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Archive for May, 2015

What is a MERV Rating?

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What is a MERV Rating?

Many home and business owners have heard the term ‘MERV’ amidst air conditioning lingo, but few know what it really means. ‘MERV’ stands for minimum efficiency reporting value and is a measurement scale used to rate the effectiveness of air filters for air conditioning systems. And while knowing some AC jargon might not be on top of your to-do list, understanding the MERV rating system can help you obtain optimal comfort within your home. What Are the Different MERV Ratings? Read more

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Saving Energy

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Saving Energy

When it comes to our homes, we’re all looking for ways to cut back and save money however we can. But what most homeowners don’t realize is that they are wasting hundreds of dollars in electricity every year. That’s money that should be in your pocket! So why waste it? Just following these simple tricks can help you cut energy costs every month and stay comfortable. 1. Adjusting the Temperature Cuts Energy Usage By 18 Percent When no one is Read more

How Thick Should My Home’s Insulation Be?

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How Thick Should My Home's Insulation Be?

One of the keys to maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home all year long, is installing sufficient insulation. When your home is properly insulated, it will be more efficient at keeping the warm air in during the winter and the cool air in during the summer. Here’s a guide to making sure your walls and attic are properly insulated for maximum home comfort. Insulation In a Florida Home The U.S. Department of Energy developed a chart of values, called Read more

How to Choose the Right Size Air Conditioner For Your Home

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How to Choose the Right Size Air Conditioner For Your Home

For an air conditioner to work efficiently and effectively, it must be sized to fit the specific needs of your home. Improper sizing can result in a number of problems with your AC – from high electric bills and excess humidity to a general inability to keep your home comfortable. So, when installing a new air conditioner in your home, it’s important to make sure it’s neither too big nor too small. Learn how to make sure your new AC Read more

How Humidity is Damaging Your Home

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How Humidity is Damaging Your Home

As a Floridian, you’re probably all too familiar with humidity. But besides being uncomfortable, humidity can wreak havoc on your home, causing damage to both your home and your belongings. Learn how humidity may be damaging your home and what you can do about it, here: How Humidity if Affecting Different Areas in Your Home Humidity can affect every part of your home in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, an excess amount of humidity can cause expensive damage, depending on Read more

What are the Most Dangerous Indoor Air Pollutants?

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What are the Most Dangerous Indoor Air Pollutants?

Have you ever considered whether dangerous pollutants are lurking within your home’s air? Many of us probably do not put much thought into it, but according to the American Lung Association, dangerous elements within our home and workplaces are becoming recognized more and more as threats to our health. Here’s a look at some of the most common and dangerous pollutants found in indoor air and how to prevent them from harming your family. Dangerous Indoor Air Pollutants Biological Pollutants: Read more

What Type of Air Filter is the Most Efficient?

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What Type of Air Filter is the Most Efficient?

Many people do not realize just how many options they have when choosing a filter for their air conditioner. While you may have grown accustomed to just grabbing whichever type is the cheapest at the hardware store, it’s important to recognize that not all filters are created equal. Some are far more efficient than others. And if you’re interested in improving the efficiency of your air conditioning system to both lower your energy bills and keep the air in your Read more

Why Is My Air Conditioner Constantly Switching On and Off?

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Why Is My Air Conditioner Constantly Switching on and Off?

If you’re like most home or business owners, you probably don’t pay much attention to your air conditioning system—that is, until something goes wrong—such as your air conditioner constantly switching on and off. Short cycling is the term used to describe when your AC constantly switches on and off and it is one of the most common problems air conditioners encounter. And while short cycling might not seem like a big issue, it can cause serious damage to your AC Read more

Air Filters: Disposable vs. Reusable

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Air Filters: Disposable vs. Reusable

We all know how important air filters are in protecting our air conditioning equipment and keeping our air clean. Without them, our systems would be a free-for-all for dust, dirt, pet dander and harmful microorganisms. While they all serve a common purpose, not all air filters are created equal. In fact, when it comes to choosing the right filter for your system, you may have more options than you realized. From fiberglass, to polyester, to high-efficiency and more… the range Read more

How Your Air Conditioner Works

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How Your Air Conditioner Works

For most of us, the highest level of interaction we have with our air conditioners on a regular basis comes from adjusting the thermostat. When you think about it, the relationship is sort of superficial. We issue commands and expect the system to do its job. But do we ever consider the work our air conditioners put into keeping us cool? Understanding how your AC works can make life a lot easier when it comes to diagnosing unexpected problems and Read more