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

Heating and cooling repairs

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.

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

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.

Getting To Know The HVAC Industry

The HVAC industry is full of acronyms that are often beyond the average layman’s ability to articulate. HVAC is a term you will often come across within the heating and cooling business and stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Your Melbourne FL HVAC experts are highly qualified HVAC professionals who service all of Brevard County and the Beachside with quality AC repair. AC. There’s another industry acronym. This one, however, is familiar to just about anyone as it stands for air conditioning, something we just cannot live without on the Space Coast.

Perhaps you have been on the hunt for a reliable company to come out and service your AC in Satellite Beach. Maybe you are in need of a repair on your HVAC unit in Cocoa Beach. Are you considering replacing your current model for one that is better suited for the needs of your family? If so, you may have been doing research on your own to determine the steps you need to take and in doing so come up against a sea of industry acronyms that you have never seen before.

Below you will find a list of common HVAC acronyms to keep you informed on your search. Knowledge is power and once you are informed (and even if you aren’t) call Space Age Cooling and Heating. We are equipped to answer your questions, and assist you with tricky terminology, to help you beat the heat. Let’s dive in.

SEER

Air conditioning units come with a SEER rating that can baffle consumers. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is a measure of the cooling efficiency that heat pumps and air conditioners. This number is significant because it allows consumers to know the competency of their cooling systems. All AC models created after 2006 must have a SEER rating of at least 13. Does yours? If not, it may be time for an upgrade. Higher SEER values equate to higher energy efficiency so be on the look out for that.

HSPF

HSPF is SEER’s hotter older brother and stands for Heating Seasonal Performance Factor. Much like the SEER rating, HSPF allows consumers to see the heating efficiency of their HVAC unit. As with the SEER value, the higher the number the more proficient the model.

ASHRE

The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioner Engineers, ASHRE for short, may be a term you come across whilst perusing the Internet for information. This worldwide group of professionals is dedicated to research and education pertaining to advancements of the sciences and arts regarding refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating. You can thank this organization for new and exciting advancements in green technology and energy efficiency.

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.