Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Boynton Beach’

Is There Mold Hiding in Your Air Conditioner?

Monday, May 21st, 2018

close up of mold growthWhen you live in the Boynton Beach area, you know that your home is prone to many issues unique to this environment. Namely, we’re talking about mold growth. There are steps you can take to prevent this problem in your home. Or, maybe you’ve never had a mold problem in your house. But, are you sure?

Unfortunately, there’s one area of your home that is not visually accessible, where mold could very well be hiding. We’re talking about your ductwork. Once it’s there, you’ll need a professional to come in for mold remediation if you want to protect your indoor air quality and your health. Fortunately for you, our team specializes in this type of air conditioning service in Boynton Beach, FL. But what if you could prevent this mold growth to begin with?

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Can a Ceiling Fan Really Help with AC Efficiency?

Monday, May 7th, 2018

wooden ceiling fan on grey ceilingWe know you may be wondering how a ceiling fan can possibly help cool you off at all when temperatures are already soaring over 80°F and humidity levels are at a point that you need your dehumidifier running on a daily basis. Chances are, you’re running your air conditioner just as often.

But what if there was a simple way you could possibly reduce your chances of needing a premature air conditioning repair in Boynton Beach, FL, and boosting your AC efficiency? A professionally installed ceiling fan can do the trick! Keep in mind, ceiling fans also have the potential to hurt your energy usage, if not used the right way—which we’ll get to later on in this post.

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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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What’s the Appeal of Commercial Rooftop AC Units?

Monday, November 20th, 2017

row of modular rooftop ac units on top of commercial buildingThere are a number of ways in which commercial AC systems are similar to residential systems—the goal of these units is to keep your business cooled down and comfortable, just like a residential cooling system keeps your home comfortable. However, they’re different in a lot of ways too. For instance, they almost always need to cool a lot more space, and have specific cooling needs that must be met for your business to function—for instance, keeping computer systems from overheating.

These unique business needs require specialized care and attention that only a company who specializes in commercial HVAC services can provide. Be sure to trust only a company of this kind for your Boynton Beach, FL commercial HVAC services. Now—let’s talk about one of your commercial AC options, the rooftop unit.

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The Best Time to Schedule Commercial HVAC Maintenance

Monday, October 9th, 2017

rooftop ac units on top of buildingWhen you hear the term HVAC Maintenance you may only think of maintaining your air conditioner within your home. As important as it is to keep up on this vital HVAC service, however, your residential system isn’t the only thing you have to worry about. That is, not if you’re a commercial property owner or manager.

No matter the size or function of your commercial setting, proper HVAC function not only contributes to the comfort of your employees, customers, clientele, and/or tenants, but is also essential to protecting equipment from overheating or breaking down prematurely. Whereas you only need to worry about the comfort of a few people within a home, businesses must concern themselves with the comfort of many, which is why investing in professional commercial HVAC services in Boynton Beach, FL is so important.

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West Palm Beach Heating Tip: What Happens During Routine Heating Maintenance Visits

Monday, December 10th, 2012

One of the best things you can do for your West Palm Beach area home is schedule routine heating maintenance visits with Envirotech Air Quality Services. This should happen at least once a year, and twice a year if you have a heat pump that both heats and cools your home.

Ideally, this visit should take place before the heating season begins, but you can schedule it at any time. Here are some of the things your technician will do during that visit.

When one of our qualified heating technicians performs a routine tune-up, the technician will thoroughly inspect the entire system, including the ductwork. This ensures that there are no hidden warning signs and gives the technician an opportunity to make any needed repairs or adjustments before they cause larger problems.

These visits also give us an opportunity to test the efficiency and provide tips or suggestions on the ways you can improve overall home efficiency. You can also help maintain efficiency by changing air filters, vacuuming out air vents, and ensuring that nothing is hindering proper airflow.  If we see any major causes for concern, such as a furnace that is about to wear out, we will give you an honest assessment and go over your options so that you can decide whether to repair or replace.

If you decide that it is more cost-effective to replace your heater, we can go over the many different high-efficiency models that we can install for you. Don’t wait until a minor issue becomes a major repair and expense.

It’s never too late to get a tune-up! If you need to schedule your heating maintenance visit with Envirotech Air Quality Services, call one of our West Palm Beach heating specialists any time!

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Professional Palm Beach Mold Assessment and Removal Procedure

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

The presence of mold in a home is never a welcome surprise. When mold is discovered it is best to call for professional mold removal service as soon as possible. Before your mold remediation specialists, such as those at Envirotech Air Quality Services, begin the process of removing the mold from your home they should perform a thorough mold assessment.

By completing a mold assessment your service provider can determine just how serious your mold problem is as well as how best to resolve it. Call for an assessment if you notice the development of strong, musty odors, frequent allergic reactions, moisture problems, water damage or any visible mold growth. Your mold assessment and removal service providers will handle the rest.

Because mold can potentially produce harmful spores an assessment may include the examination of your HVAC system. If any is found your system should not be operated until it has been cleaned and all mold fully removed. During the assessment hidden mold will also be checked for. Mold tends to pop up in hidden places where moisture can collect, including above ceiling tiles, behind wall paper and dry wall, or under carpets. Mold may also grow in ductwork if moisture is allowed to collect, which also gives it the opportunity to disperse spores throughout your home. A mold assessment will ensure that your home is inspected and all mold sources identified so that they can be efficiently and effectively removed.

Don’t take any chances when it comes to mold in your home. At the first sign that your home may have a mold problem call Envirotech Air Quality Services. Protect your home and your health by having your mold problem professionally assessed and addressed before it gets out of hand.

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Boynton Beach Air Conditioning Question: Why Is My AC Buzzing?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Some Boynton Beach air conditioning systems make quite a bit of noise. During standard operation alone, they can make several different sounds – from rattling and clacking to the constant hum of the motor. However, the sound should be consistent and should not be overwhelming. A buzzing sound is almost certainly a sign of a problem, but how serious is that problem and should you act on it immediately or wait a bit to see if it goes away? There are three possible reasons for a buzzing sound from your air conditioner – here is what each means:

  1. Faulty Disconnect – If the compressor tries to start and cannot, it will make a buzzing sound. This is usually due to a faulty disconnect or bad fuse. A bad fuse can be replaced quickly by the homeowner, but a bad disconnect should be inspected and checked by a Boynton Beach AC professional. Because this involves working with  heavy electrical equipment, special tools and expertise are needed to complete the work safely.
  2. Missing Isolation Feet – Your air conditioner has rubber feet inside that hold up the compressor to minimize vibrations and keep the system stable. If the system is older, those feet can harden and crack, or they could have been faulty to start with. If this happens, it can result in a buzzing sound as the compressor vibrates against the concrete below.
  3. Loose Parts – Loose parts due to bad washers, loose bolts or other mechanical issues can also cause a buzzing sound. This is often very easily fixed though you will likely need a professional to fully diagnose the problem before repairs can be made.

There are other issues that can result in a buzzing or similar type of sound. They include things like a failing contactor or failing hard start capacitor. Most such problems are electrical in nature, however, and therefore require a professional to repair. If this is the case, call Envirotech Air Quality Services right away to inspect and check your system to find and eliminate the cause of the buzzing.

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Boca Raton AC Tip: Indoor Air Conditioning Components

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Air conditioning is a modern convenience that we can easily take for granted in Boca Raton as long as all the parts are working well.  In every unit, no matter the size, the basic process is one of extracting heat from the conditioned space and moving it to the outside, leaving cool air in its place.

This process easily divides into indoor and outdoor components.

Air Conditioning 101

Based on the principal of thermal energy which states that heat gravitates toward cooler temperatures, compounds known as refrigerants are moved through a closed loop system, repeatedly contracting and expanding between liquid and gas forms, alternately releasing and absorbing heat along the way.  The particular chemicals are selected for their abilities to transform from one state to the other at low temperatures.

While the refrigerant evaporates into a gaseous state within the looped system, it absorbs heat, removing the stale air from the space being conditioned and evacuating it to the outdoors. The warm air is pulled through ducts to meet with the cooling loop.

Ductwork

The cooled air is distributed through ducts or tubing and released into individual spaces.  Additional ductwork is required to remove the stale air and pull it back to be reconditioned as it passes over the loop containing the refrigerant.  The air is moved in both directions by a blower, usually electric and sized to handle the amount of air no matter the building.

Ductwork is also sized to handle appropriate volumes of air. To maintain efficiency, large trunks distribute along central lines to smaller ones reaching farther out. The return air is usually taken from common areas.

The grates are found in the walls, floors and often as part of the dropped ceiling. When combined with a forced air heating system, the total energy use is much more efficient.

Looped Coils

The refrigerant is enclosed in a loop where it can expand and contract to make its transformation from gas to liquid and back again.  To change into a heat-absorbing gas, it travels through the evaporating coils, an intricate series of delicate fins that meets with the ductwork to regenerate the conditioned air.

An exchange valve allows just the right amount of liquid refrigerant into the evaporator coils.  If there is too much, the tube is flooded too tightly to allow expansion of the molecules and room to attract the heat.  If too little, the process is inefficient.

Cool Maintenance

When set up and maintained on a regular basis, your Boca Raton AC system functions with little attention and over sight.  Call Envirotech today to schedule your annual maintenance tune-up!

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