Is a UV Air Purifier Something My Home Needs?

February 12th, 2018

UV-air-purifier-lightMost modern residential buildings benefit from some type of air filter or air purifier. It’s an unfortunate fact that today’s homes are built too well, allowing for little fresh air circulation to remove air pollutants. Professionally installed air filters and electric air purifiers can make a tremendous improvement in indoor air quality for homes without sacrificing energy efficiency by opening up all the windows.

But what type of air purifier is right for ­your home? You may have heard about the power of the UV air purifier, which consists of ultraviolet lamps. It’s true that UV air purifiers are powerful, but they aren’t necessary for every home.

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Ways to Know You Need Heater Service—Soon!

January 29th, 2018

wrenchesThe mild winter days in Florida make it hard to tell when something is wrong with a residential heating system. A Florida home heater doesn’t run often—not the way one does in a town in New England or Wisconsin. People aren’t accustomed to paying attention to the signs a heating system is having trouble, and this can lead to trouble when the heater wears down.

The next time you need to turn on your furnace or other heating system during this winter, watch for indications anything is wrong. The signs of malfunctions can be small, which is why they easily slip under people’s notice. But with the extra caution, you’ll find out if you need to call for heating repair from an HVAC contractor to fix the problem—before it turns into a bigger problem.

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Reasons to Consider a Ductless Air Conditioning and Heating Installation

January 15th, 2018

ductless-mini-split-unit-in-white-roomThere really isn’t such as thing a season for air conditioning installation in Pensacola, FL. Florida enjoy mild, short winters, and the heat is also waiting around the corner. Homeowners expect to have their air conditioning systems working at any time, even in the deeps of winter.

In fact, winter is often the best time to have an overhaul of an old air conditioning system with a new one. If the new system is also a heat pump, that means taking care of heating and cooling at the same time. Heat pumps are a popular choice for Florida comfort because of their dual use and the efficiency they offer for heating compared to an electric furnace.

But if you’re thinking about either a new AC or heat pump installation in winter, have you considered going a step further with a ductless mini split heat pump?

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Duct Sealing: A Simple Path to Better Comfort, Lower Bills

January 1st, 2018

The climate in Florida makes it hard to predict whether you’ll need to run your heating system or your AC from day to day during the winter. But there’s one part of the HVAC system you use every day, no matter the outdoor weather, and that’s the ventilation system.

A ventilation system with air leaks will mean trouble for your house, no matter if you have the air conditioner or the furnace running. The best way to solve this universal HVAC concern is through professional duct sealing services.

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Ways to Cut Down on Costs with Your Furnace

December 18th, 2017

money-savings-houseIn our last post, we looked at the ways you can reduce heating costs in the winter with a heat pump. But heat pumps are only one way to provide warmth to a house here in Florida. For homes with connections to gas mains, a gas furnace is often the best option for comfort.

Because we experience mild winters, heating costs over the season in Florida are lower than in most other parts of the country. In most cases, however, the costs are still higher than they should be. To help you enjoy the best performance from your furnace this winter while keeping your bills low, we’ve provided some money-saving tips.

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How a Heat Pump Can Save You Money over the Winter

December 4th, 2017

sun-and-snowflake-badgeWinters in Florida are the kind that draw people down to visit us so they can get away from the cold. Right now, heading into December, we’re enjoying temperatures in the mid-70s, just about the best weather you could ask for.

There are cold days during the winter, however, when homes will need effective heating systems. This creates a dilemma: finding a heating system that will offer comfort during the brief cold periods but not consume too much energy. A full gas furnace may be just too much. For our customers, we often recommend using a heat pump, which offers energy savings over winter.

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Planning for a Heating System Replacement? Here’s Some Tips

November 20th, 2017

furnace-gas-with-pipesThe mild winters here in Pensacola mean that homeowners aren’t often in a rush to have a new heating system installed to beat out the weather. We recommend that you don’t wait to schedule a replacement: take advantage of the late fall and early winter season, when the cool weather is the mildest and it’s easiest to schedule this important service at a convenient time for you.

You shouldn’t just leap into replacing your heater, however. We have some tips below for how to get the best out of your new heating installation in Pensacola, FL:

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It’s November Already: Do I Really Need Heating Maintenance?

November 5th, 2017

service-reminder-on-glassIt’s amazing that October has already zipped past and we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving. Winter doesn’t start until the third week of December, but most of us are already going to be in “winter mode.” After all, winter means something different here in Florida than it does in, say, Nebraska or Minnesota. And once you get into “winter mode,” it’s easy to think that it’s a bit too late to bother with important fall tasks—like regular heating maintenance.

We understand that it’s easy to think that heater maintenance in Perdido, FL isn’t that important. At least “not every year” important. However, this does need to be done annually, and November definitely isn’t too late for it!

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Heat Pumps vs. Furnaces: Making an Electric Heating Choice in Florida

October 23rd, 2017

heating-air-conditioning-iconsIf you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you live in one of the many homes in the Pensacola area that don’t have a connection to a natural gas line. Instead, you use electricity to power your home’s appliances.

The natural gas furnace is the #1 choice for home heating in the country. But for an all-electric home, you face a number of alternative options for your cool weather comfort. The two most popular are the electric furnace and the heat pump. Below, we’ll take a closer look at making the choice for electric heating.

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Your Electric Furnace Needs Maintenance This Time of Year

October 9th, 2017

service-reminder-clockFlorida has experienced a rough few weeks of weather, but we can now look forward to a calmer time. We can also look forward to cooler weather, although “cooler” is a relative term when it comes to much of the rest of the country. There’s a reason so many people take their winter vacations down here with us!

Still, we do have some cold days when it’s necessary to adjust the thermostat up to provide warmth. (Our recommendation is set it at 68°F, which is usually comfortable enough for most people in a home provided they dress a bit warmer.) Many Florida homes use electric furnaces for heat, since they are inexpensive to install, safer than natural gas furnaces, and offer a level of heating power that’s just right for our climate. Electric furnaces cost more to run than gas furnaces, but this is rarely an issue because we don’t rely on them as much over winter.

This doesn’t mean an electric furnace can skip annual maintenance, however!

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