Cut your energy costs with a new smart thermostat

Are your high electric bills getting you down in the dog days of summer? At AxsomAir, we can’t do anything about our high heat or humidity—it’s just part of life here in Louisiana. However, we are in the business of helping homeowners save money with energy-efficient upgrades and improvements to their home. If you’re just setting out on the road to making your home more efficient, a smart thermostat is a great place to start. In this article, we’ll review what they are, how they work, and why you should call us for professional installation here in Natchitoches.

What is a smart thermostat, anyway?

A “smart” thermostat is an upgraded version of the manual, dial-driven thermostat that many American homeowners have used for decades to control the temperature in their home. These thermostats have computers in them which allow them to collect temperature and humidity data, store a programmable schedule, and make fine-tuned adjustments to indoor comfort.

A smart thermostat like this one gives homeowners greater control over their comfort and energy bills.

A new smart thermostat can give you more control over your comfort while also lowering your monthly energy bills.

The main feature that distinguishes a “smart” thermostat from one that is, well, not so smart, is the ability to program automated temperature changes. For example, a homeowner who works an 8-hour day can set their thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature from 77 to 83 when they leave, and then have the thermostat cool things back down to 77 about thirty minutes before they arrive home.

This allows the homeowner to save energy during the day without sacrificing any comfort or having to remember to manually adjust the dial (which many of us forget to do on a regular basis!)

Why upgrade to a new thermostat?

Efficiency, comfort, and control. A new smart thermostat gives homeowners all three of these things. Here’s how:

Cut your energy costs

Over the coming years, a newly installed smart thermostat will save your home hundreds on your energy bills. That may not seem like much, but most of these thermostats retail for about $150-$300, which means that the new system will eventually pay for itself and then some. Add in the comfort and control these units give you, and a smart thermostat is a no-brainer.

While they’re effective at saving you money on their own, a smart thermostat fits especially well as part of an overall strategy to make your home more energy efficient, which might include replacing your old air conditioner with an energy-efficient model and having an HVAC professional install new attic insulation. Talk to the HVAC experts here at AxsomAir for more tips and ideas for boosting your home’s energy efficiency.

Improve the comfort of your home

Your indoor comfort matters—it’s the entire reason you have cooling and heating systems in the first place! Smart thermostats allow you to customize the comfort of your home like never before. If you and your family cook dinner together every weeknight at 6 p.m., you can set the thermostat to cool down your home starting at 5:30 p.m., so you can make lasagna without sweating up a storm. Or, if you leave for work at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays, have the AC take a break until you get home at 6 p.m.—this will help you save energy.

No matter what your individual comfort and humidity preferences are, your new smart thermostat can work around your life and your schedule.

Control your cooling and heating—from anywhere!

There are a wide variety of these thermostats on the market, and each has different features and selling points over its competitors. However, one of the most popular features that most smart thermostats share is an internet connection to a mobile app. This allows homeowners to control their thermostat when they are not at home. The convenience and control this offers is unparalleled. On vacation, but forgot that the dog sitter is coming over at 3 p.m.? Use your smartphone to turn down the thermostat so that she can be comfortable.

Many of these thermostats are also now compatible with voice-activated technology. For everyone from busy home cooks to overwhelmed parents, the ability to tell a smart speaker to turn down the AC from the kitchen is one of those small added conveniences that makes the whole evening run more smoothly.

Call AxsomAir for your thermostat installation needs

Before you purchase a new smart thermostat, talk to our team here at AxsomAir. Not every thermostat works with every type of HVAC system or your home’s pre-existing thermostat wiring. Our technicians can advise you on which thermostats are compatible, or change your wiring to make it compatible with the thermostat you’d like to buy.

If you’re not sure how to go about swapping out your older thermostat for a new model, we can help with that, too. Our expert techs can professionally install your thermostat and ensure that it is working in perfect tandem with your home’s cooling and heating systems. For all your thermostat installation needs here in Natchitoches, call your friends at AxsomAir. We’re ready to help you and your home start saving money!

Get your heat pump inspection before the warm weather arrives

Chances are that your home’s heat pump isn’t something you spend a ton of time thinking about—at least, until something goes wrong. If you’ve been putting off heat pump maintenance, now’s the time to schedule your heat pump inspection with the professionals at AxsomAir. Our expert techs can make sure that your heat pump is ready for the warmer weather ahead.

Schedule your heat pump inspection with Axsom Air!

Schedule your heat pump inspection this spring with your friends at AxsomAir. We can help make sure your heat pump is ready for the summer ahead.

To schedule your heat pump tune-up with AxsomAir, contact our team. We provide great cooling maintenance services here in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Why is a heat pump inspection necessary?

Unlike air conditioners or furnaces, heat pumps keep your home comfortable all year round. They don’t get a break: in hot weather, they’re busy cooling down your home, while in cold weather they’re working to pull heat energy into your home.

This versatility lends itself to energy-efficient operation in all seasons, but it can also mean extra wear-and-tear on your heat pump. We recommend scheduling a professional heat pump inspection two times per year: once in the spring, and once in the fall. This will give our technicians an opportunity to address any problems you’ve encountered in the summer or winter before the system gets hit with the workload of the next season.

We’re your local heat pump experts

At AxsomAir, we know our way around heat pumps. Our technicians not only repair all makes and models, but they know how to maintain these systems and keep them in optimal working order. In turn, that means better energy efficiency for your home, better cooling performance, and better comfort.

As a team that understands the importance of regular maintenance and just how much it can save homeowners in the long run, we’re proud to offer our Prestige Club. This maintenance program allows you to get annual heat pump inspection and tune-up services from our team, along with a whole bunch of other cool perks.

To schedule your heat pump services here in Natchitoches, Louisiana, give us a call. We’ll make an appointment with you to go over your system. With AxsomAir, preventative maintenance can be your first line of defense this summer.

5 common furnace issues that require a professional HVAC technician

To keep your home heated throughout the cold months, you need to pay attention to your furnace. Without the proper maintenance and repairs, your furnace can fail to produce adequate heat or maintain the correct energy-efficiency. And while some small things—such as changing filters—can be handled by homeowners, you should call in a professional HVAC technician to help with all other heating repairs.

When you need an HVAC technician in Natchitoches, contact our team!Here in Natchitoches, we’re the team to call. If you need furnace repair this winter, contact our team today!

5 common furnace issues

#1. Problem with the thermostat

Considered the “brains” of your furnace, the thermostat can be the source of many furnace problems. Always check your temperature and fan settings to achieve your desired comfort level. If your furnace doesn’t respond to thermostat adjustments, you almost certainly have a problem that requires the assistance of a professional HVAC technician.

#2. Clogged air filter

Dust and other common household particles have a tendency to collect in your air ducts. Your furnace uses filters to keep dust out of the blower.

However, over time as dirt collects, your filters can clog, restricting or preventing adequate heat flow. Always remember to change your filters every three to six months, depending on usage and seasonality.

#3. Dirty burner

If you hear your blowers come on but don’t feel any heat, you likely have an issue with your burners. The burners are what ignite to heat the air that circulates through your home. However, dirty or clogged burners can cause them to fail, resulting in no heat.

#4. Ignition failure

When you turn on the heat, you should hear your furnace ignite. However, if nothing happens when you switch on the thermostat, you may have a bad ignition system.

If you suspect an issue, turn off the heating system and call an expert. Failed ignitions nearly always require the help of a professional technician. Problems with ignition are also a key sign that your furnace might need to be replaced after this winter.

#5. Faulty blower

If your furnace is making high-pitched whining noises and producing little to no heat, all signs point to a bad blower. Annual inspections and maintenance can help identify a faulty blower before it fails.

Call AxsomAir and have an HVAC technician inspect your furnace

Don’t wait until the dead of winter to address your furnace problems. If you have any questions regarding your and cooling systems, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert AxsomAir technicians.

What are the signs your water heater needs to be replaced?

Your water heater is an easy thing to take for granted. In fact, it’s often out-of-sight, out-of-mind. However, when you stop to think about everything that your water heater makes possible—comfortable showers, sanitary dishes, clean laundry, running the dishwasher—you suddenly realize that your water heater is more important to your home than you originally thought. That’s why you need to keep an eye out for the signs your water heater needs to be replaced.

Water Heater Repair and InstallationWater heaters don’t last forever. The average standard tank system lasts between 10-15 years before needing to be replaced. That’s why AxsomAir provides water heater repair and replacement services here in Natchitoches. To schedule service, give us a call today!

What are the signs your water heater needs to be replaced?

It’s important to recognize the early signs you need water heater replacement. Here are a few red flags that it may be time to replace your water heater soon.

You’re not getting enough hot water

The main purpose of a water heater is pretty simple–to heat water. If your showers start getting cold, this is a telltale sign you need a new unit. Usually, this is an indicator that sediment is building up in the water heater, which separates the water from the heat source. Built-up sediment will also result in damage and less efficiency.

Rusty-colored water from the hot tap

If your water is brown or has a reddish tint, this may indicate that there is rusting going on inside the tank. Not only is this gross and unpleasant to deal with, but it’s also a forewarning that your unit’s anode rod is spent. This means that the inside of the tank itself is starting to corrode.

Pooled water around the unit

Your appliance may already be leaking. If you see moisture building up around the heater, this may signal that there’s a fracture inside the tank. As soon as you detect a leak, you should reach out to us here at AxsomAir to get it replaced.

Strange noises

A properly working water heater should be relatively silent. If you start to hear a rumbling noise or even banging sounds, you probably need a replacement system. Strange sounds typically occur because of sediment building up and hardening.


Time itself may be enough of a reason to get a new water heater installed. Most water heaters only last about 10-15 years—maybe longer, depending on the situation and if the sacrificial anode rod was replaced at some point during the system’s lifespan.

If you know the age of the system, just keep that in mind: if your system is up there in age, you should be prepared to replace it, if needed. If you’re unsure of the age, you can typically find this information by checking the unit for a serial number, and then looking it up on the manufacturer’s website.

Call AxsomAir for water heater repair and replacement!

If your water heater shows any of these signs, it’s time to consider water heater replacement for your  Natchitoches home. For excellent plumbers, contact the team at AxsomAir today!

Here in Natchitoches, it’s time to schedule your heating tune-up

With the nice fall temperatures we are accustomed to here in north central Louisiana, most people are probably not thinking about fall heating maintenance. However, fall is actually the best time to schedule a heating tune-up from the qualified professionals at AxsomAir. Here are four good reasons for you to plan yours today.

Axsom Heating RepairHere are 4 reasons to schedule a heating tune-up

1. You want to have a great winter

AxsomAir has been in business for decades, and we have never met anyone who enjoyed waking up in the middle of the night freezing because their furnace or heat pump is malfunctioning. Getting a fall furnace checkup now, while the weather is still relatively warm, can prevent a rude and chilly awakening in your future.

2. You need to know if you have any leaks

Before you fire up your gas furnace for the first time this winter, you want to be sure it is not leaking any harmful gases. Natural gas is highly explosive, but it is usually detectable by its odor. Carbon monoxide from a broken furnace is also dangerous, but harder for the average homeowner to notice.

3. You will see lower heating bills

A fall heat pump check or heating system tune-up could result in some lower energy bills for you this winter. Making sure that the heating system is running at top energy-efficiency can lower the strain on the motor and allows the unit to use less power while keeping your home comfortably warm.

4. You will help ensure you qualify for repairs under your manufacturer’s warranty

Most manufacturers recommend annual heating system checks. If you ever have any significant trouble with your system while it is still under warranty, being able to provide the company with yearly maintenance records will almost guarantee you will get the warranty service without question.

Call AxsomAir to schedule your heating tune-up

Don’t wait until the weather gets cold to have an expert look at your furnace or heat pump. Contact us today and schedule a heating system maintenance visit from one of our professionally certified and friendly technicians.

4 signs you need air duct cleaning (and when to call AxsomAir!)

As you go about your busy life, your air ducts might seem like the least of your concerns. That being said, making sure your ducts are clean is extremely important. If they’re dirty, it can lead to a variety of issues, including respiratory problems and high energy bills. In this blog, we’ll review the top-4 signs you need air duct cleaning here in Natchitoches.

Pictured: Strange smells are just one of the signs you need air duct cleaning. Call Axsom Air today!4 signs you need air duct cleaning

At AxsomAir, we want to ensure that you always have the highest quality of air in your home. For high-quality home services here in Natchitoches, contact us today!

1. Mold growth

A more serious problem may be present if you detect any mold in or around your air ducts. There may be too much moisture, which could cause mold to spread quickly. As mold can lead to a variety of health issues, it is one of the most important reasons to have air ducts cleaned.

2. Strange smells

If you’re smelling strange odors or smells, see if the odors are still present when you turn off your HVAC systems. It could be that odors are trapped or otherwise emanating from your air ducts, and that you’re pumping your home’s air full of foul smells every time you turn on the thermostat.

3. A high energy bill

Have you noticed an unexpected spike in your latest bill? If your air ducts have any clogs or leaks, it may reduce the efficiency of the system. This means your system is overworked, so you will be overcharged. At AxsomAir, we can check for any problem areas and clean or seal them as necessary.

4. Dusty or dirty vents

If you happen to notice an abnormal amount of dust or debris around your vents, it could indicate that too much dirt is circulating in your system or that your vents are blocked. This may reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, and it may also trigger allergies, asthma, or other respiratory problems.

Schedule your air duct cleaning today

As you can see, there are many benefits of air duct cleaning. Though these four signs indicate when you need to schedule an immediate cleaning, it’s always a good idea to have your air ducts cleaned regularly to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place.

Contact us to schedule air duct cleaning services.

Save energy and money with a heat pump system

Are you shopping for a new heating and air conditioning system for your home? You’ve likely heard that heat pump systems can save energy, reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your utility bills. Here’s what you need to know about how heat pump systems work and their benefits.

What are heat pumps?

Despite the name, heat pumps provide both heating and cooling with a single unit. Heat pumps use energy to pull heat from the air or ground and transfer it to the home. To cool the interior rooms, this process is reversed.

Customers can choose from three types of heat pumps:

  • Air-to-air heat pumps, the most common option, transfer heat from the external air into your home. They can reduce electricity use for heating by as much as 50 percent, according to the federal Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
  • Water-source heat pumps use a nearby water source to the home to cool or heat air.
  • Ground-source heat pumps use geothermal energy, pulling heat from the ground rather than from a water source.

The right option for you depends on the size and layout of your home, the composition of the surrounding landscape, and other factors. If you’re interested in a heat pump for your home, contact AxsomAir for a free in-home estimate.

What are the benefits of heat pump systems?

Since Louisiana is a moderate climate and rarely has freezing temperatures, the heat pump is an ideal option for many homeowners in and around Natchitoches. These systems have multiple advantages:

  • Even distribution of heat throughout the home
  • Less energy consumption than a traditional gas or oil furnace
  • Improved dehumidification compared with standard air conditioning units
  • Utility bills reduced by 30 to 40 percent, according to the OEERE
  • Little required maintenance beyond monthly filter change and annual servicing
  • Lifespan of up to 30 years

How can I get started?

If you’re considering heat pump installation, contact the pros at AxsomAir to schedule a free in-home estimate here in Natchitoches. We provide a full spectrum of heat pump and air conditioning options, and we offer financing with approved credit. We also have regular specials and back our work with our Ironclad Guarantees.

Is this the last season for your furnace? Signs you need a new heating system

It’s been a long winter here in South Louisiana. Luckily (or, given the heat and humidity, unluckily!) spring and summer are on their way. Was this the final season for your home’s furnace? In this blog, we’ll run through some of the reasons you should replace your furnace with a new system.

For more information—and a free in-home estimate on a new furnace—contact AxsomAir today.

#1. Your furnace has needed repairs the last few winters

If your furnace has needed a repair service visit from AxsomAir over the past few seasons, it might be a sign that it’s time to upgrade to a more reliable, newer heating system.

Over the course of multiple seasons, those heating repair bills can add up to a big expense for your and your family. Consider this: if you just put the money you were going to spend on repairs toward a new Trane—professionally installed by AxsomAir—you could avoid the headache of needing to have your system constantly breaking down.

#2. You’re spending more and more on your energy bills

If your energy bills have been going through the roof over the past few winter seasons, you’re in a position where you can save big by upgrading to a new furnace. That’s because your older furnace is not only energy inefficient by virtue of being old, but it’s also not up to the standards of today’s systems.

This is the same as the furnace repairs: if you’ve been spending more and more on your energy bills during the winter months, you can probably see how that money, when saved, would add up to a nice-sized chunk of the cost of a new system.

#3. Your furnace isn’t heating your home

In this scenario, your furnace is technically running and providing heat, but it just isn’t enough to meet what your home needs. As a result, you have hot and cold spots, and your system is constantly running to try to keep up.

A furnace that is no longer capable of heating your home should be replaced. After all, what’s the point of having a furnace if it’s not going to keep your home comfortable?

Call AxsomAir for a free in-home estimate on a new Trane

If it’s time to upgrade to a new furnace, start by calling your trusted HVAC team at AxsomAir. We provide free in-home estimates on new Trane heating systems right here in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Contact us online to get started on your free estimate.