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How Routine Maintenance Affects Your Air Conditioner’s Performance

Monday, July 11th, 2016

We’ve written about it before, and you’ve likely heard about air conditioning maintenance, but do you really know how important it is? Regular maintenance is essential to keeping a well-functioning air conditioner in your home. As you are very well aware, summer means heat and humidity in these parts, and you do not want to be stuck with an air conditioning system that is struggling to do its job.

By hiring a trained professional to thoroughly inspect and tune-up your AC system, you’ll be able to rely on cooling your home as effectively as you should be able to this season. Keep reading to learn more about how regular maintenance appointments affect the performance of your air conditioning system.

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Choosing a System for Your Light Commercial Heating Needs

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

When running a business, no matter the size, your heating system has to be both effective and energy efficient; after all, it doesn’t serve you or your business well if most of your budget is going toward heating your commercial space. So what are your options when it comes to light commercial heating in Odessa? Here are some system choices to consider:

Packaged Unit

Packaged units come in a variety of combinations to allow you to both heat and cool your space with a single, packaged unit. The main 3 combinations include:

  • A hybrid heating system (heat pump combined with back-up gas furnace)
  • Gas furnace/whole-space air conditioner
  • Heat pump system

Working with a trained expert can help you decide what type of packaged unit will work best for your space, your employees and your business.

Split-System Heating: Two Choices

When it comes to having a split heating system, where part of the system is housed outdoors and the other is indoors, you have 2 main choices:

  • Heat pump
  • Hybrid system

With both a heat pump system and hybrid system, you have an outdoor unit that contains the condenser and compressor. The outdoor unit absorbs the available heat in the air, concentrates it, then blows the warm air into your business space. In the summer, it’s the opposite: the warm air inside is absorbed and transferred to the outdoors.

Hybrid systems take things a step further: with a hybrid system, you have a back-up gas furnace that turns on automatically when the air temperature outside reaches a certain degree, usually around the freezing mark. This is because heat pumps absorb heat from the air outdoors, and when the air becomes cold, there is less available heat to absorb. In a hybrid system, the outdoor unit is equipped with a sensor that reads the temperature, and when the outdoor air reaches the temperature you’ve pre-set, typically a few degrees above freezing, your dual-fuel thermostat automatically switches to the back-up gas furnace for heating. A second pre-set temperature setting switches the heating action back to the heat pump.

If you are having difficulty deciding what kind of light commercial heating system to install in Odessa, call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Air Conditioning in Tampa: How to Cut Down Costs

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Because of how much we have come to rely on air conditioning in Tampa, it’s no wonder that many homeowners throughout the area are also looking for ways to cut down on energy costs. While we cannot control the cost of electricity in your area, we can help you find ways of using that energy more efficiently. In this post, we’d like to share with you some ways on how to do exactly that. If you’d like more information about air conditioning in Tampa and the services we offer, call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today!

  • Routinely replace your air filter: Though you may have heard many times about the importance of changing your air filter, don’t take it too lightly. Dirty and clogged air filters can do a number on your AC system, leading to reduced performance levels, increased wear and tear, increased need of repairs, and even premature replacement. During the cooling season, you should replace you air filter about once a month, depending on what it looks like, and the size of your cooling system.
  • Install a programmable thermostat: If you’re still using a manual thermostat, then you’re missing out on substantial energy savings and customizable climate control. Why pay to keep your unoccupied home cool all day long just so you can stroll in after 5 p.m. to a cool home? With a programmable thermostat, you can increase your energy savings without sacrificing your comfort.
  • Enroll in a maintenance plan: There’s no substitute for professional care. When you enroll in a maintenance plan, your home will be in good hands year-round. Inspection, cleaning, and tune-ups are all performed thoroughly and with the attention to detail that professional training and experience permit.

When you’re ready to cut down on your energy costs, get in touch with a technician at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling for comprehensive air conditioning services in Tampa. Call us today to find out what we can do for your home.

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Air Conditioning Tip: What You Need To Know About Mobile Home AC

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Cooling mobile homes can often be challenging. As most air conditioners are designed for use in conventional homes, mobile homes require a specific type of unit and ductwork to work properly in the compact space. If you need a new mobile home AC, or need professional repair services on your existing system, then make sure you hire a professional who knows how to approach the uniqueness of the mobile home. For New Port Richey, FL air conditioning services, call the pros at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today!

There are many different types of AC systems on the market today. The one best geared for installation in the mobile home is known as a packaged unit. When most people think of central air, they think of a split system, with the indoor unit housing an air handler/evaporator coil and an outdoor unit housing a compressor/condenser. They are connected by lines of refrigerant. A packaged unit has all of these same components, but it houses all of them together in a single package. Because space is at a premium in a mobile home, installing a conventional indoor unit would be inconvenient. Instead, a packaged unit sits off to the side of the mobile home, so that it doesn’t interfere with your living space. Bryant packaged air conditioners offer some of the best possible performance for mobile home applications, with high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, low operating volume, and sturdy design.

Your packaged unit requires specialized flexible ductwork in order to provide effective and efficient transport between the home and the AC. Typically, this runs underneath your mobile home, and will require some light work to the structure of your home so that it can be adequately integrated into your living space. The installation of the ductwork is a critical step because so much of your energy efficiency and cooling performance depends upon it being a sealed system.

We hope this brief guide helps you understand a little bit more about what you need to know about mobile home AC. For more information, contact the New Port Richey, FL air conditioning experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today

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Tampa, FL Air Conditioning Installation Options

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Spring is an excellent time to make sure your home cooling system is in top shape for the fast approaching summer. You need to make sure that it can handle another intense cooling season, because breakdowns in August can be stressful and frustrating. By preparing now, you can also avoid the summer rush for air conditioning service. If you’re looking for an air conditioner, whether for a new home or to replace your existing system, there are a number of options available today that provide excellent and energy-efficient cooling performance. There’s is no better time for air conditioning installation in Tampa, FL, so call your local professional at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today!

Let’s take a look at some of your options:

  • Central air. Far and away the most popular type of residential AC system, central air split systems are cost-effective and efficient systems. Their components are divided into an outdoor unit, which houses the compressor and condenser coils, and an indoor unit, which houses the evaporator coils and air handler. As with all air conditioning, pressurized refrigerant circulates through a cycle of phase changes, removing hot air from your home and sending cool air through an extensive system of ductwork. Paired with a zone control system and programmable thermostats, you can take further control of your indoor climate, with customized temperature for each part of your home, and for each time of the day.
  • Ductless mini splits. As its name suggests, ductless mini splits do not use a system of ductwork to extract and distribute air in your home. However, they are still split systems, with the same type of outdoor unit as a central air. The indoor air handler of a ductless system sits high on the wall or suspended from a ceiling. You can have up to four air handlers for each outdoor compressor/condenser unit, which gives you a built-in zone system, offering comprehensive climate control. They are highly efficient because they don’t use ductwork, and operate nearly silently.

These are just two of the options available for your new air conditioning system. For comprehensive air conditioning installation in Tampa, FL, rely on the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today! 

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AC Guide: Common AC Noises and What They Mean

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Most homeowners are not professional air conditioning technicians. It is part of the responsibility of being a homeowner, though, to recognize irregularities in the performance of your home comfort systems and to contact a professional service provider when necessary. Still, it can be difficult to understand when professional service is necessary.

At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling, we believe that the best way for homeowners to make informed decisions is simply to provide them with information. If you notice strange noises coming from the air conditioner in your Land O’ Lakes home you should call a professional. Here are some of the possible problems you may be facing.

A high pitched whine coming from your air conditioner may indicate a slipped belt or a lack of lubrication on some moving part. Both of these potential problems should be dealt with immediately. Insufficiently lubricated moving parts will wear down faster than they ought to, leading to system damages.

Any grinding sounds coming from your outdoor unit merit a professional service call to your Land O’ Lakes home immediately. The chassis of the outdoor unit will need to be removed. It is possible that the moving components are dirty or that twigs, leaves and other debris have made their way into the system.

If you notice the development of a rattling or banging sound indoors while running your air conditioner you may have a problem with your air duct system. Problems with your ductwork can be especially problematic, as they can not only reduce efficiency and damage your air conditioning system but may also result in poor indoor air quality. If your air ducts have loosened since their installation or are fitted together loosely they will move around, allowing for gaps and cracks in the system. The banging of the air ducts may be the result of this looseness. These gaps allow air to escape and pollutants to enter the ductwork system.

Do not take strange noises emanating from your air ducts lightly. They may be indicative of serious problems. Contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today to schedule any necessary air conditioning repair services. We’ll make sure that the air conditioner in your Land O’ Lakes home is as efficient and effective as possible.

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Common Furnace Problems in Lutz

Monday, November 19th, 2012

It’s always comforting to hear the furnace in your Lutz home kick on when you switch your thermostat to heating in the winter. Furnaces are one of the most common heating systems in America. They are reliable and durable systems. But sometimes, like everything else, they break down. We thought it would be helpful for our customers if we put together a list of some of the most common furnace problems that we see. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s probably best to call your local Lutz heating contractor.

Low Air Flow

When your furnace is on you should be able to feel a nice warm flow of air coming out of the register. If you’re only getting a trickle of air, there are a couple of likely culprits.

  • Dirty air filter – This is one of the most common problems in households with furnaces. Your furnace has an air filter that is meant to keep dust and dirt from collecting on the moving parts inside your furnace. If it isn’t changed regularly, it can restrict air flow to the point where your furnace simply can’t push any air to your home.
  • The fan – The fan, also called a blower, inside your furnace is responsible for pushing the air through your duct system and into your rooms. If your fan hasn’t been properly maintained or if it is broken, you might not be getting enough air into your house.

Insufficient Heat

Not getting enough heat is another common furnace problem in Lutz. Here are some of the contributing factors:

  • Pilot light is out – Your pilot light can go out occasionally. But if it starts to happen repeatedly it could be a problem that only a licensed professional can handle.
  • Thermostat – The thermostat in your home is responsible for turning on your furnace when the temperature gets too low. If your thermostat isn’t working properly, it might not be telling your furnace that you need heat.

If you’re experiencing any of these heating problems in your home in Lutz, call the heating experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling.

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Duct Cleaning Tip: Why Clean Your Ducts Before the Heating Season

Monday, November 5th, 2012

There is always a lot to do when winter is on its way. At Ierna’s Heating & Cooling we like to remind folks to have their ductwork cleaned out as well. It may not be something that you do on a regular basis, but professional duct cleaning service can make a big difference in the efficiency, effectiveness and cleanliness of your heating system. Call Ierna’s today to learn more about how duct cleaning can improve your heating experience in Wesley Chapel.

As you use your heating system and it circulates air throughout your home, dirt and debris from that air can deposit itself inside your ductwork. While it would take a lot of matter to block off your ducts it is possible for enough pollutants to accumulate to reduce the efficiency of your ductwork by creating airflow resistance.  Additionally, as your heater circulates air throughout your home it can also circulate that debris everywhere with it. If your ducts are dirty then your heating system can actually disperse dirt throughout your home, lowering indoor air quality and aggravating allergy and asthma symptoms.

Not everyone is going to need professional duct cleaning, but it is important that you schedule it with a qualified professional if your do need it. There are certain circumstances and indicators that your home will benefit from professional duct cleaning that you should be aware of. First of all, if you have had any infestation problems with rodents or insects you should have your ducts professionally cleaned to get rid of anything they may have left behind. If you have never had your ducts cleaned you may want to have them inspected to decide if a cleaning would benefit your home. Even something as simple as owning a pet can lead to debris in your ductwork that would be best cleaned out.

If you are concerned about the cleanliness of your ductwork then it is worth it to have them professionally cleaned. Call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today if you have any further questions about the professional duct cleaning services that we off in the Wesley Chapel  area.

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Air Quality Tip: How Indoor Air Quality Devices Work with Your HVAC System

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Indoor air quality is not something that many people think about in Lutz. However, the EPA says that indoor air quality is one of the top 5 respiratory health concerns in the nation. Many people don’t realize that the air inside their home can actually be more polluted than the air outside. Without proper ventilation, humidity control and air cleaning, your air will continue to be dirty. If you’re not sure exactly how an indoor air quality control system would work with your AC system, we’ve put together a short description of how it works.

How Your Air Conditioning System Works

Most homes in Lutz have a traditional central air conditioning system. This system has an outdoor condensing unit that uses a refrigerant to remove heat from your home. The refrigerant is circulated through a series of evaporator coils inside the indoor air handler where a fan blows air across the cooled coils. The refrigerant in the coils strips the air of its heat and the air is pushed throughout the house via your ductwork.

Common Pollutants

The air we breathe is filled with all kinds of particles. These contaminants are classified into two categories: particulate matter and gaseous pollutants.  Particulate matter encompasses things like pollen, mold, bacteria, viruses, pet dander, smoke and dust.  Gaseous pollutants include tobacco smoke, vehicle exhaust, gasses from combustion of gas stoves and from the use of products like paints, varnishes, pesticides and cleaning products.

Types of Air Cleaners

Most air cleaners operate in-duct. This means that they are installed in your duct work or inside your air handler. Air cleaners can either trap the particles, using a filter or electrostatic attraction, or destroy them, as is the case with ultra-violet cleaners.

  • Particle Removal – Particle removal is normally accomplished by passing the air through a membrane that captures the particles. They can be flat or folded. These devices trap dust, pollen, some molds and pet dander. They come with a MERV rating that indicates which kind of particles it can trap. The higher the MERV rating, the more particles it will trap but the more restrictive it is to air flow. HEPA filters are a type of filter that are typically installed in medical facilities.
  • Pollutant Destruction – Some contaminants can’t be trapped and have to be destroyed. This is the case with some bacteria, viruses and mold spores. These have to be destroyed. This is accomplished by installing ultra-violet lights in your ductwork. While harmless to humans in small quantities, UV light is fatal to many kinds of bacteria and viruses.

If you have any questions about indoor air quality, call the experts at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling. We have years of experience offering outstanding indoor air quality services in Lutz. We’d love to talk with you.

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Heating and Cooling Tip: Reasons You Should Consider a Bryant Furnace

Monday, October 8th, 2012

When you’re considering replacing your old furnace in your Tampa home, there are many different brands that you can consider. Bryant has been manufacturing high quality furnaces for many years and has three different lines of products for any budget size. We’ve put together some benefits of buying from Bryant that you can consider as you decide which furnace is right for you.

3 Lines of Furnaces

Bryant offers three distinct lines of furnaces for your home. From the entry-level Legacy line, to the Preferred line and, finally, the incredible Evolution line, Bryant has a furnace to match your home size and your budget size.

Durability

Bryant furnaces are manufactured to their high standards and are top quality. Bryant has been making furnaces for over 100 years and have built a name for themselves by making a product that people can trust.

Efficiency

The efficiency of furnaces is measured by an AFUE rating (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) which measures the percentage of fuel that the furnace actually converts into heat over an entire season. The entry-level Bryant Legacy furnaces have an average AFUE rating of 80%. Bryant’s Preferred line also offers an 80% AFUE rating but also include variable speed fans which allow the furnace to conserve energy when the outside air temperature is not very cold. Bryant’s Evolution line boasts an impressive 96.6% AFUE rating, variable speed fans, humidity control and much more.

If you’re interested in learning more about Bryant or if you just have general heating or furnace questions, don’t hesitate to call the Tampa heating professionals at Ierna’s Heating & Cooling.

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