Improving the efficiency of your air condition isn’t limited to inside the home – keep your outdoor unit in good shape as well to improve the effectiveness and overall functionality. Add these simple steps into your normal lawn care routine to cover basic maintenance of your outside air conditioning unit:

1. Remove or trim shrubs and bushes that surround the outdoor air conditioning unit. Your unit requires a minimum of 18 inches of clear space for proper performance.

2. Clear away fallen leaves, foliage, grass clippings, and other debris from your outdoor unit. Built up debris can obstruct airflow.

3. Double check the concrete pad on which the unit rests to make sure it is level (you can find a cheap carpenter’s level at a local hardware store).

Always make sure your air conditioning system is not running before you attempt to clean anything on the actual unit. If you have any other questions about the maintenance of your outdoor unit, reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter, or give us a call at 770-565-5884.

Seasonal tune ups for your HVAC system are important, especially in preparation for the summer and winter months. With the summer heat here (whether we like it or not!) we all know that our HVAC systems will be working a little bit harder than normal to keep us cool. Here is a quick checklist of the tasks your contractor should do to prevent any problems or unwanted costs this summer:

1. Clean! Your contractor should clean your evaporator and condenser air conditioning coils to enhance your system’s ability to cool your home. Dirty coils cause the system to run longer, resulting in a higher electric bill and lower life expectancy for your system.

2. Check Refrigerant Levels. He/she should check to make sure that there is just the right amount of refrigerant and adjust if needed. Too little or too much refrigerant could again, increase your energy bill and reduce the life of your system.

3. Check, Clean Again and Adjust It’s important to check, clean and adjust the blower components for your system. If your blowers go unchecked, it could create airflow problems which could reduce the efficiency of your system.

For more checklist items, refer to Energy Star’s maintenance checklist! If you have any questions or think you’re due for a tune up, schedule an appointment with your HVAC repair service!

At Casteel Heating and Cooling, we pride ourselves in providing world class service, high quality products, affordable prices and exceptional warranties. But instead of hearing it from us, take a look at what some our customers are saying on Kudzu this month!

“Joe and Robert arrived on time and spent the entire day getting my new furnace and AC unit installed correctly. The job was more difficult than they expected originally because the space for the furnace was cramped and had a pipe sticking up in a very inconvenient place. They worked to get the old furnace out and the new one in, though, and didn’t complain at all. They also did not charge me extra for the extra time. When they were finished, Robert took me on a tour of my house to show me everything I needed to know. They answered all of my questions and cleaned up everything before leaving. I was very happy with the service.”

“Chavez and Jesus were exceptional. Being in the service industry myself, I appreciate and admire the job that these two guys did. Above and Beyond.”

“I had called another well known company to have my a/c checked. They could not come out for three days. i called and spoke to Jessica at Caseel and would be the same according to their schedule. Before I even had the phone hung up Jessica was calling back to say she could have someone out that afternoon. It did not happen to be a good time for me so we left my appoint as it was. Jessica called me back the following day and service technician Brian was at my house by noon that day. I needed an estimate for replacement and Ryan was out to my house on a holiday. That is what I call “Service” I should know because I have been in “customer service” for many years. Great job, Jessica, Brian and Ryan. I will recommend your company to friends and family.”

“Brian was wonderful! He filled my unit with freon (with no charge!!!!) and answered my questions about the heat pump we have.”

We really value our cutomers, and appreciate the feedback! Our growth would not be possible without our amazing customers, so thank you! If you have any comments or questions, drop by our Facebook and Twitter pages, we love hearing from y’all!

The summer heat is rolling in so you are going to want to make sure your air conditioner is running the best it can to keep you cool all summer long! Make sure you take advantage of our $79 Furnace Efficiency Tune-Up Coupon! Remember, one of the most important things you can do to ensure efficiency is to change your filters regularly!

Casteel 25-Point Furnace Tune-Up Includes:

Check for Carbon Monoxide Leaks
Inspect Igniter
Inspect Rectifier Probe
Check Differential Pressure Switch
Inspect Draft Inducer
Inspect Exchanger for Micro Holes
Inspect Exchanger for Rust
Inspect Exchanger Face Plate
Check Pilot Assembly
Check Gas Valve Operation
Check for Gas Leaks
Check Gas Pressure
Inspect Limits and Safety Switches
Inspect Flue Conditions and Codes
Inspect Electrical Disconnect Wires
Inspect Electrical Component Wires
Inspect Door Switch for Safety
Check Safety Drain Pan Switches
Check Blower Motor
Inspect Indoor Coil for Visible Leaks
Minor Cleaning of Indoor Coil
Check Condensate Drain Line and Pump
Check Thermostat Operation / Calibration
Cycle System and Test Safety of Operation
Includes Standard 1″ Filters

If you decide to take advantage of our special, let us know how your experience was on Kudzu or our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’d love to hear from you!

We at Casteel have always valued you, our customers! We wanted to give back to you all by hosting the “You-Name-It Shopping Spree”. We finally have a winner…drumroll please!

Congratulations to our “You-Name-It Shopping Spree” Sweepstakes winner, Eric D. of Canton! He won a $50 AMEX gift card! Enjoy Eric :) Thank you to everyone else who participated!

Stay up to date on our Facebook and Twitter pages for any sweepstakes in the future!

The summer months are fast approaching and the temperature is heating up. If you live in the state of Georgia, then you are already familiar with humidity! Sometimes an air conditioner is not enough to get rid of that heavy, sticky, hot feeling in your home. Dehumidifiers are perfect for the summer heat! Experts have identified the ideal level of relative humidity in a home should be between 30% to 60%.

Not only does a dehumidifier help keep you comfortable in your home, but excessive humidity can also create an excellent breeding ground for mold and mildew – invaders that can be unhealthy and destructive to a home, its occupants and its furnishings. Just another reason to fight the humidity!

Just so you understand how a dehumidifier works, let’s break it down into four simple components Fan Compressor, Reheater, Compressor cooling coils and Reservoir. These parts work together to collect the surrounding air, then, the coils use condensation to extract the moisture from the air. The dehumidifier reheats the air and exhausts it back into the room. Simple enough, right?

It’s only May, so you still have time to invest in a dehumidifier before it’s too late and your hair frizzes out of control! If you have any questions or comments let us know in the comment box or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Are you having some problems with you air conditioner? We are going to go over the common problems according to Kudzu and explain how you can fix them. It is always a good idea to remember that you should have your system serviced annually by a qualified HVAC technician, and you should use such a technician to resolve any home air conditioning problems where the cause and solution are not both obvious. Also, we recommend that you read through your HVAC manual, to familiarize yourself with your specific unit.


Your AC Unit is not Cooling:
This is the most obvious sign that something is not working properly. Make sure that your thermostat is properly set a few degrees cooler than room temperature and make sure it is switched to the “cool” setting. Once you’ve determined that it is not a simple switch error, turn off your system. It may need to be cleaned. Start by removing any debris, twigs, dirt etc on and around it. Sometimes dirt can be restricting the air flow. If these simple steps do not resolve the issue, it would be best to call an HVAC technician.

Clean Filters: Your air conditioning system needs clean filters in order to run properly and efficiently. A filter collects all the dust and allergens from incoming air in order to keep the air in your home clean. We recommend that you change these filters every couple of months. If you do not, the filter will no longer be able to collect dust, forcing your system to work extra hard, which could lead to a breakdown.

If you are facing air conditioning problems that do not have an obvious cause or solution, we highly recommended that you call an HVAC technician. It is always better to be safe then sorry! If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comment box below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Are you considering installing a new air conditioning system? It might be a good idea, since the summer heat is starting to roll in! Before you make an investment like this, you should consider all your options, so you can invest in a system that is perfect for your wallet and your home!

The most common type of air conditioning system is a split system. This means that part of the system is located outside of your home and another part is inside. The loud, heat-generating parts are outside, and the condenser coil is located inside. The split system is perfect for those who already have ducktwork in place.

If you have an older home that does not have existing duct work, you may want to consider a Mini Split system. This is set up almost the same way as the split system except that instead of one air handler to cool the whole house, you have and air-handler for each room to be cooled.

When it comes to air conditioners, size matters! It is important that you purchase an air conditioner that is the correct size for your home. It’s simple, an air conditioner that is too small with not be able to properly cool your home. An air conditioner that is too large, will turn on and off too frequently and have trouble maintaining a constant temperature, which will reduce the efficiency.

An HVAC professional will be able to determine the optimal size air conditioner for your home. So before you go and make a purchase, make sure you consult an HVAC professional.

According to Kudzu, the average air conditioning estimates range between a low $3,500- $5,500 or a high $6,500-$15,00. This all depends on the existing ductwork you may or may not have and the size of your home. These estimates are based on an average 2,000 square foot home.

Now that you have the air conditioner run down, you can make an investment that fits both your budget and home! If you have any questions or comments let us know in the comment box below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

The “You-Name-It Shopping Spree” Sweepstakes will be coming to an end by May 1st! You better get your entries in now before it is too late! When you enter the Sweepstakes, you are automatically in the drawing for a $50 gift card! If you refer a friend that gift card goes up $10 in value! You can refer up to 15 friends. That brings your gift card value up to $200! We at Casteel have always valued customer service and wanted to give back to you all by hosting this sweepstakes!

Remember, you can enter by going to our Facebook page. Once you’ve liked the page, look for the tab marked “Sweepstakes” under our profile image and enter. Be on the lookout for the winner on May 3rd, 2012! The winner will be randomly selected and notified via email.

Best of luck everyone! Where will you spend your $200 gift card?

Sweepstakes Rules

Who doesn’t like saving a few bucks here and there? With the summer heat rolling in, we’re sure you’ll have your air conditioner running 24/7…while your body may appreciate it, your wallet won’t! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your heating and cooling system accounts for 54% of your utility bill! Try these tips and watch your wallet grow, well not literally of course, but you know we mean!

Tips:

  • Use your programmable thermostat! Set it to high as is comfortable in the summer and make sure you are setting it to turn off when you are not in the house.
  • Replace or clean your filters on a monthly basis to ensure system efficency.
  • In the summer time try to keep the window blinds closed or mostly closed to prevent the sun from heating up the home.
  • It would be a good idea to consider putting heat resistant between exterior walls.
  • Make sure you turn off you exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen within 20 minutes after you are done using them.
  • If your HVAC system is more than 12 years old you want to consider investing in a new energy-efficient system. Newer models are more efficient and can help you save money in the long run!
  • Don’t let the summer heat get the best of your utility bill. If you are looking to install a new HVAC system, make sure you consult an HVAC professional to get the right one for you. Try these money saving tips and let us know how it goes in our comment box below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages!