How Does My HVAC System Spread Allergens?
The HVAC system circulates air throughout the home in order to heat or cool it. When heating or air conditioning a home, the air is pulled from the home via the return ducts, passes through the filter, flows over the heat exchanger, then is distributed throughout the home through the ventilation ducts. While circulating throughout the system, the air picks up dust and other allergens such as dust mites, mold, pollen, and pet dander. This can make allergy sufferers miserable while the system is running.
How To Prevent It?
One of the easiest ways to improve this situation is to regularly replace the filter. A dirty, clogged filter can impede the airflow through it. Once it reaches a certain point, the air can no longer flow through the filter and air will flow around the filter or be pulled in through openings in the ductwork. As the filter is often located in the basement, the air pulled into the system is often even dirtier and are more full of dust and allergens than the air already circulating through the system. Interestingly, having HEPA or high efficiency filters can also cause this issue, unless the HVAC system is rated to work with them. To avoid this situation, replacing the filter regularly is critical. Generally, filters should be replaced every month or two, with households with particularly allergen sensitive residents or with pets being replaced more often.
Replace Your Air Filter
To replace the filter, the homeowner will need to locate the furnace and the return duct leading into it. The filter will likely be located near the furnace, in that duct. A portion of the duct may need to be lifted or opened to remove the filter. The filter will have an arrow on the side facing the owner that indicates the airflow direction. It’s important to note this, as the replacement filter will need to be installed in the correct direction. The filter will also have a rating and dimensions. These details will be needed to purchase the replacement filter, as existing filters will need to be replaced with the same sized filter. After the replacement filter is acquired, the process is straightforward. Simply pull out the filter, avoiding any sharp edges on the duct, dispose of it and insert the replacement. The homeowner can then replace any opened ductwork and the job is done.
If a homeowner can’t locate the filter, scheduling maintenance for the HVAC system is always an option. Another simple way to improve this is by dusting the registers and vents. A homeowner can simply dust these in every room and the return registers with a damp rag or cloth to pick up any dust and allergens. Kicking up the dust with too vigorous dusting or without using a dust-attracting duster can make the situation worse, as dust in the air in any room in the home will be everywhere eventually.
Make Your HVAC System Allergy Friendly!
Allergies can be miserable, and an HVAC system adding to that misery is unpleasant and unnecessary. Even just these two tasks can significantly reduce the amount of allergens in the air.
The 2017 hurricane season is right around the corner. It officially runs from June 1st- November 20th. According to many official forecasts, there will be an above-average number or storms. The predictions are that there will be a total of 11 names storms and four hurricanes (predictions by The Tropical Meteorology Project from Colorado State University). As Florida residents we know that it is important to take hurricanes seriously. Many consider the preparations that need to be taken for a potential storm- things like adequate food, sufficient battery supply, alternative power sources such as generators, and candles top the list. But what about your cooling system? Is your AC ready for this hurricane season? Space Age Cooling and Heating wants your AC to survive the storm. So we put together a list of some tips to help you protect your AC from a hurricane.
How to Prepare Your AC for a Hurricane
Despite we may have many predictions and forecasts about this coming hurricane season, the truth is- no one really knows what will happen. Thankfully, tropical storms and hurricanes make their presence known before they hit home, so you have time to prepare. Here are some of the things you can do before the storm strikes:
Clear your AC unit from any debris and remove potential flying objects
Look for things like patio furniture, potted plants, bikes, grills tools and other objects that can fly causing any damage. It’s the best to keep those items in a safe place and secured- you can bring them inside or store them in your garage. Cut any tree limbs that may potentially be dangerous to your AC unit as well as your roof, windows and anything else around your house.
Set your thermostat to run a few degrees cooler.
By doing it, you will cool off your house before the storm or hurricane comes as you will need to turn your AC off during the actual storm.
Turn off your AC during the storm.
Erratic power conditions along with lightening strikes and outages can wreak havoc on your AC if it is turned on so, while it may be tempting, keep the air conditioner off. The stress of fluctuating power can really mess up key components of your unit like the air compressor and long after the storm has passed you may have to spend big bucks to replace them.
Cover your AC unit with a tarp or homemade plywood structure
Even if you clear your area from potential debris, extreme wind can cause debris to fly from anywhere else and strike your outdoor AC Unit. Covering it with a tarp can help prevent damage from such flying debris. Just make sure you turn your AC off before covering it.
If you have a window ac unit, remove the unit and seal the opening.
If necessary, secure your outdoor air conditioner with hurricane straps.
This will help to protect your air conditioning from flying away in the event of strong winds.
Get a backup generator
In the event of power outage caused by a storm or hurricane, a backup generator will help you to run your AC and keep your home cool.
Heating and Cooling Repairs After the Hurricane
After the storm passes and it is safe to go outside, make sure you inspect your AC unit before turning it on. Never turn on your air conditioning right a way. Here are couple of things you should do first:
- Make sure your AC unit wasn’t under the water.
- Remove the tarp or plywood structure and inspect for any signs of damage
- Remove any debris around the AC unit.
- Inspect electrical lines running from your AC
If there is any sign of damage or you are not sure- it’s best to have your unit inspected by a professional. Running air conditioner with a problem may be destructive to your unit and cause a lot of problems. Not to mention that heating and cooling repairs may be very expensive. At Space Age Cooling we are here to help if you need to have your unit inspected or if you need any repairs. We offer heating and cooling repairs in the following areas: Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Melbourne Beach, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, South Patrick Shores and surrounding beachside areas. You can contact us for your free estimate.
Turn your AC on as soon as it is safe to do so to prevent the growth of mold in the unit and ductwork systems. High humidity and increased heat bode well for the growth of bacteria and mold and you want to stifle that environment as soon as you can. Plus, you and your family will relish the cool air after a few hours or days without it. Hurricane season can be devastating and very stressful time for you and your family. Preparing ahead of times can release some of that stress and save you a lot of money afterwards.
It certainly feels like winter is rearing its nasty head once again here in Brevard County, FL. Weren’t we just rolling up our sleeves and donning flip-flops just the other day? Seasonal changes in weather patterns are making the residents here in Melbourne, FL and the surrounding areas scratch our heads in bewilderment. One thing is for sure, however, if your HVAC unit is on the fritz, now is not the time to find out. Let’s look at some common ways families on the Space Coast can beat the heat and save money during cooler the cooler days.
Many homeowners make the mistake of turning their thermostats to high temperatures believing that the best way to heat their home is to create a sudden high temp and then return the thermostat to a more reasonable temperature once they are warm. This is an extremely energy inefficient thing to do. Rather than constantly changing your thermostat, try this instead: keep your home at a constant temperature that you and you family find enjoyable. This will help keep your heating costs down and your family satisfied.
Most homes have ceiling fans in multiple rooms. While we all know the advantages to celling fans in the warmer months, did you know they can help push warm air down during the cooler days? Hot air rises. By simply switching the direction your fan blades are rotating (by flipping a switch on the motor house), you can push all that hot air back down where it can keep you warm.
Keeping your family comfortable is one of our priorities at Space Age Cooling and Heating. If your HVAC unit is in need of service or repair, call the experts at Space Age for a free service call. We can inspect your system and give you a diagnosis you can trust. Reliable air conditioning and heating services and repairs in Brevard County can be challenging to come by, but our team of experts has been serving the area for many years with the care and concern our clients have come to rely upon. In fact, HomeAdvisor has deemed us an elite service provider in both Satellite Beach and Melbourne, FL. We know the industry inside and out and look forward to serving you with any heating or cooling needs you may have.
Fresh clean air that is always set at the perfect temperature. Take a moment and imagine a home that is always comfortable and an HVAC system that is nowhere in sight. Does this sound like a dream? It isn’t when you have a geothermal heating and cooling system installed. Space Age Cooling and Heating services all of Brevard County and the beachside with the absolute best cooling and heating repairs and installation and we have the ability to bring geothermal systems to homes on the Space Coast.
Geothermal cooling and heating utilizes the steady state temperatures of the earth to bring consistent quality air to your home. While outdoor temperatures fluctuate with the seasons, the temperature of the air within the earth remains relatively stable due to the insulating power of the ground. Geothermal systems use electricity to circulate the air from the ground into your home and vice versa using a system of underground pipes. In very simplistic terms, fluid is circulated through the pipes helping warm air from the earth heat your home in cold weather and during warmer months the indoor air is removed from indoors and deposited into the ground.
Space Age Cooling and Heating specialize in geothermal systems. We are certified by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association and comply with the complex standards necessary for installation and service so you can trust our knowledge and expertise.
For those who are green minded, geothermal technology makes the most sense because it does not burn fossil fuels to cool and heat. A simple transfer of cool air from the ground during the winter months and warm air from the home back to the ground during summer months is all that is needed. No more coal or gas! Geothermal cooling and heating is environmentally friendly and can save your household money.
If geothermal heating and cooling sounds intriguing to you and you would like more information please contact us today. Our experts can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.
Burr. It is cold outside here in Brevard County, FL. After the cold snap a few weeks ago, many on the Space Coast were looking forward to warmer weather. Even Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early spring for 2016. In spite of all this, we are experiencing the impact of a cold front, the first in a succession of cold fronts, over the next few days. If you have yet to crank up the heat in your home, chances are you will be doing so at some point in the week.
Floridians rarely have the opportunity to turn on their heat, one of the many reasons our Northern neighbors find the weather here so enticing. However, this does not mean that residents of the Space Coast need never to do so. The weather as of late is evidence of this. If you decide to crank up the heat this week, you won’t be alone.
Many who turn on the heat for the first time experience an off-putting burning smell coming from their heaters. Has this happened to you? Many complain of a musty smell emanating from their heaters and have no clue as to why. While this smell can be bothersome, more often than not it isn’t something to be worried about. Here are a few reasons why your heater may be giving off a foul smell.
First things first, if you smell something burning play it safe. Turn off your heater and do an inspection to make sure nothing is actually on fire. Once you have made certain there isn’t a fire present, proceed.
After several months of no use, dust can accumulate in the heating components that make up your heater and in the ductwork. When you turn on the heat for the first time, that dust burns off and gives out the less than melodious smell you may be experiencing. According to experts, the smell usually resolves itself within 45 minutes or so. Clogged filters can also be the cause of the pesky burning smell.
These are both rather innocuous reasons for the burning smell your heater may be giving off. They are also things you can do something about. However, another cause for the burnt odor could be a malfunction with the blower. In this case, you need to call in the experts at Space Age Cooling and Heating for a heating repair.
An odor coming from your heater can be scary! In most cases it is nothing to fret about, but it is always best to play it safe. If you notice a stench that just isn’t normal and you don’t feel comfortable checking it out, call Space Age Cooling and Heating. Our heating experts serve the residents of Brevard County with outstanding service and we look forward to serving you as well.
Have you ever gotten up from one room in your home, the living room for example, crossed the house to your bedroom and noticed a significant temperature change? One of the most common HVAC complaints is the noticeable temperature variation from room to room. The recent fluctuations in Brevard County, FL weather have had us all adjusting and readjusting our thermostats to accommodate the changes in outdoor temperatures. We definitely don’t need the added stress of severe diverse temperatures within our own homes!
This is often an issue for two storied homes due to the fact that the thermostat is located on the first floor. Once the desired temperature is reached on the first floor, the thermostat shuts off without accounting for the temps on the second floor. While the first floor may feel comfortable, the second floor can be too warm or cool making the second floor unbearable.
Single story homes such as the ranch style (one story homes that usually have a low slopped roof) bungalows (single story dwellings with distinctive pitched roof and often times an attic dwelling space), cottages, and many old-Florida type homes have their own set of issues with regards to uneven heating and cooling. There can be a discrepancy in temperature from one side of the house to another or within bedrooms.
If this sounds like a familiar scenario, Space Age Cooling and Heating in Brevard County, FL has some tips. We serve all of the Space Coast and beachside with the best heating repair and air conditioning services.
Make sure the fan on your thermostat is positioned to “on.” This will allow all the air within your home to be continually circulated moving cooler air to warmer areas and vice versa.
Make sure the air filters are not clogged.
Check for any leaks in your windows and doors.
Call Space Age and let us inspect your ductwork. If the ducts in your home are not sized correctly this could hamper airflow. If the ductwork is leaking, this could result in the temperature difference you are experiencing.
Sometimes the solution to your heating and air-conditioning problems is simple and other times it is not. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your heating and cooling system, call Space Age Cooling and Heating today.
The need to heat your Brevard County home is probably not something that frequents your thoughts. In fact, most of us on the Space Coast never even think about the state of our Melbourne, Florida heating systems. This is a great thing for most of the year; however, now that the weather has turned cold (by Florida standards) many are scrambling to figure out how and why their heat isn’t working properly.
What could be the reason for this? Why are you feeling the chill inside your home? If you have these questions call Space Age Cooling and Heating for any assistance you need. Our team of experts can assess your individual situation and help you figure out why your heat is not cutting it.
If you are experiencing some heating challenges in your home, here are some common issues that we see resulting in inadequate home heating.
We have said it before and we will say it again. Regularly schedule maintenance checks are a must for any homeowner. It may seem pointless to examine your HVAC unit when all seems well. We get that! However, there could be an underlying issue waiting in the wings that goes undetected until you try and turn on the heat. That small issue could have been remedied long before it became a big problem by having Space Age Cooling and Heating do a routine maintenance check. If you have yet to have your air conditioner and heater checked out for the year, call us now and let us get you prepped and ready for whatever the weather decides to give you.
Thermostats are handy mechanisms that assess the air and then determine whether or not to send a signal to the air conditioner or heater to turn on. Mechanical thermostats utilize thermal expansion in order to alert a circuit to come on or turn off. Digital thermostats work by running a current through something called a thermistor. The resistance is then measured and from there the temperature of the room can be calculated.
Oftentimes, heating (and cooling) issues arise from faulty thermostats and the solution is quick and simple. Make sure the batteries are working at full capacity and your thermostat is located in an area that is not affected by appliances that give off heat. Don’t forget to dust your thermostat when you are doing the rest of the house. A buildup of dust in and around the thermostat can trigger problems as well.
Clogged Air Filters
You’ve heard this one from us before we know, but it bears repeating. If your filters are clogged air cannot be transported effectively or efficiently. This is a simple fix and easy for anyone.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of possible heating problems, but it is a great place to start. Your HVAC system is complex and many times the solution is not as simple. Never hesitate to call Space Age Cooling and Heating with any questions or concerns regarding your heating or cooling situation. These are powerful machines that require a specialized touch from knowledgeable professionals.
If you are like most Floridians, the shift to cooler temperatures has come as quite a shock to your system. Granted, mid-40s is nothing new for our northern neighbors, but for us the cold air is quite a shock to the system. Gone are the days of tank tops and flip-flops, at least for now. You are taking extra care to stay warm, but what about your HVAC system? Have you considered the shock this weather might be having on your place of residence?
Space Age Cooling and Heating services include Melbourne FL air conditioner repair, installation and maintenance with expert heating and cooling repair. We specialize in giving you the best advice out there and we want your home to remain comfortable during this fleeting cold snap. Below you will find some tips on “winterizing” your home. Stay warm friends!
To make sure that your HVAC system is ready to blast warmer air, a wise move would be to do a maintenance check before you need to crank up the heat. Make sure your filters are ready for the workload by checking to see if they are due for a change. This is an easy fix that anyone can do. If it looks like your filters need to be changed out, make sure you select a filter that is sized and suited for your HVAC system.
Adjust your ceiling fans to run in the opposite direction. Set your fans to operate in a counterclockwise manner to ensure that warm air, which always rises to the highest point in the room, is pushed back down where you can actually enjoy it.
Adjust your thermostat in order to maximize savings. If you have a programmable thermostat this is an easy thing to do. Simply set it to comfortable temperatures while people are inside the home and don’t use the heat when no one is around. This is not only efficient, but it will add up to huge savings over time. If you do not have a programmable thermostat, contact Space Age today. We can get you set up and ready to face any type of weather with ease.
Make sure the outside portion of your HVAC system is clean and free from debris. Remove any dirt or rubbish that is in the way. If your coils and fan blades are clogged and filthy, your unit will not function at its best.
Schedule an overall maintenance check from Space Age Cooling and Heating. Our professionals can come out and make sure that every inch of your system is working and assist you with any repairs you may need.
Considering an upgrade or replacement for your air conditioning system can feel like a daunting process. You have most likely encountered ENERGY STAR models during your search and wondered what this even means. There are many things to consider when choosing the right HVAC unit. This is not a decision that most can make on their own so it is always wise to call your trusted Melbourne, Florida air conditioning professional. We service all of Brevard County and the beachside with the most knowledgeable professionals on the Space Coast. We never offer you services and repairs that you do not need. If you are in need of a heating and cooling system, and are wondering about ENERGY STAR models, here’s some helpful information.
Cooling and heating costs the average American household roughly $875 a year! This number is higher with outdated HVAC systems. Did you know there is something you can do to cut back on these costs by 30%? It’s as simple as choosing a cooling and heating system that has been ENERGY STAR recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. Proper installation by the experts at Space Age is the other factor in the supreme cost and energy saving benefits of EPA approved models.
ENERGY STAR appliances meet strict standards and guidelines set forth by the EPA When you purchase one of these models you can rest assured that your HVAC unit is saving energy all while creating a comfortable environment within your home. There are many options to choose from and by visiting the Consortium For Energy Efficiency website you can do a specific search to help you find the right model for your needs. Not every heating and cooling mechanism qualifies for the ENERGY STAR label and models that meet standards for the program must prove that their appliances will recoup expenses and provide savings or risk losing the backing of the EPA.
In order to get the most out of your ENERGY STAR central air conditioner, with regards to efficiency and energy savings, it must be paired with an updated blow motor. This portion of a heating and cooling system is typically part of the furnace and is responsible for distributing cool air throughout the ductwork.
For those replacing their central air conditioners, it is generally recommended that the furnace be replaced at the same time to meet this requirement. If your furnace is over 15 years old, it is best to replace it at the same time. An ENERGY STAR rated central air conditioner will not function properly with an outdated blow motor thus nullifying its energy efficiency capabilities.
There is a lot to consider when replacing or choosing a new air conditioner. Space Age Cooling and Heating has professionals on hand and ready to help you make the best decision. No question is too small and no issue is too big. Contact us today with any questions you have.