Which is Better: A Furnace or a Heat Pump?

November 25th, 2019

We understand just how overwhelming choosing a new heater for your home can be—there are just so many great options out there! Of course, two of the most popular systems on the market today are the furnace and the heat pump, and for good reason!

If you are having trouble deciding between these two systems, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we have outlined the benefits of each—that way, you can decide for yourself which one sounds like a winner. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more (and as always, remember to contact our team when you need heating services in Birmingham, AL.)

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Help! I Don’t Know What to Do With My Furnace!

November 11th, 2019

As much as we all like to think that we can do everything and anything we put our minds to, we can’t all be great at everything! So, of course, it’s no wonder that you don’t quite know what to do with your furnace at the start of the winter season—you’re not a heating expert (and that’s quite alright!)

Knowing what to do with your furnace can be a bit tricky, which is why we are here to help! Below, we have provided a sort-of quick-guide to the types of services your furnace made need and when. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more (oh, and of course, remember to schedule your heating services in Birmingham, AL with our team!)

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Are You Ready for a New Furnace?

October 28th, 2019

If there’s one thing that we have in common with our neighbors up North, it’s that we all need working heaters! Sure, our winters aren’t nearly as brutal, but still, we like to be warm—isn’t that why we are in the South?

Of course, furnaces are by far the most popular method of home heating, and if you’ve got one in your home, then you know how great they really are! But still, even the best furnaces will require a replacement at some point. Below, we have listed some of the tell-tale signs that your furnace needs to be replaced. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more, and of course, remember to schedule your heating services in Birmingham, AL with our team!

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Now’s The Perfect Time to Think About Your Heater!

October 14th, 2019

Okay sure, it’s still pretty darn warm here in Alabama, and while our neighbors in the North are celebrating the arrival of Autumn with warm sweaters, apple cider donuts, and pumpkin spiced lattes, we’ve still got plenty of sunshine to look forward to!

However, all this warm weather does not mean that you can just forget about your heater! Before you know it, winter will be here and we’ll be experiencing some pretty chilly days. Therefore, it is best that you prepare for the season ahead with heating maintenance in Birmingham, AL. 

Now is the perfect time to schedule your maintenance services! Don’t believe us? Keep reading below to find out more.

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Should I Replace My Circuit Breaker?

September 30th, 2019

Of all the systems in your home, your electrical system is perhaps the most important! Therefore, you want to make sure that when certain components of your electrical system become worn out or obsolete that you make the necessary upgrades to keep you, your family, and your home as safe and as efficient as possible.

One component of your electrical system that you do not want to ignore is your circuit breaker. You see, over time, circuit breakers begin to wear out, which can be pretty problematic, especially in the event of a power surge! Below, we have listed some of the signs that suggest it’s time to replace your circuit breaker. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more.

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Here’s Why Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping!

September 16th, 2019

Have you ever been in the middle of blowing drying your air when all of a sudden, the power goes out? Now, not only do you have a wet head, but you also have to march yourself down into the basement, reset the circuit breaker, and climb all the way back up the stairs! Pretty annoying, huh?

It’s quite normal for this to happen every once in a while, however, if the circuit breaker in your home is constantly tripping, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. In fact, there are a number of reasons why your circuit breaker might be constantly tripping, and below, we’ve listed a number of them for you. All you’ve got to do is keep reading to find out more! (And, of course, remember to contact our team for all your electrical repairs in Birmingham!)

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Be Prepared for Hurricane Dorian!

September 3rd, 2019

When severe weather strikes Florida, there is always the chance that Alabama will be affected too, and with Hurricane Dorian making national headlines, you want to be prepared! Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to get ready:

  • Shut off power to the major appliances in your home: You want to turn off the power to appliances like your air conditioner in order to protect them against power surges.
  • Gather the essentials: Make sure you’ve got a fresh supply of water, some canned food, a can opener, a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, garbage bags, some basic tools, and a whistle.
  • Make sure your whole-house generator is up and running: You want to be absolutely certain that your whole-house generator is fully equipped to keep you and your family safe during the storm. To do that, schedule your generator services with our team now!

The team here at Douglas Cooling & Heating wishes you the best of luck over the next few days. Stay safe, everyone!

To schedule your generator services, contact the team at Douglas Cooling, Heating, and Electrical. 

 

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Ductless is the Way to Go!

September 2nd, 2019

Okay, we know we’ve talked about ductless systems before, but really, there are just so many reasons to consider making the switch! These little systems are efficient, effective, take up very little space, and are well-known for their ability to provide year-round comfort with just the flip of a switch (but more on that later!)

Of course, we understand that choosing the right HVAC system for your home isn’t as simple as reading a blog, but at least we can give you a bit of a head start in your research. Below, we’ve explained exactly what a ductless system is and the benefits of installing one in your home. Keep reading to find out more!

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Is It Time to Replace Your Heat Pump?

August 19th, 2019

If you own a heat pump, you know just how great they are — these nifty little HVAC systems are efficient, effective, and can provide year-round comfort with just the flip of a switch! But, no matter how great your heat pump is, eventually, it is going to need to be replaced.

Like all HVAC systems, heat pumps have an average life expectancy. Surely, not all cases are the same, but there are quite a few signs that suggest the time for replacement has come. So below, we have listed some of these signs for you. All you have to do is keep reading to find out more.

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Here Are Some Ways to Keep Your Bills Low When Temperatures Are Sky-High

August 5th, 2019

So, you’ve found yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place… temperatures are soaring and the last thing you want to do is stand in a puddle of your own sweat. So, what do you do? Do you drag a kiddie pool into your living room in the hopes that it keeps you cool or do you put your AC on at full blast? Our guess is the latter.

But you see, the problem with blasting your air conditioner is that it can drastically reduce efficiency, leading to those pesky, expensive energy bills! Plus, you’ll likely find yourself calling your local HVAC techs for repairs more than you’d like to. Of course, we understand that this is not how you want to spend your summer, so below, we have listed some of our favorite ways to keep your home cool and comfortable without dragging down efficiency.

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