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Why AC Is Not Cooling?

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Your AC is meant to keep your home at the temperature you have set on the thermostat and, like some unfortunate homeowners,  you want to know why AC is not cooling your home. With the Atlanta heat and humidity, if anything goes wrong, you are sure to notice. Whether your AC seems to be running for hours or your home just doesn’t seem to get to that cool temperature you have programmed, troubleshooting your AC is key to keeping your utility costs down. Some problems stem from poor installation techniques and others from problems that can occur throughout the life of your HVAC system. Having an expert HVAC repair technician to diagnose and fix why AC is not cooling is key to extending the life of your system. If your AC is limping along in this Georgia heat, you may have a few issues that need to be rectified to feel that rush of cold air again.

AC Not Cooling? Troubleshoot like a Pro!

Check Your Air Filter

dirty air filter that is restricting air flow

We so often come into customers’ homes and find an air filter so clogged that it restricts air flow. Some systems will even freeze up and stop blowing air completely.

The most common reason for restrictions in your air flow are so often a dirty air filter that has been neglected. Check your air filter and make sure to keep it changed according to manufacturer settings. This is the easiest thing you can do as a homeowner to help reduce repair costs and keep your AC running at its peak.

Your Thermostat is Malfunctioning

What a great piece of technology. With the press of a button you can increase or decrease the temps in your home. Some learning and programmable thermostats even know your schedule, when you are home, when you leave, and what makes you comfortable and they adjust accordingly. When you thermostat is not turning on your AC or maintaining your room’s temperature as programmed, you need the professional AC repair technicians in Marietta, Ga to come out and diagnose the problem. Before making the call to have your thermostat checked, change your batteries! This can be an easy fix that you can accomplish on your own!

Your Coolant is Leaking or Low

Your AC system is a sealed system. In a properly functioning HVAC system, you should not have to recharge your coolant or have a need for refill. However things may happen. Over time, due to wear and tear, vibrations, and hours of use,  your system may develop small leaks that can decrease the performance of your cooling capabilities. This problem can be easily handled with the right tools and knowledge that your expert HVAC technicians come equipped with.

Your AC is Not Properly Sized to Your Home

Let’s face it, not every homeowner is familiar with the ins and outs of everything HVAC and they look to the experts for know how. When purchasing a new HVAC system, make sure to qualify the company that you are having install your equipment. HVAC equipment is designed to heat and cool a certain square footage of space, based on the size of unit. Too small of a unit for your space, and it won’t be able to keep up the demand for cooling. Too large of unit, and the temperature may be lowered but the humidity in the air may not be removed due to too short  of a cycle time.

Your Coils are Dirty

example of dirty ac coil and clean ac coil Dirty evaporator or condenser coils cause a restriction in air flow which in turn may not allow your system to perform to specifications and cool properly. Regular preventative maintenance prevents the build up of grime in your system. While it may seem like a minute problem to have, any restriction to air flow can cause your system to work harder and shortens the life of your unit.

If you are just not feeling that ice cold air coming from your vents, make sure to have your problem diagnosed and AC repaired by Atlanta’s top HVAC service company. With over 28,000 5 star and A+ reviews and properly screened and trained employees, you will be back to cool in no time! Contact Casteel today and schedule online for a 10% discount of your service call fee. (not to be combined with any other offers or discounts)

How Does HVAC Technology Help the Consumer?

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Now days most products are either wifi capable, provide alerts, or are capable of giving you recommendations to better your budget and lifestyle. The HVAC industry was not overlooked in the technological movement. With a strong emphasis on energy efficiency and environmental friendliness, knowing which HVAC products and upgrades are most beneficial to your lifestyle are key to living easy, comfortable and well.

Technology in HVAC : What’s Out There?

  • Products that Help Reduce Your Utility Bills
    • Programmable Thermostat– Electronics such as the Nest learning thermostat, are great at helping you reduce your utility costs but minimizing system usage when it is not needed and maximize your comfort. By recognizing your location, the system learns your schedule. It can also turn off the HVAC system when you are not home just by tracking your cell phone. You can turn your system on when you’ re heading back home via the Nest app and your thermostat will turn your HVAC to your desired temp remotely. When your system is not running, you’re saving money! The best part is that you don’t even have to think about turning your system on or off. With wifi capability, programmable thermostats recognize you and your phone and know when you are home!
  • Products that Help Increase Your Comfort
    • Ductless Mini Split Systems– These HVAC systems provide the homeowner with flexible options to heating and cooling spaces. Not only are they efficient but they can be zoned to provide catered comfort! Mini Split systems offer room by room temperature control giving you flexibility to have different temps in various rooms. Not only will you be pleased with the customization, the installation process is also flexible. The lack of traditional “in wall” ducts allows for a much easier installation process.
    • Electronic Air Filtration– Each year, the pollen becomes unbearable in Atlanta. Homeowners close the windows and minimized outside air time to help prevent itchy eyes, sneezing fits and runny noses. Electronic Air Filters are the best option to remove all pollutants and particles from the air. With some being even as advanced as some you would find in hospital settings, installing electronic air filtration as a HVAC system enhancer will make sure your air is clean and free of contaminants! Not only will your allergy systems be reduced, but your risk of illnesses will be as well!
  • Products that Help Maintain the Life of Your HVAC
    • Self Diagnosing HVAC System Technology – It never fails. It is the hottest or coldest day in Atlanta and your HVAC system breaks down. With self diagnosing system technology such as the ComfortGuard, your system can alert you to possible needed repairs. Whether it be regular preventative maintenance alerts or problem alerts, monitoring technology provides you with the edge to keep comfortable during each system. Not only do these advanced technologies alert you to potential problems, but also your trusted HVAC company. Preventative maintenance and increasing system longevity has never been easier for a homeowner. Simple phone apps will give you the needed analytics to understand the functioning of your system.

We as consumers research cell phone features, car safety features and even appliance technology, but often the HVAC system is overlooked. With so many new and advanced features, you will  have the chance to increase your energy efficiency, save money, extend the life of your system and customize your comfort. Don’t be left in the stone age with your HVAC system. Consider adding some of these features to your existing HVAC system or adding them on to your system replacement. The advances in technology are worth the small spend. Contact Casteel’s HVAC team today to discover how small advances can make you more comfortable. Schedule Now!

Why I Needed a Video Doorbell and Didn’t Know It

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

I am the proud owner of a house full of highly advanced thermostats, smoke detectors, and a fancy doorbell. My husband pushed for us to move into the 20th century and out of the stone ages and I was reluctant to concede. Through research, he chose the nest line of products which are rated as some of the top selling technologically advanced home comfort/convenience accessories. Plus, they are the easiest to use and offer learning capabilities that are better than the rest! I, being a skeptic was doubtful.

The technician arrived with pretty boxes in hand, ready to install the useless pieces of metal, as far as I was concerned. The Skybell is a product that works with Nest. It is a doorbell that is a camera, a recording device AND an intercom. The doorbell was installed relatively quickly and all I had to do was install an app on my phone while the technician worked on the wires and set up. I then went through a 1 minute menu on the app with my technician, and I was ready to play with the new device. If you haven’t heard or used the Skybell, I can highly recommend its options and absolutely condone having some fun with the camera and intercom features.

On the first day, not only was I recording and being alerted to any movement on my front doorstep, but I also was able to have a little fun with my 4 year old when she let out the dog via the built in intercom. While my app dinged to tell me there was movement on the porch, I pulled up the Live Feed and quickly had my 4 year old believing that the Skybell was her new fairy house occupied by the resident fairy. Magically there were voices coming out of the doorbell. What is so neat is that the speaker feature works both ways and you can talk via the app on your phone!

These useful applications not only allow you to see and speak to the person at your front door, but it also alerts you and records any movement saving it on your app by using wifi. This absolutely gave me the security I need and I can spy on my older children if they are breaking their curfew. I was slowly becoming a techie with the ring of a bell.

While I never thought I actually needed the Skybell, or any of the other high tech Nest products, I am a huge advocate of them now and am not sure why I fought my husband from buying them for so long. The safety and security of being connected to my front door, yard, driveway and even the street provides me peace of mind. The camera offers a great and clear view day or night. The benefits are tri-fold: alerts of movement sent immediately to my phone, live viewing and intercom capabilities and data storage via the app.  How can you go wrong? You can’t.  Plus, installation was quick and seamless by the electrician  and I didn’t have to worry about crossing wires and potentially ruining what will be the favorite thing in my home. There is no doubt that once you have your Skybell, you will wonder what you ever did without it. Contact Casteel, a Nest Pro Elite Contractor, today to have your Skybell installed.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home that You Don’t Want to Skip

Friday, December 30th, 2016

As the Peach drops in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve, the hope of starting fresh is on many minds. Resolutions are made, lists are written and a the idea of “getting it right,” is the main goal. While many aim to eat healthier, lose weight, get to the gym, take time for hobbies or save extra money, the one thing that is often overlooked is the home. This year, make time for yourself and make a point not to neglect your home. This New Year’s Resolution list for your home is a “must do” to keep up the maintenance on your home and stay organized for the year ahead.

  1. Cut the Fat and Decrease Your Energy Spending- While focus may be on reducing calories to lose weight, don’t neglect cutting the extras on your energy usage!  Change your light bulbs to LED’s. Replace your ancient thermostat to a programmable or high tech wifi version which will cater your HVAC usage right to your schedule. Replace your old or aging water heater and HVAC system to a higher efficiency model. Take advantage of 0% financing and cut your utility costs by up to 40% with the increased energy efficient models.
  2. Get Moving or at the Least, Check the Moving Parts of Your Home’s Systems- Make sure to have a fall and spring maintenance performed on your HVAC system. Help prevent breakdowns, increase your energy efficiency and make sure that your system is in tip top shape. Don’t forget to have your electrical system checked for any hazards and for good measure make sure to flush your water heater to help increase the efficiency.
  3. Clear the Air- Your Indoor Air Quality that is- Spring will be here before you know it and the pollen will be flying again. Last spring you were miserable with the change of season. Itchy eyes, runny nose, and a scratchy throat are not something that you have to deal with every season. This year, make a point to better your indoor air quality.While pollen may be irritating during some seasons, don’t forget the pet dander, microscopic pathogens, bacteria and viruses that can infect your air too. There is not time like the present to clean the closets and clean the air.
  4. Safety First- It’s all too easy to procrastinate on the mundane tasks that we don’t have an immediate need for. The one thing you can never predict is an emergency, but you can prepare for one. Make sure to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and install or test your carbon monoxide detectors. With the new advanced smoke detectors, you can take the guesswork away from testing your monitoring system. The Nest protect does that for you! Consider upgrading your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to those that provide alerts  to your phone, test themselves and are multi functioning.
  5. Declutter & Organize- While the motivation is fresh, now is the time to go through each room and get rid of all of the unnecessary extras that have piled up over the past year. You know, those magazine articles you wanted to read but never had the time to. The extras that you held on to with good intentions but just couldn’t find the time to follow through with. It happens even to the best of us. If you haven’t used something in the past year, consider donating it. This includes clothes,books, toys, electronics etc… The liberating feeling that comes when you organize and declutter is well worth the time spent going through the excess.
  6. Drink More Water –Clean Water- Water  is something that everyone knows is important to a healthy body. Take the extra steps and install a whole home water filtration system. Take out the impurities and contaminants for the best you! Your plumber can go through the options and install one for you with minimal effort on your part and you’ll be starting out the year healthier.. one glass at a time!

As the focus is on self improvement the first couple of months of the year, don’t forget about the musts involved in home improvement. To help you with your Home Resolutions, contact Casteel today and schedule your in home inspections! Schedule now!

Why I Needed a Camera Doorbell and Didn’t Know It

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

I am the proud owner of a house full of highly advanced thermostats, smoke detectors, and a fancy doorbell. My husband pushed for us to move into the 20th century and out of the stone ages and I was reluctant to concede. Through research, he chose the nest line of products which are rated as some of the top selling technologically advanced home comfort/convenience accessories. Plus, they are the easiest to use and offer learning capabilities that are better than the rest! I, being a skeptic was doubtful.

The technician arrived with pretty boxes in hand, ready to install the useless pieces of metal, as far as I was concerned. The Skybell is a product that works with Nest. It is a doorbell that is a camera, a recording device AND an intercom. The doorbell was installed relatively quickly and all I had to do was install an app on my phone while the technician worked on the wires and set up. I then went through a 1 minute menu on the app with my technician, and I was ready to play with the new device. If you haven’t heard or used the Skybell, I can highly recommend its options and absolutely condone having some fun with the camera and intercom features.

On the first day, not only was I recording and being alerted to any movement on my front doorstep, but I also was able to have a little fun with my 4 year old when she let out the dog via the built in intercom. While my app dinged to tell me there was movement on the porch, I pulled up the Live Feed and quickly had my 4 year old believing that the Skybell was her new fairy house occupied by the resident fairy. Magically there were voices coming out of the doorbell. What is so neat is that the speaker feature works both ways and you can talk via the app on your phone!

These useful applications not only allow you to see and speak to the person at your front door, but it also alerts you and records any movement saving it on your app by using wifi. This absolutely gave me the security I need and I can spy on my older children if they are breaking their curfew. I was slowly becoming a techie with the ring of a bell.

While I never thought I actually needed the Skybell, or any of the other high tech Nest products, I am a huge advocate of them now and am not sure why I fought my husband from buying them for so long. The safety and security of being connected to my front door, yard, driveway and even the street provides me peace of mind. The camera offers a great and clear view day or night. The benefits are tri-fold: alerts of movement sent immediately to my phone, live viewing and intercom capabilities and data storage via the app.  How can you go wrong? You can’t.  Plus, installation was quick and seamless by the electrician  and I didn’t have to worry about crossing wires and potentially ruining what will be the favorite thing in my home. There is no doubt that once you have your Skybell, you will wonder what you ever did without it. Contact Casteel, a Nest Pro Elite Contractor, today to have your Skybell installed.

Why I Needed a Camera Doorbell and Didn’t Know It

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

I am the proud owner of a house full of highly advanced thermostats, smoke detectors, and a fancy doorbell. My husband pushed for us to move into the 20th century and out of the stone ages and I was reluctant to concede. Through research, he chose the nest line of products which are rated as some of the top selling technologically advanced home comfort/convenience accessories. Plus, they are the easiest to use and offer learning capabilities that are better than the rest! I, being a skeptic was doubtful.

The technician arrived with pretty boxes in hand, ready to install the useless pieces of metal, as far as I was concerned. The Skybell is a product that works with Nest. It is a doorbell that is a camera, a recording device AND an intercom. The doorbell was installed relatively quickly and all I had to do was install an app on my phone while the technician worked on the wires and set up. I then went through a 1 minute menu on the app with my technician, and I was ready to play with the new device. If you haven’t heard or used the Skybell, I can highly recommend its options and absolutely condone having some fun with the camera and intercom features.

On the first day, not only was I recording and being alerted to any movement on my front doorstep, but I also was able to have a little fun with my 4 year old when she let out the dog via the built in intercom. While my app dinged to tell me there was movement on the porch, I pulled up the Live Feed and quickly had my 4 year old believing that the Skybell was her new fairy house occupied by the resident fairy. Magically there were voices coming out of the doorbell. What is so neat is that the speaker feature works both ways and you can talk via the app on your phone!

These useful applications not only allow you to see and speak to the person at your front door, but it also alerts you and records any movement saving it on your app by using wifi. This absolutely gave me the security I need and I can spy on my older children if they are breaking their curfew. I was slowly becoming a techie with the ring of a bell.

While I never thought I actually needed the Skybell, or any of the other high tech Nest products, I am a huge advocate of them now and am not sure why I fought my husband from buying them for so long. The safety and security of being connected to my front door, yard, driveway and even the street provides me peace of mind. The camera offers a great and clear view day or night. The benefits are tri-fold: alerts of movement sent immediately to my phone, live viewing and intercom capabilities and data storage via the app.  How can you go wrong? You can’t.  Plus, installation was quick and seamless by the electrician  and I didn’t have to worry about crossing wires and potentially ruining what will be the favorite thing in my home. There is no doubt that once you have your Skybell, you will wonder what you ever did without it. Contact Casteel, a Nest Pro Elite Contractor, today to have your Skybell installed.