Staying cool is a big priority in Satellite Beach, FL. Its location right on the coast guarantees a warm and humid climate. To keep you and your family comfortable, you should understand what’s true and false when it comes to your home air conditioner. Review the myths below to make sure you’re using your HVAC to its fullest extent and saving energy where you can.
Myth #1: Close Vents to Force Air to Other Areas
By closing vents, you don’t redirect air anywhere. Instead, you build pressure in the ductwork. Your HVAC air conditioning system will be most efficient when air is allowed to move throughout your home.
Myth #2: Shutting Doors Will Save on Cooling Bills
Again, this is false as anything that blocks airflow will get in the way of cooling down your house effectively. Instead of closing doors, make sure doors and vents are wide open all through your home.
Myth #3: Cranking Down the Thermostat Will Help
This is simply not true. Changing the thermostat to an extreme setting will not speed up the output of your furnace or your air conditioner, and instead, it will simply make them run longer. Choose a temperature you’re comfortable with, and leave the thermostat alone and you’ll be saving energy.
Myth #4: Fans Don’t Help in Empty Rooms
This one is actually true. Fans cool people, not air. If you have ceiling fans, set them to turn counterclockwise to create a downdraft.
Moving air will cool you directly. You may want to run your ceiling fans on low when you’re away to reduce hot air collecting at the ceiling, however.
Myth #5: Misters Will Cool You Down
Misters do not work well in Florida. Adding moisture to the air may help to cool temperatures in the desert, but adding humidity to your home or patio will likely only increase your discomfort. However, a kerchief placed in cool water and wrapped loosely at your neck can cool you down.
If your AC system isn’t keeping up, we can help. Contact Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat for an AC checkup and cleaning. If you require air conditioning repair or want to upgrade your system, we can help you put together a plan to keep your whole house more comfortable.
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End the thermostat wars in your home! There is an innovative way for you to regulate the temperature of any room or zone in your Middle and Lower Florida Keys home. Known as a zoning system, this is the solution that allows you to find the perfect temperature for everyone. Let’s take a look at what a zoning system is and how it works.
Why Purchase a Zoning System?
Zoning allows you to direct warm air or cold air where is it needed. Let’s say your daughter likes to have it cool in her bedroom, zoning can be programmed to adjust the temperature just for her bedroom alone. Everyone else in the house can enjoy the home at the same temperature.
Which Zoning System Should I Choose?
There are a number of smart zoning systems that you can put in your home. Two of the top zoning system include the Trane Comfortlink zoning controls and the Nexia Home Intelligence Hub. With the Trane Comfortlink, you can control different zones or rooms via a touchscreen smart thermostat. The Nexia Home Intelligence hub can control the zones and room temperature through your smartphone or another Bluetooth enabled device.
Maintain Comfortable Temperatures in Every Room
Zoning works by using ductwork dampers or individual thermostats in each room or zone of the house. The dampers can stop or allow hot or cold air into a specific room or zone. This entire system is wired to a central control panel that is able to regulate each zone or room in the house.
Get your zoning system today at Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat. We proudly serve the South Florida area down to the Lower and Middle Keys. Our experienced technicians can help you pick the best zoning arrangement for your house. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!
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Your Palm Shores, Florida, home deserves the best HVAC functions to keep you comfortable and reduce operating expenses. The latest tech features in HVAC systems offer increased efficiency, more comfort, and enhanced durability. If you plan to shop for a new climate control solution for your home, these are the best technological HVAC features to look for in your next system.
Geothermal Heat Pump
Geothermal heat pumps have been around since the 1940’s but didn’t receive wide acceptance in the United States at that time. However, these systems have since gained popularity in the U.S. HVAC market.
Compared to traditional HVAC units, geothermal systems are up to four times more efficient at heating and cooling your space. The technology uses heat from underground to warm and cool your home, and experts consider it more environmentally friendly than classic HVAC systems.
If your area has the potential for geothermal energy, consider harnessing the earth’s heat to make your home cool and comfortable while cutting utility bills.
With the adoption of the Internet of Things and commercialization of AI and 5G, smart homes are gradually becoming a reality. One advantage of smart homes is that you can control every internet-capable device from your mobile phone. If you have a smart thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature settings remotely from your smartphone or the web.
Old HVAC units can be noisy, and this affects your comfort when the unit is operating. Newer systems feature improved sound muffling and quieter components. Less noise means your HVAC unit will be less of a distraction when you want to sleep or relax.
Motion-Activated Air Conditioning
Zoning and geo-fencing are also a desirable upgrades for people who use smart thermostats. Zoning allows you to have individual temperature zones in different parts of your home. Geo-fencing will trigger your HVAC system to regulate the indoor temperature to a pre-set temperature when you’re within a certain distance of your home.
At Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat, we are committed to providing you with the latest HVAC systems to increase comfort, improve efficiency, and reduce energy costs. Call us today for more information.
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Many people think that the purpose of insulating attics and walls is to keep their Satellite Beach home warm during cold weather. However, thermal barriers also keep buildings cool in hot weather. Adequate amounts of insulation reduce the load on heating and air conditioning equipment, increase comfort and improve energy efficiency.
The Department of Energy defines how much insulating material is needed to keep homes warm in winter and cool in summer according to climate zones in the U.S. Here are ways to evaluate whether you have enough to keep your Florida home cool.
Thermal material is rated by R-value, which describes how well a material resists the transfer of heat. Higher R-values have better thermal resistance, which reduces the amount of heat that leaves or enters your home. In Florida , seven southern counties, including Miami, Palm Beach and Broward, require a minimum of R-30 for the attic. For the rest of the state, a minimum of R-38 is recommended.
Check Attic R-Values
Insulating the attic is the best way to prevent heat exchange. Roofs are exposed to many hours of sunlight, which can raise roof temperatures to 180 degrees F. This heat radiates down through the ceiling into the living space. If the insulating material is below the joists in your attic, you probably need to add more. Experts recommend covering the joists with a thermal barrier.
Examine Utility Bills
High cooling bills often indicate too little attic insulating material. If levels are adequate, make sure the attic and other spaces in the building envelope are well sealed. Holes and gaps reduce energy efficiency and can increase the load on your air conditioner.
The heating, ventilation and air conditioning experts at Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat can evaluate the R-value of existing attic thermal material to see if you have enough. If you don’t, we install several types of attic insulating material designed to keep your house cool. We also look for leaks in ducts and the building shell.
For more information about installing insulation in your attic, saving energy and improving comfort, call the experts at Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat in Brevard County at (321) 248-4838 or (305) 824-2265 at our Marathon office.
The ductwork in your Rockledge, Florida, home plays a key role in your comfort. Here’s how to keep them performing optimally:
Average Lifespan of a Ductwork System
Most duct systems are good for about 15 years. If your ducts are older, you may want an assessment or replacement before they cause trouble. Ailing ducts can create hot and cold spots and cause drafts. Older systems can even start to collapse in sections.
Impact of Dirty Ducts on Utility Bills
If your ducts are leaky, up to 30 percent of your heated and cooled air can be lost through holes, cracks and loose joints. These leaks can often be sealed. However, if the damage is extensive, duct replacement might be the only solution.
Ductwork and Indoor Air Quality
Ducts can harbor all manner of airborne contaminants. Unless your home is sufficiently ventilated, these toxic particles can pollute the air you breathe. You might experience nausea, fatigue, dizziness, headaches and other flu-like symptoms whenever you come indoors.
Dirty Ducts Can Impede Airflow
Over time, ducts acquire a buildup of dust and dirt. Even a small coating of this buildup can restrict airflow and overwork your system. Overworking shortens the life of your HVAC and makes utility bills go up.
How to Keep Ducts in Good Condition
- Change HVAC air filters.
- Vacuum the vents and the area right behind the grille.
- Ensure that nothing is blocking the vents.
How Often Should I Schedule Duct Cleaning?
Most HVAC contractors suggest duct cleaning and sealing every three to five years. If you have pets, you might want to schedule duct cleaning more often.
The accomplished service technicians at Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat will inspect, clean and seal your ducts using state-of-the-art tools and technology. Call us at (321) 248-4838 to learn more.
The 2019-2020 Florida influenza season is here, and there have already been close to 30 outbreaks of the virus. Residents in Brevard County, along with the Middle and Lower Keys, should strongly consider a proactive approach to help reduce their risk of getting the flu. Air purification has been proven to destroy cold and flu germs, and it also improves any home’s overall indoor air quality. Some Florida homeowners have already turned to a whole-home UV air purifier.
Air Purification Collects Dangerous Particles
Your indoor air quality can easily become compromised by a mixture of contaminants. Some of the most dangerous particles include dust, smoke, soot, allergens, viruses and bacteria. When these particles enter your lungs, they can cause health issues such as respiratory diseases, asthma and even an increased risk of lung cancer.
UV Light Treatments Kill Bacteria
Air purification is performed with the assistance of special ultra-violet lights. Bacteria, viruses, mildew and mold are all bad for your health, but these harmful particulates do a great job of hiding. In fact, most people are completely unaware that they’re inhaling a variety of impurities in their home.
Platinum PCO Air Purifiers Are The Gold Standard
UV lights on their own can do a significant amount to clean up your indoor air quality. But for the healthiest air quality possible, it’s wise to invest in an air purifier that offers UV light and Platinum PCO (photo catalytic oxidation) technology. With this combination, bacteria and viruses are completed transformed and destroyed.
Are you interested in making your indoor air healthy and minimizing the potential for illnesses in your family? Visit the air purification section of our website to learn how you can save $100 on a Platinum PCO UV air purifier. You can also reach us by phone at (321) 248-4838 in Brevard County or (305) 824-2265 in the Middle and Lower Keys.