Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WiFi Thermostats in NOLA - Oh Yeah!

WiFi Thermostats are pretty standard in new homes. But what if you have an older home? We can hook you up for sure.
WiFi Thermostats in NOLA

Why get a WiFi Thermostat?

 Don't love that car commercial where the couple is on a beach and she asks the man if he locked the car, and he hits an app on his phone and the car is locked from the beach he is on. Well with a Wifi Thermostat, you can monitor and change the temperature of your house from anywhere, even while sipping drinks on a beach. Why would you want to do that?
Well suppose you and your wife leave your kids alone for an extended weekend with your mom, whilst you two of you celebrate your 15th wedding anniversary(congratulations by the way) on a beach like the one in the Tweet above. You know your mom and the kids are not thinking about it, but you check and the heat is cranked up and no one is home. From the beach you can lower it down and save your self a little bit of dinero.

Additionally, a WiFi thermostat which is a smart thermostat, are programmable, so you  would be able to set it to adjust during the day when the kids are at school.

What if you don't have kids?

Wells say you two are coming back from an island vacation? The weather at home in NOLA is quite chilly compared to the 90 degree island weather you have been enjoying and you don't want to arrive at a chilly abode.
Solution: Since you have a WiFi thermostat, an hour or so before you get home, hit the app on your phone to be sure your house is toasty warm upon your entry.

Can You See Yourself in either of these Scenarios

If you don't have a WiFi thermostat and you are in the greater NOLA area, and you definitely see yourself in one of these situations, give us a call and we will help you out.

Friday, December 16, 2016

New Orleans Christmas Twitter Compilation

Christmast is the best time of year, and in spite of New Orleans not having snow, we still have a great time, and I truly think Santa loves it when he stops in NOLA.
Another beauteous NOLA Christmas picture from David Mora

Christmas Fest In NOLA

NolaChristmas lets us now about the Christmas fest in NOLA.
Christmas Fest looks like it will be a blast..head on over to the convention center and go tubing!

More NOLA Christmas PICs

David Mora shares one of his favorite things about Christmas.

Ali Coates of  Now New Orleans shares a picture of a Christmas Gator. And be sure to check out her blog post where she shares many awesome NOLA Christmas Lights

Merry Christmas

Well that's our short little NOLA Christmas Twitter compilation post. From the HELP!!! Air Conditioning & Heating Family to yours- MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving New Orleans!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is a week away? If you live in or are visiting New Orleans during Thanksgiving, here are some ideas for you to spend the holiday.

GoNola has the perfect NOLA Thanksgiving for you.

The NolaEater has a good resource for your dinner on Thanksgiving if you are not wanting to cook.

Here is another list of places in New Orleans from VisitNewOrleans and TheDailyMeal

If you are one of the many who love to make a feast, here is a list from TheDailyMeal of the 12 most common side dishes at Thanksgiving. I am not sure how brussel sprouts made the list.


Check out our Thanksgiving pins!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well that's a short post for Thanksgiving 2016. From our family to yours, have a great and safe Thanksgiving.
We will keep on keeping New Orleans Comfortable.

Monday, October 17, 2016

The Connected Home

This is the new rage in home ownership. Being able to turn lights on and off, lock your doors, view your house with cameras inside and out and the best option is to control your air conditioning and heating  system.

Cox Communications, ATT&T, Google, Amazon and the list goes on and on of people and companies vying for you to use their products and options. You can find a myriad list of products at Home Depot, Lowes, Amazon Prime, Best Buy and almost any retailer you walk into. You no longer have to do full on home automation when you have all these Wi-Fi capable products that you can use with virtually no monthly fees.

Now the big question comes to mind.  How do you decide what and who’s options and products you want use?  First you need to start with a list of what is your highest priority to get done first.  Start by making a list of what’s most important and what benefits you get from each item.  Also don’t forget to list the true benefits of each.  Below is something I started to put together while looking at automating my own house.

Item I wantReasonBenefits
Lighting Kids leave all the lights onSave on my electrical bill/safety
CamerasCar was broken into in drivewaySafety
ThermostatI forget to raise temp when I leaveCan changed temp when I forget
Home AssistantBecause it’s coolNo benefits, I just like it
Door locksDon’t have to use keys when drunkKids can’t lose their keys
Wireless AudioDon’t have to get up to change musicAnother cool item to have

The one thing I would note here is for the Wi-Fi thermostat.  I would pay the extra and get this from your air conditioning and heating company.  They will be responsible for the warranty if anything ever happens to it.  Otherwise you have to send it back and wait for another one, not much fun in August.  Make your list, do your homework and enjoy thinking of the many things you can do with each item.  You’ll also be the envy of all your friends.

Looking for MoreWifi Thermostat Info

You can visit the Wifi Thermostat page or the Visually Impaired Thermostat page on our site

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Shotgun Houses of NOLA on Twitter

I was skimming through our New Orleans Twitter List and I was reminded of the term "Shotgun House", which refers to a type of home that is common in the South. According to Wikipedia a "Shotgun House" is "
 a narrow rectangular domestic residence, usually no more than 12 feet (3.5 m) wide, with rooms arranged one behind the other and doors at each end of the house. It was the most popular style of house in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil War (1861–65), through the 1920s.

A Shotgun House Video 

Shotgun House Tweets 

And for you architectural enthusiasts, here is one so you can brush up on your "Shotgun house" carpentry terminology..

Shotgun Homes on Houzz

4123 S Saratoga St. NOLA

This Houzz post has some good historical info about the reason for the building of so many shotgun homes in NOLA.

New Orleans has some of the best architecture in the country if we do say so ourselves. Regardless if your home is 150 year old shotgun house or brand new mansion, if you need any of our HVAC services in the greater NOLA area, please don't hesitate to give us a call 24hrs a day @ (504) 733-5888.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Supporting Victims of the 2016 Louisiana Flood

Our hearts go out to all the people that are affected by this years flood in Louisiana. We have many friends that have been affected by it, and will be servicing the homes of many of the flood victims as well.

#LouisianaFlood on Twitter

Looking at the HelpServiceCo twitter, the current hashtag #LouisianaFlood is trending. So many people are sharing heart warming stories of people selflessly helping others out during the flood. Like the tweet shared by Michaela Pereira
Or Plaquemines Home Land Security Tweet

The Heroes of the Cajun Navy

We also learned about the Cajun Navy,  @OutwardOn which is a loosely connected band of volunteers who sprang into action during Katrina. These volunteers patrol the flood zone in boats rescuing stranded people and pets.

Need to File and Insurance Claim?

If you're home has been affected by the flood, and need to file an insurance claim, check out this post from Senator David Vitter for assistance.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

A/C an Essential for the New Orleans Heat and New Orleans Events in August

This time of year in New Orleans, these excessive heat warning are all too common.  If your A/C is not working or not working properly, it could spell more than a little discomfort for you. If you or one your loved ones is elderly or very young, having a non-functioning A/C unit, could be a health concern.

Basic A/C Maintenance for Home Owners

Tree Limbs on A/C


Several things that every home owner should do regularly to keep their A/C working, they include:
  1. Regularly check to make sure that if you have a condenser outside, that it is clear of debris  to include branches, and plants growing in and around it. This might also include insuring that an occasional critter does not make a home out of your A/C condenser unit.
  2. Change your filters regularly. If  you can't remember when you last changed your A/C filter, its probably time to change it.
  3. Have your A/C regularly serviced by a professional  like us. Give us a call at (504) 733-5888 to get on the schedule for annual servicing of your Air Conditioning system.
Well those are the basics of home owner A/C maintenance.

 Upcoming NOLA Events

Well it sounds like there are tons of festivals and things to do for the rest of the summer, so stay cool and have fun!