Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. Blog

How to Choose an Expert HVAC Technician

November 18th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

two-hvac-techs-standing-with-arms-crossedWhile other parts of the country are scheduling heating maintenance and starting to shut down their air conditioners for the season, we’re still using our cooling systems on a regular basis. That said, this is commonly the time of year that air conditioners begin to experience problems—the reason for this is because it’s been going since last spring.

If you have an older system or one that’s skipped maintenance this year, it can be even more prone to problems. If you do have an air conditioner problem, though, the last thing you want to do is reach out to just any HVAC professional. We recommend contacting an HVAC technician as soon as possible, but we don’t recommend rushing the process. Do your due diligence, and make sure your HVAC technician has the following qualities. Continue Reading

“Will a Dirty Air Filter Hurt My HVAC System?”

November 4th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

homeowner-putting-clean-air-filter-inMost homeowners misunderstand the point of the air filter within their HVAC system. They think it is there mainly to protect against allergens and particles in their indoor air. This is partially correct, but not the main purpose nor the reason you should change said filter every 1-3 months.

So if you aren’t suffering from allergies at the moment, that doesn’t mean you get to escape the need of changing your air filter.

While helping your indoor air quality is a minor benefit of your HVAC air filter, it’s actually there to protect the interior components of your HVAC systems. Read on to learn more, and to see just how a dirty air filter can, in fact, hurt your HVAC system. Continue Reading

Tips for Improving AC Efficiency

October 21st, 2019 by Tom Vatter

outdoor-ac-unitsIn other parts of the country, it probably seems pretty strange to be talking about air conditioners this time of the year, unless they’re talking about winterizing them. But winterizing just isn’t a thing here in the Gulf Breeze. Even though our fall and winter seasons are notably and relatively cooler than our summers, it doesn’t mean they are cool.

There’ve been years where homeowners in our area use their air conditioners all the way through December, only to start them back up again in February or March. That’s just the nature of being a Florida resident, right? But what doesn’t have to be a given is how much you’re paying to use that air conditioner.

There are quite a few things you can do to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency, all of which will save you money in the long run. Read on to learn more! Continue Reading

AC Care: Prep for the R-22 Phaseout

October 7th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

refrigerant-line-outside-acFirst off, you might be wondering what R-22 is. It’s refrigerant—the substance needed for your central air conditioner or heat pump to function at all. Perhaps you have a basic understanding of how refrigerant works, and you might have even had someone tell you that refrigerant needs to be refilled (called recharged in the HVAC industry) every once in a while.

First off, that’s not true—if your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak in the line that has to be repaired before it can be recharged. In the ideal scenario, your AC system has enough refrigerant upon installation to last throughout its entire lifespan.

That brings us back to R-22. If your system is a decade old or older, chances are that it uses this type of refrigerant. And unfortunately, R-22 is being phased out. The reason is due to the harmful effects it has on the environment, so it’s for a good cause! But you may be in for an unpleasant surprise should your older AC need refrigerant. Continue Reading

Check Out Our Recent Residential Jobs!

October 1st, 2019 by Tom Vatter

 

On our team, we understand just how important it is to have a great air conditioner in place. After all, we don’t get much reprieve from the heat—it may be fall, but while other parts of the country get out their scarves and start buying pumpkin spice lattes, we’re wondering when the heat and humidity will dissipate.

 

In order to maintain comfort in your home, you need the right air conditioner for your needs. This means ensuring its efficiency rating is right for your home, and that it’s properly sized.

 

Did you know that a system that is too large for your home can be just as detrimental to its efficiency as one that’s too small?

 

Our technicians look at many factors when determining the right size and match for your residence.

 

 

This includes looking at not only the square footage of your home, but also how many windows and doors are in your household, what type of insulation you have, and what materials make up your home’s construction.

 

 

 

 

If you’re wondering what a new air conditioner will look like on your property, check out our recent residential job highlighted in these images.

 

Contact Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. for expert air conditioning services and more!

“Do I Need to Worry about Getting a Heater Tune-Up?”

September 23rd, 2019 by Tom Vatter

technician-looking-at-inside-of-furnaceWe get it, your air conditioner is the main HVAC system of choice for pretty much 90% of the year. When you use your heater—if you use your heater—it’s for a very brief amount of time, maybe even only at night.

But, when you do use it, don’t you want to make sure you’re doing so as efficiently as possible? The only way to make sure that you do is with heating maintenance. This probably seems like a weird time of the year to start thinking about it—after all, don’t our summers last until January?

But it’s better to have a prepared heater than to be without one, if met with a surprise cool snap this fall. Continue Reading

What’s the Difference between an Air Purifier and a UV Air Purifier

September 9th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

uv-lightYou might think that a UV air purifier is “just another air cleaner.” However, it’s quite different from a standard ionization or electronic air cleaner—more on that below.

Basically, there are a number of things that can have a negative impact on your indoor air quality, but there are a few systems that can help improve this situation. Indoor air quality is a big concern no matter what time of the year it is—in fact, without the right products in place, it’s worse than the quality of the air outdoors.

But, what type of air purifier is best? To answer that, we first need to explain what air purifiers actually do. Continue Reading

Don’t Let Ice Be the End of Your AC!

August 26th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

ice-on-air-conditioner“Wait, isn’t ice development a normal part of air conditioning? After all, it is a cooling system right?”

Well, not quite. Actually, ice is not part of the cooling process at all! Unless you’re using an evaporative cooler—which is likely not the case here in Northwest Florida—then you’re using a refrigerant-based system to cool your home. To provide the cooling you feel in your living space, your air conditioner uses that chemical refrigerant to absorb heat from inside your home and transfer outdoors. This is why the condenser unit outside blows out heated air when your air conditioner is running.

Moving heat from one place to another using refrigerant, as we just described, does not use or create ice. Continue Reading

Why Refrigerant Loss Calls for AC Repair

August 12th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

refrigerant-line-outside-acHas your handyman told you to refill the refrigerant on your air conditioner because it’s getting low?

Have you been looking online for ways to seal your refrigerant leak by yourself?

Well, aren’t we glad you found us! First off, your AC does not consume refrigerant, so if your system is low- there must be a leak somewhere. Not only that, but refrigerant leaks are a critical concern and should in no way be fixed by untrained hands.

If your system is low on refrigerant, our technicians can perform a refill—called a recharge, but this is only a band-aid on a deteriorating problem that could spell costly repairs for your AC in your future.

So, let’s start at step one. How can you tell that your AC is leaking refrigerant? Continue Reading

Beware These 4 Signs of AC Malfunctions

July 29th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

outside-unit-of-an-air-conditionerThe reason we talk about repair needs and malfunctions so much this time of the year is because this is the time of year they’re most likely to occur! And AC repair is one of those services you need to schedule ASAP and not wait on. We see a lot of systems, unfortunately, that are near failure simply because homeowners waited too long to call for repairs.

The longer you wait, the more likelihood there is of a “domino effect” inside your air conditioner—that is, a malfunctioning or failing component impacting other components in your air conditioner. Taking care of your air conditioner is good for your comfort, your home, and your wallet! Continue Reading