5 Biggest Myths About AC

Trying to lower your electric bill or to be more energy efficient is currently on the rise. Be sure to fact check what you read against legitimate sources. There are several myths floating around the internet that may mislead you and cost you your savings. EasyBreezy AC shows you 5 myths:

Myth #1: The bigger the air conditioning unit, the more efficient.

Bigger is not always better and this holds true for air conditioners. The efficiently and energy savings of a unit have nothing to do with the size of the unit. What is important is the it is the right size for your home. A unit too small will have to work harder to cool a larger home and a unit too big is a waste of energy.

What people don’t always realize is that their unit is fine but their house is full of leaks. Cool air escapes through windows, vents, doorways, and through the attic. Ensure that your home is well insulated and that weather stripping has not worn down or been torn away.

Myth #2: Running the AC all day is better than adjusting thermostat.

Studies have shown that if you adjust your temperature 8-10 degrees from its normal setting can save you up to 10% in energy costs. When your cooling system is set to maintain a particular temperature, it has to constantly work throughout the day to make sure the temperature never rises in the home (or drops in the winter).
 

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Myth #3: Turning the thermostat down will make the home cool off faster

There is no overdrive on air conditioners; the unit will work at a regular pace to cool the home to the set temperature. Also, should you forget you dropped the temperature, you’ll end up spending more on energy costs to keep the home cooler.

Myth #4: An air conditioner only cools the air.

An air conditioner cleans the air and dehumidifies it. Before air circulates through the vents, it is pulled through an air filter, removing pet hair, allergens and other particles in the atmosphere. Many new thermostats will allow you to program the desired humidity level; this is because when the air is humid (or filled with moisture) it feels warmer. Even if you cannot program your desired humidity level, your air conditioner still acts as a dehumidifier, pulling moisture out of the air as it cycles through the unit and back into the home.

Myth #5: Ceiling fans cool a room.

The purpose of a ceiling fan is to circulate air around a room, not to cool it. When the air is moved through the space and comes in contact with our skin, it feels cooler even though the temperature never changes. Think about being outside on a hot Florida day. If you have a spare piece of paper (or theme park map) odds are, you have turned it into a manual fan. As you wave the fan in front of your face, the air feels cool but its still blazing hot outside. Fans in your home do the same thing. If you leave a fan on in an empty room, no one is feeling the “cooler” air and energy to run the fan is being wasted.

Finally, if these myths helped you to understand your A/C system, you want more orientation or you want to request a service, please do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information about it!

 

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6 Most Common HVAC Problems

Florida is known for its heat and humidity. Its also know for lacking “real” seasons. December and January come through and the temperatures barley drop into the 60s so we are still relying heavily on our AC units to keep us comfortable year round.

In this type of weather, with constant, heavy use, HVAC units can encounter some common issues.

  • Thermostat

As silly as it sounds, if your air conditioning unit is not functioning properly, check your thermostat first. Make sure that the thermostat is on and that the settings are correct. Is it set to “auto” rather than on”. Or maybe the culprit is a family member with a different definition of the perfect temperature than you.

  • Needs Coolant

If your air is not blowing cool and the thermostat is set properly, then the culprit may be the coolant level of your system. The level may be low as the result of a leak which needs to be cleaned up as quickly as possible. Freon is a common coolant that has been classified as an Ozone depleting compound and is regulated heavily by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Since 2010, the Freon R22 has begun to be phased out of use but there are still functioning units that were manufactured prior to the change that need servicing. Those still functioning are allowed to be recharged with Freon R22 but non-functioning units must be replaced with a newer model. In addition, Freon can only be purchased and recharged by a licensed technician.

If your coolant levels are low, contact us to have a licensed technician come out to inspect and correct your coolant issue.

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  • General Maintenance Skipped

Failure to keep up with regular maintenance is one of the major causes of system failure and major repairs. Keeping your outside unit free of debris and changing the air filter  are such regular maintenance tasks.

Air filters should be replaced (or cleaned if you have a reusable filter) ever 1-3 months. For units that are on more often, air is circulated through the filter more causing it to get clogged sooner. When the air is blocked by a clogged up filter, it causes the HVAC system to work harder to try and blow air through your home.

It is also recommended to have your unit inspected at least once a year to ensure that the air conditioning unit is in proper working order. We offer two types of maintenance plans that include two schedule visits during the year, once each in summer and winter. These inspections will check for worn parts like the coils, electrical disconnects, inspection of the fan blade and much more. Our maintenance plans also include discounts in the event that the inspection reveals that repairs are needed.

  • Sensor Malfunction

Thermostats use sensors to measure the air temperature of the home, allowig it to communicate with the HVAC unit whether the desired temperature has been reached or not. Sometimes these sensors can be knocked out of place, causing it to malfunction and not properly read the temperature.

If you suspect this to be the case, open the thermostat to reveal the control panel. It should be located near the evaporating coil, but not touching it. If the sensor is touching the coil, readjust the wire holding the sensor. Reassemble the thermostat and try it out to see if your issue is fixed.

  • Component Failures

Components like the compressor, fan, condenser, or blower work the heating and cooling functions withing the air conditioning unit. Over time, parts of your unit will wear down and will eventually need replacing. Worn parts are not able to function as efficiently which can result in a noticeable change in how well your unit is cooling or heating. These components are inspected during annual or biannual service calls so be sure to have one scheduled or set up a maintenance plan.

  • Drainage Block

Drainage pipes that lead from the unit can become clogged by dirt, leaves, or other debris. If the pipes are unable to drain properly then the water will flow into the drain pan. Once this becomes full, the water will overflow and can cause water damage.

Another issue that surrounds drainage pipes is the opportunity for mold, mildew or algae to grow. This can be unavoidable since they are attracted to moisture but it can be treated by pour vinegar on the affected areas.

Finally, if you do not see the problem clearly or none of these tips helped you to clear your doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information about it!

 

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5 Helpful Tips to Maintaining Your HVAC System

Performing general maintenance on your HVAC system is important to avoid major repair and it can extend the life of your system. Proper maintenance can even help you save on your energy bill. Here are a few maintenance tips you can do yourself to help you keep your system functioning properly.

  • Replace air filters

Disposable air filters should be replaced and reusable filters should be cleaned at least every three months or sooner if you run your AC more often or have pets. Check on them monthly to make sure they are not clogged up. A clean filter will prevent your system from overworking.

  • Keep vents clear

Ensure that return and supply vents are not blocked or covered as reduced airflow can actually make your system work harder to heat or cool.

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  • Keep your outdoor unit clean

Debris and dirt can prevent your outdoor unit from functioning properly. Be sure leaves, twigs and other debris are not trapped in or around your unit. Dirt, pollen, and other particles can stick to the fan and should be carefully removed. The fans can be easily damaged but need to be clean to work properly.

  • Check your thermostat

If you have a programmable thermostat check the settings to make sure that it is programmed correctly. Setting the temperature higher while you are away for more than 8 hours can actually help save you in energy costs.

  • Keep your condensation line clear

Air conditioners release moisture and moisture attracts mildew, algae, and mold so be sure to check the pipes the bring water from your unit to the outside. The growth can clog the lines and should be removed about every 6 months. You can treat the algae, mildrew, or mold with half a gallon of vinegar.

Although following these tip will keep your HVAC running as it should, it is still recommended to have regularly scheduled annual maintenance from an HVAC specialist to help keep your ac tuned up at a higher level than you can do at home. We offer two maintenance programs that will keep your AC system running smoothly all year round. Give us a call  to schedule for a maintenance tune up or sign up for one our our HVAC maintenance plans.

 

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What Is HVAC?

HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning. These three components can be sold as individual appliances but as an HVAC, they are all one single unit that work in coordination with each other as it operates to maximize energy use.

Air Conditioning with an HVAC


The way air is cooled though an HVAC system is similar to that of a traditional Air Conditioning unit. An HVAC has an outdoor unit that contains the condenser and compressor and a unit indoors that is made up of the blower motor, evaporator coil and the sensors that moderate the temperature you set. It functions by pulling air from the house or office through the ducts where it is then taken to be cooled and recirculated back into the home through vents.
 

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Heating with pump vs HVAC

Heating can come in many forms since different areas have different needs for heating. You can heat through a heat pump, which pulls air from outside, warms it, and distributes it into your home. Another way to heat a home is with a traditional cooling system. These are equipped with heat strips that are heated with electricity. When the air is pulled in from the house and processed through the unit, it is warmed by the heat strips and then distributed back into the home. You can also heat with a furnace or fireplace, but they are best for heating only a single room. The heating component in an HVAC system is a heating coil and it works in the same manner as the heat strips of a regular ac unit.

Ventilation in HVAC

HVAC systems offer an additional aspect lacking with other types of heating and cooling systems, ventilation. Those systems circulate air from the home, to the system, and back again. HVAC on the other hand, has ducts that allow for 2-way circulation. There is one vent to express stale, contaminated air and another to draw in fresh air from outside.

HVAC offers the best of both heating and cooling worlds plus the opportunity for fresh, clean air constantly.

Finally, if these tips helped you, you want more orientation or you want to request a service, please do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information about it!

 

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Avoid HVAC Emergencies

What would you do if a storm knocked out your HVAC system in the middle of a sweltering Florida summer? Imagine the amount of money your business would lose being shut down for a day, a week, a month or even longer. Lost sales. Lost products. Lost customers and lost opportunities.

No matter what time of the year, your business should be prepared for HVAC emergencies and equipment failure. Don’t wait for disaster to strike. Have a plan to minimize disruptions. EasyBreezy AC presents to you these four simple steps:

Step 1: Evaluate your equipment in advance

Know what size and kind of equipment you have and how old it is. Have a replacement system picked out before an emergency. If your system is inefficient, consider installing a new one while you still have a wide selection. A major emergency, such as a hurricane, will not only disrupt your business but those around you (temporary HVAC equipment is also available for purchase).

Step 2: Have your equipment inspected

Schedule regular HVAC tune-ups to prevent emergencies and to identify problems before they start. During a tune-up, one of our certified-professionals will inspect and perform maintenance on your system to keep it running smoothly all year long.
 

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Step 3: Turn off your system before storms

If a power outage is possible, turn off your HVAC equipment. This will prevent damage to compressors and other components from power surges during a storm and when power returns after an outage. This will also reduce the risk of fire or electric shock.

Step 4: Hire a professional before powering up

Damage to your system may be hard to detect. Have one of our certified-professionals inspect your system before restoring power. Even small water damage can cause corrosion and future equipment failure.

Finally, if these tips helped you to solve your A/C problem, you want more orientation or you want to request a service, please do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information about it!

 

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