3 Necessary Features in Your Next Air Conditioner

3 Necessary Features in Your Next Air Conditioner

If the time is drawing near to replace the air conditioning system in your home, now is the time to start looking at the latest features available in new models. With our hot, humid weather in Brevard County, Florida, having a functional air conditioner that can keep up with the climate is a necessity. Check out these features that you should be sure is included in your next air conditioning system.

Two-Stage Compressor

A compressor is found in every air conditioning system, whether it’s providing cool air to your home or your vehicle. The compressor in your home’s AC circulates the refrigerant through the system, which is a necessary step in the exchange of heat between the indoor and outdoor units. Less efficient units use a single-stage compressor, although two-stage compressors are more prevalent in units with high efficiency ratings.

A two-stage compressor is better because it can run at a low level most of the time, reducing energy waste. When it’s extremely hot outside, the high-level stage can kick in to provide maximum cooling.

Variable Speed Handler

Another appealing feature in modern HVAC systems is a variable speed handler, which can operate at multiple speeds which allows for more consistent cooling and less temperature swings in your home. Your system will work at incrementally higher or lower level to maintain the level of coolness called for by the thermostat.

Fan-Only Setting

When the sun goes down or during the spring and fall seasons in Florida, you may not need your air conditioning system to run constantly. With a fan-only setting, you can keep the air moving without using much energy. This setting will also circulate the cool air within your home, which maintains a comfortable atmosphere.

At Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat, we carry the latest air conditioning systems that include many of these appealing features, so contact us at 321-252-0469 for more information.

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3 Creative Ways to Conceal Your HVAC

3 Creative Ways to Conceal Your HVAC

While your HVAC system is an essential part of keeping your Marathon, Florida, home comfortable, you may wish that the look of your outdoor unit blended better with your vision of your home’s overall aesthetic. Luckily, there are a number of ways to creatively conceal your HVAC unit without impairing airflow. Here are three of our favorite tricks for keeping the exterior of your home looking at its very best without negatively impacting your HVAC’s efficiency.

Latticework

Latticework is a fence-like structure made of pieces of wood, iron, or plastic to create a pretty, often diamond-shaped, pattern. Latticework is a great way to conceal your HVAC unit without compromising its efficiency, thanks to the gaps in between the slats. You can choose whether to build a simple surround or an elaborate structure. Whichever you decide to do, latticework is usually inexpensive, especially if you choose a wood structure, and can be purchased at home improvement stores.

Plants

Landscaping, in general, can make a big difference in your home’s efficiency. Choosing to add a few extra plants around your HVAC unit won’t only conceal it but also add to its overall effectiveness. Plants like elephant ears or shrubs provide coverage to hide the unit from view while also creating a shaded area.

If you choose to use plants, be sure to place them an appropriate distance away from the actual unit. The hot air from the HVAC system can damage plants, and plants can also lead to issues with your unit if botanical debris gets inside. When selecting plants, be sure to consider any household allergies.

Trellis

Trellises are a great combination of latticework and simple plants that provide a functional yet beautiful solution for unsightly HVAC units. The vine growth can provide shade for your system while the trellis itself adds extra privacy. Popular vines include tomatoes, ivy, and morning glory. Just make sure you don’t plant any vines too close to the unit where they may grow inside!

These three tricks can help conceal your HVAC unit, but they can’t solve maintenance issues. If you notice something going wrong with your unit, give the experts at Ellington Air Conditioning and Heat a call at (305) 307-5909 today!

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3 Technologies to Improve Air Quality

3 Technologies to Improve Air Quality

Keeping indoor air quality high is important for many Rockledge, Florida, homeowners. Fortunately, improving the air quality of your home has never been easier thanks to new advances in technology. Here are three air quality technologies to help keep your home healthy and comfortable.

Dehumidifier

Florida is known for its humid climate. This can lead to a buildup of moisture in your home that can lead to unfortunate issues like biological growth or unpleasant smells. If you only use your Florida home as a seasonal house, humidity can easily build up when you aren’t staying there, especially if you don’t leave your climate control running the whole time. A dehumidifier system can work to remove much of that moisture from the air and prevent your home from becoming too humid, while keeping your indoor air quality from suffering.

Ventilation

Ventilation can help recycle the air in your home and keep undesirable contaminants from stagnating in your home. Dust, allergens, and other debris can build up if you don’t have regular ventilation. While your HVAC system should work to cycle the air, extra ventilation can help keep your air fresh when your system isn’t on and improve your overall indoor air quality. This is especially useful for larger or historic homes that may not have ductwork that reaches everywhere as effectively.

Air Purifier

Working to pull allergens and contaminants from the air, air purifiers work closer to the particle level versus ventilators, which deal with airflow overall. If you have family members with sensitive lungs, air purifiers can help reduce their symptoms by keeping condition triggers from the air. These can be room-sized units or whole-house units, depending on your needs, so you get extra flexibility with pricing. Of course, larger units will do a better job at improving your home’s overall air quality level.

If you’re concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, give the experts at Ellington Air Conditioning and Heat a call at 321-252-0469 to schedule a consultation today!

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3 Springtime Home Projects

3 Springtime Home Projects

Springtime is a popular time for Rockledge, FL residents to tackle home projects. Whether it’s a major home overhaul or just a deep clean, spring is the perfect time to get your home in order. Here are our top three favorite springtime home projects to complete to help inspire you to start on your own!

Check Windows

Windows are one of the most often forgotten about components of a household. While they are interacted with on a daily basis, window maintenance is rarely performed. This spring, check around your windows and look at the state of the caulking and weather stripping.

Florida weather can be brutal on these joints and ensuring that they’re intact and in good shape can save you a ton of money on your electricity bill. Poorly sealed windows with cracked caulking and shredding weather stripping can let out a lot of cool air, leading to increased strain on your climate control unit and reduced indoor air quality.

Inspect AC Unit

Even in South Florida, your AC unit won’t see a lot of action during the typically cool winter months. When the temperature starts climbing again, its time to get your unit checked out to make sure everything is good to go. An inspection should include the exterior and interior portions of the unit as well as all the hoses and other associated components. While you may be able to perform cursory checks yourself, a full inspection and maintenance should be left to the professionals.

Deep Clean

A traditional springtime deep cleaning shouldn’t be overlooked either. Get your house ready for spring by committing to a serious clean of your entire home, from big jobs like cleaning tile grout to smaller tasks like dusting surfaces. Overlooked cleaning tasks include washing drapes, vacuuming beneath area rugs, and washing both the inside and outside of any glass surfaces like sliding doors and windows.

If your springtime home projects include AC maintenance, give the experts at Ellington Air Conditioning and Heat a call today at 321-252-0469 and schedule a consultation!

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Trust Your Comfort Only to NATE-Certified Technicians

Trust Your Comfort Only to NATE-Certified Technicians

Would you trust someone who has no experience in dental extraction to remove your painful tooth? Of course not! Just as you want a professional to extract your tooth, you should only trust NATE-certified technicians to fix your broken HVAC system. If you live in Florida, you can trust Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat’s NATE-certified technicians. 

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How an ERV Can Optimize Home Comfort

How an ERV Can Optimize Home Comfort

Modern homes in beautiful Brevard County and the Middle and Lower Keys are constructed with efficiency and safety in mind. Ultra-effective building methods and high-tech, top-notch building materials create structures that are far more airtight than ever before. While this is great for energy efficiency, it is terrible for air quality. 

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