IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Archive for December, 2013

Should You Install a New Generator Before the Next Hurricane Season?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Now that it’s December in Florida, we’ve moved out of the regular hurricane season. It’s always a relief to emerge from hurricane season without any troubles, but you should still give some thought during this quieter time toward making preparations for next June. One of the best ways to keep you and your family ready for a hurricane (as well as other natural disasters) is to install a whole-house generator.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling has many years of experience installing generators in Lutz, FL. We know about the problems people can experience with power outages because of extreme weather, and we can find the right sizes whole-house generator that will suit your needs. Call us today.

Installing a new generator is a smart idea

Although your house may escape serious damage during a hurricane, tropical storm, or cyclone, the chances are high during any of these extreme weather conditions that the power will go out and remain out for hours if not days. Even a small thunderstorm can trigger a blackout. This can become very inconvenient and uncomfortable: it means a loss of heating and air conditioning, lights, and power to important appliances such as the refrigerator.

An automatic whole-house generator will switch on the moment your power goes out without you needing to leave your home to activate it. Most generators run on gas power and can last for days supplying you with the amount of power you need to keep your daily necessities working. (When you have a generator put in, the installers will go over with you how much power you need and which appliances are the most important to keep running.)

Act before the weather does!

If you don’t currently have a whole-house generator, we strongly urge you to consider installing one. If you have people in your house who depend on powered medical equipment, you should definitely put generator installation high on your priority list.

Contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling for help with generators in Lutz, FL. We’ll assist you with installation, as well as deciding if you should replace your older unit.

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Duct Cleaning Process Explained

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

According to the U.S. EPA, “a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” The EPA’s own research found that, on average, people spend 90% of their time indoors, raising their risk to exposure to this poor quality air.

Now, consider how much of your time indoors you spend within your house, and you’ll understand why it’s vital you have the best indoor air quality possible for your home. One way to improve your home’s air quality is through regular duct cleaning, which will remove the many pollutants from your ductwork that your HVAC system might otherwise blow out into your living spaces.

You need professionals to handle your duct cleaning in Tampa, FL. We’ll explain how our duct specialists at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling go about making sure your ductwork is clean and free from dust, debris, residue from construction material, and other contaminants detrimental to your indoor air quality.

How duct cleaning works

There are different ways to approach cleaning ducts: power vacuums, non-toxic sanitizers, and deodorizers are among the most common. At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, we feature the Rotobrush air duct cleaning system to provide you with technologically advanced and thorough cleaning.

Rotobrush, designed by Rotobrush® International LLC, is a patented cleaning system made specifically for ductwork. The basic Rotobrush machine combines the functions of a vacuum and a rotary brush. The spinning brushes loosen debris from the walls of ducts (without damaging the duct material) and then pull it into a vacuum nozzle located behind the head of the brushes. The brushes spin at 450 rpm to break free the toughest contaminants in the ducts. The long hose can reach far into your ducts and reach all the spaces that require cleaning.

Our customers are often amazed at how effectively and rapidly the Rotobrush takes care of the dirt build-up within their ductwork. So many people imagine that duct cleaning is an arduous and long process, but with Rotobrush, Ierna’s Heating & Cooling technicians can provide you with comprehensive duct cleaning that will be finished before you know it. Don’t look to amateur cleaners with outdated equipment; trust to experienced professionals who stay at the edge of indoor air quality technology.

There’s no reason you shouldn’t schedule duct cleaning in Tampa, FL right now—and if you’ve gone for more than a year without it, now is definitely the right time to start! Contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling to receive the advantages of the Rotobrush air duct cleaning system. You deserve the best indoor air quality possible, and we can help deliver it for you!

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What to Check Before You Call Heating Repair

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Since we don’t use our heating systems all the time in Florida, we might not notice there is a problem early, only when we need our heating systems the most. If your heating system won’t turn on, you might not need to call for repairs right away. There might be a simple reason why you feel insufficient heating from your system, or that your system isn’t turning on. There are a few things you can check yourself to troubleshoot the problem. The issue might end up being quite simple.

However, if you eventually do need to call for heating repair in Tampa, FL, make the number for Ierna’s Heating & Cooling the one you dial. We are on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist you.

Before you call for heating repair, check…

  • The power source: “Make sure it’s plugged in!” You hear this advice for every electronic appliance, but it bears repeating… although in the case of a your heating system, the power source can be a touch more complicated than a single plug. Make sure a circuit breaker hasn’t been tripped, and that the heating system has power.
  • The vents: If you have a heating system that uses forced air (a furnace or a heat pump), look over all the vents in the various rooms, especially any room that feels colder than normal. The vents might be shut, or have accidentally become blocked because of shifting furniture.
  • The thermostat: The thermostat is a key component of your heating system, and one that often gets taken for granted. If the thermostat is set incorrectly, it will not turn the heating system on at the right time. (Or, contrariwise, it might make the heating system run constantly when it shouldn’t.) If you have a programmable thermostat, look carefully over its programming to see that it was done correctly.

Now call for heating repair

So the heating system has power, the vents are clear, the thermostat looks A-Okay. Now you should call for professional heating repair. Don’t try to perform any more diagnostics, and definitely don’t seize a home toolkit and try to do the work yourself (especially for a natural gas system!). It takes the work of NATE-certified technicians to perform the work effectively so it will be done right the first time.

Ierna’s Heating & Cooling has a staff of certified and licensed professionals who can handle all makes and models of heating system. Make us your choice for that phone call for heating repair in Tampa, FL.

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How Leaky Ductwork Can Further Damage Your Furnace in Tampa

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Furnaces use the principle of forced air to provide you with heat. After raising the temperature of the air inside their cabinets (either through gas jets or electric heating elements), they distribute hot air throughout your home via ducwork.

Ducts are an important step in this process. Should the ducts develop air leaks along their length, it can cause serious problems for your furnace. If you become aware of duct breaks, you should schedule furnace repair in Tampa, FL immediately. A leaky duct can cause damage to your furnace, leading to problems with your heating and potentially a drop in your air quality.

Look to Ierna’s Heating & Cooling to take care of your furnace when you have leaky ducts. We are NATE and EPA-certified and will deliver you quality repairs.

Damages from leaky ductwork

The major problem your furnace can suffer because of leaks in ducts is dust. Breaks in ducts often open onto closed areas of a home with little ventilation, such as between walls and in the attic, where dust gathers. This will enter the ductwork and soon start to clog up the furnace filter. The filter is what protects the internal components from damage from external debris, but once it becomes clogged it will become less effective.

Ductwork leaks also cause a loss of pressure, and this means a loss of heat. This will cause the furnace to need to work harder to reach its normal temperature—leading to your system aging rapidly. The increase of dust will also contribute to the problem, because it restricts air flow due to the congestion in the ductwork and resistance along the dust-covered duct walls. Your furnace’s motors, fan belts, and other moving parts will wear down quickly because of the overwork, and eventually lead to the need for premature repairs and eventually replacement.

Repair the furnace—and fix those ducts!

When you need furnace repair because of leaky ducts, you will also need to have the ducts fixed and cleaned. Call up Ierna’s Heating & Cooling to have both done. We have duct cleaning and sealing specialists who can restore your ducts to their best working order. And our heating repair specialists will make sure that your furnace is cleaned and repaired so it will keep giving you the warm air you need. Call us today for duct cleaning, sealing, and furnace repair in Tampa, FL.

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How Does a Heat Pump Provide Heating in Cold Temperatures?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Heat pumps operate on the same principle as a standalone air conditioner: they use the cycling of refrigerant to move heat from one location and put it in another. During hot weather, the direction of the heat exchange moves from the indoors to the outdoors: the heat pump takes heat from inside a home and places it outside. During cold weather, the direction switches (thanks to a reversing valve), and the heat pump removes heat from outdoors and puts it indoors.

But wait a minute, you might think, how does that work? How can a heat pump provide heat from the outside during cold weather? We’ll explain a bit in this post. But if your heat pump ever starts to struggle with giving you sufficient heating in Trinity, FL, call up our repair experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling—24 hours a day, 7 days a week—and they’ll solve your troubles.

Heat pumps can do the job in Florida weather

The truth about heat pump operation is that they do have trouble extracting heat from the outdoors when the temperature drops to frigid levels. Unless the outdoor temperature has reached absolute zero (and that would be bad news, but thankfully is scientifically impossible), there is some molecular motion occurring that produces heat, and so the heat pump has something it can extract.

But when the thermostat drops below freezing, the amount of ambient heat available for the heat pump to extract becomes so low that the heat pump will begin operating inefficiently. For this reason, people who live in regions of the country that experience harsh winters need to have back-up systems like a propane-powered furnace to assist the heat pump.

However… you don’t live in one of those icy states. You live in Florida. And Florida is one of the best places in the country to have a heat pump installed. They provide effective air conditioning all through the long summers (and help remove humidity from your indoor air) and rarely have to worry about a below-freezing day during the heat.

You should definitely place a heat pump high on your shopping list of systems to install for your heating in Trinity, FL. If you already have a heat pump working for you, make sure it gets proper repairs and maintenance. Ierna’s Heating & Cooling can handle all your heat pump needs with our NATE-certified technicians.

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