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Transitioning Your HVAC System From Summer to Fall

10.26.18

October is a tricky time of year temperature-wise. You leave for work all bundled up in the morning, and by lunchtime, after you’ve peeled off your jacket and scarf, you’re wondering why in the world you wore a sweater! It can be the same with getting the temperature right in your home or business.

Think of the fall season as a pause between the extreme heat of summer, and the frigid cold of winter. It is actually the perfect time to prepare your HVAC system for colder weather.

Here are our tips for transitioning your HVAC system from summer to fall.

Begin Using Your Air Conditioner Less

Take advantage of cooler evenings and mornings by turning the air conditioner off and turning your fans on. If it is especially nice outdoors, you may want to open windows and allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home.

What’s that smell?

After having your heater off for a year or more, it’s normal to notice a burning smell when you first turn it on. The heater is burning off dust that has accumulated over the year. The smell should go away within a few minutes. It is also wise to change your air filter when you first turn on the heater so that trapped dust, pet hair, etc., isn’t contributing to the smell.

If the burning smell doesn’t go away, then you may have a larger problem.

When a burning smell is a cause for serious concern:
• Your heater smells smoky or oily
• It smells like electrical wires are burning
• It smells like burning rubber
• There is a persistent musty/mildew smell

If your heater smells like any of the above, please contact us as soon as possible.

Tidy up and check for moisture

Vacuum dust away from your furnace blower and return air vents. Make sure that furniture or other objects aren’t blocking vents from easily taking in air. Check to see if there is condensation on your windows or vent pipe. Other signs of moisture buildup include bubbling or chipping paint on windowsills, mold, and mildew growing on windows and wood trim, and rust around vent pipes.

What’s that sound?

Bump. Thump. SQUEAK! If your HVAC system is making sounds you’ve never heard before, then it’s time to give us a call. Strange, persistent sounds usually indicate a problem that is best addressed before the cold weather sets in.

Schedule a Professional Maintenance with Stuart Pro

Just like a vehicle, your HVAC system functions best when it is tuned up and running efficiently. This means cleaner, more comfortable air for you, cost savings on utility bills, and extended life for your unit. Plus, identifying and fixing minor problems helps you avoid expensive repairs in the future. Bonus: it also validates the manufacturer’s warranty for your units with certified, twice-a-year service.

Do you have questions about any of the above or concerns that your HVAC system isn’t running as smoothly as it could? Don’t hesitate to give us a call! We are always happy to talk to you. 770-813-1316

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Five Party Planning Tips for Labor Day and Beyond

08.28.18

Whether you’re hosting a Labor Day party, a game day party or just a fun get-together, you don’t have to break the bank or spend all week prepping. We’ve rounded up some ideas to make your event less “eventful”.

  1. 1. Plan ahead. Choose make-ahead recipes so on party day all you have to do is pop them in the oven or pull them out of the fridge. Also, consider cooking one large type of meat rather than 30 hamburgers or 50 hot dogs. You can also buy a fruit, veggie or cheese tray from your local grocery store.
  2. 2. Keep it simple. Yes, you can make it look Instagram worthy, if that’s your thing, or you can focus on a few simple elements. Flowers from the yard in vases or jars. Coordinating paper plates, napkins, cups, etc. A drink table and a food/dessert table. A simple string of Christmas lights adds ambiance to any deck, porch or backyard.
  3. 3. Keep it fun! Cornhole, KanJam, horseshoes, playing cards and other games get people mingling and laughing together.
  4. 4. Ask for help. Have friends bring the drinks, appetizers or desserts. That’s one less thing you have to worry about.
  5. 5. Don’t sweat it. The simple act of hospitality means more than having a picture-perfect backyard or custom drink options. Enjoy your guests and the opportunity to make them feel at home.
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Before Fall Arrives, Keep Your AC Alive and Well for Another Year

08.28.18

Who’s ready for pumpkin spice everything? We know one thing – your HVAC system is ready for cooler temps as well! Before you break out the pumpkin spice coffee creamer, the sweaters and start anticipating fall events though, spend some time on your AC. Here are some tips to ensure it will be ready to run next summer.

  1. 1. Give it a break. Your AC has been running day AND night for months. Now’s the time to turn it down, keep your blinds closed to help reduce heat, use a ceiling fan, and program your thermostat.
  2. 2. Clean it up. Over the summer, the area around your unit may have accumulated toys, grass clippings, trash, fallen tree branches, weeds or various other objects. Spend a few minutes cleaning up – this helps ensure airflow isn’t restricted.
  3. 3. Replace the air filters! This is simple and cheap to do and provides so many benefits (and helps prevent problems in the long run).
  4. 4. Schedule an appointment! End of summer is an ideal time to have one of our professionals do a system check up and make sure everything is set to run smoothly next summer (and ensure you’ll stay toasty this winter).
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Keep Your Cool During Back to School

07.25.18

Whether your kids are excited or less-than-excited for school to start, here are some things you can do to help transition from summer days to school days.

Talk to them. Ask them what they’re looking forward to, what they’re nervous about and more. You’ll get a glimpse into what they’re thinking and can help them figure out ways to overcome any fears or nerves.
• Give them some extra help those first few weeks. It takes a little while to get back into the routine and they may need more time and support. Rushing doesn’t help anyone adjust!
• Have a firm bedtime. Whether they’re in kindergarten or high school, all students need sleep to function well and stay healthy.
• Put technology boundaries in place. Keeping tech out of their bedrooms and limiting screen time is essential to healthy brains and bodies.
• Give them free time. Kids need a chance to unwind and just play. Don’t fill their every free moment with planned activities.
• Plan out some quick and easy meals so you can have a family meal at home, without spending the evening in the kitchen. It’s a good way to connect with your kids after a busy school/work day.

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Five Signs Your AC is on the Fritz

07.25.18

It’s hot and humid and your HVAC unit is working overtime. Do you have a nagging feeling your unit is struggling to keep up or are you just wondering how to know it’s time to replace? Here are five signs.

1. It’s past the decade mark. (The average lifespan of an HVAC unit is 15 years.) Units that are 10 years old and older can start to wear out.
2. Repairs are becoming more frequent and more costly. At this point, it’s probably more cost effective to replace the unit (and more energy efficient!).
3. The air coming out of your vents isn’t the right temperature or isn’t blowing forcefully enough. This is a sign something’s not right – there’s a problem with leaky ducts, you’re leaking freon, etc.
4. It uses R22 Freon, which is being phased out and has become even more costly to replace. Eventually you’ll have to buy a new unit anyway and if you keep the old one limping along, you may spend more than if you replaced it now.
5. Your energy bill has increased. That’s always a good sign something is up.

If you’re dealing with any of these issues or others, give our experts a call at 770-813-1316 or schedule an appointment today.

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Cool off with a Georgia Waterfall

05.21.18

Ah, the hot, humid Georgia summer days. The days when even the dog doesn’t want to go outside. But we know a few places the entire family can go to cool off and experience some of Georgia’s hidden gems! What are we talking about? Georgia’s waterfalls! There are hundreds of waterfalls scattered throughout our state and some of them make for great family adventures.

 

For example, Minnehaha Falls is a hidden gem on Lake Rabun. Visitors end up on a windy, narrow road with the lake on one side and the falls on the other. The official falls sign is scratched into the wooden railing that leads to the falls – don’t blink or you’ll miss it. But it’s worth the adventure. It’s a very short, very kid-friendly hike to the falls where the mist and abundant foliage and greenery provide a welcome break from summer heat.

 

Another easy, half-mile hike is Anna Ruby Falls. A short drive from Helen, this double waterfall is breathtaking. The paved hike up is stroller friendly and includes trail signs for those who enjoy learning more about the area around them. There’s also a gift shop and restrooms at the trailhead.

Interested in seeing more of Georgia’s waterfalls? Here’s a list of 40 must-visit waterfalls in North Georgia.

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Understanding the True Cost of Freon

05.21.18

It’s 90 degrees outside. You set the thermostat on 68 but it keeps reading 74, only cooling to 68 at night. Your Stuart Pro service technician comes out and confirms what you thought – there’s a freon leak.

You’re faced with a dilemma: do you add more freon or replace the entire system? Adding more freon seems like the better, and less expensive option. ‘

But is it really? Consider this, if you have an older system that uses R22 (freon), by 2020 you’ll be paying more (potentially a lot more) to refill or service it. That’s the year R22 will no longer be manufactured.

And even if you have a newer system, just adding more freon is still only a band aid. Over time, the leak may go from a pinhole leak to a larger leak. Additionally, it may cost thousands to repair the leak. Even if you don’t repair but just keep refilling the system, you’re still spending hundreds of dollars on a broken system that’s polluting our air.

The best solution? Install a new system. Yes, it may cost more upfront but in the long run it will save money, increase efficiency and be better on the environment – and help you keep your cool.

Want to know more? Give us a call today 770.813.1316 or schedule an appointment and we will help you keep your home comfortable and stress free.

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Investing in the Next Generation

04.25.18

Each year, Stuart Pro offers high school scholarships to graduating seniors in our community. It is gratifying for us to hear how the scholarships are helping recipients achieve their academic and career goals. We’d like to share six of them with you.

Noah Martin
I learned about the Stuart Pro scholarship from a friend of mine who works there. After I was chosen for the scholarship, I got to meet Jim and his team. This year was my first official year of college, although I had completed two years of dual enrollment. I finished all of my classes (except one) for an Associate’s in Engineering degree from UNG. The Stuart Pro scholarship paid nearly $500 in institutional fees each semester. It was a huge help. I will be transferring to UGA in the fall to pursue a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. Thanks again for assisting in my academic journey!

Theresa Owe
My first semester at the University of Georgia transformed the way I perceive the world, life, and myself. I grew and matured more than I ever did throughout high school. I faced many obstacles, but by the end of the semester, I was accepted into the Honors Program and earned a place on the Dean’s List. Ultimately, I see college as a gateway to accomplishing my professional aspirations of becoming a physician, and the scholarship given to me by Stuart Pro Heating and Air has given me the opportunity to do so.

Simone Guerra
The Stuart Pro scholarship has helped me maximize my college experience at the University of Georgia. It gave me the opportunity to join the UGA Rowing Team, intramural soccer, and Air Force ROTC. Team sports have always allowed me to practice my leadership, teamwork, and time management skills. It is also a fantastic way for me to relieve ALL the stress after the chemistry exams and English essays. I have had a fabulous year with all my bulldog brethren and can’t wait to return next year!

Mackenzie Peterson
I was honored to be one of the 2017 recipients of the Stuart Pro Heating & Air scholarships. With the generous proceeds received from the scholarship, I was able to apply the funds to my Fall 2017 tuition.
My first semester at The University of Alabama was an adjustment. It didn’t take long for me to realize, that my high school study habits wouldn’t cut it at the collegiate level. I had to adjust to managing a college class schedule, making new friends, and living with a stranger. I am proud to say that my fall 2017 GPA was a 3.91.

Matthew Daniels
I am having a wonderful year at Oral Roberts University. I have learned some great information in my cinema, television, and digital media classes. My video production skills are really improving. I have made new friends and enjoy participating in campus life. I play on an intramural basketball team and will soon be joining the school’s radio station crew. ORU has an extensive missions program, and I plan to go on an outreach trip before I graduate. I appreciate the part Stuart Pro Heating & Air has played in enabling me to pursue my dreams. Thank you so much.

Emily Hymes
The Stuart Pro Heating & Air scholarship has helped me succeed through my first year of college. I attend Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. This is the school of my dreams! The community and feeling on campus are extremely welcoming, and I can not imagine myself going to school anywhere else. The campus is nestled in a small mountain community with breathtaking views. I have found amazing friends and enjoyed all of my classes. My favorite one is “Into the Wild,” where we went white water rafting in the French Broad River. This scholarship has allowed me to enjoy my first two semesters at Appalachian State. I am so grateful!

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Happy Houseboating!

04.25.18

With the warmer temperatures coming up, houseboats full of outdoor enthusiasts will soon be hitting the open waters for a day of fun. If you own a houseboat, we have a few maintenance tips for making sure it is ready for adventure. The first few tips can be applied to almost any type of motorboat.

Wash your boat – This is a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often it doesn’t get done. Washing your boat is especially important if it has been in saltwater. Salt residue corrodes metal, fasteners, and other hardware. If it is left long enough, it can even damage your gelcoat. We recommend using Marine boat wash and a soft-bristle boat brush. For houseboats specifically, bottom paint needs to be applied every few years to prevent bottom growth. Some owners have divers scrub the hull periodically as well.

Change your oil – How often you need to change your oil varies by boat mode. Generally speaking, you should change the oil every 100 hours of operation or once a year. This is a relatively easy DIY project with the right tools (extractor pump, oil wrench, etc.). However, local boat dealers do the service as well.

Check the Propeller – A quick inspection can save you a big headache. Look for discarded fishing line, nicks, dents, or other damage. A damaged propeller often vibrates, putting stress on bearings and seals. Also, put a generous amount of waterproof grease on the propeller shaft to prevent corrosion.

Trouble-Free HVAC – A nice cool cabin is so nice on a hot summer day. Stuart Pro is an expert at installing and maintaining HVAC systems in homes and boats of all sizes and shapes. If you have any questions or want us to take a look, schedule a free evaluation and estimate. For details about our houseboat HVAC service, click here.

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Beat the Heat and Humidity Inside Your Home

03.26.18

Is your home ready for the hot, humid air of summer? You don’t need a weather report to let you know how humid our area can get during the spring and summer. It can show up as condensation on your windows, a musty smell in your basement, or in some cases, serious health issues.

The EPA recommends that homes keep a humidity level between 30-50%. When levels exceed 60%, they can lead to mold and mildew growth, dust mites, asthma, allergies, and more. While room dehumidifiers can provide some relief, they are costly to run and require frequent emptying.

Here are some of the benefits of whole-house dehumidifiers:
• Integrates with your heating and cooling system ductwork to dehumidify all rooms
• Air with lower humidity feels cooler, reducing ac usage and saving energy
• Up to four times more efficient than room dehumidifiers
• No emptying required

Whole-house dehumidifiers come in a variety of sizes and configurations. Stuart Pro’s team of experts can help you find the one that right for you and your home.

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