The Ultimate Homeowner Cheat Sheet

Study These Tips to Ace Your Next Test

Summer break is coming to a close and kids across Gwinnett County are heading back to school.

Students aren’t the only ones who need to hit the books, though. Homeowners should, too! As a homeowner, you’re constantly being put to the test by home-related problems. The only way to certify you make the right choice for your home is to study up.

To get you started, our team at J.R. Bolton Services put together a brief study guide, which incorporates questions our customers have frequently come across.

Should I Repair or Replace My Existing System?

Your air conditioner isn’t acting right. You know the only way to get it back on track is to give your unit the AC service it needs. But which service is that? Will scheduling air conditioning repair service in Gwinnett County get your system up and running again? Or, is it time to start looking for a new system?

With these strategies, you’ll have this in the bag:

  • Find out your unit’s age. A typical air conditioner’s lifespan is 10 to 15 years. If your unit it less than 10 years old, lean toward a repair—unless your unit is out of warranty and experiences a catastrophic failure. If your cooling system is more than 10 years old, replacing your unit could eliminate the risk of facing unnecessarily high energy bills and costly repairs in the near future.
  • Calculate percentages. Choose to replace your system if the repair costs 30% of a new system purchase. Older, less-efficient systems use more, higher priced electricity, which leads to higher energy bills. Compare your energy bills over time. If you notice your utility bills have doubled or increased even more, it’s time to replace your unit.
  • Keep an eye out for warning signs. An air conditioner isn’t good at hiding its age. Its efficiency and performance decrease as the years pass. Although your unit will kick into overdrive, working tirelessly to meet your comfort demands, it will begin showing clear signs it needs to be replaced: runs constantly yet fails to reach and maintain the set temperature; causes inconsistent temperatures throughout your home; and needs frequent and costly repairs.

How Can I Cut My Energy Bills?

Cooling and heating your home consumes about 44% or more of your energy bill. In fact, the average U.S. household spends half of its utility bill on keeping its indoor space comfortable. So, how can you cut down your energy bills and save some cash?

Upgrade to a new air conditioner. Today’s units are designed to use less energy. In comparison to units that are 10 years old or more, Energy Star systems operate up to 60% more efficiently. This means you pay 60% less every month to keep your home cool. To find out just how much money you can save on your energy bills with a new top-of-the-line brand unit, give us a call today!

Discover how you can cut your energy bills even further by scheduling a free home energy audit with our team at J.R. Bolton. Our techs will evaluate your home and recommend energy efficiency measures.

Following through with our recommendations will lead to more cash in your wallet. Check out this quick fact sheet for possible savings:

  • Save up to $250 a year by properly insulating your home.
  • Cut your power use by 15% to 35% by choosing Energy Star-certified appliances and fixtures. For example, an Energy Star-certified ceiling fan is 60% more energy efficient than a standard ceiling fan.
  • Save 15% or more on your monthly utility bills by dropping your water heater from 140 degrees to 120 degrees.
  • Save up to $180 a year by installing a programmable thermostat.
  • Save $100 a year by changing your system’s filters every three months.
  • Save over $100 a year by unplugging electronics when they’re not in use.
  • Switch to more energy-efficient light bulbs. LED light bulbs use 84% less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer.

How Do I Select the Right HVAC System?

When it comes to purchasing a new heating or cooling system, size matters. If a unit is too large for your home, it will short cycle, which means it will shut off before it finishes running through a full cycle. This is bad because it causes your energy bills to skyrocket, leads to more humidity in your home and takes years off of your unit’s lifespan. On the other hand, a unit that’s too small for your home will struggle to keep your space cool. This forces the unit to overwork itself, increasing the risk of frequent and costly repairs or worse—a premature replacement. However, a unit that’s sized perfectly for your indoor space will effortlessly deliver uniform chilled relief throughout your entire home.

Selecting the right unit it only half of the battle. It’s also crucial that your unit is installed correctly. At J.R. Bolton, we make the entire installation process no sweat. We deliver air conditioning installation service to Gwinnett County and beyond that is no sweat. Our expert techs will evaluate your home’s layout and your comfort needs. Using this information, we’ll guide you toward the perfect sized system for your home—and we’ll install your new system flawlessly the first time, too!

Get Your Pencil & Paper Ready. Here’s How to Contact Us!

Want to learn more tips and tricks? Scroll through our blog or you can give us a call and one of our experts will help you out. As always, if you need to schedule AC service, please contact us online or call us at 770.268.2010 today!

Is Your Pet Making Your Home ‘Danderous’?

Sniff Out Tips to Keep Your Home & Family Healthy

Everyone has a pet peeve. At J.R. Bolton, our biggest pet peeve is when homeowners allow their indoor air quality to go to the dogs—or the cats or whatever furry friend resides in your home.

Sure, owning a pet has a lot of perks—unconditional love, companionship, stress relief and more. But putting up with pet dander is not one of them. As dander spreads through your home, it nibbles away at your home’s IAQ and your family’s health—aggravating allergies and causing an array of uncomfortable symptoms such as congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, rashes and more.

Here are a few ways you can protect your family and your home:
• Regularly vacuum and clean your house.
• Groom your pet every four to six weeks to reduce dander.
• If bathing isn’t an option, try a dander remover spray.
• Use a rag to wipe down baseboards, ceilings, walls and furniture with an all-purpose cleaner.
• Cover your bedding with allergy-free covers.
• Install a HEPA air purifier.

… And, last but not least, remember to change your HVAC unit’s air filter at a MINIMUM every three months! If you have lots of pets or extra furry pets, a monthly filter change is recommended.

Why Do I Need to Change My Air Filter?

Failing to replace your HVAC unit’s air filter results in less efficient operation. A dirty filter forces your cooling system to work harder to keep your home cool, resulting in unnecessarily high energy bills. Also, this excess strain your system endures leads to frequent problems, or worse, the need to schedule air conditioning installation service in Fulton County long before it would otherwise be necessary.

A new filter makes it easier for an air conditioner to circulate and deliver chilled relief throughout your home. It also:
• Leads to a healthier indoor environment with cleaner, fresher air
• Prevents dust and dirt from building up in your air ducts
• Keeps dust, pollen and other airborne particles from entering your home
• … And so much more!

Perk Up Your Ears for an Easier Way to Manage Your Filter Change

Thanks to our partnership with FilterFetch, fetching a new filter for your air conditioner is no sweat. This online filter store delivers professional-grade filters directly to your door every two, three or four months! On top of fast, free delivery of filters, FilterFetch will send you an automatic email reminder when it’s time to change your filter!

FilterFetch makes it easy for you to find the right filter with its four-step, filter-finder survey. During Steps 1 and 2, you’ll be prompted to choose your filter length, width, thickness and quality. In Step 3, you’ll be asked to choose how often you would like to receive a new filter—every two, three or four months. Then, the survey concludes with Step 4, where you add the filter to your cart. It’s really that simple!

Ready to Get a Leg Up on Your IAQ?

Our team at J.R. Bolton is your companion for a healthy home—and a comfortable one, too! To sign up for FilterFetch, visit our website and click the Filter Store link at the top of the page.

To learn more about FilterFetch or to schedule air conditioning services in Fulton County, contact us online or call us at 770.268.2010 today!

Three Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make!

Discover How to Avoid These Common AC Replacement Errors

Here’s some cool news: Thanks to ever-evolving technology, today’s air conditioning systems can be twice as efficient as those from 10 years ago. This means they run cleaner, quieter and save you money with lower monthly energy bills.

So, how do you know when it’s time to upgrade? Good question. Here are some signs that you’ll benefit from an air conditioner replacement:

  • If your unit is over 10 years old.
  • It requires frequent repairs.
  • It creates warm and cold spots throughout your house.
  • It turns on and off constantly.
  • It’s noisy while operating.
  • Your energy bills are consistently rising from month to month.

Upgrading to a new air conditioner leads to a more comfortable home, significant savings, peace of mind and more! However, at J.R. Bolton, we know purchasing a new air conditioner is an investment—and it’s certainly one worth protecting. That’s why, as the team you can count on for delivering reliable air conditioning services in DeKalb County, we are committed to protecting you from following in the footsteps of many homeowners.

Here are three big AC replacement mistakes you don’t want to make.

1. Buying the Wrong Size Air Conditioner

When you’re choosing a new air conditioner, size does matter. When it comes to keeping your home cool, too large of a unit will short cycle while too small of a system will overwork itself. In both cases, these wrong sized units will fail to meet your comfort demands.

Operating the wrong size unit leads to a significant loss of efficiency, high utility bills, a buildup of mold in your ductwork, a shorter lifespan and inconsistent temperatures throughout your home. On the other hand, operating the just-right system maximizes your efficiency, saves significant money and delivers uniform comfort throughout your entire home.

You can avoid buying the wrong size unit by trusting your replacement with J.R. Bolton. Before settling on the installation of a new system, our team will first consider the size of your home and its physical characteristics, along with evaluating your home comfort needs. Then, using our findings, our experts will identify the unit that’s perfect for your home and your family.

2. Falling for Big Discounts or Phony Offers

Be cautious of big discounts or phony offers. Companies will use too-good-to-be-true discounts and special offers to disguise second-rate or low quality equipment or to mask poor service. Avoid this mistake by asking the company you hire for a step-by-step explanation of how the installation will be performed. Better yet, contact J.R. Bolton.

At J.R. Bolton, we have nothing to hide. We only offer top-quality HVAC equipment and we never cut corners with our servicing. When we offer a discount or deal, there are no hidden intentions. It’s simply to make home comfort more budget-friendly and help you save a few.

3. Hiring an Unqualified or Untrustworthy Company for Installation

Failing to double-check a company’s HVAC certification and qualifications before trusting its team to install your air conditioner is a big mistake and will most likely result in an improperly installed cooling system.

An air conditioner that isn’t installed correctly leads to years’ worth of discomfort and headaches with expensive repairs, faulty performance and more. Plus, not only are you more likely to lose your cool, but you also could lose up to 30 percent of your system’s efficiency!

For Gwinnett County and Fulton County residents, you can ease all of your HVAC worries by choosing J.R. Bolton. You can rest assured that our technicians are certified and possess the proper qualifications to handle your cooling system’s installation properly. For further peace of mind, we’re an ACCA Quality Assured contractor. This means we have agreed to provide installation records and documentation to ACCA for review and certification that our techs participate in a continuous improvement process through regular training.

Make No Mistake. Contact J.R. Bolton for All of Your AC Needs!

To schedule air conditioning repair service in Gwinnett County or an AC replacement in Fulton County with Georgia’s trustworthy HVAC team, contact us online or call us at 770.268.2010 today!

Still Need a Mother’s Day Gift? Look No Further!

Here’s the Can’t-Go-Wrong Gift for Mom!

Moms deserve more than a one-day celebration. That’s why, if you really want to show your mom, the mother of your children or the mother figure in your life how much you appreciate her, give her a gift that will keep giving 365 days a year, for years to come. Give her the gift of comfort.

Your mom has comforted you through the highs and the lows of life. Now, it’s your chance to comfort her through the highs and lows of Georgia’s weather. At J.R. Bolton, our air conditioning services in Gwinnett County are the mother of all gifts.

Unwrap the TLC Your Mom’s AC Needs

Being a mom is hard work. It requires patience, strength, empathy, endless love and so much more. Most notably, being a mother involves consistently putting others’ needs before your own. To continue being the best moms possible, it’s important that they take care of themselves, too.

Air conditioners are a lot like moms because they work hard, day in and day out, for others’ benefit. Unfortunately, although your air conditioner is tough, consistently battling the heat to keep you comfortable does a number on it. Like moms, your cooling system requires TLC to operate at its best. Plus, regular AC maintenance prevents small problems from escalating into major issues, extends your system’s lifespan, lowers monthly energy bills and more.

This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to headache-free operation by scheduling AC maintenance with J.R. Bolton.

Box Up a Mother Lode of Comfort

You should never reveal your mother’s age. However, it’s important to know the age of her air conditioner. If your mom’s air conditioner is 10 or more years old, it’s probably consuming excessive electricity and costing her more than it should.

This Mother’s Day, stop your mom from burning a hole in her pocket by upgrading her aged cooling system to a new, high-efficiency air conditioner. When you do, you’re giving her:

  • Significant savings. A new system operates more energy- and cost-efficiently than an aged unit. Because your mom’s new system doesn’t have to work as hard to keep her home cool, she’ll find herself paying less on monthly energy bills. She can use the savings to treat herself with a day at the spa, a manicure or whatever she enjoys.
  • Peace of mind. When an air conditioner needs to be replaced, it’s common to notice inconsistent temperatures from room to room. If this is the case, then as your mom maneuvers around your house, she’ll find it extremely difficult to stay comfortable. However, you can eliminate these hot and cold spots and the stress that comes with them by replacing the air conditioner. With your mom’s new cooling system delivering uniform comfort, she’ll find herself completely comfortable—no matter where she is in her home.
  • A breath of fresh air. New air conditioners do a better job of controlling humidity, temperature and odor—collectively known as indoor air quality. Your mom can breathe easy knowing her new cooling system is keeping her home healthy and clean.

Do It for Your Mom. Contact J.R. Bolton!

This Mother’s Day, our team at J.R. Bolton will keep your mom cool, calm and comfortable.

To schedule a preseason tune-up or an air conditioning installation in Gwinnett County, fill out our online form or call us at 770.268.2010 today!

Plant the Seeds for Total Comfort

Your Indoor Space Is Guaranteed to Blossom

Growing tired of living in an indoor environment that is too sticky one minute and too chilly the next?

During National Garden Month, we highly recommend that you turn to J.R. Bolton Services. We can help you nip your comfort problems in the bud with our garden of HVAC services in Gwinnett County.

Plus, we’re making it more affordable to experience the comfortable home you deserve. From now until June 14, you can finance a new Lennox system for as little as $116 a month or earn up to $1,700 in rebates. For starters, Lennox is offering $1,250 in rebates for a complete qualifying home system, including a gas furnace or blower coil, an air conditioner or heat pump and a thermostat. You can enjoy additional rebates of $150 each for the purchase of an iComfort S30 Smart thermostat, iHarmony zoning and a PureAir S air purification system.

Why Lennox? Because, when compared to other brands, the grass is, in fact, greener on Lennox’s side. This brand’s air conditioners, heat pumps and furnaces are engineered to deliver best-in-class comfort and efficiency and:

  • Deliver a continuous supply of perfectly heated or cooled air
  • Maintain your home’s indoor temperature with exact precision
  • Offer unmatched energy efficiency
  • Operate among the quietest in their class
  • … And so much more!

If you want to harvest comfort that’s beyond compare, consider planting these products in your home, too.

iComfort S30

Do you want total control over your heating or cooling system while you’re home and away? Look no further than Lennox’s iComfort S30. This Wi-Fi thermostat features cloud connectivity, allowing you to check, monitor and adjust your home’s temperature directly from your smartphone, tablet or other Wi-Fi-enabled device. It’s also smart enough to work without your help. Depending on whether you’re home, at work, asleep or away, the iComfort thermostat will automatically adjust to the most energy- and cost-efficient temperature, while keeping your home perfectly comfortable.

iHarmony Zoning System

Your home is always in perfect harmony with an iHarmony zoning system. This system allows you to divide your home into as many as four temperature zones, which can be customized to meet specific comfort needs. With this personalized approach to home comfort, no one in your home will find himself or herself feeling too hot or too cold. Everyone will feel perfectly comfortable.

Plus, not only does this system keep everyone in your family cozy, it also eliminates energy waste from overheating or overcooling areas of your home.

PureAir Purification System

Your home isn’t as safe as you think it is. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be two to five times—and, in some cases, up to 100 times—more polluted than outdoor air. Lennox’s PureAir Purification System is the effective way to improve the quality of your home’s air.

Unlike other systems that are designed to combat a specific type of indoor contaminant, PureAir addresses all three major areas of air quality, combatting allergy-aggravating particles, molds and germs, and chemical vapors and odors. This, in turn, leaves the air in your home cleaner and healthier to breathe than any other system you can buy. Even more, this whole-home solution provides highly effective air filtration without using much electricity.

We’ll Help You Get Your Comfort Out of the Woods

J.R. Bolton is proud to serve as a Lennox dealer. From an air conditioning replacement in Gwinnett County to a furnace repair in Hall County, this elite partnership has what it takes to handle any comfort problems that may arise. Our relationship with Lennox also provides us with the opportunity to offer unbelievable deals.

Speaking of deals, don’t miss out on your chance to finance a new Lennox system for as little as $116 a month or earn up to $1,700 in rebates. June 14 isn’t far off. Fill out our online form or call us at 770.268.2010 today!

Plot Twist: Your Pot of Gold Is in Here!

Discover How We’re Helping You Save Green

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, our team at J.R. Bolton wants to help you save some green!

Until the end of March, our HVAC company in Gwinnett County is offering great deals, including:

  • $50 off a repair or installation when you sign up for our email newsletter
  • $75 preseason A/C checkup
  • $100 off duct sealing or Aeroseal
  • $100 off insulation
  • $100 off duct cleaning

Plus, we offer the services you need to attain a more energy-efficient home. Not only does increasing your home’s energy efficiency lower your energy bills for monthly savings, it also:

  • Makes it effortless & more affordable to keep your home comfy
  • Eliminates energy waste
  • Adds years to your unit’s lifespan
  • Releases less greenhouse gases into the environment
  • Reduces your reliance on fossil fuels
  • Decreases your carbon footprint
  • … And more!

Here are a couple green tips to consider.

Know If You’re Using Too Much H2O

Conserving water benefits both your budget and the environment. Although it may seem as if there’s an endless supply of water, the truth is there’s not. Here are a few simple ways to conserve this nonrenewable resource:

  • Turn off the sink while brushing your teeth.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Install low-flow adapters or nozzles on your plumbing fixtures.
  • Instead of letting water run until it gets cold, keep a filled pitcher in the fridge.
  • Sweep your driveway or sidewalk instead of hosing them down.

Don’t Delay—Repair Your System Right Away!

If your heating or cooling system starts going awry, it’s crucial you don’t ignore the issue. The longer you wait to schedule an air conditioning or gas furnace repair for your DeKalb County home, the more likely the repair will escalate into a larger issue. Plus, addressing problems early prevents your energy bills from skyrocketing.

Look out for warning signs that your system needs a repair:

  • There are inconsistent temperatures throughout your home.
  • Your unit is making loud noises.
  • Your home is failing to maintain the set temperature.
  • There’s an increase of dry air and dust emerging around your home.
  • Your cooling system is failing to deliver cool air.
  • Your furnace is blowing cold air.

Insulate Your Home’s Pipes

As your home’s pipes carry hot water from your water heater’s tank to your plumbing fixtures, heat loss is natural. It’s also preventable. Insulating your pipes can prevent this energy loss from occurring.

Schedule a Free Energy Audit

Scheduling a home energy audit with J.R. Bolton is the most efficient way to save energy. During an audit, our professionals will examine your home’s efficiency, unearthing where your home uses and loses the most energy. Then, we’ll use our findings to recommend ways you can improve your home to increase its energy efficiency, such as installing or replacing insulation, air sealing cracks, upgrading equipment and more.

You know what the best part is? We are performing energy audits for free through March 31, 2019!

Forget Luck—You Need J.R. Bolton!

Our team at J.R. Bolton is here to help you see more green this month—and for months to come! To learn more golden tips for saving money or to schedule a replacement, repair or maintenance, fill out our online form or call us at 770.268.2010 today!

Are You Not Feeling It Anymore?

It’s Time to Break Up With Your Heating System

Goodbyes are tough. But, in some cases, they’re a necessity, such as when your relationship with your heating system is no longer fulfilling.

Unfortunately, your relationship with your heating system isn’t everlasting. But, at J.R. Bolton, we’re committed to help you get your comfort back on track after facing a “heat”break. From identifying the need for a replacement to executing a proper furnace or heat pump installation in Gwinnett County, we’re here to help you through the ups and downs of this trying time.

We know that, if you’re not an HVAC professional, it can be difficult to decipher when it’s time for you and your heating system to call it quits. Well, here are some telltale signs that your relationship is on the rocks:

  1. Your unit is 10 or more years old. Operating a heating system that’s 10 or more years old does more harm than help. That’s because, as a heating system ages, it loses its efficiency. The more time that passes, the harder your unit has to work to meet your comfort demands. You end up paying more for less comfort—and that just doesn’t make sense.
  2. Your energy bills are on the rise. An inefficient or aged heating system will overwork itself to try to keep your home cozy. This extra effort requires more energy, causing your energy bills to skyrocket.
  3. Your system requires frequent repairs. Heating systems aren’t indestructible. Repairs happen. However, if you find yourself calling us multiple times throughout the year for major or minor repairs, it’s time to consider replacing your unit.
  4. Your system is making loud noises. Your senses don’t lie. If your unit screeches, hums, bangs, hisses or makes some other noise that’s out of the ordinary, contact us right away. Ignoring loud noises can indicate a dangerous situation.

You’re ready to go your separate ways. Now what?

Turn to J.R. Bolton. We’ll help you move on to a new furnace, boiler or heat pump. Regardless of which one you choose, we promise your new system will be a tremendous upgrade from your last. It’ll have you head over heels with:

  • Uniform warmth from room to room
  • Lower energy bills
  • Healthier indoor air quality
  • Added value to your home’s resale price
  • Boosted home efficiency
  • … And so much more!

Fall in Love All Over Again With a New Heating Solution

At J.R. Bolton, we believe there are two areas where you should never settle for less than the best—love and your comfort.

Not only is our team here to help you find the heating system that’s “the one” for you, but we’re committed to keeping the flame alive with our swift repair service and thorough heating and furnace maintenance in Gwinnett County.

To schedule a heating replacement, repair or maintenance, fill out our online form or call us at 770.268.2010 today!

Two-Zero-One-Nine Is the Year to Get Your Home in Line

Discover Home Improvement Resolutions for the New Year

From getting fit to eating better, many New Year’s resolutions focus on self-improvement.

This year, however, our team at J.R. Bolton challenges you to mix things up a little. In addition to resolutions aimed at bettering yourself, set ones that will result in better care for your home, too.

From agreeing to schedule a gas furnace repair in DeKalb County sooner rather than later to keeping your home cleaner and more organized, there are endless possibilities that can help make you a better homeowner. For starters, consider these home improvement resolutions this year.

January: Change Your HVAC Filter

Did you know that clogged filters are the No. 1 cause of HVAC unit failure? However, you can stop this costly comfort catastrophe from making an appearance this year by changing your filter every one to three months. Don’t wait. Ring in your unit’s fresh start today! In turn, your unit will work in a more energy- and cost-efficient manner.

February: Paint Over Your Cabin Fever

Cabin fever? Not for long! Give your mind a much-needed distraction by picking a room (or two) in your home and giving it a fresh coat of paint. With just this minor change, you could fall in love with being inside your home all over again.

March: Schedule an Air Duct Cleaning

It’s during this time of year that people start craving fresh air. Well, you don’t have to wait for spring. Breathe in cleaner and healthier indoor air by scheduling an air duct cleaning. This IAQ service removes harmful contaminants from your home, protecting your indoor air.

April: Get Your AC Unit Ready to Beat the Heat

Proper preparation prevents poor performance. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your cooling system is in tip-top shape before summer’s heat arrives. Scheduling an AC tune-up in April is the secret to ensuring the next few months are no sweat.

May: Give the Outside of Your Home a Good Scrub

April showers bring May flowers. However, it takes more than flowers to boost your home’s curb appeal. Pick a sunny day in May to clean up outside. Here are some ways to make your home exterior and your yard shine:

  • Powerwash your siding, deck and driveway.
  • Pick up branches and other debris in your yard.
  • Clear away twigs and other debris from your HVAC unit to prevent them from getting lodged in your system and causing damage.

June: Focus on the Inside

Make your indoor space sparkle and shine, too! Rather than watching Netflix on that rainy day in June, put on your rubber gloves and get to work. Give your windows a deep clean, vacuum your carpet, sweep your wooden floors and dust. You’ll eliminate dust, dirt and pollen, which are harmful to indoor air quality. A clean home isn’t just a happy home. It’s a healthy home, too.

July: Schedule a Free Home Energy Audit

With Georgia’s heat at its max, it’s common for energy bills to rise in July and August. But, if you notice a significant spike, it could indicate your home isn’t energy efficient. Discover the truth by scheduling a free energy audit with J.R. Bolton. Our energy efficiency experts will perform a thorough evaluation to determine where your home is using and losing the most energy. Then, we’ll make recommendations on how you can improve energy efficiency and drive those high energy bills down for the month of July—and the remainder of the year.

August: Take Action From Your Audit

Now that you know the truth about the energy efficiency of your home, dedicate August to creating an action plan for how to implement our experts’ recommendations. If you need help, we’re only a phone call away!

September: Seal the Deal for a More Energy-Efficient Home

By September, the kids have been immersed in their back-to-school routines for weeks. Show your children that you value education, too, by clicking here to study up on the importance of properly insulating and air sealing your home.

October: Put a Stop to Spooky HVAC Performance

Nothing’s more frightening than complete HVAC system failure. Schedule a pre-season inspection for your heating system or a checkup for your cooling system to stop your unit from sending chills down your spine.

November & December: Form an Alliance With J.R. Bolton Services

Whether you host the holidays or not, comfort systems are used heavily during November and December. A problem with your water heater or HVAC unit creates added stress you simply don’t need at this time. That’s why it’s important to have a team of experts you can trust on your side. From performing a gas furnace installation in Hall County to a heating system replacement in DeKalb County, we offer all of the services you need to trim away discomfort worries and wrap up peace of mind.

Ready to Get the Ball Rolling?

Don’t delay getting started on your home improvement resolutions. Fill out our online form or call us at 770.268.2010 today!

Deck Your Halls Cautiously

Avoid These Holiday Decorating Mistakes

If you’re anything like our team at J.R. Bolton Services, nothing gets you more in the holiday spirit than decorating. But, if you’re not mindful of how you decorate your home, merry will turn into scary.

From hiring only the most knowledgeable HVAC technicians to performing flawless heating, cooling and heat pump services to Gwinnett County homes and businesses, it’s evident safety is at the forefront of our company—and it should be at the top of your priority list, too.

Don’t make these common holiday decorating mistakes:

Ho, Ho, Hold Off on Decorating Your Thermostat

If you’re thinking about decorating your thermostat, think again. To accurately gauge your home’s indoor temperature, your thermostat must be exposed. Choosing to cover it with a DIY project or embellish its appearance with sparkly holiday lights hinders its ability to operate properly and can cause false readings. When that happens, your thermostat will signal your HVAC unit to run or shut down unnecessarily. Instead of unwrapping total comfort, you’ll be stuck with a consistently uncomfortable indoor environment and higher energy bills.

Avoid a Furnace Fiasco

From making room for all of your decorations to guests visiting for the holidays, rearranging furniture is common at this time of year. Be smart about where you place furniture, gifts and other objects. The last thing you want to do is block your air vents.

Blocking air vents interferes with your HVAC unit’s ability to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout your home. It forces your system’s blower to work harder, which leads to costly repairs and can take years off of your system’s lifespan.

If you have a live tree, it’s crucial that you don’t put it by air vents. Doing so causes your tree to dry out faster, creating a potential fire hazard.

Trim Away Potential Hazards

Nowadays, lights aren’t the only decorations that require electricity. To keep the holiday season safe, limit the amount of wires you plug into a single power strip. A tangled mess of wires is unsightly and you run the risk of starting a fire if your power strip overheats.

Before you begin decorating, decide where everything will go. Rather than loading up one power strip, use multiple outlets. If you feel a wire getting warm, unplug it immediately.

To make sure your holiday cheer doesn’t turn into fear, it’s important to schedule a checkup for your furnace with J.R.Bolton. During an inspection, our certified technician will examine your furnace inside and out to determine whether it’s in good condition or not. If we find any faulty parts or potential problems, we’ll recommend solutions for safest operation.

Choosing to schedule furnace maintenance in Fulton County is a gift that keeps giving. It:

  • Stops small problems from escalating into major issues
  • Enhances system efficiency for more reliable, energy- and cost-efficient operation
  • Adds years to your furnace’s lifespan
  • Promotes healthier indoor air quality
  • … And more!

To schedule an inspection for your furnace, request a free estimate for installing a new system or to learn more holiday safety tips, fill out our online form or call us at 770.268.2010 today!

Give Thanks to Your HVAC System This Thanksgiving

Discover Ways to Show Your Unit Appreciation for Total Comfort

They say if you have a family that loves you, a close friend or two and a roof over your head, then you have a lot to be thankful for. But, at J.R. Bolton, we believe there’s one more thing that belongs on that list: a trusty HVAC system.

Think about it: Your HVAC system keeps you cool when the outside temperatures climb and toasty warm when they take a dive. Meanwhile, in return for this year-round comfort, it never asks for much more than a clean filter and the occasional need for one of our HVAC services in Gwinnett County, GA, or beyond.

We believe it’s time to say thanks to your unit. Here are just a few things you can do to show your unit the appreciation it deserves:

Change Your Unit’s Filters

A clogged filter forces your unit to work harder to cool or heat your home. This added—and unnecessary—strain compromises your system’s lifespan. To avoid costly repairs or, even worse, a premature replacement, it’s best to change your unit’s filter every four to six months. In turn, your unit will reward you with improved performance. This means better airflow, more efficient operation and lower energy bills.

Clean Up!

From dust and grit to rocks and twigs, the outdoor component of your air conditioner is exposed to all kinds of debris. If you don’t clean up around your unit, this debris could eventually get lodged in your unit, causing serious damage or significantly reducing your system’s performance.

You’ll want to tidy up inside your home, too. Wipe down dusty surfaces and vacuum your floors to remove dust, pet dander, dirt and other airborne contaminants that are sucked into your air conditioner and distributed around your home. Also, wipe down your unit’s vents to remove any particles that may have already entered your unit.

Schedule an Inspection

There’s nothing your unit loves more than to receive some TLC. To give your system the care it craves and deserves, schedule an annual inspection with a professional from J.R. Bolton. Our professionals will examine your unit, inside and out, to uncover hard-to-detect performance issues and faulty parts that, if left unchecked, can escalate in severity, causing major damage to your unit and your budget. It will also ensure your unit is performing in tip-top shape, possibly adding years to its lifespan.

Check Your Ducts for Leaks

A leaking unit can wreak havoc. Leaks can cause less energy efficiency, poorer air quality, inadequate air pressure, unacceptable humidity levels and more. To check for leaks, take a flashlight and visually inspect your ducts for black spots. Using your hand, feel for small drafts coming from inside the ducts.

If you detect a leak, turn to J.R. Bolton for help. Our team of insulation contractors in DeKalb County has the expertise to efficiently repair and insulate your air ducts. Insulating your ducts helps prevent future leaks and boosts your unit’s energy efficiency, which can significantly lower energy bills.

Your Unit Will Thank You for Turning to Us

Don’t wait until Thanksgiving to give thanks to your unit. Start today! Fill out our online form or call us at 770.268.2010 to schedule an annual inspection with our team.

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