It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity! Surely you’ve heard it said, and maybe you’ve even said it yourself. If you’ve ever been to someplace like Arizona, you’ve had the opportunity to feel the difference between dry heat and Florida’s humid heat. It makes a huge difference! Why does humidity make you feel hotter? Is it bad for your health? Is it bad for your air conditioning? Here’s what you should know.
It’s obvious that a brand-new air conditioner will perform better than an old one that’s been running for many years. But it’s not simply the age that would make a difference. Even when the AC units manufactured 10-15 years ago were brand new, they weren’t as good as what’s being made today. These days, new air conditioners are better than ever because there have been advances in the technology they use to operate.
But it’s not just air conditioners that have changed. The thermostats available today offer amazing benefits. Here are some things you’ll enjoy if you upgrade to a smart thermostat.
A lot has changed in air conditioning technology in recent years. Innovations have made it possible for manufacturers to build AC units that are tremendously more efficient than they used to be. Regulations have changed, too, requiring manufacturers to keep their standards high. And even the method used to measure AC efficiency has been updated! What does all this mean? Well, the bottom line is that when you get a new air conditioner, you’ll be paying less each month to operate it, but there are still a wide variety of options available. The new energy-efficiency rating system for AC units is called SEER2. Here’s the lowdown on what SEER2 is and how you’ll benefit from having an AC unit with a high SEER2 rating.
If you’re considering your home’s air conditioning options and possibly wanting to make a change in how you cool your home, you might have heard of ductless mini splits. In the process of considering your possible choices, it’s important to ask a lot of questions, and to keep in mind the particular needs of your home, your family, and the climate you live in. Our climate here in Florida is very different from that in other parts of the country. Will a mini split air conditioner work well here?
The air you breathe has major impacts on your health and well-being. And with the amount of time that people spend indoors—estimated at more than 90%—making sure your indoor air is of good quality is critical.
Different places have different air quality conditions. For example, in the dry and sandy southwest, dust is a major problem. In Florida’s climate, what are the most important things you can do to keep your indoor air as clean and healthy as possible? Here are some suggestions.
If your home doesn’t have ductwork, you may have felt like you were stuck with window AC units forever. And if your home does have ductwork and you’ve always used a traditional central air conditioning system, you might not know about your other options.
One of the best options is a ductless AC system or ductless heat pump. It works great in older homes that don’t have ducts, but it can be the best choice even if you’ve got ductwork. Why? Ductless systems can cut down dramatically on your energy use, and thus your electric bill. They do this in three ways. Here’s the scoop.
Are you less than thrilled with your current heating or cooling system? Would you like to spend less money on utilities? Does the idea of being more self-sufficient or energy-independent appeal to you? Perhaps you’d like to know more about the geothermal options that are available.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems have been in use for over a century, but many people don’t know much about them. We’d like to change that! Here’s some information that might help you determine if this type of system might be a good climate-control solution for your home.
There are a variety of benefits to having a heat pump. For one thing, they’re very energy-efficient, which is a benefit to both the environment and your wallet.
They can also be much quieter than traditional central AC units. But the thing that truly sets heat pumps apart is their ability to switch between heating your home and cooling it, simply reversing the flow of refrigerant to either carry heat into your home or carry it out.
If your heat pump was set to keep your home cozy during the winter, you’ve had to switch it back to cooling mode by this time of year. But what if you tried and it wouldn’t work? What if your heat pump just won’t cool your home, and is stuck in heating mode? This can happen on occasion and we can explain it to you.
If your home already had an AC system when you moved in, you may not have experienced AC installation in your home. And if it’s been a long time since you’ve been through the process, it might be helpful or reassuring to have a quick refresher on what to expect. Here in Florida, there’s an additional consideration that folks in Nebraska or New Jersey might not have to worry about.
We’ll give you a rundown of what will happen when your installers arrive to put in your new air conditioner, including Florida-specific tips.
It’s springtime! Maintenance of HVAC systems is a favorite topic of ours during the spring and fall. While we often talk about home heating and air conditioning systems, it’s absolutely critical not to forget commercial HVAC maintenance. There are a lot more people depending on the heating and cooling systems in a commercial building than in a home.
What is actually necessary in terms of maintenance for commercial HVAC systems? When and how often do they need service? Are there any special considerations to keep in mind? We’ll tell you all this and more.