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Repair or Replace? Assessing Your AC Unit Needs

When you invest in an AC unit, you’re investing in your entire home. However, with wear and tear from Florida’s harsh weather conditions, your investment could deteriorate and reach a critical decision point: to replace or to repair?

You never want to rush into this kind of decision, but you also need to be able to make a swift decision as temperatures get warmer and your house relies on the HVAC system. Here are a few things to consider when trying to weigh whether your AC unit needs replacing or a repair.

Age of the Unit

Just like every other major mechanical operation in your house, your AC unit comes with an average life span. The average lifespan of an AC unit can range from 10 years to 20 years. If you had recently replaced your unit and it starts to act up, you’d certainly make every effort to simply repair. However, if a unit gets to a certain age, you may be better off starting anew.

Frequency of Repair

Related to the age of the unit, it’s important to monitor how often you’re having to make repairs. Keep a log of repairs and trouble you’ve had with a unit so that you can proactively monitor the dates and amounts spent on a unit. If the repairs are quickly adding up, it is likely time for a new unit.

Energy Efficiency

As with most technologies, AC units have come a long way in recent years. While the seasonal temperatures aren’t changing, you may see your energy bill rise over the years with older units. If your energy bill has increased, it may be a sign that it’s time to replace your AC unit. New AC units are made to be far more efficient, slashing your energy bill.

Temperature Control

Just like your energy bill increasing with older units, you may also see fluctuations in the temperature. Ideally, you can set it and forget it with your AC unit. However, if it is unable to keep up with a set temperature and is uneven in distributing air, it might be a sign of larger problems and a need to replace. Make sure that the temperatures that you are setting are reasonable for the season though, as it may be too hot or too cold for the unit to reach.

Time Remaining in the Home

If you know you are likely moving out of a home in the near future, you likely don’t want to throw large amounts of money at a new AC unit that you won’t get the benefit of. It may help the resale value of the home, but not you and your family. Should you recently move into a home with an older AC unit, you may want to prioritize that upgrade to get the best air quality and have a new unit under warranty.

Help Making the Decision

No matter your AC unit condition, weighing all of these factors can be difficult for a homeowner. Our team of AC unit experts can help you best assess your unit. If it is a repair, we will do it honestly and right the first time so that the entire unit runs the best it can moving forward. If you need a completely new unit, we will help you get the right unit for your home. We want to make sure all of our customers can enjoy peace of mind with an AC unit they can count on. Get in touch with us to help determine if you need a replacement unit or repair.

What to Look for When Hiring A Commercial HVAC Service

Just like no two businesses are the same as yours, no two HVAC service providers are the same. The challenges and demands of a commercial property vary greatly from a residential HVAC system. You want to make sure that you have a trusted partner to service your space as quickly and honestly as possible. To help inform your next commercial HVAC decision, here are five things to look out for when hiring a commercial service.

Commercial Track Record

While you may find an HVAC contractor that says they service commercial systems, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are truly experienced and excellent at these. Before hiring, ask the service provider for some references and reviews from other commercial spaces to get a feel for their track record with such systems. You can also scan through review platforms like Google and Facebook to see what businesses have publicly said about them. 

System Familiarity

Beyond just reviews and references, it is important to make sure that this HVAC provider is truly dedicated to commercial services and your business. Ask questions directly about your specific commercial unit to make sure that they are familiar with the ins and outs of your unit. If you’re a restaurant owner, you probably don’t have the same air conditioning unit as a warehouse, so why should your service be the same?

Emergency 24/7 Service

Whether you’re there or not, your HVAC system can malfunction. If you have a problem at the end of the regular working hours, you don’t want to be waiting until the next morning for a repair. You want a quick response to both set up the repair and to get it done. By waiting for hours or days for a solution to your HVAC problems, you could be jeopardizing the bottom line of your business. Make sure to find a trusted HVAC partner who will quickly respond to your property’s needs with service day or night.

Estimates Written Up Front

Just like being without air conditioning affects your business’ bottom line, so does paying for repairs. Don’t get caught off guard by a price-gouging estimate. Make sure to ask your potential service provider if they will quote the repair upfront. This way, you know exactly what is being done and for how much. If needed, you can then take this estimate to another vendor to make sure you’re getting the best price. 

Licensed & Insured Technicians

Similar to servicing your home, you want to make sure that your provider is licensed and insured to complete this work. This is a great way to qualify your potential service provider to make sure that they work with the quality and integrity that you want in your home.

Stellar Services and Your Business

Here at Stellar Services, we are proud to provide all the above to our customers, whether commercial or residential. Our technicians are your go-to experts on HVAC units, refrigeration, ice machines, and more in Gainesville, FL, and the surrounding areas. We will never sacrifice the integrity of our work for a profit and will only complete repairs with your prior approval. 

As a member of the Gainesville community for nearly a decade, we value our local businesses and treat them like family. For all your commercial property HVAC needs, get in touch with our team

How a Lack of Climate Control Impacts your Business

Your business may be booming or it may be struggling of recent, either way, have you thought that the impact might be in your surroundings? Commercial properties face all kinds of new challenges in keeping their space just as comfortable compared to a home. With more space to regulate, more people to keep comfortable, and a need for productivity, it is vital to your business that you take the proper steps to ensure an accommodating climate for all.

Too Hot, Too Cold, Or Just Right

One of the go-to climate factors — and likely most controversial — is the temperature of the workplace. Unfortunately, there is no required workplace temperature. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the US Department of Labor, the recommended temperature range for an office is between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

While this temperature is not life or death, the comfort with the temperature of an office can greatly impact your office productivity. According to a 2004 study by Cornell University, cooler temperatures had a negative impact on productivity. In the study, when they increased the temperature increased in the office from 68 to 77 degrees, there was a 44% decrease in typing errors while typing output also skyrocketed 150%. The colder the temperature the tighter our muscles are, damaging the ability to concentrate on tasks at hand.

To help get the temperature of your business on track, we recommend the installation of programmable or smart thermostats to better regulate your office’s temperature. You don’t have to worry about fluctuating temperatures, and you save your business money on its energy bill by making the switch. Learn more about different thermostats from our blog.

No Need for a Sauna or a Desert

The OSHA also recommends that your humidity be set in the range of 20% – 60%. By going too high or too low with the humidity, you can cause dry eyes, throats, and noses, greatly decreasing productivity in the workplace. We especially see low humidity issues in the winter with heat removing the moisture. To combat humidity issues, there are a few steps to take:

  1. Keep workstations away from the direct flow of air conditioning or heating vents
  2. Utilize blinds and curtains for blocking direct sunlight
  3. Keep air constantly flowing so that it does not feel stagnant
  4. Temporarily use a (de)humidifier as needed
  5. Bring in an HVAC professional to assess further improvements for humidity

Cleaner Air, Cleaner Productivity

Temperature and humidity seem obvious, but how is the quality of the air in your space? By not regularly having your air ducts cleaned out or changing out your air filter, you are letting harmful particles and pollutants build up inside. Issues like mold or dust allergies can take a toll on the health of your colleagues and customers. We recommend investing in air filters, changing out air filters often, regular duct cleaning maintenance, and other HVAC maintenance to ensure the best air is flowing.

Improve Your Business

For common offices or brick and mortar stores, you want to keep your colleagues and customers as happy and comfortable as possible. For help taking these steps for a more comfortable commercial space, get in touch with the Stellar Services team for all of your HVAC needs. We can help keep your business running in top shape for every season and climate.

5 Tips to Keep Your Home Warm All Winter Long

#1 Keep the Air Clean & Healthy

Believe it or not, the air around us is filthy. This causes your HVAC system to collect excessive amounts of debris every year. An accumulation of dirt and dust like this restricts proper home air circulation. The cleaner your HVAC system is then the better it can maintain your desired home temperature. For the best results, contact a professional HVAC technician to thoroughly evaluate and clean your HVAC system.

#2 Programmable Thermostats

Live better and smarter. Introducing the ultimate temperature maintenance tool. Instead of your HVAC system running all day, programmable thermostats allow you to set your home temperature at certain times throughout the day. Create a schedule that corresponds with your weekly routines and has your air conditioning automatically run when you want it to. Every family has its own chaotic schedule, but you can make the best choice with the wide range of available options to choose from. 

#3 Identify Air Leaks

Purchasing a fresh new HVAC system to improve your home’s efficiency is always a good idea. But there are other steps you can take before investing in a complete overhaul. Over time, your home will wear down and develop cracks that can expose your home to the outside elements. Identifying the location of these air leaks can be difficult…until now! The following tricks will help you properly diagnose which areas pose as air leaks. 

  • Dollar Bill: 
    • If you are able to easily slip a dollar bill through a crack of a door or window then that area needs to be patched. 
    • Hold the dollar bill along with the suspected areas. If you notice the bill moving and fluttering then it’s because air is finding its way through.
  • Flashlight: This procedure requires two people with each person standing on opposite sides of a closed door. One person will shine a light along the sides of the door while the other will determine if the rays from the flashlight can be seen from their point of view. Flashlight rays seen from the other side demonstrate undesired passageways of air drafts. 

#4 Seal Your Home Tight

Once you’ve identified the air leaks, then its time to close the breach. Caulking and weather-stripping are solutions that will help your HVAC system maintain the comfortable room temperature and prevent cold air from invading your home. While both are designed to seal cracks and keep out the cold, they serve different purposes. 

  • Caulking: Caulking is used for doors and windows on areas that DO NOT move. If used on a moveable joint, the sealer will break and be useless. Caulking is meant to seal air leaks, cracks and smaller gaps that are less than a quarter-inch wide. Once the rubbery substance dries after 24 hours in the applied area, it makes a great sealer to prevent air drafts. 
  • Weather-Stripping: This product is best used to seal movable joints like door sweeps or window tracks. Once the strip is applied to the desired area, it will cover any air leaks as it compresses against the door. 

#5 A Fresh Start

Determining whether your HVAC system has reached the end of the line? The average life expectancy of an HVAC unit is from 15-20 years. If your unit is well within the range then you might want to consider investing in a new system. New units will take time to break in but will ensure that your home feels cozy and comfortable, especially during the colder seasons. Make the right decision and contact a trained HVAC technician for a professional evaluation.

Here to Help

Struggling to stay warm? Contact us and schedule a maintenance appointment with us today. Our team of experienced HVAC technicians is here to make sure your HVAC system is working at your best.

Signs Your Furnace Needs Maintenance

Your furnace is the heart of the home, providing warmth to every corner of your living space. Though it is an essential aspect of your home, many Florida homeowners make the mistake of neglecting their furnace. Despite year-round average highs above sixty degrees in North Central Florida, without a proper heating system, your home is vulnerable to becoming an arctic tundra. Furnace maintenance ensures that your heating system is running efficiently and keeping your family warm for the upcoming holiday festivities! Here are a few signs your home furnace might need a maintenance checkup. If you haven’t yet turned on your furnace, it is recommended to get it thoroughly inspected before turning on as well.

Rising Energy Bill

Stop overpaying! Notice a significant increase in your heating bill? The efficiency of your home appliances plays a great role in how much you’re paying each month on energy expenses. The lesser performance of an old or overworked furnace will cost you more money than you’re supposed to be paying. Because there are many reasons why this may occur, it’s very difficult to identify the exact problem without the proper training. Contact a trusted HVAC service company that is equipped with the right tools and trained professionals who can accurately evaluate the problem.

Old Systems

All good things must come to an end! Your furnace has served you long and well, but note that the average life expectancy of home furnaces ranges from 16 to 20 years old. If your furnace is older than 15 years, then you might consider looking into a new one. Old furnaces will call for more repairs–both big and small–and ultimately cost you more money. If you are experiencing a need for constant repairs for your old furnace, investing in a new furnace will save you more money than continuing to pay for repairs. To help your decision making, contact an HVAC professional to evaluate the state of your furnace. 

Unusual Behavior

Trust your basic senses! They provide our brains with the necessary information that helps people be aware of the potential danger around them. If you sense anything abnormal about your furnace, then there is a good chance your furnace needs maintenance.

 

  • Smell: If you notice odors throughout your home, then your HVAC system should be investigated immediately. Unpleasant odors indicate serious system health problems and could worsen if not dealt with. 
  • Sound: Hear odd and unusual sounds coming from your furnace? Different sounds pose different home hazards. Have a trained HVAC professional diagnose the noises coming from your furnace, and make the necessary adjustments to keep it running smoothly.

 

Unbalanced Room Temperature

Winter is right around the corner and many people make the mistake of underestimating the Florida cold.  If your furnace struggles to evenly distribute heat throughout your home or produces no heat at all, then contact an HVAC professional today. Don’t hesitate! Ensure that your family has a warm and cozy home for the chilly Florida nights.

Learn More How We Can Help

The Florida weather can be hard to handle with a wide range of temperatures faced. Stellar Services aims to keep your home comfortable in any season. If you want to learn about our furnace services then check out our website page, or give us a call today and our team would be happy to help!

Your HVAC & Your Health

Believe it or not, managing your health is more than just eating your fruits and vegetables! We know that HVAC systems are designed to relieve us from the hot Florida sun, but what people fail to realize is how much impact they have on our health. After years of civilization and development, the air we breath has been collecting billions of harmful debris that can slip into our lungs. Having a well-maintained HVAC system can ensure your family that clean and purified air is flowing throughout your home.

Allergies/Pollutants

With every season posing various air pollutants, managing your health becomes very difficult. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), studies have shown that the concentration of pollution is 2-5 times more indoors than the outdoors. With the average American spending 90% of their time indoors, bad air quality can cause long term health problems. Equip yourself with a healthy HVAC system that can provide your family cleaner and fresher air.

Dust

On average, a six-room home air duct collects 40 pounds of dust annually. Something as small as a dust particle may seem harmless at first, but it becomes detrimental to one’s health as it collects over time. Long term effects of dust depend on how much there is and how long one has been exposed to it. If you are experiencing constant irritation of the eyes, sneezing, coughing, or hayfever then check the efficiency of your HVAC system. It is recommended to have your HVAC system routinely checked twice a year or every six months anyway.

Humidity

Humidity is no stranger to Floridians. At its peak, it can be unbearable… causing mold, hindering ideal sleep, and overall creating an uncomfortable home atmosphere. Exposure to mold can lead to life-threatening health problems like respiratory infections and chronic lung disease. Bacteria loves humidity, it creates an ideal environment for microbial growth and ailing your household at the same time. Combat the Florida humidity with an HVAC system that manages the comfort of your home.

Solutions

Your HVAC system is the core piece that ties everything into creating a happy and healthy home. If you’re concerned about your home’s indoor air quality, then take the necessary steps to preserve a well-maintained HVAC system. 

HVAC Maintenance: Professional HVAC technicians will clean and inspect various components of your HVAC system to ensure that it is running efficiently. Expect cleaner air, better comfort, and ultimately a healthier home!

HEPA Air Filters: HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters are able to trap 99.97% of particles from the air. Though much debris can’t be detected by the naked eye, the HEPA filter has no problem filtering out harmful air pollutants 0.3 microns or larger. 

  • Air Pollutant Sizes (Microns):
    • Pollen: 10-1000
    • Mold: 10-100
    • Bacteria: 1-10 Microns
    • Combustion: Up to 2.5

Duct Cleaning: Duct cleaning will not only remove dust but also get rid of any mold or rodent infestation. If anyone suffers from respiratory problems or notice unusual odors then it may be worth looking into a duct cleaning. 

Dehumidifiers: Dehumidifiers are great tools that efficiently keep the humidity in your home at optimal levels (30-50%). Humidity is uncomfortable, and it may be driving your energy bill up because it forces your air conditioning to work harder.

Take the Next Step

If you are concerned or have any questions about the health of your home then contact our team of professionals or visit our website for more information! We strive to provide your family with an HVAC system that you’ll be satisfied with.

The Real Cost of Your Old AC Unit

Better Looking Unit, Better Looking Bills

Living in Florida, weather can be difficult, and your old air conditioning unit has been working hard to keep your family comfortable. Your old AC unit may have served you long and well, but is it currently working against you more than it is for you? Have you ever asked yourself how much that old AC unit is really costing you? Long past an air conditioner’s prime years, your AC becomes less of an asset and more of a liability. Here are some reasons your old AC may be costing you more than you think.

Repair Costs

Many people assume that purchasing a new air conditioner is a waste of money, but what if your old unit is costing you hundreds? Repair expenses may be cheaper than acquiring a new unit, but older units will require frequent repairs. Throughout many years, repair costs start to add up and before you know it, that money equals the same cost of a new and improved air conditioner. Protect yourself from swarming repair costs and consider buying a new unit.

In addition, most repairs will be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty in case something does happen to your new air conditioner. Have an HVAC professional assess your air conditioner and provide insight on whether to replace your old unit.

The $5,000 Rule

If you are unsure whether to replace your AC unit, here is a general rule that may help your decision. Multiply the age of the unit by the repair cost, and if it’s over $5,000, replace the unit. If that number is less than $5,000, then repair it. Rather than an absolute, the rule should be used more as a guideline and shouldn’t take the place of professional advice.

Energy Costs

Though purchasing a new appliance can be financially daunting, it can save you money in the long run. Great strides in technological innovation in recent years have created air conditioning models that are more energy-efficient and can potentially cut your cooling costs in half!

With each hot Florida summer, air conditioning units become more inefficient and ultimately cost you more on your utility bill. With an AC unit upgrade, you invest a little to save a lot every month.

Health Costs

Old and poorly maintained air conditioners have shown to affect overall health and can cause illness. Without a proper AC unit to clean the air, debris and allergens will continue to flow throughout your home. Many of these pollutants can put your health at risk like respiratory problems, allergies, and flu-like symptoms. This is especially true if you have a pre-existing medical condition, making you and your family sensitive to air conditions. Have confidence in owning an air conditioning unit that can keep you happy and healthy!

Air Conditioning Solutions with Stellar Services

You work hard for your money, so have your money work hard for you. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your current air conditioning unit. Our trained team of technicians would be glad to help answer any questions you may have. Our mission as an organization is to provide comfort solutions at the highest level of customer service in our market.

Protecting Your Home from Carbon Monoxide

The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide, the colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating gas, kills about 400 Americans per year. Upon inhalation the poisonous gas, your body replaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide; risking permanent organ damage or death due to lack of oxygen.

Protect Yourself

Despite our senses being unable to detect carbon monoxide, it CAN BE STOPPED! Here are recommendations that will equip your home with the essentials to protect your family against carbon monoxide.

Maintenance

Carbon monoxide can be found from the exhaust of fuel-burning appliances and engines. But that isn’t the only thing you should worry about, a home with poor ventilation makes carbon monoxide more dangerous than it already is. With nowhere for the gas to escape, this combination allows the gas to build up and increases the likelihood to poison someone. If you’re concerned about your home appliances and/or ventilation system, then schedule a maintenance checkup today.

  • Appliances: Where fuel is being burned to run your appliances, carbon monoxide is being created, and you can never be too careful when it comes to its risks. Just as you service your car, you should service your home’s appliances. The gas appliances around your home should be serviced once a year by a service technician. Schedule a maintenance checkup once a year on your fuel-burning appliances including heat pumps, furnaces, and fireplaces. If you’re considering making changes to your appliances or to their ventilation ability, reach out to your HVAC provider to make sure that your home is prepared.
  • Ventilation: Poor ventilation allows carbon monoxide to build up and collect throughout the home. Chimneys, vents, and flues are common ventilation hazards that could affect the safety of your home. You can stay in front of these hazards by having them regularly inspected by a trained HVAC technician that can tell if a buildup of carbon monoxide has occurred.

Although many people see maintenance checkups as a means of sustaining equipment, it can also be a means of saving your family and home. There is no better person to examine your appliances and ventilation than an experienced HVAC technician. They have the skills and equipment to best evaluate and inspect the safety of your home. When technicians are checking and correcting components of your equipment, they are ensuring that your appliances are working for and not against you.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide detectors when combined with regular maintenance, can nearly eliminate the risks of poisoning. These detectors are designed to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and alert everyone. The best and safest place to put them is in the hallway of every sleeping area. Inside these devices, a light beam shines onto a specialized gel that changes color when it comes in contact with carbon monoxide. Once the light beam notices the gel change color, it will trigger an alarm to alert everyone in the home. This equipment is well worth the cost to safeguard your home and family.

What To Do If You Suspect (CO) Poisoning

If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, know what to look out for. When exposed to a substantial amount of carbon monoxide, you might experience the following symptoms:

  • Seizure
  • Fatigue
  • Impaired Judgement
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Blurred Vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness

If and when you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, immediately retreat to a safe, well-ventilated location. If possible, shut off any fuel-burning appliance and keep exit doors open. After you’ve found a safe place, contact your local fire department. They will help locate the source of carbon monoxide and make sure the building is safe before re-entering. Moving forward, you may want to have a further inspection of your home by an HVAC technician.

Here to Help

If you are concerned about carbon monoxide building up in your home, contact us and schedule a maintenance appointment with us today. Our team of experienced HVAC technicians can make sure you have peace of mind of living safe and sound.

Choosing the Right Thermostat for Your Home

The thermostat is the first step in creating a cool and comfortable home. While physically small, they are the master control room of managing your air conditioning. You need a thermostat you can count on for every season, and if yours isn’t performing as desired, consult with an HVAC technician.

Different Types of Thermostats

With new technology constantly being developed, there are many types of thermostats out there and deciding on an appropriate one for your home can be difficult. To help, here’s a breakdown of the different types of thermostats you may find:

Smart

Recently, a growing trend in thermostats has been smart thermostats. These Internet connected thermostats take temperature control into a new age cutting out any potential for human error, only further cutting your energy bill. Smart thermostats come with new sensors that can determine whether or not people are in the room and accordingly heat or cool the room. Ready to leave? The smart thermostat will hold off on heating or cooling until the room or house is occupied again, all without you having to do anything.

If you’re ever dissatisfied with the temperature, you can control the smart thermostat without even getting up by using your smartphone. Most smart thermostats provide apps giving putting everything you need at your fingertips. The smart thermostat learns from your temperature habits and provides you with energy consumption reports to learn more about your home including humidity levels, filter status, and spending.

These high-tech thermostats are the most expensive option, but prove to save you money over time on your energy bill over time. For the average homeowner, we recommend the programmable thermostat still as they give you the necessary temperature control. If you’re invested in monitoring your energy consumption data, needing to remotely adjust your temperature, or like having the latest and greatest technology, then the smart thermostat may be a fit for you.

Programmable

Similar to the smart thermostat, a programmable thermostat allows specific temperatures at certain times throughout the day. The only difference? You have to create the schedule. It will then automatically adjust the temperature of your home according to your preset times. This gives you the power to choose when you use energy, therefore saving you money.

Since it contains higher quality equipment, programmable thermostats will cost more upfront, but will pay for themselves by cutting energy costs over time. These thermostats usually provide about four programmable options to choose from:

  • 7-day programming: Allows you to plan one set of temperatures for each day of the week.
  • 5-1-1 programming: Allows you to plan one set of temperatures for weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • 5-2 programming: Allows you to plan one set of temperatures for weekdays and weekends.
  • 1-week programming: Allows you to plan one set of temperatures for the entire week.

We recommend these thermostats as the customizability of the programming adapts to your household and lifestyle, a vital feature for Florida weather. Even if your day changes, you can manually override any preset condition to achieve the temperature you want.

Non-Programmable

The biggest difference between non-programmable and the popular programmable/smart thermostats is that you have to manually adjust the temperature for non-programmable thermostats.  These thermostats are very basic, but are less expensive on the upfront. Although they don’t have as many customizable features as programmable thermostats, they are still effective in maintaining the desired temperature of your home.

Mechanical

If your system is old or you prefer less technical appliances, then you should consider a mechanical thermostat. Even though mechanical thermostats are typically affordable and easy to install, they aren’t the most precise or up-to-date. While electronic thermostats utilize digital sensors to accurately analyze the room temperature, mechanical thermostats use metallic strips. These strips don’t react quickly and can take a while to complete a temperature adjustment.

Since you’re more so selecting a temperature range with a mechanical thermostat, you’re at risk to spend more than you would like to. Stellar Services doesn’t recommend this type of thermostat for most homes as they are inefficient in energy demanding Florida homes.

It’s Your Home, Choose the Best Thermostat for You

While there are multiple thermostats to choose from, there are other considerations to make when choosing a thermostat as well:

  • Wiring: Most thermostats can work with minimal wiring, but new smart thermostats require you to have a common wire. Common wires provide continuous power for thermostats that features displays and WiFi.
  • Corresponding Equipment: Thermostats can control other equipment like furnaces, air conditioners, and heating pumps. Think about which appliances you want your thermostat to control.
  • Preference: Most decisions boil down to personal preferences and how you want to control your HVAC system. Choose a thermostat that would best match your wants and needs.

How We Can Help

If you would like to seek professional advice about thermostats, our experienced technicians would be glad to help. Our team of experts wants to provide everything you need to ensure you are living at your best. To schedule an appointment for a thermostat installation or any other questions you may have, call our office today!

Benefits of Routine HVAC Maintenance

Routine HVAC Maintenance: Getting Ahead of the Heat

In Florida, summer gets hot… really hot. With heat waves hitting early and often this year, it’s important to brace for extremely harsh temperatures. As a result, you want your air conditioning unit to be working at its best to keep you and your loved ones cool and comfortable. To ensure that your AC unit is functioning properly during this time, schedule a maintenance appointment with a local HVAC professional.

Benefits to Regular AC Maintenance

A common mistake people make about air conditioning maintenance is that it’s not considered a necessity. If you don’t value air quality, saving money or durability when it comes to your AC unit, then you are on the right track. Your home is an investment, so shouldn’t you take care of it? The HVAC system is vital to the health of your home as a whole, especially in Florida. A well-tuned air conditioning system proves to come with many benefits:

Save Money

You worked hard for your money, and it should work hard for you. Have a technician maintain your air conditioning unit to save you time, energy and money.

  • Wear and Tear: Over time, erosion and corrosion is only natural with any home appliance. These cause strain on different appliance components, which causes the AC unit to work harder than normal decreasing performance efficiency, and as a result, increasing your energy bill.
  • Fewer Repairs: Wouldn’t you rather pay $30 for an oil change than $3,000 to repair the engine? Just like a car checkup, small repairs add up to prevent any major damages you may have in the long term. If these small repairs are not made to maintain peak performance, then once small problems may alter and damage other parts of the system. This only adds more onto that bill you were avoiding in the first place.

Higher Living

You may not notice it, but a lack of AC maintenance can cause the air in your home to be filthy and uncomfortable. You and your family deserve to live happy and healthy in your own home.

  • Better Air Quality: Trained and experienced professionals know the best methods to remove dust, dirt, and other harmful particles from the ventilation system. If the appropriate equipment or techniques are not used, then this exposes your family to the harmful debris that can enter throughout the home.
  • Comfortable Living: Routine maintenance is the best way to ensure your air conditioner is running efficient and smooth. It provides assurance that cool air is being distributed equally all throughout your home.

Longer Lifespan

The average lifespan of an air conditioning unit is 15-20 years, but this only happens when the AC unit receives proper professional care. Due to lack of attention, many AC units work hard in the Summer but end up breaking down when their owners need it most. Check for signs to see if your AC unit needs a maintenance checkup. For your own sake, have a system that lives a long and happy life!

Importance of Good Air Conditioning

Most families are unaware of the various impacts an air conditioning unit has on a home. Take a moment to think about the air in your home and what it makes contact with throughout the day. Your possessions and everything that you own are vulnerable, especially when it comes to the Florida heat and humidity. An AC unit that’s left unchecked causes wood to warp, leather to rot, and fabric to produce mold.

Since people spend the majority of their time indoors, your family’s health is also at risk. According to the EPA,  air conditioning units can spread indoor pollutants such as mold, pollen, bacteria, mildew and more. Unmaintained AC units can cause respiratory aggravation, indoor air contamination and the spread of disease. Schedule a checkup with your local HVAC professional, your home should be a safe space for you and your family.

We Care About You

The Florida weather can be cruel. We aim to keep your home comfortable and performing at its best. Stellar Services treats every home like it’s our own. Give us a call today and see the type of first-class service that Stellar Services is devoted to  delivering.