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How can I figure out reason for high home energy costs?

There are a variety of factors that impact your energy costs, and New Orleans’ famously hot weather is only one of them. Electricity rates are another big factor. While these variables are out of your control, there are several things you can do to lower your monthly bill. Leaving the windows and doors open, for [...]

2016-12-12T12:21:05+00:00 May 18th, 2016|FAQ|

Can I troubleshoot my system before I call in for a repair?

Troubleshooting is a great way to save time and money. Here are a few tips for quick fixes: Make sure switches are not disconnected and that your circuit breaker or fuses haven’t blown Check your air filters, as a dirty filter can have a big impact on airflow. Check your thermostat to make sure it’s [...]

2016-12-12T12:21:05+00:00 May 18th, 2016|FAQ|

What can I do to improve my indoor air quality?

It’s important to maintain good indoor air quality for the health of your family, as poor air quality can lead to asthma, lung cancer, and other medical issues. Luckily, there’s a variety of equipment out there to keep your air clean. Air filters, for example, filter out small particles of dust and dirt that are [...]

2016-12-12T12:21:05+00:00 May 18th, 2016|FAQ|

Should I be concerned about carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is extremely dangerous, as a leak in your home could prove fatal. The gas is scented for this reason, so if you ever smell gas, you should take care of the problem immediately. The best thing to do in this situation is turn off the gas. After the gas is off, call a [...]

2016-12-12T12:21:05+00:00 May 18th, 2016|FAQ|

How Often Should I Replace the Filter in my A/C System?

Generally, you should switch out your disposable filters every month. You can use your judgement to decide, however. Once a month, take out your filter and check out its condition. If it’s dirty, it needs to be cleaned or replaced. Some filters can be cleaned, while other types are disposable.

2016-12-12T12:21:05+00:00 May 18th, 2016|FAQ|

What are Air Conditioning ratings?

Air conditioning ratings are a way to measure your HVAC’s Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). It’s similar to a car’s MPG in that the higher the number, the more efficient your machine. Purchasing an air conditioner with a high SEER will lower your fuel consumption, saving you money is the long run. The minimum SEER [...]

2016-12-12T12:21:05+00:00 May 18th, 2016|FAQ|

How can I improve the ventilation in my home?

Here are a few easy tips: Make sure that you have vents in your bathroom that push moisture outside the house. The bathroom is responsible for creating most of the moisture in your home, although you should do that same for your laundry room. Vent your clothes dryer to the outside, never into the laundry [...]

2016-12-12T12:21:05+00:00 May 18th, 2016|FAQ|

Do I really need to have my air ducts professionally cleaned?

Hiring a professional is key when it comes to duct cleaning, as experienced technicians are extremely familiar with this job. Because they know exactly what they’re doing, they are unlikely to damage the system. That experience also ensures a more thorough job. Cleaning your ducts on your own can be tricky and even dangerous if [...]

2016-12-12T12:21:05+00:00 May 18th, 2016|FAQ|