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Air Conditioning Tips and Advice (93)

How Long Does a Central Air Conditioner Last?

Posted on: February 8, 2018

As the warmer spring weather arrives in the Sarasota area and your air conditioner runs more ofter you may be wondering how many more years your central air conditioner will last. The short answer is approximately 10-15 years. But the long answer is more complicated, because it depends on many factors. Some of these factors […]

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4 Signs Your Air Conditioner Needs Service

Posted on: January 2, 2018

Many times a central air conditioner will provide clues that it is not working properly. By paying attention to the symptoms of a malfunction and repairing the small things right away, you can avoid an unexpected and costly breakdown in the future. The AC is Making Strange NoisesIf you hear knocking, pinging or other unusual […]

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The Importance of Proper Air Conditioner Sizing

Posted on: December 14, 2017

One of the most important factors in how effectively a central air conditioner will cool a house is how well it is matched to the size of the home. It’s not the physical size of the condenser unit, but rather the air conditioner’s ability to produce cooled air as measured in BTU (British Thermal Unit) […]

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How Switching to Energy Star Appliances Can Save You Money

Posted on: December 7, 2017

If you’ve been shopping for a new appliance like a refrigerator or stove, you have likely seen an ENERGY STAR® label. ENERGY STAR® is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program started in 1992 that helps consumers save money and reduce their impact on the climate through better energy efficiency. The government has partnered with other […]

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5 Factors to Consider When Deciding to Repair or Replace Your AC

Posted on: November 21, 2017

How old is the Air Conditioner? A central air conditioner will last 10 to 15 years. Older units are usually much less efficient and need more frequent repairs. Some older AC units will use Freon which is being phased out and is expensive. What needs to be repaired? Minor problems like clogged drain lines and […]

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Choosing the Right MERV Rating for Your HVAC System

Posted on: November 9, 2017

If you want to find out how effective your air filter is at removing contaminants from the air, check the filter’s MERV rating. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. MERV is a standard that rates the effectiveness of air filters. A higher numeric rating means the filter will remove finer particulate matter from the […]

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Buying a Home? Remember to Have the Air Conditioner Inspected

Posted on: October 3, 2017

If you’re buying a home in Southwest Florida you’ll have a lot of items on your home inspection checklist, among the most important is the air conditioner. Here are a few simple things you can check yourself to ensure that the air conditioner is working properly and has been regularly maintained. Check the Condenser Unit Outside […]

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What Causes Frozen A/C Evaporator Coils?

Posted on: August 17, 2017

On a central air conditioner, the evaporator coils are located inside of the home. When the air handler blows warm air over the coils, the refrigerant inside the coils absorbs the the heat, lowering the temperature of the air that is blown through the home’s air ducts. In addition to cooling your home, an air conditioner also dehumidifies the […]

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Where Does Indoor Air Pollution Come From?

Posted on: July 20, 2017

Even if your home looks clean and the air smells fresh, there can still be harmful pollutants lurking inside that can be harmful to your health. In fact, the EPA reports that the air inside can be 2 to 5 times as polluted as the air outside. The problem gets worse in newer homes that […]

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Air Conditioner Safety, Let the Pros Handle the Installation and Repairs

Posted on: July 18, 2017

It’s understandable that homeowners to want to save money by tackling maintenance projects around the home. However, there are some projects that are definitely not DIY, especially work that involves electrical systems and air conditioners. Always contact a qualified, licensed electrician to perform any electrical work in your home, including the installation and servicing of […]

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