Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc Blog: Archive for May, 2016

How Your Heat Pump Reversing Valve Works

Monday, May 30th, 2016

In recent years, heat pumps have increased in popularity. The reasons for this include their energy efficiency and their ability to both heat and cool homes and buildings. Most homeowners aren’t aware of how a heat pump actually works though.

While it’s not necessary to understand the science behind how your air conditioner works in order to use it, knowing its components and how they function can help you if you need repairs down the road. Below, we’ve explained how exactly a heat pump works and the problems you can run into due to this part.

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Are Your Thermostat Practices Encouraging Air Conditioner Efficiency?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Let’s say you’ve just come home after a particularly warm day, and your home’s temperature offers no relief from the heat and humidity outside. Your natural reaction may be to go to your thermostat and turn the thermostat down to as cold as you can bear.

Unfortunately, this is an ill-fated effort to achieve the cooling effect you desire. In fact, if the temperature of your home is—hypothetically speaking—currently at 82 degrees and you set your thermostat down to 68, your air conditioner is not going to work any faster than had you set it to 77 degrees.

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What is Threatening Your Indoor Air Quality?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

We have a number of indoor air quality products and services to help improve your indoor air quality, which can actually be worse than the outdoor air quality in your area. This is particularly true this time of year. One of the biggest threats to this air quality is a poorly maintained HVAC system, or damaged ductwork.

Regular maintenance appointments will help you fend off problems with your HVAC unit, but it’s important to know everything that can threaten your indoor air quality. This is less about convenience and comfort and more about keeping you healthy. The lack of good indoor air quality can affect even the healthiest of homeowners. Below are some of the factors that can have a negative impact on this air quality.

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How Often Should Your UV Air Purifier’s Bulbs Be Changed?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

A UV air purifier can be an excellent addition to your home’s air filtration system. They work by causing cellular damage to, and effectively killing, particles such as mold, mildew, viruses and bacteria within your ductwork. The cool, dark environment of your ducts provide the perfect breeding ground for these microorganisms, but a UV air purifier can kill them before they have the chance to grow and get circulated through your indoor air.

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Is It Time to Replace Your Geothermal Cooling System?

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Geothermal systems are known as one of the most efficient ways to cool and heat homes. They are also known to last a very long time. Traditional air-source heat pumps are not able to provide much heating during the winter on their own. However, geothermal heat pumps are ground-source. This means that they use the steady temperature of the earth—which varies only a few degrees—to both heat your home in the winter and cool it in the summer.

Despite their durability and versatility, however, geothermal systems are just like any other type of HVAC system in that they will not last forever. The good news is that in most cases, you will only need to replace the heat pump itself, and not the underground coils. So don’t panic if you do find yourself needing a system replacement. It is a good idea, however, to be aware of the signs that it may be time for a replacement.

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