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Home Air Cleaners

Carrier's state-of-the-art air purification systems can trap and kill bacteria, viruses, mold spores, allergens and other pollutants. The Infinity® air purifiers clean indoor air up to 8 times an hour and can remove pollutants from the air that are up to 18,000 times smaller than the head of a pin.

Home Dehumidifiers

High humidity during the summer months can cause a host of problems including, mold, condensation, and damage to home and furnishings.
A whole house dehumidifier provides a high degree of humidity control by working in tandem with your air conditioner and operates quietly with low energy use to make your home more comfortable.

UV Lamps

A heating and cooling system can be an ideal place for mold and bacteria to grow. UV lamps protect the AC coil, killing mold and bacteria before they can enter the air inside your home.

Ventilators

Carrier's innovative ventilators are designed to remove stale air from your home, while keeping valuable energy from escaping. Ventilators work quietly and efficiently to bring fresh air into your home all year long, they pre-condition the incoming air to better match the inside air temperature.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless, odorless and dangerous gas. The Carrier® CO alarm uses sophisticated sensor technology to detect and record levels of CO. With a Carrier CO detector you can easily monitor the CO level in your home on a large digital display. When dangerous levels of CO are present, a loud, audible alarm alerts you and your family automatically.


Thursday, 11 June 2015 01:31

Drinking Water Quality in Southwest Florida

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Every year the EPA requires Florida community water systems to provide its customers with a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).The CCR is intended to help residents make informed choices about the water they drink by disclosing what contaminants if any, are in their drinking water, and how these contaminants could affect their health.

You can search for your local water system here. More Florida drinking water resources are available at the EPA water site.

If your drinking water comes from a private well, you are responsible for the safety of your water. The EPA recommends that well owners have their water tested annually. Contact your state to get a list of certified commercial laboratories that test drinking water.

Water Quality Solutions For the Home

Whether your water comes from a municipal water system or a private well it's a good idea to have a water analysis performed to identify any possible contaminants. If problems are found there are home water filtration systems that can remove organic and inorganic contaminants that may cause health concerns.


New toilets sold in Florida must meet federal WaterSense standards. WaterSense certification provides that plumbing fixtures use at least 20 percent less water. For toilets, that means using 1.28 gallons of water or less per flush, as opposed to the federally mandated maximum of 1.6 gallons per flush.

While low-flow toilets will save up to billions of gallons a year in Florida alone, they can present a few problems. With less water to work with, you may find yourself flushing the toilet more than once because of their lower flushing power. This of course defeats the purpose of having a low flow toilet and should be avoided.

Often the problem is caused by an under-filled toilet tank. Check the manufacturer's instructions for setting the fill valve to ensure the water is at the correct level. Some tanks will have a fill line, but if there is no line a good rule of thumb is to keep the water level about a half inch below the top of the overflow tube inside the tank.

Second, open the tank and adjust the tension on the flapper chain. The chain should only have a little slack, if it's too loose the flapper won't open all the way when the toilet is flushed and water in the tank won't empty completely.

Have plumbing questions? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call, we're here to help.

Thursday, 04 June 2015 12:03

Water Heater Technology For The Home

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Water heater technology has advanced the last 10 years with several options to consider besides the conventional electric or gas tank water heater. Tank water heaters store 20-80 gallons of hot water and are relatively inexpensive to purchase and install. However, because they must maintain a large volume of heated water, they can be more costly to operate. Newer technology is designed to address some of the shortcomings of the traditional water heater.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless or demand-type water heaters heat water directly without the use of a storage tank. A gas burner or electric element heats the cold water as it passes through the water heater. Households that require a lot of hot water can benefit the from a virtually endless supply of hot water. One downside to tankless water heaters is they typically cost more to purchase and install, although they can last longer than conventional tank water heaters if properly maintained. Another disadvantage of tankless water heaters is they can take longer to heat the water initially when the tap is first turned on.

Hybrid Water Heaters

Hybrid water heaters are designed to combine the benefits of a conventional tank water heater and a tankless water heater. They have a small storage tank that provides an initial supply of hot water, then heats cold water on demand with a heating element similar to a tankless water heater.

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Heat pump water heaters distribute heat from one place to another instead of generating heat directly to providing hot water.

Solar Water Heaters

Solar water heaters use the sun's heat to heat water. A roof-mounted solar collector absorbs the sun's heat and stores it in a special fluid that circulates in a closed-loop system that heats water in a tank.

Have questions about which water heater is right for your home? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We're here to help.

When buying a home there are many things to consider. Performing a plumbing system inspection is one of the most important tasks. Here are some items to check:

1. Water Heater

Ask the current owner for the age of the water heater. A conventional tank style water heater will last between 8-10 years. Check for signs of corrosion around the tank fittings and bottom of the tank. Excessive corrosion could mean the tank is in need of replacement. Turn on a tap close to the water heater, hot water should begin to flow almost immediately. If not, the tank may have excess sediment that needs to be flushed out, or the burner may be worn out.

2. Check for water leaks

Some leaks will be obvious, such as a dripping faucet or shower head. These are easy to fix. Of greater concern are hidden water leaks. To check for hidden leaks turn off all water using appliances and fixtures and check the water meter after a few hours. If the meter shows significant use, there is likely a hidden water leak somewhere. Also check outside faucets and the sprinkler system for leaks.

3. Check the Sump Pump

Sump pumps are one of the out-of-sight, out-of-mind systems that are rarely checked by homeowners. To check that the sump pump is working, slowly pour a bucket of water into the sump pit. The pump should turn on after a few seconds and remove the water.

4. Check Appliances

Washer supply line hoses should be checked for bulges and cracks. If the lines need to be replaced, use braided stainless hoses for added strength.

5. Inspect Sewer and Drain Lines

If the house is more than 8 years old it's a good idea to have a video sewer line inspection to check for tree root intrusion or cracks that could cause sewer line failure down the road.

Need a professional plumbing inspection? Call ABC Plumbing and Air Conditioning we're here to help.
Many homeowners with aging air conditioning systems are weighing the benefits of repairing and maintaining their older unit versus purchasing a newer, more reliable system.

The old saying "if it ain't broken, don't fix it." makes sense for a lot things around the home, but for energy intensive systems like air conditioners, putting off a purchasing a new cooling system could be costing you more in the long run.

Here are a few reasons to consider replacing your old air conditioner.

1. Efficiency. The EPA suggest that homeowners replace their air conditioner if it's beyond 10 years old. The reason is new air conditioners are much more efficient that system installed over a decade ago. How much can you expect to save on your energy bill? With a newer, high efficiency system you could save up to 56% on your cooling costs.

2. Lower maintenance costs. If your air conditioner is in need of regular repairs and your energy costs are rising as it has become worn out and less efficient that money may be better spent on upgrading to a new air conditioner.

3. It's LOUD! Newer air conditioners operate at variable-speeds to cool your home more quietly in most situations.

Have questions about your central air conditioner? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning, we're here to help.

With the hottest weather of the year right around the corner in Southwest Florida, this is a good time to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance. Many of the most common air conditioner problems are simply the result of neglect and not having the unit regularly inspected and maintained.

1. Refrigerant Leaks

There are two reason an air conditioner can be low on refrigerant, either it was not sufficiently charged when it was installed, or it has developed a leak. Your technician will look for and fix any leaks in the system and refill the unit with refrigerant. It's important that the amount of refrigerant match the manufacturer's recommended amount to ensure optimal cooling performance.

2. Dirty Air Filters

When filters become dirty and clogged the AC unit must work harder, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.

3. Dirty AC Coils

AC coils on the outside of the home should be cleaned to prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris.

4. Air Conditioner Electrical Component Failure

Compressor and fan controls are subject to wear over time, especially when the air conditioner turns on and off frequently. Corrosion of wires and terminals is another common problem in many systems, so the electrical connections and contacts should be inspected annually during AC system maintenance.

By regularly maintaining your air conditioner you will keep your air conditioner running as efficiently as possible, while saving money on unexpected breakdowns and repairs.



Thursday, 07 May 2015 13:14

Solutions For Uneven Cooling in the Home

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It's not uncommon for homeowners to tell us that their living room is perfectly comfortable while their bedroom is always too warm. If you have noticed that some rooms in your home are too warm while other rooms are comfortable, there are several things to check.
  • Ensure that air vents are not blocked by furniture or other objects
  • A central cooling system works best if all vents are open and doors are open to allow air to circulate evenly
  • Check the air ducts for excessive dirt and debris. If necessary, have the ducts professionally cleaned to restore airflow.
  • Your home should be properly insulated to prevent cool air from escaping. Inadequate insulation in your attic is a priary cause uneven cooling problems.
  • Install ceiling fans. Many times the solution to uneven cooling is just inadequate air circulation, especially in rooms with high ceilings.
  • Air duct leaks. It's not uncommon for air ducts to have significant gaps and holes that can let air escape. Taping the gaps or having professional duct sealing performed will help the conditioned air reach the farthest reaches of the home more easily. 
Have questions about air conditioning? Give ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning a call, we're here to help.

Most new air conditioners built within the last 5 years are designed to operate very quietly. When you hear unusual noises, it is usually the result of a lack of maintenance or a sign that a part has worn out and is about to fail. By being aware of these noises you can address the small problems before they leads to a breakdown.

When your air conditioner is working normally it will often make some noises. Subtle thumping and whining sounds are normal. By becoming familiar with the normal operating sounds that an air conditioner makes, you will be able to more easily recognize unusual sounds that could be cause for concern.

Malfunctioning Air Conditioner Noises

Air conditioners have many parts; there are fans, hoses, belts, compressor motors, coils and other components that work together to move cool air throughout your home. As air conditioners age belt often become loose, leading to thumping sounds. A clogged air filter reduces air flow and can cause the unit to whine as it cycles on or off. Loose hardware on compressor parts can lead to rattling sounds.

Preventative maintenance is the best way to minimize the likelihood of air conditioner repairs. An AC tune-up includes the following steps that keep your air conditioner operating quietly and reliably:
  • Inspection and lubrication of all moving parts
  • Inspection and replacement of worn belts and hoses
  • Replacement of dirty air filters
  • Ensuring that the unit cycles on and off properly
  • Inspection of electrical connections
  • Inspection of refrigerant levels
Have questions about your air conditioner? Need to schedule an AC tune-up? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning today.




Thursday, 23 April 2015 13:34

The Smart Thermostat Revolution

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Mobile technology has connected virtually every aspect of our lives and put a world of information at our fingertips. As our homes are becoming more and more connected, the thermostat is also become more hi-tech and capable. But how do the new smart thermostats work, and are they a good investment that will save you money?

Traditional thermostats adjust the indoor air temperature by working as a simple control input for a home's heating and cooling system. You simply set the temperature and the device keeps your home within that range near the thermostat's physical location.

With the arrival of programmable thermostats homeowners could tailor the temperature of their home by programming the thermostat to turn on and off based on the day and time when the house would be occupied. This meant the heating or cooling system could be off when you were away from home.

Today's "smart" thermostats take the programmable thermostats to the next level by learning a household's routine and allowing hoeowners to monitor and change the temperature remotely using mobile applications. They can also provide real time feedback on energy consumption, weather forecasts and even adapt the temperature based on conditions like humidity levels.

The Nest Thermostat

One of the first smart thermostats to market was The Nest thermostat. It combines sleek design with a bright full color display to provide homeowners with useful information, combined with convenient remote apps designed to help cut energy consumption. The Nest is a learning thermostat that senses if a home is occupied, whether the air is suddenly getting humid, and other factors that allow it to custom tailor the indoor environment.

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

Honeywell's Smart Thermostat offers convenience and style, letting you monitor your home's temperature and the weather. It features:
  • Simple set-up that adjusts temperatures to fit your daily life. Onscreen Help" button answers questions as you go
  • Know about extreme indoor temperatures. Stay up-to-date on local weather conditions.
  • Smart Response gives you the right temperature at the right time
  • Choose a color scheme that blends with your home's decor or adds contrast
  • Free app with no monthly fee
  • Simple set-up with one touch weather and smart alerts
Have questions about thermostats or other air conditioning systems? Call ABC Southwest Plumbing and Air Conditioning. We're here to help.
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