A Ductless Heat Pump Offers Several Advantages for Southwest Florida Homes

ductless heat pumpThe advantages of a ductless heat pump system go well beyond that of a conventional central system. Ductless systems may be installed for supplemental cooling and heating as add-on units, or configured as a whole-home system as a replacement or new installation. Read on to learn about even more benefits of ductless systems, and how these heat pump systems can meet your expectations and practically any home-improvement design plans. Read More »

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Is Your Home’s Ductwork Design Effective? How and Why Testing Matters

ductwork designAn efficient cooling system is a must in the hot, humid climate of Southwest Florida. An effective ductwork design is a key system component that’s often overlooked when it comes to maximizing energy efficiency, comfort and cost savings. Read More »

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Competent Professional Air Conditioner Installation Is the Only Way to Go

air conditioner installationHow well your HVAC contractor executes your home’s air conditioner installation will determine whether or not your new system lives up to its energy-efficiency rating. The installation process is critical for its performance and longevity, as well as your comfort.  Read More »

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3 A/C Efficiency Ratings Every Southwest Florida Homeowners Should Know

A/C efficiencyThe U.S. Department of Energy sets standards for A/C efficiency ratings to help consumers select cooling systems, whether they’re central or portable. HVAC equipment uses the most energy of any appliance in homes, and setting minimum standards, along with requiring labels on all new systems, helps reduce the demand for energy. The three terms that apply to cooling systems include SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio), EER (energy efficiency ratio) and COP (coefficient of performance).  Read More »

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3 Telltale Signs to Look for When Determining the Life Span of Your Air Conditioner

Determining the Life Span of Your Air ConditionerYour air conditioner is already working hard to keep your Southwest Florida home comfortable. If you’re concerned whether it’s up to the challenge of keeping you cool and comfortable when the temperatures soar, it’s easy to predict future problems if you know what to look for. The following three telltale signs can indicate your A/C is approaching the end of its useful service life and a replacement is on the horizon: Read More »

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Central Air Conditioning FAQs Southwest Florida Homeowners Often Ask

central air conditoning FAQsIf you are facing the A/C repair or replace dilemma, or considering installing a new central air conditioning system as an upgrade or for a new home, you may have important questions that need correct answers.

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Tips to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Your Florida Home This Spring

tips to improve indoor air qualityYou may think the air in your Southwest Florida home is clean, but in fact, the typical home’s air is much dirtier than the air outside. The chemicals we use on a daily basis, from beauty products to cleaning agents, as well as particles including mold, bacteria, pollen and viruses, linger in the air we breathe and can trigger or aggravate respiratory illnesses such as allergies, asthma and COPD. These tips will help you improve indoor air quality and breathe easier.

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Conserve Water at Home and Save Money with These Surefire Tips

conserve water at homeDoing what you can to conserve water at home will lower your utility bill and help preserve this natural resource. Florida State University reported that as of May 2014, southwest Florida is under abnormally dry conditions. Given the unpredictability of the weather, doing what you can to use less helps assure a long-term, safe and affordable supply.

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The Importance of an Air Conditioning Tune-Up: Why to Schedule One Now

a/c tune-upIs your home’s air conditioning system ready to tackle the warm weather months? An air conditioning tune-up gives you the opportunity to ensure that your A/C is up to the challenge of keeping your home cool no matter how hot it gets outside. But don’t wait until it’s too late to hire a qualified HVAC contractor to perform an A/C tune-up – you’ll definitely want to get it done as soon as possible, before you really need it. Read More »

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Closing Up Your Florida Home for the Summer? Smart Tips to Keep It Safe and Sound

closing up your florida homeIf you’re planning on closing up your Florida home for summer, it’s important to make sure that it remains secure so you return to the same refuge that you left. To get you started, here are some helpful tips to keep it safe:

  • Schedule a tune-up – Hiring a professional HVAC technician to perform your annual tune-up before you leave town will prevent any efficiency or operational problems that could occur. Of course, if you already had a spring maintenance visit, you can disregard this tip.
  • Set your A/C for energy savings – If you switch off your A/C completely, not only will you come back to a sweltering house, the added heat could damage certain equipment, belongings and home fixtures. Instead, set the temperature to 78-79 degrees. This will prevent problems without costing you an arm and a leg in cooling costs.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat – The best way to maintain control over the aforementioned settings is to install a programmable thermostat. For even more control, invest in a WiFi model, which will allow you to monitor your home’s temperature and make any necessary changes through an Internet connection or smart phone app.
  • Drain and disconnect water heater – Although it’s not likely to happen, if your water heater springs a leak while you’re away, you’ll come back to a huge amount of damage. Better to be safe than sorry. Also, you might consider turning off the water supply to the house.
  • Set your lights on timers – Switch off all your lights, and would-be criminals will realize you’re not at home. Leave some on and you’ll waste energy. The solution is to set your lights on timers to save money and make it appear as if you’re still home.

For more expert advice when closing up your Florida home for summer, or if you have any other concerns about home comfort, contact the friendly professionals at Conditioned Air. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Southwest Florida since 1962.

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