The Heat Pump Difference: Is It the Right AC Alternative for You?

August 3rd, 2020
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Let’s talk about the heat pump. If you aren’t familiar with the heat pump as an HVAC option, here’s the lowdown:

A heat pump is similar to an air conditioner. It uses electricity to power a compressor that places refrigerant under pressure. The refrigerant circulates between two sets of coils, indoors and outdoors. Hot refrigerant moving from the compressor first releases heat by condensing in one set of coils, then the cold refrigerant absorbs heat by evaporating in the other set of coils. What’s different with a heat pump is that it can reverse the way it circulates refrigerant. An AC can only move refrigerant so it absorbs heat from the indoor coils and releases heat through the outdoor coils. A heat pump can switch this process, bringing heat from the outside indoors. This means it’s a heating and cooling system in one.

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Why You Should Trust Professionals With Your AC Services

July 20th, 2020
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We understand many homeowners are looking for ways to make their money go farther. We encourage that! But a big part of improving home finances is understanding where to invest the money in professional services. You can take over doing all the garden work yourself—but when it comes to handling air conditioning services, from repairs to a replacement, you only want to trust to a full professional Slidell, LA air conditioning company. Don’t try to do the work on your own, and don’t let an amateur talk you into using their unlicensed service!

Why is it so important that you turn to professionals only for AC services? Here are a few of the best reasons.

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When Is My AC Problem an Emergency?

July 6th, 2020
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We take great pride at Gowland’s with the speed of our service. It’s why we say that we are available at your convenience rather than ours. We are ready with 24-hour emergency service for air conditioning repair in Slidell, LA, and throughout the New Orleans area because we know how much our customers depend on their cooling equipment during hot and humid Louisiana summers.

But we also understand that people may feel hesitant about calling for emergency repairs. “What counts as an emergency?” they ask. “When do I need to have repairs right now?”

The simplest way we can answer this is, “If you think it’s an emergency, treat it like one.” You won’t regret calling for service even if the situation wasn’t as urgent as you first believed. When you think you need help right away, go with that instinct. And please, don’t try to repair the AC yourself or look to an amateur who makes big promises to do it. You won’t like the results.

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Basic Repair Warning Sounds From Your AC

June 22nd, 2020
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You never want an air conditioning malfunction to sneak up on you, since it can mean losing cooling for your house during one of the hottest days of summer. You can’t predict all air conditioning problems ahead of time, but the majority will give off some warning signs. If you know what to look for—or in this case, listen for—you can call our repairs experts in time to head off a bigger disaster.

Odds sounds are among the commonest ways that an air conditioner signals something is wrong with it. Please don’t overlook these strange noises just because the cooling capacity of the AC still seems fine. These sounds almost always indicate a problem that will worsen without attention from technicians.

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Can My AC Help with the Humidity?

June 8th, 2020
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A place like New Orleans deals with intense humidity during the summer months. As anyone who has ever had to endure a humid summer day knows, it can be pretty miserable having to deal with high temperatures and high humidity. It’s not because the humidity makes the day hotter—no matter the relative humidity, a 90°F day is still 90°F. It’s that humidity makes the day feel hotter. The moisture in the air makes it more difficult for the human body to expel heat through perspiration, and this traps heat inside the body. Humidity is basically like putting on a coat during a heatwave!

But you’ve got a good central air conditioning system in your home, so at least that will take care of the problem, right? Well, yes and no. An air conditioner can help you cool down, but it doesn’t actually help with humidity. We’ll explain more below.

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Protecting Your Home Sanctuary With Better Indoor Air Quality

May 25th, 2020
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The quality of the air inside homes is a growing concern today. In fact, indoor air quality can be much worse than the air outside—something people may find hard to believe, but it’s true. The reason for this rise in problems with indoor air quality (IAQ) is that modern homes are built with tight construction to limit heat loss and heat gain. That’s great when it comes to keeping heat from coming in during the summer and trapping valuable heat in the winter. But it has the side-effect of trapping indoor contaminants and letting them build up. The contemporary household has many sources of air pollutants, from chemical cleaners to people spreading germs.

But our team of Slidell, LA indoor air quality professionals can help protect your “sanctuary”—your home—and help keep the air in it as healthy as possible.

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Leaking Refrigerant: A Major Air Conditioning Problem

May 11th, 2020
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Refrigerant is the life-blood of an air conditioning system. In fact, the role refrigerant plays in an AC is similar to the role of blood in the human body: it circulates from a pump and allows the AC to transfer heat from one place to another. Cold refrigerant in the evaporator coil absorbs heat to lower the indoor air temperature, and hot refrigerant in the condenser coil releases heat to the outside. This process is called heat exchange, and the chemical refrigerant is designed to make this as efficient as possible.

As you may imagine, refrigerant leaking from an air conditioner is a problem, and not just because it will make it harder for the AC to remove heat from the house to the outside. A loss of refrigerant will eventually cause catastrophic damage to the air conditioner and lead to a burnt-out compressor.

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Don’t Hesitate to Call for AC Emergency Repairs!

April 27th, 2020
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Summer weather often starts early in New Orleans, and the hot and humid weather taxes household air conditioning systems. Even with the best care for your central AC, with regular spring maintenance, you may end up facing a malfunctioning system at some point this summer.

Fortunately, you have Gowland’s on your side! We provide air conditioning repair in Slidell, LA and throughout the New Orleans area. We’re available at your convenience, not ours!

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Learn About Daikin’s Inverter AC Technology

April 13th, 2020
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We are proud to offer the best in air conditioning systems from Daikin, a top-manufacturer always on the cutting edge of new developments in comfort. Daikin products are manufactured in the USA and we offer a 12-year Daikin parts and labor warranty—one of the best warranties in the business.

One of the big advantages of Daikin air conditioning systems is inverter technology. A Daikin central air conditioner with inverter technology helps with immense energy savings. If you are considering a new air conditioning installation in Slidell, LA, or elsewhere in New Orleans and the surrounding areas, we recommend you call our team and ask about Daikin inverter air conditioners.

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Should You Repair Your AC or Replace It This Spring?

March 30th, 2020
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When an air conditioning system starts to get up there in age, a homeowner is faced with the question of when it will need to be replaced. The first instinct is to continue to have it repaired whenever anything goes wrong. But eventually, the cost of repairs will no longer be worth it and exceed the value of having a new air conditioner installed.

You may find yourself coming to the point where you’re balancing having another repair for your old AC or scheduling an air conditioning replacement in Slidell, LA. The right choice depends on a variety of factors—there’s no single answer to this question. The best way to find the right answer is to arrange for service with our NATE-certified technicians. They won’t push you toward the more expensive option if that isn’t the best one. We value our relationships with customers over revenue.

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