IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for May, 2012

AC Tip: Saving Energy This Summer

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Everyone wants to make their home more energy efficient, it not only saves you money but it also makes your home more environmentally friendly. Upgrading your Tampa Bay HVAC equipment is a great place to start, but it can be hard to decide what to do first.

Before you start making changes, ask yourself the following questions:

How much do you spend on energy?

Paying attention to your energy bill from month to month is very important. A sudden spike could indicate a problem with your HVAC system or other appliances in your home. If you start trying to embrace an energy efficient lifestyle, your energy bill can help you keep track of how well you are doing.

Are there benefits to this upgrade?

In addition to being energy efficient, you should discover if there are any other ways that a change can benefit your home. For instance, a new air conditioner could make your home more comfortable, or zone control could make it easier to keep every room in your home the desired temperature. You’d be surprised how many energy efficient upgrades can really improve your whole home and not just your energy bill.

What is your budget?

Budgeting is never fun, but it’s important step to figuring out what you should change first. While it would be great to replace your air conditioner and furnace for ENERGY STAR rated models, it’s a big investment. You can try the little things first, like improving you insulation, repairing air ducts, and sealing air leaks. After you have saved up and improved other parts of your home you can work on replacing your HVAC equipment.

Improving the energy efficiency of your home will make it more comfortable and lower your utility bills. If you have any questions about energy efficient upgrades you can make to your home, call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today!

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AC Repair Tip: Icing Problems on Air Conditioner Cooling Coils

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Air conditioning cooling coil icing problems can arise for a couple of reasons: either the air filter has not been properly replaced, or there is a condensing coil leak.  It is best to check and test the easiest problem first and then move on from there.

It is important to replace air conditioning filters as often as is recommended by the manufacturer.  A common result of not replacing filters frequently enough is a buildup of dust and dirt on the filter, which causes reduced air flow throughout the air conditioning unit.  With reduced air flow, the evaporator coil or cooling coil within the air handler can become blocked by ice or frost build-up.  Having cooling coil icing can significantly reduce or completely stop the amount of cool air being produced by an air conditioning unit.

Easy steps to diagnose and resolve air conditioning cooling coil icing problems:

  • Visually inspect the air conditioning cooling coils to check whether reduced air flow has been caused by cooling coil icing.  If ice or frost is found on the coils, thus blocking air-flow, proceed with the next step.
  • Turn off the air conditioning system completely to allow ice to evaporate, the unit will have to remain off until all ice is completely melted and drained away from the unit
  • Unclog the condensate drain to ensure proper drainage of melting ice
  • Replace all dirty filters on the air conditioning unit
  • Once the a/c unit is de-iced and has fresh filters, it is safe to turn the system back on, to test whether the icy build-up happens again

If after completing these steps, when the air conditioning unit is turned back on the cooling coils do not ice-up, the unit runs normally and cool air runs smoothly through the system, congratulations!  That do-it-yourself attitude paid off; the problem has been fixed!

If after completing these steps, when the air conditioning unit is turned back on cooling coil icing happens again, this could mean one of two things.  Either too little of the refrigerant is being released into the cooling coil due to a clogged capillary tube or a stuck thermostatic expansion valve.  Or the refrigerant charge is too low due to a refrigerant leak.  A refrigerant leak can happen at any point in the refrigerant piping system which would then need to be soldered and resealed, or it can happen in the cooling coil or condensing coil which could mean the entire coil needs to be replaced.  Fixing of refrigerant leaks should be handled by a Tampa HVAC professional.  Contact  Ierna’s Heating & Cooling so we can identify the air conditioner cooling coil icing problem and execute the proper solution.

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Gulf High School Baseball Banquet

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Ierna’s Heating and Cooling sponsored the New Port Richey’s Gulf High School Baseball Banquet on May 12th.

Gulf High | New Port Richey | Ierna's Heating and Cooling

Gulf High | New Port Richey | Ierna's Heating and Cooling

Gulf High | New Port Richey | Ierna's Heating and Cooling

Gulf High | New Port Richey | Ierna's Heating and Cooling

 

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Ierna’s Heating and Cooling Seeks Lead Installers

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Ierna’s Heating and Cooling is looking to immediately hire qualified lead installers. If you have minimum 3 years experience, with a clean background and EPA certification you may qualify for hire as a lead installer. At Ierna’s we appreciate our team and provide them an opportunity to gain more knowledge and work with the latest technology. We pride our selves on top quality air conditioning, heating, and indoor air quality service. As a family owned and operated business, we strongly believe in giving back to the community.

Lead Installer | Lutz | Ierna's Heating and Air Conditioning

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Air Conditioning Tips: Cleaning Your AC Condenser

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Keeping your Tampa air conditioning unit clean can help to maintain efficiency levels and prevent repair needs. It can also help the system last longer and improve indoor air quality. Because the condenser is part of the outside unit, it’s constantly exposed to outside dust, dirt, and yard debris; therefore, it is very important that you take the time to have a tech thoroughly clean the condenser coil and fan. Remember, before anyone cleans any part of your AC system, always turn off all the power to the unit.

If you aren’t sure how to locate the condenser, feel free to call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, and we can tell you where to find it and provide a few cleaning tips. In general, you tech can clean the air conditioning condenser unit in three, easy-to-follow steps, which are outlined below:

  1. They will always start by ensuring that there’s nothing blocking the airflow to the unit. They may have to trim low braches or prune back bushes that are obstructing the airflow. They will clear away any dead grass clippings, or weeds that have grown up around the unit.
  2. Once the unit is free of debris and dirt, they will clean the condenser with a professional coil cleaner, which should come with instructions on how much to use and where to apply the cleaner. Although some contractors recommend washing down the entire outside unit with a garden hose, you have to be very careful not to bend the fins. It’s best to use a specialized condenser cleaner and let it air dry.
  3. To clean the fins, your tech will use a dry, soft brush to remove dust and dirt. They can straighten bent fins with a fin comb.

When your AC is not in use, keep it covered with the condenser cover that came with your air conditioning system. If you don’t have a cover that fits properly, call one of our Tampa air conditioning experts to help you find a replacement cover or one that will fit your particular model. Don’t use anything that could come off easily in inclement weather. Covering your AC unit in the winter will help prevent damage or corrosion.

Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today to schedule a maintenance visit!

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100th Home/Women Build Dedication Celebration

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling is a proud sponsor of the the 100th Home/Women Build Dedication Celebration.  Please join us as we celebrate this dedication! Thank you to all our volunteers, donors, sponsors, and supporters. You have made this day possible!

You’re invited to our 100th Habitat Home Dedication in East & Central Pasco County! This home is also our Women Build 2012 home. Over 200 women volunteers worked on this home.

This will be a dedication followed by a tour of the home, refreshments, and a block party celebration! We will have a bouncy-house, slide, dunk tank, snow cones, popcorn, hot dogs and more.

Housewarming gifts are always appreciated, but not necessary. What a great community we live in! I hope you will join us. I look forward to seeing you at our event.

 

Sincerely,

Stephanie Black
Director of Development & Public Relations

Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco

352-567-1444   www.habitatpasco.org

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Florida Aquarium recieves $2.5 million in donations!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling was thrilled to witness the below donation and proudly serves on The Board as well as sponsors the penguins at The Florida Aquarium!!! Corcoran and Johnston Government Relations are proud to represent the Florida Aquarium and wanted to share the good news with you!

 

Florida Aquarium halfway to $15 million goal after three donations

 

By Marissa Lang, Times Staff Writer
Tampa Bay Times
In Print: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

TAMPA — The Florida Aquarium was expecting a $1 million donation Monday, but came away with more than double that after two anonymous donors pitched in atop a gift from Publix’s founding family.

This money puts the aquarium halfway toward its Rising Tides Campaign fundraising goal of $15 million, said foundation chairman Tom Hall.

“We’re going to build a learning center, with their support, that will rival any other marine science program in the United States,” Hall said to a small crowd gathered Monday afternoon.

As sand tiger sharks circled above his head in the aquarium’s largest tank, Hall explained the organization’s ultimate plan: a learning center with five classrooms and a staging area — which would double the aquarium’s capacity for marine science classes and equip teachers to conduct long-distance learning with children from around the country — and a renovated front entrance and lobby.

This expansion would be the first in 17 years for the aquarium, located in the Channel District.

Barney Barnett, vice chairman of Publix, and Carol Barnett, head of Publix Charities whose father founded Publix, joined Hall, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and aquarium CEO Thom Stork in presenting a symbolic check to the facility Monday afternoon.

“When the world is watching us this August” during the Republican National Convention, Buckhorn said, “one of the iconic pictures that the world will see — not just in Indiana, but in India — will be of the Florida Aquarium.”

Carol Barnett said contributing to the aquarium’s growth and providing children an opportunity to explore their love of the sea was like fulfilling a dream from her youth.

“I’ve always had this sort of fascination with the ocean,” said Barnett, wearing a sea-star necklace and coral patterned sweater. “It’s not like space — you can’t put your arms around outer space. But with the ocean, you can reach out and grab it. It’s real. It’s enchanting.”

The two anonymous donors were inspired by the Barnetts’ generosity, prompting one to give $1 million and the other to donate $500,000.

Last year, the Mosaic Co. donated $2.5 million to the campaign, the largest single donation in the aquarium’s history.

The aquarium said it will break ground on the expansion in September, with subsequent construction projects taking place over a four-year period.

Marissa Lang can be reached at mlang@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3386.

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Why Choose Ductless Splits for Air Conditioning in Tampa

Monday, May 7th, 2012

If you  do not have duct work to support a central air conditioning system in Tampa, there are two options – window units or ductless units. But, which is better? It depends largely on your budget, whether you rent or own and if there are any risks inherent in either choice.

Window Units

First let’s look at window units. Window units are the least expensive form of air conditioning on the market and don’t require any work on your home to install. They are good for single rooms and smaller apartments as well, and they can usually be installed by one or two people without professional assistance.

The downside of a window unit is that it cannot cool your entire home, even in an apartment. Also, window units tend to block an entire window and they pose a security risk, especially on the first floor. They are easy to remove from the outside and therefore should only be used in extreme circumstances if the window is easy to access.

Ductless Systems

Ductless systems offer benefits that counter all of the downsides of a window unit. Specifically, they don’t block the windows and are mounted inside on the walls. They are also more efficient than window units, using 30% less energy on average than a comparable window unit. They can be sized to cool your entire home and they still don’t use ductwork so invasive installation methods are not needed.

They are more efficient, quieter, and less obtrusive, but they require a professional installation and the units themselves are pricy. Another issue to consider is whether you rent or own your home. Renters may not be permitted to have a system installed like this as it takes up more space and requires some work that could alter the building.

Which Is Better?

So, which should you choose? It depends on the specific needs of your home. If you have two or more zones to cool and can afford to have a ductless system installed in your Tampa home, it is a great long term solution. For more information about how ductless splits can benefit your home, give Ierna’s Heating & Cooling a call today!

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