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Is it time to replace my Air Conditioner?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

How Do You Know If It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

Sometimes it seems like our homes are a moving target. Just as soon as you get one part of the house just like you want it, something needs tending to in another area. So, for most of us, we’re always on the lookout for the next big thing that’s going to show up – invited or not – on our “home maintenance” to-do list.

Now, when “air conditioning system replacement” comes up on that list, that’s quite a significant situation. Home comfort systems are a sizeable part of your home investment, so it’s never something to take lightly. But when it’s time, three things should be on your evaluation list:

System Age – If your heat pump or air conditioner is more than 10 years old, you could save up to 20 percent on cooling and heating costs if you replaced it with a unit that has earned the Energy Star label.

Repair/Energy Costs – A home comfort system has what’s called “operational” costs. If your system is racking up repair bills and guzzling up your energy dollars, you may be overdue for an efficiency upgrade.

Uncomfortable Environment – A home comfort system is supposed to create a comfortable home environment, right? Well, if you’re not comfortable, take note. Are some rooms too hot or too cold? Does your home have humidity problems? This could be a sign of poor or improper equipment operation.

All of these issues when compounded can result in you spending more than you should on your power bill. For as little as $55 DOLLARS PER MONTH you could be saving the 20% which may even cover the system. Call or email us today for your free in home evaluation!

Dont pay more because its Hot!

Friday, April 10th, 2015

 

What Everyone Should Know About Contractor Scams

We’ve all heard these stories and seen the images. When a natural disaster hits a community, friends, neighbors and charities rush in to help. It always warms the heart to see the outreach in services and donations. And yet … there’s that other side of the response. There are selfish people who try to take advantage of a bad situation and use the natural disaster as an opportunity to scam.

Often during these times, law enforcement agencies make announcements about what you should and should not look for when hiring someone to work on your home. People become aware, alert. And yet … scam artists come into communities and neighborhoods even when our fellow citizens are warned to be hyper-vigilant, even when the skies are blue, and the wind is calm, and the weather is perfect.

In other words, contractor scams get more attention during natural disasters, but they can occur at anytime, anyplace. And that means right here in the great city of Atlanta. Oh, I don’t mean to scare you about any particular situation. I’m not reporting news, just tendencies. I’m talking about possibilities that call for wise practices. For example, here are some of the tips the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends for hiring someone to work on your home:

  • Get recommendations from friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers, insurance agents or claims adjusters.
  • Deal only with licensed and insured contractors. Check with the local Better Business Bureau to see if complaints have been lodged against any contractor you’re considering.
  • Get a written estimate that includes any oral promises the contractor made. Remember to ask if there’s a charge for an estimate before allowing anyone into your home.
  • Take your time about signing a contract. Ask for explanations for price variations, and don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder.

Please know, we’ll be glad to help you with whatever home comfort problem you may be experiencing. At Henson Mechanical, we’re proud to have grown a business through referrals and recommendations from satisfied customers, and we hope our list of satisfied customers includes you too. So, if you need us, just email or call.

Do I need to replace my furnace when I replace my air conditioner?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Do I need to replace my furnace when I replace my air conditioner?     Our homes comfort system that provides heating in the winter and cooling in the summer have certain functions and equipment they share (and not just the thermostat). Energy Star is a program of the federal government that promotes efficiency in appliances and makes a point about this connectedness when discussing its recommendations for cooling: ENERGY STAR qualified central air conditioners: have higher seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and energy efficiency ratio (EER) ratings, making them over 15% more efficient than conventional models. The central air conditioner also needs a blower motor – which is usually part of the furnace – to blow the cool air through the duct system. The only way to ensure that your new air conditioner performs at its rated efficiency is to replace your heating system at the same time. It’s especially recommended if your furnace is over 15 years old. If you purchase a new energy-efficient air conditioner but connect it to an older furnace and blower motor, your system will not perform to its rated efficiency. So, heating and cooling are connected – at least within your home comfort system. But you’ll also find that your heating and cooling efficiency is connected to the whole-house environment. As Energy Star adds: No matter what kind of heating and cooling system you have in your house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your equipment. But remember, energy-efficient equipment alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with recommended insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling — and reduce environmental emissions — from 20%-50%. When we install your new system it will with an AHRI certificate that will have your specific model numbers listed which will produce a SEER rating. So that’s why you have to replace your furnace to achieve the SEER ratings on your air conditioner. If you’d like to learn more about how the energy efficiency of your home is impacting your energy bills, let us conduct an energy analysis and show you ways you could be saving. To schedule your free energy analysis, just call or email Henson Mechanical today!

Wanna Save some Money?

Monday, April 6th, 2015

 

Here Is a Method that Is Helping Homeowners Save More Energy with Better Comfort

 

Most of the time we think that life has us running in circles. But the truer view is that life runs in cycles. For example, each season brings certain opportunities and obligations, and spring has a definite “caretaking” flair.

So, in a sense, it’s the same thing year after year: you take care of important home maintenance projects in order to preserve your investments. But the good news is that this “same old, same old” can make your home comfort equipment seem just like new.

Here’s how.

One of the best benefits of regular tune-ups is that your systems get cleaned, inspected, filter gets changed, and reset to factory specs – almost like we turned back the hand of time. The result for homeowners is improved energy efficiency (saves on energy bills), better operating equipment (not as likely to break down at an inconvenient time) and better overall comfort.

But how can you make this happen? Actually, there’s one method that makes routine maintenance very routine: enroll in a maintenance agreement program that brings a Henson  Mechanical Professional to your home to provide routine maintenance on your air conditioner and heating system – during twice-a-year intervals when the weather is mild.

You get the benefit of extended equipment life, savings on tune-ups and repairs, priority service – and overall peace of mind.

Ready to make this method a part of your routine cycle? To learn more about the energy-saving, comfort-improving, equipment-prolonging benefits of maintenance agreements, just call or email and ask us about our Ultimate Service Agreement today!

Government Attack on your Air Conditioner

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

 

U.S. Government Breaks Your A/C System

Most of us probably don’t think about the ozone day in, day out. But some folks do. And the groups and agencies who keep a close eye on environmental concerns have prompted some actions in recent years that will ultimately affect the operation of central air conditioners across this country.

The issue is the refrigerant, R-22, also known as Freon, which has been the predominant refrigerant used in air conditioners for the last 40 years. The federal government has begun a phase-out of equipment that uses this refrigerant because of concerns about ozone depletion. So, as of 2010, no new R-22-based equipment has been manufactured. Sure, the pre-2010 systems can still be operated and repaired, but you’ll still be looking at some logical limits.

The R-22 refrigerant can’t be produced or imported after 2020 (only recycled), and the reality is that will affect the cost and availability of this replacement refrigerant as well as the availability of replacement parts for equipment that is no longer being manufactured. Visit hensonmechanical.com to learn more about how we can assist you with these changes.

 

Why do I need to perform maintenance on my air conditioner?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Every spring you will see advertisements on maintenance agreements or tune ups. You may be wondering why do I need that? Every time the weather changes we have a rash of calls with breakdowns. Some are major and some aren’t. Most all of them could have been prevented. Its usually something very small that caused something so big. Regular cleaning and maintenance will normally prevent major breakdowns. You could be told about problems a year before it really becomes a problem. Its like going to the doctor and them telling you to start exercising and eating right now before they have to put you on medication. Its easier to plan your repairs than to have it become an emergency. So if you haven’t had your HVAC system serviced lately, get it done this spring!

How Often Should I Schedule Duct Cleaning in Atlanta?

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Routine professional duct cleaning helps you maintain a tidier house, a more efficient heating and cooling system, and healthier indoor air quality. However, homeowners want to know what “routine” means when it comes to duct cleaning. Once a year? Every five years? There is no straightforward answer to this, since it depends on a number of factors. We’ll examine when you should schedule duct cleaning in Atlanta, GA for your house.

Remember, this job is for trained professionals only. No one else can access all of your ductwork and clean out the numerous contaminants inside. Call the knowledgeable team at Henson Mechanical Inc when you want to schedule regular cleaning for your ventilation system.

You should schedule duct cleaning…

  • At least once every two years: Some homes will benefit from an annual cleaning, but whatever your circumstances, you shouldn’t wait more than two years to have a visit from duct cleaners. Two years is enough time for even the neatest and tidiest home to draw sufficient dust into the vents to create dirty ductwork that will cause trouble.
  • Whenever a visual inspection of the vents reveals a large amount of dust: It’s a simple job to check on the ductwork to see if it needs cleaning. Use a screwdriver to remove the grate from one of the vents in your home. Reach down inside holding a digital camera with a flash and take a picture of the interior. If the image shows a duct channel clogged with dust so that it resembles a dryer’s lint trap, then you need to call for cleaning right away. Make this check every few months.
  • When you notice health issues in your home: If people in your household start to suffer from an increase in symptoms normally associated with allergies, such as coughing, wheezing, asthma, or nausea, it might come from dirty ductwork. Be especially alert to people who already have allergies, as they can suffer from severe asthma attacks due to air contamination.
  • If your heating/cooling bills inexplicably rise: Restrictions on airflow from a layer of dust will make your forced-air comfort system work harder and subsequently raise your bills. Perform a visual check (see above) to discover if clogged ducts are behind the problem. (If they aren’t, call for HVAC system repair.)

Whenever you find out you need to have a team of cleaning specialists to handle your ventilation system, make sure you have an experienced group. Call Henson Mechanical Inc, and you’ll receive top-quality duct cleaning in Atlanta, GA that will leave you and your family with healthier air, a cleaner house, and lower utility bills.

Under What Conditions Should I Consider Duct Cleaning?

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The ducts in your home are responsible for bringing you the conditioned air you need to stay comfortable throughout the year. Ductwork should always help your air, not harm it. But ducts can hurt your air quality if they gather too much dust, dirt, or biological contaminants like mold. To eliminate these problems and keep the air quality in your home healthy, you will need to schedule duct cleaning in Athens, GA.

Henson Mechanical Inc can take care of your duct cleaning service. We take great pride in our services to provide you with the best indoor air quality.

When you should consider duct cleaning:

  • A drop in your HVAC system’s efficiency: If your heater or air conditioner begins to struggle providing you with the comfort you expect, or you notice an unexplained increase in your power bills, then you should investigate if the ducts are responsible for the issue. Although there may be other reasons (mechanical failures in the HVAC system), you should contact an expert who will determine if duct cleaning will solve your problem.
  • Vermin infestation: If you have recently had to deal with rats, mice, or other pests getting inside your ductwork, it’s advisable to schedule extensive duct cleaning to eliminate any hazardous material they may have left behind.
  • Unusual smells from the vents: A build-up of dust or other debris, as well as bacterial growth, can cause odd and unpleasant smells from the vents. Any out of the ordinary smell might be a warning sign that you should have professional duct cleaning.
  • Trouble with dust in your home: If you discover a large amount of dust in your house that keeps coming back despite extensive cleaning, then it may be that the ducts and blowing dust into your home and you need to have them cleaned out.
  • Once a year: Regardless of any other conditions that might indicate you need duct cleaning, you should schedule it a minimum of once per year. A year is plenty of time for dust to begin to build up inside the sealed environment of ducts. Regular cleaning will prevent other problems from developing and will give you an assurance that the ducts are not damaging the quality of your air.

Hire duct cleaning specialists

Your ductwork is difficult to access unless you have the tools of a professional. This isn’t a job for a broom or a rag with household cleaner on it. Duct cleaning experts use specialized power vacuums, rotary brushes, and sanitizers to get deep inside your ducts and dislodged the dirt and debris that are often ground into their surfaces. And they can do it all without causing expensive damage to your ductwork.

Make sure that dirty ducts aren’t damaging your air quality or your heating and cooling systems. If you suspect you need duct cleaning in Athens, GA, contact Henson Mechanical Inc today.

Spring Savings and Promotions

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Spring has arrived and so have the savings! Henson Mechanical is offering some new promotions you won’t want to miss like a “free service call with repair“.

Other promotions include “Buy one 15 SEER or more, and get one 50% OFF“! Or if your ducts need some spring cleaning, we have a deal “$289 for 12 vents and 2 returns“.

Henson Mechanical offers one of the largest selections of HVAC services in the greater Atlanta, GA area. Call us or schedule service online today!

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