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All-Pro Electrical & Air Conditioning provides air conditioning, electrical and indoor air quality services in Boca Raton, FL and the surrounding areas.

Find the Perfect Indoor Temperature

The ideal temperature setting is something we rarely think about when fiddling with the thermostat in summer.

Though the perfect temperature may seem purely based on opinion, there are some factors we must all consider before setting the dial.

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the ideal indoor temperature for comfort is between 75°F (24°C) and 80.5°F (27°C) in the summer. This temperature range is based on factors like clothing, humidity levels, individual metabolic rate and airflow speed. Your personal comfort levels may deviate from this range, based on your body's metabolism, but not by very much.

Health

We must consider our health when setting our home temperature. The ideal body temperature is 98.6°F (37°C) so try to maintain that when possible. When you set your thermostat, the humidity of your home is also affected. Air conditioning lowers humidity, which can then dry out mucus membranes. This leaves you susceptible to colds other respiratory issues.

Temperature also affects sleep quality, which impacts your immune system and overall health. For most people, a temperature range of 65°F to 72°F (18°C to 22°C) works best. In the summer, this might mean running your air conditioner on hot nights. As with daytime temperatures, ideal sleep temperatures will vary depending on your body and how bundled up you are.

Energy savings

You can save energy on cooling by finding other ways to cool down in summer. Keeping your thermostat set to slightly higher temperatures will cut your energy bills by 6-8% per degree. You can use a fan with your air conditioner set to a higher temperature to keep cool while consuming less electricity.

Equipment performance and life cycle

Depending on how your equipment is sized, setting the temperature wrong may cause it to cycle on and off or cause it to run excessively. This has the undesired effect of reducing your equipment life cycle as it works harder and experiences more wear and tear.

Make sure that whatever your preferred indoor temperature, your air conditioner is correctly sized so it doesn't experience too much run time or too much cycling. Have a professional review your system to make sure it's the right size for your home.

Keep your cooling equipment ready to go Give us a call for any maintenance issues or simply to review your air conditioning so you're never stuck without cooling.

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How High Heat Effects Your AC

Heat waves are becoming more frequent and severe.

The results of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) experiments show that land areas on earth have become more likely to experience extreme heat.

Not only will you feel the effects when you take the kids to the park, but your air conditioner will experience it while you're cooling off at home.

Air conditioners are a type of "heat pump". That means they transfer heat from one place to another (from inside your house to outside). Normally, heat travels from a hotter area to cooler area so it naturally enters your home on a hot day. The air conditioner works to remove this heat and discharges it to the air outside.

The hotter the outdoor temperature, the harder your AC has to work. One of the effects of high heat is a drop in efficiency.

Your air conditioner efficiency drops when it has to work harder to cool your home, costing you money as your electricity consumption rises.

Since your air conditioner has to work harder and longer, it's inevitable that the lifespan of the unit will be reduced. Moving parts like the fan motor and compressor components burn out quicker and your AC needs more thorough maintenance to reduce and postpone total failure.

To help improve air conditioner's performance locate your outdoor air conditioner in a shady area, preferably with trees nearby, will allow it to run at a cooler temperature than the surrounding air. Setting the temperature inside your home to a slightly higher temperature, like 76°F (24°C) instead of the usual 72°F (22°C), will allow your unit to work less. If it's still too warm, combine your air conditioner with other means of cooling, like a standing fan or ice packs.

If your unit is close to its end of life, consider replacing it sooner. You will have the benefit of a unit that's more efficient and will reduce the risk of sudden failure on the hottest day.

Keep your AC in the best shape

Give us a call if you need to assess whether your air conditioner can handle the heat this summer and we'll help keep you cool during the worst of heat waves.

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Prepare for the next storm

Storms give us very little time to prepare. During the panic phase, just before the downpour begins, you may be focused on stocking up food, making sure you have candles or preparing to go to a storm shelter.

In the midst of all this, don't forget you have important equipment to protect. Here are 5 tips for keeping your air conditioner safe during a storm.

Turn off your AC

Electrical surges are common when lightning hits and you don't want your air conditioner's electrical components destroyed (and you certainly don't want a fire to start!)

Make sure your AC is off before the storm hits. If the weather is particularly hot, you can run it until the sky darkens (lightning might be flashing before the rains come so don't wait that long). Then make sure you remember to turn it off.

Cover it

Exposed components can be damaged from flying debris. Use a tarp, or board to cover your unit and protect it from anything that the wind throws at it. Protect your refrigerant piping from damage since leaking refrigerant is hazardous to both you and the environment.

Make sure your cover is secure so it doesn't turn into debris itself to cause damage elsewhere. And after the storm passes, remove the covering before starting up your unit.

Clean up your yard

Before the storm hits, pack away outdoor furniture, toys, your barbecue pit and anything else that's not tied down.

Clean up branches that might have fallen and inspect and remove anything else that could puncture your equipment. Collaborate with neighbors to clean up their yards as well. Storms have no respect for property lines!

Strap it down

If you live in a hurricane prone area, you need hurricane straps, which are specifically designed to withstand hurricane-strength winds.

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6 Home Features That Cut Energy Use

The move toward passive heating and cooling is growing.

It saves money and reduces greenhouse gases. Here are some ways to cut down on heat gains and losses from your home:

Insulation

Insulation slows down heat flow. In winter this means less heat escapes and in summer, it keeps your air conditioner from working overtime. In both cases, you have smaller equipment to worry about when building or replacing. Upgrading insulation is a sure-fire way to cut your energy use.

Proper sealing

If air leaks in around windows and doors, you undo everything your insulation does. Known as infiltration, this air carries moisture in summer and low temperatures in winter, taxing your equipment and wasting energy. Sealing off these locations is a fairly cheap way to cut back on your energy bills.

Window locations

In the northern hemisphere, the sun in winter sun shines from the south. The opposite is true for the southern hemisphere. Having large windows face the winter sun allows for sunlight to heat up those rooms, reducing your heating load. The downside is that more heat is lost through these windows at night and on cloudy days.

Window treatments

Curtains and blinds can reduce heat gain and loss depending on their insulative value. Blocking out the sun in summer keeps the space cool even if you have no shading from outside. Trees and foliage outside your window also reduce heat gain in the summer. If you pick the right trees that lose their leaves in winter, you still gain the advantage of winter sunlight heating your home.

Heavy curtains keep the heat in on cold winter nights, reducing losses from large windows.

Overhangs

Strategically placed overhangs can prevent your large windows from creating large problems in the summer. During this season, the sun is high in the sky. Overhangs that block windows from direct sunlight reduce the heating effect of the sun and keep your cooling bill down. The winter sun's low path across the sky allows sunlight to enter the room without being blocked by the overhang.

Type of glass

Glass performance has two main characteristics: heat transfer coefficient and shading coefficient. The heat transfer coefficient indicates how well the glass prevent heat from flowing through. The shading coefficient affects the sunlight entering the space. A higher shading coefficient keeps more sun out. Glass thickness, the number of panes and coating type all impact these numbers and vary between manufacturers.

You still need well-maintained equipment.

Even with minimal heat gains and losses, your HVAC equipment needs to run efficiently. Give us a call to assess ways you can reduce your energy usage and keep your equipment in top shape.

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4 Reasons to Tune Up Your HVAC Equipment

When was the last time you changed the oil in your car? Probably when the manufacturer recommended, based on the mileage and time since the previous oil change.

Your heating and cooling equipment should be no different. It might be stationary equipment, but it's certainly not something you can set and forget.

Maintenance is a must for your furnace and air conditioner, not an option. Here's what you can expect from a tune up:

  • A thorough inspection of the fan, burners, pulleys, belts, motors, heat exchanger and controls.
  • Burner cleaning.
  • Filter replacement if needed.
  • Lubrication of bearings.
  • Tightening of connections.

Reduce risk of shutdowns at the wrong time

The first reason to keep on top of your HVAC equipment is to prevent a major catastrophe. Having no furnace in the middle of winter is like shutting down at the side of the highway. You never want to be in that situation. Preventative maintenance on your furnace reduces the likelihood of being left out in the cold.

Keep your equipment working longer

The harder your equipment has to work, the shorter its lifespan. As with any machine, wear and tear will take a toll. The inevitable shutdown happens much sooner if you keep pushing your equipment without proper maintenance. Regular tune-ups will lengthen your HVAC equipment life, saving you money.

Lower your energy bill

No matter what shape your equipment is in, it has to provide the same amount of heating or cooling on a given day. A unit in top shape will do so with less effort, using less electricity and gas to keep your home at the right temperature. Proper tune up will allow your furnace or AC to work without emptying your pockets to pay outrageous energy bills.

Keep your family safe and improve air quality

Furnaces can introduce deadly carbon monoxide into your home if not maintained. A cracked heat exchanger can allow combustion gases to enter the supply air. A dirty burner can result in incomplete combustion, which in turn increases the amount of carbon monoxide produced. A professional inspection and tune-up will prevent these situations from happening, keeping you and your family safe.

Getting it done

To keep your home's air system working well, give us a call and we'll tune up your HVAC equipment so you'll be cool this summer and toasty in the winter.

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Is Your Home Well-Insulated?

Some homeowners seem to think that insulation is a top concern only during the winter season, which is obviously very, very mild in this part of the country. After all, it is during the winter that residents of colder states than ours bundle themselves up in order to insulate their bodies from the cold air, right? Some homeowners seem to think that insulation is a top concern only during the winter season, which is obviously very, very mild in this part of the country. After all, it is during the winter that residents of colder states than ours bundle themselves up in order to insulate their bodies from the cold air, right? Well, this is true, but the fact of the matter is that the insulation in your home plays a vital role all year long. Insulation doesn't simply keep heat in one's home. It serves to prevent the unwanted transfer of heat in both directions, meaning that it is just as important during our long, hot summers, as it prevents heat from making its way into your house. If you don't have sufficient insulation in Boca Raton, FL, you are going to run into a few different issues.
  • High cooling costs are the most obvious sign that you have subpar insulation in your home. If even one area of your house is poorly insulated, you are going to wind up running your air conditioner overtime as you try to evenly cool that house. The more you use your AC, the more it is going to cost you. In this way, poor insulation actually forces you to pay more for a lesser cooling performance!
  • Poor indoor air quality can also result from subpar insulation in one's home. The primary function of insulation is obviously not to protect your indoor air quality. However, it is an added benefit of having sufficient insulation throughout your home. If there is thin insulation in any area, pollutants from the air outside can more easily infiltrate your living space.
  • Discomfort is the most problematic of all issues caused by subpar insulation. The bottom line is that you should be completely comfortable in your home when running your AC. If heat is easily transferring into your home due to poor insulation, this just won't bet the case.

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Signs of Problems with Electrical Wiring

There is no way in which to overstate just how much modern homeowners benefit from their electrical systems. Electricity is an incredibly valuable and convenient resource, which is why it is pretty universal in homes throughout the country.There is no way in which to overstate just how much modern homeowners benefit from their electrical systems. Electricity is an incredibly valuable and convenient resource, which is why it is pretty universal in homes throughout the country. While today's electrical systems, and the wiring that they use, are safer than ever, it is important to remember that electricity is still dangerous when not used properly. If you have any reason at all to believe that you have a problem with your electrical wiring in Highland Beach, FL, dial our number right away. Whatever the problem may be, you can count on our electricians to resolve the situation properly. That way, you can use electricity reliably and safely in your home.
  1. Frequently tripped circuit breakers are among the most obvious signs that you've got a problem with your electrical wiring. Now, flipping a circuit breaker back into position is definitely more convenient than replacing a fuse. That doesn't mean that you can put up with this particular issue, though. Inconvenient or not, this problem suggests that you have an issue with your wiring, and that can prove dangerous.
  2. Flickering lights, or light bulbs that burn out frequently, could also mean that you have faulty wiring. If this is an issue throughout your entire home, this is especially likely to be the case. If it only happens with one particular fixture, it may be an issue with that fixture itself. However, it could still be a more serious wiring problem, and only a professional electrician can determine with certainty if this is the case.
  3. Burn marks on outlets and switches, or the smell of burning plastic, may indicate that you have faulty wiring that is creating a serious fire risk. Do not hesitate to dial our number if you encounter these problems in your home. Your safety is far too important to ignore such issues.

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AC FAQ: What Is an Evaporator Coil?

We are no strangers to residential air conditioning systems in this part of the country. In fact, the very notion of living without a reliable whole-house cooling system is something that most of us wouldn't even entertain for a moment.

We are no strangers to residential air conditioning systems in this part of the country. In fact, the very notion of living without a reliable whole-house cooling system is something that most of us wouldn't even entertain for a moment. Despite our familiarity with the comfort that our air conditioners allow for, though, many homeowners in the area don't really understand how that comfort is made possible.

There are a number of different components in any whole-house air conditioning system, and each plays an important role in the cooling process. Among the most vital of these components is the evaporator coil. Read on to lean more about what this coil does for your AC in Parkland, FL.

Evaporation and Heat Transfer

As you probably know, your air conditioner doesn't exactly generate cool air. Instead, it manages to cool your home by removing heat from the air that is already in your home. To do this, the evaporation of refrigerant is necessary. This evaporation takes place, appropriately enough, in the evaporator coil. This coil is located within the indoor air conditioning unit. The cool refrigerant in the coil evaporates as it absorbs heat from the air passing over and surrounding it. Remember, heat is always going to try to balance temperatures, and will naturally move toward cooler climates. The warm refrigerant then travels through the refrigerant lines until it reaches the condenser coil outside. Here, the refrigerant is condensed and cools down. The heat that it absorbed from the air in the house is vented outdoors. With that step of the cooling process complete, the refrigerant then heads back inside, to repeat the steps required of it until the temperature in your home is satisfactory. It is a relatively simple process, but one that we really could not -- or at least wouldn't want to -- live without here in Florida.

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AC Tip: The Importance of the Condensate Drain Line

You've probably seen us talk about the condensate drain line on this blog before. It is an important part of any air conditioning system, and one that can potentially lead to serious operational problems if not kept in great working condition.

You've probably seen us talk about the condensate drain line on this blog before. It is an important part of any air conditioning system, and one that can potentially lead to serious operational problems if not kept in great working condition. That is why it is so important that you have an understanding of the trouble that it can lead to. Maintaining a condensate drain line is not complex. You don't need to be a professional to ensure that the drain line is free of clogs and debris. Read on to learn more about the adverse effects of a backed up drain line, and contact us with any questions that you may have.

Water Damage and Icing

We won't talk too much about the damage that backed up condensate can cause in your home, as we've discussed it before. If the drain line backs up, it can cause water to pool around your AC. That can lead to staining, wood rot, and may even promote the growth and proliferation of biological pollutants. One issue that we have not touched upon, though, is the fact that backed up condensation can actually lead to ice developing on your home cooling system. When that happens, a downward spiral of sorts can be put into effect. How does the condensate ice up, though? When our hot and humid air hits the evaporator coil in our AC systems, heat and moisture is removed from the air before it is redistributed throughout the living space. This is the foundation of the cooling process. However, if the condensation removed from the air does not drain outdoors, instead backing up, the coil can cause it to freeze. This will then wind up blocking the drain line even more severely, and the problem will continue to grow.

Protect your home and your comfort by letting All-Pro Electrical & Air Conditioning handle your AC services in Delray Beach, FL.

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Trouble Cooling Your Home? It May Be Your Thermostat!

To say that you need a great air conditioner in this part of the country is really to state the obvious. When dealing with heat and humidity of the kind that we live with, your air conditioner is a vital part of your day to day life.

To say that you need a great air conditioner in this part of the country is really to state the obvious. When dealing with heat and humidity of the kind that we live with, your air conditioner is a vital part of your day to day life. That is why we suggest that you contact us as soon as you start having any problems with your home cooling system. Not every issue will require complex professional repairs, of course. Even so, having a qualified technician investigate matters is the only way in which to guarantee that the problem, regardless of how severe it may be, is properly diagnosed. In many cases, your thermostat in Boca Raton, FL may be to blame.

Is Your Thermostat In the Wrong Place?

Did you know that many factors, including its installation location, can seriously affect its overall performance. If you have your thermostat installed right next to a window, for instance, or in a spot constantly in direct sunlight, the it may actually register temperatures hotter than they are in your home. That can lead to your system working harder than it should have to. You know what that means, right? Higher energy bills, which nobody wants.

Is It Malfunctioning?

If your thermostat used to work just fine, but is no longer signalling your air conditioner to cycle on and off as it should, then it is very possible that it is malfunctioning. This is going to require professional services to resolve. While it is possible that repairs may be completed, you may also need to have your thermostat replaced. If so, we'll make sure that you have the best thermostat for your needs, and that it is integrated into your home and your system correctly.

Is It Set Properly?

This may sound a little obvious, but you should definitely check your thermostat settings if your air conditioner is not cooling your house the way you expect it to. We all make mistakes from time to time, especially when distracted. It's possible that you've set your thermostat to its "fan only" mode, or that you've simply set the temperature higher than you meant to.

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Why Use a Hard Start Kit?

You probably know that your air conditioner is going to use the most energy when it is just starting up, as opposed to when it is just running continuously. That is why short cycling, in which the system starts and stops too frequently, is such a problem.

You probably know that your air conditioner is going to use the most energy when it is just starting up, as opposed to when it is just running continuously. That is why short cycling, in which the system starts and stops too frequently, is such a problem. Starting the AC up over and over again not only wastes energy, but it also puts a lot of unnecessary strain on the compressor. This is due to the fact that the AC has to get the everything up and running and the refrigerant moving from a full stop each time it starts up. In fact, your AC may use anywhere from 5-10x as much power when starting up as it does when it is running. Using a hard start kit can greatly benefit your air conditioner in Highland Beach, FL.

How Does a Hard Start Kit Work?

A hard start kit cannot eliminate the power surge that your air conditioner will experience when first starting up. What it can do, though, is greatly cut down on the amount of time that it takes for your compressor to get up and running. Many kits can cut this startup time in half, which really adds up over the course of our long heating season, when your air conditioner is starting up many thousands of times. The kit serves to give the compressor a boost when it is just getting going, powering it through the startup process.

Benefits of Using a Hard Start Kit

Say your car breaks down, and you have to push it off of the road a bit. You are going to need some help to get it going, right? Once you've built up a bit of momentum, though, you'll probably be able to push it along on your own. The hard start kit does much the same thing. Once it provides the extra power necessary to get your air conditioner running, it's job is done. The other components, including the run capacitor, can take it from there. By cutting down on the strain when starting up the system, you cut down not only on energy consumption, but on the level of wear and tear that increases the risk of damages and which may shorten the lifespan of your home cooling system.

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What Are the Benefits of an AC Tune-Up?

You've heard it said time and time again; you must schedule routine air conditioning tune-ups. At some point, though, you've undoubtedly wondered just how it is that professional air conditioning maintenance in Parkland, FL actually benefits you. You've heard it said time and time again; you must schedule routine air conditioning tune-ups. At some point, though, you've undoubtedly wondered just how it is that professional air conditioning maintenance in Parkland, FL actually benefits you. We'll give you a few examples to help you better understand just why it is that regular air conditioner tune-ups are so necessary. Improved energy efficiency is one of the greatest ways in which scheduling routine air conditioning maintenance can benefit you. We run our air conditioners constantly for much of the year in this part of the country, so it is important that they are working efficiently. You don't want to live uncomfortably out of fear of high energy costs. Better reliability is another way in which professional air conditioning maintenance can benefit you. At first, the wear and tear incurred by your air conditioning system over the course of the long, hot cooling season can negatively affect the efficiency with which it operates. Eventually, though, the very integrity of your system itself may be put at risk. Prolonged lifespan is a long term benefit of professional air conditioning maintenance. All mechanical systems have finite lifespans, obviously. However, there is no reason to allow your system to break down earlier than is absolutely necessary. By allowing our technicians to thoroughly inspect and tune up your home cooling system, you can keep it in prime working condition for as long as possible. Air conditioning maintenance entails much more than simply cleaning the system and replacing the air filter. It is not the type of service taht you can hope to complete on your own, no matter how handy you may be. That is why you should dial our number if you are serious about getting the most from your system.

Schedule AC maintenance with the professionals here at All-Pro Electrical & Air Conditioning.

 
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3 Signs of Problems with your Air Ducts

While ductless mini splits have certain grown more popular over recent years, cooling one's home with a ducted central air conditioner is still far and away the most popular method of doing so. If you have any problems with the ductwork in your home, you are not going to be able to enjoy the quality performance that you deserve from your home cooling system.

While ductless mini splits have certain grown more popular over recent years, cooling one's home with a ducted central air conditioner is still far and away the most popular method of doing so. If you have any problems with the ductwork in your home, you are not going to be able to enjoy the quality performance that you deserve from your home cooling system. That is why we'd like to share with you a few warning signs that there are problems with your ductwork. Read on, and remember that we offer the duct testing and duct sealing services you need in Boca Raton, FL. 

Hot Spots

If you are trying to cool your home with your central air conditioner, but there are hot spots in your living space, it is very possible that faulty ductwork may be to blame. Your ductwork will simply not be able to evenly distribute cooled air throughout your home effectively if it is leaking. If you notice unbalanced temperatures in your home, especially if it is a new development, contact us to have your air ducts tested and, if necessary, sealed.

High Cooling Costs

Much as we'd love to tell you otherwise, cooling your home is not going to come free of cost. Chances are, because we use our air conditioners so much on so regular a basis, that you have a general idea of how much it costs to cool your home. If you notice that the cost of cooling your home is getting higher and higher, though you've not changed your cooling habits, it may be due to leaky ductwork reducing energy efficiency.

Low Indoor Air Quality

Have you found that your home is dustier or a bit dingier looking than usual? Is it hard to keep up with your cleaning? Are your allergies or asthma symptoms really starting to act up? When your ducts leak, pollutants can make their way into those air ducts. Once that happens, your ductwork itself can be responsible for distributing pollutants throughout your entire home.

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3 Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning

The majority of homeowners use central air conditioning systems that utilize air ducts in order to distribute conditioned air throughout their homes. This is a far better alternative than using multiple window units, which are inefficient and leave your home insecure.

The majority of homeowners use central air conditioning systems that utilize air ducts in order to distribute conditioned air throughout their homes. This is a far better alternative than using multiple window units, which are inefficient and leave your home insecure. These are not your only options, though. Many homeowners are coming to understand the benefits that choosing ductless air conditioning in Parkland, FL has to offer. Read on to learn more about them. If you decide that going ductless is right for your home, dial our number today to schedule service.

Efficiency, Control, Comfort

Ductless mini splits are very efficient home cooling systems, as you don't have to worry about any air loss via leaky ductwork. Why? Because there is no ductwork in use. Ductless mini splits use individual, wall-mounted blowers to cool those rooms in which they are installed directly. There is no risk of inefficiency stemming from air leaks in the system. Plus, these blowers are all controlled by their own individual thermostats. That means that you can easily zone your home, cooling different areas to different temperatures. This style of operation helps homeowners to take greater control over the way in which they cool their homes. This means that you can not only cut down on the amount of energy that you use to cool your home, as you won't have to cool it to one set temperature throughout, but also that you can keep everyone in your home more comfortable. After all, different people are comfortable at different temperatures. As an added bonus, these systems can use heat pump technology in order to warm homes as well. We don't need heat more than a couple of days a year, usually, so you may choose a cooling-only model. The option is there if you'd prefer it, though.

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Not Signs, but Sounds, of Air Conditioning Problems

We've talked previously about the warning signs that you may need air conditioning repairs, such as seeing ice on the evaporator coil or feeling warm air blowing from your vents. However, you should also be employing your sense of hearing when looking out for potential problems.

We've talked previously about the warning signs that you may need air conditioning repairs, such as seeing ice on the evaporator coil or feeling warm air blowing from your vents. However, you should also be employing your sense of hearing when looking out for potential problems. There are a number of different sounds that your air conditioner may make that signal trouble ahead. The sooner that you schedule any necessary air conditioning repairs in Lighthouse point, the better off your system will be. Summers around here are way too got to take any chances with your home cooling system. If you hear the sounds discussed below, be sure to dial our number right away.

Screeching

Does it sound like your air conditioner is screaming at you when it's running? If so, you may have a problem with a damaged or slipped fan belt. It is also possible that a moving part within your system is insufficiently lubricated, and that you are hearing the sound of excessive friction.

Clanging

Do you hear something clanging or banging around in your air conditioner? This could be the result of a component that has worked itself free of its securings. Not only do you risk damaging the loose component if you continue to run your system, but that component could also wind up damaging those that it is banging against.

Clicking

A clicking sound coming from your air conditioner could indicate a failing electrical component. You could have a relay issue, for instance. This could also be the sound of a failing capacitor. Whatever the situation, it is vital that your system's electrical components are in fine working condition.

Hissing

Can you hear your air conditioner hissing? This may mean that you have a refrigerant leak. It is possible for the expulsion of refrigerant to cause this hissing sound. Ignoring the problem can put your system and your comfort at serious risk.

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Need New Lights? Consider LEDs!

The ability to illuminate both the property surrounding your home, as well as your home's interior spaces, is obviously one of the great advantages of modern indoor and outdoor lighting systems.

The ability to illuminate both the property surrounding your home, as well as your home's interior spaces, is obviously one of the great advantages of modern indoor and outdoor lighting systems. If you are ready to revamp your lighting systems, or if you just want to make your home a more efficient place to live, you should consider the use of LED lights. These lights are beneficial in both indoor and outdoor lighting systems, and are quite common here in Parkland, FL. Read on to learn more about all that LED lighting has to offer you.

Light-Emitting Diodes

LED, or light emitting diode, lamps are renowned for their outstanding energy efficiency and their overall performance quality. Still, many homeowners may be hesitant to move away from the very cheap incandescent light bulbs that they've long used. This is doing oneself a big disservice, though, as LED lights offer so much more than incandescents can.

  • Performance Quality: LEDs are very bright, but also highly directional. That is why many LEDs are grouped together strategically on a single bulb, casting light in all necessary directions. As far the efficacy of this lighting goes, incandescents range from 10-17 lumens per watt. LEDs? 60-90. The difference here is very obvious.
  • Life Span: We are not going to argue the fact that, yes, incandescent light bulbs are cheaper than LEDs. However, you must not only take into account the efficacy of LEDs, but their lifespans. Incandescent bulbs will generally last between 750 - 1,000 hours. LEDs are solid state devices, though, which means that there is no arcing or oxidizing. The result? A practical estimate of 30,000 hours of use. We'd say that's a good investment, wouldn't you?
  • Added Bonuses: Using LED lights actually makes your life more convenient, as you're not going to be running to buy or changing bulbs as frequently as you're used to. LEDs also stay cool to the touch, and are dimmable from 0-100%.

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Are Your Outlets as Safe as Possible?

In this day and age, the very notion of living without a functional electrical systems in our homes is something that most homeowners cannot even fathom. We are so used to plugging in our phone chargers, laptops, and other electronics that it is quite easy to overlook just how vital the outlets in our home truly are.

In this day and age, the very notion of living without a functional electrical systems in our homes is something that most homeowners cannot even fathom. We are so used to plugging in our phone chargers, laptops, and other electronics that it is quite easy to overlook just how vital the outlets in our home truly are. Just because electrical outlets are so ubiquitous, though, is no reason to pay them no mind. If you don't have GFCI outlets in Highland Beach, FL, for instance, you may want to consider upgrading your existing outlets. Doing so can help you to use electricity more safely.

What Are GFCI Outlets, and Why Use Them?

Chances are that you have GFCI outlets somewhere in your home, or at least at outdoor receptacles. They are fairly easy to distinguish from your average outlet. Between the two sockets on the outlet's face-plate, you'll see 2 buttons. One says "test," the other says "reset." Now that you know how to spot a GFCI outlet, though, you're probably still wondering why you may want to use them in your home. GFCI outlets are designed to help protect users from ground faults. GFCI stands for "ground fault circuit interrupter," after all. A ground fault occurs when electricity decides to take a short cut, traveling along the shortest path possible as it tries to ground itself. In some cases, that will mean coursing through the human body, which can be quite painful in the event of shocks, and which could potentially lead to electrocution. The outlet simply measure the voltage leaving the outlet as compared to that being consumed by the device or appliance in question. When there is a discrepancy between the levels, the GFCI outlet understands that there is a ground fault, and it will stem the flow of electricity until it is reset and functioning properly once more. These outlets are required by law in areas like bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoors by many local regulatory bodies.

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How Long Should My Refrigerant Last?

The answer to the question posed in the title is: as long as your AC does, ideally! That's right, your air conditioner should not be losing any refrigerant at all.

The answer to the question posed in the title is: as long as your AC does, ideally! That's right, your air conditioner should not be losing any refrigerant at all. Why not? Because unlike fuels such as gas or propane, refrigerant is not consumed. It is recycled over and over again, running through what ought to be a closed system. If you have a low refrigerant level, it means that your refrigerant either was not charged to the right level, or that you have a leak somewhere in your system. The Parkland, FL air conditioning experts on our staff will determine what the issue is.

Why Is a Leak a Problem, and How Can I Spot One?

Your air conditioner is manufactured to work with a certain amount of refrigerant. If your refrigerant levels are low, then you run the risk of a subpar cooling performance. Refrigerant is evaporated in your evaporator coil. If there is not enough refrigerant therein, then your system is going to struggle to remove a sufficient amount of heat from the air passing over that coil. This can result in warm air blowing from your vents. Not only that, but it can also result in the icing over of your evaporator coil. This is very problematic, as it insulates the coil and will further impede the heat absorption process. It can also place a lot of unnecessary strain on your air conditioner, forcing cooling costs up while putting your system at risk of damages. If you notice that there is ice on your indoor coil, if you see water "leaking" out of your system (a sign of melting ice), or if your air conditioner just isn't cooling the air sufficiently, you may have a refrigerant leak. If this is the case, prompt repairs are in your best interest. Contact a member of our team to have the problem resolved properly.

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Why You Need Reliable Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Living comfortably in your home is obviously very important, but even more important is that you are able to live in your home safely. In order to guarantee that this is the case, you really must have reliable carbon monoxide detectors installed in your house.

Living comfortably in your home is obviously very important, but even more important is that you are able to live in your home safely. In order to guarantee that this is the case, you really must have reliable carbon monoxide detectors installed in your house. Carbon monoxide is a serious threat to the health of any residents in any home, and it requires the use of a carbon monoxide detector in order to discover it in your home. If you are in need of a carbon monoxide detector in Boca Raton, FL, or you suspect that you have an issue with your existing device, give a member of our staff a call right away. 

Why Be Concerned About Carbon Monoxide?

You shouldn't live your life in fear of carbon monoxide exposure, and we certainly are not suggesting that you should be worrying about it every moment of every day. It is something to be concerned with, though, and you should take the simple measure of ensuring that you have a great carbon monoxide detector in place to protect yourself and your family. Simply put, there is no chance of doing so on your own. Carbon monoxide is a natural  byproduct of the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, including oil, wood, natural gas, etc. If you use any appliances or systems burning such fuels in your home, then you could hypothetically be at risk of CO exposure. Why is this so problematic? Chances are that you won't realize you've been exposed to carbon monoxide until you feel the symptoms of exposure. The gas itself is naturally odorless, tasteless, and colorless. It can be fatal if exposure is prolonged and in high enough concentration. Since you cannot spot it on your own, due to its natural properties, you need a CO detector to alert you to its presence. Contact us to make sure that yours is functioning flawlessly.

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