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Air Source America Blog : Archive for February, 2015

Signs Your Commercial AC Needs Repair

We’ve been hitting some daytime temperatures that may have required you turning on your commercial AC. It can be tough for air conditioners to operate as usual after sitting idle, even if it’s just been a few weeks. Being aware of certain signs that your AC can give when it’s in need of repair isn’t just good sense, it’s good business sense. After all, if your commercial space becomes uncomfortable, this discomfort can have a direct impact on your business. So what are some signs that can indicate that it’s time to call for commercial AC repair in Jacksonville? Let’s take a look:

Excessive Humidity

Does it feel sticky and clammy inside your commercial space? This is an indication that your AC isn’t removing the humidity as it is supposed to. Air conditioners remove both heat and humidity, so if you are getting that clammy, sticky feeling, it’s time to call for a commercial air conditioning expert.

Low Air/No Air

Having no air come through your vents is pretty much a no-brainer, but detecting low air volume can be more challenging. If the air seems cool, but it also seems to be blowing lightly, there’s a good chance there’s an issue somewhere in the system. Low air can be a result of ductwork problems or blower issues, and it’s important to let a trained commercial expert find out the exact problem and fix it.

Strange Sounds

Your commercial air conditioner should operate pretty quietly. You may hear a whoosh sound at the beginning of a cycle or a tick when the system shuts off; these types of noises are part of normal operation. Sounds like banging, buzzing, popping or anything else along these lines signal the need for expert assistance.

It can be tempting to ignore the signs of potential problems with your commercial air conditioner, especially when it’s still running.

If you are seeing any signs of problems with your AC system, call the people you can count on for Jacksonville commercial AC repair: Air Source America.

Why Bi-Annual AC Maintenance in Ponte Vedra Is Important

As many people in our area know, winter in Ponte Vedra is really more a break from the humidity than an actual winter season. This break provides a few months of cooler temperatures, but it also provides you the opportunity to schedule one of the two recommended AC maintenance appointments for your Ponte Vedra home. The ideal times for AC maintenance are fall and spring, but the main goal is to have your system maintained every six months, no matter what the season. Why is bi-annual maintenance important? There are a few reasons, but the one of the biggest reasons is humidity.

Effects on Your AC

You know how humidity feels on your skin: oppressive, hot and sticky; this isn’t any different for your air conditioner. But your air conditioner is a mechanical device, and as such, humidity can have a number of adverse effects on the system.

Excess Dirt and Dust

First, high levels of humidity attract dirt and dust, and the moisture allows these elements to cling. As such, your system can become very dirty, and components can become caked in a layer of dirt and dust that can inhibit their operation.

Mold Growth

Another problem that can often develop from excessive humidity is the development of mold. Mold needs moisture and dank conditions to grow, and several areas inside your system are ideal for mold growth, including both sets of coils and your ductwork. Mold growth can become invasive very quickly and can be a challenge to remove once it’s taken hold; with bi-annual maintenance appointments, your entire system is thoroughly inspected, so if mold has developed, it will caught before it can become a serious problem.

Extra Work

Lastly, heavy humidity forces your AC to work harder, even if you’ve kept your thermostat at the same temperature setting. This is because humidity holds heat, and the more humidity your AC has to remove to make it cool and dry in your home, the harder it works. Harder work means more wear and tear on your system, and the best way to remedy the effects of wear and tear is with consistent maintenance.

If it’s been more than 6 months since your last AC maintenance appointment in Ponte Vedra, call Air Source America today and schedule an appointment!

Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Air Source America hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

Finding a Reputable AC Company in Jacksonville

Here in Jacksonville, our residents can’t get by without a working air conditioning system. Of course, any air conditioning system needs service from time to time. Whether you need repairs, a new unit, or if it’s just about time for your annual maintenance visit, you want the experience to be as hassle-free as possible. It can be difficult to find the right people for the job. You can ask friends and neighbors for recommendations, but how do you know that the recommended contractor has a history of positive service?

One of the easiest ways to make sure that you’ve found a reputable contractor is by looking to reviews to see what other people have said about the HVAC company. You can check up on outside review sites, or some companies post reviews directly to their websites. At Air Source America, we have forty-two 5-star ratings on Google. That means that we have dozens of satisfied customers willing to testify that our technicians are clean, polite, show up on time, and complete the job thoroughly and with respect.

Of course, you should also make sure that the company you choose offers the service that you need. Air Source America services all kinds of air conditioning systems, including traditional split systems, ductless mini splits, and heat pumps. And we perform repairs, installations, and offer a maintenance program that can save you hundreds of dollars over time. An annual maintenance call includes a tune-up that can make your air conditioning system run more smoothly, encounter fewer repairs, and operate more efficiently. And our USA Club Maintenance Plan benefits include twice yearly maintenance visits for your heating and AC system, 15% off any repairs, a three-year service guarantee, and no overtime charges.

We also hire technicians who are NATE-certified (North American Technician Excellence), which means they went through years of training and passed rigorous tests in order to prove themselves as some of the most qualified technicians in the industry. We have a guaranteed 24-hour response time for all services. And we can even retrofit your air conditioning system with optional upgrades like a new thermostat, zone control system, or an indoor air quality system.

Contact the trusted AC repair professionals at Air Source America, a trusted name in HVAC services. See our 5-star reviews for yourself!

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