The Inter·net of things (noun) – the Internet connection of computers embedded in everyday objects. By this, they can send and receive data. A friend of mine recently replaced his home air conditioning system. He is an air conditioning contractor. Over the years, he had changed the outdoor unit several times. He kept the blower unit from one decade to the next. Recently, he replaced both the indoor and outdoor units – a properly “matched” system. They installed one of the most technologically advanced systems available. He was thoroughly amazed at the difference in comfort and low electrical usage. He even looks forward to his next electric bill. Digital technology and precise control make this possible. Such efficiency we could only have
We spoke previously about corrosion from insect activity, but there are many other potential sources of corrosion. Awareness and timely action are the keys to protecting the investment you have made in your home a/c equipment. Salt We are blessed to have the Atlantic Ocean nearby. Unfortunately, the temperate Gulfstream breezes also carry aerial salt to corrode everything in their path. Most salt can be rinsed easily either by rain or water hose. Most often, however, a decorative cabinet protects and conceals the coils. A professional must remove the panels to rinse the coils. However, there are still some things that the homeowner can do. Plant shrubbery or install fencing on the windward side of the equipment (the direction from which
There are many responsibilities that come with being a homeowner, but HVAC repair and maintenance is one aspect of owning a home that cannot be neglected. Two-thirds of all U.S. homes have air conditioners, and it’s important to know what maintenance procedures need to be performed and on what schedule. Here are some answers to common questions about air conditioner repair and maintenance. What are the most important maintenance steps for air conditioners? When it comes to air conditioning maintenance, air flow is key. This means that you should consistently try to keep all vents and ducts free of dirt, dust, and debris. This is a rule of thumb for indoor and outdoor units alike.
This summer has been a SCORCHER. Recently, the temperature outdoors reached 92o. This is quite warm by South Florida standards, where we have the Gulfstream current and prevailing winds that temper our weather. The really astonishing factor was, my weather app said “feels like 107o. How does my weather app know what it feels like, and what does that mean? Climate Factors Affect Comfort There is a lot of truth to the saying, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” In reality, both affect our comfort as I learned once on a week-long business trip to Phoenix, Arizona. I was at first astonished to see daily high temperatures above 100o F., but soon learned that
Refrigerant 718 is the oldest refrigerant known to man, is environmentally friendly, and is found abundantly in nature. It sells retail for only pennies a pound. Yes, R-718 is so safe in most homes you can open the faucet and drink it (new technicians are often sent on an errand to get a cup of R-718). As you may have guessed, R-718 is just plain H2O, water. What is a Refrigerant? Before going any further, let’s be clear – virtually any material that changes readily from a liquid to a vapor can be used as a refrigerant. Spread a few drops of water on your skin, or stand in the mist machine at the amusement