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3 Ways Your Miami Business Can Benefit from Regular HVAC Maintenance

Monday, December 17th, 2012

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When you own a business it is your responsibility to ensure that the environment in that business is comfortable for your clients, customers, tenants and employees. No one wants to sit in or visit an uncomfortable office. Scheduling regular HVAC maintenance can benefit your business in a number of ways. Here are 3 common examples. When you are ready to schedule professional HVAC maintenance service in your Miami business call the experts at Air on Demand. We offer the high quality, dependable HVAC maintenance service you need to make your business a success.

  1. Regular, professional maintenance is the best way for you to keep your commercial HVAC system operating as intended. This allows you to keep your clients and employees comfortable, happy and productive. Keep your staff happy and make a good impression on prospective clients with regular HVAC maintenance.
  2. Regular HVAC maintenance is also the best way to keep your commercial HVAC equipment operating as efficiently as possible. Don’t wind up paying more money for less performance from your HVAC equipment. Let a trained professional inspect, tune-up and, if necessary, repair your HVAC equipment to ensure that you are getting the most efficient, cost-effective performance possible from your heating and air conditioning system.
  3. In addition to keeping people comfortable and happy, regular professional maintenance can also greatly reduce the likelihood that you will have problems with your HVAC equipment requiring costly repair services. By keeping up with regular maintenance, you can keep repairs as infrequent and minor as possible.

For more information about how professional HVAC maintenance service can benefit your Miami business, contact Air on Demand. We have all the training and skills necessary to keep your HVAC equipment working properly. Call today and let us help your business succeed.

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Richmond Heights Air Conditioning Repair Tip: Condensate Drain Line

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Your Richmond Heights air conditioner has a condensate drain line that removes the excess condensate produced by the system during operation. The moisture and other components extracted from the air are flushed through this line to ensure smooth operation. If a clog occurs in the condensate drain line, your air conditioner can stop working properly or freeze up entirely.

 Why Does the Condensate Drain Line Clog?

A clog usually occurs because of the sludge that builds up in the drain line. Because so much of the drain line is horizontal, this is only natural. But with time, that sludge can start to back up in a single part of the line and eventually create a full clog. If the clog is severe enough, the condensate water from the air conditioner can back up from the line, into the drain pan and eventually into the furnace.

 Fixing a Clogged Condensate Line

Your condensate line is a very simple component it shouldn’t take too long for a professional to take care of the problem.

First, your tech will start by turning off your air conditioner and then removing the panel on the indoor component of the system – where the evaporator coil is located. Inside is two pipes connecting your condensate drain line (usually a PVC pipe) to the evaporator coil. They will then look to see if your drain pan is backed up at all – and empty it if is full of water.

Next, they will look for the end of the condensate line where it leaves the house and connects to the outside unit. If your pipe ends in the ground or any debris and brush have built up around them, they will clean them away and dig out the area around the pipe to ensure it has clearance when draining. They will then flush the line with water to clear the clog.

For any AC service in the Richmond Heights area, give Air On Demand a call!

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Richmond Heights AC Tip: Matched HVAC Systems

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Interchangeable parts have made fixing many appliances and machines much easier. From your car to your vacuum cleaner, you can replace broken parts with new components from a variety of different manufacturers. And while this very convenient for a lot of different kinds of machinery, when it comes to your Richmond Heights HVAC system, it is not necessarily a good thing. In fact, your heating and cooling system will work much better if the components are matched.

What is a Matched System?

A matched HVAC system is one in which the parts are designed to work together. For instance, an air conditioner and a furnace made by the same company can be matched, as can a heat pump and a furnace. Usually, the outdoor components, such as the air conditioner or the heat pump, are designed to work best with specific models of indoor components, such as the air handler or furnace.

Increased Efficiency

While a matched system might seem to limit your HVAC options, it more than makes up for any loss of variety with increased efficiency. Because all the parts with designed and made by the same manufacturer to work together, the system is able to perform at peak effectiveness. And while you can replace one part of a matched system without impairing overall function, you will often lose energy efficiency.

For these reasons, it is a good idea to make use of a matched system in your home if possible. If you are installing a new air conditioning system in your Richmond Heights home, this means you might want to consider replacing your furnace at the same time. You should also try to replace any broken components with ones that match your current setup.

To learn more about matched systems or to have one installed in your Richmond Heights home, give Air On Demand a call today!

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Miami AC Tip: Sizing Ductless Air Conditioning Systems

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Proper sizing of your Miami air conditioning system is one of the most important factors affecting its operation. A system that is too small won’t be able to keep up, while one that is too large can lead to short cycling and excess humidity.

This applies not just to central air conditioning systems, but also to ductless systems. The main difference is that with ductless systems, not all systems have to have air handler units installed, so you don’t need to take every room into account. To get an estimate on what size ductless system you need, follow these 4 steps:

 1.       Measure each room

To start with, you need to know the area in square feet of each room room that will be cooled by the ductless system. To do this, measure the length and width of each room. For some oddly shaped rooms, you may need to divide it up into two or more rectangles and then add the square footage of each rectangle together to get the total area of the room. Exclude closets from your calculations.

2.       Convert area to BTUs

For each room, convert the area you just calculated into how much energy will be needed to cool them, which we measure in British Thermal Units (BTUs). As a rule of thumb, multiplying square footage by 25 will yield the approximate number of BTUs needed for that space. So, a 200 square foot room needs about 5000 BTUs for proper cooling.

3.       Consider the variables

There are other factors aside from square footage that determine a particular room’s heating needs. These variables include the local climate, the number of people usually in the room at one time, the number of appliances operating in that room and how well the room is insulated. A good general rule is to add 4,000 BTUs to the total for a kitchen and 1,000 for a bathroom.

4.       Add it all up

Once you have the BTUs for each room, add them all up to find the whole house BTUs, which is generally how split systems are rated and labeled.

Keep in mind that this only yields an estimate, and that there are plenty of variables to consider when sizing an AC system. Hiring a Miami AC professional to do a load calculation is the best way to get an accurate assessment of your home’s cooling needs. Call Air On Demand today if you are interested in having a ductless system installed in your home!

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Tips for Upgrading Your Miami Central Air Conditioning System

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Has that old central AC system finally kicked the bucket? Is it time to upgrade an older air conditioner to a newer, cleaner, (hopefully) better model? Whatever the reason you may be considering an AC replacement in Miami, consider these helpful hints before proceeding.

 1.       Look at efficiency

Energy efficiency is a key feature to consider when buying any new appliance, including an air conditioner. In fact, increased efficiency on its own can be enough motivation for some people to seek out a newer model. When shopping for your new central AC in Miami, pay attention to the SEER ratings for each unit. This numbers are a federal standard that indicates energy efficiency. Higher SEER rating = more efficient AC.

2.       Get the right size

You need an air conditioner with the proper capacity. One that is too small won’t be able to cool the whole house, and one that is too large will leave too much humidity in the air. Have a professional do a load calculation to properly gauge what size AC unit you need.

3.       Have ducts inspected

Take this opportunity to have the air ducts in your home professionally inspected. As long as you are upgrading to a new, tip top AC unit, you may as well be sure that your ducts are in tip top shape as well. This will help the new air conditioner to perform as well as you are dreaming it will.

4.       Replace everything at once

Much like your car’s tires, it makes sense to replace both the indoor and outdoor units of your central air system at once. That way they are both in operation from the same time and will work more efficiently together than two components from different eras. To optimize efficiency even more, consider a package system.

Of course, you will want to consult with a professional like Air On Demand throughout the process to ensure you get the right air conditioner for your needs and that it is properly installed. Although that point is mentioned in some of these tips, it bears repeating, because it is just that important to keep in mind.

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Miami AC Guide: Simple Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool

Monday, May 14th, 2012

As the days get hotter and hotter, you want to keep your home as cool as possible. While cranking up your Miami air conditioning system is tried and true solution, there are other ways you can keep your home cool (and help your AC work better). Improving your air conditioner’s energy efficiency is an added benefit of many of these tips.

  • A ceiling fan can help circulate the cool, air conditioned air through your home. A ceiling fan will also make you feel colder, so you can turn your thermostat up a few degrees, saving energy.
  • Pay attention to where you place your thermostat. If your thermostat is near a device that produces a lot of heat, like a TV or an oven, it will read the wrong temperature for the room and cause your AC to cool your home too much. A thermostat that is improperly calibrated can have the same issue. An accurate thermostat will keep your home comfortable, and it will save energy if you no longer have to constantly adjust the thermostat setting in attempt to get the right temperature.
  • Your landscaping can also affect how well your air conditioning system works. Adding trees or shrubs will shade your air conditioner, which leads to it using less electricity. However, make sure the plants to do not restrict the air flow.
  • Close curtains during the day to prevent added heat from entering your home. The curtains can add a layer of insulation that can keep your home cool.
  • Annual maintenance is the best thing you can do to keep your AC cooling effectively. A technician will clean your unit and replace any worn parts, so your air conditioner will be able to keep your home cool all summer. It also improves energy efficiency, which is something that you can appreciate every month when you get your energy bills!

Air conditioners cool and dehumidify your air, which can go a long way towards making your home comfortable this summer. By following these few simple steps, you can keep your home cool and save energy, which is something that everyone can appreciate. For more information about how to keep your Miami AC in peak condition this summer, give Air On Demand a call today!

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