Climate Masters Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Ponte Vedra’

Why It’s Important to Have the Air Filter in Your Furnace Changed

Monday, January 18th, 2016

One of the biggest threats to the health of your furnace is, ironically, one of the easiest to avoid. Short cycling is a behavior in which your furnace turns itself on and off every couple of minutes. This puts a massive amount of strain on the system, and if it isn’t dealt with it could easily lead to the early death of the furnace. Fortunately, if you know what to do you can drastically lower the chances of this happening to your system. Read on to find out more about why it’s important to change the air filter in your furnace.

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Do You Need a New Commercial Heating System?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

There isn’t a perfect time of year to install a new heating system in Ponte Vedra, FL, but there are certainly better ones than the holiday season. However, getting ahead of an ailing commercial heating system is a better scenario than being without the heat your commercial property needs at this time of year. What are some of the signs that indicate that it’s time for a new commercial heating system? Here are some of the more common ones:

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Do You Think Your Air Conditioner May Have a Refrigerant Leak?

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

An electro-mechanical system like your air conditioner can develop a number of problems. Among the more common problems the cooling professionals from Climate Masters see are refrigerant leaks. The thing to keep in mind about these kinds of leaks is that they aren’t always visible. This is because refrigerant runs throughout your entire AC system as it completes a cooling cycle, so a leak can develop anywhere the refrigerant is. However, there are some fairly distinct signs your AC will give if a leak has developed:

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Problems Caused by Faulty Ductwork

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Odds are, you don’t think too much about your ductwork. And to be fair, they are placed inside walls, above ceilings and in the floors so you don’t have to. They have a job to do, and as long as the job is being done, they really don’t warrant unnecessary attention. However, the key question is: how well is your ductwork doing its job, and if the answer is, “not so well,” there’s a good chance you’ve got faulty ductwork on your hands.

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Lack of Cooling: It Isn’t Just About Refrigerant

Monday, July 27th, 2015

One of the bigger misconceptions about whole home air conditioning is that any time there is a reduction in cooling, or no cooling at all, from your system,  the problem lay in a lack of refrigerant. While a refrigerant leak could certainly be a cause for these issues, a leak is only one of several possibilities for a lack of cool air in your home.

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AC System Maintenance Steps: A Basic Overview

Friday, March 13th, 2015

When spring comes around and the weather starts its climb toward the highs of summer, you need to start thinking about preparing your home’s air conditioner for the hot times ahead. ACs in Florida undergo intense work during the long summer seasons, and without maintenance from an HVAC professional to reduce wear and tear, they run the risk of poor performance, energy waste, repair issues, and even a complete breakdown leading to an early replacement. Make sure that you avoid all these problems and sign up for AC system maintenance in Ponte Vedra, FL. Call Climate Masters today and ask about our excellent maintenance program, which will also care for your heating system during the fall.

What AC maintenance entails

Although there are a number of different types of air conditioning systems for homes, they have enough similarities that most technicians will follow the same set up steps when taking care of maintaining them.

First, the technician will check on the outdoor condensing unit and the compressor to see that it has the correct operating pressure. (The compressor is perhaps the most essential component in an AC; if the compressor burns out, often the whole system much be replaced.) The technician will also take care of cleaning the condensate line and drain in the condensing unit and checks on the temperature rise across the condensing coil. If the condensing coil is dirty, the technician will detach it and wash it.

Next, the technician will check on the electrical systems of the AC, tightening any loose connections and looking for correct motor amperage and. This check also includes the thermostat to make sure that it is correctly calibrated and wired to the air conditioner.

After this, the technician will see if there is sufficient refrigerant in the system and replace any missing amount. (In some cases, refrigerant is overcharged, meaning there is too much, and the technician must remove some.)

The maintenance then focuses on the indoor cabinet, and takes care of replacing the air filter, cleaning the air handler, and seeing if the evaporator coil is in good shape. To finish, the technician will lubricate any motors that require it.

If the technician notices a repair issue at any point, he or she will notify you of it and help you arrange to have it fixed. The technician will not attempt to do any repairs unless you approve them.

The maintenance program from Climate Masters will not only keep your air conditioning sytem in great shape, it will also provide you with a 10% discount on repair costs (excluding compressors, filters, or full system replacements).

Contact us today to sign up in Ponte Vedra, FL for AC system maintenance so you will be ready for another summer.

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What Type of Fuel Is Used with Pool Heaters?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Pool heaters help you enjoy your pool year-round. As a homeowner, you have some choices about how to fuel your pool heater. It’s important to understand what your choices are so that you can make the best choice for you and your home. If you are looking to replace or upgrade your pool heater, a new pool heater installation in Ponte Vedra may offer you the opportunity to consider a new type of pool heater that may be a better fit for your home than your current one. Having expert experience at hand for your installation is an important part of the process, so call the people you can trust: Climate Masters.

Fuel Types

Here are the four main fuel types used with pool heaters:

Electric Resistance Heaters

As the name indicates, electric resistance pool heaters use electricity to heat the water in your pool. The way an electric resistance heater works is by heating an element called the resistor, which resides inside the heater. Water flows through the inside of the pool heater and is warmed by the resistor. The resistor can lose heat quickly during the transfer process, so electric resistance heaters are typically used for small pools, like therapy pools.

Solar Panels

Solar panels can be used to collect heat, which is how they can help heat your pool water. Pumps push the pool’s water into the solar panel where the water is heated; once it reaches a specific temperature, it is pumped back into your pool. It is recommended that you use a back-up system with a solar pool heater for cloudy days.

Gas Heaters

Gas heaters use natural gas or propane to heat the water. Inside a gas heater, a combustion chamber heats coils; the pool water passes over these coils and the heat from the coils transfers to pool water. Gas heaters have been widely-used, but gas can fluctuate in price, which can be of concern to some homeowners.

Heat Pumps

Heat pump pool heaters have become increasingly popular. Heat pumps heat by transferring heat from one location to another. An air-source or water-source heat pump can be used with a pool heater; using a small amount of electricity, these heat pumps transfer the heat they harness from either the air or the water and apply it to the pool water. However, the heating process can be slower using a heat pump than with a gas heater.

As you can see, you have a number of choices when it comes to installing a new pool heater at your Ponte Vedra home.

Need some help with your pool heater? Call Climate Masters today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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A Quality Pool Heater is a Better Return on Your Investment

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Homeowners who have a pool on their property may continuously go back and forth on one question: should I install a pool heater as well? Of course, the answer to that question is not simple. You may be fine without a pool heater, as you are still able to use your pool on warmer days. But while you may not necessarily need a pool heater, wouldn’t it make your life at home a bit more relaxed?

Whether you use your pool to burn some calories or to have a little bit of fun with the family, you can benefit in many ways from a quality pool heater that allows you to utilize your pool all year round. Here’s how a high-performance heater can help your home.

Get More Out of Your Investment

When you first invested in your pool, you envisioned yourself and your family getting a lot of use out of it over the years. However, you may have come to discover that in the cooler months, nobody really has the urge to splash around in the pool. Even in the warmer months, the water can feel a tad too cool. And yet, you still spend money to clean and maintain your unused pool. You purchased a pool for your family’s enjoyment, and a pool heater is the best way to get the most out of this investment. A pool heater can also increase the property value of your home when it comes time to sell.

Choose Professionals for Installation

You should keep in mind, however, that professional installation is a must when it comes to pool heater installation. Pool heaters come in a variety of different models and sizes and must be properly sized by a technician according to your pool and climate. Furthermore, a technician can help you decide how you’d like to power your new appliance. You may be able to choose from gas-powered units, high-efficiency electric pool heaters, or heat pump pool heaters, which move heat from out of the air and into your pool and use very little electricity to do so.

For the safest and fastest professional pool heater installation in Ponte Vedra, call the experts at Climate Masters today!

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How Does a Heat Pump Differ from a Traditional AC?

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

When you need a new cooling system, there are a lot of factors to take into account. Of course, the initial cost is a major concern for many homeowners. However, the cost of operation, efficiency, and any additional features may be of equal concern. While you can purchase extremely efficient traditional central air conditioners, one type of system that may actually give you a little more bang for your buck is a heat pump. While the name sounds as though it is a heating system, a heat pump is actually a very efficient heating and cooling system.

Essentially, there are very few differences between a traditional AC and a heat pump. Heat pumps take advantage of the same refrigeration cycle, in which refrigerant, a chemical blend that easily converts from a liquid to a gas and vice versa, moves through the indoor and outdoor unit. As it changes from a gas to a liquid at the outdoor condenser unit, it releases heat into the air. As it changes from liquid to gas indoors, it absorbs heat from your home. A fan then blows cool air through the ductwork. This process continues until the home is cooled to the proper temperature.

In fact, heat pumps have all of the components of a traditional air conditioner but with one addition, the reversal valve. With most air conditioners, the refrigerant can only move in one direction. However, the reversing valve of a heat pump activates when you switch your thermostat to “heat” mode, allowing the flow of refrigerant to change direction. Now, instead of absorbing heat from the inside to move outdoors, it pulls heat from the outside to warm indoor air. In some climates, an additional heating source is needed to supplement the heat pump if there is not enough heat in the outside air. But this is unnecessary in Ponte Vedra.

Heat pumps have cooling efficiencies that are comparable to other air conditioners, and are very efficient for heating. This is because it takes less energy to move heat from place to place than to generate heat.

When you decide it’s time for heat pump installation in Ponte Vedra, call the professional technicians at Climate Masters today.

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Can Ductless Systems Provide Cooling and Heating?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Ductless air conditioners provide efficient cooling for the entire home. While many homeowners without ductwork may choose to install small window air conditioners, these are rarely able to cool an entire room effectively, may be very inefficient, and are often noisy. But installing ductwork may be difficult for those with older homes or new room additions.

A ductless air conditioner may be the perfect cooling alternative for many homes. Central air conditioners remove heat from the air at the indoor evaporator unit and supply air through the ducts. Ductless cooling systems, on the other hand, consist of multiple indoor air handlers which cool and distribute the air from a single unit. The systems are mounted high on the wall or suspended from the ceiling in multiple zones for even cooling throughout the home.

While it may seem strange to install a new air conditioning system near the end of summer, most ductless systems provide both heating and cooling. This is because most ductless systems are also heat pumps. While other central air conditioning systems only allow refrigerant to flow in one direction, absorbing heat from the home and releasing it outdoors, ductless heat pumps allow refrigerant to absorb outside heat and release it inside.

Other Advantages of Ductless Cooling

Ductless systems are beneficial for other reasons as well. Here are some of the ways you can save money and feel more comfortable with a ductless system.

  • Zone Control: Most homes require multiple indoor air handlers to cool the entire home. A single outdoor unit can generally accommodate up to four of these handlers. But this is beneficial to any homeowner who’s tired of hearing family members argue about the temperature. Because each air handler can be controlled individually with a separate thermostat or a master thermostat, you can set the temperature in one room or zone independently of others.
  • Energy Savings: Ductless systems also save money. Central air conditioning systems may use more energy than is necessary due to leaks that commonly form in the ductwork. You can also shut off the air conditioning in unoccupied rooms to avoid cooling unused spaces.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of ductless cooling and heating in Ponte Vedra, call Climate Masters today!

 

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