Landscaping around Your AC Unit

Air conditioners are certainly known for keeping your family feeling cool and comfortable; but they are not known for making your home or yard look cool.

We get some blistering and muggy summers here is the greater Atlanta Metro Area, including Austell, Carrollton, Cascade, College Park, Douglasville, Hiram, and Lithia Springs. Staying cool for the summer is dependent on having air conditioning in your home, but those outdoor AC units can stick out like a sore thumb, especially if you are a bit of a green thumb.

As the experts in air conditioning in the greater Atlanta metro area since 1971, we have seen our customers integrate their air conditioning units beautifully into their home aesthetic. Here are some tips on how you can approach your own AC landscaping.

The Do’s and Don’ts

Before you start planting bushes all around your AC unit, we want to make sure you know a few things to avoid. These tips will keep your air conditioning running reliably — and keep your family cool and comfortable inside your home:

  • Keep any plants or structures 18–24” away from your AC unit

  • Do not build or place anything over the top of your AC unit

  • Keep your yard free of leaves and other debris

Now let’s get to making that air conditioner blend in more, shall we? Here are some of the creative ideas we have seen.

Planting Leafless Trees

Keeping the above guidelines in mind, planting small trees around your air conditioning unit can hide it from view, as well as protect it from inclement weather. You want to use trees that do not shed their leaves to prevent clogging up your AC unit air intake.

Potted Plants

Strategically placing your potted plants is another great way to shelter an AC unit from excess debris, and hide it from sight. These are not as permanent as a planted tree or bush and can be changed out with the seasons if necessary.

Fence It In

This is where the DIY muscle can really flex. We have seen a lot of options here, from repurposing pallet wood, to using a lattice, even actual picket fencing! There are many ways to integrate a small fence into your landscaping plan and hide your AC unit.

Keep Cool

Now that you are armed with the tips and tricks of landscaping around your AC unit, you can rest easy knowing that you don’t have to sacrifice your house looking cool in order for your home’s temperature to stay cool.

Have you been looking to have an air conditioner installed this summer? Let Atlanta’s air conditioning experts install a new system for your home to keep you cool and comfy throughout the hot and humid months.

Looking to upgrade your home comfort this summer? Contact us or call (770) 285-0532 to schedule a consultation today.

Make Sure Spring Cleaning Includes Your HVAC System

It sure feels good to air out the house and give it a good, deep cleaning when the weather warms up in spring, before the dog days hit soon afterward. While you’re sweeping out the cobwebs, don’t forget about your HVAC equipment.

A properly cleaned and maintained furnace and air conditioning system will keep you and your family more comfortable and reduce your energy bills all year. If you haven’t had a tune-up in a while, you should think about calling for one. Better yet, why not go ahead and sign up for a regular maintenance program today?

Don’t Skip That Spring Tune-Up

The thought of facing the hottest stretch of the summer in the greater Atlanta region without air conditioning is not a pleasant one. You probably haven’t used your AC since last fall, which means it’s been inactive for months. Now is a good time to have a professional evaluate the operation and efficiency of your system to ensure it keeps running smoothly and at peak efficiency throughout the summer. And, as it’s been running throughout the winter, spring maintenance for your heating system ensures it will be ready when the cold air returns later in the year.

Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning offers air conditioning and heating maintenance to ensure your HVAC equipment keeps running and you avoid unexpected and costly breakdowns. During regular tune-ups, our experienced technicians will catch weakening parts before they break and proactively rectify situations that could affect your system’s efficiency. Our in-depth checklists ensure nothing is overlooked, and we’ll present you with a status report on your equipment after each visit.

The Benefits of Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance lets you stay out ahead of unexpected breakdowns and expensive emergency visits. With your systems running smoothly and more efficiently, you’ll enjoy reduced energy bills. You’ll also enjoy healthier indoor air quality, extended system life and a more comfortable home environment.

Time for a Home Energy Upgrade?

Even with regular preventive maintenance and tune-ups, all HVAC systems have a life expectancy, and many older models simply can’t compete with newer units on energy efficiency.

At Anchor, we are Trane Comfort Specialists, offering new, ultra-efficient Trane heating and cooling systems. These new systems allow you to regulate your comfort year-round and can lower your heating and cooling costs by as much as 50%.

Talk to us about maintaining or upgrading your heating or cooling systems. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Make sure your HVAC systems are in peak condition—schedule a spring HVAC tune-up today. Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 to learn more.

Is My AC Too Small For My House?

The heat and humidity here in the greater Atlanta area aren’t slowing down yet. How well is your air conditioner performing?

A Bigger AC Isn’t Always Better

A bigger air conditioner is more powerful and does a better job of cooling your space, right?

Actually, an AC unit that’s too large will be less efficient at making your home comfortable and can cause various other issues.

How Your AC Affects Humidity

Apart from just cooling your home, your AC is supposed to reduce humidity. An air conditioning system that’s too large will cool your home too quickly to effectively reduce humidity, so your living space will stay sticky and uncomfortable.

With all this additional moisture in the air, your home might be prone to mold and mildew growth which will affect the health of you and your family. On top of indoor air quality concerns, having an air conditioner that’s too large can result in increased energy bills and greater wear and tear that ultimately reduces the longevity of your system.

Considerations for Choosing the Right Size Air Conditioner

For your air conditioner to keep you comfortable without the potential for additional issues, it needs to be right sized. So what factors need to be considered?

Efficiency Rating of Your AC

As air conditioners are becoming more energy efficient, they are also becoming more powerful. It’s necessary to take into account how efficient the system is before simply selecting the largest one possible.

How Big Is Your Home?

The same size system shouldn’t be installed in a home that’s 1,200 square feet if it’s really made for a space of about 4,000 square feet. Make sure you consider the size of your home when choosing an air conditioner.

Cooling Load Calculation

The rate at which an AC must remove heat to keep the humidity and temperature steady is known as the cooling load. Components of calculating the cooling load of your home include:

  • Occupants
  • Home appliances, equipment, and lights
  • Infiltration of hot outdoor air
  • System heat gains
  • Ventilation

Since every home has a different cooling load, a professional must first calculate the one specific to your space so that the right size air conditioner can be installed.

Getting the Right Size Air Conditioner with Help from Anchor

If you’re not sure about why your AC isn’t performing the way it should be — the sizing might be off. The team at Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning will be able to determine exactly what size system your Douglasville, GA area home needs and then expertly install it. We carry the best selection of Trane systems and will make sure you have the unit that is perfectly selected for your space!

Are you sure your AC is the right size for your home? Call (770) 942-2873 or contact us to make sure your air conditioner is the right fit!

Need to Replace Your AC? Here’s What to Look For

Summer will soon be coming to a close, and some homeowners are exceedingly grateful. Perhaps you’re one of the thousands of greater metro Atlanta homeowners who have noticed that their air conditioners just weren’t up to snuff this year. Maybe your electricity bills for the past few months have been through the roof, or your AC has been constantly running in an attempt to keep up with the summer heat. Regardless of what’s going on, now’s the perfect time to consider a replacement so that you’re prepared for next summer.

Looking to replace your AC? Here are a few things to take into consideration, all of which will help you choose the perfect unit for your home.

Factor #1: Sizing

If you’ve ever heard that you need to “right-size” an AC before installing it, you may be slightly confused about what this means. Some people assume that going with a larger unit will negate sizing issues, but this tends to lead only to wasted electricity. Instead, calculations involving the square footage of your home and the BTUs (British Thermal Units) of an AC must be taken into account to determine which air conditioner will work best to cool the entire living space.

Factor #2: Efficiency

One of the major benefits of installing a new air conditioner is the fact that today’s units are far more energy efficient than those from the past. Many homeowners are blown away by how much better a new unit tends to operate in comparison to what it replaced, which translates not only to a more comfortable home but reduced energy bills, too. Be sure to look for air conditioners that have high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, which indicate systems that are sure to save you money each month.

Factor #3: Cost

Cost is always a factor when it comes to purchasing new home cooling equipment, but it doesn’t have to dictate your end decision. Typical whole-home cooling systems tend to cost between $$5,000-$12,000, although it’s important to note that higher-end systems may be capable of saving you more money in the long run via reduced monthly energy costs. With your budget in mind, our team can help find a cooling system that will serve as the perfect option, taking any guesswork out of the equation.

Factor #4: Installation

One of the most important elements of purchasing a new AC is the installation process itself. Even the best cooling equipment will underperform if not properly installed, which is why it’s helpful to work with a professional contractor that has performed countless AC installs over the years. Whether you’re interested in central air or a heat pump, Anchor Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help.

Buying a new AC doesn’t have to be difficult, but you do need to know what to look for to make the right decisions.

Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Why Won’t My Air Conditioner Turn On?

Ah, summer. It’s the season where setting aside time to unwind is not only acceptable, but encouraged, and for many, this means basking in the AC while outside temperatures rise into the 90s and even higher. At least a handful of people will find their plans for relaxing in their cool, conditioned living rooms falling through this summer thanks to AC breakdown. It’s a veritable horror story, and if it occurs during a heatwave, the results can be dangerous.

Maybe you woke up this morning to find out that your air conditioner just won’t turn on— if not, maybe this fate looms right around the corner. Here are just a few reasons why an AC may be unresponsive, all of which point to the need for service.

Problem #1: Your Thermostat Needs Adjusting

This may seem like an obvious cause for the issue at hand, but it’s something that often goes overlooked. In combined systems, thermostats that are set to “heat” will never allow an AC to properly cool the home. Be sure that yours is set to “cool,” and if so, turn the temperature down 5-10 degrees to see if your unit will click on. If not, it’s time to look elsewhere.

Problem #2: Power Surge

It’s no secret that air conditioners can use up quite a bit of power on a monthly basis, and power surges are not unlikely to occur from time to time. This can cause the illusion that your AC just won’t turn on, which may not be the case. Be sure to check your main electrical panel for any tripped circuits—either a “fuse box” in an old home or a circuit panel in newer homes. Some air conditioners also come equipped with shutoff boxes, which can easily blow fuses and should be checked if your AC won’t turn on.

Problem #3: The Air Filter is Dirty

If you’re not sure when the last time you cleaned your AC’s air filter was, there’s a good chance that it’s in need of either cleaning or outright replacement. Look for the unit’s return vent filter where air gets pulled into the AC and check to see if it’s dirty. A simple change of the filter may be all that the doctor ordered to get your air conditioner back into shape.

Problem #4: The Condensate Line Requires Attention

Finally, you may want to take a closer look at your AC’s condensate line. Air conditioners create condensation as they operate normally, which exits the home from a drain line. If the line gets clogged, a safety switch can be tripped that shuts the AC down. A condensate drain pump or even a wet/dry vacuum may be able to clear the clog and get your AC back into working order.

Still can’t get your AC to turn on? The team at Anchor AC is here to help.

Contact us or call (770) 942-2873 today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.