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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.

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.

What should you look for in an HVAC technician? Here are our tips!

The performance, reliability, and overall lifespan of your air conditioner or furnace heavily depends on the choices you make. One such choice is what HVAC technician you entrust with your installation, repair, and maintenance needs.

Pictured: An HVAC technician inspects the ceiling as part of his AC or heating repair work.In this blog post, we’ll outline five things you should look for in an HVAC technician—and explain how Southern Air has technicians that met all of these criteria.

In need of cooling or heating service? Contact Southern Air for HVAC services in Monroe, Shreveport, or Ball, Louisiana.

#1. Make sure your HVAC technician has work experience

When you are looking to get the services of an HVAC technician, make sure that they have sufficient experience working with air conditioners and furnaces. Even better, ask them if they’ve worked with your make and model before. After all, not all HVAC systems have the same internal parts or setup. You need someone who has been around the block before.

For instance, at Southern Air, our technicians are not only certified, but have experience working with a variety of air conditioner and furnace types, brands, and models. That brings us to our next tip…

#2. Only hire a NATE-certified HVAC technician

The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) program is a non-profit organization that certifies HVAC technicians and contractors and verifies their training and skills in HVAC installation, repairing and services. Customers have better experiences working with NATE-certified technicians.

At Southern Air, our technicians are NATE-certified, which means they’re ready to work in your home with your heating and cooling system. You can trust the quality of their work.

#3. Hire a technician affiliated with an actual company

These days, it’s easier and easier to find HVAC services online. However, there are a lot of freelance contractors floating around out there, and not all of them are certified, experienced, or honest. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if your technician doesn’t have a physical address, you might not want that person working in your home.

Better yet, hire a technician who is affiliated with a larger company. Not only will you have that company back up their work (as we do with our 100% satisfaction guarantee), but you’ll also be able to…

#4. Confirm that your technician is licensed, bonded, and insured

Never trust an HVAC company or technician that isn’t licensed, bonded, or insured. Ask them for the details of their insurance and licensing.

This matters. An unlicensed technician or company working on your home could spell trouble. An uninsured technician or company working on your home could mean that you’re liable for any damage to the home, your heating / cooling units, or even the health or safety of the technician.

At Southern Air, we’re fully licensed, bonded, and insured. We believe in protecting our customers and treating them right. Speaking of being licensed…

#5. Ask for past references or check online reviews

Getting the details from past customers can actually be a good barometer to know the quality of services of your HVAC technician. HVAC professionals who serve best will proudly present you with testimonials from their former customers. You can also know about the quality of services from reviews posted on Google about their services.

See our Google reviews, and notice how many of our employees are called out positively by name in the reviews. That’s as good of a sign as any that our technicians can be trusted.

Call Southern Air for your heating and cooling needs!

It should be clear that Southern Air is the company to call for HVAC services and technicians in much of Louisiana, including Alexandria, Monroe, and Shreveport. Contact us today, or learn more about the services we offer.

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.

AC short cycling: Call Southern Air for help troubleshooting the issue

AC Short CyclingAir conditioning systems turn on and off to maintain the desired temperature. Cycling is a normal function of the cooling equipment  and is nothing to be worried about. However, in case the air conditioner cycles frequently, it should raise a red flag. It’s called AC short cycling.

In this article, we will explain some of the common reasons why air conditioners short cycle and what needs to be done to address a AC short cycling problem.

1. Air conditioner refrigerant leak

Short cycling can occur due to a refrigerant leak. Contact a professional technician from Southern Air for the air conditioner repairs. A technician will use specialized equipment to detect and resolve the leakage problem.

2. A faulty expansion valve

In case the thermostat becomes faulty and does not release the refrigerant into the coil, this will result in abnormally high pressure inside the unit, due to which the compressor will turn off. The high pressure trips the safety control of the air conditioner due to which it will cycle on and off on a frequent interval.

3. An overheated safety switch

The compressor motor will also turn off quickly after starting due to overheating of the safety cut-out switch. It will restart when the switch has been turned off, but will close quickly due to overheating. Call Southern Air for assistance if you suspect this is a problem for your air conditioning unit.

4. Icing on the air conditioner coils

A dirty filter or improper refrigerant sometimes results in the formation of ice on either the cooling or evaporator coil. The air conditioner will turn on when the ice melts and then quickly turns off due to ice formation.

5. A fault in the thermostat

A fault in the thermostat also results in AC short cycling problems. Also, loose thermostat wiring, clogging of dust on the bimetallic strip of the device, or the wrong placement of the device can contribute to short cycling problem.

6. A large air conditioner that’s too large for your home

An air conditioner that is too large for the home can result in frequent short cycling problem. The cooling device will turn on and then turn off quickly after cooling the room.  This will not only result in uneven cooling, but also damage the unit due to short cycling.

The problem can be mitigated by opening the doors inside the house, or running the blower fan at a lower speed. However, the permanent solution to the problem is to buy the right sized air conditioner.

Call Southern for help with your AC short cycling issues

The above are some of the probable reasons for an air conditioner short cycling problem. If you want to get in touch with experienced AC technicians in Shreveport, Alexandria & Monroe Louisiana, call us! Southern Air Heating and Cooling.