Common Heating Problems

The need to heat your Brevard County home is probably not something that frequents your thoughts. In fact, most of us on the Space Coast never even think about the state of our Melbourne, Florida heating systems. This is a great thing for most of the year; however, now that the weather has turned cold (by Florida standards) many are scrambling to figure out how and why their heat isn’t working properly.

What could be the reason for this? Why are you feeling the chill inside your home? If you have these questions call Space Age Cooling and Heating for any assistance you need. Our team of experts can assess your individual situation and help you figure out why your heat is not cutting it.

If you are experiencing some heating challenges in your home, here are some common issues that we see resulting in inadequate home heating.

Insufficient Maintenance

We have said it before and we will say it again. Regularly schedule maintenance checks are a must for any homeowner. It may seem pointless to examine your HVAC unit when all seems well. We get that! However, there could be an underlying issue waiting in the wings that goes undetected until you try and turn on the heat. That small issue could have been remedied long before it became a big problem by having Space Age Cooling and Heating do a routine maintenance check. If you have yet to have your air conditioner and heater checked out for the year, call us now and let us get you prepped and ready for whatever the weather decides to give you.

Thermostat Problems

Thermostats are handy mechanisms that assess the air and then determine whether or not to send a signal to the air conditioner or heater to turn on. Mechanical thermostats utilize thermal expansion in order to alert a circuit to come on or turn off. Digital thermostats work by running a current through something called a thermistor. The resistance is then measured and from there the temperature of the room can be calculated.

Oftentimes, heating (and cooling) issues arise from faulty thermostats and the solution is quick and simple. Make sure the batteries are working at full capacity and your thermostat is located in an area that is not affected by appliances that give off heat. Don’t forget to dust your thermostat when you are doing the rest of the house. A buildup of dust in and around the thermostat can trigger problems as well.

Clogged Air Filters

You’ve heard this one from us before we know, but it bears repeating. If your filters are clogged air cannot be transported effectively or efficiently. This is a simple fix and easy for anyone.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of possible heating problems, but it is a great place to start. Your HVAC system is complex and many times the solution is not as simple. Never hesitate to call Space Age Cooling and Heating with any questions or concerns regarding your heating or cooling situation. These are powerful machines that require a specialized touch from knowledgeable professionals.

Winter Heating Tips for Floridians

If you are like most Floridians, the shift to cooler temperatures has come as quite a shock to your system. Granted, mid-40s is nothing new for our northern neighbors, but for us the cold air is quite a shock to the system. Gone are the days of tank tops and flip-flops, at least for now. You are taking extra care to stay warm, but what about your HVAC system? Have you considered the shock this weather might be having on your place of residence?

Space Age Cooling and Heating services include Melbourne FL air conditioner repair, installation and maintenance with expert heating and cooling repair. We specialize in giving you the best advice out there and we want your home to remain comfortable during this fleeting cold snap. Below you will find some tips on “winterizing” your home. Stay warm friends!

To make sure that your HVAC system is ready to blast warmer air, a wise move would be to do a maintenance check before you need to crank up the heat. Make sure your filters are ready for the workload by checking to see if they are due for a change. This is an easy fix that anyone can do. If it looks like your filters need to be changed out, make sure you select a filter that is sized and suited for your HVAC system.

Adjust your ceiling fans to run in the opposite direction. Set your fans to operate in a counterclockwise manner to ensure that warm air, which always rises to the highest point in the room, is pushed back down where you can actually enjoy it.

Adjust your thermostat in order to maximize savings. If you have a programmable thermostat this is an easy thing to do. Simply set it to comfortable temperatures while people are inside the home and don’t use the heat when no one is around. This is not only efficient, but it will add up to huge savings over time. If you do not have a programmable thermostat, contact Space Age today. We can get you set up and ready to face any type of weather with ease.

Make sure the outside portion of your HVAC system is clean and free from debris. Remove any dirt or rubbish that is in the way. If your coils and fan blades are clogged and filthy, your unit will not function at its best.

Schedule an overall maintenance check from Space Age Cooling and Heating. Our professionals can come out and make sure that every inch of your system is working and assist you with any repairs you may need.

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

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!

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.