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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.

Here are four reasons to get AC tune-up this spring from Southern Air

Spring. It’s the time for cleaning, college basketball, and—we’d argue—a good air conditioning tune-up. There are many reasons to get an AC tune-up this spring, but, in this blog, we’re going to discuss the four most important ones.

If you’re ready to schedule your seasonal air conditioning tune-up, contact us today. Also, be sure to check out our Coupons page to see our current specials.

#1. Better energy-efficiency

Air conditioners get less efficient the longer they go without maintenance. Even the smallest inefficiencies, stretched out over a long Louisiana summer, can add up on your monthly energy bills. This is one of the primary reasons we recommend getting an AC tune-up this spring.

Our techs run through a complete checklist to make sure they’re addressing the most important energy-efficiency points of your system. Once these are completed, your air conditioner will be ready for the summer ahead.

#2. Reduces the chance of a summer breakdown

The summer is the worst time for an air conditioner to break down. Unfortunately, it’s almost the most likely time for it to breakdown. In fact, many breakdowns occur on the hottest, most humid days here in Louisiana, as an air conditioner that’s already near the breaking point is pushed to its limits for hours upon hours.

Southern Air is here to help homeowners with their AC repair needs. But, here’s something you should know: an AC tune-up can actually help prevent breakdowns in the summer. By having one of our techs thoroughly inspect your system, we can catch small problems before they lead to catastrophe.

#3. Keeps your AC running better for longer

Your air conditioner is like any other mechanical device, from your car to a bicycle. Without proper care and maintenance, it’s eventually going to break. In fact, you could even put it this way: you can either maintain it, or you can replace it.

Air conditioners with a thorough and complete history of professional maintenance visits every spring? They tend to last a lot longer, and are more energy-efficient as they age. That’s years longer that a homeowner can keep the system around, saving them money.

Of course, the opposite is true for air conditioners that don’t receive maintenance at all, or their maintenance history is very spotty. That being said, there’s never a bad time in your air conditioner’s lifespan to start maintenance.

#4. Gives you peace of mind

Out of the four items on this list, this is perhaps the most valuable. For many families, higher-than-expected energy bills or the sudden need for AC repair can be a lot of stress, especially when it’s hot and humid out. That stress is both financial and in terms of comfort.

An AC tune-up gives you the peace of mind of knowing your system will be more efficient and your system will be less likely to break down. That’s why we highly recommend them for all air conditioners, new and old. There’s no air conditioner that won’t benefit from a seasonal tune-up.

Call Southern Air to schedule an AC tune-up this spring

If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not a tune-up is worth it, hopefully this post has helped you decide that they are. Having a professional HVAC technician thoroughly inspect and tune up your air conditioner can make a world of difference.

Ready to schedule your AC tune-up this spring? Contact us here at Southern Air, and we’ll set a time and date for one of our friendly, expert techs to look at your system.

Here are 4 common mistakes to avoid when buying a new air conditioner

Buying a new air conditioner can provide enhanced comfort and improved energy efficiency. If your existing unit is more than a decade old, you should strongly consider replacing it with a new one. You will notice improved cooling and reduced energy bills when the new system is installed.

buying a new air conditioner

Here we have compiled a list of common mistakes that people make when buying a new air conditioner.

1. Looking at just the price tag

Keep in mind that on average an air conditioner lasts for about twenty years. This is a long time to be stuck with an inefficient unit that you had purchased for a couple of hundred dollars cheaper. An inefficient unit uses more energy to cool the room than the other energy-efficient—albeit costlier upfront—unit. This will trump any cost advantages in the long run due to the high energy bills.

Keep in mind that a lower price is not always better when when you’re buying a new air conditioner. You should aim for an air conditioner of a reputable brand that is both reliable and energy efficient. This will offer more value to you in the long run.

For example, Southern installs both Carrier and Trane systems—two of the most trusted brands on the market.

2. A bigger system is not always better

When buying a new air conditioner, bigger is not always better. An air conditioner that is too big for your home and floor plan will lead to higher energy bills, inefficient cooling, and frequent repairs. The inverse is true: buying a unit that’s too small for your home, on the other hand, will result in inefficient cooling.

A lot of different factors determine the size of the unit you should purchase for your house. Here’s where to start: call Southern Air to schedule your free in-home AC installation estimate. Our technicians will work with you to determine the best air conditioner for your home’s size and your family’s cooling needs.

3. Proper and professional installation matters

Another common mistake made when buying a new air conditioner is improper installation. The energy-efficiency of the air conditioner is determined by how the unit is installed. You should contact an experienced and NATE-certified technician—like those at Southern Air—for installation.

Trying to cut corners by hiring an untrained technician for air conditioner installation will result in a waste of money. It will create efficiency and performance issues.

4. Watch for the SEER Rating

The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio—also known as the SEER rating—displays the energy-efficiency of a cooling unit. A lot of people ignore this rating when purchasing a new air conditioner. This results in a bad investment.

The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the system is. You should buy an air conditioner with a SEER rating of more than 13. An air conditioner with a SEER rating of 15 to 16 is considered highly energy-efficient. Buying an energy-efficient air conditioner will result in reduced energy bills for years to come.

Buying a new air conditioner? Call Southern Air for your free in-home estimate!

Armed with the right information, you will have an easier time selecting the right air conditioner for your home. That starts with a free in-home estimate from our team.

If you reside in Alexandria, Shreveport, & Monroe, call Southern Air Heating and Cooling to get the help of NATE-certified air conditioner technicians.

5 tips and tricks to improve your summer AC efficiency

Keeping the home cool during the summers can be a costly affair. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can reduce the cooling costs by taking steps to improve your summer AC efficiency.

In this article, we will share some tips and tricks to improve the efficiency of the air conditioner. Doing some or all of these things should result in lower energy bills, improved comfort, and minimum wear-and-tear on the cooling device.

5 Tips and Tricks to Improve Air Conditioner Efficiency during Summers1. Remove obstructions from the air vents

Obstructions in the air vents can result in inefficient cooling. In order to ensure steady flow of cool air, you should remove all obstructions from the air vents.

Consider keeping furniture, carpets, blinds, and toys away from the vents. Efficient air flow will result in optimal cooling, improved energy efficient, and—ultimately—lower bills.

2. Place the thermostat away from a heat source

You should avoid placing appliances—such as TV sets, lamps, and other items that generate heat—near the thermostat. The thermostat senses this heat. Placing heat generating appliances near the thermostat will result in an air conditioner running longer than required.

Also, you should not place the thermostat in a place where the sun shines directly on it. This will result in improper cooling of the room.

3. Keep your air conditioner in the shade

The air conditioner should be placed near the shade. Air in a shaded place is less hot as compared to non-shaded area. This will prevent the air conditioner from heating up quickly, resulting in efficient operation. You should consider placing the units under a tree or on the side of your house with the most shade.

4. Consider buying a programmable thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat is another great way to ensure the energy-efficient operation of your home’s air conditioner. You can set the thermostat to a higher temperature when everyone is out in the day, or during the night when everyone is sleeping. This will ensure optimum energy efficiency and reduced energy bills.

5. Seal the home and conduct an energy audit

Sealing the home is another great way to improving energy efficiency. You should consider getting an energy audit of the house. In case any leak is detected, you can plug the spot by caulking, applying sealant, or insulation material. This will ensure that the hot air remains outside while the cool air remains inside.

The best way to improve your summer AC efficiency? Call Southern for an AC tune-up!

Lastly, to improve your summer AC efficiency, you should consider scheduling annual air conditioner maintenance with Southern Air. Our professional technicians will perform a thorough checkup of the system to ensure that everything is in good working condition.

In case of any issues, the technician can perform the repairs. This will ensure that small issues with the air conditioner don’t grow into major problems.

Call Southern Air today to schedule service

If you reside in Shreveport, Alexandria, and Monroe, Louisiana, you can contact Southern Air Heating and Cooling to schedule a tune-up of your air conditioner.

3 air conditioning myths you shouldn’t believe

3 Air Conditioning Myths You Shouldn’t Believe The Internet is full of various tips for maintenance and the efficient operation of air conditioners. However, not all of them are true or effective. In fact, much of the advice that you stumble across the net regarding your AC unit are air conditioning myths.

Similar to rumors, myths spread like wildfire. Many people seem to believe what they hear without verifying the information. In this article, we will confront three common myths about air conditioners that you should not believe.

#1. Myth: Minor issues with the AC unit should be ignored

Some people think that if the air conditioner turns on, it is working fine. They tend to ignore minor problems, such as unusual noises or odors coming out of the cooling device. This is similar to the view, ‘If a person is breathing, he/she is fine’. This line of thinking has a lot of flaws.

Whenever you notice a strange smell or hear unusual noise coming out of the air conditioner, you should not ignore it. Instead, have an experienced professional from Southern Air check it out. If you ignore minor issues with the air conditioner, they could eventually lead to the breakdown of the system.

#2. Myth: Annual maintenance is a waste of money

Another myth that you may have come across while surfing the net is that annual maintenance is a “scam” and a waste of time and money. Nothing can be further from the truth. The reality is that annual maintenance is essential for the efficient operation of the air conditioner.

A routine checkup of the cooling device will help prevent the need for air conditioner repairs. A professional technician will check critical components of the air conditioner to ensure that everything is in good condition. In case of any issue, the technician will perform immediate repairs. In this way, you might end up saving costs in the long run due to annual maintenance of the air conditioner.

#3. Myth: Turning the air conditioner off when not in use will save money

This is a very common myth. Turning off the air conditioner when not in use may seem like a sensible thing to do to save energy costs. However, this is only true if you reside in a temperate climate. For people living in warmer climates like that found here in Louisiana, leaving the air conditioner on will in fact save you money. How?

When you turn off the cooling device, the rooms will become hot. Now, when you come back home and turn on the air conditioner, the cooling unit will have to work hard to cool the rooms. This will result in drawing a lot of power that will spike up the energy bills. Instead of turning off the air conditioner, it’s recommended that you increase the temperature when you leave home, and then set a lower temperature when you come back.

Call Southern Air for more facts to bust air conditioning myths

These are just some of the most common myths regarding air conditioner. You should talk with an expert certified air conditioner technician to know the difference between air conditioning myths and reality.

If you reside in Shreveport, Alexandria, or Monroe Louisiana, you can contact Southern Air Heating and Cooling to get in touch with NATE-certified and licensed technicians.

Here are three reasons to schedule AC maintenance this spring

Schedule AC Tune-Up In SpringThe cold frigid months are over, and the scorching summer months are about to begin in a few months’ time. In order to ensure that your air conditioner will perform efficiently throughout the summer months without breaking down, you should schedule AC maintenance.

Can you remember the last time you had your air conditioning unit checked by a professional? Treating your air conditioning unit can bring you many benefits. Here are some of the important reasons you should consider scheduling AC maintenance.

1. Prevents emergency breakdown

The old saying “a stitch in time saves nine” also applies to your air conditioner. AC maintenance during the spring season will ensure that the air conditioning unit does not break down in the middle of a sweltering summer season.

By taking proactive action and having the cooling device checked by a professional technician will help prevent emergency breakdown. Apart from not having to face the inconvenience of sweating the entire time until the air conditioning unit gets fixed, you will also be able to save money as AC maintenance will help identify problems that if addressed immediately could prevent major fault in the cooling device.

2. Reduced energy bills

An air conditioner system that is not tuned up properly will draw more power when operating. A fault in the cooling device makes the system use more power than normal. This jacks up the energy bills. A check up by a qualified technician will ensure that the cooling device works efficiently without taking additional power.

During the tune up, a technician will clean the filter, coils and motor if required using special tools. This will make the system run efficiently without drawing too much power resulting in reduced energy bills throughout the hot months. What’s more it will also increase the life span of the unit by a few.

3. High-quality indoor air

A tune up of the air conditioner will also ensure high quality indoor air. An air conditioner that is not tuned properly will release dust, debris, and other harmful bacteria making everyone sick inside the house.

A technician can inspect the air conditioner to make sure that the system does not release air borne pollutants thereby protecting your family against harmful air borne pathogens.

Schedule your AC tune-up today!

The start of the spring season is the best time for getting the air conditioner system checked and maintained. If you wait until summer, chances are that the air conditioner repair technicians will be booked dealing with emergencies.

If you want to get in touch with expert plumbers in the area of Alexandria, Shreveport, & Monroe LA, you can contact Southern Air Heating and Cooling to schedule your AC tune-up.

4 Effective Tips For Preventing Allergies In The 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.

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 AC technician as part of an AC tune-up. This will ensure that no dust permeates the air resulting in allergic reactions.

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.

Ensure your home has proper humidity

While too much humidity inside the room is certainly uncomfortable, the same can be said for too low 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.

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.

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.

Tune-up benefits: Why you should schedule an AC tune-up today

The best time of year to get an AC tune-up is in the spring, before you start using your air conditioner regularly for the season. This allows you to get the most possible efficiency out of your tuned-up system. That being said, there is no bad time for an AC tune-up, and with several hot months remaining in the summer, you may want to consider giving the experts at Southern Air a call and scheduling your annual maintenance. In this post, we’ll share other AC tune-up benefits that we didn’t cover in our March blog.

AC tune-up LouisianaTune-ups keep your warranty intact

Many new air conditioners come with an extensive manufacturer’s warranty that covers the compressor and system parts if something goes wrong. These warranties are highly valuable and can save you money and headache down the road if something goes wrong with your system in the first decade of ownership.

To keep warranties from expiring, many manufacturers require homeowners to schedule at least one annual tune-up from a professional HVAC services company like Southern Air. The cost of this maintenance is a small price to pay for the continued peace of mind that comes with having a warranty on your air conditioner for summers to come, and—taken into consideration with all the other benefits of a tune-up—makes AC maintenance from Southern Air a fantastic value.

Improving system performance

In our previous blog post, we discussed how an annual AC tune-up can make your air conditioner more energy efficient, saving you money every month. However, maintenance has another benefit: it makes your system more effective overall, without a corresponding leap in energy costs. By cleaning the system and making sure all its parts are in working order, the technicians at Southern Air can help your system produce more cooling power that is dispersed more effectively throughout your home. If you’ve been encountering “hot spots” in your home where there is effectively little-to-no air conditioner impact, give Southern Air a call and schedule a tune-up. Chances are that some maintenance will help your system push air throughout your home the way it should.

Better indoor air quality

What’s in the air you breathe inside your home? If your air conditioner is filled with dust and other pollutants that are not getting caught in the filter because it’s old and dirty, chances are there are many things that may be triggering sneezing, allergies, or even sickness. An AC tune-up isn’t the end-all, be-all of home air quality—you’ll still want to schedule duct cleaning or indoor air quality testing—but it can significantly help cut down on the dust that enters your home. In combination with some other cleaning services, AC maintenance can have a positive impact on the air in your home.

Call Southern Air for your AC tune-up

Since 1994, Southern Air has provided the people of north-central Louisiana with cooling and heating services. We’re not just trusted for our AC tune-up work, but with air conditioner (and furnace) installation and repair, as well. Our NATE-certified technicians have years of experience working with all systems, and we back up our work with a wide range of service guarantees.

Ready to schedule your AC tune-up and see the benefits right away? Give Southern Air a call at (318) 640-3151.

Repair versus replacement: Making the decision about your AC unit

AC Repair Ball LouisianaUh-oh. Your air conditioner just stopped working and now your family is without cooling during one of the warmest months of the year. Don’t let your blood pressure rise with the temperature inside. Instead, give Southern Air a call. We’re Louisiana’s cooling experts, and we can help you with either AC repair or AC replacement. But, which do you choose?

In this guide, we’ll introduce you to some of the things you should take into consideration when deciding between buying a new air conditioner or having an expert repair your old one. However, when in doubt, talk to one of our professionals. Every air conditioner situation is different, and we can give you advice tailored to your air conditioner dilemma.

Reasons to repair your AC

  • Your current AC system isn’t that old: Most air conditioners can last well past ten years. If your air conditioner is younger than that, it’s probably worth fixing so that you can get some more life out of it. To make sure that it lasts as long as you expect, consider investing in some annual maintenance from the professionals at Southern Air. A regular check-up can extend the life of your system.
  • Your air conditioner has the cooling power you need: As long as your air conditioner isn’t too old and is functioning the way you’d expect, repair makes more sense than replacement. Ask yourself this: does my air conditioner function like I expect, and do I think it will continue to do so for years to come? If the answer is yes, repair is probably the right choice.
  • The repair is a one-time problem: When you have your air conditioning inspected to evaluate the problem, ask your technician if he or she thinks this is a recurring issue or something that has been dealt with and is unlikely to happen again. The answer might help guide your decision on whether or not now is the right time to replace the system.

Reasons to replace your AC

  • You need something that uses less energy: Here in Louisiana, we get good use out of our air conditioning systems in the summer. If you’ve been struggling with heavy electricity bills for the past few summers, an upgrade to a new system might be the right choice. Today’s AC systems have incredible advances in energy efficiency that put them heads-and-shoulders above their predecessors.
  • Your air conditioner isn’t cooling your home the way you’d like: If your AC system isn’t cooling your home, what’s the point? Nothing is worse than wading through high bills all summer only to realize that your home is as hot as ever, and now it needs repairs. Instead, move on to a new system. You’ll be glad you did since you’ll enjoy lower energy bills and more effective cooling and comfort.
  • The repair is costly: Depending on the age of your system and the cost of the repair, it may simply be not worth it compared to the cost of new system installation. In fact, if the gap between system repair and replacement is small enough, you may get that money back in energy efficiency.

Southern Air is your source for both AC repair and replacement

Whether you need AC repair or AC replacement, give Southern Air a call. Our industry-certified technicians can help you make your decision and—better yet—find a solution that provides you and your family with comfort. Give us a call at 318.640.3151 or schedule your service.