In March and April, the last thing on the mind of most South Floridians is, “it’s time to replace my air conditioner.” These are the months we enjoy near-perfect weather. A gentle breeze, low humidity, and clear skies are the order of the day. Temperatures are cool at night and actually quite pleasant during the day – even standing in the sunshine, the outdoors is often more comfortable than indoors. A few open windows are all that is needed to keep the home comfortable. So, why would anyone replace their home comfort system, when it is not even being used? Let’s explore some of the advantages. Finances As with any industry, vendors (those who supply
Building departments use the permit process to enforce local, state, and national construction codes. Building officials, often portrayed as “bad guys” who interfere with a homeowner’s privacy, actually provide a service of great value to you and your family. Protection at a Modest Price Inspectors are well-trained to fulfill their mission “to ensure the life safety and general welfare of residents, visitors, employees and the general public.” This benefit is inexpensive – typically about 2% of project cost (for the HVAC industry). Many contractors avoid the lawful permit process. We will investigate in the next few posts why you, the homeowner, should insist your contractor obtain permits as required. At Complete Comfort, our standard is 100% permit compliance. The Process
Many consider November and April to be the two nicest months in South Florida. Temperatures are mild, often accompanied by a gentle breeze. But change means rain and humidity. At lower outdoor temperatures, indoor humidity control is a challenge. Home comfort systems are designed for the heat of summer and the cold of winter. The in-between times of spring and fall are problematic. The air conditioner that removes humidity does not run in cool weather. At times, it is more comfortable outdoors than in. Here are a few solutions: Open the windows Open windows are the ultimate free solution. Ventilation is a great way to freshen up your home. Closed homes tend to concentrate pollutants (cleaning products, pet odors, and the like).
The smooth hum of the condenser unit is assurance of comfort indoors. A soft “hum” from the blower in the closet tells us the equipment is powered-up and ready for service. A quiet “whoosh” from the grille accompanies the cool air delivered to each room. But, there are a few air conditioner noises that indicate potential problems. Though listening is only a small part of the diagnostic process, an observant homeowner will catch a small problem before it becomes large. Always call Complete Comfort with your service needs and questions. We are here to serve you. Glug-Glug Water is supposed to drain unimpeded from the blower unit to the outdoors. A glug-glug noise akin to rapidly emptying a gallon water jug is
Once the power is restored, perhaps the first thing on everyone’s mind is, “will the air conditioner start?” Here are a few startup tips to set your mind at ease, and to ensure the best comfort experience for your home. If you have any questions, please call Complete Comfort at 561-529-6262. We are here to help. MAKE A VISUAL INSPECTION In a previous post, we recommended that you turn the equipment off at the outdoor disconnect switch. This safety step protects you and your home when power returns. Before you flip the switch, do a visual inspection. Check for damage and remove any twigs or debris that have blown on top of or against the