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Why you should schedule a heating system tune-up in the fall

As the temperature drops in the fall, it’s the perfect time to prepare your home for winter. You never know when that overnight cold snap will come. If your heating system isn’t ready for the season ahead, it could break down at the worst moment.

Don’t wait until disaster strikes. Here are some reasons to hire Trahan’s Heating and Air Conditioning here in Houma and South Louisiana for your heating tune-up.

5 reasons to schedule a heating system tune-up this fall

1. A tune-up is easier on your wallet than a repair

There’s never a good time for your heater to break down, but chances are it will break on a very cold day. During regular tune-ups, technicians can spot small problems before they become big ones and your family is shivering all night.

Think of a tune-up as an insurance policy for your system. It’s inexpensive, and you can schedule it on your time. A tune-up may cost very little, but repairs can cost thousands.

2. Tune-ups help keep warranties active

Many heating system warranties protect your system for 5-10 years or more. However, they often require you to schedule a tune-up.

If your system does need a repair, a trained technician can spot it, and the warranty should cover it. Energy is one of your biggest home expenditures, and you’ll often save money by making your system more energy-efficient.

3. Our prices are the best in the area

We offer competitive pricing for all of our services. Be sure to check our coupons section for limited-time offers on many of our services, including tune-ups.

4. Trahan’s is the best local business for your tune-up

We have more than 50 years of experience serving southern Louisiana. We offer 24-hour emergency service, and we offer 100 percent Ironclad Guarantees.

We are Trane Comfort specialists, but we service all makes and models, including furnaces, heat pumps, and ductless systems. These are just some of the reasons the Better Business Bureau rates us A+.

5. We are ready to prepare your home for winter

Call the team at Trahan’s Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule your fall tune-up. From Ama to Centerville, and Raceland to Thibodaux, we are here for all your heating system needs. Fill out the form or call us at (985) 872-2570 for more information.

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.

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!