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Here are 4 reasons to get a new AC system this spring

No matter what some groundhog in Pennsylvania says, we all know that spring heat comes a little earlier in McComb than other parts of the country. It’s still February, but if this is the year you’re planning to replace your air conditioner, now’s the best time.

If you’re unconvinced, let’s walk through just a few reasons that spring is a great time to make the switch to a new AC unit.

Ready to get started? Southern Air offers free in-home estimates on new systems. Contact us online today.

#1. It’s time to replace that older system

Most air conditioners last about 12-15 years on average. That last word is key: average. Yours may last shorter or longer, depending on a variety of factors such as how thorough the system tune-up history is.

Something to consider: even if your air conditioner is still technically running, it may not be doing you any favors if it’s inefficient, always needing AC repair, or has other problems. In the end, that’s your aging air conditioner stealing from your pocket.

#2. You want to save energy (and money) this summer

We’re a Carrier Factory-Authorized Dealer. As such, we sell and install some of the most advanced and energy-efficient air conditioners on the market today. (SEE CARRIER AC UNITS) If your current air conditioner is costing an arm and a leg to operate, consider upgrading.

Obviously, with a new air conditioner, there’s an upfront cost. But, consider how much extra you’re spending on your energy bills with your old one. Add in that our summers here are long, hot, and last deep into the fall, and those savings—over the course of more than a decade—really add up.

#3. You can’t take one more hot summer

Yeah, we get it. The summers here in Mississippi aren’t for the weak. Or, really, anyone. If your older air conditioner can’t keep up with what you need from it in terms of comfort, it’s time to make a change. It’s time for a new air conditioner.

Think about it this way: the entire reason your home has an air conditioner is so that you don’t feel like you’re melting during the summer. If it’s not meeting that important piece of criteria, it’s time for an upgrade.

#4. That tax return is coming

If you’re an early tax filer, chances are that you already know what your return is going to look like. Either way, your tax return is coming. Spending it on an upgrade for your home and your home’s value is a great use of this extra cash, and it’s a great time to invest in a new air conditioner.

Not sure if your return is going to cut it? At Southern Air, we offer financing to customers with approved credit. To learn more about our financing offers and how to apply, contact our team.

Get a new AC system this spring from Southern Air

From tax returns to the heat just not being here yet, there’s plenty of reasons why spring is the best time to upgrade to a new system. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home estimate.

Our tech can give you an honest, upfront quote for a new Carrier air conditioning system that will keep your summers cool for decades to come.

How heat pumps work, and why you should consider one for your home

Heat pumps are increasing in popularity here in southwestern Mississippi, and there’s a reason for that: these versatile systems are capable of both cooling and heating your home, are energy-efficient, and are perfect for our mild winter climate here in McComb. In this blog, we’ll review how heat pumps work, and why you should consider one for your home.

One of the best places to get started on your heat pump journey? Contact our team to schedule a free in-home estimate for cooling installation.

How heat pumps work

Unlike air conditioners and furnaces that cool or heat air, heat pumps operate by extracting heat from air and moving it.

Where the heat is moved to depends on the season: in the summer, the heat pump draws the heat out of your home’s air and moves it outside, cooling the inside of your home. In the winter, this is reversed, and the heat pump pulls warmth out of outside air and moves it inside your home to make your family comfortable.

This process is accomplished with refrigerant, which absorbs heat and releases heat when it reaches a condenser. This refrigerant travels in an insulated line between an outside unit and your home.

It’s just physics, really. What’s more, you currently have a heat pump system in your home, and you probably didn’t even know it. Your refrigerator keeps your food cold using the same technology, removing heat from the interior of the fridge and releasing it outside of the fridge.

In fact, most air conditioners use the same process at heat pumps. Your home’s air conditioner is also extracting warm air from your home and putting it outside. It’s just not reversible for winter heating use.

What are the benefits of heat pumps?

Heat pumps have several advantages over traditional air conditioners and furnaces. Let’s review them:

One System

Heat pumps are capable of providing both cooling and heating and reverse between seasons, which means you only need one system, not two. That’s one less system to buy, maintain, repair, and eventually replace. Over the long haul, that can represent a huge cost savings.

Energy-Efficient

Heat pumps use energy to move heat from one location to another. This is far more energy-efficient than the way furnaces and air conditioners operate, and you’ll see the savings on your monthly energy bills.

Perfect for Mississippi

The one big downside about heat pumps is that they’re not suited for true cold-weather winter climates, as they can’t provide quite the warming power of a furnace. However, here in McComb and southwestern Mississippi, our mild winters make a heat pump a great option for your home.

Heat pump options

At Comfort Air, we install a wide variety of Carrier heat pumps, including some that have advanced features and options. Here are a few of them:

  • Variable Speed: Just like with air conditioners, a variable-speed heat pump can adjust its operating speed to maximize comfort and energy savings. Enabled with this technology, the Carrier Infinity 20 Heat Pump With Greenspeed Intelligence is considered one of the best systems on the market today.
  • Upgrade In Steps: For many of Carrier’s heat pumps, the indoor component is universal, allowing you to replace the outdoor unit but keep the indoor setup the same. This is true for the Carrier Infinity 18VS Heat Pump.

Call Comfort Air for more on heat pumps (and a free, in-home estimate)

If you’re weighing whether a heat pump is right for your home (or need to know more about how heat pumps work), continue your research by giving the team at Comfort Air a call at (601) 684-2072 or contact us online. We offer free in-home estimates on new systems.

Here’s how summer humidity impacts your air conditioner’s performance

How Summer Humidity Effects Air Conditioner Performance The increase in humidity during the summers often drives homeowners to turn down the thermostat in order to stay cool inside the house. The air conditioner is effective at dealing with summer humidity because it both cools the air and saps the moisture from it.

In case of high levels of humidity, however, the air conditioner will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. As a result, the air conditioner will strain when it has to remove excessive levels of humidity from the air. This can take a toll on the efficiency of the cooling unit and result in accelerated wear-and-tear.

In this article, we will tell about the effect of summer humidity levels on AC performance and the steps that you can take to remain comfortable without putting extra pressure on your air conditioner.

Your air conditioner and summer humidity

Excessive summer humidity levels can negatively impact your air conditioner performance in many ways. Here are some of the adverse effects of high humidity levels on the cooling unit.

1. Less energy-efficient cooling

The air conditioner has to work extra hard to keep the room cool in case of high humidity levels outside. This will result in drawing extra energy to cool the room. Less efficient cooling will not only increase the energy bill but accelerate the wear and tear of the system.

2. Leakage problems

High humidity levels may also result in leakage problems. Due to high humidity, the drainage system can collect an excessive amount of water. Ultimately, a leak will occur that could cause costly damage to the system.

3. Moisture damage

Another problem with high humidity levels is that it will cause moisture to build up inside the system. Water particles attract dirt and dust. Excessive moisture will result in a buildup of a layer of dirt that could cause damage to the unit.

4. Extra strain on the unit

High levels of summer humidity will make the air conditioner work extra hard to cool the room. Humid air retains heat, causing the system will strain to generate cool air. The longer high humidity causes strain to the system, the more the system will experience wear-and-tear.

Ways to reduce the impact of high humidity levels

Actually, there are two solutions to minimize the strain on the cooling device. The first is to simply install a dehumidifier directly on the air conditioner unit. The dehumidifier will absorb excess moisture from the air before it is circulated inside the room. An experienced air conditioner technician from Comfort Air can recommend the best dehumidifier for the system.

The other solution to reduce damage to the system due to high humidity levels is to have the system serviced regularly. Consider getting the system checked at least two times in a year to ensure that everything is in perfect order. In case any problem is detected, the technician will perform the necessary AC repairs then and there. This will reduce the chances of major damage to the system due to high humidity levels.

Call Comfort Air for summer humidity solutions

If you want the help of NATE-certified air conditioner technician in McComb and surrounding areas, you can contact us at Comfort Air.