Why you should schedule an indoor air quality test

Homeowners spend a lot of time and money to make sure they take good care of their houses, but they may overlook what they can’t see: the quality of their indoor air. Since people spend so much time indoors, you should be able to trust that your indoor air is safe to breathe. That’s where an indoor air quality test comes into the picture.

An indoor air quality (IAQ) test can identify any impurities that may be polluting your home and affecting you and your family’s health. This article has some reasons that you should schedule indoor air quality testing and air duct cleaning from the team here at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning.

To find out what's in your home's air, schedule an indoor air quality test from our team.Be on the lookout

You may be surprised by the variety of particles that you’ll find in your home’s air. Some of the pollutants come from the outside, such as dirt and pollen, but there are also materials in your home that also negatively impact the air quality.

Chemicals from varnish and wax, formaldehyde from carpeting, and even cleaning products can linger in the air. Some of the other indoor air pollutants include:

  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites
  • Mold and mildew in bathrooms or basements
  • Rodent or insect droppings
  • Pesticides

Radon

Radon, a radioactive gas that can come from the soil, is also a serious concern in some regions of the country. Because it is odorless, you are not able to detect its presence on your own, which is why you’ll need to have a professional test your home for it.

Why it matters

People who suffer with allergies understand the importance of having an indoor air quality test, and so should you. Many of the chemicals and other pollutants can cause respiratory problems, especially in young children, elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Some of the gases can also lead to headaches, nausea, confusion, and possibly even death. An IAQ test can determine which particles are present in your home so you know what steps to take to have them removed.

Contact Trahan’s to schedule your indoor air quality test

Don’t put off your indoor air quality test one more day. At Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help you with air testing as well as other services for your home. Give us a call today to schedule an IAQ test and start breathing easier.

Breathe easier and feel better with clean air ducts

For homeowners, their air conditioning units, heat pumps, and furnaces are top-of-mind, since they can see them working and turn them on seasonally. But, what about the part of your HVAC system that’s in use all year round? Your air ducts need attention, too, and if you’ve been passing on air duct cleaning for years, you could be seeing worsening indoor air quality. In contrast, clean air ducts can help your home be easier to breathe in.

In this blog, we’ll review a few reasons why you should call the professionals at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning for air duct cleaning and indoor air quality testing.

Better air quality

Your HVAC and air ducts recirculate the air in your home, and you may be surprised by the pollutants that air contains. It is not unusual for indoor air to contain particles of:

  • Pollen
  • Dust and dust mites
  • Dead skin cells
  • Pet dander
  • Mice or insect droppings
  • Bacteria

Having any or all of these in the air of your home is actually quite normal, but—at the same time—you probably do not want to be inhaling these pollutants on a regular basis.

Reduce your symptoms

Allergies and asthma can develop at any age, and if you or anyone in your family suffer from these or other respiratory conditions, you know the importance of having clean air to breathe. Some people may find that the air in their homes is what causes their difficulty breathing.

After you have your air ducts professionally cleaned by the pros at Trahan’s, you may feel some relief in your respiratory problems. You can literally breathe easier because those allergens in your home may be eliminated.

The sweet smell of success

Another reason to have your air ducts cleaned is to remove odd or unpleasant odors from your home. With a buildup of dust and dirt in your air duct system, these odors can be trapped, leaving a lingering odor that does not go away even after you have cleaned.

If you have noticed excess dust on your air filters or around your vents, you can imagine what the inside of your air ducts looks like. Clean air ducts mean a cleaner—and better-smelling—home from the inside-out.

Keep it dry

A humid climate or major plumbing leak may mean you are more likely to have a mold problem in your home. Air duct cleaning can remove that extra moisture that may accumulate and encourage mold growth. It might also be a good idea to talk to your Trahan’s technician about a dehumidifier for your home.

Call Trahan’s for air duct cleaning here in South Louisiana!

There is no time like the present to have clean air ducts! Contact our team here at Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your cleaning, both for clean air and peace of mind.

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, contact us today.

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.

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.

What are the major signals that you need summer AC repair?

If you see signs you need summer AC repair, don’t ignore them. Having air conditioner problems during the hottest and most humid months of the year is not only frustrating, but can actually be dangerous. That’s why Trahan’s Heating and Air Conditioning provides 24/7 AC repair services whenever you need them

Recognizing the early warning signs of AC trouble can help prevent a minor problem from becoming major. Contact us when you see any of these five signs of impending summer AC repair.

Here are 5 signs you need summer AC repair

Warm air or insufficient cooling

Probably the most obvious of summer AC repair signs is that the air coming from the AC isn’t cool, or at the very least, is not cool enough. If the air conditioner isn’t keeping the temperature comfortable, that’s a blatant warning sign that repair may be needed.

Pictured: In the dog days of summer, when you need summer AC repair, call Trahan's!

It’s the dog days of summer. If you need summer AC repair, call Trahan’s!

Excessive noise

There is no such thing as a silent air conditioner, but unusual or abnormally loud noises from your AC, such screeching or rattling, are indications of a possible problem, such as a part that has come loose. Consult a skilled technician before the loose part causes further damage to your unit.

Increased utility bills

Not all summer AC problems are indicated by the evidence of your senses. Some are indicated by the cost of your utilities. If your electric bill is higher than it normally is during the summer months, that suggests that your air conditioner is not operating at peak efficiency and may be in need of a tune-up.

Decreased airflow

Maybe it’s not the temperature of the air that your AC is putting out but the volume. If you put your hand next to a vent when the air conditioner kicks on and the temperature feels cool but the flow is weak, that could be indicative of several potential problems involving the ductwork or the compressor.

Leaking fluid

Any sort of fluid leak in or around your AC unit is cause for concern. It could be refrigerant leaking, a potentially dangerous situation because of its toxicity. Even if the fluid is only water, that could lead to mold growth, which could have long-term effects on your family’s health. Don’t try to figure out what’s leaking yourself; call us for HVAC service immediately.

Call Trahan’s now for summer AC repair!

With Trahan’s Heating and Air Conditioning providing repair services 24-hours-a-day, there’s no need to hesitate. Contact us the moment you notice any signs of AC trouble, need an AC installed, or are just in need of a tune-up.

Here’s why we’re a Trane dealer

The heating and cooling system of your home is vital to your comfort. Whether it’s a hot and humid day in the Louisiana summer or when the winter winds come blasting off the gulf, you expect your HVAC unit to work appropriately. We’re your local Houma Trane dealer, and here’s why.

Trane products are built to last

Trane was founded in 1885. In the 1930s, Trane pioneered air conditioning units for cooling homes. The company owns patents on their HVAC and heating units. They’ve tested the units for reliability and durability. Many of the individual parts on a Trane AC are built to last beyond industry standards. Trane is a company that has innovated the industry.

Trane products are built to last. The company tests every heating and cooling unit beyond the extremes of residential use. That’s why their motto is, “It’s hard to stop a Trane.” Technicians have tried to break the Climatuff® compressor in 900 different ways.

Trane is also setting the standard for smart home and clean air technology. The XL18i Heat Pump has a SEER rating of 18, well above the minimum standard of 14 or 15. It offers increase efficiency to lower utility bills. Trane also has an advanced air filtration system that provides cleaner, healthier air inside your home.

Trane products are recommended by experts in the industry. Popular Mechanics awarded Trane for its innovation with the Trane ComfortLink. Harvard researchers independently evaluated several devices that improve indoor air quality and found Trane CleanEffects to the most effective air filtration system.

Here’s your checklist for buying a new HVAC unit

Before you replace your old unit, make sure you really need to upgrade:

  • How old is your system? Your furnace should last about 12 to 18 years with good maintenance, while the AC may only last 10 to 16 years.
  • Consider your energy costs and future energy needs for your home. Do research on a new unit and whether it can help lower costs.
  • Contact Trahan’s, your local Trane dealer. Discuss the unit that fits the size of your home and energy-efficiency requirements.
  • Shop for and have a new unit installed. Enjoy the comfort of your home.

Call Trahan’s, your local Trane dealer

Choose a Trane AC to keep your home cooler when the temperatures are sweltering. Call Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning at (985) 872-2570 or contact us online to discuss your needs.

Here are 4 reasons to schedule an AC tune-up this spring

Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning offers professional-grade air conditioning maintenance here in South Louisiana.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not your system needs to be inspected this spring, here are 4 reasons to schedule an AC tune-up with our team.

4 reasons to schedule an AC tune-up this spring

We work with both air conditioners and heat pumps:

#1. Decrease your risk of a breakdown this summer

This is the primary reason that most homeowners schedule an AC tune-up with the Trahan’s team. Let’s put it another way: an unmaintained air conditioner is at greater risk of a breakdown on the most hot and humid days of the year. That’s because a pro inspection and tune-up can help catch the small things before they become big problems.

This goes double for an older air conditioner that has a history of breakdowns, since parts are older and more can go wrong. However, a tune-up is a good idea for any system, of any age. If not for avoiding breakdowns, you should consider it because:

#2. Boost your system’s energy-efficiency

Maintenance improves your system’s energy-efficiency, allowing it to run better and saving you money on your monthly energy bills. Over the course of an entire summer, this can mean big savings: after all, think about how much use your air conditioner sees in July and August here in South Louisiana.

#3. Extend the lifespan of your air conditioner

Any homeowner with a working air conditioner or heat pump wants to keep their system running as long as possible. That’s what makes an AC tune-up so great: by having your system inspected annually by a professional, you can actually extend your system lifespan, putting off the day when you need a new air conditioner.

In this respect, your air conditioner isn’t all that different from your car. By keeping up its maintenance record, you’re more likely to see it last.

#4. Maintain your air conditioner—and your manufacturer’s warranty

Many new air conditioners, including those manufactured by Trane, include a manufacturer’s warranty that protects your system for years after purchase. This is a great difference-maker for you and your home! There’s just one catch: you need to schedule an annual, professional tune-up to keep that warranty intact.

Since that manufacturer’s warranty protects your system against both defects and damages, keeping it intact is a good reason in itself to schedule an AC tune-up this spring. However, when added to the other reasons on this list, and you can see the compelling case for giving Trahan’s a call.

Call Trahan’s to schedule an AC tune-up here in South Louisiana

Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning is proud to be your local, trusted company for AC services here in South Louisiana. Since 1963, we’ve been known for our friendly, professional service.

To schedule your AC tune-up this spring, contact us online, or give us a call at (985) 863-4063.

What are heat pumps, and how do they work?

We often get questions from homeowners about heat pumps: namely, people want to know what they are, how they work, and what makes them different from air conditioners and / or furnaces.

We totally get that, and that’s why—in this blog post—we’ll break down what heat pumps are all about. Interested in cooling installation? Be sure to contact us for a free in-home estimate.

Capable of both cooling and heating your home

The most notable thing about heat pumps is that they’re able to both cool and heat your home. This versatility makes them perfect for mild winter climates like the one here in South Louisiana.

How do they work?

All air—even air that is cold—has some form of heat energy in it. A heat pump uses a compressor to move refrigerant, which in turns pulls heat energy out of the air. In the winter, this system pulls heat out of outside air and carries it inside; in summer, the system reverses and pulls heat out of indoor air and carries it outside.

The summer mode is pretty identical to how an air conditioner works. Much like an air conditioner, a heat pump has two main parts to it: an indoor air handler and an outdoor heat pump unit. As you can see in Trane heat pumps, they look very similar to air conditioners.

What are their advantages?

Heat pumps are generally more energy-efficient than standard HVAC systems. That difference is especially profound in winter, when—instead of having to burn fuel to generate heat—a heat pump just has to move heat from one location to another. That saves a lot of money.

Here’s what else can save you money: only having to purchase and maintain one system in your home. The versatility of the heat pump is what makes them popular with many homeowners.

Are there any disadvantages?

Heat pumps are better at cooling than they are at heating. This makes sense: it’s easier to remove heat from hot indoor air to make it cooler than it is to remove heat from cold outdoor air to make it warmer inside. Generally, heat pumps in colder climates need to be supplemented by a furnace.

However, as Trane notes, heat pumps are great for mild winter climates like the one here in South Louisiana. This “cold weather” disadvantage doesn’t really apply.

Call Trahan’s to learn more about heat pumps

If you’re looking to upgrade to a new cooling or heating system here in South Louisiana, you really should consider a heat pump. They’re a great fit for many homes here, and Trane manufactures reliable, energy-efficient systems.

To get started with your free in-home estimate on a new Trane, contact us today! Also, don’t forget: we offer financing with approved credit!

Is it time to replace your furnace? Get a free in-home estimate from us!

If you’re a homeowner and you’re planning on staying in your home for the foreseeable future, you’ll eventually need to replace your furnace. But, what are the signs that you need to make the switch from old to new? What are the factors that you should consider when changing out your furnace?

In this blog, we’ll review the four signs you need to replace your furnace. If you’re ready to make the switch, contact Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning for a free in-home estimate.

Trahan's is a Trane dealer#1. Your furnace is more than a decade old

Yes, many furnaces last longer than 10 years. There’s a lot of different factors that weigh into that, such as the maintenance history, use, repair history, etc. However, the decade mark is generally the point where you, as a homeowner, should be prepared to replace your furnace.

There are circumstances where you may voluntarily change out your furnace prior to that final breakdown. If your furnace is draining your wallet in energy and repair costs (we’ll talk more about this below), you may want to call Trahan’s about making the switch to a new, energy-efficient, and reliable Trane.

#2. Your furnace isn’t heating your home right

This matters! Your furnace should be able to make your home comfortable in the winter. However, older systems tend to be less able to keep up with your home’s heating needs. You’ll notice the impact in the form of hot and cold spots in your home.

A furnace that’s less capable of keeping up with your heating needs will snowball into extra problems. It’ll use more energy to keep up with demand, raising your energy bills. It’ll breakdown more under the strain, forcing you to get furnace repair.

#3. You’ve been seeing higher energy bills

Furnaces tend to get less energy-efficient as they age. They use more energy to operate. In addition, they were originally (when new) less efficient than the furnaces on the market today. Chances are that your system is pretty far behind today’s units.

If your energy bills are on the rise, calculate the difference, times 12 months over how many years before you were planning on replacing your furnace. Even this conservative estimate will give you an idea of how much extra not replacing your furnace is costing you.

#4. Breakdowns are getting more frequent

As a furnace ages and parts wear down, more and more starts to go wrong with the system. You can prevent some of these problems with a furnace tune-up, but not all of them. Eventually, you’ll see breakdowns become a regular occurrence.

These breakdowns will take time and money to repair. Consider this: is the money you’ll spend, or have spent, repairing your furnace over the course of years worth it? Would that money be better spent on a new furnace?

If the answer is “no,” it’s time to replace your furnace.

Call Trahan’s for a free in-home estimate on a new furnace

If you think it’s time you upgraded to a new system, call Trahan’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer free in-home estimates in Houma, Thibodaux, and South Louisiana. We’ll match you to the right Trane furnace.

Contact us today to get started on your free in-home estimate!