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Get your summer running right with a more efficient AC system

The hot Louisiana summer can exact a heavy toll on your AC system. The extreme heat and humidity can cause your unit to run continuously day and night, increasing the chances of a breakdown. Plus, summertime electric bills can put a damper on your vacation fun, and an air conditioner that goes out during the heat of summer can ruin your plans altogether.

Pictured: This summer, don't neglect your AC maintenance in order to avoid a system breakdown.

You can keep your summer enjoyment and comfort intact by paying attention to your home’s cooling system early and taking action to prevent a meltdown. Regular AC maintenance is the key to keeping an aging unit going strong. If you are past that point, do not despair! Upgrading to a new AC can actually help you save money!

Get the most from your existing system

It’s estimated that 20% of AC failures are unavoidable. However, that means that regularly scheduled maintenance might have prevented the rest. With an AC tune-up, a qualified technician from Southern Air can prolong the life of your unit and help it to run more efficiently by knowing what areas to inspect:

  • Power use adjustment
  • Dust-blocked vents
  • Worn parts
  • Incorrect calibration
  • Looming mechanical or electrical problems

Upgrade—you’ll be glad you did

Now is a great time to purchase a new system because recent advances in technology have resulted in access to the most energy-efficient new AC units ever produced. On average, you can expect 20% savings on your cooling costs and other benefits from your new AC that may delight and surprise you:

  • New systems are extremely dependable
  • Smart technology makes today’s AC systems run more efficiently
  • Regulated power use saves energy
  • You will see lower utility bills
  • Your home will stay more comfortable in the summer months

Contact Southern Air

When you want to schedule some maintenance work on your AC system to get it ready for summer, or if you feel ready to start enjoying the benefits of a new system, we here at Southern Heating & Cooling would be honored to hear from you. We proudly serve north and central Louisiana.

There is no reason to be uncomfortable or worried about your air conditioning this summer when our qualified technicians are ready to hear from you. Contact us today and let us start helping you enjoy a less expensive and stress-free summer in total comfort.

Here’s why you should spend your tax refund on a new air conditioner

It’s April. It’s the time of year where baseball starts, the weather warms up, and taxes are due. Okay, that last item is less exciting than the others. However, if you’re like most Americans, you’re probably anticipating a tax refund; the average in Louisiana is $3,073. Exciting!

Many people use their refund to pay off debt, go on vacation, or buy boats / cars. However, in this blog post, we’ll argue the reasons why you should re-invest your refund in your home’s value by upgrading an old air conditioner.

If you’re ready to make the switch from your old system to a new one, contact Southern Air for a free in-home estimate.

#1. Replacing your old air conditioner can benefit your home’s value

If you’re thinking at all about selling your home in the next decade, replacing that old air conditioner with a new one using your tax refund makes sense. A new air conditioner will increase your home’s value, improve your curb appeal, and even be a deciding factor for many homebuyers.

Why is an air conditioner so impactful? When you’re buying a home, there are a lot of upfront costs to consider, from closing costs to the downpayment itself. An older air conditioner on the verge of dying is a big turnoff for buyers, because they know they run the risk of having to replace the system themselves at a time when they’re lowest on cash.

As the seller, you can just have Southern Air install a new air conditioner for the home and then up your home’s value.

#2. You can feel the better comfort

There are a lot of luxury items you can spend your tax refund on. However, will any of them make you feel as comfortable as a new air conditioner will on the hottest, most humid nights of the summer?

Whether you’re planning on selling your home or not, you and your family should still feel comfortable in your home. Consider using your refund to upgrade to a new Carrier air conditioner, installed by the Southern Air team.

#3. Cut down on miscellaneous costs

An older air conditioner is more likely to cost you miscellaneous money on two fronts:

  • Higher energy bills: Even with seasonal maintenance, an older air conditioner just isn’t as energy-efficient as a new system. This means you’re paying more for summers to come.
  • More frequent repairs: Older air conditioners are more likely to break down than new systems, which means you’ll need AC repair more often. Over successive summers, these costs can really add up.

Call Southern Air for a free in-home estimate

Southern Air offers free in-home estimates on new air conditioners. If you’re considering using this year’s tax refund on a new air conditioner, give us a call at (318) 798-1801.

Here are the benefits of tankless water heaters

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

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

#1. Energy-efficiency

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

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

#2. Endless hot water supply

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

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

#3. Less floor space

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

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

#4. Systems last longer

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

Learn more about the benefits of tankless water heaters

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

Here are four reasons to get AC tune-up this spring from Southern Air

Spring. It’s the time for cleaning, college basketball, and—we’d argue—a good air conditioning tune-up. There are many reasons to get an AC tune-up this spring, but, in this blog, we’re going to discuss the four most important ones.

If you’re ready to schedule your seasonal air conditioning tune-up, contact us today. Also, be sure to check out our Coupons page to see our current specials.

#1. Better energy-efficiency

Air conditioners get less efficient the longer they go without maintenance. Even the smallest inefficiencies, stretched out over a long Louisiana summer, can add up on your monthly energy bills. This is one of the primary reasons we recommend getting an AC tune-up this spring.

Our techs run through a complete checklist to make sure they’re addressing the most important energy-efficiency points of your system. Once these are completed, your air conditioner will be ready for the summer ahead.

#2. Reduces the chance of a summer breakdown

The summer is the worst time for an air conditioner to break down. Unfortunately, it’s almost the most likely time for it to breakdown. In fact, many breakdowns occur on the hottest, most humid days here in Louisiana, as an air conditioner that’s already near the breaking point is pushed to its limits for hours upon hours.

Southern Air is here to help homeowners with their AC repair needs. But, here’s something you should know: an AC tune-up can actually help prevent breakdowns in the summer. By having one of our techs thoroughly inspect your system, we can catch small problems before they lead to catastrophe.

#3. Keeps your AC running better for longer

Your air conditioner is like any other mechanical device, from your car to a bicycle. Without proper care and maintenance, it’s eventually going to break. In fact, you could even put it this way: you can either maintain it, or you can replace it.

Air conditioners with a thorough and complete history of professional maintenance visits every spring? They tend to last a lot longer, and are more energy-efficient as they age. That’s years longer that a homeowner can keep the system around, saving them money.

Of course, the opposite is true for air conditioners that don’t receive maintenance at all, or their maintenance history is very spotty. That being said, there’s never a bad time in your air conditioner’s lifespan to start maintenance.

#4. Gives you peace of mind

Out of the four items on this list, this is perhaps the most valuable. For many families, higher-than-expected energy bills or the sudden need for AC repair can be a lot of stress, especially when it’s hot and humid out. That stress is both financial and in terms of comfort.

An AC tune-up gives you the peace of mind of knowing your system will be more efficient and your system will be less likely to break down. That’s why we highly recommend them for all air conditioners, new and old. There’s no air conditioner that won’t benefit from a seasonal tune-up.

Call Southern Air to schedule an AC tune-up this spring

If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not a tune-up is worth it, hopefully this post has helped you decide that they are. Having a professional HVAC technician thoroughly inspect and tune up your air conditioner can make a world of difference.

Ready to schedule your AC tune-up this spring? Contact us here at Southern Air, and we’ll set a time and date for one of our friendly, expert techs to look at your system.

What makes Carrier heating and cooling systems better?

At Southern Air, we’re proud to be a Carrier dealer. Carrier heating and cooling systems are among the best available on the market today, and our techs are expert installers.

We offer free in-home estimates on new Carrier systems. Contact us to schedule yours, or keep reading to learn more about what makes Carrier systems great!

Southern Air is your Carrier heating and cooling dealer.What makes Carrier different?

#1. Carrier builds energy-efficient systems

Among HVAC system manufacturers, Carrier has long been a leader when it comes to pioneering advances in technology and efficiency. That’s fitting: after all, Willis Carrier pretty much invented what we consider “the air conditioner” in 1902.

Many Carrier air conditioners, furnace, and heat pumps in their Infinity® lineup boast high SEER ratings (READ: What is a SEER rating?), which means they’re highly energy-efficient and designed to balance saving you money while also keeping you comfortable.

Of course, heat pumps are even more efficient than air conditioners and furnaces. That’s just one of the benefits of having Southern Air install a heat pump in your home.

#2. Carrier heating and cooling units make your home comfortable

Above all else, your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump needs to keep your home comfortable. There’s no sense in having an HVAC system if it’s not going to contribute to your summer or winter comfort!

Carrier heating and cooling systems are known for their great comfort. The Carrier systems in their Infinity® series also feature variable-speed drives. Not only is this functionality a big energy-saver, but it also allows your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump to make small adjustments to temperature, keeping your thermostat reading in that perfect range.

Carrier systems give you greater control over your comfort, without needing to pay more when the energy bill arrives. That’s a win-win.

#3. For superior reliability and dependability, choose Carrier

Having an efficient air conditioner is great. Having that system keep your home comfortable is even better. Best is when you pair both of those things with trusted reliability. Carrier builds HVAC units right, so that they break down less often and are easy for professionals to keep maintained.

“Reliability” isn’t just about today, tomorrow, or the day after that. It’s about the future. Carrier manufactures their cooling and heating systems to live a longer life, and keep working efficiently as they age.

For a free in-home estimate on a new Carrier heating and cooling system, call us!

Since 1994, Southern Air has been the trusted Carrier dealer of Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria—and all points in-between. If you’re interested in seeing if a new Carrier system is right for your home, contact our team.

We offer free in-home estimates on new installs, and our friendly, expert techs would be happy to walk you through your HVAC options.

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.

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.