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Ultimate Florida HVAC Checklist for End-of-Spring

Spring Maintenance for Your AC

As Florida residents we rely heavily on our air conditioning units, especially during the late spring and summer months. When our A/Cs aren’t working properly, it can quickly become extremely hot inside our home. This can cause bigger issues for your home than simply feeling overly warm and uncomfortable. Too much warmth and not enough good ventilation in your home can also make your indoor air quality suffer. Yet, there’s no need to endure unbearable heat! A little preventative maintenance goes a long way when it comes to the well-being of your home’s cooling system.

To help prevent the need for emergency AC repair services, it is important to make sure that your HVAC system is working just as it should be. Before the hottest days of summer set in, we at AC Engineers highly recommend scheduling a maintenance call with one of our trained professional technicians. And, there are several things you can do this season to ensure your AC is in excellent working order, such as:

  1.  Change Your Air Filter A lot of people aren’t aware that they need to change their HVAC system’s air filters frequently, at least once every two months if you’re running your HVAC system often, and monthly if you’re running it constantly. A dirty filter can increase your energy bills by reducing the efficiency of air flow within your home. If you need help changing your air filter, simply give us a call.
  2.  Have Your Evaporator Cleaned The evaporator is most often located above the main duct in your A/C unit, although we don’t recommend attempting to clean it yourself. Instead, call us and get a thorough evaporator cleaning as part of your summer tune-up.
  3.  Upgrade Your Thermostat Setting your thermostat to the correct temperature is important for home energy savings, and an easy way to control your home’s indoor climate with little effort is to invest in a programmable thermostat. One of these smart devices can save you big on energy costs each day of the year. A programmable thermostat makes it easy to control the temperature indoors while you’re both at home and away.
  4.  Check Refrigerant Levels It’s important to monitor the levels of refrigerant in your unit, as it’s possible to have either too little or too much, which can lead to problems. Too much can cause the system to become overcharged as well as cause compressor damage; and with enough damage, the unit will stop working altogether. This service is also provided as part of your summer tune-up from AC Engineers.

 

While you go through this air conditioner maintenance checklist, keep an eye out for any rust, corrosion, water buildup or moisture stains. If you notice any of these issues, consider giving us a call today so we can get your A/C working just as it should be all summer long: 850-243-3356.

How Do Commercial HVAC Systems Differ from Residential Systems?

Regardless of where it’s installed an HVAC system is designed to modify the climate in every square inch of the indoor space it covers. Of course this challenge is much greater if that space has massive horizontal or vertical sprawl, as is often the case with commercial, industrial or public venues.

But commercial HVAC systems don’t just work harder than their residential counterparts. They also work differently, and must do so if they are to provide effective indoor climate management in locations where the nature of the challenges to be overcome is so steep.

The designers and manufacturers of commercial heating and cooling equipment face some diverse and daunting challenges. In response they’ve had to modify a steadfast and dependable technology without altering its capacity to produce impressive results.

Commercial vs. Residential: The Tale of the Tape

Let’s briefly summarize the characteristics of both commercial and residential heating and cooling systems so the differences become clear.

Commercial HVAC Systems

Structure: Commercial HVAC equipment comes in large, self-contained, pre-packaged cabinets that includes the compressor, the condenser and condenser fan, the evaporator and all the drainage system components.

Location: Commercial systems are usually installed on rooftops, which eliminates any possibility of noise pollution inside the building.

Heating or cooling capacity: Rather than being manufactured to specific dimensions, commercial HVAC systems are modular in design. This means extra heating/cooling elements can be added to boost the power of the system when necessary.

Exhaust ventilation: Special components are added to the system to handle the heavy responsibility of exhaust ventilation in power-packed commercial units.

Moisture collection and drainage: Commercial HVAC units produce copious amounts of moisture through condensation. They need extensive drainage systems to pipe it away for disposal.

Residential HVAC Systems

Structure: Most residential HVAC units use split-system technology. An indoor unit holds the evaporator coils and the blower, while an outdoor cabinet contains the compressor and the condenser coils.

Location: Part indoor/part outdoor, at ground level outside and on the first floor inside.

Heating or cooling capacity: Residential HVAC systems come in specific sizes and cannot be expanded or contracted. Their heating and cooling capacities are locked in at the time of manufacture.

Exhaust ventilation: Exhaust is released through windows or into crawl spaces, or directly into the air outside.

Moisture collection and drainage: A simple pan is used to collect the moisture indoors, after which it can be drained away for outside release.

In the HVAC Industry Size Doesn’t Really Matter

As you can see, the principles behind HVAC technology are the same no matter where it is installed. The massive scale needed in some commercial settings creates a special set of demands, but commercial equipment has been modified to meet them in some very clever and inventive ways.

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