Heating and Cooling Repairs- Is Your AC Ready for the Hurricane Season?

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. If you have a window ac unit, remove the unit and seal the opening.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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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:

  1. Make sure your AC unit wasn’t under the water.
  2. Remove the tarp or plywood structure and inspect for any signs of damage
  3. Remove any debris around the AC unit.
  4. 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.

Baby It’s Cold-ish Outside

You know you are a native Floridian when cold weather means a high of 70 degrees in December. You especially know it when you have to pull out your long socks and find a way to still wear your flip-flops. We may not have the lowest temps in the nation but our high humidity levels mean that dips in temperature feel cooler than what the thermometer says. Weather data from January of 2014 showed the average minimum temperature to be at 52.4 degrees while we topped out at an average of 72.6. Our northern counterparts may scoff at such seemingly delightful temperatures but those who live on the Space Coast know that 72 can feel frightfully chilly given the right circumstances.

Have you given any thought to how well your HVAC unit will function should you need to actually turn it on this year? If not, now is the time. Orlando saw a frigid 18 degrees on December 28, 1894 and even some days in the 20s over the last decades and while this is not a common occurrence who is to say a weather anomaly such as this couldn’t strike us here in Brevard?

Space Age Cooling and Heating wants you to be ready for anything this winter season whether it be warmer than average temps or freezing conditions. Now is a great time to have your HVAC unit serviced and checked for any underlying issues that may have been dormant since last you turned on the heating function. You may never need to turn up the heat but it sure is comforting to know you can.

Winter months also bring about higher electrical bills and in many case this can be prevented. Windows are great for letting in sunshine but they can also drastically affect your electrical bills during the winter by allowing heat to get out. Check your windows for proper caulking. If you see cracks or missing chunks, fill them in as soon as possible. You can also hang drapes made of heavier materials to help prevent heat from escaping. During daylight, keep the drapes open to let light flood in. This will keep your home warmer and hopefully lift your spirits all at the same time.

If your home has tile or wood flooring now is a great time to set out carpets and area rugs made of a thicker material such as wool. This quick and easy decorative touch can keep your feet warm and save you money too.

Don’t let the cooler weather get you down Brevard! There are simple things you can do to stay warm and keep your energy consumption at bay. First and foremost, call Space Age Cooling and Heating and let us do a routine maintenance check on your HVAC unit. You won’t regret the peace of mind this simple step will afford you.

Improve Indoor Air Quality Now

Space Age Cooling and Heating is invested in keeping your home’s air conditioning unit functioning at its absolute best. Our HVAC professionals are capable of attending to an expansive range of cooling and heating issues and we look forward to serving you whenever the need arises. What many people do not realize is that the indoor air quality inside their homes can dramatically affect the ability of their AC unit to run at its optimal best. According to The National Human Activity Pattern Survey, the average American spends 86.9% of their time indoors. This survey found that on average 68.7% of those surveyed spent this time inside their homes.

Clearly IAQ, indoor air quality, is a major component to overall health especially considering the amount of time we spend inside on a daily basis.

Is your air up to the task of keeping you and your loved ones safe and healthy?

The holiday season has arrived and now is a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality and make changes. Here are some things you can do:

  1. Clean Up

Carpets, drapes, upholstery, and the like all take a beating due to all the daily usage they encounter. Dead skin cells, pet hair, chemical residue, and more are absorbed by your home and a deep clean with anti-bacterial soap will do wonders for your home’s IAQ.

  1. Test for Radon

Radon is a colorless odorless gas that is responsible for roughly 21,00 cases of lung cancer each year. Second only to smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. This dangerous gas affects one home out of every fifteen and many have no idea. Testing for radon is a simple process and could save your life.

  1. Go With the Flow

Temperatures are cooling off a little here in Brevard County and now is a great time to open your windows and doors and let the cooler breezes circulate throughout your home. Increased airflow has been proven to have a positive impact on IQA. This is a double win for you: cool breezes and clean air!

  1. Filter Smarts

Change your filters. Yep, you have heard it before and we are saying it again. Keeping your filters clean and change them on a routine basis. This prevents the restriction of airflow that comes from clogged filters.

You spend so much time indoors that it pays to make sure the air within your home is clean and of the purest quality. Space Age Cooling and Heating has products and an air purification system air purification system to rid your home of mold, mildew, humidity, and odors. You deserve the best and Space Age has that. Contact us today.

How To Clean Your Condenser

Nothing replaces regularly scheduled maintenance from Space Age Cooling and Heating in Brevard County when it comes to protecting and preserving the life of your Brevard County air conditioning unit. Simply put, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If your AC unit needs repair anywhere from Melbourne Beach, Satellite Beach, North Patrick, Cocoa Beach, and beyond call Space Age for the guaranteed best service experience you can encounter. We never charge for service calls and you can read our trustworthy reviews to see how our customers feel about the work we do.

Of course, we would love your business, but we also want to help you beat the heat by giving you tips to keep your unit running smoothly.

Your AC’s condenser, the large box like structure outside, takes a beating on a daily basis. Constant berating from the sun, crazy downpours during the middle of the day, high winds, and more can leave your condenser in a state of shock. However, it is pretty simple to clean it yourself.

Choose a warm day
This one is not too hard considering we live in Brevard. Choose a day when the temperature is at least sixty degrees.

Turn the power off
Most condensers have an outside power source you need to disconnect before you begin any work. If there is not a plug outdoors simply flip the breaker to cut the power. Easy!

Clear debris
Remove limbs, leaves, grass, and other materials that may be surrounding your condenser. It may be wise to wear a pair of gardening gloves as well to protect yourself from scrapes and cuts.

Quick rinse
Using a standard garden hose, gently spray off the condenser unit. Again, be sure that the power is off!

Work from the inside out
Using your trusty hose, spray the inside condenser coils. Don’t overdo it here. You never want the fan motor to become soaked. Take it slow and easy. After this, rinse off the outside as well.

Turn the power on
You are done! That was pretty easy wasn’t it?

This type of cleaning is pretty simple but your unit may need a more expert touch. You might also not feel comfortable doing this yourself and that is absolutely okay. Space Age Cooling and Heating can help you get your condenser into tiptop shape and restore it to its fresh out of the box glory. No job is too small for us.

How to Choose an Air Conditioning Repair Company in Melbourne

air conditioning repair company There is no shortage of air conditioning service companies in Brevard County, FL. A quick Internet search will provide you with multiple choices. So, how do you know whom to call when your unit is on the fritz? With so many options, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Space Age Cooling and Heating in Brevard County wants to give you tips on selecting the perfect contractor. Choosing a right air conditioning repair company does not have to be a daunting process if you know what to look for.

Experience

Experience is key. Trying a new dish at a restaurant is one thing, choosing a contractor is something entirely different. It is best to go with a company that has been around and has an established customer base. Ask around and find out what company your friends, family, and neighbors use. Check online reviews just be a little cautious with this one. It is easy to hide behind anonymity when posting reviews on line so it is best to get reviews in person as well.

Knowledge

Do they know your system? If a company has never worked with your brand of AC before that is a big red flag. They may be a little less expensive but if they aren’t knowledgeable you could end up paying tenfold due to a mistake.

Confidence

Does the company guarantee their work? Space Age Cooling and Heating guarantees our services and gives you a full 12 months to make sure you are happy. Our service calls are always free so you do not have to worry about the expense of attempting to find out what is wrong with your system.

Certifications

Quality work comes from a continued desire to learn and be up to date on the latest technology and trends in the HVAC field. Space Age Cooling and Heating is consistently seeking to improve our knowledge base and our certifications attest to that. We are licensed, bonded, and insured so you never have to worry about the professional who is coming to your home.

Still have questions about which air conditioning repair company to call when you need repairs in Satellite Beach, or anywhere else in Brevard? The answer, no matter where you are located, is Space Age Cooling and Heating. One look at our customer reviews and you will see why we are the best choice in the business.

Mold in My AC?

No doubt about it, Brevard County, FL, and the cities comprising the Space Coast, is humid places to reside. Our pristine beaches coupled with higher temps and the natural composition of our area’s eco-system make for wet air year round. Our tropical climate makes us an enviable destination and can also be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Your Melbourne FL HVAC specialist is in the business of providing quality craftsmanship and second to none customer service to meet the needs of our valued clients.

From Melbourne Beach to Cocoa Beach, we have been helping solve your cooling and heating needs. Over the years, we have seen our share of mold and mildew and we know what an issue it can be. Indoor air quality is incredibly significant to the health of your family and we want the air in your home free from mold spores that can be dangerous for anyone inhaling them. Let’s get started.

Many homeowners are not alerted to a mold issue within their homes until they begin to smell a difference in the air. Mold has a characteristic damp smell often referred to as “musty.” One whiff of that dank smell that accompanies mold it is safe to assume that mold is growing somewhere. While it can be easy to spot mold growth on carpets, ceilings, and walls, many stop their search there. When they cannot find the source of the mold they are at a loss. Sometimes it takes a more in-depth search to sniff out the root of the mold source. A good place to dig deeper is the air conditioner.

Mold loves dark wet areas and thrives under these conditions. This makes an air conditioning unit a breeding ground. Mold in ac can, in fact, grow in various parts of an air conditioning unit primarily: the coils, ducts, vents, and drip pans. Condensation is the leading contributor to mold growth in and around the various parts of your AC unit. Dust, grime, muck, and organic materials like leaves combined with condensation are the perfect recipe for mold. Once an issue of mold in AC is identified homeowners must be proactive. Call Space Age Cooling and Heating and let one of our experts come out and inspect your unit. We can find the source and eliminate the problem.

The best defense against mold in ac is offense. Taking preventive steps can save homeowners time, money, and their health. Remove damp areas in the home by using a humidifier. Make sure the house is properly insulated. Remove debris from around the outside AC unit and keep filters changed. These steps are powerful deterrents and will assist homeowners in averting a mold issue.

When To Call An HVAC Expert

HVAC ExpertMany folks believe they are capable of handling Cocoa Beach air conditioning issues by themselves and forgo the advice of experts in doing so. This is not to say they are wrong, only that sometimes you simply need to bite the bullet and call in the professionals. So how do you know what you can handle alone and what needs the expert touch of Space Age Cooling and Heating? Hopefully we can answer some of your questions below.

However, it must be stated that when in doubt give us a call. Many a handyperson can unintentionally create a bigger more expensive problem by attempting repairs they are not capable of handling.

Clogged Filters

Yes. You can do this on your own relatively pain free. To determine the size of your filter check your owner’s manual or pull out the old filter and measure. If you choose the later route be sure to account for the width and length and don’t forget the thickness. This is important.

Clean Coils

This one is a little tricky. Accessing the coils can be a challenge but is doable by most. You must make sure your unit is turned off before attempting this, however, so do not forget. If you are the least bit hesitant simply give Space Age Cooling a call. We can do it for you and prevent any mishaps on your part. Think smarter and not harder on this one.

Leaky Refrigerant

No. Nope. No way. If your AC is leaking there is a malfunction somewhere or the refrigerant was not properly installed and this is something you should not do yourself. In this case it is best to call Space Age Cooling and Heating.

Cleaning Around the HVAC Unit

Yep. You can do this. Make sure your machine is turned off before picking up around it though. Pretty much anyone can remove leaves, limbs, debris, and other yard trash from the area surrounding the outside portion of your AC. Things get trickier once detritus has made its way inside. While you may feel comfortable trying to remove the garbage, the wiser choice is to give us a call.

As you can see, some situations are easy for homeowners to solve. Others need to be taken care of by professionals. Regular maintenance by Space Coast Cooling and Heating is your best bet when it comes to preventing common issues that arise from your HVAC unit.

How Can I Improve Indoor Air Quality

When many people visualize air pollution, a gray picture of dense hazy fog hanging lugubriously over skyscrapers in heavily populated urban areas usually comes to mind. Tall coal stacks exhaling detritus into the air and black smoke from useless mufflers are other images that convey polluted air.

Sounds gross right? But, did you know that your indoor air quality could be polluted as well? You may not have a plume of gray smoke hanging about your ceiling but that does not mean that pollutants are not affecting the air in your home. Obvious things like cigarette smoke and toxic chemicals are sources of pollutants but so are things like damp carpet and pet dander.

Home cleaning products, left over asbestos, glues used for hobbies and combustible items like gas, oil, coal and wood can also be to blame. It isn’t necessarily the compound or chemical but rather the amount of it that is emitted into the air and the hazardous nature of the source that should be taken into account. Your Melbourne FL HVAC specialist wants to share some tips to clean up your air and live a healthier life.

So what can you do to clean up your air?

Remove Toxic Sources

Some cleaning agents may remove the muck from your counter tops but can cause harm to you so opt for “greener” options like vinegar if you can. Phthalates, a common agent used in items that have a fragrance, can mess with your endocrine system. Try unscented products next time you need to freshen up. Ammonia is another common cleaning agent that can seriously affect those with breathing or lung problems. According to Experience Life, Vodka can easily be used in place of ammonia for a streak free shine.

These are only a few examples of potential hazardous materials in your home cleaning closet so take a few moments and examine your favorite cleaning supplies before using them next time. Healthier alternatives are available for most things.

Monitor Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Dioxide is an odorless deadly gas that can strike without warning unless you are prepared. By simply installing a carbon dioxide detector you can breathe easier knowing you and your loved ones will be alerted in case of detection.

Get Rid of Humidity

Humid conditions are just a fact of life in Brevard County, FL and Space Age Cooling and Heating knows just that. But all that wet air can be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria that only pollutes your indoor air even further. We have products and equipment that can assist you in controlling and eliminating the humid air in your home and we would love to talk to you about them today.

Indoor air quality, or a lack thereof, plays a vital role in the health of you and your family. Air pollution is not something you can avoid entirely by staying indoors and that is why it is crucial that you do all you can to rid your home of toxins and hazards. Breathe easy friends!

An AC That Is Just Right

The old adage “bigger is always better” simply does not apply when it comes to purchasing a new home cooling system. Choosing and AC for your home is much like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You have to find the one that is just right! Melbourne FL air conditioners come in many sizes created for cooling indoor spaces of varying sizes. Don’t get roped into the notion that your AC needs to be on the larger side to fulfill its duties.

If your AC is too large it will continually be working in overdrive and needlessly cooling your home. This will lead to higher energy expenditures and skyrocket your electricity bill. Conversely, if the unit you choose is not equipped to handle the job of cooling your home it will work way too hard. All the effort it is making to cool your home can cause frequent breakdowns and general maintenance issues for you.

There are many considerations that must be accounted for when choosing the right system for your home and Space Age Cooling and Heating can assist you with all of these. You have questions and we have answers so let’s get to work and figure out a solution customized just for you.

Consider Room Size

How much area will your AC need to cool? Pull out your trusty tape measurer and get to work measuring the areas that will need to be cooled. These dimensions will give you a good idea of what to look for when actually purchasing a unit.

Assess the Area

Take the measurements you have just made and calculate the area. This is pretty basic geometry here but it is extremely important that you get the numbers right. Let Space Age Cooling and Heating help you figure these numbers out. We can put your mind at ease and do all the calculations for you so that you have everything you need to know when you commit to a new cooling system.

Figure Out Your Cooling Capacity Needs

BTU’s are units of energy and you need to know the area of your home before you can determine how many BTUs you need to cool it efficiently. Your home’s size will determine how much power your AC needs to keep it cool. Generally speaking, homes ranging between 2000 and 2500 in area need a cooling unit that rates at 34,000 BTUs.

Once you are armed with the right information choosing a system to suit the needs of your family is much easier. Still, many people want the assistance of experts when choosing a new AC so give Space Age a call. We can help you from start to finish all the way through installation and maintenance.

Harness The Power Of The Earth

Did you know that your home is sitting on a wealth of heating and cooling power? What if you could harness that resource to provide your home with long term cooling and heating that is incredibly energy efficient? Let us introduce you to Geothermal Cooling and Heating! The ground beneath your feet can provide your home with consistent heating and cooling power that is not only Earth-friendly but economically intelligent as well.

Geothermal Cooling and Heating is not a new advancement in heating and cooling. The process of using a system of underground pipes referred to as the ground loop and a heat pump indoors has been a staple in many nations in Europe. Seventy-Five percent of new homes in Switzerland and Sweden implement this technology. The consistent temperature of the Earth works with your geothermal system to keep your home warm when necessary and cool when needed.

Is your interest piqued? Geothermal heating and cooling can revolutionize your home and you can experience the freedom and peace that geothermal heating and cooling right here in Brevard County. Geothermal is nice and quiet and you won’t ever have to deal with a busted compressor or rusted condenser. We’ve spoken of energy efficient benefits of geothermal and here are the hard numbers to prove it. Geothermal systems have an efficiency rating of 400%! This correlates directly to lower power bills for you. If this is not enough, the system lasts much longer than traditional home HVAC units so you know that your investment will pay you back overtime.

Space Age Cooling and Heating is a certified member of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, IGSHPA, so you know you can trust our work. We actually know what we are doing as opposed to the many imposters out there. Don’t get scammed! Trust the experts at Space Age when it comes to questions pertaining to Geothermal cooling and heating. Contact us today with any questions you may have regarding Geothermal. We would love to speak with you about this amazing technology and get to work creating a plan just for you!