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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Some of the things you can experience today with homes in terms of home automation were only a dream years ago. Who could imagine having the conveniences Rosie the Robot provided like in the 1960s TV show, the Jetsons? However, today many of those robot-like conveniences have become a reality due to home automation in Rockledge, FL.
Home automation lets you control almost every aspect of your home that is electrically powered. You can manage your appliances and your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system from wherever you are and whenever you need to. Not only do you have control, but you also have the added benefits of peace of mind, comfort, convenience, and savings.
The primary attraction to using various types of home automation is their energy efficiency, which leads to a cost-saving benefit. Let’s look at some examples of home automation and their cost-savings that we offer here at Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat.
Home Automation Lighting
Smart interior and exterior lighting allow you to save money on the cost of providing light to your home. With smart lighting and your remote communication device, you can give the appearance of being at home when you may actually be on vacation. Controlling your lights can deter would-be criminals and save you the cost of having to replace stolen property or repair damage to your home.
Having lights that automatically come on inside the home or ones that adjust to the desired brightness when you enter an area will keep you from spending money on lighting areas when they are not in use. It’s both convenient and safe to have lights automatically come on when you get up to go into the kitchen or the bathroom in the middle of the night.
When installing smart lighting, there will be an initial expense with the purchase of the smart technology control device, lightbulbs, and switches. However, in the end, the cost-savings benefits are well worth it.
The cost-saving benefit that stands out the most is the amount of money you can save on heating and cooling your home. You waste money by cooling a home or keeping it warm when no one is at home. Then, when you return home, you may have to use more energy adjusting the temperature to get the house comfortable.
By using a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature in the home to pre-set levels. Some programmable thermostats store up to six temperature settings a day. That way, you can be confident of not utilizing unnecessary energy while you are away from home and be able to return to a house set at a comfortable temperature.
You will save money for each degree you adjust the temperature in your home. For the average homeowner, that could be a substantial saving.
Zoned Heating and Cooling
In addition to controlling the temperature, you can also control where the air flows in your home. For some rooms, adjusting the thermostat is not enough. Some rooms may have a lot of windows, which could cause uneven heating, while other rooms may need very little air or heat because you don’t use them.
Using a zoning system can help keep the rooms in your home at a consistently comfortable temperature. With zoning, you can send more heated or cooled air to the places where you want it and less where it’s not needed. Also, your HVAC system will not run as often, which will increase its life cycle.
Other Types of Home Automation
Some of the other types of home automation control options include automatic door locks, curtains and blinds, and video surveillance systems. Different benefits are associated with each type of home automation. Ultimately, they all lead to cost savings.
To save money with automated lighting, HVAC, or other systems, contact Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat.
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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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Originally published in March 2017, updated in March 2020.
The air inside your home can harbor a variety of pollutants that compromise its breathability, causing discomfort and often compounding asthma and allergy symptoms. And the more well-sealed your home, the higher the level of airborne pollutants can be since these particles — which include dust, dust mites, pollen, pet dander, and smoke from cooking or cigarettes — are trapped inside your home, building up over time. Add to these particulates various microorganisms such as biologic particulates, bacteria and viruses, and you have a veritable petri dish of unhealthy substances that can invade your home.
Thanks to modern air purification technology, indoor air quality issues such as these can be easily corrected. The current crop of air quality solutions includes space age products that bring the technology of the future to your home today. By combining the right HVAC system components, you can create a multiple-step system that helps ensure that every type of indoor pollutant is addressed and handled in the appropriate manner: either by removal or destruction.
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.