Here are the 4 benefits of a variable-speed air conditioner

Summers here in Houma and South Louisiana can be unbearable—and even dangerous—without dependable air conditioning. However, if you’re looking to install or replace an AC unit, it’s important to remember that not all units are equal. You might want to consider a variable-speed air conditioner.

The air handler in a traditional air conditioner only blows air at one speed: high. A variable-speed air conditioner, on the other hand, can run at different speeds. This small difference leads to a multitude of benefits for users of variable-speed AC units. In this blog post, we’re going to review these in greater detail.

For a free in-home estimate on a new air conditioner here in South Louisiana, contact us today.

What is a variable-speed air conditioner?

Whether you drive an automatic or stick-shift car, your vehicle needs to shift gears at different speeds to avoid energy waste and extra wear-and-tear. If you ran your car in higher gear at lower speed all the time, you’d not only waste gasoline, but you’d also put more wear on your car’s engine and transmission. The same basic concept applies to your air conditioner.

A variable-speed air conditioner like this one can change its speed to better maintain the current temperature of your home.

A variable-speed air conditioner like this one can change its speed to better maintain the current temperature of your home.

For decades, air conditioners only came in one speed: on. If the air conditioner was off, it was not moving at all. If it was on, it ran at its top speed. However, this binary isn’t always useful. Your air conditioner actually spends most of its time trying to maintain the temperature of your home, not drastically change it. When it tries to do so at full-speed, it has to constantly start, overshoot the target, turn off, and then turn back on again when your home heats back up.

All that starting and stopping, especially in quick succession, is known in our industry as “short-cycling.” Since AC units use the most energy when first starting up (much like turning the ignition in your car!), short cycling wastes energy. To continue our analogy, it’s better for the air conditioner to go into cruise control to maintain current temperatures.

That’s where variable-speed systems come into the picture. This feature allows air conditioners to, for lack of a better term, switch gears. If the AC unit just needs to keep your home at 75, it can cool the home down from 80 degrees at top speed, and then slow down to maintain the desired temperature. When paired with a smart thermostat, your AC unit can also run at lower speeds to adjust temperature ahead of time.

Not only does this result in less energy use (more on this below), but it also reduces wear and the noise generated by your air conditioner. It’s a great innovation.

What are the benefits of a variable-speed air conditioner?

1. Energy-efficiency

Because a traditional air conditioner has one speed, it turns on and off to manage the temperature. This can use a lot of energy, and can mean higher costs.

An AC unit with a variable-speed air handler has more options to manage your home’s environment. Once your home is cool, it can drop to a lower setting to keep your preferred temperature and not use as much energy.

Learn more ways to cut down your home’s summer energy bills.

2. Cooling consistency

The variety of settings also means that your home’s temperature may not fluctuate as much as with a traditional unit. A traditional unit switches on once the temperature rises, runs until the temperature drops to the set number, then stops. Then, the temperature rises again, and the cycle begins all over.

This constant change can be uncomfortable. In contrast, a variable-speed air conditioner can better maintain your preferred temperature by switching to a lower setting once the ideal temperature is reached.

3. Operating quietly

Traditional AC units kick on with a roar of air that continues throughout the cycle. This is due to their high speed, and this sound can be irritating or startling if especially loud.

In contrast, variable-speed units are much quieter because of their lower speeds—and because they turn on-and-off less frequently. This means no more annoying background hum or sudden rushes of air.

4. Air quality improvement

Longer and less frequent run cycles not only mean better energy-efficiency, better temperature control, and quieter operating noise. They also mean your home’s air quality may improve.

When the air conditioning runs, air passes through filters, which means the longer it runs, the longer the air is being filtered. This can be especially useful if you live in a dusty or high-pollution location, or have allergies.

Give Trahan’s a call for a free in-home estimate

If you’re in need of air conditioning installation, Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help. Contact us to schedule your free in-home estimate on a new variable air conditioner from Trane, professionally installed by our team. We also offer financing with approved credit.

How to improve your heating energy-efficiency this winter

Between holiday travel plans and needed home maintenance, winter can be an expensive time for many homeowners. By improving your heating energy-efficiency, you can keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket. In this article, we’ll review several ways you can help make your furnace or heat pump more energy-efficient.

Schedule seasonal maintenance

A professional heating tune-up can be a game-changer for your heat pump or furnace. While fall or early winter is typically the best time to have an expert inspect and maintain your system, there’s really no wrong time for preventative maintenance. As the “preventative” in “preventative maintenance” implies, a tune-up can greatly help reduce the risk of an in-season breakdown for your system. This can potentially save you hundreds on heating repair during the winter.

From an energy-efficiency standpoint, you can also position yourself to save money. Maintenance helps your system operate more efficiently. During a tune-up, our technicians clean out the system, optimize comfort settings, and ensure that the heater is running at its most efficient entering the colder months of the year. Added up, this can amount to significant savings for you and your home.

Clean or replace your air filter

Your home’s air filter is more important than you might initially be led to believe. In addition to playing a key role in your home’s indoor air quality, the air filter also helps its HVAC systems “breathe” in-and-out. Your furnace or heat pump draws in air from inside the home through the air filter, and then pushes air back out through it to the living spaces of your home.

As you might imagine, the more clogged and dirty an air filter is, the harder this process is to execute. Given enough time (and enough dust!), the air filter might have a significant, negative impact on your home’s energy efficiency. Essentially, the furnace or heat pump blower is having to work much harder to push air out than it would otherwise.

This is an easy fix. If you use replaceable filters, swap them out every 1-3 months, with more frequent swaps becoming necessary if you have either pets or children. If you have a washable filter, you should take it down and give it a thorough wash about every three months.

Complete home energy upgrades

A great long-term strategy for improving your home’s energy-efficiency is completing home energy upgrades. These upgrades can greatly range in scope and complexity. However, here are three of the most-effective ones homeowners can make:

  • Installing a smart thermostat: A programmable thermostat allows you to have precise control over your home’s comfort. More than that, you can set and schedule temperature changes around when you’re gone. In total, a smart thermostat can greatly reduce your home’s energy use.
  • Adding attic insulation: Most heat is lost through the attic during the winter. After all, heat rises! The best way to keep more of that hard-earned heat inside the living spaces of your home is by beefing up your attic insulation. Refer to this guide to determine just how much additional insulation your attic needs this winter.
  • Repairing your air ducts: A good deal of the cooled and heated air in your home never actually reaches you. That’s because cracks and pinholes in your ducts lead to a significant amount of wasted energy. That’s why having a professional seal and repair your ducts can set you up for big savings.

Talk to a professional

Of course, what we’ve discussed in this article is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to energy smart upgrades for your home. Our recommendation is that you give our team a call. During your seasonal tune-up, our NATE-certified technicians can point you toward other energy-efficiency upgrades that may make a big difference on your monthly utility bills moving forward.

What are the indicators that a local HVAC company is trustworthy?

When your HVAC system starts breaking down, you want to hire a reputable company to come out and repair it. You want to find a local HVAC company that has a stellar reputation and that you trust to come into your home and help you. You want to do a little bit of research, and you should look out for these signs that an HVAC business is trustworthy.

The 7 signs an HVAC company is trustworthy

The contractor comes out to your house to give you an estimate

You need to be wary of contractors that give you an estimate over the phone. The person has not seen your house or the type of system you have, so there is no way for this individual to know what services you truly need. It is worth it to invest some time to have a contractor arrive at your house to look at the system and determine the root cause of the issue.

The contractor shows up on time

When you schedule this appointment, you need to set a time. You need to pay attention when exactly the contractor arrives because he or she should respect your time. In the event the person arrives late or incredibly early, you need to proceed with caution.

You should receive a written estimate

A trustworthy technician should commit to an estimate. You do not want to merely receive the quote orally. You should receive paperwork detailing what exactly will go into the repairs, so you know precisely what you are paying for. Additionally, the contractor should stick with this quote and not try to get you to pay more money later.

You should look up reviews

You do not necessarily have to hire a company with the most experience, but you should hire one that has had time to build up solid references. You can ask for references to talk to previous customers, or you can look up reviews on sites like Yelp. Companies like Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning have worked hard to earn these reputations, and you should take notice.

The contractor should be able to show a valid license

Before hiring any HVAC installer, you want someone who has all of the correct licenses. These licenses show the contractor has obtained the necessary experience and expertise to work on your HVAC system. Someone without this license may not have the same knowledge, and you do not want to take that risk.

The contractor should have insurance

The contractor should know how to stay safe while working on your HVAC system. However, accidents can happen to anyone. The contractor should have the company’s insurance policy or else you will end up being liable for any injuries.

You should be willing to pay

When you contact several HVAC companies, it can be easy to go with the one with the lowest quote. It is vital to remember that you ultimately get what you pay for in these instances. HVAC systems are complex machines, and you should be willing to invest in a device you will use all of the time.

Call Trahan’s for outstanding service in Houma and South Louisiana

You need to make the best decision when it comes to repairing your HVAC system so that you do not have to repair it again for quite some time. Fortunately, homeowners in South Louisiana can benefit from the services of Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning. Contact us today, and we will work hard to make you a customer for life.

Schedule an IAQ audit and improve your indoor air quality

Did you know the air quality inside your home might be worse than the air quality outside? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the air in many homes and other buildings is more heavily polluted than the air you might encounter if you were outdoors in the most industrialized cities.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your indoor air quality and ensure that your home is a healthy and safe place to live. Here’s what you should know about the contaminants that may be lurking in your air, and what you can do to get rid of them.

An IAQ test can help determine what is in your home's indoor air.Common indoor air contaminants

There are many pollutants that make their way into homes through doors, on clothing, or dragged in on the bottom of someone’s shoes. A few of the most common pollutants found in indoor air include: pollen, mold particles, and dust.

Pollen may not be a major issue for some. But if you have allergies, breathing in pollen particles can cause discomfort. When you’re in a constant state of inflammation due to consistently breathing in allergens, your immune system gets overloaded and may stop functioning effectively. If that happens, you may get sick more frequently and severely.

Some types of mold are harmless, but others can be quite dangerous. If you have excess moisture in your home, mold can develop. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to mold include:

  • Headaches
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Irritation and swelling of the throat and/or eyes
  • Skin irritation
  • Coughing and/or wheezing

If you have asthma, mold can also trigger asthma attacks. Certain types of mold, such as black mold, are harmful to anyone who breathes in the spores.

Dust is impossible to avoid, but it can cause problems if you breathe it in. Dust tends to collect on surfaces and in carpets. It can also irritate the mucous membranes in your nose and lead to rhinitis. Depending on the amount of dust you breathe in regularly, your symptoms may be mild or severe. Long-term exposure to large amounts of dust can injure the lungs.

What can you do to improve indoor air quality?

Despite the dangers that indoor air pollutants pose to you and your family, you can take comfort in knowing there are ways to improve your air. Some solutions are easier to implement than others, but they are all worth the effort. Here are a few ways you can combat poor air quality in your own home:

  • Schedule an indoor air quality audit
  • Dust and vacuum daily
  • Change your air filters often
  • Purchase an air purifier
  • Regularly clean drapes, bedding, and other items that attract dust and allergens
  • Remove shoes when you walk into your home
  • Open windows when possible to let fresh air in and contaminated air out

Call our team to schedule a professional IAQ test

Before you can combat your indoor air problem, you need to find out what kinds of contaminants are in your home. An indoor air quality audit from the team at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning will provide you with a detailed analysis of your indoor air. Once your audit is complete, you’ll be given suggested solutions to help improve the air you breathe every day.

Once your IAQ audit is complete, the team at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning can help improve your home’s indoor air quality by installing filters, UV lamps, and other equipment to purify and clean the breathable air in your home. To get started and put your home on the path to better indoor air, call us.

Why you should have us take care of your air duct cleaning

Most homeowners don’t give their air ducts much thought. However, as the years go by, dust, dirt, grime, and mold can all build up inside of the ducts, compromising your indoor air quality and energy efficiency. Air duct cleaning is a way for the team at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning to clear the air at your home. Call us today to schedule your duct cleaning, or to learn more about this service.

Why schedule air duct cleaning for your home?

Here are the two primary benefits of calling Trahan’s to schedule your air duct cleaning service:

Indoor air quality

Professional air duct cleaning can have a positive impact on your home’s indoor air quality. By removing dust, dirt, and mold from your home’s ductwork, this service also removes contaminants and allergens from your circulating indoor air. Mold growth, in particular, presents a health risk to everyone living in the home.

One of the first steps you should take is to schedule an indoor air quality test with our team. This survey of your home’s air will identify just what the state of your home’s IAQ is and the steps that should be taken to make improvements. One of our recommendations—especially in the event that there is mold or mildew in the ducts—will be to have our team clean them out.

Professional air duct cleaning can help improve your indoor air quality.

Call the air duct cleaning professionals at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning if you suspect that your air ducts are negatively impacting your indoor air quality.


According to NADCA, an industry group that advocates for the benefits of air duct cleaning, the buildup of dust, dirt, and grime on HVAC system components inside of the air ducts can lead to reduced efficiency. Your air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace has to work that much harder to produce the cooling or heating your home needs.

All HVAC systems require an intake of indoor air to operate effectively. A clogged and dirty air filter can block this airflow, reducing efficiency and potentially leading to frozen evaporator coils for your air conditioner as the system cannot get indoor air. Dirty air ducts can have the same effect, blocking airflow to the evaporator coils.

What are signs that your air ducts need to be cleaned?

Here are just some of the signs that your air ducts may need to be cleaned by a professional in the near future:

  • Your IAQ test shows signs of airborne mold: If your indoor air quality test from our team shows that there are mold or mildew particles coming from your home’s air ducts, you should have us clean the ductwork as soon as possible.
  • You’re troubleshooting energy efficiency issues: If you have otherwise taken steps to make your home more efficient—such as scheduling a seasonal tune-up—but aren’t seeing results, you should have us clean your air filter and your ducts.
  • Your home has a past pest infestation history: If your home has ever had rodents or other insects that pest professionals suspect may have traveled through the air ducts, you should have us clean out the ducts and remove any contaminants.

Why call our team for this service?

As noted by the Environmental Protection Agency, choosing an unqualified or inexperienced person for your air duct cleaning can have a number of negative consequences. First, you’ll want to hire a team that has and uses professional air duct cleaning equipment: a vacuum that is not working properly will actually make the situation in your ducts much worse, spewing dust outward deeper into the ducts. In addition, the wrong setup of equipment can lead to damage to the ducts or critical HVAC components. When it comes to air duct cleaning, it’s worth hiring a professional.

At Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we’re South Louisiana’s trusted, go-to team for indoor air quality and air duct cleaning services. Our professional techs have the right equipment, training, and experience needed to safely and effectively clean your ducts.

Call us to schedule your air duct cleaning here in Houma and South Louisiana.

Here are the 6 benefits of installing a smart thermostat

If you haven’t checked out the latest thermostats on the market, you really should. It’s almost 2020, which means technology is advancing faster than ever, making your life easier by providing more automation, more information, and more options! This applies to your home, too. A smart thermostat is a smart investment for your home because it helps you save money on your energy bills and reduce the wear-and-tear on your home’s heating and cooling systems.

What is a smart thermostat?

What is a smart thermostat? They’re, well, smart! A smart thermostat is one that integrates home automation with programmable temperature settings and allows you greater control over your home’s heating or air conditioning. These thermostats allow you to adjust settings from another device, like a laptop or smartphone, using an app. This means that you can be in another room—or another state!—and change the temperature of your home easily.

By installing a smart thermostat, you can set your home up for even more energy savings moving forward!

Installing a smart thermostat can help you save on your monthly energy bills.

Why switching to a new thermostat is a smart choice

If a smart thermostat doesn’t already sound extra sleek and cool, here are a few more reasons why a smart thermostat can improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency:

Enjoy remote access

One of the best reasons to upgrade to a smart thermostat is that you can set your home’s temperature and comfort settings from anywhere! Simply open your phone app, check on your home, or adjust the temperature accordingly. Gone on a week-long vacation? You can set the indoor temperature higher when you’re gone and switch it to a lower temperature hours or days before you get home, so you walk into a cooled home instead of a stuffy sauna.

Save money monthly

A smart thermostat will make programming your home’s temperature easier, allowing you to save money. The best way to save money is to set your indoor temperature higher when you are at work or out-of-town. Then, have the temperature set to auto-lower when you arrive back home.

Utilize the useful features

Many advanced thermostats on the market today have additional integrated features, like warnings, tips, and home-surveillance options.

Increase your home’s value

Many potential buyers pay close attention to the state of a home’s heating and cooling system. If you invest in a smart thermostat, that could add value to your home and send a subtle message that your air conditioner and heating systems have been well-cared for and have endured less wear-and-tear..

Keep an eye on your home

Whether you’re gone on a business trip or out for the afternoon, a smart thermostat will provide peace of mind and allow you to watch your home at all times!

Receive email alerts

Many thermostats even send homeowners email alerts when anything notable occurs in their cooling system. You’ll be the most updated homeowner on the block.

How much do smart thermostats generally cost?

Most smart thermostats range from $100-300, with a variety of options in between. For example, the Nest thermostat costs between $170 to $250 and is one of the most popular models on the market. Other well-known thermostat brands include Hive, ecobee, and Honeywell.

Keeping your utility bill low

Once you have a smart thermostat installed by the HVAC professionals at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning—your local HVAC service company—you can begin using it right away! It’s important to remember that buying a smart thermostat alone won’t drastically change your energy bill—you still have to pay attention to your monthly usage and what temperature you set your home to.

For example, if you keep your home at 68 degrees all year round, you’ll have significantly higher bills to pay than your neighbor, who keeps their indoor temperature at 76 during the day and 72 at night. Each homeowner has a preference for their ideal indoor home temperature. Just make sure you’re being conservative with your cooling usage so you don’t receive a sky-high bill each month.

Additionally, you can keep the doors open inside to encourage air flow. Keep all vents open as well—contrary to popular belief, shutting vents in some rooms will not increase the home’s air flow to other rooms. Use ceiling fans when needed and avoid tampering with the indoor air temperature too often.

Choose Trahan’s as your trusted HVAC team

Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning is your local team of experts when it comes to thermostat installation and repair. Our experienced technicians can recommend the best products and practices for your home. We want you to experience ultimate comfort at home, which is why we offer Ironclad Guarantees to all customers. Choose Trahan’s to get your thermostat replaced in no time. Visit our website or call us today! It’s the “smart” thing to do!

Learn more about our Ironclad Guarantees and why they matter to you

You deserve first-class service, whether you’re ordering food at a restaurant, buying a car, or picking up your dry cleaning. Here at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we believe that also applies to home services, particularly our heating, cooling, and other HVAC services. Many companies will provide okay service, others will offer good service, but you should be receiving the best service from the best company in your area. What better way to know who offers the best service than to check out a company’s guarantees, warranties, and promises.

Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers not one, not two, but nine guarantees for our customers! This means we believe in bringing you the best service—not just merely “good” or “better.”

Our guarantees and superior service make us a 5-star company. Trust Trahan's with your home service needs.

Our guarantees and superior service make us a 5-star company. Trust Trahan’s with your home’s cooling and heating needs.

Choosing the right home service company for you

When it comes to your home’s heating, cooling, indoor air quality, and other important services, you should choose a company that’s not only friendly and informative, but also experienced and certified. Some HVAC companies offer ultra-low prices, only to show up and perform half the work. Trahan’s has affordable pricing, honest technicians, and stellar service that will leave you smiling every time. Why worry or struggle when it comes to scheduling your home maintenance visits? With Trahan’s, you’ll have a hassle-free experience, every time!

Our Ironclad Guarantees

Our nine guarantees are our promises to you, and serve as not only a reminder of the great service we provide, but also demonstrate how confident we are in the work we do. What other company offers you amazing service, friendly technicians, AND so many guarantees? We want to continue to excel in the HVAC industry, so these guarantees help us stay at the top of our game.

Peace of Mind Guarantee: We believe that you should have peace of mind about who enters your home. That’s why Trahan’s technicians are all background-checked and randomly drug tested. Your safety and happiness is our number one priority!

100% Money Back Guarantee: This guarantee ensures that the equipment or units we install work as we stated they would, or we will remove or replace that unit and return 100% of your investment.

No Surprise Guarantee: Our no-surprise pricing means that you’ll receive an upfront, honest quote. That’s the price you’ll be paying—no hidden fees or extra costs! Too often, homeowners are shocked by the final number at the end of a home service project. With Trahan’s, any additional work will be approved by the owner in writing before we start to work.

Property Protection Guarantee: Your property and home should be treated with respect. From your outdoor property like lawns and shrubbery, to your indoor property including carpeting, walls, furniture, and door frames, we promise to treat them with respect. We use drop cloths in all work and high-traffic areas, and any damaged property will be repaired or replaced.

Comfort Guarantee: Our comfort guarantee ensures that your home’s systems will heat or cool your home properly. If we provide a temperature range that your unit is not reaching, we will replace the systems at no extra cost.

Utility Savings Guarantee: (Valid Deluxe Or Higher Systems) You will save a minimum of 30% on your heating and cooling costs or we will refund double-the-difference of your savings not realized during the first year. (If your system is not meeting guaranteed savings, you must notify us immediately to allow us to evaluate your system’s performance)

$500 Installation Date Guarantee: We promise an installation date with each new install. On the rare occasion that your unit does not not operating by that date, we will pay you $500! We don’t want any homeowner to feel inconvenienced or frustrated.

$500 No Frustration Guarantee: If you’re left without heating or cooling due to a system breakdown during its first year of use, we will be there to help within 24 hours or we’ll pay you $500!

No Lemon Guarantee: We don’t want you to experience any sour “lemons” with your new units. If your compressor in your air conditioner fails twice in the first 5 years, we will install a new condensing unit. If the heat exchanger in your furnace fails in the first 10 years, we will install a new furnace.

Making the most of your home’s cooling and heating

With these guarantees, you can rest easy knowing that Trahan’s will take care of your home and its new systems. If you experience an HVAC emergency or need a question answered, our experts are ready to help. The most important part of any home service appointment is the follow-up—the regular maintenance you should be scheduling as a homeowner. Or, if you’d rather have us do the scheduling for you, you can join our Silver Club for priority service, discounts, and more!

Here’s how Trahan’s can help

Get started today by calling Trahan’s or visiting our website. We can diagnose your HVAC system’s issue and set you up with the service plan you need, specifically tailored to your family and home. Our affordable services and Ironclad Guarantees are just a few reasons why we’re the best choice around here in Houma and South Louisiana! These guarantees are our way of showing you just how much we care.

Making the most of the summer season by saving on your energy bills

Pool days, popsicles, and plenty of sunshine—that’s what summer is all about. There’s fun all around and free time for you and your family to spend with one another. But all that warm weather means you should be prepared to pay higher energy bills May through August. How can you enjoy your summer without worrying about the number on the thermostat? In this article, we’re offering you some great tips and secrets to save money AND enjoy the sunshine. Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning is ready to help with all your cooling needs this summer.

A homeowner uses a remote to adjust the temperature setting of their ductless air conditioner.

By adjusting your thermostat and air conditioner by just 1-2 degrees, you could start saving on your energy bills this summer.

Summer savings tips from Trahan’s

Here are 7 tips that can save you big this summer—or during any hot season of the year!

  1. Schedule an AC tune-up or repair: Instead of waiting for your AC unit to die, be a proactive homeowner and schedule a tune-up with Trahan’s! We can inspect your air conditioner and make sure it’s running at full power, bringing you the most in cool comfort. When you put off a tune-up or repair, you’re actually adding more potential problems to your plate. One appointment with our technician is all it takes to get your AC unit ready for the long, hot summer ahead.
  2. Monitor your thermostat: Don’t just set your thermostat to 65 degrees and call it good. You’ll face sky-high energy bills and regret it down the road—especially when you open that electric bill! Set a schedule for your indoor temperature and stick to it. For example, set your thermostat to a higher temperature (76-78) during the early-morning and late-night hours, and set it to a lower temperature (70-74) during the day if you’re spending time indoors. Most of all, plan ahead and don’t forget about your thermostat when you set it to a low temperature.
  3. Use floor fans: Before you press the down button on your thermostat, bring out a floor fan! While fans don’t actually cool the air in your home, they can make you feel cooler with using the same energy your AC would.
  4. Focus on light clothing/bedding: During the hot, humid months, wear light clothing and store those thick blankets away for winter. Use only light sheets and blankets on your bed. If you’re wearing a long-sleeved shirt and sleeping with heavy blankets, you’ll feel uncomfortable and you’ll be running to your thermostat more frequently.
  5. Keep your doors open: Keep all interior doors open to encourage airflow in between rooms. You won’t save hundreds of dollars doing this, but you’ll feel a difference! Try keeping your bedroom door open at night to avoid a hot, stuffy room. Don’t open up your exterior doors, because the hot air will rush in!
  6. Step outside: Don’t stay inside all day and make your air conditioner work harder than it has to. Take a break by going outside for a trip to the library, museum, mall, or park! Find a local swimming pool and visit often. If you’re traveling on a long summer vacation, make a home-energy plan for your thermostat that will save you money while you’re gone. A programmable thermostat can be a great help in this regard, but a house-sitter can also adjust your thermostat for you.
  7. Keep a professional team on-hand: You never know what cooling emergencies you’ll face this summer, even if all your home systems seem to be running fine at the start of it. That’s why it’s important to have a trustworthy HVAC team on call and ready-to-go. Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning has certified, friendly technicians who know how to diagnose problems quickly and fix air conditioners right!

More energy, more comfort

When you take the time to have your AC unit checked out by one of our techs, you’ll be on the road to saving money! After our tune-up, your system will function better than ever, which means your home will get cool without using extra electricity and putting in all that extra work. This energy efficiency will go a long way. An air conditioner that’s working smoothly means less headaches, fewer appointments, and more money in your pocket.

Work with a reliable cooling services team

At the end of the day, you want to remember your summer for all the fun times you had, not for the high electric bills you had to pay. Take some of these tips and incorporate them into your own home. Teach your family the importance of saving money and saving energy. Invest in a smart thermostat so you can control the indoor temperature even when you’re away from your home. And, most important, call the team at Trahan’s and trust our team with all your home cooling needs.

Strange AC noises that indicate you should call Trahan’s for service

For the most part, your air conditioner should operate pretty quietly when it’s running right. Some noise at startup or sounds associated with the shifting of the house aren’t all that unusual. However, if your air conditioner is making loud, repetitive sounds, there may be a problem. Here’s our guide to what strange AC noises could indicate—and when you need to call in the experts at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning for service.

At Trahan’s, we offer 24/7 emergency AC repair service from experienced technicians. Call us for fast, reliable service here in Houma and South Louisiana.

If your system is making strange AC noises, call Trahan's for service here in Houma.These strange AC noises may indicate you need repair

1. Buzzing

An air conditioner unit may emit a gentle hum when it runs, which is entirely normal. What is not normal is a strange, loud buzzing or humming sound. This could mean there are loose parts, debris is inside the unit, an electrical issue, or a failing part.

Due to the range of potential reasons, it is best to call in an expert from Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning for repairs. That way, you can enjoy cool air without worrying about the unit failing during hot months.

2. Clicking

Strange AC noises like clicking may also indicate problems with the unit. This could be a sign of an electrical issue, like a defective thermostat, which should be fixed as soon as possible before it leads to other issues and costly repairs.

3. Squealing

A high-pitched squeal or screaming noise is a sign to call for immediate maintenance. It could be something like a malfunctioning motor or something more serious like a refrigerant leak that could lead to health problems in your home.

To protect yourself and your family, the best course of action is to call a professional. Then, once the problem has been fixed, you can safely use the AC unit again.

4. Banging

Lastly, loose parts are often translated into strange AC noises like clanking or banging. If a part if broken or loose, it may rattle around inside the unit. It could also be a sign you need a new compressor.

If left untreated, these situations could lead to more serious problems. To avoid that, call a professional at the first sign of trouble and schedule routine maintenance for an AC unit that functions properly.

Schedule AC maintenance today

Strange AC noises could indicate both minor and major problems with your unit. To keep your family safe, your air clean, and your home comfortable, call us today to schedule AC preventative maintenance or repairs.