January 6th, 2020
Winter is officially here! Sure, that doesn’t mean much for those of us in the state of Florida, but given the stark contrast in temperatures between summer and winter, functioning heaters are a necessity.
As necessary as they might be, however, nobody wants to pay an arm and a leg to use theirs. Particularly considering how much we all spend to keep our homes cool in the summertime. Excess spending can be a real drag!
The good news is, you don’t have to forgo heating system use in order to save money. There are some simple tips you can follow that will boost heating efficiency in your home and therefore cut costs.
December 23rd, 2019
When it comes to the weather in Florida, it’s fairly predictable—it’s always hot, right?
Well, if you’ve lived in our area for even just a year or two, you know that’s not always the case. Sure, we don’t get snow in the fall and winter like other states along the east coast. But when temperatures drop, the contrast is enough to make us very thankful for our heating systems.
One of the most common types of heaters used within our climate is the heat pump system—because we do have mild winters but very hot summers, the refrigerant process of a heat pump is the perfect year-round, 2-in-1 HVAC system.
If you already have one in your home, you’re using one of the most efficient heaters you can find! Though, if you’re reading this particular blog post, it likely means you found it won’t switch to heating mode. Why is this happening?
December 9th, 2019
If there’s anything we can say with confidence about your heater here in the St. Augustine area, it’s that you want yours to operate as efficiently as possible, right? We may not need to run our heaters as often or as long as other parts of the country—but when we do run ours, we need it to operate well and not cost an arm and a leg.
More important than that, however, is how safely your furnace operates, and yours may not be, if it has a cracked heat exchanger.
Furnaces are not dangerous appliances. They wouldn’t be so widely used and sold if they were. But if you are using a gas-powered heating system and not properly caring for it, it can become dangerous, especially as it ages. And the most common reason for this danger is a cracked heat exchanger in a furnace older than 10-15 years old. Read on to learn more!
November 25th, 2019
Having your ductwork cleaned may seem like a minor, maybe even unimportant, task. But, it can have big results! Most homeowners underestimate just how vital duct cleaning can be to ensure the proper operation of their heating and cooling systems.
While it might seem like ducts are just a small part of your entire HVAC system, they’re pretty important. If you want to keep your climate control system functioning as best they can, and keep your indoor air quality high throughout the years, then you should make sure you get your ducts professionally cleaned on a routine basis.
November 11th, 2019
Winters in Florida aren’t like other parts of the country. Let’s face it, we’ve had New Year’s Days that have clocked in at 90° before. It’s almost laughable to even think about winter this early in the year. Still though, when temperatures do cool down, however briefly, you want a fully functioning heater doing its job well.
If you try to get by with a malfunctioning heater, you could find yourself with a plethora of repair needs, higher than necessary heating costs, and even a completely broken down furnace. For this reason, we can’t stress enough how important heating maintenance is, as this service allows our technicians to thoroughly inspect, clean, and adjust your system for optimal performance.
It’s not too late to schedule maintenance! Even with this service though, it pays to know what to look for in a malfunctioning heater—or in some cases, what to listen for. We’ve listed below 5 noises you never want your furnace to make (and if it does, please call our pros right away).
October 28th, 2019
We get why you would ask this. After all, it’s not like we use our furnaces that much—we get a relatively small handful of solid weeks out the year where our temperatures drop low enough to necessitate their use. Therefore, why maintain them?
Well, first off, an ill-maintained furnace that’s not used very often is more likely to suffer from problems if not properly cared for.
When our technicians come to tune-up your heating system, we look at a number of factors—do you have any components that need adjusting? How clean is your system? Are there pending repair needs? We’ll adjust those parts that need it, do a thorough cleaning, and report any service needs to you so you can get them on your schedule ASAP.
How does this benefit your furnace? Read on!
October 14th, 2019
Investing in a new air conditioning system isn’t exactly cheap, no matter how affordable of a system you find. But this is definitely one of the most important investments you’ll make for your home, given the constant heat we have to deal with. There’s no denying that we deal with a lot of sunny and hot weather around here… so if you need a new air conditioner, you need it now!
Having an efficient and effective air conditioner installed in your home is the only way you’ll be able to live as comfortably as you deserve. There are a lot of great air conditioners on the market today, and your technicians will ensure yours is properly installed. But when should this installation be? After all, it seems like any time we do it it’s going to mean an interruption in service, right? In St. Augustine, maybe, but there are some signs that indicate you just shouldn’t wait any longer on your cooling system replacement. These signs are as follows.
September 30th, 2019
Summer is “officially” over, but that doesn’t mean a lot for us here in Florida, as we contend with warmer temperatures throughout the next few months. How’s your air conditioner doing? Is it showing any signs that it might not make it through another year of service?
If it is, you may want to start considering an AC upgrade. The last thing you need is to be without your air conditioner any longer than you have to be in the middle of a hot day, but if you neglect signs of AC disrepair or an AC that might need to be replaced, this can very well happen.
We’ve shared some signs below that might indicate it’s time for you to upgrade your air conditioner!
September 16th, 2019
It would be great if we had air conditioners that could self-diagnose themselves when something was wrong, and send us a notification about exactly what the problem is and how much it will cost to have a professional fix it.
But alas, this is not the case—at least, not yet. This may be a reality in the future, but in the meantime, we all have to rely on other methods for our air conditioners to send warning signs that something is amiss. Perhaps it’s a drop in cooling power or an unexpected increase in utility bills. It may even be that the circuit breakers for the indoor and outdoor units are constantly tripping.
One of the most common signs that something is wrong with an air conditioning system is strange, unfamiliar sounds. What qualifies? Truthfully, anything that’s outside of the normal hum of the fans and the occasional clicking as the system comes on and shuts down. So, what sounds are we talking about? Keep reading to find out!
September 2nd, 2019
It may seem strange to be talking about the installation of a new air conditioning system near the end of summer—but then again in Florida, it’s almost always summer! Plus, the end of summer is the most likely time for aging air conditioners to finally call it quits, as they’ve been under a lot of stress.
If you’ve also been on the market for a new heating system, you’d do well to consider what a heat pump system can offer. Keep reading to learn about how a heat pump works, what makes it unique compared to other types of cooling and heating systems, and the benefits that one of these systems can offer you if you have it installed this year.