Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

Saving Money with Home Automation

Monday, September 26th, 2016

More and more homeowners are discovering the benefits of improving their homes with advanced controls via home automation. What’s home automation? When you have a system installed, contractors can hook up multiple parts of your home—the AC system, lights, and security systems, for example—to the Wi-Fi. Then, you can control them from an app on your phone!

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4 Ways to Lower Your Heating Costs

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

According to a recent Consumer Reports article, the average U.S. household spends more than $650 on natural gas used for heating during the winter. Heating your home is a necessity in the Alpharetta, GA area, so it’s only natural that you want to find wallet-friendly ways to keep your home comfortable. See below for 4 tips on how to lower your annual heating costs.

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Air Conditioning Experts hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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Why Enroll in an HVAC Maintenance Program?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system contains many electro-mechanical components that get quite a bit of use over the year. And unfortunately, that means that there’s always a chance that your unit can break down without warning. Luckily, a heating and air conditioning maintenance visit may help to reduce your chances of a sudden breakdown. And enrolling in a maintenance program ensures regular visits from a technician so you can make sure your AC or heating system continues to work well throughout the year.

The Comfort Club Membership program at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. includes many benefits that can help to improve your heating equipment and get it in top shape before inclement weather kicks in and the parts begin to wear down again. Call us today to join a heating maintenance program in Decatur and the surrounding areas.

Energy Savings

One of the most popular reasons homeowners choose to enroll in a maintenance program is because regular maintenance can save you a whole lot of money over the months to follow. Air conditioning and heating systems occupy a large portion of our monthly bills much of the time. But some of this cost is unnecessary, and is brought on by air conditioning and heating equipment that is bent out of shape, dirty, or in need of repair. With a maintenance visit, a technician will inspect your entire system and do some routine cleaning and adjustments.

Peace of Mind

Another reason to choose an HVAC maintenance program is knowing that your system is protected. With a twice annual maintenance visit, homeowners are unlikely to run into sudden unexpected problems. Furthermore, maintenance may extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment. And when you choose a maintenance program over individual maintenance visits, you don’t have to worry about remembering to make the call every six months.

Additional Benefits

Most HVAC maintenance programs benefit customers by including various additional features as well. For example, you may be able to save on parts and labor for any problems that are discovered, and the maintenance fee may come at a discounted price thanks to your enrollment.

Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. to enroll in our HVAC maintenance program. You get 15% off parts and labor and priority service from a team that takes pride in the quality of their tune-ups.

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Safety Components in a Modern Gas Furnace

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Today’s gas furnaces are safer than ever, with advanced features and settings that won’t allow for electrical danger, gas leaks, or fire hazards as long as the unit is properly installed and maintained by professional gas furnace service technicians. The technology used in furnaces has been around for a long time, but installation once came along with a lot of stress for homeowners looking to protect their homes and families. Of course, the design improved over time, and today’s models contain key safety components and devices so that you can have some peace of mind about your home comfort system.

One benefit of modern furnaces is that they do not have a standing pilot. This means that a pilot light does not need to stay on at all times; it only needs to be on for the length of time that the heating cycle must run to heat the entire space. This is an improvement for efficiency and because a pilot light that is left on at all times can increase the risk of danger. Three of the other innovations that make modern furnaces so safe are described below.

  1. Fan and Limit Switch: Sometimes, the fan switch and the limit switch in a furnace are separated while other times the two switches come packaged as one. In any case, the fan switch controls when the blower motor turns on and off, while the limit switch keeps the furnace from overheating. When the temperature in the plenum that connects the air handler to the ducts becomes too high, the gas valve is shut.
  2. Flame Detector: The flame sensor is a probe that simply detects whether or not there is a flame. When there is no flame present, gas can leak into the home, but the sensor instead sends a signal to the control board to activate a safety lockout that prevents gas from flowing.
  3. Air Pressure Switch: The air pressure switch ensures gas is venting properly via the draft inducer. The draft inducer is meant to assist combustion gases in safely venting away from the home, but if airflow becomes reduced for any reason, the air pressure switch shuts off the gas.

The heating professionals at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. offer thorough gas furnace service in Duluth, GA for installation, repair, and maintenance, and can answer all of your questions about furnace safety. Give us a call!

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3 Tools Used with Air Duct Sealing Operations

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The air ducts in your home carry cool air from your air conditioner (or hot air from your furnace) into the four corners of your house. In order for them to work effectively, they need to be sealed tight, but sometimes breaches occur. Fittings between separate parts can become loose or the ducts can suffer damage from some outside source, which opens the system up to the outside air. When that happens you need to call upon an expert to seal the duct and restore your system to full effectiveness. Otherwise, air will leak out, or unconditioned air will get sucked in, both of which will force your HVAC system to work harder to do its job. Here in Atlanta, duct sealing services are provided by a number of qualified companies.

3 Essential Tools for Duct Sealing

  • Duct Mastic. Duct mastics is a type of past which can be spread across the breach. When it hardens, it forms an effective seal against further leaks. Duct mastic works best on comparatively narrator breaches, where it can be applied without dripping down into the ducts.
  • Duct-sealing tape. This specialized silvery tape I used to secure the edges of any fitted parts covering the breach. Duct-sealing tape should not be confused with common duct tape, which ironically is woefully inadequate for sealing ducts. Normal duct tape can’t withstand the temperature changes the ducts undergo in the course of their operation, which is why specialized tape is needed.
  • Sectional seals. Sectional seals are used for larger breaches. They’re composed of the same material as the ducts themselves and can be shaped to fit the exact shape of the breach. The technician can use crimping tools to hold the piece in place, then duct mastic or other sealant to seal up the cracks around the edges.

In Atlanta, duct sealing services can be provided by Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. As our title implies, we’re experienced professionals with a wide array of knowledge about all manner of air conditioning issues, including duct breaches and the ways to deal with them.

If your ducts need a little help to get back up to speed, give the duct sealing professionals at Air Conditioning Experts a call today. You’ll be glad you did!

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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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Save with EarthCents and Georgia Power Rebates

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The EarthCents Home Energy Improvement Program offers Georgia Power customers many ways to save while making homes more energy efficient. If you are in the Atlanta area call Air Conditioning Experts today to find out how you can save each month on energy bills by upgrading to a high efficiency system! Save $50 on a 16 SEER and higher AC system, save $100 on a 15 SEER or higher heat pump and save up to $100 on a programmable thermostat installation.

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Georgia Power Customer Heat Pump Rebate

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Qualified Heat Pump Conversions or Add-on Heat Pump installs between January 14th 2013 – August 31st 2013 can get a rebate of up to $400!

$200 Customer Rebate: 13 & 14 SEER Equipment

$400 Customer Rebate: 15+ SEER Equipment

Heat Pump Rebate from Georgia Power

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