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Tips for Protecting Your Unit from the Salt Air

Tuesday, 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. (more…)

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…)

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…)

The Importance Of Duct Cleaning

Wednesday, 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. (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…)

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…)

Summer Activities for your Family

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Summer is here with and with it comes fun and memories. There’s nothing that beats the idea of having the whole family sharing precious moments and having summer fun together. The memories of family summer time lasts for a lifetime and are some of the most cherished moments for many. Here is a list of activities that everyone can enjoy.

Make Some Ice Cream

If you already have an ice-cream maker, then you can easily make your own ice cream. There are plenty of ice cream recipes for just about any flavor you can imagine online. Don’t despair if you don’t have your own ice cream maker. You can use a Ziploc bag and still make great ice cream. Get recipes for making home-made ice cream using a can or bag from online sources as well. (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…)

What Qualifications Should I Look for in a Technician?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

You have just built or bought a beautiful home. The next step is to outfit it so that you and your family can enjoy your new home. One of the most important fittings you will have to get done is the HVAC system. Without a proper functioning heating and cooling system, you cannot guarantee the comfort of your family during the hot summers or the cold winters.

Selecting your Service Provider

How do you select the company or service provider for installing your HVAC unit? It has to serve you for many years to come, and the very air you and your family breathe will be pumped through this system. So it is essential to do your homework, and also ask around the neighborhood or your builder or contractor for some of the top names in the area for installing and maintaining of air conditioning units. Don’t forget to pick a company who does installations, maintenance and servicing. All too frequently, your maintenance or service guy will find fault with the installation, claiming that it wasn’t done properly and hence you are facing this problem. (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…)