May 10th, 2021
Maintenance is one of those services that when you hear an HVAC professional suggest, you might want to just dismiss. Unless something is severely wrong with your air conditioner that’s causing it to function improperly, you probably don’t want to spend money that you don’t have to spend, right?
But the fact of the matter is, when you skip maintenance you might very well find yourself spending money you shouldn’t have to spend. Maintenance for your air conditioner is just as essential as maintenance for your car. If you want either to do their job as effectively and efficiently as expected, then you need to provide it with preventative care.
April 26th, 2021
There are many problems that can impact a home that you might classify as “minor.” It’s true, some problems aren’t very big. However, when it comes to your air conditioning system, there’s no issue that you’ll want to just brush off without having a professional at least look at your system. Refrigerant loss is one of those problems.
Refrigerant is the component that literally makes the cooling process possible. If you have reason to believe that your system is losing refrigerant, it’s time to give us a call. The longer you wait to do so, the bigger risk there is of serious damage happening to your AC—most likely to the compressor, which is the heart of your cooling system. But, how do you know if your system is losing refrigerant? And why does it matter?
April 12th, 2021
Ductwork is one of those things that not many homeowners pay too much attention to. We can’t say we blame you—it’s out of sight and out of mind, right? That is, unless something goes drastically wrong with them.
“What could go drastically wrong?” you ask.
Your ductwork can suffer from pinhole leaks due to extreme heat in the attic where they’re installed, poor installation to begin with, or even from rodents and other pests. You could also have loose joints in your air ducts or even a buildup of dust, dirt, and other contaminants that could harm not only your indoor air quality but also the efficiency and efficacy of your HVAC system.
But of course, you probably don’t want to wait until there is a problem with your air ducts to manage that problem, right? Fortunately, most problems can be prevented with professional duct testing.
March 29th, 2021
Springtime is officially here, and soon enough temperatures will start soaring. This means you want to make sure that your air conditioner is well prepared for the heat. In most cases, this means ensuring that you have professional maintenance done. Maintenance allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust components of your cooling system. All of this helps it work as effectively and efficiently as possible!
In some cases, though, this is the time of year that homeowners realize they need a new air conditioner. If you’re one of these folks, you may be tempted to go out and buy the biggest air conditioner you can find within your budget.
We really want to discourage you from doing this though, as bigger does not always equal better. In fact, an air conditioner that’s too large can be more detrimental to system efficiency than one that’s too small. And that’s what you should know about central AC installation—that size matters!
Read on to learn more.
March 15th, 2021
It may seem odd for us to be talking about heating at all, during this time of the year. After all, it’s not like we need our heaters once spring hits. But if your heater was struggling this past winter, then it’s not a bad idea to look into your replacement options sooner rather than later. This is especially true if you’re considering a heat pump system—that is, a system that operates not only as a heater, but as an air conditioner as well!
Ductless systems have become increasingly popular for climates like ours—where summers are stifling hot and winters are mild (not to mention short). But, is a ductless system right for your specific home? These systems operate on heat pump technology, and as the name implies do not rely on a network of ducts. Rather, they consist of one outdoor condenser unit connected via refrigerant, power, and condensate lines to up to 4 indoor air handlers that can be mounted on the walls inside your home.
These systems have what’s called a reversing valve, which is the component that allows you to switch between heating and cooling mode.
But is this right for your home? Read on to find out!
March 1st, 2021
While other parts of the country are dealing with very severe winter temperatures, we know that in our area, summer weather is just around the corner. There’s no denying that our air conditioners get quite the workout throughout not only summer, but pretty much 11 months out of the year if we’re being honest!
Now is the time to schedule maintenance, if you haven’t done so already. This is just one of the many ways to ensure that your cooling system works as efficiently as possible throughout the season, and throughout the years. The good news is, there are some additional, easy, and even free steps you can take to boost efficiency in addition to keeping up with your annual AC maintenance appointments.
February 15th, 2021
You’ve heard us talk about maintenance, but do you know why it’s so important? First off, it will help your cooling system work more efficiently. This means you won’t have to pay any more than you should in order to use your AC. Additionally, it reduces wear and tear and repair needs, meaning your air conditioner will last longer, too. A well cared for air conditioner can last about 10-15 years, but without tune-ups you can expect yours to last maybe half of that.
We typically recommend air conditioner maintenance in the early spring, before you’ll need the system the most. But consistency is what’s most important here—you should have maintenance done at least once a year for a central air conditioner. Also, in a climate like ours, it doesn’t really matter what time of the year it is! Although it’s worth noting that it can be harder to schedule a tune-up during our busier summer months as technicians are out on emergency service and repair calls.
So, what does maintenance entail, exactly? How can we convince you of its importance? Read on!
February 1st, 2021
Most of the HVAC blogs you might read will typically recommend that you schedule air conditioning maintenance in the spring, and heating maintenance in the fall—before you need either system the most. But here in St Augustine, we pretty much need our air conditioners year-round. So what does that mean for scheduling? Well, it’s never too early for an AC tune-up!
Is a tune-up necessary? Well, in short, yes. If you want your air conditioner to work as efficiently and effectively as possible for as long as possible, then you want to have maintenance done on the system at least once a year. If you’re utilizing a year-round heat pump system, then this should be upped to twice a year. Read on to learn more!
January 18th, 2021
No matter who you are, there’s no doubt that COVID-19 is something that you’ve been very aware of in the past year. Many homeowners throughout the country are looking for ways to mitigate their risks of virus transmission and the like in their own homes, and St. Augustine residents are no exception.
That said, we can’t promise that any indoor air quality solutions will guarantee that COVID or virus germs won’t be transmitted within your home, and we encourage our customers to follow CDC guidelines. However the right indoor air quality products and services will certainly mitigate your risks and make it less likely that germs, allergens, and other potentially unhealthy particles will enter your living space.
Since Americans typically spend around 70% of their time indoors—maybe even more these days—it makes sense that you want to ensure that the air you’re breathing is as healthful as possible! One way to help make this a reality is with a whole-home air purifier. Read on to learn more!
January 4th, 2021
Homeowners often don’t realize how much their ductwork plays a role in not only their comfort but also the cleanliness of their indoor air. So when that ductwork is dirty or damaged, it can impact your home in significant ways. Damaged ductwork allows air leaks into unoccupied spaces like your attic or crawlspace. Dirty ducts invite common allergens as well as mold spores and bacteria into your indoor air.
But how do you know when your ductwork is trouble?
With professional duct testing. Duct testing allows our technicians to unobtrusively inspect your ductwork and see where you may have problem areas. But how do you know you need professional duct testing in the first place? Read on as we uncover some signs that this may be the case!