Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioning’

What to Do about Mold Lurking in Your Ducts

Monday, May 6th, 2019

microscopic-view-of-mold-growthIt’s not pretty to think about—actually, it’s literally not pretty—but mold is a big problem where we’re from. High humidity and long summers create the perfect environment for mold and mildew buildup. And if your home has excess moisture in it, mold can even grow there.

Where’s the best place in your home for mold to thrive? It’s your ductwork, where it is cool and damp for the majority of the year as you use your air conditioner. There’s one way to prevent this, and that’s the installation of a UV air purifier. Also called germicidal lights or UV lights, a UV air purifier is harmless to people and pets, but kills microorganisms lurking in ductwork.

But what if the mold is already there? Is there anything you can do besides rip out all your ductwork and start from scratch? (Please don’t do this! There’s another way!)

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Is It Ever Okay to See Ice on an Air Conditioner?

Monday, 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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Beware of These Ductless Repair Needs

Monday, 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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Tips for Caring for Your Heat Pump System

Monday, January 1st, 2018

hvac return vent on wall inside homeIf you have a heat pump system, then you know how great of a heating and cooling system it makes. Your heat pump uses the same components for both heating and air conditioning, and it does so efficiently. But this also means that instead of working hard for just one season, it’s working hard all year long, which results in a higher need for care.

Our winters may be mild and short, but when it comes to caring for your heat pump system, our first word of advice is to schedule your HVAC maintenance biannually, versus once a year like you would a conventional Boynton Beach, FL air conditioning system or heating system.

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Why You Must Keep Your Condensate Drain Clean

Monday, February 1st, 2016

When you get home, you want to relax in a cool, comfortable environment, especially during our brutally hot summer season. When your air conditioner is working just as it should, you probably don’t give it all that much thought. Don’t allow a well-performing air conditioner to lull you into a false sense of security, though. There are a number of problems that can develop with your system, particularly if you do not complete the minor maintenance steps that the system demands. Changing your air filter, for instance, protects both the performance quality and overall integrity of your air conditioner in Wellington, FL. Do not forget about your condensate drain line, either, though. This can be the source of a surprising number of varied problems. 

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Choosing Your AC: Is Bigger Better?

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Living in our area necessitates that you enjoy a great performance from your home cooling system. That is why it is so important that you take the time to choose your air conditioner carefully, whether having one installed for the very first time, or replacing an older system with a newer model. One of the worst ideas that you can get into your head is that, in terms of AC size, bigger is always better. In truth, an oversized AC can be just as problematic as one that is too small for your home. We’ll detail the reasons for this below. If you are in need of any air conditioning services in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, be sure to contact the pros at Envirotech Air Quality Services.

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Help! I Have Hot Spots in My Home!

Monday, October 12th, 2015

While much of the country is gearing up for the onslaught of winter weather heading their way, we here in Florida are still going to be running our air conditioners for quite a while. While the weather may be cooling off a bit, we’re still hovering in the mid-80’s, meaning that your air conditioner still has plenty of work to do. Even this late in the season, it is vitally important that you not ignore any signs of trouble with your home cooling system. One of the most annoying that you may encounter is the development of hot spots throughout the house. If you find that you are unable to cool your home evenly, let us know. The Royal Palm Beach, FL air conditioning pros at Envirotech Air Quality Services are always happy to help. 

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

There are many different problems that you may encounter with your air conditioning system. Each and every one must be treated as being quite serious, especially in as hot a climate as ours. The longer that you wait to have a problem with your air conditioner professionally diagnosed and resolved, the more likely that it is to do serious damage to your system or to your home. One issue that you may encounter is water leaking from your air conditioning system in Royal Palm Beach, FL. As you’ll learn below, this problem may not be quite as straightforward as it seems. Regardless of what problems you may encounter with your air conditioner, you can count on Envirotech Air Quality Services to resolve them with care. Schedule service with us at the first sign of air conditioning trouble. 

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Why Should I Use a Zone Control System?

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Air conditioning systems really have their work cut out for them here in Florida. Our summer weather is notoriously hot and humid, and our summer heat, of course, lasts much of the year. Because of this, savvy homeowners are always on the lookout for ways in which to make their air conditioning systems not only more effective, but more efficient as well. It is difficult to attain this level of performance quality, but the use of a zone control system in West Palm Beach, FL is a reliable way of doing so. Read the following information, and schedule service with the pros at Envirotech Air Quality Services to have the job done right.

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Money Saving Tips for Cooling Your Home

Monday, September 7th, 2015

We are approaching a cooler time of the year, now that August is behind us. Of course, with a baseline of temperatures hovering around 90° in the recent past, our “cooler temperatures” are still fairly hot. Air conditioning is this area is in use throughout much of the year, and that is certainly holding true for the foreseeable future. If you are starting to feel a financial pinch because of how much you are paying to cool your home, read the information below. We’ve put together some helpful tips which should allow you to enjoy more efficient air conditioning in West Palm Beach, FL. Remember to work with Envirotech Air Quality Services when you need any AC services in the area.

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