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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

 

Can you remove smoke odor from a home?

Can you remove smoke odor from a home?

Whether it is an odor from cigarette smoke or smoke from a fire, your home will never be the same.

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Can you remove smoke odor from a home?

Whether it is an odor from cigarette smoke or smoke from a fire, your home will never be the same. Cigarette smoke odor is the hardest to remove from items. It can linger for days or years, depending upon how much smoke was in that location. It can leave a film of residue on the walls and even build up in your carpets. Complete removal is not only stubborn, but time consuming as well. Even though you may never fully remove the odors, you can always minimize them to a controllable level.

With constant exposure to smoke odors, there is a risk for health issues. Second hand smoke is as dangerous as smoking a cigarette yourself. It causes nearly 7,330 deaths a year from lung cancer and 33,950 deaths due to heart disease. The numbers continue to grow as 2.5 million people died of second hand exposure from 1964-2014. This is a large number that can be prevented. Your home plays a large role in your health. Protect yourself and others by keeping your home clean and sanitized. Inhaling harmful toxins lead to future health issues. The air you breathe circulates around your home and through your lungs. To protect yourself, you should first focus on the air within your home.

AC Today has worked with many air conditioning products that help improve the air quality in your home. A recommended product is the Fresh-Aire UV light. This product is widely used throughout the United States. Its' purpose is to remove the harmful airborne pathogens as well as odors within the home. The indoor air is known to be five times worse than the air outside your home. There is dust, dander, fire smoke, cigarette smoke, etc. accumulating air particles in the home. The Fresh-Aire UV light is installed within your air conditioning systems air handler. The air handler is composed of the evaporator coil, blower and other components. The evaporator coil allows for the heat to be removed and the air to be sanitized at the same time, via the Fresh-aire UV light. By doing this, it will eliminate all smoke odor, dust, pollen, pathogens, etc. This product has helped many homes return to a healthy, breathable environment.

Tips On Removing Smoke Odor

Using an Air Purifier
Opening your windows and doors regularly will not eliminate the odors in your home. If you are an in-house smoker, this is a good option for you. An air purifier will sanitize the air within the home. A purification system works by pulling indoor air through the system, sanitizing it, then recirculating the clean air back into the rooms. The hazardous particles are eliminated from the air. There are many types of air purifiers on the market. However, all of them do the same job. The object is to eliminate bacteria, odors, smoke odor, dust and dander, etc. The REME-HALO is a great product for removing odors.

Dehumidifiers
In the Florida weather, stagnant homes are the first to become overwhelmingly humid. This causes odors to linger longer. A dehumidifier changes the moist air into drier, less dense air particles. The drier the air, the less odor you will have. There are multiple benefits from a dehumidifier. Moist air is difficult for most to breath so this product can be a good benefit. With drier air, your lungs will be able to expand larger and help you breathe easier. Most air conditioning systems dehumidify the air very effectively, however, if you are in a high moisture environment, an added dehumidifier may be necessary.

Washable Fabrics
It is best to remove the odors from fabrics by washing them. Curtains, draperies, pillow covers, rugs, or other cloth accessories should be thoroughly cleaned. The porous surfaces collect the tainted air particles and holds onto them. This is what creates residue and build up on items. Over time, the particles will accumulate and begin to cause stains or discoloration within the fabrics. It is recommended to wash fabric items in hot water with a mild fragrance. Even though you are not trying to cover the items with fragrance, it does help the process. If your fabrics are white, try adding bleach to your cycle. This will help eliminate the stains or discoloration. Most fabrics will return to normal color after a few cycles.

Repair Walls
We may not realize it, but the nicotine from cigarette smoke will stain fabrics, stain your teeth, and creates a film on your walls and ceiling. Have you ever been in a smoker's home and moved a picture frame? The residue build up will cause your walls and ceiling to stain. It will literally turn the entire wall to a different color. The nicotine leaves a brownish film that is not visibly noticeable until items are moved away from the wall. At that time, you can see the difference between wall colors. The more you smoke in your home, the faster the build up. To repair your walls, it is recommended to wash them first. You can use a store brand cleaners to scrub your walls, or create a homemade product using vinegar and water. Once the walls are completely dry, you can then paint over them or leave them alone. Tthere are products such as Kilz that has a deodorizing primer. This paint will help keep odors and residue off the walls.

Clean The Carpet
To eliminate smoke odors from your carpet, you must shampoo it or replace it. There is no getting around it. Just like other fabrics, the porous fibers will hold onto smoke odors. Over time, your carpet will have an overload of odor causing combined odors to circulate around the home. The more traffic that walks on the carpet, the more odors being stirred up into the air. In return, homeowners are constantly breathing in the hazardous chemicals left behind from cigarette smoke or fire smoke. There are products and machines that help to shampoo your carpets. You can normally find these at any local hardware store.

No matter how hard you try to remove smoke and other odors from your home, it can be very difficult without using the proper products. AC Today has certified technicians who specialize in air quality, we can help protect you and your helth. That's why there are products that can assist your air conditioning system to minimize or eliminate pollutant particles in the air. Our technicians can help you choose the best products you may need to solve an odor, dander or allergy problem in your home.

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Common AC Issues

Common AC Issues

The entire United States has millions of older homes that are either for sale or currently being lived in.

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Antique, historical and even ancient is a few names people refer to them as. Based on a survey from the American Housing Authority, the average structure is about 37-40 years, countrywide. However, in states such as Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and some Midwest states, the average age is more than 50 years old. Having an older house may be sentimental to your family or a historic landmark. However, when homes were built, air conditioning was the furthest from their thoughts. As a common rule for homes, if it was built after 1990, it is considered new. Anything else past that date is considered older. Now, imagine the age of your appliances, cabinets, air conditioning system, etc., in an older home. Just because the house may be up-to code, doesn't mean everything in it is up to date. There could always be issues lurking around the corner.

AC issues seem to be most common when it comes to older homes. When buying or selling a home, people these days, are mostly interested in the roof, water heater and air conditioning system. That is because these portions of the home are normally the most expensive. When a house was built in a certain year, there are many select factors that go into building a home. Materials and the cost of materials play a large role. In older homes, asbestos was used as insulation around the home. This type of material was a cheaper version of insulation that would be rolled out. As we later discovered, asbestos can cause severe health issues.

When it comes to adding HVAC equipment to older homes, there is the possibility of various challenges. The crawl space is normally minimal or non-existent. Many homeowners do not want to sacrifice their closet space to add an AC system. There are pipes and drain lines that could cause AC issues for installation of insulation. If your home does not allow for hidden ductwork, this could lead to more AC issues. You may run into compromises with system designs and installation complications. That is why it is important to have a professional company perform the work needed. Many DIY homeowners are concerned about saving money wherever they can. At AC Today, our best interest is always with the customer. We will provide the best options for you to consider, as well as stay within your budget. An option best for older homes with minimal space are mini-split ductless systems. They are customizable to create individual comfort zones. You could install a unit in a single room that is regulated by a handheld remote. There is also the option of multiple mini-splits which adds comfort to multiple rooms.

Discussing Common AC Issues

AC Issues
If you are in an older home, the air conditioning system may not be quite up to date. Noises, clicking, and banging are a few signs of common AC issues. Some may be minor while others need to be repaired by a professional. Depending upon age and how well the system was taken care of, you may not have as many problems as you could. Older systems do not always indicate AC issues, but one key indicator is a sudden increase in your utility bill. If this happens to you, it may be time to start to consider replacing the air conditioning system. Your AC Today contractor can recommend several options that will suit your needs and budget.

Air Flow and Ducts
Duct installation and sizing is both a mathematical game and science in older homes. Unless you are planning to remodel the entire home, the ductwork will be a little difficult to maneuver. During an inspection, our technician will review the entire system and the placement of the current ductwork. It is very typical for return air vents and supply registers to be undersized and insufficient. Both are major AC issues that would need to be addressed. By having these AC issues, you are restricting the air flow from moving around your home effectivly. This causes unbalanced temperatures around the home as well as added stress to the system.

Condensation Drains
The process of air conditioning is removing moisture from the air. The condensate that is collected on the evaporator coils must drain to a proper location. This is why there are condensation drains. This drain is actually a pan that fills up with water, which is essentially the humidity that is being removed from your home. As the pan fills up, it continually drains to prevent overflow. If the water leaks out it could cause damage to the equipment and surrounding area. In older homes, many people have connected the drain pipe to a waste pipe. By doing this, your home will fill with sulfur smells when the air conditioning system is running. The drain pipe from the pan is recommended to be a completely separate system.

Bad Insulation
This is one of the most common issues for older homes. Insulation is what protects your home from different temperatures. For instance, the insulation keeps your home warm inside while it is cold outside. It is a glorified blanket for your home. When purchasing older homes, the insulation is somewhat stale. As a homeowner, it can be difficult to tear down drywall to inspect your insulation located around the home. There are other options that will help build the insulation to it's proper capacity. Blow-in insulation is pumped into the wall cavities and attic of your home. Even though it won't be as effective as using rolls of fiberglass insulation, it can still be a cheaper option for you. It will keep you from having AC issues in the long run.

Asbestos
Asbestos is a common form of fire retardant and insulation used until around the 1970s. This hazardous material has been linked to many forms of cancer, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. To complicate matters further, asbestos is incredibly widespread and difficult to detect. This type of material is compiled into roof tiles, floor tiles, duct work, and many other older building materials. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is recommended to leave the area alone and not cause disturbance. However, when the asbestos is used as a whole home insulation, then it becomes a major hazardous airborne issue.

There is no project too large or small for AC Today. From older homes to newly constructed homes, our technicians are there every step of the way. When choosing the proper air conditioning system, it is important to discuss options with a professional technician. Sizing and efficiency are the main reasons for AC issues. By not having a properly sized system in your older home, the comfort zones will tend to be unbalanced. Let us help bring new technology into your older home.

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Is Your AC Blowing Warm Air?

Is Your AC Blowing Warm Air?

Warm AirThe Florida heat can be unbearable some days. So we rely on our air conditioning system to keep us cool. What happens if your air conditioning system can't handle the heat either? If your AC blows warm air, that may indicate there's an issue. On a hot day, we want to be comforted by cool air, not to be greeted with a home full of warm air. There could be many reasons why your air conditioner is blowing warm air. Whole-house air conditioning systems have dozens of components that are required to work together in order to provide efficient air conditioning to your home. If one part malfunctions, the entire unit could be compromised. Just because your system is blowing warm air, it doesn't warrant instant panic.

There are a few reasons and common issues that can explain the change in temperature with your system. Remember, performance and efficiency are the greatest when all refrigerant levels are up to the manufacturer's specification. Having too little or not enough refrigerant can be harmful to both your air conditioning system as well as the environment.

Common Causes For AC Blowing Warm Air

Check Your Thermostat
Many people confuse the temperature settings on the thermostat. When your AC is blowing warm air, it doesn't always mean trouble. It is very common to accidentally select "heat" or "fan" while changing settings on your thermostat. When your thermostat displays "ON", it means the fan is "ON" and constantly blowing, not necessarily meaning that the system is set to "cool". First, be sure your thermostat is set at "COOL". This setting will prompt your system to blow cold air throughout your home.

Outside Unit Clogged
Your whole-house AC system is composed of two units; an inside unit (air handler) and an outside unit (condenser). Both units must work together to eliminate and remove the heat that is penetrating your home. For this to happen, the outside unit needs unrestricted air flow. If there are issues with your outside unit, anomalies with the condenser coil can cause your system not to function properly. Check the area around the outside condensing unit. Be sure the area is clean of debris, dirt, leaves, sticks, etc. We recommend that you cut or trim the brushes that are nearby. This includes grass, weeds, tree branches, sticks and other tall bushes. Any restriction of airflow, through the condensing coil, can cause your system to run poorly or potentially fail.

Frozen AC Unit
As uncommon as you may think, an air conditioner is able to freeze. In fact, it can freeze into a solid block of ice. Many people find it had to understand how it could blow be blowing warm air if the system is frozen. The actual frozen component is the evaporator coil. This is what removes the heat from the air flowing through it, thus providing the cool air you feel. Condensation is normally on the evaporator coil, which is the humidity being removed from your home, along with the heat. If a homeowner is attempting to cool their home with a dirty filter, that is restricting airflow, the coil could drop below 32 degrees and start to freeze the moisture (humidity) on the coil. If left unnoticed for any length of time the coil can become a block of ice. Your system can also freeze due to it being low on refrigerant, as refrigerant leaks out it can drop the coil temperature below 32 degrees, throwing off the ratio of cooling, again potentially freezing the moisture on the coil.

Refrigerant Leaks
Leaks are unfortunately a very common malfunction. Refrigerant leaks can be caused by any number of things and in most cases can be fixed. You should always contact AC Today, if you suspect a problem. You should never try to handle or DIY service for your refrigerant as it is very dangerous. Freon coolant, R-22 or R410-A refrigerant, are types of chlorofluorocarbons that will evaporate as a gas if there is a leak in the system. If it leaks into your home, it can cause a variety of health issues, including headaches, minor loss of memory, nausea, and in extreme cases asphyxiation. Since your air conditioner is not consuming any coolant, there is no need for refilling unless there's a leak. There are hundreds of joints, connections and valves in a standard air conditioner. Over time, these components can have normal wear and tear which could cause them to weaken and a problem to occur.

If any of the above issues happen to you, call AC Today. During our service inspection, we will measure refrigerant levels, inspect all components for proper functioning, and clean the coils. Routine maintenance checks are very important. That is when AC Today's technicians can minimize or eliminate issues from progressing. It's not a fun day to be stuck in Florida's weather without cool air.

Salt Water Damage

Can Salt Water Damage My Air Conditioning Unit?

Living near the beaches is a dream come true for many people. However, if you are a local beach dweller, you may beg to differ. There are a few items you want to protect against saltwater damage. Your air conditioning system could be affected by numerous environmental factors in the area you live in. If you are located near coastal regions, you may already be aware of your surroundings. With excessive moisture and minerals in the air, it doesn't take long to notice that these minerals and particles settle on top of everything. Salt is a huge problem for AC units. Deposits left behind or go untreated, will only create damage and breakdown to your outside air conditioning unit.

Did you know that salt corrosion can decrease the life of your AC unit to as little as 3 years? This is a jaw-dropping fact. Seeing as though the average system should last at least 10 years, this is a tremendous difference. Just like the ocean erodes the coastline, it's essentially the same scenario for your A/C system. Saltwater damage is what causes your coils to eventually disintegrate over time.

Why Is Saltwater Damage Such A Problem?

Saltwater contains millions of particles of sodium chloride. With salt and moisture in the air, it can create a film or dust-like substance on all surfaces. The build up that settles from sodium chloride is what causes corrosion and deterioration. Did you know that sodium chloride can be blown up to five miles inland from shore? Protecting your outside air conditioning system is what will keep the saltwater damage at bay.

There are many parts of your AC system that can be affected by excessive moisture and sodium chloride deposits, caused by salt in the air. Your condenser coil, in the outside unit, is the most vulnerable part of the system. The aluminum fins of the coil are bound to copper tubes, the salt and moisture eventually get between the copper and aluminum and create formicary corrosion, which will eventually cause freon leaks. Especially under extreme weather or constant saltwater winds. Once the coils go bad, it prevents proper airflow and reduces heat transfer. This is what causes damage to other parts of your system. If you notice issues regarding poor cooling or circulation, your system freezing or failure of other parts, this could be due to saltwater damage. When replacing your A/C system, you should consider a Trane brand unit beacuse they are manufactured with all aluminium coils and are not affected by formicary corrosion.

Protecting Your AC Unit from Saltwater Damage

Preventative Maintenance
This is one of the best ways, no matter your geographical location, to protect your AC unit. During routine maintenance your technician will inspect your system and identify any potential problems. By having a routine check-up, you are minimizing the risks of preventable damage.

Remove Obstructions
There are many things we store on the outside of our homes. However, these objects could cause potential harm to your air conditioning unit. Be sure to remove debris, leaves and other items that could accumulate saltwater particles. It's these particles that cause saltwater damage and corrosion.

Clean The Coils
The coils are the most susceptible part of your unit to saltwater damage. It is recommended that you clean the coils on a regular basis by rinsing them with a hose. You could also use a no-rinse, non acid, foaming cleaner that will eliminate the particles. If you are not comfortable cleaning them yourself, be sure to contact AC Today to schedule appointment.

When you spend thousands of dollars on a large investment, you want to protect it at all times. Many people forget that half of their investment is sitting outside their home. How many times have you cleaned your outside air conditioning unit? If you had to think about it, it has probably been too long. Call AC Today to schedule your appointment or service call. It is never too late for protection, until you have a malfunction.

How To Battle Seasonal Allergies

How To Battle Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies are a serious problem for many people during certain times of the year.

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Seasonal allergies are a serious problem for many people during certain times of the year. However, there are millions of people who have year-long allergies, throughout every season. How you handle your allergies is the biggest issue to overcome. There are many over the counter and prescription medications you can take to relieve the symptoms and reactions you may be having caused by allergens in the air. But what about preventing allergies inside your home? Have you ever thought about installing new filters or other products such as the REMO HALO air purification system? There are also products on the market today, that involve the use of ultraviolet lights to kill pollutants within the air. These products can be installed by your local air conditioning company.

The air you breathe is contaminated with odors, fumes and other harmful particles. These molecules in the air, can cause harm and damage to your respiratory system and may even cause death. As scary as that sounds, there are many products that can help prevent your home from harmful air pollutants. At AC Today, there is a product we highly recommend for those who suffer from any type of allergies. Fresh-Aire UV is an ultraviolet light that kills microorganisms as air is cycled through your air conditioning system. The whole-house system is the best option as you are reducing the airborne contaminants throughout the entire home. Every room will be sterilized and sanitized with the help of Fresh-Aire UV lights. For more information regarding the Fresh-Aire UV products, see our Products page or talk with a technician today.

Helpful tips to minimize allergies around your home

Fresh-Aire UV Lights
This is a product highly recommended by air conditioning companies. This product is a UV light that kills germs by disrupting their DNA. This prevents germs from reproducing, which then kills them. The light is installed directly inside your air conditioning system. Microorganisms and odors are eliminated when the air cycles through the light within the system.

Air Filtration
Choose a system or air filter that utilizes a small-particle HEPA filter. This type of filter allows the dust and dander to be caught when passing through the filter. It will significantly minimize the amount of air pollutants flying around your home. Many people with allergies or breathing issues use this type of filter.

Kitchen Stove
Install a vented exhaust fan. This allows the fan to remove fumes and odors from your kitchen while cooking. It will even reduce the moisture up to 70%, while using the stove.

Bedding
Invest in dust-mite covers for your mattress, pillows and box springs. Clean your sheets and fabrics once a week, in hot water, to eliminate any dander or other buildup accumulated on them. You should not have to worry about allergies while trying to sleep.

Excessive Clutter
Creating piles around your home of various items have only created larger piles of dust and debris. Dust settles where there is little movement. That is why you can see it accumulate over time on top of tables, cabinets, etc. Remove unwanted items and clean your home regularly. This will help eliminate buildup.

Pets
If you notice your allergies are from a pet, you can try over the counter products before removing the pet from your home. There are pet friendly products that minimize shedding with most animals. Keep your pets clean. The amount of dander and pet hair will reduce significantly with proper pet care for your pet.

Stay Fresh
Air out your home every once in a while. Open a few windows or doors when the weather permits. Circulating fresh outside air will not only keep your home feeling fresh, but it will also eliminate most of your air contaminants. This is because the cycled air is constantly moving around your home. However, if the pollen count is elevated outside, wait until another day to freshen out your home.

Vacuum Frequently
When you have large amounts of carpet in your home, it is wise to vacuum frequently. The dust and dander build up that accumulates within the fibers can cause great harm. Every time you walk on the carpet, you are stirring up molecules into the air.

Low Humidity
Dehumidifiers are great for removing moistures from the air. When you can keep the humidity levels below 50%, you will decrease the chances of mold and mildew buildup. If you are concerned about the humidity within your home, you can purchase a humidity gauge from any hardware store. Talk with your air conditioning specialist for more information.

Cigarette Smoke
Did you know that cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals? Second hand smoke is a leading factor is respiratory issues. Breathing in harsh chemicals, whether you are the person smoking or not, is very dangerous for your body.

The air you breathe does not have to be as dangerous as scientists have proven. With the help of air purification systems and HEPA filter options, you can eliminate the harmful pathogens that are constantly circulating around your home. AC Today has technicians who are trained and qualified to install the Fresh-Aire UV and REME HALO air purification system. Let us help you eliminate the air pollution in your home.

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Safety Tips For Heating Options In Your Home

Safety Tips For Heating Options In Your Home

When the weather gets colder, people need to start using their heat. It is important to understand the heating options you have for your home.

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Heating Sarasota, FL

With the Florida weather getting colder, many people are utilizing their heat. Whether you have an HVAC system or portable heater, you should always think about safety. In the blink of an eye, your house could be overcome by a burning blaze from something which could have been prevented. There are many factors to take into consideration when purchasing heating options for your home. Do you have smoke alarms installed around your home? Can they detect levels of carbon monoxide poisoning? Fortunately, many tragedies are preventable. It only takes a little education to protect your family and your home. Learning how to identify potentially hazardous situations is what will protect you and your home. Safety Should Always Come First. Safety and protection is crucial when it comes to a heating emergency. There are no rules to follow, however, these guidelines will help protect yourself and your home from preventable fire hazards. Listed below are a few examples of heating options. We will discuss the proper usage and prevention you can have with all heating options.

General Safety

  • DO NOT use your kitchen stove top or oven to heat your home. This is a severe fire hazard.
  • If you don't already have them, install smoke alarms that have a battery back up. You should have one installed for every floor in your home. We recommend that you test your alarms once every three months.
  • Ventilation is very important when handling flames, fire places or candles. We recommend that you open a window or a door to help circulate the air.
  • Always remember to turn off heating options before leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • If you smell gas in your home, leave immediately. Do not use flammable items. We recommend that you contact your local fire department.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.

Electric Space Heaters

  • Children should not have direct access to any type of portable heater, whether electric or fuel powered.
  • Space heaters need their own space. Everything should be kept at least 3 feet away.
  • NEVER refill your space heater while it is on and operating or currently hot.
  • For any type of portable heater, check if it is equipped with "tip switches." Tip switches are designed to automatically turn off the heating element if the heater were to fall over. This safety switch protects your home and fabrics from catching fire.
  • Extension cords are not ideal for portable heaters. They should be plugged directly into the electrical outlet to prevent potential fire issues.
  • Your portable heater should have a thermostat control. This will prevent the heater from getting to a high degree of heat.
  • Always unplug the portable heater if not in use.
  • Use the correct type of fuel, specified by the manufacturer.

Fireplaces:

  • Your fireplace should be protected with glass doors or metal screens. This helps prevent hot ashes from igniting fabrics or other combustible items in your home. It is common to see sparks from the fire as well.
  • Do not use charcoal, for outdoor grills, in a fireplace. They will release odorless toxins and carbon monoxide into the air.
  • Clean your fireplace and chimney annually. Just like your air conditioning system, you should have an annual inspection.
  • Always have the damper open prior to lighting a fire.
  • Do not burn paper, trash or other items in your fireplace. These materials will cause buildup in your fire pit, which could be difficult to control.
  • Do not go to bed with the fireplace still lit. The fire should be completely extinguished before leaving the room.

Generators:

  • Always use your generator outdoors. Be sure the area is open and dry.
  • Carbon monoxide buildup can be preventable. Keep the generator away from windows, doors and air vents.
  • Do not use your generator while it's raining.
  • Cool down the generator before refueling. Look for spilled gasoline on the engine parts. This could cause a fire.
  • We recommend that you follow the manufacturer's instructions. This will provide information and directions on how to use and maintain the generator.
  • Plug directly into the generator. For appliances or other heavy duty machines, plug into generator instead of a regular extension cord. However, you can use an outdoor-rated extension cord that had watts or amps equal to the connected appliances.

It's always nice to come home to a warm cozy house on a cool day. With these heating options, there are many ways to provide heat for your family. Safety is important when dealing with heating elements. If you are not careful when handling these heating devices, you could lose control of the situation. Educate yourself and always talk to your air conditioning company...If you have any questions regarding heating, call AC Today. A technician will be glad to discuss the heating options you have and what will work best with your HVAC system. It is always better to be prepared.

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Identifying Common Heating Repair Issues

Identifying Common Heating Repair Issues

Identifying heating repair issues is very important. AC Today is specialized in heating repair and can assist you with your service.

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Heating Repair Sarasota, FL

At some point in time, we all end up dealing with heating repair issues. That is why it is important to become aware of common heating issues you may face. For many homeowners with older systems, you may already be familiar with a few of these common issues. However, if you are currently experiencing any of the issues we are about to discuss, feel free to contact AC Today so we can schedule an appointment with you.

Electrical and Mechanical
Electrical issues can be a common occurrence with HVAC systems. That is because electrical components make up most of the system. These issues can not only affect the performance, but could completely shut down the heater. Don't wait until the cool air comes around to have your heat inspected. A mechanical issues could also be due to constant cycling. If you notice your heat is cycling off and on frequently, that is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Higher Bills
To lower the heating repair costs, have your system routinely inspected. If you are noticing an increase on your statements, that is a good indication there is an issue. It costs more money to heat your home instead of cool it down. However, there should not be a substantial difference.

Hot and Cold Spots
This is a great indication of an air distribution issue. If it happens within the same zone, it may be due to improper ductwork, registers or vent sizes, etc. If it happens in different zones, it may be due to your thermostat. Either way, it is a common heating repair issue that can be easily fixed.

Air Flow
This is a common issue with HVAC systems. Improper air flow can be a result from defective fan motors, worn out bearings and even belts. A good indication of these issues would be an overheating system or improper heating controls.

Blown Fuse or Breaker
Fuses are what protects your systems, motor or compressor from drawing too much power. The main fuses are located in the electrical panel, there are also low voltage fuses located inside of the air handler. If a motor or compressor is starting to go bad, the first inspection should normally be conducted at the fuse/breaker box. Without improperly sized fuses, your system may not function properly. Fuses can normally fail due to loose lug connections, age, faulty electrical component, an electrical storm surge or simply by being loose. A breaker will result with the same issue. If your breaker is flipped off, try flipping it back on. If it pops back off, there is an electrical problem.

Thermostat
Another more common heating repair issue revolves around the device that controls it. Your thermostat helps control and determine how much heat that is needed to produce the temperature desired. There are many issues that can come from your thermostat if it is not properly functioning. It will be harder to have a maintained temperature around the entire home.

Insufficient Heating
It is important to take care of your system during all seasons, warm and cool. Failure to maintain your system could result in heating issues when you need it most. Clogged filters, musty odors, setting off fire alarms or a burning smell in your home can be situations that can arise from lack of maintenance. A maintenance check is a very simple service that can minimize potential problems

Preventative Maintenance
By far, maintenacne is the most important service you can have for your system. Without proper maintenance, heating repairs could be expected. It is important to think about the longevity of your heating system. Heating repair can be costly if issues are let unchecked. Don't wait until you need warm air to schedule your maintenance check.

Normal Breakdown
Wear and tear go hand in hand with heating repair. Everything over time will naturally decrease in many ways. Whether it is performance, functions or components, wear and tear will occur. But how does this affect your system? Without proper components working together, you will have heating repair issues.

Air Filters
Ironically, this is the cheapest heating repair issue to fix. There is no difference with air flow when it comes to warm or cool air coming from your system, the system needs to breath. You should always change your air filters on a regular basis to improve the efficiency of your system. A dirty or clogged filter will also restrict the warm air flow around your home. This will reduce the overall output of air, could make the heater overheat and trip a breaker/fuse and put undo wear and tear on your blower motor. Unfortunately, the simplest thing you can do, is the most fequently overlooked.

It is important to identify common heating repair issues. Knowing the difference between the good and the bad with your system is what will help you. The longer you wait to call your air conditioning company, the more the issues could escalate. AC Today recommends that all heating repairs be preformed by a trained technician. As simple as an issue may seem, there could be potential hazards to both you and your HVAC system. Please leave your heating repair issues in the hands of your professionally trained air conditioning company

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What License or Certification Should My HVAC Contractor Have?

What License or Certification Should My HVAC Contractor Have?

You may have heard the terms licensed and insured, many times before. But are you aware of the true meaning behind it? Television commercials, newspaper ads, and advertising on company work vans all quote those famous words. Knowing the difference between each of them will help you understand the importance of hiring a professional air conditioning company to provide you with services. Making educated decisions are better than making educated guesses.

What Does Licensed Mean?
In the state of Florida, both residential, commercial contractor and building contractors are required to be licensed. You can verify their credentials by visiting the Florida license website. (sunbiz.org) When researching a company you are interested in hiring for services, this should be your first inquiry. There are also separate licensing for basic residential contractors, general contractors, mechanical contractors such as electrical, plumbing and HVAC. Each certification must be properly maintained and up to date. The technician is required to complete credits throughout the year for continuing requirements.

Another important factor of having a licensed HVAC contractor in your home is reliability. When you hire a licensed HVAC contractor, you should be receiving excellent quality services. That is because his license is on the line. When you hire an unlicensed HVAC contractor, you are taking on full responsibility for fault in whatever may happen. In fact, you could even be penalized by your state for not hiring a licensed HVAC contractor. You could be subject to fines, proper permit regulations, loss of mortgage lender, and property damage. Do your research and investigate the company. If the air conditioning company is truly certified, they would have no problem disclosing this information to you as well as having the proper information posted in their office.

What Does Insured Mean?
A Company carrying liabilty insurance is basically the same as you having health insurance. If you are insured, your insurance pays for coverage. If not, you are responsible for all charges. Worker's Compensation is a type of coverage that protects the homeowner from total liability for injuries that have taken place on the property. If the air conditioning company is not insured, you or your homeowners insurance will be responsible for coverage of medical costs and lost wages. This is extremely important and a little nerve wrecking. You would not want to be held responsible for critical issues like that. General liability is what protects the homeowner from any type of damage to the property or if a bystander is injured on said property. Workers Compensation will cover any technician/worker if injured on your property, even if the HVAC contractor broke a bone, had permanent injuries or even death, the companies' insurance liability would cover all expenses. There are also exclusions within certain homeowner policies that exclude coverage for damages caused by negligence of a contractor.

Asking for license information for your HVAC contractor is the only way you will know if they are truly certified. Reputable companies will have no problem disclosing this information with you. When there is nothing to hide with a company, their professionalism will always shine through.

What does it mean to be NATE certified?
NATE stands for North American Technician Excellence. This is the highest certification a technician can have working for this type of trade. A NATE certification shows consumers that you as the technician, hold the highest ranking license. It is not an easy task to become NATE certified. A Florida technician must pass a core exam, which references topics such as installation and services, tools and safety, basic electrical principles, basic construction and senior technicians specialty paths. All topics are randomly chosen by the board members of NATE. This is to ensure that every technician who takes the exam is questioned about every aspect of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R). Along with passing the exam, the technician must also specify a specialty to work in. This includes: gas heating installations and services, air conditioning installations and services, oil heating installations and services as well as air distribution services and installations. While not every air conditioning technician is required to be NATE certified, it is an extremely important factor when hiring an air conditioning company for professional services.

When it comes to the quality in services, every customer is looking for the best person for the job. Being NATE certified is defining the technician as "the best". According to the NATE industry survey, about 90% of consumers request to have a NATE certified technician to provide services in their home. This survey continues to encourage local air conditioning companies to have their employees properly certified.

Why Hire An HVAC Contractor?
There are many explanations we could provide you, however, we will go over the basic reasons as to why you should hire a certified HVAC contractor. Even though there may be minor jobs here and there that could be done by the homeowner, it's still a good idea to let a professional handle the job. Many people only look at the cost of maintenance checks and duct cleaning instead of the quality of services. What you're paying for is the high quality services performed by a licensed HVAC contractor. You can be guaranteed the services will be done properly the first time. Here are just a few reasons why you should consider hiring an HVAC contractor.

Certifications: The company you hire should have certified technicians employed.

Licensing and Insurance: The HVAC contractor should be licensed, according to the state requirements as well as carry the proper insurance.

Knowledge and Experience: You want to trust your HVAC contractor. Having the proper knowledge of installations, services, tools and equipment and many other areas.

Professionalism: When you hire a professional company, you would expect professional services. Respecting the property of a homeowner is important. Prevent damages by taking all precautionary measures.

From installations to standard maintenance checks, hiring an HVAC contractor is an important decision. Do your research about the company so you can make an educated decision instead of an educated guess.

How Your Ductwork May Be Costing You Money

Ductwork

How Your Ductwork May Be Costing You Money

The ductwork installed in your home is specifically designed to deliver the proper amount of air to each room, to ensure uniform comfort. Ductwork is a grouping of large pipes and ductboard boxes that distributes the warm and cool air throughout your home. Since the ductwork is installed in unconditioned areas, the ducts can become a flimsy and breach over time, due to temperature differances and humidity. It is very important to have your air conditioning contractor perform routine maintenance inspections. This will allow for them to look over every aspect of your system to ensure proper functioning, including the ducts. If you've noticed any issues, like hot or cold spots, this would be a great time to do so. Eliminating or minimizing issues is what AC Today strives for when performing our maintenance inspections. The longer you wait to have one done, the longer issues have to progress. Did you know that of faulty air leaks in ductwork, could be responsible for up to 30 percent of wasted air? Air that is not being delivered to your home properly, equates to longer run times and higher utility bills.

Besides wasting money on air leaks, there are other potentially harmful issues that can occur with leaky exhaust ducts. Back-drafting is an issue that reduces your indoor air quality. Vented appliances such as clothes dryers, gas ranges and furnaces, are designed to force the hazardous fumes outside. If your leaky exhaust duct doesn't completely disperse all fumes outside and away from your home, it could be sucking the fumes back into the home instead. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that is very harmful to those who inhale it. It can build up inside your home and poison people as well as animals. That is why you should always have a professional air conditioning company install your ductwork exhaust ventilation and air conditioning system. For more information about carbon monoxide poisoning, feel free to contact your air conditioning specialist today to discuss this topic further.

5 Signs Of Ductwork Issues

Ductwork is known as the silent killer when it comes to the efficiency of your system. It can be rather difficult to know that you have leaky ductwork. However, there are a few telltale signs that could point to leaky ductwork. If you are experiencing any of these issues, feel free to contact us:

1. Your electric bills are larger than normal. Now, we are not talking about the higher bills in a Summer month. We are referring to the above average electric bills with the normal temperature weather.

2. Visible signs are golden proof that there is a leak in your ductwork. If you can visually see tangled, kinked or other odd shaped ductwork pipes, there is a problem. If you can visibly see crushed, broken or split ductwork or tape joints, you would need to notify your air conditioning technician asap.

3. The temperature is different throughout other rooms. If you notice that some rooms are cooler or warmer than others while your system is running. Differential temperatures from room to room is a problem that goes hand in hand with leaky ductwork. You could also check each air vent while the system is running to feel the temperature being dispersed in each room.

4. If you notice that your home is accumulating more dust. Many people notice dusty rooms when the system turns on. If you clean a room more often than others, that could be where the issue is compiled at Either way, it is a problem that needs to be addressed.

5. Poor air quality. Do you ever notice that your air feels stuffy sometimes? Even having an odor smell such as dust or mold-like odors are not a good thing. Now, this may be an issue with your air filter as well, but it could also be a sign from leaky ductwork. Inspect your air filters first to see if it needs to be changed. Otherwise, discuss these issues with your air conditioning specialist.

Leaky ductwork can become a real issue if left untreated. There are a few signs that would indicate there are issues involving your air conditioning system. That is why our technicians always explain the importance of a maintenance inspection. Routine inspections are what stops issues from escalating, when caught in time. Again, the longer you wait for an inspection, the longer complications have to escalate. Schedule your appointment today. It could save you time and money in the long and short term.

How To Avoid Hot and Cold Spots Around Your Home

Avoid Hot and Cold Spots Around Your Home

Hot and cold spots are very annoying and very noticeable. The inconsistencies in temperature can have you feeling cold one minute and hot the next. Unfortunately, many people don't pay too much attention to those hot and cold spots. Some may think it's a draft from the doors or other scenarios. But that isn't always the case. Hot and cold spots can indicate that there is an issue somewhere in your home. Have you ever woke up from sleeping in a hot sweat? Or notice dramatic changes in temperature in certain areas? These hot and cold spots are warning signs that should be addressed. Even though the signs don't indicate an emergency, it does indicate that there is a potential problem that needs to be investigated. By having your AC technician research the hot and cold spots, will allow them to fix the issues before they escalate. There are a few common issues that could be causing this problem in your home.

Proper Air Conditioning Sizing
Having the proper size AC system is the key to great comfort. Having a system that is too large or too small is not effective. You will only end up wasting money and energy. It is very difficult when your system is not properly sized, to control the entire home at the same temperature. There will not be consistency, especially if your system is working harder than it should to maintain that temperature. It takes a specialized technician to understand that proper sizing is the most important aspect of your air conditioning system. Once your air conditioning technician can rule out the sizing, then he's on to the next potential cause. Finding the problem to the hot and cold spots in your home is not always an easy task. However, the solution may be easier than you think. Once you can identify the leading problem, then the technicians can work on providing a solution.

Poorly Sized and Insulated Ductwork
Ductwork is typically constructed from thin sheet metal. When you have your ductwork installed in places such as attics, crawl spaces, etc., you could run into problems if not properly insulated. Regulating your indoor temperature is not difficult, unless the installment was not done properly. Did you know that according to the US Department of Energy states that uninsulated air ducts could lose up to 10-30 percent of energy? That number may not seem like a lot, but it sure does add up on your utility statements. You may notice hot and cold spots around your home where there is poor insulation. If you are not sure about the condition of your ductwork or insulation, contact a technician today. We can examine the ductwork to ensure adequate levels of insulation.

It is very common in older homes that our technicians find fault with the ductwork. Regulations and requirements have changed dramatically over the years, which means what is required now may not have been a requirement that year. When you have poor insulation, improper duct sizes, incorrect designing and placements of air ducts, it could lead to a larger problem than you may think. When an AC company recommends you need new ductwork, a homeowner would not normally question their findings. But what if the issue was not solely the equipment? Every home has something that is called the thermal envelope. The important parts of a thermal envelope are the outer walls, foundation, windows, roof and doors. These are very important to an air conditioning company when trying to fix the issues of hot and cold spots inside your home. The purpose of the thermal envelope is designed to prevent temperature lose from inside to outside and outside to inside. Balance is needed to feel comfortable in your home. Once the AC company understanding the thermal envelope of your home, they will properly size the equipment, ductwork and insulation that is needed.

Leaking Air Ducts
If your air ducts are leaking, that could create a large problem. Not only are you loosing air flow efficiency, but you are letting money slip right through the cracks. Hot and cold spots normally go hand in hand with leaky ducts. That is because the air that is being forced out of crack or breach, is not making it into your home. That could cause an imbalance in temperatures. Imagine drinking from a straw. It can be difficult if there is a crack in it. When you try to suck the straw, the fluids will seep through the crack. So imagine this inside your AC system. The air flow isn't properly flowing throughout the entire system, causing hot and cold spots. If left untreated, you could lose up to 20 percent efficiency from your AC system.

Improper Zoning Areas
Noticing a temperature imbalance may be the beginning of an underlying issue. Many homes are equipped with what is called a zoning system. If you live in a larger home, you may benefit from a customized zoning system. The word zone come from the different sections or zones of your home that could be controlled with different thermostats and be kept at different temperatures. Having controlled zones allows you to maintain control by adjusting the comfort levels within those zones around your home. For instance, if you live in a two story home, you could have multiple temperatures around the home. The downstairs could be a moderate temperature while the upstairs bedrooms could be cooler. Each being controlled by different temperatures. This allows for your home to have a manageable handle for comfort. When you try to provide comfort to the entire house on one standard degree, your air conditioning system may have a hard time maintaining the temperature in every room of the house. This will cause you and your family to notice a temperature differential with hot and cold spots around the home. No matter the size of your home, balance is the key to happiness and comfort.

When you are experiencing these frustrating hot and cold areas around your home, you may benefit from an inspection. Your air conditioning company will examine the problem areas throughout the home. At AC Today, we have experienced technicians who are trained to search for pinpoint issues that may be causing the problem areas. However, we are also relying on the homeowner as well. Once you start to notice abnormal issues, it is recommended that you note them for further references. That way when our technician arrives at your home, you can better explain your concerns. Here is a small list that may indicate there is an issue.

Uneven temperatures throughout the house
High humidity during the summer
Lack of airflow
Poor air quality
Rooms that are either too hot or too cold
Intense allergy and asthma symptoms
Dust is compiling quicker than normal
House never feels comfortable
High utility bills
Poor energy efficiency
Hot and cold spots around the home

All of these are great concerns that you should express with your air conditioning company. Keep yourself comfortable in your own home. Being a homeowner, you should be able to indicate that there may be an underlying problem when you feel that there are hot and cold spots around your home. That's when you pick up the phone and call AC Today. Leave the dirty work for your HVAC specialist.

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