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Now that the air has started to chill, we all start to worry about heating our homes. What is the best way to do it? The answer to that question can be surprisingly complex because so much depends on factors unique to you and your house. However, there are some general principles to follow if you want to keep coziness high and utilities low.

When it comes to energy efficiency, the name of the game is using your central heating and cooling system less. The best way to do this is to ensure that you and your house are ready for the extreme temperatures that winter brings. Let's talk about some long-term and short-term solutions to the energy efficiency problem.

 

Long-Term Effects


The most important long-term change you can make is insulation. Be sure that you have done all that you can to keep the inside and outside air from mixing. Here are a few common fixes that can help.

 

 

 

    • Seal windows with caulk

 

    • Fix cracks between doors and frames

 

    • Cap exhaust escapes, such as chimneys, while not in use

 

 

 

Short-Term Changes


The big idea here is to prioritize room heating. Why heat rooms that you do not use? Ideally, you can strike a balance between central heating and a more localized heat source like a fire. And, though it seems painfully obvious, we should say that it does not hurt to pick a blanket over turning up the heat.

 

 

We Want to Work With You


If you are thinking about upgrading your heating and cooling system or know your current unit needs some maintenance, give us a call today. We can work with you to figure out the best solution to your heating needs. South Louisiana might not be known for its winters, but preparing for them is always a good idea. If you live in Acadiana, we at Dave Broussard A/C & Heating want to help you find the right balance and keep your energy efficiency high this winter. We also provide heating and cooling repairs, maintenance, and installation as well as indoor air quality services.

 

A breeze of cold air is nice when out on a boat on a lake. Cold air coming from a furnace is not as pleasant, though. Cold air doesn't heat a home during cold winter seasons. Without hot air inside the house, your comfort level drops, and you run the risk of bursting pipes and causing other issues. Here are some reasons why a furnace may be blowing cold air.

 

The Furnace's Filter Is Past Due for Replacing


A filter serves an essential purpose: It grabs and holds impurities circulating through the system. Once the filter passes a particular point of age and dirt collection, it will need to be replaced. Otherwise, scores of problems, including the blowing of cold air occurs. At Dave Broussard A/C & Heating, our technicians deal with both minor and major furnace issues all the time. As part of our routine maintenance service, we can help you replace your furnace filter.

 

Thermostats and Settings


Many people check the filter first, but the problem may be something away from the furnace itself. Look at the thermostat to determine its setting.

 

Sometimes, the thermostat setting might appear as "ON," which means the fans spins without the furnace fired up. Cold air then circulates. Changing the setting to "AUTO" fires up the furnace and ensures that the fan blows hot air.

 

The Pilot Light Is Off


The burners require the pilot light to be lit. Otherwise, there's nothing to ignite the gas. If the pilot light goes out, then the burners do, too. Check your owner's manual to see how to re-ignite the pilot light. Sometimes, pushing down the ignition button in the described manner is all that's necessary.

 

The pilot light should stay on once re-lit. If not, then there's something more serious wrong with the system. When the ignition system suffers from an undetermined problem, repairs may be necessary and unavoidable.

Don't wait around while your furnace isn't doing its job. Call Dave Broussard A/C & Heating to set up a service call in Broussard, LA. We offer a full range of heating and cooling services and can also assist with indoor air quality. Contact us today.

If you have pets, you are more likely to have air quality issues in your house. This is because their fur or dander can get and stay in the air. Animals can also bring in dirt, dust, or pollen that can make its way throughout the home. How can you keep the air as clean as possible?

 

Sweep and Vacuum Regularly


The easiest way to keep fur or other particles out of the air is to keep such items off the floor or from getting deep into the carpet. This can be done by regularly sweeping wood floors or by vacuuming carpets to remove as much fur, dander, and other particles as possible. It may be a good idea to have floors professionally cleaned on a monthly or quarterly basis.

 

 

Groom Your Pets


Brushing your pet or having its coat trimmed can help to reduce the amount of fur that it sheds in the house. It may also be a good idea to have your pet wear boots or a coat when it goes outside. This can keep the fur dry, which makes it less likely that anything will stick to it. If it can’t stick to your animal, there’s less of a chance that it can be brought inside.

 

 

Have Air Filters Replaced Every 30 Days


Under normal conditions, you can generally keep an air filter in place for about 90 days. However, at Dave Broussard A/C & Heating in Broussard, we recommend changing air filters on a more frequent basis if you have pets. This helps circulate dander-free air throughout your home.

 

If you are looking to keep your home's air safe to breathe, we can help you change your air filter, repair a heater, or maintain an air conditioner. We can also install insulation or a generator to ensure that your home is able to function as it should all year long. Call Dave Broussard A/C & Heating today to set up an appointment.

It is very common for homeowners to overwork their AC system. This can cause the unit to break down, or at least cause parts to wear out more quickly than they should. Unfortunately, many homeowners are not familiar with the signs that they are overworking their air conditioners. Key signs may include the AC unit freezing over or the system failing to get the temperature down to what you have specified. To learn more about the signs that your AC system is being overworked, read on.

 

The AC Unit Freezes Over


It is quite common for AC units to freeze over. Some owners may think that this is simply indicating that the AC unit is keeping their house nice and cool. However, they may not know that it is actually a problem. However, an AC unit that freezes over is a symptom of one of several different problems. One of the possible issues causing an AC to freeze over is that the system is being overworked. If your AC unit is frozen over, raise your specified temperature and see if the frost clears up. If the frost is still there, contact a professional for repair or replacement services. 

 

 

Your AC Unit Cannot Get Down to Your Specified Temperature


If you set a low temperature and your AC unit simply could not get down to it, it will be overworked. This is because AC units usually turn off when they have achieved the desired temperature and only turn on to maintain it. If your AC unit is constantly working to maintain an impossibly cold temperature, it will be straining quite hard. As previously mentioned, this could lead to a breakdown in the AC system if it continues for an extended period of time.

 

 

Contact Dave Broussard A/C & Heating Today


Dave Broussard A/C & Heating has proudly served customers in the Broussard area for many years. We sell AC systems and perform installations. We can also take care of all your repair and maintenance jobs. Contact us today for all of your AC and heating needs.

 

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