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Don’t Trust Just Anyone with Your Commercial HVAC Services

Monday, November 21st, 2016 by Tom Vatter

When you have a commercial HVAC system installed for your business, you want to be able to count on its flexibility and reliability, ensuring that it will keep your employees, customers, or tenants feeling comfortable no matter what the temperatures are outside. Like any other appliance or piece of equipment though, they do suffer from occasional breakdowns.

If something goes wrong with your commercial air conditioner or heating unit, not only do you want it fixed quickly to avoid business interruption, but you also want the job done right the first time. Otherwise, you’re going to have uncomfortable employees or tenants, or you could even lose business since customers will be discouraged from coming in. (more…)

Signs You Need Repairs for Your Commercial Heating

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 by Tom Vatter

Commercial isn’t all that much different from home heating, really. Sure, there are minor details that might differ, some parts present in one system that may not be necessary in another. For the most part, though, there are only two differences: scale and consequence. By that, we mean that a commercial system is bigger, and creates bigger issues when it fails. You don’t want your customers being uncomfortable when they enter your place of business, which can certainly happen when the heat goes out. Read on to find out how you can avoid this particular disaster.

Strange Noises

Whenever you hear strange noises coming from your heating system, it’s a pretty good sign that you should call a professional. There are a couple of signs, however, that merit special attention. We’ll start with grinding. If you hear grinding coming from your heating system, it’s probably the bearings failing on your air handler motor. The bearings are designed to help the motor run smoothly by lessening friction, thereby lightening the workload on the motor. When the bearings fail, however, the motor begins to experience more and more resistance as it tries to rotate. Eventually, it comes up against so much friction that it burns out.

Another noise you should watch out for is a squealing sound when you first turn on the heating system. This is caused by the system’s fan belt failing. The fan belt is a rubber belt that connects the motor and the fan in the air handler. When the fan belt wears out, it begins to stretch and crack. This causes the squealing sound in the heater.

Short-Cycling

Short-cycling is when your heating system won’t stop turning on and off throughout the day. This is caused by the system overheating, causing the limit switch to shut it down to prevent any damage or fire risk. When the system has cooled off enough, it starts up and overheats again, trapping it in an endless on/off cycle. This severely shortens the life of the heating system, and can cost a lot of money in lost efficiency.

If you are having trouble with your heating system, call Kool Breeze. We provide quality commercial heating services in the Navarre area.

Why Sizing Is Crucial for Commercial AC Installation

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by Tom Vatter

Your business space needs to be comfortable for your employees and customers; otherwise, your business could suffer. Having a properly-sized air conditioner means the difference between having the comfort you need and not having it. A lot of factors go into correctly sizing an air conditioner for a space, much more than just square footage. Kool Breeze has offered comprehensive commercial air conditioning services in Fort Walton Beach since 1986, and we can help you choose and install an air conditioner that will keep your employees and customers comfortable for years to come.

Why Size Matters

There are only two ways to go when an air conditioner is the wrong size: too big or too small. Different problems arise in each scenario, but both scenarios have one commonality: they will leave you feeling uncomfortable.

Too Small

When your air conditioning system is too small, it won’t be able to cool your business space as needed. It will try, though, and you’ll see the evidence of this in the form of high energy bills and possible repairs. Why? A system that is too small will run continuously as it tries to achieve your set temperature. Continuous cycling can also lead to overheating, malfunction, premature aging and possible breakdown, which can cost you in repairs. All in all, it’s not a good thing for you, your business or your system.

Too Big

Yes, you can have an air conditioner that is too big, and it will cause you problems. The main issues caused by installing an air conditioner that is too big for your space are:

  • Loss of moisture control
  • Short-cycling

The reason you can lose moisture control with a system that is too big is because it cools your space too quickly – it doesn’t give the air conditioner time to properly dehumidify the air. This can leave your indoor air feeling cold and clammy. A second problem that can develop with a system that is too big is short-cycling. Short-cycling refers to an air conditioning system that cycles on and off too frequently. When your space cools too quickly, it also regains heat quickly. As such, your AC will cycle on and off constantly, which can lead to mechanical problems and serious wear and tear.

Working with a professional who can correctly calculate the cooling load for your business space is the first step toward installing a commercial air conditioning system in Fort Walton Beach that will properly fit your business space. Call Kool Breeze today and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

Rely on Professionals for Your Commercial Air Conditioning Installation

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Tom Vatter

If you need a new commercial air conditioning system, you’ll need to find the right company to help you choose the correct cooling capacity and provide professional installation services. So if you want someone who knows the ins and outs of commercial air conditioning systems, don’t go with just any air conditioning service company. When you choose an inexperienced technician for the job, especially one who specializes only in residential air conditioners, your business may suffer. Systems that are not sized or installed correctly run into problems sooner than those that receive professional commercial air conditioning installation from a specialist.

Residential systems are not like commercial air conditioners for many reasons. First, commercial units are generally much larger than those installed in homes, but this isn’t the only difference. Most commercial HVAC units are packaged systems, meaning every part is contained in a single unit. Whereas traditional residential air conditioning units are split systems, with a condenser unit outside and an evaporator unit indoors, packaged units contain all of these parts in one cabinet and are installed either on the rooftop or right outside the building, connecting directly to the ducts. Another feature of commercial packaged units which makes them perfect for businesses is the fact that they are modular. This means that you can add modules onto the system to adjust the cooling capacity as your business grows rather than installing a whole new AC. However, an inexperienced technician may be unfamiliar with some of these differences, and you may end up with a system that is not the correct size. A unit that is too small will not cool your entire business, while a unit that is too large may lead to compressor failure.

Besides, you’ll want to find a company that knows the ins and outs of your specific system and has experience making repairs and doing routine maintenance so you can contact them again in the future. When you need commercial services, you want the ability to call professionals who can assess repair needs quickly and get the job done right so that your business can return to normal operation soon. And the best company for this job may be the people who installed it in the first place! When you need commercial air conditioning installation in Pensacola Beach, give a call to Kool Breeze.

Signs You Need Commercial Air Conditioning Repairs

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 by Tom Vatter

When it comes to your business, you can’t be without air conditioning. Commercial air conditioning repair in Pensacola Beach is not the same as residential repair, so it’s important to hire technicians with commercial AC experience, like the ones at Kool Breeze. There are a number of things that can go wrong with your commercial cooling system, and it’s imperative that, no matter the reason for the malfunction, your air conditioning is restored as soon as possible. Since 1986, Kool Breeze has helped many commercial air conditioning customers, and we can help you, too.

Signs You May Need Repair

There are some common signs that it may be time to repair your commercial AC system:

  • High energy bills – are you seeing a sudden spike in your monthly energy bills, but haven’t changed the way you cool your space? When air conditioners malfunction, they typically use more power to operate because they are stressed. The clearest sign of this is a higher monthly energy bill.
  • Uneven cooling – there are a number of reasons you can experience uneven cooling, including obstructed air ducts, broken fans, etc..
  • Decrease in cooling – is your thermostat at 72 but the temperature feels like 79? A decrease in cooling is not normal, no matter how hot it may be outside. If you are not achieving the temperature you’ve set, call a technician.
  • Decrease in air flow – the air may be the right temperature, but if you don’t have enough of it, your cooling is still compromised. Low air flow can put a great deal of stress on your air conditioning system, which can lead to other systemic problems.
  • AC won’t turn on – if your air conditioner isn’t responding at all, call a technician right away.

Commercial AC repair varies greatly from residential air conditioning repair, so it’s critical to hire professionals who are trained to handle commercial air conditioning repair in Pensacola Beach. If you see signs of poor AC function in your business space, call Kool Breeze today.

Why Ductless May Be Your Best Choice for Commercial Air Conditioning

Friday, August 15th, 2014 by Tom Vatter

The most common way for commercial buildings to equip themselves for air conditioning is through packaged units, usually located up on the roof. Packaged units combine the evaporator, condenser, and compressor into one cabinet, instead of using the split system that is popular for homes. Packaged units are excellent choices for many businesses, but they are not the only option. Many companies use ductless mini split heat pumps, which are especially popular in restaurants and bars.

If you are looking for a replacement commercial air conditioning in Navarre Beach, FL, or if you are planning new construction or moving to a new building, place ductless AC on your list of options. It may turn out that its many advantages are just what you need for a comfortable work place around the year. Contact the commercial specialists at Kool Breeze to learn if going ductless is one of your best choices for new installation.

Some Reasons That Ductless Mini Splits Are Good Alternatives

  • Heating and cooling: All ductless mini splits are heat pumps, so you will not only have quality cooling for the long hot season in Florida, but you’ll also have the right level of heating for the short, mild winters.
  • Better control over cooling: Ductless mini splits work through a series of individual blowers units mounted in different parts of a business, all of which connect back to the single outdoor unit. You can shut down cooling to parts of the workplace that don’t need it, saving money that a central AC would otherwise waste. Employees can also adjust the temperature in their area to fit their comfort without affecting the rest of the workplace.
  • Less energy loss: Air sent along ductwork loses energy and makes the HVAC system less efficient. Ductless mini splits have higher efficiency and will lower your utility bills.
  • Improved indoor air quality: Ducts collect dust, dirt, and other contaminants over time, and this will end up getting blown into the workplace air, leading to discomfort and health issue. Eliminating ducts means eliminating these threats to your business’ indoor air quality.
  • More space and design freedom: You don’t have to worry about a large network of ducts taking up room in your establishment, which will free up a tremendous amount of space. If you are designing a new building, the lack of ducts means you’ll have greater freedom to create the space that you want.

Ductless is not the ideal choice for all buildings, so bring in experts before you make any commitment. Call Kool Breeze and set up an appointment to explore your options for commercial air conditioning in Navarre Beach, FL. We are now approaching our 30th year in business, and you can count on our extensive experience to deliver you the best possible comfort solutions for your business.

3 Key Components of Commercial Air Conditioning

Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Tom Vatter

Commercial air conditioning uses the same basic system that residential air conditioners do: cycling refrigerant gas through a series of valves and coils that first shift it to a liquid form, then revert it to a gaseous form. (The process pulls heat from the air, which can then be blown into your home with a fan.) But while the basics are the same, the specifics vary a great deal. Commercial air conditioning must handle a much larger load than residential systems, and must often adjust to fit the needs of new businesses as old ones change locations. Here in Fort Walton Beach, FL,commercial air conditioning systems need a service that understand the differences to install and maintain them. Here are 3 key components of commercial air conditioning that set them apart from smaller systems.

  • Modular. Business needs change a great deal when it comes to air conditioning. A software company with a lot of high-end computer hard drives needs much more power to keep cool than a greeting card store for instance. But you can’t simply install a new air conditioning system every time a new tenant occupies the space. So commercial systems are designed to be modular. Whenever you need more power, you can simply add a new unit onto the existing system. If you need less power, you can detach a unit, or just shut it off. It retains the required flexibility without skimping on cooling power.
  • Rooftop Placement. All those modular units take up a lot of space, which most businesses would prefer to use for other things. That’s why most commercial AC units are placed on the roof, where they’re out of the way and yet can still do their jobs effectively.
  • Sturdy. Because the units are on the roof, they need to be able to handle the rigors of sun and torrential rain alike. That means they’re very sturdy, as well as being comparatively simple.

Commercial HVAC services in Fort Walton Beach, FL can be performed by the experts at Kool Breeze. We understand the key components of commercial air conditioning and we’re ready to bring our expertise to bear on your business space. Pick up the phone and give us a call today. You’ll be glad you did!