• How Do Pets Contribute to Indoor Air Pollution?

    From children of all ages to adults and seniors, pets play an important role in the family dynamic. There are benefits to being a pet owner, such as having a companion if you are single, or helping to lower stress and blood pressure. In seniors, the role of pets helps prevent depression and can help avoid the frustrations of aging since there is a furry friend that requires their attention.

    cat and dog sleeping together

    However, what many people may not realize is that pets and indoor air quality go hand-in-hand . Pets shed hair and skin cells (dander), just like humans do. Excess pet dander and hair in the home lowers the overall air quality. If you or someone in the home suffers from allergies, you may notice you are sneezing more often, experiencing itchy or running eyes more frequently, or having problems breathing.

    Unlike humans, pets tend to shed much more. Pet hair and dander can get into all sorts of places too, such as:

    • On Furniture
    • Under Sofa and Chair Cushions
    • In Bedding
    • Under Beds
    • In Closets
    • In Cracks and Crevices
    • Along Baseboards
    • In Air Ducts

    Keeping pet hair and dander to a minimum requires pet parents to perform some added housekeeping chores more often. Ideally, pet owners should sweep, dust, and vacuum at least weekly. All bedding should also be laundered on a weekly basis.

    In addition, your home’s air conditioning and heating filters need to be replaced more often. Pet hair and dander are easily blown around the home and sucked into the return air vent. The filter blocks most of this but does become dirtier faster.

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    As a result, we highly recommend checking your AC filter once a month and replacing it when needed. Even if you have a “pet” air filter installed that says it only needs to be replaced every three months, it does not mean it cannot quickly get clogged with pet hair and dander.

    Clogged Air Filters Increase AC Repair Services

    Dirty and clogged air filters cause your air conditioning to work harder. You may notice a spike in your utility bill because the AC has to run longer to achieve the same cooling effects. Additionally, since the AC is running longer, it places more strain on the unit that can lead to overheating, frozen cooling coils, and a host of other problems.

    Furthermore, this added wear and tear on the system shortens the expected lifespan of the entire system. The same is true during the winter months, here in Tampa, when you might need to turn on the heat to warm up your home. Whether you have a “combo” unit or separate furnace and air conditioning system, clogged air filters damage your home’s HVAC system.

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    Clogged Air Filters and AC Ducts

    Pets and air quality issues extend into the ducts running throughout your home. Depending on the age of your home, you may have floor ducts, where the ductwork is under the subflooring or ceiling ducts. With floor ducts, you have other things to worry about with pet ownership aside from pet dander and hair.

    • Toys – Your cat or dog could accidentally drop a toy down through the openings in floor ducts. The toys have your pet’s saliva on them and could even contain food particles, pet dander, pet hair, and bacteria.
    • Pet Food – If pet food falls down into the ductwork, not only does it have bacteria and pet saliva on it, but it can also attract unwanted pests like mice and roaches.
    • Kitty Litter – If your cat likes to bat kitty litter around when using the litter box, and it gets down into your ducts, it could have urine and feces on it. Over time, this can make your house smell like one giant litter box!
    • Dirt – Dogs go in and out of the home and can track dirt, mud, feces, and other such materials into the home on their fur and paws. If they walk over open floor ducts, these things can fall into the ducts. The same is true if you let your cat outside from time to time.

    If your home has floor air ducts, we highly recommend to include an inspection of your ductwork during your annual or bi-annual AC maintenance and tune-up visits. This way, if foreign objects, pet hair, and dander are an issue, you can have them cleaned to help maintain better indoor air quality in your home.

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    For ceiling ducts, pet hair and dander can still be a problem. It does not hurt to get annual inspections. During inspections, your AC repair technician will look for gaps, openings, and other areas where the ducts are not properly sealed.

    Improperly sealed ductwork can also contribute to increased air pollution in the home, as well as increase your heating and cooling costs. For instance, if there is a large enough gap in between two duct sections, cooled or heated air is escaping.

    As this air is blown out, it can create a suction force that draws in outdoor air or interior wall air, which can also contain dirt and dust. In homes with pets, pet hair and dander can be blown out of the openings as well as drawn back in, which further reduces indoor air quality.

    In addition, in newer homes, rather than traditional metal ductwork, some builders are opting to use heavy plastic ducts instead. While these certainly cost less, they can easily get punctured, torn, and ripped. This can introduce even more contaminants into the home, including animal dander and hair from outdoor animals that might gain entry through the crawl space under your home!

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    How Duct Sealing Helps Improve Indoor Air Quality

    When your ductwork has been properly sealed by your air duct repair technician, including around the air vents that are in the rooms in your home, there are fewer potential entry points into the home’s cooling and heating system for pet dander, pet hair, and other contaminants.

    With floor ducts, it is highly recommended to have fine mesh screens installed as part of the sealing process. This way, the screens catch pet dander, hair, food, toys, and kitty litter and keep them out of the ducts.

    Other Air Quality Tips for Pet Owners

    Aside from your regular housekeeping chores, there are other things pet owners can do to help reduce the amount of pet hair and dander that gets distributed around the home, into return air vent filters, and ducts.

    • Brush your pets every few days. Pets shed a lot! You would be surprised by how fast a pet brush or comb gets filled with their pet hair. If you get into the habit of brushing your cats or dogs more often, they will have less hair to shed. Plus, your cats or dogs will appreciate the attention they are getting and will start to look forward to “brush-time.”
    • Move pet items away from floor ducts and the return air vent. Keep pet food, water, bedding, litter boxes and other such items away from floor air ducts, as well as the return air vent. Moving these items away will reduce the number of items that get into ducts, as well as sucked into the air filter.
    • Give your dog a bath regularly. Since dogs spend time indoors and outdoors, they can start to smell really bad. Weekly baths not only help keep your dog from stinking but also wash out pet dander and any pet hair you missed during brushings.

    A word about baths and cats: We wouldn’t recommend giving cats a bath—not unless they like playing in the water and are accustomed to it. You can talk to your vet about a waterless shampoo for your cats to help keep them smelling great if they spend any time outdoors.

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    We hope these tips and suggestions will help enable you to better control pet dander and pet hair in your home while keeping your home’s AC and heating system running smoothly. If you haven’t had AC maintenance and tuneup service in a while, want to get your ducts inspected, or have questions about duct sealing, please feel free to contact Air Rescue at 813.375.9982 today for service in the entire Tampa Bay area!

  • Proper HVAC Installation Matters

    A new HVAC system represents a big investment, and it’s understandable that some home or business owners will want to cut costs on installation. This can be a grave error if they pick an unqualified contractor to install air conditioning units, as a shoddy installation job can result in long-term problems and expenses.

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    Heating and air conditioning units and their associated ductwork and infrastructure are complex systems that require precise installation. If the job’s not done right, the system won’t perform efficiently and may be more prone to breakage and have a shorter life. Energy Star, a federal program that evaluates appliances for efficiency and environmental impact, estimates that about half of all heating and cooling systems don’t perform as they should because they were improperly installed.

    An HVAC system that’s not providing optimum performance can be costly for home and business owners. HVAC systems account for about 40 percent or more of our energy consumption. Energy Star estimates that improper installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30 percent .

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    Qualified air conditioning and heating contractors ensure your system performs at its best by selecting a proper unit and ensuring that the system’s components and infrastructure are properly installed. Here are a few ways trained technicians can ensure your system works properly:

    • Getting the right size unit – Ever try powering a go-kart with a HEMI? How about a Porsche with a lawnmower engine? Size matters when it comes to HVAC units, and choosing an appropriate unit is key to reducing energy costs and ensuring the longevity of your system.

    If your HVAC system is too large, you’ll experience temperature swings and hot and cold spots throughout your home or business, as well as high humidity and over-sized utility bills. If your unit is too small, it will struggle to reach desired temperatures on hot Tampa summer days. The increased workload on the small system will likely cause it to wear out well before its time.

    Qualified contractors will follow Air Conditioning Contractors of America guidelines to determine the heating and cooling load for your home or business. Once that’s done, they’ll select an appropriately sized unit.

    • Duct installation – Your HVAC systems ducts carry the hot or cold air it is generating throughout your home, heating or cooling rooms as needed. Poorly installed ductwork will lose hot or cold air, forcing your system to work harder to achieve desired temperatures. Energy Star estimates that 20 to 30 percent of the air moving through ducts is lost . Poor installation is a cause of this loss, as well as pinhole leaks that can occur in ductwork over time.

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    Qualified contractors will ensure that ductwork is designed and installed in a manner intended to maximize efficiency. They will also seal ducts as needed to prevent leaks. After installation, a good contractor will also inspect the system to ensure that it is airtight.

    • Getting the refrigerant right – Refrigerant is the medium that moves heat through your HVAC system, removing heat from the air inside the home. HVAC units need just the right amount of refrigerant to ensure optimal performance. If not enough refrigerant is present in the system, it will have reduced cooling capacity and be inefficient. Over time, it can put increased wear and tear on the system as it works harder to cool than it should.

    If a system is overcharged, the operating pressure will be incorrect and refrigerant slugging can occur. Refrigerant slugging occurs when liquid enters the compressor instead of vapor and can cause severe damage to the compressor.

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    • Ensuring proper clearance – Part of your outdoor unit’s job is to release heat extracted from the air inside your home and business into the outdoor air. It can’t do this if it’s obstructed by flora outside. Rain runoff or falling ice or snow from roofs may also damage the unit.

    Your air conditioning and heating contractor must ensure the unit is properly placed outside. The unit should be well enough away from roof and gutter overhangs to protect it from falling objects or debris and trees and shrubs around it should be cleared to prevent obstruction.

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    How Do I Recognize a Faulty Installation?

    If your HVAC unit is malfunctioning or if your heating bills are inexplicably high, a faulty installation may be the root of your problems. Checking these components can help you better inform qualified HVAC technicians about your problem, allowing them to determine its cause more quickly.

    • Make sure you have the right unit – Record any product information about your unit, such as manufacturer and product number, and also determine the square footage of your home. A quick online search can help you estimate whether your unit is too large or too small for your home. If you can’t figure it out, relay the information that you’ve gathered to an HVAC technician, who can make a determination.
    • Check out the ducts – Leaky ductwork is often the culprit in installation failures. Where you can, check your system’s ductwork for any leaks or loose connections. If you see one, make a note of it and inform a heating and air conditioning repair professional ASAP.
    • Watch your bills – If you’ve just purchased a new unit, you can often determine if it was installed improperly by monitoring your energy bills for a few months. If your bills are higher than they were with your old system, and you’re not using it more, chances are that something is very wrong with your new unit or its installation.
    • Check your unit – Give your HVAC unit a visual inspection. Check to see if it appears to be too close to your home or if it doesn’t look like it’s properly set up. If you see something that looks odd, be sure to report it to an HVAC professional.

    Improper installation won’t be the cause of every malfunctioning or under-performing HVAC unit. If your unit is more than 15-20 years old, chances are that the age of the unit has more to do with the problem than installation issues. Regardless of the cause of the issue, getting the problem fixed quickly before it costs you more money is important. To ensure the job is done right, you need to pick a qualified contractor.

    Choosing a Contractor

    When choosing a heating and air conditioning repair service, it pays to hire a contractor with good training and experience. Your contractor should employ technicians who have undergone thorough trade school or on-the-job training in HVAC systems and who are knowledgeable about the latest units on the market. Your contractor should also have relationships with trusted name-brand HVAC unit manufacturers and should be able to discuss the design and quirks of your unit’s manufacturer.

    hvac unit maintenance

    Word-of-mouth is often the best way to find a qualified HVAC repair and installation company. Ask your friends and neighbors who they’ve used and who they recommend. You can also get a good feel for a contractor’s abilities and areas of competence by checking out online reviews.

    Air Rescue is a Tampa, FL air conditioning and heating contractor that has provided local residents with top-notch installation and quality products for more than 70 years. During Florida’s hot sweltering summers, A/C is one thing you don’t want to be without, and Air Rescue ensures its customers get the relief they need with fast and effective repairs and service .

    Air Rescue technicians are highly trained and capable of providing HVAC installation, total system rejuvenation, duct sealing, and other services. Contact Air Rescue today for a no-hassle quote and inquire about the company’s cost-effective service plans.

    Sources

    1. https://www.angieslist.com/articles/heating-bill-still-high-new-hvac-system-may-be-improperly-installed.htm

    2. https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_hvac

    3. https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_ducts

  • Should I Replace My Furnace at the Same Time as My Air Conditioner?

    Here in Tampa and other areas of central and south Florida, it largely will depend upon the type of heating and cooling system used in your home. Many homes have what is known as a “packaged system” or all-in-one air conditioner/heating solution.

    This type of system has most of the parts and components required to cool and heat your home contained in a single unit. They are beneficial because they eliminate the need to have a split system, where one part of the air conditioner (AC) is outdoors, the furnace is indoors, and they share the same blower and air handler indoors.

    hvac technician

    With a packaged system, you can use that extra space inside the home for a pantry, laundry room, or other purposes. Even if you have an existing split-system, and it is time to replace the furnace and AC together , you may want to consider a packaged system instead of separate units.

    If you have a packaged system and something goes wrong where the unit needs to be replaced, then, yes, you will need to replace your furnace and AC at the same time. However, if you have a split system, then, in certain cases, you may be able to replace the AC but not the furnace and vice versa (replace the furnace, but not the air conditioner).

    When Should You Replace Your AC and Furnace?

    Your AC and furnace will eventually need to be replaced with a new system. One telltale sign that it is time for a new furnace or AC unit is when heating and AC repair is becoming a monthly occurrence. This is a good indication the system has reached the end of its usefulness. Rather than continue to spend money on monthly repairs, it makes more sense to buy a new system.

    The average lifespan and usefulness of heating and AC systems vary, but a good general timeframe is:

    • 15 – 20 years on packaged systems
    • 20 – 30 years on furnaces (split systems)
    • 10 – 15 years on air conditioners (split systems)

    Most people will attempt to push their existing systems to the upper limits before replacing them. Part of this has to do with the costs associated with getting a new system.

    furnace system

    However, in more recent years, as technological improvements have made home heating and cooling systems much more energy efficient, we are finding people are replacing their systems when they are between 10 and 15 years old. This allows them to take advantage of the newer efficiencies and increased energy savings.

    You should also consider replacing your AC and furnace if you notice your energy bills are increasing. This could indicate the system is no longer operating at peak efficiencies. A tune-up from one of our AC and heating repair technicians might help if your system is not that old.

    On the other hand, if it is getting up there in years, then a tune-up is only a short-term fix. Eventually, you will need to replace the system, as tune-ups will no longer help maintain the system’s efficiency.

    Benefits of Replacing Both at Once

    The most obvious benefit of replacing both your AC and furnace at the same time is you will have a “matched” split system. This means all of the parts and components used indoors and outdoors are designed to work together to provide maximum operating performance and energy efficiencies.

    With an “unmatched” system, where you replace only the AC or the furnace, the maximum efficiencies output by the new part of the system may not be able to be fully reached. This will largely depend on the age of the other part of the system you are not replacing.

    new furnace units

    Another benefit of replacing both units at the same time is you may qualify for a special rebate, incentives, and offers by the system manufacturer. Home heating and cooling unit manufacturers often run different promotions, much like car manufacturers, so you will want to inquire what current incentives are available.

    In addition, your home heating and cooling sales and installation company might provide a discount since you are purchasing both at the same time. For instance, the costs to replace just the furnace could run between $2,000 and $5,000, depending on the model and features.

    However, if you were to get a new furnace when you had your AC replaced, the costs to add this on could range from $1,000 to $3,000. Please keep in mind, this is just an example to illustrate how you could save money by doing both at the same time, and your actual savings and costs can and will vary.

    Other Reasons to Replace Both at Once

    Aside from aged systems and potential cost savings, there are other times when it makes sense to replace both your AC and furnace at the same time, as follows:

    • The installation of the new system poses specific challenges that make the job difficult. If the furnace or the blower and air handler are in hard-to-access areas, you may want to do both at the same time.
    • You live in a remote rural area. If you are already having a technician come out to replace your AC or furnace, and you know the other one will need to be replaced in the near future, it is better to get both done at once.
    • You want to upgrade to an HE (High-Efficiency) AC model. If you are looking at new AC units with a 16 SEER rating or higher, then you will want to get a new furnace at the same time. This is because these HE units have to be matched to a compatible furnace model. These types of systems require variable speed motors and other modern technologies to operate correctly.

    You are getting ready to retire. Once you retire, if you are like most retirees, the last thing you want to worry about is having to buy a new AC or furnace on a fixed income. Replacing both now allows ensures you will not have to worry about this expense for the next 10, 15, or 20 years.

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    Times When You Will Not Want to Replace Both

    There are a few times when you may not need to replace both the AC and furnace at the same time. These exceptions apply to split systems, not packaged systems.

    • The AC unit is less than 5 years old. Split system AC units will last between 10 to 15 years, on average. So, if you are replacing the furnace and not converting from a split system to a packaged system, then it can be better to wait.
    • The furnace is less than 10 years old. Furnaces on split systems last between 20 to 30 years, on average. Since furnaces have almost double the lifespan of AC units, it makes more sense to wait and replace both the next time the AC unit has to be replaced.
    • A salesperson told you to replace both. If you went shopping for a new AC unit or furnace at a showroom, the salesperson may have said you had to do both at the same time. The reason they said this is partially because they are working off a commission, so, if they can sell you both, they earn more.

    If you know you need either a new furnace or AC and are not sure if you should replace both, the best thing to do is to contact us and have one of our licensed, bonded, and insured HVAC technicians take a look at your system. Our technicians will let you know if you can wait on one or the other or if it would be better to replace both now.

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    For more information on whether to replace both your AC and furnace, HVAC system repairs, furnace or AC maintenance, installation , or for help selecting the right system for your home, please feel free to contact Air Rescue at (813) 375-9982 today!

  • 11 HVAC Must-Dos Before You Leave on Vacation

    You’ve boarded the pets, asked the neighbors to get the mail, and turned off all your appliances and lights. You’ve taken care of everything, and now you can enjoy a few weeks of well-earned vacation away from the hassles and tasks at home.

    Not quite. Before you hit the road, there are a few things you need to do regarding your HVAC system to keep it in good shape and ready to resume service when you return. At the end of your vacation, the last thing you want to do is return to a hot, sweltering home and a big heating contractor bill because you failed to take a few simple precautions before leaving on your trip.

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    Your HVAC unit is one of the most complex pieces of machinery in your home. It’s also one of the biggest consumers of energy, accounting for about 48 percent of energy use in the typical home in America, and likely even more in hot and humid areas like Tampa. Properly maintaining it when it’s in use and during periods of dormancy such as vacation travel will help preserve the longevity of your unit and help you keep your energy costs down.

    Vacation HVAC Checklist

    Before your next vacation, be sure to take care of these tasks to keep your unit in good repair and to lower energy costs while you’re gone:

    • Turn it down, don’t turn it off – Contrary to popular belief, you shouldn’t completely shut down your HVAC unit while you’re gone. HVAC units are designed for regular usage, and when they are inactive for long periods, important components can deteriorate and operate at diminished capacity when put back into regular use. Also, when your HVAC isn’t active for long periods of time, moisture can build up in your home, creating conditions where mold can flourish.
    • When preparing to leave your home for a vacation, turn your thermostat up by about five degrees. Your unit won’t run as often as it does when you’re there, and the need for a comfortable temperature is paramount, but it will run enough to prevent moisture buildup and to provide sufficient activity for the system. Experts say the ideal temperature to turn up your unit to in the Tampa area is around 80 degrees.

    • Change the air filters – Under normal conditions, you should change your air filters once a month to prevent them from becoming clogged. While you’re gone, your HVAC unit will be running less often, and dirt and dust will have less of an opportunity to build up on the filters.
    • You should still pop a fresh one in the unit before you leave to ensure the unit has the best possible protection from dirt and dust while you’re away. If you’re leaving for an extended vacation of several months, it may be worthwhile to have a neighbor or your regular ac maintenance technician change the filter a few times during your absence.

    • Prepare for adverse weather – Tampa is prone to storms during the summer, and these storms can cause damage to an HVAC unit. The most likely cause of storm damage to an HVAC unit is that of downed trees and limbs. Before leaving on vacation, inspect the area around your unit to see if there are any limbs hanging over it. If there are, remove them. Also, clear the area of underbrush and other objects a storm could cause to collide with your unit.
    • Give your home a good vacuuming – Dust and other contaminants will accumulate while you’re gone and will circulate through your HVAC system. Reduce the amount of dust and allergens available to accumulate by giving your home a thorough vacuuming and cleaning before you leave for vacation.

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    • Ensure sufficient airflow to your outdoor unit – Good airflow is essential to the operation of your HVAC unit. When the outdoor unit’s air intake is clogged, it has to work harder to perform, consuming more energy and putting more wear and tear on the device. Before leaving on vacation, check the intake on your unit and clear any leaves, limbs, or grass clippings from it.
    • Make sure all windows are closed – Closing all the windows will reduce the amount of hot air entering your home, causing your unit to run less often. It’s also just good common sense from a security and safety standpoint.
    • Close all your blinds and curtains – Blocking sunlight from entering your home will reduce the temperature inside, thus reducing your unit’s workload. You’ll want to make sure that there’s no direct sun shining on your unit’s thermostat, as this can cause it to indicate the room is hotter than it actually is, resulting in increased usage of the unit.
    • Make sure the unit isn’t leaking – A leaking unit is the sign of a serious problem. If your unit is leaking, resolve the issue before you leave for vacation. An AC technician can quickly diagnose the problem and make a fix, averting the likelihood that the leak will result in the system failing. Replacing a system is much more expensive than fixing one, in most cases, so you’ll need to take care of this problem ASAP.

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    • Make sure all vents are open – Open all the vents in your home to ensure that air flows throughout the system and your house. HVAC systems are designed to operate with maximum airflow, so opening the vents will allow the system to operate in optimal conditions while you are away.

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    • Clean your system’s condenser coils – Your outdoor condenser coils are vital to the operation of your system. Condenser coils take heat collected from your home and release it into the outdoor air. When condenser coils are dirty, they won’t function at peak efficiency.
    • You can easily clean your condenser coils with water and coil cleaner but, if you’re not comfortable with doing this, you can get an firm to handle the job for you. If you clean the coils yourself, be sure to turn off the power to the unit before beginning work.

      Keeping your coils clean is one of the most helpful things you can do to reduce energy consumption. According to the Department of Energy, dirty coils can increase the amount of energy needed to run your unit by about 30 percent . Giving the coils a good cleaning before leaving for vacation helps ensure they don’t accumulate debris and dirt that can hinder their effectiveness.

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    • Use a smart thermostat – If you haven’t invested in a smart thermostat yet, now may be an opportune time. Smart thermostats allow you to program your thermostat to run at certain times or maintain certain temperatures. Many can be managed remotely from your mobile device.
    • Smart thermostats are great for people who own multiple vacation properties, as they can adjust those properties’ thermostats remotely for reduced use when guests aren’t in residence. For vacationers, a smart thermostat can ensure that they don’t return to an uncomfortably hot home.

    By taking appropriate steps before they hit the road, vacationers can avoid expensive A/C repair bills when they return. Homeowners can also avoid expensive repair work by entering into service agreements with reputable ac repair and maintenance companies. These contracts provide regular service, such as inspections, coolant recharging, duct cleaning, and more and can help homeowners avoid having to replace their units too early.

    Air Rescue is a Tampa HVAC repair and maintenance firm offering a wide range of services, including ac repair, ac maintenance, duct repair and replacement, total system rejuvenation, and furnace repair and replacement. For comprehensive care from a firm with the experience and expertise to handle all problems, contact Air Rescue today.

  • Life Before HVAC: Short & Unbearable

    If you visit Tampa’s historic Fort Brooke in the summer, the first question that will likely come to your mind is, “How did the early explorers stand this heat without air conditioning?”

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    There’s a good reason why Florida’s population didn’t explode until the mid-20 th century. Before air conditioning became widespread, the state was simply too hot and muggy to make it a comfortable place to live. Once air conditioning became an affordable technology and HVAC technicians began installing systems throughout homes in the state, Florida was finally able to realize the potential offered by its beaches and (at the time) low land prices.

    Air conditioning has had a major impact on human health and development around the world, allowing people to live in previously uninhabitable places and providing the comfort necessary to extend human life and increase productivity. Today’s modern HVAC units aren’t the only way humans have tried to control their climate over the centuries, however. Throughout history, humans living in hot climates have employed a number of technologies to cool their homes and other buildings.

    • Ancient Egypt – Pharaohs of Egypt cooled down thanks to the sweat of others. Artwork from the period shows rulers and other high nobles being cooled by large fans waved by servants. Fans were often made from the feathers of large birds.

    • Ancient China – In second century China, inventor Ding Huan developed a novel method of cooling a room. Huan developed a manually powered rotary fan that incorporated seven wheels into its design. Later Chinese inventors extrapolated on Huan’s design. During the Tang dynasty, Liang Tian developed a water-powered rotary fan system.
    • Ancient Rome – Many wealthy Romans cooled their homes by using water from the city’s aqueduct system to circulate cool water through the walls of their residences. Fabulously wealthy Romans went to greater extremes. The emperor Elagabalus imported tons of snow via donkeys from nearby mountains and piled it up next to his villa to remain cool in the summer.

    • Medieval Persia – In medieval Persia, builders created a novel way of cooling buildings by harnessing the abundant wind resources available there. The towers used windows for capturing winds. Internal vanes inside the towers funneled cooler air into buildings below and pushed warm air out of the buildings. Architecturally gorgeous, many of these towers still stand throughout the Middle East and are still functional.
    • Colonial America – Famed inventor Benjamin Franklin played a role in developing the technologies that later gave rise to the modern air conditioning unit. Franklin and a friend, John Hadley, worked together on experiments involving the evaporation of alcohol and ether to reduce temperatures. Franklin and Hadley evaporated alcohol and ether and lowered the temperature of a mercury thermometer from 64°F to 7 °F. As any HVAC technician can tell you, evaporation of coolants plays a major role in modern cooling units.

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    • 1800s America – One of the early applications of electricity was powering rotary fans. Water and steam-powered rotary ceiling fans began appearing in the early 1860s and 1870s in the U.S. In 1882, electric fans began appearing in homes and businesses.
    • 1900s America – By the 1920s, ceiling fans became commonplace in the U.S. By the 1960s, they fell out of vogue as air conditioning became widespread in the U.S ., but remained popular internationally, particularly in countries where the electrical infrastructure was not sufficient to support the level of energy consumption required by AC units.

    Ceiling fans experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s when energy efficiency became a major concern in the U.S. Today, many homes use ceiling fans along with AC units as an energy efficient cooling solution.

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    The Development of Air Conditioning

    What we recognize today as an HVAC unit was developed in the early 1900s by inventor Willis Carrier. Carrier developed a machine that sent air through water cooled coils. Carrier’s machine wasn’t intended to cool homes and buildings—Carrier was trying to control humidity in a printing plant where he was employed.

    Carrier saw the potential in his device and made further innovations, and today’s units which use pressurized coolants to remove heat from buildings were the eventual result. Other manufacturers continued refining the concept. Frigidaire developed a split-system room cooler in the 1920s, and General Electric later refined this design, developing a self-contained room cooler.

    In the 1930s, manufacturers began combining the concepts pioneered by Carrier with refrigeration technology to create what we recognize today as air conditioning units. General Motors engineers began using chlorofluorocarbon coolants to create a system that cooled buildings by moving heat from inside to the outside.

    In the early days of air conditioning, HVAC units were prohibitively expensive and only the very wealthy home and business owners could afford them. In the early part of the 20 th century, people often flocked to their town’s movie theater in the summer months as it was often the only place in town with air conditioning that could accommodate a large crowd.

    Time and continued developments in the technology made air conditioning increasingly accessible to the public. In the 1940s, Henry Galson developed a window air conditioner which became the first successful window unit product, selling 43,000 systems by 1947. As the technology continued to develop, new home construction increasingly incorporated central air conditioning into their design. By the end of the 1960s, most new homes had central air conditioning.

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    Today, about 87 percent of homes in the U.S. have air conditioners . The rise of air conditioning has made cities in the South and West more comfortable and contributed to a shift in U.S. population from the Northeast and Upper Midwest.

    Work continues to make HVAC more energy efficient and reduces its environmental impact. Today, the average household spends about 48 percent of its monthly power bill on heating and cooling costs. Environmental concerns led to the industry abandoning chlorofluorocarbons, but concerns remain about the replacement coolant, hydrofluorocarbons. Research continues into the use of non-vapor compression technology, which will have less of an impact.

    Government regulations have helped to increase efficiency. Since 1992, the U.S. energy department has mandated energy conservation standards. Experts say the standards will result in about $29 billion in energy savings from 1993 to 2023. New standards enacted in 2006 are predicted to yield $70 billion in savings between 2006 and 2035. Thanks to developing technology and the regulatory push, today’s air conditioners use half the energy they did in 1990.

    Benefits of Air Conditioning

    Air conditioning certainly makes life more comfortable and has allowed people to live and work in parts of the country that were previously not very appealing because of the unrelenting heat. In addition to comfort, air conditioning has some very positive health benefits, including:

    • Easing respiratory symptoms. Many people with asthma and allergies do much better in air-conditioned environments with air filtration systems.
    • Reducing heat-related stress on the body, which is helpful to people with chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
    • Dehumidifying air. Air conditioners can help dehumidify the air in your home, which reduces the likelihood of mold growing in your home. Mold contributes to many respiratory illnesses that can be serious.

    When looking for a reliable AC contractor to install and maintain your heating and cooling system, it’s important to find a company with a track record of success.

    Air Rescue is a Tampa AC maintenance and repair company . In business since 1946, the company has built a reputation for technical expertise and top-notch customer service. Air Rescue’s staff is highly trained, and the business offers a membership plan that provides customers with two annual maintenance checks, guaranteed response times, and deep discounts on repairs.

  • Seven Ways Tampa Residents Can Save on Summer HVAC Bills

    Tampa residents can always count on a spike in energy bills and other costs related to keeping their homes cool during the sweltering summer months. If cooling costs are making a huge dent in your monthly budget, it may be time to make some investments of time and money that will create greater savings in energy and AC maintenance costs in the long run.

    Tampa has a humid, subtropical climate, and the city stays hot from May through October. Even the winter months will have a few days where you’ll need to turn on the air conditioning. Seasonal highs for the summer months have average highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s. The high humidity makes the heat even more uncomfortable.

    Because temperatures in Tampa get so high, and because the city has an extended hot season, residents can end up spending quite a bit of money on keeping their homes and businesses cool. Not all this expense is necessary, however, as inefficient habits and home and HVAC maintenance needs can drive up energy bills in the summer. Smart property owners can lower their bills by adopting some new behaviors and making a few needed changes to their home and business property.

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, air conditioning accounts for about 48 percent of the average home’s energy consumption . A great deal of this energy is wasted on cooling empty homes or operating inefficient HVAC units. By optimizing your home and your habits, you can shave a significant amount off your energy bill. Good AC maintenance practices can also save you money by extending the life of your HVAC unit.

    Ways to Save on Summer HVAC Costs

    For homeowners looking for ways to save on their summer cooling bills , these tips make a great starting point:

    • Turn the thermostat up – Perhaps the easiest way to reduce cooling-related energy costs is to use your unit less. By maintaining a slightly warmer temperature in your home, you can save a significant amount on your heating bill. Wearing lighter clothes, such as thin shirts and shorts at home will help you avoid getting too hot from a higher setting on your thermometer.

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    avoid turning your thermostat to a cooler-than-usual setting when you turn it back on after having it turned off for a while. It won’t make your home cool more quickly, and will just result in a cooler-than-comfortable room and added energy expense.

    • Use a ceiling fan – Ceiling fans can make a room feel six to seven degrees cooler, thanks to the wind chill effect. On moderately warm days, you can get away with using just fans for cooling. On hotter days, you can use them along with your AC unit. You won’t have to work the AC unit as hard to reach a comfortable temperature, saving you energy, as ceiling fans use less electricity.
    • Install a dehumidifier – Humidity makes your HVAC unit work harder to cool your home. In very humid parts of the country like Tampa, this can be a big problem. Adding a dehumidifier to your unit will help with this problem. You can have an air conditioning contractor install a dehumidifier on your HVAC system to better manage humidity levels in your home. Most experts recommend maintaining a humidity level between 40 and 60 percent in your home for maximum comfort.
    • Install a smart thermometer – How often are you away from your home for hours, but still leave the air conditioner running? A smart thermometer can help you avoid spending money to cool an empty home. These thermometers can be programmed to operate only during certain hours, and some can even learn your daily routine and run the unit accordingly. Some even have a convenient feature that allows you to control them remotely from your smart phone, ensuring that you don’t waste energy while you’re at work or away from home, but never come back to an uncomfortably warm home, either.
    • Install solar screens or window films – Solar screens are less expensive than installing new windows and can help intercept up to 70 percent of solar energy before it enters your home. Experts with the U.S. Department of Energy say these screens are helpful for east and west-facing windows. Window films can also block solar energy. These thin, metallized sheets reflect heat before it can penetrate window glass.

    In addition to these methods, you may also wish to install sturdy curtains and blinds in your home to reduce the amount of solar energy making its way through your windows.

    • Have your HVAC unit serviced – An inefficient or improperly operating HVAC unit will cost you in energy bills. There are a variety of things that can go wrong with an HVAC unit that can run up your energy bill, such as improperly operating fans or malfunctioning condensers. According to the Department of Energy, about 20 or 30 percent of the air moving through the ducts of a typical home is lost through leaks in the duct work. Hiring an air conditioning contractor in Largo, FL to come to your home and inspect your unit and ductwork can help you identify maintenance needs that may be running up your power bill.

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    • Insulate your home – If you’re living in an older home, it may not be sufficiently insulated. If your home has a garage that was enclosed to create additional space, this space may not have been properly insulated, either. Hiring a contractor to check your home for proper insulation, and to perform other maintenance tasks such as installing new weather-stripping can help lower your cooling bills.

    Air Rescue’s Track Record

    For homeowners who wish to hire a Largo AC maintenance firm to help with their HVAC system needs, finding a reliable provider is important. Tampa residents have been using Air Rescue for their HVAC needs for generations. This family-owned Tampa business has built a reputation over 70 years for great customer service and technical excellence in installing, maintaining, and repairing HVAC units.

    With Air Rescue’s assistance, Tampa homeowners can enjoy lower energy bills and cooler homes . Call Air Rescue today for a free consultation to learn more about how this AC maintenance and repair company can help you.

    Sources

    1. https://energy.gov/public-services/homes/heating-cooling

    2. https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_ducts

  • Six Warning Signs Your Air Ducts Need Cleaning or Replacement

    Most people give little thought to their HVAC system’s ductwork until something has gone horribly (and expensively) wrong with it. This is a huge mistake as a little preventative air duct maintenance can go a long way toward keeping your system running efficiently and preserving the indoor air quality of your home or business.

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    Let’s face it. Here in Tampa, air conditioning is something you just can’t live without. With average highs in the low-to-mid 90s in the summer and an average daily humidity of around 74 percent , life in Tampa becomes quickly unbearable without a properly functioning air conditioning unit.

    Your air ducts are important infrastructure for your HVAC system. Your ducts provide a conduit for the cool or heated air produced by your HVAC system to flow into the various rooms of your home to achieve your desired temperature. When ducts are obstructed or have leaks, it can cause your system to lose efficiency, running up your energy bill and increasing wear and tear on your HVAC unit.

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    Air conditioning repair experts recommend duct cleaning every few years to dislodge dirt and other debris in the ducts. If your ducts haven’t been cleaned in a while, here are a few signs that cleaning is needed immediately.

    Warning Signs Your Ducts Need Cleaning

    • Unexplained spikes in your energy bills – If your bills are climbing and there’s no good explanation for the hike, such as increased usage or mechanical problems with your unit, you may have clogs or leaks in your ducts that are reducing the system’s efficiency. Air conditioning repair services can inspect your ducts to see if this is the problem and take steps to clean and seal your ducts as needed.
    • Signs of rodent or insect infestation – If you see or smell evidence that rodents or insects may be living in your ducts, it’s definitely time to have your ducts cleaned. Debris from these infestations can cause damage to your HVAC system, reducing its efficiency. Over time, the smell from droppings and other debris can also become highly unpleasant. Also, having contaminants from rodent or insect droppings and shells and husks from insects circulating through the air that you and your guests breathe can cause sickness. A rodent or insect infestation in your ducts represents a big health threat, and one you should deal with immediately.
    • Dirt and debris around your vents – If you’re noticing dirt and debris around your vents, there’s a very good chance that your ducts have developed blockages or have a high amount of contaminants circulating through the system. High levels of dirt and debris circulating through your system can exacerbate allergies and other respiratory problems, so it’s well worth your while to have your ducts cleaned.
    • Unexplained respiratory problems – If you or members of your family are having unexplained allergy, sinus, asthma, or other respiratory problems, excessive dirt and debris circulating through your ducts may be the problem. Air cycles through your home about seven times a day, and if your ducts have high levels of dirt and debris, it can have a big impact on indoor air quality. If sneezing and wheezing have become a problem in your home, and if it’s been years since your last duct cleaning, you may want to call an air conditioning maintenance company out to inspect your ducts and clean them.
    • Visible mold growth – Because of Tampa’s humid climate, mold growth is a huge problem here. Mold exposure in homes has been linked to many health issues , some of them very serious. Mold can often cause respiratory issues, eye irritation, throat irritation, and even skin irritation. People with compromised immune systems or chronic lung illnesses may develop serious infections if exposed to mold.

    If you see mold growing around your vents or inside your ducts, do not hesitate to call an air conditioning repair company to perform an inspection and cleaning of your ducts. Mold is more prevalent in Florida than most parts of the country, so homeowners must be constantly vigilant against this serious health threat. Catching mold infestations early before they can spread throughout the home and become difficult to eradicate can help reduce the cost of remedying this problem.

    • Dusty air filters or air return grilles – If your recently installed air filter is covered in dust, chances are that your ducts are clogged and need cleaning. Return air grilles with thick, fuzzy coatings of dust are also indicators of a duct problem.

    How Ducts Are Cleaned

    Professional duct cleaning services can provide a thorough cleaning far beyond what the average homeowner can do on his or her own. Air conditioner maintenance service technicians have specialized tools and training that allow them to remove nearly all dust and contaminants from duct work, even in the most hard-to-reach places.

    When duct cleaning services visit your home, they’ll often inspect the unit and ducts. Technicians will use small cameras to check the more inaccessible areas of the ducts. After inspection, technicians will use specialized brushes and tools to loosen debris within your ducts.

    Next, they will use a vacuum to remove dirt and debris from the ducts. They will also likely clean the cooling coils and the blower unit. Your technician may also decontaminate your ducts with germ and odor-killing compounds. In addition to cleaning the ducts and other parts of your unit, your technician will also clean grilles and vents.

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    If your technicians detect leaks in your ducts, they may offer to seal these leaks. It’s well worth your while to have leaks sealed, as the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 20 to 30 percent of the air that moves through your home is lost through leaks in your duct work. A properly sealed duct system can reduce air loss, thus reducing the amount of work your HVAC system must do to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home.

    Taking care of your ducts can reduce your power bills and increase the longevity of your HVAC system by reducing its workload. As new HVAC systems can cost thousands of dollars to install, keeping your system running efficiently for as long as possible can save you lots of money. Regular cleaning of your HVAC ducts can also greatly benefit the indoor air quality in your home or place of business.

    Poor indoor air quality is being increasingly linked to a variety of illnesses , and modern home design has made maintaining good indoor air quality difficult because new homes are so tightly sealed for energy efficiency purposes. Cleaning your ducts can help keep mold and contaminants from constantly recirculating through your home and giving rise to respiratory and other illnesses.

    When hiring a company to perform air duct cleaning services, make sure you hire a professional company with the tools, training, and experience to do the job correctly. Check online reviews and ask your friends and neighbors who they use for air conditioner service. Talk to prospective service providers about their professional credentials and experience. Also, don’t be afraid to ask prospective providers for references.

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    Air Rescue is a Tampa-based air conditioning repair and maintenance company. In business since 1946, Air Rescue has experienced staff and a well-earned reputation for excellence. Air Rescue also is committed to staying abreast of the latest changes to the HVAC industry—the company’s technicians regularly train with the newest HVAC technologies. The company has several affordable maintenance options available to customers, including a club membership program that provides discounts on important repair and maintenance services.

  • The Five Benefits of Air Filtration

    We need it to survive: clean air is as important as the water we drink and the food we eat when it comes to physical and mental well-being. Unfortunately, many live their lives without any type of air filtration system in their homes and places of work.

    Perhaps because many of the most troublesome air quality pollutants are functionally invisible, it can be difficult to recognize the need for whole-home air filtration as a necessary aspect of any AC installation.

    Fortunately, home air cleaners and filtration systems come in a variety of cost-effective forms. When people experience the difference that air purification makes to their health and happiness, they tend to realize just how important clean air is. Here, we’ll discuss several benefits of air filtration, and some of the ways that an air purifier can work to improve your home and even your quality of life.

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    Allergies and Asthma

    Anyone who lives with seasonal allergies can attest to the frustration and difficulty that come with regular changes in the weather. When seasons shift, it can wreak havoc and throw a monkey wrench into our overall productivity at work and at home.

    Busy working people don’t have time to take off from their lives when sniffling, sneezing, watery eyes, and other hay fever symptoms emerge like clockwork following the seasonal proliferation pollen and other allergens in the air.

    In addition to seasonal symptoms triggered by the explosion of pollen-producing plant life around spring time, allergy-sensitive individuals are often plagued by reactions to dust mites.

    Mites live and reproduce in neglected dusty areas of the home and have been proven as a cause and irritant of dermatological and respiratory allergies. Asthma sufferers, in particular, are susceptible to dust mites and other minuscule atmospheric interlopers, and trying to get rid of them with a vacuum cleaner often just makes things worse by upsetting the resting mites and vaulting them into the air.

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    Air filtration works wonders for asthma and allergy sufferers by removing such triggers from the air in your home or office, giving you an oasis of respite from the ravages of seasonal allergens. Sneezing fits and bouts of hay fever symptoms can destroy healthy sleep patterns, and over-the-counter medicines to treat said symptoms often leave people feeling hazy and slow.

    Adding home air cleaners as part of your next HVAC repair will lead to an immediate reduction in symptoms and suffering that seasonal allergies mean for so many.

    Pet Dander

    Pets like cats and dogs are often considered a part of the family. In many homes, they’re allowed inside, on the furniture, and often sleep right alongside us in bed at night. Unfortunately, their contribution to the household goes beyond simply being cute, loveable companions. Pets leave dander everywhere they go. Dander is created from the buildup of tiny skin flakes and other microscopic pollutants that can accumulate on couches, beds, and other lounge furniture which, over time, will have a negative impact on the overall air quality in your home.

    Simply vacuuming up the visible fur and debris in their wake barely makes a dent in the problem.

    Have you ever had someone over for dinner, only for them to have an allergic reaction or remark on the “pet smell” in your house? Air filtration helps mitigate pet dander and creates an air system virtually free of allergens, so that any friends who are bothered by cats can finally come inside for a visit without feeling miserable the entire time.

    Odor Control

    Even if your pets are incredibly clean and well-groomed, their odor can quickly permeate the house if left unchecked, particularly if your animals are allowed freedom to move between the indoors and outdoors. In addition, there are many other odors common to living spaces which tend to hang heavily in the air even after the source has been removed.

    Regular preparation of strong-smelling foods like fish, eggs, kimchi, or curry can “stain” the air in your kitchen and dining areas with their scent, as can tobacco smoke, which can waft indoors through open cracked windows and doors even if nobody smokes inside the home.

    Companies specializing in air conditioning repair in Tampa, FL are well-versed in air filter installation and maintenance, and their HVAC repair professionals will be the first to sing the praises of an air purifier when it comes to ousting troublesome and lingering smells throughout your home. There’s no need to live with pungent food or smoke odors when a good filtration system can clean the air that you breathe and remove the tiny odor particles which like to hang around.

    Germs and Bacteria

    Even beyond allergies, there are all types of microscopic pollutants which can set up shop and reproduce in your home, biding their time until they can infiltrate your body and derail your immune system.

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    Mold spores, many of which can be harmful to our health and, in some cases, potentially deadly if left unchecked, tend to thrive in damp and humid areas like bathrooms, swamp coolers, and pool houses; during the dog days of the heavy Florida summer, “damp and humid” is an apt descriptor for the general atmosphere, which is why quality filtration and air conditioning near Tampa, FL is an absolute must.

    Mold proliferation in your home, even if you can’t see it, can destroy a healthy immune system and cause lung infections and difficulty breathing if inhaled—sensitive people don’t even need much exposure to mold in order to be triggered by spores.

    In addition to microscopic spores, germs like the flu virus and other health hazards are routinely carried into our homes from the outside world on our hands, clothes, and shoes, and can easily find a roosting place within your home to infect you when you least expect it.

    An air purifier works to scrub your home free of spores, viruses, and other microscopic airborne menaces which seek to derail your life and make you sick, which is especially important when it’s hot and humid.

    Atmospheric Benefits

    Air filtration systems have many benefits, but also have immediate and easily appreciable advantages when it comes to the overall home atmosphere. Their primary function may be to remove breathable pollutants from your air, but many people choose to install air purifiers for home comfort.

    Clean, filtered air is, quite simply, easier to breathe. While this assertion may raise eyebrows among people who have never experienced the difference between filtered and unfiltered air, the difference is noticeable and often remarked upon by satisfied customers following the installation of an air purification system.

    Heating and cooling near Tampa, FL is big business because the weather in the Sunshine State can be so oppressive; to live comfortably during the humid summer months, in particular, some level of air conditioning is an absolute must for homes and businesses alike.

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    A quality air filtration system does a lot of heavy lifting in the way of removing moisture from the air and creating a cooler, cleaner feeling atmosphere inside your home. In addition to the cooling benefits of a standard AC installation, air filtration actively wicks moisture molecules from the air in your space and helps dehumidify the area for maximum comfort and air conditioning efficiency.

    Don’t go through another brutal summer without speaking to an HVAC repair specialist about the difference filtered air can make to your health, home, and happiness.

  • Can an HVAC System Increase the Value of Your Home?

    A home’s property value is subject to many variables, and many can be altered by the homeowner with a renovated kitchen or bath, new and improved roof with functioning gutters, crisp paint, and more. These maintenance tasks must be completed for a home to be up-to-date and increase the value of the property. When a home does not go through proper, scheduled renovations, the property value dips. It makes sense, you’d pay more for a car that’s clean and properly maintained than one that is rusty and old.

    One variable that is often overlooked, however, is the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system of a home. A quality HVAC near Tampa, FL allows for proper climate control and makes living comfortable for the entire family. This goes double for homes in Tampa, FL, where the weather is often hot and humid weather. A home with an efficient HVAC can cool the entire house and keep the humidity outside, where it belongs.

    If you are planning to sell your home for top dollar, here are a few reasons for you to make sure that you have a quality HVAC system.

    When to Replace Your HVAC System

    An HVAC system is considered old once it hits the ten-year mark. Normal wear and tear from everyday use is natural for any system. It must filter out air particles that can trigger allergies or discomfort, remove heat, pump cold air throughout the household, and ventilate air to assure good air quality. The newer an HVAC system is the more efficient it is both economically and functionally, when all components are running smoothly, which is more attractive to potential buyers. Before you sell your home, an appraiser will examine various aspects of your home and gauge their value. Their appreciation of the components in your house depends on how new and how well maintained they are, as well as their functionality. They will examine the foundation, roof, and the HVAC system.

    If your HVAC system has run in your house for ten years or more, your home may be valued less by an appraiser. When they add all of the aspects your home has to offer, your HVAC system may prevent it from reaching its full value potential. When potential buyers look to buy your home and see they’ll have to replace the HVAC system sooner rather than later, they will make a lower offer as a way to counteract their future expenses.

    What to Consider

    Let’s say your HVAC system has been a loyal piece of machinery to you for over ten years and you now want to sell your home. It has served you well, but you know that in order for your house to have the highest possible value, a new HVAC system must be put in place . But before you go out and buy whichever HVAC system has the highest price or the newest accessories, there are a few things you must consider if you truly want to increase the value of your home.

    • Fancier Isn’t Always Better – There is a limit to every renovation a homeowner makes, including HVAC systems. That means that your home will only increase a certain amount, regardless of the investment you make towards your home. You must consider the value of your home and by how much a new HVAC system will increase it. The newest top-of-the-line model may be worth more than the investment will return.
    • Consider the Neighborhood – Your local neighborhood should also factor into your renovations. There is such a thing as going overboard with your renovations; not all renovations must be top of the line. In fact, doing so may hurt your chances of selling your home. New and improved renovations may increase the value of your home so much that potential buyers looking to live in that area may skip your home because it is simply out of their price range. If buyers find your home and make an offer, it will likely be much under your asking price and you may have to settle on losing profit on your investment.

    Make sure to speak to a real estate adviser to get a good understanding on the added values based on the neighborhood and home type to ensure that you get the most out of your home and new HVAC system.

    The Right HVAC System

    There is an HVAC system that is right for every kind of home in every kind of neighborhood. Once you find it, then you can start to look at the different models that exist within that niche. Things like a smart HVAC system which can be connected and controlled through various devices, or a green HVAC system which is incredibly energy efficient.

    Heating, ventilation and air conditioning services near Tampa, FL are built both for multi-story homes and for single-story homes. Make sure that you purchase an HVAC system that is right for your home. Buying the highest quality of HVAC system that fits within your scope may be costly in the short term, but the long-term benefits will come once you sell the home.

    A high-quality, energy-efficient model will reduce the energy costs associated with keeping the home cool during the hot and humid Tampa days, thus, increasing the value of your home. HVAC systems are comforts for which one pays, the better the HVAC for that home, the more your home will sell for. Green technology is a commodity that is increasing in popularity that not only helps save the planet, it helps save money in your and potential buyers’ wallet.

    When potential buyers notice that you have put in the time and effort to ensure that your home–their future investment–is properly maintained, they are more likely to trust you and the dependability of the home in which they see themselves and make you an offer which you may not be able to refuse!

    Location, Location, Location

    If you travel frequently and wonder about the necessity of an air conditioner, you are going to get various answers. In Tampa, however, the answer will be unanimous: it’s a necessity. With our climate being humid and hot nearly all year round, you need to be able to run an air conditioner efficiently and economically for your home to appear attractive to buyers. An air conditioner is part of a complete HVAC system, so it is important to keep that in mind while shopping.

    The value of your home is not set in stone–you can help increase it in order to get more out of your investment. The HVAC system is one of the elements which is often overlooked by those who wish to increase the value of their home. Before you sell your home and get it appraised by a professional, make sure you hire a proper HVAC and air conditioning service that will serve you and your home perfectly, increasing its value by the maximum amount and getting a great return on investment.

  • Why It’s Important to Keep Your Air Ducts in Good Condition

    Your HVAC system includes your air conditioner, heater, and the air ducts that run throughout the house. By scheduling regular air duct cleaning and air conditioning maintenance in Tampa, you can keep your entire system in good condition. This is important to reduce your energy bills, future maintenance costs, and keep your family healthy. Here is a better look at why it is important that your air ducts be in good condition: air - duct - maintenance

    Keep Energy Bills Low

    If your air ducts are slowly leaking air, then you are gradually losing money. As your heated and cooled air leaks through the ducts, your energy bills are rising every month. By keeping your air ducts in good condition—with regular inspections by qualified HVAC personnel—you can keep your energy bills low throughout the year. Sealed and quality air ducts keep the air contained and flowing in the directions it should be. This will make your home more comfortable and reduce your energy bills.

    Reduce HVAC Strain

    The more your heating and air conditioning units must work, then the more strain and use is being put on them. If your air ducts are leaking, rusted, or broken, then your HVAC units must compensate for the leaking air. By overcompensating, these units will work much more than normal, which will cause unnecessary strains and repairs. You may have to replace your air conditioner and heater or schedule costly repairs sooner, if your air ducts are not in good condition.

    Prevent Air Contamination

    Part of your system’s job is to filter the exterior air before it reaches the inside of your home. Filtering removes dust, dirt, pollen, and other air contaminants so that you will have a healthy and comfortable interior. If the air ducts are leaking, then these contaminants are also leaking into your house. This can cause allergic reactions, asthmatic symptoms, and other potential health concerns. Ensure your air is healthy by keeping your air ducts in good condition.