Spring Allergies Got You Down?

Let Us Up Your Indoor Air Quality

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Stout Heating and Air Conditioning is a locally owned and operated company specializing in residential and commercial HVAC systems since 1984.

Our friendly, experienced and dedicated staff is always ready to serve you.

We offer air conditioning repair, HVAC installation, heating and air service, and much more, with preferential service for Priority Maintenance Customers. And we keep a complete equipment history for every customer.

Take it from us. Your comfort is guaranteed.

We are honored to have received the 2018 Rowan County Gold People’s Choice Award from The Salisbury Post!

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

Air Conditioner Maintenance in Spencer, NC 28159

“Professional prompt service. I have been using Stout going on 20 years.”

- Kenith S.

Gas Furnace Installation in Salisbury, NC 28144

“All staff were pleasant, neat, thoughtful, and efficient. They made sure the new furnace was working before an unexpected cold snap and returned to complete the air conditioning installation and a systems check. Shoutout to Brett, Daniel, Jimmy, Scott, Mike, Jeremy, and Chad for your professionalism.”

- Betty M.

Air Conditioner Repair in Salisbury, NC 28147

“Mr. Lippard was courteous and professional. He was at my home to replace a motor, and noticed that the coils were dirty and he actually cleaned them!!!! In today’s “lazy” work force, and there’s hardly no such thing as Customer Service, I take my hat off to Mike for doing this.
Thank You!”

- David L.
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Spring Money-Saving Tips

Everyone loves to save money, and it’s a good idea to review different aspects of your budget now and again to see if there are more opportunities you have missed in the past. In the springtime, considering how you can reduce your energy bills is always a great idea.

According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), air conditioners use about 6 percent of all electricity in the country at a cost of roughly $29 billion to homeowners.

If you can reduce that usage in Salisbury, you will be able to make a difference in our environment and save yourself some money as well. Take some of the following ideas from our professionals at Stout Heating & Air Conditioning to heart and make some money-saving resolutions today.

Tune Up for Efficiency

All air conditioners work more efficiently if they have clean filters, enough refrigerant, spotless coils, and plenty of room for air circulation.

Although you can take care of some of these maintenance items on your own—clearing away fallen yard debris from around your outside condenser unit and regularly changing filters, you should engage one of our highly trained professionals to help inspect and clean your air conditioning components. Our experts can also check your ductwork and be sure you are not losing your cooled air before it reaches its destination.

By investing in regular maintenance, it’s less likely your unit will break down in the dog days of summer. That’s an extra bonus.

Work with Mother Nature

Find ways to use the outdoor conditions to your advantage when it comes to saving energy. For example, during the spring and the fall when nighttime temperatures cool down, open all your windows to let the cool breezes in. 

Then, first thing in the morning, close your windows and pull your shades to trap the cooler air inside. You can also consider planting trees to shade your home in the future.

Circulate Indoor Air

Consider investing in floor fans or ceiling fans to help move your indoor air. Fans use a lot less energy than air conditioning systems and do a good job cooling down your home in moderate temperatures. You can also run the fan on your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system or install a whole house fan that pulls in fresh air from the attic.

Relocate Heat Outside

The sun is not always the biggest culprit in generating indoor heat. How often do you find that your appliances are competing directly with your air conditioner?

Instead of turning on your oven or stove, consider grilling outside to keep that heat out of your home. Or get a little creative and find some great cold meals to prepare instead.

The clothes dryer is another heat producer in most North Carolina homes. Instead of running your dryer, put that springtime sun and a laundry line to work.

Block and Reflect

Another idea to reduce the heat and associated energy bills is to invest in energy-efficient windows, seals, and insulation to keep the cold in and the heat out. You can also install light-colored window coverings to block sun in the warmest part of the day.

Energy-efficient, reflective roof tiles or a coat of lighter exterior paint can do wonders in reflecting the heat of the sun away from your home’s outside.

Rely on Technology

At the very minimum, install a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust your temperature requirements while you are away or asleep. Smart technology is advancing each day, and in some homes, rooms can now detect when you are present in them and adjust the temperatures accordingly. You can also control and monitor air conditioning usage from afar using a smart phone.

Don’t Forget the Little Things

Every light that’s left on when not in use generates heat as well as all those electronic devices. Consider switching to LED lightbulbs and turning off electronic gadgets when they are not being used to save money and reduce heat.

Contact Us Today

To schedule an air conditioning tune-up or duct inspection, or to talk with us about other energy-saving ideas, call our Stout Heating & Air Conditioning team at 704-633-8095 or request service online. Our Salisbury, NC, STATE, professionals would be happy to help.

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Why Do I Need AC Maintenance Now?

An air conditioner (AC), just like a car, needs regular maintenance and service to run efficiently. At Stout Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend getting your air conditioning unit serviced and cleaned at least once a year. The optimum time is in the spring to ensure your system will run with the most efficiency during the hottest summer months. You need to be able to rely on your air conditioner for your comfort here in Spencer.

Why Is Maintenance Important?  

The short answer is it saves you money!

Your air conditioner collects dust and dirt continuously as it sits throughout the year here in North Carolina, not only in the months when it’s running. Though this tiny debris may not seem harmful, when it accumulates throughout the year, it can make its way into the cracks and crevices of your unit, as well as everywhere else. This creates gunk and wreaks havoc on the different parts involved in the cooling process. 

When this happens, parts break down much sooner than expected and can add up to costly repairs. It also decreases the life expectancy of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, forcing you to purchase a new air conditioner much sooner than you may have planned.

Regular air conditioning maintenance also supports your system’s energy efficiency. Simple acts you can perform yourself, like replacing a dirty and clogged air filter, can reduce your energy consumption by 5 to 15 percent, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE)

This translates to you spending less money on your utility bills. Professional and DIY maintenance alleviates higher bills and keeps your air conditioner working at its manufacturer’s intended efficiency.

Even if you are fastidious with doing your own regular home maintenance, you should always have your unit cleaned and checked in the spring by one of our professionals (if not more throughout the year). 

There are many tasks only a professional technician is trained and certified to perform. Neglecting these professional tasks constitutes poor maintenance and will negatively affect your system in the long run, again, costing you money. This typically also voids your system’s manufacturer warranty.

What Can I Expect My Technician to Do During My Regular Maintenance?

Here’s a brief overview of what our knowledgeable and experienced technicians do during your air conditioning maintenance appointment:

• Clean and check condenser coils and evaporators, if necessary. 

• Clean and adjust blower components for proper system airflow to create increased comfort levels.

• Check ducts for debris, and if debris is present, remove it to allow for maximum airflow.

• Clean and check aluminum fins. If they are crushed or bent in any fashion, this affects proper air distribution.

• Inspect internal parts for broken, chipped, or other damage, which may not be easily noticed. If your air conditioner continues to run with damaged parts or areas, your system will eventually fail.

• Clean and check condensate drain, to prevent any blockages or mold buildup. Backups can cause water damage to equipment.

• Tighten connections, both mechanical and electrical. Loose connections cause incorrect operations.

• Check coolant level for leaks. Leaks prevent your air conditioner from working, and the refrigerant could damage anything it touches.

• Check system’s thermostat for accuracy.

• Check system controls to be sure all works safely.

• Provide you with a summary of work performed and share any findings regarding needed repairs or upgrades, as well as maintenance you can perform yourself between maintenance visits.

Schedule Your Maintenance Today

Don’t delay in scheduling your air conditioner maintenance here in Spencer, NC, with our Stout Heating & Air Conditioning professionals. With spring now here, our calendar is quickly filling. Call us at 704-633-8095 or request service online today to be sure your maintenance is done before you need to use your system this year!

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