Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog

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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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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