How Interior Paint Colors Affect Your Energy Savings

When you were a teenager and wanted to paint your room tie die or black to match the new album cover you got for Christmas, the idea probably didn’t sit well with your parents. But now you’re a homeowner and anything goes when it comes to color choice. But you might want to reconsider the colors you choose based on how they will impact your energy costs.  

How Dark Paint Colors Make A Room Warmer

If you paint a room that has no windows a dark color, then it is very possible it will cost you no more in terms of your cooling costs. However, dark colors do tend to make a room feel smaller, so they are rarely chosen for rooms that don’t have at least a few windows in them. When you paint a room with one or two windows in it a dark color, the light from the sun will absorb into the room more than it would with a lighter color, making the overall temperature of the room warmer and requiring your HVAC system to work harder to properly cool that room.

What To Do To Cut Down Energy Costs In A Dark Room

If you do have a room in your home that you want to paint with dark colors, there are a couple things you can consider doing to help cut down on energy costs to cool that room. The first suggestion we have is to paint only one accent wall in the room with the darker color of your choosing and paint the remaining walls in the room with a very light color. Alternatively, if you do decide to paint all the walls the same dark color, you should make sure you cover all the windows in the room with heavy curtains that will reflect the light from the sun back out of the room. While this will make the room feel smaller and more closed in, it will also help cut back on the cost of cooling the room.      Regular maintenance will help as well.      Call EasyBreezy AC to discuss a regular maintenance schedule with one of our certified technicians!

How Your HVAC Plays A Role In Lingering Odors In Your Home

The biggest reason for the lingering odors in your home is your HVAC system. As it runs continuously in the background every day and night, the air filter and air ducts pick up the substances that cause odor and disperse it throughout your home. Studies show that individuals living in a household cannot detect odors that have become a staple smell in their dwelling. For example, a family that frequently cooks with olive oil will not notice the smell of lingering olive oil in their home over time, but those who don’t visit their home often will pick up on it.  

 

 

How to minimize the lingering odors in your home

 

  • When cooking food, it’s important to have proper ventilation and use the aerator above the stove. If something begins to burn, open windows and doors to help with ventilation.  
  • Pets are a large source of many odors; ones they carry in from outside and smells they produce on their own. Keeping pets regularly bathed and brushed will help reduce the odors. 
  • Avoid mildew smells by maintaining a stable temperature in your home even when you’re not there. A big mistake people make is turning the AC off when they go to work or leave their home. This can create an ideal circumstance for mold and mildew.  These fungi not only have a very distinct potent odor, but they can also pose a serious health risk too. 
  • Keep your sink drains well maintained and clear of any food after all meals. Gunk can build up easily inside the sink drain and cause foul odors in the home.  
  • Every one to two months, deep clean your carpets with hot water and carpet-safe shampoo to remove any allergens or odors trapped in the carpet.  
  • Keep the trash bin empty overnight. Take any food waste or organic material such as diapers, food scraps, or coffee grounds out to the main bin outside. Keeping them in the home for any period will produce odors.  
  • Clean your ceiling fans.   Wipe your fan blades down with an antibacterial cloth or cleaning agent every month. As an added bonus, this will help to minimize the dust in your home as well.   
  • Regularly clean your ovens, toasters, and microwaves along with your stove tops. These common appliances can easily become dirty and hold on to odors.  
  • Ensure you are using the right HVAC filters and replacing them on time. Using a high-quality HVAC filter will not only eliminate up to 50% of lingering odors in the home, but will also improve the overall smell and quality of air in the home.  
  • It is also advisable to get your AC duct work cleaned twice a year and sanitized. Doing this eliminates the odors and bacteria trapped inside and helps to reduce dust and dirt circulated through your home. 

 

To schedule your next routine maintenance appointment, contact the professional, certified technicians at EasyBreezy A/C today!

How To Care For Your HVAC When You Have Pets

For many people, pets are considered part of the family and are kept indoors most of the time. However, there are some challenges that can arise when it comes to the HVAC system in your home. Pollutants pets can carry into the home after a nice afternoon walk and the dander they can shed directly impact your A/C and heating system because it’s one giant filtration system; if those pollutants are recirculating through your HVAC system then it can wreak havoc on not only your allergies but your HVAC system as well.


How to get the cleanest air quality from your HVAC system  


It’s not only vital to your A/C system but also for your own health and the health of your family to regularly change your air filters.


There are a few factors to take in to consideration when determining how often you should change your home’s air filters. For example, if it is a vacation home with no pets, then changing your filters once or twice a year may be fine. If it is a modern suburban home with no pets, changing your filters every 90 days works. But, anytime a pet occupies a home, it is standard to change your filters every 30 days.


Never use low quality air filters, as they allow the pet dandruff and dust to recirculate into the home, and can end up costing more money down the road. Overtime, costs add up because of the low air quality and the damage it does to your health and to your HVAC unit’s vents, ducts, coils, etc.  Don’t place objects that have dirt or dust on them near your intake vent, such as a vacuum, shoes, laundry basket, or pet crate.   


By grooming your pets regularly, preferably outside the home you will also keep your pet happy and your home’s air cleaner. Doing this should also mean there is noticeably less pet hair in your air filter when you change it. Dogs and cats who have longer, thicker coats should be brushed every 2 days and should be bathed every 2 weeks. You can double the time in between brushing and bathing if your pet has shorter hair, which means they should be brushed every 4 days and bathed at least once a month. 


Keeping your carpet vacuumed daily is another important step to having healthy air quality and maximizing your systems performance and longevity.  Using a quality vacuum that is tailored specifically for pet dandruff and hair is another plus, as it removes specific allergens that pets have naturally.  


Keeping your temperature settings as moderate as possible will not only save you some money, but will also reduce the amount of hair your pets shed. In the summer months dogs and cats shed their winter coat and keeping the A/C settings too low or high can have an adverse effect on how the natural shedding process takes place.    The recommended setting for climates such as Florida is between 69-76 degrees during the summer months and in the winter months the setting should be from 68 to 72 degrees. A mistake pet owners make is turning the thermostat up to 80 degrees when they leave the house which causes shedding to be a year-round problem – adversely impacting the air quality and air conditioning unit.  


While you can do much to limit the effects of pet hair and dander on the quality of your indoor air, you’ll need some specialized help now and then. That’s why it’s always a good idea to schedule regular HVAC maintenance with EasyBreezy A/C Services, recommended at least twice a year.   


During our routine inspections, we’ll make sure that your HVAC system is cleaned carefully, and we’ll identify any issues that should be resolved quickly. A checkup helps keep your HVAC system working smoothly, keeps your system running longer and saves you money!

Why Air Conditioning Systems Are One Of The Best Inventions Ever

Today, our air conditioning systems are generally a benefit we take for granted unless it breaks down or isn’t working properly.    Before air conditioning was invented, people had to find creative ways to stay comfortable throughout the day.   When we think of the best inventions ever made, most of them were created within the 20th century.    From advancements in technology to modern medicine, it is difficult to think of inventions that can be considered among the best ever that were not made in the 20th century.      One of the few inventions that has stood the test of time is modern-day air conditioning systems.

 

Here is why we believe AC is one of the best inventions ever:

 

One of the most common ways to stay comfortable indoors without the air conditioning turned on is to open the windows.  But keeping windows open only provides a mild increase in comfort, especially when living in warmer and more humid climates such as Florida.   Additionally, having the ability to keep the windows closed because you have a functioning air conditioning system also provides health benefits.

 

The health benefits of keeping windows closed include:

 

  • Decreased risk of contracting blood borne illnesses such as Malaria and Zika that are contracted as a result of mosquito bites
  • Decreased exposure to air borne illnesses and other air borne allergens and toxins that lead to illness.
  • Increased comfort also results in increased happiness. Both the increased comfort and increased happiness also encourage more productivity as the body uses less energy to keep comfortable.
  • Improved ability to fall asleep and stay asleep longer. Science has proven that people sleep better in cooler temperatures. Getting a quality night of sleep also increases our overall happiness and productivity.

Being able to rely on our air conditioning units to keep us comfortable instead of having to keep a window open also improves the overall safety of our home as it is more difficult to gain ungranted access into the home.


You may have thought about the many advancements technology provides, such as computers, smart phones, and access to the internet, and you recognize the way your life would be impacted without it; you probably can’t imagine what life would be like without modern air conditioning.    Without air conditioning, most of us would be expelling substantial energy just to stay comfortable and healthy.    When we take into consideration the improvements air conditioning has on our everyday lives, it is undoubtedly among the best inventions ever.

 

Keep Your Air Conditioning Systems Running Efficiently

 

To keep your air conditioning system performing at its maximum efficiency, contact EasyBreezy AC today to schedule an annual maintenance check up with one of our certified HVAC specialists. We are proud of the work we do to keep our clients’ homes healthy and comfortable!

How Your Home’s Temperature Affects Your Sleep Quality And Mood

We all know that spending time outdoors in the sun is generally good for our overall health and well-being. And luckily for us, living in Florida provides us with nearly limitless opportunities to spend time outdoors soaking up the sun in any number of activities. But you have also probably experienced the grumpiness that accompanies someone who has spent too much time outdoors on a hot day. As it turns out this shift in mood is no coincidence as temperature, especially heat, has a significant impact on our overall mood and the quality of sleep that we get. Here is what you should know about your home’s temperature and how it can affect your overall mood and sleep quality:

Temperature And Sleep Quality

In order to get good quality sleep each night our bodies need to be at a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold. Generally speaking, it is estimated that the best temperature for your thermostat to be set at for optimal sleep is between 60- and 67-degrees Fahrenheit. Obviously, the temperatures in Florida are usually much higher than this almost all year long. If your air conditioning system breaks down on a day that the temperature outside is above the optimal range for sleep, the temperature on the inside of your home will begin to rise quickly. If the temperature in your home is not within the range needed for optimal sleep, it could impact the quality of your sleep so much that you would actually need 2 more hours of sleep than usual to feel just as rested as any other night. This means it is important for your air conditioning unit to be working properly to keep your home cool and allow you to get a good night’s sleep every night.

Temperature And Mood

A combination of exposure to excessive heat and the resulting effects it has on getting a restful night’s sleep leads to a decrease in mood. The impact heat has on our mood is a natural effect of being uncomfortable and tired. Anytime we are uncomfortable or tired, we are naturally more sensitive, edgy, and grumpy. This shift in our mood in combination with being uncomfortable and tired can also lead us to make decisions we wouldn’t normally make such as acting out violently or consuming more alcohol than usual. If your home’s air conditioning system breaks down, especially on one of our warmer and more humid spring or summer days, you will surely notice the affects the heat has on yourself and your family within a very short period of time.

Don’t let your home’s temperature affect the quality of sleep you get each night or your overall mood. Contact C & S A/C Services today to schedule your next HVAC maintenance check-up, or to schedule any necessary repairs. We will make sure your air conditioning system is operating at it’s maximum efficiency to ensure a comfortable home for you and your family.

Tip Top Shape: Running Your A/C For Maximum Efficiency

One of the most important things you can do to keep your air conditioning unit running smoothly and efficiently is to keep up with the proper maintenance of your HVAC ducts and air filters.     There may be a few things that are causing your air filter to become dirty faster than expected, including how you are running and maintaining your HVAC system.

Filter Maintenance

Most HVAC systems suggest the filter should be changed from once a month to every two or three months in order to keep your system running efficiently.    This will depend on a number of factors, such as how often you use your system and how many contaminants you have in the home.

EasyBreezy AC professionals recommend you mark your air filter changes on a calendar in order to keep up with a regular maintenance schedule and ensure you don’t miss any needed changes.

Filter Quality

There are many options available when choosing which type of air filter to use.     Low quality filters tend to be less expensive, so they can be tempting to buy. However, if you are not choosing one of a good quality, it is not likely to last as long before needing to be changed.     

Air filter quality is measured by a MERV rating (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) – the higher the MERV ranking is, the more efficient it is likely to be.     While low-price filters may be less-expensive, it is important to remember that they will likely last a shorter amount of time before needing to be changed, adding up in cost in the long-run.

In most homes, air filters with a low MERV rating should be changed about every 30 days, so they are only a good option if you intend to keep up with the maintenance schedule.

Leaking Air Ducts

Another issue that could be affecting how quickly your air filters are becoming dirty is when your system has leaking air ducts.     Leaking air ducts cause dust and other airborne contaminants to be pulled into your unit from areas that are used less and are often dirtier than the rest of your home, such as the attic.     Not only does this mean your system’s air filters will become clogged and dirty more quickly, but it also means your system as a whole will run less efficiently and use up more energy.

If you suspect you have leaking air ducts or want to confirm they are intact and functioning efficiently, contact our EasyBreezy Air Duct Specialist to help.

Fan Setting

Your system’s thermostat will provide you with two different fan settings to choose from – “on” and “auto.”    When you choose to set your system’s fan to the “on” setting,  it will run continuously until you turn it off.    When you set it to the “auto” setting, the fan will turn on and off automatically as it cycles through each heating or cooling cycle.     By setting your thermostat to “auto,” your system will be able to run and process through the airborne contaminants coming into your unit more efficiently.

If you have any questions or need to schedule a regular maintenance check, contact our specialists today!

 At EasyBreezy AC, we are committed to helping you keep your HVAC system running at its maximum efficiency
all year long.

Why It Is Important To Be Careful With What You Store In Your Home’s Attic

In the mostly hot and humid months of Florida weather, your home relies heavily on your air conditioning unit to function properly in order to create a comfortable atmosphere that protects both you and your family, and the things that you own. However, most Florida homes architectural designs also do not include basements – which can leave many homeowners with limited storage space in their homes. This lack of storage space makes the home’s attic an essential storage spot for most homeowners. However, many attics are not connected to your home’s air conditioning system, and this means anything being stored in the attic is vulnerable to our intense heat and changing weather conditions all year. Additionally, your attic also needs proper insulation that plays a crucial role in how well your HVAC system functions. Here are some things you should not store in your home’s attic:

Printed Photos and Important Documents

Some of our most important and beloved possessions that are commonly stored in the attic are printed photographs and paper copies of important documents. However, paper is extremely susceptible to damage from heat and should never be stored in an environment that is not climate controlled. If you don’t have the storage space in an area of your home that is climate controlled, you may have to consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit in order to properly protect these possessions while they are in storage. Or you can make adjustments to your home’s attic by having a professional switch it to a climate-controlled environment by connecting it to your home’s existing HVAC system. Either way – never store these precious valuables in an area that is open to the excruciating heat of Florida.

Cardboard Boxes

Cardboard boxes are great for moving but are not generally recommended as a means of storing anything long-term, especially in an area that is not climate-controlled. This is because cardboard is an easy target for rodents and other pests to create shelter from harsh temperatures and weather conditions, make nests, and eat away at the cardboard and the contents which are stored inside it. Make sure you are using durable plastic storage boxes for anything being stored in the attic, and remove all valuables from cardboard boxes as soon after a move as possible.

Other Natural Materials

No matter what the material is, all organic materials will naturally decompose as time passes. Whether the material is wood, fur, ivory, leather, or anything else, eventually it will decompose after sitting in storage for a long enough period of time. But heat also increases the decomposition process, meaning that the time needed for a natural material to decompose is significantly decreased as the climate it is stored in increases. This means if you need to store away winter clothing during the remaining 10 to 11 months of the year, make sure you are not leaving your expensive fur and leather clothing stored in an attic that is not climate controlled.

The HVAC professionals at C & S A/C can also help you maximize your home’s attic storage space by helping you connect your home’s attic to your HVAC unit to help further protect anything you have stored in the attic with consistent climate control.

Is It Too Late To Have Maintenance Done On My AC Unit?

Assuming you are not asking the question “is it too late to have maintenance done on my AC unit” only after your current air conditioning unit has completely stopped working and is beyond repair, then the answer to your question is no, it is never too late to have maintenance performed on your AC unit. And unless you have had your current air conditioning unit for more than 10 years and have never had any maintenance performed on it during its life, it is very unlikely that your system has completely stopped working and is beyond repair. This means everyone with an AC unit that is not completely beyond repair should still be having maintenance performed on their AC units on a regular basis.

The importance of regular AC maintenance

We know there are many homeowners out there who don’t believe having regular maintenance performed on their AC is necessary. We understand that you may not think you need to call a professional if you don’t seem to be having any problems with your unit. However, missing regular maintenance on your AC and only calling the professionals when there is something clearly wrong with your AC unit, can harm your unit even further and cause more costly repairs down the line. This is because most problems that arise within an AC unit are not obvious when they first begin to develop, and the longer the issue is able to go without being detected, the worse the problem becomes. Without having regular routine maintenance performed on your AC unit, by the time a problem becomes obvious with your AC unit it has likely become serious enough to require additional repairs.

By scheduling routine maintenance checkups for your air conditioning unit, you can prevent many stressful problems from occurring down the road. We recommend routine AC maintenance checks once or twice a year. Having a routine maintenance checkup done on your AC unit can improve your unit’s energy efficiency, reduce the risk of serious complications occurring, and extend the life of your unit significantly. While there are dishonest AC “professionals” who will sell you any service you will buy, AC maintenance is not one of them. The key is to find trustworthy AC professionals who will perform an honest evaluation and routine maintenance when needed.

The best time to have AC maintenance done

So now you know how important it is to have regular routine maintenance checkups performed on your air conditioning unit, but when is the right time to have this maintenance done? In Florida, our hot summer months begin early on in Spring, so now is an ideal time to schedule routine maintenance if you have not already had it done. Your routine maintenance should always be done before you are going to need to rely more heavily on your home’s cooling system, and those days are just around the corner for us. But as we stated earlier in this article, any time is a good time for routine AC maintenance as long as your system has not completely broken down already. The last thing you want to be doing is sitting in the sticky heat of your home waiting for an AC professional to come out and repair your broken system.

If your air conditioning unit needs a maintenance checkup, contact the experienced technicians at C & S A/C today! Our technicians will help diagnose and correct any problems your AC may be having, help prevent any future problems, and get it running at its maximum efficiency.

Noises That Are Never Good To Hear Your Air Conditioner Making

It is only natural for us to recognize new things about old products, especially appliances, as we use them more frequently and as they age. Many times, these new recognitions are good – such as finding a setting or feature that we never realized the product had because we barely glimpsed through the manual when we first bought it. But sometimes these new recognitions are not as positive as finding a setting or feature that improves the efficiency and productivity of the appliance. Sometimes, as our appliances continue to age, they also continue to start making sounds we have never heard them make before – and unfortunately, new sounds are usually an indicator of new problems. If you have started to recognize your air conditioner making noises you haven’t heard it make in the past, then this post is for you!

Humming Sounds

Out of all the new noises your air conditioning unit can make that indicate a problem, humming is most likely the one that is best to hear. This is because a humming noise is usually an indicator of a small issue that you will probably be able to correct on your own. Hearing a humming noise come from your air conditioning unit is usually an indicator that the system is being affected by excessive dirt, dust, and debris. While this could lead to a more serious issue in the future if left unaddressed, the only thing you will probably need to do in order to correct this problem is to remove the top of the unit and gently wipe the interior of the unit down with a cleaning cloth.

Bubbling Sounds

Bubbling noises coming from your air conditioning unit are usually an indicator that there is a problem with your refrigerant levels. Many people incorrectly assume that their refrigerant levels need to regularly be re-filled or re-charged, however if you are experiencing an issue with your air conditioner’s refrigerant levels being too low it is more likely an indicator of an issue such as a leak somewhere in the unit. To correct this issue, you should contact an experienced air conditioning technician to come find and correct the leak in your system as soon as possible before the problem becomes any worse.

Buzzing or Clicking Sounds

One of the first indicators of an issue within the electrical system of your air conditioning unit are noises that sound like buzzing or clicking within the unit. A buzzing noise is usually an indicator that there is a loose or frayed wire somewhere within the system that is causing sparks of electricity. These sparks of electricity are the source of the buzzing noise. A clicking noise typically occurs continuously on-and-off and is usually an indicator that there is something preventing the control panel from effectively transmitting electrical signals. When the control panel is not able to effectively transmit an electrical signal, it will continue to try to send the signal until it is successful, which will cause internal switches within the unit to continuously turn on and off and result in a clicking noise continuously running. Any electrical issue with any appliance is a serious concern, but it may have an easy fix available if you contact a professional technician early enough to correct the problem before it causes serious damage.

Squeaking and Squealing Sounds

If your air conditioning unit is making a squeaking or squealing noise, it is most likely an indicator that there is an issue with the fan belt or the motor. An AC unit’s fan belt can be affected by expansion and contraction caused by varying levels in the temperature or levels of humidity throughout different seasons, but issues with a fan belt can usually be repaired by a professional technician. On the other hand, if there is a problem with your AC unit’s motor going bad, you will most likely need to replace the motor in order to correct the issue.

Whistling Sounds

If you hear whistling noises coming from your air conditioning unit while it is running, this is usually an indicator of a problem with the efficiency of the airflow. There are a number of different things that can cause a problem with air flow to occur – ranging from something as simple as a clogged or dirty air filter that needs to be changed to something more serious like leaky ductwork or a broken blower. If cleaning or replacing your current air filter doesn’t stop the whistling noise from occurring, it is best to contact an experienced technician to help you diagnose the source of the noise and correct any underlying issues.

Banging Sounds

If you hear banging noises coming from your air conditioning unit while it is running, this is usually an indicator that something has come loose and is banging around within the system. In the same way that a whistling noise can be caused by many different issues ranging from small to large, the same applies to banging noises within your AC unit. The source of the banging could be as simple as a small screw or bolt that needs to be tightened, or something more serious such as damage to the fan, compressor, or blower. A professional technician will be able to help you find the source of the banging and correct the issue.

If your current air conditioning unit is making any of these serious noises or some other sound you can’t identify, contact the experienced technicians at C & S A/C today! Our technicians will help diagnose and correct any problems with your AC unit and get it running at its best once again.

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