Find out how to lower your electric bills this summer!

Jul 25, 2014

Lowering your electric bills with air handler services

 

Most people run their HVAC system all year round. However, few of them take the time to have the system serviced regularly. What they don't realize is if their heating and air conditioning system is not properly maintained, it can cause their power bills to skyrocket. However if the homeowner contacts an HVAC company and has them periodically service the HVAC system they would see a significant drop in the size of their power bill. An integral part of your AC unit is the air handler, and it should be checked to make sure that it is running efficiently.

A licensed, experienced air handler service professional understands that keeping the heating and air conditioning system clean better enables it to keep the home comfortable and makes the system work more efficiently and cost-effectively. They can change the air filters, clean and repair the duct work and other parts of the system. This keeps dirt and dust out of the system and allows the air to flow more freely. This reduces the amount of power it takes to run the system and can save the homeowner a significant amount of money on their power bill each month.

Having your HVAC system tuned up at least once a year is another way to lower your power bill. A licensed, skilled HVAC technician can inspect the heating and cooling system, identify and repair or replace worn or damaged parts. This enables the system to function more efficiently, prolongs the life of your HVAC system, and lowers your energy costs. 

Another way air handler services can help you reduce your energy costs is by installing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats can be set to an energy saving setting when the homeowner is away and be returned to optimal temperature when it's time for the homeowner to return. When pre-programmed settings are used properly with a programmable thermostat it can result in hundreds of dollars in energy saving each year. 

Air handler services can help with sealing the ducts, installing the right cooling and heating equipment, and making sure all HVAC equipment is properly installed. With the help of well trained, experienced air handler services professional you can lower your energy usage and with it your monthly power bills.

Is the air handler in your AC unit in need of maintenance? Call AAA Modern Air at (954) 921-4486 and schedule a service call today!

Stop Breathing Dust!

Jul 18, 2014

Why is regular AC filter replacement important?

Making sure that your home has proper AC maintenance can make a large difference in the level of energy consumption and the performance of an air conditioning system as a whole. Every professional plumber understands the major issues that can be caused by failing to undergo proper maintenance or know when and how proper maintenance needs to be undertaken. Knowing when to change filters and using the best filter for your environment is an important part of proper air conditioning maintenance that can be successfully completed by a professional plumber.

Most of us know that an air conditioning unit filter needs to be changed at regular intervals in a bid to keep the unit working at its optimum potential. As the air flow through an air conditioning unit is inhibited the unit is forced to work harder to meet the demands of the property residents. The level of energy consumption can lower by between 5 and 15 percent when a new filter is properly installed. Simple mistakes can be made when a professional plumber does not carry out the maintenance, which can include installing the new filter incorrectly and reducing the effectiveness or possibly damaging the system as a whole.

A professional plumber can also help a property owner make the correct choices when it comes to properly maintaining their air conditioning, which can include making choices about the type of filter used in their air conditioning system. A reusable filter can be used for those who are trying to assist in caring for the environment of the planet. Other filter possibilities include filters offering different levels of protection from dust and pollen being pushed through the air conditioning unit. 

Getting the proper maintenance for an air conditioning unit is often best done by a professional as the installation of any air conditioning system from a full home system to a room air conditioner. The high costs of the equipment and installation means that making sure the basics of maintenance are done correctly is the best way of reducing the risks of a replacement being required sooner rather than later.

Looking for AC maintenance services in Ft. Lauderdale? Call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486 for top-notch services! 

 

What are the Benefits of AC Repair Services?

Jul 11, 2014

Benefits of AC Repair Services

 

 

Having AC failure during hot and humid summer months can be very frustrating. When an air conditioning system failure occurs you need a qualified AC technician to resolve the issue. Air conditioning problems are a hassle, inconvenient and usually stressful. However, AC repair services make living at home pleasant again. 

If you have an air conditioner failure, there is a big chance that you'll not be able to determine what exactly causes the problem. This is because you don't have the proper skill and knowledge to troubleshoot and repair the AC. That is why it is so important to hire the services of a professional. There are several benefits of getting professional help in resolving air conditioner issues.

The best thing about hiring the services of AC repair professionals is that they have great expertise and a vast amount of knowledge regarding AC repair. AC repair technicians are trained in fixing air conditioning problems. They can repair the AC and replace damaged or worn-out components. They have top quality tools and supplies, which enable them to perform the work efficiently. 

Professional AC repair service saves time and money by having all the necessary parts along with completing the job within a reasonable period of time. Having a professional do the complicated task is one way to ensure reliability of the air conditioner. You are confident that the job is done correctly, and the AC system is working efficiently by the time the expert leaves your residence or office. 

Another benefit of hiring the services of AC repair experts is they take precautionary measures, and they follow safety rules. Electricity is potentially dangerous and if mishandled, it could result in a disaster.

It is just easier and safer to let a professional AC repair company or technician handle the repair, installation or maintenance of your cooling system for you giving you peace of mind that everything works properly. 

Before hiring an air conditioner repair or maintenance technician though, there are some things that you need to check. You need to make sure that the AC repair technician or company has a valid license. Only a registered and legitimate company or technician will be able to work on your AC unit and ensure complete customer satisfaction.

If you are in need of AC repair services, call AAA Modern Air at (954) 921-4486 today. Our experienced technicians will handle the issue quickly and efficiently in your Ft. Lauderdale home! 

What are the Benefits of a Dehumidifier?

Jun 27, 2014

Top 3 Benefits of a Dehumidifier in Your Home

 

When you feel uncomfortable in your home because of the high level of mustiness, it could be an indication that the indoor humidity levels are high and causing this smell. These high levels also can cause other problems in the home, and contacting your local HVAC professional is always a good idea. Our experts can come out to your home and better diagnose the problem and even recommend a brand and model best for cleaning the air in your home. Here are the top three benefits of a dehumidifier in your home.

Reducing the Mold and Musty Smells
When the inside of your home has higher than normal levels of humidity, the first sign will be an increase in mold and a musty smell. The mold thrives in the moist conditions of the home, bringing on that musty smell that is very difficult to clear. When you install a humidifier in your home, it works to remove the moisture in the air. That will in turn eliminate that terrible smell inside the house and take away the moisture mold needs to grow. 

Protecting Your Household Belongings
The humidifier reduces that added moisture in your home that can wreak havoc on items like papers, books, clothing, and artwork. The humidifier will improve the air quality inside the house, creating a more drier atmosphere that is better suited for your belongings. Pests like silverfish love the moist humid conditions, eating your papers, cardboard boxes, and books at will. The dry air conditions will reduce the pests from inside the home. 

Your Healthy Home
Having a new humidifier installed in your home will also improve the overall air quality for all your family members. Any members of the family who suffer from allergies or asthma will instantly benefit from the lower room temperature and removal of the sticky conditions. The filtration system within the humidifier also helps to remove any pollen, dust, or mold spores. The reduction in humid air also helps to eliminate any dust mites in the home.

Currently looking to install a dehumidifier in your Ft. Luderdale home? Call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486. 

When is it time to schedule an AC replacement?

Jun 20, 2014

When is it time to schedule an AC replacement?

 

 

You rely on your air conditioner to keep the house cool and comfortable during the hottest parts of the year. It is not always easy to know when it is time to call our professional technicians to replace the unit. There are several situations where you will want to call us for an AC replacement.

When The Air Conditioner Stops Working Correctly

You should call us to schedule a replacement when your AC stops working correctly. This could mean it is no longer keeping the house cool or that it is cycling on and off constantly. Your air conditioner might be failing to produce any cold air at all. These are all signs that the air conditioner needs to be replaced in order to keep the house comfortable.

Repairs Are Needed Constantly

Another sign is if repairs are needed constantly. Although we can continue to repair the AC, it is usually better to schedule a replacement. An air conditioner that is always breaking down, leaking or generating odd noises or smells could actually increase the risk of a fire due to malfunctioning parts. It could also be using far more energy than necessary. If the AC needs multiple repairs every season, then you should call our service for a replacement.

Every Ten Years

Air conditioners do have a limited lifespan even with the best maintenance and care. It is always recommended to schedule a replacement when the AC becomes more than ten years old. The unit will likely be working less efficiently at this point. It might even be on the verge of a complete breakdown. We can replace the AC with a newer model that uses less energy and that cools down your house more quickly.

After Home Renovations or Additions

It might be necessary to replace the air conditioner after your home undergoes a major renovator or has an addition installed. These types of changes can make the existing AC ineffective. We can examine your house and resize the AC to make sure it can cool down your home without wasting energy. This will keep your home comfortable while potentially reducing your power bills after renovations.

Is your Ft. Lauderdale home in need of an AC replacement? Call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486 for immediate services! 

 

What are signs that my AC needs a tune-up?

Jun 13, 2014

Signs That your HVAC System Needs A Tuneup

 

 

We are willing to respond to every request for help from our customers, but we do not live in your home every day. We recommend that you spend some time inspecting your home every week to make sure that your home's HVAC system is working properly. When you are running the heat or air, there are signs that you can look out for that will tell you it is time to have the system looked at. If you do not have a regular service appointment coming up, there is no shame in calling us out to the house to conduct AC maintenance services. 

Odd Noises

When you turn on your home heating or cooling system you, must listen for odd noises when the system turns on. Anything other than the sound of the unit switching on could be the sign of a major problem. Loud noises could be the sound of the electrical system nearly shorting out. Clunking noises could be the sign of a fan that is breaking apart or out of adjustment, and dimming of the lights in the house could be a sign that the wiring for the system is faulty.

Lukewarm Air

You should turn on your heat and air every week just to make sure that the air is the temperature you set the thermostat for. If you get lukewarm coming out of the vents, you need to ask for help. The heating or cooling element in the unit could be broken, leaking or severed. Also, running a system that does not produce the right kind of air is a waste of energy for your family.

When you are inspecting your home every week, you can call us with problems that you find in the inspection process. You may notice small problems, but we want to fix those small problems before they become problems that are very expensive to repair.

Is your home in need of an AC check-up? Call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486 for the best services in Ft. Lauderdale!

 

How should I choose an HVAC technician?

Jun 6, 2014

How to Choose an HVAC Contractor

 


Choosing an HVAC Contractor is one of the greatest things you can ever do if you would like to enjoy a smooth HVAC system. That’s why you must take your time when selecting an HVAC contractor. Do not be in hurry because your time and money is at stake here. In your quest to hire a good HVAC contractor, it is important to look at certain factors. This article therefore looks into these factors that you should consider before selecting an HVAC contractor. 

Licensing – The first thing you need to look at before hiring an HVAC contractor is the license. You should never make a mistake of hiring a contractor that has not been licensed. Such a contractor may not deliver high quality services. It is important therefore to hire a contractor that has been certified and licensed to offer services. Such an HVAC contractor is likely to offer high quality services. In addition, a licensed contractor is easy to track in case of any problem. 

Reputation – The historical performance of the contractor is another good thing to look at. This is because historical performance show how seriously a contractor has been taking his work. A good contractor is the one that has been delivering high quality services over the past years. Such a contractor is likely to deliver good services even for you. It is good therefore to look at how clients have been rated the contractor in the past. You must only employ services of a contractor that has been rated highly by his previous clients. 

Insurance – During the installation and repair of HVAC Contractor anything can happen. This may range from personal injuries to destruction of tools. This means that a contractor may choose to go to court to sue you for personal injuries compensation. You need to hire a contractor therefore that has been insured. Such a contractor will be compensated by an insurance company thus making things easy for you. 

Working Hours – A good contractor to hire is the one that offers services for long hours. In fact a contractor to hire for HVAC repair and installation services is the one that offers services for 24/7. Such a contractor is always available to offer services at any given time of the day or night. You therefore don’t have to worry whether your AC is destroyed at night or during the day.

Is your Ft. Lauderdale home in need of HVAC services? Call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486 for top-notch services! 

What does the SEER rating mean on an AC unit?

May 16, 2014

What Does the SEER Rating Mean on an AC Unit?

 

 

The Importance of the SEER Rating on AC Units
SEER is the acronym for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Understanding SEER is important to determine the ratio between an AC unit's actual efficiency and the amount of energy required to operate efficiently. Instead of miles per gallon (mpg) as with automobiles, AC units are given an SEER rating. Unlike mpg, however, a higher SEER rating means greater efficiency. 

Efficiency Equals Savings on Energy Costs
The ideal time to consider SEER ratings is prior to purchases of AC units. Regular inspections are helpful to gauge loss of efficiency and increase in energy costs on older, existing units. SEER ratings range from eight through 23. One benefit of a higher SEER rating is lower environmental impact. The US EPA has issued guidelines recommending all newer AC units be manufactured to at least 16 and preferably, 18 SEER ratings. 

Higher Energy Demands May Mean Higher Cost
Understanding SEER ratings by the general public can help reduce high energy costs, particularly in climates where high temperature ranges are the norm. Check the accompanying AC unit label for the SEER rating or the maintenance manual provided. Configure the per kilowatt hour cost multiplied by the size of the unit and the average hours of use to obtain actual energy costs. For example, an 18,000 btu window unit is equal to 1.5 tons (18,000 btu hours divided by 12,000 btu = 1.5 tons). Note that 12,000 btu (British Thermal Units) equals one ton. This is a standard equation for changing btu hours to tons for sizing AC units, upon which SEER ratings are also calculated. 

Energy Cost Equation
If the utility that provides your regular source of energy charges $0.10 per kilowatt hour, multiply this by 2,000 hours total AC use and a 3-ton unit to determine specific energy costs. The savings with a unit with an SEER rating of 16 is considerably less than a unit with an SEER rating of 8, 10 or 12. In addition, the amount of CO2 emitted is reduced to approximately 50,000 life cycle pounds/per kilowatt hour. 

Call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486 if you're in need of AC services in the Ft. Lauderdale area. We have immediate solutions for your situation!

 

Why should I check my AC's refrigerant pressure?

May 9, 2014

Importance of Checking the Refrigirant Pressure in your AC Unit

 

 

When temperatures are most uncomfortable, your AC unit fails. There are a number of reasons for malfunctioning AC units. For example, a leak in the unit affects refrigerant pressure. Your AC unit loses operational efficiency and energy bills double in cost. AC equipment requires annual maintenance to insure these units perform with maximum efficiency. An important factor in maintenance of AC units is checking the refrigerant pressure. 

Tips on Checking Refrigerant Pressure in AC Units

The average homeowner, commercial or industrial building owner is rarely sufficiently trained in accurate refrigerant pressure for AC units. This is one reason it's left to the AC experts to determine pressure ratings for each size AC unit maintained and inspected. Ideally, AC professionals evaluate refrigerant pressure using state-of-the-art, hi tech monitoring devices manufactured for this purpose. They take readings from pressure sensors, using US standards for refrigerant pressure and temperature adapted to “R” and “C” refrigerant ratings. This is referred to as a "PT" chart. The AC expert may also use a digital leak detection sensor if the AC system or unit indicates a loss of refrigerant pressure results from a leak in the unit. 

High Demand AC Use Demands Refrigerant Pressure Checks

When AC units receive high-volume use, the higher demands for cooling require regular refrigerant checks to keep the unit operating reliably. AC units should perform with maximum efficiency even when demand is high. To stress the importance of checking the refrigerant pressure in your AC unit, consider these factors:

. Knowledge of the PT chart applicable to the size of the AC unit
. Experience with the use of pressure, temperature and leak detection sensors
. Understanding of US “R” and “C” ratings for AC and refrigerants
. Knowledge of safety and compliance regulations related to refrigerants

Refrigerant pressure checks, inspections and maintenance of AC units require the services of licensed, knowledgeable professionals. Annual maintenance helps avoid costly repairs and the discomfort caused by an unreliable AC unit. A simple refrigerant pressure check is relatively inexpensive when compared to the cost of a major repair and the loss of comfort. 

Looking to check your AC in Ft. Lauderdale? Call AAA Modern Air today at (954)921-4486 for a service call! 

 

What are the benefits of having a programmable thermostat?

Apr 25, 2014

The Benefits of Having a Programmable Thermostat

 


You need to seriously consider replacing your old manual thermostat with a more modern programmable thermostat. There are many benefits to making this move, among them: to save energy, to reduce your gas and electric bills, and for simple convenience.

You do not have to be an environmentalist to want to save energy. Reducing the wear and tear on your heating and cooling equipment maximizes the long term value of your environmental system, and also its overall maintenance.

Naturally, every homeowner wants to reduce their annual heating and cooling costs, and a programmable thermostat is the best way to achieve that goal. You can set it for a variety of temperatures throughout the day, reducing the heating or cooling costs when everyone is at work or in school, and then adjusting the temperature an hour before the house becomes an activity center again. During those cold winter nights you can set the temperature down to a sleeping comfort level for the whole house.

There is a convenience factor as well. A digital readout will give you an exact readout of the temperature setting instead of guessing. When a warm spell hits in the winter or the spring has an all too characteristic brief return to winter, a programmable thermostat can be set for these exceptions and return to the normal settings afterward. It is virtually worry free once you decide on your maximum temperature comfort level.

Finally, the numbers. The cost of a programmable thermostat is under $100 and many companies offer seasonal rebates, further reducing the cost. The estimated annual savings is between 5 and 15 percent, depending on your current gas and electric usage. And you should check with federal, state, and local tax laws to see if you qualify for an energy credit that will increase your benefit even more.

There is no real downside to choosing a programmable thermostat. Take advantage of the technological advances to put more cash in your pocket and simplify your life.
 

Considering installing a programmable thermostat in your Ft. Lauderdale home? Call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486 for the best services around! 

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