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.

The Benefits of Zone Air Conditioning

July 28th, 2014

By now you’ve been able to enjoy the cooling comfort your air conditioner has been supplying for the first half of this summer. But have you wished that you could have better control over the temperature of certain areas of your home, or gotten tired of hearing complaints that someone is too cold while someone else is too warm? It can be a challenge to evenly cool an entire home from one thermostat, which is why you may want to consider zone-controlled air conditioning in Palm Bay.

What Is a Zone?

A zone is anything you want it to be – individual rooms, a group of rooms, a hallway, an entire floor – the choice is yours.

How Is a Zone’s Temperature Controlled?

The zone system is a series of motorized dampers that are installed into your ductwork. Each damper has a thermostat, and each thermostat is wired into a control system that manages when the dampers open and close, according to the temperatures that are set. You, as the owner, manage the control panel, so you have total temperature control over each zone.

What Are the Benefits of a Zone Control System?

  • Better energy efficiency – zone control system allows you to cool only the areas/rooms of your home that need it; you can turn off the cooling to other parts that are unused or unoccupied. Cooling what you need instead of cooling an entire house helps reduce your energy usage.
  • Customized comfort – with zone-controlled air conditioning, you can adjust the temperature for the needs of a specific space or person without having an effect on the rest of your home. This creates more effective cooling and better comfort.
  • Less strain on your system – when you need less cooling, your air conditioner cycles less; this puts less wear-and-tear on your system.

Ready to Get Into the Zone?

Zone-controlled air conditioning in Palm Bay offers a number of benefits that you simply won’t get with a single thermostat. However, installing a zone control system is not a do-it-yourself kind of project.

If you think a zone control system is a good fit for your home, call the experts at Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc., and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

Why Dryer Vent Cleaning Is So Important

July 21st, 2014

Every time you use the dryer, one of the key steps is to clean out the lint filter before you start up the cycle. If you don’t, your clothes will not dry as fast and the dryer will run for longer, wasting power. This same principle applies to the dryer vent that runs from the dryer to the outside of the house, although on a larger scale and with more important implications.

The dryer vent exhausts the heat from the inside of the dryer to the outside, and it also takes a large amount of lint fibers with it, which will start to build up inside the vent. You should have the dryer vent cleaned out on a regular basis to remove the link accumulation, usually once annually, although if you use the dryer frequently you may need to schedule cleaning more often. A professional service can take care of this job for you fast and effectively. Contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today and arrange for dryer vent cleaning in Palm Bay, FL.

Why is it so important to have the dryer vent cleaned? There are two reasons:

  • Fire safety: The heat inside a dryer is intense—it has to be in order to dry clothes in a short, efficient time. But a dangerous side effect of this heat is that it can cause fibers, which are highly combustible, to burst into flames and start a house fire. This is a serious problem that caused 15,000 fires in 2010 alone in the U.S. This isn’t a risk that you want to take with your dryer, so make sure that it is professionally cleaned. Also, a dryer that is not venting properly will become excessively hot on the outside, which can be dangerous for people who might touch it.
  • Dryer efficiency: The same way a blocked lint filter will keep your clothes from drying effectively, a clogged dryer vent will cause your dryer to run inefficiently in general. The inability to vent the air from the inside of the dryer will trap moisture inside and make it much harder to dry your clothes. You will need to keep the dryer running longer and longer in order to reach the desired temperature. Not only will this raise your bills, but it can damage your clothes.

If you notice that your dryer is no longer working as well as it once was, and you keep finding damp clothes at the end of the wash cycle, then you probably have a clogged dryer vent and need to call for professionals to clean it before it turns into a safety hazard.

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. can offer you fast & professional service whenever you need dryer vent cleaning in Palm Bay, FL and the surrounding areas. 

Why Should I Get Packaged Air Conditioning Units for my Home?

July 14th, 2014

If you’re looking for a convenient air conditioning system that won’t take up space inside of your home, a packaged air conditioning system may be the right choice for you. While many homeowners choose split systems, which require both an indoor and outdoor unit for installation, packaged air conditioning systems combine the evaporator and condenser units into one, allowing for convenient placement options and ease of maintenance.

If your home already has an indoor furnace, split system air conditioning is often the most cost-effective choice. However, if your home is not set up for a split system, you may decide to call a technician to install a packaged system instead. Packaged air conditioning units are usually installed right outside of your home. The entire refrigeration cycle takes place within this single unit and cool air is provided through the ductwork of your home.

Packaged air conditioning units have several benefits. They contain the same components of a split system, but these are all housed in one outdoor unit. This is useful for those whose homes make indoor installation difficult or who don’t have the space for a separate indoor unit. They can often be used for both heating and cooling so that there is no need for a separate heating system.

Another benefit of a packaged system is that a technician can often access your system with ease, which means repair and maintenance calls may be completed quickly. With split systems, the technician has to move between two separate cabinets in order to access your entire system, but packaged systems allow for less back-and-forth, which means you can switch your air conditioner back on sooner.

Packaged air conditioning units rely on the existing ductwork in your home in order to circulate air. If you do not have ducts installed in your home, a packaged system along with ductwork installation may be costly. In this case, you may consider ductless options, such as a ductless mini split system.

If you think getting a packaged air conditioning installation is right for your Melbourne home, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. today!

How Do Energy Recovery Ventilators Work?

July 9th, 2014

During our Florida summers, you can count on three things: high temperatures, high humidity and the running of your air conditioner. While we can’t change the outside temperature or humidity, there is a great tool (other than your air conditioner) to help with the inside temperature, humidity and energy efficiency: energy recovery ventilators.

Used for some time in commercial buildings, energy recovery ventilators have helped with all of the above, and have other benefits they can provide. Is an energy recovery ventilator right for your Rockledge property? The best way to know is to work with a professional from Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc., who understands the benefits of installing one.

What is an Energy Recovery Ventilator?

An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) facilitates the transfer of heat and moisture between the incoming fresh air and outgoing stale air. The core of the ventilator separates the exhaust air from the fresh air, then transfers the temperature (heat energy) and humidity of the outgoing air to the incoming air. So, during winter, the fresh, incoming air is pre-heated and humidified, and in summer, the fresh, incoming air is pre-cooled and dehumidified. The result is an incoming stream of fresh, energy-efficient air and the expulsion of pollutants and stale air.

What Are the Benefits of an ERV?

There a several benefits to adding an ERV to your air conditioning system:

  • Continuous clean air – with constant, fresh air being streamed into your air conditioner’s system, an ERV ensures that the air coming into your home is both fresh and efficient
  • Better indoor moisture control – the ERV removes humidity from the incoming air during the summer and adds it to the dry air coming in during winter; this allows for better control over humidity levels year-round
  • Better energy efficiency – with the ERV’s ability to either warm or cool the air (depending on the season), your air conditioner will use less energy to cool, creating better energy efficiency. This is the same for the moisture control aspect of the ERV.

Questions About Energy Recovery Ventilators? Call an Expert

An energy recovery ventilator can be a great addition to your air conditioning system in Rockledge, but it is not an installation job for someone without training.

To find out if an ERV is a good fit for your air conditioner, call Next Generation Air & Heat today and schedule a consultation with one of our experts.

When Is It Necessary to Schedule Dryer Vent Cleaning?

July 4th, 2014

What is the first thing you do after you load up the dryer with damp clothes? Clean out the lint trap. Without a clean trap, your dryer will have a much harder time venting, and this will end up trapping moisture inside and leading to clothes that stay damp even after an hour at the highest heat level.

There’s another cleaning your dryer may need, although it isn’t one you do for every load of wash: cleaning out the vent that exhausts the heat from the system to the outside. Unless this vent receives regular cleaning, it will not only make the dryer less efficient, it can also lead to a serious fire hazard when the heat inside ignites the highly flammable lint. Thousands of home fires each year (15,000 in 2010, according to the National Fire Protection Association) result from clogged dryer vents igniting.

For thorough professional dryer vent cleaning in Rockledge, FL, contact Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. We specialize in duct cleaning, and bring the same knowledge and skill to cleaning out your dryer vent so your family will stay safe and your dryer efficient.

How to detect that you need dryer vent cleaning

  • Clothes are not getting dry enough: If you clean the lint filter with every load, yet your clothes still come out damp, then you are losing efficiency somewhere in the system—and it’s likely in the dryer vent. If you need to run the dryer longer and longer to effectively finish a load, it’s time to check out the vent to see if it needs cleaning.
  • Clothes or the dryer feel exceptionally hot: When a load of laundry is done in the dryer, the clothes should feel warm to the touch… not hot enough that you can’t actually touch it. If this is the case—and the outside of the dryer also feels extremely hot—then heat is not exhausting from the system, and you will need to have the vent looked at.
  • Burning smells when the dryer runs: When lint starts to catch fire in the exhaust tube, you will detect an acrid odor. Stop using the dryer immediately and call for professional vent cleaning.
  • More than a year has passed since the last cleaning: You should make dryer vent cleaning an annual routine, since a year is sufficient time for a build-up of lint to begin to clog up the vent. Get ahead of the problems of damp clothes warning you that you need cleaning and schedule the work now.

The clothing dryer is one of the great modern home conveniences; don’t let it turn into an inefficient energy drain or a serious danger!

Call for dryer vent cleaning in Rockledge, FL from Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. We can also take care of your ductwork cleaning during the same visit.

How do Air Purifiers Work?

June 23rd, 2014

It’s starting to heat up for the summer here in Melbourne, which means that humidity, allergens and other particles are floating around in the outside air. Having windows and doors closed with your air conditioning helps keep these particles from entering your household, but inevitably some will get into your airflow. While your air conditioner comes with an air filter, the purpose of this built-in filter is to keep dirt and dust out of your air conditioning system, not improve the indoor air quality. So how can you improve your indoor air quality? You may want to look into the installation of an air purifier for your Melbourne property.

What Is an Air Purifier?

Simply put, an air purifier removes small particles from the air, such as pollen, mold and mildew spores, dirt and dust and other microbes that won’t get captured by your built-in air filter. By using materials that act as a sieve, an air purifier strains the inside air over and over, purifying it each time it cycles the air through.

How Do Air Purifiers Work?

There are several types of air purifiers from which to choose:

  • Pleated – pleated filters capture particles through the pleats in the filter; these types of filters also have a larger surface area than the standard built-in filter. These types of filters can remove up to 40% of harmful particles in the air and they should be replaced every 3 months.
  • Electrostatic/Electronic – electrostatic/electronic filters use static energy to capture particles. With an electrostatic filter, the air around the filter is charged, creating a field of ionization. When particles move into this field, they become charged, and the electrostatic filter captures the particles by using an opposite charge.
  • UV Germicidal Lights – UV lights use the DNA-destroying power of UV-C light to eradicate bacteria, viruses and other microbes from your air conditioning system. UV lights are 99.9% effective, although they do not remove dust.

Thinking of Installing an Air Purifier? Call Us

A whole-home air purifier doesn’t just improve air quality; it can help make the air healthier for those in your home, especially for people with allergies or chronic respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD. With several choices available to consumers, it’s best to work with a trained professional to determine what type of air purifier will be best for your Melbourne property.

To find out which Indoor Air Quality product will work best for you Call Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. and schedule an appointment today.

3 Advantages of UV Germicidal Lights

June 16th, 2014

One of the major threats to the quality of your indoor air comes from biological pollutants—mold, fungus, microbacteria—that can enter your ventilation system. The shadowy and closed-in regions inside a ventilation system are a breeding ground for this sort of contamination, and they can be difficult to remove through normal cleaning methods. This is where the technology of UV germicidal lights is invaluable.

UV germicidal lights have long been used in hospitals, burn centers, clinics, and other health care facilities to eliminate bacteria, fungi, spores, and other illness-creating contaminants from HVAC systems. The lamps work by irradiating bacteria with short ultraviolet wavelengths. These short wavelengths destroy the cellular structure of the contaminants, stripping away the nuclei. This not only destroys biological pollutants, but it also stops them from reproducing and spreading. Professionals will install the lights to disinfect the airflow moving through your HVAC system so that mold will neither enter your home’s air nor take hold inside the ventilation system.

To have installation of UV germicidal lights in Orange County, CA, call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. Here are three advantages of choosing to have UV lamps put into your HVAC system:

  1. They are inexpensive: Although you need to hire professionals to correctly install the lamps inside the ducts so they will target the largest area possible and not obstruct airflow, UV germicidal lights are not expensive to set up and maintain. The installers can easily connect them to your power system and start them working right away.
  2. They’re safe: You’ve heard that ultraviolet radiation is unhealthy for you. It’s true that skin exposure to UV radiation is harmful—it can cause cellular damage to your cells as well—it would require long exposure from the lamps used inside ducts to cause any danger to you. The lights are installed in a way that you won’t have to worry about even a short period of exposure, and they are far safer for you than chemical-based solutions for mold and bacterial growth.
  3. They leave no chemical residue: Because UV germicidal lights only use wavelengths to destroy bacteria, they do not leave behind any chemicals inside your ducts. The use of any kind of chemical cleaner inside your ductwork is extremely detrimental to your indoor air quality and if at all possible should be avoided. UV lights leave behind no residue of any kind.

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. is concerned about your indoor air quality and your family’s health.

UV germicidal lights in Orange County, CA are only one of the ways that we can help improve the air inside your home. Call us today to find out more about our indoor air quality services.

Titusville Indoor Air Quality: Use Air Filters to Improve Indoor Air Quality

June 9th, 2014

It’s that time of year again in Titusville: hot, humid weather and allergy season, all rolled into one. Not only does the humidity hold heat in its moisture, it also holds various air pollutants. In addition, it’s allergy season, so all kinds of pollen are floating around, making it tough for allergy sufferers to find relief from their symptoms. Your air conditioner came with a built-in filter, but it is designed to keep dirt, dust and debris from entering your system, not small particles like pollen, mold spores, dust mites or smoke.

How can you improve your indoor air quality in Titusville to help you live more comfortably? Have a whole-home air filter installed by your Next Generation, Inc. Air & Heat expert.

Reasons to Install an Air Filter

Indoor air quality is as much a part of your overall comfort as the temperature and humidity, and there’s no need to compromise it, especially when there’s a great solution for improving it. Here are a few reasons to consider installing an air filter:

Reason #1: Reduce indoor air pollutants, including allergens

Indoor air pollution is a growing concern among many, and for good reason. With many people developing serious sensitivities to indoor air pollution, being able to remove these particles can go a long way toward better health and comfort. Some indoor pollutant types that are removed with an air purifier are:

  • Pollution from indoor combustibles like wood, kerosene, oil, coal or gas
  • Building materials
  • Tobacco products
  • Cleaning products
  • Pesticides

Help with allergies

Allergies may start outside, but they come inside very easily. Allergies don’t just make people miserable, they can trigger asthma problems in those with allergy-related asthma. With an air filter, these allergy particles get filtered out, making the air inside your home significantly healthier for the allergy sufferers in your life. Common allergens screened out with a whole-home filter are:

  • Pet dander
  • Pollen
  • Some Mold spores
  • Fungus spores
  • Dust mites

Reason #2: Help Increase the Longevity of Your System

Your system takes in great deal of dirt, dust and other debris throughout its life. By adding a whole-home filter to your system, you can screen out additional dirt and dust that can clog your system, reducing the risk of potential premature aging.

Live Healthier with Better Indoor Air Quality

Better indoor air quality can be good for you and your air conditioning system. With summer just beginning, now is a great time to see if adding an air cleaner to your system is something that would enhance your indoor air quality in Titusville. Would you like to find out more? Call Next Generation Air & Heat today and schedule an appointment with one of our trained professionals.