Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog : Archive for July, 2014

Why Rely on Professionals for Your Commercial Refrigeration Installation

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

If you need commercial-grade refrigeration to run your business, you want to make sure that you receive the best possible installation for the units. A failing refrigerator or freezer, or one that doesn’t live up to your cooling needs, isn’t something you can afford if you run a quality restaurant, manage a cafeteria, or own a delicatessen. To avoid these problems, entrust the installation of your commercial refrigeration in Wellington, FL only to experienced commercial experts.

Envirotech Air Quality Services has served South Florida since 1987 with quality commercial services. We handle installation and maintenance for all types of commercial cooling needs: air conditioning, walk-in coolers, freezers, ice machines, refrigerators. We also keep a staff on call 24 hours a day for repairs should your commercial refrigerator or freezer encounter problems.

The Professional Installation Difference

Putting in refrigeration for a business isn’t anything like taking a trip to an appliance store, pointing at a model that matches the available space you have, and saying “I’ll take that one.” You need have the right refrigerator to fit the specific needs of your business. It must be large enough for your storage requirements, but not too large that it becomes a needless energy drain. The level of cooling is also crucial, since not all food and liquids need the same temperatures. When you meet with your professional installers, you can describe in detail what you need from your new refrigerator, and they will know how to match you with the right new unit.

Putting in the new unit takes skill (not to mention some equipment and extra people to manage the heavy lifting). The refrigerator must be correctly hooked up to the power system (you wouldn’t want a refrigerator that causes the power to short-circuit every time its compressor kick in!) and necessary water lines hooked into it. The installers will make certain that the system vents exhaust correctly and safely and won’t cause your workspace to overheat unnecessarily.

Perhaps most important of all, the installers will make certain that your refrigerator will keep your business up to health codes. You don’t want a faulty refrigeration unit and spoiled food to cause your establishment to fail a health inspection! Skilled commercial installers will keep health code regulations in mind throughout the job.

For your Wellington, FL commercial refrigeration needs, look to Envirotech Air Quality Services. We are a one-stop location for installation, replacement, repairs, and maintenance for commercial cooling… available 24/7 for your convenience and peace of mind. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment with us.

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Is It Too Late for Air Conditioning Maintenance?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

In Lake Worth, FL it’s important to have a well-maintained air conditioning system that will last throughout the years. There are many things you can do for your system that will improve both performance and efficiency, including cleaning or changing the air filters every month, calling for repairs as soon as they’re needed, and calling for air conditioning maintenance once a year.

A good time to schedule annual air conditioning maintenance is right before the cooling season, when you get the most use out of your air conditioner. But in the middle of summer, is it too late to schedule air conditioning maintenance?

When It’s Not Too Late

Air conditioning maintenance can improve performance and restore the efficiency of your system any time of year. If your air conditioner seems to be running just fine, maintenance is still important for the continued performance of your system and to prevent the likelihood of future repair needs.

During maintenance, an AC technician inspects your system, cleans components such as the condenser and evaporator coils, checks the refrigerant levels, and lubricates motors. If these parts are not maintained, you may spend more on your energy bills every month than you need to. Also, if any part of your system needs repair, the technician will inform you so that you can get it fixed as soon as possible. This is a vital service for the well-being of your system, as it saves you money every month and much less costly than repairing a sudden breakdown.

When It’s Too Late

However, if you notice problems with your air conditioner, you should call for air conditioning repair instead. Repairs should be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your system. If you notice significantly reduced cooling capacity, loud noises, or any other problems, it could indicate a serious repair need. You should schedule repairs now, and ask about scheduling maintenance later on to prevent the likelihood that the problem will occur in the future.

Remember, scheduling AC maintenance service in Lake Worth may save you a lot of money later on. To schedule service, call Envirotech Air Quality Services today!

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How to Help Your AC Unit Cope with High Humidity

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Here in West Palm Beach, the humidity can really slow you down. You can usually cope with high humidity by walking into an air conditioned room, but how do you help your air conditioner deal with the effects of humidity, too?

Air conditioners help dehumidify the air as they cool. As the temperature of the air is reduced in the indoor evaporator unit of your AC, condensation forms on the evaporator coil and is released through a condensate drain line. If your home is very humid, there will be more moisture in the air, which means more condensation will form.

If the humidity is too high, however, your air conditioning system may use so much effort removing moisture from the air that it cannot properly cool your home. This is particularly true if your system is older or if it was sized improperly for your home. Older systems often simply cannot perform as well as newer AC units, while over-sized systems run for short periods of time, which means they cannot run long enough to remove humidity. Your best option in this case may be to replace the entire system.

There are a few things you can do on your own to help your AC unit cope with high humidity:

  • On a humid day, keep the doors and windows shut to prevent increased humidity levels. Ventilating your home during the hottest part of the day will only allow more moisture into the air, which means your air conditioner will have to work harder to keep you cool.
  • Use exhaust fans in your home when you take a shower, cook, or do any other activities that may produce excess moisture in the air. This allows the moisture to exhaust outdoors so your AC won’t have to deal with it.
  • Schedule regular maintenance so that an AC technician can inspect your indoor evaporator unit and your condensate line to ensure nothing is decreasing the performance of your system.

Envirotech Air Quality Services offers air conditioning services in West Palm Beach, FL. For air conditioning repair, maintenance, or replacement, give us a call today!

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How Does Duct Cleaning Benefit My Home?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Duct cleaning is something that homeowners often neglect. This makes sense in some ways: the ductwork of a house remains hidden from sight most of the time, so it doesn’t often cross people’s minds that it might become dirty and dusty. But make no mistake, regardless of how clean a home you have, contamination will start to develop inside the closed environment of the ducts. The air that circulates into the return air vents on average will move 40 pounds of dust a year through the ductwork. It only takes about two years for the interior of a home’s ventilation system to develop serious clogging from dirt, dust, and other debris.

Regular duct cleaning from professionals to clear out your ventilation system will benefit your home in multiple ways. We’ll look at the most important ones here.

Call Envirotech Air Quality Services for duct cleaning in Wellington, FL that will do the thorough job you need. We can also handle any repairs and replacements necessary for your ductwork.

The Ways That Duct Cleaning Benefits Your Home

  • Increased indoor air quality: The heat and air sealing on modern houses means they have scant circulation of fresh air, and this leads to stale and polluted indoor air that can adversely affect the health of residents. Low indoor air quality can trigger asthma and allergies, and cause cold- and flu-like symptoms such as coughing, breathing trouble, skin and eye irritation, problems sleeping, headaches, and nausea. Eliminating the reservoir of contamination inside ductwork will help reduce these problems and improve health in general.
  • Better heating and cooling efficiency: Even a thin layer of dust inside ductwork will place resistance against the airflow from a home’s forced-air heater or air conditioner. This will force the HVAC system to work harder and drain more power to compensate, and bills will rise. The worse the contamination grows, the more it will cost to keep the HVAC system running—and it may even end up needing serious repairs or early replacement. Duct cleaning gives your heater and air conditioner “clean” lungs so they can work their best.
  • A cleaner home: All the dust that the ventilation system collects and then blows out into your air is that much dust that you can’t easily eliminate from your home. You may notice that your house turns dusty soon after you clean it, and no amount of cleaning takes hold for long. Cleaning inside your ducts will help you with cleaning outside the ducts.

Cleaning a house’s ventilation system requires special equipment and training, so make certain you call experienced professionals for the job. In Wellington, FL, duct cleaning from Envirotech Air Quality Services will make sure you have the cleanest ventilation system possible. Our technicians are NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association)-certified so you know you will get a top-quality job. Contact us today to schedule your next service appointment with us.

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The Famous Painting of the Declaration of Independence Isn’t What You Think It Is

Friday, July 4th, 2014

If you grew up in the United States, you probably first saw John Trumbull’s painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in an elementary schoolbook. This oil-on-canvas 12’ x 18’ painting hangs in the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most famous symbols of freedom in the country and almost every citizen can conjure it from memory.

Except… the painting isn’t of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. The actual title of the work is Declaration of Independence, and although it does portray an important moment in the history of the document that announced the Thirteen Colonies’ decision to break away from British rule, the event in the painting occurred on June 28, 1776, not July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull, a Connecticut native who fought in the Revolutionary War and whose father was the state governor, was commissioned to create the painting in 1817. He did painstaking research on the figures in the picture and also visited Independence Hall to see the actual chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. Trumbull only included 42 of the original 56 signers, because he could not find adequate likenesses for 14 or them, and added a few figures who were not present (most of whom declined to sign the actual document). In fact, the men depicted in the painting had never been present in the same room at one time.

So if the painting does not portray the signing of the Declaration of Independence, what is happening in the image? The Trumbull’s scene depicts the presentation of the draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress for editing and approval. The five-man drafting committee (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin) is handing over their finished work, which congress would then edit carefully over the next few days before voting on it and signing it on the day that we now celebrate as the start of the United States of America.

One last, odd, fact: two of the five-man drafting committee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4th—although many years later.

Our family at Envirotech Air Quality Services hopes that your Fourth of July (or Twenty-Eighth of June if you decided to start celebrating early) is a memorable and happy one.

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