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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.

Will Mini-Splits Heat Your Home?

Ductless mini-splits are becoming an increasingly popular way to cool your home, but will they do a sufficient job when temperatures start to drop? Mini-splits will heat your home and they offer benefits that a traditional air conditioning unit does not.

Mini-Splits act as a Traditional Heat Pump

Traditional air conditioners are truly heat pumps, meaning they take air outside your home and pump into your house either heated or cooled. When you turn on the heater, your AC unit takes cold air and heats it, distributing it around your house.

Mini-splits utilize the same principles as a traditional air conditioner, but they use a system of wall units that you hang in the different rooms of your home.

The Benefits of a Mini-Split

The major benefit of ductless mini-splits is their efficiency. They can be much more efficient than traditional HVAC units, saving you up to 50% in energy usage. Less energy means more money in your wallet due to lower utility bills.

Mini-splits are also much easier to install and take up much less space. Additionally, they have a couple benefits specific to heating your home:

  • They Are Ductless – Mini-splits don’t use ductwork, which is a major source of energy inefficiency. Ducts are notorious for heat and cooling loss, up to 30% of the heat generated by traditional AC units can be lost through ductwork. That could be even higher if your ducts are old and haven’t been checked in a while. If you’re struggling to heat your home with a traditional unit, it might be time to get your ducts inspected.
  • They Heat Only the Rooms that You Want To – Mini-splits are installed only in the rooms that you want. That means that you don’t have to heat the rooms that you don’t use. If you only want to heat your living room, bedroom, and kitchen, you have that option. By controlling where the heat goes, you spend much less energy and money to stay comfortable in the winter.

If your heating bill is traditionally very high in the winter, it might be a good time to consider switching to a mini-split system. They’ll save you energy and money.

Interested in Switching Systems?

Some families are hesitant to switch to a mini-split system because they have a higher initial cost compared to traditional units. Often the savings in energy of a mini-split system can help offset some of the initial cost. We can help walk you through your options, lay out the costs, and map out installation and where to put the units.

Setting Your Thermostat For Florida Winters

Florida winters aren’t known to be terribly cold, but there are nights where heat is needed to stay warm. Improperly setting your thermostat can mean uncomfortable temperatures in your home and higher energy bills due to too much heat.

Properly Setting Your Thermostat Can Save You Money

Changing your thermostat by a single degree can affect the energy you use by nearly 10-12%! That can mean higher energy bills and more money out of your pocket. Setting your thermostat at the right temperature can keep you comfortable during the winter, and save you money.

So what is the right temperature? There are multiple answers:

  • During the Day – 68°-72°. The most comfortable temperature range when someone is at home.
  • At Night – 62-66°. When it’s time for bed, turn the thermostat down, bundling up at night can save you energy (and money).

Setting your thermostat at the right temperature can make a huge difference in your home’s energy bill this winter, but it isn’t the only thing. Using a ceiling fan and adding insulation can also lower your energy bill.

Use a Ceiling Fan and Check Your Insulation

It may seem counterintuitive to use a ceiling fan when temperatures begin to drop, but warm air rises to your ceiling. A fan can be a great way to move that air back down to your living space and keep you from turning up the heat.

Another reason you may be struggling to stay warm can be the fact that your home lacks sufficient insulation. Check your attic, walls, and the areas around your windows and doors. If you have holes through which outside air can enter your home, you’re forcing your heat pump to work overtime to keep your house warm. Look for opportunities to add extra insulation and use foam to seal up holes through which outside air may pass.

Consider Investing in a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats allow you to set the temperature based on the time of day. They will efficiently and effectively adjust the temperature so that you save money.

Let Us Know How We Can Help

If you’re interested in a new thermostat or want to have your HVAC unit inspected in time for winter, we can help. Your comfort is our primary concern, and we can advise you on all your air conditioning questions.

HVAC Unit Can’t Keep Up With The Cold?

As the temperatures start to drop at night and you turn up the heat, you may start to notice that your HVAC unit can’t keep up with the cold. While we don’t often deal with prolonged bouts of cold weather in North Central Florida, it can be uncomfortable and frustrating. Don’t suffer through the winter, there could be several fixable reasons for your lack of warmth.

Your Thermostat May Be Faulty

If you keep turning up your thermostat, but your home isn’t getting any warmer, your thermostat may not be working properly. Thermostats are one of the most underrated elements in your HVAC system, knowing which type of thermostat you have could help determine whether your thermostat is the culprit.

Mechanical vs. Digital Thermostats

Mechanical thermostats have a coil of metal that expands or contracts with changes in temperature. As it expands or contracts, the metal makes contact with electrical contacts that send a message to the AC Unit – either to heat the home or cool it down. If that coil gets dirty, your thermostat may not be registering the proper temperature.

Digital thermostats are the most common thermostats in modern homes. If your digital thermostat is miswired or is shorting out, it could be sending the wrong signals to your HVAC unit. If you think your thermostat isn’t working properly, have a professional inspect it to make sure that it’s operating as it should.

Blocked Ducts

The number one sign of blocked ducts would be weak or no airflow. Over time your air ducts can get dirty and restrict airflow to rooms around your house. Changing your air filter regularly can help reduce the amount of dust and dirt that circulates through your unit and keep your HVAC unit running at an optimum level.

If you turn your HVAC unit up or down and don’t feel much airflow coming through your vents, but you hear your unit running – it could be a sign that you need your ducts cleaned. Have your home inspected by a professional and order a duct cleaning to restore proper airflow to your HVAC system.

You May Have an Older Home

Older homes tend to deal with more heat loss. Outside air comes in through leaky windows, doorways, and other gaps in your home. If your home is poorly insulated, your HVAC unit may struggle to keep up with outside temperatures.

The problem may be exacerbated by the size of your HVAC unit. If it is undersized compared to the footprint of your home, your unit is already working hard to keep up. Have an air conditioning expert come out for an inspection and look for ways to seal up areas where you may be dealing with heat loss. A better-insulated home will lower your energy bill and keep you warm throughout the winter.

Recognize Common Commercial HVAC Issues

Air conditioning can be crucial to your business. It makes your space more comfortable for your employees and customers alike. Commercial HVAC units tend to be larger and more complex systems than your home’s air conditioning unit, but there are certain signs that should tell you to call your HVAC company.

Poor Air Quality

If your air smells bad, is too dry, or too humid, you could be dealing with air quality issues. The biggest culprit of poor air quality is a dirty or clogged air filter. If your air filters haven’t been replaced in a while dust, dirt and other allergens build up and reduce the quality of your air. Be sure to regularly change all your air filters to protect your unit.

Loss of Efficiency

If your air conditioning is working overtime, your energy bills will continue to run up. A loss of efficiency could be happening because of a variety of reasons:

  • A dirty air filter – Not only do dirty air filters affect air quality, they also force your air conditioner to work harder, making the unit less efficient.
  • Leaking refrigerant – Leaking refrigerant means that your air won’t be as cool, forcing the unit to try and work extra hard to lower the temperature. A sign of leaking refrigerant is rising temperatures in your building, no matter what you set the thermostat to.
  • An aging unit – Older units are less efficient and slow down over time. They require more energy to do the same job as newer units and require regular maintenance to ensure that they continue to run smoothly

A note on the last point: all units should have regular maintenance, regardless of age, to prolong the life of the unit.

Inconsistent Airflow

In larger office spaces, dampers in the ductwork may be in place to help control the airflow in your space. Those dampers work to send cooled or heated air to the rooms that need it. If the airflow in one of your rooms seems to be greater than in another, it could be the result of imbalanced dampers.

Another culprit may be your thermostat. Thermostats are often overlooked parts of your HVAC system, but they measure the temperature and tell the air conditioner to turn on and off. If the temperature sensor in your thermostat is faulty it could be sending the wrong message to your HVAC unit, leading to inconsistent airflow.

Strange Sounds

As units age, they can produce strange sounds that may be unfamiliar to you. If your HVAC unit starts making noises, contact your HVAC specialist to inspect your unit.

Regular Maintenance is Key

Regardless of whether your HVAC unit is a year old or ten years old, maintenance is the best way to keep your commercial air conditioner running smoothly. Your air conditioning can be a critical element to your customer’s experience and if it stops working it can cost you money in lost business and make your store, shop, or office very uncomfortable.

View maintenance as insurance against lost business. If your unit hasn’t been inspected in a while, considering calling someone today!