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What can a smart thermostat from Trane do for your home?

Whether you’re staying home or leaving for a late summer trip, a smart thermostat offers many benefits.

Installing a smart thermostat will offer —

  • Convenience: Change settings from the couch or abroad with your smartphone.
  • Comfort: Adjust the temperature so that your home is always “just right.”
  • Savings: Save energy by adjusting settings for when you’ll be away.

With four types of Trane smart thermostats to choose from, you’ll be able to enjoy every season while saving both time and money.

Learn more by contacting us or calling (770) 942-2873.

Beat the Heat With An A/C Tune-Up

Spring is heating up here in the Atlanta area, and according to The Weather Channel, there’s a great deal of potential for a warmer than average spring in the south this year. With your AC having been dormant all winter long, now’s the time to ensure that it’s ready to handle the unseasonably hot weather ahead. If you don’t know where to start, you’re not alone.

So, how can you get your cooling system ready to take on the spring weather? An early bird AC tune-up is the best course of action, and the team at Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help.

Why Schedule an AC Tune-up?

Your cooling system is a piece of equipment just like any other. It’s not unlike your car in that it needs to be maintained on a regular basis in order to operate at peak performance, year-after-year. Even the best cooling systems can suffer from emergency breakdown over time, as wear and tear can result in numerous issues that can affect functionality.

For this and many other reasons, we recommend scheduling regular AC tune-ups to ensure that your cooling system is always operating the way that it should be. An AC tune-up will not only keep your home comfortable during the spring and summer months, but will also help keep your energy bills from going through the roof. Perhaps most importantly, a tune-up will reduce the chances that any type of safety issue might occur as a result of a failing AC—paramount to your family’s well-being.

Anchor: Your AC Tune-up Experts

At Anchor, we place a great deal of focus on preventative maintenance when it comes to our customers’ cooling systems. When you schedule an AC tune-up, an Anchor team member will survey the health of your cooling system from top to bottom, identifying any potential issues and making note of what they find.

They’ll take steps to make it easier for your AC to do its job, such as lubricating parts, tightening connections, cleaning filters and more. If a problem is suspected, your tune-up specialist will walk you through what’s happening and offer advice as to how you should move forward for best results.

In the end, you can expect a more comfortable home environment, lower energy bills, and peace of mind for you and your family.

Schedule a Spring Tune-up Today!

The warm weather of spring is only going to keep getting hotter, which means you can’t afford to simply sit back and do nothing. When you sign up for our EZ-Pay Program, for a low monthly cost, you’ll receive an annual tune-up and maintenance visit for both your cooling and heating system. EZ-Pay is a simple way to remember to schedule your tune-ups, save money, and gain peace of mind year-round.

Don’t wait for summer—contact us today to schedule your spring tune-up.

Is It Time to Upgrade Your HVAC System?

Winter is an excellent time of year for greater Atlanta homeowners to think about ways in which to improve home performance. Many enjoy the cooler weather this time of year brings, as it allows them to prepare for the heat of summer. Some will remember difficulties keeping the home cool last summer, and if this is true for you, the answer may be found in upgrading your HVAC system.

How exactly can you tell if it’s time to upgrade your home’s air conditioner?

Warning Sign #1: Age

In many ways, an HVAC system is kind of like a car. When you buy it new and drive it off the lot, that “new car feel” seems like it could last forever. Obviously, this isn’t how things usually go, as repairs and maintenance are crucial to keeping the vehicle on the road year after year.

Even the most well-maintained vehicles will eventually need to be retired, and the same can be said for an air conditioning system. Air conditioners typically need to be replaced after 10-15 years, so it’s often possible to tell whether or not it’s time for an upgrade based solely on the system’s age.

Warning Sign #2: Increased Energy Costs

Have you noticed that your energy bill is on the rise with each passing summer, yet you’re not running extra equipment? This can often be a sign that something isn’t running as efficiently as it used to, and in many cases, heating and cooling systems can serve as the culprit. Having the unit inspected is a good way to determine if it’s the cause behind your energy bill increase and can also serve to isolate any other issues that might be occurring.

Warning Sign #3: Odd Noises or Smells

A general rule of thumb with heating and cooling systems is that you shouldn’t necessarily notice that they’re operating. An AC that either smells strange or has started to emit odd noises is one that simply isn’t working correctly.

Rather than allowing these types of problems to fester, it’s best to immediately schedule maintenance and see what the issue is. In some cases, upgrading to a new system may be the best solution.

Warning Sign #4: An Uncomfortable Home

Many homeowners know what it’s like to blast the AC on the hottest day of the year, all the while never being able to make certain rooms comfortable. It could be a lack of air sealing and insulation that’s causing the problem, but it could also be that your AC is either sized incorrectly or no longer working properly. Either way, servicing or upgrading your air conditioner will fix the problem in most cases.

Ready to boost home comfort and reduce your energy bills? We’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more about upgrading your HVAC systems.

 

Eliminate that One Cold Area From Your Home

Almost every house seems to have them — a space that’s always too cold during the winter and too hot over the summer. Maybe it’s a room over the garage or a bathroom that was added on at some point.

If you have an area in your home that’s always uncomfortable, what can you do? Luckily, there’s a simple solution that can make your whole Atlanta area home comfortable, no matter the season.

Add a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump to Your Home

Turn that area in your home around by installing a ductless mini-split heat pump. It is an energy efficient way of both heating and cooling your home.

How Does a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump Work?

Traditional heating and cooling systems require ductwork to heat and cool your home. They also necessitate that you have and maintain two separate units — an air conditioner and a furnace.

A ductless mini-split heat pump is different. These systems consist of two major components. The first is a unit which is installed outside of your home, and the second is a compact air handling system that’s placed inside. The two pieces are connected through tubing filled with refrigerant. This unique design allows a ductless mini-split to heat or cool, without requiring ducts to provide year-round comfort.

What are the Benefits of a Ductless Mini-Split?

Ductless mini-split heat pumps are perfect for a smaller space that requires additional comfort control. The benefits of these systems include:

  • A non-invasive, quick installation which doesn’t require any ductwork
  • Providing both heating and air conditioning
  • Superior energy efficiency
  • Supplementing an existing HVAC system to bring comfort directly to any uncomfortable areas or using several throughout the home to completely replace central HVAC

Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning: The Atlanta Area HVAC Experts

Suffering from uncomfortable rooms can be stopped. Installing a ductless mini-split heat pump will guarantee exceptional year-round comfort in every space throughout your home!

For over 45 years, Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning has been helping homeowners in the greater Atlanta region improve their home comfort. We can resolve issues with uncomfortable rooms by installing ductless mini-splits or help you with any other HVAC related problems you may be experiencing in your home.

Experience comfort in every room! Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 to schedule a consultation for a mini-split in your home.

Does Your Furnace Really Need a Tune Up?

You’ve probably seen ads on TV or the internet telling you it’s time to schedule a heating tune up. So you’re wondering, “Do I really need one? Is it just a gimmick? My furnace worked just fine last winter…”

The short answer is: Yes, your furnace needs to be tuned up regularly.

Dealing with unexpected heating repairs is not only uncomfortable, it also can get extremely expensive and cause quite a headache since you have to call for repairs and then wait for someone to finally show up to fix your furnace. Fortunately, the easiest and surest way to avoid unexpected breakdowns during the chilly Atlanta winter is to get your heater serviced now.

The Benefits of Furnace Maintenance

While it may seem unnecessary initially, furnace maintenance is just like servicing your car. If you do it regularly, you improve its efficiency, performance and reduce the chances of needing emergency repairs.

Start benefiting from a furnace tune up and:

  • Stay warm throughout the cold weather
  • Avoid having to pay emergency repair rates for a sudden furnace breakdown
  • Have peace of mind that you and your family aren’t exposed to carbon monoxide from a leaky furnace
  • Maintain the manufacturer’s warranty on your furnace
  • Extend the lifespan of your furnace, allowing it to serve you for longer and avoid the costs associated with purchasing a new unit
  • Reduce your monthly utility bill due to increased heating system efficiency

Furnace Tune Up Procedure

Regular furnace tune ups will provide you with increased safety and comfort, controlled costs and extended furnace life. When you get your car serviced they might check the brakes and change the oil, but what exactly happens during a furnace tune up?

The experts at Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning inspect your system and make adjustments. These include:

  • Thermostat adjustment and settings check
  • Adjustment and cleaning of all safety devices
  • Pilot flame or ignition system inspection with adjustments and cleaning as necessary
  • Burner and blower motor inspection
  • Flue check
  • Blower and blower compartment cleaning
  • Complete furnace cycle test
  • Carbon monoxide and venting test
  • Electrical connection adjustments

Experience Comfort & Peace of Mind This Winter

Don’t regret not having a tune up. Schedule your furnace maintenance session now to avoid experiencing problems later this winter. The heating specialists at Anchor are waiting to ensure your home stays warm and cozy.

Avoid heating problems during the cold weather. Contact us to schedule a furnace tune up today!