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When Should I Change Out my A/C Unit?

May 17th, 2018

When it comes to living in Florida an air conditioning unit is not something you want; it is something you need. The heat and humidity here are too excessive and the amount of time that it is this way is to long-lasting. You need to make sure that your unit is working well and up to date. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, and sooner or later you will have to replace your unit; the question is, when should I replace my air conditioning unit? Here are a few things to consider if you are unsure if it is time for you to get a new unit.

How Old Is It?

Age of a unit plays a factor in its usability and reparability. As your unit gets older, it will lose its ability to operate at full capacity, and as such cannot perform its duties to its fullest extent. At the same time, the longer you have a unit, the more likely the parts needed to repair it will go out of stock, meaning, when the parts break there will not be anything available to fix them.

Costs Going Up

As a unit gets older, it will require more energy than before to perform the same tasks. This will lead to a heightening in your overall electricity bill. Though you may have to spend some money in getting your unit replaced, you will be paying more as the months go on to keep your unit running at the capacity of your liking.

Repair Needs

When it comes to units and moving parts, time is not your friend and will lead to parts breaking and malfunctioning. This issue will never go away, and in fact, will only get worse as time goes on. Now we are not saying that you get a brand-new unit after a part breaks for the first time, but rather if you find yourself continually replacing parts in your a/c, you may want to consider replacing your unit.

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How Can I Improve my Indoor Air Quality?

May 17th, 2018

When we think of air comfort in our house, we often jump to air temperature first, completely forgetting about disregarding another vital thing that drives people wanting to be indoors, air quality. You have to imagine the buildup of old air circulating through your house, the old odors sitting in there, and other things that would make you want to where a biohazard suit before entering your home.

Let us give you some pointers and ways to help reduce the pollutants plaguing your home’s air quality.

Bringing Back the Quality

Incorporating Nature

A great natural way to better circulate the air in your household is by allowing the natural world to help you with it. Potted plants are natural air filters, absorbing many of the pollutants found in a house. Another easy way of having nature integrated into your home is also quite simple, crack a window. Now, this may be tougher during the hotter times of the year, but try to take advantage when you can. Opening a window or two will help bring in new, fresh air and pull out some of the old. You will be surprised to feel how clean and crisp the air feels.

Routine Cleaning

This should go without saying, but routine cleaning will help alleviate the odor of your house’s interior. If this odor is left, it can severely reduce the comfort you will have in your home. Merely vacuuming the floor can help freshen the scent of your house, and make for a more livable interior. Another reason to clean is reducing the dust and dander present therein, as this material can lead to a severe allergic reaction and lead to the very air around you to cause you pain.

Woman hit with bad smell

A/C Unit Quality

The current state and quality of pieces incorporated in your a/c unit can have something to play in your indoor air quality. If they are not up to snuff, and not working correctly, then your unit cannot provide the best possible air. This can be as simple as changing out your air filter, or a more in-depth cleaning or replacement of parts.

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Maintaining a Healthy Air Conditioning Unit

March 19th, 2018

With Spring beginning and Summer fast approaching, that means we will be facing some extra hot days ahead. And it is during this time that many a person’s air-conditioner decides to take a nose dive, and stop working. That is apparently because of the added stress the unit is being put through, as it battles the elements to keep you cool and happy. That being said, all is not lost, as you can help ensure your unit does not stop working. Here are some maintenance tips to help you keep your unit running happy and healthy.

Outdoor a/c unit

Clean and replace filters

It is pretty obvious, but you need to make sure you keep up with cleaning and replacing your air filters. You should clean or replace your furnace or air-handler filters twice a year or whenever they begin to look clogged with dust. If you do not, air flow will be restricted, reducing efficiency, and you will recirculate dirt into your home.

 

Clean the Coils

The coils to your A/C are usually located in the main unit outside. This means that they are susceptible to the elements, and all of the rigors that come with them. Your coils should be cleaned around once to twice a year. We would recommend that you call an air-conditioning specialist to come out and clean it, as it involves removing protective parts from the unit.

 

Clear out Debris

Just as stated, the unit is usually located outdoors; this means loose debris can collect around it. Scoop leaves and debris out of the base of the condenser and, if it has a drain, ensure that the drain is clear. Clean the fan blades with a vacuum and rag. And make sure to cut away and remove any weeds or vines that may obstruct airflow through the condenser unit.

 

Check the Coolant Lines

A/C technician working on unitMake sure the lines and tubes used are in good shape and have any replaced that look worn out. Also, insulate any tubes in foam sleeves that are in need of it.

 

Test It

Allow the unit to dry thoroughly and then turn the power to the condenser back on by doing the following: First, turn the thermostat in your home to OFF. Then turn on the power at both the disconnect box and at the main panel. Last, switch the thermostat to COOL.

 

 

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Why you should have an Air Purifier in your Home

March 19th, 2018

When it comes to our homes, we will do whatever it takes to have a sense of comfort in it. Whether that is the furniture we have, the color of the paint on the walls, even down to the temperature we keep our house. But one thing that often overlooked is the state of the home’s atmosphere, or rather, the purity of the air in the house. Well here are some reasons as to why you should stop overlooking this, and consider getting an air purifier for your home.

 

Debris and Dander

Home interior climate controlThe first thing to take into consideration is the fact that your household air is isolated, in that the air you are breathing today may be the same as a month ago. Now, as is the case with all home air conditioning units, there is an air filter already in place. This is not the most complex piece of equipment, as it usually takes the form of a very original filter. It can isolate the larger debris that would otherwise make their way through your system, but it does not stop the smaller stuff. This means all of the dust, dirt, and dander that you, or a pet, bring in or shed off will stay in your house’s air, ready to be inhaled at a later date. The air purifier will help filter and clean your air in a way your traditional filter just cannot.

Germs

Just as I stated about debris in the home air, the same said about the germs living in your air. This holds especially true if you have someone sick in your house. The germs, bacteria, etc. that they have infecting them will not properly filter out of your breathing air. This means you will be sharing contaminated air with them.

 

Smell

Woman hit with bad smellThe smell of your house directly relates to the microbes floating around it. If your garbage can have something in it that stinks, sooner or later, your entire home will start to smell as well. This also holds true with the age of the air in the house. As most of us have experienced being in an enclosure with old, stale air. The purifier can help remove these unwanted odors from the home environment, making for a more comfortable environment.

 

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Air Source America offers a wide selection of maintenance programs and tune-up services for people who want to ensure their AC runs for years to come. If you would like to learn more about our services, time as a company, or how we can help you, then give us a call today! We would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

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How Often Should you have your AC Inspected?

December 11th, 2017

You should have your AC Inspected.

annual ac inspectionEvery machine whether it is frequently used or not requires inspection. To make sure all the working parts are still on track to continue performing optimally, you should have it regularly checked by a professional specifically.

Your air conditioner is being used every day and going through a lot of punishment in the process. Between the daily wear and tear, the environmental effect of wind and rain over time your unit will be going through a lot regularly.

So with that in mind…

How Often should you Have the AC Inspected?

It depends on three factors:

Is your Unit Outside?

Outside air conditioners are the most common AC unit on the market. But just because it outdoors doesn’t mean it’s outside. Is there a housing unit for your AC or is it just exposed to the elements?

How often do you Run your AC

how often ac inspectionMost Floridians will run their AC daily. This is fine and understandable, but do you run your AC correctly? This means letting it run while you sleep but not during the day when you’re not home.

How long have you owned it?

Things don’t break down on their own; time will erode all materials. Therefore, if you have a unit that has already put on a few years without having an inspection, it’s a good time to get it checked out.

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Air Source America offers a wide selection of maintenance programs and tune-up services for people who want to ensure their AC runs for years to come. If you would like to learn more about our services, time as a company, or how we can help you, then give us a call today! We would love to hear from you!

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Jacksonville Air Quality

November 2nd, 2017

How is the Air Quality in Jacksonville?

jacksonville air qualityThe air quality in Jacksonville is below the national average. On a scale of 1 to 100, 100 being the best, Jacksonville ranks 54.2 while the national average is 58.4

Additionally, on the same scale of 1 to 100, Jacksonville landed a 48.6 on chances of getting cancer and a 59.8 of receiving a respiratory disease.

There is a serious problem with living in coastal cities and not looking out for your air quality. It is incredibly easy to pick up foreign particles from the air due to old buildings, proximity to the ocean, and bad habits from homeowners.

So here are the common problems that occur in the air in Jacksonville.

Common Problems with the air in Jacksonville

Pollen

air quality in jacksonville With a rapid loss of bees in the population and the close distance to much of Florida’s farmland, there is a higher output of pollen than in most of the mainland United States.

Allergens

Besides pollen, the metropolitan area has a surplus of the materials and molecules that can cause allergic reactions in its residents.

Debris, Dust, Fungal Spores

jacksonville air purityFinally, debris, dust, and fungal spores. Most of the buildings in Jacksonville go through renovations and constantly updated from the old days. With that, there is often a lot of these materials being thrown around the city and without the proper filters, going straight into your respiratory system.

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Air Source America proudly resides in Jacksonville and services the entire metropolitan area. We have worked for years and found numerous problems that can become avoided if properly addressed. There’s no reason why our air quality should be that low, and the risk of respiratory infections be that high. If you are concerned about your air quality and invested in your future, call us today and have us inspect your home to ensure you are doing everything you can to stay safe and healthy.

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Air Purifier vs Dehumidifier: Which is best for you?

October 7th, 2017

What do you need?

dehumidifierYou walk into a room, and something seems off. There’s a climate in your room. Something doesn’t taste, feel, smell, like what a normal room should smell like.

Is it the quality of the air or the humidity of the room? How can you tell and what is the best way to solve that problem? You either need a dehumidifier or an air purifier.

What does a Dehumidifier do?

Dehumidifiers are the most common addition to peoples rooms in Florida. Since we are surrounded by water; we tend to have some of the highest humidity rates in America. With that in mind, dehumidifiers counteract the climate of a humid bedroom and make it easier to breathe.

What does an Air Purifier do?

air purifierAir purifiers are good for filtering out the air around you and pumping clean air into the room. These are fitting for people who have temperamental allergies or are prone to getting sick and need to look out for pollutants in the air.

Which do you need?

In our experience, it depends on how fast you catch it. Often if you need an air purifier, you need a dehumidifier. But if you need a dehumidifier you may not require an air purifier.

Most of the problems that can be solved by having an air purifier, can be avoided if you use a dehumidifier sooner. A humid climate/room will lower the air quality in a room and permit foreign chemicals like pollen and allergens to enter the room.

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air purifier vs dehumidifierThankfully if you have either of these problems we are here to help. If you are having a problem with the air quality in your home, then maybe it’s time to call some of the best HVAC workers in Jacksonville. Give us a call today and let’s get you that breath of fresh air you’ve been looking for!

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Everyday Air Pollutants and How to Avoid Them

September 17th, 2017

You cannot Avoid Air Pollution.

air pollutantsAs much as we would all like to, you cannot avoid air pollution. You can diminish your exposure to it as much as possible, but you cannot get rid of it completely.

However, we should do everything we can to familiarize ourselves with these chemicals so we can know how to stay healthy throughout our exposure to them.

The Most Common Chemicals you Breathe in.

Particle Matter

how to avoid air pollution This is the grouping of all large particles that you will be breathing in your home. These are large enough that they can often be filtered into near non-existence, but they are still outside and everywhere.

Particle Matter includes:

Dust
Fungus
Pollen
Allergens

Ozone

Yes, the Ozone, these are three oxygen atoms joined together. On the ground level, ozone can be seen as fog, haze, or smog and when exposed to can cause irritation and inflammation.

Nitrogen Dioxide

Nitrogen dioxide typically comes from vehicles, industrial complexes, gas heaters, and gas stoves. Additionally, exposure to these can cause lung infections and trigger asthma.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide is one of the most common dangerous chemicals that can be avoided. With a carbon monoxide detector, you can find a leak before it happens in your home and these can cause serious health effects if left unchecked.

Sulphur Dioxide

avoid air pollutionSulphur Dioxide is much more difficult to come into contact with and is often formed by power plants and industrial facilities. You won’t run much of a risk of running into this unless you are near decomposing materials in nature.

How to Avoid Breathing in these Chemicals

The best way to avoid breathing in these chemicals is a proper filter and air purifier in your home. Therefore, we can help consult your house and determine what you would need for optimal air purity inside your home. In addition, if you’re worried about your air quality, call us for a quick consultation.

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If you would like to learn more about our company or our services, please feel free to give us a call. We are always ready and willing to help out our neighbors here in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas!

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Air Conditioning Maintenance 101!

August 24th, 2017

Maintaining Your Air Conditioner

air conditioner maintenance Your Air Conditioner is one of the most important machines in your household. Like all great machines, they will require care and maintenance to keep doing what they do best.

When it comes to us, our process is simple.

We Get The Call – Once you call us, you will speak to one of our representatives. From here they will dispatch one of our expertly trained inspectors to arrive at your house.

Our Inspector Arrives – Once the inspector arrives, they will do a default consultation. They will talk you through all the procedures they’re taking to make sure you are getting the service you need.

The Work is Done – From there, we begin working on the Air conditioning unit. We test all of the typical problems that plague a system such as tripped power breaker, frozen coils, and backed up lines. Beyond that, we then make check all of the at-risk parts to ensure they are not on the verge of breaking down.

Finish up – From this point on, our inspector will part ways and give you our card. If you would like to schedule regular maintenance, we can meet every six months to a year, and we also offer comprehensive services.

Air conditioning Maintenance Checklist

maintaining your air conditionerFor the DIY in you, if you feel like you want to perform air conditioning maintenance on your own, this checklist is for you!

o Thermostat Settings are Working

o All Electrical Connections are Tightened

o Lubricate the Moving Parts

o Inspect The Drain

o Check the System Control

o Clean the Evaporator and Conditioning Coils

air conditioner in floridao Check the Refrigerant

o Adjust the Blower Components

o Check the Connections

Always Remember: Inspect, Clean and Change the Air Filters!

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If any of that checklist above seemed confusing or you don’t know if you feel comfortable doing certain components of the list, don’t worry. In addition, we offer the best air conditioning maintenance services in town.

If you would like to learn more about our company or our services, please feel free to give us a call. Therefore, we are always ready and willing to help out our neighbors here in Jacksonville and the surrounding areas!

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When should you Run your Air Conditioning in Florida?

August 17th, 2017

How you should manage your Air Conditioner when you’re not home.

when should you run your air conditionerWhen you are not home during the day, your air conditioner should be off. Depending on how hot it is near you, we usually keep our air conditioner programmed to 84 because after that it begins to be too uncomfortable to even walk into the home.

However, when we keep our AC to 84, more often than not it won’t reach anywhere near there during the day.

What temperature you should keep it at when you’re home?

When you are home, the temperature is entirely up to you. I’m not the kind of person to leave the air conditioning running 24/7, so I will usually drop it to a few degrees below the current temperature.

what temperature should you have on when youre asleepThis will activate the unit so you can feel the cold air coming in without forcing it to reach a number that might be insane. If you want the house to be colder, we recommend bringing it down 5 degrees at a time until you reach the level you’re happy with.

What temperature you should have it on when you’re asleep?

While you’re sleeping, it is recommended by members of the healthcare profession that you keep the temperature between 60 and 67 degrees.

The biggest component of initiating sleep in your body is bringing your body temperature down. So the colder your house is, the easier it is for you to find that comfortable temperature for sleep.

air conditioner in floridaAdditionally, if you have small children or toddlers in the house, try keeping it at 65 to 70 instead to prevent them from being uncomfortable.

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