In a previous blog we talked a little about “air balancing.” That is the process by which you find ways to ensure that your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system keeps the air consistent throughout your home, and avoids any hot or cold spots. That is, in fact, the best...
In a previous blog we talked a little about “air balancing.” That is the process by which you find ways to ensure that your heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system keeps the air consistent throughout your home, and avoids any hot or cold spots. That is, in fact, the best way to make sure that your air conditioning system is working at maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
In that blog, we chatted about four different do-it-yourself ways in which you can diagnose and solve hot and cold spots in your home. Well, those do-it-yourself methods may only go so far. There are times when you need to call in the cavalry – the HVAC pros who can provide max service for your air conditioning system.
That said, the experts at Aztil Air Conditioning are ready to give you max service for your air conditioning with air balancing expertise when the initial remedies do not seem to do the trick. We at Aztil have decades of experience to draw from to make sure that your air conditioning system is working at maximum efficiency. In fact, as the premier max service air conditioning repair operation in the West Palm Beach region, we can solve your air balancing issue with the professional touch we bring to all of our jobs. Call us if you have questions or would like to learn more at 888-729-8452.
Now let’s talk about how the pros can help you balance the temperature of the air in your home to eliminate those pesky hot and cold spots.
Pro Tip #1 – Diving into Duct Work
An HVAC professional is the best person to take a look at any issues with regard to the duct work in your home. Many times, hot and cold spots have to do with duct damage or defects.
In order to see if the duct work is the reason for uneven air distribution, an HVAC professional can do the following:
- Refit or reseal any loose duct joints or junctions.
- Minimize sharp turns in duct work, which could restrict air flow to some degree.
- Insulate the ducts to make sure that cool air is not escaping.
Pro Tip #2 – Check Fan Speed
In some circumstances, an HVAC system’s blower fan speed could be the culprit to a less-than-efficient air distribution system. Here, it is important that you get an HVAC pro to take a look. Changing the handler fan speed can be a complicated, and possibly dangerous, process if you do not know what you are doing.
The steps to checking the blower fan speed would be as follows:
- Disconnect the power,
- Find the wiring and blower motor,
- Locate the wires used for adjusting speed,
- Change the active speed wire,
- Reconnect the power and test the HVAC system.
Pro Tip #3 – Extra Return Ducts
A return duct is the vent that pulls the air and puts it back into the system to be conditioned. Most HVAC systems, in fact, have undersized return ducts, and undersized return ducts create a kind of bottleneck. The blower, and the entire system, has to work a little harder to pull air. That bottleneck might result in unnecessary hot or cold spots.
You would know if you have an undersized return duct if you can hear air moving in your return duct area. It could lead to a noisy duct, premature blowout of your blower motor, and an overall decrease in the durability of the system.
The best way to alleviate all of those problems is by installing an extra return duct. Indeed, the extra return duct will minimize any slow moving or static air and thereby keep your system in better shape. Increased air flow means a more efficient system and more efficient use of the conditioned air.
Pro Tip #4 – Using Two, Rather than One Air Handler
As we all know, warm air rises and cold air falls. Typically, in a home you will have one unit that handles both cold and hot air. Having the unit do double duty could lead to inefficiencies. With a second air handler unit, however, one handler on an upper floor can push cool air down (which is the direction it is already going in) in the summer, and the handler in lower floor can push warm air in the winter. It will be easier on both because there will already be cooler air in lower floors, and warmer air in the upper floors.
Adding an air handler may not be as expensive as you would think as well. Just check with a professional, like the professionals at Aztil Air Conditioning, to get a sense of whether such a change is worth it. In many cases, the savings in efficiency and energy will more than justify the added handler.
Pro Tip #5 – Avoid the Restrictions
This final tip can be a do-it-yourself tip as well. Make sure that you do not have furniture or other objects blocking air vents. Your air vents are there to provide a free flow of air. If you block a vent, then your HVAC system has to work harder overall. That is a no-no for efficient air conditioning, particularly in Florida where air conditioning is pretty vital.
Here are some things to think about. Your vents need about 18 inches of space to do their job. Therefore, you would be wise to rearrange your furniture, and hem those curtains, to ensure that your vents can work as intended by providing air flow. As a last resort, if you really cannot move that roll-top desk or couch, look to get a magnetic air deflector so that the air blows away from the nearby restricting furniture.
West Palm Beach HVAC Pros Are Ready to Help You
Think about getting an air conditioning checkup from the best air conditioning repair specialists in West Palm Beach – Aztil Air Conditioning. We actually have a Spring Cleaning Special that lasts until May 31, 2019. Let us do a tune-up on your HVAC system for maximum results.
Our business headquartered in West Palm Beach has over 100 trucks to help you with all types of air conditioning and appliance installation needs. Call us at 888-729-8452, or fill out our online contact form. We will have pro tips specific to your home.
If you’ve ever wondered if you should have your air conditioning unit cleaned, the short answer to this is, “yes.” Your air conditioner simply can’t function as efficiently and effectively as it is meant to if the components on the inside are dirty. This starts, of course, with changing your air filter.
Now you might be wondering; “Isn’t my AC filter meant to protect the purity of the air inside my home?”
No, that air filter—which comes standard with your HVAC system upon installation—is in place to protect the inside components of your system from dirt, debris, and other contaminants that can impact AC performance. You should be changing your air filter every 1-3 months during periods of use, depending on the amount of use and type of unit you have—the more it is used and the more contaminants in the home the more often it should be changed.
PROTECT YOUR AC COILS
When we’re talking about your air conditioner’s internal components, we’re mainly referring to its coils. The coils are very important and often forgotten about piece of the unit. There are usually two in the cooling system—the evaporator coil located within your home inside the air handler unit, and the condenser coil located outdoors in the condenser unit. If either of these coils is caked up with too much dirt, contaminants or debris, you can have some major problems heading your way.
WHAT DO THESE COILS DO, EXACTLY?
What many homeowners don’t really understand about air conditioners is exactly how they work. They may imagine that a cooling system creates cool air, but this just isn’t possible. Your air conditioner removes heat from the air inside your home, disperses that heat outdoors, and recirculates cool air provided by the coils, throughout your home. This entire process is dependent on the completion of the refrigerant cycle, which relies on the coils!
The evaporator coil is where the refrigerant evaporates into gas form. This allows the refrigerant and the coil to draw heat out of the air passing over the coil. Then, the refrigerant travels out to the condenser unit, where the condenser coil and the fins of the unit help dissipate the heat. Then, the cycle restarts until the desired temperature is met and maintained in your living space.
WHY THESE COILS MUST STAY CLEAN
The heat transfer process suffers if these coils are too dirty. For instance, is the evaporator is too dirty, the AC system will struggle to draw an appropriate amount of heat out of the air, leaving the AC working overtime in order to cool your home, increasing wear and tear on the system (not to mention increasing your cooling costs) while your home comfort decreases.
The evaporator coil itself can also get too cold, causing condensation collected upon it to freeze up. This layer of ice further complicates the issue.
If the condenser coil is dirty—potentially covered with grass clippings from mowing the lawn or surrounded by dead leaves/fallen branches, etc.—then it’s going to struggle to release heat into the air surrounding the unit. Some effort is already required when the outside air is hot, to begin with, so a dirty condenser coil makes things harder than necessary for the system.
The good news is, cleaning your AC is the main part of professional maintenance. So if you’re worried about the condition and cleanliness of your cooling system, just be sure to stay on top of your annual maintenance sessions!
For your air conditioning to work efficiently, it must be able to transfer heat from inside your home to the outside effectively. A coating of dirt, dust and other debris on the A/C coils can prevent this, by insulating the coils from the surrounding air and reducing the efficiency of the heat transfer process. To minimize energy usage and reduce utility costs, the A/C coils should be cleaned at least once a year.
The Importance of Clean A/C Coils
It is estimated that dirty evaporator and condenser coils can increase the energy usage of your air conditioning system by over 30 percent. Additionally, reduced heat transfer efficiency can cause other problems, such as poor cooling performance, frozen evaporator coils, and compressor overheating.
How to Prevent Dirty Coils
To keep the evaporator coils clean, it is important to check the air filter at least once a month and replace it as necessary. A dirty air filter can allow dust and debris to accumulate on the evaporator instead of the air filter, and it can also reduce airflow in the system, leading to other problems. To keep the condenser coils clean, keep an area of two feet around the condenser unit clean of vegetation and debris, including trash, tall grass, plants, and overhanging trees or bushes. Remove large debris as it falls into the condenser coils, and when mowing, be sure to discharge clippings away from the condenser.
Cleaning the AC Coils
The fins on the evaporator and condenser coils are extremely delicate and can be bent with very little force. It is best to leave the majority of the cleaning to an air conditioning contractor, who will clean the coils during a routine maintenance visit. Ideally, air conditioning maintenance should be performed twice a year, though once is sufficient for some systems. Between visits, the condenser coils can be cleaned by removing large debris and rinsing the coils with a hose, after shutting the power off. The evaporator is often difficult to access and should be cleaned professionally.
To have your A/C coils inspected and cleaned, contact our team at Aztil Air Conditioning. We proudly serve all of West Palm Beach, Naples, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Jupiter and all of the South Florida neighborhoods. Our fleet of over 100 tucks allows to provide 24-hour emergency services to all of our customers with the fastest response time in the state.
Duct ventilation is an issue that goes hand in hand with air duct cleaning, and it’s an issue that people have faced for a long time. There are a number of factors that contribute to problems with your ductwork, which are very dangerous. Cleaning your ducts is not an easy job, and even if you try very hard to clean them, it still remains somewhat dirty. Many homeowners remember to have their filters changed regularly on their HVAC systems to prevent dusty air from being circulated throughout their homes, but it’s still equally important to have your duct systems cleaned. During the cleaning air ducts are swept out and all dust, debris, and contaminants are removed from the forced air and HVAC system.
If you are looking to improve the quality of the air that you breathe and get the most out of your AC, it’s likely a good idea to call a professional who specializes in industrial and residential air duct cleaning. Not only can you extend the life of your HVAC system and appliances, but there will be a noticeable difference in the functionality and efficiency of your system.
There are many benefits to AC duct cleaning:
One of the most enticing reasons for having your ac ducts professionally cleaned is because it can help save you money in the long run. The removal of dust and debris from the coils of the air ducts greatly boost the efficiency of your units. Having your ducts cleaned professionally will help save substantial amounts of money on your monthly bills.
Years of dust, hair, pests and other pollutants in ductwork will hinder an HVAC system’s airflow. A professional cleaning will remove the buildup and promote proper airflow. Any pests that have been living in your ducts will also be cleared out from a proper cleaning. When dirt and debris are removed, the fans and motors that power your air conditioning unit will not have to work as hard promoting efficiency and money saving.
Air quality in a house is usually important in terms of internal conditions. There are many contaminants that build up in your ductwork over time and it takes a proper cleaning to completely clear them out.
- Dust: New homeowners may do constant dusting only to find the dust back the very next day. The reason is that the dust continues to flow through the house and ductwork until it is properly cleaned. New homes will have drywall dust and construction debris in the ductwork before the homeowner even moves in. It’s important to have the ducts cleaned on both old and new homes.
- Mold: Many air duct systems are located in places that are wet, damp, or sometimes even flooded. The moisture caused by humidity or water can cause mold and mildew to grow in and around the ductwork. Cleaning the duct can help remove all of this mold that has built up over time. An anti-microbial should be fogged into the system after the cleaning to prevent the growth of new mold.
Increased Lifespan of Systems
Not only does cleaning your air ducts increase the efficiency of your AC systems, but it also can help to increase the lifespan of the unit. By preventing the systems from working as hard, it relieves normal wear and tear from the system and the internal parts such as the motor, fans, coils, and so on. By eliminating extra work, it not only reduces the energy consumption of your unit but increases how long it will function properly for. It’s less likely to breakdown or experience issues, thus saving you even more money in the long run.
- Pollens: living in Florida, we are not safe from pollen and allergy season. These pollens that coat our cars, streets, sidewalks, and houses make their way into our vents and ductwork. Over time, they build up in the ducts and spread into our houses. This can cause people who are heavily affected by these pollens to be uncomfortable in or out of the house. Getting your ducts cleaned and staying on top of changing your filters can help minimize the amount of pollen that makes its way into the house.
- Pets: Animal fur gets trapped in the vents and build up living germs, fungus, and allergy-causing bacteria. Pet dander will still exist from previous owners and your own pets and cause reactions for people with allergies. The fur and dander can also hinder the efficiency of the HVAC system. Clumps of hair can slow down the airflow for the entire system. It’s important to have all debris, dander, and fur removed from your ducts.
By properly cleaning the air ducts homeowners protect their families from harmful dust and other contaminants. Air ducts provide the ideal breeding ground for all allergy-causing bacteria, mold, fungi, and other allergens. Children under the age of four are very vulnerable and the result may be allergies or asthma.
A musty scent in your house may imply that dust, fungi, or mildew might be inhabiting the air ventilation systems. These odors can’t be eliminated by just using air fresheners, which only mask the smell. Having professionals clean your ducts will remove the smell completely.
Aztil Air Conditioning cares about how and what you breathe. That’s why we are among the top duct cleaning specialists in the state. With our state-of-the-art technology, we are able to reach to the back of your duct and clean all mold, mildew, and dust that has built up over time, allowing you and your family to breathe healthier and cleaner air. We promise the best service to all of West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, Jupiter, Delray Beach, and South Florida areas.
There are many advantages of central air cooling systems over conventional air conditioning systems. Undoubtedly, central air is one of the most effective and efficient ways to circulate cool air through a house or building in comparison to window air conditioning systems. While the major difference between central air conditioning systems and window units is that window units cannot improve your indoor air quality; there are many other advantages of central air conditioning systems.
Centralized units send cool air directly through air ducts or vents located in each room. Each room can be cooled instead of cooling just one room. Ambient air is pulled into the air handler unit from each room through air ducts. The system filters the air that passes through it, removing airborne particles, like lint, and allergens, like dust, pollen and pet dander. Filtered air is then re-routed back to the rooms via a separate ductwork system. These systems can even trap the most microscopic pollutants. Obviously, more expensive filters can capture more pollutants and increase the air quality in the home. Having constantly clean and cool air is a major benefit with central air conditioners. Advantages of Central Air Cooling Systems
Of course, the advantages don’t end there; there are a number of benefits to having a centralized air conditioning system installed in your home or building:Better Air Quality
As we mentioned before, the main advantage of a central cooling system is the fact that you can achieve better air quality from a central unit over a conventional window unit. Central air conditioners filter the air circulating through the air ducts, boosting the quality of the air. As a result, your family is exposed to fewer gasses, allergens, and pollutants that are potentially harmful to their health. The system even filters out humidity, lowering indoor humidity levels. This helps to make your home more comfortable and breathable, helps to lower body temperatures, and can help to avoid mold and pests from showing up in your home.
While central air conditioning filters the air and removes dust, dirt, pet dander, hair and other debris you must change your filters regularly. Doing so helps the efficiency of the filtering process as well as the cooling process of your home. Not staying on top of your air filter changing can be harmful to your central AC unit lowering the efficiency and life span of your unit. Fortunately, many modern AC units have built-in indicators that let you know when it’s time to change your filter.Consistent Temperatures
One of the main reasons that people chose central AC systems is because they provide consistent temperatures year round. For example, a window unit has inadequate cooling capacity and can only cool the immediate area. This being said, if it’s installed in your living room window, the window unit can only cool that room directly. If you have a home with an open concept, a window unit doesn’t have enough cooling capacity to cool a larger space.
Central AC is designed to cool the entire home at the same time. Temperatures will be the same throughout the house, no matter how hot it gets outside. You won’t have to buy multiple, and ugly, window units just to enjoy comfortable temperatures in every room.Lower Noise Levels
Another drawback to window units is that they are noisy. You know when they are on and you can tell when they are off, as the noise they produce is almost distracting and disturbing. On the other hand, central air conditioners boast a quieter operation that’s barely noticeable. You may hear the system kick on, but you won’t hear it throughout the day as it provides cool air to the whole house.
Central air conditioners are quiet because the noisy part of the system is located outside of the house. The exterior unit has the condenser and fan in it, both of which make noise when they are running. Since this part of the AC is located outside, you never have to worry about the loud AC noises unless your system is malfunctioning or broken.User-Friendly Operation
Central air conditioners are easy to operate. Once the system has been installed, you can control the temperature from a thermostat or remote. How easy the AC unit is to work depends on the unit and thermostat you choose. Even the most innovative models with multiple programs are designed to be user-friendly. You can even program your air conditioner to turn on and off at certain times throughout the day such as when you leave and return from work. This helps to save energy during the day, providing cool air to the home only when you need it. Even the most advanced window units do not provide this type of convenience.Heating Capabilities
Central air conditioners have all the ductwork your home needs for central heat, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining two different systems. In fact, you can purchase a packaged unit that is both an AC and a heating system. This is very common with most centralized AC units nowadays and helps to save you money in the long run. While window units can offer heating capabilities, much like with their cooling capabilities, they are very limited.Convenience Factors
Central AC systems are convenient because they don’t take up space. A window unit blocks your view and even reduces your homes curb appeal. The units are big and bulky, and take up space and become an eyesore in your home. If you try to cover them up, then it decreases the effectiveness of the unit. While you’ll still have an exterior element to a central AC system, it’s much easier to landscape and to decorate around the condenser unit, which looks a lot more modern as well. From wooden air conditioner screens to faux greenery, AC equipment covers are available in multiple designs to suit your tastes.
With so many advantages of central air conditioning systems, why not get started with a new installation today? Contact us today to get started!
What Should My AC Be Set At
Everybody is aware that air conditioning offers a refreshing escape from the excruciating Florida year-round heat. But, settling on a temperature to maintain in your home may require a delicate balance between the comfort of your family and your energy cost budget. Simply put, the lower your set your AC, the higher your energy bills will be. However, there are some tips and tricks that can help you to find a temperature that keeps you and your family comfortable while saving you money.
The Best Thermostat Settings For When You’re Home
To stay comfortable and save money, the U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78F when you are home. By setting your AC to this level, you allow yourself and your family to stay cool and avoid unusually high electricity bills. Investing in appliances such as dehumidifiers also can help provide extra comfort. As well, you can follow our tips below to trap cool air in your home to increase comfort and lower costs in the blistering South Florida climate.
The Best Thermostat Settings For When You’re Away
As unpleasant as it is to hear, keeping your house warm while you’re away can help you save money during the hot Florida seasons. Turning your thermostat up seven to ten degrees higher while you are away (out of the house for more than two hours) you can save up to 10 percent on cooling costs! This means leaving the thermostat at around 88F. The higher interior temperature actually slows the flow of heat into your home, decreasing the amount of energy needed to cool it back down when you return.
Tips for Cooling
While 78F might sound a bit uncomfortable, there are things that you can do to prevent warm/hot air from getting in and the cool air getting out of your home:
- Hang up window treatments. Window treatments can block out sunlight and prevent heat from entering through the windows of your home.
- Install fresh and replace old weatherstripping. Caulk around doors and windows to keep your home sealed and insulated.
- Limit the use of appliances that generate heat such as the oven and stove. Try to keep use of these appliances minimal until 8pm. Grill and cook outdoors as much as possible to keep the heating appliances out of the home.
- Utilize ceiling fans and stationary fans to increase cooling efficiency.
- Replace cooling units with energy-efficient models.
Tips for Finding The Right Temperature
Finding a temperature that is comfortable and tolerable to your family is important, especially in the summers in Florida. By setting your AC to around 81F and slowly dropping the temperature to 71F, you’ll be able to gauge your family’s range of comfort and find a setting that works for everybody in the house. According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the preferred thermostat setting for occupants of a home, in summer clothing, is about 73F-79F.
Something many people don’t think about is how the nighttime can be another opportunity for money and energy conservation. When you sleep, your body temperature lowers and heat leaves the body. Studies have shown that the best sleep happens when the body reaches “thermoneutrality,” which is when temperatures around the body reach a certain temperature (86F if nude or uncovered; 60-66F if covered by a sheet or pajamas). By raising your thermostat and using lighter bedding and sleepwear, you have an opportunity to cut down on costs. Fans are also helpful for conserving energy during the hot South Florida nights.
High humidity can turn a tolerable hot day into something more challenging to endure. In South Florida, we are no stranger to high levels of humidity, especially during the summer. When it’s humid, your body’s sweat glands don’t work properly, making it difficult for your body to regulate its own temperature. When it is dry, your sweat evaporates quickly allowing you to feel more comfortable while dealing with the heat.
This means that the humidity inside of your house has a direct impact on your comfort, especially on hot days. It’s recommended to have a humidity level of 30 to 50 percent during the summer to prevent mold and pests. By reducing the humidity in your home, you are able to be more comfortable at a warmer temperature in your home. Luckily, air conditioners are good at reducing the relative humidity of your home. If you plan to use your air conditioner as a dehumidifier, it’s important to make sure your unit isn’t too big for your home. If it is, the system only runs for a short period of time to cool the house, and won’t run long enough to dehumidify.
Alternatives to using your AC, dehumidifiers can help you achieve lower humidity while saving energy usage and wear on your unit. You can also supplement your AC with fans. Fans blow air across your person to aid sweat evaporation and increasing comfort. While fans don’t actually lower the temperature of a room, they make it feel cooler by taking away from the heat and humidity.
Calculating Your Savings
Before coming to a final decision about what your ac should be set at, make sure to calculate your costs. Each degree that you are able to raise your air conditioning saves you up to 5 percent on your cooling costs. For instance, if you normally set your AC to 72F and you’re paying about $150, by raising the temperature to 76F you could reduce your bill by $25.
Even if you decide it’s worth the money to keep your home cooler, which on the hot summer days it may be, there are steps you can take to squeeze out savings. Dehumidifiers are useful investments on the hot and humid South Florida days. Utilizing personal and ceiling fans can also help.