Downtown Air and Heat Blog : Archive for the ‘Air Conditioning’ Category

What is an Air Conditioning Capacitor?

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Here in Orlando, FL, our air conditioners are an absolute lifeline during the heat of summer. Temperatures climb to stiflingly high levels, and when repairs need to happen, they need to happen very quickly indeed. The more you can educate yourself about the various components that make up your system, the more readily you can respond to a problem. Today, we’re going to talk about the capacitors in your air conditioner, which usually serve two distinct functions. In some air conditioners, you have two separate capacitors, and in others, you have one capacitor that does both jobs. In both cases, the component stores an electric charge for running the fan motor and other key parts.

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How Does a Zone Control System Save Me Money?

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Spring is here, and already our temperatures here in Longwood, FL are growing warm. You may be looking for new ways to improve your air conditioning’s performance this summer: cutting down on those high bills without reducing the comfort levels in your home. The solution is a zone control system, installed in your existing air conditioning system and allowing you to exercise a greater degree of control than previously anticipated. How does a zone control system save you money? Read on for the answers.

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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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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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Now Is the Time to Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

Monday, February 15th, 2016

We may still have a couple months of winter left, but for Orlando, FL residents, air conditioners will get turned on soon enough. Because these systems are used so frequently, it’s only natural that you would want to prolong their life and increase their efficiency.

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Signs That Indicate You May Have a Refrigerant Leak

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

As we get closer to needing less and less cooling, you may have started to notice some issues with your air conditioning system. We had a hot summer and continue to have a warm fall, making it necessary to keep the cooling going. With a long cooling season like ours, it isn’t unusual for your AC to develop problems. While you should leave the actual diagnosing and repairing to the trained experts from Downtown Air and Heat, it is good information to know if the problems you are experiencing may indicate a refrigerant leak in your system.

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Is Your Air Conditioner at the End of Its Tenure?

Monday, October 12th, 2015

As summer winds down here in Orlando, you may have come to realize that your current AC may not have another cooling season in it. However, this can be hard to admit if the unit is still running and providing you with at least some relief from the heat. However, just because your air conditioner is running doesn’t mean it is running well or that it isn’t time for replacement. Here are some key factors to weigh when deciding whether or not it is time to upgrade to a new AC before next cooling season:

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Why Is Cleaning the Coils Important?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Air conditioning systems use two sets of coils to cool your home: the condenser coils that are in the outdoor unit and the evaporator coils that are in the indoor unit (if you use a ductless cooling system, these coils will be inside the blowers). The coils play a major role in the heat release/cooling process, so it is important that they are well-maintained. During annual or bi-annual maintenance, they will be carefully and thoroughly cleaned. Otherwise, problems will ensue.

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Why Zone Control Is Good for You and Your HVAC System Year-Round

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Trying to make your entire home completely comfortable with a single thermostat can be a challenge for many households for many reasons. There’s individual preferences, the possibility of specialized architecture like floor-to-ceiling windows, or trying to evenly cool or heat multiple floors. No matter the challenge, we have a great solution: a zone control system.

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