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Air Source America Blog : Archive for September, 2014

Choosing a System for Your Air Conditioning Installation

Are you shopping around for your next air conditioner? Are you finding it difficult to figure out what type of AC would work best for your home or business? Do you want a balance of energy efficiency and performance? Whatever your cooling preferences are, you need a professional to take care of your air conditioning installation. It can be difficult to navigate the field of new air conditioning systems. After all, with so many options, how do you choose one that will work well for your home for years to come? There are numerous factors to consider, but we can make sure that you choose wisely the first time.

One of the factors that you’ll inevitably have to keep in mind as you go through your options is what type of system is right for you. There are three major cooling systems on the market.

  • Central air conditioner. Tried and true, the central air conditioner is not the most popular air conditioning system without good reason. This is a “split” system, which means that it has an indoor and outdoor unit, and circulates a refrigerant through various stages of compression and decompression in order to absorb thermal energy from your indoor air and send it outside. It requires ductwork within the home; it is cost-effective and powerful.
  • Heat pump. If you want a more versatile option, an air conditioner that will also serve as a heating system when winter rolls around, then you may want to consider a heat pump. This type of system is effectively an air conditioner with one significant difference: it can reverse the flow of refrigerant in order to draw in thermal energy from outside to heat your home during the winter.
  • Ductless mini split. For some homes, ducts are simply not an option. Whether your home cannot accommodate ductwork, or you want to avoid the energy inefficiency and poor indoor air quality that can result from leaky and problematic ducts, then consider a ductless mini split. These systems provide excellent comfort and efficiency.

Call us today to learn more about your options for air conditioning installation in Jacksonville, FL and the surrounding areas.

Why Insulation Matters

While we specialize in HVAC products and services, we want our customers to know that we can also take care of their insulation needs as well. Your heating and cooling system depends heavily upon the quality and integrity of your insulation. Old and improperly installed materials can lead to serious issues. Here’s why insulation matters.

  • How Insulation Works.  Insulation comes in a wide variety of materials, but it has long been a necessary part of even the most primitive shelters. The basic principle behind insulation in your home is the control of thermal energy. All substances (including air itself) can function as a thermal barrier, but certain materials work better than others. The most common type of insulation is batt insulation, which comes in rolls that are sized to fill in the gaps between ceiling and floor joists, as well as wall studs. Insulation works by controlling the natural flow of thermal energy from hot to cold. For new home installations, several different kinds of insulation may be used, including foam board and even spray foam. Proper installation is the key to its effectiveness.
  • The Key to Energy Efficiency. Yes, you can choose the most expensive air conditioner or heater on the market, and such systems provide amazing performance and energy efficiency. But it’s all for naught without adequate home insulation. If your home cannot control the flow of thermal energy, then your cool air will be spoiled in the summer, and your heated air will go straight through the walls in the winter. The result will be that your HVAC system has to work harder for less comfort, and your energy bills will be much higher than they should be. The first step to comfort as well as energy efficiency is ensuring that your living space has adequate insulation.
  • Year-round Thermal Control. While some think of insulation as principally concerned with keeping your home warm, it’s important to realize that it’s essential year-round. You can’t have a cool home without adequate insulation. As a thermal barrier, it prevents the outdoor heat from getting into the home as much as it prevents heat from leaving the home during the winter.

If you think that your home needs new or replacement insulation, then just contact the insulation experts at Air Source America today. 

Reasons to Consider a Dehumidifier

There are plenty of good reasons to consider a dehumidifier for your home or commercial space. Humidity is as important a factor as temperature when it comes to comfort and the efficiency of your air conditioner, and it’s a good idea to know what your options are. Doubtless, you know what a dehumidifier is and you may have even used a portable one yourself in the home to cut down on the amount of moisture in the air, particularly during the summer. But we’re talking about whole house dehumidifiers that integrate directly within your HVAC system so that you don’t have to worry about moving it from room to room or constantly emptying out the accumulated water.

So, how do you know if you need a dehumidifier in your home? It can be difficult to tell, especially considering that humidity is a more subtle factor than temperature alone. Nevertheless, we’ve given you some signs below that may help you make an informed decision.

  • Condensation build-up. If you find that you have moisture on the walls, ceilings, or floors of your living or work space, then you need to take action. While it could be the result of a serious lack of ventilation, a dehumidifier can go a long way towards balancing out your humidity. The presence of water in the home can have serious long-term effects to the materials that comprise your building’s structure, in addition to providing excellent conditions for mold, mildew and other biological contaminants.
  • Discomfort due to ‘swamp’-like conditions. One of the greatest benefits of the whole house dehumidifier is that it can drastically improve your home’s comfort. If your home feels sweltering, then you may want to take action by installing a dehumidifier.
  • Energy efficiency. By reducing the amount of moisture in the air, you lighten the load of dehumidification that your AC has to undertake. This can reduce your energy bills.

The key to a successful dehumidifier installation (or service) is hiring a professional for the job. We can make sure that your system is professionally installed and serviced at all times. Call Air Source America today.

Signs that You Need Commercial HVAC Service

It can be difficult enough to run a business without having to worry about your commercial HVAC system as well. If you find that your system isn’t working well, then let one of our professionals know. Here is a list of what to look for:

  • Loud or strange noises. It’s imperative that you keep an eye on your commercial HVAC system to make sure that it’s working just as it should. One of the most common signs that your heating and cooling equipment is not working properly is a loud or strange noise. A banging noise could be the result of a damaged or loose component within the system, while a hissing or whistling noise could be the result of airflow leakage within the ductwork or air handler. You can expect your HVAC system to make some noise, but if anything sounds extraordinary, then let a professional know.
  • Uneven heating and cooling. Of the various issues that can alert you to an issue, perhaps the most prevalent is the presence of hot or cold spots that indicate uneven performance. It’s impossible to say what the cause is without a professional diagnosis, but it could be related to a problem with your air ducts. One part of your ductwork may not be working correctly, thus cutting down on the air to that section of your commercial space. This is obviously a major issue that won’t simply go away on its own.
  • Inadequate heating and cooling. Whether you notice a severely reduced airflow coming out of your air ducts, none at all, or air at the wrong temperature, you need to hire a pro straight away. There are several potential causes for this mishap, including blocked airflow due to duct damage, frozen evaporator coil, blower fan malfunction or compressor failure. Before jumping to any conclusions, however, make sure you hire a professional to have your system evaluated.
  • System failure. If your commercial HVAC system simply fails to turn on at all, or shuts off intermittently, then don’t wait to get in touch with a trained technician. While this could be a quick fix, it could also indicate a need for HVAC replacement if your system is old.

Bring any questions you may have and let our trained experts advise you with respect to your commercial HVAC system. Call today. 

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