November 26th, 2012
Remember that device that you keep in your basement of your home in Orlando —the one that heats your home? It might be time for you to take a look at it. If you haven’t paid any attention to your furnace recently, it could be giving you some subtle signs that it needs repair. At Handy Air, we’ve responded to countless calls for furnace repairs services in Orlando. We thought it would be helpful for our customers if we put together a quick list of some of the signs that your furnace might need repairs.
The Air Filter
The air filter on your furnace is a critical part of your furnace. But not some people may not know that it needs to be changed on a regular basis. The air filter on your furnace is supposed to keep dirt and dust from collecting inside the unit. If it gets clogged, it can cause a ton of problems. Here are some of the common causes associated with blocked air filters.
- Low air flow – If you’ve been noticing that the air coming from your heater is blowing that hard, it could be the air filter.
- Low or no heat – When the air filter restricts the flow of air, it keeps heat from getting to your home.
- Short cycling – This happens when your furnace turns on and off again rapidly. This is bad for the efficiency of your furnace and causes extra wear and tear.
The blower in your furnace is responsible for pushing the air through your home’s ductwork. It has a huge job and works really hard to keep your home comfortable. So when something goes wrong with it, you’ll most likely know right away. Two of the most common problems have to do with the fan belt and the bearings. These can cause unpleasant noises and can also keep your blower from being able to push any air through your home.
Another common problem with your furnace can be something as small as the thermostat. Your thermostat monitors the temperature in your home and tells your furnace when to turn on and off. If your thermostat isn’t working properly, it can miscommunicate with your furnace and tell it to turn off when it should be running. It can also overheat your home. So if you’re experiencing insufficient heat or no heat at all, the thermostat might be the culprit as well.
If you’re having any issues with the furnace in your Orlando home, contact the furnace repair experts at Handy Air. We have years of experience offering complete heating services in the Orlando area and we would love to help you. Call us today!
November 19th, 2012
A heat pump is a great option to heat your home in Orlando. But if you’re a little apprehensive about the installation process, we’ve put together a quick guide for heat pump installation.
How a Heat Pump Works
Before we talk about the installation process, it might be helpful to know what all of the main parts are to an air source heat pump. An air source heat pump uses the outside air as a source of heat and also as its heat sink. Here are the main components
- Indoor Coils – The indoor evaporator coils are inside your air handler. The blower in your home blows air over the coils to heat or to cool the air.
- Outdoor Coils – The outdoor evaporator coils are used to either exhaust heat from inside your house (in cooling mode) or to gather heat to take inside your home.
- Refrigerant – Inside the coils is a refrigerant, similar to Freon. The refrigerant is the liquid that transports the heat inside or out of your home.
- Pump – The pump circulates the refrigerant through the coils.
- Blower – This is the fan that blows the heated or cooled air through your home.
- Ducts – The duct work in your home carry the air to each room.
Heat Pump Installation
Now that we know the basic parts of a heat pump, here are the steps that would happen when installing them.
- Outdoor condensing unit – The outdoor coils are contained within a condensing unit. While this system is pretty quiet, it should be located away from the house on a flat surface. A slab of concrete is sometimes laid to set the unit on.
- Indoor air hander – The inside coils are located within the air handler. Depending on your home’s layout, this air handler can be located in the basement, on the first floor or inside your rafters.
- Duct work – The duct work will be run throughout your home in the ceiling and sometimes through the walls.
If you’re interested in having a heat pump installed in your Orlando home, contact the experts at Handy Air. We have years of experience offering top quality heat pump services to customers throughout the Orlando area.
November 12th, 2012
Keeping warm during the coldest days and nights of the year requires a dependable home heating system. With a professional installation and high quality maintenance from an expert Orlando heating and air conditioning contractor such as Handy Air LLC you can keep your heating system working efficiently and effectively. Just because the potential is there, though, does not guarantee that you will take advantage of it. No one means to waste heat, energy or money, but there are a lot of common mistakes that people make when heating their homes that do just that. In fact we bet there are a few ways in which you are wasting energy in your home right now. Here are three examples of common heating mistakes that may lead to inefficient heating in your home. Adjust these habits and you’ll be able to keep your home in Orlando warm and comfortable while paying less to do so.
- One of the most common ways in which people waste heat during the winter is by leaving their homes without adjusting their thermostats. Many of us were raised to believe that the most efficient way to heat our homes is to set the thermostat at a moderate temperature and to simply leave it alone. This is not the case, at least not anymore. Modern thermostats offer you the option of programming heating schedules, and you should take advantage of this option. Set your heater to tone down its performance while the house is empty, and set a temperature you want to come home to. This will allow the thermostat to bring temperatures back up before you get home without you cranking up the heat upon arrival.
- Closing off vents in rooms that are seldom use may seem like a common-sense solution to energy waste. The truth is, though, that blocking off the heat to seldom used rooms can actually disrupt the pressure in your heating system. This imbalance makes it more difficult for your heater to distribute air throughout your home, which in turn makes it work harder and less efficiently. If you are certain that there are areas of your home you will not want to heat you will be better off having a professional seal off these sections of ductwork.
- Many people draw heavy curtains or drapes over their windows in an effort to keep drafty windows from letting cold air into their homes. This may work to some degree, but those same curtains are also blocking out the sunlight and the free, natural heat that radiates into your home from it. If drafty windows are a problem in your home spend the money to have them sealed or simply shrink wrap them. Either way, it is best to take advantage of the radiant solar energy.
Make these adjustments to your home heating habits and watch your energy bills in Orlando drop. For more information and heating tips contact Handy Air.
November 5th, 2012
There is a fairly constant debate over which fuel source is the best choice for heating a home. Many consumers cite the lower purchasing costs of natural gas as a factor making it the best fuel, but there are many advantages that electric heating systems have to offer as well. At Handy Air we like to keep our customers informed, which is why we’ve put together some information for you to consider before deciding which is the best heating option for your Orlando home. If you still have any questions call us to speak with one of our home heating experts. We’ll make sure that you have the information you need to make an informed decision.
One of the greatest advantages that electric heating has to offer is the availability of the power source. Not all homes have natural gas hookups. This is not that big a deal, as these hookups can be installed by qualified professionals. However, this is only possible if there is a main gas line in the vicinity of your home. Not all areas have access to natural gas. Electricity, on the other hand, is available to heat and power your home in just about every area.
In addition to convenience, for those areas without access to natural gas electricity may actually be the cheapest fuel source with which to heat their homes. If natural gas is not available other options include propane and oil. These are both more expensive than electricity, and a fuel such as oil is also not very eco-friendly.
Another great advantage of electric heating options is the sheer variety of heating methods available. Even if you use gas, oil, propane or any other fuel source in your home electric heating offers a lot of supplemental heating options. Space heaters are a popular way to add a little extra warmth to individual rooms. Convection heaters are another example of how electrical heating can benefit your home, fan heaters add an electric fan to the convection model for quicker, more even heating power.
While electricity may be more expensive to purchase than natural gas, it is important too to consider the capabilities of your heating system. A high efficiency electric furnace, for instance, may actually cost less to operate than a less efficient natural gas-burning furnace due to the energy loss that that gas furnace may encounter. In this case it is more cost effective to pay for a fuel source that you are making better use of.
We hope that this information is of use to you and we encourage you to contact the Handy Air team with any questions you still have about heating your home with electricity in Orlando. We are happy to share our expertise with you. Let our heating professionals help you make the right heating choices for your home.
October 29th, 2012
The ductwork in your Orlando home is absolutely crucial to the comfort in your home. Ducts carry the heated or cooled air from your air handler to each room in your house. But what some people don’t know is that ducts are also a critical part to the overall efficiency and health of your home. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the reasons why duct insulation is so important.
- Efficiency: One of the main areas where you can lose efficiency is in your ducts as the air travels from your air handler to the registers in each room. This can be because of air leaking out of the ducts through cracks and holes. It can also be because your ducts aren’t insulated and heat energy is lost through the walls of the ducts. Patching holes and insulating your ducts is a great way to increase the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system.
- Comfort: By insulating ductwork, more of the heated or cooled air will reach your rooms.
- Environmental Benefits: By using less energy to heat and cool your home, you are actually sending less fumes and pollutants into the air
- Noise Reduction: One of the often unnoticed benefits to ductwork insulation is the reduction of noise. As air passes through your ductwork it cat rattle or cause ambient noise in your home or building. Insulating your ducts can shield you from this and lead to a more peaceful and comfortable environment.
If you have questions about your ductwork in your home in Orlando, then call the experts at Handy Air. We have years of experience offering comprehensive duct work services to our customers in Orlando. Call us today if you suspect that you are having issues with your ducts.
October 22nd, 2012
Everyone is looking for ways to keep their energy bills down and reduce how many repairs their home comfort system needs. And just like your car, without regular mainteance, your heating and air conditioning system will run less efficiently and can potentially break down more often. Most Orlando air conditioning companies have a service club or a maintenance program of some kind. Below, we explore the benefits to having bi-annual maintenance performed on your heating and air conditioning system.
Bi-annual maintenance visits are usually performed in the fall and in the spring. Having maintenance performed at these times can potentially increase the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning systems. The technicians can lubricate the bearings in the fans, replace worn belts and fan blades and make sure there aren’t any other issues that would cause it to operate below optimum performance. An efficient system is cheaper to run than an inefficient system.
When you get your heating and air conditioning system maintained on a bi-annual basis it could lead to reduced repair costs. During regular maintenance visits, the technician can detect minor repairs before they grow into big, expensive issues. This can also lead to a potentially longer life for your equipment.
When you join a service club or maintenance plan, the provider will often give you a discount on replacement products and services. This can vary between companies so check with the company before you join.
If you have any questions about the maintenance plans at Handy Air, give us a call today!
October 15th, 2012
Heat pumps are becoming more and more popular these days in Orlando. But how do you get the most out of your heat pump? Sometimes, when used improperly, heat pumps can actually end up costing you just as much as a traditional heating and air conditioning system. Here are a few tricks that can help you utilize the potential of your Orlando heat pump.
Use the Heat Pump’s Timer
This one should make a lot of sense. If you run your heat pump all day, even when you’re not home, you’re going to pay for it. Using the timer feature on your heat pump will let you control when the heat pump runs. If you’re gone during the day, you can set the heat pump to turn off when you normally leave, and turn on 30 minutes before you get home so that your house is nice and comfortable when you get home.
Use the Zone Feature
You should definitely take full advantage of your heat pump by pairing it with a zone control system. By only heating or cooling certain areas of the house, you can avoid wasting energy and money to heat or cool parts of the house that you aren’t using.
Set the Temperature and Avoid Adjusting It
Your heat pump system is designed to run as efficiently as possible. By leaving it alone, it can keep you comfortable by responding automatically to changing conditions inside and outside your home. When you start messing with the temperature settings, the system has to work harder to respond to your adjustments.
If you have other questions about the heat pump in your Orlando home, then call the experts at Handy Air. Our technicians can answer any questions that you might have.
October 8th, 2012
There is a large amount of information available on the internet about whether or not you should run your air conditioning during a thunderstorm. We wanted to set the record straight on this issue so you know what to do if Orlando is experiencing a thunderstorm. Before going further, we wanted to point out that if your air conditioning unit, whether it is a window unit or a central air unit, gets struck directly by a bolt of lightning—there really isn’t any way to keep it from being damaged. Below we’ve presented some ideas for you to look over so you have a good chance of keeping your property safe.
Unplug Your AC Unit
One of the greatest dangers during a thunderstorm is a lightning bolt hitting an electrical pole, traveling into your home’s wiring system and frying everything connected to it. This is why it’s good practice to plug devices into a surge protector. But even a surge protector may not be able to completely protect you from a direct lightning strike.
Unplugging your air conditioning unit is only possible if it actually has a plug to disconnect. Many central air units are wired directly into their homes electrical systems and therefore can’t be unplugged. If your home has a whole house surge protector this can help reduce the chances of your AC unit being damaged by a lightning strike. In this case though, there isn’t much you can do to mitigate the potential damage except cover your outside unit to protect it from rain and debris.
Power Grid Instability
During thunderstorms, the local power grid can become unstable. In order to keep the demand for electricity low and prevent a total power failure, it can be a good idea to turn off your AC unit. This will reduce the demand on the power grid and allow it to recover faster. If your AC is running and the power fails, some systems are built with a 5 minute recovery period which is intended to allow the electrical source to stabilize before the device turns itself on again.
If you have any questions about protecting your Orlando air conditioning system from damage due to weather, then call the professionals at Handy Air today!
October 4th, 2012
Get a five year labor warranty with the installation of a new system and maintenance agreement! Our maintenance plan includes a 30 point list including coil cleaning, checking filters, bearings, capacitors and more. We specialize in air conditioning installation and replacements. We offer top brands and expert service. Handy Air serves Orlando and the Greater Orlando area.
October 1st, 2012
There are several reasons you may hear a noise coming from your normally quiet-running ductless AC system. While this can be concerning, not all noises the system produces are actually causes for alarm. Of course, there are times when the noise your system is making is a sign of a larger problem that will require professional assistance. But if you know the common causes of some of the noises you may hear, you may be able to avoid calling a Orlando AC repair technician unnecessarily.
If you hear what sounds like running water coming from your ductless AC, either while the system is running or just after it shuts off, there is no need to be alarmed. What you are hearing is really just what it sounds like – water running through the pipes inside the system. You may also hear something like this right when the system turns on, and that is generally just the sound made by the coolant beginning to flow.
When you have your ductless AC in heating mode, it’s likely you’ll hear a sizzling sound from time to time. This is completely normal and results from the action of the automatic defrost mechanism.
A squeaking noise while your ductless AC is running is usually just the result of slight changes in the size of the front cover to your unit due to variations in temperature. When the system is running in cooling mode, this cover will shrink slightly, and during heating operation, it will expand a bit.
If you hear sounds other than those listed above, or if any sound is accompanied by a change in the efficiency or effectiveness of your ductless AC system’s performance, it’s best to call Handy Air to come take a look. It’s good to know what sounds are part of normal operation, but it’s also important to get professional help quickly when you need it.