Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for January, 2014

Do I Really Need Duct Cleaning in My Lakeland, FL Home?

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Owners of central air conditioners, heat pumps, and gas furnaces have one thing in common. They need to have ductwork installed in their homes in order for their HVAC systems to function. Forced central air distribution systems require a network of supply and return ducts in order to heat and cool your home. As your indoor air is drawn through the air handler, the temperature is raised or lowered (by your furnace or AC), and the air is then redistributed throughout the home. But if your ducts have become filled with dust and other debris, this can create problems for the performance and energy efficiency of your HVAC system as well as the quality of the air that circulates within your home. Do you really need duct cleaning in your Lakeland, FL home? Well, that depends.

There are several signs that could indicate a need for professional duct cleaning in your home. The most obvious one is dust emerging from your duct registers when your system kicks on. If you can see the accumulation of dust on your grates or watch it as it flies out of the ductwork, then you could probably benefit from duct cleaning. Another sign to look out for is a foul smell that wafts throughout the home when your system turns on. This is often an indication of a serious debris accumulation within the ductwork. Further signs may be a general decline in energy efficiency caused by partially blocked airflow or inadequate heating and cooling.

If you suspect that you might need duct cleaning, then don’t settle for anything less than professional service. Whether you have a sheet metal or flexible ducts, a large or small setup, your ducts need professional cleaning in order to be restored to full functionality and energy efficiency. You can count on Air Conditioning Experts for comprehensive Lakeland, FL duct cleaning services, no matter what state your ducts are in. Call us today to find out what we can do for your home. 

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What is a Heat Pump and Do I Need One?

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Are you in the market for a new heating and cooling system? Are you curious about heat pumps? As a leading HVAC provider in the area, we can sympathize with homeowners who want to improve their home comfort but don’t know how to determine what is best for their home. First things first, you need a professional to guide you every step of the way and help you find a heating and cooling system that will work for your home. A good option for many in our area is a heat pump.

You might have heard of heat pumps, but you might not be clear on how they work or why they are such a good choice. Essentially, a heat pump works just like an AC during the summer. It is a split system with both an indoor and outdoor unit that circulates a refrigerant through two sets of coils, an expansion valve, and a compressor. It removes heat from the air in your home and dissipates it in the outside air. During this process, the air that is cooled is distributed throughout the home by means of ductwork.

But a heat pump has another function. It also heats your home during the winter months by using the same refrigerant cycle in reverse. Ambient thermal energy is drawn in from the moderate Florida winter temperatures and used to heat your indoor air. Because of its year-round versatility and high energy efficiency, a heat pump may be an ideal HVAC system for your home. And when it comes to Lakeland, FL heat pump services, look no further than Air Conditioning Experts. We install, replace, repair and maintain heat pumps of all sizes and brands. Give us a call today. 

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How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

When you live in Florida, you likely pay attention to the temperature of your home quite a bit, especially during the summer and winter months when home comfort requires some serious temperature control. But it’s not just temperature that contributes to the success of your HVAC system. You also need to ensure that your indoor air is clean and fresh. Many of our customers often ask us how they can improve their indoor air quality. There are several ways to do so, but the best course of action is always taking care of any maintenance services that your heating and cooling system may require. Let’s take a look at some other ways you can improve your indoor air quality in your Lakeland, FL home.

  • Take care of your ductwork. If you own a gas furnace, heat pump or central AC, then you own a forced-air distribution system that use an extensive network of return and supply ductwork to facilitate temperature control. But over time, your ducts may begin to accumulate a certain amount of dust and debris. This can lead to all sorts of issues, including decreased efficiency from your HVAC system, but it can also lead to such allergens circulating throughout your home. Keeping your ducts sealed and cleaned is a great way to improve indoor air quality.
  • Install an air filtration system. If you feel as though your home needs a boost when it comes to indoor air quality, or you are particularly sensitive to airborne contaminants, then you may want to consider an air filtration system. We offer a wide range of system types and brands, including air filters as well as electronic air purifiers. Such devices integrate directly into your ductwork so that all of your indoor air goes is cleaned.

Call Air Conditioning Experts today to learn more about our Lakeland, FL indoor air quality services. We’ll take a look at your current system and find the best way to improve it. We offer an 100% Satisfaction Guarantee because we are completely committed to the comfort of your home. Contact us today to learn more!

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3 Signs that Your Heat Pump is Broken

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

A heat pump makes an excellent year-round solution for all of your heating and cooling needs. When professionally installed and maintained, it is not only powerful but also highly energy efficient. But over its years of service, your heat pump may no longer function as it should. It could develop minor quirks that contribute to inefficient operation or it could develop major problems as a result of old age or negligent maintenance. Whatever problem arises with your HVAC system, hire a Lakeland, FL heat pump professional to figure it out pronto. Waiting for it to fix itself invites further damage and may lead to higher energy bills in the interim. In today’s post, we’d like to look at 3 signs that could indicate your heat pump is broken.

  • Strange or loud noise. Every whole house HVAC system makes some noise when it operates. This is simple one of the side effects of the motors that power the heating and cooling of your air. But if you notice a strange hissing, whistling, banging, or grinding noise emitting from your heat pump and you have not heard that before, you may want to consult with a professional. It may require immediate attention.
  • Spike in your energy bill. You likely keep a close and watchful eye on your energy bills as it is, but keep a look out for any inexplicable spikes in the amount of electrical energy consumed by your appliances, including your heat pump. Because it’s one of the major users of energy in the home, any sudden spike in consumption without a corresponding increase in usage can be a sign that your heat pump is no longer working as it should. Whatever the problem may be, a professional technician can provide an accurate diagnosis.
  • Uneven or inadequate heating. Don’t settle for anything less than your total comfort in the home. Your heat pump endures a lot of wear and tear over the years, so keeping it in good working order is the best and only way to move forward. If you find that your system delivers only uneven or inadequate heating, then make sure you get in touch with Air Conditioning Experts.

We can handle any problem that may arise with your heat pump in Lakeland, FL, so give Air Conditioning Experts a call today for expert customer service and prompt response. 

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