During the spring and summer months in Florida, our ac units are the “hardest working appliance” in our home. It works harder than your car, as it is continually running throughout the day. Many of us know the value of regular oil changes and tune-ups and the effects it has on our cars over time. We diligently bring our cars in to the repair shop for crucial maintenance. However, we tend to forget that our air conditioners are also a high-dollar purchase that must be tuned-up on a regular basis (at least twice a year).
Studies show that with regular tune-ups, a wall ac unit in Brandon, FL will maintain up to 95% of its original efficiency? This means the cost of an annual ac tune-up is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly electric bill and reduced repair costs. A properly serviced air conditioner will also do a better job of dehumidifying your Brandon area home.
Considering what you have learned here…when was the last time you had your hardest working appliance tuned up? Has it been longer than 6 months? Summer is just around the corner. Don’t be left out in the Brandon heat!
If you live in Florida, you know that surviving a summer (or even spring) without air conditioning is unimaginable. So, how do you keep your air conditioner at tip top shape the whole year-round? Routine Maintenance.
Routine maintenance inspections are a great way to prevent problems from occurring, and to keep your ac system running at its maximum efficiency. A qualified and licensed AC Technician is trained to spot any potential problem that may occur.
Although routine maintenance is not covered under most air conditioner manufacturer’s warranty, it is highly recommended by all of the manufacturers. Maintenance should be performed on your system at least twice a year.
The equipment warranty only covers functional parts for the period specified. Most homeowners are not aware that if you do not maintain your ac system, you may actually forfeit many manufacturers warranties. Failure to maintain your air conditioning equipment may also cause the condensate pan and drain to become clogged, resulting in water leakage and poor system performance and any unintended strain on other parts.
Consider setting up an affordable, annual maintenance contract to keep your AC equipment in top form all year long.
What can I do before calling someone to service my system?
Air conditioning systems are usually complex networks of equipment that ought to be serviced by a certified professional. Nonetheless, in the event your Heating and air conditioning is not working, you can attempt a few simple procedures, that may remedy your problem, before contacting a service professional. Unless you feel comfortable performing any of these types of tasks, however, don’t hesitate to call an Air conditioning contractor.
- Make sure your filters are clean.
- Disconnect and reconnect your indoor and outdoor switches.
- Make sure your circuit breakers are in the ON position.
- Open supply and return vents and make sure there are no obstructions
- Check your thermostat settings.
- Make sure the system switch is on the appropriate COOL or HEAT setting.
What is a heat pump?
Air movement from point A to point B
A heat pump is a device used for either the heating or cooling of a space by transferring hot and cold between two reservoirs.
A heat pump can act like an air conditioner, transferring heat from inside to out, or like a heater as it transfers exterior heat to the interior. A winter day with a temperature of 32º Fahrenheit still produces enough heat to warm a space when the air is transferred by heat pump. Continue reading
What goes into installing a new system?
It’s all about duct-work
Putting a new system in a home that has not had central air and heat before will require the installation of duct-work, insulation, refrigerant piping, electrical service, wiring, thermostat, condensate piping, flue piping, flue terminations, chimney liner, slabs, filter, driers, registers, grills, drain pans and evaporator coil. Beyond equipment, the most important component installed with a new system, however, is the duct-work. Continue reading
Efficiency and cost savings
We understand that purchasing a heating or air conditioning system is no small matter. However, if your existing system is old, in need of repair or simply inefficient, purchasing a new unit, one which can be as much as 60% more efficient than a system purchased just 10 years ago, can offer long-term benefits.
Rather than continuing to pay for ongoing maintenance and costly monthly bills, invest in a new system today that will save you money for years to come. Continue reading
Making sure your Florida Air Conditioning System is working properly is vital especially during the hot summer months. The comfort of your family rests upon a machine that most Floridians take for granted until it’s not working properly and you need AC Repair. Here is a little background on how your cooling system works: Continue reading
The air in your house may not be as clean as it seems.
By Emily Main
Original Article found here.
Keep your home free of airborne toxins: Use air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, and opened windows wisely.
Nobody likes to live in filth, but according to a recent survey, we’re too concerned with the dirt that we see and not concerned enough about the filth we breathe in; namely, all the particles and chemicals floating in our indoor air. The survey, commissioned by 3M (a company that manufactures air filters), found that 73 percent of us are worried about mildew in our bathtubs and 69 percent, about bugs and mice, but only 40 percent are concerned about indoor air quality. Continue reading