North Central Florida Air Conditioning Blog

Allergies Acting Up? Consider the Cleanliness of Your Ducts

November 12th, 2018

before-after-cleaned-ductHave you ever invested in duct cleaning in Gainesville, FL? This may not seem like a very important service, but it does actually come with a number of benefits.

While it might seem like your air ducts are just a minor part of the entire heating and cooling system, they are actually very important to the operation of both! If you want to keep your home comfort systems functioning as efficiently and effectively as they can, and keep your indoor air quality high to avoid aggravated allergies, then you should make sure that you get your ducts cleaned on a regular basis.

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Don’t Let Scary AC Noises Haunt You This Halloween

October 29th, 2018

Keep silence. Scared woman covering mouth with hands while posing to camera on gray studio background. Shocked girl close lips with palms, speak no evil conceptIt’s that time of year! You know, the time where homeowners all throughout the country are shutting their air conditioner off for the season in favor of their heating system.

Well, all except for us. Air conditioning in Lake City, FL is pretty much a year-round need. So if you’re starting to hear strange noises coming from your cooling system, it can sure seem concerning. How bad the problem is that’s causing those noises depends on the particular sound you are hearing. But don’t worry, your air conditioner isn’t haunted—probably.

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Improve AC Efficiency with These Simple Tips

October 15th, 2018

top view of an outdoor AC unitWhen you live someplace like Florida, it goes without saying that an air conditioner is an absolute must. It’s needed to make homes in our region not only comfortable for the families in them, but bearable. However, if your cooling system doesn’t work the way you expect it to, then it’s time to call for air conditioning repair in Alachua, FL, particularly if you skipped maintenance this past spring (though, it’s never too late to get it on your schedule).

That being said, repair needs are not the only reason that your AC system may not be working as efficiently as it should be able to. The good news is, there is something you can do about! Keep reading for some tips on how to utilize your air conditioner most efficiently, and give our team a call if you suspect any operational problems.

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“How Does a Heat Pump Work and Why Should I Care?”

October 1st, 2018

heat pump systemWe hope you made it through summer with a fully functional air conditioner, and were able to avoid air conditioning repair in Lake City, FL, particularly if you had maintenance done at the beginning of the year. But what if you’ve gotten to this point to discover that your air conditioner isn’t exactly working up to par, and you’d like to replace it? You could upgrade your current central system, but we’d like to introduce another option to you—the heat pump!

If you haven’t already considered a heat pump in the house, this would be a good time to do so. A heat pump is a two-in-one system that allows for effective and efficient cooling as well as heating in the winter. Since our winters are extremely mild compared to other parts of the country that actually get snow, heat pumps are a fantastic option. This is because they work best in climates with hot summers and mild-cool winters, since some models struggle when temperatures are too cold. But how does a heat pump work?

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Should I Have a Ductless Cooling System Installed?

September 17th, 2018

Closeup view about using some appliance such as air condition.While the official start of fall is a few days away and homeowners in other parts of the country are preparing to turn their air conditioners off for the rest of the year, we still have a long way to go before we can turn our attention to our heaters (and some years, we don’t even use those much!)

So, what if your Gainesville, FL air conditioning system hasn’t been functioning very well this season? Did you have maintenance done? How about follow-up repairs? Still not working as well as you think it should? Then it’s probably time to consider a cooling system replacement. If you already have a central air conditioner in place, then you may be tempted to just get the newest model of that same type of system. But that’s not your only option!

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What Happens During AC Maintenance and Why It Matters

September 3rd, 2018

technician working on outside unit of an air conditionerIf you’ve read our blog before, you’ve likely seen us tout the benefits of maintenance. There’s a good reason for this, which we’ll get to below. But a common question our customers have about this service is, “what exactly does a technician do during maintenance?”

We get it, you care about where your money is going, so perhaps you may wonder if the maintenance service you’re paying for is worth it. We’re sure you also care about how efficiently your air conditioner functions, since after all, if it’s not operating as efficiently as possible, it will cost you more to run over the years than it should.

It would take a pretty lengthy post to go into extensive detail about every step a technician goes through during air conditioning maintenance in Gainesville, FL, but we want to share with you a few of the most important ones. This should give you a pretty good idea of how maintenance helps your AC system run better and last longer.

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How Damaged Ducts Can Impact Your Air Conditioner

August 19th, 2018

A worker is sealing two sections of house attic vent duct insulation with aluminum foil tape. The foreground is a section of truss and the background is OSB sheathing for the roof.When you live in as hot and humid a climate as ours, chances are you think about your air conditioner a fair amount. You want it to perform effectively and efficiently as possible after all, right? What you probably don’t think too much about, though, is the “V” part of HVAC. That is, your ventilation system—or it’s more commonly known name, your ductwork.

This ductwork connects your air conditioning in Live Oak, FL to the outside, enabling the distribution of cooled air. Your air ducts are typically out of sight, too, hidden behind walls, beneath floors, or in your attic or crawlspace. Unfortunately, in these locations it’s hard to see if something is wrong, and harder to see if your ductwork was improperly installed. If it was put in by an amateur, or even if your ductwork is aging, then it likely has accumulated damage that can lead to leaks.

And if your ductwork is impacted by leaks from poor connections, improper construction, or some other reason, you aren’t receiving the cooling efficiency that you should be. One of the most common reasons for ductwork problems is that it wasn’t properly sized for the home to begin with by the installer.

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“Isn’t a Standard Filter Enough to Protect My Air Quality?”

August 6th, 2018

Close-up of the elements of a clean air filter; dynamic shot using diagonal lines.The short answer to this is, “no,” but we’d gather that you probably would like a bit more information than simply that.

The thing of it is, the air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is there to protect the inside components of that system from dirt and debris that can build up and impede system performance. While a clogged air filter can hurt your indoor air quality (IAQ), your IAQ needs are not the primary reason for this filter and simply relying on this air filter will do nothing to protect or improve your indoor air quality. To truly protect or improve your indoor air quality, you’d do well to consider the installation of a:

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Never Ignore These 4 Ominous AC Noises

July 23rd, 2018

woman covering her ears, on a white backgroundWhen you live with our weather day in and day out, it goes without saying that the use of your air conditioner is pretty consistent! Since summer temps haven’t even reached their peak yet, it’s important to keep an eye—and ear—out for any potential issues, especially since the need for Newberry, FL AC repair typically increases this time of year.

But how do you know if you’re even having a problem with your air conditioner? A pretty big sign is a strange or unfamiliar noise coming from the system. There are 4 sounds in particular that we never want you to ignore, and we’ve highlighted them below.

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“How Can I Boost My Air Conditioning Efficiency?”

July 9th, 2018

cardboard house in the hand against the blue skyThis is one of the most common questions we get from homeowners in our area, and understandably so. After all, we use our air conditioners a lot longer and a lot more consistently than people in other parts of the country. Therefore, it makes sense that we want to save money while doing so!

Of course, one way to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning in Williston, FL is to update (and upgrade) your air conditioner if it’s aging—that is, if it’s 10-15 years old. A while back, we talked about the benefits of variable speed cooling, which is an AC technology that’s relatively new and can greatly improve the overall efficiency of your cooling efforts. This isn’t the only way to boost efficiency, though! Read on for more tips.

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