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Is a Central AC System Right For You?

Monday, August 19th, 2019

AC-unitAre you installing a brand new air conditioning system or considering upgrading the current air conditioning system in your home? You might want to consider a central air conditioning system. Central air conditioning systems are the most popular air conditioning system across the country and specifically here in Florida.

If you’re ready to get the best air conditioning in Rockledge, FL, make sure that you come to our experts. We understand central air conditioning systems in and out. Not every HVAC contractor in the area can say that—the systems are common but the expertise they require isn’t. Make sure you’re getting the most from your investment with our qualified technicians. 

Getting to Know Central Air Conditioning Systems

You probably understand what a central air conditioning system is on a surface level, but do you know how these systems work on a technical level? Central air conditioning systems function on a split system. There are an indoor unit and an outdoor unit to these systems that are connected through a network of refrigerant lines. 

Central air conditioning systems use a network of ductwork in your home to circulate the cool air throughout your spaces. You’re going to need a great air conditioning unit and a quality ductwork system for this to work.

If you’re one of the homeowners here in Florida thinking about upgrading from your current air conditioning system, a new central air conditioning system on the market is a great idea. Today’s newest air conditioning systems use 30% to 50% less energy to produce the same amount of energy that you’re used to. If you want cost-effective, energy-efficient air conditioning you can come to our professional team. We know our stuff.

The Pros of Central AC 

Still not sure if central air conditioning systems are a good fit for your needs? There are so many advantages to central air conditioning systems. We’ve compiled some of the following advantages below:

  • They Cool Your Entire Home: Central air conditioners are well… central. They’re going to cool your entire home from one central network of ducts. If you’re still trying to get through summers here with a couple of window units and plenty of fans we can revolutionize your home with a central AC system.
  • They’re Energy Efficient: New central air conditioning systems on the market have super high AFUE ratings. If you’ve had your current air conditioning system for ten years or longer, your current air conditioning unit probably has a single-digit AFUE rating. You can come to the professionals from our team and we can assess the needs of your home, perform a load calculation, and point you in the right direction of a high-quality central AC system.
  • Improved Aesthetics: Are you tired of tower fans littering your home and looking at unsightly window units? You don’t have to deal with this just because you don’t want to pay the high price of purchasing and installing a central AC unit. We can help you finance this system and we’ll provide low price services too!

Contact Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. today to schedule an appointment with our professionals.

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Don’t Wait to Call Us for AC Repair!

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Are you having trouble with your air conditioner this summer? It’s common with so many different homeowners in our area during this time of year. Florida is unique because our summer isn’t limited to June, July, and August. We deal with blistering temperatures for the majority of the year. Therefore, you’re going to need an air conditioner that can keep up with your personal cooling needs.

If you’re struggling with the air conditioner in your home, you should contact our professionals sooner than later. Procrastination is the enemy of your home comfort. You’ll only allow your air conditioner to deteriorate further while your energy bills steadily rise. If you need air conditioning repair in Rockledge, FL, you can trust our professionals to get it done in a flash.

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Why is My Air Conditioner So Loud?

Monday, June 24th, 2019

woman-covering-her-ears-while-wearing-blue-shirtYou should never be able to describe your air conditioner as “loud.” You should be able to turn on your air conditioner and forget that it’s even running shortly after. The only sound that you should hear is soft and relatively innocuous.

When an air conditioner starts to go south, you might notice problems like loud noises during operation. You should contact a professional at the first sign of this, even if these loud sounds haven’t progressed into a physical problem with your air conditioner. If you’re looking for air conditioning repair in Rockledge, FL you can trust our professionals.

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Choosing the Right Contractor for Your Furnace

Monday, January 7th, 2019

gas-burnersIn a perfect world, you wouldn’t ever have to maintain or repair your furnace system, but things can’t always be so perfect. When you need service for your furnace, you need the right team on your side. When you’re in the middle of chilly winter temperatures, any problems you’re having need to be addressed promptly and with the professional care of an experienced contractor. Sometimes, you can get lost in a wormhole of Yelp reviews, recommendations, and online research but it doesn’t have to be so difficult. When you’re looking for an HVAC contractor in Rockledge, FL you’ll know that you can always count on Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. Be sure to contact our team when you need reliable heating repair.

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How a Miscalibrated Thermostat Impairs Your HVAC System

Monday, 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.

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How Do Energy Recovery Ventilators Work?

Wednesday, 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.

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When Is It Necessary to Schedule Dryer Vent Cleaning?

Friday, 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.

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What Happens During Air Conditioning Maintenance in Rockledge?

Friday, May 16th, 2014

There’s a lot of talk about regular maintenance for your air conditioner that may have left you wondering, “Why is this so important?” There is also the thought that regular maintenance may incur costs that aren’t necessary. So what happens when Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. conducts air conditioning maintenance in Rockledge? We’ll explain it here.

Why Is Routine Maintenance Important?

Before we get into what happens during a routine maintenance visit, let’s first go over why it’s so important to do it:

  • Increased longevity – doing regular maintenance on your air conditioner helps the system to operate optimally. Once your air conditioner becomes stressed, normal wear-and-tear can happen faster, making your AC less efficient and aging it prematurely.
  • Fewer repairs – repairs on your air conditioner will be necessary at some point, but regular maintenance can help reduce both the amount of breakdowns you have as well as the size of the repairs.
  • Increased energy efficiency – when your AC works as it should, it maximizes on its energy efficiency. Any energy-efficient system has a hard time saving on energy when it’s dirty and/or stressed due to needed maintenance and repairs.
  • Improved air quality and comfort – operating your air conditioner without regular maintenance can compromise the quality of air coming into your home, as well as the comfort level. Regular maintenance checks keep your AC running the way it was designed, bringing you clean, cool, dry, comfortable air.

What Happens During Routine AC Maintenance?

There are 3 key actions that occur during a routine maintenance appointment with your Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. specialist:

  • Inspection
  • Cleaning
  • Adjustments

Inspection

The first action your technician will take is to inspect your system. He/she will look at things like:

  • Components of both the in-and outdoor units: compressor, condenser and evaporator
  • Check for proper refrigerant level
  • Check the drains, including the condensate tray and drain
  • Inspect electrical connections, wires and circuits

Cleaning

There are several parts of your air conditioner that should be cleaned twice a year. During a routine maintenance appointment, your technician will clean the following:

  • Condenser and evaporator coils
  • Air filters
  • Fins
  • Outside and inside unit cabinets

Adjustments

Normal wear-and-tear can loosen screws, stretch belts and de-lubricate components like ball bearings. Other types of adjustments may include:

  • Recharging refrigerant
  • Tightening loose components
  • Using a fin comb to straighten bent fins
  • Lubrication of joints
  • Repairing of frayed wiring

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Routine maintenance can be the difference between having an efficient, working air conditioning system versus a stressed, non-efficient one.

Don’t take a chance on potentially compromising your comfort level this summer – call Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc. to schedule your upcoming air conditioning maintenance in Rockledge.

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Why Maintenance for Your Heat Pump Is Essential

Monday, 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!

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Measures of Heating Efficiency

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

You don’t use your heating system as much as your air conditioner when you live in Florida—but that only makes it all the more important that you have an efficient heater in your home for those cold nights during the winter. Those times when you need to have the heater on shouldn’t end up causing a massive spike on your energy bills for the month.

To understand how efficient a home heating system is requires understanding the two ways that efficiency is measured: AFUE (“annual fuel utilization efficiency”) and HSPF (“heating seasonal performance factor”). They are very different measurements used for different types of systems. We’ll explain what they mean in this post.

For more help for your heating in Rockledge, FL, look to Next Generation Air & Heat Inc.

AFUE

The annual fuel utilization efficiency rating measures how efficiently a furnace converts its fuel source into heat. AFUE is expressed as a percentage—the higher the percentage, the more completely the system converts fuel to heat. A furnace with an AFUE of 85% produces 85 BTUs (British Thermal Units) of heat for every 100 units of fuel it burns. A furnace with an AFUE rating of 85% would therefore only waste 15% of the fuel available to it. All furnaces sold in the U.S. are currently required to have an AFUE of 78% or greater—and most furnaces score much higher than that.

HSPF

Heat pumps, which operate on the same principle of heat exchange as air conditioners, have a different efficiency rating for heat: heating seasonal performance factor. HSPF is a ratio expressed as a whole number: the amount of BTUs of heat delivered divided by the energy consumed in watt-hours, as measured over a season. Again, the higher the number, the more efficient the heat pump. Most effective heat pumps will have a HSPF of 9 or 10. (Heat pumps have a separate rating for cooling efficiency, called SEER.)

Here’s something important to remember when you are thinking of installing a new heater in your home: although energy efficiency is an important factor to consider, it is not the only factor. A heater may use energy efficiently, yet still provide you with inadequate warmth. This is why having the help of home comfort professionals from the beginning of the installation process is so important: experts will balance all the factors to make sure you pick a heater with the efficiency and performance to keep you comfortable.

Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. can help you find the heating in Rockledge, FL that will keep away those cold days and nights. We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you.

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