Improve your home’s energy efficiency this winter

Does your energy bill skyrocket as soon as the temperature drops? Your home is in good company. Many people struggle to keep their energy bills under control during the winter months because their homes aren’t very energy efficient.

The good news is that you aren’t powerless to improve your situation. In fact, there are a variety of relatively simple things you can do to boost your home’s energy efficiency during the winter so you pay less on your utility bills while still staying warm. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

A Southern Air technician maintains a furnace system here in McComb.

By scheduling a heating system tune-up this fall, you can boost your home energy-efficiency and save on your monthly energy bills.

Schedule a heating system tune-up

Most people faithfully maintain and service their cars, but don’t give their heating system a second thought until it stops working. The longer your heating system goes without a tune-up, the less efficiently it will run. Here are a few warning signs of a slowing HVAC system—and reasons why you should call Southern Air Heating & Cooling today for heating repair:

  • Sudden increase in utility bills
  • Reduction in airflow coming out of your vents
  • Unusual noises coming from your heating system
  • Sudden changes in your indoor air quality
  • Inability to maintain the desired temperature in your home
  • Odd smells coming from your vents and registers

Want to prevent furnace and heat pump problems in the first place? A heating tune-up can help prevent major issues and ensure everything is in good working order. Even if you don’t notice obvious signs of trouble, it’s wise to have your heating system checked out every year. We recommend calling us to schedule yours in the fall, a few months before winter sets in.

Add insulation to your attic

Did you know that up to 50% of your home’s heating energy can drain out through the attic? This is especially true if you live in an older home with insufficient insulation. To make sure your heat stays inside where it belongs, consider adding insulation to your attic this fall.

There are a variety of insulation types you can choose from, including loose-fill fiberglass, spray foam, cellulose, and fiberglass batts. They each have their own unique features and price points, so it’s important to talk with our team of HVAC professionals to figure out what type of attic insulation will work best for your home.

Caulk around windows and doors

When is the last time you caulked around your windows and doors? If you can’t remember, or if it’s been longer than a few years, it’s time to do it again.

Failing to re-caulk windows and doors on a regular basis can lead to significant air leakage through minute cracks around doors and window frames. Other areas you may want to seal include utility entrances (where faucets, wiring, and cables enter your home) and around exterior trim. In addition to making your home more efficient, caulking these areas can also prevent pests from getting into your home.

Upgrade to a smart thermostat

A smart thermostat can help you save by allowing you to change your temperatures remotely so you use minimal energy when you’re away at work or on vacation. You can also set up a schedule in the thermostat so that it automatically adjusts the temperature on weekdays when you’re at work, heating the home back up for a cozy evening by the time you return home.

Call Southern Air to schedule your HVAC tune-up

If you feel overwhelmed by the many suggestions for improving your energy efficiency, start with the basics. Tuning-up the system you already have is the perfect first step to lowering your energy usage and costs.

To schedule your service or consultation, call Southern Air Heating & Cooling or contact us today. Once we receive your information, we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

4 reasons to consider having our team install a heat pump

There’s a good chance that one of your neighbors or family members has a heat pump at their home. But, just what are heat pumps, and what makes them different from air conditioners and furnaces? In this article, we’ll review what heat pumps are, how they work, and the three main reasons they’re a great fit for homes here in Mississippi. We’ll also review two noteworthy heat pump models from Carrier and Trane.

What are heat pumps?

Heat pumps are a type of HVAC system that is capable of both cooling your home in the summer and heating it in the winter. A heat pump accomplishes this by moving heat energy from one place to another—where that heat is moved to and from depends on the season in question. In the summer, the system operates like an air conditioner, using refrigerant to absorb heat energy from your home and then releasing it outside.

In the winter, the heat pump reverses operation. It uses the refrigerant to pull heat energy out of outdoor air and bring it inside (even cold outdoor air has residual heat!). This is different from a gas or electric furnace, which combusts fuel to create heat energy. Heat pumps are just moving energy from one place to another. Which brings us to the first major benefit of owning a heat pump:

Energy-efficiency

Using a heat pump to keep your home comfortable in the winter is far more efficient than using a gas or electric furnace to generate heat. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that switching to a heat pump from an electric furnace can save 50% of the energy used to heat your home. Many heat pump models are also more efficient than air conditioners because they are better at dehumidifying air. As we all know here in Mississippi, humidity is a major factor in how hot we feel in our homes.

The energy efficiency of most heat pumps only starts to dip in extremely cold weather, where the heat pump may struggle to pull the remaining heat energy out of the outdoor air. However, given how mild our winters are here in McComb, most heat pumps here see no drop in efficiency during the winter months.

Versatility

Heat pumps are a perfect match for our mild winter climate. Since a heat pump is capable of both cooling and heating your home, it allows you to have one HVAC system instead of two (such as an air conditioner and a gas furnace). Beyond saving you on installation costs, that means you only have one system to maintain and repair year-round.

Options

Trane XV20i Variable-Speed Heat Pump

The Trane XV20i Variable-Speed Heat Pump is just one of the high-performance heat pumps our team installs here in Mississippi.

There are many different types of heat pumps, which gives homeowners greater options when investing in their home’s comfort. The most common type—and the one discussed in this article—are air-source heat pumps. These systems, as the name implies, transfer heat energy from and into the air. However, there are two other types of heat pumps out there, as well:

  • Ground-source (or geothermal): These heat pumps pull radiant heat energy from underground and bring it into your home. These systems are highly efficient during the winter.
  • Water-source: Far less common than the other two types, these heat pumps pull and deposit heat into a nearby water source, such as a lake or pond on the property.

At Southern Air, our team primarily installs air-source heat pumps. As your local Carrier and Trane dealer here in McComb and Southwest Mississippi, there are two high-performance systems you should know about:

  • The Carrier Infinity 20 Heat Pump: This is the most efficient, comfort-enhancing heat pump that Carrier manufacturers. It gets up to 20.5 SEER cooling performance in the summer and up to 13.0 HSPF in the winter. It has Carrier’s patented Greenspeed Intelligence, which allows it to vary its speed depending on what is best needed to maintain the desired temperature of your home.
  • The Trane XV20i Variable Speed Heat Pump: This system from the trusted manufacturer Trane gets up to 20 SEER and has a HSPF score of 10. The TruComfort variable-speed motor allows this system to shift into 750 different speeds for optimal comfort in your home. It’s also one of the quietest heating and cooling systems on the market.

Is a heat pump right for your home?

If you need a new cooling or heating system, a Carrier or Trane air-source heat pump might be a great fit for your home here in Mississippi. Give the team at Southern Air a call for a free in-home estimate. We’d love to send one of our experienced technicians out to meet with you and talk through your cooling and heating options.

Here’s how HVAC pros calculate air conditioner size for your home

Most air conditioners last between 15 and 20 years with professional annual maintenance When you need a new air conditioner, it’s important to get a system that is sized correctly for your home and cooling needs. At Southern Air, one of our professional HVAC techs can calculate air conditioner size and find the right Carrier or Trane system for your home.

Southern Air calculates air conditioner size during our free in-home estimates here in McComb.

An HVAC professional will help match your home to the perfect new AC unit for your space and cooling needs.

We offer in-home estimates because this measurement is crucial—it determines how large of an AC unit your home will need. Even the most experienced technician needs to visit your home in-person—they cannot rely on a few photos to determine the right unit, and you should never assume that the size of your current air conditioner continues to be a good fit for your home. During a free in-home estimate from our team, careful measurements will be taken to ensure you’re receiving the right quote on the right system to power your home.

Why the right air conditioner size matters

An air conditioner is not a frivolous, impulse-driven purchase or something you should treat lightly. This is a serious investment in your home’s comfort and energy efficiency for many years to come. Whether you notice it or not, you’ll rely on an air conditioner for most of the year here in Mississippi, especially during the summer. The right-sized air conditioner will bring the right amount of cooling to your home and help your electric bills stay low.

Here’s an HVAC secret you may not know: a bigger air conditioner does not mean more performance or better cooling. In fact, there are several negative consequences to having an air conditioner that is too large for your home!

Too large

Too small

Uses more energy than necessaryWorks overtime just to keep up with cooling needs
Cycles on/off more frequentlyConsumes more energy without bringing you comfort
Results in more humidity in the homeInconsistent temperatures in the home

When you call Southern Air Heating & Cooling for a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioner, we’ll send an experienced professional to your home. This technician takes many factors into account—home square footage, window and door area, geographical climate, insulation quality, and more. They’ll figure out how much heating and cooling capacity your home requires. Even the type of construction matters when it comes to sizing your home for an air conditioning unit—brick homes differ greatly from homes with vinyl siding. A technician will have the experience and training to figure out the best size for your home and your cooling needs.

How to make the most of your air conditioner

After a technician takes exact measurements and calculates the right air conditioner for your home, they’ll install the unit. Now, you’re ready to enjoy the cool air and an energy-efficient system! To make sure your AC unit lasts for years to come, here are a few quick tips for taking care of your air conditioner:

  • Schedule annual maintenance with the professionals at Southern Air.
  • Get your thermostat checked to make sure it’s communicating properly with the AC unit.
  • Keep your indoor temperature somewhat consistent and avoid large temperature swings.
  • Replace your HVAC’s air filter on a regular basis.
  • During your seasonal tune-up, have our team ensure that your unit is clean and free of debris.
  • Rely on a professional HVAC team for services here in McComb and Southwest Mississippi.

By taking the proper measures to really care for your new AC unit, you’ll increase its energy efficiency and decrease the amount you have to pay each month for your energy bill. The most important part of AC upkeep is scheduling regular maintenance from a professional, even if your unit does not appear to be rundown or broken.

Just like you’d change your oil and rotate the tires on your car, you want to regularly care for your AC unit so you can prevent future breakdowns or the need for emergency repair. This way, you’re fully in control of your home systems and know exactly what’s going on.

For a free in-home estimate, call Southern Air today!

The right air conditioner size can make-or-break your home’s overall comfort. A unit that’s too large will turn on-and-off too frequently and use more energy than needed. A unit that’s too small will never turn off, overworking itself and leading to many breakdowns due to the increased wear-and-tear.

Don’t attempt a DIY solution with any air conditioner installation, and avoid buying a cheaply made system. You want the very best for your home when it comes to heating and cooling. The team at Southern Air meets that need by installing high-efficiency, high-performance Carrier and Trane systems. Our work comes backed by our Ironclad Guarantees and we even offer financing with approved credit on new installations. Call our team today to learn more about upgrading your home’s AC system. You’ll be glad you did!

Our top tips for improving the indoor air quality of your home

The air you breathe each day inside your home may feel the same from day-to-day. However, did you know that your indoor air could be more harmful than the air quality outside? You may not notice dust, mold, or contaminants—after all, they’re practically invisible. So, how do you know if your home contains the cleanest or best-possible air for you and your family? You make improving the indoor air quality of your home a priority by scheduling an IAQ test from Southern Air.

Improving the indoor air quality of your home can lessen allergy symptoms indoors.

If your allergy symptoms are following you indoors, you need to call us and start improving the indoor air quality of your home.

Our IAQ tests and their accurate results mean greater peace of mind and an improved indoor experience. When it comes to your indoor air quality, trust our professional, certified team to conduct an indoor air quality test inside your home. Call Southern Air today to schedule yours, or keep reading to learn more about our indoor air quality tests and services, and why good air quality matters.

How your indoor air quality affects your daily routine

You interact with a variety of air contaminants on a daily basis. Dust and dirt are only the beginning—if you have pets, they add another layer of pollutants in the form of pet hair and dander. Cigarette smoke is another harmful pollutant that can linger in your air, even if you can’t smell it anymore. Most air quality markers cannot be seen with the naked eye, making an indoor air quality test all-the-more crucial for your home. If you’ve never had a professional indoor air quality test before, there’s just no way of knowing what exactly is in your home’s air.

At Southern Air, we provide more than just an indoor air quality test. We offer solutions for cleaning up your home’s air. This includes services like duct cleaning and installing air filtration and UV purification treatment equipment. Instead of going through day-after-day of poor indoor air quality and irritating your allergies, eliminate the discomfort in your home’s air at its source!

A tale of two homeowners

Two homeowners living in the same neighborhood have similar home layouts. The first homeowner, John, receives one visit a year from his local HVAC company. He changes his air filters every month, and he saves money on his energy bills by having that HVAC company perform seasonal tune-ups to keep his units running smoothly. Some of John’s family members suffer from pollen and pet allergies, but they aren’t aggravated indoors—in fact, their clean indoor air feels fresh and cool during those hot summer months.

In contrast, John’s neighbor, Bill, doesn’t worry that often about his home’s systems. His AC is working fine and hasn’t been serviced in three or four years! Bill brags to John about his hands-off approach to HVAC maintenance. Bill may change his air filter twice or three times a year, sometimes forgetting to do so for months. Unfortunately, Bill and his wife also suffer from allergies, the symptoms of which follow them indoors. At night, they take multiple medications to alleviate their runny noses and stop their sneezing fits.

Because Bill has not improved his indoor air quality, he and his wife experience more severe allergies and colds than usual. They blame it on the outdoor weather or the season, not realizing that they are allowing those conditions to follow them indoors. Bill notices a lot of dust and dirt in his home, and he’s even worried about mold.

In this scenario, which homeowner would you rather be? A little bit of home maintenance goes a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy! One call to Southern Air can be the difference between a dusty, uncomfortable home and a clean, refreshing interior. You want to feel happy and healthy each time you walk in the door—so why wait for the problem to fix itself when it clearly won’t?

What’s involved in an air quality test?

The technicians here at Southern Air have a thorough checklist they complete during their indoor air quality test. We also have the technology and tools to monitor and test your home’s interior air. In fact, our equipment detects dust, mildew, mold, and more! One of our certified technicians will also walk you through the steps you can take to improve your home’s air quality. If needed, duct cleaning can be scheduled and air filters can be cleaned and replaced. We’ll answer any questions you may have and we’ll be sure to follow up with you to make sure you see and feel improvements in your home.

Don’t delay any longer—call Southern Air today!

Instead of suffering through allergy season and blaming the outdoor weather, look inside your home for signs of poor air quality. Be a better homeowner by changing your air filters more frequently and by scheduling regular maintenance for your air conditioner and heating systems. You may be surprised at the results of your indoor air quality test—you air may look clean, but hidden contaminants may be present in every room. Why worry or wonder any longer? Call us at Southern Air Heating and Cooling today!

How do ductless cooling systems work and where are they a good fit?

Ductless systems are a popular alternative to traditional HVAC systems here in McComb, Mississippi. These systems combine versatility with better efficiency and comfort. But, just what are ductless systems and how do they work? In this article, we’ll review the benefits of upgrading to a ductless cooling system and what factors make your home a good fit for ductless.

A wall-mounted ductless cooling system in a home here in McComb, MS.How do ductless cooling systems work?

As you might have already guessed, “ductless” systems do not need ductwork to operate. This sets them apart from air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, and other centrally driven systems that use ducts to distribute cooled and heated air to each of the rooms of your home.

In contrast, ductless systems have at least two components:

  • An outdoor condenser
  • An indoor blower

The only thing connecting these two sides of the system is a refrigerant line. Ductless systems, like heat pumps, are in the business of transporting heat energy from one place to another. In the summer, that means that the refrigerant in the indoor blower unit absorbs heat before moving the heat energy outside to the condenser, where it’s released. This cooling cycle continues until enough heat energy has been removed from your home to lower the temperature to what you set your thermostat dial to. In the winter—again, just like a heat pump—the system reverses, using the same process to draw heat energy out of the air outside (it’s there, even on the coldest days here in Mississippi) and pump it into your home.

The indoor unit—typically wall-mounted, but also sometimes ceiling or floor-mounted—acts as the blower, sending the cooled (or heated) air into your home to make things comfortable. In a typical home, this happens through the ducts. Ductless systems cut out the middleman and deliver air straight into the room with you.

What is a “mini-split?”

Naturally, having just one indoor blower unit probably isn’t enough to cool down your entire home. Ductless systems are designed to be networked in a “mini-split” configuration. This means that multiple indoor blower units can be connected by refrigerant lines to a single outdoor condenser. Homeowners use mini-split ductless systems to put cooling / heating in each room of their home.

Zoned comfort makes a big difference

This “zoned” approach is impressive for several reasons. First and foremost, it’s energy-efficient. With a traditional HVAC system and ductwork, a surprising amount of cooling and heating is lost in the ducts on the way to the living spaces of your home. This means your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace has to work harder (and expend more and more energy) to get the home’s temperature to where you want it and overcome those losses. While there are steps homeowners with ducts can take to improve their energy-efficiency (such as having their ducts professionally sealed—a lot of energy is lost through small cracks or pinholes), some of that energy loss is just inherent in the design.

Ductless is different. No ducts means no inherent energy loss through ductwork. By delivering heating and cooling right where it’s needed, ductless systems are able to operate more efficiently than normal HVAC systems.

A multi-split and zoned comfort approach take things even further. Imagine that you and your family are spending the evening in the kitchen of your two-story home, cooking dinner and putting together a puzzle. You can set the system to cool down the kitchen where you all are currently, but otherwise not have the other ductless indoor units in the living room and bedrooms running. This means incredible energy savings: you’re paying to cool down one room instead of several.

Is your home right for a ductless system?

We’ll go ahead and answer this one: yes. That’s because ductless systems can go in any type of home. Some homeowners with existing ductwork and other HVAC systems even have our team install a ductless mini-split to give added comfort in their homes.

If you have a home without existing ductwork, a ductless system is exactly what you want. Installing ducts can be expensive, incredibly invasive, or both. In many historic homes here in Mississippi, there are regulations against the major renovations needed to install ducts. Finally, there are some spaces—from garages to non-connected suites on your property—that just don’t make sense for ductwork.

Get a free in-home estimate from our team

At Southern Air, our mission is to bring comfort to the homeowners of McComb and surrounding communities. We want to help you find the best system for your home, whether that’s a ductless setup or a traditional air conditioner. That’s why the best place to start your search for comfort is by giving our team a call for a free in-home estimate. For this estimate, we’ll send out one of our experienced techs to meet with you and talk about your home comfort needs. We’ll also take the measurements needed to match you with the perfect system and give you an upfront, accurate quote.

If your home needs a new cooling or heating system, don’t forget to ask our team about our financing offers, available with approved credit.

Here are 4 reasons why you should upgrade your AC this summer

As your home’s air conditioner gets older, it starts to cost you more money. First, it’s less efficient than it was when it was new, so you’ll see rising energy bills—especially relative to what your neighbors are paying for the same cooling. Second, older air conditioners are more likely to break down, which means you have to pay for repairs. If you’re experiencing either of these scenarios, this summer might be the one where you should upgrade your AC. We’ll explain more in this new article.

Your friends here at Southern Air offer free in-home estimates on new Carrier and Trane systems here in McComb. Call us to schedule yours or to learn more about our lineup of new air conditioners.

A Southern Air technician checks the refrigerant on an air conditioner here in McComb.Why should you upgrade your AC this summer?

#1. You want lower energy bills

Old AC units can be very expensive. Even if the unit was efficient when you had it installed, over time it can lose that efficiency due to leaks or other problems. The advancements in HVAC technology has resulted in air conditioners that require much less electricity to cool your home. This means that a new unit can cool a lot faster for a lot less money.

#2. You want increased efficiency

If you replace your current AC unit, you could use 30 to 50% less energy. This smaller energy footprint is very important to many people who understand that more power usage equates to more carbon emissions. Protecting the environment often means making small changes, as this is one that will benefit both you and Mother Earth. You’ll feel good knowing that you’re doing your part to improve the environment for future generations.

Beyond that, lower energy use means lower energy bills for you and your family for many summers to come. Those savings can really add up, which might help convince you to make the switch from your older, less-efficient air conditioner.

#3. You are tired of endless repairs

An older air conditioner is more likely to break down than a new one. As cooling systems age, more and more can start to go wrong—especially without regular maintenance from the certified, experienced techs here at Southern Air. Parts don’t work quite as well as they once did and there’s the possibility of metal fatigue or corrosion. All of this adds up to more frequent breakdowns in the summer, which are not only stressful but also potentially expensive, especially when considered cumulatively.

#4. You want to increase your property value

Whether or not you’re considering selling your home, a new AC unit can increase your home’s value by up to 12%, according to the National Association of Realtors. When compared to homes similar to yours with old units, sellers are more likely to purchase your home with a brand-new AC system. While an upgrade may seem like a big investment right now, it can pay off big time in the future.

Call Southern Air for a free in-home estimate

At Southern Air, we offer free in-home estimates on new Carrier and Trane systems here in McComb and the surrounding communities of southwest Mississippi. If you’re ready to make the switch to a new cooling system this summer, call us and talk to us about upgrading your AC this summer.

Here’s how to tell if your AC needs Freon

As you feel the heat and humidity of the Mississippi summer, you’ll be grateful that your air conditioner is keeping your home cool from the Southern heat. Make sure that your air conditioner is ready for the summer ahead by scheduling an AC tune-up from the team at Southern Air. One common question we get from homeowners: “How do I tell if my AC needs Freon?” In this article, we’ll review what Freon is, what is actually used, and how to know if your air conditioner needs a recharge.

To schedule your AC tune-up here in McComb and Southwest Mississippi, contact our team today.

Schedule an AC tune-up with Southern Air, and our technician can tell if your AC needs Freon.

Schedule an AC tune-up with Southern Air, and our technician can tell if your AC needs Freon.

What is “Freon,” anyway?

For decades, homeowners have been hearing about “Freon” refrigerant. So much so that “Freon”—a trademark for a brand-name refrigerant known in the industry as R-22—has stuck with the public.

Using “Freon” is actually a misnomer, since R-22—the refrigerant used for decades in home AC systems—is actually on its way out. If your older air conditioner still uses Freon, you’ll have to start paying more and more for it, since it hasn’t been manufactured since 2010 due to environmental concerns. Its replacement, R-410A, is better for the environment and most air conditioners purchased and installed after 2010 use this new type of refrigerant.

Still, even with R-410A now widely in use, most people will still continue to call it “Freon.”

How do I know if I need more refrigerant?

Your Southern Air technician will check the levels of R-22 or R-410A when we perform our AC tune-up on your air conditioner. However, here are some other symptoms of low refrigerant levels:

#1. Warm air blowing through the vent

The most obvious sign is that you will no longer feel cold air coming out of the vents, as refrigerant is what cools the air down. Because your house never gets cooler, your thermostat may show the indoor temperature as never going down to what you have the AC set at.

#2. Your utility bill keeps increasing

Low coolant levels will make your AC run longer and work harder. Your utility bill is likely to increase much more than is normal, so be sure to check the usage and cost each month to see if they spike. A higher bill can also be from a different issue, but either way, you want it fixed.

#3. Frost building up on the unit

The only reason why Freon would be low is due to a leak from a puncture, corrosion, a factory defect, or poor installation. You can tell there is a leak when there is frost on the unit’s parts. Other signs include the following:

  • Tiny bubbles in the evaporator coils
  • A hissing sound
  • A bad odor coming out

Freon (either R-22 or R-410A) can be dangerous to inhale, especially if it enters your home, so call Southern Air immediately if you smell something foul.

Can you recharge Freon on your own?

DIY skills are a popular way these days to save money and learn new skills. However, certain projects require the work of professionals, and refilling (or recharging) refrigerant is one of them.

As mentioned before, the substance can be harmful. Also, it not only takes adding more coolant but also finding and repairing the leak, as well as checking for any other issues. For example, leaks often cause damage to the compressor.

Insufficient or incorrect repairs will only lead to trouble again down the road. Instead, if you suspect you have a refrigerant leak, call Southern Air for AC repairs here in McComb.

Schedule your AC maintenance with our team

Just like your vehicle needs regular tune-ups and oil changes, your air conditioning unit requires consistent, seasonal maintenance in order for it to operate at maximum efficiency and not break down. That’s where Southern Air comes in! We offer AC tune-ups and maintenance here in McComb and surrounding communities. In this article, we’ll review just some of the reasons you should call our team to schedule your AC maintenance this spring.

Schedule your AC maintenance with Southern Air this spring.

Call Southern Air to schedule your AC maintenance this spring. Our expert techs will make sure your cooling system is ready for the summer ahead!

Save money on utilities

Over time, your AC filters become dirty and clogged. This results in the unit working harder than necessary to keep your home cool. Maintaining your unit with the help of our HVAC professionals means you get to enjoy lower energy bills each month.

A trusted team

Southern Air is trusted by customers in McComb and surrounding areas to deliver excellent service. Here’s what sets us apart from the rest:

  • 24/7 emergency services
  • Experienced and friendly technicians
  • Local HVAC company since 1994

Homeowners across Southwest Missouri rely on us for AC maintenance–you can too.

Prevent problems from getting worse

Many people do not even realize their AC is experiencing issues until it breaks down. A malfunctioning AC unit is frustrating and inconvenient, especially when it stops working during hot weather. That’s why we suggest preventative maintenance. Our techs will fix problems before they become even more costly and troublesome.

Better air quality

Your home’s indoor air quality may be compromised if you haven’t had your AC unit cleaned or maintained recently. This pollution can cause various health issues and discomfort. Our HVAC technicians will do what’s necessary to improve your air quality.

Comprehensive services

Here at Southern Air, we provide robust maintenance that ensures your entire system is in good working order. Here are some examples of what our maintenance entails:

  • Cleaning or replacing the air filter to improve efficiency.
  • Cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils to improve airflow.
  • Cleaning the ducts to improve air quality.
  • Clearing out the condensate drain channels to prevent excess moisture from creating mold.
  • Checking the refrigerant levels, testing for leaks, and replacing any refrigerant if necessary.
  • Checking up on the electrical system, tightening and cleaning connections, and inspecting electric terminals.

Call Southern Air to schedule your AC maintenance this spring!

You can trust that we’ll do everything possible to keep your AC unit in the best condition possible. To schedule your tune-up here in McComb, contact our team today.

Here’s why you should schedule a heat pump tune-up this spring

It may not feel like it in some parts of America, but spring is just around the corner with summer following soon after. The birds are singing, flowers are blossoming, and it’s time to schedule a heat pump tune-up. Your heat pump works hard to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Treat it right with annual maintenance from the professionals here at Southern Air. To schedule your heat pump tune-up this spring, give us a call.

Schedule your heat pump tune-up this spring with Southern Air!

A heat pump tune-up can ensure that your home gets great cooling throughout the summer.

Benefits of a heat pump tune-up

Not convinced? Here are just a few reasons you should schedule a heat pump tune-up this spring.

  • Unlike air conditioning units, heat pumps work all year round with minimal downtime between seasons. Doing twice the work—heating and cooling—means twice the wear-and-tear. Because of this, a regular tune-up helps to ensure everything is in good working order.
  • Regular tune-ups also help ensure the system is working effectively and efficiently. They also extend the lifespan of the unit, which means you can save on the cost of replacing the entire system for another few years.
  • Dirty air filters can lead to the development of respiratory illnesses, particularly in seniors and children. By ensuring these are cleaned or changed routinely, you preserve your family’s health and your peace of mind.

Benefits of a professional tune-up

Many items on a professional checklist for a heat tune-up can be completed by handy men and women in the home who prefer to do things on their own. However, some things are better left to the professionals. Here are some of the benefits of hiring professionals to conduct a tune-up.

  • Hiring professionals provide peace of mind in knowing that the work is being completed by trained and experienced workers.
  • Work completed by licensed professionals usually include a warranty. Companies like Southern Air Heating & Cooling are also insured, ensuring that if anything goes wrong, you’re covered.
  • Completing technical work on your home or allowing an unlicensed worker to do so may void certain provisions in your home insurance.

Contact us

If you can’t remember the last time you scheduled a heat pump tune-up, now is the time to rectify that. Contact us to schedule maintenance work on your heat pump this spring.

Air duct cleaning can help you and your family breathe easier

The EPA advises that indoor air has anywhere from 2-5 times the number of airborne contaminants as outdoor air. From pollen to pet dander, microscopic particles float freely and circulate throughout the home via the air ducts, where they get stuck and build up over time. In addition to posing a potential health risk, this particulate buildup can reduce airflow through the HVAC system, making the unit work harder and use more energy. Routinely scheduling air duct cleaning can help to minimize indoor air pollution while reducing your energy costs.

Southern Air offers air duct cleaning services here in Southwest Mississippi. To schedule your next air duct cleaning, give us a call today!

Sources of contamination

Schedule air duct cleaning services on an annual basis.The buildup of dust, dander, pollen, and other airborne contaminants in ductwork also provides an environment that promotes the growth of bacteria, mildew, and mold. Pollen and fungal spores that spread through ductwork can aggravate allergies and harm the respiratory system, particularly in children and the elderly.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recommends a professional air duct cleaning every few years, but you may want to schedule one more frequently if you are concerned about your home’s indoor air quality. Some indicators that you should consider include:

  • Family members that suffer from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory symptoms
  • The presence of indoor cats, dogs, or other shedding pets
  • A noticeable stale or musty odor when the HVAC system turns on
  • Family members who smoke
  • Rapid dust buildup on furniture
  • Frequent problems with nasal congestion, headaches, or itchy eyes
  • Moving into a new home
  • Recent remodeling or renovation work

Preventative maintenance

In addition to improving indoor air quality and helping your HVAC equipment perform at its best, scheduling regular air duct maintenance minimizes the risk of hidden leaks, damage, or even a rodent or insect infestation. Having ductwork inspected annually and cleaned as needed helps to prevent small problems from becoming big ones.

Schedule a professional inspection and cleaning today

Whether you’re worried about indoor air pollution, concerned about HVAC performance, or need to schedule your next air duct cleaning, the experienced technicians at Southern Air Heating & Cooling are here to help.

In addition to offering comprehensive cleaning services, we’ll perform a thorough inspection of your home’s ducting system, replace missing or threadbare insulation, and seal any leaks. Contact us today to learn more about our 100% satisfaction guarantee and help your family breathe easier.