Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog

Is Your Heat Pump Struggling?

June 17th, 2019

heating-and-cooling-vent-high-on-wallIf you have a heat pump system, it likely spends the majority of its time in “cooling mode.” That’s understandable, but it’s important that you remember what this much demand on a mechanical system means. Summertime is the most stressful time of year for your heat pump, which means even more here, where it’s pretty much always hot.

Now is the most likely time for problems to occur, but if you are able to identify any heat pump problems before they grow worse, you can potentially avoid a sudden breakdown. Keep reading for some of the signs that your heat pump needs repair:

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Common Air Conditioning Myths, Debunked

June 3rd, 2019

white-question-mark-on-blue-circle-on-white-backgroundWhen it comes to getting the most efficient use out of your air conditioner, there is a lot of information out there. For instance, you might have read that you need professional maintenance done on your system once a year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump). You might have heard that if a compressor dies it’s best to replace the whole AC system (in most cases, this is true).

Unfortunately, there are also less helpful tips that homeowners have heard and believed over the years—tips that, if followed, can be detrimental to the overall performance and functionality of your cooling system. We’ve debunked some of the most common below.

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Ductless Systems Have These Unique Service Needs

May 20th, 2019

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Are you using one of the most popular and highly efficient HVAC systems on the market today? That is, are you utilizing a ductless heat pump?

Instead of operating through a system of ductwork connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless systems essentially break up the indoor unit and blower fans to distribute conditioned air throughout the living space via mini air handlers mounted on the walls.

If you already have a ductless system in place, then you know this. If you’re considering purchasing one, great! We do want you to make an educated choice, however, and this means looking at all aspect of ductless units, including their unique service requirements. Just like any other type of HVAC system, ductless systems can experience problems. But sometimes their repair needs can be a bit different than a traditional air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace.

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What to Do about Mold Lurking in Your Ducts

May 6th, 2019

microscopic-view-of-mold-growthIt’s not pretty to think about—actually, it’s literally not pretty—but mold is a big problem where we’re from. High humidity and long summers create the perfect environment for mold and mildew buildup. And if your home has excess moisture in it, mold can even grow there.

Where’s the best place in your home for mold to thrive? It’s your ductwork, where it is cool and damp for the majority of the year as you use your air conditioner. There’s one way to prevent this, and that’s the installation of a UV air purifier. Also called germicidal lights or UV lights, a UV air purifier is harmless to people and pets, but kills microorganisms lurking in ductwork.

But what if the mold is already there? Is there anything you can do besides rip out all your ductwork and start from scratch? (Please don’t do this! There’s another way!)

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How to Boost Your Cooling Efficiency

April 22nd, 2019

house-cutout-against-blue-skyOne of the most common questions our technicians get about air conditioning systems is how to spend less on using them each month. In other words, how do you use your air conditioner most efficiently in order to lower your energy bills? Considering how unbearably hot it gets in our area, it’s only natural that you may wonder this as well.

The good news is, in addition to scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance, there are a number of free ways to boost your cooling efficiency. Keep reading for tips on how to use your air conditioner most efficiently, and give us a call if you suspect operational problems.

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Is Your Air Conditioner Malfunctioning?

April 8th, 2019

outdoor-air-conditioner-unitSummer may not be here yet, but for homeowners in our area, summer is practically all year long. This means your air conditioner goes through a lot of work, and you should be keeping a close eye on the operation of this system to make sure no problems arise.

Summer is the number one time of the year for AC problems to develop in our area. So if you want yours to stay in top shape, you should keep a sharp eye out for warning signs that your system is in bad shape. The faster you can identify that your air conditioner is having problems, the faster you can get it repaired and the better off you’ll be. Take a look at some of the signs that your AC system needs to be repaired right away:

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What to Look at When Buying a New AC

March 25th, 2019

woman-looking-concerned-or-surprisedIf you’ve been thinking about investing in a West Palm Beach, FL air conditioning installation, now is the time. Our temperatures are already warm, but spring is still a great season to take a good hard look at your air conditioner and decide if you’re ready to head into another Florida summer while relying on it. After all, you don’t want it to stop working on you on the hottest day of the year. If you think you have an air conditioner that’s at a high risk of failing you this summer, please give our team a call to talk about your replacement options.

Rushing into an AC purchase can end up being a mistake, as you can wind up with a system that’s not properly matched to your home. Our professionals can help you navigate the many factors that go into buying the most efficient cooling system for your needs, starting by looking at the systems’ efficiency ratings. We’re talking about an AC’s EER and SEER. Read on to learn more!

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Noisy Ductwork Shouldn’t Be Ignored, Nor Fixed with Duct Tape

March 18th, 2019

hand-sealing-ductworkThere’s this saying that goes around in the construction world: “If it doesn’t move and it’s supposed to, use WD-40. If it moves and it’s not supposed to, use duct tape!” It’s a cute saying, and there is certainly truth behind it. However, there is one particular repair that duct tape should not be used for, and that’s your ducts!

We get it, this sounds counterintuitive. You may be wondering, “okay, well if I have noisy ductwork should I just ignore the problem and hope it goes away on its own? Or do I need to replace my entire ductwork system?” No, and no. There is a more effective way to fix your ducts, which we’ll get to in a bit. First we want to let you know why it is, exactly, that you shouldn’t use duct tape to seal up damaged ductwork.

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There’s No Bad Time to Schedule Air Conditioning Repairs

February 25th, 2019

air-conditioning-technician-working-on-air-conditionerWith temperatures staying relatively cool for now, you may not be using your air conditioner on a 24/7 basis. Therefore, if it’s shown any signs of disrepair, you’re probably tempted to wait. But soon enough those temperatures will rise again, and the last thing you need is to be stuck with a completely broken-down AC system when you need it the most. So why wait? Now is as good a time of any to take care of your air conditioning repair needs.

Of course, in order to do this, you need to know you have AC repair needs in the first place, right? Keep reading to learn some of the most common signs that you have an air conditioner in need, and contact our team when you’re ready to schedule service.

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Tips to Boost HVAC Efficiency

February 11th, 2019

family-in-home-looking-comfortableWhile in other parts of the country homeowners have had to deal with freezing temperatures and worry over their heating efficiency and effectiveness, we’re just about getting ready to use our air conditioners on a daily basis again. In a city where it feels like we’re using those cooling systems nearly year round, it makes sense that you would like to do so as efficiently—affordably—as possible.

One way to do this is to make sure that you are having this HVAC system maintained on an annual basis (biannually if you’re using a heat pump) and that you’re keeping up on repair needs. Of course, lack of proper maintenance isn’t the only reason for potential AC inefficiency—and the good news is there is almost always something you can do to help boost your home’s HVAC efficiency. Read on!

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