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

Is a Cracked Heat Exchanger an Emergency?

Monday, November 30th, 2020
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The short answer to this question is, “yes!”

But we don’t expect you to take that at face value. After all, it’s such a small component, how important could it be? Well, if we’re talking about the heat exchanger in your gas-powered furnace, pretty darn important!

Look, we’re not here to panic you or scare you into thinking that gas-powered furnaces are inherently dangerous—they’re not. But when you ignore a problem as serious as this, they certainly can be. Just like any other appliance that creates combustion gasses, a furnace has the potential to create health hazards if the system isn’t properly maintained. Treat your gas furnace well and you’ll have little to worry about.

Cracked heat exchangers are a problem usually isolated to aging furnaces—that is, any furnace over 15 years old. For this reason, we typically recommend system replacement once your furnace has reached this age. Read on as we uncover why you don’t want a cracked heat exchanger.

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Shriek, Bang, Hiss: Sounds You Shouldn’t Hear Your Heater Make

Monday, November 16th, 2020
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Heating systems aren’t something we give a whole lot of thought to on a regular basis here in the Navarre area—especially considering we’ve had a 90° New Year’s before. But as briefly as we might need our heaters, when they are running we want them to run well right? Meaning, you want your heater to work as efficiently and effectively as possible, and to last as long as possible.

Well, to ensure this is the case, you have to take care of your heater properly. This means if you have a furnace system, getting it maintained once a year. If you have a year-round heat pump system—a very popular choice for many Florida residents—you should have it tuned-up every six months.

And in addition to regular maintenance, you should always be aware of signs that indicate something is amiss with your heater, like strange sounds. We’ve listed a few below that you should pay extra attention to (and call our pros when you hear them!)

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Is a Heater Tune-Up Necessary?

Monday, September 21st, 2020
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Maybe you aren’t thinking about your heating system quite yet, but it’s never too early to think about how to save money! Heating maintenance is certainly one way to do just that.

Regardless of our climate, the fact is that even if we only need our heaters for a very brief amount of time this winter, we need them to work as efficiently as possible, right? After a long season (that’s not over for several weeks still in our parts) of soaring hot temperatures and energy bills to use our air conditioners, don’t you want a bit of a financial break?

You can get that, with a heating tune-up! Read on as we uncover some of the benefits of this service.

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Is a UV Air Purifier Worth the Investment?

Monday, September 7th, 2020
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With homeowners being much more cognizant these days about the health of their households, it makes sense that you may be considering the addition of an air purifier in your home. But not all air purifiers are created equal! They all have their specific purpose, and some will meet your home’s specific needs better than others.

So to answer the question of “is a UV air purifer installation worth it?” Probably!

The thing is, the quality of your air indoors is actually worse than that of outdoors, without the right indoor air quality products and services in place. Read on to learn more!

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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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Why Are UV Air Purifiers So Popular?

Monday, August 10th, 2020
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The short answer to this is, “because they work!” Of course, we’ll elaborate on this a bit further below. After all, you should know just why it’s so important to have a source of air purification that will leave you more comfortable and healthier to boot.

The fact is, your indoor air quality can actually be worse than the quality of air outdoors, without the right indoor air quality products and services in place. This is true no matter the season and no matter the setup of your home. There are a number of factors that impact this, from allergens like pet dander and dust to pollutants like household cleaning products and mold growth.

So, what do UV air purifiers do that’s so special?

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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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