Why You Should Consider DustStopper Filter Installation

January 20th, 2015

Do you or your family members have severe allergies that need to be managed throughout the year? Indoor allergies can be a challenge, especially during the hottest and coldest times of the year when you can’t open your windows for extra ventilation. If you’ve considered adding an air filtration system to help reduce the allergens in your Miami home, you may want to look at the DustStopper.

What’s the DustStopper?

The specialized design of the DustStopper makes it a great choice for air filtration, particularly for allergy sufferers. There are two reasons for this: first, the DustStopper is made from synthetic fibers that can capture up to 99% of particles that are 10 microns or bigger in size. The synthetic fibers used in the DustStopper are designed to filter more air than other mechanical filters, enabling the DustStopper a larger volume of allergens and contaminants. The second reason the DustStopper is great for air filtration is that it doesn’t restrict the airflow in your HVAC system the way a HEPA filter can. The bottom line is that with a DustStopper, you’ll get the highest of air filtration ability without having to worry about airflow restriction in your system.

Install with a Professional

If you choose to install a DustStopper filter, you should also hire a professional to perform the installation. This is because the DustStopper filter needs to be the correct size for your HVAC blower in order to work correctly. Additionally, the DustStopper filter should be changed regularly to ensure proper functioning, which is something you can schedule with the technician.

Think a DustStopper air filtration system is a good fit for your home in Miami? Then call Air on Demand today and schedule an appointment with one of our indoor air quality experts!

Is It Too Early to Plan for Air Conditioning Installation?

January 13th, 2015

You’ve decided that you’ll need a new air conditioning system for the new year. This is an important step towards improved efficiency and performance from your system for greater energy savings, as well as comfort and peace of mind that your new system will last for many years to come. It may seem a bit early in the year to think about it now, but here in Florida, weather is fairly unpredictable throughout the year, and most experts would say it’s better to replace an older AC now than later on.

When you need air conditioning installation in Homestead, FL, call the experts at Air on Demand for quality service from a name you can trust.

It may be the case that your air conditioning system still runs, just not quite as well as you’d hope. It’s certainly expected that an air conditioning system will struggle later in its life, offering noticeably decreased performance and taking longer to cool a home. And this means that you’re spending far more every month on your energy bills than you need to. An air conditioning system that takes longer to cool your home will use far too much energy to get the job done as the worn-down parts must fight to keep up with demands.

Besides, if you delay air conditioning installation for too long, you risk a broken down system. Installing a new air conditioner is not a process you’ll want to rush through, and it’s never ideal to be without air conditioning for any period of time when it’s warm and humid outside. A broken down system may even be more costly to replace, and it’s likely that you’ll end up paying more to replace a failed unit than you would have otherwise.

You should allow yourself plenty of time to plan for air conditioning installation, which generally means going through the process sooner rather than later. Give yourself some time to choose a quality contractor with years of experience and a variety of options to choose from. And remember that the install itself may take the entire day or more depending on the circumstances.

Call Air on Demand today to speak with contractors who will detail your options and provide quality service for air conditioning installation in Homestead, FL.

What Is the Best Type of Heater for a Swimming Pool

January 6th, 2015

When you bought a new pool or purchased a home with a pool in South Miami, you may never have expected you would need a pool heater. But as the months went by, you probably quickly discovered that using the pool in the summer months can be an unpleasant experience. Pool heaters can allow you extra months of enjoyment, exercise, and family fun, but there are actually a few different types of swimming pool heaters to choose from.

When you decide it’s time to heat up your pool for the winter, call the experts at Air on Demand for expert installation and advice on pool heaters in South Miami.

Gas swimming pool heaters used to be the norm, using the natural gas from the utility company to power the outside unit. Gas units operate using combustion to generate heat and a heat exchanger to transfer that heat to the water. Water continuously cycles through the unit and back to the pool. Gas swimming pool heaters are still widely used, but they’re generally considered best for heating a pool for only a short period of time. This is best for pools that are used infrequently and need a type of heater that will work quickly.

Heat Pump Pool Heaters

But there are other options for you to choose from, and it’s better to let a professional help you select the proper unit. One of the most popular types in use today is the heat pump pool heater. These are extremely efficient because they don’t actually have to generate heat. Instead, they use a refrigerant blend to absorb heat from the outside and move it to the condenser coil. As it condenses it gives off heat, which transfers to the water cycling through the unit and back to the pool repeatedly.

Heat pump pool heaters are one of the most efficient and effective units out there, but it’s important to let a professional help you to make a final decision. Any pool heater must be sized to meet the needs of your pool and the outdoor climate.

Call Air on Demand for quality professional installation by experts trained on pool heaters in South Miami.

12 Grapes for 12 Months: An Unusual New Year’s Tradition

January 1st, 2015

Across the world, many cultures have specific traditions to celebrate the transition from the old year to the new. In the U.S. and Canada, we associate New Year’s with the ball in Times Square, kissing at the stroke of midnight, resolutions, and singing “Old Lang Syne.” But for many Spanish-speaking countries, one of the key traditions has to do with eating grapes as fast as possible.

The “twelve grapes” tradition comes from Spain, where it is called las doce uvas de la suerte (“The Twelve Lucky Grapes”). To ensure good luck for the next year, people eat one green grape for each of the upcoming twelve months. However, you cannot just eat the grapes during the first day of the new year any time you feel like it. You must eat the twelve grapes starting at the first stroke of midnight on Nochevieja (“Old Night,” New Year’s Eve) as one year changes to another. And you have to keep eating: with each toll of midnight, you must eat another grape, giving you about twelve seconds to consume all of them. If you can finish all dozen grapes—you can’t still be chewing on them!—before the last bell toll fades, you will have a luck-filled new year.

Where did this tradition come from? No one is certain, although it appears to be more than a century old. One story about the Twelve Lucky Grapes is that a large crop of grapes in 1909 in Alicante, Spain led to the growers seeking out a creative way to eliminate their surplus. But recent research through old newspapers shows that perhaps the tradition goes back almost thirty years earlier to the 1880s, where eating grapes was meant to mock the upper classes who were imitating the French tradition of dining on grapes and drinking champagne on New Year’s Eve.

It can be difficult to consume grapes this fast, and the lucky grapes of New Year’s Eve have seeds in them, making the job even trickier. (Seedless grapes are not common in Spain the way they are over here.) For people to manage eating all the grapes before the last stroke of midnight requires swallowing the seeds as well and only taking a single bite of each grape.

Oh, there is one more twist to the tradition: you have to be wearing red undergarments, and they have to be given to you as a gift. The origins of this part of the tradition are even more mysterious, and it’s anybody’s guess why this started.

Whether you go for the grape challenge or find another way to ring in New Year’s, all of us at Air On Demand hope you have a great start to the year and a, uhm, fruitful 2015.

The Composition of Snowflakes: Are No Two Alike?

December 25th, 2014

“No two snowflakes are alike.”

This is a statement nearly every schoolchild has heard at least once, either while crafting unique snowflakes with a sheet of folded paper and some scissors or while learning a lesson on the science of snow. While even most scientists don’t quite understand what causes a snowflake to form such complex and beautiful columns and points and branches, one thing is for certain, the composition of snowflakes guarantees that no two will ever be identical.  However, it is possible for two snowflakes to appear to be nearly exactly alike.

A snowflake begins to form when a piece of dust catches water vapor out of the air. Water is created when two hydrogen molecules attach to an oxygen molecule. The two hydrogen molecules are angled from one another in such a way that they form a hexagonal shape when they come together during the freezing process; thus, a snowflake begins as a simple hexagonal shape or as layers of hexagons called diamond dust. The emergent properties that follow from the original hexagon are what differentiate one snowflake from another, as the humidity, the temperature in the air, and many other factors (some of which remain unclear to scientists) allow each snowflake to form in an entirely unique way with a seemingly endless variety of shapes.

However, in 1988, a scientist named Nancy Knight claimed to have located two that were the same while studying snowflakes as part of an atmospheric research project. And it appeared to be so; when put under a microscope, the emergent properties looked nearly identical. But while it is feasible that two snowflakes can appear to be exactly alike on the outside, they are never identical on an atomic level. Deuterium is an atom that appears attached to about one in every 3000 hydrogen molecules in the air. Because there are millions of atoms that make up a snowflake, the random assortment of deuterium in any two snowflakes—even in two that so very closely resemble one another—simply cannot be the same.

Here at Air On Demand, we’d like to remind you to grab a cup of cocoa and relax with your family this holiday, perhaps by crafting some unique snowflake creations of your own. We wish you a very happy holiday season, from our family to yours!

What Are Some of My Options for Amana Air Conditioners

December 17th, 2014

So you need a new air conditioning unit but are unsure of how to choose from all of the brands and products available out there. At Air on Demand, we’d like to help you out with part of that equation. Amana has been around since 1934, and this company continues to set the industry trends and develop the innovative technology used for comfort systems around the world. An Amana air conditioning system can bring you lasting comfort and reliability right in your own home or in a commercial setting. Discover your options in our brief primer on the Amana air conditioners available in Richmond Heights.

Products

When you choose from the Amana line of products, you can get a conventional air conditioning unit with an outdoor unit and choose from their line of quality indoor air handlers. These units provide superior comfort and efficiency, variable speed settings, and more. Ask your technician about Amana’s entry level ASX line of air conditioners for residential homes just starting out with a whole-home air conditioning system, or consider choosing from the ASXC line for the best in efficiency and performance Amana has to offer.

Amana even has a line of high quality commercial units if you’re shopping for AC for a small or large commercial property. This includes packaged rooftop units which remain out of sight of clients, customers, employees, and tenants, while keeping the whole building conditioned to your needs.

Efficiency

Furthermore, Amana offers their products in a wide range of efficiencies, with some units boasting a SEER greater than 18. The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of a unit is displayed on any air conditioner sold in the U.S. A higher SEER means a more efficient system, which will amount to greater savings as time goes on. However, you can choose an Amana system with a lower SEER if the cost of installation is a concern.

Air on Demand is proud to be a certified dealer of Amana air conditioners. Learn more about the benefits of these air conditioning systems, schedule repairs, or receive a thorough maintenance inspection by calling us today and asking about Amana air conditioners in Richmond Heights.

FPL Rebates No Longer Available!

December 11th, 2014

*ALERT* *ALERT* *ALERT* *ALERT* *ALERT* *ALERT*

HAVE YOU HEARD? ….. Just in from FP&L “…Changes to FPL’s Residential Air Conditioning Program Standards Effective January 1, 2015…” *

Due to changes in the federal manufacturing standards for residential air conditioning systems, Florida Power and Light will be changing their utility rebate programs.

Effective January 2015 the current utility rebates for air conditioning systems will be drastically cut (by 65%) and may be completely gone in the near future.

To see more about the changes click here: FPL Ends Energy Rebate Program

NOW is the TIME ….if your current air conditioning equipment is more than 8 years old or in need of major repairs, now is the time to take advantage of the REBATES before they are gone.

For more information, please call our offices at 786-735-9271 and we will be glad to discuss these changes.

 

Is Bigger Better When It Comes to Pool Heaters?

December 10th, 2014

A pool heater can extend the pool season for your home: you will get much more use from your recreational pool during the year with the right heating system keeping it warm through the cooler months. When you call Air on Demand for pool heater service, we will make the effort to see that you have a comfortable pool your family and guests can enjoy around the year. We offer many services for pool heaters in Miami, FL, including installation work that will ensure a system that works at peak efficiency.

The Tricky Business of Sizing a Pool Heater

One of the important parts of putting in a pool heater is making sure it is the correct size to maintain the comfortable temperature you want. For most people, the ideal warmth for a pool is between 84° and 86°F. The main obstacle with heating a pool is not the volume of water in the pool, but the amount of heat loss through evaporative cooling that occurs across the service. The job of the pool heater is to replace the heat loss that occurs across the surface, and so the surface size of the pool and the average outdoor temperature are the most crucial factors that a professional installer needs to consider. Average wind levels are also important, since wind increases the amount of evaporative cooling.

In cases of heating the interior of a home, HVAC installers must find a heating system (furnace, boiler, heat pump, etc.) that provides sufficient heat for comfort, but not too much that the system will start to short-cycle, i.e. turn itself off prematurely because it raised the indoor temperature too fast. The same isn’t true of pool heaters, however. A pool heater can be undersized: if it cannot replace the heat lost through evaporative cooling, the pool’s temperature will fall below the ideal. However, there is no such thing as oversizing a pool heater. The larger the heater’s output, the faster it heats the water in the pool, and it will not begin short-cycling.

Nonetheless, although a larger pool heater doesn’t pose the same problems that an oversized indoor heater does, it will cost you more money to install a larger heating system. You want to have your pool heater land in the right zone for comfort and your budget plans. This is why professional installers are key. They will make the measurements necessary to determine the minimum BTU output to reach the 84–86° range based on surface area and rate of heat loss, and then help you decide on the efficiency, fuel type, and size of heating system that meets your budget.

If you are ready to elongate the swimming season at your home, call Air on Demand today and speak to our experts on pool heaters in Miami, FL. We handle everything necessary for a swimming pool you can enjoy day or night, around the year.

How Long Does Pool Heater Installation Take

December 3rd, 2014

Choosing to install a new pool heater is a great way to get a return on your initial investment. Pool heaters give homeowners the opportunity to enjoy their swimming pools year-round without having to bear with the colder temperatures. So if you’ve decided to install a pool heater but haven’t scheduled installation yet, it may be because you still have a few questions about the process. And while the main question on most homeowners’ minds involves cost, others often ask the question: how long will installation take?

Of course, there’s no simple answer to this question. In general, you’ll have to have a technician come look at your pool and discuss your options before they decide on a plan of action. You’ll also need to choose the type of pool heater you’d like to use. You can choose between energy efficient heat pumps or gas-powered models. Most technicians recommend a heat pump as these use very little energy, requiring refrigerant and a pump to move heat from the outside air into your swimming pool. You should give yourself plenty of time to pick the right option for you and make sure a technician sizes the unit for your pool.

Most types of pool heaters will involve outside installation of some sort, and if you need to mount your outside unit in concrete (which is usually the standard process to install a heat pump pool heater), you should allow for an additional day or two. All in all, pool heater installation can take a single day or it can take a few days—it is entirely contingent on your individual needs.

After your pool heater is installed, you’ll still likely have to wait a few days before you can use it although, again, this depends on the size of the pool. It can take as many as three days to heat up a larger pool, if the outside temperature is much cooler than your desired pool temperature. If you’re hoping to take advantage of your pool heater before cooler temperatures start to kick in, call Air on Demand to learn more about how professionals install pool heaters here in Miami.

10 Facts You Should Know about Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2014

Thanksgiving has been celebrated as an official holiday in the United States for over 150 years, so you may think you understand all there is to know about this family feast. Most of us have heard the story of the pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1621 after arriving in North America on the Mayflower. But did you know that only about half of the people on this ship were actually pilgrims? This fact is one of ten things that may actually surprise you about the Thanksgiving tradition!

  1. Although we often consider Thanksgiving a holiday unique to the United States, many other countries and cultures celebrate their own set of harvest-time and thanksgiving traditions. In Korea, Chu-Sok (or “fall evening”) is put on in remembrance of forefathers on August 15th of every year. Brazil celebrates a contemporary version of the U.S. holiday. Chinese, Roman, and Jewish cultures all have a history of harvest celebrations as well.
  2. President Harry S. Truman began the tradition of a ceremony held before Thanksgiving during which the president receives a turkey. George H.W. Bush was the first to pardon the turkey instead of eating it.
  3. In Minnesota alone, farmers raise over 40 million turkeys a year. In fact, U.S. farmers produce about one turkey for every one person in the country.
  4. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American will gain about one to two pounds every year during the holiday season.
  5. On the other hand, turkey is naturally high in protein and has been known to support and boost immune systems to protect against illness and speed up healing. So feast on!
  6. Abraham Lincoln issued a “Thanksgiving Proclamation” in 1863, but a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale can be credited with the idea. While Thanksgiving had been celebrated at different times of year in many areas of the U.S. for years, it was Hale, prominent magazine editor and author of the rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” who urged Lincoln to finally establish the national event.
  7. President Franklin D Roosevelt once tried to change the date of Thanksgiving to the second-to-last Thursday of the month in order to extend the holiday shopping season and boost the economy.
  8. Only about half of the people on the Mayflower were what we would consider today as “Pilgrims.” The other (approximately) 50 people were simply trying to find a way over to the New World.
  9. Gobble, gobble! Click, click? While male turkeys make a gobbling noise, females (hens) do not; it’s often described as a clicking.
  10. Even though we celebrate Thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November, the month of June has been declared National Turkey Lovers’ Month by the National Turkey Federation so you can continue the celebration in the summer as well!

From our family here at Air On Demand, we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!