Climate Experts Air and Heat Blog: Archive for the ‘HVAC’ Category

Cold Inside Your House?

Saturday, October 10th, 2020

Are you inside your home and the heat is on? But you’re cold?

Heating and cooling your home can be one of the biggest users of energy. Efficiency in this area can bring great savings. Heating and cooling depend on many contributing factors. The type of heating and cooling you choose is one of the factors that can have you cold. When buying a heating system, carefully consider your household needs. There is a range of heating systems and fuel sources with different purchase and running costs and energy efficiency levels. You’ll be surprised to know that even cold winter air contains usable heat that you can pump inside your home with the right system.

Reasons to get your system checked before the winter starts.

Reason #1 — No Warm Air

Cold or cool air is one of the most obvious signs of a faulty heater. If you’ve turned on your home’s heater but it feels more as if the air conditioner is on, then something may need to be checked. In these instances, it’s prudent for you to get professional assistance. Not dealing with a faulty heater can result in increased energy bills and less comfort in your home. You don’t have to face the winter with a broken heater, get the heating repair you deserve!

Reason #2 — An Increase in Energy Costs

Even if you’re feeling warm air when you turn on your heater, it may still be wreaking havoc in your home. If you’ve noticed an increase in your energy bill, the culprit may be your heater. Drafts and leaks may cause your heater to work less effectively than it’s meant to. This will basically cause the warm air to leak through the vents before it reaches the rooms you want to keep warm. A professional team can come and take a look at the heater and repair any issues it may be causing. You and your family can feel comfortable while keeping the heating bill low!

Reason #3 — The Smell of Burning

Most of Florida, including Brevard County, residents only use their home’s heaters for a few months out of the year, most may not know about the obvious telltale sign of heater malfunction. The heater’s been off for quite some time, turning it on may result in an odd smell. This is just the dust that’s gathered throughout the year burning away. But if the same burning smell remains for some time, then it’s best you get the heating repair as soon as possible, this could be a hazard or could result of a fire.

One last thing to keep in mind is that being uncomfortable in your own home can also wear on your mental health as well. Ensuring that you have a comfortable home will keep you happy and healthy throughout the year.

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Winter Air Conditioning: Stay Warm & Save Money

Saturday, October 10th, 2020
Winter is almost here and while daytime temperatures are still relatively mild, the evening and early mornings certainly aren’t! There are many ways to heat your home, but reverse cycle air conditioning is one of the most effective and the most energy-efficient. When investing in any new appliance, it is important to consider both the purchase price and the cost of running it. Let’s find out more about winter air conditioning and how it can save you money and keep you warm.

Advantages of Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners in Winter

When in heating mode, reverse cycle air conditioners work in the opposite way to when they are in cooling mode. In basic terms, a refrigerant passes through an external coil to absorb heat from the outdoor air (even on the coldest mornings/nights). That refrigerant is then pumped through a compressor into the condenser (inside the building) and warm air is released. There are many benefits of reverse cycle air conditioners including:

  • Value for money – you get two systems in one. Cooling in summer and heating in winter
  • Save on Electricity – While a reverse cycle air conditioner may cost you more upfront, you will notice the savings on your electricity bill
  • Reduced risk of fires and burns as there is no element or flame
  • Improved Air Quality – Most split system air conditioners purify the air via a filter that traps airborne particles such as dust and other allergens
  • Better For The Environment – Reverse Cycle Air Conditioners produce only one-third the greenhouse gas emissions of standard electric heaters
  • Quiet operation
  • Long life span

To ensure your system operates as efficiently as possible make sure your home is properly insulated, close curtains and blinds at night, address draughts coming in through doors and windows, and close doors to rooms that aren’t being used.

Best Temperature To Set Air Conditioner in Winter

The best winter air conditioning temperature will depend on where you live. We offer inspections on all different types of heating and cooling units, including furnaces, wiring, ducts, energy efficiency, and much more. Our services include both residential and commercial inspections. We offer 24-hour emergency heating and cooling services, so our customers do not have to wait until the next morning.

Don’t Forget Air Conditioning Maintenance

If it’s been a while since you last had your air conditioning unit serviced, get it done now before the cold weather really sets in. This is especially important if you have been using your system extensively over the summer. An air conditioning technician will check all the parts and make sure everything is working properly so energy efficiency is maximized. Don’t forget your filters! If you are having your unit serviced, the technician will do this for you, but in between services it’s a good idea to check your filters periodically.

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Five Simple Steps To Prepare Your AC System For Summer

Friday, February 21st, 2020

Are you ready for the Florida summer?! No, I don’t mean bikini ready, I’m talking about staying cool on those hot summer days with a top-notch running AC system. HVAC maintenance is key to reducing high electric bills, preventing mechanical break-downs, and ensuring the optimal function of your unit. Here are five steps to prepare your AC system for the summer. (Steps 1-4 are to be completed while the AC system is OFF) 1. Check your air filters. Dirty filters are one of the top causes of AC malfunction and are one of the easiest maintenance steps for homeowners. Make sure to date filters when replacing them. Depending on filter type most filters need to be replaced every 30-90 days but always refer to the manufacturer specifications. Even if filters look clean they may be clogged with fine dust particles, this is why it is important to date them and change accordingly. 2. Clean (vacuum or use a dust cloth) supply and return grilles. Dirt and dust can build up on both supply and return air grilles and cause a lack of airflow. After you clean the grilles, sanitize them with a spray or wipe, in order to prevent bacteria growth. 3. Put vinegar in the drain line. The drain line at your air handler usually has a cleanout port to pour white distilled vinegar in, which will eliminate sludge that can build up and cause water back-up or overflow. I recommend adding 1 cup of DWV every 3 months. 4. Clean condenser. Being outdoors the condensing unit can accumulate dirt, dust, and leaves in the coils which reduces efficiency. With a garden hose, use a low-pressure nozzle to spray and rinse condenser. Remove any leaves, sticks, or debris from the top grille of the condensing unit to prevent the fan blade from being obstructed. 5. Turn on your AC system. Set the temperature 5 degrees lower than the current temperature in your home. During operation ensure there are not any loud noises, foul odors, or excessive vibrations coming from the HVAC system. Check each grille to ensure there is proper air-flow. If you don’t feel comfortable or capable of any of the 5 steps, leave it up to us! Call Climate Experts at (321) 345-3415 and we’d be happy to complete a tune-up and make sure you’re AC is running to its best ability- so you can leave the summer heat at the beach!

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