Here’s how heat pumps work, and why you should upgrade to one

Here in Southeast Louisiana, we’re known for our long, hot summers and our mild, short winters. This kind of climate is a perfect fit for heat pumps. Heat pumps are HVAC systems capable of both cooling your home in the summer and heating your home in the winter. In this article, we’ll review what heat pumps are, and why you should consider upgrading an older furnace or air conditioner to this type of two-in-one system.

For a free in-home estimate on a new heat pump or other type of heating or cooling system, call your friends at Foulks Heating & Cooling!

In this article, we describe how heat pumps work here in Louisiana.How heat pumps work

Traditionally, homes have a furnace to keep them warm during the winter months and an air-conditioning unit for cooling in the summer. A heat pump is an ideal fit for mild winter climates because they can both cool your home in the summer like a normal air conditioner and heat your home in the winter by reversing operation. Here’s how they work:

A system for all seasons

In the summer, heat pumps work like an air conditioner: they use coolant to capture heat energy from inside your home and then move it outside to the condenser, where the heat energy is released into the outdoor air. This process cools your home through the removal of the heat energy. In the winter, that process reverses. The heat pump draws heat energy out of outside air and then brings it inside, where it’s released to heat your home. Even on days where it may not seem like there’s much heat in outdoor air, the heat pump is able to draw this energy into your home.

Energy-efficient design

Since the heat pump is simply moving heat energy from one place to another instead of having to produce it (like a furnace does through combustion of oil or gas), there’s less energy used. This can significantly cut your winter heating bills.

Why you should upgrade to a heat pump

There are advantages of having one of these versus using your furnace and a separate air conditioning unit. For starters, these units are often more energy efficient, as they use electricity instead of fuel. This means you can save on energy costs while using the natural heat found in the air around your house.

You can also streamline your heating and cooling systems into one unit, thus making maintenance and repairs easier to manage. Our professional techs can help explain all the ins-and-outs of heat pump ownership during your free in-home estimate.

Call Foulks for a free in-home estimate!

If you’re ready for a new heat pump or other type of heating system for your home, give our team a call. We offer free in-home estimates on new Carrier and Trane systems—including heat pumps. If you want to know more about how heat pumps work and how much they can save you on your annual utility bills, talk to one of our friendly technicians!

Call Foulks to schedule your fall heat pump service

Your heat pump is integral to your home’s comfort, helping you stay warm during the winter and cool during the summer. While it’s still warm outside right now, you may not be thinking about a heat pump inspection in advance of the cooler months of the year. However, now’s actually the ideal time to schedule your fall heat pump service.

That’s because you really want a professional inspecting your heat pump before the weather changes and you need to switch the system over to heating. To schedule your service, call the professionals at Foulks. We’re proud to serve Amite City, Hammond, and Southeast Louisiana.

Heat pump service benefits

Here are some of the many benefits to having a Foulks technician perform a heat pump tune-up:

  • Avoid potential emergency repairs
  • Energy efficiency improvements in your system
  • Longer lifespan for your heating system

These benefits will all save you money, as well as a lot of headache and aggravation, later in time. Many people are surprised to find out the cost savings that can be associated with energy-efficiency and longevity of your system.

We can service all systems

We can provide service for all makes and models, no matter the brand or age of your system. Maybe you have a well-known brand, such as Whirlpool, American Standard, and Carrier. If you have a lesser-known brand, don’t worry. Our expert technicians can help you with whatever type of system you have.

All of our service technicians are certified by NATE (North American Technician Excellence), and independent body for HVAC standards. We take pride in these certifications and consider them an example of our commitment to excellence.

Why do I need a professional?

Some people may feel that they have the ability to examine their heat system, and perform any subsequent maintenance and heating tune-up needed. This is generally not advised due to the risks that it poses.

Professionals have the training, knowledge, and equipment to service your heat system safely and effectively. Performing maintenance yourself without the proper knowledge and tools could result in you doing further damage and having to pay more in repairs.

Contact us today for heat pump service

We stand proudly behind the work we do, and that’s why all of our work comes standard with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact Foulks Heating & Cooling today and let us ensure that your heating system is running safely and efficiently. We’re available 24/7 for your heating and cooling needs.

Here’s why Foulks is proud to be your certified, local Trane dealer

At Foulks Heating & Cooling, we pride ourselves in offering superior HVAC services. As part of our pledge to provide our customers with the very best heating and cooling systems in Amite City, Hammond, and Southeast Louisiana, we install Trane. We’re proud to be your certified, local Trane dealer.

In this blog post, we’ll run through just some of the reasons that we work with Trane, and why you should consider a new Trane system for your next air conditioner or furnace. For a free in-home estimate on a new system installed by our team, call us today!

A Foulks technician installs a new Trane furnace and heating system.Why Trane?

1. They have a solid reputation

Building a solid reputation requires time and consistency. Trane has patiently developed a reliable reputation over the years by consistently putting out great products. Their grateful customers have rewarded them by spreading the word that the Trane brand name can be trusted.

2. They have high online ratings

If you only like to buy something after looking at online reviews, you’re bound to be impressed by the Trane HVAC brand. It consistently appears in “Top 10” lists and other positive reviews covering the best HVAC brands available for purchase.

3. They cater to both residential and commercial markets

Some air conditioning brands cater to either residential or commercial market segments. Not Trane. Whether you need to heat your home or cool down a massive warehouse, you can find a Trane HVAC system that will get the job done.

4. They are selective about who installs their products

Even the very best HVAC systems won’t work very good if they aren’t installed properly. Fortunately, Trane is rather selective about who they allow to install their products. In fact, they call these people “Trane Comfort Specialists.”

We are proud to be your local Trane dealer, and we have extensive experience professionally installing Trane air conditioners and heating systems.

Call Foulks, your local Trane dealer

Your preferred HVAC professional can help you select the right Trane heating and cooling system for your home or building. If you don’t currently have a favorite HVAC professional, contact us here at Foulks Heating & Cooling.

We’re so confident in our ability to properly install your HVAC system that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all the work we do. We’ll install your Trane system the right way the first time or we’ll work to make it right.

For a free in-home estimate, contact us today!

Here are the 5 signs you need AC repair this summer

Summer is here, which means you need your air conditioning unit to work better than ever. You need your home to stay comfortable while the temperatures rise. In this blog, we’ll review the top signs you need AC repair this summer, and what you should do if you observe any of these symptoms of a malfunctioning AC unit.

For complete AC repair services here in Amite City, Hammond, and Southeast Louisiana, contact the pros at Foulks Heating & Cooling.

5 signs you need AC repair

Here are some of the most common warning signs you need AC repair:

Pictured: If you're observing any of the signs you need AC repair, it's time to call Foulks.1. Lack of proper airflow

This is perhaps the most obvious indication you need a summer AC repair. When you turn on your AC and cool air doesn’t flow out, there’s probably something wrong with it. Limited airflow or lack of cold air is a sign that your ductwork or piping is clogged.

2. Higher energy bills

When you get your utility bill and see a sudden increase, this is an indicator that your AC unit needs some maintenance. Your cooling system may be working too hard because it’s getting worn out. Deal with the problem as soon as possible so your monthly bills will get affordable again.

3. Weird sounds

Are you noticing strange noises coming from your AC unit? If you’re hearing odd sounds such as squeaking, chattering, or grinding, you should get a professional from Foulks Heating & Cooling to take a look at it. Heating and cooling systems should hardly make any noise, so you know there’s a problem if it is being annoyingly noisy.

4. Bad smells

Your AC unit is designed to put out clean air with a neutral smell. However, when problems exist, it may emit a foul stench. If your AC system is stinking up your house, a repair may be necessary.

5. Moisture build-up

While it is normal for an AC unit to create some moisture, it shouldn’t be leaking. If you’re noticing puddles near your unit, you’ll want the issue fixed right away. Not only is a leak harmful to the performance of your unit, it also poses a health risk to everyone in your home.

Call Foulks for AC repair this summer

If you notice any of these signs you need AC repair, you should resolve the problem before it gets worse. Foulks Heating & Cooling is here to inspect your AC unit and conduct any necessary repairs. Contact us to schedule service!

Here’s how you can improve energy-efficiency this summer

As temperatures rise here in Southern Louisiana, it’s tough to keep the climate comfortable in a home without spending a ton of money on your energy bills. To keep your family and guests comfortable, we have a few tips to improve energy-efficiency this summer. Keep reading to learn how you can cut down on your energy costs!

Pictured: Improve energy-efficiency this summer, and you can reduce your summer cooling costs.

4 ways to improve energy-efficiency this summer

Get an AC tune-up

At the beginning of every summer season, you should have your air conditioner tuned up and filters changed or replaced regularly. This can help improve energy-efficiency of your central air conditioning unit and make it work less to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Regular maintenance on your entire HVAC system is essential for increasing your system’s longevity. If your system is regularly maintained, it doesn’t have to work as hard and will save you money in the long run on cooling costs.

Be strategic about when you run your appliances

Things like dishwashers and dryers can increase the temperature in your house and force your air conditioner to work harder to cool your home. If you want to improve energy-efficiency, try running these appliances at night when temperatures are lower to save energy.

Replace an old air conditioning unit

If your air conditioner seems to be struggling and requires repair each year to control the temperature in your home, it may be time for a new one. Most systems last around 15-20 years, and there may be a newer, more energy-efficient model that will lower your utility bills and improve energy-efficiency in your home.

Close windows and blinds throughout the day

If the windows are open and the outside air is coming in, it’s almost impossible for your air conditioner to keep up and your house will get warm quickly. When blinds are open, the sunlight coming through can also warm your home up quickly.

If it’s a really hot day outside, make sure to keep blinds and windows close to help cool your house and enjoy extra home energy savings.

Call Foulks for AC services this summer!

At Foulks Heating & Cooling, we know exactly what it takes to improve your home’s energy efficiency and save money on utility bills each month. Contact us to learn more about how to keep your home cool in the summer.

What are the benefits of replacing your older air conditioner?

Even if you have an older air conditioner that still works, you still might be better off starting to look into replacing your air conditioner.

Here at Foulks Heating & Cooling, we’re committed to helping you with your HVAC needs. In this blog post, we’ll review the reasons why you should replace your old air conditioner with a new model, professionally installed by our team.

#1. Eco-friendly

Much like older automobiles, older air conditioners aren’t as good for the environment as you might like for them to be. Less-efficient units can churn pollutants in the atmosphere, and there’s also the fact that replacing your AC can lower your energy bills as long as you select an efficient new model.

#2. Boost your home’s value

If you plan on putting your residential property on the market anytime soon, an air conditioner replacement can most certainly go a long way in boosting your resale value. The less work potential buyers have to put into a home, the more likely they are to make an offer. Upgrades make both selling and buying real estate that much easier.

#3. Longer lasting units

Something else to consider with a new air conditioner is that more current models last longer than older ones. There was a time when air conditioners didn’t last longer than a decade, but modern technology has made it possible for units to last much longer. That being said, your unit, no matter how old or new it is, can last even longer if you do a good job of taking care of it, such as scheduled maintenance and regular inspections done by professional technicians like ours.

#4. Better air quality

It might be that your current air conditioner doesn’t pour out air that’s as cool as you’d like for it to be. If that’s the case, a newer model is likely to offer you better results, which also saves you money.

Call Foulks for more information about replacing your older air conditioner

Is your air conditioner not working as well as it used to when you first bought it all those years ago? Reach out to us here at Foulks Heating & Cooling to start exploring your options for something newer and more efficient.

Invest in your home, spend your tax refund on a new AC system this spring

If you’re like a majority of Americans, you’ll be receiving a tax refund this spring. And while many may plan to use their refund to pay down existing debt, buy new cars, or take a vacation, there’s another use for that money: investing in your home by upgrading to a new air conditioner.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the reasons you should consider a new HVAC system, and why you should call the trusted team at Foulks for a free in-home estimate here in Amite City and Hammond.

Use your tax refund to invest in your home’s value

Pictured: Calculator and pencil. If you've calculated and received a tax refund this year, consider spending it on a new air conditioner.If your home is being cooled by an old air conditioner that’s just getting by, that system may be acting like an anchor for your home’s value and curb appeal.

Think about it like a buyer: you have many upfront costs to deal with when you’re buying and moving into a new home. From the downpayment, closing, and moving costs to new furniture and decor, the last thing a new homeowner wants to deal with their first summer in the home is the air conditioner.

In fact, many prospective buyers may be turned off of a home they otherwise liked because of an old air conditioner. Here in Amite City and Hammond, the summers are too hot and humid to go without an AC. An older system can depress your home’s value and your curb appeal.

In fact, the real estate website Zillow lists “HVAC Upgrades” as one of the best home improvement investments.

Greater energy-efficiency, for years to come

Even if you’re not planning on selling your home in the near future, you can still benefit by upgrading to a new air conditioner using your tax refund. That’s because a new, professionally installed system, will make your home more energy-efficient, saving you money for summers to come.

As air conditioners age, they become less efficient. Old, worn parts don’t move like they once did, and new advances in efficiency mean that they’re being passed by newer models. If your air conditioner has been around for 15-20 years, it’s likely an energy hog compared to new Carrier and Trane systems.

Comfort, both now and later

Of course, the entire purpose of an air conditioner is to make your home comfortable. If your older system can no longer effectively do that, it’s time for an upgrade, and spring is a great season to have Foulks install a new AC unit.

Comfort matters. Along with the boost to your home value and energy-efficiency, it’s a compelling reason to consider spending your tax refund on a new air conditioner.

For a free in-home estimate, call Foulks!

When it’s time for a new air conditioner in your home, call the local team you can trust at Foulks. We’re proud to install both Carrier and Trane air conditioners and heat pumps, and we believe in working with you—as the homeowner—to find the air conditioner that’s right for your home and your budget.

To get started, check out our air conditioner buying guide and then call us to schedule your free in-home estimate.

Here are three reasons to schedule an AC tune-up

Your air conditioner needs maintenance. Don’t skip getting your AC looked at this season! In this blog, we’ll review the three main reasons you should schedule an AC tune-up.

If you’re ready to schedule AC maintenance, contact Foulks. We’re your local, trusted HVAC company.

#1. Make your air conditioner more energy-efficient

This is the big reason many homeowners get tune-ups, and it just makes sense. A maintained air conditioner is an energy-efficient air conditioner. The techs at Foulks can inspect and tune up your system so that it’s clean and running its best.

Over the course of an entire summer in our hot, humid climate, homeowners can save almost the entire cost of the tune-up on their monthly energy bills. Paired with the other benefits (more on those in a second), an AC tune-up just makes sense.

#2. Help prevent system breakdowns

When you get your air conditioner inspected and maintained by a professional technician from Foulks, you can rest assured that your system is going to be far less likely to break down in the summer ahead. That’s because our techs have a chance to identify small issues before they become big AC repair problems.

(READ: SIGNS YOUR AC IS HAVING PROBLEMS)

Air conditioners often suffer problems because of continual strain put on a system that can’t keep up. By keeping your system in prime working order through a tune-up, you can eliminate many of these sources of strain.

Again, this will not only make your home more comfortable and reduce your electric bills, but also help prevent breakdowns.

#3. Protect your system’s future

Here’s something you might not know: an AC tune-up can help your air conditioner last longer. Your system requires regular care and upkeep, and—from checking systems to lubricating moving parts—that work from a professional technician can help reduce the long-term wear-and-tear on your system.

Another benefit of maintenance: many air conditioners have manufacturer’s warranties that protect the system for years after purchase. There’s just one catch: they require you to schedule an AC tune-up annually to keep the warranty intact.

These warranties, as you might guess, are really worth it, and can end up saving homeowners a large amount of money should something go wrong with the system. It’s just another reason that an AC tune-up is a wise investment in the future of your system.

Call Foulks to schedule an AC tune-up

Are you ready to schedule your AC tune-up? If so, contact us at Foulks. Our techs are ready to help you with your AC maintenance needs.

Here’s what makes Trane a great HVAC brand

Are you in the market for a new air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace here in Amite City or Southeast Louisiana? Foulks Heating & Cooling is your source for new HVAC installation! We’re proud to install both Carrier and Trane systems.

In this blog, we’ll run through just a few of the reasons we install Trane—and what makes these units a great choice for homeowners.

#1. Energy-Efficiency

Much like Carrier—the other HVAC brand we install—Trane units are at the cutting-edge of energy-efficient design and performance. Their XV20i TruComfort™ Variable Speed air conditioner has a 22 SEER rating. It’s also one of the quietest air conditioners available.

That’s not all: the entire lineup of air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces all feature high SEER ratings. That’s on top of their great performance, reliability, and long-term dependability, which we’ll discuss in a minute.

#2. Reliability

The reliability of these units has become so legendary that it’s in their motto: It’s Hard To Stop A Trane.® This legend is based in truth, however. With the right maintenance and care, Trane systems can keep providing your home with comfort, year-after-year.

It’s this kind of reliability that has made Trane one of the most popular HVAC brands on the market today—and generally one of the best-reviewed systems for years after the purchase.

#3. Long-Term Dependability

It’s not just short-term reliability. Trane systems are built to last. In fact, they offer a manufacturer’s warranty with every system, because they’re so sure that their units will keep your family comfortable for years to come.

To keep your system in its best working condition, schedule seasonal tune-ups from the professionals here at Foulks. Our multipoint tune-ups are the best way to keep your Trane running well into its second decade.

Call Foulks for a free in-home estimate on a new Trane

Foulks offers free in-home estimates on new Trane air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. To get started, contact us online, or give us a call at (985) 748-8838.

Here’s why Foulks installs new Carrier HVAC systems

Here in southern Louisiana, you need dependable, great cooling and heating. That’s where we come in: at Foulks, we install advanced Carrier air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps. In this blog, we’ll review why you should choose a Carrier HVAC system.

Here’s why you should choose a Carrier HVAC system, installed by Foulks

#1. Dependability

Summers here in Amite City get hot and humid. It’s why you need to have an air conditioner that’s ready to handle that next heatwave without dying. One of the reasons we love installing Carrier systems? They’re reliable, and our customers can trust that, with professional maintenance, they’ll keep running right for years to come.

The same thing goes for Carrier furnaces and heat pumps. They’re engineered and built the right way, with high-quality parts and materials.

#2. Longevity

Not only are Carrier air conditioners, furnaces, and heat pumps less likely to break down during the most extreme days of the year, but they’re also designed to live a longer, more productive life. Again, with seasonal maintenance, a Carrier unit should last longer than less-distinguished brands.

#3. Efficiency

You’ll see the benefits of a new Carrier system in every seasonal energy bill. That’s because Carrier manufactures some of the most energy-efficient systems available. Here’s a highlight: their Infinity® 21 Central Air Conditioner has a 21 SEER rating, making it one of the most versatile and low-energy systems you can put in your home.

Best of all, it remains a powerful machine, so there’s no sacrificing your cooling to save on cooling costs.

#4. Comfort

There’s nothing more important than your comfort when you’re choosing a new air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump. After all, why even have HVAC in the first place if you’re not going to be comfortable?

Carrier units are known for their superior comfort. Many advanced models feature variable-speed drive systems, which means they can work faster or slower instead of moving at one speed. This allows them to get to the desired temperature in your home without under- or over-shooting the goal. Then, the lower speed allows the unit to maintain that temperature without using a ton of energy.

For the best in indoor comfort, choose Carrier.

Call Foulks to learn more about our line of Carrier HVAC systems

If you need a new HVAC system, Foulks is your source for cooling installation and heating installation right here in Amite City, Hammond, and surrounding areas. Contact us today for a free in-home estimate on a new system.