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Air Source America Blog : Archive for March, 2015

How Zone AC Works

There are a number of ways you can improve the operation of your air conditioner in Jacksonville, and one way that helps all the people in your home is with the installation of zone AC. Also known as zone control, zone AC is a system that cools your home by dividing your home into zones. Each zone operates independently of one another, allowing you to cool only as you need to. How does the system work? Let’s take a look.

Motorized Dampers

Zone control works at the source of your home’s air delivery: the ductwork. After you and your Air Source America technician determine what the zones of your home will be, the technician will install motorized dampers into the supply ducts of your ductwork system that connect to a main control panel. He/she will then install thermostats into each zone that will also connect to the main control panel. Why is the main control panel so important? It is the control center for the system that opens and closes the motorized dampers as needed to maintain the different temperatures in each zone.

Why Install Zone AC?

There are several benefits a zone AC system can offer your home:

  • Customized comfort – a zone AC system allows you to set the temperature differently in each zone to accommodate multiple needs.
  • Saves energy – with a zone cooling system, you can cool only the areas you need it and shut off cooling in areas you don’t; this can reduce your overall energy usage.
  • Reduces stress on your AC – when your system doesn’t have to cool as much, it doesn’t operate as much; this helps reduce the level of stress on the system.

Can I Install Zone AC Myself?

It is highly recommended that you hire an expert for zone AC installation as the process requires expert knowledge and training.

The air conditioning experts at Air Source America have the training, expertise and experience to install your zone AC system in Jacksonville, so call us today!

What to Look for in a Residential AC Services Company

Air conditioning in our part of the world isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity, and as such it’s imperative to have a reliable residential cooling company to call when you have issues with your Jacksonville, FL, air conditioner. Whether you are new to the area and need to find reliable help, or are ready to switch to a new company, there are some basic things to look for during your research:

  • A physical address and office – a real company doesn’t just operate by phone or email alone. Even if the company is a single person, he/she should have an office at a locatable physical address.
  • The right licensing and certifications – licensing and certifications mean that the technician(s) of the company have gone through training and when needed, apprenticeship, to do the work he/she performs. Licensing and certification also means that the technicians are registered with the county and state, and are identifiable.
  • The company is insured – using unlicensed people to do any kind of work on your property means that you are liable for all damages and injuries to them or your system.
  • The technicians are professional attired – whenever a service person comes to your door, he/she should have a clean appearance, a uniform that identifies him/her by name, and arrive in a company vehicle.
  • The company offers a guarantee on work or a refund policy – any reputable company is willing to stand by their work, and this is demonstrated by offering customers a guarantee of service or a standard refund policy.
  • The company has emergency service – air conditioners don’t break at convenient times, so you need to know that you have a reliable company to call whether it’s 1pm or 1am.
  • The company carries name-brand products – when a company carries a name-brand product, that product line offering serves as an endorsement. Why? Manufacturers don’t allow just anyone to carry their merchandise.

As we head into cooling season, make sure you’ve got a reliable company to call on for residential cooling services for your Jacksonville, FL, home.

Get Your Ductless AC Ready for Summer with a Maintenance Appointment

The first day of spring is around the corner, and we are already experiencing spring temperatures – it won’t be too long before you need to use your ductless AC. While this is good news, it’s important that your air conditioner is ready for use, and one of the best ways to do that is to schedule maintenance for your ductless AC in Jacksonville.

How Often Should I Schedule?

It’s recommended that air conditioning system are scheduled for maintenance at least once a year; if your ductless AC is a heat pump, then you’ll want to schedule maintenance bi-annually. The ideal times of year for maintenance are spring and fall, but this isn’t a hard-and-fast rule. It’s important to have maintenance performed, even if that’s in July or December.

How Does the Technician Get My AC Ready?

Maintenance is a full tune-up of your system, so there are a number of tasks performed during the appointment, including:

  • Thorough inspection of your system
  • Small repair (frayed wiring, loose fan belts)
  • Cleaning
  • Adjustment as needed
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Performance testing

How Does Maintenance Affect My Air Conditioner?

Maintenance has an overwhelmingly positive affect on your ductless air conditioner. First, removing any debris and cleaning off accumulated dust and dirt helps the components and the unit function optimally; when the system functions optimally, it achieves the energy efficiency is was made to, plus it cools your home as expected without having to put forth extra effort. Second, the inspection allows the technician to discover any existing or developing problems so that you can get ahead of repair. Third, maintenance keeps your whole unit in good working order for the season, which helps with overall performance.

The hot temperatures have a way of sneaking up on us, so don’t get left feeling uncomfortable because of a poorly-operating air conditioner.

Call the experts at Air Source America today and schedule your ductless cooling system for maintenance today!

How Often Should My AC Be Tuned-Up?

Most homes in Jacksonville have a central AC to get residents through the hottest days. These systems get quite a bit of use in our area, so it’s not surprising that your unit may need service sometime in the near future. However, air conditioning maintenance can help to delay the possibility of a whole-system breakdown, potentially reducing your monthly energy costs and improving performance, quite substantially in some cases.

So how often should you schedule an AC tune-up? Here at Air Source America, we recommend tuning up your air conditioner with a professional once a year at least. When you join our USA Club, you’ll get twice annual maintenance visits from a trained technician as well as many other benefits on top of it. Schedule your spring AC tune-up today.

Why a Yearly Tune-Up Is Necessary

Here in Jacksonville, we use air conditioning for much of the year. Parts can become worn down fairly quickly, especially when you compare the average use of an AC in our area to how much someone in the Northeast, for example, uses theirs. Parts begin to fall into a state of decline, slowly wearing away until the chances of a breakdown begin to increase. The components may also gather dirt, dust, and debris, all of which can affect performance and efficiency.

During a tune-up, your air conditioner gets a thorough cleaning, as dirty parts can greatly inhibit efficiency, far more than you might expect. Your technician should also adjust some of the primary components and give you an idea of the current condition of your AC. You can decide together whether to schedule repairs for any damaged parts or if it’s almost time for an air conditioning replacement. We recommend scheduling this service in the spring.

Ducted and Ductless Heat Pumps

A heat pump, on the other hand, is a little bit different. Heat pumps are air conditioning systems and heating systems in one, which means that they get quite a bit of use over the year. You may switch it over to heating mode on a particularly cold day, and this involves making use of parts that go unused for most of the year. Check that these, too, are in good shape before the heating season by scheduling twice annual heat pump maintenance.

Call the professionals at Air Source America to schedule your spring AC Tune Up in Jacksonville today!

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