“Rob from Air Rescue saved us last night! He was so nice he even cleaned my filter for me and gave me some energy saving tips! I have been in customer service for 10 years and Rob really impressed me! He really cares!”
– Kylee P.
Florida is already humid anyways, but the wet and rainy summer time makes humidity levels higher than normal. This humidity can make you uncomfortable and create more problems for your air conditioning system. One of the most important duties of your AC system is to remove any moisture.
What to look for at home
If you air conditioning system is turning off 4 to 5 times an hour during the hot Florida summer, it’s not performing efficiently. Your AC system should run continuously 40 to 50 minutes to maintain the temperature in rooms as well as keep the humidity at a comfortable level. When the system first begins cooling it will use the most energy, more than it will us in the next 30 minutes. If it is turning on and off multiple times within an hour it would be using more energy than it would running for a consistent 2 hours.
Mold and mildew
Humidity can make you uncomfortable in your home, it can also allow mold and mildew to grow. You may find this in bathrooms and on walls and ceilings. If wood floors and windows begin to warp this is also a sign of high humidity levels. The high level of humidity must be reduced or mold and mildew will occur.
One thing that comes from short air cycles is uncomfortable humidity level in your home. If you have the right sized system for your home, it will allow you to feel comfortable even if the temperature is set at 76. If the humidity levels are low then it will be much more comfortable. The humidity level in your home should not be above 50%.
Schedule an appointment to have the humidity levels in your home checked, we can help you keep your home safe by informing you on ways to control moisture and avoid mold growth.
“The technicians that fixed my air conditioning were very friendly and professional. I was impressed with how knowledgeable they were. They took the time to explain and inform me of the problems and necessary procedures to fix it. Not to mention, the prices were great. I will definitely be a returning customer and highly recommend this company to everyone!”
– Erica N.
“Air Rescue is the Tampa Bay A/C Professional. Pete and Mason came out the day I scheduled and worked nonstop in 90+ degree heat to install our new two Amana 15 SEER 2ton units. We got a great deal and our new a/c is so quiet and cool! The 2 techs, Pete & Mason, wore booties and put down coverings over our carpet. We had to have a crane lift the compressors up to the third floor, but no problem. I thought we might go one night without air, but Pete & Mason sweated it out until 9:30pm and got our new a/c running cold. We had the best night sleep in years. These guys know what they’re doing. They came back the next day to make final adjustments for another 1/2 day. The Amana units are covered parts and labor for ten years, service for 2 years and the Amana Copeland compressor is garanteed for life! Thank you, Air Rescue! We’re finally comfortable in the Florida heat!”
Home owners are constantly searching for the correct and best energy efficiency recommendations. The first thing you should do is get a home energy audit, this will assess how much energy your home uses and will evaluate what you should do to make your home more efficient. During this process it will pinpoint where your home is losing energy, and determine how efficient your air conditioner or heater is. It will show you problem areas and will end up saving you money on energy costs.
Infrared Thermal Imaging
This process will provide info about areas that unreachable. It will expose all the areas where you lose heat in in the winter or where hot air is getting in during the hot summer days. This is an accurate method and will allow you to evaluate what solutions you need for your home. This camera detects very small but important differences in temperature from different parts of the house. This will show up on the screen as cold or hot spots that cannot be seen unless you have this special infrared camera. Some of these problems might be:
- Losing energy
- Not enough insulation
- Defective wiring and electrical work
- Moisture sources where mold can grow
- Leaky ducts
- Leaky ceilings
Why get an infrared inspection?
This infrared technology can see things that the eye can’t. This modern technique is much more effective than traditional techniques.
Blower Door Test
This process measures air penetration. A large fan will suck the air out of the home and depressurize it. Once this happens, air leaks are found and then you can fix these areas with caulking or insulation. The blower door test cannot pinpoint areas because you can’t see the exterior wall behind the finished wall. Professional experience is essential when finding air infiltration and leakage.
You can schedule your Home Energy Audit today, this process will help your home become more efficient.
An HVAC system works at its best whenever your thermostat is properly setup, you have enough insulation and your ducts are sealed and properly installed. Make sure all of these components are taken care of before you spend a lot of money on a new HVAC system, they could be whats causing the problems in your home.
How Old is Your System?
If your air conditioning system is more than 10 years old, then it is time to replace your system. Is your system getting fixed a lot or do you have rooms that don’t cool well? Don’t wait until your system no longer performs, be proactive and have it looked at by a professional. Use a company that is qualified, well trained and has the right equipment to properly diagnose your system.
You can save money on your electric bill by replacing your old inefficient system with a newer high tech model. This will also make your home more comfortable for you and your family.
If you think you may need to replace your old HVAC system, start researching before it actually dies, that way you have time to make the right decision. Since new systems are quite pricy, it might not be a good idea if you are only trying to cut energy costs. You should first look for other problems like leaky ducts, that can be fixed and increase efficiency and comfort.
Make Sure It’s Sized Correctly
It would be a great idea to get a more efficient system, but don’t be tempted to get one bigger than you actually need for the square footage of your home. A system that is too big won’t run well and it will actually make your home less comfortable because it will cycle on and off too often.
Your HVAC system also serves as a dehumidifier. If your system is too big it will cool the house too fast and shut off too early, which means incoming air will not be dehumidified. The combination of cold surfaces and wet air in your home can cause condensation which will eventually turn into mold. If mold spreads to the drywall or joists, you will suffer expensive repair costs.
Let the Professionals Do the Work
If your system is improperly installed, you can lose as much as 30% of your efficiency. It will cancel the savings that you thought you were going to get. Installation of an HVAC system should only be performed by licensed, insured contractors.
Would you like to learn more about what Air Rescue can do for you? You can call (888)638-3792 or Schedule an Appointment.
Every homeowner, every month strives to keep their heating and cooling costs as low as possible, while still keeping their home comfortable and safe. This is relevant to Home Performance.
HVAC, which stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, these systems make up a major part of your monthly electric bill. As we are in the midst of hot and humid summer days, Duke Energy is offering suggestions to increase the efficiency of HVAC systems during the rest of the summer. Duke Energy’s Smart $aver® product manager, Nathan Cranford, says that, “The energy you use to cool your home in the summer can account for half of monthly electric bills. Properly maintaining a home’s HVAC system can save you money and improve comfort in your home.” To increase the efficiency of your system during the hot summer, Duke Energy suggests the following:
Air Conditioning System
- During the hot summer months, set your thermostat to the highest comfortable setting. Energy Star suggests a minimum of 78F degrees. Changing the temperature by just a few degrees can cause significant savings on energy costs.
- Keep the coils on the exterior air conditioning system free of grass, dirt and leaves.
- New, high efficiency AC systems use about half then older air conditioning systems do. If your AC is under 10 years old, keep it, and keep it maintained. If it is older than 10 years, your best option would be to replace the old system with a new one.
- To keep a high performing and efficient system, it should be checked regularly by a qualified air conditioning and heating contractor.
- Replace or clean your air filters once a month, minimum. You can change it more, if needed.
- Humidity, especially in Florida, makes the AC unit work harder. While it may seem like a good idea to give your air conditioner a rest on cool nights and open up your windows instead, it might be a better idea to keep the windows closed to keep the dry, cool air inside. If it is supposed to be hot the next day, keep the air conditioner on and doors and windows closed to keep the humidity from getting inside.
Around the House
- Seal air leaks with caulking and weather stripping. Minimize door use to keep cool air inside.
- On hot, sunny days close blinds and curtains to block the heat from direct sunlight. This will reduce work for your air conditioning system.
- Turn off unnecessary lights and use energy efficient light bulbs. They will produce less heat and use less energy.
- Use ceiling fans or oscillating fans to circulate the air in rooms. Make sure you turn the fan off when you leave a room and remember, fans cool people, not rooms.
In the Attic
- If you have leaky ducts, they need to be repaired or replaced. If air vents are located in your home’s ceiling, the ducts run through the attic. Have a professional check and make sure you aren’t losing cool air into the attic. Proper functioning air ducts can save you up to 20% on cooling energy costs.
- Make sure you have sufficient insulation and ceiling cracks are sealed to keep cool air from escaping.
“Just as vehicles need to be tuned up regularly, HVAC systems should be serviced regularly as well,” said Cranford. “Implementing just some of these suggestions is a good start to lower you monthly energy costs and keeping your home cool and comfortable. This will ensure your air conditioning system runs efficiently.”
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