Air On Demand Blog: Archive for November, 2012

Special Heating Considerations in Miami

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Miami is not a place where you would expect many people to be concerned about their heating system. With so much hot weather, it’s something that we can easily forget…until we need it. At Air On Demand, we specialize in making our customers comfortable—even on those few nights when we need to turn on our heaters in Miami. We put together some of the unique considerations that go into heating your home here in Miami.

Which Heating System is Best?

This is probably the main consideration for homes in Miami. Because we don’t need heating that often, it’s hard to figure out which heating system would be best suited for that kind of application. Here are some of the common heating systems that we see people using in the Miami area.

  • Electric Heating Strips – Electric heat strips consist of a series of coils that produce heat almost exactly like your toaster does. They can be plugged into the air handler of your air conditioner. When needed, the fan for your AC is turned on and the coils heat up and heat the air as it passes over them. There are two main advantages of this system: first, it doesn’t require any new equipment and second, it is a pretty simple and reliable system.
  • Heat Pumps – Heat pumps are a great option for Miami because they can both cool and heat your home. You don’t need to do anything else. You just switch the system to Heat.
  • Furnaces – Obviously, furnaces are a stand-alone system. They are durable and reliable heating systems that provide consistent heating to your home.

If you have any questions about your heating system in Miami, talk to the heating experts at Air On Demand. We have years of experience working with heating systems in Miami. We can help you work out any kinks that are in your heating system and make sure that you stay comfortable all year long.

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Get the Most Out of Your Panasonic Ductless Split in Miami

Monday, November 19th, 2012

What do you want from the heating and air conditioning system in your Miami home?  You want it to heat and cool your home; you want it to be durable; and you want it to be efficient. These are features that come standard with the Panasonic ductless mini split systems. We want our customers to be comfortable all year long. which is why we recommend Panasonic ductless mini split systems. Below we’ve outlined some of the benefits of ductless split systems and how you can make sure that you’re getting the most out of your system.

How Ductless Mini Split Systems Work

With a ductless mini split system, each room has its own evaporator coil, there is no need for ducts. This unit circulates air inside the room and either heats or cools the air. This unit is connected to a condensing unit that is located outside your home.

Zone Control

One of the main advantages of the Panasonic ductless mini split system is that it offers complete zone control in your home. Because each room has its own unit, you can turn on the units that you need to use. For example, if you know that you’re only going to use the living room and kitchen for the whole day, you can turn off the units in the other rooms. This saves you the energy of having to heat or cool the rooms that you aren’t using.

Efficiency

Ductless mini split systems also offer a high degree of efficiency for your home. A furnace uses a fuel source, like natural gas, to generate heat. But with Panasonic’s ductless mini split system, it simply moves heat from one place to another. In cooling mode, the ductless mini split system moves heat from inside your home to the outside. In heating mode, it does just the opposite: it takes heat from the outside air and moves it into your home.

If you have any questions about Panasonic ductless mini split system in Miami, call the experts at Air On Demand. If you’re interested in capitalizing on the benefits of a ductless system for your home, we would love to talk with you about it.

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SoBAY Home Show

Friday, November 16th, 2012

SoBay Home Show | Miami | Air On DemandAir On Demand will be exhibiting at the SoBAY Home Show. December 1st and 2nd starting at noon the home show will feature designers, manufacturers and retailers of all varieties of home products. This family friendly event features a kids area, wine tasting and live music.

Air On Demand will have information about all of the latest air conditioning, heating and indoor air quality services and products. We also offer pool heater, ductwork and commercial HVAC services to residents and businesses in the Miami-Dade area.

Check out our specials offers and promotions online, and visit our booth at the SoBAY home show for more opportunities to save!

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Common Heating Mistakes People Make in Miami

Monday, November 12th, 2012

With a proper installation and regular, professional maintenance service you can keep the heating system in your Miami home operating as effectively and efficiently as it was designed to. Of course, if you are not using your heating system in an efficient way then that performance will suffer. Simply purchasing and maintaining a high quality heater is not enough to guarantee the level of performance that you deserve from it. You must heat your home in a thoughtful way, considering your individual heating habits and needs to get the most out of your heater. Air on Demand has some tips to help you avoid some of the most common heating mistakes that people make, reducing the efficiency of their heating system and driving up their heating costs.

One of the most consistent misconceptions that people have is that they should set their thermostat for a comfortable temperature and just leave it that way. Sure, back when thermostats gave you no options or features to work with that may have made sense. Changing the temperature in your home frequently from the one control point may be inefficient. Modern thermostats, though, are more accurate than ever before and give you great programmable options to heat your home more efficiently. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your thermostat, create a heating program that fits your lifestyle, and enjoy affordable, efficient comfort this winter.

Many people will close off the heating vents in unused rooms, but this can actually affect the pressure of the heating system throughout your home and disrupt airflow efficiency. You may have a room that you never heat and always keep the vents closed. If this is going to be the case it is actually more efficient to have a professional service provider seal off that section of the ductwork to maintain proper pressure in the system.

Some homeowners keep heavy drapes drawn over their windows to prevent cold air drafts from coming in. If draftiness is a problem with your windows, fix the drafts; don’t pull the drapes. Allowing sunlight to come through your windows also allows the heat from the sun to radiate in, adding warmth to the room. Keep the cold air out, not the natural warmth of the sun.

Probably the biggest mistake that is most commonly made when heating a home is yielding to the temptation to jack the heat up when you come home to a cold house. The fact is that your heater is going to provide heat at the same rate no matter where you set the temperature. Turning the thermostat up to 80 will not heat your home faster, it will just keep your heater running longer. If you want to come home to a warm, cozy house, upgrade to a programmable thermostat and use it.

Avoid these common heating mistakes and enjoy the savings on heating bills this winter. If you have more questions about heating your Miami home efficiently, call Air on Demand for more advice.

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How Indoor Air Quality Effects Efficiency in Your Miami Home

Monday, November 5th, 2012

*Air On Demand no longer offers duct sealing or repair services. Please visit our ductwork service page to learn more about our ductwork options.

It may sound strange, but the quality of your indoor air can impact how efficiently your home in Miami runs. If you’ve never thought about the quality of your home’s air, it might be a good idea to start. The EPA says that indoor air quality is a leading threat to respiratory health in the United States. In this blog post we’re going to look at some steps to take that can improve indoor air quality and efficiency in your home.

Ventilation

Ventilation is a critical part of your home’s heating and air conditioning system. Not only does proper ventilation allow for increased efficiency, it allows new, fresh air into your home in a controlled way. You don’t want air coming into your home through leaks or cracks. You want to be sure that you are in control of where and how new air comes in. A good ventilation system will ensure proper pressure and air flow throughout your home as well.

Duct Sealing

The ducts in your Miami house are the arteries of your heating and air conditioning system. If you have cracks or leaks in them, you are allowing outside contaminants and mold to enter your air supply. Additionally, when your heated or cooled air travels through the ducts, a lot of it might be escaping through the holes. By having your ducts inspected and sealed you can not only increase the efficiency of your home but you can also increase the air quality in your home.

If you have any questions about the indoor air quality in your Miami home, contact Air On Demand. We would be more than happy to talk with you about some home efficiency and air quality solutions.

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