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Air Conditioning Tips and Advice (98)

While your home's central air conditioner plays the most important role in maintaining cool comfortable air inside the home, there several types of fans that each plan an important role in keeping the air cool and healthy. The four main types of fans are:

Whole-House Fans

This type of fan is designed to circulate air throughout a home's ductwork. It is sometimes confused with an attic ventilator fan (see below), which exhausts hot air from the attic to the outside through an opening in the roof. In some cases, a whole house fan can take the place of a home's air conditioning system by circulating air during times of the year when it's not too hot, particularly when combined with ceiling fans.

Bathroom Exhaust Fans

A bathroom exhaust fan is designed to remove stale, humid air from bathrooms, laundry rooms and other enclosed spaces with high humidity. They improve air quality and reduce the likelihood of mold and mildew growth. When installing an exhaust fan it's important to ensure that the fan is ducted to the exterior of the house and not just into an attic.

Attic Fans

Also called an attic ventilator, attic fans regulate the heat level of a home's attic by exhausting hot air. They are usually controlled by a thermostat that automatically turns the fan off and on, or less frequently by a manual switch. An attic fan can be gable mounted or roof mounted.

Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a popular choice for improving airflow in rooms, as well as serving as lighting fixtures and enhancing room decor. While a ceiling fan doesn't actually lower the temperature, it circulates the conditioned air where it's needed most and provides evaporative cooling.

Have fan questions? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call. We're here to help.




Whether you cool your home with a central air conditioner, a geothermal heat pump, or a ductless cooling system, regular maintenance is important for preventing unexpected breakdowns during the hottest, most humid days of the summer. A professional AC tune-up will extend the life of your cooling system and ensure that your air conditioner operates at peak efficiency, keeping your utility bill as low as possible.

Along with an annual air conditioner tune-up, there are some other steps you can take to keep your home cool and comfortable this season, including:

1. Change your air filter at least once a month. Clean filters enable your air conditioner to operate more efficiently, causing less wear and tear on moving parts. It will also keep the air in your home cleaner.

2. Inspect your air ducts to ensure there are no gaps or leaks. If the ducts look excessively dirty, schedule a professional duct cleaning.

3. Replace or install weather stripping around doors, windows and baseboards. Cracked or worn weather stripping allows cool air to escape.

4. Manage the temperature with a programmable thermostat. Keep the temperature cool at night and warmer during the day when you're away from home.

5. Block direct sunlight with drapes and window shades.

6. Use ceiling fans to help circulate cool air throughout the house.

7. Plan hot work for cooler morning and evening hours. Basic household functions such as washing, drying and ironing clothes, baking and cooking all make it harder for the cooling system to do its job.

If your air conditioner is not effectively cooling all areas of your home, or you notice unusual noise coming from your air conditioner, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, our experienced technicians can help diagnose the problem and repair your cooling system so it provides reliable cooling through the warm months to come.

As spring arrives, many allergy sufferers will take refuge inside their home from the tree and plant pollen that can make life miserable. While the pollen levels are lower indoors, overall air quality can actually be much lower indoors. The reason is our home's are tightly sealed, trapping allergens like dust, pet dander, mold, cooking fumes and household chemicals. Dirty air ducts and furnace filters can make matters even worse.

Here are a few steps you can take to create an allergen-free living space:
  1. Have your carpets and window coverings professionally cleaned.
  2. Inspect your air ducts for excessive dirt and have them cleaned if needed.
  3. Replace your furnace air filter at least once a month.
  4. Keep windows closed during the day when pollen levels tend to be highest.
  5. If your home is prone to high humidity levels during the summer, consider installing a dehumidifier.

The Benefits of a Carrier Whole House Air Cleaner

Carrier high efficiency air cleaners work with your heating and cooling system, employing a sophisticated media filter to capture and remove dust, pet dander, mold spores, dust mites, viruses, pollen, bacteria, smoke, odors and more. The key to effective air filtration is the use of a polarized-Media electronic air cleaners. As microscopic sub-micron particles and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) enter the filter, they become polarized. The polarized particles get larger as they join together with other polarized particles and collect on a disposable low-static polarized media pad with an activated charcoal center screen.

This allergy season start enjoying the cleanest air possible, with a whole house air filtration system installed by ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. Call today for an in home consultation.


As the hot weather approaches our homes will be sealed with the air conditioner turned on. While the conditioned air may feel comfortable, it may actually be less healthy as indoor air pollutants become trapped inside.

Most of these potentially harmful contaminants can’t be seen in the air, they include: pet dander, bacteria, viruses, chemical vapors, pollen and more. So how can you know how dirty the air really is inside your home?

Carrier Indoor Air Analyzer

The Indoor Air Analyzer service offered through Carrier® dealers and is an Indoor Air Quality innovation that can quickly and accurately identify the unseen threats potentially lurking under your nose.

The Indoor Air Analyzer evaluates your home’s air in about 30 minutes, producing easy-to-read reports. Your Carrier dealer can then recommend a series of good, better and best solutions customized to address your specific air issues.

If high levels of indoor air pollution are found, there are effective solutions, including UV lamps, air purifiers and other IAQ systems that can filter the air and balance humidity levels to create a healthier indoor environment.

Have questions about indoor air quality? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call.
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 16:05

The ABC's of Air Conditioning – Condensing Unit

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A central air conditioner consists of two main parts (a split system): an indoor section with an air handler and/or furnace and an outdoor section called the condensing unit. The outdoor condensing unit cools the air and sends it to the indoor air handler to be circulated through your home by a blower and air duct system.

When replacing an old air conditioner it's important that the condensing unit be matched to the furnace or air handler. If they are not properly matched, the result can be inefficient operation and a shortened life of the central air conditioner.

When selecting an air conditioner, you can determine it's efficiency by finding its Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). A higher SEER signifies higher energy efficiency.

Have questions about central air conditioning? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call, we would be happy to answer all your questions.

With the weather starting to get hotter as spring approaches, many Southwest Florida homeowners may find that their home's central air conditioner isn't able to keep to keep the house cool on hot muggy days. Before calling us help, there are a few things you should check first if your home is not staying cool.

1. Is the air filter dirty? It doesn't take much dirt to reduce the airflow in a typical fiberglass or paper filter. Even if the filter looks relatively clean, if it's more than a couple months old, replace it.

2. Check the air flow. Check that the supply registers AND returns are not blocked. Move furniture well away from vents to allow the air to flow. It may seem like a good idea to close vents and doors to rooms that are unoccupied, but it can actually cause the AC to work harder and be less efficient due to air pressure differences.

3. Reduce the heat sources in the home. Closing blinds on the south facing windows and cooking outside during the hottest days can make a significant difference in how much heat accumulates indoors.

4. Circulate the air. Portable and ceiling fans don't cool the air but can move the cooler air into the living space and provide some evaporative cooling that can make warmer rooms feel more comfortable.

It's important to understand that most air conditioners are designed to deliver only a 20 degree temperature difference from outside to inside. If the temperature hits 100 degrees and the thermostat is set to 75, it's going to be running constantly. Turning down the thermostat is not going to cool the house any further.

Have air conditioner questions? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.
Thursday, 14 January 2016 16:05

The ABC's of Air Conditioning – Split Systems

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What Is a Split System?

A split system simply means a heating and cooling system that has components that are both inside and outside of a home. In most cases, a split system will consist of:
  • Gas Furnace - Provides heating white also circulating air year round
  • Evaporator coil - The indoor component of the outdoor AC unit
  • Air conditioner or Heat Pump - Works with the evaporator coil to cool the home
  • Air Ducts ― Distribute the conditioned air throughout your home
  • Control or Thermostat ― The brains and interface of the system
  • Indoor Air Quality Accessories ― Designed to clean, add or remove humidity, and freshen the air for a healthier indoor environment
Have questions about your home's cooling system? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we can help answer all your questions.


When it comes time to replace your air conditioner you will probably have many questions. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to new cooling system.
  1. Reliability - A central air conditioner is a major investment. If you do your research and go with a proven brand you'll reduce the chances of having problems down the road and get the most value for your money.
  2. Operating Efficiency - By choosing an EnergyStar® rated cooling system you'll save you up to 30% on your annual cooling cost.
  3. Professional Installation - The most important day in the life of your air conditioner is the day it's installed. Proper sizing and correct installation is critical to how well it will cool your home. Choose a company with experience that stands behind their work, now and down the road.
  4. Indoor Air Quality - Are their allergy sufferers in the home? Is excessive humidity a problem? To reduce indoor air pollution consider adding a whole house air cleaner to the air handler. You'll have peace of mind knowing your new system is capturing small contaminants that can cause health problems. 
For all your Southwest Florida cooling needs, call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we are here to help.


Wednesday, 23 December 2015 01:46

The Advantages of Choosing a NATE Certified Technician

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When it's time to replace or repair your old gas furnace you will have plenty of companies to choose from. One way to ensure that you are getting a highly qualified heating technician is to choose a company that uses NATE certification.

What is NATE?

NATE is an independent, non-profit organization that provides certification and testing for technicians working in the HVAC field.

NATE certification ensures that the technician has passed specialized test that demonstrate knowledge of the installation, maintenance and repair of air conditioning and heating system.

The Benefits of Hiring a NATE Certified Technician

Certified Installation
A properly sized and installed furnace is critical to the reliable, efficient operation for your heating system. A NATE certified installer will be able to calculate all the variables that go into obtaining the best possible performance from your new furnace.

Comprehensive Annual Maintenance
Properly maintaining a gas furnace is more than just cleaning the unit and replacing the filter. Finding the small problems before they lead to major problems is the key to good maintenance. Ensuring the unit is operating safely and efficiently are also critical to any professional maintenance service.

Fast, Accurate Heating Repairs
Because NATE certified technicians are familiar with all of the potential problems that can can occur with heating and cooling equipment, they can quickly diagnose and fix problems. They will get the heat back on faster and with less likelihood of misdiagnosing a problem.

Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:11

Air Conditioners and Indoor Air Quality

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Beyond changing your furnace air filter before running your air conditioner, here are a few things to consider to keep your home's air healthy during the cooling season.

AC Mold

Mold is commonly found in varying amounts in residential air conditioning systems. Letting the mold grow unattended can decrease air quality and lead to health issues for those living in the home.

AC drain pans, which hold standing water for long periods of time, are primary mold sources. Pipes that contain bends and curves may hold water from unit operation, leading to mold growth. Often when there is mold growing inside the unit, you may be able to see it growing on the inside of the air ducts.

While it can be easy to spot mold around your air conditioner, it's not as simple as cleaning the surfaces where mold is visible, you must find the source of the problem to prevent mold from growing in the future.

The cause of mold is excess moisture. The interior parts of your HVAC system are ideal places for mold to grow. This is usually a symptom of water leaks and flaws in the unit. A professional HVAC technician can locate the cause of excess the moisture and recommend solutions.

To avoid dealing with mold issues in the future, examine your condensate drain regularly for clogs. If this drain gets backed up, the standing water can develop bacteria, which may turn into mold. Once you’ve removed the mold from the system, you’ll need to make sure it doesn’t return by regularly maintaining the unit to keep the ducts clean.

Air Duct Cleaning

Having your air ducts regularly will help to remove visible mold growing in the air ducts. If you can see mold in these places, there may be mold accumulating in other parts of your home. If the mold problem is severe enough, you’ll need to contact a mold specialist. Make sure that the professional who cleans your system uses a cleaning treatment that does not contain harmful chemicals that may adversely affect your indoor air quality.



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