Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

Signs it’s Time for a Heat Pump Replacement

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Heat pumps are excellent systems for keeping your home comfortable all year round. But no matter how well you take care of it, it’s not going to last forever. The progression of time and just normal use will eventually wear out your system. When that happens, it’ll be time to replace it.

You certainly don’t want your heat pump to die on you in the middle of a hot summer day, so now is the perfect time to determine if your heat pump is in fact ready for replacement. Keep reading for some of the common signs that your system is suffering.

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Is Your Heat Pump Struggling?

Monday, November 7th, 2016

We don’t use our heating systems much here in Florida, and as such many homeowners choose to forgo the traditional furnace or boiler for a heat pump, as they can effectively cool and heat a home. But because we rely on these systems so much all summer long, the wear and tear that it accumulates will grow pretty quickly.

This means that before our heating season hits—albeit short—your heat pump is prone to internal problems. In order to keep your heat pump in the best condition possible, it’s important to keep it well maintained, and stay on top of any repair needs that may crop up. But how do you know if you have a problem?

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Ductless Troubleshooting: One of My Air Handlers Won’t Work!

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Ductless mini-split heat pumps are one of the most effective and efficient ways for Florida residents to enjoy comfort all year long. You have the advantage of heating and cooling in a single system without needing space-consuming and potentially inefficient air ducts. Ductless systems also provide excellent energy savings.

If your home has more than one air handler, which many homes with ductless systems do, you might run into an issue where one of these units stops functioning. When this happens, there are a few steps you can take towards troubleshooting the problem.

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3 Problems That You May Encounter with Your Heat Pump

Monday, February 29th, 2016

With winter coming to an end very shortly, you’ll likely begin using your heat pump for cooling rather than heating. In addition to handling your heating needs in the winter, these systems provide efficient cooling for the hot, humid weather we experience in the spring and summer.

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How Can Zone Controlled Cooling Benefit Me?

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

With the cooling season starting in just a couple short months, it’s time for residents in Palm Beach Gardens, FL to think about their air conditioning. Are you getting the most for your money? Is your system cooling unoccupied rooms? You may think your HVAC system works just fine. However, if it’s working too hard to cool your entire home when there’s no need to do so, it is not working at its peak efficiency.

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Benefits of a Nexia Home Intelligence System

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

It might seem like something out of a movie, but homeowners today can have all the convenience of an automated house with remote control. Meet the Nexia Home Intelligence System, a technological advance that not only lowers your energy bills through control over your house’s HVAC system, but provides increased security throughout your home.

Envirotech Air Quality Services has partnered with Trane to install the Nexia Home Intelligence System for our customers. Call us to discuss how Nexia can make your heating and cooling in West Palm Beach, FL more energy efficient than ever.

The Nexia Home Intelligence System

This leap forward in home automation improves over even the most advanced wireless thermostat. It operates remotely—you can control it from a smartphone, laptop, or tablet—and it permits you to control many other appliances in your home, along with security systems and door locks.

The Nexia Home Intelligence System has too many features to cover in one post, but here are three of the major tools the system offers:

  • Climate management – Leave programmable and wireless thermostats behind! With Nexia, you have complete control over all the thermostats in your home, and can keep track of your home’s temperature wherever you are. The system also keeps records of your energy use, giving you access to how efficiently you use power to heat/cool your home.
  • Remotely control appliances – The HVAC system isn’t the only appliance you can control away from home. You can shut off lights if you forgot to turn them off before you left, as well as the television and stereo. You no longer need to worry about draining power during vacations or other long trips from home.
  • Home security If you have security cameras in your home, the Nexia system links to all of them, and you can access any camera in the home through your Wi-Fi connection. The sensors will also alert you to activity. This is useful not only for home security, but also to check if your children have made it home safely. The Nexia also gives you control over locks, so you can allow certain people access to your home without entrusting them with keys.

The Nexia Home Intelligence System is truly Next Generation technology, and a list of all its abilities would take up many pages. Contact Envirotech Air Quality Services to ask about the many advantages of installing one today, from improving security to improving heating and cooling in West Palm Beach, FL.

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Is My System Worth the Cost of Heating Repair?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

“To repair or not to repair, that is the question.” When a heating system has been in service long enough, it will begin to wear down and require more repairs. At a certain point, a homeowner will have to confront whether further repairs are a cost-effective way of continuing to receive heat, or if the better route is to replace the heater with a new system.

The answer to that question will vary for every homeowner. We will give you some guideposts for making the decision. However, you shouldn’t make the choice without personal input from heating and cooling experts. The next time you call for heating repair in Wellington, FL, ask your technician about your heater’s performance and if replacement might be more economical. At Envirotech Air Quality Services, we promise to give you honest answers, and then provide you whatever service will give you the best home comfort possible.

When are repairs no longer worth it?

Different types of heating systems have different life expectancies. Heat pumps in general last fewer years than a furnace, and among furnaces electric models tend to last longer than natural gas models. The manufacturer sets an expected lifespan for each model, so check that number to see if your heater has met or exceeded it.

In general, if a heater has gone past its expected lifetime, replacement is a good option. The heater has already provided you with an excellent return on your initial investment, and it has reached a point where it will deteriorate faster, require more repairs, and perform less efficiently. Most worrying: it might break down on a day when you really need it. Look into your repair bills as well as your heating bills to see if they’ve increased over the last two years; if they have, it’s a good time for a replacement.

For new heating systems, you should consider replacement if the heater requires repeated repairs even though it receives regular maintenance. If the heater hasn’t received regular maintenance, then repair is probably the right option.

Deciding to replace a heater is a big move, even if your current heating system is getting on in years. Since you will eventually need professional installers for the job, have them examine your heater to help you with the choice and see if you can still receive value with further repairs.

Envirotech Air Quality Services has brought quality heating repair to Wellington, FL and all of South Florida since 1987. You can trust our expertise and installation work when you think it’s time to leave repairs behind and look forward to a new heater.

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Ways You May Be Wasting Money on Your Heating Bills

Monday, January 20th, 2014

When it comes to heating, Lake Worth FL residents usually don’t pay it whole lot of attention.  We worry more about our summers than our winters here in Florida, and air conditioning bills tend to concern us more than heating bills. That may lead some homeowners to pay less attention to their heating systems than they should. If you’re not careful, those heating bills can creep up higher than necessary, a situation you can rectify with a little foresight. There are a few obvious steps, such as lowering the thermostat by a few degrees and dressing warmly when you’re at home.

Here are some more subtle ways you may be wasting money on heating in Lake Worth, FL:

  • Turning the heat way up. Some people make the erroneous assumption that setting the temperature higher than you need will cause the house to warm up more quickly. This isn’t true. With most systems, the fan blows at the same speed regardless of the temperature, and setting the temperature too high just wastes energy.
  • Air leaks. Cracks around your doors and windows can leak hot air, and an overall lack of insulation could hurt you a great deal. Add more insulation if you can and seal cracks around your doors with weather stripping.
  • General inefficiency. Heaters that accrue dust and debris, and/or have lose or worn fittings won’t function as efficiently as they should. Components will rattle in their housing, friction will increase on moving parts, and the system as a whole will need to spend more energy doing its job. A regular maintenance visit will help cut down on all of that: allowing the technician to clean up those little problems and lower your heating bills as a result.

If you recognize these ways you may be wasting money on heating in Lake Worth, FL, call on the experts at Envirotech Air Quality Services to help.  Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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3 Reasons Not to Delay Heating Repair

Monday, January 6th, 2014

We understand that the often mild and pleasant winter weather in West Palm Beach makes it easy to put off addressing malfunctions in your heating system. “Oh, it won’t be a problem—tomorrow it’ll be warm again!” But just because it’s an understandable reaction doesn’t mean it’s a good reaction. Delaying heating repair is problematic for many reasons, and it’s never good in the long run. We’ll explain a bit further with 3 specific reasons you should schedule repairs the moment you know something is wrong with your heater.

Envirotech Air Quality Services can make those repairs as pain-free as possible. We offer 24-hour emergency service, so you never have a reason to delay contacting us. And with our years of experience, we will get the necessary repair for your West Palm Beach, FL heating done fast and right.

3 Reasons to Schedule Heating Repair as Soon as You Can

  1. Avoid a serious emergency breakdown: A heater can often operate at nominal level with a malfunction, but every moment that it does so it will be at greater risk of a complete shutdown. And when do these breakdowns finally occur? The coldest day of the year, when the heater is working the hardest. To avoid the discomfort of waiting for emergency repairs, make sure you attend to the little repairs when they appear.
  2. Prevent more expensive repairs in the future: Faults inside a heater tend to spread like a bad cold. When one part starts to break, it will put stress on other parts, causing them to break as well. Let a single repair need go for a week, and you could easily end up with three repairs that need to be done. A repair done in a timely fashion will keep you from having to schedule more of them.
  3. Keep your heating bills under control: When your heating system works imperfectly, it will also work too hard. The strain from a malfunction will cause the heater to drain excess power to keep up with the demand for heat. This will cause a climb in your heating bills. Keeping your heater in good shape is one of the best ways to save money on your monthly heating.

Regular maintenance is a good idea, too

You can go a step beyond prompt repairs and schedule regular preventive maintenance for your heater. The preventive maintenance program at Envirotech Air Quality Services will provide your heating system with an annual check-up and tune-up that will catch repair needs before they become repair needs. Contact us today to enroll, or if you need repairs for your heating in West Palm Beach, FL.

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Heating Installation Problems to Avoid

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

There are numerous steps involved in installing a new heating system in your home, starting with deciding which unit is the best fit for your needs. As with any complicated process, there are multiple pitfalls to avoid along the way. We’ll look at three specific ones in this post.

You can make the right first step easily: contact Envirotech Air Quality Services to take care of your heating installation in Wellington, FL. We are committed to delivering the quality in our name with every job we do.

Incorrect sizing of the heater

A heating system cannot be too large or too small for the space it is supposed to warm. A heat load calculation (which requires a technician to perform) will determine how much heat your house needs in order to keep you comfortable. Without this knowledge, it’s likely you’ll either have a heater that is too small (running constantly) or too large (turning on and off continually)—both situations which will lead to your heater prematurely breaking down.

Miscalibrated or incorrectly connected thermostat

The thermostat is a physically small component of your heating system, but it’s a giant as far as its importance. If a thermostat gets installed poorly, it will affect the whole system. If miscalibrated, the thermostat will read the wrong temperature in your house and turn the heater on and off at the wrong times. A poor connection between the thermostat and the heater will also threaten to make your heating inefficient and inadequate.

Amateur installation

We can’t emphasize this point enough: heating installation requires hiring licensed professionals. Having amateurs handle installation will lead to numerous problems. Poor connections to ducts, leaks in valves, poor soldering, and ineffective wiring are just a few of the troubles that can result from having a non-professional install a complex heating system. This will not only lead to poor heating performance and repair needs, but it can also be dangerous due to the risk of electrical fires or gas leaks.

If you are seeking top-tier professionals for your heating installation in Wellington, FL, look no further than Envirotech Air Quality Services. Our knowledgeable technicians always stay on the cutting edge of heating technology, and they will help you pick, size, and install the ideal heater for you. They will get the job done fast but accurately, leaving you to enjoy your new heating system for many years to come.

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