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!

A Good Rule of Thumb for When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

November 19th, 2014

There are numerous “rules of thumb” when it comes to your home, including for the installation of appliances and whole-home systems. While rules of thumb can be good for small things like installing a window shade, they may not be great for bigger things, like replacing your air conditioning in Doral. This is because you may miss the inclusion of some important factors necessary for installing the right system for your home. The best rule of thumb you can use for installing a new air conditioner is to work with a trained professional from start to finish. Working with an expert helps ensure that you’ll find an air conditioning system that fits the needs of you and your home for the long-term, and the experts at Air on Demand can help you with every step.

Sizing

Sizing is one of the most important aspects of any home system installation. Installing an air conditioning system that is too big can leave you feeling cold and clammy, and one that is too small may not cool your home adequately. Additionally, both situations put a great deal of stress and wear on your system, which can result in malfunction and breakdown. Performing a cooling load calculation is critical to determining what size AC you need, and there are several factors to consider aside from square footage, including:

  • Orientation of your home
  • Number of occupants
  • Floor plan
  • Number of rooms and stories
  • Number and types of windows and doors
  • Insulation levels
  • Daytime heat gain

Type of System

Once you know what size AC you need to cool your home, you have a decision to make on the type of system you want. Some current options are:

  • Heat pumps
  • Traditional split-systems
  • Ductless systems

Understanding how each type works and the benefits each can offer you is important to making an informed decision about your AC replacement.

Rules of thumb can be helpful for small household tasks, but when it comes to the installation of a new air conditioning system in Doral, it’s best to use the assistance of a trained expert. If you are ready for a new AC system, call Air on Demand and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

What Might Go Wrong with Your Heat Pump Pool Heater

November 12th, 2014

When you first purchased a swimming pool, you intended to use it all year long in order to get the most out of your investment. Of course, you didn’t envision that the water could become so cool, even in the beautiful Florida weather. A cold pool can make it less enjoyable and can keep you from getting the most out of your investment, which is why many homeowners choose to add on a pool heater as well.

If you own a heat pump pool heater, annual maintenance is key to keeping it working as it should all year round. While these are some of the most efficient types of pool heaters available on the market, there are a few things that may go wrong over time. Let’s take a look.

  • Refrigerant Leaks: Heat pump pool heaters use refrigerant to absorb heat from the outdoor air, heat it up even further at the compressor, and transfer the heat to a heat exchanger through which water from the pool becomes heated. If refrigerant is low, you may notice insufficient heating or your system may fail to operate, and a technician will have to seal the leak(s).
  • Broken Fan Motor: A large fan draws in air from the outside so that refrigerant can absorb the heat. If the fan motor breaks due to electrical problems or debris blocking the motor, a technician may need to repair or replace the motor or the fan.
  • Heat Exchanger Problems: The heat exchanger is built to be fairly durable, but it could still fall victim to corrosion due to chemicals in the pool.
  • Faulty Compressor: The compressor is the unit that heats up refrigerant to an extreme temperature and raise the pressure so that it can heat the water and pump back through the unit. If this is impaired, it may require a brand new unit.
  • Improper Sizing: Unfortunately, a broken down pool heater, one that uses far too much energy, or a heater that doesn’t quite seem to do its job effectively may be the wrong size for your pool. Only let an experienced professional size your new water heater to prevent these sorts of problems from occurring.

Heat pump pool heaters are some of the most durable and efficient on the market, but they may need repairs at some point in time. Call Air on Demand for quality installation, maintenance or repair for pool heater in Kendall.

Should I Replace My AC Even If It Still Works Well?

November 5th, 2014

Properly maintaining your air conditioning system can help extend its life. However, an aging system does have some drawbacks that maintenance and repair can’t fix, and at some point you may need to consider an air conditioning replacement in South Miami. Installing a new air conditioning system is not a DIY kind of project, so call the people you can trust: Air on Demand.

Reasons to Consider a New AC

Age

Most air conditioners have a lifespan of 10-12 years; with excellent maintenance, the lifespan can stretch to 15 years. While your existing air conditioner may be working fine now, it is bound to start developing problems common to aging systems. These problems may include an inability to cool properly and a need for constant repairs. Air conditioners are durable, but they aren’t meant to last forever. If your system is more than 12 years old, you may want to see what a new system can do for you and your home.

Efficiency

Today’s air conditioners are much more energy efficient than ones produced just 10 years ago. Additionally, the federal law changed in 2006, mandating that all air conditioners have a minimum SEER of 13; before this law changed, the minimum SEER requirement was 10. If your system is 8 years old or older, you may be losing out on significant energy savings.

Refrigerant Type

One of the main problems with air conditioning has been the use of R-22 refrigerant, better known as Freon. There has been a steady phase-out of the use of R-22 since the 1990s, but it wasn’t until 2010 that air conditioners could no longer be produced with R-22. Since 2010, the production of Freon has decreased significantly, and it can only be used for repairs. By 2020, Freon will no longer be available anywhere. What does this mean for you? If your air conditioning system uses R-22 refrigerant, you are going to have to install a new system by 2020, because the new refrigerants on the market are not compatible with an R-22 system.

If you aren’t sure whether or not it’s time for a new air conditioning installation in South Miami, consult with a trained professional. The experts at Air on Demand bring over 3 decades of expertise to each customer – call us today!

Why Consider Installing Packaged Air Conditioning Units for Your Business

October 29th, 2014

If you own or manage a commercial property, it’s important to keep your business as comfortable as possible to ensure the comfort of your tenants, customers, clients, and/or employees. A comfortable work space means more productive employees and returning clients and customers. That’s why you want the best air conditioning system available for your business, and the best option for many business owners is a packaged air conditioning unit.

Packaged air conditioners contain every component in a single cabinet, usually installed on the rooftop although it may also be set on the ground. Professionals recommend large commercial packaged units for most businesses, for the following reasons.

  • Save Space: Packaged air conditioning units help to save space. With residential air conditioners, there is generally an indoor unit and an outdoor unit, and an outdoor unit. All of the components of a residential unit are located in a single cabinet connected to the ductwork, which may be installed on the rooftop so it does interfere with your business.
  • Quick and Easy Service: If you need air conditioning maintenance, repairs, or replacement, the job may go more smoothly with a packaged rooftop unit. The technician stays out of the way during repairs or maintenance. And the job may move more quickly than it would with a split-system, as all of the components are in a single cabinet.
  • Modular Units: Packaged air conditioning units are modular, meaning technicians can easily change the cooling capacity of a system by simply adding or removing individual modules. As your business grows and changes, it’s important to be able to adapt your surroundings along with it. The size of your air conditioner generally depends on many factors, including how many people are in the building, so that it does not run into any problems. It’s convenient to be able to adjust the cooling capacity without replacing the entire unit.
  • Cooling and Heating in One: Finally, packaged air conditioning units can combine the components of both your heating and cooling system, so that you can save additional space.

When you need commercial HVAC services in Homestead, you need a technician who is experienced with large commercial units. Don’t trust just any technician; call the commercial cooling experts at Air on Demand today!

Why You Need Pool Heater Maintenance This Fall

October 22nd, 2014

If you own a pool, you probably already know how much work it is to keep it in good condition. Pools require a lot of vacuuming, filtering, and fishing out debris to ensure an optimal swimming environment. One thing that not a lot of homeowners think about, however, is pool heater maintenance. After all, pools tend to see the most use during the summer, where heating is hardly necessary. As winter approaches, however, it behooves you to make sure that your heater is in good condition. Here are some of the reasons to conduct pool heater maintenance this fall.

Timing

Just like furnaces, boilers, and other home heating systems, pool heaters are most susceptible to breakdowns during periods of heavy usage. This is obviously going to be during the winter months, as very few people are going to want to swim in sub-fifty degree water. Fall maintenance ensures that your pool heater is in top working order right before you’ll be using it the most, decreasing the chances of an inconvenient and costly breakdown.

Cost

If a problem is discovered with your pool heater during regular maintenance, it usually isn’t that difficult or expensive to fix. Problems that are left alone, however, tend to get progressively worse until they cause a breakdown or other more serious issues. As is the case with other home maintenance, the longer you ignore potential problems, the worse they will get.

This is especially true in winter, where a broken pool heater makes your pool more or less unusable until you get it fixed. Pool repairs of any kind are rarely cheap, so by ignoring fall maintenance you also face the risk of a costly repair procedure.

A pool is a great thing to have as a homeowner. They provide exercise, entertainment, and relaxation year round, as long as they are kept in good condition. Don’t let yours incur problems that could have been avoided. Get your pool heater checked this fall.

If you haven’t had your pool heater checked yet this year, call Air on Demand. We offer quality pool heater services in the Doral, FL area.

The Advantages of Professional Sheet Metal Ductwork Design

October 15th, 2014

Your ductwork is an integral part of your HVAC system. As such, it should be designed for maximum efficiency and longevity. One of the best ways to ensure you achieve this, and more, with your ductwork, is to have sheet metal ductwork fabricated for your home. Having ductwork tailored to your home and HVAC system has a number of benefits, but without professional help, you could encounter ongoing problems down the road. For over 13 years, Air on Demand has been fabricating sheet metal ductwork for customers in Homestead, FL and all over the Miami area, and we can make sure you have a ductwork system designed and fabricated to last for years to come.

Why Should I Consider Custom Ductwork?

Here are some reasons custom ductwork can be a good choice for homeowners:

  • Helps distribute air to all rooms evenly
  • Helps to create a system with neutral air pressure, which is optimal for the operation of your system and your comfort
  • Helps your system to achieve its highest level of energy efficiency
  • Reduces wear and tear on your system
  • Helps improve indoor air quality

It’s All About Correct Calculation

When you hire a professional to create custom ductwork, the following items should be taken into consideration in order to create a ductwork system perfectly suited for your HVAC system and your home:

  • Correct heating and cooling calculations – by doing load calculations, your fabricator can correctly size the ductwork to ensure that your home receives the proper air load.
  • Creation of ducts that have the straightest route from your air handler to a given room – ductwork that has many turns can make it harder for your system to deliver the necessary air flow to your living spaces.
  • Have a matching return duct for every supply register – having matching supply and return ducts helps keep the circulation in your home optimal.
  • Properly secure seals with metal binding and mastic – ductwork that is properly sealed has significantly less air loss, which helps increase energy efficiency and indoor air quality, and puts less stress on your system.

Having the right ductwork for your home makes all the difference between being comfortable and energy efficient, and not. Call Air on Demand and schedule an appointment with one of our fabrication experts to see how custom sheet metal ductwork in Homestead, FL can help your home.