Archive for the ‘Ventilation’ Category

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…)

Everything You Might Not Want to Know about Dust Mites

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Dust MitesNo one wants to think about it – dust mites living in your pillows, feeding off your dead skin and hair. It’s enough to make you feel like they’re crawling all over you as you lay in bed. Not only are they disgusting and cringe worthy, they are also a major cause of asthma and allergies. According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, approximately 10% of Americans exhibit allergic sensitivity to dust mites.

What are dust mites?

Dust mites are microscopic bugs that mostly live on dead skin cells that shed from humans and pets. Although generally harmless, dust mites can cause allergic reactions in asthmatics and others who are allergic to their feces. Despite popular belief, dust mites do not carry diseases and are often confused with bed bugs.

Skin cells and scales, or dander, are often concentrated in lounging areas, mattresses, and popular furniture. The average human sloughs off 1/3 ounces of dead skin a week giving dust mites a lot to eat. Even more, cats and dogs create far more dander than that of humans. (more…)

Is the Air in Your Home Making You Sick

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Sick Girl, Indoor Air QualityHaving some unexplained sniffles? Is your littlest one constantly coughing but shows no other signs of illness? It’s not the common cold; it could be the air in your home.  Poor indoor air quality may be the main cause of your family’s health concerns, including scratchy throat, watery eyes, and runny nose. If not taken seriously, those small health issues can become big medical problems. For instance, you could be facing respiratory diseases, heart disease, depression, and even cancer.

Indoor air pollutants may come from different sources, including a dirty air filter, tobacco products, pet dander, and dust embedded into the carpets. Want to hear something even scarier? Over two million dust mites live in the average double bed and millions more in carpets and rugs.

On average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. Of that, 65% of that time is spent at home. It’s time to take action and clean the air in your home. Here are some steps to breathe deeply and confidently: (more…)

Giving Back… The “Extreme Makeover” Way

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition BusOcean State AC is taking time to give back to their community by dedicating their time and skills to ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition! The Ocean State team has also donated a brand new home efficiency heating and air-conditioning unit for the family’s new home and will be installing it on the hit show. Check out our Facebook page for the most current photos and videos!

Carrier Corp.’s HVAC Trade In Promotion

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Trade in Used HVAC Equipment and Apply Towards a New System

Ocean State is pleased to be participating in Carrier’s 2011 HVAC Trade In Promotion program where we are offering customers credit towards a new, high-efficient Carrier HVAC system for trading in your old system. Times are tight and in an effort to help our customers save money while at the same time promote a greener environment, Ocean State has partnered with CE Florida to roll out this promotion that started on January 1, 2011 and runs through February 28, 2011.

When customers trade in their older, less efficient HVAC systems, Ocean State in conjunction with Carrier is offering an immediate trade-in credit of up to $800 to be used towards a new, high efficiency Carrier System. In addition, Carrier will recycle your old system at one of their 17 locations throughout Florida and donate a tree to be planted by American Forests® for every system recycled. (more…)

Jacksonville Residents: How to select a heating and air conditioning repair person

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

If you live in the Jacksonville area and are in need of air conditioning or furnace repairs, remember that choosing a good contractor to work on the central air conditioner or furnace in your home is just as important as the equipment you use. Because improperly repaired HVAC systems can be dangerous to your house and more importantly your family, this sort of service should be left up to a trained professional. Proper maintenance of air conditioning and heating units is necessary for the equipment to operate safely, reliably, and at maximum efficiency.

However, as any Jacksonville homeowner can attest choosing a qualified HVAC contractor can be a daunting challenge. There are many factors that go into selecting the right air conditioning and heating repair person – and remember that finding the lowest price should not be your main criteria for selection. Lower bids may be a sign of a company not including all “hidden costs” and trying to offload outdated or unreliable equipment. Better contractors may charge more, but they probably offer greater value. (more…)

Consumer Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Appliances Expires This Month

Monday, December 6th, 2010

If you’re not already aware, the federal government instituted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 which provides a tax credit to help offset the costs of making energy efficiency improvements to your home – including energy-efficient windows, insulation, doors, roofs, and heating and cooling equipment. If you install any of these qualifying energy efficiencies in your existing home you could be eligible to receive a tax credit for 30% of the cost (up to $1,500).

However, it is important to note that this program expires on December 31, 2010. Therefore, to take advantage of this program and determine which central air conditioning units are eligible for tax credit, call an accredited Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Contractor. As part of the verification process, you will need to review the Manufacturer Certification Statement for the equipment you plan to purchase. Again, a trusted HVAC contractor will not only walk you through the process, they can help you complete the required Form 5695 and submit all necessary documentation required.

One of the many benefits of this program is that that unlike deductions, tax credits are subtracted directly from the total amount you owe on your personal income taxes. Better yet, your savings go far beyond a one-time tax credit. With a newer, energy efficient central air conditioning unit, you’ll continue saving every month with reduced monthly cooling and heating bills. For more information on this program, contact your HVAC dealer today because you only have a few more weeks before this tax credit expires.

Ocean State Recieves 2010 President’s Award from Carrier

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

2010 Carrier President's AwardGlenn Jones of Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating recently received the 2010 President’s Award from Carrier Corp., a unit of United technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), for its overall quality, leadership and excellence in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry. Dealerships were selected and honored at a ceremony held in Tampa, Florida on March 5. The President’s Award is presented to an elite group of Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers (FAD) who achieved excellence in product promotions and delivered superior customer satisfaction. Recipients of the award, one of Carrier’s highest honors, exemplify the company’s model for operational excellence, business effectiveness and delivering the best in cutting-edge technology
to consumers.

Ocean State has been successful in demonstrating technical expertise, while also serving as a leader in promoting the Carrier brand and raising the standard for equipment sales. Moreover, the dealership is committed to service excellence and provides exceptional customer care. Ocean State goes above and beyond the call of duty in the industry with a solid, consumer-focused work ethic. (more…)