The US EPA or the United States Environment Protection Agency has time and again warned people about the ill effects of poor indoor air quality. Even then, most continue to ignore it, while some have finally accepted that more needs to be done to make the indoor space hygienic....
The US EPA or the United States Environment Protection Agency has time and again warned people about the ill effects of poor indoor air quality. Even then, most continue to ignore it, while some have finally accepted that more needs to be done to make the indoor space hygienic. Improving the quality of the air you breathe while indoors is not very difficult, so it is hard to understand why people continue to overlook it completely.
Today’s main aim is to address the needs of the working class, who have little time to spare and need a quick fix. For them, the answer lies in air cleaners.
What Are Air Cleaners
Simply put, a device that cleans the air is an air cleaner. Often, it is also referred to as an air purifier. So you can use both terms interchangeably. An air cleaner or air purifier cleans your indoor air by trapping harmful contaminants or pollutants along with odor particles. Once the impurities present in the air are effectively removed from circulation, what remains behind is clean air for you and the other occupants of the building to breathe.
The Way An Air Cleaner Works
A typical air cleaner or air filtration system consists of fans and air filters where both components perform a specific function.
1. Air Filter – The basic air filters are made of paper, and the more advanced ones are made of either mesh or fiberglass. As the air filter continues to trap and remove pollutants from the air, it gets dirty. If you don’t replace the air filter with a clean one, its efficiency will decline. After some time, it will become clogged entirely and stop filtering out the unwanted particles present in the air. If you still don’t change it, the chances are that the passing air will pick additional contaminants stuck to the filter surface and make the circulating air even dirtier. Therefore, it is necessary to keep a sharp eye on the cleanliness status of the air filter. One should switch a typical HVAC system air filter with a clean one every quarter, if not every month. Similarly, in an air purifier that is used constantly, the filter should be changed quarterly.
2. Fans – Fans serve the purpose of circulating air. First, they pull in air from inside the structure like your house and force it through the air filters where the dust, dirt, allergens, and pathogens get trapped. After the clean air is heated or cooled by the HVAC system, the fans push it back indoors. This cycle continues repeatedly.
Limitation Of Air Cleaners
One main limitation of air cleaners is that they can only clean the air that passes through the air filters. In any enclosed area or building, particles are not always airborne. In fact, a large percentage tend to settle on surfaces. So those particles that have settled on different surfaces like tables, chairs, floors, walls, curtains, appliances, etc., are out of the air cleaners’ scope of operation. It means that a large part of the enclosed space is still not hygienic.
Effectiveness Of Air Cleaner
Most air cleaners claim to be more than 95% effective, some even as high as 99%. Nevertheless, keep in mind the effectiveness of an air filter depends on the airflow rate, the place where it is installed, and how frequently it is used.
In the present day, the best-known air cleaners are those that use HEPA air filters. HEPA stands for High-Efficiency Particulate Absorbing filter. These are known to be 99.97% effective in trapping contaminants of size 0.3 microns.
Contaminants Removed By Air Cleaners
Lets us briefly have a peek at the different kinds of contaminants removed by air cleaners:
1. Dust, Dirt, And Dander – In every household and building, fine dust and dirt particles are present in abundance. If you have pets, you can add dander also to the mix. These may seem harmless, but their high concentrations can lead to illness and allergies.
2. Bacteria And Viruses – When someone is not well, they release their germs in the air indoors through cough and sneeze. Healthy people breathe the germs-laden air and become sick. The only effective way of removing these pathogens from circulating air is by using air cleaners.
3. Allergens – Pollen and dander is the bane of existence for those people who suffer from allergies. Indoor air can contain a high concentration of these allergens if there is no air purification system installed.
4. Smoke – The kitchen happens to be that one area where maximum smoke is generated. If you forget to switch on the electric chimney, it permeates the air and leaves behind a distinct smell throughout the house. Air cleaners can trap smoke molecules and get rid of unwelcome odors.
5. Volatile Organic Compounds – VOCs are present in all aerosols like spray paints, deodorants, etc. You can also find them in perfumes and cleaning agents. Though pleasant smelling, VOCs can also trigger allergies. Thankfully, air-cleaning systems trap its molecules to get rid of them.
6. Mold And Mold Spores – Dampness and warmth are two things readily available in the dark corners of any building. These two also happen to be the prerequisite requirement for mold colonies to come up, and where there is mold, there are mold spores. Mold is a health hazard, and its growth in any enclosed area is unacceptable. Air cleaners capture mold spores and prevent them from spreading in the air we breathe and other indoor spaces.
If you are serious about improving indoor air quality, you must consider investing in an appropriate air cleaner or air purifier. They are the surest way of guaranteeing clean air indoors. As it happens, there is a wide range for you to choose from so ask for help if necessary.
If you live in West Palm Beach, Florida, and wish to discuss the air cleaners most suited for your residential or commercial building, contact the air experts at Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a one-stop-shop HVAC contractor with over three decades of experience. We will help you choose the best air cleaner and see to its installation and maintenance needs. Our office is open 24/7, so feel free to contact us at any time at your convenience. You can reach out to us at +1-888-729-8452.
In the last five years alone, the hurricanes that have hit the US have taken everyone by surprise. Nobody was prepared for the scale and intensity of them. They exceeded the all-time average, wrought extensive damage to infrastructure and property, and took many lives. Now that the 2021 hurricane season is approaching, people worry about how much worse things will be. As it is, sometimes, only one storm, or in this case one hurricane, is enough to cause massive devastation.
About The 2021 Hurricane Season
The typical Atlantic hurricane season begins in June and extends up to November. The peak of which arrives in the period between August to September.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), this year (2021) is going to be an above-average hurricane season.
1. There will be anywhere between 13 to 20 storms with a wind speed of 40 miles per hour (mph) or more.
2. It is expected that 6 to 10 storms will develop into hurricanes with a wind speed of approximately 50 mph.
3. 3 to 5 of these hurricanes could be category 3. This is something to worry about as a severe hurricane can have wind speeds up to 100 mph or greater.
So it’s time for everybody to gear up for an active hurricane season that has the potential to cause damage and destruction.
2021 Hurricane Season In Comparison To Previous Years
The prediction of hurricanes is based on the statistics of the last 30 years. The last three-decade period saw more storms and hurricanes in comparison to 1980-2010. Therefore, NOAA does not expect things to slow down.
1. 1980 – 2010 Hurricane Period
1. There were a total of 12 named storms.
2. It had 6 hurricanes.
3. 3 of which were severe hurricanes.
2. 1990 – 2020 Hurricane Period
1. A total of 14 named storms came.
2. 7 of them were hurricanes.
3. 3 hurricanes were severe in intensity.
3. The Year 2020
The year 2020 happens to be the worst so far in terms of hurricanes. It turned out even worse due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A problematic situation became even more challenging.
1. There were in total a whooping 30 named storms.
2. 14 hurricanes were there.
3. In all, 7 hurricanes were catastrophic in nature.
How Accurate Are Hurricane Predictions?
A tropical storm does not develop into a hurricane within a few minutes. Often it takes days for it to intensify. Nonetheless, there are some cases of rapid intensification, also, which increases the category of a hurricane within hours. Thankfully, modern satellite imagery is so advanced that rarely will a hurricane go unnoticed. Therefore, it can be claimed with certainty that hurricane predictions nowadays are accurate. So if your weather department is warning you about one, please pay heed and take precautionary steps.
Forming Of A Hurricane
The ENSO (El-Niño Southern Oscillator) cycle strongly influences hurricane activities. It is the irregular pattern of winds and the Pacific Ocean’s surface temperature. It creates three distinct weather phenomenons. Namely :
1. El-Niño – It is that period of the ENSO cycle when the surface temperature is warmer than usual. El- Niño is known for causing drier seasons and squelching hurricane activity.
2. La Niña – It is the complete opposite of El-Niño. La Niña is the cooling period of the ENSO cycle that triggers rainfall and hurricanes.
3. Neutral – As the name itself suggests, it is the period when nothing happens.
A chain of events leads to the building of hurricanes. The warm and moist air rises from the oceans and builds a low-pressure area below. The surrounding air, which is at higher pressure, pushes in and finds its way into the low-pressure area. This warm air picks up moisture from the ocean, and it, too, rises. The warm air continues to rise, and the surrounding air continues to spin in to replace it. As the warm and moist air rises and loses its heat, the moisture in the air causes clouds to form. The complete wind and cloud system swirls and becomes bigger and bigger, nourished by the evaporating water and the ocean’s heat. The wind grows in velocity around the core, building bad weather conditions over water. As the complete system moves towards the shore, it brings in high winds and torrential rains.
In A Hurricane What Causes Damage?
A hurricane brings in two things:
1. High winds
2. Torrential rains
High winds can blow away roofs and collapse portions of a building. It can also uproot trees and structures, causing further damage. Similarly, heavy rains will cause flooding. Typically, a hurricane lasts for anywhere between 7 to 14 days. Imagine the destruction that it can leave in its wake in that long a period. God forbid if it’s a category three or more hurricane, it will lead to a catastrophe of gigantic proportions.
Protect Against Hurricanes
There is only so much you can do to protect yourself and your property against damage from hurricanes. Some things that you must do are:
1. Revisit your insurance policy and make sure you have purchased adequate insurance against a hurricane. It should also cover damage due to floods.
2. Board up your doors and windows to maximize protection.
3. Set up a cage-like structure around the outdoor unit of the HVAC system to protect it from damage.
4. Ensure that no big trees are growing near your residential or commercial building.
5. Tie down all loose things in and around your building. You could store them inside the garage or any such closed yet secure structure.
Aztil Air Conditioning At Your Service
Aztil Air Conditioning is one of the best HVAC contractors in South Florida. We serve the West Palm Beach area and will be glad to be of guidance in preparing and safeguarding your residential or commercial HVAC from damage due to hurricanes. We provide several air conditioning services. You can contact us for HVAC installation, repairs, and maintenance. Since we offer emergency services, you do not need to worry about a convenient time. To book an appointment, you can reach out to us at +1-888-729-8452.
Most of us prefer the cool interiors when the sun is blazing in all its glory. At this time, venturing outdoors does not sound appealing at all. Cool indoor environment, a cold drink in hand, and Netflix to occupy time…that’s the dream situation. Nevertheless, sometimes even the best-laid plans get thrown out of the window. That is precisely what happens when the air conditioner goes out. The wrench it throws in your plans is totally unexpected. However, not all situations of AC not working are dire.
When the air conditioner goes out, there are a couple of things that you can do to make most of the situation. That, my dear, is precisely our area of concern today.
What To Do When The AC Is Not Working
For the sake of convenience, we shall divide the things to do when the AC breaks down into two categories. These are :
1. Things To Check In Regards To The Air Conditioner.
2. Things To Do To Stay Comfortable.
Things To Check In Regards To The Air Conditioner
Before calling the HVAC technician, it is wise to check a few things with respect to the air conditioner. These include:
1. Check The Power Supply – It is quite possible that the cooling unit or the air conditioner has no power supply. It could happen due to several reasons like:
2. Power Outage In Your Area – The power supply in your area could be down. If that is the case, no electrical appliance in your house will work. In case you still have any doubts, you can always contact your electric company to confirm the occurrence. When there is a power outage, you will have to wait until the electricity is restored. Once it is, your AC will start cooling the house.
3. Tripped Circuit Breaker – Whenever there is a short circuit or a power surge, the air conditioner’s circuit breaker will trip, effectively cutting off electricity. This is a safety mechanism built to prevent the AC from frying. Pushing the circuit breaker switch to the “Up” or “On” position will restore the power supply to the AC. A tripped circuit breaker is not an untoward incident. Nevertheless, if the circuit breaker trips again as soon as the AC starts, it is best to unplug the AC from the power source and call the HVAC technician.
4. Unplugged AC – It may happen that somebody in the house either intentionally or accidentally unplugged the AC. The best thing to do would be to confirm from your family members whether anybody unplugged the AC. If not, plug it back in. Maybe it was disconnected unintentionally.
5. Check The Thermostat – If the power supply is all in order, have a peek at the thermostat. If there is no display on the thermostat, it may have run out of batteries. If that is the case, replace the old batteries with new ones. Once done, your thermostat will be up and communicating with the AC once again.
The other possibility is that someone changed the thermostat settings. If there are small kids in the house, it may happen that they fiddled with the thermostat without realizing its consequences. Correcting the settings to the desired ones will take care of cooling.
Things To Do To Stay Comfortable
If none of the above-mentioned checks work, you have no option but to call the HVAC technician. If they are free, they may come promptly. Nonetheless, it being summer, there are many more people having AC problems due to one reason or the other. So the technician may take some time to arrive at your place. In the meantime, you don’t have to sweat. Here are some things that you can do to stay comfortable:
1. Draw The Blinds – If it’s the day, the heat and consequently the temperature outdoors is only going to increase further. You don’t want that heat to infiltrate your home. To keep it away, draw the blinds. Almost all of us have curtains or blinds over the windows. Though, for a majority, their purpose is to create an ambiance. But they serve another purpose as well, and that is preventing the outdoor heat from creeping indoors. They act as a barrier and do not let heat enter through the windows.
2. Switch Off Unnecessary Appliances – Electronic appliances produce heat. When the AC is not working, the cumulative heat from all the plugged appliances will rapidly increase the indoor temperature. Under the circumstances, it would be best to switch off all the unnecessary appliances like the dishwasher, dryer, oven, toaster, etc. While at it, switch off any excessive lights as well. The darker your home, the cooler it will be.
3. Switch On The Fan – If you have ceiling fans or pedestal fans, now would be the most appropriate time to switch them on. They will circulate the indoor air. As the air moves, it will make you feel cooler than when it stays still.
As long as you have ensured regular preventive maintenance of your AC, you have nothing much to worry about until and unless your system is a decade or more old. Before calling the technician, do a few basic things like checking the thermostat and power supply. If it’s something as small as that, which is quite often the case, calling the repair tech is not important. If it’s anything other than that, call your local HVAC contractor ASAP.
Aztil Air Conditioning provides installation, repairs, and maintenance of commercial and residential HVAC systems. If your residence or commercial building is in West Palm Beach, Florida, we are your best option. A reputed HVAC contractor, Aztil AC has been serving the people of South Florida since 1981. Our team of certified and talented technicians can work with any brand and age of HVAC system. Our offices are open 24/7, so call us anytime to book an appointment. You can reach out to us at +1-888-729-8452. We are looking forward to serving you in whatever capacity we can.
When you buy or build a new house, you plan it down to the last detail. In the beginning, you are happy, but as the years pass by, your needs will grow or change. It may call for some alterations or upgrades in the house. You may add a new room or enlarge an existing one. Often, when one makes such upgrades, they do not add new ductwork because it increases the scope of work and adds to the overall expense. So does this mean that now they have to forgo living in comfort in the upgraded portion of the house? Not at all.
Over the years, the HVAC industry has evolved so much in technology that there is something for everyone and every space. Today, we draw your attention to how to heat and cool new additions in your home where there is no ductwork.
When there is no ductwork in the upgraded part of your residence, you have two options to choose from:
1. Window AC – Window air conditioners come in various sizes. These are the most sensible investments if the area that you wish to heat and cool is a small area like a single room. The only provision you need to ensure is that there should be a large enough window opening outdoors where the AC can be installed. Typically, the window AC is a single unit that provides cooling indoors and ejects the heat outdoors. Due to this reason, the front portion of the AC from which the treated air enters a room is indoors, while the backside that releases heat just outside the window.
Advantages Of Window AC – These are some advantages of window AC:
1. Compared to the other types of heating and cooling systems, these are relatively cheap.
2. They are easy to install and hence, don’t cost much in regards to the installation cost.
3. They can perfectly meet the heating and cooling requirements of a small to mid-sized room.
4. They do not take up any floor space in your room.
Disadvantages Of Window AC – Some disadvantages of window AC are:
1. If there is no window in the new room, you may have to make a big enough hole in the independent wall to install the AC.
2. It produces a bit more noise than the other heating and cooling systems because all its components are within a single unit. Also, the noise appears to be high because the unit is in the same room as you are.
3. They may block the only window in the room and thereby close off any sources of fresh air for ventilation.
2. Mini-Split Systems – Mini-split systems are another heating and cooling system that does not require any ductwork. These systems consist of two units. One is the outdoor compressor unit, and the other is the indoor air handler unit. The two are connected via tubing passing through the wall. The unique thing about mini-split systems is that one compressor can handle multiple air handlers. So whenever you add a room, you just install a new air handler and move along. Efficiency wise also the mini-split system will not disappoint you.
Advantages Of Mini Split Systems – The core advantages of investing in a mini-split system are:
1. The air handler is an inconspicuous addition up on the wall and does not look like an eyesore.
2. Owning a mini-split system will set the course for future upgrades. All you will need is an air handler.
3. It gives the users the flexibility to maintain different temperatures in different rooms. Hence, everybody gets to live the way they want.
4. It can make for high energy savings. One just needs to switch off the air handler in the rooms, not in use, and there will be no wastage of electricity.
5. It will not block any windows, so you can still open them from time to time to let in the fresh air.
Disadvantages Of Mini Split Systems – Sadly, mini-split systems have their own set of disadvantages. These include:
1. In comparison to the window AC, these units are a little expensive.
2. A single air handler will not cool big homes. You will require individual air handlers for each room.
3. The outdoor unit will require sufficient outdoor space which is free of obstructions for installation. If you lack such space, this system may not be for you.
4. Depending on how tricky the installation of the outdoor unit is and the number of air handlers you are planning to get installed, the cost of installation may become more than what you perceived.
Choosing The Right Heating And Cooling Option For Your New Addition
To figure out whether the window AC is your answer or a mini-split system may seem daunting. But the choice is quite easy if you consider the following:
1. The Budget – The first thing to look at is your budget. If it is less, a window AC is what will serve you fine. If you can go a little more beyond what you had initially thought, you can opt for a mini-split system.
2. Space Requirement – If there is no window in the newly added part of the house, your best solution is a mini-split system. However, if there is no outdoor space to install the compressor unit, you will have to buy a window AC.
3. Energy Efficiency – While window ACs are good, mini-split systems are more energy-efficient. They suit the needs of a contemporary home.
Installing ductwork is no longer necessary when you make any addition to your residence. Window ACs and mini-split systems are two types of heat and cooling systems that can make indoors comfortable without demanding new ductwork. Based on the above discussion, one can choose whichever fits their home and needs the best.
Aztil Air Conditioning is a premier HVAC contractor serving South Florida since 1981. We are a team of trained, certified, and experienced technicians who are dedicated to ensuring the well-being and long life of your heating and cooling system. Be it a residential unit or a commercial one; our technicians can work their magic on all. If there is a problem with your HVAC unit or you wish to get a new one installed, call us anytime. We even carry out preventive maintenance along with air duct cleaning and providing indoor air quality solutions. To book an appointment, call us at +1-888-729-8452; we are open 24/7.
When the summers come, there is one thing that we all dread, and that is the breakdown of AC. Nevertheless, if you timely prepare your AC for the summer season, there is nothing to fret over. Barring any minor trouble, the air conditioner should see you through even the hottest of days with relative ease.
Pretty sure some of you will be wondering what we mean by “preparing” the AC. Don’t worry. You don’t have to become a technician. It just involves a few tasks that you can do, and enlightening you about these tricks is the goal of this article.
Top 4 Tips To Prepare For Air Conditioning Season
Before starting, let us be clear on one thing, these tricks do not do away with the need for AC maintenance. If you want a reliable cooling system, air conditioning service or maintenance is mandatory. Let us now proceed with our handy and valuable tips:
1. Clean All Visible Parts Of The AC – Often, we clean everything but leave the AC. Why is that? Dust and grime accumulate on all surfaces, so even the AC is not free from it. Often, the outside dust slowly finds its way inside the unit, and that is when all the trouble starts. Throughout the winter season, the AC lay dormant and collected dirt. Now that the time is coming closer when the AC will be working full time, it is best to clean the unit properly. The more thoroughly you do it, the better it is. Nevertheless, since you are not an HVAC technician, we advise you just to clean the exterior portion of the AC. A trained HVAC technician should only clean the interior components, which will, typically, be a part of the air conditioning service or maintenance regime.
Once the outer parts of the AC are clean, the chances of the inside components getting dirty diminishes. While at it, check the outdoor unit. If any bushes are growing very close to it or if there are any pile-ups of dead leaves or other debris, clean them up. The immediate area around the outdoor unit should be absolutely clean as it allows the unit to transfer the captured heat outdoors with relative ease.
2. Replace The Air Filters – The job of the air filters is to clean the air that passes through. It captures all the dust, dirt, pollen, dander, and even micro-organisms. When these contaminants are removed from circulation, the air you breathe while indoors becomes clean and healthy. Quite often, homeowners forget to change the air filters. As a rule, if you do it before switching on your AC for the first time during the season, it will be the best. Let us go into a bit of detail. The insides of the AC collected dust when it was idle. Some micro-organisms may have also made their home inside it. When you switch on the AC with a dirty air filter, it picks up all the contaminants inside it and adds to the already dirty air passing through. As a result, the indoor air quality deteriorates even further.
You should ideally replace the air filters every month. If you feel they are still clean even after a month, inspect them periodically to see when they start appearing dirty. Use that timeframe as a benchmark to replace them. As we mentioned, if you have not changed the air filter before the hot season starts, do so before switching on the AC.
3. Inspect Thermostat – The thermostat fixed on the wall in your house is the communication device between you and your cooling system. If the thermostat batteries die or its connections become loose, your AC will stop working. If it happens during the hot season, you are in for a miserable day. The best thing to do is to proactively check that its batteries are fresh and that it is well secured on the wall. While at it, check that the smoke detector batteries too have sufficient juice. If not, switch them out with fresh ones.
Taking these precautions well before the starting of the summer will ensure that you can relax indoors without any interruptions in cooling. Also, make sure that you program the thermostat to counter the heat of the day appropriately. Programmable thermostats are best for such times.
4. Prevent Heat From Seeping Indoors – Often enough, the AC has to work long and hard unnecessarily. For example, in the absence of drapes or coverings on the windows and poor insulation, the heat from outdoors seeps in continuously. No matter how hard the AC works, it cannot maintain cool interiors due to the continuous mixing of outdoor air.
If you want to give your AC the best chance to cool your house to the best of its capability, you need to invest in heavy drapes or blinds. It will keep out the sunlight and therefore prevent unnecessary heating. Also, if there are cracks in the door and windows, seal them. These small things will keep the cold air indoors and the hot air outdoors.
Preventive Air Conditioning Service Or Maintenance Before Starting The AC
If you want minimal trouble from your AC, our best piece of advice is – schedule its preventive maintenance right before you switch it on for the first time in the season and right after the last use when you switch to heating.
The AC is a part of your home. When you take care of everything that is yours, why leave the AC? In summers, your indoor comfort will largely depend on it. Keeping the unit clean, changing the air filters, etc., will keep the cooling system humming in satisfaction. You need to do your best to give your AC a fair chance at a long and productive life, and these tips are just a way to ensure that.
If you have not yet scheduled the maintenance of your AC, contact Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a reputed HVAC contractor serving South Florida since 1981. Our skilled team of technicians can perform a variety of HVAC jobs like installations, repairs, and maintenance. If you need any HVAC-related service, reach out to us at +1-888-729-8452 for quality HVAC services at an affordable rate. We would be glad to help you. Since our offices are open 24/7, you can contact us at your leisure. We are looking forward to serving you in any capacity we can.
There was a time almost two years back when indoor air quality was not considered too big a deal by the homeowners, even though HVAC contractors stress its importance time and again. The US EPA also warns against its deterioration. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and contagiousness are now forcing the homeowners to rethink.
There are many devices available in the market that can help improve indoor air quality. The two that are fast gaining popularity are – air purifiers and UV lights. At the very outset, air purifiers and UV lights may not necessarily save you from contracting COVID-19. Still, they can reduce the concentration of viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens present in the indoor air. Let us see in the race of air purifiers Vs. UV lights who comes out on top.
Air purifiers are devices that are used to improve indoor air quality. These devices remove dust, dirt, smoke, pollen, and even Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from the air. Some air purifiers are portable, and you can shift them from room to room as you move about, while some units are fixed. They operate with the installed HVAC system to provide whole-home air purification.
Based on the manner in which the air purifiers help clean the air, one can opt for a unit with activated carbon filters, ozone generators, or mechanical filters. Furthermore, there are ionization systems and also electronic air purifiers. Although the way they clean the indoor air is different, their ultimate goal is the same.
Also known as the Ultra Violet lights, these belong to the “C” spectrum of the UV wavelength. The unique thing about UVC lights is that it renders most bacteria and viruses inactive. For this very reason, these are also referred to as germicidal lights. UV lamps have long been used in hospitals, care homes, etc., for sterilization purposes. The way they work is quite simple. When switched on, the UV light destroys the pathogens that fall in its path. An exposure of mere seconds is enough to inactivate them.
Typically, the UV lamp is placed either inside the ducts or facing the evaporator coil. The UV light switches on as soon as the HVAC system is switched on, and it stays that way until the heating and cooling unit is switched off.
Air Purifiers Vs. UV Lights
Most people involved in the HVAC industry would suggest using UV lights for improving indoor air quality for the following reasons:
1. Some Pathogens May Escape The Air Purifiers Because Of Their Small Size – Air purifiers cannot catch all the disease-causing microorganisms that pass through. Some pathogens are so small in size that they escape from getting trapped in the air purifier’s filters. Even the HEPA air filters are not 100% efficient. At best, they can only trap 99.97% of micro-organisms of size 0.3 microns.
UV lights do not have any such limitation. They are 100% efficient in rendering all micro-organisms that fall in its path sterile. A contact of mere 10 seconds will be enough. The contact will prevent them from reproducing, and they will die rapidly. So a system that gives a better result is any day, a far more preferable option.
2. Air Purifiers Trap Pathogens But Do Not Make Them Sterile – We just spoke about how UV light prevents the pathogens from reproducing by making them sterile. When it comes to air filters, they only trap the pathogens but do not make them sterile. Therefore, immense caution needs to be exercised while discarding the used filters when their life is up. The trapped bacteria or virus is not sterile. It may still be active depending on its life cycle. So any mishandling can cause you to fall ill.
Thankfully, in the case of UV lights, there are no filters involved. At best, you just have to replace the UV bulb when it dies, and one can do that without any fear of contracting any disease.
3. Some Air Purifiers Produce Ozone – During their work, some air purifiers produce ozone. Now, ozone, whether pure or mixed with other chemicals, is harmful to human health. If you breathe in air containing ozone, it will cause:
1. Inflammation in the lungs.
2. Inflammation or soreness in the throat.
4. Pain in the chest.
The irony of the situation is that when the homeowner purchased the air purifier, the intention was to create a healthy living environment. Therefore EPA, suggests that one should only use approved products and devices for improving indoor air quality. Also, instead of depending upon external measures, one should take steps to phase out the use of products that cause indoor air pollution. Additional steps like proper ventilation, growing indoor plants that purify the air, etc., will also be helpful.
UV lights do not create ozone in any form, and hence, they are safe for use in homes and offices.
But Wait! Exposure To UV Light Is Dangerous For Humans Also. Now What!!!
Well, yes, exposure to UV lights is dangerous to humans. Nonetheless, you have nothing to worry about. The good news is that the way the UV light is installed in your home will never fall on you. The UV lamp will either face the evaporator coil or, as we said, it will be inside the air duct. Both these places are enclosed areas, and thus, you or any other resident will never be exposed to UV light.
If you are looking to invest in an indoor air quality solution, UV lights are the best option. They are cheap and low maintenance. Also, their efficiency is way better than anything else in the market today.
Aztil Air Conditioning cares about improving indoor air quality. It is precisely for this reason we offer indoor air quality solutions. We want your home to be a safe place where you can relax without the fear of falling ill or triggering allergies. Aztil AC is a premier HVAC contractor serving South Florida since 1981. Our reputation and dedication to excellence have made us a household name. If you wish to discuss or purchase any air quality solution, we shall be glad to help you. You can reach out to us at +1-888-729-8452 any time.
Summers in Florida mean high temperatures and high humidity. The last thing you need is an AC that won’t cool. Sleepless nights and sweltering afternoons are not a thing to look forward to. It will throw all your plans to relax indoors out of the window. Have you ever stopped to think about why your air conditioner is not cooling? Let’s see some of the most probable causes of it.
Reasons Why AC Is Not Cooling
Some reasons why your AC isn’t cooling are within your gambit of pursuit, while others are best left to an HVAC technician to handle.
1. Incorrect Thermostat Settings – One of the most basic mistakes made by homeowners is that they fail to check the thermostat. Anyone can change the thermostat settings, either intentionally or accidentally. If the thermostat setting is not set to cooling, it is but natural that your AC will not cool. Only after the setting is modified to “Cool,” the air conditioner will once again start cooling your house as per your desire.
2. Dirty Air Filters – Another prevalent reason for AC not cooling is dirty air filters. The very basic requirement of any cooling system is uninhibited airflow. Dirty and clogged air filters go against this very core requirement. A system that cannot breathe in air in ample quantity will not give back treated air in the quantity that your house demands. Since the airflow is sluggish, it almost feels as if the AC is not cooling. In truth, the AC is cooling whatever limited air it is getting. Until and unless you replace the dirty air filters with clean ones, the airflow will continue to be impacted. Once you replace them, the normal flow of air will resume, and the cooling will happen as before.
3. Frozen Evaporator Coils – The evaporator coil is what is responsible for cooling the air. As the warm indoor air passes over these coils, heat and humidity are extracted from them. As a result, the air becomes cooler. When the evaporator coils are frozen, they fail to extract the heat and humidity from the air passing over them. Hence, the air goes back indoors with barely a dent in its temperature, and you feel as if the AC is not working. Some signs that indicate frozen coils are:
1. Formation of frost or ice on the copper refrigerant tubing.
2. In extreme cases, the ice formation extends to the refrigerant tubing outdoors.
3. High energy bills.
4. Excessive drainage of condensation.
5. Insufficient cooling.
It is not easy to gain access to the evaporator coil. Therefore it is best to call the HVAC technician to troubleshoot the problem.
4. Refrigerant Leak – Sometimes, the refrigerant tubing develops holes or cracks due to corrosion or an accident. From these gaps, the coolant or the refrigerant leaks. When the quantity of the refrigerant drops drastically, the evaporator coils can no longer cool the air passing over them. The only option is to seal the cracks and replenish the lost refrigerant to the requisite level. The problem here is that the refrigerant is a hazardous substance and needs due care while handling it. Therefore, if you suspect a refrigerant leak in your AC, call your trusted HVAC technician instead of taking matters into your own hands.
5. Leaky Ductwork – The problem does not always lie in the AC. The culprit behind AC, not cooling could also be leaky ductwork. If the cold-treated air coming from the AC mixes with warm air entering from the holes in the duct or escapes from it, there is no way your residence will cool down to the temperature you have set on the thermostat. Therefore, periodic inspection of the ductwork is necessary and if any leaks come to notice, take corrective action as advised by the HVAC technician immediately.
6. Undersized AC – If the size of your AC is too small to support the needs of your home, cooling is always going to suffer. In the beginning, it may seem that all is fine, but as the outdoor temperature increases, the AC will struggle to keep up. It is because of this reason that homeowners are advised to get their homes sized before purchasing a new AC.
7. Skipping Maintenance – Skipping maintenance is another big reason behind AC not cooling. As the components suffer wear and tear due to long hours of use and corrosion also plays its part, the cooling capacity declines steadily. Since maintenance tackles all these issues, it is best not to skip it. A well-maintained AC is more reliable, energy-efficient, and has a longer lifespan.
8. Obstruction Around The Outdoor Unit – The heat extracted by the evaporator coils from the indoor air is expelled outside by the condenser coils. If there is any obstruction around the outdoor unit in the form of clogged fins, bushes growing too near, or a pile of debris, it prevents heat expulsion. In turn, the efficiency of the AC declines and it feels almost as if the AC is not cooling. Cleaning the fins and the area immediately around the compressor unit will solve the issue.
9. Poor Insulation – If the quality of insulation used indoors is poor, there is no way that the cold air will remain cool for sufficient time. The warmth from outside is going to increase the temperature way faster. Adding to the misery are the gaps in doors and windows that allow the mixing of treated and untreated air. If you want your AC to cool the home appropriately, insulation must be proper and of good quality.
10. Excessive Ventilation – In the name of ventilation, if you plan to keep the windows or doors open, there is no way to keep the cold air contained. You can only do one thing at a time. If you wish to ventilate your home by letting the fresh air in, decide a time of the day and keep your AC off during that time. Once you switch on the AC, ensure that there are open doors and windows from which the treated air can escape.
Now that you know the probable reasons your AC won’t cool, it’s time to be more vigilant.
If you live in West Palm Beach, Florida, and wish to schedule a proper inspection of your HVAC unit, call the air experts at Aztil Air Conditioning. Our well-equipped team of professionals can also take charge of HVAC repairs, maintenance, and installation. We also offer solutions for improving indoor air quality. We take prompt action and provide top-notch services at an affordable cost. Our offices are open 24/7 and 365 days a year, so call us anytime at +1-888-729-8452 to book an appointment.
This year did you skip your AC maintenance? Do be honest, as we are not here to judge you. Instead, we intend to help you understand the gravity of your mistake. You are not alone in skipping the tune-up schedule. There are many more in the same boat.
We understand the main reason you decided against maintenance is probably that your heating and air conditioning unit is working fine, so it just seemed like a waste of time and money. Well, you’ve been sheer luck, is all we can say.
AC Maintenance Is An Important Activity
If you diligently take care of your car, then why not AC? Both are machines, and if we see in terms of run time, your AC runs longer than your car. Yet, you take your car for annual servicing and inspections but fail to observe the same courtesy for the AC. The point to be noted is that you don’t even have to take the AC to the service center. The HVAC technician will come home and handle everything.
Do keep in mind that all machines that run for long hours and sometimes even endlessly need a tune-up from time to time. It keeps them in good working order and prevents unwarranted breakdowns. The more regularly it is done, the better it is for the efficiency and life expectancy of the machine. Therefore, AC maintenance is critical to the well-being of the cooling system and your comfort.
Consequences Of Skipping AC Maintenance
Your cooling system may have normally been operating without any trouble, so far, so good. But this is only your perception. The trouble is brewing. It’s just that you have not paid attention to it, or things have not yet come to a head. To clarify things better, let’s divide the consequences of skipping AC maintenance into two categories:
1. Short Term Consequences
1. Uneven Cooling – We all tend to spend most of our indoor time in one or two rooms. As long as they are at the perfect temperature, everything seems okay. Nonetheless, if you pay attention, you will realize that every room is not equally cool. Some rooms may be frigid and others warm. You may also notice nowadays, you have to lower the temperature further on the thermostat to get the same cooling effect as before. The point is that the components of the AC are no longer working per their usual norm. They are either slowing down or failing slowly and steadily.
2. Short Cycling – As long as your AC is cooling your indoor space, you probably will not pay attention to the fact that it is short cycling more often than before. Frequent short cycling is a sign of the unit operating under strain, and it will lead to compressor problems. The only time you will realize that trouble is brewing in paradise is when the humidity starts getting to you. If you are lucky, minor repairs may still salvage the situation, but the chances are that your air conditioner might need expensive overhauling to nullify the damage caused by ignoring annual preventive maintenance.
3. High Monthly Power Bills – If you don’t pay much attention to your monthly power bills, you may fail to notice that there is a steady increase in them, month after month. It may not make much of an impression because the increase is not substantive. Nevertheless, if you compare it to your last year’s bills, the glaring jump will become evident. Uneven cooling, frequent short-cycling, failing components, etc., force the cooling unit to work harder. It has to run longer to produce the same results. Consequently, the power consumption increases, and so do the power bills.
4. Frequent Breakdowns – A cooling system whose parts are steadily deteriorating due to lack of care will suffer from frequent breakdowns. Initially, the repair costs will be low, it will become increasingly expensive to keep it in working order as the unit falls into disrepair.
2. Long Term Consequences
1. Lost Efficiency – Every year, your air conditioner unit drops inefficiency. But with maintenance, you can reclaim a large portion of it. If you continue to skip on the tune-up, the efficiency will only decline more and more. There will come a time when the AC will no longer deliver on its promise of efficiency. By the time you realize the mistake, it will be too late to do anything other than replacing it.
2. Increase In Wear And Tear – The AC consists of several components. Continuous use leads to the wear and tear of these parts. They need care in the form of cleaning, oiling, greasing, tightening, etc. If these are skipped year after year, the wear and tear will increase. Remember, not all components can be replaced, and some that can be are expensive. The longer you wait or put off the AC maintenance, the more you will have to spend in warding off the ill effects of wear and tear.
3. Complete System Dies – When problems pile one on top of the other, and you throw massive damage due to corrosion and wear and tear into the mix, it’s a perfect recipe for disaster. So what is the worst that could happen? Well, the worst is that your cooling system either dies or fries. Any way you see it, you got a dead unit on your hands.
Don’t Skip AC Maintenance
The whole point of this post was to stress the need for AC maintenance. Next time when the temptation to overlook it is high, remind yourself of all these reasons. Once you start on this regime, the difference will be hard to ignore. You will be more comfortable, and your air conditioner will thank you.
Aztil Air Conditioning in West Palm Beach, Florida, offers HVAC installation, repairs, and maintenance along with air quality solutions and duct cleaning. Our extensive suite of services is pocket-friendly and caters to all brands and makes of heating and cooling systems. We handle both commercial and residential equipment and work at your convenience. To book an appointment or schedule maintenance, give us a call at +1-888-729-8452.
A thermostat is the communication device between you and your HVAC system. The temperature you desire indoors is keyed into the thermostat, and it conveys the same to the heating and cooling system. Based on this input, your unit heats or cools the house to your specific requirement. Without the thermostat, you cannot tell the HVAC system what you desire in terms of indoor comfort. Therefore, there’s no doubt the thermostat is a critical part of your complete HVAC setup.
Today we decided to talk about upgrading the thermostat because often we have noticed that homeowners pay little to almost no attention to it. Nonetheless, this one little oversight may be the real reason behind your high energy bills. So it’s better to know sooner about the right time for a thermostat upgrade rather than later. It may come especially handy if you are set on lowering your monthly energy bills.
The Rule Of Thumb
The rule of thumb is to upgrade your thermostat every time you replace your old heating and air conditioning system. Of course, thermostat technology has evolved and improved in leaps and bounds over the last decade. They have become better with a whole gamut of features and functionalities. But, honestly speaking, your old thermostat might have become the biggest roadblock in harnessing the full potential of the new HVAC system.
The Right Time For Thermostat Upgrade
Given a choice, most people will not like to spend money until and unless it is necessary, even if it’s a question of upgrading the thermostat. Hence, if you are looking for reasons to justify the purchase of a new thermostat, here are a few for you:
1. When You Buy A New HVAC System – As we mentioned above, the rule of thumb is to replace the thermostat every time the heating and air conditioning unit is replaced. So if you are planning to buy a new HVAC system, you should supplement your purchase with a new thermostat. Ideally, the new HVAC unit will have more to offer than your previous one, and you can make the most of these offerings only if you have upgraded the thermostat. If not, the functionalities will still be there, but they will lay dormant because your old thermostat does not support them. Therefore, the sensible thing to do is to upgrade both things together.
2. When a Thermostat Is Older Than The HVAC System – You are not planning to buy a new HVAC system but have just realized that the thermostat you own is older than the unit itself. It is reason enough to upgrade. As we said earlier, an outdated thermostat will not let you harness the capabilities of a relatively newer HVAC system. Since you made such an expensive purchase, you obviously want to make the most of it. To do so, a new thermostat is the only choice. Once you upgrade the thermostat, you will realize that you can now do more with it and use all those features that were until now of no use. The sooner you realize that your thermostat does not fully support the HVAC system, the quicker you can take corrective action and upgrade to the completely compatible one.
3. If You Are Still Not Using A Programmable Thermostat – Some of us are still stuck with the old manual thermostats. If you, too, are one of them, that is a reason enough to upgrade. There must have been numerous times when you went out but forgot to change the thermostat settings. Or, you were just too tired of constantly going back and forth to the thermostat to change the temperature settings according to the time of the day. As a result, the heating or the air conditioning unit ran continuously without any respite. Thankfully, modern technology now allows you to control the thermostat from anywhere. With a programmable thermostat, you can now program a different setting for each time of the day, and if you own a smart thermostat, you can manage these settings from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection. The energy savings that you can garner from this are immense.
4. If Your Current Thermostat Is Spoiled And Beyond Repair – But of course, if your present thermostat is fried, you have no choice other than to replace it. If it is repairable, you need to consider the frequency with which it is developing faults, the cost of repairs each year, and the age of the thermostat. If all these factors are on the higher end, it will be wise to upgrade your thermostat. Nevertheless, this is a choice that you have to make. A thermostat is not as expensive as the complete HVAC unit, yet it is an expense and will cost you money. If you have the funds to finance a new and improved thermostat, good enough. If not, maybe repairing the existing one will give you a little more time to plan the purchase of a new one.
Ensure The Thermostat Is Compatible With Your Current HVAC System
When you upgrade the thermostat without upgrading the HVAC system, you need to ensure that it is compatible with the unit currently installed in your residence or office. Often we don’t pay attention to this detail and land up with a sophisticated thermostat only to find out that the unit does not support it.
It is always better to change your thermostat and upgrade to an improved version every time one replaces their heating and cooling system. This way, you will never have to worry about using outdated or incompatible technology.
If you reside in West Palm Beach, Florida, and want an expert opinion on your current thermostat, contact the elite team of experts at Aztil Air Conditioning. We are an elite team of air experts that excels in all things HVAC. We are your one-stop-shop for all HVAC needs. To schedule maintenance or book an appointment, give us a call at any time at +1-888-729-8452. Since we are open 24/7, there will always be somebody to take your request. Allow us to wow you with our world-class service and that too at an affordable cost. Not only will your heating and cooling system thank you, but so will your pockets.
Most people ignore the importance of regularly changing the air filters. Sometimes they do it to save a few bucks, and other times it is out of sheer ignorance. No matter the precise reason, this little mistake is bound to make you feel sorry sooner rather than later. Do keep in mind that every HVAC system component has a precise role to play, and so does the air filter. Your assumption that it is not important will not make it so. Instead of running on notions and suppositions, let us learn how air filters and allergies are related.
What Are Air Filters?
Air filters are a vital component of every heating and cooling system. In appearance, they resemble a big cardboard box or carton. The air filter comprises spun fiberglass or even pleated cloth and paper, which is encased in a cardboard frame.
The air filters are tasked with the crucial activity of trapping the contaminants suspended in the air passing through it. Usually, the air indoors is laden with dust, dirt, dander, pollen, VOCs, germs, bacteria, viruses, mold, and lint. All of these pollutants can cause illness and allergies.
How do Air Filters work?
The work of air filters is to filter the air. When the indoor air is brought to the HVAC system, it passes through the air filter. Most impurities get trapped and are removed from circulation. The air that goes back indoors has a better air quality index than what went into the heating and cooling system.
All Air Filters Are Not The Same
There are different types of air filters available in the market. Not all of them are the same. They usually differ in efficiency level. The higher the efficiency level, the more contaminants and particulates it removes. MERV rating or the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value is used to indicate the performance index of the air filter. A higher MERV rating signifies higher efficiency in trapping the air pollutants. The standard MERV rating varies between 1 to 16.
Filters having MERV values between 1 to 4 are simple and will provide basic air filtration. Those between 6 to 8 MERV are slightly better and more suited for cleaning the air in homes. If you desire better efficiency, you can always opt for air filters having MERV between 9 to 12. But, the best ones are those which have a MERV value between 13 to 16.
You Cannot Use Air Filters On Whim
Not just any air filter will do for your heating and cooling system. Buying a higher MERV filter only to find out it is not supported by the HVAC system will be a wastage of time, money, and effort. To eliminate such mistakes, always check the manufacturer’s recommendation. You can find this information both online and on the label that is stuck to the unit. Do not ever exceed the recommended MERV, as this will put the unit under undue strain by restricting airflow. It will only cause further complications.
Air Filters And Allergies
Allergens don’t have a specific size. Nevertheless, air filters with a MERV rating of 9 to 11 will give you 90% efficiency, so they are best suited for homes. 12 to 16 MERV is for those closed spaces where you need absolute cleanliness.
1. Standard Paper Filters Will Not Do – The standard paper air filters are designed to catch big-sized particulate matter like dust, dirt, and debris. They are not very effective in capturing allergens because of their small size. If you want to get rid of allergens irrespective of their size, it is best to use a HEPA filter (High-Energy Particulate Air filter). These filters are made from tightly packed sheets of glass fibers. Their efficiency is as high as 99 percent in trapping dust, pollen, and other particulates in your breathing space.
2. Change The Air Filter Frequently – Air filters need to be replaced frequently, preferably monthly, but no more than a quarter. As the filters remove the pollutants from circulation, they become dirty. After becoming filthy, they may start releasing the trapped contaminants into the passing air. Hence, instead of making the air clean, dirty filters will make the air dirtier, and dirty air means a higher concentration of allergens. Therefore, follow a routine where you swap the used air filters with new ones every month or every quarter.
3. Cleanliness Of Air Filters Alone Is Not Enough – If you were thinking air filters alone will give you good indoor air quality, you are highly mistaken. Though the filters are directly responsible for cleaning the air, there are other aspects related to it as well. For example, keeping the HVAC unit clean. The air that passes through the air filters moves inside the heating and cooling system. If its components like the fan, blower, evaporator coil, etc., are dirty, the circulating air will again pick up the particulate matter and become unclean and unhygienic. Therefore, every homeowner should keep the exterior of the HVAC system clean by regular dusting and also schedule its timely maintenance so that the inside also gets a thorough cleaning.
Which Air Filters Are Best To Contain Allergens?
In a typical household where the residents do not have any known history of allergies, a MERV 8 filter will suffice. Nonetheless, if anyone in your home is known to suffer from allergies, it is better to get at least a MERV 10 filter. HEPA air filters are the best, but sadly, not all residential HVAC systems are compatible with them.
In The End
The cleaner your HVAC air filters, the better is the indoor air quality. When you swap them out regularly, you rule out the chances of severe allergic reactions. Replacing the air filters is a simple task that can be accomplished by the homeowners also. All you need to do is ensure that the replacement you buy falls within the same parameters as the HVAC manufacturer suggests.
Aztil Air Conditioning is a reputed West Palm Beach-based HVAC contractor dedicated to solving all your HVAC troubles. Whenever you have a doubt or a concern, you can call us. In fact, we also do HVAC inspections, installations, repairs, and maintenance in addition to air duct cleaning and offering air quality solutions. If you desire any of these services, reach out to us at +1-888-729-8452. We are available 24/7 and assure you of prompt action. Do not hesitate, pick up the phone and call us now.
The thing about HVAC systems is that it does not matter whether one is trained in the field or not. Just because someone owns a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning unit, they consider themselves an expert on the subject matter. Of course, such people want to include their two pennies worth of opinion in all things related. The problem with these opinions is that such half-baked knowledge only propagates myths and half-truths. So today, we plan to channel all resources to debunk popular myths about HVAC maintenance.
Popular Myths About HVAC Maintenance
Myth 1 – There Is No Need For Maintenance When The HVAC System Is Working Fine.
Do you wait for your car to break down before taking it for service, or do you take proactive steps to prevent such an occurrence? Things are no different with the HVAC system. It is a machine that runs most of the year, even more than your car. Hence, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when you are told that the AC and the furnace will need a tune-up at the start of the summer and winter seasons, respectively. Unfortunately, this myth is propagated more by penny pinchers who believe maintenance to be a wasteful spend of their hard-earned money. Rarely do they ever realize how much more they spend on repairs than those who follow rigorous maintenance schedules.
Myth 2 – Air Filter should Be Changed Annually.
1. The indoor air quality starts deteriorating. It will cause allergies and health problems within the members of your family. Your house may also suffer from the Sick Building Syndrome, wherein one doesn’t feel well when indoors, but there are no problems outdoors.
2. Your HVAC system will no longer receive air in adequate quantity due to the restriction posed by the dirty air filter. A unit that does not receive air in sufficient quantity will start working under strain. It will reduce its efficiency and also cause overheating of the equipment. If not dealt with timely, it can also cause serious damage to the components.
Myth 3 – The Bigger, The Better.
We all want a unit that can cool and warm the residence or any other enclosed space instantly. This desire is a pitfall that makes you think that a bigger unit will achieve the desired temperature faster. Sadly, that does not happen. All HVAC units have a fixed output. It means they run at the same speed. Buying a big HVAC will ensure the set temperature is reached faster, but your equipment will cycle on and off so frequently that you can kiss energy efficiency goodbye. The strain caused by frequent short cycling is worrisome as it reduces the life of the HVAC system. What you need is a unit that is appropriately sized for your home and its needs.
Myth 4 – The Thermostat Setting Determines The Indoor Temperature.
This is only half true. The thermostat is where you key the desired temperature. The thermostat conveys the same to the HVAC system. Nevertheless, ultimately, the indoor temperature also depends on the quality of insulation, gaps or cracks in the walls and floors, and the energy efficiency of your existing system. Therefore, holding the thermostat solely responsible would be incorrect.
Myths 5 – Closing Vents In Rooms Unused Increases HVAC Efficiency.
Closing the vents in the unused rooms will create temperature and pressure differences. This can harm the ductwork as well as the heating and cooling system. A better option is to create zones in the house instead of closing the vents.
Myth 6 – Any Technician With Basic Knowledge Can Do HVAC Tune-Up
Any technician will not do it for your HVAC system. It is an expensive investment, and you need the guarantee that the person working on it will not cause any damage. A lack of knowledge can put both the system and your household at risk. Do not allow anyone other than a trusted, trained, and certified technician to handle your HVAC unit, no matter how small or big the job.
Myth 7 – Buying An Energy Efficient Unit Will Lower Energy Bills
Buying an energy-efficient unit will help lower the energy bills, but that is not the only consideration. It also depends on how closely you stick to the ideal temperature settings, how well the doors and windows are sealed, and the insulation quality indoors. When everything is as per the norms, only then will you see any significant drop in the power bills.
Myth 8 – Outdoor Unit Should Be Covered To Keep It Clean
Covering the outdoor unit is a bad idea. You can enclose it in a cage-like structure to prevent damage or cover it with a wooden plank when expecting heavy snow. But cover it, absolutely not. Covering the unit will cause an accumulation of moisture which, in turn, will speed up the corrosion.
Myth 9 – Use The HVAC System Until It Dies
Technology changes fast. If you have the means to replace your old HVAC system, you should buy the most current system to take full advantage of the updated technology. You can also choose to stick with your old system but know that it is not the only option. A new unit may look like a considerable financial strain. Nevertheless, look on the brighter side. It will pay for itself in the form of savings in repairs and maintenance, power bills, etc.
Whether you need to replace your old HVAC system or schedule its maintenance, you can depend on Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a reputed HVAC contractor with excellent credentials operating in Southern Florida since 1981. Our repertoire of HVAC services is extensive. It even includes air duct cleaning and air quality solutions. Additionally, we provide prompt services, all of which are affordable without compromising on quality. To book an appointment or schedule an HVAC maintenance, give us a call at +1-888-729-8452.
When the weather turns hot, air conditioners are every home’s lifeline. Living without them is not just unheard of but also unthinkable. Yet, more often than not, our mistakes land us in soup. The air conditioner is a complex piece of machinery consisting of several components. The faster we understand that it is not something to play with and tinker around, the better it is for the life of the cooling system and your comfort indoors.
As a reputed HVAC contractor, we have visited several homes where the problem occurred because the homeowner did something they were never supposed to do. Today, we wish to draw your attention to three things you should never do to your AC. Hopefully, learning about other people’s mistakes will prevent you from making the same folly.
3 Things You Should Never Do To Your AC
There are plenty of things you should not be doing to your AC. Nevertheless, three things stand out and should be avoided at all costs. These are:
1. Neglect The Annual Preventive Maintenance – You may think that annual maintenance is unnecessary and a waste of both time and money, but we beg to differ. It is a critical aspect in keeping your AC in good working condition and ensuring its long life. You may be thinking, “I can hose down the unit and tighten the loose wires myself. Why do I need to pay somebody for it?” As we mentioned earlier, the air conditioner has a complex structure, and hence, it requires proper inspection and testing.
When you book an appointment for air conditioner service or maintenance, it does not consist of only cleaning and tightening of wires. A tune-up is a detailed activity that takes time. The HVAC technician will carry out detailed checks. The idea is to look for signs of wear and tear and possibly catch any issues that may cause significant damage later. Besides giving the unit a thorough cleaning, the technician will also:
1. Lubricate moving parts.
2. Ensure there are no leaks and blockages.
3. Test the safety switches, capacitors, etc., to validate they are working as they should.
4. Check the refrigerant level and pressure. If necessary, fix the leaks and top up the refrigerant.
5. Check the fan belt and motor.
6. Test the calibration of the thermostat and recalibrate as per findings.
7. Clean the evaporator and condenser coils.
8. Check the return and supply air ducts.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of tests and checks that are done. There is a whole checklist of items. The idea behind mentioning these is that you, the homeowner, can by no means do all that is necessary to call it thorough maintenance. Surprisingly, most AC troubles crop because the maintenance was skipped or carried out by a quack technician. If you want trouble-free operations, timely air conditioner service by a qualified HVAC technician is your only option.
2. Open Up The Air Conditioner Trying To Troubleshoot A Problem – The bug to prove that you can do it too is our biggest concern. Your AC is not a toy. It cannot be opened and reassembled at a whim because you want to prove your capability in solving technical problems. There are too many variables involved, and the chances are pretty high of something going wrong. Simply watching YouTube videos will not arm you with enough knowledge to tackle the problem.
Do not ever make the mistake of opening your air conditioner. Keep in mind it can render the manufacturer’s warranty null and void. Any issue that develops here on after will be paid from your own pocket. Even a small thing such as a loose connection can fry your system. In an attempt to save a few dollars on repairs, you will land up spending thousands on further repairs or replacement.
An HVAC technician is trained to open the air conditioner and put it back together. His knowledge and experience are a guarantee that no mistakes will be made in the process. You, on the other hand, have limited knowledge. It is restricted to how well and correctly you interpreted the videos. There is a high probability that you or the maker of the video skipped portions, the lack of which may prove to be the downfall. Therefore, refrain from opening the air conditioner.
3. Try To Patch Up Refrigerant Leak – Refrigerant leak is a typical AC problem, and fixing it is as simple as identifying the source of leaks and patching them. Sounds simple? Well, it is the complete opposite.
1. First, how were you planning to identify the points from which the leak is happening?
2. Second, do you even know of the safety procedures to follow when patching it up?
3. And third, did you think anyone can get the refrigerant and pour it into the coils?
The biggest problem is that we realize our folly too late. By then, the harm is already done.
Patching up a refrigerant leak is a sensitive task. It requires due diligence and careful handling. The other thing you need is correct equipment and safety gear. An HVAC technician will have all of these in addition to the complete knowledge of the procedure. He is not banking on a few videos, which may or may not have been accurate. Instead, his confidence comes from his experience and expertise.
Always remember, refrigerant is a hazardous material. It can be harmful to your skin, mouth, eyes, and nose. So your safety and that of your cooling equipment lie in accepting your limitations.
Whenever you notice an AC problem, it is best to call for expert help. Do not delay and refrain from becoming a technician yourself. If you follow the AC maintenance schedule strictly, there is no cause for you to worry. Do understand the cooling system is but a machine. It needs care and expert handling.
Aztil Air Conditioning is the complete answer to all your HVAC needs. Installations, repairs, maintenance, air quality solutions, and duct cleaning – we do it all. Our team consists of trained, certified, and experienced professionals capable of solving all your HVAC problems. Since our offices are open 24/7, you can reach out to us at any time by calling +1-888-729-8452. If you have not scheduled the routine maintenance of your heating and cooling system, or you think something is not right, just give us a call. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
An air conditioner is a complex machine, and like every machine, it too is liable to develop faults and malfunction. The good news is that modern-day ACs are built for performance and durability, provided you take reasonable care.
In warm weather, the dependency on AC increases dramatically. At this time, if the cooling system does not turn, it becomes a cause for concern. Needless to say, if you have scrimped on AC maintenance, the chances are pretty high that the trouble is of your own making.
There are several probable causes for the AC not turning on. Thankful, not all of them mean your AC is dead. The good news is that most issues are easily rectifiable. Although word to the wise is, do not underestimate the importance of annual preventive maintenance.
Reasons For Air Conditioner Not Turning On
An air conditioner that fails to turn on will require immediate attention, but it does not mean you need to replace it. Most AC problems can be corrected with relative ease. You simply have to ensure that nobody else is allowed to look after its upkeep and maintenance other than a trained HVAC technician. Let us now briefly look at all those reasons that lead to your AC not switching on.
1. The Circuit Breaker Is Tripped – The circuit breaker is a protection system that ensures the safety of the equipment as well as your house. Whenever there is a power surge or a short circuit, the circuit breaker trips, cutting off the power supply to the said appliance, machine, or equipment. It effectively cuts down the chances of electrical fire and also prevents the machine from frying.
When your AC fails to turn on, the first place to check is the circuit breaker. In case it is tripped, do not turn it back on immediately. First, confirm from other members of the family whether they switched it “off.” It is quite possible that, say, for example, a burning smell was coming from the AC, so someone flicked it to the “off” position. Once you are satisfied that the tripped circuit breaker was accidental and not intentional, only then turn it to the “On” position. Another thing to remember is that if the breaker trips again within a few minutes, do not switch it back “On.” Instead, call your HVAC technician for troubleshooting.
2. The Fuse Is Blown – There is a fuse between the AC and the thermostat. It functions in a similar manner as the battery in your car. If the battery is drained, the car won’t run. Therefore, if the fuse is blown, the AC will not switch on. Your only option is to replace the blown fuse with a new one, and until and unless you know for sure what you are doing, it is best to let the HVAC technician handle the situation. In trying to save a few dollars, you may land up spending way more rectifying your mistake.
3. Thermostat Is Faulty – There could be two things wrong with the thermostat preventing the AC from turning on. If it’s your lucky day, the thermostat batteries are dead, killing the communication link to the AC. Once you replace the dead batteries with new ones, the AC will start working like before.
The second could be an actual problem with the thermostat. If this happens to be the reason, you will require expert help to identify the issue correctly and carry out its rectification. Primarily thermostat problems relate to loose and frayed wiring. But again, you are limited by knowledge and expertise, so refrain from DIY procedures. Instead, the HVAC tech is your best bet.
4. The Transformer Has Blown – The transformer is yet another critical component of the AC. If it is blown, the AC will not start. If the transformer has blown, the chances are pretty high that you are also dealing with a bad contactor. Again, only a trained technician has the knowledge, skill, and expertise to figure out the root cause and take necessary corrective action so that the problem does not reoccur.
5. Failed Capacitors – There are usually two capacitors within the outdoor unit. One of these is the “Start Capacitor,” while the other is the “Run Capacitor.” These capacitors resemble big batteries and hold power to make the AC turn on and run. The problem with capacitors is that they have a limited life, and hence, eventually, they will fail. When the capacitors fail, the AC does not turn on. Nevertheless, replacing the capacitor will solve the starting and running problem.
6. The Indoor/Outdoor Disconnect Switch Is Off – Both the indoor and outdoor AC units have a dedicated disconnect switch. Someone could have intentionally or accidentally bumped it to the “Off” position. Remember, these are all safety mechanisms. Hence, always check with others to ensure that turning even one “off” was not intentional. If it was unintentional, turn on the one that was switched off, and it should take care of the problem.
Before We End
Thinking the worst when your air conditioner in West Palm Beach does not turn on is doing nobody any favors. In your panic, you may make an unwise decision. So don’t be in haste and check things out logically like a tripped circuit breaker, thermostat status, and sometimes even a small thing like whether the AC is even plugged in or not. If all seems to be okay, call your trusted HVAC technician. Allow the person to inspect the cooling system. The chances are it is a minor issue. Post repairs, the AC should work as before.
If your residential or commercial air conditioner in West Palm Beach needs some tender loving care, look no further than Aztil Air Conditioning. Serving South Floridians since 1981, we have established ourselves as a reputable, trustworthy, knowledgeable, experienced, and affordable HVAC contractor. We understand that HVAC woes can strike anytime. Hence, we keep ourselves available 24/7. To book an appointment, you can contact us at any time at +1-888-729-8452.
In summers, the main reason behind the discomfort is the continuous sweaty feeling even while indoors. It happens because of high humidity. When the humidity is excessive, it prevents the sweat that forms on the skin from evaporating, leaving one feeling unsettled and irritated. As a result, tempers run short, and nerves are frayed because where we expected comfort and coolness, we get the complete opposite: anxiety and clamminess.
There is no need to be disheartened. Like most other problems, there is a solution for this as well. What you need is a dehumidifier. You can either opt for a whole-home dehumidifier that works in conjunction with the central heating and cooling system or the HVAC system. Or you could go for a stand-alone dehumidifier which you can move from room to room, depending on whichever is occupied at the moment.
What Does A Dehumidifier Do?
A dehumidifier’s whole and sole job are to extract humidity or moisture from the air. With the moisture removed, the cool air is once again able to cool your body for optimum comfort.
Why A Dehumidifier When Even The AC Removes Humidity?
An air conditioner’s primary function is to provide cooling. In the process of cooling the air, it can only remove limited moisture from the indoor air. When the moisture content is too high, the tiny amount that AC removes will not make any dent in terms of providing relief. At such times, one needs a dedicated unit whose primary function is dehumidification.
Would You Benefit From A Dehumidifier?
One would most definitely benefit from a dehumidifier if they live in an area where the humidity is perpetually high. Similarly, if there is a specific season when the humidity is excessive, one can find immediate gratification with a dehumidifier.
Benefits Of A Dehumidifier
Now that you are aware of the dehumidifier and its function, let’s briefly look at its benefits:
1. Appropriate Humidity Control – Since the problem is high humidity, your only solace lies in controlling it. What better than a dehumidifier? The dehumidifier works to remove the excess moisture from the air. Kindly pay attention to the fact that it does not remove all the moisture and make the air completely dry. Instead, it only removes the excess part and thereby maintains good indoor air quality. Another benefit of maintaining proper indoor humidity is that your possessions will not get spoiled easily. Even the wall paint will survive for years rather than chipping and falling off.
2. Improved Comfort – There will be a marked difference in the environment indoors once all the extra humidity is removed. Your home will feel way more relaxed and comfortable for the same settings as before. The chances are, for once, you will be compelled to increase the temperature on the thermostat instead of lowering it further. Furthermore, if you live in a tropical climate, the improved indoor comfort will not be for just one season but throughout the year. You can now kiss the sticky feeling goodbye.
3. Reduces Allergies – Typically, allergens need a humid climate to thrive. With excessive humidity, your home fulfills this prime requirement. As a result, even without your knowledge, your residence becomes home to several of these unwanted and unhealthy guests. Places like the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, and basement will have a higher concentration of these microorganisms. Those members of your family who are sensitive and prone to allergies will have a tough time. Installing a dehumidifier will give them much-needed relief. Once the excess humidity is drawn out, the near-perfect condition for the allergens to grow and propagate is destroyed, providing relief in spades.
4. Prevents Growth Of Mold And Mildew – Mold, mildew, and fungus are three names best not associated with any enclosed space. Their presence means questionable indoor air quality, illness, and filthy areas. The problem with them is that they are health hazards that can lead to severe ailments. Not just that, but they are also capable of destroying your prized possessions. The good news is that mold, mildew, and fungus grow only in a damp or humid environment. So if you take the high moisture out of the equation, there is no way they will spread their colonies. A dehumidifier will prevent dampness from finding a foothold indoors. Consequently, it will prevent the growth of these species of microorganisms and keep your breathing space clean and healthy.
5. Makes For Energy Efficient HVAC System – In the absence of a dehumidifier, you keep lowering the temperature of the AC, trying to stay cool. The problem with that is despite all your efforts, there seems to be no respite. On the contrary, you get slapped with bigger energy bills. If the moisture content of the indoor air is high, no amount of temperature modification will make you feel comfortable. The only thing it will do is make your AC run longer than needed and put undue stress on it. In turn, it will increase the unit’s power consumption, and it will lose its energy efficiency. With a dehumidifier in place, there is no need to make the air conditioner run long and hard. It can now do the same job at a higher temperature and run no longer than actually required. Therefore, a dehumidifier will only make your HVAC system more energy-efficient.
Food For Thought
A dehumidifier is an excellent addition to your existing HVAC system. Not only does it give you relief from the humidity and increases comfort indoors, but it also reduces the burden on the heating and cooling system. If you have not yet invested in one, now would be a good time to start thinking about one. Its overall benefits far outweigh the investment cost.
If you live in West Palm Beach and have any questions or queries regarding a dehumidifier, feel free to contact the air experts at Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a trusted household name in South Florida with outstanding credentials. Our dedication to good quality services, prompt action, and precise solutions has earned us the trust of our clients. We offer various HVAC services like installations, repairs, maintenance, and air quality solutions. If you wish to book an appointment, call us at +1-888-729-8452.
The hot summer season increases our dependency on the air conditioner. Everybody wants to stay cool, and no compromise is acceptable. The cooling unit runs incessantly, which leads to frequent breakdowns. Consequently, the need for repairs also increases. When the demand for repairs increases, it becomes difficult to get hold of an HVAC technician promptly, making it necessary to wait even a day or two before somebody is free to inspect your unit.
Prevention is always better than cure. Instead of waiting for the technician to carry out the necessary rectification, what if we took steps to minimize the very need for AC repairs? That would be a more long-term and pocket-friendly solution. Today that is precisely our area of discussion.
Minimizing The Need For AC Repairs
There are several things that homeowners can do to ensure that AC breakdowns are not a frequent occurrence. Some very cost-effective methods are:
1. Preventive Maintenance – The first and foremost thing to take care of is the annual preventive maintenance of the AC. Just like your car, your AC too needs care and look after. The tune-up routine will check out the cooling system thoroughly. It allows the technician to catch problems early on and prevent them from causing disruptions later. A majority of AC problems arise only due to a lack of routine maintenance, yet many people fail to accept its importance. If you wish to cut down your AC’s demand for frequent repairs, the annual preventive maintenance will hold you in good stead.
2. Monthly Replacement Of Air Filter – Another most ignored component of the AC is the air filter. It helps maintain good indoor air quality by capturing the suspended particles in the air. Over time, if the filter is not replaced, it becomes clogged with dust, dirt, and debris. A clogged filter does not allow the air to pass freely, thereby not allowing the air unrestricted movement. When the airflow becomes insufficient, it puts strain on the system causing it to overheat and malfunction. Every month, changing the air filter will ensure good indoor air quality and an abundant air supply to and from the cooling system.
3. Keep The Unit Clean – A fundamental requirement of the AC is to keep both the indoor and the outdoor units clean. Though the indoor unit will not become dirty often, sadly, the same cannot be said for the outdoor unit. So the next time when the HVAC technician comes for a tune-up, pay attention to how they clean the outdoor unit. You don’t have to do that thoroughly at a job, but doing even half of it will be more than enough. It will prevent build-ups that are harmful to the unit and consequently reduce the need for repairs.
4. Use Ideal Thermostat Settings – Do not pressure the cooling unit by lowering the temperature more than the prescribed limit. Remember, your AC gives a fixed output, so it will not make your house cool faster when you reduce the temperature. Instead, it will only force the unit to work longer, leading to more wear and tear and subsequently problems caused thereof. Therefore, be a little patient. There is no need to take your frustration out on the thermostat.
5. Switch On The Ceiling Fan – The ceiling fan in your home is not for decoration. It is there to help cool the house, but alas, you rarely ever switch it on. Switching on the ceiling fan goes a long way in reducing the burden of work on the AC. When used together with the air conditioner, it can help cool the residence faster. In addition, using it will give your AC a chance to relax and work a little less. This way, there is no need for the unit to work exceptionally hard, as is the case during the peak of the summer season—the less the AC works, the less the need for repairs.
6. Use Drapes, Curtains, Or Blinds – Use heavy drapes, curtains, or blinds on the windows that get maximum sunlight. It will prevent the indoors from becoming too hot and allow your AC to operate stress-free and maintain the desired temperature indoors.
7. Keep The Vents And Registers Open – Another reason for stress and the subsequent need for AC repairs is closed vents and registers. Ideally, one should not close them as it can lead to pressure differences and even damage the ductwork. If you think that is a wastage of energy, you should probably think of zoning the house.
8. Remove Obstructions Around The Outdoor Unit – Bushes, shrubs, trees, and other pile-ups around the outdoor unit will restrict the airflow. Therefore, keep the immediate surroundings clean. It will keep the compressor working happily without tiring.
9. Ensure Quality Insulation Throughout The House – A big reason for the cold air to escape is poor insulation. When the cold air escapes, the indoors don’t stay comfortable for long, and the AC is forced to work long hours. Use good insulation in the complete house, even in the basement and attic. Just because you don’t spend much time in these places does not mean it’s okay to cut costs. It will only cause your AC to work overtime and demand more repairs.
10. Do Not Ignore Any Problems – Never ignore anything that was not there earlier, be it a sound, wet spots, strange smell, or frequent short cycling. Your instincts will guide you in this matter. Whenever something is a little off, it is indicative of some problem starting to develop within the unit. Quick redressal of the issue will mean cheap repairs and no lasting harm to the unit. The more you ignore a problem, the bigger it becomes and the more frequent trouble it gives, making for frequent and costly repairs.
Residents of West Palm Beach can contact the elite team of Aztil Air Conditioning for all HVAC problems. We take care of installations and tune-ups along with a variety of other services. Our services are affordable and quality top-notch. We pride ourselves in prompt resolution of AC and furnace problems with minimum discomfort to our clients. Be it residential or commercial equipment, we handle it all. To book an appointment, call us at +1-888-729-8452. Our offices are open 24/7 so call us any time at your convenience.
A majority of us have faced hot summer days when the AC broke down. There seemed to be nothing that you could do to keep yourself and your house cool until the technician arrived and repaired the cooling system. What if we were to tell you there are ways to keep yourself and your house cool even if the air conditioner is not working? I am sure you must now be thinking why you never heard of it before. It’s because we live in a bubble where the AC is always there to keep you comfortable, and so we forget to prepare for those times when it can’t be switched on.
Cooling The House When The AC Breaks Down
Without much further ado, let’s see what all you can do to keep yourself and your house cool when the AC breaks.
1. Draw The Blinds And Curtains – When for some reason, your AC refuses to work, the first thing you should do is draw the blinds and curtains. Doing so will prevent sunlight from permeating the house, and as a result, it will not heat up unnecessarily. A well-known fact is that dark places are cooler than well-lit ones. Hence, the heavier the drapes, the cooler the indoors. In fact, if you follow this practice of closing the blinds even on days when the AC is working fine, at the month-end when you see a lower electricity bill, your pockets will thank you.
2. Switch On The Ceiling Fans Counterclockwise – As long as the air moves, you will feel relaxed. The science behind it is simple. Our body sweats to control the internal body temperature, and as the air moves over the damp skin, it makes us feel cool. Even otherwise, moving air gives more respite than standing air. Hence, switch on those ceiling fans. Most fans need to be adjusted seasonally. In summers, switch them on counter-clockwise as it will create a wind-chill breeze effect. The purpose of your ceiling fan is to circulate the air and keep your home comfortable. You might as well give them a chance to do the needful.
3. Switch Of Appliances That Generate Heat – All homes have a plethora of appliances. When they work, they produce heat. With the air conditioning on, we don’t feel the increase in temperature. But when the AC goes kaput, even a little addition of heat will make indoors unbearable. Switching off unnecessary appliances like dishwasher, dryer, oven, and even refrigerator will go a long way in keeping the warmth indoors in check.
4. A Pedestal Fan And Block Of Ice – If things are really bad and your home feels like a furnace, try this trick. Plugin your pedestal fan and place a big block of ice in front of it in a big container or a tub. Switch on the fan and allow the air to pass over the ice before reaching you. This cheap trick is a wonderful way to cool a room. Stay there until the technician arrives to inspect the AC and troubleshoot the problem.
5. Turn on The Bathroom Fans And Kitchen Exhaust – The fans in the bathroom and the kitchen exhaust both serve the purpose of sending the hot air out. Unfortunately, in both these places, the air happens to be more moist, which increases the discomfort indoors. Switching on the exhausts will help get rid of the warm moist air and make the indoors feel much cooler than before.
6. Open The Windows At Night And Early Morning Hours – At night, the outdoor temperature dips considerably compared to the daytime. Now is the perfect time to open the windows and cool your home naturally. Although, ensure that the windows have netting to keep mosquitoes and other insects out. Also, keep the ceiling fans running even now. It will quicken the cooling process. Similarly, the early morning hours are also cool. Keeping the windows open will cool your house enough to see you through comfortably until the repairman arrives. As the sun rises and the temperature begins to rise outside, the time has come to close the windows and draw the drapes.
7. Switch Off The Incandescent Lights – The incandescent lights produce a lot of heat. If your house is equipped with those, switch them off. If possible, replace them with CFLs. You may be surprised to know that incandescent bulbs waste almost 90% of their energy to produce heat. So effectively, you gain more heat and less light in terms of output. Tossing them out will not only kill the heat in the house but also reduce the burden on your pockets.
Keeping Yourself Cool When The AC Breaks Down
Now that you have taken steps to cool the house let’s do a couple more things to keep yourself cool. Together the two things will make you forget that the AC is not working.
1. Wear Light Cotton Clothes – Cotton clothes are light and don’t stick to the body. They are breathable and allow the air to pass through. When your AC is out of commission, wear such clothes as they will help keep your body cool.
2. Put A Slightly Damp Towel Around Your Neck – Dampen a towel with water, squeeze out the excess and place it around your neck. This little trick also helps to make you feel nice and cool.
A bust AC is an inconvenience that becomes all the more bothersome when it happens during the peak of summers. However, as we discussed above, there are several things that you can do to keep the interiors cool, like draw the drapes, switch on the fan, wear cotton clothes, use the exhaust, etc. In fact, following these tactics while your AC is working will help lower the energy bills and increase indoor comfort.
Residents Of West Palm Beach need not panic when their AC breaks down. The good news is that the technicians at Aztil Air Conditioning are available 24/7 to cater to such emergencies. With our top-notch services at affordable rates and prompt resolution of problems, we have become a household name. Our repertoire of services consists of installations, repairs, maintenance, air quality solutions, duct cleaning, etc. To book an appointment, call us at any time at +1-888-729-8452.
Buying an AC is not a simple decision. Firstly, because it is an expensive investment, and secondly, the comfort of your indoor space relies heavily on it. You have to consider some mathematical values, such as the MERV rating of the proposed air filters, the SEER value of the cooling unit, and BTU. Though people are much aware of MERV and SEER values, very few know or understand about BTU. Since it is a critical factor in your final decision, we thought it best to give you an insight into it.
British Thermal Unit (BTU)
The full form of BTU is the British Thermal Unit, and it is a form of measuring energy. One BTU is the total energy needed to increase the temperature of one pound of water by 1˚F. The most popular usage of BTUs is in context with heating and cooling systems. What BTU is to a heating and cooling system calorie is to your body. Where calorie gives energy to the body BTU gives power to the system.
Importance Of BTU
So what makes BTU all that important? BTU is vital because it tells the total power of the said appliance. In HVAC systems, the higher the BTU, the quicker the AC or furnace will modify the indoor temperature. It means you will get faster relief when you are in the comforts of your home, office, or commercial building.
The Flip Side
Higher BTU means quick comfort, but its flip side is that it results in higher energy bills. So it may not always be right to go with a unit that has the maximum BTU. Sometimes, buying a system with lesser BTU is the right decision, even if it takes a few minutes longer for the indoor space to become comfortable.
BTU In Context To Air Conditioner’s
Instead of heating, air conditioners remove heat from the air and circulate cool air back in. BTUs still work as a form of measurement in this case. Instead of calculating the quantity of heat added to the air in your home, they measure how much heat is removed. Just like with heaters, the higher the BTU rating of an air conditioner, the more powerful it is.
How Much BTU do I Need for an Air Conditioner?
You must have often been told or heard that the AC needs to be of an appropriate size for your home. It does not mean it has to be of a fixed dimension. It means that the AC should be the one with a BTU rating closest to what is recommended for your home.
BTU rating depends on several factors. When you consider them all together, only then can the exact requirement for your home or any other closed space be determined. The key factors are:
1. Size Of The Home – The size of the home is a critical consideration. Its square footage will give you a clear idea of the precise BTUs needed. Another important consideration is the height of the walls. The common practice is to assume that the walls are 8 feet tall. If your ceiling is higher or lower, it will have a say on the power of your prospective AC. Thankfully, there are online charts and calculators available for you to determine the BTUs as long as you know the size and height of your closed space that needs cooling.
2. Location And Floor Plan – Other than the size of the structure, another critical factor is the location. Homes that are set up in hot climates will need more power than those in cooler or moderate temperature zones. In the same way, if your home has a sprawling or expansive floor plan, it will require more power in comparison to compact or duplex homes.
3. Quality Of Insulation – Lastly, the quality of insulation will be the final deciding factor. Homes with poor insulation need more power in AC as there is a continuous loss of cold air. Conversely, with top-of-the-tier insulation, you need not look for an AC with a lot of power. Do keep in mind that if your home has more windows, the need for power will increase. Therefore, when you consider insulation, look at it along with the number of windows.
How To Calculate The Right Size?
To be upfront, it is best if you leave the BTU calculation for your AC to the HVAC technician. The calculation method is quite complex, and a single misstep will result in an expensive mistake, though you can always use the online calculator for assistance. Even then, ask your local HVAC contractor to validate your answer. Getting a second opinion may prevent a costly error of judgment from occurring.
Why Not Buy An AC With High BTU
As we mentioned earlier, higher BTU means increased power consumption, which, in turn, means bigger energy bills. Now, bigger is not always better. An oversized unit will cool your house faster, but it will also put stress on the cooling system. Think in terms of the food you eat and your body’s actual requirement. If you eat less, you become malnourished, weak, and ill. On the other hand, if you eat more, you become obese and lethargic leading to lifestyle ailments. The same is the case with AC. A high BTU AC will only add to your woes by big power bills, frequent breakdowns, and failing components.
It’s A Wrap
BTU is a critical consideration when buying a new AC. To make your home comfortable, you need to figure out the correct size or power of the AC. Even though you can rely on online calculators to find the answer, it is still better to consult a professional.
To calculate the BTUs for your new AC, the residents of West Palm Beach can bank on the services of Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a reputable HVAC contractor serving South Florida since 1981. In addition to consulting, we also provide HVAC installations, repairs, maintenance, replacements, air duct cleaning, etc. In short, we are your one-stop shop for all HVAC needs. We are available 24/7, so you can call us any time at +1-888-729-8452 to book an appointment.
When summers are at their peak, the utility bills skyrocket, and we blame the air conditioner for it. To some extent, what you think is correct but not entirely. One needs to strike the right balance between comfort and not making the AC work overtime and under pressure. It may seem impossible, yet it is completely doable if you know the ideal temperature settings for the AC. Critical is to note the word “settings” because no one setting is perfect for the entire day.
First Get A Programmable Thermostat
As we just said, a single temperature setting will not suffice for the entire day. There are times when the day is inherently cooler, like night and early morning, and times when the heat is at its peak, like in afternoons. At these times, you would want different temperatures. Similarly, when nobody is at home, there is no point in maintaining the same temperature setting. Hence, if you don’t wish to run back and forth to your thermostat continuously, now would be the perfect time to buy a programmable or smart thermostat.
Programmable and smart thermostats can both be programmed to have different temperature settings for different times of the day. It does away with the need to modify the temperature manually. Once you work out a program that suits the needs of your household, you set it on the thermostat and lay back to enjoy its fruits without any running around.
The Best temperature For AC During the Summer
You may think that the heat has got the better of us when we say so, but it still remains the truth. The ideal temperature setting for the AC during summers is 78℉. Lowering the temperature further is not going to do anything to your home in making it more comfortable.
Every cooling system is built to do the same amount of work irrespective of the temperature setting. Making it lower will just make the AC run longer than necessary. When the AC runs longer, it consumes more power and increases your monthly power bills. If you were to set it to 78℉, it would still cool your house at the same speed but with the added advantage of not running longer than necessary.
Set Higher Temperature When Nobody Is In Residence
What is the point in cooling the house when there is nobody to enjoy its comfort? Switching off the AC altogether is also not a good option if it’s only for a few hours. So what is the next best thing that you can do? The answer is straightforward, when the house is unoccupied, increase the temperature on the thermostat, and that, too, right up to 88℉.
Increasing the temperature will make it more or less similar to what it is outside. When you or the other family members come back home, you won’t find it too cold or too hot. I am sure you must now be thinking, why not shut down the AC altogether at such times. The problem with that is that repeatedly shutting down the system and switching it on again puts tremendous strain on the unit. The strain increases power consumption and, consequently, higher energy bills.
As per the sleep foundation recommendation, the ideal temperature when you go to bed is 60℉ to 67℉. However, it may change from person to person depending on whether they like the room cooler when they sleep or a little towards the warm side. If you are one of those who love the chill factor, you need to use your judgment. If you want the room cooler just so that you can take a blanket and sleep, it defeats the purpose of running the AC. Instead, increase the temperature a bit or let it remain within the prescribed range and sleep without the blanket.
Use The Ceiling Fan
Many homes have ceiling fans, yet the residents fail to switch them on when it gets too hot. Instead, they rush to the thermostat and lower the temperature further. Using the ceiling fan will help circulate the cool air faster and make your abode comfortable that much quicker. Also, it will give the feeling of a gentle breeze, which will go a long way in making you all feel better.
Check The Humidity
Another culprit behind the feeling of excessive heat is high humidity. In some areas, the humidity is inherently high due to the geography of the location. Your AC will only remove some of it, which may not be enough to make you feel relaxed. So what do you do? Like a typical homeowner, you go and lower the temperature further. Does it serve the purpose? Absolutely not. What it does is increase your electricity bill. What you need is a dehumidifier to assist your cooling system. Once the humidity comes back within a healthy range, your old temperature setting will be enough to cool your house.
Draw The Blinds
Many homes have blinds or curtains, but people use them more for getting the vibes right instead of for practical reasons. Choose the blinds or drapes wisely for those windows which get the maximum sunlight. Heavy drapes will keep out the sun and prevent the indoors from becoming warm.
To make your home comfortable during the daytime, in summers, the most appropriate temperature setting is 78℉. For nighttime, you can use any setting between 60℉ to 67℉. Apart from that, use the ceiling fan and the AC together and also keep the curtains drawn to prevent the indoors from heating.
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In summers, one rarely ever feels like doing anything apart from lazing in the cool and comfortable indoors. It is probably why getting your home ready for summer in advance is a good idea. After the harsh winter season, many things need to be checked and cleaned. Doing so while the weather is still good and forgiving will only be to your advantage. So, how does one prepare their home and air conditioner in West Palm Beach for summer? Well, that is precisely what we plan to answer through this informative and enlightening post/
How To Prepare Your Home For Summer?
Let’s take things from the top to see what all you need to do to make your abode summer-ready. Some of the activities can be carried out by the homeowner, but you will need professional help from others. When in doubt, asking for help from experts is always better than causing more damage to the property. Hence, don’t feel pressured to do things yourself. Knowing your shortcomings and accepting them does not make you a wimp. Instead, it will cut down on all the repair costs that you are likely to incur to correct your mistakes.
1. Check The Roof – One thing you should know is getting up on the roof on a blistering hot sunny day is almost impossible and completely avoidable. Your roof needs a thorough visual inspection to identify broken, missing, and loose tiles. Ideally, calling a roofing company for the inspection is a better deal as they have big ladders and are also trained to pick up the discrepancies which your eyes may miss. Also, if a professional does the inspection, you will know for sure that nothing was missed. Since they have the repair materials handy, there is no need to wait an extra day to buy the materials and complete the job. In one visit, they will guarantee a leak-proof roof.
2. Clean The Gutters And Pipes – Since one does not often get up on the roof, it is hard to understand how dirty the gutters can become over time. Dead leaves, dust, and debris can clog the gutters. Dirty gutters become a problem when the rainwater cannot flow down the pipes. Instead, it accumulates, causing dampness of the walls. The problem with these wet spots is that it propagates the growth of mold and mildew. Hence, instead of waiting for the rainy season, when the roof becomes dirty, you may want to clean the gutters and the pipes connected to it while the weather is still good. Also, remember to clean all the vegetation growing around the pipes as it, too, can cause clogging. This way, by the time monsoons, roll in, you will be cozy and comfortable indoors without having to worry about clogged gutters.
3. Check Windows And Screens For Gaps – These days, every home has a central heating and cooling system. In summers, keeping the house cool becomes an uphill task if there are gaps, cracks, or tears in the doors, windows, and screens. Therefore, before blaming the air conditioner when it fails to do the needful, one should always make sure there are no spaces from which the cold air can escape. Check all openings from both inside and outside. If you find any gaps, you can seal them by applying caulk. If the glass is cracked or shattered, get it changed by a carpenter. One other thing that you can do is add blinds, shades, or curtains on the windows facing east. It will help keep out the sun’s heat and assist your AC in making the house a relaxing place.
4. Schedule Preventive AC Maintenance – The preventive maintenance or annual tune-up of the air conditioner should always be carried out in spring before switching on the AC for the first time in the season. The idea is to eliminate all possible problems that may have started to develop during the winters while the AC was lying dormant. Hence when you do switch it on, it will be in tip-top shape and operate efficiently. A tune-up at this time makes the cooling unit reliable, so you need not worry about any unnecessary breakdowns or malfunctions.
5. Keep Insects, Bugs, And Critters Out – From time to time, one must do a visual examination of all drain holes and dark corners of the house to ensure no pests, rodents, critters, or bugs have made their home indoors. These can not only damage your property but also lead to incidents caused due to bitten wiring. Additionally, these little animals can also add to your health issues, especially if you or any other family member is allergic to their hair and dead skin cells. Keeping out insects, bugs, and critters is more of a necessity. If you find their droppings or crumbs of food where they shouldn’t be, you should contact an exterminator to help get rid of the infestation. The same person will also help find the source from where these little pests are entering your home. You can either seal these entry points yourself or get a handyman to do it for you.
The Bottom Line
Getting the home ready for summer is mostly about cleaning out the house thoroughly, scheduling a tune-up of all equipment on which you will be relying heavily to stay cool, finishing all upgrades, and basically ensuring that all is well indoors. A little work early on will save you much trouble during the hot weather. So gear up and make a list of things that need to be done and attack them one by one. Your one top priority should be the air conditioner, especially if you live in West Palm Beach.
Aztil Air Conditioning is a premier HVAC contractor serving throughout South Florida since 1981. We are a reputable company with a 100+ strong team of certified and experienced air experts. If you are yet to schedule the maintenance of your AC, now is probably the best time to do so. Along with tune-up, we offer a wide range of services like air quality solutions, duct cleaning, HVAC repairs, installations, etc. We are open 24/7, so if you wish to book an appointment, you can do so any time by calling +1-888-729-8452.
Knowing beforehand exactly what will happen when the HVAC technician comes for the AC tune-up is always beneficial. Since your AC is an expensive investment, you naturally want no stone left unturned during its maintenance. After all, that is the best and surest way of ensuring problem-free operations throughout the season.
Annual AC tune-up is essential no matter where you live. It needs to be carried out by a trained and certified professional. Now let us talk about what happens in the AC tune-up.
Parts Of AC Tune-Up West Palm Beach
At Aztil Air Conditioning, the complete AC tune-up process is divided into three main parts. These are:
3. Testing And Recalibrating
1. Fan – The fan is a crucial part of the AC. It is responsible for pushing cool air into the home. An inspection of the fan is necessary to ensure that it is properly balanced. If the fan shifts or becomes imbalanced, it will cause irritating noise and slow the flow of treated air. One thing that you should know is that the fan has weight. When it shifts from its position, it can also hit the refrigerant line and damage it. It can even fall off entirely and damage other components in the vicinity.
2. Supply And Return Air Ducts – There are two types of ducts in your home. The supply air duct pulls the warm indoor air and passes it over the evaporator coils to lower its temperature. This cold air is then returned to the home via the return air ducts. Both these ducts are checked to make sure that no restrictions are hampering the airflow.
3. Indoor Coil And Blower Motor Assembly – Some people may be unaware that in a central heating and cooling system, the same unit is used to provide both heating and cooling. The indoor coil located above the furnace is checked for any issues like signs of corrosions, cracks, etc. It is also given a thorough cleaning to increase the surface area with which the air will come in contact. The blower motor is also checked to ensure adequate speed of the fan as it is directly responsible for the speed with which the treated air will move.
4. Wear And Tear Of Fan Bearings – The fan’s bearings are solely responsible for keeping the fan blades balanced. These little balls bear continuous pressure when the fan is rotating, resulting in their wear and tear and subsequent imbalance of the fan blades. To reduce their deterioration, the bearings are cleaned and lubricated. In extreme wear and tear cases, the entire set of bearings may need to be changed.
5. Refrigerant Line – During a tune-up, the technician will give a thorough once over to the refrigerant line to ensure there are no cracks or holes. These gaps in the refrigerant line can cause a refrigerant leak which, in turn, hampers cooling.
6. Electrical Connections – Though you may not feel it, the numerous moving parts of the AC cause vibrations that can loosen or dislodge wires. Hence, all electrical connections are tightened to ensure there are no problems.
1. The Outdoor Compressor And Condenser Coil – The compressor unit installed outdoors, and the condenser coil bears the brunt of nature. They accumulate a lot of dust and other debris. Cleaning the unit is essential as it will help eliminate all accumulations that restrict airflow. Usually, it is hosed down, and the fins are cleaned with the help of a brush. The condenser coil is taken out and cleaned with due care.
2. Air Filter – The air filter is critical to maintaining good indoor air quality. Though homeowners should change it every month, yet most don’t. Therefore, it is an integral part of the tune-up process. After months of trapping air impurities, the air filter becomes dirty and clogged, so we change it to help make the air you breathe clean.
3. Condensate Drainline – In its operation, the AC generates a lot of condensation, which is flushed out of the unit through the condensate drain line. Nevertheless, sometimes the drain line gets clogged, which causes water to back up and drip down on the floor, creating wet spots or puddles. Hence, the HVAC technician cleans the drain line to ensure no build-ups or obstructions inside it.
Testing And Recalibrating
1. Wiring – Once all the disconnected wiring is put back together, the complete system is tested to ensure that everything is working fine.
2. Checking Thermostat – The thermostat is the AC’s remote. The technician will take a baseline reading, and will ensure that it is communicating appropriately with the air conditioner. If not, it is recalibrated to correct the variations.
3. Thermal Expansion Belt – The thermal expansion belt regulates the flow of the refrigerant. The technician will check it to ensure that its performance is up to expectations. It will help extend the life of the cooling unit and bring down operation costs.
4. AC Valve – The AC has a valve, just like your car’s tire, to ensure no refrigerant leak. Nonetheless, due to corrosion, this valve may get damaged. The technician will check its integrity, and if it is found broken or damaged, it is immediately replaced.
5. Refrigerant Pressure Evaluation – For the AC to work optimally, the pressure of the refrigerant should be just right. Both high and low-pressure conditions will put undue strain on the cooling unit. Hence, the refrigerant pressure is evaluated to ascertain that the condenser gets the coolant in adequate quantity.
Wrapping Up AC Tune-Up West Palm Beach
The above checks are not the only things tested for accuracy and integrity during an AC tune-up in West Palm beach. These happen to be the prominent checks that the HVAC technician will carry out. Apart from these, more checks will be done like fan motor amperage and voltage, compressor’s amperage draw and voltage, temperature difference at the supply and return air ducts, etc. The idea is to ensure that all things that commonly cause AC problems are addressed well in time.
Aztil Air Conditioning is a premier HVAC contractor in West Palm Beach, Florida. We have been in operation since 1981, serving our clients to the best of our ability. Our 100+ strong team of technicians is fully capable of carrying out all HVAC-related services like installations, repairs, and maintenance. Our offices are open 24/7, so if you have still not booked your heating and cooling system’s tune-up, you can do so now. Give us a call at +1-888-729-8452, and we shall be at your service promptly.