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 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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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!

Learn More

Give us a call at (251) 943-4709 to discuss a new system installation. 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 in Baldwin County, AL. 

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Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist
Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Do you run and hide at the mention of the words “spring cleaning?” If you’re like most of us, the answer is yes. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a daunting task, though! By taking on one room at a time, you can ensure every area of your home gets the attention it needs without trying to do it all at once. Follow this room- by-room spring cleaning checklist to help ensure your home is cleaned from top to bottom. 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

☐  The Kitchen

It’s easiest to tackle spring cleaning by breaking your home down into sections. This makes the entire process feel much less overwhelming. For your kitchen, begin by emptying all your drawers, cabinets, and fridge to give them a good cleaning while empty. As you take out all of your food, pay attention to expirations dates and toss out old or unwanted items. Next, give all of your appliances a good scrub. Your oven, stovetop, microwave, and sink could all use a thorough cleaning. To finish things up, wipe down and sanitize your countertops, drawer or cabinet handles, backsplash, sink, and kitchen floor (after sweeping or vacuuming). 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

☐  Living Room

Your living room is a hotspot for dust, dirt, and pollen. With many people coming in and out, it can be tricky to keep this area clean. Begin by dusting everything (and we mean everything). This includes ceiling fans, light fixtures, shelves, blinds, furniture, tabletops, decor, air vents, and more. After you’ve dusted, vacuum your furniture and floors to cut down on any pollen which could have been tracked in on family member’s clothes or shoes. 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

  Bathrooms

By now, you can see the routine. Clear out your bathroom cabinets and drawers to give them a good cleaning and then reorganize. Deep clean your bathroom sinks, toilets, and mirrors. Finish everything off by sweeping and then mopping the floors. As you clean, keep an eye out for any grout lines which may need to be resealed. Lastly, don’t forget to give those bathroom curtains, rugs, and decorative towels a wash; we know it’s been awhile. 

Spring Cleaning Checklist

☐  Bedrooms

Time to put your washer to work! Wash your pillows, comforters or duvets, curtains, sheets, and blankets. While everything is in the wash, flip your mattress if needed. Follow the same dusting routine as you did with your living room, by wiping down decor, baseboards, light switches, lighting fixtures, and more. If your bedrooms are carpeted, consider shampooing them for a much deeper clean than only vacuuming.

Insider tip: If you have pets, you can actually try raking your carpet every year to pull up pet hair that the vacuum can’t get on its own. Rake before you vacuum and you’ll be astonished at the amount of hair you might pull up.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

☐  Indoor Air

All of this cleaning can help your home feel fresh and comfortable to live in. However, installing an air purification system is the only way to ensure airborne contaminants are regularly removed from your home. Without an air purification system, a large amount of allergens could be floating throughout your home this spring. Simply contact Island Air to discuss air purification solutions and find which system best suits the needs of your home and your family. 

Learn More

Give us a call at (251) 943-4709 to ensure your home’s air is clean and healthy to breathe. 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 Budget-Friendly Backyard Makeover Ideas You’ll Love

Budget-Friendly Backyard Makeover
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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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