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

Does Your AC SEER Rating Matter?

Monday, August 24th, 2020
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While in other parts of the country, homeowners are getting ready to schedule heating maintenance appointments and turn their sights to fall, we’re still focusing on our air conditioners around here. And perhaps yours isn’t performing up to par and has you considering an upgrade. Whether this describes you or you just want to know more about the intricacies of air conditioners, there’s a term you should know–SEER. And yes, it matters!

Your air conditioner’s SEER rating describes the energy efficiency ratio that applies to all cooling and heat pump systems. You should be able to use this rating to guide your AC choices now and in the future, if you want a truly efficiency and effective air conditioner.

Read on to learn more about SEER ratings and just why they matter so much.

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Beware These 4 Signs of AC Trouble

Monday, July 27th, 2020
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Air conditioners can’t last forever. It would be nice, but technology simply hasn’t allowed for that yet. If your system is well cared for, you can expect to get about 10-15 years of efficient use out of it–maybe more if you’re really fortunate!

But living in any city within Florida means your air conditioner goes through a lot of work and accumulates a lot of wear and tear throughout the years. So, if you want any hope of your air conditioner even reaching its intended lifespan, it needs to be professionally maintained, and you need to stay on top of your AC repair needs.

But how do you know you have AC repair needs? Are there any telltale signs? Yup, there sure are! Read on as we uncover 4 of the most common.

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It’s Time to Stop Believing This AC Myth!

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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You’ve probably heard lots of tips and tricks throughout the years about how to boost air conditioner efficiency and performance. Some tips are very worth listening to, such as investing in routine professional maintenance and changing your air filter every few months. But other advice is, well, not the greatest to take in.

For example, have you ever had a handyman tell you that your cooling system’s refrigerant has to be refilled (what we in the industry call recharged) on a routine basis? There are one of two reasons they would be telling you this. They either actually believe this is true, which means they are inexperienced and untrained, or they’re trying to get money from you that you shouldn’t be paying. It’s a very common AC myth that refrigerant is something that needs to be refilled—read on to learn why this is not the case!

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Don’t Dismiss These Small Air Conditioning Needs

Monday, June 29th, 2020
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If there is any single air conditioning service we think is vital for your cooling system, it’s maintenance. Homeowners often still see this as a frivolous or “luxury” service but that’s just not the case. The fact of the matter is, if you want your air conditioner to last as long as it is meant to—an average of 10-15 years—and work as effectively as it is meant to throughout its lifespan, you have to have it tuned-up by a trained professional.

This is particularly true when you consider our climate. If you have a traditional central air conditioner, then annual maintenance is essential. If you have a year-round heat pump or ductless system, then this should be increased to every 6 months.

But, is there anything else you can do to ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner?

There sure is! Read on to learn more.

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3 Sounds You Should Never Hear Your AC Making

Monday, June 15th, 2020
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While other parts of the country are just now starting to use their air conditioners for the season. Those of us in the Navarre area use ours on nearly a daily basis. This said, our cooling systems go through a lot every year, accumulating wear and tear at a rapid rate, and possibly requiring more repairs because of this.

To avoid the biggest and most sudden of repair needs, we encourage you to schedule maintenance at least once a year for your air conditioning system. During your tune-up, our professionals comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust the components of your air conditioner to ensure its optimal performance. With or without this tune-up, however, if your AC is making sounds you don’t recognize, it’s time to call in a professional. What sounds are we referring to? Read on!

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“Is It Ever Okay to See Ice on My AC System?”

Monday, June 1st, 2020

The short answer to this is, “no.” But, we will elaborate in a bit!

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Given how much we rely on our air conditioners here in Florida, it makes sense that you want to ensure yours is working as effectively and efficiently as possible.

If you believe the misconception that it’s okay to see ice developing on your air conditioner, however, then your AC isn’t operating as it should. We get it—air conditioners produce cold so it may only seem natural that components could freeze over. However, this is a sign of something going amiss within your cooling system and it requires immediate attention. We provide exceptional AC services, and in the meantime, you can keep reading below to discover why ice develops and what to do about it.

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How to Cool Your Home Efficiently This Summer

Monday, May 18th, 2020
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One of the most common questions we understandably get about air conditioning systems is how homeowners can use them most efficiently, in order to lower their energy costs. Considering how uncomfortably warm in gets in our climate, and how long it lasts, it’s only natural that you might wonder this as well.

We have good news! There are a number of actions you can take to lower your bills, including scheduling routine maintenance. Spending a little money now on tuning your air conditioner up each year can actually save you even more in the long run throughout the year. There are also various HVAC and indoor air quality products that can help, such as a dehumidifier that will allow the air to feel cooler so you can turn your thermostat up a couple of degrees and your AC won’t have to run as long.

Read on as we dive deeper into this topic to help you save energy and money!

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The Top 5 Causes of AC Troubles

Monday, May 4th, 2020
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Florida summers certainly put plenty of stress on household air conditioning systems. Of course, cooling systems are designed for this, right? They should be able to handle it for 10-15 years before they wear out and require replacement. Well… if you schedule routine maintenance!

Without maintenance, your air conditioner could succumb to wear and tear a lot faster and have more repair needs than average. Even with maintenance, your air conditioner can and still will need the occasional repair. You can avoid the worst of AC troubles though, by knowing what signs to look for that your air conditioner is in disrepair. Read on as we uncover 5 of the top reasons for air conditioning repair issues.

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Help Your AC Work More Efficiently This Year with These Tips!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
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Is your AC ready for summer? This is a question homeowners all over the country should be asking themselves, but it’s even more important here, where “summer” can last 9 months or longer, pretty much.

Of course, when we ask if your AC system is ready for summer, what we’re really asking is if you’ve scheduled maintenance for it yet. We talked about this a bit in our last post—how maintenance will help your system work more effectively, and efficiently. Maintenance, though, is not the only way to get your air conditioner to work as efficiently as possible. In fact, there are some things you can do in addition to your tune-up that cost no money at all!

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What Happens During Professional AC Maintenance?

Monday, March 9th, 2020
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It’s that time of year again—the time where we turn off our heaters in favor of our cooling systems. In fact, depending on which of our service areas you’re in, you likely are already using your AC. But, did you have it maintained before you started using it? Don’t worry—if your answer is “no,” it’s not too late!

Maintenance is a preventive service for your HVAC systems that help them last longer, perform better, and resist big emergency repair needs that could cost you an arm and a leg. Homeowners are sometimes resistant to such a service, feeling like it’s not “needed.” But when something goes wrong that could have been prevented, you’ll see just how valuable maintenance is.

For some homeowners, it helps to understand exactly what goes on during maintenance. Our professionals thoroughly clean the system for optimal performance, make adjustments to any loose components, and make recommendations for repairs. We do all this while carefully inspecting your air conditioner, and this is the important part! Read on to learn more about this step.

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