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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What’s the Difference Between an Air Purifier and an Air Filter?

September 25th, 2017

pleated-air-filterPeople are increasingly concerned about the quality of the air inside their homes. There’s good reason for this: studies have shown that the air inside buildings is often three to four times worse than the air outside. That’s right: you thought pollution was just an outdoors thing, but it may be affecting your house right this minute. Because we have homes in Florida designed to keep out the heat during our long summers, they end up trapping numerous contaminants inside that come from building materials, cleaning and personal hygiene products, appliances, fumes from an attached garage, and more.

Since it isn’t always possible to “air out the house” with open doors and windows, a home needs another solution for indoor air quality problems. The two most popular are air filtration and air purification systems. We’re going to talk about the differences between them to help you get a sense of what your home may need for the best quality air.

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Taking a Close Look at Ductless Air Conditioning (and Heating)

September 11th, 2017

ductless-mini-split-air-handler-blowing-cool-airIf you are currently investigating your options in Navarre, FL for air conditioning systems, whether as a new AC installation for a home or a replacement for an air conditioner that’s ready to retire, we recommend you look into the possibility of installation a ductless air conditioning system, a.k.a. a ductless mini split. These units combine the point cooling of window AC units—sending cool air directly into a room without needing ducts—with the power, efficiency, and convenience of a central air conditioner. (And there’s no need to block up windows with an awkward AC unit!)

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Does a Ductless Cooling System Need Special Types of Repairs?

August 28th, 2017

ductless-mini-split-wall-unitThe ductless mini split heat pump is an excellent option for comfort here in Florida. As a heat pump, it offers powerful cooling during our long, hot summer season, and then switches into an energy-efficiency heating mode during the short, mild winter. But of course, the big benefits come from the lack of ducts. This is great for homes that don’t have space for ductwork, for new home construction, for add-on rooms, and for remodeling. Plus, it removes some of the hassles that come from ductwork: no more need to have the ducts routinely cleaned, and no more trouble from air leaks that must be sealed up.

If you are thinking of arranging for a ductless cooling system installation or you already have one in your house, one question you may have is if these comfort solutions have special repair requirements.

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Solar Panels meeting Clouds and Rain? No Problem!

August 15th, 2017

sunshine-iconWe are now in what’s known as the Dog Days of Summer (which, fun fact, have nothing to do with actual dogs but the position of the constellation Sirius the Dog in the sky at this time of year). Although we’re still experiencing warm weather here in Pensacola, we’re also dealing with great amounts of rain and cloudy, overcast days.

If you’ve explored our services before, you may have noticed that along with all of our air conditioning and heating services, we also handle many services for solar energy in Pensacola, FL. But if you’ve looked up at the sky recently and saw the rain pouring down from thick clouds, maybe you thought, “Nah, solar can’t be worth it. We’re hardly getting any sun, and this rain can’t be good for the solar panels up on a roof.”

Well, we have good news for you: cloudy days and rain storms aren’t a problem for solar panels. In fact, you live in one of the best states in the U.S. for benefiting from a residential solar energy installation.

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We’ll Be Participating at the Home & Product Expo This Month

July 31st, 2017

home-expo-2017-adYou can always call our office to find out about the comfort services we can provide, but later this month you’ll have an excellent opportunity to see us in person as part of the Home & Product Expo from the Home Builder’s Association of Western Florida. The 2017 Home & Product Expo will be at the Pensacola Bay Center, August 18–20. The entry fee is $5, but use the ad above and you’ll receive $2 off.

Why come to the Home & Product Expo—aside from the opportunity to meet our friendly team and find out how we can help you heat and cool your home better? Think of it this way: you have more than 100 exhibitors under one roof offerings other home services to help with remodeling, landscaping, roofing, and much more. No need to drive around town to find the services you need—or try to guess what you might need. When you’re looking for home improvement ideas, there’s no better place to go than the Home & Product Expo! There will be more than 20,000 square feet of home-related products and services from local businesses and numerous experts who can offer you information and answers when it comes to the home projects you’re interested in.

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