Air On Demand Blog: Archive for January, 2015

How Long Will Pool Heaters Last?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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

All mechanical equipment has an expiration date, and as a consumer, it’s important to know when you can expect certain systems and appliances may need replacement. However, a lot of factors can affect when you may need to replace a product, including proper usage and maintenance. When it comes to pool heaters, there is a fairly wide range for lifespan expectation; on average, it is 6-12 years. What can affect the lifespan of your pool heater? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Chemistry of Your Pool Water

Pools balance a number of chemicals both organic and added that help keep the water clean to swim in. It’s recommended that you test your pool water weekly to make sure that it is in proper balance, especially where alkalinity and calcium are concerned. When the alkalinity isn’t balanced, the lack or excess of acid in the water can hasten corrosion, as can too little calcium. Additionally, too much calcium can lead to scale, which restricts water flow. The best way to ensure that your pool maintains healthy chemistry levels is to conduct a weekly water test.

Effect of Power Problems

Your pool heater needs power to operate and as such is connected to your main line of electricity. However, should you experience power outages or surges of power due to weather events or other reasons, so, too, does your pool heater. If your pool heater is the subject of many power ups-and-downs, these surges may cause premature aging and damage.


Your pool heater should be scheduled at least once a year for maintenance, and can benefit from bi-annual maintenance. During a maintenance appointment, your pool heater will be thoroughly inspected, components will be cleaned, lubricated and adjusted, and the unit will be tested for safety and performance.

With regular maintenance and attention to your pool’s water chemistry, you should be able to make your pool heater last for a number of years. Have questions? Call the trained experts at Air on Demand and schedule an appointment today for professional pool heater service in Homestead.

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Why You Should Consider DustStopper Filter Installation

Tuesday, 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!

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Is It Too Early to Plan for Air Conditioning Installation?

Tuesday, 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.

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What Is the Best Type of Heater for a Swimming Pool

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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

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.

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

Thursday, 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.

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