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

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.

Mold in My AC?

No doubt about it, Brevard County, FL, and the cities comprising the Space Coast, is humid places to reside. Our pristine beaches coupled with higher temps and the natural composition of our area’s eco-system make for wet air year round. Our tropical climate makes us an enviable destination and can also be a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Your Melbourne FL HVAC specialist is in the business of providing quality craftsmanship and second to none customer service to meet the needs of our valued clients.

From Melbourne Beach to Cocoa Beach, we have been helping solve your cooling and heating needs. Over the years, we have seen our share of mold and mildew and we know what an issue it can be. Indoor air quality is incredibly significant to the health of your family and we want the air in your home free from mold spores that can be dangerous for anyone inhaling them. Let’s get started.

Many homeowners are not alerted to a mold issue within their homes until they begin to smell a difference in the air. Mold has a characteristic damp smell often referred to as “musty.” One whiff of that dank smell that accompanies mold it is safe to assume that mold is growing somewhere. While it can be easy to spot mold growth on carpets, ceilings, and walls, many stop their search there. When they cannot find the source of the mold they are at a loss. Sometimes it takes a more in-depth search to sniff out the root of the mold source. A good place to dig deeper is the air conditioner.

Mold loves dark wet areas and thrives under these conditions. This makes an air conditioning unit a breeding ground. Mold in ac can, in fact, grow in various parts of an air conditioning unit primarily: the coils, ducts, vents, and drip pans. Condensation is the leading contributor to mold growth in and around the various parts of your AC unit. Dust, grime, muck, and organic materials like leaves combined with condensation are the perfect recipe for mold. Once an issue of mold in AC is identified homeowners must be proactive. Call Space Age Cooling and Heating and let one of our experts come out and inspect your unit. We can find the source and eliminate the problem.

The best defense against mold in ac is offense. Taking preventive steps can save homeowners time, money, and their health. Remove damp areas in the home by using a humidifier. Make sure the house is properly insulated. Remove debris from around the outside AC unit and keep filters changed. These steps are powerful deterrents and will assist homeowners in averting a mold issue.

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.

How Can I Improve Indoor Air Quality

When many people visualize air pollution, a gray picture of dense hazy fog hanging lugubriously over skyscrapers in heavily populated urban areas usually comes to mind. Tall coal stacks exhaling detritus into the air and black smoke from useless mufflers are other images that convey polluted air.

Sounds gross right? But, did you know that your indoor air quality could be polluted as well? You may not have a plume of gray smoke hanging about your ceiling but that does not mean that pollutants are not affecting the air in your home. Obvious things like cigarette smoke and toxic chemicals are sources of pollutants but so are things like damp carpet and pet dander.

Home cleaning products, left over asbestos, glues used for hobbies and combustible items like gas, oil, coal and wood can also be to blame. It isn’t necessarily the compound or chemical but rather the amount of it that is emitted into the air and the hazardous nature of the source that should be taken into account. Your Melbourne FL HVAC specialist wants to share some tips to clean up your air and live a healthier life.

So what can you do to clean up your air?

Remove Toxic Sources

Some cleaning agents may remove the muck from your counter tops but can cause harm to you so opt for “greener” options like vinegar if you can. Phthalates, a common agent used in items that have a fragrance, can mess with your endocrine system. Try unscented products next time you need to freshen up. Ammonia is another common cleaning agent that can seriously affect those with breathing or lung problems. According to Experience Life, Vodka can easily be used in place of ammonia for a streak free shine.

These are only a few examples of potential hazardous materials in your home cleaning closet so take a few moments and examine your favorite cleaning supplies before using them next time. Healthier alternatives are available for most things.

Monitor Carbon Dioxide

Carbon Dioxide is an odorless deadly gas that can strike without warning unless you are prepared. By simply installing a carbon dioxide detector you can breathe easier knowing you and your loved ones will be alerted in case of detection.

Get Rid of Humidity

Humid conditions are just a fact of life in Brevard County, FL and Space Age Cooling and Heating knows just that. But all that wet air can be a breeding ground for mold and bacteria that only pollutes your indoor air even further. We have products and equipment that can assist you in controlling and eliminating the humid air in your home and we would love to talk to you about them today.

Indoor air quality, or a lack thereof, plays a vital role in the health of you and your family. Air pollution is not something you can avoid entirely by staying indoors and that is why it is crucial that you do all you can to rid your home of toxins and hazards. Breathe easy friends!

Protecting Your AC From Theft

AC theftAir conditioners offer a valuable service to homeowners: cool air! Anyone in the Brevard County area knows just how priceless this modern marvel is especially if they have ever had to live without it during the sweltering months of summer. A few hours without air during record temps and high humidity can spell disaster for you and your family.

Many times families are forced to go through situations like this because of an issue with their AC. Condensers fail. Ductwork gets clogged. Thermostats break. If this is the case give Space Age Cooling and Heating a call. We will send out an expert to investigate your problem and find a viable solution for you. We service all of Brevard including the beachside and surrounding areas. Do you call Melbourne Beach or Indialantic your home? No problem. Do you reside a little farther north in Indian Harbour Beach or South Patrick? We have you covered there as well. We offer expert HVAC repair across Brevard and welcome your call.

Space Age Cooling and Heating can service your cooling unit anywhere in Brevard. What we cannot do is ensure that your cooling unit remains safe from would be thieves looking to cash in on all the valuable copper and metal contained within. Air conditioners spell big bucks for burglars looking to make a quick steal. This may be news to you but don’t lose heart. As always Space Age Cooling and Heating wants to give you tools and tips to keep your unit safe and worry free.

Install Motion Lights Near Your AC

Light can be a powerful deterrent to the less than savory looking to snatch up your machine. Strategically placed motion activated lights can be a powerful resource and add security to your home and your machine. Bonus: these lights can also serve as great features for highlighting architectural and landscape areas around your home as well.

If you want to go a step further install security cameras as well.

Install a Security Cage

Copper costs around $3.00 a pound and your AC unit contains enough to score a thief around $100.00. While this isn’t much in the grand scheme of things for them, it costs you, the owner, thousands of dollars. Securing your HVAC unit with a cage is a no brainer.

Many varieties exist when it comes to cages from very basic to out and out elaborate. Do your homework or ask one of our professionals what would work best for your scenario.

Alarm Your System

Chances are you have a home alarm system of some type so why not extend that coverage to one of the most expensive appliances you own? This may seem like overkill but try going without cool air and paying to replace your unit. This may make you reconsider your initial hesitancies.

Your home HVAC unit plays a very important role in the comfort of your family so protect it! Keep the cool air coming with safety measures and a great maintenance plan like one offered by Space Age Cooling and Heating.

An AC That Is Just Right

The old adage “bigger is always better” simply does not apply when it comes to purchasing a new home cooling system. Choosing and AC for your home is much like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You have to find the one that is just right! Melbourne FL air conditioners come in many sizes created for cooling indoor spaces of varying sizes. Don’t get roped into the notion that your AC needs to be on the larger side to fulfill its duties.

If your AC is too large it will continually be working in overdrive and needlessly cooling your home. This will lead to higher energy expenditures and skyrocket your electricity bill. Conversely, if the unit you choose is not equipped to handle the job of cooling your home it will work way too hard. All the effort it is making to cool your home can cause frequent breakdowns and general maintenance issues for you.

There are many considerations that must be accounted for when choosing the right system for your home and Space Age Cooling and Heating can assist you with all of these. You have questions and we have answers so let’s get to work and figure out a solution customized just for you.

Consider Room Size

How much area will your AC need to cool? Pull out your trusty tape measurer and get to work measuring the areas that will need to be cooled. These dimensions will give you a good idea of what to look for when actually purchasing a unit.

Assess the Area

Take the measurements you have just made and calculate the area. This is pretty basic geometry here but it is extremely important that you get the numbers right. Let Space Age Cooling and Heating help you figure these numbers out. We can put your mind at ease and do all the calculations for you so that you have everything you need to know when you commit to a new cooling system.

Figure Out Your Cooling Capacity Needs

BTU’s are units of energy and you need to know the area of your home before you can determine how many BTUs you need to cool it efficiently. Your home’s size will determine how much power your AC needs to keep it cool. Generally speaking, homes ranging between 2000 and 2500 in area need a cooling unit that rates at 34,000 BTUs.

Once you are armed with the right information choosing a system to suit the needs of your family is much easier. Still, many people want the assistance of experts when choosing a new AC so give Space Age a call. We can help you from start to finish all the way through installation and maintenance.

Common AC Problems

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

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

Your Refrigerant Could Be Low

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

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

Electrical Malfunctions

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

Faulty Thermostats

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

Filter Issues

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

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