Downtown Air and Heat Blog

What Should I Set My Thermostat to When I’m on Vacation?

November 9th, 2023

Changing your thermostat settings before leaving the house is a simple and effective way to save energy, reduce your utility bills, and enjoy an eco-friendly living environment without sacrificing having a comfortable home. Doing so will have several important benefits.

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Should You Install Your New Air Conditioner on the Roof or Ground?

February 28th, 2017

If you live in Orlando, you’ve probably noticed air conditioners on the roof and on the ground. When you are faced with the dilemma on which location will be better for your home, you should first identify the differences between the options. Here is a number of aesthetic and practical factors to consider.

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Improve Your Heater’s Efficiency Before Winter

December 12th, 2016

Winter is still a few days away, and here in Casselberry, FL, it’s not exactly going to be a frozen wasteland. Even so, you’re going to be using your heater much more often than normal, which means higher bills and increased wear on the system. Some of that is inevitable, but just because you pay more to keep your home comfortable in the winter doesn’t mean you need to pay more than you should. You can improve your heating system’s efficiency before winter hits with the judicious installation of an upgrade to your existing system. We’ve provided a brief list of options below.

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Time for a New Thermostat?

December 5th, 2016

The holidays are here, and in addition to gifts for your friends and family members, you might want to think about giving your Orlando, FL home a present or two as well. Consider, for example, the current state of your thermostat. Thermostats are designed to last for decades without trouble, and if yours is more than ten years old, you’ve likely gotten a lot of use out of it. But there’re a drawback to that longevity: older thermostats can’t take advantage of some of the exciting developments in the field of the last few years. You might consider a replacement thermostat as a present to yourself and your family.

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How to Notice a Duct Breach

November 28th, 2016

Most homes in the Maitland Park, FL area use forced-air furnaces to heat their homes, which is an effective means of keeping warm during our brief and mild winters. But the same ducts that distribute air from your heater do so for your air conditioner, and while they’re built to last, that year ’round effort can eventually lead to problems. Breaches, in particular, can be real trouble if you let them linger.

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Watch for These Heating and Cooling Issues This Thanksgiving

November 21st, 2016

Thanksgiving is upon us, and just because the weather in Winter Park, FL stays much warmer than it does in the rest of the country, that doesn’t mean you won’t have concerns with your HVAC system if you’re going to be entertaining guests in your home this year. Proper heating and cooling is essential to a comfortable home, and you want your guests to be as comfortable as possible when they come to visit.

A little foresight and some judicious use of your thermostat can eliminate potential issues and ensure that everyone feels at their best. It may mean operating your heater or your air conditioning, depending on the weather on Thursday (or later in the year, if you’re hosting anyone in December).

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Problems with Older Furnaces

November 14th, 2016

Furnaces are designed to last a long time, and with our mild winters here in Casselberry, FL, they can last even longer. But that doesn’t mean they will go on forever, and as they age, specific problems are bound to crop up. Once the warranty on your heater expires, you need to take careful note of any problems that arise. Some of them can be dealt with by timely repair sessions, but eventually one or more of them will likely require you to purchase a new heater. These problems can include, but are not limited to, the following:

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Schedule a Heater Servicing Session Now!

November 3rd, 2016

Air conditioning season lasts a long time here in Orlando, FL, which is why we’re such a thriving tourist spot. Long summers and mild winters have a way of putting people at ease, and local residents justifiably spend more time concerned about their air conditioning systems than their heating systems. But with fall well underway, temperatures are going to drop, and while an operating heater isn’t as pressing a concern as an operating air conditioner, you don’t want your furnace to run into trouble on the coldest nights of the year.

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Your HVAC System Can Keep You Healthy

October 31st, 2016

We depend on our heating and air conditioning system to keep us comfortable no matter what the weather does. But that’s not the only role it can serve, and if you aren’t using it to address other issues, you might not be taking the best advantage of the technology. Indoor air quality products installed in your system can help improve the air in your home and cut down on the circulation of germs and cold bugs.

This can be a huge benefit to any household, but in particular households with elderly residents or newborns should look into it, since the very old and the very young are often more vulnerable to illnesses. Here are a few ways to maintain high indoor air quality:

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Does Your Home Need a Heat Pump?

October 24th, 2016

Maitland, FL benefits from long, hot summers and very mild winters. That makes autumn an ideal season to assess your heating and cooling needs and replace an HVAC system that may be on its last legs. It also means that heat pump technology makes an excellent option for both heating and cooling your home: a single unit that does it all. Here’s a quick breakdown on how it works and why it might be a good fit for your household. 

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