Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for October, 2013

Heating System Tip 1: Dual Fuel Hybrid System Benefits

Monday, October 28th, 2013

If you live in Atlanta, you have special concerns when it comes to heating your home. We enjoy a warm climate here most of the year, but during the winter there are often colder surprises than other states with mild winters experience. There are occasional snowfalls, with about 40 days per year that have nights when it drops below freezing. Although you don’t depend on your heating system as much as your air conditioner, you will still need a dependable heater that can occasionally handle heavy work. The trick is finding a balance of an efficient but also cost-effective heater for our unusual conditions.

We think one of the best options for Atlanta, GA heating is a dual fuel hybrid system. These heaters combine a heat pump with a back-up heater that runs from a different fuel. At Air Conditioning Experts, we’ve installed many of these dual fuel hybrid systems and seen their benefits:

The heat pump two-in-one deal: The first benefit is that the main heater is a heat pump, which can function as both a heater and an air conditioner. Heat pumps are fantastic for mild winter temperatures, and you won’t need to turn them up too high to feel comfortable. This leads to energy savings—and you have a tool to combat summer heat as well.

Effective heating when the heat pump isn’t enough: The major drawback of heat pumps is that they don’t deal well with extreme colds. But with a hybrid system, you don’t have to worry: when the heat pump isn’t up to the task of combatting low temperatures, the second system, such as a gas furnace, will come on. You won’t need to run this second system as often, only when you need it, so it will reduce the drain on power.

Air Conditioning Experts recommends dual fuel hybrid systems to many of our clients because they make sense for Atlanta: efficient, low-cost heating most of the time, more powerful heating when necessary. A dual fuel hybrid system will remove many of your Atlanta, GA heating worries. Contact Air Conditioning Experts today to see if installing a dual fuel hybrid system is a good plan for your home this winter.

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Get to Know Your Atlanta Heating Options

Monday, October 21st, 2013

We don’t think about heating in Atlanta as much as we think about air conditioning systems. Our hot summers and mild winters make heating an afterthought at best, certainly when compared to the comfort and cool air that an AC unit can provide. But despite that, heating can still come as a great relief on those winter nights when the temperature dips, and even though you don’t use it as often as your air conditioner, you still want it to be reliable and comfortable when you do need it. If you get to know your Atlanta heating options, you can select a type of system that works for you. The following is quick list of possibilities:

  • Central heating. This is the system most people are familiar with, in which a series of ducts transfers heated air from a central unit into all the corners of your house. It has the benefit of familiarity, though it isn’t as efficient as certain other means of heating.
  • Heat pumps. Heat pumps combine the functions of a heater and an air conditioner into one unit: pulling heat out of your house in the summer and pulling it in from the outside air in the winter. They cost more to install than central heaters, but tend to cost less in monthly energy bills. They’re also very well suited to towns with mild winters like Atlanta.
  • Radiant heaters. Radiant heaters use tubes or electric coils in the floor to warm objects in the room (including people). They’re very efficient and can save you a great deal of money every month, though the initial cost to set them up can be high.
  • Geothermal heaters. Geothermal heaters exchange heat between your home and the nearby ground (which maintains a constant temperature, unlike the air). They require a certain amount of land space (making them difficult for apartments and condos) on top of a high start-up cost, but like heat pumps and radiant heaters, they are extremely efficient.

Once you get to know your Atlanta heating options, call upon Air Conditioning Experts Inc. to make them a reality. We’ve been handling heating in Atlanta sine 1995 and our trained experts are standing by to help. Give us a call today.

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3 Bad Habits that Lead to Heating Repair in Atlanta

Monday, October 14th, 2013

We experience mild winters in Atlanta, but everyone still needs a reliable heating system. However, it’s easy for people to fall into bad habits regarding their heating systems when they spend so much more time fretting over their air conditioners. Don’t let any of these bad habits create trouble that will lead to unnecessary repairs.

Air Conditioning Experts is known for superb AC installation and repair—but we are just as skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to heating! We have over 100 years of combined experience, so for heating repair in Atlanta, GA, make us one of your first choices.

Here are three common bad habits to avoid:

1. Keeping the thermostat set too high

If you look at how high a temperature your thermostat can reach, you’ll feel tempted to crank it up and enjoy Mediterranean vacation temperatures in the middle of winter. However, not only is this expensive, it places extreme strain on your heating system. If you keep this up long enough, the wear on your system could cause major failures. Aim to keep the temperature around 68°F during times when you’re awake, and you can turn it even lower when you sleep at night.

2. Forgetting to change the air filter

If you have a heater that uses forced air—like a furnace or a heat pump—you need to change its filter once a month during times when you use your heater the most. The filter traps debris that could damage the internal components of your heating system, and if it becomes too clogged, it can’t perform its job adequately. Don’t let this simple task slip from your monthly schedule; it can prevent serious repair needs.

3. Delaying regular preventive maintenance

A heater needs routine care to operate at peak efficiency, like any other complex and hardworking machine. Regular maintenance on your heater from an HVAC professional will also catch nascent troubles before they grow into malfunctions that require repairs. Get maintenance on your heater done once a year, preferably in the fall so you can beat out the cold weather. Most failures in your heating system can be avoided with annual check-ups.

If you want to avoid heating repair in Atlanta, GA, consult with the professionals at Air Conditioning Experts. If you join our Comfort Club, you’ll receive two maintenance checks per year (which will take care of your air conditioner as well!) and a 15% discount on parts and labor. Get ahead of the season: contact Air Conditioning Experts today.

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Why Worry About Efficient Heating in Atlanta?

Friday, October 11th, 2013

It’s a pertinent question: why worry about efficient heating in Atlanta? We live the sultry South, where heat and humidity are the order of the day? Temperatures rarely drop below freezing here, even in the depths of January, and we rarely see more than a few snowfalls every year. So why should we concern ourselves with the efficiency of a good furnace when it doesn’t see much use anyway?

In the first place, many homes use the same system of ducts for their heating and cooling alike. Central systems move warm air throughout the house in the winter and cool air in the summer. If leaks develop in the ducts – costing you warm air in the winter – those same leaks are going to cost you a lot more in the summer, when you’re using the system a lot more often. Improving the system’s efficiency by repairing the leaks saves you money no matter what the time of year.

Furthermore, an efficient heating system is also a longer-lasting heating system. Leaks, faulty components and the like tend to have a cascading effect: creating greater wear and tear on other parts of the system and forcing them to work harder than they should. When they break down, it can create more serious repair issues than you’d face with a more efficient heating system. A well-maintained system also pays dividends when the time comes to sell the house, increasing its resale value and helping walk away with a little more in your wallet.

All of that comes in addition to the fact that – when those cold days do arrive – you want your heater to be functioning at its peak. If it isn’t maintained or doesn’t perform as it should, it may suffer a breakdown right when you need it the most. You may wonder why you should worry about efficient heating in Atlanta, but saving money and effort is always a worthwhile endeavor. For maintenance and repair issues regarding furnaces and heaters, Air Conditioning Experts has the knowledge and experience to help you out. Call us today to set up an appointment.

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Air Conditioning Experts has Expanded into Charlotte, NC and Orlando, FL

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Air Conditioning Experts recently opened a store in Charlotte, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida. If you are in the area or have friends or family don’t hesitate to give us a call for all of your HVAC needs. Here is the location info, feel free to send it to your friends in the area and they’ll get the same excellent quality and service you’ve come to expect from Air Conditioning Experts!

Air Conditioning Experts Charlotte, NC

819 South Main Street, China Grove, NC 28023

704-266-5464     http://www.704cooling.com/

 

Air Conditioning Experts Orlando, FL

1441 Fortune Ct, Suite #358, Kissimmee, FL 34744

407-266-5464     http://www.407cooling.com/

 

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