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Our guide to buying a new air conditioner

Buying a new air conditioner? There’s a lot to consider. Not only are there many different types, makes, and models of cooling systems, but they each come with different sizes, warranties, and efficiency statistics. How do you go about finding the right air conditioner for your home?

In this article, we’ll outline the most important steps in the air conditioner buying process, including everything you need to consider. Of course, the first step makes everything else easier: calling in a professional.

Here at Foulks, we take all the stress and hassle out of upgrading to a new air conditioner. We offer free in-home estimates and our technician will work with you every step of the way to ensure your home gets the right cooling system. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home estimate here in Amite, Hammond, and Southeastern Louisiana.

When buying a new air conditioner, follow these 5 steps

If you're planning on buying a new air conditioner, consider a ductless system like this one.

If you’re planning on buying a new air conditioner, consider a ductless system like this one.

1. Call a professional

If you need a new air conditioner, it’s always a good idea to start by talking to a professional. Most reputable HVAC companies—including ours—offer free in-home estimates on a new cooling systems. This effectively means you get a no-cost consultation regarding your cooling system options, as well as an upfront quote on several different system types.

The first decision to make is finding the right type of cooling system for your home’s comfort needs. The most popular options include:

  • Central air conditioners: Also known as “forced-air systems,” these are the standard AC units that use in-home ductwork to transport cooled air to all the rooms of your home.
  • Heat pumps: Heat pumps are two-in-one systems that provide both summer cooling and winter heating. They work well in mild winter climates, so they’re a great fit for homes around here.
  • Ductless systems: In a popular mini-split configuration, these systems include wall-mounted blowers that go in different rooms of your home. With no need for ductwork, you can add cooling (and heating) to sunrooms, home additions, guest suites, and garages.

During your free in-home estimate, our technician will review all your cooling options with you and discuss what systems might be the best fit for your home.

2. Have Foulks help you with sizing your AC unit

An air conditioner’s “size” refers to the cooling capacity of the unit. It is measured in tons, or British thermal unit per hour (Btu/hr). One ton is equal to about 12,000 Btu/hr. The size of the air conditioner appropriate for the home depends on the total square footage that needs to be cooled, as well as several other factors such as the number of windows and doors.

For instance, an area of 100 to 150 square feet requires a unit with a capacity of 5,000 BTU. Also, an area of 450 to 550 square feet requires an air conditioner with a capacity of 12,000 BTU. Check out this U.S. Energy Star guide to find out the correct cooling capacity needed to cool your house.

3. Select an energy-efficient system

Another important thing to consider when buying a new air conditioner is the energy-efficiency. You should select an air conditioner with a cooling efficiency of more than 13 SEER. A higher rating will mean better energy-efficiency, resulting in increased savings.

Energy-efficiency is important. Since your air conditioner will be around for the next 15-20 years, this is your chance to get as efficient of a system as possible. Even a small improvement in efficiency between systems can add up to hundreds of dollars when 15-20 summers are taken into account. The team at Foulks Southern Air makes it easier than ever to find energy-efficient systems. We’re a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer, which means we install some of the most efficient air conditioners, heat pumps, and ductless systems available today.

If you're planning on buying a new air conditioner before summer starts, call our team at Foulks for a free in-home estimate.

If you’re planning on buying a new air conditioner before summer starts, call our team at Foulks for a free in-home estimate.

4. Choose the right refrigerant type

When buying a new air conditioner, you should make sure that the unit uses the newer R-410A refrigerant. Do not be tempted to buy an air conditioner with older refrigerants, such as R-22. These refrigerants not only fail to cool the room properly, but will also cause harm to the environment.

At Foulks Southern Air, we only install new air conditioners with R-410A refrigerant. These air conditioners are essentially “future-proof,” and will ensure you don’t get stuck with an AC unit that uses an outdated and prohibited type of refrigerant that will be harder and harder to replace in the coming decades.

5. Schedule annual maintenance with the Foulks team

Technically speaking, this is something that happens after your installation has been completed. But, it’s critical to think about annual maintenance now. Regular professional tune-ups will help protect your new air conditioner, heat pump, or ductless system for many years to come. Plus, many manufacturers—including Carrier—have manufacturer’s warranties that stipulate that you must schedule once-per-year checkups.

Of course, annual maintenance is also essential to ensure the smooth operation of your air conditioner. Make sure that you contact a reputable technician—such as the team at Foulks—to schedule a tune-up of your cooling device. Dirt, dust, and other debris that build up inside the unit can cause serious damage to the unit over time. Having the unit serviced regularly will ensure that the system operates without any problems.

Get a free in-home estimate from our team

If you live in Hammond, Amite City, or southwestern Louisiana, call Foulks Heating and Cooling. Our NATE-certified technicians can guide you in selecting the best air conditioner for your home.

Here are the 4 benefits of installing a heat pump in your home

Is it time to upgrade either your air conditioner or your furnace? You might want to consider having the Foulks Southern Air team install a heat pump in your home. They’re perfect for our mild winter climate here in Louisiana, and growing in popularity. In this blog, we’ll explore just some of the benefits of installing a heat pump in your home.

To learn more or to get started, contact our team to schedule your free in-home estimate.

4 benefits of installing a heat pump

There are many benefits to having the Foulks Southern Air team install a heat pump in your home. Here are the four benefit of installing a heat pumpbiggest reasons to have our team put a heat pump in your home.

#1. You only need one system

A heat pump is capable of both heating and cooling your home. Heat pumps work by moving heat energy out of air from one place to another.

In the summer, the system “pumps” that heat energy out of your living spaces, cooling down your indoor temperatures. In the winter, it extracts it from the cold air outside, pumping it inside.

The capability to both cool and heat your home is the heat pump’s greatest advantage over traditional HVAC systems. You only need to buy one system, which can represent major cost savings.

#2. Improved energy efficiency

Heat pumps are more energy efficient than traditional HVAC units. They tend to utilize less energy, resulting in cost savings. You can typically recover the higher upfront cost of the system within a few years of installation.

When the heat pumps are installed by a professional, you can get an energy efficiency of over 45 percent as compared to traditional HVAC system. With a heat pump, you can benefit from hundreds of dollars in savings.

#3. Reduced carbon footprint

Because heat pumps cut down on your energy use for years to come, they help you reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact.

And because they’re capable of both heating and cooling, a heat pump means you’re not buying two systems—that’s a reduction in the materials used to make HVAC systems and the carbon needed in manufacturing.

When you install a heat pump, you can feel good in knowing that you have played your part in making the earth more environmentally-friendly.

Some of the benefits of installing a heat pump like this one are improved energy-efficiency and comfort.

Heat pumps are able to both cool your home in the summer and heat it in the winter. There are many benefits of installing a heat pump, including improved energy-efficiency and comfort.

#4. Easier maintenance and upkeep

Heat pumps are much easier to maintain as compared to traditional HVAC system. You only need to have a professional tune up a single unit instead of two independent heating and cooling units.

Call Foulks to get started with a free in-home estimate

You should always contact a professional technician to get advice on the benefits of installing a heat pump. An experienced technician will provide you with qualified advice regarding the best heating and cooling system for your home.

You need to consider a lot of different factors to buy the right size and type of the system. An expert technician makes your job of selecting a heating and cooling system easier for you.

In case you reside in Amite City, Hammond, or other nearby areas in southeastern Louisiana, you can contact Foulks Southern Air Heating and Cooling. Our experienced, certified technicians can help you in both installing and maintenance of the heating system.

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.

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.

Here are four signs you need heat pump repair

Unlike a typical furnace or air conditioner, your heat pump works all year round to keep your home comfortable. It’s providing you cooling in the summer and warm air in the winter. What are the warning signs that you need heat pump repair, and what should you do to keep your heat pump running right?

In this blog post, we’ll run through the four signs that your heat pump is in trouble and needs professional repair. If you’re in Amite City or the surrounding communities, contact Foulks for fast, reliable heating repair.

Four signs that you need heat pump repair

If your heat pump is exhibiting any of the following signs, you need to call an experienced and trusted HVAC business for an inspection:

#1. Reduced performance from your heat pump

If the air in your home is not cool enough during the summer or is chilly during winter, that means the heat pump is not doing its job adequately. There’s a chance that the system has a problem that needs to be addressed. If its getting up there in age, it might need to be replaced with new heat pump installation.

Also, keep an eye on your energy bills. Sudden spikes can be a sign that your heat pump has an efficiency and effectiveness problem.

#2. Reduced airflow from your heat pump

Airflow matters to a heat pump, since moving air is how the equipment keeps your home at a steady temperature. If something is blocking the flow of air out from the heat pump, you’re not going to be comfortable in your home. If you’ve noticed a reduced airflow, contact the pros at Foulks for a system inspection.

#3. Your system is making strange noises

A heat pump that needs repairs will often make more noise than normal. You may hear humming, rattling, or whistling noises from the unit. Popping noises aren’t uncommon, either, but you’ll need to evaluate whether or not they’ve coming from the system or from the ducts of your home. As hot or cold air is introduced to ductwork, it can cause the metal to expand and contract, leading to popping. Listen carefully, and call your local HVAC pros if you’re unsure where the sound is emanating from.

#4. Your heat pump is stuck

If the heat pump does not heat or cool your home at all, it might be stuck in one mode. The problem is probably with the reversing valve, which is responsible for altering the route of the refrigerant flow. That is what allows the heat pump to cool and warm your home as and when you need it. If this valve breaks down, the furnace will remain in one mode at which time it will need to be repaired or replaced.

Call Foulks Heating & Cooling for heat pump repair and other HVAC help

Heat pump problems require the services of a professional HVAC technician like those here at Foulks Heating & Cooling. If your heat pump is having issues, contact our team.