At Autumn Air Conditioning of Southwest Florida, we believe that with the right knowledge our customers can make informed decisions. Therefore we have have put together this list of commonly asked questions for our current and future clients. Below is the top questions we get asked a lot and the answers:
Q: I heard that an air conditioning system is typically responsible for the largest chunk of energy consumed by a home. Are there ways or products available that will help reduce power consumption. Saving me money and the environment too?
There are some things that you can do to conserve energy, the environment and the cost for your air conditioning system. First, use a programmable thermostat so that you can adjust your usage and use the natural heat of the day, or cool temperatures at night.
In the summer, make sure to limit the sunlight that shines into your home, and possibly open windows at night when the outside temperatures are cooler. In the winter, keep all blinds and draperies open to utilize the sunlight and pile on the blankets at night so that you don’t have to keep the system running continuously. Keep the thermostat set to the warmest temperature that you can stand in the summer and the coolest temperature that you can stand in the winter.
Make sure that your filters are clean. A dirty filter will reduce the efficiency of an air conditioning unit in the summertime. It will cost you less money to run your system if the filters are kept clean. Check the filters monthly, and you will most likely change the filters every three months. Have your system maintained annually in either the spring or the fall. Your service provider will check both the heating and the cooling systems. This will ensure that your systems are running efficiently and will most likely catch any problems before they happen. This will help with your utility bill as well.
Q: Your company didn’t install my air conditioning system. Will you still do repair work for me?
The short answer – YES! We will service any make or model, whether we initially installed it or not.
Q: Do you service all brands?
Yes. Any year, any make and any model, whether commercial or residential.
Q: My child suffers from pollen, dust and mold allergies. I’ve been noticing an increase in his symptoms of late, is there anything I can do to improve the quality of air in my home?
Have your home inspected for mold periodically. It can be inside the walls and never been seen. This is the best way to ensure that your family does not become sick or develop lingering health problems from any unseen mold in your home. Air filtration systems will take many of these allergens out of the air inside your home. You must have a good filtration system that will remove most of these harmful allergens.
You can also take a look at your organic pollutants that may be inside your home. Things such as carpet, building materials, plastic, varnish, cosmetics, cleaning materials, air fresheners, paint, pesticides and even furniture can affect the air quality inside your home without you ever even realizing it. Take a good look at ingredients before you use a new product inside your home.
Finally, having a UV light installed that destroys many allergens and/or cleaning and sanitizing ducts, will also help reduce allergens and particles circulating through your ac system.
Q: We are first time home-owners and the property isn’t exactly new, where do we start
Air out your new (previously loved) home, especially when there are noticeable odors or you start coughing or sneezing when coming indoors. Some indoor pollutants are harmful to breathe and may need more specialized attention such as a change in AC, or maintenance to the current system. Whenever a home is purchased, there should be some assessments and testing done before move-in day. A professional can make an assessment based on where the home is located, exactly how old it is and other factors.
Have an indoor air quality assessment done that can identify any unknown and harmful chemicals in the air. Some sources of these could be new paint, potpourri, or brand new carpeting, but there may also be some other harmful pollutants in the air.
Unseen mold may be a problem in your new home. Sometimes when this is hidden from view, it may not be caught in a full home inspection. These assessments can help you find and remove any issues found in the home. Aside from common organic pollutants, other problems such as carbon monoxide, lead and asbestos may be a problem in an older home.
Q: We are moving into a new construction home, should we have any concerns about the air conditioning system?”
Yes. Although your AC is brand new and wont need replacement or repair, it may not have a UV light and ducts can still be sanitized. Doing this and letting the system circulate for a few days can help eliminate indoor pollutants floating in the air. It might surprise you that a brand new home can have more air quality concerns than an older home. Whenever a new home is purchased, whether new or old, there should be some assessments and testing before move-in day.
During the building process, many chemicals and materials are being used. Things are being cut, painted, sprayed, drilled and so forth. New carpets are being installed and builders often use harsh industrial cleaning products to clean up the mess. All this dust and debris can settle in numerous nooks and crannies that may not be easily spotted and chemicals and other allergens floating in the air is not visible to the naked eye. In older homes a lot of this has settled and been cleaned over time
Q: Are there steps I can take, or things I can look for, before calling out a technician?
There are several things that you can do before calling a technician to come out to your home. Always check the filters before doing anything. If they are extremely dirty, they could be compromising your system. By simply changing the filters, you could be fixing a problem with your unit, and you may not need to make that service call.
If the filter does not appear to be the problem, assess the system. Does it run, but not blow out the desired temperature air? Is it not blowing at all? Is it completely frozen over? You will need to answer some of these questions if you do end up calling for a service repair person.
Make sure everything is plugged in. Then check your circuit breakers. Sometimes these can be easily overloaded, and this could be a simple fix. Check your thermostat to make sure that you have it set to the desired setting. Inspect your blower for debris that could be causing it to not function properly.
Also check the coils to see if they are frozen or have debris in them as well. After these checks have been made, it may be time to call a service person. Regular maintenance checks by a certified technician can sometimes eliminate any problems that may occur with your system.
Q: During the peak of summer, my electricity bill is almost double. Is there anything I can do to reduce this spike during the summer months?
There are many ways you can conserve energy and energy costs during the hot summer months. First, close all your blinds and drapes during the hottest part of the day. This will allow you home to stay cooler longer and you won’t need to run your air conditioning as much throughout the day.
Also, remember that hot air rises, so downstairs vents should remained closed through the summer months, while upstairs vents all remain open, forcing the majority of the air to cool the upstairs.
Think about your appliances that use a lot of energy and create a lot of heat. Try drying your clothes on a clothesline outside. Your clothes will smell fresh, yet you won’t be using up all of the energy that a dryer uses. If you need to use the dryer, run it only at night when the temperatures are cooler.
Try using your oven and stove as little as possible, and when you do, use the lowest temperatures. Higher heat in the oven will quickly heat up your home.
Try to keep cool air from escaping. Don’t leave doors or windows open, allowing the cool out and the warm in. Remember that any energy/heat that you produce inside will cause the temperatures to rise. Try do have your workouts outside, or do any major labor outside as well.
Take advantage of early morning cooler temperatures by putting a box fan in the open window to cool down a room. This will allow a lot of naturally cool air to come inside the home and the fan doesn’t use as much energy as your air conditioning.
Keep your thermostat on “on” instead of “auto”. By running the fan even when your system is not cooling, it will circulate the air in the home without having to constantly turn itself on and off.