Alexander Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog

Why Is Low Indoor Air Quality A Problem?

September 15th, 2018

sick-woman-blowing-noseIndoor air quality is kind of what it sounds like—it’s a measure referring to the air quality inside homes and buildings. In most cases, what we’re worried about is low indoor air quality, which is caused by the presence of indoor pollutants. We’re commonly taught that outdoor pollutants are the thing that cause the most harm, but indoor pollutants can actually be several times worse. In this post, we’ll go over what these pollutants are and how they can be prevented.

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Does Your Thermostat Need Replacing?

August 27th, 2018

wireless-smart-thermostat-controlled-outside-housePerhaps the most easily misunderstood and least memorable part of your air conditioning system is none other than the thermostat. Even though you use it daily, it’s easy to take it for granted that this device is your only way of communicating to the air conditioner.

When it works, it works… when it doesn’t, it doesn’t. But as it turns out, it’s not always that simple. There are a few reasons that your thermostat could be working against you without you realizing it. In those cases, you might want to consider a thermostat upgrade.

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Reasons for a Loud Air Conditioner

August 13th, 2018

woman-covering-ears-due-to-loud-ac-noises“Was my air conditioner always this loud?”

You might be onto something. A loud air conditioner is definitely not a good thing, and depending on the types of noises you’re hearing, it could be enough to warrant a call for AC repairs in Panama City, FL. Regular maintenance is usually enough to prevent any of these problems before they start, but we also know that sometimes things can get knocked loose or deteriorate without an easy explanation.

Let’s go over a few loud AC noises and sounds that should be cause for concern.

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Air is Money: Here’s How to Keep Your Energy Bill Low

July 30th, 2018

duct-sealing-in-atticEvery bit of cool air that you don’t use is wasted money! Okay, we might be talking only in pennies, but it does add up. There are a few ways you can hang onto those pennies that many air conditioning users in Parker, FL might not know about. Below are some ways you can save a little extra on your energy bills every month, as well as some information on ways you might be losing money without even knowing it.

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Why You Should Get Your AC Serviced Regularly

July 16th, 2018

air-conditioning-maintenanceMost of us understand the importance of having your vehicle maintained regularly. If you commute to work, your car is essential. Following the maintenance schedule prevents your car from breaking down on the way to work.

Likewise, an air conditioner isn’t much different. In some cases, your AC might even work harder and more regularly than your car. Scheduling regular service for your AC is necessary for a few reasons:

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What to Look For in a Local HVAC Contractor

July 2nd, 2018

friendly-hvac-technicianWith all the excess information out there on the internet, we frequently run into “choice overload.” All the potential options make us hesitate to make any choice at all. When it comes to needing HVAC services, it seems like everyone out there on the internet can be a professional.

When it comes to finding the right HVAC contractor for the job, we can’t help you with choice overload. At the very least, we can tell you just a few key indicators that make up a good professional HVAC contractor in Lynn Haven, FL.

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Improve Your Comfort with a New Smart Thermostat

June 18th, 2018

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Tired of fighting over the thermostat in your house? Wish it wasn’t too hot or too cold at the wrong times? Want to save money on your energy costs? While manual thermostats were the standard for decades until the development of programmable models, a new smart thermostat takes temperature control to the next level and could be the solution you’ve been looking for. We’ll look at the benefits of installing one below so you can decide if this is the right option for you.

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The Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning

June 4th, 2018

ductless-ac-unitSummer has rolled around again, and you’re thinking now’s the time to replace your old air conditioning unit. Or maybe you have a new vacation home which needs a cooling system installed. Either way, you may think there are only two choices: a collection of window units or a traditional central air conditioning unit. This is no longer the case as today there is a third option: a ductless mini-split system. The unique benefits of ductless air conditioning systems might just make one the right choice for you.

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How to Lower Air Conditioning Bills This Summer

May 21st, 2018

The average electricity rate nationwide is 10.54 cents per kilowatt-hour. Running your central air unit that uses 3,500 watts for 9 hours a day during the warmer months will cost about $100 a month. Naturally, everyone wants to know how to lower their air conditioning bills during summer. What should you do? Let’s take a look at some tips for homeowners in Callaway, FL…

Lower Air Conditioning Bills as Much as Possible

To lower your air conditioning bills, you may have to get creative. Creating shade is a sustainable solution to saving energy. Using additional fans and regularly replacing air filters also help to ease the burden on your A/C.

Plant Trees and Shrubs

A significant portion of the heat that builds up in your home happens as a result of sunshine hitting your roof or coming in through the windows. A simple solution is to create shade.

By planting trees around your property, less sunlight will reach the roof and windows. You won’t have to run your AC unit as much as you would without the shade provided by tall trees. In addition, if you protect your air conditioner from the sun with shrubs or trees, you can increase its efficiency.

Create Cover for Windows

Another way to shield yourself from direct sunlight is to make your windows more sun-proof. This can be accomplished via solar screens or window films. Window films reflect a certain amount of light and heat without adding anything visible to the window.

Solar screens are popular among many restaurants and business establishments that have large windows and are in the path of direct sunlight. These mesh screens block the sun with whether the window is open or closed. For twice as much protection, apply window films before adding solar screens.

Circulate the Air in Your Home

In addition to having a central cooling unit, keeping the air moving helps to mitigate the effects of extreme heat.  Any fan will do the trick. An added benefit of constantly circulating the air in your home is that it causes sweat to evaporate from your skin more quickly.

 

Replace Air Filters

Air filters quickly become clogged and usually need to be replaced every few months. Keeping your home and AC unit equipped with clean air filters means air can flow through easier, reducing your AC costs. Make sure your air ducts are clean, too.

Easily Lower Your Air Conditioning Bills

These methods provide simple and affordable ways to lower your air conditioning bills this summer. While trees and sunscreens may be somewhat of an investment, you will eventually recoup the costs in energy savings. The environment will thank you as well.

Another great way to save is to take care of any problems with your air conditioner.

We offer responsive AC repair in Callaway, FL and surrounding areas. Contact us today!

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Alternate Forms of Air Conditioning

May 7th, 2018

ductless-air-conditioningWhen most people think of air conditioning systems, they think of classic centralized systems, which generate cool air in a single location, then blow it into your home with a fan. They’re safe and effective forms of cooling your home, which is why they’re used so often. But what happens when a household can’t support such a system or it’s not right for their needs?

Thankfully, you have other options. There are alternate forms of air conditioning that can get around any issues caused by traditional centralized systems in your home. And now is an excellent time to install such a system, when the temperatures are still relatively cool. If you’re considering a new system and a centralized model isn’t quite right, consider one of these alternative forms of air conditioning.

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