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Why should I have an AC Maintenance Agreement?

Scheduling air conditioner maintenance is crucial to your heating and cooling system’s smooth operation and longevity. This achieves your two primary objectives, maintaining your comfort and saving you money over the long term.

So, we can expect. with the proper maintenance, your system will have lower costs for heating and cooling, it will have a higher reliability with fewer breakdowns, and you can expect your system to last longer. In the same regard that you take your auto to be serviced periodically each year, you should consider the same mindset for your residential or commercial HVAC system.

What is a Heating and Cooling Service Agreement?

A maintenance contract is also known as a Maintenance Agreement or Maintenance Program; the exact wording may vary. But whatever the name, it is essentially a contract between a homeowner and a Heating and Cooling System contractor where the contractor agrees to perform a list of services to your air conditioner a certain number of times (usually once or twice) per year, for a set fee.

As you might expect, the details and pricing vary from provider to provider. The services performed usually include checking, cleaning, adjusting and/or changing various parts of your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) equipment. Some contracts provide greater levels of service than a boilerplate such as the levels of service that Sun Coast provides.

You contractor will remind you when you’re due for a maintenance visit (either once or twice a year, depending on the contract). At Sun Coast Energy, we contact our maintenance program customers when it’s time to schedule their next appointment.

How do I select a HVAC Service Provider?

The first step in choosing a contract is to check into the company itself. Whether a friend recommended the company, or you found them in a internet search, you’ll do well to inform yourself about them. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Is the company licensed, bonded, and insured?
  • Do they have any certifications?
  • Are they members of any local chambers of commerce?
  • Does the company consist of two guys and a truck? Or, do they have enough employees to meet the demands of a large customer base in high season?
  • How long have they been in business?
  • Do they offer 24/7 emergency AC repair service?
  • Are they reasonably close to you? They don’t have to be right in your backyard, but if you need an emergency repair, hiring a local company will ensure faster service.

Sun Coast Energy can answer all the above with affirmative answers. We maintain all licenses, insurance and certifications required and others that we choose to send our techs to enable us to service all major heating and cooling system brands. We have a fleet of trucks servicing all of Baldwin County. Our owner James Linton has been a local heating and cooling businessman for over 30 years. We are not going anywhere, when you sign a Service Agreement with Sun Coast Energy, we will be their when you need us.

Practical steps to help ensure a longer life for your Heating/Cooling System

Your heating and cooling system does a lot to make extreme temperatures bearable and helps to keep your family healthy. A few steps taken 2-3 times per year can go a long way in improving the efficiency and lifespan of your air conditioning.
Here are our recommended steps to ensure a more efficient HVAC system:

Change Your Air Filter Regularly


One of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your air conditioning unit’s efficiency is to change the air filter regularly. A dirty air filter will restrict airflow, causing the AC unit to work harder than necessary.
This can lead to decreased efficiency and shortened lifespan for your AC. Be sure to check your air filter every month and replace it when it’s dirty.

Diffuse Sunlight When Practical


If your AC unit is in direct sunlight, it can become up to 20° hotter! It will not only make the air coming out of the vents much warmer, but this heat buildup can decrease performance and shorten lifespan.
Be mindful of where you set up your thermostat, or where your vents are. If possible, place a tall plant or shade tree in front of the window to soak up all that sunlight!

Run Ceiling Fans


Ceiling fans can be used to help circulate air. This will help to offset some of the work that your AC unit must do and can save on energy costs.
In the summertime, ceiling fans can be used in conjunction with your AC unit to help cool the room. Run the fan blades in a clockwise direction to create a wind-chill effect. This will help you feel cooler and will use less energy than running the AC unit alone.

Keep the Unit Clean and Clear


Just like your car, your AC unit needs regular maintenance to keep it running at its best. Make sure to clean the unit’s exterior regularly and clear away any debris or obstructions that might be blocking airflow.

Use the Right Size Air Conditioner for Your Space


Every home is different, so one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to AC units. The right air conditioner will have enough capacity to keep up with your home’s cooling needs while not working harder than necessary.
Larger homes will need an outdoor central air system to provide adequate cooling and heating capacity for your family’s needs.
A trained technician can help you determine the right size AC unit for your home. Call the Sun Coast Energy team if you need maintenance in Baldwin County on your Heating and Cooling System.

Avoid Extended Periods of High Usage


When possible, keep usage low. Turn up the AC’s thermostat by a few degrees when you leave for work in the morning or go to sleep at night, and set it just low enough to maintain comfort throughout your home during peak usage times.

Fix Your AC When You Notice Something Wrong


If you notice that your AC unit is not cooling the room as it should, or if it’s making strange noises, have it serviced right away. A small problem can quickly turn into a big one if left unchecked.


Regular maintenance will help to keep your AC running at peak performance and efficiency and helps to extend its lifespan.

Call us to schedule a Planned Maintenance Appointment (251) 970-0007

The Top Six Things You Should Know About Heating & Cooling Your Home

As an heating and cooling service company in Baldwin County, it’s our responsibility to make sure your home is at the right temperature while keeping your power bill to a minimum year round. To help with that, here are six facts that all homeowners should know in order to achieve the best results from their heating system.

  1. Keep Your Home Properly Ventilated


Poor ventilation can lead to poor air quality and sickness. Be sure your home is properly ventilated year-round.

  1. Make Sure Vent Openings Are Clear at All Times


Make sure that the vent openings outside of your home are clear and nothing is blocking them. If gas equipment is poorly ventilated, carbon monoxide production can occur which can be fatal.

  1. Do Not Use Furnace Rooms as Storage


Keeping the area clear around your furnace is important for it to function properly. Unnecessary items stored nearby can cause the furnace to burn with improper oxygen levels, and ultimately lead to a fire.

  1. Don’t Overlook the Importance of Routine heating and Air System Maintenance


This can be easy to do, but it’s important not to skip maintenance on your Heating system. Routine planned maintenance is as important as getting the oil changed in your car. Scheduled maintenance will maximize the life of your system, limit the need for future repairs, and keep your system running efficiently for its full life span.

  1. Replace Old Heating and Cooling Equipment


While no one wants to buy a new furnace, it eventually becomes necessary and makes the most financial sense. Old heating equipment can cost more in the long run as it becomes inefficient and increases the cost of your energy bill. An heating and air contractor can help you determine the right time to replace your old equipment.

  1. The Temperature Will Never Be Perfect


We know this isn’t want you want to here, but it’s the reality. Achieving the perfect temperature in your home on a year-round basis becomes very costly and cumbersome. But a professional heating contractor will help you get as close as possible while keeping the cost of your energy bill to a minimum.

For more heating and air system information, or to speak with a professional HVAC contractor in the Robertsdale, Foley, Fairhope or Daphne areas, call the Sun Coast Energy Heating and Air office location closest to you today.

GET YOUR HEATER READY FOR WINTER

Fall is finally coming to an end. On the Gulf Coast that means a transition into chilly temperatures and the wait until spring arrives again.  Luckily, you’ve got plenty of time to get all your ducks in a row with your heating and air condition system.

Late Fall and early Winter here in Baldwin County can be mild and enjoyable, the perfect temperature zone for making those system checks and adjustments before December freezes rolls in. If you’re in need of heater repair or check-up in Central Baldwin or on the Eastern Shore, then be sure you call Sun Coast Energy for help as soon as you can. 

Call us to schedule a Planned Maintenance Appointment (251) 970-0007

  • The Fall and early Winter are the absolute perfect time for heater maintenance. As far as time goes, you’ve got plenty of it to check out the condition of your system and schedule any necessary repairs before its too late. And don’t forget that we’re more available since we’re not inundated with constant calls about failing heaters on a cold day, or failing air conditioners during a heat wave. When both of us have more time, scheduled maintenance saves you money in multiple ways. For the unconvinced, here’s what planned maintenance can do for you:

  • - Head-off repairs before failure
    - Increase HVAC efficiency
    - Make minor adjustments to increase comfort
    - Increased heating system life

The nice part about maintenance is that it’s just one service that completes many goals. Unplanned Repairs have urgency and need to be completed quickly, whereas a technician can take their time with a scheduled maintenance appointment and start a conversation with you about necessary repair needs or the condition of your system. Seriously, invest in this service if you want to make the most of your heating and air system.

Baldwin County HVAC Services that are backed by our guarantee

When you call Sun Coast Energy for Heating & Air Conditioning, you’re calling an independently owned and operated business that is also a proud provider of many nationally-respected HVAC brands. We treat our customers like neighbors because that’s who they are to us! We back our promises with guarantees which make us show up on time and ensure that customers are completely satisfied with what we do. We also offer an upfront pricing so you can see the flat rate costs of all our services! Call us today for help from our professional Baldwin County HVAC team. Whether you need emergency AC repairs or want regular HVAC maintenance, we're ready to help! We serve all of Baldwin County, including Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope, Gulf Shores and all of Central Baldwin. 

HVAC Winter
Winterize your HVAC unit

Winterizing your HVAC unit

The following tips are provided to allow you to prepare your heating and cooling system for a winter on the Gulf Coast.

Get Any AC Repairs You Need Now

Don’t shut down your system if it’s not working properly. Putting off HVAC repairs until next spring or summer can mean you won’t be able to rely on your cooling system when you need it again. And if you have a Heat Pump when you need heat it may not be there! Procrastinating with AC repairs may also mean you’ll end up needing more costly repairs when you finally do call for service.

Shut Off Your Air Conditioner

Find the shut-off circuit and power down your system once you’re sure you’re done using it for the season. This circuit is usually by the outdoor unit (the condenser), and it has a simple on-off switch you can flip to shut the system down.

Clean the Condenser

Once you’ve shut your AC off, remove any debris that’s on the outdoor unit or within 3 feet of it. This includes twigs, leaves, and other debris. Next, use a hose to spray off the unit. This will remove bugs, dust, and finer debris that you may have overlooked or that you can’t get to because it’s inside the condenser. After spraying off the unit, let it completely dry before taking the next steps. Better yet, sign up for a Sun Coast Energy maintenance agreement and we will take care of all the seasonal maintenance your unit requires.

Evolution™ Air Purifier for Furnaces and Fan Coils

If you’ve been holding your breath for cleaner air, the wait is over. Our state-of-the-art air purifier traps and kills select bacteria, viruses, allergens and other pollutants in the air flowing through your HVAC system and trapped by the filter – and helps to keep them out of the air your family breathes.*

RGF's REME HALO® Air Purification System for Your Home

Did you know that most people spend more than 90% of their time indoors and that indoor air is often 10 times and sometimes even up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air? Take control of your indoor air quality (IAQ) now by reducing pollutants that can contribute to headache, fatigue, lung irritation and foul odors.

Help your home fight mold, germs, volatile organic compounds, odors and reduce airborne particles by choosing one of RGF’s Air Purification Systems that best fits your needs. RGF’s award winning line of induct and stand alone air purifiers featuring REME® and PHI-cell® technology produce hydro-peroxides (H2O2), which are proven safe and effective at cleansing the air in your home.

RGF’s award winning IAQ solutions for your home range from whole home air purifiers to HVAC maintenance products that can improve air quality and extend the life of your AC and heating system.

Evolution™ System Heat Pumps

Bryant® Evolution System heat pumps offer our highest quality efficiency and performance available. From the model that was recognized as the Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR® 2020* , the Evolution Extreme, to the variable-speed and 1- and 2-stage units, you can obtain SEER ratings of up to 24 and the option of total control with an Evolution Connex™ control.

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