Is it worth paying the cost to have A/C ducts cleaned?
There is a bit of a controversy on its merits.
Wavering opinions on the value of air duct cleaning go all the way back to a 1997 study done by the Environmental Protection Agency. The report indicates the lack of evidence that duct cleaning improves air quality. Even though the study is sixteen years old, a senior scientist in the EPA Indoor Environments Division says the science hasn’t changed on this and the agency still stands by its recommendations.
Springtime is here and now is the time to ensure your air conditioning system is ready for the hot summer months ahead. The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) released a reminder on March 13th to all homeowners that this is the ideal time to prepare cooling equipment before the heat is on.
Improve Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) with a Whole-House Ventilation System
Once upon a time, people relied on natural ventilation to keep fresh air moving through their home. This means they opened windows and doors and relied on small cracks and “leaks” in the walls of their homes. Newer homes, however, especially in South Florida, are intentionally built with less air leaks to minimize heating and cooling costs and improve energy efficiency. Mechanical ventilation is a necessity to bring fresh air into the home and remove stale, toxic air.
Dehumidifiers provide added comfort by removing excess humidity from a room or building. They also protect your home or business from allergies, mold, and mildew, offering improved Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). Too much moisture in the air can be a breeding ground for allergens, bacteria and viruses. Damp wooden furniture, floors, and window frames can be ruined by mold, and mildew can grow quickly in an unventilated bathroom. The dehumidification support provided by a dehumidifier is a welcome addition to any South Florida building.
Commercial Ventilation: Complex Business for all Businesses!
The ins and outs of commercial ventilation can seem overwhelming to business owners. That is why it is so important to have an experienced Commercial Ventilation professional on your side when repairs or installations need to be made. A knowledgeable Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) expert can pinpoint when ventilation needs to be addressed, and has the know-how to install or service all types of ventilation systems.
The Most Frequent Air Conditioner Breakdowns and Their Causes
South Floridians know the importance of a well-running air conditioner better than most. Our average high temperatures can be unbearable--and in many cases, unhealthy--without the relief a cool A/C provides. A complete air conditioning system is a complex interworking of electronic components, gasses, fans, motors and more. With so many parts working together, it is clear to see how many things could go wrong and cause an A/C to break down.
The Importance of Routine Maintenance on Your Heat Pump
Most South Florida homes and businesses use air conditioners for cooling due to the average high temperatures, but some choose to install a heat pump in certain situations. Heat pumps are excellent choices for moderate climates. They can both heat and cool your home, not by burning fuel, but by transferring heat from one location to another. Sometimes referred to as hybrid heat dual fuel split systems, heat pump usage results in considerable savings when heating is used, and comfortable cooling in temperate climates.
FPL Participating Independent Contractors can help you save money!
You may have been told that the benefits of a new, high-efficiency air conditioning system are well worth the higher purchase price when long-term savings are considered. Florida Power & Light Company is offering substantial savings on the up-front costs of A/C purchase and installation in the form of rebates when the work is performed by one of their own Participating Contractors.
Installing a new, programmable thermostat can lower your energy bill!
There was a time when a simple manual thermostat was all anyone needed to control the climate of their home or business. No one worried that they were hanging mercury on the wall, or dreamed of a day when temperature could be controlled while sitting on the couch or even away from home. Of course, there were no television remote controls, either. Or cell phones. Or iPads, or laptops—and when the telephone rang, an actual bell sounded!
Your air conditioner has broken down yet again, leaving you sweating in the heat of the summer! Eventually, you will be faced with the tough decision of whether to replace the unit or keep making repairs. A new A/C can cost between $2,000 and $9,000 depending on the size required and your location. Sure, the repairs will save you money right now, but might the seemingly hefty price of a new A/C save you money in the long run? If you are making frequent repairs, the answer is probably yes.