Archive for the ‘HVAC’ Category

What is a Total Control Thermostat?

Saturday, 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. (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…)

How Your Thermostat Works

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Your thermostat is probably one of the least thought about, but most important, parts of your heating and cooling system. How is it the most important? Well, your thermostat controls the functions of your heat pump, AC, or HVAC unit, and helps it to control the ambient air temperature and quality of your home.

It also influences your utility bills. An improperly working or broken thermostat may cause your AC or heat pump to run constantly, or not at all. This isn’t a very efficient use of energy and can have a devastating effect on your utility budget. By understanding what your thermostat is and how it works, you can see how keeping your thermostat in good working order will keep you more comfortable and save you money at the same time. (more…)

Does My House need Surge Protection for the HVAC System?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

The average home these days has many different electronic products. Everything from TVs to toasters are computerized now, and nearly any modern device you can think of has a printed circuit board in it, even your HVAC system. At one time, you would have only needed a surge protector if you had a high end TV or stereo, but not anymore.

Anything from lightning to problems with your power company’s power grid can cause a costly and destructive power surge in your home, which can cause a lot of expensive damage to today’s modern electronics. (more…)

How Routine Inspections Save You Money

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Performing routine inspections and maintenance on your AC unit can keep it running properly for years. Maintenance should include changing the filter, lubricating the machine, and checking the fan belt, along with cleaning the condensing unit drain line.

Performing routine inspections on your air conditioning system can alleviate the heartache of dealing with a nonfunctioning unit on the hottest days of the year. Every sensible homeowner should have a routine maintenance program to keep their air-conditioning system running smoothly throughout the year. Doing so can save them much frustration, tons of money, and sweat. (more…)

A/C Terminology Every Homeowner Needs to Know

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Oftentimes, homeowners get confused when talking to their HVAC technician and the jargon that they use. By understanding a few words of the heating and cooling industry, you can have an intelligent conversation with your technician.

If you ever had an air-conditioning HVAC technician over at your home, discussing what is wrong with your system, you may have been confused by some of the jargon he or she used. You might even have been confused with what HVAC means. Like any industry, it has its own set of lingo. Below, you will find the definition of some of the air-conditioning terminology. (more…)

Why You Need to Change Your Air Filter

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Households that do not change their air conditioner on a regular basis can cause significant damage to their AC/heating unit. Determining exactly when to change your filters will be based on various factors including the filter type, household pets and environmental air pollution.

Changing the air filters for your HVAC system on a regular basis can keep the inside of your home cleaner and extend the life of your AC unit. As part of a routine maintenance program, it is essential that every homeowner change their filters on a regular basis. However, remembering to do it can often be a challenge. (more…)

7 Signs Your AC Unit Is about to Break Down

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Odd noises, odd odors, hot air, fluctuating temperatures, and age are all factors that indicate the AC unit is about to break down. Without repairs, your electric bill can quickly rise, or the unit stopped working altogether.

There is never a good time for your AC unit to break down. Oftentimes, it happens when the temperature outside is ridiculously high, and the AC unit is running as hard as it can. Usually, the air on the inside of your home will start to quickly rise and no amount of turning the unit on an off will produce enough cold air to cool the interior of the house. Only then do you realize that you should have called a HVAC specialist the first time you heard that odd noise rumbling through the duct work. (more…)

Why It’s Important to Maintain Your AC Unit before Winter

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Jacksonville is known for enjoying great weather throughout the year. However, Jacksonville is also known for having sporadic cold weather during January and February. The last thing that a homeowner wants on one of the cold nights is a heating unit that does not work.

Emergency calls to repair broken heating and cooling systems can be expensive. The truth is, most could have been avoided with a simple system tune-up. As fall quickly approaches, now is the perfect time to have you heating and cooling system checked for winter.

Another thing that all home owners should do when preparing for winter is make sure all of their home vents are clean. Florida is known for its dust, and these vents can quickly get filled, blocking airflow into your home. Most homeowners compensate for this decrease by increasing the temperature to make the home warmer. This puts additional strain on the equipment and causes bills to rise. (more…)

Fall Weather Tune-UP

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Jacksonville, Florida is known for its beautiful fall weather. This weather can include some cooler days. However, this is Florida. Florida is known for being mostly warm, all year long, at least during the daytime. However, at night, the temperatures do drop a bit. They even drop enough that most residents will be turning off their AC’s and turning on their furnaces. This means that this is the ideal time of the year to being preparing your AC unit and furnaces for their fall weather prep. Where should you begin?

Why not begin with the easy steps? What are these steps? They can include changing the furnace filters, if you are heating by force heat. If this filter is clogged, the heat cannot properly enter your home. This means you are wasting money, and you are wasting energy. You also may continue to stay cold. Most furnaces will just simply need a new filter. These are inexpensive and be purchased at most hardware stores. However, some filters can be washed and reused.  (more…)