March 3rd, 2014
Heating in Melbourne, FL can be just as much of a concern at the end of winter as it is at the beginning. We may have passed through the worst that this year’s winter may have to offer, but that doesn’t mean you can just assume everything will be all right. Proper care and maintenance must be kept up at all times in order to help your heater function at its best. That doesn’t stop just because the temperatures are warming up. Here are some heating concerns for the end of winter that you may wish to keep in mind.
Heaters and furnaces don’t necessarily need to break down in order to need repair. Problems can arise that sap the energy from your unit, forcing it to work harder to perform the same functions and raising your monthly bills in the process. That can also increase the wear and tear on individual components in the system. The longer you go, the more risks you run of a serious breakdown: costing you far more later on that it will if you deal with the comparatively minor problem now.
That can be compounded by dust build up and general wear and tear that takes place during the normal course of functioning. Screws can become loose, fittings might not be as tight as they need to be, and dust build-up can increase friction on moving parts. Again, none of this will directly interfere with the functioning of your heater, but over time, it could lead to a more serious breakdown, costing you a great deal in repairs.
You can help prevent that by scheduling a routine maintenance session as soon as winter is done. A trained technician will clean off the dirt, tighten loose parts and carefully check for any problems in need of correcting. If serious repairs are required, you can then schedule them at leisure without needing to worry about another cold front moving in.
If you have heating concerns for the end of winter, call on Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. to help. We handle all kinds of problems related to heating in Melbourne, FL, and we won’t rest until you are completely satisfied. Call us today to make an appointment!
February 24th, 2014
Your ducts carry heated air in the winter and cool air in the summer to help your HVAC system keep your home comfortable. Over time, dust and debris will build up inside the ducts, necessitating cleaning from a professional. When performed periodically, it will help improve the quality of your indoor air, as well as allowing your heating and cooling system to function as effectively as it can. But what exactly are they removing from your ducts? Here’s a list of some common contaminants that duct cleaning will remove.
- Human skin cells. Most household dust consists of at least some shed human skin cells, which remain in the home and gradually build up over time.
- Pet dander. If you have pets, particularly cats, then they shed dander all of the time, and your circulated air will likely move it through your HVAC system.
- Carpet and furniture fibers. Every home has furnishings of some sort, and tiny fibers will often detach and become a part of your household dust.
- Pollen. Thanks to our lush and humid atmosphere, we tend to get a lot of plant pollen in our homes. This and other biological contaminants can build up in your ductwork.
- Dust mites. These microscopic creatures feed on organic components in the dust. Their waste and exoskeleton can contribute to dust and exacerbate allergies in particularly sensitive individuals.
If you’re interested in clearing this kind of material out with a thorough duct cleaning, Palm Bay FL has a company that can help. Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. knows the common contaminants that duct cleaning will remove, and has the experience necessary to perform the job right. If you want your HVAC system to function as smoothly as possible, pick up the phone and give us a call today. You’ll be glad that you did!
February 17th, 2014
Warmer weather has already started to arrive here in Florida. We can expect a few more cool days ahead, but we are now in the build-up toward our warm spring and hot summer temperatures. That means air conditioners will start turning on across the state.
Is your AC ready for another long hot season? It’s vital for your air conditioner’s prolonged service lifetime to make sure it receives a maintenance visit before the summer arrives. Spring is the most common time for homeowners to schedule maintenance for their ACs. However, at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. we think the best time is… right now! We’ll explain why you should consider taking care of your air conditioning maintenance in Melbourne, FL sooner rather than later.
Reasons to schedule AC maintenance now
- Avoid the later scheduling crunch: As the temperature starts becoming consistently warm, HVAC companies will begin receiving more repair and emergency service calls—not to mention requests for maintenance visits. If you get a jump on the spring with maintenance, you will have an easier time scheduling a convenient appointment.
- Stop rising bills: Chances are good that you are already using your AC. But are you also already paying too much to run it? During the winter inactivity, your air conditioner may have developed dirt and small malfunctions that—although not immediately noticeable during operation—will reduce its efficiency and drain extra energy. Look at your power bills and ask yourself if you think you should be paying less. A maintenance visit will provide your AC with the necessary tune-ups and adjustments to get it back to peak operation that won’t place a strain on your bills.
- Prevent later repairs: If your air conditioner needs repairs, it is a good idea to get them done before the most serious heat arrives. A period of AC inactivity during the summer weather for repairs can be very uncomfortable and inconvenient, but a maintenance technician can arrange to take care of any problems during the cooler weather before spring arrives.
If you are looking to sign up for air conditioning maintenance in Melbourne, FL, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today to discuss our Priority Savings Club. You’ll receive two annual precision tune-ups (one for your AC, one for your heater), plus 20% off all service repairs and a 5-year extended guarantee on all parts and service. Membership also comes with our 100% satisfaction guarantee.
February 10th, 2014
In Florida, we’re moving into the time of year when we’ll ease out of using our heaters and start to activate our air conditioners. If you have a heat pump installed in your home, this is a simple switch to make: you only need to change the heat pump from “heating” to “cooling” mode on your thermostat.
In these waning days of colder temperatures, you still need to keep up with heat pump repairs. Don’t let important heating repairs in Melbourne, FL go neglected, since the heat pump’s cooling mode operates on the same principle as the heating mode; trouble with one likely means trouble with the other.
One of the common warning signs is a heat pump that is costing more than you think it should while in heating mode. If you have inordinately high heating bills that you can’t explain, contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. We offer 24/7 emergency service for your convenience.
Reasons for elevated heat pump operation costs
- Dirt contamination inside the cabinet: Your heat pump needs smoothly working motors to perform at its best. These motors run the compressors and the fans, vital parts of the heat pump’s operation. If dust begins to enter the cabinet because of a clogged air filter, it will increase friction on the motors and make them harder to run. This will place an extra drain on your power.
- Refrigerant leaks: The refrigerant that cycles through your heat pump stays at a fixed amount (called its “charge”) that does not dissipate during condensation and evaporation. However, the refrigerant charge will drop if leaks occur along the coils or in the compressor. During heating mode, this will lead to icing along the outdoor coil and a drop in the heat pump’s ability to absorb outside heat. Since both leaks and outdoor icing are difficult to notice, the first warning sign this is happening is often a spike in heating bills.
- Lack of regular maintenance: The many components of a heat pump require routine checks, cleanings, and adjustments. You should have a yearly visit from a technician to examine your heat pump to check if any faults are developing that will cause it to work inefficiently. If you’ve neglected regular maintenance, your heat pump will begin to drain power as it runs down. It’s never too late to start with maintenance, however! Contact a reputable HVAC company and schedule a visit.
Whether you need maintenance or heating repair in Melbourne, FL, you can count on the services of Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. to help you with a heat pump that’s costing extra money to run. Call today to ask about our Priority Savings Club and its maintenance plan.
February 3rd, 2014
Heat pumps represent a sound investment in your Rockledge, FL home, and let you keep your household comfortable without spending more than you need to. They make particular sense in Florida, with its long summers and warm winters (which ensure that the heat pump functions as effectively as it can). Regular maintenance visits from a trained professional are an important part of that process. Here’s why maintenance for your heat pump is essential to keeping the efficiency and savings that you’ve come to expect.
A tune-up is important because it corrects a lot of little problems before they become bigger problems. Some of the tasks your tech will do include such little as tightening loose parts so they don’t rattle in their housings; cleaning dust off of key components and changing the air filter if necessary; measuring refrigerant levels and recharging them if they are low; and running the heat pump for 15-20 minutes to watch for any potential problems. In the event something more serious crops up, you then have the time and the luxury of scheduling a repair visit according to your schedule, rather than scrambling to do it after a full breakdown. Not only does that help you get a jump on potential repairs before they get out of hand, but it helps your heat pump function as efficiently as it can. That means saving money on monthly energy bills — one of the big advantages of a heat pump over other types of heater – as well as reducing the chance of a serious breakdown and extending the life of your equipment in the process.
Since you run your heat pump all year round, you should schedule maintenance for your unit twice a year, once before heating season and once before AC season. Call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today and make sure your heat pump in Rockledge is running as well as it possibly can!
January 27th, 2014
With the proper insulation forming a heat seal in your home, you will have a far easier time cooling your house in summer and warming it during winter. The thermal barrier of insulation slows down the convection and conduction of heat from outside that tries to enter your home during hot weather, and uses the same properties to trap the valuable warmth from your heating system during cold weather. Quality insulation means improved comfort and lower energy bills.
However, insulation can have problems that will impair its efficiency, making your home less comfortable and putting more strain on your HVAC system. We’ll look at some common problems with insulation in Cocoa Beach, FL. If you need repair for your insulation, or would like new insulation put in, call our insulation experts at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.
Some common problems with insulation
- Water damage: Insulation that becomes wet (leaky roofs are one of the prime culprits) can become a serious problem. Because water conducts energy, it ruins the insulation’s power to restrict the conduction of heat and will start doing the exact opposite of what it supposed to do. To add to the problem, wet insulation can cause structural damage because it will lead to rust on metal that it touches. It will also encourage mildew growth.
- Pest infestation: The warmth of insulation offers an inviting place for animals to nest. Rats, mice, and squirrels that find ways into your walls or attic space will make nests inside insulation, and this will lead to extensive damage from tears and animal droppings. You’ll first need to have pest control remove the nuisances, and then call for insulation repair specialists to fix the damage and make the proper replacements.
- Poor installation: If amateurs originally installed your insulation, you likely have numerous gaps throughout the house, especially in unusual-sized spaces that require special insulation blowers to fill properly. It’s also a common mistake for amateur installers to put the wrong type of insulation in or too little of it. If you feel too hot or too cold (depending on the season) and it seems that you’re spending too much on your energy bills, consider hiring professionals to examine your home for ways to improve yoinsulation.
Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. has on staff trained insulation experts familiar with installation and replacement services. If you have problems with your insulation in Cocoa Beach, FL, give them a call to set up an appointment. Don’t delay if you think you have water-damaged insulation.
January 20th, 2014
Breaks and gaps in the ductwork of your home can lead to serious problems that will affect both the performance of your HVAC system and the quality of your indoor air. Dust enters through these gaps, and air pressure escapes from them, making your heater and air conditioner work harder and the air in your home dirtier. These leaks need professionals to seal them as soon as possible. Call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. for duct sealing, as well as duct cleaning in Merritt Island, FL.
But wait… what about duct tape? Won’t that take care of the problem?
Usually, no. For one thing, the original name of duct tape was duck tape (the reasons for this are obscure): it has nothing to do with ducts—it was designed in World War I to seal ammo boxes—and only became associated with duct work later. The actual industry name for this tape is cloth-backed rubber-adhesive tape. Duct tape has many great applications, but it has difficultly withstanding the temperature changes in ductwork, and controlled tests have shown its not a reliable duct seal.
Professionals use two principle tools to perform duct sealing that take care of the job. Some professionals favor one or the other, but both are very effective:
- Mastic sealant: This is a resin-based sealant which duct technicians apply using a special mastic sealing gun. This sealant is used in a variety of repair projects because of its excellent durability, lightness, and flexibility. Flexibility is important for ductwork, because ducts expand and contract as they heat and cool. Mastic sealant can last for many years without losing its hold or starting to flake. It is one of the best ways of sealing metal ductwork because the contact with metal does not cause corrosion, which many other adhesives do.
- Metallic tape: Actually, there is a form of “duct tape” that works, but it’s nothing like the duct tape you can buy at a store. Metallic duct tape is usually made from foil and can last for many years. Some duct sealing professionals prefer using these metal adhesive tapes over mastic sealant because they find mastic too messy to apply. Others prefer mastic because tape doesn’t have the same flexibility.
Have professionals seal your ducts
Something else to keep in mind when it comes to sealing ducts: it’s often difficult to access much of your ductwork. Professionals are trained to get to your ducts without causing damage to your home. Trust to the local experts to handle duct sealing and duct cleaning in Merritt Island, FL: Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.
January 13th, 2014
It’s the time of the year when heat pumps switch over to “heating mode,” most likely to remain there for the next few months, with a few breaks during warmer temperatures (and maybe even a few trips over to “cooling” mode—one of the great benefits of living in Florida). People want to get the most efficient heat from their heat pumps as possible, but this leads them to wonder how long they should leave the heat pump running and at what level on the thermostat they should set it. Is it better to run the heat pump at a steady temperature all day, even when you’re away from home, or to do a temperature setback and then ramp up the heat pump when you return?
The answer depends on your own comfort level and your thermostat. We’ll look at some options for the optimal heating in Melbourne, FL from your heat pump. For more help, or for heat pump repairs and maintenance, contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.
The important thing for maintaining efficiency with your heat pump is to use the electric resistance coils as little as possible. So, if you turn your heat pump to too low a temperature during the day when you are not home, your heat pump might need to use the electric resistance coils to bring you house back up to a comfortable temperature later. Some more sophisticated thermostats specifically designed to work with heat pumps can automatically adjust to keep the temperature within the range where that is not necessary, which can save energy. You should talk with your contractor about the specifics of your system, but in general, we do no recommend a setback temperature of more than 5 degrees with a heat pump in heating mode.
If you have an older digital thermostat, or even an old manual one, we recommend you upgrade: you’ll receive better control over your indoor comfort, and improved energy savings. Contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. to talk about upgrades to your heating in Melbourne, FL today.
January 6th, 2014
The heating season in Florida, the time of year when we shut off our air conditioners and switch to our heaters, is much shorter than it is for much of the rest of the country. However, we still need our heaters to work for us on those cold days and nights that can strike during the season. You want the best heating you can for your home… but what is the best heating system?
The choice often comes down to a furnace or a heat pump. We’ll break down these two options for you so you’ll have a better idea what is right for your Melbourne, FL home. However, nothing will help you make the decision more than the expert advice of the staff at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. Not only will we help you choose the best heating system for you, but we’ll also provide excellent heating installation service.
Furnace vs. Heat Pump
Furnaces: The main advantage that furnaces have is their flexibility. There are furnace models for different types of fuel source (electricity, gas, propane) and for any size of house. Furnaces provide a high level of heating for any kind of weather, and the gas models are particularly energy-efficient. A specific advantage of the natural gas furnace that can mean a lot in Florida is that they can still provide heat even if the power goes out; this is a great assurance during the stormy season.
Heat Pumps: The big attraction of heat pumps is that they solve two problems at once, since they function as both air conditioners and heaters, eliminating the need to have a separate air conditioner. Heat pumps use only small amounts of electricity to provide heat (and they don’t burn fuel to create heat, the instead move heat from one place to another). The only drawback for heat pumps is that they struggle with extremely low temperatures… but this is rarely a problem for homes in Florida.
How to Decide
Although one of the above options may sound like the right one for you, every home is different and has specific requirements for heating it. To make sure you get the best option, contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. to help you with installation from the beginning. Our heating specialists will figure out how best to heat your home and the right sized heater to do it. Whether you need a furnace or a heat pump in Melbourne, FL you can trust that we’ll find the right one for you.
December 30th, 2013
New Year’s is a time for parties, fun and great traditions, some of which go back more than a century. Among them is the famous “dropping of the ball” in Times Square, an event which is broadcast to millions of people every New Year’s Eve. With 2014 nearly upon us, we thought we’d take the opportunity to look at the history of this popular New Year’s Eve festivity.
The idea began in 1907 at what was then the New York Times building at One Times Square. The newspaper’s owner, Adolph Ochs, had been celebrating the New Year with fireworks since 1903. He wanted make the event even more remarkable, and added the ball in December of 1907 to welcome in the New Year. The first ball was designed by Artkraft Strauss, who made it out of iron, wood, and light bulbs. It took six men to hoist the ball up the building’s flag pole; once midnight struck, the tremendous ball was carefully lowered, and all were allowed to marvel at it.
Since then, the ball has undergone many changes in materials and design, and even the New York Times has moved to another building. But the tradition remains and the ball has dropped over One Times Square ever since. Today, the ball is electronically controlled, and uses LED lamps for its construction: designed by Waterford Crystal and weighing in at over 1,200 pounds.
A number of television broadcasts have helped carry the event over the years, but by far the most famous is “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which first ran in 1972. The show was created and hosted by Dick Clark, who became a staple of the event as much as the ball itself. Clark hosted the show every New Year’s Eve from 1972 until his death in 2012. Since then, it has been hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who shared hosting duties with Clark starting in 2005.
Whether you’re watching the ball drop on TV or have some other New Year’s Eve plan in mind, we here at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. wish you nothing but the best for 2014. Have a safe and happy New Year!