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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Small Changes In Your Home That Can Drastically Cut Heating Bills

An HVAC Technician greeting a CustomerNo one likes paying high heating bills during the winters. However, when given the choice between paying the bill and shivering all winter, you have no other option but to pay the bill. The good news is that you can significantly cut heating bills by taking a few simple steps.

From setting the thermostat to lower temperature to annual furnace maintenance, the following energy saving advice will allow you to cut heating bills significantly every winter.

1. Cover the Windows

You can save a lot in heating bills by simply covering the windows with heavy drapes. This will allow you to set a lower temperature and still be warm and comfortable. Apart from using heavy drapes, you should also consider covering inside window frames with clear plastic sheet. Covering the window will prevent cold drafts from entering inside thereby ensuring increased energy efficiency.

2. Seal the air leaks

Another simple tip to reduce the need for increasing the furnace temperature is by sealing all the leaks inside the house. Sealing the leaks will result in less need of setting a high temperature thereby saving you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

Consider getting your house energy audit by a professional energy auditor, which will cost you anywhere from $250 to $800. The auditor will run a blower test to find the leaks. Also, you can perform your own low tech test for the draft using an incense stick. Turn on the home’s exhaust fans and hold the stick near doors, electrical outlets, and windows. In case the smoke blows sideways, it indicates a leak that should be plugged using caulk, weather stripping, or insulating with expandable foam.

3. Wear warm clothes inside the house

A simple way to reduce the home heating bill is by wearing warm clothes. As a result, you can set the thermostat below 65° F. Every degree that you set lower will result in increased savings for you. The inconvenience in wearing warm clothes will be worth it in the end as it will help in greatly reducing the energy bills.

4. Regular furnace maintenance

Regular maintenance of the furnace will allow the heater to work efficiently throughout the winter. It’s recommended that you have the system maintained by a North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certified technician.

Call Southern Air for advice to cut heating bills

Do you want to get in touch with experienced and certified furnace technicians in Shreveport, Alexandria & Monroe LA? If so, you can contact Southern Air Heating and Cooling with confidence.

This fall is the perfect time for a new furnace

It’s a cold evening in winter, and you’ve just heard a terrible sound coming from the attic as the heating shuts off. Yes, your very old furnace just died, and probably for good. You’ll need to call Southern to have our team install a new furnace.

But, waiting for your old system to die before replacing it can actually cost you a lot of money. In this blog post, we’ll review why it’s sometimes better to make the decision to purchase a new furnace after your old one gets to a certain age.

New Furnace InstallationThe older the furnace, the less efficient it is

It’s unfortunate, but the saying is true: nothing lasts forever. Even if you had Southern maintaining your furnace every year, used it sparingly, and were lucky to have it live into its 20s without major problems, you’re still going to want to replace it. Here’s why.

For good reason, we have a mentality that it’s better to wait for something to die before replacing it. In most cases, this is a good way to look at things: upkeep and repair can save you money compared to replacing an item. However, furnaces are not one-time costs like most other items. Instead, through your heating bills, you continually pay to operate a furnace. This makes a furnace a lot more like a car—which requires gasoline and maintenance—than a clock or a door handle.

Furnaces manufactured 10, 15, or even 20 years ago are far less efficient than those made today. Not only is the technology they’re using older, but they also have had decades of wear-and-tear on system parts, and just aren’t performing like they did right after install. An aging furnace will continue to become less and less efficient as it ages.

This means that every month you delay upgrading to a new furnace, your old one is essentially costing you more and more on your energy bills. A broken door handle won’t charge you every month. Through your gas or electric bills, an aging furnace will.

The greater the mileage, the more frequent the breakdowns

Your older furnace can cost you in other ways. First, an aging heating system is more likely to break down or need repairs, especially while in use during the winter. Not only will that leave you temporarily without heat until Southern Air can help you with furnace repair, but it will also start to add up in costs. Also consider that most manufacturer’s warranties expire after the 10 year mark (as is the case for Carrier systems), and you could be facing a situation where you have to keep throwing money at your old furnace just to keep it running.

A new furnace can save you money

At some point, a new furnace just makes economic sense. The cost of the system and professional installation is a one-time cost, and you’ll start to recoup that investment through your savings on energy (which could be major) and not having to pay for repairs (mostly by not needing repair, but also because you’ll have a new warranty that covers some repair costs).

Also worth considering: many state, federal, and private utility tax credits are available to homeowners who upgrade from an older system to a new furnace. This credits can help you defray the cost of purchasing a new system. Plus, we regularly offer coupons and specials on many of our services, including new furnace installation. If you don’t see an offer, check back regularly, especially in the fall.

Why upgrade to a new furnace now?

Fall is a great time to swap out your old system for a new furnace from Southern Air. First, your furnace isn’t in heavy use (or, any use) yet, which means that you won’t have a period of time between removal and replacement where your home will be cold. Second, since you haven’t turned on the furnace for the season, you’ll be maximizing your energy savings with a new system, since your new energy-efficient furnace will be doing 100% of your heating this winter.

If you’ve been delaying the move to change out your old furnace, let Southern help you out this autumn. To get started on a free estimate from Southern, contact us today.