Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for July, 2014

Benefits of Solar Air Conditioning

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Americans spend billions of dollars on cooling costs every year. Furthermore, conventional air conditioners release damaging pollutants into the air, contributing to greenhouse gases, which are harmful to the environment. More efficient systems are introduced every year, and purchasing a system with a higher SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) may improve the situation somewhat. But the most efficient source of cooling with new air conditioning installation is solar air conditioning.

Solar air conditioning systems make use of Florida’s abundant sun by turning it into a source of energy for your home. Long ago, the only way to save energy was by switching off your system, but solar air conditioning is now the perfect efficient system for Lakeland homes. Before we go over the benefits in more detail, let’s look at the two types of solar air conditioners available.

  • Hybrid system—A hybrid system utilizes PV (photovoltaic) technology, the types of rooftop panels you may be used to hearing about when people discuss solar power. Hybrid systems charge in the daytime and switch between battery power and grid power as needed.
  • Solar-powered absorption chiller—This kind of cooling system is often known as an evaporative cooler or swamp cooler and can provide both heating and cooling. A thermodynamic process heats the water which is then cooled to 45° F. The water moves through a set of coils, and a fan blows across these coils, distributing cool air to your home. This type of cooler is more often used commercially.

Benefits

The benefits of solar air conditioning are numerous. In general, these types of cooling systems are longer lasting, incredibly energy-efficient, and help the environment. Environmental concerns are important for many homeowners, and, because most solar units only use electricity for small periods of time, the carbon emissions reduce drastically.

While the cost of installation is often high, these systems need repairs less frequently and cost very little to operate, meaning you’ll save money every year. And since you won’t need to replace your system for a long time, owning a solar air conditioning system for several years may more than compensate for the price tag.

For solar air conditioning installation in Lakeland, call the trained and certified experts at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. today.

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Why Should I Schedule Heat Pump Repair?

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Heat pumps are very useful cooling and heating systems here in Lakeland, so you wouldn’t want your system to fail when you need it most. However, because you probably get a lot of use out of your heat pump in the summer, your system may eventually need repairs. But how do you know if the problem is serious enough to schedule heat pump repair?

Any repair need—whether it’s a low cooling capacity, uneven cooling, or strange noises—can lead to an eventual breakdown. If you suspect that you need repairs, your best bet is to call a professional right away.

Some Common Repair Needs

  • Low Cooling Capacity: If your air conditioner doesn’t cool your home quite as well as it once did, there may be any number of serious problems with your air conditioner. Some causes include a refrigerant leak, a dirty evaporator coil, and a damaged compressor.
  • Unusual Noises: Unusual noises are often a sign of a problem. Banging noises, for example, often indicate a loose or damaged part, which, if left unfixed, can cause damage to other components of your system as well. Grinding noises can indicate motor issues and a buzzing noise may be a sign of faulty wiring.
  • Short Cycling: If your system short-cycles, shutting off before the refrigeration cycle is complete, you may have a thermostat issue, low refrigerant, or a system that was not sized properly for your home.

Trust the Experts

Attempting repairs without a technician can lead to less-than-satisfactory results. Because there are so many different possible causes for the problem with your heat pump, you may diagnose the problem incorrectly. Even if you are able to locate and repair the issue yourself, you may not notice signs that other components have been damaged as a result of the initial problem. It’s important to call a technician who can inspect your whole system as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to your system. Professionals are qualified to diagnose repair needs and recommend the proper services.

If you need heat pump repair in Lakeland, don’t hesitate to talk to the heat pump professionals at Air Conditioning Experts today. Give us a call!

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Common Signs That You Need Duct Repair

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

You cannot see most of the ventilation system that transports conditioned air from your heater and air conditioner and which circulates indoor air throughout your home. It remains hidden behind walls and ceilings, unobtrusively doing its job.

A drawback to the semi-invisible nature of ductwork is that you often won’t know immediately when the ducts are damaged and need to have professional repair work done on them. Leaking and loose ducts will cause a drastic reduction in air pressure and lead to dust and dirt infiltrating the ventilation system, so you must have repairs done as soon as you are aware that you need them. Here are a few signs to watch for that will tell you it’s time to call for duct repair in Lakeland, FL from the professionals at Air Conditioning Experts.

Low airflow from the vents

This is one of the earliest warning signs that something has gone wrong inside the ductwork. Because ducts are designed to maintain an airtight seal along their length to prevent loss of air pressure, any small break along the way will cause the pressure to drop. This will result in a lowering of airflow from the vents. If you start to sense uneven temperatures when the HVAC system is working, place your hand over the nearest vent to check on the amount of airflow. If it seems weak, you may have ductwork damage in need of repair.

Decrease in air quality

Damaged ducts will permit outside contamination into the ventilation system, often from closed-off places in the house that contain higher quantities of dust, dirt, and even mold. This will cause your indoor air quality to drop, leading to a series of health issues for the people inside your house: respiratory conditions, skin- and eye-irritation, asthma and allergy attacks, insomnia, and others. If you notice a spike in allergy-like symptoms inside your home, damaged ducts may be the cause.

Burning or musty smells

If you detect an unusual odor coming from the vents, then the reason might be infiltration of dust through broken ductwork. A burning odor often means that the contamination has entered the heater or AC cabinet and is on the motors. Musty smells come from the stuffy and dusty regions of the house between the walls where the ductwork runs. Either smell from the vents should send you to the phone to contact our technicians to investigate.

Duct repair is work for specialists: you can’t easily access ductwork on your own, and you don’t have the necessary tools to fix breaks.

The ductwork professionals at Air Conditioning Experts can help you out, and they are only a phone call away, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when you have emergency needs.

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How Old Does My Air Conditioner Have to Be Before I Should Replace It?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A broken down air conditioner may be your worst nightmare here in Florida. If you’ve had your air conditioning system for several years, the decision to part ways can be tough, but it may be better than risking a broken AC in the middle of summer. A well-maintained air conditioner can last you many years. But how old can an AC get before it’s finally too old?

Of course, age is just a number. Some systems last longer than others. If you clean your filters once a month, schedule regular maintenance, and run your AC somewhat infrequently, your system could last longer than average.

When to Consider A/C Replacement

However, it’s a good idea to consider air conditioning replacement if your system is around ten years old. At this point, the normal wear and tear your system goes through affects the performance and efficiency of your system. Especially if you’ve had to make repair calls in the last couple of years, replacement is probably a more cost-effective solution. Air conditioning replacement is usually necessary when your air conditioner reaches fifteen years. Even if it seems to be working well, the chance of your AC failing entirely is very high, especially during the summer when your AC is working overtime to keep you comfortable.

In fact, even if your system has a couple of good years left, it might be time to replace your unit with a modern high-efficiency AC. If you bought an exceptional system ten years ago, a new AC may still offer better performance and higher efficiency. Recent advancements in system components mean newer systems run with fewer issues. Furthermore, air conditioners are now required to use less energy than they once did. Because of this, a newer system will likely save you a lot of money every month. An air conditioning professional can help you a select a high-efficiency system that’s right for your home and budget.

At Air Conditioning Experts, we know when it’s time to replace your air conditioner. When in doubt, call us to talk about all of your options for air conditioning replacement in Lakeland.

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How Does Solar Air Conditioning Work?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

We’ve got the sand, the ocean, and most importantly, the sun. But you can use the sun for more than just getting a tan or growing a great garden – you can use it to cool your home with solar air conditioning.

With advancements in solar power and technology, many industries have benefitted, including the cooling industry. For over 15 years, Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., has not only kept up with these advancements, we’ve been installing solar air conditioning for customers. Think you are ready to tap into the sun’s energy to provide solar air conditioning for your Jacksonville property? First, let’s take a look at how solar air conditioning works.

Using the Sun’s Energy

There are several types of solar air conditioners Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., installs, but all use the same power source: the sun. The way solar energy is created is by capturing the thermal energy (heat) from the sun through photovoltaic cells (PV) and converting it from DC energy (direct current) to AC energy (alternative current) via an inverter box. Once converted, this energy can be wired directly into a home’s electrical box for use.

Solar-Powered AC’s

Converting the sun’s heat energy is the key to solar power, and here are the ways our various solar-powered air conditioners use it:

  • Hybrid – a hybrid solar-powered air conditioner is a popular choice among many people new to using solar power. Utilizing solar panels, solar energy is captured and converted, then used to power your home’s air conditioning system. However, should you need to use a back-up energy source, such as electricity, you can do so with the hybrid system: the system comes equipped with an automatic switch inside it that can easily change from one power source to another.
  • Absorption chiller – an absorption chiller uses the sun’s energy and water to cool your home. Taking advantage of the adsorption/absorption process, an absorption chiller uses water to transfer heat and create the cooling needed for your home. Absorption chillers are very energy efficient and very effective at cooling, and do so without using electricity or refrigerant.

You’ve Got the Power

Using solar-powered energy can help reduce your energy bills while also helping to preserve the environment. If you think a solar-powered air conditioner may be a good choice for your home, the first step is to work with an expert.

Call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., today and let our 15 years of solar air conditioning experience help you with a solar air conditioning installation in Jacksonville.

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The Famous Painting of the Declaration of Independence Isn’t What You Think It Is

Friday, July 4th, 2014

If you grew up in the United States, you probably first saw John Trumbull’s painting of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in an elementary schoolbook. This oil-on-canvas 12’ x 18’ painting hangs in the rotunda of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is one of the most famous symbols of freedom in the country and almost every citizen can conjure it from memory.

Except… the painting isn’t of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. The actual title of the work is Declaration of Independence, and although it does portray an important moment in the history of the document that announced the Thirteen Colonies’ decision to break away from British rule, the event in the painting occurred on June 28, 1776, not July 4, 1776.

John Trumbull, a Connecticut native who fought in the Revolutionary War and whose father was the state governor, was commissioned to create the painting in 1817. He did painstaking research on the figures in the picture and also visited Independence Hall to see the actual chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. Trumbull only included 42 of the original 56 signers, because he could not find adequate likenesses for 14 or them, and added a few figures who were not present (most of whom declined to sign the actual document). In fact, the men depicted in the painting had never been present in the same room at one time.

So if the painting does not portray the singing of the Declaration of Independence, what is happening in the image? The Trumbull’s scene depicts the presentation of the draft of the declaration to the Continental Congress for editing and approval. The five-man drafting committee (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin) is handing over their finished work, which congress would then edit carefully over the next few days before voting on it and signing it on the day that we now celebrate as the start of the United States of America.

One last, odd, fact: two of the five-man drafting committee, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on the July 4—although many years later.

Our family at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. hopes that your Fourth of July (or Twenty-Eighth of June if you decided to start celebrating early) is a memorable and happy one.

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