Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog

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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Boost Your Cooling Efficiency with These Tips!

June 4th, 2018

top view of a outside AC unitWhen you live in a climate such as ours, you don’t really get much of a break from the heat at all. That means your air conditioner doesn’t get a break from operating, and as such can cost you a lot in energy bills. Naturally, you’d like to spend as little as possible in order to keep cool and comfortable in your home. The good news is, there are a few ways to do so without avoiding the use of your air conditioning in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, which would pretty much be unbearable to do.

Follow these guidelines below and not only will you see lower cooling costs, but you can help your air conditioner work more effectively and efficiently in the years to come.

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Is There Mold Hiding in Your Air Conditioner?

May 21st, 2018

close up of mold growthWhen you live in the Boynton Beach area, you know that your home is prone to many issues unique to this environment. Namely, we’re talking about mold growth. There are steps you can take to prevent this problem in your home. Or, maybe you’ve never had a mold problem in your house. But, are you sure?

Unfortunately, there’s one area of your home that is not visually accessible, where mold could very well be hiding. We’re talking about your ductwork. Once it’s there, you’ll need a professional to come in for mold remediation if you want to protect your indoor air quality and your health. Fortunately for you, our team specializes in this type of air conditioning service in Boynton Beach, FL. But what if you could prevent this mold growth to begin with?

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Can a Ceiling Fan Really Help with AC Efficiency?

May 7th, 2018

wooden ceiling fan on grey ceilingWe know you may be wondering how a ceiling fan can possibly help cool you off at all when temperatures are already soaring over 80°F and humidity levels are at a point that you need your dehumidifier running on a daily basis. Chances are, you’re running your air conditioner just as often.

But what if there was a simple way you could possibly reduce your chances of needing a premature air conditioning repair in Boynton Beach, FL, and boosting your AC efficiency? A professionally installed ceiling fan can do the trick! Keep in mind, ceiling fans also have the potential to hurt your energy usage, if not used the right way—which we’ll get to later on in this post.

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