How To Save Money On Heating

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.

Why Does My Heater Smell?

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.

Common Heating Problems

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.

Insufficient Maintenance

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.

Thermostat Problems

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.

Winter Heating Tips for Floridians

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.