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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 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.

5 solutions if your home is struggling with uneven cooling

5 solutions for uneven cooling in your homeAn air conditioner should cool all the rooms evenly. A unit that does not properly cool all the rooms probably has developed some fault. However, this is not the case in every situation. Sometimes, other factors result in uneven cooling of the rooms.

In this article, we explain five reasons for uneven cooling and possible solutions.

1. Air leaks

Uneven cooling can be caused due to air leaks. The air can leak through many different places. You should check the areas around the windows and doors for air leaks. Sometimes, the air leaks can be coming from a small hole in the wall.

These leaks become a path for cool air to escape from the room. Sealing the leaks can solve the problem.

2. Switch your thermostat setting to ‘on’

Switching the thermostat setting from ‘auto’ to ‘on’ can also resolve the uneven cooling problem. In the auto setting, the fan stops when the outdoor unit is off and the cooling cycle has completed. However, this does not result in optimal cooling.

Setting the thermostat to ‘on’ position will ensure that the fan keeps on circulating the air even when the unit has shut down or the cooling cycle completes. This can result in more even distribution of the cool air.

3. Check your attic insulation

Poor insulation of the attic results in cool air getting out of the house and warm air entering the house. It will result in uneven cooling. The rooms downstairs will be cooler than upstairs.

Proper insulation of the attic is important to ensure optimal cooling. It’s important to ensure that the insulation material has the proper R-Value. The R-value should be suitable for the type of home and the region where you reside.

4. Clean air ducts

Dust, mold, dirt, pet dander, and hair tend to accumulate on the ducts. This can block circulation of the air, resulting in uneven cooling. Cleaning the air ducts can resolve uneven cooling problems. You can use a detachable vacuum cleaner to clean the ducts. However, it’s recommended that you call a professional technician to clean the ducts.

5. Have the Foulks team install a ductless air conditioner

You can install ductless air conditioners to resolve the problem of uneven cooling. With a ductless setup in your home, family members can control individual room temperatures. These systems are generally quieter than central air conditioners, and most air conditioner professionals can install the unit in a day.

Foulks Heating & Cooling can help with your uneven cooling problems

You should always contact a reliable company to repair or install new air conditioner. An experienced technician will give you qualified advice for resolving air conditioner problems. Hiring a professional technician for air conditioner tune up or repairs can save you money in the long run due to less frequent costly repairs.

In case you reside in Amite City, Hammond & Southeast Louisiana, or nearby areas, you can contact Foulks Heating & Cooling. We provide professional air conditioner repair and installation services. Our NATE-certified technicians can easily resolve all kinds of issues with your air conditioner.