AA Service and Repair-North Florida AC Blog: Archive for October, 2016

UV Air Purifiers: Don’t Leave Your Indoor Air Contaminated

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Most homeowners don’t realize how bad the condition of their indoor air is, unless they get ill due to continued exposure to contaminants such as dust, pollen, and even mold. Fortunately, there are a number of indoor air quality solutions for you to choose from in order to stay both comfortable and healthy—from air cleaners to dehumidifiers.

One indoor air quality system that has gained popularity—and rightfully so—in recent years is the UV air purifier. While a standard air filter and even and upgraded air cleaner both do get rid of some particles, there are some biological contaminants that they just cannot combat, and that’s where the UV air purifier comes in.

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Have You Scheduled Your Fall Heat Pump Tune-Up?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

When you live somewhere like Jacksonville, nobody needs to tell you twice about how hot it gets here…and how much hotter the relative humidity makes it feel. Therefore, when we do have the short—but cold—winter nights, the temperature can come as a bit of a shock! When that does happen, you’ll want to make sure that you have a fully functioning heater, for however short of a time you’ll need it.

If you’re like many homeowners throughout Florida, you may have a heat pump to cool your home during the warmer months and heat it in the wintertime. Of course, it’s going to get considerably more use during the summer, not to mention spring and fall, than it is in the winter. However it is a two-in-one system and therefore requires attention more than just once a year.

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Does Your Ductless Cooling System Need Repair?

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Ductless mini-split systems are a great option for homes throughout Florida, both for their cooling capabilities as well as heating. However, it’s important to remember that just like any other home comfort appliance, they are subjected to the same potential issues.

Ductless system problems cannot always be prevented, however by understanding what different signs mean, you can be prepared should something go wrong with your system. Read on to learn about a couple of the biggest signs that your ductless cooling system is in need of repair.

Ice Development

There’s a common misconception that seeing some sort of ice development on your air conditioner is normal. After all, its job is to cool, right? Unfortunately, this can be a dangerous belief. Ice on your ductless system during the cooling season is almost always going to be a sign of an evaporator coil problem. If this coil is not kept clear of dirt and debris, then it can malfunction and freeze the condensate that forms on it during its operation.

This ice buildup disables your evaporator coil, as it’s not able to absorb heat from your indoor air. This ice needs to be professionally removed—as opposed to chipped away by the homeowner, which can cause more damage—as soon as possible to prevent permanent warping. Whether you actually see ice on your system or notice that your ductless system is not providing as much cooling power as usual, you need to give the professionals a call.

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Making the Choice between a Tank or Tankless Water Heater

Monday, October 10th, 2016

There are a few different options available when it comes to purchasing a water heater for your home—two of these options being the tank and tankless water heaters. Understanding the benefits and disadvantages of both is important, so that when it comes to having a new system installed, you know what you are getting.

Tank Water Heaters

Tanked hot water heaters, also referred to as storage tank water heaters, are the traditional choice when it comes to water heater options. A tank model stores continuously heated water in a storage tank for use later on. There are a few pros as well as cons to this type of water heater. Keep reading to learn more.

The Advantages:

  • Affordability of the system.
  • Simple installation and replacement, making these services very affordable as well.
  • Gas and electric models.
  • A variation of fuel type options.
  • Installation almost anywhere in your home.
  • Compatible with reticulation systems.

The Disadvantages:

  • Standby heat loss.
  • Can run out of hot water when being used simultaneously or for too long.
  • Take up a lot of space.
  • Expensive to maintain.
  • Potentially unstable water temperature settings.

Tankless Water Heaters

These water heaters work by heating cold water that passes through them via a gas burner or electrical elements, and then supply that water to the pipes of a building without the use of any type of storage tank. Just like the other model, there are pros and cons.

The Advantages:

  • Lower maintenance costs than tank models.
  • Hot water is on-demand, meaning it will never run out.
  • Creates hot water as-needed, which saves energy and money.
  • More precise temperature control.
  • Space saving.
  • Longer lifespan than a tank model.

The Disadvantages:

  • Higher purchase price than a tank water heater.
  • Complex installation.
  • Most models require electricity to run, which is more expensive than natural gas.

Hopefully these tips help you to make an educated decision about what type of water heater is best for you and your home. We’re happy to help with any further questions you may have about these systems!

For water heater installation in Jacksonville, FL, contact AA Service and Repair- North Florida AC.

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Is It Time for You to Invest in a Dehumidifier?

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Many parts of the country are beginning to turn on their heating systems, or at least begin thinking about scheduling heater maintenance. That is certainly not the case here though, especially with our relative humidity levels making temperatures feel even hotter than they truly are. Though your air conditioning system does have some dehumidifying capability—due to the evaporator coil inside the cabinet removing heat and moisture—this isn’t enough for a climate like ours.

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