IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog

Is It Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner?

December 5th, 2016

When something goes wrong with your air conditioner, the obvious question is, “should it be replaced, or can I get by repairing it?” Naturally, having repairs done is most ideal, especially since repairs on a central AC unit are going to cost less than replacing the system altogether, most likely.

Many HVAC issues can in fact be repaired by our highly trained and experienced professionals. But there are a few factors that may exist which indicate it is actually time for your AC system to be replaced, rather than repaired. Keep reading to learn more.

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Why Does Water Still Come from My Bathtub Faucet When the Shower is On?

November 28th, 2016

Is your diverter valve working? Do you know what a diverter valve is? Chances are that you do not, and you aren’t alone. The average homeowner doesn’t understand why their bathtub faucet still leaks water while their shower is running. They may not even see the problem with it. The diverter valve, however, is the answer to this.

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Air Quality FAQ from the Professionals

November 21st, 2016

There are a number of different indoor air quality systems on the market, and finding the one that’s the right fit for your home can be hard to do without professional assistance. A big part of this decision is determining what types of indoor air contaminants even pose a threat in your home.

Another factor that plays a major role in deciding which indoor air quality product is best for you is the dimensions and layout of your home, plus the type of home heating and cooling system you have in place. We don’t expect you to sort through all this information on your own. Keep reading to learn about two of the most commonly asked indoor air quality questions, and our responses.

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Don’t Neglect Your Air Filter: Here’s Why

November 14th, 2016

The first step to caring for your indoor air quality is ensuring that the air filter within your HVAC system remains in good condition—unclogged and installed properly so that it can adequately do its job. However, while your indoor air quality does benefit from this, the sole purpose of your air filter is actually not to improve the air quality in your home.

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Why Do Clean Air Ducts Matter?

November 7th, 2016

Many homeowners have heard of duct cleaning, but few know the benefits or understand that this service should be completed every 3-5 years (or anytime you notice a drop in the efficiency of your HVAC system).

In addition to improving the performance of your home heating or cooling system, ductwork cleaning can also have a number of health benefits. Keep reading to learn more about why clean air ducts matter, not just to your home but to your health.

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How to Best Protect Your Drains

October 31st, 2016

It’s rare that a homeowner never has to deal with at least one drain or sewer problem over the years. If you’re lucky, the worst that will happen is that a small clog had to be removed. However, if you’ve ever experienced a major sewer line clog or a leak of any kind, then you know it’s something you want to avoid however you can.

Eventually, even with preventive maintenance and care, you may run into a drain issue. Fortunately, you may be able to delay or even prevent these types of issues by simply avoiding some common practices. For example, you should never put popcorn kernels down a kitchen sink, nor should you flush baby wipes in your bathroom. But how else can you protect your drains?

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What Sort of Problems Does Hard Water Create?

October 24th, 2016

Hard water is an ongoing problem in our area, though it’s not an entirely unhealthy one. Hard water is that which contains an excessive amount of mineral content—calcium and magnesium to be exact. Our bodies can absorb these minerals without dire consequences, but that doesn’t mean that hard water doesn’t have an impact on your quality of life. In fact, hard water can create a few different problems if it’s not treated. Keep reading to learn more about the problems it creates.

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Is Your Water Heater in Need of Repair?

October 17th, 2016

The convenience that a water heater offers is something that many homeowners take for granted—without it many of the tasks you perform on a daily basis would be a lot harder, if not impossible. This includes cleaning dishes, washing clothes, and even taking a shower. Fortunately for you, a professionally installed and serviced water heater has the potential to last many years.

However, just like any other appliance, water heaters are not indestructible. No matter how durable it is or how much maintenance it receives, chances are that you will need repairs on this system at one time or another. When this does happen, be sure to give our team a call. In the meantime, keep reading to learn about some of the warning signs that your water heater is in need of repair.

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How to Check for Electrical AC Damage after a Storm

October 10th, 2016

The Florida hurricane season is still alive and well, with recent hurricanes and related tropical storms wreaking havoc on properties throughout the state. We don’t take lightly how devastating these storms can be, but if you are fortunate enough to not have your property too badly damaged, yet suffer a power outage from one, you may be concerned about the functionality of your air conditioner afterwards.

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Use a Dehumidifier to Help Your Air Conditioner

October 3rd, 2016

While other parts of the country get ready to turn on their heaters, we’re still sweltering over here in Florida. Particularly lately, with our humidity making temperatures feel 10+ degrees hotter than it actually is outside. Did you know that your air conditioning system can help dehumidify your home? This works because the evaporator coil in the inside cabinet removes heat and moisture, which gathers along the coil and drips down into a pan and drainage system.

Even if you did know this little fact, what you may not be aware of is the fact that your AC system’s dehumidifying power is very limited—rarely enough to make your home noticeably more comfortable or to protect it from the dangers of excess moisture. Air conditioning systems aren’t designed specifically to dehumidify. Rather, you need to have a whole-house dehumidifier installed into your ventilation system.

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