Trane and Nexia – A Powerful Partnership for Your Convenience

Trane and Nexia – A Powerful Partnership for Your Convenience

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.

Eliminates Forgetfulness

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.

Enhances Comfort

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.

Reduces Worry

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.

The Importance of Surge Protection

The Importance of Surge Protection

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.

How Humidity Affects Comfort and Solutions to High Humidity

How Humidity Affects Comfort and Solutions to High Humidity

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.

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) 631-8411 in Brevard County.

How Technology Benefits the Effectiveness of A New Heat Pump

How Technology Benefits the Effectiveness of A New Heat Pump

The technology that goes into a new heat pump keeps getting better and better. These all-in-one heating and cooling systems are leading the way in energy-efficient climate control and now work effectively even when outside temperatures dip below freezing. Whether you’re researching your first heat pump installation project or looking to replace an existing unit, Trane has some impressive new features to consider.

Heat Pump Basics

A heat pump operates similar to an air conditioner. It uses a refrigerant to transfer heat out of the air indoors during summer and captures heat energy from the air in winter to warm the home even on chilly days. Heat pumps can be used year-round in mild climates and do not require natural gas for efficient heating.

Comfort Without Sacrificing Energy Efficiency

Top-of-the-line heat pumps bring a number of benefits to make your home more comfortable while conserving energy. For example, a variable-speed compressor allows the unit to run at a lower speed to better maintain a consistent temperature in your home. The system runs longer on the hottest days but uses less energy since it isn’t cycling on and off frequently. A variable-speed compressor can hold the temperature within half a degree of your desired setting. The extended running time with this technology also gives you superior control over humidity.

For mid-range budgets, a two-stage compressor is a great option. The heat pump can run on a low setting or on high. Compared to a typical single-stage compressor, this technology offers better comfort and temperature control in the home, reduces humidity and boosts energy efficiency.

Durable Heat Pump Components to Weather the Test of Time

Heat, humidity and salty air take a toll on heating and cooling equipment in Florida. Trane’s engineers put every component through extensive testing to find the best materials to hold up through heat, cold and everything else Mother Nature comes up with. On the outdoor unit, the fasteners are coated with zinc, the base pan won’t rust or corrode, and the louvers are made of galvanized steel to protect the internal components. Trane units also include a number of features that act together to reduce the noise level when the compressor is running. The quietest units run at a level comparable to the sounds in a library or during a conversation at home.

Convenient, High-Tech Controls

With the right thermostat, you can control your Trane heat pump from a smartphone or tablet in the next room or across the country. WiFi-enabled thermostats offer insight into energy usage, simplified programming and remote access. Trane’s innovative thermostats also integrate with the Nexia Bridge for even greater convenience as you connect your home’s systems and devices together.

‘No Worries’ Coverage

Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat is a Trane Comfort Specialist. We stand behind all of our work with our own guarantee, and we’re authorized to perform warranty work for Trane and other manufacturers. For greater protection, Ellington now offers three money-saving AC and heat pump maintenance plans for residential customers in Brevard County, FL, and the Middle and Lower Keys. There’s an option for every budget and every heating and cooling system. Our lifetime “No Worries” membership plan includes:

  • Annual maintenance checks with a reminder service.
  • Corrosion coverage to guard against the salt air.
  • Temporary cooling measures if needed during a repair.
  • Full “bumper to bumper” repair coverage for up to 12 years.
  • Bulb replacement for UV air cleaners.
  • And much more.

Quality HVAC Services in Brevard, FL and the Middle and Lower Keys

To learn more about heat pumps or for a free in-home estimate for heat pump installation, contact Ellington Air Conditioning & Heat. Call (321) 631-8411 in Brevard County or 305-307-5909 in the Middle and Lower Keys. It’s time you experienced the Ellington Difference.

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) 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.

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