First-Time Homeowner HVAC Q&A

First-Time Homeowner HVAC Q&A
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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 https://callislandair.com/ or email us at islandair@callislandair.com. We are your trusted American Standard Customer Care Dealer serving Baldwin County, AL. 

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Why Is My Energy Bill Higher Than Normal?

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energy bill higher than normal

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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prepare for a hurricane

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

Fall HVAC Maintenance
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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