A new HVAC system usually represents an investment of several hundred dollars or more. In most cases, new HVAC equipment will be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty that protects you against certain types of defects or problems. Warranties can be voided, however, if you don’t follow appropriate procedures. One of the most common ways of voiding an HVAC warranty occurs if you try to repair the system yourself. If your cooling system is still under warranty, it’s best to avoid DIY repairs and leave these matters to an HVAC professional.
Maintaining Valid Warranties
To ensure the warranty remains valid and that the manufacturer will honor the warranty, you must ensure that repairs and preventive maintenance are performed by HVAC professionals. It may be tempting to try to avoid a repair bill by trying to fix problems yourself, but unless you are a qualified HVAC expert, leave the repairs to the pros. In some cases, the HVAC pro you use may even need to be trained and certified by the company that made your HVAC equipment.
By relying on an HVAC professional, you can be sure that the work is performed properly, that the system will work correctly when the repairs are complete, and that the system will be safe to use. Manufacturers will be assured that proper procedures have been followed during the repair, that authorized parts have been installed, and that other problems haven’t been introduced into the system during the repair procedure.
Maintenance You Can Do
While significant HVAC repairs require the services of a licensed professional, there are some minor maintenance tasks you can perform that will leave your warranty intact. These include:
- Changing air filters.
- Cleaning the interior and exterior of the cabinet.
- Clearing grass and other vegetation from outside of the unit.
Conditioned Air provides expert HVAC maintenance and repair services for customers in Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Bradenton, and neighboring southwest Florida communities. Contact us today for more information on how to avoid voiding an HVAC warranty and for the professional repair services you need to fix your HVAC equipment while keeping your warranty intact.
Many new HVAC systems offer what is known as a variable-speed air handler, which is responsible for distributing heated or cooled air throughout your home. Unlike single-speed models, which run at full speed whenever they are in operation, a variable-speed air handler can speed up or slow down to adjust to changing conditions. This has several advantages, and can make your Southwest Florida home much more comfortable.
Improved Energy Efficiency
The motor in an air handler can use a large amount of electricity when it is running at full speed, typically between 300 and 500 watts. With a single-speed air handler, the motor will turn on and off as the demand changes, but it is always at full speed when it is on. A variable-speed air handler can run as fast or as slow as needed to deliver the required amount of air. This reduces the overall energy usage of the system because the air handler only needs to run at full speed when the temperature is significantly above or below average.
Single-speed air handlers can be extremely loud when starting and running. Variable-speed air handlers tend to be quieter, because they can slowly pick up speed when starting, and they typically run at a lower speed when temperatures are about average.
Better Air Filtration
With a single-speed air handler, the air is only being filtered when the fan is turned on. A variable-speed model constantly moves air at a slower speed, which improves air quality by constantly removing foreign particles. It also helps reduce humidity during the summer by preventing condensation between air conditioning cycles.
A variable-speed air handler increases comfort by delivering the precise volume of heated or cooled air required to maintain the desired temperature. A single-speed system will cycle on and off to maintain the temperature, resulting in uneven temperatures between cycles or extreme temperature swings.
To learn more about HVAC systems that feature a variable-speed air handler, talk to our heating and cooling experts at Conditioned Air today. We serve Southwest Florida, including Ft. Myers, Sarasota, and Naples.
In Southwest Florida, the high humidity can make a warm day feel brutally hot, and lead to moisture-related problems inside your home. By installing a whole-house dehumidification system, you can keep the humidity under control and help your air conditioner do its job more effectively. A whole-house dehumidification system offers several distinct benefits.
When the humidity is high, the air seems to stick to the skin, and the moisture in the air prevents sweat from evaporating quickly. This stops your body’s natural cooling process from working effectively, and it is why a humid day feels so much worse than any other day at the same temperature. With a whole-home dehumidification system installed, you can keep your humidity levels much lower, which will allow you to feel more comfortable at the same temperature.
Dry air is healthy air. A relative humidity of between 30 to 50 percent helps to slow the reproduction and transmission of microorganisms such as viruses or bacteria. It also helps to deter pests such as dust mites, which prefer high humidity. With whole-house dehumidification, you can keep your air at a reasonable humidity level and help to protect your family’s health. For family members with asthma or allergies, dry air can also reduce the severity of some symptoms such as congestion.
With a whole-house dehumidifier installed, the reduced humidity levels can allow you to keep your thermostat at a higher setting while still feeling comfortable. Not only does this reduce your energy usage and help the environment, but it also allows you to save money on your electricity bill every month. And because much of the dehumidification is performed by the dehumidifier instead of your air conditioner, the air conditioner no longer needs to work as hard. This will help to extend its lifespan and allow it to operate more efficiently.
To learn more about the benefits of using a whole-house dehumidification system, talk to our cooling experts at Conditioned Air today. We serve Southwest Florida, including the Naples, Fort Meyers and Sarasota areas.