5 things you can do to keep your home cool

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Let’s face it….here in the Sunshine State things are just starting to heat up.

Pompano Beach, Hialeah and Miami are among the cities that usually have the state’s highest daytime summer temperatures, but the entire state will be hot, hot, hot for the next couple of months.

Here’s a list of 5 things you can do to keep your home cool:

1. Have one of our HVAC professionals provide a free 10-point AC Hygiene Inspection.

2. A humid home can often times feel hotter. If you have any water intrusion or unknown humidity issues have them dealt with immediately.

3. Have your system checked for air leaks. Many times cool air escapes the ductwork through tiny holes in the system. Check out this video from an episode of This Old House explaining how we fix air leaks.

4. Dirty ductwork can really take a toll on your indoor air quality and the efficiency of your A/C unit. Save $25 on your next duct cleaning.

 

5. Have your air conditioning system tuned-up with our $49 A/C tune up special.

 

For your FREE estimate call us at 888.707.7763 or contact us by clicking here

 

4 Steps to Completely Removing Cigarette Smoke Odor From a Home

Trying to get rid of the harsh smell of cigarettes?  You are not alone.  Whether you just moved into a new apartment or recently quit smoking, eliminating cigarette odor can be extremely challenging and frustrating.  Here are three tips that will help.

Step #1: Scrub Everything

That’s right…the first step to getting out the smell of smoke is to start cleaning. Get yourself a pair of rubber gloves and get to work. Wash the walls, ceilings, windows, closets, cabinets, light fixtures, and all the nooks and crannies. Experts usually recommend using a common degreaser, however, some people swear by less toxic solutions of vinegar and baking soda. Either way…a little elbow grease should go a long way.

Step #2: Remove all Carpet and Fabric

The smell of smoke will never come out of carpets, drapes, and couches. Your best bet is to ditch all of these items that you can.

Step #3: Prime and Paint all Walls and Ceilings

Whether you do it yourself or hire a painter…do NOT skip this step. It is important to give all of your walls a fresh coat of primer and a fresh coat of paint in order to have a fresh smelling home.

Step #4: Clean Your HVAC Ductwork

Hiring a licensed and certified (by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association) company to clean your coils and ductwork is a critical step to removing the smoke oder from a home. All of that cigarette-infested air has been flowing through your HVAC system.  Don’t forget to throw out and replace that old filter as well.

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Aeroseal: 5 reasons to Make Your Florida HVAC System as Energy Efficient as Possible

  1. Having an energy-efficient, lossless HVAC system saves you money.
  2. Energy efficiency conserves valuable resources like oil and natural gas.
  3. Increasing energy efficiency helps decrease the amount of pollution in the air and improves the outdoor air quality as well as the indoor air quality.
  4. The demand for energy efficient solutions creates jobs and spurs innovation in the marketplace.
  5. Increasing the energy efficiency of your HVAC system will make the temperature more consistent throughout your home and make you more comfortable.

In houses with forced-air heating and cooling systems, ducts are used to distribute conditioned air throughout the house. In a typical house, however, 20 to 30 percent of the conditioned air that moves through the duct system is lost due to leaks, holes, and poorly connected ducts. The result is higher utility bills and difficulty keeping the house comfortable, no matter how the thermostat is set.  Duct leakage costs consumers $25 billion each year on escaping energy.

Here at Air Duct Aseptics, we now have the most cutting-edge technology, Aeroseal, to offer our customers. Aeroseal Duct Sealing is a patented breakthrough technology that tackles leaks from the inside out. Aeroseal software allows the technician to accurately measure the duct leakage.  The Aeroseal process puts escaping air under pressure and causes polymer particles to stick first to the edges of a leak, then to each other until the leak is closed. To better understand how it work I’d like to share this short video from our friends over at Greenmark Builders.

To schedule an appointment to have your ducts sealed from the inside with Aeroseal, please call us 888.838.9249 or email us info@ADAFlorida.com

Wellington Florida – Air Quality Impacted By Sugarcane Burning

Sugarcane burning increases the efficiency of sugarcane harvests and lowers the costs of producing sugar.  Unfortunately, it also brings unwanted smoke and ash into the community.  West of the Village of Wellington, in Palm Beach County, there are 300,000 acres of sugarcane fields.  Between October and April, farmers burn the fields to rid the plants of leafy material, which accounts for about 25% of each plant.

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The resulting smoke and ash leads to negative health effects for those in the surrounding communities. When the fields are burning and the air quality is poor, there is an increase in asthma attacks, coughs and itchy eyes.  The smoke and ash enters homes and offices and may affect indoor air quality long after the plants are done burning.  The Sierra Club is calling for the end of sugarcane burning,   “It’s time to end a practice that makes our community sick,” Julie Hathaway, of the Sierra Club.

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As indoor air quality specialists, we are hopeful that the practice of burning the cane fields will give way to a new process that will be less detrimental to the health of the people living in Belle Glade, Pahokee, Loxahatchee, Wellington, and Royal Palm Beach.

If you live in these communities and you would like to speak to us about your indoor air quality concerns…please call us!  888.979.9564

We offer indoor air quality testing and air duct cleaning that can help ensure that your indoor air is as clean, fresh, and healthy as possible.

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This is the Cheapest Way to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality in Minutes

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Your first step to improving your indoor air quality is quick, inexpensive, and will provide immediate results.

Hold your current air filter up to the light.  If you can see through it, then small airborne particles are going to go straight through it too.   Those small particles can get into your lungs.

Replace the  air filter with a new higher efficiency air filter.  You cannot see through high efficiency filters, and those small, aggravating particles cannot get through either.  Although a new air filter will not clean existing dirty ducts, replacing an air filter with a higher efficiency filter will start to reduce airborne contaminants, providing you with a cleaner air flow.  Once your equipment has been professionally cleaned, your new filter will help keep your air conditioning equipment clean which will also help with your energy bill.

It’s important to note that all air conditioning filters must  properly fit your air conditioning unit. If not properly fitted and installed, air always takes the path of least resistance which means that some of your air will not go through the filter and you will not see a reduction in your airborne particles.

Most air conditioning equipment should have the capacity to handle the additional air restriction which will occur when you use a higher efficiency filter.  Do not use cheesecloth or other very restrictive methods to try to control dust within the air conditioning system as this can damage the equipment.

Call us at Air Duct Aseptics to discuss your filter requirements toll free 888-707-7763 or visit us online at www.ADAflorida.com

7 Most Common Air Condition Problems

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Improper operation

One of the most common air conditioning problems is improper operation. If your air conditioner is on, be sure to close your home’s windows and outside doors. For room air conditioners, isolate the room or a group of connected rooms as much as possible from the rest of your home.

Faulty instalation

Another common problems with existing air conditioners result from faulty installation, poor service procedures, and inadequate maintenance. Improper installation of a central air conditioner can result in leaky ducts and low airflow. Many times, the refrigerant charge (the amount of refrigerant in the system) does not match the manufacturer’s specifications. If proper refrigerant charging is not performed during installation, the performance and efficiency of the unit is impaired. Unqualified service technicians often fail to find refrigerant charging problems or even worsen existing problems by adding refrigerant to a system that is already full.

Air conditioner manufacturers generally make rugged, high quality products. If your air conditioner fails, begin by checking any fuses or circuit breakers. Let the unit cool down for about five minutes before resetting any breakers. If a central air conditioner’s compressor stops on a hot day, the high-pressure limit switch may have tripped; reset it by pushing the button, located in the compressor’s access panel.

Refrigerant Leaks

If your air conditioner is low on refrigerant, either it was undercharged at installation or it leaks. If it leaks, simply adding refrigerant is not a solution. A trained technician should fix any leak, test the repair, and then charge the system with the correct amount of refrigerant. Remember that the performance and efficiency of your air conditioner is greatest when the refrigerant charge exactly matches the manufacturer’s specification, and is neither undercharged nor overcharged. Refrigerant leaks can also be harmful to the environment.

Inadequate Maintenance

If you allow filters and air conditioning coils to become dirty, the air conditioner will not work properly, and the compressor or fans are likely to fail prematurely.

Electric Control Failure

The compressor and fan controls can wear out, especially when the air conditioner turns on and off frequently, as is common when a system is oversized. Because corrosion of wire and terminals is also a problem in many systems, electrical connections and contacts should be checked during a professional service call.

Sensor Problems

Room air conditioners feature a thermostat sensor, located behind the control panel, which measures the temperature of air coming into the evaporative coil. If the sensor is knocked out of position, the air conditioner could cycle constantly or behave erratically. The sensor should be near the coil but not touching it; adjust its position by carefully bending the wire that holds it in place.

Drainage Problems

When it’s humid outside, check the condensate drain to make sure it isn’t clogged and is draining properly. Room air conditioners may not drain properly if not mounted level.

Scheduled Preventative Maintenance

Once your A/C system has been properly cleaned and remediated, simple ongoing schedule maintenance inspections should be performed to ensure your continued clean and healthy air.