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Cold Spots In Your Home: Here’s How To Fix Them

Cold spots are areas inside the house that are not warm when the heating system is on. The condition can occur due to various reasons, including your furnace needing a heating tune-up. They are not just an inconvenience but also ultimately inflate the heating bills as well.

Various steps can be taken to address cold spots inside the home. Here are five tips that can help you in resolving the heating problem in your house.

Be sure to call Southern Air for any furnace or heating repair needs!

What are cold spots?

In the winter, cold spots are the areas and rooms of your home that are noticeably chillier than the rest of the house. When stepping from your living room into your bedroom, for instance, you might notice that the air in this room is much colder.

In a home with ductless mini-split system providing heating, this might make sense. With a ductless system, this type of temperature differential is a feature, not a bug: you can keep different rooms and areas of your home at different temperatures to save money. However, if you have a traditional heat pump or furnace that uses forced-air heating and ductwork, cold spots are an indicator that something is wrong.

Cold spots in your home can actually be caused by the placement of your thermostat.

Cold spots in your home can actually be caused by the placement of your thermostat.

Of course, this article refers to cold spots in the context of winter heating. However, homes can also have “hot spots” in the summer. The same general phenomenon is occurring: not enough cool or hot air is getting to the room or space in question.

What causes cold spots?

Some of the root causes behind the temperature differential between rooms may be related to the room itself. For example, a room that has more windows, or larger windows, will generally have a harder time retaining temperature than a room that does not. Single-pane windows, in particular, are a temperature sieve. In some cases, cold spots are caused by drafts coming in under doors or around windows. A bit of caulking and weatherstripping around trouble areas can help patch that issue up.

An obvious first area to check is the vents and registers. Many homes have registers that can be opened and closed. If the vent is closed, the room is not going to receive the heating that the rest of the home is. In general, you should avoid closing registers and vents: it not only makes your home more prone to hot and cold spots, but it also could make your home less energy-efficient. Make sure there’s no furniture over the register. You’d be surprised how many homeowners place a dresser or couch over a floor register and then wonder why there’s no heating in that room.

However, cold spots can also be caused by issues with HVAC performance. Air leaks in your ductwork could cause significant amounts of heated or cooled air to be lost through the attic and roof well before it ever reaches the room in question. It may indicate that the blower—the component responsible for pushing the air through the ducts—is either malfunctioning or doesn’t have sufficient air intake. Or, it could be that your furnace or heat pump is having issues and needs repairs.

How do you find cold spots?

In most cases, you’ll know a cold spot when you feel it. It’s that chill you get when you walk into a room, or you move into a certain section of the room. Many homeowners just chalk this up as a weird quirk of their home: “Yeah, that room is always cold.” However, there’s typically a root cause behind temperature differences between different spaces of your home.

A home temperature heat map can help you find hot and cold spots indoors.

A home temperature heat map can help you find hot and cold spots indoors.

If you’re looking for an official way to diagnose temperature differential issues in your home, bring in an HVAC expert. HVAC technicians carry air temperature detection equipment that allow them to pinpoint air leaks, drafts, and other issues. This can be used to map out where your home is hot, and where it’s not.

How can you address cold spots?

Well, as we’ve already alluded to, the first step is bringing in an HVAC professional. Once a major problem with your ductwork or heat pump has been ruled out, you should have them look into three core areas: your insulation, your air ducts, and your thermostat placement.

1. Check that you have proper insulation

Most homes in the United States don’t have proper insulation. As a result, warm air leaks from inside the room that is replaced by cool air from the outside. Insulating the house can effectively address the cold spots that are caused by the leakage of air. You should seek a professional to insulate the entire house.

Remember that most of the air loss occurs due to heat loss through the exterior walls. The problem with traditional fiberglass insulation is that they can wear away leaving gaps around light fixtures or electrical boxes that results in drafts. So, it’s recommended that you ask the professional to apply Icynene to the insulation.

Icynene is a type of foam insulation that is much denser than fiberglass. Once injected in the wall cavities, it will reduce air infiltration and thereby the cold spots inside the house. The insulation material is sprayed in directly to the wall that expands and fills the cavity.

2. Take a look at your home’s air ducts

Ducts in some homes can leak around 20 percent of the cool air from the room. This usually happens due to improperly connected ducts. Sometimes holes in the ductworks also contribute to the problem.

You should get the ductwork checked by a professional technician. The technician will inspect the ducts and use metal tape to cover the holes or gaps in the duct work if required.

3. What is the positioning of your thermostat?

Cold spots can also be caused by poorly positioned thermostat. The furnace will not properly heat the house when the thermostat is located in a room that is generally warmer than other rooms such as the kitchen or a room that gets a lot of sun.

A solution to the problem is installing a wireless thermostat. The wireless thermostat can be placed anywhere in the house and can transmit signals up to 500 feet through ceilings, walls, and floors.

Address cold spots with the help of Southern Air

As we’ve discussed, there could be a variety of reasons you have cold and hot spots in your home. The best way forward is talking to a professional. Here in Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria, Louisiana, you’ll want to call us. At Southern Air Heating & Cooling, we help homeowners with all their cooling, heating, and home service needs.

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.

Here’s 4 Tips To Reduce Furnace Repair Costs In Your Home

A NATE Certified Technicians Repairs a Heating SystemHeating bills tend to bite a large chunk out of most people’s income. But, when furnace repair costs are added to the equation, it can result in great financial problems. In this blog post, we’ll review some tips to reduce furnace repair costs.

What are furnace repair costs such a problem?

On average, the cost of repairs range between $135 and $422. The repair costs can be above $1000 if there is a major fault with the furnace.

Fortunately, there are certain steps that you can take to reduce furnace repair costs this winter. Here are few simple steps that can help in ensuring optimum furnace problems resulting in fewer problems.

Be sure to call Southern Air to schedule your furnace tune-up!

1. Find the optimum stable temperature

While you can set any temperature, your furnace will operate best when the thermostat is set to a stable temperature. Although the furnace is a mechanical device and it’s inevitable that your furnace will break down requiring repairs, you can greatly extend the duration between repairs by ensuring that it is set at a stable temperature.

Keeping the furnace at a stable temperature ensures that the heating device continues to operate without developing major fault. You should consult the owner’s manual or contact your Southern Air service technician to find out the optimum temperature for the furnace.

2. Have Southern Air clean or replace the air filters

Air filters is one of the most important element of the heating device. It’s imperative that you have the filter kept free of dust, dirt, and other debris. The filter becomes clogged with the airborne pollutants overtime and must be either cleaned or repaired.

Remember to install the proper filter for the furnace to ensure uninterrupted and smooth air flow. Installing the right type of filter will ensure optimum furnace performance, thereby reducing the chances of costly repairs.

While spun fiberglass filters are generally the least expensive option, they do not filter finer particles. Pleated disposable filters are costly but will provide about four times the filtering capability of the spun fiberglass filters.

Also, electric filters offer superior filter performance. But they require modification of the existing ductwork.

3. Southern Air can keep the furnace blower clean

The furnace blower area should also be kept clean of dirt, dust, and other debris. These airborne pollutants when clog the blower makes the furnace work hard to circulate warm air inside the house.

Keeping the blower clean will lessen the chances of major furnace repair work, which in turn will reduce your furnace repair costs.

4. Schedule a routine furnace inspection

Routine furnace inspection is essential for optimum furnace performance. The technician will check the system and perform necessary repairs that if left unchecked could result in major problem with the furnace.

Regular maintenance of the furnace will ensure that all the essential components and parts are in good working order thereby reducing the chance of costly repairs.

Reduce furnace repair costs by calling Southern Air

If you want to get help of certified and experienced furnace repair technicians in Shreveport, Alexandria & Monroe LA, you can contact Southern Air Heating and Cooling.

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.

A Quote for Furnace Repairs in Shreveport

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.

Plumbing Services in Alexandria

Throughout Louisiana, Southern Air is known for our trusted and professional cooling and heating services. However, we’re also your source for plumbing work, and we offer plumbing services in Alexandria. Whether you need a clog in your drain cleared or a leak fixed, our certified plumbers are here and ready to help. We offer 24/7 emergency plumbing service.

In this blog post, we’ll review some of the plumbing services that we offer and just some of the reasons that Southern Air is the best choice for plumbing services in Alexandria. Ready to get started? Give us a call at (318) 640-3151.

Plumbing Repair In AlexandriaPlumbing Repair

No matter what your plumbing repair needs are, Southern Air can help. We’re a full-service plumbing company and can handle any job of any size. Our certified plumbers have the experience, training, and skills needed to get things done, and our 24/7 emergency service means that we’re never too far away to help.

Here are just some of our plumbing services in Alexandria:

  • Repairs to leaks in the slab
  • Faucets and fixtures installation and repair
  • Laundry tub repair and replacement
  • Repairing garbage disposals
  • Sewer line repairs

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Drain Cleaning

Have a clogged shower drain or a clogged kitchen sink? Southern Air can help. We offer professional drain cleaning services to Alexandria homeowners. No matter what the drain is or what the obstruction is, we can help. Don’t pour toxic chemicals down your sink! Instead, give us a call. Our certified plumbers have a variety of tools to clear drains, such as electric rotating snake tools.

We offer drain cleaning service for bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and the outdoors. We even handle sewer backup issues—a serious plumbing emergency for any home. If you need drain cleaning in Alexandria, make your first and only call to Southern Air.

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Water Heaters

Plumbing Repair Alexandria LAHas your water heater stopped working, started leaking, or just needs to be replaced with a new model? Southern Air can help. Water heater repair and replacement is one of our most popular plumbing services in Alexandria, and that’s because our techs and plumbers do the job right and are thorough installers. Remember: we offer 24/7 emergency service. Don’t go another night without hot water for your morning routine.

We work with and install both standard water heaters and tankless water heaters, both gas and electric models. If you’re in the market for a new water heater, give Southern Air a call. We’ll find you the perfect system for your home and your family’s hot water needs.

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Call Southern for plumbing services in Alexandria

If you live in Alexandria, Louisiana or the surrounding areas and you need plumbing help, don’t hesitate to give us a call. No matter what your plumbing needs are, the plumbers at Southern Air are ready to assist you.

To schedule service 24/7, give us a call at (318) 640-3151 or contact us online to schedule your service.

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.

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.

What can you do to avoid the need for AC repair?

Our summers here in Louisiana can feature hot days with high humidity. When your AC is out-of-commission, you and your family are stuck without cool air. When you need AC repair, you call Southern Air. We offer 24/7 emergency service and can have your air conditioning system up again in no time.

However, you can avoid most of the need for emergency AC repair by following these tips. You’ll save money, have less overall headache, and have a better-functioning air conditioning system.

AC RepairSchedule an AC tune-up

Arranging regular spring maintenance with Southern Air is probably the best way to avoid the need for repairs that following summer.

What is an tune-up?

An AC tune-up performed by an industry-certified technician will identify any issues and catch them before they cause a full breakdown of the system. For example, a bolt might just be loose in the spring, and need tightening.

But, when you skip maintenance, that bolt spends the summer rattling loose, until it eventually comes off completely and hits the fan, causing major damage.

Other advantages

A tune-up has a number of other advantages, including that it can boost your system’s energy efficiency. That, in turn, can also help you avoid the need for AC repair. By having to work less hard to produce cooling for your home, your air conditioner is less likely to break down under strain.

Use your air conditioner less

Keeping your home frigid in the summer may feel nice, but it’s also putting your air conditioner under a lot of performance pressure and costing you on your energy bills.

Instead, use your air conditioner strategically. For example, when you’re gone for the day, let the temperature rise. It’s more efficient and easier to cool down your home when you return from work than to have the AC maintain the temperature all day for no one.

Another way to use your air conditioner less is to settle on a temperature that you feel comfortable with. For example, maybe you want your home to be 75 when you’re active and making dinner, but you’re comfortable at 78 when you’re watching television or sleeping.

That three-degree difference could save you wear-and-tear on your AC system (and help you avoid the need for AC repair) while also saving you money on your electricity bills.

Find other ways to cool your home

Your AC may be an indispensable part of your home’s cooling, but it shouldn’t be working alone. Instead, avoid the need for AC repair by taking other steps to boost your energy efficiency and reduce your air conditioner’s workload. Here’s just a few ideas on how you can get cooling relief for less:

  • Keep the sun out: As we all know, sunlight is a major source of heat. One of the best ways to keep your home cool is to use sun-blocking curtains and blinds to reduce the amount of sunshine streaming into your home. When no one’s home, you might as well reduce the temperature by keeping your home dark.
  • Use fans strategically: Contrary to what most people think, fans don’t actually cool the surrounding air. Instead, they make you feel cooler by pushing air past you. This means that fans can provide amazing summertime relief, but that leaving them on in rooms no one is in doesn’t do much but waste energy.
  • Watch your appliance use: Your home’s oven or stove top can be a major source of heat in your home that your air conditioner has to accommodate for. Don’t change your dinner plans completely, but consider making a few dinners each week that don’t require heating. A fresh salad or brilliant bruschetta may be the fresh dish you and your family have been looking for.

For more tips on how to avoid the need for AC repair, call Southern Air

You can’t account for everything, and sometimes you just need AC repair. When that time comes, give Southern Air a call. We’re northern and central Louisiana’s source for quality air conditioning services, and our certified technicians service all makes and models.

We also offer 24/7 emergency service for your convenience. If your AC goes down, call Southern Air. We’ll fix it right, or it’s free.