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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.

Temperature Variation From Room to Room

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.

Choose an ENERGY STAR Model Air Conditioner

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.

How To Choose A Trustworthy Contractor

Here at Space Age Cooling and Heating we know that you have many choices when it comes to HVAC installation, service, and repair. We also know that your house is more than a structure, it is your home. It is the place where you expect to be safe and free from the stress of subpar work on behalf of the contractors you allow to work on your heating and cooling system. We have a long track record of superior service and repeat customers because we take what we do very seriously.

Space Age is one of just a few HomeAdvisor Top Rated professionals with zero complaints. We know the HVAC industry inside and out and look forward to serving you now and in the future.

That being said, we want you to know exactly how to choose a HVAC contractor you can trust. Here are some tips on finding the perfect company to work on your behalf.

Ask Around

Don’t let a company’s website fool you. In this day and age anyone can say anything regarding competency. Look for trusty advice from friends and neighbors with real world experience from the contractor in question.

Ask for Proof

Make sure the company is licensed, bonded, and insured. This provides you, the consumer, with added protection and verifies the claims made by said company.

Never Pay Upfront

If a contractor asks for payment BEFORE the work is done, turn around and walk away. This is a sign that you could be saying good-bye to your hard earned money before the work has even started.

Require an In-Person Estimate

Scheduling estimates can be a pain. We know. However, a contractor that says he or she can fix your HVAC unit without seeing it in person is one you should not trust. True professionals take the time to take an exhaustive look at your appliance and see for themselves the issue at hand. If a contractor cannot make the time to see you in person, they probably aren’t right for the job.

Don’t Trust Someone Who Won’t Perform Diagnostics

Sure, your cooling system isn’t functioning at its best. That’s why you called a contractor. Contractors who never perform any diagnostic tests to see if a simple repair will do the job fool many unknowing citizens into thinking they need a replacement HVAC system. A good contractor will check to see if something can be fixed BEFORE they suggest a replacement.

Advantages to Programmable Thermostats

Florida weather can often feel like a roller coaster ride. One day we are on the verge of record setting high temps and the next in the midst of a Florida winter. The temperature variation can be extreme with a change of twenty to thirty degrees virtually over night. This change affects us in a myriad of ways. Weather.com notes that cases of the common cold increase when the temperatures change in such an extreme manner.

Experts are not entire sure why this is the case but it could be that the contrasts in temps from day to day negatively affects our immune systems. Whatever the cause may be, it does seem that colds and the like are more prevalent during shifts in the weather and you can be sure that your HVAC system is experiencing some highs and lows as well.

With the shifts in weather as of late, now is a great time to take a look at your thermostat. With the current chilly conditions here in Brevard County, Space Age Cooling and Heating wants you to get the most out of your thermostat for both efficiency and savings sakes. So what should you do when a cold snap comes along? First and foremost consider installing a programmable thermostat if you have not done so already. Energy.gov says that by programming your thermostat your family could save up to fifteen percent on your yearly heating bill. That is a no brainer!

Second, let your thermostat do the work for you. With preset temperatures and times, you can walk away free and easy knowing your system will work exactly how you need it to. One of the beautiful things about programmable thermostats is that they give you the ability to control when your cooling and heating system turns on and off and what temperature they will run at. This saves you time and money.

Set your thermostat based around when you and your family are at home. If you work outside the home and have children who are at school all day, there is absolutely no need to keep your home cooler or warmer than necessary. Create a schedule for your thermostat based on when you are in the house and what activities are taking place at your home.

Programmable thermostats give you and your family control over your Melbourne FL HVAC unit and it’s output creating the perfect indoor conditions and saving money at the same time. If you have questions about upgrading to a programmable device or want to know ways to best utilize your current thermostat, call Space Age Cooling and Heating today

New Years Resolutions For Your Air Conditioner

Year-end is generally a time when we reflect on the past and determine if there are changes we would like to make in the coming year. While many of us make resolutions pertaining to health, relationships, money, education, and more, have you given any thought to what you can do differently to make your home a priority?

You put so much thought into how you would like to live differently so why not be just as intentional with the home in which you actually live out your life? If your house is falling apart at the seams this will take precedent over other resolutions.

Your air conditioner not only provides you and your family with comfort, it also gives you security and frees you from worry when it is functioning at its best. If you have neglected your cooling system during 2015 make 2016 the year that you bump it up a few notches on the priority list.

Set up a Maintenance Plan

It is easy to forget about your HVAC unit when it is working, but go a day without it and you cannot help but notice the difference. You schedule regular oil changes for your vehicle. You check the batteries on your smoke detectors. Give the same consideration to your HVAC system.

Our maintenance plans never cost you a thing and save you ten percent on services. We follow specific guidelines set forth by the manufacturer of your system. We also have a specialized coating that we apply to your unit to help protect it from the harsh sun and salt that can quickly and easily wreak havoc on your cooling system.

Keep It Clean

We all know about spring-cleaning, but why not bump it up a few months? After the Christmas lights have been taken down and you have put a way all the decorations, keep spreading the love to your air conditioner. It will only take a few minutes to clean up around your condenser and air handler.

Pick up any debris such as fallen branches and leaves, and be sure to rid the area of any trash that may have inexplicably made its way to your yard or garage. Do a quick check to see if any coils are leaking or any rust has accumulated.

If you want to go the extra mile or perhaps you got a handy gift card to a home improvement store, you can cage your condenser unit. A simple caging system can keep your outdoor condenser free from muck and mire.

Call the Experts

Space Age Cooling and Heating knows that your time is valuable and that is why our experts are prepped and ready to serve you in whatever way we can. Maybe you just don’t have the time to do a quick check up on your air conditioner. We totally get it! Give us a call and let us do the dirty work for you. You can trust our team to work honestly on your behalf and find out what, if anything is disrupting your air conditioner.

Could Your Christmas Tree Be Making You Sick?

Live Christmas trees bring something to the Christmas season that simply cannot be replaced. Sure, artificial trees have their place, but they cannot compare to the fresh cut wonder that a Balsam Fir, White Pine, or Douglas Fir brings to a home. Christmas trees have come to symbolize the holiday season and many put up their trees before the Thanksgiving turkey has been cleared from the dinner table.

Everyone loves a Christmas tree. Unfortunately, for those who suffer from underlying respiratory issues such as asthma or allergies, live Christmas trees can cause an increase in symptoms and may need to be avoided.

The spike in complaints from patients suffering from asthma during the winter months and specifically the Christmas season led researches at The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology to postulate that perhaps live Christmas tress could be the culprit. In 2007, they found that the presence of a live tree increased the mold count in from 800 mold spores per cubic meter to over 5,000 spores in just a two-week period.

A study in 2015 by the National High School Journal of Science confirms these findings. Researchers found that when a live Christmas tree was introduced to a home mold spores increased by a whopping 100%. Forty-two percent of participants with pre-existing a respiratory issue such as allergies saw in increase in symptoms while those who chose an artificial tree experienced only a 13% increase in symptoms.

Indoor air quality is extremely important for all of us and even more so for those with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory ailments. While you may prefer a live Christmas tree it may be that, for the health of your family, you need to make the switch to an artificial one. Space Age Cooling and Heating wants you to breath easy during the holidays and that could mean foregoing the traditional tree route and choosing an artificial version. What else can you do to keep your air crisp and clean this season? Here are a few tips:

Change Your Air Filters

-The first step to making sure the air circulating through your home is clean is to make sure your filters are functioning properly.

Keep It Natural

-This time of year there are all sorts of synthetic scents to make your home “smell like Christmas.” But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. When it comes to creating scents in your home go for the natural versions from things like essential oils.

Take It Outside

No smoking indoors! This is an obvious one but just in case you have visiting family members or friends who still smoke make sure they take it outside.

If you have questions regarding the quality of air in your home please call us at Space Age. We specialize in indoor air quality and our purification system can remove the mold and allergens that affect so many. 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.

What You Can Do About Humidity in Your Home

Humidity is something residents of Brevard County experience all year. Thanks to our tropical climate, beaches, and sunny weather humidity is just something we have to learn to deal with. The water vapor in the air hangs around like a wet blanket and while that may make for comfortable fall and winter weather, it is atrocious for the air quality within your home. If you have ever experienced a moisture issue inside your house then you know just how uncomfortable, and potentially dangerous, it can be. Whether you live in Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Satellite Beach, or Cocoa Beach, humidity is probably something you have to manage on a daily basis. Picking the right Melbourne FL HVAC contractor is essential.

Humidity can cause major mayhem on the interior of your home. Soggy carpets are a breeding ground for mold. Wood flooring responds to fluctuations in temperature and humidity too. As moisture conditions change, so does the wood absorbing or loosing moisture in response to changes in the air. Tile flooring is much more capable of handling humidity in the air and is why many Floridians choose this type of flooring.

Ever noticed the paint on the walls of your home peeling or developing bubbles? This is evidence of a humidity issue. Humidity begins as a cosmetic issue, but if not addressed, will develop into a health hazard. The wet air and dark spaces behind walls and ceilings are the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Once you have a mold issue, major work will need to be done in order to make your home habitable again.

Items you have in storage can also be affected by excess moisture in the air. If the indoor humidity is above 60, your dry goods will become stale. Can goods will rust and swell making them inedible. Your clothing and seasonal decorations can be affected too. When you put these things away, especially in the attic, make sure adequate ventilation is available.

Are you concerned about humidity in your home? Space Age Cooling and Heating in Brevard County can help you address the problem and provide you with a viable solution. Our purification system will have you living comfortably and with confidence knowing the excess humidity is gone and the health problems it can create along with it.