Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc Blog: Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Have You Gotten Your AC Maintenance Done Yet?

Monday, May 27th, 2024
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Surely you’re already using your air conditioner. It’s getting hot out there! But did you manage to squeeze in an AC maintenance appointment before the heat hit? If not, you might be wondering if it’s still worth it. Should you schedule AC maintenance now, even though the ideal spring maintenance season has passed? Yes, definitely! We’ll explain why.

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Signs that Your Ductless AC System Needs Repair

Monday, May 13th, 2024
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When something goes wrong with an air conditioner, it needs prompt attention. If you allow the system to struggle for too long with an unrepaired problem, the issue can get worse quickly. This can lead to a complete breakdown, which is the last thing you want to deal with during a heatwave in the middle of a Florida summer!

The question is, how can you tell as soon as possible that something is starting to go wrong? There are some key signs you’ll notice when any kind of AC system needs repair, and some that are specific to ductless systems. Here’s what to watch for.

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The One Major Red Flag That It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

Monday, April 1st, 2024
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Our air conditioners here in Florida have a hard job to do. Temperatures are high and summers are long. Even so, with regular maintenance, an air conditioner can last more than a decade. If your air conditioner is getting on in years, you’re probably starting to wonder when you’ll need to replace it. 

You don’t want to spend money on AC replacement too soon if it’s not necessary, but you don’t want to put it off until it breaks down completely. Where is the line? How can you tell when it’s time to get a new air conditioner? We’ll try to make that as simple as possible for you. Here’s what you need to know.

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What Really Happens During Ductless AC Maintenance

Monday, March 18th, 2024
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You probably know that you should schedule AC maintenance before the weather heats up. You’ve surely been told that it will keep your air conditioner from having as many problems, saving you from breakdowns or repair needs. You might even know that it will help your air conditioner run more efficiently, so your electric bill won’t creep up and up, and that it will maximize your air conditioner’s life expectancy.

But you might have a better understanding of traditional AC maintenance than ductless maintenance. If you have a ductless system, what maintenance does it need? Is it different from central AC maintenance? What is the process of ductless AC maintenance like? Let’s explain!

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Does My Florida Home Need an Inverter AC?

Monday, November 13th, 2023
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Fall is the perfect season to take some time to reflect on how things went with your air conditioner over the summer. Is it struggling, possibly needing repair? Is it getting too old, so even regular maintenance isn’t keeping it in tip-top condition? Or is it using so much energy that your utility bills have become overwhelming?

While you’re not in a rush, since the weather has cooled down, you should consider your options. If the time for AC replacement has come, or you want an efficiency upgrade to reduce your electric bill, one option you should consider is an inverter AC.

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Why Does My AC Smell Like Vinegar?

Monday, October 16th, 2023
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Many things in your home emit odors, from the hot-dust smell of turning your heat on for the first time in the winter to the unpleasant aroma of the shoes of your teenagers. Generally, your air conditioner will not be the cause of any smells in your home. But what if it is?

If you notice a sour smell coming from your AC unit or the vents that distribute your conditioned air, it’s time to take action. What could cause an air conditioner to smell like vinegar? We’ll get to the bottom of it. Here are the things you need to check.

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Yes, Your Mini Split Needs Twice-A-Year Maintenance

Monday, October 2nd, 2023
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Your ductless mini split is an incredible system. You can count on it all year to keep your home at an ideal temperature, whether the summer heat is over a hundred degrees or winter nighttime temps are dipping into the thirties. 

The way to ensure that your mini split will continue to work as it should is to get regular maintenance, and yes, that does mean twice a year. Here’s why.

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The Benefits of an AC with a High SEER2 Rating

Monday, August 21st, 2023
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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. 

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Are Mini Split ACs Ideal for Florida’s Climate?

Monday, August 7th, 2023
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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? 

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What Happens During AC Installation in Florida

Monday, May 15th, 2023
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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.

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