Two Different Options for Solar Air Conditioning Installation in Melbourne

September 29th, 2014 by Chris Allen

Solar power has the potential to run any electrical appliance in a household. However, most homeowners are reluctant to attempt complete solar makeovers. For those who want to start with a smaller solar-powered appliance, a solar air conditioning system is an excellent choice. Air conditioners in Florida perform an immense amount of work around the year; when you use the free and renewable power of the sun to run your AC, you will save a large amount of money every year to cool down your home.

You have two different options to consider for solar air conditioning installation in Melbourne, FL from Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. On the one hand is the hybrid solar AC, and on the other is the absorption chiller. They both have their benefits, but to find out which one will provide you with the best cooling and money-saving performance, you will need to contact professional solar installers for a consultation.

Hybrid solar air conditioners

This type of system is what people usually think of in connection to a “solar power system.” Photovoltaic (PV) panels mounted on the roof of a house collect radiant energy from the sun and generate an electrical current. (This is known as the “photovoltaic effect.”) The electric energy goes to a battery where it is stored. The air conditioner can run directly from the electric current that comes from the PV panels, but in cases where the power is insufficient, it automatically switches over to the power in the battery. This makes hybrid solar air conditioners very effective, even during periods of low sunlight.

Absorption chillers

The term “chiller” usually means an AC system that uses water to create cooling by absorbing heat from the air. In the case of an absorption chiller, the solar collectors directly heat water, and this water is the catalyst that activates a generator in the system. This generator lowers the temperature of the circulating water to around 45°F. A fan (also powered through solar energy) blows an air current across the coils that contain the cooled water, and this action lowers the temperature of the air before it enters the ventilation system into the building. The water inside the system recirculates back to solar collectors to restart the process.

Absorption chillers are extremely energy efficient. However, they are not commonly recommended for homes: they are more popular for commercial and industrial use. Ask your technician if an absorption chiller is feasible for your home.

Call on the experts: Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

We are here to help you receive the most efficient and effective cooling possible for your home. If you are interested in solar air conditioning installation in Melbourne, FL, call our NATE-certified technicians today.

Is a Solar Powered Absorption Chiller Right for Your Home or Business?

September 22nd, 2014 by Chris Allen

When it comes to air conditioning, people usually think they have limited options. With heaters, there are choices between different fuel sources and systems likes boilers and furnaces. But air conditioners all work in the same way.

Or do they?

You do have options when it comes to finding the ideal way to cool down your Florida home or business. One alternative to standard air conditioners is a solar-powered absorption chiller. What is that? We’ll provide you with a short explanation, as well as some information to help you decide if an absorption chiller is right for your home or business.

You can always call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. for further information about solar powered absorption chillers in Winter Haven, FL. We’re here to help you.

What solar-powered absorption chillers do

In general, the term “chiller” refers to air conditioners that use cooled water to remove heat from the air, rather than using standard refrigerant.

The way that a solar-powered absorption chiller operates is that solar collectors transfer the energy from the sun to raise the temperature of water. The heated water is what then serves as the energy source that starts the generator of the system that powers the cooling cycle. The generator lowers the temperature of the circulating water to around 45°F. A solar-powered fan then blows air across the coils containing this cold water, which lowers the temperature of the air which then enters the building. The water in the chiller then circulates back to the solar collector to restart the process.

This is a highly efficient method of air conditioning. However, absorption chillers are usually not ideal for use in homes: they are most efficient and cost-effective in commercial and industrial buildings. For homes, we suggest looking into a hybrid solar air conditioning system that uses PV cells for power and the house’s electrical system as a backup.

What is my best choice for air conditioning?

There is no such thing as a “best” choice when talking in general about air conditioning a home or business. There is, however, a best choice for your specific home or business. To find out what it is, contact professionals with experience installing and servicing multiple cooling systems.

The team at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. installs, maintains, and repairs solar-powered absorption chiller in Winter Haven, FL, and we can help you out if you think this is your best option. We also install many other types of air conditioning systems, and we will make sure that you end up with the AC that provides you with maximum comfort and savings.

Do I Need Professional Maintenance for My Dehumidifier?

September 15th, 2014 by Chris Allen

In humid Florida weather, a whole-house dehumidifier installed into your central air conditioning system is practically a necessity. A dehumidifier provides comfort for a household and protection from water damage and the hazards of mold and mildew growth. Although an AC on its own has some ability to remove excess moisture from the air, it requires a dedicated and professionally installed dehumidifier unit to effectively balance humidity in a home.

A dehumidifier isn’t something that you can just have installed and then forget about, however. To make sure that you keep a comfortable humidity level inside your house, rely on regular professional dehumidifier maintenance in Altamonte Spring, FL from the indoor air quality specialists at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. (We offer services for humidifiers as well, in case the air in your house is too dry.)

Professional dehumidifier maintenance

Consider how much work your air conditioner does during a typical Florida year. Now add the dehumidifier into that, which will also work during times when the air conditioner is not. That is an enormous amount of time the dehumidifier spends balancing the air in your home. Just as the air conditioning system needs to have routine maintenance, so will the dehumidifier.

It’s best if you set up dehumidifier maintenance to coincide with pre-season air conditioning maintenance during the spring. However, if you haven’t had a regular maintenance session for the unit recently, or didn’t have maintenance done along with the AC during the spring, it’s never too late to arrange it. An experienced technician will make sure that the dehumidifier is providing the right levels of humidity for your home, and not pushing the moisture levels too high or leaving them too low.

A maintenance session for your dehumidifier will also identify if you should replace an aging unit. With regular maintenance and targeted repairs, however, you should expect many years of service from a dehumidifier, and it could last as long as your air conditioner does.

Our team at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. wants you to enjoy a pleasant environment in your home, as well as a healthy one. We provide comprehensive services for humidifiers and dehumidifiers and have since 1995.

Call us today to schedule dehumidifier maintenance in Altamonte Springs, FL and the rest of the greater Orlando area.

Why Choose Professionals for Commercial HVAC Replacement?

September 8th, 2014 by Chris Allen

Would you choose a dog trainer to tame a lion? Probably not, because even though they are both animals, they are very different animals. It’s the same with residential and commercial HVAC systems: they are both HVAC systems, but they are very different from one another. This is why, when you need commercial HVAC replacement in Melbourne, you want to hire commercial HVAC professionals to do the job. The commercial technicians at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., bring over 15 years of experience to every commercial job, and we can bring that knowledge and expertise to you, too.

Reasons to Choose a Commercial Specialist

There are several important reasons to choose a technician who specializes in commercial HVAC work:

  • Size of commercial systems – commercial HVAC systems can be enormous. After all, they provide heating and cooling for very large spaces and a lot of people. Commercial HVAC systems can be 12 tons and up, which is at least 4 times the size of the average residential HVAC system. Not only are the systems large, so, too, are the units themselves. Commercial units are usually package units, meaning all the components are contained in a single, metal cabinet. It is essential to understand how to manage and operate these kinds of units for successful replacement.
  • Ventilation – the ventilation system of a commercial HVAC system is long and complex; sometimes other systems, like fire safety, can be connected to it. Having knowledge and expertise about things like this are crucial to the proper installation of a replacement system.
  • Modular systems – some commercial spaces use modular HVAC systems instead of package units. Modular systems are more flexible than the standard commercial HVAC system because they can be easily adjusted to add or subtract cooling and heating as needed. However, unless a technician understands how modular systems work, and has previous experience with them, a new modular installation could be seriously problematic.

Just because the basic mechanics between a commercial HVAC system and a residential one have similarities doesn’t mean they are in the same league.

To ensure your commercial HVAC replacement goes the way it should, hire commercial professionals you can count on: call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.

The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

September 1st, 2014 by Chris Allen

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

The Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning in Winter Springs

August 27th, 2014 by Chris Allen

Part of the normal wear-and-tear of your air conditioning system is dirt and dust build-up on the coils and in the ductwork. Ductwork should be cleaned every 3-5 years, so if it’s been a while since your last duct cleaning in Winter Springs, it’s time to schedule an appointment with an Air Conditioning Experts professional.

Dirty Ducts Can Equal Poor Indoor Air Quality

Your ductwork is the delivery system for your air conditioning. If your ducts are dirty, the particles – and there can be many types – get delivered directly into your living spaces. Ductwork is a favorite place for dust mites, mold, mildew and other growths because it’s cool, dark and moist. And if these things aren’t removed, they’ll continue to thrive.

Benefits of Professional Duct Cleaning

There are several important benefits to gain when your ductwork is professionally cleaned:

  • Better health – as we stated above, your ductwork can harbor a host of particles, from allergens to biological contaminants. Cleaning your ductwork removes these particles, making your air healthier.
  • Less dust indoors – one of the signs it’s time to clean your ductwork is excessive dust accumulating on indoor furniture and surfaces. Duct cleaning greatly reduces this blowing dust.
  • Less stress on your system – a large buildup of dirt and dust can restrict the air flow in your system. Restricted air flow puts stress on your AC, causing it to work harder; when your AC has to work harder, it uses more energy. Removing the buildup helps restore the air flow.
  • Removes odors – mold and mildew growth in your ductwork can create a musty odor that gets delivered right into your living spaces. Cleaning and removing these growths eliminates this distasteful odor.

Properly cleaning your ducts requires the use of professional-grade equipment that includes vacuums and visual assistance tools. This is why it’s important to schedule duct cleaning with a professional company like Air Conditioning Experts.

If you haven’t had your ducts cleaned in 5 years or more, call us today and schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

3 Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning

August 20th, 2014 by Chris Allen

Homes without ductwork were considered out-of-reach for whole-home air conditioning, but with the increasing popularity of ductless air conditioning in Orlando, lack of ductwork is no longer an obstacle. Ductless ACs aren’t new, but up until fairly recently, they were mostly used in commercial properties. The idea of air conditioning without ducts can be confusing, but the truth is, it’s quite simple. However, installation of a ductless air conditioner, or any other air conditioning system, should always be left to professionals, like the ones at Air Conditioning Experts.

How Does a Ductless System Work?

A ductless air conditioner has an outdoor unit very similar to that of a traditional split-system AC, and a set of indoor blowers that delivers the cool air. The outdoor unit contains the compressor, condenser and condenser fan, and is connected to the individual indoor blowers by a conduit running through an exterior wall. The conduit contains a refrigerant tube, power line and drainage line, so the delivery of refrigerant and removal of excess moisture is more direct than with the large indoor unit of a traditional split-system AC. The indoor blowers deliver the cool air, and each blower is operated individually. Blowers can be mounted to walls and ceilings. An outdoor unit can support up to 4 blowers.

3 Benefits of Ductless Air Conditioning

As mentioned above, one of the clearest benefits of a ductless system is that no ductwork is needed for the system to deliver cool air. But there are several others worth considering:

  • Energy efficiency – because the indoor blowers operate individually, you no longer have to cool a whole house in order to cool the few areas you occupy at a time. This reduces your operation time, which reduces your energy usage.
  • Flexibility – blowers can be mounted easily in a number of places, such as over doorways and windows, and expansion of the system to other rooms or additions only requires another blower.
  • Easy installation – without the need for ductwork, installation consists of setting up the outdoor unit, mounting the indoor blowers and connecting the blowers to the outdoor unit.

Is a Ductless AC for You?

The best way to determine if a ductless AC is right for your home is to work with an expert. Ductless air conditioning in Orlando can offer great benefits, but only when it’s installed by professionals.

Call Air Conditioning Experts Orlando today and schedule an appointment with one of our trained AC installation experts.

Is It Too Late for Air Conditioning Maintenance this Summer?

August 13th, 2014 by Chris Allen

It is estimated that for every year your air conditioning in Orlando goes without maintenance, it loses 5% of its overall efficiency. Conversely, when regular maintenance is scheduled, your air conditioner will run at up to 95% of its original efficiency level. There are better times of the year than others to schedule maintenance for your air conditioner, but the truth is, if you haven’t scheduled maintenance for your air conditioning in Orlando in the last 12 months (or more), any time is a good time to call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., and schedule an appointment.

What Happens During a Routine Maintenance Visit?

Here is a general overview of what to expect during an Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., maintenance appointment in Orlando:

  • Check of all operating pressures and refrigerant
  • Testing of safety controls
  • Check of all electrical connections
  • Check voltages and amperages
  • Testing of thermostats
  • Cleaning of condenser unit
  • Inspection of coils, blowers & filters
  • Lubrication of all necessary parts
  • Replacement of customer supply filter
  • Check fan operating control

Why Is Maintenance Important?

There are several reasons why conducting regular maintenance on your air conditioning system is important:

  • Lower repair bills – during routine maintenance, your air conditioner is thoroughly inspected and cleaned. This process allows the technician to catch small items, such as frayed wires and worn fan belts, before they can become bigger, more expensive problems.
  • Better energy efficiency – dirty air filters, dirty coils and other small problems can all put stress on your air conditioner. When your AC is stressed, it has to work harder, so it uses more energy. Having a clean, well-maintained unit means that your air conditioner runs optimally, and, as such, uses less energy. This can improve its overall energy efficiency.
  • Extend the life of your system – keeping your air conditioner in good working order means it operates with less stress. Prolonged periods of stress can cause early aging; maintenance helps prevent this.

Has It Been a While Since Your Last Maintenance Appointment? Call Us

August may not be the best time for a maintenance appointment, but it’s better than a repair appointment.

If our Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., technician hasn’t seen you for a while, call us today and schedule air conditioning maintenance in Orlando.

Is Heat Pump Maintenance Different from AC Maintenance?

August 6th, 2014 by Chris Allen

For the climate in Orlando, with our long and humid warm season and short, mild winters, a heat pump is one of the best options for year-round comfort. A heat pump can deliver quality air conditioning and efficient, energy-saving heating power without struggling (something that can be a problem for heat pumps in much colder parts of the country).

Because your heat pump will do an enormous amount of work every year in Orlando, FL, heat pump maintenance is essential to make sure it does not wear down rapidly and suffer from repair needs or even a premature breakdown requiring replacement. You should schedule maintenance for your heat pump twice a year, once for a cooling check before the summer starts and once before the colder part of the year.

For an excellent maintenance program, look to Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. Call us to find out more about the membership benefits of our Comfort Club.

What’s the difference between AC and heat pump maintenance?

Honestly, not that much. Heat pumps are essentially air conditioners that are designed to move heat two directions instead of one. The action and the components of a heat pump are almost identical to an air conditioner.

However, there are few differences that heat pump maintenance technicians will make certain to check on:

  • Heat pumps use a reversing valve to switch between heating and cooling mode. This crucial component, not found in an AC, is set on the refrigerant line where it exits from the compressor in the outdoor cabinet. Failure of this component means a heat pump jammed in one mode. During maintenance, technicians will do checks on the reversing valve to see that it is working correctly and will not need replacement any time in the near future.
  • Because heat pump switch the function of their two coils, both the indoor and outdoor coil can work as the evaporator coil, and that means there are two locations for water condensation will gather. A heat pump needs both an indoor and outdoor condensate drainage system, where an AC only needs an indoor system. Technicians will know to check both systems for leaks or blocks.

Other than this, a maintenance session for a heat pump will go the same as for an air conditioner, and the technician will cover all the same components: electrical connections, motors, the compressor, the thermostat, air filters, refrigerant charge, etc. With a properly skilled HVAC specialist on the job, you will have a heat pump ready to take on any weather conditions.

When you sign up for the Comfort Club at Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. to take care of your heat pump maintenance in Orlando, FL, you not only receive two preventive maintenance tune-ups each year, but also a 15% discount on parts and labor and regular size filters included. Sign up today to keep your heat pump in tip-top shape.

Why You Should Consider Air Cleaners in Haines City

July 30th, 2014 by Chris Allen

Good indoor air quality is an important aspect of your comfort, especially if you have allergy sufferers or those with chronic respiratory issues like asthma or COPD in your home. If you find that your indoor air quality is not as good as it could be, or is contributing to health issues, it may be time to see what an air cleaner can do for your home. There are a few types of air cleaners in Haines City to choose from, and it’s important to use a professionally-trained technician for installation, like the ones at Air Conditioning Experts. Following are some important reasons to consider installing an air cleaner:

  • Better health – your air conditioner comes with a standard air filter, but the purpose of this filter is to block dirt, dust and debris from affecting your air conditioning system, not improve the indoor air quality. Air cleaners are specifically designed to remove particles like allergens, dust mites and other irritants from the air, which can help improve the health of your air.
  • Destruction of biological microbes – are you concerned with bacteria and viruses lingering in your home? Then you may want to consider the installation of UV germicidal lighting. UV germicidal lights are the only air purifiers capable of eradicating biological pollutants. By using UV-C light, UV germicidal lights are able to destroy the DNA in biological pollutants, rendering them incapable of reproduction or sustainability.
  • Better system performance – air cleaners help reduce the amount of dirt and dust in your system (with the exception of UV lights – they do not remove dust), helping to improve air flow while improving the indoor air quality of your home.

Types of Air Cleaners

There are several types of air cleaners available for whole-home use:

  • Mechanical air filters – these filters are in sturdy frames and insert directly into your AC system. There are different types of mechanical air filters, so it is worthwhile to speak to an expert about what types are available.
  • Ionizers – these types of air cleaners charge the particles around them so that they attach to other oppositely-charged particles and settle on the surfaces in your home
  • Electronic precipitators – like ionizers, these air cleaners charge particles, but they take things a step further by using oppositely-charged collection plates to capture and remove the particles from your air stream
  • UV germicidal lights – as mentioned above, UV lights are best for destroying biological pollutants; when paired with an air filter, you have a 1-2 punch for great indoor air quality

Looking for Better Indoor Air Quality? Hire a Professional

Improving your indoor air quality is good for your health, your system and your family members, so don’t leave the installation to just anyone.

If you would like to improve your indoor air quality call Air Conditioning Experts today and schedule an appointment to speak to one of our air quality experts.