the winter.

The energy savings and peace of mind that a tune-up affords are worth it. Call Southern today to schedule your furnace tune-up this fall.

#2. Protect your warranty

While your furnace may still be under warranty, keeping that warranty intact is likely dependent on you doing your part to maintain the appliance. A fall furnace checkup protects your manufacturer’s warranty as well as the investment you’ve made in your furnace.

Think for a minute about how valuable that warranty can be. If you end up having to pay $500 for a repair to your furnace in year 8 that would have been covered by the warranty had you maintained it through regular maintenance visits, that could well exceed the combined annual cost of the maintenance.

#3. Keep your furnace longer

Buying a new furnace isn’t as pleasant or inexpensive as buying a cup of coffee. By scheduling annual tune-ups, you’re taking steps to ensure your furnace lasts you and your family for as many years as possible. Neglect is bound to cost you in more ways than one, so don’t let it happen to you or your wallet.

#4. Protect yourself and your family

When a furnace beings to malfunction, there’s always a risk that a crack in the heat exchanger can lead to every homeowner’s worst nightmare: a carbon monoxide leak. It’s important that you and your family keep your furnace running right through a tune-up, because furnaces can increasingly encounter issues as they age.

Call Southern to schedule your heating tune-up

Are you ready to bring out the best in your furnace? Contact us here at Southern Air Heating & Cooling to schedule a tune-up.

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.

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.

Benefits of heat pumps — and why you should consider one for your home

Everyone knows what an air conditioner is, and everyone’s heard about furnaces. Heat pumps are a different matter. Most people don’t even know what they are—never mind what the benefits of heat pumps are for their home.

Heat pumps are energy-efficient cooling and heating systems that are perfect for mild winter climates like that here in Louisiana.

If you’re interested in learning more about heating installation through Southern Air, contact our team today!

A Furnace ThermostatThe top-5 benefits of heat pumps

Considering a heat pump, but need to learn more about them? That’s what we’re here for! Here are just five of the big benefits of heat pumps — and why you should consider having Southern Air install one in your home.

#1. They’re more energy-efficient

Heat pumps work by moving air from one place to another: in the winter, they take the warmth out of outside air and pump it inside, and then reverse the process in the summer. That process alone saves your home on energy use, which in turn benefits your monthly energy bills.

Plus, since heat pumps are a two-in-one system, those savings are year-round. Speaking of which…

#2. You only need one system, not two

One of the main benefits of heat pumps is that they operate as both your home’s source for cooling and heating. As a two-in-one system that works best in mild climates—especially climates with mild winters—a heat pump can save you from needing to purchase both an air conditioner and a furnace.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one HVAC system, a heat pump is actually a quality purchase.

#3. They improve your indoor air quality

Heat pumps circulate and mix outside air with inside air as a means of operation, resulting in improved air quality inside the house. With effective filters and regular maintenance from the pros at Southern Air, your heat pump will provide your home with cleaner, better-smelling air.

#4. They provide uniform, consistent heating to your home

A benefit of heat pumps is that they provide uniform heating. In contrast, traditional HVAC units sometimes generate uneven temperatures due to issues like incorrect sizing or a lack of maintenance. This means heat pumps create a more comfortable setting inside the house as compared to traditional HVAC units.

#5. They operate quietly

Heat pumps are generally quieter compared to traditional HVAC systems. This makes them more comfortable to use as compared to traditional systems. The compressor of the system is placed outside, which they tend to make a lot less noise.

Considering a heat pump? Call Southern Air to learn more!

If you’re weighing the benefits of heat pumps against normal HVAC systems, contact the team here at Southern Air. Our knowledgeable and friendly techs can help you talk through your choices, and we offer free in-home estimates on new systems so that we can take measurements and give you tailored advice on what system might be best for your home.

Furnace tune-up benefits: Here’s why heating maintenance matters

Winter is not far away from Louisiana. If you’ve been putting off scheduling your furnace tune-up with the pros at Southern Air, it’s time to give us a call. In this blog, we’ll review some furnace tune-up benefits and how you can save time, save money, and get peace of mind with our services.

Here are the top-5 furnace tune-up benefits

A Quote for Furnace Repairs in ShreveportIf you are still not convinced why you should schedule a tune-up of your furnace, the following five benefits should make you reconsider:

1. Ensure that your furnace operates safely

This is the most important benefit of scheduling a furnace tune-up is that it will ensure the safety of your home. Gas furnaces with a cracked heat exchanger have the risk of leaking carbon monoxide—a colorless and odorless gas that can be dangerous for you and your family.

Even a small leak can be dangerous. You should not take any chances when it comes to the safety of the household. Give us a call to have us inspect your furnace and heat exchanger before winter starts.

2. Reduce the wear-and-tear on your system

A furnace tune-up will also reduce the wear-and-tear the heating system endures this winter. There are many things that can lead to increased strain on the heating system. During a routine furnace tune-up, our experienced technician will thoroughly check each of the components to ensure that everything is working properly.

In case any issue is detected, the technician will work to address them. This will prevent premature breakdown of the furnace.

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3. Improve your system’s energy-efficiency

General rule-of-thumb: an unmaintained furnace is an inefficient furnace. From dirty filters to dirty furnaces, dust and dirt can prevent the efficient flow of air. This makes your furnace work harder and longer to create the same amount of heating as before.

If you’ve been noticing uneven heating or cold spots in your home, a tune-up might also be a good idea.

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4. Detect problems early . . . before a breakdown

A furnace tune-up allows our technicians to find small issues before they become major problems later on in the winter. This timely resolution means that your furnace has a clean bill of health entering the coldest months of the year.

5. Save money now and in the future

One of the best furnace tune-up benefits? You’ll save not only today, but in the long run. Here’s how.

When you have one of the professional techs from Southern inspect your furnace, they’ll make sure it’s ready to have an energy-efficient winter. That’s money off of every electric or gas bill for months to come. Plus, maintenance helps prevent the need for furnace repair. Who knows just how much that saves you.

However, a tune-up also helps extend the lifespan of your system, meaning that you get more years out of your current unit and won’t need to have Southern install a new furnace as quickly. That, too, can save you money.

Call Southern and see furnace tune-up benefits in your home

Throughout Louisiana—including Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe—Southern Air is the premier HVAC services company. We’re your best bet for a quality furnace tune-up this fall. Our experienced and friendly techs are furnace and heating maintenance pros who have been doing what they do for a long time.

Ready to schedule your fall furnace checkup? Call us at (318) 640-3151 or contact us online.

Here’s how to diagnose uneven cooling or heating problems in your home

Are you struggling with uneven cooling or heating in the different rooms of your home? This isn’t as uncommon as you might think. There’s actually multiple reasons that your rooms are varying in temperature. In this blog post, we’ll review several of them, and what you can do to diagnose uneven cooling or heating problems.

Need an expert opinion, or help making your home more comfortable? Call in the experts at Southern Air for professional HVAC services. You can reach us at (318) 798-1801 or contact us online.

Pictured: Uneven cooling or heating can result in discomfort for your family.1. Check for blocked air vents

A blocked air vent is one of the main reasons for uneven cooling or heating inside the house. A blockage in the air vents or registers can contribute to uneven comfort. What blocks a vent? Often, we see floor registers being blocked by furniture, or wall registers being blocked by wall art. However, more commonly, the blockage is inside the vent, caused by the accumulation of dirt and dust.

So, how do you solve these problems? If furniture is the problem, move the furniture or wall art. You can also schedule an air duct cleaning service. Finally, if that doesn’t work, try redirecting cooled or heated air by partially closing the vents in some areas, and keeping the vents fully open in an area with inadequate cooling or heating. This will divert some of the cooled or heated air to the area where the cooling is not sufficient.

However, you should never fully close the air vent in any room, as it will result in a build-up of pressure inside the system, leading to accelerated wear-and-tear.

2. Check for leaks in the air ducts

The uneven cooling problem can also be due to leaks in your air ducts. When there is an air leak, it will make the system work harder to cool the room. This will result in uneven cooling inside the house. Consider letting an experienced air conditioner technician from Southern Air check your house for leaks in the ducts.

3. Inspect the air filter

Dirty air filters can also result in uneven cooling or heating. You should get your home’s air filter inspected at regular intervals. A dirty filter can cause uneven comfort inside the house. Changing a dirty filter will not just solve the issue, it will also prevent costly air conditioning or furnace repairs.

For more about filter replacement or cleaning, call the team at Southern Air.

4. Do you have poor home insulation?

Poor home insulation, particularly in the attic, can result in uneven home cooling as well. Proper insulation help keeps cooled or heated air inside the house and prevents outside air from getting inside. If your house is not properly insulated, the system will work harder and harder to generate cooling or heating.

If you’ve exhausted all the options above, call an expert to check whether there is proper insulation inside the house and in your attic.

5. Have Southern install a ductless system

Installing a ductless system in addition to your regular air conditioning or furnace may seem like a drastic step. But, for those who are sick of that one room that’s always too hot or too cold, it’s a way to ensure that you’re comfortable in your entire home.

A ductless cooling and heating system is typically wall-mounted, and you can control the comfort for just that room. Consider this the final step if you’ve exhausted all other options for getting even cooling and heating in your home.

Call Southern Air for more expert advice and to solve uneven cooling or heating problems

The above five tips can help resolve uneven cooling or heating problems in your home. If you live in Shreveport, Alexandria, or Monroe, LA, you should contact us at Southern Air Heating and Cooling to get the help of NATE-certified technicians.

To get in touch with us, call (318) 798-1801 or contact us online.