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Friday, July 3, 2015

It's Summer Air Conditioning Tune-Up Time!!!

When it's hot don't lose your cool, call AirCool for a system Tune-up. The florida sun is relentless in the summer. One way to stay ahead of the game is to give your air conditioning system a "Tune-up". This helps to identify and head-off potential problems with your system. Sometimes replacing a smaller part, or having your evaporator coil cleaned can save you from expensive repairs later. This is the purpose of the system Tune-up. Why wait until your unit breaks down?

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Call today to schedule your system Tune-up and stay ahead of the game. Just click the picture today to find out more about our special. You can always call us anytime.


Our helpful and polite staff will take care of you. Stay cool with AirCool.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Is insulation really necessary?

Whether you live in a hot or a cold climate, insulating your home can be one of the most significant measures to take in saving on energy costs. Being in the South Florida area, this really matters during the hot summer months. When your air conditioning system is battling the heat of the day, it will run longer than it should and cycle faster. All this means more electricity used, driving up your power bill. Since heat is basically invisible, it is often neglected as an influence in the performance of an air conditioning system. The problem is usually found after the equipment has been checked meticulously, and the heat problem persists. This is understandable since it can be costly to add insulation to a home. Verifying that the unit is operating perfectly first is the responsible way to go.

The Harvard School of Public Health declares that over 46 million homes across the country are under-insulated. This means that untold millions of dollars are being wasted away through the windows, walls and ceilings of many homes. Insulation also allows the air conditioning system to attain it's operating efficiency, saving you money. A 16 SEER system may perform like a 13 SEER system if the home has insufficient insulation. Again, this will show up as an increase in energy usage.

All in all, we believe the attic and windows are a prime place to start. This is assuming you have addressed any issues with air escaping or entering the home through cracks, crevases and spaces between windows and under doors. Having the heat of the day infiltrate the home through the attic and windows can make an air conditioning system never cool the home to the temperature set on the thermostat. The system will cool fine at night, but in the middle of the day it will not be able to keep up with the heat entering the home. If this is happening to you, you may need insulation added to or installed in your attic. Tinting your windows or locating trees and bushes by exterior windows can make a significant difference as well. Not to mention, the older slatted or Jalousie windows must be changed based on the fact that they may never completely seal the home off from the outside air.

Jalousie Windows
Slatted Windows

One way to determine if your home needs insulating is to have a professional asses your home. A thorough inspection along with a "Heat Load Calculation" is essential for determining if your air conditioning system is the right size, and how much heat is infiltrating your home. Some of the different types of insulation used are:

  • Blanket: Batt and Roll Insulation

  • Concrete Block Insulation

  • Foam Board or Rigid Foam

  • Insulating Concrete Forms

  • Loose-Fill and Blown-In Insulation

If you have any questions or concerns about the insulation in your home, call us at (305) 254-8330.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Compressors, what's the deal?

The air conditioning compressor is one of integral parts to system. It can be compared to the human heart, as it circulates Freon throughout the system. Without the ac compressor, the system would not work properly. Not only does the compressor circulate the freon throughout the system, but it also pumps it under high pressure in order for the system to work properly as well. The compressor takes electrical energy (electricity), and converts it into kinetic and heat energy.

There are many types of compressors, but only a few are used in residential air conditioning. The most common type is the Reciprocating Compressor. This type of compressor comes in two types. They are the Open and the Hermetic Compressor. The Hermetic compressor gets it's name because it is hermetically sealed from the outside air. This can be accomplished by fitted nuts and bolts which hold it together. The other method of sealing these compressors is welding them shut. This is why you must replace the compressor if it fails, instead of having it repaired. The larger commercial compressors are considered Semi-Hermetic because they can be opened up for repairs by unscrewing the nuts and bolts which hold it together.

So, if you ever wonder why your ac company only recommends replacing your compressor instead of fixing it, this is usually why. As always, you want to keep your air filter clean at all times. This is one of the most common reasons for compressor failure. Regular filter changes can extend and even save the life of your compressor. Please contact us if you have any questions, anytime. When it's hot keep your cool, call AirCool.