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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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The Best Time of Year for Ductless Cooling Maintenance

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

If you own a ductless cooling system, you want to make it last for years to come. Ductless systems are highly effective and efficient cooling and heating units, but a sudden replacement would be quite the unexpected expense. As a result, you may wonder what kinds of things can be done to keep the system in check and ward off any sudden repair needs. While a ductless system is designed to last for many years without much trouble, this is only possible if your system receives an adequate amount of maintenance. And professional maintenance by trained technicians is key to ensuring that you won’t run into too many costly issues over time.

Ductless cooling maintenance is recommended twice a year in Lithia as most homeowners use their ductless unit for both heating and cooling. A ductless heating and cooling system uses a refrigerant line to circulate refrigerant through the indoor and outdoor unit. A compressor and two coils are necessary for converting refrigerant as it moves through the system, as is a fixed level of refrigerant. In a majority of systems, a reversing valve is also included so that the refrigerant can flow in the opposite direction to bring heat into the home.

But any of these parts can suffer damage over time. Coils become dirty, which leads to inefficient cooling and overworked parts. Refrigerant levels can also drop if a hole develops in the line, which could cause reduced heating and cooling and potential compressor failure—a problem which usually requires replacing the outside unit.

Ductless systems require maintenance in both the heating and the cooling season. Generally, contractors advise that you schedule maintenance shortly before the heating season begins and sometime before the cooling season is in full swing. This is because components of your heating or cooling system may become worn down over time, allowing for premature failure or other sudden problems, plus reduced efficiency. But if you haven’t scheduled maintenance yet this year, now is the time.

With maintenance, a technician will clean and adjust some vital components that tend to wear down as the year goes on.

The experienced contractors at Air Conditioning Experts have the tools and expertise to detect any potential issues with your ductless cooling system. Contact us today. 

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Lithia Commercial Air Conditioning Repair FAQ: Is It My Compressor

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The “heart” of an air conditioning system is the compressor. This component is located in the condenser cabinet of the AC, where it works as a kind of pump that operates from a motor. The refrigerant in the air conditioner’s system starts the heat exchange cycle inside the compressor, where the component squeezes the liquid refrigerant until it transforms into a hot, high-pressure gas. This is what will propel the refrigerant through the rest of the system, first releasing its heat to the outdoors, and then traveling to the indoor unit where the cooled refrigerant absorbs heat. It then returns to the compressor to renew the cycle. For most commercial packaged air conditioners, the process takes place inside a single rooftop unit that houses the compressor and the functions of both an indoor and outdoor cabinet.

Without a working compressor, you don’t have a working air conditioning system, only a set of fans blowing room-temperature air around your workspaces. Trouble with the compressor can cause a variety of issues in an AC. If you detect anything that might lead back to the compressor, you must call Air Conditioning Experts for commercial air conditioning technicians. A burnt-out compressor is a major repair that requires replacing the compressor—and sometimes it’s more economical to replace the entire AC. Call for technicians before the compressor trouble can reach this point.

Air Conditioning Experts specializes in commercial air conditioning repair in Lithia, FL and the surrounding areas. We have 24-hour emergency service available so your employees and customers won’t have to sweat it out for long.

The first sign to watch for that you may have compressor issues is if the quality of the cooling in your workspace starts to drop and people complain of hot spots. This could indicate a number of problems in the AC, but the compressor is one of the first components that technicians will look into. Often, the motor that runs the compressor will be experiencing problems and require cleaning, lubricating, or a replacement. The compressor may also have become “tight” or “fixed,” and technicians can usually get it started again and remove the stress that caused the problem in the first place.

Another thing to look out for is “hard starting.” This is when the AC struggles each time it turns on. If you have a rooftop unit, this might be hard to notice because sound is the main warning sign: grinding and stuttering noises. You may, however, hear it coming from the vents. If you notice that the air conditioning system keeps turning off soon starting up, you may also have issues with the compressor and need to call professionals as soon as possible.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of timely commercial air conditioning repair in Lithia, FL when the compressor is in danger of burning out.

The compressor is a vital part of any AC system, and calling the commercial HVAC team at Air Conditioning Experts will help you protect your investment in comfort.

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3 Common Repairs that May Be Prevented with Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Living in Florida means we have to keep an eye on our air conditioning systems twelve months out of the year. Although the standard time to arrange for air conditioning maintenance is during the early fall to prepare for the heavy summer heat, it is never a bad time to schedule it if you were unable to get to it earlier in the year.

It is crucial that you do not skip a year of AC maintenance. Each year that an air conditioner goes without an inspection and tune-up puts it at risk for major repair needs, a breakdown, and a 5% drop in energy efficiency. Below are three regular repair issues that your air conditioner may encounter if it misses maintenance. Although regular maintenance is no guarantee against malfunctions, approximately 85% of the repairs that air conditioners often need are preventable with regular inspections.

To sign up for air conditioning maintenance in Lithia, FL, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. today and ask about membership in our Comfort Club.

3 repairs that maintenance will help your AC avoid

  1. Defrosting the evaporator coil: One of the most common malfunctions in an air conditioner is the frozen-over evaporator coil. This can happen due to dirt along the coil, a clogged air filter, or leaking refrigerant, and it will severely lower an AC’s cooling power to the point that it will generate no cooling at all. Maintenance cleans the coil, changes the air filter, and checks on the refrigerant level to prevent this from occurring.
  2. Replacing burned-out motors: The motors in an AC run the blower fan, the compressor, and the outdoor cabinet fan. If they lose lubricant or develop too much dirt, they will work with excess stress and eventually burn out. The only way to fix this is to have the motor replaced. Regular inspections will spot when motors need lubrication or cleaning to keep them from burning out.
  3. Unclogging the condensate drain: During maintenance, the technician will check the condensate pan in the indoor unit to make sure it is draining correctly and isn’t showing signs of algal growth that might block it. Should this drain become clogged, it will lead to the condensate water overflowing from the pan and causing water damage and increasing humidity in your home.

These are only a few of the ways that regular inspections and tune-ups help prevent repair needs and even early system replacement. Annual maintenance will also grant you peace of mind that your AC is in little danger from a breakdown during the hottest days of the year.

Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. offers the Comfort Club to deliver air conditioning maintenance in Lithia, FL. Joining the Comfort Club also provides maintenance service for your heater, plus a 15% discount on parts and labor.

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How Air Purifiers Use Electricity to Clean the Air

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Using electricity to clean your indoor air may sound like a strange concept, but it is actually very effective, especially when used in conjunction with an air filtration system. Cleaning the air with electricity entails charging pollutants in the air via ionization, forcing them to adhere to a cleanable surface. There are two kinds of electronic air purifiers from which to choose: electronic precipitators and ion generators. Each uses electricity to charge particles, but in a different way.

If you are interested in installing an electronic air purifier in your Lithia home, be sure to call the experts on whom you can count: Air Conditioning Experts.

Ion Generator

An ion generator cleans the air by dispersing negatively-charged ions into the air. These negative ions are created by sending high voltage electricity through thin metal wires or fins that create a negative charge on surrounding gas molecules; the ions then adhere to the particles in the air. Once the particles are linked with a negative charge, they are attracted to their opposite polarity on the surfaces in your home, such as walls, tables and counter tops, where they can be cleaned up.

Electronic Precipitator

Electronic precipitators are similar but have a different way of managing the particles. Unlike ion generators that disperse negative ions into the air, electronic precipitators draw particles in with fans. Once inside the precipitator, these particles are charged in a space known as a charging section or ionization section. The charged particles are then collected on oppositely-charged plates and permanently removed from the air.

Electronic air purifiers can be great at eliminating odors, smoke, allergens, dust particles and some biological contaminants. To fully maximize on the benefits of an electronic air purifier, it is recommended that they are paired with an air filtration system.

If you have questions about your indoor air quality, or want to know more about how air purifiers can enhance the indoor air quality of your Lithia home, call Air Conditioning Experts today and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

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