How does a heat pump impact heating and cooling costs?

Ah, New Orleans! We get about ten perfect days every year - five in the fall, five in the spring. Days when the sun is gentle and the humidity is low. Days when your hair is perfect and your HVAC unit never even has to be turned on.The rest of the time, we’re either basting in our own perspiration or the damp air has crept deep into our bones to chill us from the inside out.

What to consider when selecting an HVAC system

You know it’s time to replace your HVAC system, but just thinking about it makes you break out in a cold sweat. How do you choose the right system for your needs? What questions should you ask? And what’s with all this fancy talk about single-stage vs. two-stage, variable speed, HSPF and SEER? Stay cool. We’ve got a list of recommendations to help you select the perfect HVAC system for your needs.

What is the optimum humidity level for comfort?

Maintaining the right humidity level in your home is a piece of cake. Well, sort of. Not enough moisture, and your efforts literally crumble. Too much, and you’ve got a soppy, gloppy mess on your hands.

What are the best heating options for Louisiana winters?

Some folks probably think that a winter day in New Orleans simply means that it’s 80°F instead of 90. But natives know that the usually sultry weather can also turn downright nippy at times. Having the right heating option for your home is important whenever those chilly temps do roll in.

Will an air purifier get rid of unpleasant odors?

Bacteria, cooking grease, mildew, and smoke. Even Fido and Fluffy. They’re making your house stink. And you’ve got to do something about it before the Febreze folks ring your doorbell and ask to film their next commercial in your living room.

Why does humid air feel hotter?

“It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity.” It’s a familiar refrain on sweltering Southern Louisiana days. But why does a 90-degree day in New Orleans really feel so much hotter than one in Vegas or Phoenix?Our bodies cool off by opening up the skin’s pores and releasing water and salt. (How’s that for a delicate way to say “We sweat”?) How fast the water evaporates (carrying away latent heat, the heat required to transform liquid water to vapor) depends upon how much water is already in the air.

Better cooling: central AC versus split versus window units

Decisions, decisions. You just want to keep cool when the weather isn’t, but having to choose between one one big central system, a split system, and a window unit or two (or more) is enough to make you sweat. Check out our “hot tips” to help you select the best unit for your home or business.Start by knowing the similaritiesAll air conditioning systems use pretty much the same components and the same processes for cooling. Like refrigerators, they use chemicals to transfer heat from the air inside to the outside.

How much will an energy saver air conditioner reduce my electricity costs?

You know that your air conditioning unit is no spring chicken, but you’re hoping to hang onto it until it breathes its last. If you think that’s the best way to get the most bang for your energy buck, you might want to think again.Consider these two statistics from the Department of Energy:Nearly 50% of your home’s energy costs are attributed to cooling and heating costs.

What does an unusually high utility bill mean?

Did opening your last energy bill practically make you hyperventilate? You can always hope that the energy company made a mistake and that they’ll correct it and maybe even offer you a free month’s utilities as a token of apology. Or you can wake up from that dream and get real about how to prevent another utility bill with a bone-jarring bottom line.There are all kinds of scenarios, from simple to severe, that can result in energy costs that take your breath away. Here are just a few of them:A tripped breaker,

Can I replace my outdoor AC unit and not my indoor unit?

Summertime and the livin’ is easy. Unless you’re spending it in southern Louisiana with a poorly functioning air conditioning unit. But even if the song is right and your daddy’s rich, who can blame you for trying to squeeze another season or two out of your indoor unit when the time comes to replace that outdoor system? Most experts agree: Don’t do it, or you’ll likely end up hot, bothered and blaming yourself. Here’s why: