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certifiedFor homeowners in the Southwest Florida region, an air conditioning system is critical for comfort throughout the year, and it represents one of the most significant investments in the average home. To protect your system and keep it operating properly, you need an experienced, qualified HVAC professional, and with the North American Technician Excellence or NATE certification, you can be sure your technician has the ability and knowledge to do the job properly. For homeowners, the benefits of NATE certification include:

Quality Installations

An air conditioning system that is oversized, undersized or simply not installed properly can have its operating efficiency reduced by up to 30 percent, leading to higher utility costs, as well as the potential for more frequent repairs and maintenance. A NATE certified technician can provide a high-quality installation, with proper load calculations, sizing, system design and equipment installation.

Effective Repairs

NATE certified technicians have the experience and knowledge necessary to quickly diagnose and repair nearly any air conditioner problem, from refrigerant leaks to compressor overheating issues.

Comprehensive Maintenance

Routine maintenance is the key to keeping your air conditioner running efficiently, preventing unnecessary repairs in the future and protecting its warranty. NATE certified technicians can provide complete maintenance services according to the manufacturer’s requirements, ensuring that your system is protected and operating properly.

Longer System Life

With repairs and maintenance performed by a NATE certified professional, your system will receive the care it needs to maximize its potential lifespan, eliminating the costs of premature system replacement.

Energy Savings

Maintenance issues like a clogged air filter or dirty condenser can hinder airflow and heat transfer, reducing cooling efficiency significantly. With your air conditioning system kept in peak condition by a NATE certified HVAC professional, you can keep your energy usage to a minimum.

Improved Comfort

With proper maintenance and repairs, your air conditioner will be able to cool and dehumidify more effectively, provide more balanced airflow and minimize uneven temperatures, improving your comfort.

Contact our team at Conditioned Air today to learn more about the benefits of NATE certification. We serve Southwest Florida, including Bradenton and Naples.

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dirty air conditioner coilsFor your air conditioning to work efficiently, it must be able to transfer heat from inside your home to the outside effectively. A coating of dirt, dust and other debris on the A/C coils can prevent this, by insulating the coils from the surrounding air and reducing the efficiency of the heat transfer process. To minimize energy usage and reduce utility costs, the A/C coils should be cleaned at least once a year.

The Importance of Clean A/C Coils

It is estimated that dirty evaporator and condenser coils can increase the energy usage of your air conditioning system by over 30 percent. Additionally, reduced heat transfer efficiency can cause other problems, such as poor cooling performance, frozen evaporator coils and compressor overheating.

How to Prevent Dirty Coils

To keep the evaporator coils clean, it is important to check the air filter at least once a month and replace it as necessary. A dirty air filter can allow dust and debris to accumulate on the evaporator instead of the air filter, and it can also reduce airflow in the system, leading to other problems. To keep the condenser coils clean, keep an area of two feet around the condenser unit clean of vegetation and debris, including trash, tall grass, plants and overhanging trees or bushes. Remove large debris as it falls into the condenser coils, and when mowing, be sure to discharge clippings away from the condenser.

Cleaning the Coils

The fins on the evaporator and condenser coils are extremely delicate and can be bent with very little force. It is best to leave the majority of the cleaning to an air conditioning contractor, who will clean the coils during a routine maintenance visit. Ideally, air conditioning maintenance should be performed twice a year, though once is sufficient for some systems. Between visits, the condenser coils can be cleaned by removing large debris and rinsing the coils with a hose, after shutting the power off. The evaporator is often difficult to access, and should be cleaned professionally.

To have your A/C coils inspected and cleaned, contact our team at Conditioned Air, serving Naples and the rest of Southwest Florida.