Why summer temperatures and energy bills rise together

If you’ve spent a summer in Louisiana, you know that you’re dealing with so much more than just heat. The humidity, insects, and rising temperatures all work against you and your family as you try to stay cool. Summer is meant to be a fun, relaxing time of year, but it can become stale, sticky, and downright miserable without the right home cooling solutions. Additionally, you may see a bigger hit on your wallet during these summer months due to high summer energy bills.

Why is summer so expensive and unbearable? For one, rising temperatures outdoors means increased temperatures indoors, as well. To keep your home cool and dry, you’ll need to lower the temperature on your thermostat, forcing your AC unit to work overtime to maintain that temperature. A few months ago, you could get away with setting your thermostat to a higher temperature, but now the heat is setting in and you should be prepared for the weeks ahead. We’re here to talk about saving money over the summer, the major costs you’ll run into, and how to turn your summer into an affordable, enjoyable time of year with the help of AxsomAir.

If your summer energy bills are rising, your air conditioner might be to blame. Call AxsomAir for service here in Natchitoches!Saving big during the summer

Believe it or not, some homeowners have found ways to cut costs in the summer, or at least keep their energy bills affordable for the summer months. You may not be able to get away with turning off your AC completely, but you can set a temperature schedule and teach your family members about the “peak” hours of the day. For example, during the early morning hours and the late night hours, you can keep your thermostat to a higher temperature and use floor fans to help stay cool. These hours are usually the coolest ones before the sun stretches over the top of your home.

During afternoon hours, many families leave the home to spend time outdoors swimming, relaxing in the shade, or visiting a public library or recreation center to cool down. While you’re away from the home, you can set your thermostat to a higher temperature and lower it when you’re actually in your home. This is where a programmable thermostat really helps out. A “smart” thermostat operates on a schedule and changes according to your preferences. Some thermostats can even be programmed from an app on your phone!

Avoid using the oven or stove during the hottest times of the day—these appliances will quickly heat up your kitchen, making your home feel stuffy and hotter than normal. Keep your windows shut and make sure interior doors are left open to help the flow of air between rooms.

One of the best ways to save big is to receive a tune-up on your air conditioning unit to ensure it’s in good working order. You may not be able to see the hidden problems in your unit, but a professional can diagnose any issues with your HVAC systems and help you get the most out of your cooling system. The team at AxsomAir specializes in AC work, and our friendly technicians can answer your questions and give you the best tips and tricks for saving money in the summer season.

Major summer costs and how to avoid them

By far, your combined energy bills will be one of your largest expenses this summer, unless you’re planning on visiting Disney World with the family. If you are leaving for 4 days or more, we recommend setting your thermostat to a higher temperature (but don’t turn it completely off!) If you fully shut down your unit and then leave your home for a week, your air conditioner will have to work twice as hard when you turn it back on, if you’re able to turn it back on at all. Keep your AC running smoothly while you’re gone, but set your indoor temperature to a higher level to avoid constant cooling.

Another big summer cost may hit when your AC unit breaks down or needs repair. Avoid these breakdowns by having a technician come out at the beginning of the summer season to check your unit. Preventative maintenance is one of the best ways to prepare for the hotter weather. Plus, you’ll rest easy knowing a professional has looked at your system and has given it the green light.

How we can help

No matter what your summer plans include, be sure to call the team at AxsomAir for an AC tune-up or repair. We can inspect and repair your air conditioner, preparing it for the hottest weeks ahead. Make your Louisiana summer enjoyable, affordable, and relaxing with our help! We stand by our guarantees and deliver superior service to every home we visit.

To schedule an AC tune-up or request service from our team, click here!

If you’re looking for a great HVAC value, join our Silver Club!

As we’ve talked about at length in our past blogs, air conditioning and heating maintenance matters. It can make a major difference in not only how your systems perform, but their energy-efficiency and likelihood to break down. However, we get that—for many homeowners—seasonal tune-ups are the last thing on their mind. That’s what makes our Silver Club so great: we call members to schedule your tune-up with you. In this blog, we’ll review what makes our Silver Club a great HVAC value and why you should consider joining if you’re a homeowner here in the Natchitoches area.

For great HVAC value this summer, join the Silver Club here at AxsomAir!

Professional AC maintenance from the professionals here at AxsomAir can make all the difference for your home’s air conditioner.

To learn more about AxsomAir’s Silver Club and its benefits—or to get information about pricing from our team—give us a call today.

The benefits of being a Silver Club member

At AxsomAir, we encourage you to join because members receive numerous benefits from our company. In combination, all of these perks of membership add up to a great HVAC value. In fact, our Silver Club has the following features:

  • A regularly scheduled annual tune-up for your air conditioner, furnace, or heat pump
  • An automatic call from us to schedule in the spring or fall
  • Priority service that gets to your home or business fast
  • Discounts on labor and service
  • A lower price on diagnostic service

No matter when you need service, as a member of the Silver Club, you will be first on our list. That means no matter how busy things are this summer, we will get to you quickly. You won’t have to wait a long time for service on the hottest nights of the year.

The advantages of working with AxsomAir

We have provided excellent service to homeowners in the Natchitoches, Louisiana area for more than 20 years. We offer experienced technicians, honest pricing, strong guarantees, emergency service, and free in-home estimates on new Trane and Carrier systems. Our friendly, NATE-certified technicians service a variety of makes and models and we are proud to be both a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer and a Trane Comfort Specialist.

The rewards of loyalty

By joining our Silver Club, you will get our great services from the team here at AxsomAir at a reduced price. You also won’t have to schedule your HVAC checkups—one of the best perks of being a Silver Club member is that we call you to book your spring and fall tune-ups. Finally, there’s the best benefit of all: by keeping your equipment in great shape, you’ll experience more efficient heating and cooling without the hassle of unexpected expenses for wasted energy or repairs.

Call AxsomAir to sign up for our Silver Club!

Ready to join our Silver Club and have your HVAC maintenance taken care of in future seasons? Call us here at AxsomAir for pricing information and to learn more about what makes our Silver Club a great HVAC value.

Here’s what makes tankless water heaters energy-efficient

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably are on the hunt for ways to save and to upgrade your home. Here’s something you might not have heard about before: tankless water heaters. Also known as “demand-type water heaters,” these systems take everything great about standard water heaters and bump it up a notch.

By heating water as it's needed, tankless water heaters are energy-efficient.

What makes tankless water heaters energy-efficient? For one, they heat water as it’s needed at the tap, not wasting energy keeping a reserve of water hot.

At AxsomAir, we install a wide variety of tankless systems here in Natchitoches, Louisiana. If you need a new water heater or you’re considering the benefits of a tankless system, contact our team today! Our plumbers can help you find the right new unit for your home.

Water is only heated when the tap is on

With a standard water heater, water is stored in a tank and kept at a specific temperature so water is ready to go when you turn the tap on. With a tankless water heater, water is only heated when you turn the faucet on, which is where added energy efficiency comes into play.

How a tankless heater works is cold water flows through a pipe to the heater where water is warmed via electricity or gas. Besides being energy efficient, having a tankless heater means you don’t have to worry about running out of hot water while enjoying a shower or running a bath.

There are additional benefits

There’s much more to enjoy with a tankless water heater than just energy efficiency. Here are just a few of the other benefits to consider:

  • Save Space: You can save space with the compact design of a water heater that operates without a tank. In fact, most demand-type water heaters are wall-mounted in your garage or utility closet.
  • Long Life: Tankless water heaters can often last twice as long as their tank peers. This means that you could have more than two decades before you need to replace your system with a new one.
  • Less Risk: An older standard water heater is always a risk to leak or have a tank burst. Tankless water heaters don’t have tanks that can deteriorate, thus greatly reducing this risk.

Call us to learn more!

Start exploring your options for an efficient water heater by reaching out to us here at AxsomAir. Answers to all your questions are a phone call away.

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.

Age

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!

Why you should have us install a water filtration system in your home

Sanitary tap water, available on-demand, is one of the most important yet overlooked features of the modern home. Yet, while the water coming out of the tap is technically sanitary, it may not be as clean, clear, or good-tasting as it should be. That’s where a water filtration system, professionally installed by the team at AxsomAir, comes in.

Clogged DrainOur plumbers install a wide variety of water filtration systems, including reverse osmosis (RO) systems, whole-home water filtration units, and water softeners. In this blog, we’ll review just some of the reasons to have us install one in your home.

Why should you get a water filtration system?

Health

While public water is treated prior to arriving in your home, it’s not possible to remove everything found in the public water supply. This can include things like nitrates and pesticides (from agricultural runoff), arsenic (from pumped groundwater), and lead (from aging pipes and infrastructure). Of course, water can also transmit pathogens and disease.

There’s a saying: if you’re not using a filter for your water, then your body is acting as the filter! Safety is one of the primary reasons homeowners decide to make the upgrade to a water filtration system. The systems we install can easily filter out contaminants and bacteria, leaving your home with clean, purified water.

Taste

To prevent the transmission of disease, many municipal water supplies are treated with chemicals to disinfect the water. Chlorine is a commonly used disinfectant that kills pathogens and protects homeowners from contracting bacteria that cause waterborne diseases such as:

  • Giardiasis
  • Cryptosporidium
  • E. Coli

While chlorine does its part to fight the bad bacteria, your drinking water can be left tasting like a swimming pool or smelling unpleasant. If you are looking for better tasting water, our quick water filter installation can clean your water starting right away, making it more enjoyable to drink.

Do you know what’s in your water?

If you are unsure about the quality of your own residential water supply, contact us for more information about local contaminants and to set up a water filter in your home. At AxsomAir, we guarantee your satisfaction with our Ironclad Guarantees.

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.

Here are 4 signs you need AC repair in your home this summer

You and your family rely on your air conditioner to stay cool and comfortable in the hot summer. When your air conditioner breaks down, it’s a major disruption to your daily schedule. In this blog, we’ll review the signs you need AC repair in your home—and when you need to call Natchitoches’ trusted HVAC company: AxsomAir.

Here are four signs you need AC repair:

1. Hot air is blowing

When your air conditioner is acting more like a heater, it’s time to look into AC repair. It could be that you have a coolant leak or a failed compressor, or it might be something else. Either way, have an AxsomAir technician come out and take a look at your home’s air conditioning unit to get to the bottom of the situation.

Pictured: Summers in Natchitoches and the 4 signs you need AC repair

As we move into the dog days of summer, be on the lookout for these 4 signs you need AC repair.

2. Little to no air coming out of your vents

While you may feel cool air coming out your vents, it might be a weak flow of air, barely enough to even start to cool you off. Just like with the issue above, it could be your compressor that’s failing, or it might be a problem with your ducts. Have both looked at so you can get cool again.

3. Odd smells when you turn your air conditioner on

Your vents should be free of odd smells no matter if your air conditioner is on or off. As with most AC repair signs, there are a number of reasons behind the stinky smell.

You might have mold or mildew issue going on in your vents, or there could be burned wire insulation within the unit. This particular issue is especially vital to have taken care of as soon as possible, mainly because there’s the potential for it making you and everyone else in the house sick, which can result in unnecessary medical bills.

4. More and more problems with your air conditioning unit

Over the years, you could have more issues with your air conditioner with increasing frequency. This is common with older units, and a sign that you should start looking for something new rather than waste money more money than necessary on repairs.

Call AxsomAir for repair services in Natchitoches

Do you recognize any of these signs? Contact AxsomAir and allow us to keep your home and everyone in it cool and comfortable.

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.