Air On Demand Blog: Archive for September, 2014

Consider Going Ductless for Your New Air Conditioning Installation

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Is it time to replace your air conditioner, but you aren’t sure what system to choose? With so many choices available, it can be difficult to know which system is best for you. One option you may want to consider is ductless air conditioning. Ductless systems offer some benefits others don’t, including the ability to both heat and cool. The best way to know which system is best for your air conditioning installation in Miami is to work with an expert. Air on Demand has been helping customers with air conditioning installation, repair and replacement for years, and we can help you choose and install an AC system that is right for you and your home.

How Does a Ductless System Work?

As the name implies, ductless systems do not deliver cooling (or heating) via ductwork; instead, individual indoor blowers are used. The blowers are about 35” long and contain a small fan, evaporator coils and an air filter. The blowers are supported by an outdoor unit that is very similar to that of a traditional split-system AC. The outdoor unit contains a compressor and condenser, and can support up to 4 indoor blowers. The indoor blowers and outdoor unit are connected by a small conduit placed in an exterior wall that contains the refrigerant line, power cord and condensate pipe. Each blower operates individually, and when one is turned on, the air conditioning cycle begins.

What Are the Benefits of a Ductless System?

There are a few benefits of a ductless system worth considering when planning to install a new air conditioner:

  • Can offer both heating and cooling – a ductless system can use heat pump technology to provide both heating and cooling for your home.
  • Customized comfort – each blower operates independently, allowing you to customize your cooling as needed.
  • Energy efficiency – because you only use the amount of cooling you need, ductless systems can help improve energy efficiency. Also, ductless systems eliminate all energy efficiency problems that can originate from faulty ductwork.
  • Easy installation – indoor blowers can be mounted flush against walls or hung from ceilings, so installation is quite quick and easy.
  • No need for ductwork – as the name implies, you can have whole-home cooling without the cost and hassle of having to install ductwork.

With so many different types of ACs to choose from, it can be difficult to know what type of air conditioning is best for your installation in Miami. Call Air on Demand today and schedule an appointment with one of our installation experts.

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Make Sure You Schedule Maintenance for Your Pool Heater

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

*Air On Demand no longer offers pool heater services. Please visit our service page to learn more about our Florida air conditioning services.

With summer now over, you’re probably thankful that you have a pool heater installed to keep your swimming pool warm during the cooler weather. A properly installed pool heater will ensure that you receive the most use possible from your pool during the year, even through the winter.

Your pool heater, however, may not be ready for the work it will need to do. During the fall is an excellent time to schedule that important regular maintenance so the heater not only keeps the pool comfortable, but also won’t drain extra energy. Our team at Air on Demand offers quality maintenance service for pool heaters in Coral Gables, FL and the surrounding areas, so contact us today to arrange for your annual inspection and tune-up visit.

Why You Need Pool Heater Maintenance

A pool heater has maintenance needs similar to any home heating system: like furnaces, heat pumps, and boilers, a pool heater must have an annual check-up and inspection to see that it will work throughout the cooler months. Maintenance is also necessary to see that the pool heater lives up to its estimated lifespan.

Most pool heaters work through technology similar to that of a heat pump or air conditioner, and they need yearly service to see that their most crucial component—the compressor—is not in danger of burning out. Should a compressor burn out, the entire pool heater will usually need to be replaced. Electrical components in pool heaters will also start to wear down without maintenance, and will sometimes require replacements. Technicians take special care to investigate electrical components in a pool heater.

What Happens During Pool Heater Maintenance

When you contact us for a regular maintenance session for a pool heater, one of our skilled technicians will run through an 8-point checklist to see that the system works its best and does not require any repairs. The specific types of checks done with depend on the type of pool heater you have.

A technician will check on the refrigerant pressure, check and clean contacts, capacitors, the condenser coil, fan motors, and see that the compressor is working without extra strain. The technician will finish the session with a system efficiency test and a check on the temperature input and outflow. If anything appears amiss, the technician will advise you on repairs and parts replacement, and then help arrange for the work necessary.

Contact Us Today to Schedule Maintenance

If you haven’t had a tune-up and inspection for your pool heater in a few years, it is never too late to get started. Call Air on Demand today and ask about our maintenance services for pool heaters in Coral Gables, FL.

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Why You Should Install a Pool Heater in Palmetto Bay, FL

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

*Air On Demand no longer offers pool heater services. Please visit our service page to learn more about our Florida air conditioning services.

There are few home luxuries better than a swimming pool. During a sunny summer in Florida, a pool turns your home like a vacation spot, and any weekend day feels like a holiday. But what about the rest of the year? To enjoy the most days possible from your home’s pool, you should have a pool heater installed that broadens how much you can enjoy your pool.

It’s simple to have a pool heater installed: contact the professionals at Air on Demand. We specialize in pool heaters in Palmetto Bay, FL, and our installers will calculate the size and type of pool heater necessary to give you a year-round oasis in your backyard. We also offer pool heater replacement, repair, and maintenance services so you will also be able to enjoy a heated pool whenever you want it.

The Reasons You Should Install a Pool Heater

Direct sunlight on a pool during the summer helps warm up the water. However, the large surface area of a swimming pool allows heat from the water to rapidly escape into the air, so the temperature outside doesn’t have to drop far before the pool cools down to a level that makes it difficult to enjoy. A pool heater replaces the heat lost along the surface and maintains a pleasant temperature that allows you to relax in the pool on a cloudy or overcast day.

A pool heater will give you many more days to spend enjoying the luxurious pleasures of your swimming pool. With the generally mild fall and winter season in Florida, you could potentially use your pool every month of the year. And you won’t have to worry about exorbitant heating costs if you rely on professionals for the installation work. The technicians will help you select from a number of different models (electric resistance heaters, heat pumps) to match with the size of your pool (specifically its surface area), local temperatures, and the cost of power in your area so that your receive the most cost-effective heating system. And once the heater is installed, you can expect years of excellent service from it: when you multiply those years by the number of extra days you’ll be able to enjoy the pool annually, you will see the huge advantage of deciding on installing a pool heater.

The team at Air on Demand has many years of experience with sizing and installing pool heaters in Palmetto Bay, FL. Call us today for an appointment so we can look over your pool and find out what it needs for comfortable, year-round heating.

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The Fashion of Wearing White and Labor Day

Monday, September 1st, 2014

You may have heard about the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. In the present, this tradition is usually treated as old fashioned and a joke. Few people will criticize you for wearing white articles of clothing after the first Monday in September, or even take notice of it except to wonder why it was ever a major concern at all.

Where did this tradition of white clothing going out of fashion after Labor Day come from, and why did it fade away like colorful fabric washed in a hot load in the washing machine?

In general, white makes sense for the heat of summer. Light-colored clothing reflects away the radiant heat of the sun, instead of absorbing it the way dark colors do, so for thousands of years of human history people have preferred to wear white clothing during the hotter months.

However, the idea of white as strictly fashionable during the summer season only emerged in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—the time when the very concept of “fashion” began to spread across the Western Hemisphere.

It was only the highest level of post-Civil War society in the U.S. that strict and often bizarre rules for fashion controlled whether someone was in with the “in” crowd. Compared to our ideas of what’s fashionable today, the Czars of Style in the 1880s were true despots. Things as trivial as sleeve length could determine whether a woman in high society—no matter her level of wealth—was fashionable or a pariah.

Wearing white during the only summer, when it was common for weddings and outdoor parties, was only of these restrictive society rules. When the U.S. government made Labor Day a federal holiday in 1894, the Fashion Czars gained a definite cut-off point for when wearing white was no longer “acceptable” in the upper echelons of wealthy society.

For many decades, this rule only applied to a small number of millionaire socialites in a few big cities, but in the 1950s it reached general fashion magazines that were read around the country and started to affect more people.

But time eventually broke apart this odd rule, and during the 1970s fashion became more individual. Some fashion legends, like Coco Chanel, also purposely rejected the restriction and wore white throughout the year. Today, the “no white after Labor Day rule” is little more than an amusing gag to tease friends, and almost nobody takes it seriously.

Whatever you choose to wear after Labor Day (and if it’s white, we won’t tease!), everyone here at Air on Demand hopes you have a happy end of the summer and great plans for the fall!

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