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Avoid big sewer line problems with knowledge and prevention

Chances are, if you’re like most homeowners, you’ve avoided taking a close look into your home sewer lines. However, a small problem with the sewer system can turn into an expensive, messy problem, so it’s important to understand how the sewer lines work so you can identify and fix issues sooner rather than later.

If you suspect that something is wrong with your home’s sewer line, the time to call Southern Air for emergency plumbing services is now.

Pictured: Watch out for trees in your yard that grow close to your line. This can lead to sewer line problems later.Causes of home sewer line problems

When you flush the toilet, gravity pulls waste downward and into the sewer lines, where it flows out of your home to be disposed of within the public sewer system. If a problem occurs with the pipes, you may face a backup of sewage into your home or leaking into the yard.

A home sewer blockage is one of the most common sewer line issues faced by property owners. A clog can be caused by flushing inappropriate items down the toilet or by tree roots that grow into the sewer lines, damaging, breaking, or blocking the pipes.

In addition, damage to the pipes leads to leaking sewage, which can be a health hazard.

7 potential signs of sewer line problems

Sewer line problems in your home aren’t always immediately visible. That’s why knowing what to look for allows you to have more information, and then call in a professional. If you have a home sewer clog, blockage, or leak, you may notice:

  • The constant sound of running water through the pipes: If this occurs, turn off all faucets and check the toilets. If the sound persists, leaks in the lines could be the culprit.
  • Floors that have a spongy or moist feeling when you step down: Leaking water from the sewer lines can damage the interior flooring.
  • The odor of mold or mildew: This is caused by moisture from a leak that becomes trapped in the walls.
  • Cracks in the home’s foundation: Sewage leaking into the soil can damage its structural integrity.
  • Unusual landscape growth in concentrated areas: This can also be caused by leaks of sewage into the soil.
  • A rodent problem: Rats and mice are attracted to the smell of sewage.
  • Higher water bills: If you have a leak, your plumbing system is working overtime to compensate.

Call Southern Air for emergency plumbing services here in Alexandria!

If you live in Alexandria, Louisiana, contact our team at Southern Air for help with your sewer line problems. We can expertly diagnose and repair problems with your home sewer lines, including tree root incursion, damaged pipes, and broken lines.

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.

Your water quality matters, and water filtration can help

For many homeowners, water filtration is pretty low on the list of home upgrade priorities. That’s understandable: after all, your home’s air conditioning and water heater impact your life on a daily basis. However, water quality does matter. In this blog post, we’re going to make the case that you should invest in water filtration.

Southern Air offers professional free in-home water tests here in Alexandria, Louisiana. Contact us online, or give us a call at (318) 640-3151, to schedule yours.

Do you know what’s in your tap water?

According to the non-profit Environmental Working Group, Alexandria’s water supply largely comes from groundwater sources. In 2017, the group found that the city’s water contained elevated levels of Bromodichloromethane and Dibromochloromethane, known carcinogens.

Remember: not knowing what’s in your water doesn’t make it any safer. When you drink, shower, or wash your hands using unfiltered tap water, you’re essentially agreeing that you’re okay with anything in that water entering your body.

It can often be a matter of taste

Most people agree: water from the tap can often not taste as clean or good as filtered water. That’s due to a variety of factors, but here’s a big one: tap water is often sanitized at the municipal level with chlorine. Even residual parts of this chemical can lend water from your tap a strange, off-putting taste.

With a water filtration system, you’ll be able to drink (and feel) clean, purified water. For many homeowners, it’s a game-changer.

Protect your pipes and appliances by softening your water

Since Alexandria gets much of its drinking water supply from underground wells, the water is generally considered “hard.” Hard water is that which contains a larger portion of minerals than normal water, and a much larger amount than softened water.

So, what’s the big deal with hard water? After all, hard water isn’t dangerous to drink. Here’s the thing: hard water has a negative impact on your home’s plumbing and appliances. That’s because the minerals present in hard water eventually begin to deposit on the inside of pipes, water intakes, and, well, anywhere the water goes. Over time, this causing scaling issues that can—at their worst—clog up your home’s pipes.

If your home is struggling with hard water, a water filtration system that also softens water makes sense. By removing minerals from your water, a water softener protects the pipes and appliances in your home, while creating better-feeling water.

Water filtration just makes sense

If you don’t have a water filtration system in your home, it’s time to make the upgrade. Your home’s water will taste and feel better, your appliances and pipes will last longer, and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your home’s water is safe to drink.

Here at Southern Air, we’re proud to install Krystal Klear Water Filtration systems. Krystal Klear systems are capable of both purifying and softening your water.

To learn more about and to schedule a free in-home water test, give Southern Air a call at (318) 640-3151. Or, contact our team online.

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 the benefits of tankless water heaters

Considering upgrading your water heater this spring? If you’re changing out your old water heater, you should consider upgrading to a tankless system. In this blog, we’ll review the benefits of tankless water heaters, and why you should consider one for your home.

When you’re ready to get started (or need more information!), contact Southern Air for professional plumbing services here in Louisiana, including Alexandria, Monroe, and Shreveport.

#1. Energy-efficiency

Tankless systems are more energy-efficient than standard water heaters. They use up to 30% less energy than regular water heaters, which can amount to $100 per year in savings. Over the course of the lifespan of the system, those savings can really add up.

If you’ve been looking for ways to make your home more energy-efficient, a tankless water heater is a great place to start. Give Southern a call to learn about other ways you can start saving.

#2. Endless hot water supply

Tankless water heaters are also known as “demand-type water heaters.” This is because, true to their name, they can provide your home with hot water as its needed at the tap or shower head. Since the system heats water as needed, there’s no “running out” of hot water like with standard water heaters.

With an endless hot water supply, your entire family can take showers in the morning without the last person feeling like they’re taking an ice bath.

#3. Less floor space

Most tankless water heaters are wall-mounted, and can go inside your garage, washroom, or even on the side of your home. This frees up the floor space used by your current water heater.

In addition, tankless water heaters don’t carry some of the same risks as standard units. For instance, tankless systems can’t “burst” and flood your home like a tank system can if not maintained.

#4. Systems last longer

On average, tankless water heaters last almost twice as long as standard water heaters. With standard systems, that combination of stored water, heat, and metal can only last so long, even with a sacrificial anode rod. A tankless water heater, in contrast, can last up to 20 years, providing your home with great value for decades to come.

Learn more about the benefits of tankless water heaters

If you’re considering upgrading to a new water heater, contact Southern Air. We have professional plumbers throughout Louisiana who specialize in water heater installation and other plumbing services.

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.

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.

5 signs you need a new water heater in your home

You and your family rely on your home’s water heater for hot water. Yet, these systems don’t last forever. The combination of heat, water, and metal eventually leads to the system’s failure. So, what are the signs you need a new water heater?

How do you know when is the right time to start shopping for a new standard water heater—or even a tankless—system?

In this blog, we’ll run through the five big signs that you should call Southern Air for water heater installation. From rust to age, these are the signals that it’s time to ditch your old system for a new, energy-efficient one.

The 5 big signs you need a new water heater

1. There’s rust coming out of your home’s water supply

Let’s tackle this one first, because it’s the most obvious sign that something might be wrong with your water heater. While pipes or local water contamination can also cause rusting, a heavy presence of rust that only appears while running hot water is a sure sign that your water heater’s anode rod has been exhausted and your tank is starting to rust.

After all, rust in a water heater is an inevitability: the combination of heat, water, and metal for that many years, so consistently, will eventually lead to rust. If you’re seeing rust in your water, it’s most likely too late to replace the anode rod alone. You’ll need to contact Southern Air for water heater repairs.

2. Banging or rumbling noises

If you hear banging or rumbling noises coming from your system, they could indicate that your water heater is about to break down. The noise normally comes when the water heater gets old, and is due to the buildup of sediment deposits at the bottom of the tank.

This sediment deposit hardens as it is heated and then reheated. This will cause your heater to take extra time to warm up the water, and can cause warping that leads to strange noises. This problem, left untreated, can also lead to water leaks from holes or cracks in the system.

3. Just plain old age

This goes hand-in-hand with the anode rod being used up in #1. Eventually, your water heater is going to start to develop problems as it enters its second decade of life. On average, most standard units last about a decade before needing to be replaced.

If you don’t remember when you last bought the water heater, you should consider looking at the manufacturer’s serial number on the sticker on the top of the water heater.

4. Less energy-efficiency = higher energy costs

Water heaters lose energy-efficiency over time, which results in high heating bills as the system gets older. An older unit will struggle to heat the water, having to fight through sediment to do so. This results in high heating bills.

You should consider replacing your water heater with an energy-efficient unit. This will result in greater cost savings in the long run. If you’re really interested in energy-efficiency, a tankless water heater might be right for your home.

5. Water pooling around the water heater

Any kind of tank breach with a water heater is bad news. From the smallest of hairline fractures to actively pooling water, you need to shut off the water and get your system replaced. Hull integrity is everything to a water heater, and you’re risking a flooded home by continuing to use a leaking system.

Call Southern Air for water heater installation in Alexandria

Here in Alexandria, Louisiana, the plumbers at Southern Air are your best choice for water heater installation and replacement. We can help you select the best water heater for your home.

To get started, give us a call at (318) 640-3151 or contact us online. We’re happy to talk to you about the signs you need a new water heater in your home.

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.