While it may be cool now, spring break is coming soon and with that so are the vacationers. Spring and summer is what makes Destin and Santa Rosa Beach such a popular area for tourists, they come here to go deep sea fishing, inshore fishing and various water sports because the temperature is nice and hot. With the hot temperatures of spring and summer also comes air conditioner problems. The last thing a vacationer wants to deal with is having to contact a rental manager to have their air conditioning fixed. Now is the time for property managers to be proactive. A/C units need maintenance on an annual basis to lengthen the life of the units and to identify problems before the guests get here. It is well known that people are more likely to complain more so about where things went wrong with their stay more so than when they have gone right. So be proactive and give us a call.
Summertime is almost here, and before it gets too warm it may be time to make sure you’re ready for the hot Florida weather.
While the Florida panhandle is home to some of the most pristine beaches in the world, the emerald water and sandy beaches are not going to help your home stay cool during those scorching hot days of summer.
So what do you do to get ready for the heatwave?
– First, change your filters in your heating/cooling system. make sure to check and change them regularly, at least monthly.
– The next thing is to change your thermostat over to “cool” and test the system by turning the temperature down. If the air conditioner does not turn on, first check to make sure no breakers are tripped. If you can’t figure out the problem, it would be a good time to call Beachside Air Conditioning. Calling early may keep you from making an “emergency” call when the temperatures are soaring and the repair people are too busy.
– If your cooling system turns on, make sure it is putting out adequate cooling. If it’s not, and you can’t figure out the problem, call Beachside Air Conditioning. Make sure you set it at 78 degrees.
– If your air conditioner needs replacement, it is always better to do it before the hot Florida summer weather hits.
– You may also want to consider changing your old thermostat to a programmable one. You can save up to $100 a year by using a new programmable thermostat. If your thermostat is really old and uses a mercury switch give Beachside Air Conditioning a call today.
– Consider installing a whole-house fan that uses cool air in the evening to cool the entire house and push hot air out of the attic area.
-Install living room and bedroom ceiling fans as well as whole house fans to help reduce your need to use the air conditioner.
– Take down the old storm windows, if you live in areas where you need them, and put up screens in their place.
With these energy-ready tips in place you should be ready for that Florida summer heatwave.
The air that we breathe in our homes is very important to our health, and if you think that the air inside your home is the safest air to inhale … You may be very surprised. When you hear the words “air pollution”, most people tend to think of smug, auto pollution, factory smoke and other pollutants that are so widely known and publicized. However, according to most experts, indoor air is some of the most heavily polluted and extremely dangerous to our health if left unmanaged. Leading researchers have found that the air inside of your home may be anywhere from 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside of our home, and since we spend the majority of our time in our homes this poses a significant health risk. This is a huge concern for most of us, and the first step to fixing the problem is identifying the problem and the risks associated with it.
Fortunately enough for us, prevention and maintenance of poor indoor air quality is both easy and affordable, both your home and office can have clean, safe air. Ignoring the quality of the air in your home can lead to a range of serious health issues for everyone in your home, things such as the development of infections in the lungs, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases such as asthma. These are very serious conditions, but there are also less extreme issues that can arise from poor air quality such as headaches, nausea, nasal congestion, dry eyes, and fatigue. If you ignore these issues they can even lead to structural degradation and building failures such as peeling paint, window condensation, back-drafting appliances, and encourage mold growth. You may be wondering, “How do I know if I have poor indoor air quality?” …
Musty odors, or a general feeling of hot and stuffiness inside the building in question are common signs, as well as symptoms that are frequent at work but go away when leaving, like fever, a cough, or shortness of breath. Not all of these are linked to poor indoor air quality, but these symptoms in combination with a number of environmental factors could mean you’re living with poor indoor air quality and putting your health at risk. Most common environmental factors that contribute to subpar indoor air quality are things like not having enough ventilation or fresh supply of outdoor air or contaminated air being brought into the building. Other things such as construction and remodeling can also contribute to poor indoor air quality but aren’t as common as things like high humidity, poor maintenance of your outdoor air conditioning unit and dampness and moisture due to leaks in the home.
There is no single test to check and determine the quality of your indoor air, but inspection of the ventilation ducts as well as monitoring of the temperature and humidity and airflow are all essential to preventing poor indoor air quality and the chances for getting sick from it. In certain cases, specialized tests may be required to test for things such as radon and asbestos, you should voice your concern for the needs of these tests to a certified air conditioning serviceman. Ideally the best prevention is source control, what we mean by this is eliminating the cause of potential indoor air pollutants. You can take measures such as not smoking in your home any longer, or reducing the use of chemical solvents and cleaners you use while cleaning up. Take steps to eliminate odors, not just mask them … Use baking soda when appropriate to neutralize odors instead of air fresheners (which have Volatile Organic Chemicals) in them.
If you take just a few small steps, in addition to getting an air purifier you can reduce the amount of contaminants in your home today and start breathing cleaning fresher air. However, there is no substitute for an annual inspection and maintenance of your air conditioning unit and ventilation system. With professional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services, your home can go from having unhealthy air to being a fresh haven of pure and clean air. At Supreme air conditioning we are able to identify the sources of allergens within your home and work to eliminate them.
The air filter in your air conditioning system cleans the air that the system blows into your home. If replaced or cleaned regularly, your system will run more efficiently, your family, and pets will breathe cleaner air. If not maintained properly, your system may cool your home tolerably, but in actuality may be contaminating the air.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calculated that we spend as much as 90 percent of our time indoors. However, because today’s homes have been well insulated and wrapped air tight in an effort to lower energy use, they can also keep airborne problems inside to the point where a home can be polluted two to five times higher than the outdoors. The good news is the quality of the air you and your family breath can be improved by simply changing the air-conditioners filter on a regular basis and maintaining the heating and air-conditioning system (including ducts).
A dirty A/C filter can cause the air ducts in the home to become dirty and clogged, providing the ideal environment for mold and spores to develop within the ductwork. Millions of unwanted airborne particles may be breathed inside your home. Air filters, ducts and diffuser vents can become an overhead trap for dust, tobacco smoke, and pollen, cooking odors and pet hair and dander.
Improperly maintained air-conditioner filters and ducts can result in a build-up of allergens such as fungi, pollen and bacteria in the air triggering:
- Coughing & sore throat
- Congestion and wheezing
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
- Asthma attacks
- Flu-like illnesses
Dirty air filters can hinder the performance of a dehumidifier.
Major health hazards can result in a home of office when decomposing animals and nasty bacteria become hidden in poorly-maintained ducts of split-system air conditioning units. A/C service contractors have reported removing insect colonies, as well as rotting snakes and toads caught in the system. Decomposing tissue can result in bacteria being blown into the home and inhaled by the homeowner, and can result in a variety of infections and health issues. Increased temperature and moisture created by HVAC units assists the growth of natural organisms and accelerates the natural decomposition of animal and plant matter.
Intrusive animals gaining access to the roof and attic can cause more damage than disturbing insulation and chewing on cable. Raccoons, possum, and rodents will use ductwork as their “highway” through the roof, leaving feces in their trail.
Large amounts of dust and dirt accumulating over time in a home’s ductwork can cause respiratory distress. Traditionally, equipment manufacturers warn homeowners that they need to clean the filters in their air systems. However, they often fail to alert the homeowner that contaminants can accumulate at numerous other points throughout the system. Mold, mildew and fungi can accrue deep inside the units. This can lead to loss of airflow through the system, motors being overworked, and higher operating costs to get effective air comfort.
The Legionella bacteria optimally grow in temperatures between 68 to 122° F, making the warm, moist environment inside A/C units an ideal breeding ground. This is the bacterium that causes the potentially fatal Legionnaires’ disease. This disease is a type of pneumonia with symptoms such as headache, body aches, nausea, chest pains, and high fever often above 104°. If not treated promptly, Legionnaires’ disease can affect bodily systems causing permanent physical and/or mental damage. If the body’s fever is not reduced and antibodies don’t defeat it, death can occur
Air conditioners that have not been properly maintained can cause respiratory tract infections. These may include the common cold, sore throat, and tonsillitis. Moreover, dirty air filters fail to remove airborne bacteria, instead permitting it to recirculate, spreading these infections to others in the household or office. Studies have shown that a large percentage of work absenteeism due to colds, flu and other respiratory infections can be attributed to the circulation of airborne bacteria and fungi in the A/C systems.
While here in the South air conditioners and heat pumps make the summer heat tolerable, some health concerns exist. Properly maintaining your home’s air conditioner can reduce these risks greatly. Talk to a HVAC professional for details on how to maintain your A/C system. Given how simple it is to have a unit cleaned, it’s a small price to pay to guard against health problems. The quality and effectiveness of your air conditioner filters and the health of your family are indelibly connected.
Indoor air can be five times worse in quality than outdoor air. Still many of us spend almost 90% of our time indoors. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that poor indoor air can cause or heighten asthma, allergies (and other respiratory problems), headaches, irritations to the eyes and skin, colds and flues, sore throats and even memory loss, dizziness, fatigue and depression. If there is extended exposure to toxic airborne particles the effects can include heart disease, respiratory disease, reproductive disorders, sterility and even cancer.
Here are a few of the tips from the American Lung Association that will help keep the air in your home clean and healthy for you and your family (From The Daily Green):
No Smoking Indoors
The surgeon general reports that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke. Children can develop respiratory tract infections from secondhand smoke and older adults or people that suffer lung and cardiovascular diseases have a greater chance of developing respiratory problems due to secondhand smoke. Make it a rule that there is no smoking in the house-even for guests. Ask them to take it outside for the safety of your family.
Clean your Air Conditioner and Dehumidifier Regularly
Dust mites, mold, and mildew all thrive off of standing water and humidity. These can increase asthma problems. Use a humidifier and the air condition and be certain to clean both of them regularly.
Choose Low-Voc Paints, Varnishes and Waxes
Paints actually release volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) for months after being applied. They can include such highly toxic chemicals as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Look for Low Voc paints, varnishes and waxes when you plan your makeovers and remodels.
Install and Upkeep Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Over 400 people die from Carbon Monoxide every year while thousands of others become ill and require medical attention due to their exposure to it. Carbon Monoxide is odorless and colorless and the gas levels can rise very quickly in unventilated areas. All fuel burning appliances should be inspected by a qualified technician annually. Install carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping quarters and test them regularly to assure they are working properly.
Radon Test Your Home
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer for both smokers and non-smokers alike. Radon is a colorless gas that occurs naturally in rocks and soil. Testing for Radon gas is inexpensive and easy. The rewards of making sure you don’t have Radon gas in your home, or getting rid of Radon gas if you do, is well worth the test.
Always Look for Leaks and Repair Them
Humidity and rain can create moisture inside and spawn mold and mildew. These are strong contributors to unhealthy indoor air. Dampness alone is connected with elevated risks of wheezing, coughing, and asthma symptoms. Be proactive and check your roof, basement, crawlspaces and foundation for possible leaks or moisture problems before they can cause dampness in your home. Be certain to direct water away from your home’s foundation.