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Product Spotlight: Carrier Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Improving indoor air quality is an important part of creating a clean and healthy environment in your home. Sometimes homeowners need to go beyond just replacing their air filter in order to maintain IAQ. We have put together a product spotlight to give you a little more information on what Carrier indoor air quality solutions we provide to help Fort Walton Beach homeowners create a more comfortable home environment.

Carrier Indoor Air Quality Solutions

Looking for ways to improve your indoor air quality? Here is a quick breakdown of some of the indoor air quality solutions available from Carrier:

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If you want to learn more about these quality indoor air quality products and find out which solutions might be right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to help you find the right solutions for your home comfort needs.

Holiday Energy Saving Tips for Florida Homeowners

The holiday season in Florida looks a bit different than in other parts of the country. Though there is no snow to shovel and Florida homeowners can often walk outside without putting on a coat, there are still plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit. Between decorating your home for the holidays, cooking large holiday meals, hosting guests in your home, and entertaining friends and family, the holidays are one time during the year when you may start to see your energy costs start to creep up. If you want to keep your energy costs down, use the tips below for a more energy-efficient holiday season.

How to Save More Energy During the Holidays

Though your energy usage may be the last thing on your mind during the holiday season, this will certainly be something that you start thinking about once your energy bill arrives at the end of the month. Use these tips to save more energy (and money) during the holiday season:

  1. Buy LED holiday lights.

Saving on energy costs this holiday season doesn’t mean that you have to go without the festive holiday lights. LED holiday lights use about 90% less electricity than traditional lights, and they look just as good! These affordable holiday decorations can save you some serious money on your electricity bill during the holidays.

Extra Tip: In addition to buying more energy efficient lights, you can cut energy costs by turning off other lights in your home when enjoying the holiday lights or putting your holiday lights on a timer so that they aren’t on when no one will be around to enjoy them.

  1. Skip the inflatable decorations.

Sure, inflatable snowmen and reindeer may be cute, but keeping them inflated uses some serious energy. Skip the inflatable holiday decorations and opt for electricity-free festive lawn ornaments.

Extra Tip: Not ready to give up on your favorite inflatable Santa Claus decoration? To cut down on energy usage, monitor your use of these decorations and make sure to only have them inflated for a short period of time each time you want to enjoy them.

  1. Take advantage of the beautiful Florida winter temperatures.

Since Florida winter weather is typically more moderate, you can save additional energy by turning off your AC and opening up your windows and sliding glass doors to enjoy the cooler air. Don’t forget to turn on your ceiling fans to help keep the air flowing throughout your home.

Extra Tip: If the weather outside is perfect, consider hosting your holiday party outdoors. By enjoying the weather with your guests outdoors, you can cut down on the amount of energy you’ll need to keep your guests comfortable inside.

Are you looking for more ways to save on energy throughout the year? Check out our line of energy efficient heating and cooling systems from Carrier. Not sure which is right for you? Give us a call today to speak with one of our HVAC experts today: (850) 243-3356.

3 Most Common Florida HVAC Questions Answered

Florida is one of the only places in the United States where you may very well find yourself using your air conditioner year-round. Though many refer to our state as paradise, the unique climate does pose some interesting challenges when it comes to HVAC and home comfort. Below, we will answer some of the most common HVAC questions Florida residents may ask.

Most Common Florida Home Comfort Questions

Whether you are new to Florida or have lived here your whole life, you may have questions about how to keep comfortable in the hot and humid climate that Florida provides. Here are some of the most commonly asked Florida HVAC questions:

Should I be concerned about the efficiency of my air conditioning system?

In the typical Florida home, the HVAC system is the largest consumer of energy. Air conditioning and heating can account for over 40% of home energy use and thus more than 40% of your utility bill. Since Florida homeowners rely on their air conditioning system to control humidity levels and maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the year, energy efficiency is a vital concern. The size, efficiency, placement, and proper installation of the HVAC system play an important role in home efficiency, which can significantly impact energy costs.

What are some short-term solutions for improving energy efficiency of my AC?

If you are not ready to replace your HVAC system with a more energy-efficient model, there are some temporary steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your current AC unit:

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. (For every degree below this temperature, you can spend up to 8% more in air conditioning costs.)
  • Keep the home well-insulated and closed up during the hottest months to avoid letting in unwanted heat and humidity.
  • Periodically inspect and clean indoor and outdoor coils as dirt buildup is one of the most common causes for decreased efficiency.
  • Avoid using a dehumidifier while the AC is operating as this can increase the cooling load, making the AC work harder and expend more energy.

Is a bigger air conditioner better in the Florida heat?

No. Though some homeowners are under the assumption that an oversized unit will better meet their home comfort needs, the truth is that a properly sized HVAC unit provides better humidity control while also helping the homeowner save energy. Larger units will cycle on and off more frequently, which can impact the life of the equipment. Your HVAC contractor can help calculate the cooling loads to find a unit that is properly sized for your home’s heating and cooling needs. In the end, a properly sized unit will have a longer life, help maintain efficiency, and ensure that you and your family are more comfortable year-round.

Still have questions about maintaining home comfort in Florida’s hot and humid climate? We would be happy to answer them. As Fort Walton Beach’s trusted HVAC company, we know what it takes to keep your Florida home comfortable year-round. Call (850) 243-3356 today for more information.

How UV Lights Are Used To Battle Spreading Contagions And Infections In Hospitals And Your Home

Cold and flu season isn’t quite here yet, but most of us are already concerned about infections and contagions. As summer transitions into fall and back to school season begins, person-to-person contact increases—especially among children. Therefore, the likelihood of picking up an infection or pathogen increases as well. Hospital staff and other medical workers are especially at risk.

Most of us know the basics of protecting ourselves from disease, such as washing and sanitizing our hands frequently. However, technology plays a role in this, too. Ultraviolet (UV) lights can do plenty to protect you from pathogens and infections, both in your hospital and your home.

Why UV Lights Are Needed

In this age of sterilization and vigilant sanitation, some might wonder why UV lights are necessary in the battle against infections. One reason is that many of today’s pathogens are antibiotic resistant. The CDC reports that more than two million people get sick from these pathogens each year and that at least 75,000 die. Many of these antibiotic resistant infections are known as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). According to the CDC, HAIs kill more people each year than AIDS, breast cancer, and auto accidents combined.

Many antibiotic resistant pathogens, including HAIs, are airborne. Thus, they easily spread through their environment without detection. Mechanical and functional operations, such as light fixtures, are the pathways that these pathogens often use.

How UV Lights Keep People Healthy

To be effective, UV lights must work in tandem with HVAC systems because of how easily infections spread through mechanical pathways. Integrating UV lights with HVAC systems prevents unplanned airflow and decreases the size of air-building envelopes. Additionally, UV lights can significantly reduce the bioaerosols that often slip through non-integrated ductwork. Bioaerosols include mold, mildew, and various kinds of bacteria, all of which can cause serious diseases.

When a UV light is installed in your HVAC system, it penetrates the DNA of any bacteria or other microorganism that tries to slip through the ventilation. This disrupts the microorganisms’ life cycles and, in many cases, kills them. In addition, UV lights actually make your clinic, hospital, or home’s cooling system more efficient by reducing humidity in the air. It keeps mold spores, mildew, and other contaminants from breeding.

Are UV Lights Safe?

Ultraviolet lighting gets plenty of negative press, but it’s safe to use in your home, hospital, or clinic. Within an HVAC system, UV lights operate on wavelengths. This ensures your patients or family members aren’t constantly exposed to the potentially harmful effects of UV light. It also ensures cool and heated air are dispersed efficiently through your building, which helps people maintain comfort and keeps them safe from bioaerosols.

Contact Us For Professional Advice

Winter means less Vitamin D and more time indoors, both of which make our immune systems weaker. Whether you’re considering UV lights for your home or your hospital, it can save you—and possibly your patients and employees—time away from work and fewer overall health concerns.

If you’re a medical professional concerned about pathogens, or if you’d like a safe and easy way to keep your home healthy, contact us about adding UV lights to your HVAC system. We’ll consult with you to determine what setup best fits your needs.