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

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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What Happens During AC Maintenance and Why It Matters

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

Monday, 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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Tips for Hiring the Best AC Repair Professional

Monday, June 25th, 2018

AC technician with tools in pocketWhen you live in the Gainesville area, having a fully functional and efficient air conditioner is an absolute necessity. This means making sure you have that system installed by professionals to ensure it’s properly matched to your home. It also means investing in routine system maintenance each year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump).

Perhaps most importantly, it means getting repairs done promptly when needed. But, how do you know you’re selecting the right professional for your AC repair in Gainesville, FL? What if you have a general handyman tell you something is wrong with your system, but you haven’t seen any symptoms of such problem? Could you be wasting your time and money?

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