Sounds You Want to Hear From Your AC

July 4th, 2022
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One of the basic warning signs of an air conditioning system in trouble is when it makes any strange noise or noise that’s louder than normal. We’ve written about some of these warning sounds before, but in today’s post we plan to take a different look at air conditioning noises. After all, the best way to tell when a sound from an AC is unusual is to know what sounds are usual

Let’s take a tour through what your air conditioning system will sound like when it’s doing its job. This is what the soundtrack to summer days in your home ought to be—and if it’s not, we can help!

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Upgrading Your AC: Is It Time?

June 20th, 2022
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We expect a hot and humid summer this year, and this makes it especially important for everyone to take good care of their residential air conditioning systems. This includes scheduling regular maintenance and acting on repair needs as soon as troubles arise. 

In some situations, the best way to prepare an air conditioner for a rough summer is to upgrade to a new air conditioner. This is a big step, and you may feel hesitant about replacing your AC as a way to prep for the heat. But a new air conditioning installation in Slidell, LA might be your best option—and if it is, we want you to know about it.

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How Much Cooling Do You Need From a Commercial AC?

June 6th, 2022
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Even smaller businesses and commercial spaces can require more cooling than the standard residential home. A commercial facility has more people in it and a greater amount of heat-producing equipment working at once. Most commercial air conditioning systems need a higher capacity to handle the climate control needs of a business—often much more.

If you’re asking how much cooling you need from your commercial HVAC in St. Bernard, LA, we can help shine some light on the topic. When it comes to selecting new units and installing them, you’ll need our professional assistance to ensure all the right choices are made. That way you’ll end up with the ideal amount of cooling that won’t waste power and will work dependably for many years.

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Odd Smells From Your AC: What They Might Mean

May 23rd, 2022
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Strange sounds can warn you of an air conditioning system in need of repair work. These noises include clanging, grinding, loud clicking, hissing, and bubbling. But your ears aren’t the only sense you can use to determine if your AC is asking for help. An air conditioner can often give off strange smells that will warn you it’s time to call the Gowland’s team for AC repair in St. Bernard, LA

Below we’ll list the most common cautionary odors and what they can mean for your air conditioner.

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Your Heat Pump Needs Maintenance Twice a Year

May 9th, 2022
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Recently we posted our seasonal reminder about air conditioning maintenance. This is an essential service if you want to get the most efficient, effective, and reliable performance from your home’s AC over the summer. Maintenance is a great investment that pays you back in many ways, and it’s probably the most important service you can have scheduled for it.

But what if you have a heat pump? Are its maintenance requirements different from an air conditioner? Yes, they are—and we’re glad you asked. You need to schedule maintenance for your heat pump this spring to help it help you through the summer. But you also need to schedule another maintenance appointment for it in the fall.

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Does My AC’s Air Filter Help With Indoor Air Quality?

April 25th, 2022
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First, we’re glad to hear that you know about the air filter for your air conditioning system. If your AC is in the same cabinet as your furnace (and this is the most common type of HVAC setup), then the same filter works for both units. It’s important to know about this filter, since you must change it routinely to help your HVAC system work at the optimal condition and avoid several serious problems, which can include the system overheating and the evaporator coil freezing over.

But if you think that the AC filter is there to help improve the air quality of your home, we’re glad you stopped by to read this. Although the filter has some effect on air quality, it’s usually harming the indoor air quality because the filter is too congested. The filter otherwise doesn’t noticeably improve air quality.

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Enjoy the Coming Summer by Having Your AC Professionally Tuned-Up

April 11th, 2022
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Do you want to head into the coming summer—guaranteed to be another hot and humid one—with an air conditioner that’s worn down, dirty, energy-wasting, and possibly in danger of failing when the temperature is at its highest? Of course you don’t. But that’s what you’ll have if you don’t arrange for a spring tune-up and inspection with HVAC professionals. 

This annual AC maintenance is one of the most important services you can schedule for your cooling equipment. It pays off in numerous ways. We should know: we’ve handled many AC tune-ups over the more than 20 years we’ve been in business. We’ve seen how much they benefit homes, and we don’t want your home to miss out on these benefits. We’ll go over several of the reasons you want an AC tune-up each spring.

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Better Insulation: Great for Winter AND Summer

March 28th, 2022
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When people think of insulation, their minds often move to how insulation improves warmth. For example, a coat with good insulation is a coat that helps its wearer stay warm. Likewise, the insulation in a home, such as in the attic and between the walls, helps the house stay warm during cold weather.

However, insulation works two ways: it’s also a method to keep a house cooler during the heat. Insulation is an important part of how a house stays energy efficient throughout the year. If your house has poor insulation or its insulation is aging and turning ineffective, you’ll end up with a house that’s more uncomfortable in winter and summer, along with energy bills that are far steeper as your HVAC system works overtime trying to combat the extra heat and cold.

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What Makes a Heat Pump Different From an AC

March 14th, 2022
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You may already know the big answer to this question: a heat pump operates like an air conditioner, except it can change the direction it moves heat so it can work as a heating system as well. This makes a heat pump an excellent two-in-one option for homeowners looking to change out their standard furnace/air conditioner combo. 

But we plan to go deeper into the heat pump differences in this post. We’ll examine three parts in a heat pump that help it work as both a heating and cooling system. In most ways, a heat pump resembles an air conditioner, with two sets of refrigerant coils, a compressor, an expansion valve, an indoor blower fan, and an outdoor exhaust fan. The following three components are only in heat pumps and are critical for allowing them to work the way they do.

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The Importance of Proper Ventilation for Your Commercial Building

February 28th, 2022
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At Gowland’s, we work on more than residential heating and cooling. We’re also pros when it comes to commercial HVAC in Kenner, LA and throughout the New Orleans area. We can help local businesses achieve the right balance of indoor climate through heating and cooling system installations. 

You already know the importance of proper climate control for a building—the wrong temperatures not only affect employees, customers, clients, tenants, etc. but can also ruin equipment and make it impossible to achieve daily tasks. But business owners often overlook the ventilation system of their building—the “V” in “HVAC”—when it comes to HVAC service. We’ll explain why it’s critical to have professionals help with your ductwork and building ventilation.

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