Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Air Conditioner’

What to Know About Your AC and Humidity

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

AC-unitIt’s not the heat that gets you, it’s the humidity! 

We have all heard someone say that at some point, and there is some truth to the sentiment. If the weather is very hot but is also pretty dry, then it really does not feel quite as uncomfortable as it would if the air was very humid. That doesn’t mean that you necessarily need to have a dehumidifier installed in your home, of course, but it is something to be aware of.

We are putting aside the conversation about dehumidifiers for n0w, though. Instead, we want to focus specifically on how humidity affects your air conditioning system. What does the air conditioner do when it is very humid? How does it respond? Can it cause problems? Does it even matter at all?

It’s a lot to cover here, so we do want to get right into it. First, though, let us remind you that we are the professionals to call when you need AC services of any kind, including air conditioning repair in Melbourne, FL.

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Ready to Upgrade Your Thermostat?

Monday, August 6th, 2018

programmable-thermostatFor the very obvious reason of our intense, long-lasting summer heat, reliable air conditioning is a top priority for homeowners throughout the area. Of course, “reliable” is not enough. Your air conditioner must also function effectively. You don’t necessarily need to replace your entire air conditioning system to start getting a better cooler experience, fortunately. One step that we often recommend to homeowners is simply upgrading their thermostats.

Your thermostat is the hub through which you control your air conditioner, after all. Even so, too many homeowners out there are using outdated models that fail to deliver on the promise of their air conditioning systems’ true potential. We aim to rectify this situation with our residential air conditioning services in Cocoa, FL. Read on to learn more about the thermostats that are out there, and why you may want to seriously consider replacing yours with a more advanced model. You don’t need to go top-of-the-line, but don’t settle for bottom of the barrel, either!

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Why Do I Need a Fresh AC Filter?

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

air-filterThe idea that you don’t need to maintain your air conditioner at all just because you pay for professional tune-ups each year is no less problematic than the idea that you can tune your air conditioner up on your own. This really is not the paradox that some homeowners seem to mistake it for being. Yes, you need professional AC tune-ups on an annual basis. Yes, there are also a few steps that you should take on your own more regularly. And yes, changing your air filter as needed is a must!

Now, you may be thinking that a dirty air filter isn’t really that big of a problem. You may be thinking that your air filter isn’t that dirty, because it’s not as though your air quality has taken a serious dip. If that’s your way of thinking, though, then you can expect to run into some serious issues with your air conditioning in Cocoa, FL. Here is how a dirty air filter can negatively affect your system and its performance.

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3 Tips for Reliable Cooling

Monday, July 9th, 2018

man-on-couch-with-fanIf you think that you are going to enjoy a 100% reliable performance from your air conditioning system because you spent a lot of money on a great system from a top manufacturer, we’ve got some bad news for you—it is just not possible. You are going to need professional air conditioning services in Melbourne, FL from time to time—including routine maintenance and yes, repairs. Does that mean that you are doomed to an unreliable performance from your AC, though? Of course not!

We said that air conditioners are not 100% reliable, not that they are unreliable. There is a huge difference between those two statements. If you are serious about getting the most reliable performance possible from your air conditioner, though, you cannot just cross your fingers and hope for the best. You need to be proactive in order to ensure that this is the case. That is why we suggest that you keep the following tips in mind, and reach out to a member of our team with any questions that you may have. 

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Central ACs vs. Heat Pumps: What’s the Difference?

Monday, June 11th, 2018

question-markAre you replacing an old air conditioning system? Are you ready to invest in a new air conditioner for a brand new home under construction? Whatever the case may be, it’s definitely going to be in your best interest to explore your air conditioning options thoroughly. You really don’t want to wind up missing out on a great AC system for your personal needs and user preferences just because you didn’t realize that the option was there.

While the split central air conditioner certainly has a lot to recommend its use—it remains the most popular of all home cooling systems for a reason, after all—it is not the only option out there. You don’t need to stick with what you’ve always used just because it’s what you’ve always used. You should consider every option available to you, and that includes the heat pump. The heat pump and central AC actually share a lot in common—with one very big difference!

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Enjoy Better Cooling Efficiency

Monday, April 30th, 2018

AC-in-money-pileAir conditioners are obviously put under a lot of strain in this part of the country. Between the heat and the humidity, cooling one’s home effectively is going to take an air conditioner working at peak performance levels. When you throw in the desire for an affordable cooling experience, things can start to look even more difficult. The good news is that you really do not need to invest in a brand new, high-efficiency system to boost your cooling efficiency during our long, hot cooling season.

Now, don’t get us wrong. Investing in this type of equipment is certainly money well-spent when you consider how brutal our summer weather can be—and just how long “summer” can last, regardless of what the calendar has to say about season start and end dates. However, we completely understand that not everyone has the money lying around for a full system upgrade. That is why, as a trusted HVAC contractor in Melbourne, FL, we are happy to share the following tips with you.

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Get to Know Your AC Filter

Friday, June 29th, 2012

AC Filter | Melbourne | Next Generation Air and HeatDo you know what type of filter your air conditioner has? Some type of filters need to be replaced every month, others are reusable. Ask your HVAC technician to show you how to change your filter and how often you should change it; it’s a key step in keeping your air conditioner working efficiently. If you have pets or you use your air conditioner heavily, you will need to change your filters more often.

The experts at Next Generation Air and Heat can educate on your specific air filter. We can help you figure out the best schedule for changing your filter, and recommend additional maintenance steps to keep your AC running at top efficiency. We provide quality air conditioning, heating, and duct cleaning in Melbourne and Central Florida.

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Landscaping, Your Orlando AC, and Saving Money!

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Who knew that proper landscaping of your home could save you money?  It’s true!  Soon enough those hot, summer months will blaze through making us sweat in the heat of the midday sun.  But our Orlando air conditioners will work harder and more frequently than we would ever want to in such direct heat and blinding light.  Since those hot summer days are still on the horizon and the beauty of spring is in full-swing, this is the time to prepare for the inevitable by giving the AC a break while at the same time saving money on utility bills.

Inspect, prune, and pay attention!  Get out in that garden and have a look at that AC unit!

  • Cut back any overgrown bushes or plants nearby, and remove any weeds growing near or over the AC unit, in order to ensure proper air circulation is maintained in the space immediately surrounding the AC unit. It might even be prudent to place stepping stones or cement in the foot of space immediately surrounding the AC unit, to keep a good barrier between the unit and surrounding foliage.
  • Pull out that green thumb and plant some flowers or greenery surrounding but not too close to the AC unit, making it a part of the yard’s landscaping, rather than an eye-sore which stands out.
  • Get your air conditioner under the shade.  This can be done simply by adding trees or tall bushes near the AC unit, protecting it from the blazing sun.  AC units can also be moved to the North side of a house or other building, making sure they are under the shade during the heat of the day.  Ensuring an AC unit is in the shade can mean not only saving approximately 5% on cooling bills, but can also increase the energy efficiency of the air conditioning unit by upwards of 10%.
  • Add trees or tall foliage all around a property to provide shade directly on the home or building, which can additionally contribute to overall cooling of the yard and buildings being cooled.

Proper landscape maintenance near, upkeep of, and airflow to an air conditioning unit ensures that there is reduced wear and tear on the AC unit, helping it to run more efficiently for a much longer period of time.  Pay attention to your AC unit and it will provide a great service for many years. To schedule a maintenance appointment today, give Next Generation Air & Heat a call!

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What is a Matched HVAC System? A Question From Eau Gallie

Monday, September 19th, 2011

It has been about 200 years since the arrival of interchangeable parts during the Industrial Revolution. Today in Eau Gallie, we laud being able to take a malfunctioning part from a car, computer or vacuum cleaner, replace it with a newly minted part from any number of manufacturers, then keep right on plugging along.

Although this is a blessing in most arenas, when it comes to an HVAC system, it is not necessarily a good practice. Heating and cooling systems work best when they are matched – but what does that mean? And why does it matter?

Why Matched Parts Matter in HVAC Systems

When referring to HVAC systems, a matched system is one in which various components are designed to work together. For example, an air conditioner and furnace made by the same manufacturer can be matched, as can a furnace and a heat pump.

Typically, the matching is done in such a way that the “outdoor” components, such as air conditioners and heat pumps are designed to work best with their “indoor” partners, like air handlers and furnaces. There are also matched systems in which every component is matched to every other.

Efficiency Boosts

While this may seem to make maintenance and repairs a pain, the practice provides a big boost to the efficiency of the system. Because the components were designed and manufactured by the same team to work in harmony, the system performs optimally. Although you can often replace one component of a matched system with one from another manufacturer and have it work fine, the system can lose efficiency, often to a significant and noticeable extent.

For these reasons, it is best to make use of matched systems in your home whenever possible. This means choosing a new matched system to install, replacing broken parts with ones that match the rest of the system and even replacing older systems with newer ones to properly match, when necessary.

It may seem like a hassle at first, but it saves money in the long run by adding increased efficiency over unmatched systems.

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