IERNA's Heating & Cooling Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Land O Lakes’

Choosing Your Next Water Heater: Should You Go Tankless?

Monday, January 29th, 2018

tankless water heaterHow many times a day do you think about your water heater? Chances are, your answer to that is zero, or at least not as many times as you actually use your water heater each day. But when it comes to servicing your water heater, particularly if it’s time to replace it, we urge you to think very carefully about this appliance.

If you need a new water heater—whether it is a replacement or it’s for a brand new home—we are the team to call. You’ll be put in touch with a highly experienced and well trained Land O’ Lakes, FL plumber who has the knowledge needed to help you make an educated decision about what type of water heater to have put in, as well as the size and other factors you’ll want to consider.

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Consider Your Comfort This Hurricane Season

Monday, June 5th, 2017

hurricane-season-consider-comfortForecasters are predicting that this year’s hurricane season will bring fewer storms than normal, which is something we all definitely hope is the case! Still though, while we may see slightly less wind activity—and of course, your safety is top priority this time of year—there are still some factors that remain unchanged year-to-year. For example, with the excess moisture in the air, comes excess indoor humidity.

When the relative humidity in your home reaches about 50% (30-50% is the range of comfort) it means there is too much moisture, and it will be harder for you to cool down, as your sweat will not evaporate as easily. Excess humidity also causes problems for your property and your cooling system. Fortunately, there is a solution—a Land O’ Lakes, FL dehumidifier installation.

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Air Conditioning Maintenance: What Is It, Exactly?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

what-is-air-conditioning-maintenanceIt never really cooled down too much during our “heating” season. And with spring officially here, it’s only a matter of time until we begin using our air conditioners on a daily basis—if you aren’t already. As such, it’s imperative that you ensure that it is properly cared for, with routine Land O’ Lakes, FL air conditioning maintenance.

You’ll often hear us tout the benefits of routine air conditioner maintenance—improved energy efficiency, reduced repairs, longer lifespan, and financial savings. But perhaps you’re more concerned with the process and how disruptive it may be. We’d like to help you understand exactly what happens during an air conditioner tune-up so you know what to expect when you schedule your next appointment with us.

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How Do Heat Pumps Actually Work?

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Using a heat pump to both heat and cool your Florida home is a very efficient choice to keep your home comfortable all year long. Heat pumps serve as all-in-one units, with the same basic set up as an air conditioner used to perform heating functions as well as AC functions.

Does a heat pump use refrigerant? Yes, absolutely. Without refrigerant gas, the heat pump wouldn’t be able to function, which makes this fluid an integral part of the unit’s ability to operate. Keep reading to learn more about the refrigerant process and how this enables your heat pump to actually operate.

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Is Now a Good Time to Have a Ductless System Installed?

Monday, December 12th, 2016

While a large part of the country is getting ready for chilly weather in the coming months, we’re still experiencing temperatures in the 70s and higher. However, even so, our temperatures have cooled off a bit and that actually makes now the perfect time to consider an air conditioning system replacement.

Living in a climate such as ours makes a ductless mini split system a great option. This is because they perform at their best in areas with hot summers and mild winters. We’re excited to share more about these types of systems and the many benefits of them below. Keep reading to learn more!

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Why Do Clean Air Ducts Matter?

Monday, 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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Use a Dehumidifier to Help Your Air Conditioner

Monday, 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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Understanding the Role of Your Air Conditioner’s Capacitor

Monday, August 29th, 2016

When it comes to using your air conditioning system, you probably don’t think very much about how exactly it operates… until something goes wrong of course. We don’t expect you to have expert knowledge as to the mechanics involved in your AC system, that’s what we are here for! We don’t think any homeowner should be tasked with fixing an AC unit on their own.

Despite the availability of our professional services, however, it can be beneficial for you to have a basic knowledge of the important components of your home cooling system. This way if something does go wrong you can understand it better. One of these important components is your system’s capacitor.

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The Problem with a Clogged AC Condensate Drain

Monday, July 25th, 2016

When it comes to troubleshooting air conditioning problems, the most common complaints we get are about the condenser making odd noises, or the AC system not blowing out cold air due to a refrigerant leak. These are both examples of very serious AC system problems that should be repaired right way, but one should never ignore what can go wrong with their condensate drain. But first, you must understand what exactly this air conditioning component is to understand why a clogged drain can create a huge problem.

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When Should I Change My Air Conditioner’s Air Filter?

Monday, June 20th, 2016

If you are a Florida homeowner who doesn’t pay much attention to their air conditioner’s air filter, you are not alone. However, neglecting this AC component can do a lot more harm than good. This is one maintenance task that you can and should handle on your own, on a regular basis!

The air filter that your HVAC system is supplied with at installation is there to protect the cabinet which houses the system. It helps prevent dust and other debris from entering via return air vents, which can create damage. Basically if the filter is left unattended for too long, it will become congested and will not allow for efficient airflow or an effective AC system at all.

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