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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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Steps to Take if Your Heater Breaks Down in West Palm Beach

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Although a heater breaking down in the middle of a Florida winter isn’t as deadly serious as it breaking down in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, it isn’t something you want to happen on the coldest day of the year no matter where you live. You’ll want to find a way to get it back working as soon as you can. We’ll show you the steps to take to first see if the heating system breakdown is a simple malfunction you can fix, and then what you should do if steps these fail.

For West Palm Beach, FL heating repair you can depend on, look to Envirotech Air Quality Services. We have developed a reputation for quality work since we started in business in 1987.

  1. Check the thermostat: Since your thermostat tells your heating system when to turn on, a malfunctioning thermostat can be a big problem. Make sure you thermostat is set to the right temperature, that is the reading the temperature of your home correctly, and that it has power.
  2. Check the circuit breakers: If you have an electric heater (or a natural gas heater with an electric ignition), look to see if any of the circuit breakers have been tripped. Sometimes a sudden power surge can cause this, and you only need to reset the circuit breakers to restore power.
  3. Contact professional repair technicians: Although you may next feel tempted to go to the cabinet of your furnace or heat pump and try to work through the issue on your own, don’t give in to this impulse. Without training and advanced tools, you could only hope to stumble on the right repair accidentally—and the consequences of causing damage to the heater and to yourself are too high for you to risk it. Please call up a trusted local HVAC company and schedule a repair.

If you need West Palm Beach, FL heating repair on the double, contact Envirotech Air Quality Services and take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service. We also recommend that you enroll in our preventive maintenance program, which will help you avoid breakdowns in the future with a yearly visit that will check up on the components of your heater to make sure it is working at its best. If we find anything amiss, we can repair it before it turns into something more serious.

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3 Potential Benefits to Your Lake Worth, FL Business from HVAC Maintenance

Monday, January 7th, 2013

When you run a business you do not want to leave anything to chance. If you operate a business in the Lake Worth, FL area you may think that you are too busy to worry about problems such as commercial HVAC maintenance, but the truth is that you cannot afford to ignore this necessary service.

There are a number of potential benefits in keeping up with regular commercial HVAC maintenance. At Envirotech Air Quality Services, we believe that it is important for business owners to consider these examples before deciding that HVAC maintenance is not a priority. Contact us when you decide to schedule service.

  1. A comfortable environment is a great way to keep your business productive. If your employees are leaving their comfortable homes to come into work every morning you should not be putting their comfort in their work space at risk. Keep your commercial HVAC equipment operating properly and you’ll see your employees’ appreciation in their work.
  2. There is no way to make the great first impression that you are undoubtedly aiming for if you are meeting with potential investors, customers or employees in an uncomfortable environment. If you cannot be bothered to provide workers and guests to your place of business with a comfortable experience you will probably not instill much confidence into these people. Make the right impression with a comfortable, professional work place.
  3. Regular, professional maintenance is the best way for you to cut down on the need for repair services. Your commercial HVAC system, no matter the size of your business, is under near constant stress. Scheduling routine maintenance will ensure proper operation of the different components comprising this system, allowing for safe, efficient and dependable operation.

For more information about how regular HVAC maintenance can benefit your business, contact Envirotech Air Quality Services. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Call today to schedule service in Lake Worth, FL.

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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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3 Benefits to Expect After Your Heating Installation

Monday, November 26th, 2012

At Envirotech Air Quality Services, we’ve been installing new heating systems in the West Palm Beach area for many years. We love seeing the excited faces of our customers after we’ve done the job and they can get back to enjoying a comfortable home. We thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of some of the benefits that you will likely receive once your new system is in.

Increased Efficiency

Even in just the last 5 years there have been some big advancements in heating technology. If you’re replacing an older furnace or heat pump, you will most likely see an increase in efficiency. For example, many older furnaces have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating of about 60%. This rating measures how much of the fuel consumed by the furnace is actually turned into heat. With a 60% AFUE it means that the furnace is wasting 40% of the fuel that it burns. Newer furnaces can have an AFUE rating of 95% or higher.

Less Repairs

If you had an older system, you may have started to notice that it required more and more repair services. This is not only inconvenient, it can also be expensive. By replacing it, you’re setting your home up for more consistent heating services from your furnace.

More Comfort

With a new heating system in your home, you will likely enjoy more even and comfortable heating in your home. As heating systems age, one of the problems that people experience is uneven heating throughout their home. This is due, in part, to ductwork and old fans. With a new system, those issues will disappear and could potentially result in a more comfortable home.

If you’re interested in have a new heating system installed in your West Palm Beach home, contact the experts at Envirotech Air Quality Services. We can help you pick out the right system for your home and then make sure that it is installed correctly. Give us a call today! 

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Stuart FL Heating Tip: Why Schedule Heating Maintenance Now?

Monday, November 19th, 2012

You probably don’t think about the heating system in your Stuart, FL home very often.  However, you use it almost every day during the winter. It only makes sense that regular maintenance on it would also reduce the potential for costly heating repairs. Below, we’ve outlined some of the reasons why you should schedule regular heating maintenance visits for the heating system in your Stuart, FL home.

Reduced Repair Costs

When you get regular heating maintenance for your furnace or heat pump, it can potentially reduce repair costs. The reason why is that during regular maintenance visits, your heating technician will be able to find small issues before they become larger, expensive repairs. Fixing problems early is a great way to keep your heating system working well.

Extended Life

Another benefit of regular heating maintenance is that it can also potentially extend the life of your heating equipment.  Over time, your heating system will start to wear out. It will develop small issues that, if left unattended, may eventually cause the entire system to break down. When you have your system regularly inspected, the heating technician can catch these issues and fix them.

Increased Efficiency

As your heating system wears down, it has to work harder to heat your home. The bearings in your fan wear out, the fan belt deteriorates, etc.. All of these things slowly decrease the efficiency of your system. With regular maintenance, the process of deterioration can be slowed down. Your heating technician can replace fan belts, lubricate bearings, and keep your system working effectively. These kinds of regular maintenance projects increase the overall efficiency of your heating system.

If you’re interested in learning more about heating maintenance for your home in Stuart FL, then call the heating technicians at Envirotech Air Quality Services. We can help you develop a regular schedule for heating maintenance and make sure that your system is working as best as it can.

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

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Call Envirotech Air Quality Services for all your air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, duct cleaning, mold removal, and commercial HVAC and refrigeration needs.

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