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

Does My Heat Pump Need a Tune-Up?

Monday, November 4th, 2019

heat-pump-being-adjusted-by-technicianYou rely on your heat pump year-round but more often than not you use it to keep your home cool and comfortable for the many warm days that we enjoy here in West Palm Beach. Those convenient air handlers help you to save money and manage the temperature inside your house without taking up too much space.

At the end of the day, you really should appreciate all the hard work your heat pump does because without it you would be sweating your days away in discomfort. And it even helps keep you warm when the air outside gets a little cooler than normal.

Because your heat pump helps keep you comfortable it is worth it to ensure that this system stays in good working order. The question is, how do you know when it is time for a tune-up?

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5 Signs You Need AC Repairs Now

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

vent-register-on-wallLet’s face it: the fall season does not mean your air conditioner will be turning off anytime soon. Florida tends to enjoy keeping the climate warm and humid year-round, which is why your cooling system sees a lot more action than your heating system.

Because your AC tends to take on more work, it also sustains more wear and tear. Especially with the risk of thunderstorms and continued high heat on the horizon, you will want to make sure that your equipment is in peak working order, keeping your home dry and cool.

Before your air conditioner gives out when you need it the most, you should determine if it might be time for a repair.

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Why Ductless Systems Make Good Investments

Monday, July 29th, 2019

ductless-air-handler-being-turned-on-by-remoteDid you know you could cool and heat your home all from one system? True, we rarely need to add heat on any given day in the West Palm Beach area, but that’s even more of a reason to get a 2-in-1 system rather than replacing a furnace or some other heating system that’s barely used when it gets too old.

For many homeowners in our area, a ductless system (also called a ductless mini-split due to its setup), ductless systems are becoming the preferred choice. They’re great for affordably and conveniently keeping your home comfortable all year long.

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A Malfunctioning AC Compressor: Should You Repair or Replace?

Monday, July 15th, 2019

compressor-in-outdoor-ac-unitOver the years, there are a variety of issues that can crop up with your HVAC systems. Particularly your air conditioner, which goes through a considerable amount of work.

You may find yourself facing problems like refrigerant leaks, failed capacitors, or breached ductwork. Fortunately, most of these are fairly simple to repair, and in many cases even possible to prevent.

There is one air conditioner problem, however, that is particularly unpleasant to face and doesn’t have a simple solution—a broken down or damaged compressor.

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Common Causes of Mold Growth in Your AC (And What to Do about It!)

Monday, July 1st, 2019

corner-of-room-with-mold-and-mildewYou likely don’t think much about this problem—you might not even know it was a problem! But because your air conditioner provides you with the cool air that you breathe in every day during the summer and beyond, it’s definitely a problem that should concern you.

Sure, you could call someone to clean out your ducts, but is that really resolving the problem, or temporarily relieving symptoms? (Hint: It’s the latter!)

We’ll get to what you can do about mold growth that’s an effective solution. But first, let’s talk about the common causes of this mold development.

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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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