New Digital Features You Can Look for in an HVAC System

New Digital Features You Can Look for in an HVAC SystemHVAC systems have incorporated many technological advancements in recent years that help deliver greater energy efficiency. Keeping in stride with home-automation products, these “smart” HVAC systems with the latest digital features provide hi-tech comfort and you don’t even have to lift a finger, push a button, or swipe your smartphone screen. If you’d like a refresher course on the latest HVAC offerings and digital technologies, keep reading!

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Prepping for Stormy Weather During Hurricane Season

Prepping for Stormy Weather During Hurricane SeasonOf all the weather events in Florida, hurricane season is by far the most perilous. The powerful winds, pounding rain, lightning strikes, and even tornadoes account for millions, if not billions, of property damage when a severe storm hits. Since your cooling system has a large outdoor component, it’s important to prepare it before extreme weather hits to prevent the loss of its use.

Tie It Down

Strong winds can blow an outdoor condenser off its pad, which will severely damage it. It may need replacing, and if it’s an older unit, you may need a complete system replacement. Even if your insurance covers it, there may be an uncomfortable delay before an HVAC professional can complete the installation.

Wrap It

Tying a sturdy tarp around the condenser will prevent some of the wind damage. Secure the tarp around the unit with a nylon rope or bungee cords.

Protect from Electrical Damage

Lightning strikes and powerful winds can damage the electrical components inside the condenser, in the circuit breaker box, and the indoor air handler. Ask your HVAC contractor to install a surge protector for your cooling system. Not only will it mitigate the likelihood of electrical problems during hurricane season, it will protect your system throughout the year by minimizing the damage power surges create.

Power surges occur when utility workers restore power to damaged lines or when switching from section of the grid to another. Surges can occur during fair weather and have the potential to burn out anything that uses electricity. Should your area receive an evacuation notice, it’s a good idea to take out the fuse inside the condenser and turn the system off at the circuit breaker.

After the Storm

If your system appears to be damaged or your area experienced heavy flooding, contact your HVAC professional to clean and inspect the unit before you turn it on.

Hurricane season is perilous for your HVAC system and doing what you can to protect it may preserve it. To learn more, contact NisAir Air Conditioning and Heating, serving Martin, Palm Beach, and Indian River County homeowners.

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 weather preparation and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 772-207-1658.

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What Does the Information on the EnergyGuide Label Mean?

What Does the Information on the EnergyGuide Label Mean?The EnergyGuide label you find on many appliances and electronics provides much of the information you need to make choices based on how much energy the product uses. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requires manufacturers to test and disclose the energy usage of most major appliances and place the information prominently on a bright yellow label.

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HVAC Replacement and Maintenance: A Timeline

HVAC Replacement and Maintenance: A TimelineIf you don’t maintain your car with regular tune ups, pretty soon it isn’t going to get you very far. Or, worse yet, leave you stranded on the side of the road in sweltering temperatures. This isn’t an extreme analogy at all when you’re talking about your home comfort, energy bills, and making your HVAC maintenance timeline a high priority. Use this guide to help prevent expensive HVAC repairs and early system failure.

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How to Get Rid of Bacteria and Mold in Your House

How to Get Rid of Bacteria and Mold in Your House | NisAirBelieve it or not, you’re always sharing your house with mold and bacteria regardless of how spotless it is. But don’t panic just yet. They become harmful when allowed to grow and increase unchecked. Severe infestations can cause disease and allergic reactions. For you to successfully eliminate infestations, it’s important to understand the possible causes. Read More »

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The Basics of HVAC Air Filter Ratings

The Basics of HVAC Air Filter Ratings | NisAirA well-functioning HVAC system is essential for comfort, efficiency, and proper humidity control, and the air filter plays a critically important role in its reliable operation. Choosing the right HVAC air filter isn’t always easy when you’re faced with a complicated rating system and different industry acronyms. Learning these air filter basics can help. Read More »

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Repair or Replace: Consider These Things

Repair or Replace: Consider These Things | NisAirMaking the decision to repair or replace your HVAC system isn’t always a cut-and-dried decision. A new cooling system is one of the most expensive purchases you’ll have to make for your home, which makes choosing between the existing system and a new one more difficult. If you’re not sure which makes more sense, consider these questions. Read More »

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Ductless Systems: Great for Home Additions

Ductless Systems: Great for Home Additions | NisAirUsing a ductless system to condition a new home addition might be the best option to achieve comfort, energy efficiency, and simple installation. Ductless systems are rapidly becoming the go-to HVAC appliance for space cooling and heating because their energy efficiency and convenient features are hard to match. Here are some of their advantages: Read More »

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Better Comfort with a Whole-Home Dehumidifier

Better Comfort with a Whole-Home Dehumidifier | NisAirEven in the Martin and Palm Beach County area’s pleasant sunshine, the humidity can get a little overwhelming. With a whole-home dehumidifier, you can ensure comfortable humidity levels in your home and cut your cooling bills, too. Read More »

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Does Your Air Filter Require Changing More Often in the Summer?

Does Your Air Filter Require Changing More Often in the Summer? | NisAirIn the heat of a Florida summer, we count on our HVAC systems to be there when we need them. One way homeowners can make sure their HVAC system is in good working order is to change the air filter as needed. But that brings up the question: how often does the air filter need to be changed? Is it the same year-round, or does it change with the seasons? Read More »

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