Devices that turn on lights automatically or power down the air conditioning when you’re away from home used to be the stuff of Saturday morning cartoons (think The Jetsons). Today, these devices by Trane and Nexia are a reality, and smart thermostats play a vital role. Here are three ways that a smart thermostat makes your daily life easier.
A smart thermostat takes advantage of WiFi technology, allowing you to control the thermostat via a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Having this control means that if you forget to turn down the AC when you leave on vacation, you can access your thermostat remotely and make the necessary adjustment.
Smart thermostats give you the flexibility to program schedules for each day of the week. You’ll be just as comfortable when you’re heading to the gym at 5 a.m. Tuesday as you are at 9 a.m. on Saturday when you’re sleeping late.
A smart thermostat reduces the worry associated with caring for your HVAC system. These thermostats will remind you when it’s time to change your air filter or schedule an HVAC tune-up. Many will alert you if there’s a malfunction in one of your HVAC components or a problem with your air ducts.
Home Automation with Nexia Home Intelligence
Home automation goes far beyond managing your HVAC comfort, however. Nexia Home Intelligence works seamlessly with Trane TruComfort™ systems and Trane smart thermostats. The Nexia app allows you to control a variety of your home’s functions:
- Remote management of locks
- Video surveillance cameras
- Window shades and garage doors
- Appliances, lighting and even irrigation
If you’re interested in learning more about smart thermostats and home automation, check out the home automation services we offer at Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat. Or you can call (321) 631-8411 in Brevard County or (305) 307-5909 in the Middle and Lower Keys and talk with one of our comfort specialists.
Homeowners in Florida face added risks when it comes to lightning and hurricane damage throughout the year. The National Institute of Standards and Technology warns that failing to protect your home from electrical surges caused by storms or improper use of electrical equipment can cause costly damage to your HVAC system and home electronics. Read on to learn how surge protection can help prevent HVAC damage and keep your electronics running smoothly.
Damage Caused by Electrical Surges
The voltage delivered to electronics and appliances in your home is designed to fall into a specific range to ensure that these appliances can be safely powered. During a power surge, the voltage delivered to your electronics exceeds the safe range. Excess voltage leads to overheating in the circuit. The resulting heat may cause permanent damage to your electronics or appliances.
In addition to electrical damage caused by power surges, the heat associated with surges can also lead to electrical fires. Fire risk from power surges is highest when electrical wiring is not installed properly, so it is important to leave any installation to a professional.
Whole-Home Surge Protection Provides Comprehensive Coverage
If you are thinking about purchasing a plug-in surge protector, you should be aware that these outlet-specific units provide very limited protection. Single-outlet units are typically not able to provide protection against surges caused by lightning strikes. These units are not really surge protectors; outlet-specific units are just a type of circuit breaker designed to cut the power to the outlet when surges occur.
Whole-home surge protection is a more effective option. This type of protection is installed directly into your electrical box by a professional to ensure that all electronics throughout your home receive protection at all times.
For more information about keeping your HVAC system and electronics safe during surges, check out Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat’s proper installation solutions or call (321) 631-8411.
Living on the coast of Florida in Satellite Beach means dealing with high humidity throughout the year. During the hot summer months, humidity can make venturing outdoors feel unbearable. When indoor humidity starts to climb, many families find themselves feeling uncomfortable in their own homes. Read on to find out how humidity impacts personal comfort and how to reduce moisture in the air inside your home.
Humidity and Comfort
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center explains that high moisture levels prevent sweat from evaporating. The result when sweat cannot evaporate from your skin is that sticky, uncomfortable feeling associated with hot, humid days. If your home tends to be humid, you may find it impossible to get comfortable indoors.
Discomfort is not the only issue associated with high moistures in the air. When your body cannot properly cool itself, health problems can occur. Failing to find relief from the moist air can lead to excessive sweating, dehydration, dizziness, and fatigue.
Solutions to High Indoor Moisture Levels
Fortunately, there are ways to improve your HVAC system to remove moisture from the air and bring indoor levels to a more comfortable and safe level. A whole-home dehumidifier is installed directly into your existing air conditioner to work in conjunction with the system. When air is pulled into the system, the dehumidifier draws water out of the air before it is circulated into your home. The dehumidifier is able to achieve ideal relative humidity according to the temperature setting on your thermostat to achieve maximum comfort.
As an added benefit, air that is less humid feels more comfortable at a higher temperature. This means that you can set your thermostat a bit higher during the summer months and save on cooling costs when you invest in a dehumidifier.
For more information about keeping your home more comfortable by reducing indoor humidity, check out Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat’s whole-home dehumidifier solutions or call (321) 631-8411.
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.
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) 631-8411 in Brevard County.
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) 631-8411 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.
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) 631-8411 in Brevard County or (305) 307-5909 in the Middle and Lower Keys. Our certified HVAC technicians are waiting to serve you.