Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog

“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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AC Compressor Problems: Is It Worth a Repair?

September 24th, 2018

compressor inside air conditionerOver the years, natural wear and tear means that there are a number of problems that can crop up with your air conditioning system. Especially here, where it has to work so hard, for so long, to keep you comfortable. You may find yourself facing refrigerant leaks, failed capacitors, and even ductwork breaches. While maintenance will help prevent the most sudden and costliest of air conditioning repairs in Boca Raton, FL, the need for repair will still come up.

There is one repair in particular that is especially unpleasant to face—a broken down or damaged compressor—the heart of your cooling system.

With most air conditioning components, replacement is typically the best option. But if you have a broken down compressor, then the question arises, “should I replace just the compressor, or the entire air conditioner?” Our educated and trained staff can help you make this decision, but you should know there’s a good chance we’ll recommend full system replacement. Here’s why:

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Is It Ever Okay to See Ice on an Air Conditioner?

September 10th, 2018

Frozen air conditioning with icicleThe short answer to this is “no,” but if the questioner part of you is wondering why, stick around! We’re going to explain.

To understand why this is a problem you first need to understand how your air conditioning in Royal Palm Beach, FL operates. You might already know that it is a refrigerant-based system and that it works similarly to your home’s refrigerator. Both these appliances utilize a chemical refrigerant to absorb heat from the inside and move that heat to the outside. This is why you notice the outside condenser unit blowing out heated air when the AC is operating.

But neither of these systems requires ice to function. We understand how this misconception occurs—after all, the cooling system is sending out chilled air—but this just isn’t the case. Transferring heat from one place to another using refrigerant just doesn’t require ice, and it shouldn’t produce it, either.

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Is Your HVAC System Making Any of These Sounds?

August 27th, 2018

woman covering her earsWouldn’t it be great if there were air conditioning systems that could self-diagnose problems, and report them to homeowners in detail? Let’s face it, we’ll probably get there someday, but, today is not that day. It’s up to the homeowner to detect when something is out of the ordinary when it comes to the day-to-day operations of their West Palm Beach, FL HVAC system. Signs of an air conditioner in disrepair may include a drop in cooling power, a spike in energy bills, or repeatedly tripping circuit breakers. But that’s not all.

One of the best ways to determine whether or not your air conditioner needs repair is by listening to it. Anything unusual—meaning anything different from the hum of the fans and compressors and occasional clicking you normally hear—is a sign of a potential malfunction that needs to be discovered ASAP. Remember though, actually determining what exactly is wrong with your HVAC system should be left to the pros, as we have the training and expertise necessary to accurately pinpoint what’s going on.

But you have to know that something is wrong to begin with to even know to give us a call, right? Go ahead and pick up that phone if you hear:

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What Causes Mold Growth in the Home?

August 13th, 2018

signs of mold growth on white wallThe really short answer to this is “excess moisture,” which probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise. And in Florida, we have plenty of moisture! That is, in the form of humidity.

Humidity is a comfort issue first and foremost. Any relative humidity level above 50% doesn’t allow our bodies to sweat and, as a result, we cannot cool off. Running your air conditioner at a lower temperature helps a little, since lower temperatures do decrease moisture. However, your air conditioner is not built for this job and does very little for mold remediation in West Palm Beach, FL.

Besides, what if you aren’t home or your home is a part-time vacation home, and therefore you aren’t even using your air conditioner? Well, then you’ve just compounded the problem. What causes the worst of mold growth in situations like this?

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Is a Heat Pump a Good Investment?

July 30th, 2018

wall vent near floor in homeWe are well into summer, and, subsequently, well into the higher temperatures we suffer through each year. So, what if you’ve made the discovery that your aging air conditioner is not getting the job done? If you need a West Palm Beach, FL air conditioning installation, what type of AC system should you choose?

If you already have a traditional central air conditioning system, you may wonder why we’re asking this—shouldn’t you just replace your old system with an upgraded version? Well, you can, but that might not be the best option for you.

Enter the heat pump. This is an option for air conditioning that comes with heating as well. Granted, heating systems aren’t something we really prioritize here in Florida, right? It may seem silly to even mention. Nevertheless, even though our “winters” are very brief and mild, the change in temperature does require a heater on some cooler nights.

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Myths Your HVAC Contractor Wants to Debunk

July 16th, 2018

Myths or Facts concept with business woman hand drawing on blackboardThe internet is without a doubt a very useful resource when it comes to getting information on pretty much any problem you might have. However, sometimes too much information can cause issues, since not all that information is always true or applicable to your specific case (think: people who google minor symptoms and suddenly suspect their illness is far more severe than it actually is).

This false information, or lack of customized information, impacts what you do with your HVAC systems too—and unfortunately can lead you to make mistakes in regards to your system efficiency. You could wind up paying more for less comfort as a result. What you really need is an HVAC contractor in West Palm Beach, FL to tell you what’s what. That’s what we are here for! Keep reading to discover some of the most common myths that we’d like to debunk for you today.

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Is Your AC in Need of One of These Repairs?

July 2nd, 2018

HVAC technician working on outdoor unit of an air conditionerSummer is officially here, but for us, it may feel like it never really left. Your air conditioner has already been working hard so far this year, and if you want it to continue to do so effectively and efficiently, it’s important to keep up on your AC maintenance sessions as well as your West Palm Beach, FL air conditioning repair needs, as they crop up.

Neglecting repairs can lead to a domino effect, with the affected component causing other components to wear down or break down, until eventually your whole air conditioner fails. This is why it’s so important to tackle repairs as needed, and to know what signs to look for that indicate you need repairs to begin with. What repair needs should you be on the lookout for?

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Beware of These Ductless Repair Needs

June 18th, 2018

ductless system being adjusted by a technicianThere is an option out there for both cooling and heating that has been growing in popularity recently. That’s the ductless system. Instead of operating through a network of ducts connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, a ductless system basically breaks up the indoor unit and the blower fans in order to distribute conditioned air throughout the home in the form of air handlers, mounted high up on the wall of the room it’s intended for.

If you’ve ever been in a home or building (they’re most often seen in hotels these days) and have seen something on the wall that resembles a window air conditioner but doesn’t go back through the wall, then you’re looking at a component of the ductless system—an air handler—which is connected to a single outdoor unit, essentially creating the same effect as a central heat pump without the air ducts. There are numerous advantages to using this type of air conditioning in Coral Springs, FL—namely, its efficiency.

But, there are also unique needs to be aware of. In particular, repair needs.

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