Once again, that time of the year is fast approaching when your heater will get back into action to provide the much-needed warmth. Even if you use your AC more often, you cannot forget about the heater because sooner or later, you are bound to feel its need....
Once again, that time of the year is fast approaching when your heater will get back into action to provide the much-needed warmth. Even if you use your AC more often, you cannot forget about the heater because sooner or later, you are bound to feel its need. When that time approaches and the heater refuses to cooperate, one will rue the day they started ignoring its need for love and care.
Giving love to your heater is all about timely addressing its needs for repairs and maintenance. Failing to do so will cause the heater to act up and become unreliable, both things you wish to avoid at all costs. If you love your heater and can’t live without it, this article is precisely what you need to read today.
Caring For Your Heater
Your heater may or may not work as hard as your AC to provide indoor comfort, but work it does. Hence, you too are required to take care of it. Doing so will ensure that it works without glitches and hitches the next time you switch it on. Having the number of a heater repair services technician will prove handy. Here are a few tips that prove to be handy while taking care of the heater:
1. Schedule Annual Maintenance And Stick To The Yearly Regime – Most of us follow the maintenance schedule when the heater is new only to make merry on the free servicings that are our due. As soon as they fall into the paid category, we take a backseat and let things fall into disrepair until some problem appears. Then we schedule the heater maintenance. Nonetheless, by then, it has become a bigger issue and needs repairs. Following a strict annual maintenance regime ensure that issues are caught and corrected before they become bigger. It also ensures minimal wear and tears within the heating unit. Timely maintenance will give you the following benefits:
- It will make the unit reliable.
- It will reduce the need for repairs.
- It will keep the system working optimally for years.
- It will extend the life of your heating unit.
2. Replace The Old Filter – Every heating system, including the heater, has a filter. The work of this filter is to keep dirt and debris away from the internal components of the system. Over time, the filter traps the unwanted particulate matter and becomes clogged. A dirty and clogged filter restricts the free flow of air and hinders the heating process. Therefore, you need to be vigilant and replace the filter periodically before it becomes too dirty and clogged. The ideal plan would be to switch out the dirty filter every month. If it seems there is more life in the filter, you can replace it every quarter or every two months, as the case may be.
3. Ensure Vents Are Not Blocked Or Closed – All homeowners tend to move around appliances and objects to change the look of the space. Sometimes they bring in indoor plants or other decorative items to spruce things up. Unknowingly, many times they place things directly in front of the vents, blocking the airflow. At times, we close the vents intentionally, assuming it will allow for energy savings. That is not how things work. The heater works at a fixed capacity and has a fixed output. Closing the vent will not change the result. It will only add to the strain on the heater and the ductwork. Sadly, you might become aware of the folly only after either of the two suffer damage. Therefore, at all times, you should be aware that the vents in every room are open and free of obstructions. This will allow the warm air to make the rooms cozy without making the heater work longer than necessary.
4. Use Recommended Thermostat Settings – When the cold is biting, it is our nature to crank up the temperature on the thermostat to make for a cozier indoors. What most of us fail to take into account is that unreasonable demands on the heater are only going to strain the system. The best piece of advice we can give you is to stick to the recommended settings. If it means wearing an extra layer of clothing indoors, so be it. At least your heater will not have to go beyond its capacity to deliver on your comfort. The ideal winter temperature setting is 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Seal All Doors And Windows – Open doors and windows are the sources of significant heat loss. Yes, it is necessary to bring in the fresh air, but it is best to close the open doors and windows when you switch on the heater. Simultaneously, also ensure that there are no gaps and cracks in them as well as in the walls and flooring from which the heat can escape, or cold outdoor air can seep in.
6. Never Delay Repairs – If your heater needs repairs, call the heater repair services technician immediately. It is not wise to delay them as the problem is only going to build. The bigger the problem, the more expensive the repairs. On top of that, sometimes the problem may escalate so much that the heater may stop working altogether. Hence, call your local heater repair services technician to troubleshoot and carry out the necessary repairs at the first sighting of any trouble.
When winter comes calling, the heater becomes your best friend. But this best friend needs to know that you care, which is possible only if you are attentive to its repairs and maintenance needs. A well-cared heating unit will never let you down.
Providing world-class, affordable services for your heating and cooling system is the forte of Aztil Air Conditioning. We value your trust in us and ensure that your HVAC gets the best attention. We have the knowledge, experience, and tools to do a top-notch job on any brand and every kind of residential and commercial heating and cooling system. Rest assured, when you place your trust in us, we will not let you down. You can reach out to us any time at +1-888-729-8452.
It is a universal truth that you can cut costs by doing things yourself, which is why DIY activities are so popular. There is yet another universal truth, and that is, everything is not a DIY activity. Some things require specialized knowledge. Until you train in them specifically, you can’t learn them overnight. AC installations happen to fall in the specialized knowledge category.
As an HVAC contractor, we have encountered several situations, including the mess created by installing the AC yourself. Therefore, we decided it’s time to let you know why you should not resort to it even if you are money pinched. The urge to save money might be high, but you need to reel it in as it can lead to several situations best avoided.
Warranty Becomes Void
When you purchase a new AC, the contract between you (the buyer) and the manufacturer clearly states that the AC should be professionally installed. If you fail to fulfill this critical demand, the manufacturer will not honor any defect or malfunction in the AC. There is no way you can drag them to the court shouting foul as the fault lay at your end.
A new AC with no warranty is sure to make you feel the pinch sooner than later. We say so because there will be no end to your DIY aspirations, and doing everything correctly even without any proper training is setting too high a standard. Mistakes will happen, and your AC will demand professional repairs. Sadly, when that time arrives, you will have to pay dearly from your pockets.
If you wish to keep the warranty on your AC intact, make sure that only a qualified technician gets to install it. The best is to ask for recommendations and visit the HVAC contractor’s website before engaging their services.
Incorrect Installation Causes Frequent Malfunctions
There are several things that one needs to consider during AC installation. If you are one of those who think it’s about placing an indoor and an outdoor unit, connecting the two, and plugging in the complete set-up to a power source, you are mistaken. The choice of location and how well the unit is installed will be the deciding factor in your indoor comfort and the need for expensive repairs. Some things that could go wrong are:
1. The location of the indoor and outdoor units is not selected wisely.
2. The units are not balanced, or one or both of them sit unevenly on the surface.
3. The thermostat location is chosen without thinking.
4. Ductwork is not checked to gauge its condition.
5. While connecting the indoor and outdoor units, you mix up the connections.
6. The refrigerant line gets damaged due to rough handling.
The whole point of mentioning these mistakes is to make you aware and accept the fact that you should not take anything at face value. Yes, the YouTubers make it look easy, but it really isn’t so.
When you are gripped with the urge to install the AC yourself, remember, even the best contractors don’t allow new technicians to do this job alone. They, too, perform the task under the guidance of a mentor who has several years of experience. Your experience is limited to a few videos.
The Cost Of Correcting Your Mistake Will Be High
As mentioned earlier, your self AC installation attempt will cease the manufacturer’s warranty on the AC. If you have purchased a repair and maintenance plan from an HVAC contractor, that too will come into jeopardy. Both these agreements are based on the foundation that only a trained and qualified technician will ever work on the AC. Therefore, you will have to bear the complete expense for rectifying any mistakes that lead to repairs.
The other issue with mistakes is that unknowingly you can cause massive damage to the cooling system. If that happens, the cost of correcting the folly will be exorbitant.
AC Installation Is A Dangerous Activity
Finally, we come to the most critical aspect of all AC installations. It is a dangerous job. Firstly, the unit is very heavy, and you can hurt yourself easily. Secondly, you are working with electrical connections where any carelessness can be fatal. Not only is your good health at risk, but also the well-being of your property.
AC installation needs to be done in a specific order, and that too with full precautions. Since your knowledge in that capacity is limited to what the YouTube video mentioned, it is best to avoid performing such hazardous jobs yourself.
But The HVAC Contractor Is Charging Too High A Price For AC Installation
If that’s what you think, you are grossly mistaken. The prices are as per the standard set by the industry. It still varies from household to household depending on the type of unit to be installed, the time it will take, complexity in completing the job, etc. Do keep in mind, the technician makes the job look easy, not because it is simple. Instead, they have done it so many times that they have become fast and efficient in completing it.
As an HVAC contractor and your well-wisher, we advise everyone never to attempt AC installation by themselves. Financial repercussions aside, doing so will put you and your property at risk. Whether your DIY decision pays off or not, only time will tell. Ultimately, you have more to lose and little to gain by going against popular opinion.
Aztil Air Conditioning in West Palm Beach, Florida, can help you install your new AC or replace the old one. We are a premier HVAC contractor proudly serving South Florida since 1981. Our repertoire of HVAC services includes installations, repairs, and maintenance of commercial and residential HVAC systems. We also extend air duct cleaning services and provide indoor air quality solutions for a more refined indoor experience. Since our offices are open 24/7 to cater to all HVAC emergencies, you can contact us anytime. To book an appointment, call us at +1-888-729-8452.
Often when something is wrong with the heating and cooling system, we jump to the conclusion that something is wrong with the unit itself. We fail to take into consideration the core fact that the unit depends on the thermostat for inputs. If the input is wrong, the HVAC will not function as it ideally should. Therefore, the AC will work only as well as the thermostat does. It wouldn’t be far off the mark to say there is a high possibility that the thermostat is causing your cooling trouble.
The Work Of Thermostat
The thermostat is the link between you and your heating and cooling system. The temperature that you desire indoors is fed to the thermostat via a program. The sensors within it judge the ambient temperature, and if it is more than what you programmed, the thermostat sends a signal to the AC to start cooling. The compressor kicks in and lowers the indoor temperature. All this while, the thermostat sensors continuously keep a tab on the indoor temperature. As soon as it reaches the required mark, it sends another signal to the AC to cycle off the compressor. The cycle continues to keep your space comfortably cool.
One thing that must be clear to you now is, the HVAC cannot work independently. It needs the thermostat to tell what needs to be done and when. So, if the thermostat fails in this very core function, the AC will malfunction. Nevertheless, solving the thermostat issue will also solve the cooling concern.
The issue with thermostat problems is that they are very subtle. Until you are looking for them, you will not find them. Even then, it takes a trained eye to access the signs correctly. Although, there are some issues that are quite obvious and can be addressed by the users themselves. The simple rule of thumb is, if it’s something as simple as changing dead batteries, you can do it yourself, but if it’s something more, best call the HVAC technician.
Cooling Problems Caused By A Faulty Thermostat
A faulty thermostat often disrupts the smooth functioning of the AC in the following ways:
1. The AC Stops Working – One of the main reasons the AC stops working is because the thermostat batteries are dead. Typically, we all program the thermostat as per our desire and then forget all about it until something dramatic happens. AC not working is one of those drastic things. At this time, we go to see the thermostat only to realize its display is dead. This happens because the old batteries ran out of juice, and the user did not insert new ones. Changing the batteries will have the display and, consequently, the AC up and running.
Dead batteries are not the only thing that causes dead display. Sometimes the connections within the thermostat become loose and disconnected altogether. This, too, can disrupt the communication with the HVAC system leading to an AC that does not work. In this particular case, it is better to call the technician rather than pick up the screwdriver yourself to reconnect the wires. Do keep in mind one wrong connection can fire the thermostat. It is better to allow a trained and knowledgeable person to handle the situation.
2. Room Temperature Does Not Match The Thermostat Setting – As we mentioned above, a thermostat has embedded sensors that continuously judge temperature and humidity. Accumulation of dust and grime over the sensors can hamper their working, in which case, they cannot judge the temperature correctly. Until they are cleaned, the problem will persist.
The other issue could be, the thermostat location was not chosen wisely. If you install the thermostat near electrical appliances or near a window, etc., it will impact its accuracy. Relocating the thermostat to an ideal place is the only solution.
An accidental bump with the thermostat or its poor installation can lead to calibration issues. A trained HVAC technician can help solve the problem by correcting the installation and recalibrating the thermostat.
3. AC Runs Continuously Or Short Cycles Often – An AC that runs continuously or short cycles often has compromised efficiency. It can occur due to dirt on contacts inside the thermostat and also because it is not level. In both scenarios, you will require a technician’s help.
Calibration issues with the thermostat also cause frequent short cycling. Recalibration is the work of an expert. The technician will increase the cooling cycle by turning the anticipator arm in step by step increments in the direction marked for a “longer” cycle on the dial until satisfied. This is known as recalibrating the thermostat.
Ensuring Thermostat Is In Top Working Order
There are two things that you must do to ensure that your thermostat is in top working order:
1. Make sure that your AC receives annual servicing or maintenance. As a part of the maintenance routine, the thermostat, too, will be given a thorough once over. It will be cleaned, old batteries replaced, and all loose connections will be tightened. A well-maintained thermostat should not give you any trouble.
2. Do visit your thermostat from time to time to check the battery indicator. Swapping drained batteries well in time will save you from discomfort.
Thermostat malfunctions are something that one should never overlook. These, too, are machines that need care. Moreover, nothing ever escapes the clutches of dust, so do ensure its cleanliness. The more you take care of the thermostat, the better it shall function.
West Palm Beach residents, building managers, and office complex owners can contact Aztil Air Conditioning for any and all HVAC troubles. We excel in providing top-notch services at affordable rates. Our 100+ strong team of technicians are certified and experienced in working on all residential and commercial heating and cooling systems. We provide a whole host of HVAC services, so you don’t have to look elsewhere when the time comes. To ensure your comfort and safety, we provide 24/7 emergency services. To book an appointment, simply call us at +1-888-729-8452 any time.
The dilemma of Floridians is such that their air conditioners will work more than their furnace. The truth is their ACs need to be highly efficient because of the effects of heat and humidity they’ll be required to neutralize. So, it makes no sense to invest in a heating system meant for hardcore performance and will hardly ever be used.
If you, too, are looking for a system that will give you cooling comfort during summers and warmth as and when needed, you might want to consider a heat pump. The obvious question that will pop in your mind on hearing this is – Is the heat pump even a match for my home? To answer that question, allow us to enlighten you a little more about it.
How Heat Pumps Work
Heat pumps work on the simple principle of moving heat from one place to another. When heating or cooling is needed, the heat pump uses the compressor and refrigerant combo to complete the job. In summers, it extracts indoor heat and dispels it outside providing cooling indoors. The reverse happens during the cold fronts. It extracts heat from the outdoor source and circulates it indoors.
What’s Different Between A HVAC System And A Heat Pump Structurally
Both HVAC systems and the heat pump consist of two units, one of which is the outdoor condenser unit. However, the main difference is in what is installed indoors. A typical HVAC unit has a heavy-duty indoor evaporator unit, which is replaced by the heat pump in the latter case.
The heat pump is smaller in size. It takes up less space, but it still offers kick-ass comfort and efficiency.
Advantages Of Owning A Heat Pump
Let’s now talk about the advantages of a heat pump. These include:
1. Year-Round Comfort – As residents of Florida, you are well aware that the air conditioner is used the most and the heater the least. When you install a heat pump, you still get efficient heating on days when the cold front blows in, and on the rest of the days, you can cool your house with the efficient AC. So there is no need to sacrifice your comfort at any time of the year.
2. Can Be Ducted And Ductless – The heat pump is a versatile system. It can connect to the existing ductwork to provide heating and cooling, and if you don’t have one, you can buy its ductless version. Both types are equally good and will do an amazing job in keeping indoors comfy.
3. Efficient And Effective – Alas, you must have heard time and again, it is impossible to get efficiency and effectiveness together in the same bundle. Well, here’s a boo to the naysayers because the heat pump gives you both.
Disadvantages Of A Heat Pump
It’s time to pay attention to the drawbacks, which include:
1. High Cost – Heat pumps are costly. Nevertheless, the good news is that because they are environment-friendly, the state and electricity companies give you subsidies. So the high cost is made a bit more bearable with the rebates.
2. Complicated Installation – Installing a heat pump is not a simple job. It requires a lot of work, some of which will cause disruption. The heat pump installation requires penetrations to be made through the cladding of the building. It may even require digging in a part of your garden, etc. So its installation is work-intensive.
3. Issues In Excessively Cold Weather – A heat pump serves well only in areas with moderate temperatures. If it’s excessively cold, its heating may not rise to the occasion to make indoors toasty and cozy. At best, it will only succeed in taking the chill away and providing a degree of warmth.
When Is Heat Pump A Good Match For Your Home
Here are the scenarios where you can consider the heat pump a good match for your home:
1. When Your Home Is In An Area Where Temperature Is Moderate – As we said earlier, heat pumps are most suited to only those environments where the temperature does not go to the extremes. If your residence happens to be in a place like Florida, where temperatures are neither too high nor too low, a heat pump will fit the bill.
2. If You Wish To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint – If you are an environment-friendly person who takes the responsibility to go green seriously, the heat pump will not be a disappointment.
3. If You Wish To Lower Your Utility Bills – Heat pumps are incredibly efficient systems. If you are desirous of further cutting down your home’s energy bills, the heat pump will not let you down. When you combine your heat pump with solar panels, you can even make your home eco-friendly and self-sufficient.
4. If You Have The Necessary Budget – Heat pumps are expensive, and so is their installation cost. If you can afford the initial investment, you will be making a smart and responsible investment. In the long run, the additional cost will pay for itself in the form of savings. But yes, you need to have the initial finance to reach that position.
The Gist Of The Matter
Heat pumps are a smart investment for homes where moderate heating and cooling are required throughout the year. Although these units are expensive, yet there are several attractive finance options available. Moreover, with the state-provided subsidy in recognition of your green investment, and the savings that it will render, you will more than make up for the high investment.
If you live in West Palm Beach and have any queries or concerns regarding a heat pump, reach out to the air experts at Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a 100+ strong team of trained, certified, and experienced HVAC technicians. We can help settle all your doubts and help you make the wisest choice of investment in residential and commercial heating and cooling systems. Since we provide a full suite of HVAC services, you will no longer have to look elsewhere to meet all your HVAC needs. To book an appointment, give us a call at +1-888-729-8452.
We all have the right to breathe clean air. Sadly, it can’t be guaranteed outdoors and all because of our environmentally unfriendly activities. Nevertheless, indoors is an entirely different story. As homeowners and building owners, we can undertake concrete steps to ensure good indoor air quality. One of those revolutionary steps is the Air Purifier.
In today’s world, where we cannot control much, getting the power to control indoor air quality is the most notable achievement. The air purifier is the most obvious solution. It is a complete device entrusted with the critical task of removing impurities from the air passing through it. The basic air purifier consists of a fine mesh-like multi-layered structure called the air filter, which has really fine holes. As the air passes through these holes, the mesh traps contaminants, ranging from dust, dirt, dander, and allergens to different pathogens.
Some air purifiers are a little more advanced and have UV Light. UV light is a proven effective disinfectant. It is known to kill bacteria, viruses, germs, and other microorganisms. Therefore, the air that passes through the range of the light gets sanitized.
Air purifiers are indeed innovative and groundbreaking technology. The fact that hospitals, hotels, restaurants, care homes, offices, etc., are using them is a testament to their effectiveness. Now that they have come within easy reach of households, even homeowners install them to improve indoor air quality.
The Battle Of Air Purifiers
There are numerous air purifiers in the market today. They don’t differ much in cost and have immense potential in terms of usability. With such a wide variety available at your disposal, it is natural to get confused. Therefore, today, we thought it best to give you a fair comparison between the two most popular brands of air purifiers – the Guardian Vs. Reme Halo.
The Guardian Vs. Reme Halo
Right off the bat Guardian and Reme Halo are both popular choices developed by RGF Air Purification Technologies. These air purification systems are outstanding and effective. These devices can be installed in the ductwork to work with your residential heating and cooling system. Nevertheless, the differences between them can prove to be the turning point in your good health. Hence, it is always good to know about them. In this manner, you will be able to easily choose the more effective and efficient of the two.
1. Guardian – The Guardian HVAC Cell uses simple ionized particles to clean the home’s air supply.
2. Reme – The REME HVAC Cell is a little more complicated. It uses an intricate oxidizer plasma to purify the air.
2. Independent Working Capability
1. Guardian – The Guardian HVAC Cell can clean the air in a room only when the house’s HVAC fan system is working. It is because the fan is needed to blow the ionized particles into the closed space. Hence, without the HVAC system working, the Guardian air purifier will not work.
2. Reme – The REME HVAC Cell does not need any fan to blow the ionized particles. The very nature of the plasma is such that it forces the air purification unit to create forces that move at two cubic feet per minute, all through the day. It means that the REME will continuously clean the air even if the HVAC system is turned off.
3. Air Cleansing Capacity
1. Guardian –
1. It is effective in eliminating 99% of bacteria and viruses present in the air and on surfaces.
2. It reduces the concentration of MRSA superbug by 98%.
3. It is 97% effective in getting rid of mold spores.
4. Its efficiency in reducing SARS and Avian flu virus is more than 99%.
2. Reme –
1. It has a higher than 99% success rate in eliminating H1N1 and swine flu virus.
2. It is exceptionally effective against the COVID-19 virus, with the kill rate being more than 99.9%.
3. It can neutralize 99% of sneeze germs before they can even cover a distance of 3 feet.
4. It kills almost 85% of odors and gases.
1. Guardian – It needs to be installed in conjunction with the HVAC system as it will require its fan to move the ionized particles.
2. Reme – Since it does not need moving parts like a fan to move the ionized particles, a Reme purifier can be installed independently of the HVAC system. Hence, you can install it almost anywhere.
Common Things Between The Guardian And Reme Halo
We studied the differences, but now let’s take a minute to study what is common to both of them. So without much further ado, here’s what both share:
1. Both Guardian and Reme are approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
2. Both diminish or eliminate smoke, cooking, trash, and pet odors. They also help get rid of the musty and stale stench of air. In addition, they remove the smell of paints, chemicals, and even formaldehyde.
3. Both the Guardian and Reme do not require the air to pass into the HVAC intake to cleanse the air. These air purifiers push the cleansing particles directly into the room, where they oxidize and obliterate the air pollutants.
Guardian Vs. Reme Halo – The Verdict
In terms of efficiency, the Guardian and Reme both offer excellent outcomes. Their effectiveness in disinfecting indoor air is equally good. Government establishments, schools, offices, cruise liners, hotels, hospitals, nursing homes – all depend on these air purification systems and swear by them. There is no clear-cut winner. Instead, you have to choose based on owning an air purifier that continuously sanitizes the air or disinfects it when the HVAC fan is working. For the former, the Reme is what you need, while the Guardian fits the latter bill.
If you are a resident of West Palm Beach, Florida, and wish to discuss the air purification systems most suitable for your home, contact Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a premier HVAC contractor serving South Florida since 1981. Together with residential and commercial HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, we also provide indoor air quality solutions. Our air experts are not only the best but also experienced and qualified to delight you with their world-class services. To book an appointment, call us at +1-888-729-8452.
When the AC breaks down on a hot summer day, it feels as if all hell has broken loose. But the truth is far from what our overactive imagination makes us believe. While still in the throes of a panicky knee-jerk reaction, reign in the horses, for it will not settle the problem. You can imagine numerous scenarios, but that will not make them true. It is as it is. So when you realize your AC has broken down, there are a few do’s, and don’ts that you need to follow.
AC Broken Down – What Not To Do
1. Don’t Panic – Panicking will not give anyone any answers. It will only result in errors of judgment, which one may come to repent later. Whenever the AC breaks down, remember things are not as bad as you assume them to be, especially when you have been on top of every maintenance schedule.
2. Don’t Switch The Unit On And Off Repeatedly – Turning the AC on and off repeatedly will serve no purpose other than raising your blood pressure and level of frustration. What is broken is broken. Until the cause is identified and remedial action is taken, the AC will not miraculously start working.
3. Don’t Open The Freezer Door – When the AC is not working, it is bound to increase the indoor temperature. Nevertheless, contrary to popular belief, opening the freezer will only add to your energy bills and do nothing for your physical comfort. So if you don’t want your perishables stored inside the freezer to spoil, don’t open its door.
4. Don’t Use Electrical Appliances – When the AC is not working, using indoor electrical appliances will only add to the temperature. It is because electrical appliances like the dishwasher, dryer, washing machine, etc., produce heat when they operate. It is best to unplug all the unnecessary appliances and prevent any heat build-up.
AC Broken Down – What To Do
Now it’s time to learn what to do when your AC breaks down:
1. Troubleshooting -The problem is often so small that there is no need to call the HVAC technician. Therefore, it is good to do a few minor checks before calling the contractor for help.
1. Check the thermostat. Most probably, it has run out of batteries and has stopped communicating with the AC. Replacing the old batteries with new ones will solve the problem.
2. Check the power supply. You might be making a hue and cry about the AC not working, but it could be because there is no power in your house or locality. If that is indeed the case, the AC will start working once the power supply is resumed.
3. Check the circuit breaker. During cases of a power surge or overheating of AC components, the circuit breaker may trip. Pushing it back into the “On” position will allow the AC to work as before.
2. Call The Technician – If the above checks turn up nothing, it means you should now place that call to your HVAC contractor for help. In This regard, the care you must take is not to fall prey to those who claim to do the job for very little. Industry standards are set to ensure the best interests of both the technicians and the customers. Anyone who charges below that, most probably, does not have his paperwork in order and must be operating under the radar. You can’t trust these guys to do a good job.
1. Draw The Curtains And Switch On The Fans – If the outdoor temperature increases, it’s best to draw the curtains. This will prevent the sunlight from heating the house rapidly. Switching on the fan is also a good idea as it will keep the air moving. As long as the air is circulating, you will be comfortable indoors.
2. Go Out – If the AC is not working and the technician will still take some more time to come, you can always go out. In case you’ve been putting off some outdoor tasks, no better time like now to get them done. If there’s nothing else, you can still go out to grab a bite. It will give you a break from cooking and also the intense heat indoors.
AC Broken Down – Know When To Call For Backup
Unnecessarily calling a technician is a waste of their time. While you are waiting, you, too, suffer the discomfort. We are not saying that you should take matters into your hands and start with the repairs. What we are asking you to do is carry out the basic checks before calling the technician.
AC repair jobs are highly technical and hence need to be tackled by only those who are trained and certified to do them. Any lapse in this core thinking may very well spell the end of your AC. Therefore, always look for reputable, licensed, and certified contractors to work on the system.
Don’t ever take any decision in haste, even when it’s things like a broken AC. Following a logical sequence of steps will give direction to your thoughts and help you understand whether there is a need to call the technician or not. Every homeowner must check the AC for power supply and thermostat setting before calling the big guns. The chances are that the culprit is one of the two. Nonetheless, if AC maintenance is not your top priority, it could be something more technical in nature. So if at your end all looks okay, call the HVAC contractor.
If your residential or commercial AC in West Palm Beach seems to be broken, call the air experts at Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a licensed, trained, certified, and experienced team of HVAC professionals who can handle any brand and any type of HVAC system. The good news is that all our services are extremely affordable and set as per the industry standards. Taking care of your heating and cooling equipment and catering to all its needs is our area of expertise. So suffer no more. Pick your phone and call us at +1-888-729-8452 to book an appointment.
The end of any season is a time for a change. The change not only happens on the weather front but also for your indoor comfort. Transitioning from winters to summers and vice-versa will bring forth a need to use appliances that have hitherto remained unused for long. For example, as winter approaches, you gear up to use the furnace, and when summer comes calling, the air conditioner becomes your lifeline. What if you were to realize that the unit you need the most now isn’t working? There go the best-laid plans down the drain.
As must be clear from the introduction today, we intend to discuss the importance of end-of-season AC repair needs. Since most of us are using the air conditioner now but will be switching to heating soon, it has become imperative to address the need right now.
Why End-of-Season AC Repairs Should Not Be Ignored
Your AC has worked tirelessly through the hot season to keep you, your family, and maybe even the occupants of your commercial building comfortable. These extended work hours have taken a toll on the system resulting in wear and tear of components, corrosion, loose parts, increased friction, etc.
The sad truth about units like the HVAC system is that issues crop up because they don’t get the intended attention at due time. As a result, the problem festers and becomes so big that the repairs become increasingly costly. Timely repairs, which include the most important end-of-season repairs, are imperative. Seeing to them will guarantee:
1. Your AC will start without any trouble when the summers come rolling again.
2. You will not have to run pillar to post to get the AC repaired when HVAC technicians are busy with installations and maintenance.
3. Your AC will work efficiently and cool the indoors effectively without asking for expensive repairs.
Potential End-of-Season AC Repairs
At the end-of-season, if your AC shows any one or more of the following symptoms, we advise you to call a trained HVAC technician. You must address these problems promptly instead of waiting for when the AC will be called into service again. Timely action will save you discomfort and money.
1. Frequent Short Cycling – Short cycling happens when the compressor of the AC turns on and off rapidly. Usually, an AC should run for approximately 15 mins or so before cycling off. If it doesn’t, it will lead to increased power consumption. Also, short cycling is not an ideal situation. It points towards a more severe problem. Hence, it is best to address it before shutting down the unit until the following season. While the AC lays idle, the issue may become far more significant, and then, you won’t be able to have much say over the repair cost.
2. Strange Noises – Noises that seem to come from the AC indicate loose components, broken parts, increased friction, and motor problems. Although most sounds can be easily rectified by lubricating moving parts and tightening screws, motor problems are still something that you need to be on the lookout for. Either way, any of these so-called minor problems will escalate into bigger ones if left unattended. Hence, come the following summers, you won’t even know whether your AC will start or not.
3. Low Cooling Capacity – Low cooling capacity of the AC can be attributed to damaged ductwork, refrigerant leak, or overheating parts. All of these conditions force your AC to work harder, which increases the strain on the system. Ignoring them will not make them go away. In fact, the accumulation of dust and dirt while the system lies idle through the winters will only increase the strain on it when you switch it on in summers. If you are lucky, it may only cause the circuit breaker to trip, but the worst-case scenario is, you start looking for a new AC. All this only because end-of-season AC repair was not given its due importance.
4. Airflow Problems – If you have an HVAC system, it would be a grave mistake attributing the airflow problems to just the AC part of it. It is because air movement is common for both the AC and the furnace. Reduced airflow simply means either the system is not receiving sufficient air or is trapped or leaking from somewhere within the ventilation system. Leaky ductwork will impact your heating as well. Similarly, air trapped in the ducts can damage it, resulting in leaks. So instead of addressing this problem next summer, the best would be to take care of it now.
Benefits Of End-of-Season AC Repairs
There are several benefits of end-of-season AC repairs. The most obvious ones are:
1. Increased Life Of AC – Repairs as and when required ensure that the AC does not have to work under continuous pressure. It also ensures every part works as it should. An AC well maintained will, therefore, have an increased lifespan.
2. Saves Money – Small problems are less expensive to handle than bigger ones. Ignoring the repair needs of the AC will only result in significant repair expenses.
3. Energy Conservation – WHen every part of AC is in complete harmony, it works optimally. This saves energy, and consequently, you don’t have to worry about high energy bills.
Don’t ignore its end-of-season repair needs if you want your AC to work efficiently come the following summer and the summer after that. Your AC is a machine that requires care. It will work only as long as you take care of it. The day you start overlooking the indications of budding problems, the AC will no longer be your friend. It will become one of your biggest money pits that demands more and more every time.
If you think your West Palm Beach-based residential or commercial HVAC needs repairs, contact Aztil Air Conditioning. We have been a premier HVAC contractor serving South Florida since 1981. Our happy clients are a testament to our dedication to the job. We not only do installations, repairs, and maintenance of both residential and commercial heating and cooling systems, but we also do professional duct cleaning and offer indoor air quality solutions. To book our services, reach out to us at +1-888-729-8452. We are open 24/7, so call any time.
At some point or the other, we become dissatisfied with the way our home looks and think of making changes. Sometimes the changes are small and require moving around things to give the space a new character, while at others, nothing less than a home remodeling or renovation will do. Sadly, seldom do we realize that home renovations can wreak havoc with your residential HVAC system. Hence, today’s space is dedicated to enlightening you about how you can protect your HVAC system during home renovations.
Things That Harm The HVAC System During Home Renovations
Before learning about the ways in which to protect the heating and cooling system, it is essential to first become aware of the things that do harm. During a renovation project, walls might be taken down or flooring upturned. No matter what exactly happens, the project will result in lots of dust, dirt, and debris. All of these have the potential to enter the HVAC system and form layers over the various components. It might also lead to blockages. As a result:
1. The HVAC system will not work efficiently.
2. It will operate under strain, causing overheating and component failures.
3. The wear and tear will increase and consequently the need for repairs.
4. Your house will not remain as comfortable as before.
5. Your energy savings will take a nosedive with the high energy bills.
Four Ways To Protect Your HVAC System During Home Renovations
Home renovation is an exciting time for homeowners as their dream space is taking shape. Nevertheless, you want to avoid any extra expenditure at all costs. Taking care of your HVAC system during this time will help you achieve that goal. So here are the top four ways to protect your HVAC system during home renovations:
1. Turn Off The HVAC System Close All Vents -You should ideally turn the HVAC system off whenever the renovation work starts. Once that is done, close all the vents and registers. It will prevent the circulation of air, which will ensure that all the dust that arises from the renovation task will not enter the heating and cooling unit, and neither will it get redistributed throughout the house.
Although turning off the air conditioning or heating may add to your discomfort, just think of how it will prevent any harm from visiting your costly HVAC unit. In case you don’t want to suffer any discomfort, you always have the option to go out while the work is in progress. Turning off the unit temporarily is essential, and there is no way around it as it is the surest way to stop the dust-laden dirty air from the renovation zone from spreading.
2. Move All Cutting Jobs Outdoors – A renovation task will have some amount of cutting and grinding. Both these tasks kick up a lot of fine particles. These particles are so light in weight; they can remain suspended in the air for long. They clog the HVAC system’s air filter, and breathing them can cause allergic reactions. Since our concern area is the HVAC system, it would be wise to know that when the particles kicked up from cutting tiles, stones, or wood settle inside the HVAC system, they act as a hindrance to its smooth functioning. Friction increases, and also the evaporator coil becomes dirty, making for poorly treated air.
Moving all cutting jobs outdoors means there will be no additional pollutants inside the residence. The air filter will also not get unnecessarily clogged. Since the resultant particles will all be outdoors, they will all get blown away with the breeze. So there will be no negative impact on your indoor air quality and no undue dirtying of the heating and cooling system.
3. Clean All Debris And The House – As mentioned earlier, dust and debris are a regular occurrence when renovations occur. Nevertheless, these need to be cleaned and preferably disposed of each day. It will prevent them from getting into every corner of the house. So thorough clean-up is essential.
A lot of people come in and go out while the work is in progress. Sometimes the doors and windows, too, remain open to make working easy. The gentle breeze outdoors is also strong enough to blow in the lighter dust particles generated from work. These circulate indoors and become a part of the breathing space. When you switch on the HVAC system, it has a hard time cleaning the air. Therefore, a good practice is to intensively and extensively clean the house post the renovation work and prior to switching on the HVAC.
4. Change The Air Filter – Every renovation activity gives rise to pollutants. It is not just the dirt you need to be worried about. Even VOCs are trapped by the air filter. Therefore, change the air filter while the renovation is underway and immediately after the house is cleaned. This will prevent unnecessary clogging of the filter, and you will be able to breathe cleaner air without any worries. Simultaneously, your HVAC system too will be able to breathe easily and not have to fight for every breath.
All HVAC systems require unrestricted airflow. The only way to ensure that is by ensuring a clean air filter.
Whenever you embark on a home renovation project, restrict the use of your HVAC to a minimum. If possible, don’t use it at all. Make sure maximum work gets done outside and is brought indoors only for fitting. After cleaning up the complete mess and changing the air filter, you are all set to enjoy the comforts of your modified home.
If you have recently finished a home remodeling or renovation project in your West Palm Beach home, schedule its maintenance with Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a reputable, family-owned, and trustworthy company that deals with all the needs of your commercial and residential HVAC systems. Providing top-of-the-line services at an affordable cost is our forte. To book an appointment, give us a call at +1-888-729-8452.
All air conditioners produce condensate as a part of the cooling process. Usually, it collects in the AC drip pan from where it drains out via a drainpipe. Nevertheless, sometimes the condensate is unable to drain, resulting in stale and stagnant standing water. If the amount of collected condensate in the drip pan or drip tray continues to increase, it starts to spill. This spillage results in puddles of water indoors and wets the walls.
Problem With Dripping Water
Dripping water from the AC is a nuisance and a menace best avoided in any indoor space.
1. Water puddles on the floor can cause accidents like slipping and falling.
2. In case you have wooden floorboards, it can cause rotting.
3. Wet walls will spoil the paint job and also lead to mold.
4. If water enters any electrical point, it may result in a short circuit or a spoiled appliance.
As is quite clear, an overflowing AC drip pan is a cause for concern and requires quick and precise action.
Cause Of AC Drip Pan Being Full
Several conditions result in a full drip pan. Some of them are:
1. Blockage In Drain Pipe – The most common source of the problem is a blockage in the drain pipe. Typically, duct, dirt, corroded pieces of the drip tray accumulate inside the drain line instead of flushing outside. This debris attracts more debris, and over time the accumulation grows so big that it does not allow the water collected in the drip tray to drain outside. Consequently, the drip pan becomes full. If you are on top of your annual preventive maintenance schedule, such a thing should not happen. Sadly, most of us feel maintenance is a wasteful activity and overlook it entirely.
Unclogging the drain pipe is not very difficult if you have a wet and dry vacuum cleaner. Using it, you can suck out the clogging. This will allow the water to flow out without any trouble once more.
2. Frozen Coils – It has been seen that frozen coils can also lead to the drip pan being full. If the rate at which the ice over the coil melts is faster than the flushing capacity of the drainpipe, there will be water in the drip tray. Coils may ice over or freeze for various reasons like low refrigerant level, dirty air filter restricting airflow, etc. Again, the thing of importance here is to realize that timely maintenance of the AC will address these reasons much before they can lead to a problem.
When you encounter the problem of frozen coils, it would be best to check the condition of the air filter. If it is dirty or clogged, swap it out with a new one. In case the problem is still nowhere near satisfactorily addressed, call your HVAC technician.
3. Incorrect Installation – It is our natural tendency to try and cut costs where possible. When we come across a person who claims to install the AC much cheaper than what others are quoting, we naturally get attracted to the enticing offer. Alas, we don’t consider the fact that the person is untrained and, hence, charging below the industry standard. Mostly they do a hash job and muck up installation. One of its consequences is that the drip pan is unable to flush the condensate through the drainpipe. Instead, it keeps collecting water until such time that it overflows, leaving a mess for you to clean.
Whenever your AC or furnace or both need a hands-on job, it is in your best interest to only hire such contractors or technicians who are trained, experienced, and NATE certified. All these achievements come at a price, but you can rest assured it is no more than what the industry has determined.
What To Do When The AC Drip Pan Is Full?
When you notice water puddles on the floor near the indoor unit or dampness on the walls, it is a sure sign of an overflowing drip pan. So here’s how you need to proceed:
1. Cut the power supply to the HVAC system. Water and electricity are not a good mix. Therefore, it is safer to unplug the AC before doing anything else.
2. Now check the drain pipe. If it is not fitted correctly, tighten it. In case it has holes or cracks, you will have to replace it. However, if there is a blockage, you can remove it with your vacuum cleaner. Ideally, the water collected in the drip tray will drain without any problem.
3. Next, check the condition of the air filter. If it is dirty, immediately replace it with a clean one.
4. Now plug back the system to the power source and let it run for some time. If there is no more standing water in the drain pan, you are all set. Nevertheless, if the problem reoccurs, best call your HVAC technician for the heart of the issue might be elsewhere dealing with, which calls for expertise.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
The most effective way to prevent your AC drip pan from becoming full of water is by scheduling its annual maintenance on time and seeing it through each year. Any delay means more chances of problems becoming serious issues. If you wish to avoid any similar situations from cropping, take care of your heating and cooling system and ensure that it is well looked after.
If you reside in West Palm Beach, Florida, and have missed the routine maintenance of your HVAC system, schedule one now. The expert team of technicians at Aztil Air Conditioning is continuously gunning to ensure that your HVAC systems are well maintained and repaired quickly and efficiently. We are a family-owned business that promises its clients world-class HVAC services at an affordable cost. We also provide emergency services, so you don’t have to remain in discomfort for long. You can reach out to us at any time as we are always open. To book an appointment, call us at +1-888-729-8452.
Pets are not just your best friends but also the greatest stress buster. Today, when COVID has made people cautious and wry of each other, your pets come to the rescue. They love you unconditionally, and passing the time with them is no ordeal. Yes, pets require care and add to your cleaning bills and other expenses, yet, that is a small price to pay.
In our line of business, we have realized one bare fact, the need for air conditioner maintenance in homes where there are pets is far greater than in regular homes. Therefore, today, for all our pet-friendly clients and readers, we decided to dedicate an entire article on the topic of maintaining your air conditioner when you have pets.
The Need For More Air Conditioner Maintenance In Households With Pets
Cats and dogs are the usual choices of pets in most homes. Some people even keep birds and other exotic animals. No matter your choice of pet, it is essential to remember – animals tend to shed a lot. Their hair and dead skin cells are so light they float in the air. Similarly, many tiny germs reside in their coat or hair. These, too, become a part of your breathing environment. Your HVACs ventilation system works very hard to minimize the effect of these allergens by stopping their spread. As a result, the AC demands a greater need for cleaning.
Tips On Air Conditioner Maintenance With Pets
The cleaner and better groomed your pets, the less is the need for air conditioner maintenance. Still, you need to give special attention to the HVAC system as it takes care of your health and comfort. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Clean The Vents, Grilles, And Registers – Every source from which the air passes to and from your AC, should be cleaned regularly. Often when we clean the house, we only pay attention to those surfaces that are clearly visible. As a result, things like vents and registers easily get overlooked. You can begin by dusting and wiping the exterior. After that, use your regular vacuum cleaner and suck out the dust and impurities.
Air that blows through the house contains dust, grime, pet hair, and dander, along with several other contaminants. These pollutants coat the surfaces of the vents, grilles, and registers. The passing air picks them up and recirculates them throughout the house, bringing them back into the air you breathe. Hence, you must clean these surfaces more often than the rest.
2. Replace The Air Filters Regularly – Air filters are an essential component directly involved in cleansing the indoor air. Truth be told, these are the first line of defense. Its working is quite simple – dirty dust and dander-laden air pass through the fine mesh, which is the air filter. This mesh traps the contaminants suspended in the air. The air that moves beyond the barrier (air filter) is much cleaner than before. In the process, the air filter gets progressively dirty. If it is not replaced with a clean one in time, it becomes clogged. Once that happens, the AC has to work hard to pull in air. This causes it to overheat.
Dirty air filters result in undue strain, which is unsuitable for machinery, leading to more wear and tear. The most straightforward solution is to replace the air filter every month. It ensures that the clogging situation does not arise at all.
3. Groom Your Pets Regularly – Grooming the pets does not involve just bathing them. It also includes cutting their hair, if necessary, and regularly brushing them. When they shed, you will have to brush them more often to get rid of shedding hair and dead skin cells. In all this, the important thing to keep in mind is to carry out this activity outdoors away from the condenser unit. Well-groomed pets are clean and shed very little and consequently make for a cleaner environment inside the house.
If you think you are too busy and cannot handle the grooming part of your pet’s maintenance, you can always take them to a groomer. The more care you give to your pet, the less your AC will demand from you because now you are sharing the responsibility of maintaining good indoor air quality.
4. Professional Cleaning Of The Ductwork Every Few Years – Since you have pets, it’s all the more necessary that you get your home’s ductwork cleaned professionally every few years. Deep inside the ducts, accumulations develop. These accumulations consist of the usual dust, dirt, and dander. The problem with these deposits is that sooner or later, particles from them are picked by the air and dispersed through the house. It deteriorates the indoor air quality and makes the residents more susceptible to allergies.
The other problem with accumulations is that it restricts the airflow, which, as we spoke earlier, puts pressure on the system. A good practice is to ensure professional duct cleaning once every three to five years. We stress upon professional cleaning of ducts because the standard household cleaning equipment is not long and powerful enough to reach inside the ducts. As a result, at best, you can only achieve superficial cleaning with it. Professionals have powerful industrial-grade equipment with long hoses, which can reach into the very depths and do a much better job.
Pet hair and its dead skin cells are a part of your living environment. They, however, are contaminants that render the indoor air quality poor. In addition, these find their way within the AC and hamper its working. In turn, the air conditioner’s performance drops. The only way to ensure that your AC remains healthy, you need to provide more care and maintenance to it. Thankfully it will take care of the indoor air quality.
If you live in West Palm Beach and wish to schedule the maintenance of your HVAC, contact the specialists at Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a team of experienced and certified technicians who handle both residential and commercial heating and cooling equipment. Our services include HVAC installations, repairs, maintenance, duct cleaning, and air quality solutions. To book an appointment, simply call us at +1-888-729-8452. We shall be glad to help you out.
The only thing one needs during summers is to stay cool. The need for it is so high that we only go to those places that have air conditioning. Even at home, it runs full blast. But alas, they are machines, and hence, from time to time, they might act up. It is just their way of demanding a little attention.
All residential air conditioning issues do not indicate a faulty machine. There are times when the problem lies elsewhere. So it is important first to figure out its source. As an HVAC contractor, we have often seen that calling the technician is not even required. You can avoid most of the residential air conditioning issues with some diligence and a little presence of mind.
Avoiding Common Residential Air Conditioning Issues
Issue 1 – Warm Air Coming From AC – TheFor cold air to come from the vents, the thermostat should be set to “Cool for cold air to come from the vents.” Therefore, the first thing to do is to check the thermostat setting. Somebody may have changed it. If you notice that it is set to heating, rectify the setting.
Similarly, if someone increases the temperature setting on the thermostat, it may feel in retrospect that the AC is blowing warm air. In truth, it is simply blowing air as per the temperature setting. So once again, you need to be extra careful with what settings the thermostat has been programmed.
Issue 2 – Hot And Cold Areas Or Uneven Cooling – If some rooms or areas in your home feel hot while the others feel cold, you should first check the vents and registers. In all probability, someone may have either blocked or closed one or more of them. It could be intentional or unintentional. Unintentionally, it may happen when we move the furniture around and place something directly in front of the vent, blocking it completely or partially. This restricts the flow of treated air, which makes the room feel warm.
Homeowners who close the vents and registers on purpose should know that it serves no purpose other than putting your system under strain and increasing the pressure in the duct. If you do it assuming that this will save energy, you are wrong. For that, you need a zoning system. Every AC is built to give the same output. Closing the vents will not bring any change in the AC’s function. It will continue to work at the same rate. Since the thermostat will sense that the desired temperature has not yet been reached, it will not signal the AC to cycle down. Additionally, the pressure behind the closed vents will increase, which can rupture the ducts.
Issue 3 – Weak Airflow – As is the case with every HVAC system, they need to be able to breathe in ample quantities. If the inflow of air is not adequate, even the outflow won’t be. The biggest culprit in hindering airflow is the dirty air filter. The air filter is meant to trap the impurities suspended in the air. Over time, the accumulation of trapped impurities in the air filter increase until it becomes clogged. It becomes more challenging for the AC to pull in air, and as a result, the output also decreases.
Restricted airflow results in other allied problems as well. Some of the most notable ones are:
1. Ice formation on the evaporator coils.
2. Strain on the system leading to overheating and shutting down.
3. Frequent malfunctions due to strain.
Issue 4 – High Energy Bills – Many homes face the problem of excessively high energy bills during the summer season. The main contributor to this is the air conditioner. Nevertheless, it is possible to lower your energy bills with minimal investment. Here’s how you can achieve that:
- Use a programmable thermostat. You can program it for different temperature settings for different times of the day. It requires no manual intervention, and hence, even if you forget to make the changes. Even better would be if you could afford a smart thermostat. With it, you can control the settings from anywhere in the world. All you need to have is an internet connection at home and on your smartphone.
- Use the ceiling fan. The ceiling fan indoors is not for decoration. If you switch it on alongside AC, it will help cool the indoors faster without having to lower the temperature settings.
- Draw the blinds. Keeping out sunlight will prevent unnecessary heating of the house. The best way to keep out sunlight is by drawing the blinds and drapes as soon as the outdoor temperature starts increasing.
- Keep electrical appliances at a distance. Refrain from keeping all your electrical appliances in close proximity to each other. As they work, they generate heat. If kept close, the heat produced in one area will be more, due to which the AC might have to work longer.
Most AC or HVAC troubles are self-invited because we forget to take care of its maintenance. Do remember, maintenance is all about preventing issues. Therefore, at no cost should you think of it as a wasteful activity. Despite maintenance, if you come across any issue related to the AC, please don’t panic. Check your thermostat settings, the condition of the air filter, and the position of vents – one of these things is likely the source of trouble. If all seems well, call your local HVAC contractor to troubleshoot instead of taking matters into your own hands.
Aztil Air Conditioning is a renowned HVAC contractor serving South Florida since 1981. We are your one-stop-shop for all the HVAC needs. We cater to the installations, repairs, and maintenance of all residential and commercial heating and cooling systems. In addition, we also provide duct cleaning services and indoor air quality solutions. Your indoor comfort is our top priority. We believe in providing prompt world-class services at affordable rates. To cater to your comfort, we keep our offices open 24/7, so you can talk to us anytime. To book an appointment, call +1-888-729-8452.
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, with ventilation being a crucial part of the package. But all we see and hear is just heating and air conditioning. Not many of us are even aware of what “Ventilation” does. Our ignorance, however, does not make it any less important. Therefore today, we aim to enlighten our readers about the importance of ventilation and how it impacts your HVAC comfort.
What Is Ventilation?
So what is ventilation? It is the process of bringing air into a room. In any home, the standard ventilation equipment consists of the exhaust fan in the washroom, ceiling fans in the living areas, and the electric chimney in the kitchen.
When it comes to HVACs or central heating and cooling systems, the ventilation system handles, circulates, or impacts air, with the primary focus being on maintaining good air quality. Therefore, its typical ventilation system consists of the air handler, blower assembly, air ducts, vents, and registers. These parts work together with the AC or the furnace to provide artificial or mechanical ventilation. It aims to bring down the humidity level and standardize the temperature in the home or any other building.
What ASHRAE Has To Say About HVAC Ventilation
ASHRAE is the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning. According to it, every heating and cooling system must heat, cool, humidify, dehumidify, clean, and ventilate as is necessary to provide indoor comfort. Furthermore, it also emphasizes that ventilation is essential because there will be no influx of fresh air in its absence, and the indoor air will become unhealthy and stagnant.
What Happens When There Is No Ventilation
When adequate and proper ventilation is lacking, you are likely to notice the following things:
- The indoor air becomes stale.
- Your family will fall sick with greater frequency. It can be anything from an ordinary ailment to severe allergies and illnesses.
- When indoors, you might even feel lethargic and tired.
The Need Mechanical Ventilation When The Windows And Gaps Can Provide Natural Ventilation
Yes, the gaps or cracks in the building allow the air from outside to mix with indoor air and vice-versa. Nevertheless, the quantity of this mixing is not enough. And yes, opening the windows can provide adequate ventilation, but it also results in loss of treated air. Your HVAC continues to work hard as the desired indoor temperature is never reached.
Open windows, gaps, cracks in the walls, poor insulation, and leaky ducts will provide natural ventilation but trash the efficiency of the HVAC system. You will get high energy bills and nothing to show for it in terms of indoor comfort.
Fortunately, there is an alternative called “Mechanical Ventilation,” as provided by HVAC systems. In this arrangement, the complete mechanical system brings in fresh air without losing any of the treated air. Using ducts and fans, fresh air is drawn in and circulated throughout a closed space.
Benefits Of Mechanical Ventilation
1. Healthy Indoors – One of the primary benefits of mechanical ventilation is full control over the capacity and the source of the influx of fresh air. This control ensures that only a limited amount of air enters the home from the greenest or the cleanest area. Hence, when the fresh and healthy air from outside mixes with the indoor air, there is no apparent drop in comfort. It only adds to the indoor air quality, removes stagnant air, and makes for all-around happy people, both health-wise and temperament-wise.
2. No Loss Of Treated Air – When you depend on mechanical ventilation, you can rest assured that there will be minimal loss of treated air. The incoming fresh air will only add to the environment inside the building without bringing about any drastic drop or increase in indoor temperature. It ensures that the HVAC system can continue working as-is, and your energy bills will remain more or less the same.
3. No Additional Strain On The HVAC System – There is a substantive influx of fresh air when you open the windows for ventilation purposes. It forces your HVAC system to work longer. The continuous mixing of treated and untreated air does not permit the indoor environment to achieve the temperature set on the thermostat. These long working hours put tremendous strain on the heating and cooling system, due to which the power consumption increases, and so does its wear and tear. Strain also results in frequent breakdowns with increasingly higher repair costs. When you make provision for mechanical ventilation, everything is so well controlled that you don’t have to worry about any stress on the system. No stress means no major issues, less power consumption, minimal wear and tear, and nominal need for maintenance.
Mechanical Ventilation Is Definitely A Better Option
If we were to list the advantages of minimal ventilation simply, here’s what you will get:
1. Healthy indoors without sacrificing comfort.
2. Uniform desired temperature throughout the home.
3. Less to no strain on the heating and cooling system.
4. Less wear and tear of the HVAC system.
5. The heating and cooling system will demand fewer repairs.
6. Better management of indoor humidity.
7. Improved indoor air quality.
Clearly, the ventilation provided by the HVAC system wins hands down as compared to its natural sources. If you want to live in a climatically controlled environment, the best solution is mechanical or artificial ventilation.
In West Palm Beach, Florida, the elite team of HVAC professionals at Aztil Air Conditioning aims to make your indoors as comfortable as possible. Be it a commercial or residential building; we are dedicated to helping you find a viable and economical solution for all your heating, cooling, and ventilation problems. HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance, together with duct cleaning and air quality solutions, provide a full suite of services. Partnering with us gives you the guarantee that we have your back in all things HVAC-related. To book an appointment, give us a call at +1-888-729-8452. We are always open so call at any time of your convenience.
We hear of HVAC systems and central heating and cooling systems so often that doubts are bound to occur when it comes to portable air conditioners. The lack of knowledge in their respect is the major culprit behind the doubts. Also, we tend to go on hearsay without verifying the facts. So the belief in half-truths and blatant myths gets compounded and just adds to the confusion.
Many of us want to buy a portable air conditioner but are not sure whether to take the risk or not, especially when everyone propagates a central heating and cooling system. As a party more interested in your comfort and budget, we at Aztil Air Conditioning thought this is the best time to answer all your concerns and tell you once and for all whether portable air conditioners are worth it or not.
Portable Air Conditioners
Investing in an HVAC system is a significant investment. If you don’t wish to invest that much, a more economical option is buying a window AC. However, if there is no provision for installing a window AC in your home, your only viable option is a portable air conditioner.
As the name itself suggests, a portable air conditioner can be moved around. Although, it will require some work like installing a tube for exhaust and ensuring a usable power-point in every room. A typical portable air conditioner will have wheels, so moving it around is very convenient.
How Portable Air Conditioners Work?
When the portable air conditioner is plugged into a power source, it is ready to work. The front portion will discharge the cold treated air while the hot air will be discharged from behind to the outside via an exhaust pipe. The exhaust pipe is a flexible tube-like structure, approximately 5” or a little less in diameter. This hose is usually mounted on the window, so there is no difficulty in discharging the hot air.
As a part of cooling, the condensation that forms is collected in a bucket or tray inside the portable AC. The collected water needs to be drained manually when it becomes full. Hence, you need to keep an eye on it. In some models, you can even attach a hose to drain the water.
Ideally, a 12,000 BTU unit can cool a 400 square feet residence with ease.
Features Of A Portable Air Conditioner
1. Manual Or Electronic Controls – Some models of portable ACs have manual controls, while some have electronic ones. Manual controls are simple and straightforward. You set the temperature, and the AC does the cooling. Conversely, electronic or digital controls provide a wider range of options. In addition to the temperature setting, you can also put the AC to sleep, where after an hour or so of working, the AC automatically increases the temperature. With this feature, you can ensure energy savings while sleeping.
2. Auto Restart – If the electricity supply in your area is erratic, the auto-restart feature will be especially useful. If the power supply goes off while the AC is working, it will resume working based on the last recorded user setting when the power comes back.
3. Timer – The timer function allows the user to operate the AC for fixed hours. Say you are going to sleep and want the AC to run for 2 hours only. You fix the timer to 2 hours. After this time, the AC will switch off automatically.
4. Swing Action And Louvre For Better Air Distribution – A portable AC has louvers to direct the airflow in a particular direction. It also has a swing function for distributing the air throughout a closed space or room. In some portable ACs, you can even use the supporting remote to avail the function with more convenience.
5. Heating – Some portable air conditioners can do heating as well. They make for a better choice and investment, especially when the cold season comes.
As you can see, even portable air conditioners have almost the same range of functions as a typical window AC. Therefore, buying it is not going to make you compromise on comfort or functionality.
Are Portable Air Conditioners Worth It?
Let us now come to the main reason for this article: whether the portable air conditioners are even worth the trouble. So let us have a look at its advantages and disadvantages.
1. Advantages Of Portable ACs – Prime advantages are :
1. It can be used anywhere in the house as long as there is an outlet for the exhaust pipe.
2. It provides almost the same set of functions as the window AC.
3. It is any day, a cheaper option.
4. One can even use it in a newly added room or wing.
2. Disadvantages Of Portable ACs – The most obvious drawbacks of portable ACs are:
1. These systems are very low on energy efficiency.
2. Its cooling power is also low as a large part of the energy is expelled through the exhaust pipe.
3. It needs a lot of manual attention and may need more frequent maintenance depending on your usage.
If you are looking for energy efficiency, you will be disappointed with a portable air conditioner. But, if you are limited by budget and nothing else seems to be working for your space, these small wonders will do an admirable job of providing some relief. Hence, whether they are worth it or not ultimately depends on why you are opting for them and your expectation thereof.
If you live in West Palm Beach, Florida, and need help in exploring the heating and cooling options for your residential or commercial building, the air experts at Aztil Air Conditioning will be glad to be of help. We are a full-fledged HVAC contractor catering to all your HVAC needs. Our range of services includes installations, repairs, maintenance, duct cleaning, and indoor air quality solutions. Providing good quality services at an affordable rate to everyone is one of our top priorities. The next time you need any help with your HVAC system, contact us at +1-888-729-8452.
If you have spent any time with your grandparents, you will notice how much they advocate letting fresh air and reducing the dependency on the AC. Their advice may sound harsh, especially when the temperatures outside are climbing, but your skin is going to be thankful, even more so, if you follow the advice. Wondering how AC can be bad for your skin? Well, wonder no more, for this article is dedicated to enlightening you about how your air conditioning is affecting your skin.
Relation Between Cold Environment And Humidity
Have you ever noticed how during the cold winter months, your skin becomes excessively dry? It happens because when temperatures are low, so is the level of humidity. Less than sufficient moisture in the air causes dryness. In the human body, this dryness manifests itself in the form of
1. Dry, scaly, and itchy skin.
2. Frizzy and wiry hair.
3. Nose bleeds.
4. Cracked heels.
How Air Conditioning Is Affecting Skin
AC is a double-edged sword. Where it gives comfort during summers, it also harms the skin. These are some of its ill effects:
1. Skin Dryness – When the AC runs, it draws out moisture from indoors. Suffice to say, it pulls the moisture from our body as well. As the moisture leeches from the skin, the out layer becomes dry, scaly, and patchy. Had the problem been restricted to only the outer layer of the skin, it probably would not have mattered much, as you can always apply and reapply body lotion to get relief. But, slowly, the inner layers of the skin, too, get affected. When that happens, you will notice that your skin turns wrinkly with an excessive need to itch.
2. Less Oil Production – There are sebaceous glands under our skin that produce oil. In some people, these glands are very active, and in some, not so much. Nevertheless, as the AC cools the surroundings, the production of oil from these glands also reduces. In addition, we stop sweating, and there is a buildup of toxins within our bodies. The overall effect is that our skin becomes dull, and dehydrated giving it an unhealthy pallor.
3. Skin Ailments – If your skin continues to stay dry for long, you develop a skin condition called dermatitis. People who already suffer from skin ailments like psoriasis, eczema, etc., will have an even more difficult time, as the cold environment will aggravate the problem.
4. Early Signs Of Aging – Dehydrated and unkempt skin shows early signs of aging. Crows’ feet develop, skin starts to sag, and wrinkles appear prematurely. You will also start to notice increased signs of open pores and less collagen. All of these symptoms have one common cause: less moisture in the skin due to staying put in a cool environment for long hours.
Are These Effects Reversible?
If you take proactive steps, you can counter the ill effects of air conditioning on the skin without sacrificing the AC. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day (at least eight glasses).
2. Apply moisturizer or body lotion to lock in the moisture and provide hydration to the skin.
3. Take regular breaks from your air conditioning system. If in-office, go out for coffee breaks and take a walk. If at home, water your outdoor plants or go out for a stroll. The idea is to allow your skin to breathe in the fresh outdoor air away from the AC.
4. Install a humidifier to maintain balanced humidity in the indoor air.
The only way to feel comfortable in summers is not by lowering the temperature setting again and again. One feels exceptionally hot despite using recommended temperature because the humidity is high. What you need to do is maintain ideal humidity, which is between 40 to 50 percent. Any lower will dry out the skin, and any higher will make you feel clammy.
In regions with high levels of humidity, like Florida, it is better to install a dehumidifier. Similarly, in regions where the ambient moisture in the air is low, one will benefit by installing a whole-home or stand-alone humidifier. In both cases, the idea is to ensure that the indoor humidity level stays between 40% to 50%.
It’s extremely unlikely that you will face conditions of low humidity in Florida. Nevertheless, if such time does come, a portable humidifier will do the job beautifully and satisfactorily. In case you don’t want to buy one, you can also follow one of these two measures:
1. Boil water in an open pan. The steam rising from it will add moisture to the air.
2. Get some indoor plants as they, too, will help increase humidity in your home.
Before We Close
Air Conditioning is a necessary evil, but you don’t necessarily have to live without it. It happens to be one of the biggest contributors to your indoor comfort, and at the same time, it plays hell with your skin. Nevertheless, you can still get the best of both worlds without having to sacrifice. All you need is to employ some easy measures to ensure that the moisture or hydration of your skin remains locked. To prevent the ill effects of AC on the skin, drink lots of water and keep your skin well moisturized. These two simple measures will allow you to enjoy the coolness of the AC without having to worry about your skin.
At Aztil Air Conditioning, we aim to educate our customers about all things HVAC, including the impact it has on your health. If you are worried that your AC is adding to the discomfort, you should schedule an appointment with us. We can help you figure out the problem and present its most viable and economical solution. In addition, we can see the all-around needs of your heating and cooling system, which includes installations, repairs, maintenance, and replacements. When you partner with us, you don’t have to worry about indoor air quality solutions or duct cleaning, for we do it all. To book an appointment, call us any time at +1-888-729-8452.
In any house, building, or commercial structure, furniture is a given. And so is the heating and cooling system. One rarely ever pays any attention to the presence of the different pieces of furniture and their impact on heating and cooling. Did you know that pieces of furniture, their type, and positioning inside the house impact the indoor environment? If not, this article might just be an eyeopener.
How Does Furniture Affect Your HVAC?
The impact of furniture on the HVAC is not always negative. Sometimes it lends a helping hand, and at others, it may act as an impediment. Hence, for the sake of convenience, let us segregate the impact of furniture on the HVAC under two categories:
1. The positive impact of furniture on HVAC
2. Adverse effects of furniture on HVAC.
Positive Impact Of Furniture On HVAC
1. Solar Shading In Summers Makes For A Cooler Space – Glass windows are the source of sunlight streaming indoors. In winters, this sunlight is most welcome as it makes you feel warm. Nevertheless, the same sunlight becomes a foe during summers. The areas where the sunlight falls becomes warm and adds to the overall temperature of the room. But this is not what you had asked for. Instead of warmth, you need a few degrees of coolness.
Placing furniture in the direct path of the sunlight will create a barrier. The sun’s light will fall on the furniture and create shadows around it. Even if the temperature of the furniture rises slightly, it does not make any difference in the overall temperature of the room. However, the shadows cast by the furniture prevent any unnecessary rise of temperature in that closed space. Hence, strategic placement of furniture will prevent your HVAC system from working too hard and too long to cool a space.
2. Absorbs Heat And Makes For A Warmer Space In Winters – In winters, a room full of furniture will feel warmer than an empty room. It happens because the pieces of furniture and furnishings trap heat and increase the indoor temperature. Furthermore, the HVAC system is also adding to the warmth of the room.
Another fact is that the furniture retains heat for longer. So even if the room cools down faster, the furniture will still be warm. In winter, if you add large pieces of furniture with throws for comfort, your room will feel toasty and cozy. Truthfully, with the right selection of furniture your HVAC unit will not have to work too hard even on the coldest days.
Adverse Effects Of Furniture On HVAC
1. Restricts Airflow – The vents and registers have a fixed place in every home and building. What moves around are the people and the furniture. Now people will move out of the way, but what remains once positioned is the furniture.
Plenty of times, it has been seen that we place the furniture in the direct path of the vents and registers. Sometimes, we even block it unknowingly. As a result, what happens is that the flow of air to and from the HVAC unit gets restricted. In turn, the unit will have to work under tremendous pressure to maintain appropriate temperature indoors, which is not good for the health of the system. Therefore, one needs to be extra careful while positioning the furniture.
2. Adds To The Indoor Pollutants – Furniture and furnishings tend to attract a lot of dust and grime. Allergens, dust mites, and other microorganisms also make their abode inside and over them. The situation worsens with the fact that these possessions are cleaned once in a blue moon. While we dust and clean the whole house once or twice a month, we clean the furniture at best quarterly and honestly, maybe once or twice a year. Can you imagine how dirty they become?
When clean air passes over these dirty pieces of furniture, it picks up pollutants and becomes unhealthy itself. These pollutants then circulate throughout the space and spread. As a result, the indoor air quality deteriorates. So even the best HVAC system will struggle to maintain good indoor air quality under such circumstances.
Quick Tips To Ensure Your Furniture Affects Your HVAC System Positively
If you pay heed to these tips, your furniture will work with the HVAC system to keep your indoor space comfortable and inviting:
1. When buying new pieces of furniture, pay special attention to the fabric. It should ideally repel dust and be easy to clean.
2. The fabric and material of the furniture are equally important. If you live in cold regions, opt for wooden furniture with warm and dark fabrics. In warmer or moderate regions, lightweight fabrics of neutral shades will serve you better. Avoid metallic furniture if you reside in very hot regions.
3. While positioning the furniture, ensure that you don’t block the vents and registers. Also, avoid placing them in the direct path of the airflow.
To Sum Up
Your furniture will play a significant role in ensuring your comfort and that of your family. But that is not the only thing it will do. If you choose wisely, the furniture will aid your HVAC system in maintaining the desired temperature and good air quality indoors. It will prevent the heating and cooling unit from working unnecessarily and allow it to take a break from time to time. This little help will increase the life of your system and reduce its wear and tear.
Aztil Air Conditioning is a family-owned HVAC business in West Palm Beach, Florida. We aim to help our current and future clients learn about making the most of their heating and cooling systems. We also provide a full suite of services to cater to all your HVAC needs like installations, maintenance, and repairs. In addition, we also provide indoor air quality solutions and provide duct cleaning services. Since our offices are open 24/7, you can call us any time to book an appointment. We can be reached at +1-888-729-8452.
The heating and cooling bill of your home does not always have to be high. Judicious use of the HVAC system can reduce it drastically. If you notice, the keyword here is “Judicious,” the definition of which varies from person to person. So today, we will discuss how you can reduce your heating and cooling costs without putting any strain on the HVAC system.
Ways To Reduce Heating And Cooling Costs
1. Use Recommended Temperature Settings – The recommended temperature setting is between 68 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Try not to exceed or go below this range. In the summer season, 78 degrees Fahrenheit will serve you well, while in the winter season, 68 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature setting ensures optimum working of your central heating and cooling system and gives maximum energy efficiency. If you deviate, the energy efficiency of the unit declines, and it starts consuming more power. In turn, it raises your energy bills.
2. Change Air Filter Regularly – One crucial aspect of every heating and cooling system is uninterrupted airflow. When the air filter gets clogged with dust and dirt, it stops the air’s free movement. At such times, the HVAC system works hard to pull in an ample amount of air. But, in doing so, it consumes more power than necessary and starts operating under strain, decreasing energy efficiency.
3. Control Humidity – One of the main reasons behind the house or the building not maintaining the desired temperature is humidity. In summers, excessive humidity will make one feel clammy even when the AC is functioning as usual. Many people assume that the AC will extract the excess humidity and make for a comfortable environment. They forget that the main job of the AC is to cool, so it only removes a little humidity. If you live in an excessively humid area, investing in a dehumidifier would be more advisable.
4. Use The Ceiling Fan – If you want to ensure that your HVAC works without stress, you can give it a helping hand when the weather is extreme and even otherwise. Most homes have ceiling fans, and yet the homeowners don’t use them. Don’t be one of those homeowners because the fan can help you heat and cool the room faster and more efficiently. The counterclockwise movement of fans during summers helps cool the room far better than the HVAC alone. It creates a breeze effect the also forces the warm air to rise. In winters, the clockwise movement displaces the warm air from the ceiling and sucks up the cold air. This way, the home becomes warm way quicker without having to crank up the thermostat.
5. Keep The Doors And Windows Closed – The treated air of the home escapes from the open doors and windows. Therefore, do not keep them open if your heating and cooling system is working. With open doors and windows, the HVAC will struggle to maintain the indoor temperature and continues to work endlessly without cycling down. This will only increase its energy intake.
6. Use LED Lights Indoors – The old yellow bulbs might be suitable for creating a vintage effect and creating a welcoming ambiance, but they add to the heat indoors. They also consume more power. Switching to cool LED lights will give the AC a chance to rest and reduce your energy bills. These days even yellow LED lights are available so you can still create a warm and inviting look.
7. Do Not Put Electrical Appliances Close To Each Other – When you place electrical appliances close to each other, the heat they produce increases the temperature in that area. This becomes a problem during summers. When the thermostat senses the temperature is still not as per desire, it does not signal the AC to stop the cycle, and so it continues to work and consume power even when it could have cycled down. Spreading the appliances will distribute the heat generated by them and solve the problem of hot areas.
8. Use Blinds Or Window Treatments – In summers, sunlight entering from the windows heats portions of the house unnecessarily. It makes the AC run longer. Similarly, in winters, the chill from the outdoors creeps in through the glass panes. It is, therefore, suggested to either draw the blinds or get some protective window treatment done. This will limit the loss of both heat and warmth and prevent the HVAC from working too hard.
9. Better Insulate Your Home – The quality of insulation in the house plays yet another critical role in limitingHVACe use. If the insulation is poor, the treated air will not remain indoors for long. It will escape and prompt the thermostat to instruct the HVAC to continue working. Long working hours mean more use of energy, which means more expense.
10. Upgrade To A Smart Thermostat – A smart thermostat is programmable, and if you want to make any changes, you can do it from anywhere, even if you forget while at home. This allows the user to maximize energy savings by setting different temperatures for different times of the day. SO the heating and cooling system does not have to work more than necessary.
It is possible to ensure that your HVAC does not operate for long hours and just add to your power bills. A little foresight and some changes around the house will help keep your power expenses in check. Use the fans, draw the blinds, and keep humidity in control – small steps like these will limit your uncalled-for power usage.
Aztil Air Conditioning is a reputed HVAC contractor in South Florida. We are dedicated to ensuring that your homes, offices, and commercial buildings are most comfortable, temperature-wise, throughout the year. To that effect, we handle all HVAC installations, repairs, maintenance, indoor air quality solutions, and even offer air duct cleaning services. Furthermore, we are always available if you wish to talk to us about money-saving HVAC tips. If you wish to book an appointment, call us at +1-888-729-8452.
Foul odors permeating the house can make even the brightest of days unpleasant. Even the best of moods will take a nosedive. Sometimes, the odor becomes so overpowering that one may feel either they can live in the house or the odor, both cannot coexist. Most of these repulsive smells originate from the AC ducts.
The vents are connected to the ductwork, which rarely ever gets cleaned. The accumulations and odors pile inside until they start finding a way indoors with the circulating air. Since the air enters the house through the AC vents, so do the odors. But did you know there are some easy ways to remove air duct odors from your AC vents? If not, coming across this article is just what you needed.
Easy Ways To Remove Air Duct Odors
1. Clean Or Replace The Air Filter – When we forget to change the air filter timely, it becomes completely clogged with dust, dirt, and debris. The accumulation prevents the passage of air and allows moisture to settle in the ductwork. When this happens, you get a wafting moldy smell from the AC vents. The only way to get rid of it is by timely replacing the air filter every time. Do not let it become clogged, as that will only compound the problem further. If mold gains a foothold in your house, you will have to call professional mold removers to tackle it, which will mean additional expense. If you switch out the air filter every month, you do not need to worry about mold or other foul odors.
2. Vacuum The Ducts – Odor-containing particles find a home inside the passageways of the ducts. Sometimes, these particles are picked up by the circulating air, and the odor gets carried and distributed inside the house. This way, any smell that resides inside the ducts will also permeate the house. There is an easy way to get rid of most of these odors. Almost everybody owns a vacuum cleaner. All you have to do is vacuum the vents and clean their exterior. Surprisingly, this small activity successfully reduces the intensity of most odors and sometimes even eliminates them.
3. Use Exhaust Fans – In the absence of an electric chimney or exhaust fan, odor-laden vapors from the kitchen find a home inside the ducts. Similarly, no ventilation in the washrooms leads to a musty odor inside the house. Getting freedom from such smells is not difficult. It just involves taking concrete steps to improve indoor ventilation, especially in those areas where the odors originate. The easiest way to ensure that is by installing exhaust fans and separating wet and dry areas.
4. Unclog The Condensate Line – Stagnant water is another problem that leads to odors. The bacteria in standing water are the cause of the foul odor. Therefore, always make sure that your air conditioner’s condensate line is free of accumulations. This will ensure that all moisture collected by the cooling unit flows out. When there is an obstruction in the condensate line, it will cause water to back up, which, in turn, will lead to water puddles indoors. Call the technician to clean the condensate line when you see any water puddles around the cooling unit. No standing water means no smells.
5. Schedule HVAC Maintenance – Most often, the homeowners forgo HVAC maintenance, thinking since the unit is showing no obvious signs of malfunction, there’s no need for it. The first thing to remember is that maintenance prevents problems. Why let the issue fester until it disrupts your comfort? The second thing is that maintenance reduces the ill effects of wear and tear. As a result, you don’t have to worry about smells caused by friction and dust, and other particles burning. Such a small step like routine annual maintenance will help eliminate odors.
6. Schedule Professional Duct Cleaning – As we said, ducts are a house to several microorganisms. They even provide habitat to insects and pests. Inside the ducts, these small animals shed hair and skin and leave behind excrement. Sometimes they even die inside, and their bodies rot. The odors that arise due to their rotting will have you running outdoors. To relinquish the smell, you will have to get your complete ductwork cleaned by trained professionals. In addition, make a habit of getting the ducts cleaned thoroughly every few years. This will ensure no infestation inside them and prevent the buildup of pathogens and allergens as well.
Why Call Duct Cleaning Professionals?
Sadly, the typical household equipment used for cleaning is not good enough to clean the ductwork from top to bottom and every corner in between. Also, the homeowners are not trained to understand the fragile nature of the ducts. In trying to clean them themselves, they can do more harm than good.
Professional duct cleaners are not only trained to handle the job with due care, but they also carry all the right equipment. So, by the time they are done, every nook and cranny of your ducts, along with its complete length and breadth, are clean.
The Gist Of The Matter
To remove air duct odors, every homeowner needs to be vigilant to the needs of their home. Keeping it clean, ensuring adequate ventilation, and scheduling timely HVAC maintenance will ensure that your home always smells pleasant and welcoming.
If you live in West Palm Beach and wish to schedule the maintenance of your heating and cooling system, or get the ductwork cleaned, look up Aztil Air Conditioning. We are a reputed, family-owned business operating in South Florida since 1981. Our team of technicians is fully trained and duly certified to do a thorough and satisfying job. Until your problem is solved, we do not rest. Since our offices are open 24/7, you can call us any time at +1-888-729-8452 to book an appointment. Promptness and quality service are the keys to our popularity. We are looking forward to serving you to the best of our capacity.
Often you will hear HVAC professionals talking about heating and cooling loads. A layman with no prior knowledge of the heating and cooling equipment finds it hard to follow any such conversation. Here, the communication gap is nobody’s fault. The contractor’s only excuse is that they talk in this jargon day in and day out. They often forget that everybody is not familiar with the terms. But, always keep in mind, you can ask your HVAC contractor as many questions as you want until you are completely satisfied.
This article aims to educate you about thermal load, heating and cooling loads, and the associated fundamentals.
Heating And Cooling Loads
Within the HVAC industry, the heating and cooling loads refer to the thermal load, which is the amount of conditioning required by a home or any other closed structure. Herein, the load is the amount of work the system or unit must do to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors.
1. Heating Load – Heating load is the total amount of heat energy added to a zone or an area to sustain the temperature in the permissible range.
2. Cooling Load – Cooling load is the total amount of heat energy extracted from a zone or an area to sustain the temperature in the permissible range.
Are Load And Capacity The Same?
Now that you know what load is, you might think that you’ve already heard about it. Only then, people were referring to it as “capacity.” Well, this is where things get tricky because although the two sound similar, they are, in fact, very different.
1. Load – Load, is what the building or the enclosed structure needs to maintain a steady temperature in an adequate range.
2. Capacity – Capacity is the amount of work that the HVAC can do. In other words, it is the actual heating and cooling that the HVAC can provide.
The next time you hear the word “load,” it means the building’s need, and when you hear “capacity,” it means what the heating and cooling system can provide.
Factors Influencing Thermal Loads
In calculating the Thermal load, the following two factors play a pivotal role:
1. The way your home is built and the quality of insulation used. It includes the complete physical structure, which is the floor, walls, and ceiling.
2. The size, performance, and overshadowing of the installed glazing and skylights in residence.
Types Of Heating And Cooling Loads
The HVAC contractors try to meet three types of heating and cooling loads when they tell you the size or capacity of the heating and cooling system most suited for your home. These are:
1. Design Load – Design here does not refer to the design of the HVAC. Rather, it refers to the design of the residential or commercial building. It means the load calculation is done keeping in mind the design of the structure and the design temperature, which is predetermined. The load calculation considers factors like the structure’s layout, R-value of insulation, the building’s orientation to the sun, outdoor summer and winter design temperature, etc.
Therefore, the design cooling load is the amount of air conditioning you will need when the inside and outside temperatures correspond to the summer design levels. Similarly, the design heating load is the amount of heating you will need when the inside and outside temperatures correspond to the winter design levels.
2. Extreme Load – All places don’t have a moderate temperature. In some places, temperatures can be extreme. The extreme load is the hottest and coldest temperature in the region. The good thing about extreme weather is that it does not last long. The main concern that now comes to mind is whether one should consider the extreme weather while calculating the load.
The extreme load should not be the sole consideration. First, you do a manual J load calculation, which calculates the heating and cooling requirements of the home. This calculation considers the home’s design and has an in-built buffer that caters to extreme weather.
3. Part Load – On any given day throughout the year, you will notice that the extreme temperature (if it does reach) is only for a few hours. For the majority of the day, your heating and cooling equipment works in part-load conditions. Therefore, it will not be remiss to mention that part load is a more deserving consideration than extreme load.
All heating and cooling systems work at a fixed capacity. It means their output is fixed. If you notice, an oversize AC will cool the home faster but will not remove adequate humidity. Similarly, a small size AC will run longer and still not cool the structure. Therefore, part load and design load have more weightage when calculating the thermal load.
Calculating The Thermal Load Of Your HVAC
There are online load calculators available over the internet to calculate the thermal load of your HVAC. However, we strictly ask you to think twice before using one, as even a small mistake while entering the numbers will land you with the wrong result. The HVAC contractors can help you figure out the load. It is always best to rely on their experience and expertise in the matter. Nevertheless, if you must calculate the load yourself, you will need the following information:
1. The area of the house or its square footage. This information can be found in its blueprint.
2. The grade of insulation used in your home or office building.
3. The number of people occupying the house.
It’s A Wrap
For any homeowner or building manager, it is essential to know that load is different from capacity. Where the load is the heating and cooling the structure needs, capacity is the HVAC’s output. For figuring out the heating and cooling loads, and capacity, it is advisable to depend on a professional HVAC contractor.
If you live in West Palm Beach and wish to calculate the thermal load for your commercial or residential building, contact Aztil Air Conditioning. We can also assist you in figuring out the size of the HVAC most suited for your structure. Additionally, you can depend on us for its installation, repairs, and maintenance too. We are your one-stop-shop for all HVAC needs. To book an appointment, give us a call anytime at +1-888-729-8452. We are open 24/7.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the priorities in life. Earlier, life was all about working hard and playing hard. It’s now about working hard and staying safe. Social distancing, continuous hand washing, and wearing masks have become the new reality for the past two years.
Viruses, including the coronavirus, spreads through respiratory droplets that spread in the air and settle over surfaces. It can happen both indoors and outdoors. There’s very little you can do as an individual to control the environment outside, except for bearing your environmental duty. Nonetheless, the indoors are a completely different story. Controlling the environment inside the house is in every homeowner’s hands. If you want to ensure the safety of your loved ones, maintaining healthy indoor air quality is a prerequisite.
Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality Inside The Home
1. Maintain Healthy Humidity Levels – As we know, too much and too little of everything is bad. Less humidity means nose bleeds, itchy throat, scaly skin, etc. Conversely, high humidity means mold growth, a proliferation of pathogens, allergies, and illness. All these also become a part of the air you breathe. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that you maintain healthy humidity levels inside the house. You can achieve this in a couple of ways:
1. Install a whole-home dehumidifier or a stand-alone room dehumidifier to assist with dehumidification.
2. Use an electric chimney in the kitchen.
3. Switch on the exhaust fans in the washrooms when they are wet.
4. See to the repair of all leaking taps and pipes as soon as possible.
5. Don’t let water accumulate anywhere in the house.
2. Install Air Purifier – Nowadays, markets are flooded with air purification systems. The times when they were a luxury and had a hefty price tag attached are long gone. You can now buy a UV light-supported air purification system and install it strategically with the HVAC system to purify the indoor air. The second option is to buy a room air purifier and plug it in whichever room is in use. Both do an admirable job of trapping unwanted particles present in the air. As the concentration of the suspended contaminants reduces, the indoor air quality improves. If you are apprehensive about using them, consider that hospitals, care homes, hotels, and restaurants already use them. If they trust air purification systems, so can you.
3. Place Air Purifying Indoor Plants – The air-purifying plants are a cheaper option that will lift your mood and give a welcoming touch to your home. Yes, they will require some care and, in turn, they will clean the indoor air without cutting a hole in your pockets. Although air purifying indoor plants is a practical solution, yet on their own, they are not enough. It is because you cannot create a jungle inside your house in the name of cleaning the air. When used in conjunction with other measures, these plants will make for much cleaner indoor air and improve the home’s ambiance.
4. Let In Fresh Air – The biggest problem today is that we live in closed homes with no source of bringing in outdoor air. Yes, our homes have windows, but they remain permanently closed. This lack of fresh air creates a stale environment indoors where germs and micro-organisms proliferate. Sometimes homeowners don’t even open the blinds or draw away the drapes to let in sunlight which is a natural disinfectant. It’s time to embrace the good practices of our past. You don’t have to open up all the doors and windows or let them stay open throughout the day. What you can do is:
1. Open the windows when there is a gentle breeze blowing.
2. Let them stay open for half an hour to an hour during the cooler part of the day, like early morning and late evening.
3. If you don’t want to open the windows, at least draw back the curtains in the early morning hours to let in some sunlight without attracting heat.
6. Regularly Change The Air Filters – A majority of homes depend on central heating and cooling to regulate the indoor temperature. A crucial part of every HVAC system is the air filter. The air filter traps the impurities present in the air that passes through it and cleanses it. Over time, dust and grime accumulate on the air filters until they are no longer effective in doing their job. Before it reaches that extreme condition, the filters should be replaced with new ones. Ideally, every homeowner should make it a habit to replace the air filters once a month or once a quarter, as the case may be. Clean air filters will make for optimal cleansing of air by the HVAC system.
7. Keep The House Clean – Dust, dust mites, pet dander, fibers, etc., are common allergens. These float around in the air and cause discomfort to infants and the aged. The only way to get rid of them is by keeping the house clean. The frequently and thoroughly you clean the house, the cleaner will be the air.
8. Clean The Ductwork Also – Often, the ducts are ignored because homeowners forget of their existence. This ignorance later comes back to bite them because ducts are often the dirtiest places from where the clean air passes to enter the home. In the process, the hitherto clean air picks up contaminants from the ducts and becomes dirtier than before. Therefore, get the ductwork cleaned professionally once every five years.
The Gist Of The Matter
Your health and indoor air quality have a directly proportional relationship. The cleaner the air you breathe, the better health you will enjoy and vice-versa. Hence, it is high time we all start taking an active interest in improving indoor air quality.
Any resident of West Palm Beach, Florida, who wishes to improve the indoor air quality of their home can contact the air experts at Aztil Air Conditioning. We shall be glad to offer both our guidance and assistance in setting you up with the most feasible and appropriate solutions. You don’t have to worry about the cost because all our services come with an affordable price tag. Also, we are open 24/7, so you can call us anytime at +1-888-729-8452 to book an appointment.
As the summer rolls in, the temperature soars, and keeping cool becomes a priority. Most of us prefer staying indoors. Yet, sometimes the cool comforts of the indoors seem lacking. It is not because the cooling system is not working properly. It happens despite that. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if we tell you that the biggest enemy in summers is not the heat. It is actually the ’humidity’ and leaves you feeling hot and bothered. Hence, what you need is a device or a machine that will help get rid of excess humidity. In short, you need a dehumidifier.
Why A Dehumidifier When AC Removes Humidity?
It is a well-known fact that the AC removes humidity, so then, why buy a dehumidifier? Isn’t that an unnecessary wastage of money – buying an additional device to do the same job?
The core job of the air conditioner is not to remove the moisture present in the air. Instead, its prime job is cooling. Dehumidification is just a secondary task. To that effect, it only removes that much moisture from the air as is necessary to cool the indoor space. When the humidity increases, dehumidification, too, need to step up. Sadly, the AC cannot keep up with that task. Therefore, what you need for such times is something whose core job is to get rid of the extra humidity. You need a dehumidifier.
What Will Dehumidifier Do That An AC Can’t?
As we just said, when the humidity rises excessively, the AC alone cannot remove it satisfactorily. At this time, only a device dedicated to removing the excess of it will suffice. It is precisely for this reason you will need a dehumidifier. Its core job is to remove humidity, and so all its efforts are concentrated on that one task.
Where an AC removes only some humidity, a dehumidifier will remove as much humidity as you want.
Should You Run A Dehumidifier?
Too much humidity will leave you feeling sweaty and uncomfortable, while too little will cause skin dryness and itchiness. Hence, neither condition is desirable. To that effect, keep these two things in mind:
1. Dry Areas – If you live in a predominantly dry geographic location, you should not run a dehumidifier. It will only extract whatever little moisture is present in the air resulting in excessive dryness and related problems.
2. Hot And Humid Areas – If you live in a geographic location that enjoys a hot and humid climate, running a dehumidifier in months with excessive humidity will be to your advantage.
Advantages Of Running A Dehumidifier
Every homeowner will only gain by using a dehumidifier when the level of humidity rises exceptionally. Some of its key advantages are:
1. Improves Comfort Level Indoors – Running a dehumidifier will relieve the complete family from the hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable feeling. As the moisture balance is regained, the house will feel much cooler than before. Overall, the general feeling of comfort will increase.
2. Fewer Chances Of Mold Growth – Every home has damp areas and is susceptible to mold growth. The condition worsens during the months with high humidity. At such times, the dehumidifier is a godsend. A prerequisite for mold growth is moisture. If you succeed in eliminating this one key element, mold will not find a foothold in your house. In turn, you don’t have to worry about the health problems that it can cause. Proper humidity level discourages the growth of both mold and mildew.
3. Healthy Indoors – Indoor air pollution is a thing of grave concern as the enemy is no longer outside but resides within your home. Microorganisms and pathogens find a hot and humid environment conducive to their growth and spread. No homeowner wants to welcome these disease-causing unwelcome guests with open arms. Reducing the humidity acts as a substantial detriment to their growth. Therefore, if you run a dehumidifier this summer, there is at least one thing you can be sure of, that is – the air you breathe while indoors is healthy and safe.
4. Lower Energy Bills – With a dehumidifier assisting the functioning of the cooling system, your residential HVAC system need not work under strain any longer. The AC will cool the home much better. It will not have to work long and hard in cooling the home, and you will not have to continuously lower the temperature trying to get comfortable. In essence, this will reduce your power consumption associated with the HVAC system and lower your energy bills.
Types Of dehumidifier
1. Whole-Home Dehumidifier – This type of dehumidifier is linked to the residential HVAC system and dehumidifies the complete home. It is a more costly option but works the best if you want to eliminate excess moisture from everywhere in the house.
2. Stand Alone Dehumidifier – This type of dehumidifier is placed inside the room from which you wish to eliminate humidity. One option is to buy a dedicated dehumidifier for each room, or buy one and move it around, room to room, depending on which you occupy.
Dehumidifiers are becoming a necessity, especially in places where humidity is high most of the year. Installing a whole-home dehumidifier will remove extra moisture from the air and reinstate a healthy balance. It will make for more comfortable indoors and also make for improved indoor air quality. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Now that you have all the facts, you can judge for yourself whether a dehumidifier is a sensible investment or not.
Aztil Air Conditioning in West Palm Beach, Florida, will be glad to answer any question or concern you have over dehumidifiers. We are a premier HVAC contractor and take our job of seeing to your comfort very seriously. Our repertoire of services includes standard HVAC installations, repairs, and maintenance. But that is not all we do. We also provide air quality solutions and carry out the cleaning of the ductwork. Our technicians are certified professionals capable of handling both commercial and residential HVAC systems. To book an appointment, call us at +1-888-729-8452.