5 Budget-Friendly Backyard Makeover Ideas You’ll Love

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5 Budget-Friendly Backyard Makeover Ideas You’ll Love

In South Baldwin County we spend a lot of time outdoors, especially as the weather begins to warm up. Your backyard should be a place everyone in the family can enjoy. In fact, there are many ways to spruce up your yard without spending too much time or money. Before spring arrives, check out these budget-friendly backyard makeover ideas.

A Fire Ring

Whether it’s for cooking out, roasting s’mores, or just spending time with friends and family, a fire ring is a great addition to your backyard! Fire rings (or fire pits) can be extremely simple to make, and you can spend countless hours enjoying yours! Visit familyhandyman.com for a great beginner-level tutorial on how to build your own. Be sure to surround your fire ring with chairs so your family and friends are comfortable when gathering together around the fire.

Add Some New Plants

Out with the old, in with the new! You would be surprised at how much of a difference adding some new greenery can make. Consider Daylily, a beautiful flower which thrives in South Baldwin County. There are a range of colors available, and they typically grow to a few feet tall. Another great flower is the Gaillardia. Not only are these perennials drought-resistant, but they attract butterflies as well! Your home will truly shine with these colorful plants accenting your yard and home. 

Outdoor Decor

Home decor extends to the outdoors as well! Your deck or patio space can transform without needing intense renovations. A great way to spruce up your space is by adding an outdoor rug. Choose an interesting pattern or a rug with a pop of color to make your yard stand out. Add some simple outdoor furniture pieces and even hang some wall art if you can. Additionally, outdoor lighting can take your backyard one step further. Drape string lights across your outdoor living area to create a cozy feel. Adding lanterns will also add to the soft lighting and aid in fully transforming your outdoor space.

Hammock Fun

Something as simple as adding some hammocks to your backyard can reshape your home. If you have sturdy trees, hang a hammock or two between them! Hammock stands are also available if you don’t have large enough trees. You can pick from many different hammock designs to perfectly personalize your yard. Your family will spend countless hours hanging out in the hammocks. Don’t overlook the effect such a simple addition can have!

Stand Out Fence

If you have a wooden fence surrounding your property, there are so many creative things you can do! Painting the inside of the fence as a mural can be a fun activity with the family that also adds some color to your space. Another budget-friendly activity can be found here: a marble fence! Take a drill and cut various small holes across your fence. Use a rubber mallet to push colored marbles into the holes, and voila! Using different sized marbles will add additional dimension. When the sunlight shines through the colorful marbles you will be amazed. 

Indoor Comfort

While you spruce up your backyard and spend more time outdoors, don’t let your home’s indoor comfort slip your mind. An efficient HVAC system is crucial to feeling comfortable in your home all year round. As the temperature starts to rise and you find yourself spending more time readying your outdoor space, enroll in a maintenance plan from Island Air to keep your comfort up to date as well. Routine maintenance will catch repairs early on and help  your system run smoothly throughout every season. 

Learn More

Give us a call at (251) 943-4709 to keep your system in top shape. For more information on our services, visit our website at https://callislandair.com/ or email us at islandair@callislandair.com. We are your trusted American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in South Baldwin County, AL. 

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5 Tips For Achieving Better Indoor Air Quality At Home

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5 Tips For Achieving Better Indoor Air Quality At Home

Many of us have never thought about the quality of air within our homes. However, it shouldn’t be this way. December through March is cold and flu season and the season when we spend much of our time cozying up indoors. In fact, the EPA estimates that “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations”. Thankfully, there are many steps homeowners can take to improve their home’s indoor air quality, even by 99%! 

1. Keep A Clean Home

The obvious and simple task of maintaining a clean house can make a huge difference in the quality air you breathe. Particles such as dust and pet hair can get trapped in your HVAC system and lessen your home’s IAQ. For this reason, you should regularly dust and vacuum all throughout your home. Be sure to move furniture and decorations to ensure a thorough clean. Wash bedding regularly and wash your drapes or curtains if possible. These are spots which can collect an impressive amount of dust and pet hair over time. 

A quick pet tip! Keep your pet groomed to help cut down on the amount of pet hair in your home. Not only will routine grooming keep your furry friends more comfortable, but your air quality will improve as well.

2. Change Your HVAC Filters

Never skip out on changing your HVAC filters. We recommend making a schedule to get in the habit of regularly replacing these filters. HVAC filters help clean the air, so over time, they can become clogged with dirt, dust, pet hair, and other particles floating through the air. If you fail to routinely replace your filters, your air will not be getting cleaned and your system will be much less efficient. You may experience decreased air flow due to the dirty filters making it difficult for the air to pass through. 

3. Routine System Maintenance

All HVAC systems benefit greatly from having routine preventative maintenance performed. Your system is a serious investment for your home and should be treated as such. Enroll in a scheduled maintenance plan with Island Air to keep your system running at peak efficiency and to give you peace of mind. You can rest easy knowing that you have a plan in place to aid in catching any needed repairs earlier than most. Additionally, our service plans provide great value in customer perks. Having a well-maintained, efficient HVAC system will keep your home comfortable and air clean. 

4. Get An Air Purification System

One of the best ways to improve your air quality is to invest in an air purification system. Our air purifiers connect into your existing HVAC system and remove more contaminants than a standard HVAC filter. Air purifiers such as the REME HALO-LED can reduce 99.9% of airborne viruses, bacteria, mold spores, dust, dander, and pollen throughout your home. Contact Island Air to have the professionals install one of these state-of-the-art systems in your home.

5. Control Humidity Levels

If the humidity levels are too high in your home, there’s a strong possibility that there could be fungal growth inside your house. Fungal growth, especially mold, is dangerous to breathe in and can pose a threat to your family’s health and safety. Dehumidifiers are a great option for cutting down the humidity and keeping fungal growth away. We all know how humid it can get here in Gulf Shores. Stay a step ahead and consider a dehumidifier. 

Contact Us

We hope these tips help in keeping your indoor air quality up to par during this winter season. We are happy to aid in choosing and installing the best air purification system for your home and your family. Give us a call at (251) 943-4709 to breathe easy this winter and all year long.

For more information on our services, visit our website at https://callislandair.com/ or email us at islandair@callislandair.com. We are your trusted American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Baldwin County, AL. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram! indoor air quality indoor air quality indoor air quality indoor air quality indoor air quality 

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)!

Contact Us

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. 

For more information on our services, visit our website at https://callislandair.com/ or email us at islandair@callislandair.com. We are your trusted American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Gulf Shores, AL. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram! energy bill higher than normal energy bill higher than normal energy bill higher than normal energy bill higher than normal energy bill higher than normal 

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 https://callislandair.com/ or email us at islandair@callislandair.com. 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. 

Contact Us

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 https://callislandair.com/ or email us at islandair@callislandair.com. We are your trusted American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning Customer Care Dealer in Gulf Shores, AL.

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Why Fall HVAC Maintenance Is Important Even In South Alabama

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Fall HVAC Maintenance

Why Fall HVAC Maintenance Is Important Even In South Alabama

The weather doesn’t cool down for long in South Alabama, so you may be wondering why you need preventative maintenance on your HVAC system this fall. Besides preventing an untimely breakdown when you DO need your heating system, fall HVAC maintenance helps prolong the life of your HVAC system and keeps it running at maximum efficiency to save you money. Keep reading for more benefits you can receive from having fall HVAC maintenance performed on your system.

What We Offer

Your HVAC system is one of the biggest investments you’ll make inside your home, so protecting it like you would your car, for example, is extremely important. Island Air Conditioning & Heating offers regular preventative maintenance plans for South Baldwin County homes and small businesses because we understand the importance of protecting your investment. 

With preventative maintenance from Island Air, you’ll get:

  • Extended system life and increased efficiency to save you money in the short and the long run.
  • Certified technicians who are trained to examine your entire system and properly diagnose any problems to fix them right the first time.
  • Two maintenance visits per year; in the spring and in fall to prepare your system for the coldest and hottest months of the year.
  • Priority customer status and information on sales, rebates, latest trends, and new technologies.
  • Up-front, no hassle price guarantees along with special financing (with approved credit) if your system needs to be replaced, and preferred service pricing on repairs and replacements.

What We Do

Island Air’s fall HVAC maintenance checkpoints include inspecting, cleaning, and adjusting all system components as necessary to ensure they work properly throughout any cold snap we might have during the winter. Our furnace and heat pump tune-up includes:

  • Pilot light testing, gas pressure measurements, and flue pipe and draft diverter inspections.
  • Inspection of your heat exchanger and/or duct work for damage.
  • Combustion analysis and carbon monoxide monitoring.
  • Testing for all capacitors, fan motors, blower, inducer motor, and safety controls.
  • Cleaning of burners, blower assembly and/or coils to optimize operational efficiency.

What You Can Do

Having regular preventive maintenance performed on your HVAC system will ensure maximum efficiency and longevity. However, you can also take steps to ensure your system performs its best throughout every season.

  • Clean or change your air filter every 1-3 months.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat to save energy by scheduling the temperature to more efficient settings.
  • Clean around the outside system and free it of dirt, leaves, grass, and other objects that could inhibit proper airflow.
  • Check your system for any dust or debris in and around the unit. Dirt can clog the air flow and overwork the equipment. Vacuum carefully if necessary.
  • Vacuum the dust from all the air vents around your house and ensure they’re clear of any obstruction for optimum air flow throughout your home.
  • Do not hesitate to contact Island Air Conditioning & Heating for questions, service or second opinions regarding your AC and heating needs.

Contact Us

If you’re looking for a trusted HVAC dealer in the South Baldwin County area to perform regular maintenance on your HVAC system, 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 https://callislandair.com/ or email us at islandair@callislandair.com.

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