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It May Be Your Thermostat, Not Your AC, That Needs Service

March 11th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

hand-adjusting-digital-thermostatWhen you live in our area, something like a malfunctioning air conditioner can send you into a panic. But what if the problem isn’t actually with your air conditioner, but rather your thermostat? Issues often don’t originate in the thermostat, but something can be interrupting its performance, and therefore disrupting the communication between the device and your air conditioner.

We are here to help, of course. But before you contact a professional, we encourage you to try the tips we’ve outlined below. If you check all of this to no avail, then it could very well be an AC problem, and we encourage you to give us a call. Continue Reading

It’s That Time Again: Schedule Your AC Maintenance Today!

February 25th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

air-conditioning-technician-working-on-systemSpring time is almost here. Although we didn’t get much reprieve from the heat anyway this winter, temperatures are about to rise again, meaning you need a fully effective and efficient air conditioning system in place. This means keeping up on your air conditioning services, particularly maintenance and air conditioning repair in Valparaiso, FL.

Is maintenance really that important, though? Well, yes! Especially in Florida, where we use our AC systems on pretty much an hourly basis. Maintenance is basically a tune-up of your air conditioner, much like tuning up your car. During this service, our professional technicians will look at a number of things, such as any early signs of bigger issues that can occur later down the road, any components that need adjusting, and any parts that need to be cleaned. Continue Reading

How Leaky Ducts Impact HVAC Performance

February 11th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

hands-sealing-ductworkYour central air conditioner and furnace systems rely on a system of ductwork in order to operate. These central units cool the air in the summer and blow it through the ducts to the various rooms of your home. These air ducts are most often located behind walls, in the attic, or any other out-of-the-way location where they’re not usually visible.

Since they’re not visible, it can make it hard to spot when leaks or other types of damage occur with them. The good news is, the technicians on our team can address this problem of leaking ducts quickly and efficiently. But you have to know something is wrong to begin with to know to call for repairs, right? We’ll get to that below, but first we want to explain how duct leaks happen and why they are a problem. Continue Reading

Common Threats to Your Indoor Air Quality

January 28th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

woman-with-allergies-blowing-noseWhen you live somewhere as warm as we do, it makes sense that homeowners focus mostly on temperature control in their homes when considering the quality of their indoor air. Temperature control is certainly important to keep your home comfortable and your family healthy. However, it’s not the only factor involved with indoor air quality. You can be impacted by factors such as excessive humidity, dust infiltration, and even germs and bacteria existing in your air ducts.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to combat these problems. The same pros who are here to take good care of your HVAC system are also expertly trained and experienced in installing and repairing various indoor air quality products that can help keep your home as happy and healthy as possible. Of course, every home is different and not all households will have the same needs, but below we’ve covered a few of the most common threats to indoor air quality in Destin, and what you can do about it. Continue Reading

Is a Humidifier Necessary in Destin?

January 14th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

Typical gated community houses with palms, South Florida. Light effect appliedIt’s true, those of us in Florida are typically dealing with too much humidity, not too little of it. So why would we even consider the installation of a whole-house humidifier in your home? Especially considering the high humidity we’ve been dealing with just this week?

Well, you may not have noticed, but there’s a good chance that a lack of moisture in the air this past fall and winter contributed to higher energy bills. This is because both of your HVAC systems—your air conditioner and your heater—exacerbate dry air. That is, they dry it out even more. And albeit only for a brief time here in Destin, that dry air makes your HVAC system work harder than it should have to, thereby causing a spike in your energy costs that you could have otherwise saved.

This isn’t the only benefit of a whole-house humidifier, either! Read on to learn more. Continue Reading

Do I Really Need Heating System Maintenance?

December 31st, 2018 by Tom Vatter

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.Obviously, we understand why you’d ask this. Not only do many homeowners believe—mistakenly so—that maintenance isn’t that important, but we live in Florida! We barely even use our heating systems, why schedule maintenance for them?

Well, simply put, because we do use them. Your heating system has an important job and you would likely be able to effectively use it for however brief a period you may need it, otherwise we doubt you’d be reading this blog post right now.

But to make sure that your heater actually functions and you’re not calling for emergency heating repair in Niceville, FL during our brief-but-chilly winter months, then you’ll want to schedule preventive maintenance for your heater, no matter what type of system you’re using. While this won’t guarantee that you won’t have a problem, professional maintenance is the only way to reduce your risk. Continue Reading

The Pros of Geothermal Cooling (and Heating)

December 17th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

geothermal heating and cooling diagramWhen it comes to choosing a new cooling or heating system for your home, there are a number of factors to consider. Is this an older home with ductwork already in place? How big is the home? How efficient is your current HVAC system? Depending on your answers to this question, we can help you make an educated decision on what HVAC system to choose. In many cases, we recommend the Navarre, FL geothermal HVAC system.

The use of geothermal energy has become increasingly popular. If you’re thinking about replacing your old HVAC system with this, it can be a very cost-effective choice. But… you do need to consider things like if geothermal is going to be the best option for your specific home. Keep reading to learn more about these systems. Continue Reading

Signs You Have a Malfunctioning Furnace

December 3rd, 2018 by Tom Vatter

scared-woman-covering-mouthIf you’re like many homeowners in the Gulf Breeze area, chances are that you use a furnace for your home heating needs, during our brief but often chilly winter season. This is a good choice, since furnaces offer powerful, efficient, and reliable performance. Like any important appliance or major piece of equipment, however, it can malfunction, and may need professional attention as a result.

The good news is, you needn’t look any further for a qualified, experienced HVAC team to fix your heater. However, in order to know when to call for furnace repairs, you first have to know that your furnace needs repair. For help detecting problems early so you can call our team ASAP before problems worsen, read on! Continue Reading

Help! My Heat Pump Won’t Get Out of Cooling Mode

November 19th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

beautiful surprised young woman in glasses standing in front of wonderful blue backgroundDaytime temperatures haven’t quite reached the point that we need to use our heaters just yet, particularly with the humidity we are still dealing with this time of the year. But maybe you’ve gone to test your heat pump to make sure it’s ready for when you do need it, only to discover that it’s stuck in cooling mode. What can you do?

Before you decide that you must need a new heater and start shopping for a furnace just so you can start feeling warm air coming from your vents, consider that your heat pump might just need a simple repair. We’ve highlighted some common reasons of a stuck heat pump reversing valve below. Continue Reading

This Simple Trick Can Improve HVAC Efficiency

November 5th, 2018 by Tom Vatter

green house on seesaw with money symbolOur team is always happy to offer helpful advice when it comes to what type of HVAC system to get, how to use it most efficiently, and when to schedule maintenance (once a year for your air conditioner and once a year for your heater!) The second point, efficiency, is what most of our customers want to know more about. As you probably guessed, a higher efficiency HVAC system will use less energy, and therefore cost less to run than an older or inefficiently working system.

Maintenance is a huge part of keeping this system in good shape, whether we’re talking about your air conditioner or your heater. It’s also important to keep up on repair needs, as a suffering system has to work harder to do its job. But this kind of care isn’t the only thing you can do to improve HVAC efficiency. There is one simple trick that can be surprisingly helpful: use your ceiling fans! Continue Reading