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.

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.

Proper Insulation is Necessary for a Cool Home

We all know that proper insulation helps keep your home functioning properly. It also has far reaching implications for your Melbourne FL HVAC unit. So, let’s start with the basics.

What is insulation? Simply put, insulation is some type of material that prevents excess heat gains. Pretty easy. When insulating your home you need to consider two things: where does insulation need to be added or placed and what is the R-value for your chosen material. Products with a higher R-value have more insulating power. However, this does not mean that you need to go all out and install insulation with the highest R-value. This is where strategy and knowledge come into play. You have to know where you will be putting insulation, and what type, to determine the best choice for your home.

You have many options when it comes to choosing insulation. According to Energy.gov, there are several types of insulation available. Blanket insulation is the type we are probably all most familiar with as it simply rolls out and can be installed without an expert. Spray foam, concrete block, foam boards, and structured insulation panels are a few others that make the list. Here’s the key though, these insulation types are not interchangeable. Some are best for walls and floors while others are better suited for exterior surfaces and attics. It pays to do ample research when choosing the best insulation for your needs.

Insulation plays a key role in preventing the transfer of heat into or out of your home. Hot air is always looking to invade the space of cooler air and for Brevard County this usually means that warm outside air is looking to make its way in. If your home is not properly insulated, then you will have excessive heat gains within your home causing your HVAC unit to work overtime to keep your home cool. It would be pointless to run your air conditioner at a cool temp only to have it be absolved by hot air creeping in from outside.

So where in your home is proper insulation most necessary? The Florida Energy Systems Consortium suggests that the attic is the primary location with regards to proper insulation. You must get it right there in order to experience the best in heat reduction and energy savings. Of course, it is important to make sure other areas of your home are insulated well and with the best materials but never skimp on your attic space.

Space Age Cooling and Heating in Melbourne, FL services residents all across Brevard County and we want you to be in the know. Insulation plays a significant role in the comfort of your home and without it your HVAC unit will be ineffective. Call us today with any questions you may have regarding your cooling system and let our experts ease your mind.

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

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.

Holiday Air Conditioning Savings

Tis the season for spending. The holidays are a wonderful time filled with goodwill and joy. There are gifts to purchase and parties to attend. With so much going on, you probably do not need to additional expense of a higher than average electricity bill. Increased energy expenditure equates to higher bills, but there are things you can do to cut the cash.

Space Age Cooling and Heating knows you deserve quality advice from a professional in the Melbourne Florida HVAC industry. Your questions warrant the best answers in the industry and we have that. We also know you appreciate value. Our service calls are always free and we guarantee our work. In a world full of easy fixes that seem too good to be true, you can count on Space Age. So how can you save some money this holiday season?

Schedule a Maintenance Check

Your AC may be running just dandy right now, but what happens when you add a house full of guests? If your AC has not been checked on a regular basis there could be underlying issues of which you are not aware. These problems could surface at the worst possible time. Call Space Age Cooling and Heating today to protect your peace of mind and your wallet.

Conscious Cooking

Turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole; the list goes on and on. One thing is for sure; you will be spending copious amounts of time in the kitchen over the next couple of months. What does this have to do with your air conditioner? The answer may surprise you.

While your oven and stovetop are working hard to create your culinary masterpieces, they are also turning up the heat inside your home. When you get hot, you turn down the thermostat. When you turn down the thermostat for long periods of time, your electrical bills go up.

When cooking try to keep the oven closed. No peeking! If possible, consolidate your cooking so that your range isn’t working all day long. You can even utilize alternative cooking methods. Take the turkey outside and use a smoker or a fryer. The heat stays outdoors and you won’t need to compensate for increased temperatures inside.

Thermostat How-To

You may need to run your AC full blast during the holidays with the influx of visitors. However, this isn’t the case for travel during the holidays. If you know you and your family will be leaving town, don’t keep your unit running like normal. You aren’t there!

Programmable thermostats are great for getting a handle on energy usage. Energy.gov recommends keeping your home at 68 degrees during the day and a couple of degrees lower in the evening. If you are not at home, the same applies. Having preset controls on your thermostat gives you peace of mind. You know you aren’t needlessly running your machine when it is not necessary.

Quit Tripping: Why your AC Circuit Breaker May Be Tripping

The holiday season is upon us. From now until the end of the year, festivities and parties will consume your calendar. If you are like most, you will probably host a few gatherings of your own during the next few months. You will prep and plan for guests. You will pull out the decorations and create a spirited environment for all to enjoy. Now is not the time for your AC to go on the fritz. The “winter” months in Brevard County, FL can see temperatures in the mid 80s, certainly not a great time for your Brevard County HVAC unit to take a hiatus.

Many times there is a true issue with one of the components of your AC causing it to malfunction. However, there could be something else at the root of the AC glitch. Has your ac circuit breaker been tripping recently? If so you need to pay attention. You could have a serious electrical dilemma on your hands.

AC Circuit breaker is crucial to your home. The purpose of a breaker is to, in essence, break the flow of electricity in order to protect your home and appliances. Too much current or a circuit with a short can spell disaster with far reaching implications. Electrical fires would be a common occurrence were it not for circuit breakers. These modern marvels cut off the flow of electricity protecting your home from fires. This brings us to the breaker for your AC. If the breaker trips it could be an electrical issue. If this is the case, call a professional right away. Never try and solve an electrical quandary yourself!

Electrical problems could be at the source of your AC’s breaker predicament. However, there may be a simpler explanation.  Here at Space Age Cooling and Heating we have spoken at great length about the importance of keeping your air filters clean. Clogged filters can make your AC work harder than necessary and all that hard work can overheat the unit. Once this happens the ac circuit breaker can trip.

The fix for this one is simple: change your air filter.

Power surges due to tempestuous weather can cause your breaker to trip. There is not much you can do to keep Mother Nature at bay when she decides to unleash. In this instance, flipping the breaker should do the trick.

Is the power outlet associated with your AC working too hard? An overworked outlet can cause the breaker to trip too. Unlike inclement weather, you do have control over this one. The only thing that should be plugged into your AC’s outlet is your AC.

Space Age Cooling and Heating knows air conditioners. Our commitment to keeping your cool is second to none and we look forward to assisting you with any of your AC needs. Contact us today for AC repairs in Brevard County or any questions you may have regarding your unit.

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.

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.