Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for the ‘Heating’ Category

A Guide to Choosing the Right Heating System

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Every day, we help homeowners make choices that keep them more comfortable. Sometimes, these are small decisions that make a big difference, like upgrading an older thermostat to one that works with your Wi-Fi and an app on your phone. Other times, the decision is a much more serious one.

Selecting a new heating system can be tough, and it requires careful thought and consideration. You must have a system that is the right size for your home, but you can let a trusted technician handle this part.

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What’s most important, first and foremost, is that you select the right type of heating system for your home. But you may need a little information about what’s out there first, and why you might choose one type of heating system over another.

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What You Can Do to Keep Your Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment in Good Shape

Monday, December 14th, 2015

We often inform homeowners about the importance of regular air conditioning and heating maintenance and how it can help to improve the state of your system, reduce repairs, extend its lifespan, and increase energy efficiency. But there are also some things you can do at home in order to protect your air conditioning and heating equipment in peak condition, in between professional maintenance visits from our team. Take a look at some of our tips, but remember that the heavy maintenance and repair tasks should still go to a quality professional.

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What Type of Heating System Is Best for Me?

Monday, December 7th, 2015

We live in Florida, where temperatures are warm for most of the year. Some homeowners feel unprepared for the cooler weather when it finally rolls around, and they rush to find portable units or inexpensive systems to stay warm during the colder season. But having a reliable, whole-home system keeps you a lot more comfortable, and we have some recommendations in case you’re unsure of which central heating system to have installed.

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Is It Safe to Run Your Heating System? Concerns for Cooler Weather

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Here in Florida, we don’t exactly need our heaters on a consistent basis. In fact, most of us rarely use the heat setting on the thermostat at all, which is what makes homeowners so hesitant when it’s time to switch over to heating mode. Knowing how to maintain a heating system is difficult if you so rarely have to use one. Here, we offer a few tips for homeowners worried about their safety when cooler weather hits.

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Have You Joined an Annual Maintenance Program Yet?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

When was the last time you had a technician look at your air conditioning and heating systems? Was it a year ago? Five years ago? If you’re like most people, you only call a technician over to your home if you notice major problems with the operation of your air conditioner or heater. But most heating and air conditioning companies, energy experts, and manufacturers recommend that you call a technician to look over your system far more often than this.

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Why Is My Gas Furnace So Noisy?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Furnaces, all heating systems, really, develop a number of odd quirks as they get older. In the case of furnaces, various sounds can develop over time in various parts of the system. Some of these noises are harmless, some are not. Some can actually indicate a very serious problem with your furnace. Let’s take a look at some of the noises that a gas furnace can exhibit, and whether or not you should be worried about them.

Banging/Creaking

Banging and creaking noises are especially common in colder environments with metal ductwork. As the warm air moves through the cold ducts, they expand due to the heat. This can cause random banging and creaking as the ducts expand and contract. However, there is another cause for banging noises that is not so harmless.

As the furnace burns gas, leftover carbon particles can build up on the burner assembly. This isn’t a problem in small amounts, but if it builds up enough it can actually cause the burners to fire intermittently or not at all. If a dirty burner finally does ignite after the gas flow starts, it can give off a loud bang.

Squealing/Grinding

Squealing and grinding noises are almost certainly located in the furnace’s air handler. The fan belt in the air handler connects the motor to the fan itself. As the belt stretches and wears out from use, it can cause a loud squealing sound when the furnace starts up. You should get this checked right away, as the air handler cannot operate if the fan belt breaks.

Grinding noises are often the result of bearings in the air handler motor losing their lubrication. When the bearings dry up, the motor has to fight against more and more friction in order to rotate the fan. This friction is what is causing the grinding sound. If it isn’t fixed, the motor will eventually burn out from the stress.

If you’d like to know more about what noises in your furnace could mean, call Air Conditioning Experts. We provide heating repair services throughout the Lakeland, FL area.

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3 Gas Furnace Components You Should Know about

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Gas furnaces are the most common type of home heating system in the country. They’re versatile, fairly cheap, and their parts are easy to service and replace. Though you should always hire a professional to service your heating system if it develops a repair need, there are a few components that you yourself should know about. Knowing about these 3 components can help you take better care of your gas furnace, and even avoid repair needs in the future.

Air Filter

Every gas furnace is equipped with an air filter, which is installed in the air return of the central unit. The air filter, as you may have guessed, is responsible for filtering the air entering the furnace. If the air filter goes longer than a few months without being replaced, however, it can become clogged and restrict the air flow into the furnace. When that happens, the furnace can overheat and cause damage to itself. You should always change your air filter every 2-3 months. If you don’t know how to do so, any professional HVAC technician can do it for you.

Heat Exchanger

The heat exchanger is responsible for actually heating the air being circulated throughout your house, as well as venting toxic combustion byproducts into the exhaust flue. As the heat and combustion byproducts travel through the heat exchanger, the heat radiates out of the tube and into the air stream, while the toxic gases remain trapped inside until they reach the exhaust flue.

Over years of use, however, the heat exchanger will expand and contract with the heat until it develops cracks. This can cause all sorts of issues, including venting toxic gas into the home. The best way to stop this from happening is to have your system inspected regularly.

Pilot Light

The pilot light is the ignition system for your furnace. It can either be an older standing pilot, or a newer electric intermittent pilot. Regardless, it is this system that actually starts the furnace so it can heat. Problems can often develop in the pilot light system, whether the flame keeps blowing out on an older pilot light or a newer electronic one fails to generate a spark. If your system isn’t starting, the pilot light should be one of the first things you check.

If you’d like to know more, call Air Conditioning Experts. We service gas furnaces throughout Lakeland.

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Forced-Air vs. Radiant Heating: Which Is Best?

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Forced air and radiant heating systems have been competing with each other for decades. There are adherents of both sides, each insisting that their side is the best method for home heating. So, which one is telling the truth? As with most things in life, there are pros and cons to each side. Here, we’ll examine some of the benefits of each, as well as the disadvantages. In the end, it’ll be up to you to decide.

Forced Air

Forced air systems are likely what you think of when you think of home heating systems. They are comprised of a central heater, usually a furnace, and a network of ducts through which the heater can distribute warm air.

Forced air systems’ advantages lie in their versatility. They are by far the most common systems, and that means that most HVAC companies will be able to service them. They are relatively cheap, depending on the one you get, and the parts they use can often be easily replaced.

The con to using a forced air system inefficiency. The fact of the matter is that air isn’t really a great medium for transporting heat. When hot air is blown into a room, its tendency is to rise to the top of the room. That is hardly helpful to the people walking around on the floor of the room. It also creates uncomfortable hot and cold spots, due to the uneven nature of the air flow.

Radiant Heating

Radiant heating is a boiler-based system comprised of a network of water pipes connected to a central boiler. The pipes are installed in the subfloor of each room, and as hot water from the boiler runs through them, they distribute that heat through the floor.

The benefits of radiant heating are that it heats the room much more evenly than a forced air system. This is because it bypasses using air as a medium, instead transporting heat through solid objects.

The disadvantage to radiant heating is that it requires more of an investment to install, and has some stricter requirements for things like floor types in the home.

If you’d like to know more, contact Air Conditioning Experts. We provide heating installation throughout Lakeland, FL.

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The Benefits of Choosing Radiant Heating in Valrico

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Radiant heating is one of the most efficient, effective heating systems on the market. Though the technology has its roots in ancient Rome, however, a lot of homeowners in this day and age don’t really know what it is. Keep reading to discover what radiant heating does, why it’s effective, and why you may want to consider installing one.

What is Radiant Heating?

Radiant heating is a boiler-based system designed to heat a home through the distribution of hot water. It begins with the installation of water pipes in the subfloor or walls of each room that needs heat. This pipe network is then connected to the main boiler. The boiler heats and pumps water throughout this network when the heat is on. As the hot water flows through the pipes, it releases thermal energy through the walls or floor and out into the room.

Benefits of Radiant Heating

To understand the benefits of radiant heating, you must first understand how forced air heaters operate. When a forced air heater pumps warm air into a room, the air rises to the ceiling. This makes it pretty useless to those who actually in the room, unless they have some reason for spending all their time on ladders. As the warm air cools, it sinks to the floor of the room. This results in the formation of uncomfortable striations in each room, areas where it is warmer near the top of the room while still being quite cold near the floor.

Radiant heating solves this issue by heating from the bottom of the room upwards. Since it is not relying on air to transport heat, it doesn’t have the same cold spots caused by warm air rising to the ceiling. Instead, rooms heated by radiant heating remain warm in the spaces that people actually occupy.

Radiant systems are also a great deal more energy efficient than forced air systems. Duct leaks contribute to a heat loss of up to 30% in most forced air systems. Radiant systems avoid this problem by eschewing ducts of any kind.

If you’d like to know more, call Air Conditioning Experts. We install radiant heating throughout Valrico.

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Finding a Quality Company for Commercial Heating in Brandon

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

If you need commercial heating services in Brandon, you may not be certain where to look. It’s important for a business owner to work with a company they can trust, but it’s also tough to locate a quality company when you’re busy running a business of your own. At Air Conditioning Experts, we think it’s important for you to know the qualities of a solid commercial heating company. Take a look at some of the key features you should keep an eye out for.

  • Commercial Specialists: The most important thing to look for in an HVAC company is that the contractors are commercial HVAC specialists. Commercial specialists simply know the ins and outs of these larger systems better than someone who is only trained on residential heaters. They can be far more complicated and involve a complex zone control system which amateurs will not be familiar with.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee: You might also consider finding a company that offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee on the work they do. True craftsmanship means taking pride in your work, and a guarantee is a contractor’s way of telling you they plan to get the job done right the first time.
  • Maintenance Program Offered: Finally, look for a company that offers a maintenance program. Annual maintenance is vital to increase the lifespan of your commercial heating, improve efficiency, and keep your unit free of repairs for a while longer. A technician will clean and inspect your heating and air conditioning system twice a year and let you know if anything is in need of repair or replacement. Most maintenance programs also include package deals and discounts as well.

At Air Conditioning Experts, we stand by the work that we do. That’s why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for any job. We also offer 24-hour emergency service, should a heating emergency threaten the operation of your business in the late hours of the night. Finally, you can purchase membership in our maintenance program for a twice annual heating and cooling tune up and valuable discounts on parts and services.

Call our experts today to get maintenance, repairs, and installation for your commercial heating in Brandon.

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