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.

Why is my air conditioner blowing hot air?

We’re experiencing one of our hottest summers on record in New Orleans, and stepping out into the streets feels a lot like stepping into a sauna. The last thing anyone wants to experience is a sauna inside as well.What, then, is a homeowner to think when her air conditioner is blowing hot air instead of cold? The first thing she might think (and we’d commend her for doing so) is, “I better call Pullen Air Conditioning!”

Installing an air conditioning unit in a historic home

New Orleans’ historic homes were built with heat in mind. From banks of French doors to transom windows, older residences were designed to allow the unrestricted passage of cooling breezes. They were not, however, designed for modern air conditioning.

Why is my air conditioner running all the time?

The combination of heat and humidity in New Orleans will indubitably give your HVAC unit a work out. Not only is your air conditioner keeping your home cool, it’s also dehumidifying and even filtering particulates from the air. Given all the work it’s doing, it may seem natural that it would have to run all the time, and it some cases, it is natural. In other instances, however, a perpetually running air conditioner may indicate a problem.

Five people who really appreciate their AC

It’s Air Conditioner Appreciation Month, and no one appreciates air conditioners more than New Orleans homeowners. But these guys come pretty close.

The $300k window unit: how air conditioning caught on

We’re continuing our tribute to the home air conditioner, that hard-working appliance that is often taken for granted. At least until something goes wrong.