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 the Tampa Bay area, 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, air quality 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 EasyBreezy A/C today to schedule your next AC maintenance check-up, or to schedule any necessary repairs. We will make sure your air conditioning system is operating at its maximum efficiency to ensure a comfortable home for you and your family.



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

Is it too late to have AC Repair or maintenance?

The short answer is no. Assuming you are not asking the question “is it too late to have maintenance done on my AC unit or AC Repair” 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.

When is the best time to get my yearly maintenance done?

In Florida, we recommend getting your routine maintenance done in Spring, before the weather gets too hot.

The importance of regular AC repair or maintenance

We know many homeowners out there 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 in Tampa bay, 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 Spring 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 EasyBreezy 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.



Why Do My AC Bills Keep Rising?

Ask anyone what keeps making your AC bills rise and you will likely get the same answer – something along the lines of “your HVAC system is not working as efficiently as it should be.” While this is certainly the quickest and most common answer, it doesn’t actually answer your true question “what is causing your AC system to run so inefficiently that it is causing your bills to keep rising?” The answer to that question isn’t quite as simple. There are many different things that could be going on within your HVAC unit to cause it to run inefficiently. If you suspect your AC system isn’t running as efficiently as it should be, it is extremely important that you hire an experienced technician to inspect and diagnose any problems.

How do I know if my HVAC unit is running inefficiently?

Besides taking into consideration the rising costs of your AC bills, there are other signs which may be present that can alert you to an issue with the efficiency of your air conditioning unit. These signs include:

  • Warm air blowing out of the vents
  • Reduced airflow
  • Strange noises – particularly when starting your AC
  • Your AC is having difficulty keeping up with the job of properly cooling your home
  • Poor indoor air quality

These are just a few of the most common signs that something is going on deeper within your HVAC unit to cause your AC to run inefficiently. Some simple maintenance may be able to be done on your own, but if there is a problem with your unit that goes beyond routine maintenance it is probably time to call a professional.

What is causing my HVAC unit to run inefficiently?

Once you have determined one or multiple signs of AC inefficiency are present, you are likely going to wonder what is causing it. There are a few different things that could be causing your air conditioner to run inefficiently and raise your energy bills, but a few of the most common issues include:

  • A Refrigerant Leak – Too many people improperly assume that their AC’s refrigerant needs to be regularly refilled or recharged to keep it running efficiently. However, AC refrigerant is not intended to be refilled or recharged. If you are having to replace your AC’s refrigerant, this means only one thing – there must be a leak somewhere causing you to lose your refrigerant. And any leak in your HVAC unit will affect the overall performance of the cooling system. You will most likely be able to detect a refrigerant leak through the existence of ice on your system’s coils or reduced cooling power.
  • Overheating of Your HVAC Unit – If you are having a problem with a part of your HVAC unit overheating, your system’s fan motor is probably to blame. In this scenario, you will likely need to have the unit’s fan motor replaced. If you do not replace the fan motor, the heat it is putting off will likely seep through into the indoor air and thus produce even more heat for your unit to have to remove and cool, which will significantly decrease the overall efficiency of the HVAC system.
  • Damages to Your System’s Ductwork – There are a few different manners in which a damage to your HVAC unit’s ductwork can impact its overall efficiency. Which problem damaged ductwork will cause for you depends on what the damage is and where the damage is located. It is possible for damaged ductwork to cause your system to pull in hot air, which means your system has to work harder to cool the air that is put back out into your home, but it is also possible for damaged ductwork to cause your unit to blow cool air out into unoccupied spaces that don’t need it such as your attic or basement.
  • Problems With Insulation – It is possible your home never had proper insulation installed to begin with, but even if it did, insulation can also deteriorate as time goes on. Proper insulation helps our units keep warmer air indoors throughout Florida’s very short winters, but more importantly, it helps keep the warm air out of our homes during our long, scorching summers. If your home has poor insulation, it requires your HVAC unit to work harder in order to properly maintain a comfortable temperature within your home.
  • Outer Obstructions to Your HVAC Unit – It is important to keep your outdoor HVAC unit clean, clear, and free of clutter. As your AC system pulls the warm air out of your home, it needs to expel this warm air outdoors. But obstructions such as fallen leaves, grass clippings, mulch, and other debris can quickly clog your system and cause the warm air to become stuck inside the system, which can cause additional damage to your unit.

The harder your HVAC unit has to work to continue to do its job of maintaining a comfortable temperature within your home, the more inefficiently the system is going to run and the more expensive your cooling bills will become. As with many things, preventative care and routine maintenance is the best thing you can do to protect your air conditioning system from common issues that can lead to it running inefficiently.

If you have noticed a consistent spike in your energy costs, or if you would like to schedule preventative maintenance, contact the experienced professional technicians at EasyBreezy A/C Services today.



Your Heating And AC Unit Might Be Making Your Home Dusty

Your house is brimming with plenty of duties: washing dishes, doing laundry, vacuum cleaning, on top of the never-ending job of dusting. Although each of these projects tend to be inescapable, a few may seem as though they must be done constantly. When you are having difficulties managing your dusty house, it is possible your heating and cooling unit is making the issue worse.

The good news is, for virtually any heating and cooling issue which could result in extra dust, we have an easy and productive answer to the problem.

Create a trap for the dust

If you are inspecting your HVAC machine to find signs to what is causing such a dusty environment, your current air filter is the place to begin. Air filters need to be examined monthly at a minimum in addition to being changed or wiped clean if they’re too dusty. If your house is unusually dusty or you have shedding pets, it is a good idea to switch your air filter more regularly.

Most of the particles you find in the old filter is dust that has been removed from the air flow in your home. Any time your current air filter gets obstructed, your HVAC machine cannot effectevly remove dust out of the air, so a greater portion of it remains inside your home.

Not every filter is the same, and you will probably find air filters with a higher MERV rating to be more effective. Investing in these better-quality air filters comes with a compromise; they will probably have a longer lifespan and will also pick up smaller particles that many lower rated filters will not, but are pricier and can be slightly less energy efficient.

Any time you’re replacing your HVAC filter, you also need to look to confirm that it fits snugly with a firm seal around every side. Space between the filter and your unit or inadequately sized filters enable dirt and dust particles to pass easily through the unit and into your living space.

Fix all air leaks

Leaking ducts are extremely common and are a more difficult issue that leads to unnecessary dust. Tiny spaces may form in the ductwork as a result of old age, deterioration, low quality, or substandard installation, and are often found in especially dirty sections of the attic and basement. Such cracks allow airborne dirt and dust to move past your home’s air filter, straight out the vents, and into your home.

Check a number of your home’s air vents closely and if you find an accumulation of dust built up on the fins or near the air vents, you might have leaky ducts.

If the structure and design of the house and your air conditioning unit will allow it, you could safely check a large amount of the ductwork yourself. Shut off all lighting and use a flashlight to check the ducts. This will make it easier for you to watch the movement of dirt and dust floating around, which will direct you to the area of a leak. A lot of modest leaks are able to be appropriately patched using duct tape if they are within your reach.

To complete more difficult checkups or servicing, think about hiring a licensed heating and cooling specialist with the necessary expertise. They are able to spot and fix leaks in areas you cannot access, and these areas are usually among the dirtiest pieces of the HVAC unit.

Try not to run dry

People located in more humid environments often get a break from issues with more excessive dust in their homes, while people who live in drier locations encounter many more challenges with dust. Airborne debris is able to move without restraint over moisture less air, allowing it to make its way substantially further within an air conditioning unit. Any time the environment is more humid, dirt and other debris settle more quickly, leaving greater opportunities for it to get caught by the filters.

This isn’t just an issue in less damp environments, but also throughout the more arid season of winter. And of course, if your HVAC unit has leaking ductwork attracting the drier wintry air out of the attic, you are likely forming particularly welcoming conditions for dust within your home.

Aside from properly sealing the ducts, the most effective defense from really dry air is using a good humidifier within the home. For those living in extremely arid climates, it is worth looking into a whole-home humidifier, which sometimes also assist in preserving furniture, floors, and trim made of wood.

Dusting effectively

All of these tips could help you minimize the volume of dust inside your home, nevertheless, they will not totally relieve you of your dusting duties. That being said, when you take on the task again, use this secret to help: change the thermostat’s fan setting into the “on” position. As long as the filter is clear, it will capture most of the dust that gets pulled up. Just be sure you return it to the “auto” position once you are done.

 

If you have exhausted all of our how-to tips, or simply feel you need or would prefer an experienced AC technician to do the job for you, contact the skilled professionals at EasyBreezy A/C Services in the Tampa Bay area today!



Why Is My Heater Blowing Cold Air?

What can be more frustrating than a heater blowing cold air when you need hot air the most? It could be that your furnace blows warm air sometimes and cold air most of the time. Or the furnace always blows cold air. Before you troubleshoot the problem, it is important to understand how the furnace is blowing cold air. Let’s see what causes both the scenarios and how to fix it:

Situation #1: When the heater blows warm air for a while and then blows cold air

There could be two possible causes for this:

The thermostat fan is set to “ON”

The fan in the furnace is responsible for blowing heated air through the vents. If it is set to “ON”, it will continue blowing air even if the furnace is not heated. This makes it feels as if the furnace is blowing cold air even though it is only blowing room temperature air.

If you experience this, then check the thermostat. The temperature of your home must reach the set temperature. If it has already, then switch the fan’s setting to “AUTO.” This will solve the problem and your fan will start blowing only when the furnace is heating.

The furnace is overheating

If it’s not the problem mentioned above, then chances are your furnace is overheating. When this happens, the safety switch automatically turns off the burner and slows the fan to continue blowing cold air. Once the heat exchange cools down, the furnace restarts and throws heat. When it overheats, the cycle continues.

To fix this, change the air filter. Usually, furnaces overheat because of dirty air filters. It restricts the airflow coming into the furnace which makes it hard to work properly, hence the overheating.

If you have changed the air filter and the problem persists, you should contact a heating repair company.

Situation #2: The furnace always blows cold air

This one’s a little difficult to troubleshoot but here are the possible causes:

The thermostat isn’t set to “HEAT”

We often don’t check the thermostat, especially programmable ones. We set it once and forget about it; however, some thermostats may have multiple options: AC only, heat only, or a combo – where the HVAC system automatically switches between heating and cooling to maintain the desired temperatures. It may seem like too simple of a mistake to make, but trust us, if we are mentioning it, it is because we have come across it. Look at your thermostat before rushing to call a heating repair company and make sure it is set to “HEAT” and the fan is on “AUTO.”

The burner is not lighting

This happens when you have a gas furnace. It could be blowing cold air because the burner hasn’t ignited. It is possible the igniter isn’t functional to begin with or the gas supply is insufficient.  It could also happen because of a clogged condensate drain keeping the burner from lighting. With this, there are few trouble shooting options:

  • Depending on your furnace set up, check to see if you can see the burner – is it lit?
  • Are you supplying the propane or the utility company? If you supply your own, it may be possible your gas supply is too low for the burner to ignite. If a utility company supplies your gas, you can contact them to inspect the flow of propane to your home.
  • Check the condensate drain – does it appear to be functioning normal (slow drips) or is the drain pan or outdoor area dry? Try cleaning your condensate drain pipe if you think this may be the culprit.
  • When all else fails, contact a heating repair company to inspect your furnace and get your heat back up and running.

The duct is leaking

If there are leaks and holes in the air duct, it could suck cold air from the crawlspace and blow it into your house. Some leaks may be able to be repaired yourself with the right materials and if the leak or tear in the duct is easily accessible. If you can repair the issue without causing further harm to the duct system, it will save you a visit from a HVAC technician.

Conclusion

Your heater could be blowing cold air for all sorts of reasons. Even though you can look for possible causes, for proper diagnosis, it is best to call a professional heat repairing company. At some point, it’s more affordable to reach out to the pros. Make sure you hire, EasyBreezy AC, a licensed HVAC contractor for troubleshooting and fixing the heater.



Are You Overworking Your Furnace This Winter?

 

Florida and Tampa Bay area winters are mild compared to the vast majority of the United States – but that doesn’t mean we don’t crank up the heat when the temperatures dip into the 40s and 50s (or for some, the 60s!). But have you stopped to check your thermostat settings before turning on the heat? If not, you could be overworking your furnace – and draining your wallet.

Understanding Your Thermostat Settings

Most people understand the basics of a thermostat – you adjust the temperature to have the ac or heat run at a desired level and the HVAC system kicks on and gets to work. Some even program their thermostat to maintain specific temperatures throughout the day.

There is something many individuals miss – the fan setting.

The fan runs with both the AC and the heat settings. It is the HVAC system’s blower, the device that circulates the hot/cold air through your home. There are two settings at which the fan can or will run:

  • ON: Whether or not your HVAC system is heating (or cooling) the air, this setting leaves the blower on 24/7. Which means the blower is constantly working to circulate the air through your home.
  • AUTO: This setting tells the blower only to circulate the air when the AC or furnance is actively working to cool/warm the air.

The Problem With ON

If your fan setting is turned to ON, then your blower is working non-stop. Which means it is using energy all day long – something that will not only drive your bill up but will put extra wear and tear on your HVAC system. In addition, having your thermostat fan setting to ON is a bit of a waste in general – according to Energy Star, at least 20% (but up to 30%) of a home’s air is lost through leaks in the duct work.

This loss in air can result in your HVAC system not registering the home warm or cool enough according to the temperature set on the thermostat and kick on another warming/cooling cycle sooner than it should be. Further increasing the energy consumed by your HVAC unit and your energy usage.

AUTO helps to minimize wear and tear while still occasionally circulating the air when needed. With minimal air loss throughout the day, your HVAC system won’t be working nearly as hard while till managing to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Extra Tip

For individuals with allergies, pets in the home, or those trying to improve their indoor air quality through increased air circulation, check your thermostat for a fan setting for “CIRCULATE”. Not all thermostats have it, but if yours does, it enables you to run your blower for a short one-time cycle or intermittently to cycle the air through your HVAC system; cleaning it through the air filter. It helps to circulate the air more often than AUTO but not as constantly as it does when set to ON.

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

 



How To Clean Your Air Conditioner’s Condensate Drain

A common reason people tend to call technicians for air conditioning repair is problems with the external unit that is responsible for expelling air and condensing water. The condensate drain is a ½ to 1 inch pipe, usually made of plastic or PVC, that is located near the outdoor unit and expels water that is caused by condensation around the evaporator coil.

Cleaning out this pipe is an easy task you can DIY. Lack of maintenance can result in the growth of harmful fungi, algae, and bacteria. The fungal spores can get backed up and recirculated in the room and cause allergies and illnesses. Another important reason this pipe needs regular maintenance is that the mechanical sludge and residue that builds up over time can obstruct the condensed water, which could leak into your walls and your home causing long-term and expensive water damage.

If you have a problem with your air conditioner, your technician may check the condensate drain as a part of the standard procedure to diagnose the problem. However, it can be useful to learn to diagnose any blockage and keep up with regular maintenance yourself so you can avoid having to call for air conditioning repairs every time.

What You Will Need

Cleaning out your air conditioning drain pipe will not require any special equipment. Often, you can simply use the chemicals or equipment you have around your home. There are two primary types of residue you should clean out, namely, mechanical sludge, and harmful germs/organic residue.

  • Firstly, you will need a dry/wet vacuum cleaner to pull out mechanical sludge that might be physically clogging up the pipe.
  • The drain pipe is often made of extremely sturdy and durable material. You should be able to use most household chemicals like bleach or vinegar to kill any bacteria, fungi, or any biological growth in the pipe.

Time needed: 45 minutes.

How To Clean Your Air Conditioning Condensate Drain

  1. Turn off the AC at the breaker

    This should be a no-brainer, but make sure the AC is turned off completely from the main switch.

  2. Find the condensate drain

    This should be a PVC or plastic pipe outdoors, that may be attached to the outdoor unit or the wall of your home.

  3. Use the vacuum to pull any blockage out of the pipe

    We will remove the mechanical sludge. Place the vacuum over the end of the drain line and begin vacuuming out the pipe. You may need to use a rubber pipe attachment to create more suction. Hold the vacuum carefully in place until any blockage has been cleared.

  4. Fill drain line with germicide

    You will need to look for an access point in the drain line, either outdoors or from the drain pan below the evaporator coil inside the unit. You can use this port to pour in your germicidal chemicals.
    You can use bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or any antibacterial soap solution mixed with a bit of hot water to clean out the pipe. Since this is the exit pipe, you need not worry about these chemicals affecting the air conditioning.

  5. Flush drain line with water

    Let the chemicals sit for about 30 minutes and pour water through. Ask a friend to check if the water is running freely from the outdoor pipe.

This should resolve any issues you have. If not, you may have to call in a technician. But making this a part of your bi-yearly or yearly home maintenance routine will go a long way in preventing drain pipe related issues and keep your air conditioning system working as well as it should.

However, if you do not see the problem clearly or none of these tips helped you to solve your A/C problem, please do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information about it!



How Your AC Works

There is hardly any building or car without an air conditioner these days. It has become a useful component of houses, homes, vehicles, and so on. With each passing day, air conditioning is becoming more and more of a necessity.  Although everyone enjoys a cool room, not all know how the air is cooled. While this may seem like something only a professional air conditioning repair company like EasyBreezy AC may need to know – understanding how something works will help you identify any issues that arise and whether they can be simple DIY AC fixes or require professional AC repair.

Parts Of An Air Conditioning Unit

To understand how an air conditioner works, you’ll need to know the four major components of an air conditioner. These parts are:

  1. Evaporator

The evaporator collects heat from a space via a refrigerant gas. The evaporator coils are where the absorption of heat by the liquid refrigerant takes place, and after the absorption process, the liquid evaporates into a gas.

An additional function of the evaporator coil is to dehumidify the room by drawing out moisture from the incoming hot air.

  1. Compressor

As the name suggests, this is the area in which the compression of the gaseous refrigerant occurs. By increasing the pressure of the gas, the temperature rises. The gas is the transferred to the condenser for conversion.

  1. Condenser

This is where the gas refrigerant is converted back to liquid, and the heat I absorbed from the air is expelled outside.

  1. Expansion Valve

The valve is positioned between the cooling coils of the evaporator and the hot coils of the condenser. Sometimes referred to as the throttling device, it monitors the amount of refrigerant that moves into the evaporator.

How An Air Conditioner Works

When you turn on an air conditioner and select your desired temperature, there is a sensory device in the AC that senses whether there is a difference between the temperature of the room and the one selected by you.

If there is, then warm air is taken into the air conditioning system through an intake vent, typically located at the base of the indoor unit or in a central part of your home. Some homes have multiple intake vents. The warm air then follows through your ducts and over the evaporator coils containing the liquid refrigerant. The refrigerant absorbs the heat from the air and turns into hot gas.

The hot refrigerant gas is sent to the compressor which is on the unit installed outside. The gas is compressed, further increasing the gas’s temperature.

The now high-temperature, high-pressured compressed refrigerant gas is then transferred to the condenser which cools the hot gas back into a liquid. The heat of the gas is released into the open air through metal fins in your outdoor part of the AC unit.

The liquid travels through an expansion valve and back into the evaporator as a cool liquid refrigerant. The air passes over the evaporator coils and cools before being blown back into you’re your home.

The process is repeated until the desired temperature is achieved.

If you want more orientation or you want to request a service, please do not hesitate to contact us to receive more information about it!



The History And Evolution Of Our Modern Air Conditioning Systems

Here in Florida we have been in the throws of Fall and most of us are still turning to our air conditioners to combat the scorching temperatures and unbearable humidity. Humans going to great lengths to stay cool is not a new concept, but the air conditioners we use to keep cool today are relatively new concepts.

This modern invention that we have become so reliant upon today was named one of the top 10 achievements of the 20th century by the National Academy of Engineering in 2000. Here we look at how technology evolved from humans simply sweating and fanning themselves to developing the modern air conditioning systems we have grown to love today.

The Father Of Modern Air Conditioning

In 1902, engineer Willis Haviland Carrier was hired by the Sacekt-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Company in Brooklyn, NY to solve an interesting problem – the papers of the magazines were wrinkling because of the high humidity within the company’s printing plant. Carrier immediately gets to work conducting several tests and experiments and invents the “Apparatus for Treating Air”, a machine that blows warm air over cold coils to cool the room temperature and control the humidity within the room. Carrier’s invention successfully decreases the temperature and humidity within the printing plant, keeping the pages from wrinkling and the ink properly aligned. Carrier was granted a patent for his new technology, and as he saw the need within other industries for his cooling equipment he moved on from his role with Sacekt-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Co. and established Carrier Engineering Corporation, later becoming the Carrier Air Conditioning Company of America, now the largest air conditioner manufacturer in the world.

The Carrier Air Conditioning Company continued to make advances in the technology used within their cooling systems, and popularity of commercial use of artificial air conditioning systems began to spread with the use of air conditioners in movie theaters across the county. This is where the public began to become exposed to the use of an air conditioner system to cool the air inside, but the size, expense, and harsh chemicals used within these early systems still made them good only for commercial use and not for private use within homes. Because of his work, Willis Carrier is known as the father of modern air conditioning.

Bringing Air Conditioning Into Our Homes

As use of the Carrier air conditioning system continued to gain popularity commercially, many people sought methods to reduce the size and cost of the machines to be able to make air conditioning residentially available within our homes. Using the existing technology, Frigidaire created a split-room cooler system in 1929 that was finally small enough to be used inside a home. Unfortunately, this system was still quite expensive. Frank Faust, an engineer at General Electric, later improved the Frigidaire design by creating the self-contained cooler room. General Electric then went on to create 32 other similar models between 1930 and 1931.

Then, in 1931 H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman invent a portable, individual room air conditioning unit that can sit on the ledge of a window. The window ac units become publicly available for sale a year later, but still are only able to be enjoyed among the wealthy. It isn’t until 1947 that these window ac units begin to lower in cost and become widely available throughout the U.S. The use of these window units continues to spread and gain popularity throughout the 1940s and 1950s until new homes began to be built with central air conditioning systems in the 1960s. According to the Energy Information Administration, today about 87% of all Americans have some form of air conditioning in their homes.

With many thanks being due to the early inventors and scientists who relentlessly pursued finding the solution to cooling our indoor spaces during the scorching hot summers, we now are all able to enjoy comfortable temperatures indoors all year round. Contact EasyBreezy A/C today to discuss the cooling solutions we have available for your home!



How To Stay Cool When Your AC Breaks Down

We are now in the full heat of summer, and it seems like an air conditioning break down always happens during the hottest part of summer or right before you are having out of town guests coming to visit. When your AC breaks down during the busiest time of year it can be difficult to get an available tech from EasyBreezy to come out to your house right away, and sometimes you might have to wait a few days before someone is able to come out and help. There is nothing more frustrating than having to battle the heat and humidity in a stuffy home with no AC, but luckily you don’t have to lose your cool just because your AC is broken. Here are some creative ways to help you stay cool when your AC breaks down:

 

  1. Reduce Heat Generated Within Your Home

    The first step to keeping your home cool with a broken AC is to reduce the amount of heat you are producing within your home. While you probably don’t realize it when your AC is working, everyday appliances us a lot of energy and produce a lot of heat when they are using this energy. Of course, you want to try to avoid cooking with heat by not using your stove or oven, but if you must cook with heat try to do so with a microwave, toaster oven, or crock pot. You should also be careful using other appliances in your home like your dryer and dishwasher, which also produce heat. Finally, minimize the use of technology and electricity in your home by using the fewest lights possible and not watching TV or playing on the computer. For the lights in your home that you must use, try using more energy efficient light bulbs as they will also produce the least amount of heat.

  2. Use Fans Wisely

    One of the most obvious things to do when your AC breaks down is to turn on all the fans in your home. But in order for this to actually help keep you cool, you need to understand how fans actually work. Fans do not do anything to keep a room cool, but they do make you feel cooler because of the effect of air moving over your body and evaporation. If you are using a ceiling fan, make sure the blades are moving counter-clockwise to push air downward off the ceiling and create a breeze. During the day increase the efficiency of the fan by placing a bowl of ice in front of the fan, the fan will pick up the cool air as the ice melts and evaporates creating a cooling mist effect as the fan oscillates air through the room. At night if it is cooler outside you can open a window and put the fan in front of the window to draw in the cool air from outside.

  3. Use Your Freezer (The Right Way)

    When we say to use your freezer the right way we definitely do not mean to leave your freezer door open to try to keep the room cool. Unfortunately, we have seen many people try to do this in a last-ditch effort of desperation to keep cool, but not only is it extremely inefficient for your freezer, it could also lead to mechanical problems with your freezer later on. What we do mean is to use your freezer creatively by freezing a couple washcloths or hand towels and maybe even your bedsheets. You can use the washcloths and hand towels to wrap around cooling points across your body (around your neck, wrists, and feet) which will help keep your body temperature down. And placing your sheets in the freezer before you go to bed will help keep your entire body nice and cool when you do get ready to lay down for the night.

  4. Take A Cold Shower

    One of the quickest ways to cool your own body temperature down is to take a nice cold shower. Taking a cold shower will help drop you body temperature immediately. Once you are done with the shower you might not want to completely dry off right away. You can put your clothes on and let them soak up the water, by wearing clothes that are slightly damp your body will be able to maintain a lower body temperature a lot more easily. Keeping your hair wet after the shower and letting it air dry is also a great way to help keep your body temperature done naturally for hours.

Now that you know how to stay cool until you can get your AC running again, contact EasyBreezy A/C today! Whether you are looking to repair a broken AC system or completely replace an old worn out system with a new one, we have the cooling solutions you need!



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