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The Quality of Your Indoor Air is Important

Did you know that hand washing is not the only preventative measures for staying healthy during cold and flu season? Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration offers a complete selection of air purification options that will improve the indoor air quality inside your home, help occupants breathe easier, and can greatly reduce exposure to cold and flu viruses. Let us help you bring your cold and flu prevention to the next level.

Burkhardt’s Air Purification and UV Air Purification Systems

Home air purification systems work to protect the health of a household’s occupants by removing airborne allergens and pathogens that are trapped inside the house. An air purifier from Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration like the GT50 Plug-In is ideal for removing pollen, allergens, and other irritants from the air in smaller spaces like bathrooms, laundry rooms, closets, offices and even hotel rooms or guesthouses. The GT50 Plug-In and similar models work well to filter out dust, animal dander, and pollen.

Indoor-Air-QualityFor complete protection from airborne pathogens, Burkhardt also offers ultraviolet (UV) purification systems. Often found in hospitals where airborne pathogens are easily carried by circulating air, UV air purifiers work differently than standard air purifiers by removing microbiological contaminants that pass through your HVAC system with ultraviolet light sterilization. UV air purifiers fill in the gaps left by standard air purifiers and will provide your home’s occupants with thorough protection from airborne viruses. Installing both standard and UV air purification systems in your home will help curb your allergies, give your immune system a break, and remove living contaminants from your home’s HVAC system. Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration offers a wide selection of high-quality air filters for any budget and is committed to providing the best products and installation services for your home.

If you are concerned about the quality of your indoor air, give Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration a call or visit our website to learn more about our line of air purification systems and how they can help to improve your health. Southshore residents contact us at (504) 277.7520 and Northshore residents please call (985) 626.7741.

Heating & Furnace Safety

Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January and February according to the National Fire Protection Association. Before turning on the heat this winter, you should make sure your furnace or home heater has been inspected and is ready for safe operation! Follow these heater and furnace safety and inspection tips to keep your home warm and safe this winter.

INSPECTION – Pay careful attention to your heating system connectors, terminals, and electrical wiring. Inspect them for loose connections or damaged wiring. You will also want to inspect the main gas burners, igniters, or the pilot assembly. Ensure your heating system works properly by inspecting the controls, switches, relays, transformers, motor fans, heat exchanger and blower assembly. An overall visual inspection of your entire heating system is the most comprehensive measure to ensure your system is working properly.

home heaterMAINTENANCE – Clean your unit’s evaporator coil, drain pan and condensate lines. We recommend replacing your system’s air filter every three months. Your system also has moving parts which manufacturers recommend lubricating to maintain their proper function.

TESTING – Test temperature differences between rooms in your home. Review safety features on your furnace and heating system and make sure they are operating properly. Lastly, calibrate your thermostat to ensure they are accurately measuring the temperature in your home.

If your heater is not properly working or you have concerns regarding a part of your system, we welcome you to call us to schedule a professional maintenance of your heating or furnace equipment.

Southshore residents contact us at (504) 277.7520 and Northshore residents please call (985) 626.7741.

Why Maintaining Your Tankless Water Heater Is Essential

How Often Should I Flush My Tankless Water Heater?

Depending on your water usage and the mineral content in the water running through your unit, your tankless heater should be flushed every six months to two years. Water with a medium to high mineral content is known as hard water. Hard water contains a high concentration of dissolved minerals, most commonly calcium and magnesium. Running hard water through your tankless heater will require that you regularly flush the system. Soft water on the other hand contains fewer dissolved minerals, leaves smaller deposits of lime and scale, and subsequently requires that you flush the heater less often than if you were running hard water through it.

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What is Lime and Scale Flushing?

Your tankless water heater must be properly maintained to sustain maximum water flow and performance. The most common maintenance required by tankless heaters is known as flushing. Flushing is a process that uses virgin food grade white vinegar to break down mineral deposits of lime and scale that build up inside the heater over time.

What Supplies Do I Need for The Flushing Procedure?

For this flushing procedure, you will need a small garden hose, a small circulation pump or pond pump, a five-gallon pail or bucket, five gallons of virgin food grade white vinegar, and about one hour of time. NOTE: This procedure and supply list is recommended for tankless water heaters installed with isolation valves only! If your heater is not installed with isolation valves, it is recommended that you seek the assistance of a professional.

Count on us for professional maintenance of your tankless water heater.

Southshore residents contact us at (504) 277.7520, and Northshore residents please call (985) 626.7741.

Heading into Hurricane Season – Is Your Home Prepared?

In our area, we unfortunately know all too well the devastating effects that hurricanes can leave in their wake. Often, severe storms and hurricanes cause power outages that can last for hours, and sometimes days. We know that being without power is more than a mere inconvenience – it can pose health and safety risks and can be extremely costly for homeowners.

People with health concerns often need a source of electricity for their home medical needs, like dialysis machines, oxygen or nebulizers. And, infants, the elderly and the ill are especially sensitive to extreme weather – indoor climate control is extremely important to their health and well-being. Another concern is food spoilage – according to the FDA, a refrigerator will only keep food cold for about four hours if it remains unopened, and the freezer will only keep food up to 48 hours if the door stays closed.

Luckily, at Burkhardt we have a solution that can help you weather the storm and get through the power outage with your family’s safety intact. When you choose a standby generator for your home, you’ll get automatic standby protection that ensures you won’t have to be without lights, heat, well water and sump pumps, and you won’t have to worry about the cost of spoiled food because your refrigerator will always have power. Even more, if you have a loved one who needs power for their medical equipment, you can rest assured they’ll get the proper care no matter what the weather brings.

Automatic standby generators from Burkhardt are completely powered by natural gas and turn themselves on and off automatically, so if you’re away, you and your family can feel confident in knowing that your home’s equipment and appliances are running fine. Our skilled technicians will install, repair and maintain your whole house generator so you know you’ll always be able to rely on your generator to keep you safe should a storm hit and the power go out. Our weather can change rapidly, and we experience severe storms, hurricanes and flooding. Let us help you and your family stay safe when inclement weather hits.

At Burkhardt, our ultimate goal is top comfort for you and your family, as well as energy savings for your household. When you need a standby generator for your New Orleans, LA area home, rely on Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration to meet your needs. Call us today for friendly, professional assistance with your generator. Southshore residents contact us at 504.277.7520, and Northshore residents please call 985.626.7741.

Fall Preventive Maintenance is Important – Here’s Why

The equipment that works the hardest in your home – your comfort system – is often the most overlooked. Too often, people don’t pay enough attention to their heating or cooling equipment until it’s too late. Then, they’re faced with costly repairs or at the worst, the need for a system replacement. What can you do to ensure your home comfort equipment is always running optimally?

The best way you can make sure your air conditioning system, furnace or heat pump is ready for whatever weather may come is by making sure it has received the proper preventive maintenance. When you work with a home comfort company you can trust, they can work with you to ensure you’re getting the right kind of maintenance for your equipment. When it gets right down to it, your home comfort equipment, and its efficiency, work the same way as your vehicle. By having your unit serviced twice yearly, it will maintain that efficiency – because of the money you save on energy bills, the service essentially pays for itself!

At Burkhardt, we offer maintenance for both the spring and fall seasons. When you choose a plan with us, you’ll receive 10 percent off of the parts if you need any repairs, and priority scheduling so that you can rest assured that when you need us, we’ll be there to help. Here’s what you’ll receive when you choose a customer comfort agreement with us for your preventive maintenance services:

Spring/Summer Services

  • Clean condenser coil and check for damage
  • Inspect controls, switches, relays, contactors, motors and fans
  • Measure line voltage and operating currents
  • Measure refrigerant pressure and temperatures
  • Measure supply air and return air temperatures
  • Test compressor and motors for voltage and amperage draws
  • Lubricate any moving parts as per manufacturer’s specs
  • Check the system starting capabilities
  • Test system starting and running capacitors
  • Make overall visual inspection of entire cooling system
  • Clean or replace air filter; customer to supply filters or we supply under separate bill

Fall/Winter Services

  • Inspect heating system electrical wiring, connectors, and terminals
  • Inspect main gas burners and igniter or pilot assembly
  • Inspect controls, switches, relays, transformers, motors and fans
  • Lubricate any moving parts as per manufacturer’s specs
  • Check for leaks and proper airflow
  • Test temperature differences
  • Test all safety features
  • Calibrate thermostat
  • Check blower assembly
  • Inspect heat exchanger
  • Make overall visual inspection of entire heating system
  • Clean evaporator coil, drain pan and condensate lines
  • Clean or replace air filter; customer to supply filters or we supply under separate bill

At Burkhardt, our ultimate goal is top comfort for you and your family, as well as energy savings for your household. When you need a customer comfort agreement for your New Orleans, LA area home, rely on Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration to help you get the preventive maintenance you need. Call us today for friendly, professional assistance with your air conditioning needs. Southshore residents contact us at 504.277.7520, and Northshore residents please call 985.626.7741.

Looking for a Super-Efficient Way to Cool & Heat Your Home? Consider Ductless

When you’re looking at a new home comfort system, you should know that now more than ever, there are many choices available that can help you and your family enjoy better indoor temperatures – and improved energy efficiency – all year long, no matter what the weather. Chances are, you have heard of ductless systems, and it’s likely that you’ve noticed them on occasion in friends’ homes, situated high on walls or in ceilings. But what are the actual benefits of installing a ductless system in your home?

Ductless systems, also known as mini-splits, offer year-round cooling and heating in specific areas of your home. The main advantage of installing a ductless system is that they deliver heating and cooling to specified areas without the need for additional ductwork. There are a variety of ductless systems available that provide you with efficiency and aesthetics, as well as the comfort of a traditional system – without the bulk and noise you get with window air conditioning units and space heaters. Here are five incredible ways having a ductless system installed in your home can help you and your family enjoy improved home comfort all year long:

Ductless systems are flexible. While traditional systems rely on ductwork to deliver conditioned air through your home, a mini-split system provides the air directly to specific areas. They are a much more efficient and cost-effective choice than other single-space heating or cooling units (like window AC, space heaters or electric radiators) and offer greater temperature control.

Ductless systems are money-savers. If your current heating or cooling system is 10 years old or more, then the chances are pretty good you’re not getting the efficiency you could be getting. Ductless systems offer one of the most efficient means of heating and cooling on the market today. They require less power and allow homeowners to only heat or cool the rooms in their homes that are occupied. What’s more, many ductless systems are eligible for tax credits or utility rebates – and that can help you save on installation.

Ductless systems help with your home’s IAQ. IAQ, or indoor air quality, can be a serious concern for people with allergies or other respiratory problems. Ducted systems can get dirty, which causes contaminated air to be circulated time and time again throughout the home. A ductless system obviously has the benefits of no dirty ducts, but also offers advanced filtration for your home.

Ductless systems offer easy installation. A traditional, ducted installation can take days – and can cause some major disruptions to your home life because of the construction fuss and mess. On the other hand, ductless systems are operated with very small pipes that don’t require rebuilding walls or ceilings, and you won’t lose any area in your home.

Ductless systems are efficient. Because of their small size and their pinpoint cooling and heating abilities, ductless systems provide improved energy efficiency. They use an environmentally sound refrigerant that is non-ozone depleting, and allow homeowners to only heat and cool the specific rooms that are in use.

At Burkhardt, our ultimate goal is top comfort for you and your family, as well as energy savings for your household. When you need a mini-split air conditioning and heating installation for your New Orleans, LA area home, rely on Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration to meet your needs. Call us today for friendly, professional assistance with your ductless needs. Southshore residents contact us at 504.277.7520, and Northshore residents please call 985.626.7741.

The Benefits of Smart Thermostats

You may have heard the buzz about smart thermostats, but you’re not really sure if one is right for your home. Sure, they’re trendy, but can they really make that much of a difference when it comes to your home comfort levels or your energy savings? Every type of thermostat has its benefits and its pitfalls. Basic thermostats are certainly easy to use, but don’t necessarily promote the greatest energy savings. Programmable thermostats are perfect at keeping your home comfortable and helping you become more energy efficient – as long as you can program them in the first place! So how are smart thermostats any better?

First of all, let’s explain what a smart thermostat is. While undeniably trendy, they’re also a pretty great tool for monitoring and controlling your indoor environment, and, ultimately, lowering your utility bills. But the best part about having a smart thermostat is the control you as a homeowner will have. You can adjust the temperature from just about any mobile device with access to the Internet, and most smart thermostats provide an easy interface for controlling the thermostat while at home. There are many new brands and models available on the market right now, so with some research you can find the right one for your home.

Smart thermostats may seem complicated and technologically advanced, but they are much simpler to use than many people anticipate. You can get your smart thermostat up and running just the way you’d like it by just a few taps on your Smartphone. You can get the thermostat easily set to the temperature you want. Forgetting to change the temperature when you go to work is no longer an issue when you have a smart thermostat – you can just hop online once you get to work and set the temperature as appropriate. And, many smart thermostats are able to “learn” your preferences over time, and automatically set the right temperatures in your home, depending on the time of day, or day of the week.

Additionally, some smart thermostats are able to alert homeowners to possible issues with their HVAC systems. That’s a great benefit in and of itself, as early detection of any problems can help repairs be less costly, and can keep a potentially dangerous situation from becoming worse. All of these benefits combined can help you with your home’s energy consumption – and that can ultimately help you save money when it comes to your utility bills.

At Burkhardt, our ultimate goal is top comfort for you and your family, as well as energy savings for your household. If you’d like to learn more about how smart thermostats can benefit your home, rely on Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration to meet your needs. Call us today for friendly, professional assistance with your air conditioning needs. Southshore residents contact us at 504.277.7520, and Northshore residents please call 985.626.7741.

Stay Cool this Summer with these Heat Busting Tips

When the weather outside starts to swelter, it can be tough to keep cool, especially outdoors, away from the comfort of your home’s air conditioning system. But when it gets too hot to handle, staying cool is important not only for your comfort, but also for your physical well-being. When people ignore the proper precautions during hot weather, there are many physical illnesses that can come about, like heat cramps, heat exhaustion and sunstroke. You can be safe when the weather is at its hottest, though, with these tips from the American Red Cross.

Don’t venture out. If you don’t have to be outside, then stay indoors! Use fans in your home to help circulate the cool air throughout your home. (Remember, fans only move the air around but can’t actually cool it.) Close curtains or blinds to keep the direct sunlight out of your home.

Take it slow. One of the easiest and best ways you can take care of yourself during a heat event is by simply avoiding strenuous activity. If you need to labor, try to do so between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., when temperatures are cooler. Take frequent breaks, and make sure you’re getting enough fluids.

Drink water. Making sure you get adequate hydration is an absolute must. When you’re outside, take water with you everywhere you go and take frequent drinks, even if you aren’t thirsty. If you prefer, drink juice, but try to avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, as they can aid in dehydration.

Dress appropriately. Wear light-colored, lightweight, breathable clothing in fabrics like cotton. Darker colored clothing and synthetic fabrics tend to hold the heat in. Keep yourself shaded by wearing a sunhat or carrying an umbrella.

Think of friends and family. If you know of friends and family who are elderly or ill, keep in mind that they can particularly struggle during a heat wave. Check on them often. Keep your furry friends out of the heat, too, and keep their dishes filled with fresh, cool water.

Of course, when the weather is at its hottest, your air conditioning system will be running at its hardest. Make sure it’s working properly by trusting the experts at Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration to help. Our technicians want you to stay safe and comfortable, and one of the ways we can do that is by helping you get the AC you need. Count on us for professional installation, maintenance or repair of your air conditioning system, as well as for a whole host of your other home comfort needs. Southshore residents contact us at 504.277.7520, and Northshore residents please call 985.626.7741. We will be happy to help you with all of your HVAC needs.

Thinking About New AC? 5 Ways to Know It’s Time to Replace

If you’ve been thinking about having a new air conditioning system installed in your home, it’s a pretty good bet that you’re not just looking for a way to spend some cash. You know that air conditioning is a necessity, and it’s a significant expense. So replacing it is probably not something you want to do, but something that you need to do. How can you be sure if it’s time to replace? According to ENERGY STAR there are certain telltale signs that signify a replacement might be in order. Here are five indicators that can help you decide.

  1. You’re not comfortable. If your air conditioning system is running and your home simply is not as cool as you’d like, it’s not doing its job. It’s important that you and your family feel comfortable in your home, and if your air conditioning system isn’t keeping your home as cool as it did in the past, it might be time for a replacement. There are situations where you simply need repair or maintenance, though, which is why it’s always a good idea to have a qualified technician examine your system before making any decisions.
  1. Your air conditioner is more than 10 years old. If this is the case, then you can expect that your system is probably not as effective or as efficient as it once was. In fact, there have been so many advancements in air conditioning in recent years that it’s likely your system never was as efficient as newer models may be. Think about replacing your old air conditioning system with one that is ENERGY STAR rated. Our technicians can install your new unit and help you save up to 20 percent on your home cooling costs.
  1. Your energy bills keep going up. Does it seem like cost-wise, one summer is worse than the next when it comes to your home’s energy consumption? Even in Louisiana, where AC is used year-round, spikes in your energy bills when the weather is at its hottest, year after year, are a pretty good indication that your air conditioning system’s effectiveness is declining.
  1. You’re noticing excess humidity. While there can be other problems afoot, such as leaky ductwork, if you’ve been noticing that your home is more humid than it was in the past, your equipment is probably not operating as effectively as it should. Or, your equipment may not be sized appropriately to your home (this is especially the case if you have some areas of your house that are still too warm, even with the AC running.)
  1. You’re constantly making repairs on your system. If you find that you’re calling your air conditioning contractor on a frequent basis, then your system may just not have that much more life left in it. It is probably time to at least start researching your options for new air conditioning. If the repairs are starting to get pretty expensive, the chances are it would be much more cost effective in the long run for you to have new AC installed.

When you need to install new air conditioning in your home, then you can count on the experts at Burkhardt Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration to help. Our expert technicians want to help you and your family feel as comfortable in your home as possible, and one of the ways we can do that is by helping you get the AC you need. Count on us for expert installation, maintenance or repair of your air conditioning system, as well as for a whole host of your other home comfort needs. Southshore residents contact us at 504.277.7520, and Northshore residents please call 985.626.7741. We will be happy to help you with all of your HVAC needs.

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