Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog

Discover What’s Lurking In Your Ducts This Winter

December 5th, 2016

Air Ducts in an HVAC SystemIf you are like many Lake Worth residents, you may have started off your end-of-year festivities by attending the 2016 holiday tree lighting ceremony at the Cultural Plaza last Friday. Preparing for the holidays, however, is not just about attending community events–although we definitely support that! Holiday preparations also should include ensuring that your home is safe and healthy, both for you and your family as well as any guests you may be receiving this season.

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Don’t Let These Condensate Drain Problems Get You Down

November 28th, 2016

Your AC system has been working hard over recent months to keep you cool by utilizing a refrigerant cycle to remove the heat from the air within your home and exhaust it outdoors. This helps lower the temperature in your home, and also helps reduce humidity. When there is too much humidity in the air, your evaporator coil helps to control moisture levels, while the condensate tray and drain help evacuate that moisture from your home.

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Keep an Eye Out for These AC Condenser Damage Risks

November 21st, 2016

If you have a central air conditioning system, it is comprised of two separate units. One is located inside your home, and the other outside. The outside unit is called the condenser. It gets this name because this is where condensation occurs to release heat to the outdoors. This unit houses the compressor, a blower fan, and the condenser coil, in addition to the motors and capacitors that supply power to the components.

If the condenser develops problems, then it can severely damage or even stop the AC system’s ability to cool your home. Given how much we use our air conditioners here in Florida, there’s never a good time of the year for this to happen. While maintenance is one way to significantly reduce the risk of damage to your condenser unit, it’s not the only way. Keep reading to learn more.

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Why You Should Only Trust Professionals with Your Commercial Air Conditioning Repairs

November 13th, 2016

The commercial HVAC systems on the market today are highly reliable—so long as they are appropriately maintained and cared for—enabling you to keep your employees, customers, or building tenants comfortable no matter what the temperatures are outside. Just like any other mechanical system, though, they can suffer from breakdowns among other operational problems.

If your commercial air conditioning system breaks down, you want it to be fixed fast, and fixed correctly so it can get back up and running quickly for minimal business disruption. We all know how uncomfortable it can get indoors for employees or tenants when an AC isn’t functioning properly—not to mention how it can turn customers away. But why hire a professional for your commercial AC repairs?

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Is Your Heat Pump Struggling?

November 7th, 2016

We don’t use our heating systems much here in Florida, and as such many homeowners choose to forgo the traditional furnace or boiler for a heat pump, as they can effectively cool and heat a home. But because we rely on these systems so much all summer long, the wear and tear that it accumulates will grow pretty quickly.

This means that before our heating season hits—albeit short—your heat pump is prone to internal problems. In order to keep your heat pump in the best condition possible, it’s important to keep it well maintained, and stay on top of any repair needs that may crop up. But how do you know if you have a problem?

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Why a Mold Assessment is Absolutely Worth It

October 31st, 2016

Mold is not always immediately visible, nor does it always pose a health risk right away. As such, if you suspect you may have a mold problem—however small it may be—you’re likely to be tempted to ignore it for now. But doing so can only cause the problem to become worse.

One of the most important factors to consider when it comes to mold is that no form of mold is healthy. Some strains are more toxic than others, but to keep a truly healthy household, you don’t want any present. The most common cause of mold buildup is excess moisture and relative humidity levels above 60% for an extended period of time. Do you really need to schedule a mold assessment though if you have these risk factors?

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What Does a Frozen Evaporator Coil Mean?

October 23rd, 2016

As we are all very well aware, there’s really no rest from the heat when you live in Florida, save for a couple months of somewhat cooler weather. This is why it’s so important to take care of our cooling systems, by scheduling maintenance and by staying on top of repair needs. The last thing you want during a blazing hot day is to be stuck with a malfunctioning AC unit.

A common service call we get in regards to air conditioners is that of ice developing on the indoor evaporator coil. Many clients ask us if this is normal, since after all, your AC system is supposed to send out air that feels like it was chilled by ice. But no, you should never see ice developing on any part of your air conditioner if it’s working properly. Keep reading to learn what this could mean.

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Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home

October 17th, 2016

High humidity is a well-known problem here in Florida. It makes us feel hotter than we already are on almost a daily basis as it doesn’t allow sweat to evaporate from the skin, and it can impact our indoor comfort as well. Humidity forces your air conditioner to work harder to cool you off, which is not good for energy efficiency.

Most importantly, the excess moisture brought on by high humidity levels creates a rather nasty problem in homes: mold. Mold spores spread easily and create health hazards for even the healthiest of homeowners. It can grow on carpet, clothing, the backside of drywall, areas inside walls, and more. While our staff includes licensed mold remediators, we’d like to share with you how you can potentially reduce the risk of mold growth in the first place.

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UV Lights and How They Help You

October 10th, 2016

The average homeowner doesn’t concern themselves too much with the amount of biological contaminants present in their indoor air. But they probably should, considering that this can make them quite ill. The best way to fight off these types of pollutants is with UV germicidal lights, also referred to as UV air purifiers. They do act as air purifiers, eliminating harmful particles from your HVAC system such as mold, mildew, and other microorganisms.

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Ductless Troubleshooting: One of My Air Handlers Won’t Work!

October 3rd, 2016

Ductless mini-split heat pumps are one of the most effective and efficient ways for Florida residents to enjoy comfort all year long. You have the advantage of heating and cooling in a single system without needing space-consuming and potentially inefficient air ducts. Ductless systems also provide excellent energy savings.

If your home has more than one air handler, which many homes with ductless systems do, you might run into an issue where one of these units stops functioning. When this happens, there are a few steps you can take towards troubleshooting the problem.

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