New Year, New Savings: Why You Should Upgrade Your Heating System

Many of us vow to manage our finances better in the new year. Whether it’s budging better, saving more for a rainy day, or trying to lower overall expenses, there’s always room for financial improvement. As you evaluate your expected wants and needs for the new year, you should consider home improvements that can lower your overall expenses. If you install a high-efficiency heating system, you can minimize energy bill costs, experience less frequent breakdowns, add to your home value, and more! In this article, the experts at Guin Service discuss the top 5 reasons you should consider upgrading your home’s heating system and how it can save you money in the future. Keep on reading to discover how to […]

Top 5 Ways to Boost Indoor Air Quality This Winter

Many of us seek solace from the freezing temperatures by locking the windows and cranking up the heat inside our homes. While this can mean special family time and fun nights around the fireplace, your indoor air quality may suffer from the lack of outdoor circulation. As you prepare to spend more time indoors, consider how to boost your indoor air quality to avoid any allergies, respiratory issues, and other ailments that come along with poor air quality. From cleaning your air filters to vacuuming to maintaining your furnace, homeowners can do a few things to prepare for winter temperatures. In this blog, the expert team at Guin Service discusses the top five methods to improve your air quality this […]

4 Easy Ways To Prep For Power Outages

With tornado season incoming, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for power outages. When the power goes down, everything in your home stops dead in its tracks– the AC unit shuts off, your refrigerated goods start spoiling, and the lights fade away. And if you aren’t prepared, a power outage can put your family’s health and safety at serious risk. But we don’t want that to happen to you! To help you stay safe and ready for tornado season, we’re sharing a few helpful tips you can start using right now. Here are 4 easy ways to prep for power outages, from your friends at Guin. Tip #1: Stock up on batteries, flashlights, candles, and matches to stay […]

Winter Storm Warning: Guin Guard to the Rescue

W.C. Guin opened Guin Services in 1958. Since then, we’ve seen quite a few winters—64 of them to be exact. Over the course of six decades, our technicians have witnessed firsthand the catastrophes that winter weather has brought upon Alabama’s households. That’s why we created Guin Guard: to protect the greater Birmingham area from the perils winter brings upon your plumbing and HVAC systems.  The Guin Guard program is straightforward, offering our customers routine HVAC and plumbing maintenance and repair. But the benefits are far more extensive than the program’s simple mission may suggest. Let’s take a closer look at the many ways in which Guin Guard protects you and your family from the perils of winter storms, warnings, and […]

The importance and benefits of preventative maintenance

Here at Guin Service, we don’t just pay lip service about offering the full suite of plumbing and HVAC solutions. We offer them because we’re capable of resolving any and all problems within your plumbing and HVAC systems. Today, we’re going to talk about preventative maintenance.  Residential plumbing and HVAC systems can go awry from the smallest cracks and misalignments. These details are often overlooked by homeowners and result from a lack of preventative maintenance. That is, many of us are well aware of the need to repair and retool our plumbing and HVAC systems when a problem arises. But just as important is preventive maintenance, which helps your plumbing and HVAC systems keep running smoothly without a hitch.  Of […]

Plumbing and heating: preparing your home for the holiday season

  It’s true, the winter season is on its way. In just a couple of months, we’ll be wondering where summer went already. But with winter comes some of our favorite days of the year, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.  And when it comes to the holidays, we here at Guin can’t stop thinking about one thing: that all those family meals and celebrations sure do take a toll on the house.  Today, we’re going to talk about how to prepare your home for these holiday activities. With the family gathered around the fire, your house uses more water and heat. So let’s go over a few of the house’s most important utilities, and how you can gird them […]

Prepping your heating system for the winter

  As we move along Alabama’s beautiful mid-autumn months, we can be lulled into feeling that the weather is only becoming more cooperative as time goes on. With the sun softening, the humidity lifting, and dusk still mild, on the horizon awaits the brutally cold months of winter.  While our heating systems remind us of the marvels of modern amenities, the lack of such reminds us even better–but for the worse.  And yet, to enjoy the wonder that is your home’s heating system, you must take care of it. Heating systems across Birmingham have been dormant for months, enduring changes in temperature and bouts of heavy storms. Anything idling for that long requires a tune-up!  You can rest well knowing […]

How To Tell If Your Home or Business Needs Emergency Services

What could be worse than having your air conditioning go kaput in the middle of an Alabama heatwave? How about stepping out of bed in the middle of the night for a glass of water, only to find yourself ankle-deep in water?  These are considered emergency repair scenarios, and they’re more common than you think! At Guin Service, we specialize in those panic-induced repairs that need to happen so you and your family can sleep through the night in the comfort of your own home.  We also include commercial customers in our emergency services offering. Your business should have the same peace of mind as your home. And emergencies are bound to happen.  That said, we do encounter many questions […]

8 signs your Birmingham home needs heating repair

Harsh winter weather can take a heavy toll on your heater. It’s easy to take your heater or furnace for granted—until it’s suddenly not working. If your heater goes out in the dead of winter, you’re left scrambling for a quick heating repair.  Don’t let the Birmingham, AL winters get you. It’s less hassle to repair your heater before it dies, leaving your family out in the cold. It’s time to call a local HVAC company for heating repair if you notice any of these 8 telltale signs your heater is about to go kaput. 8 signs you need a furnace repair  1. Unusual noises The only noise you should hear from your heater is a soft whoosh of air. […]

HVAC Installation A to Z

You have been putting it off and putting it off. Now, there is no turning back—you need a new HVAC system. Have no fear, as our team at Guin Service is here to help make the installation process as smooth as possible from beginning to end. Make the Most of this Moment Anything worth doing is worth doing right! The same holds true for installing a new HVAC unit. If you are going to be spending the money and taking the time to get it done, then you want it to be done right the first time, which is where our HVAC professionals come into play. With more than 50 years’ experience, Guin Service professionals are knowledgeable in heating and […]

Professional and DIY Ways to Prep Your Heating System for the Cold Weather Ahead

By: Joseph Braswell, Owner The cold weather will be here before you know it, and the last thing you want is to be stuck without heat when it does. If you have a very old furnace, or you’ve had a technician tell you that it’s close to its life expectancy, it’s probably a good idea to have your system checked out beforehand. While you may want to know how to check it out yourself before the winter hits, I strongly advise against anyone other than a licensed technician do this since you’re having to deal with natural gas. At Guin Service, when we come out for a pre-winter service call, we’ll check a few things in order to ensure your […]

HVAC Service Contracts: Are They Worth It?

Let’s be honest, most people don’t see the need for a HVAC service contract, and truly don’t understand how they and their equipment can benefit from having one. Unfortunately, this is a prime example of how what you don’t know can hurt you. While you can wait until your AC malfunctions to reach out to a professional, there’s actually a much better, more cost-effective way to keep your HVAC equipment running optimally. What are the benefits of having a HVAC Service Contract? Since having a service contract like GuinGuard is going to help you properly maintain your equipment, there are countless benefits that can come from it. By simply being proactive and having a professional assist you in maintaining your […]