Air On Demand Blog: Archive for February, 2015

When Is the Best Time for Pool Heater Installation?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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

Is your swimming pool going to waste during the cooler days? Summer arrives early in Miami, and, most of the year, we get to enjoy the warm weather. A nice dip in the pool is welcome on a hot day, but when temperatures drop below 70 degrees, we hoist up the pool cover and wait for a sunny day. You put a lot of time and money into your swimming pool, but during colder months and chilly nights, you don’t get to take advantage of your investment.

At Air on Demand, we install pool heaters all year round so that you can enjoy your pool no matter what the temperature is outside. Call our friendly technicians today to discuss your options for pool heater installation in Miami.

Why Install a Pool Heater?

The first reason to install a pool heater is so that you can enjoy your pool throughout the year. When visitors come to Miami, they often don’t expect the temperatures to dip below 75 degrees. As we all know, we get our fair share of chilly days and nights. Swimming pools help to give us some much-needed daily exercise and stress relief, so letting that go to waste is a shame.

Furthermore, pool heaters are not very costly to maintain and run. Pool heaters keep your pool warm using heat pump technology to absorb heat from the air and use it to heat up the water. This means that they do no they have to generate heat, but only to move it from one place to another. And they only turn on when needed. This is an efficient mode of heating with a low environmental impact that is often used by homeowners looking to save money on home heating as well.

When Is It Time for Installation?

Don’t wait for another drop in temperatures before scheduling pool heater installation. A pool heater is useful at any time of year so that you can keep your pool at the most comfortable temperature possible. Call Air on Demand to speak with an expert about installation in Miami today so that your new pool heater is waiting for you as soon as the temperature outside is less than ideal.

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Reasons Your AC Coils May Freeze

Monday, February 16th, 2015

They are small but incredibly important to the operation of your air conditioner. What are they? Your air conditioning coils, and there are two sets of them: the condenser coils in the outdoor unit and the evaporator coils in the indoor unit. When there is a problem that affects how these coils operate, your entire system can be affected. One of the telltale signs that there is a problem with your AC’s coils is when ice forms. Simply scraping off the ice does not repair the problem, as the ice is a symptom of the problem, not the cause. This is why air conditioning repair is necessary when your system freezes, and the people you can count on to repair the issue is Air on Demand.

Reason 1: Dirty Air Filter

It’s such a quick fix that is almost seems impossible that a dirty air filter can cause such problems with your air conditioner. But alas, it can, and the sooner you have your air filter changed, the better off you and your system will be. Why does a dirty air filter cause such problems? Your AC system needs an exact amount of air flow to operate; dirty air filters act as a restraint because the air can no longer pass through it. Once the air flow has been stunted for a period of time, the heat release/cooling process is affected, and one of the results can be ice formation on the coils.

Reason 2: Refrigerant Leak

Your air conditioner was manufactured to work with an exact level of refrigerant; when this level isn’t exactly where it should be, the entire system is imbalanced and the heat release and cooling process doesn’t work as it should. Why does ice form? Ice forms because with a refrigerant leak, the hot parts of the system stay too hot and the cool parts stay too cold. Condensation forms because of the disparity in temperatures, but then quickly freezes onto the coils.

These are just two reasons why you may see ice develop on your AC coils, but the bottom line is that ice formation indicates a problem, and as soon as you see ice, it’s time to schedule air conditioning repair for your Palmetto Bay property. The experts at Air on Demand bring over 3 decades of expertise to every job, so call us today!

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Some of the Unusual Movies Released for Valentine’s Day

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

Hollywood has always tried to match movies up to the seasons to draw droves of viewers to the theaters: October is packed with fright-offerings, while the winter holidays skew toward warm and pleasing family films (as well as Oscar hopefuls). Valentine’s Day falls in an odd spot when it comes to the movie release calendar, however, since February tends to be a slower time for the film industry. The studios are as likely to slot strange movies that don’t fit anywhere else in their annual schedules into the Valentine’s Day weekend as they are films with powerful romantic appeal.

So, while the second weekend of February has featured hugely successful romantic comedies like Hitch, The Wedding Singer, and (of course) Valentine’s Day, some truly weird choices have debuted in this weekend as well. And a few have even gone on to tremendous success despite the bizarre match with the holiday. Here are a couple of the odder Valentine’s Day movie releases:

  • Dracula (1931): Yes, this Halloween perennial and the start of Universal Studio’s Classic Monsters actually came out on Valentine’s Day! But perhaps this makes some sense, as the Dracula legend has often received a “doomed lover” approach in the many years since Bela Lugosi made the aristocratic vampire a screen icon.
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991): Does any film seem less appropriate for Valentine’s Day than this unnerving and sometimes very violent psychological thriller? What’s even more astonishing than the film’s release date is that The Silence of the Lambs eventually nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, an almost unheard of occurrence for a movie released so early in the year.
  • Daredevil (2003): This Marvel comic adaptation featuring Ben Affleck as a blind superhero does contain a romantic subplot, but the stronger connection to Valentine’s Day may just be that Daredevil wears a bright red costume.
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013): The least successful of the Die Hard film franchise, this is an excellent example of a studio dropping a film into a weekend where it doesn’t fit in the hopes that it works as counter-programming. (It didn’t.)
  • Wayne’s World (1992): Now here is an example of counter-programming that clicked with audiences. This comedy based on a Saturday Night Live sketch turned into one of that year’s biggest hits and spawned a sequel.

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a trip to the movie theater, or you have your own special plans, everyone here at Air On Demand hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful weekend.

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Air Filtration Recommendations in Pinecrest, FL

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

If you aren’t worried about the air quality in your home, you should be. Unbeknownst to many homeowners, the air inside their homes is teeming with millions of microscopic pollutants and contaminants. Some of these tiny particles are harmless, but most are not. Dust, pollen, insect dander, pet dander, viruses, bacteria, and mold are just a few of the many kinds of air pollutants that can cause harm to the occupants of your home. So, what are you supposed to do about it? Well, the best way to address air quality problems is to use an air filter or purifier. Read on for a brief outline of the available air purification systems and their advantages.

Air Filters

Air filters are passive devices that are mostly just a finely woven fiber mesh stretched over a frame. These can be portable, or installed in the ducts to service the entire house. As particles encounter the air filter, they become trapped in the mesh. Meanwhile, the air flows through the filter unimpeded. Filters are great all-around choices, and can improve the air quality in almost any home. They do need to be cleaned on a regular basis, however, so as not to become clogged and lose their efficiency.

Ionization Filters

Ionization filters are air filters that use electricity to catch particles instead of fiber. An ionization filter generates an electric field around itself during operation. As particles pass through this field, they gain a negative charge that causes them to be attracted to the closed positively charged surface. Most ionization filters include metal plates inside the unit, which capture the charged particles. Then, the metal plates simply need to be removed and wiped clean to get rid of the particles. Ionization filters can capture a great many particles with their unique method. However, poor quality ones can also release ozone into the air, which is toxic. So, be sure that the filter you pick is of a high quality.

UV Germicidal Lights

UV germicidal lights capitalize on the vulnerability of many germs and molds to ultraviolet radiation. These lights give off short-wave ultraviolet radiation, which is harmless to humans but destroys the cell functions that allow these germs to reproduce. In some cases the germs are outright destroyed, while in others they are simply sterilized. Regardless, once exposed to this radiation they become unable to infect and sicken people. UV germicidal lights can really improve your health by sterilizing the air. However, they don’t have any way of affecting non-biological contaminants.

If you aren’t sure which filter to choose, call Air on Demand to speak with one of our specialists today. We provide professional air filtration services in the Pinecrest area.

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