North Central Florida Air Conditioning Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Gainesville’

6 Noises You Don’t Want Your AC Making

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

surprised-looking-womanWouldn’t it be great if we had self-diagnosing air conditioners? You know, when something is wrong, like a refrigerant leak or a loose component, our air conditioners could shoot us a text message and say “Hey, service me!”? It’s really not too far-fetched of an idea—but alas, not a reality yet.

No, for now we have to depend on other methods to determine if our cooling systems are in need of service. Maybe it’s being mindful of whether the cooling output is as powerful as usual. Or it could be paying attention to how often the circuit breaker trips.

One of the most common signs that something is amiss with your cooling system is loud, unnatural noises. Essentially, anything outside of the normal hum of the fans and compressor or the occasional clicking of the system coming on and shutting off is cause for concern. 6 sounds, in particular, you never want to hear coming from your AC include:

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How Are Your Ducts Impacting Your Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, May 13th, 2019

duct-being-cleanedYou may not have realized this when you had your central AC or heat pump installed, but these systems can actually be conducive to lowering your air quality.

But don’t get us wrong—we’re not saying that these devices are harmful. Rather, we’re talking about what happens when you neglect to have their air ducts cleaned!

When you think about it, this kind of chore isn’t much different than cleaning your bathroom or kitchen. But where it differs is in the fact that dirty air ducts can affect every room connected to your air ducts.

For those who suffer from allergies, asthma, or compromised immune systems, their symptoms can be exacerbated by the effects of low air quality.

We’ll explain just how the dust and dirt in your ducts could be impacting your air quality and what you can do about it!

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When Is the Best Time to Schedule AC Maintenance?

Monday, April 1st, 2019

air-conditioner-being-worked-onThe short answer to this is, if you want to prevent sudden AC repairs, right now is a great time! Most HVAC professionals will recommend that this service is done in the spring. This allows you plenty of time to get the service on your schedule at your convenience, without worrying about techs being too busy with emergency service calls. Of course, it gets warmer even faster here, so the earlier you get your tune-up, the better.

There really is no better time than now to start preparing to use your air conditioner on an hourly basis. There are a couple of things you can do on your own, like cleaning debris away from the outside unit of your air conditioner and making sure you change the air filter of your HVAC systems every 1-3 months. But to truly protect the efficiency and performance of your air conditioner, you’ll want to invest in professional AC maintenance.

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The Impact of Humidity on Your AC (And Why This Means You Need Maintenance!)

Monday, March 18th, 2019

young-woman-looking-hotWere you aware that humidity can actually hurt your air conditioner?

Consider this—humidity is excess moisture that comes with the high summer temperatures we deal with here in the Gainesville area and beyond. The moisture makes us uncomfortable and feel even hotter since we can’t sweat, so we turn our air conditioner’s thermostat as low as it will go to try to cool off faster. This makes your air conditioner work harder (harder than it should have to, by the way) and therefore increases wear and tear on the system.

In addition, you’ll have done nothing to actually rid your home of that excess humidity, leaving you still uncomfortable, prone to property damage, and prone to illness brought on by the development of mold and mildew.

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Why Proper Insulation Is So Important

Monday, March 4th, 2019

cellulose-insulation-in-attic-cornerIf you’re like the average homeowner, you probably associate insulation with cold weather. We certainly wouldn’t blame you for thinking this—after all, when you are cold you want to be well insulated, right? Of course, living in our area, you don’t need to worry about cold weather too much, so you may ignore the importance of proper insulation.

But insulation does more than just protect you from the cold. In fact, it benefits your comfort year round! Sure, insulation helps in chilly weather, but this is not all professional insulation service is for. It’s for guarding against heat transfer, which we’ll get to below.

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Before You Shut Off You Furnace This Season, Tackle These Repair Needs

Monday, February 4th, 2019

technician-looking-over-furnaceIt’s hard to say “it’s cold out” and not feel a little guilty, considering what Midwest residents have been dealing with lately. But, let’s face it, around here our baseline temperatures for summer is so high that when winter hits, it does feel cold to us! At least, cold enough to use our furnaces on a nightly basis for at least a couple of months.

Yet, temperatures are warming again, and that ever familiar humidity is rising, which means it’s almost time to shut off our furnaces for good this season in favor of our AC systems. This doesn’t mean you should just forget about your furnace until next year, however! If you were alerted to any repair needs during your pre-season maintenance appointment, or if you detect signs of disrepair, now is the time to call our pros for an inspection. But, what exactly are the signs that you need heating repairs?

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What Can a Smart Thermostat Do for Your Home?

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Remote home control system on a digital tablet or phone.There is a particular component of HVAC systems that doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention but is extremely important to the functionality of those systems. We’re talking about the thermostat!

The old manual “slider” thermostats are very much out of date, and inaccurate. Even digital thermostats without programming options are becoming obsolete. The option that many homeowners are now turning to is the smart thermostat, or rather the WiFi thermostat. If you’re interested in checking out options for yourself, be sure to give our pros a call. Our technicians are experts in home automation, including the installation of these smart thermostats.

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“Does the Size of My Furnace Matter?”

Monday, December 24th, 2018

furnace venting outsideIf you’re shopping for a new furnace this time of the year, you likely have a lot on your plate. True, we obviously don’t need to worry about frigid temperatures in our part of the country. However, given the baseline of temperatures we’re used to the majority of the year, when those temperatures do drop in the wintertime, we’re thankful for efficient and effective heating systems!

So when it comes time to replace yours, you may be tempted to rush out and just buy the biggest one that will fit your budget. Well, we don’t recommend this. One of the most important reasons we don’t is because size truly does matter, in this case. If your furnace is too large, or too small, you’ll be unpleasantly surprised by the impact.

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Allergies Acting Up? Consider the Cleanliness of Your Ducts

Monday, 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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Should I Have a Ductless Cooling System Installed?

Monday, 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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