Tips for Protecting Your Unit from the Salt Air

January 21st, 2014

One of the most common reasons for AC unit problems in Neptune Beach is salt air that is so prevalent in our area. If you live in an area were salt is typically an issue, such as closer to the ocean, you should be aware of the problems that salt can cause to your AC unit and how to prevent the damage that salt can cause.

Salt can be harmful to your Neptune Beach AC unit because salt can cause corrosion, which can ultimately result in AC unit failure. Moreover, salt is a major problem for AC units because it has the ability to attract and hold moisture. The ability for salt to attract and hold moisture results in the collection of salt moisture on the coil of your outside unit.

This continuous collection of salt and moisture insulates the coil on your AC unit, which reduces thermal transfer. This reduction in thermal transfer will then reduce the efficiency of your AC unit. In addition, as your unit becomes less efficient, it will use more energy, which will increase your energy bill significantly. Ultimately, an unprotected unit will fall victim to salt corrosion, and you will be forced to replace the unit, which can be very costly. Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding SEER and EER

December 18th, 2013

It’s easy to get confused about heating and air conditioning terminology when there are so many acronyms to remember. Especially when it comes to energy efficiency, consumers can get thrown off by the sheer number abbreviations and acronyms. What does it all mean? Understanding the basics of air conditioning efficiency can help you be a more informed consumer when it comes time for your air conditioner to be replaced or repaired. If you need to find out more information regarding AC repair in Jacksonville FL, then there are two important acronyms you need to understand: EER and SEER.

Energy Efficiency Ratio

The Energy Efficiency Ratio, or EER, measures the energy used by an air conditioner. The EER rating is based on the relationship between the watts and the total cooling capacity. You can calculate the ratio by figuring out how much energy is needed to cool a home when the weather is 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This measurement is expressed in BTU/watt. For example, if you own a 10,000 BTU air conditioner and it consumes 1200 watts, the EER rating would be 8.3 or 10,000/1200. Read the rest of this entry »

When is it Time to Purchase a New System?

November 17th, 2013

When everything is going well, your HVAC system is probably the last thing on your mind. But if your system isn’t working as well as it should be, you may be thinking about it a lot more than you would like to be. One of the things about air conditioning that Neptune Beach residents worry about the most how to know when it’s time to replace the entire system and what to do when it is. Read the rest of this entry »

What is a Total Control Thermostat?

October 26th, 2013

Ocean State Carrier thermostatCutting costs doesn’t mean cutting comfort. In today’s economy, it is becoming more important to be thrifty with your bank account balance every day. As couponing becomes more of a growing phenomenon, more people are looking to learn other ways to cut the cost of their bills. Your thermostat could be a huge part of the problem. Every penny counts, and there are ways you could save big on your electricity bill starting with your air conditioning in your Neptune Beach home.

While many states face issues with summer heat, Florida has some of the hottest and most humid days. Rather than accepting that you will be sweating your way through, or selling a kidney for your electric bill, the Total Control thermostat system offers the relief you will need both from the heat and the expenses. Getting your home climate under control can be easier than you might think. By getting a Total Control thermostat, you can save a lot on your bill. Plus, this new model can save you a ton of money on your bills. Rather than being greener or being less efficient in cooling your home, this type of unit utilizes automated temperature control to cut down the electric bill. Here are some basic facts about the Total Control thermostat you may not already now. Read the rest of this entry »

Carbon Monoxide Risks

September 20th, 2013

Carbon monoxide. You can’t see it or smell it, but it can cause death or severe brain damage within a very short amount of time. Known as the “silent killer”, carbon monoxide (or CO) prevents the body from getting the oxygen it needs to live.

Every year, more than 20,000 people in the United States go to emergency rooms with accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. More than 4,000 of those will end up hospitalized, and over 400 will die. Let Ocean State Air Conditioning in Neptune Beach help keep you from becoming one of those numbers.

What does carbon monoxide do?

Red blood cells have an easier time taking on carbon monoxide than they do oxygen. When the air holds a great deal of carbon monoxide, it may replace the oxygen in the blood. This prevents the red blood cells from taking oxygen to the body, which can starve major organs and cause damage or death. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance Of Duct Cleaning

August 21st, 2013

As Neptune Beach air conditioning users become more energy conscious, they have concentrated on making improvements to their homes. These include energy-efficient heating and air conditioning units. They also include the installation of higher quality insulation, windows, and doors. The irony is that homes are becoming more energy efficient, but indoor air quality is decreasing.

Some of the work that has been performed to maintain a comfortable indoor climate is also trapping contaminants inside. Allergens, dust, and even chemicals may enter your house every time you or your pets come in from outdoors. They may be introduced into your clean home through insecticides or cleaning agents. Inevitably, some of these contaminant particles get through your filters and end up in your air ducts. Then they may be pulled in through your air conditioning back into your home. Read the rest of this entry »

AC Not Working? What to do

July 17th, 2013

During the summer in Florida, you need to know that your air conditioning unit will be capable of working 24 X 7 without breaking down. In a hot and humid climate like Florida, having your ac unit in optimal condition is not a luxury, but a necessity. The blistering heat of a Florida summer and resulting perspiration it causes can not only be hard to handle, but can also be potentially dangerous. Every resident of Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra, Florida knows the importance of having their HVAC system serviced and running smoothly before the onset of summer. Read the rest of this entry »

Indoor Air Quality Importance

July 12th, 2013

Indoor air quality, commonly called IAQ, is a measure of the purity of the air we breathe in our homes. Unbelievably, the indoor air at homes, schools and offices is 2-5 times more polluted than the air outdoors. If you have pets in your home, pet dander is a major concern, as it can be connected to many respiratory illnesses. The chemicals used in many household items, like furniture polish, furnishings, cleaning agents, and even cosmetics can contain chemical pollutants to an alarming degree. Other common causes of pollution in your home can be found in gas, oil, kerosene, wood, coal, tobacco products, damp rugs and carpets and act as a sponge and soak in the pollutants, pesticides in your home and garden.

HEPA filter

As most of us spend the majority of our lives indoors, the EPA estimates that almost 72% of all air pollution happens at home. Paradoxically, the place we think of as our sanctuary, our home turns out to be our biggest polluter. This is why in recent years most home owners opt to hook-up an HEPA filter to their HVAC unit. This ensures that the air their family and young children breathe is purified and not polluted. Proper ventilation will also bring in much needed fresh air into your home. The indoor air quality is measured by the suspended air particulate matter in it and analyzed in order to diagnose causes for allergy attacks in people with severe allergies. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Stay Cool During the Summer

July 5th, 2013

Florida is the Sunshine State, everyone knows that. In the heights of summer, when we’re reeling from the sweltering heat, I bet many of us wish it weren’t so. People start to scramble around for ways to stay cool and beat the heat in the summer in Jacksonville, Florida. Given the current economy, people are desperately trying to keep their utility bills under control while also trying to stay cool and comfortable. Here are some tips to stay cool.

Set Your Thermostat

Try to set the thermostat at a barely comfortable temperature; just this single step will help you save a bundle on your utility bills. With the ceiling fan also running, you will not feel the heat so much. If you can, try to use only the fan, and give your air conditioner a rest. This will help not only to save money, but also to extend the life of your ac unit. You can also get a programmable thermostat; learn to program it properly so that you can reap the benefits of having your ac working at the minimum possible when you’re not at home; yet you will not be returning to a furnace-like home, but to a pleasantly cooled place. This is because when you have a programmable thermostat for your air conditioning you can also save on your utility bills, as a constant temperature is less taxing on your ac unit’s compressor than switching off and on. Read the rest of this entry »

Why is My Air Conditioner Freezing Up?

June 17th, 2013

It’s summer time now and outside temperatures can feel close to those in a blast furnace. You go out to check on your AC unit and are astounded to find it looking like a glacier; the machine is covered in solid ice! You are dumbfounded by the spectacle. After all, how do you explain all that ice right in the middle of so much heat? A frozen AC unit is a bizarre, yet common, sight and can happen even when air temperatures are soaring. To help you out of your conundrum and give you some insights on the causes of the problem, here are some possible reasons why your AC unit may be freezing: Read the rest of this entry »