Spring is here and with warmer temperatures comes the need to have a professional tuneup your air conditioner. Tuneups include checking indoor and outdoor coils for cleanliness, checking, clearing and treating drain lines. Drain lines? Are we talking plumbing here or air conditioning. We are talking air conditioning. Did you know your AC system also takes water (humidity) out of the air as part of the cooling process and sends it outside where it drains on the ground. These are called “condensate drains” and all AC systems have them. In Florida condensate drain lines are notorious for getting plugged. When they get plugged, the water the AC system takes out of the air can end up coming through your ceiling or draining onto your new flooring inside your home. As well tuneups check refrigerant levels, volts, amps, microfarads, connections and operation. So, tuneups are recommended in the Spring before warm humid weather arrives and you are left without cooling. Call Beachside Air Conditioning, Inc. to have your system tuned up and ready for the warmer weather ahead. A well-tuned system will save you money on electric bills as well.
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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.
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.