Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog : Archive for March, 2015

Nexia Home Intelligence Systems are perfect for your business security!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Are you looking for a way to secure your business and manage your energy costs at the same time? Nexia Home Intelligence Systems allow you to check your office lights are set properly, your thermostat is off for the evening and much more! Not only can you check on energy saving items throughout your business but you can also view security cameras to monitor the security of the office while your away. We’ve added some screenshots below, call us today to find out how the Nexia system can help you run more efficiently and securely!

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Air Conditioning Maintenance Tips for the Spring

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Springs brings along some beautiful weather, but unfortunately, it also brings higher bills. As you start to run your air conditioner more often, it’s time to consider how you can keep your energy bills a little lower. You can do some of the most important spring AC maintenance tasks on your own, but others will require the help of a professional. Thankfully, the friendly folks at Envirotech Air Quality Services can help. Check out our tips for keeping your AC in top condition, and give us a call for professional air conditioning maintenance in West Palm Beach, FL.

  • Change Your Filter! – One of the most important things you can do for your air conditioner is to change the filter. You may think that the filter is only there to improve your air quality, but it serves other important purposes as well. An air filter’s primary purpose is to protect the AC unit itself. And if the filter is too clogged, there is not enough airflow over the coils, which can lead to frozen coils and reduced cooling capacity.
  • Make Efficient Choices – Another thing that’s of utmost importance is making efficient choices for your air conditioner. When you’re away, don’t leave the air conditioning system running at all times. Find an energy efficient temperature to program while you’re away, and only lower the temperature when you return. You can schedule the thermostat to lower the temperature thirty minutes before you arrive every day, but only if you have a programmable model.
  • Consider a New Thermostat – If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, it’s time for an upgrade. You can even purchase a smart thermostat which you can control via an app on your phone or tablet, so that you can make sure your AC operates efficiently from far away.
  • Schedule Maintenance – Be sure to schedule professional AC maintenance before the cooling season swings into full gear. Professional maintenance involves a thorough tune-up of your system which most homeowners are ill-equipped to handle, including testing for refrigerant leaks and electrical trouble and making some minor adjustments.

Call Envirotech Air Quality Services for air conditioning maintenance and more tips for your AC in West Palm Beach, FL. We can help make your unit last longer, work faster, and use less energy.

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Nexia Home Intelligence Systems Screenshots by Envirotech

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Are you thinking about getting a Nexia Home Intelligence system but unsure of what to expect to see when you access the app or website? The Nexia Home Intelligence System allows you to access your thermostat for heating AND AC, check if your windows are unlocked, turn off/on lights, and much more!

Call Envirotech Air Quality Services to find out more about this service and what it can do for you, be a part of the future and find out why the Nexia System is a leader in the space! Check out the photos below for a real-time example of in use screenshots. Call today for all of your West Palm Beach area HVAC needs!

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Choosing a Professional for Mold Remediation

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

By the time you notice mold in your home, there’s no time to wait to schedule services in order to get rid of the issue. Finding a professional for mold remediation is an important step in this process. During mold remediation, a technician comes into your home to assess the damage that has incurred. They will find the precise location of mold throughout the home, and recommend services for removal. Don’t assume that the mold problem in your home is localized to one area. Call the mold remediation specialists at Envirotech Air Quality Services for mold services in Wellington today.

Mold remediation is a serious process, as a mold issue could cause your family members to become ill or experience a severe allergic reaction. Choosing a professional for mold remediation involves asking your technician a few questions about their level of experience. First, you want to make sure that this person has the proper tools for the job. You should check that the technicians you call have mold remediation equipment and experience that can help them to pin down the exact location of mold. A remediation specialist will have the right equipment to get the job done properly every step of the way and make sure that the problem is eliminated.

You also want to choose a contractor who will help you to find the source of the mold issue. Mold results from moisture that lingers on a surface, creating ideal conditions for mold spores to thrive. One of the most obvious reasons mold begins to develop is because of flooding. But there are some instances in which the cause is not so apparent. One common reason that mold forms is if you have issues with high humidity in your home. If this is the case, a technician may recommend running your air conditioner more often or installing a new humidifier. Your mold remediation expert may also discover that you have leaky pipes, a leaky AC system, or an issue with ventilation throughout the house. A good technician will report their findings and help you to find the right solution.

Don’t entrust mold remediation service in the Wellington area to just anyone. Envirotech Air Quality Services has superior remediation specialists who will work closely with you to track down mold, discuss your options for removal, and help you to prevent mold from reoccurring in the future. Call us today!

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Air Conditioning FAQ: What Is the Compressor?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

There are many different types of air conditioners on the market today, from high-efficiency heat pumps to ductless units to the traditional split-system AC. What’s interesting is that although units vary greatly in size, efficiency, and performance, most use the same components to operate. A condenser coil, expansion valve, and condenser coil are all necessary for the refrigeration process, as are a chemical blend called refrigerant, a couple of fans, and one of the most important components—the compressor.

Learn about the compressor’s role in refrigeration in today’s guide. And call the experts at Envirotech Air Quality Services if you notice trouble with your air conditioning in Lake Worth.

The goal of refrigeration is to remove heat from a space. Refrigerant is a chemical blend that can easily convert from a liquid to a gas and back again under the right conditions. During the evaporation process, refrigerant can absorb heat, and during condensation, refrigerant gives off heat to the outdoors. This occurs in the inside evaporator and outside condenser coils, respectively, and it also undergoes pressure changes in the process.

The component that gives refrigerant enough pressure that it can pump through the entire system and properly carry through with the process is the compressor. The compressor is a motorized component that pumps refrigerant throughout both portions of the system. This part is located outside and pressurizes refrigerant as it leaves the evaporator coil, and before it reaches the condenser coil.

Refrigerant enters the compressor as a relatively cool gas at a low pressure. It adds pressure by compressing the gas, essentially squeezing it—in a sense—to reduce the volume. This adds temperature as well, so that refrigerant can give off its heat at the condenser coil.

There are a few problems that may occur with a compressor. This is one of the most important components, and when it fails you may need to replace your outdoor unit entirely. Refrigerant leaks, dirty components, and electrical trouble can all have an impact on the compressor, so call a technician for regular maintenance visits to check on the condition of your unit.

Call Envirotech Air Quality Services today and schedule an appointment for our air conditioning services in Lake Worth or to learn more about how to care for your compressor.

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What Can a Nexia Home Intelligence System Do for My Home?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

With new technology that allows you to access your home no matter where you are, the future has truly arrived. Nexia Home Intelligence Systems operate via an application on your smart phone and/or tablet. From this single application, you can monitor your home comfort system, your energy usage, and your home security. And no matter where you are in the country, as long as you have access to the internet, you can rest assured knowing you’ll be alerted if anything unusual occurs inside or outside of your home.

When you install the following compatible products, they all operate from a central bridge which connects to the Wi-Fi in your home. When you open the app on your phone or tablet, you get a visual of the status of each one of these components and you can make any changes necessary. Here are a few of the components you can operate with a Nexia Home Intelligence System.

  • Thermostat – Heading home earlier than expected? Open the application on your smart phone, view the current temperature, and adjust it to your preferences so that you’re greeted by your desired temperature setting when you arrive.
  • Door Locks – Unlock the door for your kids if they arrive home before you do, or lock the doors from work if you forget to upon leaving the house.
  • Garage Door – When the garage door is left open even a little bit, intruders have access to many of your valuables and perhaps your entire home. Check whether this has been left open from your Nexia Home Intelligence application.
  • Security Cameras and Sensors – You may opt to receive alerts whenever there is activity on your property, or you can check up on your home with a compatible camera.
  • Lighting and Appliances – Turn off lights and appliances that consume energy even from many miles away.

Controlling all of these units while you’re away is not the only benefit of the Nexia Home Intelligence System. This system also lets you track and manage your energy usage so that you can ensure that you make smart energy choices. You must choose compatible products in order to connect them with the Nexis app. Allow the technicians at Envirotech Air Quality Services to install your Nexia Home Intelligence System in West Palm Beach to make sure you get the ultimate in comfort and control. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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