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

It’s Not Too Late to Care for Your AC

Monday, November 11th, 2019

AC-outdoor-unitMost of the time here in Florida, our focus is air conditioning, air conditioning, and more air conditioning. This is for good reason. We live in a hot, humid climate where we experience high heat throughout the majority of the year. We’re finally winding down to that point of the year where temperatures are going to cool off a little bit. It’s a great time to take an assessment of your heater and determine what services you need before your focus switches to your heater.

If you’re looking for quality service for your air conditioning in Satellite Beach, FL, it’s time for you to schedule an appointment with our team members. We take the time and care to perform work that’s a cut above. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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How Duct Leaks Affect Your AC

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

air-ductsWe would very much like to tell you otherwise, but chances are that you are going to run into problems with your air conditioning system at some point. If and when you do, you really do need to schedule air conditioning repair in Satellite Beach, FL as soon as possible. The summer weather is way too intense around here to invite problems with your air conditioner.

Now, many problems that air conditioners may face can be pretty easy to spot, like if the system isn’t starting up at all. Other issues are not as easy to recognize, but that does not mean that they are any less pressing. If you are using a central air conditioning system or a heat pump, for instance, then you are using air ducts to distribute conditioned air throughout your home. Are you doing so successfully, though?

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Important Upgrades to Consider with Air Conditioning Replacement

Monday, 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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Air Conditioning Guide: SEER and Energy Savings

Monday, February 18th, 2013

When purchasing an air conditioning unit for the first time or replacing an older model in your Melbourne, FL home, you will want to consider the seasonal energy efficiency ratio of your air conditioner, also known as its SEER rating. This rating measures the efficiency of your air conditioning system by dividing its cooling output by the amount of energy it takes to cool. If you have any questions as to how SEER impacts the energy use of your Melbourne, FL home, please contact us at Next Generation Air & Heat.

Understanding the SEER rating of your current AC system can really help you understand your home’s energy use. A high SEER rating means that your home will maximize its cooling per dollar, whereas a low SEER rating means that you are paying more for the same amount of cooling. A newer central air conditioning unit will usually be much more efficient than any system made even ten years ago, and that will correspond to savings on your electricity bills. You also have other options for air conditioning  like ductless mini splits, which have a very high SEER rating, partly owing to their lack of ductwork, and therefore to their lack of potential energy loss via duct air leaks. Upgrading your air conditioning system to a ductless mini split AC unit may therefore save you money in the long run.

The SEER rating of your AC system is only one component of energy savings, however.  For example, sealing air leaks and ductwork can dramatically improve your overall energy savings. Having a major air leak or broken ductwork in the Melbourne, FL heat and humidity is a bit like leaving your refrigerator open. Preventive maintenance and repair is the key to energy savings. If you notice any AC refrigeration leaks, or ice on the AC coils, or if the unit turns off and on frequently, it is probably not operating effectively. Whether you would like to repair, replace or upgrade to an air conditioning system with a high SEER rating, please call Next Generation in Melbourne, FL today.

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The Tools of Duct Cleaning

Monday, January 14th, 2013

If the indoor air quality in your home is subpar, you cannot be truly comfortable. Excellent temperature regulation from your home heating and cooling system is great, but if the air that you breathe is not up to your high standards, you need to resolve that issue. One way to do so is to ensure that your air ducts are clean on the inside. There is no way that you can perform this service on your own, though, so be sure to call Next Generation Air & Heat Inc. to handle your duct cleaning services in Melbourne, FL professionally.

Professional duct cleaning entails much more than just vacuuming off the vents and registers or sweeping out the opening. A lot of specialized tools are used in the process, and only a professional duct cleaning service provider can ensure that they are used properly for ideal results. One of the most important tools, of course, is the high powered vacuum used in the process. These vacuums are serious pieces of equipment, and once you see one in action you’ll understand why you couldn’t hope to clean out your air ducts with your household model.

Special agitating devices are also used in the duct cleaning process. It is not enough to simply vacuum or sweep out your air ducts. Allergens and other pollutants can get stuck to the surfaces in your air ducts, affecting efficiency and air quality. The agitation devices used by duct cleaning service providers free up these pollutants and allow the vacuum to suck them all up.

You may think that the cleaning process is over at this point, but many professional duct cleaning technicians will use video inspection equipment to ensure that the job is done completely and effectively. By feeding a camera into your ductwork they can take a look inside and evaluate the job that they have done. This allows them to find any remaining debris or trouble spots that need further attention. Only when your air ducts are truly, completely clean should your service provider leave.

If you have any further questions about duct cleaning services in Melbourne, FL or if you would like to schedule service, call Next Generation today. We want to make your home a more comfortable, healthy place to live. Call today.

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Air Conditioning Guide: Benefits of Duct Cleaning

Monday, September 24th, 2012

There are many benefits to having the ductwork in your home cleaned on an annual basis, both in terms of air quality and efficiency in your HVAC system. That’s why it is something we highly recommend for all of our customers and offer as part of our basic indoor air quality services.

Here are a few of the specific benefits you will find from duct cleaning in your home on an annual basis:

  • Better Air Quality – Air quality suffers when your ductwork is dirty. This happens for a number of reasons. To start, your ductwork can build up a layer of dirt and dust between seasons that will bypass the filtration system. Additionally, it can attract pests and other contaminants that can lead to bigger problems down the line.
  • Higher Efficiency – If efficiency is an issue for your home’s heating and air conditioning system, it could be due to the state of your ductwork. Dirty ductwork can reduce efficiency by as much as 30% in your heating or cooling system, resulting in higher bills, longer run times and less effective temperature control.
  • Fewer Repairs – Repairs become a problem when your heating and cooling systems run more often. Cleaner ductwork means fewer repairs for every major component of your HVAC system.

Ductwork, when properly maintained, will perform well over the course of a long winter or summer and will ensure you remain comfortable at all times as long as your HVAC system and air quality systems work as intended. If you are overdue for cleaning of your ductwork, consider contacting a Palm Bay air conditioning technician to visit and inspect yours.

We offer comprehensive duct cleaning services for this very reason, call Next Generation Air and Heat today to schedule your appointment!

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Insulation Question: What is R-Value?

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The R-Value of insulation is a measure of that material’s resistance to heat flow. In other words, this tells you how effective that insulation is at keeping heat in or out of your Melbourne home. Insulation is more effective if the R-Value is higher. Factors that influence this value include the type of the insulation in question, its thickness, the material it’s made from and its density.

If the installation has more than one layer, R-Value is calculated by adding the values of I the individual layers together. The location where the insulation is installed also plays a major role in determining the effectiveness of heat flow resistance.

For instance, full-rated R-Value will not be provided by compressed insulation. There will be a difference in the R-Value of the insulation when it’s installed in a ceiling or wall, as heat tends to flow through the joists and studs. To ensure optimum value, it is important to install insulation in a proper manner and with the help of qualified professionals.

Factors that Influence Quality of Insulation

The amount of insulation required for your home depends on the type of cooling and heating system you have, the climate you live in and the area in your home you wish to insulate. High quality insulation with a good R-Value is often applied by spraying. This ensures that every single cavity in the building will be completely filled to prevent any convection heat loss.

Use the Right Insulation Material

In order to prevent any heat loss through radiation and air infiltration, the insulated area should be densely packed. Cellulose is one of the most popular materials used for insulation. This material offers optimum insulation, blocks sound transmission and prevents quick spreading of flames in case of fire.

Areas that Need Insulation

One of the most common questions people ask is whether all areas of their homes require insulation of the same R-Value. Wood framed walls, crawl spaces with walls, and basements require lower R-Values than rooms with cathedral ceilings and attics.

For more information about insulation or if you are interested in installing new insulation in Melbourne, give Next Generation a call today!

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Common Heat Pump Problems

Monday, August 27th, 2012

More and more people in Melbourne are utilizing heat pumps to both heat and cool their home. While heat pumps are pretty reliable devices, they need to have regular maintenance and occasional repairs to keep running at optimum efficiency. Here are some common problems that you might run into with your heat pump and what to do about them:

  • Not Heating or Cooling: If your heat pump stops working entirely, it could be a problem with the power supply. Make sure your heat pump hasn’t tripped the breaker or blown a fuse. Note: if your heat pump frequently trips the breaker, you should call for a repair immediately as it is an sign of a serious electrical problem.
  • Very Noisy: Heat pumps usually run pretty quietly, so if your heat pump is making a lot of noise, it’s a clear indicator of a problem. Causes of noise are loose screws, nuts, bolts or fittings. Your contractor can tighten these fittings as a part of your annual maintenance inspection.
  • Not Maintaining the Temperature: If your heat pump is running but not keeping your home comfortable, it might be a sensor problem. This can occur either in the heat pump itself or in your home’s thermostat. However, if there are very cold temperatures outside, your heat pump might be simply unable to heat your home enough. Most heat pumps function best when the temperature is above freezing. A backup heater will help take care of this problem.
  • Frozen: A frozen heat pump is usually caused by restricted air flow. For instance, a dirty filter will impede air flow and cause ice to form on your device. Changing air filters regularly will help prevent this problem, but if icing occurs regularly, call a contractor to examine your heat pump for other possible causes.

These are just a few of the more common heat pump problems, but they are the issues you will run into most frequently. As long as they are maintained, most heat pumps will work reliably for many years. If you have any problems with your heat pump, call the Melbourne heat pump experts at Next Generation Air & Heat!

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Air Conditioning Question From Cocoa Beach: How Do EER and SEER Work?

Monday, August 6th, 2012

If you’ve looked for a new air conditioner in Cocoa Beach recently, you probably noticed each unit comes with an EER or SEER rating. The former is for room air conditioners and the latter for central air conditioning units. In both cases, the number is a measure of how efficiently the system uses electricity. Effectively, if you buy a system with a high rating, you spend less on electricity. Of course, there are tradeoffs. The higher rated machines tend to cost much more, so as a homeowner, you’ll have to evaluate how much you can spend now and how long it will take to save money from that investment.

How EER and SEER Are Measured

These numbers are required by the government to tell you, the consumer, how many BTUs per hour the device can use for every watt of electricity drawn. The more BTUs a system can use, the better for your bill.

Let’s say you want to buy a 10,000 BTU system to cool your living room and dining room. A pretty standard number for a single room unit is 11, meaning the 10,000 BTU system would use about 900 watts per hour to run at full capacity. We figure this out by dividing the BTUs (10,000) by the watts (900).

There is a lot of math to do here, so many people simply look for a higher number within their price range. But, at what point is the upgrade really worth your extra money?

Choosing the Right Energy Efficiency Rating

The easiest way to describe this is to compare two similar devices with different EERs:

Air Conditioner 1 Air Conditioner 2
BTUs 12,000 12,000
EER 9 11
Watts 1333 1091
Price $300 $450

In this particular case, we can spend more for a device that is the same size but uses less electricity. The question then is whether that increased expenditure will pay off in the short term. Let’s assume each device would be operated for 10 hours per day for 30 days in a typical summer month. That’s 300 hours of operation. If the average cost per kWh in you are is $0.09, it will take 4 hours for the first air conditioner to consume 1 extra kilowatt of electricity equal to an additional $0.09. If your air conditioner runs for four months out of the year, we know that it will operate for a total of 1200 hours. That means:

[(1200 hrs x 242 watts) / (1000 watts/kw) ] x $0.09/kWh = $26

So, you save roughly $26 per year from that high efficiency unit. With a $150 price difference, you will break even after 6 years (though probably sooner if the price of electricity goes up).

Don’t forget, however, that central systems are a much more efficient option in Cocoa Beach with SEERs of up to 16.5 and much larger BTU areas to cover. The savings there can add up very quickly. For more information, give Next Generation Air and Heat a call!

 

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AC Tip: The Facts About Indoor Air Quality

Monday, July 30th, 2012

One of the least understood aspects of your Satellite Beach home’s comfort system is the indoor air quality. Most people assume that once they have a good furnace and air conditioner installed, there’s nothing left to worry about. However, with the push in the last 20 years to reduce energy loss through poor insulation, most homes are sealed up tighter than ever before. This doesn’t just cause stuffy indoor air – it can actually lead to illness.

How Bad Can Indoor Air Quality Get?

Homes built in the 1980s were recommended to have one third of the ventilation of those built before. Today, the standards have returned to their original levels, but for many years, homes were built with poor ventilation and excessive insulation. The result is a space that holds the air in too well. Everyday contaminants and allergens like dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, or smoke cannot get out of your home and as a result, you can get sick.

In fact, some people even suffer from Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). This is when they feel ill constantly, with respiratory symptoms that have no root cause and are hard to diagnose. Often, it is because they simply breathe too many contaminants and too much stale air.

Fixing Air Quality Is Simple

The first thing needed to fix air quality is a good filtration system. Despite what many people think, simple filtration is not that expensive. There are big, powerful purification systems with advanced ionization units and UV lighting to kill bacteria and viruses, but most families are served well with a simple HEPA filter to remove things like dust, pollen and dander.

It’s a good idea to have your indoor air quality tested, however, just to make sure other contaminants are not present. High humidity can lead to mold growth, and poor ventilation can lead to exhaust or gas fumes in your home. A good carbon monoxide detector is recommended for the latter, but testing should be done to make sure nothing else is floating around.

Finally, make sure your Satellite Beach home is properly ventilated. Standard ventilation tends to leak heated or cooled air outside, so many homeowners now opt for energy recovery ventilators. These systems have heat exchangers that transfer warm air between indoor and outdoor air.

However you want to fix your indoor air quality issues, know that there are plenty of things you can do with the help of a good filtration device and regular cleanings of your ductwork and vents. If you have any concerns about your indoor air quality, give Next Generation Air & Heat a call today!

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