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Five Signs Your AC is on the Fritz


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.


Enjoy Summer in the South with this Peachy Recipe


Nothing says summer in Georgia quite like a ripe, sweet, juicy Georgia peach! This Fourth of July, skip the apple pie and make this delicious, highly rated fresh southern peach cobbler instead.


  • 8 fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


• Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

• In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly, and pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

• Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend in butter with your fingertips, or a pastry blender, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in water until just combined.

• Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.




The Key to a Good Night’s Sleep? Your Thermostat!


You toss and turn, throwing blankets off, feeling sweaty – you just can’t get comfortable and you get up, once again, to adjust the thermostat. Sound familiar? Did you know it’s actually been proven that you sleep better at night in a cool room?

Studies have shown that sleeping in a cold room can help with insomnia and helps increase metabolism.

But what is the optimal temp for a good night’s rest? According to the National Sleep Foundation, 65 degrees is optimal. Other sources say between 60 and 68 degrees will help ensure your body cools down properly – which is good news for those of us with spouses who run warmer or colder. Find a temp between 60 and 68 you can agree on and set the thermostat.

If you still wake up hot and sweaty, though, or notice your thermostat is set on 67 but the temperature is actually reading 73 (yikes!), give us a call. We are available 24/7 and can help you get back to a good night’s sleep!


Cool off with a Georgia Waterfall


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.


Understanding the True Cost of Freon


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.


Investing in the Next Generation


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!


Happy Houseboating!


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.


Beat the Heat and Humidity Inside Your Home


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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How (Un)Healthy is Your Indoor Air Quality?


While it’s easy to pick on pollen, it’s not the only culprit that affects your indoor air quality. There’s also pet dander, dust, and mold. Lovely, right? Well, here’s the good news: there are several simple steps that you can take that can keep you and your family breathing easy, at least while you’re indoors.

Here are some of them:

Vacuum – We recommend using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to effectively trap what is being collected. Also, after vacuuming, turn the thermostat to “fan on” and let it run to help remove the dust that was kicked up. After 15 minutes, switch it back to “auto.”

Limit Humidity – High humidity can lead to the spread of mold and dust mites. Make sure your home is properly ventilated and consider installing a dehumidifier if needed.

Filter Your Air – A clean HVAC system air filter with a MERV of 5 or higher is essential. If allergies or asthma is an issue, go with a MERV 10 or 11 pleated filter. Installing an air cleaner can capture tiny particles, mold, and bacteria, as well as harmful volatile organic compounds. (Reminder: We can handle that for you!)

Maintain Your HVAC – Over time, your HVAC can accumulate dust and debris that reduces the efficiency of your system. Regular maintenance and cleaning keep your HVAC running smoothly, cooling and cleaning your indoor air. (Oh hey, we do that too!)

Enjoy all the great things about spring, such as warmer temps and blooming flowers, and leave the rest up to us. When you need us, we’re only a call or click away!


The when, where, and why of thermostat battery changing.


How to change the batteries in your thermostat is often times preceded by another question: how do I know when to change my thermostat’s batteries? Well, we can answer both of these questions. Let’s start with when to change your batteries. If you are a procrastinator, you could wait until your home becomes excessively hot or cold. This is an indicator that the batteries have died and your home is currently at the mercy of  Mother Nature. If you’re not inclined to allow your thermostat to die before you change the batteries, you could look for your thermostat to flash a battery symbol. Once this flashing starts, you have from 1 – 2 months of battery life left. Those who are proactive will probably want to change the batteries once a year, or once a heating/cooling season.

Now that you know when to change your batteries, it’s time to learn how to replace your thermostat’s batteries. The first step is to read the instruction manual for your model. After all, thermostats are not universal. Thus, what you need to do for one model may not be the same for another. For most, however, you’ll start by pulling the housing from the wall mount. If it doesn’t remove easily, try pushing the housing straight up to disconnect from the housing. Turn the housing over to find the battery slot. Remove the batteries with a flathead screwdriver. Replace the old batteries with the flat end going into the negative position, and the raised side into the positive position. Finally, you will put the cover back on the battery slot and put the housing back on the wall mount. Congratulations, the only thing you’ll need to do now is sit back, relax, and enjoy the comfort of perfect temperatures in your home.



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        Stuart Pro Heating & Air is OPEN and closely monitoring the status of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

        The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has issued federal guidance to states and municipalities regarding “essential” work. Based on their definitions, the activities conducted by an HVAC installation and service company are considered essential.

        We are taking every precaution to keep our employees and customers safe during these uncertain times, such as wearing shoe covers and latex gloves, sanitizing hands and tools before each job, and maintaining a social distance – no signature required. Payment by phone is also an option if needed. So, if you have any service or maintenance needs, please call us right away. We are here for you!