Downtown Air and Heat Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Orlando’

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

Tuesday, 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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Time for a New Thermostat?

Monday, 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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Schedule a Heater Servicing Session Now!

Thursday, 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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Older Air Conditioners May Be Feeling the Strain

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Summer doesn’t end in Orlando, CA just because the kids go back to school. Hot weather often continues late into the year, and with months of regular use under its belt already, your air conditioner may be feeling the strain as never before. This is especially true for older systems with more wear and tear under their belt. If your system has been around for more than a few years, you need to pay close attention to it this kind of year, and watch for signs of wear and tear. 

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Why Get Your Commercial Air Conditioner Serviced?

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Orlando, FL is based around a tourist economy, which means that businesses want their customers to be as cool and comfortable as possible before visiting Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter. If you run a business in the area, that means your commercial AC is a vital lifeline for your business. If it does down in the heat of the summer, your customers will happily depart and find someone else to meet their needs: costing you a huge amount each and every day it goes without fixing.

A good commercial air conditioning service can perform repairs on a moment’s notice, but far better than performing repairs is preventing the problem from occurring in the first place. For that, you need a quality air conditioning maintenance session, performed once or twice a year from a trained professional. It’s less of a repair than a tune-up: taking care of a lot of little problems and keeping an eye out for bigger ones.

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Repair or Replace? How to Make That Decision for your AC

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Summers in Orlando, FL are too brutal to go without reliable air conditioning, and the longer your system runs, the sooner the day will arrive when you have to make a choice. Do you keep sinking money into repairing and maintaining an older system, or do you bite the bullet and get a new one? If you’re wrestling with that possibility, now is the ideal time to think about a replacement. But some older systems can still do quite well, and with regular maintenance, yours may still have plenty of life left. How expensive is too expensive when it comes to repairs? Only you can answer that question, but we have a few quick references to help you out.

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Follow These Steps Before Calling for AC Repair  

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

No one likes to think about their air conditioner breaking down, especially with our hot summers here in Orlando, FL, and when they do happen, they seem to happen right in the middle of a heat wave when you need the problem fixed as quickly as possible. But some problems are actually quite simple to address, and can be fixed with a little troubleshooting on your part. Before you call in a repair service, take the time to follow these simple steps. You won’t lose much time if the problem still demands professional attention, and you may save yourself the cost of an unnecessary service call.

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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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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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