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.

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.

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.

How to Keep Your Air Conditioner Safe During a Storm

Air Conditioner Safe During StormBrevard County is anxiously awaiting the arrival of tropical storm Erika. Currently Erika is classified as a tropical storm brewing out in the Atlantic but could reach hurricane status in the next few days and that means residents on the mainland and beachside should be prepping for the worst-case scenario.

When many consider the preparations that need to be taken for a potential storm adequate food, sufficient battery supply, alternative power sources such as generators, and candles top the list, but what about your cooling system? Have you given any thought to this important appliance and how you should prepare it for such an event?

Space Age Cooling and Heating wants your AC to survive the storm. We have some tips to keep your Melbourne FL HVAC running effectively no matter what Erika, or any other storm, may bring.

Before the Storm

Many natural disasters strike without a moments notice. Thankfully, we suppose, tropical storms and hurricanes make their presence known in the Atlantic before they hit home so you have time to prepare.

Make sure your AC unit is free from debris and remove potential flying objects as best you can before it is too late to get outside. Cut tree limbs, stow patio furniture and potted plants in a safe place, and cover your unit if possible.

Once you know the projected arrival time of the storm set your thermostat to run a few degrees cooler for a while and then turn your AC off. Will this result in a warmer home environment? In the long run, yes. However, setting your thermostat to a cooler temperature a few hours before tuning your unit off will allow for cooler air to fill your home once you turn the AC off.

During the Storm

While you may be feeling the heat inside your home do not turn your AC on. It isn’t safe first of all. 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.

After the Storm

Wait until the storm passes and it is safe to go outside and then turn on your HVAC as soon as possible. Be prepared for a delay in response time due to power disruptions that may have occurred during the downpour.

It is important to 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.

There are so many things that must be taken care of in the midst of a storm. First and foremost is the health and safety of your family. Take the necessary steps to keep your loved ones safe. This is your top priority! After that, try and remember to take into account your home appliances and cooling system.

Be safe out there Brevard!

Protect Your AC Unit from the Elements

Protect Your ACCooling your home is one of the most important things you will do to battle the scorching heat. The bristling summer heat makes moving indoors quite a refuge. If you have ever had to suffer through several days without air you know exactly what we are speaking of. It just isn’t fun. Not only that, it is not safe. It is vital to protect your AC unit because replacing it can be an added expense that many don’t prepare for in advance.

According to Home Advisor $5,206 is the average national cost to install a new AC unit and of the over eight thousand purchases they surveyed consumers generally spent between three and seven thousand dollars. That is no small sum. In all honesty there are things you can do at home to help protect your outside unit from damage. Space Age Cooling and Heating wants to give you information to help protect the life of your cooling unit. Here are two common issues that can affect your unit here in Florida and what you can do to protect your AC.

The Blazing Sun

It is hard to get away from the sun here in the Sunshine state! Even the afternoon rain showers don’t provide enough shade to do much. Cloudy days are a rarity as well. The goal is to protect your condenser, the outside portion of your air conditioner, from the rays of the sun. So what can you do to protect your AC unit? Try building a simple awning to cover your unit. If that’s out of the question strategically placed shrubbery and bushes could be the fix. If you are going the gardening route be sure that your plants aren’t too close to the unit and keep them trimmed back.

Salty Air

Here in Brevard County we are blessed with a tropical climate and the Atlantic Ocean is just a few miles or a few steps away depending on your location. Salt causes erosion to metal and your outside unit can be compromised in no time because of it. To decrease salt build up, try putting a hose to your condenser on a routine basis. The longer the salt builds up the harder it is to remove but if you are strategic you can rinse some of the salt away before it causes damage.

You can also increase the life of the coils with a variety of special coatings that can add an extra layer of defense. There are several available on the market. If this task seems daunting then you need to call a qualified Melbourne FL HVAC contractor. We can give you expert advice or do the job for you so you don’t waste valuable time and money.

You undoubtedly spent a lot of time choosing your new cooling system or are hoping that the one you do have lasts. Do yourself a favor and take some of these suggestions to heart. Space Age Cooling and Heating wants to help you extend the life of your unit and save you money!

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!

Lean, Green, and Geothermal

Who wouldn’t be interested in reducing their monthly bills AND doing so in an environmentally friendly way? Florida is one of the top states for the technology, leading the way in growth of demand for geothermal systems. If a homeowner is serious about conservation and reducing costs over the long-term, they should definitely consider a geothermal heating and cooling system. Hiring a qualified and experienced Melbourne, FL air conditioning contractor to get the job done can eliminate excruciating headaches when it comes to your home cooling.

Discussion of the weather is an oft-used comedy trope in plays and movies, but what is rarely recognized by many is that the temperature below the earth remains relatively consistent year-round. It is this characteristic of the earth from which geothermal heating and cooling derives its benefits.

Geothermal processes incorporate this tendency of the earth’s temperature to remain stable into a source of heat for the winter and an escape for heat, or heat sink, during the summer, reducing reliance on costly electricity. The system may be referenced by different terms: geoexchange, ground-water assisted water-to-water, water furnace heating and cooling, etc. but the concept stays the same.

Generally, the heating process gets top billing in more northerly climes, but here in Florida, let’s talk about cooling first!

The cooling process consists of extracting the heat from the home environment and can either be moved to heat the hot water tank or be moved into the geothermal system consisting of an earth loop. A discussion of the different types of loops would be a good topic for another blog; but, basically, the loop consists of a series of underground pipes.

During the heating cycle, a heat pump extracts heat from the ground and distributes it conventionally through a home’s duct system. Again, the heat can be repurposed for additional uses, such as heating water or warming the floors.

The benefits of geothermal technology are many and varied:

Clean for the Environment

Without the need to burn fossil fuels or depend heavily on electricity, geothermal systems benefit the environment by operating cleanly.

Efficient and Cost-Effective

Homeowners looking to reduce their monthly heating and cooling bills by 50% or more may be interested in what geothermal systems can provide. It is important to understand that it is an investment and will initially cost more. However, the savings over the long-term are quite worthwhile, making it critical that the savvy homeowner understand the tradeoff.

Maintenance

Geothermal units do not require yearly maintenance since they are protected from the elements; they are quire reliable.

Any homeowner looking to replace or upgrade their heating and cooling systems should familiarize themselves with the benefits that geothermal technology can provide. Saving money and simultaneously going green are now critical pieces of the American dream.