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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 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.

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 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 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 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.

#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 Heating and Cooling. Our experienced, certified technicians can help you in both installing and maintenance of the heating 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.

Buying a furnace? Here’s your guide to getting the right unit

Most people associate autumn with holidays, beautiful scenery, and pumpkin spice lattes. However, one thing that should not be overlooked this season is the importance of having a properly functioning furnace. If you’re buying a furnace, what do you look for to ensure you’re getting a good system—and a good deal?

In this blog post, we’ll review some of the things you need to think about when it comes to furnace installation. Here in southeastern Louisiana, Foulks is your best choice for new furnaces, heat pumps, and other heating systems.

Here are 4 things to consider when buying a furnace

The process of buying a furnace is no easy walk in the park. There are a lot of things that need to be considered in order to ensure that you buy the right furnace for your home. To make the furnace buying process easier for you, we have prepared a guide for buying a new furnace this fall.

Buying a furnace? Learn what to look for and how to get the best value.

1. Select the right size of your furnace for your home

One of the most important things that you should consider when buying a new furnace is the size. Just as with air conditioners, a furnace that is too large or too small just won’t work right, leading to inefficient and ineffective heating.

This is the exact reason that Foulks offers free in-home estimates on new furnaces and heat pumps. We get that sizing is so important to this process. Our expert technician will measure your home to ensure that you get the right size of furnace or heat pump for your home.

 

2. Pair your new furnace with a programmable thermostat

You should buy a programmable thermostat along with a furnace. A programmable thermostat will help you save on your heating bills. That’s because these systems are able to adjust temperature at various times of the day for truly customized heating (and cooling!) for your home. Some are even programmable through your smartphone!

This all adds up. Every degree lower that you set your system at while you’re away will lower your monthly energy bill this winter by 2%, and it will put less strain on your newly-installed furnace or heat pump.

3. Select a unit with the proper AFUE rating

Efficiency matters, and don’t let anyone tell you differently. Furnace efficiency is measured by a score called AFUE. You should buy a furnace with a AFUE rating of more than 90 percent if you live in the colder region. If the winters are temperate—as they are here in southeastern Louisiana—a furnace with an AFUE rating of 80 percent or more is adequate.

Again, the best way to find the right furnace for your home is to have one of the experts at Foulks provide you with a free in-home estimate.

4. Consider what kind of warranty the system has

A furnace warranty is also an important consideration. Different manufacturers offer different lengths of warranties. Generally, the more efficient the furnace, the longer is the warranty.

If you have questions about system warranties, give our team a call and we’ll walk you through how they work.

Buying a furnace in southeast Louisiana? Call Foulks for a free in-home estimate

If you’re ready to buy a new furnace and have it professionally installed by the best experts around, contact Foulks for your free in-home estimate. Give us a call at (985) 748-8838 or contact us online.

Now’s the time for your seasonal furnace tune-up

It’s that time of year again. Fall is here, and along with pumpkin-flavored coffee and Halloween decorations, there’s something else that needs your attention: your furnace. Now’s the time to schedule your seasonal furnace tune-up.

Pictured: A seasonal furnace tune-up is a good idea when leaves start to turn.

Just like with your air conditioner, you should be having the team at Foulks look at your furnace at least once per year. The best time to do this is in the fall, before you turn on your furnace for the winter.

In this blog post, we’ll run through the reasons to schedule furnace maintenance with our team. When you’re ready to get started, give us a call at (985) 748-8838 or contact us online.

Here are 5 reasons to call us for your seasonal furnace tune-up

Remember: your furnace isn’t too much different from your car. Both are mechanical systems that need regular service and maintenance to keep them running right—or at all.

The primary cause of heating breakdowns is neglect. Most people religiously schedule tune-ups and an oil change for their cars. However, they tend to ignore scheduling a tune-up of their heating system, which increases the odds of an emergency breakdown.

Here are some of the reasons why you should particularly consider scheduling a seasonal furnace tune-up with Foulks:

1. Lower your energy bills

A regular checkup of your heating system keeps it running at its most efficient. A furnace that has gone without maintenance for too long will be inefficient and strain to generate heat. In turn, this forces the system to work harder for less, leading to increased energy bills.

In contrast, by scheduling fall furnace maintenance, you can ensure that you’re getting the best return-on-investment possible for your heating system. That’s because a pro tune-up from Foulks helps your furnace save energy.

2. Decrease your odds of needing emergency furnace repair

Another great benefit of a fall furnace tune-up is that it decreases the chance of an emergency breakdown and the need for heating repair. Here’s why.

There are two sources of strain on your system. The first is continuous operation, which occurs on the coldest nights of the year while your furnace is keeping your home significantly warmer than the air outside. However, your system also has a chance of breaking down after being turned on for the first time in months, since it’s just been sitting and collecting dust.

That’s just one of the reasons we recommend scheduling your tune-up in the early fall, before you turn that thermostat for the first time.

3. Get more years out of your system

Getting your heating system checked regularly by an experienced technician will increase the odds of your system living a longer and more effective life.

During a routine inspection, our technician will check each and every component of the unit. This allows us to catch the small issues that later turn into big problems.

Annual heating maintenance not only has the potential to save you money in the short-term through energy savings, but it can also result in cost savings over the long-term.

4. Improve your home’s winter comfort

If you want to avoid the prospect of shivering during the winter, it’s best that you get your system tuned up during the fall. Our professional techs conduct a thorough inspection to make sure that all the components are working perfectly. This will ensure that the unit works efficiently in keeping the rooms warm.

5. Keep your furnace operating safely

Furnaces that are not properly tuned up can pose a threat to your family’s health and safety. That’s because a furnace that has problems is a potential source of carbon monoxide: a colorless and odorless gas that can be deadly.

This is why it’s important to always have a licensed and experienced technician inspect and work with your furnace.

Call Foulks to schedule your seasonal furnace tune-up!

Do you reside in Amite City, Hammond, or other parts of southeastern Louisiana?  If so, you should contact the team here at Foulks for all your heating tune-up needs. Give us a call at (985) 748-8838 or contact us online to get started on your fall furnace inspection and maintenance.

Our guide to buying a new air conditioner

Buying a new air conditioner requires taking a lot of different factors into consideration. First, you need to select an air conditioner with the correct rating, size, and cooling efficiency.

In this article, we will talk about the fundamental steps of buying a new air conditioner.

buying a new air conditioner

1. First, select the right type of cooling system

Most homeowners get confused when confronted with different types of air conditioners. The most common type installed in most homes is the central air conditioner, which features ducts carrying cool air to the rooms.

However, there are many other types of air conditioners, each of which have their own pros and cons. You should consider calling Foulks to know about the benefits and downsides of each air conditioner type.

2. Have Foulks help you with sizing your AC unit

Air conditioner “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 area to be cooled.

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. You can read the 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 look for 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.

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.

5. Schedule annual maintenance with the Foulks team

Annual maintenance is 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.

Interested in buying a new air conditioner? Contact the team at Foulks!

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.