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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 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.

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.

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.

AC breakdown signs: Here’s when you need to call Foulks

It happens all the time: homeowners call us for our 24/7 AC repair, and they mention that they suspect something like this might happen. How is that possible? Well, there’s usually AC breakdown signs before your air conditioner bites the bullet. Let’s get into it.

Pictured: Many AC breakdown signs can be observed before the point of an actual breakdown.Sign #1: Your air conditioner isn’t starting up or responding to thermostat changes

It’s a warm and humid night here in Amite City and southeastern Louisiana. You turn down the temperature in your home to cool the place down—and nothing happens. Your air conditioner doesn’t kick on at all.

This is an obvious sign that something’s wrong and you need to call us for 24/7 AC repair. Here’s the thing: it’s likely one of two things:

  • There’s something wrong with the actual air conditioning unit itself, including the vents, coolant, condenser, or even the fans. Something might also have compromised the electrical supply to the system.
  • There’s something wrong with your thermostat and its connection to your air conditioner, so that the AC unit isn’t receiving “instructions” to lower the temperature in your home.

Either way, you should give our team a call.

Sign #2: There’s been a change in airflow in your home

Nothing can be as subtle a sign that your air conditioner needs to be repaired as a change in the airflow. If you get even the slightest feeling that the airflow is different than what it used to be like, it is recommended that you contact our professionals for air conditioner repair to prevent any further problems.

Changes in airflow or reduced airflow are pretty sure signs that something is not right in your air conditioning unit. These problems can escalate very quickly.

Sign #3: There are abnormal odors and unusual sounds

Unusual sounds and abnormal odors are certainly an indication that there is something wrong with your air conditioning unit. Let’s break both down:

  • Strange odors can be caused by mold or other similar problems with your air conditioning unit. Additionally, if there is something wrong with the pipes installed to remove condensed water from the air conditioning unit, it is possible that the foul smell could be coming from accumulated water.
  • Unusual sounds coming from your air conditioning unit are also a problem as they could be caused due to several different reasons. It is possible that parts of the air conditioning unit have become loose because maintenance or repairs were put off which is why your air conditioning unit makes abnormal sounds every time it is switched on, or the problems could date back as far as when the air conditioner was installed as unprofessional installation can result in weird sounds and noises down the road.

Regardless of the cause of the sounds and rambling noises coming from your air conditioner, it is a great idea to get it checked by professionals for air conditioner repair to ensure that it continues working properly.

When you encounter these three AC breakdown signs, call the team at Foulks

If you have even a shadow of a suspicion that your air conditioner is having problems, give our team a call. We offer 24/7 AC repair in Amite City, Hammond, and surrounding communities in southeastern Louisiana. Best case scenario: we can catch AC breakdown signs before they actually turn into an AC breakdown.

Call us at (985) 748-8838 or contact us online.

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.