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.
Is Your Air Conditioner Service Summer-Party Ready?

Is Your Air Conditioner Service Summer-Party Ready?

Summer is finally here, and it’s time to celebrate the season. Let’s face it, we celebrate because the sun is shining, the pool looks inviting and summer brings a lot of holidays warranting get-togethers. We’ll soon be gathering with friends and family to celebrate holidays such as Juneteenth, Fathers’ Day and July 4th. While we are spending a lot of time outside, it is essential the inside of our home is a refuge for those who need to get out of the heat. The question is: will your air conditioner be successful in keeping your guests cool and comfortable during the summer festivities? 4 Ways An Air Conditioner Service Can Save Summer:
  1. It defies Murphy’s Law. You know all about Murphy’s Law. When it comes to your summer party schedule, Murphy’s Law can translate into a hot house with a broken down AC on the exact Saturday you have 40 people en route to your humble abode. Murphy’s Law is not unavoidable, it can be beaten. An air conditioner service is a proactive step toward avoiding an AC outage determined to ruin your party. Your HVAC service technician is experienced in seeing potential problems (and fixing them) before they leave you in a hot, sticky mess.
  2. You’ll have more money for festive food and drinks. When your air conditioning system is working at optimal levels, you’re more energy-efficient. When you’re more energy-efficient, you save money on your energy bills! As the temperatures climb to their highest points during mid to late summer, you may actually see lower bills than last year due to your air conditioner service. You may save so much you choose to spring for the fancier food at this year’s summer party.
  3. Your older family members will appreciate your conscientiousness. Be sure to let your mom, dad, grandparents or any older family member know you are being proactive with your HVAC system. They’ll swoon over how they raised you right, and you’ll get all the brownie points for making good decisions in life. Plus, if anyone in your family has respiratory issues like allergies, asthma or COPD, a climate-controlled environment is more inviting and comfortable for them.
  4. Your air conditioner will stay around longer. Maintaining your system with regularly scheduled air conditioner service each year can extend the life of your entire HVAC unit. A properly maintained, lubricated and free from potential issues HVAC system is sure to last longer than one without care.
Air-Specialty has more than 25 years of HVAC know-how to put to work for you and your home today. As summer knocks on our door, it’s the best time to schedule an air conditioner service. Ensure your friends and family are comfortable when they come to visit with an affordable service call from an Air-Specialty pro. Contact Air-Specialty for an air conditioner service today.
Ductless Cooling – The Perfect Addition to Your Man Cave or Room Addition

Ductless Cooling – The Perfect Addition to Your Man Cave or Room Addition

Considering an addition to your home? Be sure to think about the climate control; you’ll need to keep comfortable once the remodeling is complete. Ductless cooling can be a smart and energy efficient way to address temperature needs in any of your home’s additions including sunrooms, finished garage spaces and more. With over 25 years of expertise, Air-Specialty is here to provide you with everything you need to know as you enhance your home with a new addition or a remodeling project.

What is ductless cooling?

Traditional air conditioners use a single air handler, blower and evaporator coil, which is usually installed in a garage or equipment closet while ductless cooling units include a fan and evaporator coil in the same enclosure. A ductless cooling unit,  also known as a mini-split air conditioner, works like a regular central air conditioner without the ducts.

How Adding Ductless Cooling To Your Room Extension Is The Perfect Solution:

  1. It’s extremely flexible. Your space is unique, and the amazing thing about ductless cooling is it is configurable to meet any space challenges the new addition or remodeled room of your home poses. Where traditional wall units or air conditioners with ductwork won’t work, the ductless cooling system often works perfectly.
  2. It’s energy efficient. It requires only small 3-inch holes to be drilled to connect the indoor and outdoor units and eliminates the energy lost through ductwork (which can be up to 30 percent in many cases), making ductless cooling systems often one of your most energy-efficient choices.
  3. It’s more secure than other options. Older window units and HVAC systems with ductwork can leave opportunities to penetrate your home, making it easier for a burglar to enter. While we hate to think of something like this happening, thieves are often aware and on the lookout for these types of access points.
  4. It’s quiet and unobtrusive. Your ductless cooling system typically blends in unnoticed. These units come in many shapes and sizes flush with the wall and operate quietly, so as not to affect noise levels in any way.
  5. It improves indoor air quality. Traditional HVAC systems with air ducts can experience a buildup of dust and allergens triggering allergies and respiratory ailments. Your indoor air quality can impact your family’s health. Ductless systems remove the issue and can drastically reduce dust, bacteria, pollen, allergens and other particulates circulating in the air. Plus, if your husband and his friends like to smoke cigars while they play cards, a ductless unit won’t circulate the smoke and odor throughout the house because there are no ducts to do so.
  6. It creates zone climate control. Some homeowners are under the impression closing vents and doors to underused rooms will save energy. In reality, their air conditioner or furnace has to work harder to combat the imbalance in temperature and pressure. If you have this situation, it’s better to install a ductless unit in your bedroom and/or other frequently used rooms and run your existing heating and air on a lower setting. The zones with the ductless unit or units will compensate and your central heating and air unit won’t suffer excessive wear and tear, so it lasts longer.

What else should I know about ductless cooling?

It’s important to choose an HVAC service provider who understands how to install your ductless cooling system and uses the very best products.  Look for a company with many years in business, NATE-certification as well as an authorized dealership with top HVAC products. Air-Specialty specializes in air conditioning and ductless cooling. For over 25 years, we’ve been working with homeowners to ensure they have the best indoor climate control, lowest energy bills and optimal indoor air quality. We are here for you when you are remodeling if you need an HVAC repair or routine service. Contact Air-Specialty for a ductless cooling consultation today.
Schedule AC Service Before Memorial Day

Schedule AC Service Before Memorial Day

Keep Cool While the Grill is Hot

The unofficial kick off to summer happens long before the calendar marks the summer solstice in June. We all know when it’s time for BBQ’s, pool parties and outdoor festivities – Memorial Day. Of course, Memorial Day, which has a history dating back to the Civil War, is the time to honor our men and women who died in combat defending our great nation, and we will never forget to include it in our event-planning mindset. Memorial Day is also a time to gather with friends and family, so schedule AC service now to fully enjoy the first days leading up to a long summer full of sun and fun! Everything you need to know about your upcoming AC service:
  • Be prepared for your service call. Before your HVAC technician arrives, there a few things you can do to expedite the visit. Start with cleaning any dirt, leaves and debris outside the main unit, then inspect the base pan for blocked drain openings. You can also take a look at the coil and cabinet noting any holes and leaks you may want to point out to your HVAC technician. You can inspect the fan blades while they’re in motion and stationary to determine wear and damage. You may also need to clean the control box if debris has accumulated there.
  • Keep note of recommended maintenance intervals. Your specific unit will have a recommended maintenance intervals, and adhering to these ranges will keep your warranty intact as well as ensure your unit is functioning at optimal levels. Generally speaking, your heating and AC units both will require at least one maintenance visit (each) per year – your heating unit in early fall and your AC service in spring or early summer.
  • Choose a credentialed and well-known HVAC service provider. It’s important to choose a reliable and highly knowledgeable HVAC service provider to assist you in keeping your HVAC units running at peak efficiency this summer and all year-round. When looking for a reputable HVAC partner, be sure to check out their years in business, certifications such as NATE (North American Technician Excellence) as well as 24/7 availability for when emergencies occur after hours. Providers like Air-Specialty, in Mobile and surrounding communities, work hard to earn good reviews from the BBB and Google.
Memorial Day is a time for parades and parties, with a solemn reminder amidst the fun festivities of freedom is never free. As we take in the fun and family-time, don’t forget to reflect on this aspect of summer’s unofficial start, and while you’re making your plans to entertain at home, ensure your indoor climate is cool and comfortable with AC service from a trusted HVAC service partner, like Air-Specialty. For over two decades, Air Specialty has been the go-to provider of AC service as well as routine HVAC maintenance services, ductwork, indoor air quality assessments and new unit installation.  Worried about the cost? Air-Specialty offers a “Comfort Club” to make HVAC maintenance easy and affordable. If our NATE-certified technicians check your air conditioning unit and find it’s best to replace, Air-Specialty provides financing to get you into a more efficient air conditioner and lower your energy bills, so there’s no disruption to your Memorial Day plans! Contact Air Specialty today for your AC service today.
Give Your Alabama Air Conditioning a Boost

Give Your Alabama Air Conditioning a Boost

Attic Fans 101

If you live in an Alabama or Mississippi home with an attic fan, you may be unsure how it works with your air conditioning system. For example, you might wonder if it is good or bad to use it, if it will run up your electric bill or if it will take some of the load off your air conditioning and save money. You might also wonder if you should upgrade or seek out a larger attic fan. These are all legitimate questions and the answers are worthy of exploring. So let’s get started with everything you need to know about attic fans. Here is a small glossary of terms. As you can imagine, the term attic fan is a catch-all referring to many types of units. The most commonly found types of attic fans include:
  • Whole-house Fans – An attic-mounted fan designed to release air from a home at night — in order to cool a house (to lower the indoor temperature).
  • Powered Attic Ventilator – Designed to lower the temperature of an attic by exhausting air from the attic and replacing attic air with outdoor air.
  • Solar Attic Fan – Using solar panels, the sun powers this type of attic fan, alleviating reliance on gas or electricity.  
  • Wind-Powered Fan – As the name suggests, a wind-powered model which relies on the natural energy of the wind for operation.
What function do attic fans perform? The most common type of attic fan, ventilation fans or powered attic ventilators, are utilized to cool the attic. By pushing out hot attic air and rushing in a flow of cool outside air, they can be effective in cooling off the attic area. They are typically used in houses with a slope of the roof or in the gable wall of the attic. The whole house attic fan is actually an exhaust system used to vent a building’s attic and circulate air in a home or building. In addition, attic fans prevent the buildup of condensation or in extreme cases, ice dams, during winter months. What is the best way to maintain attic fans? The good news about most attic fans is they are easy to use as long as they’re installed properly, and there’s easy access to the operating switch or dial. Typically an attic fan requires minimal maintenance. For example, the ports helping the motor run in the whole-house attic fan, should be lubricated only every few years. An attic exhaust fan, designed to cool the attic space only, almost never requires maintenance. If the fan has shutters which open to release, washing the fan blades will ensure the fan works properly. What size fan do I need? Call an air conditioning professional to help here. A NATE-certified technician has the skills to accurately measure, recommend and install an attic fan or replace one to assist your air conditioning efforts. At your consultation, the technician will determine the square footage of your attic space and multiply it by .07 to get the minimum number of cubic feet of air per minute the fan should be rated to move. He or she may add an additional 15% if you have a dark roof and an additional 20% for a steep roof. An average attic fan is typically appropriate for attics as much as 2,200 square feet. Air Specialty has expertise in all aspects of heating and cooling. For over 25 years, we have offered the very best in HVAC services to Mobile and its surrounding communities. If you have an attic fan and need help or have questions, we’re here for you. We can check out your HVAC system as well as your attic fan unit to ensure everything is working well together, at its most energy-efficient levels. Our technician team is NATE-certified and dedicated to professionalism. Contact Air Specialty today for an attic fan assessment today.
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