Are standby generators and portable generators the same?

Here in Southern Louisiana where we’re no strangers to power outages, a portable or standby generator is a wise investment. Both can come to your rescue when the lights go out. But are the two devices actually the same? The simple answer is “no,” and understanding how they differ is important when deciding which is the best “power insurance” for your particular situation.Characteristics of portable generators:can keep your essential appliances running during an outage

My furnace isn't heating up! Help me, Pullen AC!

Baby, it’s cold outside. And to make matters worse, your gas furnace isn’t heating up. Before you call for service, here are a few things to try to get that furnace warmed up and going again.Make sure the pilot light is on. If it’s out, your furnace won’t be able to light. Carefully follow the instructions in your owner’s manual for lighting a pilot light. “What owner’s manual?” you may ask. Try the manufacturer’s website. Or call in a pro for help if you’re unsure how to do it.

How to reduce your heating bills this winter

When temperatures dip, you want your home to stay toasty warm, but you don’t want your comfort to cost a fortune. Here are some ways to avoid the chilling effects of sky-high heating costs this winter.

Why is my heat pump leaking?

What’s so great about heat pumps?Especially in moderate climates like ours, heat pump systems are an energy-efficient way to heat and cool your home with a single piece of equipment.

Why does my heat pump smell musty?

Why does my house smell like sweaty gym socks?Don’t be too quick to blame your kids. The culprit may well be your state-of-the-art heat pump. The problem, commonly called “dirty sock syndrome” is caused by bacteria growing on the indoor coils of air conditioners and, yep, heat pumps.

Do I need a high-efficiency furnace in New Orleans?

What’s all this chatter about high-efficiency furnaces?Since 1992, the U.S. Department of Energy has required that furnaces sold in the U.S. have  Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings of at least 78%. Effective January 1, 2015, any furnace sold in the U.S. must be at least 80% efficient. High-efficiency furnaces are those with an AFUE rating of at least 90%. Many high-efficiency models approach 97% efficiency or even better!

Should I buy a furnace or a heat pump for my home?

The general rule of thumb is that heat pumps are more often recommended for areas of the country where the temperatures seldom drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This suggests that a heat pump would be the more cost effective heating solution for most South Louisiana homeowners.However, as with most big decisions, choosing between a heat pump and a furnace is ultimately a matter of personal preference. Consider these pros and cons of heat pumps as you determine the right choice for your home or business.

Why isn't my generator putting out enough power?

Uh-Oh.A storm is coming. Whew. Lucky for me, I have a backup generator.If only it would start up.Common Causes of The ProblemOccam’s Razor. The main control switch in the off or reset position. Don’t laugh. Sometimes the simplest answer really is the right one.

What kind of generator is right for your home or business?

So You’re Buying a Generator.Congratulations. You’ve made the decision to buy a backup generator. It’s a smart move here in Southern Louisiana, where hurricanes can rear their ugly heads faster than you can say “Power outage.” But you still have another important decision to make: Should you buy one that’s air-cooled or liquid/water-cooled?

HVAC units and the comic book characters who love them

Today is National Comic Book day, and to commemorate this oft overlooked holiday, we’re going to give you a sneak peek into the domestic lives of some of your favorite comic book characters.That’s right. Whenever we see these heroes and villains, they’re out conquering the world (or an alternate version of the world) with their awe-inspiring powers. If you were to believe everything you read in a comic book, you might believe that these characters never have a moment of downtime to just kick back and relax at home.