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.

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

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!

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.

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.

Common AC Problems

Common AC ProblemsYou come home after a long day of work, play time with the kids, pulling weeds, or mowing your lawn and open your front door only to be bombarded by less than frigid air in the middle of a Florida summer no less. Space Age Cooling and Heating feels your pain! We get calls every day from unsuspecting clients who are struggling to find a reason why their air conditioning units are blowing less than stellar air.

We want you to know a few of the common ac problems- the reasons why your air conditioner may not be performing at a top-notch level. In some instances the fix is simple, however, other circumstances require an expert touch and this is where we come in. As your Melbourne, Florida air conditioning contractor, we service all of Brevard County with an expert touch that is truly second to none. Really! Check out our unsolicited online reviews from customers just like you. We take pride in our work and know your comfort is incredibly important.

Your Refrigerant Could Be Low

Lower than advantageous levels of Freon, for AC models older than 2010, could result from a number of issues. The first being an inadequate charge and the second being a leak somewhere in your system.

If you suspect a leak or charge issue with your Freon NEVER attempt this repair on your own. Call Space Age Cooling and Heating and let the experts handle the issue. We can point you in the right direction and figure out the source of your refrigerant problems.

Electrical Malfunctions

Connections between electrical systems within your AC unit can deteriorate over time. Fan belts can breakdown over the course of years of continued use along with the air compressor portion of your cooling system.

Faulty Thermostats

The location of your thermostat plays a significant role in the temperature of your home. Make sure your thermostat is placed away from electrical appliance that give radiant heat and can throw the temperature off. Make sure that your thermostat is level as well. If it is accidentally bumped or moved it can cause major issues for your cooling system.

Filter Issues

We have written about the importance of proper size and replacement of air filters before but it bears repeating. Make sure your filter suits the needs of your AC and your family and that it is changed on a routine basis.

No one likes the feeling of being hot indoors especially on a warm summer day in Brevard County. However, routine maintenance and a call to Space Age Cooling and Heating could be the solution to your problems. Call us today and let our team of knowledgeable staff point you in the right direction. We service AC units from Melbourne Beach to Cocoa and beyond.

Introducing Puron

One of the most important considerations when purchasing a new home is the state, or lack thereof, of the air conditioning unit. A unit that is old may not have much life left and could require you to make a major purchase to upgrade to a new unit much sooner than you’d prefer.

But what if the unit isn’t that old? It still cools just fine, but sometime in the distant future, you will need to replace it. This may seem like a win for you, but there are some things you should know about older units that could be deal breakers AC. units before the year 2010 were created using the refrigerant A-22. This substance is often referred to as Freon. Freon, in and of itself refers to a class of coolants used in car air conditioning units, refrigerators, and commercial and residential air conditioners.

The use of Freon in AC units created after 2010 has been outlawed due to The Montreal Protocol. The purpose of this worldwide initiative developed in 1987 is to eliminate the use of chemicals that deplete the ozone layer and contribute to pollution on multiple levels. Freon is one of these contributing pollutants. As of 2010 all new cooling systems are required to be built without it. If your unit was made before 2010 don’t worry. Freon will still be used as the refrigerant. The new ruling only affects models made after 2010.

With the exit of Freon as the main refrigerant in older model AC’s what is one to do? Never fear! The new kid on the block is cooler and more efficient. Let us introduce R-410A to you. R-410A is used in home air conditioning units made after 2010 and is sometimes called Puron, a brand name. R-410A is an HFC, hydro-fluorocarbon, and does not deplete the ozone like its predecessor R-22A a hydro-chlorofluorocarbon n or HCFC.

How’s that for a technical lesson? And how does this apply to you?

R-410A, or Puron, does not damage the atmosphere and AC units using this are created to run in a much more efficient manner which equates to savings for the average homeowner. Models using Puron are made to utilize the higher pressure that R-410A uses and thus can handle the strain so you don’t have to worry about your unit fizzling out with the use of Puron.

There is a lot to consider when purchasing a home with an older model AC unit. Will it live up to your family’s demands? Will it run efficiently? Could a new air conditioner mean higher savings in the long run? Space Age Cooling and Heating services all of Brevard County and the beaches. Contact us today with your cooling questions and one of our experts will help put your mind at rest.

Heat Gains and Window Treatments

Now that summer is here in Brevard County, FL we are all feeling the effects..even indoors. Have you ever noticed how warm your sliding glass doors feel from the inside? Your home transfers and absorbs heat from various sources and this process is referred to as heat gain. The sun is the primary source of heat gain within homes but it can come from other places as well. Your oven is an example of this too. Ever noticed how warm your kitchen feels when you are utilizing your oven? Heat is being transferred from within the oven to your kitchen causing things to warm up quickly.

At this point you may be wondering why we are even talking about heat gain. Isn’t that why you have an air conditioner? Here’s the thing, heat gain can make your apparatus work in overdrive, and that spells disaster for your unit over time. Space Age Heating and Cooling wants to keep you in the know so that you aren’t unwittingly causing your air conditioning unit to work harder than necessary. Harder work on the part of your HVAC equals more energy to function properly and that equates to more money on your power bill. Here are some tips to treat your windows to cut down on heat gain and keep your cooling apparatus working at its best.

Consider Installing Interior Blinds

Form meets function with these handy window decorations. You simultaneously block the rays from the sun and blinds can give your home a polished look. With so many options to choose from when it comes to style, blinds are a great asset and can save you money. In fact, fully closed blinds that cover the length and width of your windows can reduce heat gains in your home by 45%. That’s fantastic!

Decorative Window Films

These aren’t for everyone but they can give your windows higher reflectivity and that cuts back on heat gains as well. The downside to window films is that they can be hard to keep clean and prevent light from entering. The may also block visibility. However, they are still a great option to prevent heat gain and can save you money too.

Drapes

If window films and blinds just aren’t your thing perhaps draperies are something worth considering. Drapes come in so many styles and fabrics and can be easily customizable to fit the décor of your home. What’s not to love about that? When choosing drapes to cut back on heat gains make sure to take into account the material they are made from. Flimsy almost transparent drapes may look lovely but they won’t do you much good when it comes to blocking out heat. Also, open drapes may look lovely but be sure to keep them closed during the hottest portions of the day to get maximum efficiency from them.

You have several choices when it comes to window treatments that also help prevent heat gains so decide what it is you want to achieve and go from there. If you are still experiencing difficulties with your cooling unit then most likely you need to call Space Age Heating and Cooling. We will send out one of our experts to assist you and get to the root of the problem. We have years of experience behind us and satisfied clients who can attest to our skills. Contact us today!

AC Routine Maintenance Checks: Don’t Get Burned

ac Routine MaintenanceYour HVAC unit is one of the largest expenses you will make as a homeowner. Unfortunately, many folks fork over the cash and then neglect their huge investment. They only notice their unit when something goes wrong! Skyrocketing power bills and horrible heat inside during summer months are often what it takes for homeowners to invest in their unit.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Regularly schedule ac routine maintenance checks by Space Age Heating and Cooling can keep your bills down and catch problems before they become expenses. Saving money isn’t the only reason to have your unit inspected on a routine basis. Quality of air within your home and efficiency are all compromised if your HVAC unit is running at it’s best. Here are a few reasons why scheduling a maintenance check is so valuable and necessary.

Catch Minor Repairs Before They Become Major

Sounds pretty simple, right? However, if you aren’t on top of your HVAC unit and neglect ac routine maintenance checks you could miss a potential problem. Why not catch potential issues before they become costly repairs. We can help with that!

Energy Efficiency

Efficient HVAC units heat and cool when prompted and save you big money. Space Age Heating and Cooling will check your unit from the inside out. We make sure every part of your machine is running smoothly from the fan blades to the blower wheel. Our team of experts is knowledgeable and pride themselves in a job done well and correctly. We will stop at nothing to make sure your machine runs with the utmost efficiency saving you time and money.

Better Quality Air

A machine at its peak not only cools or heats properly but also provides you and your family with better quality air inside. AC Routine maintenance checks ensure that you’re the air inside your home isn’t compromised by a malfunctioning HVAC unit.

Seasonal Preparedness

Brevard County boasts hot and humid summers and mild winters with, perhaps, a frosty night or two mixed in just for fun. Because of regularly scheduled maintenance checks with Space Age Heating and Cooling you can rest assured that no matter the weather you will be prepared. You won’t have to fear a busted machine during the height of August heat. One those one or two cold nights you don’t have to worry that your heat isn’t working. You can rest easy knowing your HVAC unit is functioning at its best.

Space Age Heating and Cooling specializes in Melbourne, FL air conditioning and provides superb rates on repairs and always get the job done right the first time. We save you money by doing the best work possible every single time. Our maintenance plans save you 10% on every service and are never prepaid. You can’t go wrong with this one! We take care of your equipment by strictly adhering to guidelines set forth by the manufacturers.

We know that the salty air in Brevard County can be tough on your HVAC unit so we apply protective coatings to ensure a long life for your machine. We keep you cool when it really heats up outside by keeping your cooling and heating appliance in the best state possible. You won’t have to pay for repairs because keeping up with regularly scheduled maintenance keeps things running smoothly.