First-Time Homeowner HVAC Q&A

First-Time Homeowner HVAC Q&A
4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

First-Time Homeowner HVAC Q&A

Congratulations on your new home! Buying a new home is so exciting, but often pretty overwhelming. It can be easy to get caught up in the process and forget about certain details. Perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of any new home is the HVAC system. It’s a system which many of us don’t understand and avoid thinking about until it breaks. Get familiar with your HVAC system and how to take care of it by reading this helpful article. After all, your HVAC system is typically one of the biggest investments you have in your home. Treat it as such!

What Can I DIY On My System?

It’s a good rule of thumb to leave most things involving HVAC, plumbing, and electrical to the professionals. However, you definitely can, and should, replace your air filter regularly. While it depends on how many pets and people you have in your home, it’s good practice to replace your filter every 1-3 months. Replace your filter more often if you have pets which shed or a large family, especially if you have allergy sufferers in your household. If you ignore your air filter, it will become clogged with dust, dirt, pet hair, and other contaminants, and you’ll experience reduced airflow, higher energy bills, lower quality air, and more strain on your HVAC system.

Should I Have My System Inspected?

When you move into a new home, it’s always recommended you have your HVAC system inspected and serviced. When you sign up for a maintenance plan with Island Air, we service your system twice a year. These maintenance visits can keep your warranty in effect as well as catch any needed repairs before they become a big problem. Maintenance will also ensure your system runs at maximum efficiency, keeping you comfortable and saving you money on energy bills. You can rest easy knowing your system is in tip-top shape. 

Is My HVAC System Under Warranty?

We mentioned maintenance keeping your warranty in tack, but when you move into a new home with a new HVAC system, you’ll need to make sure the warranty can be transferred. Or, if your home is a new build, you should be able to register your system with the manufacturer. This typically needs to be done within 90 days after closing for the warranty to be viable. If the home was previously owned, the warranty may not be transferable. Speak with the previous homeowners and obtain the necessary paperwork and information to see if the warranty can be transferred. 

How Do I Pick An HVAC Service Provider?

When moving into a new area, it can be hard to decide on a new HVAC contractor. There are often many options, so it’s important to know what to look for. First, ensure your HVAC service provider is both licensed and insured. This is crucial in order to protect both yourself as the homeowner and the HVAC technicians. It’s a good idea to ask your new neighbors if they have a service provider which they have used and like. This can give you some ideas of reputable HVAC technicians in your area. Spend time reading some online reviews and researching the services they offer. With these steps you’ll be able to make the perfect pick! 

Choose Island Air

Go with Island Air for all your HVAC needs in the Gulf Shores, AL area! Give us a call at (251) 943-4709 with any HVAC questions you have. For more information on our services, visit our website at or email us at We are your trusted American Standard Customer Care Dealer serving Baldwin County, AL. 

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4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner
4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

4 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Your HVAC system is often one of the biggest investments in your entire home, and the thought of replacing it probably makes you cringe. It’s not a purchase to take lightly, and you should feel confident and comfortable with your decision. However, in order to do that, you need to learn about the true signs of when it’s time to replace your system. Before summer hits, read these 4 signs telling you it’s time to replace your air conditioner so you can make the decision now instead of being left without cool air in the middle of a hot, hot summer.

1. Inefficiency 

If your home can’t seem to reach a comfortable temperature or you’re experiencing uneven airflow, it might be time to replace your system. It’s best to call an HVAC technician to investigate the problem and see if a replacement is needed. Not only can your comfort be impacted, but your energy bills will be, too. An inefficient system will waste energy and drastically raise your utility bills over time. 

When replacing your air conditioner, be sure to give Island Air a call. Our technicians will help you find the best Energy Star qualified system to help save big on energy and utility bills. We proudly offer high-efficiency air conditioning systems through American Standard. Models such as the AccuComfort Variable Speed Platinum 20 System have saved owners an average of 50% a year on energy bills. Incredible, right?! 

2. Odd Noises

It’s time to give your HVAC technician a call when your air conditioner starts making unusual noises. Some common sounds include rattling, banging, and whistling. Odd sounds should always be taken seriously and handled as soon as possible. While a repair may be possible, if this issue is coupled with an old or inefficient system, it may be time for a replacement. 

3. Countless Repairs

As mentioned above, repairs can really add up. It often becomes more cost effective to replace your air conditioner rather than continuing to fix new or recurring issues. A great way to prevent costly repairs down the line is by enrolling in an HVAC maintenance program. These routine maintenance tune-ups can catch problems early on and save you money. Sign up for a service plan in order to keep your system running efficiently all year round. 

4. Old Age

If your air conditioning system is 10-15 years old or older, you’re likely due for a replacement. Old systems tend to require constant, costly repairs and operate inefficiently compared to systems built in the last 5 years. You want to feel comfortable in your home, and old air conditioning systems often struggle to maintain your home at a comfortable temperature. It’s time for a change!

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Give us a call at (251) 943-4709 to discuss a new system installation. For more information on our services, visit our website at or email us at We are your trusted American Standard Customer Care Dealer in Baldwin County, AL. 

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Why Is My Energy Bill Higher Than Normal?

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Why Is My Energy Bill Higher Than Normal?

A high heating bill is definitely not on any of our Christmas lists this year. While most of us expect our energy bills to be a little higher during seasonal changes, sometimes our bills arrive with steep, unexpected charges. There are a few reasons why your bill might be more than usual – poor insulation, an inefficient system, holiday cooking, decorations and lights, and constant temperature changes. Keep reading to learn more about why your energy bill is higher than normal, and what you can do to lower it.

Winter Is Coming

As the weather cools down, our thermostats get cranked up. Nobody likes to be cold in their own home. This is often the cause of the initial increase in your energy bill. The colder it is outside, the harder your heating system has to work to keep your home cozy and warm. A good solution is a programmable thermostat. While you’re away, let your home be a little cooler, and schedule your thermostat to warm your house again when you’re headed back. There’s no reason to waste money heating an empty home! Additionally, programmable thermostats can warm certain zones of your home, so if you know that nobody is going to be in certain areas, let it be cooler there to save some energy.

Holiday Baking

The holidays are here, which often comes with lots of cooking and baking. While we all love the delicious food and sweet treats, your energy bill can take a hit when you’re constantly reheating your oven. Instead of preheating your oven over and over, consider batch cooking. If the oven is already hot from making dinner, throw in a pie right after! Or start making items for tomorrow’s meals. This can make a big difference in your overall energy usage.

Poor Insulation

We often don’t think about our home’s insulation when it comes to our energy bills, even though it could be a major contributing cause to the high costs you’re experiencing. Older homes tend to lack sufficient insulation, but any home, no matter the age, can have drafty doors or windows. Small gaps in windows and doors, and improper insulation could be letting all your warm air seep out of your home. 

Investigate and look for any spots where air could be escaping. Use double paned windows, as they’re more efficient in sealing up your home. Have a professional check your insulation to ensure it’s sufficient for your home, and add more as necessary. Keep out those high energy bills!

Inefficient Heating System

Sometimes your heating system itself may be the culprit. If your heating system is not working at maximum efficiency, your heating bill will be higher than usual. There are a few clues to look for when trying to decide if your heating system is lacking. If your system is heating rooms unevenly, constantly running, over 10 years old, or making suspicious noises, it may be time. 

We know how expensive a new system can be and most of us dread the day of replacing a system. However, installing a new, efficient system will pay off in the long run. Contact the professionals at Island Air to do the job right. Once you have your system installed, be sure to sign up for a maintenance plan. Enrolling in regularly scheduled maintenance can prolong your system’s life and ensure that it continues to perform at peak efficiency for years to come. 

We also offer free in-home estimates on new systems and convenient financing options (with approved credit)!

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If you have any concerns about increasing energy bills, you can never go wrong with contacting the professionals. We are happy to aid in finding the issue and providing solutions. Give us a call at (251) 943-4709 to keep your home comfortable all year long. 

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5 Tips for How to Choose The Right HVAC Contractor

5 Tips for How to Choose The Right HVAC Contractor
5 Tips for How to Choose The Right HVAC Contractor

5 Tips for How to Choose The Right HVAC Contractor

Your HVAC system is one of the biggest investments in your home, if not THE biggest. For that reason alone, who you choose to service your HVAC system is critical. Experienced HVAC professionals will keep your system working efficiently, prolong your system’s life, and help keep more money in your pocket. Before you decide who you’re going to let service the biggest investment in your home, consider these 5 helpful tips on choosing the right HVAC contractor.

1. Compare Companies

If you’re a savvy shopper, you likely compare companies before making a majority of your purchases. Why would choosing an HVAC company be any different? It’s always a good rule of thumb to reach out to at least 3 different companies to compare prices and warranties. Ask about their repair and maintenance policies, learn about their protocols for if accidental damages were to happen during work, and ask about the training requirements for their technicians. There are a range of questions you can ask potential contractors to find out which one will best suit your needs. And no, that doesn’t always mean the HVAC contractor who has the lowest price.

2. Don’t Always Pick The Lowest Bidder

While an unbelievably low price may be very enticing, you should do your research before jumping on the deal. A higher price is often set for a reason. Higher prices could mean the company uses/offers higher quality equipment, better trained technicians, or above average services. Surprisingly low prices often reflect low quality service or inexperienced employees. A low price might also indicate a contractor whose goal is to set an appointment and then up-sell you on higher priced services. Don’t be afraid to ask a contractor why their prices are at certain points and what their prices include. 

3. Research Their Experience

When a company has been in business for a long period of time, it usually indicates that they’re a good choice because the company is well-established, familiar with the service area, and knowledgeable about their client base. These factors make for a great HVAC contractor.

In researching their experience, you should also ask about the required training or certifications of their employees. Many good HVAC contractors have factory-trained and licensed technicians that are more than qualified to inspect, maintain, repair, or replace your HVAC system.

4. Read Reviews

It may seem simple, but reviews are there for a reason; read them! Reading other customer’s experiences can give you a good feel for the company and what your experience may be like. Oftentimes, reviews will offer some insight into pricing as well, and let you know if you’re going to get your money’s worth. If you’re looking for a new HVAC contractor, reviews are a great place to start.

5. Consider Who’s State Licensed

The HVAC company you choose to use should always be state licensed. Being licensed in your state is an essential requirement that can weed out some potential contractors on your list that likely don’t know what they’re doing, or are scams. Unfortunately, they do exist! Be sure that whoever you select is qualified to fix your system or any other in your community!

Consider Island Air

When it comes time for a new system, system maintenance, or repairs, consider Island Air. For more information on our services, visit our website at or email us at We are your trusted American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, AL.

Feel free to call us at (251) 943-4709, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

5 Ways To Prepare For A Hurricane

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5 Ways To Prepare For A Hurricane

The 2021 hurricane season has been predicted to last through mid November. We have already seen several hurricanes come through the Gulf, and know that preparedness for these storms is of the utmost importance. Read this article for 5 ways to prepare for a hurricane, and make any necessary adjustments now.

1. Stay Informed

As simple as it may seem, it’s crucial to sign up for local weather alerts. Hurricanes are not only a coastal problem as rain, wind, and tornadoes can cause severe damage inland from where the hurricane makes landfall. Monitoring these warnings will keep you informed and ready to take action when necessary. As you keep an eye on these alerts, begin stocking emergency supplies and ensure that critical paperwork and other items are kept safe. Financial, educational, legal, and medical paperwork should be safely stored away in a secure lockbox or brought with you upon evacuation. 

2. Prepare Your Property

Install storm shutters before hurricane season arrives. Storm shutters protect your home from intense winds and flying projectiles. Additionally, keeping trees trimmed and well-maintained around your property will help in preventing property damage from broken tree limbs. If a hurricane is already on its way, bring any loose outdoor furniture or decorations inside. If they are too large, be sure to secure them down to prevent anything being displaced by heavy winds or rain. Lastly, your garage door is often the most vulnerable, and bracing the door can protect your home.

3. Protect Your HVAC Equipment

To keep your outdoor systems as safe as possible, shield them with plywood to protect the equipment from any flying debris. However, be sure to remove any coverings as soon as possible after a hurricane. You can also secure the outdoor systems with hurricane straps to hold them in place against high winds. 

4. Have An Evacuation Plan

Sometimes, the best thing you can do for you and your family is evacuate and seek a safer location. Have bags of essentials packed so you can quickly grab them and head out. As you leave, be sure to never drive or walk through flooded areas. Floodwater can hide objects within it and can compromise the quality of the road. Learn evacuation routes prior to leaving your home. You don’t want to be stuck in or without your vehicle.

5. The Final Checklist

As a hurricane rolls in, there are many miscellaneous preparation tasks you may forget about.

  • Adjust your fridge to the coldest setting to reduce the chance of food spoiling if the electricity goes out.
  • Fill bathtubs and sinks with water to ensure you have enough for drinking or household tasks.
  • Make sure your car has a full tank of gas and is ready to drive at a moment’s notice.
  • Charge all your mobile devices!
  • Refill your medications before the storm. Shipments to the pharmacy may be delayed for some time. 

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When it comes to your HVAC system after a hurricane, the safest thing you can do is have a professional inspect the equipment. Island Air’s team has many years of experience in the Gulf Coast area. We are prepared and ready to help. For more information on our services, visit our website at or email us at We are your trusted American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Gulf Shores, AL.

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Why You Should Upgrade to a Higher SEER HVAC System

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Why You Should Upgrade to a Higher SEER HVAC System

If your air conditioning system has been working consistently for years, its durability has been proven. However, despite the wonders of having a functional HVAC unit to rely on for such a long time, the reality is that your dated air conditioner uses a lot of energy to maintain comfortable temperatures throughout your home. The result? Increased, expensive energy consumption. 

Oftentimes, the reason for this pricer energy bill is your older unit has a lower SEER rating than newer air conditioning systems available in Baldwin County and the surrounding area today.

What does SEER mean?

You might wonder, what is SEER? SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER is used when measuring a central air conditioning system’s efficiency. Essentially, a higher SEER rating means greater efficiency for that unit. For example, a system with a 20 SEER rating will be two times more efficient than a system with a 10 SEER rating. Newer systems have higher SEER ratings and better functionality than systems built just a few years ago, so you can save more money and be comfortable longer. 

Great advances have been made over the past decade in improving the efficiency of air conditioners and heat pumps. This is why Island Air urges you to seriously consider updating your comfort system to one with a higher SEER rating. Why? To reap the numerous benefits of higher SEER systems! Read on to learn more about the benefits of high SEER HVAC systems.

Benefits of Higher SEER HVAC Systems:

Energy Savings

One of the greatest benefits of investing in an HVAC system with a higher SEER rating is the decrease in your energy bills following the new system’s installation. The savings ultimately depend on the difference in SEER between your old unit and new system, but you can experience savings of up to 50%! The difference in energy use will be reflected as soon as you start using your new system.

Improved Moisture Removal

A well-functioning air conditioning system should be removing moisture from the air to create a more comfortable environment. In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we know this feature is particularly important. That’s another reason why we recommend higher SEER HVAC systems. They are particularly effective at removing humidity because they cycle longer at lower pressures. With longer cooling cycles, there will be far fewer opportunities for mold and other humidity-related issues to be active because moisture is consistently removed from the air inside your home.

Reduced Environmental Impact

Higher SEER HVAC systems are more energy-efficient, meaning having one installed in your home will help reduce your carbon footprint as well. Newer air conditioners use safer refrigerants, making the installation of a new, high SEER AC system not only a financially responsible decision but an environmentally conscious decision as well.

Future Buyers Will Desire A Higher SEER HVAC System

In a world where people are becoming more conscious about helping the environment, a higher SEER HVAC system in your home can become a unique selling point if and when the time comes to sell your home. Your high-efficiency comfort system will likely attract more potential buyers, and may even increase the value of your home.

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It is important to note the SEER rating is only one factor in determining the energy-efficiency of your AC system. Proper installation of your HVAC system is crucial, and so is regular maintenance

If you’re looking for a trusted HVAC dealer in the Baldwin County area, look no further than Island Air. Island Air is a fully licensed and insured heating and air conditioning contractor. For more information on our services, visit our website at or email us at

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5 Tips for Pet Owners to Improve Indoor Air Quality

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5 Tips for Pet Owners to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Chances are, you love your pets, but you probably don’t love the pet hair, dander, and odors they leave behind in your home. With our comfort systems already working over time to keep our homes cool in hot, humid Baldwin County summers, the last thing you need is for it to work even harder to keep the air in your home clean. If your pet’s shedding is taking a toll on your home’s indoor air quality, or even your health, there are a few tasks you can incorporate into your daily, weekly, or monthly routine to improve indoor air quality. 

1. Regularly Change or Clean Your Air Filters

You have probably heard how beneficial it is to change the air filter in your home’s HVAC system often, but with pets, it is even more important. Most households are safe changing air filters every one to three months, depending on the system and filter. If you have pets, you should probably change your filter each month like clockwork, since pet hair and dander can circulate through your home and your HVAC system. pet owners indoor air quality

Depending on your system, you could also try upgrading to a thicker, more durable air filter that doesn’t need to be changed as often, or one that can be cleaned instead of changed. To find the perfect fit for your HVAC system and your family’s needs, call Island Air: (251) 943-4709

2. Vacuum Throughout The Week

A key step in preventing pet hair and dander from circulating through your home is to catch it before it reaches the HVAC system. We recommend vacuuming weekly for homes with one pet or a couple times a week if you have more than one pet. Even if your pet doesn’t visibly shed, their dander can still circulate throughout your home, hindering air quality. Be sure to get in the nooks and crannies where pet hair gathers and can’t be easily caught by your air purifier or filter. pet owners indoor air quality

3. Bathe & Brush Your Pet

Caring for your pet’s hygiene can also help prevent excessive shedding and reduce the amount of bacteria and allergens circulating throughout your home. The best way to keep your pet clean and prevent your HVAC system from circulating any unwanted airborne contaminants is to brush your pet daily and bathe your pet every few weeks. When you brush your pet, be sure to do it outside so you are not releasing additional allergens into your home. If taking your pet to the groomer is easier for you, that’s also a great option! pet owners indoor air quality

4. Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Over time, dust and dander that’s entered your system past the filter can settle in your air ducts. This can create a breeding ground for bacteria causing allergic reactions and odors. For this reason, it’s important to have your air ducts cleaned every 3-4 years. If you’re unsure whether you need a duct cleaning, a professional technician from Island Air will happily come out and inspect your ductwork for you!

5. Invest In An Air Purification System

If you’ve taken all of the steps above and still feel the need for better protection against harmful airborne contaminants in your home, investing in an air purification system is a great option. Island Air has multiple air quality solutions to eliminate up to 99.9% of dust, dirt, mold, allergens, and bacteria from your home’s air. Between our Reme HALO, i-Wave, and Aerus Air Scrubber, you’re sure to find a solution that fits the needs of your home, family, and budget. 

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If you need help managing your pet’s impact on your indoor air quality, contact us! Our highly trained technicians can help you keep your air clean and healthy for the safety of your family.

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HVAC Maintenance Plans: Why They’re Worth It?

HVAC Maintenance Plans: Why They’re Worth It island air
HVAC Maintenance Plans: Why They’re Worth It island air

Island Air Blog: HVAC Maintenance Plans: Why They’re Worth It

It’s almost summer in Gulf Shores, which means the sizzling hot, unbearably humid days are already on the way. Having a cool place to come home to is important, but if you haven’t had preventative HVAC maintenance on your air conditioner, you could be looking at hot and humid indoor conditions as well. Lower your risk of costly and untimely repairs with a preventative maintenance tune-up from Island Air. 

Benefits of Our HVAC Maintenance Plan

While there are a few things you can do as a homeowner to improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, having maintenance done by the professionals at Island Air can ensure maximum efficiency and reliable performance. On top of that, regular preventative maintenance helps lessen your risk of costly repairs and extends the life of your air conditioner. Those are only a few of the benefits our HVAC maintenance plans provide.

Improved Efficiency

Preventative maintenance on your air conditioner includes cleaning components of the system that contribute directly to efficiency. With higher energy efficiency, you’ll experience higher comfort levels at lower costs, potentially saving you money right away. 

Prolonged Life

All appliances are subject to wear and tear over time and your air conditioner is no different. Because it’s constantly working to keep your home comfortable, it’s subject to wearing out quicker if not maintained properly. Routine cleaning and inspections will minimize wear and tear and keep your system functioning properly much longer. Our American Standard air conditioners can even last 15 years or longer when maintained by professionals.

Minimized Repairs 

During routine HVAC maintenance tune-ups, our professional technicians check for worn out parts or areas of potential failure to prevent issues before they happen. While we may not be able to foresee all future problems, having maintenance performed twice a year can really minimize your risk of costly and untimely system breakdowns. 

Maximized Comfort 

Dirty ductwork, filters, and condensate drain pans can aggravate allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues. That’s why, during our HVAC maintenance tune-ups, we inspect and clean these components of your HVAC system. Having a clean system means having a cleaner home, improving your family’s health and overall well being. 

Peace of Mind 

Last but not least, having your air conditioner routinely inspected and serviced means you can relax. With less risk of system breakdowns, higher efficiency, and prolonged systems life, you’ll have a more comfortable home AND more money in your pocket. 

What Our HVAC Maintenance Plans Include:

When you sign up for an HVAC maintenance plan with Island Air Conditioning, we will perform the following tasks on your indoor and outdoors systems:

  • Filter inspection 
  • Inside coil inspection & cleaning
  • Primary & secondary drain inspections
  • Inspection & cleaning of blower components
  • Lubricating all moving parts (where applicable)
  • Tightening of all loose electrical connections
  • Monitoring air conditioner operating pressures for proper refrigerant charge
  • Monitoring voltage and average draw on all motors and heaters
  • Air conditioning and heating cycle monitoring
  • Inspection of heat exchanger and burners
  • Gas pressure adjustments
  • Pilot operation inspection and adjustment
  • Monitoring flue draft for safe operation
  • Testing safety operation
  • Adjusting air flow for proper temperature rise and fall
  • Thermostat operation inspection

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Whether you need heating or air conditioning repairs made right away, a system inspection, warranty service, or simply want to avoid costly problems down the road with routine maintenance tune-ups, contact us! We have friendly customer service representatives who stand ready to take care of all your heating, cooling, and clean air needs.

If you have questions, feel free to call us at (251) 943-4709, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram! We are proudly and American Standard Customer Care dealer serving Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and all surrounding communities in coastal Alabama.