What Is the Air Conditioner Compressor?

May 18th, 2015 by David Roussel

The more you know about the various parts used in your air conditioner, the better you’ll be able to tell when one of them is in need of repair. You won’t be able to repair it yourself, but the faster you react to problems with your system, the better off it will be. With that in mind, let’s take a look at one of the most important parts of your air conditioner: the compressor. Read on to find out more about the compressor, and when to call a professional to look at it. Continue Reading

Why You Should Consider Installing an Air Purifier

May 11th, 2015 by David Roussel

The indoor air quality inside the average home is actually quite a bit worse than most people realize. Millions of microscopic particles are floating around in the air you breathe, some of which can be quite harmful. For example, things like dust and pollen can provoke allergy attacks in those who are susceptible to them. Even if you’re not an allergy sufferer, viruses and bacteria are common contaminants that can cause illness. The best way to get rid of these contaminants, and to improve your indoor air quality, is to install an indoor air purifier in your home. Read on to find out more about indoor air purifiers. Continue Reading

How Duct Cleaning Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

May 4th, 2015 by David Roussel

Though you may not realize it, the indoor air quality of your home is probably not the best. Millions of microscopic airborne contaminants are found inside the average home’s air, including dust, mites, dander, pollen, germs, and mold spores. These contaminants can provoke allergy attacks, make you sick, and generally lower your quality of life. Fortunately, you don’t have to just accept poor air quality in your home. Read on to find out how duct cleaning can improve your indoor air quality. Continue Reading

Air Conditioning Problems That You Need to Watch Out For

April 27th, 2015 by David Roussel

As summer starts up and you begin using your air conditioner more often, you’re going to want to keep an eye out for any problems that might crop up during use. The earlier you catch any issues with your air conditioner, the better shape your system is going to be in. With that in mind, have a look at some of the more common air conditioning problems that you should watch out for. Continue Reading

Why You Should Consider Installing an Air Purifier

April 20th, 2015 by David Roussel

No one wants to live in a dusty house, for obvious reasons. Dust gets in your nose and your lungs, makes you cough and sneeze, and if you suffer from allergies it can provoke some even worse symptoms. This is why we open our windows, vacuum and dust on a regular basis, and generally do everything we can to keep dust from accumulating.

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3 Indications that You Need a New Air Conditioner

April 13th, 2015 by David Roussel

Air conditioners are pretty hardy systems, able to stand up to the strain of thousands of long, hot days. No matter how well-built a system is, though, eventually it will break down for good. Taking good care of your system with maintenance and timely repairs will help it live longer, but not forever.

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Why You should Consider a Geothermal System to Keep You Cool

April 6th, 2015 by David Roussel

A lot of homeowners are browsing the air conditioning market at this time of year, hoping to upgrade to a new system before the hot summer months roll in. If you happen to be one of those homeowners, you should have a look at what a geothermal system can do for you. If you aren’t familiar with geothermal heating and cooling, then you’re in luck. Let us explain what a geothermal system actually is, and why you should consider installing one for use this summer.

What Is Geothermal?

Geothermal systems are heat pumps, which move heat from one place to another. Unlike air source heat pumps, which are more common, geothermal heat pumps rely on subterranean thermal energy to both heat and cool the home. Yes, you read that right. A geothermal system, like all heat pumps, is actually capable of both heating and cooling functions. It does this by cycling water or refrigerant through a large underground loop, which is buried 10-15 feet underground outside the house.

That far underground, the temperature remains a relatively constant 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit, regardless of the season or weather. The geothermal system harvests thermal energy from underground to heat the home during the winter, and vents heat underground to cool the home in summer.

Why Use Geothermal?

Geothermal systems have distinct advantages over both air conditioners and air source heat pumps when it comes to cooling a home. Though they may all accomplish the same thing, geothermal systems offer the widest range of functionality compared to other cooling systems. Air conditioners cannot heat as well as cool, so they are not as efficient. Air source heat pumps can offer both functions, but on extremely cold days their efficiency drops due to lack of available thermal energy. Geothermal systems are the only ones that can do it all, and without the disadvantages associated with other heat pumps.

If you’d like to know more about geothermal systems, call South Air Inc. We provide geothermal systems throughout Cartersville, GA.

Reasons to Consider a Whole House Dehumidifier

March 27th, 2015 by David Roussel

Most homeowners know that excess moisture indoors can cause a lot of discomfort, but what may be less known is how much damage it can cause over time. It’s no secret that we live in a humid region, and our excess humidity can affect your home, your air conditioner and your indoor air quality. One of the best ways to combat the effects of excessive humidity in Woodstock is to install a whole house dehumidifier. Unlike small, independent room dehumidifiers that address only a small area of your living space, a whole house dehumidifier is integrated with your HVAC system and removes all the excess moisture in your home seamlessly. Of course, to gain the benefits of a whole house dehumidifier, it’s important to hire only a trained expert for installation. The indoor air quality specialists at South Air, Inc., can help you with installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of your whole house dehumidifier in Woodstock, so call us today!

Why Consider a Dehumidifier?

Here are some of the more common reasons why you may want to consider the installation of a whole home dehumidifier:

Avoid Mold and Mildew Development

Mold and mildew thrive in moist atmospheres, and they grow on a whole lot of things, including linens, photos, paper products, clothes, furniture and ductwork. Once mold and mildew start to grow they can be very difficult to get rid of, and if you have allergy sufferers in your home, they may start to have a very difficult time in your home.

Take the Extra Stress off Your AC

Humidity holds heat, which is why humidity makes the temperature feel hotter than it may be. Your air conditioner cools your home by removing both the heat and the humidity, but when there’s excess moisture in the air, your AC has to work twice as hard. Removing the excess moisture helps take the stress off your AC, allowing it to operate at normal levels.

Improve Indoor Comfort

Excess moisture in your indoor air can make the atmosphere feel cold and clammy instead of cool and dry. The whole reason you have an air conditioner is to be comfortable, so don’t let excess humidity compromise that.

If you’ve had enough of excess humidity in your Woodstock home, call the experts at South Air, Inc., today and schedule an appointment for whole house dehumidifier installation.

What Are My Choices for Home Cooling?

March 20th, 2015 by David Roussel

It won’t be long before homeowners in Atlanta will be turning on the AC instead of the heat. Are you in need of a new air conditioner this spring? Choosing an air conditioner takes some time and consideration, and an understanding of what your options are. Here at South Air Inc., we offer several kinds of home cooling systems as part of our overall cooling services in Cartersville. Working with a trained expert from the very beginning of the installation process helps ensure that you choose and install an air conditioner that fits your needs and the needs of your home. Get ahead of the spring heat by scheduling an appointment with a South Air, Inc., professional today.

Cooling Choices

Traditional Split System AC

The traditional split system air conditioner is one of the most common types of whole-home cooling around. This type of system has an outdoor unit that contains the compressors and condenser and an indoor unit that contains the blower (air handler) and the evaporator. Ductwork is necessary to use a split system AC.

Heat Pump

Heat pumps cool by transferring heat from one location to another; as such, they can both heat and cool. Heat pump systems don’t use any fossil fuels to operate; they only use a small amount of electricity. Heat pumps can be used in either a ducted or ductless system.

Ductless Mini Split System

Ductless mini split systems can be only air conditioners, or work with a heat pump, and will offer your home both heating and cooling. Ductless systems have an outdoor unit just like a traditional split system AC, but use individual indoor blowers to deliver the air. The blowers are about 3 feet long and can be mounted flush to walls or hung from ceilings. The blowers connect to the outdoor unit via a conduit; a single outdoor unit can support up to 4 indoor blowers.

Geothermal System

A geothermal systems are another type of system that uses a heat pump to both heat and cool your home. During the summer, the heat pump absorbs the heat in your home and transfers it to the environmentally-friendly antifreeze in the geothermal ground loop; the heat is released into the ground. In the winter, the environmentally-friendly antifreeze absorbs the latent heat in the surrounding ground, transfers it to the heat pump where it is concentrated, then disperses it to your home.

If you are ready for a new AC in Cartersville, schedule an appointment with one of our residential cooling services experts today!

How Does an Aquatherm© Combination Heating System Work?

March 13th, 2015 by David Roussel

It can be difficult to find energy efficient heating solutions for small properties, especially if you have a property like a condominium. But there is a product on the market that can heat your condo by making dual use of your hot water heater: the First Co. Aquatherm© combination heating system. We have a number of multi-family dwellings in Woodstock, and our South Air Inc., experts have seen some great benefits that this system offers these types of properties. First, let’s take a look at how the system works.

How It Operates

A First Co. Aquatherm© Combination heating system can use any size or kind of tank water heater as a base for the system. It doesn’t matter if they water heater is powered by gas, oil or electricity, it just needs to have a tank. The heater can also make use of a split-system type condensing unit.

The components in an Aquatherm® air handler include:

  • A fan and fan motor
  • A hot water circulating pump
  • A hot water heating coil
  • An air purge valve
  • A check valve
  • Components for low voltage control

Additionally, many models include a cooling coil for air conditioning.

When heat is called for by your wall thermostat, the cue from the thermostat starts a small pump that takes water from the hot water tank to the hot water coil in the Aquatherm© air handler. The fan draws cool air in from your living space and as this air passes over the hot water, the air absorbs the heat; this air is then circulated throughout your living space. When your home reaches the temperature you’ve set, the water is circulated back to the hot water heater for re-heating.

The Benefits

Here are some of the benefits an Aquatherm© Combination heating system can offer you:

  • Better energy efficiency
  • Low maintenance
  • Up to 16 SEER for air conditioning
  • Comfortable heat

The heating and cooling experts at South Air, Inc., are factory-trained to install, maintain, repair and replace Aquatherm© Combination heating systems.

If you are interested to see if an Aquatherm© Combination Heating system will work for your home in Woodstock, call us today!