Reprogram Your Thermostat for Colder Weather

Reprogram Your Thermostat for Colder WeatherHaving a programmable thermostat in your home can help you save a significant amount of money on energy bills over time. In order to do so, it’s important to make sure you know how to get the most out of your thermostat during the winter months. Use the following tips on resetting the programmable thermostat for heating your home this season.

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Perform a Carbon Monoxide Detector Check

Perform a Carbon Monoxide Detector CheckTo look at a typical carbon monoxide detector, it isn’t very impressive. However, carbon monoxide detectors can literally mean the difference between life and death for you and your family.

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Tax Credits to Take Advantage of Before the Year Ends

Tax Credits to Take Advantage of Before the Year EndsWhen next April 15 rolls around, can you claim federal tax credits for HVAC upgrades during 2016? You still can, but only if you act fast. There are other advantages, beyond tax breaks, for making the switch to more current heating and/or cooling technology now.

You’ll almost certainly get higher energy efficiency that will in turn deliver lower monthly operating costs from day one. You’ll also benefit from new options and features, as well as more generous warranty terms.

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5 HVAC Considerations to Make When Buying a Home

5 HVAC Considerations to Make When Buying a HomeWhen house hunting, prospective homeowners often neglect to consider a crucial factor – the house’s HVAC system. But the system that provides heating and cooling for a home has substantial bearing on the future cost of living in that home, as well as the comfort level of you and other occupants.

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Use the Whole HVAC System to Save Energy at Home

Use the Whole HVAC System to Save Energy at HomeWhen it comes to saving energy (and money) in your South Florida home, it’s not simply a matter of installing a high-efficiency HVAC system. It also requires a whole-house approach to energy savings – efficient, well-maintained heating and cooling equipment coupled with air sealing, proper insulation and ventilation, and smart energy use by home occupants.

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Lowering Bills by Lowering Water Heater Temperature

Lowering Bills by Lowering Water Heater TemperatureMaintaining a household in the Martin and Palm Beach County area isn’t cheap, but there are some ways you can cut your bills without reducing your comfort. Adjusting your water heater temperature is one of those ways.

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A/C Ratings Explained

A/C Ratings ExplainedIf you’re in the market for a new air conditioner, you want to make sure that you get the best system to fit your needs and your budget. Unlike several decades ago when your main concerns were price and cooling power, most homeowners today are interested in finding a system that is affordable, keeps them comfortable, and is energy efficient. A good understanding of air conditioner ratings can help ensure that you find the best HVAC system for your needs.

The main air conditioner ratings to look for on modern HVAC systems are the EER and SEER ratings. Here’s a quick breakdown of each one:

EER

This rating stands for Energy Efficiency Ratio. It’s intended to help homeowners compare how different systems stack up in terms of how much energy they use to achieve a certain amount of cooling power.

EER rates how much power a specific system uses to achieve an 80-degree indoor temperature on a 95-degree day. Because of this, comparing two system’s EER ratings helps you to know which is more energy-efficient on hot days.

However, a cooling season rarely has a consistent run of only hot days. Temperatures fluctuate from day to day and month to month. To look at a whole season’s energy efficiency, you need to consider the SEER rating.

SEER

This rating stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. It rates systems on how much energy they use to cool a house throughout a range of temperatures, spanning from 65 to 104 degrees. This gives homeowners a better feel for how efficient the system will be throughout the entire cooling season.

How to Use EER and SEER

For both ratings, higher numbers mean more efficiency. SEER has a minimum standard of 13 in the northern half of the country and 14 in the southern half. The more you use your A/C, the more return you’ll get on your investment in a higher rated system.

Ready to figure out what the best air conditioner ratings are for your Martin County, Palm Beach County, or Indian River County home? Contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioner ratings and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658.

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Why Air Duct Cleaning is Necessary for Your System

Why Air Duct Cleaning is Necessary for Your SystemYour HVAC system works best when it’s relatively clean. This not only applies to components like the cooling coils and blower fan, but also to your home’s ductwork. Cleaning your air ducts is an important part of keeping your HVAC system in good shape.

There are plenty of advantages to cleaning your air ducts:

  • When combined with other measures such as changing your air filters and cleaning the cooling coil, air duct cleaning can help improve the overall quality of your home’s indoor air.
  • By removing blockages and other obstructions, air duct cleaning also makes it easier and more energy-efficient for your HVAC system to circulate conditioned air throughout your home.
  • A professional air duct cleaning can also help uncover potential ductwork problems that could impact your home’s comfort and energy usage.

There’s no recommended interval for cleaning the air ducts. In fact, the EPA recommends cleaning them on an as-needed basis. If you’re wondering when you should have your ducts cleaned, here are a few situations to consider:

  • After a home remodeling/renovation. Significant amounts of dust and debris can settle within the ductwork, prompting the need for a cleaning.
  • If there’s evidence of an animal or insect infestation.
  • If you see visible mold growth inside the ducts.
  • If there’s a severe buildup of dust that could travel to other areas of the home.

Air duct cleaning is important for your HVAC system’s performance and energy efficiency. To learn more, contact the professionals at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating, proudly serving Martin County, Palm Beach County and Indian River County.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air ducts and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658.

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Learn About Common A/C Condensate Drain Issues

Learn About Common A/C Condensate Drain IssuesCondensate is the byproduct of the air conditioning process. Under the hot, humid Florida heat, your A/C system is bound to produce a lot of it. It’s not unusual to see the following condensate drain issues pop up as your home’s cooling demands increase.

Mold Growth

It’s not surprising to see mold growth in the A/C condensate drain. The dark, damp confines of the drain tray and tube make it an ideal environment for mold and mildew to flourish. If left unaddressed, the mold growth can clog up the drain and make it difficult for condensate to drain properly. Mold spores can also circulate throughout your indoor spaces, potentially impacting your home’s indoor air quality and your family’s health.

Condensate Leakage

Obstructions in the drain line can cause condensate to completely fill the drainage tray, eventually causing the condensate within to overflow the tray and spill over onto the floor. The resultant flooding could cause water damage to your A/C equipment, as well as your drywall and flooring if it isn’t cleaned up in time.

An overflowing drainage tray isn’t the only way that condensate can escape. Drainage trays made from plastic can crack due to stress or accidental damage, resulting in leaks that could eventually lead to water damage. Metal drainage trays can also develop holes due to rust or corrosion. If either scenario happens, your HVAC technician will have to replace the tray.

Drain Trap Issues

Similar to a kitchen sink, most condensate drains feature a U-shaped trap. The drain trap contains a small amount of water that helps block sewer odors from traveling through the drain pipe. If the trap dries out, these gases can travel into your home. Mold and fungi can also flourish inside of the drain trap if water isn’t able to flow through it properly.

If you need an expert to take care of your condensate drain problems, contact the professionals at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating. We proudly serve Martin County, Palm Beach County and Indian River County.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about condensate drains and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658.

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Two-Stage Cooling 101

Two-Stage Cooling 101When it is time to upgrade your air conditioner, don’t settle for the old standards. Instead, consider installing an A/C equipped with two-stage cooling. Here are the benefits of using these instead of single-stage units.

The Difference Between Two-Stage Cooling and Standard Cooling

Your standard central air conditioner powers on full-throttle to push cold air through vents. As soon as it brings the home’s interior down to the temperature you have previously set, the air conditioner shuts off. The home then gradually warms until the air conditioner cycles back on.

Two-stage cooling models have two separate speeds instead of one high speed. Instead of initiating a strong, short surge of cool air and then shutting off, these air conditioners stay on longer and switch between the high or low speed to match cooling requirements more precisely.

The Impact on Home Comfort

Air conditioners longer cycles increase your comfort in two ways. First, since air circulates for longer periods, the air conditioner’s natural dehumidifying ability is enhanced. You will experience reduced humidity in the home, and this makes it feel cooler. Lower humidity also results in better air quality by reducing mold.

Secondly, temperature in the home will remain more even. Standard single-stage air conditioners blast cold air, but then they don’t come on again until the house has warmed to a certain temperature, which can feel uncomfortable. Two-stage air conditioners promote uniform coolness by running longer at the lower speed and switching to high speed when it is required. Air flows at a more constant rate, eliminating stuffiness and keeping everyone cooler.

The Benefit to the Compressor’s Lifespan and Efficiency

Cycling on and off is rough on a compressor and uses a lot of energy. Two-stage compressors experience less of this and tend to have a longer lifespan than do single-stage compressors. These air conditioners are also more energy-efficient than single-stage models because the low speed, which uses less energy than the speed of a single stage air conditioner, is typically sufficient for cooling the home.

For more about two-stage cooling, please contact us at NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties in Florida about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about two-stage cooling and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658.

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