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Why Are There Hot Spots in My Home?

November 13th, 2017

hot-and-cold-housesA lot of homeowners throughout the country are no doubt preparing for the arrival of much cooler temperatures. Here in Florida, though, our winter season is quite mild, and much shorter than in these other areas. Suffice to say, our focus on our air conditioning systems outweighs that on our heaters. That is why any issues with our air conditioning systems are of such concern. Of course, some comfort problems that you encounter in your home may not be the direct result of a problem with the system itself.

Hot spots throughout the house, for example, may be the result of any number of problems. Regardless of the particular cause of your hot spots, though, this is a problem that is best resolved as soon as possible. You don’t want to live in discomfort, and you certainly don’t want to be paying more than you should have to in order to cool your home. Here are a few reasons why you may notice hot spots in your home. If you do, be sure to schedule your AC repairs in Miami, FL with us.

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Help! My AC Is Short Cycling!

October 30th, 2017

AC-technician-workingHaving a dependable air conditioner that you can really believe in is pretty much a necessity in this part of the country. Being as that is the case, it goes without saying that a subpar performance from your air conditioner really cannot be tolerated. Remember, there is no such thing as a “minor” problem with your system. Any and all air conditioning issues should be taken seriously. When you notice any signs of trouble, be sure to schedule prompt AC repair in Pinecrest, FL.

Your air conditioner doesn’t have to break down entirely before you schedule service, nor should it. Instead, make the smart decision and have your air conditioner put back on track before serious damage can be done. One sign of problems with your air conditioner is short cycling. Like most other air conditioning issues, there are a few reasons why you may encounter short cycling with your home cooling system. Whatever the case, we’ll diagnose the problem accurately.

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Why Are My Cooling Bills So High?

October 16th, 2017

question-markLiving in Florida obviously means that you have to have a great air conditioner installed in your home. You need more than for your air conditioner to just work effectively, though. You also need this system to work as efficiently as possible. The last thing that you want to do is drain your budget just because you have no choice but to run a system that costs too much to cool your home. So why are your cooling bills so high?

There are a number of different reasons why your cooling bills may be excessive. Some of the issues that can cause this problem will require professional AC repair in Miami, FL. Others can be resolved with a simple component upgrade, or even a basic task that you can handle on your own! In today’s post, we’ll cover some of the more common causes of high AC bills, as well as what can be done to reign those costs in to a more manageable level. 

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How Does Geothermal Heating & Cooling Work?

October 2nd, 2017

geothermal-diagramBecause we live in such a hot climate, homeowners in our area tend to be more concerned with their air conditioning systems than they are with their heaters. Of course, the fact that we don’t use our heaters as much as our AC systems does not mean that we don’t need to have great heaters installed in our homes. When temperatures do drop below comfortable levels, you’ll be happy that your heater is there to have your back.

One great option for residences in this area is a type of HVAC system that functions as a powerful air conditioner, but which can also double as a very effective – and efficient – heating system when needed. It may sound too good to be true, but we’re not dealing with science fiction technology here. Instead, we’re talking about using geothermal heating and cooling in Miami, FL. Today we want to use this post to help you understand how geothermal heating and cooling works, and why you may want to use it.

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Common Indoor Air Quality Problems

September 18th, 2017

happy-familyLiving in Florida means that you depend upon your air conditioner to keep you comfortable throughout most of the year. If you think that keeping your home cool when temperatures soar is the only factor to consider when it comes to your overall comfort, however, think again! There is also the quality of the air that fills your home and which surrounds you day and night to consider. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners fail to realize that their indoor air quality is not really at the level it ought to be.

When your home is too warm, the effect is pretty obvious. The symptoms of low indoor air quality in Miami, FL may not be quite as obvious, though, and the fact that there are so many potential problems that can develop only exacerbates the situation. In this post, we are going to discuss some of the more common IAQ problems that people in our area encounter — as well as offer some solutions for such problems, of course.

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Problems Caused by Damaged Air Ducts

September 4th, 2017

sealing-an-air-ductThere’s a very good chance that you use a central air conditioner, or perhaps a heat pump, in your home to keep it cool and comfortable. Many homes may have furnaces installed in them, as well, though these are obviously used far less frequently than our air conditioners in Florida. What all of these forced air systems share in common is the fact that they use air ducts in order to distribute conditioned air throughout the house.

Another commonality among such systems and the homes housing them is the fact that problems with those air ducts can have serious consequences. That is why having any damaged ductwork in Miami, FL sealed and/or repaired as soon as possible is always for the best. Are you uncertain of whether or not your air ducts are in great working condition? Here are a few problems to keep your eyes out for. If you notice them in your home, then it is time to call in our duct service technicians. 

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Dirty Coils? Big Trouble!

August 21st, 2017

evaporator-coilLife today is fast paced and hectic, and many homeowners wind up letting certain issues slide in order to deal with what they consider to be more pressing priorities. If your air conditioner were to break down entirely or start blowing warm air, you would probably act pretty fast in order to resolve that problem. Wouldn’t it be better to nip any such problems in the bud, though? To resolve the source issues before they can cause such major disruptions?

We certainly think so, which is one of the reasons why we so strongly urge homeowners to schedule routine air conditioning maintenance in Miami, FL. Only when your system is expertly tuned up and working at peak performance levels can you hope for it to cool your home as successfully and efficiently as possible. Professional air conditioning maintenance covers a lot of ground — which is why it is best left to professionals — but one of the most important parts of the process is simply ensuring that your AC coils are clean.

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Fix Refrigerant Leaks ASAP!

August 7th, 2017

service-timeThere are certain issues with your air conditioning system that you may be tempted to ignore, particularly if it is still up and running and you don’t want to interrupt its performance during a particularly hot stretch of weather. What you have to remember, though, is that even seemingly “minor” problems with your air conditioner could be caused by much more serious problems. Over time, those problems can lead to more and more serious symptoms, until the entire operation of your air conditioner is in jeopardy.

One of the most serious and most insidious problems that you can encounter with your air conditioning system is the refrigerant leak. If your air conditioner is leaking refrigerant, then there is simply no way in which it will function at peak operating levels. Worse yet, the strain put on the system by running it with low refrigerant can cause big trouble over time, including eventual compressor failure. Spotting refrigerant leaks early on is important, so here are some tips for protecting your air conditioner in Miami, FL.

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Is Ice on My AC a Problem?

July 24th, 2017

man-with-fanYes, it absolutely is. Now, we understand why some homeowners may see ice on their central air conditioning systems and think that it simply means that their systems are working just a little too hard. Keep in mind, however, that your air conditioner is there to cool the air, not to generate sub-freezing temperatures. That is why ice on your air conditioner in Miami, FL is definitely cause for concern.

In this post, we are going to cover some of the reasons why ice may form on your AC, and how that ice is able to form. Not all causes of this problem are terribly serious — but at least one of them is. Plus, regardless of how serious the instigating problem may be, the results of the icing itself can have serious consequences for your home cooling system. It is always better to be safe than sorry, so ruling out an obvious quick fix, contact a professional to assess and service your AC as soon as possible. 

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Why Cool My Home with a Heat Pump?

July 10th, 2017

woman-with-fanThere are a lot of different air conditioning systems on the market today, which is great news for discerning homeowners bent on finding the best possible system for their home and their own personal user preferences. While variety may be the spice of life, though, having so much variety can actually make choosing a new air conditioner something of a daunting task. We’re here to help you make the decision with confidence, and one system that we definitely recommend is a heat pump.

The heat pump is one of the most popular of all home cooling systems in our area, and it is not difficult to understand why. These systems offer many benefits to homeowners around here, and can last a good, long while when professionally installed and serviced. Read on, and let us know if you think that a heat pump is right for your home.

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