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The air conditioning and heating systems in your Florida home are not only important to your health and your comfort, but they also represent a significant investment. To protect that investment, it’s critical that repairs and maintenance be done only by professionals, such as NATE-certified technicians from a quality HVAC service. As a consumer, the benefits of NATE certification are extensive.

benefits of NATE certificationWhat Is NATE?

NATE, the North American Technical Excellence organization, is an association of HVAC industry professionals that includes technicians, service providers, equipment manufacturers, industry associations, and government agencies, such as the EPA. It provides education and certification services for HVAC technicians, and it helps to create relevant standards for the industry.

Benefits of NATE Certification

Technicians that are NATE certified have received thorough training on all types of HVAC equipment, including air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces and boilers, and have demonstrated that knowledge and experience through an exhaustive testing and certification process.

This ensures that each technician can properly size and install a system using the applicable Manual J procedures and perform all routine maintenance on that system, including filter changes, cleaning the coils, adjusting fan belts, checking the electrical system, and inspecting heat exchangers according to the manufacturer’s recommended intervals and procedures. This protects the system’s warranty and keeps it running properly and efficiently.

The technician will also be able to perform any required repairs, including warranty work, and offer advice and knowledge about the system. NATE-certified technicians have all the knowledge and experience necessary to care for your system properly, extending its lifespan, preventing major system problems, and protecting its warranty. They represent the best technicians in the industry, and HVAC service companies that employ NATE-certified technicians demonstrate a commitment to high-quality, professional customer service.

To learn more about the benefits of NATE certification, talk to our team at Conditioned Air today. We are proud to feature NATE-certified technicians with extensive knowledge and real-world experience who can handle all of your heating and cooling needs quickly and efficiently. We serve the Southwest Florida region, including the Naples, Sarasota and Ft. Myers areas.

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As summer hits the Southwest Florida area and both the temperature and humidity rise, many people will be spending the majority of time indoors comforted by air conditioning. This can present problems for those with allergies, as indoor allergy issues will become more prevalent. There are, however, several steps that you can take to successfully cope with indoor allergy issues during the summer.

indoor allergy issuesKeep Doors and Windows Closed

When pollen counts are high, it’s best to keep your windows and doors closed and use the air conditioning as much as possible to avoid unnecessary allergens. This is especially true in the early morning hours — from about 5:00 to 10:00 a.m. — when pollen counts tend to be the highest.

Avoid Bringing Allergens Inside

When you do work outside during the summer, such as mowing the lawn or cleaning the yard, pollen, dust and other allergens can easily hitch a ride indoors on your clothing. To avoid adding extra allergens to your indoor air, change your clothes and take a shower after the job is finished and wash your work clothes often.

Clean Often

Minimize the accumulation of allergens by vacuuming and dusting often, using a vacuum with a HEPA filter and either moist or electrostatic cloths. Install hypoallergenic sheets, pillowcases and mattress covers in each bedroom, and wash them at least once a week. Reduce clutter throughout your home and reduce the number of surfaces that can collect dust and allergens.

Keep Your HVAC System Maintained

Have your HVAC system professionally inspected and cleaned twice a year to prevent system problems and reduce dust accumulation. Check the air filters monthly and replace them as necessary, and upgrade to filters with higher MERV ratings for better air filtration. Consider installing a whole-home air cleaner or ventilation system to improve indoor air quality and to reduce the amount of allergens and dust in your home.

For more suggestions about coping with summer indoor allergy issues, talk to our air quality experts at Conditioned Air. We have been serving the Southwest Florida region since 1962.

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In the mild weather of the Southwest Florida region, a heat pump can be an inexpensive way to heat your home in the winter. In most cases, they can also cool your home in the summer.

Heat PumpHow Does a Heat Pump Cool?

Both air conditioners and heat pumps work on the same principle. They use a special phase-changing refrigerant to absorb heat from the air through a set of coils, and then they release it through another set of coils located elsewhere. An air conditioner removes heat from your home and brings it outside, cooling the interior during the summer.

During the winter, heat pumps absorb heat from the outdoor air and release it inside. Unlike an air conditioner, however, most heat pumps can also reverse the flow of coolant through a special valve. This allows them to function like an air conditioner during the summer, using the indoor coils to absorb heat from your home, after which it’s released outside through the outdoor portion of the system.

Can Heat Pumps Cool Efficiently?

Heat pumps can be just as efficient for cooling during the summer as air conditioners are. A model rated for 16 SEER will perform just as well as an air conditioner rated for 16 SEER. In mild climates where heat pumps are more efficient for heating during the winter, one system can be used for both heating and cooling, reducing your overall system costs. Air conditioners, in comparison, must rely on a separate system — such as a gas furnace — for heating in the winter.

Do Heat Pumps Require Special Maintenance?

The maintenance requirements for heat pumps are similar to those of air conditioners. Once or twice a year, the coils should be cleaned thoroughly, the refrigerant levels should be checked, the blower fan other moving parts should be lubricated and adjusted, and the electrical system should be inspected. Also, air filters should be checked monthly and changed at least every three months.

For more information about the cooling abilities of a heat pump, talk to our team at Conditioned Air, serving the Southwest Florida region.