Downtown Air and Heat Blog : Archive for March, 2016

Is a Ductless Air Conditioning System Right for My Home?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

If your existing air conditioner is on its last legs, now is the time to consider a replacement. Summers in Casselberry, FL are too hot and humid to go through with a dying AC unit and performing an installation now means sparing yourself the possibility of a breakdown right in the middle of a Florida heat wave.

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Do You Have an Older Thermostat? Consider an Upgrade!

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Thermostats have few moving parts, and are thus designed to last for many years. If yours is still going after a decade or two, congratulations! As the saying goes, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. That longevity can have an Achilles heel, however. By going with the same thermostat for so long, you may be missing out on some of the wonderful technological advances that modern thermostats enjoy. You might want to consider upgrading your thermostat this spring, to help you better cope with the onslaught of our Central Florida summers. (And if you still use an old mercury thermostat, you should replace it immediately: mercury isn’t safe to have in your home.) Here’s a brief list of popular features in modern thermostats, to give you some idea of what we mean.  

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What’s Involved in Sizing a New Air Conditioner?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Many homeowners assume that the bigger their air conditioner is the better. This is not true, though. In fact, if your AC system is too large, it will experience short-cycling, which occurs when your AC shuts on and off rapidly, making the cooling process inefficient. On the other hand, too small of a unit will cause your system to continuously run as it will never be able to effectively cool your home. Having the right-sized unit installed is essential to effective and efficient cooling. But how do you know what the right size is?

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What Is a SEER Rating?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

A SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating is a measurement of your AC or heat pump’s cooling efficiency. It’s calculated by the cooling output for a typical cooling season, divided by the total electric energy input during that same time frame. The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient the system is.

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