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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.

What are tankless water heaters?

Tankless water heaters go by several names, including:

  • Demand-Type Water Heaters
  • Instantaneous Water Heaters

No matter what they’re called, these systems are a new type of residential water heater that heats up water without storing it in a tank. Instead, the system runs cold water through a series of superheated internal pipes, quickly warming it to the desired temperature before sending that now-heated water to the faucets and shower heads of your home.

  • In a gas demand-type system, this heating is accomplished through the combustion of natural gas. The water is then pushed past gas burners.
  • In an electric tankless system, this heating is accomplished by running the water in pipes past heating elements.

This method of heating water distinguishes this type of water heater from “traditional” water heaters, which typically refers to systems that heat water and then store it for future use in a tank.

What are the advantages of a tankless water heater?

Tankless water heaters have several advantages over standard water heaters. Here are four reasons you should strongly consider replacing your aging traditional water heater with a demand-type system:

The benefits of tankless water heaters include energy-efficiency, endless hot water, and—as seen in this image—space savings.

The benefits of tankless water heaters include energy-efficiency, endless hot water, and—as seen in this image—space savings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Is a tankless water heater worth it?

We’ve talked about the benefits. So, what are the downsides of a tankless water heater? For one, demand-type systems are typically more expensive than “tank” water heaters. In some cases, the system and its installation can cost twice that of a traditional water heater.

However, it’s worth noting that the system’s improved lifespan and energy-efficiency will typically make up that difference over time. In other words, this is the type of home here in Louisiana where a tankless water heater probably fits best:

  • You plan on staying in your home for the foreseeable future, which means you’ll be around to inevitably recoup the costs through lower utility bills and the extended lifespan of the water heater.
  • You have a large family, and your cumulative morning water use makes a standard water heater impractical.
  • You live in an area of the state where municipal or utility rebates are available to homeowners who upgrade to an energy-efficient water heater.

As with most things in your home, be sure to take the long view when it comes to making an upgrade: even though a demand-type system might cost more upfront, the benefits of tankless water heaters may make one well worth the cost to you.

Call us at Southern Air

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’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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Plumbing installation in Alexandria

When most people think about calling a plumber, it’s because something has gone wrong. And that’s perfectly understandable: you should call a plumbing professional when you have an emergency, as they have the experience, training, and tools to fix the problem quickly before things get worse. However, you should also call Southern Air when you need plumbing installation.

Plumbing Installation Alexandria

We can help you install new faucets in your kitchen sink.

Think about plumbing installation like you would elective surgery. It’s not something that constitutes an emergency in most cases, but you still want a certified, insured doctor doing the work, right? The same thing applies to installing new faucets, sinks, fixtures, pipes, toilets, and water heaters in your home. All the things that make Southern Air’s plumbers great at repair work—friendly service, multiple warranties, insurance—makes them the ideal choice for plumbing installation, as well.

In this post, we’ll review just some of the projects we work on and what makes Southern Air a better choice for plumbing installation. If you’re ready to get started, read on or give our team a call today.

We do everything (and the kitchen sink)

Southern Air offers a wide variety of plumbing services and plumbing installation. Our team can install new fixtures, including new faucets and new sinks, into your kitchen or bathroom. We can replace laundry tubs, insert garbage disposals, and add water softeners. We add equipment to prevent the backflow of water, and we can install new pipes and outlets in your home for all your remodeling projects.

We offer support for a variety of projects of varying sizes, from whole home re-piping and remodeling to a simple faucet changeout. The best way to figure out how our team can be looped in is to give us a call.

Here’s our complete list of plumbing installation services:

  • Replacement of water mains
  • Backflow blockers
  • Water heater installation
  • Complete re-piping work
  • Faucets and fixtures installation
  • Laundry tub replacement
  • Water softener installation
  • Garbage disposal installation
  • Sewer camera installation

We do other work, upon request. Give us a call with your project and we’ll help you with whatever your plumbing installation project is. Still thinking about your project? Check out this handy guide to home remodeling projects that make a great return on investment.

Need a new water heater?

We repair water heaters, as well as offering new water heater installation. We change anode rods and repair leaks from intake valves. When it comes to new water heaters, our technicians and plumbers work to determine what systems—from standard gas and electric to tankless—will work best to meet a customer’s hot water needs. We offer a wide variety of different makes and models, and our technicians have the expertise to do the installation right the first time, backing up our promise to do it right or it’s free.

Go with Southern Air for your plumbing installation

Throughout Louisiana, Southern Air’s name is synonymous with quality plumbing installation and repair services from certified plumbers. Since 1994, we’ve been helping folks in Alexandria with their plumbing needs. If you’re ready for better plumbing service, give our team a call at (318) 640-3151.

Repair versus replacement: Making the decision about your AC unit

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

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

Reasons to repair your AC

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

Reasons to replace your AC

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

Southern Air is your source for both AC repair and replacement

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