Run Your Central Air Conditioner Less with Ductless Air Conditioning

Run Your Central Air Conditioner Less with Ductless Air Conditioning

Empty nesters and singles listen up!

Has your house outgrown you? Whether your youngest child is now at college or you don’t inhabit certain rooms in your house as much as others, you could be overusing your central air conditioner. You could be a prime candidate for the benefits of ductless air conditioning. Installing a ductless air conditioner can complement your central air conditioner. It prevents the struggle to find the balance between the rooms you don’t need to be cooled and those you do. Don’t sweat it out with a central air conditioner set at high temps; install a ductless unit in your one to three most-used rooms and stay comfortable and efficient this summer. It’s a homeowner myth closing doors and vents to unused rooms helps. Here’s why…

Lower Your Energy Bills with These Tips:

  • Ductless air conditioners are more energy efficient. Your home’s central air conditioner will have a little help from an energy efficient ductless air conditioner, which could actually reduce your monthly energy bills. Ductless systems are highly efficient and may use 25 to 50 percent less energy than other options.
  • Ductless air conditioners can make you more comfortable. If you have a room of your home hard to keep cool in summer and warm in winter try ductless air conditioning. These systems can be the perfect extension to your central air conditioner. It allows you to offer temperature control where ducts can’t reach.
  • Ductless air conditioners require minimum maintenance. Ductless air conditioners offer a basic maintenance option, with great results. Ask your professional HVAC installation team what maintenance your unique system requires.
  • Ductless air conditioners can last a long time. With routine maintenance, your ductless air conditioner can last an estimated 20 years.
  • Ductless air conditioners are easy to install and unobtrusive. There are many configurations available to fit your unique space. Generally, ductless air conditioners are easy to install, don’t take up much room and are less intrusive than a wall unit.
  • Ductless air conditioners can improve your indoor air quality. Central air conditioners force air through ducts (even when routinely cleaned) and will inevitably introduce dust and other contaminants into your air supply. Your ductless system has an advanced filtration system to prevent dust, pet dander and other allergy triggers from entering your home’s air flow.

Reduce Stress on your Central Air Conditioner

Whether you’ve just added an extension on to your home, just shipped your kids off to college or are a single in a big home, ductless air conditioning systems can take the load off of your central air conditioner. It’s the win-win: you stay cool and comfortable, your energy bills stay optimal and your maintenance requirements stay low! Air Specialty specializes in helping homeowners address issues impacting their central air conditioner performance. We help homeowners at all stages of life maintain a healthy HVAC system. We’re here to keep them cool, run efficiently and protect the indoor air quality of their homes. Contact one of Air Specialty’s team of NATE-certified technicians to assist you with ductless air conditioning today.
Expecting? Is Air Conditioning in Your Home Ready?

Expecting? Is Air Conditioning in Your Home Ready?

“Baby-proofing” your home’s HVAC helps everyone’s indoor air quality and comfort

If you are one of the many soon-to-be parents, it’s time to ensure your home is baby-proofed. More than baby-proofing the cabinets and the stairs, you must make sure the air conditioning in your home is reliable, serviced and ready to provide comfort to the newest addition to your family. According to the CDC, July through October are the busiest months for maternity wards! Know someone expecting? Consider gifting a service plan to alleviate every heating and cooling worry, so they can enjoy their baby.

Here’s What You Need to Know about Air Conditioning in Your Home:

  1. Replace and routinely clean your air filters. This is something you should do with or without a precious newborn in the home. If you don’t already practice routine air filter cleaning for the air conditioning in your home, once the baby has arrived, it’s a must. The typical schedule is every three months at a maximum for indoor air quality and optimal efficiency of your AC unit.
  2. Let the pros check it out. You shouldn’t overlook the importance of air conditioning in your home and how it impacts your baby’s comfort and wellbeing. Parents should schedule a professional HVAC cleaning and inspection to ensure everything with the AC unit is clean, free of the danger of breaking down and working properly.
  3. If it weren’t for the humidity… Humidity can lead to increased levels of bacteria and mold growth. These can severely impact you and your whole family’s health. Your HVAC service provider can help you audit the humidity levels of your home and make improvements with a wide variety of products designed to help.
  4. Check your IAQ. In addition, your home’s IAQ should be tested. Schedule an indoor air quality evaluation so the air conditioning in your home contributes to a healthy environment for your baby.
  5. Have you updated your thermostat lately? A programmable thermostat is a good idea, new baby or not! Especially true, as keeping the baby comfortable becomes priority number one. A programmable thermostat can keep your home’s air conditioner working at its optimal level and help you set the temps to keep the baby warm or cool without having to think about it!

Air Specialty Ready to Help Prep Air Conditioning in Your Home

From baby gates to plugs for the electrical outlets, as new parents you have a lot to consider as the arrival draws closer! On the list should be attention to the air conditioning in your home. This is where Air Specialty helps most. We specialize in helping homeowners at all stages of life maintain a healthy HVAC system to keep them cool, run efficiently and protect the indoor air quality of their home. Hurry up and contact one of our team of NATE-certified technicians to assist you with the air conditioning in your home. The baby will be here before you know it! Contact Air Specialty your HVAC service needs today.
Remember These Top AC Compressor Landscaping Tips

Remember These Top AC Compressor Landscaping Tips

Summer is hot, and you might prefer to stay indoors with the AC cranking, just don’t forget to venture out into the heat once in a while to check your AC compressor. AC compressor units need love too and following a few best practices can help your entire HVAC unit last longer, run better, keep you more comfortable as well as save you money on your energy bills. Use these easy tips to keep your AC compressor running strong all year long.

Five Steps to an AC Compressor Checkup

  1. Turn it off first. Turning the power off and shutting off the power source, allows your system to reset as well as protects you while you are doing your routine AC compressor cleaning. This is a step you should never skip.
  2. Remove debris. Start by removing any debris collecting on your air conditioning unit. Be sure to look inside, outside and around your unit for debris to clear away.
  3. Clean inside and out. Remove the outer covers of the AC compressor and give it a good clean! The brush extension of your shop vac or a powerful handheld vacuum can get the job done. The key is to remove all the outside dirt and do the same for the inside. Finally, using a gentle stream from your garden hose, spray the AC compressor fins for a deeper clean. Note: pressure washers are too powerful and can damage to the working parts of the AC as well as the fins.
  4. Check to ensure it’s level. With rain and erosion, the area where your AC compressor sits can become less level. While you’re cleaning up, ensure your system is still level (and if not, make a change).
  5. Clean the coil and drain. Following the instructions of your AC compressor manufacturer or your HVAC contractor’s advice, clean the evaporator coil and drain. Using a store-bought cleaner or a gentle bleach mixture and a soft brush, remove mold and algae buildup due to moisture from condensation.

Contact Air Specialty for AC Compressor Expertise

By using these five easy DIY tips, you can truly extend the life and improve the performance of your AC compressor. For more tips and to schedule your annual professional maintenance, be sure to reach out to the pros at Air Specialty. We specialize in helping homeowners with all aspects of their HVAC needs. Our team of NATE-certified technicians is ready to assist you with HVAC maintenance, emergency repair or new unit installations. You can count on us for the know-how to help you keep your home cool all summer. Contact Air Specialty for a consultation for any of your HVAC service needs today.
The Beginner’s Guide To Heat Pumps

The Beginner’s Guide To Heat Pumps

Great alternative to air conditioner and furnace

Heat pumps are widely used throughout the southern United States as a way to keep homes comfortable year round. The term heat pump is a general name used to refer to many HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) devices homeowners rely on for heating or cooling. If you currently have a heat pump or are considering installing one, you might have a few questions about how they work.

Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions About Heat Pumps:

How Does A Heat Pump Cool My House? When used in their heating modes, the heat pump has a coil outdoor to serve as an evaporator and a coil indoor to function as the condenser. The refrigerant flowing from the outdoor coil carries the thermal energy from outside to the inside of your home. The indoor coil then transfers thermal energy, and it is then moved around the inside of your home with an air handler.

What Types of Heat Pumps Are There? There are three types of heat pumps including the air-to-air heat pump, the water source heat pump and the geothermal heat pump. The most commonly used heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between your house and the outside air. 

How Can I Keep My Heat Pump in Top Shape? Heat pumps are used throughout the southern states. Because heat pumps typically don’t get a seasonal break the way a furnace/air conditioner combo does, proper maintenance is key to keeping them running at their best all year round.  Be sure to clean or change filters once a month or as needed and maintain the system according to manufacturer’s instructions.

You can routinely check the coils and fans looking for reduced airflow through the system, keep your system clear from vegetation and clutter on the outside as well as clean the supply and return registers in your home.

Additionally, you should also have a professional HVAC technician service your heat pump at least every year. The simplest thing to do is join a Maintenance Plan from a trusted HVAC provider like Air-Specialty in Greater Mobile, Alabama.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Using a Heat Pump? There are many cost-saving pros to choosing a heat pump for your home’s heating and cooling needs and topping the list is cost savings. Heat pumps can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50 percent as well as results in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months.

The cons of using a heat pump are often outweighed by the advantages. However, the initial purchase price can be a deterrent to homeowners on a tight budget. This is often solved through financing options, and savings on energy bills balance out the initial cost. Additionally, installation requires technical expertise, so it is imperative it is performed by an experienced HVAC service provider. 

For more than 25 years Air-Specialty has specialized in helping homeowners with all aspects of their HVAC needs, including heat pumps. We can help you understand whether a heat pump is a good choice for your home as well as help you maintain and optimize the heat pump you already have. We have a team of NATE-certified technicians with the know-how to help you keep your home cool all summer.

Contact Air-Specialty for a consultation today.
Longest Day of the Year is Not Summer Solstice – It’s the Day Your Mobile AC Breaks!

Longest Day of the Year is Not Summer Solstice – It’s the Day Your Mobile AC Breaks!

Schedule Air Conditioner Repair or Maintenance Now

On June 21st, we mark the summer solstice when the Earth’s rotational axis is most inclined toward the Sun. On the summer solstice, the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole. This happens two times each year – once in the Northern Hemisphere and once in the Southern Hemisphere. The summer solstice is commonly known as the longest period of daylight experienced by the respective hemisphere during the year. While summer solstice might provide the longest period of sunlight, the truly longest day of the year is the summer day when your AC breaks down leaving you sweating it out waiting for your air conditioner repair. Use these strategies to avoid the need for an air conditioner repair this summer:
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat. When the temps go up, our energy bills typically follow making the summer months some of our most budget-busting. Our air conditioners often struggle to keep up with the 90 plus degree days summer In Saraland brings us, and there is one easy action a homeowner can take to alleviate some of the energy bill shock. A programmable thermostat with Wi-Fi connectivity can help you control the temps inside your home even while you are on your summer vacation, during your workday or already in bed for the night.
  • Get proactive with DIY. While some things are better left to the true HVAC professionals, a handy homeowner should be taking some proactive steps to prevent an air conditioner repair and keep the HVAC system working at its best this summer. Be sure to routinely change your air conditioner’s air filter and keep your outdoor unit clear of debris to ensure its optimal performance during the hottest part of the year.
  • Schedule routine maintenance. Routine maintenance is essential to preventing air conditioner repairs this summer. Your air conditioner will likely have a recommended preventive maintenance schedule you should follow to keep your unit working at its best as well as to keep warranties intact. This routine maintenance will also ensure your unit is working at its most energy-efficient levels to keep those monthly energy bills at their lowest rates. For the easiest solution, contact a trusted heating and air company like Air-Specialty to join a Maintenance Plan.
The average air conditioner lasts approximately 10-15 years. It’s inevitable over time your AC will lose efficiency, and an air conditioner repair may be needed. There are, however, a few proactive actions homeowners can take to avoid an unexpected breakdown, including a yearly service and preventive maintenance. These proactive activities can also help extend your air conditioner’s life. If you find your air conditioner or heat pump is constantly struggling or needing repairs, consider a new system. Modern cooling units are incredibly more efficient than their predecessors, even those only a decade old. Air-Specialty can help you evaluate your options and install a new unit quickly. If expenses are a concern, Air-Specialty offers financing options to spread out the payments while you and your family enjoy energy savings, greater comfort and healthier indoor air immediately. With nearly three decades of expertise, Air Specialty specializes in helping homeowners in Lucedale, Mississippi and Greater Mobile, Alabama, get the most out of their HVAC systems. Our preventive maintenance services and seasonal air conditioner service calls can help save you money and lengthen the life of your system, and best of all, avoid the inconvenient air conditioner repair in the heat of the summer! Our team of technicians are NATE-certified and dedicated to professionalism and customer service. Contact Air Specialty for an air conditioner service today.
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