Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

Understanding SEER and EER

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

When is it Time to Purchase a New System?

Sunday, 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. (more…)

Carbon Monoxide Risks

Friday, 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. (more…)

AC Not Working? What to do

Wednesday, 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. (more…)

Indoor Air Quality Importance

Friday, 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. (more…)

How to Stay Cool During the Summer

Friday, 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. (more…)

Why is My Air Conditioner Freezing Up?

Monday, 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: (more…)

Can The Salt Air Damage My Unit?

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Many people find the smell of salt air intoxicating and enjoy living along the coastal regions immensely. However, staying permanently in a place with salt air comes with a price. Salt air is very corrosive and rapidly degrades many types of metallic objects including barbecue grills, AC units, vehicles, metal doors, and an assortment of bathroom fixtures. The chloride ions present in the salt are responsible for corroding metal. These ions react with the thin metallic oxide layer that forms on top of most metallic objects and once this layer is gone, the metal underneath is left susceptible to all manner of substances.

If you live in a place with salt air, you will find that your AC unit corrodes pretty quickly, sometimes in as little as 3-5 years. The salt also accumulates rapidly on the AC’s coils and impedes airflow. To further aggravate matters, although AC manufacturers usually provide a 10-year warranty on their equipment, the warranty does not cover corrosion. This means that any costs associated with corrosion damage cannot be compensated. Lucky for you, you can use a variety of chemical elements to protect your AC from the ravages of sea air. Here is how to go about applying these anti-corrosive substances: (more…)

When Is a Second Unit Necessary?

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

You have an air conditioning unit, but it seems woefully inadequate to fight the sweltering heat of the Jacksonville, Florida summers. You can always try to fix an auxiliary unit in one of the bedrooms or the living room – wherever you and your family are likely to spend most of your time. The second unit has to be decided on the size of the room where you are planning on fixing it.

If the air conditioning in your HVAC system is not capable of giving the cool comfort you desire, then the only option is to go for a supplementary air conditioning unit which can be fixed to a window. You have to decide on the capacity of the air conditioner based on the size of the room. It is very simple to calculate the required size of your air conditioning unit for a room. Simply measure the length and breadth of a room. Then get the product of the length and breadth, and then multiply the result by 25 BTUs. For instance, if your room is 15 X 15, the product is = 225. For the required size of the air conditioner, multiply 225 X 25 BTUs, = 5625 BTUs. So, look for an air conditioner with a cooling quotient of 5625 BTUs for optimum efficiency. (more…)

What Features Should I Look For in a New A/C Unit?

Friday, March 29th, 2013

If you are looking to purchase a new A/C unit for your home you will have a lot of factors to consider. A/C units come in a wide variety of sizes, style and types, and each type will function differently. Which specific type of A/C unit you choose will depend on the size of your home, what type of unit you want to mount to your home and what your energy requirements are. If you make the wrong choice you could end up with a poorly functioning A/C unit or one that is extremely expensive to operate. Some units also require professional installation and A/C repair technicians to handle any problems, which is something you should consider before you make any purchases. Here are some features you should look for in a new A/C unit. (more…)