Air On Demand Blog: Archive for October, 2014

Why Consider Installing Packaged Air Conditioning Units for Your Business

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

*Air On Demand no longer offers commercial HVAC services – view a full list of our air conditioning services here.
 
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!

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Why You Need Pool Heater Maintenance This Fall

Wednesday, 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.

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The Advantages of Professional Sheet Metal Ductwork Design

Wednesday, 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.

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Warning Signs It Is Time for Commercial HVAC Replacement

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

*Air On Demand no longer offers commercial HVAC services – view a full list of our air conditioning services here.
 
A professionally selected and installed HVAC system for your commercial building should last for many years with only minimal performance problems…provided that it receives routine maintenance and targeted repairs as necessary. However, any complex mechanical appliance will eventually reach a point where stress wears it down so much that continued repairs will only keep it running for short periods of time. The repair expenses plus the higher energy cost of running the HVAC system will make it imperative to have the old system replaced.

This is a big decision to make, and you will not want to make it lightly. To help you determine when it is time for a new installation of a comfort system for your company, call on the commercial experts at Air on Demand. We will take care of your heating and cooling in Doral, FL with commercial HVAC services of the highest quality.

Here are a few warning signs to watch for that will tell you it’s time to contact us for an HVAC system evaluation:

Hot or Cold Spots in the Work Place

One of the clearest signs that a heating and cooling system is starting to fail is when you or your employees notice spots in the office that are hotter or colder than they should be. Sometimes this indicates trouble in the thermostat; but if thermostat adjustments and repairs do not solve the problem, then you may have an HVAC system that is on its last legs and struggling to provide you with the level of conditioned air that it once did.

Escalating Utility Bills

You keep a close watch on all the bills for your company, so you will have a good idea what to expect to pay each season to heat and cool it. When these bills start to rise—and continue to rise—for no easily discernible reason, you should have professionals look into the issue to discover if the HVAC system has developed irreparable damage.

Numerous Repairs

Most HVAC systems will require the majority of repairs during the last two years of their service lives. When you find yourself calling for repairs a few times a year just to keep the system up and running, then you’re probably throwing away money on a heater or AC that will never again work at peak performance level. If any single repair for the system would cost half of the price of a replacement, it is more economical to opt for the replacement.

Our team at Air on Demand will see if your company will benefit from repairs or if you should arrange for a new installation. We can help with all the commercial HVAC services in Doral, FL necessary to keep your employees and customers comfortable and content.

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The Compressor and Air Conditioning Repair

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

It is never good news when one of the components in your home’s air conditioning system starts to fail or malfunction: no matter what is wrong with the AC, you need to have swift and skilled repair work done to fix it, or else the cooling system could suffer a full breakdown—or at the very least start costing more to run.

However, some components are more worrisome than others should they begin to show signs they need repairs. Perhaps the most vital mechanism in your air conditioner is the compressor; this component is at the center of the heat exchange process that allows the AC to cool down your home, and should it fail it can sometimes mean needing to replace the entire system. Keep a close watch for the signs below that could indicate the compressor is in trouble.

When you need air conditioning repair in Palmetto Bay, FL or the surrounding areas, contact Air on Demand. All of our technicians are NATE-certified to deliver you the highest quality repairs.

Signs of a Compressor That is Going Bad

  • Hard starting: When the compressor in the outdoor unit comes on, does it stutter and make the cabinet shake? That means the compressor is encountering difficulty starting, a condition known as “hard starting.” There are different possible causes for hard starting, but it often means that the compressor has become “tight” and its mechanical motion restricted. This may eventually lead to the compressor freezing in place, which will bring about an end to your air conditioner’s cooling ability. Always call for repairs right away when hard starting becomes noticeable.
  • Short cycling: The term “short cycling” refers to times when the compressor’s cooling cycle is cut off early and the compressor shuts down before it should…only to come back on a short time later and start the process over. Whatever is causing the short cycling (poorly-sized AC, frost along the coils, miscalibrated thermostat, etc.) it needs to be fixed soon because it will put immense strain on the compressor and possibly cause it to overheat.
  • Loss of cooling: Because the compressor is responsible for powering the heat exchange cycle that allows the AC to provide cooling, a drop in the air conditioner’s performance often warns that something has gone wrong with the compressor. Since any drop in cooling is a bad sign (and will make your home uncomfortable), you should call right away for technicians to investigate and see what might be the matter.

One of the best ways to avoid compressor troubles is with regular preventive maintenance that will see that the component isn’t suffering from increased stress or repair needs. Air on Demand offers an excellent maintenance plan that includes a 20% discount on all repairs and 5% on new equipment (on certain plans). Contact us today to find out more about how you can reduce your need for air conditioning repair in Palmetto Bay, FL.

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