Air Conditioning

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AC Todays Bradenton Location

AC Todays Bradenton Location

From residential customers to corporate companies, AC Today has provided services in Bradenton for several years now. Our technicians work hard to ensure that air conditioners all around the Bradenton area are functioning properly. Dont forget to schedule your maintenance check with us today. More »

24/7 Air Conditioning Services

24/7 Air Conditioning Services

We provide 24/7 Air Conditioning services for those unexpected times of emergency. No matter the time of day, our technicians are always available for your air conditioning needs. We dont want your family to suffer through the night with no cool air or heat. So call us right away for fast service. More »

Commercial Air Conditioning

Commercial Air Conditioning

Our certified technicians provide commercial air conditioning services for your business. From rooftop installations to commercial maintenance services, you are in good hands with AC Today. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your routine maintenance inspection. More »

 

What Causes an Air Conditioner Leak?

What Causes an Air Conditioner Leak?

Most of the time, there is little attention paid to the central air conditioning system.

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As long as the system is functioning properly, many homeowners assume things are going along just as expected. That could all change when you find a puddle of water around the inside air handling unit, this can be quite alarming, but usually it's a simple as a clogged drain line. Now is not the time to panic, as this type of thing is not uncommon. However, it is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately. Your air conditioner leak could be caused by only a few things. Trying to repair it yourself could escalate the problem, so please be sure to call AC Today to handle the situation.

It is normal to find condensation around the drain line outside, depending on how much humidity is being removed from your home. During the summer, when it's humid, it is common to see a small puddle under the drain line outside. You also shouldn't be alarmed if you find a small amount of water near, or under the condensing unit outside, as is does sweat a bit during the summer. Weather conditions, temperature settings and a small amount of water around your outdoor system is normal, especially living in a humid climate such as Florida. Your air conditioning system works hard on a humid day to maintain your desired temperature setting and sweats just like we do. It is always good to monitor the amount of water for any large increase or decrease in water levels. Your AC Today technician will advise you of a concerning levels to watch for.

Air Conditioner Leak

Clogged Drain Line
This seems to be the most common cause of an air conditioner leak. Debris and algae can build up inside the condensate drain line and cause the water to back up into your home. If this happens, we advise you to contact us immediately. This is an issue that can be handled quickly, by unclogging the line. Our technician will use a specialty vacuum or pump designed to remove the blocked debris from the clogged drain.

Dirty Air Filters
Air filters are designed to filter the air particles that are flowing through your home. Dust and debris get trapped within the air filter, resulting in clean and filtered air. It is recommended that you change your air filter on a routine schedule to constantly provide your home with fresh air. If the filter becomes clogged or restricted, the evaporator coil becomes too cold and can create too much condensation or even freeze. This can certainly cause water to overflow when the coil begins to melt.

Disconnected Drain Line
When a system is improperly installed, drain pipe fittings may not be as secure as they should. Over time, the pipe fittings can loosen, causing a disconnect from the AC unit. The location of the air conditioner leak depends on which drain pipe is affected, primary or secondary, and if the system is located inside your home or attic.

Other Potential Causes:
Low Refrigerant
Condensate buildup in un-insulated ductwork
Cracked condensate drain pipe
No p-trap to prevent water backup

Ways To Avoid An Air Conditioner Leak

Be sure your system has a secondary line. Especially if the air handler is located inside the attic.
Clean or Replace the air filter regularly.
Each drain line should contain a p-trap and air vent.
Adding a safety pan beneath the unit will catch the overflow condensate.
Ask your AC Today technician to install a drain pan overflow shut off switch. Many switches are equipped with a float switch that detects rising water in condensate drain pans. This switch shuts off the air handler before overflow occurs.
Proper ductwork insulation
Schedule a routine maintenance inspection with AC Today to maximize performance. An air conditioning technician will inspect all electrical wiring, check all fluid levels and inspect the system for possible AC repairs.

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Solutions to improve the Indoor Air Quality in your Home or Office

Solutions to improve the Indoor Air Quality in your Home or Office

The air you breathe should not be contaminated with odors, fumes, mold spores, and other harmful particles. AC Today has provided some Spring energy saving tips that can also help you with your indoor air quality. With the help of air filters, Spring maintenance, dehumidifiers and many other options, you can help eliminate the harmful pathogens living within the air of your home.

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Allergies are a serious problem, especially when you have other respiratory issues. We all associate seasonal allergies with Springtime. However, many people who live with year-long allergies, battle these issues on a daily basis. Prescriptions and over the counter medications can help relieve many symptoms. Unfortunately, many of these medications are only a temporary fix to a much bigger issue within your home.

At AC Today, our job is to provide you with the highest quality air provided by your properly maintained air conditioning system. There are products we recommend that can help anyone who deals with any type of respiratory problem or year-long allergies. The two highly recommended products are the REMO HALO air purification system and the Fresh Aire UV Light. Consult with your air conditioning specialist to discuss which product will benefit your home.

Spring Energy Saving Tips

Fresh Aire UV Lights
Imagine a product installed within your air conditioning system that can sanitize and eliminate microorganisms to create better air quality. Fresh Aire UV lighting was designed to eliminate organisms living inside your a/c system. The UV light is so strong it disinfects facilities such as hospitals, schools, laboratories, and surgical equipment. As air passes over the light, it kills all living organisms, creating a cleaner and healthier air quality. The Fresh Aire UV light is installed directly into your air conditioning system. Since the light is highly dangerous to your eyes and skin, a professional AC company will install and replace the item. There is a Product page dedicated to this product that will provide more information.

Dehumidifiers
A dehumidifier is a small appliance that removes humidity from a room. You may hear doctors advise you of getting one if you have allergies or respiratory issues. That is because this product removes the stuffiness in the form of condensation that may be in the air you are breathing. By eliminating those pollutants, your allergies and breathing can be controlled better. Indoor air quality can contain toxins, greater than the outside air. This is what triggers allergies and other respiratory issues. You can purchase a dehumidifier for personal use or whole-house systems, depending upon your personal preference.

Air Filters
HEPA filters are a great option for your home, especially during allergy season. This product will eliminate harmful pathogens causing allergies or asthma. Using a HEPA filter traps particles and debris through a fine mesh pattern. There are several types of air filters you can use. However, proper maintenance of these filters is what is most important. Changing your filter regularly will help you keep your indoor air quality under control. If your filter becomes dirty or clogged before you are due to change it, AC Today recommends that you call us for an inspection. This could be a potential issue our technician should look into.

House Cleaning
Spring time seems to be associated with house cleaning. That is because people are more susceptible to sickness and allergies. The term Spring cleaning is taking advantage of removing or trying to eliminate those issues. It is recommended that you should vacuum carpets and throw rugs, dust countertops and items on shelves. Dust and dander that accumulate on these items only add to the issue and create a more polluted indoor environment. Bedding is another household item to wash frequently. If you are affected by allergies, your dander covered sheets are probably not helping. By eliminating excessive clutter and doing your Spring cleaning, your indoor air quality should be well controlled.

Scented Items
As we all love candles and air fresheners, they are more harmful than helpful. The smell of warm apple pie or springtime flowers can perfume a home within a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, the residual chemicals from these common deodorizing products is what results in accidental poisonings. These harmful sprays have been scientifically proven to cause respiratory issues including fatigue, allergies, and even cancer, if inhaled over long periods of time. AC Today has numerous years of experience within the Air Conditioning filed and can first-hand explain to you the dangers of scented items. As small and senseless as it sounds, these items can cause "Black Soot Deposits", (look for this article coming soon).

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Why Is My Air Conditioner is Running Constantly

Why Is My Air Conditioner is Running Constantly?

If your air conditioner is constantly running, there may be an underlying issue that needs to be addressed. When your system runs throughout the day and night without cycling on and off, that is when you should contact AC Today for assistance. There could be many reasons why your air conditioner is running constantly.

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AC Today is always ready to assist you with your air conditioning needs. Your air conditioner is a relief to have when the days are hotter. But there is one thing that could cause a damper on your comfort level; a constantly running air conditioner. When your system is working in overdrive to achieve the desired temperature, there is no reason you should have to struggle through it.

Below are several reasons why this is happening to your system. With the Florida heat constantly rising, your electricity bills shouldn't be rising too. AC Today has several air conditioning technicians who are trained and experienced to handle these situations before they escalate into something bigger.

Reasons Why Your Air Conditioner Runs Constantly

1. The Size of Your Unit
It is important to say that size does matter. A properly sized, energy-efficient air conditioning system will provide you with adequate cooling and heating all year round. When new systems are being installed, the technician must ensure proper sizing for your home. If the system is too small, it will continue to run to meet the need of your home's cooling demands. You will never achieve the desired temperature, even while the system constantly runs. If the system is too large, it will not effectively remove the moisture from the air. This results in a moist and clammy feeling in the air.

2. Poor Insulation or Air Leaks
Sealing is very important when it comes to efficiency. When components are properly sealed, the air will travel through your air ducts and flow throughout your home. However, if you have an air leak, you could be loosing your cool air before it gets to the vents. Your air conditioner would work harder to provide your home with the desired temperature. The scenario is the same for poor insulation. Any holes or poorly insulated areas would allow for air to seep through. You may even notice higher electricity bills because of these issues.

3. Maintenance
Routine maintenance is the most important thing you can do for your air conditioner. It is vital for any large appliance as it is what helps your system perform efficiently. Your AC Today technician can advise you of a proper schedule for your air conditioner. Systems should have a maintenance inspection once or twice a year. The purpose of a maintenance inspection is to look over your air ducts, coils, fluids, air filter, replace worn parts, inspect electrical connections, etc. All components are inspected to prevent potential issues from escalating. Your technician will also clean components and lubricate parts as needed.

4. Faulty Thermostat
Many issues can begin with your thermostat. Your thermostat is in charge of communicating with your system. When you adjust the thermostat, it tells your system to provide the desired temperature. However, there may times when the temperature is achieved, but the thermostat is not registering the current settings. In this situation, your air conditioner will continue to run due to the malfunction of your thermostat. Another thermostat issue is when it is located too close to an air vent. If constant air is blowing in the area of your thermostat, you may get a false reading.

5. Replace or Repair
Every system has a life span, even after following the proper maintenance schedules. At one point you may have to consider repairing or replacing your air conditioning system. Depending upon the issues your technician finds, AC Today will provide you with the options you have and the financial costs. Saving money is always in our best interest. AC Today also offers financing options if needed.

Issues can arise at any given time. Proper maintenance and care for your air conditioner is what it needs to continue running efficiently. Some issues mentioned above can be prevented or repair easily, if caught in time. As a homeowner, it is good to educate yourself about your air conditioner system. You can prevent issues from escalating and be aware of what signs and symptoms to look for. If you notice any issues, don't hesitate to call AC Today for a service call.

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Air Conditioning Terminology

Air Conditioning Terminology

Have you ever called your air conditioning company for a service call and not know how to explain the issue you're having? This happens more often than you think. Knowing the air conditioning terminology used by professional companies can help you better describe the issues. Many Air Conditioning terms are abbreviations or acronyms, as some of unabbreviated terms can be more difficult to convey.

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In case a service call is needed, homeowners should know a term or two about their air conditioning system. Understanding what you are talking about will provide a better description for the AC Today technician. To help homeowners learn more about air conditioning terminology, we have created a small list of terms used by professional companies.

Air Conditioning Terms

HVAC
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning

NATE
This acronym stands for North American Technician Excellence. NATE-certified technicians are trained professionals who have proven their education and knowledge within the HVAC industry. Passing the NATE certification test indicates the skilled professional represents real world knowledge of all carriers and systems.

Compressor
The pump that circulates refrigerant from the indoor outdoor condenser to the indoor evaporator coil, then back to the condenser.

Condenser or C/U
The outdoor portion of your air conditioning unit. This unit houses the compressor, condensing coil and condenser fan along with various electrical componets.

British Thermal Unit (BTU)
British thermal unit, which is used to measure thermal energy. It measures the amount of energy needed to increase one pound of water, by 1 degree Fahrenheit.

Ton
When speaking about the size of an air conditioning system you will most certainly hear the word ton. Each ton of cooling equals 12,000 BTU's. This is the capacity of the system, not to be confused with efficiency or SEER. You may hear a technician say the system is a "3 ton 14 SEER Heat Pump" this statement describes the system in more technical terms.

Refrigerant
This is a chemical used within air conditioners, refrigerators and heat pumps, which can be in liquid or gaseous form. The fluid boils at a low temperature, which enables it to evaporate and absorb heat. There are a number of different types of refrigerant, but the two most common types, for residential use, are R-22 (which is being phased out) and R-410a which is now industry standard.

SEER
Known as, Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. SEER is a rating that measures the cooling efficiency of the air conditioner or heat pump. The higher the rating, the better efficiency of the system.

Ductwork
The term ductwork refers to the system of ducts, normally within the attic or under the home , that are used to transport air throughout your home. Proper ductwork installation is the key component of air quality and efficiency in your home.

EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a federal company who develops, monitors and regulates code enforcement laws. The EPA is also overseeing the ENERGY STAR program. If you see a product that has an ENERGY STAR label, that means the product meets or exceeds the federal guidelines qualified for energy-efficient performance.

HVAC Damper
This item is a movable tray, inside the ductwork, that guides that air to specific locations within your home. This is a good product for zoning or zone control systems.

MERV
The Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating is to classify the efficiency of air filters. Each air filter has its own design of a hole, which allows for air and particles to pass through. However, the smaller the holes, the lesser particles can pass through. Choosing an air filter will decide how big or small the holes are, meaning which air filter is more efficient.

Learning Air Conditioning Terms

Learning the air conditioning lingo is something every homeowner should take the time to do. Knowing and understanding your air conditioning system can help you better diagnose and explain the issue to your local technician, at AC Today. Making decisions can be easier if you know the basic air conditioning terms. At AC Today, our technicians take the time to explain services, offers and repairs needed, to where you can better understand it. Using technical terms will not do you any good if you do not know what it means. For more information on air conditioning terms, contact AC Today.

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Activites That Pollute Your Home’s Indoor Air

Activites That Pollute Your Home’s Indoor Air

Did you know, there are several activities you do on a daily basis that cause air pollution inside your home? From hazardous chemical air fresheners to sweeping floors, it's easy to circulate unwanted air pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), has quoted that air inside most residential homes are 2 to 5 times more contaminated than outdoor air on any given day.

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With the last several years, energy efficient appliances and technology have become more popular in the average home. Many appliances were created to help indoor air pollution for those who suffer from asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues. Your home is where you should feel safe to eat, live and breathe. So why let indoor air pollution take control? The good news is that you do not need to spend hundreds of dollars to clean your home. All you need are some fresh ideas and strategies to clear the air.

6 Things That Cause Indoor Air Pollution

Stop with the air fresheners! As pretty and fragrant as your air freshener may smell, it's causing you and your family to breathe in hazardous chemicals. AC Today previously wrote an article about "Why you should not use air fresheners". Covering up odors is not the best idea. Instead, we can provide you with alternative options and products that can eliminate the air pollution. The Fresh-Aire UV and REME HALO are two featured products that eliminate odors, gases, cigarette smoke, pet dander microbial growth and more. If you would like more information regarding these products, feel free to contact an AC Today technician.

Not using fans seem like you would save more money on energy. However, it is just the opposite. Fans are great for air circulation. When cooking in the kitchen, be sure to utilize the function of your exhaust to extract the hot, contaminated air from the kitchen. Not only will it cool the area down, but will also get rid of the air pollutants that will be introduced to your home's air while cooking. Many homeowners also have a fan in their bathroom. This exhaust fan is designed to remove humidity that is created from using the shower. Without a proper bathroom fan, mold and mildew growth can accumulate on cabinets, drawers and other materials.

Ever heard the expression "You're letting all the air out", when you open a window? Well, this is true. Air pollutions come from stale air that is not being circulated around the home. When your windows are shut for most of the time, it is good for energy efficiency, but not so good for the air quality. Try opening your windows every now and then to let the fresh air circulate. This will allow for clean air to enter and dilute the contaminated air inside your home. This can be done for about 10-15 minutes a day, or a few times a week.

Cleaning house is a daily chore for most homeowners. From washing dishes, folding clothes, sweeping floors and even dusting shelves, there are many activities in your home that create air pollution. Vacuuming is a large part when it comes to creating air pollution. Charles Gerba, PhD, is a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona. He stated that bacteria can multiple hundred of times within the bag of your vacuum. The faster you vacuum an area, the more dust, dander and debris gets pushed into the air. AC Today recommends when you are finished vacuuming, remove the bag outside your home. This will minimize the amount of bacteria floating in the air. Also, when releasing the bag from the machine, there may be a cloud of dust that is unwanted in your home.

The most forgotten items in your home are normally the air conditioning filters. These filters, if not changed regularly, will create plenty of air pollution. The point of an air filter is to block the debris and dirt from entering your home. However, if this item is neglected, you will be breathing polluted air the filter is not able to block. This could potentially cause issues with your air conditioning system as well. Just remember, if it is dirty or damaged, it probably won't work properly. Don't suffer with polluted indoor air. Instead, find a way to remind yourself of the routine schedule to change your air filter. We recommend using your utility bill as a reminder, we the bill is due, your filter is also due for a change.

Many homeowners paint and decorate inside the home. Painting a room or two may seem harmless. If you decide to paint a room or item in the home, try to provide an adequate amount of air circulation and personal protection while doing so. Breathing in hazardous chemicals is bad for your health and can lead to other health issues. You can experience headaches, nausea and dizziness if inhaled for certain amounts of time.

Options To Eliminate Indoor Air Pollution

REME HALO
This product eliminates 99% of mold, mildew, bacteria and other hazardous air pollutants. Taking care of your health is important and this product was designed with that in mind. In fact, the EPA has estimated that 90% of respiratory illnesses were caused by the air pollution from inside your home. The other 10% of illnesses were caused by outdoor air pollutants. This product has numerous award-winning aspects that can change the air you breathe inside your own home.

Fresh-Aire UV
UV lights have been a staple product in both commercial facilities and residential homes. This disinfectant product purifies the air as it passes over the light, providing clean fresh air to breathe in. Not only does it kill harmful bacteria and organisms, it also sanitizes and sterilizes. That is why many commercial facilities such as hospitals, schools, laboratories, and other factories are utilizing this equipment. With one light installed in your air conditioning system, you can breathe a little better knowing you have clean circulated air.

Plants
There are indoor plants that can help improve the air quality. Since stagnant environments are what allows the pollutants to build up, getting plants can help. So, how have houseplants really cleaned the air? The answer is simple. Plants will absorb most of the particles in the air, all while taking in carbon dioxide, which is then processed as oxygen through photosynthesis. Pretty simple. Plants can help you breathe better as the air is basically purified through a plant. Your local garden center or garden nursery may have suggestions as to what types of plants to obtain. On the bright side of it, this low cost option is great for those on a budget.

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Why We Recommend Hiring An HVAC Professional

Why We Recommend Hiring An HVAC Professional

When companies provide you with lower than normal prices, it may not always be a benefit to you. Hiring an experienced technician is the key. At AC Today, our technicians have the proper experience and training needed to complete any type of air conditioning job request. Your HVAC system is very important to your house and to us.

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By hiring a professional company, you are ensuring the job at hand will be completed in a timely and professional manner. Being an air conditioning technician can be tricky work at times, that's why, do it yourself projects are not recommended. A certified HVAC technician knows how to handle every situation that may occur.

There is an importance that comes with an expert opinion. Whether your HVAC system needs to be replaced or repaired, it should give you a peace of mind, knowing the diagnosis came from a professional company. AC Today believes in getting the job done right, the first time. Since there are many components in your system, any number of potential issues could arise. Handling hazardous materials and electrical components should not be taken lightly. These substances and mechanisms should not be in the hands of a unqualified person.

People To Not Have Fix Your HVAC System

Phone Contractors
When you suspect an issue with your HVAC system, we recommend you call a professional air conditioning company. After you explain your suspicious issue, that company should not respond with a price. Instead, schedule an appointment. Many air conditioning companies try to quess at a diagnosis or quote a price over the phone. An honest company would schedule a free estimate to inspect your system, only then would they discuss pricing and payment options. Never would we give you a firm quote without looking at your HVAC system prior. This is a red flag and should be cautioned, if this were to happen to you. Remember, if it is too good to be true, it probably is.

Your Next Door Neighbor
As knowledgeable as your neighbor may seem, your "handy" neighbor is not who to call when your a/c system is on the fritz, your HVAC system requires someone who is licensed and experienced. There are special tools to be used when doing certain repair jobs. We recommend leaving it for a professional company. Someone who is not certified may cause more damage or unknowingly cause the issues to escalate, if not handled properly. A friendly neighbor offer is always a nice gesture, however, if they are not specialized in this field, refer to your air conditioning company for assistance.

Upselling Contractors
No matter what the business is providing, there are always salesman who will try to upsell you on an item, that you may or may not need. For example, someone arrives at your home to inspect your HVAC system, they may have even cold called you and said they "have a man in the area". He then tells you that you need a brand new, super expensive system for your house, without even thoroughly inspecting the existing one. An honest company will do everything they can to repair or replace the damaged items on the system, before they try to sell you a new one. Trust in a professional technician that inspects every area of your home and every component of your HVAC system. Only then, should the discussion of replacement parts be the next topic.

Start-up Companies
When you hear of a new air conditioning company opening their doors with grand specials, you may want to hold off temporarily. Being a brand new company, whether in a new location or simply being brand new, has its pros and cons. It may seem nice to have the availability for instant service on your HVAC system, they may even be in a convenient location for you. However, an untested contractor may not be the best to try out when you are having a significant issue. Take caution and research the company name. You can find personal recommendations regarding their services or even read the company reviews online. AC Today believes you and your system should be in good hands with a well established company.

DIY Projects
Being a homeowner comes with projects and tasks to fix up things around the house. No matter the size, certain projects should be left to the professionals. You could watch several videos or read books about the project. However, you still may not be as qualified or experienced enough to handle the situation properly. That is why we recommend you call your HVAC company. There are many things a homeowner can do that is acceptable to fix, repair and replace. Your air conditioning system has many components and parts that could cause more harm than help. This is not only to you, but your system as well. Risking your personal protection in not worth saving a few dollars in the long run.

Finding a professional company is not difficult, when you have the proper tools. If you are not established with a company, here are a few tips we can recommend for you. Try researching the company. Get to know them better. Read the reviews that customers have left regarding their experience with the company. You can then form a personal opinion and decide if this company is right for you. It is always good to ask around. Talk with your friends and neighbors to see which company they use for their HVAC system. You may get a reference to a reputable company in your area. And last but not least, never leave a question unanswered. It is important to understand what is happening inside your home. Your HVAC contractor should fully explain or provide details as to what he is inspecting, looking for and his complete findings. If you are unsure, feel free to request a second opinion from another company.

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Simple tips to prevent high Air Conditioning Bills

Simple tips to prevent high Air Conditioning Bills

Ever wonder why your air conditioning bills are so high? Have you tried different strategies to lower your bills? Living in Florida can take a toll on your air conditioning system.

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Everyone wants to walk into a nice, cool house after a long day at work. However, you could be the one that is causing your AC bills to rise and you may not even realize it. We all get caught up in the tornado of life and may forget to change our filters on a regular basis, this is the number one cause of higher than normal bill. Now that it's cooling down here in Florida, maybe you're opening your windows more...did you turn the A/C off when doing this?

There are many alternatives you can try to see if it lowers the cost of your electricity bill. A good recommendation is using ceiling fans. Ceiling fans are great for constant circulation. You will get the feeling of cool air from the constant movement of airflow. This can help you set your thermostat a few degrees higher and still feel comfortable. Another great idea is getting a tune-up on your air conditioning system. Living in Florida, maintenance checks are highly recommended. Your air conditioning technician will inform you of the proper maintenance schedule for your system.

Why Your Air Conditioning Bills May Rise.

Cooking Inside
Everyone loves the smell of a home cooked meal. Especially around the holidays. Who wouldn't love the smell of a freshly baked apple pie? However, the aromas are not the only thing that your oven produces, HEAT is the other byproduct of using your oven. Your oven is designed to create heat to cook, bake, and broil, somtimes to temperatures as high as 500 degrees, this heat has to go somewhere. If you have been cooking all day, your kitchen will feel hotter than other rooms in your home. Your first instinct is to turn down the air conditioning thermostat, at the same time you should turn on your kitchen exhaust fan to extract some of the excess heat directly out of the kitchen. If possible, try grilling outside when it is cooler to help reduce your oven use. The above options will certainly help reduce heating up your home and potentially help lower your bills.

Thermostats
Almost everyone has a job that they work at atleast eight hours a day. This means your home is dormant for that period of time. People normally leave their air conditioning setting on the same temperature all day, thinking it might save them money. This is an urban legend, which is false. It takes a lot of energy for your air conditioning system to maintain a certain temperature all day, because, the outside air is significantly higher during the day. This will cause your air conditioning system to work harder, which will raise your bills. AC Today recommends a programmable thermostat, You can program the temperatures to set back a couple of degrees, at times that no one is home. By doing this, you are not constantly adjusting the settings when you get home or leaving them the same all day.

Windows and Blinds
Natural sunlight can set the mood in your home. By opening your windows and blinds, you are creating a peaceful glow in every room. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Depending upon which direction your window faces, the heat index will change. The windows that directly face the sun, will produce higher temperatures than the shaded ones. If you are not home all day, keep it cool by closing the windows and blinds. While you are at home, try opening the blinds that are opposite of direct sunlight. This will minimize the heat coming from the windows and also create a cooler feeling around your home.

Drying Clothes
Many homes come equipped with a laundry room on the interior of the home. Normally, it is located in its own utility room, hopefully this room has doors to seal off the noise and heat transfer to the rest of the home. Something else you may not realize is that a partially clogged drier vent can severely increase utility room temperature. Check with your air conditioning technician to ensure that your drier vent is clean, if not the temperatures in you utility room can get excessively high, not to mention it can be a potential fire hazard. Also, be sure to close the door, as this will keep the heat from circulating around your home.

Lighting
This is a subject that can be easily overlooked. The lighting in your home can be a serious problem. If you like constant lighting, we recommend you inspect your bulbs. The lights create a large amount of heat. If you have numerous can lights in your kitchen, your kitchen area will feel warmer than other rooms. That is because of the heat from the bulbs. Try upgrading to a more energy-efficient bulb such as LED's or other Compact Fluorescent Lights.

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Why You Shouldn’t Use Air Fresheners

Why You Shouldn’t Use Air Fresheners

As a culture, people have become obsessed with creating a scent to their liking. Everyone would love to walk into a home or business and be greeted with a nice smelling odor. It creates the first impression of your visit.

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Air Fresheners

We have all been told in commercials and radio advertisements that your laundry needs to smell fresh, your trash cans harbor nasty odors and your vehicle holds stinky odors. How to fix those problems? Air Fresheners! To combat those daily odors, we are given choices ranging from chemical sprays, scented candles, car scents and even diffusers you plug into your wall or vehicle socket. They are advertised to eliminate, cover or get rid of unwanted odors and replace them with fresh scents of your choice. The smell of apple spice and flowers will sure please the nose of many people. However, those air fresheners aren't all they're cracked up to be.

Hazardous Air Fresheners

Despite the wondrous pictures of blooming flowers or luscious meadow scenes on the packages, many air fresheners are far from creating a pleasant atmosphere in your home. They may be the cause of many harmful reactions. When you think of an air freshener, you think of covering up a smell. The idea of "fresh scented air" eliminates the underlying odor issue sure sounds good. Though some products work effectively, others are just dispersing toxins into your home. Many people have respiratory issues which can cause an immediate reaction to certain fragrances or scents. With the accumulation of chemical build up, frequently used air fresheners can cause adverse reactions with prolonged exposure.

Phthalates
Phthalates are synthetic preservatives that are found in many household items. These items include air fresheners, children's toys, nail polish, and more. This dangerous preservative can alter the hormone levels within the body. This includes reproductive systems, development issues and brain defects. If you thought regular air fresheners were bad, you may want to take a second look at your products. Unlike most ingredients on the labels, phthalates are not required to be listed on the ingredients label. To make matters worse, just spraying chemicals into the air can cause health issues. When you feel little droplets of air freshener fall on your skin, your body is absorbing all the hazardous toxins. Many people can have an immediate allergic reaction if that happens. Check the labels and try alternatives to conventional air fresheners.

Alternatives For Hazardous Air Fresheners

Fresh-Aire UV
UV lights have been the answer in many residential homes and commercial facilities. Fresh-Aire UV has created activated carbon air purifiers that are installed directly in the central air system. This product helps people who experience allergies, have respiratory issues including asthma, and more. The ultraviolet light kills and disinfects the air as it passes over the UV light. Imagine your home or business smelling fresh without having to use harmful air fresheners to liven up the air. With purification products, you are not only eliminating odors and gases, but it is stopping the process or reproducing organisms that live within the air. This results in killing the organisms. Commercial businesses use this product to sterilize and sanitize rooms such as hospital settings, laboratories, schools, factories handling foods, etc. Don't let your home or business contain more organisms inside than there are outside.

REME HALO
When you want to get rid of odors and gases this is a recommended product. Since 1985, RGF created and produced numerous award-winning purification products. Over the years, these products have become powerful environmental health solutions. Many people who smoke in their homes, have pets, use cleaning chemicals, etc., can contain many hazardous toxins within the home. This product is designed eliminate 99% of viruses, mold, mildew and bacteria. It is also clinically shown to eliminate 85% of odors and gases within the home. The REME HALO is installed directly in the air conditioning unit. The EPA has suggested that about 10% of upper respiratory infections, common colds and flus are caused by outdoor air pathogens. That means that a large 90% of respiratory illnesses come from within the indoor air we breathe. That is why the REME HALO is used before spraying hazardous air fresheners. We believe in creating a cleaner air to breathe before covering up odors with fragrant chemicals.

Plants
Ditch the sprays and bring the plants indoors. While plants will not eliminate household odors such as garbage, cigarette smoke and smelly shoes, plants can naturally eliminate unwanted odors such as formaldehyde. Certain plants, trees, and bushes have a special feature of its own. Plants convert air vapor into food for itself. The air is cleansed and the plant is fed. This is a great situation for a household of small children. Particles and residue from air fresheners left behind can create millions of droplets around your home. Even though they disappear on the surface, those chemicals are dormant on the item it landed on. Until someone cleans that area, hazardous chemicals are waiting to be picked up and passed around. Plants will suck in those harmful particles and use it as food. You can place the plants anywhere around your home or business.

Homemade Potpourri
You can find many DIY diffusers and air fresheners to create at home. Homemade potpourri is a common go-to. With many recipes on the internet, it does not take much to create a fragrant aroma throughout your home or business. In the season of fall, many homeowners will heat cinnamon sticks and apples on their stove top to create an earthy aroma. Try searching for ideas or create your own recipe to provide your home or business with natural aromas.

Breathing air is a natural thing to do. Your body requires oxygen to stay alive. The air we consume should be healthy, sterile and free of chemicals. It doesn't take long to reconsider the household products we use to create a nice smelling home. However, there are many alternatives to air fresheners. Ditch the chemicals and deodorize your home or business naturally. There are several products recommended by the EPA that can eliminate and sterilize the air within your home or business. Those products are easy to install with very little maintenance. Talk with your air conditioning specialist today for more information on how we can provide you with healthier air to breathe.

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Water Stains On Your Ceiling Near Vents

Why You May Have Water Stains On Your Ceiling Near Vents?

It's very common to find water stained areas on your ceiling in Florida. High temperatures and humidity, are the perfect combination for potential disaster. When many homeowners see these water stains, a normal reaction would be to call a roofer.

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It makes sense, but is it logical? Unless you have knowledge about air conditioners, your first thought would not be to check the AC. But let's look into this a little further. Water stains are normally around the air vents or in the same general location, due to the duct running to said vent. Your air conditioner provides cold air to the entire house through these air vents. When the cold air ducts mix with hot, humid attic air, condensation is created. When you see stains on your ceiling and know you don't have a roof leak, it is normally an indication of an underlying ductwork issue. These issues can happen in any area throughout your home. Many homeowners will notice them in bathrooms and areas near a door or window. This is usually caused by windows or doors leaking or being opened a lot. As soon as the warm, humid air from a bathroom, window or door hits the cold metal of a supply grill, condensation occurs. If condensation issues are not taken care of in a timely fashion, mold and mildew can start to grow, making a bad problem worse.

It is very important to address the issue immediately. Do not ignore the water stains on your ceiling. Not only is it a problem, but the small stain might quickly escalate. Exhaust fans in bathrooms are very common for water stains. That is because the job of an exhaust fan is to remove moist air and odors in the bathroom. However, the air is carried through the duct, within the attic and outside of the roof. If enough condensation accumulates, it will begin to drain to the bottom and leak through the ceiling. For instance, if you take a cold glass of water and put it outside, condensation droplets will form on the cup. They will then travel down the cup and create a puddle of droplets around the cup. Whatever type of material the cup was placed upon, will then become wet. This is the same instance for your ceiling. The materials in your attic are soaking up the condensation and creating a water stain. Save yourself the hassle and money by calling AC Today. Let a professional company address the issue. We do not recommend that you try to do it yourself.

Causes Of Water Stains

There are several circumstances why condensation builds up around your air vents. Your air conditioning company can prevent these stains from occurring or returning.

1. Poor Insulation
Your attic is equivalent to a sauna. Highest heat index and temperatures can reach over 130 degrees. When the hot air meets the cold air vents, it creates condensation. The water stains on your ceiling could be due to poor insulation. To fix the issue, a technician would first need to inspect your attic. If this a problem that is contributing, we may recommend adding more insulation. By doing so, it is creating a better barrier between the air in the ductwork and the attic itself.

2. Use Insulated Ducts
Often we find situations where ducts are sweating, due to missing or no insulation on the ductwork. Rodents love to strip ducts of their insulation to make nests. In some cases the older style flex ducts fall apart in attics, due to improper materials used in manufacturing, the excessive heat actually deteriorates the vapor barrier of the ductwork. Other homes have 40+ year old ductwork that has simply lost it's insulating factor, which allows the ducts to start sweating. Often times we'll see stains on a ceiling that looks like a line across the ceiling, upon inspection that line is directly under the duct runs in the attic that are sweating.

3. Air Leaks
Stats show that 80% of the ductwork in Florida is either undersized or leaking. The cool air passing through your ducts is at temperatures between 50 and 65 degrees. If there was an air leak, cold air would meet with the hot attic air and create condensation. This would normally happen where there is an attachment point or duct joint. If the joint is not properly sealed, this could create an air leak. It could be a simple fix if this is the only issue. However, we recommend that you do not try to repair the leak yourself. Please contact your local air conditioning specialist.

4. Use The Shortest Route
When adding exhaust fans in your home, your AC technician should use the shortest route through the attic. The more ductwork the air must travel through, the greater risk for condensation. Your exhaust fans should run straight up from the area it's in, try not to have too many connection points. This will minimize the potential risks.

5. Inspect The Damper on exhaust outlets
If the damper at the roof cap has issues, it is guaranteed to create more issues. Wasps and other smaller animals will build a nest within this area. No matter the size of the nest, it can prevent the damper from opening. If the roof cap is stuck shut or blocked, moisture will condense within the duct. You will notice this by having no air movement coming out of the terminal. AC Today does not recommend the homeowner to inspect this issue on the roof. Instead, the homeowner could view the roof cap from a distance with binoculars. When the fan is turned on, you should be able to see the damper moving back and forth. It is opening and closing properly.

Water stains are not only ugly to look at, but can be difficult to treat. We recommend leaving this job for a professional company. AC Today has the experience needed to address these issues. Even though this may not seem like an emergency job to deal with, procrastinating is not the best answer. It will only cost you time and money in the end.

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