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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

How a Miscalibrated Thermostat Impairs Your HVAC System

September 1st, 2014

A thermostat can make or break an HVAC system: you might have the most advanced heater and air conditioner installed in your home, but without an adequately working thermostat, you won’t be able to accurately control or program the system, resulting in inefficient performance and a lowering of comfort. Often, these malfunctions will resemble another type of repair trouble with the system, but when you call on technicians experienced with heating and cooling technology, they will quickly get to the bottom of the problem and find out if the thermostat is at fault.

In some cases, you should have a new thermostat installed to replace the damaged older one; this is an especially good idea if you have an older manual thermostat or a non-programmable digital model. Not only will the new thermostat take care of the repair trouble, but it will perform more effectively than the older one did and give you energy saving performance and better comfort.

To talk to experts in thermostats in Rockledge, FL for any services you may need, contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today.

Thermostat miscalibration

The most common problem that thermostats encounter, one that often goes undetected at first, is miscalibration. A miscalibrated thermostat will inaccurately gauge the indoor temperature, and will then turn the heater and air conditioner on and off at the wrong times—either running too long and running too short. It only takes a few degrees of miscalibration to throw off the comfort in your house and cause the HVAC system to start draining energy unnecessarily. If the thermostat causes the system to run longer than it should, it will also cause the heater or AC to age faster.

Another potential problem from a miscalibrated thermostat is “short cycling.” This happens when the heater or AC stops its heating/cooling cycle too early because the thermostat incorrectly read that the target temperature was reached. The system halts prematurely—only to turn back on a short time later and repeat the process. This places tremendous strain on the HVAC system, and it will cost more to run since heaters and air conditioners use up the most power when they start up.

If you have noticed uneven temperatures in your home, a heater or air conditioner that seems to come on and off when it shouldn’t, or a short cycling HVAC system, then call for professional repair technicians. If your thermostat is miscalibrated, they will set it so it reads temperatures correctly again. They will also advise you if they think that you should replace an older thermostat.

Contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. for comprehensive services to install, replace, or repair thermostats in Rockledge, FL.

AC Question from Melbourne: How Does Ductless Cooling Work?

August 25th, 2014

Ductless cooling isn’t a new type of air conditioning, but it was more commonly seen in commercial properties like restaurants versus residential properties. These days, ductless AC is a popular choice among homeowners for a variety of reasons. One question our Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc., technicians hear frequently is, “how does ductless air conditioning work?” The truth is, ductless cooling in Melbourne is not that different from traditional split-system air conditioning, with the exception of a couple of features.

Components of a Ductless System

A ductless air conditioner uses an outdoor unit very similar to that of a traditional split-system AC. In this unit, as with a ducted system, resides the compressor and condenser. The difference comes with the delivery system: the indoor blowers. The indoor blowers of a ductless system house the coils and fans, (blowers are around 35” long) and deliver the cool air to your home. The blowers are connected to the outdoor unit via a conduit that holds a power line, drainage line and refrigerant tube. An outdoor unit supports up to 4 indoor blowers.

How Does the Cooling Work?

The system starts by turning on one or more of the indoor blowers. The refrigerant begins its cycle, entering the compressor, then the condenser, and then up to the blower. The fan in the blower blows your warm indoor air over the coils in the blower, and cool, conditioned air is blown into your room.

Blowers can be mounted flush against walls and hung from ceilings; they just need to connect to the outdoor unit via an exterior wall. Blowers can be easily mounted above doorways and windows, allowing for flexible placement.

What Are the Benefits of a Ductless AC?

There are several benefits to installing a ductless air conditioner:

  • No need for ductwork – as the name states, a ductless air conditioner does not need ductwork to provide whole-home cooling.
  • Customized comfort – the blowers offer you zone control, so you only cool the areas that need it, and at the temperature you want.
  • Energy efficient – the unit itself is energy efficient, but in addition, using only the cooling you need helps save energy, too.

Ductless cooling in Melbourne can be a great option for your home. If you are interested in finding out more, call Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc., today.

 

How to Tell You Need Duct Sealing in Merritt Island

August 18th, 2014

The AC maintenance process typically focuses on the mechanical parts of the system. However, a truly healthy system requires healthy air ducting as well. Ductwork can often be forgotten because it is not visible and is virtually noiseless. But air ducts need attention, just as any other part of your system, or it can suffer from cracks, holes and broken seals. One of the best ways to keep your ducts healthy for the long run is by scheduling professional duct sealing on Merritt Island. When done correctly, as by a company like Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc., your ductwork can last for years to come.

Signs You May Need Duct Sealing

There are a few common signs that you may need duct sealing for your ductwork:

  • High energy bills – faulty ductwork can account for up to 30% of total air loss. When your system leaks, there can be a significant reduction of cool air reaching your home for which your AC has to compensate. Whenever your air conditioner has to work harder, it needs to use more power, which can result in higher energy bills.
  • Whistling sounds – whistling sounds in your air ducts can indicate that air is escaping through broken seals and holes.
  • Multiple hot and cold spots – it’s normal to experience slight temperature differences throughout your home, but if you are experiencing definitive hot and cold spots, there may be an issue with certain ducts not delivering the right amount of cool air.
  • Extra humidity – are you feeling extra moisture in the air? Faulty ducts can allow the outside humid air into a duct, and the moisture in this air gets delivered directly into your home.
  • Development of mold and mildew – mold and mildew thrive in cold, dark, moist places, making your ductwork a great place to grow. One of the best ways to deter the growth of mold and mildew in air ducts is to seal it properly to reduce moisture levels.

Duct Sealing Is Not a Good Choice for a DIY Project

Ductwork is extensive, and large sections can be in hard-to-reach places such as crawl spaces and attics. It can also be challenging to find all the holes and cracks that need to be repaired. These are just some of the reasons it’s important to call a professional for your duct sealing in Merritt Island.

For more information about how Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc., can help you with any ductwork needs you may have, call us today!

How AC Technicians Detect Refrigerant Leaks

August 11th, 2014

One of the most serious repair problems that an air conditioner can encounter is a leak that allows the chemical refrigerant to escape from the system. During normal operation, an AC doesn’t consume refrigerant, and it will retain its refrigerant “charge” (level) indefinitely. The only way to lose the charge is from leaking occurring along the refrigerant lines or in the compressor. A loss of refrigerant charge will both lower the air conditioner’s cooling power and lead to crippling damage to components, such as a compressor that burns out from overheating.

If you feel a plunge in cooling from your AC, notice ice developing along the indoor coil, or detect a hissing noise coming from one the cabinets, you may have a refrigerant leak.

Call the Melbourne, FL air conditioning experts at Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. right away. We’ll use the detection methods to locate the leak so we can keep your AC working its best.

The methods of refrigerant leak detection

Refrigerant leaks are usually small and difficult to see without proper training or equipment. It only requires a pinhole-size puncture to allow the high-pressure refrigerant to escape. Here are some of the ways that professionals locate these leaks:

  • Bubble solutions: This is the oldest leak detection technique, but is still effective for larger leaks. The repair technicians use squeeze bottles filled with soap solution to spray along the areas where a leak is suspected. The escaping refrigerant should cause the solution to bubble.
  • Electronic “sniffers”: This is one of the most common leak-technician methods. The “sniffers” are devices that create a high voltage spark which the technicians run across the refrigerant lines. The chemicals in refrigerant have an insulating effect on the spark that will cause it to drop, pointing out the leak location.
  • Halide torches: This is useful only for older refrigerants (R-22, once the most common refrigerant blend, but now in the process of being phased-out nationwide). Halide torches turn green in the presence of the chlorine within R-22.
  • Fluorescent detection: The technicians first insert a fluorescent-colored dye into the air conditioner’s system, and then scan UV lights over the lines. The escaping refrigerant containing the fluorescent dye will show up as green under these lights.
  • Ultrasonic detectors: The noticeable hissing noise that can lead a homeowner to suspect refrigerant leaks is also useful in pinpointing their location. Listening devices like ultrasonic detectors allow technicians to zero in on the exact location of the leak.

Experienced technicians will probably use a combination of the above methods to detect a leak in your air conditioner. Once they have found the spot, they will seal the leak. Afterwards, they will recharge the refrigerant in the system to its proper level and take care of any repair issues the loss of charge may have caused.

When you need precision repairs for your air conditioning in Melbourne, FL, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. We have 24-hour emergency service to make sure the vital cooling for your home is restored quickly.

Why You Need Specialists for Commercial Air Conditioning Installation

August 4th, 2014

If you’re a business owner, or if you manage a commercial property, you’re probably busy dealing with a lot of important matters. So when you need commercial air conditioning installation, you may be willing to leave it in the hands of any air conditioning technician you can find. Commercial installation is a big job, however, and a technician who is not very experienced dealing with commercial systems may be unfamiliar with the complexities of these larger units.

When you need commercial air conditioning installation, call a specialist to ensure your system is installed correctly so that your AC will run smoothly for the life of the system. Here are some of the reasons you should only rely on a trained specialist for commercial air conditioning installation.

Get the Proper Size

A commercial specialist who has a lot of experience is more likely to choose the correctly sized system to suit the needs of your property. A system that is not the proper size may be unable to cool the entire building if it is too small, or it may short-cycle if it is too large, causing it to overwork and, eventually, fail.

Speed

Commercial air conditioning installation is a big job and takes a good portion of time to complete. However, an experienced technician should be able to complete the job in as little time as possible so that your business can stay open with little disruption. An inexperienced technician, on the other hand, may take up a lot more time putting your unit into place. In the middle of summer, this is not ideal for anyone involved in your business.

Zone Control

Many commercial units use zone control so that employees or tenants can adjust the temperature according to their own needs in different areas of the property. Zone control systems often use a complex set of thermostats and dampers, so a technician without experience with commercial systems may be ill-equipped to handle such an installation.

For commercial air conditioning installation in Cocoa Beach, give us a call today!

At Next Generation Air & Heat Inc., we have years of experience installing packaged systems on commercial properties throughout the area.