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.

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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. 

Top Considerations When Hiring a Heating & Cooling Technician

Sep 19, 2014

What To Look For When Hiring a Heating & Cooling Company



There are three things that you need to make sure of before you hire any company to repair the heating or cooling system in your home or your business. You want to be certain that the company that you hire has the experience to make the necessary repairs even when the job is challenging and complex. You also want to know that the company has the insurance coverage that is necessary to guarantee that if there is any damage caused to your home or business, you will not end up paying for it out of pocket. Finally, any company that you hire should be properly licensed and have all the necessary credentials so you know that you are getting a company that can do the job without causing you even more problems

License

It is a risky proposition, even under the best of circumstances, to hire a company that is not properly licensed. The biggest problem here is that you are likely to hire someone that does more harm than good. You may also avoid any applicable warranties on your heating or cooling system because someone is performing work on the system that has no license to do so. You may also be setting yourself up to be forced to deal with a catastrophic failure of the entire system at a later date.

Experience

This is one of the most important things that you could possibly consider. If the company you hire fails to have the necessary level of experience, you are setting yourself up for failure because they may not be able to fix a problem that is relatively basic, much less a problem that is far more challenging than what they might see on a daily basis. It is only with experience that many technicians are able to truly understand exactly what is going on

Insurance

It is important for you to remember that you are hiring a heating and cooling company because you have a problem and you need them to come out and fix it. This is already costing you valuable time and expense and the last thing that you need to deal with is a company that causes some type of damage and then fails to have the necessary level of insurance coverage to pay for it. If you take a chance such as this, you may find that you are filing a claim with your homeowner's insurance to try to cover the damages or you may find that you have to pay for them yourself because there is no one else who is willing to do it.when there are no obvious solutions.

As a result, you should always make sure that any company that you hire is able to produce documentation regarding their licensure and their insurance coverage, and that they will only send an experienced technician to your home or business.

We want to make sure our Ft. Lauderdale customers are happy, so leave the heating and cooling projects up to AAA Modern Air. Don’t delay and call (954) 921-4486 today!

 

Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier

Sep 12, 2014

How Can a Whole House Humidifier Improve My Life? 


When you are in your home you deserve to be comfortable. It does not matter is your home looks like it has been lifted from the pages of a lifestyle magazine if you are not comfortable. Part of what determines your level of comfort in your home is your air quality. If you want a better quality of comfort in your home, consider having a HVAC whole house humidifier system installed. The benefits of having a whole house humidifier include reduced allergy aggravation, reduced risk of mold and a greater sense of overall comfort in your home.

Reduces Allegies

The quality of your air directly impacts your health. Air that is overly dry can spur asthma and allergy symptoms. Dry air can lead to dry noses, sore throats and cracked and itchy skin. It is also not surprising that many viruses thrive in low-humidity environments. If you are in a low humidity environment, you are in a breeding ground for cold, flu and other respiratory ailments.

Reduces Mold

A HVAC system also controls moisture. The moisture levels are carefully monitored by the system, because an excess of moisture can create mold. If you are breathing in mold, you are likely to get sick. When humidity levels are above 70 percent this a threat to a building because it is a prime position for mold formulation. Since a HVAC whole house humidifier system closely monitors and controls the level of moisture, you will not experience the nuisance of mold growth in your home.

Provides Overall Comfort

If your air is not overly dry or overly moist, you will be the most comfortable. You will not be as susceptible to allergies, asthma or other respiratory ailments. If you can breathe easily, you can typically rest better. If you experience better sleep, you will be able to perform your daily tasks with more ease. Being comfortable with the air quality in your home actually benefits you in many other aspects of your life. It may seem to oversimplify the matter, but if you can breathe, rest and recharge in your own home, you can experience greater productivity in other areas of your life.

A HVAC whole house humidifier system can greatly enhance your life. This system benefits you by reducing allergies, reducing risk of mold and providing overall comfort in your home. Everyone deserves to be comfortable in their own home!

Hire a professional HVAC technician in the Ft. Lauderdale area today! Call AAA Modern Air at (954) 921-4486 for our top-notch services. 

 

7 Pre-winter HVAC Tune-up Services

Sep 5, 2014

How Should I Prepare For the Winter? 

 
 

Winter will be here before we know it. It is always a good idea to do annual home maintenance and fall is the perfect season to do it. Your HVAC system is an invaluable part of your home and when it performs correctly keeps everyone comfortably warm or cool, depending on the season. No one wants their HVAC system to malfunction during the freezing cold of winter. Fall is the season to make sure all is working correctly and ensure that your system will work correctly all winter long.

Here are 7 services that will help your HVAC do it's intended job.

1. Do a visual inspection of your HVAC's exterior. Remove anything flammable and keep the area around your HVAC clear. 

2. After checking the exterior of your HVAC it is time to call in an HVAC professional to do an equipment evaluation. He/she can determine if your current equipment is working efficiently. If all is well then move on to number 3. If your current equipment is not performing competently then consider upgrading and think about an Energy Star model. Energy Star models are efficient which means you save money and help protect the environment.

3. If your existing HVAC is performing well have your HVAC professional do a seasonal tune up. A proper tune-up can reduce your energy bill, ensure your safety, help your system work more efficiently, and will satisfy the conditions of your manufacturer's warranty. Most importantly, you can rest easy knowing that your home will be warm for the winter months! 

4. Have your air filter changed regularly, at minimum change every 3 months. If your air filter is dirty after 1 month of use then have it changed. This prevents dust from building up and will keep your HVAC running smoothly.

5. Consider having your HVAC professional install a programmable thermostat. If you are away from home for long periods of time during the day then a programmable thermostat is a great idea and can save you a sizable amount of money annually.

6. Get your heating and cooling ducts cleaned, especially if you have done an in home construction project this summer or you can see visible mold around your ducts. 

7. Have your heating and cooling ducts sealed. This will help your HVAC system work more efficiently and helps keep your house warmer or cooler depending on the season. 

It is time to prepare your HVAC system for the winter! Call AAA Modern Air today at (954) 921-4486 for our professional services in the Ft. Lauderdale area. 

 

How to Save Money With a Programmable Thermostat

Aug 29, 2014

Learn How a Programmable Thermostat Can Help You Save Money

 

 

 

Programmable thermostats are great at helping cost conscious consumers reduce their monthly power bill. These nifty gadgets allow the regulation of a home’s temperature based on a preset program implemented by the consumer. Often programmable thermostats allow for adjustment of the program based on humidity as well.

There is a wide scope of available thermostats that allow for different program variations, and a qualified specialist can help find the unit that best meets the needs of someone looking to invest in this type of energy saving device for their dwelling. 

The programmable thermostat works by automatically changing the temperature of a home based on the times an individual or family will be present. There are usually options for weekdays and weekends or programs that allow different settings on each day of the week. Each program may have various settings throughout the day. In the warmer months when the house is unoccupied the temperature is maintained higher and automatically reduces just prior to returning to ensure comfort. Similarly in cooler months, the house is kept cooler while unoccupied and heats up prior to occupancy to make sure the proper coziness is ready for the household.

Proper installation and programming are integral to garnishing the most “bang for your buck” when choosing the programmable thermostat option. Though self-installation may seem a logical choice, studies indicate that many times systems are not installed properly through do-it-yourself processes. This can result in less efficient systems that reduce little energy expense and may also incur additional service expenses or may damage existing HVAC units. Some thermostats also have very complex programming requirements and having an HVAC specialist manipulate these settings is the best way to guarantee the maximum energy and cost savings. 

An added benefit of reducing energy usage in this way is that the eco-conscious consumer can also easily and significantly reduce their carbon footprint. This type of change also serves as a springboard for other in-home cost and eco savings through more expansive measures such as duct cleaning, filter replacement, servicing existing units to ensure maximum savings or HVAC system replacement for more energy efficient models. Each of these measures increase efficiency hand in hand with programmable thermostats and the savings can be astounding. If everyone were to invest in programmable thermostats and related services it is highly likely that summer brown-outs and black-outs would become a thing of the past.

Looking to install a programmable thermostat in the Ft. Lauderdale area? Call (954) 921-4486 today for quick and effective services from AAA Modern Air professionals. 

 

Is the Air in Your Home Suitable to Breathe?

Aug 22, 2014

Importance of Changing Your Air Filter

 

 

 

Taking care of your air conditioning and heating unit can ensure that it is in good working condition for many years to come. Repairs can be costly, but there are some things that a homeowner can do to ensure that this air conditioner and heating is ready for the hot summer months and the cold winter months. Changing an air filter can allow a unit to operate properly no matter what the temperature is outdoors. 

The number one question that many people have is when to change the filter on the ac and heating unit in the home. Many HVAC companies recommend changing filters on a monthly, or bimonthly basis when the units are working constantly. During the hottest month, and coldest month, the filter should be changed more often. When the weather is more neutral outside and units are not in use, you may find that the filter can be changed less often. 

The filter in your units should also be checked often. If a homeowner notices any debris on this filter then it should be changed. This routine maintenance can alert someone if there are many debris that have built up on an ac filter and it can be changed right away. 

When you are using a heating unit in the home the filter can be even more important. The filter should be clean to provide clean air to the home. The heating filter can become dusty and full of debris very quickly. Anything on the filter has the potential to be blown into the home, and this can wreak havoc for someone that experiences allergies. When a homeowner understands the importance of a clean filter it can help them to provide this necessary maintenance. 

A licensed HVAC professional can complete all of the filter changes for a homeowner. Many companies will also provide the filters and this will relieve all of the responsibility from the homeowner. This is a very simple, routine maintenance call that will be completed in a very short time frame. Any time a homeowner thinks they their filter may need to be changed, they can simply call this company and enlist in their help with this task. 

There are many important reasons to change your air filter and keep it clean. This will not only allow your units to operate properly, but this can also keep the air in your home clean and fresh. 

Are you in need of an AC filter change? Call AAA Modern Air at (954) 921-4486 today for top-notch services in the Ft. Lauderdale area. 

 

Enjoy a Clean Home to the Fullest With This Simple Step

Aug 15, 2014

Benefits of a germicidal UV light in your home

 

 

When you think of risks to your health, the air blowing through your HVAC system probably doesn't come to mind, but it should. Poor indoor air quality ranks high among the top environmental risks to public health, and the negative effects it causes can haunt your health for years after exposure. Allergy and asthma sufferers are greatly affected by air pollutants and can be mistaken in thinking that they are better off staying indoors, where air quality is thought to be better, because heating and cooling systems can be breeding grounds for biological contaminants. A germicidal ultra violet light installed in your home's heating and cooling system, however, could eliminate this unseen danger and be the key to helping your family members breathe easier. 

A germicidal UV light is a light that emits a short wavelength of ultra violet radiation that is able to kill micro-organisms; this short UV wavelength is known as UV-C. UV-C light destroys micro-organisms like harmful pathogens, viruses, and mold that can lead to illness if inhaled. It does this by damaging the nucleic acids in the organisms' cells so that their DNA is upset. In other words, the germs can no longer multiply. Another plus is that the UV light is on and obliterating microbes whether the heat or air conditioning system is on or off. 

In addition to purifying the air that your family breathes, another long term advantage of an HVAC system germicidal UV light is increased efficiency that equates to financial savings. While micro-organisms are, well, microbial, over time they do contribute to buildup on air filters. This accumulation of gunk on the filter leads to your system having to work harder. By eliminating the ability of the micro-organisms to reproduce, coils, drain pans, duct work and air filters stay cleaner thereby allowing your entire system to operate more efficiently which then leads to lower electricity bills. 

Depending on the size of your unit and other factors, you might need a single or two-lamp system. The best way to find out what model you need for your system is to consult with a trained HVAC professional who can assess your specific system's needs. Trained professionals should always install these units, as UV radiation exposure can be harmful to your skin and eyes; just ask anyone who has ever had a sunburn! However, rest assured; once installed, your family will never come in contact or be exposed to the ultra violet light.

Keep the air in your Ft. Lauderdale home free of contaminants! Call AAA Modern Air at (954) 921-4486 for a germicidal UV light installation. 

 

Find out how you can cut your cooling bills by at least 25% right now!

Aug 8, 2014

Why you should get a high efficiency AC unit for your home

 

 

 

Heating and cooling create some of the highest costs of home ownership. There are many ways to lower the cost to homeowners, but one of the best and most cost effective ways to reap the greatest savings is with a high efficiency air conditioner unit.

Many things should be kept in mind when time to purchase your new unit. One important factor is the location of your home. In an area that is shaded, a unit can be used with a lower SEER than someone who resides in a sunny area. In this setting you will save even more while using the same product, and can get by with a smaller less expensive unit. Another point to consider is the amount of insulation in your walls and attic. A well insulated house will allow for a smaller unit which will be much less expensive to operate. These criteria have the most influence on the operating cost of cooling your home, although there are many other factors to take into account to determine the best AC unit for you. 

A good way to determine the lowest cost air conditioning unit is to read the label. The most cost efficient products will have a SEER no lower than 13. SEER stands for “seasonal energy efficiency ratio” which is a rating, that tells how energy efficient the unit will be; the higher the number the more efficient, and that means savings for you. Most professionals recommend at least a 16 to save the most on your utility bills. Another way to know that this unit is the right one, is to simply look for the Energy Star© symbol which was established to alert buyers that they are getting a highly efficient product. 

Many distinctive types of units are around to choose from, as well as many brands. These numerous choices can be daunting to the average homeowner. The best source of information to help with determining the most cost effective AC unit for you will be to call your local HVAC professional. These well trained experts have priceless information that will give you the most comfortable environment while allowing you to save money.

Looking to upgrade the AC unit in your Ft. Lauderdale home? Call AAA Modern Air at (954) 921-4486 and schedule a service call with one of our experts today!

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