Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for February, 2015

How Do Electronic Air Purifiers Work?

Friday, February 27th, 2015

There are a few choices homeowners have when it comes to cleaning the air inside the home, and one choice you may opt for is an electronic air purifier. There are two types of electronic air purifiers that you can install in your Lithia home, and they both use electricity to clean your air, but each does so a little differently. Why is it important to have clean indoor air? Good indoor air quality is as much a part of your indoor comfort as having the right temperature and humidity levels. It can be hard to achieve good indoor air quality, which is where the installation of an air purification system comes in. However, gaining the benefits an electronic air purifier can offer you and your home is dependent on correct installation. The indoor air quality experts at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., have the training and expertise to install, repair and maintain your electronic air purification system, so call us today!

The Electronic Precipitator

The first type of electronic air purifier we are going to discuss is the electronic precipitator. This type of air cleaner resides in a small cabinet, and the device is seamlessly added to your HVAC system for easy and convenient operation. The way an electronic precipitator works is that it draws air into it, bringing the particles in the air into something known as an ionization chamber. In this chamber, the particles are negatively charged; once charged, the particles are collected on oppositely-charged metal plates. It is recommended that the metal plates are cleaned every 3 months for the precipitator to remain effective.

The Ion Generator

Ion generators also charge particles in the air, but they do it a little more simply than electronic precipitators. Rather than attract particles to it, ion generators simply disperse negative ions into the air, and these negative ions attach to particles in the air, becoming a single, negatively-charged particle. These charged particles are attracted to the various surfaces in your home and land on them; when the surfaces are cleaned, the particles are removed.

Which type is best for you? This is something best decided with the help of a trained indoor air quality expert, like the ones here at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

Our indoor air quality specialists can assist you with all your air cleaning needs, so call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. today!

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It’s Time to Consider Air Conditioning Maintenance in Lakeland

Friday, February 20th, 2015

We may still be in the heart of winter, but it isn’t too early to think about summer – and your summer air conditioning. Getting ahead of our hot weather with a winter air conditioning maintenance appointment in Lakeland can be of great benefit to both you and your air conditioning system. You may wondering if it’s a little too early for air conditioning maintenance, but the experts at Air Conditioning Experts are ready and waiting to help you get your AC ready for this coming summer!

Why Now?

There are a few reasons why scheduling your air conditioning maintenance now is a good idea:

You’ll Be Prepared for Hot Weather

We can see high temperatures pretty early on in Lakeland, and no one wants to turn on their AC the first hot day of the year only to find it isn’t working. Scheduling maintenance now gives your technician the opportunity to detect any existing or developing problems and take care of them before the warm weather hits.

No Critters

The metal cabinet that houses your outdoor components can be a pretty great place for animals to hunker down for the cooler winter months. Animal nests can cause a bevy of problems, and a winter maintenance appointment will discover any unwanted house guests.

Removes Winter Debris Build-Up

It isn’t unusual for leaves, sticks and other yard debris to clutter your system’s outdoor unit, especially if you haven’t used your unit for a few months. Cleaning is a big part of any maintenance appointment, and if your outdoor unit does have debris, it will be cleaned out before it can cause any problems.

Better Energy Efficiency

The full tune-up your AC system receives during a maintenance appointment allows the system to work optimally; when your system works optimally, it operates efficiently.

If you are interested in getting ahead for the warm weather with an air conditioning maintenance appointment for your Lakeland home, call Air Conditioning Experts today!

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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Reasons to Consider a Ductless AC in Valrico

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Did you end last summer with the knowledge that your air conditioner was on its last legs? It may not be summer yet, but it’s never too late to start considering your options for air conditioning replacement. One system you may want to consider for your Valrico home is a ductless AC. There are a number of benefits ductless systems can offer homeowners, including the option to use the system for both heating and cooling (with heat pump technology), but it’s important to understand how the system works.

Ductless Components

Ductless air conditioners have an outdoor unit that contains the compressor and condenser, but the cool air is distributed indoor blowers that operate individually. The indoor blowers average about 35” in length and can be mounted to walls, ceilings and above doorways and windows, and they connect to the outdoor unit via a conduit drilled into an exterior wall. A single outdoor unit can support up to 4 indoor blowers.

Benefits of Ductless ACs

The most obvious benefit of a ductless AC is that you don’t need to have ductwork to achieve whole-home air conditioning; this can be particularly beneficial for older homes that don’t have ductwork. Another advantage of ductless AC systems is energy efficiency: with a ductless system, you won’t have to worry about air loss from faulty ductwork; additionally, each indoor blower operates independently, so you use only the cooling you need. Lastly, if you install a ductless AC system that has heat pump technology, you’ll have the ability to heat and cool your home with a single device.

Always Hire a Professional

Ductless systems are much easier to install than ducted systems, but this does not mean the average homeowner should endeavor to install his or her ductless AC system as a DIY job. The professionals at Air Conditioning Experts have been installing, repairing and replacing air conditioning systems since 1995, and we bring this experience to every job we have.

If you are considering the installation of a ductless AC for your Valrico home, call the team at Air Conditioning Experts today!

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Can Solar Air Conditioning Cool My Home Sufficiently?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Florida is the land of the sun, so it’s no surprise that many homeowners are starting to turn to solar energy to help power systems in their homes. One system that can be great for solar energy is your whole-home air conditioner. Cooling costs can comprise as much as 30% of your home’s annual budget; imagine being able to offset those costs significantly with the installation of a solar air conditioning system for your Brandon, FL home.

How Does Solar Air Conditioning Work?

Solar air conditioning harnesses the sun’s power through solar panels; this power is then transferred directly to your home’s electrical box where the energy is used to power your air conditioning system. How does this happen? Through a science known as photovoltaics, or PV. Photovoltaics is the science of converting the sun’s light into electricity. Using solar cells, the sun’s light generates an electrical current; this current is captured in a circuit within the cell, and when multiple cells are connected, creating a solar array or panel, enough electricity flows to help power entire systems in your home.

Can a Solar AC Work Sufficiently?

Absolutely. In fact, your solar system can store extra energy in batteries so that the power can be used at a later time. The electrical current generated by a single set of solar panels can offset your home’s electrical costs by up to 40%, so there is plenty of energy generated to power your AC. Additionally, the system uses your main electrical power as a back-up should there be a shortage of power from the solar panels.

Benefits of Going Solar

As previously mentioned, one of the great benefits of using solar power to fuel your air conditioner is a decrease in energy usage, but there are other benefits to consider:

  • No loss of power during power outages – having your air conditioning system powered by solar means you aren’t “on the grid”; as such, your AC system won’t be affected by a power outage.
  • You’ll have power when it’s cloudy – the solar system’s batteries store energy for cloudy weather, allowing you to continue having solar power even if the sun isn’t shining.
  • It’s sustainable and renewable – the sun is a constant source of energy, so it is both sustainable and usable.

If you’ve been thinking about installing a solar air conditioning system in Brandon, FL, call the professionals who can help: Air Conditioning Experts.

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