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!
December 21st, 2020
Look, we get it. You live in St Augustine, FL. You don’t need your heater much. Shoot, some years it seems like you maybe only turned in on for one cool week during the winter.
But, as minimally as you may use your heater, you do use it. You likely wouldn’t be reading this blog post if you didn’t have a heater in your home. You don’t want to pay more than you should have to in order to use it, no matter how briefly, right? If you want to truly rely on that whole-home heating system you have, then yes, you need to schedule routine maintenance tune-ups.
We’re not talking about trusting a neighbor or a general handyman. We mean true, professional heating tune-ups from trained and experienced technicians. Read on to learn more!
December 7th, 2020
Winter is right around the corner! True, that doesn’t mean much for us here in the sunshine state. “Winter?” you may scoff, “that’s something other states get, not us!”
It may be true that our “chillier” season is brief and pretty uneventful compared to our neighbors up north and in the Midwest. But the fact is that it does get cold enough to use our heaters. Given that your HVAC systems make up half of all your energy use, and you use your AC system about 9 months out of the year if not more, it makes sense you want to save as much money as possible when winter does roll around.
You can do that by using your heater as efficiently as possible. How do you do that? Read on!
November 23rd, 2020
Are you using a gas-powered furnace to warm your home this winter? This is a great choice for homeowners in our area. Our winters may be brief, but we can certainly have some chilly days and nights. And you need a powerful and safe heater to get you through the cooler temperatures. That said, there is a potential threat when it comes to gas furnaces that is important for homeowners to be aware of. A cracked heat exchanger.
Before we go any further, it’s important that we clarify—gas furnaces are not inherently dangerous, and cracked heat exchangers are a relatively rare occurrence, particularly in newer furnaces. But they are still a very real threat, which we’ll get into more detail about below. Keep in mind, you will significantly reduce the risk of ever being surprised by a problem of this magnitude by keeping up on your annual furnace maintenance sessions.
November 9th, 2020
Dirty ducts are a conundrum. On one hand, some homeowners are convinced that their dirty ducts still work after decades of neglect. If they put a hand on their air vent, they’ll still feel the heated air coming from their furnace. While we won’t argue with that sentiment, since dirty ducts can technically still work, we want to approach this from a different angle.
What if your dirty ducts are hurting your efficiency, and thus your comfort overall? This is totally a possibility, and regardless of how good your heating feels, it could very well be suffering from an efficiency problem.
Want to know more about how duct cleaning in St. Augustine, FL can reduce inefficiency and keep your system in working order? We’ll get into all the details below.
October 26th, 2020
“Wait,” you might be wondering, “furnace maintenance? In Florida?”
Well, yes. Here’s the thing… sure, we don’t use our heating systems for very long in Florida. We’re sure there have been some summers where you felt like you barely used yours for a week before temperatures crept back up. But the fact is, it does get chilly at the peak of winter, especially at night. And when that happens, you want a fully functional and efficiently operating heating system to keep you and your family comfortable.
The only way to ensure that your furnace is in great shape is by scheduling routine tune-ups for the system. Read on as we uncover 3 very important reasons you shouldn’t skip out on furnace maintenance.
October 12th, 2020
Central cooling is not just something that’s “nice to have” in our part of the country. It’s an absolute necessity, affecting not only your comfort but your quality of life. It’s also one of the most specialized features of a home. This means while the average homeowner can take on projects like tightening a bolt to fix a plumbing leak, or replacing an outlet cover in the home, they should take on projects that involve fixing their air conditioner. But that’s what we are here for!
Climate Masters provides exceptional central AC services, from quality installation to reliable repairs and maintenance. It’s important to remember, however, that even the best air conditioner on the market, that’s cared for diligently with maintenance each year, is going to suffer from natural wear and tear and you’ll probably have a repair need here or there that you weren’t expecting. This is especially true if your system is 10+ years old. So, what are some of the common central AC problems you should watch out for? Read on to learn about them!