Don't Make This One Game-Changing Mistake

Dec 12, 2014

Retail or Professional Thermostat? 


A thermostat is a thermostat, right? Actually, there are numerous thermostats on the market. A person has to be careful what or from whom they buy one from. It's one of the most important components of the HVAC system. Without it, a person couldn't regulate the temperature of their home. If a thermostat is not working properly, then the system won't be able to work properly.

There are many things that can go wrong with this control devise. It can turn the unit off and on when needed. If it malfunctions, a home can get too warm or too cold really quickly. The first thing most people do is head to their local hardware store. In all actuality, they need to call their local HVAC company. Why trust the ones from the HVAC company over the one's from the hardware stores? There are plenty of reasons why the HVAC company has higher quality thermostats.

For starters, the HVAC company deals in thermostats. They change them out every day all day long. They know which ones are going to hold up better, and which ones to avoid. They usually work with a specific carrier that is known for quality.

The local hardware store just orders them in bulk. They don't pay attention the specifics of the unit; they just want to offer a large selection in various price ranges. They don't care as much about quality as they do quantity. An HVAC contractor cares about the quality. If it's not right, they have to come back out and service it.

Stores usually allow people to return their products up to 30 days with the receipt. However, an HVAC contractor stands behind their work for longer durations most of the times. They want their customers to ensure that they have a good experience, so they will ensure that they install a quality product, and offer some sort of guarantee. The cost is another area that separates what you can buy in the store and from an HVAC contractor.

Thermostats at the hardware store range anywhere from $20-$100 per unit. The ones that the HVAC company sells can range from $50-$700. They have a larger selection. There are ones that can be programed with smart phones, can hook into the security system, and can adjust the temperatures at different points during the day. A trained technician can work with the customer to give them a unit within their budget that does what they want.

Does your Ft. Lauderdale home need urgent thermostat installation? Dial (954) 921-4486 now to contact AAA Modern Air's top notch services. 

 

Simplify Your Air By Dehumidifying It

Dec 5, 2014

Dehumidify Your Home



Air Conditioning Units

Most homes and businesses in the United States have air conditioning units within to keep the structure's internal temperature at a desirable level for those who either live or work within a given structure. 

By operation air conditioners send cooled air that has water vapor within throughout a home or business environment that reduces the air temperature. A dehumidifier is designed to take away the water contained in the air coming from the air conditioner. The removed water that is collected from the dehumidifier cannot be used for human or animal consumption where the result is that this water is then discarded.

Why is it important for an air conditioner to dehumidify?

Air within a structure that is too humid has the potential to condensate which can foster the growth of mildew and mold within a structure. The spores from mold and mildew have long standing health risks due to allergies to these spores but the presence of mold and mildew within a living or working unit can lead to structural problems long term. 

Humid living and working conditions are uncomfortable to live and work in where excessive perspiration from a person typically results where the perspiration cannot evaporate in the humid environment. High humidity provides the growth for assorted pests such as dust mites, cockroaches, clothes moths and fleas which can cause health issues for humans.

Rather than purchasing a dehumidifier to complement an air conditioning system to be installed in a residence or workplace, there are air conditioning units on the market that have built in humidifiers in the system to maintain a healthy humidity level. The benefit of this type of air conditioning system is that the consumer pays for only one unit doing two functions as opposed to two separate units performing two separate functions. An air conditioning unit that contains a dehumidifier will take up less space than an air conditioning unit and a dehumidifier. 

What does an air conditioning system with a dehumidifier do for one's home? 

From a health standpoint, an air conditioning system with a dehumidifier will help prevent the growth of mildews and molds that can make one ill. Such a device assists in removing the "musty" smell that one associates with the presence of moisture in a structure. An air conditioning system with a dehumidifier also helps prevent damage to a structure caused by water intrusion such as crackling paint and "soft" sheetrock.

Want to promote efficiency in your Ft. Lauderdale A/C unit? Call AAA Modern Air at (954) 921-4486 to get more information on how to dehumidify your home.

 

 

A Thermostat Upgrade Can Save You Money!

Nov 28, 2014

 

Thermostat Upgrade

 

Traditional thermostats allow you to control the climate in your home, but not when you're away, which could be costing you money. A Wi-Fi thermostat not only adjusts the temperatures in your home according to your habits, which saves you money, but you can even adjust it while you're away.

How Does a Wi-Fi Thermostat Work?

A Wi-Fi Thermostat, also known as a Smart Thermostat, is just like a traditional thermostat, except you are able to control the temperature in your home while away from home. Your Wi-Fi thermostat can also be auto-programmed according your habits. This means, you can set the thermostat to turn off after you leave the house, then turn back on before you get home, so the house is comfortable and cozy when you get there. 

Most Wi-fi thermostats show you the time it takes to make the change, so you can see how immediate the effects are. This way, you don't have to try to turn the thermostat all the way up or all the way down to temper the house immediately. A Wi-Fi thermostat can also adjust itself to the immediate surroundings in your house, such as when the oven is turned on. 

Your thermostat can be adjusted remotely via web app or phone, during which time, you can also monitor your energy consumption and adjust it to save you money. Results are instant.

 

Other Wi-Fi Thermostat Features Include: 

  • Simple set up-a simple set up walks you through a few basic steps to get you started.
  • Customizable touch screen-The vivid, touch screen can be color customized to match your paint, your favorite sports team or your mood.
  • Locking touchscreen-Password and advanced locking options provide convenience and security.
  • Auto Alerts-Filter change and acute temperature changes display on your thermostat and are sent to your connected internet device, so you never miss an alert.
  • Advanced fan control-Improves air circulation and regulates temperatures throughout your home.
  • Compatible with cooling and heat pumps.


Can It Save Me Money?Wi-Fi thermostats provide a great way to meet your energy needs in the most efficient ways possible. Syncing your system to your habits allows you to enjoy a comfortable home when you need it and save energy when you don't. Wi-Fi thermostats also save you money by showing you your energy consumption and how much you are spending on energy costs, so you can adjust your usage accordingly. According to the government's Energy Star program, households that use a programmable thermostat can reap an average of $180 a year in energy savings. Contact your local HVAC company to start saving today.

I your Ft. Lauderdale home in need of electrical repair? Call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486 for top quality services.

 

Top 9 Reasons to Install a Whole House Dehumidifier

Nov 21, 2014

Whole House Dehumidifier Benefits

 


There are many reasons to install a whole house dehumidifier in a home. The main reasons why people install a whole house dehumidifier in their homes is for comfort, increased air quality, allergy relief, and property protection. Ease of use, no buckets to empty and a healthy humidity level throughout the entire home are additional reasons. An increase in property value and preventing moisture damage are more reasons why whole house humidifiers are installed. 

To begin what is a whole house dehumidifier? A whole house dehumidifier is a dehumidifier that removes moisture from the air throughout the entire home and not just one room. Instead of using portable dehumidifiers in every room in a home, you can keep the humidity in your home at a constant, healthy level by just setting the thermostat to your desired humidity level. A whole house dehumidifier is connected to the heating and cooling system in your home and water will be drained off to pipes in your plumbing system. So there will be no more buckets to empty, wires from portable dehumidifiers and simply pressing a few buttons on a thermostat is all it will take to have a healthy humidity level in your home. The ease of use of a whole house dehumidifier is the primary reason why people install whole house dehumidifiers. 

A high level of humidity in a home can make you feel uncomfortable and lead to a sticky feeling on your skin. Having a humidity level between 40%-60% is recommended and will remove any sticky or clammy feelings due to high humidity levels in a home. High levels of humidity can cause mold and mildew to multiply and grow throughout a home triggering allergies. In severe cases of high humidity levels in a home water stains can appear on walls and on ceilings. Paint can start to peel off and this can become unsightly. Furniture and the actual home if made from wood can begin to rot if the humidity is very high in a home. A whole house dehumidifier can maintain a comfortable level of humidity, prevent mold and mildew from growing rapidly throughout your home and prevent water damage and rot. 

A whole house dehumidifier is a big asset in a humid climate and can save a homeowner lots of money because it is cheaper to operate than turning the AC to reduce the humidity in a home and does a much better job. It will also add to the property value of a home if a homeowner wishes to sell it in the future. Whole house dehumidifiers also pump in fresh air from the outside and increase the air quality of the home. This prevents pollutants from accumulating and can have a positive affect on health. 

So there you have it, some of the reasons why people install a whole house dehumidifier in a home. To summarize they are:

1. Comfort, no more sticky air in the home.

2. Allergy relief, mold and mildew growth is reduced that can trigger allergies.

3. Increased air quality, fresh air is pumped from the outside and pollutants are brought out of the home.

4. Prevent moisture damage such as water stains on walls and ceilings.

5. Increase the property value of the home especially for homes in humid climates.

6. Ease of use, no buckets to empty out and no need for portable dehumidifiers. 

7. Property protection, wood furniture and structures can rot.

8. Prevent musty smells from high levels of moisture in the air.

9. Long term energy savings, no need to run the AC or other dehumidifiers.

Are you looking for a dehumidifier installation in the Ft. Lauderdale area? Look no further than AAA Modern Air, call us today at (954) 921-4486. 

 

 

The One Home Tip You Must Never Forget

Nov 14, 2014

 

Heating & Cooling Systems' Air Quality

 

Should I be Concerned With Indoor Air Quality?

There are a vast amount of good reasons for wanting to benefit from indoor air quality in your home or business. Every one likes to avoid health problems caused by bad odors, moisture causing mold, and poor ventilation. These are only a handful of reasons, but poor air quality can lead to breathing problems like asthma and allergies, and respiratory illness. Dust and pollution sweeping through your home due to poor ventilation and poor air quality. There are many risks when air quality in a home is not taken seriously. Inside pollution can have higher levels of pollution than outside pollution. And the energy efficiency can cause energy bills to raise without any benefits to your living environment. Think of all the discomforts, and damage to your home and furniture because of poor air quality flowing through your home.

Any one should be concerned about the air quality in their home. The risks of not breathing clean air, are not worth the harm done to your health and family.Studies have proven how pollution levels are much higher inside a home than they are outside. There are so many sources that pollute our air, and what we store in our homes add to this problem, such as cleaning chemicals, pet dander, and pesticides to name a few that are responsible for the need of good circulation in our homes. Imagine what you breathe when you sleep and eat, and the moisture created with appliances and bathing. These are thigs we do without even thinking about how it can affect the air quality.

What Does an Air Handler Do For My System?

An air handler is the solution to this annoying problem, because an air handler efficiently distributes, and circulates the air flow throughout your home. Air handlers work in any season assuring that a home is provided with the cool or warm air needed to circulate your home, while keeping your energy bills appropriately moderate. Air handlers help reduce dust particles, pollution, odors, allergens, mildew, and bacteria, among other discomforts caused by poor air quality. There is no more need for a gas furnace, when you have an air handler. Air handlers work side by side an air conditioning unit or heating system. Air handlers are controlled by thermostats, filtering dust and impurities that flow into our homes. Providing healthy clean air, and comfort.

Concerned about the air quality inside your Ft. Lauderdale home? Take action and call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486. 

 

Game Changing Cooling System Tip!

Nov 10, 2014

Save Money With AC Maintenance 


How does preventive maintenance ultimately save me money? Why is this important? These are two of the most important questions that a company would ask. Most companies make the mistake to think that they could save money by not spending for the preventive maintenance items that are needed. If you take the terms Preventive AC maintenance to heart, the very term means to prevent any break down and loss through a regular maintenance check schedule.

First we must look at the cost of an entire replacement weather it be a compressor or an engine, the cost would be in the thousands of dollars. Not really too good on the saving money part of the plan, bit had they had a budget and a preventive maintenance plan that company could have avoided such a tragic expense.

What any person needs to know when it comes to preventive maintenance is that you should have a preventive maintenance agreement plan with your company which will prevent any unnecessary break downs and costly repairs. The true reason for this is to keep your unit working and in good maintenance will pro long the life of any unit or engine. The old saying of “out of site, out of mind” may not be the wisest choice in this matter, and will definitely cost you in the long run for all of the neglect that will occur.

This was only a brief insight into why a good preventive maintenance schedule will not only keep things working efficiently, but will reduce the out of pocket expenses that will occur when you will have to needlessly replace the unit that may have been saved through proper maintenance and routine system checks. In other words, the military has vehicles that last a long time, even through 20 to 50 years. this is why, unlike most people they are constantly have routine preventive maintenance checks and services to keep the vehicles running. As a famous person once said, you could have the state of the art machine and without proper preventive maintenance you will find countless bugs and glitches will be with that machine. On the other hand, you could have a machine that is 60 years old and shakes like a rattle, but there are no bugs or glitches because of good preventive maintenance. That is why good preventive maintenance increases machinery life and will help you save money later.

Looking to hire cooling services in your Ft. Lauderdale home? Call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486.

 

Is Melting In Your Sleep On Your Winter List? Didn't Think So!

Oct 24, 2014

What To Do When Dealing With a Cooling Emergency

 


A cooling emergency can happen at any time, and is especially agonizing and stressful when it goes out on the hottest summer day. Regardless to when your AC goes out, it can go from bad to worse if you have elderly parents or small children in the house. There are generally three reasons why your AC might stop working: not enough refrigerant, dirty condensed coils or a dirty air filter. 

Not Enough Refrigerant

Refrigerant keeps your AC unit cool. If the coolant level drops too low, it will cause your AC to run too hard, which will eventually cause it to overheat. 

Dirty Condensed Coils

The condenser coils in your AC are filled with refrigerant. These coils run through the outside sheathing of your unit. When these coils get dirty, the dirt build-up creates insulation around the coils which prevents the heat from escaping. This disruption increases the temperature in the AC unit which causes it to overheat. 

Dirty Air Filter

The filter protects your AC unit from dirt and debris that may get trapped inside. If the filter is not changed, it can get too dirty and clogged, which prevents the proper airflow. When the airflow is interrupted, it can cause your unit to work too hard and overheat. 

What To Do With a Cooling Emergency?

When your cooling system is on the fritz, it is important to get it fixed and up and running again, especially if you have allergy sufferers, small children or elderly parents in your home. Commercial cooling emergency services provide 24 hour HVAC emergency services for such occasions. Some cooling emergency services even offer emergency service discounts to new clients. 

Whether your AC unit has shut down completely or just requires minor repairs, an experienced, licensed, bonded, insured and EPA certified technician will come to your home or business and replace or repair your AC unit.

When researching a certified technician, keep in mind that locally owned HVAC contractors know the community and can provide services accordingly. Certified technicians are highly trained in central air conditioning, refrigerant leaks, evaporator coils, air handlers, split systems, blower motors and more.

Is your Air Conditioner troubling you? Call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486 for quick and effective cooling services in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

 

 

Keep Your AC Ducts Clean!

Oct 17, 2014


How Often Should I Have My AC Ducts Inspected?

 

It is a question that many customers are inclined to ask and although the primary reason may be to adjust their budget, knowing the appropriate amount of frequency to inspect your AC ducts will ensure that other issues are dealt with in a timely manner.

The ducts are intended to provide free air from the exterior of the home into the residence and out again, which is why there should be almost no resistance or blockages along the way. Because of the elements that the ducts are exposed to, unwanted pollutants can breach the ducts and set up shop as they lay in wait to convert into bacteria.

Breathe In Please

Considering the fact that the air ducts are so important, especially when it comes to improving the air quality in your home, it is recommended that they be inspected at least once but preferably twice every year. The inspection will serve to identify sources of contamination that may be contributing to an unhealthy air flow. The frequency of the inspection may go up if the people in your household engage in smoking. If the humidity levels are higher than usual, it may be a good idea to have an inspection carried out, if only for the fact that the possibility of mold built up will increase.

Understanding The Process

In addition to the build-up of pollutants, it is possible for your ducts to develop a leak thanks to outside interference or even rodents. These same unwanted guests can leave droppings in the ducts and the quality of the air coming into your home will now be mixed with the fragrance of those particles. The longer it takes to have the ducts clear; the more build up will occur and the worse it will get for the inhabitants of the home.

What You Gain

It is important to understand that cleaning your ducts should be handled by a professional, if only for the fact that they have the experience and tools necessary to do the job right. Homeowners should never attempt to inspect or clean their own ducts because they may simply stir things up and make it worse. A professional duct cleaner will check for blockages and have them removed. Any leaks or hidden damages to the ducts will be rectified immediately and if necessary, the ducts will be sealed and returned to the way it should be. After your initial inspection, it is a good idea to set up a regular inspection plan for at least every 4 to six months.

Serving your Ft. Lauderdale community everyday. Give AAA Modern Air a call at (954) 921-4486 for a guaranteed quality AC duct inspection!

 

 

It's Duct Inspection Time!

Oct 10, 2014

Why Should I Have My HVAC Inspected?

 

 
 

What Is An HVAC?

An HVAC unit is the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system of your home. It helps keep your home comfortable and can provide clean air.

How Often Should I Have My HVAC Inspected?

Since different mechanical parts of an HVAC unit work in different ways due to the season, it should be inspected twice a year. The air conditioning unit and all the components in the Spring, and the furnace and its' components inspected in the early fall. 

Reasons to Have My HVAC Inspected

There are many reasons to have your HVAC inspected, most of all for safety reasons. When an inspection is conducted, the professional will investigate for any potential problems, and current problems, bacteria, and will verify all the various mechanical parts are running smoothly and effectively. They will also check the airflow and the electrical and gas connections and much more to ensure that you have the safest, best running unit that you can have. Any minor problem with these systems may leave you in the cold, the heat, or even without a home. 

The HVAC specialist will also change, clean, or maybe even suggest a better filter for your particular model. Some of them can virtually eliminate all dust and pollen from being circulated through the air of your home. This can make allergy season much easier on the sufferer. 

Carbon monoxide levels can also be tested at this time to ease your mind. With homes becoming more energy efficient, it is more important now than ever to make sure to have it tested for your family's safety.

How Do I Know Which Inspector to Choose?

The best way to choose the HVAC specialist for your furnace is simply to call around. Ask questions to find out if they service your make and model. Are they licensed, insured, certified, and bonded? How long have they been in business and how long have they been working on your brand HVAC? If you are at all skeptical, call state or city officials and see if they recommend them. You are perfectly all right to ask for references, too. After all, it's your unit, your money and your safety in their hands.

Need AC inspection services in Ft. Lauderdale? Call AAA Modern Air at (954) 921-4486 today for quick and reliable services. 

What are the Benefits of Duct Cleaning?

Oct 3, 2014

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

 

When you hear about duct cleaning, you might look at it as a pointless activity designed to siphon money from individuals who don't know what they are paying for. After all, your vents still work, so why do you need cleaning? Well, while your vents may still work, by not having your ducts cleaned you are actually throwing hundreds of dollars a year down the drain in excess energy bills, not to mention other problems you do not even know you are experiencing. While this is not something you can do on your own, but instead is something you need to bring a professional in to do. Thankfully though, there are all sorts of different benefits of duct cleaning that make it well worth your wild. 

Cheaper Energy Bills

First off, over time as dust and other debris starts to collect in your ducts, it reduces the efficiency of the heating and cooling system. This forces your furnace or AC unit to work extra hard, shooting up your energy bill. When you have your duct cleaned, this corrects the problem and it helps remove all of the debris inside of the vents, improving the functionality of both heating and cooling systems, helping you save money over the long term. 

Improved Air Quality

When the vents start to collect dust, it ultimately is going to push the dust and other dander into the air. This means, you are breathing all of this dust and dander in while you are inside of your home. This can cause health problems and other breathing conditions that might prove dangerous to you or someone else who is suffering from asthma. The duct cleaning removes all of this and improves the quality of air inside of your home. 

Spot Problems

During the duct cleaning, the HVAC professional is able to look through your duct system and spot any potential problems. This can range anywhere from a general leak in the vent to other issues taking place in your HVAC equipment. When this happens, the professional is able to recommend potential corrections to the equipment, which helps you avoid any sort of extremely negative and drastic problem you might run into. This way, your heat remains running smoothly during the winter months and the cold air stays on during the summer months, without any interruptions. 

Need duct cleaning services in Ft. Lauderdale? Call AAA Modern Air at (954) 921-4486 today for quick and reliable services. 

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