Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog

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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Signs Your Ducts Are in Bad Shape

January 28th, 2019

woman-with-allergies-blowing-noseHow closely do you pay attention to your home’s indoor air quality? You should know that it may actually be worse than that of the outdoors. Many homeowners see the term “indoor air quality” and think about the temperature of their home, and maybe even the humidity level. This is, of course, important, but not the only indoor air quality issues you should be considering. For instance, many people ignore their allergy symptoms and just chalk it up to the time of the year or a dusty home—this may be the case, but have you ever thought about where that dust is coming from?

Your air ducts actually accumulate a lot of dust, grime, dirt, and allergens over the years, since they are responsible for distributing all the conditioned air throughout your home. The good news is, we have the duct services in West Palm Beach, FL to help! It may be that you need a routine duct cleaning, or you could even have unknown duct sealing or repair needs. When you contact our team, we can accurately pinpoint the exact problem and make recommendations from there.

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Is a Dirty HVAC Air Filter Really a Big Deal?

January 14th, 2019

man holding air filterThe short answer to this question is “yes,” but we don’t expect you to take that at face value. You may think that we tell you to change your air filter because a dirty one contaminates the air in your home, but this isn’t totally correct. Sure, an air filter can help with indoor air quality, but that is not why it’s in your HVAC system to begin with.

Rather than preventing allergens from moving back into your air stream, it’s designed to block particles from damaging the inside of your HVAC system by pummeling the components within with dirt, dust, and other debris. When your air filter becomes too dirty and clogged up, it can do just as much damage to your HVAC system, whether we’re talking about an air conditioner or a furnace or heat pump.

Keep reading for some specific reasons why a dirty HVAC air filter really is a big deal:

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How to Best Maintain Your Heat Pump

December 31st, 2018

How to Best Maintain Your Heat PumpFirst, make sure you’re changing your air filter! Too many homeowners assume two things about the air filter that comes standard with their HVAC system—that it’s there for their indoor air quality and that it only needs to be changed a couple times a year, during professional maintenance.

The air filter is in place to protect the HVAC system itself from dirt, dust, and debris that can infiltrate it and reduce system efficiency, leading to a plethora of costly problems for you. Depending on the type of air filter you have in place and the level of contaminants in your home—i.e. someone with pets or someone who smokes will have to deal with excessive pet dander as well as smoke particles—the air filter should be changed every 1–3 months during periods of use. And considering that heat pumps are year round systems, they are almost always in use. Therefore, you should stay on top of this DIY-maintenance task.

For everything else—meaning, for a full and comprehensive tune-up that ensures the effectiveness of your heat pump—you want to call our staff for professional maintenance.

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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality from your HVAC Ductwork

December 17th, 2018

UV lightsHow can you best improve the quality of your indoor air? Well, there are a number of ways. First off, we want to start by telling you that your indoor air quality can actually be worse than that of the outdoors, so we’re glad you’re looking up ways to change that! We aren’t just talking about temperature, either, though that is what many homeowners think of when they hear the term indoor air quality.

Temperature is certainly not the only air quality problem you’ll face in your home, and definitely not the only factor to consider how healthy you are in your home. One way to ensure better indoor air quality and less health risk is by having UV germicidal lights installed in your ductwork. These systems are also referred to as UV lights or a UV air purifier. They work to eliminate harmful particles within your ducts—mold, mildew, and other microorganisms that can make you and your family sick.

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Hosting a Holiday Party? Make Sure Your AC Can Keep Up!

December 3rd, 2018

HVAC return vent near floor in homeIt’s a cool winter night and the perfect time to through a holiday party in West Palm Beach. With temperatures finally at a level that you can open your windows and let in a cool breeze, you don’t have to worry about using your air conditioner, right? Well… not quite.

Even if temperatures are cooling, having numerous house guests in your home at once can warm your living space right up and increase the humidity as well. And let’s face it, more humidity is not something we need in Florida! Keep reading for some tips on how to effectively use your air conditioner and keep your home comfortable during even the largest of gatherings.

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“Does My Business Need a Rooftop HVAC System?”

November 19th, 2018

rooftop units on top of commercial spaceMore specifically, does your business need a rooftop air conditioner? After all, our weather is mostly hot and humid the majority of the year. And efficient commercial air conditioners are important for businesses in the West Palm Beach area! Whether you run an office, warehouse, retail store, or multi-unit housing, you have to provide the building with proper cooling. And that cooling system must perform as expected day in and day out. When you have trouble with it, you need a good HVAC contractor to manage the problem quickly and effectively, without disruption to your business.

In almost all cases, modular rooftop AC units are the best way to deliver cool air into your commercial space. Modular units involve exactly what the name implies—identical HVAC units, each capable of delivering a certain amount of cooling power. But why place them on a roof, and why use modular units rather than a single AC system? There are a number of good reasons, all of which provide key benefits to your office or business.

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Signs It’s Time to Call for AC Repairs

November 5th, 2018

air conditioner with tools on top and technician's hands working on itWinter is almost here! Okay, so that doesn’t mean a whole lot for us. We’re still using our air conditioning systems on a regular basis—day after day. You need yours to perform at its best for as long as possible, and the last thing you need is a sudden breakdown on a hot and humid day.

Hopefully, you do keep your air conditioner well maintained by scheduling annual tune-ups, and scheduling repairs as soon as the need for them crops up. And most repair issues also give out signs and symptoms well before they cause the AC system to break down entirely.

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“Can I Tune Up My AC in the Fall?”

October 22nd, 2018

white question mark on blue backgroundSure you can! Yes, you’ve probably heard that the best time to tune up an air conditioner is in the spring, and the best time to tune up a heater is in the fall. But there are two caveats to this for West Palm Beach residents.

One, it’s always hot here. We get a tiny little bit of reprieve throughout the month of January, but usually not much beyond that. So saying that you can “only” get AC maintenance done during a certain point of the year is a moot point for us.

Two, it actually matters far less when you have your tune-up done than how often you have it done. For a standard air conditioner, this service should be completed once a year, if not more. So if that year mark for you is in the fall, so be it! Either way, you’ll benefit, in the following ways.

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Qualities to Look for in a Commercial HVAC Contractor

October 8th, 2018

rooftop HVAC unitesWith fall officially here, many individuals and businesses throughout the country are getting ready to turn their air conditioners off for the season in favor of their heaters, and therefore are scheduling services such as late season repairs, heating maintenance, and so on. Just because we don’t have this same break in the weather though doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking about your HVAC system—especially if you are a business owner.

Let’s face it, commercial air conditioners often have a much heavier workload that residential systems, and therefore require a company that specializes in commercial systems to repair and service their system. But who do you call when you’re in need of commercial HVAC care? After all, you don’t want just anyone off the street working on such an important system in your commercial space. Here are some questions to ask and qualities to look for in a reputable commercial HVAC contractor.

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