Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for May, 2014

How Air Cleaners Purify the Air in Lakeland

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The U.S. faces a serious threat today right inside our very homes: low indoor air quality! According to the U.S. EPA, the decline in indoor air quality has led to serious health threats. Since the average citizen spends 85% of his or her time indoors, maintaining healthy indoor air is a priority.

How can you achieve the best indoor quality air for your home? There are a number of effective ways, but one of the best—and the easiest to have done—is to schedule the installation of air cleaners in Lakeland, FL.

Call Air Conditioning Experts and we will help you with air cleaning systems that can deliver healthier living time and time again. 

Here is a brief rundown on how these cleaners work to purify indoor air:

Mechanical filters

The standard form of air cleaner is the mechanical filter, which traps particles of dust and other contaminants in a mat of fibers. The most popular filter is the HEPA filter, which attracts particles to the fibers and makes them stick there. The current top-of-the-line filters can prevent the passage of particles down to 0.3 microns, thus eliminating 99.7% of all contamination that attempts to move through the filter. (This statistic is the U.S. government’s requirement for HEPA filters).

For many households, effective and well-installed mechanical filters are sufficient at protecting indoor air quality. However, HEPA filters have the limitation that they cannot effectively filter out gaseous pollution such as smoke, odors, household chemicals, and residue from cooking.

You will need to have indoor air quality experts select and install the right mechanical filter for your home. You must also rely on them for routine maintenance to make sure the filters remain clean and do not threaten to lower airflow into your house from your AC or heater.

Electronic air purifiers

An electronic air purifier hooked into a ventilation system does not use any filter to trap particles. Instead, it operates through ionization of the air passing across it. The ions attach themselves to the contamination in the air, and then both are drawn to a charge collector plate in the purifier.

An electronic air purifier can reduce almost all pollution in indoor air, affecting particles down to 0.1 microns. They can affect the gaseous contaminants that mechanical filters cannot touch, making them ideal for cleansing a home of most airborne toxins. Although they run from electricity, they only place a minimum drain on power that will have little effect on your utility bills. Like HEPA filters, air purifiers need regular maintenance and attention to clean them out and make sure they continue to do their job.

Air quality professionals can help you

There are many ways to clean your indoor air, and somewhere out there is the right cleaner or purifier to do the job for your home. Reach out to experts in air cleaners in Orlando, FL today to get started on cleansing your home’s air for better comfort and health. We’re here to assist you at Air Conditioning Experts, where we offer indoor air quality services from filters to duct cleaning to dehumidifiers.

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3 Advantages of Using Ductless Cooling Systems

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Ductless cooling has been around for quite some time, but has been used more and more in residential properties. Ductless cooling in Lakeland can offer benefits that traditional split-system air conditioners may not, the most important being whole-house air conditioning to homes that do not have ductwork.

What Is Ductless Cooling?

A ductless air conditioner has an outdoor unit very similar to a traditional split-system AC, but the indoor components, known as the air blowers, or mounted directly into the room they are going to cool. The outdoor unit and indoor blowers are connected to each other via a conduit that runs through a small hole drilled into an exterior wall. The conduit holds the electrical, drainage and refrigerant lines that the indoor blowers need to operate.

What Are the Advantages?

As stated above, one of the top advantages of ductless air conditioning is the ability to have whole-home cooling in a house that does not have ductwork. But there are other important advantages to ductless cooling systems of which you may not be aware:

Cost Effective

Ductless are blowers are individually placed directly into the room or space that needs the air conditioning, and each is completely programmable, allowing you to use them only as needed. This can make them more cost effective than a fully-ducted air conditioning system, something you would see in your monthly utility bill.

Zone-Control Comfort

Because each ductless blower is independently programmed, you have the ability to set and control the exact temperature of each space; a single-set thermostat cannot give you this kind of control over your cooling. The outdoor unit of a ductless air conditioner typically supports 4 independent blowers, enabling you to cover a good amount of space within your home.

Easily Expanded

Ductless cooling can be a good option when adding an addition to your home that you want cooled. Why? There is no extra ductwork to be done; the indoor blower just needs to be connected to the outdoor unit.

Is Ductless Cooling a Good Choice for You?

There are a number of factors to research and review before choosing the type of air conditioner that will fit best in your home.

If you have questions about ductless cooling in Lakeland, schedule an appointment with an Air Conditioning Experts professional today!

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How Is a SEER Rating Determined?

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Among the specifications on a central air conditioning system, one of the most important for a homeowner to understand is SEER, the seasonal energy efficiency rating. SEER rates how efficiently an air conditioner runs on average; in other words, how well an AC converts its fuel supply (electricity) into cooling power. An air conditioner with a high SEER rating will cost less to run over a season, provided it was installed correctly.

It’s crucial that you have professionals handle your air conditioning installation in Lakeland, FL as well as any repairs, or else the highest SEER rating in the world won’t mean much. It takes the work of skilled installation technicians, such as those at Air Conditioning Experts, to find the right sized AC for a space and then to hook it up to the ductwork and electrical system so that it will make the maximum use of its energy-efficient capabilities.

How SEER is determined

Manufacturers test ACs to find out how much cooling power they produce and how much energy to takes to produce it, and use that information to determine SEER. The official SEER for an air conditioner is the amount of cooling it produces in BTUs (British Thermal Units) divided by the energy it consumes in KWHs (kilowatt-hours). The data covers a season instead of a single test, which is the difference between SEER and EER (energy efficiency rating). The higher the SEER, the more efficient the system.

A calculation example: if an air conditioner produces 3,000 BTUs of cooling power each hour, consuming 300 kilowatts to do so, and maintains this level throughout a season, then it would have a SEER of 10.

For an air conditioner to receive the ENERGY STAR label from the U.S. EPA, it must have a minimum SEER of 14.5. Some high-efficiency air conditioners can score 20–22 SEER. The highest SEER available today for residential systems is 27.2 SEER on some ductless mini splits. When looking for a new air conditioning system to install, you should use 14.5 as the lower limit on your choices.

Keep in mind that the higher the SEER of an air conditioner, the more it will probably cost to install. However, high SEER also means years of money-saving operation. When choosing a new system, you should look for one that balances your budget needs for the present and the future. Professional installers will help you with this, as well as make sure that your new system not only preforms efficiently, but can provide a sufficient amount of cooling to keep you comfortable.

Rely on the experience of Air Conditioning Experts when you need new air conditioning installation in Lakeland, FL.

We have NATE-certified technicians on staff to make sure that you receive a great installation that will provide you with energy-saving comfort for many years.

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How AC Maintenance Improves Efficiency

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The spring season in Florida doesn’t last long and quickly shifts into the heat of summer. Air conditioners here turn on sooner than almost any other place in the country. It’s likely that you have your AC running right now. But our shortened spring season often allows homeowners to forget to schedule spring maintenance for their air conditioners. Instead, they turn the cooling on and hope for the best. Without a maintenance visit from a trained technician, they are likely to receive much less than the best.

Routine professional maintenance is essential for maintaining an air conditioner’s energy efficiency. Studies have shown that an AC that receives an inspection and tune-up once a year will retain 95% of its efficiency throughout its service life. One that doesn’t will, on average, lose 5% efficiency per year. This yearly decline means that it only takes four years without maintenance to turn a 20 SEER air conditioning system into a 15 SEER system.

Even if you are already enjoying cool air from your AC, you should contact Air Conditioning Experts today and sign up for regular air conditioning maintenance in Lakeland, FL. We have the Comfort Club to take care of your air conditioner and heater so you’ll enjoy ideal temperatures for your home all year long.

Maintenance helps air conditioning systems operate efficiently in a number of ways:

  • Maintenance cleans the important components in an AC. A build-up of dirt and dust along engines and fans will make them work harder, draining power. An acid wash along the outdoor condenser will remove obstructions that can block airflow and lower efficiency.
  • Maintenance tightens loose connections and makes sure the electrical system is operating at top level and not siphoning away additional power.
  • Maintenance spots possible repair issues before they become serious and gives you time to have them fixed. These small malfunctions will cut into the system’s efficiency even though they will at first display no outward indications that there is anything wrong… except for a rise in your utility bills.

Maintenance does more than guard your air conditioner’s efficiency: it prolongs its service life, reduces repair needs, and protects it from abrupt breakdowns.

Protect your AC from a steady drop in efficiency and your pocket book from a steady incline in bills:

Call Air Conditioning Experts today and enroll in our Comfort Club for heating and air conditioning maintenance in Lakeland, FL. As a bonus, you’ll receive a 15% discount on parts and labor.

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Warning Signs That You Need Air Conditioning Repair in Lakeland, FL

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

If you need to have repairs done on your air conditioning, the time to schedule it is now. With spring running out on us, the heavy and humid summer will arrive sooner than we expect. Make sure that your AC doesn’t have any malfunctions that need attention before the hot weather hits.

Although some air conditioning problems are obvious—such as the compressor refusing to come on—others are less clear. Here are some warning signs that you need to call up professionals in air conditioning repair in Lakeland, FL to service your system. Don’t hesitate: the malfunction will only grow worse the longer you delay fixing it.

For rapid repairs that get the job done right, call Air Conditioning Experts for the timely repairs you need—any time of the day or night.

Some common warning signs of AC repairs

  • Strange noises from the cabinets: Any sound that comes from the indoor or outdoor cabinets of an air conditioner needs to be investigated. Grinding, groaning, and shrieking noises usually indicate a mechanical failure. Hissing means refrigerant leaking. Clicking often points toward a failing capacitor or other electrical trouble. Whatever it is that interrupts the usual hum of the fans and the compressor, call repair technicians to look into it.
  • Spikes in electrical bills: An air conditioner may seem to operate ideally and provide the level of cooling you want, but if it has a malfunction somewhere, it will need to work harder to achieve those results. You will see this reflected on your electrical bills. So if your utility costs make a sudden jump for no obvious reason, the problem may be a hidden fault in the air conditioning.
  • Frost on the indoor coil: Too often, air conditioner owners ignore the appearance of frost along the evaporator coil because they expect it’s a natural product of the cooling power of the system. But ice should never develop along an air conditioner; it indicates an imbalance in the heat exchange cycle that has caused the evaporator coil to lose the ability to absorb sufficient heat. This could result from leaking refrigerant, dirt on the coil, or a congested air filter. Whatever the cause, call for repairs before the ice grows and further hampers the system.

Sign up for regular maintenance as well

If nothing seems wrong with your air conditioning system, you still need to call up a trusted local HVAC company and schedule your annual maintenance visit. During a maintenance session, a technician will look to see if there are any hidden repair issues or impending malfunctions. The technician will also adjust and clean the unit so that it will work at maximum efficiency. Once you’re done with maintenance and any necessary repairs, you’ll be ready for a worry-free summer.

Air Conditioning Experts offers the Comfort Club to maintain both your heater and AC. Contact us today to sign up and avoid unwanted air conditioning repair in Lakeland, FL during the upcoming hot months.

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How Does Humidity Affect Air Conditioning Systems?

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

People normally think of air conditioning systems as a way to combat high temperatures and they’re certainly right. But uncomfortable weather means more than just the heat, especially in our part of the world. Here in Lakeland, air conditioning systems must deal with high humidity – the moisture in the air – as well as high temperatures in order to make your home feel right. How does humidity affect air conditioning systems? We’ve provided a short explanation below.

Humidity & Your Air Conditioner

Your body cools off by sweating, which helps it remove excess heat and maintain its current temperature. Sweat works in part because it feels cool against your skin as it evaporates into the air. If the humidity in the air is too high, however, the moisture on your skin has nowhere to go, and you’ll feel much hotter than you might otherwise. Most people feel comfortable with a relative humidity between 30 percent and 55 or 60 percent. A higher percentage means that the air is too muggy for comfort, while a lower percentage will dry your skin out too much.

So how does that affect your air conditioning system? Theoretically, your A/C unit should be able to remove moisture from the air in the course of doing its job: lowering the humidity levels and ensuring that you and your family stay comfortable. When humidity levels rise, however, the air conditioner needs to spend more energy in order to do its job, which results in higher monthly bills and an increased chance of a serious repair call somewhere down the line.

The specifics depend on your household environment, and it may be that your air conditioner handles high humidity just fine. If you or your family feels clammy or just can’t seem to get cool, however, you might want to consider adding a dehumidifier to your HVAC system. Here in Lakeland, air conditioning systems can be modified to include whole house dehumidifiers by Air Conditioning Experts. We have the know-how to perform the job right, and we know how humidity can affect air conditioning systems without such additional installations.

Call us today to set up a consultation. We’ll explain your options to you and help you make the choice that works best for your household!

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