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Forced Air? Fresh Filter!

January 8th, 2018

man-with-filterCentral air conditioning is pretty much the standard for homes in our area. If you are trying to fight the heat and humidity of the Florida summer with window units, you really need to rethink your strategy. Whether you’re using a central AC to cool your home, a furnace to warm it on our occasionally chilly nights, or a heat pump to do both, you really need to keep your air filter in mind. Forced air heating and cooling is going to suffer greatly, in a number of ways, with a dirty filter in place.

Yes, you should be scheduling annual maintenance for your HVAC systems (bi-annual for heat pumps), and yes, your maintenance technician should be cleaning or replacing your air filter as needed. Once or even twice a year is simply not enough, though. These standard air filters typically need changing every 1-3 months. Failure to keep up with this vital maintenance task is going to result in some serious issues for your comfort, your budget, and your system itself. 

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Is a Heat Pump Right for Me?

December 25th, 2017

hot-and-cold-homesIt is certainly a possibility! Here in Florida, heat pumps are very popular home comfort systems. While there are a lot of great heaters and air conditioners on the market today, the heat pump’s unique method of operation makes it an ideal solution for year-round comfort in this part of the country. If you are thinking about replacing a heater or an air conditioner, or if you’re in the process of building a new home and are reviewing your HVAC options, be sure to keep the heat pump in mind.

Also keep in mind the fact that even the best HVAC systems on the market, heat pumps included, are only going to function at peak performance and efficiency levels if they are properly sized, designed, installed, and serviced by trained professionals. Our team is here to help you to determine if a heat pump is the right option for your home, and we’re also happy to handle every heat pump service that you’ll need down the road. Contact us today if you’re interested in using a heat pump in Orlando.

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Award Winning Service 2016

January 12th, 2017

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the HVAC companies in Brevard were able to do it.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2016 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

For more than 21 years, Angie’s List restricted access to its verified reviews to consumers who paid membership fees. When the company removed that barrier, some companies worried that the new, non-paying members would not be as engaged as members of the past. Experience has shown, however, that these newly added members are just as engaged – across all age groups – as prior members. Also, because the company continues to adhere to its review verification process, there has been no degradation of review quality.

“The biggest change at Angie’s List is that we are connecting even more consumers to high quality service professionals,” Hicks said. “And that’s good for everyone.”

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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Award Winning Service 2015

January 26th, 2016

2015Next Generation Air & Heat

Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Next Generation Air & Heat has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

“Only about 5 percent of the companies in Brevard and Indian River have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than three million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

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Next Generation Air & Heat Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

February 12th, 2015
Angie's List 2014 Award

Angie’s List 2014 Award

 

 

 Next Generation Air & Heat Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

 Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Next Generation Air & Heat has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

From the first day we opened for business and on through today, our goal is to be the premier provider of heating and cooling services in Brevard County. We strive to be the absolute best at what we do, that’s the reason our reputation for quality service and workmanship keeps growing year after year.

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Next Generation Air & Heat competes with in Brevard County have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

 

 

 

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How Scheduling Furnace Maintenance Prevents Repairs

October 6th, 2014

As you may or may not know, most furnace manufacturers recommend that you get your furnace checked for problems at least once a year. In fact, most warranties require annual maintenance be conducted on the furnace in order for it to remain covered. This is all well and good, but what is the true purpose of scheduled maintenance visits? After all, why not wait until the furnace begins to act strange before calling a professional? Below are some of the ways that regular maintenance actually prevents the need for repairs and saves you money.

Preventing Progressive Decline

Major problems with your furnace rarely spring up out of nowhere. The vast majority of issues that cause your furnace to break down begin as small issues. Maybe you have a bit of carbon buildup on your burner, or a partially blocked gas line. Maybe your exhaust flue isn’t venting as well as it could be. No big deal, right? Actually, any one of these issues could lead to a major problem if left alone long enough. That last one, in particular, could prove dangerous to your health by trapping poisonous combustion gases in your home. These are known as progressive problems, because if left alone they will keep getting worse.

Some issues, like a leaky or partially blocked gas line, may not cause your furnace to stop working right away. They will, however, cause a loss in efficiency for which your furnace will have to work harder to compensate. This can cause an increase in your heating bills, as your furnace runs longer to try and reach the thermostat temperature without enough fuel to do so effectively.

If you schedule regular maintenance, you can catch all of these problems before they get bad enough to force costly repairs or replacements. You’ll also increase the overall efficiency of your system by having it maintained, which saves you money on heating bills. In the end, the benefits of regular furnace maintenance far outweigh the cost.

If you haven’t scheduled your annual heating maintenance yet, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. We conduct furnace repair and maintenance throughout the Merritt Island area.

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How a Dirty Filter May Lead to Heating System Repair

September 29th, 2014

The air filter in your heating system is designed to capture dirt and dust that would otherwise enter the various parts of your system. When your air filter becomes clogged, it can’t work properly. But a dirty filter can be far more than ineffective: it can lead to heating system repair in Melbourne. We’ll list below some of the problems that can develop from a dirty air filter, but remember that whenever you have a heating problem, you can always call for a trained and certified Next Generation Air & Heat Inc., specialist to help.

Problems Dirty Air Filters Can Cause

Here are some problems that can develop when your furnace operates with a dirty air filter:

  • Decreased airflow – your furnace needs a certain amount of airflow to work properly. Dust and dirt can hamper the airflow through excessive build-up. The job of the air filter is to capture enough dirt and dust in order to prevent this from happening. But if the air filter is clogged, it can no longer perform this function and will actually provide resistance to the air flow.
  • Decreased energy efficiency – a dirty air filter forces your heating system to work harder in order to achieve the set temperature. When your system has to work harder, it uses more energy.
  • Poor indoor air quality – your indoor air quality will decrease noticeably with a dirty air filter. This is because particles will begin to bypass the filter and become a part of your air flow. When your system cycles on, these particles will be delivered directly into your living spaces.
  • Decreased comfort levels – a system under pressure from a dirty filter will have a hard time achieving the temperature you want; this can result in a decrease in warm air to your home.

It isn’t hard to replace an air filter, but it can be easy to forget about doing it. Air filters should be changed every 3 months; if you have a hard time remembering, it can help to mark a calendar.

Should you need heating system repair in Melbourne because of a dirty air filter, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc., today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Can I Clean My Ducts on My Own?

September 22nd, 2014

Regular duct cleaning is an important part of upkeep for your home’s HVAC system. Maintaining dust and dirt-free ventilation passages removes excess strain off a forced-air heater and air conditioner, helps protect indoor air quality, and makes it easier to keep a house looking clean and tidy and without dust everywhere.

Duct cleaning isn’t something to handle on your own as part of spring cleaning. You should schedule the service from professionals. We often hear from people who want advice about handling the duct cleaning job on their own, and we always inform them that the only way to handle the chore is to leave it to other people—specifically, the people with the right training and equipment.

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. has an excellent duct cleaning team on staff. Make an appointment with us to have duct cleaning in Palm Bay, FL, done fast and right.

Why professionals must handle duct cleaning

The network of ducts in a home is extensive, and most of it remains out of sight of the homeowner. Accessing duct interiors is difficult, and the amount of debris that can build up over a year or two inside ductwork is more than a commercial vacuum cleaner can handle. You cannot open up a vent register and place a vacuum hose into it and hope to get the job done. Brooms and brushes brought into service will not complete the task either. It requires technicians who can access the entire ventilation network and remove all the contaminants inside, many of which are ground deep into the ductwork walls.

The way that professionals carry out duct cleaning is through high-powered vacuums that attach to where the ductwork leaves the HVAC system. These large vacuums put the whole ventilation system under negative pressure, and this dislodges debris and particles from the duct walls to make it easier for the vacuum to then suction them up. Special agitation equipment sent into the different registers will remove any further pollutants.

You can provide some help for your ducts on your own, however. Make sure that you change or clean the air filter in the HVAC system once a month during its regular use; this will help slow down dust accumulation. You should also keep the registers clean to allow for better airflow. But it still takes the work of duct cleaning technicians to fully clean a ventilation system for healthier indoor air and an efficient heater and air conditioner.

If more than two years has passed since you had your ductwork cleaned, or if you’ve noticed more dust around your house and higher AC and heating bills, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. right away to schedule duct cleaning in Palm Bay, FL.

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Why Should You Install a Wireless Thermostat?

September 15th, 2014

You can turn off your television from your couch and reprogram your radio from the kitchen, all because they have remote controls. Wouldn’t it be nice to manage your cooling and heating in a similar way? You can – with a wireless thermostat in Cocoa Beach. A wireless thermostat allows you to program, track and change the temperature as needed via remote control.. Not only do wireless thermostats offer you convenience, they can also help with energy efficiency. Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc., can help you choose a wireless thermostat for your home and professionally install it – just call us.

How Does a Wireless Thermostat Work?

Wireless thermostats work by using a main receiver that transmits information to all the wireless thermostats in your home. The receiver replaces your wired thermostat, and connects to your HVAC system just like a standard wired thermostat does. The wireless thermostat is battery operated and can be placed in a variety of locations; it just has to be close enough to the receiver to communicate with it, and this distance will be explained in the instructions. The thermostat stays in communication with the receiver by transmitting radio signals. Most wireless thermostats are programmable, and can set programs for up to 7 days. A single receiver can support up to 4 wireless thermostats.

Benefits of a Wireless Thermostat

There are several benefits to installing a wireless thermostat:

  • Convenience – clearly, a wireless thermostat offers a level of convenience you can’t achieve with a wired thermostat. You can place a wireless thermostat virtually anywhere in your home, as long as it is within 500 feet of the receiver. This means you can control your temperature from virtually anywhere in your home.
  • Energy efficiency – being able to program your thermostat allows you to control the amount of heating and cooling you use. For instance, if your home is mostly empty during the work week, you can program your HVAC system to cycle down during these times so that you are not heating or cooling an empty home. When you reduce the usage of your HVAC system, you reduce your energy usage.
  • Comfort – a wireless thermostat relays information concerning the current temperature of the room it is in. This allows you to adjust that room’s temperature based on your heating and cooling needs.

A wireless thermostat in Cocoa Beach can help with energy efficiency, comfort and convenience.

If you are interested in a wireless thermostat for your home, call Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc., today and speak with one of our specialists.

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Important Upgrades to Consider with Air Conditioning Replacement

September 8th, 2014

When you need a new air conditioner, finding the right AC company and installing the correctly sized air conditioner may seem to be the most important decisions you make. But there are so many upgrades and options to consider with new AC installation that you should talk to a technician about before air conditioning replacement. A technician can not only help you choose the system that’s right for your home, but can also tell you more about these important upgrades.

Energy Efficiency

Your older system may have lost some energy efficiency over the years, so your new system will be a welcome change. But consider making an even more efficient purchase by choosing a system with a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) and the ENERGY STAR rating. This ensures that your new unit has met government regulations for both efficiency and performance, so you can save even more money every month without giving up your comfort.

Insulation

It’s important to keep in mind that purchasing an energy-efficient air conditioning system does not guarantee the lowest cooling costs. If you do not maintain your air conditioner every year and change the filters once every month, your unit will lose some efficiency. Furthermore, insufficient insulation may allow heat to move into your home or through the ducts easily. Your air conditioner works by removing heat from your home, but lack of insulation may delay this process and hinder the efficiency of your system. You may consider professional insulation services along with your air conditioning replacement.

Thermostats

During air conditioning replacement, you may be able to keep your older thermostat. However, replacing a manual thermostat will benefit your AC in many ways. Manual thermostats are often difficult to read, so you may end up setting the temperature one or two degrees lower than you need it, costing you more than you’d expect. Digital thermostats are accurate and programmable, so you can set the AC ahead of time for increased comfort and savings.

If you need air conditioning replacement in Satellite Beach, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.

Our technicians can help you find the right system and upgrades for your home so you can be on your way to a high-performance, efficient system today!

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