Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality

Signs of Poor Indoor Air Quality

In recent years, studies have increasingly shown that indoor air quality is a serious hazard. Indoor air often contains everything from mold and bacteria to radon and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The most troubling thing is that it’s not easy to recognize air quality issues. Still, keeping a keen eye on the signs below may help you detect poor indoor air quality before it becomes truly harmful.

Health Symptoms

Indoor air pollution is a nearly universal problem. Even in the Florida Keys, many homes have higher levels of indoor contaminants than you might expect. Many of these pollutants can trigger a range of health effects. You may experience more frequent allergy symptoms, irritation of the eyes or airways, dizziness, headaches, nausea, fatigue or flu-like symptoms. If these symptoms seem to appear whenever you’re at home, it’s likely you’ve got air quality problems.

HVAC Airflow Issues

Homes that have poor air quality often have high concentrations of particulate matter. Particulate matter is a mix of solids and liquids that become airborne and drift through your home. They tend to accumulate on air filters, inside ducts and vents and on other surfaces inside your HVAC system. As a result, they can often disrupt proper airflow through your system. This may hamper heating and cooling performance and cause temperature inconsistencies in your home.

Solving Poor Air Quality

If you suspect you might have poor air quality, there are a number of solutions to resolve the issue. Whole-house air purifiers are capable of cleaning the air throughout your home, removing more than 99% of airborne pollutants. A purifier is especially recommended if someone in your home has allergies or respiratory difficulties. Ventilation is another effective and efficient solution. A ventilator removes tainted air from your home and pulls in fresh, filtered air to replace it and conditions it before introducing it in your home. This can also lower your home’s humidity to help control mold, dust mites, pathogens and other biological pollutants.

Indoor air quality is a complex issue that’s easy to ignore or overlook. However, failing to fix air quality problems quickly can lead to real health consequences. To keep your family safe and comfortable, check out Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat’s air purification solutions or call (305) 307-5909 in the Middle and Lower Keys and (321) 252-0469 in Broward County.

Why Your AC System Could Breakdown During the Summer

Why Your AC System Could Breakdown During the Summer

Your summer is going along swimmingly. And then, in the middle of a long heat wave, you suddenly realize your air conditioner isn’t running. No matter how much you fiddle with the thermostat, it just won’t come back on. The good news is, you can take steps now to minimize the chances of a midsummer breakdown with AC system maintenance.

Neglect Hurts Your AC System and Heat Pump

It’s not just Murphy’s Law. Poorly maintained air conditioners and heat pumps really do tend to give out partway through the summer. If you’re like many homeowners, you have skipped preventive maintenance for years. You may have forgotten to change the air filters regularly. It’s possible that the extra demand to cool your home over the long, hot summer has finally pushed the neglected equipment too hard. The AC system might be low on refrigerant, causing the coils to freeze. Parts may be worn or connections could have worked themselves loose. And so, you find yourself on a waiting list for emergency AC and heat pump repair as the temperature and humidity in your home become unbearable. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Benefits of AC System and Heat Pump Maintenance

Maintaining your air conditioner or heat pump is worth the investment. Industry studies show that properly maintained units are less likely to break down. They can also last years longer before needing to be replaced. Additionally, proper maintenance helps the AC or heat pump to run more efficiently and perform better than a neglected unit. That means investing in just one maintenance check per year could actually reduce your utility bills and help you avoid costly AC and heat pump repairs. Just as you wouldn’t skip oil changes on your car, you shouldn’t be ignoring the maintenance of your AC system or heat pump.

Ellington Makes the Difference

Learn more about maintaining your air conditioner or heat pump with the help of Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat. Call 321-252-0469 in Brevard County or 305-307-5909 in the Middle and Lower Keys. We now offer three membership options so you can choose the right preventive maintenance plan for your needs and budget.

Proactive Reasons to Replace Your AC System

Proactive Reasons to Replace Your AC System

As temperatures soar throughout Florida, requests for AC installation and repair increase dramatically. You can beat the busy season by consulting with our certified HVAC technicians about upgrading your old air conditioning system now. It’s the best thing you can do to prepare for a long Marathon summer.

Our savings calculator will give you a good estimate of how much money you may save by improving the energy efficiency in your home with a new AC unit. There are three additional reasons that you may consider replacing your AC system now.

AC Repair Bills Add Up Quickly

Many homeowners wait until their air conditioning system is no longer repairable before investing in a more energy efficient system. Unfortunately, they spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on frequent repairs before paying for a new AC installation.

Repair bills add up quickly when your AC is no longer meeting the demands of your home or is too old to operate efficiently. The longer you wait to install a new system, the more you pay in energy and repair bills. It’s more cost-effective to proactively upgrade your AC and skip out on the repair bills.

Improved Quality of Life

Does your AC seem to run louder every year? Maybe it takes your system too long to cool your home or it never completely cools all zones of the house. In many cases, an air conditioning system that is loud and inefficient also delivers less than desirable air quality. Installing an energy efficient system can help with allergies while providing a quieter home environment that cools down quickly.

Embrace Advanced Technology

Zoned ductless air conditioning will save space in your home and money on your energy bill. It provides greater control over the temperature in individual rooms throughout your home. Our ductless systems come with smart controls that will make cooling your home even more convenient and affordable. You will also improve the value of your home when upgrading an older AC system.

To learn more about AC installation and replacement, call our customer service team at (321) 252-0469 in Brevard County or (305) 307-5909 in the Middle and Lower Keys. Our certified HVAC technicians are waiting to serve you.

Regular Versus Electronic Air Filters

Regular Versus Electronic Air Filters

The air filter may be the most important element of your Brevard County, Florida, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit. Air filters capture airborne pollutants, preventing dust and other particulates from settling on coils, coating ducts and entering your living space. As filters get dirty, a system’s efficiency declines. Dirty filters are the primary reason a unit stops working.

Standard filters are designed to keep heating and cooling units clean. However, better filters reduce the amount and kinds of pollutants that are blown into your home. The NATE-certified experts at Ellington Air Conditioning & Heating can help you select filters that work with your AC unit, are easy to maintain and keep your indoor air fresh and clean.

Standard Air Filters

Regular AC filters are either pleated or flat fiberglass panels. Fiberglass filters capture large particles such as hair, pollen, animal dander, dust, and insect parts. They are usually one inch thick, inexpensive and disposable, making them very convenient. However, with minimum efficiency reporting values between 1 and 4, they are not very effective at cleaning air. The lower the MERV number, the less efficient the filter.

Standard filters with higher MERV values are available. They are usually pleated, which makes them more efficient at capturing pollutants. Although some are washable, they are difficult to clean and must be replaced as they lose effectiveness. For normal household use, filters rated between MERV 8 and 11 are usually sufficient.

Electrostatic Filters

Electrostatic filters are made from fibers that are electrostatically charged to capture airborne pollutants. Although some are disposable, most are washable, which means you do not have to buy replacement filters every several months. They are generally rated between MERV 1 and 4 although some have values up to MERV 8. They remove larger particulates, such as pollen, dust, hair, and fibers, but do not remove smaller pollutants. Although they offer better filtration than standard fiberglass filters, they do not perform as well as filters with higher MERV ratings.

Selecting a Filter

The comfort specialists at Ellington AC can help you select a filter that fits your needs. Filters with higher MERV ratings can affect the airflow of an HVAC unit. We analyze your system and recommend filters that will improve indoor air quality without affecting the performance of your unit.

To find out more about selecting a filter, call (321) 252-0469 to speak to one of our technicians.

Understanding the Difference Between UV Lamps and UV Air Purifiers

Understanding the Difference Between UV Lamps and UV Air Purifiers

It’s time to fight for cleaner air in your home. Allergens and other particulates can worsen allergy symptoms, aggravate asthma and contribute to respiratory problems. The first line of defense is a high-quality air filter. For a more comprehensive approach that fights contaminants at the source, germicidal UV-C light could be the answer. Learn the difference between UV lamps and UV air purifiers so you can choose the right solution for your needs and budget.

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Why Do My Lights Dim When My AC Starts?

Why Do My Lights Dim When My AC Starts?

If you notice that lights in your home dim when your air conditioner comes on, there is a reason. A heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit requires up to seven times more power to start than to run. This demand for extra power can affect electrical fixtures and damage the HVAC unit. Installing a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver reduces both the amount of power and time needed to start the AC system.

Compressor Savers Reduce Electrical Usage

Specifications for HVAC systems include rated load amperage and locked rotor amperage. Rated load amperage describes the amount of power required to run the system. Locked rotor amperage describes the amount of power required to start the unit.

As units age and components become worn, locked rotor amperage increases. For example, a new system may have a rated load amperage of 13 and a locked rotor amperage of 73. A 5-year-old system may have a locked rotor amperage of 85. A 5-2-1 Compressor Saver can cut the startup amperage by up to 50 percent.

Advantages of a 5-2-1 Compressor Saver

A compressor saver has many advantages. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that approximately 12 percent of the energy used by an average household goes for air conditioning. In humid, hot climates like that in Florida, this can be as much as 27 percent. A compressor saver reduces the amount of electricity required to start the unit. Because units start and stop many times throughout a day, this can result in noticeable energy savings. Using less electricity means lower electrical bills, saving money and energy.

A hard start kit extends the life of the compressor of your HVAC unit by reducing surges and boosting power. Compressors do not have to work as hard to start. Without a hard start kit, start capacitors may fail from overheating and power surges, resulting in more strain on the compressor and costly repairs.

Installing a Compressor Saver

A compressor saver must be installed by a licensed, trained technician. The technicians at Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat undergo rigorous training to stay at the leading edge of new technology. We evaluate your heating and cooling needs, budget and lifestyle and make recommendations that save energy and money without sacrificing comfort.

For more information about restoring capacity and reducing energy usage, call the experts at Ellington at (321) 252-0469 in Rockledge and (305) 307-5909 in the Middle and Lower Keys.

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