Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Gulf Breeze’

Options to Breathe a Little Easier This Summer

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
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The pandemic may nearly be behind us, but homeowners now more than ever are interested in how to ensure their homes are as safe and healthy as possible. A lot of this has to do with how they’re addressing their indoor air quality needs.

When you think about indoor air quality, you probably think about the temperature of your home. This is definitely an important part of good indoor air quality, but it is not the whole picture. To truly achieve great IAQ, you want the right products and services in place to make sure that the air you’re breathing indoors is healthy. What can you do to make sure this is the case? Consider the following installations!

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Tips for Boosting Your AC Efficiency This Summer

Monday, May 3rd, 2021
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It’s not often we meet a homeowner who doesn’t care about saving money. This is particularly true in regards to energy savings or utility bills. In addition to these charges every month, you also have AC upkeep to keep in mind. After all, we need these systems here in Florida, which means staying on top of maintenance, repairs, and eventual replacement when needed.

We have some good news! There are some pretty simple tips you can follow to actually boost your AC efficiency. As a result, you can help the system last longer and you can save money by lowering your bills, since your air conditioner won’t have to run as long or work as hard to do its job.

Do keep in mind, that if you have an aging system (10-15 years old) then it may be time to start considering replacement. Soon, no amount of efficiency tips will keep your system running as it should. In the meantime, though, read on for some of our best AC efficiency-boosting tips.

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Yes, Your Commercial AC Needs Maintenance Too—Here’s Why!

Monday, March 8th, 2021
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We aren’t really used to excessively cold temperatures for long periods of time in our corner of the world. But we do definitely get a reprieve from the scorching heat this time of the year—which can make it easy to forget our AC service needs. If you don’t need your air conditioner right now, do you really need to worry about it? Well, if we’re discussing your commercial HVAC system then yes, absolutely. Now is the perfect time to schedule commercial AC maintenance.

Commercial maintenance is one of those services that are more important than many business owners or commercial space managers even realize. Sure, it’s easy to remember that your home’s air conditioner might need service now and then, but commercial systems tend to be “out of sight, out of mind.” Unfortunately, this attitude can lead to problems like unhappy customers, tenant complaints, or unproductive employees, when the air conditioner stops working efficiently or worse, breaks down. Read on as we uncover the importance of commercial air conditioning maintenance!

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Don’t Neglect These Late Season Heating Repair Needs

Monday, February 22nd, 2021
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Alright, let’s face it, our winters are pretty brief. In fact, in other parts of the country we are pretty sure folks would laugh at us if we told them what residents here consider “cold,” right? Especially the last couple of weeks!

Still though, you are probably like most Gulf Breeze residents and used your heater a little bit, right? Regardless of whether your furnace gets used for months or only gets a little “airtime” each heating season, the fact is that sooner or later it will need repairs. This is particularly true if you have an aging system—one that is 10-15 years old.

Of course, with such minimal use, and because we’re almost done with winter anyway around here, you might be tempted to put off late-season heating repair needs, right? We really encourage you not to do this, as it could leave you with a broken-down system next fall when you need it again. Or depending on the problem, it could impact your AC system too. But how do you know if you have late-season heating repair needs?

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Tips for Improving AC Efficiency

Monday, October 21st, 2019

outdoor-ac-unitsIn other parts of the country, it probably seems pretty strange to be talking about air conditioners this time of the year, unless they’re talking about winterizing them. But winterizing just isn’t a thing here in the Gulf Breeze. Even though our fall and winter seasons are notably and relatively cooler than our summers, it doesn’t mean they are cool.

There’ve been years where homeowners in our area use their air conditioners all the way through December, only to start them back up again in February or March. That’s just the nature of being a Florida resident, right? But what doesn’t have to be a given is how much you’re paying to use that air conditioner.

There are quite a few things you can do to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency, all of which will save you money in the long run. Read on to learn more!

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AC Care: Prep for the R-22 Phaseout

Monday, October 7th, 2019

refrigerant-line-outside-acFirst off, you might be wondering what R-22 is. It’s refrigerant—the substance needed for your central air conditioner or heat pump to function at all. Perhaps you have a basic understanding of how refrigerant works, and you might have even had someone tell you that refrigerant needs to be refilled (called recharged in the HVAC industry) every once in a while.

First off, that’s not true—if your system is losing refrigerant, it means there is a leak in the line that has to be repaired before it can be recharged. In the ideal scenario, your AC system has enough refrigerant upon installation to last throughout its entire lifespan.

That brings us back to R-22. If your system is a decade old or older, chances are that it uses this type of refrigerant. And unfortunately, R-22 is being phased out. The reason is due to the harmful effects it has on the environment, so it’s for a good cause! But you may be in for an unpleasant surprise should your older AC need refrigerant.

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AC Care: Small Signs You May Need Big Repairs

Monday, July 15th, 2019

ac-vent-near-floorNot all air conditioning repair needs are catastrophic. In fact, not all air conditioning repair needs are actually air conditioning repair needs. For instance, you might have a miscalibrated thermostat, or a thermostat that was accidentally set to heating mode. Or you could have damaged ductwork.

But, you should never assume that a small issue is small. It could be a sign of something much bigger. Waiting on repair needs can only cause them to grow, until you’re stuck making an emergency AC repair call, or even scheduling a premature system repair. That said, what are some signs that your air conditioner may be in need of repairs? Read on to find out!

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6 Sounds You Don’t Want Your AC Making

Monday, July 1st, 2019

woman-covering-her-earsWouldn’t it be nice if we had air conditioners that could self-diagnose malfunctions and report them back to the homeowner, in detail? We’re sure that will exist someday, but in the meantime, we have to rely on other methods for an air conditioner to send warnings that something is wrong. Perhaps it’s a drop in cooling power, an unexplained spike in energy bills, or frequently tripping circuit breakers.

Or it could be something else entirely–strange and unfamiliar noises coming from the air conditioning system. Anything that’s different from the normal hum of the fans and compressors, and the occasional clicking as the system comes on and shuts down, might be telling you of a malfunction. Do not try to investigate these problems on your own, since there are various possible causes for them, and we don’t want you to injure yourself or damage the air conditioner even more by inspecting.

Be sure to call our HVAC pros and we’ll track down the exact source of the problem so it can be quickly repaired.

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Signs You Have a Malfunctioning Furnace

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

scared-woman-covering-mouthIf you’re like many homeowners in the Gulf Breeze area, chances are that you use a furnace for your home heating needs, during our brief but often chilly winter season. This is a good choice, since furnaces offer powerful, efficient, and reliable performance. Like any important appliance or major piece of equipment, however, it can malfunction, and may need professional attention as a result.

The good news is, you needn’t look any further for a qualified, experienced HVAC team to fix your heater. However, in order to know when to call for furnace repairs, you first have to know that your furnace needs repair. For help detecting problems early so you can call our team ASAP before problems worsen, read on!

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AC Sounds You Shouldn’t Ignore

Monday, October 8th, 2018

woman covering her ears, on white backgroundWhile other parts of the country are cooling off and homeowners are preparing their heaters for the long winter ahead, those of us here in Gulf Breeze are still using our air conditioners on a pretty regular basis. That being said, our AC systems go through a lot, accumulating wear and tear faster than AC systems in other parts of the country, and potentially requiring more repairs.

First off, to avoid the biggest and most sudden of repair needs, we urge you to schedule maintenance at least once a year for your air conditioner. During this service, our professionals will fully inspect, clean, and adjust your system to ensure its efficient performance. But with or without maintenance, if your cooling system is making noises you don’t recognize, it’s time to call in a pro. What noises should you pay particular attention to?

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