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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Improve Indoor Air Quality Now

Space Age Cooling and Heating is invested in keeping your home’s air conditioning unit functioning at its absolute best. Our HVAC professionals are capable of attending to an expansive range of cooling and heating issues and we look forward to serving you whenever the need arises. What many people do not realize is that the indoor air quality inside their homes can dramatically affect the ability of their AC unit to run at its optimal best. According to The National Human Activity Pattern Survey, the average American spends 86.9% of their time indoors. This survey found that on average 68.7% of those surveyed spent this time inside their homes.

Clearly IAQ, indoor air quality, is a major component to overall health especially considering the amount of time we spend inside on a daily basis.

Is your air up to the task of keeping you and your loved ones safe and healthy?

The holiday season has arrived and now is a great time to evaluate your home’s indoor air quality and make changes. Here are some things you can do:

  1. Clean Up

Carpets, drapes, upholstery, and the like all take a beating due to all the daily usage they encounter. Dead skin cells, pet hair, chemical residue, and more are absorbed by your home and a deep clean with anti-bacterial soap will do wonders for your home’s IAQ.

  1. Test for Radon

Radon is a colorless odorless gas that is responsible for roughly 21,00 cases of lung cancer each year. Second only to smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. This dangerous gas affects one home out of every fifteen and many have no idea. Testing for radon is a simple process and could save your life.

  1. Go With the Flow

Temperatures are cooling off a little here in Brevard County and now is a great time to open your windows and doors and let the cooler breezes circulate throughout your home. Increased airflow has been proven to have a positive impact on IQA. This is a double win for you: cool breezes and clean air!

  1. Filter Smarts

Change your filters. Yep, you have heard it before and we are saying it again. Keeping your filters clean and change them on a routine basis. This prevents the restriction of airflow that comes from clogged filters.

You spend so much time indoors that it pays to make sure the air within your home is clean and of the purest quality. Space Age Cooling and Heating has products and an air purification system air purification system to rid your home of mold, mildew, humidity, and odors. You deserve the best and Space Age has that. Contact us 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.

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.

How To Keep Cool

Floridians are on an almost constant quest to keep cool. Our year-round sunny climate brings with it a lifestyle that provides practically everyone the chance to experience the great outdoors. Unfortunately, it also contributes to a higher than national average, by forty percent, use of electricity.

According to the Energy Information Administration, about ninety percent of energy used by homeowners in Florida is electrical; a large portion of that energy expenditure taken up by the cooling system in your home. It makes sense to stay on top of your cooling system, no matter the season, to avoid excess energy usage and, in turn, higher electrical bills. Home cooling systems are generally given a 12 to 15 year life expectancy by manufactures. So why to some go the distance and longer while others bite the dust?

You have questions and your Brevard County air conditioning contractor has answers. Let’s find out why.

Regular Maintenance – Or a lack thereof

We’ve said it before and we will say it again; the importance of routine maintenance is key in extending the life of your HVAC unit. You wouldn’t go years without getting an oil change or weeks without putting gas in your car so why treat one of your home’s most expensive appliances any different?

Our maintenance plans guarantee that any issues you have will be found and eliminated before disaster strikes. And we never require a prepayment for them. You can rest easy knowing your AC unit won’t wimp out no matter the season.

Forgetting to Change the Filters

This one is crucial. Filters are a line of defense for your AC and help catch debris and detritus from escaping into the air. However, if you are not changing your filters routinely dirt can build up and block airflow. This translates into an AC that has to work much harder to cool efficiently. Energystar.gov recommends changing your filter once a month during high usage and every three months at the absolute minimum.

Changing filters is something every homeowner can do to make assist their AC in running smoothly.

Excess Thermostat Adjustments

Constantly adjusting the thermostat to keep your home comfortable makes your system work much harder. If this is something you find yourself doing routinely perhaps it is wise to consider a thermostat upgrade.

Programmable thermostats allow you to set temps and times for them to come on or off eliminating the need to change settings on a whim. We can help you find a viable solution for your needs.