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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’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’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’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 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.

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.

Here are 4 signs you need AC installation from Foulks

Are you finding it difficult to determine whether you should upgrade your home’s air conditioner? If so, don’t panic. It’s a common thing people wonder about. In this blog post, we’ll discuss four signs that indicate that you should have the pros at Foulks install a new air conditioner.

Here are 4 signs you need AC installation from the team at FoulksThe need for repairs is now frequent

You should consider replacing your air conditioner if you find that you are frequently calling for repairs. An old system will break down frequently due to worn-out parts.

In some cases, replacing the parts individually will cost more than the price of the new air conditioner. You should consider replacing the system if it requires frequent repairs.

Consider the age of the system

An older system is more prone to break down. It will also draw more energy to cool the room. If the air conditioner is more than 15 years old, you should consider having it replaced.

A new system will generate more energy-efficient cooling. In this way, you will save money by replacing the old unit. Replacing the old unit also provides additional benefits, such as reduced carbon emissions and improved indoor air quality.

Avoid increasing energy bills

Higher energy bills is another one of the signs you need AC installation from Foulks. As the system gets older, it will draw more energy to cool the room. The worn-out parts of the system will result in increased strain as the AC tries to keep up with generating cool air. This will spike up energy bills.

You should consult with one of our experienced air conditioner technicians to find out whether it’s better to replace the unit or to have Foulks fix it.

Strange noises are coming from the system

If you hear strange noises—such as sputtering, rattling, or whirring sounds—coming out from the unit, you should consider replacing the system. These strange noises indicate a malfunctioning system. Most often, the cause of the noise is faulty evaporator coil or motor. The cost of replacing the parts can run into thousands of dollars. In such a case, it’s better that you replace the unit.

An air conditioner is a necessity for most homes and for most people it’s a major expense. That’s why it’s important that you consider the question of installing a new air conditioner very carefully. The above signs you need AC installation are a good guide. You will be able to save costs in the future if you install a new unit in the above situations.

Seeing signs you need AC installation? Call the experts at Foulks!

In case you reside in Hammond, Amite City, or southeastern Louisiana, you should contact Foulks Heating and Cooling. Our NATE-certified technicians can help provide you with qualified advice regarding new air conditioner installation. You can count on our experienced and licensed technicians to solve all kind of home air conditioner problems.

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.