Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. Blog

Should You Invest in an AC Upgrade?

April 22nd, 2019 by Tom Vatter

ac-unit-being-worked-on-by-technicianSummer is not very far off (really, did it ever leave?), which means that right now is as good a time as any to check if your air conditioner is up to the continued task of getting you through another season of hot weather. If the air conditioner you’re using now isn’t really up to this job, then it’d do you well to consider a replacement now, rather than wait for it to break down later.

The last thing you need is to be without an AC system any longer than you have to be in the middle of the hottest months of the year. Keep reading for some signs that it is, in fact, time to replace your air conditioner. Continue Reading

Teacher of the Year Award Recipients

April 10th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

At the March 2019 Navarre Chamber Commerce & Coffee event, Kool Breeze recognized teachers and their dedication towards educationing our children.
Kool Breeze expressed their appreciation of our local “Teachers of the Year” from south Santa Rosa county by presenting certificates and giving a small monetary gift to those teachers honoured.

Here are the teachers that were recognized for Teacher of Year for each local school.

 

Sharon Mavity,Holley-Navarre Primary, Teacher of the Year

Ruth Witter, West Navarre Primary School, Teacher of the Year

Jasmine Brockhum, West Navarre Intermediate, Teacher of the Year

Deb Wood, Holley-Navarre Middle School, Teacher of the Year

Dave Chaves, Holley Navarre Intermediate School, Teacher of the Year

Caroline Buechner Navarre High School Teacher of the Year

Kristin Ardis, Woodlawn Beach Middle School, Teacher of the Year

We also wanted to congratulate Caroline Buechner of Navarre High School for being nominated the Santa Rosa County Teacher of the Year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humidity and Its Impact on Your Cooling System

April 8th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

top-view-of-air-conditionerThe first thing you should know about humidity and air conditioners is that humidity can, in fact, negatively impact your cooling system. And since we live in one of the most humid states in the country, that can be a problem!

Think about how uncomfortable excess moisture makes us. We try to compensate for it by turning our thermostats down lower and lower. Unfortunately, this means you’re making your air conditioner work harder than it should have to in order to perform, and it will accumulate wear and tear faster as a result. Additionally, even though an air conditioner does remove some humidity from your indoor air, it is not a wholly effective means of dehumidification. Continue Reading

Should You Be Worried About Tree Pollen?

March 25th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

woman-blowing-nose“What?” you may be wondering, “you’re an HVAC company, why are you talking to me about tree pollen?”

Here’s a little fact you may not be aware of—the indoor air quality within your home can actually be worse than that of outdoors. This is because homes and buildings today are built very tightly, sealing off any areas that can allow conditioned air to escape. This is great news for air conditioning efficiency! Unfortunately though, since air can’t escape your home, neither can allergens.

This is the time of year known as “tree pollen season” here in the Navarre area, and every time you open your door, you’re inviting this allergen inside. So, what can you do to combat it? Continue Reading

It May Be Your Thermostat, Not Your AC, That Needs Service

March 11th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

hand-adjusting-digital-thermostatWhen you live in our area, something like a malfunctioning air conditioner can send you into a panic. But what if the problem isn’t actually with your air conditioner, but rather your thermostat? Issues often don’t originate in the thermostat, but something can be interrupting its performance, and therefore disrupting the communication between the device and your air conditioner.

We are here to help, of course. But before you contact a professional, we encourage you to try the tips we’ve outlined below. If you check all of this to no avail, then it could very well be an AC problem, and we encourage you to give us a call. Continue Reading

It’s That Time Again: Schedule Your AC Maintenance Today!

February 25th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

air-conditioning-technician-working-on-systemSpring time is almost here. Although we didn’t get much reprieve from the heat anyway this winter, temperatures are about to rise again, meaning you need a fully effective and efficient air conditioning system in place. This means keeping up on your air conditioning services, particularly maintenance and air conditioning repair in Valparaiso, FL.

Is maintenance really that important, though? Well, yes! Especially in Florida, where we use our AC systems on pretty much an hourly basis. Maintenance is basically a tune-up of your air conditioner, much like tuning up your car. During this service, our professional technicians will look at a number of things, such as any early signs of bigger issues that can occur later down the road, any components that need adjusting, and any parts that need to be cleaned. Continue Reading

How Leaky Ducts Impact HVAC Performance

February 11th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

hands-sealing-ductworkYour central air conditioner and furnace systems rely on a system of ductwork in order to operate. These central units cool the air in the summer and blow it through the ducts to the various rooms of your home. These air ducts are most often located behind walls, in the attic, or any other out-of-the-way location where they’re not usually visible.

Since they’re not visible, it can make it hard to spot when leaks or other types of damage occur with them. The good news is, the technicians on our team can address this problem of leaking ducts quickly and efficiently. But you have to know something is wrong to begin with to know to call for repairs, right? We’ll get to that below, but first we want to explain how duct leaks happen and why they are a problem. Continue Reading

Common Threats to Your Indoor Air Quality

January 28th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

woman-with-allergies-blowing-noseWhen you live somewhere as warm as we do, it makes sense that homeowners focus mostly on temperature control in their homes when considering the quality of their indoor air. Temperature control is certainly important to keep your home comfortable and your family healthy. However, it’s not the only factor involved with indoor air quality. You can be impacted by factors such as excessive humidity, dust infiltration, and even germs and bacteria existing in your air ducts.

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to combat these problems. The same pros who are here to take good care of your HVAC system are also expertly trained and experienced in installing and repairing various indoor air quality products that can help keep your home as happy and healthy as possible. Of course, every home is different and not all households will have the same needs, but below we’ve covered a few of the most common threats to indoor air quality in Destin, and what you can do about it. Continue Reading

Is a Humidifier Necessary in Destin?

January 14th, 2019 by Tom Vatter

Typical gated community houses with palms, South Florida. Light effect appliedIt’s true, those of us in Florida are typically dealing with too much humidity, not too little of it. So why would we even consider the installation of a whole-house humidifier in your home? Especially considering the high humidity we’ve been dealing with just this week?

Well, you may not have noticed, but there’s a good chance that a lack of moisture in the air this past fall and winter contributed to higher energy bills. This is because both of your HVAC systems—your air conditioner and your heater—exacerbate dry air. That is, they dry it out even more. And albeit only for a brief time here in Destin, that dry air makes your HVAC system work harder than it should have to, thereby causing a spike in your energy costs that you could have otherwise saved.

This isn’t the only benefit of a whole-house humidifier, either! Read on to learn more. Continue Reading

Do I Really Need Heating System Maintenance?

December 31st, 2018 by Tom Vatter

Technician looking over a gas furnace with a flashlight before cleaning it.Obviously, we understand why you’d ask this. Not only do many homeowners believe—mistakenly so—that maintenance isn’t that important, but we live in Florida! We barely even use our heating systems, why schedule maintenance for them?

Well, simply put, because we do use them. Your heating system has an important job and you would likely be able to effectively use it for however brief a period you may need it, otherwise we doubt you’d be reading this blog post right now.

But to make sure that your heater actually functions and you’re not calling for emergency heating repair in Niceville, FL during our brief-but-chilly winter months, then you’ll want to schedule preventive maintenance for your heater, no matter what type of system you’re using. While this won’t guarantee that you won’t have a problem, professional maintenance is the only way to reduce your risk. Continue Reading