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Here are some of the latest advancements in furnace technology

When it comes to winter heating, a majority of Americans rely on a gas or electric furnace to keep their homes cozy. The fundamental technology behind furnaces has been around for ages, but today’s systems are far more sophisticated than those manufactured a decade ago. Some of the latest advancements in furnace technology are pushing toward the upper limits of energy-efficiency, saving homeowners thousands on their energy bills throughout the lifespan of the system.

In this article, we’ll review four major heating technology advancements:

  • High-efficiency furnaces
  • Variable-speed furnaces
  • Hybrid furnaces
  • Smart home integration

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High-Efficiency Furnaces

The gas, propane, and oil furnaces of yesteryear can’t hold a candle (or, perhaps more appropriately, a pilot light) to the efficiency and effectiveness of systems manufactured today.

What is AFUE?

The efficiency of heating systems is commonly measured using an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) score. Simply put, the heater’s AFUE percentage is the amount of heat energy that can be extracted from the fuel, versus how much of that fuel’s energy potential is wasted. A gas furnace with 70% AFUE converts 70% of the natural gas into heat, with the remaining 30% being lost through exhaust. In other words, the higher the AFUE, the more efficient the system is.

Starting in the 1990s, new regulations led to a new efficiency floor for furnaces: 78% AFUE. In the decades since, however, furnaces have continued to become more efficient, climbing the AFUE scale. Some of today’s furnaces scrape the very top of the scale, topping out at 97% or 98% AFUE. These high-efficiency systems waste very little energy. A great example is the Carrier Infinity® 98 Gas Furnace, which has a 98.5% AFUE score and is one of the most efficient gas furnaces on the planet.

Efficiency isn’t always what it seems

Many homeowners mistakenly think that electric furnaces are cheaper to operate than gas furnaces. After all, electric furnaces have 100% AFUE—there’s no wasted energy at all! However, just because electric systems are technically more efficient doesn’t mean you’ll see lower heating costs. Electricity is far more expensive than natural gas. Oil and propane are even pricier than electricity.

When looking at AFUE, make sure you take the cost of the fuel source into account: a less efficient gas furnace may be cheaper to run than a high-efficiency propane system. To make things even more complex, you also need to consider local energy costs.

When it comes to furnace technology and installation, Southern Air remain Louisiana’s top choice for service. Call us today to have one of our experienced technicians inspect your home’s furnace.

Variable-Speed Furnaces

In a typical furnace manufactured two decades ago, the system had one mode of operation: on. When you turned the thermostat, the furnace would come online and run at its full power to heat your home to the desired temperature. It would then turn off once the temperature was reached, repeating that cycle again and again.

There are a few problems with that approach. First, furnaces (as well as heat pumps and air conditioners) use energy to start and stop, making that stop-and-go approach less than ideal. The constant “cycling” also puts unnecessary strain on the system itself. Finally, with only one speed, the furnace couldn’t just maintain a consistent temperature: more often, the result was peaks and valleys of cold and heat in the home.

Shifting gears

Variable-speed furnaces are a major improvement. Basically, these systems have “gears” they can shift into. When they just need to maintain a temperature, they can shift into a lower speed to use less energy and keep the temperature stable. This avoids the energy waste of constantly starting and stopping.

Think of variable-speed systems like a 6-speed bike. If you had a one-speed bike, you’d have to expend the same amount of energy pedaling, no matter how steep you’re climbing or how fast you’re going. In the end, that’s going to result in a lot of wasted energy (and sore legs!). However, with a 6-speed, you can shift up or down to adjust resistance and conserve energy. A variable-speed furnace is like that: it can run at lower or higher speeds as needed, which helps it conserve energy.

A comfortable, quiet home

That precision control also means you’ll have a more comfortable home. Because the variable-speed system can slow or speed up, it can heat your home without making it too hot or leaving it too cold. That’s a big benefit of switching to variable speed, but here’s one more: variable-speed systems, when running at their lower gear, are much quieter than a normal furnace. That’s just one less annoyance in your life.

Hybrid Furnaces

Hybrid furnace systems contain not just one, but two heating devices: a gas furnace and a heat pump. Hybrid systems are ideal for people that are seeking a two-in-one solution that can both heat and cool the home. In addition, hybrid systems have versatility in the fall and spring seasons, where they can heat your home at a lower energy cost than running your furnace. Let’s dive in and discuss this new furnace technology.

A system for all seasons

In the fall, when night temperatures begin to drop but it’s not too cold out, the hybrid system can use the heat pump to warm your home. As with all heat pumps, this works by pulling heat energy out of the outside air, and then using refrigerant to move that energy inside the home. In our mild winter climate here in Louisiana, you’ll get a lot of use out of this mode. Plus, because moving heat energy is less intense than creating it, you’ll save on your energy costs versus running the furnace.

Versatility for the summer ahead

Of course, heat pumps can also reverse operation and function akin to standard air conditioners: drawing heat energy out of the inside of your home and transferring it outside, thereby cooling the air inside your home. This means that a hybrid furnace system is quite literally an HVAC system for all seasons.

The automation features of a smart thermostat can help you save energy, lowering your energy bills.

Smart home integration

The smart home is in vogue. From smart speakers that allow you to control your lights with your voice to smart appliances, more and more homeowners are making their homes more integrated and convenient. Given how important it is to life in your home, your heating and cooling systems aren’t left behind. With a programmable thermostat—also known as a “smart thermostat”—homeowners have full control over the comfort in their home.

While there are a variety of models and brands out there, most programmable thermostats have these three main features in common:

  • Automated Temperature Control: You can set up a temperature schedule for your home that accounts for when you’re regularly away or at home. This helps cut down on your heating and cooling costs throughout the year, saving you money.
  • Smartphone App Control: Smart thermostats are connected to the internet and allow you to control the thermostat from your phone, anywhere you are. Away on vacation, but need to turn on the heating for the house-sitter? With the smartphone app, it’s easy.
  • Voice Technology Integration: Most smart thermostats are compatible with smart speakers, allowing you to control the temperature settings with your voice from anywhere in your home.

Given their ability to save homeowners money and make their lives more convenient, it’s no wonder why programmable thermostats are so popular at the moment.

For furnace technology experts, call our team at Southern Air

If you want more information about the latest heating systems and furnace technology, call the team at Southern Air Heating & Cooling. We have been serving Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria and surrounding areas since 1993. Contact us today!

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

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

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

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

A Furnace ThermostatThe top-5 benefits of heat pumps

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

#1. They’re more energy-efficient

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

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

#2. You only need one system, not two

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

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

#3. They improve your indoor air quality

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

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

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

#5. They operate quietly

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the top-5 furnace tune-up benefits

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

1. Ensure that your furnace operates safely

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

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

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

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

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

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3. Improve your system’s energy-efficiency

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

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

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4. Detect problems early . . . before a breakdown

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

5. Save money now and in the future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Check for leaks in the air ducts

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

3. Inspect the air filter

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

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

4. Do you have poor home insulation?

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

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

5. Have Southern install a ductless system

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Choose Southern Air for your Monroe, Alexandria & Shreveport furnace repair

It’s a cold night, and your furnace just stopped working. You need furnace repair, and you need it fast. Otherwise, your home is going to start to get pretty cold. You need to give Southern Air a call. We offer 24/7 emergency Monroe, Alexandria, and Shreveport furnace repair.

In this blog post, we’ll outline just some of the reasons you should choose Southern Air for your furnace repair. Need to schedule service? Give us a call at (318) 640-3151 or contact us online.

Great service

Southern Air provides HVAC and plumbing services to Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria, Louisiana, including many surrounding communities. This means that we are available throughout most of northern and central Louisiana. Professional heating service is only a call away.

Learn more about some of the places we offer furnace repair service:

Great company

Shreveport Furnace Repair

We’re proud to offer furnace repair in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Southern Air has been serving the people of Louisiana since 1994, and we’re proud to be your source for Monroe, Alexandria, and Shreveport furnace repair and a wide range of other HVAC and plumbing services. Here’s what has made us successful throughout the years: we put our customers first. We do this by not only offering great services and products, but by backing our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Simply put: we want you to love your service from Southern Air.

Another thing that sets us apart? Our flexibility. When it comes to furnace repair, our team is available 24/7. We also repair all makes & models and offer upfront, honest estimates on our work. When you work with us, you can expect Southern Air to treat you right.

Great people

At Southern Air, we’re proud to employ some of the best HVAC technicians in the state of Louisiana. We have teams throughout the northern and central part of the state that are ready to help with any heating system needs, including Monroe, Alexandria, and Shreveport furnace repair. Our technicians go through regular training programs to keep their skills sharp, and many have years of experience. When it comes to your furnace repair, they know what to do because they’ve seen it before.

Plus, our technicians are NATE-certified. This means they’ve been trained by experts and tested by North American Technician Excellence—the primary HVAC technician testing organization in the United States.

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Our NATE-Certified techs can walk you through the furnace repair process.

With a NATE-certified technician, you can rest assured that your furnace repair will be completed correctly and quickly by a friendly professional. When you need emergency 24/7 furnace repair, you don’t want to risk having the wrong person work on your furnace. By calling Southern Air for Monroe, Alexandria, and Shreveport furnace repair, you’ll be getting the right people who can help.

Call us for Monroe, Alexandria, and Shreveport furnace repair

Need fast, emergency furnace repair? Southern Air can help. Give our team a call at (318) 640-3151 to schedule service, and we’ll send a technician to your home to inspect your furnace and determine what the problem is. You can also contact us online.

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.

Furnace tune-up season has arrived

We’ve previously written about how beneficial it is to get an air conditioning tune-up prior to the start of the summer. The same idea applies to our furnace tune-up service, and that’s why the early fall is the perfect time to schedule a checkup with the professional team here at Southern Air. It’s furnace tune-up season.

Like your air conditioner (and other complicated machines, such as your car or bike), your furnace requires regular maintenance to keep it running right. “Right”, in this case, may just mean keeping your furnace from burning extra energy, but it also could mean just keeping it running. Without a tune-up, your furnace could break down (again, just like your car or bike!). To avoid this, we recommend having our team look at your furnace at least annually.

Here’s what a furnace inspection will do for your heating system, and why you should schedule one before the end of furnace tune-up season.

Furnace Tune-Up Season Has Arrived

The technicians at Southern Air are NATE-certified, and are furnace tune-up experts.

Better energy efficiency

We all want to save money on our monthly energy bills, and your home’s HVAC systems can be one of the largest users of power in your home. With some variation depending on climate (here in Louisiana, we obviously use our furnaces less than folks in Maine!), the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that your furnace use accounts for 42% of your energy bill in the winter. That’s a lot of money going to heating your home!

The good news is that a furnace tune-up can help reduce the amount of energy your furnace uses. Whether your system is fueled by gas or electricity, a tune-up can help your heater bring warmth to your home more effectively, reducing the strain and constant running of the furnace. Over the course of a season, those energy savings can really add up. That’s why we recommend having Southern Air inspect your heating system prior to the start of winter.

Reduced breakdown risk

Having better energy efficiency is a nice plus, but the main goal of a tune-up is to avoid a furnace breakdown. A major problem with your furnace means you’d either need repair or a new furnace. And while our team can help with both, we understand that you’d probably like to avoid purchasing a new furnace if you can avoid it. That’s why we recommend scheduling a furnace tune-up.

Long story short, your furnace is a complicated piece of HVAC equipment that runs almost nightly during the winter. As a result, parts and components easily get worn down, and moving pieces require new lubrication. As part of our furnace tune-up, the Southern Air team will make sure everything is working right.

Extended system lifespan

Finally, a furnace tune-up could help your heating system last longer. Most heating systems last between 15-20 years. An annual maintenance schedule from a professional company could help you reach into the back half of that range and beyond.

Again, the car analogy works here: cars can last for 15-20 years if you don’t take care of them, or they can last far longer with a regular checkup and care. If you’re interested in getting more out of your furnace investment, consider scheduling your furnace tune-up.

Choose Southern this furnace tune-up season

Now that we’ve reviewed the reasons that you should get a furnace tune-up, here’s why you should choose Southern Air. First, our technicians have been maintaining heating systems for years, and they’re all NATE-certified to meet the highest standards in the industry. Second, we’re a trusted, local company serving most of north and central Louisiana. Finally, we back our work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Still not sure? Or, ready to get started? Give our team a call at 318-640-3151 for more information, to learn about our current specials, or to schedule your maintenance before the end of furnace tune-up season. You can also contact us online.