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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’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.

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.