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

It’s Almost Time for Humidifier Season!

Monday, October 31st, 2016 by Tom Vatter

As sticky and humid as it gets during our long and sometimes treacherous summers, the weather certainly takes a turn during the winter. This doesn’t necessarily mean our temperatures drop dramatically. Rather, we’re talking about the relative humidity. A comfortable humidity level is between 30-50%, and anything below 30% is considered unhealthy.

When your heating system kicks on, even though you may only use it for a month or two, it sucks the moisture out of your home and brings the relative humidity level that low, or lower. Therefore, now is the perfect time to start thinking about the installation of a whole-house humidifier. But what are the benefits of such a system? (more…)

What You Should Understand about SEER Ratings

Monday, October 24th, 2016 by Tom Vatter

Air conditioning systems are pretty complex appliances when you really think about it. Fortunately, you don’t need to know most of the specifications of your air conditioner—that’s what we’re here for after all. However, there is at least one air conditioning factor you should be well aware of—your system’s SEER rating, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio.

Understanding SEER will help you to understand how efficiently or non-efficiently your air conditioning system uses power to provide you with conditioned air. Although the SEER rating isn’t the only specification of your AC that matters, it can and should be a deciding factor when considering a new system installation. Keep reading to learn more. (more…)

How a Bad Condenser Can Lead to Significant AC Issues

Monday, October 17th, 2016 by Tom Vatter

There’s probably no need to tell you just how stressful it can be to be stuck with an air conditioning system that is in disrepair—particularly when our temperatures are still reaching the 90’s. You may be tempted to hold off on repairs if you suspect they’re necessary, as we are nearing the end of summer, after all. However, this could be a big mistake.

It’s always better to address problems as early as possible in order to avoid major repairs or premature system breakdown in the future. One AC problem you definitely don’t want to wait to fix is a bad condenser. This component is housed in the outdoor unit of your system, along with the compressor. It condenses the refrigerant from a gas into a liquid as it moves to the indoor evaporator. This is one of the most major components of your air conditioner, and its failure can significantly impact your AC unit’s performance, efficiency, and lifespan. Over time, that can shorten the lifespan of your furnace, as well as create more serious repair issues. (more…)

Is Your Air Conditioner’s Capacitors Giving You Trouble?

Monday, October 10th, 2016 by Tom Vatter

Now is typically the time that we get a good amount of service calls regarding AC system breakdowns and repairs. By this time, summer has kept temperatures high for several months, putting your system through a good amount of wear and tear.

Over time, individual components of your air conditioning system are prone to cracks and other damage due to the continuous stress and strain. One set of components in particular that you should be worried about are the capacitors, essential for the AC system to function at all. Diagnosing problems with your AC capacitor is something that should be left to the professionals, however we’ve shared below some of the signs that you may be able to spot fairly easily. (more…)

How Can You Save Money as a Homeowner?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016 by Tom Vatter

As a leading HVAC company in our community, you can trust us when we tell you that we are as interesting in reducing your costs as a homeowner as much as you are. Most homeowners don’t realize that their biggest energy-suck—and thus money-suck—is their HVAC system. When your heating and cooling systems work as they should, you can save immensely on your utility bills. And let’s face it—every little bit counts. But how do you make sure that your HVAC system is in fact saving you money instead of doing the complete opposite? (more…)