Envirotech Air Quality Services Blog : Posts Tagged ‘West Palm Beach’

Common Air Conditioning Myths, Debunked

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

white-question-mark-on-blue-circle-on-white-backgroundWhen it comes to getting the most efficient use out of your air conditioner, there is a lot of information out there. For instance, you might have read that you need professional maintenance done on your system once a year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump). You might have heard that if a compressor dies it’s best to replace the whole AC system (in most cases, this is true).

Unfortunately, there are also less helpful tips that homeowners have heard and believed over the years—tips that, if followed, can be detrimental to the overall performance and functionality of your cooling system. We’ve debunked some of the most common below.

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Ductless Systems Have These Unique Service Needs

Monday, May 20th, 2019

technician-working-on-ductless-air-handler

Are you using one of the most popular and highly efficient HVAC systems on the market today? That is, are you utilizing a ductless heat pump?

Instead of operating through a system of ductwork connected to an indoor air handler and evaporator unit, ductless systems essentially break up the indoor unit and blower fans to distribute conditioned air throughout the living space via mini air handlers mounted on the walls.

If you already have a ductless system in place, then you know this. If you’re considering purchasing one, great! We do want you to make an educated choice, however, and this means looking at all aspect of ductless units, including their unique service requirements. Just like any other type of HVAC system, ductless systems can experience problems. But sometimes their repair needs can be a bit different than a traditional air conditioner, heat pump, or furnace.

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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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What to Look at When Buying a New AC

Monday, March 25th, 2019

woman-looking-concerned-or-surprisedIf you’ve been thinking about investing in a West Palm Beach, FL air conditioning installation, now is the time. Our temperatures are already warm, but spring is still a great season to take a good hard look at your air conditioner and decide if you’re ready to head into another Florida summer while relying on it. After all, you don’t want it to stop working on you on the hottest day of the year. If you think you have an air conditioner that’s at a high risk of failing you this summer, please give our team a call to talk about your replacement options.

Rushing into an AC purchase can end up being a mistake, as you can wind up with a system that’s not properly matched to your home. Our professionals can help you navigate the many factors that go into buying the most efficient cooling system for your needs, starting by looking at the systems’ efficiency ratings. We’re talking about an AC’s EER and SEER. Read on to learn more!

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Noisy Ductwork Shouldn’t Be Ignored, Nor Fixed with Duct Tape

Monday, March 18th, 2019

hand-sealing-ductworkThere’s this saying that goes around in the construction world: “If it doesn’t move and it’s supposed to, use WD-40. If it moves and it’s not supposed to, use duct tape!” It’s a cute saying, and there is certainly truth behind it. However, there is one particular repair that duct tape should not be used for, and that’s your ducts!

We get it, this sounds counterintuitive. You may be wondering, “okay, well if I have noisy ductwork should I just ignore the problem and hope it goes away on its own? Or do I need to replace my entire ductwork system?” No, and no. There is a more effective way to fix your ducts, which we’ll get to in a bit. First we want to let you know why it is, exactly, that you shouldn’t use duct tape to seal up damaged ductwork.

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There’s No Bad Time to Schedule Air Conditioning Repairs

Monday, February 25th, 2019

air-conditioning-technician-working-on-air-conditionerWith temperatures staying relatively cool for now, you may not be using your air conditioner on a 24/7 basis. Therefore, if it’s shown any signs of disrepair, you’re probably tempted to wait. But soon enough those temperatures will rise again, and the last thing you need is to be stuck with a completely broken-down AC system when you need it the most. So why wait? Now is as good a time of any to take care of your air conditioning repair needs.

Of course, in order to do this, you need to know you have AC repair needs in the first place, right? Keep reading to learn some of the most common signs that you have an air conditioner in need, and contact our team when you’re ready to schedule service.

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Tips to Boost HVAC Efficiency

Monday, February 11th, 2019

family-in-home-looking-comfortableWhile in other parts of the country homeowners have had to deal with freezing temperatures and worry over their heating efficiency and effectiveness, we’re just about getting ready to use our air conditioners on a daily basis again. In a city where it feels like we’re using those cooling systems nearly year round, it makes sense that you would like to do so as efficiently—affordably—as possible.

One way to do this is to make sure that you are having this HVAC system maintained on an annual basis (biannually if you’re using a heat pump) and that you’re keeping up on repair needs. Of course, lack of proper maintenance isn’t the only reason for potential AC inefficiency—and the good news is there is almost always something you can do to help boost your home’s HVAC efficiency. Read on!

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Signs Your Ducts Are in Bad Shape

Monday, January 28th, 2019

woman-with-allergies-blowing-noseHow closely do you pay attention to your home’s indoor air quality? You should know that it may actually be worse than that of the outdoors. Many homeowners see the term “indoor air quality” and think about the temperature of their home, and maybe even the humidity level. This is, of course, important, but not the only indoor air quality issues you should be considering. For instance, many people ignore their allergy symptoms and just chalk it up to the time of the year or a dusty home—this may be the case, but have you ever thought about where that dust is coming from?

Your air ducts actually accumulate a lot of dust, grime, dirt, and allergens over the years, since they are responsible for distributing all the conditioned air throughout your home. The good news is, we have the duct services in West Palm Beach, FL to help! It may be that you need a routine duct cleaning, or you could even have unknown duct sealing or repair needs. When you contact our team, we can accurately pinpoint the exact problem and make recommendations from there.

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Is a Dirty HVAC Air Filter Really a Big Deal?

Monday, January 14th, 2019

man holding air filterThe short answer to this question is “yes,” but we don’t expect you to take that at face value. You may think that we tell you to change your air filter because a dirty one contaminates the air in your home, but this isn’t totally correct. Sure, an air filter can help with indoor air quality, but that is not why it’s in your HVAC system to begin with.

Rather than preventing allergens from moving back into your air stream, it’s designed to block particles from damaging the inside of your HVAC system by pummeling the components within with dirt, dust, and other debris. When your air filter becomes too dirty and clogged up, it can do just as much damage to your HVAC system, whether we’re talking about an air conditioner or a furnace or heat pump.

Keep reading for some specific reasons why a dirty HVAC air filter really is a big deal:

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How to Best Maintain Your Heat Pump

Monday, December 31st, 2018

How to Best Maintain Your Heat PumpFirst, make sure you’re changing your air filter! Too many homeowners assume two things about the air filter that comes standard with their HVAC system—that it’s there for their indoor air quality and that it only needs to be changed a couple times a year, during professional maintenance.

The air filter is in place to protect the HVAC system itself from dirt, dust, and debris that can infiltrate it and reduce system efficiency, leading to a plethora of costly problems for you. Depending on the type of air filter you have in place and the level of contaminants in your home—i.e. someone with pets or someone who smokes will have to deal with excessive pet dander as well as smoke particles—the air filter should be changed every 1–3 months during periods of use. And considering that heat pumps are year round systems, they are almost always in use. Therefore, you should stay on top of this DIY-maintenance task.

For everything else—meaning, for a full and comprehensive tune-up that ensures the effectiveness of your heat pump—you want to call our staff for professional maintenance.

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